09/22/2013     5:16 PM

On this episode of The Downshift, the boys from Motor Trend and Tire Rack team up to test some tires. Do performance tires really make a difference? Our resident hot shoe Randy Pobst takes to the track with a BMW 328i, Mustang V6, Subaru BRZ and a truck load of tires to find out. Includes track times for each model and tire.

09/22/2013     12:05 PM

BMW Team RLL finished third and fourth in the inaugural American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin (US). Both BMW Z4 GTEs ran strongly for the majority of the race, only to fall victim to the top speed advantage of the Corvettes and Vipers in the closing stages. John Edwards (US) and Dirk Müller (DE) claimed third in the number 56 BMW Z4 GTE for Müller’s second consecutive podium appearance. The result, combined with the withdrawal of the number 4 Corvette during the race, moves Müller to second in the GT driver standings, 13 points behind the leaders.

Despite qualifying fourth, Edwards had to start the number 56 car from the back of the entire field of 33 cars … CONTINUED

09/21/2013     5:00 PM

The BMW M Performance Parts catalog for the all new 2014 F15 X5 has not yet been released, but here’s a first look at some M Performance wheel designs.

09/21/2013     2:30 PM

Since 1 August 2013 there have been a number of personnel changes within the BMW Group Design team. Adrian van Hooydonk is in overall charge of BMW Group Design, which embraces all the Group’s brands, and is thus responsible for design at BMW, BMW i, BMW Motorrad and MINI, as well as Rolls-Royce. The various design studios, Advanced Design, design research, design strategy and DesignworksUSA all fall within his remit.

BMW Design

In the BMW Design Team led by Karim Habib, Domagoj Dukec has taken over as head of Exterior Design, Oliver Heilmer as head of Interior Design and Martina Starke as head of Colour and Material Design.

Domagoj Dukec, 38, the new head of Exterior Design, was born in Frankfurt and has worked in the … CONTINUED

09/20/2013     4:56 PM

We’ve told you plenty about the impressive track built inside the BMW hall at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA auto show, now see it in action with i3 and M models.

09/20/2013     2:00 PM

Alpina has a larger than usual display at the ongoing 2013 Frankfurt IAA show where they brought out many of their many models, including the just announced Alpina D3, the XD3, B3 and B6.

09/20/2013     11:00 AM

Photos from the latest sighting of the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Now that the 4 Series Coupe has been revealed and the Convertible nears its debut, the next model in the lineup – the 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36), has re-emerged in testing, after a nearly 6 month hiatus since our last spotting. It has re-emerged with Eric Bana doing the testing and with less camouflage than ever – shedding the heavy camouflage from its front and rear (that’s not really Eric Bana).

What’s revealed is what was expected – a Gran Coupe styled 4 Series which effectively shares the same exterior styling as the Coupe, but with an elongated roofline and an extra pair of doors. The interior will also be shared with the other 4 … CONTINUED

09/20/2013     7:00 AM

Very nicely produced video capturing the various BMW M Track Days 2013 which launched the M6 Gran Coupe globally.

3 continents. 3 times pure racing feeling. 1 stunning all-new BMW M6 Gran Coupé. This were the BMW M Track Days 2013. Enjoy the event video and watch the highlights of unforgettable times in Germany, the USA and Malaysia.

09/19/2013     3:15 PM

We have preliminary MPG figures for the 2014 X5 sDrive35i, xDrive35i and xDrive50i. They are as follows:

sDrive35i: 19 / 27 / 22 (city/highway/combined)
xDrive35i: 18 / 27 / 21
xDrive50i: 14 / 22 / 17
xDrive35d figures are not yet released

*figures are preliminary by BMW, subject to EPA final testing

While attending the BMW X5 (F15) launch drive, we had a chance to sit down with BMW NA’s X5 Product Advocate, Jason Chan, who helped answer some of the questions our X5 owners-to-be have:

Are there plans to add paddle shifters to xLine?
Currently, we’re only planning to use the Sport Auto Transmission (with paddle shifters) specifically for the M Sport package.

Will the M Sport steering wheel be available as an option without the M Sport package?… CONTINUED

09/19/2013     1:15 PM

The M Performance Parts available for the F32 4 Series include:

The BMW M Performance Power Kit ( PPK ):
BMW 420d (+12Kw, +40Nm) / (+16hp, +30 lb-ft)
BMW 430d (+20kW, +40Nm) / (+27hp, +30 lb-ft)
BMW 435i (+25kW, +50Nm) / (+34hp, +37 lb-ft)

• M Performance Exhaust system (available 428i and 435i) with chrome tailpipes or carbon fiber tips (for 435i)
• M Performance Limited-slip differential
• M Performance Suspension
• M Performance brakes (red, yellow or orange calipers)
• M Performance light alloy wheels
• 18-inch winter complete wheel sets in double-spoke design
• Black kidney grilles
• Rear diffuser
• Side sill foils with M Performance inscription,
• M Performance side stripes
• Carbon fiber front splitters
• Carbon fiber mirror caps
• Carbon fiber rear spoiler
• M Performance sports steering wheel with red central marking or Race • … CONTINUED

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