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BMW is the automotive partner of AC Milan Football Club


BMW and AC Milan announce a new long-term partnership that sees the Italian branch of the German premium carmaker become the new Automotive Partner and Premium Partner of the Rossoneri. Just like FC Bayern Munich, AC Milan is one of those clubs that has enjoyed sponsorship from BMW’s rival Audi in recent years. It is worth mentioning that the partnership explicitly refers to AC Milan and BMW Italy, so the Munich headquarters are not directly involved. Nevertheless, we should see the first photos of world stars like Zlatan Ibrahimović next to or in current BMW models in the foreseeable future.

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According to BMW Italy, this is an important partnership which will see the two brands work closely together to create a series of exclusive events and initiatives, with the aim of connecting and enthusing sports, motorsport enthusiasts, innovation and glamor all over the world.

Massimiliano Di Silvestre , President and CEO of BMW Italia SpA stated: “In our partnership there will not be only communication and visibility synergies, but also interactions with social channels and physical and digital events. Our ambition is to go beyond the technical contents of a traditional partnership, sharing some aspirational values ​​of our brands, to be more authentic. These common elements emerged almost naturally during our preparatory meetings. The keywords will be culture, style, innovation. But also corporate social responsibility and sustainability.”

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AC Milan President Paolo Scaroni said: “We are very proud to welcome an internationally recognized brand and automotive excellence such as BMW to our family of Premium Partners. BMW, just like Milan, is synonymous with excellence, style and innovation. We are therefore excited to undertake this journey together towards new progress, towards a sustainable future, for the benefit of all.”

With a total of 18 titles between 1901 and 2011, AC Milan is only second to Juventus Torino. Rossoneri also have 7 titles in the European Cup and the Champions League, and many other titles on the international stage. So AC Milan is without a doubt also one of the most successful club teams in the world.

[Source: BimmerToday]

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BMW M rival with hybrid tech


If you had doubts about the future of performance being electric or not, Mercedes is here to announce is working on a pure electric AMG that will be part of its dedicated EQ lineup of electric cars. Debuting later this year, the future zero-emissions model will boast two electric motors enabling all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution.

According to preliminary data obtained by the experts from Affalterbach, the overall performance is largely on par with current Mercedes-AMG models equipped with the ubiquitous twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 gasoline engine. The Mercedes-AMG GT 73e will be able to complete the sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than four seconds and top out at 155 mph (250 km/h).

The high-performance EV will feature an AMG-tuned air suspension specifically developed for these new applications that will eschew the combustion engine altogether. Not only that, but the car will also add an AMG i-Booster, which will combine electric recuperation and hydraulic braking during deceleration.

While work is well underway at an AMG EV, the first to arrive in terms of electrification will be a plug-in hybrid powertrain capable of producing more than 804 horsepower and a whopping 738 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters) of torque. These will enable AMG PHEVs to hit 60 mph in less than three seconds and offer immediate throttle response thanks to the added electric motor working together with the aforementioned eight-cylinder engine.

Yet another new breed of AMGs is in the offing, featuring a smaller four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine equipped with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The electric motor built into the shaft of the exhaust-gas turbocharger will enable these cars to provide “lightning-fast response” and V8-like levels of performance.

The gasoline engine with the e-turbo will produce more than 442 horsepower and is going to work together with a rear-mounted electric motor, shared with the V8 PHEVs, generating up to 201 hp and an instant torque of 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) depending on the application. AMG promises the combined output will surpass existing non-hybrid V8 models, with the first model of the bunch to be the next-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 expected to go on sale in 2022.

At the forefront of Mercedes-AMG’s electrification agenda is without a shadow of a doubt the One hypercar of which deliveries to customers will finally commence later this year after a prolonged delay. The high-performance machine equipped with a Formula 1-derived hybrid 1.6-liter V6 engine is expected to deliver more than 1,000 horsepower, with final technical specs to be announced likely in the coming months.

