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02/13/2013    1:40 PM
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We’ve previously posted photos of the 2 Series coupe (F22) and convertible (F23) testing, but we’ve not spotted them testing together, giving us a great look at how the two models compare visually.

The F22 coupe seen here is a M235i model judging by the blue M Sport brakes and split dual black exhaust tips (also seen on the M135i upon which the M235i is based).

The M235i coupe (315 HP) is already confirmed for the US (see VIN details). Production will begin in November 2013 in the Leipzig plant, for an 8 month first-model-year production run (until June 2014). There will be no 235i model in the US or elsewhere, as the M235i will take its place in the lineup.

The M235i will be joined by the … CONTINUED

01/25/2013    12:00 PM
COMMENTS: 50

We’ve spied the upcoming LCI facelift updated 5 Series again, and the sighting comes on the first Plug-in Hybrid 5 Series we’ve spotted. The LCI update will facelift the entire 5 Series lineup, including the F10 sedan, F11 touring, F07 GT, and the F10 M5, although the styling updates do not look to be too drastic.

EXTERIOR

The F10 LCI prototypes spotted thus far have shown slightly sportier side mirrors, with integrated turn signals (still camouflaged on previous prototypes seen). Some LCI prototypes have been spotted with a new optional LED headlights option with squared off angel eyes/corona rings. The standard xenon lights (as spotted on this prototype) will retain circular angel eyes. The tail light graphics will receive a new look.

The front and rear bumpers will … CONTINUED

01/16/2013    1:10 PM
COMMENTS: 80

It’s been weeks since the last F80 M3 sightings, but we’ve now spotted the 2014 M3 prototype undergoing winter/cold climate testing and it looks like the testing has advanced to another stage.

M Carbon Ceramic Brakes

For the first time, we see the F80 M3 in a color other than black (Alpine White), which sometimes signals a more advanced stage of testing. Beyond that however, this is the first F80 prototype to sport BMW M Carbon Ceramic Brakes. One can tell that they are ceramic brakes by the brake rotor material and gold brake calipers (a signature color for M Carbon Ceramic Brakes beginning with the current M5 and M6 – more details). To give you an idea of what kind of performance increase may be expected, … CONTINUED

01/10/2013    1:15 PM
COMMENTS: 77

Here is the 2 Series Coupe (F22) prototype and the closest look yet at BMW’s upcoming compact sports coupe. This may be the 228i model, which joins the 235i and M235i as prototypes we’ve now spied. See the full 2 Series spy photo archive.

The closeups here give the best look yet at the 2 Series headlights, which are indeed much smaller and sleeker than the headlights of the F20/F21 1 Series hatchback (with which the 2 Series lineup shares a platform). While the inside corners of the headlights are still camouflaged, expect the headlights to connect to the kidney grilles as it does on the F30 and upcoming models such as the X5 (F15).

Although the overall styling and shape of the front and rear bumpers … CONTINUED

12/27/2012    9:00 AM
COMMENTS: 41

The BMW i3 prototype has now dropped some camouflage and we’ve spied it testing in Munich.

This particular prototype is the range-extended hybrid model (as indicated by the sticker affixed to the prototype) instead of the pure electric model. No official specs have been released on the hybrid i3 model, but we’ve seen speculation ranging from a 0.6 liter 2-cylinder gasoline engine to a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine serving as a range extender motor in charging the batteries for extra mileage.

Like the pure-electric i3, the hybrid i3 should be powered by a 134 horsepower electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries and driving the rear wheels. BMW is aiming to achieve a 160 km (100 mi) range.

Pricing for the i3 has been speculated to start in … CONTINUED

12/19/2012    1:00 PM
COMMENTS: 82

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 reveal whether the headlights connect to the kidney grilles as it does on the F30 and upcoming models such as the X5 (F15) just spied today.

2 SERIES LINEUP

The 2 Series models will be built on the same RWD platform … CONTINUED

12/19/2012    10:27 AM
COMMENTS: 81

Have a look at the more exposed 2014 X5 (F15) prototype which has dropped some major camouflage to reveal much more of its styling and design.

FRONT FASCIA / LIGHTS

We can now clearly see the front bumper design, with its integrated air curtain vents. Also clearly visible now are the tail lights and headlight designs, which connect to the kidney grilles as we reported before. The grilles are larger, wider, and have a thicker surround than those on the current X5. It retains the 7 slat design.

The hoodline has been moved to above the kidney grilles, but conform to the grilles and headlight shapes, instead of the higher (and more unattractive) hoodlines seen on newer BMW models such as the 3, 5, and 7 Series.

FENDER AIR … CONTINUED

12/17/2012    9:00 PM
COMMENTS: 165

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.

M235i COUPE

Not only do we see the standard 2 Series coupe (228i, 235i or other model) on the truck, but the M235i coupe appears front and center! The BMW M235i coupe is expected to be the very first model of the BMW M Performance cars lineup to come … CONTINUED

12/14/2012    1:47 PM
COMMENTS: 56

Yesterday, we brought you photos of the 4 Series Coupe M Sport in testing, and to that we now add photos of the 428i prototype in FEP stage of testing.

The 428i Coupe and Convertible will be powered by the same 2.0L twin turbo inline 4 (N20 engine) as the F30. The N20 engine has just been named one of the 10 best engines by the 2013 Ward’s 10 Best Engines List.

The F32 4 Series coupe production begins July 2013 for deliveries starting late summer – early Fall of 2013.

Catch all our BMW 4 Series coverage/updates @ http://www.bimmerpost.com/4-series/