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  1. As requested by @Volvobrick Started even before I got the GLC Coupe. Was already looking at the Tesla for that first bite in EV, BUT a few things were not in order: 1. Infra, 2. Nascent stage and tech on all fronts, 3. Limited models to compare 2 years later, after much shopping and research, with the infra much improved, I went for it. These were the contendors: 1. Tesla Would have settled for it save for it being commonplace like the Rolla and not having a dedicated showroom (now have) put me off. Also, the feel and overall façade of the T3 was a put off. Literally an iPad on wheels 2. Ionic 5 This was also on the radar but there were limited units on the road and somehow, the design and cues just did not fit in. I could see how it had an appealing design, but was quickly taken off the list. Then, I went upmarket and here were the contendors: 3. Taycan Loved it at first sight, test and what was given. It had that oomph and all and was close to making the cut, but then my senses got to me…to pay $600/$700 plus k for that……into the bin. 4. EQC 400 Sure getter for me. Loved the design cues, overall feel, and with the GLC, it had the same feel as I was used to. Almost plonked for a used on, with 14k on the odo, but someone beat me to it. Fate, I guess......... 5. EQE 400 Went down a couple of times to have a look, but unit was not homologated as yet, and no test units avail, and then when the price was revealed, too hefty a tag for me. This would be my go to in future Then, the GLC got grumpy and I had the tyre blowout🤑..bitch…that was a sign. Car was already listed for sale, and had a few offers, but then this particular dealer (deals with EV only) sent me a msg. I did not reply, but 2 weeks later, I did reply and then voila: 6. i4 EV40 There was a unit avail for me to take, but was beaten to it. Not disheartened, I waited and then just after the blowout, dealer called me that he had the Portimac Blue unit and was to come in later. COE went up (105k) and I thought, there goes the price. Lo and behold, price maintained. Did a visit, and he allowed a test, and I placed my deposit on the spot. Car only has 1.4k on odo. Used for mgt to test, I was told Collected the car after my Iceland trip, and there was a poignant note to this, as when I was in Iceland, I truly saw the effects of global warming. Right before my eyes, I saw a breakoff of an iceberg from the Glacier and to me, Global warming is real… so that kinda edged me on. May be a mall part, but still a part, although some may say EV is another MotherEarthFUGGER ahhahaha So to end it all, those going on this journey, these would be your considerations on the EV choice: 1. Price – this is clear. Has to fit the pocket. Savings downstream are massive, but capital costs upfront. Look at BYD, they are promising 2. Charging – study the charging infra around your area. My area has no shortage of charging at all and suits my lifestyle 3. Range anxiety: This WILL be an issue, but will be gone after a week or so. Car can go to low 20% and still have range of 100km. Same as ICE 4. Savings: Somewhat negated by road tax BUT still save abt $3k/annually as monthly charging is around $150 vs Petrol previously $500...ccb PAP That’s all I have to say for now, but as and when I do have any inputs, I will add on. Others, please feel free to chime in. For charging and sites lobang, go here:
  2. Compared to the current X1, the grill seems to be wider by not as tall?
  3. Look like BMW is still struggling with finding the correct grill design. None of the newer model have a common design language, and now the 2 latest model released within this week really raise the eyebrow of many. What's your view and which grill do you like best from BMW? 2025 4th Generation X3 Computer geeks have been quick to notice grille’s similarity to a certain Swedish brand’s PC tower case 2025 4th Generation 1 Series The new BMW 1-Series looks like a Kia that wants to be a BMW
  4. Hi all, anybody has any experience in PML’s car delivery? Very fast to collect monies for registration but damm slow (or sometimes unresponsive) when ask for updates on delivery.
  5. bpphua

    2021 BMW 116i

    Hi, I am considering getting a brand new BMW 116i. Few things to consider before confirming the order: Fuel Consumption - what's the advice on a realistic mileage on a full tank? Any other comments (pro and con) for this car?
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  7. Hi, my ride is under 70K KM mileage, I service my car recently and they ask me to change my transmission mounting and link. Anyone encountered this before? How long do these parts normally last?
