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As the Middle East market is the third biggest market worldwide for BMW 7-Series sales is no surprise to hear that the German company developed a special edition 760Li for the Arab Emirates. The new model, called 760Li V12 M Bi-Turbo combines a powerful, V-12 engine with a bespoke, luxury interior and a specially highlighted exterior look.

The model is powered by a 6.0 liter V-12 twin-turbo engine that delivers a total of 544 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. This powerful engine, combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission should be enough to catapult the luxury sedan from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

The model can be ordered in eight different colors inspired by the most famous Formula One tracks from around the world: Monte Carlo Blue, Silverstone II and Imola Red. Next to these special colors, the new special edition will be distinguished by a series of unique elements added to both the exterior and the interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 760Li V12 M Bi-Turbo.

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While the world’s attention is focus on the recently launched M235i sports coupe , the German tuner Manhart Racing came with a very cool update for the old M135i. The tuner’s package is called MH1 400 and is a clear indication of the engine’s new output: 400 horsepower.

In order to obtain the extra power, the tuner remapped the 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine’s ECU and installed a new, stainless steel exhaust system with two end pipes measuring 90 mm (3.54 inches). As a result the M135i is now delivering a total of 403 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.

The only problem is that the speed limited was not removed, so the new MH1 400 still goes up to 155 mph.

In order to handle the extra power, the car was equipped with a new, KW Clubsport-coilover suspension system and new, 380 mm (14.96 inches) and 356 mm (14.01 inches) brake discs gripped by eight and four-piston calipers respectively

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M135i MH1 400 by Manhart Racing.

BMW i3

Everybody has gotten to see the 2015 BMW i3 in all of its glory either in person or here at TopSpeed, but few have actually gotten behind the wheel of this peppy little electric hatchback. That’ll all come to an end when the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off, as BMW will offer test drives of its electric hatchback at CES, starting Tuesday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m. at Silver Lot 3.

In addition to giving prospective buyers the chance to get behind the wheel of the i3, BMW will also reveal official details on its highly automated driving project. Very few details are currently available, but we suspect this will be linked in with the i3 in some manner, maybe a partially automated version of the new model to show off what BMW has in place so far.

Automated driving is the next big step in the automotive world, as Google and GM are already each in the thick of testing their respective automated driving systems. To date, the closest you can come to automated driving is the lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control found on higher end cars. Future driving automation will likely eliminate all human input, with exception to emergency situations where a human has to override a faulty system.

We’ll keep a close eye on what Bimmer is rolling out at CES, and we’ll update you as soon as the details are available.

Click past the jump to see a video of a legally blind man "driving" Google’s automated Prius and to see the full test drive schedule for the i3


We all knew from the time BMW introduced the production i8 that it was going to be one of those cars that redefine the way we appreciate our loves. it’s that revolutionary, and not just by way of all the high-tech goodies it comes with.

But since we’re heading down that road, this is as good a time as any to shine the spotlight on one of the most innovative things about the i8. And no, we’re not talking about those laser lights that will be a first for a production vehicle. We’re talking about the keyfob, an otherwise unglamorous — yet extremely useful — piece of equipment used on a lot of cars these days.

We all know what keyfobs tend to look like: small, clunky and largely rectangular in shape that serve the sole purpose of having built-in authentication mechanisms, but this one’s unlike anything you’ve seen from a gadget like this.

Ordinarily, key fobs don’t do much in the way of cutting edge design. But the i8 keyfob is different in so many levels, it’s hard too imagine not getting caught up on what it can do.

It can start the BMW i8, that’s for sure. It can also serve to contain lock/unlock buttons, a trunk opener, and sometimes, its own alarm. But the i8’s keyfob’s function doesn’t just end there. It also contains a high-resolution display screen that’s similar to what you can see on a lot of instrument clusters these days. This screen houses some pretty useful information, especially for a hybrid sports car like the i8.

Based on the photo of the i8 keyfob, you can see the range of the sports car before recharging and re-fueling, pretty important information that will allow you to not overcharge your sports car too much. Look closer and you’ll also notice that all-important information on when the car was last charged and whether or not the key fob itself is connected to the i8. On those important capabilities alone, you can already surmise just how revolutionary this keyfob is. Or, as those familiar with those Japanese toys: a Tamagochi, it is not.

But it doesn’t just end there; the i8 keyfob also has a handful of buttons that can be customized specifically to the needs of the owner. It really is tantamount to a mini smartphone with its own re-programmable functions.

For the price it commands — a replacement key fob will cost at least $1,000 — you’d be wise to keep this small yet incredibly sophisticated piece of technology as close to you as possible.

That, in a nutshell, is how best to describe the BMW i8 key fob: small yet incredibly sophisticated...and really, really expensive.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 BMW i8

Source: BMW Blog

The constant race for innovation comes in its truest form in the auto industry with companies spending millions of dollars in pursuit of that one breakthrough that can redefine the business.

To its credit, BMW may have come to that road with its laser light technology.

Different from the popular LED lights that have become prevalent in the industry, laser lights are being propped as the next evolution in lighting technology, with promises of being safer and more efficient than their LED counterparts.
BMW is tapping into this new technology, which they will use for the first time on the 2015 i8 hybrid sports car , an appropriate choice if there ever was one because of the i8’s own place as its own technologically savant piece.

