I will try my best to provide detailed info on various cars and what is like to live with them, I have already produced a few for Jaguar-car-forums, I will do my best to be unbiased, but it will be hard for some cars. I will re-produce press releases and copy from other motoring news.

Friday, 3 October 2014

European premiere for sixth and final model of the exclusive edition „Les Légendes de Bugatti"

  • European premiere for sixth and final model of the exclusive edition „Les Légendes de Bugatti"
  • Entire Legends Edition sold out
  • Veyron on finishing straight: Fewer than 20 vehicles available
  • Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer: "The next Bugatti will without compromise again take over the very top position in the automotive world"
As a European premiere Bugatti is showing the sixth and final model of its Edition „Les Légendes de Bugatti" at the Volkswagen Group Night on the eve of the Paris Motor Show, Mondial de l'Automobile Paris. It is dedicated to Ettore Bugatti, founder and patron of the brand. At the same time Bugatti is celebrating the successful completion of its Legends Edition. Only three vehicles per model will be built. All 18 vehicles were sold out even before the final model was unveiled.
With this edition Bugatti honors important personalities and cars in its company history. One year ago, the super sports car manufacturer presented the Legends model "Jean-Pierre Wimille" in California to inaugurate the series. The "Jean Bugatti" then followed at the IAA in Frankfurt and the "Meo Costantini" at the Dubai Motorshow. Continuing the series, this year saw the world première of the "Rembrandt Bugatti" at the Automobile Salon in Geneva and "Black Bess" at Auto China in Peking. Bugatti completed the series with the presentation of the final Legend "Ettore Bugatti" at the Monterey Car Week in California just a few weeks ago.
"The Legends edition is an impressive part of the Veyron's success story. Now the car has reached the finishing straight. Fewer than 20 cars are available for customers," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
The most powerful, fastest and most expensive production super sports car in the world is limited to 450 units in total - 300 coupés, which are already sold out, and 150 roadsters. After all Veyrons have been built, Bugatti will start the next chapter.
"The next Bugatti will, without compromise, again take its position at the very top of the automotive world," said Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer in front of more than 1,000 Group Night guests. "The world's most demanding automobile connoisseurs will continue to find the automotive grail at Bugatti."

New Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4, a Stunning concept that must become reality.

Pioneering a new vision of mobility: First Lamborghini Plug-in Hybrid technology demonstrator
  • First plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology demonstrator providing a new Lamborghini cruising experience with superior power, daily drivability and comfort
  • Hybrid system power: V10 5,2 l naturally aspirated engine combined with three electric motors delivers a total power of 669 kW/910 hp, enough for acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 3.0 s and a top speed of 320 km/h
  • CO2 emissions of 98 g/km and 50 km pure electric range
  • Breakthrough technological architecture in an innovative carbon fiber monocoque with a body designed in a new, unexpected and sensual way, respecting Lamborghini heritage
Automobili Lamborghini unveils its first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology demonstrator, the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4, making its world debut at the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. Clearly a Lamborghini, Asterion is a conceptual car housing a plug-in hybrid powertrain designed to Lamborghini objectives: The Asterion defines a solution to significantly reducing CO2 emissions through technologies available today, guaranteeing the unique Lamborghini driving feel with a smooth and reactive driveability and with superior power, including an exceptional pure electric range of 50 km.

Conceived and developed entirely in-house by Lamborghini, the Asterion LPI 910-4 takes the design and cutting-edge engineering expertise found in the current Lamborghini product range, adding innovative hybrid technology, creating thus a Lamborghini that is clearly different – with a new, unexpected and sensual design, in line with the technical characteristics of the car – but yet is still unmistakeably a Lamborghini.

The Rationale
Asterion is a technology demonstrator representing a Lamborghini model that could be realistically produced today, using technologies currently available and drawing on Lamborghini's own expertise.

"Lamborghini is always looking ahead, investing in new technologies and setting new benchmarks, delivering the unexpected," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.

"Lamborghini continues to focus on weight reduction as a means to reducing CO2, for example through the investment in carbon fiber engineering, which also contributes to our quest for the best super sports car handling and performance. To significantly reduce emissions on a car in this moment however, plug-in electrification is the best option for us, because for Lamborghini such a car must still provide a truly emotional driving experience. In the Asterion this is guaranteed through a naturally aspirated engine that is combined with PHEV technology, which not only offers exceptionally low CO2 emissions of 98 g/km, but a practical pure electric driving range of 50 km.

