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BMW and Toyota are already working on a joint-venture hybrid supercar that’s rumored to be more powerful and faster than the already legendary Lexus LF-A . That’s plenty of news to get excited about, but it appears the collaboration is about to spawn yet another enticing product. According to CAR, the said companies are planning to develop a range of mid-engined sports cars to go against the Porsche 911 . Talk about big ambitions.

Codenamed Silk Road 2, the project includes a mid-engined two-seater for both brands that will reportedly hit the market as the BMW Z7 and the Lexus ZC/ZR in late 2018 or early 2019. Both sports cars will be developed at BMW BMW ’s headquarters in Munich and have 3.0-liter, inline-six engines fitted behind their seats. Aided by a pair of turbochargers, the mill is said to deliver between 400 and 500 horsepower. That’s right between the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the 911 Turbo .

Since sports cars are also about lightness, BMW will focus on reducing weight too. Word has it the aim is for the vehicle to tip the scales at around 3,637 pounds. Not bad considering other BMW or Toyota Toyota products, but certainly not enough against the 911. Both the 911 Carrera S and the 911 Turbo are lighter at 3,040 pounds and 3,538 pounds respectively. This will likely slow things down in the performance department, but four to five years are long way to go and many changes can occur.

Once they are ready to hit the market, the BMW Z7 and the Lexus ZC/ZR will retail for around €90,000 ($121,960 as of 6/12/2014), the report adds, which makes them cheaper than the Porsches they’re designed to challenge.

Also included in the project is a hybrid powertrain that will include a still unknown twin-turbo engine and an electric motor rated at around 150 horsepower. The drivetrain will also include a quick seven-speed, dual-clutch, high-performance batteries, composite brakes and active aerodynamics.

Click past the jump to read more about Toyota and BMW’s future "Project Silk Road 2."

Source: CAR

BMW and MINI owners who love capturing video of their ultimate driving machines in action now have reason to rejoice. BMW and GoPro have announced the integration of the GoPro’s live wireless video to feed into the car’s infotainment system. In other words, you can watch your GoPro’s live video from your dashboard — in real time.

There are a few caveats though. The BMW or MINI must be a 2012 model or newer, the car also must have the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, the owner must have an iPhone 4 or newer with the GoPro App installed and running, and the GoPro camera has to be a Wi-Fi-equipped model, such as the HERO3+ or newer. Meet those criteria and you’ll have a front-row seat to watch the rubber burn off your rear tires as you commence to drop the clutch.

The system works by relaying the GoPro’s video signal to your connected iPhone. That signal is then transmitted to the car’s infotainment system through the iPhone USB cable or BMW Accessory snap-in adaptor. The system will also display the camera’s critical information like battery life, Wi-Fi signal strength, and elapsed time. Moreover, the camera’s record and sleep functions can be controlled from the infotainment screen as well.

Unfortunately, the lawyers have seemingly won the battle for safety in this case as the nearly-live video — BMW says a slight lag will be present — cuts out when the car begins to move.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s new GoPro Application.

Happy Thursday, welcome back to the TopSpeed Podcast .

This week’s show includes talks about Justin’s time with the BMW 435i , Mark’s experience with the Toyota Avalon , and I talk about the insanity that was the American leg of the Gumball 3000 .

We continue the supercar talk with Mark’s take on the American trio of Viper, Corvette and Z/28 , and you get to hear our thoughts on the crazy diesel powered BMW X6 M50d .

We also spend some talking about the tragic events surrounding the injury of comedian Tracy Morgan , and we talk about just what GM’s "Zora" trademark could mean for the future of Corvette.

After all that, we give our answers to your questions and no episode of the TopSpeed Podcast would be complete without Own, Drive, Burn. This week features a trio of classic muscle.

If there is something special you want to see us talk about, drop us an email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com, hit us up on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast — we follow back – or leave us a comment below.

We want to send out an extra-special thank you to those of you who watched our shenanigans live earlier today. Have a safe weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.

