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BMW M Safety Car “Official Car of MotoGP™”

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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Last weekend, the 2014 season of the MotoGP World Championship went underway and long-term partner BMW M GmbH is once again on board. BMW M’s 16th season as “Official Car of MotoGP” began with the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha. BMW has been involved in MotoGP since 1999 and provides the fleet of official cars.

BMW M GmbH presented its first highlight of the year at the season-opener at the “Losail International Circuit”: the new BMW M4 Coupé made its debut as a safety car. The latest high-performance coupé from BMW M GmbH spearheads the safety car fleet in the 2014 MotoGP season. The new BMW M4 Coupé combines motorsport genes with unlimited road capability in a highly-emotional overall concept. The six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, which was developed from scratch, and high-rev concept offer a maximum torque of 550 Newton metres over a wide range of speeds, whilst generating a top output of 431 hp. The BMW M4 Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. This car was designed for the ultimate driving dynamics and to be used on the racetracks of this world. Proof of this comes in the innovative cooling system and reduced weight of the car, which is made possible by the consistent use of lightweight materials. As with all safety cars, the BMW M4 Coupé was further optimised in the BMW M factory, in order to ensure it is ideally suited to leading a field of racing motorcycles. To achieve this, the technicians at the BMW M factory dismantled the rear seat and fitted RECARO racing seats, including Schroth belts. In addition, BMW M Performance Parts are used extensively this season, including the titanium BMW M Performance exhaust system with carbon finishers, which is used for the first time. Further components, such as a BMW M Performance front splitter, a BMW M Performance rear diffusor and a BMW M Performance rear spoiler made of carbon optimise the aerodynamic properties of the BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car. LED lights on the front skirt, LED lights on the roof and the exclusive livery ensure that this high-performance car is clearly a safety car.

The new BMW M3 Sedan also makes its debut as a safety car in the 2014 season. In total, this year’s fleet of official MotoGP cars comprises five BMW M and M Performance models. The BMW M4 Coupé, BMW M3 and BMW M5 act as safety cars. The safety officer takes to the track in a BMW M6 Coupé, while two BMW M550d xDrive Tourings are used as medical cars. Furthermore, BMW Motorrad is also providing two new BMW HP4s as safety bikes. This year, a medical car will also be in action at overseas races, in order to guarantee even more safety for the MotoGP riders. You can find more information on the 2014 safety car fleet online at: www.bmw-m-safetycar.com

“BMW M is proud to be part of the MotoGP success story for the 16th season running,” said Thomas Schemera, Director of Sales and Marketing BMW M GmbH. “We are delighted that the BMW M4 Coupé experienced its baptism of fire as a safety car out on the racetrack. Four generations of the BMW M3 have combined motorsport genes and unlimited suitability for daily use into one highly emotional overall concept. The BMW M4 Coupé is a natural progression of these fundamental ideas. We are certain that this model will set new standards with regard to the overall concept, precision and agility. This year sees the introduction of a medical car for overseas races, increasing the level of protection offered to the riders. This is another important stepping stone in our continuously expanding commitment to MotoGP.”

Providing the BMW M fleet remains the focal point of the partnership with Dorna Sports, but there are many other important aspects to BMW M GmbH’s involvement at Grands Prix. These include the BMW M Award, which will be presented for the twelfth time in 2014. At the end of each MotoGP season, this award is presented to the rider with the best qualifying results. The winner receives an exclusive BMW M car for his efforts. Last year, Spanish MotoGP rookie Marc Márquez became the youngest winner in the history of the BMW M Award. At the season finale in Valencia (ESP), he was presented with a BMW M6 Coupé in an exclusive “Frozen Black Metallic” livery in recognition of his success. This season’s top qualifier can once again look forward to a genuine highlight – however, exactly which BMW M model is up for grabs will not be revealed until the start of the European MotoGP season in Jerez (ESP).

2011 BMW F 800 R featured in Korean King of Drama series

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

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A vehicle can be much more desirable when it is featured in a popular culture such as a movie or a TV series. Take for example the Chevrolet Camaro that is featured in the Transformers movie. It has make the car memorable and desirable. It could the same to any motorcycle featured in any movie or TV series too.

I have ‘accidently’ watched a Korean TV series, King of Drama, and suddenly stuck to the seat when I got to see the beautiful bike of the BMW make. I keep watching the bike to find what model the bike is and found out that it is BMW F 800 R. The headlight is unmistakenly BMW that shows one big right headlight and one small left headlight. This particular model from 2011 is ‘pure’ in terms of the design direction where it is still conventionally BMW.  (more…)

2013 BMW F 800 GS Adventure

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

1-BMWF800GSBMW Motorrad is the most successful manufacturer of large-capacity touring enduros and, with the F 700 GS and F 800 GS, leads the way in the mid-size category, too.

