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We expected to see the BMW i8 Roadster at last month’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but it never made an appearance. So the question on fans’ lips now is when we will actually see the convertible. Rumours are circulating that it might make a debut in just a few weeks, but apparently, a few have already seen it in person.
Online forums like BimmerPost often provide some pretty interesting news, and one of the users mentioned that there was a private showing recently, strongly suggesting that the production i8 Roadster is almost here. And it was in an event in London where BMW allegedly unveiled the new Roadster to a few lucky clients only. We don’t know if these reports are valid, though there are some specific details that we should take note of.
The same user said that the roadster will be having a set of light weight wheels that have a “square” design, and these are supposedly the lightest wheels one could get for the i8, with extremely narrow spokes. He then added that the production version is very much like the concept that was first seen in 2013, in terms of its design.Read the entire article Upcoming BMW i8 Roadster will offer new interior, more power
The current BMW 7 Series made its debut two years ago at the BMW headquarters in Munich, before it made its way to the International Auto Show in Germany weeks after. It was the first 7 Series that was introduced as a plug-in hybrid variant.
However, this one-off M760Li was customized by BMW Individual customization program. It wears an Austin Yellow paint job that looks good on the sedan, while riding on a set of 21-inch multi-spoke wheels. This is the only 7 Series that has been painted in this unique shade. This colour is typically reserved for an M4 or an M3, and you can find this unit showcased in BMW Abu Dhabi.
The 7 Series’ interior is then finished in creme-coloured leather, which stretches from the seats, to the dash, and to the center console. To bring some flair to it, BMW Individual also added wood paneling and black leather on the steering wheel and on the dash. When looking at it, the model’s exterior paint and interior colours seem to be lacking some contrast. We think that a black interior would make a better contrast with the yellow paint.Read the entire article Austin Yellow M760Li by BMW Individual displayed in Abu Dhabi
To go along with its phenomenal comeback, Wiesmann Sports Cars GmbH has inked a deal with BMW AG to supply its engines. The announcement came from a brief press release regarding the agreement on the new product development and supply between the two companies. After all, Wiesmann sports cars have been using BMW M division’s motors all the way back since 1993.
The company was originally established by brothers Friedhelm and Martin Wiesmann in the 1980s. However, it was only after Wiesmann introduced the MF30 in 1993 that it became famous.
The final edition from the original Wiesmann was the GT MF4-CS which was built to commemorate the sports car company’s 25th year anniversary. The MF4-CS has held its premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show bearing the BMW-sourced 4.0-liter V8 engine that packs 414hp (309kW) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of powerful torque.Read the entire article Wiesmann is set to go back in business with BMW V8 engines in its coupes
With three more months to go before the year ends, three premium auto companies are jousting their way up to see which of them could claim the crown as the best-selling luxury carmaker in the United States for 2017 – Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.
Mercedes-Benz managed to hold on to the US No. 1 spot after nine months of sales. From January to September, Mercedes delivered 242,250 luxury vehicles, excluding its vans and smart-branded models. This figure represents a 2.8-percent year-on-year drop in sales compared to the first nine months of 2016, when Mercedes delivered 249,204 premium units in the US.
Mercedes-Benz continued to lead the US luxury race even after posting dismal sales in September 2017. The carmaker suffered a sales decline in the month – by 1.7 percent – making it the only luxury brand that didn’t registered a surge in September 2017. Figure-wise, Mercedes delivered 29,008 units in September 2017 in the US, compared to 29,500 luxury vehicles sold in the same month in 2016.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz stays on top of US luxury car sales in the first nine months of 2017
BMW’s Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is no doubt one of the most desirable models out there considering that it comes with almost the whole package. From a head-turning exterior design, impressive power, practical features, and an upscale interior. Depending on how you are feeling, it can be sporty when you want it to be, or it can be the most relaxing cruiser to drive you out of the city without breaking a sweat. And since the Alpina has been pretty successful since it first came out in 2014, the company joined forces with BMW again to create this special edition B6 Gran Coupe.
