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We have known for quite some time that Bimmer’s naming system is slowly morphing to cover nearly every number from 1 through 10. It began with the 1 Series and 2 Series, and now moved into the 4 Series.

Here’s the low down on all of that. The 1 Series , once everything is said and done, will only feature sedans. The 1 Series coupe and convertible are now the 2 Series . Finally, the 3 Series now features only sedans, and the 4 Series takes over the midsize coupe and convertible markets to replace the 3 Series coupe and convertible.

Well, now there is a new wrinkle in the whole 4 Series lineup that will likely make your head spin, and that is the 4 Series Gran Coupè. Sure, it has four-doors and many of us automatically figure that is a sedan, but BMW, Mercedes and Audi like to call sleek sedans on sporty platform coupès and who are we to argue with them?

Updated 02/03/2014: BMW released the first details on the new 4 Series Gran Coupe before the car’s world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and North American debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. On the U.S. market the new 4 Series Gran Coupe will be priced from $41,225 for the 428i version.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 4-Seires Gran Coupe.

A highlight of the 2013 Essen Motor Show is the TUNE IT! SAFE! car and this year, the Association of German Vehicle Tuners (VDAT) has introduced the BMW 4 Series -based ACS4 2.8i Coupe.

The Bimmer coupe was worked on by AC Schnitzer, hence the familiar nomenclature, and comes with a steady diet of aftermarket upgrades that would make the the Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Road Development really proud.

It’s an extensive project, just like previous TUNE IT! SAFE! models and appropriate for an event like Essen. The ACS4 2.8i Coupe comes with a number of new aero components from AC Schnitzer, including a front and rear spoiler, a rear roof spoiler, and a rear diffuser. Adding to those new items to the exterior are a new set of 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Hankook 245/30ZR21 Ventus S1 evo tires and an adjustable race-spec suspension that not only lowers the height of the coupe by 25 mm (0.98 inches) but also gives it improved stability in the event the police car is used for law-enforcing purposes.

For the interior, AC Schnitzer continued with its functional modifications on the 4 Series Coupe. None of the upgrades will blow your socks off, but for what they’re worth, the new floor mats, key holder, and aluminum gear knob, foot rest, handbrake handle, and pedal set all represent upgrades in their own right.

Under the hood of this specially-prepared 4 Series Coupe, AC Schnitzer did a sizable performance bump, increasing the output of the sports car ’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine from 245 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, all the way up to 294 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. With these new numbers, the sports coupe can now hit 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, 50 to 112 mph in 12.7 seconds. Top speed is still limited to 155 mph, though, so that’s a little disappointing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe ACS4 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer

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BMW i8

BMW has been on the forefront of research and development of Eco-friendly mobility for the future. The company has invested heavily in cleaner, more efficient propulsion technologies. The recently launched ’i’ sub-brand has been the result of years of development in order to provide futuristic, efficient and Eco-friendly products at affordable costs.

The "electric car " as we know it, has been evolving at a rapid pace, and with advancement in battery technology and "wonder materials," like carbon-fiber, we could be on the brink of a steady switch to electric mobility. BMW is convinced that electric cars are the future of motoring and will concentrate their efforts in this direction.

Board member of development at BMW , Herbert Diess, was speaking to Autocar on this subject. Electrification, according to him, is imminent and fueling the growth of the electric car would be newer, more stringent emission regulations. The automotive sector is among the most regulated businesses today, and government policies would play a major role in deciding the future course of the automotive scene. Europe would be the epicenter for this as has been the case since medieval times

Having said that, there has been no change in the BMW philosophy of "sheer driving pleasure." Until recently, electric cars’ lack of appeal and character, along with a high asking price, had kept the common public away from the idea of owning one. The performance-crazy half of the populous have seen the potential of the electric car and have slowly began to accept the idea.

The BMW i8 is an example of a performance-oriented electric car concept. It combines numerous futuristic technologies into a highly desirable and unique automobile with BMW driving DNA. Same is the case with the BMW i3 , albeit on the other side of the spectrum.

European emission regulations call for reducing carbon and particulates to 95 g/km and meeting these standards would call for more electric-drive technologies. Stricter regulations would mean Europeans would most likely be the first to see these technologies in daily use. Already, modern BMW cars feature a combination of hybrid drive and conventional engines. A point will be reached when further reduction in CO2 emission would be difficult. This would eventually require us to shift to 100 percent electric drive.

The BMW i8 has shown the way and future BMW models would be fitted with entry-level electrification. Plug-in hybrids and hybrids would soon become the norm dictated by emission regulations. Full electrification would be the ultimate goal as we try reduce our carbon footprints down to acceptable levels with respect to the global environment.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW-i

Source: Autocar
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It looks like BMW hit the jackpot with its new lineup of electric and hybrid vehicles. While we weren’t very sure about the success of the i3 — its looks being the main cause of concern — it appears that BMW has already received a total of 10,000 orders for it, with the first units already being delivered to customers in Germany last week.

Along with the i3, the new i8 supercar is also a great hit, but that’s no surprise here. While BMW did not reveal just how many units will be delivered in its first year of production, it did announce that all i8 units are sold out. So, if you planned to buy an i8, you will now have to wait another two years.

On the U.S. market, both models will go on sale in 2014, with the i3 starting at $42,275 and the i8 checking in at $135,925.

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

Source: Reuters
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Next to the 2 Series Coupe we brought you earlier today, BMW also equipped the X5 SUV with a series of updates offered by its M Performance subsidiary. Just like with the coupe, the updated SUV will be available starting March 2014 and includes a series of updates to both the exterior and the interior, plus a more powerful engine.

The X5 xDrive35i received a modified engine control system that increases the final output by 20 horsepower - up to a total of 326 horsepower and 36 pound-feet of torque. The extra power was combined with an optimized accelerator pedal set-up that will improve the spontaneous response of the engine and will optimize performance.

