09/11/2010     11:00 AM

Road & Track’s November issue will contain a feature comparing the factory street version of 5 top performance cars against their GT versions from the ALMS racing series. One of the feature teases released so far is BMW Rahal Letterman Racing driver Tommy Milner, who relates the factory M3 to the experience in the M3 GT2 race car.

Looking forward to seeing the full feature. Here’s a taste for now.

09/10/2010     10:00 PM

For the 6th year straight, BMW has been named as the auto industry’s Supersector leader (aka the world’s most sustainable “green” automobile manufacturer). This was the conclusion of the SAM Group, published in its latest evaluation for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). The BMW Group is the only company in the automotive industry to have been listed in this important group of sustainability indexes every year since it was established in 1999 and named Supersector leader for each of the past six years. This year, the BMW Group is also the only German company to be ranked among the 19 Supersector leaders worldwide.

09/10/2010     4:00 PM

The N54 vs. N55 motor comparisons continue, with Automobile Magazine dyno testing the two motors back to back. So what’s the verdict? Well, it’s not quite as simple as declaring a winner. Each motor is better in its own respect and are overall very equally matched. See inside for details.

09/10/2010     12:45 PM

As if the factory X5 M power output and aero kit wasn’t aggressive enough, G-Power has now released its even bigger wide body kit and tuning package for the X5M. Thanks to optimized air flow and up to 15% more cooling, the G-POWER body kit clears the way for an increase in the base output of the 4.4 l V8 bi-turbo power unit of 170 hp to no less than 725 hp.

09/10/2010     10:00 AM

Here are some beautiful new BMW released F11 5-series touring photos, including the best photos yet of the 5-series M-sport package aero kit.

09/09/2010     8:31 PM

We bring you the best photos yet of the F10 M5 on the track. Spotted at the ring today performing high speed runs, the production front bumper is yet again exposed, save some camouflage tape. Some more design elements of the rear lower bumper also comes into view – particularly the area around the quad exhausts.

Also apparent is the more aggressive M5 sideskirts, rear deck lid spoiler, and the beautifully concave wheel wheels, all of which are production versions. The 2012 M5 is expected to make its world public debut at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA autoshow in September 2011 (probably with a reveal a few months earlier than September) and will be powered by a tweaked version of the S63 V8 twin turbo motor from the … CONTINUED

09/09/2010     7:00 PM

MINI has just released this teaser of a new concept. It will be unveiled in London on September 23 and you may win tickets to attend the exclusive live unveiling event. To enter the contest, all that’s required is to e-mail facebook@mini.com.uk with the subject line ‘MINI Design Concept Event’ by Monday, September 13. Unfortunately, the tickets are only available to UK residents.

So what’s under the cover? To us, it resembles a MINI Countryman. Perhaps it’s the John Cooper Works version of the Countryman?

09/09/2010     4:55 PM

BMW AG surpassed August’s global sales volumes for its core brand not just versus last year’s month but for those of 2007 and 2008 as well, underlining the strength of the recovery in the premium car market.

BMW said today that it sold more vehicles in China in the first eight months through August than it did for the entire year of 2009.

Global sales of BMW brand vehicles rose 16.3 percent last month to about 88,000 units.

That brought the cumulative total year-to-date to 775,262 BMW brand vehicles, for a gain of 14.0 percent.

“We are seeing a stable upward trend and are gradually regaining the level we had prior to the economic and financial crises,” BMW group sales chief Ian Robertson said in a statement.

“For the first time, … CONTINUED

09/09/2010     12:30 PM

AC Schnitzer has unveiled its full F10 5-series performance and cosmetic program, consisting of ECU tune, brake and suspension upgrades, wheels, and various aero and interior dress up parts. Full details and photos inside.

09/09/2010     10:37 AM

MINI has announced today that the “new MINI Countryman World Rally Car has successfully completed its shakedown phase at Prodrive’s private proving ground in Warwickshire.” Mini said that the Mini Countryman World Rally Car completed the initial part of the car’s test and development with the engineering team driving the car over four days, primarily on tarmac, but also including several KMs on loose surfaces and Prodrive’s low grip facility. The prototype will now travel to Portugal for a week of testing on gravel.

“As with any totally new car, it is vital to take time to ensure all the systems are working as intended before embarking on a week long gravel test,” said David Lapworth, Prodrive technical director.

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