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BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe B&O Edition pairs 1,200W with 575HP

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe B&O Edition pairs 1,200W with 575HP

BMW and Bang & Olufsen have teamed on a special edition of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, including a 575 HP M6 version which will see the 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine compete for aural appeal with 1,200W of speakers. Limited in number to just 110 cars, the 2015 BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe "Bang & Olufsen Edition" will be filled with a total of sixteen speakers with matching B&O amps.

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Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

CarPlay is coming, and Apple's push to put iOS and Siri in the dashboard could be one of the most significant plays from the Cupertino firm since the iPhone itself. Breaking away from the multitude of different infotainment UIs, CarPlay pushes out a customized iOS interface instead, with familiar apps like Apple Maps, iTunes, and Messages, all controlled by voice. I spent some time in three demo vehicles - Ferrari's eye-widening FF, Chevrolet's latest Spark EV, and a beautiful classic Mustang - to see how CarPlay works.

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2015 BMW X6 official: Tech turned up

2015 BMW X6 official: Tech turned up

BMW has taken the wraps off the 2015 X6, its second-generation "sports activity coupe", boosting power, improving efficiency, and making the design a little meatier than the outgoing car. Offering a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive, along with a standard 8-speed Steptronic transmission, BMW ConnectedDrive infotainment, and 19-inch light-alloy wheels, the new X6 also comes in M50d M Sport form, though initially only for Europe.

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Google’s self-driving car could lose its hat with new laser tech

Google’s self-driving car could lose its hat with new laser tech

Self-driving cars like Google's controversial 25mph autonomous pod could get significantly more affordable to make, researchers have promised, with a new LIDAR radar system far cheaper than the expensive turret on top of current models. The laser tracking system - the distinctive "turret" on top of the Google self-driving car - is one of the single most expensive components in the vehicle, estimated to add around $80,000 to the bill of materials. However, a Berkley team believes it could do the same thing at a fraction of the cost.

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This smart car won’t let you drive when drunk

This smart car won’t let you drive when drunk

Now here's a "connected car" that might have better judgment than some drivers. A concept car unveiled by the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association features not only a load of hi-tech devices and wireless connectivity options but can also make some decisions and take action in cases when the driver can't.

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LEGO MINI Cooper release summons the classic Mk VII

LEGO MINI Cooper release summons the classic Mk VII

Following up on a rather successful VW Camper Van set from 2011, LEGO has let it be known that they’re bringing a lovely MINI Cooper to market. This LEGO set is part of the Creator collection and is recommended for ages 16 and above - as high as LEGO goes, at the moment. With 1,077 pieces, this set is ready to roll with a wide variety of unique nooks and crannies.

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