  8. Whether it's the 216i Gran Coupe or the mighty M5 that you drive, Eurokars' new servicing package offers you the chance to keep it in constant, good care. Regardless of what car you drive, the backing of an authorised name will always provide unparalleled assurance when the time for routine servicing inevitably arrives. This applies all the more so to more intricately-built machines, like those from BMW. On the one hand, it is essential that your BMW is handled by carefully trained technicians who are well-attuned to its mechanical ins and outs. The important second half of the equation, however, is that only products and parts of the highest, certified quality should be used throughout the entire process. Thankfully, a new servicing package has been introduced by BMW Eurokars Auto - to allay this very specific set of concerns. A comprehensive servicing package, to keep your BMW in tip-top condition Named the Supersaver Engine Oil Servicing Package, the package entitles a driver to three rounds of engine oil servicing, with the guarantee that only original BMW-approved engine oils will be used. When you send your BMW in, you'll also be entitled to an original BMW engine oil filter service, and a BMW windscreen washer additive. That's not where it ends. Each round of servicing comes with a comprehensive vehicle check, as per official BMW guidelines. Once the servicing is complete, you can even look forward to your car returning to you in spanking clean condition too, thanks to a complimentary car wash by Eurokars to cap off every session. Regardless of what lies under the hood of your BMW - whether it's an inline-three, inline-six or V8 - every model is eligible for the package too. Prices will vary based on how many cylinders your car's engine has, but this means that the Supersaver package is extended even to M cars. For now, here's how the pricing goes*: The full five-star experience guaranteed, with the latest Eurokars facilities Fans of the brand should know that Eurokars Group just opened its spanking and stunning new Eurokars Centre along Kung Chong Road in December last year, which houses an all-new BMW Eurokars Authorised Service Centre. For those handing their cars over personally, the entire process is extremely pleasant and fuss-free; they simply need to drive to the drop-off point located at Basement 1 at the pre-arranged appointment timing, where they’ll be greeted by a team of friendly staff, who will take over from there. (Do note that access to the building's basement level is via Chang Charn Road.) Those keen to stay on while servicing is being carried out can head up to the BMW Eurokars Experience Centre to - which marks the first local space to incorporate the all-new BMW Retail.Next Concept. Refreshments, multiple welcoming lounge spaces, and lifestyle merchandise await here (the latest lifestyle and accessories merchandise are available for purchase!), ensuring BMW-owners can relax in comfort while waiting to get back on the road with their machines again. Still, the action isn’t just centred at Kung Chong Road. BMW drivers in the West now also have a new location in their own area to turn to, thanks to the even more recent opening of a BMW Fast Lane Service Centre at 27A Tanjong Penjuru. For a limited time, Eurokars is even offering a complimentary pick-up and delivery service for all BMW appointments made at its brand-new BMW Eurokars Fast Lane Service Centre, which has been integrated conveniently into Eurokars’ mega-Aftersales Facility at 27A Tanjong Penjuru. Up till 31 May 2024, customers can look forward to having their BMWs picked up, and then returned, right from the convenience of their own doorsteps. We’re told the two-way service is priced at $130 - so there’s certainly a lot of value being offered. Just a click - or a phone call - away To top off the effortlessness of this process, securing a servicing slot with BMW Eurokars is a fuss-free experience that is clear-cut and speedy. Customers need only head over to a dedicated service booking website here, key in relevant details such as their car model and their preferred appointment dates and timings, and then wait for a service advisor to get in touch. Additionally, the latest facilities offered by Eurokars ensure that the BMW ownership experience will be even better, with these services that customers can now tap on: Book today for next day servicing Certified BMW servicing and Original BMW Parts, with trusted BMW