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  1. The magnificent seven

    Hello everyone, I am suren from Hyderabad n new to the forum .am starting this for starting a discussion on the pros of buying, owning n restoring 15 yr old cars n why people should not be scared of owning these luxurious cars.i am restoring a 735il BMW E38 it's part of the limited edition batch of total world production of 391 cars only during 1998 - 2001.i am more of a person who believe s in used cars r value for money.the choices u make should suite your needs.anyway back to the car I got to be lucky to get my hands on this facelift bond ,transporter movie car which was tucked away and did only 49000kms when I took delivery n drove it from Chennai to Hyderabad .there were abs n traction lights on I drove without them ..scary but after a few miles was confident about the build of the car n drove on .the car being a 3500cc V8 engine has 235 bhp n to my surprise delivered a 11kmpl for the approx 900 KM's used only 1 full tank umm don't get Ur Cal's right this has a 85 litre fuel tank.now that the car has reached Hyderabad have started restoring the ultimate driving machine.this car has a BMW M options to get the tech to u the basic 7 series comes with a 2.92 final drive ratio the sport comes with a 3.15 and my car has paid option final drive ratio of 3.46 and with a high stall tourgue converter gearbox which gets a quick 0- 100 n 1/4 mile around 8 secs n 15 sec n delivery of full tourgue at lower rpm throttle.will keep updating more meanwhile n like minded people who care about these value Buster's fell free to ask.
  2. Aston Martin is shifting up a gear. With the launch of the brand-new ‘regular’ flagship, as opposed to the super-exclusive One-77 and Zagato V12 models — the company is preparing itself for a new era of model development while continuing to stress that evolution, not revolution, will always be its guiding philosophy. A clear sign of evolution is the use of the Vanquish name for the new model, which is due to be launched in the summer with the first cars ready for delivery early next year. The original Vanquish, shown as a concept in 1998 and built between 2001 and 2007, was the first Aston to signal a move away from traditional construction methods. This new edition introduces a much stiffer ‘Generation 4’ 
version of the adaptable ‘VH’ bonded aluminium monocoque chassis that arrived with the DB9 in 2003. It also introduces a completely re-engineered version of Aston’s 6.0-litre V12 engine, with variable valve timing, new heads, bigger inlet valves and throttle bodies, and new manifolds that boost power and torque. Most importantly, the revised engine meets forthcoming US clean-air legislation. For the first time in a 
series-production Aston, the outer panels are all formed 
in carbonfibre. The body design presents a fresh face because of the influence of the One-77, and is the culmination of a three-year project led by Miles Nurnberger, Aston’s chief exterior designer. Nurnberger acknowledges the car’s use of “simple” existing Aston cues (low nose, ‘moustache’ grille, steeply raked screen, exaggerated rear haunches), but describes the car as “more deeply sculpted” than previous Astons. The car sits on a skirt of exposed carbonfibre in reference to its all-carbonfibre body construction. It features an integral rear wing specifically designed to look — on the orders of Aston chief Ulrich Bez — as if it was impossible to make. Nurnberger says that the extra sculpting and radically waisted shape of the Vanquish’s 2+2 body will make the car look quite different from existing Astons on the road, although it takes care to maintain the marque’s fundamental character. “An Aston always wears a suit,” he says. “It is assertive, not aggressive; powerful but polite.” Inside, the Vanquish gets an all-new cockpit design, still with a prominent centre stack, but with a suite of new hardware, including lighter and smaller screen, ventilation and hi-fi controls. The DB9’s allegedly jewel-like instruments, seen in most Astons since 2003, get a new, quieter and more technical-looking set of analogue dials, which are much clearer to read. The fascia ‘volumes’ have been reduced and moved 20mm away from occupants to give more room and a feeling of airiness without losing the tailored feel. Aston is keen to keep the bespoke nature of its trim, with hand-stitching, rich colours and classy materials, but beyond that the list of possible variations is almost limitless. The Vanquish sits on an identical 2740mm wheelbase to the DB9 (which continues as core model) and the DBS it replaces, but is “a shade” wider, longer and taller than both models. However, stung by suggestions that it keeps using a 10-year-old chassis, Aston engineers point out that in this first ‘Gen 4’ iteration, the new VH structure is 30 per cent stiffer than a DBS, thanks mostly to a new design of engine brace. The Gen 4 VH structure also uses improved anodising and bonding techniques, makes greater use than ever before of structural carbonfibre and features a boot space fully 60 per cent larger than that of a DBS (and 10 per cent bigger than a Bentley Continental’ coupé’s). More on that here
  3. Drive to Leh from Bengaluru by X1

    Hi, I am planning to drive my BMW X1 December 2016 model, all the way from Bengaluru to Leh via Srinagar route around end of May 2017. If anyone has done drive by any BMW car, please share the experience and advise on dos and don't. It it will be great help to me for planning. thanks Hemant
  4. Guys, I am planning to buy a change for the Koleos. Looking at a price range of 50 - 55 lac(55 being max i can stretch) Usage will be around 1500 kms a month. Occasional highway trips. Looking at both petrol and diesel options. As of now havent short-listed any. What would youll suggest ?
