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It is strange to think that BMW is now 101 years old. The fact it produces such cutting edge cars, makes it hard to think of them as being such an old manufacturer.

However, as you will see when you read on, right from the start BMW was a bit different. They were always ahead of the game, and working on the cutting edge.

A flying start

This was the case even when they made aircraft engines. It was the engineers at BMW that developed the first usable, four-cylinder engine, which the legendary Red Baron said was the greatest engine of WWI. It was this engine, which would later be developed by the company, and used in their road car. Interestingly, the shape of their headquarters building was inspired by the four cylinder engine that was the foundation of much of the firmĀ“s early success.

Always pushing the envelope

From the start BMW took existing technology and made it better. Interestingly, the first BMWs cars for sale were not designed by the firm. The Dixi was based on the Austin 7, which was at the time the flagship vehicle of the Austin Motor Company.  

They did the something similar with the Hornet aircraft engine. Initially, they took over the licence from Pratt & Witney and replicated their production techniques. However, within a few months they had improved on the design and started to produce the BMW 132, which was a significant improvement on the original. It was engine that made long distance travel viable.

BMW pioneers automotive aerodynamics

For decades, aerodynamics had been used as part of aircraft design, but BMW was one of the first firms to apply the principles to car design. One of the earliest examples of this was the 328 Kamm coupe, which they made in 1940. It was the first car to have its rear end chopped off, which made it go a lot faster than a booted vehicle could.

Some modern BMW firsts

BMW have always developed cars that incorporated new technology, especially if it led to safer and more comfortable vehicles. A great example of this was the introduction of Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR). The firm introduced this technology, when they included the system in their 2008 BMW 7-Series range. In the same year, they started to offer owners the chance to take advantage of Intelligent High-beam Control (IHC). In 2013, they introduced camera only Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Traffic Jam Assistance (TJA) to their range.

Back to the future

More and more manufacturers are producing electric car. Interestingly, BMW played around with the idea as far back as the 70s. In 1972, they came up with an electric version of their popular 1602 model. It never actually went into production, but once again BMW were ahead of the game.

As you can see the history of this great German car manufacturing firm is a rich one. However, we suspect that what they do in the future is going to be even more interesting. BMW is continuing to innovate, and lead the way.

 

 

 

 

 

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Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, BMW, Luxury

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fef3bmw 7 series spy 01 Next BMW 7 Series interior spottedThe next BMW 7 Series looks to be leading a rather dramatic change of the company’s interior styling, judging by this new series of spy photos.

In the trio of shots, we can see that the next 7 Series will replace the high-quality plastic buttons of the brand’s iDrive, HVAC and secondary audio controls with some very, very pretty aluminum pieces. We can also see what looks like haptic touch controls for some of the HVAC systems. While the 7 Series interior has never been bad, it’s lagged notably behind the Audi A8 and new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. This brightwork should be taken as a good sign, then, that BMW is preparing to take the fight to its countrymen. Aside from the handsome new switchgear, the large, wide nav screen looks like a pop-up unit, while it appears to be running a new version of the company’s infotainment system.

These spy photos also give us our most detailed look at the 7 Series’ new laser headlights. According to our spies, these will be an optional extra, while LED headlights will be standard. The high-output lights will flank a wider pair of kidney grilles that our spies claim will give the 7 a sportier look. Changes in back are still camouflaged, although our shooters claim the new lamps will be more angular than the current car’s.

Expect the next 7 Series to make its debut in the second half of 2015, which could indicate a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Next BMW 7 Series interior spotted originally appeared on BMW Top News on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: BMW, Design/Style

ecda1222aff104e4da11af9f0014c2589dfb.jpeg Bangle urges auto design shakeup, says industry not innovating

Controversial designer Chris Bangle, the man behind the notorious E65 BMW 7-SeriesBangle Butt,” has some rather sharp criticism for the current crop of automotive designers in an upcoming full-length interview with Automotive News Europe. The preview, posted on Automotive News, details parts of the interview, with the always vocal Bangle lamenting the state of modern automotive design.

