The New Masterpiece From BMW: 600 HP Motorsport Power-M Engine.

Technology News: BMW Group unveil their new masterpiece, a 600 Horsepower Power-M Engine.
• The Power-M Division of the BMW M GmbH (previously: BMW Motorsport GmbH) which is a subsidiary of German car manufacturer BMW AG has introduced a new engine which produces high powertrain considering its engine size. Normally a 2000cc engine can yield up to 200-250 horsepower, however this newly designed Power-M engine reaches 600 HP. Such performance can drive speed lovers crazy.
BMW engineers have used a special alloy in Power-M engine that can endure such high pressures, otherwise the engine could have exploded.

BMW’s New 600-HP 4-Cylinder Engine Shows How Far Engineering Has Come Since 1969

* * * BMW is preparing to feature this new DTM racing engine model P48 at the Hockenheimring race in May. The P48 will power their BMW M4 DTM race car. Way back in 1969, BMW won the European Touring Car Championship with the 2002ti. BMW compared the engines from both cars to show what a difference 50 years makes.
BMW M engines were traditionally large displacement naturally aspirated high revving engines, particularly the S85 V10 in the E60 M5 and E63 M6 and the related S65 V8 in the E90 M3. These are the most powerful engines BMW has ever built (not including the BMW S70/2) without supercharging or turbocharging, with an output of 100 HP per liter of displacement, and each has won numerous International Engine of the Year Awards. As late as the early 2000s, BMW regarded forced-induction (supercharging or turbocharging) as low-tech shortcuts to boosting horsepower, stating that this adds weight and complexity while reducing throttle response. BMW purists have noted that while forced induction and/or large displacement does produce more torque for better day-to-day driving, most of them like the “character” and sound of low displacement naturally aspirated engines with high redlines.
At first sight, both P48 and 2002Ti engines have a lot in common. Both are 2.0 liter turbocharged BMW inline four cylinder engines. According to BMW, though, the new engine makes roughly twice the horsepower, with substantially better fuel economy and reliability.
DTM dates back to 1969, and the 2019 season of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters kicks off at the beginning of May without Mercedes-AMG. Also surprising is that Aston Martin has accepted the challenge, the first non-German entry since Alfa Romeo in 1996.
Gary Paffett took the championship for Mercedes-AMG, but on this occasion, BMW celebrates 50 years of motorsport success by detailing the P48 power unit in the M4 DTM in comparison to the M121 from half a century ago. The Bavarians won the European Touring Car Championship with Dieter Quester and the 2002 TI in 1969.
The M121 was the first turbocharged BMW engine developed for motor racing. Fast-forward to the present, and the P48 is “more than 50 percent more efficient.” This goes to show what five decades of motorsport can do in terms of research and development.

The 600-horsepower unit revs to an ear-shredding 9,500 rpm and can support more than 36 pounds of boost from its turbocharger with ease

* * * Thanks to a special alloy, high-pressure fuel injection and “lean-burn mode” help the engine in the M4 DTM be as good as possible without breaking the regulations. The auxiliary units such as the starter and generator are not fitted to the engine, but on the transaxle gearbox behind it. The plenum chamber, on the other hand, utilizes CFRP instead of the aluminum weld-and-cast construction from the past.
BMW makes a case for “exceptionally good consumption” of the P48, because similar to Formula 1, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters limits fuel flow. Drivers exceeding the limit during a race are excluded from the race results.
By comparison, BMW engineers had to find performance as much as possible without increasing the displacement of the M121. This is how BMW started to turbocharge their cars and racing cars, and the 2002 TI is much obliged to hit 240 km/h thanks to forced induction.
Class 1 regulations in DTM replace the previous V8 engines with four-cylinder turbo power plants. In the case of the M4 DTM, the P48 weighs in at 85 kilograms, an exceptional achievement considering that BMW managed to half the displacement while finding more power and superior efficiency.
The number of cylinders and displacement are the same compared to the original BMW 2002 Turbo, but power output has more than doubled.
The BMW 2002 Turbo was, in its time, a masterpiece at the cusp of technological innovation. In the world of motorsports, it featured BMW’s very first turbocharged engine—the M121—all the way back in 1969. Fifty years later, BMW is getting ready to unveil its brand new P48 engine to the world, and while they may share the same bloodline, the technology found in the company’s most recent racing power plant shows just how much engine development has progressed.
Both the M121 and P48 are built on the same principle: a turbocharged, fuel injected, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine designed for the race track. and while the engines may look alike, they are different in essence.
Back in 1969, the M121 was the epitome of a modern engine. The all-aluminum head and block were sand-casted and built to handle all 14.2 PSI of boost pressure thrown at it. The result was a platform which could produce 280 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, a staggering number at the time for such a small engine. BMW says that the turbo fitted to the motor was capable of delivering more than 25.5 PSI of sustained forced-air into the motor; however, it was dialed down to ensure that the motor didn’t lift the head.
Enter BMW’s new P48 engine, a motor five decades in the making. While maintaining the same number of cylinders and displacement, the engineering put into it makes for a marvel of sophisticated German engineering. The 600-horsepower unit revs to an ear-shredding 9,500 rpm and can support more than 36 pounds of boost from its turbocharger with ease. Its fuel system is still mechanically operated, albeit now direct-injected, and its oiling re-engineered into a proper dry-sump setup.
BMW also says that longevity was an important factor when building the P48. The automaker expects the engine to last just over 3,700 miles between rebuilds, meaning that about 1.5 engines will be consumed during the course of a race season.
Sometimes, it’s important to look back at our roots and compare where we came from. BMW is doing just that as it shows the world the P48 without downplaying the influence that the M121 had on modern BMW cars as a whole. Now we sit back and wait to see what the next 50 years hold.
Facts about the P48:
• The application’s turbocharger flows roughly 400 liters of air per second, nearly 3,500 times what a human can breathe.
• The water pump flows 18,000 liters of coolant per hour, enough to fill an entire bathtub in 20 seconds.

