viernes, 30 de agosto de 2013

2014 BMW X5 xDrive30d Review

The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive30d gets reviewed by AutoExpress. While the U.S. won’t get the 30d model, diesel aficionados on this side of the pond will get to enjoy the more powerful xDrive35d.
The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d retains the 3.0-liter diesel engine, whose BMW TwinPower Turbo technology comprises VNT turbocharging and common rail direct injection, now develops maximum power of 255 hp and maximum torque of 413 lb-ft which is delivered between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm.
Here is the review from AutoExpress:
2014 BMW X5 xDrive30d Review
We tried the xDrive 30d, which is as punchy as ever with all the performance you’re likely to need. It sounds familiar too – a distant gruff growl, which gathers into a more distinct snarl as you press hard on the throttle. The extra grunt leads to sharper acceleration – the 0-62mph time drops by 0.7- to 6.9 seconds – but fuel economyand CO2 emissions have improved by 7.4mpg and 31g/km to 45.6mpg and 164g/km.
The X5 has always had impressive handling for a car of its size, and the new model continues the trend. All new X5s will be fitted as standard with BMW’s Driving Experience Control, a toggle switch that lets the driver switch between Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Eco Pro modes.
Comfort really is comfortable, bringing to the X5 a fluidity and level of bump absorption that simply wasn’t present in the old version. Even in Sport mode (Sport+ has the same level of damper stiffness but dials out the assistance from the ESP and traction control) this new X5 has a level of comfort that would have been utterly alien to its predecessor. Unfortunately that means it can’t match the steering feel and chassis responses of its predecessor.
The electrically-boosted steering has a lovely weighty feel to it, but it fails to transmit precisely what the front tyres are up to. As the cornering forces build, things improve, and there’s still a level of agility only the Porsche Cayenne can beat and the Range Rover Sport can equal. But it’s still not quite the drivers’ car it was.

miércoles, 28 de agosto de 2013

Jet Black BMW E92 M3 by PSI

Sometimes cute and cuddly just doesn’t work. Aggression and menace are the order of the day, nowhere less so than with this intimidating Jet Black BMW E92 M3 by PSI. Its presence and purposefulness are unmistakeable, thanks in part to the latest 19″ Vorsteiner Flowform wheels and Eibach lowering springs. This car doesn’t just sit, it crouches, waiting silently for its next victim.
Also aiding with this visually arresting appearance are a Vorsteiner GTS-V front spoiler and rear carbon boot lid to aid with aerodynamic flow. A full titanium Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system ensures that the projected implications are backed up with the proper noise, which in this case rises to a spine-tingling shriek when provoked.
Jet Black BMW E92 M3 by PSI
The beating heart within this beast is provided with great aplomb by an Active Autowerke supercharger system, including a striking custom orange manifold that sets off the surrounding engine bay. Inside, a 3D Design guage pod houses VEI Systems AFR/boost and water temp gauges to monitor vitals, with BPMSport providing their custom coding to truly unlock the necessary features and functions for prowling the streets.
With the right boxes ticked, this E92 M3 has the power and the ethereal existence to lurk in the shadows until the time is right to strike, leaving decimation and obliteration in its forced-inducted path.
Dark times are upon us.
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viernes, 23 de agosto de 2013

