Wednesday, 25 June 2014

BMW Goodwood Festival of Speed

BMW at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed, 26-29 June 2014, will see a trio of spectacular BMWs drive up the famous 1.16 mile hill.  BMW’s most advanced sport car ever, the new BMW i8, will be seen for the first time in the UK along with the BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition – the most powerful production car in the history of the brand.  With a special M4 Coupé in action too, and a line-up of the hottest new BMW M cars on stand, this summer’s Festival promises one of the most exciting displays ever for the Bavarian manufacturer.

The new BMW i8 will steer its way up Goodwood’s hill, showcasing the searing acceleration of the new plug-in hybrid sport car. The BMW i8 uses a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, with a 1.5-litre capacity, in conjunction with an electric motor that takes BMW’s EfficientDynamics philosophy to a new high. Utilising both power sources enables the sprint from zero to 62mph to take just 4.4 seconds, going on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.  All the while combined fuel consumption stands at 135mpg and CO2 emissions come in at 49g/km.

With the introduction of optional BMW laser headlights, the BMW i8 is the world’s first production car to offer this innovative lighting technology. The BMW i8 launches in the UK in July 2014,  costs £99,845 OTR and will qualify for a HM Governement Plug-In Car grant of £5,000. At the wheel of the BMW i8 in the ‘Supercar’ category will be British born factory BMW GT driver, Alexander Sims.

The BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition

To celebrate 30 years of the BMW M5, BMW has created an exclusive, special-edition of the current, fifth-generation model boasting performance that sets it apart from its stablemates. The BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition (30 years of the M5) will be produced in a limited run of just 300 vehicles worldwide. Only 30 cars will come to the UK.

Developing 600hp and peak torque of 700Nm, this special-edition (combined fuel consumption 28.5mpg; CO2 emissions: 231g/km) is not only the most powerful BMW M5 ever to emerge from series production under the auspices of BMW M, but also the most powerful production car in the history of the brand. The M5 30 Jahre Edition sprints from zero to 62mph in a lightning fast 3.9 seconds. Its BMW Individual-inspired looks and dynamic and comfort-enhancing equipment make this special edition M5 set to be a highly desirable collector’s item.

The M5 30 Jahre Edition represents a new high point in 30 years of success that began at BMW Motorsport GmbH in Munich in 1984, and continues to raise the pulses of car fans around the world today. It is on sale now and costs £91,890 OTR. At the helm of the BMW M5 in the ‘First Glance’ category at Goodwood will be one of the UK’s best ever international racing drivers, Steve Soper.

An Individual M4 in action

The first ever BMW Individual M4 Coupé built for the UK will premiere at Goodwood. The Tanzanite Blue metallic Coupé will be the first M4 built in a BMW Individual colour and with a Merino leather upholstery interior from the BMW Individual Collection.

Components from the new BMW M Performance Accessories range, which launches on 12 September 2014, have been provided to significantly add to the M4’s aerodynamic and athletic appearance. These include a carbon-fibre front splitter, carbon-fibre rear spoiler, carbon-fibre rear diffuser and carbon-fibre wing mirrors. The distinctive look is complemented by the M Performance sports exhaust, with Titanium exhaust trims, and by interior enhancements including an Alcantara steering wheel with race display.

Built especially in time for the Festival of Speed, the vehicle’s specification was chosen by fans of ‘’ and two lucky competition winners will drive the car up the hill as part of the Moving Motor Show. During the Festival, in the ‘First Glance’ category, the car will be driven by one of the UK’s best known television presenters and ex-racing driver, Tiff Needell.

Two UK premieres and a packed BMW stand

The BMW Pavilion will host the fifth-generation of the iconic high-performance sports car from BMW M. The new BMW M3 Saloon and new BMW M4 Coupé will entice visitors to an already exciting stand featuring the BMW i8, the special anniversary M5 30 Jahre Edition, other models from the company’s M division, and two UK premieres.

Also on show is the eagerly anticipated new BMW M4 Convertible - the fifth-generation high-performance open-top car of its kind. Powered by the same 431hp M TwinPower Turbo in-line six-cylinder engine as the M3 Saloon and M4 Coupé, the Convertible offers the option of six-speed manual or seven-speed M Double Clutch transmissions.

