According to an Autocar source, Arnd Meyer, the head engineer responsible for chassis engineering of all recent AMG models, including the SLS AMG Black Series, has left Mercedes and joined BMW M.
The source says that Meyer will eventually head BMW M’s chassis, powertrain and electronics development, although an AMG spokesperson has suggested that a contractual agreement (presumably, a non-compete clause in his employment contract) may prevent him from doing so for some period of time.
This news comes on the heels of this recent report that … CONTINUED
Here are some details for the F10 5 Series LCI facelift update, via VIN information found by a BIMMERPOST member. This list is by no means exhaustive, and there may be details and models not listed here, or the information may be outdated.
The first VIN below shows the LCI 550i touring with uprated N63Tu 445-bhp/480-lb.-ft engine (just as the 650i Gran Coupe and 5GT already received last year), good for +45hp / +30 lb-ft torque over the N63 engine.
The second VIN shows the 535d … CONTINUED
According to a report out of Autoblog, the US may finally see some specialized M models soon. The latest desirable special M hardware, such as the M3 CSL, M3 GTS, M3 CRT have not been available in the US due to homologation issues, but BMW recently said at the Detroit auto show to expect “an interesting year” and that buyers can expect one or two products aimed specifically the C63 AMG Black Series. We have our fingers crossed!
Our crafty F30POST member reveals the potential 2014 BMW 4 Series model lineup by use of a VIN search, which has uncovered either all (or most) of the upcoming 4 Series Coupe (F32) lineup. Of note was that there was no 440i found, and the 435i is listed with the N55 engine (and not a successor engine as speculated).
Here is the list of F32 models found (separated by US and European market):
US 428i manual – F712500
US 428i auto – F710500 (N20) and F718000 (N26)
US … CONTINUED
A resourceful F30POST member went BMW VIN diving and may have uncovered many details for the upcoming BMW M3 Sedan (F80) and M4 Coupe (F82)!
While obviously no production F80 M3 or F82 M4 have rolled off the line yet, manufacturers like BMW register VINs for their pre-production test cars, so finding the details behind such VINs can reveal much about the upcoming production models (although keep in mind that everything is subject to change by the time the model hits production).
So, what does the BMW … CONTINUED
CAR Magazine claims that these 2014 F80 M3 sedan images are the real deal, received from BMW. But, judging by their recent history with a false claim that a F10 M5 image they printed was also the real thing, we’re inclined to think that this may again be a case of crying wolf.
Thus far, the spied camouflaged 2 Series Coupe and Convertible prototypes remain under heavy front camouflage, obscuring the front fascia design.
But BMW insider Scott26 has shared with us this sketch of what to roughly expect from the 2 Series. As one can see, the smaller (compared to F20) headlights will join the kidney grilles as we’ve expected. The front end’s general look is certainly sportier and more angular based on this sketch.
When BMW decided to rename the BMW Z3 to Z4 about a decade ago, it made for a gap in BMW’s lineup. While the Z4 moved up the status ladder it also lost some of the virtues the old BMW Z3 had, like low weight, agility and outright fun. The current Z4 for example weighs almost as much as the F30 3 Series.
It comes as no surprise then that BMW is said to be considering the introduction of a smaller roadster filling the gap the … CONTINUED
Car and Driver reports on some BMW M2 rumors. As reported by Jens Meiners:
The M version of the upcoming BMW 2-series coupe and thus the successor of the immensely good 1-series M coupe. Unlike its predecessor—which was rushed through development in record time, known internally as Project Pyrat—the 2015 M2 will undergo a longer gestation, allowing BMW to come up with a more polished package. Look for aggressive restyling, strongly differentiated from the M135i that’s available in overseas markets. The M2 will feature a … CONTINUED
We recently posted our first set of BMW M4 Coupe renders based off the 4 Series Coupe Concept, and we now bring you even more interpretations previewing the F82 M4, by resident artist E92Alpine328i.
We started with the 4 Series Coupe Coupe and incorporated what the M3/M4 prototype spy photos and videos have revealed so far, along with some speculation and imagination.
For more M3/M4 coverage see: http://www.bimmerpost.com/m3/f30m3/
To recap, here is an updated list of what we know about the F80/F82 so far:
We bring you the best look yet at the 2014 2 Series Coupe (F22), this time in red. We previously posted photos of the M235i coupe and other 2 Series coupes, but this is the first clear look we’ve had of the F22 from all angles.
These photos provide an excellent look at the headlight shape, which are much sportier and sleeker than the much maligned headlights of F20/F21 1 Series hatchback (with which the 2 Series lineup shares a platform). The photos do not yet … CONTINUED
Following the 2 Series Convertible sightings, we bring you the first ever look at the highly anticipated BMW 2 Series Coupe (F22). Why is it highly anticipated? Many BMW enthusiasts hope that it will hark back to the days of a smaller, lighter, nimbler BMW coupe – a role which the 3 Series Coupe (now 4 Series Coupe) seems to have abandoned. The hope is that the 2 Series Coupe will be the E46 3 Series Coupe, incarnate.
Not only do we see the standard … CONTINUED
Here are some updated 4 Series Gran Coupe renders, taking a more technical approach to predicting what it will look like by matching scale, sizing, lines, and shapes to those seen in our previously posted spy photographs.
Testing of the upcoming F32 4 Series coupe continues after the reveal of the 4 Series Coupe Concept and it has now advanced to FEP (Final Evaluation Phase) stage, as usually indicated by the sighting of a prototype in production colors.
After the great first look at the F32 production Sport Line model we posted last month, it almost seems we’re going backwards in terms of how revealing this test mule is. But, we also got very lucky with last months very revealing sighting.
But, we do … CONTINUED
Now that we know the general look of the upcoming 4 Series Coupe (from the revealed concept model), we can also take a better guess at what the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36) model may look like.
BIMMERPOST member philip has put together this render for us, based off the 4 Series Coupe Concept.
As with the 6 Series Gran Coupe (to the 6 Series Coupe), we can expect the 4 Series Gran Coupe to share the head and tail lights with the rest of the … CONTINUED
We’ve put together some renders of what the BMW M4 Coupe (F82) may look like, starting with the 4 Series Coupe Coupe and incorporating what the M3/M4 prototype spy photos and videos have revealed so far, along with some speculation/imagination.
We’ve given the M4 the 1M+M6 style front bumper spied on the F80 M3 prototypes, but the M4 bumper will likely look somewhat different. We’ve also incorporated the M sideskirts, wide fenders and hood bulge spied in the prototype photos. It may also get double slatted … CONTINUED
We’ve always projected that the successor to the current M3 coupe would be called the M4 coupe, to reflect the fact that the 4 Series coupe was coming. Now, not only has the 4 Series been revealed and confirmed, but Car and Driver claims that BMW has confirmed the switch to the BMW M4 badge for the coupe version of the next M3.
The M4 coupe is designated as the F82 and the M3 sedan as the F80.
With the 4 Series Coupe Concept being revealed to overwhelmingly positive reactions, the question on many a fan’s mind is what the production version may be priced at when it hits the market in late summer of 2013. With its 4 Series badging, the coupe has now been slotted above the 3 Series in the lineup and the presumption is that the 4 Series price premium above the 3 Series will increase more than ever (the coupe has always been priced higher than the sedan). … CONTINUED