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2014 BMW 428i Coupè Review

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After BMW shifted their Coupès from the 3-series to the 4-series, we’ve been itching for the opportunity to review one. To separate the Coupè from the sedan, broaden its sport package possibilities and increase its price range, the German manufacturer brought the 4-series Coupès to life.

Delivered to the duPont REGISTRY was a new BMW 428i Coupè with both the M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages. Though not actually an M4, it had “M” brake calipers, 18 inch “M” wheels, a sporty aerodynamic kit and an “M” steering wheel. The lines flowed to create a powerful design, and with the dramatic red paint it was a real head turner.

Inside of the 428i we were greeted by comfortable eight-way power seats and a simple, easy to use interior. The navigation screen was vibrant and worked nicely with the control knob. Climate control and radio controls were well displayed and only consisted of the basic buttons you need.

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The ride in the 428i was as intriguing as one could expect in a BMW. The manufacturer’s perfected balance between power and suspension in their rear-wheel drive vehicles is only comparable to that of an all-wheel drive sports car. Every corner we rode around in the 428i felt as though we were on rails.

The 2.0-liter four cylinder engine produces 240 hp to offer absurd performance with the best in efficiency. While the 4-series is considered to be a leisure line for BMW, I recommend keeping an eye on your speedometer while driving. In the blink of an eye you may realize you’ve reached 120 mph.

The 428i is available now, and to buy the exact same Coupè we had at our headquarters will cost you $47,125. The 4-series is for those who need comfort and efficiency while having some fun on your way to work. It’s an excellent daily driver and provides you with everything you could need, and then some. However, while having the M Sport package made the Coupè feel a little more exciting, it only excites us more for a taste of the anticipated M4.

 

(Media Source: BMWUSA.com)


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Posted on: 12/4/2013 at 4:35 AM
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Review of the 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe

Every time a BMW is dropped off for us to review, I always get a bit giddy. I know that the car waiting for me is a brilliant piece of machinery that is going to have me all smiles throughout the testing. I can safely say that I was all smiles during our time in the 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe.

When I first saw this car, I noticed its low-profile body and the unique Frozen Bronze metallic finish that resembled a matte brown finish. The 640i sits incredible low and the top of this car is very low as well. Some may say they aren’t fans of this new styling, but I fell in love with it.  From the front to the rear, this car was absolutely fantastic.

However, when it comes to the ‘looks’ department, the 2013 640i Gran Coupe knocks it out of the park with its stylish interior. Ours was fitted with an alcantara headliner, white ash grain wood trim, and opal white/amaro brown leather. This two-tone interior absolutely blew me away. The seats themselves were also very comfortable, there was plenty of leg room, even for our colleague that is well over six feet. BMW’s iDrive system was implemented into this car’s center console, and was easy to navigate through just like every other 2012/2013 BMW. And when you selected the radio on the iDrive, we were greeted with beautiful tunes from a $950 Ban & Olufsen sound system (a surprisingly low price).

On the move, the 2013 640i Gran Coupe provided us with quite the show. Power by a 3.0-liter twin turbo V-6, this car has all the power you will need out of a 6-series.  The best thing about this twin turbo engine was the absence of turbo lag. Honestly, it was surprising that we were driving a 6-cylinder, but that is just the magic of twin-turbocharged cars. Its heart pumped out a healthy 315 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Every bit of power was accounted for, and then some.

The 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe is an amazing vehicle both inside and out. In recent months, I will say that this car is by far my favorite. If you are looking for a luxurious, yet sporty vehicle with plenty of room, the 640i is the perfect choice. The MSRP for this car is $76,000 and our test model was priced at $104,695.


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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 11/13/2012 at 10:37 AM
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BMW to create M7?

 

It has always struck me as odd that BMW doesn’t produce an M version of their 7 series.  An M7 would be an absolute beast of a car considering how powerful they are stock.

Well according to TheDetroitBureau.com the CEO of BMW North America, Ludwig Willisch, is very optimistic about an M7.  BMW has always said they would not create an M7, TheDetroitBureau.com says ”sentiment appears to be changing, especially with Willisch’s counterpart in China also lending his support.”

“I think we will get it,” says Willisch.  This is promising, but we have no timeframe of when BMW will create this car.

It may be a while before we see an M7 in the works, but it will be an even longer time before we see one in the States.

 

 

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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 6/5/2012 at 4:31 AM
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Bernard Tomic's "showing off" in a BMW M3 causes standoff with Australian police

Bernard Tomic, the 19-year-old Australian tennis sensation, locked himself in his home after Australian police tried to ticket him for multiple driving incidents in a couple-hour time span. Tomic is said to feel “guiltless” after refusing to pull over for Gold Coast police a second time while driving his BMW M3 with a restricted license. Some reports say he was with his 21-year-old girlfriend Doney Meijer at the time.

