Our Latest BMW M4 Coupe (F82) Render

03/26/2013 at 1:59 PM
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Now that the 4 Series Coupe (F32) has been revealed [photos], we thought we’d take another crack at imagining and predicting the look of the 2015 M4 Coupe (F82), while adding some track aero parts, for fun.

With the latest F82 M4 prototype sighting (gallery below), we have seen the following:

• Double slatted kidney grilles
• M4 badge on kidney grilles (a la M6) (currently covered)
• LED headlights
• LED tail lights
• Carbon ceramic brakes (optional) being tested in signature gold color (just as on F80 M3 prototype)
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THIS INFO IS FOR EUROPEAN CARS ONLY; THOUGH THEY MAY BE OVERALPS AND SIMILARITIES WITH OTHER MARKETS AS WELL:

Available from launch (summer 2013):

Xdrive30d will have 258 PS (254hp), 8-speed automatic, CO2 (g/km):168
XM50d 381 PS (375hp), CO2 (g/km):180
xdrive50i 450 PS (443hp), CO2 (g/km): 250 [N63Tu engine]

December 2013 production:

sdrive25d 218PS (215hp) CO2 (g/km): 149
xdrive25d 218PS (215hp) CO2 (g/km): 155
xdrive40d 313PS (308hp) CO2 (g/km): 172
xdrive35i 306PS (301hp) CO2 (g/km): 199 (production for US starts August 2013)

The US gets the following models, with … CONTINUED

Behind the BMW Sound Design Process

03/25/2013 at 9:45 PM
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Last week, when BMW revealed its new ad signature tone [listen here], we mentioned how much development time and attention was paid to all the sounds that a BMW model makes.

BMW has posted a video which provides more insight into this sound design process.

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We have looked at the F32 4 Series Coupe against the E92 3 Series Coupe (comparison pics), now let’s look at how the 4 Series Coupe looks against its most direct competitor in the marketplace – the Audi A5 Coupe.

Compared to the A5 Coupe, the 4 Series Coupe in concept form is:

+ 0.6 inches (16mm) length
- 1.8 inches (28mm) width
- 0.5 inches (12mm) height
+ 2.3 inches (59mm) wheelbase

Note: these are calculated using concept (not production) 4 Series dimensions.

As for the aesthetics, well, … CONTINUED

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As expected, the 2014 F10 M5 will be receiving a LCI update/facelift together with the F10 5 Series. The 5 Series LCI facelift has already been partially revealed, but it’s been unknown how much of the M5′s design would be affected.

These spy photos show that the F10 M5 will receive the same upper front fascia and headlight updates [pics] as the 5 Series, but will receive no changes to the lower front bumper design. Like the 5 Series, the F10 M5 will also receive light … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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The BMW 6 Series Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe models will enter the 2014 model year with a stronger line-up than ever, thanks to new enhancements and a limited edition of the Convertible model sure to make heads turn.

Limited to only 100 copies, the new 2014 BMW 6 Series Convertible Frozen Brilliant White Edition will be produced in April and early May, 2013, and will be instantly recognizable both inside and out. Available as a rear-wheel drive 650i, or 650i xDrive model featuring BMW’s intelligent … CONTINUED

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BMW was named today the of the 2013 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award winner for “Best Overall Luxury Brand.” The awards, which are based on consumer perception data from the Kelley Blue Book’s Brand WatchTM study, honor the automotive brands that have most successfully captured and maintained positive consumer attention and enthusiasm. BMW’s win was credited to its well-rounded image and broad appeal, according to Kelley Blue Book.

“It is an honor to be recognized as the ‘Best Overall Luxury Brand,” said Ludwig Willisch, President … CONTINUED

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With the 2 Series coupe set to make its debut later this year (production begins in November), BMW may be sending out teaser signals with this recent video.

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3D Design presents the F06 6 Series Gran Coupe. The F06 program consists of a front lip spoiler manufactured in urethane with carbon fiber accents, a full carbon fiber rear diffuser, and a more aggressive urethane trunk spoiler.

The front lip and rear diffuser are compatible with all F06/F12/F13 M-sport models, but the trunk spoiler only fits the Gran Coupe and Coupe (F06/F13)

3101-20611 Front Lip Spoiler Set (Urethane + CFRP)
3108-20621 Rear Diffuser (CFRP)
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The M3 battles its super sedan rivals – the C63 AMG and the IS-F on the track.

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The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is now available for online configuration at BMWUSA.com

Pricing starts at $113,000 ($3800 more than the M6 coupe and $2500 less than the M6 convertible).

Manual transmission is now announced for the M6 Gran Coupe, as a no charge option. The first European Delivery date available has not yet been announced.

For all specs and info on the M6 Gran Coupe, see http://www.6post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=780486

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Now that we have seen the production 4 Series coupe fully uncovered, a natural comparison to draw is between the 4 Series coupe (F32) and the model that it succeeds, the 3 Series coupe (E92).

We do not yet know the official dimensions of the production 4 Series coupe, but for reference the concept 4 series dimensions are:

1.6 inches longer than E92 3 Series coupe
1.6 inches wider than E92 3 Series Coupe
1.3 inches lower than E92 3 Series Coupe
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We have updated with even more photos of the BMW F32 4 Series (435i) coupe in Sport Line, showing even more angles. Enjoy!

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Caught during a night time photo shoot is this production F32 4 Series Coupe, which gives us the first ever look at the final (and uncovered) 4 Series!

This 435i coupe still looks unique, sleek and sporty despite its toned down front fascia, rear bumper and side view mirrors designs (compared to the concept model). The unique tail lights from the concept version also have not been carried over from the concept. The headlights seen here are the optional full LED headlights.

This appears to be … CONTINUED

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Owner and Head of Sales & Marketing of Alpina, Andreas Bovensiepen, introduces and explains the new Alpina B3 and XD3 models in these first videos of Alpina’s two newest models.

The Alpina B3 is based on the F30 335i sedan and the XD3 on the X3 xDrive35i SAV, each recently making a showing at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The Alpina B3 bi-turbo features 410hp, which propels the B3 sedan from 0-62mph in 4.2 sec (4.0 sec for xDrive model) and the B3 touring in 4.3 sec … CONTINUED

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The online builder for the U.S. BMW 3 Series Touring (F31) is now online at BMWUSA.COM.

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The 2 Series coupe and convertible are on their way, having already been spied in testing for months now. So what’s next to come in the 2 Series lineup? Possibly the 2 Series Gran Coupe, which Autobild has taken a crack at rendering. Although no prototypes have yet been spotted, it’s been previously rumored by BMW insider Scott26 to be on the way.

Here are the models that may round out the 2 Series lineup (some more likely than others), per Scott26:

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe … CONTINUED

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BMW insider Scott26 shares some details on the current product plans and studies being undertaken at BMW for potential new X models – namely potential X2, X4 M, X7, X8 and a new Sport Activity Sedan niche.

X marks the Sport.

The following relates to ideas under discussion and evaluation. Whereas some concepts show promise to production reality. Some show discussions and conception in regards to market and growth projections.

It is not a question of just product planning but a reaction to growth in the segment. The … CONTINUED