BMW at the IAA Cars 2017 in Frankfurt. Long version.

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BMW at the IAA Cars 2017 in Frankfurt.
Long version.
A new dimension in spaciousness:
The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance. ................................................................ 2
Unadulterated dynamics and modern luxury – the essence of a
BMW coupe:
The BMW Concept 8 Series. ................................................................................ 8
Freedom on four wheels:
The BMW Concept Z4. ......................................................................................... 12
Captivating looks, luxurious comfort,
inspirational practicality:
The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. ........................................................... 16
Sporty, authoritative and boundlessly innovative:
The new BMW X3. .................................................................................................. 21
Fresh impetus for pure driving pleasure:
The new BMW i3, the new BMW i3s. ............................................................... 24
Occupying the dynamic high ground:
The new BMW M5. ................................................................................................ 28
Innovative technology for a new legend:
The new BMW M8 GTE. ...................................................................................... 31
Luxury, elegance and dynamism by tradition:
The BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre. ............................................................... 34
10. Mobile solutions for any eventuality:
Emergency and special-purpose vehicles by
BMW and BMW Motorrad. ................................................................................... 38
11. Into the future with sound knowledge and strong partners:
Automated driving at the BMW Group. ............................................................. 40
12. The reinvention of urban mobility on two wheels:
The BMW Motorrad Concept Link. ................................................................... 45
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A new dimension in spaciousness:
The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance.
With the unveiling of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance at the IAA Cars
2017 show in Frankfurt, the BMW Group is not only pulling back the covers
on a new model concept for the luxury segment, it is also introducing a whole
new take on luxury for the BMW brand. The Concept X7 iPerformance
embodies this understanding of luxury in the form of a striking exterior
composed of intently focused lines, and combines it with a generously-sized,
six-person interior pared down to the essentials: elementary forms, high-class
materials and a state-of-the-art infotainment system brimming with
connectivity. The Concept’s iPerformance badge denotes the presence of
groundbreaking BMW eDrive technology allied with a BMW TwinPower Turbo
petrol engine to create an exceptionally efficient and dynamic plug-in hybrid
powertrain that excels in all driving situations – including running with zero
local emissions.
A taster of the production version.
This study car offers a look ahead to the future production model set to make
its debut in 2018. The forthcoming BMW X7 forms part of the largest model
offensive in the company’s history. As part of its NUMBER ONE > NEXT
strategy, the BMW Group is seeking to substantially increase its sales and
revenues in the luxury class. The BMW X7 has a key role to play here, as Ian
Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Management Board responsible for
Sales and Brand BMW explains: “Since BMW founded the Sports Activity
Vehicle segment with the first X5 back in 1999, every subsequent X vehicle
has broken new ground. The BMW X7 continues this tradition: the X family’s
new top model extends BMW’s offering in the luxury class and redefines the
concept of luxury for the BMW brand and beyond. It also embodies one of the
most important elements of our corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT,
to grow our presence in the luxury class. Furthermore, the BMW Concept X7
demonstrates it’s perfectly possible to combine a large sports activity vehicle
with an electrified drivetrain.”
A case study in modernity, luxury and presence.
The status of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance as a luxury-class
BMW SAV is instantly apparent. The spectacular exterior, imposing
dimensions and skilfully judged proportions endow it with an extraordinary
sense of presence and an ultra-modern aesthetic fused with innate
dynamism. “The Concept introduces the BMW Sports Activity Vehicle DNA
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into the luxury segment. The new BMW design language employs just a few,
extremely precise lines and subtle surface-work to raise the bar in terms of
presence and prestige,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President
BMW Group Design. “The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance has a luxurious
and sophisticated feel to it, thanks to its understated use of forms and
incredibly precise details.”
The luxurious character of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance is brought
alive by its cabin, in particular. The vehicle’s sheer size forms the basis for an
interior experience unmatched by any BMW past or present. As a result of the
interplay between precise, pared-down forms and an open sense of space,
the driver and passengers find themselves immersed in a very modern setting
with an equally exclusive feel. The wealth of possibilities offered by
personalised, digital connectivity allows the vehicle’s interior to be turned, as
desired, into a personalised place of either retreat or productivity.
A contemporary feeling of lightness in the interior.
Inside the roomy cabin of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance, clear forms,
warm colours and select materials combine to create a highly exclusive,
sophisticated ambience. In addition, the large panoramic roof provides a
remarkable amount of room above the occupants’ heads while also giving the
interior a light and airy, open-to-the-sky feel. The six amply proportioned seats
are arranged in three rows, and four of them have an exclusive individual
design. Secured to the vehicle floor by nothing more than a slender seat base,
the individual seats allow those sitting directly behind to enjoy generous
legroom. The dark, olive-bronze leather – with discreet gold pigmentation –
covering the seat bolsters carries the air of exclusivity through to the finer
details and the Smoke White leather adorning the remainder of the seats
provides an intriguing contrast. The shell-like backs of the individual seats are
likewise trimmed in leather and serve to enhance the high-class,
contemporary ambience.
A perfect ensemble of materials and colour.
The dark shoulder line running underneath the windows traces a continuous
horizon throughout the cabin that brings fresh calmness to the bright interior.
Decorative materials are deployed sparingly. Having said that, the selective
use of open-pore ash in a dark-stained, matt finish sets the seal on the natural
material experience. Matt and polished aluminium elements have likewise
been carefully incorporated to add further classy touches. And the luxurious
sense of spaciousness enjoyed from all seats is reinforced to subtle effect by
strands of laser light in the roof and the dynamic ambient and contour lighting.
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Minimalist forms in the driver’s cabin.
Amid the modern and pared-back design of the interior is the driver focus
familiar to BMW customers. The forms and surfacing of the instrument panel,
centre console and doors allow them to “wrap around” the driver. And the
raised seating position provides unbeatable all-round visibility and an
exceptional view over the road. The new BMW design language, featuring
amply-sized surfaces and clear edges, gives the instrument panel a “reduced
to the essentials”, modern aesthetic. The 12.3-inch instrument cluster screen
and central touchscreen information display are sited at close quarters to one
another. The effect is of one unbroken – and smartly sophisticated – display. A
new operating concept allows interactive use of the two displays. Below them,
in the centre stack and centre console, the grouping of functions within the
clean and tautly chiselled surfaces underscores the minimalist approach.
Partially backlit crystal glass in the dark Silver Night shade lends sophisticated
flourishes to control elements like the selector lever, iDrive Controller and
multifunction buttons on the steering wheel.
Personalised infotainment through the seamless integration of the
owner’s digital world into the car.
The two individual seats in the second row offer all the benefits of the front
pair. The first sign of an attachment between the panoramic roof and body
comes comfortably to the rear of the second row of seats in the form of a Y
structure, which means the passengers in the centre row experience the
same sensation of freedom and lightness as those in the front. Second-row
passengers also enjoy personalised infotainment comfort courtesy of the rearseat entertainment system’s touchscreen monitors. Here, the BMW Concept
X7 iPerformance showcases the BMW Group’s vision of seamless integrating
the customer’s digital world into the car via BMW Connected. For example,
passengers here have access to highly personalised, digital services such as
their choice of infotainment / office content, with which they can make their
journey more comfortable, more entertaining or more productive. And content
can even be shared with others on board. For instance, they can send a track
to the car’s music system by touch gesture, forward an interesting article to
the next-door display for the person sitting alongside them to read or transfer
an address from their email directly to the car’s navigation system. Interactive
LED choreography via the doors and instrument panel traces the
communication flow between the rear screens and the display at the front of
the cabin.
Impressive size and presence – the exterior.
The expansive exterior of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance projects the
exclusive experience available inside the car confidently to the outside world.
Clear, vertical proportions with significant ground clearance identify the
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Concept as an X model without the need to look twice. At the same time, the
Concept speaks its own, unmistakeable design language – a new one for
BMW – through an array of details and design features which set it apart
clearly from previous models. Viewed from any angle, the interplay between a
small number of precise lines and artfully sculpted surfaces sends out a
charismatic statement of modernity, presence and exclusivity.
A new face in the BMW X family.
The front end of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance is one of its most eyecatching angles, the vehicle’s height alone ensuring it rises prominently over
the road. In an all-new interpretation of classical BMW elements, the front-end
design groups together the various facets of the vehicle into a powerful visual
statement. The large, vertical kidney grille at the heart of the upright front-end
silhouette hogs the attention. The grille frame and bars are single-piece and
solid in design, as if hewn from a single piece. Look at it again, though, and
fascinating contrasts emerge between gleaming edges and matt surfaces, all
of which breathes extra vibrancy and class into the frontal impression.
The upper sections of the slim, elongated twin headlights with BMW laser
light link to the large kidney grille. A blue X signature in BMW laser light
provides a confident pointer to the Concept’s membership of the SAV family
from BMW. The headlights and kidney grille combine to create an exciting
contrast of horizontal dynamism and vertical solidity, bringing traditional
BMW front-end design cues into the future. Large, tautly sculpted surfaces
surround the familiar BMW design icons, underlining the car’s cohesive and
muscular front-end aesthetic.
A prominent bar extends across the full width of the front apron in its lower
section, before rising vertically to frame the outer air intakes at their upper
edge. This lends the front end additional stature. Quasi-vertical aero lips
further accentuate the car’s powerfully assured stance on the road.
Customary X features like the trapezoidal bumpers and underguard,
meanwhile, are merely hinted at, their understated design serving the cause of
clear and exclusive surfacing.
Impressive proportions.
From the side, the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance cuts a sumptuous figure,
complete with the characteristic ground clearance of X vehicles. The nigh-on
vertical front end, striking and almost vertical rear and steeply rising angle from
the rear wheels to the tailgate give the muscular proportions a modern
flourish. The high-set lines of the flanks bring an expressive confidence to the
car’s silhouette. And the long shoulderline stretches the car and injects an
athletic tension to the flanks. It also separates the car’s body into the light and
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airy glasshouse (which offers a preview of the large interior) and the muscular
metal forms.
For the first time in an X vehicle, the wheel arches feature a circular cut and
emphasize the exclusivity and elegance of the flanks. Smart and precise
surfacing absorbs the powerful wheel arches in an aesthetic movement. The
surfaces gain in volume and strength as they head towards the rear end, further
underscoring the subtle dynamism of the car when viewed from the side.
Bold accents in the flanks.
A conspicuous chrome strip in the door sills provides an exclusive
counterpoint to the car’s long, stretched shoulderline and sophisticated
surfaces below. As with the trim element at the front end, the chrome strip in
the car’s flanks frames the Air Breathers in a vertical accent, before continuing
in a straight line to the rear end. These surrounds for the front, side and rear
air apertures create a geometrically precise impression and lend the car a
sense of robust solidity.
The exclusive exterior colour shade Manhattan metallic immerses the car’s
surfaces and forms in a dark olive-bronze that highlights the confident styling
of the flanks with sophisticated flair. With their bold multi-spoke design, the
23-inch light-alloy wheels combine the muscularity for which BMW’s X
models are renowned with the exclusivity of a luxury BMW sedan, while
aerodynamically optimised inlays between the spokes reduce drag. Added to
which, conspicuous aero lips at the front and rear also ensure improved airflow
around those areas of the car and send out a powerful visual message of the
plug-in hybrid drive concept’s efficiency. A bird’s-eye view of the
BMW Concept X7 iPerformance reveals a particular highlight. Like the side
window surrounds, the panoramic roof is framed by an eye-catching chrome
strip, which extends from one A-pillar to the rear end – and back around the
other side. In between, the roof’s transparent, Y-shaped supporting structure
adds a modern flourish.
