Oct 25

BMW to Showcase iPerformance Family of Plug-In Hybrids at LA Auto Show

October 24, 2016 , Los Angeles, CA… BMW will showcase its iPerformance family of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center (located at 1201 South Figueroa Street). English-, German- and Spanish-speaking BMW representatives will be available for interviews on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 at the BMW Stand.

BMW iPerformance, BMW’s plug-in hybrid models, apply eDrive technology from BMW i (BMW’s brand that emphasizes sustainability in visionary vehicle concepts and technologies) to the BMW core brand via the technical expertise regarding electric motors, battery cells, and electronic control systems. BMW iPerformance vehicles that will be displayed throughout the Los Angeles Auto Show include the BMW 740e xDrive, BMW 330e, and BMW X5 xDrive40e. Additional featured vehicles include the BMW i8, BMW M760i xDrive, and BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive, as well as updated models throughout the BMW lineup for 2017.

Featured Vehicles

The BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance, BMW’s flagship plug-in hybrid model, presents the comfort of the BMW 7 Series with the virtues of electric, locally emission-free mobility. The BMW 740e iPerformance gets its eDrive powertrain technology from a 2.0 liter inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor integrated into the 8-speed Steptronic transmission generating a combined system output of 322 hp. A total of 14 miles in all-electric mode with a top speed of 87 mph can be achieved as well as a combined fuel economy of 64 MPGe. Core features include the BMW EfficientLightweight concept, allowing for significant weight reduction in comparison to its predecessor. Groundbreaking BMW Carbon Core passenger cell technology is the key element on the body structure by the extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and the strategic application of the lightweight design to reduce weight and increase both the overall torsional strength and bending stiffness. The BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance is available in U.S. showrooms starting at $90,095 including Destination and Handling.

The BMW 330e iPerformance adds a plug-in hybrid drive system to the world’s most successful premium model, the BMW 3 Series. The innovative use of an electric motor with the BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine, which has won the International Engine of the Year Award twice to date, results in a total system output of 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The BMW 330e iPerformance accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 140 mph. Pure-electric driving is possible at speeds up to 75 mph with a range of approximately 14 miles well as a combined fuel economy of 71 MPGe. The 2016 BMW 330e iPerformance is in U.S. showrooms for $45,095 including Destination and Handling.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance, the company’s first plug-in hybrid, combines the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery, integrated into its 8-speed automatic transmission. The BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance can travel approximately 14 miles on pure electric propulsion, powered by a lithium-ion battery, ideally suited for short commutes and quick trips around town yielding an impressive 56 MPGe. Combined, the gasoline engine and electric motor put out 308 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the X5 xDrive40e from 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds. This Sports Activity Vehicle features BMW xDrive, the company’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, for optimal stability and traction under all road conditions. The 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e is available in US showrooms for $63,095 including Destination and Handling.

In addition to BMW iPerformance and BMW i vehicles, BMW will showcase new engine variants in the BMW 2 Series and BMW M2 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The BMW 2 Series will now feature the latest generation of BMW TwinPowerTurbo 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder inline engines. The BMW 230i Coupe and BMW 230i Convertible are powered by a 4-cylinder 2.0 liter engine with an increased horsepower and torque of 248 hp and 258 lb-ft. The BMW 2 Series is in U.S. showrooms; the BMW 230i Coupe for $33,845 and the BMW 230i Convertible for $39,645 including Destination and Handling.

The BMW M240i Coupe and BMW M240i Convertible feature a new inline 6-cylinder 3.0 liter gasoline engine that yields 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 15 hp and 39 lb-ft more than its predecessor. The BMW M240i Coupe for $45,145 and the BMW M240i Convertible for $49,745 including Destination and Handling.

The 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive blends ultimate luxury and precision dynamics with the most advanced suspension and chassis technology with ALPINA calibration. For the first time, the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive includes Integral Active Steering, typically associated with sports cars, and combines a variable ratio electric steering system at the front axle with active steering on the rear axle for increased agility and dynamic handling. The new 4.4 liter 8-cylinder engine delivers an impressive output of 600 hp and a maximum torque of 590 lb-ft, resulting in remarkable acceleration – from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, 0.8 seconds faster than its predecessor. Built for cruising at maximum comfort, the BMW ALPINA B7’s high-performance drivetrain is complemented by its aerodynamic elements and sporty yet elegant interior design. The BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive is in U.S. showrooms, the BMW ALPINA B7 Sedan for $137,995 and the BMW ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe for $123,495 including Destination and Handling.

The 2017 BMW M760i xDrive integrates the first 12-cylinder gasoline engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, resulting in a blend of performance, efficiency and comfort. Equipped with 601 hp and peak torque of 590 lb-ft, this luxury sedan accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph. The 2017 BMW M760i xDrive is available with the same advanced driving assistance technologies for acute stability and handling as the renowned BMW 7 Series model range, including: Active Driving Assistance Plus, Lane Departure Warning, Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Blind Spot Detection, Active Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision avoidance , Rear Collision Warning, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, and Traffic Jam Assistant, as well as the BMW iDrive system featuring Gesture Control. The BMW M760i xDrive combines luxurious drive comfort, style, safety and innovative technologies while embodying BMW M Performance dynamics. The BMW M760i xDrive will arrive in U.S. showrooms in early 2017, pricing will be announced closer to launch. BMW M760i xDrive Press Kit.

