The mystery of this mule is solved. This mule represents the return of the BMW Z3! Currently disguised as a 2 series, the Z3 will be RWD and feature a carbon fiber intensive architecture.
Although most test mules spotted are covered in camouflage, we generally have an idea of what model it is. Rare is the occasion when we spot an uncamouflaged mule and have to guess what it is.
This BMW mystery mule was recently spotted at BMW’s test route near BMW and it was registered with BMW’s usual Munich number plate.
At first glance, it appears to be a M235i, but a closer look shows that it has a shorter wheelbase and a lowered roofline (see comparison … CONTINUED
The upcoming 2015 F48 X1 has dropped its heavy camouflage to reveal much more exterior styling details, as well as much of the production headlights and tail lights.
As the previous spy photos previewed, the F48 X1 front end looks more sport-utility than the current X1 and the high cutline of the current X1 now meets the kidney grilles, a trend we’re seeing in all future models we’ve spied (G11 7 Series / G30 5 Series).
The F48 X1 will make a switch from RWD … CONTINUED
We previously saw the next generation 5 Series touring (G31) out testing over a year ago, and now its 4 door sedan sibling has emerged with a production body.
The G30 sedan spied here is the 530eDrive hybrid plug-in model, which reflects BMW’s plans to offer a hybrid version of each of its core models. We can expect the hybrid powerplant to be similar to the 3 Series hybrid plug-in discussed by BMW last week. That means a battery between the trunk and passenger … CONTINUED
The F30 LCI facelift test mules continue their testing on public roads and we’ve got the latest photos to show you.
We show you more details and close ups of the G11 7 series.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! While you chow down your turkey, we have the latest F30 and F31 LCI facelift prototypes to show you. Until now, adaptive LED headlights have only been available on the 4 Series, but as we can see, it will soon be available on the F30/F31 LCI models. Alongside the LED headlights, the F30/F31 LCI will also feature LED tail lights.
As seen before, these prototypes show a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights (from the beefier bumper design) and shapelier kidney grilles. … CONTINUED
The next generation 2016 7 Series (G11) has dropped some major camouflage, revealing its overall body styling.
The major styling components are now revealed – body lines, kidney grille shape and size, headlight and tail light shapes and yes, the hood cutline has indeed been moved back down to meet with the kidney grilles!
As usual, the next 7 Series will be a showcase for future BMW technologies, both in physical construction and its technology.
We recently showed you the first look at the production interior, which … CONTINUED
The G11 7 Series has now been spied out and about with a production-level interior. The biggest change that we can now see compared to the previous sighting is new iDrive software. The screen shows a never before seen iDrive menu and we now also see the climate control display and controller layout.
The F48 X1 will also make a departure from the current X1 by making the switch from RWD to FWD. It’s been built on BMW’s FWD “UKL” platform and should be offered in both FWD and AWD models. The UKL platform will also underpin the next generation 1 Series.
Why the switch to FWD? Typically, FWD allows for better packaging, less costly production and more interior space.
There are rumors that the X1 will be xDrive only in some markets, including for North America. Engines will … CONTINUED
The 1 Series Sedan (F52) has been spotted out once again and this time we’ve got the first peek at its interior.
The upcoming X4 M40i has now been spotted without camouflage. While not a full blown M model, this X4 has been tweaked by BMW M just like the M135i, M235i, X5 M50d, and M550d “M Performance Automobiles.”
And like the other M Performance Automobiles, the X4 M40i will receive the full M Sport treatment (aero kit, wheels, brakes, interior) along with a sportier suspension and chassis.
But, the X4 M40i is particularly important because our upcoming models info shows that it will be powered by a … CONTINUED
Yes, this looks like a next generation G11 7 Series prototype. But, look closer and you will see BMW has ingeniously added weights to the roof (and inside the car) and raised the hood to accommodate a different engine/intake setup in order to “test” the basic X7 drivetrain package.
The X7 will be a seven seater SAV and has already been announced for production at the Spartanburg plant in the future.
New sighting of the upcoming FWD 1 Series sedan (F52), this time showing some of its head lights.
The F52 1 Series Sedan is built upon the FWD platform which will also underpin the the next generation 1 Series hatchback and 2 Series Coupe/Convertible to follow after this sedan. It will also be offered with AWD xDrive.
BMW has previously gone on the record as saying that it “sees little need for a sedan smaller than the 3-Series,” but it seems that the company has either … CONTINUED
The next generation G11 7 Series shows off more of its lighting – laser headlights, LED headlights and some of its tail lights.
Some more close-ups of the BMW M4 GTS prototype at BMW M’s test center at the Nurburgring.
Video of the latest BMW M2 prototype running at the Nurburgring.
The previously boxy flared front fenders have been ditched in favor of traditional flared and molded fenders as we no longer see a large body gap from the earlier prototypes. As the fenders have been so widened compared to the standard 2 Series, the sideskirts do not yet fit properly.
There is no sign yet of a potential hood bulge (that’s a M235i hood), carbon fiber roof, special trunk/spoiler, nor mirrors, but those … CONTINUED