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BMW Vision iNEXT Concept Vehicle Revealed

After a recent online leak of the Vision iNEXT concept vehicle, BMW has officially revealed the next generation electric vehicle described as the company's "building blocks for the future." The futuristic concept is designed around fundamental changes to the driving experience that are afforded by autonomous driving systems. In other words, with autonomous driving clearly on the horizon, BMW has focused their efforts to enhancing the personal space of the vehicle "as a mobile environment that enhances quality of life."


The iNEXT is designed to be a fully autonomous vehicle, but driver's can take control at any time if they desire, so those who enjoy the experience of piloting their vehicle have the ability to do so. The vehicle sports a crossover design with several next-gen features including a 3-part technology based system, an enormous sunroof, and an interior that resembles the dichotomy of a futuristic take on retro styling. The technology system is d…
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Is BMW Discontinuing Diesel Vehicles in America after 2018?

According to an official statement from BMW of North America, the company will begin to focus exclusively on PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) rather than diesel alternatives due to a sharp increase in sales of the former and an equally dramatic decrease in sales of the latter. Sales indicate the drop in diesel sales is directly correlated to a customer preference for high performance gasoline alternatives.



The policy change affects several vehicles including the 540d xDrive which was only recently released this year; however, BMW states the decision for a future release of a diesel X5 has not been decided, so there is still hope for the diesel heads out there. Additionally, the statement indicates a PHEV model X5 will be released in 2021.

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Unofficial 2019 BMW Z4 M40i Coupe Concept

After our previous post highlighting the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i reveal, numerous vehicle enthusiasts have expressed their dissatisfaction through various internet outlets regarding the roadster-only option of the automobile. These concerns have led a graphic design team, X-Tomi Design, to render a concept of what 2019 BMW Z4 M40i coupe could look like. The render, which is pictured below, essentially uses the roof from a Toyota Supra superimposed on the Z4 to create the concept. The choice to use a Supra roof is the result of a partnership with BMW and Toyota who essentially share the same chasis, engine, transmission, and various other parts for the 2019 Supra and the 2019 Z4 M40i. Take a look at the concept below, and judge for yourself if you are a fan of the coupe design.



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2019 BMW Z4 M40i Revealed

The 2019 BMW Z4 M40i has just been revealed in astonishing style. The reveal took place at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The spectacular design embodies traditional BMW style cues while simultaneously implementing next-gen design elements, and the result is exquisite. Additionally, the interior is nothing short of a masterpiece which features a futuristic display seen in similar high end BMW models.



Interestingly, the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i is the result of a rumored partnership with Toyota which explains the use of a Supra chassis as the base for the vehicle. The B58 3.0 liter inline 6 engine sports a powerful 382 horse power with 369 lb. ft of torque. Keep an eye out for complete vehicle specifications and pricing which will be released September 2018.


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BMW Gran Coupe 2 Series to be Released in 2019

BMW is scheduled to release a Gran Coupe model of the 2 series in 2019. The F44 Gran Coupe model will approximately feature an impressive 300 horse power and 300 lb-ft of torque. Although many have grown fond of the rear wheel drive setup of the M2 model, the F44 will feature a front wheel drive setup. If you are a fan of the 2 series, keep your eyes open for official announcements from BMW regarding the F44 Gran Coupe including an official unveil sometime in the next few months.



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BMW Wins 2018 Engine of the Year Award

BMW has once again won the International Engine of the Year award for the 1.4 to 1.8 liter category. The winning engine was the hybrid drive engine found in the BMW i8. Boasting over 230 HP, the engine is designed to achieve peak performance using an optimized use of the hybrid design. Additionally, the BMW 3 cylinder turbo engine found in a variety of BMW and MINI model vehicles took second place in the same category. Congratulations to BMW's design and engineering teams, and we look forward to another victory in 2019!



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BMW On-Board Computer Security Risks Identified

Chinese researchers have identified over a dozen potential security flaws involving the on-board computer systems in multiple BMW models including the 5,7 and X series vehicles. Roughly half of the security flaws require hackers to physically have access to your vehicle in order to exploit the vulnerabilities via a USB drive, but the remaining flaws can be accessed remotely. BMW has already begun to patch these flaws via wireless updates.

The security vulnerabilities don't seem to pose a Michael Hastings level of hacker access, but peace of mind is found knowing that BMW is diligently working to patch these flaws.


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