Wednesday, October 30, 2013

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will debut in June 2014

Debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will launch in June 2014. As a competitor to the Audi …

Debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will launch in June 2014.
As a competitor to the Audi A5 Sportback, the F36 4 Series Gran Coupe will be available in the 420i, 420d, 428i and 435i configurations. Only the 428i and 435i will be available in the United States.
The four-door 4 Series Gran Coupe features a longer rear window that flows into a conventional trunk, a design feature that visually increases the side dimension of the car. The stretched and dynamic design on the side gives the car a more premium look while offering more interior room for passengers.
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will debut in June 2014
The front and rear design are new to the 4 Series Gran Coupe and will differ from the two-door models. The packages, options and powertrains are expected to be almost identical to the 4 Series Coupe and convertible models.
A BMW M4 Gran Coupe will also appear in 2015.

Friday, October 25, 2013

BMW 2 Series with M Sport Package

The F22 BMW 2 Series Coupe is also available from launch time with the M Sport Package. The model shown below is the BMW 220d …

The F22 BMW 2 Series Coupe is also available from launch time with the M Sport Package. The model shown below is the BMW 220d Coupe with M Sport Package and Estoril Blue paint.

The package comprises bespoke suspension tuning (including a 10-millimetre drop in ride height and 17-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design), aerodynamically optimized body elements (including large front air intakes, striking side skirts and a diffuser for the rear apron), plus a special design for the BMW kidney grille and an exhaust tailpipe embellisher in high-gloss chrome.

In addition to aluminium door sill strips bearing the M logo, features such as sports seats for the driver and front passenger, Aluminium Hexagon interior trim strips with an accent strip in Estoril Blue, a special dial design for the instrument cluster, ambient lighting and an M driver’s footrest.

M Sport braking system with fixed callipers can be ordered also which includes four pistons at the front wheels and two pistons at the rear, and particularly large brake discs. The callipers are painted dark blue and carry the M logo. Another item available from the Original BMW Accessories range is the BMW M Performance braking system with even larger, perforated and riveted discs and callipers painted in either red, orange or yellow.

19-inch BMW M Performance forged light-alloy wheels can be ordered as well.


Friday, October 18, 2013

2014 BMW 5 Series Model Year Changes

BMW North America announces the following changes for the 2014 BMW 5 Series models. BMW 5 Series Sedan and 5 Series Gran Turismo: Updated design and new equipment

BMW North America announces the following changes for the 2014 BMW 5 Series models.
BMW 5 Series Sedan and 5 Series Gran Turismo:
Updated design and new equipment: Fresh contour lines for the surround of the BMW kidney grille and redesigned lower air intakes reinforce the sporty appearance of the 2014 BMW 5 Series Sedan. The accentuated width of the rear end is underlined by an extra crease in the apron, as well as slim, sharply contoured and therefore more striking rear lights.

2014 BMW 5 Series Model Year Changes
The 2014 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo receives a modified front apron exuding presence and solidity. Its redesigned rear end creates a longer and lower visual impression. A three-dimensional surface design for the area around the license plate holder and a chrome strip in the rear apron add further depth to its dynamic character.
Xenon Adaptive headlights are fitted as standard on all 5 Series models, while Adaptive LED Headlights join the options list for 2014. Elsewhere, the side indicator lights are now integrated into the exterior mirrors. Also new in the BMW 5 Series are the Luxury Line and Modern Line, in addition to the popular M Sport choice, each containing select design and equipment features.
iDrive4.2: Now with touchpad.
The newly-standard iDrive4.2 Navigation system makes use of an optimized menu display and allows access to Advanced Real Time Traffic Information. A new iDrive rotary controller with an integrated touchpad allows the input of characters for destinations, phone numbers, and other functions within the iDrive4.2 operating system.

