Fast Company magazine has ranked BMW Group DesignworksUSA as the world’s “#1 Most Innovative Company in Design,” and among the “Most Innovative Companies for 2010.” This recognition appears in the March 2010 issue of Fast Company magazine, which selects the world’s most innovative companies from twenty-four categories including design, advertising & marketing, mobile, biotechnology, energy, film & television, food, media, healthcare, music, and sports. As an honoree DesignworksUSA stands shoulder-to-shoulder with both rising newcomers and industry legends such as Disney, ESPN, First Solar, Facebook, GE, Google, HP, Novartis, Spotify, and Hulu.
For those not familiar with BMW Performance, its a new range of products in the BMW lineup meant to compete with the aftermarket and offer sporty upgrades to the standard range of BMW cars. The products are supposed to bridge the gap between stock car and ///M car.
BMW Performance is seemingly going all out with the X6, promising to offer upgrades to the drivetrain, suspension, aerodynamics and cockpit.
Power KitRetrofitable (Available June 2010)
xDrive50i: Power increased to 448 hp and 479 lb-ft.
xDrive35i: Power increased to 326 hp and 332 lb-ft.
xDrive50i: 0-60: 5.2s
xDrive35i: 0-60: 6.5s
Sport Exhaust system
Aerodynamic KitFront bumper
Insert for the rear bumper
All finished in body colour
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The folks over at BimmerFile got time to sit down with a beautiful example of the new 2011 BMW 5-series and wrote up a nice post sharing their thoughts. Here are some select quotes, but follow the jump for the full blog post
Most photos do not do these undulations justice, as the peaks and valleys on the hood are very impressive and give a hint at the cars sporting intentions. Like all recently introduced BMWs the front twin kidneys have grown to allow the choice of engines to be cooled effectively and to offset the look of the new pedestrian safety requirements as … CONTINUED
Michelin and BMW will be tackling the series with the same three riders who will be flying the two firms colours in the Endurance World Championship, namely Matthieu Lagrive, the reigning French Champion S
I previewed a Space Gray Metallic 535i F10 in SE trim on 16-Feb at Rybrook Warwick, in Warwickshire, England. No pictures were allowed so apologies in advanced – the car was even hidden behind screens to protect it from general view within the dealership.
My first observations were:
1. Well-proportioned if somewhat conservative exterior. The kidney grill looks great but the Volvo S80 type hood is a bit old-fashioned at a time when Jaguar, Mercedes, even Vauxhall and Honda are going the taut, flame-surfacing route.
2. No significant improvement in interior space (esp rear legroom) and boot space is actually less than current E60.
3. Several storage cubby holes every where (front and rear console)
4. Interior switchgear, layout … CONTINUED
Audi is airing two new commercials during the Winter Olympics currently underway. If you haven’t yet seen it, they’re not so subtle digs against Audi’s main rivals – BMW and Lexus. Check out the spots inside.
Manhart has announced its 3-stage supercharger tuning program for the BMW M3, good for up to 655 HP, 0-100km/hr in 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 350km/h. Also detailed is Manhart’s tuning program for the X5M and X6M. Full details and photos inside.
Here’s the comparison everyone wants to see. Motortrend has undertaken the battle of the titans of the mid-sized german sedan market by pitting the 2011 535i against the 2010 Mercedes E350. Was there a clear winner? Check out the review to find out.
AC Schnitzer has released its tuning and cosmetic program for the BMW X1. The program includes more aggressive tune and exhaust system, suspension and handling upgrades, and full compliment of cosmetic parts. The ACS X1 will debut in just a couple of weeks at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Look for our coverage!
One of the writers over @ Jalopnik was allowed into one of BMWs many secret warehouses while in Germany. What he was treated too was a true medly of some of BMWs greatest vehicles. Heres a quick quote from the article but follow the jump to read the entire story
: I was in Germany for the debut of the E90 3-series coupe and the technical backgrounder for the N54 turbo six. I was part of a small group of American journalists, and while we spent most of our time in and around BMWs new-car facility, we had dinner on … CONTINUED