Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Big Motoring World Reviews BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition

The new special-edition carbon-fibre BMW i3 range has been unveiled ahead of its 2016 launch. Big Motoring World reviews the latest sport edition, which includes an electronic sunroof and various other style changes.

Production


The hybrid had been unable to allow glass on the roof in previous models since the range was first unveiled in 2013. But now, the 2016 i3 Shadow Sport Edition comes with a conventional power-tilting sunroof.

You’ll need to act fast if you want a model with the sunroof – there are only 50 to be produced with fully electric examples, though the range-extending engine will exist in other models.

Design


The Fluid Black paint with bright blue highlights for the dark grey cloth seats is a new design for the Shadow Sport which, along with the 19-inch wheels 10-spoke wheels which ensures the vehicle looks slick and sporty throughout.

The addition of the sport-tuned suspension is also exclusive to this Limited Edition and allows for increased sportier handling and dampening settings.

Market


The other i3 models haven’t changed in price or equipment for 2016. Base prices start at £28,500 for the battery version with an EPA-estimated 81-mile range, or from £31,000 for the gas-powered Range Extender model with 150 miles of total range.

The i3 is currently only available in the US, but it is anticipated that the technology will be used in further models to roll out globally.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business, and the company has plans to expand even further in the coming months. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you. Check out Big Motoring World’s press page for the latest news and information.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Big Motoring World reviews the mysterious BMW which may never make the production line

BMW have used a research vehicle with plenty of mystery about it. Last week, some design patents appeared in China, but it appears that the radical design is unlikely to make production. Big Motoring World looks into the hydrogen fuel cell technology in the model.

According to PCauto.com.cn, the official patent designs from a BMW were filed with the Chinese trademark office. The assumption was that this is a future “i” vehicle, maybe even the i5, but it turns out that’s far from the truth.

Research


It’s believed that the research being carried out involves the hydrogen fuel cell technology previewed earlier this year in Miramas. They’re also looking into using lightweight material for its primary structure, outer panels, various interior elements and wheels. There are plans to make the latest model 135kg lighter than the previous design, as experimented with the prototype.

Design


The design forgoes the traditional side mirror, replaced by video cameras which are used to capture images that appear within a monitor mounted in the place of the traditional rear-view mirror. The boot has an impressive 348 litres of space, whilst the power comes from both a rear electric motor and a front-mounted 1.0 litre two-cylinder petrol engine.

The BMW is claimed to hit 62mph in less than 7 seconds, hit a top speed of 112mph and return 706mpg on the combined fuel cycle, giving it average CO2 emissions of less than 10g/km.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business, and the company has plans to expand even further in the coming months. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you. Check out Big Motoring World’s press page for the latest news and information.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

BMW i3 available for emergency services

The all-electric BMW i3 continues to show its worth, as it is to be used by fire, police and rescue services around the world. Big Motoring World reviews the decision.

Premium Technology


Designed solely for electric mobility, the i3 will be the world’s first premium vehicle aligned for the emergency services. Authorities Bavaria, Milan, Los Angeles and London have added the new vehicle to their fleet.

BMW is the only car manufacturer able to tailor their cars’ services to each department of services, exclusively aligning their vehicles to police, rescue and fire service task forces. Digital radio, front and rear flashers and a special signalling system are just some of the features which come as standard with the vehicle. Pressure-chamber loudspeakers are also included.

Convenience, Safety & Intuitiveness 


The ConnectedRescue system, which is based on BMW Connected Drive, is able to support the emergency services with important information about incidents. This including addresses, contact people and further details including the surrounding reasons for deployment. This will clearly support operations and be intuitive to the services.

The navigation system is also able to prevent transmission errors, enabling the driver to focus solely on the traffic on the road ahead. This enhances both safety and efficiency of rescue forces.
Another special version of i3 is in use for locally emission-free cash transport in the Polish capital of Warsaw. The Polish bank enables shop owners in Warsaw to request the i3 via mobile app and take their daily takings securely and conveniently.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business, and the company has plans to expand even further in the coming months. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you. Check out Big Motoring World’s press page for the latest news and information.


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Big Motoring World Reviews Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo

The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show has paved the way for Mercedes-Benz’ new concept, the Vision Tokyo. Big Motoring World take a closer look into the model, and consider the potential of the latest Benz.

The Vision Tokyo has been described as a “trailblazing spatial experience” and features a lounge-like five-seat interior in a fully electric vehicle.

Concept and style


It’s capable of autonomous driving and continues the recent Merc concept, of which first came the Vision Ener-G-Force (2012). That was followed by the AMG Vision Gran Turismo (2013) and later the G-Code (2014). 

The upward swinging side door allows for five passengers to enter the Vision Tokyo, greeted by an oval-shaped couch rather than conventional rows of seats. It’s designed so that with the car in autonomous driving mode they are able to relax or access the internet via large, wrap-around LED screens, without having to worry about the roads in front. The windshield is also unconventional, as it looks similar to a glazed cockpit of a speedboat rather than a car.