  5. Guys, I am planning to buy a new car, changing the Koleos. Budget - 50 - 55 Lac. 55 is max, putting the extra five over 50 is also stretching it a bit too much. Looking for a sedan this time round. Self driven. About 1500kms a month. Once a month used on the highways. Looking for - Driving dynamics, Engine, Handling. Not shortlisted any as of now, but I am pretty interested in the New C class(both petrol and Diesel). What else can you'll suggest ?
  6. Hi, Im new to this forum. Seeking advice on buying a luxury sedan around the 50 lac range. Already own the new honda city and fabia, now looking for a replacement for my ford endeavour. Looking for a diesel vehicle with the good rear comfort, safety, good ride handling and latest technology. Have shortlisted the new benz e class, bmw 5 series, jaguar xf and the volvo s80. If there are better options, please add those too.
  7. Have a look at this video. A cool idea from BMW India! www.youtube.com/embed/R7JBDzuHVb4 Nice move? What you think?
  8. Hello, I'm Viswadeep from Coimbatore. I want to stick sun film for my BMW 520d but unfortunately none of d sun film dealers were able to remove the doorpad of the car. When I asked in the BMW company, he himself told that he deals with sun film of a brand cald Vkool. He told the cost would be around Rs18000 to Rs96000 depending on the customers wish. Is it worth to go with the company? Is the film worth the cost? or should i go with other sun film dealers who deal with 3M which costs only Rs 5800? and how can i differentiate on Vkool brand better dan 3M? Kindly help me with this..
  9. Premium luxury car

    Hello , I'm Viswadeep from coimbatore and I've been reading your article for last 5 years and am a huge fan of yours. I'm planning to buy a car for 50 lakhs and I've a confusion between BMW 520d and Jaguar XF 2.2. I'm slightly leaning towads BMW as it has adjustable dampers, but my friends say that Jaguar has a better brand value than BMW. I'm 6.2 feet tall and my priorities are space, power and ground clearance more importantly as roads are not good in my place. Kindly suggest me the best between the two.
  10. BMW is on a testing spree and it seems like October is their favourite testing season!! First we saw the two test mules, the 1 Series GT and the 1 Series based 7 Seater being tested. And now this!! The Next Gen X6, the Facelifted X3 & the new 4 Series Gran Coupe. The Next Generation X6: From the following spy shots it can be seen that BMW has becided to give the New Second-Generation X6 a more aggressive appearence than the outgoing model. And in order to improve interior space BMW has increased its size, rising from 4877mm to approx. 4910mm. Power is likely to come from a new range of twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre diesel and tri-turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines, as well as a selection of upgraded 4.4-litre V8 petrols for both standard and M division cars. A hybrid version, combining the 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, is also in development. But i am a bit sceptical about the M and Hybrid version of the next gen X6 hitting Indian shores. The new X6 is based on a shortened version of the same platform found on the new X5. Made largely of steel, this is said to bring significant weight savings, as will the new axle assemblies, which the X6 shares with the 5 Series. This test mule was captures at the Nurburgring. Final production model is expected to launch late next year. Here are a few pics: The Facelifted X3: The current X3 does not have any major flaws and infact is one of the best cars in its segment. But in the international market BMW is surely feeling the heat from its arch-rivals, the Audi Q5 and Mercedes Benz GLA both of which recently received cosmetic makeovers. Hence BMW has decided to give the current X3 a facelift!! The facelift includes new head lights, integrated fog lights, new tail lights and minor design tweaks on the exterior. The facelifted X3 could also bring along a few newer engine options. Here are a few pics: The New 4 Series Gran Coupe: A layman would easily confuse this one with the 3 Series, but the new 4 Series Gran Coupe will be posher and more dynamic than the 3 Series. With good amount of head room and decent boot size, BMW has made it a very practical option. Expect this car to make an international debut by around mid next year!! I am a little bit sceptical about this car making it to the Indian car market, but i hope it does!! Here are a few pics: Sources: www.autoevolution.com & www.autocar.co.uk
  11. BMW is ready to start yet another segment in the form of 2 series. The 2 series will be available in the following forms; The coupe(F22); The Convertible(F23); ^ Spotted in Munich Gran Coupe; ^ Renders The 2 Series models will be built on the same RWD platform as the current 1 Series hatchbacks (F20/F21). SCHEDULE; The 2 Series will begin production in November 2013, as a 2014 model year. The 2 Gran Coupe will make it by around 2015 though and is expected to compete with the CLA & A3 sedan.
