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What’s $190000 Between Friends? BMW M4 GT4 Now Available For Order

BMW M4 GT4

For $67,195 BMW will sell you an M4, a proverbial race car for the street; however, for just a smidge less than $190,000, the German company will sell you a literal race car. The BMW M4 GT4 is now available for order, and unsurprisingly the twin-turbocharged coupe means serious business.The 187-inch long race car wears a carbon-fiber hood from the water-injected M4 GTS, a pair of carbon-fiber doors, and a host of aerodynamic add-ons, including front splitters and a massive rear wing. BMW also equips the stripped-out M4 GT4 with the seat, brakes, and pedal box from the bigger BMW M6 GT3 race car. Those brakes comprise of chunky 15.4-inch front and 14-inch rear rotors, with calipers using six pistons in front and four piston at the rear.

BMW M4 GT4

Other racing upgrades include a built-in air jack, adjustable anti-roll bars, a set of Öhlins shocks, and an adjustable spring at each corner. While BMW went to town on the M4 GT4’s suspension components, the company played it safe with the powertrain, since GT4 rules require that the basic engine—including its position, location, and orientation—remain original. As such, the M4 GT4’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six can be traced back to the production M4. Fitted with a racing exhaust, the engine produces 431 hp, just six more than the production car. All of that power is sent rearward via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s been programmed for racing. Meanwhile, a massive 33-gallon fuel tank stretches the distance between pit stops.

BMW notes that customers will have the opportunity to begin racing the M4 GT4 in 2018, with the first customer cars expected to enter the 24 Hours of Dubai in January. Until then, BMW’s factory team is waving the M4 GT4’s flag at racing events around the world, with the car set to compete next at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany.

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Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/whats-190000-between-friends-bmw-m4-gt4-now-available-for-order/

What’s $190000 Between Friends? BMW M4 GT4 Now Available For Order

BMW M4 GT4

For $67,195 BMW will sell you an M4, a proverbial race car for the street; however, for just a smidge less than $190,000, the German company will sell you a literal race car. The BMW M4 GT4 is now available for order, and unsurprisingly the twin-turbocharged coupe means serious business.The 187-inch long race car wears a carbon-fiber hood from the water-injected M4 GTS, a pair of carbon-fiber doors, and a host of aerodynamic add-ons, including front splitters and a massive rear wing. BMW also equips the stripped-out M4 GT4 with the seat, brakes, and pedal box from the bigger BMW M6 GT3 race car. Those brakes comprise of chunky 15.4-inch front and 14-inch rear rotors, with calipers using six pistons in front and four piston at the rear.

BMW M4 GT4

Other racing upgrades include a built-in air jack, adjustable anti-roll bars, a set of Öhlins shocks, and an adjustable spring at each corner. While BMW went to town on the M4 GT4’s suspension components, the company played it safe with the powertrain, since GT4 rules require that the basic engine—including its position, location, and orientation—remain original. As such, the M4 GT4’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six can be traced back to the production M4. Fitted with a racing exhaust, the engine produces 431 hp, just six more than the production car. All of that power is sent rearward via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s been programmed for racing. Meanwhile, a massive 33-gallon fuel tank stretches the distance between pit stops.

BMW notes that customers will have the opportunity to begin racing the M4 GT4 in 2018, with the first customer cars expected to enter the 24 Hours of Dubai in January. Until then, BMW’s factory team is waving the M4 GT4’s flag at racing events around the world, with the car set to compete next at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany.

BMW-M4-GTS-REEL

Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/whats-190000-between-friends-bmw-m4-gt4-now-available-for-order/

What’s $190000 Between Friends? BMW M4 GT4 Now Available For Order

BMW M4 GT4

For $67,195 BMW will sell you an M4, a proverbial race car for the street; however, for just a smidge less than $190,000, the German company will sell you a literal race car. The BMW M4 GT4 is now available for order, and unsurprisingly the twin-turbocharged coupe means serious business.The 187-inch long race car wears a carbon-fiber hood from the water-injected M4 GTS, a pair of carbon-fiber doors, and a host of aerodynamic add-ons, including front splitters and a massive rear wing. BMW also equips the stripped-out M4 GT4 with the seat, brakes, and pedal box from the bigger BMW M6 GT3 race car. Those brakes comprise of chunky 15.4-inch front and 14-inch rear rotors, with calipers using six pistons in front and four piston at the rear.