Power


The hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric drive system is based on the F-Cell plug-in hybrid driveline of the F 015 Luxury in Motion and combines the on-board generation of electricity with a compact high-voltage battery that can be charged contactless via induction.

Mercedes claims a range of 608 miles, 120 battery-powered and the rest from the electricity produced in the fuel cell. The Tokyo Show 2015 opened to the public at the end of October.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business, and the company has plans to expand even further in the coming months. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you. Check out Big Motoring World’s press page for the latest news and information.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Big Motoring World Reviews BMW i8 and Apple Watch connectivity

The BMW i8 is priced at £104,540, yet still represents huge value for money for the select few who are fortunate enough to buy one. Here, Big Motoring World reviews the momentous technology of the i8 which also combines with Apple Watch.

The i8


The i8 boasts a complex petrol-electric hybrid powertrain and carbon fibre construction which set it apart from many previous hybrids. It has a concept-car look and a class-leading infotainment system which gives it a full driving experience.


The technology


BMW released a smartphone app in the initial i8 launch, but now things have been taken up a level. Owners can now remotely control functions on the car directly from their wrists using Apple Watch, which includes controlling car heating, flashing the headlights and the radio. The smartphone app has even more features, including sharing your eco stats with other i8 users. The app includes building a navigation route to your preferred destination and hooking it up to your i8’s Drive System before you’ve even set foot in the car.

Future


Unlike much of recent technology, the BMW technology is all useful and adds to your driving experience. Connectivity and internet access needs to be at a premium for the full realisation of this technology to be discovered, but this is a clear step in the right direction for BMW. It is expected that this technology will continue into further developments by BMW which will filter down into other models.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business, and the company has plans to expand even further in the coming months. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you. Check out Big Motoring World’s press page for the latest news and information.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Big Motoring World reviews Mercedes apartments

For just £400 a night you could have the ultimate Mercedes-Benz themed bachelor pad. Big Motoring World reviews the latest developments from the German automakers.

Mercedes theme


The apartments are to be designed in Singapore next year, to look just like the inside of a car. And although they’re intended for short stays, they are over 1,000 sq/ft each and include a dining area, kitchen and two bedrooms.

The apartments are generally aimed at people who like to dot around different cities for regular stays and the TVs include information on the Mercedes brand, with the use of the Mercedes-Benz app. The Mercedes theme runs through the colours, furniture and accessories in the apartments.

Mercedes’ mission


Gorden Wagener, head of design at parent company Daimler, said: “As in our vehicles we have combined sensual surfaces and clean lines with intelligent high-tech functionality in order to create a perfectly conceived world of modern luxury that promotes wellbeing and relaxation.

“All the appointments display the hallmarks of Mercedes design. The overarching concept unites flowing lines with sculptural furniture, blending seamlessly into an organic whole.

“The designers at Mercedes-Benz Style have succeeded in recreating the ambience and spaciousness of a Mercedes car in luxury serviced apartments. Their goal is to give the occupants a sense of Mercedes-Benz exclusivity.”

Porsche are also involved in building projects, with one currently being constructed in both Miami and Frankfurt.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business, and the company has plans to expand even further in the coming months. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you. Check out Big Motoring World’s press page for the latest news and information.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The BMW M4 GTS is heading to the UK

Good news, you may be able to get your hands on a brand new BMW M4 GTS. The bad news is, it will cost you £121,770 as there will only be 30 available. Big Motoring World looks into the latest technology of this supercar.

Quality


The latest Bimmer is packed full of power, with a six-cylinder engine giving 493bhp. It’s got carbon fibre body parts which make it lighter than previous models too.

There will be 700 models available across the world, as BMW prepares its halo product for the M Car lineup. That’s the reason for the price hike – it’s wrth more than twice the cost of the most recent BMW M4 Coupe.

Technology


The lightweight road car includes some of the newest BMW technology, with debuts for the OLED light tech and an innovative water injection system which cools the air feeding the turbo, resulting in a huge power increase. Fuel economy remains largely the same, so you could effectively avoid ever needing to refill the five-litre water tank in the boot.

The lighting in particular is impressive, and it’s expected that this feature will roll out into future 3 Series models from BMW.

Power


The GTS can cover 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and hit 190mph flat out; the standard car claims 4.3 seconds and is electronically limited to 155mph. That is further enhanced by the three-way coil over suspension, specifically tailored for the GTS, which is combined with BMW’s familiar adaptive damping system.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business, and the company has plans to expand even further in the coming months. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you. Check out Big Motoring World’s press page for the latest news and information.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Big Motoring World reviews a classic: BMW M5-E34

Discreet performance is one of the main traits many car buyers look for, and that’s what set the BMW M5-E34 apart from its rivals. Big Motoring World looks into the classic Bimmer.

Performance & Durability


The M5 is an all-time classic – a game changer in the performance cars industry. It’s still on up, to this day.

In 1990, when CAR magazine pitched a BMW E34 M5 against a Ferarri Testarossa, it wrote: “The BMW is more practical, more comfortable, handles better, and is faster on the majority of public roads.” When Georg Kacher drove a BMW E34 M5 3.8 for the same publication in 1992, he wrote: “The M5 is as much fun to drive as a proper sports car, and makes distances shrink like a time-lapse machine.”