Authorised Service Centres Pick Up and Delivery Services, for utmost convenience Secure key drop-off services, with the Night Key Drop Of Car Grooming, so that your BMW looks as good as it drives Express Servicing: Efficient servicing without compromising quality Personalised Vehicle Health Report/Video via CitNow What's more, customers stand a chance to receive an additional complimentary wash and wax voucher when they service their BMWs with Eurokars Auto. Best of all, customers who prefer a more personal touch will be able to find it still with Eurokars. Those who would like to speak directly to the team can dial BMW Eurokars’ Customer Experience Centre at 6269 8833, or send over a quick message on WhatsApp at 8383 0866. Alternatively, if an in-person visit is what you desire, the growing presence of BMW Eurokars around the island should ensure most drivers will be able to find an ideal location to drive to. Customers can choose to relax in the state-of-the-art customer lounge in BMW Eurokars Experience Centre (as mentioned earlier), or opt for the latest addition from Eurokars: BMW Eurokars Fast Lane Service Centre and Certified Body & Paint Shop, at Tanjong Penjuru. BMW Eurokars Experience Centre 11 Kung Chong Road, Singapore 159147 (Basement 1) Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday: 8:00am - 12:00pm Sunday: Closed BMW Eurokars Fast Lane Service Centre and Certified Body & Paint Shop 27A Tanjong Penjuru, Singapore 609042 Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday: 8:00am - 12.30pm Sunday: Closed
  9. Just launched earlier this afternoon. eDrive40i initial batch with the M50i coming later in the year. Starting price approx SGD$311k inclusive of COE and wallbox charger (or 3yrs worth of Shell charging credits) Given that a 320i is already SGD$300k, the (future-proofed) i4 at 10k more does seems like the better buy in comparison. Biggest difference for the interior vs standard 4GCs? The iX-esque curved display.
  10. Hi everyone, I'm starting a thread for all BMW owner. So we can share everything inside here. I'm currently driving G30, cheers and have a great weekend!
  11. It's a 23 minutes long interview but I'm sharing the video from 12 mins 33 seconds onwards. For everyone out there considering to purchase a BMW but kinda on the fence about getting it from PML or Eurokars, maybe this will be the deciding factor for you. Haha.
  12. Is it just me, but the front look like borrowed from an Opel SUV... BMW will kick off a new chapter of its electrification strategy in 2025 with the launch of a new platform for electric vehicles. The Neue Klasse (New Class) architecture will underpin at least six new zero-emissions SUVs and today, these spy photos provide an early look at one of those electric models in prototype form. Our spies in Germany sent us a batch of spy shots with what is currently known as the NA5 project, which is expected to arrive in the summer of 2025. The high-riding EV here is believed to be roughly the same size as today’s X3. However, smarter packaging combined with longer overhangs should result in a bigger storage area behind the rear seats, as well as a roomier cabin. In August last year, BMW confirmed the first product to be based on the Neue Klasse platform will be an electric sedan. It will be followed by this SUV here and some sources even claim it will arrive first. We won’t speculate on that topic but we’ll mention production of the electric family hauler is expected to begin in July 2025 in Hungary. “By the end of the decade, the Neue Klasse is expected to account for more than half of our sales,” BMW’s CEO Oliver Zipse said last year.
  13. The bigger grill does help to enhance the look of this SAC - Sports Active Coupe (coined by BMW), which now look closer to the larger X4 esthetically. X2 M35i xDrive The 2024 X2 measures 4,554 mm in length, with a width of 1,844 mm and a height of 1, 590 mm. The X2’s wheelbase of 2,692 mm and track of 1,582 mm is identical to that of the X1. However, when it comes to mass, the SAC is a smidge porkier than its crossover SUV sibling, weighing in at 1,725 kg for the xDrive28i and 1,742 kg for the X2 M35i, which is 40.8 kg more than the X1 xDrive28i. In the US, this brand new model get a 2.0L sump, churning out 241hp / 400Nm / 6.2sec (xDrive28i) and 312hp / 400Nm / 5.2sec (M35i xDrive). When it hit our shore, I am sure the 122hp / 230Nm / 10.5sec sDrive16i will be one of the option, if not the only one available...