The M4 Convertible exhibits all the hallmarks of a car created by BMW’s high-performance specialists – lightweight engineering, carefully honed aerodynamics, advanced race-derived chassis tuning and electronic driver assistance technologies and a sporty elegant profile, open or closed. The BMW M4 Convertible launches in the UK on 6 September 2014, priced at £60,745 OTR.

On stand too will be the new BMW X4. It combines the hallmark features of the BMW X family with the sporting elegance of a classical coupé, resulting in BMW’s first Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) for the premium mid-size segment. The BMW X4 arrives in dealerships on 12 July 2014 and will be priced from £36,595 OTR for an X4 xDrive20d SE.

Whilst Alexander Sims, Tiff Needell and Steve Soper will all be aiming for a quick run up the hill, they will also be in the BMW Pavilion for interviews and autographs. They will be joined by legendary Formula 1 commentator, Murray Walker OBE, and by presenter for BT Vision’s Premier League football coverage, Jake Humphreys. Visitors with a culinary interest will also be in for a treat: the BMW Pavilion will also host one of the world’s best chefs, Jason Atherton, for a series of interviews.

Once again this year, BMW and MINI owners will be able to access the exclusive BMW Owners’ Lounge, on the first floor of the Pavilion, by presenting their keys at the entrance.

Visitors will also be able to view the BMW Dashboard – an imposing 10 metre LED screen that will form the main focal point of the BMW Pavilion. This will contain live feeds from Instagram, Twitter, show weather updates and will also be interspersed with interesting BMW and Goodwood facts. Performance-oriented fans will be able to play on a BMW simulator game pod, whilst fans of BMW M will be able to enjoy the Heritage totem – an interactive totem that takes visitors through the history of BMW M.

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Saturday, 7 June 2014

The new BMW X6.

The new BMW X6 redefines the Sports Activity Coupé market which BMW created with the original model back in 2008. Featuring a new interpretation of the car’s robust yet sportily elegant styling, a more luxurious interior, greater versatility, enhanced equipment and superior performance with up to 22 per cent lower fuel consumption, it is set to build on the near-250,000 sales of the first-generation model.
The new X6 will go on sale in the UK in December 2014, initially with a choice of three TwinPower Turbo engines, with one more to follow after launch. An eight-speed Sport automatic transmission is standard along with the latest version of BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system. The xDrive30d and xDrive50i models are available as SE and M Sport models, while the M50d will be available as a stand-alone model.

Model Power
Torque   Nm 0 – 62mph seconds Top Speed mph Combined mpg CO2 Emissions g/km Price
BMW X6 xDrive30d SE 258 560 6.7 143 47.1 (47.1) 157 (159) £51,150
BMW X6 M50d 381 740 5.2 155* 42.8 174 £66,920
BMW X6 xDrive50i SE 449 650 4.8 155* 29.1 (29.1) 225 (227) £63,065
*  Electronically limited. Figures in brackets denote M Sport models with standard 20-inch wheels

The new BMW X6 reinterprets the Sports Activity Coupé

The original X6 combined the robustness of an SUV, the sporty elegance of a coupé and the luxury of a limousine and these key features have been reinterpreted in the new model.

The design characteristics which distinguish any BMW – a long bonnet, long wheelbase, short front overhang and set-back passenger cell – remain ever prevalent.  In the new X6 they are combined with large wheel arches, a high window sill, high seating position and a short distance between the front axle and instrument panel, all of which highlight its off-road stability. These are complemented by X-shaped contours in the bumper, matt silver underbody protection and a powerful double-kidney grille flanked by large twin circular headlights which turn into the front wings. The robustness of the new X6 is reinforced at the rear by horizontal lines which appear to stretch its width, matt silver underbody protection, the surfacing of the high-opening tailgate and a powerful bumper and flat apron. 

Sharp contours emerging from the front wheel arches, one stretching upwards and finishing at the rear door handles and the other running downwards then turning back towards the L-shaped rear light units, assist the coupé-like roofline to emphasise the car’s sportiness.

