BMW M has a new boss, Franciscus van Meel, and he recently shared his first public statements with Auto Express on some topics regarding BMW M.
Van Meel, the former head of Audi Quattro GmbH, is of course well versed with all-wheel drive, and he seems to be favoring the use of all-wheel drive in future M5 and M6 models.
“If we continue the power increases in the future – especially regarding torque and also horsepower – then probably the next generation M5 and M6 … CONTINUED
Found this info in German magazine Autobild:
A 100 year anniversary edition based on the i8 built in 100 examples. Stronger e-motor and 2l 4 cyl instead of the 1,5l 3 cyl engine. Originally planned to be developed by the M division, but now headed by BMW AG and ex Ferrari man Roberto Fedeli. Naming still debated, could be i8S, i8CS or M100
And a 630hp twin turbocharged I6 version rumoured for … CONTINUED
This Autocar article claims that several years down the line, all BMW 3 Series models and upwards will become plug-in hybrid cars, ditching the gasoline or diesel only powerplant and requiring a complete rethink of the make-up of its cars from first principles.
Rumored engine lineup for the 2016 7 Series (G11), ranging from a 4 cylinder 730i to a 12 cylinder 760i.
BMW M product head, Carsten Pries, talks about a potential M supercar using i8 technology.
Rendering of the upcoming FWD based 1 Series Sedan (F52).
Automobile has posted what it thinks are details behind the BMW i8S, a supercar that will celebrate BMW’s 100th anniversary in 2016.
In 2016, BMW turns 100. There will be plenty to celebrate in that centenary year, including the first fuel-cell-powered BMW (based on the 5 Series GT) as well as the first model co-developed with Toyota, namely the Z4 replacement. With the passing of that milestone, BMW will launch a new green supercar — aptly codenamed M100. Almost certain be badged i8S, the … CONTINUED
Presenting our M2 preview rendering. After seeing many renderings which were simply an M235i with M4 style front bumper, we took a shot at providing a more accurate preview based on our latest M2 spy photos.
We spent the most effort on digitally uncovering the parts which are clearly confirmed by the prototype – the unique lower bumper / air intake design featuring downward curving twin fins and the wide front and rear fenders.
As the most recently spotted M2 is not yet a late-stage prototype, … CONTINUED
Preview of the BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo (2 Series GT).
The 2er GT is the next logical step and previews the potential for the 2er GT as well as an exclusive look for the new Gran Turismo models of the 5er and the 3er, which will be more sleeker than today’s models but still maintain the current GT’s attributes.
The more angular appearance forgoes today’s more rounded look for a more cohesive coupe look. Body sculpture will be angular and chiseled to provide … CONTINUED
BMW insider Scott26 gives us a preview of the potential split in the BMW lineup for RWD and FWD models.
Autobild speculates on the BMW M2. They claim that the M2 will sport 374hp and 520Nm torque. 0-62mph/100kph in 4.3 seconds. Price would be ± 56.5K EUR for the base model (manual transmission).
BMW inside Scott26 dishes on the future BMW Z roadster lineup, including the Z1, Z3 and Z5.
The new Z models take their BMW design from a progression of the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Car like the car below with a more angular and technical language recently seen on the BMW Vision Future Luxury.
All BMWs will retain the essential BMW roadster cues such as being so close to the road and the seats almost on the rear axle. A long bonnet and short rear overhang and … CONTINUED
The rumormill churns for the next gen M5/M6 returning to an all new V10 engine, and the introduction of a X1 M model and M5 Touring based off the upcoming G31 5 Series Touring?
Here’s our newest product / model information for the upcoming BMW X2, 7 Series and FWD models, courtesy of ynguldyn.
F47 X2 will come to the U.S. as 25i with sdrive and xdrive.
The complete family of BMW FWD vehicles at the moment looks as follows:
- F45 hatchback
- F46 MPV (not for the U.S.)
- F47 X2
- F48 X1
- F49 X1 LWB (China only?)
- F52 1 series something or other
A few things to expect in the G11/G12 7 series:
- LED … CONTINUED
If BMW insider Scott26 proves accurate, the decision behind switching to FWD or retaining RWD for the next generation 2 Series based on the UKL platform is still being debated within BMW. Per Scott26:
Interesting update – UKL platform is a modular chassis and can be adapted/subtracted as FWD or RWD.
Full decision on the next 2 Series is not final yet (full decision will be taken by the end of the year) and can use the UKL chassis but can adapted for RWD. (BMW … CONTINUED
We’ve just spied the rumored M4 GTS prototype testing at the Nurburgring today.
Using MotoGP M4 Safety Cars as a basis (or as decoys), we see a large front spoiler lip and high trunk wing on the prototype. These parts are different than the M Performance front lip and trunk spoiler featured on the MotoGP M4 Safety Car and instead resemble the protuding front spoiler lip and elevated trunk wing from the E92 M3 GTS.
The prototypes also features M Carbon Ceramic Brakes and race bucket … CONTINUED
Scott26 gives some insight into the next generation 6 Series:
There are several ideas on where to take the 6er visually and there is a lot of ideas being communicated in the design process. Some ideas are progressing ideas showcased within recent concepts. Some can be interpreted as the Vision Future Luxury turned into a smaller mid-sized Coupe but with a more dynamic roofline and shallow glasshouse which creates problems but offers other solutions for a Gran Coupe model.
The outline remains as sport-orientated as it … CONTINUED