Here is a video demonstrating the intelligent anticipatory 8-speed auto transmission currently in development by BMW. The smart 8-speed auto will know to downshift prior to the car entering corners or engaging hills, much as a manual driver would. The result is keeping the car in the proper ‘sweet spot’ gear and RPM range to allow for a sportier driving experience.
But that’s not all Foresight will do. According to Automobile, in addition to calling for earlier downshifts, Foresight will also instruct the transmission to hold a lower gear longer if it knows that there are multiple curves in close succession. For example, while driving through two curves connected with a short straight, a traditional automatic transmission might downshift gear-by-gear from eighth to fifth as … CONTINUED
A 5POST member spotted this FEP-stage F10 M5 recently and was able to capture video and photos. According to him (and a BMW master technician family member), he believes he possibly witnessed a F10 M5 manual transmission and ceramic brakes. What do you think? View the video and photos inside.
SESTOSENSO: a luminary apparition by Paul Cocksedge. Inspired by the astonishing new BMW 6 Series, the first BMW with Full-LED headlights, Paul Cocksedge has erected a stunning light installation at the Salone del Mobile 2011 in Milan, Italy.
The results are in from BMW Motorrad’s feature showdown pitting Nico Bastian in the BMW M3 and Rico Penzkofer on the BMW S 1000 RR Superbike, on a track to see which/who is faster. The two are placed on a track to see whether car or bike catches the other first. Results inside…
See many Bimmerpost members’ ActiveE questions answered in this replay of BMW Conversations: BMW ActiveE, that aired at the NY Auto Show on April 20th, where questions were answered by ActiveE experts submitted through Facebook.
EVO has posted a great video review of a preproduction F10 M5 by Chris Harris, filmed in the Swedish winter. If you’ll recall, EVO previously posted a bit of a teaser clip and article in which it was confirmed that the new M5 will have at least 555hp (that’s the output of the X5 M and X6 M) and that “there’s a seven-speed DCT dual clutch transmission with three different shift speeds and a fully automatic mode.
This video gives us a better sense of the visceral experience of the F10 M5, along with some additional reactions by Chris Harris. We’ve provided some cliffs notes and the video is inside.
A new video demo by the Senior Engineer of the BMW Technology Group demonstrating the newest ConnectedDrive feature – BMW Apps (6NR option). Rob Passaro runs through the main features – integrated Web Radio, Facebook, Twitter, iPod, and Pandora functions. Video inside.
Here is another video featuring the BMW Concept M5. Some weeks after the Unveil in Garching, BMW is currently showcasing the Concept M5 at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, and M-Power.com has just released a video of the VIP preview event, featuring some M enthusiasts prediction and then reaction to the M5 unveil.
Autoblog’s Damon Lavrinc recently had a chance to play with BMW’s newest ConnectedDrive tech – BMW Apps (option code 6NR). This video shows off some of BMW Apps coolest features, such as Pandora integration and Web Radio.