With the new X4, BMW completed the already large series of X models by adding a further Crossover model and thereby set a little brother with remarkably similar family features next to the successful X6. The BMW experts of Manhart Performance from Wuppertal are already presenting the xDrive35d top model of the brand new sport activity coupé at a first expanded tuning level! (more…)
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The BMW Vision Future Luxury will grace the concept car lawn at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance marking its North American premiere. Offering a glimpse into the long-term view of modern luxury for the BMW brand, the BMW Vision Future Luxury stands for a forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation as well as a driving experience that is at once emotional and exclusive. All of this is conveyed through its groundbreaking exterior and interior design along with its innovative technology, a pioneering lightweight engineering concept and a seamlessly integrated user interface and driving experience that caters to the needs of all occupants at once. The BMW Vision Future Luxury will be previewed at the BMW press conference on Thursday, August 14 at the BMW Villa in Pebble Beach, CA.
“Innovative technology and modern luxury have always been an important part of BMW’s brand DNA,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “We use visionary concept vehicles like the BMW Vision Future Luxury to show where we may be going with these themes in the future, and to give us new inspiration and motivation. The BMW Vision Future Luxury – with its innovative technologies and with meticulous precision and quality in every detail – takes our thinking on modern luxury a logical stage further.”
Heralding a new approach – the design.
“The design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is the messenger of our philosophy of modern luxury, one in which innovative technologies play a key and vital role. These innovations deliver a new, multifaceted luxury experience that spans intelligent lightweight engineering, innovative interior design and a radically new user interface design,” says Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, summing up the design approach to the BMW Vision Future Luxury.
This approach is particularly tangible in the interior. Throughout, the design expresses both form and function of the innovative technologies. For example, the intelligent lightweight engineering concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is expressed in the design principle of subtractive modeling. That is to say, the specific geometry and functions of an individual component are created from one and the same layered composite structure, comprising many different levels and materials. An initial base layer of fine carbon fabric is followed by a functional level featuring user interface components, control and display interfaces and lighting functions, which in turn is followed by a further structural, load-bearing layer of aluminum for additional strength. Finally, the top layers comprise wood, then leather, to create a warm and comfortable ambience. In a given area of the interior, the multi-layer structure is “milled down” to the appropriate depth depending on what surface material and what function is required. Since the interior geometry is therefore always pared down to essentials, this cuts total weight substantially. This treatment also makes for virtually seamless transitions and very elegant, fluid surfaces.
The unrivalled characteristics of carbon as a material – both individually and in combination with its surrounding materials – are optimally utilized in this rigorous lightweight design concept. The carbon underlying layer is visible in the doors, under the seats and especially in the innovative, pared-down B-pillar. A full B-pillar as used in the past is dispensed with. The carbon construction allows the seat frames to be integrated into the load-bearing structure. There are also connections to the door sills and centre console, which means only a very small and unobtrusive B-pillar is required. The BMW Vision Future Luxury’s wide-opening coach doors would not have been possible without this new carbon B-pillar solution.
New-style user interface design and exclusive BMW ConnectedDrive services.
In the driver’s and front passenger’s area, precisely defined lines and surfaces create a sense of exclusive dynamism. The design of the instrument panel closely complements the design of the displays themselves. The driver is surrounded by a wrap-around cluster of three intermeshing displays, creating the typical BMW driver-centric cockpit. The three-dimensional display technology means that at the visual level the instrument panel styling appears to carry over into the displays themselves. In other words, to the eye the interior space seems to continue into the solid structures of the instrument panel, generating an impression of unprecedented depth and spaciousness.
The left-hand display mainly presents vehicle-related information, while in the centre a programmable cluster displays speedometer, rev counter and other information, as well as context-adaptive supplementary data, which is displayed as and when relevant. Meanwhile, the right-hand display – the Driver Information Display – provides additional infotainment information. The driver also has the option of controlling all these functions by voice command.
BMW Vision Head Up Display.
