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BMW R100 Sprintbeemer

Lucky Cat Garage's BMW R100 Sprintbeemer appears to be straight from a science fiction movie, but this cafe racer is real, and built around a rigid BMW 2 frame. It's powered by a lightly tuned RS Boxer engine, paired with an inverted '92 R100 R gearbox, while a slick square drag tire on a lightened hub manages traction in the rear. Since there's no need for speedometer, you'll only find a Scitsu Tachometer nestled in behind the aerodynamic fairing. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a creepy VR zombie game.

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BMW Vision Next 100

We have seen the future of BMW vehicles, and it includes the Vision Next 100. Featuring a shape-shifting "Alive Geometry" exterior, augmented reality dashboards, "Companion" artificial intelligence and more. To start, "Alive Geometry" basically consists of 800 small triangles on the exterior that shape-shift for aerodynamics, while the dashboard alerts drivers to road conditions via augmented reality. There are two driving modes: "Boost", in which the driver is responsible for operating the car, and "Ease", where auto-pilot takes over - the seats can rotate so passengers can face one another in "Ease". Last, but not least, "Companion" artificial intelligence gathers information about the driver to provide driving tips and / or alerts. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the fie most popular viral videos today, including showing how not to charge a phone on a set of train tracks.

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BMW Landspeeder

At first, you might confuse this with something from an auto museum, but it's just the BMW Landspeeder by Austin, Texas based Revival Cycles. Based on Ernst Henne's Landspeeder, this BMW R37 Racer was originally built specifically for the man himself in 1928, the one in which he would use to go on and break multiple records. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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BMW R1200S Animal

Tuning shop Cafe Racer Dreams put their own twist on the BMW R1200S, and called it the "Animal". This military-inspired 2-wheeler sports two lights up front, as well as a tactical mesh covered fuel tank. It's been equipped with a set of rugged Ohlins shocks so the bike can handle both rough and smooth roads. The sleek taillights out back add a nice cool tough, while the olive green finishes off the look. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how two guys sneaked into a movie theater dressed as just one person.

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BMW i8 Spyder

BMW officially unveiled its i8 Spyder Concept at CES 2016 this week. It features the AirTouch gesture-control system that enables passengers to operate the vehicle's controls by simply moving their fingers over the dashboard display screens. The information is then transmitted back through a head-up display, the main instrument cluster and a giant 21-inch panorama display located in front of the passenger. Continue reading for three more videos and information. Click here to view more images.

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BMW i Motorrad

When TRON Lightcycle meets futuristic BMW motorcycle, you get the stunning i Motorrad BetaIR by Sebastian Martinez. Featuring a sleek aerodynamic body, complete with Tron-inspired spokeless tires, it uses a magnetic suspension for the ultimate ride experience. Ultra bright LEDs can be found at the top of the motorcycle. Click here to view some bonus images of amazing, yet real, Confederate Motorcycles.

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Rinspeed Etos

Not just a tuned BMW i8, the Rinspeed Etos offers a fully autonomous mode that works in conjunction with 9 high-definition exterior cameras for tracking surrounding objects. On the road, it automatically links to the city infrastructure for traffic information and even cell phone reception. If the driver switches to manual driving mode, a steering wheel electronically extends out of the dashboard, and the vehicle's gaze-tracking system monitors their eyes to ensure constant alertness. The coolest feature? An included drone that takes off / lands on the integrated landing platform, which consists of 12,000 individually-controlled LEDs. Continue reading for more images and information. Click here for a few bonus pictures.

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BMW M6 GTLM

If Batman owned a BMW, it would probably be the M6 GTLM, which recently made its unofficial debut at Sebring International Speedway late last month with drivers Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner and John Edwards in the driver's seat. Unlike the street version, this racer features custom bodywork, which includes a revamped hood, rear wing, as well as a wide-body kit. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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New BMW M1

Photo credit: Giom Image Art

BMW hasn't been in the supercar game since the original M1 of the 1980s. However, if there was ever any hope of the legendary vehicle being revived, here's what Giom Image Art imagines it looking like. "The artist's rendering takes design cues from the original M1, most notably the signature louver engine cover. The concept would be powered by the same 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six used in the M4 and have around 500 hp. Regarding the design Mouton stated, "My design is taking inspiration from - rather than copying - the original. The concept is lightweight construction with less emphasis on luxury; performance and handling take center stage and active aerodynamics and a very low center of gravity plays a big part,'" reports Car Buzz. Should BMW release a supercar, aside from the M4 GTS, expect it to be priced above $200,000. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Animazement 2015, an amazing cosplay compilation.

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BMW 42 Wheels

Unlike other concepts, this one was dreamed up by a four year-old boy named Eli. He told his uncle about his dream car, and then automotive blog Jalopnik was contacted to make it a reality, or at least in CAD and Photoshop form. A few weeks later, and we get the BMW 4219Eli, featuring exactly what the boy asked for: 42 functional wheels, 19 Porsche engines, 3 different driver's seats, each with their own steering wheels and a trunk full of toys which doubles as a playroom. Continue reading to see how BMW USA responded and labeled everything.

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