The next generation M3 is still at least 3 years from its debut, but it’s never too early for speculation, particularly about its powerplant. While the current E9x M3 is powered by the marvelous high-revving V8 engine (S65), it’s been widely speculated that that the next generation M3 will return to using a 6-cylinder engine. Emissions regulations have forced the move, much like the new upcoming F10 M5 getting the more efficient S63 V8 Twin-turbo engine instead of continuing to use the iconic V10.
So far so good. However, according to our source with close ties to BMW M, BMW has not settled on exactly which engine layout the company will use for the F30/F32 M3. Rather, the guys at BMW M are currently testing no less … CONTINUED
According to a report out of Cardealermagazine, BMW Product Manager James Morrison says that response to the 1M has been greater then was expected and BMW is now looking at the possibility of spin-offs. Should be interesting!
The debut of the new F20 1-series sporthatch is imminent as BMW recently launched their marketing campaign One Origin – Two Originals. A new report now seems to give some more information on the F20 and claims that the online debut will be in three weeks in early June. Some details follow:
Per this report, the F20 will be only slightly bigger than the outgoing E87 1-series. Two different design lines are said to be offered, Urban and Sport, each comprising of unique wheels, trims, and side mirror colors. This sounds like a customization paradise.
3 non-metallic and 5 metallic exterior colorsare supposed to be offered initially, as well as a choice of turbocharged inline-4 engines (all N20 based).
The F20 is also said to be available with several … CONTINUED
We bring you the most revealing F30 3-series FEP (final evaluation phase) test car video yet — 2 minutes of spy footage. The video reveals the following things: Fixed piston calipers, Possible lightweight calipers being tested, LED turn signal indicators, Regular bulb brake lights, Appears to be undergoing sound check/testing. Enjoy the video inside.
Here are some new renders of the F30 3-series sedan, by German publication Auto Test. These are some of the more attractive renders we’ve seen and are clearly based off the F10 5-series, but with some attention to paid to previous F30 spy photos.
The rear 3/4 view is particular attractive. However, the renders are missing some new styling features revealed in the most recent F30 spy photos, such as the double character lines.
A 5POST member spotted this FEP-stage F10 M5 recently and was able to capture video and photos. According to him (and a BMW master technician family member), he believes he possibly witnessed a F10 M5 manual transmission and ceramic brakes. What do you think? View the video and photos inside.
Autoexpress brings new renders of the F34 3-series Gran Turismo based the car’s spy photos, and SCOTT26 provides some more info on the upcoming 3-series GT. One new bit of info which comes as a surprise to us is that the 3-series GT concept will be debuted prior to the F30 3-series sedan. Read/see more inside.
According to Autocar, BMW official have now acknowledged that a 4-wheel-drive model of the new F10 M5 is being prepared for eventual production. The AWD F10 M5 will join the standard RWD M5 as an additional model and should be good news for those who live in snowy climates.
BIMMERPOST faithful Roger Lighterness has rendered a touring concept of the upcoming F10 M5. While this car is still pure fantasy, there have been a few little peeps coming out of BMW M suggesting that this car may become a reality. Heres to hoping that BMW produces such a car!