So why are laser lights safer and more efficient than LEDs? For starters — and this is going to a new level of geekdom, so strap on and try to keep up — laser lights are safer in a sense that they are more focused on what their shining on, which in this case is the road. What this does is reduce the strain caused to oncoming cars, reducing the possibility of angry drivers flipping you the bird as you pass them.

Light strength is another distinct advantage for laser lights, something BMW alludes to in the video above. Compared to light range of standard LEDs, an LED high beam equipped with laser lights is capable of extending that range to an incredible 600 meters (1,970 feet). By comparison, an LED low beam only has a 100-meter (328 feet) range with the high beam at 300 meters (985 feet). Significant stuff right there.

As far as efficiency is concerned, laser lights draw so little energy that they automatically reduce a car’s energy consumption. Laser lights also have smaller lighting diodes, 100 times smaller than the cells used in LEDs, giving BMW designers more flexibility and leeway in designing their lights setup, specifically the ones you’ll find on the i8.

Unfortunately, laser lights don’t come standard on the i8; instead, BMW is offering them as an option for the high-beam mode on the hybrid sports car.

Still and all, its a technology that we’re going to see and hear about in the coming years. That’s what happens when you’re dealing with something that has the potential to be a technological evolution.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW i8

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Do you remember the X5 eDrive Concept unveiled earlier this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show ? Back then, BMW said that it was just a design exercise, with no production plans for at least a few years. Today, however, our spy photographers caught a rather strange BMW X5 prototype testing.

What makes the X5 so weird is that it dons a "Hybrid Test Vehicle" logo on the front door and the same charging slot placed up front as the concept version. Other than that, we have no idea about what hybrid system the production version will use, but we expect to be something similar to the concept.

The concept was powered by turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with a 95-horsepower electric motor that took its powered from an advanced Li-ion battery pack under the rear cargo tray area. This system netted the X5 a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of less than seven seconds. On electric drive the concept offered an autonomy of 19 miles, while the combined hybrid system delivered a fuel economy of about 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers (61.9 mpg).

Expect the BMW X5 Hybrid eDrive to arrive sometime in late 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X5 Plugin Hybrid eDrive.


BMW’s Individual program is the epitome of customization, carrying with a dramatic styling treat that really covers the needs and whims of its customers.

So with two new models in its fold — the M3 Sedan and the M4 Coupe — BMW quickly followed those releases up with Individual programs for both of the new M models .

As far as the latter is concerned, the modifications cover a wide range of new exterior and interior features, none more distinct than the Azuirte black exterior paint and the fancy wood trims on the interior.

Both the M3 Individual and its M4 counterpart will make their public debuts at the 2014 North American International Auto Show . That’s enough time for us to enjoy the holiday season and get ready for what promises to be an action-packed new year.

BMW seems to agree and what better way to jump start 2014 than to present special edition programs for its two newest models.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3

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BMW Individual is defined by genuine exclusiveness combined with the most exclusive materials and colors. So, it was expected to see these exclusive features applied to the recently launched M3 sedan and M4 coupe . Both models will be displayed in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the standard M3 and M4 versions.

The BMW M4 Coupe Individual will be painted Mineral White and, even though there is no official confirmation on this just yet, we expect it to also get some elements seen on previous BMW Individual models, including special wheels and a black-chrome exhaust system.

The interior is trimmed in a sexy brown finish combined with high-quality wood. The seats are wrapped in a special leather that features a sharp cinnamon look, while some nice aluminum elements spice up the cabin and take the M4’s luxury up another notch — as if it really needs it.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW M4 Coupe.

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Back in March, Manhart Racing revealed its first tuning kit based on the new-generation BMW M6 . Today Manhart offers a second look to the sports coupe and came up with a more powerful, more aggressively looking M6 coupe.

The new kit is called MH6 700, which is a clear indication of the 700-plus horses at play under the hood. In order to obtain this amazing power increase, the Manhart equipped the 4.4 liter, V-8 engine with a "Stage 4" performance kit that includes a remapped ECU, a Carbon-Air-Intake-System, and a new exhaust system with downpipes, sports catalytic converters and sports rear silencers made of stainless-steel.

Thanks to all these updates, the V-8 engine delivers a total of 743 horsepower and 702 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power in tow, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph now only takes 3.8 seconds and it can now hit a top speed of 198 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW MH6 700 by Manhart Performance.

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BMW i8 Concept Spyder

Back in 2012, BMW unveiled the i8 Spyder Concept car , which wasn’t a big surprise considering that the coupe concept appeared ripe for a removable top.

Now, that the i8 Coupe is ready to hit showrooms, potential buyers are waiting for a production version of the i8 Spyder to also hit the market.

A recent report from Bimmerpost suggests that BMW officials have approved the i8 Spyder for production, and that we should see it sometime in late 2015. The same report also suggests that BMW has already unveiled a production-ready model to insiders sometime last Friday. This production model featured a Solar Orange exterior paint — identical to what we’ve seen on the i3 — combined with blue highlights.

Of course the i8 Spyder will share the engine and the technical features with its coupe sibling. The exterior will remain nearly identical to the concept version, but with with the production styling aspects of the i8 Coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 Coupe.

Source: Bimmerpost

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