The Asterion LPI 910-4 is a true Lamborghini: emotional, with a stunning design, powerful, yet conceived more for comfortable luxury daily cruising than for ultimate track performance."

The Plug-in Hybrid solution and Performance
For the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4, a PHEV solution is the clear Lamborghini choice. The Asterion provides all-important urban driving under purely electric power, a significant range of 50 km for the car when powered only by battery energy, and the emotion and power of a naturally aspirated Lamborghini engine for a unique driving experience.

Fuel consumption is 4,12 l/100 km combined cycle (NEDC). The weight of the hybrid technology is 250 kg. The Asterion's objective of significantly reducing C02 emissions, while maintaining an engaging and emotional Lamborghini cruising experience, is achieved with exceptional CO2 emissions of 98 g/km.

Based on a monocoque made entirely of carbon fibre, a V10 5.2 liter FSI engine is located longitudinally as a mid-engine, as in Lamborghini super sports cars. The extremely fast shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is located behind the engine at the rear transaxle. The housing of the powerful lithium battery is placed longways in the central tunnel area, normally reserved for the transmission. This allows for better balance of the car and also protects the battery area in case of lateral crash impact.

The Asterion's hybrid architecture is realized with an electric motor incorporating an integrated starter motor and generator (ISG) which is placed between the V10 engine and the double clutch gearbox, and two electric motors at the front axle fed by the ISG power with a torque vectoring function. This system allows the Asterion two different driving modes: in hybrid mode it is combining the V10 engine with the three electric motors guaranteeing a permanent four-wheel drive without being dependent on the battery's state of charge. In pure electric drive mode only the two electric motors in the front are used.

The V10 5.2 l longitudinally-placed, naturally aspirated mid-engine provides a maximum power output of 449 kW (610 hp) with 560 Nm of maximum torque available. Combined with the three electric motors providing a further 220 kW (300 hp), total hybrid power is achievable to a maximum of 669 kW (910 hp). The combined action of the two propulsion systems ensures an exceptional dynamic impulse: acceleration of 0-100 km/h takes place in 3.0 seconds. With a top hybrid/combined speed of 320 km/h the Asterion LPI 910-4 also reaches up to 125 km/h under pure electric power. More importantly for city driving the Asterion has a pure electric range of 50 km, putting it top of the class for hybrid super sports cars.

The new Inspiration for Design

The Exterior Design
The Blue Elektra glittered colour of the Asterion as well as the new design language reflect the technological concept behind the car.

Designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile, the Asterion contains the unmistakeable Lamborghini DNA and heritage and yet is clearly different from the existing Lamborghini super sports car models. The Asterion touches new boundaries, with an innovative and unexpected design language which explores curves and sensuality, smooth transitions from panel to panel, and few sharp edges. The result is a pure, essential design.

The Asterion, like all Lamborghini cars, has clearly defined lines, separating flat planes from the side of the car and distinguishing between panels. Light and shadow accentuate the volumes of the car, highlighting the muscularity of Asterion yet giving the car a more slender elegance.

The front end of the car is produced as a single component, giving the Asterion a dynamic look, emphasised through the positioning of its four 'eyes with eyebrows': headlights are realized in materials including forged carbon and titanium.

The front air intakes are characterized by an active air cooling system which uses a double layered grid for the first time in a Lamborghini: one metal and one titanium grid are embedded into each other, one containing the Y leitmotiv and the other the hexagon theme, creating a tri dimensional effect and standing out against the body colour.

The powerful rear end stands out for its shape and remarkable rear lights, including a grid covering two radiators, and a clear separation between body colour and black parts. A transparent engine cover in the rear is an aesthetic detail linking to the hybrid technology beneath, comprised of three hexagonal glasses that turn according to the engine driving mode: pure electric, hybrid power or pure thermal engine power.

The Pirelli tyres are fitted to 20" and 21" rims in carbon components, and surrounded by welldefined mudguards embedded within the body of the car that contribute to the muscular road presence of the Asterion.

