Varied range of M Performance Parts for the new members of the BMW X model family.

Munich. The three latest additions to the BMW X model
family, the BMW X2 (combined fuel consumption: 6.2-4.5 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 142–119 g/km)*, the BMW X3 (combined fuel
consumption: 8.4-5.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 193–140 g/km)*
and the BMW X4 (combined fuel consumption: 7.3-5.4 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 173–142 g/km)*, combine a sporty, elegant appearance
with outstanding driving dynamics properties. Thanks to the extensive
range of M Performance Parts from the program of Original BMW
Accessories, each of these product features can be adapted to the
owner’s personal taste and given greater emphasis.

Development of M Performance Parts always draws on the vast racing
expertise of BMW M GmbH. All components are perfectly matched – both
with each other and with the specific properties of each model. In
addition to accentuating interior and exterior design, many of the
M Performance Parts also meet functional criteria and enhance
lightweight construction, for example.

Refined looks based on details inspired by motor racing.

M Performance lettering is one particularly effective way of
creating a visual highlight. Designed to ensure an ideal match with
the model in question, the side lettering in Frozen Black underscores
the sporty character of the vehicle, in particular emphasising the
dynamic proportions of the body. In addition to the side lettering,
the appearance of the BMW X3 and BMW X4 can be further refined with
the front lettering in high-gloss black – matching the other front
attachment parts for these two models, which also feature a high-gloss
finish. M Performance front radiator grilles in high-gloss black are
available for the BMW X2. These have the same geometry as the standard
grilles but are much more visually striking, thereby underscoring the
vehicle’s sporty flair and dynamic performance.

The M Performance exterior mirror caps in carbon fibre are another
eye-catcher available for all three series. They are crafted
elaborately by hand from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). With
several coating layers and finished with a high-gloss polish, the
carbon fibre caps have a depth effect which gives them a compelling appearance.

Sporty, elegant refinement on the inside.

The interior of the BMW X2, BMW X3 and BMW X4 can also be
enhanced for additional sporty flair by means of select details, while
at the same time increasing feel-good comfort on board. The M
Performance floor mats are a potential contributing factor here. They
are made of velour velvet with a leather-look surround and contrasting
decorative seams. Their soft material makes them especially gentle on
shoe heels. The front mats for driver and passenger bear the M
Performance branding.

The M Performance steering wheel ensures the driver of a BMW X2, BMW
X3 or BMW X4 retains a perfect grip on everything. It has distinct,
specially lined grip areas which are covered with Alcantara. This
microfibre fabric similar to suede is exceptionally pleasant to the
touch in all temperatures and provides an optimum hold. The upper and
lower part of the steering wheel are also covered in high-quality
leather, as is the accompanying steering wheel trim panel. A red
motorsports marking in the 12 o’clock position emphasises the car’s
dynamic qualities, as does the silver-grey, hand-sewn cross-stitch
seam. Steering wheel trim panels are also optionally available for the
BMW X3 and BMW X4 in carbon fibre/leather, with central clasp in
either open-pore or high-gloss carbon fibre.

Shift paddles at the steering wheel enable the driver to change gear
without taking their hands off the steering wheel, thereby
facilitating vehicle control even when driving in dynamic style. For
the BMW X3 and BMW X4 with this feature on board, the shift paddles
are available in high-gloss carbon fibre. They are covered in an
extremely fine carbon mesh, enhanced with a PUR finish and a
high-gloss polish, and also feature plus and minus symbols in anodised red.

Extensive range of attractive summer complete wheel sets.

Much of a vehicle’s design is perceptibly dominated by its
wheel/tyre combination. This is why adaptations in this area have
traditionally been among the most popular customisation measures in
the automotive sector. This also accounts for the wide range available
as part of the BMW M Performance Parts program. The 20-inch summer
complete wheel set Styling 717 M is available for the BMW X2, for
example. The matt black finish of this light alloy wheel,
weight-optimised by means of flowforming technology (rolled rim well)
adds a particularly striking touch of sporty flair. The 19-inch M
Performance light alloy wheel Double Spoke 698 M in Orbit Grey is
available as a summer complete wheel set for the BMW X3 and BMW X4.
The exclusive finish and visible wheel bolts are key contributing
factors to an impressive appearance here. The 21-inch forged wheel Y
Spoke 701 M Bicolor is currently the largest wheel in the program of
Original BMW Accessories for the BMW X3 and BMW X4. It also has a
rolled rim well, and it weighs some two kilograms less than a
similarly designed cast wheel in the same format: this is because of
the special manufacturing process used. The Bicolor look with black as
the background colour and the burnished finish on the visible side
make for a very eye-catching impression, especially due to the
high-quality clear finish.

