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A Look At The 2013 BMW 335i M Perfromance

A Look At The 2013 BMW 335i M Perfromance

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New Three-Door BMW 1 Series

New Three-Door BMW 1 Series

BMW South Africa has added the BMW 1 Series – three door variant to the local lineup. The BMW 1 Series three-door variant will be available on the BMW 116i (1ookW), the BMW125i (160kW) and BMW135i (235kW). The BMW 118i (125kW) will be added from November 2012.

The new BMW 1 Series three-door has a unique exterior appearance compared to the five-door version, mostly as a result of the dynamically stretched side profile, the wide doors with frameless windows, the contoured side panels, the wider rear wheel arches, and the side sills which extend to the front accentuating the stretched character of the vehicle’s silhouette.

BMW 1 Series Owners will be able to individualise their vehicles thanks to 3  styling options BMW will be offering, these being the BMW Sport Line, BMW Urban Line and M Sport Package.

All engine variants come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission or eight-speed automatic sports transmission.

The BMW 1 Series three-door variant will have similar feature as the current 5 door version and as such has comes with BMW EfficientDynamics Technology including Auto Start Stop function in conjunction with manual and automatic transmissions as well as ECO PRO mode, which can be activated in conjunction with the Driving Experience Control function offered as standard.

Other features on the BMW 1 Series  include the wide range of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive that are unique in the compact segment, High-Beam Assistant, Adaptive Headlights, Rear View Camera, Lane Departure Warning incl. Rear Collision Warning, Parking Assistant, Cruise Control with braking function, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Indicator, Internet access, enhanced integration of smartphones and music players, Real-Time Traffic Information and Apps for personalised web radio reception and for access to Facebook and Twitter.

The pricing for the BMW three –door variant starts as follows:

116i – R265500

125i – R336000

M135i – R445500

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BMW Concept Active Tourer [Video]

BMW Concept Active Tourer [Video]

BMW today released information on the front wheel drive BMW Concept Active Tourer which up to now most people had speculated would be called the BMW 1 Series GT. The BMW Concept Active Tourer will be showcased at the upcoming 2012 Paris Motor Show.

BMW feels that the introduction of the model will bolster its sales within the small compact premium segment which it sees growing by5% over the next coming years.

According to BMW, the BMW Concept Active Tourer is geared towards customers of the premium segment who appreciate a high level of comfort, a raised seating position and a generous amount of space.

Styling wise the BMW Concept Active Tourer exudes a sporty elegance and retains the characteristically expressive BMW design language that we have come to know. In a way it seems to be a good blend of the current 1 and X1 Series models as well as a more toned down incorporation of the i3 and i8 design cues. Based on what we can see the interior design has been optimised to ensure an unusually generously sized interior.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer is a plug in hybrid (PHEV) and features BMW’s proprietary eDrive system which has already been showcased in the BMW i8.

A state-of-the-art 1.5-litre petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology derived from the BMW Group Efficient Dynamics family of engines mates to a synchronous electric motor.

Were not sure how BMW fans will take a front wheel drive Beemer, although we have to point out that it is a bit of a misnomer in that with the 1.5 litre petrol engines powering the front wheels, the synchronous motor when active actually acts on the rear axles and recoups braking energy through brake regeneration.

The combined system output is claimed to be over 140kW which leads the BMW Concept Active Tourer to accelerate from 0-100km/h in less than 8 seconds reaching a maximum speed of around 200km/h. These impressive figures are attained whilst maintaining a claimed average fuel consumption of 2.5L/100km, with CO2 emission levels of 60g/km.

With a fully charged battery, the BMW Concept Active Tourer has a maximum range of over 30 kilometres when running on electric power alone.

Interior highlights of the BMW Concept Active Tourer include the innovative panorama sunroof which can be darkened or lightened at the press of an electric button. The levels of lighting are attained by adding a leaf type effect to the glass roof.

Other items include the 10.25-inch integrated multifunction instrument display and the 8-inch central information display in with a Black Panel look.

We hope BMW captures the interest of the buyers they are targeting, something we don’t foreseeably see as being a problem.

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BMW DesignworksUSA Designs Thermaltake Level 10 M Gaming Mouse

BMW DesignworksUSA Designs Thermaltake Level 10 M Gaming Mouse

The new Thermaltake Level 10 M gaming mouse was designed by BMW Group’s think tank of creative specialists, DesignworksUSA for Thermaltake, a renowned provider of electronic gaming accessories. The new Thermaltake Level 10 M gamin mouse is designed and developed as a high-end computer mouse for gaming pros like Kai “Kaii” Schäfer,  “White Ra,” and all those dedicated amateurs hoping to match their wits against the lightning-fast best.

Anyone who has played a computer game should know level 10 is usually reserved for the last or final stage of the a game and is usually only attained by those able to persevere through the mind boggling stages in a demonstration of mental and physical hand eye coordination skills. As such the mouse is designed to be very, very good. This is marked not only by the strikingly good looks of the mouse but also the features available. Design wise the mouse is said to resemble a tiny race car.

The Thermaltake Level 10 M mouse consists of a two-part construction, with the upper half seeming to float above the base. Made of an alloy also used in aeronautics and architecture, the Thermaltake Level 10 M is both lightweight and immune to corrosive effects. The top part, where the gamers hand would be resting for hours during competitions, can be individually adjusted for height and lateral inclination. The mouse is also outfitted with a number of keys, which a gamer can set to meet specific demands. The software packed into the stunning hardware is also able to read out DPi-rates for gaming visuals. The drilling in the upper shell serves to ventilate a player’s palms during the game – even top-seeded gamers break into a cold sweat at heart-stopping moments. As a special highlight this mouse can even be illuminated in different colours. The new mouse will be available in four colours: Diamond Black, Iron White, Military Green and Blazing Red.

