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)
Sports Activity Coupe (X2 — along the lines of the X6)
While many of these cars would not be marketed as the same as the 1-series, they are built upon the same platform and being engineered simultaneously so to speak. Its not clear which … CONTINUED
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.
( http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/n…t-1244877.html )
Here is the full set of Huckfeldt’s drawings of what the proposed Z2 Coupe and Roadster could look like
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