BMW of North America is recalling 92 units of 2013-2015 7 Series

BMW of North America is recalling 92 model year 2013-2015 740i, 740Li, 740Lxi, 750i, 750xi, 750Li and 750Lxi and 2014 ActiveHybrid 7 vehicles. The recalled vehicles may have received incorrect replacement left rear taillight assemblies.

As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Vehicles with the incorrect left rear lamp assemblies may be less conspicuous to other drivers, possibly increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace any incorrect left rear taillight assemblies, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin August 7, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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BMW M2 Facelift configurator now live on

The online configurator for the BMW M2 Facelift is now available on The life cycle impulse of the M2 was revealed last month, along with visual upgrades to the mainstream 2 Series models. With its new facelift, the M2 gets a suite of exterior and interior upgrades to keep it fresh throughout the rest of its lifecycle. While quite subtle, they make the M2 stand out even more.

At the front, new, full LED headlights offer a new hexagonal interpretation of BMW’s signature twin-circle design. Out back, the 2 Series gets single-piece full LED taillights with BMW’s classic “L” shape. Inside is where most of the changes are. The dashboard has been redesigned, with the air vents, control unit and audio system being all flush to the surface now.

The instrument display for speedometer and the speedometer itself is also presented in a new form. The previous dials are replaced by a display in the black panel design, which will be found in a similar form also in the refreshed 1 Series. The new solution is not to be confused with the multifunctional instrument display for the larger series, because, despite the Black Panel Design, it is only the lower part of the display which is completely digital and can be flexibly filled with different content.

The high-resolution 8.8-inch central display in the new 2017 BMW M2 now comes in touchscreen form, an upgrade given to all recent BMWs.

The BMW M2 Facelift does not change in terms of driving dynamics and driving pleasure, both the suspension and the powertrain remain unchanged. The straight-six cylinder delivers as much as 370 hp and offers a maximum torque of 465 Newton meter. The factory setting for the sprint from 0 to 100 is as before, depending on the transmission, between 4.3 and 4.5 seconds.

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All you need to know about the BMW M4 CS

BMW’s latest M4 model – the CS – made its world premiere last month at the 24 hrs of Nurburgring. In the frame of the M Festival, Dirk Häcker, BMW M Head of Development, presented the all-new BMW M4 CS at the BMW M Test Center at the Nürburgring, and besides a lot of details regarding its development, Dirk Häcker also revealed the Nordschleife lap time of the all-new BMW CS –  7 minutes and 35 seconds, 7 seconds off the M4 GTS.

The BMW M4 CS sits right smack in the middle of the M4 Competition Package and M4 GTS and manages to blend some of the hardcore performance of the M4 GTS with the everyday usability of the standard M4 Competition Package.

In the M4 CS, BMW’s 3.0-liter inline-six gets a 10-horsepower bump over the Competition Package for a total output of 460 horsepower. The engine features two single-scroll turbochargers, a charge air cooler, and both variable valve timing and double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. The only available transmission is BMW’s seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission. The M4 CS hits 62 mph in 3.9 seconds.

The CS also comes standard with BMW’s Adaptive M suspension and Style 763M wheels which debuted on the M2 and M3 at the 2017 NYIAS comes wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

There are also three colors specific to the BMW M4 CS as factory colors, not Individual options. The first is the San Marino Blue Metallic. There’s also a Lime Rock Grey Metallic and a very special Frozen Dark Blue II, the latter of which is a matte finish and will only be available on a limited number of cars.

Around 3,000 units are planned globally.

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Whitson and Caldwell 16th as Lloyd wins again

Chris Lloyd. Picture: PGA Europro Tour

Chris Lloyd. Picture: PGA Europro Tour

PGA Europro Tour — Chris Lloyd birdied the first play-off hole to win the PDC Golf Championship at Studley Wood in Oxfordshire to claim his second win of the season and open up a big lead at the top of the money list.

Lloyd closed with a three-over 76 to finish tied with Alasdair Dalgliesh (72) on 11-under par before triumphing in sudden death to take the £10,000 top prize, leaving him more than £11,000 clear at the top of the Race to Amendoeira.

Reeve Whitson shot a level par 73 and Jonny Calwell a 74 to leave them tied 16th on seven-under, one stroke ahead of Niall Kearney (72) with David Carey (73) and Brian McElhinney (73) tied 28th on five-under.

PDC Golf Championship, Studley Wood Golf Club (Par 73)

Detailed scores

1 Chris Lloyd (The Kendleshire) 65 67 76 208 £10,000
2 Alasdair Dalgliesh (Haywards Heath) 67 69 72 208 £6,000 

T16 Reeve Whitson (Royal County Down) 66 73 73  212 £575
T16 Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye) 67 71 74 212 £575
T18 Niall Kearney (The Royal Dublin)  71 70 72 213 £475.50    
T28 David Carey (Unattached)  73 68 73 214 £400    
T28 Brian McElhinney (North West) 68 73 73 214 £400. 

from News – Irish Golf Desk

BMW Manufacturing attracted 45,000 jobs and $16 billion in investments in South Carolina

This week marks the 25th anniversary of BMW’s announcement that it was coming to South Carolina and to properly celebrate this milestone the Bavarians will unveil the third-generation X3 at the plant, on Monday, June 26th. BMW Chairman Harald Krueger will open the festivities and talk about the brand’s success in the US.