Even though BMW has yet to acknowledge their own work in the hybrid field for M cars, the rumormill churns out that an X8 M will be unveiled within a year. The future BMW X8 M models could come in two flavors: the standard version, with an output of 460 kW / 625 PS (617 hp), and the upper-end X8 M Competition, which is set to become the first electrified M model in history. The future X8 M Competition will pack a hybrid powertrain combining a V8 petrol engine and an electric unit that together will raise the peak output up to staggering 552 kW / 750 PS (740 hp).

In the meantime, an M-tuned electric car will be unveiled this year – the i4 M50. The 530 horsepower electric sedan is likely one of the many BMW EVs to get touched by BMW M.

[Source: EVGLOBE | Photos: Mercedes-Benz]

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2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible gets a recall in the U.S.


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The new 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible has just gone on sale in the United States, yet a first recall is already been issued by BMW of North America. According to the U.S. branch, the recall issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) covers an issue with the airbags. The official document says that the head-thorax airbag may not deploy as intended in the event of a side impact.

A side-impact pole test was conducted on a 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible in January. However, the safety test was performed outside the U.S. and BMW concluded US vehicles were not affected as the issue was thought to be primarily related to the European head-thorax airbag design. A follow up side-impact pole test was conducted in March and the head-thorax airbag failed again. Therefore, a recall was issued this month.

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The issue affects a total of 1,850 units of the 430i and M440i, built from October 12, 2020 to March 4, 2021. But BMW says to date no crashes or injuries have been reported related to the head-thorax airbags. BMW is still working on how the problem will be repaired, but first must determine a root cause of the problem. The BMW recall is expected to begin in March 2021, but owners may contact BMW at 800-525-7417.

For this second-generation of drop-top 4 Series, the roof has been converted from the previous-generation’s folding metal hard-top, to a fabric soft-top. Just like the coupe, the 4 Series Convertible still handles every bit as well; thanks to the same as-standard lift-related dampers or adaptive suspension; and gets the same engines. In the US market, there is a BMW 430i Convertible and BMW M440i Convertible, both of which are offered with either standard rear-wheel drive or optional xDrive all-wheel drive.

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BMW CEO Provides Clarification on Neue Klasse Vehicles — Entirely Electrified


Just a few days ago, BMW announced that it would be developing a  new architecture designed to underpin the future of BMW models, called “Neue Klasse”. The name is in reference to the original Neue Klasse of BMWs back in the ’60s, which changed the brand forever. Now, the hope is that this new Neue Klasse will do the same. However, it didn’t get off to a great start, as there was a lot of confusion surrounding the purpose of the architecture.

Prior to the announcement of this second-gen Neue Klasse, BMW had said that it would be developing a single architecture that could accommodate both pure EVs and internal combustion engines alike, called the “Power of Choice”. Then we heard that the Bavarians were also working on a pure EV platform, which we though was a good idea. But then just a few days ago, BMW announced the Neue Klasse, which was aid to be electrified but also offer space for internal combustion. It all left fans scratching their heads at the seemingly contradictory announcements.

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However, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse recently offered some clarification. The new Neue Klasse of vehicles will be entirely electrified but there will still be the potential for plug-in hybrids with gasoline engines. It will be set up so that the rear axle of all Neue Klasse vehicles is electric. So regardless of whether or not the car is an EV, hybrid, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive, the back axle will only be powered by an electric motor.

There will be certain vehicles that offer gasoline engines up front, likely only small turbocharged four-cylinders, to help power the front wheels, thus creating a hybrid. According to Zipse, the reason for offering hybrids is that many markets around the world lack the ability to use pure EVs. He cited the United States as one such market, where states in the middle of the country lack the charging infrastructure to accommodate pure EVs. BMW also hasn’t ruled out hydrogen fuel cell power for the Neue Klasse, either.

