After launching coilovers in Variant 1, Variant 2 and Variant 3 models for the BMW 2-Series, German-based car tuning company KW automotive GmbH has launched adaptive DDC coilovers for all models of the series. Compatible with the original BMW electronics, the adaptive suspension has stainless steel coilover bodies. You can choose anything between an athletic…
The M1 is one of the most iconic cars ever produced by BMW, and it was the model responsible for the M Division that creates all the cars we love today, like the M5 and the venerable M3.
Fans of the Roundel brand have been clamoring for BMW to revive this epic nameplate and take on competitors like the Audi R8 and Mercedes SLS AMG for years now, but there has been little movement.
Rather, what we got was a new hybrid car that looks like an M1 called the i8. While the i8 is an incredible piece of engineering, it is not a fire-breathing M car. But what if it could be?
At the recent launch of the M3 and M4, CarAdvice asked M Division boss Friedrich Nitschke about the potential for this new car to spawn an M car. His response is encouraging.
When it comes to moving the advanced powertrain and lightweight carbon-fiber technology over to an M car, Nitschke said its a matter “capacity not a question of know-how.” Basically, it would not be hard to move anything over, they just need approval from the higher ups in BMW. As it stands, the M Division is ready to make one, if the BMW board will green light the project.
Would you guys like to see a revived M1 in all its mid-engined glory?
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M1.
BMW Performance Division’s Boss Says That the New M1 will get i8 Technology, if Green Lighted originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 12 May 2014 16:00 EST.
Every year, BMW brings a number of its vehicles to RETTmobil, considered as the best European expo for emergency vehicles. This year, the Bavarian automaker is doing it again with a handful of models that are built specifically for this occasion. One of these models is the BMW X5 xDrive30d Paramedic Vehicle, which gives a whole new meaning to a luxury SUV ambulance.
The BMW X5 xDrive30d Paramedic Vehicle isn’t your ordinary X5. It’s actually been fully equipped to serve a specific purpose. The exterior colors pretty much say it all, right? The white base of the X5 makes way for orange graphics throughout the body. Custom-issued emergency lights sit on top of the X5 and just under the kidney grilles, further showcasing the breadth of customization BMW undertook to turn this SUV into a full-fledged paramedic vehicle.
The interior of this X5 xDrive30d wasn’t shown in any of the photos, but to serve its purpose, we can surmise that BMW removed most of the accessories from a standard X5 and slapped on a host of life-saving equipment. It should also have tremendous amounts of space and an automatic tailgate that makes it more accessible in times of emergency.
Another important element of this paramedic vehicle is its engine. In this case, this X5 comes with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line diesel engine that produces 258 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, more than enough power to be of good use in emergency situations. It’s also been equipped with xDrive all-wheel drive, allowing it to successfully navigate through the toughest of terrain.
The BMW X5 xDrive30d Paramedic Vehicle is one of seven vehicles BMW is bringing to ReTTmobil. But we’re guessing that lots of eyes will be on this one.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X5.
BMW X5 xDrive30d Paramedic Vehicle originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 3 May 2014 06:00 EST.
The brand-new BMW M3 is only one month away from going on sale in the United States, but it appears that the German manufacturer is still working on those final track adjustments. Late last month, no less than three BMW M3s were caught on film while being hooned on the iconic Nurburgring track and the footage has finally surfaced the Internet.
It isn’t clear whether or not BMW is still developing the car’s ability to stay glued to the asphalt, while taking both fast and slow turns, but this three-minute video is bound to keep potential customers on their toes. In fact, it doesn’t matter if the new M3 is on your list or not, this is a spectacle you can’t miss.
As a brief reminder, the 2014 BMW M3 will hit U.S. dealerships with a turbocharged 3.0-liter, inline-six engine under the hood. The sedan (the coupe is now sold as the M4) benefits from 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Two transmissions are available, a standard six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed automatic.
The vehicle starts from $62,000 and has enough boxes on the options list to take a well-equipped model into $70,000 territory.
Video: BMW M3 Sounds Aggressive While Testing At N rburgring originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 14 April 2014 22:00 EST.
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15 Mercedes McLaren SLR’s (which included 2 Stirling Moss SLR) took part in a 6 day SLR Club Tour Adriatica along the Croatian coast of the Adriatic sea and covered 1000km (MAP). The tour tarted in the city of Zagreb and travelled through Istria, Rovinj, Zadar, Split, Hvar and finally ending up in Dubrovnik. The route was over 600km long and the pictures speak for themselves
BMW approves i8 Spyder for production
By Kevin Davis on Thursday, December 19th, 2013
BMW has approved the production BMW i8 Spyder for a late 2015 introduction, Bimmerpost said citing some sources.
