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BMW has a new plan for electrifying every model you can think of

What has BMW been up to lately? The company recently announced that they are currently focusing on electrification, and so far, their new architecture will enable “electrification of every model series”. In other words, all brands and all models can already be electrified in the near future – as either a full-electric version or as plug-in hybrid powertrain one. The company plans to make these available by the end of the decade. There will definitely be more fully-electric vehicles in the next generation.

On July 25, the company confirmed that the fully electric MINI 3 door variant will be the company’s core model. But production for this model will not begin its production until 2019. By doing that, MINI customers will have more choices when it comes to powertrains. Soon, choices will range from petrol, diesel internal combustion engine, a plug-in hybrid, and a battery electric vehicle. Since it is the BMW Group that is starting this, the MINI’s electric drivetrain will first be built at the Plant Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria, before it gets shipped to the Oxford Plant where the MINI 3 door models are being built.

The Dingolfing and Landshut plants are vital to the company’s global production network as the company’s global competence center for electric mobility, said Oliver Zipse, BMW AG Management Board member for Production. He then added that their system can adapt to rapidly changing customer demands, and that it is innovative. Though they have not done this yet, they are confident that they can quickly increase production of electric drivetrain components quickly if it is necessary.

Read the entire article BMW has a new plan for electrifying every model you can think of

BMW 7 Series celebrates 40 years with limited edition 40 Jahre

BMW will be releasing a limited edition 7 Series in the same way that the 3 Series and 5 Series models got their own anniversary editions from the previous years. The BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre, which is limited to only 200 examples, will be manufactured at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Germany. Interestingly, this is also where the 7 Series was born and has been produced since 1977.

In line with the celebration of its 40th year, BMW is offering two special paint variants exclusively available from its very own Individual catalogue. Customers can choose between the Petrol Mica metallic (7 Series’ original body color) and the Frozen Silver metallic body paint. Its array of enhancements will include the brand’s high gloss Shadow Line trim, a new set of BMW Individual light V-spoke alloy wheels, as well as BMW’s M Aerodynamics Package. All limited-run 7 Series 40 Jahre also come with specially marked B-pillar coverings and door pillars to underline the segment’s 40 years of existence.

BMW’s Individual package is prominent as well inside the cabin such as the brand’s soft premium leather upholstery. The choices available are either in Smoke White/Black or Smoke White/Cohiba two color combinations. Any color scheme selected comes with a pair of limited edition comfort cushions in Smoke White which includes floor mats and Alcantara headliner of the same color. Depending on the choice of upholstery combination, the floor mat’s edging can be had either in brown or black while the accents can be availed either in Piano black lacquer or Smoke brown woodgrain.

Read the entire article BMW 7 Series celebrates 40 years with limited edition 40 Jahre

2018 BMW 1-Series Facelift revisions are so subtle you might not spot them

BMW has given the 2018 1-Series a facelift, and they have just released a ton of new photos and a couple of videos to show us what it’s got. Nevertheless, the people at BMW continue to remind us of the three- and five-door, rear-wheel-drive model from Bavaria that is available in three-, four-, and six-cylinder powertrains if the upgrades do not interest you. Now, going back to the all-new 1 Series, the Mini-like hatchback will have a front-wheel-drive setup this time.

The range-topping trim of the 1 Series will be getting a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine under its hood, where it can bring out 300 horsepower. This is quite a downgrade from the previous model year which has a turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-six, that produces 340 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 500 Newton-metres (368 pound-feet) of torque like the M140i. Plus, the older model has a sweet-sounding soundtrack, while the facelifted model will be more silent.

The current 1 Series may start to show its age already based on how it physically looks; however, its engine still seems better than that of the facelifted model. A new M140i is on its way, though it might have a smaller engine that will be paired with the xDrive.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW 1-Series Facelift revisions are so subtle you might not spot them

BMW M3 (F80) CS with 460 hp will arrive in 2018

If you are a huge fan of the hardcore GTS version, you probably know that the closest you could get to that model is the upgraded model of the M4 -- the BMW M4 CS that has a 460 horsepower (343-kilowatt) engine capable of going from 0-62 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. But guess what? It seems like the four-door M3 will be getting the same treatment sometime soon.

