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Ever wonder how much and what kind of testing suspension manufacturers conduct in the development of their parts? Here’s some rare testing footage from Bilstein’s development of their suspension parts for the pre-LCI E90 back in 2006. The video shows the suspension testing includes slalom, irregular roads, high speed track, and even some hooning!

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BMW AG plans to start a car-leasing business in China in 2012 to help boost its presence in the fast-growing auto market. A leasing business and a new finance arm, announced earlier this week, may help the Munich, Germany-based automaker increase sales in China’s fast-growing luxury sector. Sales of luxury cars in the nation may grow at almost double the industry pace of 20 percent to reach 530,000 units this year and 1.1 million by 2015, according to researcher J.D Power & Associates.

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Here’s another set of spy shots showing the 2012 6 series convertible, this one was caught parked in Munich. The exterior color appears to be Milano Beige metallic, and the exhaust tips give it away as a 650i.

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Comparing a sportbike against a car is mostly just a fun exercise, but this is as fun as it gets. Insideline took the BMW S 1000 RR out against the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, exotics of the motorbike and automotive world.

New BMW 1M Coupe Render

09/28/2010 at 11:46 AM
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New BMW 1M info and images have slowed, but Gerald Alvarez’s renditions of the upcoming 1 series M have not. Here is his latest impression of the future BMW hot coupe.

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Seattle Bimmerpost members held their Alki Beach End of Summer BBQ Meet this past weekend under some beautiful skies and weather before things turn gray for the winter. Event photos inside.

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The BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team will attack the 2010 Petit Le Mans season finale in Georgia this Saturday its mantra “JOY NEVER SAYS NEVER.” A season of hard-fought ALMS GT competition has come down to one race to decide the GT Manufacturer’s title, which BMW currently trails by a single point.

After one win (Road America) and scoring at least one podium in every race thus far, the BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team M3 GT has taken BMW (with 138 points) to within one point of … CONTINUED

First 2012 M6 Convertible (F13) Spied

09/27/2010 at 10:45 AM
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We bring you the first look at the 2012 M6 cabrio (F13) in testing. Previous M6 sightings have all been of the M6 coupe. This M6 test mule features a cloth top and still wears the bumper from the regular 6-series, but features the signature M quad exhausts, large wheels, and huge brakes. Although we have gotten a glimpse at the production bumper previously here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=420642

The F12/F13 M6 will share the same engine as the upcoming F10 M5 – the turbocharged 8 cylinder motor from … CONTINUED

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Saab has confirmed the previous rumors that future Saab models may be powered by BMW engines if negotiations between Saab and BMW are successful. The 2012 Saab 9-3 may be the first model to be powered by BMW, with a completely new 222hp BMW engine.

Project i Goes Online

09/27/2010 at 10:00 AM
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Project i now has an online presence. The BMW Group has launched a website for Project i, the think tank program for developing environmentally conscious solutions for congested city motoring. The site is located at www.project-i.com and will feature information and news on BMW’s automotive sustainability development. Facebook and Twitter pages for Project i have also gone online.

The internationally oriented, English-language website provides a detailed overview of the approaches and solutions regarding the challenges of sustainable mobility – from the basic vision of electric vehicles on … CONTINUED

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Although we previously reported on SportAuto’s M3 GTS Supertest on the Nurburgring and Hockenheim, they have now posted their full impressions online, including photos and video feature from the test. Link inside.

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M-Sport package equipped 5-series have begun to be delivered. The package includes M sport bumper, M-sport rear bumper, sideskirts, two M-sport wheel options – the 18″ double spoke 350M wheels or the 19″ double spoke 351M wheels, and dark chrome tail pipes.