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BMW delivered 400 bicycles for the 2012 Olympic Games in London

We talked several times about the partnership between the Bavarians from BMW and the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG). However, if you missed the news, you might want to know that BMW is the official automotive partner of the 2012 Olympic Games. Few days ago, the Germans officially announced that a fleet of 400 bicycles have been handed to the British organizing committee in order to be used next year at the event in question. This is only one of the many zero-emission means of transportations that will be available.

BMW and the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games

BMW and the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games

A fleet of 200 electric units such as BMW 1 Series Active E and MINI E will take care of transportation in a 100% eco-friendly manner. Moreover, BMW will bring in London a new electrically-assisted bicycle, called Pedelec.

VIDEO: Fifth Gear does the BMW M3 GTS vs Porsche 911 GT3 RS comparison

The British people from Fifth Gear decided to test two German racing models in order to see which one is the best. We know that there is a big rivalry between BMW, Audi and Mercedes but we can’t ignore another important German manufacturer, namely Porsche, a company which delivers extremely competitive models, worth to include them in between the models of the three big manufacturers mentioned above. If there is any need, we remind you that Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler Henderson were the people behind the steering wheels.

BMW M3 GTS vs Porsche 911 GT3 RS

BMW M3 GTS vs Porsche 911 GT3 RS

As we can observe, the British hosts decided to review two models specially dedicated to the circuit, the BMW M3 GTS and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, models which are focused on squeezing every drop of power available and deliver outstanding performance figures on the track.

BMW pulls the wraps off the M3 DTM Concept Car

The Germans from BMW decided to reveal the M3 DTM Concept Car, a vehicle which will run at the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters competition. We talked several times about BMW’s decision to return the DTM series, the Germans leaving this competition in 1994. Only few hours ago, Audi released some renderings for the A5 Coupe DTM Racing Concept, one of the direct rivals from the Munich-based company. Therefore, we expect some news from Mercedes too, in order to complete the lineup of the three German rivals.

BMW M3 DTM Concept Car

BMW M3 DTM Concept Car

The BMW M3 DTM Concept Car has been revealed at BMW Welt in Munich and displayed the entire weekend for all the visitors wanting to see the model closer.

First BMW models with the FWD system to debut in 2014

It is well known that the Germans from BMW are planning to introduce models benefiting from a front-wheel drive system, somehow against the tradition of the brand. Of course, we are not talking about the biggest and more important models in the range, BMW planning to fit some small-segment vehicles with the FWD system. Starting 2014, the Germans will reveal the 1 Series GT, a model adopting a front-wheel drive system. Later on, BMW might introduce the new traction system to other variants of the 1 Series range such as the Coupe and Convertible models.

BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series

However, this doesn’t mean that all the 1 Series models will be front-wheel drive as the Germans announced that the range can get up to six different body styles.

VIDEO: G-Power’s BMW M3 SK II sets speed record at the 2011 Nardo High-Speed Test

G-Power released details and video announcing that the BMW M3 fitted with the SK II “Sporty Drive” supercharger kit just set a new speed record at the 2011 Nardo High-Speed Test in Italy. The Germans from Auto, Motor und Sport organized these tests while the German model was driven by the Vice President and Technical Director from G-Power, Christian Stöber. If you are not up-to-date with the G-Power M3 SK II package, you might want to know that the German specialists managed to squeeze 570 horsepower and 565 Nm of torque at 3,900 rpm from the standard BMW M3.

BMW M3 SK II by G-Power

BMW M3 SK II by G-Power

This means an increase of 150 horses and 165 Nm of torque over the standard M3, significant tweaks able to provide noteworthy improvements. The acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is now possible in 4,4 seconds while the 0 to 200 km/h sprint is done in 12,9 seconds.

BMW reveals London 2012 Performance Edition for 1 and 3 Series

Late 2009, BMW announced that they just signed an agreement with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games. This partnership makes the German company the automotive partner of the 2012 Olympic Games, which means that all the vehicles that will be used for transportation will bear BMW’s badge. Today, the Bavarians decided to reveal a special edition able to celebrate the partnership between BMW and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games.

BMW Peformance Edition

BMW Peformance Edition

The new “Performance Edition” is available for both 1 Series and 3 Series range and comes with noteworthy styling tweaks along some technical improvements. The German company also claims that this special edition which is specially designed for the British market brings significant savings for the potential customers comparing to a standard model with the same features.

Kelleners Sport creates a performance package for the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Kelleners Sport tuners unveiled a new tuning package, this time the model in question is the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the smallest but still powerful M model ever created. This package comes for the people considering that the standard 1M Coupe is not very capable in terms of power, the German specialists improving the total output by 20%. If the standard BMW 1 Series M Coupe is able to deliver 340 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque, Kelleners Sport managed to improve the figures to 410 horses and 550 Nm of torque.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe by Kelleners Sport

BMW 1 Series M Coupe by Kelleners Sport

We are really excited to hear this kind of information mainly considering that the small M model managed to beat some prestigious model on certain circuits due to its low total mass and decent power output.

AC Schnitzer puts the BMW X3 in the Spotlight with new Tuning Program

The German specialists from AC Schnitzer revealed a new tuning program for the second generation BMW X3, internally known as F25. From the beginning we have to tell you that the German specialists prepared a complete tuning package for the compact crossover. The performance tweaks include some basic modifications for the X3 xDrive20d version which comes with a 2.0-liter unit offering 184 horsepower. After mounting a new exhaust system and revising the ECU unit, the German model develops 218 horsepower, an increase of 34 horses over the standard model.

BMW X3 by AC Schnitzer

BMW X3 by AC Schnitzer

Moreover, AC Schnitzer announced that some power upgrades for the xDrive30d version but also for the 2.8-liter and 3.5-liter six-cylinder petrol units are on their way. For now, we got no details about the improvements mentioned above but undoubtedly we will find them as soon as they become available.

BMW X6 xDrive40d tuned by Lumma Design

It’s been a while since we talked last time about a tuning package for the current X6 but today Lumma Design reveals a complete tuning program for the German crossover. The model picked by the specialists is the xDrive40d, the most powerful diesel in the range being equipped with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged unit. Without any modifications, the diesel engine develops 306 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque. Thanks to a remapped ECU unit and a new high performance quad-pipe exhaust system, the German model offers 340 horses and 670 Nm of torque.

BMW X6 xDrive40d by Lumma Design

BMW X6 xDrive40d by Lumma Design

In conclusion, we talk about almost extra 40 horsepower squeezed from the six-cylinder engine without any major or complicated modifications, not very much but still a noteworthy detail.

BMWCOOP: Show us your tuned BMW and we reveal it to the world

BMWCoop has an interesting proposal for all the BMW fans and owners reading our blog every day. If you own a BMW model you can send us photos and details regarding the modifications you brought to your car and we will review it on our blog for free. We have created a special page within our blog where you can get additional details on how to reach us. It is true that we often talk about tuning packages for BMW models but this time we want to see how you managed to improve the styling and also performance figures of your model.

BMW Tuning

BMW Tuning

Over the time, we have seen interesting tuning packages made by ordinary people or teams, therefore, we think that showing the world how the BMW fans manage to restyle their cars is nothing but a good idea.

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