Well, the German company has been making use of their “CS” trademark filings. BMW has filed “CS” names with trademarks that range from “M1 CS” to “M8 CS” - that is a lot if you think about it. This is probably their strategy to keep up with the growing lineup of Mercedes-AMG vehicles.

In fact, it was stated by Bimmer Today, a German publication, that the new M3 (F80) CS will be the most powerful M3 of all time, and it is scheduled to come out next year. It will be getting 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) from the same 3.0-liter biturbo six-cylinder engine, as that of the M4 CS. According to some rumours, the engine will be paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Read the entire article BMW M3 (F80) CS with 460 hp will arrive in 2018

Looking for a fairly new BMW? Well, you can now own a used BMW 228i for 25,000 USD. Though basically considered as a small and modest coupe, the BMW 228i could bring big value for your money. Primarily because it has the perfect size that makes driving more fun. It probably is the best driver’s car around especially with the increasing number of big SUVs on the road.

Tipping the scales at 3,260 pounds, the BMW 228i is not only compact in size but is also relatively lighter. The dimensions are exactly what an everyday driver is looking for in a car because the 228i is neither too long nor too wide. One thing’s for sure, taking this coupe anywhere won’t be a problem since it’s much easier to get through a tight traffic if the car isn’t taking a lot of space to start with.

Most of all, the 2 Series is a relatively new model range, which means, driving one of these won’t definitely ruin your style. It will literally take your driving to a whole new level because it feels more agile than most BMWs. Never mind that it doesn’t come with the M badge like those on the faster BMW models. In fact, the 228i has better suspension than say, a BMW M235 or an M240 because it offers superior comfort and better handling. In most cases, things can get out of hand if the car is too powerful or runs too fast. But certainly not for the 228i since the four cylinder provides sturdy driving force that does not compromise other parts of the vehicle.

Read the entire article Is a pre-owned 228i best BMW you can buy these days?

Now that we have seen the 2018 BMW X3 (G01) and its new styling elements, it should not be such a challenge to try and imagine how the second generation X4 would look. Some argue that it might be too early for a next-generation X4 considering that it has only been in the market for three years. Also, the current generation has not even been given a facelift or any upgrades yet.

But when the new X3 came out, the spotlight was on it as it shares design cues with the BMW X4; thus it was described as the Coupe version of the latter. The new version will probably follow the same path as the old one, with the same underpinnings, from the engines to the suspension and chassis setup.

X-Tomi Design came out with a version of what they think the BMW X4 would look like, and the rendering turned out looking pretty accurate. Though we can only see 3/4 of the car, minus the rear. Clearly, it was designed with cues from the newly revealed X3.

Read the entire article Here is a rendering of the 2019 BMW X4 (G02) production version

After the 2018 BMW 6 Series GT’s reveal, we felt as though the Bavarian company received comments that they did not expect to hear from readers and fans. It seems like the latest liftback model did not appeal to many, and so far, the new model has not got a lot of fans. So, X-Tomi Design did a rendering of the 6 Series with an M6 guise, giving it some subtle changes, to make it look more appealing.

First of all, X-Tomi Design gave the M6 GT larger intakes and deeper side sills up in the front fascia. The grille has been given a black trim instead of the silver which makes it appear larger too. There have been several details that have been added such as the carbon fiber roof that make for a sportier design. It also comes with chrome side mirror covers instead of camouflaging it with the rest of the body. The front spoiler and side skirts have been made to look more aggressive, while the suspension has been lowered as well. To finish off the design, the wheels have been made bigger and were blacked out. The darker trims definitely made the 6 Series look more aggressive, and look less of a family car.

Well, I would say that the rendering did give the current model more appeal. With the high contrasts of the blacks and the whites, it definitely got more character as opposed to the original 6 series.

Read the entire article Judge for yourself: Is X-Tomi’s M6 GT rendering better than the BMW 6-Series GT?

At BMW, there’s an obvious pattern. The German marque first releases the standard model to various markets and after a few weeks its sportier brother fitted with M Performance Parts will join the line-up. Others commented that the BMW 6 Series GT doesn't deserve the athletic kit, but even the 2 Series Active Tourer was given an M Sport Package, so at this point it is not that impossible that the 6 Series GT will follow suit.

