Friday, April 23, 2010

2011 Ford Mustang GT SMS 302 / SMS 302SC

Saleen surprise: SMS whips up its first Mustang, and it’s based on the new 5.0.

We were so duped. Steve Saleen invited us out to his company’s shiny new digs in toasty Corona, California, to show us the new Ford Mustang–based SMS 460, a follow-up to his first effort as a federally recognized OEM, the Challenger-based SMS 570. We sorta expected we’d see a hopped-up Mustang powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 with a few power upgrades and the styling and suspension modifications we’ve come to expect fromSaleen.

BMW X1 Compact SUV

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BMW X1 The BMW X1 is a crossover compact SUV manufactured by BMW. It will extend the current BMW Sports Activity Series model lineup, currently consisting of the BMW X3 (which will be moved upmarket), BMW X5, and the BMW X6.




BMW X1 While the X5 comes across all cocky and arrogant and the X3, well, just darn right ugly, I think the bold new shape of the X1 is considerably easier on the eye. Slightly reminiscent of the chunky 1 Series Hatch and CoupĂ©, this youngest member of BMW’s X generation intrigues your peepers with its bullish nose, upright intake grille and two sharply defined shoulder lines. Complemented by the firm’s trademark short overhangs and four almost square wheel arches, the overall design of the X1 should – in my mind at least – certainly tick all the image boxes of the people BMW want to garage this car, namely overpaid up-and-comings who have a penchant for True Religion jeans, designer coffee shops and adventure sports.




BMW X1 Space wise, the X1 delivers 490-litres of boot space with the back seats up and a pretty sizeable 1350-litres once they’ve been fully folded down. On the music side of things, audiophiles will be pleased to hear that this BMW comes standard with a six-speaker sound system that features a single CD frontloader and an auxiliary-in jack for connecting Mp3 players or iPods. Our launch cars all came kitted out with the optional harman/kardon Surround Sound System that, courtesy of those centrally mounted subwoofers, thrills your ears with impeccable bass delivery. It also adds a USB port that lets you to control your third-party music device via iDrive.




BMW X1 Modern drivetrain technology gives the BMW X1 superior performance and supreme efficiency all in one. Depending on the model variant, the driver benefits from powerful, economical and low-emission gasoline and diesel engines, BMW's intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, as well as a wide range of BMW EfficientDynamics features including Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop, and a gearshift point indicator. The BMW X1 sDrive18d with rear-wheel drive and average fuel consumption to the EU standard of 5.2 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 54.3 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 136 grams/ kilometre offers the highest standard of efficiency all round.

2011 BMW X3 SUV spy video

The BMW X3 has remained relatively unchanged since its midlife facelift in 2006, but now we have our first glimpse of its replacement which is due in 2011.

Beneath the trademark BMW camouflage, at first glance it appears that the dimensions and overall shape of the vehicle have remained largely unchanged.

It is expected that the 2011 BMW X3 will boast significant aesthetic changes as it joins the next generation of vehicles from BMW, with wrap-around headlights and a more prominent grille.

The engine line-up should also include the BMW 335i’s turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol engine for a higher performance flagship model, as well as the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine.

A hybrid variant is also expected to be included in the range sometime after the final production model is launched.

2011 BMW X3 spied

Last night, a new 2011 BMW X3 spy video has surface on YouTube showing the version of the small SUV rolling on public streets. The 2011 BMW X3 caught on camera is wearing a rather heavy camouflage. The 2011 BMW X3 seems to have newly designed headlights and probably a new bonnet as these are the parts that have been covered with the psychedelic vinyl.

The 2011 BMW X3 will be the company's first model to be built on the new 1 Series platform, that will also be shared by the following 3 Series. Regarding the engine line-up of the new 2011 BMW X3, most sources believe they will sell the xDrive35i and the xDrive35d and their two-wheel-drive versions.
The 2011 BMW X3 will be premiered at the Paris Motor Show in October and the new model will go on sale next year. The 2011 BMW X3 price will be announced at a alter date.

