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Geneva Salon 2012

Some of the most striking vehicles introduced at the Geneva Auto Salon this past week.

Mansory McLaren MP4-12C Geneva Salon 2012.

FAB Design McLaren MP4 with interior.

Gumpert Apollo x 2 Geneva 2012 with interior.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta with interior.

Ferrari FF based on F12 Berlinetta with interior.

Bugatti Veyron Gran Sport 1000 HP

FAB Design Mercedes SLS AMG Convertible

World Record Koenigsegg Agera R, now even more powerful with 1140 HP.

Source: MBOARD and GTBOARD

The 24 Hours of Nürburgring Experience

January 12, 2012 Leave a comment

A short documentary on the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, nicknamed ‘Green Hell” it serves as a performance benchmark track where every self respecting sports car manufacturer puts their innovations to the test.

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BMW F10 M5 6-Speed Manual

January 10, 2012 Leave a comment

BMW Group made 2011 their record year by selling the most vehicles ever by 3 of their premium automotive brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce. Accumulative worldwide sales rose 14.2% last year to reach the total of 1,668,982. BMW independent brand sales were up 13% and the automaker sold some 1.36 million cars and still firmly holds the world’s throne as the number one premium car maker in the world since 2005 when it snatched the leading position from Mercedes Benz. Audi however overtook Daimler AG’s Mercedes Benz as the second biggest premium car maker in the world selling 1,302,650 vehicles, trailing BMW by roughly 350 thousand.

One of the things that caught my attention at the Detroit Auto Show is that BMW will finally bring something that enthusiasts have demanded for a long time for their F10 M5 – a third pedal. The 2013 F10 BMW M5 fitted with a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 6-speed manual gearbox mill generating 560 horsepower! What more can you ask for? Throw a kit generating more down force and you can attend the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Too bad this will be exclusively available at the North American market, sorry Europe, I am sure there will be lots of Germans really furious! How many times thought, Europe got a nice car with a manual transmission that we missed out on? A numerous number of occasions. I wish some day I can afford the F10 M5 on stick, I am sure that car will make every minute driving and excitement to long for.

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Depth of Speed: The Bond – BMW 2002

August 4, 2011 Leave a comment
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Videos explaining the Technology behind i8

 

 

 

 

 

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Debut of BMW i8 Concept Hybrid Sports Car

Finally BMW has revealed it’s new i-series vehicles that will redefine our understanding of personal mobility. These vehicles were highly anticipated since the moment the automaker revealed them to the public, on paper. Today in Frankfurt the i8 Concept Hybrid Sports Vehicle was revealed to the public live. The i8 is plug in hybrid delivering the performance of a contemporary sports car with a fuel efficiency of a compact vehicle , I have included all the details and specifications on the vehicle that were released today.
Vital Stats
  • High performance 3-cylinder petrol engine (164 kW) in rear with i3’s electric motor (limited to 96 kW) in front
  • Total torque of 550 Nm (300Nm petrol engine + 250 Nm electric motor)
  • 3 driving modes – electric, petrol, or both engines at once
  • 1,480 kg
  • 0-100kph (62mph): 4.6 seconds
  • Top speed: 250kph (limited)
  • 2.7 L/100km fuel economy
  • 35km pure electric range
  • 4 seater
  • 50:50 distribution
  • Market Launch: 2014
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Next Big Thing In The Premium Sector?

With the Nissan Juke out for sale already it looks like the next big thing in the premium auto market is the all wheel drive, 3 door, coupe body SUV’s. Back in 2001 BMW came out with a concept called the X-Coupe, for those years the car was very innovating and bizarre, perhaps a little ahead of it’s time so BMW decided to cancel production, or lest to put it on halt. However the competition used the BMW’s innovating thinking and put it to their own advantage and decided to take the lead into the uncharted waters.

Ranger Rover are perhaps ahead of all premium automaker with their Coupe SUV that is dubbed the Evoque. The car is already available for sale at a little over $ 40,000 mark. The Evoque is Ranger Rover’s smallest, lightest, and most fuel efficient model ever made for production. The Evoque is featured with 2 motors, the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder direct injected gas engine producing 236 hp, which is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. The second motor is a turbodiesel with 2 variants one producing 187 horsepower and the second 148, the latter one paired with front wheel drive Evoque is capable of producing 58 mpg.

Range Rover Evoque

Next up is Porsche trying to keep up with Range Rover and introduce their Cajun. When Porsche introduced the Cayenne, there were tons of disappointed Porsche owners that an SUV in the line-up will deteriorate on the Porsche image and bla bla bla but fortunately for Porsche, Cayenne became their number one selling model and the most successful sporty SUV in the premium sector. Rumors are that Porsche is contemplating on dropping an Audi 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine producing 309 bhp and 479 lb-ft of torque into the small SUV and build it on the Q5 platform to conserve on production.

Porsche Cajun

First with the concept of a 3 door sporty small size SUV, BMW only now are initiating a possible comeback for the X-Coupe that was first introduced to us some 10 years ago. It should be expected to include the features of both the X series and the Z series, perhaps a hybrid of both but inevitably will continue to bring success to the BMW brand.

BMW X-Coupe