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    Brightwells June sale #1989 / Z1 / #BMW-Z1 / #BMW-M20 / #M20B27 / #M20 / #BMW-Z-Series / #BMW-Z-Series-E30 / #BMW / SOLD FOR: £ 25,000

    It seems like the Z1 has been on the cusp of going up in value for many years now and we’re somewhat surprised that they’ve not attracted investors and collectors in greater numbers. This example had covered just 53,000km (approximately 33k miles) and had a large history folder packed full of receipts and invoices. At £25,000 it looked like good value for money.
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    Schmiedmann #BMW-N54 and #BMW-N63 turbo upgrades / #BMW-N63-Schmiedmann / #BMW-N54-Schmiedmann / #Schmiedmann / #2016 / #BMW

    Developed in collaboration with Turbo DK, these new turbo kits from Schmiedmann are designed to take your BMW’s performance to the next level. The #N54 turbos (for 35i models) feature a 42/60mm CNC-milled ’charger wheel, a 41/47 turbine axle, an upgraded wastegate bush to eliminate wastegate rattle, upgraded bearings, and are rated to 550hp.

    The #N63 turbos (for 50i models) feature a 48/68mm CNC-milled ’charger wheel, a bigger turbine axle, an upgraded wastegate bush, upgraded bearings, and are rated to 800hp. Both turbo kits offer 100 per cent OEM installation.

    Price: N54: £1904.07; N63: £2385.07
    Contact: www.schmiedmann.co.uk
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    Schnitzer’s Essen-tial delights / #AC-Schnitzer / #BMW / #2016 / #BMW-150d /

    AC Schnitzer has supported the Essen tuning show for a long time and generally brings something wild to the party – and this year was no exception. True, its grey #BMW-1-Series hatch might not have looked like a show stopper, but if you looked closer it was right up there with its more extreme machinery. Under the hatch’s bonnet Schnitzer has managed to shoehorn in the triple-turbo diesel from the M50d and once this 3.0-litre diesel has been breathed on by Schnitzer’s techs it develops a healthy 400hp at 4000rpm and a monstrous 590lb ft of torque at 2500rpm. That makes it good for a 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds and a 80-180km/h (50-112mph) time of just 7.9 seconds – that really is quick!

    Obviously this headline-grabbing machine was there for a reason, and that was to promote Schnitzer’s array of styling, suspension and engine modifications for the face-lifted 1 Series which are available for both the SE and M Sport machinery. Schnitzer didn’t stop at the 1 Series, though, as it also had the face-lifted LCI 3 Series on display and while the changes for the serial production car might not have been radical, Schnitzer has developed a new range of parts to suit the subtly altered Three. As you’d expect there’s a new range of styling parts, many of which can be ordered in carbon as well as moulded polyurethane.

    Power upgrades are available for virtually all models, with only the new 340i and 330i still in development, and some models see some pretty impressive gains – such as the 316i which has been boosted from 136hp to 204hp, and the 320i which now offers 245hp, up from 184hp. There’s a choice of either racing suspension (height adjustable, bump and rebound adjustable, 30- 40mm lower), sports suspension (with 25-30mm lowering) and a spring kit too. As you’d expect there is also a full wheel programme with alloys ranging from 18-21-inches in diameter.

    Last, but by no means least, was the Schnitzer Falcon, based on the X6. This wide-bodied bruiser won’t be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no doubting its road presence. Power outputs vary depending on engine, but Schnitzer has upgrades ranging from a 309hp 30d to 650hp for the X6M.

    If you’re interested in the official AC Schnitzer program then check out www.ac-schnitzer.co.uk or if you’re outside the UK, www.ac-schnitzer.de.
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    Bought in ten minutes! #BMW-UK / #BMW / #BMW-AG / #2016

    BMW UK has launched a unique end-to-end online service, where customers can select, finance and purchase their car online, potentially being able to buy a new car in less than ten minutes. With just a few clicks, prospective BMW owners can build their perfect car, arrange a test drive if necessary, agree financing options, payment method, and get a trade-in value for their own car before finalising the delivery date – all online, 24/7.

    Dr Ian Robertson, member of the BMW AG board of management responsible for sales and marketing BMW and sales channels BMW Group, said: “We are the first car manufacturer to offer a digital sales solution for the entire product range and the full end-to-end buying or leasing process online. Now, UK customers can do everything from the comfort of their home. The integration of the BMW Genius via live chat and retailer messaging functions, where the customer is able to get personalised support in real time, makes this system unique and a new benchmark for the automotive industry.”

    The aim of BMW Retail Online is to offer the dealer more channels and opportunities to get in touch with potential customers and to adapt to changing purchasing behaviour and technology awareness. Though the buying process can be done entirely online, the dealer remains at the heart of the process and is in control of the sale.

    Furthermore, many customers appreciate the availability of personal, human advice at points along the way. Multi-channel chat options (webchat, phone or email) mirror the in-showroom BMW Genius experience, offered from 8am-10pm. Before being rolled out nationally, #BMW-Retail-Online was trialled with nine UK retailers and proved such a success that 95 per cent of BMW UK retailers will offer this service to their customers.

    News of this announcement coincides with general purchasing trends for all types of goods increasingly moving to the web. Online global commerce is expected to reach US$ 2.5 trillion by 2020. This trend is reflected in the car industry, with 97 per cent of buyers researching their car purchase online and customers now visiting a retailer on average just 1.4 times before completing their purchase. This compares to an average of four visits per purchase in 1998.
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