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Akrapovic Exhaust for the BMW M6 Gran Coupe

Akrapovic Exhaust for the BMW M6 Gran Coupe

The new Akrapovic Evolution Line exhaust system for the new BMW M6 Gran Coupe (F06) is to be introduced in South Africa towards the end of August 2013 and will be available through BMW SA.

Akrapovic claim that the new all-titanium exhaust manages to increase engine and chassis performance, and most importantly the driving experience (read, “aural pleasure”).

Acccording to the Akrapovic Product Manager, Friedrich Thomas; “The BMW M6 Gran Coupé is a performance car hidden by usability. Akrapovic understands that a Gran Coupé owner will want to retain these attributes while demanding more performance. With the Evolution-line system this is exactly what the customer gets – with the addition of the unmistakable sound of Akrapovic. At the same time, active resonators placed inline of the system combine with the latest Akrapovic muffler development to provide a ‘drone-free’ cabin environment in all driving situations.”

The M6 Gran Coupé Evolution Line exhaust is a catalyser-back system to allow Akrapovic engineers to construct high-flow link pipes to the lightweight titanium dual muffler boxes for increased throttle response throughout the engine’s rev range. Other benefits are a rise in high rpm output performance and reduction in weight over the standard exhaust.

Because of its less restrictive nature and lighter construction, the Akrapovic Gran Coupé Evolution Line exhaust delivers additional performance by way of increases in power and torque output, improved power-to-weight ratio and improved throttle response.

The total weight of the system is 25.7 kg as compared to 38.5 kg of the standard exhaust system fitted on the BMW M6 Gran Coupe.

From a power and torque perspective, there is an increase in power of 7.4kW at 5950rpm and an increase in torque of 17Nm at 5200rpm.

Source: Akrapovic

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The Making Of A BMW: BMW Dingolfing Plant [Video]

The Making Of A BMW: BMW Dingolfing Plant [Video]

It seems we are having a bit of a BMW kinda day seeing that we have already posted stories on the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe as well as the BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition. So we figures we would throw in a video of the BMW Dingolfing Plant.

The BMW Dingolfing plant produces the 5 Series, the 6 Series as well as the 7 Series.

The Video starts off from the stamping plant/press shop and then moves onto the Body Shop where the vehicle body and chassis are welded together. From there the vehicle is taken to the paint shop where the vehicles goes through a dip for rust proofing before it is finally painted.

The painted shell is then taken to the final assembly line where a where a variety of vehicle components are assembled onto the car.

Enjoy the video.

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More Detailed Info on the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe

More Detailed Info on the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe

The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe from the onset is clearly seen to build on the attributes of the BMW 6 Series and BMW 8 Series Coupes.

According to BMW the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe embodies the qualities of sportiness and exclusivity in terms of its aesthetics, dynamics and elegance. An array of high-quality details provide an exclusive showcase for the car’s perfectly balanced coupe proportions.

The interior received the expertise of BMW Individual whose skilled craftsmanship and eye for materials helped to create a supposedly superior interior. We are not sure of that given the fact that the given car seems to ooze of lots of brown in the interior. It kind of reminds one of those awful moments when one unsuccessfully regurgitates their food (yes, we mean throw up). But then again perhaps we should be focussing more on the quality of the material used on the interior rather than the look. The look we assume is something one can easily remedy.

The proportions and silhouette of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe give the car an athletic and dynamic presence even whilst standing still.

The wheelbase (2810 mm) is 50 millimetres longer than that of the existing 3 Series Coupe, while 45 mm has been added to the front track (1545 mm) and 80 mm to the rear track (1593 mm). At 1,826 mm wide, the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is 44 mm broader than its predecessor, its roof line is 16 mm lower (1362 mm) and it is also longer (4641 mm), all of which makes for exceptionally dynamic proportions.

The attention to detail in the BMW Concept 4 series is evident by the detailing of the functional elements such as air intakes and vents, door openers and exterior mirrors which have a classy satin-finish aluminium accents.

