BMW 435i Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust

10/03/2013 at 2:51 PM
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Akrapovic has released its Evolution Exhaust system for the BMW 435i coupe, with these quoted figures:

HP Increase: ~7 @ 5850 rpm
TQ Increase: ~7.9 @ 3500 rpm
Weight savings: 1.8 lbs

See inside for the system’s specs, graphs, photos and some sample clips.

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The M4 will not hit dealers until next Summer, but the rumor mill is already churning for a lightweight track model.

Carsales claims BMW M sources have hinted at a lightweight track focused M4 coming in 2016 as part of the celebrations for BMW’s 100th birthday.

Taking after the E92 M3 GTS, the lightweight M4 is rumored to feature two seats only, more power, less weight (target below 1400 kg / 3086 lb) and manual transmission only.

BMW M will attempt to achieve this weight by expanding the … CONTINUED

Our First Canadian 4 Series Delivery

10/03/2013 at 9:00 AM
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Congrats to our first Canadian 4 Series owner! The lucky member picked up his Estoril Blue 435i xDrive on Monday and already has plans to upgrade with an exhaust and the M Performance Power Kit.

Check out the first photos inside.

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BMW M always claims that it subscribes to no dogmas while considering all possibilities in developing new models. That now includes the possibility of all-wheel-drive M5 and M6 models.

In a recent interview with Motoring, BMW M CEO Dr. Friedrich Nitschke acknowledges that “I’ve looked at the numbers and 70 to 80 percent of E63 AMGs are all-wheel drive in the US now.”

He then confirms that: “On our cars we are thinking of all-wheel drive, but it won

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Now that much tech specs for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 have been revealed, do you perceive the M3 any differently when seeing it in action?

We can finally be sure that what we are seeing and hearing is an M3 powered by its 3.0L bi-turbo inline 6 S55 engine outputting approximately 430 hp, far beyond 369 lb-ft, and to a redline just north of 7500 RPM.

Here is the F80 M3 prototype continuing some final testing on the Nurburgring ahead of its January debut at … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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The first of our members’ 2014 X5 deliveries will take place imminently, with some vehicles already waiting at the BMW VPC (vehicle preparation center). For those anxious owners-to-be or just those interested in the new X5, you can learn more about some of the car’s features in these instructional videos.

They includes features on the intelligent safety button, third row seating, new key fob, child safety latch, heated steering wheel, object recognition detection, park distance control, keyhold removal cap, panoramic moonroof, rear comfort seats, updated sun … CONTINUED

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The list of cars and trucks up for the 2014 Car of the Year Award has been parsed down to a short list of 12 cars and 12 trucks. The initial candidates list contained 30 cars overall, of which the BMW i3 was also nominated. It did not make this short list.

2014 North American Car of the Year short list:

BMW 4 Series
Cadillac CTS
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet Impala… CONTINUED

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Check out some delivery photos of an Alpine White 435i xDrive with M Sport Package.

BMW X5 M (F15) on the Nurburgring

10/01/2013 at 7:00 PM
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With the F15 X5 ready to make their debuts at dealerships across the globe, the M version resumes testing at the Nurburgring.

Testing on the F15 X5 M began last year [first sighting], but current mules have now dropped much camouflage. What’s revealed are the expected signature M components – huge front air intakes, aggressive sideskirts and rear diffuser, blue M brakes, and cross drilled rotors (the first for any X5 model). We also get a better look at the quad exhaust pipes which, … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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Introducing our Official 4 Series Photo Compilations Threads.

You can access all our Official F32 4 Series Color Photos Threads via the links inside, and vote for your favorite color in the poll.

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The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported September sales of 28,874 vehicles, an increase of 8.3 percent from the 26,660 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 11.6 percent on sales of 262,200 in the first nine months of 2013 compared to 234,928 in the same period in 2012.

‚ÄúSeptember was unusual because of significantly fewer selling days than August, so the more than 8% increase for BMW and another … CONTINUED

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Check out this very uniquely colored Java Green Metallic (BMW Individual color) Activehybrid 3 with M Sport Package.

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A BMW i3 was fully charged in under 30-minutes today at the first-ever public charging station in the US to offer the SAE Combo-Charging fast charging system. The public charging station is located at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego, CA. The optional fast charging system will enable the BMW i3 driver to charge their EV from a standard 110 volt outlet with a cord set, a 220 volt charging wallbox or public charging station and also from a DC Fast Charging public charging … CONTINUED

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BMW is the 3rd most valuable automotive company in the world (and 12th most valuable of all companies), according to Interbrand’s Top 100 Brands list for 2013. Interbrand is a leading branding consulting agency.

BMW retains these same spots from last year’s 2012 Interbrand List. Toyota and Mercedes placed right in front of BMW, in the 10th and 11th spots overall.

For the methodology that Interbrand applies to come up with its list see: http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-gl…thodology.aspx. The major criteria used are Financial Analysis, Role of Brand and … CONTINUED

BMW X4 Interior Spied

09/30/2013 at 5:15 PM
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We’ve shown you many looks at the exterior of the X4 prototypes, but no views of the X4 interior (not even on the concept X4), until now.

The X4′s interior design is predictably similar to the X3, with which it shares a platform (see comparison photo). The new iDrive touch control knob can be seen. As with the X3, the X4 will be produced in Spartanburg. Expect the X4 to hit the market in the second half of 2014 – early 2015.

AC Schnitzer 4 Series Coupe

09/30/2013 at 1:45 PM
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AC Schnitzer has released initial info on its tuning program for the 4 Series Coupe.

Starting with the engine, the AC Schnitzer tune for the 435i bumps its power up to 360 HP (265 kW), the 428i up to 294 HP (216 kW) and the 420d up to 218 HP (160 kW). To add to the visceral experience, a sports exhaust system is available.

For handling, they offer a height adjustable ‘racing suspension,’ as well as a lowering sprint kit which will lower the F32 by approximately … CONTINUED

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A photo journal from some UK members: two M3s and three 1Ms – a genuine on-the-limit adventure through the entire European Alps from France to Austria, a visit to BMW and Porsche Museums, and the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

BMW Roadsters From 1929-2013

09/30/2013 at 11:45 AM
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Great look back at BMW roadsters by XCAR films.

They cover the the earliest roadsters from BMW, from the 315/1 and 319/1 to the amazing 328 and look at the post war beauty that was the 507 as well as leaping forward in time to the latest generation of roadsters, the Z series.