For those of us shopping armored vehicle, this one is also bulletproof and blast proof.
The materials used to make the BMW X5 Protection VR6 go through rigorous testing. Being shot by all sorts of bullets and being blow up from many different angles are just the start. Reworking the electro-mechanical bits such as DSC to handle the added defenses. On the offensive side, there is the familiar 4.4L twin turbo V8, reinforced 20 inch tires, and an intercom for communication. Impressively, very little outside noise that gets into the cabin.
30mm thick glass and 4mm armored steel plating give these vehicle in the ballistic rating 6 category. This classification offer protection from high powered rifles such as the 5.56×45 and 7.62×39. In addition to this level of protection, BMW literally blows them up with the equivalent of 33 pounds of TNT at a distance of 13 feet.
Further reading on BMW’s X5 Protection VR6 can me found here.
eimports4Less can help with your day-to-day X5 or other high end luxury vehicles.
While not a full redesign, BMW is making some upgrades to the 2017 i3. The first comes in the form of larger 94 Ah cells instead of the 60 Ah in older models. The new cells are physically the same size but generate a larger capacity by an increase in density. The 2017 model produces 33 kWh, up from 22 kWh. In the end, range specs are 114 miles on all electric and 180 miles with range extender.
Additional changes include the Protonic Blue form the i8, larger 2.4 gallon Range Extender tank, as well as the moonroof that wasn’t available in the US market. The moonroof features individual shades separated by center console, but is a single piece that tilts and opens.
According to J.D. Power, the quality of 3 year old vehicles have increased 4% from last year. Overall vehicle dependability continues to improve. The most problematic areas have been voice recognition, transmission shifting, and battery failure. Strong dependability scores contribute to higher residual values. AAA says a majority of calls for roadside assistance come from vehicles older that 10 years. Common problems are battery, engine cooling, and tire related. With the U.S. average car aged at 12 years old, the chances of a brake down are twice as likely in vehicles over 10 years old compared to newer vehicles. While maintenance will help your vehicle prolong its lifespan, new cars are simply being made better. The BMW 5 series and BMW X3 are leaders in their segments, while German brands as a whole are all above industry standard.
The NYC based clothing and skateboarding company known for its short production run items is releasing one of its most anticipated accessories. This time they have teamed up with Hot Wheels for a Team Transport release. The set will consist of a Fleet Flyer with a 1992 BMW M3, and will be sold exclusively through Supreme’s webstore for their Spring/Summer 2019 collection. The brand offers new items on Thursdays throughout the season. No price has been established, but is expected to catch a nice return in the second hand market.
BMW’s $100 million investment in SGL Group’s carbon fiber division in Moses Lake, WA is paying off in big ways. As their designers continue to find new uses for lightweight materials, BMW builds larger, lighter, stronger and more powerful vehicles than ever.
The new style 7-Series sets the standard for lightweight materials use. The new car is longer and lighter than the outgoing body due to the use of the new carbon core technology, high strength aluminum and magnesium.
The 7 boasts what is probably the closest thing yet to mainstream application of structural carbon fiber. Cast carbon-fiber panels are bonded over steel in the B- and C-pillars, as well as the center tunnel, adding stiffness and strength. The hat shelf behind the rear seats is a cast carbon panel. Sturdy woven tubes stiffen the sills and form the longitudinal roof rails reaching from the A-pillars back to the Cs. The roof bows are also carbon fiber. Forming so much of the upper structure from the lightweight material helps drop the center of gravity compared with the outgoing car.
Carbon fiber isn’t the lone lightweight material though. The doors—both the inner and outer panels, as well as the crash structure inside—and the trunklid are made from aluminum, as are the front and rear shock towers. The dash support is a magnesium casting spanning the width of the firewall. BMW says it trimmed 190 pounds as compared to the old style car.
A team of BMW apprentices and instructors just completed the multi-year project of restoring the only remaining BMW 1600GT. Back in the 1960s BMW commissioned Italian bodywork designer Pietro FruGT to build only two prototypes in convertible form and one of those was crashed and totaled during testing.
This shop is located in Dingolfing, Germany and I’m pretty sure this is the same shop that took on the task of restoring the King of Rock N’ Roll’s BMW 507.
Happy Birthday to us! We celebrated our 17th birthday in January 2017. In addition to this milestone, we have also sold our 15,000th vehicle to an online customer. This sale means so much to our company because it is the 15,000th time that an online buyer has trusted us and purchased a vehicle “sight unseen” online from us. eimports4Less does not advertise on TV, in newspaper, or in print anywhere because we believe in online advertising and marketing. We continues to be a well known leader in online automobile sales and are still recognized as a top automobile seller on eBayMotors.
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