12/17/2013     5:30 PM

Ward’s Auto has announced the winners of its 10 Best Engines Award. BMW’s N57 3.0L Turbodiesel Inline-6 was named as one of the 10 winners.

The N57 in the 535d outputs 255 hp @ 4000 rpm and 413 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm, while getting EPA MPG of 26/37-38 mpg (city/highway).

Of the 10 winners, 8 featured direct fuel injection, 6 were forced induction and 1 was electric.

Here’s the list of winners:

3.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC I-6 (BMW 535d)
3.0-liter TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S5)
3.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
83-kilowatt Electric Motor (Fiat 500e)
1.0-liter EcoBoost DOHC I-3 (Ford Fiesta)
2.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC I-4 (Chevrolet Cruze Diesel)
6.2-liter OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray)
3.5-liter SOHC V-6 (Honda Accord)
2.7-liter DOHC H-6 boxer (Porsche Cayman)
1.8-liter … CONTINUED

12/17/2013     1:50 PM

We’ve just learned from our source that BMW has officially approved the production BMW i8 Spyder for a late 2015 introduction. The approval came last Friday and a production intent model was shown internally at BMW. It was an i8 Spyder in Solar Orange (same color as on i3) with blue highlights, of which we’ve produced a preview rendering below.

Mechanically, the i8 Spyder will share the i8 Coupe’s powerplant and drivetrain. Stylistically, it will be identical to the i8 Spyder Concept, but with the production styling aspects of the i8 Coupe.

12/17/2013     11:30 AM

Here are the latest rumors on a BMW M3 GT, M7 and AWD M5/M6.

12/17/2013     10:06 AM

RECALL Subject : Front Seat Occupant Protection Mat

Report Receipt Date: NOV 12, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V564000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 76,565
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2006 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi sedans and 325xi sports wagons, model year 2007 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi sedans and 328i and 328xi sports wagons, model year 2006-2007 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 550i sedans and 530xi sports wagons, model year 2006 760i sedans, model year 2006-2007 750i, 750Li, and 760Li sedans, and model year 2006 X5 sports activity vehicles, equipped with certain seat types. The front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if and how the passenger frontal air bag should … CONTINUED

12/17/2013     8:30 AM

Autoexpress compares the BMW M6 Gran Coupe versus the Audi RS7.

12/16/2013     8:05 PM

Congrats to BIMMERPOST member Nightcreature for taking delivery of his X5 M50d.

12/16/2013     3:00 PM

Here are some other looks at the BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4 in other colors, via renderings by BIMMERPOST member armymen.

12/16/2013     12:00 PM

As we recently reported, the car that everyone has been calling the “1 Series GT” has now been fully revealed — as a 225i. Its full official name will be the 225i Active Tourer.

Also as predicted, the production version retains the Concept Active Tourer’s styling. The differences are the smaller kidney grilles, revised fascias and different lights. The shots of the interior reveal the same multi-layered styling seen in other late model BMWs.

The 2 Series Active Tourer will share the newest MINI’s engines and FWD “UKL” platform, but also come in AWD models. And, it will come in a longer-wheelbase version with a third row of seats.

It’s one of several new FWD vehicles which BMW will use to push into new segments. Ian Robertson, … CONTINUED

12/16/2013     10:00 AM

As the motoring world still mourns the loss of amazing car enthusiast and all around genuine and decent guy, Paul Walker, this video from The Smoking Tire showcases his fantastic collection of some priceless BMW cars (no less an M1 in Procar livery) and some other incredible cars. Definitely a must see for us car enthusiasts.

12/16/2013     8:00 AM

BIMMERPOST member ddk632 shares another great pictorial journal with us, this time of the BMW i8 at the SLS Hotel in Miami, Florida. Here’s his journal:

I found out about this event while I was at the LA Auto Show and of course attended last week.

The SLS Hotel is really (really!) beautiful and was an excellent stage for BMW to show off the i8 in a relatively private setting. The event was an official BMW event and customers could get on the list to attend by calling BMW.

The front entrance to the SLS Hotel in Miami during Art Basel 2013. BMW brought a fleet of 100 7-Series to shuttle people around, plus a number of the new BMW i3′s (some of them in this … CONTINUED

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