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The North American unit of German premium carmaker BMW is recalling around 19,000 units of its BMW i3 electric vehicle because of the risk of fuel leak. You may ask, “An electric vehicle having a fuel leak?” Yes, EVs aren’t supposed to suffer from a fuel leak, simply because they get their energy from a battery pack, not from gasoline or petrol. That would be the case for a typical EV.
However, a fuel leak may occur in the case of EVs with a complementary internal combustion engine that serves its purpose to extend the distance the unit could travel. Simply put, once the battery pack runs out of energy, the gasoline engine kicks in as the EV seamlessly shifts from electric power to fossil fuel, thereby serving as a range extender.
While the BMW i3 is a pure electric vehicle, there are customers who want to travel farther distances than its battery power could provide. Thus, the German premium carmaker is also offering a version of the BMW i3 that is fitted with a small range-extending gasoline engine. This version – the BMW i3 Rex – has been recently found to be at risk of a fuel vapor line, mainly due to the positioning of the fuel tank vent line and the ribbed wire protection sleeve for the battery pack.Read the entire article BMW is recalling 19,130 units of i3 REx plug-in hybrid EV in the US due to possible fuel vapor leak
Sooner or later this year, BMW intends to launch a performance version of its recently launched BMW 5 Series (G30) through the new BMW M5. But before we could see that happen, German carmaker Alpina will also be launching its own iteration and interpretation of the BMW 5 Series – the next generation of the Alpina B5.
Just recently, Alpina launched a teaser campaign for its new-gen B5. Two video clips were intended and the German company has just shown the first one. Well, the short video clip – lasting for just 30 seconds – shows a heavily camouflaged Alpina B5 speedily cruising through a road full of snow as surrounded by pine trees. It might be intending the dynamic capability of the new Alpina B5 to take on any challenges on any weather, even if the road is as slippery as an ice skating rink. The video clip ends by announcing that a new BMW Alpina is coming.
Since the 2018 Alpina B5 is heavily camouflaged – and no thanks to the snowy white background – it was pretty hard to see the visual changes implemented by the exclusive carmaker to transform a new BMW 5 Series into a new Alpina B5. Yes, while the new Alpina B5 should be very well derived from the new BMW 5 Series, it doesn’t mean they would look the same. The exterior appearance of the new generation of the BMW 5 Series (G30) should give us a good idea on how the new Alpina B5 would look like when it finally makes its debut on the market.Read the entire article Alpina teases new 2018 Alpina B5 ahead of Geneva Motor Show [w/video]
Fans and enthusiasts of the BMW M2 in the United States could now rejoice. This comes as their favorite BMW M2 is getting a limited edition version as prepped by the people at M Performance – the new 2017 BMW M2 M Performance Edition.
According to the BMW Blog, 2017 BMW M2 M Performance Edition has appeared as one of the available items in the ordering system for BMW dealerships in the US. However, those who wanted to get any of these 2017 BMW M2 M Performance Edition units should be fast and quick, since the carmaker has only allocated 150 units for the US. As for the price, the 2017 BMW M2 M Performance Edition could be yours for a base price of $61,695.
So, what can BMW M2 fans and enthusiasts as well as customers expect from the M Performance Edition? The BMW M2 M Performance Edition actually doesn’t have as many performance-focused tweaks – not like the BMW M3 and the BMW M4 with their respective Competition packages. Instead, we could see a better looking and better equipped edition of the BMW M2, with features available through the catalog of M Performance Parts.Read the entire article 2017 BMW M2 M Performance Edition appears in ordering system for US dealers
Carmakers usually leave us thirsty for information on whether they would introduce a new, refreshed or face-lifted vehicle and on when they intend to launch it. There are reasons for this. One, they want to make customers become excited for a new product. Likewise, they want to build hype for a certain vehicle one at a time.
BMW probably doesn’t like it, but it seems that its launch plans have been leaked. Somehow, Auto Motor und Sport was able to get hold of BMW’s launch plans and has reported it. The list seems pretty comprehensive and is good for the medium term, as it outlines the German premium carmaker’s vehicle launches starting this year to 2021.
