There's been no shortage of folding electric scooters
covered here at Gizmag, but these have largely been the handiwork of spritely start-ups and idealistic entrepreneurs. The experienced heads at BMW have now signaled an intention to get in on the action, unveiling an eye-catching electric vehicle concept inspired by the good old-fashioned kick scooter.
Next in the flurry of new bikes from EICMA Milan 2014
is BMW’s answer to the magnificent Ducati Multistrada
– the S1000XR. Featuring the same wild-eyed 1000cc, 160-horsepower, inline 4-cylinder engine that scared the wrinkles out of my undercarriage in the insane S1000R nakedbike
, the XR is a fire-breathing, road focused light adventure bike with as much potential for long-range touring as it has for blowing the mirrors off sportsbikes in the twisties. It also features this year’s latest must-have gadget – lean angle-sensitive ABS Pro
, as well as BMW’s wonderful cruise control unit to round out an impressive electronics package.
Set to debut at next month's LA auto show, BMW's new X5
M and X6
M both powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 423 kW (575 hp) between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. The engine also produces 750 Nm (553 ft lb) of torque from just 2,200 rpm, which is 70 Nm more than BMW’s previous generation of SUVs produced.
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The BMW 2 Series convertible has made its world premier at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. In the new 2 Series, BMW will be offering up four separate models, each with its own unique powerplant, including an M Performance version and a diesel powered model. Unveiled earlier this year, the new 2 Series, is promoted as a replacement and successor to the outgoing 1 Series.
BMW has announced a new addition to its line-up of GT racing models. The BMW M6 GT3 will replace the BMW Z4 GT3 from 2016. Development of the car is underway, with initial tests planned for the first quarter of 2015.
BMW has re-worked its class-leading S1000RR superbike in two directions – more performance and more rider-friendly usability. With a 6-horsepower increase to 199 peak ponies (148 kW), and a 4 kg (8.8 lb) weight reduction, performance seems taken care of. Likewise, the road rider has been looked after with speed limiters, lean angle readouts, and the first cruise control system ever fitted to a superbike. It appears we'll need to get another choir in
BMW's R nineT is a refreshing bit of reminiscence from a brand in transition. It resonates with BMW designs of decades past, with a retro-cool roadster design and a big fat 1200cc boxer engine, even as the company establishes itself as a force in the razor sharp end of the superbike
field. It's the kind of bike people want to pose for photos with; it oozes class and quality from every pore – and it's on 12-month waiting lists in many countries as a result. It rides well, but it makes some sacrifices at the altar of beauty. Enjoy the latest of our video road tests as Loz Blain spends a couple of weeks with the nineT.
As far as consumer humanoid robots go, Aldebaran Robotics' NAO
is certainly one of the more capable. Among other things, it features a two-camera computer vision system, a sonar distance sensor, two infrared emitters and receivers, nine tactile and eight pressure sensors. Now, the li'l bot can also drive a car – if that car is its new miniature electric BMW Z4