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2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept: A New Realm for the Z Model

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept: A New Realm for the Z Model

BMW Z4 Roadster Concept at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Side - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Side – BMW – EuroDrift

In August 2017, BMW revealed the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance. From front to rear, the new BMW Z4 displays an aggressive styling. This combines with a low suspension to make this an extremely sporty-looking car. The front and rear of the 2018 Z4 seem to be similar to the 8 Series Concept. The new Z4 has the usual twin-kidney grilles plus massive air intakes.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Rear Angle - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Rear Angle – BMW – EuroDrift

Z4 sDrive20i, Z4 sDrive30i, & Z4 M40i

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Rear - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Rear – BMW – EuroDrift

As with BMW’s other models, the Z4 is expected to be offered in quite a few options. The model lineup will probably contain the following options: Z4 sDrive20i, Z4 sDrive30i, and Z4 M40i. The 2018 BMW Z4 sDrive20i will sport a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor producing 180 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. In the Z4 sDrive30i, the same 2.0-liter engine should produce around 248 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Lastly, the Z4 M40i should have the same in-line six motor as the 340i producing 320 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque. Unfortunately, there will be no true BMW Z4 M model.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Overhead Rear - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Overhead Rear – BMW – EuroDrift

“Trio of Large Air Intakes”

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Front Air Intakes - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Front Air Intakes – BMW – EuroDrift

BMW states the “trio of large air intakes are a nod to the powerful engine further back”. On the front end, large air intakes create an aggressive, angry appeal. These large air intakes are beneficial to the engine as more air flow will reach the actual intake system of the vehicle. As usual, BMW proudly displays its kidney style grills of which it has become known for. On the rear, the styling attempts to give it a wider feel creating the overall sensation of a low, long, and wide vehicle.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Exhaust & Taillight - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Exhaust & Taillight – BMW – EuroDrift

iDrive, Infotainment, & Two-Tone Leather

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Interior Perspective - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Interior Perspective – BMW – EuroDrift

On the interior, the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept has the standard infotainment system as well as the iDrive controller. To complement this, a two-tone interior welcomes the driver and guests. In the base model, BMW is installing 6-speed manual transmissions. For an upgrade cost, the Z4 can arrive with the 8-speed ZF Auto Box transmission. On the exterior, the new BMW Z4 will arrive with 17” standard wheels and have optional 18” and 19” wheels.

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Dashboard - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Dashboard – BMW – EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Two-Tone Seating - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Two-Tone Seating – BMW – EuroDrift

MSRP Expected to be $50,000 – $60,000

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Overhead - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Overhead – BMW – EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept - Front - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept – Front – BMW – EuroDrift

Overall, the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept was built to impress the crowd at Pebble Beach. With its new styling, the Z4 increases its appeal on the worldwide market. The MSRP should be similar to the previous Z4 model ranging between $50,000 and $60,000. This sports car has a reasonable price tag which will allow people with the dream of having a sports car to do so. In the end, the new BMW Z4 should be on the market as a 2018 or 2019 model.

 

2018 BMW M3 CS: Carbon Fiber & Extra Horsepower

2018 BMW M3 CS: Carbon Fiber & Extra Horsepower

Introducing the 2018 BMW M3 CS

2018 BMW M3 CS - Rear - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M3 CS – Rear – BMW – EuroDrift

 

In May 2018, BMW will offer the M3 CS on the U.S. market. The new 2018 BMW M3 CS displays carbon fiber prominently and has a slightly stripped interior. Basically, the M3 CS will be a lighter, track-focused version of the M3 coupe. Not surprisingly, the M3 CS will be the fastest and lightest M3 in the current generation. The carbon fiber combines with other elements to take this car to the track level.

3.0-Liter Twin-Turbo I6 Engine with 453 Horsepower

2018 BMW M3 CS - Engine - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M3 CS – Engine – BMW – EuroDrift

The 2018 BMW M3 CS sports a 3.0-liter twin-turbo I6 engine. This motor produces a whopping 453 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine works with a 7-speed dual-clutch “DCT” gearbox which is lighter than a typical manual transmission. This combination allows the M3 CS to hit 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds. Additionally, the M3 CS can hit a top speed of 174 mph.

