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The BMW V12 is most likely dead after this generation

BMW hasn’t had much use for V12 engines over the past few years. With modern turbocharging and even electrification, it’s been easy to make the same, if not superior, power figures from a much smaller displacement turbocharged V8. Still, there’s something about a V12 that’s just so endearing, which is why it’s stuck around for these years. However, even its silky-smooth charm won’t be able to keep it around forever, which is why the BMW V12 is likely dead after this generation.
During a recent interview with Autoblog (which we spoke about yesterday), BMW M CEO Markus Flasch was asked if the BMW V12 had any life in it.
“Beyond what we have, I don’t believe we will see a new twelve-cylinder model in the foreseeable future.” said Flasch.

That might be sad news to a lot of BMW enthusiasts. After all, BMW does have some incredible V12s in its history, including the simply awesome BMW 850 CSi, which had a V12 engine and a six-speed manual gearbox. However, any realistic car enthusiast understands that any engine bigger than eight-cylinders is doomed. Emissions restrictions and the need to save the planet are going to take big, gas-sucking engines away.
Another reason for the lack of BMW V12 is Rolls Royce. After this generation of Rolls Royce Ghost, the famed British luxury brand will no longer be using BMW engines. Rolls created its own twin-turbocharged V12 for the new Phantom and Cullinan and no longer uses a BMW V12. So once Rolls no longer needs the big engine, there’s really no need for BMW to develop one. The only car in BMW’s lineup that uses a V12 is the M760i and that sells in far too few of numbers to warrant continue twelve-cylinder development.

We’ll all miss the BMW V12, as the brand has long had a history of making creamy-smooth twelve-pot engines. However, its demise will only be a sign of changing times and change is exciting. The addition of electrification, either to enhance internal combustion or to act on its own, has made the V12 obsolete. The main benefit of the V12 was its smooth, effortless power delivery. Nothing is smoother or more effortless than electric power. So as the BMW V12 dies off, we’ll be gaining electrified Bimmers with smoother, more instantaneous torque. So as a legend dies, a new era is ushered in and it should be a better one.
[Source: Autoblog]

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Nico DeMattia – 2019-06-16 17:17:28
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BMW 7 Series LCI vs Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Now that the BMW 7 Series facelift is out, reviews are going to start popping up here and there. However, comparisons with its usual rivals from Germany are just as inevitable. Today we’re looking at one such three-way feature courtesy of the guys from What Car. They took a 2019 Audi A8 and a similar Mercedes-Benz S-Class to pit them against the newcomer – The 7 Series facelift.
The three cars compared here are all diesels, as those are still the most popular choices in Europe right now. Although things are changing, for the moment it’s hard to beat the frugality and endless torque a diesel engine offers. All three feature 3.0 liter diesel engines and all three are configured rather nicely. The comparison goes over most things you may wonder about when thinking about buying one of them.

Inside the cabin, the A8 is criticized for its lack of physical buttons. Using touch screens might look fancy but becomes an ordeal in real life especially on rough patches of road. The 7 Series has the sturdiest interior and the best infotainment system but, according to the reviewers, it has the least powerful massaging seats which is a bummer. The S-Class has the classiest interior of the three and the most luxurious rear seats in this particular configuration, with over $30,000 of optional extras.
On the road, the 7 Series is the harshest riding of the three. That doesn’t mean it’s not comfortable, especially on the highway, but it’s not as comfy as the other two. There’s an explanation for that too, as the 7er is the sportiest of the bunch. Surprisingly, the S-Class didn’t win the award for the most comfortable ride, that honor going to the A8, instead. In the end, the Audi won the comparison and understandably so, as it is the newest of the three.

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Gabriel Nica – 2019-06-14 14:19:50
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BMW M8 means no supercar according M Boss

For decades, BMW enthusiasts have been begging for a proper supercar something to take on the exotics from Italy and Britain. Despite their calls, though, BMW hasn’t answered. The Bavarians keep insisting that such a supercar won’t exist and they’ve done it again. According to BMW M Boss Markus Flasch, a BMW supercar is no longer necessary due to the release of the new BMW M8.
Flasch told some Australian journalists that the M8 “is the ultimate performance machine that we offer; it will be the fastest ever BMW at the Nürburgring Nordschleife,” Not only that but he hinted that it can take down a very specific, very fast supercar, as he claims BMW test drivers call the M8 “a Porsche Turbo killer.”