The E34 was the last of the six-cylinder M5s, and it’s arguably one of the best. It gets 315bhp and 266lb ft of torque on tap, enabling the M5 to get to 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds. There was also an upgraded version in 1992, with a 3.8-litre version. And the final flourish was a six-speed gearbox in 1994.

Bringing it into the future


The engine can clock up 200,000 miles when looked after properly, and the clutch also needs to be looked after – it should feel light. Both five- and six-speed gearboxes are strong in transmission. This is still a performance car bargain with sustainability and power in abundance for a car built over 20 years ago. No other car offers this level of grunt, usability, build quality and dynamic prowess for the same value.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business, and the company has plans to expand even further in the coming months. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you. Check out Big Motoring World’s press page for the latest news and information.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Big Motoring World reviews new BMW X1

BMW's compact Sports Activity Vehicle, the X1, has been a constant top-seller since its initial release in 2009. Now it’s newer, more dynamic model is one the market. Big Motoring World reviews the new X1 and the benefits of the new version.

BMW X1


The first version has sold over 730,000 models globally, with 40,000 sales in the UK. With dynamic BMW X1 styling, this new sporty sporting character is a blend of outstanding efficiency and innovative equipment with features in comfort, safety and infotainment. The all-new range of engines and xDrive all-wheel drive system exemplify BMW’s EfficientDynamics philosophy.

Specifications


There are one standard specification and three further model lines – the XLine, Sport Line and M Sport. Dakota leather is available exclusively for the three sport models, with 18-inch light-alloy wheels in their own specific design, exclusive door sill plates and an LED lighting package. Lights are used for ambience and have a variety of colours and LED optical fibres in the door panel trim.

XLine – LED headlights and heated front seats are upgrades on the standard model. This also includes a BMW kidney grille with side skirts and underbody protection all in black.

Sport Line – This features a black BMW kidney grille with black sport seats, accent strips and underbody protection. Air intakes with accents are in high-gloss black.

M Sport – M Sport models are fitted with a model-specific M aerodynamic package and 18-inch or optionally 19-inch M light-alloy wheels. This pack also benefits from LED headlights. The interior features heated front sports seats and a leather steering wheel.

Prices start at £26,780 for the sDrive18d up to £36,060 for the xDrive25d the xDrive20i the only petrol in the range starts at £31,225.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Big Motoring World reviews Mercedes-Maybach S 600

With the return of the Maybach badge, Mercedes-Benz are able to compete with the top end of the super-luxury car market. Big Motoring World reviews the Mercedes-Maybach S 600.
Longer, taller and even quieter than previous S-Class models, this is the pinnacle of the range which has undergone some major revisions.

Performance


Mercedes claim that this car is the quietest saloon on the roads, as the entire structure has been changed to enable the sound of the engine to be significantly decreased. The stiffer feel to the car is helped by foam-filled tyres which quieten the car on the move.

There is an overall feel of serenity in this model, with luxury feel across the model. There has been an increase in space for the interior, with 207mm of length and height added to the model. The seats not only recline, but also give massages and can change in heat on demand. Re-profiled rear doors and standard window blinds increase an element of privacy in the cabin.

The driver’s voice can also be projected into the back through the speakers with subtle amplification so you won’t even need to raise your voice. And with such a quiet car, the 1,540-watt 24-speaker Burmester sound system gives an incredible sound in the cabin.

Power


The luxury does add around 120kg of weight to the car, but this is counterbalanced with the S 600’s 6.0-litre biturbo V12 engine having 522bhp and 830Nm of torque. This means that it remains competitively quick, reaching 62mph in just under five seconds. Magic Body Control keeps it a smooth journey along the road, as the car adapts to lumps and bumps on the road.
The specification and technology make this car worth every penny of the £165,700 starting price.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Big Motoring World Reviews Mercedes A-Class Facelift

The Mercedes A Class has had a facelift to bring it in line with the rest of the Mercedes range classification. As the Mercedes has always been a handsome car, so Big Motoring World reviews the latest model.

New Features


Mercedes claim there’s an extra £1,100-worth of technology, but the price of the car is only £350 more than the previous model. Additionally to the tech, there is also a new feel around the cabin.
The well-finished interior is comfortable and has more of a firm style across the model. New features in the standard model include a fresh media Interface, 16-inch alloys, a reversing camerahttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/lb_icon1.png, Artico upholstery and other items to make them feel premium.


Practicality


Running costs should be impressive, though, as even the automatic-only A220 d sits in Band B for VED, amounting to £20 a year. It’s a 2.1-litre 4cyl turbodiesel engine which produces 175bhp and 350Nm torque. It goes from 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds, with a top speed of 140mph. The optional ‘Comfort mode’ enables an even better drive in soaking up road imperfections, so it feels like a smooth surface before other occupants even notice.