Light installations for a highly effective appearance.

One discreet customisation option that also adds a definite
touch of exclusivity at the same time are the BMW LED door projectors.
They replace the standard entry light and project a graphic onto the
ground when the door is opened. The selection of motifs include the
BMW M logo as well as various motifs from an M Performance slide set.

* The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on the ECE test
cycle, dependent on tyre format.

BMW X2 (combined fuel consumption: 6.2-4.5 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 142–119 g/km)

BMW X3 (combined fuel consumption: 8.4-5.3 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 193–140 g/km)

BMW X4 (combined fuel consumption: 7.3-5.4 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 173–142 g/km)

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Aerodynamic changes to the BMW M4 DTM promise even more excitement for the 2018 season.

At BMW Motorsport in Munich (GER) preparations for the 2018
DTM season, which gets underway at Hockenheim (GER) on
5th May, are in full swing. The BMW engineers spent the
winter break reworking the BMW M4 DTM in line with the
specifications for the new technical regulations. The changes could
be headlined as “less is more”: downforce has been reduced by one
third. As a result, there is now even more focus on the drivers



Some of the modifications are immediately obvious. The side channel
of the BMW M4 DTM has been simplified and the side plate below the
doors has been removed. In future only one “aero flick” will be used
on each side at the front of the car – and that is smaller than its
equivalents from last season. The engineers have adjusted the front
skirt to suit. The basic geometry of the rear has been retained, but
some detail simplifications were made in terms of aerodynamics. The
overall result: much less downforce and reduced drag which, depending
on the track, will lead to higher top speeds.

Under the bonnet of the BMW M4 DTM the third element of the front
axle has been dropped for 2018 meaning that there are only four
conventional side springs, one per wheel. As a result, the BMW M4 DTM
will move more under braking in 2018. In combination with the aero
adjustments, this means that there will now be much more focus on the
drivers’ vehicle control.

Due to the reduced downforce the drivers will have to brake earlier
and accelerate later, on exiting the turn so they will have to “work”
on the steering wheel for longer in the turns before they can put
their foot down again.

While no modifications were allowed to be made to the V8 engine
itself, the BMW Motorsport engineers were able to make improvements in
the area of drive. In collaboration with Premium Technology Partner
Shell, further optimisations were made to oil use.

“I’m excited to take to the track in the 2018 version of the BMW M4
DTM,” said BMW DTM driver Bruno Spengler. “The less downforce a racing
car has, the more challenging it is to drive it at the limit. It will
be exciting for the engineers to find the perfect set-up. The
mechanical grip of the car will be more important than ever.”

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The new MINI Folding Bike. Riding pleasure with a twist.

Munich. Spring is just around the corner and with it
the start of the cycling season; the first warm rays of sun beckon you
to explore the great outdoors by pedal power. The new version of the
MINI Folding Bike presented by the brand in time for the new season is
a true all-rounder that is sure to appeal to design fans and MINI
enthusiasts alike. The collapsible two-wheeler can be quickly loaded
into any car boot with ease, and provides a flexible, comfortable and
contemporary means of getting around. Whether it’s a short ride
through town or an excursion through the countryside, riding pleasure
is guaranteed.

Functionality and design.

The new MINI Folding Bike offers supreme functionality combined with
a contemporary design. It features an ingenious mechanism that allows
the high-quality, lightweight aluminium frame to be collapsed and
unfolded again in a matter of seconds. This means the bike can be
downsized into its space-saving form quickly and easily, and stowed
inside the practical transport bag. The matt dark-grey frame with
silver-coloured accents and MINI Wing Logo on the crossbar creates a
very classy, modern look. The saddle and handlebar grips in
cognac-coloured leather put the finishing touches to the design and
ensure the new MINI Folding Bike a visual treat.