Prior to BMW’s arrival to Spartanburg, the textile industry has dried up and removed nearly 25,000 jobs, leaving a huge void in the county.

“In the mid- to late ’80s, we lost 25,000 jobs in Spartanburg, just with the demise of the textile industry,” said Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt. “We were in a world of hurt. We had nothing. When it went away, it was just a tremendous devastation.” But BMW’s plant helped to turn this around. “BMW saved Spartanburg County,” he said. “It set us up to be an industrial Mecca.”

Initially BMW committed to a $300 million investment with 2,000 jobs, and 9 suppliers, but it has only grown from there. Fast forward 25 yeas later, BMW and it suppliers created 45,000 jobs and brought in $16 billion in investments.

But it isn’t just the impact that BMW has made on the state of South Carolina that makes the Spartanburg plant so important, it also helps the country. BMW exported about $10.5 billion in 2016, which helps America, not just South Carolina. More than 70 percent of BMW’s U.S. production is exported to over 140 different markets.

Spartanburg supplies the entire world with all BMW X models (with the exception of the X1, which is based on a different platform). So every BMW X3X4X5X6 and future X7 are all built in America.

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BMW is building a giant new data center

BMW and other large automakers have set in motion plans to build their own, giant data centers. The moves are part of an expanding effort by European carmakers and suppliers to build the computing capacity — so-called big data — much needed for self-driving computations.

“The processing power needed to deal with all this data is orders of magnitude larger than what we are used to,” said Reinhard Stolle, a vice president in charge of artificial intelligence at the German automaker BMW, which is building a data center near Munich that is 10 times the size of the company’s existing facility. “The traditional control engineering techniques are just not able to handle the complexity anymore.”

Future self-driving cars have to rely on constant, reliable and fast communications, while analyzing massive amounts of data  to make decisions to smooth traffic flow, save fuel and avoid hazards. With that, comes the challenges of information technology for companies that more known for their manufacturing acumen than IT skills.

Stolle said that BMW has hired more information technology specialists in 2016 than mechanical engineers while it also needs huge data-crunching capability. BMW has already put on the road a fleet of 40 prototype autonomous cars, as a pilot before a major rollout.

BMW uses artificial intelligence to analyze the enormous amounts of data compiled from test drives, part of a quest to build cars that can learn from experience and eventually drive themselves without human intervention.

After test sessions, hard disks in the cars are physically removed and connected to racks of computers at BMW’s research center near Munich. The data collected would fill the equivalent of a stack of DVDs 60 miles high, Mr. Stolle said.

“A large part of the data center has to be on premises,” Mr. Stolle said. “The amount is so huge it doesn’t work in the cloud.”

[Source: NY Times]

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Alpine White BMW M2 With Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber Aero And Wheels

Alpine White is, for many, the perfect exterior finish choice for a vehicle like the BMW M2. Clean, subtle and expressing the aggressive and muscular lines of a vehicle like the M2, it’s no wonder that we are able to find it on numerous M2s lately. This particular Alpine White M2 comes from Vorsteiner. It features their complete Vorsteiner VRS aero carbon fiber program and their clean FlowForged wheels. The added carbon and wheels make a subtle and clean impact on the vehicle, transforming its exterior looks completely.

The BMW M2 comes powered by a 3.0 Liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivering 370 horsepower and 369lb-ft of torque. It allows the nimble high-performance coupe to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 155mph (250km/h). A perfect starting point for an aftermarket build like this.

Alpine White BMW M2 With Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber Aero And Wheels

The Vorsteiner VRS aero carbon fiber program installed features a front spoiler with a splitter, a rear diffuser, and a decklid spoiler. The parts are lightweight and strong. They are made from pre-preg carbon fiber. This allows them to achieve the superior stiffness, but also keep them rather light at the same time. With a clear coat added for protection, the parts add that much needed contrasting touch to this vehicle.

The icing for this build are the aftermarket wheels. The Vorsteiner V-FF 107 FlowForged wheels come in sizes of 19×9.5 and 19×10.5 in the front and rear, respectively. Lightweight, they are a perfect addition to a high-performance vehicle like the M2. The wheels feature a Carbon Graphite finish. In turn, this adds another layer of contrast to this Alpine White BMW M2 as well. Check out the complete build gallery right below.

Alpine White BMW M2 With Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber Aero And Wheels

Alpine White BMW M2 With Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber Aero And Wheels

Alpine White BMW M2 With Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber Aero And Wheels

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