BMW — Page 2 | – Part 2

Posted on Jan 20th, 2009 by Vlad Balan

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Though there’s not much left of this winter, German tuner Miranda-Series announced a very good looking winter sport package for the BMW 320d (the current generation, but the version before the facelift). By optimizing the ECU, the tuner managed to increase the 2.0 liter turbo diesel’s power output up to 199 hp. Handling was improved by equipping the car with Eibach Pro-Street-S coilover suspension and Stop-Tech brakes. Other changes include new 19-inch black alloy wheels wrapped in Dunlop winter tires and new Recaro seats. However, there’s one small setback. The package, though it looks good, it’s not that impressive, but instead is priced at €13,544 (almost $18,000), which is a lot.

Check out more photo after the jump. Read More: “BMW 320d Winter Concept by Miranda-Series”

Posted on Jan 13th, 2009 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: BMW

10 years ago, at the Detroit Motor Show, BMW introduced what would become one of their most important and successful car ever, the BMW X5. The car, which was sold in 845,000 units since then, is basically the one the created the SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) segment, one of the most competitive ones in today’s market. The X5 still remains one of the most important players in this market, while the X range from the German carmaker extended with two new models, the X3 and the X6, and a fourth, the X1, almost ready for production.

If you like to see BMW bragging about their X5, make sure you read the official press release (a lot of numbers and awards there). So, happy birthday X5, you trully are one of the milestones in automotive history!

Read More: “Happy 10th birthday, BMW X5!”

Posted on Jan 13th, 2009 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Car Crashes, Video

The incident in this video happened about two weeks ago, on December 30, somewhere close to Heathrow Airport, in London and it involved an AA van which was towing a broken down BMW owned by a British Airways employee. While going through an automatic security barrier, the van passed safely, but the barrier came crashing down on the BMW and, as if this wasn’t enough, the car was then lifted six feet into the air by two hydraulic bollards launched up from the ground. British Airways started an investigation on this, while AA officials deny any responsability, saying that the van driver was assured that it was fine to proceed through the barrier. No one was injured and the BMW suffered minor damages.

Read More: “Video: Stranded motorist gets unexpected lift”

Posted on Dec 17th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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After last week we saw two leaked photos of the new BMW Z4, this weekend, the German carmaker officially unveiled their new sports car. When it will go on sale, the new Z4 will be available with three engines, an entry level 2.5 liter developing 204hp (152 kW) and 250Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, a 3.0 liter (258hp (192 kW) 3-liter engine with 210Nm (228 lb-ft) of torque) and a top of the line 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged unit that delivers 306hp (228 kW) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque and takes the Z4 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds.

A premiere for the Z Series is the use of a new retractable hard-top, which opens and closes in 20 seconds. Of course, this means that the car is heavier, but to deal with that, BMW has fitted the Z4 with an Adaptive M Suspension system (ride height can be raised/lowered by 10 mm with three configurations available), plus the Drive Dynamic Control function, available for the first time on the Z4.

The new BMW Z4 will make its world debut at next month’s Detroit Motor Show, when BMW will also probably announced the dates when the car will go on sale.

Check out more photos and a video after the jump. Read More: “The new BMW Z4 officially unveiled”

Posted on Dec 8th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: BMW

Last week we showed you a photo of the new BMW Z4 caught in a BMW showroom somewhere and now, thanks to our good friends from BMW Blog, we’ve got another goodie for all the car’s fans. This official brochure was leaked and we can get a look at the car’s rear (though it’s a scan, the quality is pretty good). Hmm, that makes us reconsider a little our previous position, because the car looks very good here. Some influence from the 6 Series, but that’s very promising, we must admit.

Source: BMW Blog

Read More: “2010 BMW Z4 brochure leaked”

Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

6 Comments Category: BMW

If BMW managed to keep some mystery around its latest car, the new BMW Z4, all that is gone now, because the first photo of the car without any camo broke loose on the web. The car was photographed in a showroom (no idea where) before its official unveiling, on December 15th. We’re going to wait for the official photos and info about the car, but we don’t really like it. We had the chance to test drive the current generation, we really loved it, but this one, though the photo’s quality is not that great, doesn’t look that good. But let’s wait for more stuff on the car.

