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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupè

Most of Europe is waiting for the first days of spring; so, many automakers are taking advantages of the last days of winter to get in some cold-weather testing. BMW for example, has taken out the Gran Coupe version of the upcoming 4-Series for some winter testing in the cold regions of Sweden.

The new 4-Series is aiming squarely at the Audi A5 and S5, so BMW is building a whole range of models for its new 4-Series family. Following the Coupe and Convertible models, the company will also prepare a sportier looking four-door model - aka the 4 series Gran Coupe.

The model will be offered with the same engines as the coupe version, meaning there will be a choice of four engines - two gasoline-powered units and two diesel units - with the most powerful version being the 435i with an output of 306 horsepower.

With its unorthodox body style, the new 4-Series Gran Coupe will turn its sights to the A5 Sportback and we expect to see an M4 Gran Coupe as well at some point.

German tuner Leib Engineering wants to get noticed and it sure did so in a huge way with a scintillating program for the BMW M3 .

Comprised of a full-on body kit to go with an impressive performance upgrade, this M3 is ready to be a beast on the road and do so while looking extremely stunning. In order to accomplish this look, engineers over at Leib dressed up the M3 in an Alpine White finish that’s complemented by a high-grade carbon-fiber body kit that includes carbon flaps under the front spoiler, carbon side-view mirrors, and a carbon tear-off edge.

Inside, Leib made good use of fine Alcantara in touching up the car’s cabin. The material itself can be found all over the interior, including in the BMW Performance seats and the steering wheel.

Under the hood of the M3 lies an engine that’s been extensively modified to give the sports coupe some serious fury. Leib worked on the engine-control software to achieve its desired results, which was to give the M3 improved performance numbers to the tune of 470 horsepower, a significant improvement from the standard M3’s 420-horsepower output.

Aiding in the realization of such an eye-popping upgrade is the installation of a new high-grade steel in-house valve exhaust system that features a 100-cell HJS catalyzer, an X-pipe with middle silencers and an end muffler with vacuum-controlled Pierburg valves.

Having that kind of impressive upgrade isn’t enough without giving the M3 the kind of braking power deserving of a car with 470 ponies on tap. So, Leib went ahead and installed a Brembo GT braking system, with red six-piston fixed saddles on the front axle. The improved braking capabilities should provide the M3 enough stopping power that, in turn, can be handled by the set of 19-inch BMW M220 forged-alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup semi-slick tires.

BMW 3 Series Sedan

If you own a 2012 or later BMW 335i Sedan and 335i xDrive Sedan and want a little more from the M Performance line than just the existing aesthetic, suspension and exhaust additions, BMW has an announcement for you. It is releasing an all-new Power Kit to accompany the existing line of M Performance accessories and give the 335i Sedan a much deserved boost in power.

Under the hood, both versions of the 335i push out a stout 300 horsepower from the factory and this M Performance Power Kit bumps it to 320 ponies. In terms of torque, if you have an automatic-transmission-equipped 335i you can expect a boost from 300 pound-feet of torque to 332 pound-feet and a manual-transmission-equipped model jumps to 317 pound-feet of torque. In addition to the power boost, you also get a remapped accelerator pedal configuration to increase throttle response.

The output bump is thanks to advanced software upgrades, a new ECU, a high-capacity air-intake system, an M Performance engine cover and rocker panel decals. This all helps drop the 335’s 0-to-60 mph time by 0.2 seconds and the 50 to 75 mph time by 0.5 seconds for each model. This puts the 335i at 5.2 seconds to 60 mph with a manual transmission and 4.9 seconds with an automatic transmission, while the 335i xDrive drops to 4.9 seconds with a manual transmission and 4.6 seconds with an automatic transmission.

The kit is available immediately and starts out at $1,100 over the base model’s MSRP. Additionally, this will not affect the 4-year/50,000-mile warranty that BMW offers on the 335i.If you choose to add the package on post-sale, you get a 2-year/unlimited-miles warranty on the components included with the kit.

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The third-generation BMW 6-Series was unveiled back in 2011 and for the 2014 model year BMW has announced a series of updates. The biggest one will be of course the addition of the new Frozen Brilliant White Edition , but next to it BMW is also offering a series of updates, mainly on the car’s technology features.

The 640i Gran Coupe will now be offered with BMW’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system, and the navigation system will now be offered with a revised design and honed operating system. Other updates include redesigned navigation displays, new special functions for the interactive map and new functions for the split screen in the central information display. The navigation system will now be offered with a full speech-recognition function and optimized voice-control system.

No changes have been made under the hood, so customers will have to choose between the usual 3-liter six-cylinder and the 4.4-liter V-8 engine.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 6-Series.

The 2014 BMW 6-Series will be heading to dealers soon and BMW has just announced an all-new special edition for folks who happen to think the 2014 650i just won’t be enough car for them. This new model is dubbed the Frozen Brilliant White Edition and you can order it in two trim levels: 650i Convertible or 650i xDrive Convertible.

On the outside, there is plenty to distinguish this new model from the normal 6-Series. The most distinguishing element is its exclusive Frozen Brilliant White Metallic matte paintjob, but the Frozen Black mirror caps, black BMW kidney grilles and 20-inch BMW M Performance light-alloy wheels in a bi-color paint scheme also help set it apart. Contrasting the exterior color perfectly is the black cloth top.

