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BMW releases photos of its i3 city car undergoing winter testing via Facebook

by on Mar.05, 2013, under Auto Review Specs, Bmw Car Reviews

BMW releases photos of its i3 city car undergoing winter testing via Facebook

BMW releases photos of its i3 city car undergoing winter testing via Facebook

BMW releases photos of its i3 city car undergoing winter testing via Facebook

BMW recently had decided to build more anticipation for their latest sustainable mobility model, the up and coming BMW i3 city car.

No additional details were shared, other than the fact that BMW is still testing its i3 car, as can be seen in the shared photos of the i3 motoring about on a winter test track.

From what is known so far, the i3 will feature a plug-in electric hybrid powertrain that consists of a 170hp electric motor that also churns out 184 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 passes by in 7.9 seconds while the i3 is estimated to travel around 80-100 miles on a single charge.

To alleviate the concerns with range anxiety, BMW will also offer an optional range-extending engine that’s supposedly a carryover item from one of BMW’s two-cylinder motorcycles.
Source: BMW i Facebook
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G-Power BMW X6 Typhoon RS V10: the world’s fastest SUV

by on Mar.05, 2013, under Auto Review Specs, BMW X6

G-Power BMW X6 Typhoon RS V10: the world’s fastest SUV

G-Power BMW X6 Typhoon RS V10: the world’s fastest SUV

G-Power BMW X6 Typhoon RS V10: the world’s fastest SUV

German tuner G-Power has created the world’s fastest SUV.

The G-Power BMW X6 Typhoon RS V10 rockets from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds and 0-200km/h in 13 seconds on its way to its 330km/h top speed, making it quicker than any SUV before it.

The BMW X6M, on which the Typhoon RS is based, is powered a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 developing 408kW/680Nm, although G-Power opted to substitute the standard engine for the E60 M5 V10 as the starting point for its super-SUV.

And while the Typhoon’s weight has been reduced to 2230kg (150kg less than the standard model), it’s still a considerable mass that is pulled up by a high-tech brake system that includes 410mm carbon-ceramic discs and six-pot calipers (also 50 per cent lighter than the standard car’s brake system).

Inside is more G-Power customisation designed for the complete super-sport experience. The heavily bolstered racing-style seats are made from ultra-light carbon and there’s a high-end audio system.

Production will be limited to just five units and pricing will start from €675,000 ($865,000)

Source: Car Advice

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World’s Fastest Car 2013 – G-POWER BMW X6 TYPHOON RS V10 – Fastest SUV – Info – New Release

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BMW Unveils M6 Grand Coupe with 560 HP

by on Mar.05, 2013, under Auto Review Specs, BMW 6 Series

BMW Unveils M6 Grand Coupe with 560 HP

BMW Unveils M6 Grand Coupe with 560 HP

BMW Unveils M6 Grand Coupe with 560 HP

BMW has given their coolest four-door, the 6-Series Gran Coupe a new heart that beats to the sound of M. Yes, the brand new M6 Gran Coupe is an official

speed machine, arriving next year with to take on anything that’s stupid enough to challenge it.

The M6 Gran Coupe’s biggest attraction is the engine under the bonnet. It’s the same 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, borrowed from the X5 M and updated to the later S63Tü spec for the M5 and M6. It makes 560 PS (553 HP) and also produces 680Nm (501 lb-ft).

Despite having a little extra weight to carry around, the M6 with four doors still gets from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, which is the same as the M6 coupe and faster than the M5 saloon. Top speed is limited to just 50km/h (155mph), but can be increased to 305km/h (189mph) with optional M Driver’s package for a bit of extra cash.

Source: autoevolution
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BMW M6 Gran Coupe 2013

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The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.

by on Mar.05, 2013, under Auto Review Specs, BMW 4 Series

The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.

The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.

The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.

BMW has revealed its latest model – the 4 Series Coupe. It is effectively the next generation of the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible but BMW wants it to be a standalone model, in a similar way to Audi with the A5 range. Available initially as a coupe and later a convertible, the 4 Series is still technically a concept but it’s set to go on sale – with minimal changes – by the end of 2013.
The idea is that the 4 Series will have a sportier edge than the 3 Series Coupe but will still retain the familiar sleek profile of the model it will replace. It’s longer and wider though with a bigger wheelbase which means better interior space and improvements in handling too. There is of course the familiar BMW front end, shared with the latest 3 Series – the concept car has full LED headlights – while the rear end echoes the larger 6 Series.

The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.

The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.

