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BMW X5 M (F15) on the Nurburgring

10/01/2013 at 7:00 PM
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With the F15 X5 ready to make their debuts at dealerships across the globe, the M version resumes testing at the Nurburgring.

Testing on the F15 X5 M began last year [first sighting], but current mules have now dropped much camouflage. What’s revealed are the expected signature M components – huge front air intakes, aggressive sideskirts and rear diffuser, blue M brakes, and cross drilled rotors (the first for any X5 model). We also get a better look at the quad exhaust pipes which, … CONTINUED

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Today’s tests at the Nurburgring were stopped by a BMW F80 M3 crash ten minutes before the end of the session. The accident occurred at a section called “Metzgesfeld” where the driver lost control and crashed into the right guide rail.

Fortunately, the test driver is OK and was only fitted with a neck collar. The F80 M3 prototype was transported back to the BMW technical center at the Ring.

Unfortunate that this happened, but it gives us more looks at the advanced M3 and M4 prototypes … CONTINUED

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BIMMERPOST member ///Megalomaniac got up close and very personal with an F80 M3 prototype this past weekend. He recounts his spotting with us all:

Today I spotted this F80 M3 on my way back home. Thought I should share it with you!

First thing what came in my mind was: “Yes, I’m the first who can show a picture of the redline!” But as I came closer and looked into the car, the whole speedo was blacked out and nothing was to see! I think it … CONTINUED

BMW 1 Series GT Hits the Ring (Video)

09/19/2013 at 12:00 PM
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Like it or not (and we don’t), FWD BMWs are coming. The first of the front wheel powered BMW models to come to market will be the 1 Series GT, spied here undergoing Nurburgring testing.

It has been developed on BMW’s UKL platform, a FWD platform which will be shared between the new MINI Cooper to be revealed in a couple of months, and the upcoming FWD BMW lineup.

The final 1 Series GT design has recently been revealed in a set of patent design images.

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Alpina has just pulled off the wraps on its F30 D3 at the 2013 Frankfurt show after showcasing its F30 B3 at the Geneva show earlier this year. The next model up for the company will be the B4 Coupe Bi-Turbo.

Should the B4 Coupe Bi-Turbo come with the same powerplant as the B3, we will see it put down 410 HP / 443 LB-FT from a twin turbo inline 6 motor.

Thankfully, per usual, Alpina takes the understated and subtle approach for its cosmetic upgrades to … CONTINUED

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We have added a video of a black F80 M3 sedan advanced prototype out on the highway.

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The F82 M4 coupe and F83 M4 convertible continue testing and we continue sharing pics with you.

Once it’s fully revealed, we will see an M4 convertible which shares the M4 coupe’s styling (and mechanicals), save for the roofline and trunkline. To give you an idea for how the M4 convertible will look once all the camo comes off, check out our production M4 renders below.

The one clear difference is that the M4 convertible features a different roof — in the form of a non-carbon fiber … CONTINUED

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We recently showed you an advanced F80 M3 prototype in what looked like Singapore Gray Metallic (reposted below). Now see the latest prototypes in black and Silverstone.

Once again, we’re treated to some great looks the F80 M3′s massive fenders. The F80 M3 shares virtually the same styling as the M4 except for the more prominently flared fenders and a different trunk design (no CSL style curve). The two share the same front front fascia and headlights, rear bumpers, sideskirts, hood bump, exhaust design, double-bubble carbon … CONTINUED

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These are the first photos of what may be the next generation 2016 BMW X1 SAV.

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Now that the 4 Series Coupe has been revealed and the Convertible nears its debut, the next model in the lineup – the 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36), has re-emerged in testing, after a nearly 6 month hiatus since our last spotting. It has re-emerged with Eric Bana doing the testing and with less camouflage than ever – shedding the heavy camouflage from its front and rear (that’s not really Eric Bana).

What’s revealed is what was expected – a Gran Coupe styled 4 Series which … CONTINUED

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We’ve heard the upcoming M3/M4 at high speeds on the Nurburgring, but haven’t had many chances to hear it accelerating from a stop. Well, here’s a good listen, as this F80 M3 prototype was spotted by BIMMERPOST member KKM3 on the Pacific Coast Highway last night.

The M3 here doesn’t accelerate to redline nor at wide open throttle, and the clip is short, but we nonetheless get a good sound preview of the car’s inline 6 cylinder S55 engine and exhaust.

Here is KKM3′s reaction to … CONTINUED

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The F32 4 Series with M Performance Parts has been spotted again, but this time featuring a never before seen part – exhaust system and tips from the M4 Concept.