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.
Listen to a back-to-back comparison of the factory F30 3 series 335i exhaust versus the F30 335i M Performance Exhaust System.
BMW received some jeers over the implementation of “Active Sound” technology in the F10 M5, where the car reproduces and boosts and the car’s engine sound electronically via the in-car audio system.
And the same technology may now be in use in the M135i (and possibly other models as well). The M135i actually sounds great inside the passenger cabin, but a BIMMERPOST site member recently conducted a test on his M135i by unplugging the sound symposer device, which led to the loss of … CONTINUED
A few M5POST members gathered over the new years eve weekend for some socializing, driving, and exhaust sound-off.
Check out the photos and video footage from the gathering and listen as the F10 M5 shows off the Eisenmann Sport, Eisenmann Race, and RPi GT exhaust systems.
Auto Express UK track tests the new BMW M135i versus the Subaru WRX STI 340R. Here’s how they compare on paper.
3 liter inline 6 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-62 mph (0-100kmh) in 5.1 seconds (manual), 4.9 seconds (automatic)
Weight: 3174 lbs
Subaru WRX STI 340R:
2.5 liter 4 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds
Weight: 3249 lbs
Car and Driver shares their comparison pitting the F10 M5 versus the F13 M6 at the Anglesey Circuit in the UK to see if the M6 is truly better at the track than the M5, as advertised.
The M5 and M6 share the same 560hp powertrain, but the M6 is billed as being even more suited for the track with its lighter weight (about 100 pounds), lower center of gravity (due to lighter carbon roof and lower roofline) and slighter faster acceleration (about a tenth of … CONTINUED
BMW wraps up its 2012 Year In Review with Part three: sports and cooperations.
Watch the beautiful BMW 3 Series 330d touring (F31) M Sport model in motion.
The 2013 Car and Driver’s Annual Lightning Lap Competition (#7) at the Virginia International Raceway has concluded and the results are in.
The F10 M5, F13 M6 coupe and the F30 335i sedan were tested and turned in the following times:
Full List by Times
Ferrari 458 – 2.49.9
Lexus LFA – 2.55.1
Chevy Camaro ZL1 – 2.57.5
Merc C63 Black Series – 2.58.0
Porsche 911 S – 2.58.9
Ford Shelby GT500 – 3.00.6
Chevy Camaro SS 1LE – 3.01.5
Jaguar XKR-S – 3.02.1
Porsche … CONTINUED
Part 2 of the 2012 Year in Review from BMW, revisiting this past year’s concepts, designs, and historical moments.
2012 DTM Champion Bruno Spengler takes on German Golf Pro (and BMW Brand Ambassador) Martin Kaymer in this BMW xDrive Moutain Challenge featuring driving, golfing, and sledding antics up in the Austrian mountain.
While this was just a lighthearted ‘challenge’ and it’s clear that we’re watching athletes and not actors, we get some looks at the BMW xDrive system in action on the 5 Series Touring M550d xDrive and 6 Series Coupe with xDrive.
2012 was a busy year for BMW and saw the company introduce many models. These include the LCI 7 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe, ActiveHybrid 5, F10 3 Series Sedan, F11 3 Series Touring, M135i hatchback, M Performance Automobiles, M6 Coupe and Convertible, and M6 Gran Coupe.
BMW revisits the 2012 year in this review video.
Watch the F30 3 Series assembly process at the BMW Rosslyn Plant in South Africa. See the F30 in Body Shop, Paint Shop, Assembly, and Final Assembly.
The F30 is currently produced in three different BMW plants – Munich (Germany), Regensburg (Germany) and Rosslyn (South Africa).
How do you find out where your F30 (or any other BMW model) was built? The answer is located in your car’s VIN number. The 11th digit of your VIN indicates the plant of assembly.
F30 production video, 3 series production video, … CONTINUED