Technical details and availability.

A padded leather saddle, eight gears and 20-inch wheels make the bike
extremely comfortable to ride, yet it weighs less than eleven
kilograms. The TeflonÒ-coated chain protects against rusting and
stubborn dirt, so it’s ready for action come rain or shine. There are
also mudguards at the front and rear for additional protection from
dirt and water splashes in wet and muddy conditions.

The MINI Folding Bike is available now at and from
selected MINI dealers. It is priced at €650.00 (RRP) and comes fully
assembled and ready to ride. Matching accessories, such as the MINI
Bike Light, can also be found online and at selected MINI dealers.

*The prices listed here are recommended retail prices, and may vary
depending on the market and sales

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BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018 in March.

Munich. In its tenth year, BMW Welt Jazz Award’s
theme is “Jazz moves”. The third and fourth cost-free matinee of the
competition will welcome PUERTA SUR – Tangomoods to perform on March
18 and Andi Kissenbeck’s CLUB BOOGALOO on March 25. These concerts
again take place at BMW Welt’s double-coned structure. After the last
two matinees in April, the BMW Welt Jazz Award jury will pick two
ensembles, which will face each other in the finale on June 9, while
the audience is free to decide their very own favorite’s prize.

A range of songs by the competing bands can be found via Spotify and
the “BMW Welt Jazz Award” playlist:

Zurich-based trio PUERTA SUR with bassist Daniel Schläppi, violinist
Andreas Engler and Argentinian singer Marcela Arroyo uses tango as an
inspiration for their world music. The trio combines European roots,
such as found in Arroyo’s voice schooled in traditional Portuguese
Fado and Engler’s classical sounds and add the fascinating
instrumental improvisations and New Tango arrangements by Schläppi to
create their unique sound. “Tangomoods” – understated, reduced to its
essence and filled with suspense, this musical concept will once again
delight the audience at BMW Welt on March 18.

Born in Bonn and teaching at Munich’s conservatory, pianist Andreas
Kissenbeck is one of Europe’s leading Hammond organ players. His band
named Andi Kissenbeck’s CLUB BOOGALOO has recorded
three albums by now and takes a new look at the musical tradition of
Spanish Harlem, a version of hard bop featuring Latin influences. He
is accompanied by guitarist and singer Thorsten Goods, drummer Tobias
Backhaus and saxophonist Karel Ruzicka. On March 25,
the audience at BMW Welt’s double-coned structure will be experiencing
the band’s multi-faceted program with its take on exploits in funk
music by Jimmy Smith, torrential after-beats of Joey DeFrancesco and
“Boogaloo” as it was interpreted by Lee Morgan.

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018 dates


Matinees: 11 am to c.1:30 pm at the double-coned structure of
BMW Welt:

February 18, 2018         LBT

Febuary 25, 2018        Jukka Eskola Soul Trio

March 18, 2018           PUERTA SUR – Tangomoods. Arroyo/Schläppi/Engler

March 25, 2018           Andi Kissenbeck’s CLUB BOOGALOO

April 8, 2018                Beady Belle

April 22, 2018              BartolomeyBittmann progressive strings Vienna

Admission is free of charge but seating is limited. Tickets are
subject to availability. Doors open at 10.30 am.


Grand finale at the auditorium of BMW Welt
at 7 pm:

June 9, 2018                   Final concert featuring the two
nominated finalists

Tickets for the grand finale on June 9, 2018, will be available as of
February 18, 2018, at BMW Welt and München Ticket.

As in previous years, the programme will be hosted by Beate Sampson,
jazz expert and editor at the German broadcasting station BR-KLASSIK.


The distinguished panel of expert jurors will be headed by
Oliver Hochkeppel (journalist for music and
cultural affairs at the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung) and will
include the following members:

Roland Spiegel, editor at the music desk and jazz
expert at the German broadcasting station Bayerischer Rundfunk BR‑KLASSIK;

Andreas Kolb, editor-in-chief of the magazines
JazzZeitung and neue musikzeitung;

Heike Lies, musicologist, Music and Music Theatre
Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the state capital Munich;

Christiane Böhnke-Geisse, Artistic Director of the
international jazz festival Bingen swingt.

