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2015 BMW M6 Coupe Competition Package Test Drive – Greensboro, NC


BMW M6 Coupe is one of those cars that turns heads wherever you go. And what a better place to drive the 2014 BMW M6 Coupe in Sakhir Orange other than the beautiful city of Los Angeles.

BMWBLOG headed to California to test drive BMW’s top coupe, the 2014 BMW M6 Coupe equipped with the new Competition Package. With the $7,300 Competition Package, the 2014 M6 Coupe is an even faster and more focused version of BMW’s 6 Series-based Coupe. Power was raised by 15 horsepower to 575 hp and now sprint times are better than ever: 4.1 seconds or 3.9 seconds with Launch Control.

But it’s the updated M6 Coupe all about the power?

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BMW is not aiming the M6 Coupe at just the “Ultimate Driver” but rather is focusing on a larger demographic that buys cars for the total package. And in this case, it means a top notch cabin to match the exterior design and power. On the inside you get, in standard form, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, 16-way power heated front seats, front seat memory functions, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, carbon-fiber interior trim, interior ambient lighting, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio; iDrive interface with a 10.2-inch display; a rear-view camera; a navigation system with voice commands; smartphone app integration and USB/iPod integration.

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Upgrades given to our tester were the Executive package ($3800) which includes LED headlights with automatic high beams, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, a Head-Up Display, massage functionality for the front seats and a power rear sunshade. Furthermore, our test car came with the best sound system on the market, the 16 -speaker Bang & Olufsen, Night Vision system with pedestrian detection and extended leather upholstery.

And to seal the deal, the BMW M6 Coupe can be ordered with the Driver Assistance package ($1900) which includes automatic high-beam control, a lane-departure warning system, a blind-spot monitor and a camera system with 360 degree view.

Quite a lot of features that will satisfy even the most demanding customer.


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Along with the power increase, the Competion Package brings to the M6 Coupe a revised suspension and damping systems, and more tautly tuned stabilizer bars. In the 2014 BMW M6 this adjustment has resulted in a lowering of the car by around 10 millimeters. The Competition Package also has stiffer front axle while the Active M Differential offers improved traction.

The M Dynamic mode of the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system is even more acutely geared to sporty handling characteristics. The package additionally includes exclusively designed 20-inch M light-alloy wheels style 601M with performance tires.

The sport exhaust system gets an upgrade also and now comes with black chrome tailpipes and BMW says it’s positioned between the stock exhaust system and the M Performance Exhaust system, but not made out of titanium.

Last but not least, the $9,250 Carbon Ceramic Brakes were included as well, one of those options that you don’t know what to make of until you really try it.

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We first sampled the M6 Coupe with Competition Package at the famous Estoril Race Track and we were blown away by the raw power delivered by the tuned-up M6.

But how does it handle on the road?

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To find out, we spent 10 days with the 2014 M6 Coupe driving up and down Pacific Coast Highway before heading for a long, straight drive to Las Vegas. The combination between twisties and long straights gave us the chance to sample the M6 as a corners’ warrior but also as a modern and elegant Gran Tourer.

Just like the regular M6, the Competition Package model feels very agile for a car that weighs 4255 lbs. Most likely because there was a change made to the suspension. Even with the switchable dampers in their softest Comfort mode, the ride is a bit stiffer and more responsive to driver’s commands. Moving over to Sport Mode and you can instantly feel the car flexing its muscles, increasing its roar and ready to take on the road. And if you’re still not satisfied and need more thrill and raw power, push the Sport+ button and the M6 Coupe changes its character completely. Now the car is sharper and more agile, cutting through corners with precision and confidence. The Carbon Ceramic Brakes are definitely a huge help.

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When aggressively attacking the PCH tight corners, the abundant grip of the Michelin Pilot Sport rubber simply didn’t let go, once again increasing our confidence on the road.

The other big change is in the steering which delivers better road feedback to the driver. The firmed-up suspension and new bushes give the steering a sharper response and doesn’t feel as light as before.

2015 BMW M6 Coupe Competition Package   BMWBLOG Test Drive

The twin-turbo V8 with its 15 hp extra might not feel like a huge upgrade and truth is that it is hard to feel the extra ponies on regular roads. Turbo lag is still there at low rpm and in Comfort mode, but it slowly dissipates north of the 3000 rpm zone and especially when the damping system is set to Sport+. Now the responses are near-instantaneous and makes us forget, for a second, that this is still a big, heavy coupe.

