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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 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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Watch The SLS AMG Coupe Black Series Clay Model Come To Life [Video]

Watch The SLS AMG Coupe Black Series Clay Model Come To Life [Video]

This time lapse video of the Mercedes  SLS AMG Coupe Black Series shows the third design phase in which the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series clay model is crafted into it’s final shape and wrapped in foil.

For more information on the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series, read our previous article.

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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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Audi Crosslane Coupé Concept [with Video]

Audi Crosslane Coupé Concept [with Video]

The Audi Crosslane Coupé Concept 2+2 seater plug-in hybrid premiered at the 2012 Paris Motor Show provides a glimpse to the design language of future Audi Q models.

The front of the Audi Crosslane Coupé is dominated by a single-frame grille, which is subdivided into several segments by struts and the large air intakes on the bumper. The front headlights are trapezoidal in shape and use Audi Matrix LED headlight technology.

The side profile of the car is dominated by horizontal edges above the wheels, and the doors which extend rather low due to the space frame design which allows very low sills.

At the rear the main highlights are, the tail lights divided into two segments by the boot lid seam, and the lower bumper which incorporates an aluminium diffuser.

Another feature of the Audi Crosslane Coupé is the removable roof which can be removed and fitted over the load area to allow for open top driving.

On the interior passengers are met by electrically adjustable sport seats with integrated head restraints, and a low dashboard which is biased towards the driver. The digital instrument cluster displays pertinent information to the driver including the drive system operating status and the aircon controls integrate miniature displays on the dials.

From an infotainment perspective the Audi Crosslane Coupé also features the Audi Connect system which is Audi’s new online service allowing passengers to keep connected to the web and the varying social platforms.

The centre console integrates a large selector lever, which is electrically extended when the car is started; it is used to control the hybrid drive.

The chassis/spaceframe is constructed from a mix of aluminium, carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP). The concept car has an unladen weight of about 1,390 kg, including the large lithium-ion battery.

The plug-in hybrid drive of the Audi Crosslane Coupé, comprises a combustion engine, two electric motors and a single-stage transmission; its system power is 130kW. The Audi Crosslane Coupé sprints from 0-100km/h in 8.6 seconds, and in pure electric mode takes 9.8 seconds. The car’s top speed is 182km/h. It offers the potential for up to 256.8mpg and emits 26 g/km of CO2. The lithium-ion battery has an output of 17.4 kWh, sufficient for an operating range of around 85km in the electric mode.

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2013 Aston Martin DB9 – Spot the Difference?

2013 Aston Martin DB9 – Spot the Difference?

Aston Martin has revealed more information on its forthcoming 2013 Aston Martin DB9. From launch the Aston Martin Virage will be available as either a Coupe or Volante.

According to Aston Martin the styling changes on the DB9 are reminiscent of the outgoing Aston Martin Virage. If you are not as intimate with the intrinsic details of the Aston Martin, you might find it hard to spot the styling changes on the Aston Martin DB9. But there are changes to both the exterior and interior.

The front features a large lower front grill which feeds air to the braking system, with a front splitter which also serves to visually widen the Aston Martin DB9.  The Bi-xenon headlamps, also add to the visual appearance, giving the car a clear focus, with subtle feature lines running along and underneath the headlamps also emphasising the width of the car.

Visually on the side of the car the Aston Martin DB9 features an integrated side strake which houses LED indicators, the long strake accentuating the lean and long lines of the DB9’s nose.

At the rear the Aston Martin has a more pronounced rear boot lip to enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car. An LED light above the Aston Martin Badge is also apparent over the outgoing model. Changes to the rear lower bumper also aid to give the DB9 a sportier feel, with the lower bumper receiving a diffuser type styling treatment. All in all, the Aston Martins widetrack width and muscular rear haunches clearly communicate the power delivered at the rear wheels.

The interior as per Aston Martin tradition exudes an air of elegance and luxury. Some of the changes include the use of jewel-like glass switchgear used throughout the interior of the revised DB9. Other enhancements include the stunning leather welt feature first seen on the Virage. The welts have been designed and developed by Aston Martin’s master craftsmen.

