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Tyre pressure indicator for each BMW

Available in future as a standard feature: Tyre pressure indicator for each individual tyre.

TPM - tyre pressure monitor on BMW M3

TPM – tyre pressure monitor on BMW M3 2009

If until now some BMW drivers were checking tyre pressure manually the new owners won’t have to do that.

Starting with spring of 2014 drivers of all new BMW’s will have tyre pressure indicator offered as a standard equipment with the exception of the BMW X6.

Sensors on all four tyres facilitate an exact and individual monitoring of the pressure in each individual tyre. The tyre pressure currently at hand will be shown in the Control Display or the instrument cluster, respectively, depending on the model and the equipment options customers have chosen.

The only thing is that I hope it won’t be annoying to the driver, if for example you are somewhere where you can’t pump wheels at this very moment.

What is your experience with BMW Tyre Pressure sensors?

Source: BMW Press Group

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BMW wins three “Gelbe Engel” awarded by the ADAC

Awards for brand strength, the BMW X1’s quality and the BMW 520d as best touring sedan.

ADAC – Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobilclub.

ADAC “Gelber Engel” awards are among the most important trophies in the German automotive industry. The accolades are handed out in nine categories. Decisions are made by juries of experts or ADAC members and are based on the results of breakdown statistics or the ADAC test. Due to these selection criteria the accolades are seen as a significant seal of quality in each category. BMW,Press Group.

Now, let’s see what for was awarded our favorite brand.

Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Dr.-Ing. Norbert Reithofer got the award in the category “Strongest Brand”.

This time cars were appreciated in a total of nine categories: “Brand”, “Quality”, “Touring Sedan”, “Family Car”, “City Car”, “Eco Car”, “Germany’s Favourite Car”, “Innovation and Environment” and “Personality”. More aspects of analysis results in a more accurate results and more clear view of what a car is.

The BMW 520d was named best touring sedan. Thus again, a 5 Series model achieved victory following the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition BluePerformance in the previous year. This award was received by Dr. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW.

The 520d model has an output of 135 kW/184 hp and a consumption of 4.5 litres/100km.
CO2 emission are 119 g/km.
An amazing 8-speed automatic transmission featuring Steptronic, changes gear perfectly with no feel for the driver when gear is changed everything is smooth and quick

For this model it takes 7.9 seconds to reach 100km/h and the top speed is 231 km/h.


BMW X1 obtained the “Gelber Engel” award for its convincing quality. Actually we are thinking of buying this car for my wife. She likes it a lot. Not too big not too small plus higher driver position.

P90093173-highResMy congratulations BMW, keep up the good work and feel free to invite me in Germany to see my favorite car’s factory 🙂

Have a good day everyone.


How BMW’s 2 litre petrol engine evolved during the years

One of the most popular BMW engines was and still are 2 litre engines especially in countries where taxes are high.

Many people choose 2 litre engine because of the final car price including customs clearance and due to less fuel consumption.

Let’s see how BMW’s 2 litre engine changed during the years.

1965–1976: M05 1,990 cc (121.4 cu in) 90 kW (122 PS; 121 hp) 167 N·m (123 lb·ft). Used in BMW 2000, 2000C and 2002.

1974: M31 engine (based on M10) is 4 cylinder inline petrol engine by BMW with 1990cc which produced 170 hp (125 kW) and 177 lb·ft Torque 240 Nm at 4000 rpm.


BMW M31 (M10)

1977-1981: M20B (90 kW (120-125 hp) @6000). There was a few modifications of this engine: M20B20, M20Kat, M20B20 L-jetronic and M20B20 Motronic.

1987: S14 engine was made. It was based on M10 block and had 1990cc which produced 192HP.

There were a few versions of S14 with different power and target-countries.

Different S14 modifications were used on BMW M3 E30.

For example S14B20 was sold in Portugal and Italy only fitted on BMW E30, 320iS.

S14 combines the basic four-cylinder block from the M10 family with a four-valve head derived from the one used on the six-cylinder M88 and S38 motors. Special features of this engine include individual throttle plates for each cylinder, machined intake and exhaust ports, and a crankshaft with eight counterweights. (C)

1990-1995: M50 6 cylinder inline DOHC 24v petrol engine. 1991cc with 110 kW / 150 HP at 5900 rpm. I remember my E34 520i had this engine. I enjoyed it a lot even there was a lack of power, at least now I think so 🙂

1991: M43(4 cylinder inline SOHC 8v petrol engine) with a few modifications. M43/1 which at 1990 cm3 provided 80 kW / 109 HP at 5800 rpm.
M43TU B19 1895 cm3 77 kW / 105 HP at 5300 rpm and 3rd one M43TU B19 1895 cm3 87 kW / 118 HP at 5500 rpm.

bmw m43 engine


1994-2001 M52 6 cylinder inline DOHC 24v VANOS petrol engine. With 1991cc it provided 110 kW (150 hp) @ 5900. I remember good old times when my brother in law had an E39 520i. Very nice memories of that car.

2004: N46B20 (4 cylinder inline DOHC 16v Valvetronic petrol engine) 1995cc four versions of this engine are available with output power ranging from 127 to 148 HP. Used in E46, E85, E87, E90, E84 and E60 where 116 kW and 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) version was used.

2006: N45B20S 130 kW (177 PS; 174 hp) @ 7000 210 N·m (155 lb·ft) @ 4250. This engine was used in 2006 E90 320si.

2007: N43 features direct injection and at 1995cc had 2 modifications with different output power and these are: N43 B20 00 with 125 kW / 170 HP at 6700 rpm (remember E60 520i 2007?) and N43 B20 UO with 105 kW / 143 HP at 6000 rpm.

2011: N20 The inline-four cylinder engine with 1997 cc and since 2011 evolved from 184 HP to 245Hp. This engine placed in Ward’s 10 Best Engines List in 2012 and in 2013. Currently five models feature the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder – Z4 sDrive28i, 528i Sedan, 328i Sedan, X3 xDrive28i and more recently, the X1 sDrive28i/xDrive28i.

2012: N26 Due to some emissions restrictions in some countries BMW had to made this engine which is Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicles) turbocharged straight-4 cylinder with 1997cc and provides 180 kW (245 PS; 241 hp) @ 6500. This engine is used in BMW 328i, 528i, X1 x/sDrive 28i, X3 xDrive 28i,Z4 sDrive28i.



REFERENCES: For references were used wikipedia and many other web-sites. If you see any mistakes or wrong information please contact me so I can correct it. Thank you beforehand.