BMW continues to expand its lineup with the green light given on a 3-series GT model. Expect it to hit the streets in 2011.
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BMW insider/PR man Scott26/27 is out on the offensive with new information on why certain models have been cancelled. He gives us the real deal and explains that there is more then just the economic downturn behind the cancellation of certain BMW models
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It sounds like BMW is heavily considering a new Y-series lineup of cars, if not already approved it. Read inside about this new niche line up BMWs.
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While the car still remains in the engineering prototype phase, plans for the car have already been laid out and seem to be the most ambitious for any BMW car ever.
According to BMW insider scott26, plans are laid down for a host of variants that include not only the traditional 3-door/5-door hatchbacks, coupes and convertables but also:
Supersport edition — Basicly a BMW 1-series M variant, designed by them but without the M badge.
Touring model PAS type GT model (along the lines of the 5 series GT)
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AutoExpress UK provides some further insight into the revival of BMW’s mini-car, the Isetta. The publication speculates that the Isetta could appear in UK showrooms as early as 2011.
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As reported by EVO, the CEO of BMW M-division has further confirmed that the next gen M3 will receive a turbo 6-cylinder engine. Whether there will be twin turbos or inline configuration is yet to be confirmed.
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The 3er GT is about 180 degrees from the 5er GT , although they will share the same bloodline , The 3er GT is a hybrid of a Touring and a Sporting shooting brake design. To understand the design of the 3er GT you have to go back to the original RFK Concept , With this design many within BMW loved the original intention unfortunately BMW had to re-interpret it’s conception to a vehicle that would become today’s 5er Gran Turismo.
German magazine Automotorundsport has put out these new renders of what the next generation 1-series could look like. It seems as though these renders are WAY off the reality of what will come. Most sources seem to confirm that the next one will take alot of styling cues from the BMW GINA concept car in some form, while these renders seem to rely on the current BMW 7-Series styling. Regardless, it did seem like an interesting attempt and worth the post.
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Here is the full set of Huckfeldt’s drawings of what the proposed Z2 Coupe and Roadster could look like
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A BMW spokesman talking with iMotorMag states that there is no business case for making an M Roadster/M Coupe based on the Z4 due to the poor economic climate.
However, the good news is that they do reveal that BMW is planning an M Sport package which will include a body kit, large alloy wheels, tuned suspension and an M-branded steering wheel. In the cards is talk of an ECU remap upgrade to boost engine output of the 3.0-litre twin-turbo by … CONTINUED
Scott gives us a glimpse into the future of BMW with the upcoming Z2 design study which is said to be turned into a real production car. We are clinging our hopes on this car!
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Summary: turbo 4 and 6 cylinder engines are going to be an M staple along with a focus on lightweight. Gone will be the days of large displacement and high horsepower engines
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New insider reports point to the fact that BMW is working turning the concept CS car into a production car under the GT name. The so called GT 6 will very closely resemble the CS except in a shorter and smaller package. This car is going to be a direct competitor to the MB CLS!
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Is the rumored little roadster from BMW on track for a 2011 debut? Auto Motor und Sport seems to think so. They even have a rendering by renowned artist Mark Stehrenberger to prove it. If we are to believe the rumors, the BMW Z2 should be closer to what the original Z3 was. That is, more of an entry level roadster to compete with the premium versions of the Mazda MX-5, compared to the more upscale Z4 that just debuted, which is more of a Porsche Boxster rival.… CONTINUED
Looks fake to me with just a hodgepodge combination of current BMW cars into one photoshopped car (the wheels being the biggest giveaway of it being a PS). But let the speculation go fourth ..
Either way, its a great look at what the general shape of the upcoming PAS would be like: An X6 silhouette on a lowered more sedan like body.
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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.
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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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