More than 2,000 parts make up the entire assembly of the engine. If laid out side-by-side, the parts would cover the floor of a 2,690-square-foot apartment.

* * * • BMW M, “M” (for Motorsport) was initially created to facilitate BMW’s racing program, which was very successful in the 1960s and 1970s. As time passed, BMW M began to supplement BMW’s vehicles portfolio with specially modified higher trim models, for which they are now most known by the general public. These M-badged cars traditionally include modified engines, transmissions, suspensions, interior trims, aerodynamics, and exterior modifications to set them apart from their counterparts. All M models are tested and tuned at BMW’s private facility at the Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany. BMW M also remains the only performance based company to cater motorcycles at the same time, specifically the BMW S1000RR.
History

P48 Engine Front View

* * * Origins
Established in May 1972 with 35 employees, it grew to 400 employees by 1988, and is currently an integral part of BMW’s market presence. The first racing project was BMW’s 3.0 CSL.
After the success of BMW M products like BMW 3.0 CSL in racing venues and the growing market for high performance sports cars, M introduced cars for sale to the public. The first official M-badged car for sale to the public was the M1, revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 1978. The M1, however, was more of a racecar in domestic trim than an everyday driver. The direction of the M cars changed with the 1979 release of the M535i, which was a high performance version of BMW’s popular 5 Series mid-size sedan.
In 1993 BMW Motorsport GmbH changed their name to BMW M GmbH.
BMW Motorsport GmbH supplied the 6.1 liter V12 DOHC 48 valve engine that powers the McLaren F1, which, like its engine supplier and manufacturer, has enjoyed plenty of racing success, famously winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, the first year of competition for the GTR racing variant.

P48 Engine Parts

* * * Recent history
At present, BMW M has offered modified versions of nearly every BMW nameplate, except for the Z1, 7 Series flagship luxury sedan and the X1 and X3 compact crossover SUVs. There is no BMW M version of the 7 Series, as BMW did not want its flagship saloon to be powered by a high-revving engine, and as the recent top-performing versions (usually the BMW 760Li) have V12 engines which while powerful are considered too heavy for a sporty offshoot. So far the unofficial “BMW M7” is the Alpina B7, which is produced on BMW’s assembly line though its engine and finishing touches are done by auto tuner Alpina. However, as BMW M shifted to turbocharged engines, there are rumors that there is an in-house BMW M7 in the works, and it is speculated that its performance may exceed that of the BMW 760Li and Alpina B7.
The BMW X5 and X6 sport activity vehicles received M derivatives for the 2010 model year onwards. These are the first M vehicles with xDrive four-wheel drive and automatic transmissions, and also the first M-badged SUV models. However, the E70 and E71 X5 and X6 M were actually developed by BMW Group rather than by BMW M.
Although these are considered the most well-known in-house tuning divisions, BMW M has a considerably different philosophy than Mercedes-AMG. BMW M has emphasized tuning only vehicles with “Lateral agility” (which has long been the 3 Series, 5 Series, and roadsters), while AMG has created high-performance versions of many of its nameplates, including flagship sedans and SUVs. Accordingly, “an M car has to be responsive and fundamentally keen on turning as well as accelerating. The M5’s technical spec is all about connecting the driver to a car that reacts blindingly fast, whatever request the driver hands down.” Until the 2010 model year, BMW M has also never used supercharging or turbocharging, unlike Mercedes-AMG or Audi; for instance the E39 and E60 iterations of the BMW M5 (using naturally-aspirated engines) competed against the Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG (with a supercharged V8) and the Audi RS6 (twin-turbo).
BMW M vehicles typically used manuals and semi-automatic transmissions (the most recent type being a dual clutch transmission), in contrast to Mercedes-AMG which largely has automatic transmissions (the 7-speed AMG SpeedShift MCT dual clutch transmission was used on new models from 2009 onward). However, the BMW X5 M and X6 M were the first M-vehicles offered with automatic transmission, a 6-speed Steptronic unit, since this works with xDrive.

