This F83 M4 convertible spotted yesterday completes the M3/M4 trifecta … until the M4 Gran Coupe comes along that is.
As one can see, the F83 M4 will generally share the M4 coupe and M3 sedan’s aero parts (and mechanicals). Even the trunk, which is of the automatically opening variety (to store the hardtop), appears to feature a similar CSL style curve. Parts such as the front/rear bumpers and mirrors may appear different than the M4 coupe, but that’s due to the heavier camouflage which the M4 convertible still retains.
The one clear difference is that the M4 convertible features a different roof — in the form of a non-carbon fiber folding hardtop. It will operate and fold in the same manner we’re used to seeing … CONTINUED
We showed you the latest F82 M4 coupe prototype today, and now feast your eyes at the F80 M3, also in the most revealing form yet! This is the first we’ve seen the F80 M3 in what appears to be Singapore Grey Metallic color.
The first thing that pops out (literally) at us are the fenders. Check out the nearly widebody look of the rear fenders. While the M4 is a svelte and sexy sports coupe, the new M3 looks like its bruiser brother with his bulldog stance.
As you can see, the F80 M3 shares virtually the same bodywork as the M4, save for the more prominently flared fenders and a different trunk design (no CSL style curve). The two share the same front front … CONTINUED
Following the reveal of the BMW M4 Concept, testing continues on the production M4 Coupe and here we have our best look yet at the production bound F82 M4.
Spotted in Germany, this prototype looks nearly the same as the concept. The only significant differences are the absence of the concept’s carbon fiber front lip, rear diffuser fins, carbon fiber exhaust tips and black kidney grilles, which may all become available as part of the M Performance Parts catalog for the M4.
Everything else is virtually identical – the bumpers, sideskirts, mirrors, roof, rear diffuser, CSL style trunk and the hood bump. Seems like those of you who were impressed by the M4 Concept will not any letdown with the production M4 model.
Technical specs have not yet … CONTINUED
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.