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When the BMW FAST , short for Family Active Sports Tourer, was first spotted testing in Germany back in 2011, it was believed the new vehicle is scheduled to reach showrooms by 2014. That didn’t happen and the FAST prototype disappeared for a while, only to resurface again in 2013. Now, the vehicle that’s set to create a new niche took German streets once again, hinting that BMW is indeed readying a production version of the Family Active Sports Tourer.

For those of you that are not familiar with FAST, it’s a vehicle destined to sit right under the BMW X1 , giving birth to a new crossover niche that blends the flexibility of an MPV and the sporty looks of the next-generation X1 . It will share the same UKL platform with the upcoming X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer and carries the same front-wheel-drive configuration. While BMW is still mum on the details, we expect the Family Active Sports Tourer to break cover in 2015 and go on sale for the 2016 model year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW FAST.

With less than a year left until production begins around the world, the second-generation BMW X1 is slowly revealing itself as testing continues on public roads. Caught roaming the streets somewhere in Germany by our skilled spy photographers, the 2016 X1 showcases its production headlamps for the very first time.

Although most of the crossover’s front end is still camouflaged, the new headlight configuration suggests the upcoming X1 borrows its front fascia from the bigger BMW SUVs . We expect the new headlamps to connect with the chrome surrounds of the reshaped, taller kidney grille, meaning the X1 will carry a lot of character up front, albeit it will be less muscular when compared to the X5 .

Nonetheless, the next-gen X1 is just an evolution of the current model, so don’t expect any overwhelming changes inside and out except for the introduction of the front-wheel-drive, UKL architecture that underpins the new Mini Cooper and the upcoming BMW 1 Series Active Tourer.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW X1.

There are a lot of special-edition BMW models in Japan. Don’t ask us why that’s the case but something about that market really speaks to the Bavarian automaker. We’re admittedly jealous about this fact, more so now that another special-edition Bimmer — a Z4 , no less! — is headed to the Asian.

It’s called the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit and it looks downright gorgeous. The model is exclusively earmarked for the Japanese market as BMW’s way of celebrating the BMW Sports Trophy team’s one-two finish in the Super GT series. Care to guess what car the team was racing in? Yep, a BMW Z4 GT3 .

That’s the reason why BMW has allocated all 60 units of the Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit for Japan at a price of 6.090 million yen — close to $60,000 as of 7/8/2014. No other country will get these cars, which again is making us really jealous. Care to spare a few here in America, BMW?

The list of modifications for this special-edition Z4 are limited to cosmetic upgrades, some of which actually pay homage to the Z4 GT3 race car. The Alpine White body is the same as the race car with the tri-color M graphics also making an appearance in the front section of the Z4.

Those are just the start of the exclusive touches given to this particular Z4. There’s plenty more in there that really brings out the best in this special-edition model.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit.

The BMW M3 CRT and the M3 GTS share a unique bond. They’re both powered by BMW’s S65 4.4-liter V-8 engine. Unfortunately, that engine has been discontinued, leaving a gaping hole among those who like their BMW engines to be high-revving monsters. Fortunately, G-Power is here to save the day, or at least introduce one last engine upgrade for the legendary S65, using both the M3 CRT and the M3 GTS.

G-Power claims to be the only BMW tuner to have an engine upgrade for this engine. If true, that’s a huge deal for the limited number of owners who actually have the M3 GTS and the M3 CRT. Remember, these models are two of the most exclusive M3 s the company has ever released. The M3 GTS was released in 2010 and was limited to just 150 units. In 2011, BMW followed it up with the release of the M3 CRT , which was even rarer with just 67 units built.

Both the M3 CRT and the M3 GTS came with an output of 450 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. But with G-Power’s SK II “Sporty Drive“ TU supercharger system, the output for both models improves to 650 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. That’s a dramatic rise in power that also results in the sports cars’ 0-to-60-mph times dropping from 4.4 seconds to 4.1 seconds. Likewise, the top speed also improves significantly from 180 mph to an impressive 200 mph.

G-Power’s “Sporty Drive“ TU supercharger system is available at a price of €23,500, excluding tax plus installation. That’s about $32,000 based on exchange rates on 7/8/2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M3 CRT & GTS By G-Power.

Like all of you gearheads, we love track battles. We love it even more when they feature two sports cars that have a lot to prove to us and in some ways, against each other. That’s what we think of the Porsche Cayman and the BMW M235i when you line them up side by side. EVO recently had the opportunity to test both on the track and see which of these two pocket rockets had the upper hand over the other.

It’s important to find an answer, especially when you have two cars that were built to compete against each other. It’s the kind of direct competition that makes a huge deal in the sales figures of both vehicles.

EVO’s Jethro Bovington took both cars out for test runs and came away impressed with both of them. He also had some issues with both cars, but that’s understandable when you place a premium on objectivity.

Bovington ended up determining a clear-cut winner between the Cayman and the M235i, but the time difference was slight. The Cayman has a huge horsepower and torque deficiency when compared to the M235i — 47 horsepower and 119 pound-feet to be exact — but it is lighter, and nimbler than its BMW counterpart. So, which one do you think performs better in Evo’s test? You’ll have to check out this awesome video to find out.

Just because there’s demand for it, it doesn’t mean that you build it. Not when practicality says otherwise. That’s the rationale BMW is adopting when it was recently disclosed by a high-ranking executive that the company has no plans to build an M4 Gran Coupe .

