Tuesday, 25 November 2014

BMW Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas: the new BMW Original Accessories.

Whether comfort, safety, design or functionality is uppermost in their thoughts, BMW owners can lend their car an even more individual touch with high-quality Original BMW Accessories. They can rest assured that every item in the Original BMW Accessories range has been developed specially for use in BMW models and is perfectly adapted for the job in hand. And with an array of new products available for any aspect of a BMW you’d care to mention, the extensive selection of Original BMW Accessories makes a more attractive proposition than ever.

Three new interior scents increase the feeling of wellbeing. 

Refreshing, stimulating and rich in variety, the BMW Natural Air collection of interior scents boasts three new additions and a redesigned holder. The holder comprises a matt black plastic carrier and a high-quality lid with a gleaming, anthracite-coloured metal look. The intensity of the scent can now be adjusted precisely via the ventilation grille or the holder’s variable apertures. The new Vitalizing Woods fragrance combines elegant woody notes with a zesty orange and subtle vanilla aroma. Harmonizing Flowers – based primarily on the scent of jasmine and myrtle – brings to mind floral bouquets. And a delicate blend of citrus, lily of the valley and musk imbues the third new creation, Sparkling Raindrops, with an invigorating freshness. The newcomers join the tried-and-tested Purifying Green Tea, Energizing Tonic and Balancing Amber fragrance sticks in the range.

Retrofit hi-fi system from ALPINE lays on a stunning audio experience. 

The new hi-fi system from ALPINE Electronics developed specially for BMW takes the in-car audio experience to another new level. Key to its performance are high-quality components (like the 420-watt hybrid six-channel DSP amplifier and improved three-way speaker system) along with the fine-tuning of the overall system to the acoustic environment inside the car. Time correction for the individual channels produces a very natural soundstage that replicates a live performance – be it jazz, pop, rock or classical music. Rear passengers can also look forward to an outstanding audio experience thanks to DSP equalisation of the rear speakers. The chrome ALPINE logo on the tweeter grilles in the front door mirror triangles lend visual emphasis to the enhanced audio performance delivered by the ALPINE hi-fi system.

Innovative BMW Head-Up Screen makes driving safer. 

Driving a car without the BMW Head-Up Display doesn’t mean missing out on the additional safety it provides. Indeed, the innovative new Head-Up Screen from the Original BMW Accessories range likewise allows navigation instructions and the latest vehicle information to be displayed in the driver’s field of view. The Head-Up Screen can be used in almost all BMW vehicles, workshop installation is quick and the cable used to connect it with the vehicle electronics is barely visible. It can also be retrofitted at any time. All the information can be viewed on the transparent display and is positioned directly in the driver’s line of sight. The information on the Head-Up Screen is very easy to read, even in direct sunlight, which means drivers no longer have to take their eyes off the traffic and can concentrate without interruption on events on the road. The result is an improvement in both safety and comfort at the wheel. The Head-Up Screen shows a range of vehicle information, such as the fuel gauge and – when the temperature drops – a warning of black ice. Other functions include an output display, torque display, cruise control display, the current speed limit, a traffic jam warning and the altitude above sea level. Complementing the Head-Up Screen is the BMW Head-Up Screen app for Android and iOS, which can be used to adjust all the Head-Up Screen’s settings, such as the display brightness and selection of information to be shown. The BMW Head-Up Screen receives its navigation data via Wi-Fi using an app on the driver’s smartphone developed by Garmin and BMW (available for Android and iOS). Owners can download a free update for the navigation app once a year. Both apps are free.

Universal snap-in adapter for all current Apple iPhones.

The new Connect Universal snap-in adapter connects all Apple mobile phones with the car using a lightning adapter. All users have to do is hook up their iPhone, and the communications and entertainment content stored on it comes effortlessly alive inside their car. As well as charging the phone, the snap-in adapter also acts as a safe and secure holder with its built-in bracket. To stop the adapter and connecting cable getting in each other’s way, however, the bracket can be moved into various positions or removed altogether. The connection with the exterior aerial is via inductive coupling.