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Roof

Furthermore, the 2018 BMW M3 CS weighs only 3520 lbs, 40 lbs lighter than the M3. This is due to a combination of components. These include a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, front splitter, gurney flap, and rear diffuser. The M3 CS’s chassis is stiffer than the stock version for track purposes. This chassis is staggered on 19” wheels on the front and 20” wheels on the rear. Optionally, customers can order Michelin Super Sport tires.

Alcantara, Harmon-Kardon, & Navigation

2018 BMW M3 CS - Dashboard - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M3 CS – Dashboard – BMW – EuroDrift

On the interior, the 2018 BMW M3 CS has a ton of Alcantara trim with “CS” logos. This is complemented by a Harmon-Kardon sound system and navigation. So technically, this BMW M3 CS isn’t as stripped down as the M4 CS. Not surprisingly, it is still a beast of a machine. This technology is just an additional perk in a track-level sports car.

2018 BMW M3 CS - Interior - BMW - EuroDrift

2018 BMW M3 CS – Interior – BMW – EuroDrift

1200 M3 CS Models to Hit Production in 2018


Overall, the new 2018 BMW M3 CS is a true track vehicle. The MSRP is TBD at the current point and sales will begin in May 2018 within the U.S.. There will be 1200 M3 CS models worldwide with 550 to head to American soil. It will be no surprise if this car will be hard to come by in the spring. In conclusion, the M3 CS is the newest addition to the BMW line-up with a target of becoming a track star.

2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition at SEMA 2017

2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition at SEMA 2017

2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition

In 1987, the BMW M3 was brought to the U.S. market for the first time. Now, in 2017, BMW decided to create a one-of-a-kind 30th anniversary model called the American Edition. At the SEMA 2017 auto show in Las Vegas, BMW is displaying the 2018 M3 30 Years American Edition in a booth. With a load of features, this BMW M3 represents the M3’s success in the U.S.A.. The M3 30 Years American Edition will be for sale as a 2018 model.

BMW Individual & Specifications

The 2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition has a 6-speed manual transmission and competition package. These features represent the foundation of this vehicle. On top of that, this BMW M3 contains BMW Individual components. On the exterior of this M3, the car impresses with its Frozen Red II Metallic paint job. To complement this, BMW added one-off M Performance golden alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. As if this wasn’t enough, this M3 has exclusive carbon fiber side sills, a wing, and M color stripes on the roof panel.

Red, White, & Blue Interior Design

The interior of the 30 Years American Edition M3 has a red, white, and blue theme. This color combination shows on the leather surfaces of the interior with contrast stitching. It also includes special anniversary graphics on the carbon fiber dash trim, front seat headrests, and rear sunshade. This interior is meant to connect BMW with America’s red, white, and blue flag. BMW proudly displays their pride with their success in the U.S.A. with this vehicle.

Price of $129,130 including Destination Charge

To step it even further, the BMW M3 30 Years American Edition has a M Performance Sports suspension with contrasting red coil springs. The exhaust system comes with titanium silencers to complement the exterior. All of these above features come together to make this car a unique vehicle. At a price of $129,130 including the destination charge, this BMW is quite loaded with features. This M3 is quite a unique vehicle and will be a collector vehicle for diehard BMW fans.

BMW M3 is a Great Feat of German Engineering


Overall, the BMW M3 30 Years American Edition is a beautiful vehicle. BMW built this M3 with the goal of showing their appreciation to America for their success in this country. In all honesty, they didn’t disappoint. The price may be steep at over $120k, but this vehicle comes well spec’d. In the end, the BMW M3 is a great feat of German engineering that is welcome for another 30 years.

BMW Will Never Build a FWD M Car… Good!

BMW Will Never Build a FWD M Car… Good!

BMW Front-Wheel Drive

In 2014, BMW introduced a front-wheel drive car to market – the 2 Series Active Tourer. Shocking to many, thoughts of brand degradation flooded the internet. Truthfully, FWD will not ruin the BMW brand. In 2017, BMW is considering bringing the FWD 1 Series to the states. Regardless, this does not signal the death of BMW’s reputation. Most auto enthusiasts will be happy to hear that BMW has no plans to engineer a FWD M model.

