Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The co-drivers view: Deventer - River IJssel



In the first video of this blog we drive near the Dutch city of Deventer (just over 130.000 inhabitants), which is located in the eastern part of the Netherlands, on the eastern bank of the river IJssel. Shot on the western bank of the IJssel, we cross a lot of nature, while driving on the dykes and in the delta netxt to the river. 


Passing through the small village of Wilp, we drive back alongside the second dyke (a first one is positioned closer to the river) towards the city of Deventer. Driving over the Wilhelminabridge - crossing the IJssel - we end up near the city centre. A fun fact: on and near this bridge the movie "A Bridge Too Far" has been filmed, as the original site in Arnhem has lost most of its historic city centre. After having drivin Deventer we leave the city southbound, towards the small village of Gorssel (and the third video).



Gorssel is a small town located near the city of Deventer, in the eastern part of the Netherlands. With a population of just 4.000 inhabitants, it is a typical small village for this part of the country.

Car used: BMW 520d (F10 / 2013)

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Video update: BMW 525d xDrive Touring (2012 / F11)

Also known as the F10 (sedan) and F11 (Touring), the current BMW 5-series has been available since early 2010. The car is produced in BMWs Dingolfing plant in Germany, but also in Shenyang in China, where next to the standard 5-series the F18 - Long Wheel Base - 5-series is produced that is only available on the Chinese market. 

Initially 6 engines have been available (four petrol engines and two diesel engines), while a four-cylinder diesel engine (520d) with 184hp was introduced later in 2010. In an effort to reduce CO2-emissions, BMW has replaced several six-cylinder engines with four cylinder engines. Thus the BMW 525d (204hp, six-cylinders) became a 525d (218hp, four-cylinders), the 523i (204hp, six-cylinders) was replaced by the 520i (184hp, four-cylinders) and the 528i (258hp, six-cylinders) became a 528i (245hp, four-cylinders). 
Apart from these changes, BMW also introduced a 530i (until the LCI, after which it was dropped again) and a 520d "Efficient-Dynamics Edition". Changes from the standard 520d include a longer rear-axle ration, tires with a low rolling resistance and improved aerodynamics.

Optional is the eight-speed automatic gearbox, that due to the large spread between the gears lower the torque and decrease both noise levels and fuel consumption. Even though the gearbox has two extra gears compared to the six-speed automatic gearbox used before, no extra parts were necessary, while the total weight of the gearbox only increased marginally. The gearbox is produced by ZF Friedrichshafen.

In Juli 2013 BMW introduced the LCI (LifeCycle Impulse) - also known as a facelift - for the F10-range. Changes included the BMW Lines, previously known from the 1- and 3-series, like the Luxury and Modern Line. Another new element was the full-LED headlights, while the xenon headlights now have become a standard feature, rather then being optional equipment. Another new element is the introduction of the x18d into the 5-series, now available as the BMW 518d.

Model (Code / Model Year): BMW 525d xDrive Touring (2012 / F11)
Engine: four-cylinder turbocharged common rail diesel engine (1995cm³) / engine code: N47D20
Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission
Performance: 218hp / 450nm
0 to 100km/h: 7,3 sec
Top speed: 228km/h (143mp/h)

BMW 525d xDrive Touring Walkaround - Exterior and interior shots of the car


BMW 525d xDrive Touring Fuel Consumption Test - testing the fuel consumption under real life conditions


BMW 525d xDrive Touring Flatout - Putting the pedal to the metal on the German Autobahn

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Picture update: BMW X3 xDrive20d (2012 / F25)


Late 2010 BMW introduced the new X3 F25, as a replacement for its predecessor, the first X3 (E83) that was available between 2004 and 2010.  In contrast to its predecessor, the X3 was not produced by Steyr in Austria anymore, but the production was moved to BMWs Spartanburg plant in Greer, South Carolina, in the United States. At this production plant BMW also produced its X5 and X6 models, in a move to concentrate its SUV-activities near the largest market for these vehicles (the United States).

BMW offers the X3 with a range of different petrol engines, ranging from the sDrive18d (only available with rear-wheel drive) to the xDrive35i that produces 306hp. In the summer of 2014 the X3 will receive its facelift, with minor changes made to the exterior, interior and optional equipment.



Model (Code / Model Year): BMW X3 xDrive20d (2012 / F25)
Engine: four-cylinder TwinPower-Turbo diesel engine (1995cm³)  
Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission
Performance: 184hp / 380nm
0 to 100km/h: 8,4 sec
Top speed: 210km/h (131mp/h)
Weight: 1790 - 1880kg
Fuel tank (US gallons): 67 liter (17,7 US gallons)
Production date: August 2012

Exterior colour: Mineral Silver metallic (A14)
Upholstery: Black Nevada leather (LUSW)
Interior trim: Fine woodgrain interior trim 'Fineline Wave'
Wheels: 17" V-spoke style 304 alloy wheels