The i8 Spyder will share the i8 Coupe’s power plant and drivetrain.
It will be identical to the i8 Spyder Concept but will have the production styling aspects of the i8 Coupe.
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Almost two years ago, BMW and Toyota started talking about a possible partnership and once the papers were signed, they announced the new collaboration will bring a new sports car and new hybrid technologies for both companies.
Now, new details on this collaboration have surfaced online and they only bring good news. Apparently, Toyota’s supercar will be something similar to the previous Lexus LF-A supercar, but with a hybrid powertrain.
This new supercar will explore terrains never hit by the LF-A, like a hybridized V-8 engine. Even though Toyota was the first maker to offer hybrid cars in its lineup, it never had the courage to develop a hybrid hyper-car. However, things are about to change.
Sources suggest that the company is already testing the i8’s carbon-fiber frame, meaning that the two new supercars could also borrow elements from the i8. One thing is for sure though: Toyota will be the one coming with the hybrid technology since it already developed high-performance hybrid powertrains for the V-8-powered Lexus LS 600h. BMW is also offering a very successful 4.4-liter, V-8 engine in its lineup, and a hybrid system from Toyota will only make it even more fuel efficient.
Everything else on these two new supercars is pure speculation, and there are still tons of question that need to be answered, but for sure more details will follow in the upcoming months, so stay tuned!
Click past the jump to read more about BMW i8 – the model that could inspire the new Toyota-BMW supercar.
BMW and Toyota Working on a Joint-Venture Supercar originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 11 November 2013 16:00 EST.
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As far as we know, this is the first time an automotive magazine has gotten the chance to review the upcoming BMW i8 hybrid supercar. Evo Magazine’s Harry Metcalfe was invited by BMW to test the upcoming i8 while it was testing in the cold. Of course, he wasn’t allowed to reveal anything on the car’s exterior or interior, but he did provide quite an impressive amount of technical details on the upcoming i8.
The production-version i8 will combine a three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total output of about 400 horsepower. The engine will mate to a new dual-clutch transmission and will sprint the supercar from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. The i8 will also boast a top speed of 155 mph.
Watch the video to see what Harry Metcalfe has to say about BMW’s first hybrid supercar.
Video: EVO Takes a Ride in the BMW i8 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:00 EST.
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Rumors about a possible new BMW supercar have been circulating for quite some time now, but now those rumors are getting more intense. Add in the fact that a new model is all but confirmed for a 2016 debut — the perfect time to mark BMW’s centenary.
Until now, everyone believed the new model would be called the M1, mostly because of the M1 Hommage concept car unveiled at the 2008 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. However, new details suggest that BMW’s new supercar will be in fact called M8 – a name adopted because it will share the carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis with the upcoming BMW i8. Of course this doesn’t mean the next M8 will also be a hybrid supercar, but because of this lightweight construction it will deliver impressive performance numbers.
To get an idea on what to expect, you should think of a gasoline-powered i8 alternative specially developed for those to care more about performance figures than the environment.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M8.’
Image Note: The above image is not of the rumored M8
BMW M8 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 5 February 2013 12:00 EST.
We often find ourselves in that position where initial thrills eventually lead to realizing that our enjoyment came with a price.
For drivers of forced induction BMW M3s, that realization may have presented itself when they realized that while powerful in its own right, they would need to ring up the revolutions in order to achieve the kind of throaty roar they’re looking for. Comes with a price, right?
VF Engineering has the answer, thanks to their new VF540 Streetsport Supercharger. Taking in a few components from the Vortech V3si supercharger, particularly the V3 blower that drives the supercharger at a much lower rpm. From there, VF Engineering also installed an ECU upgrade, improving the M3’s throttle response while also using a HEX Flash system that allows for remote tuning and functions as a diagnostic cable that can clear off engine codes.
With all these modifications in tow, VF Engineering turned a powerful-at-a-cost M3 and its 420-horsepower and 295 lb/ft of torque output into one that delivers 540 horsepower and 370 lb/ft of torque.
The V540 Streetsport package retails for a reasonable price of $8,295. Should you be interested in something a little more powerful, you can avail the VF620 program – 624 horses and 400 lb/ft of torque numbers – for $13,495 or go for the top-of-the-shelf VF650 program – 650 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque – that comes with a price of $16,495.
We’re sure it will be worth every penny.
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Over the years, we’ve seen a number of collaborations between heavyweight automakers and their Swiss time piece counterparts. The list actually reads long and the announcement that Ball Watch Company and BMW are tying up for their own partnership will only add to that growing list.
