The BMW M display at this year’s 2012 Paris auto show featured the latest M models to be released - the F10 M5 and F12 M6 coupe. What you see is the 2013 M6 in Sakhir Orange, its launch color. The 2013 M5 wears Frozen Grey, a BMW Individual color which looked excellent under the show lights. Also on display was the M5/M6’s monster 560hp V8 twin turbo S63Tu engine.
Most of you have read about the M5, M6 and S63Tu specs repeated times already, but for reference or as a refresher, see the official info threads linked inside.
The 2012 Concept Vehicle of the Year Award winner, the electric hybrid BMW i8 Spyder Concept [Official Info Thread], made its first auto show appearance since its world premiere at the Beijing auto show in April.
This was our first look at the i8 Spyder in person and I found it even more impressive and eye catching than the coupe version. We previously put together a photo comparison you can see to form your opinion.
The star of this year’s BMW exhibit and press conference at the 2012 Paris auto show is the recently announced BMW Concept Active Tourer (C.A.T.) FWD electric hybrid car [Official Info Thread].
The BMW C.A.T. offers an initial insight into the company’s further innovations for the premium compact segment, as well as a preview of a future 1 Series production model. In this study, BMW demonstrates what it calls groundbreaking solutions in terms of both the interior and the drive concept.
As BMW describes:
With an external length of 4,350 millimetres, sporty proportions and hallmark lines, the concept study brings characteristic BMW aesthetic appeal to yet another vehicle segment. A raised seating position, generous space for driver and passengers and the flexibly extendable luggage compartment are the defining … CONTINUED
he Aachen-based experts from AC Schnitzer help the 3-series with Diesel engines 318d and 320d to achieve 126 kW/171 HP or 160 kW/218 HP. The performance upgrades for the 328i and 335i will realise 216 kW/294 HP or 265 kW/360 HP but both are still in the final development stage. One thing is for sure: with the AC Schnitzer performance upgrades the 3 series will have an even more impressive presence.
As appearances are also important, these inner values are reflected in the AC Schnitzer engine optics.
The saloon makes itself heard with the AC Schnitzer sports rear silencer with one or two chromed “Racing“ tailpipes. A pure optical enhancement is given by the AC Schnitzer “Racing” tailpipe
In the 3 series by AC Schnitzer, you ride out life’s … CONTINUED
We’re coming to you live from the 2012 Paris motor show and have had a chance to gawk at the beautiful 3 Series Touring (F31) in M Sport trim and in Estoril Blue II, which has become the quintessential color for the F30 and F31 M sport package.
The 330d touring produces 258PS and 560Nm torque, with fuel economy of 55.4mpg.
F31 deliveries have just begun in Europe (see our very first delivery) and they will hit the North American market in the Spring of 2013.
Full F31 technical info and official thread @ http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=690502
We’re coming to you live from the 2012 Paris motor show and our first car covered is the BMW M135i 3-door hatchback. This model had its world public debut at the 2012 AMI show in May, but its showing here at the 2012 Paris motor show represents its biggest audience yet.
Inside are the the vitals on this newest model to the BMW M Performance Automobiles lineup. The F21 M135i will unfortunately not make it to North America.
Full M135i technical info and official thread @ http://f20.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=690505
One of the first head-to-head comparisons between the 2013 BMW F30 328i versus the Cadillac ATS (2.0T).
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the all-new Cadillac ATS against the car it was built to compete with, the dominating BMW 328i. Jonny uses test data to illustrate how similar these two cars are and then takes them out for a true drivers test on one of his favorite California back roads.
The upcoming BMW i8 hybrid electric sports car will effectively be BMW’s halo sports car once it’s released in 2014/2015. And although an M version is not expected to be released, we couldn’t help but let our imagination run wild a bit for an M model race version, including a full carbon fiber model. Enjoy!
The KW DDC (Dynamic Damper Control) ECU coilovers remove the pain of getting out of the car and adjusting it manually. You can download the software app from iTunes for free and use it to adjust your coilovers via iPhone, iPad, or iPod. It has 3 settings (comfort, sport and sport+) or you can fine tune it yourself.