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Live photos with the new BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept from Geneva

Being introduced as “captivating innovation”, the new Vision ConnectedDrive concept has been revealed by the Germans from BMW today in front of the European audience at the Geneva Motor Show. If few days ago we got the opportunity to see some renderings of the new German concept, today, we can admire the new innovative prototype built by BMW in a bunch of live photos directly from the European Auto Show in Geneva.

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept

Being based on the Vision EfficientDynamics concept or shortly BMW i8, the ConnectedDrive concept focuses on the infotainment experience.

Rumors on the hybrid powertrain of the new BMW i8 supercar

According to the first details, BMW is looking forward to fit the new BMW i8 which is scheduled to debut somewhere in 2013 with a hybrid powertrain which consists of an electric engine, of course, but also with a petrol unit, not the diesel turbo propeller as we expected.

BMW i8 spied

BMW i8 spied

This decision is little confusing as we all know that a diesel engine is more proper for a hybrid powertrain considering the fuel efficiency provided by it comparing to a petrol propeller.

First details and photos on the new Alpina B5 BiTurbo

It’s true it’s been a while since we heard last time about the people from Alpina and most probably this is why they thought that the upcoming Geneva Motor Show that is just about to start is a great ocassion to display a new model, based of course on a vehicle within BMW’s range.

Alpina B5 BiTurbo

Alpina B5 BiTurbo

Being a car manufacturer not just an aftermarket tuner, Alpina decided to give some fine improvements to the new BMW 5 Series Touring (F11). Under the hood we find the 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo propeller developing 507 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque with a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in about five seconds and a top speed exceeding 300 km/h.

AC Schnitzer offers the BMW Z4 (E89) ACS 99d at Geneva

Yesterday we talked about a new creation of the German tuners at AC Schnitzer, called ACS5 Sport S, a model based on the current BMW 550i (F10) which follows to be revealed within Geneva Motor Show.

AC Schnitzer BMW Z4 ACS 99d

AC Schnitzer BMW Z4 ACS 99d

It seems that the modified 5 Series will not be alone and will accompany another package developed by AC Schnitzer specialists but this time for the current generation BMW Z4. First thing that distract us is the unique exterior of the German roadster which combines a white colour with several green and grey stripes.

AC Schnitzer to present at Geneva BMW 5 Series (F10) ACS5 Sport S package

The Germans from AC Schnitzer are well-known for their dedication to models within BMW’s range, thus, they managed to create a tuning kit called ACS5 Sport S for the latest 5 Series generation, known as F10. The BMW 5 Series get a better appearance but also improved performance while the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions seem to remain at the same level.

BMW 550i ACS5 Sport S by AC Schnitzer

BMW 550i ACS5 Sport S by AC Schnitzer

For now the details are limited but the Geneva Motor Show it’s just around the corner, full details following to be revealed within the long-awaited European Auto Show.

BMW X1 obtains a five-star rating at the latest Euro NCAP tests

BMW proves once again that their models meet the premium badge assigned by the Germans, safety being a very important fact when manufacturing a model. After the latest Euro NCAP tests we find that BMW X1 received the maximum overall rating from the specialists at Euro NCAP.

2011 BMW X1 Euro NCAP test

2011 BMW X1 Euro NCAP test

The German model is rated with a five-star score thanks to its increased safety for both passengers and pedestrians. Skimming the results we find that the German model offers 87% safety for adult occupant, 86% for children, 64 for pedestrians while the safety assist systems get a 71% rating.

Extra details for the first BMW i models + videos

As we previously set, BMW will introduce most probably by 2013 the first two models bearing the new i electric badge.

BMW i3 and BMW i8

BMW i3 and BMW i8

We talk about BMW i3, a three-door four-seater city model that will benefit from a lightweight aluminum structure and most probably is the model associated with the MegaCity project. From the first details, the electric engine that will propel the new BMW i3 benefits from a rear-wheel drive system, is fitted with lithium-ion batteries and is able to develop around 170 horsepower.

Full details on the BMW M5 Hurricane RS Touring (E61) by G-Power

About three weeks ago we saw the M5 Hurricane RS Touring, the latest G-Power creation, hitting a top speed of 359 km/h on the German Autobahn highway.

BMW M5 Hurricane RS Touring (E61) by G-Power

BMW M5 Hurricane RS Touring (E61) by G-Power

Officially, the G-Power M5 Hurricane RS Touring is the fastest wagon model which can legally run the streets. G-Power did a great job by squeezing 750 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque from the V10 5.0-liter twin-supercharged unit. In order to achieve these great performance figures, the Germans fitted a new water-cooled intercooler, a revised ECU unit but also the G-Power SK IIII RS twin-supercharger.

Tom Coronel will start the 2011 WTCC for BMW

Tom Coronel (38) will start the 2011 World Touring Car Championship with a BMW 320 TC. After six seasons of WTCC with Dutch driver Tom Coronel is enthusiastic about this new opportunity. Following two days of testing at the Vallelunga track near Rome with the new BMW 320 TC of the Italian team ROAL Motorsport, the driver is very confident for the upcoming season. “The new 1.6 litre turbo engine has a great throttle response and provides a lot of power.“, the 38-year old driver says.

Tom Coronel

Tom Coronel

New regulations forced BMW Motorsport to adapt all their WTCC cars. The rearwheel driven car will have a 1.6 litre turbo engine, with an output of around 315 horsepower. Coming from the front wheel driven Seats, Coronel had to adapt a little. “For me, the test was a good way to familiarise with the new car. The different character of the turbo engine and, of course, the rear-wheel drive, forced me to adapt my driving style.

Official details about BMW’s new i electric sub-brand available now

As the Germans recently promised, we have some official details regarding the new electric range developed by BMW, information released today, as we expected.

BMW i3 and BMW i8

BMW i3 and BMW i8

Somewhere in 2013 the first model bearing the i badge, namely i3, will be revealed in a production-ready version. For now we know that the new BMW i3 will be a three-door vehicle with a lightweight aluminum structure. Together with the new electric model, another i model will enter the market around the same date.

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