Power, presence and exclusivity at the rear.
The rear of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance sends out an impressive
statement of powerful authority and exclusive elegance. The imposing size of
the vehicle’s body – the key to its huge swathes of interior space – is
particularly clear when viewed from the rear. Vertical aero lips mark out the
rear of the car clearly from the flanks. Within the upright rear silhouette, the
slim rear lights break up the body volumes and a classy chrome bar connects
the two lighting elements. The boldly designed lights create a threedimensional L shape and bring a technical, high-quality flavour to the rear. As
at the front of the car, the surfaces frame the lights like jewels. Between the
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wheel arches, the rear apron with practical tailgate opening provides a strong
platform for the rear structure. The absence of tailpipe embellishers in the rear
apron is an indicator of the vehicle’s plug-in hybrid drive concept. And the
subtle, body-coloured underguard ensures the rear concludes its progress
towards the road in stylish fashion.
Distinctive brand presence for BMW’s luxury-segment cars.
As part of its forthcoming model offensive, BMW has developed a new
presence for its luxury cars that sees the profile and positioning of the most
exclusive members of its range refined into a distinct product category.
The new BMW 8 Series, new BMW X7, BMW i8 and new BMW i8 Roadster
will join the BMW 7 Series in the brand’s significantly expanded luxury
segment line-up. The identity and attitude shared by BMW’s elite models are
echoed in a newly designed logo which combines a black-and-white version
of the manufacturer’s roundel first used 100 years ago with the company
name “Bayerische Motoren Werke” written out in full.
With its classical, understated aesthetic and the company’s original name
spelt out, the logo highlights BMW’s inimitable history. The boldness to
explore standalone solutions and concepts, and the ability to take on
challenges and emerge from them stronger, are deeply-rooted elements of
BMW heritage. This approach – encompassing everything from the first
altitude-world-record-breaking aero engine to the launch of the BMW i brand
– has proven to be a recipe for success, as well as showcasing the company’s
passion, confidence and gift for bringing the future into the present day. The
new presence for the brand’s luxury-segment models will be unveiled for the
first time at the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt on 14 – 24 September 2017.
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Unadulterated dynamics
and modern luxury:
The BMW Concept 8 Series.
The BMW Group is using the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt to present the
BMW Concept 8 Series, the essence of a modern-day BMW coupe wrapped
up in an enthralling design study. The study car will serve as a taster of a
forthcoming BMW model – the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, slated for launch
in 2018 and part of the biggest model offensive in the company’s history. The
NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy sees the BMW Group aiming to significantly
increase sales and revenues in the luxury class, and the BMW 8 Series Coupe
plays an important role here. “The number 8 has always represented the
pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW,” explains Chairman of
the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger. “The forthcoming
BMW 8 Series Coupe will demonstrate that razor-sharp dynamics and
modern luxury can go hand-in-hand. This will be the next model in the
expansion of our luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in
the segment. In the process, we will strengthen our claim to leadership in the
luxury class.”
The BMW Concept 8 Series reveals much of what is to come. “The
BMW Concept 8 Series is our take on a full-blooded high-end driving
machine,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group
Design. “It is a luxurious sports car which embodies both unadulterated
dynamics and modern luxury like arguably no other. For me, it’s a slice of pure
automotive fascination.”
The exterior brings together the past and the future.
The BMW Concept 8 Series is immediately recognisable as a BMW, but also
displays new design ideas and form-building techniques. “The design of the
BMW Concept 8 Series provides a fresh interpretation of iconic BMW styling
cues,” adds van Hooydonk. “And it also showcases a new approach to the use
of forms which is reflected particularly prominently in the car’s surfacing. A
handful of crisp lines mark out clear surfaces, and the car’s volumes are
powerfully sculpted. Together, these elements make a forceful statement and
create a model brimming with character. In short, this is a driver’s car.”
The flanks: expansive surfaces set within a sporting outline.
The silhouette of the BMW Concept 8 Series spreads low and powerfully over
the road. The interplay of a long bonnet and flowing roofline bring dynamic
allure to the car’s flanks, while the striking upward sweep of the concept’s
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trailing edge provides a crisp conclusion to the car’s rearward flow and adds
another sporting flourish.
Within the car’s silhouette, the refreshingly clean yet also dramatic
arrangement of surfaces and forms catches the eye and creates a crisp,
modern look. The sharply drawn lines coursing over taut volumes represent a
visual promise of the vividly dynamic driving experience that awaits.
A look at the details reveals two expressively styled character lines providing
the border for surfacing that appears to be formed by air rushing out of the Air
Breathers. Further back, the eye is guided to the pronounced flaring above
the rear wheels. The flanks as a whole draw attention to a new aspect of
BMW’s expertise in the execution of surfaces. Skilfully moulded line sources
and flowing highlights accentuate the athletic contours of the BMW Concept
8 Series. And the exclusively developed exterior paint finish Barcelona Grey
Liquid – a greyish-blue with highly iridescent pigments – shows off the
surfacing to optimum effect. Large (21-inch) light-alloy wheels feature a
sporty and exclusive multi-spoke design and aero elements, generate visual
depth and set the seal of the compelling appearance of the car when viewed
in profile.
The front end: sporty, low-slung and visually striking.
A large kidney grille, slim twin headlights and large air intakes form a striking,
sporty front-end graphic. The classic BMW template has a fresh interpretation
here, taking the company’s design language in a different direction. For
example, the two kidneys are very low to the road and spread broadly across
the front end. Taking inspiration from BMW coupes of years past, the kidneys
are brought together by an unbroken frame to form a single large element.
The grille widens as it extends downwards, emphasising the dynamic
character of the BMW Concept 8 Series. Together with super-slim laser
headlights and the hexagonal take on the “twin circular” theme, it brings a
focused look to the front end.
The large side air intakes in the front apron intensify the car’s wide, sporting
stance on the road and promise a very pure dynamic experience. The carbonfibre element between them underlines the car’s sporty, high-performance
The rear: bold and modern.
Emotional surfacing also dominates at the rear of the BMW Concept 8 Series,
creating a low, highly sculpted tail with maximum width-enhancing effect. The
rear is defined by the interplay between volumes and lines, which extend
around from the flanks and shape the rear section of the car. The powerful
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wheel arches hint at the car’s dynamic talents and advertise its rear-wheel
drive. And the tapering of the passenger cell and the car’s wide track shine a
particularly vivid spotlight on this area of the car.
The slim, stretched-out rear lights extend far into the sides of the car and
provide a connection between the rear and flanks. The lights themselves take
the form of L-shaped blades and project out from the rear. They emphasise
the width of the car and its muscular stance on the road, and their slender
form gives the rear an ultra-sporty and modern flavour.
The dark, stylised carbon-fibre diffuser in the lower section of the rear apron
adds extra lightness and a sportier feel to the rear graphic. Large, trapezoidal
exhaust tailpipes frame the rear section and point to the dynamic driving
experience to come.
The interior: an emotionally rich blend of dynamics and luxury.
The interior focuses on the essential: the task of driving. Once behind the
wheel, the driver is wrapped in the tightly enclosed ambience typical of sports
cars. The surfaces and lines all gravitate forwards and underscore the
dynamic driving experience. The grouping of functions into control clusters,
e.g. in the centre stack, the centre console and the doors, gives the interior a
clear graphic structure.
Among the standout design elements in the interior are the fluid transition
from the instrument panel into the doors and the sporty, enveloping feel of the
interior. This impression is magnified by the smooth connection between the
centre console and instrument panel, which together form the nucleus of the
interior. The high centre console and the instrument panel’s low visual focus
add further emphasis to the snug and sporty feeling of space.
The interior of the BMW Concept 8 Series actively explores the contrasts
between emotion and engineering, dynamic flair and luxury; its form suggests
supreme sportiness, while exquisite materials exude exclusivity and highgrade design. For example, all of the driver’s contact points with the car are
brimming with sporting character. The exclusive sports seats are slim in
design, the carbon-fibre shell providing the basic structure and the finest
leather making them the perfect place to sit. The steering wheel continues
along similar lines, its hand-polished aluminium spokes arrowing forward
purposefully, and the red-anodised shift paddles bring the race track to mind.
The contrast of aluminium and dark leather on the gripping surfaces
emphasises this luxurious sense of sportiness in various details.
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Merino leather in Dark Brown and Fjord White lends the interior a high-quality
ambience. Accent surfaces in carbon fibre and hand-polished aluminium
create deliberate contrasts and radiate a sporty and technical feel. Plus, a
faceted ground gearshift lever and the iDrive Controller made from Swarovski
glass with a smoky quartz look treat the interior to some modern and classy
finishing touches.
A sign of things to come.
The BMW Concept 8 Series is a preview of a model BMW is set to introduce
(in a similar form) in the coming year. The BMW 8 Series Coupe will build on
the company’s successful tradition of luxurious sports cars and adds another
exciting model – a genuine dream car – to its existing luxury-class line-up. The
BMW 8 Series Coupe will bring together razor-sharp dynamics and modern
luxury, and set new benchmarks in the luxury coupe segment.”.
An M8 is also planned. The BMW M8 will set the seal on the sporting
model range.
The BMW M8 is the icing on the cake of the sporty BMW 8 Series line-up.
Alongside the ongoing development of the standard 8 Series, the engineers
at BMW M are also working flat out on the M model. A fully camouflaged,
early prototype of the future BMW M8 was unveiled in a driving presentation
as part of the support programme for the Nürburgring 24-hour race. Classical
M features like larger air intakes, modified brakes and a sports exhaust with
four tailpipes hint at the significantly boosted power and dynamic potential of
the car and whet the appetite for a driving experience of intense emotional
“The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the
M model have run in parallel,” explains Frank van Meel, President BMW M
Division. “The future BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series and
augment its DNA with added track ability and generous extra portions of
dynamic sharpness, precision and agility. It all flows into a driving experience
that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most
exacting requirements.”
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Freedom on four wheels:
The BMW Concept Z4.
The BMW Group is using the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt to present its
exciting new take on a BMW roadster. Dynamic, progressive and an irresistible
purveyor of thrills, the BMW Concept Z4 boasts lithe and compact
proportions, a dynamic silhouette and an emotionally appealing use of forms.
The attention-grabbing design study offers a look ahead to the seriesproduction version of the car set to be unveiled over the course of next year.
“The BMW Concept Z4 in an all-out driving machine,” said Adrian van
Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “Stripping the car back
to the bare essentials allows the driver to experience all the ingredients of
motoring pleasure with supreme directness. This is total freedom on four
A statement of unbridled driving pleasure.
The sporty and progressive BMW Concept Z4 encapsulates the BMW
Group’s vision of a modern roadster. “The BMW Concept Z4 expresses the
new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details. From the
dynamic-looking front to the striking flanks to the clean-cut tail end: a few
lines and the subtle interplay between surfaces are enough to generate a
sense of power and emotion,” adds van Hooydonk.
BMW’s roadster tradition, reloaded.
The BMW Concept Z4 adopts classical roadster design cues, such as a long
wheelbase, a low-slung, stretched silhouette and a compact rear end, wraps
them in a fresh, confident package and enriches them with the contemporary
BMW design language. A shorter bonnet and crisp overhangs ensure the
driver sits closer to the centre of the car than in previous BMW roadsters. This
gives the new proportions a focused, sporty and agile feel. The outline of the
car follows a distinct wedge shape, which fills the BMW Concept Z4 with
dynamism before it even pulls away. The large domes stretching out
rearwards from the cabin elegantly integrate the function of rollover bars and
provide a sporting conclusion to the low-to-the-road silhouette at the rear.