  12. BMW is currently testing an MPV which is said to be a 7 seater. It is said to be based on the 1 Series so that does make it too big in size. Since the 1 Series is coming to India this year, there is no doubt that the MPV makes sense for our country. So would you be interested in buying one if it is sold here? What do you think would be the right price? Pics source: Autoplus.fr
  13. Dear Sir/ Madam, I purchased a BMW 520d from Navnit Motors, Andheri, Mumbai, on 5th Jan 2013. The Car is now 6 months old, and is driven around 1500 Kms. My ownership experience has been utterly miserable and would like to share it with you all. List of problems: 1> Within three weeks of ownership, the car developed a cracking noise from its suspension. Upon complaining, BMW acknowledged that it was a "faulty suspension" and hence replaced it. 2> Within 1.5 months, the car remotes started acting up! All of a sudden, both remotes would completely refuse to work. At times the car would just not unlock. Even if I used the manual key to unlock it, the engine would refuse to start. Upon being left alone for a couple of days, they would start working again. It reached a point where, every time I approached my car, I would pray in my mind, "God, I hope it starts"! Upon complaining several times, BMW Service centre repaired it. 3> Around mid May, the brakes of the car started making some weird noise. The car was sent to the service centre and they repaired it. 4> NOW THE NIGHTMARE. The car came back from Navnit motors service centre on around 22nd may, after brakes problem got sorted. THAT NIGHT I TOOK THE CAR FOR A SPIN WITH MY WIFE AND ANOTHER COUPLE. I WAS ON THE BANDRA WORLI SEA LINK (LONG OPEN STRETCH OF ROAD), AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE BRAKES FAILED!!! A MSG CAME ON THE SCREEN SAYING “LOW OIL PRESSURE, BRAKES COMPROMISED (OR SO)”. NEEDLESS TO SAY, WE WERE AT A HIGH SPEED. THE BRAKES WERE BARELY WORKING AT 10% OF THEIR ACTUAL STRENGTH. FORTUNATELY, THE ROAD AHEAD WAS CLEAR SO I HAD AMPLE TIME TO STOP THE CAR. I DROVE MY CAR BACK HOME AT CRAWLING SPEED, WITH ALL FOUR OF US IN THE CAR THANKING OUR STARS THAT WE ARE STILL ALIVE! The next day, I called up Navnit BMW, and got my car towed back. They took about 3 days to respond with what had actually gone wrong with the car. Their reply was that THERE WAS A FAULT IN THE ENGINE, AND SO THE ENTIRE ENGINE HAD TO BE REPLACED. THEY SAID THE ENGINE HAD TO BE IMPORTED FROM GERMANY AND SO IT WOULD TAKE A FEW DAYS, AND SO THEY GAVE ME A LOANER CAR TO BE USED IN THE MEANTIME. THEY TOOK 50 DAYS (FIFTY!!!) to return back my car. During all this time, I wrote several times to BMW India as well as BMW Germany, saying that BMW should accept their moral responsibility, and acknowledge that they have given me a FAULTY car, and hence not just replace my engine but REPLACE THE CAR INSTEAD!!! But all my letters fell to deaf ears and the only response I got from either of them was to have patience. 50 days!!! Seriously! BMW thinks they can take people for a royal ride. In those days, two of my EMIs have gone through! Imagine paying for a car that you cant even see around you! In none of my letters did I ask BMW for any sort of monetary compensation. All that I wanted was something that I paid for! A reliable high quality product! I guess I was asking for too much from BMW. After all the ordeal I faced with the car, after putting my and my families life to risk, after making me wait agonizingly for 50 days for my car to come back, after making me pay two EMIs for a car that is lying in BMW garage, all they did was leave me with no choice but to accept my car back. As a good will gesture, they offered me dvd screens for the back seats, which I really am not at all interested in and hope they take it back!!!! Aah, and free door mats. I think that’s what BMW thinks of Indian customers. I am sure if all this happened in Europe or US, BMW would have to shell out a lot as compensation. But here in India, they think the can dump their faulty products and simply get away with it! If that’s not the case, then WHY WAS I GIVEN A CAR WITH A FAULTY SUSPENSION, FAULTY BRAKES, FAULTY ENGINE, FAULTY REMOTES??? No answers from them, just kept asking me to have patience! I was promised, in writing and orally by BMW CRMs from western region as well as all India, that the car, after being repaired, will be thoroughly tested and will be fault free. So much so that, one of them even said, “I will resign if there is any other fault in your car!” The car was delivered to my place two days back. At first, I