BMW M4 GT4

Other racing upgrades include a built-in air jack, adjustable anti-roll bars, a set of Öhlins shocks, and an adjustable spring at each corner. While BMW went to town on the M4 GT4’s suspension components, the company played it safe with the powertrain, since GT4 rules require that the basic engine—including its position, location, and orientation—remain original. As such, the M4 GT4’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six can be traced back to the production M4. Fitted with a racing exhaust, the engine produces 431 hp, just six more than the production car. All of that power is sent rearward via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s been programmed for racing. Meanwhile, a massive 33-gallon fuel tank stretches the distance between pit stops.

BMW notes that customers will have the opportunity to begin racing the M4 GT4 in 2018, with the first customer cars expected to enter the 24 Hours of Dubai in January. Until then, BMW’s factory team is waving the M4 GT4’s flag at racing events around the world, with the car set to compete next at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany.

BMW-M4-GTS-REEL

Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/whats-190000-between-friends-bmw-m4-gt4-now-available-for-order/

President Trump and the German car imbroglio

“Free Trade” – my assemblage currently featured at the Barrett Art Gallery in Santa Monica.

With the usual gross exaggeration, the media have been reporting that President Trump told European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and E.U. Council president Donald Tusk that “the Germans are bad, very bad” for making and selling lots of cars, contributing to their trade surplus, due to all their exports.

Juncker said it never happened and the conversation was about Germany’s trade surplus and it was quite civilized.  When you’ve got an arrogant, supercilious, disdainful European Union official such as him defending Trump, you know he must be telling the truth.  Via Google Translate, the quote disavowing the media claims is here in Der Spiegel:

Trump had in no way been aggressively put forward. “‘Bad’ does not mean evil – bad enough,” said Juncker. The atmosphere was constructive. “He did not say the Germans behave badly. He said we have a problem,” said Juncker.

Still, there’s a bit of an argument worth looking at, given the issue at hand.  Trump is criticizing the Germans for their cutting-edge industry selling first-rate cars?  How could that be bad?  Or a problem?  Shouldn’t every nation do what it does best?  Some nations produce the world’s best hoteliers, others produce the world’s finest agricultural products, still others produce the world’s best chess players and computer programmers.  Germans do precision tools and cars.  The metalworking industry has been a German area of excellence since the rise of Nuremberg, in Bavaria (where the cars are now made), on a major trade route to Italy.  Albrecht Durer, the greatest painter Germany ever produced, was the son of a Nuremberg metalworker in the 15th century, and his life and work were intimately connected with the commercial rise of this city, showing that great art arises from great commercial prosperity.  The city itself fell into decline when wars took over.  But Bavaria remained Germany’s industrial center.

This brings me to my real point.  They’re Germans.  What do Germans do when they aren’t busily cranking out cars?  It’s either Germans making and selling cars, or else they go Nazi.  Germany has a hideous record of military aggression when it is not kept busy with commercial pursuits.  Is it a really good thing to tell Germans not to make cars anymore?

And to address the trade surplus issue that comes of it, it’s worth noting that the lines are not as clear as the statistics suggest.  Trade is a complex thing, which is why some of the best free-market economists say deficits don’t matter.  Germany is one of America’s largest foreign investors, with $208 billion in investments here, employing 620,000 American workers.  They locally source when they produce their cars here because it’s the most cost-effective way to do it, visiting German auto executives told me a few years ago.  So when Germans build cars for the German market, they like to use Romanian factories because they are closest to the spare parts makers around the region, and this cuts inefficiencies and transport costs.  Same thing with the U.S. BMW cars sold in the U.S. assembled at plants in South Carolina, and Mercedes-Benzes sold in the U.S. made in Alabama.  (Volkswagen is now mostly in Mexico, but that keeps the illegals employed in their home country.)  Japan, too, locally sources its production, with Toyota’s operations in Kentucky and Texas, and Nissan’s in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Juncker pointed out that the argument Trump was making was directed at Germany but insisted there was no going to Germany directly.  Any dealings with Germany would have to be done through the E.U. which makes no distinction between countries.

I was making clear that the U.S. cannot compare their trade situation with individual member states of the European Union. They have to compare their performances with the global performances of the European Union and I made it clear that the commission is charged with trade issues and not the member states.

That may be what Trump really meant to get at, and he is likely right that bilateral agreements based on individual countries’ particulars is a better way to go in negotiating better treaty deals, which seems to be what he wants with Germany.  There’s no sense applying the same muscle to Greece as is required in a deal with Germany – and that is where Juncker slides into unreality.

In any case, it’s an unfortunate thing that car-making is what Germany is being criticized for.  There are so many things the Germans need to be blasted for – their laziness on defense, their kowtowing to the gamier elements of the Middle East, their open-borders migrant policy, their miserable socialist taxes that keep their birthrate down, and their intrusive government structure that discourages religion and family formation, in addition to their disgusting affinity for the European Union.  But car-making isn’t what makes Germany “bad” or a problem.  Juncker pretty well explained that the E.U. would be a roadblock toward any adjustment of trade terms with Germany.  That’s where the real problem is, and it will likely be a chronic one until the European Union breaks up.  It really isn’t German cars.