P48 Engine Plain View

* * * International regulations during the late 2000s trends on reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption are cited as the reasons not to continue further development on naturally aspirated high redline engines. The N54 twin-turbo inline-6 which debuted in the 2007 BMW 335i (E90) gives almost equivalent performance to the E46 and E90 iterations of the BMW M3, while being much more practical and fuel-efficient as a daily driver. Starting with the X5 M and X6 M, and featured in the F10 M5, BMW used the twin-turbocharged S63 which not only produces more horsepower and torque, but is also more efficient than the S85 V10. Also unlike the S85 and S65 which do not share a design with non-M BMW engines, the S63 has significant parts commonality with the base N63 V8 engine (which is also has twin turbochargers) making them less expensive to build. In 2012, BMW had not considered supercharging yet.
As of the 2013 model year, the BMW M3 (E92/E93) was the only “traditional” M car left, as the rest of the M lineup features turbocharged engines, and the next iteration of the M3 (F80) and M4 (F82/F83) featured a twin turbo straight-6 engine.
M-Cars vs. M-badged cars

P48 Engine Side View

* * * There are several BMW models which BMW Motorsport made changes on, without them becoming M-Cars. This succession of styling (M-tech I, M-tech II) and performance cues came from BMW Motorsports; e.g. BMW 530i M packet or 325i M packet etc.
Vehicles which have been modified by BMW Motorsport, but are not full M Cars, may feature “M” badges, whilst full M Cars will have “M” badges with the model number (e.g., “M4” or “M5”). Two exceptions would be the M Roadster and M Coupe models, both Z3, Z4 and 1 Series variants, which only have an “M” badge with no number displayed on the trunk. These cars are full M Cars.
In recent years, there have been ‘M’-badged accessories available on BMW’s standard fleet as factory options or as part of the “M Sport” package (which is more expensive than the optional Sport package). Examples of this include the E39 and E60 5 series sedans which had optional aerodynamic packages that were strongly influenced by the M5’s styling (for example, bumpers with larger intakes). It is not unusual to see “standard” BMW vehicles with “M” badges or ribbons accenting their design. The plain motorsports badge simply stands for the ‘M-tech’ upgrades equipped on the vehicle (e.g., suspension, brakes, looks or any other modification that has been developed by the M division), therefore the ‘M’ badge on these vehicles should not be confused with the true ‘M’ vehicles (except the Z-cars, as mentioned), as they are not fully fledged ‘M’ cars, just equipped with ‘M’-tech upgrades. BMW has offered these ‘M’ options on their standard vehicles since the late 1970s which explains why these vehicles carry ‘M’ badges straight from the factory. In comparison, vehicle maker Audi also employs this same type of nomenclature. There are fully fledged ‘S’ models (S4, S5, S6, S7 and TTS), as well as an optional “S’-line package that can be equipped to their standard vehicle lineup.

An example of ‘M’-badged vehicles in recent times include the E60 BMW 550i and E63 BMW 650i. The standard BMW 5 Series and 6 Series only had a choice of either a manual or automatic transmission, but the ‘M’ Sport package had an optional Sequential Sport Gearbox (SSG) (a gearbox similar to M5 and M6 (SMG) until after the 2007 model year.
M Performance models
In 2012 BMW introduced a new category for ‘M’ cars, which was branded as the ‘M’ Performance. They are the first M diesel cars that BMW produces.
To date this includes the M550d in touring and saloon variants, the X6 M50d and X5 M50d which all share a 381 bhp 740NM triple turbo diesel engine, the former pair are only LHD drive markets currently due to the xDrive layout in the F10 series not being compatible with RHD markets (a RWD F10 M550d was mentioned by Auto Express but has not been confirmed). Official figures put the M550d xDrive’s 0-to-62-mph time at 4.7 seconds and top speed at 155mph (limited).The first petrol M Performance car is the M135i which is a 320 bhp 1 series car. M135i is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