didn’t know how to relate to the car, but with a heavy heart I thought lets move on. The VERY NEXT DAY, I REALISED, THE USB PORT IS NO LONGER WORKING. This is HOW DISGUSTING BMW INDIA IS!!! I AM COMPLETELY ASHAMED OF BUYING THIS CAR, AND AM SO SO DISGUSTED WITH MYSELF FOR MAKING THIS CHOICE!!! I feel so CHEATED!!!! HAVE COMPLAINED TO BMW AND THEY SAID THEY ARE SENDING THEIR STAFF TO MY PLACE TOMORROW TO “REPAIR” IT. I hope by sharing this with you all I make you aware of the “standards” of BMW INDIA (or the lack of it)! Every detail mentioned above is true and is documented with both, BMW and myself. If there is any way you can help me get justice, I would be eager to know that. Dealer: BMW Navnit, Andheri, Mumbai. People Incharge (and constantly contacted): Mr Laukik (Service Advisor, BMW Navnit) Ms Sonali Bandivadekar(Service CRM, BMW Navnit) Mr Ravi Bhagwat (BMW NAVNIT CRM) Mr Sameer Jain (BMW Western India CRM) Mr Karan Seth (BMW India Customer Support) Mr Stephan Rausch (BMW India Director – After Sales). Post Edited Mod Note: Sharing personal details & contact info. is not allowed on the Board.
  14. Just read on ACI about BMW getting the 3 Series GT to India and some spy shots of the car testing have surfaced. The car was apparently shot in Pune and most of the car is in camo. Here are the pics Pics source: Autotracker FB page
  15. Hello All I am new to this forum and in a bit of a soup at the moment. I am from Delhi and looking to buy a new car for about 25 Lacs. I can stretch to 26 lacs max. Note: These are on road costs. I have always loved driving and currently drive a Ford Fiesta (Classic now). I will be buying in the month of July and have shortlisted a few cars. Also, I am 25 years old, single and will be using the car for my self, driving to office everyday in gurgaon and ocasional long trips to Chandigarh with Mom dad, but very less often. In all, I know i want a Diesel, irrespective of my daily running. 1. VW Passat High-line: I visited a local showroom that had this car on display. They had both the Comfort-line and High-line on display, and some how the high-line with its black interiors felt more premium by leaps and bounds than the beige comfort line. I never thought i'll feel so for black interiors. Anyway, the car has the best interior in the segment. It also had a lot of party tricks like auto park assist and ventilated seats with massaging (Yes!). It has a 170 HP engine that is good and frugal. Only problem is that its a big car and i'll be driving it on daily basis. Does that look good ?. Another thing i forgot to mention is the top class driver visibility. The car gives such a good view upfront, something that you hardly get in a luxury car. I hated the Jetta (No offence!) after sitting in the passat. Actually I had gone for the Jetta to VW Showroom . We worked out the on road cost for highline and came to about 27.xx Lacs after 2.5 lac discount (2012 model). 2. Skoda Superb: Again, I will be driving so idea of a limousine like superb dosent sound very attractive. Also Passat has better engine and more classy interior. So SUPERB but No SUPERB. 3. Mercedes A class (UPCOMING): This the car that convinced me to spend 25 lacs but I was put off by the recent scoops of a underpowered 110BHP Diesel. Also India spec car does not have AMG pack as reported by some websites. The BUMPERs are not AMG on the display cars I have seen. Anyway, I believe in brand value and am open to the A class depending on pricing and test drive experience. I am open to it as dont need too much space. BTW I am 6 feet tall, still I struggle for good outside visibility. So I use the seat Height adjustments very generously. 4. Volvo S60: Havent seen the car yet, but had a talk with a sales representative, He is giving the S60 D4 kinetic for 25 lacs ex showroom, after discount. was put off by the idea of thin sales network and really old inventory. But still its a strong contender that I am willing to consider. I am not looking for SUVs as they are too big for me. I am yet to see the BMW 3 and AUDI a4 but I'm sure they will be out of my budget (anyone!) as I dont want the base models, still can anyone give me more detail on this. Anyway, I am open to a discussion if anyone finds any other car more suitable. Please help me here. Thanks
