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All-New BMW X6 SUV Gets More Curves, Still as Brash as Ever

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The leaked photos of the all-new, second-generation BMW X6 crossover-coupe have made their way for the vehicle’s complete reveal. Though sleeker around the edges, the German crossover-coupe remains as brash as ever.

The X6 places more importance on style than its more practical X5 sibling, sacrificing cabin space for a coupe-like profile. Compared to its predecessor, it is curvier and more muscular in appearance than its predecessor, resulting in a sportier presence. Have a look at it and let us know what you think.

The interior is lifted directly from the X5 and features only minor changes. Even so, it boasts a more elegant design and higher-quality materials than before, and comes standard with a 10.2-inch infotainment screen that is controlled through BMW’s iDrive system.

A sloping roofline means cargo capacity is compromised. There is 20.5 cubic feet of stowage space behind the rear seats, a figure that increases to 53.9 cubic feet when those seats are folded. That’s notably lower than the X5’s 66 cubic feet and even the old X6’s 59 cubic feet.

Fortunately, access to the cargo hold is made easy by sensors implanted in the rear bumper. All one has to do is make a kicking motion and — wallah! — the liftgate opens without having to put down any items being held.

The X6 will be available with three engines at launch:

  • A 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine in the xDrive 50i that produces 450 PS and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. It allows the crossover to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
  • A 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel in the xDrive30d rated at 258 PS and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque, providing an acceleration time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h (142.9 mph).
  • A tri-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel in the performance-tuned M50d that cranks out 381 PS and 740 Nm (545 lb-ft) of torque, enough for a 5.2-second sprint to 100 km/h and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

All engines are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission that can be adjusted through a standard Driving Dynamics Control system. Power is sent to the rear wheels by default, but all-wheel-drive is available.

Thanks to the use of more lightweight materials, such as aluminum for the hood, plastic for the fenders and more high-strength steel in the body, overall weight has been reduced by up to 40 kg (88 lbs), which should benefit fuel economy.

The redesigned BMW X6 goes on sale in the last quarter of 2014.

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Next BMW M3 Has RWD And 4WD Versions, Which Will You Choose?

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The M3 will take a page from the latest M5, but without losing grip of its roots.

When the sixth-generation BMW M3 and M4 hit the market, they will reportedly be offered with both rear-wheel and all-wheel driver versions.

The rear-wheel drive M3 / M4 — ‘M3 and M4 Pure’, as they are known internally — are intended for purists, while those looking for outright performance will certainly go for the all-wheel drive variants.

According to , the all-wheel drive M3 / M4 can only be had with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and will have a bit more power to work with since the manual transmission in the purist M3 / M4 can’t handle the same amount of torque. It will also be a bit different aesthetically, featuring a different front fascia and set of wheels.

BMW hasn’t announced when the next M3 and M4 will debut, but it will add three additional go-faster models to the lineup overtime, including a competition package.

So, which one will it be for you — the rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive M3 / M4? Let us know in the comments below, including your reason(s) why.

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BMW Creates Meteoric M850i Night Sky For Outer Space Geeks

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The unique 8 Series features meteorite inlay and 3D-printed brake calipers.

BMW has revealed the M850i xDrive Coupe Night Sky, a one-off take on the new M850i created by the company’s Individual Manufaktur team for astronomy fans.

The car features an outer space theme. Inside, hunks of meteoric rock adorn the center console, start/stop button, shift lever, iDrive controller and other surfaces, while Widmanstätten surface pattern of meteorites can be found on the center console’s trim finishers, brake discs, exterior mirror caps and the front splitters.

For the non-space geeks among us, Widmanstätten patterns are the result of iron-nickel crystals forming on meteors over the course of around 10 million years and cannot be reproduced on Earth.

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Special LED project constellations of stars on the center console and other interior surfaces.

Not content with the space theme, BMW created new lightweight brake calipers using generative design processes (3D printing). The pieces manage to be 30 percent lighter than the 8 Series’ usual calipers without negatively affecting necessary strength characteristics.

The one-off Night Sky edition is finished in San Marino Blue metallic paint over a black base coat. Its debut coincided with a meteor shower that took place overnight from January 3 – 4, resulting from the Earth briefly passing through the orbit of the asteroid 2003 EH, with fragments from the asteroid entering our planet’s atmosphere and burning up.

Some of these meteoric fragments were incorporated into the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky’s interior.

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BMW, Porsche’s Ultrafast EV Charger Adds 62 Miles In 3 Minutes

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It only takes 15 minutes for an electric vehicle’s batteries to be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent capacity.

BMW and Porsche, along with several other partner companies, have made great progress developing an ultrafast EV charging system.

Their so-called FastCharge research program has resulted in a 450 kW prototype charging station that can add 62 miles (100 km) of range in just three minutes or nearly fully charge a mostly depleted battery from 10 to 80 percent in just 15 minutes.

While the ability to charge an electric car in just a few minutes will be a boon for EV owners, today’s electric vehicles aren’t able to charge at 450 kilowatts. Tesla’s vehicles, for instance, utilize a 400-volt battery configuration, but Porsche and Audi’s FastCharge tech can handle higher voltage levels of up to 920 volts, which experts believe will become the norm.

Their charging station is able to handle so much current and voltage thanks to actively cooled cables that use a circulating water-glycol solution to manage temperature. The electric vehicle must also be compatible and use intelligent charging strategy that not only precools the battery before charging begins, but also monitors cell temperature during the charging process.

Suffice it to say, the long, tedious hours that it used to take to charge an electric car are almost a thing of the past.

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