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BMW At The 2006 North American International Auto Show
BMW AT THE 2006 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
M Roadster Makes World Debut Alongside Updated Z4 Roadster. All-new M6 Super Coupe, Z4 Coupe Concept, BMW Active Hybrid Drive Concept, and EfficientDynamics Technologies to be Presented
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - January 9, 2006... The BMW M Roadster returns to the stable of BMW M products for the 2006 model year. This time it is based on the newly enhanced BMW Z4 Roadster. The Z4 Roadster receives a number of enhancements for 2006, not the least of which are the latest Valvetronic, magnesium/aluminum inline six cylinder engines. The all-new BMW M6 features a race-inspired drivetrain, which it shares with its M5 Sedan stable mate. The Z4 Coupe Concept embodies the classic values of the BMW brand, and serves as the inspiration for the recently-announced Z4 Coupe and M Coupe production versions. BMW's Active Hybrid Drive Concept , along with other examples of BMW's advanced EfficientDynamics technology will also be shown.
The new BMW M Roadster - See the full press release on the M Roadster here
The car that so many enthusiasts have been asking for, the 2006 BMW M Roadster makes its world debut at the North American International Auto Show, alongside the 2006 Z4 Roadster. The M Roadster arrives in US showrooms this spring with an MSRP of $51,995 including destination and handling. The 2006 Z4 Roadster line-up will consist of two models: Z4 3.0i at $36,295 MSRP, and the Z4 3.0si, with an MSRP of $42,795.
At the heart of the new M Roadster is BMW M's award winning 3.2-liter in-line six cylinder engine. In 2005, this engine was voted "Engine of the Year" by an international jury a record fifth consecutive time. With its high-speed concept, this engine works through a six-speed manual transmission to provide exhilarating performance in all speed ranges. As in the BMW M3, this engine features dual overhead cams, double-VANOS variable valve timing, and six individual throttle plates. This normally aspirated engine generates more than 100 hp per liter. On the road, this means 0 - 60 in less than five seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.
The M Roadster features the speed-sensitive variable M differential lock, already well-proven and admired in the M3. It provides outstanding stability and traction, particularly when accelerating out of bends.
High-performance Compound Braking System for the M Roadster
To maximize its braking capabilities, the new M Roadster uses BMW M's floating compound high performance braking system originally conceived for the M3 CSL and included in the M3 Competition Package. With weight-saving aluminum hubs and steel cross-drilled discs, this system minimizes the risk of warping under hard use.
New generation of six-cylinder engines for the Z4 Roadster
More power isn't limited to the M Roadster. The 2006 Z4 Roadsters will feature two different 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engines. These new-generation powerplants, with the BMW engine designation N52, feature BMW's latest aluminum/magnesium construction and include double-VANOS variable valve timing and Valvetronic for optimal performance and fuel efficiency.
Six speeds in all models
Both 2006 Z4 Roadster models will come standard with six-speed manual transmissions. The available six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission for both models offers SMG-style shift paddles behind the steering wheel to allow the driving enthusiast to be fully engaged while retaining the attributes of an automatic transmission.
Chassis and suspension designed for outstanding ride, handling and safety
The BMW Z4 Roadster was designed from the outset for maximum chassis stiffness. At 14,500 Nm/degree of static torsional stiffness, this is the stiffest bodyshell in the segment.
In addition to thrilling agility, it also means that the BMW Z4 Roadster provides class-leading occupant protection. It achieved excellent results in the demanding EuroNCAP crash test - four out of five stars, a remarkable accomplishment for an open two-seater. These results earned the Z4 Roadster the EuroNCAP "Best-in-Class" Award. With the best test results in its segment, the Z4 Roadster offers better passenger protection than many fixed-roof cars.
New Dynamic Stability Control sets the standard for active safety
For 2006, the Z4 Roadster and M Roadster benefit from the latest developments in DSC to provide the utmost in active safety. Emergency braking capability is maximized by features such as Brake Drying, which works to help keep the brakes dry in wet conditions, and Brake Standby, which immediately positions the brake pads nearer the discs whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal quickly. Emergency braking is enhanced further by automatic Brake Fade Compensation, which helps to maximize brake pressure and stopping ability whenever the brakes get hot. Smooth starts and stops are facilitated by the Start-Off Assistant, which holds the brakes briefly on a hill after the brake pedal is released in order to prevent the car from rolling back.
Design enhancements to match the performance
Both the updated Z4 Roadster and the new M Roadster continue the characteristic design language of BMW Roadsters. The modified front section incorporates new foglights and reflectors. The newly standard xenon headlights feature the four lighted rings that have quickly become a BMW design hallmark. The restyled rear taillights include BMW's two-stage Adaptive Brake Lights.
The M Roadster distinguishes itself from the standard Z4 starting with its front air dam, consisting of an X-shaped combination of lines and openings, plus the large air intake scoops. The M Roadster uses exclusive double-spoke design 18-inch alloy wheels. And last, but certainly not least, the rear of the M Roadster incorporates a horizontal diffuser and the four round tailpipes which have become a hallmark of BMW M design.
