We bring some news directly from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. We had an opportunity to chat with BMW M President Dr. Friedrich Nitschke earlier today at the show and contrary to earlier reports from BMW insider SCOTT26, Dr. Nitschke ruled out M versions of the current X3 or Z4 for the current generation.
When asked about a possible Z4M, Dr. Nitschke said: “In the current generation we won’t bring a Z4M, but for the successor we’re thinking about it.” Dr. Nitschke went on to say in regards to the X3M: “Also, with the current X3, we won’t bring an M version, but with the successor generation we’ll see.”
The F11 M5 Touring was also ruled out. Again, coming directly from Dr. Nitschke: “with the current M5 we … CONTINUED
It’s been speculated that BMW will introduce a version of the F25 X3 which has been breathed upon by BMW M GmbH. The rumored timetable for the X3 M release is sometime in 2012, although no prototypes have yet been spotted.
An X3 M would be an important car not just because it represents another M model, but because it would likely provide a preview of the next generation F80 / F82 M3’s powerplant. The X3M would likely represent the introduction of a new turbocharged 6 cylinder motor which will also power the next generation M3 (but at a higher power output in the M3). This brings to mind the relationship between the S63 engine in the X5M and the modified S63Tu in the F10 M5 sedan.
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Latest rumor from Insider SCOTT26 provides further insight on the upcoming X3M, as well as the development of a X1M, X4, and X2. Read the full details inside.
Coming Soon, the BMW X3M SAV. With BMW’s recent surge in product expansion, the rumor has naturally floated around that they would produce an M version of its most compact SAV, especially given the fact that they already make M versions of the bigger and heavier X5 and X6 SAV’s. Fair enough, but no prototypes have been seen driving around, no leaked bumpers on eBay. Nada.
But now, CARMagazine, citing some very well placed sources, is stating that the X3M is going to launch in 2012. Not only will it be a whole new M vehicle, but they believe it will use the many times rumored tri-turbo engine.
This immediatly begs the question, would BMW M engineer a whole new engine just for the X3 M? Mostly … CONTINUED
The “0 Prototype” featured and teased prominently in the recent Plan 0 video (a look into BMW’s secret prototyping process) is likely to be the future BMW X4 SAV, which will take on the coupe SAV look of a baby X6, albeit in smaller form. Evidence comes via Scott26’s words, the presence of personnel from the Spartanburg plant (where X models are produced), and close resemblance to speculative X4 renders.
Talk of next 1-series M already?! Now that the 1M has been revealed, Scott26 has already turned to talk of the future of the 1M (or M2 as it may be called), as well as the M-Division’s future, which may bring more track/performance focused 1M and M3 special models, as well as potential Z4M and X3M models!
Here is the first official sketch preview of the upcoming BMW X4. The sketch features the rear view of the X4 concept and reveals a sleek SAV with many of the design aspects already mentioned by BMW insiders.
At a marketing presentation with the F25 X3 project leader, it was revealed that the BMW X4 Concept will be presented sometime next year, with production in 2013-2014. The X3 lineup may also be expanded soon with an X3 M, xDrive35is, and Active Hybrid versions.