miércoles, 17 de diciembre de 2014

New 2016 BMW 730d is 170 kg ligther than its predecessor


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In about a year time, the new 2016 BMW 7 Series would have been already introduced to the public. While the design is rumored to …

In about a year time, the new 2016 BMW 7 Series would have been already introduced to the public. While the design is rumored to have taken an evolutionary approach, the technology and driving experience of the new 7 Series is said to be revolutionary.
With the new 7 Series, BMW aims to introduce a high-tech limousine that it’s equally luxurious and fun to drive. The first step in achieving a great driving experience starts with the weight reduction. According to AutoZeitung.de, the new 2016 BMW 730d is up to 170 kg lighter than the previous model. The data sheet shows a curb weight of 1745 kg, including driver and luggage.
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BMW has aimed to take the new 7 Series’ weight below the weight of the current F10 5 Series, and judging by our sources, they have managed to do so.
In addition to the carbon fiber reinforced plastic, magnesium, aluminum and high-strength steels are used to construct the high-end limousine. Therefore, the 2016 BMW 7 Series will be noticeably more dynamic, but when needed, the chassis can also be dialed down for comfort. The new 7er is expected to offer at least a sublime driving experience like the Mercedes S-class.
The G11/G12 7 Series will also offer a wide range of customizations. Customers will be able to choose between the Pure Design Excellence Package and the BMW M Sport, both variants are significantly different from each other and cater to a specific customer.

jueves, 23 de octubre de 2014

Is BMW buying a stake in Tesla?


Daimler is selling its stake in the premium electric car maker Tesla. Mercedes parent Daimler sold its four per cent stake in Tesla Motors and …

Daimler is selling its stake in the premium electric car maker Tesla. Mercedes parent Daimler sold its four per cent stake in Tesla Motors and pocketed a $780 million profit. Daimler announced the sale but not the end of their cooperation.
Tesla supplies electric motors and batteries for the Smart ForTwo electric vehicle and the Mercedes B-class electric car.
Forbes published an article today hinting at the fact that BMW might be interested to purchase a stake in Tesla as well. The two companies have been in talks recently and visited each other to discuss future collaborations and the state of electric cars.
Is BMW buying a stake in Tesla?
Earlier this year Tesla said it would allow competitor car companies to share its patents, in the hope this would stimulate the overall market for electric cars.
Tesla would be interested to partner with BMW to gain access to the carbon fiber production and technology, an essential lightweight material in construction of light electric cars. In exchange, BMW would benefit from Tesla’s battery technology and its future production at the California plant.

READ ALSO: BMW and Tesla Taking Different Approaches, But Will Ultimately Face Off

While these are simply rumors and speculations at the time, things could change in the future, considering how much BMW and Tesla need each other, at least for now when they don’t compete head-to-head in the electric car segment.

jueves, 11 de septiembre de 2014

Mineral Grey BMW M4 On HRE FlowForm Wheels By EAS


Mineral Gray M4 On HRE FlowForm Wheels By EAS
A Mineral Grey BMW F82 M4 is seldom seen, as most of the new M3 and M4 models seem to feature the Yas Marina Blue …

Mineral Grey BMW F82 M4 is seldom seen, as most of the new M3 and M4 models seem to feature the Yas Marina Blue or Austin Yellow paint jobs. Getting one of these cars with aftermarket parts is even more difficult to begin with. Mineral Grey finish looks amazing in direct sunglight, projecting a blue shade towards the dark color and displaying perfectly all the body lines and shapes of the F82 M4.
This Mineral Grey M4 features a set of the popular HRE FF01 FlowForm wheels in 20″ fitment. Powdercoated in a “Fog” finish, these matte grey wheels are manufactured using a unique casting and forming process that obtains strengths similar to a forged wheel. This M4 also received a set of H&R lowering springs, bringing the car nicely to the ground and allowing for a gorgeous stance as well. With this setup, the car now has a clean and sporty look.
Mineral Grey BMW M4 On HRE FlowForm Wheels By EAS
Furthermore, this Mineral Gray BMW M4 also received a set of BMW gloss black kidney grille, then iND painted front reflectors, iND painted rear reflectors, iND painted side markers and an iND painted trunk badge. Small accents that lift up the car’s exterior and complete a blacked out theme, making it a vehicle that breathes sophistication and style in one clean appearance.
Mineral Grey BMW M4 On HRE FlowForm Wheels By EAS
Mineral Grey BMW M4 On HRE FlowForm Wheels By EAS
Mineral Grey BMW M4 On HRE FlowForm Wheels By EAS
Other mods added were a custom Magnaflow exhaust system installed, making the sound of the vehicle deeper and reducing weight, but also providing a nice upgrade in terms of performance. Interior upgrade consists of a BMW M Performance carbon fiber DCT shift knob, which fits perfectly with the carbon fiber inserts seen inside the cabin.
Mineral Grey BMW M4 On HRE FlowForm Wheels By EAS
Mineral Grey BMW M4 On HRE FlowForm Wheels By EAS

lunes, 14 de julio de 2014

F82 BMW M4 Coupe Looks Stunning In Silverstone Metallic


An F82 BMW M4 Coupe in Silverstone Metallic was spotted in Belgium. Some of you might wonder why this is news, but the back story …