For this year, BMW will be introducing 12 new and face-lifted models. First off will be the BMW 6 Series facelift, which will be followed by the BMW i3 facelift in the summer. Also coming this year – in July in particular -- are the face-lifted forms of the coupe and convertible version of the BMW 2 Series.Read the entire article Leaked BMW launch plans from 2017 to 2021 are setting everyone abuzz
In many industries, it is the rivalries that make things exciting. In basketball for example, there is the well-known rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics. For football, there is Barcelona versus Real Madrid. In the automotive industry, there is the infamous competition between Ferrari and Lamborghini. At present, there is a new rivalry in the making which is the 5-Series (G30) from BMW against the E-Class (W123) of Mercedes-Benz.
What makes the battle between this two exciting is that they both belong to the executive mid-size saloon class. For cars that cost less, what buyers consider are generally related to the value or the added features. Premium models however also take into consideration the design, prestige, and heritage. The choice is made more difficult as both brands have been implementing changes.
For those wanted comfort and be on the more conservative side, the choice was always Mercedes-Benz. BMW meanwhile was all about athletic looks and a thrilling drive. However recently, BMW has been playing it a bit safe with Mercedes becoming more daring. So how do they fare against each other?Read the entire article A Quick Look: Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W213) vs. BMW 5-Series (G30)
Now on sale in several major markets around the world including Europe, the BMW 5 Series (G30) heralds the arrival of the new seventh generation and represents a whole new level of luxury and comfort. Of course, the BMW 5 Series is now beginning to arrive at key markets around the world, including the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
In charge of sales and after-market of BMW vehicles in this city is BMW Abu Dhabi Motors, which is incidentally, the luxury carmaker’s largest dealership in the world. Just recently, BMW Abu Dhabi Motors has announced on its Facebook page the arrival of the new generation of the 5 Series into its showroom. To announce the arrival of the 5 Series into its fold, BMW Abu Dhabi Motors posted 27 images of the luxury sedan, which came in the guise of the BMW 540i Sport Line.
As we know, BMW will be offering the new 2017 BMW 5 Series in two Line packages at launch -- Luxury Line and Sport Line. The Luxury Line for the 5 Series further accentuates the luxurious and opulent nature of the vehicle chrome exterior accents. This Line also features specific wheels in 18-inch or 19-inch wheels, a Sensatec-covered instrument panel and interior leather with contrast stitching. On the other hand, Sport Line highlights the dynamic character of the 5 Series through a number of high-gloss black elements and 18-inch wheels. The door sills also feature an illuminated BMW Sport Line badge. Inside, the 5 Series Sport Line comes loaded with Sport seats with a cloth/leather combo, a specific interior trim and a BMW sports leather steering wheel.Read the entire article BMW Abu Dhabi Motors starts selling 2017 BMW 540i (G30) Sport Line
Will there be a BMW M4 CS? Apparently, there is a Club Sport version of the BMWM4 after it was sighted in California doing a shoot for a new commercial ad, courtesy of a member of the Bimmer Post forum.
People may be wondering if this is the same vehicle that was unveiled nearly a year ago in Spain. No, it isn’t. Yes, BMW did unfurl a BMW M4 CS in Spain but it wasn’t what we expected. As members of the Bimmer Post forum pointed out, the Spanish BMW M4 CS was only a project of BMW Spain, and it was not created by BMW M GmbH. The guys from the forum also noted that Spanish BMW M4 CS was basically a BMW M4 with the Competition Package (M4 CP) with a massive carbon fiber wing on the rear. Sorry to burst your M4 CS bubbles.
As far as we know, BMW only produced only 803 units of the M4 GTS, which is considered as its meanest and fastest sports car. Essentially a power-up evolution of the M4 coupe, the BMW M4 GTS is one of BMW’s most track-ready cars, thanks to the M technologies applied on its powertrain, chassis and lightweight construction. Sporting an iconic CS moniker, the M4 CS is basically a toned down and “civilized” version of the GTS, serving as a middle child between the standard M4 and the M4 GTS. This is basically why the M4 CS should possess a number of features and elements from the M4 GTS. However, as a civilized version, the M4 CS won’t be as powerful and as extreme as the M4 GTS.Read the entire article New BMW M4 CS is spotted in a commercial shoot with Augusto Farfus in California
The 2017 Geneva Motor Show is turning out to be a showcase, at least for BMW. This is because the German premium carmaker has announced it will debut a couple of new cars at the prominent auto show next month.
