Some crazy BMW enthusiast in frenzy bought the Audi R8 but couldn’t stand those rings on the front and decided to get rid of them. This car has been spotted in Russia and as you can see it’s an Audi R8 that wears a BMW logo. The owner stripped the supercar of all its logos and swapped them with BMW badges on the hood, engine cover and the rear end. Hell, he even got it a name — the BMW 850i. The car is not a replica by any means, but a genuine Audi R8, so someone at BMW should know that a lot of their admirers want an R8 type model and it is high time that they come up with a design matching the class of the R8. Or else the world will live by this ‘Russian example’.
Or it’s been Photoshopped … either way a great one
Hybrid commuters are sprouting from every corner of the globe which eventually is great for the otherwise depleting world. The latest name belonging to the category is the BMW X6 Active Hybrid which is powered by a 400 hp 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine in combination with two electric synchronous motors (rated at 91 hp and 86 hp).
As a consequence the X6 Active Hybrid has a combined maximum output of 480 hp with 575 lb-ft of torque. So despite being a hybrid it accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds while it can reach a top speed of 130mph (electronically limited). With the incorporation of the Hybrid powertrain, there is a 20% improvement in the average fuel consumption with the CO2 emissions rating at 231 grams per kilometer. At lower speeds only one of the motor comes into usage and it is only when more power is required, that the second motor starts the combustion engine. Other interesting features include an electronic power steering system, an Auto Start/Stop system, a modified suspension and a lightweight braking system. There is also a powerdome hood and 20-inch light-alloy Aero wheels. The sales for the car are expected later this year.
The German tuner Hamann is famous for giving a new life to existing cars and it does well with all its changes on most occasions. It is therefore evident that bigger monikers like BMW do not have an apprehension to such changes. It is the 5 series which has undergone the trim and there is a set of images that have been revealed. There is no information available regarding the changes have been made but what is known is that the details of the original Hamann 5-Series GT will go public at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The GT as regular variant will come with seating space for four people inside a wheelbase equivalent in length to the 7 Series. The engine will sure go for a trim and one should also look out for a modified front end and rear bumper with signature black wheels and different tailpipes. Also there would be powerful brakes and a host of branded accessories on the inside.
Not only is the BMW 760i/Li the most powerful 7series variant, the luxury sedan is also the second most powerful production BMW in the range. Other than being an extreme powerful machine, it gives the driver a self-indulging addiction given the opulent styling. The 760i/Li houses a 6.0L V12 engine which comes with TwinPower Turbo Technology. This technology helps the car achieve 544hp at 5,250rpm and 750Nm of Torque available from a low 1,500 rpm. The torque is then upped all the way to 5,000rpm.
Consequently, the sedan does the 100K dash in 4.56 seconds irrespective of the wheelbase you choose and tops it out at 250km/h. The 760i/Li engine complies with EU5 emission standards the car is a major success because of the mated 8-speed automatic gearbox that is said to run smoothly and precisely. Talk about luxury and you get unlimited internet usage (in hotspots of course), automatic AC and electric heater in the rear foot wells. There is Park Distance Control, an 80GB Sat Nav system and a professional Hi-Fi system with 16 loudspeakers and a DVD Player with a 12GB music file storage compartment.
BMW X3 is largely being awaited for the fact that it has gone larger and is more luxurious. But the enthusiasts will have to wait till the time we find it guised on a regular street for then we would know it is real close. Apparently, it was snapped secretly in the Death Valley testing in the hot weather conditions. The redesigned 2011 X3 crossover gives a few details despite be scantily revealing in that camouflage. The most evident are the production air-intakes which furnish an aggressive appearance.
The changes have made the X3 highly differentiable from the X1 but it gets closer to the X5. Another improvement to this car would be the interior cabin reforming the car with a luxurious cockpit and avant-garde features, not to mention the iDrive. The engine choices will include four diesel variants ranging between 177 hp and 229 hp. The petrol options will include two versions of the 3.0-liter inline-six. One would be a naturally aspirated version churning 230hp while the other twin turbo-charged variant will top 300hp. There is also a gas-electric version in the ranks. We expect to see this car next year with sales beginning in the middle of the year. [via WCF]
Please, please don’t tell my wife about the new BMW M concept. She’ll stop feeding the baby and trade in her current Beamer for this new rival to the Audi R8.
Artist Idreis Noah, formerly of the GM Holden Australia design team has come up with a design of his own for the BMW M. And it’s a beaut! Just add water to the Audi R8 he says. The artists said details were “inspired by what’s called in surfing terms ‘a Barrel or Tube’. It’s where the wave is hollow when it breaks.”
Rushing water rolls over the wheels, cues on the door and flows into the side air intakes which sit on the protruding rear wheelbase. Consistent with BMW’s design paradigm the new model must be “Aggressive, Sleek, Agile and totally different from anything on the road today.” And give it a 5.0 liter V10 to boot and you are good to go.
BMW! Are you reading?
Tuners worldwide seem to be interested in getting beefed up BMWs on the market; and we can only be happy about it. German “tweakers” from HAMANN showed off the 2009 BMW 7 Series from their own perspective. Part of an aerodynamic kit, there’s a new front skirt with integrated LED daytime running lights, a roof spoiler and a rear spoiler for more aggressivity. Also on offer there’s a new set of four sporty tailpipes and a range of wheels that are supposed to make it stylish. Large car that tries to prove its performance, but do you like it?
Probably inspired from Star Wars (the name that is) Canadian tuners from MWDesign came up with a modified BMW M3 Coupe (E92). All about aesthetics, the “Darth Maul” BMW M3 is covered with a stylish Jerez Black paint and features an Amuse Ericsson front bumper with custom orange highlights that grab attention. Fitted to the aggressive bodywork there are carbon fiber side vents, carbon fiber side mirrors, a rear diffuser and glossy black 20-inch wheels. With power pumped from a 4.0-litre V8 engine that outputs 420 hp, that’s one hell of a BMW. Don’t you think? [via bmwblog.com]