Until date, we’ve known the bimmers to be all-wheel driven commuters but all that is soon slated to change as revealed by BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer. BMW is keen to target the small and city car segment and therefore BMW is planning to develop an Audi A1 competitor that will come laden with a FWD set-up. BMW is currently developing a joint architecture and the A1competitor could be assembled on that architecture. Joint architecture implies that this platform will be suitable both for FWD and AWD systems and even MINI could share it in the future. The decision will not only foster growth for BMW in all segments, the platform sharing will also help bring down production costs.
Not sure if you should get yourself an Audi or a BMW? Here’s a nice comparison test between the 2010 Audi S4 that comes with a nice supercharged V6 engine that produces a healthy 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, and the 2009 BMW 335i that sports 300hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, with both using a six-speed manual gearbox.
‘Wagden’ for most auto freaks remains an alien term and to avoid confusions, it is the combination of a wagon and a sedan. The best possible example is the BMW 5-Series GT tuned by AC Schnitzer which was taken off the veil at the ongoing Geneva Auto Show.
The AC Schnitzer tuning program gets an added front and rear spoilers along with more aggressive looking side skirts and a ventilated hood. Other noticeable changes include a redesigned rear end, an all new set of wheels and chrome exhaust tips. On the inside, the AC Schnitzer tuned BMW 5-Series GT gets aluminium pedals, an all new cover for the i-Drive controller and pleasing velour footmats. The tuning program also kicks up the performance with a 41HP power boost to the engine.
I am eagerly awaiting the Mini Countryman official unveiling at next month’s Geneva Motor Show and there is more reason to get excited as the SUV will feature the all new MINI Connected- Infotainment system. Full marks for styling as the infotainment set-up will be integrated into the centrally mounted speedometer.
This is actually great news for Apple handheld owners as the system is built to interface with the iPhone from Cupertino while compatibility with other smartphones remains a mystery. Connected’ is not blessed with the ability to live stream internet radio for the passengers but the interface is sure customizable and so is the navigation that renders precise information access at all times. All that is required to control the MINI Connected is the joystick mounted in the cnetre of the console.
BMW is keen to offer eco-friendly options to the world and a decision has been made to assemble the electric cars at the Leipzig facility. BMW chose the facility for its flexibility and capability for increased capacity. Models like the ActiveE, an electric variant of the 1series, will be produced in limited lumbers up front and then the Megacity EV will be rolled out in 2013. While the assembly will be in Leipzig spare parts will also be built in Wackersdorf and Landshut while the Li-on batteries will come from SB LiMotive which is joint venture between Samsung and Bosch. Megacity will be a battery laden commuter and carbon fiber usage will ensure high economy courtesy of the low overall weight.
Manhart Racing has always done justice to the bimmers by making them the powerhouse they deserve to be and this time around, the German firm has taken on the BMW M3 E92 Compressor Coupe.
The BMW M3 Coupe engine output was boosted to a whopping 646 hp through a three-part upgrade. Courtesy of the increase in power, the Manhart Racing BMW M3 E92 does the 0 to 100km/h feat in a sweltering 3.7 seconds while the engine tops it out at 350km/h. In the first stage of the upgrade Manhart added a small compressor which took the boost pressure to .35bar while in the second stage the pressure reached .50bar. The last stage saw the addition of on an ASA Compressor taking the pressure to .67bar and the overall power to 646horses.
It seems BMW is out there in the cold with all its latest bimmer model from the M3 and M5 to the latest catch, the 2012 BMW 3-Series F30. Spy photographers caught a glimpse of the 2012 model in the northern part of Scandinavia at a BMW facility close to a frozen lake.
BMW has been testing the compact commuter in the cold for more than a month and spy shots have poured in relentlessly. The latest set of images reveals the LEDs on the rear and a roofline which meets the backend at a steeper angle than the present generation model. The elongated wheelbase and a bigger body talks though remain a speculation and images do not confirm the changes apparently. The engine speculations for the 2012 BMW 3-Series F30 include a petrol-powered four-cylinder turbo and a hybrid unit. There may also be a smaller twin-turbo six-cylinder power unit I the works for the best selling bimmer. [via WCF]
The big brands are all out there in the cold testing their automobiles to adjudge how well they will perform once they hit the factory floor. The latest catch is the 2011 BMW M5 more specifically known as the BMW M5 F10.
The heavily camouflaged traction-control test mule reveals sculpted door panels and side sills along with a kidney grille. Other exterior and interior traits of the mid-segment emperor have been nicely clad but what are already public are the details of its 4.4-liter bi-turbo V8 engine. The plant under the hood churns 578hp at 531-lb-ft of torque which helps the upcoming M5 reach 100km/h in 4.4 seconds. Compare this 0 to 100km/h timing with the E60 M5 and you will discover that the next-gen model is 0.3 seconds quicker. The 2011 model will also feature a version of the kinetic energy recovery system which will improve the overall efficiency by 30% help the M5 F10 achieve 24mpg when the sedan hits the road in Spring next year. [via WCF]