This one-of-a-kind model has been given quite a lengthy name as the “BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition”. This model was especially made for an upcoming raffle that had been organized by the BMW Car Club of America. On the outside, it wears a signature Blue Metallic paint that represents Alpina, matched with a lovely white leather interior with piano black accents all over.
There is more to the four-door grand tourer’s interior. There are a number of silver inscriptions against a high-gloss lacquer finish on the center console too, while the steering wheel is hand-finished and comes with white stitching details to complement the seat upholstery. This is also why the Alpina B6 gets white piping on the floor and a set of trunk mats. To finish off the look, Alpina put B6 embossed logos onto the headrests.Read the entire article Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition was made as a raffle prize
Remember that show on MTV, Pimp My Ride? If you were a huge fan of that show, and have always dreamt of pimping your car, then it’s a no-brainer for you to take your car to West Coast Customs, the aftermarket tuner that was made famous by the MTV series.
Some of the tuner’s latest projects would be the BMW i8 and BMW i3, and they have configured both models to let them stand out on the road. What makes these two examples steal the spotlight from the regular i3 or the i8 would be the livery. They’re wrapped in a 3M Satin Flip Glacial Frost wrap with Llumar tint. The colour is so eye-catching that it helps to highlight the set of chrome Lexani Wheels, that is bright enough to make the hybrid BMWs look like they have traveled from space or a sci-fi production set at least.
Apart for the chrome wheels and its livery, both cars’ kidney grilles and badges feature some small chrome accents. The only difference is that the i3 was given a special one-off front lip spoiler.Read the entire article Check out BMW i3 and i8 pimped by West Coast Customs
While BMW and Toyota have entered a deal to co-develop a sports car project, each company will be producing entirely different models. BMW’s CEO for Australia Marc Werner had spoken with Car Advice recently and this is part of what he said. The company as we know is busy preparing for the rebirth of the Z4 --- which will inevitably be known as BMWs ultimate driving machine.
During the talk, Werner has also revealed the reason why BMW joined up with Toyota for this project, saying that they have to achieve "economies of scale" especially with the decreasing demand for roadsters. He further explained why doing this alone will not benefit either company; that’s why the new Z4 will somehow share certain characteristics with the upcoming Toyota Supra. The product development for each vehicle type often costs about 2 billion in USD. It is rather sad how sales for the roadster segment have gotten worse in the last two years, he stressed.
The official name for BMW’s much awaited Japanese counterpart however was not yet been confirmed at the time of this writing. The joint project, which involves both Toyota and BMW, will also mean that both sports cars will be using the same platform.Read the entire article BMW says looks and performance of Z4 will be very different from Toyota Supra
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are among a small number of places where flashy cars are a common sight. You will need something really unique if you would like to stand out from the crowd. One fine example is this Speed Yellow BMW M4 Convertible that has been tuned by AC Schnitzer. Abu Dhabi and Al Ain get their vehicles from Abu Dhabi Motors, the official importer of BMW, Alpina and AC Schnitzer vehicles.
This AC Schnitzer M4 is a beauty. No one will disagree with that statement even after seeing treatments from other tuners like Liberty Walk. The front splitter, drive planes, mirror caps and rear accents are made with carbon fiber bits.
The upgrades are so smooth that they look as if they have been equipped from the factory. This M4 was also given the dark finished exhaust tips that look more than amazing. But if there’s one thing that a lot of people are unsure about when it comes to styling is the AC Schnitzer AC1 wheels with thin spokes, as they don’t seem to go too well with the rest of the body.Read the entire article Speed Yellow BMW M4 Convertible by AC Schnitzer stuns crowds in Abu Dhabi
A lot of gearheads we know enjoy tweaking their cars to make them look and perform like the dream car they cannot afford. There is nothing wrong with that though. And recently, BMW has launched the online configurator of the brand-new M5.