New diesel engine: The BMW 535d Sedan has been added as BMW’s latest diesel variant in North America. Its inline-6 BMW Advanced Diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology makes 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 413 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 – 3,000 rpm (preliminary figures). Simultaneously, the new BMW 535d Sedan is expected to show substantial fuel efficiency gains over its gasoline-fueled counterpart. BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system is also available on the new 535d Sedan. Preliminary US EPA Fuel Economy figures for the 535d Sedan are 26 MPG city, 38 MPG Highway and 30 MPG combined, The 535d xDrive sedan preliminary EPA figures are 26 MPG, 37 MPG Highway and 30 MPG combined.
New V8 Engine for the BMW 550i and BMW 550i xDrive:
The new generation of the V-8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology for the BMW 5 Series model family takes to the stage armed with a 10 percent rise in output yet also significantly reducedfuel consumption. Found under the hood of the BMW 550i Sedan and BMW 550i Gran Turismo, it now also combines its two twin-scroll turbochargers and high precision direct fuel injection with BMW’s Valvetronic throttle-less intake valve control. The engine generates 445 horsepower and maximum torque of 480 lb-ft from its 4.4-liter displacement.

New to the BMW 5 Series: BMW Lines.

New exterior paint colors – and available for all models – are Calisto Grey metallic, Jatoba metallic, Mineral White metallic and Glacier Silver metallic. New variants have also been added to the line-up of optional light-alloy wheels.
BMW Lines are now available for the first time to all members of the new BMW 5 Series model family as an alternative to standard specification. Customers can choose between the Luxury Line, Modern Line, and M Sport. All Lines also include the option to upgrade to luxurious Nappa Leather upholstery at no additional charge

528i Sedan
550i xDrive Sedan
528i xDrive Sedan
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535i Sedan
535i Gran Turismo
535i xDrive Sedan
535i xDrive Gran Turismo
535d Sedan
550i Gran Turismo
535d xDrive Sedan
550i xDrive Gran Turismo
550i Sedan

Monday, October 14, 2013

2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible Takes Top Off for $49,675

The 2014 4 Series Convertible arrives not long after its fixed-roof sibling, and for those who are looking to have the wind blow through their hair in the 3 Series-based convertible, the German automaker has pricing details. The 2014 4 Series Convertible will wear a $49,675 price tag (including destination) when it arrives at dealerships at the beginning of next year.
2014 BMW 428i rear view in motion 300x199 imageThat price goes for the 2014 428i Convertible, which, like the Coupe, is motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 240 hp and 255 lb-ft. For more power, the 435i Convertible starts at $55,825, and benefits from a 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 that makes 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, however, the 428i will be available with optional all-wheel drive, while the 435i will initially be offered in rear-drive form only. The 428i Convertible is $850 more than the outgoing 328i Convertible, while the 435i is $800 more than its 335i equivalent.
So what exactly commands that premium? Although the 4 Series Convertible features the same three-piece retractable hardtop, it has new features and functionality. The convertible has been sound-proofed with a noise-absorbing headliner that BMW says has reduced wind noise by 2 dB compared to the outgoing 3 Series Convertible. Thanks to a new electro-hydraulic loading assistance system and wider access to the luggage compartment, more can be stuffed in the trunk regardless of whether the top is up or down. There’s 7.8 cubic feet available in the 4 Series Convertible’s trunk when the top is down, and when the top is up, that grows to 13.0 cubic feet, which is 0.7 cubic feet  more than its predecessor. BMW says that large items like luggage and golf clubs can be stowed even when the top is down, thanks to flat-folding rear seats. All it takes is 20 seconds for the roof to open up for the sky, and it can be lowered at speeds up to 11 mph. BMW also says the standard windblock is smaller, lighter, easier to use, and can be stored behind the rear seat when not in use.
2014 BMW 435i front seats view 300x199 imageAlso new are neck warmers included in the cold weather package. The temperature is automatically controlled in relation to outside temp and speed, and while this feature is a first for BMW, Mercedes-Benz did it first with AirScarf available on its drop-tops. Except for the retractable hard-top, the 4 Series Convertible is just like the Coupe, with Air Breather vents just behind the front wheels, as well as the sharply defined character line that stretches from the top of the front wheel wells to the L-shaped taillights. Three trims are available on the 4 Series Convertible: Luxury, Sport, and M Sport.
The 4 Series Convertible will go on sale in the U.S. early next year.
Source: BMW