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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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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

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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

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.

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Now that the M3 M4 technology day has come and gone, with access being granted to the press for the first time, BMW has released a slew of official track video footage of the prototypes. And since these are officially released videos, they feature some of the best quality video and audio yet of the F80 M3 / F82 M4.

For all the videos that have come about from the recent M3/M4 technology day, check the Videos section of our Tech Guide thread.

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You’ve already seen the M3/M4 technical presentation slides in our Official Tech Guide Thread. Now view the presentation as it was meant to be digested – in animated form.

Who doesn’t like fancy 360 degree rotating views and animated technical blow-ups… we definitely do.

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We’ve shared with you the M3/M4 official specs and our ride-along/workshop notes, now have an on board look as we ride with Bruno Spengler in the M4 prototype at BMW’s proving grounds near Munich.

Bruno shares his thoughts on the EPS (electric power steering), turbos, transmission and testing on the Nurburgring.

And if you’re wondering whether the in-cabin sounds you hear are artificially enhanced via Active Sound, we asked and were told by one of the BMW engineers that there was absolutely no artificial sound feature. … CONTINUED

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On August 24, 2013, BMW visited BMW super fan Nathan Risch in Palm Springs, CA with the first-ever BMW 4 Series for the weekend—making him one of the first to drive in it in America. Watch as he hits the road in Palm Springs and The Thermal Club Racetrack.

BMW also visited BMW super fan Rashed Haque in Virginia and surprised him with the first-ever BMW 4 Series for the weekend—making him one of the first to drive in it in America. See what happens when … CONTINUED

Discover the 4 Series Launch Control

09/24/2013 at 10:00 AM
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Discover the Launch Control feature on the new BMW 4 Series F32 Coupe.

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Static photos are great, but nothing lets you appreciate how a car will actually look on the road more than, well, videos of it on the road

We shot some moving footage of the 4 Series Coupe M Sport models throughout our time with them during the recent press launch drive event, which we share with you now. Enjoy.

Follow our 4 Series features and news @ http://www.bimmerpost.com/4-series/

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Watch these reviews of the 435i M Sport and 420d by XCAR and Autoexpress.

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Watch the entire production process behind the production of the BMW i3 electric car, as well as the ceremony held to celebrate the first one to roll off the assembly line at the Leipzig plant.

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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.

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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.

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BMW M Track Days 2013 In Review

09/20/2013 at 7:00 AM
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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.

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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 … CONTINUED

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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
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BMW 1 Series GT Hits the Ring (Video)

09/19/2013 at 12:00 PM
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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 … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot