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BMW will introduce at least 26 new or updated M cars by late 2020 under overhaul program

Just a couple of days ago, BMW published an image of their long term plan for the next couple of years, and this includes electrifying most of their cars. We also know that the sports division will not build a front wheel drive car, but instead will switch to conventional torque converter automatics in the next six to seven years. A new report from Autocar gives us more details on the company’s roadmap as they prepare for a pretty ambitious revision program in history.

Long story short, BMW aims to launch at least 26 all-new and revised models by the end of 2020. This will consist of 11 true M cars plus 15 “warm” M performance versions of current models. The Bavarian automaker aims to deliver 100,000 units around the globe annually.

Models like the next generation M3, together with the M4 Coupe and Cabriolet, will have a central role in the overhaul program. Sources say that the M3 will make an appearance at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, with sales starting a couple of months later. However, it is a bit too early to rely on rumours like that, plus nothing has been confirmed yet.

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Manhart MHX6 Dirt² Concept proves that your BMW X6 can transform into a hardcore off-roader

The BMW X6 (F16) SUV, as we know, is inspired by a coupe. But owners of that car probably won’t take it off-roading. This hesitation is what convinced Manhart, the German tuner, to turn the X6 into an off-roading, go-anywhere vehicle. This is how they came up with the MHX6 Dirt² Concept. Unfortunately, the aftermarket tuner only plans to build five examples of the hardcore rigs.

Manhart started off by basing the vehicle on the current X6 M. The first thing they did to it was to give its engine a boost, so now it produces an impressive 888 horsepower (662 kilowatts) and 885 pound-feet (1,200 Newton-metres) of torque - all thanks to the upgrades like the new pistons, connecting rods, and revised turbos.

It also gets a strengthened gearbox and rear axle that are tough enough to handle the SUV’s extra power. To ensure that it survives hot summer days in warm climates, it was equipped with a cooling system too. There are dual air intake snorkels that stick out of the hood to provide both a visual flourish, making wading through deep water less of a worry.

Read the entire article Manhart MHX6 Dirt² Concept proves that your BMW X6 can transform into a hardcore off-roader

BMW is shifting towards e-mobility in the next few years

BMW strongly believes that the future will be all about the electrification, or should we say e-mobility. And this is why as early as now, they already have a vision for the next decade, at least until 2025.

Here, you can see the automaker’s product roadmap. It indicated that the automaker’s next e-mobility vehicle will be the i8 Roadster. Yes, it’s the same plug-in hybrid that made its debut at the recent 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. What makes it even better is that it seems like it will be joined by another plug-in hybrid next year that appears to be a crossover.

Moreover, MINI is also looking at the same direction, as they plan to launch an electric vehicle in 2019, and soon after, there will be another two or three plug-in hybrids in the same year. That’s sooner that you guys think. Later on in 2020, we shall also see the launch of the X3 EV and perhaps a plug-in hybrid. The following years will really be all about electrification, as many of us are also anticipating the reveal of the iNext.

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BMW starts production of new M5 (F90) at its Dingolfing, Bavaria plant

BMW recently announced that the long awaited 2018 BMW M5 (F90) finally goes into production. The M5 is also known as the German automaker’s most powerful production high performance sedan in history. We saw it a couple of months ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show when it made it public reveal.

Apart from being the most powerful production vehicle by BMW, it was announced to be the most expensive M5 ever, earlier this week with a starting price of $102,600, plus an extra $995 destination and handling fee. That makes it $8,500 more expensive than the outgoing model. After months of waiting, BMW confirmed that the 2018 M5’s mass production has started at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Southern Bavaria.

Without a doubt, the very first batch of BMW M5s will be delivered to customers in Europe when it first rolls off the line. But United States customers should not take too long until they get their hands on the F90 generation of the sedan. If everything goes as planned during the production process, deliveries should begin by March 2018 to countries including Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. BMW also plans to beat the previous generation’s production record of about 20,000 units.

Read the entire article BMW starts production of new M5 (F90) at its Dingolfing, Bavaria plant

Eco-conscious BMW fans and enthusiasts could now experience a luxurious and comfortable ride with the freedom of open air, without inflicting harm to the environment. Here comes the new 2019 BMW i8 Roadster, as being unveiled by the German premium carmaker at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tagged by BMW as the sports car of the future, the new i8 is available in two body variants – the new BMW i8 Roadster and new BMW i8 Coupe. While the BMW i8 Roadster and new BMW i8 Coupe plug-in hybrid models -- employing the much-enhanced BMW eDrive technology – are essentially twins, BMW opted to globally unveil only the open-top version at the 2017 LA Auto Show.

The new BMW i8 Roadster is underpinned by the distinct LifeDrive vehicle architecture and heavily influenced by the BMW i form language. It features a number of model-specific body strengthening elements. It comes with gullwing doors employing the signature lightweight construction of BMW i models. Even its windscreen frame is made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Meanwhile the all-electric soft-top cover could be opened or closed with just a press of a button in only 15 seconds up to speeds of 50 km/h.

Read the entire article BMW redefines luxurious open-top driving with new i8 Roadster plug-in hybrid

Drag races usually pit one vehicle against another to see which of them would cross the finish line first. This has become a popular type of motor racing and some even do it to determine which of the two cars is quicker. Somehow, a certain drag race had a new Volkswagen Arteon go up against an older BMW 5-Series (F10), and the action is all recorded on video.

The video – created by Odessa Drag – saw action between a gold-colored automatic VW Arteon R-Line powered by a 2.0-liter engine and a black-finished BMW 5 Series (F10) powered by a 3.0-liter petrol mill. As the race starts, the golden VW Arteon managed to pull away quickly from its opponent. The video is quite noisy – as if there’s a horde of mosquitoes in the area – as it was captured through a flying drone. Based from the video, the drag race appears like it might have occurred in the city of Odessa in Ukraine, Eastern Europe.

At the end, the BMW 5 Series never recovered and the VW Arteon proved to be the better vehicle between the two. However, the information provided by the uploader is so scant that it doesn’t provide a clear picture of the drama of the drag race. If you consider how loaded the model version is, the BMW 5 Series isn’t expected to easily lose against the VW Arteon. In fact, in some power matchups, the BMW 5 Series might have won.

Read the entire article VW Arteon goes up against BMW 5 Series F10 in intense drag race [w/video]

The Middle East is home to a number of one-off vehicles, as well as specially modified luxury cars. Almost every month, we hear about new cars being unveiled or brought into the country, and a lot of them are BMWs.

Now, one of the latest models that BMW Abu Dhabi Motors has on display is the mind blowing range-topping 7 Series that’s currently on sale. The last model we saw before this was the impressive M760Li xDrive finished in Imola Red, which we saw a few weeks ago. Now, BMW’s Long Beach Blue M760Li xDrive is just as striking as the last model we saw.

This is definitely not the first time we have seen this hue on a car. In fact, it has been used on different models like the M2 pocket rocket. You might also agree if I say that this colour looks a bit too wild on the large sedan. Thanks to the black carbon fiber accents all throughout the car, from the mirror caps to the 21-inch multi-spoke 629 design wheels, the whole package now looks so much better. But that’s not all that this car has to boast about. The car also has a 3D Design Body kit that adds some nice details here and there. Lastly, it has got a trunk lid spoiler from the M Performance.

Read the entire article M760Li Individual Long Beach Blue is BMW Abu Dhabi’s latest flagship on display

There is no question that the new BMW M5 (F90) high performance sports sedan is more powerful, faster and more enticing than the previous model. But for interested customers in the United States, the question would be how much they need to shell out to get behind the wheel of the new BMW M5.

US customers could now pre-order the new BMW M5, and are expected to take deliveries of the new performance sports sedan in spring of 2018. While the previous BMW M5 could be availed at a starting price of $94,100, the next generation of the sports sedan comes with a base suggested retail price of $102,600 in the US. This was revealed by one of the account users in the Bimmerpost forum.

According to this forum member – who goes by the username Dinan-M – he pre-ordered a new BMW M5 and got a 10-percent military discount. It would be safe to assume that this Bimmerpost user was a member of the US military, and thanks to that, he only has to shell out $92,000 for his new BMW M5.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M5 (F90) has a base price of $102,600 in the US, deliveries start in spring

Customers who think the BMW 4 Series Coupe is rather ordinary are in for a treat especially with what BMW Individual and Alpina have in store. The best example is presently being displayed at BMW Abu Dhabi Motors, a dealer that looks to be getting the best toys to play around with.

Even with one look, the use of Rallye Green paint on the Alpina B4 S makes the body even more aggressive. Combined with the upgrades implemented by those at Buchloe, it is clear that this is not your standard 4 Series Coupe.

On the inside for example, BMW Individual made sure that the interior of the B4 S would be different from the usual 4 Series Coupe. The instrument cluster has blue dials with the steering wheel showing green stitching. This color theme is in fact the same as that on the exterior. While the usual 4 Series Coupe has a left air vent on its center console, the B4 S instead has an extra display. On the lower region of the console is a special plaque that proves this is not the usual car.

Read the entire article 2017 Alpina B4 S Rallye Green based on BMW 4-Series Coupe is the height of exclusivity

When BMW introduced the next generation of the M5 (F90), it made sure that the new model is more powerful and even faster with more aggressive styling. But while BMW’s high-performance four-door sports sedan really does its part both in terms of execution and looks, there are still people who are wondering and imagining what the new BMW M5 would look like when transformed from a sedan to a convertible.

For those who are wondering, let Aksyonov Nikita – a rendering artist from St. Petersburg, Russia -- satisfy your imagination. Nikita posted his renderings works of a new BMW M5 convertible on professional sharing site Behance. And it actually looks like it’s the German premium carmaker that created this roofless version of the high-performance sports sedan.

Apparently, Nikita’s convertible creation was derived or chopped off the new BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car, which made its debut on the final round of the 2017 season this month and which is set to continue its duties for the whole 2018 MotoGP season. Nikita practically removed the roof, the B- and C-pillars of the new BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car. Nikita also removed the red emergency lights, the windows and rear windshield. Furthermore, Nikita slightly flattened the rear deck of the BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car.

Read the entire article BMW M5 (F90) sedan rendered by a Russian artist as a convertible

More details have emerged about the new sixth generation of the BMW M3 just as the German premium practically announced the end of the current-gen 3 Series with the unveiling of the track-focused BMW M3 CS.

As reported by the Car Magazine, the next generation of the BMW M3 has a codename of G80. The next BMW M3 is bound to be introduced in 2021, around three years after BMW launches the new generation of the 3-Series saloon (codenamed G20) in 2018. The 3-Series saloon will be followed by the 3-Series Touring (G21) in 2019 and by the 4-Series coupe and convertible (G22/23) in 2020.

The next generation of the M3 is expected to don the tweaks implemented on the 3-Series. These tweaks are seen to include a wider track, a lower center of gravity and a longer wheelbase, as well as a more stable aerodynamic balance and more user-friendly ergonomics. Its design is expected to be expressive, with a number of unique elements to distinguish the G80 M3 from the current generation F80.

Read the entire article Next-generation BMW M3 (G80) to feature 493 bhp and an optional xDrive system

As BMW has already revealed, the next generation of the BMW M5 (F90) is a four-wheel drive high-performance sedan with overwhelming power output and torque at its disposal. However, it was recently revealed that the next M5 was initially conceived as a rear-wheel drive sedan.

This was divulged by Dirk Hacker, vice-president of BMW’s M division, to Autocar. According to Hacker, the first prototype for the BMW M5 (F90) that was built over three years ago was a rear-wheel drive vehicle. He remarked that back then, having a rear-wheel driven M5 was the natural, “historic way to go.” The M5 has been – for the past five generations – a rear-wheel drive high-performance sports sedan.

Nonetheless, BMW M changed its mind. As Hacker disclosed, the M Division realized that they were beyond the limits of longitudinal acceleration. This means that adopting a four-wheel drive system for the sixth generation of the BMW M5 was the only option.

