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With so many new models challenging its place atop the midsize luxury segment, the BMW M5 probably needs an upgrade more than any other model in the BMW lineup. Not that it’s any of the car’s fault; but with the arrival of cars like the Cadillac CTS Sedan and the Jaguar XF-R , the M5 needs its own shot in the arm to remain relevant.

As it turns out, BMW M GmbH President Friedrich Nitschke has a few plans on how to accomplish that. Talking to Auto Motor und Sport, Nitschke revealed that the next-generation M5 will receive a host of new changes, including the adoption of an all-wheel-drive system that will allow the M5 to be as balanced as some of its current competitors.

Another likely change to the next-generation M5 would be to make the car much lighter than its current configuration, possibly losing as much as 180 pounds in the process. The entire objective, it seems, is to give the M5 a more performance-oriented character that the current generation seems to lack, at least in the eyes of BMW.

Nitschke stopped short of officially confirming these changes for the next-generation M5, but the mere indication of wholesale changes to one of the most popular models of BMW’s M division seems to suggest that BMW is prepared to show the world that the M5 is far from a finished model.

Note: Current BMW M5 pictured here.

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

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People have been talking about a possible BMW X4 for quite some time now and now that the concept version has been officially unveiled, those rumors have been officially confirmed. To add a little extra fuel to the X4 fire, there are now rumors about a possible X4M version. Not a big surprise though, considering that almost each model in BMW’s lineup also has an M version.

The upcoming BMW X4M comes as a direct competitor to high-performance variants of the upcoming Porsche Macan and will go on sale in 2015. The X4M is dubbed internally as "an M3 on stilts" and will be powered by the same M3 in-line six-cylinder engine that is derived from an extensively reworked N55. The engine will be mated to an M-engineered torque-sensing differential, which will drive all four wheels. BMW will also offer an advanced electronically controlled torque vectoring system, and X4M-specific springs, bushes and damping rates.

From the M3 the future X4M will be also adopting the BMW M’s Electro-mechanical steering and a revised M-DCT transmission. On the exterior the X4M will use typical M design elements, including a more current M-Type kidney grille, exterior mirrors, subtle rear boot lid spoiler, traditional quad exhausts and a full carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic roof - a first for an X-Series M model.

Updated 05/12/2014: New details on the future X4M suggest that the model could arrive in 2017, and will carry the high-powered, turbocharged six-cylinder currently under development for the upcoming M2. This engine is rumored to deliver around 280 horsepower. (Drive)

Source: xbimmers

Rumors of a possible BMW two-seat roadster , dubbed the Z2 , have been swirling for some time now. But with BMW launching one new model after another, talks about the Z2 have been relegated to low whispers. But don’t misinterpret inaction for dead action because BMW still has plans for the Z2, as it has released new details that ought to give us a fresh idea on what to expect from the entry-level roadster .

According to Car and Driver, the Z2 will carry a slew of features unique to the Z4 , including the use of a fabric roof that should help reduce the weight of the sports car . That’s an important characteristic to have in light of another new detail that’s pretty disappointing; the Z2 will come standard in front-wheel drive, which won’t generate the kind of performance and agility as an AWD system.

But its not like the Z2 loses its charm with that shortcoming. After all, BMW is preparing the car to serve a specific purpose and trying to do too much could impede its true identity as an entry-level sports car . The car will share its platform with the new Mini lineup, which adds more credence to the belief that the Z2 will be built with weight savings in mind. This will allow BMW to offer a versatile package to complement the expected choice of four-cylinder engines.

The company has given no indication on the powertrain it plans to use in the Z2, but we’d be surprised if it doesn’t stick to its plans to use a four banger engine that produces between 160 and 230 horses. We could also see as many as 300 horses and all-wheel drive in the top-of-the-line M-Series model. BMW has some choices to make with regards to the engine lineup, but we’re confident it can cook something up from its modular engine architecture. A lot of options seem in play at this point.

According to the source, we can expect to see the Z2 in late 2016 or late 2017, with prices ranging from $30k in its base format to $50k for the AWD Z2 M.

Click past the jump to read more about the future BMW Z2.

BMW ’s Individual customization arm already has a large portfolio through which customers can enhance both the exterior and interior of their vehicles, but that didn’t stop the German automaker from expanding their offerings for the 2015 model year.

