BMW M3 Competition SMG Coupe--Chicago Cars Direct
Detailed walkaround and test drive of a 2006 BMW M3 Competition Coupe with
SMG Transmission presented by Chris Moran of Chicago Cars Direct.
With colors like Laguna Seca Blue and Imola Red, there's no question as to
where the BMW M3's aspirations lie. These famous racetracks would be
fitting playgrounds for any car that promises such stratospheric levels of
power and handling.
Whether blasting up Tamburello at Imola or diving into the corkscrew at
Laguna Seca, few cars in the world could attack a road course with the
tenacity of those wearing the "M" badge of BMW's Motorsport division. Until
the 2001 model year, we had to deal with the fact that as much as we loved
those Motorsport machines, our European counterparts were getting versions
far more powerful than ours. Their M3s boasted 317 horsepower, while ours made
do with just 240. Not that we were complaining.
Even with its detuned engine, the previous-generation M3 was still one of
the best performance coupes available anywhere. But the grass is always
greener on the other side, and U.S. enthusiasts couldn't help but wonder
just how much better the M3 was in its Euro-spec trim. With the
introduction of the current-generation BMW M3 for the 2001 model year,
drivers had to wonder no more. The M3 is now the same whether you buy it in
Stuttgart or San Francisco. Better yet, it's been blessed with an even more
powerful 333-hp engine, a sturdier, more responsive suspension and slinkier
bodywork that, we think, makes it one of the most stunning cars on the
Like so many ultrahigh-performance cars of today, finding the limit of the
M3's abilities takes more than just an empty road and the guts to hold the
pedal down longer than usual. Fortunately, the 2006 BMW M3 gets along just
fine in suburban environments, though be forewarned that the ride walks a
very fine line between all-out performance and day-to-day drivability.
Enthusiasts will find it pleasantly firm, but poseurs had better hold on to
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2006 BMW M3 in offered in both coupe and convertible form. Standard
features on the coupe include 18-inch wheels with Z-rated rubber, automatic
climate control, 10-way adjustable sport seats, leather and cloth
upholstery, one-touch power windows, heated power mirrors, a CD player, an
auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and
keyless entry. The convertible adds power seat adjustments and full leather
upholstery; these items are optional on the coupe. Additionally, the drop
top comes with a fully automatic soft top (with heated rear glass); a
removable hardtop is available. There are a number of option packages
available, the most interesting of these being the Competition Package,
which outfits the coupe with some of the performance upgrades from the
coveted European-market M3 CSL, including 19-inch forged alloy wheels,
larger Michelin tires, stiffer shocks and springs, a quicker steering
ratio, upgraded brake pads and rotors, a less intrusive M Track mode for
the stability control system, and unique Alcantara and aluminum interior
trim. Choosing this package deletes cruise control and steering wheel audio
controls. Among the other extras are a sunroof, seat heaters, HID
headlights, a navigation system, a premium sound system, parking sensors,
BMW Assist and an alarm system.
Powertrains and Performance
The BMW M3 is propelled by a potent 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine rated at
333 horsepower and
262 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard,
while a six-speed sequential manual gearbox (SMG) is offered as an option.
The SMG offers both manual and automatic driving modes, and although it is
by definition a manual transmission, its clutch is electronically
controlled, such that there's no clutch pedal. Drivers can use either
steering column-mounted paddles or the shift lever to change gears in
manual mode. Unlike other systems, SMG allows you to alter the quickness of
the shifts, and in its most aggressive shift program, it's said to be faster than Ferrari's Formula One
Safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control,
front side-impact airbags, head curtain airbags for the front (coupe only)
and a rollover protection system (convertible only); rear side-impact bags
are optional. The BMW 3 Series earned a "Good" rating from the IIHS in
40-mph frontal-offset crash testing.
2004 BMW X5 4.8is Start Up, Exhaust, In Depth Tour, and Short Test Drive
In this video I give a full in depth tour of a 2004 BMW X5 4.8is. I take
viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this suv while
showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling cues
to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it, start
it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. I also take it for a brief
test drive and show how it is on the road. A thorough tour/review of this
suv designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
BTW there are many other features of the X5 I was not able to show such,
this vehicle is loaded, I will give you the best overview that I can in the
time I have.
If you want to know more info about this X5, check out their website here
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
BMW X5 Air Suspension waking up!
Let the car sleeping with the suspension on "access mode". In the morning,
press and hold the alarm button to unlock the door. All windows will open,
then the air suspension wake up too. Hope you like!
