(from BMW Press
Release) The BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride.
Munich . Winter may be
approaching, but the new BMW X1 has already arrived. With the
services of the all-wheel-drive system BMW xDrive to call on, it is
perfectly equipped to offer assured driving pleasure on snow. The
outstanding agility of the compact BMW X model and the superior
traction of its intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system make it
the ideal choice of transport to the ski slopes. And now a concept
car based on the BMW X1 and a special-edition model are set to
highlight the brand’s close connection to winter sport.
The world premiere of the BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride at the Los
Angeles Auto Show (30 November – 9 December 2012) acts as a clear
pointer to imminent high-speed action on the slopes. The
presentation comes just a few weeks after the unveiling of the new
BMW X1 Edition Powder Ride in time for the start of the winter sport
season. The exclusive equipment features of this special-edition
model represent a detailed response to the needs of a target group
who get their sporting kicks on snow-covered pistes.
Providing limitless fun on and off
piste: the BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride.
design and lifestyle-oriented functionality shape the face of the
BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride. The concept car is the result of a
three-year cooperation between BMW and winter sport equipment
supplier K2. It embodies both the agile and surefooted driving
characteristics of the BMW X1 – even, thanks to BMW xDrive, under
challenging conditions – and the intense thrill of winter sport. The
BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride blends bespoke exterior features with an
exclusive roof structure and refined additions to interior details.
Valencia Orange metallic paintwork is complemented by a distinctive
graphic whose design takes its cues from a limited-edition K2 ski. A
central element of this crossover graphic is the stylised image of a
fox, which forges ahead of a dynamically penned X from the rear of
the car to the front doors.
The exterior design of the BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride backs up this
energy-laden graphic with a sprinkling of other distinctive
characteristics which accentuate the sporting instincts of the
compact BMW X model to impressive effect. An extra eight millimetres
of suspension travel over the standard model and 19-inch light-alloy
wheels in Ferric Grey with polished spokes exude a feeling of power
and presence. The Ferric Grey trim of the front and rear sills and
side skirts emphasise the car’s uncontained forward momentum over
snow and loose ground. Dark tinted side windows with matt Black
surrounds and the roof rails – likewise painted matt Black – form an
appealing contrast to the rich colours of the body surfaces.
Roof structure with innovative ski
holder and powerful Harman Kardon
hi-fi sound fuel the piste party.
The unique roof
structure specially developed for the concept car is made from
milled aluminium. Its broad functionality is reflected in an
asymmetric structure: two luggage boxes and a ski carrier are
positioned alongside one another. The ski carrier, which can be
found on the front passenger side of the car, has an innovative
retaining mechanism, while the skis are held at an angle to make
their distinctive surface design particularly visible. Designed
exclusively for the BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride, the skis also
feature the fox graphic, as well as a colour scheme inspired by
wood, brushed aluminium and carbon surfaces. Its White and Valencia
Orange running surfaces display the brand logos of BMW and K2 on
either side of a broadly spread X.
A sound system from Harman Kardon is installed in the two luggage
boxes on the driver’s side. High-end hi-fi systems from the
specialist brand also provide an extremely dynamic audio experience
in standard series-produced BMW models. The two-way loudspeakers
installed in the BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride generate output of 320
watts and turn the cars into a powerful sound stage for après ski
fun with a difference at the end of the valley run. A Class D
amplifier with 2 x 550-watt output, a 500-watt subwoofer and a
high-quality microphone from AKG are also on hand for those
spontaneous parties in the snow. And the transparent sounds can be
complemented by visual effects, for good measure. The luggage boxes
can be illuminated in Blue and Orange, as desired, and three LED
spotlights are integrated into the front edge of the roof structure.
The sporting characteristics and exclusive style of the BMW Concept
K2 Powder Ride are also underlined by bespoke interior design. Black
Nappa leather with orange-coloured contrast stitching for the seats
and door trim and interior trim strips in exquisite Fineline Bay
wood trim conjure up an ambience imbued with quality and individual
sophistication. In keeping with the theme, and as a mirror image of
the exterior’s contrasting effects, the black floor mats have
reflective piping and orange-coloured accents.