Someone must have gotten lazy at the Nordschleife and didn’t remember to cover up the new nose on the twin-turbocharged V8-powered 2010 BMW X5. In this latest round of spy shots from the folks at KGP, we can clearly see the dramatic, M3-inspired front air dam and big new wheels to match the upgraded styling. This marks the second application for the twin-turbo eight cylinder which debuted in the BMW X6, and in the X5 it will be making 408 HP and providing a 0-60 time of just 5.5 seconds. The one thing it won’t be doing is wearing the “M” badge.
BMW’s high-performance-but-not-quite-M-worthy X5 prototype has now shown more of its face, free from its normal frontal camouflage. The once-mysterious X5 program has … CONTINUED
Its summer time and now the BMW has moved from winter testing to the ring for some good ole fashioned track testing. The new X1 has already been confirmed to be produced in Europe (Leipzig) rather then the traditional home of BMW SAVs (Spartanburg) and so most guesses are on this car being an uber eco-friendly vehicle using engines in the 4-cylinder flavor. The emphasis should be on people moving, european style, rather then speed and sport. Expect a very mainstream car out of BMW with this model.
MotorAuthority has been able to snap some pics of the car still in body armour speeding around the ring
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The BMW group is set to invest a total of one billion US dollars over four years in the American market. The resources will be channelled towards a new adminstrative and training centre in New Jersey, increasing the sales network and broadening production in the Spartanburg facilities.
These are all strategies that should take advantage of the current weak dollar compared to the euro. Currently the BMW factory in South Carolina assembles about 160,000 vehicles a year, but with the new investment estimates are up arounf 240,000 vehicles by 2012. To the X5 and X6, produced only in the US, the new X3 will be added, currently manufactured in Austria. 500 new jobs should also be created in the new complex.
BMW colonisation of the … CONTINUED
The Tristate Bear Mountain meet was a resounding success and here is the official meet photos and video gallery!
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BMW has taken its new 7-series (F01) to the Ring for some final tests before
its reported July 5th unveiling.
Here are images of both the standard and the long-wheelbase versions running in short succession on the track for some nice comparison shots.
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In March BMW announced that it would establish a new research division called Project i, whose task will be to develop a number of solutions for a vehicle designed for congested city motoring. The goal of Project i was never to exclusively develop one type of vehicle or another, but to come up with a range of technologies BMW could introduce across its fleet or even under a rumored fourth brand (the first three being BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce).
Project i will run independently to BMW and has been given until the middle of the next decade to develop a concrete solution for the city car. Speaking with Automotive News Europe, BMW Group representative for environmental protection and sustainability Herbert H
BMW is planning on launching three very important cars in the lineup this year, heres the word ….
Chasis code F01, the first vehicle of the new “F” designation will arrive with a dramatic change in styling and improvements all around. The most notable change will be that the car will be much more elegant after the much discussed criticisms of the current cars styling. To be seen at the Paris Autoshow this fall.
The 1-series based Crossover/SAV/SUV has already been confirmed to be built at Leipzig and is being planned to launch towards the end of 2009. To be seen at the Paris Autoshow this fall.
The second generation of the Z4 is set to be revealed this fall in concept form, which is basicly a production car that has not been … CONTINUED
These are the first engine shots of that mysterious BMW X5
prototype which started all those X5M rumors. Although the rather
roughly finished engine bay doesnt give away the cylinder count and
the displacement, it looks to us that this prototype is twin-
turbocharged. The dual air-intake treatment looks similar to the
ducting on BMWs 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine. Given all of this X5
prototypes high-octane modifications, were assuming this is a larger
displacement engine, perhaps even a twin-turbo V8. Regardless of the
specifics, were just glad to finally see a little deeper inside this
beefy X5 prototype to get a glimpse at the heart of the beast. It
still doesnt fully confirm whether or not this X5 will be M-badged,
but our gut tells us that it wont. Were leaning toward other
reports that say this version will slot in where the … CONTINUED
The latest concept car out of BMW is the GINA Light visionary car. This car will shape BMW styling for the next generation of cars much as the Z9 concept car shaped the Bangle era vehicles
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FAST: G-POWER M6 HURRICANE Convertible with 635hp
One of the worlds fastest and most powerful convertibles is made by G-POWER. 635hp and 635 Nm torque; these are the attributes of the latest G-POWER development for the BMW M6.
Being a straight offshoot from the legendary G-POWER M5 HURRICANE BI-Kompressor system with 730hp, the G-POWER BI-Kompressor system EVOI is a less radical alternative to achieve the desired increase in power output for all current V10 engines coming from the M-GmbH.
Thanks to the so called G-POWER “softcharging” technique, featuring a relative boost of 0,4 bar, the additional stress and wear for the engine and drivetrain is kept to a minimum, despite of the impressive increase in power output. Especially the acceleration performance in mid range, a weak … CONTINUED