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One of the biggest surprises on the German public roads this week was an Alpina version of the 2014 6-Series GranCoupe . As you can see, the model is wearing camouflage only in the parts rumored to be updated, because as usual, Alpina is preparing the biggest updates under the hood.

As you can see from these spy shots, Alpina will use a 650i version for its project. While in the standard version the 4.4-liter V-8 engine delivers a total of 450 horsepower, Alpina is rumored to add at least an extra 100 horsepower. We expect this extra power to significantly improve the car’s current 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds.

Next to the engine upgrades, Alpina will also offer a few styling changes, an updated interior and.a new set of wheels, of course.

Expect the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe by Alpina to be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Hit the jump to read more about the BMW 6-Series GranCoupe by Alpina.

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BMW i8

We know that all of you are bored of all these BMW i8 spy shots and want to see the production version, but today we bring you another set of images. These ones certainly carry some importance, as they reveal the BMW i8 testing at the Nürburgring race track for the very first time.

As usual, the prototype caught testing is heavily camouflaged and reveals pretty much nothing, but most of you already know how and what the new i8 will bring to the market.

For those of you who still need a refresher, we remind you that the production version of the i8 has been previewed in many times, starting with the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and up to thei8 Concept Spyder unveiled back in 2012.

The production version of the i8 will combine a three-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor for a total output of about 400 horsepower. Rumors suggest the supercar will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

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BMW recently revealed subtle updates to keep the BMW X6 M competitive in the face of stiff competition across the super performance SUV segment. Since the X6 M’s 2010 launch, the competing Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport and Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG are either all new or significantly enhanced to better neutralize the BMW threat.

The X6 M follows the successful mechanical template from the X5 M but enhances its appearance with a fastback coupe profile and a trimmed window line. The stylish X6 M stands out in the BMW showroom when compared with the bread-and-butter models like the 3 Series and 1 Series.

The appeal for these buyers comes from the inherent impracticality of the design’s chopped roof versus the practical X5. It separates the X6 M as a car bought by people for who all-weather performance is king of kings. The X6 M has been a runaway sales success for BMW among these niche audiences – to the point where non-M X6s are the rarity.

Can the X6 M cut with the best competitors four years after its launch? Please follow the jump for details on the 2013 facelift, the mechanical and performance specs, and an image gallery of the new X6 M in action.

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BMW 2 Series Coupe

As you can see, today is a very good day for spy shots. It seems like every automaker out there is taking advantage of the first days of spring in Europe and have taken all of their upcoming models out for some testing. This time around, our spy photographers caught the upcoming 2 Series Coupe . This isn’t the first time we’ve caught the 2er, but it is the first time we caught a glimpse of its interior.

As no surprise, the upcoming 2 Series Coupe will feature an interior similar to the new-generation 3 Series’ . This interior includes a three-spoke steering wheel with controls for the main functions of the car; a cockpit specially designed to offer easy access to the important controls; and the fuel gauge, speedometer, rev counter and oil temperature gauges will all have a black-panel displays.

It looks like the future 2 Series Coupe will also be offered with standard iDrive monitor with high-resolution display. Additionally, if you consider the speedometer as an indicator of a car’s top speed, then the 2 Series will be surprisingly fast with its 260 km/h (161 mph) speedo.

Expect the new 2 Series Coupe to be unveiled sometime by the end of 2013.

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Ohio-based tuner, Switzer Performance, is famous for its upgrade packages for two-door models like Porsches and the GTRs, but this the tuner turned its attention to a four-door model: a BMW M5 . Called P700, the new package is all about increasing the engine’s power and can be yours for a price of $6995.

In the standard garb, the BMW M5 a 4.4-liter V-8 engine equipped with M TwinPower Turbo helps the M5 deliver a total of 460 horsepower and a peak torque of 502 pound-feet. However, Switzer thought that the M5 could do much better than that and we totally agree. So, Switzer went to task installing high-flow, drop-in air filters, a removable engine control module and a new high-performance, stainless-steel exhaust system. This new exhaust system includes less-restrictive mufflers and larger-diameter pipes.

