Posts Tagged ‘ BMW ’

2015 Lexus RC-F


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After BMW recently debuted their BMW M4 coupe, it only seems fitting that their Japanese rival would release its class contending model. Equipped with a 5.0 liter V8 engine, the exact power output is still unknown at this point, but there are some things we do know. A 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission sends roughly 500 horsepower (some early reports say 460 hp) to the wheels, which should provide an impressive 0-60 mph time.

BMW i8 LCD Key Displays Cars Vital Signs


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Because this key is special, with its high resolution LCD displaying much of the vehicle’s vital signs at any time—your screen-viewing addiction just got worse. Wanna know how much juice the i8 has left? Check the key. Wanna know if you can make it to the beach and back without any worries? The key displays the current capable range. It even indicates whether the vehicle is locked or not. BMW says i8 key uses Bluetooth Low Energy, so you won’t have to worry about much battery drain when you’re outside of your car.

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2014 BMW Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo Coupe


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Renowned German auto tuners Alpina recently took to the floor at the Tokyo Motor Show to unveil their latest advanced BMW creation: the 2014 BMW Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo Coupe. Sporting Alpina’s adaptive sport suspension in conjunction with a Switch-Tronic-equipped 8-speed sport-automatic transmission, the B4 Bi-Turbo Coupe pairs a modern straight-six 3 liter engine with a duo of turbochargers – thus creating 410 hp, 442 lb-ft of torque, acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed approaching 190 mph. Signature Alpina details include the likes of two elliptical double tailpipes and 20″ wheels, as well as a high-performance braking system that features 14.5″ discs up front and 13.5″ discs in back. Just as impressive as the high-powered, aerodynamic coupe’s exterior – and Lavalina leather-lined interior – is the tuned car’s fuel economy: the B4 is rated at about 31 mpg.

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BMW i8 Electric Super Car


BMW group has unveiled the production version of their first purely electrically powered super car, the ‘BMW i8’, at the international motor show (IAA) 2013 in Frankfurt. The plug-in hybrid combines the dynamic capabilities of a super car with fuel consumption and emissions you would normally expect from a small city car. Featuring a passenger cell made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW twinpower turbo hybrid system, the high-performance EV develops 231 horsepower from its 1.5 liter combustion engine that drives the rear wheels, while a separate 131 horsepower electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers and a top speed of 120 km/h. The high-performance electric car can fully recharge in 1.5 hours from a 220-volt level 2 charger, and boasts up to 94 mpg in combined fuel efficiency. The motor derives its energy from a lithium-ion battery centrally mounted in the vehicle — which creates a low center of gravity for even more efficiency. It also works to provide an additional power boost to assist the gasoline engine during acceleration.

BMW Concept 90


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In celebration of 90 years of BMW Motorrad along with 40 years of the iconic R 90 S, BMW chose the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013 as the stage to unveil its modernized version of the classic motorcycle — the BMW Concept 90. Teaming up with Roland Sands Design ‘RSD,’ the Concept 90 pays homage to BMW’s bike of the ’70s, most noticeably with the use of the original Daytona Orange paint. The Concept 90 further translates the essence of the R 90 S in the faring, fuel tank and rear portions of the updated bike. To rejuvenate the bike’s design, halogen lighting was swapped with a BMW LED headlamp and a plethora of customs parts were crafted for the project.

BMW Wants To Turn Your Car Into A HotSpot.


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BMW has launched a 4G LTE hotspot for its cars, giving users high-speed mobile internet on the road.  The device, which works like a router, is designed to give passengers internet access whether using a smartphone, tablet or notebook and can support up to eight devices simultaneously.  It also has a built-in battery pack, meaning that it can be removed from the vehicle and used on the move for up to one hour before recharging.  The device’s range can be adjusted from three meters to up to 10 meters, meaning that the hotspot can stay in the vehicle but users can still access the internet when standing outside of the car.

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“The very fast bit rates and extremely low latency mean that an internet connection supported by the BMW Car Hotspot LTE is often even faster than a PC connection in the home,” says Markus Dietz, Project Manager BMW Car Hotspot LTE Development.Compatible with any new or existing BMW with a BMW telephone docking station, the LTE hotspot works via an LTE-compatible SIM card. Once inserted, each device needs to be registered via an eight-digit code and then it is ready to use.

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However, because the LTE Hotspot also supports NFC (Near Field Communication), if a user’s device supports the technology, simply touching it against the hotspot will authenticate it and establish a high-speed internet connection. BMW claims that this is the first time NFC functionality has been offered in a production car. “Plug and play’ is something of an overworked term, but this is the genuine article,” says Markus Dietz.  But maybe the best feature is that although it is designed to work seamlessly with a BMW car, because it can be connected to a vehicle via USB and has an input for an external power supply, the LTE Hotspot could potentially be used with any vehicle.

Cafe Racer Dreams.


