02/04/2011     1:40 PM

Beginning with March production, the following changes take place for 1-series Coupes and Convertibles:

128i models feature new front bumper with Air Curtain System design

All 1-series receive updated headlight and tail light assemblies, and models with xenon lights receive new LED lighting components in front and rear (xenon lights remain standard on 135i and optional on 128i)

New colors, wheels, interior applications as follows:

* Alpine White Trim (4DH) will be new option for all 1-series models
* Vermillion Red Metallic (A82) and Marrakesh Brown Metallic (B09) will be new exterior paint options
* Sedona Red Metallic (A79) will no longer be offered
* Oyster Boston Leather (LWCX) will replace Lemon Boston Leather … CONTINUED

02/04/2011     11:10 AM

Beginning with March production, the following changes take place for 3-series:

* New M-sport package (which expands to include additional wheel styles) will be called ZM2, replacing ZMP
* Sport Package (ZSP) no longer available on coupe and convertible (the equipment from this package is already included in M-sport package)
* 328i coupe and convertible M-sport package receives new 18″ wheel style 152
* 328i xDrive coupe M-sport package includes 17″ wheel style 340
* 335i xDrive coupe M-sport package includes 17″ style 194
* 335i M-sport package continues to include 18″ style 193, with upgrade to 19″ style 230


02/04/2011     10:31 AM

Beginning with March production, the following changes take place for X3:

xDrive35i 19″ wheel style 309 now available with all-season tires (this wheel only available with Sport Activity Package (ZAP))

M-sport Package available as of April production. It includes typical sporty interior M trims along with:

* 2TB Sport automatic transmission (35i only)
* 2VG Performance Control
* 3MC High-gloss Roof Rails
* 481 Sport Seats
* 715 Aerodynamic Kit
* 760 Shadowline exterior trim
* 225 Sport Suspension delete
* 775 Anthracite headliner
* 7XA Sport steering wheel w/ paddles (35i only)… CONTINUED

02/04/2011     10:30 AM

Beginning with March production, certain changes take place for the 7-series.
740i/Li, 750i/xDrive and 750Li/xDrive receive new standard equipment:

* iPod/USB Adapter (6FL)
* Rear-view Camera (3AG)
* Sport Steering Wheel (255)

750i/xDrive and 750Li/xDrive receive 19″ wheels with all-season tires (2H1) and Premium H-Fi (677) as standard

ALPINA B7 adds Rear-view Camera (3AG) as standard

Driver Assistance Package now includes side and top-view cameras (5DL) and Heads Up Display (610). ALPINA B7 models also add side and top-view cameras (5DL) to this package.

Active Roll Stabilization (229) no longer included in M Sport Package

ActiveHybrid 7

Remains a model year 2011 vehicle

Following standard equipment will be changed:

* Replacing 19″ Aero Wheel (2DL) with 7 … CONTINUED

02/04/2011     9:00 AM

When the police series “Isar 12” launched the hunt for criminals on German TV in January 1961, Bayerische Motorenwerke had already gained several years of experience in providing specially produced patrol cars. The baroque styling of the BMW 501, now a frequent and welcome visitor at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, is an excellent example of this aspect of the business, in operation since 1955.

Since 1 February 2011, BMW M GmbH has had overall responsibility for the “Security, Service and Special Vehicles” business area, as well as operative responsibility for development.

In addition to various police authorities, clients who require specially designed service vehicles also include emergency services and fire brigades. The range of vehicle types is broad, ranging from the familiar patrol cars and emergency medical … CONTINUED

02/03/2011     8:30 PM

Gorgeous new 1-series LCI (facelift) coupe and convertible wallpaper photos in magazine quality have been posted to our Official 1-series LCI Info Thread. Check out the new media inside.

02/03/2011     2:45 PM

Not many details have been confirmed yet on the upcoming F10 M5, but in a recent interview with the head of M division, Dr. Kay Segler has confirmed that ceramic brakes for the F10 M5 is in the works! When posed with the question whether future M cars will be available with a ceramic brakes option, he responded that it’s being worked on, for the M5.

This would represent the first time that ceramic brakes are offered as an option on a production BMW. Ceramic brakes provide great braking power, well wear over time, produce less brake dust, and are very lightweight.

Ceramic brakes are options currently standard on the best performance cars (Carrera GT, 911 GT2, Nissan GT-R, Corvette ZL1, etc.), so it’s safe to assume that … CONTINUED

02/03/2011     1:25 PM

alpineweiss’ just delivered X3 shows how great and aggressive a black X3 looks with an X-line delete (no chrome window trim and no titanium bumper trims and door sills).

02/03/2011     11:45 AM

Jlevi SW provides a never before seen look into Vorsteiner’s new facilities in Southern California. Including some insight into their warehouse and manufacturing process.

02/03/2011     11:25 AM

We bring you the most revealing photos yet of the upcoming 2012 3-series (F30)! Until now, the F30 has been fully cladded with little showing other than its general lines, shape, stance, and proportions. The strip tease has now commenced with part of the headlights now visible – showing beautiful LED angel eyes. The tail lights have now also been partially unveiled, showing a wrap around design featuring upsweeping light bars, LED indicators, and regular brake lights.

The production rear bumper has now also been installed (albeit with camouflage tape affixed). Previous spy photos showed a heavily clad rear bumper with little indication of its styling.

In the close-up photo of the front-end, the grille can also be seen hiding behind the black metal mesh (look closely!)

Compared … CONTINUED

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