Specially designed travel set for Convertibles provides additional load capacity. 

With its hardshell cabin-size trolley case and practical carry bag, the new and elegantly sporty Original BMW Travel Set enhances flexibility and provides extra load capacity for Convertible models. The Travel Set can be fixed to the rear seat quickly and easily using the seatbelt. The trick here is that the bags can be stacked on top of, as well as next to, one another – which even leaves a seat free for a rear passenger. And to protect the Travel Set from theft when the roof is open, it can be anchored to the seat belt using security locks. The robust and hard-wearing trolley case is light and easy to move around, thanks to its four rotating wheels and a telescopic handle with grip. The carry bag, meanwhile, has an adjustable inner partition and various pockets attached to the outside, ensuring items are stowed away tidily and can be quickly accessed. The printed BMW lettering and highlights provide a particularly elegant icing on the cake for the titanium-coloured trolley and carry bag.

Practical holder for Apple and Samsung tablets. 

The BMW Travel & Comfort System family is part of the Original BMW Accessories range and includes a practical holder for Apple and Samsung tablets, which can be locked onto the base carrier system safely and effortlessly. It comes with a 360° rotating frame, which allows the rear passengers to turn the tablets horizontally or vertically, thus ensuring a full and comfortable user experience – both for office applications and for gaming, listening to music and watching films. In addition, the height and angle of the tablet holder can be adjusted by simply pivoting and tilting it. The familiar BMW design and impressive material and product quality of the BMW Travel & Comfort System tablet holder meet all safety stipulations governing in-car use and blend harmoniously into the interior of BMW models.

Tablet DVD system brings superb entertainment to the rear compartment. 

The BMW Tablet DVD system lays on entertainment in the rear compartment – and not only for children over long journeys. With its chrome-coloured border, it fits in seamlessly with the BMW design language. The BMW Tablet DVD system comes with a pair of seven-inch colour screens, one of which contains an integrated DVD player. The accompanying holders allow quick and crash-safe attachment of the screens to the head restraint support bars. The Tablet DVD system offers numerous interfaces and connection ports for transferring data, as well as an integrated speaker, all of which makes this a fully-fledged mobile entertainment system for watching films, showing photos, and listening to music and audio books. Comfortable infrared headphones can be added as an option. A single tablet version of the BMW Tablet DVD system is also available with just one display and a DVD player.

BMW Bluetooth headset enables user-friendly telephone calls on the move. 

The new-generation BMW headset makes it even easier to make telephone calls during a journey. It connects easily with a mobile phone and can be operated using buttons, gestures or voice commands – the latter allowing the driver’s hands to remain on the steering wheel. As well as ensuring drivers can easily understand what their conversation partner is saying, the headset’s outstanding sound quality and ambient noise suppression also allow them to listen to music and audio books. The headset enables two devices – e.g. one private and one business phone – to be linked up to it. It can also be used outside the car, making it ideal for both work and leisure purposes.

BMW LED door sill plates for an illuminating experience.

The BMW LED door sill plates turn heads whenever you open the front doors. A white illuminating BMW badge, which is also easily visible during the day, catches the eye every time you climb on board. The badge is framed by high-quality metal with a brushed stainless steel look and creates an aura of class. The battery-powered LED door sill plates are extremely quick to fit due to the lack of cabling required. When the door is closed – or after 30 seconds – the illumination automatically switches off again. The two button cell batteries have a lifespan of approximately three years.

Unique light concept featuring BMW LED door projectors. 

BMW LED door projectors from the Original BMW Accessories range provide a whole new form of door entry illumination. When the doors are opened, they not only cast out a beam of light, but also project a graphic onto the floor area near the door opening. It is a highlight feature that draws the attention every time you get in or out of the car at dusk or in the dark. The motif can also be changed, as desired. Customers have a choice of BMW logo, BMW wordmark, M logo and the letter X for BMW X models.

BMW touch-up paint stick set provides self-fix solutions for minor paint damage. 

