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BMW unveils i3 and i8 concepts [with videos]

August 16th, 2011 Posted in BMW-i | No Comments »

Bavarian car manufacturer BMW introduces their BMW-i Brand by unveiling two concept vehicles of their green car sub brand prior to its official debut in Frankfurt next month.

The first all electric car by BMW will the i3 Concept which was based on the MegaCity concept. The electric city car will have electric motors linked to its reax axle that will produce around 170 horsepower and a torque of around 184 lb-ft.

The BMW i3 will be able to speed up from 0 to 60 kilometers per hour in less than four seconds and can get to 100 km/h in a matter of 8 seconds.

The other BMW concept electric vehicle is the i8 which is a sports car with a plug-in hybrid setup. It will have the same kind of electric motor as its sibling the i3 but the motor will be connected to its front axle. It will also have a 3-cylinder 1.5L petrol engine that is turbocharged and can output 164 kW with a torque of 221 lb-ft which will be on rear wheel drive configuration.

The i8′s top speed is limited by the system to 250 km/h or 155 mph. It can go for 35 kilometers using its electric motors alone and the fuel mileage is around 3 liters for every 100 kilometers.

BMW implemented new principles of construction for their line of BMW-i brand vehicles to distinguish it from the rest of their range. The concept revolves around LifeDrive which is made up of two moduels. On the i3 the Drive modules consists of the suspension system, the power train and the battery housed in an aluminum structure to protect it during a crash. The Life module is made up of the body panels and passenger cells made from lightweight and high strength materials.

The i8 also makes use of the LifeDrive construction priciple with the Drive unit made up of the battery, passenger cell, and rear axles while the rest of the car defines its Life module made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

Below are clips to give you an idea about the BMW-i car concepts:

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Short Movie about the BMW Art Car Collection [with video]

July 28th, 2011 Posted in Art, BMW | No Comments »

In celebration of the BMW’s first art car anniversary, the German automaker has created a short movie that tells the history of the iconic BMW Art Car Collection that will also be featured in the BMW Museum in Munich. For all car enthusiast and fans of the German automobile brand, the video is, indeed, a great virtual tour that shouldn’t be missed.

Here is a preview of the BMW Art Cars video:

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The history and development of the collection is shown extensively in the video that is easily available on the Internet. Each of these 17 “works of art on wheels” is designed by a famous international artist and the video pays great tribute to these artists along with amazing photos of the art cars. The virtual museum also features statements from each of the artists and never-seen-before racing footage. Several arts and culture experts also contribute statements that can be viewed on the video.

According the Head of the BMW Group Corporate Strategy and Communications Bills McAndrews, the virtual video enables everyone to see all of the 17 BMW Art Cars after four decades. The German luxury car brand has created a special website (www.bmw-artcartour.com) that is solely dedicated to the BMW Art Car collection, all 17 of them, its designers, history, and the arts and culture that inspired them.

These art cars are featured individually at the BMW Museum in Munich. Some are even featured on several cultural institutions worldwide but through the virtual museum, everyone in the world can see them as a massive art collection anytime, anywhere, and for free.

BMW’s new 2.0-liter Turbocharged V4 Engine is Coming to US Market

March 6th, 2011 Posted in BMW | No Comments »

It’s old news that the BMW 2.0-liter turbocharged V4 engine is in the works and on its way route to the U.S. market. But then, the Bavarian car company has made its official announcement about its arrival. BMW has recently issued an official statement confirming that the first batch of BMW units that carry the said 2.0-lited turbocharged V4 engine will roll into the US market some time during the latter part of the year.

The turbocharged BMW engine was first presented attached to the X1 compact crossover and is said to replace the brand’s trademark 3.0-liter v6 engine. The carmaker’s American arm has yet to release the actual models that would carry the new 2.0-liter turbocharged V4 engine. However, its European arm has already released the BMW’s 5-Series Range and the Z4 coupe-roadster are included in their lists.

The trademark BMW 3.0-liter V6 engines are attached to the following models: the Z4 sDrive30i with 255HP, the 528i Sedan with 240HP, the X3 xDrive28i with 240HP, the 128i Coupe and Convertible with 230HP, and all the versions of the 328i xDrive with 230HP. It is speculated the same roster of BMW models will also carry the new 2.0-liter turbocharged V4 engine.

The new engine comes with both the power of “high-pressure / direct-injection” system and the VALVETRONIC intake mechanism. The turbocharged X1 model has 240 horsepower and 5,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 260 lb-ft. BMW claims that the new turbocharged V4 engine is 16% better when it comes to fuel efficiency.

BMW Z4 getting a facelift by 2012

February 2nd, 2011 Posted in BMW, Z4 | 2 Comments »

BMW announced that the Z4 will get a facelift by 2012. The details have not yet been disclosed but the roadster will definitely have a new powerplant to add some oomph into its performance.

In the US, the BMW Z4 comes in three versions: Z4 sDriveis, Z4 sDrive35i, and Z4 sDrive30i. The sDriver30i depends on a 3.0L inline 6-cylinder powerplant that gives out 255 horsepower. This will change next year with the BMW Z4 getting a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine to replace the six-cylinder powerplant. Insiders say that the new engine will deliver the same power as the old engine. The BMW 328i is also getting this 4-cylinder engine.

The German carmaker is not implementing major changes for the Z4′s interior and exterior. However, there are some rumors that it will borrow some elements from the CS Concept unveiled back in 2007.