First off, BMW will unveil the next generation of the BMW 5 Series Touring (G30) in Geneva. This will be the second body variant of the new generation of the 5 Series, after the sedan version. Available with all the elements found in the 5 Series Sedan such as all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering and roll stabilization, the new BMW 5 Series Touring boasts of considerable boot capacity (up to between 570 liters and 1,700 liters) and higher load capacity (up to between 720 kg and 730 kg). It also features a 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrest and an electric remote backrest release, as well as an automatic tailgate operation. The new 5 Series Touring is touted to be around 100 kg lighter than its predecessor.
At launch, the touring body variant of the BMW 5 Series will be available in four versions -- BMW 530i Touring (252 hp 2.0 liter petrol engine), BMW 540i xDrive Touring (340 hp 3.0 liter petrol engine), BMW 520d Touring (190 hp 2.0 liter diesel engine) and BMW 530d Touring/ BMW 530d xDrive Touring (265 hp 3.0 liter diesel engine). Compared to the engines found in the previous generation, the powerplants in the new 5 Series Touring are around 11 percent more fuel efficient. BMW will commence selling new 5 Series Touring in June 2017.Read the entire article BMW to unveil new 5 Series Touring, i8 special edition and updated 4 Series at Geneva Motor Show
Something is brewing in the Middle East. BMW Abu Dhabi welcomes the brand new year with a bang by flaunting its own version of BMW M3. Known for its brightly colored BMW i8 models, BMW Abu Dhabi stays ahead of the game for giving its customers what they want. Just a few months ago, they created the most interesting plug-in hybrid sports cars decked in Lava Yellow, Lava Orange, Twilight Purple, Lava Green, Austin Yellow and Lava Red paint colors.
Though pricing details are still unknown, we bet the new M3 would also cost a fortune. Dressed in Ferrari Red and Competition Package, we can’t deny that it looks hot for the season ---- and it’s probably the priciest and fully loaded M3 performance sedan you could find right at this very minute.
What the dealer from the UAE had on its showroom is definitely a far cry from the M3s we’ve seen last year. Other than the red body paint, the most notable of all the upgrades is the 450hp, 3.0 litre twin turbo engine under the hood. Sure, it didn’t come all the way from Maranello Italy, but it has Ferrari’s spirit of performance at the very least. Paired with 7-speed dual clutch transmission, it can run from 0-62mph in about 4 seconds with a top speed of 163mph.Read the entire article BMW M3 stuns UAE with Competition Package and gorgeous Ferrari Red paint
Some car enthusiasts may simply opt for BMW’s standard list of rim options while others go for something bolder. By bolder, we mean those rims that you’d typically find on big SUVs and low-slung sports coupes. As an example, consider this BMW 7-Series (G11) fitted with an over-the-top Quattresimo set of wheels.
As you can see on this black BMW, it has Forgiato’s 22-inch forged aluminum rims in gold finish. This particular design is from the Quattresimo collection, which is made of aircraft grade materials and can be availed in various forging options such as the convex, step lip or concave among many others.
In case you’re wondering, Forgiato’s team hails from Los Angeles California. It is also where they continue to produce and manufacture their excellent products. Still, the Italian sounding name is just as tasty as their wide array of colours and designs.Read the entire article Spotted: BMW 7 Series with 22-inch Forgiato Quattresimo wheels
There have been rumours going around about the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. At the moment, it does look like we won’t be seeing its next gen model in the coming years. Oh yes, we find it hard to believe too as BMW had come up with a revamped, all-new 3 Series G20 last June. But according to some reports, the GT is about to be phased out after the newest model goes out on sale.
This is probably because of the 4-Series Gran Coupe, which offers the same space and practicality altogether. Besides, if you have to put these two side by side, the 3 Series GT would turn out to be the less popular choice even if both practically look the same.
But then when it comes to the replacement of the current F30 model (or the G20), we probably have to wait until 2018 to see what the Bavarian marque has to offer. The new 4-Series Coupe’s debut meanwhile will likely soon follow after the 3-Series is launched.Read the entire article Talk of the town: BMW may soon phase out the 3 Series GT
After introducing the 5 Series G30 Sedan last year, BMW is back once again to launch the 2017 5-Series Touring Wagon (G31). The Bavarian automaker has just released the official photos before it makes its world premiere next month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Aside from the already familiar design cues, the new practical wagon is said to be using BMW’s CLAR rear-wheel-drive architecture. Although it wasn’t mentioned how many pounds were cut from the overall weight, it probably shed as much as 220lbs. Since the platform is known for its intensive use of aluminum, the midsize wagon’s tailgate is now made of the same material.
