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09/20/2013    4:56 PM
COMMENTS: 25

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    7:00 AM
COMMENTS: 17

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
COMMENTS: 36

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
COMMENTS: 75

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

09/19/2013    12:00 PM
COMMENTS: 25

Like it or not (and we don’t), FWD BMWs are coming. The first of the front wheel powered BMW models to come to market will be the 1 Series GT, spied here undergoing Nurburgring testing.

It has been developed on BMW’s UKL platform, a FWD platform which will be shared between the new MINI Cooper to be revealed in a couple of months, and the upcoming FWD BMW lineup.

The final 1 Series GT design has recently been revealed in a set of patent design images.

How many FWD BMWs should we expect?

According to a report from late last year, up to 12 BMW and Mini cars were already approved for the UKL platform as of last year. These already-approved models will account for 40 percent of the … CONTINUED

09/18/2013    1:45 PM
COMMENTS: 21

And here is our last set of 4 Series photos from the BMW NA launch drive event for the 4 Series Coupe, together with a walkaround video feature. These are of an Estoril Blue 428i M Sport and a black 428i Sport Line (the only non M Sport model at the event).

The black 428i was neither Jet Black nor Black Sapphire Metallic, but somewhat resembled Citrin Black Individual paint, with an orange flake. The interior was optioned with leatherette (“SensaTec”) seats with red highlights and pearl glass chrome trim finishers.

If you didn’t catch them earlier, here were our other photo sets:

BMW NA Launch Event: Glacier Silver 4 Series M Sport
BMW NA Launch Event: Melbourne Red 4 Series M Sport
BMW NA Launch Event: Alpine … CONTINUED

09/17/2013    1:30 PM
COMMENTS: 160

A disgruntled BMW M6 owner, Hadi Pourmohseni, staged a demonstration against his dealership and BMW in front of the Frankfurt IAA show by doing no other than destroying his M6 for which he could not get a fix.

Hadi said along with a letter to BMW, he brought the car to Frankfurt during the largest European auto show of the year so that he and co-batter Thomas Brunner could publicly unleash some pent-up frustration, noting that a lawsuit over the car would have taken up to seven years. (That’s Pourmohseni in the suit and axe below.)

Watch the painful video inside.

09/17/2013    10:30 AM
COMMENTS: 5

BMW head of design Adrian van Hooydonk and the i8 project manager Henrik Wenders talk about the BMW i cars from Frankfurt IAA 2013.

Video shot and produced by Jim Perry.

09/17/2013    9:00 AM
COMMENTS: 21

Some clips of the BMW i8 under full throttle.