Sunday, December 28, 2008
Behold the new BMW 'coupe' SUV crossover that will go on sale in the U.S. next year.
This new crossover entry should beat the competition, especially because there isn't any to speak of.
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When I first saw this picture I checked the calendar to see if today is by any chance Valentine's Day and this is just the result of some guy desecrating his bike in order for his girl to forgive him for not spending as much time cuddling or something like that. But no! There have actually been "rumors" (which I would have loved not to hear about)) that BMW is preparing a Barbie Edition and this is just a rendering of that because otherwise the world of those who actually go around the world (...)
The new BMW X6 is still warm from the oven, so to speak, and already the tuners are lining up to make it hotter. One of the first to step up is LUMMA Design. The Winterlinger-based tuner's CLR X 650 features a widebody kit and performance upgrades and [...]
BMW Group Research and Technology has developed a prototype for a multifunctional car key which enables cashless payment and personalised vehicle access. "As part of our research project we first integrated a security chip into the key casing, which communicates across short distances b [...]
Now this is a MMMM6 Dinan style
Starting at $101,700 MSRP
5.0-liter, V-10 engine
17 mpg hwy*
High performance from high-speed engines: that's the philosophy of BMW M. This compact, high-revving, V-10 power unit develops enormous thrust and muscle that's always on tap. At 5.0 liters of displacement and 500 horsepower, the V-10 produces 100 horsepower per liter - a remarkable feat for a naturally aspirated production engine. And its power-to-weight ratio of one horsepower per each eight pounds is a figure more representative of a racecar than one you'd have in your driveway.
What you get from Dinan
We could imagine getting only the suspension upgrades plus wheels and tires for a little more than 9 G's but who needs 628 hp anyway? Well, everybody who like having more than everyone else and it's nice to have the option.
In order to handle the extra horsepower and torque, Dinan added his own forged crank and lightweight forged pistons and connecting rods, then balanced and blueprinted the whole thing and managed it with matching electronics and software. With a forty grand price tag, is in no way cheap, but it gets you 128 more horses.
Steve Dinan, on the other hand, has a 30-year history of making extremely fast BMWs for those who can afford it, cars smooth enough for grocery runs yet track-day ready if needed. Dinan's latest work, a 628-bhp 5.6-liter upgrade of the V-10-powered M6, through the quarter mile in a magma-hot 11.9 seconds at 124.8 mph, circles our skidpad at 0.94g and comes to a dead stop from 80 mph in 194 ft. (the same numbers for a stock M6 are 12.4 at 118.1, 0.88 and 209). A 3.8-sec. romp to 60 mph, indulging some in wheel spin romping, will see you head to head with a certain thoroughbred horse, the F430. And yes you can race a 911 GT2 to 120 mph? A dead heat at 10.9 sec.
"BMW has a recommended break-in procedure of 1,200 miles that is you have to keep the speed under control through the break-in period," said Dinan. "I don't think I could control myself for that long."
Okay, so this is very reminiscent of the big recall BMW had on the previous generation E46 BMW M3 for a rod bearing in the years 2001 to 2003.5. Now all new BMW M3's with a DCT Transmission have been recalled which tally's to about 2500 cars. Although this is not near as big as the E46 recall, many enthusiasts who purchased or ordered a new BMW M3 with the DCT Transmission will now have "that feeling" in their gut on whether or not this car is "reliable". The issue occurs when the car is in a near panic stop/breaking. The transmission will attempt to downshift several times to the point where it causes the engine to stall. The good news about this recall is that it is resolved with a software update. You would think that automakers would get the DCT/Dual Clutch setup right by now; it is not as if about half of the automakers are coming out with their own version of a dual clutch setup.
Oh look… it's the new iDrive controller next to the DCT shifter. Wheew!