  14. Look very sleek and just like a mini 7 series, minus the controversial monster size grille.. The car's shark-like front nose appears to be sitting lower compared to the current model to lend the 5 Series an angrier look without the odd split headlights of the next 7 Series, X7 facelift, and X8 / XM. A subtle spoiler integrated into the trunk lid can be seen as well, while the dashboard appears to be fully camouflaged. It's likely a sign the cabin will be completely revamped, possibly by adopting the dual-screen setup with a 12.3-inch driver's display and a 14.9-inch infotainment as seen in the iX and i4 electric models running on iDrive 8.
  15. This concept was shown early part of last month, and there is only 1 reason I did not post it till date: Its ugly nose job, which I hope it is an one off design effort, BUT... BMW Concept 4: Chris Bangle Come Back, All Is Forgiven BMW has previewed the design of the forthcoming M3 and M4 with the launch of the BMW Concept 4 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It shows that the new 4-Series will be a radical departure from its predecessor and have a face dominated by a kidney grille so big it could swallow two children. If only Chris Bangle (who, at the time, got his fair share of flak) was still designing Bimmers… The German car manufacturer’s press release appropriately starts out by discussing that grille. According to BMW, “the vertically oriented grille fits seamlessly into both the proportions of the front end and BMW’s illustrious past” and it evokes classics such as the 328 and 3.0 CSi. “The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” added head of BMW Design Domagoj Dukec. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.” Looking past the vertical kidney grille are slim and aggressive laser headlights as well as huge air intakes to gulp down air. The Concept 4 also features particularly expressive sides and slim, two-section mirrors that are partly finished in polished aluminium, as well as 21-inch wheels with a five-spoke pattern. As controversial as the design of the front may be, we suspect people will be more accommodating for the rear fascia. The most noteworthy feature out back are the flowing LED taillights, an angular bumper with a gloss black diffuser and large, rectangular-shaped chrome tailpipes.
  16. The sun hangs overhead, casting a brilliant glow on the crisp winter air, while the roads encircling me paint a breathtaking picture. As I approach a tightening curve, the vibrant surroundings transform from a motion-blurred spectacle to crystal clear clarity as I dig into the brake pedal and rapidly hit the downshift paddle. With the six-piston calipers up front biting down hard, Fourth, third, and second, arrive — as the resonating echoes of the exhaust reverberate through the mountainous terrain with thunderous claps. There's little time to savour the moment though as I unwind the steering wheel and ease into the throttle to once again unleash 453 horses as the hairpin opens up into a long sweeping curve revealing the magnificent sight of a snow-capped Mt Fuji in the distance. It is a splendid sight and a majestic beauty that belies the awesome power lying deep within. But with the cacophony of slightly more minute explosions bursting out the rear pipes of my exhaust, my focus sharpens again as I dive into the next bend. This is Hakone, Japan, and I'm behind the wheel of a BMW M2. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Backstory It's 1998, and a much younger and more impressionable version of myself was about to embark on his first-ever trip to Japan—a genuine adventure beyond the borders of Singapore. Despite a somewhat rushed itinerary covering the essentials of Kansai and Tokyo, the experience was transformative. As a fervent automotive enthusiast engrossed in games like Gran Turismo, this initial visit during the golden era of JDM sportscars left an indelible mark on my life. Even in the outskirts, I encountered a multitude of Skylines, RX7s, Fairladys, numerous 180SXs and Silvias, and the occasional NSX. A serendipitous sighting of an Autech 4-door GTR added a touch of automotive rarity to the experience. It was also during this visit that, albeit from the confines of a minibus, I first laid eyes on the roads of Hakone, driven by my Japanese teacher, who turned out to be a fan of the Touge as well in his S130 Fairlady! As I stood on the edge of the rest stop nonchalant to the slight drizzle of