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Reporting LIVE from the 2011 New York International Autoshow (NYIAS)! The show has officially kicked off its media days and we can tell you already this show is better with more variety of cars on display then usually seen at the NYIAS.

The BMW display was in its normal place with its typical hardwood floors and a wide array of vehicles on display. Of course, the really important vehicles on display at the BMW stand are:
New BMW 6 Series Coupe
New BMW ActiveE
BMW 1M Vallencia Orange
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Here are the first photos of the US bound turbo 4-cylinder Z4 sDrive28i, unveiled this morning at BMW of Manhattan, courtesy of Jalopnik.

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BMW Furthers Commitment to Mobility in Urban Environments with plans to renovate its NYC BMW and MINI dealerships for a sustainable future, the introduction of the BMW ActiveE full-electric vehicle and lease pricing for use in major US urban environments, including metropolitan NY area, and the introduction of the Z4 sDrive28i, the first vehicle to mark the return of powerful, efficient and clean 4-cylinder BMW engines back to the US.

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The exterior designer of the E89 Z4, Juliane Blasi, speaks about the design process and inspirations behind the beautiful E89 Z4 roadster. Clip features Juliane using sketching, clay modeling and a tape drawing to bring out the character of her design for the Z4 Roadster.

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We have now posted live photos of the Design Pure Balance Z4 sDrive35is. The mineral white metallic plus cohiba brown interior is a classy and beautiful combination in person.

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The AC Schnitzer 99d generates only 99g/km CO2 – that’s less than any standard BMW vehicle available at present.

And despite this, driving pleasure is guaranteed thanks to 190 HP / 140 kW. The 99d accelerates from 0 – 100 in an electrifying 6.9 s and has a top speed of 235 km/h – a vehicle with all the sporting genes, in fact a true AC Schnitzer. And with a fuel consumption of just 3.8 litres diesel per 100 km.

So how does this Concept Car by AC … CONTINUED

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Available for sale in the Summer of 2011 is a brand new package from BMW for the Z4, furthering its individual cred. The package first and formost comes with the stunning Mineral White metallic exterior color that M3 owners have been raving about for some time now, and will maintain its exclusivity by only being available on the Z4 as part of this package. Alternatively, people purchasing this package can also choose any other normally available exterior color for the Z4.

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Among AC Schnitzer’s debuts at the Geneva auto show next week will be the AC Schnitzer Z4 99d (a 320d Z4).

The 99d packs 140 kW / 190 hp and 420 Nm of torque under its hood, dashing from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 235 km/h. Its weight has been reduced by 230kg over the factory Z4. What’s most impressive however, is the efficiency of this powerplant, with fuel consumption of just 3.8 L diesel per … CONTINUED

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MWDesign reveals its “White Flame” E89 Z4 project featuring OEM and 3DDesign aero parts. The full modificaitons list includes: 3DDesign Front Spoiler, 3DDesign Rear Trunk Spoiler, OEM 3.5is M-Sport Rear Bumper w/ Custom Matte, Grey Diffuser Insert, OEM Gloss Black Front Brake Ducts, Alpine White Roll Bars w/ Cusotm Pinstriping, Custom Pinstripe Design on Side Bod Panels and Side Mirrors, H&R Sports Springs, Millitek 2x100mm Catback Exhaust System, Forgestar F10 20×9 F 20×20.5 R Toyo Proxes T1R 245/30/20 F 285/25/20 R, and Dinan Stage II … CONTINUED

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BMW provides a video overview of its long roadster history – spanning the period from BMW’s first roadster in the 1930′s to the current E89 Z4.

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Japanese tuner house 3DDesign has officially released its E89 Z4 M-sport product line. The aero kit package includes CF Addon Front Spoiler, CF Side Skirts, and CF Quad Rear Diffuser.

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On the heels of the big BMW turbo 4-cylinder news yesterday, SCOTT26 has provided some dates for the switchover of certain BMW models from the current inline 6-cylinder to the new twinpower turbo I4 motor, as well as the end of production of the current 3-series, M3 and 1-series.

Here is the I4 switchover and end of production schedule (inside).

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BMW ALMS star driver Tommy Milner piloted the Need For Speed Schubert Motorsport Z4 GT3 to a dominant 4-lap victory at the 24-hour Dubai race. Milner, who piloted the No. 76 BMW Z4 GT3 with BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus and team regulars Claudia Hurtgen and Edward Sandstrom, drove to a four-lap win in what was a trouble-free race for the quartet.

“The 24-hour race in Dubai is the first tough test of the year for all the teams, and we mastered this … CONTINUED

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Mercedes pulling the wraps off their new SLK (R172) is reason enough for another photo comparison. This one is particularly interesting as BMW’s move to build the current Z4 (E89) with a folding steel roof makes it all the more of a natural rival to the SLK. Mercedes pretty much started the segment of hardtop roadsters by launching the first generation SLK in 1996.

The new SLK appears to incorporate design cues from the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG such as the muscular front fascia. Mercedes also advanced their … CONTINUED

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EVO reviews the AC Schnitzer ACS4 Turbo S, calling the upgraded 375bhp Z4 the best-handling BMW Z4 yet, with styling tweaks that bring attitude to match its performance. Read on for their review.

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Automobile has just tweeted some interesting news on the base Z4 which corroborates a recent report from a ZPOST member. If these reports are correct, the base BMW Z4 will soon be powered by two turbo 4-cylinder variants (sDrive20i and 28i) instead of the current naturally aspirated inline 6-cylinder. This would not come as a huge surprise as recent rhetoric from BMW has pointed to the likely use of turbo 4-cylinder engines in future BMW base models (i.e. next generation F30 3-series), especially with improvements in … CONTINUED

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BMW has released a limited edition E89 Z4 for the Japanese market, dubbed the SILVER TOP Z4 edition. The major difference between this edition and the regular Z4 is the painted silver folding hardtop roof and silver painted mirrors.

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We love mad scientist projects where huge BMW motors are stuffed into smaller models which it was never intended to power. A german E85 Z4 M roadster owner has shoehorned the V10 from the M5/M6 and the resulting aural experience isn’t too shabby. Videos inside.