This Lego BMW Isetta Could Be the Cutest Set Ever
Lego’s most recent bombshell is the stunning Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 Technic set that left us drooling for a couple of days in the row but if this Lego Ideas BMW Isetta proposal gets the green light, it will definitely sit on the cuter end of the Lego set spectrum.
Like the BMW X2? Well You Can Get a Matching Sneaker Too
BMW Partners With Puma To Create The X-Cat Disc Sneaker
Collaborations between the auto world and the fashion world are nothing new. It’s even come to a point where the automakers themselves have launched fashion lines to diversify their respective businesses. With that in mind, let me present the Puma BMW X-Cat Disc sneaker, a collaborative endeavor between two German brands that actually have a history of working together.
As it turns out, that shared history was one of the driving forces behind the creation of this shoe as back in 2008, BMW, with some assistance from Puma, unveiled the GINA Light Visionary Model, a concept car that became infamous for its use of flexible fabric in place of actual metal body panels. The concept was polarizing for obvious reasons, but that didn’t stop Puma and BMW from dipping into that well once again when they collaborated to create the X-Cat Disc sneakers.
The shoe itself is unique because of Puma’s Disc system, which replaces traditional laces in favor of a disc on the tongue that can tighten and loosen the shoe. But that isn’t the only unique aspect of the X-Cat Disc. Far more controversial is the use of a single, seamless piece of metallic fabric as its outer shell. It’s a similar treatment to what the two companies did to the GINA Light Visionary Model eight years ago, which begs the question why this wasn’t done much sooner.
In any event, the Puma BMW X-Cat Disc is being marketed as a driving shoe and has rolled heels to help drivers navigate around a car’s pedals more efficiently. There’s no word on how much a pair will cost but fortunately, eager beaver customers won’t have to wait too long to find out. The shoes go on sale tomorrow, July 1, 2016.
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BMW Introduces Special Edition Bike To Commemorate Launch Of The M2 Coupe
The BMW M2 Coupe is nearing its long-awaited launch and ahead of the long-awaited date, BMW is doing its part to drum up interest in its first compact high-performance sports car by introducing the Cruise M Bike Limited Edition. Yes, it’s a bicycle and yes, I’d like to have one, please. The special edition bike is limited to just 1,500 units and just like the car that it’s commemorating, it’s pretty much cut from the same cloth as the M2 coupe.
For instance, it’s been finished with a Long Beach Blue metallic paint color, exactly the same as the official color of the M2 Coupe. In terms of its built and design, BMW spared no expense in giving the Cruise M Bike Limited Edition the best of both worlds. The frame is made from hydro-formed aluminum while the seat post and spacer are made entirely out of carbon fiber. It also has features a 30-gear system, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and 28-inch wheels that ensure comfort and balance for the rider in any type of road surface. Fittingly, BMW capped off the exclusivity of the Cruise M Bike Limited Edition with specially made plaques to denote the production number of a particular piece relative to all 1,500 available units.
The BMW Cruise M Bike Limited Edition is one of the highlight pieces of BMW’s 2016 bike collection. One unit retails for €1,400, which is around $1,600 based on current exchange rates. Seeing as the price of the actual BMW M2 Coupe starts at $51,700 (not including destination and handling), it might not be a bad idea to give the limited run Cruise M Bike a double-take.
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The holiday season is upon us so its entirely understandable if you’re scrambling to get your Christmas shopping done as soon as possible. You don’t want to be one of those people who receive all these cool gifts and give gift certificates in return, right? These days, it’s perfectly normal to do online shopping. As a matter of fact, it has become a more convenient way to shop for gifts than going to the mall and squeezing yourselves between throngs of people doing the exact same thing. So we’re doing all of you a solid by compiling a list of gift options that you or your gearhead family members may be interested in. But instead of scouring the usual online stores, we’ve taken a slightly different approach and went straight to the online stores of some our favorite automakers.
We scoured for cool items to suggest and found a whole bunch of them. These items range in price from affordable gifts like a computer mouse all the way to a premium smartphone that isn’t even on the market yet. Just remember that these gifts are just suggestions. Whether you buy them or not is entirely up to you.
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Over the years, we’ve seen a number of collaborations between heavyweight automakers and their Swiss time piece counterparts. The list actually reads long and the announcement that Ball Watch Company and BMW are tying up for their own partnership will only add to that growing list.
As part of this exclusive agreement, Ball will be tasked to build the new BALL & BMW timepieces, which will incorporate various technical feats into it, highlighted by a revolutionary anti-shock system. Ball’s exclusive patented Amortiser system will also be part of the collection and serving as a means of protection for the watch against bumps, dings, and bruises.
Another unique feature of this watch, and one that owes its creation to Ball’s status as the official standard watch of the American railroads, is the use of micro-mechanical engineering, which features a shock-absorbing, anti-magnetic protection ring.