Expansion of the M Badge Designation

In recent years, BMW expanded the number of vehicles sporting the M badge. This includes M-tuned trim levels that increase the look and performance of non-M models. Fortunately, this does not mean that BMW will provide a M badge to a FWD vehicle. With the 1 and 2 series sporting FWD, these cars will remain base line models. BMW’s Vice President of the M division spoke to Autocar recently with a clear statement.

Statement by Vice President of M Division

“You have to be able to feel the car… through the steering and the throttle,” stated Dirk Hacker, VP of the M division. “Today, there is no solution for front-wheel drive.” This statement supports the backing that BMW will not label a FWD car with the M badge. Regardless of this statement, BMW has accepted all-wheel drive for the new M5. Not surprisingly, some fans aren’t happy with the change… but that’s too bad.

Don’t Worry… There’ll Be No FWD M Car… At Least, For Now


Overall, BMW does not intend to label a FWD with the M badge. Although the BMW M5 sports AWD, the M lineup has preferred RWD throughout the years. AWD may not be the worst thing for a M car. The acceleration and traction will absolutely increase performance. But, the best option is for BMW to stick to its M model RWD tradition. In the end, BMW will ensure the M label maintains it’s level of prestige for the years to come.

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Audi vs. BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz

In 2018, competition between European automobile manufacturers is still the norm. From Audi to BMW to Mercedes-Benz, these competitors are always attempting to overwhelm their counterparts. In this article, we will compare the 2018 Audi RS5, BMW M4, and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe. Each car, with its own unique design, has pros and cons. Below, the comparison will determine the true winner of this battle.

2018 Audi RS5

The 2018 Audi RS5 was released to market in June 2017 in Europe. At a MSRP equivalent of $85,495, the RS5 has aimed at a higher market target. The 2018 RS5 is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 compared to the previous 4.2-liter V8. This new motor produces 450 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. Audi estimates the RS5 can hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph. With that number, the RS5 leaps forward into the realm of true sports car accelerations.

2018 BMW M4

Next, the 2018 BMW M4 is available in a coupe and convertible build with MSRPs of $67,195 and $75,695, respectively. For this analysis, the coupe will be considered the competitor. The M4’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. With the Competition package, the M4 boasts 444 horsepower, slightly closer to the RS5. This power allows the M4 to hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than the RS5. Lastly, the M4 has a top speed of 163 mph.

2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Lastly, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe still offers the lustful V8 engine at a MSRP of $75,500. With a 4.0-liter AMG V8 twin-turbo, the C63 S Coupe delivers 503 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Already, Mercedes has around 50 horsepower more than the competition. This power allows the C63 S Coupe to hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Unfortunately for Mercedes, the 50 extra horsepower didn’t do its homework. With a governor, the C63 S Coupe has a top speed of 180 mph. Usually, the governor is a sign that it can go, indeed, faster.

The Comparison

In comparison, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe has the highest amount of winning parameters. First, the C63 S Coupe sports a V8 with 50 more horsepower than the competition. Although this doesn’t win the 0-60 mph run, it will win at top speed, considering it hits 180 mph with a limiter. The Audi RS5 takes last place on the 0-60 mph run only by 0.1 seconds. For MSRP, the BMW M4 is the cheapest automobile followed by the AMG C63 S Coupe and the RS5. Note, the RS5 value is an estimation based on it’s value in Euros, so U.S. price may be slightly lower.

Winner: 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe comes in first place in the is competition. It may not be the most environmental friendly, but in a competition of speed, this car wins. Second place can be considered given to the BMW M4 which can hit 60 mph just as fast as the AMG V8. It is also almost $10,000 less at MSRP. In last place, the Audi RS5 came in close, but not close enough. Behind by only 0.1 seconds on the 0-60, the RS5 ends up being the slowest accelerator here. The RS5 does come in second place for top speed though. In the end, the AMG C63 S Coupe takes the victory home for the 2018 model year.