The M550d is available in both sedan and touring chassis, with a ZF 8HP eight-speed sport automatic transmission including auto start/stop function. Manual and non-sport automatic gearboxes are not available. Unique features on the M550d are the twin trapezoidal exhausts in dark chrome and both wing mirrors and air-intake bars in ferric grey. Other 5 series models have wing mirrors in the same color as the rest of the vehicle. The front fog lamps, standard on all other F10/F11 5 series models are removed, to make space for additional air-intakes. The door-sill plates are also unique on this vehicle, having an “M550d” inscription. In addition, the F11 Touring model features air suspension on the rear axle, with automatic self-levelling.
Nothing yet has been announced as regards the F30 3 Series M Performance line up but BMW have trademarked (amongst many other monikers) M335, M340 and M350. Further to this M President Friedrich Nitschke has confirmed that the new triple turbo diesel engine will “easily fit” within the F30 engine bay but did not elaborate any further.
Nomenclature exceptions

• The 2010 X5 and X6-based M vehicles bore their normal model designations followed by the “M” stripe badge (the X5 M and X6 M). Had the nomenclatures followed tradition, the vehicles would have an MX5 and MX6 model designation, already used by Mazda.
• The Z3/Z4-based M Roadster and M Coupe bore numberless “M” badges as standard fitment.
• The M635CSi followed the M535i naming tradition but was a fully-fledged M-Car (the M6).
• The BMW 1 Series-based M vehicle is called the BMW 1M Coupe to avoid confusion with the original BMW M1.
Lineup
Current Full M cars
• M2 – F87 Coupe (2016 to present)
• M4 – F82 Coupe, F83 Cabriolet (2014 to present)
• M5 – F90 Sedan (2018 to present)
• M8 – Gran Coupé (TBA)
• X3 M – F97 (2019 to present)
• X4 M – F98 (2019 to present)
• X6 M – F86 (2015 to present)

Current M Performance models
• M140i and M140i xDrive – F20 five-door hatchback and F21 three-door hatchback (2016 to present)
• M240i and M240i xDrive – F22 Coupe and F23 Convertible (2016 to present)
• M340i xDrive – G20 Sedan (2019 to present)
• M550i xDrive and M550d xDrive – G30 sedan and G31 wagon (2017 to present)
• M760Li xDrive – G12 sedan (2017 to present)
• M850i xDrive – G14 Convertible and G15 Coupe (2019 to present)
• X2 M35i – F39 (2019 to present)
• X3 M40i – G01 (2018 to present)
• X4 M40i – G02 (2018 to present)
• X5 M50d – G05 (2019 to present)
• X6 M50d – F16 (2014 to present)
• Z4 M40i – G29 (2019 to present)

M badged cars
All these cars are true BMW Motorsport models, not M-line sport models that bear BMW Motorsport features such as sport body kits, and interior specs.
• E12 M535i (1979–1981) – Often considered the first mass production vehicle built by BMW Motorsport
• E31 850CSi (1992–1996) – An M car in all but name; it had a BMW M–sourced engine and its VIN indicated that it was developed by BMW Motorsport, like all other M cars.
M-engine cars
In the late 80s, due to prohibitive taxes for cars above 2.0 liters of engine displacement in Italy and Portugal, BMW decided to build the E30 320is as an alternative to the 2.3 liter M3. This car was equipped with a shorter stroke S14 engine and produced 192 PS. BMW produced a total of 3648 units between 9/1987 and 11/1990 of which a majority of 2542 units were made available in two door form (code name AK95). No catalytic converters were installed on this limited version. The steering rack, springs, shock absorbers, and brakes were similar to the normal E30 6 cylinder models (i.e. 325i) with sports suspension. The engine was mated to a Getrag 265 five-speed gearbox in dog-leg configuration.
Competition

Audi’s RS models, Mercedes-Benz‘s AMG models, and more recently Lexus F model(s), are often reviewed in direct competition to a similarly-sized BMW M car, such as the Lexus IS-F vs. Audi RS4 vs. Mercedes C63 AMG vs. BMW M3.
In contrast to aftermarket tuners, Alpina BMW-based automobiles are currently mostly built by BMW on its production lines and are more comfort-oriented. Alpina is recognized as an automobile manufacturer and works very closely with BMW, sometimes participating in the development of BMW models and engines. Some Alpina models are even sold in North-America by BMW and either compete with the BMW M6 Gran Coupé, in the case of the Alpina B6 Gran Coupé, or replace them, in the case of the Alpina B7 as there is no M7 variant of the 7 Series to compete with the model.
BMW M also faces competition from several independent companies offering their own performance versions of BMW models; some performance packs can be retrofitted to existing cars while others are applied to new cars bought directly from BMW AG and converted prior to first registration. Such companies include Hamann Motorsport, Dinan Cars, G-Power, AC Schnitzer and Hartge.
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La Voiture Noire Bugatti’s new $19mn ‘hypercar’ sets new price record