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For the past several years, BMW has been working on electric mobility, or electrifying their current models. This is why the German automaker has trademarked a range of “i” nameplates for their future lineup of electric models. One of the latest models would be the “iX3trademark that suggests that BMW’s best-selling SUV will be the first of many in a long lineup of EVs.

AutoExpress just said that BMW has filed the trademark of the iX3 name earlier this month, and it will be joined by a range of i-badged trademarks that already exist, such as the iX1, the iX9, and everything in between. Without a doubt, the iX3 nameplate will be seen on the back of the BMW’s electric X3. It is currently the only fully electric SUV that the company has confirmed for production by far, and according to the automaker, this model should be out sometime in 2019.

Other models that will join the iX3 would be the upcoming i5, which was first previewed to us by the Vision Dynamics Concept. The German company plans to schedule the production of this model in 2020 to rival Tesla’s Model S, with its 373-mile range. Keeping their hopes up, they expect these two models to make up as much as 25 percent of their overall sales by 2025. In 2017 alone, BMW has plans on selling 100,000 plug-in hybrid cars, alongside an overall cumulative sales figure of around 200,000 vehicles.

Read the entire article BMW names its first fully electric production SUV as the iX3, expect it to arrive in 2019

There’s currently no one faster than Marc Marquez in the MotoGP World Championship qualifiers. For now, the Spanish world champion riding for the Repsol Honda team is loving the view as he is ahead of the pack. Whether during qualifiers or the actual race, Marquez is a dominant force in MotoGP. Such dominance has particularly earned him a place in the annual BMW M Award, giving him another key to a brand new BMW M4 CS.

BMW has been handling out cars to top MotoGP qualifiers since 2003 through the BMW M Award. Actually, the 2017 BMW M Award is considered as the 15th edition of MotoGP’s Best Qualifier award, which honors the rider who manage to provide the strongest overall performance in the one-season qualifying sessions. This year, Marquez earned a total of 343 points to secure the M Awards, around 86 points ahead of his closest rival.

For Marquez, winning the BMW M Award is nothing new. In fact, this year is the fifth time he won the prestigious award, which means he already has keys to five BMW M cars. Essentially, Marquez secured a third of the total BMW M Award (15) handed out to MotoGP riders. Other recipients of the BMW M Award include Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner (three awards each), Jorge Lorenzo (two awards), Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden. These MotoGP riders also received a car from BMW M for topping the season qualifiers.

Read the entire article Marc Marquez gets a new BMW M4 CS after winning 2017 MotoGP’s Best Qualifier award

BMW is eyeing to soon launch electric vehicles that could travel up to 700 km (435 miles) before needing to be recharged for another full-electric zero-emission driving experience.

This capability would be made possible by BMW’s fifth generation of storage and powertrain technologies. These storage and powertrain technologies were reported to be making their debut on the upcoming BMW i5, which was recently previewed by the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW designed the new BMW i Vision Dynamics as a progressive, four-door Gran Coupe that envisions its future electric mobility between the BMW i3 and BMW i8. Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG, remarked that the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept visualizes how the German carmaker partly plans to implement its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. This strategy partly entails the offering of around 25 electrified models – 12 of which will be all-electric – by 2025.

Read the entire article BMW is working on long-range electric vehicles that could rival Tesla

It was in February 2016 when we first saw the actual BMW 740e, and rumours quickly spread that it will have a short life cycle. But sources now say that the plug-in hybrid fullsize sedan will retire next year to give way to a new 745e. In fact, this model was just at the 2017 SEMA Show to display a wide range of M Performance parts. Hopefully, there will be a more powerful model and there will be an electric car with more range. However, so far there has been no confirmation.

Currently, the outgoing 740e comes with a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower. It is then paired with an electric motor with another 111 horsepower. Overall, the electrified 7 Series can carry out a total of 322 horsepower and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton metres) of torque. When combined with the engine, the 740e develops a peak torque at 1,250 rpm. In only 5.1 seconds, the 740e can accelerate to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) before hitting its maximum speed of 130 miles per hour (209 kilometers per hour).

While we don’t expect dramatic changes, we’re excited to see what the new 745e has to offer. But what we would really like to improve is the current electric range of just 14 miles provided by the 9.2 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery pack that is recharged via a standard J1772 3.7 kW plug. We anticipate that extending the range will really drum up sales for the series.

