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Watch the World’s Greatest Drag race run without music, just engines

Filed under: Performance, Videos, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Racing, Comparisons, SRT

Motor Trend releases unplugged version of the World's Greatest Drag Race 3.

Perhaps you’ve already watched the World’s Greatest Drag Race 3, and after doing so wished the background music and narrator Angus Mackenzie (and his hat) would disappear and let you enjoy the sound of 12 high-performance engines uncorked at the same time for a quarter mile. Well, the people at Motor Trend have granted your wish and published an unplugged version of the drag race. And the sounds the cars make – now that’s music to our ears!

The race comes up at the end of the video after an unrelated, in-depth discussion between five Motor Trend editors about why the 12 vehicles finished where they did in the Best Driver’s Cars 2013 competition. While you can read about it online or in the magazine, or even watch the full hour-and-seventeen-minute video of the comparison, the discussion here is more of a highlights reel with commentary that is easily digested in a little over 20 minutes.

We included the video below twice, the first of which starts at the drag race. But the whole video is worth watching to get some of the Motor Trend editors’ individual opinions on many of the best high-performance automobiles on the market.

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Watch the World’s Greatest Drag race run without music, just engines originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Police arrest ‘Fastest Lap Around Manhattan’ driver w/video

Filed under: Motorsports, Convertible, Performance, Government/Legal, Videos, BMW

Manhattan Fastest Lap video screencap

Don’t speed. Don’t drive recklessly. Don’t try to break the unofficial record for a lap of Manhattan. And if you go against this reasonable advice, do not, under any circumstances, record it and post the video on YouTube. If you do, you’ll end up like Christopher Adam Tang – under arrest and facing a bevy of charges relating to the video.

Tang posted the video, which showed him lapping Manhattan in 24 minutes last Wednesday, and it quickly went viral. Now Tang, who went by the online moniker AfroDuck, is in cuffs. According to a local CBS affiliate, he was picked up at his home on Wednesday evening by police, who also seized the car used in the video, a 2006 BMW Z4.

What isn’t clear is how Tang was caught. His video seems carefully done in that there are no outwardly visible signs that point to him, while the video itself is clearly sped up. While the NYPD hasn’t come out and said that Tang was caught due to its extensive surveillance systems around the city, police commissioner Ray Kelly did point out that the new systems “will assist in this type of investigation.” Let that serve as a warning to anyone that tries to break the 24-minute barrier. Scroll down to watch the full video.

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Police arrest ‘Fastest Lap Around Manhattan’ driver w/video originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe caught without cladding

Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, Hatchback, BMW, Luxury

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: Spy Shots

Like it or not, the majority of BMW 3 Series variants are on their way out, and the 4 Series models are hotly embroiled in the testing needed to replace them. We’ve now driven the basic 4 Series, seen spy photographs of the 4 Series Convertible and both versions of the M4 and today we get a better-than-ever look at the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

And, mostly dependent on your personal disposition towards four-dour coupes, that look should be a pleasant thing. The long, swooping Gran Coupe may be roughly similar in size to the related 3 Series GT, but it has been sculpted with beauty in mind rather than crossover function. We expect that those details still hidden by the body cladding here, mostly front and rear, can be filled in by simply remembering what the standard 4 Series looks like and squinting your eyes a bit. Subtlety is thy name, BMW variants.

As for the mechanicals, well, we expect to have the very same greasy bits under the hood and beneath the car that are found in the 4 Series lineup, too.

Look for the 4 Series Gran Coupe to be revealed in earnest in 2014, and for the thing to arrive in showrooms soon after as a 2015 model.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe caught without cladding originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW i8 official images leak ahead of Frankfurt w/video

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Coupe, Hybrid, Performance, BMW, Design/Style, Electric, Luxury

BMW i8 Profile Shot

The new BMW i8 plug-in electric supercar isn’t set to make its official debut until September 10, when it will glide onto the Frankfurt Motor Show stage amidst a sea of flash photography. Of course, that isn’t so true in today’s world, where debuts are always preceded (often carefully) by “leaks.”