The trend for customizing 1970s and 1980s motorcycles continues. The blinged-out chopper with raked forks and shiny paint is officially dead; Today, customers are demanding sleek, minimal café racers. The shift was inspired a few years ago by workshops such as Denmark’s Wrenchmonkees. Today, builders like Café Racer Dreams located in Spain are buying up and stripping down old Hondas and BMWs. The electrics are hidden—even the battery—to throw focus on the mechanical components. The brown, gold and black color scheme is low-key but luxurious, like a fine piece of leatherwork. Unlike many builders, Pedro Garcia of CRD is not a one-trick-pony. His latest creation is a 1971 BMW R75/5  converted for dual sport use. When not being ridden around the streets of Paris by its new owner, it’s blasting down fire trails and kicking up dust.

Super Car Concept Designs.


Concept cars are basically a creative mind at work with no limitations.  You dont need to worry about how street legal it is or how much damage it will do to a person if you hit them doing 20mph… the answer is it does allot no matter how you design it you stupid regulations people.  Any how that’s the biggest short coming of a concept car.  What you see at the auto show wont ever make it to your drive way.  Yet it shows what we car capable of building and that a chevy impala may actually be the most boring car on earth.  Now that i offended the one Impala owner who visits this site we can safely move on.  Check out this wide range of properly awesome concept cars.   Brands include Bugatti, Ferrari, Tesla, Formula one, McLaren, BMW, and Mercedes Benz.

New BMW i8 Concept SPYDER.


BMW has unveiled their i8 Concept Spyder. It’s absolutely incredible. They say the i8 represents a vision of the future where intelligent thinking, advanced materials and innovative construction techniques fuse together to create a high performance roadster that is outstandingly efficient and environmentally aware. It possesses, they claim, the performance of a sports car with the consumption of a city car. It doesn’t look too shabby either. Strictly a two-seater it boasts on-board equipment including a pair of electric scooters, housed under a transparent tailgate. It makes 406 ft of torque, which pushes it from 0-62 mph in 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Plus it can do 20 miles of 4-wheel-drive on the battery alone.

Kinetic Sculpture from BMW


Company BMW in conjunction with the design studio ART+COM decided to expand our understanding of “sculpture” and presented to the audience something unbelievable – “Kinetic Sculpture” created from numerous small metal balls floating in the air and grouping into various forms. It consists of exactly 714 metal spheres connected with a thin steel wires. Each wire in its turn is connected with an individual motor, which causes the ball in motion. Wires holding the ball are almost invisible, and it seems that spheres are floating in the air by themselves! Eyewitnesses say that’s unforgettable spectacle. Initially balls move randomly, and then begin to group into forms in which can be guessed shapes of BMW cars of various years: BMW 327, BMW 1500, BMW Z4 coupe concept and Mille Miglia.

The 2015 Electric BMW’s.


BMW will launch a mid-range MPV aimed at larger families in 2015, to complete its ‘Project i’ series of upcoming electric vehicles.  Although the first ‘i’ model — (the i3) — hasn’t even hit the roads yet, BMW executives are already planning to augment the range.  Essentially, the proposed i5 is designed to compete with models such as the recently launched Toyota Prius V, an enlarged version of the hybrid bestseller which can seat up to seven passengers and offers plenty of cabin space.  It could be built on the platform of the i3, an all-electric hatchback concept due in 2013 which features a 125kW motor, a top speed of 150 km/h and an optional range extender which uses gas to ensure the it doesn’t run out of juice.  The model will be priced above €50,000, giving it a considerable premium compared to the Prius V, which starts at €23,000.   Its second model, the i8, is a high-performance sportscar slated for release in 2014.

BMW Laser Lights?


BMW will introduce the next generation of head lights (laser lighting on its BMW i8) that could cut energy use in half compared to LED lights.  The laser beam headlights will be twice as efficient as LEDs, and can be up to 1,000 times stronger.  BMW will use miniscule 10-micron long laser diodes, which is 100 times smaller than LED units, in the vehicle.  The small size of the laser diodes will also allow engineers to experiment with new positioning of the headlights.  In their press release on the subject, BMW emphasizes that the laser lights would be safe for both drivers and wildlife.  The laser diodes are not facing forward shining out on the road. Instead, the light would be diffused using a ”fluorescent phosphor material” inside the headlight.  BMW’s laser lighting will get its first airing in the BMW i8 concept. With a production model of that vehicle set to launch in 2013.

BMW i3 and i8 Concepts.


