The M135i hatchback will soon receive a sibling in the BMW lineup by way of the M235i coupe. They will share the same heart - the N55 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine making approximately 315-320hp, as well as the same transmission and other mechanicals. On paper, the two should achieve similar performance numbers, with a slight edge potentially going to the M235i coupe.
As for exterior differences, it’s clear from these comparison photos. Besides the clear form factor difference (coupe versus hatchback), the M235i gets an overall sleeker look, especially the front end with its more aggressive bumper and large upsweeping air intakes, and slimmer headlights and kidney grilles.
No official specs have yet been released for the 2 Series, so we will compare physical specs (dimensions, weight, … CONTINUED
Motor Trend has posted some more info and speculations on the upcoming joint sports car project between BMW and Toyota (also see recent news here and here).
The lead engineer will be none other than Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer responsible for the very successful Toyota 86 (AKA FR-S / GT86 / BRZ). Tada San is a rockstar among fans of the Toyota 86. Some of his engineering philosophies can be seen in the interviews posted below. If the BMW-Toyota joint sports car project is engineered according to these principles, we are in for a treat.
He has already visited with BMW several times in the past year since the greenlighting of this project. “I am hoping for a synergy effect with BMW that will result in … CONTINUED
The BMW 5 Series was released in 1988. It became a milestone in the company’s history. The car offers a variety of extras, such as a four wheel drive for the first time in this segment. The entire range of engines was available. The surface is almost seamless, all profiles mesh. The entry into the now common flash design.
The successful concept turns the car into a bestseller. Until today, it can still be seen on the road frequently.
Now that we’ve spied an uncovered 2 Series, let’s take a look at how it stacks up visually against what will be one of main competitors - the Mercedes CLA sedan (with Sport package). One may be a coupe and the other a sedan with coupe-like styling, but this is the closest match we have, until the rumored 2 Series Gran Coupe is revealed.
Once the 2 Series official specs and photos are released, we’ll put together another comparo comparing official photos, as well as physical specs.
Follow our 2 Series coverage at: http://www.bimmerpost.com/2-series/
It was one of those last minute things… I was traveling to Munich for our Welt 4.0 car show last weekend (held at the BMW Welt grounds) when I got an invite from Gennaro, VP of ///M Flight, to see if I was interested in joining him on a tour of the ///M Studio. Of course I wanted to go! Who wouldn’t!!
This was a sort of unofficial tour of the ///M Studio, since it was on a Saturday and our guide was just coming back from a business trip from out of town to accommodate us. The guys from ///M were very nice to let us inside and show us some very special cars.
All the cars on display were production cars, except for the M3 … CONTINUED
Here is the M235i coupe, fully uncovered (save for the covering on the back). But, nearly the entire car is revealed here!
Non-fans of the F20 1 Series front design with its in-your-face headlights and blunt nose look will appreciate the much sportier 2 series coupe front end, with significantly sleeker headlights and grilles.
The front air intakes are large and aggressively shaped, with the fins that we spied in the last M235i sighting. As on the prototypes, the wheels are from the M135i, as are the blue M Performance brakes. Unfortunately, the hood shut line retains its position high above the kidney grilles.
The side fender features an M badge, but no air breather vent as seen on BMW’s newest models (4 series coupe, 3 series GT). … CONTINUED
Sumptuous flair and alluring athleticism come together in the BMW 6 Series models to invest these premium luxury-class vehicles with hallmark driving fun. The new M Sport edition offers a particularly exclusive opportunity to highlight the dynamic attributes of the BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. With their harmoniously coordinated design details and ultra-high-quality range of features, the BMW 6 Series models in M Sport Edition guise deliver a driving experience that assuages the most discerning requirements while also offering an attractive price advantage.
The M Sport edition package can be combined with all the models and engine variants of the BMW 6 Series range and will be available from June 2013.
The M Sport edition models of the … CONTINUED
BMW Group DesignworksUSA, a subsidiary of BMW Group, and mobile company ADAIA today announced a creative collaboration and partnership. On behalf of ADAIA and with outdoor enthusiasts in mind seeking perfect mobile reception on their expeditions, DesignworksUSA is creating a design concept for a smartphone and its interface. The ADAIA phone will be unique in the mobile industry in offering adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts not only extreme ruggedness but also seamless reception and satellite-based life-saving functions. Very soon a climber on Mount Everest will be able to send text messages via satellite.
The ADAIA Phone: Communicator and Lifeguard.
The design of the Android handset, the first product born of this collaboration, will pefectly reflect the multidimensional lifestyle of its users as they move between waves, whitewater and … CONTINUED
Here are some previews of the upcoming production BMW i8 hybrid electric sports car, in multiple colors, courtesy of BIMMERPOST member kv12.
These should be very accurate since they are based on our most recent i8 spy photos.
Video update and reaction from the driver (Johan) for breaking the world drift record in a BMW F10 M5.