The primary driver display, however, is the “contact-analogue” BMW Vision Head Up Display. This display augments the driver’s view of the real world by projecting information directly in the driver’s line of sight onto the road. Buildings, traffic signs or hazards can be highlighted directly in the real-world environment, selectively directing the driver’s attention to specific information which is particularly important at any given time. This technology gives a new dimension to driver assistance functions such as Speed Limit Info, where road signs can be identified and highlighted in the driver’s field of view, or the Traffic Light Assistant, which provides real-time information about traffic light phasing.
In place of a central shared information display for driver and front passenger, the BMW Vision Future Luxury offers front passengers their own Passenger Information Display. This display is connected to the Driver Information Display via a touch-sensitive panel, where information can be exchanged between driver and front passenger using swiping movements. Applications like booking opera tickets online direct from the vehicle via the BMW ConnectedDrive Luxury Concierge service can be displayed in the Passenger Information Display, where they don’t risk distracting the driver. The relevant functions can be conveniently controlled by the front passenger using the iDrive Controller with touch-sensitive interface.
Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet.
In the back, two Rear Seat Displays set into carbon surrounds, and a detachable Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet, put the finishing touch to the integrated user interface concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. These displays can communicate with the front displays and also with the BMW ConnectedDrive services. Everything from trip-related information like speed and journey time to information relating to the Luxury Concierge Services can be displayed here in simple and customized form. It is also possible to use online entertainment content like internet-based video and music streaming as well as gaming. All content and functions can be controlled from the rear seats using the detachable Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet in the centre console.
Personal space at the rear.
For the occupants of the rear seats, the BMW Vision Future Luxury offers a luxurious haven of personal space. Two large, deeply contoured single seats add to the appeal, inviting passengers to retire into their own personal “comfort zone”. A retractable table, the angled Rear Seat Displays and the rigid backs of the front seats create a very private ambience, sectioning this area off from the rest of the interior. The sense of privacy is accentuated by modern, flowing geometry and the use of select materials, with lavish wood surfaces extending from the rear parcel shelf to enfold the rear seat occupants in a cosseting three-dimensional space. Strategically placed lighting slats integrated into the wood echo the surrounding styling and, with their warm glow, accentuate the modern and cozy ambience. Finest-quality aniline leather in Batavia brown and a lighter Silk shade, Silk nubuk leather and the warm brown, layered lime wood all have a natural aura which offers unique visual appeal and quality. The division between darker materials in the upper areas and light materials in the lower areas creates a feeling of warmth and a luxurious sense of space. A deep-pile pure silk carpet rounds off the exclusive array of materials in the interior of the BMW Vision Future Luxury.
Exclusiveness and elegance – the exterior design.
In side view, perfect proportions – precise, uncluttered and elegant – convey the exclusiveness of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The long wheelbase, short overhangs and low, set-back greenhouse lend the stretched silhouette a refined dynamism. In hallmark BMW style, a finely sculpted contour line creates a taut arc along the side of the vehicle, and the opulent surfaces underneath this line have, as always on a BMW, been shaped by seasoned modelers. This hand-sculpted design gives the surfaces a special emotional appeal that would be beyond the capabilities of a computer. The effect is further enhanced by the Liquid Platinum Bronze exterior paintwork, which generates a warm, shimmering effect. An exclusive flourish at the side of the vehicle is the side mirror, which appears to grow organically out of the chrome window trim. Designed as a visual continuation of the chrome trim, its slender stalk is attached to the mirror from below, giving it a graceful and effortless appearance, almost as if it were hovering in mid-air.
BMW EfficientDynamics: honed aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight engineering.
The exterior design perfectly showcases the advanced aerodynamics and innovative lightweight engineering of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The coupé-style roofline and sloping boot lid, for example, significantly reduce drag. Underlying the tautly sculpted exterior surfaces, equally refined solutions provide optimal channeling of the airflow. They include the Air Breather system at the rear of the front wheel arch, a C-pillar with internal air channeling, and openings in the rear apron which vent air from the wheel arches. An elegant carbon strip in the door sill area alludes discreetly to the innovative lightweight engineering concept based on aluminum and carbon. Both these lightweight materials are used in the vehicle in exactly the right places to achieve maximum effect – both individually and in tandem.
BMW Laserlight technology.