  16. BMW seems to be on a roll. First it was the news of the Mini going CKD with the Countryman and today they launched the facelift 7 Series in India at an event in Mumbai. The facelift 7 Series will be sold in petrol and diesel in the following variants : 730ld (diesel) 740li,750li and 760li (petrol). An important thing to note here is that the 730ld diesel variant will now be assembled in India as a CKD. The other 3 petrol variants will be imported as CBUs. The new car gets revised detailing on the nose, new fog lamps, a more upright kidney grille and the option of adaptive full-LED headlights. At the rear, it gets a thick chrome strip running across the bootlid. With regard to design, the carmaker hasn’t tampered much, the new model getting a better rear seat experience and added equipment. On the inside, the front seats are now smaller, making for a better view ahead for rear seat passengers. It also gets more sound insulation to improve cabin experience. The rear seats also get 9.2-inch screens and a personal iDrive controller. New equipment comes in the form of new digital displays for the dials which change colour as one toggles between the different driving modes. There’s also the option for a 10.25-inch LCD display for the iDrive system and 3D navigation maps as well. The 730Ld comes with a 258bhp, six cylinder, twin-turbo commonrail diesel engine mated to an eight-speed gearbox. It covers 0-100kph in 6.2 seconds. The new 7-series also comes with an optional BMW night vision package. Prices for the 7 Series are as follows: (Ex Showroom all India) 730Ld : Rs. 92,90,000 740Li : Rs. 1,12,70,000 750Li: Rs. 1,29,10,000 760Li : Rs. 1,73,00,000 Deliveries for the new car begin 1st May 2013. Here are all the pictures from the event:
  17. Front : 225/45 R18 Rear : 245/40 R18 Michelin Super Sports; These are the current best tires in the Michelin stable (Road tire); OE Fitted on cars like : Ferrari 599 GTO, BMW M5 etc Speed Rating : Y (>300 km/hr) Other options considered; 1) Michelin Pilot Sport 3; No stock in my size 2) Yokohama Advan Sport No stock anywhere Also considered as these were in stock; 3) Dunlop Direzzas - Were more than a year old (Manufacturing) 4) Potenza RE 050 ^ The above two available were 245/40s (square setup) - Was available for 21.5k/ Tire Note : OE Good Year Runflats were costing aprox 25k/Tire Eyeing the Michelin Pilot "Super Sports"; Ever since id seen these tires on an M5 i have had a soft corner for them. I got a quote in India for the SuperSports of Rs 1,75,000/- ^ That was way to steep IMO. So i did a quick research on the same on TIRE RACK.com & found out they were costing aprox < 1000$ Which made me wonder why not ship them in from the US I mailed tire rack and i asked them for a quote for a quote. I got an quick response from them within a couple of hours that the tires were available with them in STOCK & with shipping to India would cost 1431 U$. Promised delivery time 3-4 business days Which was aprox Rs 75,000 for a set (staggered) I thought of going ahead with the quote from tirerack.com & ordered them online where i had got an quote of Aprox INR 75,000(U$ 1431) The import duty & clearance charges had to be paid on delivery (which i was expecting it to be aprox (6k/tire) Payment; I did the payment through credit card during mid week (Wednesday night IIRC) & that day itself i was informed the tires were shipped through FedEx priority & i had received the docket number to keep a track. Delivery; 3 business days i.e. on a Monday afternoon i had received the tires at my door step. ^ now that was bloody impressive. Packaging - Surprisingly the tires came in naked, just strapped together. I was expecting some corrugated box packaging Duty; The duty with octroi which was to be paid was amounting to aprox INR 30,000 The split up of the duty is as follows; BCD (10%) + CVD (12%) + CESS (0%) + EDU. CESS (3%) + SAD (4%) + OTHER (0%) = TOTAL DUTY RATE (28.85%) Octroi : 6k (For the set of 4) Service Charge (by FedEx) = Rs 800 So all in all the net landed cost for the " staggered setup " was aprox Rs 1.05 Lakhs (for the set) Saving of atleast Rs 70,000/- as compared to local quotes Fitting was done at SUPER TYRES, Mulund (W); The tires took time to get on the RIMS. The compound was "unusually soft" (as noted by the worker) & was a task for the people @ Super tires to get used to. However after the 1st tire was in they kinda mastered the art. + the 245s(for the rear) snapped on in a fairly shorter time. ^ Fitting cost with balancing : Rs 800 Key observations post Fitment & after 500 kms of running in; 1) Ride quality; These Michelins are super soft & the way the car rides on smooth roads is of a different level altogether, also on the rough patches (not that i have tried going at high speed over the rough roads but still) the ride quality has increased to a great extent. 