The Goodwood Festival of Speed, 26-29 June 2014, will see a trio of spectacular BMWs drive up the famous 1.16 mile hill. BMW’s most advanced sport car ever, the new BMW i8, will be seen for the first time in the UK along with the BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition – the most powerful production car in the history of the brand. With a special M4 Coupé in action too, and a line-up of the hottest new BMW M cars on stand, this summer’s Festival promises one of the most exciting displays ever for the Bavarian manufacturer. (more…)
The MINI combination of driving fun, expressive design and premium quality is still unique – and it is helping current models of the British brand to achieve lasting appeal. This is once again reflected in the new “Resale Value Giants” ranking published in the online edition of “Focus” magazine. Here, no less than four MINI models have been recognised for their outstandingly stable value. The new MINI One, the MINI Cooper S Paceman, the MINI One Convertible and the MINI Cooper Coupé all occupy leading positions in their respective segments. (more…)
ALPINA is following the launch of the remarkable D3 Bi-Turbo, the world’s fastest diesel production car, with two new petrol models. The new B4 Bi-Turbo is available as a coupe or a convertible, together offering a unique combination of comfort, refinement and very high performance.
With more than 300 kW (410 hp) and 600 Nm of torque, the Coupe touches 100 km/h(62 mph) from zero in just 4.2 seconds (4.5 for the Convertible). Four Wheel Drive versions, available in left hand drive markets only, will reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in an astonishing 4.0 seconds. ALPINA’s careful optimisation of the powertrain and aerodynamics allows this remarkable performance to be delivered with combined cycle fuel economy of 37 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 177 g/km. (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…)
It offers more interior space than any MINI before it, as well as new ways to experience hallmark brand driving fun with its optional all-wheel drive system ALL4. The MINI Countryman has become firmly established in its segment and is now also one of the top favourites among fans of all-wheel drive automobiles. This is again reflected very clearly in the results of the 2014 “Off Road Award”. Like last year, readers of “Off Road” magazine voted the compact MINI all-rounder into second place in the category “Subcompact SUV”. (more…)
The features on the race inspired GTRS3 are designed to be extremely aggressive along the street and around a track. For those E92 M3 owners who are looking for increased traction and downforce around the circuit or in a straight line, the GTRS3 Widebody is the perfect solution. The aero kit features a full front bumper, wide arch front fenders, side skirts, wide arch rear quarter panels, boot lid, and a matching rear bumper. (more…)
As well as the Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE) on 21st/22nd June, BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS is also preparing for the second highlight of the 2014 endurance season: the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps (BE). The Belgian team will field two BMW Z4 GT3s at its home race in the Ardennes on 26th/27th July, and is putting its faith in a strong driver line-up bolstered by BMW works drivers: Jörg Müller (DE) and the two BMW DTM drivers Maxime Martin (BE) and Augusto Farfus (BR) will share one cockpit. In the second car, Team Principal Bas Leinders (BE) will share the driving duties with BMW works driver Dirk Werner (DE) and Markus Palttala (FI). (more…)
The new MINI remains on course for growth. After its successful market launch, the engine range for the new original in the small car premium segment continues to expand as of July 2014. In future, the selection will include the new MINI Cooper SD as the most powerful diesel variant and the new entry-level petrol engine model MINI One First. Both newcomers offer an impressively favourable balance between driving fun and fuel consumption. In total there are now seven power units available for the model produced at the British MINI plant in Oxford, including four petrol and three diesel engines – all of which were completely newly developed. (more…)
Club sport – This term is music to the ears of ambitious athletic drivers. The aim of Club sport Racing is to achieve sound racing times with its private vehicle while driving on a race course such as the Nürburgring Nordschleife or the Bilster Berg and in the process, travel there and back on its own axle.
The BMW specialists of Manhart Performance from Wuppertal henceforth offer such a coveted track tool for Club sport. The brand new BMW M235i Coupé, which stands out for a 326 horse power-strong serial six-cylinder turbo engine that is tightly bound to the accelerator ex-works, a maximum torque of 450 Nm as well as the typically firm BMW driving behavior serves as a basis. The Manhart MH2 Clubsport was developed in Wuppertal from the depth of the company’s own bag of tricks. (more…)
The world’s first BMW i8s (fuel consumption combined: 2.1–0.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 49–0 g/km) were handed over to customers today at BMW Welt in Munich: The first eight customers from Germany received their BMW i8s as part of an official ceremony in which Roland Krüger, Head of Sales and Marketing Germany for the BMW Group, and Dr. Helmut Schramm, Head of Production Electric Vehicles at Plant Leipzig, presented them with the keys to their new cars.
The first BMW i8 cars also feature the ground-breaking BMW laser light.
An exclusive evening reception to mark the BMW i8 market launch, with celebrity guests, such as TV presenter Thomas Gottschalk and actor Thomas Kretschmann, rounded off the official vehicle presentation. (more…)
ALPINA automobiles are defined by their finely balanced mix of driving dynamics, comfort and everyday luxury. Add to that exceptional functionality and the result is the BMW ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo. In Touring form, the B5 Bi-Turbo smartly combines the exclusive sophistication of the Saloon with pronounced functionality and versatility. (more…)
Armed with an even more potent design presence and outstanding performance, the new BMW X6 strengthens its position as a leading exponent of exclusive driving pleasure. The second generation of the Sports Activity Coupe, which has already posted global sales of almost 250,000, enjoys a special status among BMW X model rivals thanks to its irresistible allure, intoxicating performance attributes and innovative luxury.
The extrovert design of the new BMW X6 blends the robustness and versatility of a BMW X model with the sporting elegance typical of the brand’s Coupes. The interior combines generous space with model-specific sports features and a luxurious ambience, while attractive design and equipment packages further highlight the exclusive style of the new BMW X6. The Design Pure Extravagance equipment package adds striking, high-quality accents to both the interior and the exterior. The M Sport package, meanwhile, includes specially selected features that enhance the vehicle’s dynamic character to immediately eye-catching effect. Also available from launch are model-specific features from BMW Individual. (more…)