Optional equipment on this specific car:
  • Automatic Gearbox - Steptronic 8-speed (S205A)
  • Servotronic Steering (S216A)
  • Electronic Damper Control (EDC) (S223A)
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel (S249A)
  • Sport Steering Wheel (S255A)
  • Run-flat tyres (S258A)
  • Performance Control (S2VGA)
  • Variable sport steering (S2VLA)
  • Reversing Assist camera (S3AGA)
  • Roof rails, matt aluminium (S3ATA)
  • X Line (S3XLA)
  • Panoramic glass sunroof (S402A)
  • Luggage compartment separating net (S413A)
  • Floor mats, velours (S423A)
  • Exterior mirrors - auto dimming (S430A)
  • Interior mirror - auto dimming (S431A)
  • Electric front seats + Driver Memory (S459A)
  • Split-folding rear seats (S465A)
  • Extended storage (S493A)
  • Seat heating, front (S494A)
  • Instrument panel embellishers, black (S4NGA)
  • Smoker package (S4U3A)
  • Headlight wash (S502A)
  • Xenon Headlights (S522A)
  • Park Distance Control (PDC), front and rear (S508A)
  • Automatic air conditioning (S534A)
  • Cruise control with brake function (S544A)
  • Light package (S563A)
  • Navigations system - BMW Professional Multimedia (S609A)
  • BMW Assist (S612A)
  • Internet, preparation (S614A)
  • Expanded BMW Online Information (S615A)
  • BMW Online (S616A)
  • Preparation, mobile phone, Business (S633A)
  • HiFi speaker system (S676A)
  • BMW TeleServices (S6AAA)
  • Control for Teleservices (S6ABA)
  • Music interface for Smartphone (S6NFA)
  • Connection Bluetooth + USB devices incl. (S6NLA)
  • Apps (S6NRA)
  • Navigation Professional / cellphone preperation Bluetooth (S7SPA)

Fine woodgrain interior trim 'Fineline Wave'
Electric seats with memory
Reversing assist camera with Park Distance Control
Standard seats with Black Nevada leather
Navigation system professional
8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission
Some pro's and con's on the BMW X3 xDrive20d:

Pro:
  • Excellent automatic gearbox
  • Good satellite navigation system with a large screen
  • Bluetooth connection for both the phone and MP-3 function works perfectly
  • Decent amount of space for four persons
  • Large panoramic sunroof
  • Considering the drag (higher position) and all-wheel drive, the fuel consumption of the 2.0 liter diesel engine is good (7.0l / 100km after 800 kilometers of mixed driving)
Con:
  • Steep price
  • Standard seats are "ok", but not great
  • Location of the USB-connection in the center console instead of armrest, makes the car look untidy if the phone flies around the center console

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Friday, May 09, 2014

Video update: BMW X6 xDrive40d LCI (2013 / E71)

BMW introduced its first crossover between a SUV and coupe in 2008, designated as the BMW X6 "Sports Activity Coupe" (SAC). Like its brother, the BMW X5 E70 with which it shares the same platform, the X6 is produced in Spartanburg (USA), while the cars for the Russian market are produced by Avtotor in Kaliningrad.

All BMW X6 come standard with the xDrive four-wheel drive system, and since march 2010 is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Apart from several diesel and petrol engines, BMW introduced a hybrid-X6 in april 2010, which features the same 4.4 liter V8 as in the 50i, but mated with two electric engines producing a total output of 485hp and 780nm.

Initially the X6 seated only four people, but since 2011 optionally five (like the X6 in the video). In juli 2012 BMW implemented a small facelift, which included LED-lighting and slightly changed rear lights, and front / rear bumpers. A new addition was the X6 M50d, which is supposed to bye a sporty M-version with a 3.0 liter diesel engine that produced 381hp.

Model (Code / Model Year): BMW X6 xDrive40d LCI (2013 / E71)
Engine: straight-six diesel engine (2993cm³) with variable geometry turbochargers / engine code: N57D30TOP
Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission
Performance: 306hp / 600nm
0 to 100km/h: 6,5 sec
Top speed: 236km/h (148mp/h)

BMW x6 xDrive40d Walkaround - Exterior and interior shots of the car


BMW x6 xDrive40d Walkaround Fuel Consumption Test - testing the fuel consumption under real life conditions


BMW x6 xDrive40d Walkaround Acceleration - Acceleration test from 0km/h


BMW x6 xDrive40d Walkaround Flatout - Putting the pedal to the metal on the German Autobahn

Monday, March 03, 2014

The co-drivers view: Maasvlakte 1 & 2

Rotterdam is one of the largest ports in the world. In order to cope with the increasing size of the ships, the Dutch government decided to expand the existing port facilities at the Maasvlakte 1. This extension was located directly on deep water, into the North Sea. The Maasvlakte 2 covers 1000 hectares of industrial sites and in order to accommodate larger ships the Maasgeul has been widened to over 800 meters.

In the first video the Maasvlakte 2 can be seen, just as it went operational in 2013. Industrial activity still has to develop in this area, so a surreal "empty" landscape can be seen, where only (rail)roads have been built yet. 

The second video continues the journey on the Maasvlakte 2 back towards the previous area, Maasvlakte 1. This area has been developed since the 1970s and has reached its maximum potential. Driving along the highway A15 we can see Europoort, which is a section of the Rotterdam port that existed even before the Maasvlakte 1 area was built.




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