On this episode of Ignition Carlos Lago goes to Portugal to test the new BMW 435i. The replacement for the 3 Series coupe, the 4 Series is wider and much lower than the sedan – in fact, it has the lowest center of gravity of any BMW currently on sale. BMW claims it’s substantiated the controversial name change by differentiating the 4′s styling and driving dynamics from the 3. They find out if that’s the case, and more, with a drive through the beautiful seaside … CONTINUED
The Brabham BT52 was a Formula One car designed for the Brabham team by longtime Brabham designer Gordon Murray for the 1983 season. The car ran on Michelin tyres and was powered by the massively powerful BMW M12/13 turbocharged engine which in 1983 produced about 850 bhp (630 kW) in qualifying trim, detuned to around 640 bhp (480 kW) for the races proper. Its drivers were 1981 World Champion Nelson Piquet and Riccardo Patrese.
The first turbo-fueled championship winning car in Formula One and highlight at … CONTINUED
Have a look and listen at a real life installed F30 335i Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system.
Videos showing the process behind testing and fine tuning the aerodynamics of the BMW i8 hybrid electric sports car.
Interview with Holger Winkelmann, Head of Aerodynamic BMW Group, about the i8′s aerodynamics.
Daniel Falkenberg from Germany owns an exemplar of nearly every BMW 3 Series model. He keeps them in his backyard barn. Have a look at one of the most versatile collections of BMW 3 Series.
The F82 M4 and F80 M3 prototypes have now shed a significant amount of camouflage, revealing more than ever.
In the collection of photos and videos below you’ll see a Frozen White M3, Alpine White M3, and a silver M4 coupe. By dropping some of their camouflage and being fitted with more final equipment/parts, we can now see (for the first time or better than before):
Carbon Fiber Seats
Carbon fiber front seats can be made out in the photos as the F80 M3 drives by the … CONTINUED
Some more BMW i3 videos for your consumption. Jacob Benoit, head designer of the BMW i3 talks about the car and gives a walk-through of the vehicle. Also some extra B-roll footage from the NYC debut of the i3.
The BMW i3 will be making its world public debut at the IAA Frankfurt auto show in September. It will go on sale in the US market in the second quarter of 2014 and starts with a base MSRP of $41,350, before any federal or state incentives, … CONTINUED
We have added even more videos of the BMW i3 featuring looks at the exterior design, interior design, and driving scenes.
Watch the launch film for the BMW i3 and an interview with its designer.
Here is a set of photos of the most revealing M4 prototype yet, together with a great video of the M4 being tested hard at the Nurburgring.
Supersprint has announced its quad exhaust system for the F30 328i. Here’s the relevant data:
Horsepower 245,9 Hp @ 5490 rpm
Torque 355 Nm @ 2305 rpm
Supersprint Exhaust System:
- Downpipe with Metallic catalytic converter 200 CPSI 987321
- Front pipe 987812
- Centre exhaust 987903
- Rear exhaust Right OO80 – Left OO80 987906
Horsepower 261,0 Hp @ 6460 rpm
Torque 368,6 Nm @ 4035 rpm.
Chris Harris reviews the F32 435i on the track and road… and abides by BMW’s no drifting rule at the Estoril track (or does he??)
Many BMW fans have been waiting for the F32 4 Series Coupe [full official details] to arrive. And arrive it has. We have recently driven the 435i Sport Line in Portugal – Lisbon and at the Estoril Track. It was a joy.
What I Loved?
The cliché holds true for 4 Series as it does with many BMWs – the styling looks so much better in real life than in 2D photos on a computer screen. As for the package? Besides all the standard qualities that make … CONTINUED
While we prepare the 4 Series Q&A and review for you, enjoy photos and videos of the 435i from the Estoril Circuit and Lisbon, Portugal.
Have a look at the best videos yet of the 2014 F80 M3 undergoing track testing at the Nurburgring. Why are they the best yet? Because they are being pushed to the limits, which has been rare in the videos we’ve seen prior to this.
Listen to that S55 engine!
While we were in Portugal for the 4 Series Coupe launch, we also had a first look and drive of the M5 and M6 with Competition Package [full details]. We’ll be sharing some first drive thoughts soon, but for now, have a look and listen at the cars in action. None of the cars in the photos are equipped with the 20″ Competition Package wheels, but you can see them in action in the videos below.
For those not familiar with the M5/M6 Competition Package, it … CONTINUED
Chris Harris gives us his thoughts on the M135i hatchback versus the Mercedes A45 AMG hatchback. Winner? View inside.
Watch a couple of professional BMW DTM drivers use the E92 M3 coupe to play a game of tic tac toe.