Read More: “Photo of the new BMW Z4 gets on the web”

Posted on Nov 28th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: BMW, Other Carmakers, Tuning

German tuner Zwickenpflug (Jesus, remember this name if you can!) decided that the BMW M3 is not exclusive enough, so they came up with this, the BMW M3 Leather Edition. Basically, what they did was take out all the M3 standard interior and replace it with a more luxurious leather interior, with Alcantara leather inserts on the door panels, steering wheel, dashboard and the sport seats. But that’s not all, because Zwick-whatever also made some performace upgrades and by tweaking the ECU they managed to squeeze 25 hp more from the 4.0 liter V8, which now delivers 445 hp. They’ve also played with the electronic speed limiter (actually, they removed it), so the M3 Leather Interior now goes up to a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). Completed by the 19-inch BBS alloy wheels, that’s a pretty decent tuning program (nothing impressive, but decent).

Photo Gallery: BMW M3 Leather Interior by Zwickenpflug

Read More: “BMW M3 Leather Edition by Zwickenpflug”

Posted on Nov 28th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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With the facelift for the new BMW 3 Series, it was just a matter of time before tuning companies started presenting tuning programs for the car, and it seems that the Germans from AC Schnitzer are among the first. The upgrade is available for both sedan and Touring versions and it includes a body kit with new front spoiler elements, new contours of the bonnet, AC Schnitzer side skirts, sports mirrors, spoiler insert with diffuser look, rear roof spoiler and a set of Type IV BiColor 18 or 19 inch alloy wheels. Mechanical upgrades include new AC Schnitzer suspension, extra sports antiroll bar and strut brace kit front and rear, plus a new AC Schnitzer Twin Sports Rear Silencer with interlinked chrome rings. Under the hood, the 3.0 liter six-cylinder diesel engine was upgraded from 245 hp (180 kW) and 520 Nm of torque to 284 hp (209 kW) and 570 Nm.

Photo Gallery: BMW 3 Series facelift tuning by AC Schnitzer

Read More: “AC Schnitzer tuning program for the facelifted BMW 3 Series”

Posted on Nov 26th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: BMW, News

Usain Bolt, the 22 years old Jamaican who blew the 100 metres world record (running the distance in 9,69 seconds) at this summer’s Beijing Olympic Games, had the chance to do a special test drive of the 420 hp BMW M3, at the BMW Vehicle Test Facility in Aschheim near Munich. He described the experience as being “fascinating” and we believe him, especially with him getting almost three hours of BMW Driver Training and than doing some laps under the professional guidance of a BMW driving instructor.

Bolt also said that he’s been in love with BMW’s ever since he was a kid, his uncle owning a BMW and taking little Usain for a ride every now and then. And his experience in Munich is not just a marketing move, a black M3 being ordered for the athlete by his sponsor, Puma, M3 which is scheduled to arrive in Kingston, Jamaica and to be handed over to Usain before Christmas.

Read More: “Olympic champion Usain Bolt test drives the BMW M3”

Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: BMW, Maserati, Tuning

German tuner Hamann released a set of photos showing new sets of wheels for the Maserati GranTurismo and for the new BMW 7 Series. But don’t imagine that Hamann got lazy and has only been on working on these wheels, because they actually preview the tuning programs for both vehicles. The Maserati is fitted with new 21 inch EDITION RACE wheels (FA 9.0Jx21 with tyres 245/30ZR21 and RA 12.5Jx21 with tyres 345/45ZR21), while the BMW, though not the most good looking car around, looks pretty good with the black wheels. Enjoy the photos!

Photo Gallery: Maserati GranTurismo Hamann wheels

Photo Gallery: New BMW 7 Series Hamann wheels

Read More: “Maserati GranTurismo and BMW 7 Series get new Hamann wheels”

Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

2 Comments Category: Other Carmakers

Though German tuner AC Schnitzer already presented a tuning program for the BMW X6, apparently that was not enough for them, because today they’ve announced another one, the X6 Falcon, the latest addition to the Falcon family. The first thing that strikes you when you see the car is the body kit, which is features wing extensions (makes it 70mm wider at the front axle and 80mm at the rear), front and rear skirt, moved fog lamps, contoured spoiler edge, rear diffuser and spoiler, body-colored skirts, plus 22 inch AC Schnitzer Type VII alloy wheels, available in black or silver. Not to mention the two-tone gold-black paint finish.

