Specifically targeted towards the Chinese market, the all new F10 5-Series now comes in a Long Wheel Base version, dubbed the Li. Not only is this car designed and marketed towards the Chinese buyer, but the car will actually be produced in a new facility in China as well.
Many a E90post member is afflicted with the “mod bug,” but member ’saferisk’ has got it bad. All the better for us as we can live vicariously through his major E92 335i-to-M3-look conversion. The look will be M3, but the performance will be upgraded based on the factory N54 engine. Follow the already underway impressive build inside!
We bring you the first ever sighting of the next generation 6-series coupe (F12)! Until now, only the 6-series convertible prototype has been spotted. This 6-series coupe prototype clearly differs from the convertible in the larger rear window, different side windows, and different B-pillars.
In the many F10 5-series reviews available thus far, one of the most praised aspects of the F10 has been its great ride quality. Richard Aucock, an automotive journalist, gives us some insight as to how BMW managed to improve on the 5-series ride quality from the E60. In his latest blog entry, he writes:
BMW Group Driving Dynamics Director Jos van As says it was owners of the old BMW 5 Series that led direction for the new one.
‘Feedback from owners of the old car was that handling impressed but the ride was too hard.’
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In a seeming reply from BMW about all the complaints over the flat black unpainted front bumper element seen on all the previously spied X3 prototypes so far, this new set of photos shows off the car with a painted lower front bumper element and a silver middle intake trim piece. This is likely the format that the US spec X3 would come with. Black tape still covers two slat areas above the brake duct intakes and is reminscent of the chrome accents seen on the 7-Series M-Sport, an additional trim piece may go in this spot further highlighting the front end design.
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Autocar is claiming that the M6 will be no more when the next generation 6-series arrives. Instead, its role will be filled by a V8 sports car based on the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept, powered by the F10 M5’s twin turbo 4.4L V8, which will compete with the Audi R8 head on. This contradicts insider sources which have stated that the Vision ED car is not intended to compete with the R8.
Although not revealing much more that’s new, the 2012/2013 F30 3-series sedan test mules continue their testing around Munich, Germany and spy photographers continue their pursuit and recording. We hope to see the F30 lose some of its camoflage suit soon. Video courtesy of spyshots.nl.
The 2011 Alpina B5 (F10) has previously been spotted undergoing testing around Alpinas headquarters, and it continues to undergo testing as shown in these new photos. Whats interesting about these new photos is the new set of front wheels, which is possibly a new Alpina wheel design? Alpina has traditionally stuck to a narrow range of its traditional wheel designs for its cars and this is no Alpina design weve seen before. The previous B5 test cars spotted featured all wore the Alpina Dynamic wheels. Or, perhaps were simply looking at a random set of test wheels (such as what the rear wheels appear to be).
As seen elsewhere in the photos, the B5 will feature an Alpina front … CONTINUED
Added more pics 03/28/2010
Today M Flight took a trip to G-Power in Germany. There was about 30 M cars, mostly E9x M3, one M5, few E46 M3, and one E36 M3. We went to the heart of G-Power, their HQ and shop. You would think they have some big facility, but when we got there it was in some small village and looked like a barn. Check it out for yourself. Owner gave all of us a ride in his experimental/research/developmental 724hp (dynod at 600 at the wheels) E92 M3. Crazy mad fast! They had the SK1 customer car, and some other to include the Huricane M5 capable of 380km/h. … CONTINUED
Which? consumer test magazine had a chance to test both the F10 535i and 530d. While calling the 530d massively competent and refined, the testers still preferred the 535i, which encouraged a more enthusiastic driving experience. Either way, they felt the F10 stacks up impressively well on performance and refinement against current rivals, including the Mercedes E- class and aging Audi A6.
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