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.
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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.
A source privy to early design proposals says that the new BMW supercar will be the equivalent of a modern-day M1, a car that the company recently made reference to with the retro M1 Homage concept.
The as-yet-unnamed new model will be capable of combining supercar performance and driving dynamics with fuel consumption … CONTINUED
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 BMW can position it as the highest, most luxurious and expensive model.
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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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Reports out of germany are surfacing about the Z2.
The car will be based off the 1-series in order to create a very light and fast on its feet roadster which which come exclusivly in a ragtop configuration in order to keep weight down and to distance itself from its older Z4 brother which is moving to a convertable hardtop design. Some of the plans are even calling for a purely manual top in order to further reduce weight (although an automatic top function will likely be available as an option).
Going along these lines, the car will be designed around the companys versatile 4 cylinder engine lines including the 1.6l that will be shared between BMW, Mini and Peugeot.
In terms of styling this car is said to be very sharply designed … CONTINUED