You’re probably wondering what’s available on the website. Well, first of all, there is a function where you can check out the car in 360-degrees - allowing you to check it out from all angles. Usually, online configurators would lead you to a page where you can pick your engine and transmission. But for the BMW M5 (F90), the only option is a 4.4 liter twin turbocharged V8, paired with an eight-speed automatic that will work with the company’s new xDrive all-wheel drive system. This engine carries out as much as 600 horsepower. Having only one engine option may not be the best thing the company has done.
Next comes the fun part, customers will be able to choose from a wide array of colour options, including some new ones for the F90-generation M5. Some of the interesting colours include Snapper Rocks Blue or Marina Bay Blue Metallic. We’re curious about how the former would look on the M5. Other colours include the Donington Grey and the Bluestone Metallic.Read the entire article 2018 BMW M5 (F90) online configurator is now up on German site for every fan’s enjoyment
The BMW X2 will be the company’s next entry-level compact crossover to join the lineup. And because of that, it needs to up its game so it makes sense for the automaker to make it look more stylish, while giving it some hype. This is why the prototype will be dressed in digital camouflage when it makes an appearance at the Milan Fashion Week. Though we cannot completely see the design of the headlights and tail lights, the X2’s shape is pretty much what we should expect in the production specification.
Unlike the usual camouflage that most companies use, this is the second time the German automaker dressed the X2 in digital camouflage - combining a mix of yellow, gray, black, and blue in random shapes, instead of the orange and black camouflage. What makes this unique camouflage cool is that it unusually highlights the sporty and stylish qualities of the model more than hiding it.
Many say that the production version of the X2 is not as physically sleek as the earlier concept, and that the new design makes it resemble the X1 family more. We can see that it features angled-in headlights with inner LED piping, wide dual kidney grilles, paired with fog lights mounted high in the fascia.Read the entire article Check out the BMW X2 in its digital camo suit on the streets of Milan
BMW will be launching a new Competition Package especially for the M5’s 2018 model year. While in Frankfurt, Andy Cook, BMW’s product exec has talked with Motor 1 regarding some details of the new Competition Package which will come with a number of upgrades. For the base model, according to Cook, the package will include enhanced dynamics and possibly standard ceramic brakes. This option, he said, will cost you at least $10,000 over the standard version.
It is said that BMW is expected to launch the M5 (F90) Competition Package in the coming year and might even follow what's included in the M4 Competition Package. Does that mean we'll be expecting more than just carbon ceramic brakes among the list of options? We surely hope so. The M4 Competition upgrade is offered with new anti roll bars, springs and dampers that you can use on the standard M4’s Adaptive M Suspension. If BMW does actually come up with something as good as this for the new M5, that would be more than exceptional, right?
BMW’s performance upgrade is expected to bring an extra hp through engine tweaks which will also help in improving the vehicle’s acceleration and drive quality. The standard BMW M5 (F90) is equipped with BMW’s latest version of the 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 which is capable of making up to 600hp and 553lb- ft of torque. All that power as we know is delivered through the sedan’s built-in 8-speed M Automatic Transmission.Read the entire article BMW confirms plan to launch new M5 (F90) Competition Package
People residing in the state of Victoria in Australia may soon find a number of Mercedes-Benz cars making rounds on the streets as police patrol cars. This comes as BMW Australia recently inked a partnership agreement to supply the police force in Victoria, Australia, with cars to be used as highway patrol units.
According to the agreement, BMW Australia will be supplying the Victoria Police with around 80 units of the BMW 530d diesel-powered sedans. The first batch of these BMW 530d Victoria Police Highway Patrol vehicles would be operational by early 2018, with the complete fleet (80 units) already on the service by the end of next year.
BMW Australia will present the BMW 530d to Victoria Police in entry-level specs. According to Australian Web site Car Guide, this particular BMW 530d is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder unit that could deliver 195 kW (261 hp) of max output and 620 Nm of peak torque. This amount of power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the new BMW 530d to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. The 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine in the BMW 530d is very efficient as well – consuming just 4.7 liters of diesel per 100 km (combined cycle) and emitting only 124 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per km.Read the entire article Australia’s Victoria Police to ride in 80 BMW 530d highway patrol cars by 2018
BMW’s pure M and M-performance are currently being offered with six- and eight-cylinder turbocharged engines. But while German premium rival Mercedes-Benz offers – through its AMG division – a line of performance models (with 45 badge) powered by four-cylinder mills, BMW is adamant in not pursuing such power options unless some issues are addressed promptly and properly.