Verdict


Whilst in appears similar visually to the former model, this refined A Class includes some important tweaks. Perhaps the biggest news is the option of adaptive damping for the first time – plus the fitment of Dynamic Select variable drive modes across the majority of the range. Starting at just over £28,000, the A220 d is a similar price to its competitors but feels much more high-quality.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars and has plans to expand the site even further, so we are sure to have the perfect car for you.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Big Motoring World reviews 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

The 15th of September sees the start of this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the first time since March where European firms can show off their latest technology and designs. Big Motoring World reviews what we can expect to see.

Frankfurt Motor Show


Frankfurt sits alongside Geneva and Paris as one of the biggest motor shows in the world. And whilst Europe’s main designers will all be in attendance, we will also see some manufacturers from around the globe in attendance.

The event runs until 27th September, with the 17th and 18th of September reserved for trade and fleet visitors. Tickets for the public days are still available from the official website.  

BMW


It is expected that BMW will be debuting the new X1, the second generation of its small SUV, which is a more rugged version of the previous model. It includes new petrol engines, increased interior space and the latest safety technology from BMW, which is top-of-the-range.  
The 7 Series is also making an appearance, the current flagship car for the brand. New technology includes a new touchscreen infotainment system, gesture control and a world-first ‘Parking Assistant’ features. 

BMW also has plans to showcase two new models to add to their range of hybrids, with the330e and 225xe also appearing at the show.

Mercedes-Benz


Mercedes will also be bringing along a show-stopping new cabriolet version of the S-Class luxury Coupe, which is due to go on sale before the end of this year. Refinement and unrivalled luxury are promised by the German manufacturers, as it prepares to take on the BMW 4 Series coupe next year.
Merc also plan to debut the C63 AMG and Edition 1 variant, the new GLC and possibly the GLC Coupe.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars and has plans to expand the site even further, so we are sure to have the perfect car for you.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Big Motoring World reviews 2015 Mercedes V250 Bluetec SE

Mercedes-Benz have reworked the V-Class into a trendy, new model – named the V250. Formerly known as the Viano, the seven-seater has now been brought up to date. Big Motoring World reviews the latest update.

Technology


The new V-Class maintains the traditions and expectations of the usual V-Class, but this one contains the very latest Mercedes materials, technology and infotainment. The exterior styling has also been updated to integrate the firm's two-blade grille and three-pointed star.

Efficiency


Although the 2.1-litre diesel engine in the V250 has been carried over from the previous model, it has been revised for this year. It emits 166g/km of Co2 and manages 44.8mpg combined, which is better than all of its rivals. 

Interior


Mercedes take a huge emphasis on comfort, style and luxury. The interior of the V250 is no different, with slick, full leather and the latest infotainment dash board included as standard. The visibility is top-of-the-range, with a high seating position offering very good forward visibility. Parking sensors and rear-view camera make light work of tight parking situations and make the whole car feel easy to drive.

Performance and handling


The V-Class's four-cylinder diesel is impressively refined, staying both quiet and largely vibration-free when pushed. That said, it rarely needs to be stretched, such is its low-down pull. It manages to get to 62mph from a standing start in just over 9 seconds.

Handling and drive


The steering is consistently weighted and precise, making you feel as though you’re gliding on the road. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox works well too, slipping between gears without fuss and rarely getting over-excited and dropping too many gears when a short burst of acceleration is required.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Big Motoring World reviews a Classic: Mercedes W123

Reliability is engraved into Mercedes tradition, and that all began in 1976 with the release of the Mercedes W123. Big Motoring World reviews the classic Mercedes and the effects it’s had on the brand to present day.

Style


Smooth and muted, the car wasn’t on the flashy side yet still looked stylish and futuristic at the time of release. And if at first the sluggish petrol and diesel engines struggled to sell in the UK, it was upgraded in 1980 to 2.0- and 2.3-litre form. By then, every budding young executive wanted a Mercedes, particularly the iconic W123.

Favourite


The T-series estate version of the W123 was then released, with a surprising dash of glamour. It quickly became the favourite with gentry and antiques dealers, and to this day is the most practical W123. With space, comfort and dependability on its side, it deals with bumpy roads in a gentle, calm fashion thanks to soft, long travel suspension.

Longevity


These models were so good, they were still seen driving around the UK regularly up to a decade after they went off production. It also became a favourite back home, with Munich’s taxi drivers adopting the W123 for its ease of maintenance and simplicity. It’s for these reasons that the car ended up in Africa, namely Morocco where it can still be found today.

Global Fame


Many cameo appearances in primetime TV shows such as The Sweeney and The Professionals helped boost the W123’s appeal as the preferred wheels of villains. Even Arthur Daley drove one for a while in Minder. They can still be found around the UK, with a reported 3,500 models on the roads, and they are currently retailing at around £4,000 – a certain bargain for any Mercedes enthusiast.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars and has plans to expand the site even further, so we are sure to have the perfect car for you.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Big Motoring World Reviews Super Car: Mercedes C111

Released in 1969, the Mercedes C111 attracted plenty of interest at the time. However, it was never actually put on sale and only 14 were ever created. Big Motoring World reviews the winged wonder.
The C111 was kept entirely in-house at Mercedes. With its glass-fibre bodied gullwing doors, it was a pioneering vehicle which was used in the research and development of future vehicles. Though the design never took off, the stylish and record-breakingly quick Merc had endurance and power to match.