BMW on Display at NAIAS 2017

According to BMW, the focus of the North American International Auto Show 2017 was innovation. BMW hoped to showcase a new vision for sustainable and progressive cars. BMW unveiled the BMW 5 Series Sedan and the Concept X2. Also on display were the BMW i3 and i8 electrical vehicles with their new battery technology. Finally, racing fans had a chance to get up close and personal with the BMW M6 GT3 for the very first time.

BMW at NAIAS 2017
2018 BMW 440i Convertible - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
2018 BMW 440i Convertible - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
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The New BMW 5 Series Sedan

The main difference between the New BMW 5 Sedan and previous versions is in the wide range of assistance systems BMW has included to help ease the driving experience.

“The BMW 5 Series displays motorway dynamics and elegance in a perfect combination. It is, therefore, the ideal business saloon.” – ADRIAN VAN HOOYDONK, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT BMW GROUP DESIGN

The 2017 BMW 5 is the first to have iDrive 6.0. The car responds to voice commands that regulate almost every function. With the Optional Gesture Control, you can choose to navigate the car with simple hand movements. You can also control communication and entertainment.

Another system installed on the BMW 5 Series is the Active Lane Keeping Assistant. With the use of camera sensors, the Assistant helps keep your vehicle in the center of the traffic lane. This keeps distracted drivers from drifting, thus reducing accidents.

The BMW 5 Series, while not the fastest car on the market, does an impressive 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The car is lightweight and boasts BMW TwinPower Turbo engines. BMW promotes the combination of high-strength steel, magnesium, and aluminum they used to manufacture the car.

The BMW 5 Series Sedan seems to be similar to the previous versions except for new “gadget-like” controls. While cool, the use of gestures to drive your car, or having a computer keep you in the middle of your lane may not be enough to convince buyers that the BMW 5 is worth the sticker price.

The BMW Concept X2

Like the BMW 5 Series Sedan, the company has taken a previous version and changed up a few things in an effort to modernize it. The X2 is basically the sportier version of the X1, with most of the changes being in looks and not function.

BMW is marketing the Concept X2 to drivers who want a sporty, practical SUV type vehicle. They offer the car in a sporty red to make it eye-catching. BMW lengthened the wheelbase and extended the roof line to give the car a leaner, more powerful look.

“The X2 is a “vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality.”- Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president for BMW Group Design

Under the hood, the Concept X2 has an engine similar to the X1. The four-cylinder twin-turbo engine generates 228 horsepower, which is adequate, though not groundbreaking. Priced in the mid $30k range, the car offers a stylish alternative to a standard SUV.

Sustainable Driving with The BMW i3 and i8

The BMW i-series addresses the need for sustainable transportation. The 2017 BMW i3 boasts an improved battery pack which has 50% more capacity. This enables the i3 to go upwards of 150 miles on one charge. The Range Extender (REx) adds somewhere around 50 miles to that figure. The BMW i3 has 0% emissions and can be charged in less than 3 hours.

The BMW i8 hybrid has a 357 horsepower powertrain, and the car can move amazingly fast. In tests, it went from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. The hybrid i8 gets about 38 mpg. BMW worked hard on the exterior of the i8. The dark silver paint and lines of the car make it seem more futuristic than other BMW models.

For drivers who want an all-electric vehicle, the BMW i3 is a good option. However, if you don’t mind a hybrid, the BMW i8 is sportier, fuel-efficient, and lightning fast. All-in-all it is a more exciting ride.

BMW M6 GT3

To thrill the race car enthusiasts attending the Detroit show, BMW brought their BMW M6 GT3 race car. As described by Top Gear, it is a “big-winged beast of a racecar.” The BMW M6 GT3 claimed the top spot at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Japan’s Super GT Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA.

BMW’s premier racing car has a six-speed sequential racing transmission along with state-of-the-art motorsport electronics. Modification to the chassis helped improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The M6 GT3 is a modified BMW M6 Coupe, designed specifically for racing.

