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What you missed on 10.31.14

Filed under: Aftermarket, SEMA Show, Coupe, Hybrid, Performance, Etc., BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Luxury, Fiat, Ram

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Franz Ferdinand carSuper spooky cursed and haunted cars!

It’s Halloween, you guys! So naturally, the internet is full of stories about ghosts and goblins and pumpkins and witches. But there are plenty of spooky things to talk about in the automotive space, and we’ve put together a list of five cars that have strong evidence to support them being cursed or haunted, if you believe in that sort of thing. Check ‘em out, here.

BMW i8The BMW i8 causes a scene in northern MI

We took 14 cars up to Petoskey, MI earlier this week as part of our testing for the 2014 Technology of the Year Award. And while the group was indeed full of hot metal, one specific car kept on grabbing the attention of passers-by: the BMW i8. Everywhere we went, people had plenty to say about this futuristic-looking creation. We’ve listed some of our favorite quotes, here.

Dodge Viper SEMASEMA Preview: Mopar madness

Are you ready for next week’s SEMA show? We thought so. There’s certainly been a lot of news from various automakers on this front, but we recently had the chance to get up close and personal with the Mopar customs that’ll make their way to next week’s show in Las Vegas. Editor Greg Migliore gets in front of the camera to show us what’s hot from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles this year.

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What you missed on 10.31.14 originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2015 BMW i8 sets everyone’s tongues wagging in Northern Michigan

Filed under: Coupe, Hybrid, Performance, Etc., Supercars, BMW, Electric

2015 BMW i8 in Northern Michigan's Tunnel of Trees

2015 BMW i8 parked in front of Good Hart General StoreLike few other cars we can remember, people want to talk about the 2015 BMW i8. Drive one, and you’ll soon find out what we mean. They stop you at gas stations. They accost you in Walgreen’s parking lots. They stream out of neighborhood bars, beers in hand.

At least, that was our experience this week during BMW Top News’s Technology of the Year testing. We had the pleasure of driving the plug-in hybrid BMW sports car up to and around Petoskey, MI, a resort town where seeing such exotics is rare enough, let alone in the off season. It made for some interesting conversations – so we began writing down some of the comments the butterfly-doored coupe inspired. Here’s a sampling:

  • “Wanna race for pinks? I’ll go easy on you.” – Acne-covered teenage pizza delivery driver in a sad-looking Ford Taurus parked at a Valero gas station near Grayling (which incidentally didn’t actually have gas).
  • The proprietor of the Good Hart General Store, a quaint food emporium/post office nestled into the area’s famed M-119 ‘Tunnel of Trees’ route, gestured toward me and then said to a woman in the store: “I’ve almost got him talked into $5,000 and my Jeep.” Her laughing response: “Yeah, bullshit!”
  • “Is that a ‘boy car’ or a ‘girl car’?” – Female cashier at Pond Hill Farm, a farm/pumpkin patch/trout pond/tasting room/pickler/pig race complex.
  • “Is that a Lamborghini, or is that a Ferrari?” – Father with son carrying pumpkins.
  • “Well, you must be quite pleased with yourself.” *Pauses and again looks at i8* “Understandably.” – 20-something woman carrying a tiny sweatered dog.
  • “That looks like you’re driving the future.” – Walgreen’s clerk who followed us out to the parking lot after we stopped to buy some pens.
  • “I have to ask, with that gorgeous car, are ya’ll lost?” – Friendly patrol officer who followed us for eight miles through the Tunnel of Trees, only to turn around and question us in front of the Legs Inn.

In short, this road-bound flying saucer attracts more attention than any exotic we’ve driven. We’re just glad it’s so good to drive, or all the impromptu conversations it inspired would’ve been a lot more awkward.

2015 BMW i8 sets everyone’s tongues wagging in Northern Michigan originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW unveils 2016 X5 M and X6 M super CUVs

Filed under: Performance, SUV, Crossover, BMW, Luxury

2016 BMW X5 M

2016 BMW X6 MThe second-generation BMW X5 M and X6 M have officially made their arrival for the speed-obsessed, crossover-loving masses that aren’t willing to turn to Mercedes-AMG or Land Rover Special Operations.

While the new models retain their 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8s, power has increased from 555 horsepower to 567 ponies. Torque is up more significantly, climbing from 500 pound-feet to 553 pound-feet. The extra twist is slightly less accessible, with peak grunt arriving between 2,200 and 5,000 rpm, rather than the earlier model’s 1,500 to 5,650. Still, we’ll take the ten percent increase in torque as a net win.

The big powertrain switch sees the old X5/6 M’s six-speed automatic replaced with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission from BMW M. This new gearbox feeds power to an xDrive all-wheel-drive system that can variably shuffle up to 100 percent of power to either axle. In conjunction with the force-induced thumper under the hood, this powertrain arrangement allows both M models to hit 60 miles per hour in just four seconds. That’s a mightily impressive stat in a 5,000-plus-pound vehicle.

Yet, the new gearbox and amped up engine make for an even more impressive vehicle at the pumps (not that consumers of 560-horsepower, $100,000, 5,000-pound crossovers care about such things). Carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption are down 20 percent on the European cycle.

