miércoles, 31 de julio de 2013
Swiss tuner LUMMA Design previews their program for the F15 .
Dubbed CLR X 5, the tuned X15 will debut in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show and features an aggressive front fascia and redesigned bumper, revised side skirts and a wideboy kit with extended wheel arches. The aggressive look at the front is enhanced by a ventilated hood.
Other aerodynamics upgrades include a rear spoiler.
Inside the sports a bespoke interior with red leather trim and carbon fiber inserts, along with new alloy pedals and LUMMA-branded floor mats.
No pricing is available at the moment and no word on power upgrades either.
viernes, 26 de julio de 2013
BMW 435i on Road and Track by Chris Harris
Chris Harris reviews
the new BMW 435i Coupe.
While in Portugal for the international media launch of the 4 Series we had a chance to chit-chat with the UK journalist and get his first impressions on the . And they were overall positive.
We had a chance to test the 435i Coupe on track and on the road, and we believe BMW has a winner on their hands. Using the 306 hp, TwinScroll turbo 3.0 liter inline six, the BMW 435i lives up to the Ultimate Driving Machine slogan.
Official stats say that the 435i will hit 62 mph (100km/h) in just 5.1 seconds, a half-second quicker than the E92 3 Series and only 0.3 seconds slower than the current generation M3 Coupe.
So let’s see some drifting and a good review from Harris.
viernes, 19 de julio de 2013
BMW 435i Test Drive – Autocar
Autocar UK publishes their test drive of the BMW 435i.
Our own review from Estoril Race Track will be coming up but in the mean time let’s see what the UK journalists think of the new BMW 435i.
Here is an excerpt from the review:
“On first impression, the 435i coupe doesn’t feel too far removed from the old 335i coupé There is terrific refinement to the driveline that characterises its on-road feel around town and on the motorway. But this comes as no real surprise. The worldwide sales success BMW has enjoyed over the past two decades has been based very much around evolutionary progression of its traditional model lines, and this is clearly evident in the on-road nature of its latest two-door.
On the one hand, this is a welcome development; up until it ceased production earlier this year this car’s predecessor still scored highly for overall engagement. On the other, it could be interpreted as complacency in the face of what is fairly formidable two door competition; a new model surely ought to bring a freshness of flavour beyond just a new name.
Despite the familiarity, there’s no doubting the ability of the BMW 4-series to entertain. In pure driving terms, it is every bit as engaging as the Audi A5 coupé and Mercedes-Benz E-class, if not more so. The electro-mechanical steering is accurate, responsive and quite well weighted with eager self-centering traits up to moderate speeds. However, a reduction of assistance makes it artificially light, rather devoid of feel and lacking any true feedback at higher speeds.
The 435i coupe’s chassis rates are noticeably higher than those in the 435i , leading to tauter body control and greater levels of agility on testing sections of blacktop in sport mode. There is genuinely impressive poise on turn in and those optional 19-inch tyres deliver loads of front-end bite – all of which raises confidence levels from the very first corner.
When you raise the pace and dial up Sport Plus mode to reduce the threshold of the switchable DSC+ (Dynamic Plus) system that also acts as an electronic differential, you discover an added dimension to the handling, and a keen ability to kick the tail out when tempted. But, as before, a firm ride can sometimes take the shine off the handling, robbing the chassis of mid-corner compliance when the surface is not absolutely smooth.”