Here’s our latest news on the BMW M2! The M2 has been discovered as having been tested with N55 (N55B30T0) engine and in both manual and auto.
A member who has access to BMW development model info has discovered that an M2 has been tested with an updated N55 engine:
And an update just two weeks more recent than the previous one brings us The News of the Year. Some of you may remember me from the crazy bmw.com-sourced pre-prod info dump in early 2013. I found another source. It’s very limited this time: just the model, engine, and transmission type, and lists not only the models that are guaranteed to come, but also all those that BMW considered as a possibility (for example, … CONTINUED
According to Autocar, BMW reportedly has plans for a model portfolio of 30 rear wheel drive and 15 front wheel drive cars. The 15 FWD cars include Mini models, but at least five will be purportedly wear a BMW badge.
The first of these (and only one committed to production thus far) is the 2 Series Active Tourer, which we’ve revealed to you recently by way of spy photos. A seven seat model is expected to arrive later in the year.
BMW’s 3-cylinder turbocharged engine is expected to power most of the Active Tourer models, with a more powerful 4-cylinder 235i model speculated.
While Europe is expected to take the bulk of orders for the 2-series Active Tourer, interest in the model is also reportedly strong … CONTINUED
Now that the 4 Series Gran Coupe has been revealed, the natural question that BMW enthusiasts are asking is – When (or will) we see a M4 Gran Coupe model?
BMW has made no official statement regarding a possible M4 Gran Coupe. We did hear from a trusty source several months back not to expect an M variant of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. That said however, even the best laid plans are subject to change. Could BMW resist making a M4 Gran Coupe if eventual sales success for the 4 Series Gran Coupe makes a business case for the M4 Gran Coupe? We shall see…
For now, have a look at what the M4 Gran Coupe would resemble, by X-Tomi Design
G30 the BMW
Yes, we are already entering the G chassis realm, having very swiftly passed through the F series cars. The current BMW 5-Series is the F10 and the upcoming next generation 5-Series will be the G30.
According to Car Magazine’s sources, BMWs next generation platform is called 35up. What it basicly means is that everything from the 3-series/5-series and up will be based on this shared super platform. Utilizing the increasing mix of elements including steel, aluminum and certainly CFRP, weight is expected to drop substantially for the next generation.
Well, previously Autocar and now Car Magazine are all reporting that the new 3-cylinder BMW engine will power the new 5. And that should be no shock or surprise, as the new modular platform of … CONTINUED
The timescale works absolutely in favour with the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 Coupe because a gap of two years allows establishment and progress. By this time there will be the Competition Package for the M3 and M4 and there will also be progress for the two cars in an additional specification.
Then you have to think about the next M5 and its leap in technology , lightweight and power increase to just over 600 PS. Granted the M5 won’t be on the market at this point but the arrival will be just over twelve months from the G30.
This is where the gap opens for the M2 and there will be ample room for co-existence.
The interesting thing that really shows progress, is that on … CONTINUED
Autoexpress reports that a BMW insider they spoke to at the M235i launch in Las Vegas last week let on that the BMW M2 “makes a lot of sense.” In addition, a “source” confirmed that a road-going version of the M235i Racing (a track-only customer race car) was considered for production, but this plan was nixed so as not to “step on the toes of something else higher up the range.” The source added that this refers to a new M car. The article goes on to speculate about pricing and other technical aspects, but that is purely guesswork at this point.
Our resident BMW insider, Scott26, has recently had this to add about a potential BMW M2.
The time frame between M4 Coupe and M2 … CONTINUED
Deliveries climb 6.4% to 1,963,798 units
New all-time highs for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands
BMW Group expects further growth in sales in 2014
China becomes BMWs no 1 market
Munich. The BMW Group sold more vehicles in 2013 than ever before in the company
Back in January of this year, BMW and Toyota signed an agreement to cooperate on joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle, collaboration on powertrain electrification and joint research and development on lightweight technologies. The two companies have now decided upon and agreed to develop a joint platform for sportscars, BMW’s development chief Herbert Diess told a German newspaper.
“We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car. What is important is that there will be two different vehicles that are authentic to the two brands,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung today quoted Diess as saying.
Diess declined to provide details on the models that would result from the cooperation, but much of the rumor … CONTINUED