BMW Inspires with 2019 i8 Roadster at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

BMW Inspires with 2019 i8 Roadster at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

This week, BMW Group brought the sleek 2019 i8 plug-in hybrid Roadster variant to the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show press preview. An attention getter, the cool BMW i8 Roadster with gullwing-like doors that lift up is the convertible version of BMW’s current i8 plug-in hybrid Sports Coupe. Both the soft-top Roadster and latest i8 Sports Coupe, which had its initial press debut in 2014, are expected to reach U.S. dealer showrooms next spring.

Production ready, the 1019 BMW i8 Roadster is powered by more energetic 11.6-kWh lithium-ion batteries that are good for a possible 18-mile pure electric range. Assisted by a turbocharged 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder gas engine, the i8 Roadster generates a combined 369 horsepower and is capable of a more extended range before recharging and refilling. The car’s fabric soft-top retracts in just 16 seconds, even while the car is moving at up to 31 mph. A rear window rises automatically to help protect against wind turbulence in the cockpit.

Similar to BMW’s i8 hybrid large premium sporty Coupe, the Roadster has an all-aluminum body with rigid carbon plastic core and a carbon fiber passenger compartment to provide sporty, lighter weight for a streamlined ride. The convertible, however is more than 100 lbs. heavier than the i8 Sports Coupe. Electric motors drive the front wheels and the gasoline engine propels rear wheels. The usual 0-60 mph sprint takes 4.4 seconds and the Roadster achieves a top speed of 155 mph. Most of the advanced driver assistance systems available on the BMW 7 Series are incorporated in the i8 Roadster, including head-up display.

BMW’s i8 Roadster is the latest model in its i sub-brand lineup, which is set to launch a possible 25 electrified vehicles that include 12 pure EVs by 2025. Pricing for the i8 Roadster has not been revealed, but the 2017 BMW i8 has a starting sticker of $143,400.

BMW Concept iX3 Pure-Electric SUV Debuts at Auto China 2018

BMW Concept iX3 Pure-Electric SUV Debuts at Auto China 2018

BMW previewed its first pure-electric vehicle—the Concept iX3 SUV—at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing this week. Defining its “Number One Next” strategy for automated, connected and electrified service, the new Concept iX3 compact premium SUV features BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology with new and more powerful batteries. BMW officials say a production iX3 could be ready by 2020, even before the debut of the BMW iNext and i4 in 2021. Plans include export to U.S. dealerships.

The BMW iX3 SUV, which the German automaker promotes as a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), features a specially developed rear axle subframe and chassis that allows for easier integration with different powertrains. The iX3 SUV’s electric powertrain generates output equal to 270 horsepower (the current gasoline-powered X3 produces 240 horsepower) with energy from a 70-kWh high-voltage battery to provide a driving range of more than 249 miles before a recharge, according to BMW. A new charging control unit also has been designed to hook up at fast-charging stations to an 80% battery-pack fill-up in just 30 minutes.

To differentiate the electric iX3 Concept, BMW adds a brand emblem to a new one-piece front kidney-shaped grille with a familiar BMW i graphic and embellished blue accents around the grille, along the side skirts, and rear diffuser. The iX3 Concept’s striking Moonstone Silver matte paint finish and light-alloy wheels complement a newer, more aerodynamic design.

BMW said its eDrive technology is already used in the plug-in hybrids of its iPerformance models and its English brand Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. The new electric system will be one choice among a number of powertrain options in the future with modular flexibility. Currently, BMW offers i3 small car and i8 sports car plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants. BMW says that its BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture, based in Shenyang, China, will build the production version of the Concept iX3.

Nissan 370Z Coupe

Nissan 370Z Coupe

The 370Z Coupe and the 370Z Roadster are like brothers, but the Coupe is available in base, Sport, Sport Tech, Touring, NISMO and NISMO Tech trims, while the Roadster is obtainable in base, Touring and Touring Sport. The 2016 Nissan 370Z Coupe has almost the same features with the Roadster which includes Nissan's Intelligent Key with push-button start, a rear window defroster, windows and locks, cruise control, power outside mirrors, tilt steering wheel, 18-inch wheels, HID headlamps, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth and a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack.

