2016 G-Power BMW X5 M Typhoon with 750hp

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German tuning company G-Power has applied their know-how to the F85 BMW X5 M, installing an aggressive widebody kit and backing the looks up with upgrades for the SUV’s 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8.

G-Power’s ‘Typhoon’ widebody kit consists of fender flares, new front and rear bumpers, a carbon fiber hood and side skirts. The rear bumper frames quad-outlet exhaust 102mm exhaust pipes, which are offered along with G-Power’s full titanium exhaust system. Housed in the widened wheel arches are lightweight aluminum ‘Hurricane RR’ 23-inch wheels, which are available in three different colour finishes. The wheels are also available in smaller 21-inch size.

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The 575 horsepower twin-turbo V8 has been upgraded with new compressor wheels for the turbochargers, which are larger and more efficient than the stock units. The exhaust turbine has also been upgraded for reduced exhaust gas pressure and higher boost pressures and is joined by new stainless steel downpipes. These upgrades bring output to 750 horsepower and 980 Nm, G-Power says.

Mercedes-Benz Stays On Course To Win 2016 Sales Crown From BMW

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Mercedes-Benz sales through July rose at more than twice the pace of arch-rival BMW‘s, keeping it on course to reclaim the luxury-car lead this year thanks to a sportier line-up and a new crop of SUVs.

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2017 BMW X2 to make debut at Paris motor show

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The 2017 BMW X2 will be previewed as a lightly veiled concept car at the Paris motor show in late September prior to a start to sales during the latter half of 2017, officials from the German car maker have revealed.

Sister model to the recently introduced second-generation X1, the X2 will become the sixth SUV model to join the BMW line-up and the second to be based on its highly versatile UKL platform – the same structure that underpins the upcoming second-generation Mini Countryman, which is also planned to get its first public airing at the Paris motor show. 

The X2 will rival the Range Rover Evoque, and will be priced from around £30,000. It has been conceived as a sporting alternative to the X1 in much the same way the X4 provides a more dynamic take on the X3 and the X6 acts as a more performance orientated option to the X5.

BMW marketing insiders say the X2 is intended to appeal to buyers who may have traditionally opted for a sporting hatchback yet seek the added security of the high seating position offered by an SUV.

The new X2 is described as being “more adventurous” in appearance than that of the smartly styled X1, despite the two sharing the same basic structural hard points.

Prototypes seen testing revealed that the production version of the X2 has a bluff front end dominated by a large kidney shaped grille and heavily profiled bonnet – a look largely shared with the X1.

Further back, the new BMW boasts a more heavily raked windscreen and significantly lower roofline than its mechanically identical sibling, giving it a more sporting profile.

The flanks are characterized by shapely front fenders and a prominent swage line running from the edge of the headlamps all the way through to the forward point of the tail lamps, while the rear features a hatchback-style tailgate that features a separate opening rear window for ease of loading in tight space.   

Inside, the X2 shares its dashboard and cabin appointments with the second-generation X1. Despite similar dimensions, the new X2 will not offer quite the same accommodation or luggage capacity, because in part to its lower roofline and more heavily angled tailgate.  

As with the X1, the new X2 will offer a range of transversely mounted four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

Included in the launch line-up will one petrol variant in the form of the  X2 xDrive20i, which runs a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine delivering 189bhp. It will be joined by three diesels all powered by BMW’s widely used turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel: the X2 xdrive18d with 148bhp, the X2 xDrive20d with 187bhp and the X2 xDrive25d with 227bhp.

Gearbox choice will include a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic along with the choice of either rear- or four-wheel drive in combination with the least powerful diesel engine option used by the X2 xDrive18d.

BMW 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid will make very short commutes electric

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Munich rolls out hybrid flagship to take on the Mercedes S550e

A new kind of BMW 7-series will go on sale this month, with Bavaria finally fielding a plug-in hybrid competitor that will take on the Mercedes-Benz S550e. BMW has just shared details about its gas-electric flagship, which will make the choice among these two luxobarges a little easier.

The 740e will offer the same hybrid powertrain as found in the BMW Xdrive 40e, pairing a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor that resides in the eight-speed automatic transmission, which will send power to all four wheels. With an electric-only range of 14 miles, the 740e has been rated at 64 mpg-e by the EPA; by comparison, the S550e will do 12 miles on juice alone and is rated at 58 mpg-e.

