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Is BMW Preparing an M8 Concept for Geneva?

BMW’s booth in Geneva just got a lot more exciting

The Chicago Auto Show is now open, but for most European automakers, the event they’re preparing for is the next one on the calendar. The Geneva Motor Show is regarded as one of the biggest auto shows of the year. Every automaker worth its salt attends the event. That includes BMW, which is already in line to debut the new X4. Now, whispers abound that another model is coming to the auto show. If these whispers hold true, we could be on the receiving end of seeing a new, 8 Series-based concept from the M Division.

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Infiniti, BMW Take Home EyesOn Design Awards in Detroit

Infiniti, BMW Take Home EyesOn Design Awards in Detroit

It was a thin field, but all winners were worthy of their awards

The Detroit Auto Show was popping this week with enough debuts and concept car unveilings to make for an action-packed week. Two cars, in particular, were honored with EyesOn Design awards, one for being the best concept in the show, and another for being the best production vehicle. The Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept and the BMW X2 SUV took home top honors in the two categories, respectively.

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2017 BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

2017 BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

A glimpse at BMW’s upcoming three-row luxury crossover

No one can claim BMW’s lineup lacks enough models. The German automaker has split more hairs when it comes to niche segments than any other brand. But one thing BMW lacks is a three-row SUV. That will change when the X7 Sport Activity Vehicle begins production for the 2019 model year. In the mean time, BMW has teased the X7 with this concept version. It’s (hopefully) a heavily stylized and futuristic interpretation of what the X7 will be, and comes packed with high-tech features and overstated design elements.

The X7 will ride on BMW’s CLAR platform, which is currently used in the 7 Series sedan. Powertrain specifications haven’t been detailed, but BMW says the X7 will offer electric propulsion, which BMW calls eDrive, paired with a TwinPower Turbo engine. Obviously, this is where the iPerformance designation comes in. The gasoline-electric hybrid system will be of the plug-in variety and can run in full EV mode with zero local emissions. We expect BMW’s inline-six and V-8 engines will be available, too, with rear-wheel driving coming as standard and all-wheel drive being optional, perhaps depending on the powertrain. So, until BMW debuts the production version of the X7, this concept remains the best guess at what we can expect. Let’s just hope the overstyled exterior gets heavily toned down before the X7 hits showrooms in late 2018.

Updated 09/19/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s presentation at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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2017 BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

2017 BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

Is it a preview of the i5... or maybe the i7?

With the EV war in full swing and every manufacturer trying to prove their dominance in this small but growing segment, it came as no surprise that there were plenty of EV and future concepts display at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. One such concept was the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept – a model that previews a production model that will slot between the BMW i3 and BMW i8, and most likely the BMW i5 that we thought for sure was coming to Frankfurt this year. Whether or not this thing is anywhere near being ready for a shift into production remains to be seen, it has a pretty wild exterior design but, as a sedan, it will slot in nicely below the i8. It features a futuristic-like exterior design, along with an all-electric drivetrain.

As of now, details about this specific concept are scant at best. BMW hasn’t even enlightened us with any information about the interior and has given us very little about the drivetrain itself, so this is pretty much a best guess scenario. It’s also one of the 12 promised, pure-electric models that will grace Bimmer’s lineup by 2025 and stand next to another 13 electrified/hybrid vehicles. With that said, it’s time to take a good look at the latest vision concept and see what we might be able to expect from the mysterious and evasive i5 or maybe even an i7 since the i5 could end up being an SUV according to a report back in 2016. So, there are a lot of unknowns here, but that just means we can have fun with it. Let’s get to it.

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BMW i Vision Dynamics Previews Tesla Model S Fighter

BMW i Vision Dynamics Previews Tesla Model S Fighter

A first look at what could become the i5

In 2011, BMW made a big step toward an electrified future with the BMW i sub-brand. Two years later, thei3 city was unveiled, followed by the i8 sports car in 2014. Ever since the i3 arrived in showrooms there’s been talk about BMW planning to expand the i family with a sedan that would go against the Tesla Model S. Come 2017 and BMW finally confirmed those plans with the i Vision Dynamics. Launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it’s the company’s first all-electric sedan and likely previews a production model that should be unveiled by the end of 2018.

