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8 BMW Online Influencers You Need To Know

In the digital age where all the girls think they are Instagram models and all the guys are up and coming SoundCloud rappers being “slept on,” social media can be a pretty rough place to be forced to scroll through.

I mean what else are you going to do? Read a book? Hell no!

Let me introduce you some of the most influential gear heads in the world.

BMW Knowledge Leaders

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While his channel is not exclusive to BMW’s, John Cadogan, is a great guy to check to learn more about bimmers. Some of my personal favorites of his are about BMW inventing a CT scanner and the best German Car for $50k.

He has a unique way of relaying his thoughts and is definitely worth a watch!

Kevin Haskell

Who better to teach you about BMW than the former CEO of BMW himself? Kevin Haskell is extremely well-renowned globally for spearheading the success of multiple different brands including Porsche.

He now is a speaker that gives practical and inspiring lessons about driving success in businesses.

BMW Instagram Accounts to Follow

These aren’t just any gearheads either, these are born, bred and 93 octane fed bimmer enthusiasts. I will provide a trigger warning for you that some of these guys and girls have a much nicer car than you. So don’t be jealous, and give them a follow!

@darkknightm4 – Instagram

The man behind this beauty is Jake hailing out of West Chester, PA,

A car having over 150k followers with an engagement rate north of 3.5% is no easy feat.

With a name like Dark Knight, it’s only appropriate that Jake’s car is a pristine matte black. Although Bruce Wayne isn’t driving this Batmobile, it’s a pretty sweet ride.

If you’re tired of just looking at pictures, check out what she sounds like after leaving the bat cave here.

@bmwcoool – Instagram

K Mailk has been one of my personal favorite follows. The aesthetics he creates for the pictures on his account are so carefully thought out.

Start scrolling through his feed and you’ll get submerged into an urban Norway atmosphere, with his beautiful assortment of BMW’s that he and his buddies drive together.

@bmwfinest – Instagram

If you’re looking for less of a personal feel to an account, bmwfinest is the place for you. They accept submissions of people’s BMW’s from all over the world!

From M4’s cruising down the Vegas Strip to X5’s exploring the Alps, this account has it all!

BMW Blogs To Read

Bimmerpost

The biggest selling point to Bimmerpost is the fact you can choose news and forums to be separated by what BMW model it relates to.

You name a model and Bimmerpost has something to read about it.

If you don’t want to be specific to a model, choose the BMW series you’re most interested in! The possibilities and news are seemingly endless.

BimmerBoost

Bimmer Boost is more geared towards performance upgrades for your whip. They do a great job of compiling breakdowns of what performance parts (turbo, tires, tuners, etc) are best for BMW’s and how it effects how your baby will drive.

The site leans more to track enthusiasts so if you’re a casual BMW driver this may not be the site for you.

Yes, that was a challenge to check it out for yourself or follow them on Twitter.

Bimmertech

Bimmertech is about….you guessed it BMW technology! Their blog will keep you up to date with the latest OEM parts that BMW offers.

You’ll be able to learn about parts you never could have imagined are available.

See something you may be interested in? Just pop over to their shop page and see if it’s available for your model!

If all that isn’t enough to get you excited about Bimmers, follow Bimmer Forums for the best auto updates, car stories, insider tips, and the latest BMW news!

Top Gear Reviews UK’s Sportier BMW i3s

BMW just released in Britain an i3s, the sportier version of its electric i3, with a larger 120 Ah battery. Top Gear decided to give the upgraded i3s a try, and the resulting review paints a pretty alluring picture of what it’s like to drive the car.

The i3s offers 182bhp, about 14 more than the i3, and can go from 0 to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds, 0.4 less than the i3. It also features one-inch-bigger wheels, 10mm-lower suspension, a 40mm-wider track and extended wheel arches. The car’s max speed is 99mph.

The drive system now also has a new Sport mode, and you get a bespoke steering setup and slightly updated exterior design. The upgraded i3s costs £37,615, or about 49,022, new — about 3,258 more than the regular i3. Overall, Top Gear gave the BMW i3s a rating of 8/10.

