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BMW X1

Like numerous other automakers around the world, BMW is knee deep in ice and snow, as it is testing its upcoming models in wintery weather. This time around it was the 2016 X1 that our spy photographers caught cruising in the snow. The model was caught testing today somewhere in Sweden and, judging by the heavy camouflage it’s wearing, it looks like BMW engineers still have lots of work to do.

The X1 will be built on the company’s new front-wheel-drive platform (UKL) that will also underpins the new Mini and will be under the new 1 Series Active Tourer. This new platform will give BMW BMW the ability to offer more space in the new X1, as well as reduced production cost. Front-wheel drive will be standard on the X1, but BMW will offer all-wheel drive on models with more powerful engines.

Under its hood, BMW will offer the same engine as in the current model, but with modifications lower fuel consumption.

Expect a debut in September 2015 as a 2016 model.

Expect the new BMW X1 to be unveiled in September 2015 as a 2016 model.

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BMW M4 Convertible

The new BMW M4 Coupe made its North American debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and while we were busy gawking over it, BMW engineers took the M4 convertible version out for some cold weather testing in Sweden.

The prototype caught testing is still heavily camouflaged, which seems pretty odd because the M4 Convertible shouldn’t look any different than the coupe version; well, except when you drop the retractable hard top.

Under its hood, the M4 Convertible will borrow the 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder engine from its coupe sibling that delivers 425 horsepower between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm and 406 pound-feet of torque between 1,850 and 5,500 rpm. Performance figures should be within a few tenths of a second of the coupe’s numbers — the extra few tenths are due to the additional weight from the convertible hardware.

Expect the BMW M4 Convertible to be unveiled in the upcoming months.

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BMW 7-Series

Okay, let’s pull the magnifying glass away from Detroit for a second and head somewhere a little colder. What could we possibly be interested in that is colder than Detroit in early January? The 2016 BMW 7 Series that our spy photographers caught testing in the crisp -22 degree F air of Northern Sweden, of course.

The next BMW 7 Series will be offered in both normal and long wheel base versions, and rumors suggest it will drop about 450 pounds from the current generation, thanks to the use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials. This drop in weight is an obvious attempt to help improve the 7 Series’ handling and performance, as well as bump its fuel mileage a bit.

The next 7 Series will be offered with a range of six- , eight- and twelve-cylinder engines all connected to automatic gearboxes. A plug-in version is also in the works.

The new BMW 7 Series will be launched sometime in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW 7 Series.

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In the latest episode of The Smoking Tire, Matt Farah wanted to see just how much car you can get for around $25k in both the new and used markets. From the new market, he chose a 2014 Ford Fiesta ST and from the used market, he borrowed a friend’s E46 BMW M3 . The Fiesta ST is a downright impressive hatchback that is unrivaled in its class, but the E46 M3 is still known as one of the best driver’s cars of all time.

Farah thinks that the Fiesta ST is easier to drive and that it offers a better equipped interior. Ford’s feisty hatchback is powered by a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the E46 M3 gets a 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 333 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

On paper, it looks like the M3 would win hands down, but he didn’t test these cars on paper. Check out the video to see which one he prefers.

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BMW came to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with two prototypes2 Series and 6 Series — equipped with all kinds of automated driving technology. Offered with the ConnectedDrive nomenclature, these two cars are the company’s attempt to develop autonomous-driving prototypes.

The two prototypes are equipped with BMW ActiveAssist, which "will make a significant contribution to bringing the vision of safe and accident-free mobility another step closer to reality."

BMW has been working on this ActiveAssist system for long time now, and in 2009, it unveiled its first Track Trainer research project that it successfully tested around the Nürburgring race track. Then, in 2011, BMW developed a new test vehicle capable of traveling 40 miles of accelerating, braking and overtaking other cars without any driver intervention at speeds of up to 81 mph.

Updated 1/7/2014 @ 3:30 p.m.: BMW just released a video showing the s Series ConnectedDrive getting its track shakedown on. Needless to say, watching this Bimmer drift itself is freaking awesome!

Now BMW announced that it is working on its first fleet trial of highly automated models and hope to have it ready for 2015. Also, starting in 2020, BMW hopes to offer highly automated driving in series-produced vehicles.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s new ConnectedDrive technology.

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The Japanese market received another BMW special edition: this time based on the 3 Series and called "Exclusive Sport." The new model will be limited to only 320 units, and BMW will put on sale in late January 2014. Prices will start from Â¥5,490,000 — about $52,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new 3 Series Exclusive Sport features design elements seen on the BMW M Sport models, including an updated exterior look and a high-quality interior equipped with tons of innovative driver assistance systems. The 3 Series Exclusive Sport can be ordered in only two colors: White and Carbon Black.

