BMW Group Research and Technology has developed a prototype for a multifunctional car key which enables cashless payment and personalised vehicle access. “As part of our research project we first integrated a security chip into the key casing, which communicates across short distances by radio with a card reader,” says Hans-Jorg Vogel, project manager at BMW Group Forschung und Technik. In future the key could also be used for other transport systems. Indeed, electronic tickets for bus, train and air travel could all be stored on the chip. The credit card function in the security chip allows electronic payments to be carried out quickly, securely and conveniently from the prototype key.
Read the rest of this article, view the photos and make comments here ==> http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188826
Autoblog: Motorsports fans are eagerly anticipating the 2009 ALMS season where Ferrari, Porsche, Panoz, Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet and now BMW will be competing for the GT2 title. BMW Motorsport unveiled the new M3 racing program back in February of this year and have been developing the car in Europe since then. They recently handed off the car to Rahal Letterman Racing who tested the car this past week at Road Atlanta and are currently running laps at Sebring International Raceway. BMW also announced the first two drivers for the program, Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand, both of whom have extensive experience driving previous versions of the M3. Auberlen first drove for BMW in 1996 and won titles in 1997 and 2004. The M3 will make its 2009 racing debut at … CONTINUED
M3Post member picks up the very first Laguna Seca Blue E92 M3. Yes, although this color is not offered in BMWs official offerings, it was a very unique and popular color for the E46 M3. So much so, that there is obviously demand for this color on the newest M3.
Read the rest of this article, view the photos and make comments here ==> http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188298
No matter how much people complain about each M3 getting heavier and more “fail”, its good to see it still a favorite! And for the 335i it’s very impressive considering a lot of people think the 1 series does the same for less money in a tighter package
Read the rest of this article, view the photos and make comments here ==> http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=187938
Wide body kit LUMMA CLR X 650: The massive bodykit is broadening the Sports SUV 5cm per side by fender extensions, the front bumper with it’s day light running lights is adding the CLR X 650 a sportive look, the individual rear bumper with Carbon diffuser, a Carbon sport look front hood with air ducts and the sportive side skirts are rounding up the whole package. Design mirrors, aerodynamic optimized, in Carbon, headlight eyelids and tanned tail lights, replenish the sportive look of the LUMMA CLR X 650.
Read the rest of this article, view the photos and make comments here ==> http://www.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=187863
Report Date : November 20, 2008 at 10:47 AM NHTSA Campaign ID number : 08V595000
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s): BMW / M3 2008-2009
Read the rest of this article, view the photos and make comments here ==> http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=187610
After the recent unveiling of the facelifted BMW 3-Series Sedan and Touring, AC Schnitzer’s design team went back to the draw board to create a new aero package for both variants of the German firm’s best selling model. Schnitzer’s cosmetic kit consists of a new front bumper with a lip spoiler, side sills, a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, a tailgate spoiler for the sedan, a roof spoiler (Sedan and Touring and of course, new alloy wheels.
Read the rest of this article, view the photos and make comments here ==> http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=187642
The BMW 7 Series including the ActiveHybrid makes its debut at the LA AutoShow today. The U.S. will get two variants of the new 7-Series including the 750i and the 750 Li. The outgoing 360-hp 4.8L V8 will be replaced by the 4.4L twin-turbo V8 from the X6 xDrive50i.
That makes an outstanding 400-hp with a maximum torque of 450 lb-ft for the very-large sedan. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, BMW says that fuel-economy was also improved but wouldn’t give us any specific numbers. What they did tell us was that the 2009 BMW 7-Series will be the first car to get its own “Integrated Owner’s Manual.” What does that mean?
That mean your 2009 750i or 750 Li won’t come with a physical book. Instead BMW will deliver the owner’s … CONTINUED
Note! This is a photoshop and not an actual picture of a real car!!
Well, believe it or not, BMW is already working on the next generation 3-series just as the new facelift E90s are coming out.
The 3 series accounts for about 44% of BMW sales, so suffice it to say its important and BMW has to get it right every time. BMW is taking its cues from the CS concept and will incorporate both dynacism and elegance all in one.
BMW will also go headstrong with their EfficientDynamics push with the 3 series and are planned to downsize the engine size across the board with increased use of turbos to keep the power levels high.
The next generation car is said to be revealed at the Geneva motor show in 2012.
Should be … CONTINUED
I figured this deserved a new thread, but for those of you who own an N54 car and are familiar with the dreaded turbo lag issue cropping up from the 29.2 and above software, youll be delighted to hear the following…
Thanks to our friend Satch Carlson at Roundel who took my letter and others regarding the turbo lag, he was able to track down details on the problem and actually get BMW to admit the problem and announce a software updare.
BMWs official statement is below after Roundel threatened to run all of our letters (which I believe should STILL be run) — thanks Satch!!
“In an effort to address specific noise concerns, BMW updated the turbocharged engine software on 335i/xi and 535i/xi models built from June 2006 through March 2008. The … CONTINUED