Wednesday, August 19, 2009

BMW Z4 sDrive35i Review

2009 BMW Z4

The classic roadster is back – more powerful and more stylish than ever before. It is the BMW Z4, the only car in its segment combining classic roadster proportions with a seating position moved close to the rear axle, rear-wheel drive, with a retractable hardtop.
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The new BMW Z4 offers all the driving pleasure of a BMW Roadster with particularly refined and stylish flair. Driving with the roof down, this two-seater offers a refreshingly intense experience of the sunshine and the wind rushing by – and driving with the hardtop closed it provides all the comfort of a sporting coupe in the premium segment. So through this diversity and wide range of qualities, the new BMW Z4 is the re-birth of the roadster.

The design of the new Z4 comes out through classic details interpreted in new, up-to-date style. This outstanding two-seater offers a unique combination of elegance, agility, and supreme comfort. The aluminum shells of the two-piece lightweight hardtop come to rest in the roof compartment, saving maximum space in the process. Even with the roof closed, the new Z4 retains the proportions typical of a genuine roadster.

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Design: the modern look of a classic roadster

The new BMW Z4 takes on the classic look of the roadster in modern, flowing lines. The car’s proportions are borne out by the long and low-slung engine compartment lid, short overhangs, the long wheelbase and large wheels as well as the low seating position near the rear axle.

The front view features a large, upright BMW kidney grille, wide air intake and the dual round headlights, typical of the BMW brand. All surfaces and lines, including the character lines on the hood, strive towards an imaginary target point on the road ahead.
The side view is dominated by the dynamic flow of the car’s shoulder line connecting the front and rear wheel arches and accentuating the stretched, athletic look of the Roadster. The horizontal orientation of the car’s lines and surfaces at the rear, in turn, emphasizes the sheer width of the new BMW Z4. Further characteristics are the extra-large hood extending far over the wheel arches, the black A-pillars, the gills at the side with their integrated LED direction indicators, as well as the slender rear fixtures with three-dimensional LED-fed rows of light.

Stylish, sophisticated, and typical of a genuine roadster: the interior

For harmonious unison of the exterior and interior so important in an open-air car, the shoulder line is reflected by the door panels with their unique configuration and flow from front to rear.

The contoured surface to the left and right of the steering wheel incorporates the controls for the lights and air conditioning. These elements are available trimmed in Satin Silver matte, Brushed Aluminum, and Ash Grain Wood, the respective color and trim variant also being used on the center console and door handle.
The standard seats with integrated headrests on the BMW Z4 sDrive35i feature high-quality Kansas leather in a choice of three colors. A fourth choice, Ivory White Nappa leather, is also available as part of the Exclusive Ivory White Leather Package, which includes sport seats and Anthracite wood trim.

An Extended Leather option (Z4 sDrive35i only) adds leather on the upper section of the instrument panel, the doorsills, the sun visors in Black leather as well as the leather-finish door closing handles in upholstery color on the passenger’s side.

The entire range of paintwork colors available on the new BMW Z4 is made up of no less than nine color tones including Orion Silver metallic exclusive to the new Roadster.

Cycling in 20 seconds: the retractable hardtop

The new BMW Z4 is the first BMW roadster to protect its occupants from wind and weather with a fully retractable hardtop. This two-piece lightweight aluminum shell opens and closes at the touch of a button within 20 seconds. The compact packaging of the folding roof enables the Z4 Roadster to retain the ¬characteristic, slender proportions of its predecessor.

This innovative roof system offers outstanding acoustic and aerodynamic qualities and sets a new standard in the Z4’s segment. Large windows and the high-quality roof lining give the hardtop a light look. Driver and passenger enjoy a bright ambience, generous space, and optimum visibility. Compared with the former model, the side windows are 40% larger, the see-through area in the rear window 52% larger, and all-round visibility increased14% over the previous generation.

The glass rear window in the hardtop is equipped with an electric defroster and the four side windows of the new BMW Z4 may be lowered individually. The higher roofline and larger door openings allow easier and more convenient access with the roof closed.
The retractable roof may be operated either by a switch in the center console or by remote control key fob when equipped with optional Comfort Access. Comfort Access also allows convenient loading and unloading of the luggage compartment with the roof open. To provide access to the luggage compartment in this case, the open hardtop is moved to an interim position facilitating the removal of large objects.

Flexible storage with optional through-loading

The roof compartment and the luggage compartment are separated from one another by a moveable partition, which may be folded up to increase luggage space if the roof will remain closed.

The moveable partition in the new BMW Z4 is unique in the premium roadster segment, and offers enough luggage space with the hardtop open for a medium-sized hard-shell suitcase.
Using the optional through-loading system to the passenger compartment, the Z4 is able to accommodate a 46-inch full-size golf bag. When the roof is closed the luggage compartment easily accommodates up to four crates of large bottles or – when using the through-loading system – two 46-inch golf bags.

Various other storage compartments are designed into the interior. The new Z4 offers storage trays in the center console, a 10-liter glove box, hinged compartments in the doors, and additional space behind the seats.

