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This image is said to be a close approximation on the looks of the upcoming BMW 1-series Gran Turismo (GT). The 1-series GT will be the next Gran Turismo model in the BMW lineup following the 5-series GT and preceding the next generation 3-series Gran Turismo model.

The 1 series GT is a mixture of a 5 door hatch and a touring shape. Rear legroom is almost on par with the 5-series sedan.

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BMW is constantly forward looking in its design and product development. Towards that end, they have teamed up with students of automotive design and fashion at the European Institute of Design in Barcelona to come up with some ideas on what the future of urban transportation may bring. Check out some of the interesting (and zany) ideas.

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Insideline comes in with their favorable first drive review of the 2012 650i convertible, which they felt had explosive straight-line acceleration with a surprising amount of feedback and an inherent balance which makes it feel alive and responsive to every movement of the wheel. The 650i’s agility was also very impressive. Read the rest of this positive review inside.

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After having seen the Countryman at the Paris Autoshow, I fell in love with the car. Its a car that needs to be seen in person to truly appreciate. It seems that MINI owners are also seeing the light, as we present to you yet another countryman that has made its way into an owners hands. This time in light white. Check it out!

Video: BMW S1000RR vs Ariel Atom V8

01/25/2011 at 10:16 PM
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Here’s a fun Top Gear program featuring the Ariel Atom V8 being tested against the S1000RR, BMW’s superbike. Featuring a similar power-to-weight ratio, the two race around the track and switch places many times. Which one wins? See inside.

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A black 1M coupe will be finally be on public display at the Welt beginning March 2, although there’s always a chance we could see it publicly before then. This date coincides with the first press days of the Geneva Autoshow at which there may also be a black 1M coupe publicly displayed for the first time.

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BMW recently launched its X3 Customer Production Video Portal which gives access to the creation of each customer’s custom-made BMW X3 vehicles via an online video portal that will show them footage of their customized X3 being produced at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, SC. Here is what it looks like, from the production of an Xbimmer member’s X3 xDrive28i.

The video is a mix of interesting background video into BMW’s X3 production process, as well as actual footage of the customer’s specific car (identified by … CONTINUED

BMW F30 3 Series Render by Bimmermag

01/25/2011 at 12:45 PM
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Here is another F30 3-series render, courtesy of Bimmer Magazine. The front front fascia’s more upright stance and lower bumper borrows from the current 5 and 7-series bumper. We hope the headlights come out as sleek as the ones in this render.

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The BMW Group UK has scooped seven awards from one of the country’s leading fleet publications. Business Car magazine has honoured the BMW Group with the headline accolade of ‘Manufacturer of the Year’, for the third year in a row, in recognition of BMW’s diverse product portfolio and class-leading running costs.

The title ‘Business Car of the Year’ was awarded to the new BMW 5 Series for its combination of superior build quality, driving dynamics and class-leading economy, while ‘Green Car of the Year’ was scooped … CONTINUED

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Usually, there’s merely two options if you want a car, buy or lease. Automobilwoche now reports that BMW is considering a different approach for their Mega City Vehicle. BMW Board Member Ian Robertson mentioned with Automobilwoche that the Car-to-go program Daimler runs to rent out Smart vehicles on a short-term basis was “quite an interesting approach.” Referring to the Mega City Vehicle, he went on: “We don’t want to sell the car but its use.” BMW will test a similar approach in another model this year, … CONTINUED

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Sad news for the M3post community. Fellow member Daniel Portela (Lucifer_m3) was killed in an accident involving his M3. Sadly, alcohol was involved. Daniel, of West Palm Beach had left the Player’s Club Bar and Restaurant in his BMW M3 series and headed northbound on South Shore Boulevard, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s report.

Portela, who was wearing his seat belt, could not “negotiate” a curve and lost control, said Sgt. John Churchill of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The car turned clockwise, … CONTINUED

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An important figure for M-cars is always its weight. No surprise there seeing as how weight is such a crucial component of how well (or poorly) a car performs. The lucky folks at Axis of Oversteer have managed to get their hands on the first 1M coupe on American soil. Their independent weighing of the 1M coupe with a full tank of gas resulted in reading of 3,351 pounds, really a rather impressive number given the specs of this car and the weight of the … CONTINUED