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
2015 BMW X5 M colors, packages, and options have now been spotted in the BMW computer system. Two new colors are coming – Long Beach Blue and Donington Grey Metallic.
We’ve finally spotted BMW’s answer to the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 sedan. The F52 1 Series Sedan is built upon the FWD platform which will also underpin the the next generation 1 Series hatchback and 2 Series Coupe/Convertible to follow after this sedan. It will also be offered with AWD xDrive.
BMW has previously gone on the record as saying that it “sees little need for a sedan smaller than the 3-Series,” but it seems that the company has either reversed course, or were … CONTINUED
F87 M2 prototypes have now been spotted with more advanced bodies. Gone is the M235i front fascia from the previous spotted prototypes. The front bumper is now fully camouflaged, potentially indicating that what lies underneath is the production-intent bumper styling.
The previously boxy flared front fenders may also have been ditched in favor of traditional flared and molded fenders as we no longer see a large body gap from the earlier prototypes.
There is no sign yet of a potential hood bulge (that’s a M235i hood), … CONTINUED
Autobild renders the next generation G30 5 Series and BMW inside Scott26 chimes in with his input and feedback on the accuracy.
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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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.