Included with the Cold Weather Package is a storage package that provides an even wider range of storage and loading functions, with fastening nets on the rear panels of the seats and in the passenger’s footwell, lashing belts in the luggage compartment, as well as a storage box in the bulkhead leading to the luggage compartment.

Optional through-loading system together with a transport bag ensures even greater versatility, allowing the user to load slender items such as golf bags or two pairs of skis measuring up to 67″ in length.

BMW Z4 sDrive35i: performance with efficiency thanks to Twin Turbo and High Precision Injection

The most dynamic version of the new Z4 comes with the world’s first inline-6 engine to feature twin turbochargers, High Precision Injection, and an all-aluminum crankcase.

The use of two turbochargers (each supplying three cylinders) ensures responsiveness never seen before on a turbocharged engine. The engine achieves peak torque of 300 lb-ft without the slightest delay, and maintains this high level of torque throughout a broad rev range from 1,400–5,000 rpm.

Maximum output of 300 hp comes at 5,800 rpm, and the BMW Z4 sDrive35i accelerates to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds (optional seven-speed double clutch sport automatic transmission in 5.0 seconds). The acceleration continues all the way to an electronically-limited 130 mph (150 mph when equipped with the optional Sport Package).

High Precision Injection is a key element in the Z4’s efficient performance. Injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber offers a cooling effect allowing a higher compression ratio and optimized combustion efficiency. This second generation of direct gasoline injection developed by BMW ensures significant benefits in fuel efficiency without restricting the dynamic qualities of the engine.

6-speed transmission with short gearshift travel featured as standard

All variants of the new BMW Z4 come as standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Developed specifically for BMW’s new Roadster, the various transmission options are particularly sporting in their character. Indeed, this is borne out in particular by extremely short gearshift travel much shorter than on all other current BMW models with a manual gearshift.

Optional: 7-speed sport automatic with double clutch

As an option, the BMW Z4 sDrive35i is available with BMW’s newly developed double-clutch sport automatic gearbox. Based on the M DCT transmission introduced in the BMW M3, this 7-speed gearbox ensures faster acceleration and extra performance in comparison with the 6-speed manual gearbox, while providing the comfort features of a BMW automatic transmission. The 7-speed double-clutch sport automatic shifts gears without the slightest interruption of power.

The BMW Z4 sDrive35i with its seven-speed sport automatic accelerates to 60mph in just 5.0 seconds, while fuel consumption is expected to outperform the fuel economy on the same model with a manual gearbox.

Sport automatic gives the driver the choice of either automatic (Program D) or manual gear selection. If desired, the driver may shift gears manually by means of paddles on the steering wheel.

Sophisticated suspension technology, high-performance lightweight brakes

Rear-wheel drive, near perfect weight distribution, the long wheelbase and the low center of gravity on the roadster create ideal conditions for supreme agility.

Featuring traditional spring-struts, a “double-jointed” front suspension made largely of aluminum, and a constant-geometry rear axle, the new Z4 comes with proven suspension concepts in a configuration perfectly tailored to the characteristics of the car.

Electric power steering plays a role also in the BMW Z4, enhancing the precision and comfort of steering maneuvers and reducing fuel consumption, since the electric motor for steering power assistance is activated only when required or desired by the driver.

The new Z4 comes with new high-performance brakes, featuring low weight and low brake pad wear. At the same time the BMW Z4 is the first car in its segment to feature an electrical parking brake activated and released by a button on the center console.

BMW’s standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) serves not only to activate the ABS brakes and ensure stability on slippery surfaces by activating the brakes or reducing engine power, but also comprises other functions such as Brake Drying and Brake Standby as well as a Start-Off Assistant. Acting in a similar way to a mechanical limited slip differential, DSC electronic rear brake management is used to simulate a limited slip differential for stronger acceleration in turns.

Activating Dynamic Traction Control at the touch of a button, the driver is able to raise the response thresholds for intervention by the DSC, thus enjoying the option, for example, to set off on loose snow with the drive wheels slightly spinning. And when desired, the driver is also able to deactivate DSC altogether (ABS remains active).

Adaptive M Suspension featuring Electronic Damping Control (EDC)

The agility of the BMW Roadster may be further enhanced by ordering the optional Sport Package featuring Adaptive M Suspension with Electronic Damping Control. A central control unit varies the “compression” and “rebound” stages on the four twin-sleeve gas pressure dampers to provide optimum response at all times. The response time is so fast that a signal coming from a front wheel crossing a hole in the road reaches and re-adjusts the rear dampers even before the rear wheels reach the same uneven road surface.

Comfort and sportiness in one: Dynamic Drive Control

Dynamic Drive Control allows the driver of the new Z4 to choose the drive characteristics of the car. In addition to changing damper forces on the Adaptive M Suspension, DDC also conditions the responses of the gas pedal, the power steering, and the response thresholds of Dynamic Stability Control. And if the car is fitted with either sport automatic transmission, the adaptive gearshift logarithms are adjusted.