2010 BMW X5 international in miami video

2010 BMW X5 offroad in motion video

2010 BMW X5 at Miami International Launch video

2010 BMW X5 Introduction Videos – The X5 Gets Wet & Dirty

“I’m going to Miami, Welcome to Miami” … “850is if you need a lift”… How about an X5? BMW took the new 2010 X5 to do some exclusive introduction/launch videos. Not only does it show the new facelifted 2010 BMW X5 on the streets of Miami, but they take the X5 for some serious off-roading. This is something you do not see everyday… a BMW getting down and dirty IN WATER! Check out the BMW X5 launch videos below! Enjoy!

2011 BMW X5 Review

Miami, Florida—When you’re a manufacturer like BMW, one of your biggest competitors is yourself. Meaning, you’re in the business of producing some of the best vehicles in their respective segments, so every new model introduced must, by necessity, be an improvement over something that is already among the class leaders.

The BMW X5 has definitely been among the very best “sports-SUVs” on the market since its debut in 1999, combining an unabashedly muscular appearance with impressive driving dynamics and a fair degree of comfort thrown in for good measure. The 2011 version, recently unveiled at the 2010 New York Auto Show, continues the theme.

For the new model year, the X5 has undergone only minor changes in appearance and the average onlooker would be hard pressed to tell the 2011 version apart from its predecessor.

At the front, the BMW gains a new fascia with repositioned fog lamps and larger side air intakes. The optional Xenon headlamps feature the company’s trademark LED corona rings. The front skid plate is painted matte silver. And more of the fascia/front bumper pieces are painted in matching body colour as opposed to flat black.

To the rear, the catalogue of changes is similar. The reshaped rear bumper surrounds two new trapezoidal-shaped tailpipes. The redesigned taillights now incorporate LED light banks. The skid plate is painted—you guessed it—matte silver. And the rear fascia has traded in some black covering with body colour paint.

The net effect is subtle, yet effective: The BMW X5, in this writer’s opinion, has always been one of the more aggressive-looking sports-SUVs around and the 2011 version has added refinement without sacrificing on any of the attitude.

Inside the passenger cabin, the new X5 is a direct carryover from last year’s edition. In terms of quality, the X5 strikes a reasonable balance between function and flash—it isn’t the most luxurious SUV in this segment, but it offers all the creature comforts you’d expect.

Two aspects of the BMW X5 that somehow manage to surprise and delight me every time I drive this SUV are the steering wheel and the seats. The steering wheel is hefty but sporty; it makes you want to grab on tight and carve corners with reckless abandon.

The seats are really supreme; they grip the driver for the entire length of the body, providing the support to tackle those corners without having to hang on to said steering wheel for dear life. Also: Why is it that every manufacturer in the world doesn’t have a mechanism to extend the seat bottom to accommodate people with longer upper legs?

The xDrive35i is an SUV, so it makes sense that functionality is built right in. The cabin features a number of storage compartments—door pockets, armrest, glove box, centre console—as well as a 60/40-split rear seat that folds flat to create more storage capacity. The cargo area includes a rail system for tying down loose items.

A variety of options packages are available for the X5, depending on the market. These packages include such features as a panoramic moonroof, power-adjustable steering column, roof rails, heated/ventilated front seats, larger wheels, third-row seating and various M Sport items.

Under the skin, the changes are more significant. While the European market gets any number of versions, most of the world will have to make do with just four X5s: a 6-cylinder diesel, a 6-cylinder petrol engine, an 8-cylinder petrol engine and the mighty X5 M, with a twin-turbo petrol engine pounding out 555 horsepower.

While the X5 M and the xDrive35d remain unchanged for the new model year, there are significant differences to both the other “common” models: the xDrive50i (formerly xDrive48i) and the xDrive35i (replacing the xDrive30i).

Whereas the X5 xDrive48i featured a 4.8-litre petrol V8, the XDrive50i boasts a 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, which debuted in the X6 in 2008. Horsepower is up (from 350 hp to 400), torque is up (from 350 lb-ft to 450) and acceleration is boosted (0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds, close to a one-second improvement).