2013 MINI JCW Countryman – Test Drive

It goes without saying that when it comes to MINI, the brand definitely aims to sell its cars mainly on the basis of style and quality. And here we have the ultimate MINI, the JCW Countryman with loads of chic to spare. But once you step inside the MINI JCW Countryman and drive it around some, it quickly reveals itself to be quite a practical little number. The John Cooper Works treatment certainly adds a sportier performance to the car, but it does so without getting in the way of the plain Countryman inside this JCW edition.
For the two weeks I spent with the car, I always looked forward to simply climbing inside of it, with its nightclub-feel interior. People approached me and complimented me on the car, even asking me questions about it – like how much it cost. They were interested. The car was like a mobile advertisement for itself. It definitely works on looks alone.
2013 MINI JCW Countryman – BMWBLOG Test Drive
But there’s a lot more to it than that. The main element of the JCW tuning here is the 1.6 liter twin-scroll turbo four-cylinder engine which produces 160 kW / 218 PS and 280 Nm of torque (300 Nm with the over-boost function). Power which makes itself felt even in this heavy Countryman which weighs in at 1,400 kg. There’s always plenty of juice on tap for just about anything and the engine never feels like it’s a propped-up 1.6 liter. Sure, you hear the turbo at work (BMW’s 2.0 liter twin-scroll turbo is a little smoother and quieter) but it’s certainly not bothersome and you know that it is there to deliver the fun.
Fuel-economy came in a little high at 11.1 liters/100 km but that was mostly in city driving and with a heavy foot outside of town to test the sporting mettle of the JCW. The JCW Countryman’s official figure is 7.9 liters/100 km on the mixed Swiss cycle. Still, those numbers are not bad for an all-wheel drive sport model where fuel economy is not going to be its biggest priority. But the JCW Countryman could do with some of BMW’s Efficient Dynamics tech to get that figure down somewhat.
2013 MINI JCW Countryman – BMWBLOG Test Drive
Riding on 19-inch rims and with a suspension tightened and lowered by 10 mm all combine to provide a very sporty ride such as a car wearing the JCW badges should have. Bumpy city streets aren’t the easiest to drive on, though, with this harder set-up but take the car on the slalom roads of the Alps and you feel the handling that comes from that ride configuration. And the grip from the All4 traction makes itself felt too. The suspension is well-tuned to that kind of traction-oriented driving.
The six-speed automatic comes with a sport mode that matches well the full potential of this engine but I suspect a manual would make things more interesting for the driver and help lower that fuel-economy figure. But the fun-factor here is key – driving in the summer, taking this car to the beach, was pure joy, and I can only imagine how this MINI can delivery the thrills during winter excursions, particularly in a place like Switzerland.
2013 MINI JCW Countryman – BMWBLOG Test Drive
Inside, this MINI is big enough to offer very comfortable room for rear passengers and the cabin, with its smooth leather finish and sultry LED lighting, provides a certain ambiance that’s unmistakeably MINI luxury. The trunk was large enough for several bags of beach gear and a couple of folding chairs. Yes, we took this car to the beach quite a bit and if there’s a closed-top car that is a perfect match for that kind of outing, this one is it.
My sister asks an indiscreet question.
“Is this a chick car?”
Well, most of the people who approached me to ask about it were men. And the car even works for a family with small kids – provided they can do with the limited trunk space. The John Cooper Works detailing distinguishes this Countryman too, particularly with the aerodynamic kit, to make it quite a unique and, dare I say, masculine MINI.
Final Thoughts
  • A practical, muscular MINI
  • A good buy for all seasons
  • Where’s the JCW diesel?
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lunes, 19 de agosto de 2013