The distinctive M touches continue in the interior. As on other BMW M products, the white-on-black instruments include red indicator needles accentuated by white illumination. Also included is the engine speed band in the tachometer. As in other BMW M cars, the yellow pre-warning field and red warning field show the safe operating range of engine speed as a function of oil temperature. Other interior elements are also upgraded for the M Roadster, including the steering wheel, gearshift knob and door sills.
New exterior colors, including three that are exclusive to BMW M, allow the new Z4 or M Roadster to be tailored to individual tastes. As with the Z4 Roadster, all BMW M Roadsters will be built exclusively at BMW's U.S. manufacturing facility in Spartanburg, SC.
All-new BMW M6 - See the full press release on the M6 here
With a 500 horsepower V10 engine and seven-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG), the all-new BMW M6 is capable of extraordinary performance - 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. It offers an unparalleled capability for a driver-tailored driving experience and the first use of a carbon fiber roof in a production vehicle, all wrapped within the stylish lines of the BMW 6 Series. The 2006 BMW M6 arrives in U.S. showrooms this spring with an MSRP of $96,795 including destination and handling.
Motorsport-inspired drivetrain and suspension
The new M6 features an F1 inspired, normally aspirated V10 engine. This 500 horsepower engine is capable of speeds in excess of 8,000 rpm. It is mated to the industry's first seven-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox. Featuring Drivelogic, this SMG puts 11 different shift programs at the driver's fingertips. The suspension features Electronic Damping Control (EDC) with three driver settings and infinite variability of firmness. This system has been tailored by BMW M to provide the right firmness when needed for spirited motoring while maintaining ride comfort for cruising. The M Variable Differential Lock enables the M6 to effectively put its considerable power to the ground, particularly on slippery surfaces and when accelerating out of corners. The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system has also been tailored to include the M Dynamic Mode for those occasions when the driver wants to have a higher level of wheel slip without disengaging the system. Of course, in true BMW fashion, DSC may be switched off completely when desired.
Innovative weight saving
The new M6 builds on the intelligent weight saving innovations already seen in the 6 Series, such as an aluminum front structure, sheet-molded compound trunk lid, and thermoplastic front fender. The M6 includes the first carbon-fiber roof in a production automobile. As with many of BMW's intelligent weight saving innovations, this pays double benefits. In addition to saving weight overall, the lighter roof serves to lower the M6's center of gravity, contributing to agility. The front and rear bumper supports are also made from carbon-fiber. The considerable front and rear cross-drilled disc brakes are of a compound design with an aluminum center hub which reduces unsprung weight for greater responsiveness.
Unique style offered with many exterior and interior choices
The BMW M6 is based on the award-winning design of the BMW 6 Series. It adds subtle and functional touches such as a unique front air dam, which is designed to direct more airflow to the V10 engine as well as the front brakes. The rear air diffuser, flanked by the four round tailpipes which are characteristic of products from BMW M, is designed to reduce rear lift for greater stability at higher speeds. Other styling touches include the side gills in the front fenders, sculpted rocker panels, and M-style side mirrors. The palette of seven exterior colors includes four exclusive to BMW M - Silverstone II, Interlagos Blue, Sepang Bronze and Indianapolis Red. The tailored interior is offered with eight upholstery choices, which include five full-leather options, and a choice of three trim options.
Driver-tailored driving experience
Like the new M5 Sedan, the M6 Coupe offers its driver the ability to tailor the driving experience. The driver can choose three engine output programs - P400, P500 and P500 Sport. Drivelogic puts 11 shift programs for the seven-speed SMG at the driver's fingertips. Electronic Damping Control offers three levels of shock-absorber firmness - Normal, Comfort, and Sport. Even the DSC system offers a choice of standard and M Dynamic modes as well as the option of switching it off. These combine for a total of 279 settings. The M Drive feature allows the driver to custom-tailor each of these settings into one program, which can be instantly selected at the touch of the "M" button on the steering wheel.
Z4 Coupe Concept Study - See the full press release on the Z4 Coupe Concept here
With the BMW Z4 Coupe concept study, BMW is setting new stylistic, design and technical trends. The two-seater embodies the classic values of the BMW brand and serves as the inspiration for the recently-announced Z4 Coupe and M Coupe production versions, which will be available this summer..
Performance of a Thoroughbred Sports Car.
The new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine was selected as the power source for the BMW Z4 Coupe concept study. And this combination promises impressive driving dynamics for a corresponding production model. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) can be covered in well under 6 seconds, and the push continues up to the 250 km/h (155 mph) limit of BMW production vehicles. Its modern suspension control systems, the electric power steering (EPS), and a high performance brake system contribute to an optimum driving experience. The extreme chassis rigidity, which characterizes even the concept study, ensures optimum driving performance while providing above-average crash safety for a sports car.
Contrasts Instead of Compromises: Dynamic Even in Design.