The driver operates Dynamic Drive Control via a button on the center console next to the gear selector. By pressing the button, s/he is able to choose from the NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT+ modes, thus activating a pre-configured, perfectly balanced set-up. The SPORT mode, for example, offers more-direct steering behavior and a more-direct response to the gas pedal. The SPORT+ mode, in turn, serves additionally to activate the Dynamic Traction Control mode of DSC, intentionally allowing slight wheelspin and thus enabling the driver to take a bend in a controlled drift.

Extra space, more safety

The new BMW Z4 is slightly larger outside than its predecessor, at the same time offering significantly more comfort in terms of space and a lot more loading space: BMW’s new Roadster is 5.8” longer, 0.4” wider, and 0.3” lower. Wheelbase has grown 0.1” to measure 98.3″.

Apart from all-round visibility, the interior offers greater headroom (+0.20″), extra shoulder room (+0.79″) and more elbow freedom (+1.69″). The door opening, increased in size by 1.02″, allows even more convenient access with the roof closed.

The extremely stiff bodyshell, lightweight construction and near 50/50 weight distribution enhance both the safety and agility of the new BMW Z4. High load-resistant subframes, optimum use of crush zones, the extremely stiff passenger cell and highly efficient restraint systems ensure outstanding accident safety. Frontal and head/thorax airbags, belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters are activated by the sensor-controlled electronic safety system as a function of the type and severity of a collision. The head/thorax airbags are integrated on the outside of the seat backrests and inflate over a large surface in the event of a collision from the side.

Making its premiere in the BMW Roadster: the latest generation of iDrive

The new Z4 is the first BMW Roadster to feature the iDrive control system as part of its optional navigation system. In the new Z4 the iDrive serves to activate all entertainment, information, navigation and telecommunication functions.

The system itself is made up of a Controller on the center console and a folding, high-resolution Control Display on the instrument panel, allowing the driver to intuitively and safely mastermind all available functions.

Pressing the direct selection buttons on the newly configured Controller, the user is able to spontaneously change to the CD, radio, telephone and navigation functions. The range of direct selection buttons has now been rounded off by the three MENU, BACK and OPTION command buttons, and programmable favorite buttons in the instrument panel allow the user to save and directly select radio stations, telephone numbers and navigation destinations, and other menu items available directly through iDrive.

Measuring 8.8 inches in size, the high-resolution Control Display with its resolution of 1,280 x 480 pixels offers excellent clarity in presenting graphics or pages from the internet. A picture of the Controller shown in the Control Display gives the driver greater and clearer orientation in choosing the next step in the operating process.

Using the navigation system is even easier thanks to iDrive. Full-screen map presentation, for example, offers an incomparably detailed overview of the region in which the driver is currently traveling. As an alternative the Control Display also offers an assistance window presenting further highlights and maps independent of the main map.



BMW sales jump 14% in Jan-July, top in high-end segment

BMW India, the wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW Group, sold 2,008 units in the first seven months of the year over 1,763 units in the same period last year.

"After seven months, we are number one. Our target is to stay number one in 2009 and we are very much on track," BMW India President Peter Kronschnabl told PTI.

The company, which sold 2,908 units last year, is confident of crossing the 3,000 mark this year, he added.

According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, BMW India registered growth of 12.76 per cent at 1,016 units in April-July, while its rival Mercedes-Benz saw its sales going down 21.02 per cent at 853 units this fiscal over the same period in 2008-09.

To expand its product portfolio, BMW India has planned to launch a two-seater roadster -- Z4 -- in the country on the eve of Deepawali in October, expected to be priced at Rs 50-60 lakh.

"It's a niche model, so we are not expecting any big numbers. We hope to sell 40 cars every year," Kronschnabl said.

Kronschnabl also said the company is currently carrying out the homologation (process of approval) for a petrol version of its 7-series sedan, which would be introduced next month.

Besides, the company, which currently has 14 dealers, will be adding eight more in Tier II cities by the end of 2010.

"Our dealership expansion programme is completely on track and we have finalised our partners in cities such as Cochin and Jaipur. Many of the outlets are under construction," Kronschnabl said.

Second-Generation 2011 BMW X3 Spied

Look closely and you'll see a sportier fascia take form under the camouflage. Bigger air intakes hint at a more athletic X3. Head and taillights are thoroughly hidden from view, but expect full bi-xenon headlamps and LED taillamps on their respective ends.

it'll be powered by the brand's naturally aspirated 230-hp 3.0L inline-six cylinder or its twin-turbo counterpart with 300 hp on board. The model will likely have one or two of the various BMW diesel motors currently on the market.

Given the M division's love for tuning, we wouldn't be surprised to see an optional sport package included in the new X3's mix.

Expect more detailed spy pics and information as the model continues testing prior to its official debut.

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BMW 335 Diesel

And on the eighth day, God said, “Let there be turbochargers that provide copious amounts of power.” And God saw that it was good. BMW has added a new engine to its sales leading 3 series model, the 3-liter, 6-cylinder twin turbocharged diesel. BMW has offered a gasoline-based twin turbo 6-cylinder since 2007. It received worldwide acclaim and is probably the greatest mass-market engine to be developed in the last decade. The diesel 335 will stick out from its gasoline counterpart by adding a ‘d’ to the model distinction, resulting in 335d. Don’t expect to hear the cling-clanging you would expect from a normal diesel. BMW has done a wonderful job in the noise department and it is indistinguishable from the gasoline iterations of the car.

