A few months ago, there was a turquoise Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce that was clamped just outside the high-end mall Harrods in London. You might also recall a Koenigsegg CCXR joining the Lambo in getting clamped by local authorities for parking in a no-parking zone.
Well, that special-edition Al-Thani Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce is back in the headlines, only this time, it’s in a lot worse condition from the last time we saw it with those bright yellow discs clamped on their wheels.
According to a recent report, the LP670-4 SuperVeloce was involved in a car accident with a BMW E60 M5 at Hyde Park in London. A witness who saw the crash said that the BMW lost control and hit the central reservation before bouncing off and slamming into the unfortunate Murcielago. Fortunately, no one was injured from the high-profile accident, although we’re quite certain that those two cars will merit some serious fixing with the distinct possibility that one or both may be beyond repairs at this point.
Very tough to see those vehicles, especially that special edition Lamborghini, get wasted just like that.
Don’t you wish you were a cop in Britain? While our American police officers have to drive around in Chevrolet Impalas and Ford Crown Victorias, the UK is getting some Beamers.
BMW is giving all 52 of the country’s police forces these new products, including the new 5-Series, X1, X3, xDrive20d, and the X5 xDrive30d and xDrive40d SUVs. Every one of these vehicles will be powered by diesel fuel because the environment is just as important as catching crooks.
The United Kingdom will also get a 330d sedan High Performance Pursuit Vehicle. This will be the machine you will see running down the baddies at high speeds on the motorways. Despite having these amazing cars, the UK will still rely on cameras to catch speeders on the motorway.
The German automaker will also include the R1200 RF-P Police bike, which should be used on Britain’s crowded roads and in cities.
Press release after the jump.
The dead are becoming more and more famous here on Topspeed, and it’s not because of reasons you might think. After featuring a young Puerto Rican and the rather unusual way he was displayed at his wake, we now have another dead car-loving fanatic who still wants to remind people just how much he loves cars even after he has passed on.
Steve Marsh, who was affectionately called BMW Steve by those close to him, passed on last year at the age of 51. We don’t know if he specifically wanted this type of tombstone on his grave, but his family, after being granted permission by the local authorities, went out and imported a one-piece granite scale model headstone of a BMW M3 convertible, BMW Steve’s favorite car in the world. And just to make sure that the granite M3 has BMW Steve’s imprint on it, his family personally designed the car, including the customized silver-painted lights, a dashboard, BMW logos on the wheels, and even a personalized license plate bearing the name ’Steve 1’.
And the cost of the car? That would be £50,000, which, if you didn’t know, is about the same price as a real BMW M3.
Photo credits: Peter Lawson
BMW has secured the rights to become the exclusive automotive sponsor of the 2012 London Olympic Games. As part of the partnership, BMW will be tasked to provide over 4,000 low-carbon vehicles to be used during the Olympic Games to transport, athletes, officials, media members, operations staff, Olympic committee members, the ISF, the IOC, and all of its other marketing partners.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games’ (LOCOG) choice of BMW as the official automotive partner for London 2012 came down to BMW’s capability to provide vehicles with low-carbon emissions, which coincides with the Games’ central theme of ‘healthy living’.
LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe stressed the importancfe of securing an automotive sponsor this early so that they could put forth a shared vision of staging a green and eco-friendly Olympics. “Operationally, an automotive deal is vital for any organising committee and so I’m thrilled BMW is on board,” Coe said. “They share our vision to stage a sustainable ‘Games’ in 2012 and will be a valued partner. We welcome BMW on board and look forward to working with them over the next three years.”
Continued after the jump with press release.
BMW UK added a new model to the 7-series line-up: the 730Ld, the long-wheelbase version of the 730d that adds 14cms of legroom for rear seat passengers. The prices will start from £56,790.
The new BMW 730Ld is powered by an all-aluminium 2,993cc straight-six cylinder diesel engine that produces 245hp at 4,000rpm. A peak torque figure of 540Nm is attained from 1,750rpm through to 3,000rpm and this results in a zero to 62mph time of 7.3 seconds and a 153mph top speed. Its 194g/km emission figure is class-leading for conventionally powered luxury cars, as is its 38.7mpg combined consumption figure. The BMW 730Ld comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
Press release after the jump.
The letter M offers something truly emotive to the motoring connoisseur. Since 1978 BMW GmbH has produced purist performance cars that tap into the demands and aspirations of customers’ ultimate driving experiences.
BMW M’s first car was also its only ever bespoke car. The M1 mid-engine sports car used a tubular spaceframe chassis and plastic composite body to save weight - steps that were ahead of their time compared to other road cars. Fast forward three decades and there have been 23 different models of M cars in the UK. From the M1 to the Z3 M Coupé and the M5 Touring, they are all unique cars, but each with the M DNA running through them; a pure engineering philosophy enveloped in a sporting design to make for the ultimate driving machine.
The BMW M3 Sedan went on sale in the UK this month and pricing start from £49,415 for the manual version and £52,005 for the M DCT version. BMW expects to sell approximately 400 in a full sales year.
The BMW M3 Sedan is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 premium unleaded petrol engine that delivers 420 bhp. It makes the 0 – 62 mph sprint in 4.9 seconds for the manual version and 4.7 seconds for the M-DCT, and both have a top speed limited to 155 mph.
Hot on the heels of a record sales year in the UK, BMW has launched a new specification tier on BMW 1, 3, 5 Series and Z4 models, offering even greater value for money and personalisation. Edition models feature a range of specific colour choices and interior options as well as specification enhancements on four-cylinder cars.
The launch of the new BMW 6 Series Coupé and Convertible this weekend (7 October) marks the latest in a long line of BMW products revealed in 2007 featuring BMW EfficientDynamics technologies. The new BMW 6 Series range features a host of innovations designed to increase performance, improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions.
‘Clean Energy’ comes to the UK next week with the arrival of eight BMW Hydrogen 7 cars. The virtually emissions-free luxury saloons form part of a total fleet of 100 Hydrogen 7 models that are a major landmark in BMW’s CleanEnergy programme: for the first time, Hydrogen 7 models have been produced on the ‘standard’ 7 Series production line and will be used in normal day-to-day driving in the UK.
Jim O’Donnell, BMW UK’s managing director, summed up this important step in BMW’s history: “The (...)
This autumn Britain’s favourite sports saloon, the BMW 3-series could receive green engine technology that can improve fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions by over 15 per cent.
A suite of engine add-ons and equipment upgrades known as ‘mild hybrids’ will be fitted on all the four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines sold by BMW.
These technologies further improve the internal combustion engine without the drawbacks suffered by other green technologies.
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The latest BMW M3 Coupé is a technical tour de force. The 420hp V8-engined performance car is capable of zero to 62mph in 4.8 seconds, before going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. But while engine capacity, cylinder count and output have increased compared to the previous M3’s six-cylinder unit, engineers have managed to reduce powerplant weight and introduce elements of BMW’s EfficientDynamics programme.
The use of lightweight engine components means the 3,999cc engine (...)
The Bmw 6 Series is already a fabulous car, add a grunty diesel powered engine and you have even better grand tourer for UK drivers. Diesel vehicle drivers would much rather sacrifice on the performance of a sports car for the added longetivity in the fuel economy. Its a compromise that is more than welcome. So, what type of diesel will be offered?