Reminiscence of an icon
A pioneering spirit, passion for perfection and the desire to continually redefine its limits have been the key characteristics of BUGATTI since it was founded 110 years ago. None of the brand’s masterpieces reflect these values more impressively than the Type 57 SC Atlantic. Created by Ettore Bugatti’s eldest son Jean, the only four Atlantics ever created stand for pure elegance and sophistication.
With its homage to the fourth, all-black Atlantic, missing since the Second World War, BUGATTI is bringing the speed, technology, luxury and aesthetics of an icon into a new era. But the customised creation of “La Voiture Noire” is far more than a modern interpretation of the ghost of the gran turismo. “La Voiture Noire” is a tribute to BUGATTI’s own history, a manifesto of the BUGATTI aesthetic and a piece of automotive haute couture.
Bugatti had barely unveiled its new sports car when the vehicle was purchased by a mystery buyer for an unprecedented €16.7 million ($19 million).
The new supercar, named La Voiture Noire, was publicly debuted on Tuesday at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland. The amount spent by an unknown German on the new most-expensive car ever built could buy over 500 Tesla Model 3s.
The automaker produced only one example of La Voiture Noire to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary.
According to the company, the six-tailpipe “hypercar” is equipped with an eight-liter engine that has 16 cylinders and 1500 brake horse power. The new vehicle is reportedly a homage to Bugatti’s legendary Type 57 SC Atlantic, which was produced in the 1930s.
The company hasn’t revealed the name of buyer who snapped up La Voiture Noire. However, several sources in the industry told CNBC that the luxury auto was purchased by former Volkswagen Group chairman Ferdinand Piech, who is known for his collection of high-performance cars.
According to Bugatti, La Voiture Noire is “more than a modern interpretation” of the old Type 57 SC Atlantic, of which only four units were ever produced. The Type 57 SC Atlantic is seen as the most famous work of Jean Bugatti, the son of the company’s founder, Ettore Bugatti.
Fuel consumption, l/100km: 35.2 in urban areas / 15.2 in extra urban areas / 22.5 combined; combined CO2 emissions g/km: 516; efficiency class: G
WLTP: Fuel consumption, l/100km: low 43.3 / medium 22.2 / high 18.0 / extra high 18.3 / combined 22.3; CO2 emissions, combined, g/km: 506; efficiency class: G

„La Voiture Noire“ – More than a reinterpretation
The Atlantic is one of the icons of BUGATTI’s rich history. At the time, this coupé was unique in its elegance, quality and performance, and it remains so today. A luxurious hyper sports car. For us, both an inspiration and obligation at the same time,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of BUGATTI.
In terms of exclusivity, performance and luxury, the new “La Voiture Noire” is every inch the equal of Jean Bugatti’s masterpiece. It is the perfect manifestation of BUGATTI’s cornerstones: “dynamic, luxury and elegance”.

“La Voiture Noire” is an opus of elegance and finesse. Purism and elegance are reflected in every surface and continued into each minute detail. The windscreen seems to flow seamlessly into the windows like the visor on a helmet. The newly designed bumpers are smoothly integrated into the body. Clear lines guide the eye subtly over the surface, which seems to blend into a single piece. With its extended front end and the distinctive BUGATTI Signature line, “La Voiture Noire” creates an elongated impression. Its elegant waistline accentuates the coupé’s contours. At the rear, six tailpipes bear witness to the incredible power of “La Voiture Noire”. Subtly incorporated into the overall appearance, they hint at the strength of the car’s heart, the iconic 16-cylinder engine.




flowing lines
The fin running down the centre of “La Voiture Noire” echoes the Atlantic’s legendary dorsal seam. It is a unique symbiosis of history and modernity, which subtly runs into the flowing lines of the perforated rear.

Down to the smallest details
Each component has been crafted by hand, accentuating the level of BUGATTI’s manufacturing quality. The carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss, interrupted only by the ultrafine fibre structure. Perfectly harmonised materials merge with the finish to leave the surface gleaming vividly.

Automotive Haute Couture
Individuality: the true form of luxury
Created according to the maxim, “elegance through minimalism and refinement through intensification”, “La Voiture Noire” raises the bar far beyond imagination. The exclusive one-off is a breathtaking example of automotive creativity and artistry, and delivers spectacular proof of BUGATTI’s ability to build the world’s strongest, most luxurious and exclusive hyper sports cars.