Paralympic Racing Wheelchair
BMW also will display its Paralympic racing wheelchair that members of Team USA piloted to seven medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. As the official mobility partner of the United States Olympic Committee, BMW of North America collaborated with the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field team to develop, design and engineer the racing wheelchair which draws upon the aesthetics and engineering of BMW’s signature design. Encompassing BMW’s core competencies and fundamentals, the wheelchair features modernized aerodynamic efficiencies, carbon fiber material, a complete chassis redesign, and a personalized approach for customized athlete fit.

In addition, the BMW Group will announce the expansion of ReachNow and the launch of several new and innovative mobility services at a press conference on November 15 at 9:50 a.m.

ChargeForward & EV Infrastructure
BMW is committed to fostering the adoption of EVs in the U. S. Immediately prior to press days at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the company will announce updates for its BMW ChargeForward pilot program in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, which will explore new smart charging functionality and renewable energy integration, to determine which features provide the greatest benefits to both EV drivers and to the grid.

BMW recently completed the Express Charging Corridors initiative in which EV drivers can travel the most heavily-trafficked corridors on the East and West Coasts with the installation of 95 new DC Fast charging stations, spaced approximately 50 miles apart. This collaboration with Volkswagen of America and ChargePoint was designed to address the increasing demand for convenient, publicly-available EV fast chargers. In addition, BMW also announced new ChargeNow by EVgo public charging programs at participating EVgo stations in 25 key EV markets.

Oct 24

BMW Rep Confirms F90 M5 to Feature 20:80 AWD System

BMW’s new-generation 5 Series-based M5 super sedan will employ an advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system to handle a twin-turbocharged V8, targeted to produce about 450kW and more than 700Nm of torque.

Speaking exclusively to GoAuto at the Melbourne unveiling of the seventh-generation 5 Series, BMW Munich product expert Sven Arens confirmed that the new M5 will adopt a version BMW’s all-paw xDrive system, albeit with a heavy rear-axle bias, to handle increased performance.

“Yes, all-wheel-drive. 20:80 [torque] split,” he said.

While the new car will likely be able to vary that torque split ratio depending on traction, the new M5 will be the first full-fat M passenger car (excluding SUVs) in history to feature an all-wheel-drive powertrain and also points to where future M6, M3, M4 and M2 cars could be heading.

While purists will bemoan the shift away from rear-wheel-drive M passenger cars, Mr Arens justified the switch to AWD technology with the fact that BMW has simply reached the limits of two-wheel performance.

“Make the calculations yourself,” he said. “Engines have become so powerful. For a reasonable saloon car, the cut off is 700Nm of torque on two driven wheels.

“With the current M5 we are at 680Nm and thanks to the fact that we use Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, it can get all the traction and all the power on the ground.

“If we are now stepping up to 600hp, which means we are going to go beyond the 700Nm of torque, only if you would use a [Michelin Pilot Sport] Cup 2 tyre would you be able to transfer that to the ground.

“But then it means your customer would come in every 5000km for new tyres. They won’t be very happy.”

Competing against the BMW M5 in the luxury super sedan segment will be the yet-to-be-revealed Mercedes-AMG E63, and the Audi RS6 – both of which can send power to all four corners.

Mr Arens referenced Mercedes-AMG models capable of producing 1000Nm of torque and the Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat vehicles that peak at 880Nm as rear-drive cars that are not able to capitalise on their mountainous torque numbers.

“Look at what Mercedes does, in their cars that have 1000Nm it’s only available from 4th gear, its limited to 700Nm in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gear,” he said.

“So you need to cut it off, because otherwise it just turns into smoke. Look at the Hellcat, switch off the traction control system, and you’re not going anywhere.

“We have reached a point, for two-wheel-drive, the limit has been reached, the next step must be all-wheel drive.”

Mr Arens also spilled the beans on the engine powering the next M5, confirming various reports and rumours of an eight-cylinder motor.

“It is going to be a V8, obviously,” he said. “Double turbo. Modelled around 600 horsepower (447kW).”

The engine will likely be a tweaked carryover from the outgoing M5 – which uses a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 to produce up to 423kW of power and 690Nm of torque – but is expected to receive upgrades to engine management, cooling and the turbos for the increased grunt.

Zero to 100km/h figures are expected to be much better than the current M5’s 4.2 seconds and outperform the next-generation M550i xDrive’s 4.0s dash, putting it in the sub-four second category for the first time.

Estimated power figures put the upcoming M5 on par with the reported 600hp (447kW) of the upcoming 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 Mercedes-AMG E 63 and easily surpass the 423kW/680Nm from Audi’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo RS6.

The new M5 is expected to take advantage of enhancements introduced in the seventh-generation 5 Series model range, including new LED headlights, improved aerodynamics, improved safety technologies and updated connectivity options.

The new-generation 5 Series will launch in Australian in March next year, putting a global reveal of the flagship M5 sometime in 2017 and a local launch in 2018.

The current BMW M5 range kicks off at $184,715 before on-roads for the Pure edition and tops out with the $230,615 Competition version.