Part of the brand’s "Number One > Next" strategy, which should see 25 vehicles with electrified drive systems — include 12 all-electric model — arrive by 2025, the i Vision Dynamics is a "four-door gran coupe" that showcases how BMW sees future EV mobility "between the i3 and the i8." In short, this concept car previews a sedan that’s much larger than the i3, but slots below the i8 in terms of performance. Sounds like the German firm is working on a four-door EV that could compete with the popular Tesla Model S.

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BMW Lives Up To Its Word, Brings Aggressive X7 Concept To Frankfurt

BMW Lives Up To Its Word, Brings Aggressive X7 Concept To Frankfurt

It’s not what we expected, but it sure will get a lot of reactions, for better or worse

BMW told us that it’s planning for a “big” surprise at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and just days ahead of the show’s opening, that “big” surprise has finally come to light – it’s the long-awaited X7 Concept. And in true Bimmer fashion, the concept isn’t lacking in style, flair, and all-around brashness.

For the record, these photos didn’t come from BMW; they came from Bimmerpost. The BMW-focused site describes them as leaked photos and when you compare them to teasers released by BMW, they do appear to be the same car. There’s plenty to discuss regarding the X7 Concept, not the least of which is an eye-catching design that’s straddling the thin line between love and hate. More details should be expected as soon as the SUV concept breaks cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show. For now, though, take these leaked photos for what they are – a preemptive look at a concept that’s looking more and more divisive the more I look at it. I suppose it’s probably for the best that the X7 Concept is only a concept at this point; if it were a production model, I don’t think BMW would like most folks’ reaction.

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2017 BMW Concept Z4

2017 BMW Concept Z4

A look into the design of the upcoming, third-gen Z4

BMW essentially struck gold in the compact, two-seater market when it released the Z4 back in 2003. It featured a sporty exterior, with potent, naturally aspired engines, and could be had as a soft-top convertible or in coupe form. That first generation lasted until 2009, but before the first-gen made its exit BMW was able to introduce a Z4 M in both forms with performance credentials good enough to get the little car that could up to 60 mph in as little as 4.8 seconds if you knew how to shift it right. The second-gen came to be in 2009 and, while most of the engine choices were naturally aspirated, one was offered with turbocharged goodness. Within a couple of years, the entire drivetrain lineup went turbo, and BMW hasn’t looked back since. The second-generation model lasted from 2009 to 2016 and, ever since its discontinuance, fans and purists everywhere have begged for the third-gen model – an all-new roadster that’s due for the 2018 model year and has been caught many times testing out in public over the last two years. At the kickoff of Monterey Car Week, BMW decided to release the Concept Z4, a wild interpretation of the upcoming roadster and something that at least gives us a little hint as to where BMW is going with the third-gen model.

As is the usual case with concepts, this car isn’t a firm representation of what we’ll see. For instance, it has no roof or, at the very least, has a Targa-style top. The exterior design is quite bold and features stout overhangs with crisp lines and a style that you could only get from BMW. There’s no word on what might be lurking under the hood, but BMW claims the Concept Z4 is an “all-out driving machine” that is stripped down to the bare essentials. With that said, let’s take a good look at the concept and talk more about it!