The diesel model is rated at 265hp and an intoxicating 425 lb-ft of torque that propels the car to a very quick 6.0 second 0-60 time. The other benefit of the diesel is the fantastic gas mileage  23/36 versus 17/26 for the gasoline version. I drove from Kingwood to Clear Lake and used a single gallon of diesel. That’s definitely impressive. Expect a range above 600 miles on a tank while cruising. The sedan handled wonderfully like most BMWs and provided a sporty feel. My car was also equipped with the sports group which provided 18-inch wheels and some lovely seats that grab at you during turns.

Upsides: Wonderful power. Wonderful gas mileage. Wonderful car.

Downsides: The cost is a touch high, but you get what you pay for.

Price: Base 335d starts at $43,900. $48,800 as tested.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

2009 BMW 335d Sedan

The 335d is a high-powered, turbocharged sports sedan with all the bells and whistles.  -Photo © BMW AG
The 335d is a high-powered, turbocharged sports sedan with all the bells and whistles.

What we have here is a high-powered, turbocharged sports sedan with all the bells and whistles that is EPA rated at 23 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Oh, and the little "d" in the name stands for "diesel."

For those of you who thought diesel was a synonym for "noisy, smelly and slow," Audi has been winning races with diesel-engined cars against gasoline-engined cars for several years and BMW, well, in Europe drivers under 21 are restricted to diesel-powered cars, and that includes young Formula 1 drivers.

Jenson Button of England, say, who was pulled over in France and ticketed for speeding: 228 kilometers per hour, or about 142 miles per hour. The gendarmes escorted him to the nearest ATM and relieved him of some 5,000 francs, or something over $750. Then they bought him a cup of coffee and got a couple of autographs before sending him on his way. (They are a bit more civilized about these things in Europe. After all, the road was straight, there was no traffic and the weather was good.)

This happened back in 2000 when Button was only 20 and forced to drive a diesel-engined car; specifically, a BMW 330 sedan supplied by the racing team. Rather a company car, as it were, turbocharged, of course, like the 2009 BMW 335d that is the subject of this review. But we don't know how fast the 335d is, and we aren't going to find out, as we expect the conversation with American traffic officers would not go quite so well. (Nor, for that matter, are we among the only 22 or so drivers each year competent to drive a Formula 1 car.)2009 BMW 335d
BMW 3-Series Interior
BMW 3-Series Interior
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Monday, August 17, 2009

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

Just when we thought BMW’s “Sports Activity Coupe” couldn’t make any less sense, BMW announces official details on the 2010 ActiveHybrid X6, proudly proclaiming it “the most powerful hybrid vehicle in the world.” Um, okay? Seems a bit like striving to be the most foul-mouthed nun in the world—it’s not really the point.

But if we’ve come to expect anything from the weird, off-road, four-door coupe/sports car, it’s that we won’t understand it but we will appreciate it. And, truth be told, there appears to be much to appreciate about the upcoming hybrid X6. It’s powered by the 400-hp, 450-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8 from the (relatively) normal X6 xDrive50i, supplemented with two electric motors: the first makes 91 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque and the second produces 86 hp and 206 lb-ft. If calling it the “ActiveHybrid” seems contrived, consider that, compared to the X6 hybrid’s combined system power of 480 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque, most other hybrids will indeed seem sedentary. In addition to a 20-percent increase in fuel economy in the European cycle, BMW claims a 0–60 time of 5.4 seconds. That’s just one tenth behind the company’s 5.3-second claim for the nonhybrid V-8 X6 (although we’ve clocked that version to 60 in just 5.1 seconds). That the more powerful hybrid is slower is likely due to the significant weight of the hybrid equipment. Top speed is governed at a very environmentally unfriendly 130 mph.2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

Saturday, August 15, 2009

2010 BMW X6 Active Hybrid SUV Unveiled

2010 BMW X6 active hybrid

BMW began road tests new hybrid SUV Coupe X6 ActiveHybrid.

The high dome on the bonnet of a bi-modal hybrid gasoline-electric engine, which BMW engineers developed jointly with GM and Daimler companies. The new engine allows you to make 20% - of improving fuel economy.

According to some sources, new BMW X6 hybrid will appear in the middle of ne

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xt year as a model in 2010

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

More details on the "all-new" BMW 7 Series

More details on the "all-new" BMW 7 Series

We've already seen what appear to be official press shots of the new 2009 BMW 7 Series, and it looks pretty good to our eyes. As expected, now that the pictures are available for all the world to see, details about the underpinnings are starting to leak out. Not surprisingly, the V8-powered 750i and 750iL models will get the new twin-turbo engine introduced on the controversial X6, offering 400 horses and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. Other possible powertrains, though not available at launch time, will be a revised twin-turbo inline six with 326 horsepower and a diesel engine for the European market. But fret not fuel misers, a hybrid model is also being considered. Underneath, active suspension which eschews BMW's trademark front struts in favor of double-wishbones, will offer variable damping with comfort, normal, sports and sports-plus modes selectable from inside the cabin.