Article source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/05/trump_and_the_german_car_imbroglio.html

President Trump and the German car imbroglio

“Free Trade” – my assemblage currently featured at the Barrett Art Gallery in Santa Monica.

With the usual gross exaggeration, the media have been reporting that President Trump told European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and E.U. Council president Donald Tusk that “the Germans are bad, very bad” for making and selling lots of cars, contributing to their trade surplus, due to all their exports.

Juncker said it never happened and the conversation was about Germany’s trade surplus and it was quite civilized.  When you’ve got an arrogant, supercilious, disdainful European Union official such as him defending Trump, you know he must be telling the truth.  Via Google Translate, the quote disavowing the media claims is here in Der Spiegel:

Trump had in no way been aggressively put forward. “‘Bad’ does not mean evil – bad enough,” said Juncker. The atmosphere was constructive. “He did not say the Germans behave badly. He said we have a problem,” said Juncker.

Still, there’s a bit of an argument worth looking at, given the issue at hand.  Trump is criticizing the Germans for their cutting-edge industry selling first-rate cars?  How could that be bad?  Or a problem?  Shouldn’t every nation do what it does best?  Some nations produce the world’s best hoteliers, others produce the world’s finest agricultural products, still others produce the world’s best chess players and computer programmers.  Germans do precision tools and cars.  The metalworking industry has been a German area of excellence since the rise of Nuremberg, in Bavaria (where the cars are now made), on a major trade route to Italy.  Albrecht Durer, the greatest painter Germany ever produced, was the son of a Nuremberg metalworker in the 15th century, and his life and work were intimately connected with the commercial rise of this city, showing that great art arises from great commercial prosperity.  The city itself fell into decline when wars took over.  But Bavaria remained Germany’s industrial center.

This brings me to my real point.  They’re Germans.  What do Germans do when they aren’t busily cranking out cars?  It’s either Germans making and selling cars, or else they go Nazi.  Germany has a hideous record of military aggression when it is not kept busy with commercial pursuits.  Is it a really good thing to tell Germans not to make cars anymore?

And to address the trade surplus issue that comes of it, it’s worth noting that the lines are not as clear as the statistics suggest.  Trade is a complex thing, which is why some of the best free-market economists say deficits don’t matter.  Germany is one of America’s largest foreign investors, with $208 billion in investments here, employing 620,000 American workers.  They locally source when they produce their cars here because it’s the most cost-effective way to do it, visiting German auto executives told me a few years ago.  So when Germans build cars for the German market, they like to use Romanian factories because they are closest to the spare parts makers around the region, and this cuts inefficiencies and transport costs.  Same thing with the U.S. BMW cars sold in the U.S. assembled at plants in South Carolina, and Mercedes-Benzes sold in the U.S. made in Alabama.  (Volkswagen is now mostly in Mexico, but that keeps the illegals employed in their home country.)  Japan, too, locally sources its production, with Toyota’s operations in Kentucky and Texas, and Nissan’s in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Juncker pointed out that the argument Trump was making was directed at Germany but insisted there was no going to Germany directly.  Any dealings with Germany would have to be done through the E.U. which makes no distinction between countries.

I was making clear that the U.S. cannot compare their trade situation with individual member states of the European Union. They have to compare their performances with the global performances of the European Union and I made it clear that the commission is charged with trade issues and not the member states.

That may be what Trump really meant to get at, and he is likely right that bilateral agreements based on individual countries’ particulars is a better way to go in negotiating better treaty deals, which seems to be what he wants with Germany.  There’s no sense applying the same muscle to Greece as is required in a deal with Germany – and that is where Juncker slides into unreality.

In any case, it’s an unfortunate thing that car-making is what Germany is being criticized for.  There are so many things the Germans need to be blasted for – their laziness on defense, their kowtowing to the gamier elements of the Middle East, their open-borders migrant policy, their miserable socialist taxes that keep their birthrate down, and their intrusive government structure that discourages religion and family formation, in addition to their disgusting affinity for the European Union.  But car-making isn’t what makes Germany “bad” or a problem.  Juncker pretty well explained that the E.U. would be a roadblock toward any adjustment of trade terms with Germany.  That’s where the real problem is, and it will likely be a chronic one until the European Union breaks up.  It really isn’t German cars.

