This year’s edition of the Dakar Rally started right on January 1st and will end on January 16th, 2011, challenging the participants to run up to 9,500 kilometers through difficult conditions starts to outline the leaders. In the 5th day of Dakar, the racers had to go through 423 kilometers from Calama to Iquique, somewhere in Chile.
Few days ago we had to opportunity to see the BMW 5 Series F10 fitted with the M Sport package being reviewed by the British journalists from Autocar. The German performance sedan managed to impress the British people and got an overall rating of four stars.
This time, Autocar decided to put at test the new BMW X3 F25, the xDrive 20d version more exactly. Starting at a price of about £30K, the new BMW X3 F25 comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (don’t forget we talk about the xDrive 20d) able to develop 182 horsepower.
BMW officially decided to make an agreement with the people from NVIDIA under the motto “Visual Computing and the Ultimate Driving Machine” in order to improve the navigation system which will be found on all the incoming German models. NVIDIA’s GPUs will provide a better display for the in-car navigation systems featuring a hi-res 1280 x 600 display. In the official statement BMW announced that all the new incoming models will benefit from the new systems, from Mini Cooper to the 7 Series, as they said.
The announcement has been made at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show a couple of days ago, the Germans announcing that the new infotainment system will be officially revealed in a 5 Series prototype in the following days at the same 2011 CES event.
In the last BMW Unscripted episode as generally in the BMW Unscripted series we got use to see unscripted stories with people all around the world and their BMW vehicle.
In most cases we were taking about BMW cars, as happend in the last episode, when Grant Mcllrath talks about his BMW 5 Series E34 and his Meerkat Magic Conservation Project in South Africa. Today’s story is a bit more interesting as we talk about a woman and a her motorcycle, the BMW R80GS.
The German model from BMW fitted with the M Sport packages gets four/five stars rating from the British people from Autocar. The Autocar journalists decided to put the BMW 535d F10 at the well known 90 seconds test, but not the ordinary model, we talk about the diesel version of the new 5 Series F10 fitted with the M Sport package.
Under the bonnet, the Bavarian M model packs a six-cylinder diesel unit with a 2993cc displacement and coupled to a 8-speed automatic gearbox. BMW 535d M manages to develop 295 horsepower at 4400rpm while the torque amount is 442 lb ft or 600 Nm.
Here is a new episode of BMW’s Unscripted series, a series of episodes that need no script, stories of BMW customers which had enjoyable memories over the years behind the steering wheel of a BMW 5 Series E34. Today, we talk about Grant Mcllrath and his story with his BMW vehicle in Oudtshoorn, South Africa.
He runs the Meerkat Magic Conservation Project in South Africa and he claims that this is rather a way of life than a job. The lovely story starts here, when he says that his conservation work wouldn’t be possible without his BMW. He also claims that the animals got used so much with the German model that if he would start using another vehicle the animals within the reservation would be very angry.
Here is a new way of parking, probably an easier one but not that pleasant anyway. More exactly, an unhappy BMW owner decided to park near a construction zone where a forklift operator got a little too more imagination. As his 5 Series wagon probably stood in the way of the workers, the forklift operator decided to use his machine to move the German model on the other side of the road, in the park lot.
Senkyr Motorsports is a Czech racing team who decided to upgrade the 1 Series model and make it resemble the M3 E92 GTR by mouting a wide kit consisting of a big front bumper, a new hood with air vents, new headlights and new side mirrors. In the rear we find a new bumper and a big wing while the model is fitted with 18-inch BBS Motorsport Race wheels together with high performance tires.
The chassis of the BMW 1 Series E82 Coupe suffered few changes in order to fit these changes. The 1 Series model from these images is one of Senkyr Motorsports’ competition models and beside the exterior changes there are some news under the bonnet too.
Here’s how the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics or shortly the new registered BMW i8 gets back in the forefront with a new set of spy shots. We recently appointed that BMW’s Vision ED series model is likely to ba named i8 according to the latest trademarks filings recently registered by the German manufacturer.
The model in the pictures is slightly different than the concept version, pointing the modified hood but also the new doors. This can mean that the model got rid of few components found on the concept and the prototype in the spy shots gets closer to the production version.
Ok, to be honest, we rushed up a little. There is nothing officially confirmed but there is most likely to be true. The series version based on BMW’s Vision Efficient Dynamics concept revealed at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The series version of Vision ED, or let’s already call it BMW i8, is expected to debut somewhere in 2013.
Ian Robertson claimed that the price tag of the new BMW i8 will be around 176,000 euros but nothing is certain. He says that the price of the new model will be influenced also by the prices of the rivals. Why i8? Well, we recently talked about the new trademarks registered by BMW, you can read more here.