Now on its 5th generation, the new Touring is probably one of its most spacious wagons brought by BMW. As a matter of fact, it claims to have at least 1,700-liter of boot space when the seats are folded. If the seats are up, the 5-Series has enough volume capacity of at least 570 liters. Plus, if we have to compare it with the previous model, it has increased in size by 10mm tall, 8mm wide and 36mm long.Read the entire article 2017 BMW 5-Series Touring (G31) revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show
Just days before BMW commences sales of the next generation of the BMW 5 Series (G30 generation), the German premium carmaker is putting more efforts to market its latest offering. In particular, BMW uploaded a short video clip in social media Web site YouTube detailing some of the differences between the new seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series and the current sixth generation (F10).
The clip – lasting around three minutes – gives us in--depth details of how the seventh-generation BMW isn’t just a face-lifted version of the sixth generation. After all, the most desirable changes are on the core of the new 5 Series. However, BMW is good enough to point out the distinction between the two generations of the 5 Series.
BMW started on discussing the exterior changes on the front. The carmaker is quick to point out that the new 5 Series still features BMW’s signature kidney grille, which is now wider and is visually linked to the housings of the twin circular headlights. These lamp units come in LED Adaptive units as standard, although optional Adaptive Full LED Headlights with light graphic altering capability are also available. When this option is specified, the LED tubes of the daytime running lights become hexagonal in form. The grille could now be opened or closed for better aerodynamics. Absent is the V-shaped crease on the bonnet.Read the entire article BMW compares new 7th-generation 5 Series (G30) with current-gen [w/video]
Rendering artist Alex Imnadze visualized a BMW far more advanced than any other concept artist has ever imagined for the German marque. What makes his BMW M1 Shark Concept special is that it was inspired by the 1970s Lancia Stratos protototype by Bertone, the BMW Gina concept and the Peugeot Onyx concept vehicle all at the same time. The result is a stunning concept study that you can bet for the Vision Next 100 or any out-of-this-world concept you could think of.
It’s hard to imagine that there will come a time when we would see this car out in the showrooms. But for now, let us unravel the mystery behind this highly futuristic beast that we won’t probably see in our lifetime.
Technically, if the BMW M1 Shark is indeed inspired by these concepts mentioned above, it should come equipped with mid-mounted engine at the rear, a hybrid surface skin, a computer mounted at the front wheel complete with AI technology and a smart rubber material for the chassis.Read the entire article A peek into the future: BMW M1 Shark Concept
Some customers are difficult to satisfy. There have been instances when customers would opt for a more powerful version of a vehicle. Thus, it would be quite logical to say that one of the primary motives why some customers prefer the BMW M4 over a typical BMW 4 Series Coupe is the power of the car. There is certainly a huge gap in the power levels between the M4 and a regular 4 Series. Customers with a taste for performance are likely to grab the BMW M4.
German tuner Cam-Shaft, however, could also say that there is quite a difference between the potential of its tuned BMW M4 and the power of a regular M4. Cam-Shaft is offering a program that could raise further the power levels of the current M4. As it is, the M4 is powered by a 6.3-liter inline-six engine that is lighter by around 10 kilograms than its predecessors like the V8, although it features similar power levels.
This inline-six is capable of delivering up to 425 hp (431 PS) of max output available between 5,500 rpm and 7,300 rpm, as well as 406 lb.-ft. (550 Nm) of peak torque available between 1,850 rpm and 5,500 rpm. At this level, the BMW could dash from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds via a standard six-speed manual transmission (3.9 seconds with M-DCT transmission).Read the entire article Cam-Shaft tweaks BMW M4’s power levels
The F80 generation of the BMW M3 will be getting its second Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) for the 2018 model year. To explain it further, Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) is BMW’s term for a mid-cycle refresh or simply a facelift. This means that we would be seeing the BMW M3 with some updates on its look when it is released for the 2018 model year.
It is fairly easy to tell which part of the 2018 BMW M3 has been updated. After all, it is the lone most obvious visual tweak implemented on the face-lifted 2018 BMW M3 LCI II. At a glance, the headlights of the 2018 BMW M3 seem familiar – this is because these lamp units are the ones found on the visually updated 2017 BMW M4 LCI. This means that the new BMW M3 now features newly designed adaptive full-LED headlights, which could cast their beam in the direction of the curve to ensure better visibility at night. The new headlight graphics and design makes use of extra LED bars that help highlight the connection between the BMW M3’s kidney grille and its light units. Apart from newly designed headlights, there are no other major visual tweaks implemented. Everything remains the same aside from the new headlights.