As part of this exclusive agreement, Ball will be tasked to build the new BALL & BMW timepieces, which will incorporate various technical feats into it, highlighted by a revolutionary anti-shock system. Ball’s exclusive patented Amortiser system will also be part of the collection and serving as a means of protection for the watch against bumps, dings, and bruises.
Another unique feature of this watch, and one that owes its creation to Ball’s status as the official standard watch of the American railroads, is the use of micro-mechanical engineering, which features a shock-absorbing, anti-magnetic protection ring.
As far as aesthetic design of these watches are concerned, Ball will be paying homage to the unique and distinctive design language of BMW vehicles, reflecting dynamism and strength of character that BMW’s line up of models have come to be known for.
Swiss timepiece Ball to create special edition BMW watches originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 29 September 2012 02:00 EST.
The last time we saw a G-Powered BMW it was the M5 Hurricane RR, which ended up being the world’s fastest LPG-powered vehicle. Well, G-Power is back for a little bit more, but this time in a much smaller package: the 1M.
If the 1M and its 335-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine just isn’t enough for you, the BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power just might be the ticket. G-Power took special care of this 1M coupe and brought it to a point that just about any auto enthusiast could be both impressed and scared to death of it at the same time.
What’s awesome, though, is the amount of careful planning that BMW put into the 1M straight from the factory had a direct relationship with the amount of power G-Power was able to crank out. BMW fitted the 1M with the front and rear axles of its M3 counterpart, giving it the clean and stout base that the 1M needs to handle more intense power output.
So, did G-Power earn another gold star with its latest BMW modification or did it fall a little short of the precedent it set with the M5 Hurricane RR?
Click past the jump to find out.
BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 16:00 EST.
As you may remember if you’ve followed us costs few months, a few months ago we had the ability to see the one-off BMW Zagato Car Concept at the 2012 Concorso dÃ©leganza Villa d-Este when it comes to northern Madeira. Now it appears that BMW has in a position to create one other Zagato spin-off, this time according to the BMW Z4 convertible. Having said that, the BMW Zagato Roadster The year 2013 has been created and additionally showcased along the Concours d’Elegance held last week at Pebble Beach CA.This new Zagato is basically a good topless type of the Vehicle but the scenario behind it is vitally amazing. Your body has is without a doubt crafted entirely from metal and has happen to be built in just six weeks, which is quite impressive to say the least.In terms of layout the new Roadster option looks a better choice than the Vehicle and I’m sure many of you’d agree. A number of BMW enthusiasts are a bit discouraged about the form of the Coupe’s rear-end, though things have replaced with the Roadster adaptation. Nevertheless the smooth top is actually redesigned in order to retain the double-bubble roof structure expected coming from aZagato. In addition, “Z” attachements are to be included in many places everywhere over the body of the Roadster, a characteristic we’ve seen inside other one-off products before for example the Bentley GTZ and theAston Martin DB7 Zagato.To the interior there are limited changes as opposed to standard BMW Z4 and various other than the “Z” emblems stitched from the headrests there are not many some other unique features brought to your table.Regretably BMW once again tried to keep technical specifications just as secret as feasible despite the fact that the actual Roadster is a fully functional concept. Yet, as with theCoupe we tend to expect the actual topless variety to offer BMW’s strongest Z4 engine, seventy one.0 re turbocharged unit able to develop Three hundred and forty horsepower.While before, this amazing BMW appears to be the one-off concept and will not see the light of moment ever again, however Zagato Roadster 2013 will likely influence the typical design of the forthcoming Z4 convertible devices, so no less than it gives us an insight with the items to expect. Precisely what are your thoughts in the matter? Do you think the Bavarian car / truck maker will be pushing a Z4 in the proper direction?