According to Tony Liu, the director of Tt esports, the gaming division of Thermaltake, the Thermaltake Level 10 M is an “extension of the player’s soul.”

One might wonder why a mouse has to be tailored for the gamin market, especially the pro-gaming fraternity but just like a basketball shoe, a golf club or a cockpit, a professional gamers mouse needs to be customized to meet the competition needs of tech’s best athletes.

This has now been the second project where Thermaltake and DesignworksUSA have pooled their respective resources. The first was the Level 10 computer chassis, which made a huge splash in gaming circles.

The mouse is now available at most major retailer stores and online stores in the US, in Europe and Asia. More information on the Thermaltake Level 10 M Mouse is also available on the Tt eSports’ website.

Watch the official launch video below.

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A Closer Look At The BMW M135i

A Closer Look At The BMW M135i

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Pictures Of Classic BMW's: For The Fans

Pictures Of Classic BMW’s: For The Fans

We came across these pics of classic BMW’s when we were browsing through the motoringconbrio website today. The set of pictures belong to drfilm.

The two pictures below are of a BMW 2002tii.



1973 BMW 2002 tii

The picture below is of a BMW 2800.

BMW 2800

Beautiful pictures don’t you think?

Source: motoringconbrio, drfilm


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BMW Zagato Coupé

BMW Zagato Coupé


BMW unveiled the BMW Zagato Coupé at the prestigious Villa d’Este Concours in Italy late in May.

The BMW Zagato Coupé is a hand built once off vehicle built with the aid of the Italian coach builder Zagato and there are no signs that it will make it into production.

The BMW Zagato Coupé is registered for road use and has already been put through its paces at the BMW test track.

Some of the prominent features of the BMW Zagato Coupé are the BMW radiator grille (with countless small matt Zagato “z” letters to make up the kidney grille), double-bubble roof, and the transparent dark tint rear boot lid.

Other features which make the car stand out are the pair of air intakes integrated into the bonnet which may indicate the presence of a high-performance engine beneath, the prominent rear bumper which feeds downwards into a large diffuser, matt finish exhaust tailpipes positioned towards the outer edges of the rear, 19-inch light-alloy wheels in classically sporty five-spoke design, and the exclusive exterior paint finish Rosso Vivace which brings the surfaces and forms of the BMW Zagato Coupé to life.



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BMW M Celebrates 40 years of Existence

BMW M Celebrates 40 years of Existence


BMW Motorsport GmbH was born in 1972 as a subsidiary of BMW GmbH, with the name changing to BMW M GmbH in 1993. This year,2012, marks the 40th anniversary of the BMW M division.

Since its formation the BMW M division has released a number of exciting models which have kept customers coming back for more and more and the rest of us forever lusting to own one of the M branded BMW models. Well assuming your allegiance lies with BMW that is.

Although originally established as an in house sports in 1974 the BMW M division released the first road going BMW M engineered 5 Series (the 530, 533i, and 535i).

However the first car to wear the M badge was the BMW M1 in 1978. The success of the BMW M1 led BMW M to develop and build the M535i in 1980 which has a 2 valve 6 cylinder engine carried over from the BMW 635 CSi churning out 163kW.

In 1984 the 4 valve 6 cylinder 210kW engine from the M1 made its way into the BMW 635 CSi Coupé and the M5.

The BMW M3 was born in 1986 and represented the first car developed in parallel for both series production and Motor sport. The BMW M3 featured a 16 valve 4 cylinder 147kW engine.

Over time a variety of BMW M branded models have arisen with ever increasing performance and standards. 40 years into the companies’ history the BMW M Performance Badge has been added to focus on their diesel powered cars, with the engine of choice being the newly added straight six-cylinder diesel engine developed with three turbochargers and power of 284kW exclusively for BMW M Performance Automobiles.

We wish the BMW M division a happy 40th anniversary and most of all continued success.

Source: BMW

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BMW M135i

BMW M135i

BMW earlier this week released a video of the much anticipated BMW M135I. The M135i concept was revealed at the Geneva motor show earlier this year and the car seen in the video is the production version.

The video shows both the three and five door derivatives of the M135i.

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The BMW i8 Concept Goes Topless

The BMW i8 Concept Goes Topless

The BMW i3 and BMW i8 concept have caused a stir over the last couple of months but recently BMW added the BMW i8 Concept Spyder to the mix.

The styling may not be to everyone’s taste but there are certain elements both exterior and interior which are visually appealing. Some of the notable features of the i8 Spyder include the upward-swivelling windowless doors, headlights with laser light technology and a range of purpose-oriented on-board equipment including electric kickboards stowed under a transparent tailgate and 3D screens.

 The i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid powered by an eDrive drivetrain combining a high-performance electric motor and petrol combustion engine. The power for the electric motor comes from a lithium-ion battery which can be fully charged from a domestic power socket in less than two hours. The 96 kW (131 hp) electric motor on the front axle works in tandem with a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine sending 164 kW (223 hp) through the rear wheels. The combined system output being rated at up to 260 kW and a peak torque of 550 Nm.

The acceleration from from 0 to 100 kph is claimed to be five seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 kph. Despite this performance, the two-seater burns just three litres of petrol per 100 kilometres in the European test cycle.

With its battery fully charged, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder can cover up to 30 kilometres (19 miles) on electric power alone.

If required, a high-voltage alternator hooked up to the combustion engine generates extra power, which is then stored in the hybrid battery. This range-extending function during the course of a journey allows the two-seater to travel further.

Compared with the Coupe variant of the BMW i8 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder has a slightly shorter wheelbase and overall length which help to give it a more dynamic feeling according to the BMW press release.

The two videos below showing the BMW i8 Concepy Spyder being driven during the day and at night provide a better idea of what to expect.

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