BMW vs. Tesla – A Future Rivalry? Tesla CEO Laughs at BMW i3

With the launch of the new BMW i3, the Munich-based automaker has officially entered a new premium segment, this time the challenging one of electric vehicles. While the other premium automakers are working on their own mass production electric vehicles, BMW is finding itself in a position where it could crash course with the California-based Tesla Motors.
While the new BMW i3 electric car is not competing for the same customer as the Tesla Model S, future German-engineered models may create a BMW – Tesla rivalry. A BMW i5 electric model is said to be in works and other future i models could follow, as indicated by the BMW trademarks for the i1 through i9 naming conventions.
BMW vs. Tesla   A Future Rivalry? Tesla CEO Laughs at BMW i3
A future i7 sedan (or whichever badge will be sold under) is most likely on the drawing boards at BMW and with their extensive knowledge in CFRP and now hybrid and electric drivetrains, will eventually be used to build Tesla competitors.
One of those vehicle, even though in hybrid form, is the BMW i8, a vehicle that position itself at the high-end of the electric premium segment and one that will have similar customers to the Tesla Model S: early adopters, tech-driven 30+ old entrepreneurs and those that embrace the latest and greatest in non-conventional drivetrains. Both Model S and i8 come with a premium price and options, and both offer the performance of a sports car with the highest efficiency possible.
TEST DRIVE: Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S is already a star. Among other awards, the Model S won the 2013 “Motor Trend Car of the Year”, the 2013 “World Green Car”, Automobile Magazine’s 2013 “Car of the Year”, and Time Magazine Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012 award. About 2,650 Model S cars were sold in the U.S. during 2012, and 4,900 units during the first quarter of 2013, allowing the Model S to become the top selling plug-in electric car in North America during the first quarter of 2013, ahead of the Chevrolet Volt with 4,421 units, and the Nissan Leaf with 3,695.
But despite all these accomplishments, BMW should actually feel happy with Tesla’s success. The California-based automaker is doing most of the marketing legwork for now and is proving that the electric vehicle market can and it will be successful. It also validates the fact that consumers are willing to trade the driving range anxiety for the enhanced and futuristic driving experience.
Now back to the BMW i3 topic. Without a doubt, the BMW i3 does not have a rival in the current Tesla lineup. The small EV caters to large metropolitan areas and it is BNW’s first serious attempt at a fully electric vehicle. But that hasn’t stopped Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, to giggle at the BMW i3 topic when asked by an analyst during the quarterly earnings conference call.
Musk was asked to give his opinion on the i3 and after a fairly long chuckle, Musk said the i3 has ways to go.
“I’m glad to see did BMW is bringing in electric car to market. That’s cool. There’s room to improve on the i3 and I hope that they will.”
According to Business Insider , Musk was followed by laughter inside his room which caused more giggling from the Tesla CEO. It lasted about 10 seconds. He then eventually finished his speech:
“I really do Encourage other manufacturers to bring electric cars to market. It’s a good thing, and they need to bring it to market and keep on iterating and Improving and make better and better electric cars, and that’s what going to result in Humanity Achieving a sustainable transportation future. I wish it was growing faster than it is. ”
So there you have it. Even Musk knows that one day, sooner or later, the two companies will compete for the same market so it remains to be seen which one can innovate faster and deliver on their promises.
In the comments section below, share with us your thoughts.

lunes, 12 de agosto de 2013

BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color

A new BMW Individual Color shows up at the BMW Muenchen dealership. The F31 BMW 3 Series Touring features the Individual Kingfisher Blue color. The very light blue color is one of those paints that the owner has to pay around 5,000 euros to join an exclusive club.
The light blue paint sits somewhere a blue and a turquoise shade and it will definitely make your carstand out.
The 320d Touring model also comes with the M Sport Package which inside carries accents in the Estoril Blue. The seats are dressed up in Alcantara fabric.
BMW F31 3 Series Touring in Individual Kingfisher Blue color
The new F30 BMW 320d is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that delivers 181 horsepower.
Here is a photo gallery.
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viernes, 2 de agosto de 2013

F10 BMW M5 Catalogue by PSI

Florida-based tuning shop PSI presents their catalogue for the F10 BMW M5.
As usual, PSI has partnered with several of the top companies in the tuning industry to deliver the most comprehensive catalogue for the BMW M5.
Whether carbon fiber aerodynamic parts from RKP and 3D Design, high-flowing exhaust products from AMS and Akrapovic, or competition-level chassis components by Macht Schnell, PSI was able to thoroughly equip the F10 M5 project car for any manner of street or track application.
F10 BMW M5 Catalogue by PSI
Aside from the parts offered in the catalogue, owners of the super-sporty M5 sedan can have their car personalized and customized even furthered by simply reaching out to the company.
Akrapovic Titanium Exhaust System
F10 BMW M5 Catalogue by PSI
Eisenmann Exhaust System
F10 BMW M5 Catalogue by PSI
Vorsteiner F10 M5 Program Coming soon
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