Article source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/05/trump_and_the_german_car_imbroglio.html

President Trump and the German car imbroglio

“Free Trade” – my assemblage currently featured at the Barrett Art Gallery in Santa Monica.

With the usual gross exaggeration, the media have been reporting that President Trump told European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and E.U. Council president Donald Tusk that “the Germans are bad, very bad” for making and selling lots of cars, contributing to their trade surplus, due to all their exports.

Juncker said it never happened and the conversation was about Germany’s trade surplus and it was quite civilized.  When you’ve got an arrogant, supercilious, disdainful European Union official such as him defending Trump, you know he must be telling the truth.  Via Google Translate, the quote disavowing the media claims is here in Der Spiegel:

Trump had in no way been aggressively put forward. “‘Bad’ does not mean evil – bad enough,” said Juncker. The atmosphere was constructive. “He did not say the Germans behave badly. He said we have a problem,” said Juncker.

Still, there’s a bit of an argument worth looking at, given the issue at hand.  Trump is criticizing the Germans for their cutting-edge industry selling first-rate cars?  How could that be bad?  Or a problem?  Shouldn’t every nation do what it does best?  Some nations produce the world’s best hoteliers, others produce the world’s finest agricultural products, still others produce the world’s best chess players and computer programmers.  Germans do precision tools and cars.  The metalworking industry has been a German area of excellence since the rise of Nuremberg, in Bavaria (where the cars are now made), on a major trade route to Italy.  Albrecht Durer, the greatest painter Germany ever produced, was the son of a Nuremberg metalworker in the 15th century, and his life and work were intimately connected with the commercial rise of this city, showing that great art arises from great commercial prosperity.  The city itself fell into decline when wars took over.  But Bavaria remained Germany’s industrial center.

This brings me to my real point.  They’re Germans.  What do Germans do when they aren’t busily cranking out cars?  It’s either Germans making and selling cars, or else they go Nazi.  Germany has a hideous record of military aggression when it is not kept busy with commercial pursuits.  Is it a really good thing to tell Germans not to make cars anymore?

And to address the trade surplus issue that comes of it, it’s worth noting that the lines are not as clear as the statistics suggest.  Trade is a complex thing, which is why some of the best free-market economists say deficits don’t matter.  Germany is one of America’s largest foreign investors, with $208 billion in investments here, employing 620,000 American workers.  They locally source when they produce their cars here because it’s the most cost-effective way to do it, visiting German auto executives told me a few years ago.  So when Germans build cars for the German market, they like to use Romanian factories because they are closest to the spare parts makers around the region, and this cuts inefficiencies and transport costs.  Same thing with the U.S. BMW cars sold in the U.S. assembled at plants in South Carolina, and Mercedes-Benzes sold in the U.S. made in Alabama.  (Volkswagen is now mostly in Mexico, but that keeps the illegals employed in their home country.)  Japan, too, locally sources its production, with Toyota’s operations in Kentucky and Texas, and Nissan’s in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Juncker pointed out that the argument Trump was making was directed at Germany but insisted there was no going to Germany directly.  Any dealings with Germany would have to be done through the E.U. which makes no distinction between countries.

I was making clear that the U.S. cannot compare their trade situation with individual member states of the European Union. They have to compare their performances with the global performances of the European Union and I made it clear that the commission is charged with trade issues and not the member states.

That may be what Trump really meant to get at, and he is likely right that bilateral agreements based on individual countries’ particulars is a better way to go in negotiating better treaty deals, which seems to be what he wants with Germany.  There’s no sense applying the same muscle to Greece as is required in a deal with Germany – and that is where Juncker slides into unreality.

In any case, it’s an unfortunate thing that car-making is what Germany is being criticized for.  There are so many things the Germans need to be blasted for – their laziness on defense, their kowtowing to the gamier elements of the Middle East, their open-borders migrant policy, their miserable socialist taxes that keep their birthrate down, and their intrusive government structure that discourages religion and family formation, in addition to their disgusting affinity for the European Union.  But car-making isn’t what makes Germany “bad” or a problem.  Juncker pretty well explained that the E.U. would be a roadblock toward any adjustment of trade terms with Germany.  That’s where the real problem is, and it will likely be a chronic one until the European Union breaks up.  It really isn’t German cars.

Article source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/05/trump_and_the_german_car_imbroglio.html

BMW M8 Prototype: Munich Forecasts New Peak Performer at Nurburgring

BMW M8 Villa d'Este conceptBMW M8 Villa d'Este concept

Two days after BMW unveiled the Concept 8-series at the famous Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Italy’s Lake Como, it’s using the 24-hour sports-car race at the Nürburgring to preview the hottest new 8-series coupe: the M8.

