Some new photos of the 2012 F30 3-series, spied testing in the German countryside. Not a whole lot new is gleamed from these photos, but it’s always good to see the F30 continue its testing. Based on the info we’ve heard, the F30 sedan may debut at the 2012 Geneva autoshow.
In case you missed this information (as it was added later), BMW insider Scott26 has disclosed plans for an 6-series M Gran Coupe, two gasoline versions, two diesel versions, and an ActiveHybrid version. The tentative release and sales schedule has also been provided – Summer 2012 debut in Paris or Beijing and on sale in late 2012.
We bring you the most revealing F10 M5 photos yet. Save for some camouflage tape, the M5 front fascia design can be clearly seen. We last saw the M5s exposed bumper back in May, but not in this detail and not this exposed.
Compared to the standard F10 5-series, the F10 M5 front bumper is clearly more sculpted and angular, and features the trapezoidal design as seen on the current M3. Huge side air inlets flank the center trapezoid … CONTINUED
Seen here is the most recent sighting of the upcoming 2012 1-series hatchback undergoing testing in southern Europe. The dual split exhausts out back hints at a turbo engine. It could be the rumored Tri-Turbo Petrol 4 cylinder engine, or perhaps the N54 6-cylinder twin-scroll turbo motor. The split exhausts, the extra cooling ducts up front in the camouflage, larger wheels, and what appears to be large brakes, all point to this potentially being a range topping F20 1-series.
We have the latest planned BMW 1M Coupe launch and sale-date schedule for your reference and planning. The 1M Coupe’s official launch will take place this December 2010. World premiere at the Detroit NAIAS in January 2011. World press drives in March 2011. European Public Premiere at 2011 Geneva autoshow. European sale date begins Spring 2011. And US sales begin in Summer 2011.
This information is from BMW insider Scott26. According to him, on the heels of the BMW X6s success, they have been investigating downsizing the range and bringing the Sport Activity Coupe idea to the X3 range but with a bit more functional flair added and BMW would use the term Sport Activity Sedan. Such a car would likely be dubbed the X4. Internally, the car is known as the X-Style. The same ideas that went into the X6 would be translated to … CONTINUED
By all accounts, the F01/F02 7 Series has been a success for the company in terms of sales. 2012 will mark mid cycle of the lineup and according to BMW insider Scott26 the top of the line car will get a few slight changes to bring it into line with the rest of the range.The overall headlight shape will be unchanged but incorporate LEDs.
The front bumper lower air intake will be modified and will be brought more inline with the original … CONTINUED
Here are some updates on the upcoming BMW 1M — “1M” appears to be settled name for the new M-level 1-series. It is currently shooting on Lanzarotte, a Spanish volcanic island, but will shoot in LA later this summer. Look to AutoBild’s latest issue for a feature on the BMW 1 Concept M.
Here is the first officially released stunning concept image of the upcoming Megacity vehicle, an all electric “city car.” The BMW Megacity is expected to enter production sometime in 2013. Pictured here is a 4 seater car powered by a rear mounted electric motor (running on batteries). To minimize weight, the Megacity vehicle will feature extensive use of carbon firber reinforced plastics.
More photos shortly.
Jon Sibal shares his latest renders of the 2012 3-series (F30) sedan, which is said by BMW insider Scott26 to be the closest example yet. Said to be an evolutionary jump from the E90 and taking cues from the F10 5-series, the main face and rear are supposed to be considerably sharper than the 5-series.