Small scratches and stone chip damage are annoying – and not always avoidable. In many cases, though, a BMW touch-up paint stick set can help, often allowing minor paint damage to be repaired by the owner and saving them a trip to the workshop. The set consists of a BMW base coat and clear coat, which means the two-coat structure of the original paintwork can be restored. In a practical feature, the brush for applying the paint is integrated directly into the screw-on cap.

Special care products for modern matt paint finishes. 

Matt paint finishes are steadily growing in popularity. In order to provide sustained care for these special paint finishes and maintain their special effect over a long period, the Original BMW Accessories range contains products to clean and care for matt finishes. The selection of care products includes shampoo, special cleaner, special express wax and nano wax. All the products complement each other perfectly in terms of effect and provide the best possible protection for BMW matt paint finishes.

LED front foglamps with cornering light function for improved visibility. 

Another safety-enhancing item in the Original BMW Accessories range are the LED front foglamps with cornering light function. They provide broader than usual illumination of the road, and the integrated cornering light function improves visibility when turning off, manoeuvring, parking and negotiating hairpin bends. The right or left foglamp lights up as required in response to the steering angle and activation of the right- or left-hand indicator, and gives the driver significantly better and more extensive visibility in the otherwise dark area to the side of the car. Replacing the halogen front foglamps with LED units is easy, as they fit neatly into the relevant mounts. The cornering light function can also be retrofitted in existing halogen front foglamps.

BMW blue halogen bulbs provide improved lighting and a xenon effect. 

“To see and be seen more effectively” sums up the mission statement of the BMW blue halogen bulbs. Joining the BMW H3, H7 and H11 blue halogen bulbs are the new BMW H8 blue halogen bulbs, which bring a stronger xenon light colour to the car’s daytime running light rings and front foglamps, as well as the cornering lights. BMW blue halogen bulbs generate an up to 30 percent brighter light, which enables improved illumination of the road and gives the headlights an attractive blue “xenon” effect. Also available alongside the BMW blue halogen bulbs are BMW blue xenon bulbs (D1S and D2S), which generate a bluish-white light similar to that of LED headlights, plus BMW power halogen bulbs (H7 and H11) and BMW power xenon bulbs (D1S and D2S). Their significantly greater light output enables the headlights to offer even greater range, ensuring fatigue-free driving in darkness as well.

Power is fed to the battery conveniently and efficiently using the BMW battery charger and Battery Comfort Indicator. 

The battery charger from the Original BMW Accessories range is far more than a normal charger. It has reverse polarity protection and is suitable both for fully automatic charging of 12-volt batteries in eight stages and for maintenance charging. In addition, it has a battery diagnosis function to identify aging batteries, reconditions batteries with a low charge, optimises charging on cold winter days and even tops up high-end AGM batteries, which require particularly sensitive charging. A display keeps the driver permanently informed of the charging process. Charging the battery is particularly easy with the Battery Comfort Indicator (available separately), which makes it even simpler to hook up the charger to the battery and displays the battery status at all times.

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Monday, 3 November 2014

The new BMW X5 M and X6 M

The ultra-high performance with exceptional fuel efficiency that characterises every car from BMW's sporty M division is once more fused with all-roads, all-weathers capability with the introduction of the second-generation X5 M and X6 M. Compared to the 2009 models which they succeed, they bring improvements of up to 10 per cent in power, torque and performance while lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by over 20 per cent.

Both models are powered by a new 4.4-litre M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine with two TwinScroll turbochargers. With outputs of 575 hp and 750 Nm, it is the most powerful engine ever developed by BMW for four-wheel-drive vehicles. It is linked to a newly developed eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission now featuring Drivelogic. The cars' outstanding driving dynamics benefit from specific tuning by BMW M, while their bespoke interior and exterior designs blend sportiness, luxury and functionality.

