BMW is exploring a plan to build what a senior company official calls “a breakthrough green supercar” by the end of 2012.
The new car would rival the Audi R8 and forthcoming Mercedes SLC, and has been described by company insiders as a puristic two-seater that draws on all the very latest BMW technology and lightweight build processes.
The car is also intended to showcase BMWs Efficient Dynamics programme, combining fuel-saving technology such as direct injection, brake energy regeneration and stop-start.
A source privy to early design proposals says that the new BMW supercar will be the equivalent of a modern-day M1, a car that the company recently made reference to with the retro M1 Homage concept.
The as-yet-unnamed new model will be capable of combining supercar performance and driving dynamics with fuel consumption … CONTINUED
BMW is rumored to have plans to revive the 8-Series name for a potential “four-door coupe,” much like the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. New 8-series would compete closely with the new Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera.
Beginning of the year BMW placed Gerhard Richter in charge of development of its new Gran Turismo model, which is based on the popular CS concept car. New model will be called either simly GT, short for Gran Turismo or 8-series. Most likely the car will get the previous 8-series models name so that BMW can position it as the highest, most luxurious and expensive model.
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At the Convergence 2008 conference on automotive electronics yesterday, BMW revealed it is looking for partners as it pursues an open-source car computing platform. The German company is enthusiastic about the potential for such an open-source systems potential to keep up with the rapid advances in technology and features in the multimedia and digital entertainment areas.
Though no other car makers are yet officially on board, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Honda have previously participated in a panel on the subject, reports Automotive News. BMW said it wants to have an open-source system in a vehicle selling 200,000 or more units over the next five to seven years.
The newly revealed tie-up with Mercedes-Benz could make cooperation on this front likely as well, since whatever software is chosen will need a specific … CONTINUED
BMW certainly likes to toy with us. They know full well how obsessed we are with this car and they keep driving the Z4s around town with minimal camo and in a variety of colors. Cmon BMW, please release this car already
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A 7Post members stumbled upon the all new F01 7 Series outside his building today wearing only black stripes. Hats off to member ‘gqmd’ for having a high resolution digital camera handy!
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M3Post member PencilGeek is certainly a technical maiven and provides us with some Dyno numbers and background technical details on the E90/E92 M3
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Matte Black is becoming a serious trend in car modification these days. It does seem mainly to predominate in Europe and the Middle East, but we can still enjoy this sexyness. This is the first time I’ve seen someone give the treatment to an X6. Enjoy
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Picked up our 2009 M3 sedan last Saturday in Munich. I very happy to see that the space gray and red fox novillo leather combination worked well together, as we had not been able to see a good example of it in person (a couple of shots attached). Delivery at BMW Welt went well, the building is really impressive and since ours were the first delivery that morning, I had the place almost to myself for about an hour. As some others have noted, the technical briefings and the like are not very sophisticated, but the technology employed to make the show is pretty neat. Ours was one of two M3s being delivered that morning, along with an M5. It was really nice to have the keys handed over and … CONTINUED
Spent the long weekend down at the Ring. On Sunday the track was supposed to open at 0800 but due to heavy fog, it didnt open until around 1300. I was only able to get one lap in due to the large number of people who turned up. I found out real quick that the PS2s are no good on a partially wet track and had to turn down my aggressiveness in some of the corners (basically where ever the track was shaded, it was wet and slippery). Monday was much of the same, parts of the track was still damp, took it easy. Enjoy the videos. See you at the track next year!
Camera = Sony Cybershot strapped onto my TomTom GPS mount.
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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s photos of the Z4 come these new images of the Z4 in Orion Silver kicking some tires at the track with the 19″ wheels and likely OEM sports package.
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