2011 BMW M3 Coupe DCT on track at New Jersey Motorsports Park
Motor Authority drives the 2011 BMW M3 Coupe with dual clutch transmission
(DCT) on the Lightning track at New Jersey Motorsports Park during BMW's
Group Launch, May 11-12, 2010.
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2011 BMW 335is Coupe six-speed manual on track at New Jersey Motorsports Park
Motor Authority drives the 2011 BMW 335is Coupe with six-speed manual
transmission on the Lightning track at New Jersey Motorsports Park during
BMW's Group Launch, May 11-12, 2010.
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Bentley EXP 9 F SUV concept hits the road
Fresh from a debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Bentley's EXP 9 F SUV
concept is seen in motion for the first time. The concept highlights
Bentley's intent to build the fastest and most luxurious SUV in the world,
though its styling has left opinions divided and will be changed somewhat
before production starts.
Avalon Charging System Qi
Randy Stephens, chief engineer of the 2013 Toyota Avalon, and engineers
Nick Sitarski and Sergei Gage, outline and demonstrate the Qi Wireless
Charging System system offered in the Avalon.
BMW 1M Akrapovic Ride & Killer Sound : Absolute Beast
During Top Marques Monaco 2014, I had a ride in that insane BMW 1M. Not any
1M : this one has been tuned to 420hp and fitted with an Akrapovic Exhaust.
The sounds need no description, it's just really loud and beautiful.
Akrapovic doesn't make just noise like other Exhaust makers, they make beautiful sounds.
With 420hp and a manual gearbox, this little BMW 1M really is a driver's
car. Powerful and loud, it handles very well!
This was probably my favourite car of the 2014 Top Marques.
Thanks a lot to Dijon Auto Racing, the only official Akrapovic dealership
in France ; they also can reprogram the ECU and performance parts for your
Go check their website here : http://www.dijonautoracing.fr/
and Akrapovic products here : http://www.akrapovic.com/
Thanks also to Montpellier Auto Racing, that makes the same kind of job but
in Montpellier, France.
Go check their website here : https://www.montpellierautoracing.fr/
2014 BMW i8 Review
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What's New for 2014
The 2014 BMW i8 is an all-new model.
Based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car shown a few years
ago, the 2014 BMW i8 represents the German automaker's vision of a
high-performance plug-in hybrid. If this is what the future looks like,
sign us up. Zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds? A full charge in three hours
from a regular garage outlet? Approximately 95 mpg? Yes, please.
For the i8, BMW chops its classic 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine
formula in half. The i8 uses a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder
paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. The
three-cylinder drives the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic
transmission, while the electric motor powers the front wheels through a
The engine and electric motor combine for 362 horsepower, 420 pound-feet
of torque and all-wheel-drive performance, all integrated into a chassis
that is 10 pounds lighter and 1.5 inches longer than the 3 Series. The i8
also delivers stellar handling thanks to 50/50 weight distribution and a
low, centrally mounted battery pack, although standard 20-inch wheels seem
like a suspect choice for maximizing corner-to-corner performance.
BMW says the i8 can also travel 22 miles and reach a top speed of 75 mph on
electrons alone. Uncorked with the gasoline engine in the lead, it will
reach a top speed of 155 mph. Sounds like a pretty good future to us.
Lightweight construction helps bring lofty performance within reach,
notably an aluminum chassis, chemically hardened glass (similar to that
used in smartphones) and extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced panels
within the 2+2 passenger cabin. Those plus-2 rear seats are small, however,
smaller than even a Porsche 911's, and are best considered auxiliary
luggage space. Even settling into the front seats requires some practice
given its unique scissor-lift-style doors.
We drove a recent i8 prototype and found the i8's easy thrust in
all-electric mode a close match for the Tesla Model S. In its Sport mode
(there are also Comfort and Eco Pro settings), the i8 further awakens,
feeling light, agile and averse to body roll. The hybrid never quite
overwhelms with acceleration, but it also never feels winded, the electric
motor's torque nicely covering for the small turbo as the latter winds up to deliver its power
Whatever the i8 lacks in competitive performance, it won't lack for style.
Its low-slung profile is punctuated by standard U-shaped LED headlights.
You can even order the i8 with laser headlights where regulations allow
(sorry, U.S. shoppers). Inside, a multitiered and layered cockpit design
uses recycled materials and naturally treated leather for upholstery and
panel surfaces Like the smaller i3 electric car, the i8 will offer three
trim levels -- Mega, Giga and Tera -- all with varying degrees of sport and
The 2014 BMW i8 arrives in the spring and starts around $136,000. That's
well above its most obvious target, the Tesla Model S, and that kind of
money also buys a lot of Porsche 911. Performance aficionados won't likely
be swayed and may even look across the BMW lineup to the "M" cars. But for
the hybrid buyer seeking power, performance and efficiency through a lower
profile, the 2014 BMW i8 presents a unique choice.
Check back for more information on the 2014 BMW i8, including specs,
driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.
Car test BMW 135i
In an automobile industry more and more politically correct some carmakers
are resisting. For BMW, sport models are a technological show piece. While
the M3 has been an icon for years, the coupe version of the 1 Series has
little to be jealous of.
COBB Tuning - Dyno 314 WHP / 363 WTQ - 2009 BMW 135i - COBB Tuning Plano
314 WHP / 363 WTQ 2009 BMW 135i baselined at COBB Tuning's facilities in
Plano, TX. Using the COBB AccessPort Stage 1 OTS map on 93 octane gasoline.
Primary Power Modifications:
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BMW 135i Road Test
Watch our BMW 135i Road Test with this video from Consumer Reports. Get
more car info on our website:
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/index.htm The BMW 135i is small
inside and not cheap, but we found it simply a joy to drive.
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