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BMW M4 Coupe

BMW was established in 1916, so in 2016 the company will celebrate its 100th anniversary. To mark the event, the company will launch a hardcore version of the upcoming M4 Coupe .

While details on this new model are limited at this point, numerous BMW sources have indicated that the new M4 will be similar to the M3 GTS the Bimmer launched in 2010. It will get more power, weight less, feature just two seats and a manual transmission.

When compared to the 2014 M4 Coupe set to be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , this hopped-up M4 will be about 220 pounds lighter. To achieve this drastic weight loss, BMW plans to use carbon fiber for the roof, trunk lid, hood and front wings, while the doors will be from aluminum.

BMW will keep interior equipment to a minimum, as it will remove the rear seats and replace the front seats with light carbon shells wrapped in lightweight Alcantara.

No details are available on the the engine just yet, but considering that the M3 GTS delivered a total of 450 horsepower (a 36-horsepower increase over the base M3), we expect the next M4 GTS to deliver around 465 horsepower from its brand new, six-cylinder engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 GTS.

Source: Motoring
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BMW’s illustrious history began during World War I when the now-successful luxury car-builder developed fighter aircraft-engine. At the end of the WWI it switched to developing motorcycles, then in 1929, BMW bought its way into the car industry when it purchased the Dixi Car factory and started developing automobiles — some of its best were elegant roadsters.

The first roadster to roll out of Bimmer’s factory was the 315/1, which was based on the 315 saloon. From here, things evolved to the 328, which was one of the most successful roadster ever developed by BM and won the Mille Miglia in many times and the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans .

After the WWII, BMW was in great trouble and it needed a car to rescue it, and BMW thought that car was the 507. It was indeed a great car, with one of the most gorgeous design languages in the era and a powerful engine under the hood. However, because of its high price — $10,500 — the 507 was almost responsible for putting the BMW into bankruptcy. Only 252 units were ever developed, despite BMW’s 5,000-units-per-year projection.

Next BMW started to develop the Z series, with the Z1 being the first model. What is very cool about the Z1 is that the doors drop down into the door sills so you can drive it with no doors. Next we had the Z3 , Z8 and the current Z4 . The black sheep of the family was the Z3 , which never really looked or felt like a BMW.

Check out the video (above) to get a closer look at Bimmer’s history of roadsters.

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When it comes to updating Bimmers , AC Schnitzer does some of the the most incredible work. Its latest kit announced for the 4 Series Coupe is no exception to the norm. Though this is not the first upgrade announced for BMW’s latest coupe , the package revealed today by AC Schnitzer is definitely the coolest yet.

As usual, the tuner’s upgrades can be applied to the entire 4 Series lineup, and it includes updates nearly every aspect of the car.

The tuner started its work under the hood where it opted to improve both the gasoline and diesel models. The base 428i sees an improvement from 245 to 294 horsepower, while top gasoline model — the 435i — goes from 306 to 360 horsepower. For the diesel variant — the 420d — the output jumps from 184 to 218 horsepower. Along with the engine upgrades, the 4 Series’ exhaust system also gets an update, with new sports rear silencer that features two chromed "Racing" tailpipes.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer.

In the past 30 years, G-Power has become one of the most respected BMW tuners in the world. It’s hard to imagine that the company has been around that long, but it has.

So considering that 2013 is the 30th anniversary of the company, G-Power decided to release a new supercharger system just for the occasion. And boy, is it a whopper of an engine program.

The official name of the engine upgrade is the M3 V8 supercharger system "GP Edition 30 years”. It’s limited to just 30 units, which means that it’s going to get scooped up in a hurry. It’ll also cost just €4,199, which is around $5,600 based on current exchange rates. That’s not a bad amount to pay for a supercharger system that can produce up to 500 horsepower for the BMW M3 .

If you want something a little more powerful, the SK II CS ‘GP Edition 30 years’ chalks up 600 horsepower at €8,399, which is about $11,300 based on current exchange rates.

Let this be a call to anybody looking to get this special edition engine upgrade from G-Power. Remember, only 30 units will be built so if you’re interested in one, better get to it and let the aftermarket company know as soon as possible. G-Power sales reps can also fill you in on what M3 models this kit fits, as the site does not reveal that important piece of info.

Click past the jump to read about one of G-Power’s latest programs for the 2013 BMW M3 GT2 R

Source: G-Power
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept

Frankfurt ’s legendary auto show is winding down this week, with fewer than expected debuts and almost none of the surprise guests that many were hoping to see from Porsche , Audi, Bentley, Volvo , BMW and Ford .

There are at least a half-dozen Volkswagen Group projects that the auto world is eagerly anticipating, but it seems the continuing grey clouds in the forecast is delaying projects left and right. Not only is there not as much cash to invest in so many simultaneous projects, the market climate is all wrong to launch most of these models in the usual ’as soon as possible’ fashion.

The Lamborghini Cabrera was a no-show, as was the Bentley Falcon, Porsche Macan, Audi Q7 and many others. The new XC90 was nowhere to be found on the Volvo stand, while the promised flood of VW crossovers seems to have slowed to a drip.