Reimagining the design language and surfaces.
The clearly sculpted shark nose at the front end spawns dramatic surface
contouring that extends the full length of the flanks. The new direction taken
by BMW’s design language can be seen here in just a few precise lines that
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form clear surfaces, while the body’s volumes are powerfully sculpted. The
surfaces and forms therefore create an extremely modern and emotionally
engaging impression. The large Air Breathers rearwards of the front wheels
act as the source of the flanks’ elaborately modelled surfaces (they appear to
be shaped by the flow of air as it exits the Air Breathers). Light and shaded
surfaces develop in a rising movement towards the rear, then twist to form
muscular wheel arches and athletic volumes. All of which shines a bright
stylistic spotlight on the car’s rear-wheel drive. The dramatic interplay of lines
and surfaces underscores the wedge shape of the flanks and infuses them
with even greater dynamism. And the low door sills, with their distinctive
crease, makes the body appear closer to the road, emphasising the low-slung
sensation when viewing the car from the side.
The expressive Energetic Orange frozen exterior paint finish showcases the
contrasts of light and shade in the surfacing, accentuating the threedimensionality of the exterior. And the 20-inch light-alloy wheels in a sporty bicolour double-spoke design provide harmonious finishing touches to the
styling of the flanks.
Low and progressive – the front end.
The design of the BMW Concept Z4’s front end is undeniably sporty in
nature. The relationship between the low-set, broad kidney grille and the
positioning of the headlights higher up sparks deliberate associations with the
BMW Z8 and lends the BMW Concept Z4 a certain flamboyance. In place of
the customary bars, the inside of the kidney grille features elaborately
designed mesh, whose vertical orientation recalls the sporty, functional kidney
design of early BMW roadsters such as the BMW 328 Mille Miglia. In a
departure from the BMW norm, the Concept Z4 provides a vertical
interpretation of the classical four-eyed headlight look, with two overlapping
tubes on each side. The turn signal indicators point diagonally towards the
kidneys from above and underline the dynamic flair of the front end. And the
clamshell bonnet with stylised gill vents curves over the wheels, creating an
intriguing and virtually seamless sweep over the front end as a whole.
The front apron cuts a genuinely athletic figure with its sculptural design
language. Its trio of large air intakes are a nod to the powerful engine further
back and so carry the promise of a dynamic driving experience. The large
carbon-fibre insert in the central air intake is straight out of the motor sport
playbook and champions the use of detail to emphasise the front end’s
dynamic presence. Together, these design elements compose a fresh and
memorable face for the Concept Z4 – one which pays a very modern and
sporting tribute to the celebrated roadsters of BMW’s past.
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Athletic and eye-catching – the rear end.
The design of the BMW Concept Z4 likewise references details and qualities
from BMW’s rich roadster tradition and updates them for the years ahead.
The wide and low design of the rear picks up the lines of the car’s flanks and
massages them into a modern rear of beguiling clarity in terms of surfaces
and styling elements. The powerfully flared wheel arches give the car broad
haunches, which are emphasised by the slim, L-shaped rear lights and
therefore further enhance the car’s sporting stance. Above the rear lights, the
boot lid – complete with prominent spoiler – stretches across to the burly
wheel arch extensions, sending out a message of power-infused agility.
Below, large air outlets in the rear apron create their own dynamic impression.
The carbon-fibre diffuser adds a sporty and exclusive flourish and signs off the
rear end at its lowest point to the road.
Exterior and interior in unison.
The kinship between the interior and exterior of the BMW Concept Z4 is
evident in both forms and colour scheme. The design language of the interior
takes the powerful, three-dimensional character of the exterior and adds
another voice to the dynamic chorus. Much of the interior adopts the colour of
the car body, creating a clear visual link between the interior and exterior. Only
a classy chrome trim strip provides separation.
Maximum focus on the driving experience.
At the same time, the interior serves to reinforce the total focus on the driving
experience too. The driver’s seat as well as the door trim panels, instrument
panel and centre stack that encircle the driver are finished entirely in black,
meaning that they stand out prominently from the coordinated orange shades
of the exterior and the rest of the interior. Together they form a clearly defined
area that wraps around the driver like a capsule, producing a very sporty
sensation. This creates a pure-of-purpose driving environment with a
pronounced “cone of vision”, where the steering wheel as well as the
surrounding black surfaces appear to be surging forward and, in so doing,
accentuate the cabin’s powerful driver focus.
The instrument cluster and central information display form a high-quality
cluster of screens that are integrated into the driver’s cockpit to flawless
ergonomic effect. The two displays are now positioned at almost the same
height and in close proximity to one another, which gives the impression of a
single, cohesive unit. They work together to deliver the right information at the
right time. The driver can choose which elements they wish to call up (via
touch command) from the content available in the information display – route
guidance, playlists or other infotainment features. Above the instrument cluster,
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the Head-Up Display presents the key driving information within the driver’s
direct field of view.
Prominent surfacing.
Emerging from the driver’s side of the cabin is a sporty instrument panel of
inherent lightness. The clever arrangement of surfaces and edging breaks up
the considerable volumes and engenders the impression of a powerfully
chiselled muscle. The clear wraparound design from the doors to the
instrument panel enhances the sporty, cocooned feeling in both seats.
Pared back to the essentials.
In keeping with the focus on the essentials, all the controls are grouped into
“function islands”. Nothing distracts from the driving experience. Trim
elements inside the cabin are likewise minimalist in nature. Indeed, it is instead
the classy materials, carefully applied polished chrome accents and swish,
hexagonal laser-cut motifs in the seats that do most to create the interior’s
exclusive ambience. Carbon-fibre door sill finishers and embossed
asymmetrical logos in the seats and instrument panel set the seal on the
interior’s sporting profile.
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Captivating looks, luxurious comfort,
inspirational practicality:
The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.
BMW is presenting an extensively updated successor to one of the most
creative vehicle concepts of recent years. The new BMW 6
Series Gran Turismo (combined fuel consumption: 7.7 – 4.9 l/100 km [36.7 –
57.7 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 177 – 129 g/km) blends the longdistance comfort of a luxury sedan with alluring coupe style. The impressive
functionality offered by this body format and the high standards of driving
comfort and spaciousness that provide the ideal setting for a relaxing journey
are among the features that defined the character of the new car’s
predecessor – the founder of this vehicle genre. These strengths have now
been further honed in the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, whose
systematic evolution from the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is particularly
evident in the new model’s sporting elegance, highly advanced equipment
features, innovative control and assistance systems, and a leap forward in
dynamism and efficiency.
“The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo offers a unique combination of luxurious
interior comfort and flexible practicality, packaged within a truly elegant design.
Coupled with the sporty, dynamic driving characteristics our customers enjoy,
this car is an outstanding vehicle which further enhances the upper end of our
BMW model line-up,” comments Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of
Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Brand BMW.
The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo will make its public debut at the IAA
Cars 2017. The market launch will then get underway in November 2017,
when there will initially be a choice of three engines from the BMW Group’s
latest generation of power units. The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive
system will also be available for two model variants from launch.
Lighter, sportier, more comfortable and more efficient.
A combination of intelligent lightweight engineering and increased use of
aluminium and high-strength steel grades for body and chassis components
has shaved an average of around 150 kilograms off the weight of the new
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo compared to the outgoing model. Together with
the considerable improvement in the car’s aerodynamic properties, the
increase in power and the superior efficiency of the new engines, this endows
the car with sportier performance at the same time as optimising fuel
economy. Depending on the engine variant, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h
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(62 mph) is completed up to 0.7 seconds quicker (BMW 630i Gran Turismo,
combined fuel consumption: 6.6 – 6.2 l/100 km [42.8 – 45.6 mpg imp]; CO2
emissions: 152 – 142 g/km) than in the equivalent predecessor model, while
fuel consumption and emissions figures in the NEDC test cycle are as much
as 15 per cent lower (BMW 640i Gran Turismo, combined fuel consumption:
7.4 – 7.0 l/100 km [38.2 – 40.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions: 169 – 159 g/km,
BMW 630d Gran Turismo, combined fuel consumption: 5.3 – 4.9 l/100 km
[53.3 – 57.7 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions: 139 – 129 g/km).
Handling dynamics and driving comfort in the new BMW 6 Series Gran
Turismo both reap the benefits of the extensive improvements made to
chassis technology. Self-levelling air suspension comes as standard at the
rear axle, while ride comfort especially can be further enhanced by opting for
the Adaptive suspension (featuring front and rear air suspension plus Dynamic
Damper Control). The Executive Drive option, which is offered in combination
with the Integral Active Steering system and also includes active roll
stabilisation, gives the vehicle a sportier edge. The two-axle air suspension
allows the vehicle’s ride height to be adjusted manually, meaning that ground
clearance can be increased by 20 millimetres at the touch of a button to
negotiate dirt tracks or steep ramps, for example. The vehicle can also be
lowered by 10 millimetres – either manually by again pushing a button, or
automatically when SPORT mode is engaged via the Driving Experience
Control switch or the car’s speed exceeds 120 km/h (75 mph). All optional
suspension systems are now available in conjunction with BMW xDrive.
Design: dynamic proportions and elegant, flowing lines.
An exterior length of 5,091 millimetres (an increase of 87 millimetres on its
predecessor), an unchanged width of 1,902 millimetres and a reduction in
height of 21 millimetres (to 1,538 millimetres) give the new BMW 6 Series
Gran Turismo dynamically stretched proportions. The front end has a
distinctive, powerful appearance, with the lenses of the standard LED
headlights extending all the way to the large BMW kidney grille. BMW’s
signature sporting elegance comes to the fore particularly prominently when
the car is viewed in profile, thanks to familiar features such as the long bonnet,
set-back positioning of the cabin, a wheelbase of 3,070 millimetres, doors
with frameless windows, and an elongated window outline stretching deep
into the rear end. The roofline sweeps down, coupe-style, to merge into a tail
section that is now 64 millimetres lower in height. Rear lights with threedimensional styling add an eye-catching touch.
The low-slung silhouette also has a beneficial effect on the car’s aerodynamic
properties, combining with active air flap control and other measures including
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Air Curtains, Air Breathers and an automatically extending rear spoiler to lower
the drag coefficient (Cd) from the predecessor’s figure of 0.29 to as little as 0.25.
Ideal blend of driving pleasure, long-distance comfort and
The interior has been designed to provide a driver-focused cockpit and an
extremely spacious passenger compartment. The raised seating position
optimises the driver’s all-round view and, together with the faultlessly
ergonomic arrangement of the controls, helps to create an imperious sense of
driving pleasure. The cabin’s lines, materials and precision workmanship
imbue it with a highly sophisticated, premium feel. The rear compartment of
the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo comprises three full-size seats offering
maximised legroom. Exhaustive optimisation of the cabin’s packaging sees
the new model’s far flatter roofline still translating into extra headroom, while
the restyled rear seat unit and improved soundproofing make it even more
comfortable to travel in. The electrically-adjustable comfort seats optionally
available for the rear allow the backrest angle to be altered at the push of a
The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo features a one-piece tailgate that opens
and closes electrically as standard. The boot capacity of 610 litres is 110 litres
larger than the predecessor model’s. The boot sill has been lowered by more
than five centimetres and is now flush with the boot floor. The 40 : 20 : 40 split
backrest can be released remotely and folded flat electrically via a button in
the boot. All of which means that maximum load space has increased to
1,800 litres – up 100 litres on the outgoing model. The two-piece luggage
compartment cover has a rigid structure and can be stowed away in a
compartment underneath the boot floor.