For further questions please contact:

Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49-89-382-247 53

Leonie Laskowski

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-45382

Micaela Sandstede

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Spokesperson BMW Welt

Telephone: +49-89-382-61611



About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment

For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated
and engaged in over 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The company
places the main focus of its long-term commitment on contemporary and
modern art, classical music and jazz as well as architecture and
design. In 1972, three large-scale paintings were created by the
artist Gerhard Richter specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s
Munich headquarters. Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff
Koons, Daniel Barenboim, Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have
co-operated with BMW. In 2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from
China and American John Baldessari created the next two vehicles for
the BMW Art Car Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate
Live, the BMW Art Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin,
Munich and London, the company also partners with leading museums and
art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. The
BMW Group takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural
activities – as this initiative is as essential for producing
groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations in a
successful business.

Further information:





BMW Welt – at the heart of the brand, on the pulse of the city

The BMW Welt welcomes over 3 million visitors per year. With its
pioneering architecture, BMW Welt is the heart of all the brands in
the BMW Group – BMW, the sub-brands BMW M and BMW i, MINI, Rolls-Royce
Motor Cars and BMW Motorrad, which are impressively presented in their
own worlds of experience. But it is not only the exhibitions and the
collection of new vehicles that are highlights for car lovers from all
over the world. Visitors can enjoy a year-round programme of varied
events covering culture, art and entertainment as well as a popular
event location for over 400 external events per year. The various
restaurants of the BMW Welt offer a variety of culinary delights up to
star gastronomy. In the BMW Welt Junior Campus, children and
youngsters can enjoy exciting guided tours and workshops on the themes
of mobility and sustainability.

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2016 was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues
amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group
had a workforce of 124,729 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.





Original Press Release

Fascinating view of history and insight into the “Holy Grail”: BMW Group Classic at Techno Classica 2018.

Munich/Essen. All sorts of anniversaries shape the
action at Techno Classica 2018 in Essen. The world’s most popular
classic car exhibition is providing the meeting point for the
international classic scene for the 30th time. From 21 to 25 March
2018, it offers the ideal frame to celebrate the landmark birthdays of
some outstandingly fascinating models. At Essen, BMW Group Classic is
looking back on the debut of the BMW M1 40 years ago. The mid-engined
sports car with its timeless design and motor-sport history is one of
the milestones in the company’s heritage. Ten years previously, the
BMW 2800 CS had already ushered in the era of “large coupés”. These
models were similarly the defining representative of their era both on
the road and on the race track.

BMW M1: Italian styling, Bavarian engine-building artistry.

The common feature of the BMW M1 and the brand’s large coupés is
their characteristic harmony combining aesthetics and sportiness. The
body styling masterminded by Italian designer Giorgio Giugiaro gave
the BMW M1 – only 1.14 metres in height – an Italian profile. The
car’s inline six-cylinder engine was by contrast a masterpiece from
Munich. Just like the vehicle concept, the drive technology was
conceived to master the challenges on the race track and meet the
requirements for being licensed as a road-going vehicle.

The series version of the BMW M1 generated power of 204 kW/277 hp and
had a top speed of more than 260 km/h, making it the fastest German
road-able sports car. The Procar Series provided part of the programme
for the European Formula 1 World Championship races, and the BMW M1
lined up at the start with an engine packing up to 490 hp.
Turbocharging increased the power to between 850 and 950 hp for racing
in accordance with the regulations for Group 5.

50 years ago: premiere for large coupés in the new style of BMW.

Double headlamps, air scoops on the side panels and a long engine
bonnet characterised the new design style of the BMW brand. The large
coupés epitomised these contours in a particularly attractive way. The
filigree roof line and omission of the B pillar were particularly
effective at transforming the elegant coupé body into an eye-catcher.
Inline six-cylinder engines initially packing 170 hp and later on up
to 206 hp ensured appropriate dynamic performance. The BMW 3.0 CSL was
designed for motor sport as a lightweight version and it was the
flagship model at the top of the range. The two-door automobile bore
the initials for “Coupé, Sport, Lightweight” in the model designation
and went on to become series winner in touring car racing during the
1970s. Six European Championship Titles were achieved with this model
by 1979. The last title was won four years after production of the
series automobile had come to an end.