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Brought to the United States as a 2008 model, the BMW 1 Series was billed as the answer to the question, "What happened to the 3 Series, and how did it get so big all of the sudden?" Only available here as a coupe or convertible, the 1 Series won praise for its small size, sharp handling, and especially in the case of the 135i, powerful engine. Following that first generation, the 1 Series left the US market, as BMW sold the second generation model exclusively in Europe. The third generation will be returning to the US, but some big changes are on their way.

If a BMW is front-wheel drive, is it really a BMW anymore? In a sense, this question applies to the i3 , but as an electric car, accepting that it’s going to be a bit easier than it would be if it had a traditional drivetrain.

The upcoming 2018 1 Series, however, is not an electric car . It actually does have a traditional, internal-combustion engine, and even though it’s relatively young, it’s traditionally been rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive came as an option later, but even though it was small and relatively inexpensive, the 1 Series has always been a very capable handler. Not content to make a vehicle that wasn’t still the ultimate driving machine, BMW produced a car that was nimble, well balanced, and a hoot to drive.

The third-generation 1 Series, however, is coming our way, and the news is that it’s going to be front-wheel drive. Is this an abomination? Should BMWs only be rear-wheel drive (or all-wheel drive)? Isn’t front-wheel drive something for those other family sedans? It looks like we’re about to find out because ready or not, a front-wheel drive BMW is coming.

Note: Upcoming revised BMW 1 Series pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2018 BMW 1 Series.

Source: AutoExpress

The BMW 2 Series doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as it should. You can blame the 4 Series for that. The same can even be said for the M235i and the M4 , with the latter getting much more of the publicity. So thank you, Manhart , for giving the M235i some love. You didn’t have to do it, but you still did, giving the baby M a nice MH2 Clubsport program that features plenty of aerodynamic and performance upgrades to soundly accomplish its club sport capabilities.

A car developed for Club sport Racing needs to be treated delicately. Thankfully, Manhart is up to task with the M235i Coupe , outfitting with the kind of comprehensive program that not only gives it plenty of new aerodynamic components to make it lighter but to match it with a stout engine upgrade that significantly increases the car’s already impressive output.

There are a lot of incredible parts about the MH2 Clubsport program. It’s a testament to the incredible work put in by Manhart Racing to raise the M235i’s profile as a natural born racer.

The 4 Series and the M4 can get their accolades. Just don’t forget about the M235i, too. It’s every bit as good a pocket rocket as the best of the lot.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M235i MH2 Clubsport By Manhart.

The BMW X6 has been blurring the lines of SUV and sports car since its introduction in 2008. Things got even more strange when BMW threw a diesel engine under its hood and slapped an M badge on the side. Yes, BMW makes a diesel-powered M product. Unfortunately for those in the United States, the X6 M50d has been unobtainable. That trend sadly continues as the X6 rolls into its second generation for 2015.

The X6 can thank its second-generation upgrade to the X5, the SUV on which it’s based and shares much of its platform. For 2014, the X5 received a healthy makeover, including slightly larger dimensions for increased interior volume, a revised exterior, and a fresh interior.

The standard 2015 X6 is destined to arrive on U.S. shores likely sometime in the fourth quarter of 2014. While the M50d will be missing from our BMW lineup, our friends overseas will get to enjoy its torque-rich oil-burner. The M50d sports a straight-six construction displacing 3.0-liters and spooled up by two turbochargers. With an output of 381 horsepower and a tire-shredding 546 pound-feet of torque, the X6 M50d sprints to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds.

Even with all that power, the 3.0-liter, I-6 diesel still sips fuel like a Prius. On the European test cycle, the SUV returns a highly-respectable 42.8 mpg! Let that soak in while you click past the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW X6 M50d.

BMW Individual has continued its torrent pace of releasing new programs for its models. Not even recent releases can stop the Bavarian automaker from unveiling a new one, this time for the BMW 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe .

This time around, BMW enlisted the help of Bang & Olufsen to give the 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe a unique and luxurious sound system befitting the status of the high-end audiophile. But that’s not where the upgrades end.