So BMW isn’t totally killing the internal combustion engine just yet but it is going to heavily favor EVs and the Neue Klasse architecture is going to be how it does it.

[Source: Sport Auto]

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Can the KIA EV6 Shake Up the Premium EV Market?


The electric car market is going to be extremely interesting to watch because it can tighten the gap between premium and non-premium brands, especially in the minds of EV enthusiasts that are more concerned with specs that luxury. For instance, it’s typically highly unusual to compare a BMW and a KIA, as the former is an expensive premium brand and the latter is not (not an insult to KIA, it’s been making fantastic cars over the past few years). However, the upcoming KIA EV6 electric car should absolutely grab the attention of all EV buyers, even premium ones.

For starters, the KIA EV6 looks great. It’s sharp, sleek, futuristic looking, and has shades of Jaguar’s design language in it. I also love the fact that it’s a five-door hatchback with muscular rear wheel arches, a sexy upward-sweeping C-pillar, and an almost shooting brake-style silhouette.

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The interior is also quite nice looking, especially in EV6 GT (the performance variant seen in these photos) spec. The seats are sporty and supportive looking, the dash is simplistic but handsome, and its tech isn’t too in-your-face. Nothing special but nothing offensive, either.

What’s impressive, though, is what lies beneath. The KIA EV6 is built on the brand’s new dedicated electric platform, which will house several different EV powertrains. Two battery packs will be available; a standard 58 kWh battery and a long-range 77.4 kWh battery. Both battery packs will be available with either a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The top-end KIA EV6 will come with dual electric motors and the 77.4 kWh battery pack, making 576 horsepower and getting from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. While the standard long-range model (big battery, rear-wheel drive), will be able to achieve 510 km (316 miles) of range.

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All KIA EV6 models will be equipped with 800-volt architectures and can charged from 10-80 percent battery in just 18 minutes. If you’re in a pinch, 100 km of range can be put back in just 4.5 minutes, which is easily among the fastest on the market.

With its good looks, impressive specs, and rapid charging, the EV6 is going to cement itself as a very capable EV in the near future. However, as enthusiasts, we want to know what it’s going to be like and we’re quite optimistic about its dynamics, simply because of the man who’s in charge of them.

“The GT version of EV6 demonstrates our technological leadership through its combination of outstanding high-speed charging and acceleration performance like a super sports car. With our dedicated EV platform, there is no need for compromise between inspiring spaciousness and performance,” said Albert Biermann, President and Head of R&D Division for Hyundai Motor Group. Oh, and Beirmann was the former head of BMW M…

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Toronto Red or Brooklyn Grey? The better color on the new M3/M4


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A lot has been said so far about the new BMW M3 and M4. The duo brothers took the world by storm earlier this month when it launched around the world. Of course, the main topic of discussion is the oversized kidney grille. And that’s something that won’t be dying soon, but there is a lot more to the iconic M3/M4. Firstly, it’s the first ever M3 to feature an all-wheel drive system. A feature that will appease a lot of customers in the snowbelt areas.

Secondly, it’s one of the few sportscars in the world to still feature a manual transmission. And that’s something BMW M should be proud of. It keeps their spirit alive while providing die-hard fans with a great alternative to the efficient and precise eight-speed automatic. Lastly on our short list is the color palette of the new M3 and M4. It is certainly one of the most diversified we’ve ever seen and far from being boring.

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The color offering includes Alpine White, Sao Paulo Yellow, Isle of Man Green, Toronto Red, Sapphire Black, Skyscraper Grey, Portimao Blue and Brooklyn Grey. Clearly, Toronto Red is the flashy one with a lot of presence on the road and an instant head turner. At the opposite pole, you have Brooklyn Grey, a subdued shade of grey which will blend in a bit more in a sea of black, white and grey cars.

