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Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Budget, Hybrid, Performance, Wagon, Hatchback, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Lamborghini, Volkswagen, Ferrari, Renault, Citroën, UK, Luxury

fc0701 2015 bmw i8 fd 1 Top Gear names BMW i8 Car of the Year, Corvette, Ferrari, Mercedes also win big

The lads at Top Gear have released their listing of the finest cars of the past year, handing the ultimate honor to BMW’s revolutionary i8 plug-in-hybrid supercar.

“The i8 is a milestone in the annals of automotive history and a glorious statement for an exciting and positive future. The i8 delivers – and then some,” the British mag wrote. The i8, though, was far from the only hybridized car to take victories. James May and Richard Hammond both highlighted hybrids as their personal cars of the year, with May saluting the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Hamster, unsurprisingly, heaping praise on the Porsche 918 Spyder. Jeremy Clarkson, meanwhile, opted to shock many by selecting not only an American car as his best of 2014, but giving the honor to of all things, a Corvette.

Clarkson wasn’t the only person to honor the USA’s iconic sports car, with the new, 650-horsepower Z06 variant being named TG’s Muscle Car of the Year. Other big winners include Mercedes-Benz, which TG honored for S-Class Coupe (Luxury Car of the Year), the new AMG GT (Sports Car of the Year) and the not-for-US C-Class Estate (Family Car of the Year). The 458 Italia Speciale A snagged a second win for Ferrari.

The best of the rest include the Citroen C4 Cactus, Renault Twingo, Volkswagen Golf R, Lamborghini Huracan and Audi TT.

Take a look below for the celebratory press blast from BMW.

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Filed under: Motorsports, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz

e9e8459706692 Mercedes chief invites Audi, BMW to compete in F1

Mercedes-Benz didn’t just win the Formula One World Championship in 2014 – it positively dominated it. The team won all but three of the grands prix this season, scoring a one-two finish at more than half of them and landing at least one car on the podium at every race without exception. It goes without saying, then, that the German automaker thrives on competition, but now it’s welcoming even more.

Speaking with Germany’s Sport Bild at its homecoming celebration in Stuttgart, Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche welcomed Mercedes’ biggest rivals Audi and BMW to join it on the F1 grid. Noting that the three German brands share some 80 percent of the market for luxury automobiles, Zetsche said that F1 would make a natural arena of competition for Mercedes, Audi and BMW to fight for top bragging rights. The three currently compete against each other in front of home audiences in the DTM touring car series – effectively Germany’s equivalent to NASCAR – but of the ten races held this year, the majority were in Germany itself, and all of them took place in Europe.

BMW last competed in F1 when it bought the Sauber team in 2006, but withdrew from the series in 2009. Despite its progenitor Auto Union having fielded the famous Silver Arrows in pre-war grand prix racing, Audi has never been a player in modern F1 racing, though recent rumors have linked it to a potential foray – spurred by the arrival of sister-company Porsche on its home turf at Le Mans, the departure of several of its key endurance drivers and the hiring of former Scuderia Ferrari chief Stefano Domenicali. Porsche had similarly considered an F1 program before getting the go-ahead to compete with Audi at Le Mans.

As for the prospect of Mercedes competing in other international racing series, Zetsche added that year-long preparations for 24 hours of racing at Le Mans didn’t present a good cost-benefit ratio in his estimation, but that Formula E (where Audi currently supports a quasi-works entry) would be worth a closer look.

Mercedes chief invites Audi, BMW to compete in F1 originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 04 Dec 2014 08:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Coupe, Hybrid, Performance, BMW, Electric, Luxury, Design/Style, Technology

ac432015 bmw i8 fd 2015 BMW i8: BMW Top News Technology of the Year finalist

Traditionally, nominations for the BMW Top News Technology of the Year award are earned for specific developments – a new-think powertrain, a uniquely developed material, a groundbreaking smartphone app, or what have you. In the case of BMW’s marvelous i8, it so bristles with novel applied sciences and fresh features that we broke with tradition and nominated the entire car.

We just couldn’t help ourselves. Oh, we could’ve focused on the i8’s carbon-fiber monocoque, or its well-resolved plug-in-hybrid powertrain that incorporates a tiny 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and an electric motor, or its seamless through-the-road all-wheel drive. This is a car that will even have frickin’ laser beams for headlights – at least it will for our friends in Europe (and it will in the US, should our legislators ever catch up).

It may sound odd to suggest that a six-figure sports car is a good value, but there’s an argument to be made. The i8 isn’t just a bit of street theater that stops traffic better than any Lamborghini or Ferrari. It also has performance that’s comparable to far more conventional automobiles like Porsche’s 911 Carrera 4 (a car that isn’t that much less expensive when similarly equipped), yet it offers whisper-quiet, gas-free electric commuting, too.

The BMW Top News team tested the i8 exhaustively this fall, from dynamics testing on Northern Michigan’s undulating Tunnel of Trees route to assessing ride quality and fuel economy during long interstate slogs, to poring over all of its menu-driven features and various drive modes. It’s the real deal, and it looks, sounds, and drives like the future.

In the end, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to nominate a single aspect of BMW’s exotic yet surprisingly livable sports coupe – it had to be the whole package. Can you blame us?

2015 BMW i8: BMW Top News Technology of the Year finalist originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Aftermarket, SEMA Show, Government/Legal, Marketing/Advertising, BMW, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ferrari, Specialty, Fiat

efcdjeep Weekly Recap: The big business of the SEMA show

Don’t let the glare from all that chrome blind you or distract from a buttoned-downed reality: the SEMA show is big business.

The SEMA show in Las Vegas is where automakers and tuners roll out some of their gaudiest wares. It’s a feast for the senses – especially if you like huge wheels, crazy paint jobs and over-the-top performance. But don’t let the glare from all that chrome blind you or distract from a buttoned-downed reality: the SEMA show is big business.

Last year it attracted more than 60,000 buyers from around the world, and nearly 2,000 products were introduced in one of the show’s spotlight sections, called the new product showcase. It’s ground zero for the $30-billion automotive aftermarket in North America, which has been steadily growing the last five years.

Naturally, car companies want a piece of that.

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

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b2a3Franz FerdinandStiftCar What you missed on 10.31.14Super 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.

08302015 bmw i8 tunnel of trees 628 What you missed on 10.31.14The 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.

a40cmopar viper 628 What you missed on 10.31.14SEMA 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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Filed under: Coupe, Hybrid, Performance, Etc., Supercars, BMW, Electric

492d2015 bmw i8 tunnel of trees 628 2015 BMW i8 sets everyones tongues wagging in Northern Michigan

439c2015 bmw i8 good hart 250 2015 BMW i8 sets everyones tongues wagging in Northern MichiganLike 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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Filed under: Performance, SUV, Crossover, BMW, Luxury

3a282016 bmw x5m 07 BMW unveils 2016 X5 M and X6 M super CUVs

7c672016 bmw x6m 29 BMW unveils 2016 X5 M and X6 M super CUVsThe 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.