lunes, 30 de diciembre de 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC Wagon

Prepare to be reduced to a blubbering idiot—a very fast blubbering idiot.


2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC Wagon 

We’re not even going to pretend to be impartial in discussing the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon. We love it. We love wagons and horsepower, and wherever the two shall meet, we shall find true love—or something like that. If you’re reading this hoping for a measured analysis, understand this: This is not a vehicle for the measured and rational. It’s absurdity overload, unchecked enthusiasm manifest. If you’re reading this because you’re trying to decide if you should drop more than $100,000 on an E63 wagon of your own, we’ll skip to the important part: yes.
The E63’s family tree contains a few sensible limbs—the E-class sedanand wagon are stupendously gratifying cruisers—and the AMG retains a sufficient degree of their serenity. It’s just that it’s all ate up with hedonism, too. The engine, of course, is what makes this punch so heady. Seeing as it’s available in nine vehicles—E63 sedanS63CLS63CL63,ML63GL63G63, and SL63, as well as the wagon tested here—its stats are familiar by now, but to recap: It has eight cylinders and two turbos, displaces 5.5 liters, and is fashioned from a whole bunch of aluminum. Its output varies depending on application, but since Mercedes understands that people who want 500-plus-horsepower wagons are probably a little unhinged, it sells this one exclusively in the E63’s upgrade S-model trim, which means 577 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.
Fun for the Whole Family
That’s 15 more horsepower than the Ferrari 458 Italia makes and as much torque as in the previous-gen Dodge Viper, and the effect is shocking. Mercedes only offers the E63 with four-wheel drive, so the only squealing you hear at launch will be from passengers. The full shove of 590 lb-ft lasts from 2000 to 4500 rpm, and the seven-speed automatic’s shifts barely interrupt the relentless forward progress. Zero to 60 mph takes 3.4 seconds, and the car roars through the quarter-mile in 11.7 at 122 mph. Line this thing up against a 2014 Viper, and unless its driver nails a perfect launch, your odds are good. The AMG wagon isn’t available with the rear-facing third-row seat of the E350, which is a good thing. If you engaged launch control with a couple of grade-schoolers in the way back, the only thing preventing serious neck injury would be them breaking their noses on the back glass.
It’s not just a straight-line roller coaster. This 4733-pound family hauler also sticks to the skidpad for 0.97 g and seems to stall time as it stops from 70 mph in 153 feet—over and over and over again, with zero fade. What this is, is a remarkably unlikely vehicle that is exactly as lunatic as it sounds. There’s only one problem with the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-model 4MATIC wagon: For whatever reason, it doesn’t have the 664 lb-ft this engine makes in the full-size S-class AMGs. But we won’t dwell on that. In a world marred by war, disease, natural disasters, and reality TV, to nitpick something so right as the E63 wagon would be, well, wrong.

miércoles, 18 de diciembre de 2013

BMW M6 Gran Coupe vs Audi RS7 


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AutoExpress test drives and compares the BMW M6 Gran Coupe against the Audi 
RS7. Both are powered by turbocharged V8 engines and have over 500 …

