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You’re looking at a flatbed trailer full of "slightly used" BMW 1-Series ActiveE electric test cars that recently paid a visit to the crusher. The saddening sight of low-mileage Bimmers spray painted, pancaked, and parked atop each other is an unexpected part of the automaker’s initial testing of fully electrified vehicles in preparation for the i3 and i8 models.

BMW launched the testing program in 2010 with some 700 1-Series in a massive real-world field study with regular owners (that BMW termed electronauts) behind the wheels. BMW studied everything from driving habits to the cars’ performance over time while the owners reported back their thoughts and findings. However, now that the production version of the i3 is available and the i8 coming in limited numbers, , BMW ended the extended lease program.

The automaker announced it would be sending many of the used cars to a car-sharing service in California, but only 70 units have been allotted. The remaining cars’ fates were left in question as the owners turned in their cars for new i3 vehicles. That is, until this pictures surfaced recently on Facebook.

Granted, the ActiveE cars were all pre-production models that could never legally be outright sold to a regular buyer, but we can’t help but wonder why BMW isn’t donating these leftover cars to high school and college technology programs around the country. Perhaps we’ll take solace in knowing this flatbed represents only a small portion of the 700 ActiveE electric cars and the rest might receive happier fates.

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

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The M8 is a funky little computer that BMW Designworks styled, and ASRock manufactures and sells. It’s unique for many reasons, not the least of which is that it’s a barebones kit. This means you only get half the parts, and it is a build-it-yourself style affair. It also features a cool AMOLED screen/control on the front that has been dubbed A-Command.

Before you get too excited, note that this is BMW Designworks, not BMW itself. Much like Porsche Design , BMW Designworks is a separate division that designs products with a certain aesthetic for third-party groups around the world.

Despite that, it still has a super-cool design, and being able to tell your friends you have a BMW computer is pretty awesome, even if it’s not really a BMW. Best of all, it makes a great addition to any car-guy office or study. For bonus points, you can also pick up a BMW Designworks-designed mouse or headset from a company called Thermaltake. If you had a keyboard and monitor from BMW, you could have a whole BMW Design works computer.

AS Rock was kind enough to loan us a test unit of the M8 for a few weeks to test out. Here is what we learned before we sent it back.

The folks over at Prior Design have been rolling out some great mods lately, and we’re not talking just about the White Phoenix kit for the 2014 Audi R8 . No, the company’s PD550 package for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is way cooler, especially for bringing a Black Series-like look to the four-door coupe before the company even thought about doing it. The German specialist is also known for having a thing for BMWs . It has been modifying anything from compact 3 Series to the larger 7 Series in the past, but, more recently, the tuner turned its focus to the M6 GranCoupe , the four-door coupe we’ve already had an in-depth look at.

As with most Prior Design projects, the M6 GranCoupe received a more aggressive appearance via a body kit that changed everything from the bumpers to the fenders, and added a brand-new hood and a trunk-lid spoiler. The larger rear diffuser blends perfectly with the bumper’s lateral air outlets, and a set of beefier wheels and tires are in place to make sure this M6 stays glued to the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M6 GranCoupe PD6XX By Prior Design.

It’s been only two weeks since the brand-new BMW M2 Coupe was spotted stretching its legs on public streets for the first time , and the Germans have already taken the high-performance compact for a spin on the notorious Nurburgring track.

Although it wears different license plates, it appears that the vehicle spotted on the "Green Hell" is the same M2 we’ve seen earlier this month. The camouflage pattern is exactly the same, with no modifications whatsoever visible up front or around the back.

The wider fenders, the M-style wheels wrapped in Michelin tires and the cross-drilled rotors with blue calipers are evidence enough that we’re looking at an authentic M2, but we’re still expecting for a more aggressive front bumper, a larger rear diffuser and the quad exhaust pipes to show up. This will likely happen later in the car’s development, when the production-ready version will take on the street and track.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the M2 will arrive in dealerships with around 400 horsepower on tap, making it the most powerful and fastest model of the 2 Series lineup. The oomph will come from a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine and help push the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M2 Coupe.

My eyes were tired, and the sun was unnaturally bright for 7 a.m. on Tuesday, but the warm Texas weather gave me satisfaction as I opened the balcony door. In just a few short hours I would be throwing cars around a racetrack as I began my one-day crash course on tire testing and comparisons.

I’ve been on worse assignments.

The event was put together and hosted by Cooper Tire. The American tire company, one of the last still operating in the US, has just released the new CS5 line of premium touring tires. With more than 2-million testing miles, and built as a replacement for the company’s best-selling tire ever, the CS5 is quite an ambitious project. Oh, Cooper is also celebrating its 100th anniversary as well. Somehow, I have been invited along with a selection of my colleagues to put this new tire through its paces.