The new F 800 GS Adventure builds on this position. Based on the dynamic, off-road-oriented F 800 GS, the Adventure model offers an optimal combination of agility, touring practicality and off-road capability. Following the tradition of the popular boxer-engined GS Adventure models, it provides off-road-oriented touring aficionados, world travellers and enduro fans with an authentic GS Adventure experience in the mid-size segment.

The F 800 GS Adventure is powered by the characterful, liquid-cooled 798 cc four-valve twin-cylinder engine as featured on the F 800 GS, with electronic fuel injection, closed-loop catalytic converter and six-speed transmission. Developing unchanged maximum power of 63 kW (85 hp) at 7,500 rpm, and with maximum torque of 83 Nm at 5,750 rpm, this power plant impresses with quick and lively response, powerful torque and low fuel consumption.  (more…)

BMW S 1000 RR and BMW K 1300 R are the exclusive motorcycles of action thriller Dhoom:3 – Back in Action.

Sunday, January 5th, 2014
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BMW K 1300 R on Dhoom:3

Power, emotion, sheer adrenalin. BMW Motorrad and the blockbuster action movie series Dhoom have one thing in common: a passion for fast and powerful bikes. In Dhoom:3 – the third instalment of the Bollywood blockbuster due for international release on 20 December – BMW Motorrad and Yash Raj Films unveil their debut collaboration in the form of an exclusive motorcycle partnership. The upshot is edge-of-the-seat footage depicting breakneck biking stunts with the high-performance BMW S 1000 RR and BMW K 1300 R models. While these promise serious goosebumps, the action-packed overtaking and evasive manoeuvres along with daring leaps and high-speed rides demonstrate the lightness of touch with which extreme power can be harnessed.

For 90 years now, BMW Motorrad has been a byword for style-setting innovations, outstanding engineering skills and a distinctive design that is consistently targeted at the emotional dimension of biking. “For BMW Motorrad, the focus is always on the rider’s experience. That is why we are incredibly proud to be making our debut not just in an Indian film venture but in the biggest Bollywood blockbuster of the year – and with our BMW bikes playing such a high-profile role,” says Alexander Baraka, Head of Events, Exhibitions and Motorsport Marketing. “This is a project predestined for high-speed chases on the big screen.”

Acceleration even at standstill: the BMW K 1300 R.
As one of the most powerful models in its segment, the flamboyant high-performance BMW K 1300 R roadster meets the most exacting demands in terms of riding dynamics. Its muscular front end and slim, sporty rear hold out a promise that is fulfilled the moment you set off on this naked bike: the BMW K 1300 R launches into a rocket start while also boasting safe and stable roadholding through corners.

Superbike without compromise: the BMW S 1000 RR.
Ease of handling coupled with extreme ride stability, supreme engine performance allied to perfect everyday utility: thanks to its sporting DNA, the BMW S 1000 RR turns the road into a race track. With its aluminium frame, radical braking system and dynamic tail-up, nose-down design, this bike exemplifies undiluted racing power.

About Dhoom:3.
Dhoom:3, the third instalment of the eponymous Bollywood action movie series, will hit cinemas around the world on 20 December 2013. A string of sensational chases sees cop Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and his partner Ali (Uday Chopra) astride the BMW S 1000 RR superbike in hot pursuit of the slippery clown thief, Sahir played by none other than Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan, who sets the screen alight with spectacular stunts on the BMW K 1300 R. Filming took place in Chicago and Mumbai.

2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive – 160hp six-cylinder tourer

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
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2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive

The BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive takes two-wheeled travel to a whole new level thanks to a 118 kW (160 hp) in-line six-cylinder engine that melds superlative power with exemplary refinement, as well as boasting superb standards of equipment and comfort.

Spearheading the BMW Motorrad tourer range, the “Exclusive” model already lays claim to a class-beating specification as standard, including central locking with anti-theft alarm system and ESA II electronic suspension adjustment for an optimum spring/damper setup regardless of load. The Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) boosts safety when accelerating, while the innovative new Hill Start Control feature takes all the hard work out of pulling away uphill, even when carrying a passenger and luggage. Needless to say, the K 1600 GTL Exclusive also comes equipped with BMW Motorrad ABS as standard, like all BMW motorcycles.

The film antenna for the radio that is embedded in the topcase lid is a world first and ensures the best possible reception quality while also enhancing the bike’s appearance. Long-distance travel comfort for the pillion passenger is taken to greater heights by a new seat, the heated backrest and comfortable armrests. Also to be found on the list of standard equipment are LED auxiliary headlights, adaptive xenon headlight, Tyre Pressure Monitor, additional brake light, engine protection bar, floor lighting, as well as LED daytime running light and, for the first time on a BMW motorcycle, Keyless Ride.

The styling of the “Exclusive” model likewise spells pure luxury – from the fuel tank’s aluminium moulding through the fully chromed exhaust system to the new-look instrumentation.   (more…)