As for the new X5 xDrive35i, it features a 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder petrol engine; this powerplant, shared with many others in the BMW range, offers significant advantages over the old one. With 300 horsepower (up 40 makers) and 300 lb-ft of torque (an improvement of 75 lb-ft), this X5 is expected to hit 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds, nearly 1.5 seconds faster than the xDrive30i.

When you combine these figures with the fact that the xDrive35i will likely offer at least a 10% gain in fuel efficiency over the xDrive50i, this makes the 6-cylinder twin-turbo all the more appealing. For the international press event, the only version available to test was the former, but given the nature of the roads, there was no real opportunity for high speeds anyway.

In driving around the Miami area on a combination of city streets and freeways, this X5 proved more than speedy enough to deal with all the requirements of everyday commuting—merging with fast-moving traffic, accelerating away from stoplights—and engaging enough to get the blood pumping just a little bit.

The 8-speed automatic transmission—also shared with other BMW models including the latest 5 Series—is slick and suitably entertaining; shifts can be conducted manually via the stubby shifter in the centre console. With eight separate cogs, the X5 can transform from a stoplight demon to a fuel-efficient cruising machine in seconds.

The X5 also now includes regenerative brakes that charge the battery when the vehicles is coasting or decelerating, something that is predicted to boost fuel efficiency by 1-2% over time. The brake feel on the BMW is perfectly fine, perhaps at least partly due to the manufacturer’s work in Formula One racing. Although they never managed to get KERS working for their F1 cars, they no doubt learned a lot about designing brakes that make even some brand new hybrids seem like a bowl of mush by comparison.

The drive route included a very mild off-road adventure through the Everglades. This experience did highlight two things. First, that the X5 is so solid, it remains completely undisturbed and rattle-free when confronted with all manner of bumps, ruts and rocks in the road. (Seriously, this thing feels like a tank under the skin.) Second: Even though it’s clearly more of an on-road adventurer, this SUV can manage water crossings deep enough to dampen the upper wheel wells.

In other news, the options list now includes an adaptive cruise control system that automatically keeps a safe distance. The system can bring the X5 to a complete stop and start it again once the car ahead has begun to move. (I abhor technology that takes the responsibility for driving out of the driver’s hands, but there you go.) Also available are side-view cameras mounted at the front and a rear-view camera with a top-down view to aid parallel parking.

While the SUV segment isn’t my personal favourite, the 2011 BMW xDrive35i has enough “ultimate driving machine” about it to create it a fairly compelling proposition. The new engine and transmission offer a great balance between outright speed, all-around versatility and (anticipated) improved fuel efficiency. The X5 rides well, handles sharply and offers some great comfort features. And the mild facelift has made an attractive SUV even more so.

Pricing for the 2011 BMW X5 model range is expected to be announced shortly..

The BMW concept X6 active hybrid announced to be released by 2009

Dubbed as a sports endeavor sports car by BMW, the BMW X6 is a mixture of a luxury SUV, which has a novel automated transmission capability. This mid-size luxury sports car was supplied to the promote by the second quarter of 2008. With its giant veer and tires, it can course thru any weather and has a high ground clearance while still possessing the sloping roof of a classic BMW sports car.

The BMW X6 shares the same platform with the BMW X5. The X5 and the X6 are both made and assembled at Spartanburg, South Carolina. Compared to the X5, the BMW X6 can only seat as many as up to four passengers although it is somewhat longer and wider. The Frankfurt car show in Germany released an thought model for the X6 a year earlier than its official release in 2008. The official debut of the BMW X6 was held at the Montreal comprehensive vehicle show and the Detroit international auto show. In the said auto shows in 2008, a statement was made by BMW referring to its release of a hybrid version of the X6. The BMW concept X6 active hybrid was published to be released by 2009.

