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.
“We … CONTINUED
BMW has announced the BMW Vision Gran Turismo race car for the Gran Turismo 6 game and it likely gives us some hints as to the styling of the upcoming 2016 BMW M2.
A new virtual race car, the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, takes to the racetrack in Gran Turismo® 6, the acclaimed racing title available exclusively on PlayStation®3. The race car, created by BMW Group Design, boasts a virtual three-litre six-cylinder inline engine developed by BMW M GmbH, which promises a peak performance of … CONTINUED
BMW M president Friedrich Nitschke has now given more hints at a possible all-wheel-drive xDrive next-gen G80 M5, with likely weight reduction.
We’ve recently learned from multiple inside sources (who have been accurate in the past) that the BMW M2 is a go!
The M2 start of production is currently scheduled for late Fall 2015, which places the first deliveries at the very end of 2015 or early 2016.
Confirming what we reported earlier, we’ve been told that the M2 will be powered by the N55 turbo inline 6 engine (N55B30T0), producing around 370-380 PS (365-375 HP).
BMW M reportedly also considered a “S48″ engine for the M2, presumably … CONTINUED
We’ve just had a chance at the 2014 NYIAS to sit down and discuss the all-new M3/M4 with the M3/M4 project manager, Michael Wimbeck (pictured) and M3/M4 product manager for BMW NA, Victor LeLeu.
Thanks to these two gentlemen, here are some hopefully enlightening answers.
Are there official EPA MPG figures for U.S. M3 and M4 yet?
No, not yet.
Will M3/M4 be subject to gas guzzler tax?
We’ll wait for the official EPA numbers to provide an answer. We do expect a substantial increase in … CONTINUED
Autobild get closer with new BMW X1 rendering.
In some markets, including the North American market. The F48 X1 is going to be xDrive only.
This rendering is very close indeed. The front is very similar, with a dynamic sweep of the headlights. A feature on the next generation 7er, 5er and new X7.
And although it is shown as the M Sport in this render. The front fascia aligns with the new X family signature but looks more sporty to appeal to younger customers. The rear … CONTINUED
If a recent report from German Auto Motor und Sport is to be believed, BMW will showcase another large luxury concept car at the upcoming Beijing Car Show starting April 20th.
After last year’s Gran Lusso concept which previewed a possible large coupe like the possible revival of the 8-series, AMS has allegedly learned that BMW is about to unveil a 9-series concept car shortly. This concept car is also said to preview a new generation of BMW’s interior design to debut in the all-new … CONTINUED
According to Automotive News, the BMW X7 will be one of the significant announcements at the Spartanburg press event scheduled for March 28.
The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported late yesterday that BMW will spend several hundred million dollars to expand the plant to build the three-row seven-seat X7.
Construction at the plant would boost production levels to 400,000 vehicles annually, says Automotive News. It is currently being expanded to build 350,000 a year.
After the X4 goes into production, the X7 will represent the fifth … CONTINUED
Another rendering of a speculative BMW M4 Gran Coupe.
BMW want to make a annoucement on the 28th of March at their US plant in South Carolina, and they say it will be significant. Just looking at the list of people who will be there should tell some of the story. BMW Group Chairman Norbert Reithofer, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Gov. Nikki Haley, Harald Krueger, head of the company’s global production network, and Manfred Erlacher, president of BMW Manufacturing Co will headline the event.
So looking at who is going to the … CONTINUED