New generation of engines, eight-speed Steptronic transmission as
standard, BMW xDrive as an option.
The line-up of engines available for the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
feature cutting-edge TwinPower Turbo technology and team up with the
eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder
petrol unit in the new BMW 630i Gran Turismo delivers a maximum output of
190 kW/258 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). It propels the car from
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds and posts combined fuel consumption
of 6.6–6.2 litres per 100 kilometres (42.8–45.6 mpg imp)* and CO2 emissions
of 152–142 grams per kilometre*.
* Fuel consumption figures based on the EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified.
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Generating an output of 250 kW/340 hp and maximum torque of 450 Nm
(332 lb-ft), the 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line petrol engine enables the new
BMW 640i Gran Turismo to accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest in
5.4 seconds, while the new BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo is a tick faster at
5.3 seconds. The combined fuel consumption of the two models comes in at
7.4–7.0 litres per 100 kilometres (38.2–40.4 mpg imp) and 8.2–7.7 litres per
100 kilometres (34.5–36.7 mpg imp)* respectively, which equates to CO2
figures of between 169 / 159 grams and 187 / 177 grams per kilometre*.
The 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line diesel engine producing 195 kW/265 hp and
peak torque of 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) can likewise be combined with all-wheel
drive as an option. The new BMW 630d Gran Turismo and the new
BMW 630d xDrive Gran Turismo race from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in
6.1 seconds and 6.0 seconds respectively. The combined fuel consumption
and emissions figures are 5.3–4.9 litres per 100 kilometres (53.3–
57.7 mpg imp)* and 139–129 grams per kilometre* for the BMW 630d Gran
Turismo and 5.9–5.5 litres per 100 kilometres (47.9–51.4 mpg imp)* and
154–144 grams per kilometre* for the BMW 630d xDrive Gran Turismo.
Uniquely versatile control system.
The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is equipped with a display and control
system offering unrivalled versatility for operating vehicle, navigation,
communication and infotainment functions. At the heart of it all is the iDrive
system, complete with the Touch Controller on the centre console and the
Control Display, now in the form of a freestanding touchscreen. The highresolution display has a screen diagonal of 10.25 inches, while its tile-style
menu layout with animated graphics in live mode facilitates intuitive operation.
The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo also offers the convenience of both
enhanced voice control and BMW gesture control. And customers can specify
the new-generation BMW Head-Up Display, too, whose projection area is
70 per cent larger than before.
Assistance systems that smooth the way to automated driving.
The driver assistance systems fitted in the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
make use of the standard stereo camera as well as optional radar and
ultrasonic sensors to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings. The Collision and
Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation comes as standard, while
the list of options includes the new, improved version of Active Cruise Control
with Stop & Go function operational at speeds between 0 and 210 km/h
(130 mph). The Steering and lane control assistant (active in the same speed
* Fuel consumption figures based on the EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified.
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range) represents another step along the road to automated driving. It uses
road markings and vehicles driving ahead for orientation and helps the driver
to keep the vehicle in the detected lane. The Lane Departure and Lane
Change Warning systems, Side Collision Warning and the evasion aid likewise
enhance convenience and safety by coming to the driver’s assistance with
corrective steering inputs. The Crossing traffic warning, Priority warning,
Crossroads warning and Wrong-way warning systems similarly do their bit to
avoid potentially hazardous situations. And the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
can also be ordered with the Remote Control Parking feature.
BMW Connected: personal mobility assistant, new services.
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo owners can also enjoy the benefits of
BMW Connected, intelligent connectivity enabling this digital personal
mobility assistant to help drivers reach their destination easily and with
minimal stress – and not only when they are in their car. To this end, calendar
entries from a smartphone can be used for route planning, for instance, the
ideal departure time can be calculated on the basis of real-time traffic data and
the navigation destination can be transferred to the owner’s car. Once inside,
drivers are able to manage calendar, e-mail and contact data via the Microsoft
Exchange function. Their smartphone is integrated wirelessly via Bluetooth
and inductive charging is also possible.
Real Time Traffic Information indicates the presence of tailbacks and slowmoving traffic, On-Street Parking Information helps to find available parking
spots at the side of the road, and the Remote 3D View function allows drivers
to view live images of their car and its immediate vicinity on their smartphone.
The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version
applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers the different
size of the selected wheels and tyres.
The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification) on the fuel
consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.
Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new passenger cars is
included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen”
(Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all dealerships,
from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at
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Sporty, authoritative
and boundlessly innovative:
The new BMW X3.
The BMW X3 was the car that launched the mid-size SAV (Sports Activity
Vehicle) segment in 2003. Since then, BMW has recorded more than
1.5 million new registrations of the X3 across the two model generations so
far. And now the new BMW X3 is set to write the next chapter in this success
story with an even more striking, dynamic design language, powerful yet also
efficient drive systems and luxurious appointments. Like all members of the
successful X family, it blends standout driving qualities on any terrain with
unrestricted everyday usability.
Sharper design and three model variants.
The third generation of the BMW X3 follows in its predecessors’ tyre tracks by
combining rugged off-road looks with a sporting presence. Its familiar
proportions, including very short front and rear overhangs, shine the spotlight
on the perfect 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle.
The potent dynamic intent of the new BMW X3 is highlighted by a chunky
kidney grille and foglamps featuring a hexagonal design for the first time on a
BMW X model. At the rear, the light clusters (whose three-dimensional look in
optional full-LED guise give them considerable visual impact), markedly
downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes bring matters to a
suitably muscular conclusion.
The xLine, M Sport and Luxury Line trim variants (the latter is a new addition
to the line-up) and the range of BMW Individual items enable the appearance
of the BMW X3 to be adapted even more precisely to the customer’s personal
tastes. In addition to the standard 18-inch light-alloy wheels (previously:
17-inch), customers can dip into the options list for wheel/tyre combinations in
sizes up to 21-inch. As well as making various exterior tweaks, the three trim
variants also adapt the ambience inside the car to their particular themes. The
interior of the new BMW X3 displays unbeatable fit and finish and material
quality, and is even classier and more luxurious than its predecessor. Comfort
levels are further elevated by a host of new equipment options like three-zone
automatic climate control, the Ambient Air package, active seat ventilation, the
cargo function of the standard 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrests and
the panoramic glass roof that brings extra airiness to the interior and further
enhances perceived quality.
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Another new equipment item is the optional BMW Display Key, which not only
locks and unlocks the BMW X3 by radio remote control, but also shows a
variety of status information on the car and serves as the control unit for the
optional auxiliary heating, for example.
Optimised combination of dynamic sharpness and ride comfort.
The BMW engineers have employed far-reaching chassis modifications to
significantly improve the driving dynamics, directional stability and steering
feel of the new BMW X3. The car that emerges is even sportier than its
predecessor, yet avoids compromising on ride comfort. Chassis options
include M Sport suspension, Dynamic Damper Control, M Sport brakes and
variable sport steering.
Even more efficient line-up of engines and intelligent lightweight
Two diesel engines and three petrol units will be available from launch (or
shortly afterwards) for the new BMW X3. The 265 kW/360 hp BMW X3 M40i
(combined fuel consumption: 8.4 – 8.2 l/100 km [33.6 – 34.5 mpg imp];
combined CO2 emissions: 193 – 188 g/km)* gives the X3 range its first M
Performance Automobile and is joined by a second petrol model in the shape
of the BMW X3 xDrive30i producing 185 kW/252 hp (combined fuel
consumption: 7.4 l/100 km [38.2 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions:
168 g/km)**. The two diesel models are the BMW X3 xDrive20d with
140 kW/190 hp (combined fuel consumption: 5.4 – 5.0 l/100 km
[52.3 – 56.5 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions: 142 – 132 g/km)* and the
BMW X3 xDrive30d developing 195 kW/265 hp (combined fuel consumption:
6.0 – 5.7 l/100 km [47.1 – 49.6 mpg imp]; combined CO2 emissions:
158 – 149 g/km)*. The BMW X3 20i with 135 kW/184 hp (combined fuel
consumption: 7.4 – 7.2 l/100 km [38.2 – 39.2 mpg imp]; combined CO2
emissions: 169 – 165 g/km)** and choice of all-wheel drive or rear-wheel
drive (not in Europe) will follow shortly after the launch of the new X3. All the
engine variants will team up as standard with an optimised version of the
eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
The rigorously applied BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy for the
new BMW X3 includes both fuel-economy-optimising powertrains and the
extensive application of intelligent lightweight design measures. For example,
the increased use of aluminium components in the engine and suspension
has reduced the weight of the relevant assemblies. Consequently, the new
BMW X3 is up to 55 kilograms lighter than the respective predecessor models
* Fuel consumption und CO2 emissions figures are based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified.
** Fuel consumption und CO2 emissions figures are provisional, based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified.
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in similar specification. Added to which, the new BMW X3 boasts a classbeating drag coefficient of Cd = 0.29.
BMW ConnectedDrive: semi-automated driving and
cutting-edge connectivity.
When it comes to the BMW Personal CoPilot features focusing on driver
assistance and (semi-)automated driving, the new BMW X3 can be specified
as an option with the latest generation of Active Cruise Control and the
Driving Assistant Plus safety package, including Steering and lane control
assistant, Lane Change Assistant (est. from December 2017) and Lane
Keeping Assistant with side collision protection. This extensive line-up of
assistance systems puts clear water between the new BMW X3 and its direct
The second pillar of BMW ConnectedDrive – alongside the BMW Personal
CoPilot driver assistance systems – is formed by BMW ConnectedDrive
Services and apps. As a result, the new BMW X3 now also features BMW
Connected. Working on the basis of a flexible platform, the Open Mobility
Cloud, this new integrated digital concept for enhanced personal mobility
uses various touchpoints (such as smartphones and smartwatches) to
integrate the car seamlessly into the user’s digital life. This means, for
example, that it can transfer mobility-related information, such as addresses
from calendar entries, from a smartphone into the car, enter them
automatically as destinations into the navigation system and calculate the
optimum departure time for the journey.
Gesture control allows various navigation and infotainment system functions
to be operated intuitively using finger and hand gestures. Meanwhile, the
likewise optional Voice Assistant lets the driver use everyday language to have
their requests turned into the appropriate actions instead of having to use set
spoken commands. And the optional Head-Up Display enables the most
important driving-related information to be projected directly into the driver’s
field of vision. The Head-Up Display in the new BMW X3 is unrivalled in its
segment for graphics, resolution and display options.
The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version
applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers the different
size of the selected wheels and tyres. The values of the vehicles labelled with (**) are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated
back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle-related taxes
or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2 emissions, the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here (depending on national legislation).
The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification) on the fuel
consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.
Further information on official fuel consumption figures and specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline:
“Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2
emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained free of charge from all dealerships and at
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Fresh impetus for
pure driving pleasure:
The new BMW i3,
the new BMW i3s.
The BMW i3 is recognised the world over as a symbol of driving pleasure,
sustainability and intelligent connectivity in the urban traffic environment,
which is why it has become the best-selling electric car in the premium
compact segment. The recipe for success of the BMW i3 has now been
further improved, thanks not just to refreshing styling accents, cutting-edge
equipment features and new digital services, but also to the addition of a new
model variant. Indeed, making its debut alongside the new edition of the
BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined electric power
consumption: 13.6 – 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions from petrol:
0 g/km) is the BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined
electric power consumption: 14.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions
from petrol: 0 g/km). With a higher output, model-specific chassis technology,
noticeably more dynamic driving qualities and design features all of its own, it
generates a particularly intense blend of the unrivalled sporty driving pleasure
associated with electric cars from the BMW Group. By offering a premiumquality, all-electric driving experience, meaning zero local emissions, together
with a whole new level of connectivity technology, both models represent the
future of urban mobility.