The first incident involved Tomic “showing off” in his bright orange BMW through the area’s restaurant precinct. Police gave him a ticket and directed him to go straight home. Hours later, police tried to pull him over a second time for failure to follow the directive. That is when Tomic refused to stop, leading police to his gated home. Once inside, Tomic wouldn't exit the premises to talk to the officers.

Tomic's father, John, defended his son’s actions. He confronted the officers in the teen’s driveway and later called the police’s actions "unAustralian."; the whole incident took place on Thursday, Australia Day. The family may file a complaint to law enforcement’s Crime and Misconduct Commission or the Ethical Standards Command.

"I don't know what's wrong ... it's like I killed somebody." Tomic, who emerged briefly to talk to reporters, said. "It's all happened on Australia Day when I am trying to have fun with my mates."

Because of his P-plate restrictions, Tomic is only allowed to drive to and from tennis-related events.

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Bernard Tomic orange BMW M3

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 1/26/2012 at 10:00 AM
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22-year old grabs first Aventador for extra $71,000

A 22-year-old engineering graduate, Dhiaa Al-Essa, became the first person in Saudi Arabia to take delivery of the new 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. To bypass the car’s 18-month waiting list, the youth reportedly paid an additional $71,000 on top of the car’s $387,000 base price. Obviously, Al-Essa is not tight on cash, which may have a lot to do with the £1.5-billion estimated worth of his family.

The Lamborghini is just one of many exotic supercars that Al-Essa owns, which looks like a laundry list of the latest and greatest and includes a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Koenigsegg Agera, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe, Rolls-Royce Phantom sedan, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Ferrari F430, Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari California, Porsche 997 GT3 RS, Porsche 997 Turbo Spyder, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, BMW M5, BMW X6M, BMW X5M, Audi R8, and Maybach 62. His collection has an estimated value of $12 million.

Which car does Al-Essa like the most? According to an article posted on Metro.co.uk in 2010 before he acquired at least the Koenigsegg and the Aventador, his favorite ride was the Mercedes SLR McLaren because of the way it looks and drives and its reliability.

[via SWNS.com]

Dhiaa Al-Essa with Lamborghini Aventador

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First Drive: 2012 BMW 650i Convertible

2012 BMW 650i Convertible

“You’ll know when you feel that 4.4-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission!” said Gary Gordon, general manager of Fields BMW of Lakeland, with child-like enthusiasm when asked about why our test car, a 2012 BMW 650i Convertible, stood out among its peers. He had a point. The new 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and eight-speed transmission are part of the most expansive redesign of the BMW 6-Series since it was first introduced for 2004. The new engine replaces the 4.8-liter V-8 and produces 40 more horsepower while decreasing fuel consumption by nearly nine percent.

We slap the transmission lever to the left to turn on a manual mode with gearshifts via paddles in perfect reach of our fingertips from behind the steering wheel. The engine revs quite quickly, but it’s the car’s lack of hysteria even when being pushed hard that fails to drawn our attention to the impending redline. Luckily, the automatic nature of the transmission pops in to select the next gear. The car’s new 4.4-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission join forces to offer effortless acceleration, accompanied with a slightly muted burble designed to inspire but not intrude.

Follow the jump for more on the 2012 BMW 650i Convertible.

2012 BMW 650i Convertible interior

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 11/8/2011 at 12:11 PM
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duPont REGISTRY awards the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and other exotic cars in its 2012 Exotic Car Buyers Guide

duPont REGISTRY has the named the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 its Car of the Year, its most prestigious award, in its 2012 Exotic Car Buyers Guide, which is set to hit newsstands and other retail outlets in early October. With production of the Murcielago concluding in 2010 after nine years and a run of 4,099 cars, Lamborghini released its most potent and technologically advanced V-12 flagship of all time: the Aventador LP700-4. duPont REGISTRY chose the LP700-4 as the king of the 2012 exotics because of its advanced carbon-fiber construction, powerful V-12 engine, sophisticated transmission, and mesmerizing styling.

In addition to its Car of the Year award, duPont REGISTRY also acknowledged five other automobiles for their contributions to the exotic and luxury car marketplace for 2012 and beyond:

  • Best Design — 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider
  • Best Luxury Sedan — 2012 Bentley Mulsanne
  • Best Bang for the Buck — 2012 Nissan GT-R
  • Best Eco-Exotic — 2014 BMW i8
  • Best New Concept — Jaguar C-X75

duPont Publishing, Inc. will release its annual Exotic Car Buyers Guide to over 25,000 upscale newsstands, bookstores, and international airports on October 4, 2011. The 10th-anniversary issue includes nearly 150 pages of detailed reviews and specs of exotic, luxury, and aftermarket automobiles as well as accessory and wheel guides.