The BMW M8 sounds like an awesome car but claimed it to be a 911 Turbo-killer is a bold claim. Few cars are faster than the 911 Turbo at any price. However, Flasch does seem confident about the BMW M8 and what it can do.
“The center of gravity is 24mm lower than in the M5, you sit lower and we’ve done a lot to the connection of the chassis to the body. It makes the front much stiffer and the steering feels different; all our test drivers were surprised by the different character,” he said.

That does sound promising, as the M5 is already a monster so to be able to sit in something similar but that’s lower, sharper and more connected to the driver sounds like a ton of fun. Will it be good enough to replace a proper supercar, something mid-engine and exotic? Will it be able to take down established performance juggernauts like that 911 Turbo? Or will it just feel like faster BMW M850i, making it a speedy grand touring car? We’ll just have to wait and see, I guess.
[Source: Car Scoops]

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Nico DeMattia – 2019-06-13 12:32:23
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This Manual BMW E46 M3 Might Just Be a Steal

Looking for a good investment? Did the BMW E30 M3 train just fly by? Thinking about what classic M3 model might go up in value next? Well, look no more. The BMW E46 M3 seems to be the next big hit with collectors, prices for mint models already starting to rise right now. There are a few things you should know before investing in such a car, so this one here might just hit all the right spots.
Listed right now on Bring-a-Trailer is a mint, Imola Red BMW E46 M3 with a decent 37,874 miles (60,952 km) on the clock. It may seem like a lot and yes, collectors are usually looking for low-mileage, garage queens, but it’s not exactly a huge number either. The car looks absolutely stunning took, considering its a 2003 model but the biggest plus is found inside the cabin: this is a manual model!

It may not seem like a big deal to some, but most of the E46 M3 models sold back in the day were fitted with an automatic gearbox, the SMG unit to be more precise. If you’ve been around BMW fans before, you probably heard that the SMG gearbox isn’t exactly ‘dreamy’ and thus the manual six speed is the way to go. Therefore, this M3 almost ticks all the right boxes. At the moment it’s quite a good bargain too.
6 Reasons to own an E46 M3

When I first saw the listing, the price tag was around $15,000, but in the meantime, the bids reached $30,000. Most likely, there will be a few more bids in the next couple of days and it will be interesting to see just how much the car can raise by the time the auction ends.
The E46 M3 came with a 3.2 liter inline-six engine developing 333 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It could hit 0-60 in 5.1 seconds and had an electronically controlled top speed of 155 mph. The I6 in the E46 M3 is one of the better one’s BMW ever made. With its Double VANOS variable valve timing and 7,900 rpm redline, the 3.2 liter screams through the rev range with smooth and linear power. It also makes a fantastic sound doing it.

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Gabriel Nica – 2019-06-10 23:06:57
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EV Hot Rodders create 800 hp electric E36 BMW M3

Back in the day, hot rodding was hugely popular. The idea was simple: take an ordinary car, stuff a monster engine up front and strip out as much weight as possible. Now, there’s a new style of hot rodding that’s starting to get popular — EV hot rodding. Basically, you take an ordinary car, replace its engine with an electric powertrain and strip out weight. In this new video from Fully Charged, we get to see an E36 BMW M3 given the EV hot rod treatment.
The people behind this EV E36 BMW M3 are EV West, the California-based electric tuning company, headed by Michael Bream. What Bream and his team did was take an E36 M3, strip it out, fit it with a proper roll cage and stuff an 800 hp electric powertrain from a wrecked Tesla into it. EV West actually used this electric M3 to take on Pikes Peak, which is impressive and kind of scary sounding.
It’s scary once you see just how violent its power can be. Admittedly, it’s as docile as a Prius around town and, aside from its completely stripped-out cabin, easy enough to drive everyday. However, just flex your right foot and the rear tires will break loose in a huge cloud of tire smoke. It’s hilarious and also sort of scary. Imagine driving something that powerful on Pikes Peak? No thanks.

