We bring you the first spy videos of the BMW i8 in cold weather testing runs. The live motion view gives us even more impressions of the future hybrid sports car and it looks sleeker and lower than ever. View videos inside.
The F13 6-series coupe will be unveiled within weeks, but test mules continue to be spotted. Courtesy of Autogespot, this vermillion red F13 6-series was spotted at a European ski resort. And although there is actually more camouflage on this prototype than even earlier spottings, it nevertheless gives us additional looks of the F13 from different angles and perspectives.
Based on the exhaust tip design and placement, this particular model appears to be a 650i. It is powered by the same 402hp twin-turbo V8 motor (N63) found in the already released 650i convertible and F10 550i.
The 650i coupe is scheduled to begin production in July of this year. Here is the BMW announced production schedule for the F12 / F13 6-series coupe and convertible lineup:
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BMW i news on a roll today. Just moments after the first ever BMW i8 spy shots, here are the first ever BMW i3 spyhots. The BMW i3 is the production version of BMW’s long-awaited Mega City Vehicle.
The BMW i3 will hit the market in 2013 and targets an annual sale of at least 30,000 units.
Here are the first spyshots of the BMW i8, flagship of the new BMW i sub-brand, conducting cold weather testing. According to Scott26, it’s undergoing drivetrain testing and some details on the car seen here will still be subject to change.
The i8 was previously intended to be powered by a 161-horsepower 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbo DIESEL engine mated with a hybrid synchronous motor on the front axle (80HP) and full electric motor on the rear axle (51HP), to give a combined 292HP. But, according to R&D chief Klaus Draeger, the diesel motor will now be replaced by a traditional gasoline engine in order to appeal to the widest potential sales market.
The Vision Efficient Dynamics concept on which the i8 is based will be featured in the upcoming … CONTINUED
These are the first pictures of a early hybrid prototype for the next generation 3 series from BMW, as indicated by the “Rescue” stickers on its doors (which has been present on past hybrid BMW test vehicles).
The F30 3-series will be the first 3-series hybrid from BMW and will adopt much of the technology from the upcoming hybrid F10 5-series. The F30 hybrid will be released some time after the diesel and petrol F30 versions are released next year.
Besides serving as proof of an upcoming F30 hybrid, the photos provide us more views of the tail lights when lit.
Follow our full F30 coverage at http://www.bimmerpost.com/3-series/f30/
These are the best close-up photos of the F20 1-series 5-door hatchback yet! Everything can be seen clearly - from the front bumper design, the more upright front fascia and grilles, to the camouflaged headlights purposely taped to trick the eyes into thinking they are larger, and the rear lights powered by LED light bars. A closeup of the side view mirrors confirms that the next gen 1-series will be the first BMWs with integrated side view mirror turn signals.
This particular model is a 2.0 diesel (indicated by the N47D20 motor designation on the dash label) auto start-stop engine technology, paired with an 8 speed auto transmission, and appears to be an FEP prototype (final evaluation phase).
What’s most interesting about these photos is the interior, which … CONTINUED
This is the first time the F20 has been captured on video in this more advanced camouflage stage. We’ve already posted many photos, but seeing the car in motion always gives a more lifelike perspective.
The F20 1-series hatchback is expected to make its world premiere at the Frankfurt Autoshow in September (see: http://www.bimmerpost.com/future-bmw/).
In usual BMW fashion, the Coupe body style should arrive roughly 1 Year later, and would be expected as a 2013 model. BMW M will also have its hands at the new 1-Series and an M version should arrive 2 Years after the arrival of the hatchback this year. Rumors have been afloat as to whether the next generation 1-Series Coupe would indeed be spun off as its own series, presumably the 2-Series, … CONTINUED
It appears that one of the BMW Vision Efficientdynamics car’s more overt and distinguishing design features - the squared-off angel eye lights, will appear on the upcoming F30 3-series. This is the first we have seen this angel eyes design on a production BMW.
We first began seeing the squared-off angel eye lights on the VED concept car, a design concept which flowed down in less radical form to subsequent concept cars such as the Gran Coupe Concept and the 6-series Coupe Concept (all pictured below). Although the squared-off angel eyes unfortunately did not make production on the 6-series coupe, the F30 spy photo below shows clearly the new shape of the F30’s LED angel eyes.
We’re looking forward to seeing the new design and shaped lights … CONTINUED
The F10 M5 is almost upon us, with a concept version headed for a debut at the Shanghai auto show in April. Being in its FEP phase, it’s being tested in some different production colors. Before this particular model was spotted, the only other time a blue M5 has been spotted was at M’s Garching headquarters where it was spotted with its production rear exposed for the only time.
What we see here is basically the production form of the M5, albeit with front and rear bumper designs still camouflaged. It is easy however to piece together what they look like from previous spy photos (posted below).
The F10 M5 concept will bow at the 2011 Shanghai show in April and the production M5 is expected to premier … CONTINUED