The DCT still isn’t our favorite dual-clutch transmission, but only because of the veto power of the Launch Control. Even after experiencing it before on the track, we still had a hard time getting the right combination. But here are some of the steps to take:

  1. Engine has to be at the optimal temperature
  2. Drive Logic has to be in S3
  3. Press slightly on the brake pedal
  4. Push gear lever forward and hold it until Launch Control is indicated
  5. Push the throttle until it revs up to 3000 rpm
  6. Release the gear lever

Yes, that all has to happen!

On long straights and through the boring desert leading to Las Vegas, the 2014 BMW M6 Coupe acted as a gentleman, offering a calm and safe ride, without being overly boring. And when entering the Las Vegas Strip, heads turn instantly. That Sakhir Orange really stands out in the impressive artificial light generated in Vegas.

Fuel consumption is not great, but when a car has a price sticker of a $120,000, gas money is just change. We recorded 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway and 15-16 mpg in combined driving, depending on the land conquered.

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At $120,000, fully loaded, the 2014 BMW M6 Coupe is already an expensive car, so if we were to trade off something that would be the Competition Package while retaining the amazing Carbon Ceramic Brakes.

Some pundits may also say that the less practical and slightly cheaper Porsche 911 is a better ride, and they might be right, but the purchasing decision comes down to your needs, in this case, a pure sports car versus a gran tourer that does well on track as well.

Oh, and this one of the last GT luxury cars that comes in a manual also. If you fancy that…

[Source: bmwblog]

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2014 BMW 228i Coupe – Greensboro, NC


The 228i Coupe is the entry-level vehicle in BMW’s 2 series line-up, offering rear wheel drive and compact size. Powering the 228i is a 2.0 liter four cylinder that produces 240 horsepower and 255 torques. The 228i isn’t exactly a lightweight at 3334 pounds, but according to a recent review by MotorTrend, it gets along just fine. Check out some highlights from MotorTrend’s review.

Despite not having a substantial weight advantage, the 228i does feel sprightlier than the four-cylinder 3 Series. The power is more than adequate to propel the dimensionally smaller 2 Series, and as always the eight-speed automatic transmission makes the most of that power.

Whether I was maneuvering through freeway traffic or pulling into a narrow parking spot, the 2’s smaller size made a noticeable difference. That extra awareness instills more confidence when attacking curvy on-ramps, allowing the driver to really push the limits. And with the 2 Series’ competent chassis, those limits are relatively high. Turn-in is sharp and immediate, and the car will hold its arc without much fuss or noticeable body roll. Part of this can be attributed to the M Sport model’s Adaptive M suspension, which includes electronically controlled shock absorbers.

Brake feel is confident and linear, which could have something to do with the $650 M Sport brakes, an optional package that adds larger rotors at either end, along with blue-painted calipers.

The interior is styled in typical BMW fashion, and resembles that of a scaled-down 3 Series. The sport seats that come with the M Sport package provide excellent support, with plenty of side bolstering to keep you in place when the need to carve a few canyon roads arises. Back seat passengers won’t be terribly uncomfortable either.

The bottom line is that the 2 Series is a huge win for BMW enthusiasts everywhere, and even if it isn’t the reborn 2002 that BMW’s marketing campaign says it is, it still marks a return to form for the roundel brand.

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BMW Greensboro NC- BMW Recalls 156,000 Vehicles With 6-Cylinder Engines


BMW is recalling about 156,000 vehicles equipped with 6-cylinder engines because a defect could cause stalling or engine damage, the automaker said in a news release Thursday. The action comes almost two years after the automaker began fixing the same models in China, according to a report the automaker filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

BMW said “in very rare cases the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing (Vanos) unit housing may become loose or, in extreme cases, break.” In such cases, the driver would be alerted by a check-engine warning light. Power to the engine could be reduced and “if ignored, the problem can become progressively worse, eventually leading to no-start conditions, stalling and engine damage.” Vanos is BMW’s variable-valve timing technology.

The models affected by the recall are the 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo, X3, X5, X6 and Z4 from the 2010-12 model years, as well as the 2012 6 Series.

The automaker is not aware of any accidents related to the problem, David Buchko, a spokesman for BMW, said in an email.