It is awesome, though. With around 800 hp and only around 2,700 lbs (with perfect 50/50 weight distribution), it has a pretty incredible power-to-weight ratio. So even the very fat rear tires stand no chance at harnessing all of that power and putting it to the road. Which is why EV West fitted it with a super-fast steering rack, so that when the rear end does break lose, the driver has quick enough steering to catch it.
While most car enthusiasts might prefer stuffing a massive engine under the hood of an E36 BMW M3, such as the famed LS-swap, electric motors can be just as exciting, if not more so.

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Nico DeMattia – 2019-06-10 11:59:47
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Take Car Throttle’s BMW knowledge quiz

BMW has some of the most commonly memorized chassis and engine numbers among car enthusiasts. Ask almost any true car enthusiast what an E46 M3 is and they’ll likely know. BMW numbers are far more commonly known than say, Toyota numbers. So, as true-blue BMW enthusiasts, you should be more knowledgeable than most, right? Well, you can find out with Car Throttle’s new BMW numbers quiz.
In this quiz, you’ll be tested on your knowledge of BMW chassis and engine codes and will have to pair body styles with each. It’s actually a bit harder than I originally assumed it would be. I thought I would breeze right on through it. Without the use of the interwebs to cheat, though, I was only able to manage a paltry 5/10. In my defense, there was one that I clicked the wrong answer. Although, my intended answer was also wrong… Though, I had a very “duh” reaction to almost all of my wrong answers. The only one that I really was stumped on was the last one. I won’t spoil it though.

I thought I had done horribly until I read the comments section of the page, where many enthusiasts got much lower scores than I. Still, you’d imagine someone who loves BMWs should know more of the top of his head. Though, it’s hard to memorize absolutely every single chassis, engine, horsepower, torque and spec of every BMW, all of which are floating around in the mess inside my brain somewhere.
While it’s only ten questions long, it’s still surprisingly fun. If you’re a genuine BMW enthusiast, it should be a fun minute or so of distraction while you’re at the office, pretending to work. Once you’re done, make sure to comment on Car Throttle with your score and then shoot on back here and post your score again.
[Source: Car Throttle]

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Nico DeMattia – 2018-06-13 18:25:57
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Check out the 2019 BMW Z4 Out on the Miramas Track

BMW invited a few journalists from around the world – ourselves included – to sample an early prototype of the upcoming BMW Z4 on their Miramas test track in the South of France. An embargo prevented us from telling you anything about it until today but now we can talk about what the Z4 will bring to the table, especially the M40i version, which will be the one to get. The Germans even published a teaser video showing the car under camo, taking on the challenging course at Miramas.
Trials at the Autodrome de Miramas are focusing on fine-tuning of all drive and suspension systems – the basis for the sporty driving experience offered by the new BMW Z4. A new in-line 6-cylinder engine, a lowered sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, a newly developed front axle, M light alloy wheels with mixed tires, an M sports brake system and an electronically controlled lock in the rear axle differential create an overall package that aims at making the new BMW M Performance a benchmark for driving pleasure in the roadster segment.

That said, the one rival it will have to beat will be the Boxster and, according to initial reviews, it looks like it will finally be able to at least challenge it to a duel, if not even win it. What will make the Z4 stand out will be the adaptive damper, LSD and straight six engine, which will probably eclipse the turbo four inside the engine bay of the Boxster these days. But that’s just a small part of it, as the suspension has apparently been given special attention, as Jos van As, the company VP for Driving Dynamics explains in the video below.
“The vehicle concept of the new BMW Z4 is geared consistently towards agility and driving dynamics,” he explains. “The high level of body stiffness and the very rigid suspension attachment provide the perfect basis for a set-up that guarantees the performance qualities of a genuine sports car in terms of steering precision as well as longitudinal and transverse acceleration.” So they say but until the finished product is out, we need to take their word for it.

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Gabriel Nica – 2018-06-04 16:32:03
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BMW racing to patch 14 security vulnerabilities

According to Chinese researchers, a number of BMW vehicles might have up to 14 vulnerabilities in the on-board computers which have prompted BMW to begin issuing security patches over-the-air and through dealer networks. These flaws affect the infotainment unit, telematics controls, and the wireless communications systems on BMW’s i Series, X1 sDrive, 5 Series, and 7 Series models dating as far back as 2012. Four of the discovered vulnerabilities require hackers to have physical USB access to the car, while six of the vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely. The last four vulnerabilities require physical access to the car’s computer.

