Lexus IS Chief Engineer admits that BMW is the one to beat.
Motor Trend magazine interviewed Junichi Furuyama, the new Chief Engineer of the Lexus IS about the new IS.
“My mission is to overtake the BMW 3-Series as number one in the compact sedan category,” says Furuyama. “That is the way I see it. That is the task we are assigned.”
Furuyama admits that the previous IS fell short in the performance department.
“As soon as I was assigned to be IS chief engineers of the IS, I drove all the rival cars and studies all the differences,” he says. “Unfortunately, while I thought the IS was one of the sportier and more enjoyable cars in this segment, I found out that the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class … CONTINUED
Car and Driver takes a more in-depth look at the F30 335i Sportline from the LL2 category of its 2013 Lightning Lap.
An F30POST member decided to have fun with some Youtube videos and have an unscientific look to see how the BMW Activehybrid 3 stacks up against other hybrids – the Activehybrid 5, the GS-450h, M35h.
The Activehybrid 3 appeared to corroborate BMW’s factory quoted performance numbers and beat out the AH5, GS-450h and M35h.
Watch the highlights from the BMW press conference at the 2013 NAIAS Detroit Auto Show, taking place this past Monday.
It includes the introduction of the BMW 4 Series Coupe Concept, M6 Gran Coupe, 320i, F31 touring, and Z4 LCI facelift model.
We have added a video of the BMW 4 Series Coupe Concept (F32) from the floor of the 2013 NAIAS at Detroit.
BMW has recently revealed its LCI (“Life Cycle Impulse”) update to the venerable Z4, an LCI update that is very mild. For good measure, the Z4 is one of the most beautiful BMW roadsters to date. This video released by BMW today helps showcase the car with a soothing soundtrack and nice background.
Active Autowerke teases its Gen 2 L3 Supercharger kit.
The expected power figures should top 700hp from the new supercharger unit, meth injection system, and performance exhaust system.
Sport Auto’s Christian Gebhardt in the BMW M135i by Versus Performance with 384hp (factory M135i has 320hp). Laptime Hockenheim and acceleration 0-259 km/h High Speed with Michelin Cup tires.
Bonus video clip of the M135i fitted with Bastuck Exhaust System.
Video of the Hamann exhaust system for the F10 M5. Together with its ECU software tune, it bumps the M5′s power to 720hp and 900Nm (664 lb/ft) of torque.