BMW X5 v. Range Rover Sport @ the BIC
Watch the BMW X5 take to the tarmac and battle it out against the Range
Rover Sport at the BIC. Make sure you didn't miss the X5 get sideways on
the dirt as it took the fight to the Polaris RZR 900 and a rally Gypsy...
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs BMW X5 M vs Porsche Cayenne GTS 0-60 MPH Mashup Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The brand new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and
the BMW X5M and the Porsche Cayenne GTS are three of the fastest and most
powerful SUVs that you can buy today. All three of these cars are faster than many modern sports cars.
Combined, they have almost 1500 horsepower. But of course we
wanted to know which of these powerful vehicles is the fastest from 0-60
MPH. In another fun and exclusive TFLcar comparison Mashup review we test
the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs BMW X5 M vs Porsche Cayenne GTS from
0-60 MPH to find out which fast SUV is the king of the hill...at least when
it comes to acceleration.
FYI: The Jeep Week Videos include:
1) Jeeps in the snow
2) Wrangler On-Road Review
3) 2014 SRT Grand Cherokee on Austin F1 Track
4) 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee off-road Review
5) 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel Review
6) 0-60 MPH Mashup New SRT Grand Cherokee vs BMW X5M vs Porsche Cheyenne
7) 2013 Jeep Wrangler Snow Drive review
► The BMW i8 Production
BMW i8 deliveries to customers starting in June.
Plug-in hybrid system developed and produced by the BMW Group represents
the latest development stage of Efficient Dynamics; debut for
three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower turbo technology, displacement: 1.5 litres,
output: 170 kW/231 hp, maximum torque: 320 Nm (236 lb-ft); power sent
to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox; model-specific hybrid
synchronous electric motor, output: 96 kW/131 hp, maximum torque: 250 Nm
(184 lb-ft); power channelled through the front wheels via a two-stage
automatic transmission; lithium-ion high-voltage battery with liquid
cooling and usable capacity of 5 kWh.
Combination of BMW TwinPower turbo and
BMW eDrive technology plus intelligent energy management produce system
output of 266 kW/362 hp (max. torque: 570 Nm / 420 lb-ft) and give the
BMW i8 the performance characteristics of a pure-bred sports car (0 --
100 km/h / 62 mph in 4.4 seconds) combined with fuel economy and
emissions figures more familiar from a small car (EU fuel consumption:
2.5 litres per 100 km / 113 mpg imp); "glued-to-the-road" AWD driving
experience with torque distribution geared towards optimised dynamics.
Driving Experience Control switch and eDrive button allow driver to choose
from five driving modes; range of up to 35 kilometres (22 miles) on
electric power alone and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph); COMFORT mode
offers optimum balance between dynamics and efficiency; combined range in
everyday conditions: over 500 kilometres (310 miles); SPORT mode with
ultra-intense Boost function
provided by the electric motor; ECO PRO mode can be used in both
all-electric mode and hybrid mode.
Sophisticated chassis technology featuring a double-wishbone front axle and
a five-link rear axle; Electric Power Steering; Dynamic Damper Control
comes as standard; 20-inch light-alloy wheels are standard, carbon wheels
Emotion-led visual impression based around established BMW i design
language; classical sports car proportions and fresh interpretation of BMW
design features; doors open upwards like wings; clean lines, plus surface
design (external and internal) based on the layering principle; full-LED
headlights as standard, innovative laser headlights -- unique worldwide --
available as an option.
Intelligent lightweight construction with elements including a CFRP
passenger cell, doors with a CFRP-aluminium structure, an instrument panel
with magnesium support, an aluminium chassis and a partition between the
passenger compartment and boot made from thin glass; comprehensive safety
concept and an ultra-torsionally stiff passenger cell.
Extensive standard equipment includes the Navigation system Professional
with proactive drive system for all-electric driving, fully-digital
instrument display, BMW iDrive with freestanding Control Display and
leather sports seats; choice of four exterior paint finishes and four
interior equipment variants.
Wide range of BMW ConnectedDrive features: Park Distance Control, cruise
control system with braking function, rain sensor and Intelligent Emergency
Call function as standard; optional driver assistance package with High
Beam Assistant, a rear view camera, Surround View, Speed Limit Info
including No Passing Info display, and Collision Warning with pedestrian
recognition and braking function; also available are the Head-Up Display,
BMW Online Entertainment, Concierge Services, Real Time Traffic
Information and mobility services developed specifically for BMW i, e.g.
intermodal route guidance.
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