Autocar.uk has published a rendering of the upcoming Mini Sport Activity Coupe (or what some have dubbed the Countryman Coupe or Mini X6).
According to Scott26, “Such a vehicle is being worked on which will be seen soon as a Concept.”
The idea for the Mini Sporty Activity Coupe comes in response to Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque, with its two-door coupe styling and configuration. According to Autocar, if the Mini SAC makes production, it would hit the market around 2013, in a 4 door layout (rear doors being suicide doors to maintain the coupe-ish shape and form). Compared to the Countryman, it would have shorter rear overhangs and shorter side windows.
Our resident photoshop wizard, Gerald Alvarez, has again produced some great renders to share with the Bimmerpost community. These are of the upcoming1M Coupe - front and rear view. Check out the stunning renders inside!
CAR Magazine takes its first drive of the E92 M3 Competition Package and comes away with a glowing reaction, calling it one of the best cars on sale today. No surprises there!
BMW has begun a new series called “Unscripted” which will feature regular BMW owners, talking about their life, passion and joy with the BMW brand and cars. This one features Murray, owner of a 2800 CS with over 413k miles!
This white 2012 M5 was spotted out testing today and is the first non-black F10 M5 we have seen. This signals that the M5 is now in FEP stage. Its camouflage remains similar to recent F10 M5 test mules, but its LED angel eyes are showed off nicely. The front and rear bumper remain covered, but we have posted the previously spotted mostly revealed M5 front bumper below for reference. All the other body panels you see, including mirrors and wheels are production intent.
The 2012 M5 is expected to premier at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA autoshow in September 2011.
Be sure to follow our complete F10 M5 coverage here: http://www.bimmerpost.com/m5/
Onyx Concept is best known for their work in the SUV market, most notably as a Range Rover tuner. But they have now expanded their portfolio to include a E92 M3 featuring their performance and cosmetic package. This includes Onyx Concept bumpers, sideskirts, and carbon fiber front spoiler, rear diffuser, spoiler lid, and hood. Buffalo hide leather and carbon fiber trim adorns the interior.
As for performance upgrades, this includes a tuning package producing 630 PS (621 hp). No details on this have yet been released, but no doubt forced induction is involved. No pricing yet, but the Onyx Concept E92 M3 will be available beginning 10/31.
BMW’s August sales saw a decrease of 1.6% from the same period last year. Year-to-date, the BMW Group sales volume is up 5.6% from last year. However, sales in the second half of the year is not expected to be as strong as the first half.
The BMW Group favoured a smooth transition when carrying out the generation change of the bestseller BMW X3. The end of production of the first generation of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) was celebrated at the plant of the Austrian production partner Magna Steyr in Graz yesterday. Production of the new BMW X3, which will be launched on the German market on 20 November 2010, will begin today at the BMW Spartanburg plant in the US state of South Carolina. The new BMW X3 is a resolute continuation of the formula for success of the first SAV in its class. With further enhanced agility, noticeably optimised driving comfort, more space than any of its competitors and innovative equipment options, it offers the ideal prerequisites to inherit … CONTINUED
The M3 Tiger Edition official website is now online. The feature is a short film which builds a ton of suspense, but is a bit anticlimactic. Nevertheless, it’s fun seeing BMW models being built up in this way.