“Our research findings have proved that it is feasible to gain local and remote access to infotainment, T-Box components, and UDS communication above certain speed [for] selected BMW vehicle modules and been able to gain control of the CAN buses with the execution of arbitrary, unauthorized diagnostic requests of BMW in-car systems remotely,” the researchers at at Tencent’s Keen Security Lab wrote in a preliminary report, noting that a full report would be available sometime in 2019 to allow BMW time to patch the flaws.
The report says that if a hacker gains physical access to the car, the interfaces present inside those BMWs could be exposed. Hackers can also use a USB stick to inject malicious code into BMW’s ConnectedDrive by gaining root control of the hu-intel system.
In a statement to ZDNet, the BMW Group noted that the research was conducted in conjunction with BMW’s cybersecurity team, highlighting that “third parties increasingly play a crucial role in improving automotive security as they conduct their own in-depth tests of products and services.”
[Source: DigitalTrends]

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Horatiu Boeriu – 2018-05-25 17:38:44
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BMW CEO Confirms G05 X5 Will Be Unveiled This Year

This week BMW hosted its 98th Annual General Meeting in Munich, bringing together employees, officials and shareholders. It was a good moment to take both a look back and one towards the future and the CEO of the BMW Group, Mr. Harald Kruger took a moment to talk about the plans for the following months. From torturing us with yet another teaser for the BMW iNEXT to talking about upcoming SUVs, a number of topics were covered, including the new G05 X5.
We’ve been saying it for months now but when it came to the launch date, no official came forward with a confirmation as to when it was going to happen exactly. The prototypes we’ve seen on the road confirmed that the car is in its final stages of testing so we’re really close but now we also have official confirmation from the top man in Munich. Speaking to the crowd at the event, Kruger said “2018 will be our X year, with: the new X3, the cool X2, the athletic X4, from the summer on, and, as I can reveal exclusively today: later this year, a successor to the X5.”

We can go even further and say that we will see the new X5 next month, but sales won’t begin until later this fall.
This will mark and unusually short production span for the current generation model, with the F15 X5 going out of production later this year. The new one, on the other hand, should be quite a big step forward, bringing the X5 in line with the competition for a change.
The exterior has been redone as well as the interior. All that sounds enticing but the more interesting changes will happen under the sheet metal as the G05 uses the CLAR architecture which lowers the car’s overall weight. At the same time, new engines will be introduced, with the entry-level xDrive40i model using the B58 3-liter straight six mill. For European customers diesel mills will be plentiful, while hybrid choices haven’t been left out either. The xDrive40e model promises a longer electric range while the power output should remain close to the 313 HP of the current version.

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Gabriel Nica – 2018-05-17 18:01:58
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First live photos of the new BMW M2 Competition

Today, at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, BMW has introduced to the world the all-new M2 Competition. Headlining the changes from the “standard M2” is a new engine lifted from the M3 and M4, a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter straight-six making 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That’s 40 horses and 63 more pound-feet than the outgoing car. As a result, the sprint to 62 mph comes in 4.2 seconds.

Like before, buyers can choose between a standard six-speed manual gearbox, now featuring a new type of carbon-fiber friction lining to improve the shift feel, and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The M2 Competition can reach a top speed of 155 mph, limited electronically. With a M Driver’s package, however, it can launch up to 174 mph.
The M2 takes the carbon fiber-reinforced plastic high-precision strut from the M3 and M4 to improve the rigidity of the front section and further enhance steering.

The larger kidney grilles provide additional cooling, along with the the updated front bumper. The M2 derives its cooling system from the M4 Competition Package, with one central radiator, two side radiators, and an extra engine oil cooler.
A set of larger brake disks were added, measuring 400 mm up front and 380 mm in the rear – the standard M2’s brake disks were 380 mm up front and 370 mm in the rear. There are also larger six-piston fixed brake calipers up front and 4-piston fixed calipers in the rear, instead of 4-pistons in front and 2-piston calipers in the rear.

The exhaust system has also been modified with a new muffler which delivers better sound for the demanding M customers.
New side mirrors and two new color options  – Sunset Orange and Hockenheim Silver – round out the cosmetic additions.
[Photos: Darkknightm4]

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Horatiu Boeriu – 2018-04-25 15:33:30
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