viernes, 25 de octubre de 2013
lunes, 14 de octubre de 2013
BMW 435i Cabrio M Sport Package in Mineral Grey
At market debut, the new BMW 4 Series Convertiblewill be offered with the optional M Sport Package. Pictured below it’s a BMW 435i Cabrio M Sport Package painted in the beautiful Mineral Grey color.
In the U.S., the 2014 BMW 435i Convertible will have a starting price of $55,825. The price for the M Sport Package has yet to be announced but in Europe it will cost 5,200 euros.
The aerodynamic package includes numerous body components such as the front apron with large air intake, the rear bumper with diffuser, and the eye- catching side skirts. As with all the new BMW M Sport models, on the side, the BMW 435i Cabrio sports the ///M emblem.
Included in the package is also the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim and the exclusive optional exterior paint Estoril Blue metallic. The car can be ordered with 18″- or (optionally) 19-inch light-alloy wheels designed by M.
Inside the car, features such as M door sill finishers, an M leather steering wheel and an M driver’s footrest shape the sporty yet elegant ambience. The driver and front passenger can settle into the exclusive sports seats with M piping and royal blue contrast stitching.
Technical features of this package include M Sport suspension and the optional M Sport brakes in contrasting blue paint finish.
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viernes, 11 de octubre de 2013
The new MINI driver assist systems
Intelligent networking between the MINI, the driver and the outside world create new ways to enhance driving pleasure, extend the range of comfort functions and provide the latest services in the area of in-car infotainment. Since its launch, MINI Connected has been marketing leading in the area of in-car technology, pioneering access to apps and services to both assist and entertain driver and passengers.
In future models MINI will roll out a number of innovative driver assist systems that also use intelligent networking for the exchange of information between driver and vehicle. The new functions transform the MINI more than ever into its driver’s assistant and offer innovative comfort and.
When it comes to the development and configuration of new driver assist systems, MINI exploits the BMW Groups’ worldwide leadership in innovation in this area. Networking technology has been used for the targeted exchange of information between driver, vehicle and the outside world for more than 40 years. Innovations like the radar-based distance warning device (1972), the world’s first on-board computer with exterior temperature display (1980), the first fully integrated in the vehicle from a European manufacturer (1994) and first Emergency Call system, still unique to this day, first introduced in 1997, are among the milestones set by the company in this area. As early as 2007, interface technology for integrating the Apple iPhone in the MINI operating system was introduced. Since 2011, additional online-based functions can be integrated in the MINI Connected package with the help of apps.
The MINI head-up display helps the driver concentrate on what is happening on the road by displaying relevant information right in the driver’s line of vision. This can be seen quickly and conveniently without having to take your eyes off the road.
The collision warning and pedestrian warning systems, including city braking function make it easier to avoid dangerous situations, particularly in city traffic. The MINI parking assist feature offers maximum comfort in searching for and using parking spaces, while the reversing camera gives drivers a better view when manoeuvring.
Other innovations in the driver assist systems for MINI include the video-based speed and distance control which automatically keep a safe distance from the in front, and the speed limit information system, which detects and displays speed limits as they apply to the current section of road. This system is supplemented by the no passing display and traffic sign memory functions. The digital headlight assist function contributes to optimum visual conditions when driving at night. This system helps the driver use the full range of headlight functions. Oncoming traffic and preceding vehicles are registered by a camera, while automatic switching to dimmed headlights avoids causing a nuisance for other drivers.
miércoles, 9 de octubre de 2013
BMW i8 and i3 at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez Yach Show
At an exclusive yachting event, Les Voiles of Saint-Tropez, BMW has shown its two BMW i models, the i8 hybrid sportscar and the i3 Megacity vehicle.
The two i models debuted last month at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show and will go on sale in 2014.
With a curb weight of 1,195 kilograms, the BMW i3 is lighter than most in the compact segment, yet offers significantly more space for up to four occupants.
The car’s electric drive-train generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton metres, which is immediately available from a standing start. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h for reasons.
The BMW i3 will go on sale in the US market in the second quarter of 2014, and starts with a base MSRP of $41,350, before any federal or state incentives, and before Destination & Handling fee (currently $925).
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 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.
lunes, 7 de octubre de 2013
2014 BMW M4 Coupe Drifting [VIDEO]
Watch the new 2014 BMW M4 Coupe being tested on the Nurburgring Nordschleife and putting down a nice drift!
Under the hood of the new BMW M3 and M4 Coupe lays a high-revving 3.0 liter six-cylinder in-line engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology newly developed for the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 Coupe produces maximum output of approximately 430 hp. Its peak torque soars far beyond 500 Newton meters (369 lb-ft), out stripping the figures recorded by the outgoing BMW M3 by well over 30 per cent.
Despite having larger proportions, the new M3 and M4 went through a weight reduction: just under 1,500 kilograms, which helps to ensure outstanding driving dynamics and exceptional .
Unlike the manual system used by the outgoing BMW M3, the new M Active Differential uses an electric actuator which constantly varies the locking effect, as required. That enables better traction, the adjustability of the car is improved, and understeer coming out of corners is dialled out to impressive effect. M Dynamic Mode – a subfunction of the Dynamic (DSC) system – quenches the thirst of enthusiastic drivers for keen dynamics. While DSC intervenes as required to counteract understeer and oversteer, M Dynamic Mode allows greater wheel slip and therefore easy drifting. Owners with a taste for sporty and dynamic driving will appreciate this breadth to the cars’ handling, although DSC will still step in if the car ventures over the limits – unless it is switched off completely. Whichever setting the driver chooses, he or she remains responsible for the car’s stability.
Let’s have a look and also read our own ride impression of the new 2014 BMW M3.