BMW isn't likely to employ four-cylinder engine due to power concerns, this was disclosed to the media by Frank Van Meel, chief executive of BMW’s high M Division. According to Van Meel, BMW and BMW W have been happy with its six-cylinder engines because they consider this mill as their heritage engine. He noted that six-cylinder engines have a long history with BMW, since it was the mill that first powered the M1, and that was in 1978. He also noted that a six-cylinder is an iconic engine, and BMW is a six-cylinder inline company.
As for a four-cylinder engine powering an M car, Van Meel shrugs off such possibility. He remarked that four-cylinder engines don’t have the characteristics or attributes necessary for an M car, even if it is a turbocharged four-cylinder mill. Van Meel has a valid point here, since four-cylinder engines – even those boosted by turbochargers don’t develop enough torque at low engine revs, which should affect performance especially during standstill accelerations. He noted that the typical attributes and overall drivability of an M car would be lost if it is powered by a four-cylinder engine.Read the entire article BMW M still not interested in four-cylinder engines, unless electrified
We all know of the standard M4 and the more powerful M4 GTS model, but in between those two models is the newest M4 CS. The CS trim comes with 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts), that lets it hit its top speed of 174 miles per hour (280 kilometers per hour). By far, it is the most fun Coupe Sport model in BMW’s lineup.
Frank Van Meel, boss of BMW M, said in his interview with Road & Track that they are planning to revive the CSL or the Coupe Sport Light, badge. Having said that, the CSL will replace the current GTS and will become the range topping model. They will also be replacing the GTS badge with the new CSL badge. The CSL will be made for the track but it will still get a number plate.
The CSL will not just get a new badge but it will also be given sportier elements including sticky cup tires, a coilover suspension, a roll cage, and a fire extinguisher, just in case the driver will be needing one. The CSL will be the range topping model in the M variant, with more power, while the lower CS trim focuses more on comfort. According to Van Meel, the CS will perform like a track car but it has four seats instead of two.Read the entire article BMW brings back CSL nameplate to take the place of GTS badge
A lot of people have been questioning BMW’s design direction lately, albeit the beautiful Z4 concept and the alluring 8 Series concept are excluded from this narrative. This began after the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show when BMW revealed the X7 iPerformance Concept and i Vision Dynamics Concept that didn’t please many people, because they did not evoke the signature styling the automaker was hoping to see.
Having said that, an ex-BMW designer, Chris Bangle had to call them out regarding this matter, according to Automotive News Europe. For a total of 17 years, Bangle acted as the company’s Chief of Design, before leaving in 2009 to form Bangle Associates. This is a design firm that has delved in everything from liquor bottles to nursing homes.
In an interview with Bangle, he said that the concepts have a wonderful stand and use a great amount of technology. But from his point of view, and as a designer, he said that he is accustomed to a set of uniqueness, freshness and change. He further added that he does not want the concepts to be the subject of criticism.Read the entire article Former BMW Design Chief Chris Bangle slams brand’s new design concepts
For those of you who just placed an order for a new BMW M5 (F90), you might like to pair it with a matching bicycle. The BMW M Bike Limited Carbon Edition is finished in Marina Bay Blue Metallic paint, exactly like that of the sports sedan.
However, if you want this bike, you have to act quickly. That is because it will be limited to 500 units only, each of which will be priced at 1,400 euros (around $1,674). The bicycles are made with hydro-formed aluminum frame, while the fork, the seat posts and spacers are all made of carbon fiber to reduce overall weight. For easier braking, it gets a set of hydraulic Shimano disk brakes.