An F82 BMW M4 Coupe in Silverstone Metallic was spotted in Belgium. Some of you might wonder why this is news, but the back story goes something like this.
At recent auto shows I had the privilege to hold long and meaningful conversations with Florian Nissl,BMW M3/M4 Exterior Designer, and Domagoj Dukec, BMW’s Head of Exterior Design, a charismatic and very talented designer.
Among many topics, from front-wheel drive to lightweight materials, we touched on the topic of best color choice for the new M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe. While many of us already associate the F80 M3 with the Yas Marina launch color and the F82 M4 with the Austin Yellow, the exterior color palette is quite extensive and diversified: Alpine White, Mineral Grey MetallicSakhir OrangeBlack Sapphire MetallicSilverstone Metallic and Mineral White Metallic.
F82 BMW M4 Coupe Looks Stunning In Silverstone Metallic
So I had to ask: if I were to buy tomorrow an F80 M3 or 82 M4, which color should I get? Or even better, which color best showcases the two cars in all their glory? Both Florian and Domagoj have a soft spot for a classic M3/M4 in white, and both of them said the Austin Yellow is a fantastic and polarizing color that will age well.
But according to them, the color that shows best the design, the shapes and all the fine details is Silverstone Metallic.
F82 BMW M4 Coupe Looks Stunning In Silverstone Metallic
And this brings us back to the topic at hand: an F82 M4 Coupe spotted in Silverstone Metallic.
Let’s have a look at the photo gallery while you share with us in the comments section below which color do you like best on the two M brothers.

miércoles, 18 de junio de 2014

2014 Mini Hardtop Cooper S

Still Funky. Still Fun.


  

Sitting inside the vastly upgraded Volcanic Orange 2014 Mini Hardtop Cooper S had me reaching into the depths of my memory, accessing moments from December, when the last-gen limited-edition Mini Hardtop John Cooper Works GP occupied a spot in our garage.
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I concluded that it would be unfair to base my entire judgment of this new Mini Hardtop Cooper S' performance on my experiences had in the GP. It was the one Cooper, after all, which opened my eyes to the astounding degrees of stick and speed that could be eked from a street-legal, front-wheel drive city car. In doing so, it raised my expectations for future product assembled in Oxford. As I pressed the bright red Engine Start/Stop nubbin (okay, it's a toggle) set behind the Getrag's lever, I hoped that, at the very least, some semblance of the GP's cornering cunning trickled down to its mass-made kin.

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Well, realizing the GP's influence on the Cooper S required just a handful of canyon curves. The relatedness was definitely present, except, not to the astounding amount most of us here would have preferred. But to truly grasp the Cooper S' handling persona, one must first take into account the many changes put into effect for 2014. The Cooper S (codenamed F56) is physically larger than any Mini Cooper Hardtop ever. Length, width, and height grew some 5.1- (to 151.9), 1.7- (to 68), and 0.3-inches (to 55.7). Its wheelbase extends a further 1.1 inches to 98.2. It weighs 2734 pounds — 64 more pounds than the last 172-hp Cooper S we tested way back in 2007. It's a bigger, heavier, albeit still smallish car that boasts roomier rear space and an extra capacious cargo hold (up 3 cu-ft to 8.7 with rear seats up).
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Its looks barely diverge from those of the outgoing R56. Designers wielded their scalpels to carve a mature reinterpretation of their existing new age design. The Cooper's lights, side scuttles, and hexagonal grille received ample attention, though the massive taillights stood out as the most outrageous update. Given its sportier S designation, our Cooper donned a unique honeycomb front grille, hood scoop (non-functional), brake ducts, and center exhaust set inside a rear diffuser, not to mention, S badges on its blunt nose and perky backside. It remains all Mini. Just a little less mini. And nearly borderline Paceman in physical gravitas. The duo seated in the rear will find it easier to climb aboard, and once belted, will revel in the bigger seats and added leg (up 2.9 inches) and shoulder room (up 3.1 inches). Front riders experience an entirely redesigned dash having that aforementioned toggle switch (no more fob insertion needed) and climate controls at its lower section, and above them, a smallish 4-line TFT display surrounded by plastic cladding. (The optional Mini navigation system with 8.8-inch screen and Mini Connected Services would likely add flavor to the bleak landscape.) As is the trend for Minis nowadays, window switches are thankfully located on the doors and not the center stack.  Behind the thick three-spoke wheel sits a new instrument cluster, which prompted both questions and complaints from staffers, such as, "Why would you not place the tachometer smack-dab in the middle of the cluster" Yes, it would make sense given the sportier designation of this Cooper. Or, "What's with the digitized fuel readout to the right of the speedometer?" Ever since we said goodbye to our long term 2010 Nissan 370Z convertible, most of us have been wary of such fuel indicators (the Nissan's was inconsistent). It's funkiness for the sake of being funky. Typical Mini. And for that, the interior's motif, like its exterior, is superb in its commitment to its timeless oddball character. The highly adjustable sport seats wrapped in carbon black leatherette were comfortable, and visibility from the massive front and side glass was superb. In reality, it feels huge inside, even compared to the nearly empty GP which only had two front seats and a gigantic rear strut bar. Against our long term Cooper S Coupe, it's enormous. Like the Coupe, there's an unfortunate lack of small item stowage. For our hot-shoe-on-retainer, Randy Pobst, the space was still smallish, but now with vast acreage at the nose. Said Pobst: "I have this sense of sitting in a pillbox, halfway back. Almost like I'm sitting in the backseat…The windshield seemed to be a long way off, supported by these (thick) vertical A-pillars, which is fine, but it was a unique view from the driver's seat. There was a lot of car in front of me." For the best rearward view, one must consider two caveats: you'll need no rear passengers and the rear split seats' headrests must be folded. Our S arrived with one option we'd gladly redact from the Monroney: panoramic moonroof. Aside from pricey $1000 MSRP, it's covered by mesh that lets in sunlight and heat even if it's fully closed. We'd kept the rear spoiler ($250) and black hood stripes ($100) because they're cool. Those 17-inch Tentacle Spoke wheels will set you back another $750. Now the juicy stuff. Attached to the oddly-named shoes is an array of upgraded muscle. There's an entirely new front axle with steel supports and wishbones; revised aluminum swivel bearings up front; and more high-strength steel in the rear axle. 