1968: pioneering spirit in the top range.    

Just like the coupés, the large saloons also celebrated their debut
in 1968. Half a century later, they still epitomise the pioneering
spirt of the age which automaker BMW embraced. The four-door
automobiles were launched in the marketplace four years after
production of the BMW 502 immortalised as the “Baroque Angel” came to
an end. The automobile immediately revealed a completely new style.
The extended contouring, modern equipment features and powerful inline
six-cylinder engines epitomised the combination of elegance, comfort
and sportiness in the luxury range so typical of the brand. The new
start in the prestigious segment began with the models BMW 2500 and
BMW 2800. Subsequent years saw additional engines and versions with an
extended wheelbase and particularly exclusive equipment. In 1975, the
BMW 3.3 Li took over the top spot in the model range with innovative
petrol injection and power of 200 hp.

The Mini Cooper S laid the foundation stone for the triple
victory at the Monte Carlo Rally.

MINI looks back on the birthing hour of a sporting legend at the
Techno Classica 2018. 55 years ago, the Mini Cooper S was launched on
the market to captivate drivers with sporting ambitions and amaze
rally fans. The most powerful version of the classic Mini generated 75
hp following expansion of the capacity. This more than doubled the
power compared with the original model. The little power pack was
extraordinarily successful in motor sport away from metalled roads.
The three overall victories at the Monte Carlo Rally in the years
1964, 1965 and 1967 were absolutely sensational.

Classics are presented in an authentic environment.

The Techno Classica 2018 once again sees BMW Group Classic making use
of the temporary Hall 14 at the eastern entrance to the exhibition
complex for presentation of its anniversary automobiles and lots of
other rare treasures from different eras of automobile and motorcycle
history. The involvement of committed members from a total of 21 BMW
and Mini Clubs guarantees a particularly diverse range of historic vehicles.

The list of classic cars shown in Essen comprises 32 automobiles and
four motorcycles. And an authentic visual environment is ensured. The
headquarters of BMW Group Classic provides the design within the
interior of the exhibition hall. Large-scale images provide views of
the rooms housing the vehicle collection and also the workshop where
many of the exhibited classics originate from.

Additional information on the vehicles exhibited by BMW Group Classic
at Techno Classica 2018 will be published later on in a separate release.

Original Press Release

BMW S 1000 RR racers get their global racing season underway in Australia.

Munich. The winter break is over: The BMW S 1000 RR racers,
together with the BMW Motorrad Motorsport experts, got their 2018
global racing season underway at the weekend. The first races of the
year took place at Phillip Island in Australia, where the MOTUL FIM
Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) and the Australian Superbike
Championship (ASBK) held their season openers. In the WorldSBK,
former MotoGP rider Loris Baz (FRA) made his race debut on the Gulf
Althea BMW team BMW S 1000 RR. In the ASBK, riders Glenn Allerton,
Ted Collins and Tassy Limanis (all AUS) represented BMW Motorrad Motorsport.

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island, Australia.

For the first of a total of 13 rounds of the 2018 MOTUL FIM Superbike
World Championship 2018 (WorldSBK) the Gulf Althea BMW team and the
BMW Motorrad Motorsport experts headed to Phillip Island in southern
Australia. For former MotoGP rider Loris Baz of France, who is new to
the team this season, it was his first race appearance on the BMW S
1000 RR.

After successful testing on Monday and Tuesday, Baz was full of
optimism going into the season opener. However, the Frenchman suffered
a setback on Friday: he injured his shoulder and knee when he fell
during the practice session. As a result he was unable to improve his
practice times and had to compete in Superpole 1, where he qualified
in 14th place on the grid. Despite severe pain in his
shoulder, Baz gritted his teeth. He finished in eleventh place in the
first race on Saturday. He finished ninth in the race two on Sunday to
secure a top 10 result.

