We just got the first camouflage-free look at the next BMW X1′s front fascia (minus headlights) during hot-weather tests in the California desert.
Up until now, all X1s have had their entire front fascias covered in plastic panels, hiding all signs of its true front-end design treatment. Those panels impede airflow, however, so the test team wanted to get an accurate reading on the cooling performance of the production front-end in the 120-degree heat. They thought they could get away with a quick, camo-free run….but … CONTINUED
AutoMotor und Sport is reporting that new next Z4/Toyota project WILL have a turbo six gasoline engine.
BMW spokesman Kai Lichte said:
Whether the hybrid powertrain is also used in the BMW, or whether the Z4 gets four-wheel drive, but it was “too early to talk about it,” as the BMW spokesman told an Australian newspaper says. “First, we will have a six-cylinder, that’s for sure. Everything else comes later maybe.”
The next Z4 will be jointly developed with Toyota and BMW. One possibility is a Toyota … CONTINUED
The small sports sedan is an amazing machine that many of us have come up on. The E36 and E46 embody what a small sports sedan should be.
While there have been rumors of a possible 2-Series Gran Coupe to fill those shoes, we still have not seen anything yet. But hope should not be completly lost if a report from Automotive News is to be believed.
Among a deluge of BMW product pipeline information is a small tidbit on the 1-Series…
BMW inside Scott26 tips off plans for an upcoming BMW M4 GTS model, to come after the BMW M2 coupe is introduced.
Tentative production dates for the 2016 BMW M2 are revealed. Production start dates will be November 2015 (EU/UK) and March 2016 (US) (source: BIMMERPOST future models map).
The M2 will be powered by the N55 turbo inline 6 engine (N55B30T0), which will also power the upcoming X4 M40i. Power output is speculated to be in the range of 370-380 PS (365-375 HP) and the M2 will be available in both manual and DCT.
Spy photos and videos preview what will be aggressively flared fenders, wider track, … CONTINUED
We’ve seen the next (G30) generation 5 Series touring out on the public roads before, but the prototype has now ratcheted up its testing by taking to the Nurburgring.
At this early stage of testing with heavy camouflage, it’s hard to discern much of the exterior and interior design. But, the front grilles are now semi-visible and the hood cutline appears to have shifted to meet the kidney grilles, just as on the next generation G11 7 Series.
Like the G11 7 Series, the next 5 … CONTINUED
The first F30 3 Series facelift / LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) prototype has just been spotted! Due to start production in the Summer of 2015, the refreshed 3 Series will undergo minor exterior changes as the photos show. The most significant change will be seen in the front end, which will feature a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights (from the beefier bumper design) and shapelier kidney grilles featuring 11 slats.
*IF* BMW stays true to its LCI-refresh history, the facelift 3 Series will also … CONTINUED
The title of this story alone is the stuff of legend, but this may be more then a far off dream. Car Magazine’s Georg Kacher reveals some exciting new rumors in a new article today, laying out the so-called “Silk Road 2″ project. The project title is a nod to the fact that this car will be a second vehicle to be developed in concert with Toyota.
While we have yet to find out the end result of the first BMW/Toyota collaborative project, this second … CONTINUED
As said by head of BMW M Product Management, Carsten Pries:
BMW M’s product planning chief says the next-generation M3 model family could be powered by a four-cylinder engine, despite the fact the Bavarian performance brand is currently without any four-cylinder models.
Speaking at the international launch of the all-new F80/82 M3 and M4 in Portugal over the weekend, BMW M Division Head of Product Management Carsten Pries told motoring.com.au it was “foreseeable” that a four-cylinder engine could power the next generation of the iconic model.
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