rain lightly misting down my jacket I caught sight of Hakone's meandering roads, A delicate fog descended upon the asphalt like a spectral veil. Amid the occasional crackle of branches and the haunting wind, it seemed as though time had momentarily paused, if only for a few milliseconds. At that moment, I made a silent promise to myself – one day, I will be back to drive these roads. As we all know, time has a way of altering plans. Despite visiting Japan almost every year for nearly two decades, I never managed to return to Hakone, at least not in the manner I initially envisioned (I'm pretty sure Pirate ships don't count). Until now. Interestingly, while I never did make it back to drive in Japan, my love for cars never waned and through years of hard work or perhaps just sheer luck, I've had the pleasure of driving some amazing BMWs in a multitude of beautiful locations. It was during one of these overseas assignments that I had the opportunity to meet a representative from BMW Group Japan. I think you can see where this is going. Enter BMW Group Japan. Enter the Hakone Turnpike. As I navigated through Tokyo's congested roads en route towards destiny, the G87 M2, generously entrusted to me by BMW Group Japan, effortlessly devoured the motorway miles (or kilometers). Despite certain critiques about the new M2's more mature handling compared to its predecessor, the heightened stability and improved ride quality derived from its M3/M4 chassis contributed significantly to the overall enjoyment of the commute. It didn't take very long before the signs towards one of Japan's most legendary and iconic roads loomed into view. Extending just over 15 kilometers with an elevation climb of over 1,000 meters, the Hakone Turnpike was inaugurated in 1969 as a toll road (with a mostly 50km/h speed limit) linking Odawara to Yugawara. Over the years, it underwent a couple of name alterations, featuring brand sponsorships from Toyo Tires and Mazda. Presently, the toll road is under the ownership of the Hakone Turnpike subsidiary of the Central Nippon Expressway Company, going by the name Anest Iwata Turnpike. With my entry toll paid, it was time to fulfill a childhood dream. [/img] So delightful is the M2's torque, so accessible is its power, and so surefooted, competent, and confidence-inspiring is the handling that I find myself pushing harder and harder as the altitude rises. Relentlessly encouraging me to explore its limits with its Turbocharged S58's heartbeat playfully dancing up and down the digital tachometer with each flick of my wrists. Powering down a long sweeping bend, the M2 leans just enough to communicate what's happening, and as I keep the throttle down, I feel the rear end dig into the ground as the M2's computerized active differentials perform their mathematical wizardry to provide the best possible power delivery. [/img] With the Turnpike's sweeping curves that hug the hillsides and stretches of tarmac that punch through dense forest and trees before opening up into a beautifully scenic bridge for you to power through. This combination of road and machine provided an almost a dream-like driving experience, offering a smooth, intoxicating journey so beautifully presented and so enjoyable to sample that I catch myself on multiple occasions wishing it never ends. Skylines and skylines. As I summit the Turnpike, my day has only just begun. Pulling into the Anest rest stop, my eyes catch a glimpse of a beautiful Hakosuka Skyline. Judging by its battle scars, it seems to be in a similar Touge-hunting mood. Sporting its dings, scratches, dirt, and chips with pride, this vintage Nissan hotrod looks far from a garage queen. Despite the GT-X insignia in the cabin, implying its likely modest beginnings, the fat, worn tires, wheels coated with brake dust, exhaust-stained rear panels, and fully stripped-out, caged interior signal a build that transcends mere aesthetics. Could that S20 window decal offer a glimpse of what truly hides beneath its bonnet? It seems I wasn't the only one captivated by the allure of the Hakosuka Skyline, as its distinctive features, battle scars, and unique modifications garnered attention and admiration from fellow travelers at the Anest rest stop. With lunch devoured, it was time to ignite the M2 for the picturesque journey along the Tsubaki Line and Izu Skyline Touge roads. These winding roads, characterized by narrower paths, intricate bends, and blind corners, occasionally unveil expansive and breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji. As I unleash the power of the S58 once more, let's circle back to our introduction as I power down a short straightaway into a blind crest before dabbing on the brakes to rein in the charging Bavarian, Orbital's Halycon On and On playing in the background as the M2 flawlessly and joyously absorbs every moment of the drive, never missing a beat. Taking a moment at a secluded but very picturesque side road to also rein in my adrenaline, I found myself pondering the significance of the color red. Beyond its visual allure, this scarlet hue embodies essences of passion, joy, happiness, celebration, and vitality. Characteristics that resonated perfectly with how it has felt powering this rouge beauty through the dynamic landscapes of Hakone. The Perfect Partner. With traffic ahead, I settled into the cruise along the West Izu Skyline, the M2 gracefully navigating the winding roads leading to the coastal town of Numazu, Shizuoka. The scenery unfolds in a captivating display of nature's beauty, enhancing my sense of awe and exhilaration. The memories of the exuberant morning drive lingered, merging seamlessly with the present moment. It was sheer bliss and the M2 was the perfect partner to enjoy it with. Until I saw it, as the lumbering bus ahead of me pulled off, I caught sight of the unmistakable rear end of a G82 M4. Without hesitation, I punched the M2 button, prompting a burst of acceleration as I eagerly closed in on the M4 whose driver, likely sensing the impending arrival of his car's baby sibling, responded by unleashing the power of the M4, it was go time. It must have been quite the spectacle as we gracefully danced along the winding roads of Nishi-Izu Skyline, the M4 leading while I kept pace. Two of Munich's finest machines playfully carving up and down the mountains in unison, with the M4 occasionally surging into the distance, aided by a driver much more acquainted with these roads. As the M4 pulled away into the distance as I hooked a left into another narrow Touge road leading towards Numazu, it felt like a beautiful moment that perfectly encapsulated the phrase "Freude Am Fahren" had just unfolded. Numazu, Toronto, and Mount Fuji. Nestled along the picturesque Shizuoka coastline and with roots dating back to ancient times, Numazu has evolved into a modern town while retaining its historical essence. Known for its tranquil atmosphere, coastal charm, seafood offerings, and local markets, This scenic coastal town offers a mix of coastal simplicity and natural beauty ideal for a noteworthy stop on any road journey. Me? I only had time to stop for a photo. But what a view! As the sun cast its brilliance on the G87's Toronto Red body, I marveled at the fresh aesthetic perspective it offered compared to the Zandvoort Blue example I drove in Singapore. While the M2's signature baby blue shade may attract attention, it doesn't handle reflections, depth, and shadows as effectively as this crimson beauty. Complemented by the 930M Bicolour wheels, the new M2's more daring and assertive design language truly came to life, especially with Mt. Fuji in the background, creating a truly breathtaking sight. Chasing the sun, chasing a dream. With this picturesque scene etched in my memory, the next leg of my journey led me along the coastal roads of Numazu, through the city of Mishima towards my next Touge. The city's traffic slowed my progress considerably, and the sunlight was slowly but surely subsiding by the time I reached the Ashinoko Skyline. Linking National Route 1 near Hakone Pass to Kojiri on the northern shores of Lake Ashi, the Ashinoko Skyline is a picturesque toll road winding along the border of Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures on the western side of Hakone. Tracing the western ridge of the Hakone mountains, it offers vistas of Lake Ashi, Mt. Fuji, Mishima city, Numazu city, Suruga Bay, and the Izu Peninsula. As I pulled into a viewpoint with the sun setting, words almost failed to capture the awe-inspiring scene unfolding before me. It was truly a spectacular sight. With my dream now fulfilled, I couldn't help but feel a surge of emotion. The beauty of the moment was overwhelming, and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Thank you BMW Group Japan, it was the best drive I've ever had and the G87 M2 will forever remain special. It was now time to have dinner and return to Tokyo. Thank you for reading.
