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The national get-together for all Australian BMW Car Clubs will be held in Brisbane at Easter 2017, co-hosted by BMW Club Queensland and BMW Club Gold Coast. A full description of the event and its associated activities is in the attached flyer and on the website.

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BMW is returning to racing in Australia with a full factory assault on GT racing including the Bathurst 12-hour classic. BMW will hit the track in March for the first time since the Super Touring era in the 1990s, using a brand new GT3 racer based on its M6 coupe.

Four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Steven Richards is to headline an all-new team and will race his new factory BMW in addition to his existing commitments in the Carrera Cup with Porsche and as a long-distance V8 Supercars co-driver with Red Bull Racing. SRM Team BMW will operate from Richards’ existing race base in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong, close to BMW Australia’s corporate headquarters.

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1. The BMW X5 xDrive40e.

The first plug-in hybrid production car from the BMW core brand is a Sports Activity Vehicle. Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sensational sportiness and supreme poise on the one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. With a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres (83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance. CO2 emissions come in at 78 – 77 grams per kilometre (figures according to EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

The use of BMW eDrive technology for exceptionally efficient performance as well as all-electric mobility with zero tailpipe emissions as and when required ushers in a whole new form of commanding driving experience in a sports activity vehicle. At the same time, the BMW X5 xDrive40e reaps the benefits of the technology and know-how transferred from the debut of the BMW i cars. The BMW i8 blazes a trail for sustainable driving pleasure with plug-in hybrid drive power, which can now also be enjoyed for the first time in a model from the BMW core brand.

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