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Just as BMW officially premieres the all new 6-series cabrio at the 2011 NAIAS this week, we are given the best look yet at the production intent 6-series coupe, which up until now has been clad in heavy camouflage. This vermillion red test car shows off styling that resembles the 6-series convertible, yet draws on styling cues from the stunning Concept Gran Coupe.

The model spied here appears to be a 640i coupe, which should be powered by BMW’s inline 6-cylinder turbo N55 motor. The 6-series coupe … CONTINUED

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The 2012 F10 M5 continues cold weather testing and evaluation in Northern Sweden. As with our last F10 M5 photos, this one also wears a set of snow wheels/tires for testing purposes and are not the wheels we’ve come to know as the production wheels (which can be seen here and here). The mirrors you see are the production intent versions.

We were told that the speedometer topped out at 320km/h (199mph)

We have posted some older spy photos below (from the Nurburgring) which shows what the production … CONTINUED

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We reported earlier about the rumor that BMW was considering to build a fourth model at the US plant in Spartanburg, SC. Ian Robertson, member of the BMW board of management responsible for sales and marketing, now confirmed with FAZ that they were actually looking into this. While there’s no final decision, Robertson said they “would by no means put that off the table.” The US market continues to be the most important market for premium vehicles, so an US production would make sense for either … CONTINUED

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Head of BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, provides some insight in this video behind the design philosophy of BMW’s newest top of the line convertible, the all-new 6-series cabrio, which just made its world premiere at the 2011 NAIAS @ Detroit

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While others are speculating what to expect from the new BMW M5 coming later this year, the German Autozeitung didn’t waste its time guessing about the future but rather attended to the hottest F10 5er to date, the Alpina B5 Biturbo. Ingredients? To name just a few, 4.4L V8 Biturbo rated at 507hp and 700NM, 8-speed automatic, and limited slip differential (optional).

The outcome? As Autozeitung puts it, the Alpina B5 is the “best and most powerful F10 5er to date.” They praise the “felicitous combination … CONTINUED

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According to C&D, BMW has confirmed that the X1′s release in the US market has been delayed until the Fall of this year due to unexpectedly high demand for the model in Europe. Evidently, the Leipzig, Germany, production plant in which the X1 is built (alongside the 1-series) can barely make enough of them for the European market, and to add the considerable demand of the U.S. market to the production fray is not possible at this point. However, the X1 will come to … CONTINUED

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BMW recently peeled back some of the heavy cladding on the next generation 1-series hatchback (F20), which has now been spotted again in various colors.

The next generation 1-series lineup (hatchback, coupe, cabrio, and other rumored variants) styling cues will fall in line with the rest of the newest BMW range. The car has a newly sculpted and more upright hood reminiscent of the F10 5-series and F25 X3 with sharp and hyper crisp body sculpting line running from the front fender through the door handles to … CONTINUED

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Automobile has just tweeted some interesting news on the base Z4 which corroborates a recent report from a ZPOST member. If these reports are correct, the base BMW Z4 will soon be powered by two turbo 4-cylinder variants (sDrive20i and 28i) instead of the current naturally aspirated inline 6-cylinder. This would not come as a huge surprise as recent rhetoric from BMW has pointed to the likely use of turbo 4-cylinder engines in future BMW base models (i.e. next generation F30 3-series), especially with improvements in … CONTINUED

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We have posted yesterday’s full BMW press conference from the 2011 NAIAS at Detroit. Ian Robertson presented a state of the company address, as well as introducing the all new 6-series cabrio, 1M coupe, 1-series LCI, and the 2011 X3. View the press conference inside.

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Miramas, in the south of France is a test track BMW fondly calls their own “Area 51″. A well hidden and confidential track where BMW can test their metal without fear of prying eyes or ears. But now it seems, they’ve invited a few BMW M owners to come over to the track and try it out themselves.

BMW invited some nice machinery to the party as well, including the M3 GT4 and an M3 GTS! Now this looks like it was some serious fun. Check out … CONTINUED

2011 Detroit NAIAS Wrap-up

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The first press days of the 2011 Detroit North American International Autoshow is now over and done. The BMW stand was somewhat non-descript relative to their usual digs at places like Paris, Geneva and Frankfurt. Despite this, BMW made a very strong showing with several new World Premiers, which were more then premieres in name only.

BMW 1-Series M Coupe: World Premiere
First and foremost has to be the BMW 1-Series M Coupe. This was the star of the BMW stand, the bright orange color, beefy bodywork and … CONTINUED

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This is really neat. The guys over at BimmerFile have scored an interview with BMW M Director and BMW 1M brainchild, Dr. Kay Segler. The interview took place during the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit.

The interview itself is about 6 and a half minutes long and touches heavily upon the important M topics of the day, that is to say the BMW 1M and the upcoming F10 M5.

Follow the jump to hear the full interview over on BimmerFile: http://www.bimmerfile.com/2011/01/10…dr-kay-segler/