“The duPont REGISTRY Exotic Car Buyers Guide is the only annual guide that focuses on only exotic automobiles,” says Publisher Thomas L. duPont. “There are no factory epistles… just pictures and a few comments from our editors that are designed to pique the reader’s interest and take them to the next level—ownership!”

duPont REGISTRY Awards Ferrari 458 Spider for its Design

duPont REGISTRY bestows the 2012 Best Design award on the new Ferrari 458 Spider in the latest edition of its Exotic Car Buyers Guide. The car stood out among its peers because of its revolutionary hardtop convertible mechanism, which allowed for the retention of many of the coupe’s lines with the roof closed while establishing a distinguishing new look with the top open. In addition, not only does this innovative top weigh less than a comparable soft-top mechanism, it also allows room for an uncompromised cargo area behind the two passenger chairs.

duPont REGISTRY's Exotic Car Buyers Guide Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Greene marvels, “With the 458 Spider, Ferrari has surpassed most people’s expectations while raising the bar on other exotic-car manufacturers.”

duPont REGISTRY Names Bentley Mulsanne as Best Luxury Sedan for 2012

Bigger yet lighter and redesigned from the chassis up, the Bentley Mulsanne carries its predecessor’s timeless elegance, hulking posture, and immense power into the new decade with the latest technologies and luxury appointments. This is why duPont REGISTRY named the Bentley Mulsanne its 2012 Best Luxury Sedan in the 10th-anniversary issue of its Exotic Car Buyers Guide. This is Bentley’s second award from duPont REGISTRY in as many years, following last year’s recognition of the Bentley Continental GT as its Best Luxury Coupe.

“The Continental Supersports models weren’t a strong move for Bentley, but it made up for this setback by quickly selling a year’s worth of Mulsannes, which is no easy task for a car at that price point,” said Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Greene. “The Mulsanne will help Bentley move to the next level for the new decade.”

2012 Nissan GT-R Earns Nod for Best Bang for your Buck from duPont Publishing, Inc.

Just when you thought the Nissan GT-R couldn’t get any better, new modifications to its 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 result in even more power and faster acceleration times, prompting duPont Publishing, Inc.’s editors to award the GT-R with the Best Bang for your Buck award in the 2012 duPont REGISTRY Exotic Car Buyers Guide.

“Small improvements have made a huge impact on the GT-R, making this already affordably priced dream car an even better value at only $90,000,” mentions Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Greene.

BMW’s i8 Concept Captures duPont REGISTRY’s Best Eco-Exotic Award Despite its Pre-Production Status

The i8, which is the first in BMW’s future line of i vehicles, has captured international attention with its futuristic shape and incredible fuel efficiency.

“Part of the concept car’s physical allure also helps it achieve its goal of low fuel consumption through well-developed aerodynamics,” said Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Greene.

The car, which should appear in 2013 as a 2014 model, includes both gasoline and electric drives and has an incredible range of 435 miles.

duPont REGISTRY’s 10th-Anniversary Exotic Car Buyers Guide Awards the 2012 Jaguar C-X75 the Best New Concept

The C-X75 is Jaguar’s first supercar in 20 years and will be the brand's most advanced model to date. The C-X75 is poised to compete in the new competitive hybrid exotic market. Its sleek exterior combines with its 300-mile range, drawing power from both gasoline and electric sources to solidify the popularity of this futuristic concept.

Background: The 2012 Exotic Car Buyers Guide is published by duPont Publishing, Inc. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, the company publishes duPont REGISTRY A Buyers Gallery of Fine Automobiles, duPont REGISTRY A Buyers Gallery of Fine Homes, and duPont REGISTRY A Buyers Gallery of Fine Boats classified magazines and other lifestyle publications that continue to be the leading periodicals in their respective high-end marketplaces. Visit http://www.dupontregistry.com/ for more information.

duPont REGISTRY’s Exotic Car Buyers Guide

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Flash floods in Singapore leave exotics submerged

Ferrari and Lambo in flood in Singapore

A flash flood in a major shopping district of Mount Elizabeth, Singapore, not only left the local mall engulfed in water but also an exotic-car collection worth millions of dollars submerged in a parking garage. The estimated value of the damage is especially high considering the cost of car ownership for Singaporeans. The cause behind the flooding is not known but this is not the first time the area has become flooded following heavy rainstorms.

[via The New Paper]

Rolls-Royce Ghost and BMWs in Singapore flood

Porsche 911 GT3 RS in Singapore flood

Aston Martin Vantage in Singapore flood

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Video: BMW Concept M5

BMW has posted a video of the new BMW M5 concept car, which should make an unaltered conversion to production car for 2012. BMW has not released any of the car’s exact specifications but power will most likely come from the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 found in the X5 M and X6 M. We should know more in the very near future.

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 4/4/2011 at 6:55 AM
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Hot or Not: Official BMW M3 Pickup

BMW M3 Pickup

Resembling the owner-constructed 3-Series pickup, BMW has released official photos of an M3 Pickup concept. The M3 Pickup was recently photographed lapping the Nürburgring, spurring ideas that BMW maybe working on an El Camino-esque 3-Series. BMW insists the car is an after-hours project and there are currently no plans to bring the car to the marketplace.

[via Car]

BMW M3 Pickup

BMW M3 Pickup

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 3/31/2011 at 3:46 AM
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