Loris Baz:

“Saturday’s race was very tough. I made a strong start and got up to
eighth but many riders were passing me into turn four – I was lacking
the strength going into the right-handers. I tried my best to fight
back and my pace wasn’t that bad but the right-hand turns were a real
problem. The bike performed well and I was happy to score a few points
but this really wasn’t the start I’d hoped for. Sunday’s race was fun.
My shoulder was painful but not as bad as Saturday but I was limited
in what I could do, especially when trying to pass and through the
right-handers. I’m pleased I could finish both races and score a few
points though. Now I will focus on recovering ahead of Thailand.”

Australian Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, Australia.

The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit also hosted the season opener
of the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship 2018 (ASBK). The three
races that were held this weekend were contested by three BMW S 1000
RR riders: Glenn Allerton and Ted Collins (both AUS) of NextGen
Motorsports, and Tassy Limanis (AUS) of Vinnies Racing.

The three-time Australian Superbike Champion Allerton is new to the
NextGen Motorsports team. The season opener didn’t go according to
plan for him however. In the first race on Saturday he retired after a
heavy fall, but he was unscathed and able to compete in races two and
three on Sunday. He crossed the finish line in ninth and eighth places
in those races. His young team-mate Collins finished in
15th, 12th, and 26th place in the
three races, also picking up points. Limanis retired from the first
two races, and crossed the finish line in 33rd place in
race three.

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The BMW Group at the Mobile World Congress 2018.

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The focus on the customer and their requirements underpins the BMW Group’s presentation of the next steps on the road to digital and intelligent connectivity between the driver and vehicle at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, taking place from 26 February – 1 March.

The focus on the customer and their requirements underpins the BMW
Group’s presentation of the next steps on the road to digital and
intelligent connectivity between the driver and vehicle at this year’s
Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, taking place from 26
February –1 March.

  • Another handy digital service will be introduced in 2018 to
    further facilitate seamless connectivity. The BMW Digital
    will make it possible to unlock a BMW using a
    smartphone. What’s more, up to five digital copies of the key can be
    shared with other users.
  • Widespread connectivity will also be an essential requirement for
    autonomous driving inthefuture. In view of this, theoutdoor area of
    the BMW Group stand will feature a BMW i3 in action as part of a
    showcase designed to demonstrate that
    autonomous driving (Level 5) is set to become a
    reality in the not-too-distant future.
  • A new technological approach to full connectivity between
    smartphones and vehicles will also be on show. The eSIM
    will soon make it possible to incorporate the vehicle into
    the user’s existing mobile phone contract, paving the way for a
    whole range of different functions.

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CO2 emission information.

The fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and operating range figures were determined according to the prescribed test procedure in the version applicable at the time of type approval (Regulation No 715/2007). The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and considers the different sizes of the selected wheels/tyres.

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-Emissionen 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

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 07/2018.

Whether in the DTM, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship, or countless other championships: Week after week BMW
teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories
and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large BMW
Motorsport family around the world are also creating headlines. The
“BMW Motorsport News” allows us to regularly summarise all the
action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you
are always up to speed.

DTM: Car numbers for the 2018 season released.

With 79 days remaining to the opening round of the DTM season at
Hockenheim (GER), the numbers that will adorn the cars of the six BMW
DTM drivers have been confirmed. Bruno Spengler (CAN), Marco Wittmann
(GER), Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Timo Glock (GER) will take to the
track with familiar car numbers, as they line up with the same numbers
as last season: 7 for Spengler, 11 for Wittmann, 15 for Farfus, and 16
for Glock. BMW DTM newcomer Philipp Eng (AUT) will start in the number
25 car – a number closely associated with the history of BMW
Motorsport. Back in 1975, the number 25 BMW 3.0 CSL won the 12 Hours
of Sebring (USA). This triumph kick-started the story of BMW
Motorsport in North America. The number is still associated with BMW
in North America today: BMW Team RLL traditionally runs the number 25
car in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC). Up until
2017 that was the BMW M6 GTLM, but it was replaced in 2018 by the BMW
M8 GTE. In 2010, the number 25 played the lead role on the
Nürburgring-Nordschleife: the number 25 BMW M3 GT took victory at the
iconic 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. Eng will now race with the 25
in the DTM. “It is very special for me to have this iconic number on
my BMW M4 DTM. I will line up proudly in the number 25,” said Eng. His
team-mate Joel Eriksson (SWE), another new face in the BMW DTM squad,
opted for the number 47: “I had this number in karting and was crowned
Swedish kart champion with the number 47. That is why I went for 47

FIA WEC: BMW M8 GTE completes next endurance test.

