The 2014 BMW 6-Series will be heading to dealers soon and BMW has just announced an all-new special edition for folks who happen to think the 2014 650i just won’t be enough car for them. This new model is dubbed the Frozen Brilliant White Edition and you can order it in two trim levels: 650i Convertible or 650i xDrive Convertible.
On the outside, there is plenty to distinguish this new model from the normal 6-Series. The most distinguishing element is its exclusive Frozen Brilliant White Metallic matte paintjob, but the Frozen Black mirror caps, black BMW kidney grilles and 20-inch BMW M Performance light-alloy wheels in a bi-color paint scheme also help set it apart. Contrasting the exterior color perfectly is the black cloth top.
Inside the cabin, this new special edition includes black Nappa leather upholstery trimmed out with Gray Poplar wood. The Frozen Brilliant White Edition also includes the Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster, which is making its debut in the U.S. Basically, this system changes its look and what it displays to match the Driving Dynamics Control Mode you select.
In addition to these exclusive additions, BMW is also tossing in the M Sport Package, which includes an increase in the top-speed limiter, Shadowline exterior trimming, body-colored front and rear bumpers, and an M Steering wheel. Also added in is the Executive Package, which adds ceramic controls, a heads-up display, ventilated front seats, smartphone integration, soft-close automatic doors and BMW Apps. Lastly, BMW adds the Cold Weather Package standard, which adds in a ski bag and a heated steering wheel. In 2013, these kits combined would cost you a whopping $8,100 and you get them “free.”
Under the hood, there are no changes from the base 650i, so we would expect it to carry the same 4.4-liter V-8 that punches out 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The only difference between this and the base 650i Convertible is that the M Performance package jumps its top speed from 130 mph to 155 mph.
As for pricing, the 650i Frozen Brilliant White Edition will come in at $106,995 and the xDrive model will hit $110,095. Production is set to start in April or May of 2013 and only 100 models will be produced.
It looks like BMW has big plans for the next two years: 11 new models will be launched in 2013 and by the end of 2014, 25 new models will be added to the range, with 10 of them being completely new. BMW said nothing else about these new models, but we do know it will include models like the i3 and the i8, the new 2-Series and 4-Series and their M derivatives.
In the same press release, BMW announced the production version i3 will be make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be put on sale by the end of the year.
Even though no one has actually seen it in production form, BMW has already received "several hundred advanced orders" for the i3. The model has been designed to run with zero emissions in an urban environment. It has an approximate range of 150 km (93 miles) and will be 250 (551 pounds) to 350 kilograms (771 pounds) lighter than a conventional electric car.
Hit the jump to read full details on the press release.
The new BMW M6 seems to be much appreciated among tuners, as we have lost count of all the tuning kits we have seen lately. A new one has been announced today by the guys over Manhart Racing who announced a performance boost and some new wheels.
Under the hood, the tuner offers four different upgrade stages. In stage 1, the only update made is software optimization that increases the total output to 620 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Stage 2 adds some downpipes that will help deliver an extra 20 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque to the Stage 1 kit. In Stage 3, the tuner adds an additional MHR axle back Sport end-silencer and a Carbon Air Intake System that increase the output to a total of 670 horsepower, while the peak torque goes up to 582 pound-feet. In Stage 4, customers will receive an additional MHR performance box that increases the total output up to 700 horsepower and the peak torque up to 634 pound-feet.
Alongside the performance upgrades, the tuner also offers a set of wheels sized 9.5-by-20 inches up front and 10.5-by-21 inches at the rear. They are combined with a classical coil-over suspension or coil-over springs.
We have been keeping close tabs on the updated 5-Series and we have caught some pretty nice spy shots. Unfortunately, the testers have done a pretty good job keeping the revisions hidden. We saw a few leaked images last month, but the source was not very reputable. The covers were blown off once again today, as Auto Zeitung is obviously doing a piece on the facelift and an image from this article has oozed its way onto the information superhighway. This new image confirms that the previous leaks were accurate and gives us a little clarity.
From the looks of this leaked image, all of our suspicions are accurate. The image reveals that the grille is fully modified and the lower air dam is now wide open, giving the 5er a rather odd-looking smile. The only area that we were initially incorrect on is the headlight design — they do not go all the way to the grille like they do on the 3-Series. Another area we were slightly incorrect was the hood, which features larger ridges and a deeper valley down the center of it.
Unfortunately, no details were revealed about the powerplants, but we expect to see a new in-line six cylinder to replace the N55. We’ll find out all of the official details in Shanghai!
If you ask a Bimmer fan which is the best model launched on the market in the past few months, the M5 will most likely be on the top of the list. In fact, even the guys over Top Gear were impressed by the sports sedan. So, why update it? Well, because you can!!
Vorsteiner, for example, has prepared a tuning kit for the M5 that includes a new aerodynamic kit made in carbon fiber, new wheels and numerous performance products.
