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You’ve heard recent M4/M3 prototypes blasting around the Nurburgring [M4 vid] [M3 vid], now have a listen at how they sound around town.

MANUAL TRANSMISSION OR NOT?

As for today’s rumor out of Autoblog that there will be no manual transmission option for the M4, we submit contrary evidence in the form of: photos, videos, and VIN (options) information. The photos clearly show an early F80 M3 prototype with a 6 speed manual, the videos show what appears to be manual prototype M3 and M4 (judging by … CONTINUED

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As you’ve seen, we spent the latter half of last week at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, California, which is an annual week-long banquet of events for automobile enthusiasts and connoisseurs who converge on the Monterey area. While the collection of automotive hardware (everything from some of the most expensive classics to the latest model exotics) spotted around the Monterey peninsula was the largest and most impressive gathering we’ve ever witnessed, the highlight of the trip for us was having the first look … CONTINUED

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The first FWD BMW will soon make its appearance in the form of the 1 Series GT and its design is now revealed in this set of patent images. Until now, the 1 Series GT has been previewed in the form of the Concept Active Tourer.

The 1 Series GT, together with the upcoming FWD BMW lineup and MINIs, will all ride on BMW’s UKL front wheel drive platform. How many FWD BMWs should we expect?

According to a report from late last year, up to 12 … CONTINUED

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These F80 M3 prototype car specs from VIN checks undertaken a few months back [see original story on s55 engine specs] reveal a potential new exclusive BMW M color coming for the upcoming M3 and M4.

One of the M3 prototypes was spec’d in Yas Marina Blue (named after the Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, and where BMW recently held its M6 M Power Experience for customers). However, as we’ve yet to spot any M3 or M4 prototypes wearing a … CONTINUED

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We know that BMW and Toyota have teamed up on a joint sports car project, but what we don’t know is exactly what models this collaboration will spawn for BMW and Toyota.

For Toyota, many speculate that this collaboration will result in the next coming of the Toyota Supra.

As for BMW, it seems that the decision is still up in the air. Members of BMW’s product team recently spoke with Drive and revealed that they are working on “four, five or six” different possible models for … CONTINUED

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The upcoming M235i Coupe will beat the 1M Coupe around the Nurburgring, so says Klaus Froehlich, Senior Vice President Brand and Product Strategies at BMW. In speaking to Autoexpress, he states that:

“I have just signed off the M235i’s M Sport performance kit, which will include a proper limited slip differential – LSD. I’m just working out whether to make this an option on all models.

The M235i is as close a spiritual successor to the 2002ti that we’ve had. My initial benchmark was that it will … CONTINUED

New BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Renders

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The first 4 Series model has been revealed in the form of the 4 Series Coupe and it will eventually be joined by the Convertible and a 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36) variant.

The Coupe begins production this July, while the Convertible begins later this year in November. The 4 Series Gran Coupe will debut next year, with production possibly by late 2014 – early 2015.

With the reveal of the 4 Series Coupe, some digital artists have taken to photoshop … CONTINUED

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BIMMERPOST member swamp2, an engineer, updates his F80 M3 / F82 M4 performance simulations and predictions, based on the latest info, rumors, and speculations.

The result predicts an even faster M3/M4 than he previously simulated!

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Nearly a month ago, we spotted the first non-black F82 M4 coupe prototype (in Silverstone) on the road (reposted below). We’ve just spied a Silverstone F82 M4 testing on the Nurburgring, wearing M Carbon Ceramic Brakes. This prototype doesn’t reveal any new physical details, but we do have a new technical detail to share.

We were recently told by a high-ranking BMW M official intimately familiar with M3/M4 development that the engine powering the M3/M4 will feature a nearly 8000 RPM redline. As we’ve reported all … CONTINUED

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Motor Trend has posted some more info and speculations on the upcoming joint sports car project between BMW and Toyota (also see recent news here and here).

The lead engineer will be none other than Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer responsible for the very successful Toyota 86 (AKA FR-S / GT86 / BRZ). Tada San is a rockstar among fans of the Toyota 86. Some of his engineering philosophies can be seen in the interviews posted below. If the BMW-Toyota joint sports car project is engineered … CONTINUED

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Car and Driver speculates on a BMW M8 super car coming in 2016, an on-again off-again rumor. Without citing sources, they say that BMW will be pursing a 2760 weight target through the use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum, magnesium and titanium.

Its powerplant will be a upgraded version of the M5 and M6′s 4.4L turbo S63Tu engine, matched to DCT dual clutch transmission, outputting 600-650 horsepowers.

The M8 price is said to be around 250,000 euros or $330,000 equivalent.

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The reveal of the all new 2014 BMW X5 (F15) is imminent, but testing continues on the F15 X5 M.

Testing on the F15 X5 M began last year [first sighting], but current mules have now dropped much camouflage. What’s revealed are the expected signature M components – huge front air intakes, aggressive sideskirts and rear diffuser, blue M brakes, and cross drilled rotors (the first for any X5 model). We also get a better look at the quad exhaust pipes which, unlike the current X5 … CONTINUED

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BMW M CEO Friedrich Nitschke discusses several hot topics regarding the upcoming F80 M3 / F82 M4 and M cars in general.

Nitschke answers questions regarding electric power steering, AWD, high-revving engines, and weight issues.

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The F10 M5 LCI model with Competition Package shows off its new power, exhaust, and handling at the Nurburgring.

Official details have not yet been released, but the M5 Competition Package is said to be introducing the following upgrades:

• HP increase (approximately 15hp)
• Top speed increase
• M Carbon Ceramic Brakes
• Sport suspension
• Sport exhaust with black tips
• Enhanced steering
• 20″ competition wheels

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Per BMW insider Scott26, rumor comes of the 2 Series Gran Coupe now being ‘fast tracked’ for a 2015 release:

Yes the 2 Series might be behind the CLA and the A3 Sedan. But as the 6 Series Gran Coupe showed that it can be worth the wait. The 4 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupe will not be any different. With the 2 Series Gran Coupe now fast tracked for 2015 , BMW intend to make the gran entrance in this segment, the appearance will … CONTINUED

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The 2 Series coupe and convertible are on their way, having already been spied in testing for months now. So what’s next to come in the 2 Series lineup? Possibly the 2 Series Gran Coupe, which Autobild has taken a crack at rendering. Although no prototypes have yet been spotted, it’s been previously rumored by BMW insider Scott26 to be on the way.

Here are the models that may round out the 2 Series lineup (some more likely than others), per Scott26:

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BMW insider Scott26 shares some details on the current product plans and studies being undertaken at BMW for potential new X models – namely potential X2, X4 M, X7, X8 and a new Sport Activity Sedan niche.

X marks the Sport.

The following relates to ideas under discussion and evaluation. Whereas some concepts show promise to production reality. Some show discussions and conception in regards to market and growth projections.

It is not a question of just product planning but a reaction to growth in the segment. The … CONTINUED

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In case you missed it in the recent statements by the BMW CEO, the BMW X4 SAV is confirmed to be hitting the market in 2014.

Also being confirmed by BMW is an already well-accepted fact – that the upcoming X4 will be built solely at the U.S. Spartanburg plant, which already produces the X3, X5 and X6. The X1 is built in Europe (or in China for the Chinese market).

“I need more capacity in Spartanburg, not only for the upcoming X4, but also for the … CONTINUED