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Video Of The Day: BMW 7 Series Stars In Red Sparrow Trailer

Video Of The Day: BMW 7 Series Stars In Red Sparrow Trailer

Bavarian luxury and power are the perfect fit for a spy-themed getaway

Aston Martin has James Bond and Audi has Tony Stark, and now BMW is getting on the movie star action with the upcoming film Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence. The film portrays Lawrence as Dominika Egorova, a Russian ballerina-turned-spy, who finds the latest 7 Series accompany her on a journey of intrigue and danger. Watch Red Sparrow in theaters on March 2nd.

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Click Mechanic Renders 7 Automakers As Star Wars Podracers

Click Mechanic Renders 7 Automakers As Star Wars Podracers

Now this is podracing!

Arguably the coolest scene from 1999’s Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace was when young Anakin Skywalker took to the sand and battled for his freedom in a homemade podracer. Sure, the final lightsaber battle was pretty friggin’ awesome as well (Darth Maul! Double-bladed saber! Epic music!), but when it comes to high-speed CGI glory, the podracer scene is hard to beat. In fact, the folks over at Click Mechanic liked it so much, they rendered seven unique podracers as though they were built by real-world manufacturers.

The manufacturers in question all produce some kind of speedy four-wheeled machine worthy of podracer-ization, and include Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ford, Subaru, BMW, and Dodge. Like their real-life equivalents, each rendering gets easily recognizable liveries, and in some cases, a few sponsorship decals as well, all of which was inspired by actual race cars (you know, from planet Earth). Which one of these wild contraptions would you bring to the Boonta Eve Classic? Let us know in the comments section!

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BMW M3 Will Star In Mission Impossible Rogue Nation: Video

BMW M3 Will Star In Mission Impossible Rogue Nation: Video

What qualities would you look for in a getaway car? Obviously, you would want something fast, but you would probably also want something with four doors to make entry and egress easier for your accomplices. You’ll probably also want something inconspicuous that can melt into the background and relatively compact incase you need to maneuver through any tight alleyways.

Whether you’re a secret agent or have just made some bad choices in life, we would recommend the latest F80 BMW M3. Coincidentally, that’s the exact car Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg will use to outrun a pack of armed and angry motorcyclists through the streets of Casablanca, Morocco in this summer’s Mission: Impossible Rouge Nation. The Impossible Missions Force M3 appears to be equipped with a few additional features, including a handprint recognition system on the drivers-side window that can be used to unlock the door. Unfortunately, Tom Cruise’s handprint on the window is the least of this M3’s problems: It gets shot at, driven through a flea market, smashed into motorcycles and then driven off a veranda in reverse.

It’s the second BMW to appear in a Mission: Impossible movie. The first was the BMW VisionEfficient Dynamics (the conceptual predecessor to the i8), which had a brief cameo the in the fourth movie, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

This is the second trailer for the movie, and it looks like fun!

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Dead BMW M3s Leave "Mission: Impossible 5" Set

Dead BMW M3s Leave "Mission: Impossible 5" Set

Fans of BMW might want to look away. This car carrier is hauling off the smoldering heaps of badly bruised M3 sedans off the set of “MI:5,” the latest iteration of the “Mission: Impossible” series.

If you’re into car carnage, the images below depict what appears to be seven examples of Bavaria’s finest performance sedan heavily damaged, most notably on the front passenger side. Perhaps these cars fell victim to multiple takes of a single scene.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen BMW’s doing the unthinkable on set at “Mission: Impossible.” Cell phone video captured an identical M3 jumping down several flights of stairs in broad daylight along the streets of Casablanca, Morocco.

Also among the shots is a M3 fitted with an extensive camera rig. The hood-less car gives the film’s director the ability to shoot driving scenes with shots of Tom Cruise himself at the wheel. With all that extra weight, BMW or the prop designer likely beefed up the sedan’s suspension system. Looks like a skid plate was even added just aft of the front bumper.

Hopefully these were just unlucky test mules or pre-production M3s meeting a fate that ended in a blaze of cinematic glory. It’s hard to stomach brand-new iron getting bashed so mercilessly. Then again, BMW will likely make a sweet return on its investment by having the new M3 in the movie.

“Mission: Impossible 5” is set to debut December 25, 2015.

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Video: 2015 BMW M3 to be Featured in "Mission: Impossible 5"

Video: 2015 BMW M3 to be Featured in "Mission: Impossible 5"

So apparently, the "Mission: Impossible" movie franchise has already begun filming its fifth installment. I didn’t even know there was a fifth movie, not after that bomb of a fourth film whose only redeeming quality was seeing the BMW VisionEfficient Dynamics get some well-deserved camera time. But amateur video has popped up of "M:I 5" and once again, BMW is front and center.

This time around, it’s the new M3 Sedan that’s getting treated to a whole lot of stunt driving smack in the middle of the streets of Casablanca in Morocco. If you love the M3 Sedan, this is a painful video to watch, as it looks like the car’s getting hammered down a steep flight of steps.

On the flip side, appearing in a movie like "Mission: Impossible 5" is a great way for the M3 Sedan to get some mainstream publicity. The VisionEfficient Dynamics benefited from its time in front of the camera and now proudly calls itself the BMW i8.

Hopefully, the M3 Sedan doesn’t suffer the same fate as so many other “movie” cars have in the past. I still have weird nightmares about what Michael Bay did to all those exotics in the "Transformers" franchise.

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BMW Announces GoPro Connected Drive

BMW Announces GoPro Connected Drive

BMW and MINI owners who love capturing video of their ultimate driving machines in action now have reason to rejoice. BMW and GoPro have announced the integration of the GoPro’s live wireless video to feed into the car’s infotainment system. In other words, you can watch your GoPro’s live video from your dashboard — in real time.

There are a few caveats though. The BMW or MINI must be a 2012 model or newer, the car also must have the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, the owner must have an iPhone 4 or newer with the GoPro App installed and running, and the GoPro camera has to be a Wi-Fi-equipped model, such as the HERO3+ or newer. Meet those criteria and you’ll have a front-row seat to watch the rubber burn off your rear tires as you commence to drop the clutch.

The system works by relaying the GoPro’s video signal to your connected iPhone. That signal is then transmitted to the car’s infotainment system through the iPhone USB cable or BMW Accessory snap-in adaptor. The system will also display the camera’s critical information like battery life, Wi-Fi signal strength, and elapsed time. Moreover, the camera’s record and sleep functions can be controlled from the infotainment screen as well.

Unfortunately, the lawyers have seemingly won the battle for safety in this case as the nearly-live video — BMW says a slight lag will be present — cuts out when the car begins to move.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s new GoPro Application.

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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics stars in Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics stars in Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol

The Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol will air on December 16, 2011, but while many people think Tom Cruise will be the star of the show, we would beg to differ. If we do find ourselves checking out the fourth movie in the Mission Impossible franchise, we’ll be doing so just to get a glimpse of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car that will inspire the production BMW i8 version.

"We are thrilled to be involved again in another Hollywood Blockbuster," said Ian Robertson, BMW AG Board Member for Sales and Marketing. "The BMW Group leads the way in developing future mobility with a focus on sustainability. One great example is the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car which will be presented in the film. With its futuristic design and large glass surfaces, the car offers a fascinating perspective on the future of sheer driving pleasure – in combination with maximum efficiency. Also with BMW ConnectedDrive technology, it is the perfect car for Ethan Hunt to outsmart his pursuers through narrow streets and busy city traffic."

Hit the jump to watch the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol trailer, but more importantly, pay close attention to the one minute mark to catch a glimpse of the BMW i8.

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