Mechanical upgrades include a new exhaust system and an enhanced Control Unit which boosts the power upgrade for the two diesel engines available, the 3.0 and 3.5 liter, from 235 hp and 286 hp to 272 hp and 310 hp respectively. Check out one more photo after the jump. Read More: “AC Schnitzer X6 Falcon tuning program for the BMW X6”

Posted on Oct 20th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: BMW, Tuning

Once again, a crazy looking car comes from the Emirates, this time from Abu Dhabi. What you see here is a BMW M5 based Lumma CLR 500 RS which, besides the Lumma body kit and the rest of the upgrades, has an awesome matte black paint finish. Usually, you can either hate or love this kind of cars, that look they’ve just been in the most recent Batman or jet fighter movies. And this one, which definitely makes heads turn, is really incredible, we just love it. For more photos, check out

Read More: “Matte black Lumma CLR 500 RS spotted in Abu Dhabi”

Posted on Oct 6th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: BMW, Concepts

Last week, before we left for the Paris, we showed you a video teaser of the BMW Concept X1, which debuted at the French show. The small crossover from BMW looks like it will be placed somewhere between the X3 and the 3 Series touring and, in the press release, BMW says that the concept car previews a future production model, which will be introduced within a year and which, according to the Bavarian carmaker, will be “the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle in the premium compact segment”. The BMW X5 was a huge hit for BMW and it was the car that practically created the SAV/SUV segment, so we might say that BMW knows what they’re doing. But its smaller brother, the X3, was not that successful, so BMW probably doesn’t afford not having a strong competitor in the small SUV market. The X1 looks better than the X3, but still, we don’t like it, especially that front part, which is hideous. It remains to see what will power this car, because nothing was mentioned in the press release.

As a bonus, we got to meet Chris Bangle, one of the most controversial characters in the auto industry (a hero for some, the man that destroyed the BMW legacy for others), but he was busy preparing for a video interview and couldn’t answer a few questions.

I’m really curious, what do you think about the car?

Photo Gallery: BMW Concept X1 at the Paris Motor Show

Read More: “2008 Paris Special: BMW Concept X1”

Posted on Sep 26th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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BMW has uploaded a video on its website, in which we can get a glimpse of the BMW Concept X1, which will debut next week at the Paris Motor Show. The concept previews the production version of the X1 which, according to our friends from BMW Blog, will be available with both four wheel drive and rear wheel drive. Apparently, the car won’t be placed under the X3, in the BMW range, but more of something closer to the 3 Series touring. Sporting a range of four and six cylinders diesel and petrol engines, the X1 will first be marketed in Europe. Enjoy the video!

Read More: “Video: BMW Concept X1 teaser”

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2008 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: BMW, Tuning

Apparently Hartge thought that 306 hp are not enough for the BMW 135i, so they’ve decided to create a tuning program for the small German coupe. By installing an upgraded ECU, Hartge engineers managed to take the 3.0 liter turbo engine up to 350 hp at 5660 rpm and 480 Nm (lb-ft 354) at 2950 rpm. This means that the BMW 135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds (5.3 seconds for the production version) and up to a top speed of 280 km/h (174mph).

The aerodynamic kit features a new front spoiler lip, roof spoiler, lip for boot lid, rear diffuser and side sills, plus a set of 20 inch CLASSIC 2 aluminium wheels. Other accessories include a decal set in metallic anthracite, a set of carbon (silver or black) casings for exterior mirrors, emblems for the bonnet and boot lid and a HARTGE insignia. With several modifications made to the interior too, the BMW 135i by Hartge is priced at €48,162.14, excluding VAT.

Check out more photos after the jump. Read More: “350 hp BMW 135i tuning by Hartge”