Design


Mercedes’ big push throughout the 1960s and 70s was safety – how on earth the C111 made it through production is a mystery. Add in the impending fuel crisis and the fact that early models used a Wankel rotary engine – not noted for their efficiency – and the decision not to proceed with a production version seems sensible.

Technology


Amongst other ground-breaking technologies, the C111 was used for testing the latest air-conditioning and anti-lock braking systems. It also used the latest radio antenna for the time and the interior is well-finished to say that it was never available to the public.

Power


The C111 hits a top speed of 74mph which doesn’t sound quick, but the experience of the drive is a lot more than speed. It’s brisk compared to recent developments, but back in the 1970s it really was one of the quickest cars around. Grip and handling is also remarkable to say that this machine is over 45 years of age. A chilled interior, good brakes and a crisp radio signal – certainly an all-time Mercedes classic.


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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Big Motoring World reviews 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d 4Matic

Coming on sale to the UK in autumn is the new Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d 4Matic. Big Motoring World reviews the German manufacturer’s answer to the BMW X6M.

The five-seat SUV comes with a 2.1-litre diesel engine, with models producing 168bhp and 201bhp. It will match the X6M both in length and boot size, and is equipped with the new nine-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive. They each now come as standard with Mercedes, and as with the company’s larger models, a height-adjustable air suspension system is an optional add-on, which means that you can venture off-road.

Interior

The GLC’s interior is succinctly similar with the C-Class. The dashboard is smart and fashionable, whilst the front seats give good thigh support, even for taller individuals, with headroom and legroom in abundance. It’s easy to fold the backrests, and the boot is well proportioned while offering lots of under-floor storage.

Power

The GLC’s pulling power is extraordinary, and the engine sounds sublime on any surface. The nine-speed auto gearbox shifts with smooth precision and keeps the engine in its sweet spot with the right ratios. In the cabin, wind noise is well suppressed too which makes for pleasant motorway driving. The GLC comes with steel-sprung suspension and adaptive damping as standard.

Verdict

Overall, an exhilarating and comfortable ride fit for families and individuals looking to have fun on the road. It’s great on any surface, particularly long motorways where it is able to excel in comfort, convenience, style and speed.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. June’s figures showed the highest ever sales in 20 years of business. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Big Motoring World Reviews 2015 Mercedes CLA Shooting Break

If you’re looking for the extra space and practicality that estates provide, but aren't a fan of their rigid styling, then the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is the car you’re after. Off the back of Big Motoring World’s most successful month in 20 years of trading, we look at this revolutionary style of estate car.

Looks


The CLA Shooting Brake is probably the most stylish estate car you’ll find anywhere. It’s most distinguishing feature is its curvy roofline, which elegantly drops away towards the back of the car. From the front it looks identical to the sporty CLA saloon, but from the side, the higher roofline and swept-back looks are clear for all to see. All models come with twin exhausts and striking 18in alloy wheels. The Sport versions also come with xenon headlamps, privacy glass and speed-sensitive steering.

Interior


Inside, things aren’t too different from the CLA coupe's front space – one of the coupe’s big strengths. The dash remains the same, as do the seats and wheel adjustability. Most of the car’s functions are easily controlled through the tablet-style central screen which is glued to the dash, whilst the buttons for the stereo and navigation controls remain the same. The cabin is fitted out with an array of pleasant-feeling materials and finishes which add real comfort. All models get a steering-wheel mounted gearshifter and a beautifully detailed joystick-style lever on the centre console.

Practicality


Although in the design of this estate car, looks and practicality have shared equal importance, the CLA Shooting Break still does its job. The boot holds a roomy 495 litres, which is way more than you could expect from a car of this attractiveness. If you tilt the rear seatbacks to a more upright 'cargo' position, the space increases by another 100 litres. Up front, there's plenty of storage space dotted around the cabin, while the electric parking brake and steering wheel-mounted gear lever free up space for a roomier cockpit. Whilst the rear headroom has also been improved by 40mm.

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Friday, 31 July 2015

Big Motoring World Reviews 2015 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

The four-door BMW M6 Gran Coupe is the most powerful and luxurious car yet from the high-performance 'M' brand. It’s the second most expensive BMW in the range, sitting only behind the i8 supercar – Big Motoring World review why this gem is worth every penny.

Power


The Gran Coupe shares the same 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine seen in the M6 Convertible and Coupe models, but it promises to be even faster thanks to neat weight-saving measures. It’s equipped with a revised Competition Pack which takes the power up to a monstrous 592bhp, while torque is up to a cool 700NM. The 0-62mph sprint takes just a mere 4.2 seconds.

On the road


One of the Gran Coupe’s biggest strengths is how it handles on the road. The Active M Differential gives it superb agility and outstanding traction. It shuffles torque across the rear axle to the wheel which has the most grip, helping the car place its 592bhp and massive 7000Nm of torque on to the road.