Carefully crafted design modifications underline the dynamic and emotionally
engaging character of the new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s. The trademark
BMW i Black Belt running from the bonnet over the roof to the car’s rear end
is now complemented by A-pillars and roof lines that also sport a black finish.
The range of paint finishes now also includes the new Melbourne Red metallic
and Imperial Blue metallic variants.
The new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s come equipped with all-LED headlights
as standard. The turn signal indicators now also feature LED technology and
are integrated into the front apron in the form of horizontal strips. The restyling
of the front and rear aprons accentuates the car’s width, as do the chromedesign horizontal trim strip and the positioning of the model and eDrive
badges on the outer edges of the boot lid.
The new BMW i3: new styling accents for a sense of sporty elegance.
The front bumper is completely painted in the body colour and has a black Ushaped surround that reinforces the car’s presence when viewed from the
front. Moving round to the rear end, the powerfully moulded contours and the
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contrast in colour between the black surround and the body-coloured inlay
create an energetic and expressive appearance.
The new silver-coloured roof line accent adds a further touch of elegance and
dynamism. It widens towards the rear, thereby accentuating the stream flow,
as the distinctive outline of the side windows is known.
The new BMW i3s: a thoroughly dynamic performer.
The new BMW i3s incorporates a number of design elements all of its own
that underscore its particularly dynamic character. At the front, the bumper
inlay as well as the U-shaped surround encircling it have a black finish. The
front apron’s side sections are bordered on their lower edge by accent strips
in BMW i Blue or Frozen Grey that further emphasise the width of the car. The
accent in the closed BMW kidney grille is also painted in high-gloss black on
the BMW i3s to give the grille a larger and more prominent appearance. The
rear apron of the new BMW i3s is likewise composed of individually styled
contours, while the black surround frames an extra-wide, body-coloured inlay.
On the new BMW i3s, the roof line accent also sports the same high-gloss
black finish as the A-pillars.
The new BMW i3s comes equipped as standard with sports suspension that
includes a 10-millimetre drop in ride height. The additional 40 millimetres of
track width compared to the BMW i3 is given added impact by the black
wheel arch borders. The BMW i3s is available with exclusive 20-inch lightalloy wheels in double-spoke design that are 20 millimetres wider than the
previously available versions.
The Lodge interior design line available as an option for the BMW i3 and
BMW i3s includes a new covering for the seat surfaces in Solaric Brown The
new blue seat belt option provides a splash of colour in the interior in typical
brand style. The BMW i3s supplements all this with special model lettering on
the front floor mats as standard.
Emission-free fun at the wheel: now with two power options.
The synchronous electric motor powering the new BMW i3 (power
consumption combined: 13.6 – 13.1 kWh/100 km*) generates a maximum
output of 125 kW/170 hp. Its peak torque is 250 Nm (184 lb-ft), all of which is
available instantly from a standstill, as is usual with electric motors. 0100 km/h (62 mph) is achieved by the new BMW i3 in 7.3 seconds Its top
speed is limited to 150 km/h (93 mph). Located low in the vehicle floor, the
* Consumption and emissions figures as well as ranges according to NEDC test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified.
** Ranges according to WLTP test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified and the equipment level.
*** Figures according to BMW range measurements in everyday use in urban areas, exterior temperature: 20°C, heating/air conditioning, preconditioning, COMFORT driving mode. Range dependent on various factors. In particular: personal driving style, route characteristics, exterior
temperature, pre-conditioning.
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lithium-ion high-voltage battery provides a range of 290 to 300 kilometres
(180-186 miles)* based on the NEDC cycle, 235 to 255 kilometres (146 to
158 miles)** as per the WLTP and up to 200 kilometres (124 miles)*** in
everyday use.
The new BMW i3s provides an even sportier interpretation of silent mobility
with zero local emissions and features a high-performance 135 kW/184 hp
electric motor (power consumption combined: 14.3 kWh/100 km*) that
generates peak torque of 270 Nm (199 lb-ft). Its updated drive system
includes modified motor control and specific taper roller bearings, which have
been utilised to further optimise power delivery and the performance curve at
higher rpm. At the limits of the motor speed range, power and torque levels
are up to 40 per cent higher than for the BMW i3. Just 6.9 seconds is enough
to see the new BMW i3s burst past 100 km/h (62 mph) on its way to a top
speed of 160 km/h (99 mph). Its electric range runs to 280 kilometres
(174 miles)* based on the NEDC cycle, 235 to 245 kilometres (146 to 152
miles)** as per the WLTP and up to 200 kilometres (124 miles)*** in
everyday use.
Both models draw their energy from the lithium-ion high-voltage battery
developed by the BMW Group with a capacity of 94 ampere hours (Ah) or
33 kilowatt hours (kWh). A range extender engine can be ordered as an option
for both the new BMW i3 and the new BMW i3s.
Bringing outstanding driving dynamics to the electric vehicle
segment, with instantaneous torque, superb traction and precisely
controllable drifts.
The agile handling characteristics of both models are improved still further by
the optimised Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system. This comprehensively
revised, faster responding traction control system guarantees confident
handling under all driving conditions. A globally unique form of wheel speed
limiting ensures increased directional stability, both under dynamic
acceleration and on the overrun with strong regenerative braking. Traction
during pull-away on snow and wet roads has also been noticeably improved.
DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode now boosts agility at higher speeds
and during sporty cornering, even allowing mild and safely controllable drifts
when grip levels are reduced.
What’s more, the new BMW i3s boasts sports suspension with specially
* Consumption and emissions figures as well as ranges according to NEDC test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified.
** Ranges according to WLTP test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified and the equipment level.
*** Figures according to BMW range measurements in everyday use in urban areas, exterior temperature: 20°C, heating/air conditioning, preconditioning, COMFORT driving mode. Range dependent on various factors. In particular: personal driving style, route characteristics, exterior
temperature, pre-conditioning.
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developed springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. Drivers can also select SPORT
mode using the Driving Experience Control switch. This initiates more direct
accelerator response and tighter steering characteristics.
BMW iDrive with new menu display, On-Street Parking Information.
The updated version of the iDrive operating system teams up with the
Navigation system Professional to provide increased resolution and a main
menu presented in the form of horizontally arranged tiles with a live mode.
The voice recognition system has also been further optimised. New to the
options list are Apple CarPlay preparation and a WiFi hotspot. The digital OnStreet Parking Information search service can now also be used alongside the
Real Time Traffic Information system.
BMW Connected: seamless connectivity.
The new BMW i3 and new BMW i3s are fully connected and can be
seamlessly integrated into the driver’s lifestyle thanks to the new digital
services from BMW Connected – intelligent route planning (including midjourney stops at charging stations), sharing of the current trip status via text
message and live link, and highly personalised in-car display of relevant
New charging cable, BMW i Wallbox, BMW Digital Charging Service.
The functionality of the standard charging cable supplied with the new
BMW i3s has been optimised and includes a temperature sensor. The most
recent incarnation of the BMW i Wallbox can supply 11 kW of power to charge
the high-voltage battery. This allows enough energy for an electric range of
around 180 kilometres (112 miles) to be transferred in under three hours –
five times quicker than with the standard charging cable.
With the introduction of its unique BMW Digital Charging Service, BMW
becomes the world’s first carmaker to integrate electric mobility with its
customers’ digital worlds. The BMW i3 is integrated perfectly into the
customer’s smart ecosystem. This allows BMW customers to optimise
charging costs, make best use of self-generated solar energy for charging and
even earn money through integration into the smart grid.
* Consumption and emissions figures as well as ranges according to NEDC test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified.
** Ranges according to WLTP test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified and the equipment level.
*** Figures according to BMW range measurements in everyday use in urban areas, exterior temperature: 20°C, heating/air conditioning, preconditioning, COMFORT driving mode. Range dependent on various factors. In particular: personal driving style, route characteristics, exterior
temperature, pre-conditioning.
All figures relating to performance, consumption and range are provisional.
Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new passenger cars is
included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen”
(Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all
dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at
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Occupying the dynamic high ground:
The new BMW M5.
The new BMW M5 (fuel consumption combined: 10.5 l/100 km
[26.9 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 241 g/km*) takes BMW M GmbH
into new territory, with M xDrive all-wheel drive featuring in the highperformance sedan for the first time. This change of tack sees the M5
exploring new dynamic dimensions and offering greater everyday practicality
in all driving conditions. The new car is committed to building on the tradition
of a concept – the luxurious four-door business sedan with a taste for the race
track – first glimpsed in 1984 with the original BMW M5.
The new M xDrive developed by BMW M GmbH is the most emotionally
engaging all-wheel-drive system yet to grace the high-performance segment.
It works with a central transfer case with multi-plate clutch and distributes
drive fully variably between the front and rear axle, as required. Another
ingredient in the car’s supreme traction in all road and weather conditions is
the Active M Differential at the rear axle, which also works fully variably and
has a locking effect between 0 and 100 per cent.
The character of M xDrive can be adjusted as desired. The driver has five
different configurations to choose from based on combinations of the DSC
modes (DSC on, MDM, DSC off) and M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport,
2WD). In the basic setting with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) activated and
4WD, the system permits slight slip through the rear wheels when
accelerating out of corners – and therefore plays its part in giving the new
BMW M5 its sporting agility. In M Dynamic mode (MDM, 4WD Sport)
M xDrive allows easily controlled drifts. The three M xDrive modes with DSC
switched off have been conceived to sate the appetites of keen drivers and
primarily for use on the track. Here, the driver can choose from three
configurations up to and including pure rear-wheel drive (2WD). This mode
allows the driver to pick their own drift angle and treats connoisseurs to driving
dynamics in their purest form.
Providing ample power for the new BMW M5 is a 4.4-litre V8 bi-turbo engine
with M TwinPower Turbo technology. The M engineers have carried out
significant revisions to the outgoing model’s power unit. For example, newly
developed turbochargers, ultra-efficient indirect charge air cooling and
increased fuel injection pressure together help to raise output and, above all,
* Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures are provisional, based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified.
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torque. The engine develops 441 kW/600 hp at 5,600 – 6,700 rpm, while
peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) is placed at the driver’s disposal from as
low down as 1,800 rpm and remains there until 5,600 rpm. A map-controlled,
fully variable oil pump ensures oil is supplied as and when the new BMW M5
needs it, even on the track. The car’s impressive performance figures speak
for themselves: 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in
11.1 seconds (124 mph). Top speed, meanwhile, is an electronically limited
250 km/h (155 mph), but the optional M Driver’s Package can keep the fun
coming to 305 km/h (189 mph).
The new BMW M5 channels all that power through a specially tuned eightspeed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. In D mode it provides all the
comfort and convenience of fully automatic gear changes, but the driver can
also switch to sequential manual shifts using either the compact selector lever
on the centre console or the steering wheel-mounted paddles. Drivelogic
allows the driver to adjust the transmission’s characteristics to their personal
preferences. For track use, the eight-speed M Steptronic unit serves up
lightning-fast shift times, helping to give the new BMW M5 its exceptional
agility and dynamic flair.