The M Performance Package for the 6 Series was made possible thanks to the German marque's GmbH division that is solely responsible for producing the parts tailored to the recent model. One of the parts is the sporty exhaust system which promises to give a truly significant acoustic and visual dimension, in which the German marque claims that the sportier sound is still appropriate for cruising on the roads.

These words are heavily grounded, so we will have to hear it ourselves to consider it in the first place. The brand new system is paired with a stainless steel silencer and has round tips or trapezoid in chrome ,depending on the driver's chosen model, and these are made available for the 630i and 640i xDrive models. The models that have round designs are given an engraved "M" logo and the others are gifted with "M Performance" etching.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo receives sporty M Performance Parts

The Concept X2, introduced back at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, impressed many people with its low-profile roof, and dramatic front end. Its looks implied a better performance and it appeared to be less of a utilitarian car such as traditional SUVs.

Did you wonder how a BMW X2 production version would look like? Well, it shouldn't be that hard to imagine. Just take the concept, and bring the styling down a notch by around 25 percent. The Japanese bureau submitted patent drawings of what could be the production-ready BMW X2 last February 22, but these had only been published on July 3rd.

The changes made to the final X2 are likely the same ones you would see on the patent. The slender side mirrors have been replaced with a set of chunkier side mirrors that offer a better view of the back.

Read the entire article These patent drawings might actually be of the upcoming BMW X2 production version

Last month at BMW’s Abu Dhabi dealership, the company revealed the M3 in a San Marino Blue exterior finish, which received plenty of compliments. This month, the new M4 gets the same look, but comes with a sportier appeal.

First of all, the BMW M4 (F82) was fitted with the M Performance body kit, making it much more aggressive. Physically, it comes with a carbon fiber rear wing, carbon fiber front spoiler, mirror covers, and boot lid spoiler. A set of dual tone silver and blue wheels comes with the body kit. Meanwhile, the interior also gets some carbon fiber on the gear selector, handbrake level, the console and the dash. To match its sporty exterior, the M4’s cabin was given an upgrade with the orange leather interior.

As for the exhaust system, the M4 was equipped with a custom Armytrix exhaust. In fact, you can hear it roar online. It definitely sounds more powerful than the factory model vehicle.

Read the entire article 2017 BMW M4 (F82) looks even better with San Marino Blue finish

When an automotive company reaches a certain production milestone (such as the 1-millionth car that rolled off its production line), they often keep the car. Often as a trophy or a remembrance of the success of the car. But this time, BMW decided not to keep its 10 millionth 5 Series.

Recently, the number 10 million 5-series rolled off the production line at Bavaria’s Dingolfing plant, and the company decided to ship it to Korea to put it up for auction. The lucky buyer made a bid of 75 million won.

But if you convert that amount, it actually isn’t that big for a landmark special. As per current conversion rates, 75 million won is just about 60,000 euros or $65,000. For the sake of comparison, this particular 5-series was based on the 520d, which in Germany starts just below 38,000 euros before tax, and 45,000 euros after. While in Korea, after the destination fee, it starts at 66.3 million won. So at 75 million won, the unidentified bidder would have paid for another 8.7 won (around $7,600) for the 10-millionth 5 Series. Not a bad deal, I must say.

Read the entire article 10-millionth BMW 5 Series auctioned off for 75 million won in South Korea

The world never runs out of adventure, which is why BMW Lifestyle has teamed up with “Specialized” to develop the special edition E-mountain bike. Branded as Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie, the exclusively designed mountain bike has been given the new Phytonic Blue paint job to match the official color of the 3rd generation BMW X3 (G01).

To further complement the new SUV, the trail bike is equipped with a water bottle with the tagline “Specialized For BMW”. The price? Let’s just say the regular Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie costs $4,500 (or about 3,900 in euros in Germany). Now for those who want the special edition BMW version of the mountain bike, they can have it for the price of $5,900 (5,200 euros).

What makes it more interesting to have is that the e-bike features a 504Wh battery pack with a dock that lets you recharge its battery off the bike. Similarly, BMW developed a special charging cable that can be hooked to the SUV’s 12V power socket without compromising its own supply.