Inside the cabin, this new special edition includes black Nappa leather upholstery trimmed out with Gray Poplar wood. The Frozen Brilliant White Edition also includes the Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster, which is making its debut in the U.S. Basically, this system changes its look and what it displays to match the Driving Dynamics Control Mode you select.

In addition to these exclusive additions, BMW is also tossing in the M Sport Package, which includes an increase in the top-speed limiter, Shadowline exterior trimming, body-colored front and rear bumpers, and an M Steering wheel. Also added in is the Executive Package, which adds ceramic controls, a heads-up display, ventilated front seats, smartphone integration, soft-close automatic doors and BMW Apps. Lastly, BMW adds the Cold Weather Package standard, which adds in a ski bag and a heated steering wheel. In 2013, these kits combined would cost you a whopping $8,100 and you get them “free.”

Under the hood, there are no changes from the base 650i, so we would expect it to carry the same 4.4-liter V-8 that punches out 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The only difference between this and the base 650i Convertible is that the M Performance package jumps its top speed from 130 mph to 155 mph.

As for pricing, the 650i Frozen Brilliant White Edition will come in at $106,995 and the xDrive model will hit $110,095. Production is set to start in April or May of 2013 and only 100 models will be produced.

Hit the jump for BMW’s press release

BMW i3

It looks like BMW has big plans for the next two years: 11 new models will be launched in 2013 and by the end of 2014, 25 new models will be added to the range, with 10 of them being completely new. BMW said nothing else about these new models, but we do know it will include models like the i3 and the i8, the new 2-Series and 4-Series and their M derivatives.

In the same press release, BMW announced the production version i3 will be make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be put on sale by the end of the year.

Even though no one has actually seen it in production form, BMW has already received "several hundred advanced orders" for the i3. The model has been designed to run with zero emissions in an urban environment. It has an approximate range of 150 km (93 miles) and will be 250 (551 pounds) to 350 kilograms (771 pounds) lighter than a conventional electric car.

Hit the jump to read full details on the press release.

The new BMW M6 seems to be much appreciated among tuners, as we have lost count of all the tuning kits we have seen lately. A new one has been announced today by the guys over Manhart Racing who announced a performance boost and some new wheels.

Under the hood, the tuner offers four different upgrade stages. In stage 1, the only update made is software optimization that increases the total output to 620 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Stage 2 adds some downpipes that will help deliver an extra 20 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque to the Stage 1 kit. In Stage 3, the tuner adds an additional MHR axle back Sport end-silencer and a Carbon Air Intake System that increase the output to a total of 670 horsepower, while the peak torque goes up to 582 pound-feet. In Stage 4, customers will receive an additional MHR performance box that increases the total output up to 700 horsepower and the peak torque up to 634 pound-feet.

Alongside the performance upgrades, the tuner also offers a set of wheels sized 9.5-by-20 inches up front and 10.5-by-21 inches at the rear. They are combined with a classical coil-over suspension or coil-over springs.

We have been keeping close tabs on the updated 5-Series and we have caught some pretty nice spy shots. Unfortunately, the testers have done a pretty good job keeping the revisions hidden. We saw a few leaked images last month , but the source was not very reputable. The covers were blown off once again today, as Auto Zeitung is obviously doing a piece on the facelift and an image from this article has oozed its way onto the information superhighway. This new image confirms that the previous leaks were accurate and gives us a little clarity.

From the looks of this leaked image, all of our suspicions are accurate. The image reveals that the grille is fully modified and the lower air dam is now wide open, giving the 5er a rather odd-looking smile. The only area that we were initially incorrect on is the headlight design — they do not go all the way to the grille like they do on the 3-Series . Another area we were slightly incorrect was the hood, which features larger ridges and a deeper valley down the center of it.

Unfortunately, no details were revealed about the powerplants, but we expect to see a new in-line six cylinder to replace the N55. We’ll find out all of the official details in Shanghai!

Source: Auto Zeitung

If you ask a Bimmer fan which is the best model launched on the market in the past few months, the M5 will most likely be on the top of the list. In fact, even the guys over Top Gear were impressed by the sports sedan. So, why update it? Well, because you can!!

Vorsteiner, for example, has prepared a tuning kit for the M5 that includes a new aerodynamic kit made in carbon fiber, new wheels and numerous performance products.

For the exterior, the new kit includes a new add-on spoiler, a new splitter and for the rear, a new deck-lid spoiler and a new lightweight trunk lid with integrated wing profile. The tuner also replaced the rear diffuser, so it now integrates the new exhaust system offered in two versions: either stainless steel or titanium.

The Vorsteiner M5 will be offered with new forged wheels offered in various sizes, depending on customer’s wishes: 20, 21 or 22 inches. For the interior, the modifications are limited to embroidered floor mats and trunk mat accessories.

The new BMW M5 kit will be available starting April 2013.

Usually when you open your car’s top, you are looking to enjoy a sunny day. In Europe, however, spring is running a little behind schedule and there is still a lot of snow. This didn’t stop the guys over at BMW, who decided to take the Convertible version of the new BMW 4-Series out for a testing session. They opened the roof and enjoyed... well, the cold.

The new 4-Series will be a cheaper alternative of the larger 6-Series Convertible and will combine design elements from both the 6-Series and the 3-Series. It will distinguish itself with more squared-off headlights and larger eyebrows, plus the new 3D kidney grille. The 4-Series convertible lineup will include the 428i, which will likely come with a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 435i, which should come with a 306-horsepower, 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine.

The new BMW 4-Series Convertible will be unveiled in late 2013 and will enter production in November 2013.

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