Both the 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe received a new Sophisto Grey metallic paint finish, further driving up the class of both luxury models . The Opal White, fine-grain Merino leather adds a nice complement to the black exterior while the Alcantara headliner and piano black interior trim pieces provide the latest touch of luxury. BMW Individual continues to be identified as a division that can really make something good and turn it into something great.

Updated 06/06/2014: BMW announced prices for the new 6 Series Bang & Olufsen Edition which will be limited to just 100 units. Prices will be $116,240 for the 650i version, $119,240 for the 650xi version and $152,423 for the M6 version.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual 6 Series And M6 Gran Coupe.

Source: BMW Facebook

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait to see the all-new BMW M2 Coupe take some hot laps on the Nurburgring track. And that’s because I’ve been waiting for a worthy successor to the 1M Coupe ever since the Germans axed the older model.

If you’re as excited as I am, then you’ll be happy to find out that a new batch of spy shots featuring the M2 just landed in our inbox. Sure, this is not the first time the BMW M2 went out for a stretch, but it’s the most action we can get until BMW takes that annoying camouflage off the performance coupe .

Speaking of swirly wraps, the version that was photographed while wandering through city traffic wears a lot more camouflage than the previous mule . There’s no reason to be disappointed though, as this M2 is much closer to its final production form. It’s only now that we get to see its M-spec front and rear bumpers, as well as its hot exhaust configuration.

Unfortunately, the flared fenders and those nicely sculpted bumper details are still hidden from our sight, but there’s a new set of wheels we can ogle at. Oh, and don’t forget about the fatter performance tires, the drilled brake rotors, and the black calipers. They’re all there to help the M2 make better use of the turbocharged, 3.0-liter, inline-six engine and its 400-horsepower potential.

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

The brand-new BMW 2 Series Convertible has been roaming the streets almost undisguised for nearly a month now, but we have yet to see it with its soft-top folded behind the seats. Well, that ends today thanks to a new batch of spy shots we just received from our trustworthy paparazzi.

Unlike the previous test vehicle , which was painted in a rather dull shade of light grey, the 2 Series depicted in our new photos wears a more attractive shade of white and sports a number of different features. For instance, the bumper has a more aggressive design, while the wheels carry fancier, twin five-spoke styling.

Around back, the diffuser-like piece mounted beneath the bumper is painted black and incorporates single exhaust pipes on each side. The previous 2 Series had the regular twin exhaust configuration on the left side of the apron. In fact, all these modifications are similar to the ones seen on the M135i , meaning there’s a big chance this test car is actually the M235i Convertible that will sit between the regular model and the brawnier M2 .

Either way, both the 2 Series Convertible and this slightly meaner version share the same camouflage pattern, with sticky stripes covering the upper part of the front bumper and the edges around the headlamps and the taillights. For some unknown reason, the BMW badge placed above the kidney grille is also tucked away.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible.

When I was a kid, I always wanted to have a BMW 8 Series . It was that special of a car, different from the rest because of the way it looked. It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the company’s flagship model first made me fall in love with it. But even today, the 8 Series still looks as sexy as it was back then. It’s a testament to the incredible design of the car, the angular lines, the large hood, and those retractable headlights. Oh those retractable headlights.

When it was first introduced at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show , the 8 Series captivated a lot of people’s hearts. It became even more special when BMW decided to slap on a massive 5.0-liter V-12 under its hood, allowing it to produce 295 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

The 8 Series ended up becoming a classic when BMW decided to stop offering it in the U.S. in 1998. But to this day, the 8 Series is still held in high esteem, so much so that Bimmer took the time to mark the 25th anniversary for the coupe .

The company even prepared a commemorative video to celebrate the occasion, bringing in "BMW 8er: Power & HIghtech" author Niels Hamann to properly encapsulate the magnificence of this model.

There aren’t a lot of people who know the 8 Series more than Hamann, so when he says that the model remains the "most successful German 12-cylinder coupe ever", I’m going to listen to the man.


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