Updated 08/21/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s presentation at the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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2017 BMW 8 Series Concept

2017 BMW 8 Series Concept

There’s a high probability that the production model will like very similar

Back in the late 1980s when BMW introduced the first 8 Series Coupe, it threw the lineup into turmoil as the 6 Series quickly lost relevance. The 6 Series was eventually discontinued a few years after the 8 Series rolled into showrooms. The 8 Series quickly became an icon, but was ultimately short-lived, being discontinued just 10 years after its introduction. The 6 Series bounced back in 2003 and has been on the market ever since. Fast forward to 2017, and we’re looking at another 8 Series Coupe. This specific model is a concept, but promises to be near-production ready and represents what the new 8 Series will look like when it hits the market in 2018 as a 2019 model. Little is known as far as specifics go, but the 8 Series concept shows off a bold new styling language for future BMW products and essentially redefines the line between beauty and luxury. Inside, the concept represents the evolution of BMW’s iconic styling while the motivation under the hood is likely the same 4.4-liter, turbocharged, V-8 from the current 7 Series.

The new 8 Series Coupe coming and there’s no denying it at this point. It’s quite likely to throw BMW’s lineup into chaos once again. Is there a place for the 6 Series with a new 8 Series on the market? Does the design language of the new 8 Series fit into the ego of BMW fanboys enough to encourage paying much more for a slightly larger coupe? These are two important questions, but they all lead to the same quandary: Will the production model based on this concept perform well enough for the name to gain that iconic status it was once known for, while earning itself a permanent place in Bimmer’s stable? Well, let’s dive on into this concept and see just what the future might hold.

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The BMW 8 Series Concept Falls Short Of Expectations

The BMW 8 Series Concept Falls Short Of Expectations

I had a different idea of what the new 8 Series would look like

Those who routinely follow TopSpeed are probably already aware of my infatuation towards the BMW 8 Series. I’ve waxed poetic about it. I’ve put posters of it on my wall. At one point, I may have had a dream that I got married to one. I loved the 8 Series in the 90s and I still love it today. So as you can imagine, I’m heavily invested in the new BMW 8 Series. I want it to look as good as it’s predecessor. I want it to do better than its predecessor. Most of all, I want it to live up to my expectations, which are admittedly higher than most people. So when I saw the BMW 8 Series Concept, my reaction was summed up in two words: “Oh, no.”

It’s not that I don’t like the 8 Series Concept. I actually do. It looks clean, sharp, and exciting. If BMW rolled out the concept without identifying it as the 8 Series Concept, I’d be gushing all over it. The problem is that it didn’t live up to my expectations of what the 8er could look like because it’s not 8 Series material. Check that; it’s not flagship model material. For instance, I imagined it being a bigger than what it is. That could still be the case if BMW decides to add sedan and Gran Coupe variants in the future, but for what it showed, there’s an absence of that "wow factor" that I expected out of it.

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Want to Hear What the 8 Series Concept Sounds Like? Look no Further

Want to Hear What the 8 Series Concept Sounds Like? Look no Further

Didn’t think we would be hearing this baby purr this early on!

So, the 8 Series Coupe Concept was finally announced to the world, and it’s honestly been quite the surprise. There seems to be a lot of mixed opinions about it, and it’s certainly raised the question as to whether or not the 6 Series would remain in the lineup. Here at Topspeed, we’re also torn. Some of us think it looks amazing, while others are a bit disappointed with the way the front end looks. Surely, this isn’t the first-gen 8 Series, but it’s certainly not ugly either.

Unfortunately, BMW has kept a lot of details close to the heart and has yet to announce what resides under the hood or any performance specs whatsoever. Be that as it may, you can still get a little taste of what it sounds like thanks to a walkaround video produced by German publication AutoBild. I personally think it sounds mean, but a little raspy, but maybe that’s due to my crappy speakers. Either way, we think you have an obligation to hear this baby fire up and run, so you should click play on the video and check it out for yourself.

On a side note, this video is straight out of Germany, so you’ll have to do a little trick if you don’t know German and want to know what’s being said. To do this, click on the settings button, then turn on German subtitles. Click on the menu again, click on the auto translate button, then choose your language of choice. With that said, you can hear the exhaust note starting at 4:52, so go ahead and click play already, sheesh.