Read the entire article BMW is rumoured to be working on new 745e model and X5 xDrive45e hybrid

BMW has given birth to another high-performance model that essentially brings the dynamism, expressiveness, practicality and on-the-road superiority into a whole new level – the new BMW M3 (F80) CS.

With the four-door BMW M4 CS initially posting resounding success, it was inevitable that BMW would create a second model having the same designation. Just like the M4 CS, the new four-door M3 CS is lighter and faster than the model (M3) from which it was derived.

As the first-ever BMW M3 CS special-edition model, there is a need to make sure that its appearance promptly conveys its performance capabilities. Its three-dimensionally contoured front end is defined by a slender kidney grille flanked by the twin headlight units featuring state-of-the-art LED technology. The three-part front apron of the new M3 CS underscores its dynamic nature while providing the needed efficient cooling for both the powerful twin-turbo six-cylinder engine and the powerful braking system.

Read the entire article First-ever BMW M3 CS is lighter and more powerful than regular model

BMW is currently developing another M2 that will either wear the GTS or the CSL index, after its latest facelift just a couple of months ago. Today, the M2 is still a crowd favourite, being a model with the perfect balance between aggressive design, performance and price. One question a lot of people would ask today is whether this could be made even better.

It definitely can be improved. And check out this photo to see how the coupe can be made to look even more handsome with just some cosmetic tweaks. Firstly, this M2 Coupe had been given a new carbon fiber exterior aerodynamic pack that was finished in a Long Beach Blue colour, which is probably the most eye catching colour of the coupe. This exterior kit is currently available at BMW Abu Dhabi Motors.

At first look, you may not notice it, but this particular M2 actually has carbon fiber front bumper lip spoiler, a massive fixed rear wing, a rear diffuser, and 3D Design side skirts - all in the same lightweight material. The new exhaust system has more prominent tips as well.

Read the entire article BMW M2 gets a 3D Design makeover with special carbon fiber accessories

As October ends and we get closer to the end of the year, we welcome more auto shows where automakers take the opportunity to display their unique cars and concepts. Speaking of shows, the latest one would be the SEMA. Just after BMW previewed its M Performance Parts made especially for the 2018 BMW M5 (F90), the automaker is letting us have a closer look at the sporty goods, which they presented through the MotoGP Safety Car.

During the first day of the 2017 SEMA Show at Las Vegas, BMW revealed the midsize sedan, which at first glance, seems to have gained an aerodynamic body kit. It was made with a number of carbon fiber components, which overall gave the M5 a more aggressive look. Customers who are willing to pay extra can get optional parts like a front bumper attachment, extended side sills, and a rear spoiler.

If you want a more modified ride, you can even opt for a beefy rear diffuser, and even have your side mirror caps dipped in carbon fiber, the same as the front and air breather trim side grilles. Lastly, you can pay an extra cost if you want your M5 to be equipped with an M Performance coilover suspension with adjustable red springs.

Read the entire article BMW displays M5 (F90) with fully loaded M Performance package at 2017 SEMA Show

Finally, BMW’s crossover lineup has been completed after the sixth member, the all new X2, rolls off the production line. According to its name, the X2 sits between the entry level X1 and the slightly larger X3 in the hierarchy. Surprisingly, it is actually slightly smaller in size compared to the X1. The Bavarian automaker’s newest sport utility vehicle is three inches shorter in length and is three inches lower in height.

The X2 was made with the intention to focus more on style than practicality. A lot of its mechanical features were based on the X1, as well as the MINI Countryman. This already includes the platform it is based on, that is the UKL2 - a chassis that restricts the car to a four-cylinder engine.

For the United States market, customers could get the BMW X2 in a TwinPower 2.0 liter four-cylinder that produces 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (349 Newton-metres) of torque. This engine is then paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that channels the cars power to all four wheels. We are not expecting to see an M version of the X2 as of now, and maybe not anytime soon.

Read the entire article X-Tomi wastes no time in creating rendering of BMW X2 M shortly after release
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