This week, BMW Motorsport continued preparations for entering
the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with an endurance test at
Portimão (POR). BMW works drivers Augusto Farfus (BRA), António Félix
da Costa (POR), Martin Tomczyk (GER), Nick Catsburg (NED) and Philipp
Eng (AUT) all had the chance to take the wheel of the BMW M8 GTE. The
quintet of drivers completed a range of performance tests and set-up
tasks, as well as an endurance run that lasted several hours. The
drivers also had the opportunity to take to the track with LMP1 cars
and gather some experience of dealing with these speedy prototypes.
The season kicks off on 5th May with the six-hour race at
Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), preceded by the WEC Prologue at Le Castellet
(FRA) on 6th and 7th April. The highlight of the season comes with the
24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA), which will take place on 16th/17th June.

IWSC: BMW Team RLL attends test at the “Sebring International Raceway”.

Just three weeks ahead of the second race of the season in the
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC), the iconic 12 Hours of
Sebring (USA), BMW Team RLL has been racking up more kilometres of
testing with the new BMW M8 GTE. Over the course of five test
sessions, two of which took place in the dark, Bobby Rahal’s (USA)
team continued its preparations for the second endurance classic of
the season at the “Sebring International Raceway”. Bill Auberlen
(USA), Connor De Phillippi (USA) and Alexander Sims (GBR) took to the
track in the number 25 BMW M8 GTE at the official IMSA test but an
incident at the end of Friday’s first session saw them unable to
continue with the test. John Edwards (USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and
Colton Herta (USA) were at the wheel of the number 24 car and
continued to gather data for the team. Herta, who took part in the
Formula E rookie test in Marrakech (MAR) for the MS&AD Andretti
Formula E team in mid-January, will be supported by BMW of North
America as a BMW Motorsport Junior in 2018. This was the 17-year-old’s
first outing in a GT car.

International GT Open: BMW Team Teo Martín tests in Barcelona.

BMW Team Teo Martín officially began its preparations for the
new season in the International GT Open last week. The first winter
test of the season took place at the “Circuit de Catalunya” near
Barcelona (ESP). As they did last year, Fran Rueda (ESP) and Lourenço
Beirão da Veiga (POR) took to the track in the BMW M6 GT3. Joining the
team this year is Brazilian Marcio Basso. Over the course of the eight
test sessions, the team, which finished second in the Driver and Team
competitions last year, clocked the third fastest time. The new season
in the International GT Open gets underway on 14th April at Estoril
(POR). Prior to that, another test will take place at “Circuit Paul
Ricard” in Le Castellet (FRA) on 2nd and 3rd March.

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Climbing, running, lifting weights: BMW DTM drivers in final push on fitness.

. In preparation for the upcoming DTM season, the six BMW DTM
drivers got together in

Capezzano Pianore near Viareggio
(ITA) this week. Philipp Eng (AUT), Joel Eriksson (SWE),
Augusto Farfus (BRA), Timo Glock (GER), Bruno Spengler (CAN) and
Marco Wittmann (GER) completed a four-day fitness camp there from
Monday to Thursday. Team doctor

Riccardo Ceccarelli (ITA) and his Formula Medicine team
prepared an extensive and diverse training plan with activities in
the areas of fitness training, reaction training and mental training.

The programme included cardio and strength workouts using various
machines, CrossFit, reaction exercises and concentration exercises, as
well as sports such as climbing and beach volleyball. “The fitness
camp is always a highlight of pre-season preparations,” said Spengler.
“It is fantastic that we all spend time together at the end of the
long winter break. It is perfect for team building ahead of the new
season. Dr. Ceccarelli’s team has become like family to us now. They
come up with new, even more difficult training exercises for our
fitness camp every year. This is how the Doc makes sure that our
fitness improves and we are perfectly prepared for the start of the season.”