What BMW Offered Show Attendees

BMW brought out its newest and latest gadgets, such as the Lane Assistant found on the BMW 5 Sedan. The Concept X2 presented viewers with a sportier SUV and BMW also showcased their i-Series “green” cars. Of those presented, the i8 seems the most interesting. The hybrid looks good, drives fast, and offers the benefits of hybrid technology. However, most car enthusiasts will be dreaming of the M6 GT3 sports car instead of BMW’s other NAIAS offerings.

How to Pronounce German Car Brands: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, & Porsche

How to Pronounce German Car Brands: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, & Porsche

German Car Brand Pronunciation

For years, people have been debating how to properly pronounce German car brands such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. For many of us, it was simply based on local letter sounds leading to a few varieties of how to say them properly. Now, a German YouTuber called Speed Comparer shared a video correcting the people of the world. The video not only discloses how to properly say German car brand names, it it overall quite hilarious. In this article, we will go over how to properly pronounce German car brands according to Speed Comparer.

Audi

For Audi, many people pronounce this wrong due to language sound basics. For instance, letters are pronounced different in English than German. The correct way to say Audi is “Ou-Dee”. The “Ou” sounds similar to saying “Ow” as if you were expressing a sudden pain. Saying “Aww-Dee” or “Auh-Dee” are incorrect according to the German language. Most people pronounce the first two letters of Audi incorrectly leading to the problem. Please note, it is harder to convey how a brand should sound via writing so I am doing my best to sound it out according to the video.

BMW

In the case of BMW, most people outside of Germany say literally “BMW”. In Germany, the “W” sounds different which leads to the real name sounding like “BMV”. “BMW” stands for “Bayerische Motoren Werke” which translates to “Bavarian Motor Works”. As expected, “Bayerische Motoren Werke” sounds more like “Buy-Er-Shurr Motoren Verker”. Again, hopefully you are able to sound it correctly from the text but please refer to the video just in case.

Mercedes-Benz

For Mercedes-Benz, most people say it exactly how it sounds “Mercedes-Benz” with a long sounded “Benz”. The real way to say this in German sounds like “Murrsaydees-Benz” where the “Benz” is very quickly stated. This is probably the least off-sounding pronunciation compared to the rest. Basically, stating “Mercedes-Benz” in German is much faster paced and sounds more direct to the point while in English it tends to drag on. This is also part of the reason many Americans will refer to Mercedes-Benz as simply “Benz”.

Opel

Opel, another German manufacturer, is another example of a mispronounced name. Most people say “O-Pall” while it should be “O-Pell!”. As stated, “Every booger drives an Opel”. Opel is not sold in the United States so it is less commonly spoke of, but still incorrectly. Speed Comparer refers to the Opel as a car for 16-17 year old girl.

Porsche

One of the most popular German brands, Porsche, is stated completely wrong by most Americans. In the U.S., most people state “Poor-Shh” while it is properly stated as “Poor-Shah”. You can also think of it as saying “Porscia” where the “c” sounds like a “sh”. You may be thinking that sounds like a girls name, but it is definitely one hell of a car. Porsches are a beautiful feat of engineering and stating the name properly should be the way it is.

Volkswagen

Lastly, Volkswagen, or VW, is another common mispronunciation. First, “VW” is pronounced like “Fahl-Vey”. This sounds completely different than speed in English but that is how it sounds. The entire name, “Volkswagen”, sounds like “Fahlkswagen”. The Volkswagen means the “car of the people”. This name probably has the biggest gap in mispronunciation due to letters sounding differently.

Saying German Car Names Incorrectly is a Way of Life

Overall, saying German car names incorrectly is a way of life in the U.S. and other parts of the world. This article is simply to bring to light the correct pronunciation of car names, whether you use them or not. Honestly, most people in the U.S. and other parts of the world will probably say your stating it wrong. But, in reality, the German way is how the names are properly stated. Hopefully, you found this article entertaining as well as received help on how to properly say German car brands.

