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We recently reported that a leasing program for the ActiveE electric car (based on the 1-series) will soon be launched worldwide, with 200 units available in the US. BMW has clarified and now says that while no exact # has been determined, there will be at least 450 ActiveEs coming to the US.

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BMW Group Commitment to Electric Vehicle Development Unwavering

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Here are some more photos of the recently spied F10 M5 test mule. The striptease has recently accelerated with the uncovering of the front fascia from its previous camouflage mask.

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Yahoo Autos has chosen the BMW 3-series as one of the past decade’s most noteworthy vehicles – cars which have each played an indisputable part in the evolution of the automotive landscape. The 3-series is called the best entry-level luxury sedan money can buy.

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After a two decade hiatus, Alpina returned to motorsports last year with the Alpina B6 GT. Here are some behind the scenes look at the Alpina B6 GT during its first racing season. Based on BMWs 6-Series coupe, the B6 weighs under 3,000 pounds and gets a supercharged 4.4-liter V8 that gives more than 520 horsepower and 535 pound-feet of torque.

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The X6M seems to be the current vehicle of tuning choice for several notable tuners. At the 2010 Geneva show, Lumma has debuted their CLR X 650 M, a visually and mechanically upgraded version of the X6M. The cosmetic upgrades are obvious, but underneath the hood, the power has been bumped to 650ps.

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So, what cool tricks can a BMW superbike that jets from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds accomplish? Besides making the hair on the back of your neck standup, how about the good ole tablecloth trick, but with 24 place settings. Check out the video inside!

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The focus of the BMW display at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show was definitely the F10 5-series, 4 of which were featured front and center. Here is a collection of all our F10 5-series photos from the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, including the ActiveHybrid concept, a white F10, and a space gray F10.

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Wallpapers of stunning Z4 GT3 racer

03/05/2010 at 11:00 AM
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BMW has released these wallpapers of the gorgeously vicious looking E89 Z4 GT3. Private racing teams will be able to purchase the Z4 GT3 starting in the second half of this year, with an estimated price of approximately 298,000 Euro / 405,000 USD.

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Insideline reports that there is no BMW M1 coming. This comes after the nonappearance of the M1 concept at the 2010 Geneva Motorshow, at which it was expected. Instead there will be a hopped up 135is version of the 1-series. But, BMW insider Scott26 maintains that the M1 is coming. Who really knows? Nobody but Rumplestiltskin!

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Over the next year, a leasing program for the ActiveE electric car (based on the 1-series) will be launched worldwide. 600-700 units of the ActiveE car will be available for lease in major cities around the globe. The ActiveE runs off a synchronous electric motor which produces 170hp / 184lb-ft torque. A full charge takes about 4.5 hours allowing a driving range of 100 miles.

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Want to communicate with the BMW Performance Accessory group? On March 16th, an E90post member will be representing the community and bringing your questions to Eric Riehle, the Accessory Development Manager for BMW Performance. Submit your questions inside.

F10 M5 spied in more revealing form

03/04/2010 at 12:03 PM
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The F10 M5 seen currently in winter testing has shed some of its front end camouflage to reveal more of the M5 than recently seen. If you look closely, you can make out the lower front fascia design behind the remaining black tape, which appears to cover the entire front bumper. Other external parts may yet remain preproduction version — the final hood will likely see a power bulge (a signature ///M feature), the fenders may yet be widened, the mirrors become sleeker, and the … CONTINUED

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