Petrol BMW M3 vs diesel Alpina D3 - fast saloon showdown
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Steve Sutcliffe has the keys to two very fast versions of the BMW 3-series:
the 435bhp petrol BMW M3 and the 345bhp diesel Alpina D3. Should you
satisfy your high-performance saloon cravings with a petrol or a diesel
engine? Let's find out.
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New BMW 1 Series - Interior / Design & Driving [HD]
The second generation of the BMW 1 Series offers state-of-the-art engine
and suspension technology, further improvements in fuel efficiency,
significantly more space and an innovative range of features and equipment.
Still the only rear-wheel-driven car in its class, it builds on the
strengths of its predecessor, which has already sold more than one million
units worldwide. The body of the new BMW 1 Series is 85 millimetres longer
than its predecessor, at 4,324 millimetres, while the wheelbase has widened
by 30 millimetres to 2,690 millimetres. The car also looks more powerful
because its overall width has increased by 17 millimetres to 1,765
millimetres (due to an increase in track of 51 millimetres at the front and
72 millimetres at the rear), whereas its height remains unchanged at 1,421
millimetres. The rear seats have 21 millimetres more legroom, and the
luggage compartment has expanded by 30 litres to 360 litres.
► 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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BMW E82 S54 Turbo DYNO ACCIDENT !
Brand new tire explodes and rippes of bodypanel on an BMW 1 series Coupe
E82 S54 turbo during a Dyno session.
3rd pull after warmup and the tire just let go. Luckily no one got hurt.
But it sure made for a spectacular clip :)
Driving the BMW 1M Coupe with Milltek on Track
In this video you can see a BMW 1 Series ///M Coupe fitted with KW
suspension and Milltek Sport performance Exhaust system driving at Franciacorta
international circuit during Cars VS Chrono event.
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