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01/28/2014    1:15 PM
COMMENTS: 34

The F85 X5 M has been spotted in testing since late 2012, and now it’s time for the F86 X6 M to hit the test circuit.

It’s not difficult to identify this next generation X6 M as it bears the tell-tale M model signs – huge front air intakes, more aggressive sideskirts and rear diffuser, blue M brakes, and cross drilled rotors (the first for any X6 model). The newest M styling trends are also evident — the double-slatted kidney grilles and the angled exhaust tips.

The front end styling of the next generation X6 (F16) and X6 M (F86) will share a similar front end design to the X5 (F15) and X5 M (F85), while the rear end will be similar to the BMW X4 … CONTINUED

01/27/2014    9:30 AM
COMMENTS: 58

It’s no secret that BMW has been on the forefront of weight reduction in volume production vehicles. Starting with their tie-up SGL Group and development of the BMW i vehicles, they have been finding great use for carbon fibre in weight reduction. The key to this is carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). While this highly touted material is being used in the BMW i vehicles, it has yet to make its way into a series production BMW, until now…

And so it makes sense that the BMW 7-Series (usually the most cutting edge and forward looking BMW on the tech front) will be the first series vehicle to use this magical material in key areas to reduce weight, and thereby increase efficiency. As the use … CONTINUED

01/21/2014    12:00 PM
COMMENTS: 82

The 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36) is now under two months away from its world debut at the Geneva auto show and we’ve got some pics from a recent sighting for you.

We recently posted the 2014 BMW 435i Gran Coupe Dealer Order Guide (released to U.S. dealers for the ordering of their launch/ demo cars). As before, this list should generally be reflective of what options will be available for customer cars, though it may not be all-inclusive.

Also revealed recently were the 4 Series Gran Coupe patent design images, which give us a clear look at what to expect under the remaining camouflage. One thing the patent drawings doesn’t reveal to the eye is that the 4 Series Gran Coupe will be a hatchback.

The … CONTINUED

01/12/2014    2:30 PM
COMMENTS: 115

The BMW M4 Coupe (F82) debuts tomorrow at the 2014 Detroit NAIAS autos how, but it’s already been spotted driving around the streets of downtown Detroit, in the exact color it will debut in – Austin Yellow.

Check out how the production M4 looks in public, fully revealed!

01/08/2014    8:30 AM
COMMENTS: 25

The X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid model has now been spotted undergoing testing. These may only be a couple of photos, but we already know what the F15 X5 looks like. We expect the X5 eDrive to launch sometime around late 2014 – early 2015.

As for specs? The X5 eDrive Concept model was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show last September and featured:

01/07/2014    8:30 AM
COMMENTS: 66

New F48 X1 video as of January 6, 2014. We bring you the first live looks at the 2016 X1 (F48) prototypes. The F48 recently began its testing in August-September and while still heavily camouflaged, the test mules reveal a brawnier and stockier look than the current E84 X1. Compared to the E84, the F48 X1 features a shorter front end, shortened overhangs and a taller and more upright greenhouse. While some may mistaken the E84 X1 for a larger wagon, there’s no mistaking the upcoming F48 X1 as a compact SAV.

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 … CONTINUED

12/31/2013    1:00 PM
COMMENTS: 76

The first ever BMW X4 (F26) will be officially introduced in just over 4 months time at the 2014 New York Auto Show in April, which means it’s about time for the prototypes to drop nearly all their camouflage.

These photos now expose the X4′s front fascia design. We have also reposted the fully revealed production X4 which was caught during a commercial shoot in October. Some have labeled the X4 a “baby X6,” which is an accurate description judging by the looks of the photos below showing the X4 prototype following an X6 (F16) prototype.

We’ve also reposted a recent set of photos showing the scale of the X4 compared to the X3, with which it shares a platform. Their exteriors may be different, but … CONTINUED

12/23/2013    10:20 AM
COMMENTS: 104

We have added our newest photos of the 2015 BMW X5 M.

Testing on the second generation BMW X5 M continues while the prototypes shed some camouflage. This is the first red F85 X5 M we’ve seen and as with earlier prototypes, it wears the signature M components – huge front air intakes, more aggressive sideskirts and rear diffuser, blue M brakes, and cross drilled rotors (the first for any X5 model). We also have a better look at the quad exhaust pipes which, unlike the current X5 M, feature a new angled design (same as the upcoming M3 and M4).

We now see double-slatted kidney grilles fitted to the X5 M prototype for first time. This has … CONTINUED

12/16/2013    12:00 PM
COMMENTS: 221

As we recently reported, the car that everyone has been calling the “1 Series GT” has now been fully revealed — as a 225i. Its full official name will be the 225i Active Tourer.

Also as predicted, the production version retains the Concept Active Tourer’s styling. The differences are the smaller kidney grilles, revised fascias and different lights. The shots of the interior reveal the same multi-layered styling seen in other late model BMWs.

The 2 Series Active Tourer will share the newest MINI’s engines and FWD “UKL” platform, but also come in AWD models. And, it will come in a longer-wheelbase version with a third row of seats.

It’s one of several new FWD vehicles which BMW will use to push into new segments. Ian Robertson, … CONTINUED