Exterior styling


The M6 Gran Coupe represents the best of the brand’s style and luxury. The combination of its enhanced size and racy detailing give this revised model a real presence. New styling features include revised front and rear bumpers, a twin-spoke grille design, quad exhausts, bigger air intakes and stylish 20-inch alloys. Like the M6 Coupe, the Gran Coupe gets a carbon fibre roof to help reduce weight and lower it’s the centre of gravity. At nearly five metres long, it has a longer wheelbase than the Coupe but its overhangs are short and neat giving it an excitingly sporty finish.

Interior styling


The inside matches the class of its shell. Its wraparound dashboard is covered with soft-touch leather and carbon fibre weave, while the luxurious electric sports seats provide you with the perfect driving position. The steering wheel gives the car a touch of vintage – reportedly inspired by the 80’s Z1 roadster, and the frameless windows add to the racy feel. 2015 also sees the inclusion of an updated iDrive infotainment screen, heads up display and Merino leather across the cabin.

Practicality


With a longer wheelbase than previous models, the M6 has generous rear legroom, and the low roof doesn’t affect headroom. The 460-litre boot is deep enough to accommodate large suitcases and the rear seatbacks fold down to free up a maximum 1,265 litres of space.

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Big Motoring World reviews 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class


Big Motoring World reviews the brand new mid-sized SUV which will replace the very popular GLK next year.

The GLC offers a more modern look with added comfort and advanced technology. The new name signifies that it shares a platform with the C-Class, hence the aggressive redesign, impeccable timing and raft of new technology.

New looks


The GLC is a good looking SUV – it’s fresher, sleeker and more aggressive than most. It has all the right proportions and immediately stands out as something luxurious and sporty.  It has a more of an elegant and modern design that is also more aerodynamic.

Under the bonnet


The GLC-Class will launch with just one engine: the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four has a preliminary output rated at 241hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. It will come standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission and five driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.

Interior


The interior has undergone a slick makeover. It comes equipped with the sporty, three-spoke steering wheel and the wide, angled centre stack with a big infotainment display screen sitting on top. Another bonus is the minimalist approach Mercedes have taken with the centre console. It is clear of clutter and excess buttons and its curved, brushed aluminium trim make it a really enticing feature.

Spacious


Thanks to a wheelbase that has been stretched by 4.6 inches, the interior of the GLC now affords more space, including an extra 2.2 inches of rear seat space. The boot space has also increased by 580 litres and by 1600 litres when the seats are folded down.

Lighter and more efficient


Despite its larger footprint, the new GLC weighs 176 pounds less than the GLK, thanks to the extensive use of aluminium and high-strength steel.  Its lighter mass helps it get about 19 percent better mileage. Mercedes claim that the diesel can get about 42.8 mpg.

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Hyper hatch arms race: next Mercedes-AMG A45 will get 400bhp+

Big Motoring World considers the news that Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers has confirmed the next-generation A45 AMG hyper hatch will get a four-cylinder engine – with more than 400bhp.

Power


Speaking at this month’s revealing of the new Mercedes A-Class, Moers confirmed that the AMG will have an all-new four-cylinder engine.

He explained that despite the recent 21bhp increase in Mercedes power to an impressive 376bhp, it is still not possible to extract more horse power from the current turbocharged engine. So with competitors confirming there will be cars surpassing the 400bhp mark, Mercedes is determined to come up with something even more explosive.

Whole Package


Moers said: “It is important for our customers to have the most powerful car in the segment... to us, it is important to offer the whole package”.

With Nurburgring lap times dominating the headlines in recent months, this new A45 may get around the 12.9-mile track in less than eight minutes –at least 10 seconds faster than the outgoing A45 AMG.
Mercedes, however, is not yet considering electrification or hybrid power for its top-spec AMG models and won’t simply install a bigger turbo or rejig the ECU. Using BMW’s six-cylinder M-cars as an example, Mercedes would not drop the V8 C63, “when it is within one or two mpg of lesser rivals.”

The visual changes made to Merc’s standard A-Class will make their way onto the CLA and GLA next year, with both models getting the uprated AMG engines in the coming months.

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Big Motoring World reviews this year’s new Mercedes plug-in hybrid

Big Motoring World reviews the new Mercedes GLE500e plug-in hybrid, which came out earlier this year. It was the first M-Class model to be named ‘GLE’, which signifies the beginning of Mercedes’ new and improved hybrid range.

Improvements


The GLE looks smooth on the outside, with new headlights and an improved grille, bonnet, bumper and wings at the front. The front end is so far from a C-Class, yet very similar from the back. Another new bumper to the tail end and blue LED lights signify its hybrid status and glamorous exterior, to really set it apart from previous models.
The major change inside is the new tablet-style ‘infotainment’ screen, which we first saw in the A-Class. There are plenty of upgrades on features and technology.

What’s it like to drive?


A combined total output of 434bhp and lashing of instant electric motor torque makes relatively light work of the 2.5-tonne kerbweight in a straight line. It goes 0-62mph in just 5.3sec – nearly half a second faster than its rivals.

