2014 BMW M3 Sedan and 2014 BMW M4 Coupe

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The launch of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe sees BMW M GmbH revealing a new interpretation of the high-performance sports car – and carrying the BMW M philosophy over into the fifth generation of the M3. More than 40,000 examples of the fourth-generation BMW M3 Coupe were built, and now the BMW M4 Coupe is poised to continue this success story. The “M4” badge is a reference to the model series that provides the basis for the new M model – and, for the first time, the Coupe will be introduced at the same time as the four-door variant. Logic dictates the latter will be christened the BMW M3 Sedan. The cars will be officially revealed at the Detroit 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January.

“Four generations of the BMW M3 have blended motor sport genes and uncompromised everyday usability within an emotionally rich overall concept,” explains Dr Friedrich Nitschke, President BMW M GmbH. “The BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe represent an ongoing commitment to this philosophy. The engine is the heart of every M model, and the new turbocharged six-cylinder unit fitted in the two new cars combines the virtues of a high-revving naturally aspirated unit with the strengths of turbocharger technology. A committed lightweight design concept produces a weight saving of around 80 kilograms over the outgoing M3. The BMW M3 and BMW M4 take motor sport technology from the track to the road, and thousands of laps of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife – the world’s most exacting race track – have readied the new models for that transition. Meticulous and passion-fuelled development work has underpinned the creation of two high-performance sports cars that set new standards in terms of overall concept, precision and agility.”

The high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology newly developed for the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe produces a maximum output of 431 hp. Its peak torque of 550 Newton metres (406 lb-ft) is available across a wide rev band and outstrips the figure recorded by the outgoing BMW M3 by roughly 40 per cent. And yet the engine also achieves a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of around 25 per cent. Both the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe cover the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph in 4.1 seconds (with the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission).

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Autohullut.fi test: 2014 BMW X5 30d F15 review

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Summary:

+ Excellent driving feel despite being a big SUV
+ Extremely versatile range of accessories
+ The most modern 7-seater
+ Powerful and economical engines and excellent gearbox
– No Euro NCAP crash results yet, the previous model was not crash tested at all
– No rear side airbags
– Complex service program

It has been quiet in the field of large SUV’s. WV Touareg and Porsche Cayenne are a few years old, and the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 arrive next year at the earliest. Therefore, the arrival of the new X5 is refreshing. For those seeking a 7-seater have only one option unless they desire a 10 -year-old Q7 or XC90.

Externally, the car has changed only moderately, but the end result is excellent. Weight is almost unchanged from the E70 body style in the 30d-model (2145kg vs 2150kg), but the overall length has increased by 3 cm. The newly styled headlights extend all the way to the kidney grille giving the car a more sporty look compared to the predecessor and it is obvious that styling overall has been a higher priority in the new X5. The M-Sport package adds further sportiness to the appearance and for sporty car fans it is a must. In addition to the appearance the M-sport package includes standard equipment such as the M-chassis, alcantara electric sports seats, a sports steering wheel, parking sensors and a flappy paddle gearbox.


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Autohullut.fi test: 2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG review

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Autohullut.fi had the opportunity to spend a long weekend in October with the 2013/2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. The 2013/2014 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45 is one of our most favorite cars at the moment and it was great to get behind the wheel of another car equipped with the same world’s most powerful two liter four-cylinder engine.

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Autovideo: Chevrolet Corvetten evoluutio

Katso Chevrolet Corvette:n evoluutio vuoden 1953 konseptiavoautosta nykyhetken C7 versioon. Video vie meidät menneisyyden kautta nykyhetkeen ja uusimpaan 460 hv Chevrolet Corvette Stingray -malliin 6.2-litraisella V8:n moottorilla. Tutustu Corvetten upeaan historiaan!

Lähde: Motortrend ja Car and Driver 09.2013

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Auto Motor und Sport ja Autobild Sportscars: BMW X5 M50d vastaan Porsche Cayenne S Diesel

 

 

 

 

Auto Motor und Sport:

1. sija: Porsche Cayenne S Diesel (504/650 pistettä, 77,5%)

Cayenne on aavistuksen hitaampi hitailla nopeuksilla, mutta valinnaisen ilmajousituksen ansiosta se on mukavampi ja ketterämpi kuin X5.

2. sija: BMW X5 M50d (487/650 pistettä, 74,9%)

Autossa on parempi suorituskyky ja matalampi kulutus. Alusta on epämukava, eikä se tunnu sporttiselta

Suorituskyky:

X5 M50d / Cayenne S Diesel

Teho: 280 kW (380 hv) / 281 kW (382 hv)

Paino: 2272 / 2240 kg

Moottorin tilavuus: 2993 cm3 / 4134 cm3

0-100 km/h: 5,4 / 5,5 s

0-160 km/h: 13,7 / 13,5 s

0-400 m: 13.8 / 13,7 s

Jarrutusmatka: (100-0 km/h): 36,5 / 35,1 m (lämmin)

18 m slalom: 60,4 vs. 63,5 kph

Autobild Sportscars:

1. sija: Porsche Cayenne S Diesel

Adaptiivinen alusta tuntuu erittäin pehmeältä tai kivenkovalta asetuksista riippuen. Ohjaus on tarkka. Auto on kalliimpi kuin BMW.

Kiihtyvyys: 4 tähteä

Ohjaus: 4 tähteä

Käytännöllisyys: 4 tähteä

Teho/hinta: 3 tähteä

Tunne: 3 tähteä

Yhteensä: 3,6/5 tähteä

2. sija: BMW X5 M50d, 3,5/5 tähteä

Autossa on epätarkka ja tunteeton ohjaus. Sporttinen vaihteisto vaihtaa aina tarkasti. Onnistuu Cayennea paremmin luomaan kiihtyvyydessä illuusion bensiinimoottorista.

Kiihtyvyys: 4 tähteä

Ohjaus: 3 tähteä

Käytännöllisyys: 4,5 tähteä

Teho/hinta: 3 tähteä

Tunne: 3 tähteä

Yhteensä: 3,6/5 tähteä

Suorituskyky:

X5 M50d / Cayenne S Diesel

0-50 km/h: 1,9 / 1,8 s

0-100 km/h: 5,4 / 5,3 s

0-160 km/h: 13,6 / 13,4 s

0-200 km/h: 23.2 / 23.3 s

0-402,34 m: 13.71 / 13,65 s

60-100 km/h (4.vaihde): 3,3 / 3,5 s

Jarrutusmatka: (100-0 km/h): 36,5 / 35,3 m (lämmin)

Testikulutus: 10,9 / 11,4 l/100km

Lähteet: Autobild Sportscars 2/2013, Auto Motor und Sport 2/2013, kuvat: BMW ja Porsche

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