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BMW X5 M vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

I have to say, this is one amazing lineup of vehicles for a road test. Hats off to Car and Driver magazine for putting this together! You have to read this road test. Here are some select quotes

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The 740i has traditionally been an 8-cylinder variant of the 7-series. But in this age of increasing horsepower and cylinders, BMWs top 7-series has risen up to become the 760i. This has left an opening in not only nomenclature but also in offerings available in the USA.

BMW has now thankfully decided to offer a 6-cylinder variant under the name 740i in the USA.

The idea behing this car is something called "virtual displacement". This is … CONTINUED

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BMW Concept ActiveE

BMWs vision for the future of the megacity vehicle, dubbed Project-i (Isetta?) comes in the form of this 1-series coupe modified to run on electricity.

For the next major autoshow on schedule, the International Autoshow at Detroit, BMW will bring this car to follow-up the VisionED concept car.

BMW maintains its goals of combining the green energy push with its own motto of "sheer driving pleasure" or "joy". They have aimed to make … CONTINUED

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CarAdvice reviews the X6M

12/16/2009 at 3:00 PM
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Austrailian magazine CarAdvice reviews the X6M and at the same time previews their full road test. Great pictures of the car in action accompany the short article which is itself a good read:

http://www.caradvice.com.au/50660/bmw-x6-m-review/

Wallpaper Update: BMW X1 in the snow

12/16/2009 at 10:30 AM
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Now that the winter months are upon us it seems appropriate to show off BMWs latest product (the X1) in the snow!

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I thought this was a very interesting note posted by BimmerFile

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With the release of the Z4 35is BMW will be offering only one transmission; the DCT. Our understanding is that the manual 6 speed Z4 (specifically the clutch) cant handle the torque that comes with the engine upgrade in the car.

Read the rest: http://www.bimmerfile.com/2009/12/15…h-the-z4-35is/

MINI Beachcomber Concept Car

12/15/2009 at 6:57 PM
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Ahead of the International Autoshow in Detroit, MINI has released it’s “Beachcomber” concept car. This car is intended to attract attention to the newest car in the MINI lineup, the all new crossover car that has been under development and is to be released at Detroit.

The idea behind this concept is to connect the driver with the outside environment. To this end, they’ve ripped off the doors and roof But if you put those parts back on the car (mentally of course) then what you … CONTINUED

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I sincerely hope this isnt true but Edmunds InsideLine is reporting today that it believes the program is getting some major cuts. Why? BMW is looking to concentrate its engineering resources toward electric and hybrid vehicles. BMWs Hydrogen program has mainly been centered around a highly modified E65 7-Series running on liquid hydrogen fuel.

What is the BMW Hydrogen 7?

BMWs goal in making this car was to produce an alternative fuel vehicle that was not only … CONTINUED

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The upcoming 3-series replacement (chassis code: F30) is likely to debut in 2011 as a 2012 model. Now that the winter months are upon Europe, the car is undergoing winter testing, and has been spied on video at a local gas station.

Not much is known about the car as of yet, as the car is under heavy body cladding covered with BMWs classic psychedelic camouflage. Current thinking is that the forthcoming 3-series will continue to use styling cues … CONTINUED

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More 5-Series F11 (wagon) spyshots

12/14/2009 at 12:22 PM
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Ever since the F10 was officially unveiled to the world, the F11 has had most of its camo removed, for good reason. The shape and look of the car is known at this point. What is left is for BMW to put the finishing touches to the car and finish up testing in time for the official world premier of this car, later in the year in Paris.

The look of the touring/wagon (f11) compliments the sedan version nicely and goes for the ultra modern and … CONTINUED

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Courtesy of BimmerFile is a nicely compiled video of all the clips floating around the internet right now:

Source: http://www.bimmerfile.com/2009/12/13…5is-in-motion/

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Its an early Christmas weekend for Z4 fans as they not only get the sDrive35is, but will also soon have an official M Package option, to be available in the Spring of 2010.

Here are some details of the Z4 M Sport Package:No pricing yet announced.
To be available in 2010 Spring.
Available on all Z4 models.
New ///M front bumper and rear diffuser.
18" ///M wheels.
Optional 19" wheels.
10mm lower suspension.
M steering wheels and seats.
M stick shift cover.
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