Feb 04 2013 ·
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Designed to boast a distinctive presence on the road and offer the ultimate, luxurious driving pleasure, here’s the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo that impressively adds an innovative concept to the acclaimed BMW 3 Series line-up. With innovative, emotional and practical design, powerful dynamics, coupe-style roofline, large tailgate, space-loving elegance with 1st-class character, and 300 hp 3.0 – liter, turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine, this useful luxury machine truly becomes an immediately recognizable BMW 3 Series member. Regarded to be the German automaker’s first ever model to sport an active rear spoiler, the new 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo with four doors and frameless windows will arrive in summers in the United States as both a 335i and 328i, and will make its world debut at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show.
With cacooning nature of the interior, further complemented by its state-of-the-art design forms, impressive color scheme and finest materials that creates ultra-luxurious ambiance, the occupants enjoys both long journeys and short trips alike in relaxed, utmost comfort.
Notably, the discreet high gloss chrome touches lend the car’s exterior an exclusive and elegant appeal, while the advanced, high-tech, lively engine with TwinPower Turbo technology impressively sets the benchmark for high efficiency and dynamics.
Dec 15 2012 ·
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BMW has launched a 4G LTE hotspot for its cars, giving users high-speed mobile internet on the road.
The device, which works like a router, is designed to give passengers internet access whether using a smartphone, tablet or notebook and can support up to eight devices simultaneously.
It also has a built-in battery pack, meaning that it can be removed from the vehicle and used on the move for up to one hour before recharging.
The device’s range can be adjusted from three meters to up to 10 meters, meaning that the hotspot can stay in the vehicle but users can still access the internet when standing outside of the car.
“The very fast bit rates and extremely low latency mean that an internet connection supported by the BMW Car Hotspot LTE is often even faster than a PC connection in the home,” says Markus Dietz, Project Manager BMW Car Hotspot LTE Development.
Compatible with any new or existing BMW with a BMW telephone docking station, the LTE hotspot works via an LTE-compatible SIM card. Once inserted, each device needs to be registered via an eight-digit code and then it is ready to use.
However, because the LTE Hotspot also supports NFC (Near Field Communication), if a user’s device supports the technology, simply touching it against the hotspot will authenticate it and establish a high-speed internet connection. BMW claims that this is the first time NFC functionality has been offered in a production car.
“‘Plug and play’ is something of an overworked term, but this is the genuine article,” says Markus Dietz.
But maybe the best feature is that although it is designed to work seamlessly with a BMW car, because it can be connected to a vehicle via USB and has an input for an external power supply, the LTE Hotspot could potentially be used with any vehicle.
Dec 12 2012 ·
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After about two decades of absence, the BMW Motorsport division has re-entered the DTM track, and quite successfully so. Bruno Spengler won the driver’s title, and the BMW Team Schnitzer also received a high ranking among teams.
The new BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition was developed specifically to celebrate this success, as a limited edition model with only 54 units scheduled for production. The car features a Frozen Black metallic paint job, matt black wheels, a series of dark chrome elements, and a set of “go faster” stripes that go along the CFRP roof and the trunk lid. The exterior is completed with a number of logos that speak of the car’s origins and source of inspiration.
On the inside, the M3 DTM Champion Edition features black Novillo leather upholstery, heated seats, Alcantara steering wheel, carbon fiber trims, embroidered handbrake, and custom sills with design inspiration from Bruno Spengler’s helmet. Other noteworthy features include the Park Distance Control system, M DCT Drivelogic, Competition package, M Drive, M Driver’s Package, and navigation system.
The new super car will hit the market in February 2013, it will flaunt quite a hefty price tag of €99,000 (about $128,500). Buyers will also receive the possibility to attend the BMW M Fascination Nordschleife driver training course at the Nürburgring.
This car would look great in the Underground Garage!