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BMW M4 safety car launched for Sony Playstation’s Gran Turismo 6

BMW of North America and Polyphony Digital, Inc. announced today at the 2014 SEMA Show that the new BMW M Performance M4 Safety Car will be made available, in virtual form, to owners of the Gran Turismo®6 game for the PlayStation®3 system as a free update in late November. The BMW M Performance M4 Safety Car made its North American industry premiere today at the show as a demonstration vehicle for BMW M Performance Parts in North America.

Working in partnership, Polyphony Digital, Inc. and BMW have managed to make the rare BMW M4 Safety Car into a playable reality for all. At this year’s SEMA Show, industry showgoers will view the actual BMW M Performance M4 Safety Car, be among the first to drive it on the Gran Turismo 6 simulators.

The BMW M Performance M4 Safety Car was produced by BMW of North America as an exciting showcase for the latest accessories in the popular M Performance Parts catalog, which are often used by BMW owners to fully personalize The Ultimate Driving Machine®.

The Safety Car began as a series-production, 2015 BMW M4 Coupe and features a custom body wrap by 3M in BMW Motorsport theme colors. Next, BMW added a full complement of BMW M Performance parts available for the M4: carbon fiber splitter system, side splitters, carbon fiber mirror caps, carbon fiber rear spoiler, carbon fiber rear diffuser, black BMW kidney grilles, black side gills, and titanium exhaust system with carbon fiber exhaust tips. The M4 Safety Car theme is completed by a set of LED grille-mounted flashers and LED rooftop light bar.

BMW M Performance Parts may be selected one-by-one, or in elaborate combinations, to create a perfectly unique BMW or BMW M vehicle. BMW M Performance Parts are widely available for most BMW 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, X3, X4, X5 and X6 models, and may be fitted as Accessories by an Authorized BMW Center, or may be specified during the original vehicle ordering process and installed prior to delivery. The latest products may be found at http://www.shopbmwusa.com/BMW-PERFORMANCE.

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The new BMW X5 M and X6 M

The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M see BMW M GmbH setting the pace once again in the high-performance Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) segment. When the previous generation of the two vehicles arrived in 2009, it was the first time the high-performance character distilled by BMW M GmbH had been transplanted into an all-wheel-drive BMW X model. The result was class-leading dynamics. The new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M pull no punches in writing the next chapter in this success story with another significant step forward in dynamic excellence, distinct M design and outstanding efficiency. The 2015 BMW X5 M will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M will start at $103,050, including $950 Destination and Handling, both models will arrive in US showrooms in the Spring of 2015.

An open door to controlled drifts.
Among the other highlights of the overall concept behind the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M is Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). The control functions of DSC have been Optimized over previous versions of the system to improve driving dynamics further still. The extra functions which have become part of DSC enhance active safety (Brake Standby, Brake Drying, Fading Compensation) and comfort (Start-Off Assistant, parking brake with automatic hold function).

The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M combine the characteristic features of the successful BMW X family – exclusivity, robustness, agility and everyday usability – with the commitment to high performance that defines an M vehicle. The latter is resoundingly highlighted by the vehicles’ impressive performance figures. Both models complete the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds in conjunction with the new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.

Innovative engine technology.
The new M TwinPower Turbo V8 for the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is the most powerful engine ever developed by BMW for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Boasting innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology with a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers, cross-bank exhaust manifolds, VALVETRONIC and High Precision Direct Injection, the 4.4-liter V8 produces maximum output of 567 hp between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. That represents a 3 percent increase over the predecessor models. The step up is even clearer when it comes to the power development of the new engine. Peak torque has been boosted by 53 lb-ft which equates to a rise of 10 percent. Its 553 lb-ft can be enjoyed across a broad rev range between 2,200 and 5,000 rpm.

At the same time, fuel consumption of the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M in the European cycle (official EPA values will be available closer to the start of sales) has been cut by 20 percent, CO2 emissions are likewise down by more than 20 percent, to 258 g/km. The two models accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds through the standard eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

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