Take this trio of images of the BMW i8 – there’s just enough of the exterior on display in the profile shot to draw attention, without showing important styling points that might be present on the front or back of the car. The same goes for the video attached below. The cabin shot is cool, but isn’t particularly earth-shattering when it comes to BMW interiors. As for the skeletal shot, we can see the 1.5-liter, turbocharged engine positioned between the rear axles, the battery pack found in what would be the transmission tunnel and the front-mounted electric motors.

We’ll have a full set of live images when the BMW i8 makes its debut in Frankfurt next week. Until then, have a look in the gallery and at the video below, and let us know what you think of BMW’s next big thing.

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BMW i8 official images leak ahead of Frankfurt w/video originally appeared on BMW Top News on Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The importance of Angel Eyes, Ventiports and four round taillights

Filed under: Videos, BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Design/Style

BMW Angel Eyes

Just the other day, we told you about how Lincoln isn’t really a luxury brand, according to Ford’s head design man, J Mays. His argument was that Lincoln lacked the unique DNA to differentiate it from the rest of the market, although the arrival of the MKZ is beginning to change that. Now, we have this video from Autoline Detroit, where Jim Hall, an analyst for 2953 Analytics who was quoted in yesterday’s Lincoln story, explains the influence of certain styling cues and how they impact the brands.

Using BMW (Angel Eyes) and Buick (Ventiports) as examples for small, simple touches that serve to distinguish the brand’s vehicles on the road, Hall then points out how changing trademark styling features, as Chevrolet has done on the new Corvette Stingray, can hurt the vehicle’s public perception. Take a look at the full video below for an interesting dive into what these styling features mean to their individual brands.

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The importance of Angel Eyes, Ventiports and four round taillights originally appeared on BMW Top News on Sun, 01 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bangle urges auto design shakeup, says industry not innovating

Filed under: BMW, Design/Style

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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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Can the government mechanically force you to wear your seatbelt? w/poll

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology, BMW

The NHTSA will study the safety potential of using seat belt interlock devices.

The National Highway Traffic Administration is considering the use of ignition interlocks in vehicles that would require the seatbelts of occupied seats to be fastened in order to drive the car, Automotive News reports, four decades after Congress moved to prevent manufacturers from installing them in cars sold in the US market. Following a transportation bill passed last year that lift some of the restrictions on seatbelt interlocks, automakers such as BMW are considering the benefits of using them in future cars. Now, before you go crying about your lost freedom, keep reading.

BMW said in an October 2012 petition that the use of seatbelt interlocks would allow the company to make lighter and more spacious vehicles, if the devices could be used in lieu of unbelted crash tests. The crash test has required the addition of bulky safety features, such as knee bolsters, that aren’t as necessary when occupants are buckled up, especially when considering the dizzyng list of safety features that come standard on today’s cars. Europe, which has a higher rate of seatbelt use than in the US, doesn’t perform unbelted crash tests on cars sold there.

But NHTSA didn’t give in to petitions from automakers to allow the use of interlocks. Yet. It does say that it “agrees with the theoretical premise that a seatbelt interlock system could have the potential to increase seatbelt use rates,” which is “consistent with our past research.” The agency also says it will study the safety potential of seatbelt interlocks through 2015, hoping to answer one of the main issues at hand: how restrictive should seatbelt interlock systems be?

Sam Campbell, head of US safety engineering at BMW, says he hopes NHTSA’s study will lead to changes in US safety regualtions by 2017 or 2018, Automotive News reports. If the interlock systems pass muster, perhaps we’ll see more automakers “add lightness” to their vehicles a bit more easily than before, while maintaining high safety standards.

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Can the government mechanically force you to wear your seatbelt? w/poll originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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