As we all know, the BMW M5 comes equipped with a 4.4 liter biturbo engine that enables it to give out 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-metres) of torque. The M5 is more powerful than its predecessor, which has an output of 575 horsepower (428 kilowatts) and 500 pound-feet (677 Newton meters) of torque.Read the entire article BMW reveals M Bike Limited Carbon Edition inspired by Marina Bay Blue M5 (F90)
Every now and then, BMW Abu Dhabi gets quite a cool selection of customized cars, many of them tuned by BMW Individual. These are not just the nicest toys, but are also the most eye-catching ones as well, often in striking hues. The latest one that’s on display in one of their dealerships would be the M760Li (or M760i in the United States), and it has been finished in a Rallye Green paint that is part of the Individual catalog.
Apart from the stunning green paint, the BMW M760Li now has a front spoiler and an Alpina rear trunk lid spoiler has been added to complement that look. Smaller details such as satin chrome accents around the beefy front and side vents and mirror caps complete the exterior changes.
Changes do not stop on just the exterior, as the BMW’s cabin now features a fine-grain Merino leather upholstery in Opal white, contrasted by black stitching. Furthermore, it has been given extra accents in gloss black, as well as an upgraded entertainment system with dual screens in the rear. Since this model is a M760Li version, expect to see several “M” pieces inside and out to further boost the car’s appeal.Read the entire article Check out this Rallye Green BMW Individual M760Li displayed in Abu Dhabi
That there’s bad blood between Mercedes-Benz and BMW doesn’t surprise anyone. The fierce competition between the two brands may have stemmed from the fact that they both have German roots, and have been in the automotive industry for a very long time. Nevertheless, it’s quite unusual for either automaker to bash the other in public.
During the Frankfurt Motor Show, Motoring witnessed Hendrik von Kunheim, BMW Senior Vice President for Asia and South Africa, criticize Mercedes’ new X-Class pickup calling it “appalling”, while being interviewed by the Australian media.
Furthermore, von Kunheim said that he was very disappointed when he saw the pickup at Geneva a couple of months ago, adding that “they can do better”. Though he did say that Mercedes-Benz builds fantastic cars, he said that this particular one was a “disappointment.”Read the entire article BMW executive describes the Mercedes-Benz X-Class as a disappointment
The 2018 BMW M8 GTE is probably the automaker’s top of the range model for the international GT racing scene. That’s why there’s no better venue to launch it than at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).
We know that the 8 Series Coupe will go on sale after completing the track next season. It will first head to the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) following its appearance at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA).
The BMW M8 GTE that is currently on display at Frankfurt is an indication of innovative and cutting-edge technology. It came with a BMW M Sport livery, which was specially designed for this occasion. This also gives us a preview of what’s to come in 2018.Read the entire article 2018 BMW M8 GTE is the perfect mix of technology and tradition, set to make Le Mans comeback
BMW is presenting at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show a new concept that allows the public to see a more immediate future of electric mobility, as interpreted by the German premium carmaker. This new concept – the BMW i Vision Dynamics – intends to show that the future of electric mobility has already arrived at the BMW Group, according to Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG.
While BMW’s NEXT 100 vehicles presented in 2016 dwell more into the far future of mobility, the BMW i Vision Dynamics looks into what will arrive a few years from now. As intended, the new BMW i Vision Dynamics is a dynamic and progressive, four-door Gran Coupe that envisions future electric mobility between the BMW i3 and BMW i8. Kruger noted that the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept envisages how the carmaker partly plans to carry out its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy, which in part entails offering 25 electrified models – 12 of which will be all-electric – by 2025.
Even though the i Vision Dynamics concept is a vehicle from the future, it is still easily identifiable as a BMW, thanks to a number of familiar design cues up front. For instance, the new BMW i Vision Dynamics still features the already iconic BMW kidney. But as expected, the design of the BMW kidney on the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept has been reinterpreted to mold the past and the future of the brand. The kidneys are now prominent and enclosed. Featuring no large grille openings, the kidneys now function as an intelligent surface where the sensors of the concept are embedded.Read the entire article BMW previews near-future of its electric mobility with i Vision Dynamics at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
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