For the X5 xDrive35i BMW is also offering a M Performance silencer system plus a M Performance tailpipe trim elements available either in chrome or carbon.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X5 with M Performance parts.

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While waiting for the BMW M2 , the company decided to update the recently launched 2 Series Coupe with a meaner appearance thanks to pretty impressive list of M Performance parts. They can be applied to all the models in the lineup and offer both an athletic appearance and sporty interior ambiance to the new 2 Series . All the updates will be available starting March 2014.

Thanks to the new BMW M Performance parts the 2 Series Coupe will also deliver a little bit more power. For example the 220d gets an additional 16 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque. For the M235i BMW is offering a new silencer system, tailpipes in chrome or carbon and a limited-slip differential.

All the models will also get a new sports suspension that brings the model closer to the ground by about 20 mm (0.78 inches) plus a new brake system brake system with brake calipers painted in a choice of red, yellow or orange. There is also a new set of 19-inch wheels offered in two design versions.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Coupe with M Performance parts.

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In December, one of the best tuning shows kicks off in Essen, Germany, and AC Schnitzer has already started unwrapping kits it will display on the show floor. The first of them will be based on the BMW 5 Series Touring and as expected, it includes upgrades to the exterior, interior and the drivetrain.

AC Schnitzer is offering power upgrades to pretty much all the models in the 5er Touring lineup, starting with the 520d and up to the 550i with output ranging from 34 to 93 horsepower. As you probably expected, the biggest upgrade is for the 550i, which AC tuned to deliver a total of 525 horsepower — a healthy boost from the standard 449 horsepower.

To help milk this extra power from the various 5 Series models, AC remapped the ECU and added a new exhaust system with sports rear silencer and tailpipes.

Also included is a sharp body kit that gives the 5 Series a new look, while maintaining its overall classy appearance. On the inside, the 5er gets an aluminum gear shifter knob and pedals, as well as high-end velour floor mats.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 5 Series Touring by AC Schnitzer.

BMW X2

The folks over at BMW Blog report that sources close to German magazine Autobild say BMW’s got a couple new SUVs planned for the near future. Coming out first is the new two-door X2 scheduled for shipment in 2016. It’s said to be based on the UKL front-drive platform that will also underpin the second-generation X1 .

BMW Blog says the X2 will also share the X1’s powertrain lineup that includes a three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Keep in mind, the diesels will likely stay in Europe if or when they debut. A hybrid variant may well be on the drawing board as well. We suspect a hybrid X2 would make a highly respectable option for inner city customers looking to make a statement while cutting fuel costs.

Less is known about the possible X7 SUV . This is not the first time BMW Blog has reported on an X7 as they covered its initial media leak and then purported demise, as BMW supposedly didn’t feel the need for a large full-size SUV at the time. The magazine does however dive into the possibility of three different plug-in hybrid systems for all X Series models. Included is a three-cylinder offered in front-wheel-drive only; a four-cylinder engine offered in rear-drive X3 and X4 models; and a six-cylinder offered in four-wheel drive for the X5,X6, and possible X7. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking news on the topics.

Source: BMW Blog

Bulgarian tuner Vilner doesn’t nearly get the love it deserves. But the company continues to produce some ridiculous programs over the years and this time around, it’s prepared something that it has described as its biggest project to date.

It’s also the first model Vilner has reworked completely, making it that much more significant in the eyes of a lot of people. It’s called the Bullshark, and it’s based on the second-generation BMW 6 Series Coupe and with a name that fits the billing, this bad-boy is one insane Bulgarian-tuned masterpiece.

The length by which Vilner reworked the model is evident by the fact that only the doors and the roof were kept stock. Everything else was changed, including a host of new aerodynamic components, all of which were made entirely from carbon fiber.

Inside, brown and beige accidents dominate the seats, which goes well with blue belts and matching stitching. Cowhide was the material of choice, further highlighting the exclusivity of the program, while the steering wheel, seats and gear shifter were also all rebuilt. Finally, an 11-speaker audio system was installed, which included a pair of amplifiers and a trunk-mounted subwoofer for a little extra boom.

Finally, an engine upgrade was also given to the 6er Coupe, resulting in a modest increase to the output of the car’s 4.4-liter, V-8 engine from 333 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque up to 370 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. The improved numbers allow the Bullshark to hit 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds to go with a top speed of 173 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the current generation BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

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BMW stopped production of the M3 Convertible a while ago, and it is now preparing for the release of its replacement, the M4 Convertible , next year. Until the M4 drop-top hits the market, German tuner Leib Engineering is giving M3 Convertible owners a chance to push their hard-top 3er to the next level.

Just like with the rest of the M3 family, the convertible version is powered by a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine with a total output of 414 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which was good enough to sprint the cabriolet to 60 mph in under five seconds. Leib Engineering obviously was not satisfied by these numbers, and pushed the M3 to 610 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque.

Getting the extra 196 ponies and 140 pound-feet of torque from the V-8 engine required a G-Power SK II CS supercharger, an additional fuel pump system, high-performance injector nozzles, colder spark plugs, induction air track made of carbon/stainless steel and an ECU remap.

The kit also includes a new sports exhaust system with double 100-cell sports catalytic converters from HJS and an exhaust valve that can be controlled through the M button on the steering wheel. The exhaust system features 65 mm (2.55-inch) diameter pipes, which is a nice jump from the factory 60 mm (2.36-inch) pipes.

The final step in creating this amazing M3 was to update the suspension and chassis to handle all of the extra power. This includes a KW DDC coilover setup that the driver can adjust via the M button or through the Electronic Damper Control button.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 Cabriolet by Leib Engineering.


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