Uncompromising perfection
The wheels exemplify the car’s potent appearance. A special programme was used to calculate the optimal material thickness for the alloy wheels during construction.

Manufactory BUGATTI
The extent of BUGATTI’s manufacturing quality can be seen with the characteristic tail lights, which just like the main headlights, are specially made and fitted by hand in BUGATTI’s Molsheim atelier.

The heart of „La Voiture Noire“
Centrepiece of “La Voiture Noire” is its beating heart, the iconic 16-cylinder engine. This technical masterpiece is unique in the automobile world and a true mechanical highlight. The 16-cylinder, eight-litre engine delivers 1,103 kW/1,500 PS and 1,600 Newton-metres of torque.
The artist
Jean Bugatti

Jean Bugatti – the Stylist
Like his father Ettore, Gianoberto Mario Carlo Bugatti, named Jean, was a visionary, far ahead of his time. Ettore’s eldest son was a gifted car designer with a rare feel for proportions and aerodynamics. From the late 1920s onwards, he influenced the development of the company with his own stylistic ideas and designs, before assuming responsibility for management in 1936 at the age of 27.

A rich heritage
Jean was responsible for creating numerous classics for the legendary brand. With his pioneering designs for bodies, engines and chassis, he created some extraordinary vehicles until his tragic death in an accident in 1939, securing his place as a visionary artist in the history of the automobile. Like the company itself, Jean would have been 110 years old this year.
The legend
The Type 57 SC Atlantic Coupé

An icon
Jean Bugatti’s most beautiful and famous design is the Type 57 SC Atlantic Coupé – perhaps the greatest of BUGATTI’s legends.

unprecedented elegance
Already at the time, its body was spectacularly eye-catching and unique. Its standout design feature is the protruding dorsal seam, which runs like a razor-sharp fin vertically from the hinge in the split bonnet through to the rear end.

The myth
The motoring equivalent of the Amber Room
The three remaining Atlantics are among the world’s most expensive and desirable classic cars. The whereabouts of Jean Bugatti’s personal “La Voiture Noire” are still unknown – the automotive equivalent of the Amber Room. It is thought the car disappeared during the Second World War, sent to a safe region before the German troops invaded Alsace. Its disappearance more than 80 years ago remains the biggest mystery in BUGATTI’s fabled history. Today, “La Voiture Noire” lives on as a myth.
With the new “La Voiture Noire”, BUGATTI has created a car that takes up that legend and carries it forward to the present day. In its exclusiveness, style, quality and performance, “La Voiture Noire” is an unprecedented creation that continues Jean Bugatti’s legacy in striving for unprecedented elegance and technical perfection.

Bugatti just unveiled the most expensive new car ever built

* * * Bugatti, the French sports car brand that is now owned by German automaker Volkswagen, has revealed the most expensive new car ever built. With a sale price of 16.7 million euros ($19 million), the Bugatti La Voiture Noire was publicly debuted Tuesday at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland.

Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then-German city of Molsheim, Alsace by the Italian-born industrial designer Ettore Bugatti. The cars were known for their design beauty and for their many race victories. Famous Bugattis include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 “Royale”, the Type 57 “Atlantic” and the Type 55 sports car.
The death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947 proved to be the end for the marque, and the death of his son Jean Bugatti in 1939 ensured there was not a successor to lead the factory. No more than about 8,000 cars were made. The company struggled financially, and released one last model in the 1950s, before eventually being purchased for its airplane parts business in 1963. In the 1990s, an Italian entrepreneur revived it as a builder of limited production exclusive sports cars. Today, the name is owned by the Volkswagen Group.

Under Ettore Bugatti
Founder Ettore Bugatti was born in Milan, Italy, and the automobile company that bears his name was founded in 1909 in Molsheim located in the Alsace region which was part of the German Empire from 1871 to 1919. The company was known both for the level of detail of its engineering in its automobiles, and for the artistic manner in which the designs were executed, given the artistic nature of Ettore’s family (his father, Carlo Bugatti (1856–1940), was an important Art Nouveau furniture and jewelry designer).

