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2015 BMW X3

2015 BMW X3

BMW announced today that its venerable X3 SUV is getting a much-needed upgrade. BMW is blowing open the new 2015 BMW X3 SUV by offering it with multiple U.S.-market firsts. Most notably, you can now get the X3 with diesel power, and there is now a model without all-wheel drive.

The availability of the rear-wheel-drive model helps bring the price of the X3 down into a new market, and the diesel engine option provides a level of fuel economy that far exceeds any of the previous X3 models.

As expected with any major update, the designs of the interior and exterior have been updated and overall equipment levels have increased.

Is the new 2015 BMW X3 the best luxury SUV money can buy, or does BMW need to make more substantial changes to make the model worth looking at?

Continue reading to find out all the details on this new machine.

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2011 Chicago Auto Show Preview

2011 Chicago Auto Show Preview

Fresh off of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, the next major auto event is ready to kick off in a little over a week’s time at the Windy City in Chicago. From February 9th-20th, the Chicago Auto Show will be the center of the automotive universe - in the US, at least - and is expected to draw a sizable number of manufacturers from all over the world.

Here at Topspeed, we make sure that you’re on top of everything as it pertains to these type of shows and just like Detroit, we’re here to give you a low-down on what cars to expect at the Chicago Auto Show.

We’ve compiled a list of cars that are scheduled to make their production debuts in Chicago, and to give you a better idea of what models to expect, we have the full low-down on all attending brands and the respective models that they’re expected to unveil next week.

Details after the jump.

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2008 BMW M3 American Le Mans Series (ALMS)

2008 BMW M3 American Le Mans Series (ALMS)

BMW has announced at the Chicago Auto how its intention to compete in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) beginning in 2009. And the idea car to do it is a racing version of the latest generation M3.

On creating the racing version, BMW needed to make an already sporting car even more sporting. This task was accomplished using a BMW P65 race engine that delivers 485 bhp.

Also the race version of the BMW M3 is wider and significantly lighter than its production equivalent, enabling it to perfectly transmit the power of its V8 to the track. Widespread use of carbon-reinforced plastic (CRP) provides proof of substantial weight reduction. As with the production version, the race car’s roof is manufactured from this high-tech material.

Press release after the jump.

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BMW Concept 1-Series tii will make its North American debut in Chicago

BMW Concept 1-Series tii will make its North American debut in Chicago

First unveiled last year at the Tokyo Motor Show, the 1-Series tii Concept will make its North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Based on the new BMW 1 Series Coupe, this design study represents the natural evolution of the BMW compact two-door with a clear focus on performance.

The BMW Concept 1 Series tii brings out all these strengths and shows how much the development principles which applied more than four decades ago are still appropriate today when setting out to create a truly unique driving experience. Traditional and modern: lightweight construction as the basic principle, CFP as the solution.

BMW Concept 1 Series tii combines visual features carried over from the past with the most advanced technology available. Its basic principle rests on traditional values, while high-tech materials and applications are used to maximize its performance potential. To save weight and ensure an ideal weight balance, selected components on BMW Concept 1 Series tii are made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFP).

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Press release after the jump.

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BMW Alpina B7 US debut at Chicago Auto Show

BMW Alpina B7 US debut at Chicago Auto Show

High performance 7 series model developed by BMW and ALPINA, Germany’s renowned performance specialists Woodcliff Lake, NJ. The BMW ALPINA B7 will make its U.S. debut at the Chicago Auto Show.
Committed to developing the best performing vehicles in the luxury market, BMW along with ALPINA have created a special high performance version of BMW’s 7 Series luxury sedan. The 2007 BMW ALPINA B7 brings together the luxury, pioneering design, and advanced technology of the 7 Series Sedan with the (...)

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