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Chris Harris test drives the BMW i8

Everyone’s preferred reporter, Chris Harris, goes to Lost Angeles to check drive the brand-new BMW i8.

BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system including a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the kind of an electric drive system.

In the back of the BMW i8, the B38 three-cylinder engine makes 231 hp and delivers its power solely to the rear wheels. At the front, an electrical motor is set up, which is powered by a lithium-ion battery in the middle of the vehicle. The system efficiency drives up to 362 horsepower.

Reporters are reporting 0 to 60 mph times of 3.8 seconds.

Let’s take a look.

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Chris Harris compares E63 AMG S vs BMW M6 Gran Coupe vs Jaguar XFR-S

Chris Harris of / DRIVE puts together a shootout in between 3 outrageous 550+ hp cars from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Jaguar.

The BMW M6 Gran Coupe is pitted versus the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S and Jaguar XFR-S. In the UK, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe costs just under ₤ 98,000 and showcases a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 552bhp and 680Nm of torque. It runs from 0-60 in simply 4.2 seconds prior to attacking a restricted top speed of 155mph.

The E63 AMG is powered by a hand-built 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 which produces 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque in the top-of-the-line S-Model. Without fronting the additional cash for the S badge, it makes 550-hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. Power is transferred to the ground with a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox using appropriate left-for-downshift, right-for-upshift steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Jaguar XFR-S gets some modifications to the engine-management controls and exhaust system squeezing an added 40 horsepower and 41 lb-ft of torque from Jaguar’s 5.0-liter V-8, for totals of 550 and 502. That’s good for an estimated 0-to-60-mph time of barely even more than four seconds and a leading speed of 186 miles per hour.

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BMW i8 First review

Autocar magazine had one of the first reviews on the super technical electric sports car under development by BMW, the electric prototype i8. The video review takes place on the frozen roads of Sweden where most cars are usually tested in rough conditions. The BMW i8 model development is all about a new breed of sports car that will take BMW into the future. Is all about fuel economy, low emissions and at the same time great street performance, by using very lightweight chassis and a hybrid powertrain composed of an electric engine and a three cylinders conventional termic engine. The All wheel drive electric system helps the i8 to face no problem on the icy roads.

BMW i8 First Review

From inside, the i8 possesses all the hallmarks of a proper sportscar. You sit low, below the level of the carbonfibre sill, with your legs well out in front. The seats are tight, hugging, hard shell affairs. The deep but low dashboard is very prominent. However, it is the instrument binnacle – whose mesmerising graphics alter depending on the driving mode chosen, going from a calm hue of blue in eco-pro and comfort to a racier orange hue in sport mode – that initially steals my attention as we set off down a slip road and out on to BMW’s test track.

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BMW M6 vs Koenigsegg Agera R

Though the title of this post stand as a versus, the below video is more a review of the Swedish supercar Koenigsegg Agera R, most probably the fastest car available for sale today. The video starts with a short introduction of the 2013 BMW M6 cabriolet, explaining how a fast car like the new M6 feels, and then move the game to Koenigsegg league. As the presenter say, there is also a direct drag race in the video, between the two: German Schnitzel vs Swedish meatballs.

Bmw M6 vs Koenigsegg Agera R

The latest creation from Koenigsegg, managed the fastest speed ever recorded on the Nordschleife track – 402.km/h.

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bmw m5f 10 review moscow smotra
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A different type of M5 F10 review

Usually, i post BMW reviews from popular sources like Grip, Autoblogger, Fifthgear, Chris Harris, but this time the review of the 2013 BMW M5 comes from Moscow, from Smotra TV youtube channel.
Eric, the presenter, is owner of a popular M5 E60 painted in Gold and a well-known city race driver in Moscow. After a shortdrive in Moscow, he tries to find out what is the real power output of the new turbocharged M5. The Dyno figures for the new M5 are 552 Hp and 701 NM , a bit less power and a bit more torque than the estimated 560 hp and 680 NM official figures.

bmw m5f 10 review moscow smotra

I agree with most of the things described by Eric, because when you want to release a new version of a product, do not just improve the bad things from previous version, but also do no remove the good ones (In this case BMW removed the party piece, the core of the M5, which was the V10 NA engine revving to 8500 RPM). The 5 liters V10 NA with direct injection plus an improved exhaust system would have had probably the same output around 550 HP, and with the new 7 speed dual clutch gearbox it would have put the power down even better.

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BMW M550d F10 review by GRIP

Niki Schelle from GRIP German magazine, has tested the 2012 BMW M550d, which is considered to be the first M5 Diesel. Based on the latest 5 series F10 model, the M550d is tweaked by the M division, to get the most out of the current Diesel technology. The M 550d is like a blasphemy for M true fans, because of the m550d recipe, which is in contradiction with the entire heritage that made the M cars so popular: xDrive all wheel drive transmission, diesel engine, automatic gearbox, turbocharged.

2012 BMW M550d xDrive review

All the performance aspects of the car are reviewed by NIKI, with a series of tests : engine, acceleration, traction, comfort level etc. How does the M550d perform? Watch the following video.

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BMW M550d xDrive review by Autoblogger

Autoblogger has reviewed the BMW M550d xDrive, the fastest diesel production car in the world. The F10 BMW M550d is boosted by a the triple-turbo (three!) straight-six has 376bhp and 546lb ft of torque, shooting the M550d to 62mph in 4.7 seconds: barely slower than the M5. With an ECU update, the m550d gets even closer to M5 in terms of everyday performance, and becomes a true M5 diesel equivalent.

M550d xDrive review by Autoblogger

381 Hp + 740 NM + x-Drive + 8 speed ZF gearbox = translates in a 4.7 s 0-100 km/h run, faster than any previous BMW Diesel model, while the 100-200 km/h acceleration run is handled in about 13 seconds.

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BMW M5 F10 : Top gear review

Top Gear UK has reviewed in their latest TV episode, the 2012 BMW M5 F10. Unlike my expectation, the M5 was tested by Richard Hammond, rather than usual powwwwwwwwwwwwwweerrr addictive reviewer, Jeremy Clarkson. As Richard points out, it was a very difficult task to replace the previous M50 E60 model with a new generation, because each time M5 was the benchmark in the fast luxury saloons.

Top Gear M5 F10 review

For the first time we can watch a direct drag race between the F10 M5 (560 hp) and the E60 M5 (507). The new improved dual clutch 7 speed gearbox + the huge torque delivered by the bi-turbo 4.4 liters V8 engine, take the F10 m5 from 0 to 100 in about 4s, in comparison with 4.7 s needed for the 5.0 V10 naturally aspirated E60 model. Though right from the start, the F10 M5 leaves the old M5 behind, it is noticeable that the gap between them remains quite the same, after reaching a higher speed. In this direction, i think a roll start race from 150 to 330km/h (top speed) would be interesting to see.

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Video: BMW M550d road test by Chris Harris

I consider Chris Harris, one of the best car reviewers from youtube. And while the BMW M550d is one of my favorite cars, i was expecting his review of the M550d to be a very interesting one, but i found it a bit boring and disappointing. Mainly because he did not offer any impressions on the ride, steering and fuel consumption value (which is the 550d party piece), in comparison with the other 3.0 diesel engines on the market, like the 535d.

BMW M550d F10

I know regular Diesels aren’t very exciting , but the BMW F10 M550d is powered by the best diesel engine in the world, producing 381 hp and 740NM of torque from a 3.0 liters 6 cylinders unit plant. The torque value is only 40nm less than one from the 4.4 liters twin-turbo petrol engine found under the F10 M5 bonnet.

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