As you'd expect, BMW's active steering will brings its oft-questioned benefits to the large sedan and can now direct the rear wheels as well. BMW's flagship sedan will undoubtedly be equipped with plenty of passenger pampering features, including massaging rear seats, to go along with safety equipment like night vision, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. Of course, the now-familiar iDrive will get its latest set of enhancements in order to make its sometimes confusing interface easier to use. We'll just need to wait for our first stint behind the wheel to see how all this newfangled technology works in the real world, and check back Saturday for more official details.

BMW 7 Series High Security: 760Li


BMW have recently manufacturer two new 7 series cars, these cars have been design with security in mind and are called the BMW 760Li High Security and the 750Li High Security.

Obviously part of being a secure car also means you need to get away quickly, so BMW have provided both cars with huge engines, the BMW 750Li High Security has a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 engine which provides the car with 407 hp and 433lb-ft of torque.First Drive: 2009 BMW 750Li

The BMW 760Li High Security has a 6.0 liter twin turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine which gives the car 537hp and 533lb-ft of torque. The 760li is capable of 60 mph in 6.1 seconds which is impressive given its size and weight, both cars have an electronically limited top speed of 131mph.

When most cars become armored versions this is usually an addition not intended for the vehicle, however these cars have been designed specifically for this task, they have upgraded the suspension to account for the extra weight bullet-proof plating will add, not only this but the panels of the car are exactly the same size as the bullet-proof versions, which should allow less weak spots.
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One other feature I would like to mention is the assault alarm which has many purposes, it is capable of putting out fires under the car and also in the engine bay, not only this but if a gas attack is sensed by the car, the alarm automatically shuts the vents, raises the windows and locks the doors, following this the car then pumps in purified air.
More details on the "all-new" BMW 7 Series

Sunday, August 9, 2009

BMW Adds 2010 7-Series High Security To Armored Fleet

2010 BMW 7 Series High Security

You can try to impress us with, say, a Bugatti in your driveway, but that merely means you are rich. You’re not really important until someone wants to kill you. And that, plus a desire to travel in a certain level of style and comfort, is the reason for the latest editions of BMW high-security 7-series sedans, appropriately enough named BMW 7 Series High Security.

While a quick internet search will result in a sizeable list of automotive armor upfitters, only Mercedes-Benz and Audi also produced ballistic and explosion resistant automobiles in-house. The newest are the BMW 7 Series High Security models, the BMW 750Li and BMW 760Li, both the longer wheelbase version of the 7-series sedans, with BMW’s new twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 and newly developed V-12 respectively.

BMW claims that the 7 Series High Security models are the first in the world to meet BRV 2009 certification and new ballistic protection level VR7. If you really understand what’s entailed in those standards, you’re in a different occupation than we are. It’s sufficient to say that the armor stops some rather heavy hardware.

To do that the 7 Series High Security models receive vehicle-specific armor plating made from special steel. Armor is provided in all directions, naturally, including the doors, roof, roof pillars, front footwell and the divider between the trunk and passenger compartment. The specially-produced steel plates accurately match the body contours of the 7 Series. Door cut and body joint lines are also safely sealed. Considering the world we live in, special attention was given to making the floor explosion resistant.

The windows are new, multi-layer laminated glass 2.4-inches thick with a polycarbonate layer on the inside to prevent shattered glass from penetrating the interior.

This all adds weight, of course, but an advantage of in-house development is modifying the suspension for the extra poundage. BMW reinforces the suspension links, shocks and suspension strut top mountings and calibrates the suspension to provide BMW-like handling despite the added mass. BMW’s Dynamic Damping Control is also standard, allowing the shocks to adjust to different road surfaces.

The BMW 760Li High Security’s V-12 produces 544 hp and, importantly considering the weight, 553 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm. With BMW’s new 8-speed automatic transmission, the BMW 760Li can get to 62 mph in 6.2 seconds, according to BMW. Professor Newton would be impressed, no doubt, by getting this object from rest to motion quite so quickly.

The BMW 750Li’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, however, with a mere 407 horsepower and six-speed automatic takes 7.9 seconds for the same task.

BMW has also provided the 7 Series High Security models with upgraded high-performance brakes. Once again, what Professor Newton said about bodies in motion applies particularly to heavy armor-plated objects in motion. Run-flat tires have a separate tire pressure sensing system and special temperature sensors.

If you really want to impress us, however, you’ll go for the options. There’s the ever-popular assault alarm. Or you can talk to us without rolling down those thick windows via an intercom system with concealed microphones and speakers. You can also have under-hood and under-body fire extinguishers.

You can stop gas attacks with an automatic sensing system that closes all windows, activates central locking, closes off fresh-air ventilation and activates as needed a fresh air supply for breathable air inside the car.