Clean and simple in design, the traditional iconic BMW front-end design cues – the twin kidney grille and twin headlights – instantly proclaim the brand identity of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The lean contours of the headlights also hint at the innovative technology sheltering behind them: BMW Laserlight. This new technology not only paves the way for a very flat and dynamic interpretation of the typical BMW twin round headlamps, it also sets completely new standards in terms of brightness, range and intensity. The concentrated, parallel light beam is up to ten times more intense than that of an LED system. The reduced energy consumption and packaging requirements of laser lights make this technology a prime candidate for use in future vehicles.
Underneath the headlights, the assertive multi-material front apron accentuates the elegant front-end styling. At the outboard ends of the apron, graceful carbon air deflectors conceal a range of BMW EfficientDynamics aerodynamics features. The thin-walled air deflectors are made of carbon, a further reminder of the intelligent lightweight engineering concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. A slender chrome strip on the air deflectors highlights the airflow system.
OLED lighting at the rear.
The horizontal lines of the side profile glide gently away at the rear in a final expansive flourish. As at the front, the body styling in this area is deliberately understated, allowing the innovative, narrow and slender lights to make a powerful statement. For the first time on a BMW the rear lighting is provided by organic LEDs, paving the way for a completely new treatment of the typical BMW L-shaped lights. The BMW Vision Future Luxury’s L-shaped rear lights comprise a large number of small, likewise L-shaped OLEDs.
An organic LED consists of wafer-thin organic semiconductor layers positioned between two electrodes. The light-emitting polymer layer is only approx. 400 nanometers thick, making it roughly 400 times thinner than a human hair. Organic LEDs are not only extremely thin, as well as flexible, they also produce very uniform illumination over their entire surface. Due to their very thin dimensions, and since they do not require reflectors in order to produce the desired broad light dispersion, they open up completely new ways of using light in and around the vehicle.
The BMW Vision Future Luxury can be seen on Sunday, August 17 on the concept car lawn at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The pros of full or partial car wrapping in comparison to full or partial car painting went about even to the most far car freak, because the offered by car wrapping possibilities are nearly inexhaustible. Else than in case of in a relatively short time disappearing again fashion trends, as e.g. chameleon effect paintings, wrappings hold the market since many years and the choice of variants grows continuously. Without any doubts, the fostla.de company at Seelze near Hannover counts among the the illustrious circle of full professionals not only in fields of car wrapping. (more…)
Netherlands BMW Group presents the BMW M235i Track Edition. This exclusive version of the sporty BMW M235i Coupe combines superior driving dynamics with a strong appearance and high quality. The BMW M235i Track Edition incorporates numerous BMW M Performance parts, including an aerodynamics package, a special exhaust system and a limited slip differential.
Exclusivity is guaranteed thanks to the limited edition of twelve copies and high quality racing parts from BMW M Performance. The BMW M235i Track Edition has a serial number and costs € 83.000, -. ‘s in a series of only twelve pieces limited edition BMW M235i Track Edition features a range BMW M Performance parts that benefit entirely to the performance and appearance of the car. The powerful styling is further enhanced with the BMW M Performance aerodynamics package, consisting of such a front splitter, carbon trunk spoiler and a diffuser at the rear. (more…)
As the first automobile refiner worldwide, LUMMA Design from the Swabian Winterlingen presents the draft design of the brand new BMW X6 of the new F16 series!
Accordingly, LUMMA designers and technicians are already stuck neck-deep in preparations for development in such a way that the first examples of the new LUMMA CLR X 6 R can be presented already at the Geneva Motor Show of 2015. Hidden behind the highly promising type designation is a vehicle conversion of the highest order with a good number of high-end and carefully thought-through elements of individualization.
