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BMW looks to be expanding its eDrive plug-in hybrid offerings, with a 3 Series plug-in hybrid model now spied in testing. The X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid has already been testing since last year.

This prototype wears an obvious ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ sticker, but also shows a second fuel cap cover on the front left fender, covering the electric socket for charging.

As for specs? It’s likely to use the same engine and technologies from the X5 eDrive, which features a turbo 4 cylinder engine outputting 171hp, … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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Grassroot Motorsports drives the BMW M235i Racing around Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s a factory-built race car from BMW designed for privateers and club racers, aimed mostly at Germany’s VLN series at the Nurburgring and similar European series. BMW is entertaining thoughts of bringing it to the US, so they invited us to try it out.

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We’ve compiled this look at the 2015 X3 (refreshed model) against the pre-facelift version.

Pricing:

New X3 xDrive28d model (AWD) – $42,825 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
New X3 sDrive28i model (RWD) – $39,325 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive28i model (AWD) – $40,725 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive35i model (AWD) – $45,825 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)

X3 xDrive28d Specs:

2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine
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From the BMW Driving Experience facebook page: “Hello BMW M4! The new star of the BMW Driving Experience takes up its duty.”

The M4 Coupe arrives for duty at the BMW Snow and Ice Training school in Sölden, Austria.

2015 BMW X3 LCI Facelift Refresh

02/05/2014 at 5:59 PM
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2015 Model Year X3

Pricing:

New X3 xDrive28d model (AWD) – $42,825 ($925 D&H included)
New X3 sDrive28i model (RWD) – $39,325 ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive28i model (AWD) – $40,725 ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive35i model (AWD) – $45,825 ($925 D&H included)

X3 xDrive28d Specs:

2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine
180 horsepower
280 lb-ft of torque (from … CONTINUED

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Here’s a great writeup of a recent 435i M Sport delivery via the BMW Performance Center Delivery (PCD) experience, complete with photos and videos.

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The 2015 BMW M4 and M3 are now also hitting dealers for special events and showings, just as these two did at a dealer in Luxembourg.

A Record 2013 for BMW Welt

02/05/2014 at 10:40 AM
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With a record 2.93 million visitors in 2013, BMW Welt welcomed more guests last year than ever before. Since opening in October 2007, BMW Welt has rapidly become a tourist magnet and Bavaria’s top attraction. The BMW Welt Event Forum and Automobile Delivery also reported their best year so far. Their success was crowned with a number of prestigious awards: BMW Welt was named Germany’s best design location at the 2013 Location Awards, while master chef Bobby Bräuer and his team earned a Michelin … CONTINUED

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Has anyone ever seen an X5 with tattoos and piercings? Neither have we, until now!

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I was at the BMWCCA hosted M School in South Carolina this weekend and while I will post a review of the school later (short story: it was awesome!), I got a surprise when I was wandering the grounds during lunch hour when I saw a F80 M3 parked by the school’s cars. The guy driving it was very cool and let me snap photos with the caveat that this is a pre-production model and what you see not is not what you might … CONTINUED