Even so, there were still plenty of spotlights and smoke machines for the cars that did make their grand entrance.

The BMW i3 and i8, the Renault Initiale Paris, the Audi Nanuk and Sport Quattro , the Jaguar Crossover Concept and the S-Class Coupe all brought some serious glamor to the stage. Fiat’s 500L Living was also hiding awkwardly in the corner, while the Volvo Concept Coupe finally brings some new blood to the snooze-fest Swedish lineup.

The best and worst are all in this list, but you will have to click past the jump to see which were the heroes, and which were the zeroes.

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Believe it not, the new BMW 4 Series Coupe is set to receive its first upgrade kit. The German tuner, JMS, offers up this kit for the upcoming 4 Series Coupe , which is set to hit the Market in October. For now updates are kept to a minimum and are still in the computer-generation phase, but JMS promised that in the near future, it will also offer a new exhaust system, more exterior upgrades and some tuning, via performance chipping.

For now, customers will have to be satisfied with what BMW offers from factory. The 4 Series’ factory offerings start out with the 428i, which is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower. To date, the top model is the 435i, which features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter, in-line-six engine with 300 horsepower.

JMS’ upgrade kit will be available in early 2014, and it includes an updated exterior look, new wheels and an updated suspension.

Click past the jump to read more about the new BMW 4 Series Coupe by JMS.

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The folks over at Edmunds.com laid out another awesome competition, albeit a strange one: they put the new Corvette Stingray against the 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Edition . Though the two would likely never really be considered competitors, Edmunds.com wanted to see which of the two was the best. Can you make a wild guess and let us know what car do you think was the best? It’s not too hard...

The two cars were compared in their 0-to-60 mph and quarter-mile times, braking distances, slalom runs and skip pad ratings. We know both cars have their respective fans, and we are pretty sure that both the M3 and the Stingray are great rides, but there can be just one winner.

As a reminder, the new Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter, small-block V-8 engine that delivers a total of 460 horsepower, and it has a claimed 0-to-60 mph sprint of under four seconds. On the other hand, the M3 Lime Rock Edition gets a V-8 engine with an output of 414 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

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German tuner Cam Shaft is famous for the wrapping kits it offers for all kinds of cars. The latest kit, which is based on the BMW X6M , does not only include a cool exterior wrap, but also some pretty important updates under the hood.

Cam Shaft wrapped the X6M in its usual BMW colors: Frozen anthracite matte metallic combined with diamond-black matte metallic. This wrapping costs about €2,450 — about $3,300 at the current exchange rates.

The rest of the kit was developed in cooperation with PP-Performance and Vorsteiner. PP-Performance was responsible for updating the 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine, which produces 555 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque in the base X6m. The tuner managed to bump the V-8 engine’s output up to a total of 720 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X6M by Cam Shaft.

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BMW X1

Rumors have been circulating about a the next-gen BMW X1 for quite some time now, but this is the first time we’ve caught one in the wild. Internally called F48, the next X1 was spied while being transported between two different test facilities in Germany on the back of a flatbed tow truck, so we still have yet to catch one in action.

The 2015 X1 will be built on BMW’s new front-wheel-drive platform, which is known as the UKL (German for "Unter Klasse" or "entry level"), and that same platform will see use on the new Mini and the upcoming 1 Series GT.

The new front-wheel-drive platform gives BMW the ability to offer more space in the upcoming X1,and reduce production cost. Though the X1 will come standard with front-wheel drive, BMW will offer all-wheel drive with the X1’s upper-level engines.

Expect the new BMW X1 to arrive late in 2015.

Click past the jump to get a better look at there BMW X1 spy shots.

In what could amount to be disappointing news for BMW fans, the German automaker has confirmed that there will be no cross-breeding between its M performance division and the newly launched i-brand.

All the rumors were effectively put to bed at the recent unveiling of the i8 hybrid supercar after BMW Group’s head of technology communications Cypselus von Frakenberg told CarAdvice at the Frankfurt Auto Show that the i8 and i3 will not have an M version now or in the future.

“It is separate – M and i,” von Frakenberg said. “It’s two different sub-brands, but there will be no ‘M’ i-car in the future. One of the biggest stumbling blocks on building an M version of an i-car is the completely different engines both cars use on respective models. The M models come with combustion engines while the i-cars run on electric drive. It would be a difficult proposition to pull off and one that BMW believes isn’t necessary given how the company appears set on promoting the "i" line as a separate brand that will complement the M division and the core BMW line.

von Frakenberg’s sentiments was echoed by another BMW exec — Carsten Pries, head of product management for the M Division — who said that both sub-brands have different strategic focuses and that combining them into one model could compromise what both are trying to establish individually.

“BMW ‘i’ obviously has a different strategic focus, very much targeting into the area of sustainability,” Pries said, before adding, “It’s two different operations, there’s no fluctuation from BMW M to BMW i or any big transfers going the other way."

So, it looks like our speculation on a possible i3 M will remain just speculation, for now. This could still change in the future, as we have become rather accustomed to automakers changing their minds and the drop of a hat.

Click past the jump to read about the newly-launched BMW i8

Source: CarAdvice

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