The suspension of the new BMW M5 is likewise designed to deliver both
maximum traction for everyday use and supreme dynamic performance on
the track. Like the engine, transmission and M xDrive system, it has been
tuned by experts and racing drivers at venues including the world’s most
exacting test facility – the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. Sophisticated
stiffening elements in the front and rear structures ensure the body structure
is extremely rigid and therefore that the car provides instantaneous feedback,
in particular when the driver is pushing hard on the road or track.
The driver can also choose from Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes for the
Variable Damper Control (VDC) system – which has M-specific tuning – and
the M Servotronic steering. And the engine’s characteristics can also be
configured to the driver’s tastes via the Efficient, Sport and Sport Plus modes.
The two M1 and M2 buttons on the M leather steering wheel can be used to
store two set-ups combining the driver’s preference of engine, transmission,
suspension and M xDrive modes, the DSC mode and Head-Up-Display
settings. The driver can then activate their preferred set-up by pressing the
relevant button.
The new BMW M5 includes revisions to its bodywork over the regular BMW 5
Series to satisfy its challenging dynamic brief. The M engineers have
redesigned the broader front side panels and front bumper trim to include
larger apertures for the air feeding the cooling systems and brakes. Also new
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is the rear diffuser. The exhaust system’s quartet of tailpipes are a visual
pointer to the power generated by the BMW M5 and also lay on a suitably
sporting soundtrack for the job in hand, courtesy of their flap control system.
The driver can use a button to adjust the engine sound as desired. The
bonnet, which also has an M-specific design, is made from aluminium and
boasts eye-catching sculpture lines. These extend into the extremely
lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof – a standard feature of
the new M5. The weight savings contributed by the CFRP roof and other
components such as the exhaust system help to ensure the new BMW M5
with M xDrive all-wheel drive is lighter than its predecessor.
The new BMW M5 is fitted as standard with M compound brakes, which are
lighter than conventional grey cast iron items and therefore also bring down
the car’s weight. With blue-painted six-piston fixed callipers at the front and
single-piston floating callipers at the rear, plus perforated, inner-vented brake
discs all round, the M compound brakes have the speed-shedding power to
befit the car’s dynamic potency. The optional M carbon ceramic brakes, which
can be identified by callipers painted in a gold colour and shave another
23 kilograms off the M5’s weight, can withstand even greater punishment.
The new BMW M5 comes as standard with polished 19-inch light-alloy
wheels (front: 9.5 x 19, rear: 10.5 x 19) in Orbit Grey and M-specific tyres
(front: 275/40 R 19, rear: 285/40 R 19). 20-inch items can be specified as an
option (front: 275/35 R 20 tyres on 9.5 x 20 rims, rear: 285/35 R 20 tyres on
10.5 x 20 rims). Standard specification for the new BMW M5 also features
Merino leather and M seats with electric adjustment. The options list includes
newly developed M multifunction seats, which stand out with their bucketseat-style construction and even better lateral support.
The new BMW M5 can be ordered from September 2017, priced at
€117,900, and deliveries will begin in spring 2018. Scheduled for launch on
the same sales start date as the standard M5 is the BMW M5 First Edition.
This special-edition version – limited to a run of 400 examples worldwide –
has BMW Individual Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork, is exclusively
appointed and costs an extra €19,500 over the standard model.
The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version
applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers the
different size of the selected wheels and tyres.
The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification) on the fuel
consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.
Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new passenger cars is
included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen”
(Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all
dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at
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Innovative technology
for a new legend:
The new BMW M8 GTE.
BMW Motorsport presents its new top-of-the-range model for the
international GT racing scene at the International Motor Show (IAA) in
Frankfurt am Main: the BMW M8 GTE. Before the BMW 8 Series Coupé goes
on sale, the race car will compete on the track next season, including in the
FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). It is with this series that
BMW Motorsport will also make its return to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans
(FRA). As such, the BMW M8 GTE will be associated with both innovative,
cutting-edge technology and decades of motorsport tradition.
The BMW M8 GTE enjoyed a successful roll-out on 1st July 2017 at the
BMW Group plant in Dingolfing (GER) – the very place where the production
model of the new BMW 8 Series will be manufactured. The close link
between production and motor racing is one of the cornerstones of the
development of the BMW M8 GTE. The knowledge gained from race outings
with the new car in the FIA WEC and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship (IWSC) in North America will be directly incorporated in the
development of the production model, which is running parallel to the
motorsport project.
“The BMW M8 GTE is our new GT flagship and will go head to head with the
strong opposition in this sector,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens
Marquardt. “For us, the presentation of the uncamouflaged car at the IAA is
the next important step on the road to our first race outing, which we plan to
be the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2018. The FIA WEC and the IMSA series in
North America are a top competitive environment for our new challenger. With
the BMW M8 GTE, we are bringing cutting-edge technology to the top
international class of GT racing, whilst at the same time tying in with our
tradition at Le Mans. The development of the BMW M8 GTE is on schedule,
and we can hardly wait to see the car challenging for victories in 2018.”
A new degree of efficiency.
The V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, which is restricted
by regulations to a capacity of 4.0 litres, has a nominal base output of more
than 500 hp, depending on the classification. The cylinder block and cylinder
head are taken from the production engine and are produced in the light alloy
foundry at the BMW Group plant in Landshut (GER). The focus of the
development work is on achieving the greatest possible efficiency and
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maximum durability. The powerful production engine provides the perfect
basis. The power transmission in the BMW M8 GTE takes place via a
sequential, six-speed racing gearbox.
Artificial intelligence gives engineers greater freedom.
“Virtual development” plays a central role in the development of the BMW M8
GTE. For example, the traction control is being developed with the assistance
of an artificial intelligence system. Topology optimisation with 3D printing
gives the engineers far greater freedom in their search for innovative and
creative solutions for the design of the car. Rapid prototyping also allows them
to take delivery of a new part, as a usable prototype, just 24 hours after the
virtual development.
Motor racing and production go hand in hand – design similarities.
Racing and production engineers closely worked together within the
framework of the BMW M8 GTE project. For instance, consistent lightweight
design also plays a crucial role in the development of the new GT sports car.
A significant weight reduction is achieved through the extensive use of ultralight CFRP components. At a length of 4,980 mm and a width of 2,046 mm,
the car weighs just 1,220 kilograms. The design of the BMW M8 GTE also
reflects the close relationship to the BMW 8 Series and the BMW M8. This is
particularly apparent in the same roof line and the design of the front and rear
Peak performance in aerodynamics development.
Work on the aerodynamics of a new race car is as time-consuming as it is
indispensable. As such, it is all the more important for the BMW engineers to
be able to work on the chassis of the BMW M8 GTE with maximum efficiency
from the outset. A new algorithm allows a significant increase in CFD
calculations, thus making it possible to use greater computing power to clearly
increase the number of possible simulations, before progressing to the wind
tunnel. Here, BMW Motorsport uses synergies with production development
and benefits from the perfect test conditions in the BMW Group Aero Lab.
One of the results of the aero development is innovative aero rims, which will
be presented as a concept at the IAA.
Latest 3D measurement technology in use.
The close interdependence between production and motorsport
development continues in another two important areas: the same 3D
measurement technology that was used on the BMW M4 DTM, which made
its first race outing in 2017, is also used on the BMW M8 GTE. The ultramodern measurement system from the BMW production development
department provides the perfect quality control once the race car has been
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assembled. With such a complex car as the BMW M8 GTE, which is built
completely by hand, it is essential that all the dimensions are correctly
adhered to and implemented.
Long history of BMW Motorsport in Le Mans.
BMW Motorsport returns to Le Mans with the FIA WEC in 2018. The last time
a BMW race car featured on the grid was back in 2011, with the BMW M3
GT2. One year prior to that, the Jeff Koons’ (USA) BMW M3 GT2 Art Car had
caught the eye, as it wrote the latest chapter in the story of the BMW Art Car
Collection at Le Mans. Among the BMW Art Cars that had started previously
at Le Mans were Alexander Calder’s (USA, 1975) BMW 3.0 CSL, the BMW
320i designed by Roy Lichtenstein (USA, 1977) and Andy Warhol’s (USA,
1979) BMW M1.
BMW Motorsport’s greatest sporting hour in Le Mans came in 1999, when
Yannick Dalmas (FRA), Joachim Winkelhock (GER) and Pierluigi Martini (ITA)
took overall victory in a BMW V12 LMR. The McLaren F1 GTR, powered by a
BMW engine, had previously triumphed at the “Circuit de la Sarthe” in 1995.
The first time a BMW car started at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was back in
1939, when a BMW 328 claimed a class victory after 236 laps of racing. After
1972, BMW cars regularly lined up at the endurance classic.
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Luxury, elegance and
dynamism by tradition:
The BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre.
For four decades now, the “7” in the model designation of a BMW has been a
worldwide recognised symbol of luxury, driving pleasure and innovations. With
its top-of-the-range models, the premium car manufacturer showcases the
latest results of its outstanding technological competence and a profound
understanding of maximum comfort, progressive style and uncompromising
quality. This tradition-steeped combination of innovation and exclusivity still
strongly influences the character of the luxury sedans even in the sixth model
generation and with the BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre, it is currently
expressed in a particularly concentrated way. With exclusive exterior and
interior design features, these edition models emphasise the representative
elegance and progressive styling of these luxury sedans. The BMW 7 Series
Edition 40 Jahre will be making its world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt
International Motor Show (IAA).
The BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre models are being produced in a limited
quantity of 200 units and tailored to individual customer specifications at the
BMW Dingolfing plant, which has served as the birthplace of these luxury
sedans since as far back as 1977. The know-how gained there in the
production of exceptionally high-class premium automobiles offers the ideal
prerequisites for the production of the anniversary edition, the exclusive
character of which is reflected, among other things, in extraordinarily
sophisticated car body paints and in meticulously crafted interior equipment
details. The edition models will be on offer from October 2017 with either a
standard or a long wheelbase in conjunction with all six, eight and twelvecylinder engines available for the BMW 7 Series (combined fuel consumption:
12.8 – 2.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 294 – 49 g/km) as well as with
optional intelligent four-wheel drive technology BMW xDrive and in the BMW
iPerformance Automobile version with a plug-in hybrid drive system.
Expressive body colours, exquisite materials, maximum
manufacturing precision.
Supreme presence, sporting elegance and emotionally appealing aesthetics
characterise the exterior design of the current BMW 7 Series. In addition to
the generous amount of space and modern functionality, it is above all the
exquisite and meticulously processed materials that contribute towards a feelgood ambience. The BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre enhances the
fascinating aura of these luxury sedans first and foremost through expressive
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car body colours. There is a choice of two variants. The exclusive BMW
Individual colour Frozen Silver metallic sets a markedly progressive accent, its
silk-matt sheen intensively emphasising the controlled powerful design of the
exterior surfaces. The exclusive BMW Individual body colour Petrol Mica
metallic takes up on the tradition of discreet and elegant shades of blue used
on the bodywork of BMW luxury sedans. It fascinates through exceptional
brilliance, appealing iridescent effects and a unique impression of depth. The
colours, which are applied in a particularly elaborate process, come in
conjunction with the M Aerodynamics Package, the BMW high-gloss Shadow
Line and 20-inch BMW Individual light alloy wheels in a V spoke design. A
further exterior design feature is the edition signet designed exclusively for the
model anniversary and located on the B pillar coverings and on the door sills.
Inside the edition models too, the combination of selected materials, exclusive
design and high-precision workmanship so characteristic of BMW Individual
equipment options provides for an outstandingly sophisticated appearance.