There are also vents in the front wings – what BMW calls the Air Breather. These work with the large lower grille to minimise drag around the front wheels in order help improve fuel economy. The same shape of the lower front grille is repeated at the rear although the production car will get traditional circular exhausts rather than the flat rectangular ones on the concept.
Although the engine line-up hasn’t been confirmed you can unsurprisingly expect the familiar BMW line-up with an entry 420i model along with a 430i and a top 435i version. The diesels will inlclude the impressive 420d plus six-cylinder 430d and 435d models. A six-speed manual will come as standard with an optional eight-speed automatic. There are also rumours of a four-wheel drive version of the 420i to compete with the Audi A5 quattro.
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BMW Concept 4 Series Coupé 2013 Cool Commercial Music To Drive To TV

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BMW i8 Concept Roadster

by on Mar.05, 2013, under Auto Review Specs, Bmw Car Reviews

BMW i8 Concept Roadster

BMW i8 Concept Roadster

BMW i8 Concept Roadster

The BMW i8 concept roadster – the third model in the company’s electric ‘i’ line-up – will be shown at this month’s Los Angeles motor show.

Previously seen earlier this year at the Beijing motor show, the roadster concept uses the same carbonfibre construction as the i8 coupé, which is due to launch in 2013.

Unlike the coupe’s 2+2 layout, the roadster is a strict two-seater and has a shallow rear deck in place of the coupé’s sloping roof-line.

BMW has not confirmed how the roof mechanism will work, although a lift-out panel – also made from carbonfibre – is the most likely option.

The i8 roadster will use the same drivetrain configuration as the coupé, meaning a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine developing 220bhp and driving the rear wheels, while an electric motor, with the equivalent of around 134bhp driving the fronts.

BMW i8 Concept Roadster

BMW i8 Concept Roadster

The configuration allows the i8 to operate in front, rear and all-wheel drive, as well as in combustion, electric and combined modes. The positioning of the motors over each axle, and the battery pack in a central tunnel, also allows BMW to stick to its famous 50/50 weight distribution.

With a total of 354bhp, the i8 roadster will have a 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds. As with all BMWs, the top speed is limited to 155mph.

Despite the performance on offer, thanks to its efficient petrol engine and battery power, the i8 Roadster will average around 104mpg. The lithium-ion battery pack will also allow for electric-only driving for up to 20 miles, and can be fully charged in just 1hr 45mins using a high-voltage outlet.
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BMW i8 Concept Roadster Edited B Roll

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BMW 5 Series – Best Executive WOW Women’s Car of the Year Awards

by on Mar.05, 2013, under Auto Review Specs, BMW 5 Series

 

BMW 5 Series – Best Executive WOW Women’s Car of the Year Awards

BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

Johannesburg. The BMW 5 Series has once again been voted as the Best Executive Car, this time in the 2012 Women on Wheels (WOW) Women’s Car of the Year Awards. The car won the same category in the 2011 competition.

The WOW Women’s Car of the Year Awards are the only car awards in South Africa decided by women. WOW readers and the judging panel had 12 categories in which to vote, with more than 79 000 votes received via SMS and online voting from the readers.

The BMW 5 Series Sedan is a worldwide success. It has won a host of awards and comparison tests and earned top marks on quality, safety and value retention. Demand in car markets all over the world is steadily growing. With its seductive styling, its unrivalled balance between sporty performance and comfort, and an extensive range of innovative equipment features, this series quickly established itself as the world market leader in its segment. With its extensive model range the BMW 5 Series offers greater variety and appeal.

In 2011, the BMW 530d was named joint winner of the WesBank and South African Guild of Motoring Journalists‘ Car of the Year. A few months later, the BMW 520d was named the winner of Class L in the 2011 Total Economy Run. This was the second time that the BMW 520d won the Total Economy Run since 2009.

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New BMW 5 Series Test Drive & Review

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Bentley SUV approved by VW board, report says FRANKFURT — Bentley’s new SUV has been approved for production by parent Volkswagen, a German newspaper said.

by on Mar.05, 2013, under Alfa Romeo Car Specs, Auto Review Specs

Bentley SUV approved by VW board, report says FRANKFURT — Bentley’s new SUV has been approved for production by parent Volkswagen, a German newspaper said.

Bentley SUV approved by VW board, report says FRANKFURT -- Bentley's new SUV has been approved for production by parent Volkswagen, a German newspaper said.

Bentley SUV approved by VW board, report says FRANKFURT — Bentley’s new SUV has been approved for production by parent Volkswagen, a German newspaper said.

VW’s supervisory board has agreed to build an ultra-luxury vehicle based on the EXP 9F concept unveiled at the Geneva auto show last year, Handelsblatt reported on Monday, citing board sources.

The SUV, internally codenamed Falcon, will retail starting at 200,000 euros ($271,000), the paper said. The model will likely be built at VW’s plant in Slovakia, with final completion taking place at Bentley’s plant in Crewe, England.