The front of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe has the hallmark BMW kidney grille and twin circular full-LED-headlights, albeit having a more slim and sporty design as is already embodied by the current 3 series.

An interesting detail on the grille is the fact that it is closed off. This is done in order to optimise the aerodynamics and to keep the fuel consumption low.

Other than the eye-catching kidney grille and circular headlights at the front, the large air intakes in the front apron also catch your attention. The sheer size of the large air intakes tend too hint at the need for an insane need of air to be channelled to the engine bay to aid with cooling. The two vent surrounds on either side of the large intake also channel air for brake, oil cooling and for the Air Curtain. The Air Curtain, an EfficientDynamics feature channels the incoming air around the outside of the wheels, ensuring the airflow “hugs” the wheel arches and fuel consumption is noticeably reduced as a consequence.

The feature most notable from the side profile of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is the gently downward-sloping roofline which transitions smoothly to the rear of the car, accentuating the sportiness of the car. The side windows also adhere to the slim and stretched theme.

The Air Breather on the side of the car which, an aerodynamically effective aperture behind the front wheel also adds an element of sportiness, and works in tandem with the Air Curtain in the front apron to ensure and effective reduction in drag around the wheels. Not to forget are also the 20-inch light-alloy wheels with a prominently three-dimensional multi-spoke design.

At the rear the L-shaped rear lights of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe blend harmoniously into the car’s overall design. The design of the rear window has a lowering effect on the car’s tail and gives the body as a whole an even more powerful look.

However the most striking element at the rear of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is the bumper which has a clearly defined trim element in satin-finish aluminium. This trim element adopts a similar three-way split to the front air intake, but in a width-emphasising form and engulfs the two exhaust tailpipes.

To be honest we are not sure if this really looks great. To some extent it almost feels a bit odd on the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe, it kind of conjures and image that the designers decided to look at the rear detailing of the McLaren MP4-12C or the Audi R8 for their inspiration on the rear of the car.

But overall we are really pleased with the look of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe, it is certainly a huge departure from what we have come to know on the BMW 3 Series coupe’s in the past.

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BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition Introduced to Celebrate DTM Triumph

BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition Introduced to Celebrate DTM Triumph

BMW Motor sport this year managed to come out tops in the DTM having had an almost 20 year hiatus from racing in the DTM. Canadian driver Bruno Spengler won the drivers’ title, BMW Team Schnitzer finished in top spot in the team standings, and BMW claimed the manufacturers’ honours.

To celebrate their success, BMW M GmbH has unveiled the BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition, of which only 54 will be made.  The BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition will be built from February 2013 and will be available in a number of international markets.

We are not sure if this includes South Africa but considering the rather astronomical price tag of €99000 in Europe (roughly R1 135 800 before import taxes, etc), we are not too sure how many people locally will be keen to purchase it.

The owners of this exclusive model will also have the opportunity to attend the BMW M Fascination Nordschleife driver training course under the watchful eye of Bruno Spengler.

Mimicking the looks of Bruno Spengler’s racing car, this special-edition model is available exclusively in Frozen Black metallic, while the carbon flaps and gurney, various dark chrome elements, matt black wheels and sections of the race car’s livery also betray its close links with the triumphant BMW M3 DTM.

The theme is continued by the BMW M stripe design over the CFRP roof and boot lid, BMW M logo to the rear of the front wheel arches and decals in the rear side windows.

Inside the BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition the door sill strips replicate Spengler’s helmet design and the carbon-fibre interior trim strip bears the newly crowned champion’s signature and the car’s serial number.

The special-edition model also contains various exclusive interior additions, such as the Alcantara® steering wheel, handbrake lever embroidered with “M Power” lettering, and extended black Novillo leather trim with features in contrasting Palladium Silver.