Read the entire article BMW unleashes the new X3 (G01) with a matching mountain e-bike

BMW saw a potential oil leak on the new M760Li, prompting them to recall the said vehicle last April. Today, a little over two months after issuing the first recall, BMW is once again recalling the M760Li for the same reason. While 97 examples have been initially affected, the latest recall notice covers a total of 206 vehicles as issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (or NHTSA).

One of the main reasons is the oil leaking from the oil cooler possibly going onto the front brakes, compromising the vehicle’s braking efficiency. The 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive sedan, which packs a total output of 592hp(600PS) and 590lb ft (800Nm) of torque, can go for a zero-to-62 mph sprint in only 3.9 seconds. Even if no injuries or accidents have been reported, recalling the affected vehicles is important to let them check and replace the engine oil cooler line or whatever is necessary to prevent any serious problems.

According to BMW, they will be working on the vehicles beginning August 7 and that the procedure will be free of charge and should not take more than two hours to complete. In spite of this, owners should wait to be contacted first by the dealership before bringing in their cars for a check-up.

Read the entire article Recall is expanded for BMW M760Li xDrive over oil-leak risks

All-new BMW X3 (G01) just made its debut! The updated model has a familiar design, and slightly increased dimensions compared to its successful predecessors.

For more cabin space, the wheelbase has been extended by an additional 2.2 inches (5.5 cm). The length and the width of the new X3 are also slightly longer, thanks to the optimized package.

The S in Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is emphasized by its more dynamic design such as the sharper adaptive LED headlights and a more muscular hood. Here, we also witness BMW's new 3D front grille. The rear fascia, on the other hand, gets a pair of exhaust tips and a nice set of taillights.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW X3 (G01) offers new design, more room, and choice between Luxury and M Sport packages

The Fast and Furious franchise is known to spark various car themed action movies, and one movie is geared to follow in the footsteps of the highly-successful American film franchise. The movie in question is the French action thriller Overdrive that will feature the Hollywood star Scott Eastwood that works alongside cool BMW vehicles on set. Fans had the chance to see an early screening of Overdrive at exclusive movie houses in Paris and Berlin that will be attended by Eastwood and BMW, as the German marque continues to broaden its partnership with the film industry.

A lot of BMW releases have been seen during the movie, including the M3 in a major opening sequence, the 6 Series Gran Coupe as a getaway car, the upgraded 4 Series convertible, the i8, a vintage BMW 327 and the R nineT bike. Eastwood revealed that shooting alongside the BMW vehicles is always “incredible.” He went on to describe the BMW 327 as a truly gorgeous vintage unit that always impresses everyone.

He further commented that riding the M3's hood was another beast and by this you can distinctly experience the car's dynamism, akin to the new BMW 5 Series he worked on. The German marque has previously worked alongside the notable actor on the international Business Athlete campaign that featured the latest 5 Series. Uwe Dreher, BMW head of brand communications, said that reuniting Eastwood with various BMW models in the south of France was an awesome method of showing a genuine story for the BMW Brand.

Read the entire article BMW’s marvelous collection of vehicles is featured in 'Overdrive' movie

As though many would think the Fire Orange is already synonymous to BMW Motorsport, Century West BMW in Lankershim Boulevard, Studio City California went above and beyond in customizing the new 7 Series.

By having it appointed with $38,000 worth of add-ons, the Los Angeles luxury car dealership has raised the bar of this Fire Orange 2017 BMW 750i in near astronomical levels. The mighty 2017 BMW 750i comes with several packages such as the M-Performance, M-Sport, Executive, Ambient Air package, Drivers Assistance Plus I & II and Autobahn Package.

Thus, it includes M Performance Rocker Decals with 21” Style 650M Wheels, stainless steel pedals and carbon fiber mirrors among the list of available options. But these are just for the aesthetics. For comfortable and enjoyable interior amenities, it has Wi-Fi Hotspot with enhanced USB & Bluetooth, Gesture Control system, Wireless charging for your mobile device as well as Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround sound system with remote control.