AutoExpress test drives and compares the BMW M6 Gran Coupe against the Audi RS7.
Both are powered by turbocharged V8 engines and have over 500 bhp -but do they really 
justify their nearly £100,000 price tags? In the UK, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe costs just
under £98,000 and features a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 552bhp and 680Nm of torque. 
It sprints from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155mph.
BMW M6 Gran Coupe vs Audi RS7   Video Review
The Audi has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 yet despite being down on capacity compared to the BMW 
it produces the same bhp and has even more torque with a huge 700Nm. Once again top speed 
is limited to 155mph, but it hits 60 in just 3.9 seconds.
Before jumping into the video, here is what AutoExpress had to say about the driving experience:
So, what’s the Audi like to drive? Well, the first thing is that it’s so hard to use the performance on 
the road – it’s just so fast that it’s impossible to put it into use.The one thing the Audi does have 
is quattro all-wheel drive and a clever sport differential – that means it doesn’t have any of the 
traction issues that you get in the M6, and it doesn’t work it’s stability control as hard. There’s lots 
of grip, but the problem is it’s just a bit inert – there’s not a lot of feel in the steering.Also, the 
suspension is a bit odd. The ride isn’t great – in fact it’s pretty awful – and all in all it’s not a 
particularly engaging car despite its speed. It’s quite hard to love this car despite the fact that 
the engine is so great.So how does the BMW compare? If anything the BMW engine has a little 
bit more character than the Audi engine and there’s certainly more fizz to the driving experience. 
It’s not perfect and it troubles the traction control quite a lot on a wet road, though.The biggest 
problem for this car in a way, though isn’t the Audi – it’s the M6′s sister car, the M5. This car 
is substantially more expensive than the M5 – about £25,000 more than an M5 – and it doesn’t offer 
a huge amount more in terms of driving. So the BMW is the best to drive but it’s also the nicest to sit 
in, with its stylish interior and sporty wrap-around cockpit. The Audi’s still feels posh and is loaded 
with gadgets but it lacks the BMW’s wow factor. However with its hatchback boot the Audi is the 
more practical of the pair.It might cost a lot more money than the BMW M5 but we’d go for the M6 Gran 
Coupe – it looks great, sounds fantastic and most importantly it’s more fun to drive than the Audi RS7.

miércoles, 27 de noviembre de 2013

BMW Active Tourer will go on sale in the United States in early 2015


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BMW’s first front-wheel-drive vehicle, the BMW Active Tourer, will go on sale in the United States in early 2015. At the 2013 LA Auto Show, …

BMW’s first front-wheel-drive vehicle, the BMW Active Tourer, will go on sale in the United States in early 2015.
At the 2013 LA Auto Show, Ian Robertson, BMW AG’s board member for sales and marketing told Automotive News the Active Tourer will be the first of several new front-wheel drive vehicles. You will see BMW push into segments where we haven’t been before,” said Robertson.
The Active Tourer will take on the Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover which debuts in September 2014. The Active Tourer will share the FWD platform and the three and four cylinder engines with the new F56 MINI.
BMW Active Tourer will go on sale in the United States in early 2015
BMW will offer the Active Tourer with a short and long wheelbase. The longer-wheelbase version comes with a third row of seats.
Robertson said BMW is looking to conquest buyers with the new platform.
“If I look at the first generation 1 series in 2004, 80 percent of the customers were new to the brand,” he said.
Robertson said: “With the Active Tourer, we will get a lot of new customers again. They will come out of the premium segment and from some of the volume players.”
With an exterior length of 4,350 millimeters, width of 1,833 millimeters and height of 1,576 millimeters, the Active Tourer makes the perfect companion for those that enjoy outdoor and sports activities. Optionally, an all-wheel drive setup will be offered as well. for almost all UKL-based models.

lunes, 25 de noviembre de 2013

BMW i8 sold out for 2014


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At the 2013 LA Auto Show, Ian Robertson, Head of Sales and Marketing at BMW, said the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car due to …

At the 2013 LA Auto Show, Ian Robertson, Head of Sales and Marketing at BMW, said the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car due to be introduced in mid-2014 has sold out for its first year of availability. Robertson did not say how many the company will sell in that first year.
In Germany, the BMW i8 starts at €126,000, while in the UK it will cost £ 99,125. The U.S. market will also get the BMW i8 in 2014 at a base price of $135,700.
BMW’s first hybrid sportscar will be introduced in early 2014.
BMW i8 sold out for 2014
BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).
We have recently test drove the BMW i8 and you can read our first driving impressions.

viernes, 15 de noviembre de 2013

Real Life Photos: BMW 220i


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Before its debut in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the new BMW 2 Series Coupe goes on a tour around the globe. At …