Verdict


If you really wanted a plug-in hybrid M-Class, then the waiting is over. And it really lives up to all expectations. Hybrid is the way the market is going, so it appears this style and model is only going to get better. An innovative release for Mercedes’ new eco-friendly brand.

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Big Motoring World reviews 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon has been spotted testing in Nurburgring ahead of its anticipated launch in mid-2016. Big Motoring World reviews what changes we can expect from the German manufacturer’s fifth-generation of its executive car.

The new model, borrowing design cues from the latest C-Class and S-Class, is likely to make its debut in early 2016 just before its closest competitor, BMW's next 5 Series. The new-generation model will once again grow in size, to about 4590mm long and 1940mm wide. This slight increase in size is down to the new rear-wheel-drive MRA platform, which currently underpins the new C-Class and S-Class. The new E-Class will ride on newly developed suspension that features variable-rate damping.

Lightweight

One of the key features of the new 2016 E-Class is the increased use of high-strength steel and aluminium, which is expected to shave between 70-150kg from the kerbweight of today’s model. The lightweight architecture should result in improved efficiency and a better driving experience, as well as allow for additional passenger space. The aerodynamics have also been refined so that the drag coefficient has improved from 0.25 to a class-leading 0.23.

Interior

The interior will be completely updated, including as 150mm-tall, 700mm-wide dashboard monitor which boasts HD graphics. Mercedes also plans to install an improved head-up display and new multi-function steering wheel controls.

Driving Style

Stylistically, the new E-Class follows the latest C-Class and the GLA. It is expected to adopt a slender new exterior styling. The previous version was a relatively boxy car, with deliberately angular surfaces, but Mercedes new design adopts a curvier, sleeker profile and softer details.
The onwards march towards autonomous driving will be furthered by the E-class’s stepping-stone technology. Officials hint that it will offer a function that will allow it to automatically accelerate, brake, change lanes, overtake and include a full range of self-parking functions. The art of driving is changing at a scarily exciting pace and the new E-class charges us straight into this brave new world.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Mercedes GLE Coupe in the latest Blockbuster movie

Big Motoring World reviews the new Mercedes GLE Coupe, which features with both four and six-wheeled versions of the G-Class SUV in the biggest blockbuster of the year so far, Jurassic World. The film is due for release later this summer, and by then the GLE Coupe will already have been released.

Power

The lowest-priced petrol engine is the 362bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 in the 450 AMG, starting at £62,800. It's capable of 31.7mpg combined and emits 209g/km of CO2. The next rung of the ladder is the luxurious Designo Line spec, which is priced just under £10,000 more, but brings niceties such as active park assist with a 360-degree camera, soft-close doors,  a panoramic sunroof, quilted leather with cooling and massaging functions and a Harmon-Kardon surround sound system.

The top-of-the-range Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 starts at £96,550 and sports a 5.5-litre twin turbo V8. It develops a whopping 577bhp and 760Nm of torque, which sees the 2.3 tonne SUV reach 62mph from a still start in 4.2 seconds. The top speed is 174mph.

Design

A steeply raked windscreen allows for an elegant design to the front of this model, with unique front doors and a sloping roofline; the sharp bumper designs really add to the distinctive look of the car. There’s also plenty of legroom and boot space, more even than he seven-seat X5. The swoopy new model makes its big screen debut in the film, rivalling the new BMW X6. It’s on sale now, starting from £60,680.

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Big Motoring World: Smart cars to stop drink driving?

Smart cars of the near future could refuse to start if the driver exceeds the drink-drive limit, including those from manufacturer Ford. Big Motoring World reviews the latest technology to be trialled in America.

Ford are amongst those working with the American consortium, US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They are working to develop technology which will detect alcohol and prevent those over the limit from driving.

New technology

The NHTSA have unveiled a prototype which is fitted with a ‘Driver Alcohol Detection System’, ground-breaking technology which includes a breathalyser in the steering wheel and an engine start button which checks for alcohol in the driver’s blood levels.

Optional feature

Both will operate passively, detecting alcohol levels on the driver when they breathe normally, start the car or touch the steering wheel. This will not be run across all new cars, but it is being pushed forward as an option in the next five years for some cars.

It’s predicted that over 10,000 people die across the USA each year, whilst an estimated 230 people died in the UK in 2012 according to the Department for Transport.

This technology, which could conceivably be built into the driving experience, could become standard within commercial vehicles aided by safety and insurance incentives. But it may prove more difficult to bring into private vehicles across the globe. Some manufacturers have been working on similar technology for the past decade.

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Big Motoring World reviews the BMW 640d Coupe


Big Motoring World reviews the BMW 640d Coupe LCI which has had an upgrade.

Model

LCI stands for Life Cycle Impulse; that’s BMW’s way of saying it’s had a mid-life facelift. The new model has a high emphasis on efficiency and style – the latter which it has in abundance.

Exterior

Externally, the model is much the same as its predecessor. There are some styling tweaks which include revised bumpers front and rear, full LED headlamps as standard, new door mirrors, wider exhausts, fresh alloy wheel designs and a few new colours.