Read the entire article 2017 BMW 750i looks amazing in Fire Orange but comes with a serious price tag

Goodbye to the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and say hello to the all-new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. BMW has finally announced the impending arrival of the new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, its highly distinctive and highly luxurious four-seater with coupe-inspired aerodynamic design.

The Bavarian manufacturer will have the all-new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo available in the US this fall exclusively as a BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo model.

According to BMW, the all-new 2018 6-Series Gran Turismo (GT) has a starting price of $69,700 plus $995 in Destination and Handling charges.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo (GT) to arrive in the US in the fall with starting price of $69,700

We may remember the BMW Z3 M Coupe from 1998, but if you never got your hands on one, it will probably just stay as a memory for you - a memory you hope would come to life again. The coupe came in a powerful 3.2 liter engine, technology that was pretty advanced for its time, and a quirky design - a classic indeed. The sad part is that the Bavarian company only built 6,000 examples of the M Coupe and it was discontinued in 2002.

It truly is an icon, being in the market for only four years, the M Coupe got a number of recognitions from different people and companies from Automobile Magazine’s “Design of the Year” award, Car and Driver’s “Ten Best”, to Richard Hammond’s list of “Icons” on Top Gear - quite impressive for a car that was only around for a few years, and up until today, people remember it. So now, imagine if the M Coupe was never discontinued. How would a present-day M Coupe look, and what features will it give?

If you have asked yourself the same question before, then you are not alone. This Finnish artist, Esa Mustonen created a rendering of a modern interpretation of the iconic Z3 M Coupe, and all I can say is that is looks pretty impressive. His take on the classic coupe combines both the classic shape that we recognize from the past, as well as current BMW cues - pretty much the best of both worlds. Mustonen’s goal was to combine modern design while injecting elements from the i performance range, focusing more on the lines of the i8 and i3.

Read the entire article Modern BMW Z3 M Coupe looking classier than ever

German car tuner Manhart Performance is famous for its extraordinary BMWs. In typical Manhart fashion, the team amps up the BMW X6 M by giving it an extra 123hp and 111lb-ft of torque. Dubbed as the MHX6 700, Manhart’s powerful tuning totals the output of the 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 engine by up to 690hp (700PS) and 664lb-ft (900Nm).

To achieve this, the sports activity coupe benefited from the auto tuner’s 300-cell downpipes, new stainless steel muffler with valve control, software optimization and massive new tailpipes measuring 4x 100mm. The MHX6 700’s enhanced V8 engine is hooked to an eight speed M Steptronic gearbox with Drivelogic. Despite not disclosing the sprint time, Manhart’s superb tuning abilities will surely take a few seconds off the standard’s 4.2-second acceleration.

For improved handling and to keep the car closer to the ground, Manhart has also performed some adjustments on the chassis including the use of an H&R lowering kit.

Read the entire article Manhart MHX6 pushes the BMW X6 M power to 700 PS

A new BMW commercial from China captures Bruce Lee’s striking words about the power of water. BMW has taken an excerpt from a 1972 interview by Pierre Berton for the advertisement where Lee talks about the water’s significance to flow and crash. The meaningful words he left were beautifully interpreted in a span of 1 minute and 5 seconds.

During the entire 1:05 minute commercial, the iconic martial artist was speaking his mind in the background while the video of the M4 GTS’ new water injection was being played in slow motion. In his exact words, Lee can be quoted as saying “empty your mind…be formless…shapeless …like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. If you put water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. If you put it on a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow on it…or it can crash”. The commercial ended with “be water, my friend” as Lee’s parting words. The idea may be entirely philosophical but it makes perfect sense in the automotive context.

The new water injection system on the BMW M4 GTS was actually derived from Bosch. It works by spraying adequate amount of water into the engine’s intake manifold to improve performance. The liquid evaporates and cools down the chamber letting the turbo run at higher boost. As a result, the 3.0-liter biturbo 6-cylinder engine produces up to 464 hp (368kW) and 442lb-ft (600Nm) of powerful torque. Once the 5.0-liter (1.3gal.) is totally consumed, the engine’s computer redials the power output until such time the tank is refilled. The water should take up to 2,896km (1,800 miles) between refills as estimated by BMW.

Read the entire article Bruce Lee is featured on BMW M4 GTS new water injection video advertisement
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