In its report to N.H.T.S.A., BMW said that in 2011 it had about a dozen warranty claims “for various malfunctions involving the Vanos system.” BMW received some additional complaints in 2012 – sometimes the vehicles stalled, sometimes they didn’t.

In June 2012, as complaints worldwide mounted, BMW began replacing the bolts in Vanos units in China. But the automaker decided not to do the same in the United States “due to the very low rate of occurrence.” However, as more cases of stalling were reported in China, authorities there insisted this month on a safety recall.

BMW says it then decided to conduct a recall in the United States as well. For that recall, it will replace the four bolts suspected of causing the problem on each unit.

The automaker said it was also offering an extended warranty on about 170,000 additional 2010-12 BMW vehicles equipped with 6-cylinder engines. Those “experience much lower rates of Vanos bolt failure, will receive an extended warranty to address this condition.”

A BMW spokesman could not immediately be reached to identify those models and detail the length of the warranty.

[Sourche: nytimes]

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2015 BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe- Greensboro, NC

The Ultimate Driving Machine meets the finest High-End Sound.
BMW announced today the launch of the 2015 BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe “BANG & OLUFSEN Edition” which exemplifies the design and engineering prowess of the two luxury-sector manufacturers. This limited run of vehicles seamlessly combines the most exquisite materials and craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology and the finest high-end sound.

Production is limited to 100 BMW 650i Gran Coupemodels equipped with either rear wheel drive or BMW xDrive all-wheel drive and powered by the BMW TwinPower Turbo V-8. Customers looking for an even sportier driving experience can choose one of tenBMW M6 Gran Coupe “BANG & OLUFSEN Edition” vehicles, equipped with the Competition Packagethat enhances the most powerful engine ever fitted to a BMW production vehicle by raising its output from 560 to 575 hp. Orders are being taken now on a first-come-first-served basis with deliveries this summer.


Taking the sleek yet powerfully styled 6 Series Gran Coupe as its canvas, the edition is offered in two BMW Individual colors – Brilliant White Metallic or Dark Graphite II Metallic.

The interior features the finest handcrafted Merino Leathersin either Black with Contrast Stitching/Piping or Opal White & Black with Contrast Stitching/Piping. This design theme is complimented by a Piano Black Wood Trim with a “BANG & OLUFSEN” inlay on the front cup-holder lid as well as specially designed floor mats. The M6 Gran Coupe adds the M logo uniquely embroidered into the front headrests in the M colors.

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New 2015 BMW X6 Near Greensboro, NC

The all-new 2015 BMW X6

Bimmerfest introduces the all-new 2015 BMW X6. With this new X6 BMW celebrates the second generation of the world’s first-ever Sports Activity Coupe. When the automaker took the bold step of combining the performance of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle with the emotional design character of a traditional coupe, BMW created a vehicle concept that the market had not yet even conceived of. With global sales of 250,000 X6s to date, it is clearly a concept that the marketplace has embraced. In additional to an updated and even more extroverted design, the new X6 introduces the first rear-wheel drive model in the line-up with the X6 sDrive35i, powered by BMW’s award-winning 300 horsepower TwinPower Turbo inline six. It joins models with xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system – the BMW X6 xDrive35i and the X6 xDrive50i featuring BMW’s updated 445 horsepower TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V8. All models are equipped with BMW’s 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission. The new 2015 BMW X6 will again be produced exclusively at the company’s production facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina and will arrive in US showrooms in late 2014. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Highlights of the all new BMW X6

  • Second generation of the BMW X6, the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe
  • Ultra-high-tensile steels chassis, thermoplastics front fenders and aluminum hood make the X6 up to 50lbs lighter then previous generation
  • Freestanding 10.2-inch flatscreen Control Display part of the standard iDrive and Navigation
  • Two non-metallic and nine metallic paint choices including Dark Olive and Flamenco Red Metallic
  • Standard 19-inch wheels, with optional 19-inch and 20-inch wheel choices
  • New rear-wheel drive X6 sDrive35i option
  • X6 sDrive35i and X6 xDrive35i 0-60 mph in 6 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker than its predecessor
  • X6 xDrive50i 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds, 0.4 seconds quicker than its predecessor
  • N55 engine continues to power 35i variants producing 300hp
  • Improved performance for the N63 V8 X6 xDrive50i develops 445hp and 480 lb-fts of torque
  • Produced exclusively at Spartanburg, South Carolina factory
  • On sale late 2014 – Pricing coming in the fall

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