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Today, courtesy of BMW of South Africa, we have a chance to see the two colors on the road. The beautiful images feature the G80 M3 and G82 M4 in Toronto Red, and a G80 M3 in Brooklyn Grey. And as you can see in the image gallery below, they both highlight the car’s speed, just in a different “color way.” So without any further ado, if you had to pick your next M3/M4, which one of the two colors you’d pick?

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Brooklyn Grey

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BMW i3 nameplate to live on as electric 3 Series LWB model


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As we’re heading into a fully-electric future for the automotive industry, drastic changes are bound to happen while certain things will remain the same. BMW is changing its naming scheme and we’ve already seen that. Their electric models will have a different name, starting with the iX3 and the iX, going up to the i4 and the future i7. It’s pretty self explanatory but what about the BMW i3 nameplate?

The i3 and i8 were trailblazers, no question about it. They were the first efforts from BMW in this direction and one of them is still around. The BMW i3 is turning eight this year and the Bavarian company said it won’t stop here. With the introduction of the i4 as the electric version of the 4 Series Gran Coupe, one can’t help but wonder how another big seller from BMW’s portfolio will be named. What name will the EV equivalent of the 3 Series be bearing?

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According to a source inside Munich, BMW will use the i3 moniker on the electric 3 Series once the current electric model will go out of production. BMW plans to introduce an EV 3 Series in a few years, once the facelift of the G20 generation comes out. The first such models will arrive in China and they will be based on the long wheelbase version of the 3 Series, codenamed G28. These cars will be called BMW i3 and will have various performance levels.

If we’re to believe these rumors, the new electric cars will have names such as BMW i3 eDrive35L and BMW i3 eDrive40L which would hint at the power output of each and the fact that they are long wheelbase versions, the former being less powerful than the latter. We’re still pretty far off from seeing this whole thing happen but judging by the track record of this particular source, we might be seeing a new i3 on the roads in the near future.

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Dahler BMW M340i xDrive gets M3 performance levels


Dahler Competition has just revealed their latest tuning product, this time based on the BMW M340i xDrive. The standard B58 3.0 liter engine already makes an impressive 374 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, but Dahler takes this a bit further. Thanks to a couple of power kits, the Dahler BMW M340i xDrive now makes 435hp and 610Nm of torque in stage 1. The kit was already tested and approved as per WLTP-E6D. The second stage of the power kit brings the power output to 455hp and 640Nm of torque. Those are the same performance levels as the current F80/F82 M3/M4 generations.

Furthermore, the tuning program from Switzerland includes a new stainless steel sports exhaust system with four ceramic coated 90mm tailpipes. The ceramic coating features high hardness, resistance to wear, low thermal conductivity and electric insulation. Of course, it also comes with a better sound, thanks to the Eventuri intake system and the CAN bus-controlled exhaust valve controller. The latter allows the driver to control the noise levels.

It wouldn’t be a proper tuning project without an aftermarket suspension system. The new suspension can be adjusted in height and hardness. Dahler is also working on a competition coilover suspension with DDC plug and play.

The visuals were not ignored either. The Dahler bodykit features a series of carbon fiber parts, starting with a front splitter, carbon fiber rear spoiler, carbon fiber roof antenna and front grilles, and M style mirror caps. Lastly, a new set of ultra-light 20 inch CDC1 forged wheels with high strength and low weight are included as well.

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2021 BMW i3S vs. 2018 BMW i3S


Our own Chuck Vossler just took ownership of the 2021 BMW i3S BEV. But this is not your “regular” i3. According to Vossler, it’s also the first fully-electric i3 in the country painted in Galvanic Gold. The name might sound familiar to some of you, and you’d be right: it made its debut years back on the BMW X2. Inspired by the new iX3 full-electric SAV, the compact-sized, zero-emission hatchbacks are now available with a selection of three eye-catching color combos as follows:

  • Cashmere Silver with accents in BMW i Blue
  • Galvanic Gold with accents in Frozen Grey metallic
  • Fluid Black with accents in Frozen Grey metallic

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The new i3S replaces a 2018 BMW i3S in Imperial Blue Metallic. And while the new colors are fancy and all, it’s the tech that separates the two. The 2018 i3 has a 94Ah battery pack, while the new 2021 i3 brings a battery size of 120Ah. The Ah isn’t a proper measure of the energy, so for the electronauts out there, the battery pack is actually measured at 42.2kWh (kiloWatt hours). Coming from the 94Ah battery pack, the 2021 i3S gets a range increase of nearly 65 km (40 miles), for a total of 260 km (161 miles).

