We spent some time at the 2012 Detroit NAIAS with Matt Russell, M Brand Manager for BMW North America. Matt is a BMW enthusiast like us and is a BIMMERPOST member himself. We asked Matt some current hot M related topics and he was able to share the following.
BMW 1M COUPE
What were the final production numbers for the US 1M?
740 units. The very first one imported was the Valencia Orange 1M Pace Car which debuted at the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona.
Matt further expanded … CONTINUED
For months now, there have been signs and clues pointing to the potential release of several M tuned BMW models which will create a new category of models to fill the gap between the standard series cars and their M versions. It’s now just been officially announced by BMW M! See inside for BMW M’s full official announcement.
So what rumored models can we expect to launch this new category of BMWs? The following three rumored models should all come with the criteria just announced by … CONTINUED
Have a look at the first Northern America WALD Black Bison F10 5 series, fully wrapped in satin white/gloss black accents, with Forgiato 21″ wheels all around, and lowered on H&R springs. Also has aftermarket exhaust and ECU tune.
Prior Design has now revealed its F10 5 Series PD-R aerodynamic kit. The front bumper design is a cross between an M3 and 1M bumper. The full kit parts as follows:
- Prior-Design PD-R front bumper (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 models except M5)
- Prior-Design PD side skirts (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 models)
- Prior-Design PD rear add-on spoiler (diffusor) (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 standard models except M5)
- Mounting material
The world’s first BMW Individual Moonstone 5 Series (F11 touring) was recently delivered to a 5POST member. This beautiful 5-series touring (F11) M sport model was delivered to a German member by way of The Welt. Check inside for photos of the delivery and sitting at home in the lucky member’s driveway.
Have a look at some new BMW Individual colors. Here are F10 and F11 5 series in Individual Victoria Orange, Cognac Metallic, and Kastanien Brown, on display at the BMW owned dealership in Munich, Germany.
Vorsteiner has released its full tuning kit and program for the F10 5-series, which they’ve dubbed the VMS-F10.
The kit details are as follows:
VMS Front Spoiler
The newly designed VMS front spoiler has been specifically designed to fit F10 5 series vehicles with the optional M Tech package. The front spoiler not only creates a purposeful and functional balance to the front end but is also unmistakably beautiful and precise.
VMS Rear Spoiler
The VMS rear add on carbon deck lid spoiler … CONTINUED
Germany based Prior Design has released its F10 5 Series aerodynamic kit. The entire F10 kit includes:
– Prior-Design PD front add-on spoiler (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 standard models except M5 and models with original M-Sport Package installed)
– Prior-Design PD side skirts (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 models)
– Prior-Design PD rear add-on spoiler (diffusor) (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 standard models except M5)
– Mounting material… CONTINUED
This is a most impressive E28 528i to custom E28 M5 CSL build powered by an S38B38 Evolution engine. Full specs:
Body: BMW E28 w/o sunroof, rebuilt to coupé, extended FIA safety rollcage, raceweight aprox ~1100kg with driver. Vented body – 200mm (8″) wider in rear, 160mm (6.3″) wider in front.
Engine: BMW S38B38 (6-cyl 3.8l-24v 365hk/8000rpm)
Gearbox: Getrag 260, shortshifted 5-speed.
Final drive: BMW M3 Group A limited slip, 4 different gear ratios available.
Front brakes: 6-piston aluminum calipers, 330mm (13″) rotors.
Rear brakes: 4-piston aluminum calipers, 303mm (12″) rotors.
Wheels … CONTINUED
If the F10 5 series is not flashy enough for you, the Russian aftermarket has a cure. We’ve already seen projects such as the gold X5M and matte silver 135i from Russia, so why are we not surprised to see a green chrome F10 M Sport
This F10 5 Series M Sport came from the factory in alpine white. It first had a chrome wrap applied and the second step was the application of a translucent green wrap, which combine to result in the green chrome of … CONTINUED
BMW has released its second X6 M50d teaser. The company tries to raise the anticipation with this video dubbed “Step 2″. There’s no new information or new details shown, but BMW promises that the X6 M50d will “feel like a race car” and “deserve the M badge”. Guess we’ll have to wait and see if it actually can live up to these promises.
The BMW Group continued on its successful course in November – sales climbed to 138,978 vehicles, an increase of 7.7% over the previous year (prev. yr. 129,001). Global sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles rose to 1,510,862 (prev. yr. 1,319,808) units in the first eleven months of the year, 14.5% more than in the same period last year and a new record for the company.
Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing: “This was our best … CONTINUED
It’s teaser time again! Hot off the press here’s part 1 of “a new chapter: powered by BMW M”.
When you listen to the engine carefully you can hear it’s a diesel engine. At this point we can only speculate what this is about exactly, but if we were forced to do so we’d say it’s a promotion for the long-rumored M Performance Diesel models called X6 M50d ( and M550d for the F10) powered by a 3.0l inline 6 Diesel engine with no less than 3 … CONTINUED
BMW of North America has announced a modest inflationary price increase effective January 1, 2012. The Destination and Handling fee for all models will be increased to $895 on that date as well. This increase is less than one percent and applies to the models listed in the table below. In these tough economic times a careful balance was attained between the competitive situation, inflationary conditions, and market realities.
The rumor coming out of a BMW dealer presentation held in the Netherlands last week is that the previously rumored M550d will officially come in with 381 HP from its tri-turbo inline-6 cylinder diesel motor, far lower than the initial speculations of 500+ HP. But it will make over 516 lb-ft torque! Finally, it will be AWD-only, as speculated earlier.
This new tri-turbo diesel F10 5 series was previously confirmed to be coming, but a power figure was not yet known. That set off a round … CONTINUED
Missed the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas? No worries, Johnny Lin provides us with a mega gallery of BMW models at the event (along with some other fine looking German vehicles). Hope you got the bandwidth to keep up =)
BMW’s new 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo engine (the “N20″) may be down on cylinders and displacement compared to the inline 6 cylinder (N52) that it replaces across BMW’s model range, but even in factory form, it matches the outgoing N52′s horsepowers and features an extra 30 lb-ft of torque (in the X1 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, F20 128i, 528i, Z4 sDrive28i, and upcoming F30 328i).
And what the N20 loses in smoothness and top-end pull compared to the outgoing N52, it now looks like it will easily make … CONTINUED
The hot-selling BMW 5 series has been named by J.D. Power as its 2011 Most Appealing Midsize Premium Car. The F10 scored full marks across the Performance and Design categories — which include Overall Performance and Design, Performance, Comfort, Features and Instrumental Panel, and Style. Check out the full results inside.