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BMW E30 Hillclimber Has E46 M3 Engine Revving To 9,600 RPM 12
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Engine Swaps, Motorsport, racing, tuning, video on 11 12th, 2017

When you combine a BMW E30 with a tuned E46 M3 engine revving to 9,600 rpm, the results are truly phenomenal, as this video proves.

This E30 competes in the Lebanese Hillclimb Championship and absolutely dominates the rear-wheel drive class. It’s not hard to see why.

Sitting beneath the featherweight bodywork of the 3-Series is the S54 straight-six engine out of the E46 M3. However, this powertrain has been heavily upgraded, destroked, delivers 440 hp and now revs to a mesmerizing 9,600 rpm. It is also one of the best sounding six-cylinders we’ve ever heard.

Filmed here at a couple of stages during this year’s championship, the car looks like the perfect package to fire up twisting roads with pin-point precision. The driver, Naoum Oneissy, is also able to extract the most out of the car by expertly reaching the limits of its grip and staying there.


Watch A BMW 7-Series Hacked Back From The Dead 11
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW Videos, video on 11 11th, 2017

Knowing how expensive it can be to repair badly damaged cars, most insurance company’s write-off a car before sending it to a body shop, even if the car has a tiny crack in the frame.

However, there are some cars on the streets which have been crushed and crumpled yet somehow repaired to look brand new. Being well-versed with a hammer and not much else when it comes to working on a car, we’ve always wondered what it takes to perform such a repair. The video below shows just that.

Posted online by a man named Arthur Tussik, this 20-minute video details the 27-day repair of a BMW 7-Series that came into his shop with extreme damage to the front and side.

Throughout the clip, we see Tussik restore life to the 7-Series like a brain surgeon in an operating theater. From straightening out the BMW’s crash structure and somehow re-shaping the crumpled body, Tussik literally gives this 7-Series a new lease on life.

Inevitably, the repaired car isn’t as structurally sound as a new car so we wouldn’t recommend purchasing a vehicle that’s suffered so much damage in a previous life. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see what decades of experience of auto body repair can do.


Tuned BMW M3 Impresses During 1/2 Mile Race 11
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, tuning, video on 11 11th, 2017

With the likes of the McLaren 720S, Dodge Demon and Huracan Performante hugging all the spotlight, older icons such as the BMW M3 are starting to look like unsung heroes.

Take this one for example, a modified F80 M3 whose heart beats to the tune of 590 HP and 810 Nm (597 lb-ft) of torque. That’s more torque, and almost as much horsepower as the all-new 2018 M5.

Yet, the M3 is lighter than an M5, which is good news for the owner of this car, because he managed to put up some pretty impressive numbers during a recent 1/2 mile event in Germany.

Aside from looking pretty and sounding angry thanks to its decatted titanium exhaust system, the car managed to cover the 1/2 mile in 18.85 seconds, reaching a top speed of 258.11 km/h (160.38 mph).

To put this into perspective, imagine that it’s close to what you’d be able to do with a stock Ferrari F12berlinetta. In fact, it’s not far off the pace of other exotics like the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 either.


You Can Virtually Explore BMW’s New X2 With Microsoft’s HoloLens 10
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X2, Tech, video on 11 10th, 2017

BMW and Microsoft have teamed up to create a unique promotional experience to celebrate the launch of the X2.

The promotion centers on a mixed reality application called the BMW X2 Holo Experience. It runs on the Microsoft HoloLens and allows users to experience “fun challenges” such as guiding the crossover out of a maze or giving the model a unique paint job.

The X2 Holo Experience will be available at select BMW dealerships as well as private events and BMW brand experience centers. Visitors will be able to take a holographic selfie with the car and then take a test drive of the real model.

According to BMW communications boss Uwe Dreher, “The X2 will appeal to a relatively new, young and digitally-savvy target group that is also looking for unique and contemporary experiences from communications. The Holo Experience delivers the desired technical wow-effect, which we hope will maximize our appeal to this target group in a fun and entertaining way, using innovative technology.”

The BMW X2 was unveiled last month and it resembles a large hatchback instead of a traditional crossover. In Europe, the model will be offered with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that develops 192 PS (141 kW) and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque as well as a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with outputs of 190 PS (140 kW) and 231 PS (170 kW).

U.S. customers can look forward to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 228 hp (170 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.


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BMW M Teaches Us How To Drift 9
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M, BMW M4, BMW Videos, drifting, video on 11 9th, 2017

In case you didn’t know what BMW M drivers love most about their cars, the Bavarian sub-brand is more than willing to provide us with a reminder.

It all starts with turning the DSC off, which you press and hold for 3-4 seconds until the car indicates that the system has been disabled.