For the exterior, the new kit includes a new add-on spoiler, a new splitter and for the rear, a new deck-lid spoiler and a new lightweight trunk lid with integrated wing profile. The tuner also replaced the rear diffuser, so it now integrates the new exhaust system offered in two versions: either stainless steel or titanium.
The Vorsteiner M5 will be offered with new forged wheels offered in various sizes, depending on customer’s wishes: 20, 21 or 22 inches. For the interior, the modifications are limited to embroidered floor mats and trunk mat accessories.
The new BMW M5 kit will be available starting April 2013.
Usually when you open your car’s top, you are looking to enjoy a sunny day. In Europe, however, spring is running a little behind schedule and there is still a lot of snow. This didn’t stop the guys over at BMW, who decided to take the Convertible version of the new BMW 4-Series out for a testing session. They opened the roof and enjoyed... well, the cold.
The new 4-Series will be a cheaper alternative of the larger 6-Series Convertible and will combine design elements from both the 6-Series and the 3-Series. It will distinguish itself with more squared-off headlights and larger eyebrows, plus the new 3D kidney grille. The 4-Series convertible lineup will include the 428i, which will likely come with a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 435i, which should come with a 306-horsepower, 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine.
The new BMW 4-Series Convertible will be unveiled in late 2013 and will enter production in November 2013.
If you didn’t have the chance to buy one of the 2,700 1-Series M Coupe units that were built, you will be happy to know that BMW has decided to offer a successor for the new compact sports coupe. The announcement was made by M division CEO, Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, himself in an interview with BMW Blog.
He said that the "M Performance" lineup is a new category of models for BMW and the company plans to expand it. The current M135i - offered as a successor for the 1M Coupe - is currently a very successful model, even if it is not really a pure M car.
Nitschke said in the interview: "We haven’t made a decision yet, but the 1M coupe was so successful, that in my opinion, I am absolutely sure we will build a successor."
He offered no other details on the upcoming successor, but we are hoping for something delivering at least the same performance figures at the 1M Coupe: 335 horsepower, a sprint from 0 to 60 mph made in 4.7 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph.
It’s been a while since we last heard anything about the upcoming coupe version of the new generation BMW M4, but our spy photographers have caught the car testing again, and, as you can see, it has started losing more of its camouflage.
Based on the new BMW 4-Series that replaces the old 3-Series coupe, the future M4 will be distinguished by the usual M-design elements: a more aggressive front bumper, LED headlights, a wide track and different side air intakes and for the rear, an M sports exhaust system. The car will also sit on larger wheels.
Despite expectations, the new M4 will be powered by a S55 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine with an output of just 415 horsepower - and not 450 horsepower as initially believed.
The new BMW M4 Coupe will be launched a few months, shortly after the 4-Series Coupe arrives on the market in 2013, most likely sometime in early 2014.
Now that we have finally seen the next-generation BMW 3-Series, it’s time to focus on the coupe version of the model: the 4-Series Coupe. The new model will make its official debut sometime in early-2013, and will start production in July 2013. The 4-Series will have its sights set on the Audi A5 family.
When thinking about the next 4-Series Coupe, imagine a smaller 6-Series with design similar to the current 3-Series, except that it will be a sportier model. The vehicle will be a few inches longer than the sedan version and will feature a more aggressive front end with the new-style exposed, three-dimensional BMW double kidney grille and a larger rear window.
As for the engine lineup, expect it to be similar to the 3-Series sedan version. There will be a choice of four engines - two petrol and two diesel - with the most powerful version being the 435i with an output of 306 horsepower.
The 4-Series Coupe will be shortly followed by a convertible model.
Thanks to the folks at 4-series.com , as they have obtained a leaked document that details the variants of the upcoming BMW 4-Series and the production dates. The F32 – the internal code name for the hard-top variant — will enter production in July of this year. The base variant will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder-powered BMW 428i followed by a much more powerful 3.0-liter in-line-six-powered BMW 435i. On top of these base models are the 428xi and a 435xi, both of which will feature BMW’s famed xDrive all-wheel drive.
Update 3/14/2013: The leaks just keep on coming, as the folks over at F30post, via Bimmerpost, managed to dig up the ordering guides for the upcoming 2014 435i and 428i. You can see pages from the guides after the jump.
The upcoming coupe version of the new BMW 4-Series has been caught testing one more time, and this time our spy photographers also managed to catch a shot of the interior. Also, the new prototypes reveal the functioning air vent in the front fender.
Set to replace the coupe and convertible version of the new 3-Series, the 4-Series will be a little smaller than the 6-Series, but with design elements inspired by the 3-Series. Spy shots have also revealed that the vehicle will be a few inches longer than the sedan version and will feature a more aggressive front end with the new exposed, three-dimensional BMW double kidney grille and a larger rear window.
Under the hood, the model will keep the lineup found in the 3-Series: a choice of four engines - two petrol units and two diesels - with the top version being the 435i with an output of 306 horsepower.
The new BMW 4-Series Coupe will be put into production in July 2013, so the official launch date is getting closer.