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After seeing the 1M at Geneva, to our surpirse we got to see the new Vision ConnectedDrive Concept. No doubt, BMW will have a huge intro for this car at the official Press Event in Geneva tommorow, but for now we got a few photos of the car while they prep the car and stand.

The car looks amazing in person, the stance and color really work in the show car atmosphere, and no doubt this car will be a hit at Geneva. And to that extent, … CONTINUED

Autoshows

Geneva 2011 Live: Alpine White BMW 1M

02/28/2011 at 11:55 AM
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We have touched down in Geneva and took a stroll around the booths. The official press annoucements from BMW aren’t until tommorow, but we did manage to get some photos of a beautiful 1M in Alpine White minding its own business. The car is still ‘semi’ wrapped up, with a clear plastic protective wrap over the roundel, the front grills and the wheels.

What I can tell you about Alpine White compared to the Vallencia Orange that BMW has been showing off at other major autoshows is … CONTINUED

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This morning (Monday, February 28th) BMW delivered to Dorna Sports the official cars for the 2011 season, during a presentation in Munich and in the presence of Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and President of BMW M Division Dr. Kay Segler.

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It seems the guys over at BimmerFile were invited to Munich to tour BMW AG and got to see and sit inside a few examples of the F20. They weren’t able to take photos, but did offer their insight into the car. They say:

“… the interior is getting a significant upgrade in quality of materials. The new look will be much closer to the X3, 5 and 7 series interior design and layout. In fact every F20 I saw the dash of had at least a … CONTINUED

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We’re feeling a bit sad right now. News and information on the 1-series M coupĂ© coming from M-Power.com have played a big role in the past couple of months. We’ve accompanied the latest addition to the M family with a lot of passion (I hear some even lost their heart to it), and we’ll continue to do so. Yet, M-Power.com just announced that the 1-series M Coupe has to make “room” for their next exciting introduction as the Closed Room dedicated to the 1M will close … CONTINUED

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Indonesian BMW owners are a hardcore bunch, so it’s no surprise that the M Owners Club of Indonesia turned out for the 1M coupe launch in Jakarta, with their M cars in tow of course. See inside for some great photos from the event at Eurokars BMW.

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Here’s a live look into the F12 6-series convertible production process. The new BMW 650i Convertible is built at the BMW plant in Dingolfing, Germany. Also rolling off the assembly line at the BMW Group’s largest production plant are the BMW 7 Series and BMW 5 Series models. The flexible and efficient processes at the plant combine state-of-the-art production technology with a standard of quality defined by meticulous craftsmanship in the manufacture of premium cars configured to customer requirements.

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Last week brought the first real life pics of the black sapphire metallic 1M and this week features the first live video of the 1M coupe, caught driving the streets in production form.

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Here’s some great news for M brand fans – BMW is currently evaluating the production of a future M sports car based on the upcoming Vision ConnectedDrive concept car (which debuts in Geneva next week). It would be in sports coupe form, lightweight, and powered by a specially massaged Six Cylinder powerplant with double-clutch transmission. Debut would be after 2015.

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The turbo 4-cylinder N20 engine has impressed Autoweek in their first experience with it, in an X1 28i. They felt that it was terrifically refined, always urgent, with particularly strong low-end attributes and impressive flexibility across a wide range of revs. In addition, the N20′s power builds in a smooth, free revving fashion without any hint of turbocharger lag. Overall, they called this newest BMW engine pleasing to drive and highly efficient. Full review inside.

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Here’s a neat animation of BMW’s new Twinpower Turbo 4-cylinder Motor (aka N20). This new engine is a 2.0L gas powered 4-Cylinder engine which uses BMWs TwinPower (single turbo – twinscroll) turbo technology, good for 245HP and 350Nm of torque. This engine is closely modelled after its 6-cylinder brethern N54 and uses an all-aluminium crankcase, precision direct fuel injection, with VALVETRONIC.

The N20 engine will make its US debut in two models later this year. There’s no official word yet, but we wouldn’t be surprised if … CONTINUED

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AC Schnitzer has released its aero package for the M-sport F10 and F11, add-ons to supplement BMW’s factory M-sport package.

F10/F11 M-Sport Parts Include:
Chrome front grille
Carbon fiber front spoiler lip
Carbon fiber rear wing or painted rear spoiler (F10 only)
Rear roof spoiler
Carbon fiber rear skirt diffuser
Twin sports silencer with 2 chrome “Sports Trim” tailpipes
Type V forged wheels