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BMW Concept Active Tourer Revealed

09/13/2012 at 11:20 AM
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With the new BMW Concept Active Tourer, BMW presents a vehicle at the 2012 Paris Motor Show which is the first in the premium compact segment to combine comfort and space functionality with dynamic performance and style. Annual growth rates of up to five per cent are expected in the small car and compact segment of the premium class in the years to come. For this reason, the BMW Concept Active Tourer is a key component in the ongoing development of the BMW brand and its … CONTINUED

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release
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Mini documentary on BMW’s newest turbo engine – the N20 turbo inline 4 cylinder engine which powers everything from the F30 328i to the F10 528i, X1 sDrive28i and xDrive28i.

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The 2014 F80 M3 continues prototype testing on the road and track on and around the Nurburgring. We’ve compiled this 3 minute video featuring plenty of new sights and sounds of the F80 M3 in various settings performing different maneuvers and driving action.

With its planted ride and suspension, together with plenty of power from its turbo inline 6 cylinder, the new M3 flies around the track with little body roll and suspension travel.

To reiterate our oft repeated details on the upcoming F80 M3 / F82 M4:

The … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the 2013 BMW M5 against the 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS in an epic super sedan showdown. The battle begins in California’s Mojave desert with a classic quarter-mile drag race. Then Jonny takes both V-8 powered sports saloons up to Big Bear, California to find out which one carves up the winding mountain roads the best.

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New feature video on the Afrox / ADF F30 race car where the viewer gets a great look and listen at the race car with its Akrapovic exhaust system and BMW M Performance Parts.

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2,998 pounds (1360kg)
408hp / 443 lb-ft torque (600nm)
MoTeC ECU
Turbos boost lowered to maximum 0.7 bar and 40mm turbo inlet restrictor
M Performance front brakes (370mm)
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Velos Designwerks video announcing their F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 Stage 1 Performance Software Tune (for the S63Tu engine). Initial power gain estimates for the Stage 1 tune is roughly 73 hp and 80 lb ft of torque.

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The designers of the BMW Zagato Roadster – Karim Habib, head of exterior design at BMW and Norihiko Harada, Chief Designer Zagato, discuss the philosophy and design of the car.

Pebble Beach. Barely three months after the sensational premiere of the BMW Zagato Coupé, BMW and Zagato are turning heads again at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with the fruits of their latest collaboration. Created in just six weeks’ worth of lavish handcraftsmanship, the BMW Zagato Roadster represents another masterful example of the traditional coachbuilder’s art … CONTINUED

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The 2013 F10 M5 with its 4.4L V8 S63Tu turbo engine has previously been shown to be underrated from the factory, which is BMW’s habit with its official quote power figures.

The latest results showing this come from iND who have just begun performance testing on their F10 M5. The result was 527 RWHP (rear wheel horsepower) on a totally stock F10 M5 running on pump gas and dyno’d on a dynojet. This represents just a 6% drivetrain loss.

The M5′s S63tu V8 runs a higher … CONTINUED

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Watch the M1, 3.0CSL, M3s and Other Iconic M Racecars In Action at the BMW Oldtimer GP 2012 @ Nurburgring.

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Schmiedmann shows off its 591HP 1M coupe replica with a supercharged E39 M5 V8 (S62) engine and other monster BMW builds.

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DRIVE looks back at the generations of the 2013 F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 and examine the new body-control technologies that manage its weight, and help them perform like smaller, lighter cars.

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iND has started on its first F10 M5 portfolio project car, for their client, Tom. Per iND:

Perhaps the effect will wear off in time, but for now seeing an F10 M5 in the flesh feels like peering into a toy store. For our client Tom, who has already brought several of his cars to us for some special touches, even a stock twin-turbo super sedan cannot be left untouched. Tom has been an ardent BMW enthusiast since medical school, jumping right into the fray with … CONTINUED

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The FWD 1 Series “Compactive Tourer,” – the first model in BMW’s upcoming lineup of FWD 1 series cars, will be making its world public premiere at the 2012 Paris autoshow in late September, but a purported design diagram of its rear lights has now been revealed. The FWD 1 series models ride on the UKL platform, which it will share with the upcoming MINI models. It will hit the market sometime in 2013.

Its tail lights appear to feature the floating light bar design seen in … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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New video from BMW featuring Bill Auberlen and Skip Barber discussing the BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park edition and the heritage and significance of the Lime Rock Park racing circuit in Connecticut.

The M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park edition is limited in production to 200 units with production beginning earlier this month (at rate of 25 units per week). Pricing starts at $70,100 (excludes delivery and handling). Deliveries begin in September. European delivery and performance center deliveries are not available for this limited edition M3.

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BMW gives new meaning to the term ‘going airborn’ by setting up the Jeff Koons designed BMW M3 GT2 Art Car for its latest photo shoot.

Last week, the company put the BMW M3 Art Car on top of Pulpit Rock in Norway – 604 metres above the ground for its latest cameo. The crew waited two days for good weather to finally drop the M3 GT2 atop the famous rock.

Check out the video and resulting photo inside.

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BMW USA looks to enhance awareness of its BMW Certified Pre-Owned Sales Event with this new set of CPO related ads.

More about the special financing options at: http://www.bmwusa.com/cpo

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Autoexpress puts two potent German convertibles to the test – the 2013 M6 Convertible (F12) against the 2013 Mercedes SL63 AMG.

On paper, the F12 M6 features a 4.4L V8 pushing 560hp/680 Nm torque, while the SL63 is powered by a 5.4L V8 with 556hp/800 Nm torque.

The 2013 M6 convertible carries an MSRP of $113,995 in the US, compared to the SL63′s sticker price of $146,695. Watch Autexpress’ impressions inside.

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Ever seen a E46 M3 that’s not even an E46 M3, with K&N supercharger running 400 pounds of boost and a disconnected intercooler? We know the answer is no, but you’re about to :)