The M235i / 2 Series is due soon and while we wait, it’s undergoing some final performance testing on the Nurburgring, where it’s said by BMW to be able to beat the 1M Coupe.
Klaus Froehlich, Senior Vice President Brand and Product Strategies at BMW recently revealed these little tidbits:
The M235i is as close a spiritual successor to the 2002ti that we’ve had. My initial benchmark was that it will be faster than the BMW 1M Coupe around the Nurburgring, which it is.”I have just signed off the M235i’s M Sport performance kit, which will include a proper limited slip differential. I’m just working out whether to make this an option on all models.
Although the M235i remains in camouflage, it’s not hard to imagine what’s underneath … CONTINUED
Development of the F15 X5 M continues…
Like the standard F15 X5, the next X5 M should also weigh less than the current X5 M. Expect it to be powered by the S63Tu from the M5/M6 (current X5 M uses the S63 engine), but with a power hike. We should see the X5 M hit dealers by the end of next year – early 2015.
Sneak preview look of the production BMW i8, via scale model.
Who will be buying the upcoming BMW i8 hybrid sports car? BMW believes that the largest markets for it will be the U.S., UK, Germany and France. The car will be sold in approximately 50 countries worldwide.
“The U.S. will be by far the largest sales market for the i8,” said Hendrik Wenders, the i8′s product manager, to the Automobilwoche publication.
Wenders says that the i8′s target customers are high-earning, technology savvy males who are 35 years old and up.
The production i8 will make its world debut at the upcoming Frankfurt IAA show next month, followed by its market launch in approximately 9 months time, where it will have a simultaneous rollout at dealerships worldwide.
But, like the i3 electric city car, the i8 also will be sold … CONTINUED
Our first member to take delivery of a refreshed LCI F10 M5 with competition package. This one is an eye catcher in Sakhir Orange exterior with Sakhir Orange interior. Specs:
Sakhir Orange Metallic
Sakhir Orange Full Merino Leather with Anthracite Alcantara Headliner
ZCP Competition Package (with 2TX [601M] Wheels)
ZDB Driver Assistance Plus
ZEC Executive Package
ZLP Lighting Package
6F2 Bang & Olufsen Sound System
6UK Night Vision
Catch the photos inside.
Videos showing the process behind testing and fine tuning the aerodynamics of the BMW i8 hybrid electric sports car.
Interview with Holger Winkelmann, Head of Aerodynamic BMW Group, about the i8′s aerodynamics.
Autoblog also shares their impressions from a first drive of the BMW i8 hybrid sports car.
Autocar has posted a first drive review of the exciting new BMW i8 hybrid electric sports car. Is the car all it’s cracked up to be? Read on…
BMW i continues to forge ahead with the introduction of customer-friendly electromobility services in the UK, forming a partnership with Schneider Electric. The partnership sees Schneider Electric become, not only the manufacturer of the BMW i Wallbox, but also the recommended installer.
This collaboration will allow Schneider Electric to work closely with the BMW i Sales Agents and customers, providing home surveys, supply and installation of the charging point, as well as offering maintenance and comprehensive support. The installation package will be provided by Schneider Electric but managed by BMW and can be customised to meet customers