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BMW displayed the 5 Series plug-in hybrid concept at Shanghai

The Germans from BMW decided to display the plug-in hybrid concept based on the current 5 Series F10 at the Shanghai Auto Show. Specially designed for the Chinese market, the BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid is still in the concept stage but it will be available starting 2013 for the Chinese customers.

BMW 5 Series Plug-in Hybrid

BMW 5 Series Plug-in Hybrid

BMW and their Chinese friends from Brilliance joined the forces in order to conquer the local market with a hybrid version of the current 5 Series generation, a model that is a best seller in the range.

The interior of the new BMW M5 F10 leaked at Shanghai

It seems that the word that matches perfectly the new BMW M5 F10 is leak. We tell you this as the first photos showing the undistinguished BMW M5 Concept were some leaked shots from a private event held in Munich earlier this month.

BMW M5 F10 interior leaked

BMW M5 F10 interior leaked

If we already knew how the future BMW M5 F10 will look at the exterior, we got no interior shots to delight our sight, until now, mainly due to the fact that the prototype benefited from tinted windows.
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BMW DesignworksUSA extends and opens a new center in Shanghai

BMW recently announced through a press release that the BMW Group’s subsidiary DesignworksUSA plans to open a new design studio in Shanghai, China. DesignworkUSA is a design consultancy based in California and takes care of complex design projects. This decision is taken mainly due to the increasing trend of the Chinese market, a trend that can be seen with the naked eye by any of us.

BMW

BMW

The new studio in Shanghai is scheduled to be launched in the second half of this year and will join the already existent design studios in Singapore, Los Angeles and Munich.

Headers and what they do for your car

Exhaust headers are the first component in the exhaust system of a car. Typically, headers are designed using circular steel tubes that bend into a single outlet. Depending on the vehicle’s number of exhaust valves, headers come in a variety of shapes and sizes that are specifically designed to remove exhaust from the vehicle. From the headers, exhaust is passed though the catalytic converter and then out of the muffler to allow for sufficient exhaust flow.

Hooker Headers Company

Correct header design can help improve the performance of an engine by reducing the amount of exhaust back-pressure that is created by combustion. The main purpose of the exhaust header is to quickly and efficiently remove exhaust waste that would prevent a proper air/fuel mixture in the pistons. Each piston gets its own exhaust pipe that is of equal length with the others. These pipes are then connected by a bigger pipe called a collector. With a collector, exhaust is sure to pass safely out of the engine and not cause back pressure.

First image with the M Sport package for the new BMW 6 Series Coupe (F12)

Thanks to a Dutch newspaper, NRC Handelsblad more exactly, we get the opportunity to see how the BMW 6 Series Coupe (F12) fitted with the M Sport package will look like. It’s true that we got a glimpse about three weeks ago when we have been delivered some spy photos with the prototype in question, but this time we know that we see an official image.

BMW 6 Series Coupe M Sport

BMW 6 Series Coupe M Sport

At that time, we were told that the model being tested it’s not benefiting from all the components available, thus, we can get a complete idea on the M Sport package now.

BMW will reveal the Z4 sDrive28i at New York

The Bavarians officially announced that the current BMW Z4 E89 will get a new propeller in range benefiting from TwinPower Turbo. The four-cylinder engine develops 245 horsepower, has a 2.0-liter displacement and it is already available in the engine range of the X1 SUV. A downsizing trend can be seen as the new BMW Z4 sDrive28i comes to replace the 3.0-liter six-cylinder unit that offers 258 horsepower.

2011 BMW Z4

2011 BMW Z4

From the list of features available for the new German four-cylinder unit we can note the Start/Stop system that helps the model to obtain a better fuel consumption but also the eight-speed automatic gearbox that handles the power.

BMW releases the leasing price for the ActiveE electric model

The Germans from BMW decided to release the leasing price for the new ActiveE, the electric model that won’t be available for the large audience unfortunately. There is no secret that the new BMW ActiveE is designed just for specific people and companies and there is a limited amount of vehicles to be made.

BMW ActiveE

BMW ActiveE

Today, BMW revealed the pricing of the electric model, however, continuing to keep the mystery on the specification sheet. While under the bonnet the electric powertrain is rumored to develop around 190 horsepower, some official details from the press release are telling us that we have to expect a driving range of about 160 kilometers.

VIDEO: BMW releases details on the new three-cylinder 1,5-liter unit

The Bavarians from BMW released an interesting video presenting the new three-cylinder engine that follows to be introduced soon. Specially designed for BMW and MINI models, the new 1.5-liter unit, which has a 500 cc displacement on every cylinder.

BMW's new three-cylinder engine

BMW's new three-cylinder engine

The new 1.5-liter engine will most likely develop somewhere around 150 horsepower and will be fitted on the front-wheel drive models that are ready to debut.

BMW X5 M and X6 M upgraded by Romeo Ferraris

If the results achieved by the M division of the Germans at BMW are not very convincing, then you can opt for the tuning packages developed by Romeo Ferraris for the current X5 M and X6 M. The Italian specialists decided to release the first details on their latest tuning kits starring the M versions of X5 and X6.

BMW X6 M by Romeo Ferraris

BMW X6 M by Romeo Ferraris

Sadly, the photo gallery is composed just by one photo revealing the Romeo Ferraris BMW X6 M, a model that gets no major aesthetic improvements, the official press release telling us that a variety of exterior colors are available alongside interior tweaks such as a new leather upholstery and Alcantara.

VIDEO: Junior Strous taking the BMW E92 M3 for a lap

Junior Strous, a well-known GT racer uploaded on his YouTube account a footage while driving a modified E92 M3 on the Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. The onboard video shot with a GoPro HD camera offers a very interesting view of the track.

BMW E92 M3 at Spa Francorchamps track

BMW E92 M3 at Spa Francorchamps track

The video in question is largely a raw one, making you feel every corner and every revving of the engine. The best laptime achieved by the Dutch race driver on the Spa Francorchamps track is 3:04:962 but watching the video and enjoying the sound of the engine makes these kind of figures irrelevant.

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