The interior is plush and luxurious, with rich-looking materials, including Softskin on the dashboard, instrument surround and upper-arm trim panels. The standard Fine Brushed Aluminium trim sits atop a high-gloss black surface, underscored by an accent strip in Pearl Grey Chrome. The instruments are enclosed within the black panel display, while a 10.2-inch widescreen display comes as part of the standard BMW Professional Navigation system. Ambient lighting can be set to blue, white or orange, or combinations of the three.

All versions have Dakota leather upholstery in a choice of six colours, a multifunction Sport leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles. The rear seats are split 40:20:40 as standard to improve the versatility of the interior. Luggage capacity has been increased by up to 75 litres to a maximum of 1,525 litres.

Unique design features of the BMW X6 M50d include bespoke contours for the front apron, larger air intakes, muscular side sill extensions and a rear apron with diffuser. The kidney grille is Matt Aluminium fronted with Black vertical slats, there are stainless steel exhausts with Black Chrome finishers, Ferric Grey exterior mirror caps, M50d inlays in the door sill finishers and 20-inch M Double-spoke light-alloy wheels.

More power, lower fuel consumption and enhanced EfficientDynamics

The three TwinPower Turbo engines available at launch maintain BMW’s tradition of combining even more performance and driving pleasure with greater efficiency. They deliver higher power outputs with lower fuel consumption and emissions, aided by additional EfficientDynamics technologies, a further developed eight-speed Sport automatic transmission, weight reduction and improved aerodynamics. All engines meet the EU6 emissions standard thanks, in the case of the diesel engines, to a NOx absorber catalyst and an SCR catalyst with AdBlue injection.

The 3.0-litre six-cylinder common-rail diesel engine in the xDrive30d features a single turbocharger with variable inlet geometry. It develops 13hp and 20Nm more than its predecessor – now 258hp and 560Nm. With peak torque available from 1,500rpm, this translates into effortless driveability and a zero to 62mph acceleration time improved by 0.8 seconds to 6.7 seconds. Fuel consumption has been reduced by 15 per cent to a combined 47.1mpg, while CO2 emissions are down to 157g/km.

A diesel engine also powers the M Performance version of the new X6, the M50d. This 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit features three turbochargers working harmoniously in a precise multi-stage process and common-rail injection with piezo injectors, generating up to 2,200 bar pressure. With outputs of 381hp and 740Nm available over a wide rev range, it delivers the performance typical of an engine developed by BMW M – zero to 62mph in 5.2 seconds, a reduction of 0.1 seconds – with greater efficiency. Fuel consumption of 42.8mpg represents a 14 per cent improvement over the previous model, while CO2 emissions come down to 174g/km thank to the two relatively small turbochargers and a single large one which dovetail precisely to maintain charge pressure for instant, lag-free response.

The petrol version available at launch is a further development of the 4.4-litre V8 for the xDrive50i, which features twin turbochargers and high-precision direct injection.  The power output is increased by 10 per cent to 449hp and torque by 50Nm to 650Nm, which is available from 2,000rpm. The zero to 62mph time therefore tumbles by 0.6 seconds to 4.8 seconds, while fuel efficiency improves by 22 per cent. The new combined economy figure of 29.1mpg is accompanied by CO2 emissions of 225g/km.

Later in 2015 these will be joined by an additional six-cylinder diesel in the 313hp xDrive40d.

All engines are combined with an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission which permits the driver to take control using either the gear selector or paddles on the steering wheel. The transmission now features Launch Control to maximise traction and acceleration from standstill, while - in conjunction with the BMW Professional Navigation system – the car is able to take into account the route being followed when deciding when to change gear.

Additions to the EfficientDynamics technologies which feature on all BMWs include a new ECO PRO mode activated via the Drive Performance Control switch in the centre console. This moderates the engine management, accelerator response and gearshift programmes to promote a relaxed, fuel-efficient driving style. It also includes a Proactive Driving Assistant which advises the driver when to ease off the accelerator on the approach to corners, junctions or speed-restricted areas. Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and lightweight engineering also assist in fuel-saving and efficient driving.