Technical elements like the Competition package, M Drive, M DCT Drivelogic and the M Driver’s Package underline the car’s focus on high performance. Equipment including the Professional navigation system, heated seats and Park Distance Control add more “everyday” ingredients to the model.

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BMW 4 Series Concept Pictures

BMW 4 Series Concept Pictures

A few weeks ago we showed pictures of a partially camouflaged BMW 4 series being loaded onto a trailer but today thanks to a series of pictures from the Autoblog.nl crew we have a set of some slick-looking concept pictures of the new BMW 4 Series.

Judging from the earlier pictures we saw of the BMW 4 Series being loaded on the trailer and these pictures, the chances that the final version will look very close to what we see in the pictures.

Just like the guys at Autoblog.nl we are not really sure about what’s going on with the interior, the brown leather, brown Alcantera , and brown wood finish on the dash just doesn’t seem to work well. It feels like an over kill of brown.

Source: Autoblog.nl

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Flash Back Review:1993-1998 BMW E36 316i

Flash Back Review:1993-1998 BMW E36 316i

This is definitely a flash back. A friend of mine recently had his 90 something E36 BMW 3 series fixed up and I thought it might be a cool idea to review the car. The car has gone through some level of restoration as quite a few odds and ends have been replaced but the car is mostly original. After a few runs in it, I have to admit I am thoroughly impressed and I feel rather inclined to get one for myself.

To be honest I really hate classic cars pre-dating the 90s. I really don’t think that the golden era of motoring has yet passed as many classic car enthusiasts claim and if it has I believe we are experiencing the platinum age which started around the 2000’s and will probably top out by next year, that’s my analysis on things anyway.

Classic cars suck, they are hideous apart from the Jaguar E-type which came between 1961-1974.With the 90’s however we saw a couple of cars come up that changed motoring probably forever. The BMW 3 series was one of them, being manufactured predominantly throughout the 90s.

Our test car is grey in colour and without any scratches or dents anywhere as far as I can tell. It still has that classic BMW boxy-like look that defined BMW for so long. The rear lights are new and the front lights originals. The doors still intact and am assuming the tyres are also new with the rims being the originals and not customised imports which bode well with me.

In the interior the seats are made of clothe and even though the car has obviously seen quite a lot of years the seats are still intact and haven’t lost form, really amazing. The interior is still okay apart from the roof upholstery which appears to be falling apart from the right rear. The seats are comfortable and there is enough interior space to fit four adults comfortably. The grey theme does continue in the interior with the upholstery being grey and the seats also. Planting my bum firmly in the co-drivers seat I can’t help but feel a subtle sportiness to this car as the seats are so low you feel very close to the ground. Talk about “ground effects.”

Aerodynamically, probably because of age and perhaps one or two other things beyond about 120 kph there is some scuttle shake which becomes worse as one tries to go faster, perhaps there is something unbalanced on the wheel, or some dodgy engine mount.  Sadly we aren’t that brave in the few runs we’ve had in this car and the engine simply doesn’t have that much grunt. Perhaps our confidence will increase after another visit to the mechanic.

To try to give you a power and torque figure would be absurd as the engine’s been to surgery (of the re-constructive type) several times. This being a BMW 316i the original engine had 75kW of power at 5500rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 3900rpm. This unit clearly doesn’t have the fanciful figures and I have doubts as to whether it will hit 100kph from a standing start in 12.7s.

Coming to the engine it’s a wonder that it works at all. There is a horrible clicking noise that the mechanic promised would go away after a couple of day’s worth of driving. At rare moments when the clicking isn’t so pronounced one can hear the engine’s note which is that classic BMW sound that is still prevalent in even the present 1-series 118i. It’s just raw engine sound which beats any exhaust note conjured by oversized mufflers. That’s a good thing.

