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The current BMW 6 Series is a hot commodity. With three different models — the two-door coupe, GranCoupe with four doors, and convertible version — BMW offers plenty of choices for consumers looking to drop some considerable change for this sporty, luxurious car. Engine offerings start with a 3.0-liter, 315-horsepower, twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six, dubbed the 640i. Next up is the 650i, with a 4.4-liter V-8, also featuring a twin-scroll turbo design, which is good for 445 horsepower. The mighty M6 Convertible comes with a more powerful version of the 650i’s V-8, producing an almost-crazy 560 horsepower. Performance is blistering, regardless of engine choice, and typical BMW luxury and top-notch fit and finish adorn the interior.

While the current 6 Series Convertible is certainly fresh, this isn’t stopping BMW from updating the lineup for the 2016 model year, and our spy photographers caught this facelifted model out testing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW 6 Series Convertible.

Every year, there’s always a car that captures the heart of aftermarket companies and this year it’s the BMW 4 Series . Bavaria’s new sports coupe has become the flavor of the year for tuning firms. The 4 Series love has become so rampant that even Alpha N Performance is getting in on the fun with its work on the 4 Series’ big brother, the M4 .

For now, Alpha N Performance has only produced a basic engine upgrade for the M4. The tuner still has more tricks up its sleeve in the future, including aerodynamic components and two more stages of performance upgrades. But right now, the Stage 1 engine kit is all it has for the M4.

You can draw your own conclusions on the tuner’s work on the M4. In some way, it does lack the wow factor we normally attribute to tuning programs, but for what it was able to accomplish — developing a system for the M4 is no small feat — Alpha N Performance is on the right track toward building a tuning kit that we can all get behind. Besides, it’s not totally fair to judge a tuner on a program that still has plenty of room to evolve in the future.

Hopefully, we see the final product, complete with the Stage 2 and 3 performance upgrades, sooner rather than later. We’ve got high hopes on your kit, Alpha N Performance. Don’t leave us hanging.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M4 By Alpha-N Performance.

BMW is only two short years away from celebrating its 100th year in business, and speculation around how the German automaker will celebrate is starting to grow. One heavily speculated party place is within the BMW i division. A conversation between BMW’s senior spokesman Kai Lichte and Motoring.com.au shed just a little more light on the upcoming situation. Plans for a more powerful version of the i8, the i9 , are rumored to already be in the works. Also on the table is the i5 , an all-new i vehicle loosely described as a stretched i3. Lichte’s answer to Motoring’s query is somewhat vague. “in two years’ time, maybe we will have some surprises for our anniversary,” he says. “There are a lot of discussions and a lot of ideas for this special occasion.”

Since the i9 is based on the current i8 , it’s likely it will see production first. The i9 will basically swap out the i8’s inline three-cylinder for a more potent 3.0-liter, turbocharged, inline six-cylinder, elevating it to near-supercar levels of performance. It would also serve as a modern-day interpretation of the iconic BMW M1 of the late 1970s.

The i5, on the other hand, will likely need more development time. It’s said the i5 will probably hit production in 2017, a year after BMW’s actual birthday. Perhaps the i9 will be BMW’s physical present to itself while the announcement of the i5 will continue the birthday hype into the future.

However at this point, BMW is still trying to figure out how to increase i-branded production at its new plant in Leipzig, Germany. "When we decide on more i models, then we would need more production capacity and … the next two years I think we have (are) limited to the current production line," Lichte concluded.

Note: BMW i8 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i5 and i9.

Source: Motoring
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BMW is continuing its plan to make the transition to electric vehicles as simple as possible. The i3 is already a huge step in the right direction, as it introduces a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic chassis, aluminum sub frames and a small gasoline range extender all at a relatively low price. The main goal is to get people into electric vehicles by taking as much of the compromise out of the equation as possible. Well, BMW i BMW i s now going one step further with the introduction of the i DC Fast Chargers and the ChargeNow DC Fast Program. BMW developed the i DC Fast Charger with the help of Bosch Automotive Service Solutions. The i DC Fast Charger is a small (31-by-19-by-12 inches), 100-pound box that owners can mount to a wall that will charge the battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The i3’s Fast Charger will set you back to the tune of $6,548, which is cheap in comparison to most DC Fast Chargers. A standard charger will “fill up the tank” in about 6 to 8 hours. With that in mind the Fast Charger seems worth the premium, especially considering it’s a slick-looking, smallish unit that will fit nicely in most garages.

ChargeNow DC Fast is a program BMW has developed with the help of NRG eVgo, and will offer unlimited, no cost, 30-minute charging for i3 drivers in California until December 2015. This will help reduce range anxiety considerably on long trips through The Golden State. To access the ChargeNow DC Fast program, i3 owners must equip the DC Fast charger option, and sign up for a ChargeNow Card. Doing so will give owners access to all eVgo DC Fast chargers across California. Even at a price though, the ChargeNow program will help dramatically in the implementation of electric vehicles as primary cars for households. It still takes a bit longer than stopping at a gas station, but if placed properly, these ChargeNow stations can provide some resting time or even some sightseeing on long trips. This in tandem with the i DC Fast Charger in the home and the i3 becomes a very useful and eco-friendly option.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s new i DC Fast Chargers And ChargeNow DC Fast Programs.

We subscribe to the school of thought that if you do something long enough, you’re bound to become good at it. Chris Harris has driven cars for a long time, so presumably, he’s also done a lot of drifting in these cars. We’re inclined to believe that holds true, especially because we enjoyed his little instructional video on how to properly drift the BMW M235i .