 

BMW E23 7 Series Limo Drifting at Auto City Speedway in Michigan

BMW E23 7 Series Limo Drifting at Auto City Speedway in Michigan

Drifting BMW E23 7 Series Limo at Auto City Speedway

During the MiDrift Halloween Bash at Auto City Speedway in Michigan, a BMW E23 7 series limo could be seen drifting the course. To the surprise of many, the driver of the E23 limo drifted it magically across the course with the odds stacked against them. The driver, sporting a Lebanese flag and plates, took to the course to show the world his driving skills. As the car skids across the tarmac, the limo shows its drifting capabilities that weren’t expected by anyone. By properly counter-steering and powering the throttle, the limo driver is able to perform quite the show.

BMW E23 7 Series Limo’s Model is a 745 Turbo

The BMW E23 7 Series is basically a modded 745 turbo with an automatic transmission and no limited slip differential. This makes this feat even more surprising and a differential plays the role in many drifting cars success. By counter-steering around 30-40 miles per hour, the limo could be drifted by increasing the speed and “throwing” around the vehicle. For drifting, it is optimal to have rear wheel drive and a manual transmission as well as a 50/50 front to rear ratio. There must be enough power to spin the tires, otherwise the drifts won’t succeed for very long, if at all.

How to Drift a Car: In Simple Terms

To drift a car, the driver needs to first accelerate and shift into a gear with room to rev the vehicle. Second, the driver needs to push in the clutch. Third, the driver needs to use steering to initiate the drift. Fourth, the driver needs to counter-steer and supply gas to maintain the drift. Lastly, the driver needs to manage the throttle to keep going for as long as possible. In the automatic car, the driver does not have the use of a clutch, so it more leans towards steering and throttle. It is unknown if the limo had an e-brake to help initiate the drifting or if the driver is strictly using steering and throttle.

Drifting BMW E23 7 Series Limo is an Epic Feat


Overall, drifting a BMW E23 7 series limo is an epic feat. The audience probably watched in complete awe as the limo skidded across the track. Not many people expect a limo to drift, but it is completely possible. By learning your vehicle, you’ll be able to teach yourself how to drift – as long as its powerful enough. The driver of this 7 series did a great job showing the world how to handle a limo on the track. In the end, watching this 7 series limo drift can be quite entertaining.

 

2018 BMW i3 & i3s: “It’s Electric!”

2018 BMW i3 & i3s

The i3, BMW’s small electric car, is receiving an overhaul for the 2018 model year. The first major part of the news is that there will be an i3s model with additional power and a sportier styling. Secondly, the vehicles will both be offered with a mileage extender. On top of this, the BMW i3 and i3s will have the new iDrive 6 system with Apple CarPlay. This may not seem like much but it is a step forward for the i3 electric car.

125 kW Electric Motor with 168 Horsepower

The BMW i3 sports a 125 kW electric motor producing 168 horsepower on the base model. The i3’s base battery option is a 21.6-kWh (Kilowatt Hours) lithium-ion battery pack. There is also an optional battery pack of 33.2 kWh to increase range by 33 miles. The base battery has 60 Ah while the larger battery has 94 Ah (Amp Hours). This causes the 60 Ah range to be 81 miles (130 km). For the 94 Ah, the range is 114 mi (183 km), a 33 mile difference. If the range extender is opted for, the i3 base battery mileage drops to 72 miles while the 94 Ah drops to 97 miles. The difference is made up with a 0.6-liter twin cylinder engine known as the range extender.

2018 BMW i3 Base Model

For the BMW i3, it has been 4 years since its introduction. Now, the i3 has 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. This means the i3 can complete 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. The top speed of this model is 93 mph. The base model MSRP is $44,450 while the range extender package ups the bill to $48,300.

2018 BMW i3s

For the BMW i3s, it is a brand new version of the i3 to be introduced for the 2018 model year. The i3s has 184 horsepower and 199 lb.-ft. of torque. This leads the i3s to hit 60 mph in only 6.8 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the base i3. The top speed of the i3s is 100 mph, 7 mph faster than the base i3. The enhancements that place the i3s over the i3 include modified motor controls, tapered roller bearings, 20” wheels, sports suspension, and the Driving Dynamics Control System. Both the i3 and i3s are equipped with the iDrive 6 system integrated with Apple CarPlay.