As of this summer, buyers will be able to choose from even more unique features like paint jobs and luxurious cabin trims for an array of vehicles sold in North America. The offer addresses not only the new M3 and M4 in both coupe and convertible body styles, but the 4 Series Gran Coupe as well.

For example, the Gran Coupe will get no less than four new exterior finishes, while the M3 and M4 will benefit from the same number of body wraps, but in different hues. Frozen Grey, Frozen Bronze, Pyrite Brown, and Tansanite Blue – all in metallic finishes – are the main attractions of BMW’s update.

These updates come just in time for hot summer fun in BMW’s latest offerings. These new options only make specing out new Bimmer more appealing, but be sure you have a fat bank account before checking any of the expensive options.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M4 Convertible Individual.

BMW may be working on an brand-new 7 Series executive that is expected to arrive in 2016, but the Germans aren’t ignoring the current model. To help improve sales and get ready for a new launch, the Munich-based automaker will roll out numerous special edition models over the next couple of years.

Last time we looked, BMW launched the 7 Series Horse Edition , a limited edition model tailored specifically for the Chinese market. Now, the German are introducing the 7 Series Edition Exclusive, a bespoke model that’s not limited to a certain region or production number.

Developed more as a special package, the Edition Exclusive upgrade can be added to both the regular and the extended wheelbase 7 Series starting June 2014 for a yet unspecified price. Unlike other special editions, the Edition Exclusive can be had with any engine available for the 7 Series lineup, ranging from the 3.0-liter inline-six to the huge 6.0-liter V-12.

Exterior and interior upgrades aren’t exactly spectacular, but they to add a touch of exclusivity to the already luxurious 7 Series with plenty of Nappa leather as standard and Merino and Alcantara options.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 7 Series Edition Exclusive.

Once BMW confirmed that the coupe and convertible versions of the 1 Series would be marketed as the 2 Series , it was clear as daylight that a high performance M2 version is underway.

We’ve already rendered the successor to the cool 1M and strolled through plenty of details about the upcoming coupe, but the time has come to have a look at the real deal, as our skilled paparazzi have caught a prototype version of the M2 stretching its wheels somewhere in Germany .

Far from being a production-ready vehicle, this mule wears front and rear fascias similar to those seen on the M235i Coupe , but it appears to be fitted with wider fenders. Other details that highlight the vehicle’s ankle-biting nature are the M-style wheels wrapped in Michelin tires and the cross-drilled rotors paired with blue brake calipers.

As development continues, we’re expecting to see a more aggressive front bumper, a more pronounced rear diffuser, and quad exhaust pipes.

Naturally, the M2 will be the most powerful model in the 2-Series range, with its twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six to deliver around 400 horsepower. That’s about 80 horses more than the M235i, just enough to turn the M2 into a heck of a coupe.

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

The BMW M4 Coupe is getting a ton of publicity mileage recently and from the looks of things, that’s not letting up anytime soon. Days after BMW launched the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car set to live life as the official safety car of the 2014 DTM season, another racing series has turned to the M4 Coupe as well.

MotoGP has given is riders an incentive that makes qualifying a more competitive environment than it already is. That’s because the competition for the BMW M Award for Best Qualifier throughout the 2014 season has a pretty cool prize at the end of the proverbial rainbow.

A specially-designed BMW M4 Coupe.

This is the 12th year that the BMW M Award has been up for grabs and the setup has remained largely the same. Similar to the point system used in the actual races, the the BMW M Award classification will have its own version for the qualifying sessions where riders are awarded points relative to their positions in qualifying. Whoever scores the most points at the end of the season not only gets the title of ’fastest qualifier,’ they also goes home with a BMW M4 Coupe . That’s what you call a ’win-win’ situation.

The 2014 season already has four qualifying sessions under its belt and 2013 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez sits comfortably on top with 100 points, well clear of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa who both are tied for second with 62 points each.

It’s still too early to tell who gets to win the BMW M Award, but it’s beginning to like a title that’s Marquez’s to lose.

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

Source: MotoGP

What comes after hump-day? The TopSpeed Podcast , of course!