Following the BMW M3 CoupÃ©, BMW M3 Ragtop and BMW M3 4 door, a latest body plan of this across the world successful high-performance sporty car is about to create a stir. Inside strictest secrecy, our planet’s first high-performance pick up has been created about the BMW M GmbH evolution centre. Often the sportiest example probably in this vehicle category, the very BMW M3 Pickup are going to fire a imaginations of all of the motorists employing a deep appreciation of major performance matched by a inclined practical crooked. 309 kW/420 hp inside the given bonnet as well as rear-axle load ability of up to 450 kilos go ahead and take hallmark BMW Michael relationship from race-oriented driving sexual fun and daily utility a powerful entirely unique level. The following vehicle has now completed vast test and set-up powers on the NÃ¼rburgring’s Nordschleife in advance of its globally unveiling about 1 April 2011.This particular vehicle, BMW T GmbH once again provides evidence of it is really exceptional experience in building and setting up high-grade, individual dream cars. Employing a high-revving V8 engine at the front, a amply sized tension area lurking behind and a totally Targa roof previously mentioned, driver combined with passengers in the BMW M3 Pickup may relish an excellent unprecedented carry out the common M sensation. Yet this excellent spectacular modern development is simply unmistakably recognisable as a an affiliate the BMW M3 method family. Proving this kinship aren’t only the inimitable energy of the algorithm, but also fine-tuned aerodynamics and a personalized suspension set-up. Analytics in the manually wind it tunnel within the BMW Group’s Streamlined Test Centre showed some Cd feature on a a par with that of the BMW M3 CoupÃ©. Like every BMW Meters model, these BMW M3 Pickup provides demonstrated it is really dynamic promising on the West Loop of one’s NÃ¼rburgring. Official panel times haven’t been released, having said that the needle inside dial vouched for getting a top quicken of 310 km/h.The kerb body fat of the uk’s fastest vehicle undercuts that of a new BMW M3 Convertible simply by around 100 kilograms. Detaching the Targa roof shaves right off a further 21 kg while at the same time reducing the car’s core of gravity. This a large amount of unusual expertise in top-down driving sexual pleasure in a BMW M3 and so goes in conjunction with farther optimised powerful handling.The exact practical options that come with the BMW M3 Vehicle are no significantly less impressive. The highest level of load capability has been brought up to 400 kilograms. The stress bed of a BMW M3 Pickup is in fact clad around high-grade structured aluminium sheeting and gives the biggest luggage capacity ever previously offered over a BMW M van. In terms of the team of way of measuring generally carried out on premium motors, that gives this loading organ of the BMW M3 Pickup the capacity to carry nearly 20 average 46-inch golf backpacks. What’s more, a BMW M3 Pickup is most likely the first BMW M3 alternative in the 25-year-plus reputation for this style range to follow with a movie trailer tow problem.Notwithstanding the unquestionable stand-out ability, the BMW M3 Collection will not be heading for the greens or tv series development, and can retain it truly is status being an exclusive one-off. It is actually earmarked as replacements as a shop transport vehicle for BMW Michael GmbH. With this in mind, current BMW M3 Pickup For unlike a different predecessor produced back in the 80s – adjusted through the requirement procedures to earn it is road documentation. Which makes it basically a pick up truck – but one that invests a whole new angle on the purpose of the word.
Fact of the matter is usually, when it comes to realising fuel capability the market is split into a pair of camps. The ecu carmakers – notably German varieties – emphasis more on better fuel overall performance with diesel-powered engines, although the North National and Hard anodized cookware markets believe hybrids are often the answer. Regardless which it is, Eu carmakers decided to have fun with the growing hybrid market currently by offering multiple alternatives to their particular sedans.Such is the case with 325i repair and the BMW Activehybrid 3 2013, the latest Bavarian gas/electrical 4 door based on the 3-Series. This kind of model provides you with a Many.0 liter turbocharged engine improving 300 power, mated with an eight-speed ZF computerized transmission. The system used in that 3-series hybrid comes to the one in your Activehybrid 5 and additionally 7, which means the twisting convertor in the gearbox has been supplanted by an electric motor developing Fifty four horsepower.Put together, the electric and even gasoline motor deliver 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft associated with torque. Which is a 35 power and 33 torque help to increase when compared to the ordinary BMW 335i, nonetheless considering the fact that all the hybrid device adds just about 300 weight to the sedan’s extra weight, they both remain pretty much the same in terms of results. In fact, the Activehybrid 3 is definitely 0.Just one seconds slowly than the BMW 335i 2013, still to be honest we’re also more interested in power efficiency.Most certainly, apparently typically the hybrid is definitely a bit more affordable than it can be gasoline-only siblings, but nothing to craft home on the subject of. It defines 33 mpg highway and also 25 mpg city, however the 328i insures 23 Per 34 mpg highway and additionally city correspondingly. Overall, the 3-serieshybrid is distinctly no Prius, but that is not necessarily a bad idea, is it?Decrease levels include $1,400 High end, $1,400 Innovative, $1,700 Sports activity Lines and also the $3,200M Sport. Related to pricing, that BMW Activehybrid A few 2013 will set you back $50,195 including the $895 vacation destination fee, therefore it’s basically $6,Five hundred more expensive when compared to the BMW 335i 2013. I suppose that will extra cash could be recovered in time by generating more economical, at a minimum on paper.Availability-wise any hybrid is anticipated to hit north america . market this unique fall. A few Europeans, theActivehybrid Various is expected to get to dealerships towards the end of the period.
