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There’s a lot of buzz around the upcoming New York Auto Show , which will see vehicles such as the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger , the Acura TLX and the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe , but the Beijing Auto Show , also scheduled this month, promises to be equally interesting.

Besides hosting debuts for concept cars like the Citroen DS 5LS R or Nissan’s new, yet unnamed sedan , the Chinese event will also have an impressive lineup of BMW vehicles on display. Among the new X4 , the 2 Series Active Tourer and the i8 , the Germans are set to unveil a new, special-edition version of the large 7 Series sedan.

Developed specifically for the Chinese market, the new vehicle is dubbed Horse Edition. Now don’t let the name full you, this luxurious land yacht doesn’t come with horseshoes instead of badges or saddles instead of seats. BMW christened it like that to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse.

Because it will be sold in China, the 7 Series Horse Edition will be based on the long-wheelbase version of the sedan , and will be equipped with a number of BMW Individual and M Sport features.

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

Details about a possible M2 model surfaced at the end of May 2011 when BMW confirmed that the coupe and cabrio version of the 1-Series would be sold as the 2-Series . Now, thanks to the British magazine, AutoExpress, more details are available on this new sports car.

The new BMW M2 will be built on the company’s F21 platform that will also be used for the next 2-Series model. It will be an entry-level sports car featuring a front-mounted engine mated to all-new DCT semi-automatic transmission. As of right now, the likely engine is the 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo delivering about 400 horses. One of the most innovative features of the upcoming M2 will be the intense use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics first used in theM3 CRT and also announced for the upcoming BMW i8 .

In an interview with the British magazine, the M Division’s new managing director, Dr Friedrich Nitschke said: "In the 1M Coupe , we have a starter car for the M Division, and we are continuing to develop this project. Such models must be sporty, and offer extraordinarily low fuel consumption. This is something we could achieve with the M2. I think the 1M Coupe proves there is room for an M2, a coupe."

Although BMW feels there is room for an M2 model, don’t expect it to arrive until late 2015. At that point, models like the Porsche Cayman and the Audi TT RS may need a little jump-start to deal with the added competition.

Updated 04/07/2014: LeftLaneNews reports that the next BMW M2 will be powered by a twin-turbocharged variant of the 3.0-liter straight-six found under the hood of the M235i, and with the output increased to about 380 to 400 horsepower — 60 to 80 horsepower more than the M235i. This will allow the M2 to go from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds. The M2 should be put on sale in 2016 at a price of about $55k.

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

Source: AutoExpress

BMW has been rolling out some intense products this year, especially the new 3- and 4-Series lineups, complete in their sedan and coupe variations. Beyond that, the M version of each have stirred even more commotion in the industry, but one car was missing – The M4 Convertible. Today BMW corrects that as the German automaker divulges all the details and images of the new 2015 M4 drop top.

If you’ve read anything on the new M4 Coupe, the convertible will be highly familiar. Power still comes from the 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline-six that’s mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed M-DCT transmission. The other go-fast bits like the uncompromising suspension, massive brakes, and free-flowing exhaust are all carried over.

The big news with the car is its three-piece retractable hardtop. With the push of a button, the top folds itself like a piece of origami in just 20 seconds and at speeds up to 11 miles per hour. Cargo room has improved of the last generation M3 Convertible, gaining an extra 0.7 cubic feet of room with the top up and an impressive 7.8 cubic feet of extra room when the top is folded down. Unfortunately, the extra space and all the drop-top hardware comes at a heavy cost — an extra 525 pound cost over a comparable M4 Coupe.

The news of the M4 Convertible comes before its official debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show happening April 16. Though BMW is only jumping the gun by a few weeks, the information gives us a chance to really dig into the M4 Convertible once we see it roll across the all-important New York stage.

More details will roll out soon, so stay tuned.

Updated 04/07/2014: BMW announced that the all-new M4 Convertible will be priced at $73,425 — an increase of also $8k over the hardtop version.

Click past the jump to see the spy shots up close and to read more about the M4 Convertible

Much has being made about the BMW Concept X5 eDrive following its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show last year. Shortly after its debut, a prototype was seen testing out on the road. Now, a refreshed version of the concept is headed to the 2014 New York Auto Show .

Whether this is a production model labeled as a concept or simply another prototype is a question that only BMW can answer. For the most part, there have been a few changes from the first concept we saw back in September last year.

What we do know is that there appears to be a future for the Concept X5 eDrive at some point. It may not be in the coming months, but years down the line, we expect this vehicle to be out on the road. The hybrid, luxury SUV market is still growing, and its only a matter of time before BMW jumps into the picture and announces its plans to be a strong competitor in it.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW Concept X5 eDrive.

The BMW 3 Series is a global car that appeals to a global audience. Whether its in America, Europe, or in this particular case, South Africa, the 3 Series attracts attention wherever it goes. That’s why BMW South Africa has decided to expand its offering for the beloved 3 Series, giving potential customers a chance to score a special edition 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition.

The limited-edition model is essentially an aerodynamically enhanced 3 Series Sedan that comes with a load of new components to improve both the car’s styling and performance attributes. Maybe that’s the reason why BMW South Africa only has 500 of these bad-boys at its disposal.

Here’s the best part about the 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition. Compared to a standard 3 Series with the same options and separately fitted with the all the M Performance parts, BMW South Africa’s 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition will carry 43 percent of the content if you add all the components separately yourselves.

That says a lot about this special edition 3er that BMW South Africa is offering, and its content is offered all for a price of just R87,000 if it’s fitted at the dealership. That’s $8,175 based on current exchange rates, which is of course, added to the cost of the 3 Series

Click past the jump to read more about BMW 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition.