The four days in Viareggio were a valuable, very positive experience
for the two new additions to the DTM squad. “The fitness camp was
really cool,” said Eng. “Not only was it good to see where your
physical and mental weaknesses lie, which you need to work on before
the start of the season, but it was also incredible fun to spend a
week with the other guys without the pressure of a race weekend. Our
stomach muscles got a workout from the training sessions and from
laughing so much. And the week was also very physically demanding. You
could tell that we were thinking competitively even here, and everyone
wanted to outdo the others in the training exercises. We were all
dripping with sweat.”

Eriksson said: “During this fitness week I not only learned a lot and
trained hard, I felt like a real member of the BMW DTM family for the
first time. Getting to know my fellow drivers a lot better and growing
together as a team was a great experience. Now I will continue to
prepare for my DTM debut and can’t wait to sit in the BMW M4 DTM for
the first time this year.”

Wittmann will be the first of the six BMW DTM drivers to sit behind
the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM this year. He will be in action in the
test drives at Vallelunga (ITA) from 1st to 3rd
March, thereby marking the critical phase of pre-season preparations.
Eng will also be on site in Italy during the test. The 2018 DTM season
gets underway with the first two races at the Hockenheimring (GER) on
5th and 6th May. During the course of the
season, in addition to the two appearances at Hockenheim for the
season opener and finale, the series will also be in action at the
Lausitzring (GER), in Budapest (HUN), at the Norisring (GER),
Zandvoort (NED), Brands Hatch (GBR), Misano (ITA), the Nürburgring
(GER) and Spielberg (AUT).

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Red Sparrow: BMW 7 Series makes iconic appearance in gripping new movie. BMW is exclusive automotive partner of the spy thriller from 20th Century Fox Film.

Munich. The BMW 7 Series has landed a major Hollywood
role alongside Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow, the new
spy thriller from 20th Century Fox Film, which will open in cinemas on
2 March.

Jennifer Lawrence plays Dominika Egorova, a prima ballerina with
Russia’s world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet. When she suffers a
career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and
uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into
becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence
service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their
bodies and minds as weapons. After the training process, she emerges
as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika
must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands,
with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an
American CIA agent (Joel Edgerton) who tries to convince her he is the
only person she can trust.

The cast also includes British actor and Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons as
a two-faced Russian general; Oscar-nominated actress Charlotte
Rampling as chief instructor of the Sparrow School; Matthias
Schoenaert as head of the Russian Secret Service and Mary-Louise
Parker as a U.S. informant.

The BMW 7 Series accompanies Dominika on her journey from elegant and
graceful prima ballerina to self-assured secret agent. The luxury
sedan reappears at key moments in the plot, including the scene where
Dominika is driven to the secret Sparrow School for the first time.
The drive through the snow-covered Russian landscape, assisted by the
BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, symbolises the
transition from Dominikas’s past to her mysterious, but exciting future.

“We were excited about this suspenseful adaptation of the bestselling
novel Red Sparrow from the beginning. Jennifer Lawrence as Dominika
embodies an elegant and strong agent. The BMW 7 Series and its
positioning suit her character perfectly,” said Uwe Dreher, Head of
Brand Communications BMW.

“We have been working with BMW to find the best project that could
fit the BMW 7 Series,” said Zachary Eller, Executive Vice President,
Marketing Partnerships, 20th Century Fox Film.  “When this
opportunity came around, we were thrilled with the natural fit of
story and car and the ability to complement our campaign with BMW’s marketing.”

The BMW 7 Series Sedan has made numerous appearances in the glamorous
world of secret agents and spy thrillers. Who could forget the
legendary performance of the BMW 750iL in the James Bond film Tomorrow
Never Dies, which caused a sensation back in 1997, with a range of new
technology like a remote control via touchpad phone. In general, BMW
vehicles have a long been featured on the big screen, including in
iconic films like Mission: Impossible and the James
franchises. BMW is also a long-standing partner of the
Directors’ Guild of America, whose annual DGA awards are highly
respected in Hollywood and across the film industry.

As part of the cooperation with 20th Century Fox Film, BMW will be
promoting Red Sparrow widely through its own digital channels and
print campaign.

The film was shot on location in London, Budapest and Vienna between
January and April 2017 and was directed by Francis Lawrence. Red
Sparrow will debut in cinemas on 2 March.

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