2005 BMW X5 4.4L V8 Start Up & Rev With Exhaust View - 84K
2005 BMW X5 4.4i
This has a 4.4L V8 making 315 HP while paired to a 6 Speed Auto. So this
is a pretty decent combo.
I have never been much a fan of X5's of this generation. The smallest road
imperfection is made into a huge deal so the ride can become choppy. I find
that the vertical travel of the rear suspension is very short as the rear
makes this hoppy or Jouncy feeling which is very uncomfortable. The Seats
are very hard & more so in the back seat, so these can become very tiresome
on long drives.
If you like X5's, best go for the V8 version.
I have driven dozens of 2001-2006 X5 3.0i's. The 3.0i is one of BMW's best
engines but it's too underpowered to propel this small but heavy SUV. The
5 Speed Auto used in the 3.0i hasn't proven too reliable and it is very
clumsy. Sometimes shifts can be smooth, Hard, Abrupt, it's just
2010 Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept
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At the 2010 Los Angeles Design Challenge, the designers from the
Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California, surprised
everyone with a revolutionary vision. Taking their inspiration from nature,
they designed a vehicle which is fully integrated into the ecosystem, from
the moment of its creation right through to the end of its service life.
The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept grows in a completely organic environment
from seeds sown in a nursery. Out on the road the car emits pure oxygen,
and at the end of its lifespan it can be simply composted or used as
"As the inventor of the motor car, we wanted to illustrate the vision of
the perfect vehicle of the future, which is created and functions in
complete symbiosis with nature. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is a
natural technology hybrid, and forms part of our earth's ecosystem. It
grows and thrives like the leaves on a tree" according to Hubert Lee, Head
of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad. This year the
competition had called for the creation of a vision of a safe and
comfortable 2+2 compact car featuring good handling and a first-class
design, and weighing only 1,000 lbs (around 454 kg/kerb weight).
Mercedes-Benz symbiosis - a partnership with nature
The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept symbiosis vehicle is made from an
ultralight material called BioFibre and tips the scales at just 875.5 lbs
(around 394 kg). This material is significantly lighter than metal or
plastic, yet more robust than steel. BioFibre is grown from proprietary DNA
in the Mercedes-Benz nursery, where it collects energy from the sun and
stores it in a liquid chemical bond called BioNectar4534. As part of this
process, the vehicle is created from two seeds: The interior of the BIOME
grows from the DNA in the Mercedes star on the front of the vehicle, while
the exterior grows from the star on the rear. To accommodate specific
customer requirements, the Mercedes star is genetically engineered in each
case, and the vehicle "grows" when the genetic code is combined with the
seed capsule. The wheels are grown from four separate seeds.
The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is powered by BioNectar4534, which is
stored in the BioFibre material of the chassis, interior, and wheels. In
addition, Mercedes-Benz has developed a technology to equip trees with
special receptors which can collect the excess solar energy and turn it
into BioNectar4534. This creates a direct link with nature's energy sources
and acts as an incentive to cover mobility energy requirements through more
trees and at the same time maintain natural resources. Like plants, the
Mercedes-Benz symbiosis vehicle also produces oxygen, thereby contributing
to improving air quality. At the end of its service life, the Mercedes-Benz
BIOME can be fully composted or used as building material. Thanks to the
exclusive use of green technologies, the BIOME vehicle thus blends
seamlessly into the ecosystem.
BMW 525 -94 0-180 km/h
This BMW 525 -94 was tested in Uppsala (Sweden) 2006. The car has a chip
installed which suppose to give +15 hp (original 192 hp). I don´t know if
that´s true but you can judge for yourselves...