The Asterion's doors are large, opening outwards and permit easy access to the car's interior. Creating an ergonomically spacious cabin for the car's occupants with a comfortable seating position, the angle of the black A Pillars gives a more vertical windshield and a higher head clearance, while visually extending the front of the car, which includes a luggage compartment. Thus the interior of the Asterion guarantees an appropriate roominess for the passengers.

A lit tricolore flag on the door reminds of Asterion's Italian heritage and a discreet Raging Bull shield is embedded in the side of the car.

The Interior Design
The clear, minimal and modern interior of the Asterion reflects the exterior design yet with a classic look and feel. Internally, the two seats are positioned higher than those in Lamborghini super sports cars, ensuring a car for comfortable every day cruising rather than extreme performance and handling.

Extensive Bianco Celaeno (ivory) and Marrone Attis (brown) leather immediately confirm the luxurious drive experience of the Asterion with an elegance from combining materials including aluminium and forged carbon fibre, as well as titanium that is also visible in the iconic three spoke steering wheel design drawn from the Miura. However, the Asterion's steering wheel also includes three buttons from which the driver selects his engine driving mode: Zero – for zero emissions/full electric; I for 'Ibrido' (hybrid); and T for 'Termico (thermal) power. Finally, a portable tablet allows the car's occupants to manage climate control and other functions including GPS and in-car infotainment.

The Name
Asterion LPI 910-4 – LP stands for 'longitudinale posteriore', the position of the conventional engine, I stands for 'ibrido', 910 for the system power and 4 for the permanent 4WD system – is the new concept of a new kind of dream car designed by Lamborghini starting from an intuition: the key for anticipating the future lies in a transformation and hybridisation of Lamborghini's own DNA.

With the Asterion, a hyper cruiser is born: a mix of elegance with the pure seduction offered by driving a Lamborghini, a car whose powerful engine meets the sustainability of hybrid technology, thanks also to its lightweight chassis in carbon fiber.

The Lamborghini Asterion is inspired by a legend: Asterion is the proper name of the mythical Minotaur, a hybrid figure and symbolic crossbreed telling a story of the powerful fusion between intellect and instinct, part man and part bull, creating an ever powerful archetype Thus, Lamborghini sticks to its tradition of giving its models a name taken from the world of bulls, but at the same time adding an innovative element, a hybrid DNA: the strength of a bull delivered by the naturally aspirated engine is combined with the human rationale delivered by the hybrid technology.

This is how Lamborghini prepares for the future with the Asterion, the first hyper cruiser.

Vauxhall/Opel's Mokka goes stateside and gets a new name, the TRAX/

New Chevy small SUV positioned to be strong competitor in growing segment
Chevrolet announced today that its newest U.S. model, the Trax, will start at $20,995.
Offering compact-car maneuverability with SUV style, space and versatility, the Trax will come equipped with a standard 1.4L turbocharged engine providing an EPA estimated 26 city and 34 highway mpg, 10 air bags, MyLink infotainment with a seven-inch touch screen, rearview camera, remote keyless entry and a 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat and fold-down front passenger seat offering more than 48 cubic feet of cargo space. 

Additional features offered include a $1,500 all-wheel-drive option – available on all trim levels – making Trax the most affordable AWD model in the Chevrolet portfolio; remote start and segment-exclusive OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Trax will also be the first in its class to offer Siri Eyes Free connectivity for compatible iPhone users.
The Trax is Chevrolet’s seventh small vehicle launch in four years. During that time, the brand’s share of the small-, compact- and mini-car segments has more than tripled.
“Trax is positioned to be a strong competitor in the emerging small-SUV market, which is expected to grow more than 80 percent in the next few years,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of car marketing.
The Trax, which goes on sale in January 2015, will be available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. It is already sold in 66 markets around the world with total sales of 155,000 to date. 

USA - XC90 T6 AWD Momentum and Inscription deliver a true next-generation, luxury SUV experience

Volvo Cars, as part of the reveal of the all-new XC90, recently announced its new trim level structure – Momentum, Inscription and R-Design –offering a tailored experience at every level. Momentum provides a well-appointed vehicle designed to meet and exceed the needs of most customers. Inscription is crafted specifically for customers that hold an additional appreciation for craftsmanship, and desire increased comfort with exclusive features. R-Design rounds out the group and delivers a sporty and dynamic aura.

