It’s long been accepted that the next generation F30 M3 will no longer be powered by a V8, but instead will be propelled by a turbo inline 6 engine. The question was which I6 engine – the N54, N55, or a new motor? The answer is that it will be based on the single turbo, twin scroll N55.
It’s been a long while since we’ve had word on the hotly anticipated Z2 Coupe and Roadster, but BMW insider Scott26′s confirms that the Z2 twins are underway and have been designed by Designworks. He has also stated that the Z2 is currently expected in 2013.
Autobild magazine has a new rendering of the 2012 F20 1-series, as well as what it believes is a full list of models and engines, including 5 body styles, 7 gasoline models and 4 diesel versions. The 3-door and 5-door models should debut at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA in September of next year.
The cover of the latest auto moto, a french auto magazine, features their prediction of what the 2012 F30 3-series sedan may look like. This render seems to draw heavily on cues from the newest BMWs such as the F10 5-series, F07 5-series GT, F01 7-series, and even E89 Z4. Opinions?
What does the future of the BMW X portfolio hold? According to insider Scott26, BMW is keen on a potential X4 (think smaller X6) which shares technology with the X3, an X3 35iS sharing engine from z4 35iS and 335iS, and an X3M with motor from upcoming 1M Coupe.
This photo posted by insider Scott26 shows a camera rig being used to shoot the 1M Coupe for a promo spot or commercial. The use of a motorcycle for a camera rig is interesting and we predict that it will result in some very exciting angles and perspectives of the 1M in the resulting video.
Take a look at this BMW 335i Convertable which looks to be part of the BMW Individual lineup and uses the exclusive paint color called “Fire Orange”
BMW CCA is dropping some seriously strong hints that the 1M Coupe may be “sneak peek” introduced at this year’s BMW CCA Oktoberfest at Road America in WI. Using words such as “fast, light, nimble car” to refer to the yet unknown car, and drawing references to other M-cars, as well as saying that the head of BMW M GmbH will be in attendance, these could not be stronger hints to a 1M Coupe intro!
Rumors of a 3 Series GT variant in the same vein as the 5 Series GT (but obviously smaller) have been swirling for some time. In fact, if such a car was coming BMW would definitly keep the shape and proportions under the wraps for a very long time and would want to surprise the world. Here, a french magazine has tasked its photoshop artists to dream up what such a car could look like.
In AutoBild’s latest issue they have a nice photo spread on BMW’s new M100 sports car. There will be even a “green” model called the “BMW i100 Coupe ActiveHybrid”.
The M100 will compete with Audi’s R8 V10 and MB’s SLS. AutoBild reports that BMW will show the M100 at the 2011 IAA (Frankfurt Auto Show). Production will start two years later, in 2013. The car will cost MORE than 100,000 euros. The magazine says the M100 will cost a good 170K euros! Planned production numbers are … CONTINUED
Some new photos of the 2012 F30 3-series, spied testing in the German countryside. Not a whole lot new is gleamed from these photos, but it’s always good to see the F30 continue its testing. Based on the info we’ve heard, the F30 sedan may debut at the 2012 Geneva autoshow.
In case you missed this information (as it was added later), BMW insider Scott26 has disclosed plans for an 6-series M Gran Coupe, two gasoline versions, two diesel versions, and an ActiveHybrid version. The tentative release and sales schedule has also been provided – Summer 2012 debut in Paris or Beijing and on sale in late 2012.
We bring you the most revealing F10 M5 photos yet. Save for some camouflage tape, the M5 front fascia design can be clearly seen. We last saw the M5s exposed bumper back in May, but not in this detail and not this exposed.
Compared to the standard F10 5-series, the F10 M5 front bumper is clearly more sculpted and angular, and features the trapezoidal design as seen on the current M3. Huge side air inlets flank the center trapezoid … CONTINUED
Seen here is the most recent sighting of the upcoming 2012 1-series hatchback undergoing testing in southern Europe. The dual split exhausts out back hints at a turbo engine. It could be the rumored Tri-Turbo Petrol 4 cylinder engine, or perhaps the N54 6-cylinder twin-scroll turbo motor. The split exhausts, the extra cooling ducts up front in the camouflage, larger wheels, and what appears to be large brakes, all point to this potentially being a range topping F20 1-series.
We have the latest planned BMW 1M Coupe launch and sale-date schedule for your reference and planning. The 1M Coupe’s official launch will take place this December 2010. World premiere at the Detroit NAIAS in January 2011. World press drives in March 2011. European Public Premiere at 2011 Geneva autoshow. European sale date begins Spring 2011. And US sales begin in Summer 2011.
This information is from BMW insider Scott26. According to him, on the heels of the BMW X6s success, they have been investigating downsizing the range and bringing the Sport Activity Coupe idea to the X3 range but with a bit more functional flair added and BMW would use the term Sport Activity Sedan. Such a car would likely be dubbed the X4. Internally, the car is known as the X-Style. The same ideas that went into the X6 would be translated to … CONTINUED
By all accounts, the F01/F02 7 Series has been a success for the company in terms of sales. 2012 will mark mid cycle of the lineup and according to BMW insider Scott26 the top of the line car will get a few slight changes to bring it into line with the rest of the range.The overall headlight shape will be unchanged but incorporate LEDs.
The front bumper lower air intake will be modified and will be brought more inline with the original … CONTINUED
Here are some updates on the upcoming BMW 1M — “1M” appears to be settled name for the new M-level 1-series. It is currently shooting on Lanzarotte, a Spanish volcanic island, but will shoot in LA later this summer. Look to AutoBild’s latest issue for a feature on the BMW 1 Concept M.