Bryan@mwerks was given the opportunity to test drive the upcoming (and mask taped) BMW X3 and has posted up the story @ Kilometer Magazine. Here are some excerpts from the article, but as always follow the jump to read the whole story
For 2011, the X3 grows up a bit, finally coming into its own as a true compact SUV instead of a jacked-up station wagon. Outright agility — while still very much important to the essence of any BMW — takes a back seat to, well, back seat comfort, cargo space, ride quality and general sophistication. Think of the next X3 as a … CONTINUED
To be honest, I dont know anything more about the car, but just thought it was sad sight to see.. but here it is, the first crashed F10 BMW 5-Series Ive seen
Reviewer Scott Burgess from the Detroit News test drives the X6M and comes away eating crow (i.e. thoroughly impressed with the super truck despite his initial prediction).
BMW Insider Scott26 has posted up some very very interesting and tantalizing news on BMWs future engine productions, which are of course very much in the vein of EfficientDynamics. The new engine in question is a 3-Cylinder engine that BMW has developed for use primarily within the next generation 1-Series (possibly 0-Series?), 3-Series and MINI cars and then would obviously filter its way into other cars in the BMW range in the typical fashion.
Whats most important here is the title. The new engine design will be based on a new 500cc per cylinder philosophy that could be used in a modular fashion in a fashion similar to how manufacturers can build many different sized cars based on a shared … CONTINUED
Details on the upcoming 2011 BMW X3 are slowly leaking out by way of a serious of auto reports from a select few publications allowed a beforehand peak of the new car. Details are coming way of 3 major publications so far (follow the links below to read the full stories!), the most detailed of them has to be from Autobild which includes a drive.
For German speakers amongst us, follow the jump below to the read the full article. For the rest of us, here are some of their impressions:
First and foremost, the cars plastics and materials have been significantly upgraded and are now more X5 then current X3, including the … CONTINUED
The Internal Revenue Service today certified that the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 qualifies for up to a $900 tax credit under the Alternative Motor Vehicle provision. This serves as yet another endorsement for the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy.
The ActiveHybrid 7 combines an electric motor with BMW’s much-praised 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and new 8-speed automatic transmission to accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds while delivering impressive EPA fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, a near 18 percent improvement over the non-hybrid 750i/Li. The ActiveHybrid 7 features Engine Start/Stop to avoid wasteful engine idling in stop-and-go driving and at traffic lights. The powerful lithium-ion battery enables systems like the radio, Bluetooth phone connection and air-conditioning to … CONTINUED
A few weeks ago I sent BMW AG an email asking for a factory tour. The very next day they sent me a reply back with a date and time for my tour! I was really excited to go see where our cars are made!
Leipzig is only a few hours drive from where I live in Germany… so it was a nice day trip for me. A little over two hours from my home in Bamberg.
Onto my factory tour! The factory is really quite big in Leipzig. I’d say it’s about twice the size of the Spartanburg, SC plant. IF any of you have been there. ? Just like the US plant, BMW has a small test track in Leipzig (out back hidden from … CONTINUED
Edmunds InsideLine is reporting on what the future of the BMW X line might hold, namely a BMW X4, think BMW X6 but in 3-series size. On paper it sounds like a good idea, an X car reflection of the 3 series, sporty, stylish, good looking, etc.., but the X car lineup has grown alot in the past few years and there are worries that there are too many niche cars at the moment. I think it would be a good idea to go for it and see what happens
Thanks to Harajuku for forwarding the story my way!
Resident photoshopper extraordinaire, Gerald Alvarez, has put together this new rendering of the upcoming F12 6-series coupe based upon the newest F13 6-series convertible photos and the BMW Concept Gran Coupe (which was said to be an approximation of what the 2012 6-series coupe will resemble).
Edmunds blogs about the top three best features of the 2011 BMW 5 series (F10). Their choices are the Dynamic Handling Package, the automated parking assist with parking cameras, and the Eight-speed automatic transmission. What do our own F10 owners / test drivers think? Feel free to chime in.