The result is an output of 700 horsepower, hence the P700 name, and of 640 pound-feet of torque. We have no idea how this kit will improve the car’s performances, but it’s definitely much faster than the standard M5’s 4.4-second 0-to-60 mph time and 155 mph top speed.

Click past the jump to read about the standard M5 that this monster kit is based on

Everybody’s producing exclusive models in Japan these days. A few days after Volkswagen introduced the Golf Erste Edition in the Land of the Rising Sun, fellow German automaker BMW is set to have its own limited-run, Japan-exclusive model.

It’s called the 5-Series Executive Sport Edition and as you can tell, it’s been tagged as an exclusive model by BMW because of the multitude of new features added to make it stand out from the rest of the 5-Series models out there.

Only 300 models of the 5-Series Executive Sport Edition will be made. Unfortunately, none of them will hit U.S. shores, so the closest thing we can come to looking at them is through the photos below.

That being said, it’s not like we’re missing a whole lot. It’s still a 5-Series, which is available in our shores, albeit with a few added goodies. But in the end, we won’t be losing a whole lot of sleep knowing that this model will only be available from halfway around the world.

Click past the jump to learn more about the BMW 5-Series Executive Sport Edition

BMW has promised us the revised 2014 (2013 in the Euro market) BMW Z4 and its most anticipated version, the sDrive35is, sometime in the spring of 2013. Well, spring has officially sprung and we have yet to hear a peep from BMW regarding this revised model.

Fortunately, the folks over at Eutechnyx, the company that bring us the free online racing game “Auto Club Revolution,” have developed a special relationship with Bimmer and have permission to sneak the digi-version of the Z4 sDrive35is into the game a little early. Preorders for the car started today (April 11th) and it will set you back about 356 VPR on the game, which translates out to roughly $3.50 if you buy the credits. The Z4 is set to be released on the game on April 24th.

What’s more, the first 200 buyers to preorder it will get access to the car on the 17th, giving them a full week of drop-top-racing fun before everyone else. Now is the time to buy too, as “Auto Club Revolution” is having a flash sale through the 16th, which gets you up to 50 percent off of all the available cars.

If you’re not too sure if the Z4 is for you, you can see it in action in the above trailer.

You can download the game to your PC here. If you already have the game, you can preorder you digital Z4 sDrive35is here.

Click past the jump to read the full press release and more on the 2014 Z4

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BMW 5 Series GT

The 5-Series GT is one of the most unsuccessful models in BMW’s lineup, so before deciding if the model will survive or not, the company has prepared some small revisions for it. Our spy photographers have caught the car testing one more time, and as you can see, it has dropped more of its camouflage.

The car is wearing camouflage on only those parts of the body that benefit from this revision. Up front, the revised 5-Series GT will receive a new bumper, a slightly revised grille and a new headlight design that will most likely go all the way to the grille, like on the 3-Series. For the rear, the model will receive a new bumper and taillights with new graphics.

The most important update will lay under the 535i GT’s hood; this model will drop the current N55 engine in favor of a new turbocharged in-line six-cylinder.

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Have you ever wondered what could happen if you put a four BMW DTM drivers in a BMW M3 and give them some track time? We have to admit we never thought about that, but it looks like BMW had the crazy idea to see what would happen in this case.

As no surprise, the most difficult part was choosing who would get behind the wheel, but after that decision was made via a coin flip and after all four guys got in the car, everything went pretty well. There are four different guys and four different accents, so the video is a great watch.

However, it gets even better when a tiny fifth passenger joins them. Watch the video to see what happens.

Let us know in the comments section bellow if you liked BMW’s decision to put the four guys into one M3.

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BMW i3

Yesterday, BMW was caught testing what appeared to be an electric version of the X1, and today our spy photographers have caught the upcoming i3 out for a testing session.

As you can see, the prototype continues to strip and we now can see the roofline and the lower parts of the front bumper. In these spy shots you can also see the lines of the classic BMW kidney grille and the window line in the rear doors.

Also, when looking from the side, it appears that the future i3 will lack the Hofmeister kink that was introduced back in 1961 and has been on almost every BMW since then.

The car will use a powerful 170-horsepower electric engine that will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in under 8 seconds and up to a top speed of 93 mph. Rumors suggest it will be priced at about $55,000 at the current exchange rates.

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