BMW is exploring a plan to build what a senior company official calls “a breakthrough green supercar” by the end of 2012.
The new car would rival the Audi R8 and forthcoming Mercedes SLC, and has been described by company insiders as a puristic two-seater that draws on all the very latest BMW technology and lightweight build processes.
The car is also intended to showcase BMWs Efficient Dynamics programme, combining fuel-saving technology such as direct injection, brake energy regeneration and stop-start.
A source privy to early design proposals says that the new BMW … CONTINUED
BMW is rumored to have plans to revive the 8-Series name for a potential “four-door coupe,” much like the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. New 8-series would compete closely with the new Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera.
Beginning of the year BMW placed Gerhard Richter in charge of development of its new Gran Turismo model, which is based on the popular CS concept car. New model will be called either simly GT, short for Gran Turismo or 8-series. Most likely the car will get the previous 8-series models name so that … CONTINUED
According to insiders BMW is working on an X4 – a baby X6 if you will. It’s still un-named but insiders say that the SAC, SAV, SUV or whatever you want to call it, will borrow styling from the X6. Sources say that it will be a tall five-door fastback with all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive available. Makes sense since we just heard the X1 will be available with rear-wheel-drive as well.
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Reports out of germany are surfacing about the Z2.
The car will be based off the 1-series in order to create a very light and fast on its feet roadster which which come exclusivly in a ragtop configuration in order to keep weight down and to distance itself from its older Z4 brother which is moving to a convertable hardtop design. Some of the plans are even calling for a purely manual top in order to further reduce weight (although an automatic top function will likely be available as an option).
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German luxury car maker targets Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz CLS with a new four-door coupe that is being built by BMW’s renowned M division. By JEZ SPINKS.
BMW’s M performance division has been commissioned to build a new four-door luxury GT flagship that is set to become the German car maker’s new 8 Series.
The new four-door coupe-style gran turismo will be based heavily on BMW’s 2007 Shanghai motor show Concept CS, and will launch in 2010 as a rival for the Mercedes-Benz CLS3 AMG as well as the forthcoming Porsche … CONTINUED
BMW is planning on launching three very important cars in the lineup this year, heres the word ….
Chasis code F01, the first vehicle of the new “F” designation will arrive with a dramatic change in styling and improvements all around. The most notable change will be that the car will be much more elegant after the much discussed criticisms of the current cars styling. To be seen at the Paris Autoshow this fall.
The 1-series based Crossover/SAV/SUV has already been confirmed to be built at Leipzig and is being planned to … CONTINUED
Quote: Of all the things that have hampered performance over the last two decades, vehicle weight is at the top of the list. Automakers have responded by putting more power under the hood to make up for the extra pounds, and BMW is as guilty as the rest – particularly with its M cars. The first (E30) M3 came packing a 2.3-liter four-pot and was able to put out an astonishing (at the … CONTINUED