Before its debut in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the new BMW 2 Series Coupe goes on a tour around the globe. At a private presentation, BMW brought out the 220i Coupe model that goes on sale in Germany next year. The F22 220i is showcased with the Sport Line and the launch color, Melbourne Red.
The car also comes with the light-alloy wheels double spoke 384 in 18 inches, a 900 euros extra charge. The images below also show black inserts in the front and rear bumpers, as well as mirror caps in black.
With a base price of 29,950 euros, the BMW 218d model is priced slightly below the 220i. The BMW 220i will be launch in March 2014 and with an eight-speed automatic it costs 32,050 euros. The 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine produces 184 horsepower that can accelerate in 7.0 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and has a top speed of 235 km/h.
Real Life Photos: BMW 220i
The consumption of the BMW 220i depends on the transmission andtires, ranging from 5.7 to 6.3 liters per 100km, and the CO2 emissions are 134-148 grams per kilometer.
In addition to the engines already mentioned, at market launch BMW will offer a 220d (184 hp) and the 225d (218 hp) four-cylinder diesels as well.

martes, 12 de noviembre de 2013

Stunt Driver Sera Trimble Drives a BMW M3


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Stunt driver Sera Trimble works on shows like the Hawaii Five-O and does Kia commercials, among other stunts, but in her free time, the California …

Stunt driver Sera Trimble works on shows like the Hawaii Five-O and does Kia commercials, among other stunts, but in her free time, the California native enjoys driving her BMW M3.
So why the M3? “For my 30th birthday in January I bought myself a present—a BMW M3,” says Trimble. “I’ve been in almost every car that exists. So why this one? I love the handling, and it fits me. (I’m small.) Besides, I’ve loved M3s ever since I first got in one, back when I was parking cars in Seattle.”
How did she get to be a stunt driver? While working as a valet for Hotel Sorenta, Trimble parallel parked a car at 40 mph, a stunt observed by a director of a car commercial.
Stunt Driver Sera Trimble Drives a BMW M3
After a few odd jobs on small car commercials, she is know part of a selective group of stunt drivers that do fun things for a living.

lunes, 4 de noviembre de 2013

2014 BMW i8 – Real Life 

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The new BMW i8 will make its debut next Spring and after its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Auto Show several prototypes are still being …

The new BMW i8 will make its debut next Spring and after its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Auto Show several prototypes are still being tested across Europe and North America.

BMW i8 can be specified in a choice of four colors, three of which have been created exclusively for BMW i. All the paint finishes provide a striking contrast to the black belt: Ionic Silver, Crystal White and Sophisto Grey.

BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system.


The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

We have recently test drove the BMW i8 and you can read our first driving impressions.

In Germany, the BMW i8 starts at €126,000, while in the UK it will cost £ 99,125. The U.S. market will also get the BMW i8 in 2014 at a base price of $135,700.
2014 BMW i8   Real Life Photos

viernes, 1 de noviembre de 2013

6 cars worth making an 
investment in


The folks are Yahoo Autos have put together a list of six cars might be worth making an investment in.  Out of the six cars …



The folks are Yahoo Autos have put together a list of six cars might be worth making an investment in. Out of the six cars listed as future classics, two of those are BMW models.

BMW 1M

In a way expected, the BMW 1M sits at the top of the list. The “baby-M” went on sale in 2011 and was sold out before it even reached out the local dealerships. Listed at $47,030, the 1M sold either for sticker price or significantly higher, reports at the time mentioned some dealers charging a premium of $10,000.
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There were 740 units sold in the United States with some of those units being reported totaled after unfortunate accidents.


In a little over two years since it went on the market, the BMW 1M sells on various car listings websites from $60,000 to $70,000 (with a pretty base configuration), a significant increase over the base price.


The BMW 1M is one of the best cars BMW has ever made. Ever. It hit the market in 2010, and its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter engine delivered some 340 horsepower. But it wasn’t the sheer power that made it what it was, it was the overall feel behind the wheel. Total driving bliss.

At a starting price of $46,000 brand new, the 1M ran in limited numbers before it was off the market for good in 2012, with just over 6,300 units sold worldwide. Want a grab a used one for sale on the web today? You’ll be dishing out close to $70K.

If that wasn’t validation enough, in 2011, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson said “BMW 1M Is The Most Fun Car of the Year.” Clarkson placed the BMW 1M ahead of the McLaren, Ferrari FF and 458, Nissan Skyline and the Lamborghini Gallardo Performante.

