As we’ve shown you in recent spy photos, BMW is currently conducting cold climate testing for its prototypes in Northern Sweden where the F10 M5 has made an unexpected appearance. At first glance, there’s nothing unique about this M5, but a quick peak underneath shows the big secret that it’s hiding – an all-wheel-drive drivetrain! The undercarriage photo shows a driveshaft at the front wheels.
Does this mean that the F10 M5 will see an AWD xDrive model in its lifetime? Skeptics would say unlikely … CONTINUED
We’ve spotted the BMW M2 (F87) prototype testing in Northern Sweden! Why has the M2 prototype seemingly gone backwards in development compared to the prototypes we’ve shown you with more final M2 styled parts? Well, most of the differences we can see with our eyes are merely cosmetic in nature – front bumper styling, fender styling, wheels. BMW is still able to test mechanical components (engine, suspension, differential, etc.) without the cosmetic bits that we’ve seen on the more ‘advanced’ looking prototype (see red … CONTINUED
It’s been a few months since the last BMW M4 GTS sighting, but we’ve now spotted it undergoing winter testing in Scandinavia.
Using MotoGP M4 Safety Cars as a basis (or as decoys), we see a large front spoiler lip and high trunk wing on the prototype. These parts are different than the M Performance front lip and trunk spoiler featured on the MotoGP M4 Safety Car and instead resemble the protuding front spoiler lip and elevated trunk wing from the E92 M3 GTS.
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Have a look at the latest spy photos of the F30 3 series sedan M Sport.
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. The M Sport bumper seen for the … CONTINUED
Here it is, the first fully revealed next generation BMW 7 Series (G11)!
The X1 has been slowly dropping its camouflage over the last year and it may finally have lost all its front end covering in this purported image of a production X1. Seen here is half of the front fascia, giving us an unobstructed look at the final bumper and headlight design. An interior photo was posted along with the exterior pic, matching the X1 interior we’ve previously shared with you, and providing further credibility to the exterior photo being that of the upcoming new … CONTINUED
More of the G30 5 Series prototypes.
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 cabin which propels an electric motor contained within the CVT transmission casing. It will cover up to 20 miles on solely electric power.
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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.