Model Power
Torque   Nm 0 – 62mph Seconds Top Speed Mph Combined Mpg CO2 Emissions g/km
BMW X5 M 575 750 4.2 155* 25.4 258
BMW X6 M 575 750 4.2 155* 25.4 258
*  Electronically limited

The new M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine: the best of all worlds

The bare figures for the new BMW 4.4-litre V8 engine in the X5 M and X6 M are impressive enough in themselves, but they tell only half the story. This new power unit develops its maximum 575 hp – four per cent more than the engine in the previous models – from 6,000 to 6,500 rpm, while peak torque of 750 Nm (a gain of 10 per cent) is available from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. This combination of high-revving capability with linear, rapid response is thanks to the engine's innovative M TwinPower Turbo technologies, which include cross-bank exhaust manifolds, two TwinScroll turbochargers, direct fuel injection working at a pressure of up to 200 bar and VALVETRONIC variable valve control.

These technologies, in combination with the newly developed eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, ensure performance more than meets the expectations of a car from BMW M while at the same time demonstrating exceptional fuel efficiency. The X5 M and X6 M accelerate from 0-62 mph in a supercar-equalling 4.2 seconds, but in normal road driving they are capable of 25.4 mpg, with CO2 emissions  of 258 g/km – reductions of over 20 per cent compared to the previous models. 
The cross-bank exhaust manifold sends two converged streams of exhaust gas to the TwinScroll turbochargers through four separate exhaust ducts. The engine features an extremely rigid closed-deck crankcase which permits the high fuel injection pressures necessary for it to achieve its impressive power output. A lightweight, torsionally stiff forged crankshaft with low rotating masses helps to sharpen the engine's responses.

Every model from BMW M has to be passed as 'fit for the Nordschleife'. The extreme lateral and longitudinal acceleration put upon cars when lapping the Nurburgring places high demands on an engine's oil supply, but sophisticated sump and suction snorkel geometry ensures that the X5 M and X6 M can generate up to 1.2 g without problems. Meanwhile, a combination of low- and high-temperature radiators ensures optimum cooling for the engine coolant, charge air and engine and transmission oil. Electronically controlled flaps within the exhaust system help to provide a riche sporty soundtrack.

The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic delivers all the advantages in terms of responsiveness of the M Double Clutch gearbox in other BMW M models, with the smoothness of a torque converter automatic. It also allows for a wider spread of gear ratios to foster greater fuel efficiency, and for the first time in a torque converter automatic it permits 'creep on demand' through the Low Speed Assistant system. The Drivelogic function allows the driver to prioritise fuel economy, comfort or sports performance, while gear changing can be fully automatic or driver-controlled via paddles on the steering wheel. A Launch Control function is fitted to permit perfect standing starts.

The xDrive four-wheel-drive system is fully flexible in the way it distributes torque to each axle, to ensure maximum traction on all roads and in all weathers. Normally the bias is towards the rear to give the X5 M and X6 M maximum agility, but when the occasion demands, 100 per cent of engine torque can be sent to either axle.

Sports Activity Vehicles with the emphasis on 'sport'

BMW created the Sports Activity Vehicle sector with the original X5 and X6, and the new M models are once again the ultimate expression of the genre. They now deliver improved cornering force through revisions to the upper front wishbones, which have increased camber, camber progression and steering pivot axis, while directional stability has been increased thanks to revised elastokinematics with more rigid bearings. The X5 M and X6 M feature firmer suspension tuning than other X5 and X6 models, a 10 mm lower ride height, Dynamic Drive active roll stabilisation and self-levelling air suspension at the rear. Dynamic Performance Control with COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes allows the driver to personalise the suspension settings at the touch of a button.
Both models feature specially developed mixed tyres to ensure the maximum steering precision and feedback, traction and lateral and directional stability. They are fitted as standard with Pirelli P Zero tyres (285/40 R 20 Y at the front and 325/35 R 20 Y at the rear) on 20-inch light-alloy rims, but 21-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport UHP tyres (285/35 R 21 Y front; 325/30 R 21 Y rear) are optionally available.