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The electromechanical power steering -- called Servotronic -- received a recalibration to further reduce torque-steer, while the programming of the Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) more effectively directs the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder's 189 horses and 207 pound-feet to the front 205/45R-17 Pirelli PZero rubber. (EDLC directs torque to the drive wheel with the most grip using the brake system.) Engineers vigorously tuned and tested the latest S, giving it sharper turn-in and aggressive kinematics. Putting around on city streets, with Southern California's abundant sunshine piercing the moonroof's laughable cover, the cabin hardly cocooned my passengers from the cacophony beyond its glass and below its sheetmetal. Its squad of underpinnings, though reinterpreted for use on curvier environments, felt as if it transmitted the depth and width of every crevice passing under the tires. It's not absurdly rough, just very communicative. Selecting Sport mode from the rotating ring of Mini Driving Modes (Mild and Green join it) makes for a livelier throttle, slightly throatier exhaust growl, and heavier Servotronic tug. The new mill felt its burliest at 2500 rpm (though Mini quotes peak torque arrives at 1250 rpm) and gets the S to 60 mph from nil in 6.3 seconds and through a quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds at 95.8 mph. Stopping from 60 mph took 111 feet, and on our skidpad, it stuck with an average 0.86 g.  In other words, the Cooper S is empirically fun. And, in fact, toss it into a corner and you'll lay witness one of the snappiest turn-ins and even-keeled chassis around; the latter showing little lean the farther you dip its overly-weighted helm. All that is very GP. Just hope for Autobahn-grade pavement or else you'll ricochet off. The updated six-speed Getrag (new synchro rings, gear sensor, and weight optimization) lacked a certain mechanical crispness as each cog was called upon, especially at near ten-tenths exertion, but remained quick and accurate. The new-for-2014 rev-matching function is nice for a little while. You'll need to completely disable DSC to do your own unassisted heel-toe rev-dancing (which is a letdown). The little 2.0-liter's power surged low in the revs and continued its pull into the meaty 4000 rpm middle. But it grew anemic the closer it stretched toward its 6500 rpm redline. Upon examination of its limits on the Streets of Willow, Randy experienced the same superb GP-esque turn-in and an absence of smooth, consistent power. "The steering response is really quick and that reminds me of the Mini before this. When I first turn the wheel, the front is responding rapidly, before the limit really. I liked the torque, but I miss the high-rpm power since we're driving on the track," Pobst noted. "There might have been a little bit of wheel spin, but, it's not bad. Again, it's a front driver."
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viernes, 30 de mayo de 2014

BMW M5 “30 Jahre M5” (30 years of the M5)

Earlier this month, BMW unveiled a new limited edition M model. The BMW M5 “30 Jahre M5” comes to celebrate 30 years since the first …

Earlier this month, BMW unveiled a new limited edition M model. The BMW M5 “30 Jahre M5” comes to celebrate 30 years since the first BMW M5 model came to market.
BMW M5 “30 Jahre M5” (30 years of the M5) will be produced in a limited run of 300 examples vehicles and sold globally, with 30 of them in the United States.
Starting at $138,275, including destination andhandling, the first 29 copies of the 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 will be offered to the first 29 customers who reserve it by dialing the dedicated BMW Customer Relations hotline at 1:00pm EDT (10:00am PDT), on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The 30th copy of the Edition will be retained by BMW of North America, and may be sold at a later date.
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Purchasers of a 30th Anniversary Edition BMW M5 will be invited to a one-day M Driving School at The Thermal Club, a private motorsports facility in Palm Springs, CA.
The power output of the limited edition M5 with Competition Package was raised to 600 horsepower and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). The super powerful sedan now sprints to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
BMW M5 special edition is painted in the Individual color shade Frozen Dark Silver metallic.
Here is a new photo gallery from Leipzig.