Chris is taking his talents back to YouTube as part of the reinvented Drive channel. What better way to do get the ball rolling (again) than teaching viewers the art of drifting the M235i . This actually isn’t the first time Harris has done something like this.
He once taped a similar instructional guide to the drifting using his own M5 so this should be right in his wheelhouse. The video itself is almost 12 minutes long, so if you want to take some notes, now’s a good time to get the pen and paper ready.

Like every Harris video, it’s every bit as fun from the start as it is at the end. Who knows, you might even learn a thing or two about drifting vehicles in general.

BMW’s brand-new Family Active Sports Tourer (FAST) is inching closer to production. A batch of new spy shots we just received in our inbox reveals the Germans have begun testing the MPV-like crossover outside city limits, as they’re looking to asses the vehicle’s behavior and fuel consumption on longer routes.

Sure, the FAST is still a long way off with the official launch to take place sometime in 2015, but these extensive testing sessions can only mean one thing: BMW wants this new niche vehicle it’s creating to make a major impact on today’s unforgiving market.

The prototype spotted stretching its legs somewhere in Germany is actually the same crossover we saw in early July 2014. The vehicle is still covered in swirly camouflage, with nearly no details left out in the open. In fact, very few things have changed so far, as BMW continues to focus on chassis and powertrain testing.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW FAST.

The return of the Toyota Supra is inching closer and closer to reality. You probably can’t tell by reading this, but you can imagine us doing our happy dance now that more details about the sports car are coming to light. MotorTrend has the latest on the Toyota -BMW collaboration and sources close to Toyota have told the auto site that the all-new Supra will be a plug-in hybrid.

We’re not surprised about this news, especially in today’s world where hybrid technology has become universally embraced within the industry. MotorTrend’s sources also indicated that the new Supra will use a BMW-sourced, turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. This powertrain will then be combined with the Japanese automaker’s new super-conductor hybrid technology.

This kind of setup isn’t exactly new to Toyota, as the company has already tinkered with a similar package on the Yaris Hybrid R Concept that was first introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . Toyota even took it a step further when it used this system in the TS040 Hybrid race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last month.

So what does this all mean for the new Supra? For one, it’s going to be vastly different from its predecessor, which featured a turbocharged, 3.0-liter engine the last time we saw it. That model was good for 320 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. This time around, the new Supra’s hybrid engine is expected to be slightly more powerful, with an estimated output of somewhere north of 400 horsepower.

It’s not that big of an increase but the improved efficiency should do wonders in making the Supra a more pleasurable ride.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW-Toyota sports car.

Source: MotorTrend

Car wrapping is a delicate art that sometimes requires restraint. Lose it and your work becomes a little too abrasive. Hold off on the art and the product could look pedestrian. There are only a few companies in the world that can expertly strike a balance between the two and one of them is Fostla.De. The German tuner is one of the best in the business at this and recently, the company presented a new program for the BMW X5 that embodied the tuner’s affinity for car wrapping. See, the tuner’s program for the X5 comes with an anodized matte-red car wrap to go with a significant performance boost.

We appreciate the fact that Fostla prepared a comprehensive upgrade for the X5, but it’s hard to notice them all when all that red is staring you in the face. But hey, the program does come with a significant performance boost, which is more than we can say for other car-wrapping specialists who don’t venture into the the engine compartment.

The entire kit costs €8,500, which is about $10,700 based on the exchange rate on 7/30/2014. It’s a nice program for the X5, although its pretty steep price tag might dissuade some customers.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X5 M By Fostla.De.

BMW’s teaser showing what appeared to be a high-performance version of the 2 Series coupe turned out to be nothing more than an M235i , and not the M2 we were hoping. Fortunately, the photo was actually previewing a two-minute video showing BMW’s latest driftmob in Cape Town, South Africa. What’s a driftmob, you may ask? Well, it basically consists of several vehicles, in this case M235i coupes, drifting together based on a specific, preset scenario.

For this epic driftmob, BMW also brought together some of the best drifters in the world, including world champion Rhys Millen and the likes of Rich Rutherford, Samuel Hubinette, Conrad Grunewald and Daijiro Yoshihara. The result is about 90 seconds of tail-happy BMWs burning their tires in a roundabout. Not only that, but the coupes dance together with the utmost precision in a performance worthy of an automotive Oscar.

Furthermore, the footage shows just how what an awesome machine the M235i is, although some modifications were required for the scene. The DSC was turned off and the handbrake and gearshift levers were optimized for easier control, but that doesn’t mean the M235i is less drifty in standard guise. However, you shouldn’t try this on public roads, but rather test your skills on a race track or traffic-free road course.

Click past the jump to watch two more videos.

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Prior Design is a well-known tuner that specializes in upgrading German metal. Many recent Mercedes , Audi , and BMW models have gone under Prior Design’s knife and come out modified quite handsomely. We recently reviewed the BMW M6 GranCoupe , customized by Prior Design and came away very impressed. Its latest offering is for the true two-door version of the 6 Series. Prior Design upgrades are marketed as mostly aerodynamic enhancements, but these upgrades simultaneously give the modified cars a stunning, show-worthy, tuner look.

This Prior Design BMW 6-series is a prime example. While the stock 6 Series is one of the better-looking BMWs of today, with clean lines and a slippery shape, the Prior Design team dramatically increases this already-pretty car’s street presence, all the while helping it cut through the wind in an even easier fashion with sharp, functional aerodynamic upgrades.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 6 Series By Prior Design.


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