The most striking modification of the Sport Activity Coupé performed by LUMMA Design however is of course, its spectacular widebody transformation. The LUMMA CLR X 6 R body kit underlying the evidently muscular growth accounts for a growth of about 50 millimeters on each side thanks to the wheel arch enlargements with air boxes on both axles! (more…)
The launch of the new F80 M3 and F82 M4 has ignited another exciting segment in our aerodynamic and wheel development. Beginning with our aero advancement, we initiated a 3D scan of the entire vehicle including the front bumper, front fenders, side skirts, quarter panels, rear bumper hood and trunk. Our state of the art 3D scanner measures the physical world using blue light technology that generates polygon meshes to create a defined digitized rendering. With this digital rendering, our team is able to shape, modify and perfect our drawings to ensure percise fitment, stability and practicality for everyday and track use. (more…)
That one who is satisfied with the best, is a man of simple very simple taste! This slogan, attributed to no less a person than Oscar Wilde, is prime principle of the Tuningwerk GmbH Company at Puchheim, Bavaria, nearby Munich, Germany, if the point is the appreciated customer’s satisfaction. Numerous examples concerning the creativity of the specifically BMW tuning company – from 1-series to 7-series, including X models – are speaking very plain language. The recent object of the Bavarian’s desire is a 2 series BMW, on the market only since a few of months. It is an exclusively 2-doored compact class coupé, which by the way is understood itself as „reverence“ to the legendary 2002 BMW. (more…)
BMW has presented the Concept Roadster,which was was exhibited at the 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The Concept Roadster represents BMW’s vision of the future generations of boxer-powered roadsters. The motorcycle is powered by a newly developed two-cylinder 1.2 liter boxer engine with 125HP (92 kW) at 7,750RPM and 125Nm (93 lb-ft) of torque at 6,500RPM.
It features a single-sided swing arm with cardan drive and a light tubular space frame. It boasts a typical low front end and high rear one, which enables the rider to control it easier. Concept Roadster comes with LED front and rear lights as well as a fuel tank of gloss milled aluminum. The self-supporting rear structure is fashioned from a single piece. Last, but not least is the integrated single seat upholstered in Alcantara. (more…)
BMW has introduced 435i Gran Coupe Individual Frozen Grey in Bilbao, Spain. The individual color emphasize on the sporty and elegant lines of the stylish four-door coupe. The 4-Series Gran Coupe is available in four trim levels – Luxury, Modern, Sport and M-Sport. In addition to many familiar colors, such as Glacier Silver, Alpine White or Black Sapphire, there is also a new color brown Jatoba.
Only with the ///M Sport Package, the Estoril Blue and Carbon Black are available to customers. The Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, Glacier Silver and Mineral Grey are other options. For models without ///M Sport Package, the manufacturer offers Black, Kalahari Beige, Midnight Blue, Sparkling Brown, Melbourne Red, Imperial Blue, Mineral White and Jatoba. (more…)
Manhart MH4 550 will get a new body kit comprising of a new front hood, front spoiler lip and kidney grills. There is also a pair of wider side skirts, rear diffuser and boot lid spoiler. All parts are made from carbon fiber. Finally, the new rear spoiler features two black stripes on the sides that create a nice visual impact.
Performance upgrades include big brake system, improved suspension and bigger light-alloy wheels fitted with low-profile performance tires.
The 3.0 liter turbocharged petrol will be boosted to 550HP (404 kW) thanks to a new sports exhaust system, cold air intake system and an ECU re-map. (more…)
Outside, the tuned vehicle comes with a new front bumper with LED DRLs (day-time running lights) and also new fog lights. A new front lip (from fiberglass) is also available and can be ordered with a clear-coated carbon black finish. Other notable highlights include a pair of modified side skirts, a two-piece roof-mounted spoiler and different wheel designs available in several colors. Hamann also offers a a chrome or carbon quad exhaust system, which can be mounted on the modified or standard rear bumper.
The interior boasts a set of aluminum pedals and foot rests. There are also new branded floor mats and different finishes. (more…)
BMW Vision Gran Turismo will take part in the all-new Gran Turismo 6, exclusively available on PlayStation3. The race car is created by BMW Group Design. It comes with a three-litre six-cylinder inline engine, developed by BMW M GmbH.
The power is over 550HP (404 kW) 680 Nm (502 lb-ft). The Vision Gran Turismo also promises fast laps and optimum handling and control. The front and rear spoilers ensure optimum down-force, while all air conduction elements reduce drag. They also lower the vehicle’s total weight via the use of carbon fibre. The paint finish in BMW M colours traces the flow of the airstream. (more…)