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BMW's 8 Series Concept Looks Dead Sexy

BMW’s 8 Series Concept Looks Dead Sexy

The design study previews future styling language and an upcoming production model

Hot on the heels of a leak recently published online, BMW has revealed its latest 8 Series Concept car in a succession of official photos and video. The design study is scheduled to make its full public debut at the Concoso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este show in Italy this weekend, a venue where BMW has a history of revealing awesome concepts (last year, the automaker offered up the slick 2002 Hommage Concept). The 8 Series Concept is framed as a modern sports coupe worthy of flagship status, and previews an upcoming production model arriving sometime next year. BMW hopes this sleek sports coupe will manage to rekindle consumer interest in large luxury two-doors with a dollop of sporting intent under the hood.

“The number 8 has always represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW,” said Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “The forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupe will demonstrate that razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury can go hand-in-hand. This will be the next model in the expansion of our luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment. In the process, we will strengthen our claim to leadership in the luxury class.” The 8 Series Concept will replace the 6 Series Coupe in BMW’s lineup, surpassing the outgoing model in terms of exterior dimensions. Built on the same platform as the 7 Series, the 8 Series is also rumored to receive a turbo V-12 powerplant for motivation.

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2016 BMW X2 Concept

2016 BMW X2 Concept

Previews a brand-new compact crossover

In 1999, BMW launched its first-ever SUV, joining the increasingly popular crossover market with the X5. The mid-size hauler was later joined by the smaller X3 and X1, as well as the coupe-shaped X6 and X4 models. The German company is planning to expand its family of X models even further in the future with a larger X7, already confirmed for production. An X2 has also been in the rumor mill for a few years, but BMW has yet to confirm it. This changed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where the Munich-based firm showcased the X2 Concept.

Described as a vehicle for "active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality," the X2 Concept slots between the X1 and the X3.. But although the even number next to the "X" places it in the same lineup with the X4 and X6, the X2’s styling lacks the hunched stance of its coupe siblings. This is where it gets a bit confusing, but needless to say, the X2 is definitely sportier than the X3 and X1.

"The BMW Concept X2 combines the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model. This is a sporty vehicle with a bold character, and it allows us to open up some fascinating new design possibilities for the BMW brand," said Karim Habib, head of BMW Design.

BMW has yet to specifically confirm that a production X2 is underway as of January 2017, but a road-going model is expected to arrive within the next couple of years. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the concept and the brand-new BMW features that define it.

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2016 BMW 2002 Hommage

2016 BMW 2002 Hommage

The 2002 Hommage got a new look for the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach

If you look back on this history of the Villa d’Este Concours event, you will find a lot of hype about models like the BMW CSL Hommage from last year and the 328 Hommage from before that. Needless to say, BMW likes to bring the past to present with some interesting concepts that pay tribute to older models from years past. This year, BMW is bringing another “very special model,” called the BMW 2002 Hommage, a model that is based on the BMW 2002 Turbo.

Underneath all the fancy body lines and the little pieces that trigger memories from way back when, the BMW 2002 Hommage is probably just an M2. Be that as it may, it’s still a pretty nice place to start. Adrian van Hooydonk, the Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, said, “Exactly 50 years ago, the 02 range kick-started an era of success for BMW. This compact coupe is one of the vehicles which made the brand what it is today. The 2002 sat at the top of the range and was the first series-produced car anywhere in Europe to come with turbo technology. That set the seal on the coupe as a genuine sports car. At the same time, the 2002 turbo was at the technological vanguard of engine development at BMW. The BMW 2002 Hommage is our way of raising a glass to all these achievements.”

Karim Habib, the Head of Design for BMW Automobiles, believes that the BMW 2002 Hommage “encapsulates BMW’s major motorsport triumphs” and is a “confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.” So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at BMW’s latest concept for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and what it’s all about.

Update 08-24-2016: We’ve created a new video that covers the highlights of the BMW 2002 Hommage. Click on play to see it for yourself.

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