The streets of Long Beach, California continue to be the favorite stomping grounds of BMW Team RLL as they finished 1-2 in today’s American Le Mans at Long Beach race. In only the second race for the new BMW Z4 GTE, the team beat a very competitive GT class field with excellent strategy set in place during the first hour of the two-hour contest around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit. BMW Team RLL has finished with at least one car on the Long Beach podium, including a win from the pole in 2011, for five consecutive years. Today’s victory puts BMW in a tie with Chevrolet at the top of the GT Class Manufacturer points. The win was also the first for the new … CONTINUED
We were on hand to witness the BMW X4 Concept making its world debut today at the 2013 Auto Shanghai. As the X4 Concept draws heavily on the design of the X6 SAC, it looks very much like a mini-X6. Expect certain elements on the concept model to be changed when the production version hits the market next year – notably the headlight lighting elements, front bumper, mirrors and door handles.
The interior was not showcased, but expect it to share an interior with the current F25 X3. Enjoy the images from the show below.
For more official details and images of the X4 Concept, see our Official Thread @ http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=823889
The F10 M5 LCI model with Competition Package shows off its new power, exhaust, and handling at the Nurburgring.
Official details have not yet been released, but the M5 Competition Package is said to be introducing the following upgrades:
• HP increase (approximately 15hp)
• Top speed increase
• M Carbon Ceramic Brakes
• Sport suspension
• Sport exhaust with black tips
• Enhanced steering
• 20″ competition wheels
We’ve given you live action looks of the M235i and 228i during winter testing, now have a look at the M235i coupe undergoing testing at the Nurburgring this week.
The M235i mule is seen in Estoril Blue II and shares its wheels, M Sport brakes, and double black exhaust pipes with the M135i hatchback. A trunk spoiler lip can also be seen clearly.
M235i and 228i coupe production begins in November. There will be no 235i model in the US or elsewhere, as the M235i will take its place in the lineup. The M235i will feature the same powerplant and mechanicals as the highly touted M135i hatchback [reviews].
We’ve also reposted below the first interior photos of the M235i, as well as some up-close photos of the exterior.
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First drive reviews of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe are now rolling in and here is one of the first – from Autocar.
Marc Norris’s Bavarian Workshop has rolled out countless projects across its three decades of existence…but none quite like the M2.
Based off a mid-Seventies 2002, Norris reworked the classic coupe to utilize the E30 M3′s hardware–most notably, the E30′s chassis and 2.3 L inline-four. The combination of BMW’s defining classic and the “holy grail” of M3s has resulted in a four-wheel wonder.
So check out the video and see that wonder for yourself.
We have added the newest BMW M6 Gran Coupe wallpapers and a video.
The German car magazine AutoBild SPORTCARS writes in its latest issue that there will be a Competition Package (performance package) for the F10 M5 LCI to be introduced this summer.
Pricing will be in the 5 digit range and the M5 Competition Package will include a performance increase of almost 20hp with Vmax increase to 305km/h, carbon-ceramic brakes, sports suspension, sports steering and new wheels.
Ahead of its debut (in concept form) sometime later this year, the production F80 M3 prototype forges ahead with testing this week at the Nurburgring. We’ve got it on video giving us probably the best listen so far at the F80 M3′s multi-turbo inline 6.
If you recall, we recently reported on information gleaned from the M4 prototype’s registered VIN information (see here).
According to the VIN info, the M3 will be powered by a 310kW (415 hp) 3.0L inline 6 engine (s55) [photos]. Consistent with the information we’ve been posting, this would have the next M3 and M4 featuring similar horsepower figures to the current M3 (414 hp) from the 3.0L inline 6 multi-turbo s55 engine. But, we’ve also been previously told by a trusty source … CONTINUED
BMW of North America and Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced that BMW and MINI customers will receive a one-year subscription to SiriusXM’s All Access Package when purchasing any Model Year 2013 or newer BMW vehicle, MINI vehicle or BMW Motorcycle equipped with a satellite radio starting this month. The All Access Package offers SiriusXM’s most complete programming line-up, including premium channels and access to SiriusXM Internet Radio.
“Our customers expect exceptional performance, and giving them access to every premium channel available on their Satellite Radio in the vehicle as well as SiriusXM Internet Radio anywhere makes SiriusXM an even better value,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America. “All Access will allow our customers to listen to the programming they … CONTINUED