Automobile Magazine speculates on the next generation G20 3 Series (and the M3 / M4).
The lightweight and more powerful special M4 model will return the “CSL” name, instead of the “GTS” name given to the previous generation M3 coupe, claims Automobile.
The issue with this claim is that the “M4 GTS” name has already been seen on official BMW documents — see: http://www.2addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1106499 (image below). Of course the name could always change before its official announcement and reveal, but if BMW refers to it as the M4 GTS already, we’d bet on that name sticking.
From BMW insider Scott26:
The next BMW i model will be a four door interpretation of a BMW Sedan.
Conceptual work is underway to provide a first look at how BMW see the Sport Sedan progress for the future with the first appearance in concept form being the highlight of the 100th Centenary of BMW in 2016 where all BMW and BMW sub-Brands will celebrate in their own way.
The new vehicle owes much to the original Vision EfficientDynamics concept car in that it packages itself for … CONTINUED
Note: the story image is the Vision Gran Turismo Race Car for Gran Turismo 6.
We know the BMW M2 is coming, from our various spy photos and from its presence on the BMW 2016 model year map. And with the M3/M4 and X5M/X6M now launched, BMW M will now focus on the M2.
BMW head of design, Adrian van Hooydonk, may have just dropped an official hint. Speaking to Autocar, he stated that “The E30 M3 has a really big fan base, and we are … CONTINUED
Some more renderings of the rumored upcoming BMW “XCite” or “1 Series Sport Cross.”
Recent comments by BMW hint at a possible longer than usual model life for the current E89 Z4. The usual model life for a BMW is 6-7 years, which means that the current Z4, which began production in 2009, is up for a brand new redesign soon.
However, BMW development boss Klaus Froehlich, recently stated that “I would like to see a Z4 successor in this decade,” when asked about the timing of the Z4’s replacement. This seems to indicate that … CONTINUED
BMW has gone on the record in denying a report from Auto Motor und Sport that BMW is developing a car for Apple. AMS claimed that Apple and BMW were in talks regarding the possibility of developing an electric car based on the BMW i3, in connection with recent rumors that Apple has plans to bring its own car to market by 2020.
Reuters has since reported, however, that BMW denied this:
German carmaker BMW said on Thursday its talks with technology giant Apple did not … CONTINUED
Latest reports and rumors that the M4 GTS will get water injection system, laser lights, OLED lights and debut in August at Pebble Beach.
BMW intends to break into yet another segment when it brings the 1 Series Sport Cross (a possible likely name) to market in 2018, according to Automobile.
What is it? It’s been referred to as the “XCite” and carries an internal designation of NEC (New Entry Crossover). It’s basically a tweener vehicle the likes of the Nissan Juke and Citroen C4 Cactus Evoque – not quite 1 Series and not quite X1.
As for looks? The design is reportedly still being finalized, but the proposals are … CONTINUED
Does this sketch help preview the direction of the upcoming BMW Z5 or Z6 coupe?
As we’ve shown you in recent spy photos, BMW is currently conducting cold climate testing for its prototypes in Northern Sweden where the F10 M5 has made an unexpected appearance. At first glance, there’s nothing unique about this M5, but a quick peak underneath shows the big secret that it’s hiding – an all-wheel-drive drivetrain! The undercarriage photo shows a driveshaft at the front wheels.
Does this mean that the F10 M5 will see an AWD xDrive model in its lifetime? Skeptics would say unlikely … CONTINUED
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).