The BMW i8 Theory and the enjoyable approach which often underpins this embody your vision of any sustainable present-day sports car exposed to life. It can be innovative plug-in hybrid car concept integrates the transformed electric generate system on the BMW i3 Concept ( blank ) fitted finished its face axle – using a high-performance three-cylinder combustion program producing 164 kilowatt (220 h . p .)/300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear. The electric motor unit in the BMW i8 Practice is a full-capability component which can furthermore power your vehicle on its own, when necessary. However, in tandem makes it possible for the two travel systems to display their specific talents to the full, delivering this performance of a sports car though the fuel eating of a small auto.Acceleration involving 0 in order to 100 km/h (Sixty two mph) in just five seconds combined with supply consumption inside the European fertility cycle of according to three ltrs per 75 kilometres (approx. 94 miles per gallon imp) and ordinary customer energy consumption of among five and seven litres every 100 kilometre (40.3 – 56.5 miles per gallon imp) – whether driven really difficult – usually are figures currently beyond the capacity of any vehicle powered because of a combustion core of identical performance. On account of its huge lithium-ion battery, and that is charged originating from a domestic strength, the BMW i8 Theory can traveling up to 40 kilometres (approx. 20 a long way) on electrical power alone. The great majority of little everyday into adulthood can consequently be carried out with zero pollution levels. The auto’s electric-only mode makes it possible it to join emissions-capped central facets of cities using access restrictions in place regarding petrol as well as diesel-powered vehicles. The particular i8 Concept’s efficiency credit score is more enhanced with its ability to acquire energy with both axles. The electric motor at the cab end axle recoups maximum strength every time the operator brakes, even when a high-voltage alternator connected to the burning engine expenses the battery, when necessary. Added to that, the 2+2-seater offers you enough house for a number of people, placing items in a high level every day practicality.The actual emotional successful the BMW i8 Principle ensures it has qualities are clear for all to discover. Its lively proportions give the BMW i8 Concept the perception of surging ahead before this even moves a wheel as well as lend artistic form to the extraordinary overall performance. The stylish concept guiding the upward-swivelling doors fixed towards the A-pillars underlines the car sporting functionality and opens up access to the front and rear seats together.The LifeDrive design of the BMW i8 Principle has been meticulously adapted to display the car sports car dynamics, and therefore to result in unbeatable effectiveness and excellent driving dynamics. The actual motor at the front axle module and then combustion serps at the butt are affiliated by an “energy tunnel”, which dwellings the high-voltage life of the battery. This gives the actual vehicle a low focus of the law of gravity – and then the dynamic health benefits that come with it again. The positioning of the electric motor along with engine through their individual axles and the space-saving and even well-balanced packaging coming from all components give you an best possible 50/50 weight submission.
According to an article filed by just automobilemag, the production possibilites to a BMW M1 supercar are generally rising by your brand’s participation with DTM. Producing this kind of car just isn’t going to make company sense in accordance with the decision companies at the top however following his or her first DTM competition win, there’re more available to persuasion.The good news stems from an excellent unidentified very best manager of this M distribution. He also affirmed that the probable M1 should not when it comes to anyway be confused with the i8 environment friendly sports car that the brand even have in the pipeline. Although , several parts of the actual Project i’s concept could be used.The 320i repair M1 would targeted a kerb weight 2750 pounds (1247kg) that may make it finer than competing firms such as the McLaren MP4-12C and then the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.It will sport a two-seater mid-engine theme with a rumored Several.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 unit doing between 600hp and even 650hp. The complexity as well as weight drawbacks of adding extra vitality via an motor unit hybrid method means that it is usually unlikely to remain seriously perceived as by M engineers ( space ) regardless of the pounds distribution benefits.BMW are targeting a highly regarded speed close to 205mph (330kph) and we at the same time expect to see an important 0-100kph(0-62mph) acceleration age of 3 just a few seconds.If the state is appropriate, we should expect to see the M1 when it comes to pre-production concept style in 2014 prior to a final rendition is introduced two years afterward. Plans also are afoot to launch an open-top crawl version likewise.
If you take examine most automotive adverts on the earth and if you feel everything you view on TV, subsequently you’d know that almost every automobile in the world is made to end up being fun to drive a car and drive while becoming very serious with regards to the functionality they provide buyers. This is when the BMW Joy Concept by designer Andrus Ciprian whose ambition is his generation to be all of fun minus the pretention of being a serious automotive that might impress people’s boss or maybe mother in law!