Interior

Inside, the upgrades are more noticeable and give it a really polished, luxury feel. A leather dash is now standard on all models, and this helps to enhance the car’s extravagant feel. BMW’s ConnectedDrive includes an in-built, subscription-free mobile sim card which means that emergency services can automatically be alerted at an accident.

Verdict

Overall, the changes add up to an enhanced appeal of what was already a great car.  It’s best sampled with the highly impressive 3.0-litre diesel. This car is now effortlessly economical, comfortable and luxurious. It’s deceptively quick, too, going 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds.
We are stocking the 2012 model, available from £25,000.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Big Motoring World Reviews: Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster Auction

The 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR is a unique car. It looks like it’s about to conquer the toughest races, but it’s actually a road-legal luxury car.

The CLK-GTR is part of an almost extinct species of motoring culture – along with the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion and McLaren F1 GTR, these are the sort of cars that are only built once in a lifetime.

The Car

This Benz is not only unique for a production model, but also for a racing one as well. It was the materialisation of Mercedes’ desire to compete, and essentially win in the FIA GT Championship. The regulations stated that at least 25 models are created to qualify, so Mercedes went and produced 26 CLK-GTRs.  6 of those are drop-tops, making the car even more exotic.

Under the hood lies an enormous 6.9-litre, AMG V12 engine, which produces 604-hp and 775 Nm of torque. The cars weighs 1,440 Kg which is on the heavy side, but the engine manages to sprint the Merc from 0 to 100 Km/h (62mph) in just 3.8 seconds.

The Auction

So, finding a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR for sale is a rarity. Finding one with just 6 kilometres on the clock is like finding a unicorn in your garage. This beast is coming up for sale at the Goodwood Festival of speed and it’s offered by Bonham’s. For an estimated £1.4-£1.8m, you can get your hands on the only black-painted, untouched, barely used CLK-GTR roadster in existence.

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Big Motoring World is the largest independent seller of used BMWs and Mercedes-Benz in the UK. Based in London and Kent, Big Motoring World hold over 1000 cars so we are sure to have the perfect car for you. 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Mercedes technology: Watch and learn

Following the success of the My BMW Remote App, Mercedes has announced its own software for Apple Watch and iPhone.

Technology

Intended mainly for navigation, the features include door-to-door directions to your car, as well as safe navigation when you’re driving, from an Apple Watch or iPhone.

The technology will be released this autumn, with further features for the technology included. Updates on fuel levels, range, maintenance codes and odometer readings will be available on the app, which will work with Mercedes-Benz C-Class and S-Class vehicles that have the Command Online tech. Support for other models is said to follow after the launch, with Mercedes hopeful that it will be in every new Mercedes by 2017.

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

BMW’s ‘Batmobile’ tribute

Big Motoring World has discovered that BMW are to unveil a tribute to the ‘Batmobile’ 3.0 CSL at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Performance BMWs don’t come any more iconic than the 3.0 CSL of the 1970s, and it will be shown at the world-renowned event for classical cars in France later this month. With its steroidal styling, lively handling and screaming six-cylinder engine it set the template for every M Beemer since.

Homage

More than four decades years later, BMW is paying it the ultimate compliment with a concept car to be shown at Hotel Regina, Paris, on 22nd May. It’s likely to follow the lead of the new M4 Coupe, which swapped steel for aluminium and glass for Perspex in pursuit of a lighter kerb weight. The 3.0 CSL will use carbon-fibre for the lower sections of the bodywork.

It has a massively widened rear track and, like the original, a huge rear wing with the LED taillights swirling around its outer edge. The BMW badge on the C-pillar is another distinctive cue taken from the Batmobile.

Plans 

The interior is yet to be unveiled, but BMW told Autotrader: “All the elements in the cabin are absolutely essential (with a) driving related function”. Expect a stripped-back, simplistic passenger compartment with bucket seats; no sign of a radio or sat-nav.

There’s no indication as to whether BMW is serious about putting the ‘Batmobile’ into production, but we suspect it will remain a design study for the foreseeable future. What it definitely does prove, however, is that BMW is plotting a higher performance version of the M4. They may use water-cooled turbochargers as showcased on the M4 Moto GP safety car, but whether it will be badged M4 GTS or M4 CSL remains to be seen. 

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Mobile banking – literally: Big Motoring World reviews

Polish based bank, IdeaBank, has developed a portable ATM Machine, built in the back of a BMW i3. The thinking is that the public will be able to get cash deposits anywhere they need it, by a simple phone call.

Benefits

Pop-up restaurants, bars and festivals are the primary aim of this idea, so people won’t have to walk to the bank for some much-needed cash. And business owners will also be able to safely drop off their takings rather than walking to the bank with a day’s takings, or leaving it on the property overnight.

Environment

The service is free-of-charge and the BMW i3 models are fully electric so won’t damage the environment. Once you download the IdeaBank app, you can signal for an ATM machine to come to you at a certain time and place; the fastest, easiest way to deposit your cash on the way out of the office!

The same safety procedure is being applied as with the safety deposit vans which transport banks’ money, so it’s a secure, quick and easy way which could be the future of the world’s ATM machines.

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