The combined powertrain of the 740e will deliver 322 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque and will be able to make the Olympic sprint from 0-60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. The 740e will feature a 9.2-kwH lithium-ion battery hidden behind the rear seats that can be charged in less than two hours with a Level 2 charger, though a simple wall plug will do the same in seven hours.

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The price of entry is $90,095, though a quick look through the options book will easily crack the $100,000 barrier, as one would expect. It remains to be seen how plug-in hybrids of this type will do in the current environment of gas prices, though BMW has other choices in this price segment when it comes to the 7-Series. This should allow the 740e to be an attractive option when it comes to price — other 7s are already there — and the compromise on performance is virtually moot, which may explain why it took BMW so long to field this model.

Facelifted BMW M4 spied on the road

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Spy shots show updated BMW M4 coupe on the road with subtle changes

The BMW M4 is due for a mid-life facelift, and our spy snappers have caught the revised model out testing in light camouflage. 

Changes to the exterior for the updated super-coupe will be minimal, with only some new air intakes for the front bumper and some new lights to give it a fresher look. 

Most of the changes won’t be cosmetic, with some new features being brought into the car to keep it up to date. There are no indications yet as to what the updates will be, but we expect to see a refreshed infotainment system and some small changes to the interior design. The car could also get some driver assistance tech such as traffic jam assist.

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The bmw M4 will continue to be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six, currently outputting 425bhp and 550Nm of torque. An update could see a power boost, although the Competition Pack already brings the figure up to 444bhp.

The standard M4 goes from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. It starts from £57,065 in the UK, and we’d expect a facelifted car to cost from around the same when it arrives in 2017.

Next-Gen BMW 5 Series Spy Shots – M5, GT, Sedan and Estate

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Here are some recent spy shots that reveal more on the variety of next generation BMW 5 Series coming up. What immediately becomes apparent when scrolling through the images is the clear resemblance to the current generation F10/F11, directly in line with the design strategy of the other large German brands.

Changes to the new 5 Series are kept at a minimum with details such as the headlights and dynamic side panels being slightly altered. Furthermore both front and rear bumpers are said to receive a sportier look while the taillights should also get a modest redesign. The taillights will get a sleeker and longer look than those on the current F10 generation.

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What is however new is the fact that the new generation will be based on BMW’s next generation platform called ’35up’. At the heart of the new platform are new lightweight materials and construction that can easily be fitted to mass production cars. CFRP is expected to play an important role in the matter as the recent 7 Series generation marked the start of a new generation of cars equipped with the latest lightweight material technology.

On the inside the 5 Series is expected to remain similar but with a fresh touch. Key for the designers was to create a balanced mix of classy, sporty and premium design. We can expect to see a redesigned dashboard with free-standing LCD display and a bunch of new tech first introduced on the 7 Series. The new iDrive system is also expected to make its way to the 5 Series and so are the new touchscreen, gesture-based functions and over-the-air updates modules.

BMW’s i Lineup Will Go Fully Electric

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BMW’s i models have sold in fewer numbers than anticipated, but the fully electric i3 and the i8 plug-in hybrid have at least paved the way for a new generation of electrics from BMW, and they have served as technology trials for a number of mainstream models. Using those metrics, the i brand has been deemed a success for BMW, and the company is committed to move it forward with a new generation of fully electric vehicles. Right now, BMW is working on three new models: replacements for the i3 and the i8 and a four-door sedan slotted between them. That car has been confirmed by BMW as the iNEXT. Fun to drive is high on the agenda for the iNext. It will feature a fully electric powertrain that could make a lot of power. Besides the battery-electric model, which is confirmed, there is the strong likelihood of a hydrogen-fueled version with a fuel cell. What’s also decided is that there won’t be a plug-in-hybrid version of the iNext. “By the time it launches, range won’t be a problem,” we were told. The iNext sedan will be a stand-alone model with a unique design, but it won’t be as far removed from BMW’s other models as are the i3 and the i8. The brand is looking to achieve significant economies of scale by sharing technology with BMW’s conventionally powered sedans. The iNext also will be available with cutting-edge autonomous-driving technology— a key point of development for the division moving forward. BMW is committed to offering a comprehensive package of self-driving features; how much of that will be possible to use depends on the legal environment. The car will come to market by 2021 or 2022, and subsequent years will see the i3 and the i8 replaced. Details on those remain scarce largely because many of the key decisions have yet to be made.