BMW’s press conference from the 2013 LA Auto Show yesterday, where the BMW 4 Series Convertible made its world debut, while the BMW i8 and X4 Concept made their North American debuts.
The production BMW i8 is making its North American premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, looking striking in Crystal White.
This particular i8 was available for us to sit in and we had some great up-close looks at the many areas of exposed carbon fiber as well as the interior, which you can see in our photos. The interior materials felt good and the seats hugged well. Ingress/egress is difficult though as expected with a design like this. You can tell by the photo of the gentleman. It’s great having the exposed carbon fiber to see and touch. The doors feel surprisingly light, even when you already expect it to because of their carbon fiber construction. And regardless of … CONTINUED
From Tokyo, we’ve shown you the BMW M4 Concept and Alpina B4, but there were plenty of other models to check out.
Here’s the rest of the best at the BMW display at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Active Tourer Concept Outdoor Concept
Note: the Active Tourer will come to market as the 2 Series Active Tourer and be available in AWD and FWD models. It will also be available in the US market.
Activehybrid 3 with M Performance Parts
M6 Convertible and Gran Coupe
You’ve seen plenty of photos of the 435i, from events and now from owners, but the more the merrier. Here’s the 435i Sport Lines on exhibit at both the Tokyo and LA auto shows.
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Alpina has just debuted its newest model – the Alpina B4 Biturbo Coupe at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Japan is Alpina’s third largest market.
The B4 features the same powertrain as the Alpina B3 Biturbo, a twin turbo 3.0L inline 6 producing 410 HP and 443 LB-FT. The Alpina B4 Coupe covers 0-62 MPH in 4.2 seconds and runs up to 197 MPH. An 8 speed automatic transmission is standard.
Cosmetically and other performance upgrades include a front bumper lip, trunk spoiler, quad exhaust and Alpina wheels (with non run-flat Michelin Pilot Super Sports) and adaptive suspension.
So far this year Alpina has sold 1,400 cars across the globe.
Have a look at some official photos and the B4 at the Tokyo show.
The BMW M4 Concept has been making the rounds at many venues, beginning with its debut at the Pebble Beach week three months ago.
It’s now making its auto show premiere at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the only auto show that it will be making an appearance. That’s because the next major auto show – the 2014 Detroit NAIAS in January will feature the dual world premieres of the production 2014 M3 (F80) and 2014 M4 (F82).
What will the production models bring? The M4 Coupe will essentially retain its concept form (minus some of the fancier carbon fiber add-ons), while the M3 Sedan will look just like the recently spotted Yas Marina Blue M3.
Final performance figures and specs will be revealed at Detroit and … CONTINUED
The 4 Series Convertible (F33) [Official Info Thread] is having its world debut simultaneously at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show as well as the 2013 LA Auto Show.
BIMMERPOST is covering both shows for you and we’ll have more photos from the LA Show later today, but for now here’s the 4 Series Convertible from the Tokyo show.
BMW Motorsport is expanding its range of cars within the BMW Sports Trophy Customer Racing programme: from 2014, privateer BMW teams and drivers will have the opportunity to line up at events with the new BMW M235i Racing. With a price of 59,500.00 Euros (excl. VAT) and impressive performance figures, the production-based coupé meets all the basic requirements of a successful entry-level racing car.
The plan is initially for the car to be used in series and events such as the VLN Endurance Championship and the Nürburgring 24 Hours on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE). Looking ahead, the BMW M235i Racing should also be successful on international stages for BMW Sports Trophy drivers.
“The basis our engineers had to start with when developing the racing version of the … CONTINUED
This F15 X5 suspension options chart helps clarify the difference between stock, DDC, Adaptive M, and the Dynamic Handling Package and also has the suspensions of some of the X5′s competition listed for comparison.
Note: This is a US specific chart.
Picked up German magazine Sport Auto today. It features an interview with BMW M development chief Albert Biermann and a ride in the M4 with Biermann driving.
This is my translation of the major parts of this article. My apologies for bad sentences or missed meanings (I have tried my best from a hotel room after a long day at work…):