The steering is an electronically assisted rack and pinion M Servotronic system with M-specific gearing and tuning. Compared to a conventional hydraulic steering set-up, it reduces fuel consumption by 0.3 litres per 100 kilometres (62 miles). As with the suspension, drivers can opt for COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ settings. The high-performance brakes have been hones in motor sport and feature six-piston fixed callipers at the front, single-piston floating callipers at the rear and 50 per cent larger brake linings than those in the previous models. Weight has been reduced by 1.6 kg, helping to reduce unsprung masses. The brake callipers are painted in Dark Blue metallic.
The new four-wheel-drive M models now feature an optimised DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system which permits an even more dynamic driving style and includes the additional safety functions Brake Standby, Brake Drying, Fading Compensation and Start-Off Assistant. DSC now allows three driving modes – DSC on, in which case the electronic systems provide maximum help to maintain stability;  M Dynamic Mode (MDM), which allows some mild drifting before the electronics come to the driver's assistance; and DSC off, which intervenes only in the most extreme circumstances.

Sportiness meets luxury in the function-led design

The exterior design of the new BMW X5 M and X6 M is purely function-led. The four large air intakes and flaps at the front and the diffuser at the rear perform essential cooling and aerodynamic functions, for example, and the same is true of the M-specific Air Breathers behind the front wheels, which reduce turbulence in the front wheel arches. Airflow around the cars is so well managed that both drag and lift are minimised.

From the front, the two cars are identical, but as they stretch backwards the X5 M demonstrates its sporting practicality and versatility while the X6 M has the flowing lines of a high-performance sports coupé. Both have the raised seating position typical of a BMW X model. The headlights with integrated washer system are borrowed from the BMW X6, while special flaps in the outer front air intakes – adapted from those on racing cars – reduce lift. Both cars have twin-stalk exterior door mirrors with integral indicators. At the rear, there are body-coloured M aprons and a distinctive four-tailpipe exhaust – another M hallmark. The X6 M has a spoiler to reduce rear-axle lift.

The interiors exude sporting luxury. There is an M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, an M gearshift lever, an M Drive menu in the information display and M Drive buttons on the steering wheel. The M front sports seats, like the rest of the upholstery, are trimmed in fine-grain Merino leather with contrast stitching, and there are embossed M logos. Door sill strips with model lettering, aluminium interior trim strips and an anthracite-coloured roof liner from BMW Individual add further touches of sporting exclusivity.

Standard features include Adaptive Dynamic suspension, Adaptive M suspension, Cruise Control with brake function, Driving Assistant, Dynamic Stability Control Plus (ABS, ASC, brake drying, brake fade compensation, brake pre-tensioning, Cornering Brake Contol, Dynamic Brake Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Hill-start Assistant), Hill Descent Control, front and rear Park Distance Control and a rain sensor with automatic headlight control.                
There are 40:20:40 split folding rear seats, electric driver's seat adjustment with memory, heated front seats, downlights in the exterior door handles, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim (including the roof rails on the X5 M), metallic paint, a split tailgate with a powered upper section (for the X5 M), two-zone automatic air conditioning, front and rear cup holders and courtesy lights, all-round electric windows with comfort closing, velour floor mats, footwell lights (LED in the front), a leather-trimmed instrument panel, Aluminium Trace interior trim with Pearl Grey Chrome finishers, a retractable and removable luggage cover, four 12-volt power sockets, electric steering wheel adjustment, green window tinting and an engine start/stop button.

Infotainment is provided by the BMW Professional DAB radio with a single CD player. There is also a 20GB hard disc drive and a socket for connecting auxiliary devices. Both cars are also supplied with Enhanced Bluetooth featuring Voice Control, BMW ConnectedDrive services (Apps interface, Emergency Call, Online Services, TeleServices, Information Plus, Real Time Traffic Information and Remote Services), an M-specific Head- up Display, BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation and an On-Board Computer.

The BMW X5 M and X6 M arrive in dealerships on 11 April, 2015, and will be priced at £90,170 and £93,070 respectively.

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