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04/27/2011    2:00 PM
COMMENTS: 116

Here is an updated F30 3-series generation debut and sales timeline, as speculated by SCOTT26. The F30 3-series sedan will be announced in November of this year, coinciding with the Olympics. It will then make its public debut at the 2012 Geneva autoshow in March of 2012 and be on sale shortly thereafter.

Catch the rest of the timeline, including some insight into the 3-series Gran Turismo model inside…

04/19/2011    2:05 PM
COMMENTS: 134

Here is a new rumor regarding the next generation F30/F32 M3′s powerplant – that a 3.3L V6 tri-turbo motor is a possibility! One turbo would power the motor generally, and the other two turbos would each be dedicated to 3-cylinders each.

04/14/2011    8:30 AM
COMMENTS: 15

The recently annouced MINI Goodwood, a MINI created by the craftsmen at Rolls-Royce is now being reported to arrive with a pricetag fitting of its pedigree, 50,000Euro or $72,000.

Whats more, even if you can afford the pricetag, there will only be 1000 copies produced.

The MINI Goodwood will certainly become MINIs most exclusive and high end model produced, you can read more about the goodwood and see all our wallpapers here: http://www.miniforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1284

Now this car exudes opulence with its rich materials, soft looking leather and distinctive colors. Its a car I was fawning over yesterday with the press release. But now with a speculated price of $72,000USD, would I even consider buying one? Would any of you guys?

[Source: Welt.de via MotoringFile]

04/13/2011    12:15 PM
COMMENTS: 90

If Auto Motor Und Sport is to believed, the lightweight E90 M3 will also receive the “GTS” moniker, like the E92 M3 GTS coupe. AMS claims the power output will be 440hp, 10 less than the 450hp GTS coupe. This would be consistent with BMW’s acknowledgement that the GTS sedan would have more power than the standard M3, but less than the GTS coupe. AMS also says that the M3 GTS sedan will utilize the 7-speed DCT transmission and feature a lightened interior with lightweight components in the center console and door panels, recaro seats, M3 steering wheel, and 6-point safety belts – similar to the GTS coupe interior.

The GTS sedan also features 19″ wheels wrapped in 255/35 front tires and 285/30 rear tires with … CONTINUED

04/07/2011    2:07 PM
COMMENTS: 137

Many speculated that a AWD F10 M5 was possible in the works when BMW released the promo videos of the new M5 undergoing serious snow testing. It appears there may indeed possibly be an F10 M5 xDrive version sometime in the future. In an interview with Autocar, BMW M’s head of research and development, Albert Biermann, indicated that ‚ÄúThere will be some all-wheel-drive surprises on M cars in the future,” apparently to satisfy demand from the US’s snow belt. This would represent the first time that the M5 come in a xDrive variant.

The only transmission details released so far for the concept F10 M5 is that it uses a Getrag 7-speed M DCT with M Drivelogic and has an Active M Differential.

04/04/2011    7:13 AM
COMMENTS: 69

Once a year BMW holds a “Technology Day”, a showcase of new technology and developments BMW has recently introduced, is about to introduce, or is looking into to make cars better. This year’s press release on the matter has quite some interesting bits about BMW’s technology, and one of the hottest things they mention is the progress they made in processing CFRP, short for carbon fiber reinforced plastic. The developments made for the BMW i models will be used across the BMW group sooner or later.

To demonstrate some possibilites, BMW shows a prototype of an E9x M3 bonnet in CFRP. According to BMW, “The lid consists of two carbon layers enclosing either a Nomex plastic or a recycled-paper honeycomb.”. It doesn’t stop there as a new … CONTINUED

03/26/2011    1:15 PM
COMMENTS: 49

The “0 Prototype” featured and teased prominently in the recent Plan 0 video (a look into BMW’s secret prototyping process) is likely to be the future BMW X4 SAV, which will take on the coupe SAV look of a baby X6, albeit in smaller form. Evidence comes via Scott26′s words, the presence of personnel from the Spartanburg plant (where X models are produced), and close resemblance to speculative X4 renders.

03/25/2011    11:56 AM
COMMENTS: 64

Speculation around possible transmission options for the upcoming F10 M5 continues. Last week relieving news trickled in as EVO’s Chris Harris and other outlets confirmed that BMW will not resort to their widely used 8-speed ZF automatic transmission but instead use a beefed up 7-speed M-DCT for the M5. This leaves one remaining ‘mystery’ regarding M5 transmission options — whether there will be a manual transmission available. German Focus appears to know more on the matter as they mention in a today’s article about fast sedans:

“A manual transmission will again be available for the M5 – but for the US market only where operating a manual gearbox is still not considered troublesome.”

This makes perfect sense as BMW surely doesn’t want to have the ‘E60 M5 … CONTINUED

03/24/2011    3:52 PM
COMMENTS: 172

We’re excited to bring you the first spy photos of the 3-series Gran Turismo (GT) which will be released with the next generation of 3-series vehicles. With a sleek trunkline and frameless windows, the 3-series GT looks to be much lower and sleeker in shape than the 5-series GT and appears to be generally sportier in nature. The 3-series GT will offer a simple hatch function rather than the twin trunk arrangement on the 5er GT. Spotted here is a 6 cylinder turbo version (335i or 335d).

Some previous insight by Scott26: BMW intend to offer both turbocharged Petrol and Diesel Four and Six Cylinders and a Hybrid variant with the 3-series GT as well as xDrive. The customer can specify a 3 series GT 20d xDrive … CONTINUED