Both the XC90 T6 AWD Momentum and XC90 T6 AWD Inscription will feature an extensive list of standard elements that will revolutionize the luxury SUV segment. Standard feature highlights include:
Interior – less clutter with intuitive interactions
  • Revolutionary HMI user experience with 9” Sensus touch screen center display in portrait orientation with natural speech voice control
  • Best-in-class cargo capacity at 85.7 cu.ft.
  • 7 passenger seating with spacious, class-leading 3rd row legroom
Exterior – Scandinavian luxury and design
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 19” 10-Spoke alloy wheels (Momentum)
  • LED Fog Lamp with Corner Illumination
Safety – advancements from the industry’s leader
  • Collision avoidance with Volvo’s renowned latest City Safety package, including pedestrian and cyclist detection (day and night)
  • Road edge detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Roll Stability Control with inflatable curtain airbags
  • Next-generation Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS)
  • Volvo On Call, including remote lock/unlock, send to car and vehicle tracking, with smartphone app
Versatility – effortless and uncomplicated functionality
  • Keyless entry and drive
  • Rear park assist camera
  • Hands-free, power tailgate
In addition to the above, the T6 Inscription carries a set of distinctive standard features including:
  • LED headlights with active bending lights, auto high-beam and the iconic Thor’s hammer daytime running lights
  • Front grille in silver matte
  • Fine Nappa leather upholstery, dash top and upper door panels
  • Exclusive Linear Walnut inlays
  • 20” 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • Ventilated and heated front seating
  • 12.3” digital instrument display
A number of luxury add-ons are available for an upgraded experience, including:
  • LED headlights (standard in Inscription, optional package on Momentum)
  • 12.3” digital instrument display (standard in Inscription, optional package on Momentum)
  • 360 degree surround view camera
  • Park assist pilot
  • Adaptive cruise control with pilot assist
  • Bowers & Wilkins state-of-the-art sound system (1400 watts, 19 speakers including integrated subwoofer)
  • 20” 5-spoke alloy wheels (Momentum)
  • 21” 8-spoke alloy wheels diamond cut (Inscription)
The T6 AWD Momentum starts at $48,900. The T6 AWD Inscription carries a MSRP of $54,500. Additional details and pricing will follow on other announced variants including the T6 R-Design and T8 twin engine plug-in hybrid.
Pre-orders open
Volvo dealers are taking pre-orders on the all-new XC90 now. Volvo’s release of 1,927 First Edition XC90s, which were offered for sale exclusively online, sold out in 47 hours, with the U.S. selling the most of any market.

BMW has a stand full of new and improved cars at the Paris Motor Show.

German premium carmaker BMW is taking to the stage at the 2014 Paris Motor Show with the latest results of its ongoing model push, revealing even more ways to experience the brand’s hallmark driving pleasure. Europe’s most important car show of the year, which opens to the public from 4 – 19 October 2014, will host the world premieres of two new models: the BMW 2 Series Convertible and the new BMW X6. Also on display in the French capital are the new four-cylinder diesel engines for the BMW 5 Series, an exclusive special edition of the BMW 7 Series luxury Sedan, and innovations from BMW ConnectedDrive. Paris also provides the venue for the French premiere of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and groundbreaking BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.
The new arrivals underline the expertise of BMW in the development of fresh new vehicle concepts and pioneering drive system technology, as well as its success in breaking into new segments. The BMW 2 Series Convertible and new BMW X6 are the successors to two trailblazing models: the world’s first open-top model in the premium compact segment and the inaugural Sports Activity Coupe. Elsewhere in the BMW range, a new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines will see the BMW 518d and BMW 520d further increasing their lead in terms of efficiency at the premium end of the executive class. Representatives from the BMW Group’s new engine family also help to bring superior sporting ability and exemplary fuel economy and emissions to the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. Combining BMW’s customary driving pleasure with impressive interior functionality, this new model sees BMW opening up additional target groups in the premium compact segment.

World premiere: the BMW 2 Series Convertible.
Sporty, elegant lines, an ultra-intense open-top driving experience and dynamic ability outstripping that of its premium compact rivals are the standout characteristics of the BMW 2 Series Convertible, which will celebrate its world premiere at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The BMW 2 Series Convertible takes driving pleasure into a new dimension for a drop-top model in this class. The four-seater is the successor to the BMW 1 Series Convertible and builds wholeheartedly on the strengths of the most successful premium car in its class. Eye-catching, graceful design and a low waistline – which emphasises the car’s “boat deck” character with the roof down – serve up a distinctive appearance and a refreshing brand of open-air driving pleasure. The electrically operated soft-top optimises acoustic comfort and can be opened or closed in 20 seconds when travelling at up to 50 km/h (31 mph). The impressive torsional stiffness of the body structure and further developed chassis technology deliver a noticeable increase in agility, while the new engine line-up combines enhanced sporting ability with outstanding efficiency.

