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First Official Videos of BMW i8

09/10/2013 at 1:09 PM
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Watch the first videos for the BMW i8, including the official launch video.

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This week kicks off the U.S. media launch for the all new 2014 BMW X5 (F15) [Official Thread] and we’re on hand in Vancouver for the event.

We’ll bring you our coverage soon, but for now, have a look at the video BMW put together to kick off the press launch week.

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Last year, Mr. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America, confirmed to us an inline 6 cylinder engine for the upcoming M3/M4, and we showed you spy photos of the engine. Despite these confirmations, stubborn rumors pop up periodically regarding a potential V6 configuration for the upcoming s55 engine.

If you needed any further convincing, now hear it from the BMW NA CEO himself (again). Speaking at an event that we are currently attending for the launch of the new X5 and 4 … CONTINUED

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What Car? drives the BMW 4 Series Coupe and shares their video review.

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Jim Hall from 2953 Analytics explores the value in owning a design element, such as BMW has done with its angel eyes (AKA corona rings).

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Sonders Photography explains the process behind shooting a a 58 foot composite print For BMW.

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Video set of the newly launched 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i (in Mineral White) and xDrive30d (in Space Gray), with looks at driving scenes, exterior design and the interiors/functionality.

The 2014 xDrive50i is powered by a 4.4L V8 outputting 445hp / 480 lb-ft and covers 0-60mph in 4.9 sec. It starts at $68,200 in the U.S. The xDrive30d is not available in the U.S., but the xDrive35d comes in early 2014 [more details].

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We’ve heard the upcoming M3/M4 at high speeds on the Nurburgring, but haven’t had many chances to hear it accelerating from a stop. Well, here’s a good listen, as this F80 M3 prototype was spotted by BIMMERPOST member KKM3 on the Pacific Coast Highway last night.

The M3 here doesn’t accelerate to redline nor at wide open throttle, and the clip is short, but we nonetheless get a good sound preview of the car’s inline 6 cylinder S55 engine and exhaust.

Here is KKM3′s reaction to … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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The World’s Greatest Drag Race returns with twelve of the world’s best supercars and sports cars for 2013 facing off in an epic quarter-mile sprint for glory… and ultimate bragging rights.

Motortrend gathered the Nissan GT-R Track Edition, SRT Viper, Jaguar F-Type V-8 S, Aston Martin Vanquish, Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG, Bentley Continental GT Speed, Porsche Cayman S, Audi R8 V-10 Plus, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, BMW M6, Ford Focus ST and Porsche 911 Carrera 4S — all gathered together on an abandoned airstrip at … CONTINUED

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Chris Harris test and flogs the Alpine B3 F30 biturbo on the road and track. Verdict? See inside.

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Watch BIMMERPOST member lukester run the Nurburgring Nordschleife Bridge to Gantry in just 7:31 in his E92 M3 Coupe.

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Our beloved E92 M3 coupes and Matt Mullins, the Chief Driving Instructor at BMW’s Performance Center Delivery (PCD) Driving School, star in this Southwest Airlines commercial.

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Pro driver Randy Pobst hot laps the 2013 BMW M6 around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as part of Motor Trend’s 2013 Best Driver’s Car review.

The 2013 BMW M6 is one of 12 contenders competing for the title of 2013 Best Driver’s Car. The other contenders include: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon, Audi R8 V10, GT-R, Porsche Cayman S, 911 4S, SLS Black Series, the SRT Viper, the Focus ST, the Vanquish, Bentley Continental GT Speed and the Jaguar F-Type.

With its 560 HP / 501 lb-ft torque, … CONTINUED

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You’ve heard recent M4/M3 prototypes blasting around the Nurburgring [M4 vid] [M3 vid], now have a listen at how they sound around town.

MANUAL TRANSMISSION OR NOT?

As for today’s rumor out of Autoblog that there will be no manual transmission option for the M4, we submit contrary evidence in the form of: photos, videos, and VIN (options) information. The photos clearly show an early F80 M3 prototype with a 6 speed manual, the videos show what appears to be manual prototype M3 and M4 (judging by … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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The M235i / 2 Series is due soon and while we wait, it’s undergoing some final performance testing on the Nurburgring, where it’s said by BMW to be able to beat the 1M Coupe.

Klaus Froehlich, Senior Vice President Brand and Product Strategies at BMW recently revealed these little tidbits:

The M235i is as close a spiritual successor to the 2002ti that we’ve had. My initial benchmark was that it will be faster than the BMW 1M Coupe around the Nurburgring, which it is.”I have just signed … CONTINUED

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In this video review Autoexpress tests the BMW M135i against the Mercedes A45 AMG – with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine it’s going to be a stern rival for the BMW.

The BMW gets a six-cylinder engine, revs to 7000rpm but peak torque is at just 1300rpm, so it has instant power. It does come in manual, but we’ve got the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Autoexpress took it around our track in just 1 minute 14 seconds.

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As you’ve seen, we spent the latter half of last week at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, California, which is an annual week-long banquet of events for automobile enthusiasts and connoisseurs who converge on the Monterey area. While the collection of automotive hardware (everything from some of the most expensive classics to the latest model exotics) spotted around the Monterey peninsula was the largest and most impressive gathering we’ve ever witnessed, the highlight of the trip for us was having the first look … CONTINUED

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BMW i8 Test Drive Review Video (EVO)

08/20/2013 at 10:30 AM
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The £100,000 BMW i8 is a plug-in performance hybrid due to be revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt show in September but evo was invited to drive a pre-production i8 at a secret test track in France this month, six months before we get to drive the production version. This video gives you a taste of what this revolutionary 155mph performance car for the future is going to be like to drive.