BMW i3 is the New SMART Car

The 2018 BMW i3 and i3s are a step forward for the electric model. The four year old i3 had an overhaul while the i3s was introduced to the market. The i3s should attract customers looking for a cheap, sporty electric vehicle. Some may say it isn’t the prettiest car, it is BMW’s version of the SMART car. Overall, the 2018 BMW i3 and i3s should benefit BMW’s placement in the electric car market.

The Transporter Movies: Audi, BMW, & Mercedes-Benz

In The Transporter movie series, the film portrays the use of Audis, BMWs, and Mercedes-Benzs. Frank Martin, the protagonist, is represented by Jason Statham for the first three films. Ed Skrein acted as Frank Martin in the reboot movie while Chris Vance handles the television series. The ratio of Audi to BMW to Mercedes-Benz in this series is 4:1:1. So, from this, you can see that Audi is the prominent car of Frank Martin.

The Transporter: 1999 BMW 735i E38 & Mercedes-Benz W140 S600

 

In the original Transporter movie, Frank Martin drove a 1999 BMW 735i E38 and a Mercedes-Benz W140 S600. The 1999 BMW 735i E38 boasted a V8 engine with around 233 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque. The Mercedes-Benz W140 S600 sports a 6.0-liter M12 0V12 engine with 389 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Of these two cars, the Mercedes has a much more power. Although it may be only rumored, the 735i was expected to have a larger engine than specified to produce more power. So, it is possible that the 735i was actually a V12 model but that theory cannot be easily proven.

The Transporter 2: 2006 Audi A8 6.0 W12


In the Transporter 2, Frank Martin drives a 2006 Audi A8 6.0 W12. The 2006 Audi A8 W12 has a 6.0-liter W12 engine producing 450 horsepower to hit 60 mph in 5.0 seconds. Compared to the previous movie, this is an addition of 61 horsepower to the transporter’s available power. This car introduced the beginning of the movie’s implementation of Audi for the rest of the series. Although, there is a scene in which Frank drives a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster. The Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster also has a V12 engine producing a whopping 572 horsepower to hit 62 mph in 3.8 seconds.

The Transporter 3: 2008 Audi A8 6.0 W12


For the Transporter 3, the 2008 Audi A8 6.0 W12 was brought to the scene. Basically, Frank decided to upgrade his previous A8 to the new, face-lifted edition. The 2008 Audi A8 W12 is another luxury vehicle with a 6.0-liter W12 producing 450 horsepower. So technically, it contains the same engine as its predecessor. The major difference is on the overall styling of the car and a few technological enhancements.

The Transporter: The Series – Audi A8 4.2 V8


Unfortunately, Frank downgraded his car for the television show, The Transporter: The Series. In the television show, Frank drives a Audi A8 4.2 V8. After driving the W12, I’d suspect Frank isn’t too happy with his new companion’s capabilities. The fact is, his Audi A8 has a 4.2-liter V8 motor that produces 372 horsepower and 328 lb.-ft. of torque. It may be a slight downgrade from 450 horsepower, but it is sufficient to do the job… for the most part.

The Transporter Refueled: Audi S8 4.0 V8


Fortunately, in the movie reboot, The Transporter Refueled, Frank upgrades his car to a Audi S8 4.0 V8. Although it is no V12 or W12, the Audi S8 4.0 V8 produces 605 horsepower to hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Wow! Talk about a major upgrade compared to every other car, yet a downgraded motor. The advancement of car technology over a 10-15 year period is astonishing. Not only were they able to make engines more efficient, they downed the size and upped the horsepower. I don’t know about you, but I’d take this 605 horsepower beast over any of the W12 models previously mentioned.

Frank Martin Showed Passion Towards His Audis

Overall, Frank began his journey with BMW and Mercedes-Benz then jumped into the world of Audi. The transporter prefers his Audi A8s but ended up with a S8 in The Transporter Refueled. Over time, his vehicle quality improved until the television show downgraded it. Fortunately for Frank, he received his most powerful car in the most recent movie. In the end, Frank has continued to show his love for fine European luxury automobiles. Who knows what model will be next?

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