Other updates include a slightly different leather, a louder pedestrian warning sound, a weight difference and PSI ratings. Chuck goes over all these details in the video, so please watch the entire footage.

The U.S. market still gets a choice of four different i3 variants: i3 and i3S BEV, and i3 and i3S REx. BMW has dropped the range extender option in Europe back in 2019. The 2021 BMW i3 BEV starts at $44,450, followed by the sportier i3S BEV at $47,650. The i3 REx sells for $48,300 and the i3S REx for $51,500. There is a $7,500 EV credit still available for BMW electric cars.

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MINI Electric Pacesetter – The first MINI FIA Formula E Safety Car


When we learned that there would be an all-electric version of the MINI JCW GP, we were positively giddy. The current JCW GP is an incredibly capable car but its powertrain is its weakest link, so swapping it out for an electric powertrain should make the car significantly better. To give us a bit of a taste of what the MINI Electric GP will be like, the British brand has just made an FIA Formula E Safety Car out of one and it’s called the MINI Electric Pacesetter.

One look at the Pacesetter and it’s clear that the JCW GP was the basis for its styling. It gets similar fender blades, albeit painted rather than exposed carbon fiber, it has similar wheels, just in a different color scheme, and it has the same roof spoiler, only with a massive light bar on top. The Pacesetter wears a very cool electric-looking livery, with the MINI Electric plug logo on its roof, and the LED lights in the hood “scoop” are very slick. I actually think this looks cooler than the JCW GP.

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All of the aero on the exterior, including the fender blades and rear wing, is also made from 3D-printed, recycled carbon fiber, which not only makes them very light but also quite green. Which is fitting for an electric pace car.

Things get even weirder inside, though. Everything seems to be exposed carbon fiber, including the steering wheel and center console. It ditches the typical infotainment system for a carbon fiber circle that reads “Be Safe, Stay Healthy”. There’s a roll cage in the rear, which is obviously function, rather than the red “brace” in the back of the MINI JCW GP, which is purely aesthetic. Like the JCW GP, though, the MINI Electric Pacesetter has no back seats. Naturally.

However, the most interesting aspect of the interior is its seat design. The racing buckets, complete with four-point harnesses, are also made from rigid carbon fiber but feature 3D-printed removable cushions, which has a semi-organic looking composition.

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Due to the lightweight measures taken to turn the MINI Cooper SE into the MINI Electric Pacesetter, the latter weighs about 130 kg (286 lbs) less than the former. So while it uses the same powertrain as the standard electric MINI, it’s quicker to 60 mph, doing the deed in 6.7 seconds, versus 7.3 seconds for the standard car.

It does get some handling bits, though. Thanks to the three-way adjustable dampers, likely from the JCW GP, the new MINI Electric Pacesetter sits lower and will feature sharper dynamics. The suspension is manually-adjustable, so you can’t just flick a switch inside the cabin, but it’s three-way adjustable; height, damper, and rebound. What’s interesting is that camber is also adjustable, if you’d like. It gets a 10mm wider wheel track than the standard MINI Cooper SE, four-piston brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

If you want to see the MINI Electric Pacesetter in live action, stay tuned on April, 10, when it will make its inaugural run at the Rome E-Prix. We really like this car and we hope it’s a signal of what’s to come from the MINI brand. If MINI puts out something similar to this on the road, count me in.