2014 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe Revealed

 It’s finally here: BMW’s four-door-coupe version of a coupe derived from a sedan. If that is a bit confusing, you’re thinking too hard. Just go with it.

BMW’s answer to a question no one knew to ask, the 2014 4-Series Gran Coupe puts a sleeker, trimmer look on the four-door F30, or adds a couple doors to the two-door F32, looked at from another angle.

Whatever angle you approach the new 4-Series Gran Coupe from, however, you’re likely to find something worth looking at.

Inside you’ll find the familiar design and equipment shared with the 3-Series sedan and 4-Series coupe.

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BMW says the 428i Gran Coupe will hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and achieve gas mileage ratings of 23 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined.

The more powerful 435i Gran Coupe runs to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, and is expected to rate 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined.

Though you’d think BMW would have to lengthen the 4-Series coupe to add the extra doors, the 4-Series Gran Coupe shares its overall length, wheelbase, and track width with the coupe.

The only exterior dimensional changes are a roof that’s 4.4-inches longer, and 0.5-inches higher for greater rear-seat headroom.

The 2014 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe will make its global debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next month.

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The New BMW M3 and M4

BMW M3 and M4 Images

Images of the new BMW M3 and M4 have been revealed online and as you’d expect, the photos show a more aggressive treatment for the bodies, with muscular wheelarches housing big alloys, quad exhaust tips, and M badged heat extraction vents behind the front wheels.

The shots reveal almost every angle of the fifth-generation M3, which will be available exclusively as a four-door sedan for the first time ever, and its M4 sibling, which replaces the M3 Coupe as the two-door hardtop offering.

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The front fascia and the bonnet are bold and make a statement, the latter having the power dome we’ve been getting used to from the previous model. The roofs are made of CFRP and have sloping line to help out with the aerodynamics whilst the boot has an incorporated spoiler on its lid.

The mirrors have an aerodynamic shape too whilst around the back, the diffuser is covering the 4 tailpipes of the exhaust that look brilliant. Next to them the golden brake calipers of the ceramic brakes looks dull.

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Both cars will be powered by a brand new twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six engine, producing 424bhp and at least 500Nm (369lb-ft) of torque. It seems likely that the M4 will undercut the current M3 Coupe’s 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds by a considerable amount. Top speed, as ever, will be electronically limited to 155mph.

Let us know what you think by commenting below!

BMW M3 and M4 Images

BMW M3 and M4 Images

BMW M3 and M4 Images

BMW M3 and M4 Images

BMW M3 and M4 Images

Blue BMW Drivers Are Most Aggressive

Blue BMW DriversA study claims that men aged 35-50 who drive blue BMWs are the most aggressive drivers on Britain’s roads. That is, they are the likeliest road rage culprits. Drivers of Audis, Land Rovers, Subarus and Vauxhalls are also pretty angry according to the report, which surveyed 2,837 people.

The study was carried out for discount website VoucherCodesPro and found that Range Rover owners are the second most likely to lose their temper on the road. Blue was seen as the most aggressive colour, followed by black, silver, green and red.

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When do you think drivers are angriest? You guessed it! Peak time for road rage is 5.45pm on a Friday during rush hour, closely followed by the miserable Monday morning commute. These are the most stressful times for drivers trying to get to and from work.

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Of course gender was going to come in at some point, so let’s put this as diplomatically as possible. Men said they lost their temper behind the wheel seven times a month on average, while women got angry on only three occasions.

The most common expression of road rage is shouting and swearing, followed by erratic driving and obscene gestures. How do you express your road rage and are you a typically angry driver?

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BMW App For i3 Virtual Test Drive

BMW i3 Virtual Test Drive App

If you ever needed proof that the car industry is leading the way in technology, here it is. BMW has launched a smartphone and tablet app for virtually test driving the new i3, to fill the time gap before it is available to test drive on the dealership forecourts.

The ‘BMW i3: Become Electric’ app is available now on the Apple App Store, and from 26 September 2013 on Google Play. It has a ‘show-your-friends’ feature with 360-degree interactivity, and using the accelerometer in your device, you control the viewing aspect by tilting and turning your phone or tablet.

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Probably the most exciting feature of the app is that you get to act as the leading role in a pretend Hollywood film. According to BMW you ‘head through the streets of a foreign city in a race against time, as you test out the car’s features and become the star of a film’. Here’s the trailer:

According to BMW UK Marketing Director Chris Brownridge, the new i3 virtual test drive is a culmination of film, advertising, gaming and digital marketing: “Become Electric allows consumers to experience the future of mobility in a revolutionary and exciting new way. You are at the wheel of the new BMW i3 electric car for almost the entire film all while being immersed in a big Hollywood-style movie.”

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Obviously the app doesn’t come close to driving the real car. It’s also fair to say that anyone genuinely interested in buying the model will probably still test drive the real deal anyway, but as it’s free no doubt the app fans amongst you will enjoy having a go and as a novelty app it’s…well, pretty cool.

The new BMW i3 will go on sale in the UK in late 2013, but if you want to know how many hours, minutes and seconds, there’s a countdown clock on the official website – https://www.becomeelectric.co.uk.

Mobile Phones Disguised As Car Key Fobs

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These strange looking mobile phones have started emerging in the UK market, disguised as car key fobs. Officials are already considering banning them, but who would want to buy one anyway?

Marketed as “the world’s smallest mobiles”, the devices are available from mainstream shopping channels such as Amazon and eBay and feature logos from brands including BMW, Volkswagen, Bentley, Audi and Porsche. It’s doubtful that the manufacturers have given permission for this though.

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You might think it’s a lot of effort to go through to try and get away with speaking on the phone whilst driving, have these people not heard of hands free sets?? Well apparently the ‘phone fobs’ have been advertised with prisoners in mind, as having a mobile phone in jail is an offense.

The product description of one device sold via Amazon states that it features “very very very low metal contact badges [which] can be removed due to metal content alarm”, while another says the fob is “easily concealable”.

Mobile Phones Designed To Look Like Car Key Fobs

More than 7,000 phones and Sim cards were confiscated in prisons in England and Wales last year. The latest key fob mobile phone has the potential to increase the number of mobiles in prisons simply by the nature of the design and size.

The government is discussing the issue with the National Trading Standards Board and the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and the NTSB has asked retailers to stop selling the ‘phone fobs’. The POA – a prison officer’s trade union has warned that prisoners found in possession of a mobile phone should be prosecuted.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23782136