Happy Thursday everybody, and welcome to EPISODE 010! of the TopSpeed Podcast. This week is special for a few reasons aside from our milestone number. Firstly, Justin is gone on vacation, so we brought in a special guest, Logan Utsman. Logan is an old friend and colleague of Mark and myself, and he is a proper hoon to boot. We hope you enjoy hearing him.

If you hated him, let us know that too. We will be sure to have him drawn and quartered for offending the masses.

Secondly we have a hybrid video podcast that has photos in it too. The first part is great news, the second part is less so. Thanks to some shaky internet, my recording PC dropped the video feed about halfway through. I filled the rest of the podcast with some photos from my personal portfolio to provide some visual entertainment. You can see the video after the break.

As for the show, our Weekly Wheels features a return of the Lexus ES 350 , a look at the Audi A3 TDI , and I discuss my time flogging some new Cooper Tires on a track with the Ford Mustang and BMW 3 Series .

News coverage includes a thorough look at Chrysler’s big five-year plan , what it means for SRT , Dodge and Ferrari , plus the return of the Grand Wagoneer and the official announcement of the Maserati Alfieri . The BMW i3 also makes an appearance in our news segment.

Our Q/A segment features more automotive destruction, a short look at the best lime-green hatchbacks you can buy, the oldest cars we have driven, and we speculate on dream drag races.

As always, we finish with Own, Drive, Burn. This week we have a trio of Ferrari models.

Please let us know if you have any comments, questions or concerns. You can reach us in the comments below, on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast or by email: Podcast@TopSpeed.com

We are also on iTunes. If you wanted to subscribe, rate or leave us a review we would really appreciate it.

See you next week you crazy kids.

Weekly Wheels: Lexus ES 350, Audi A3 TDI, BMW 328i

Hosts: Christian Moe, Mark McNabb, Logan Utsman

Watch the video version after the break!

Shown for the very first time at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1984 and introduced for the 1985 model year, the BMW M5 quickly made a name for itself in the midsize sedan market for blending excellent performance with luxury and an attractive design. Exactly 30 years have passed since the first-generation model was unveiled and the German manufacturer is rolling out an anniversary model to celebrate the nameplate’s long-standing success.

Suggestively dubbed 30th Anniversary M5 , the limited edition model gained subtle exterior and interior updates plus a significant power update under the hood.

This festive Bimmer is not only faster than the M5 fitted with the Competition Package , but it’s also the fastest road-going BMW ever built. The bad news, however, is that only 30 units of the total 300 will reach U.S. soil before being sold through a rather complicated process.

As per BMW , those looking to purchase one of these vehicles will need to keep an eye out on the company’s Instagram channel, where a phone number for the reservation hotline will be gradually unveiled between May 17-21. Once the number is complete, 29 units of the 30th Anniversary M5 will become available for booking, with the final example to remain with BMW of North America and sold at a later date.

In addition to buying a limited edition sedan, the lucky buyers will also be invited to a one-day M Driving School at a private motorsports facility in Palm Springs, California.

Click past the jump to read more about the 30th Anniversary BMW M5.

As we’ve previously mentioned earlier this year, BMW is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its M5 sedan in 2014 and the year-long party will also see the launch of special edition model.

We already knew some of the details surrounding the 30th Anniversary M5 , including that it will be limited to only 300 units and wear a few exclusive features, but we had no idea it will become the most powerful M5 ever built.

Yes, folks, that’s no mistake! The 30th Anniversary M5 will pack more horsepower than the M5 Competition Package, which is rated at 575 horses and 513 pound-feet of torque. Specifically, this festive Bimmer will have its 4.4-liter V-8 engine tuned to deliver 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque - 40 horses more than the regular M5.

Naturally, the anniversary sedan will be fitted with everything that comes with the Competition Package , but will also receive a number of amenities that will make it appear unique inside and out, including a Frozen Dark Silver Metallic exterior via BMW Individual and a full leather Merino/Alcantara cabin with Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, console, armrest and door handles.

To further enhance its special purpose in the M5 lineup, the 30th Anniversary model, BMW will also add special "30 Year" badges and an exclusive set of 20-inch, bi-color wheels. Speaking of exclusivity, this specific sedan will only be sold with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Production of the 30th Anniversary M5 Edition is expected to commence in July, while the grand unveiling is supposed to take place at the BMW M Festival at the Nürburgring track next month.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M5 Competition Package - currently the most powerful M5.

Source: m5post

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