We’ve just had a chance at the 2014 NYIAS to sit down and discuss the all-new M3/M4 with the M3/M4 project manager, Michael Wimbeck (pictured) and M3/M4 product manager for BMW NA, Victor LeLeu.
Thanks to these two gentlemen, here are some hopefully enlightening answers.
Are there official EPA MPG figures for U.S. M3 and M4 yet?
No, not yet.
Will M3/M4 be subject to gas guzzler tax?
We’ll wait for the official EPA numbers to provide an answer. We do expect a substantial increase in … CONTINUED
Autobild get closer with new BMW X1 rendering.
In some markets, including the North American market. The F48 X1 is going to be xDrive only.
This rendering is very close indeed. The front is very similar, with a dynamic sweep of the headlights. A feature on the next generation 7er, 5er and new X7.
And although it is shown as the M Sport in this render. The front fascia aligns with the new X family signature but looks more sporty to appeal to younger customers. The rear … CONTINUED
If a recent report from German Auto Motor und Sport is to be believed, BMW will showcase another large luxury concept car at the upcoming Beijing Car Show starting April 20th.
After last year’s Gran Lusso concept which previewed a possible large coupe like the possible revival of the 8-series, AMS has allegedly learned that BMW is about to unveil a 9-series concept car shortly. This concept car is also said to preview a new generation of BMW’s interior design to debut in the all-new … CONTINUED
According to Automotive News, the BMW X7 will be one of the significant announcements at the Spartanburg press event scheduled for March 28.
The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported late yesterday that BMW will spend several hundred million dollars to expand the plant to build the three-row seven-seat X7.
Construction at the plant would boost production levels to 400,000 vehicles annually, says Automotive News. It is currently being expanded to build 350,000 a year.
After the X4 goes into production, the X7 will represent the fifth … CONTINUED
Another rendering of a speculative BMW M4 Gran Coupe.
BMW want to make a annoucement on the 28th of March at their US plant in South Carolina, and they say it will be significant. Just looking at the list of people who will be there should tell some of the story. BMW Group Chairman Norbert Reithofer, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Gov. Nikki Haley, Harald Krueger, head of the company’s global production network, and Manfred Erlacher, president of BMW Manufacturing Co will headline the event.
So looking at who is going to the … CONTINUED
BMW and Toyota have already formally announced their shared platform project which reportedly will result in two cars from two brands, but using shared platform technology. The rest is completely shrouded in mystery.
So far, rumors on the topic have ranged on this shared platform vehicle producing either the Z4 replacement (possibly back to the Z3 moniker) or a separate sports coupe under the name Z5, presumably larger and more powerful.
Germany’s Autozeitung Magazine have now jumped onto the rumor fray, releasing this new photoshop … CONTINUED
Here’s our latest news on the BMW M2! The M2 has been discovered as having been tested with N55 (N55B30T0) engine and in both manual and auto.
A member who has access to BMW development model info has discovered that an M2 has been tested with an updated N55 engine:
And an update just two weeks more recent than the previous one brings us The News of the Year. Some of you may remember me from the crazy bmw.com-sourced pre-prod info dump in early … CONTINUED
According to Autocar, BMW reportedly has plans for a model portfolio of 30 rear wheel drive and 15 front wheel drive cars. The 15 FWD cars include Mini models, but at least five will be purportedly wear a BMW badge.
The first of these (and only one committed to production thus far) is the 2 Series Active Tourer, which we’ve revealed to you recently by way of spy photos. A seven seat model is expected to arrive later in the year.
BMW’s 3-cylinder turbocharged engine … CONTINUED
Now that the 4 Series Gran Coupe has been revealed, the natural question that BMW enthusiasts are asking is – When (or will) we see a M4 Gran Coupe model?
BMW has made no official statement regarding a possible M4 Gran Coupe. We did hear from a trusty source several months back not to expect an M variant of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. That said however, even the best laid plans are subject to change. Could BMW resist making a M4 Gran Coupe if … CONTINUED
BMW’s development boss has revealed the company is unlikely to offer a competitor to the Audi A3 Sedan and Mercedes CLA.
Speaking to Wards Auto, Dr. Herbert Diess [BMW board member] said the company sees little need for a sedan smaller than the 3-Series in the United States. He went on to say he sees a “high risk of substitution” where customers would buy the smaller car – presumably the 1-Series sedan or 2-Series Gran Coupe – instead of a more expensive model like the … CONTINUED
G30 the BMW
Yes, we are already entering the G chassis realm, having very swiftly passed through the F series cars. The current BMW 5-Series is the F10 and the upcoming next generation 5-Series will be the G30.
According to Car Magazine’s sources, BMWs next generation platform is called 35up. What it basicly means is that everything from the 3-series/5-series and up will be based on this shared super platform. Utilizing the increasing mix of elements including steel, aluminum and certainly CFRP, weight is expected to … CONTINUED
The timescale works absolutely in favour with the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 Coupe because a gap of two years allows establishment and progress. By this time there will be the Competition Package for the M3 and M4 and there will also be progress for the two cars in an additional specification.
Then you have to think about the next M5 and its leap in technology , lightweight and power increase to just over 600 PS. Granted the M5 won’t be on the market … CONTINUED
Autoexpress reports that a BMW insider they spoke to at the M235i launch in Las Vegas last week let on that the BMW M2 “makes a lot of sense.” In addition, a “source” confirmed that a road-going version of the M235i Racing (a track-only customer race car) was considered for production, but this plan was nixed so as not to “step on the toes of something else higher up the range.” The source added that this refers to a new M car. The article … CONTINUED
Deliveries climb 6.4% to 1,963,798 units
New all-time highs for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands
BMW Group expects further growth in sales in 2014
China becomes BMWs no 1 market
Munich. The BMW Group sold more vehicles in 2013 than ever before in the company
Back in January of this year, BMW and Toyota signed an agreement to cooperate on joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle, collaboration on powertrain electrification and joint research and development on lightweight technologies. The two companies have now decided upon and agreed to develop a joint platform for sportscars, BMW’s development chief Herbert Diess told a German newspaper.
“We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car. What is important is … CONTINUED
Here’s a preview of what you should expect to see from the upcoming BMW model pipeline, covering everything from the F16 X6 to the G11/G12 7 Series.
Here are the latest rumors on a BMW M3 GT, M7 and AWD M5/M6.