The entry level Z4 will have a 4-cylinder heart giving out 255 horsepower for its 2012 upgrade but the output is expected to be pegged still at 255 horsepwoer. The sDrive35i will still depend on the inline six-cylinder powerplant with an output of 300 horsepwoer. Top speed will still be at 155 mph.

The 2012 Z4 is expected to debut before the end of the year but sales will start on the first quarter of 2012. The current model has a sticker price of $46,500 for the entry level Z4 and we can expect the 4-cylinder BMW Z4 next year to have a cheaper tag price.

BMW M3: Celebrating 25 years and 4 generations of a great car [Video]

June 22nd, 2010 Posted in BMW, BMW M Cars, History, M3 | 1 Comment »

The M3 was launched in 1986 deriving its DNA from the E0 3-Series, and the history of automotive was re-written for the BMW brand.

Since the roll out of the very first M3, BMW has released three more generations of this vehicle. Through modifications of the engine, chassis, and aerodynamics of a standard 3-Series, an M3 performance car is born for enthusiasts.

The original 4-cylinder engine, fitted to the coupe or convertible M3, was replaced by the E36 6-cylinder model that was subsequently made as a coupe, convertible, and a sedan for the first time.

The BMW M3 takes the next chapter when the E46 came with a straight-six powerplant made available in convertible and coupe variants.

The current M3 E90/92/93 series was rolled out back in 2007 with its power given out by a new V-8 powerplant. The current M3 is offered as a sedan, hardtop convertible, and coupe variants.

With the celebration of the 25th year of the M3, we want to share to our readers videos which detail the different M3 generations. It will take about half an hour to watch everything but it will all be worth it if you are a BMW fan.

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More Carbon Fiber on Future BMW Models

May 1st, 2010 Posted in BMW | No Comments »

Carbon FibreThe public will now be seeing more carbon fiber in future BMW units. According to reports, the carmaker has discovered numerous other ways to maximize the use of the material. BMW officially announced that they will be using carbon fiber extensively in their Megacity electric vehicle. The carbon fiber frenzy won’t be exclusive to BMW’s electric car project, though.

According to Ian Robertson, the global sales head of the company, BMW intends to be the first car company to use massive volumes of carbon fiber in all of their vehicles. Robertson adds that by maximizing the use of carbon fiber on their cars, better economies will be tapped into.

To date, BMW and partner company SGL Group plans to construct a $100 million carbon fiber manufacturing plant. This should be able to supply enough carbon fiber for BMW’s electric car. Robertson also revealed during the interview in Beijing Motor Show that this plant will be situated in Washington.

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BMW’s ActiveHybrid 7 for Spring 2010

March 29th, 2010 Posted in BMW | No Comments »

2010_bmw_activehybrid_7_front_mainThis spring is going to be a great time for all the BMW lovers out there.

Why? Many reasons really. One of them can definitely be attributed to this baby, though.

Feast your eyes on the BMW ActiveHybrid 7, which is scheduled to be available during this season.

It is a luxury sedan with room to seat five. What is considered a “mild hybrid system” powers the vehicle. It has 440 horsepower attached to its 4.4 liter V8 engine, not to mention 20 horsepower attached to its electric motor.

It is estimated that the hybrid system will reduce not only emissions but also fuel consumption by as much as fifteen percent!

2011 BMW 1-Series – Rendered

March 20th, 2010 Posted in BMW | No Comments »

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When you are talking about BMW – you have to remember the brand new 2011 BMW 1-Series right?  This is a car that not only do I absolutely love but it is actually one of those particular cars that seems to stick out in your head.  This car has been the topic of many conversations, as it has been spotted being driven around Germany as early as last year.

However, the 2011 BMW 1-Series is definitely one of the larger BMW cars that I have seen and its engine is certainly something that I did not expect to find.  It is going to have between a 1.4 to 3.0 liter turbo engine.

The point?  The 2011 BMW 1-Series is going to rock and it is going to kick butt as soon as it comes out.

BMW’s concept car ActiveHybrid 5 this week at Geneva

March 2nd, 2010 Posted in 5 Series, Concept car, Hybrid | No Comments »

BMW is set to give the world a preview of their gasoline-electric concept hybrid this week at the Geneva Motor Show. The luxury carmaker will showcase the ActiveHybrid 5 Concept side by side with the 6-cylinder and V8 models.

The concept car ActiveHybrid 5 has under its hood a sophisticated hybrid setup that involves a 6-cylinder gasoline direct injected and twin turbocharged engine paired with a lithium ion battery dependent electric motor.

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The electric motor of this green car registers 54 horsepower and is linked to the gasoline engine via a special clutch. When the driver hits the brakes or when the car is coasting, the electric motor will be activated as a generator to charge the batteries.

The hybrid system is similar to the setup of the ActiveHybrid 7 where the electric motor is paired with a V8. According to BMW designers, the technology allows one to save about 10% of fuel and it also permits all-electric driving in the city streets. It also makes use of a stop-start technology to save more fuel. Weather control is also controlled by the battery and does not depend on the engine.

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How To Purchase A BMW!

February 27th, 2010 Posted in BMW | No Comments »

BMW_logoBuying a car is a huge, huge deal and if you have been dreaming of buying a BMW, you know that there are a few steps that you need to follow in order to make sure that you not only find the right deal on your BMW but that you find the right model for you.

To be perfectly honest, BMW has a lot of different cars and models to choose from and that is why you need to make sure that you find yourself the model that you might be looking for.  This will take some research, as you want to ensure that you get everything out of the car that you possibly can.

Four door, two door, high power?  These are all things that you will want to ask yourself when you are looking to purchase a brand new BMW!