Meanwhile there are two Carbon Packs introduced on Aston Martin DB9 one exterior and one interior to offer further personalisation possibilities

The exterior pack comprises carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, carbon fibre mirror arms and caps and dark tailpipes with a graphitic finish. The interior pack offers a carbon fibre upper facia, carbon fibre gear selector paddles and carbon fibre door pulls.

The powerplant on the The Aston Martin DB9 will be the new generation AM11 V12 engine. The engine is said to produce 375kW (510bhp) and 620Nm, which accelerates the DB9 from 0 – 100km/h in a reported 4.6 seconds and to a top speed of 295km/h. The engine is mated to a Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system.

From s safety perspective Aston Martin achieves compliance with the latest European pedestrian protection regulations and does so without any compromise to the exterior design of the car. The attention to detail in the pedestrian protection system has allowed the designers to avoid the use of plastic grilles and straightforward nose cone bumpers that stretch up in front of the bonnet.

The Aston Martin DB9 chassis features a number of important enhancements over the outgoing car’s already impressive inventory. The main highlights being the inclusion of the Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CMM) discs and callipers supplied by Brembo. The use of these brakes allows for a weight saving of about 12.5kg on the unsprung mass which also helps to achieve a better balance between ride comfort and handling.

The Adaptive Damping System (ADS) has also been enhanced to include three modes: Normal, Sport and Track. The different damping modes available help appreciably broaden DB9’s character, adapting its set-up to suit the driver’s requirements in different contexts. It can be a comfortable and compliant GT car in Normal mode as well as being a firm and direct sports car in Sport setting and offering highly precise flat cornering in Track mode.

All in all, according to product manager Andy Haslam, “Taking the best elements of Virage, adding important new upgrades and combining these with the iconic DB9 nomenclature we have created a compelling new Sports GT that sits proudly at the very heart of the Aston Martin sports car range.”

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2012 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible

2012 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible

The third generation BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible were unveiled on the 6th of March at Geneva Motor Show.

The new M6 gets the usual M styling design cues that give it a more athletic aura.

The twin powered 4.4 Litre V8 engine fitted to both the Coupe and Convertible is mated to a high-torque 7 speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT), which optimises power transfer between the rear wheels. This along with extensive chassis and suspension upgrades ensure that the engine’s performance can be transferred to the ground.

The engine peak power output is 412kW and has a maximum torque of 680Nm. The engine produces around 10% higher output than the V10 engine of its predecessors and torque is up by over 30%. At the same time, fuel consumption and CO2 are expected to be reduced by approximately 30%. Along with the host of features the new BMW M6 features both Brake Energy Regeneration and the Auto Start-Stop function, which automatically switch off the engine when the car comes to a stop.

The M6 Coupe accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds whilst the Convertible takes 4.3 seconds. The top speed of both models is electronically limited to 250km/h.

The track widths of both the M6 Coupe and Convertible have been increased by 30 millimetres compared to their respective 6 Series stablemates and thus enhances the road holding of the cars. The Car comes fitted with a standard wheel and tire combination of  19 inch M specific light alloy wheels fitted with 265/40 R19 ultra-high performance summer tires in the front and 295/35 R 19 tires at the rear. As an option 20 inch forged M light-alloy wheels will also be available.

To braking on the M6 is by means of 400mm diameter brake rotors at the front and 396mm at the back both fitted with 6 piston fixed calipers. Also as an option the new M6 will be the first BMW M to be offered with optional M Carbon-Ceramic brakes with 410mm brake rotors at the front and 396mm at the rear.

The roof of the new of the new BMW M6 Coupe is molded from natural color Carbon Fiber Composite.  The use of the lightweight material for the roof allows the car’s center of gravity to be lowered, further enhancing the agility of the M6.

The BMW M6 Convertible automatic opening and closing of the roof can be activated both at a standstill and while on the move at speeds of up to 40 km/h. It is claimed that the roof takes 19 seconds to open and 24 seconds to close.

 

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