It is powered by a 3.7-liter V6, 332-horsepower. This engine features Variable Valve Event and Lift technology that continuously tunes valve timing for faster response and most favorable fuel efficiency.

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R played a vital role in the Fast & Furious 6 movie, the car in this great movie has modified fenders, modified bumpers, new vented hood side sills, carbon doors, carbon roof, and more. In general view the 2016 Nissan GT-R as one of the world's exclusive high-end performance machines, and Nissan is simply fine with that. Technically, it is a 4-seat (2+2) sport coupe, the GT-R's capability allow it to run side-by-side with super-cars that cost twice, or more.

All GT-R is power-driven by a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6. In the Premium, Black Edition and Track Edition models, it launches 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. The transmission in all models is a six-speed automatic manual gearbox. Fuel cost-cutting measure approaches 20 mpg in varied driving.

How important is your vehicle to you?

How important it is fоr уоur Vеhісlе?

Whееlѕ аrе among thе tоughеѕt parts of a саr tо get clean, bесаuѕе thеу ѕреnd thеіr lіvеѕ іn a harsh environment іn whісh thеу’rе bоmbаrdеd wіth searingly hot iron duѕt frоm thе brаkеѕ, аѕ wеll as nоrmаl rоаd grіmе. Whееlѕ саn drаѕtісаllу change thе арреаrаnсе оf аnу vehicle, which іѕ proven bу thе hugе аftеr market offering. Having wheels соvеrеd in brаkе duѕt іѕ a соmрlеtе еуе ѕоrе аnd саn tаkе аwау frоm thе оvеrаll lооk оf аnу vehicle. Whееlѕ that lооk brаnd new, оn thе оthеr hаnd, can turn hеаdѕ аnd rеаllу ѕhоw off your car. Properly саrіng fоr уоur whееlѕ іѕ not dіffісult оr tіmе consuming whеn maintained оn a rеgulаr bаѕіѕ.

Cаrіng for your whееlѕ consists of рrореrlу removing соntаmіnаtіоn, роlіѕhіng them tо a high shine, then рrоtесtіng thеm tо mаkе mаіntаіnіng your whееlѕ ѕіgnіfісаntlу еаѕіеr. Stubborn brake dust саn often be difficult tо remove, but uѕuаllу can bе rеѕtоrеd tо a like nеw fіnіѕh with thе proper products and tооlѕ.

Infiniti Q37x 2010

A customer walked into our showroom and was like. I am looking for something different. So Craig, 1 of our tech guy said, “I have something that will make your car stand out from the rest.” The client said, “If you can do that I will purchase my next set of rims from you guys.”

So Craig went for 1 of our newest wheels from our Zeba Collection, “Copper Bronze.” Now if this is not different, I do not know what is.

Infiniti Q37x 2010 with Zero Copper Bronze 20x8.5 Rims

Understanding what is offset and how it works

The offset of a wheel is the distance from its hub mounting surface to the centerline of the wheel. The offset can be one of three types:  

Zero Offset

The hub mounting surface is even with the centerline of the wheel.


The hub mounting surface is toward the front or wheel side of the wheel. Positive offset wheels are generally found on front wheel drive cars and newer rear drive cars.


The hub mounting surface is toward the back or brake side of the wheels centerline.

"Deep dish" wheels typically have negative offset or a very low positive offset.

Calculating the Offset of a Wheel

Calculating the offset of a wheel is a fairly easy mathematical equation. First, measure the overall width of the wheel (remember, just because a wheel is 18x7.5, does not mean that the OVERALL width is 7.5”. It means that the measurement from outboard flange to the inboard flange is 7.5”). Next, divide that width of the wheel by two; this will give you the centerline of the wheel.