For the exterior, the updates are limited, and they only include 19-inch M light-alloy wheels and side window frames in a satin aluminum finish. Most of the Exclusive Sport updates are found on the inside, where BMW focused on making the 3 Series sportier and more luxurious.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 3 Series Exclusive Sport.

BMW i8

The partnership between Toyota and BMW has been reported ad nauseam in the past few months but both companies have remained tight lipped on what kind of collaboration its going to be.

But that’s not the case anymore after a high-ranking BMW exec essentially confirmed and described the collaboration between the two brands. Speaking to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, BMW development chief Dr. Herbert Diess essentially laid out all the cards on the table, detailing what a lot of us have suspected for a while now before throwing out a caveat that gave us a clearer picture of what we can expect with this partnership.

"We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car," Diess said, before adding that "there will be two different vehicles that are authentic to the two brands."

So...the Toyota -BMW technological dance will give way to at least two models, one carrying a Toyota badge and one carrying a BMW badge. That’s cool and all, but with that piece of information all but confirmed, the onus now turns on exactly what kind of models these vehicles are going to be under their respective brands.

Could it be that we’re in store for a successor to the Lexus LF-A or the long-awaited return of the Supra ? On the flip side, maybe a new BMW sports car that will be a class above the Z4 , or something along the lines of the new i8 ?

A lot of potential models are in play and its exciting that we’re going into 2014 with all this speculation on what kind of offspring the Toyota and BMW marriage is going to have.

Note: Photo is of the 2015 BMW i8

Click past the jump to read about a car that could be a nice representation of what Toyota and BMW are building towards, the 2015 BMW i8

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Vorsteiner couldn’t ended the year without unveiling one last tuning kit that transforms the BMW M6 Gran Coupe into a mean-looking sports machine. As with all the other packages offered by the tuner, the upgrade kit offered for the M6 only includes updates to the exterior look of the car, but they were enough for a complete makeover.

All the new elements offered by Vorsteiner - front spoiler, rear diffuser, side skirts and deck lid spoiler - were made in carbon fiber, so they will increase the car’s total weight. This way the car’s performance figures will remain unchanged, even if the car looks more aggressive and sportier. We’re not sure if any engine upgrades are also included in the program, but for sure that will be cool.

As usual Vorsteiner is also offering unique 19-, 20-, 21- or 22-inch wheels with widths ranging from 8.5 to 13 inches, plus a cat-back exhaust system that will improve the sound delivered by the V-8 engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M6 Gran Coupe by Vorsteiner.

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BMW ’s supercar, the M1 , was sold between 1978 to 1981 as the only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. But you’d expect more from a maker like BMW, right? And with all the competition on the market, BMW had to do something about it, so they decided to put the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show into production.

There is one distinct change for the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept as it heads into production, as BMW changed its name to the i8. Along with the recently announced i3, the i8 shows the other end of the spectrum that the German automaker can reach with its hybrid drivetrains. The production i8 will, surprisingly, carry the concept’s in-line three-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to drive the front wheels.

As of now, there is only one i8 model set for production, but we have a sneaking suspicion that there may be an M or M Sport model in coming years.

UPDATE 9/9/2013: The production version BMW i8 finally made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , so you can now see the real deal with no camouflage at all. Check the picture gallery to see the new pictures.

UPDATE 9/11/2013: BMW has revealed the i8’s base price in the U.S. of $135,925. It’ll hit showrooms in the spring of 2014.

Updated 12/26/2013: BMW unveiled a new video in which it explains the performance figures behind the new i8 hybrid supercar. Enjoy!

Updated 12/30/2013: Today is time for a new video featuring the new i8 hybrid supercar. This time BMW explains the design features of the new supercar.

Updated 02/07/2014: BMW is launching the new i8 supercar on the U.S. market with a very cool commercial that pays tribute to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. So, you got it: German supercar, launched on the American soil with Russian-inspired commercial!

Click past the jump to read all about the upcoming i8

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BMW i8 Concept Spyder

When BMW first unveiled the new i-brand cars, the world did not expect the concepts to become reality in such a short time. When a conceptual design study is undertaken, most of the time the designers are let lose on to a clean sheet of paper and come up with the best possible show car for the occasion. In recent times, BMW has shown us some production ready concepts, but the i8 always seemed way ahead of its time.

In 2012, BMW unveiled the i8 Spyder Concept . Based on the coupe, the i8 Spyder has been confirmed for production in 2015. We could expect the electric sports car to be available in showrooms in the latter part of 2015. The open-top version wouls use the same composite materials and architecture unique to BMW’s i-range of cars which also includes thei3 hatchback .

Although, its too early to comment on the pricing of the upcoming BMW i8 Spyder , we expect it to cost slightly more than the coupe. Performance shouldn’t affected despite the roof being chopped off.

Click past the jump to read in detail about the 2015 BMW i8 Spyder


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