After years of financial trouble, the publicly-owned Nurburgring has finally been sold and privatized. Dusseldorf-based automotive supplier Capricorn has won the bid to purchase the Nurburgring.
Capricorn beat out American firm HIG Capital in its bid for the Ring. The deal is reported to be for approximately 100 million Euro, with an upfront investment of 25 million Euro (to expand/improve the track).
Capricorn produces engine components and employs more than 350 employees. The company already has an on-site factory at the Nurburgring which manufactures crankshafts, camshafts, … CONTINUED
The 2015 X4 U.S. price and order guide is now available (click on image below). Together with the online configurator, you can now price out and visualize your X4.
The 2015 X4 xDrive28i starts in the U.S. at $45,625 (including destination and handling) and xDrive35i at $48,925 (including destination and handling). It will make its debut at the 2014 NY International Auto Show and production begins this Spring at the Spartanburg, South Carolina plant.
For full details on the X4, see the X4 Official Thread.
Our full video review of the BMW M235i coupe from its recent launch at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Jason Cammisa of Road & Track provides an interesting perspective on the oft-predicted death of manual transmission. BMW’s falling take rate (percentage of buyers opting for manual transmission) is discussed in particular.
The article blames the brand’s increasing attraction of buyers who are not enthusiasts for lowering the percentage of BMWs sold with manual transmission, although the raw number of certain manual BMWs sold, such as the 3 Series, remains the same as 25 years ago. So, it’s a matter of perspective when it comes … CONTINUED
With 141,093 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 133,631/ +5.6%), the BMW Group achieved its best-ever February sales result. A record number of 273,999 (prev. yr. 256,933) automobiles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year – an increase of 6.6% compared with the same period last year.
“February was another record month for us,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. “The innovative new models coming out this … CONTINUED
A great trip journal featuring a visit inside Supersprint Exhaust’s headquarters in Italy.
With the completion of the development work and final preparations for production at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig, the launch of the BMW i8 approaches its peak. Delivery of the first customer cars will start in June 2014, beginning with the main European markets.
Beforehand, special public events will be held in various regions all over the world to meet the enormous interest in the BMW i8. For this purpose BMW i agents will be equipped with separate demonstration vehicles. The start of series … CONTINUED
More photos of the clear see-through M4 exhibit model currently on display at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
Motortrend has published an entry-level luxury sedan review, comparing the BMW 320i, Mercedes CLA250, VW CC and Buick Regal. Check out some highlights below and head on over to Motortrend for the full review.
The initial idea suggested to yours truly was to line up the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 against the Volkswagen CC R-Line, but the proposal was compelling for all of two minutes. Apart from vaguely sharing body shapes and having turbocharged engines with similar outputs, the bigger, $35K, entry-level luxury question asked was, “Would … CONTINUED
BMW M235i review by XCAR:
The BMW M235i is a rare thing. It’s the kind of car that just feels… right. It makes you feel special, and it makes me wonder whether BMW needs release an M2 at all.
The online preview configurator for the BMW X4, which was revealed last week, is now online.
For details on the X4, see the X4 Official Thread.
The reviewer loved it.
"Initially" is the key word, because the more I drove the M235i, the more it reminded me of that orange 1M, and the more the jealousy started to disappear. Consider the performance data. The 1M was a party-sized M3, putting down the same numbers as its V-8 big brother. But despite the M235is perceived shortcomings, its right on the pace of … CONTINUED
BMW and Toyota have already formally announced their shared platform project which reportedly will result in two cars from two brands, but using shared platform technology. The rest is completely shrouded in mystery.
So far, rumors on the topic have ranged on this shared platform vehicle producing either the Z4 replacement (possibly back to the Z3 moniker) or a separate sports coupe under the name Z5, presumably larger and more powerful.
Germany’s Autozeitung Magazine have now jumped onto the rumor fray, releasing this new photoshop … CONTINUED
The very first BMW Art Car, a BMW 3.0 CSL, designed by American artist Alexander Calder, will be a key highlight of a class of BMW 3.0 CSLs at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The class will include both the winners of the 1975 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 1976 Daytona 24 Hour race. BMW Group Classic will showcase the heritage of the BMW 3 Series in a display that will feature a first-generation 3 Series in the US, the 320i, as … CONTINUED
More BMW X4 videos have been added to our X4 Information Thread.
First look at the 2 Series Active Tourer M Sport model from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
X4 Compared to Macan:
Length: 0.39 in / 1mm shorter than Macan
Width: 1.65 in / 42mm narrower than Macan
Height: same height as Macan
Wheelbase: 0.12 in / 3mm longer than Macan
xDrive28i – 240hp / 260lb-ft – 0-60 in 6.0 seconds (2.0L turbo inline 4 cyl)
xDrive35i – 300hp / 300 lb-ft – 0-60 in 5.2 seconds (3.0L turbo inline 6 cyl)
Macan S AWD – 340 hp / 339 lb-ft – 0-60 in 5.2 seconds (3.0L turbo V6)
Macan Turbo AWD – 400hp / 406 lb-ft – 0-60 in … CONTINUED
A Yas Marina Blue F80 M3 sedan was spotted in NYC recently, where it was captured in some photos and videos by a BIMMERPOST member.
The driver was kind enough to rev the M3 a bit for the camera.