BMW insider Scott26 places the next generation F32/F33 M3′s power at approximately 450 PS, with room to be bumped up later. More extreme M3 variants will also likely be in the works, such as the possible return of an M3 CSL.
Some weeks ago, we brought you news that the Vision Efficient Dynamics was approved for production. This has now been reconfirmed by another report from Autobild which reports on the progress the VED is making on its way to production. They also mention again that an M version is being evaluated.
Car and Driver speculates that BMW may begin using the 2-series moniker as soon as the front wheel drive 1-series arrives. C&D points to the fact that several 2-series trademarks were registered just this month and an M2 trademark back in June. They further speculate that the future FWD BMWs will take on the 1-series name, while the RWD entry level coupes and convertibles will be badged the 2-series.
Here’s a new rumor out of The Roundel – instead of producing an F30 M3 sedan for the next generation of M3s, BMW will produce a Gran Turismo model in its place, based on the future standard 3-series GT. We’re not sure how valid this rumor is yet, however.
BMW has many concepts under study and consideration, spread among 3 segments – UKL-Sub Compact, Compact, and Premium Entry, as well as the Gran Coupe and GT models. Follow the full list inside for an idea of potential future new BMW models.
SCOTT26 previews the future sub-1-series BMW Compacts family lineup, including the Fast Activity Sports Tourer, Compactive Sports Tourer and Advanced Activity Sports Tourer.
We have put together these educated speculations on the next generation F30/F32 M3, including potential power output (450hp), displacement (3.5l) and its turbo layout, paired to a seven speed DCT transmission. Details inside.
Autobild is reporting that a carbon fiber roof will be an available option on the upcoming 1 series M coupe, the first we have heard of this. The lack of denial by BMW insider Scott26 who chimed in on the topic makes us think this one potentially has some solid credibility.
Here is the first official sketch preview of the upcoming BMW X4. The sketch features the rear view of the X4 concept and reveals a sleek SAV with many of the design aspects already mentioned by BMW insiders.
Scott26 provides further insight on the future X4′s design language and also discusses a potential future Sport Activity Coupe based on the X1 SAV, which would mix the essence of an X and Z car, much in the way of the old X-Coupe Concept.
There are reports out today that GM is seeking to partner up with BMW to co-develop engines. This would come as no surprise as BMW publicly mentioned at the Paris Motor Show that it was discussing partnerships with multiple companies on engine production and GM has recently made no secret of its current strategy to find partners for co-development of technologies.
AMS reports that BMW’s board has decided to green-light the Vision Efficient Dynamics for production at the Leipzig plant. The BMW VED is scheduled to hit the market in 2013 using a regular combustion engine. The drivetrain concept shown at last year’s unveiling of the VED (1.5l Diesel engine + two e-motors) is said to follow later. In other news, this report also mentions that the Leipzig plant is said to produce the new entry level BMW car.