The gas engine versions of the BMW X6 gets use from twin turbo charged engines. A 4.4 litre twin- turbo charged V8 engine is available for the XDrive50i which is a top of the line model. The V8 engine used is basically the first turbocharged V8 engine in the world that places the turbochargers between the V sections of the two banks of cylinder. Another engine model, the X6 Drive35i draws power from a 3.0 liter twin-turbo charged inline-six gasoline engine. The asserted engine is employed in the BMW 1, 3, and five series respectively. Diesel versions of the engines for the X6 are also available.

"Concerned" Scientists Give BMW X6 Hybrid a Failing Grade

It probably wasn't surprising. Given the BMW X6's performance and distinct lack of practicality, it was ripe as a target from environmental groups, even in Hybrid form. Recently, automotive engineers at the Union of Concerned Scientists have declared, in an update to their Hybrid Scorecard, that in a comparison against the the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 "squanders its hybrid drivetrain in favor of boosting power, while the Mercedes-Benz S400 hybrid achieves some success in lowering costs by combining its relatively weak hybrid drivetrain with a downsized conventional gasoline engine."

The X6 is BMW's first hybrid on the market, using electric power to supplement the twin-turbo charged 4.4-liter V8 engine, delivering stellar performance, but according to the UCS a relatively poor score of 4.4 out of 10, not helped by a $10,000 sticker premium over the standard X6. By contrast, the Mercedes S400 Hybrid, which uses a six cylinder engine, but is still a mild hybrid (meaning it cannot run on electric power alone) is priced below the conventional S550, garnering greater UCS approval. The Union also dubbed the BMW's price premium as "forced content" stating that such a marketing strategy unnecessarily drives up the cost of hybrid cars across vehicles classes. And we thought it was technology.

BMW X6 ActiveHybrid

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6
MSRP Range
Fuel Economy
17 city / 19 highway
Base Engine
480-horsepower V8
All Wheel Drive
With many cars available as a hybrid, the question is whether or not to go for the hybrid powertrain. In the case of the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid, that’s not the question.
The hybrid system—which adds two electric motors to the X6 xDrive50i’s 4.4-liter, 400-hp twin-turbo V-8—operates seamlessly, with no shudder during engine start-up or shut down. The car can roll along in electric mode at low speeds (up to 37 mph, BMW says). Despite a total of 480 hp (80 hp more than the non-hybrid V-8 version), the X6 hybrid doesn’t feel like a machine capable of BMW’s claimed 5.4-second 0-to-60 mph time; I did, however, get an indicated 18.5 mpg in a week of mixed driving, which seems pretty good for a vehicle that weighs more than two-and-a-half tons. (EPA ratings are 17/19 mpg, versus 13/18 for the standard V-8.) The regenerative brakes make for a strangely springy pedal, which takes some getting used to. The hybrid stickers for some twenty grand more than the xDrive50i, but the hybrid comes standard with thousands of dollars of additional equipment that costs extra on the V-8 car.

Still, with the X6 ActiveHybrid, the question isn’t, “Why the hybrid?” It’s really “Why the X6?”

The styling is strange at best. Rear visibility is predictably awful; the rear-view camera is a necessity. The power-operating hatch opens of reveal a fairly large trunk, but liftover is very high. Getting in and out is awkward for people too. In front, one has to step over the too-wide (and totally unnecessary) running board; in back, you have to duck under the sloping roofline and squirm around the invasive wheel wells. A low rear seat cushion allows just enough head clearance for a six-footer but it compromises legroom, and the X6 is strictly a 4-seater. It’s not all bad inside, though: The two-tone ivory-and-black color scheme in my example is impressively rich looking. Padded surfaces upholstered in smooth Nappa leather are everywhere. And this latest iteration of iDrive is actually easy to use.

This heavy, high-riding machine requires a very stiff suspension to enable the X6 to corner like a BMW—which it does—rather than like a drunken linebacker. The price is a sharp twack! over every bump, made worse by the fact that the ultra-low-profile, twenty-inch tires do nothing to dampen impacts.

A sporty SUV would seem to be a contradiction, but BMW actually does it quite well with the X5. But a sporty SUV coupe, it seems, is too at odds with itself for even BMW to pull off.