  17. Lo and behold! sgCarMart kickstarted its very own SGCARMART REVIEWS on the 3rd of November with the new Mercedes-Benz CLA with Julian from the Editorial Department (some of you may find him familiar from MCF events) and cool kid James from Marketing. We're now on episode 2 with the Skoda Octavia RS 245! We're still new at this so don't forget to show some love! Like, subscribe and leave your comments on our Youtube channel! Let them know what cars you want them to review next. 💟
  18. Quick Fact / Details - Production begins November 2018 - Uses B47 and B58 engines - 330e come with 48V electrical system - Model availabe for new launch (other models possible, but unlikely by end 2019): • 318d, B47, 148hp, manual and automatic, RWD • 320d, B47, 188hp, manual RWD, automatic RWD and xDrive • 330d, B57, 262hp, automatic RWD and xDrive • 320i, B48 168hp 1.6L or 181hp 2.0L depending on the market, automatic RWD and xDrive • 330i, B48, 255hp, automatic RWD and xDrive • M340i, B58, 385hp, automatic RWD (US only) and xDrive • 330e, B48 + electic motor, 248hp, automatic RWD and xDrive (xDrive US only)
  19. Another odd design luxurious sedan in the making? At a quick glance, it shout Peugeot, to me. The next-generation BMW 7 Series has been caught once more, hinting at a completely redesigned exterior concealed under many layers of camouflage. Those simple headlights are likely provisional as they seem to have a basic look, but the original 8 Series-esque placement and shape is likely the final one. Tiny rivets on many parts of the body indicate the 7 Series prototype has more than just one layer of disguise, so it's best not to jump to any conclusions about the car's exterior appearance. As for the interior, the first thing you will notice are those side-by-side screens akin to the setup you'll find in the iX SUV and i4 Gran Coupe. In those two fully electric vehicles, the instrument cluster measures 12.3 inches and is accompanied by a larger 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment running on iDrive 8. Much like in the EVs, the screens are housed within a massive piece of curved glass slightly tilted towards the driver. It’s going to be a long wait before the next 7 Series will hit the streets as production reportedly won't start until July next year.
  20. Source: https://www.motor1.com/news/703362/chris-bangle-xiaomi-design-consultant/ Chris Bangle of BMW fame is now helping Xiaomi design cars, and production of the Volkswagen ID.2 might not be fully ramped up until 2026. This is AM Drive, Motor1's daily look at the news you need before you get in your car. Ex-BMW Designer Chris Bangle Helping Xiaomi Draw Its Future Cars In case you've missed the memo, Xiaomi is now a car brand. Its first car is the SU7, a large electric sedan built under contract by BAIC. The lead designer was Li Tianyuan, who penned the polarizing BMW iX. The Chinese tech giant has now added another former BMW designer to its payroll, none other than Chris Bangle. Xiaomi chairman and co-founder Lei Jun took to X to make the surprising announcement about Bangle's new role at the company's car division. Christopher Edward Bangle was appointed chief of BMW design in 1992 after working for Opel and Fiat in the 1980s. During his stay in Bavaria until 2009, he penned a multitude of models, some of which had the infamous "Bangle Butt." The E65 7 Series is a prime example, as is the E63 6 Series Coupe.
  21. Saw this.... Front wheel drive.... oh man... but at least it does look like one of the sportiest MPVs around... http://paultan.org/2013/12/16/bmw-2-series-active-tourer-completely-undisguised/ Will you buy?
  22. Max Verstappen should have said: "Limpeh confirm, chop, can drive faster and better than you!" Hahahaha It turns out that being a three-time Formula 1 world champion doesn’t get you a leg up at the rental car counter, as Max Verstappen recently learned when on vacation in Portugal. Source: https://jalopnik.com/max-verstappen-too-young-to-rent-amg-gt-sports-car-on-v-1851128701 As reported by The Sun, Verstappen’s family and friends arrived in Algarve on three different private jets, having booked 20 rental cars through Sixt with the intent to drive to the Algarve International Circuit (also known as Portimão), which Verstappen had rented out for two days. When the Dutch world champion arrived at the Sixt counter, he was told that he could not drive the Mercedes-AMG GT that he had reserved for himself because he was too young. Sixt’s insurance policy for the GT requires that drivers be 30 years old, and Verstappen is only 26. His manager ended up taking the GT, while Verstappen had to make do with a BMW 5 Series. A source said: “Max and the group went to Portugal for a fun racing trip and had booked the cars they wanted. “When they got to the airport, Max was shocked when he was told he wasn’t allowed to drive the Mercedes he wanted. “He’s a seasoned F1 driver who’s used to handling powerful cars, so it’s quite astonishing to think he wasn’t allowed to get behind the wheel of this one — but those are the rules, so he abided by them.”