The BMW 2 Series Convertible also offers innovative equipment features as well as increased space, comfort and functionality and a more premium character for the interior. The range of BMW ConnectedDrive features also includes an exclusive new addition: the BMW 2 Series Convertible is the first model to offer the new-generation Navigation system Professional, which allows navigation data to be updated “over the air” via the embedded SIM card.
World premiere: the new BMW X6.
The new edition of the BMW X6 captures the imagination with its even more potent presence, the extroverted athleticism of its design, standout performance, luxurious interior design and innovative equipment features. Its standard equipment goes well beyond that of the previous model and includes bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, automatic tailgate operation, the eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission, leather trim, two-zone climate control and the Driving Assistant package from BMW ConnectedDrive. The exclusive style of the Sports Activity Coupe can also be given even greater depth with the help of the M Sport package, Design Pure Extravagance option and model-specific features from BMW Individual.

Three powerful and efficient engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology will be available from the launch of the new BMW X6. All model variants come as standard with the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. Customers looking to sharpen the dynamics or enhance the comfort of their X6 can also specify the optional Dynamic adaptive suspension package, Comfort adaptive suspension package or Professional adaptive suspension package with Dynamic Damper Control, air suspension for the rear axle, Dynamic Performance Control and Dynamic Drive active roll stabilisation.
French premiere: the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer brings a combination of spaciousness and comfort, hallmark BMW dynamics, style and elegance to the premium compact class. The new model – presented in France for the first time – has compact dimensions (length: 4,342 millimetres, width: 1,800 millimetres, height: 1,555 millimetres) yet offers a raised seating position, a variable rear seat bench and a generously sized boot (468–1,510 litres).

In order to meet the highest standards in terms of spaciousness, variability and functionality, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has a cutting-edge front-wheel-drive system. Engines with three or four cylinders promise the driving pleasure and exemplary efficiency for which BMW is renowned.
New generation of engines for the BMW 5 Series, new efficiency benchmark at the premium end of the executive class.
With the introduction of a new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines, the BMW 5 Series Sedan and BMW 5 Series Touring are set to further extend their lead in terms of efficiency at the premium end of the executive class. The new 2.0-litre units with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology boost the output of both the new BMW 518d and the new BMW 520d by an extra 5 kW. At the same time, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the EU test cycle fell by up to 0.4 litres per 100 kilometres / 10 grams per kilometre. For example, the new BMW 520d Sedan with optional eight-speed Steptronic transmission burns just 4.5–4.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres [62.8–68.9 mpg imp] (CO2 emissions: 119–109 g/km; depending on the tyre format fitted).

BMW Concept X5 eDrive: innovative hybrid technology meets intelligent all-wheel drive.
The BMW Concept X5 eDrive presents an innovative recipe for further reducing the fuel consumption and emissions of a Sports Activity Vehicle. The study car combines familiar driving pleasure – courtesy of the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system – and a luxurious ambience with a plug-in hybrid drive concept. The latter offers drivers the sporting flair for which BMW is renowned, all-electric driving at up to 120 km/h (75 mph) and average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of under 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres (upwards of 74 mpg imp). As such, the Concept X5 eDrive represents an impressive example of the effectiveness of the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy. The drive system under the skin of the BMW Concept X5 eDrive comprises a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor. The concept car’s lithium-ion battery can be charged quickly and safely from any conventional domestic power socket or a BMW i Wallbox.

Bringing alluring exclusivity to the French market: the BMW 7 Series Individual Final Edition.
With its unique combination of high-quality options from BMW Individual, the BMW 7 Series Individual Final Edition – designed specially for the French market – sets another new exclusivity benchmark in the luxury sedan segment. The extra features offered by the special-edition model include BMW Individual paintwork and a harmoniously composed blend of interior fixtures and fittings. The BMW Individual fine-grain Merino full-leather trim with piping in a contrasting colour, BMW Individual roof liner in Alcantara and high-gloss BMW Individual Piano Finish Black interior trim elements lend the interior an exceptionally stylish ambience and luxurious sense of well-being.