And if you have the proper credentials, BMW will provide for everything from flag holders to a center console with compartments for a pair of machine guns.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

2009 IND BMW E93 Silverstone II

2009 IND BMW E93 Silverstone II

The Silverstone II E93 convertible is another proof of a unique and fresh modified car by the IND tuners. Looks like the guys at IND are really open minded and full of ideas because they achieve different and tasteful look for every single project with almost the same car model.

The main idea for the Silverstone II convertible was a beautiful M3 with a clean and subtle design which retains the BMW high class appeal.
The following Mod List was executed by the IND specialists in order to transform the factory M3 into this clean-looking beauty:

Vorsteiner Polyurethane front lip
Challenge rear diffuser
Nitto Invo tires – 255/30/20 Front and 285/30/20 Rear
BBS LM wheels – 20×9.5 Front and 20×10 Rear
Eisenmann Sport exhaust system
Rogue short shift kit
BMW Performance shift boot and knob

2009 IND BMW E93 Silverstone II
2009 IND BMW E93 Silverstone II

Sunday, August 2, 2009

BMW Sauber BMW-Sauber hoping for Brawn-style takeover


Peter Sauber, the founder of the BMW-Sauber team who last week announced they will withdraw from Formula One at the end of the season, has pledged to leave no stone unturned in his efforts to find an investor to take over.

The 65-year old Swiss sold an 80% stake in his team to BMW in 2005, but the German car manufacturer has decided a combination of poor results and the economic downturn means it can no longer afford the cost of running the operation

However, Sauber believes that the best route towards saving the team would be to find somebody who would take it over in the way Ross Brawn bought control of the Honda team after the Japanese company withdrew at the end of last season. The BMW-Sauber squad have won only a single race, Robert Kubica's victory in the 2008 Canadian grand prix.

It is understood BMW has been given until Wednesday to sign the Concorde agreement which has been signed by every other team, the FIA – motor sport's governing body – and the commercial rights holders, CVC Capital Partners, to keep the teams in Formula One until the end of 2012. If it signs, the likelihood is it has some idea of who might buy the team.

BMW catches fire in Gujarat, four burnt alive

Four persons were burnt alive when the BMW they were in rammed into a trailer on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. The victims were staff of Parsoli Motors and were out on the test drive of the car.
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The fire was caused by a short circuit after the accident. The doors of the car were locked because of the impact and none of the four could come out. The deceased have been identified as — Dipal Soni, Yasin Sheikh, Ajmal Khan and Sharad Agara — all employees of the BMW showroom on S G Highway.

Representative of BMW is expected to come to Ahmedabad on Saturday for investigations, it is learnt.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

BMW 7-Series

The first BMW 7 has been produced in 1923, the body was much more representative of Class car seventh series.

BMW 7-Series
BMW 7-Series

BMW E23 was first presented in Munich in May 1977. The car continued the tradition of the body E3 (super saloon 3.0L-3.3L). The design was taken from the same shortly before emerging sport-coupe E24. The presentation of car dubbed as "future-machine today." BMW E23 developed the details of construction within five years. A month later, the first cars E23 left the conveyor. They have become models 728, 730 and 733i.

BMW 745

BMW 745
BMW 7-Series

By the time fired E23, the level of any new items such class was determined to "sense limousine", or Mercedes-Benz S-class (then a series of W116). The solid appearance "Bavarian limousines with a typical built-in radiator grille with a negative slope (for the model was called shark), and extensive luggage 640-litre (due to back looked overly cumbersome), seemed to have the 7th series is the possibility to withstand public scrutiny, but the suspension came too soft (the car is not well kept road), and serial equipment cabin actually was not quite luxurious.

BMW 7 E23

BMW 7 E23
BMW 7-Series

Nevertheless, while E23 is responsible for providing a top-class car pastors : spacious layout with a different head or anatomical seats (least-leather), which in modern terms is still lacking in lateral support, quality upholstery doors and ceilings, good lighting showroom, traditionally comfortable driving up the place and the high level of sound insulation.

BMW 7-Series

BMW 7 Series
BMW 7-Series

Engines for the big (4860h1800h1430 mm) and heavy (2050 kg) were rather weak for a sedan. Line with Solex carburetor "Six M30-V28 on the model 728 and M30-V30 730-y to develop power 170 and 184 hp respectively, and with the injection M30-V32 L-Jetronic model 732i and 733i-197 hp

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BMW 7-Series

BMW 7-Series

M30-V28 a year equipped the same injection system that capacity it added. These engines apparently were not enough to compete with powerful model Mercedes-Benz. The problem of trying to decide, firing in July 1979, the flagship model series 7th-745i Turbo with 3,2-litre 252-strong M30-V32/tb with turbocharged engine. The maximum speed increased to 227 km / h and time to disperse hundreds of 7,9 sec. Two months later, went into production model 735i, which have power plant M30-V35 3,5-litre power of 217 hp. and 3,4-litre M30-V34 modification of the same capacity. The latter, in May 1983, had been a model 745i, and its 252-srong turbocharged M30-V34/tb to model 745i Turbo.