As far as aesthetic design of these watches are concerned, Ball will be paying homage to the unique and distinctive design language of BMW vehicles, reflecting dynamism and strength of character that BMW’s line up of models have come to be known for.
BMW’s design consultancy, Designworks USA, in cooperation with Thermaltake have prepared a very cool computer mouse for Thermaltake and its Level 10 series. The mouse will be launched onto the market in the spring of 2012. Prices haven’t been announced just yet, but it will surely be much more expensive than any other computer mouse currently on the market.
The new Level 10 mouse will be the first product to be launched out of the new series of gaming peripherals and will give testimony to the delicate thinking of the designers when applying the Level 10 design language to additional products.
This Level 10 mouse looks more like a robotic part, but according to BMW, it offers "an array of innovative solutions to provide pro-gamers with products that speak the Level 10 design language but still provide them with the most pleasant and comfortable equipment for heavy use."
UPDATE 08/31/12: Details surrounding the BMW/Thermaltake Level 10 series gaming mouse have just come to light. For starters, the mouse comes in four different colors - Diamond Black, Iron White, Military Green and Blazing Red - with a piece price of about $100. Likewise, the mouse comes with a solid aluminum base, two regular keys on top, and five buttons on the side that are all programmable. But the most interesting feature of the Level 10 series mouse is its "Air-Through Ventilation System", which has been described as solving the issues of "heavy use and direct touch of gaming equipment and the rise of temperatures of the hand".
Half of the world is enjoying the incredible weather of the winter and for these folks, BMW, in cooperation with K2 LTD, has created a series of limited edition skis to hit the slopes. There will only be 500 units built, but the bad news is that they can’t be purchased; BMW will only offer them as a prize for the BMW xDrive Cup.
These limited edition skis were inspired by BMW M automobiles and are similarly suited for maximum performance, uncompromising driving pleasure, and powerful looks that uniquely combine speed and strength. They are 174cm long and measure 132/90/115 (tip/middle/tail).
The skis combine the benefits of a traditional camber with those of a rocker. They have been built using the revolutionary K2 Baseline technology that gives the user power, edge grip, and control on account of its camber. Thanks to this technology, the K2 Ski is ideal for any terrain, all snow conditions, and every subsurface.
Audio specialist, Sennheiser, may have lost some ground with the release of the highly popular Monster Beat headphones, but rest assured, when it comes to top flight quality, you can’t do any better than these guys.
And now that they’re collaborating with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, they’ve got something that should pique the interests of auto and audiophiles all over the world. Their latest work is the S1 Digital Pilot headphones, which was recently unveiled at AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh.
The headphones comes with an inner metal band made of spring steel that makes it suitable for just about any kind of head shape it gets put in. Likewise, it also comes with two thick soft pads that allow it to be pressed firmly without making contact to the sensitive parts of the ear. These ear cups also take the shape of the sweep of a wing, hence the aviation theme of the whole product. The S1 Digital Pilot also has an ergonomic feature that allows people wearing glasses to fit the headphones comfortably without having to adjust their glasses all the time.
More details on the Sennheiser S1 Digital Pilot Headphones by BMW after the jump.
The holiday season is still a few months away, but it’s still worth pointing out that with the ‘BER’ months already in full swing, it might be a good idea to start thinking of gifts to give out when December comes.
BMW seems to think that it’s a good idea and they’re doing their part by releasing a new lifestyle collection that would make for excellent gifts to give when Christmas rolls around.
The new collection is loaded with some pretty cool items including a BMW Snow Racer, a BMW Joy back pack, a BMW Classic ladies’ watch, a BMW M3 GT2 toy car, and a BMW USB stick. They’re not exactly as flashy as say, buying somebody a real BMW, but for those BMW aficionados that enjoy having merchandise stamped with the Beamer logo, these slew of products are about as ideal a present they can get.
The best part is that these presents cover a wide range of gifts for just about everybody. From the M3 GT2 race for the little ones, to the BMW Classic ladies watch for the women; you can have your pick of these gifts and complete your Christmas shopping all in one go.
Race car drivers of tomorrow can get an early start with BMW’s Baby Racer II Motorsport! Suitable for ages 1 ½-3, the Motorsport can turn any household into an optimum racetrack with as many turns and straight-aways as the floor plan will allow. Of course, your child can also just kick back and have some fun without the added pressure of becoming the next Dirk Mueller. The blue, white, and red Motorsport has a sports steering wheel facilitating U-turns, a soft seat to absorb vibrations, and big wheels to round off its sporty look. The Baby Racer can even be taken outside because of its low profile built to provide stability for any surface. The BMW Baby Racer II Motorsport was even designed to look like a real racer with its aerodynamic front spoiler, speedometer, and rev counter. Of course, a BMW would not be a BMW without its metallic logo which you can find at the front and the back.
You can purchase this beginner race car ($133.84 US) as well as other beginner race cars at www.bmw-shop.com.
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