Supercar Blondie Shows Us Just How Crazy the BMW Vision Next 100 Really Is
BMW gave us a peak at is future way back in 2016 when it debuted the Vision Next 100 Concept with an outrageously futuristic look, technology that borders on impossible (if not actually impossible) and an overall design that is fairly attractive but highly implausible given the world we live in today. It’s a self-driving car, of course, but it has the capability of letting you take the reigns and while BMW didn’t explicitly say so, it’s also electric because that is the way of the future.
Based on appearance alone, the Vision Next 100 seemed impossible even 100 years from now. The thought of a flexible body that allows the wheels to remain completely covered seems like science fiction as does some of the technology inside. Three years later, however, Supercar Blondie actually got to drive the Vision Next 100 Concept – yes it actually drives – and we have to say that it’s rather impressive. Could it really represent the transportation of the future? We can’t really say for now, but we’re certainly a little more optimistic after watching this video.
As you’ll see when you click play, the steering wheel really does retract and hide away in the dash, the wheel arches really do expand and “breathe,” so to speak, when the front wheels are turned. When it’s in self-driving mode, the dashboard itself actually acts as if its breathing too. Granted, this thing is still a concept for now, and we probably won’t see anything like this on the road in our lifetime – we would need perfect roads on global scale and we’d have to perfect Level 5 autonomy – but BMW’s concept does work, it does drive, and it’s starting to look a little more plausible. Maybe not any time soon, but perhaps someday. That’s a huge step in the right direction, anyway. Go ahead and check out the video for yourself – it’s pretty damn surprising, to say the least.
Dieter Zetsche steps down as Daimler CEO, drives off in a BMW i8
Many agree that competition is constructive, and that it brings about progress, and that is probably the case when it comes to the rivalry between two premium German giants, Mercedes and BMW. And, now that the CEO of the former, Dieter Zetsche, has stepped down after over a decade at the helm, the latter has made a rather amusing tribute video to honor him. The video is called "Retirement is about exploring your wide open future."
Jason Day Sinks Hole-in-One, Wins A BMW M760i, And Donates it To Charity
Professional golfer Jason Day is one of the best golfers in the world today. He’s currently ranked sixth in the world rankings and is the owner of one golf major (the 2015 PGA Championship). He’s also an all-around good guy who won a BMW M760i over the weekend after sinking a hole-in-one on the 17th hole during his second round at the 2017 BMW Championships. The achievement itself is incredible, but Day put a nice cherry on it by actually donating the car he had just won to the Evans Scholars Foundation, which will in turn auction it to raise funds for college scholarships among caddies.
To make this story even better, BMW is throwing in another $100,000 to the foundation to commemorate Day’s achievement. The Australian golfer ultimately finished fourth in the tournament, seven strokes behind winner Marc Leishman. He may not have gotten the result he wanted, but you could argue that his hole-in-one was the most important hole of the tournament because of the circumstances surrounding it. He wins an M760i, donates it to charity so it can auction the luxury sedan, and then Bimmer adds another $100,000 donation to cap it off. There are a lot of winners in this story, not the least of which is the person who could end up with the M760i. Remember, the luxury sedan is probably the closest thing BMW has to a full-fledged flagship. It features the automaker’s newest and most important technologies, including a massive 6.6-liter V-12 engine that produces 601 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. All that power is challenged to the sedan’s xDrive AWD system courtesy of an eight-speed automatic transmission, which in turn allows it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
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BMW has always been obsessed with producing the ‘ultimate driving machine,’ and no, those machines don’t just come in the form of M-series vehicles. Nope, BMW strives to deliver perfection in every single car made by the German giant, and if Richard Hammond is to be believed, they may have just created the best car ever with the recently launched BMW 320d coupe.
On paper, a claim like that may sound unfounded considering there are cars literally 10 times the price of the 320d on the market, and surely they’re better? But, that’s not the point. The point is whether a car is or isn’t the complete package, and Hammond truly believes the 320d is that exact package. He praises the styling, the handing, the rear leg room, the price and has great difficulty naming even one flaw.
In the end, the respected journo simply states that the red stripe running across the dashboard in the Sport trim variant is the only downside of what else is a perfect car.
It’s very interesting to note that the 320d in question is actually the base version in the diesel range, yet it seems to be the best. It may only come fitted with a four-cylinder diesel engine producing 184 HP at 4,000 rpm, but it does deliver 280 lb-ft of torque and as we know from experience, the best thing about diesel’s is the seemingly never endless torque they deliver.
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Since being unveiled at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year, the 2011 BMW 6-Series has been getting its fair share of face time in the news lately.
The latest rumor involving the all-new 6-Series has it that the car is going to make an appearance in Mission Impossible: The Ghost Protocol. We’re not sure we’re digging the title of the fourth installment of the MI franchise, but that’s not really important right now.
What should be noted is that the 6-Series will be there as Ethan Hunt’s ride-of-choice in his latest daredevil mission. Filming for the movie is already underway in parts of Dubai and the UK where there will be a number of car chase scenes involving the new 6-Series, along with other BMW models.
And if you want to add more wood to this fire, there’s also a rumor coming out that a certain celebrity was invited to a recent preview of the 6-Series Convertible in Munich, Germany. Yep, no other than Mr. Ethan Hunt himself, Tom Cruise.
Very interesting, indeed.
Being somebody that earns millions and millions of dollars to play basketball certainly has its perks, one of which is that the person can afford just about any car that catches his wandering eye.
Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum is no exception to that. With a salary of $13.8 million for the 2010-2011 season, Bynum can practically open the doors to any dealership in the world and drive off with that dealership’s most expensive ride. Yes, it’s unfair, but we’re not 7 feet tall and we certainly don’t play professional basketball for a living. Tough luck, eh?
In any case, of all the cars that he can choose from, Bynum decided to opt for a pretty nice ride, a modified-to-the-brim BMW M6. Apparently, there are other endeavors pro ballers enjoy as much as putting the ball to the hoop; tuning up their already expensive sports cars.
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Jay Leno has about as big a car collection as anybody we’ve known so it seems a little off that the man known for his taste in classics and exotics would actually have something that’s a little on the contemporary side sitting in his garage.
That ’contemporary’ ride - at least as far as his standards are concerned - is the 2011 BMW M3. Granted, for a lot of us, owning a 2011 BMW M3 is a one-way ticket to the land of awesomeness, but for Jay Leno, the very same man who owns one of three Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, a BMW M3 does seem a little mainstream.
Nevertheless, Leno doesn’t seem to mind being seen in a 2011 M3. As a matter of fact, in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the comedian even had some flattering remarks to say about the car and after heading over to the 2010 Long Beach Grand Prix where he talked with Martin Birkmann, BMW’s motorsports chief and Bill Auberlen, a driver for the BMW/Rahal Letterman Racing Team, Leno discovered a new-found appreciation for the M3, proving that even if the car is ordinary by comparison, Jay Leno can still spot an awesome car when he sees one.
Paul Walker may be most remembered for his starring role in the Fast and the Furious franchise, but as it turns out, his expertise when it comes to tuning a vehicle isn’t constrained to just the movies. Walker’s got some pretty ill driving skills too and he proudly showed them off at the recent Redline Time Attack race series with his toy, a stripped down BMW M3.
To make the car lighter than the standard M3, Walker tied up with AE Performace to completely strip down his M3 down to its bare essentials. OK, they kept the dashboard and the center section of the M3 just so they could stay away from tinkering with BMW’s iDrive system. As far as everything else, the things that Walker could live without were taken out, including the front and back seats, sound deading, speakers, paneling and a whole lot more. In their place, AE Performance packed Walker’s M3 with Ohlins coilovers, six-piston front, four-piston rear Brembos caliers over slotted rotors, a functional carbon fiber wing, a roll cage, and a new set of light yet durable Volk wheels, which came with a set of Hankook tires.
All told, Walker’s customized BMW M3 seems to have been given quite an awesome set of legs to run. Despite that though, we don’t really know how he fared in his races although if he could exhibit the same driving skills as the one in the movie franchise, then we have no problem saying that Walker may have held his own against the competition.
UPDATE 11/2010: Check out Paul Walker’s BMW M3 at the 2010 Sema Auto Show! Click on the picture above!
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BMW’s new hybrid concept, the Vision EfficientDynamics, made its way to the LA Auto Show and it didn’t take long for the car to attract quite an audience; the most noteworthy of which is California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.
During his press conference highlighting green cars, the ‘Governator’ got a chance to get behind the wheel of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept where he was given a quick tour of the vehicle by Peter Miles, BMW of North America’s executive vice president of operations.
After making its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept captured the world’s attention mostly because of its revolutionary design and never-before heard of performance capabilities, including the capacity to travel 431 miles before it needs to be recharged and refuelled.
And while most Americans have waited months to see the car up-close, their wait has finally come to an end when the Vision EfficientDynamics makes its long-awaited appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
And as always, Governor Schwarzenegger got first dibs on getting as close as close can get on the car.
Photo courtesy of Danny Mosholok of Newscast
World-renowned opera singer-conductor Placido Domingo will be given the keys to a BMW Hydrogen 7 - the first hydrogen-powered luxury sedan - for his everyday use, BMW announced today. Widely regarded as the greatest operatic artist of modern times, Domingo joins several other preeminent figures in entertainment, government, the environment and more, as the latest person to drive the BMW Hydrogen 7 on U.S. roadways as a part of the BMW Hydrogen 7 Pioneer Program, designed to help the company (...)
BMW announced that Jay Leno became the latest person to receive keys to a BMW Hydrogen 7 — the first hydrogen-powered luxury sedan. The Emmy-winning comedian and host of The Tonight Show received his BMW Hydrogen 7 at his famed car garage in Burbank, California, which is fittingly a "green garage" that receives a great deal of its energy from steam power.
No, not to keep. It’s a loan, part of a BMW program to place 25 of the 100 experimental hydrogen powered BMW 7 Series vehicles with prominent Hollywood celebrities. Earlier, Brad Pitt had arrived at the Oscar ceremonies in one.
But now BWM has loaned the first of the vehicles designated for daily use.
Seems an odd choice, as though BMW were suggesting the car is really a joke.
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The Irish singer Ronan Keating get tired of so many concerts and participated in BMW’s Driver Training, a service established in 1977 to increase safety in road traffic by improving driver’s skills. While driving the BMW 330i and BMW M6, Keating performed 180 degree spins and emergency stops.
David Beckham has been the victim of a gang of car thieves, who used hi-tech software to steal his BMW X-5 from a commercial centre near Madrid, Spania.
The gang, which police say specialises in stealing luxury models, struck while the England captain and Real Madrid star was having lunch with his sons at the Diversia centre at Alcobendas, near his home on the edge of the Spanish capital.
The armour-plated four-wheel drive, fitted with the latest anti-theft devices for which Beckham had (...)