  23. https://carsnkopi.wordpress.com/2023/11/02/munich-auto-otaku-2023-back-at-the-welt/ For Bimmerheads in Munich, it really is a no-brainer to pop by the Welt and the museum whenever they're in town, not just because it literally is the centre of all things BMW but also because unlike most places in Munich that open only between the hours of 10-11 am, the Welt opens its doors at a rather early (especially for Germany) 730 am. Which makes it one of the perfect places to start a day in Munchen. The other is, of course, Kaffeerösterei at Viktualienmarkt which coincidentally opens at 730 am as well! Or, you can do what I always do, pop by the coffee stand first for a morning cuppa (and a delicious pastry) and then hop onto the nearby U3 U-Bahn towards Olympiazentrum. While I have been here on a number of occasions already, the sight of the BMW Welt and their iconic 4-Cylinder Building never fails to excite me. Outside, a beautiful M8 was getting prepped to enter the Welt. These are such beautiful Grand Tourers, if only they didn't evolve into such expensive machines! (Relatively speaking of course. Yes, yes, I know it retails for S$180,000 brand new in Germany. Stop reminding me!) At the same time, a trailer pulled up to unload its contents. I guess it has to be something cool when it is being pulled by a Cayenne. Inside, Vision Dee was on display, this is one of two Vision Dee's built, the other car, a white one, was at the time heading towards Singapore! This version is with the sweet colour-shifting E-ink panels. While it does look very similar to the Vision Neue Klasse, there are some notable differences which make the newer Neue Klasse appear much closer to being a production car. A variant we don't get here in Singapore, a 330e plug-in hybrid Touring. And one of the cars I was in Germany for, the iX1. Looking especially good here in blue. Still no news yet on when the iX1 will arrive here. Pity our archaic and backwards-looking regulations when it comes to EV vehicles. Taxing EVs based on their power output is stupidity onto another level and blindly penalising innovation, engineering excellence and technological progress. This M3 was sitting in the cordoned off delivery area which means someone spec'ed their M3 with the entirety of the M Performance Parts catalog. While it might seem like a silly thing to do considering the obscene prices of original add-ons, due to the very strict rules regarding aftermarket parts buying a car with manufacturer options is one of the few ways an owner can drive a hopped-up vehicle legally without hassle from the Popo. [/img] After discussing homologation with TUV with Nikolas at Bavarian Econs, I can confirm that driving a modified vehicle in Germany is a formidable challenge. There's a meticulous process for testing and obtaining type approval for every modification, and there's no room for leniency in these regions. If the police suspect any modifications on your vehicle, there's a high likelihood that you will be pulled over. Just how rigorous are the regulations concerning aftermarket parts? Let's consider wheels as an example. In Germany, there's no universal wheel that fits all vehicles. Each wheel must undergo testing and approval for each specific make and model. In other words, a wheel that has been tested and approved for a 3-Series M340i might not legally be installed on a 320i unless it has been subjected to testing on the 320i. Supposedly explaining why the selection of aftermarket wheels in Germany is relatively limited. Of course, you can take the initiative to have a wheel tested and approved, but this requires a solid understanding of the paperwork involved and a significant financial commitment. To avoid all this hassle, it's much simpler to order performance-enhancing components directly from the manufacturer, which is where M Performance Parts come into play. This also clarifies why prominent German tuning companies construct entire vehicles from the ground up, sparing customers the trouble of dealing with TUV. At this point, the car that was sitting in the Porsche pulled trailer was finally unloaded and brought to its display area, and it was truly something special. This is ROWE racing's M4 GT3, fresh off winning the gruelling 24-hours of SPA. Don't believe me? Here's the trophy. What a sight. Looking resplendent with its bug splatters and battle scars on display. This is how a race car should look. After I got my fill of ROWE goodness, it was time to head over to the museum.
  24. Officially launched on 27 May 2020 in Germany. Click here to access the latest posts on the official information and photos.
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