“Even concept cars today simply anticipate the next production model coming down the line. Is this innovation? No. And at the end of the day this is what’s preventing car design from moving into a new era.” Controversial as Bangle’s design philosophy may be, we can’t help but think he has a point. His so-called “flame surfacing” at BMW and other stylistic elements had a huge influence on modern automotive design, although as the years have passed, there hasn’t been much innovation on the same scale.

Interestingly, Bangle also mentions that he’s been courted by a few manufacturers that wanted to install the American as the head of their design teams. He’s flatly rejected them, telling ANE, “It’s not something you can do part time, you have to do it with all your heart and soul or you’re going to get it wrong.”

The full interview with Chris Bangle will go live at on Automotive News Europe’s website on Monday, September 2.

Bangle urges auto design shakeup, says industry not innovating originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Aftermarket, Classics, Performance, Truck, Videos, BMW, Ford, Specialty

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Today, hotrodding has a pretty staid definition. Take one classic American car, add one classic American V8, sprinkle with tire smoke and you pretty much have every hot rod to roll out of a shop in the last 40 years. Mike Borroughs knows it wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time, getting your bucket to go faster meant grabbing whatever parts were lazing about the yard, bolting them together with a bit of ingenuity and laughing your way down the quarter mile. It’s in that spirit that Burroughs built his 1928 Ford Model A.

Rather than turn to the tired flathead or the common Chevrolet small block, Burroughs plucked a 4.0-liter V8 from a 1995 BMW 7 Series. With 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, the engine has no trouble shuffling the old A around town. He had to build a custom chassis to get everything to cooperate, but the result is a 1,500-pound heathen that looks built to harass dry lake beds. You can check it out in the video below. Be warned, the soundtrack by Hanni el Khatib may not be safe for work – awesomeness of this caliber rarely is.

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BMW V8-powered Ford Model A is the definition of Hot Rod originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Coupe, Sedan, Performance, BMW, First Drives

Is This A Great Idea For An M Model?

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The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is already an issue of large debate. The essential business case for the car is that it’s more distinctive than a straight 5 or 6 Series, and has much of the sense of space and luxury of a 7 Series. It has the wheelbase of a 5 Series, the relative width of a 6 Series, and an exterior length close to the standard wheelbase 7 Series. And, as we reported in our drive of the 640i Gran Coupe in May 2012, the 6 Series Gran Coupe costs pretty much the same as the 7 Series, engine trim for engine trim. The sedan (coupe?) is therefore a proposal clearly meant for an extremely particular clientele. There’s no news yet on how well exactly the 6 Series Gran Coupe is selling in its chief markets, but we are curious. The Germans frequently tend not to break out their sales figures that way, mixing sales of the Gran Coupe in with the two-door 6 Series.

And, so, we have now arrived at the inevitable point where the M version must be introduced. Say howdy to the $113,000 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe (actually $115,195 for starters with all of the taxes added). That’s $4,650 more than the also highly priced M6 coupe. Let the vehement debates begin. The upcoming 2014 Audi RS7 should be priced right at this level as well, and the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG (perhaps with an S iteration in the next allotment we get Stateside) should go for roughly the same.

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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 08 May 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ladies and gentlemen, Bimmerphiles and automotive voyeurs of all stripes: here is your next-generation BMW 7 Series. Captured in photographs for the first time ever while doing a spot of cold-weather testing in Sweden, this newly slim 7er will most likely debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015 and launch in the 2016 model year.

Sources indicate that BMW is targeting a much lighter curb weight for the 7 Series, and will use learnings gained with the i3 and i8 development to add carbon fiber-reinforced plastics in the construction. In return we’d expect the new model – which uses the internal model designation “G11” – to offer improvements in handling, acceleration and fuel economy. As with the current 7 Series lineup, expect the engine range to include turbocharged inline-six engines, one or more V8s and a V12 option.

It’s fair to say that, with the car’s debut still years down the road, that BMW will work to launch with an impressive suite of in-car technology, too. A completely new version of iDrive shouldn’t be ruled out. These shots mark the beginning of a long journey to 2015, and we expect to have loads more information to share in the coming months and years, so stay tuned.

2016 BMW 7 Series spied for the first time ever originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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