BMW M has a new boss, Franciscus van Meel, and he recently shared his first public statements with Auto Express on some topics regarding BMW M.
Van Meel, the former head of Audi Quattro GmbH, is of course well versed with all-wheel drive, and he seems to be favoring the use of all-wheel drive in future M5 and M6 models.
“If we continue the power increases in the future – especially regarding torque and also horsepower – then probably the next generation M5 and M6 … CONTINUED
The rumormill churns for the next gen M5/M6 returning to an all new V10 engine, and the introduction of a X1 M model and M5 Touring based off the upcoming G31 5 Series Touring?
BMW M always claims that it subscribes to no dogmas while considering all possibilities in developing new models. That now includes the possibility of all-wheel-drive M5 and M6 models.
In a recent interview with Motoring, BMW M CEO Dr. Friedrich Nitschke acknowledges that “I’ve looked at the numbers and 70 to 80 percent of E63 AMGs are all-wheel drive in the US now.”
He then confirms that: “On our cars we are thinking of all-wheel drive, but it won
BMW M CEO Friedrich Nitschke discusses several hot topics regarding the upcoming F80 M3 / F82 M4 and M cars in general.
Nitschke answers questions regarding electric power steering, AWD, high-revving engines, and weight issues.
BMW today announced a portion of its lineup to be displayed at this year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show press days [public days go from November 30 - December 9]. From the exotic BMW Concept i8 Roadster to the versatile new BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride based on the popular new BMW X1 with graphics designed by Designworks USA, the company will showcase a comprehensive product arrangement which strikes the perfect balance of high performance, innovative efficiency, and outstanding design. There will be more BMW … CONTINUED
Latest render by resident artist Harold Wood of the 2013/2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe (F06), which will debut early next year.
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BMW has now finally officially acknowledged the model to be coming next year (US and worldwide). It will likely arrive as a 2014 model year and see its auto show debut at the 2013 NAIAS in Detroit or the 2013 Geneva show. Expect the first details of the car to be announced online by the end of this year.
The M6 Gran Coupe will … CONTINUED
New photos of the mystery shrouded BMW model spotted at the BMW Museum shows that it is indeed a coupe shape, ruling out the possibility that it is the F80 M3 sedan. However, new info and clues provide some guidance on what it may be.
The car is confirmed to have quad exhausts, which confirms that it’s an M model. We can think of two upcoming M models expected in the next 2-3 years bearing the shape and size suggested by the photos – the F82 M4 … CONTINUED
A BMW 6 Series Gran Touring variant is rumored to have recently received a green light and is expected to debut in 2014. This will be the fourth variant in the 6 series lineup, following the coupe, convertible, and Gran Coupe. An M6 Gran Touring or M Performance 650d may also be spawned off the 6 Series Gran Touring.
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When designing the BMW 6er Gran Coupe alongside the replacements for the BMW 6er Coupe and Cabrio.
Creativity inspired another design off-shoot … CONTINUED
We had the chance to speak to BMW NA M Brand Manager Matt Russell and BMW M Marketing Director Thomas Schemera at the 2012 NYIAS about many things M. We covered some hot topics/models, including the M5, M6, M3 (current and future generation) and M Performance Automobiles.
M5 / M6
Can you tell us about the changes to the 2013 M5 from the 2012 M5? Why the wait for the 2013 model year for the US market?
It’s nothing major. It’s small things; it’s electronics underneath, little computer things. … CONTINUED
An M version of the upcoming 6-series Gran Coupe is on the way and it’s been confirmed that there will also be an M version. The M6 Gran Coupe will become BMW flagship M model once it’s introduced, taking the flag from the F10 M5.
According to insider Scott26, the M6 Gran Coupe will boast 580BHP, through the 7 Speed M-DCT.
Autocar is claiming that the M6 will be no more when the next generation 6-series arrives. Instead, its role will be filled by a V8 sports car based on the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept, powered by the F10 M5′s twin turbo 4.4L V8, which will compete with the Audi R8 head on. This contradicts insider sources which have stated that the Vision ED car is not intended to compete with the R8.