The BMW Individual full leather trim Merino fine grain in the colour
combination Smoke White/Cohiba or Smoke White/Black with hand woven
piping in Smoke White harmonises perfectly with the BMW Individual
Alcantara Smoke White roof liner. Moreover, BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre
models are all fitted with comfort seats both at the front and rear. BMW
Individual interior trim strips are offered either in a black piano lacquer finish or
in the high-grade wood finish Eucalyptus straight-grained Smoke Brown high
gloss, depending on the upholstery colour. Within the area of the instrument
panel on the front seat passenger side they boast an edition signet. The
exclusive flair is rounded off by two Smoke White comfort cushions from the
BMW Individual manufactory, which, like the headrests, also bear the edition
signet, as well as by floor mats in Smoke White with either black or Cohiba
brown edge binding respectively.
Redefining luxury – the BMW 7 Series’ mission over the past 40
Exclusive design features contribute towards the unique appearance and
unmistakable interior atmosphere offered by the edition models. All options
from the range of special equipment for the BMW 7 Series are available for an
upgraded configuration according to the customer’s personal preferences and
with which additionally enhanced driving pleasure and travel comfort can be
achieved. With that, the BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre represents the
consistently further developed status of these luxury sedans as a symbol of
supreme styling and innovative technology over six model generations. For
four decades now and with its top-of-the-range models, BMW has managed
to create a brand-typical interpretation of exclusive driving pleasure, whilst
also giving the term luxury a new meaning time and time again.
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In its latest generation, the still existing balance between sportiness and
elegant presence that is so characteristic of the BMW 7 Series is bestowed
with an additional appeal through driver assistant systems with which BMW is
assuming a leading position on the way to fully automated driving, as well as
with connectivity solutions that seamlessly connect exclusive mobility with the
driver’s digital lifestyle. With systems such as the steering and lane guidance
assistant, which can be activated up to a speed of 210 km/h, and the lane
departure assistant, available at speeds between 70 and 180 km/h, the
current BMW 7 Series achieves an unrivalled level of functionality for the
optimisation of comfort and safety in varying traffic situations. The remote
parking function, which made its world debut in the current BMW 7 Series, is
yet a further innovation underlining BMW’s development expertise in the field
of automated driving.
Additionally, the personal digital mobility assistant BMW Connected offers a
networking technology that is unique in the automotive sector and facilitates
connectivity between the vehicle and individual end devices such as the
Smartphone and the Smartwatch via the flexible platform Open Mobility
Cloud, helping the driver reach his or her destination comfortably and stressfree. Furthermore, the BMW 7 Series is the only model in its competitive
environment to feature the Remote 3D View function. This technology
provides the driver with a live image of the vehicle and its environment on the
The classic luxury features also redefined in the new BMW 7 Series include
the ride comfort and well-being of passengers in the rear compartment. The
optional panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, Executive Lounge Seating,
Executive Lounge Rear Console and Rear Seat Entertainment Experience
featuring BMW Touch Command also set standards in this field.
Pioneer of inspiring innovations.
By tradition, the BMW 7 Series assumes a pioneering role for technological
innovations that ultimately also enhance driving pleasure in other series and
regularly set decisive impulses for the entire automotive sector. Whether the
Check Control System (1977), the first 12-cylinder engine in a German postwar automobile (1987), the first integral navigation system in a European
production vehicle (1994), the revolutionary iDrive operating concept, the
BMW Online mobility service including E-mail account (2001) or the premiere
of unrestricted Internet usage inside a vehicle (2008), path-breaking
innovations have been consistently first presented in a BMW 7 Series across
many generations. The list of technological milestones linked to the history of
the BMW 7 Series is therefore long and fascinating.
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In order to continue with this tradition, the expertise gained from the
development of BMW i automobiles was also incorporated into the current
model generation. An intelligent material mix combining carbon fibre
reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminium and steel into the bodywork structure
lends the BMW 7 Series a unique synthesis of solidness and lightweight
construction. BMW eDrive technology used on BMW iPerformance plug-in
hybrid models offers the promise of luxury driving comfort that is also locally
Irrespective of which engine variant the customer opts for, the BMW 7 Series
completely redefines supreme driving pleasure also behind the wheel. BMW
gesture control made its world debut in the new BMW 7 Series. The Driving
Experience Control feature also offers the ADAPTIVE mode with which the
vehicle set-up is adaptively oriented to driving style and prevailing road
conditions. Ride comfort and sportiness benefit to an equal extent from the
optional Executive Drive Pro system with Active Roll Stabilisation. Moreover,
when launched, the current BMW 7 Series was the world’s first luxury sedan
to be equipped with laser light headlamps. BMW laser light with anti-glare
high beam BMW Selective Beam is available as an option. Thanks to this
technology, the range of the high beam vs. LED headlights increases to as far
as 600 metres – in the true sense of the word a further pioneering innovation
featured by the BMW 7 Series.
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10. Mobile solutions for any eventuality:
Emergency and special-purpose
vehicles by BMW and BMW Motorrad.
The BMW Group has been supporting fire, rescue, police and emergency
services with customised mobility solutions for over sixty years. Increasing
innovations and more and more new models from various segments are
helping response teams and authorities to perform a broad spectrum of tasks
as they rise to ever greater challenges. Emergency and special-purpose
vehicles by BMW offer not only superior specialist equipment but also the
very latest in efficiency, driver assistance systems and connectivity.
The latest addition to the range of special-purpose vehicles is the new
BMW 5 Series Touring police patrol car, presented at the IAA 2017. Dynamic
and flexible in equal measure, the five-door features a range of specific
specialist equipment, such as body foiling in Traffic Blue, an in-car control
centre with radio master switches and a control unit for radio devices, a more
powerful generator, an additional battery in the luggage compartment, front
and rear flashing lights, and a special signalling system. In addition, the
BMW 5 Series Touring features the intelligent all-wheel system BMW xDrive
as well as a comprehensive range of special equipment to provide the best
possible assistance for emergency teams.
A wealth of expertise and first-hand experience.
Over the last 60 years, BMW has gained a wealth of experience in the
development and production of special-purpose vehicles for fire, rescue and
police services as well as emergency physicians. Munich police first used
patrol vehicles by BMW in the late 1950s. Based on the BMW 501 and 502 –
known affectionately as “baroque angels” – the two types if sedan were
powered by sizeable six- and eight-cylinder engines. They were considered
the benchmark for reliability and operational usability. Today, the range of
special-purpose vehicles includes nine car series (the BMW 2 Series Gran
Tourer, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7
Series, BMW X1, BMW X3, BMW X5 and BMW i3) and four types of bike
(BMW F 700 GS, BMW F 800 GS, BMW F 800 GT and BMW R 1200 RT).
For the best possible performance, functionality, safety and reliability, the
vehicles are developed in close collaboration with their prospective users.
Their practical experience is then incorporated into the upcoming versions of
fire prevention, rescue and police cars. BMW also incorporates many of the
latest technical innovations developed by renowned and experienced
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providers of specialist equipment. Some of this, such as control technologies
for measurement, radio and signalling equipment, is fitted during regular
production, often on the same assembly lines as normal cars. This allows us
to achieve a level of quality that would otherwise be impossible, if items were
fitted retrospectively.
Finally, every special-purpose BMW – specialist fittings and add-ons included
– undergoes rigorous testing that far exceeds the standard requirements. The
end product is a tailored solution consisting of perfectly balanced components
that interact as integral constituents of an overall system, just as the customer
expects them to.
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11. Into the future with sound
knowledge and strong partners:
Automated driving at the BMW Group.
The progressive automation of driving will be a key element of the
transformation that personal mobility is set to go through over the coming
years. The driver assistance systems available in today’s BMW and MINI
models already offer extensive support in a variety of driving situations. The
technology will continue to evolve, with first highly automated then fully
automated driving, before finally progressing to autonomous driving, which will
allow the task of driving to be delegated to the vehicle occasionally or even
The BMW Group is doing everything possible to strengthen its development
capabilities in the field of automated and autonomous driving. To this end, not
only is the company able to draw on its many years of experience and sound
knowledge, it also has the expertise of strong partners to call on. As long ago
as 2006, a self-driving BMW 3 Series was completing laps around a race
track, and the BMW Group has been testing out highly automated prototypes
on the A9 motorway in Germany since 2011. Its stake in HERE, one of the
world’s leading technology providers in the navigation data sector, forms the
basis for developing high-precision map material. And a collaboration with
Intel and Mobileye is creating a digital ecosystem for the development of highquality automated driving functions that are safe and secure. These will then
be incorporated into series production development of the BMW iNext, for
instance. At Campus Unterschleißheim, the BMW Group’s new development
centre for automated driving, the company is now pooling all of its expertise in
the areas of vehicle connectivity and automated driving. Elsewhere, a fleet
of 40 BMW 7 Series cars have been adapted to serve as test cars in highly
and fully automated driving trials.
From the Track Trainer to BMW Gesture Control Parking.
The BMW Group has already demonstrated its technological expertise in the
field of automated driving on several occasions over the course of recent
years. One particularly impressive example is the BMW Track Trainer that was
presented back in 2006. This system enabled a self-driving BMW 3 Series to
lap the circuit at Hockenheim on its own – while driving at race speeds and
following the racing line. Since mid-2011, test vehicles from the BMW Group
have been driving on the A9 motorway from Munich towards Nuremberg
without any driver input. These research prototypes, which accelerate, brake
and perform overtaking manoeuvres all by themselves, have been undergoing
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systematic improvement ever since. As part of the research initiative Ko-HAF
– a German abbreviation standing for Cooperative Highly Automated Driving –
the BMW Group has been drawing up standards since 2015 that seek to
provide additional verification of highly automated driving functions. This
centres on the exchange of data between multiple highly automated vehicles
to provide a reliable forecast of the traffic situation.
At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the BMW
Group unveiled Drift Assistant technology for highly automated vehicle control
when driving at the limits of performance. One year later at the same venue, a
research vehicle based on the BMW i3 was on show that offered 360°
collision prevention thanks to its comprehensive and fully reliable position
detection and environmental sensing capabilities. This also opened up the
possibility of fully automatic parking in multi-storey car parks. Here, the driver
gets out of the car and the Remote Valet Parking Assistant guides the vehicle
through the car park’s different storeys unaided. At the 2016 edition of the
CES, the BMW Gesture Control Parking research application was presented.
This enables fully automated manoeuvring of a BMW i3 into and out of
parking spaces perpendicular to the road, and is triggered by a simple wave of
the hand that is detected by a smartwatch and relayed to the car.
Technological development in three key areas.
The BMW Group is following a clearly defined strategy for automated and
autonomous driving and has identified three key technological elements.
High-definition (HD) live mapping is needed for determining positions with
pinpoint accuracy. The reliable acquisition and real-time processing of
information about the environment – and the ability to make safe decisions
with regard to manoeuvres that are similar to those a human would reach –
call for high-performance sensors, a supercomputer and intelligent software.
Measures must also be taken to ensure the total integration in the vehicle of a
system that is safe and has high availability.
The HD mapping includes information on the number of traffic lanes and on
access roads or exit roads, for instance, as well as “landmarks” that have been
surveyed exactly. By comparing this information against GPS data and camera
images, the vehicle’s position can be pinpointed to the exact lane at all times.
Besides cameras and radar sensors, ultrasonic sensors and laser scanners are
also used for highly accurate environmental sensing. This makes it possible to
register other road users as well as objects and potential obstacles, and to
assess them in terms of their type and size, position and distance, as well as
speed and direction of movement. All the data is processed by a single data
centre that is housed in the boot of the current prototypes. This is where the
driving strategy is computed that specifies how the vehicle should respond to
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the traffic situation and implements the necessary dynamic driving actions
using the steering, accelerator and brakes.
