BMW’s development boss has revealed the company is unlikely to offer a competitor to the Audi A3 Sedan and Mercedes CLA.
Speaking to Wards Auto, Dr. Herbert Diess [BMW board member] said the company sees little need for a sedan smaller than the 3-Series in the United States. He went on to say he sees a “high risk of substitution” where customers would buy the smaller car – presumably the 1-Series sedan or 2-Series Gran Coupe – instead of a more expensive model like the … CONTINUED
BMW starts 2014 with four awards from the automobile magazine “auto motor und sport”. The BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.6-0.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 13–0 g/km), BMW 4 Series Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.4-4.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 197-121 g/km), and BMW 5 Series (combined fuel consumption: 9.6-4.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 224–119 g/km) were the winners in their respective categories. The BMW i3 was also recognised by the editors-in-chief of “auto motor und sport” as well as more than … CONTINUED
If the futuristic designs of the i8 and i3 are still too tame for you, Lumma Design is hoping they have a solution.
These renderings show their future plans for gussying up the i8 and i3 with some more aggressive aero parts.
Check out this Estoril Blue II M235i from the Montreal Auto Show.
BMW has released the 2015 BMW M3 and M4 spec panels (the ones you see displayed at dealers and auto shows next to the cars). These sheets show us the model highlights, as well as confirming the options and packages for the U.S. M3/M4 models. Full pricing/ordering guides are forthcoming, so check back soon.
Packages include the Driver Assistance Plus (ZDB), Executive Package (ZEC) and Lighting Package (ZLP).
From the U.S. Military Price Estimates Guide, here are the descriptions of these packages.
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Heave the best listen yet at the factory BMW M4 (F82) and M3 (F80) exhaust system yet.
BMW recently announced that an extensive BMW Individual program would be offered for the BMW 4 Series (and 3 Series) from the spring of 2014.
Some of the options to be made available include Individual exterior paints, BMW Individual light-alloy wheels, extended BMW Individual leather trim, a Merino leather steering wheel as well as an instrument panel finished in leather.
We now have some first looks, via BMW’s facebook page.
BMW Individual fine-grain Merino leather in Gold Brown and BMW Individual fine-wood trim Plane Auburn dark.
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Online Entertainment from BMW ConnectedDrive stands for premium in-car music pleasure. The option provides direct access to the entire world of music and a range of spoken content. Online Entertainment’s latest partner is the music provider Napster, which offers a catalogue of over 20 million titles covering every possible genre – from rock, pop and soul to classical and jazz – in addition to thousands of audiobooks.
Connectivity from vehicle to music provider is via the car’s built-in SIM card, which ensures optimum transmission quality … CONTINUED
Here’s an extended road trip report by one of our F15 X5 owners of his F15 X5 xDrive35i xLine.
I saw it [4 Series Gran Coupe] today in the ‘closed room’ @ the car show in brussels. It’s sleeker than the 3gt and looks very nice i admit, like it a lot. They did a pretty good job with that c-pillar and backseat room is not that bad, better than the mercedes cla i sat in… But i’m not a big person so most of those type cars are ok for me
Oh yeah one more thing: it’s a 5-door like the 3gt…
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The F85 X5 M has been spotted in testing since late 2012, and now it’s time for the F86 X6 M to hit the test circuit.
It’s not difficult to identify this next generation X6 M as it bears the tell-tale M model signs – huge front air intakes, more aggressive sideskirts and rear diffuser, blue M brakes, and cross drilled rotors (the first for any X6 model). The newest M styling trends are also evident — the double-slatted kidney grilles and the angled exhaust … CONTINUED
Another color has been officially revealed for the BMW 2 Series. This Mineral Grey 228i Coupe is currently on display at the 2014 DC Auto Show.
Watch BMW Driving Experience chief instructor Claudia Hürtgen set a new track record at the Shanghai International Circuit in a BMW M6 Horse Edition [Details].
The F80 M3 sedan and F82 M4 coupe have just made their European debut at the Brussels Auto Show.
We bring you the first photos!
Carsten Pries, the Director of Product at BMW M, recently had these comments to share at the Detroit Auto Show:
Electromechanical Power Steering Better Than Hydraulic?
This is the most exciting news to come from our interview. Surprised? You should be. And you probably should be skeptical until driving reviews come in but what we learned gets us excited. This is NOT the EPS that you have driven in other BMWs in the slightest. This is M’s version of EPS. New hardware, new software, new everything.
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Velos Designwerks showcases phase 1 of their 435i M Sport Coupe. This is what they’ve done to the car thus far:
- Gloss Black Kidney Grill
- Gloss Black Emblem
- Color Matched Reflector
- Lowered on H&R Super “Super” Sport Springs
- Painted M Sport Brakes
- Velos Designwerks Sticker (5 horsepower)
- Velos Designwerks Signature Series Monoblock Forged Wheels V1
Hand Brushed w/ tint | 20×9 & 20×10
- Pirelli PZero 255/30/20 & 285/25/20
It’s no secret that BMW has been on the forefront of weight reduction in volume production vehicles. Starting with their tie-up SGL Group and development of the BMW i vehicles, they have been finding great use for carbon fibre in weight reduction. The key to this is carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). While this highly touted material is being used in the BMW i vehicles, it has yet to make its way into a series production BMW, until now…
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We’ve shown you plenty of Austin Yellow M4 photos from under the bright showlights at auto shows, but now have a good look at Austin Yellow under the natural lighting of the outdoors.