2) Increased traction; The stock RFTs in the 225 setup were struggling for traction off the line and somehow i felt betrayed when i got Good Year as OE when globally Conti Sport Contact 5 & Potenza s001 were offered as OE too. The supersports are doing the job really well. Thanks to the staggered setup the rear 245s are coping well with the launches & pedal to the metal action in the first couple of gears. Have a strange feeling that my sprint to the 100 has become better by a margin. Mind you the car still wheel spins in Sport+ mode (on concrete roads) but on tarmac it is crisp nonetheless. 3) Handling; The car feels very confidence inspiring now. Also another point here about the car not the tires is that sometimes it is so engaging to drive that one doesn’t even have time to look at the speed on the HUD display. I can now really throw the PSS-shod F30 into the corner and it would stick and rotate with minimal push. On the other hand, the OE Goodyears felt unstable, like it was bouncing or hopping, which was unsettling during hard braking. So in short the PSS do what you expect a high performance tire to do i.e. keep the car steady and controlled, letting you properly set up for your turn-in. 4) Bounciness / flat rear end; I had reported in my review of the F30 that the rear isn’t as flat/planted as desired. However now, thanks to Wider, stickier rubber at the back this has reduced to a certain extent. 5) Better Braking; Yes, noticeable improvement in the braking. Somehow i feel post fitment of the PSS, the Michelins allow harder brake pedal pressure before the ABS to kick in. 6) Stance Correction; The wider track offered by the rear 245 setup looks much more better & much deserved for the large 18"ers Was wanting to go for the 255's at rear but would have needed 8.5J rim width so couldnt have gone wider than the 245s. However the car is now standing with a more commanding stance. 7) Weight Reduction/Lighter Tires; The OE stock Good Year 225/45 R18 weighed 27 lbs/tire Squared setup set weight ( 27 x 4 ) = 108 lbs In comparison the Super Sports (new setup); Front – 225/45 weigh 22 lbs/tire , Rear 245/40 weigh 24 lbs/Tire Staggered set Setup weight (22x2+ 24x2) = 92 lbs Total weight reduction = 16 lbs (7.25 Kg) This reduction of unsprung weight has definitely helped handling
  18. The BMW 5 Series F10 is heading for a facelift if this spy pic is to be believed which has been spotted cold weather testing in the Arctic circle. This comes at a time when Mercedes has also given a facelift to its E Class. External wise, the bumpers are more heavily structured and the lamp graphics revised, but the existing bodywork is largely untouched. Changes are mainly to the bumpers, headlamps and tail lamps. Inside, BMW plans to provide the 5-series with the latest version of its iDrive multimedia system and a configurable instrument display. On the engine front, the twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine in the 535i is set to gain an added 14bhp, lifting its reserves to 316bhp in the new 540i model. The twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine in the 550i is also expected to get added firepower. Insiders at BMW have already confirmed a 43bhp increase to 444bhp. Note that this info is for engine options in the international market only. The facelift 5 Series will be publicly unveiled at one of the upcoming Motor Shows and is expected to come to India in mid 2013. We will only know of any engine upgrades at the time of launch Source: http://auto.163.com/
  19. BMW and its Chinese partner Brilliance Auto are reportedly setting up a new sub-brand for the domestic market. According to reports from Chinese media, vehicles sold under the new sub-brand will be based on the previous generation 3-Series’ platform. The same reports also mention that the BMW-Brilliance joint venture has registered a new brand name called “Zhi Nuo”, which translates into English as “The Promise”. However, neither BMW nor Brilliance haven't confirmed these reports. But why would BMW want to create a sub-brand for China? Well, it doesn't It has to, as regulations are becoming stricter for foreign manufacturers in the biggest car market in the world. For the last ten years or so, overseas automakers have been forced to collaborate with a local manufacturer (most of the time state-owned) in order to get permission to sell their cars there, with production facilities split 50/50 between the two parties. If they refuse, the government would impose sky-high tarrifs making their cars impossible to sell in China. Now, the Chinese