The company also enjoyed great success in early Grand Prix motor racing: in 1929 a privately entered Bugatti won the first ever Monaco Grand Prix. Racing success culminated with driver Jean-Pierre Wimille winning the 24 hours of Le Mans twice (in 1937 with Robert Benoist and 1939 with Pierre Veyron).
Bugatti cars were extremely successful in racing. The little Bugatti Type 10 swept the top four positions at its first race. The 1924 Bugatti Type 35 is one of the most successful racing cars. The Type 35 was developed by Bugatti with master engineer and racing driver Jean Chassagne who also drove it in the car’s first ever Grand Prix in 1924 Lyon. Bugattis swept to victory in the Targa Florio for five years straight from 1925 through 1929. Louis Chiron held the most podiums in Bugatti cars, and the modern marque revival Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. named the 1999 Bugatti 18/3 Chiron concept car in his honour. But it was the final racing success at Le Mans that is most remembered—Jean-Pierre Wimille and Pierre Veyron won the 1939 race with just one car and meagre resources.
Bugattis are noticeably focused on design. Engine blocks were hand scraped to ensure that the surfaces were so flat that gaskets were not required for sealing, many of the exposed surfaces of the engine compartment featured guilloché (engine turned) finishes on them, and safety wires had been threaded through almost every fastener in intricately laced patterns. Rather than bolt the springs to the axles as most manufacturers did, Bugatti’s axles were forged such that the spring passed through a carefully sized opening in the axle, a much more elegant solution requiring fewer parts. He famously described his arch competitor Bentley‘s cars as “the world’s fastest lorries” for focusing on durability. According to Bugatti, “weight was the enemy”
Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. (1998–present)
Pre-Veyron
Volkswagen AG acquired the Bugatti brand in 1998. Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. commissioned Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign to produce Bugatti Automobiles’s first concept vehicle, the EB118, a coupé that debuted at the 1998 Paris Auto Show. The EB118 concept featured a 408-kilowatt (555 PS; 547 bhp), W-18 engine. After its Paris debut, the EB118 concept was shown again in 1999 at the Geneva Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show. Bugatti introduced its next concepts, the EB 218 at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show and the 18/3 Chiron at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).
Veyron era (2005–2015)
Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. began assembling its first regular-production vehicle, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 (the 1001 PS super car with an 8-litre W-16 engine with four turbochargers) in September 2005 at the Bugatti Molsheim, France assembly “studio”. On 23 February 2015, Bugatti sold its last Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, which was named La Finale.
Chiron era (2016–present)
The Bugatti Chiron is a mid-engined, two-seated sports car, designed by Achim Anscheidt, developed as the successor to the Bugatti Veyron. The Chiron was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, 2016.
This week at the Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti is also unveiling a special edition of the Chiron: the Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti.” Twenty have been manufactured, and they’ve all sold for a net price of €3 million ($3.4 million).
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Introducing The BMW X7: the Biggest Bimmer SUV Ever

A statement of the luxury class: the new BMW X7 is the elegant fusion of presence and personality. Despite its majestic appearance, it gives an impression of lightness and agility thanks to the puristic design and athletic styling. At the same time, the considerable spaciousness of the interior offers a pioneering interplay of exclusivity, functionality and freedom – incomparable comfort all the way to the third row of seats. Charm is its essence. Elegance its character.
CO2 emissions 205–171* g/km (combined)
Fuel consumption 9.0–6.5* l/100 km (combined)
5 good reasons for the X7

Maximum ride comfort and powerful dynamics
Unprecedented 22” light alloy wheels
Up to seven first-class seats for a uniquely comfortable ride
Panorama glass roof produces a sensation of unrestricted spaciousness
Simple and effortless opening via smartphone
Ready for your X7?
Experience the first-class elegance and outstanding presence of the BMW X7. Define a new era of sheer driving pleasure now.
The new BMW X7 not only adds a new top model to the X family, but also defines a progressive approach to luxury for the BMW brand.
Jozef Kabaň,
Head of Design BMW

With the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance, BMW 2017 presented a preview of the new automotive luxury. An innovative vehicle of groundbreaking design and sublime presence. A new level of space and comfort. Created for the very big appearance.

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Please note that the following information is a label according to German law (Ordinance on energy consumption labelling for passenger cars).

The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model.

The values of some vehicles are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here.] The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification.

For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at
https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html
Detailed information on the technical data can be found on your BMW country page.

EXPANSIVE SPACE
There’s plenty of room for all in this spacious SAV. Enjoy seating for seven with second-row bench seats as standard, or opt for the optional six-seater configuration with all-electric Captain’s Chairs.

AIR SUSPENSION
Comfort extends beyond the cabin of the First-Ever BMW X7. Standard two-axle air suspension provides incredible driving comfort; the adjustable height allows for easier entry and loading.


COMFORT SEATING
There’s no such thing as a second-class seat. The standard Heated Front Seats can be made even more comfortable with available Ventilated and Massage options. Passengers can also enjoy optional Heated Rear Seats.