Next, once you initiate the drift (at 15-20 km/h or up to 12 mph ), BMW M recommends using the second gear, especially if you’re driving an M3 or an M4, in order to use the torque properly. By the way, to start the slide, you only need to give the accelerator a quick tap if you’re already on a slippery surface.

The BMW M instructor also explains how it’s very important to take your foot off the accelerator immediately after the rear of the car has stepped out. This is a common mistake for some people, as they forget to lift off once the drift has been initiated, applying continuous power.

The rest of the video is pretty straight forward, extremely informative and detailed. It’s a good tutorial, and we recommend it to anybody who’s looking to learn how to drift their car – preferably in a safe and non-populated area.


Stock BMW 1M Coupe Hits The Drag Strip, Sounds Delicious 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW M1, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, video on 11 9th, 2017

Prior to the M2 Coupe’s development, BMW had the 1M around, in a limited production version that in some ways, reminded enthusiasts of the E30 M3.

Based on its hatch 135i sibling, the compact model wears the ‘1M’ badge instead of the ‘M1’ to avoid confusion with the legendary sports car designed by Giugiaro, made from 1978 to 1981.

Over the years, the 1M Coupe has proved its skills by taking on some powerful machines, putting its 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six engine to work, developing 335 horses and 332 pound-feet (450Nm) of torque. That is enough to propel it from 0 to 62mph (100km/h) in 4.9sec, and up to a top speed that’s electronically limited at 155mph (250km/h).

Although the powerful M car has become a collector’s item, reaching close to $60,000 on the used car market, some of the 6,309 examples continue to be put through their paces at various events. The latest one was captured on video during the Race 1000, in Germany, where it did a few fast runs, to the delight of the audience, making some sweet music along the way.


BMW’s New C 400 X Has Only One Cylinder But Plenty Of Tech 8
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW Videos, motorcycles, video on 11 8th, 2017

BMW makes engines ranging from two cylinders all the way up to twelve. This latest addition to the lineup, however, has just one cylinder.

It’s the new C 400 X, which joins the BMW Motorrad lineup as the smaller counterpart to the larger C 600 Sport and C 650 GT.

Unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, the C 400 X is a mid-size urban commuter scooter. At its heart sits a 350cc single-cylinder engine good for 34 horsepower and mated to a continuously variable transmission.

Don’t let those humble specifications fool you, though: BMW has packed the C 400 X with modern technologies. It features electronic fuel injection, stability control, antilock brakes, and LED lighting.

Buyers will be able to specify fiber-optic daytime riding lights and a 6.5-inch color touchscreen display as well, and between Alpine White and metallic Zenith Blue paintjobs, with grey and black or red and black seats to give it a dynamic look.

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New BMW M3 CS Official Launch Film Is Very Motivational 8
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M3, BMW Videos, commercials, new cars, video on 11 8th, 2017

Name your hobby and what gets you going in the morning, and BMW probably has a car for that, with the latest one, the M3 CS, aimed at breaking boundaries.

Part of their M family, it’s the most powerful stock M3 ever, and it follows hot on the heels of the M4 CS, which debuted earlier this year, retaining its 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that makes 460PS (454hp) and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque.

Thanks to its clever upgrades, weight saving management, and extra muscle coming from under the hood, the BMW M3 CS posted an identical Nurburgring lap time to the Porsche 911 Turbo: 7 minutes and 38 seconds. This means that it’s just as fast as the Lexus LFA, on the legendary German track, and even faster than the Mercedes McLaren SLR.

So, how do you promote your fastest M3 ever? Why, you drop a very motivational video, of course, which emphasizes the super saloon’s powerful character, and makes enthusiasts dream of it at night, before they will be able to go out and buy one of their own, in the coming months.


New BMW M5 Sounds Brutal With M Performance Titanium Exhaust Fitted 6
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, video on 11 6th, 2017

It appears that the brand new BMW M5 with the M Performance titanium exhaust sounds like a proper brute, worthy of its mega 600hp figure.

With M models of the recent turbocharged past failing to satisfy the ear canals of their owners, especially compared to the AMG rivals, it’s refreshing to hear the new M5 making loud noises again.

The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 now makes 600PS (592hp) and 553lb-ft (750Nm) of peak torque that is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. 0-62mph comes in 3.4 seconds while 0-124mph comes in 11.1 seconds. Top speed can be optionally raised to 189mph (305km/h).

The highlight of the new M5 is the M xDrive which uses an active M differential and of course offers the option of disconnecting the front drive completely for some classic drifting action.

The new generation M5 is also the first one to get a range of M performance parts, including a tricked-out suspension and a louder exhaust system with a titanium rear muffler and carbon tips, which not only makes the new Bavarian super saloon sound more raw, it also reduces counter-pressure.

