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The BMW Group is preparing to follow up its innovative and revolutionary BMW i models with plug-in hybrid versions of the core-brand models. In Miramas, France, it will present a BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype and a new generation of hybrid vehicle concepts incorporating technology already used in BMW i models. Long term, the BMW Group is planning to offer plug-in hybrid versions of all its core-brand models.

Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management BMW AG, Development, said:

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BMW just released the new dates for their M-School in California.

Two Day M School $3995.00
Thursday 3/5/2015 7:00 PM
Tuesday 3/17/2015 7:00 PM
Thursday 3/26/2015 7:00 PM
Sunday 4/5/2015 7:00 PM
Wednesday 4/22/2015 7:00 PM
Thursday 4/30/2015 7:00 PM
Sunday 5/17/2015 7:00 PM
Sunday 5/24/2015 7:00 PM
Sunday 5/31/2015 7:00 PM

One Day M School – $1550.00
Wednesday 3/4/2015 8:15 AM
Tuesday 3/10/2015 8:15 AM
Tuesday 3/31/2015 8:15 AM
Thursday 4/9/2015 8:15 AM
Tuesday 4/28/2015 8:15 AM
Friday 5/8/2015 8:15 AM
Thursday 5/14/2015 8:15 AM
Saturday 6/6/2015 8:15 AM

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BMW recently announced M Performance Parts for the X4 [details] and is now displaying an X4 outfitted with these parts at the 2014 Essen Motor Show.

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From the 2014 Essen show, the BMW M4 coupe decked out in M Performance Parts.

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Just a few months after their market launch, the new BMW M3 and the new BMW M4 Coupé have received the “Auto Bild Sports Cars of the Year” award. The readers’ vote organised by the automobile magazine “Auto Bild Sportscars” saw the BMW M3 Sedan win the “Serial Production Sedan Models” class, attracting 30.21 per cent of the votes cast. Meanwhile the BMW M4 Coupé (16.67 per cent) came out on top in the category “Serial Production Coupé Models”.

“Auto Bild Sportscars” belongs to the … CONTINUED

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A one-off documentary on the 50-year history of BMW Motorsport in touring car racing is available now: “ADRENALIN -THE BMW TOURING CAR STORY”, produced by brothers Tim and Nick Hahne (both DE). Together with their crew, the two filmmakers spent an entire year travelling throughout Europe, during which time they conducted about 30 interviews with BMW Motorsport drivers and management past and present. They also dug out previously unreleased archive material.

Because of this they were able to produce a 123-minute, in-depth, breath-taking and emotional … CONTINUED

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Rick F. shares his Fall Colors and Haunted Houses trip photo documentary with us. Words by Rick:

BMWs are great for spirited riding or driving—and if you use that ability to visit scenic and historically interesting places, then you have an unbeatable combination. With that goal in mind, I set off in late October to find out whether Pennsylvania or West Virginia had the best Fall Colors. Along the way, I encountered no small number of historical haunted houses, just in time for Halloween.

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Manhart has a trio of BMWs at this year’s Essen Motor Show, including the MH4 550 (M4), MH2 400 WB (M235i Wide Body) and the i8.

Via Manhart:

Also at this year’s Essen Motor Show Tuning Exhibition, Manhart Performance will be presenting some highlights. In their booth in Hall 10 they will be exhibiting three highly modified vehicles, all of them being world premieres.

Among them the MH2 400 WB, an advancement of the recently revealed MH2 400 Clubsport, equipped with 420HP and a newly developed … CONTINUED

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Essen 2014: Hamann M4

11/30/2014 at 9:00 AM
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Photos from the 2014 Essen Motor Show of the Hamann M4 coupe.

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The 2014 Essen Motor Show has opened its doors and we bring you some photos.

Here are the AC Schnitzer 2 Series and 4 Series Gran Coupe from the show.

More technical details:

2 Series: http://www.2addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1028920
4 Series Gran Coupe: http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho….php?t=1044171

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BMW Individual Pure Metal Silver is the most expensive paint from BMW. It looks amazing, has a chrome-like finish and extraordinary brilliance. In this clip you can see the intensive craftsmanship it takes to produce a “Pure Metal Silver car”.

Alpina D4 Biturbo Driven

11/28/2014 at 12:40 PM
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The D4 Biturbo is Alpina’s follow up to the stunning D3. It’s capable of reaching 60mph in 4.6 seconds and can return up to 53mpg. Sounds like the perfect package, then, but are there any drawbacks? Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar finds out.

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The Worlds most successful premium sedan. now with plug in hybrid drive.
The BMW 3 Series Plug in hybrid prototype.

Outstanding flexibility, which means it can be integrated in a wide range of different vehicle concepts, makes rapid deployment of this plug-in hybrid drive technology in the BMW model range a feasible and realistic proposition. The BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype provides a first taste of the extra- efficient driving pleasure which the world’s most successful premium sedan will offer.

Combining a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol … CONTINUED

BMW i8 vs BMW M1 Track Battle Video

11/28/2014 at 9:00 AM
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To find out how thirty years of evolution has changed the BMW supercar, Auto Express we took along a classic M1 to meet the new i8 at the Auto Express test track. The BMW i8 features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol from the MINI Cooper driving the rear wheels, while an electric motor drives the front. Under the engine cover of the M1 is something altogether much more traditional: a 3.5-litre six-cylinder unit putting out 277bhp and 330Nm of torque. This compares to 357bhp … CONTINUED

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! While you chow down your turkey, we have the latest F30 and F31 LCI facelift prototypes to show you. Until now, adaptive LED headlights have only been available on the 4 Series, but as we can see, it will soon be available on the F30/F31 LCI models. Alongside the LED headlights, the F30/F31 LCI will also feature LED tail lights.

As seen before, these prototypes show a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights (from the beefier bumper design) and shapelier kidney grilles. … CONTINUED

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2016 7 Series (G11) Drops Major Camo

11/26/2014 at 2:04 PM
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The next generation 2016 7 Series (G11) has dropped some major camouflage, revealing its overall body styling.

The major styling components are now revealed – body lines, kidney grille shape and size, headlight and tail light shapes and yes, the hood cutline has indeed been moved back down to meet with the kidney grilles!

As usual, the next 7 Series will be a showcase for future BMW technologies, both in physical construction and its technology.

We recently showed you the first look at the production interior, which … CONTINUED

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Chris Harris is now out with his new (free to watch) youtube channel.

Among videos that have been uploaded you can find a full review of the F80 M3. For those who subscirbed and paid for drive+, you have already seen it. For everyone else.

Enjoy!

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Based on input from Scott26, we’ve given our BMW M2 some even more accurate touches – including more angular front styling and hips (fenders).