BMW has given out the first details and images of its i3 and i8 models before the concepts are shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show.  One of the most notable features of the new design is a bodywork largely made of carbon fibre, described by BMW as a “revolution in automotive design.”  The new material, which has never been used for a car body on a volume-production scale before, offers a weight reduction of between 250 and 350 kilograms, which should considerably lengthen the range and speed of the electric vehicles.  The i3′s concept city car design currently offers a range of approximately 150 kilometers using a 125 kW electric motor, said BMW, with four seats and a 200-liter luggage compartment.  Thanks to a weight of 1,250 kilograms, it can manage 0-100km/h in less than eight seconds, and the charging time is also pretty nippy, with an 80 percent charge in around an hour using a high speed charger.  The larger i8 isn’t a fully electric vehicle but a plug-in hybrid, managing a consumption of under 3l/100km with a drive system that outputs 260 kW.  Designed as a luxury sports car, it offers a top speed of 250 km/h and a 0-100km/h time of under five seconds, although at a more temperate speed the i8 will run for up to 35 kilometers on all electric drive before the hybrid system kicks in.  It’s expected that both of the cars will be on show at the Frankfurt International Auto Show, which runs September 15-25 in Germany.

Miraculous BMW Drift Video.


On my vacation I made the acquaintance of a female street racer that made me reminisce on the ‘good old days’ of precision driving, and being able to push a car to its limits.  This video is a perfect demonstration of what I mean by pushing a car (and its driver) to the limits.  The 340bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six (and that M3 rear differential) get a thorough workout in this video, posted by BMW Canada. I’m not clear on the advertising message, but it’s definitely worth a watch.

2011 Mercedes AMG Accessories.


High functionality, fine materials and impressive style characterise the new AMG Selection 2011 of first-class accessories.  The products are available in a business line for the office and commercial environment and a casual range for sport and leisure.  The collection includes items such as a functional laptop trolley suitcase in leather/nylon with variable interior compartments for clothes, a laptop and cable compartment plus wheels with AMG styling.  Other business accessories include a documents case with credit card and organizer compartments, a matt-finished aluminum retractable ball-point pen, a wallet, a key case plus a credit card holder.  Finally, the sports and leisure items in the AMG Selection 2011’s casual range include practical windcheaters, polo shirts and caps for women, men and children.  he collection includes the compact or full-size umbrella with a leather handle, Teflon coating, fiber-glass ribs and an embossed AMG logo, plus a leather sports bag, a key case and ring in carbon fibre/leather plus a matching lanyard in AMG-look.  For model car enthusiasts the AMG Selection 2011 also offers the gull-wing SLS AMG as high-quality 1:87, 1:43 and 1:18 scale models.

The BMW 328 Hommage Concept.


As a person who’s always combining, mixing, and mashing things up, I know the importance of paying homage to the original.  BMW recently went back to the drawing board to recreate one of their classics.  The BMW 328 Hommage looks like a futuristic funky fresh remix of its original, but with visual features like the X’ed out head lights, I’m all about it.  Check the method below.

Automotive Photography.


I love cars.  Just to put it simply.  I grew up in a place where street racing was very common, and some people spent more time working on their cars than they spent attending the local high school.  Luxury cars, foreign cars, or exotic cars, don’t make a difference, I’m developed a solid love for automobiles of any type.  (Even thoough, I feel like the ONLY thing in the world sexier than Jessica Castillo is a fresh Aston Martin).  When I recently came across a collection of automotive photography, I was enthused to say the least.  This collection comes from all different photographers from all over the world, of all different cars, of all shapes, sizes, and styles.  I didn’t chose the photos for what cars were in them, but for the composition of the photo, the angles, focal points, lighting, style, and depth all contribute to the beauty of the car being displayed, and I didn’t want to limit what I posted just because the car in the photo was old.  So take a look both above and below and hopefully you’ll see as much beauty in these photos as I do.

The New (New) BMW GT M1.


BMW’s M1 is back.  And drivers can expect stunning design, impressive fuel economy and incredible performance to come as standard with the new model due on sale in 2012.  It will be based on the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, BMW’s star of the Frankfurt Motor Show, and Auto Express’s exclusive images reveal how the newcomer will look.  With an ultra-low ride height, active aerodynamics and an aggressive rear end, there will be no shortage of visual drama. Inside, there will be two-plus-two seating, and the low-slung driving position will be surrounded by cutting-edge technology, including a digital dash and multimedia connectivity.  A three-dimensional head-up display that shows information such as speed and speed limits, economy and sat-nav functions, plus an advanced version of BMW’s iDrive cabin control system, will also appear.

Practicality will be limited however, with BMW choosing to deliver a machine that sets a new benchmark for performance and efficiency, rather than creature comforts. At the core of this effort will be groundbreaking technologies which will see every aspect of traditional car design reinvented.  The most significant element of this huge effort will be the development of the 1.5-litre hybrid engine revealed in the Vision EfficientDynamics. The three-cylinder unit will be paired with a powerful electric motor – together both will offer more than 350bhp and 800Nm of torque.  To save fuel, top speed will remain electronically limited to around 155mph. However, the 0-60mph sprint is expected to take less than five seconds.  To make the most of this raw speed, the M1 will be equipped with BMW’s Air Curtain system. This arrangement channels airflow through the front bumper and out ahead of the front wheels. It reduces turbulence in the wheelarches and cuts the car’s drag coefficient to 0.22Cd – the lowest of any BMW. Subtle folds in the bodywork will also create downforce without the need to use large spoilers.