BMW 7-Series
BMW 7-Series

In 1982, saloon was modified. Design torpedo and instrument panels is taken from a newly created body E28 fifth series. Also among the innovations note was Check-control, LED TO time (service indicator), and fuel metering.

BMW 7-Series Interior

BMW 7 E65
BMW 7-Series

Upgraded suspension, and also to a lesser extent, the body (Wang became less convex and not speak from a radiator), altered rear lamps, and the lower spoiler lengthened by plastic skirts. At the same time, added to the already high levels of active safety, furnishing all-wheel disc brakes with ABS and another amplifier, in combination with variable hydraulic steering effort (with a reduction of the high-speed) pulled the security model for the best of that time positions.

2009 BMW 7-Series Engine

2009 BMW 7-Series Engine
BMW 7-Series

These engines, as well as MZO-V28 have in the future and even the most tenacious in service. But feature BMW 745i, a combination of turbo charging and "thoughtful" automatic transmission has rather than pleasant. SCR is doing all that and much more car was fast and powerful, and automatic, on the other hand, tries to make it sluggish and voracious.

BMW 7-Series

The resource machine with long service on our roads is rapidly decreasing, that over time becomes a major problem for the family budget. It is therefore necessary to accurately determine how long a car operating in Russia. This is all the more reason, therefore, that more than half the owners "sharks" picked her to "turn" a BMW-not to bad roads, ignorance and poor service maintenance, whether tailored parts of the domestic car or questionable 93rd gasoline. For this series BMW 7th Army frigates enough problem keeping running gear.

BMW 7-Series

Shaky because of the refusal of one or more cylinders the engine, transmission problems, especially auto, and breached the pole / collapse adversely affect the preservation of monocoque construction. Unlike American bodies and smuggle car with the profile developed by rigid torsion steel frame, the 7th BMW series (E23) applied load platform, fatigue destruction which average mileage an average of 30 thousand km at the most machines have to know about fully. But speculators are, and that sometimes the owners do not exploit the Western and car so much more intensively, and after simple procedures for a job well sure car market requested copies of significantly higher value. For example, the actual wear and car pastors of 1986 may be 90%, and even if there are many "bloat" from the Audio and ending with modern alarm, it is thought, but this flea-pit previous owners may have to invest money and nerves and whether to hold them all.

BMW 7-Series

The new generation of BMW 7th series (E32) submitted in September 1986. The model demonstrated significant progress in improving the company's BMW technology and cultural production and thus became a challenge with its flagship Mercedes-Benz S-class (then W126), producing a veritable explosion at the luxury market and smuggle V-so different from the hapless predecessor (E23) and other competitors, asking for a new standard in its class manageability and almost sports dynamics.

BMW 7-Series

Later, and for Eastern European countries became parables in town. Its image was equally tightly linked to the "new Russians", "heroes" of primary capital accumulation. Nevertheless, here for the G-established image of a dynamic and even somewhat more sports and car pastors.

BMW 7-Series

First-model 735i with a row UD6 3,4-litre soil engine power of 220 hp (211 hp with a catalytic converter). Quality assembly body excellent, and much of this, as well as high-tech soil engine cabin noise is very low. Passengers seated in a comfortable rear seat (not from leather, velour upholstery and Gobelin) may even collapse posture leg to leg. The devices provide for their time of great progress on the security and ergonomics. The predecessor many different switches and indicators were "a bunch" of novelty, they dispersed and more evenly distributed throughout the area of the dashboard, depending on the value.

BMW 7-Series

In March 1987, the debut model 730i with 3,0-litre 188-strong engine, which, as "M735" has been packaged by 5-step mechanical gearbox or automatic transmission with hydro transformer. The performance of both types of CVD vary, but if there is a choice, the experts advise select the machine mechanics, as operating costs of the machine incomparably higher. Furthermore, the model of the early issues from the crowded automatic transmission oil can enter the hot exhaust pipe, and then the entire car.

BMW 7-Series

Worth knowing that the models are equipped with a computer, not just higher fuel consumption, but slightly worse dynamic performance. For example, to disperse hundreds of models to the BMW series with the seventh automatic 1,0-1,6 to spend more than a month with mechanical MP. Go to the oncoming lane while overtaking it may do a disservice.

BMW 7-Series

In September, arm before long by 115 mm version 750iL, which is the first of its class to build machines only automatic transmission. Because of the high torque (450 Nm at 4,100 rpm) new 300-strong 5,0-litre VI 2 engine acceleration to 100 km / h ranged from 7.4, but the mass of vehicles was less than 2.3 tons.

BMW 7-Series

Excellent dynamic quality, stable selection in the direction of movement of inertia, excellent informative and reliable braking system with amplifier, mild alarm, amazing work suspension, however, the level of active and passive safety only with the passage of time has reached the proper level (only since September 1989 on luxury models 750i began to establish a cost Control System), but the fire was never in danger rear area.

