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We post inside the first videos of the 2013 BMW X1 (LCI facelift model) in action, starting with a summary video from BMW.

The sDrive28i RWD model starts in the US at $30,650, the xDrive28i at $32,350 and the xDrive35i at $38,450. Production of the 2013 X1 will begin in July.

Specs:

sDrive28i / xDrive28i

2.0L TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine (N20), with direct injection, double-vanos, valvetronic
240hp @ 5000 rpm
260lb-ft torque @ 1250 rpm – 4800 … CONTINUED

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As announced yesterday, BMW’s N20, N54, S65, N18 engines have each picked a best engine award at the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards [Full Award Results].

Here’s a brief overview of two of the technologies featured in most of the BMW engines available today – TwinPower Turbo and VALVETRONIC (variable valve timing) technology. Valvetronic was first introduced by BMW on the 316ti compact in 2001, and has since often been coupled with BMW’s double-VANOS.

Until 2012, no M model used Valvetronic, but instead continued to feature … CONTINUED

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More videos of the BMW M Performance Exhaust for the F30 335i, including some acceleration and drive-by sounds.

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The Turner Motorsport Girls get a hot lap of Mid-Ohio in one of the BMW Performance Driving School E92 M3 coupes. Their on-track chauffeur is Matt Mullins, Chief Driving Instructor of BMW Performance Driving School in Greenville, South Carolina.

Nice visual and aural delights. Yeah, we’re talking about the M3 of course!

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Bought for £4000, Chris and pals take the 325 for its first gravel test. Many things go wrong. Watch the adventure (or misadventure) that results from their trip to rally this 170hp Alpina engined E30 325i for the first time.

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Earl Duque of Los Angeles, CA, drove off in a brand new 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan last week as the winner of the automaker’s “0 to Desir3 in 5.9 Seconds” contest. The contest asked participants to submit a video running approximately 5.9 seconds – a reference to the time it takes the vehicle to go from 0–60 mph – showing how much they “desire” a new BMW 3 Series Sedan.

Duque’s winning video, “Test Drive Nostalgia,” features him and a friend sitting behind the wheel of … CONTINUED

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BIMMERPOST member Advevo, Andre de Vries, a race car driver and BMW enthusiast shows off his driving skills and the 1M coupe’s control in some great drifting action at the Papenburg Test Track, a track usually reserved strictly for testing cars in development.

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This summer a fleet of golden BMWs is taking to the streets all over the UK in celebration of the 2012 London Olympics. Spot one and you could win tickets to the Olympics. One lucky winner will also receive the Golden Prize – the chance to drive a BMW for a year. The prize includes use of four of the latest models from BMW’s London 2012 fleet.

A pair of tickets to the Olympics will be given out each day leading up to the games (until July … CONTINUED

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Listen to the first video / sound clip of the BMW M Performance exhaust for the 2012 F30 335i 3 Series. Official BMW Description:

Developed using state-of-the-art CAD and FEM technology, this stainless steel exhaust system enhances the sound quality and volume of the hallmark BMW inline six-cylinder engine. A unique, high-tech look is provided by two chrome-plated 80 mm exhaust tips which are laser-engraved with the M logo. Exhaust backpressure is reduced and a sporty powerful tone is heard (without the droning noise typically associated … CONTINUED

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Yet another M5 gone. The M5 belonging to Dutch DJ Headhunterz (featured in the drift lesson video below) was recently crashed. Despite what the drift video below might lead one to guess, the DJ was not responsible for the accident as he was traveling in the U.S. at the time. Four people were in the car when it lost control and crashed into a tree.

DJ Headhunterz posted this message to facebook: “Just received the news That crashed my car. Noone got hurt, thats what matters. Life … CONTINUED