E92 BMW M3


Second BMW to be listed as a future classic and money maker is the outgoing E92 M3. The V8 engine found in the M3 might be the last ever seen in the super sporty M car, a naturally-aspirated beauty that has received many accolades over the years. The F80 and F82 M3/M4 will make use of six-cylinder turborcharged engine, a more potent unit but with a different sound and behavior.


Like any great automaker, BMW is moving on to bigger and better things with the new 4 Series — the much-anticipated successor to the 3 Series coupe. But it’s the high-performance E92 M3 coupe that will leave enthusiasts tripping over themselves to get one in a decade’s time.

The base price for a 2013 E92 M3 Coupe is $60,100 and while the car didn’t see a price spike, it continues to hold a good value. While the 1M is tougher to find around you, the E92 M3 should be available at most dealerships around the country.

The list goes on and cars like the Fisker Karma, Lexus LFA, Ford Mustang Boss 302 and Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S are being labeled as future classics.

miércoles, 30 de octubre de 2013

2014 BMW M3 M4 Ordering Guide reveals new colors: Austin Yellow and Yas Marina Blue


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The 2014 BMW M3 Ordering Guide for North America reveals some of the colors, options and package for the new M3. Two new colors are …

The 2014 BMW M3 Ordering Guide for North America reveals some of the colors, options and package for the new M3. Two new colors are also introduced for the new M3 and potentially M4: Yas Marina Blue Metallic and Austin Yellow Metallic. This is not the final ordering guide and it is used mostly by dealers to order their demo cars.
BMW M3 and M4 will debut in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show.
Here is the list of options and packages:
2014 BMW M3 M4 Ordering Guide reveals new colors: Austin Yellow and Yas Marina Blue
Options among list of standard or 100% options:
2PN – 18″ Light Alloy Wheel V-Spoke Style
459 – Power Seats
4MC – Carbon Fiber Interior Trim
494 – Heated Front Seats
609 – Navigation system
ZMT – Manual Transmission
Exterior Colors
300 – Alpine White
B39 – Mineral Grey Metallic
475 – Black Sapphire Metallic
B50 – Sakhir Orange Metallic
A29 – Silverstone Metallic
B67 – Austin Yellow Metallic
A96 – Mineral White Metallic
B68 – Yas Marina Blue Metallic
Interior
CSAT – Cloth/Leather combination Carbonstructure Anthracite/Black
X3A9 – Silverstone Full Merino Lthr
LKA9 – Silverstone Extended Merino Lthr
X3DA – Sakhir Orange/Black Full Merino Lthr
LKDA – Sakhir Orange/Black Extended Merino Lthr
X3JR – Sonoma Beige Full Merino Lthr
LKJR – Sonoma Beige Extended Merino Lthr
X3SW – Black Full Merino Lthr
LKSW – Black Extended Merino Lthr
ZDB – Driver Assistance Plus 
5AG – Active Blind Spot Detection
5AS – Lane Departure Warning w/Collision Mitigation
5DL – Side and Top View Cameras
8TH – Speed Limit Info
ZEC – Executive Package
248 – Heated Steering Wheel
322 – Comfort Access keyless entry
3AG – Rear-view camera
494 – Heated Front Seats
502 – Retractable headlight washers
508 – Park Distance Control
610 – Head-up Display
655 – Satellite radio with 1 year subscription
LK – Extended Merino Leather
or X3 – Full Merino Leather

ZLP – Lighting Package
552 – Full LED Lights
5AC – Automatic high beams

Options
2MK – M Double-clutch Transmission with Drivelogic
2NK – M Carbon Ceramic Brakes
2VF – Adaptive M Suspension
2VY -19″ Light Alloy Wheel Double-Spoke Style437 M with Mixed Performance Tires
2VZ – 19″ Black Light-Alloy Wheel Double-SpokeStyle 437 M with Mixed Perf. Tires
403 – Moonroof (will delete the CFK Roof)
5DP – Parking Assistant
415 – Power rear sunshade
688 – Harman Kardon surround sound system
4CE – Anthracite Wood Trim
6AN – Concierge Services
4LY – Aluminum Blade Interior Trim
6NS – Enhanced USB & Bluetooth plus
5AC – Automatic high beams Smartphone Integration
5DL – Side and Top View Cameras