There are some visual tweaks implemented inside the 2018 BMW M3 LCI II. Now, the illuminated M3 logos on the seats of the driver and the front passenger now feature a fresher design. Just like on the exterior, other sections inside the cabin remain as they are. In addition, the 2018 BMW M3 LCI II won’t feature any performance updates. This means that BMW didn’t do anything for the engine and other complementary components.Read the entire article BMW M3 gets second yet very subtle facelift for the 2018 model year
Needless to say, the new BMW 1-Series Sedan is part of the premium carmaker’s offering. However, it should be noted that the so-called baby Bimmer is not being offered in Europe as it is an exclusive product targeting affluent customers in China.
Just recently, a new BMW 1-Series Sedan was seen being driven on roads in Europe. In particular, a reader of BimmerToday was able to take a good glimpse at a BMW 1 Series 120i sedan – in a prototype version without any disguise – in Munich, Germany.
BMW officially launched the BMW 1 Series Sedan at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China, hoping to take advantage of the propensity of more people in the event who may want to buy any of the premium compact cars. While the demand in China is still mainly for larger premium vehicles, especially those with spacious interiors, a new generation of car buyers is on the rise.Read the entire article BMW 1-Series Sedan seen in Germany, raises speculation of possible Europe launch
It is a undisputed that the BMW X6 M is already one of the most daring-looking SUV coupes in the market but it doesn’t mean there’s no more room for improvement.
Apparently, a BMW X6 M has just received a serious makeover. It comes from none other than the BMW dealership in Abu Dhabi. Yes, these guys are back and they’ve just created another extraordinary rolling machine.
To be exact, their latest makeover project is based on a BMW X6 xDrive50i. Since it is unclear if they had upgraded its engine, maybe we’ll just take it from there. A BMW X6 xDrive50i comes with a 4.4-litre V8 stock engine. If they didn’t touch anything under the hood, then what we have here is the same BMW with 455 hp that runs up to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds.Read the entire article BMW X6 with M Performance upgrades, AC Schnitzer body kit and a whole lot more
2017 is undeniably a very busy year for BMW. After introducing the new 4-Series, the German automaker has just released several new updates. In relation to this, BMW is also introducing the new 520d (G30) EfficientDynamics Edition, the company’s most eco-friendly 2.0 litre diesel engine.
BMW’s new 520d Efficient Dynamics has a combined fuel consumption of 73.4 miles per gallon and as low as 102 g/km C02 emissions. The engine consists of a turbocharger placed on antifriction bearings along with the new improved common rail injection, map controller oil pump and high pressure gas recirculation system. Mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, the 520d EfficientDynamics can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in only 7.5 seconds.
BMW’s new engine technology is also more aerodynamic efficient than any other engines. The 520d Efficient Dynamics delivers bigger fuel savings while using BMW’s BluePerformance technology all at the same time. Aside from the new filter, the Blue Performance system comes with a NOX storage catalyst, oxidation catalyst and AdBlue injection to help the engine emit less nitrogen oxide.Read the entire article 2017 BMW 5-Series (G30) gets the 520d Efficient Dynamics Edition
BMW’s 550i xDrive has long been considered as one of the most successful business sedans in the world. For the brand, this may not be enough as it has officially revealed that it is coming out with the M Performance version of this model. Dubbed as the BMW M550i xDrive, the brand hopes this will take the lead for its 5 Series range.
Prior to the addition of this model, the brand’s M Performance range consisted of the BM240i Convertible, BMW M240i xDrive Convertible, M240i Coupe, M240i xDrive Coupe, BMW X4 M40i xDrive and the BMW M760i xDrive.
Another first for the 2018 M550i xDrive is that this will be the lone model from the M Performance range to have an engine specifically modified for it. This is the M Performance Turbo 8-cylinder TwinPower 4.4-liter engine. The engine not only has a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers; it also has a High Precision Injection system. It even has the variable camshaft Double-VANOS timing control and the fully variable Valvetronic valve lift. With this, the 2018 M550i xDrive is able to deliver output at 456 hp available at 5,550 rpm. Maximum torque is 480 lb.-ft., and possible at 1,800 rpm. As a result, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is possible in barely 4.0 speeds with top speed, electronically limited, at 155 mph.Read the entire article 2018 BMW M550i xDrive: everything you should know
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