French premiere: the BMW i8 – a sports car of the future and the first series-produced car with laser headlights.
An array of pioneering technological features come together in the BMW i8 to imbue it with “sports car of the future” character. The groundbreaking design of the i8 is based on the LifeDrive vehicle architecture developed for BMW i, which combines a passenger cell made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and an aluminium chassis accommodating the drive system, high-voltage battery, suspension components, and crash and structural functions. The drive system powering the BMW Group’s first plug-in hybrid model combines BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with BMW eDrive technology to deliver the performance characteristics of a powerful sports car with fuel economy and emissions more familiar from a small car.

The i8 package also includes mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive developed specifically for BMW i and innovative 360° ELECTRIC services. Added to which, the BMW i8 is the world’s first series-produced car that can be ordered with laser headlights as an option.
New from BMW ConnectedDrive: over-the-air navigation data update, LTE technology and the BMW i Remote app for data exchange between the BMW i8 and a smart watch.
The BMW ConnectedDrive line-up has been expanded to include new functions and technologies that make intelligent connectivity even more convenient. For example, the latest generation of the Navigation system Professional now allows an over-the-air map data update. The maps are updated via a mobile phone connection – at no cost to the user – thanks to the SIM card fitted in the car. In order to ensure an extremely fast and reliable data transfer for these and other BMW ConnectedDrive functions, the SIM card built into BMW models will in future meet the LTE (Long Term Evolution) high-speed mobile standard.

The BMW i Remote app has been developed specifically to allow convenient data sharing between drivers and their electrically powered cars. The app can be used on either a smartphone or a smart watch via specific interfaces. The 2014 Paris Motor Show will see the presentation of the BMW i Remote app link designed to handle data transfer between the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car and a Samsung GALAXY Gear smart watch. This will allow BMW i8 drivers to access all of the important information on the status of their car on their wrist, transfer information including navigation data and addresses, and remotely activate preconditioning of the car’s interior temperature.
Sporty cruising, dynamic touring, top performance, zero-emission riding pleasure: BMW Motorrad presents the new BMW R 1200 R, the new BMW R 1200 RS and the new BMW S 1000 RR, along with the BMW C evolution maxi scooter.
BMW Motorrad adds to the BMW Group’s presence at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2014 with a trio of spectacular new models. On show are two boxer bikes – the BMW R 1200 R and BMW R 1200 RS – along with the latest version of the BMW S 1000 RR superbike. The BMW R 1200 R roadster now boasts better touring capability and dynamic performance than ever, while the BMW R 1200 RS sports tourer is the perfect all-rounder for travel and sport. Both models are driven by the latest iteration of the classic flat-twin boxer engine. As well as ABS and Automatic Stability Control (ASC), standard specification also includes the two riding modes “Rain” and “Road”. Among the available options are Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), making the new BMW R 1200 R ideal not only for relaxed cruising but equally for flitting along country roads. The new BMW R 1200 RS, meanwhile, is designed both for dynamic riding pleasure and for touring as a twosome.

The latest-generation BMW S 1000 RR raises the bar in the super-sports bike segment. With an increase in output of 4 kW and a reduction in weight of 4 kg, a new frame structure and optimised chassis geometry, the new model comes with further improved performance characteristics for a compelling ride on country roads and when put through its paces on the race track. The new BMW S 1000 RR can be optionally specified with the further developed electronic suspension system Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) and is, moreover, the first super-sports bike to offer the option of electronic cruise control.
On the urban mobility front, BMW Motorrad’s portfolio now features a forward-looking new model in the shape of the all-electric BMW C evolution. This first zero-emission vehicle endowed with the riding fun and dynamic performance of a BMW Motorrad maxi scooter impresses with its high degree of everyday practicality and its eloquent design. The signature attribute of the BMW C evolution is its agile handling, which comes courtesy of the electric motor’s spontaneous power delivery. A high-performance lithium-ion battery allows for zero-local-emission riding pleasure with a range of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) under everyday conditions.
Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2 emissions und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html. LeitfadenCO2 (GuidelineCO2) (PDF ‒ 2.7 MB)