2014 BMW All-Electric i3 Press Drive.

The Top Gear reviewer, Stephen Dobie, notes that on paper the differences between the i3s and i3 are pretty subtle. When it comes to how the car drives though, he writes, the i3s “does noticeably lift it to another level.” He notes that the acceleration is “flipping quick” up to 60 miles per hour, especially in the first 40. Lifting off the gas pedal often provides enough of a slowdown to navigate turns, speed bumps and the like without needing to hit the brakes.

Top Gear writes that the i3s handles well “to an extent.” Dobie notes the vehicle’s tall body and flighty steering as well as its rear-wheel drive and the fact that the car’s heaviest portions are set low. After some time, you’ll get used to how the car handles and even learn to take advantage of it to tuck into and out of corners, he writes.

“It’ll even indulge a small amount of silliness if you slacken off the stability control,” Dobie says. Loosening up the stability control with a few turns and clicks of the iDrive wheel will let you get enough momentum during a turn to enjoy some nano-slides.

The setup and design of the car seem to encourage you to drive fast, Dobie says. There’s a large fishbowl windscreen that gives you a clear view of the road, and a digital speedometer at the bottom of it. The way the car flat-lines its acceleration around the typical highway speed limit means you can get to the car’s fun dynamics without pushing too hard.

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“What’s present here – and not in a Leaf, Zoe or Ioniq – is a real sense of humour, and layers of fun beyond those first few hits away from the traffic lights,” Dobie writes in his review. “Isn’t it vital to know as cars fundamentally change, their sense of fun is still tangible?”

Of course, if you drive hard, your range will decrease from the quoted 160 miles. The car doesn’t have the optional range extender, a small gas-powered engine, anymore either — it’s fully electric.

Based on this review though, it seems like enjoying the full extent of the driving experience the i3s has to offer might be worthing losing a bit of range now and then.

BMW Unveils the M850i Night Sky, With One Surprising Element

Who doesn’t love a beautiful Bimmer? Exciting news then that BMW Group has unveiled their latest model, the M850i Night Sky, and it is truly, out of this world.

Beyond looks, we all know just how functional BMW vehicles are. As it turns out, this one is just a little more functional, in ways you may not have ever expected. It’s also downright stunning, with a one-of-a-kind design and composition that we will likely never see again… like ever.

Image via BMW Press

For Starters, the M850i Has 3D Printed Components

The vehicle is constructed of parts made through additive manufacturing — the fancy term for 3D printing. Its design was a planned effort meant to coincide with a rather exciting meteor shower that took place recently. In a way, the shower also played a role in deciding what materials were used.

Within the last couple of weeks, Earth passed through the orbit of a longstanding asteroid named 2003 EH. Several meteorites from the asteroid actually landed on the planet’s surface. They were scooped up and used to print components of BMW’s new model. Yes, the M850i has actual meteorites embedded within. How badass is that?

Image via BMW Press

Through a convergence of aluminum and meteoric rock materials, the M850i is rocking — pun definitely intended — 3D printed side mirror caps, brake calipers, as well as air intakes and a center mesh plate.

Throughout the vehicle, the Widmanstätten pattern was also used to give the model an added layer of galactic style. In short, Widmanstätten is a 3D octahedral pattern or structure that can be found in iron meteorites. It also looks fantastic when used to accent the center console of a vehicle.

The M850i’s exterior is also adorned with a custom paint job. All the paint was applied by skilled hands, as an even gradient starting with a brilliant San Marino blue near the bottom and fading into a deep black near the top.

Tinsel and bronze pigments were also used in the first coat. This gives it a captivating and unique look, remarkably similar to what you see on the horizon just after sunset — pockmarked with distant lights.

Not Just a Looker

Image via BMW Press

The M850i Night Sky is nothing to scoff at either. It was modeled after the M850i xDrive Coupe and is propelled by the same 530 horsepower twin-turbo V8 with top speeds of up to 155 miles-per-hour.

It looks great, offers incredible performance, and likely feels great to sit in, especially when the engine is running.

Unfortunately, there’s no mention of price, nor who might have commissioned the vehicle to add to their fleet. It’s entirely possible it will serve as nothing more than a concept forever to grace just our eyes with its true inner and outer beauty.

Even so, one could bet an endless supply of meteoric rocks on the fact that if it did have a price, well, very few of us would be able to afford it.

Now, let’s all collectively turn our attention back to the beautiful photos of this vehicle and drool over it for a few minutes more. It’s the least we can do for something so truly wondrous.