BMW 7-Series

However, the development of small models is not stopped. Thus, in March 1992-go year 730i and 740i models are equipped with V8 engines (previously one of the shortcomings row M6 was unnecessary, so-called, second-order vibration). In general, all these engines uneconomic enough, especially in urban driving conditions (from 14.9 to 17.9 l/100 km). The maximum speed of 222 to 250 km / h depending on the engine.

BMW 7-Series

Because the models of 7th series (E32 series is) very cheap in the market for used cars, as well as in the West, many buyers do not want to be burdened with high taxes and maintenance costs. Therefore, it is possible to obtain much more magnificent car for relatively little money. However, please note that a much more the car requires only high-quality oil and trained (very cheap) care.

BMW 7-Series

Large and very comfortable sedan BMW class 7th series underwent another upgrade (new index E38), in June 1994.

BMW 7-Series

The third generation of BMW sedans class "luxury" was first made in 1995.

BMW 7-Series

The body became more streamlined headlamp united in a common bloc with glass instead of the previous separate round. Looks are now much more faster and car classmates: low hood Nelson brand "Truth" radiator grilles, big glasses. In general the company has not fundamentally changed Styling one of the best of its models, but the richness of the updated car pastors and various electronic systems, such as dynamic control DSC, which combines Traction control and navigation system (ASC + T) help manage this very heavy (gross weight to 2500 kg) and large (4985/5125h1860h1435 mm) sedan has been received enthusiastic buyers.

BMW 7-Series

Among assembles electronic-adaptive automatic transmission (AGS) to modify the algorithm shift depending on the motion, and the electronic engine control ELM. ECS using electronic controls rigidity buffers. BMW 7th series has maintained a unique combination of comfort, speed and excellent sports such a big car pastors and manageability, thus circumventing finally S-class Mercedes-Benz sales.

BMW 7-Series

The security systems, including additional side airbags, automatic height adjustable safety belts, etc., the price of a car pastors risen to 10% and finally moved the company into a flagship vehicle for investment. Grand saloon (the abundance of high-quality leather and wood finishing valuable species), in which passengers in the rear seats can even pull and stretch your legs (especially long at 140 mm versions IL).

BMW 7-Series

Sedan distinguishes room (500 litres), and very comfortable with the low edge of the boot. The options included such fun as heated steering wheel rim, GPS satellite navigation system, a TV monitor and a high-quality brand BMW top Hi-Fi audio system with ten speakers and 6 CD to drive in the boot. Unfortunate disadvantage of a limited review of the rear (because of the high head back row), did not seem inconsequential when maneuvering in crowded urban settings. The only because long wheel base must carefully handle through road humps and kerbs (by the way, cracks and scratches to be found at the threshold, you can find out exactly how the machine operated).

BMW 7-Series

BMW 7 series released in the following options: 725tdi, 730d, 730i, 735i, 740i, 740iL, 750iL, 740iL and 750iL Protection Protection. In September 1994, buyers had been proposed model 750i with 5,4-litrovym engine power is brought to 326 hp and the most economical in the world scheme V12 power unit (16.8 l/100 km in the urban cycle). Since that, time offered extended to 13 cm version 740iL and 750iL with body limousine. BMW 750iL more broadly of Park Distance Control, 5-step automatic, self-suspension, cellular phone with voice dialing, heated front and rear seats, audio, consisting of 14 speakers, with an output of 440 W and aluminum disks.

BMW 7-Series

The ventilation and temperature control allows you to set different environment for the driver and passenger front and rear seats. 740iL sedans offered with 6-stupenchatoy mechanical gearbox or automatic transmission. Models 740iL and 750iL can be ordered in performance Protection. Their body and glass withstand bullets short of small arms. The machine is equipped with standard sound buses, which run in a position you can get up to 250 km at a speed of 80 km / h. The order can be equipped with electronic tracking air pressure in the tires (TRW).

BMW 7-Series

BMW 7th series also offered to extend by 38 cm (BMW 750iXL). The additional space provided rear passengers, which could almost pull legs. Here, surely, is a luxury. Your "Bimmer" kept the entire family benefits - excellent dynamics and control. The flagship V12, develops 326 forces limousine accelerated to hundreds six seconds with a minor.

BMW 7-Series

The ride BMW engineers have found a compromise between handling and comfort. Yes, raw direct motorways can be in any of the German champions, but BMW is a great addition to the winding roads.

BMW 7-Series

V 32- valves G8 capacity of 3.0 litres (218 hp) and 4.0 litres (286 hp) for the 730i and 740i models, supplemented in September 1995 aluminum row 2,8-litre "Six" power of 193 hp, in March 1996-go replaced by more economical V8 :3,5-litre 235-strong, in the urban cycle saves to 1.5 litres/100 kilometres, and thus fuel consumption does not exceed 14.2 l/100 km, and the excellent new 4,4-litre 286-strong not as economical as it was with excellent dynamic properties, which are considered a major indicator of the Bavarian brand. At the same time, save for those (mainly offices, sitting out a car befell the drivers) have mastered model 725tds with 2,5-litre143-strong turbo diesel direct injection. Even later diversified into 4-litre turbo diesel capacity of 240 horsepower, which now applies to 740d models.