A WORLD OF EASE.
Enjoy a curated collection of life-improving technology – from standard safety features to the cutting-edge developments of the latest onboard driver assistance systems.
INCREDIBLE INTERIOR.
Settle in to an atmosphere of elegance that exceeds every definition of excellence.

PANORAMIC GLASS ROOF AND SKY LOUNGE
A beautiful Panoramic Glass Roof creates an open, spacious feeling –and a dramatic effect when illuminated by the color-changing splendor of the optional Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof.

ULTRA-MODERN CONTROLS
Optional Glass Controls on the gear shifter, engine start button, and audio switches accentuate the standard haptic feedback buttons surrounding the iDrive controller.

BMW INDIVIDUAL
Enjoy comfort crafted to the highest standards – yours. Available BMW Individual enhancements include the finest leathers, exclusive colors, and gorgeous interior trims, all custom added to your specifications.
MAKE IT YOURS
It’s time to experience the next level of comfort, luxury, and performance. Reserve your test drive in the BMW X7 xDrive40i or BMW X7 xDrive50i today.

Fuel Injection
X7 xDrive40i
3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, xDrive, intelligent all-wheel drive
Starting MSRP
$73,900

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Alfa Romeo Giulia wins at “Sport Auto Award 2018”

Every year the German magazine Sport Auto, asks its performance-oriented readers about their favourite models and they chose once again to reward Italian design, performance and style.

Alfa Romeo Giulia wins at "Sport Auto Award 2018"
Alfa Romeo Giulia wins at “Sport Auto Award 2018”

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, powered by a 2.9 V6 bi-turbo petrol engine delivering 375 kW (510 bhp), won the import class of the category ‘Standard Sedans/Station Wagons up to 100,000 euro’. Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, having a 206 kW (280 bhp) turbo petrol engine 2.0 under its bonnet, was rated number one import car of the category ‘Standard Sedans/Station Wagons up to 50,000 euro’ by the readers of ‘sport auto’ magazine.

WHERE THE FUTURE OF DESIGN IS, ALFA ROMEO IS PRESENT

* * * Which are the new trends of style and design? Which future innovations will impact on our consumption and our lifestyles? Which the new business models of the industries? All this and more will be debated at the Next Design Perspectives, a conference that takes place at the Triennale of Milan, on 29 and 30 October, with the participation of designers, creatives and researchers of international reputation. Given its central theme, style and design, such an important forum could only be sponsored by Alfa Romeo. Not only all invitees will attend conferences aboard cars that represent the excellence of Italian style and design, but they’ll also see two perfect examples of that “function generated” design expressed by the aerodynamic lines of Alfa Romeo Giulia and Alfa Romeo Stelvio on display at the main entrance of the Triennale palace.
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Golf, anyone? VW unleashes a new-product barrage

Golf, anyone? VW unleashes a new-product barrage

Yesterday, Volkswagen revealed the Golf 7’s mid-life facelift and said all variants had been shown. But that’s not true, since the Golf R, GTD, Alltrack and e-Golf are missing.
While we wait for at least some of them to show up, let’s enjoy one of the few body style options left unexplored by the German automaker.
Volkswagen was really proud when it unveiled the Golf Cabriolet in 2011. But perhaps the engineering should have been put on hold for two more years because this convertible seemed outdated almost immediately.
They tried everything to fix that, from SEMA concepts to hot versions with the GTI and even the R’s all-wheel drive powertrain. We know nothing has worked because, after five years in production, the Golf Cabriolet is being discontinued by the end of 2016.
But what would it look like if instead of discontinuing it, Volkswagen would launch a brand new generation right now? Well, for starters, we shouldn’t be calling it the 7.5, as it would be the fifth incarnation of the car.
It would also look something like this rendering by X-Tomi Design, who may have chopped the roof a little too much for a production car.
Can you imagine what the outcome of a comparison between this and the current MX-5 Miata would be like? We can. Even if they somehow develop a comfortable convertible with a solid rear axle, the 2017 Golf Cabriolet would still be about 300 kilos heavier than the Mazda. It would never be as fun, but the Germans could easily make it faster.
Taking a look at the latest GTI engine, we see that it’s gone up to 245 PS and at least 350 Nm of torque. Off the line, the Miata would stand no chance. But even with something like the 1.8 TSI from the Polo GTI, the roofless Golf would be pretty fast.
A brand new Golf Cabrio would also be one of the most technologically advanced vehicles without a roof, comparable to some Audis. But not even that is reason enough to put it into production. Not only would it immediately turn into a money pit but without the engineering purity of a Miata or a Subaru BRZ, it would never serve the halo car role.

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