Tough luck for those hoping to have a smaller version of the M6 Gran Coupe . Apparently, BMW thinks that building one poses more headaches than it’s really worth.

BMW’s M GmbH performance arm sales boss Jörg Bartels disclosed the news to CarsGuide, confirming that while the M4 Gran Coupe was "definitely considered," it ended up amounting to nothing more than dropped plans.

According to Bartels, production volume was a big reason for the decision to drop plans of building the four-door coupe. Bartels pointed out that high production volume for the 3 Series sedan and the M3 sedan means that the company’s Regensburg plant is already too busy to add the M4 Gran Coupe. The same can be said for BMW’s Munich factory, which already builds the 4 Series and the M4.

If BMW did build the M4 Gran Coupe,it would have to open up space for a third factory, which the Bavarian brand isn’t too keen on doing these days.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Gran Coupe.

Source: CarsGuide

The BMW M4 arrived in time for the 2015 model year, just a year after the 4 Series took the place of the 3 Series coupe. Based on a chassis that is lower and wide than the outgoing M3 Coupe, the M4 is one mean machine that pumps an almost unfathomable amount of power form its 3.0-liter, I-6 powerplant. Heading into the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , our friends over at Pistonheads made quite an impression at the with their own BMW Individual-dressed M4 Coupe .

The car looks undeniably sexy, the product of months of work and preparation that resulted in a true one-of-a-kind Bavarian sports coupe .

Readers of the auto news site had a big hand in helping Pistonheads design the M4 Coupe. To their credit, PH readers did an impressive job on the model, giving it a unique finish you normally don’t see in a BMW M4 Coupe. The Tanzanite Blue metallic paint finish is a particularly impressive color for the M4. It’s not too flashy, but it’s one that may make you do a double-take.

But here’s the best part about the entire build. Pistonheads’ BMW M4 Individual was built specifically for Goodwood and two readers of the site were given a chance to drive the sports coupe up the famous. In addition to that, both readers also got the opportunity to drive around the circuit in other BMW models, ensuring that the experience left an indelible mark in their minds.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual M4 Coupe Pistonheads Edition.

Nearly 20 years after the SUV craze got started, automakers are still churning out the oversized station wagons like the U.S. Mint prints dollar bills. BMW fans thought the world was collapsing when the X5 rolled off the assembly line in 2000, but nowadays, the Bavarian company has more SUV models than it’s ever had, with yet another on the way.

Set to debut at the New York Auto Show April 16, the 2015 BMW X4 is the company’s latest iteration of the ‘Sport Activity Coupe’ design, following the larger X6. On sale since 2008, the X6 has sold 250,000 units to date worldwide. That’s not a tremendous number, but still enough to justify the addition of a second and smaller Sport Activity Coupe, at least in BMW’s eyes.

The X4 is reminiscent of the Gran Turismo version of the 3 and 5-Series sedans, but with a larger front grille, taller ride height, and a capable all-wheel-drive system allowing it to traverse terrain otherwise impassable in a standard-height sedan. The combination of AWD and higher ground clearance plus the sporty handling of a 3-Series affords the X4 the ability to bridge the gap between vehicles, allowing customers to have a vehicle that both drives like a car while performing in adverse weather conditions like an SUV. Perhaps the X4 is the best of both worlds. But perhaps it gives up the best of those two worlds while being left with the scrappy leftovers – the unlikable trade-offs from each. Let take a closer look to find out.

Updated 06/26/2014: The new BMW X4 made its on-screen debut today when the first commercial aired. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X4.

It was in 2014 when the BMW 2 Series Coupe came to replace the outgoing 1 Series Coupe, and shortly following its release, BMW revealed a couple of cool iterations wearing the M235i badge. By time we turn the calendar to 2015, we will have the even more powerful M2 . For the first time in the compact’s career, BMW opted to develop a customer race car under the M235i Racing moniker. Lighter and more powerful than the standard version, the race car is already a common sight in the VLN Endurance Championship and a handful of them managed to run a full 24-hour race at Nurburgring this year.

With the M235i shaping up into a hell of a rival for the compact sports cars such as the Audi TTS or the Nissan 370Z , a brawnier version of the coupe is rolling out in Germany as we speak. This time it’s not BMW that’s responsible for the mighty racer; rather TuningWerk, a small company known for updating any BMW BMW and Mini it can get its hands on, is the mastermind behind this one. Meet the BMW M235i RS, the most powerful 2 Series ever created.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M235i By TuningWerk.

The next-generation BMW 7 Series has just been spied testing on the Nurburgring. Although it has yet to drop its camouflage, which makes sense considering the launch date is at least one year away, the upcoming 7 Series is shaping up into quite the nimble sedan .

Granted, the 7 Series is not the kind of car you’d expect to see on the ’Ring on a daily basis, but the Germans are planning to turn the full-size car into a "Green Hell" regular. BMW ’s intentions toward setting new standards in the luxury class with the 2016 7 Series are already a fact, so we might as well get used to seeing the sedan burn some rubber on the Nordschleife.

The next 7 Series will face stiff competition from the Audi A8 and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class , and track testing will only help improve the Bimmer’s driving dynamics. With BMW shaving about 450 pounds off its curb weight by means of lightweight construction and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic parts, track testing is crucial in the process of establishing a well-balanced recipe for the road. The next 7 Series might be more of a driver’s BMW than any of its predecessors.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW 7 Series.


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