Prices for the X5 M start at $99,650, while the X6 M rings up at $103,050. Both figures include a $950 destination charge.

Keeping all this technology shiny side up is the job of a double-wishbone front suspension and a standard self-leveling rear air suspension, three-mode dynamic dampers and huge, staggered Michelin Pilot Super Sport UHP tires, with 325/30/21s in back and 285/35/21s in front. For the record, those tires dwarf the rubber on proper supercars like the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

Of course, there’s more than just oily stuff to distinguish BMW’s M cars. The performance division has given both the X5 and X6 significant aesthetic updates to fit their high-performance role. Flared wheel arches, standard 21-inch M wheels, massive intakes in the front fascia and arguably the coolest wing mirrors we’ve seen on a production car grant the new M models with seriously eye-catching looks. Typical M features, like quad exhausts and side gills are also present

In the cabin, M’s new over-large steering wheel has been fitted, complete with aluminum paddle shifters, while more aggressive sport seats with fixed headrests and an M-spec shifter round out the most visible interior changes.

While BMW is mum on when the new hot shots will arrive in dealers, it has released US pricing, with the X5 M sneaking in just under the century mark, at $99,650. The X6 M, meanwhile, will retail at $103,050. Both figures include a $950 destination charge.

Scroll down for much more in the expansive press release from BMW, and then check out galleries of both the 2016 X5 M and X6 M.

BMW M4 vs. Lexus RC F in Head 2 Head sports coupe showdown

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Videos, BMW, Lexus, Luxury

BMW M4 and Lexus RC F

It’s the showdown everyone’s been looking forward to, the East versus West grudge match of the year. We’re talking, of course, about the BMW M4 versus the Lexus RC F.

Although BMW uses a twin-turbo straight-six and the Lexus uses a free-breathing V8, the two are pretty closely matched on paper: a luxury coupe with over 400 horsepower channeled to the rear wheels.

The BMW has been doing these cars for longer, and the M4 boasts a higher power-to-weight ratio. But then the RC F has more power – and without forced induction to break up the rev range. So which is the better luxury muscle coupe? Watch the latest episode of Motor Trend Head 2 Head to find out.

Meet the finalists for BMW Top News’s 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan, Performance, SUV, Truck, Technology, Crossover, BMW, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Toyota, Electric, Diesel, Luxury, Ram

BMW Top News Technology of the Year

Greetings from (cold and rainy) Petoskey, MI, where many BMW Top News editors are testing 14 different cars and trucks that make up the finalists for this year’s Technology of the Year Award. Our tech choices run the gamut from complete vehicles (BMW i3, i8) to engines, connectivity features, convenience niceties, safety systems, performance data functions and more. And it helps that many of these technologies are housed in some pretty hilariously fun vehicles.

Have a look below to see the full roster of what made the cut this year, and stay tuned as we crown a winner during the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show festivities in just a few weeks.

Toyota sells off Tesla shares, too

Filed under: BMW, Toyota, Tesla

Tesla Toyota

The incredible rise of Tesla’s stock price has done little to now stop two major shareholders from ditching their stake in the American EV manufacturer. First, Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, ditched its four-percent stake, and less than a week later, Toyota is doing the same thing, selling off an undisclosed bit of its Tesla investment.

The move comes as Toyota winds down sales of the RAV4 EV, which gets its batteries and electric motor from Tesla at the company’s Fremont, CA factory.

“We have a good relationship with Tesla, and will evaluate the feasibility of working together on future projects,” Toyota spokesperson Kayo Doi told Bloomberg via email.

According to Bloomberg, Toyota maintained a 2.4-percent stake as recently as March 31, making it the tenth-largest of Tesla’s investors. As the Japanese shed an undisclosed percentage of its shares, though, another automaker might be eyeing the California company.

Value Walk has a speculative story that claims BMW could be looking at tying up with Tesla, based on a reported meeting between execs from the two companies. The fact that the Munich-based company’s carbon-fiber expertise fits nicely with the Palo Alto company’s EV knowhow is apparently the driving force behind this speculation. But as usual, take this with a grain of salt.

Toyota sells off Tesla shares, too originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Autobild blows China’s fake BMW X5 sky high

Filed under: SUV, China, Etc., Europe, Videos, BMW, Humor

Shuanghuan CEO blown up

The Germans famously love their cars. With high-speed cruising on the Autobahn and a lot of fun available from the country’s back roads, they have every reason to. Apparently, the country’s auto writers also take their jobs in advising the enthusiastic populace very seriously. As this video from Autobild shows, when a downright horrible vehicle like the Shuanghuan CEO comes around, it receives some sweeping destruction.

To be fair, the CEO might be one of the worst vehicles in the world. Not only is the SUV a pretty blatant copy of a first-generation BMW X5, it’s a bad one at that. The horrible build quality shown by Autobild must be seen to be believed. Even worse, the example in this video is said to be just five years old, but practically every part is rusting or corroding. There are even dead flies in the headlights.

Autobild attempts to give the CEO a proper driving test, but it fails in spectacular fashion. This is a Chinese SUV with no apparent redeeming qualities, and the video shows what happens from there. Be warned, the clip is entirely in German, but it shows enough of the vehicle’s qualities to make it clear what’s happening and why.




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