Holdings and partnerships.
High-definition maps allow the forecasting horizon to be extended beyond the
range of the sensors. This allows system limitations or situations that a highly
automated vehicle – on extremely rare occasions – does not handle perfectly
to be recognised at an early stage so that the task of driving can be delegated
to the driver again in good time. High-precision maps therefore have an
essential role to play in overcoming the enormous challenges of highly
automated driving, which is why the BMW Group has acquired a stake in the
digital map company HERE, for instance.
The location platform developed by HERE combines high-definition maps
with location-based, real-time traffic information to provide the user with a
detailed representation of the real world that is accurate to the second. This
platform is based on HERE’s industry-leading mapping technology and draws
on information from a wide range of data sources, including vehicles, mobile
phones, the transport and logistics sector and even infrastructure. In future,
the plan is for data delivered by the sensors on several million vehicles to be
combined to form a single data pool, which will help accelerate the
development of a shared location platform. The next phase of development,
to allow updating of HD maps via the BMW fleet, is now almost complete.
In July 2016, the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced a wide-ranging
collaboration. Since the start of this collaboration, the three companies have
developed a scalable architecture that can be adapted by other manufacturers
and developers so that they can pursue their own design objectives and
achieve differentiation between brands. This non-exclusive platform offers an
ecosystem for the development of autonomous driving.
Intel’s contribution to the partnership is its innovative, high-performance
computing solutions. What’s more, Intel’s world-leading processors and FPGA
technologies can deliver the most efficient balance of processing speed and
capacity, while still satisfying the stringent demands of the automotive
industry in terms of heat build-up and safety. Mobileye brings to the table its
patented EyeQ®5 high-performance computer vision processor, which offers
world-leading image processing technology operating at the highest levels of
energy efficiency and safety. The BMW Group and Mobileye are jointly
developing related solutions in the field of sensor data fusion, in order to
provide a comprehensive model of the vehicle environment based on input
from radar, camera, lidar and ultrasonic sensors. A driving policy based on
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artificial intelligence is also being developed to help with mastering the infinite
number of complex driving situations.
The BMW Group’s responsibility in these pioneering partnerships is to
develop the core functions and the testing and safeguarding environment,
including simulation. The company’s contribution is also aligned to its
business goals. BMW places particular importance on the design of the safety
concept. This is because the company wants to provide other platform users
with the best possible starting point for their own implementations, as well as
establish fundamental confidence in the platform as it is developed.
Focused knowhow: the Unterschleißheim campus.
At the end of 2016, around 600 employees at the BMW Group were working
on the development of highly automated driving. In 2017, the BMW Group is
now pooling together all the company’s vehicle connectivity and automated
driving expertise at a new campus in Unterschleißheim near Munich.
The new development centre is set to facilitate agile, company-wide
collaboration as well as helping to enable high levels of individual decisionmaking. Once the new facility is fully completed, there will be over 2,000
employees stationed there working on all the developments required for the
next steps on the road to fully automated driving – from the software right
through to road testing. Elsewhere, a total of 40 BMW 7 Series test vehicles
for highly and fully automated driving on motorways and in urban
environments will be built in 2017 and trials started. These vehicles will be put
into operation at Intel (USA), Mobileye (Israel) and BMW Group (Munich)
The next step: highly automated driving in the BMW iNext.
By developing these BMW 7 Series advanced prototypes collaboratively, the
partners will ensure the timely roll out of the BMW Group’s first highlyautomated production vehicle – the BMW iNext, due in 2021. The BMW iNext
is the BMW Group’s first venture into highly-automated driving. From a
technical perspective, the BMW iNext will also be capable of fully automated
and autonomous driving. Whether or not this is achievable in practice
depends on a number of external factors, but it is not yet possible to predict
how these will develop.
Delegating the responsibility for controlling the vehicle to the vehicle itself for
a certain period of time is due to become permissible by law in Germany as
well as in further countries in the near future. At present, the driver is
responsible for the task of driving at all times, even if they are allowed to take
their hands off the steering wheel for a few seconds for a substantial strain-
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relieving effect on long journeys, in particular. While it is true that humans are
responsible for most traffic accidents, at the same time they are the best
preventers of accidents, too. Current systems already work very well, yet they
are certainly not yet able to substitute human intelligence in certain situations.
And the driver needs to be aware of this.
For this reason, the BMW Group is anxious to make it clear to its customers
that the products currently available are driver assistance systems and names
them accordingly. Technology has advanced to the stage where we are now
on the cusp of highly automated driving. This doesn’t just entail the further
development of existing sensor systems, it also calls for a whole new
understanding of safety, a stable cloud-based backend and highly dynamic
HD mapping information. This represents a big and extremely challenging
technological leap forward.
If a vehicle is to temporarily assume responsibility for controlling itself, then we
need fail-operational systems, where a fault does not result in failure of the
entire system. Brakes, steering and the electrical system that supplies them
each require a double safeguard to ensure that the vehicle can continue to be
driven in the event of a fault. The BMW Group together with its partners will
complete these large-scale tasks by 2021.
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12. The reinvention of urban mobility
on two wheels:
The BMW Motorrad Concept Link.
The BMW Group is using the IAA Cars 2017 show to present its vision of
zero-emission urban mobility on two wheels: the BMW Motorrad Concept
Link. Inspired by the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, the design study unites
digital connectivity with the demands of urban mobility on two wheels. It
treads new paths and moves beyond established conventions both with
regard to design and technology.
“The BMW Motorrad Concept Link stands for a new understanding of urban
mobility. It links the digital and analogue world and places the focus on the
rider and his mobility needs. In the way it links functionality and digitalisation it
performs both as a means of transport as well as a communication device.
For me the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, with its timeless and reduced style,
is more than a concept – it is rather a symbol for a new era.” explains Edgar
Heinrich, Head of Design of BMW Motorrad.
Design as a distinguishing and segment-defining feature.
The special character of the concept vehicle becomes clear right away thanks
to the completely new design language. “The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is
not based on today’s concepts, but rather meets the basic functionality needs,
the technical architecture and the digital reality of today’s users. The technical
realities of electric drive – such as the flat energy packs in the underfloor and
the compact drive on the rear wheel – allowed us to create a highly distinctive
design which shapes a new segment. The resulting expressive power of the
vehicle is absolutely new for BMW Motorrad and breaks with all conventional
viewing patterns.” explains Alexander Buckan, Head of Vehicle Design at
BMW Motorrad.
The low-slung, stretched body and the flat seat combined with the diagonally
rising front section create a modern yet distinctive silhouette. The use of
colours emphasises this even further: the front trim in Liquid Metal Titanium
contrasts with the semi-matt black body. The colours are oriented diagonally
which underlines the dynamic potential of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link.
Tailor-made for the requirements of urban mobility.
The new and emphatically function-driven architecture provides a high level of
riding pleasure due to the E-drive. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is ideally
suited to meet the requirements of modern urban mobility with fast
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acceleration and easy handling. Due to its low overall height, getting on is easy
from the side or even from the back. A reverse gear ensures that it is easy to
manoeuvre, making it ideal to park in tight city spaces.
The seat bench can be adjusted lengthwise to suit every preference. The
proportions also make room for new storage space. In the centre section,
underneath the seat bench, a luggage compartment offers versatile storage
opportunities. The rider can access this quickly and easily at all times using a
sliding door. With its new architecture, the BMW Motorrad Concept Link
combines riding pleasure and functionality in an ideal way.
A timeless interpretation of clear shapes and modern technology.
Taking a closer look, clear lines, large-area surfaces and simple, precise
shapes emphasise the state-of-the-art look of the BMW Motorrad Concept
Link. The two-tone colour design reinforces this further. A large matt black
area, the technical heart, shapes the core of the concept. It stretches from the
front to the rear, and in addition to the tyres and front lights, also integrating
the drive unit and the suspension elements. The two iconic LEC front lights
are characterised by minimalist design. Their clear-cut layout and the slim
contours accentuate the modern and trail-blazing visual appeal of the front
The powerfully expressive contours of the side panels framing the dark core
of the vehicle, optimise aerodynamics and also provide protection against
wind and weather. The sides of the wheels are completely covered,
underscoring the contemporary overall visual appeal.
The BMW Motorrad Concept Link also deliberately showcases the
technology used as part of the design package. That is why the side panels
don’t completely cover the side section at the rear. Instead they stretch across
the vehicles side like little wings allowing views of the technical elements like
drive unit, cooling ribs, single-sided swing arm, spring strut and tooth belt. At
the same time they help improve aerodynamic air flow. The iconic rear lights
have been integrated into the rear side panels in the form of two C-shaped
light elements.
Deliberate contrasts and numerous individualisation options.
Contrasts are deliberately played on in conjunction with the clear shapes of
the BMW Concept Link to give it a powerful and impressive appearance. The
orange-coloured cables connecting battery pack and drive on the right side
are highly contrasting in appearance and make a clear and self-assured
statement. Their diameter already hints at the power in the drive unit.
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The seat bench also makes both a functional and visually powerful statement,
the flat seat area being kept separate from the vehicles body. This
emphasises the lightness of the side view thereby highlighting the agile and
easy handling. The seat bench allows views of the aluminium structure within.
It can be adapted to suit different needs in numerous ways. It can be either a
sporty single-seater, a seat bench for two or anything in between giving the
concept vehicle a distinctive visual and functional character.
Further customisation options, such as side panels in different colours or
different windshields, allow the rider to express his personality, making the
BMW Motorrad Concept Link the ideal companion for any situation.
Connecting rider, vehicle and environment.
Inspired by the BMW Motorrad Vision NEXT 100, the BMW Motorrad
Concept Link interprets the connection between rider, vehicle and the
environment for urban use. It keeps the rider connected while riding, thereby
expanding his mobile world by providing him with new opportunities. Among
other things, the Concept vehicle knows what’s in the rider’s calendar and
therefore his next destinations. As a result it can plan the fastest or most
scenic route and even select the most suitable music if required.
The focus is also on being able to enjoy the riding experience without any
distractions. The classic instrument cluster has been dropped. Instead speed,
navigation and battery information is projected onto the windshield directly
into the rider’s field of vision. Secondary information is displayed on the largesurface panel, which matches the design perfectly and is located below the
handlebars. The panel enables a large number of possible ways of interacting
with the outside world and for communicating with other vehicles. The touch
sensitive surface of the large-size panel displays and controls extensive
infotainment, connectivity and routing information. Freely programmable,
touch-enabled buttons on the handlebars allow the rider to access preferred
and frequently used functions without having to remove his hands from the
Intelligent rider equipment.
The interaction between vehicle and rider wear holds great potential with
regard to rider safety, comfort, functionality and riding experience. On the
BMW Motorrad Concept Link, the rider equipment is also connected to the
vehicle. To highlight this connection, a motion on the arm of the jacket opens
and closes the sliding door of the luggage compartment.
A stitch on the arm signifies the active area. The rider wear is also a fashion
statement and deliberately not recognisable as motorcycle gear. Light
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shoulder and elbow protectors have been integrated into the stylish short coat
made of water-repellent loden cloth. However they are not visible in the
modern cut of the coat.
With the combination of the emissions-free, dynamic drive, a new design
language, connectivity and fashionable yet functional rider equipment, the
BMW Motorrad Concept Link embodies BMW Motorrad’s understanding of
the future of urban mobility.