BMW i8 Crashes on German Highway

01/19/2014 at 3:00 PM
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This preproduction BMW i8 was just spotted crashed on the A92 in Germany. Driving the BMW hybrid halo sports car was a 30 year old BMW test driver and excessive speed was cited by the police as a factor in the accident. The car was traveling “a little bit too fast,” Police Chief Commissioner Nicholas Bishop suspects.

The i8 first crashed into the median barrier, and was then flung across the roadway, coming to a stop in the right lane. Fortunately, the test driver was … CONTINUED

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Hi everyone,

I represented BIMMERPOST at the press launch of the BMW M235i at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Here are some images I took of the M235i Racing and M235i Performance Parts cars at the launch.

I had a chance to inspect the body parts up close and I would say the quality is excellent. All of the body fitments had tight, consistent gaps, and the look was aggressive and polished. [M Performance Parts details]

The M235i Racing car [official thread] was also very interesting to … CONTINUED

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A new 2002? Behind the wheel of the M235i

By Jens Meiners, BIMMERPOST Contributor

If there is a single car that has put BMW on the map with enthusiasts in the USA, it is the 2002. Derived from the “New Class” mid-size sedan, it became the quintessential compact sports sedan. In 1975, it was replaced by the 3-series – a worthy successor initially, but a car that has become remarkably large over the years. In fact, the current 3-series is almost as long and tall as … CONTINUED

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Courtesy of the Build Your Own feature on BMW Belgium’s website, we can show you the first (CGI) images of the standard 18″ wheels style 513M for the F80 M3 and F82 M4.

Tire dimensions are 255/40 ZR18 at the front and 275/40 ZR18 at the rear.

An interesting note is that the 18-inch wheels won’t clear the optional M carbon ceramic brakes, which will require the optional 19-inch style 437M wheels.

For comparison sakes, we have also included CGIs of these 19-inch style 437M wheels, both … CONTINUED

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To commemorate the new Chinese year, which is the “Year of the Horse”, which starts January 31, 2014, BMW has decided to put out a new special edition M car for the Chinese market.

Welcome the BMW M5 and M6 Horse Edition.
BMW will make only 30 copies of the special edition BMW M5 only for the Chinese market. The Horse Edition will feature a unique horse character into the headrests

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Deliveries climb 6.4% to 1,963,798 units

New all-time highs for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands

BMW Group expects further growth in sales in 2014

China becomes BMWs no 1 market

Munich. The BMW Group sold more vehicles in 2013 than ever before in the company

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Here is the U.S. military pricing estimates for the 2015 BMW M3 and BMW M4, including base, options and packages.

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BMW Canada is offering the Ultimate European Delivery Experience for the 2015 M3 and M4 – for the first 15 customers submitting a pre-order for a 2015 M3 or M4.

Full details are inside.

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BMW Canada has released the 2015 M3 and M4 Canadian Order and Price Guide.

Download the PDF inside.

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The 2014 BMW 328i has been selected as the winner of the Cars.Com Lifestyle Award as the Luxury Car of the Year. The BMW 328i is the perfect blend of luxury, sport and prestige. Cars.com tested it against the industry’s best luxury sport sedans in 2013 and it came out on top, beating its competitors.

According to Cars.com

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Overheard at the Detroit Auto Show by Road & Track’s Jason Camissa:

“M3/M4: Sloppy drivers need not apply

‘The M3/M4 won’t tolerate sloppy throttle inputs. It’s without a doubt the highest-performance road car M has built, but it also requires a LOT of talent to drive … at least BMW has a network of driver’s schools to help there, starting with the teen driving program up through the BMW CCA race schools.’”

- A BMW employee who’s driven the new M3

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As we knew, there are multiple F80 M3 and F82 M4 cars at the Detroit auto show. One of our readers recently discovered the ‘spares’ parked in the garage underneath the Cobo Center (where the show is being held).

As luck would have it, he was driving his Le Mans Blue E92 M3 Coupe, which of course called for a photo with the new M3/M4.

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BMW Motorsport goes into the coming DTM season with a new partner on board. When the new BMW M4 DTM driven by António Félix da Costa (PT) appears on the starting grid for the opening race in Hockenheim (DE) on 4th May, it will do so in a Red Bull livery. Félix da Costa has been part of the Red Bull Junior Team since 2012 and will race alongside Timo Glock (DE) for BMW Team MTEK in the DTM.

“It is not only the fact … CONTINUED

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This is the trailer of the movie “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”. Including a special appearance of the BMW 3 Series (and other BMW models).

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We had a chance to sit down with Oliver Ganser, Product Strategy and Market Intelligence Manager at BMW, to discuss the M235i and 228i Coupes [Official Info Thread], which are having their world public debuts at Detroit this week and next.

Q: Does the M235i share the same electric power steering (EPS) system as the F20 M135i?
A: It’s the same system as the M135i, but different than the new M3/M4′s EPS. The EPS in the M3/M4 received a lot of structural improvements.

Q: What improvements … CONTINUED

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We hope you’ve been enjoying our coverage from the 2014 Detroit auto show, but we’re not done yet!

We’ve just had the opportunity to speak to BMW M representatives, including BMW M CEO Dr. Nitschke, Carsten Pries (Director of Product, BMW M), Albert Biermann (Director of Engineering, BMW M) and Florian Nissl (BMW M4 Exterior Designer), on the new M3 and M4. This is what they had to say about some of the questions you had, as well as other topics in this FAQ .

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We can sense the anxiousness in many of our M3/M4-owners-to-be’s posts, as there have not been many updates on pricing/ordering/delivery for the 2015 M3 and M4.

We can now provide a better timeline of what to expect. As for pricing — base pricing has been determined and options/packaging and pricing for those are being finalized currently. They will be released late this month at earliest (February is a safe bet).

Important M3/M4 Dates:

January 18-25: Public auto show debut dates @ Detroit

End of January-February: Pricing-Ordering Guides … CONTINUED

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We’ve just learned the base pricing for the 2015 M3 (F80) and M4 (F82)!

2015 M3: $62,000
2015 M4: $64,200

These prices do not include the $925 destination/handling currently (always subject to change).

This represents a not insignificant increase in base price for the M3 compared to the predecessor E90 M3, but keep in mind that it now comes equipped with a carbon fiber roof and factory in inflation since the last M3 sedan.