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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

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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.

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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

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The next generation G11 7 Series shows off more of its lighting – laser headlights, LED headlights and some of its tail lights.

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Some more close-ups of the BMW M4 GTS prototype at BMW M’s test center at the Nurburgring.

Video: BMW M2 Testing at the Ring

09/11/2014 at 8:15 AM
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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

BMW M4 GTS Prototype Spied!

09/10/2014 at 9:15 AM
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We’ve just spied the rumored M4 GTS prototype testing at the Nurburgring today.

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.

The prototypes also features M Carbon Ceramic Brakes and race bucket … CONTINUED

BMW 1 Series Sedan (F52) Emerges

09/04/2014 at 1:30 PM
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We’ve finally spotted BMW’s answer to the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 sedan. 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 reversed course, or were … CONTINUED

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We have added photos of the advanced prototype spotted testing on the Nurburgring.

F87 M2 prototypes have now been spotted with more advanced bodies. Gone is the M235i front fascia from the previous spotted prototypes. The front bumper is now fully camouflaged, indicating that what lies underneath is the production-intent bumper styling.

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 … CONTINUED

BMW X6 M (F86) Bares Nearly All

08/28/2014 at 9:20 AM
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The F85 X5 M has been spotted in testing since late 2012, and the F86 X6 M has now bared nearly all in our latest spy photos.

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 … CONTINUED

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F87 M2 prototypes have now been spotted with more advanced bodies. Gone is the M235i front fascia from the previous spotted prototypes. The front bumper is now fully camouflaged, potentially indicating that what lies underneath is the production-intent bumper styling.

The previously boxy flared front fenders may also have been ditched in favor of traditional flared and molded fenders as we no longer see a large body gap from the earlier prototypes.

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2016 X1 (F48) Flashes Front Fascia

08/15/2014 at 10:49 AM
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We just got the first camouflage-free look at the next BMW X1′s front fascia (minus headlights) during hot-weather tests in the California desert.

Up until now, all X1s have had their entire front fascias covered in plastic panels, hiding all signs of its true front-end design treatment. Those panels impede airflow, however, so the test team wanted to get an accurate reading on the cooling performance of the production front-end in the 120-degree heat. They thought they could get away with a quick, camo-free run….but … CONTINUED

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Some more pics of the M2 out testing in the Wild…

The sensor on the roof is for vehicle speed. You see cars with this sensor when BMW is testing different tire sizes.

To reiterate the M2 info we’ve posted thus far.

The 2016 M2 (F87) is taking shape, now testing with the quad exhaust that’s become a hallmark of BMW M vehicles. This time the prototype is fitted with wheels from the M3/M4 prototype which did not make production. Earlier prototypes were testing with the M3/M4 … CONTINUED

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The latest photos of the F30 3 Series sedan and F31 3 Series touring LCI facelift prototypes.

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The all new 2015 BMW X5 M (F85) shows off its production wheels.

G30 5 Series Touring Hits the Ring

07/21/2014 at 10:30 AM
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We’ve seen the next (G30) generation 5 Series touring out on the public roads before, but the prototype has now ratcheted up its testing by taking to the Nurburgring.

At this early stage of testing with heavy camouflage, it’s hard to discern much of the exterior and interior design. But, the front grilles are now semi-visible and the hood cutline appears to have shifted to meet the kidney grilles, just as on the next generation G11 7 Series.

Like the G11 7 Series, the next 5 … CONTINUED

2016 7 Series (G11) Interior Spied

07/14/2014 at 10:42 AM
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The next generation 7 Series is due next year and while prototypes have been spotted since early 2013, the interior has not been seen until now. The major interior changes seen so far are:

• Floating (non-integrated) iDrive screen
• Fully digital gauges
• Elevated control panel (shifter / iDrive knob) in center console
• Larger shifter

Our previous info on the G11 7 Series:

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 … CONTINUED

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The first F30 3 Series facelift / LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) prototype has just been spotted! Due to start production in the Summer of 2015, the refreshed 3 Series will undergo minor exterior changes as the photos show. The most significant change will be seen in the front end, which will feature a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights (from the beefier bumper design) and shapelier kidney grilles featuring 11 slats.

*IF* BMW stays true to its LCI-refresh history, the facelift 3 Series will also … CONTINUED