The focus during the development of the BMW Z4 Coupe Concept was on driving performance. The designers have taken an equally uncompromising approach to realizing the visual dynamics. The esthetics of the concept study build on the expressive design language of the BMW Z4 Roadster. The long hood, the "greenhouse" shifted to the rear, and the short overhangs in front and rear signal classic design features of the BMW brand. In combination with the long wheelbase and a center of gravity far to the rear, the coupe even at rest gives the impression of relentlessly pressing forward. The interplay of concave and convex surfaces merging into striking lines gives the exterior a unique character but also a touch of visual dynamics even at a standstill. A flowing roofline characterizes the BMW Z4 Coupe as a classic coupe with a center of gravity visually shifted towards the rear axle. The recess in the middle of the roof reinforces the sporting look and character. The combination of these elements conveys a forward-looking dynamism. The coupe appears low, fast and, at the same time, elegant.
The greenhouse visibly tapers out into the rear end. As a result, the rear wheels are visually emphasized and appear powerful and muscular. The spoiler designed into the rear lid also ensures optimum aerodynamics; the third brake light is integrated into the rear lid beneath the spoiler. The spoiler and brake light also emphasize the width of the rear end. The seam around the rear lid extends discreetly along the rear side windows and then merges with the sill line. Even with the rear lid open, the sporting look of the rear side windows with the characteristic Hofmeister kink is visible.
The exterior paintwork in "Glacier Silver", developed exclusively for this study, gives the coupe the silky-matte glossiness of a solid aluminum sculpture. Nineteen-inch aluminum wheels, clearly showing their dimensionality and with an intentionally dark finish to contrast with the exterior paintwork, highlight the concentrated, powerful overall impression. They were designed exclusively for this study and were produced using elaborate casting technology.
Dynamics for the Senses: The Interior.
With great attention to detail, BMW's color and trim designers created a unique, tailored interior for the BMW Z4 Coupe. Ultra-modern materials were exclusively combined for this concept study and produced as one-of-a-kind. The refined interior of the study points far into the future of interior design, indicating what will be possible even for production models.
Matte and gloss contrast in the many solid aluminum elements and visually bring the technology of the vehicle into the interior. At the same time, soft leather in warm brown tones radiates a sense of security in the interior. There is a striking interplay between bright and dark surfaces, conveying a sense of safety as well as openness and spaciousness. This creates a spatial impression further intensified by the distribution of colors on the dashboard and the interior trim.
Aluminum Becomes an Experience for Sight and Touch.
The interior is dominated by polished and brushed aluminum parts alongside leather, whose subtle matte/glossy contrast gives a sculptural and technical effect. The three-dimensional rings around the round instruments, the steering wheel spokes, the door handles and pulls for storage compartments, the air conditioner adjustment knobs, the pedals and loading trim of the luggage compartment are milled from a single block of aluminum.
BMW Active Hybrid Concept Study
At NAIAS 2006, BMW is presenting a trendsetting solution for efficient dynamics: the BMW Active Hybrid drive concept, which combines novel technological developments in the areas of drive, transmission, and energy storage.
In addition, it offers insight into the most significant BMW innovations in this sector. For example, transparent sill-board trims reveal copper-colored electrical energy storage units ("Super Caps"). They are a basic component of the BMW Active Hybrid concept. They make a significant contribution to increasing vehicle performance and, the same time, to lowering fuel consumption. This is made possible through the recovery of energy that supplies an auxiliary electrical drive unit. The BMW Concept X3 EfficientDynamics vehicle is a technological medium that demonstrates how driving pleasure combined with high performance and low fuel consumption may continue to be possible in the future.
Energy Management BMW Style: High Performance, Optimum Fuel Economy.
The BMW Group defines "Hybridization" as the intelligent management of energy flow in the vehicle. A hybrid concept must fulfill all of the properties typical for BMW, such as dynamic performance with excellent fuel economy, must be suitable for all driving conditions, and must be available for the broadest possible utilization in the range of models. This philosophy is demonstrated by the technology of the BMW Concept X3 EfficientDynamics, which differs from the hybrid systems that are currently being produced and developed: it is based on an efficient internal combustion engine. Its core element, however, is an active transmission that accommodates the electric motor including electronics without additional space requirements. It has another special feature: this active transmission is not supplied by a conventional battery but instead by high-performance capacitors.
Higher Performance, Lower Emissions.
Data generated in a computer simulation show that the concept vehicle can accelerate significantly faster than a comparable production model with a conventional drive unit. Accelerating from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) is calculated at around 6.7 seconds, while top speed is around 235 km/h (146mph). This performance is coupled with a reduction of fuel consumption and the associated emissions by around 20% in relation to the European driving cycle.
EfficientDynamics: High Precision Injection and Brake Energy Regeneration
At NAIAS 2006, BMW is presenting innovative drive technologies which, especially in combination, will result in significant fuel consumption reductions without any sacrifice in terms of driving performance. "High Precision Injection", a fuel injection technology that BMW will introduce within the next few years, is a jet-guided direct fuel injection system suitable for large-scale production.
With Brake Energy Regeneration, the BMW Group is introducing a system for recovering energy which, in the past, was released as heat by the brake discs. Now, intelligent alternator regulation can be utilized for the reduction of fuel consumption. The system is complemented by an automatic engine start-stop system.
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