government is stepping up the game in order to make its own car makers more competitive. China is pushing for the creation of sub-brands within the existing joint ventures because the sub-brands will be 100 percent Chinese and will have all the rights on intellectual property. Nevertheless, the cat and mouse game continues, as foreign automakers are not so foolish to give the Chinese their latest technology. They are putting on the table older platforms in order to comply with the government’s requests and remain on the market. For BMW the situation is simple: if it sets up the sub-brand, it will be granted permission to build a new plant with Brilliance in Shenyang. Expect the new sub-brand to be launched at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show which is proposed to take place during April 21-29! It will be Interesting to watch some cheaper options from BMW & they may bring those products to developing counties like India! Do share your views on it! (Source - www.carscoops.com)
  20. BMW today launched the facelift X1 in Delhi. The new model will be available in 3 variants. Power comes from a 2.0 diesel putting out 181 bhp and 380 Nm of torque. The sprint to 100 comes up in 7.9 seconds and goes onto a top speed of 205 kmph. Mated to the engine is a new 8 speed AT gearbox, it promises better shifts and better fuel efficiency. The petrol model has been discontinued Prices for the X1 are are follows BMW X1 sDrive 20d : INR 27,90,000 BMW X1 sDrive 20d Sport Line : INR 32,50,000 BMW X1 sDrive 20d xLine : INR 32,50,000 Read the Autocar India Review here: http://www.autocarin...test-drive.aspx
  21. Leaked Pics: BMW 3 Series GT

    As if the 5 Series GT wasnt ugly enough here comes the 3GT. The more practical (yet less attractive) version of the 3-Series is about to make its official debut and most likely will be presented at next month's Geneva show. Continuing the trend started with the 5-Series GT, the smaller 3-Series GT will use the same engine as the regular 3-Series and will be available with both RWD and xDrive AWD systems. The new model adopts a slightly raised seating position and comes with a two-tier rear hatch design which although looks a bit better than the one on the 5-Series GT, it's still not an attractive styling but at least it's more practical. Source: Worldcarfans
  22. First Pics: New X5. India bound in 2014

    Here are a couple of leaked pictures of the new BMW X5. If these are authentic you can see what can be expected in terms of looks. The front-end styling borrows heavily from the current 3-series, including the narrowed headlamps and prominent kidney grille. The large air vents at each corner of the front bumper are lifted from the recently unveiled 4-series Concept Coupé, while the rear lights are the same units fitted to the current X3.The interior is not revealed, though is likely to go further upmarket and will be offered with a third-row seating option. Engines have yet to be confirmed but the lineup is likely to include a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, which will compete against the new four-cylinder. The new X5 is expected to hit Indian shores in 2014
  23. BMW is putting up a big show T Detroit this year. First up it has revealed the M6 GranCoupe just as Audi has taken the covers off the RS7. The M6 GC distinguished by an aerodynamic body kit that includes a new front bumper, revised side skirts and a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) diffuser. There's also a CFRP roof, a four-tailpipe exhaust system and 20-inch alloy wheels. The interior is virtually identical to the standard model but is equipped with Merino leather seats, an M steering wheel and an Alcantara headliner. Customers can also order M multifunction seats, GPS navigation and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. Power comes from a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces 560 HP (412 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and hit an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) or 305 km/h (189 mph) with the optional M Driver’s Package.
  24. Seasons Greeting from BMW; http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gga4eS4iafY Have a BLAST this holiday season & ROCKET into the NEW YEAR, the BMW way PS - Do notice the "M" powered jingle bells track being played in the background
  25. Mr. Gautam SInghania who recently won the "All Star European Drifting Championship" in Malta is drifting in three different cars: Nissan S13, Lancer Evo and BMW E46 at Thane. Check out the video... [media=] [/media]