The day would consist of laps around both dry and wet circuits to test the tires abilities, and Cooper had brought along some competition for us to compare against as well. Our weapons of choice included the new BMW 328i and some V6-powered Ford Mustangs .

I would learn a lot about tires, myself, and the breaking point of a C7 Corvette’s rear differential.

Read on to learn more about my day as a tire tester and find out how I did

The news surrounding the BMW i8 is relentless these days with information flowing in left and right. But sadly, the latest bit of news doesn’t hold much promise for those looking forward to a sportier version of the i8 or a replacement for the M1 coming from the i8 platform.

Our German friends over at Autovisie sat down with Carsten Pries, BMW’s head of Product Management M, for a recent interview. His issue lies with creating competition for its own i8 by flooding the already-small segment with low sales volumes. Not to mention the need to develop more powerful hybrid technology and a larger engine sized properly for an i8-like car. What’s more, the i8 was developed from the ground up to be an electric hybrid with only a small gasoline engine.

The lack of an outright M model based on the i8 doesn’t completely spell disaster. Friedrich Nitschke, the CEO of BMW M, says the fuel-saving technology from the i8 might wind up in future M models while the sportier aspects of the M Division might find its way onto future i models.

While these words came from BMW corporate heads, Pries and Nitschke may be bluffing about the existence of a high-performance hybrid supercar. Only time will tell, so stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking information.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8.

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Oh, the things we see on eBay . The commerce site has and will always have some interesting items up for sale or auction. That was no more evident to us than when we happened upon a restored 1988 BMW M5 that actually looks pretty good given its age. According to the seller, this particular M5 has been restored to serve as a nice "daily driver," the kind that can take you from point A to point B in style and without any mechanical problems. Given that its essentially a 26-year old car, such ringing promises are good to hear.

More impressive in this case is the car’s reported forays in the drag strip back in its day. It can supposedly run a quarter-mile in 13 seconds, no small feat for any sports car by today’s standards.

But you’re not getting just any M5 either, as it was also given a series of upgrades. These upgrades include the installation of a new throwout bearing and new transmission output shaft and shifter seals. The best of the updates is a hot new engine that not only adds some extra firepower, but also had just 17,000 miles on it when the owner dropped it into the car.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1988 BMW M5.

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If you’re a BMW owner who is truly trying to reduce their impact on the world around them, the new i3 and i8 make great choices. These green cars promise BMW dynamics with a much friendlier CO2 output and impressive fuel economy.

Of course, what happens when your neighbor also buys a new BMW i8, and you are no longer the coolest eco-kid on the street? You snag one of these new solar carports from the minds at BMW DesignworksUSA.

Like everything that comes from the minds at DesignworksUSA, the carport is stunning to look at and features a unique styling aesthetic that is open, industrial and modern. In keeping with the theme of reducing the owner’s impact on the world around them, much of the structure is made from bamboo. As a quickly growing and dense wood, bamboo makes a great renewable building resource.

Did I mention that it looks awesome? Like a solar-powered cyber spider awesome?

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 and the Solar Carport Concept.

We’ve barely reached the halfway point of the year and it seems BMW’s newest addition to its M family has been in the headlines so much we’ve seen one incarnation of the sports car after another in various racing series all over the world. And just to drive home that point, BMW Abu Dhabi has released a new batch of photos of the M4 Coupe in the middle of a tire-smoking drifting session, all while sporting BMW’s official racing colors.

Those unmistakable BMW racing graphics look pretty sexy on the M4, don’t they?

Not a lot of BMW models can proudly wear those colors and make it look like they were born to be dressed in them. The M3 was usually the car getting the racing garb and for good reason. But with the arrival of the M4 Coupe and BMW’s decision to keep the M3 a sedan from here on out, it does look like the baton is finally getting passed to the newest member of the M family.

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

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After first showing us some Gran Turismo awesomeness late last year, BMW has finally pulled the covers of its latest concept vehicle, but one that will only be available in the world of Gran Turismo 6. This is the 2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept and as we had expected, it looks positively insane.

Remember when Mercedes became the first company to unveil its own Vision Gran Turismo Concept ? When it did, we all fell out of chairs, blown away by the insanity of Merc’s creation. But what it also did was set the bar really high for the rest of the car brands that were preparing their own concepts for Gran Turismo 6.

Admittedly, we had some trepidations on what other companies had up their sleeves. But with the arrival of BMW’s GT6 concept, all the doubts that crept up in our heads about what the car was going to look like quickly evaporated.

At first glance, you get the vibes of the M4 Coupe , albeit one that’s been rebuilt specifically for video game-racing purposes. But the best part about this concept is that unlike the Mercedes version, this one looks like its ready to be transformed into the real world.

Should that happen, trust us when we tell you: it’s going to be have a lot of people clamoring for a piece of it.


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