Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Performance, BMW In just its first season back in DTM race series, BMW pulled off a trifecta of wins (driver's title, manufacturer title and team title), and the automaker is celebrating with a limited-production commemorative version of the M3 called the DTM Champion Edition. BMW said that only 54 of these cars will be produced starting in February, but it did not say in which markets the car will be available. Included in the car's 99,000 euro (about $130,000 in the States) price is the chance to attend the BMW M Fascination Nordschleife driver training course at the Nürburgring. Designed to look like and celebrate the Team Schnitzer BMW DTM racecar driven by Canadian Bruno Spengler in the 2012 season, the M3 DTM Champion Edition comes exclusively in a Frozen Black metallic paint with matte black wheels and BMW's M stripes running across the carbon roof and decklid. There are fender and rear-quarter-window decals to give it an authentic racecar look. Inside additions include door sill elements that replicate Spengler's helmet design, and his signature and the car's sequence number can be found on the instrument panel's carbon fiber trim. BMW says the car will be sold in "various international markets," but we doubt we'll ever see it on sale in the US. Scroll down for BMW's press release.Continue reading BMW celebrates DTM win with limited edition M3BMW celebrates DTM win with limited edition M3 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Filed under: Aftermarket, Sedan, Performance, Videos, BMW, Luxury German powerhouse tuner AC Schnitzer has spent some time fettling the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, the result being a 360-horsepower 640i sedan with all the restraint of a Mako shark. The additional grunt adds up to 40 hp for the 640i and 47 hp for the 640d, with said grunt made more finely tuned as it rides on Schnitzer's own spring kit and wheels that range from 19 to 21 inches in diameter. Eight-piston calipers up front should provide plenty of stopping power and trademark Schnitzer bits like the prognathous skirting and exhaust tips will let everyone know that this BMW means serious business. Have a read of the press release and check out the video below, and try not to fear it in the gallery of high res photos.Continue reading AC Schnitzer works over BMW's new 6 Series Gran Coupé [w/video]AC Schnitzer works over BMW's new 6 Series Gran Coupé [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Apple returns to the road on June 19 in support of The Idler Wheel ..., her first album in nearly seven years.By James Montgomery Fiona Apple Photo: WireImage Last week, Fiona Apple officially started the comeback clock when she revealed a spate of information about her first album in nearly seven years, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (phew), including the release date, full track list and cover art ... which was drawn by Apple herself. The news came after she had just wrapped a run of small club shows, and had her long-waiting fans hoping that soon there'd be a full-blown tour in support of the disc. Well, one week later, we've got the dates. Beginning on June 19 — the same date The Idler Wheel ... hits stores — Apple will hit the road for a run of shows that will take her across North America. The tour kicks off in Ithaca, New York, and wraps on July 29 at the Hollywood Palladium, and will make stops at iconic venues like Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, historic opera houses, fests like New York's Governors Ball on Randall's Island, and refreshingly few venues named after cell phone brands. Tickets for some dates go on sale as early as Friday, April 13. For more information, check out Apple's official site. Also on Monday (April 9), Apple revealed that the first single off The Idler Wheel ... would be "Every Single Night," one of a handful of new tracks she performed on her recently wrapped mini-tour. The song will be available via iTunes, where fans will also be able to pre-order the album, beginning on April 24. Fiona Apple's 2012 tour dates, according to her reps: » June 19 - Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre » June 20 - Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Opera House » June 22 - Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods » June 23 - Holyoke, MA @ Mountain Park » June 24 - New York, NY @ The Governors Ball Music Festival » June 26 - Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre » June 27 - Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre » June 29 - Danbury, CT @ Ives Concert Park » June 30 - Boston, MA @ Citi Performing Arts Center » July 1 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre » July 3 - Montreal, QC @ Olympia Theatre » July 4 - Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy » July 6 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Cain Park » July 7 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit » July 10 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre » July 11 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre » July 13 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium » July 14 - St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House » July 16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre » July 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC » July 20 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre » July 21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall » July 24 - Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum » July 25 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre » July 26 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall » July 28 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater » July 29 - Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood, Palladium Related Artists Fiona Apple
Filed under: Geneva Motor Show When we say we're obsessive, we mean it. The list below of 90 vehicles that Autoblog covered at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is proof positive that we stand behind our tagline. The Geneva Motor Show is always the biggest international auto show of the year in terms of vehicle debuts, whether they're production cars, forward-thinking concepts or outrageous tuner vehicles. This year we got super-sized helpings of all three. Special thanks go to our crew of five who were on the ground in Geneva, as well as the large support staff here at home who backed them up. We love covering auto shows, and after so many years doing it, we think we've gotten pretty darn good. Look below and you'll see why. PRODUCTION VEHICLES Lamborghini Aventador J Veyron Gran Sport Vitesse 2012 Ferarri F12 Berlinetta Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2013 Porsche Boxster 2012 Ford Fiesta ST 2013 Audi RS4 Avant 2013 Audi A3 2013 Audi TT RS Plus 2012 Volvo V40 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2012 Fiat 500L 2013 Lexus RX 2013 Mini Countryman JCW 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 Kia Cee'd 2012 Ford B-Max 2012 Chevy Cruze Wagon 2013 Ferrari California Aston Martin V12 Zagato Gumpert Apollo Enraged 2012 GTA Spano Pagani Huayra Carbon Koenigsegg Agera R 2012 VW Golf GTI Cabriolet 2013 Hyundai i30 Wagon 2012 Fiat 500 America 2012 VW Polo Blue GT 2012 Toyota Yaris Hybrid Smart Fortwo Brabus EV 2012 Mercedes-Benz CL Grand Edition 2012 Jaguar XKR Artisan Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Artega GT Pano Morgan Plus E 2012 Peugeot 208 Roding Roadster 23 Wiesmann MF3 Final Edition Lotus Exige S Roadster BMW M Performance Parts 2012 BMW M3 DTM Lotus Evora GTE F1 2013 BMW M6 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2012 BMW M550d xDrive 2012 BMW X6 M50d 2012 BMW 6 Gran Coupe 2013 Audi A6 Allroad 2012 Maserati GranTurismo Sport Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Lotus Lola LMP2 Citroen DS3 Racing SL 2012 Dacia Lodgy 2012 Citroen C4 Aircross CONCEPT VEHICLES Bentley EXP 9 F Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Infiniti Emerg-E Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible VW Cross Coupe PHEV Ford Tourneo Custom Nissan Hi-Cross Volkswagen Up! concepts Nissan Invitation Giugiaro Brivido Toyota FT-Bh Bertone Nuccio Citroen DS4 Racing BMW M135i Mini Clubvan Tata Megapixel SsangYong XIV-2 IED Cisitalia 202 E Magna Mila Coupic SBARRO Intensity Valmet Dawn TUNER VEHICLES Ruf Rt 35 Brabus Bullit Coupe 800 Ruf Panamera RXL Mansory McLaren MP4-12C Gemballa McLaren MP4-12C FAB Design MP4-12C Terso TechArt Porsche 911 Mansory Lamborghini Aventador Lumma Design Porsche 911 Hamann Hawk Roadster Hamann memoR Aston Martin Virage by Q AC Schnitzer ACS5 Alpina B5 Biturbo Sedan We obsessively covered the 2012 Geneva Motor Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 Mar 2012 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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