While the sound will never reach the same quality levels of a good naturally aspirated engine, we’re just happy to see the new M5 barking loudly for the camera.


BMW Celebrates Building Its 100,000th i3 With A Giant Battery Farm 5
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Electric Vehicles, video on 11 5th, 2017

It’s been about four years since BMW started manufacturing the i3. And in that span of time, it’s produced 100,000 of them.

The milestone was celebrated at the plant in Leipzig, Germany, where the Bavarian automaker assembles its dedicated range of electric vehicles.

The plant churns out i3s at a rate of over 120 units each day, totaling 26,631 last year alone. It also handles production of the i8 at a rate of eight to ten per day, for a total of 2,783 in 2016. The next addition to the range will be the i8 Roadster, set for release next year.

BMW also produces the 1 Series and 2 Series at the plant in Leipzig. Porsche also assembles the Panamera, Cayenne, and Macan at its own plant in the same city, the largest in the federal state of Saxony and the tenth largest city in Germany.

“We are proud of the 100,000th BMW i3 built by our plant in Leipzig. The BMW i3 is the original, a true technological pioneer,” said BMW chairman Harald Krüger. “In the interests of sustainability, today we are also presenting a concept for the second use of BMW i3 high-voltage batteries. With our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, we are looking far beyond the car itself and driving change in our industry with totally new approaches and business models.”

The battery storage farm in Leipzig uses the decommissioned power packs from as many as 700 i3s to absorb surplus power from the local grid and supply it back when electricity production is low.

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Take A POV Test Drive In The 460BHP BMW M4 CS 3
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M4, BMW Videos, reviews, video on 11 3rd, 2017

Lean back and enjoy the next eight minutes watching a BMW M4 CS driven on public roads, with the occasional throttle punishing.

Designed as the mid-range version of the M4 Coupe family, the CS slots between the M4 Competition Package and M4 GTS.

On the styling front, it’s more aggressive than your average M4, but not as daring as the GTS, although it was slightly inspired by the latter, as it benefits from a number of weight saving elements, made from CFRP, which work together to save 32kg (71lbs) over the regular car.

Motivation comes from the familiar 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine that’s was massaged to feed an additional 29PS (29hp) and 50Nm (37lb-ft) of torque to the wheels, raising the total output to 460PS (454hp) and 600Nm (442lb-ft) of torque.

Thanks to this configuration, which uses a standard 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the BMW M4 CS needs just 3.9sec from 0-100km/h (62mph), before reaching a limited top speed of 278km/h (174mph).

And if you’re still not convinced whether it’s actually worth it, then perhaps the fact that it lapped the Nurburgring just as fast as the Porsche 991 Carrera S, in 7 minutes and 38 seconds, should make you look at it with an open mind.


Next 2019 BMW X4 Scooped, Could Be The 355HP M40i 2
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, BMW X4, LA Auto Show, Scoops, video on 11 2nd, 2017

Despite hitting the assembly lines just three years ago, the current BMW X4 is getting ready to be replaced with a brand-new, second-generation model.

Prototypes have been spotted by our vigilant spy photographers several times these past few months, with the icing on the cake being the undisguised units seen in August, so its design is no longer much of a secret.

And while the latest tester continues to wear the vinyl stickers, it’s what’s beneath them that interests us, as judging by dual exhausts integrated into the rear bumper, we’re probably looking at the sporty X4 M40i.

In all likelihood, it shares the 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six engine with the latest X3 M40i, where it makes 360PS (355hp) and 500Nm (369lb-ft) of torque. Its more conservatively-styled (but otherwise, mechanically identical) sibling needs 4.8sec to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill, before maxing out at 250km/h (155mph).

The new BMW X4 M40i won’t be the range-topping model, however, as this role will be assigned to the X4 M, expected to use the brand’s new S58 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six lump, which should make at least 450hp.

For the time being, BMW is keeping us in the dark regarding the time and place of its debut, but we could see it as early as December 1, at the 2017 LA Auto Show.


Someone Thrashed This Guy’s New BMW i8, Now He’s Offering $10,000 To Help Catch Vandal 2
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, BMW, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Offbeat News, video on 11 2nd, 2017

For some strange reason, there are people out there who enjoy vandalizing cars and over the weekend, an enthusiastic BMW i8 owner in Lindon, Utah had his pride and joy damaged out of the blue.
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Hear What BMW’s 2018 M3 CS Sounds Like 1
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M3, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, Scoops, video on 11 1st, 2017

BMW is sending off the current M3 with a special model that follows hot on the heels of the M4 CS.
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Hear What BMW’s 2018 M3 CS Sounds Like 1
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M3, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, Scoops, video on 11 1st, 2017

BMW is sending off the current M3 with a special model that follows hot on the heels of the M4 CS.
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