The gear knob isn’t an original but is lovely to behold. The centre panel is also quite interesting as all the buttons for the windows are located here. This is quite unique and convenient. The original music player is out and the replacement doesn’t work for some reason. I notice the car has a dual zone climate control albeit a manual one. For a 90’s car this is quite impressive. I should mention however that neither the fan nor the air conditioning work. So let’s pretend we are hardcore enthusiasts and we’ve gone the lotus way where simple luxuries are costly options and the excuse is that we are saving on weight for better handling and acceleration or something.

Moving to the instrument cluster the gauges (speedometer and rev counter) are a bit too old school for me, I think they look terrible. They are just not pretty and I am pretty sure the Japanese equivalents of the three series in the 90s had much better instrument clusters. I’m thinking Nissan Sunny, but perhaps I’m biased as my exposure to vehicles as a child leaned more to Japanese cars. The one cool thing though is that the car has a small digital display at the foot of the speedometer which tells you the average consumption of fuel in litres per 100km.

When it comes to the driving this is just one of those cars that you just have to be glad is moving. The suspension is useless and it feels like you are on a wooden raft going down some gentle stream and trying to steer using a pole of some sort. Believe me I don’t mean this in a good way. The steering input is also not very direct. The nose of the car isn’t very responsive and there is a several millisecond wait as one turns the steering wheel to the nose actually responding. One more thing to add to the list of things which need to be reassessed by the mechanic, sigh.

The one thing that is still working properly is the digital read out of average fuel consumption. When new the 316i had a rural consumption of 7l/100km, an urban consumption of 10.1l/100km and a combined cycle average of 8.5l/100km. Well done to the guys who built this thing as we always seem to manage 7l/100km possibly 14-19 years after this car was built. Certainly a gentle hand clap is from the men of old who wore twin tail coats and gloves are expected at this point. Bravo BMW.

Clearly we have found a bench mark to every modern car coming out. There we have it, the E36 BMW 316i. If any of you beloved readers are planning on buying an old car either for the school run or for family trips to Franschoek and back to Cape-town. This is the ideal low budget car. Just make sure you check the suspension and get a proper mechanic to check out the engine.

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BMW 4 Series (New 3 Series Coupe) Spied with Less Camo

BMW 4 Series (New 3 Series Coupe) Spied with Less Camo

We have seen a number of BMW 4 Series spy photos over the last few months, but none have been revealing as these set of pictures. These pictures of the BMW 4 Series were taken whilst it was being loaded on a truck. A task that we find relatively nerve wrecking considering that in most cases the vehicles being transported are prototypes or pre-production models.

The BMW 4 Series (F32) is the replacement for the BMW 3 Series Coupe and is set for launch in the UK in 2013. The car in the pictures has Sport badge insignia as can be seen on the front fender and probably hints that it may be a performance version.

According to Auto Express, the swooping roofline takes cues from the larger 6 Series, and possibly the front and rear styling will also follow suit. Also owing to the relative longer wheelbase the BMW 4 Series Coupe will also offer more legroom at the back.

The car looks like it might just give the Audi A5 and the Mercedes C-Class a bit of a challenge when it is launched.

Information from Motor authority indicates that the BMW 4 Series Coupe may be revealed as early as the 2013 Detroit Motor Show/North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) which kicks off early in January 2013.

Source: Auto Express and Motoring Authority

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Hear The 2014 BMW M3 Roar As Its Put Through Its Paces [Video]

Hear The 2014 BMW M3 Roar As Its Put Through Its Paces [Video]

There have been a number of fears that the loss of two cylinders in the BMW M3 and the addition of a turbocharger would lead to a less exciting sounding BMW M3, a very critical factor in the BMW M driving experience. The aural engine notes tend to encourage the driver to push the vehicle to its boundaries.

The 6-cylinder turbocharged engine BMW M3 will have more power than the current BMW M3 and as this video shows, the BMW M3 still sounds like its got oomph.

Source: AutoEvolution via Bimmerpost

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Bruno Spengler wins DTM 2012 in BMW M3

Bruno Spengler wins DTM 2012 in BMW M3

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BMW M5 (F10) with Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system

BMW M5 (F10) with Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system

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