Unlike the Como concept, this prototype was entirely covered with camouflage wrap, so the presentation was more of an aural than a visual treat. What we could see were fat tires, large aerodynamic addenda, four round exhaust tips, typical M-spec mirrors, and huge air intakes. Behind the intakes is a powerplant that is hungry for air, both to ingest and for cooling: the next-gen twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that probably will make something north of 600 horsepower. This is the same engine that powers the next M5, and it will be mated solely to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive will be standard, although drivers will be able to select a rear-wheel-drive mode to induce powerslides or to drift at will.

The M8, we’re advised, will be at least 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing M6 it replaces. While the new M8 will be the spiritual successor of the M6, there is a historical precursor that was called M8. It was a prototype derivative of the 1990s-era 8-series, fitted with a 6.0-liter V-12 rated at about 540 horsepower and equipped with a manual transmission. BMW decided against building it and went for the 850CSi instead.

There is a good reason for the Nürburgring to serve as the venue for this car’s announcement. That’s because BMW will build a racing version of the new M8 called the M8 GTE, which is set to make its competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona next January—months before the roadgoing car comes to market.

BMW M8 Villa d'Este conceptBMW M8 Villa d'Este concept


Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/bmw-m8-prototype-munich-forecasts-new-peak-performer-at-nurburgring/

BMW M8 Prototype: Munich Forecasts New Peak Performer at Nurburgring

BMW M8 Villa d'Este concept

Two days after BMW unveiled the Concept 8-series at the famous Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Italy’s Lake Como, it’s using the 24-hour sports-car race at the Nürburgring to preview the hottest new 8-series coupe: the M8.

Unlike the Como concept, this prototype was entirely covered with camouflage wrap, so the presentation was more of an aural than a visual treat. What we could see were fat tires, large aerodynamic addenda, four round exhaust tips, typical M-spec mirrors, and huge air intakes. Behind the intakes is a powerplant that is hungry for air, both to ingest and for cooling: the next-gen twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that probably will make something north of 600 horsepower. This is the same engine that powers the next M5, and it will be mated solely to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive will be standard, although drivers will be able to select a rear-wheel-drive mode to induce powerslides or to drift at will.

The M8, we’re advised, will be at least 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing M6 it replaces. While the new M8 will be the spiritual successor of the M6, there is a historical precursor that was called M8. It was a prototype derivative of the 1990s-era 8-series, fitted with a 6.0-liter V-12 rated at about 540 horsepower and equipped with a manual transmission. BMW decided against building it and went for the 850CSi instead.

There is a good reason for the Nürburgring to serve as the venue for this car’s announcement. That’s because BMW will build a racing version of the new M8 called the M8 GTE, which is set to make its competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona next January—months before the roadgoing car comes to market.

BMW M8 Villa d'Este conceptBMW M8 Villa d'Este concept


Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/bmw-m8-prototype-munich-forecasts-new-peak-performer-at-nurburgring/

BMW M8 Prototype: Munich Forecasts New Peak Performer at Nurburgring

BMW M8 Villa d'Este conceptBMW M8 Villa d'Este concept

Two days after BMW unveiled the Concept 8-series at the famous Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Italy’s Lake Como, it’s using the 24-hour sports-car race at the Nürburgring to preview the hottest new 8-series coupe: the M8.

Unlike the Como concept, this prototype was entirely covered with camouflage wrap, so the presentation was more of an aural than a visual treat. What we could see were fat tires, large aerodynamic addenda, four round exhaust tips, typical M-spec mirrors, and huge air intakes. Behind the intakes is a powerplant that is hungry for air, both to ingest and for cooling: the next-gen twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that probably will make something north of 600 horsepower. This is the same engine that powers the next M5, and it will be mated solely to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive will be standard, although drivers will be able to select a rear-wheel-drive mode to induce powerslides or to drift at will.

The M8, we’re advised, will be at least 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing M6 it replaces. While the new M8 will be the spiritual successor of the M6, there is a historical precursor that was called M8. It was a prototype derivative of the 1990s-era 8-series, fitted with a 6.0-liter V-12 rated at about 540 horsepower and equipped with a manual transmission. BMW decided against building it and went for the 850CSi instead.

There is a good reason for the Nürburgring to serve as the venue for this car’s announcement. That’s because BMW will build a racing version of the new M8 called the M8 GTE, which is set to make its competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona next January—months before the roadgoing car comes to market.

BMW M8 Villa d'Este conceptBMW M8 Villa d'Este concept


Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/bmw-m8-prototype-munich-forecasts-new-peak-performer-at-nurburgring/

Guess How Many Americans Now Have Auto Loans

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