The aerodynamic properties have been enhanced to improve the drag co-efficient (Cd) to as low as 0.32 for the xDrive30d SE. Detailed streamlining work includes the addition of BMW’s innovative Aero Curtain and Air Breathers to reduce turbulence in the front wheel areas, cooling flaps in the front end which open or close depending on airflow requirements and optimised airflow over the rear.

Dynamics and comfort taken to a new level

The new X6 takes the dynamism, comfort and safety of the Sports Activity Coupé to a new level through the latest xDrive all-wheel-drive system, revisions to the double-wishbone, double-joint front suspension and patented integral rear axle, and innovative additions to BMW’s suite of electronic driver assistance features.

The xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system now features a lighter and more efficient transfer case, while by linking up with the car’s Dynamic Stability Control it is able to sense and adjust the drive split before wheel slip can occur. The xDrive system also features torque vectoring, which aids turn-in during cornering by selectively braking the inside wheels.  A new xDrive status feature in the Control Display informs the driver of body roll and pitch, while a compass display can also be shown.

Improvements have been made to the suspension, enhancing the X6’s sporting agility and ride comfort. The car’s directional stability has been sharpened, tyre noise and suspension weight have been reduced, there is less friction within the wheel bearings and the optional trailer coupling now has a fully electric towbar. The BMW X6 can tow up to 3.5 tonnes and has trailer stability control to prevent swaying.

There are now three adaptive suspension packages available allowing owners to tailor sports performance and ride comfort precisely to their requirements. Adaptive M suspension is standard on the M Sport and M50d models; Adaptive Comfort suspension is optionally available on SE variants; while Adaptive Dynamic suspension – which includes Dynamic Performance Control, Dynamic Drive with Active Roll Stabilisation to curb body roll and a torque-per-axle display – is available across the range.

Significantly more standard equipment and a greater range of personalisation features

The new BMW X6 provides far higher levels of standard equipment than the previous model, while offering customers greater opportunity to personalise their vehicle. Among the highlights of the new personalisation options are the Pure Extravagance packages.

Standard equipment additions include: part-electric front seats with heating, LED ambient interior lighting, Full Black panel display and Driving Assistant featuring Lane Departure Warning plus Pedestrian and Collison Warning with Braking. All versions of the X6 also now come with BMW eCall and Online Services, Bluetooth Hands-free facility with USB audio interface and Voice Control as well as the BMW Professional Navigation system, incorporating Real Time Traffic Information.

The Pure Extravagance Exterior Design package adds illuminated Aluminium door entry sills and Aluminium running boards, Air Breather, exterior mirror caps, trim, kidney grille and air intakes in Cerium Grey.  Black high-gloss finishers on the B and C pillars and mirror triangles, a key with Pearl Grey Chrome buttons and Black high-gloss insert and front and rear stainless steel bumper inserts finish the look.

The Pure Extravagance Interior Design packages add Nappa bi-colour leather upholstery, in Ivory White and Black or Cognac and Black with contrast stitching, in Grey or Brown respectively, on the instrument panel top and upper door armrests. A remote control with Pearl Grey Chrome buttons completes the package.

The new BMW X6 can be further enhanced through the extensive range of optional  features including: Comfort Access, soft-close doors, Aluminium running boards, High-gloss Black or Matt Aluminium roof rails, a Reversing Assist camera with optional Surround-view, an electric glass sunroof, sun protection glass and sunblinds.   The interior can be optionally specified with ventilated front seats, an extended storage package, heated steering wheel, four-zone climate control, BMW Professional rear-seat entertainment and three upgraded loudspeaker options.

A range of additional safety options are also available and include Driving Assistant Plus - which automatically maintains the distance to the car ahead above 19mph - Lane change warning system, Adaptive LED Headlights, Active Steering, Internet access, Online Entertainment and Remote Services. Park Assist, Head-up Display  and Night Vision with Dynamic Light Spot are also available.

The new BMW X6 starts from £51,150 OTR for the BMW X6 xDrive30d and will go on sale on 6 December, 2014.

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