Bentley did not confirm the report. ”We are still waiting for the official green light from Volkswagen,” a spokeswoman told Automotive News Europe, adding that a decision in favor of production looks ”very positive.”

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber said at the Detroit auto show last month that the SUV’s design will resemble the rest of the Bentley brand rather following than the controversial design of the EXP 9F concept. He said that the SUV is expected to launch within three years. The SUV likely will use an eight-cylinder engine and possibly an optional W-12, he said.

The SUV will play a key part in Bentley’s growth ambitions. Last year, the brand’s global unit sales increased 22 percent to 8,510 cars. Bentley is targeting sales of up to 5,000 SUVs per year, according to Handelsblatt.

The vehicle would joined similar models planned by Lamborghini and Maserati aimed at tapping into a growing market for ultra-luxury SUVs among the super-rich in markets such as China and Russia.
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Bentley SUV Coming, New VW Phaeton, & Racecar Driver Shea Holbrook!

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Alfa Romeo 4C Will Be Launched With 240 PS Engine When Alfa Romeo launched the 4C sportscar as a concept a year ago, they announced it would have a super-light carbon fiber tub and a 1.8-liter turbo engine producing no less than 300 horsepower from

by on Mar.05, 2013, under Alfa Romeo Car Specs, Auto Review Specs

Alfa Romeo 4C Will Be Launched With 240 PS Engine When Alfa Romeo launched the 4C sportscar as a concept a year ago, they announced it would have a super-light carbon fiber tub and a 1.8-liter turbo engine producing no less than 300 horsepower from

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When Alfa Romeo launched the 4C sportscar as a concept a year ago, they announced it would have a super-light carbon fiber tub and a 1.8-liter turbo engine producing no less than 300 horsepower from a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine.

That made everything sound quite exciting, but the reality of it all is going to be a little bit different. According to CarScoop, an Alfa Romeo dealer meeting in Switzerland has revealed fresh details about the new model. Just as we expected, the aluminium block four-cylinder engine will actually make 240 PS or 237 HP about the same as the 1.75-liter engine in the Giulietta QV.

The same source suggests the car will weight only 850 kg (1,874 lbs), though we’re not 100% convinced Alfa Romeo had the money to develop such a light platform.

If more power is what you want, a 270 PS version of the same car will be ready for 2014. However, that will be a more hardcore car called the 4C Stradale (sounds like a Ferrari doesn’t it).

Honestly, the 4C now sounds more like a niche car than ever before, and it’s actually being treated as one. Production will be strictly limited to just 2,000 examples a year, split evenly between the coupe and an upcoming convertible version.

Source: Carscoop

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Alfa Romeo 4C Concept – First Official Promo

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Audi Quattro successor coming in 2015

by on Mar.04, 2013, under Audi Car Specs, Auto Review Specs

Audi Quattro successor coming in 2015

Audi Quattro successor coming in 2015

Audi Quattro successor coming in 2015

In 2015, Audi plans on introducing a successor to the Quattro. According to a new report from AutoBild, Audi is developing the model under the Q35 codename and will most likely slot the car between the TT and the R8.
The Q35 name is being used as the codename as Audi plans on unveiling the model on the Quattro’s 35th anniversary in March 2015.
Unlike the concept, the model could be crossover-coupe with two doors that seats four passengers.
Power is likely to come from a 2.5 liter 5-cylinder turbo engine making 375-hp. The engine will be mated to a S tronic dual-clutch transmission that allows the car to go from 0 to 62 in just over 4 seconds.
Production will be limited to 10,000 units annually.
Source: Autobild
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The Audi TT Clubsport Quattro 2015

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Brand Spankin’ New Image: 2013 Audi R8 V10 Plus

by on Mar.04, 2013, under Audi Car Specs, Auto Review Specs

Brand Spankin’ New Image: 2013 Audi R8 V10 Plus

2013 Audi R8 V10 Plus

2013 Audi R8 V10 Plus

Audi has just dropped a new image of the 2013 R8 V10 Plus, which is now the top-of-the-line variant in the model’s line-up.
The 2013 Audi R8 V10 Plus will be available on a limited basis and only in a coupe variant.
Refresher: Power for the new 2013 Audi R8 V10 plus comes from a uprated version of the V10 FSI unit making 550-hp with a maximum torque of 398 lb-ft. Mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission 0 to 62 mph comes in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 197 mph. With a manual transmission, 0 to 62 mph comes in 3.8 seconds.
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2013 Audi R8 V10 Plus Review – NEW Coupe & Spyder Preview 525 HP, Facelift & S Tronic!

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