The Alpina -BMW love affair goes back all the way to 1965, when the small Bavarian company began tuning carburetors and cylinder heads in a typewriter factory. Yes, that’s right, Alpina Alpina started as an office machinery company. The small venture began making a name for itself in the early 1970s by building a few BMWs that went on to win prestigious racing events and series such as the European Touring Car Championship, the German Hillclimb Championship and the Spa 24 Hours race.

More than forty years have passed since its 2800CS wowed the crowds, and Alpina established itself as a semi-official tuner whose creations can be found in between the stock BMW and the more potent vehicles delivered by the M Performance division. Well, sort of, but we’ll get back on that later in this review.

Moving on, Alpina’s latest creation, which is set to make it first public appearance on American soil at the 2014 New York Auto Show , is the 2015 B6 xDrive Gran Coupe — a more powerful and exclusive version of the BMW 650i Gran Coupe .

The all-wheel-drive performance sedan will become the second Alpina model to go on sale in the United States, where it will be joining the larger, 7 Series-based B7.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe.

The world has been anxiously looking forward to BMW’s eventual launch of the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe sisters, and now we’re one step closer. Both cars’ online configurators are now live. We dive deep into the option lists, paint colors, leather tones, and wheel and brake packages in a holistic overview.

But before choosing one of the eight paint options or nine interior color schemes, lets remember what comes standard under the hood: the twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. Its two mono-scroll turbos, direct-injection fuel system, and fully variable valve timing with variable camshaft control help the mill kick out 425 horsepower between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm along with 406 pound-feet of torque between a low 1,850 all the way up to 5,500 rpm.

The 3.0-liter is mated to a honest-to-goodness six-speed manual transmission or the optional seven-speed double-clutch transmission can be had, at a slight additional cost, of course. Both transmissions lay down respectable times, thought the seven-speed techno-box squeezes ahead by a few tenths. The manual comes in a 4.1 seconds to 60 mph while the double clutch does it in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is governed at 155 mph. Interestingly, BMW reports these same performance numbers for both cars.

Keeping things under control is an upgraded suspension system. With comfort not even a consideration, BMW engineers designed the setups for maximum performance and track-worthiness. Play-free ball joints, elastomeric bearing, and rubber-free bushings keep things tight, while double-jointed spring struts, control arms, wheel carriers, and axle subframes are all constructed of lightweight aluminum, decreasing unsprung mass.

Be sure to check out our full coverage of the M3 Sedan here and the M4 Coupe here.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 and M4.}

Ah, April 1st is upon us, and the tom foolery of April Fools day seems to have come to an end. We shared with you our own little April Fool with the "teasing" of the new Barracuda , which was obviously a dolled-up and re-badged Dodge Dart . A few of our colleagues seemed to enjoy our little joke, and we saw a bunch that we loved too.

We saw a Ford SVT Bronco, news that the GT-R Hybrid would debut at the 2014 NYIAS, a new BMW "technology," a sportbrake SRT Viper and many more. Some were great and others were pretty crappy. I may be wrong, but my opinion of a good April Fool is an unbelievable story that you can somehow believe. Things like a four-door Ferrari are overdone and completely obvious, but a story like the Ford SVT Bronco is just believable enough to get you going.

We have queried a few of the TopSpeed editors to find out which piece they enjoyed the most.

Click past the jump to see each of our favorites.

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When it comes to the possibility of a BMW X7, we’ve heard all kinds of things. First, there were rumors saying it would be produced and then the rumors were pulled back saying that plans for the X7 had been canceled . Now, we finally have official confirmation of the range-topping X-Series model.

This announcement really came out of left field, and was buried deep in a press release regarding the company’s South Carolina plant. The reason it ended up in this release was because it will be the newest addition to the plant’s workflow in 2016. Despite being built here in the U.S., the X7 will be a part of Bimmer ’s global market, with a lot of the demand coming from the growing Chinese market.

For now, the details are scarce, but there are some assumptions to be made about what engines it will carry and the basic styling.

Updated 03/31/2014: BMW officially confirmed that the future X7 luxury SUV will be produced at the company’s Spartanburg plant stating 2016. "With the BMW X7, we are developing another, larger X model, which we will produce at our U.S. plant for our world markets – once again underscoring our commitment to the U.S."

Hit the jump to read more about the future BMW X7.

Earlier this year, our spy photographers managed to catch the next-generation BMW 5 Series Touring while it was being towed to a test facility in Europe. Today, the next 5 Series was caught once again, but this time we caught both the sedan and station wagon variants.

As you can see, the 5 Series that we caught testing is covered in tons of camouflage, which shows us that BMW BMW is planning a pretty significant overhaul. Unfortunately, it looks like the 5er is still in its early production stages so what you see may not carry over into the production model.

Rumors suggest that the next 5 Series will lose some weight, thanks to the use of next-generation 7 Series -derived CFRP technology. We also believe that the model will feature an exterior design inspired by the Vision Connected Drive concept and an interior stuffed with tons of safety gizmos.

Under its hood, BMW will place an update range of engines, starting with a new 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine and capping off with a V-8 in the M5 — if BMW decides not to replace the V-8 with the new six-cylinder engine from the 2014 M3 .

The next-generation BMW 5 Series is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2016, making it a 2017 model year here in the U.S.

Updated 03/27/2014: British magazine AutoExpress revealed a series of new info on the next-generation BMW 5 Series set to be revealed in 2016. According to the magazine, the next 5 Series will feature a range of modular engines that use 0.5-liter cylinders, similar to the three-cylinder engine found in the new Mini lineup. BMW i BMW i s still weighing whether customers would actually buy a three-cylinder 5er, but at least the architecture and cost spreading is in place. Additionally, this will be the cleanest engine lineup in the class, set to deliver under 100g/km.


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