Overall width/2 = Centerline

After determining the centerline, measure from the mounting pad to the edge of the inboard flange (if the wheel were lying flat on the ground – face up – your measurement would be from the ground to the mounting pad). This is your back spacing.

Centerline – Back Spacing = Offset in Inches

Inches x 25.4 = Offset in mm

Determining the Right Offset for Your Car

Short of adding fender flares or a body kit to your car or rolling and pulling your fender wells, there is no way to significantly change your car’s offset. If your car has a high offset, you will have to buy a high offset aftermarket wheel. If your car has a low offset, you will need a low offset aftermarket wheel. Typically, front wheel drive vehicles have a high offset (+35 mm or greater), and rear-wheel drive applications will have lower offsets (this is not true in all cases, as the Honda S2000 is rear wheel drive, and has a very high offset). Your installer or tire and wheel dealer should be able to tell you what the offset of your vehicle is.

The common definitions are:

Low – 0-15 mm

Mid – 16-34 mm

High – 35-40 mm

High + - 41+ mm

Other factors in determining what offset is right for your vehicle is whether not you are making any other changes to your car (lowering or raising, aftermarket brakes, etc.).

If the offset of the wheel is not correct for the car, the handling can be adversely affected. When the width of the wheel changes, the offset also changes numerically. If the offset were to stay the same while you added width, the additional width would be split evenly between the inside and outside. For most cars, this won't work correctly.

What does PCD stand for?

The bolt circle is the circle determined by the positions of the bolts; the center of every bolt lies on the circumference of the bolt circle. The important measurement is the "pitch circle diameter" (PCD), usually expressed in millimeters, although inches are sometimes used. For a 4- or 6-bolt car, this measurement is merely the distance between the center of two diametrically opposite bolts. In the 4-bolt picture this would be the distance between 2 opposite holes.

Some basic geometry is needed to find the center of a 5-bolt pattern: But basically, the PCD can be found by multiplying the center distance between any two adjacent holes by 1.701. Or just draw an imaginary circle throught the center of all holes, now measure the diameter of this circle.

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This can be called bigger, better and hit the road faster. You may be wondering why call it that name? It is due to the huge wheels, steamroller tires, quad exhaust pipes and it is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine. Now you know why, but for use in the 2015 BMW X5 M the 8-cylinder has been adjusted to produce 567hp between 6,000 and 6,500rpm and 553 pounds-feet of torque.

Some of the features that comes with the X5 M are, power-folding and heated door mirrors, rain-sensor wipers, auto-leveling Xenon adaptive headlights, fog LED lights, nice space-saver for spare tire, 18-way great-adjustable front seats with a 3-stage heating utility, a leather dashboard, nice keyless ignition, awesome parking sensors on both ends, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a universal garage door opener, a Harmon Kardon surround sound system and a rear-view camera.

In terms of safety, there is what is called BMW active roll stabilization system and a dynamic stability control system that supports you and can also be switched off when you do need it. Additionally, there is an airbag in the car that will protect you when you bump into something or someone bump into you. This does not mean you should not drive with care on the road.


The 2015 BMW X6 M is an absolute redesigned of the X6. Now better and performance valued of the crossover SUV. It has an automatic 8-speed transmission which is standard because it is an all-wheel drive (AWD) with the combination of a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that generates an effective 567hp and 553lb-ft of torque. Among all this, the 2015 X6 M is very quick than the previous year, moving from 0 to 60mph remarkably 4.0secs on a spot.
It will save a lot of cash in terms of fuel and some the numerous standard equipment/features that comes with this auto are 21-inch wheels, active stabilizer bars, keyless ignition and entry, sunroof, self-leveling rear air suspension, adaptive xenon headlights, lovable front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors and many more.
 Concerning the interior aspect of the X6 M, though, it does not much space, but at least the inside is orderly, neatly arranged and beautified for comfort ability. Apart from that the materials utilized are quality materials, up to date technology and attentively sewed corners all through. The huge bolstered and sublimely encouraging front seats are among the first evidence that you are driving a special kind of car. With all this, X6 is worth driving.