Imagine, if you will, that you have a crystal ball and within that ball, you can see BMW’s future. What do you see 5 years from now? 10 years from now? 20 years from now? Do you see crazy sports cars, an allotment of high-spend luxury cars, or a simple evolution of the cars the brand offers today? Well, if you look at the BMW Concept 4, the what you should be seeing is grille….lots and lots of big grilles. After all, that has been the most controversial thing about the new Concept 4, a model that’s said to represent, at least in some form, the next-gen 4 Series. That means other models, should this grille find its way to the next-gen 4 Series, could feature a similar look down the road as well. For now, though, let’s take a closer look at the Concept 4 and see what more there is to it outside of that massive grille.
2017 BMW Concept X7 iPerformance
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
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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2017 BMW Individual M760Li Inspired By Nautor’s Swan
For those fortunate enough to enjoy it, the world of yachting seems like a fantastic place to spend some time. Deep, blue water below, a bright, warm sun above, and a cool breeze in between – sounds pleasant, no? It’s this sort of lifestyle that Bimmer is aiming to capture with its latest one-off, the BMW Individual M760Li Inspired By Nautor’s Swan. Cue the Bossa Nova background music. In case you were unaware, Nautor’s Swan is a Finnish-based producer of luxury sailing yachts originally founded in 1966. BMW has partnered with Nautor’s Swan in the past, such as at regattas like the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, and with BMW celebrating a quarter century of its Individual customization program, this one-off model inspired by the world of yachting seems like the right fit.
Standout features include teak paneling for the interior, plus a unique color finish and further boating themes. And since it’s based on the BMW M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence, this four-door has plenty of performance potential as well. Interested? Then navigate your way past the jump to check out the details.
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2018 BMW i3
The BMW i3 was introduced in 2013 and was the company’s first zero emissions, mass-produced vehicle. Part of BMW’s then-new sub-brand, BMW i, which also includes the i8 sports car, the i3 was also the first volume production vehicle to feature carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). A five-door hatchback with a 125-kW electric motor, the i3 is available optionally with a range-extending, two-cylinder engine and a small fuel tank. The city car has had great success on the market, ranking third among EVs sold globally from 2014 to 2016. Sales reached 50,000 units in 2016 and surpassed 70,000 examples in 2017, when the i3 became the world’s third best selling electric car. For 2018, BMW rolled out a significant upgrade that adds new styling features and a revised powertrain.
Received with great enthusiasm and praised for its premium appointments — in contrast to many small EVs being rather mundane in this regard — the i3 won several awards in its first year on the market. On the flipside, the German firm received its fair share of criticism for the car’s bumpy ride, high price, and limited practicality. Did BMW fix some of the EV’s issues with this mid-cycle facelift? Join me in the review below to find out.
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2016 BMW 7 Series
BMW’s 7 Series has been on the market for 40 years as of 2018, and in that time, it’s seen a total of five generational changes. The most recent comes for the 2016 model year, and given the changes at hand, it is a pretty big deal. The most import modifications comes from the BMW i range, as the new 7 Series has BMW’s new Carbon Cone passenger cell. That new cell drops the overall weight by 190 pounds compared to the previous model. On the outside, the car got new, narrower headlights and sportier taillights to go with a more aggressive front fascia. On the inside, the car has the iDrive 5.0 touch display with Gesture Control, a removable 7-inch tablet for the rear seats. Under the hood, you’ll find either a 3.0-liter inline-six or a 4.4-liter V-8 both of which have been revised to provide more power and torque. All-wheel drive is available.
All told, the Seven series is the ultimate driver’s car or the perfect sedan to be hauled around in. The panoramic roof comes standard, but the Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof can be optioned for those who want an even more upscale interior. Of course, everything that comes standard on the 7 Series is pretty much a requirement if Bimmer wants to keep up with competition from Mercedes and Audi. The thing that really gives the 7 Series an edge – outside of the excessive comfort and power – is the automatic parking feature that allows the car to park itself. Everything you know now is really just the tip of the iceberg, and there is plenty left to explore about the new 7 Series. With that said, check out our full and thorough review of the new 7 Series below.
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The BMW M6 has long been a niche car that has catered to buyers who are more than willing to spend extra cash to remain true to the brotherhood of M loyalists. That was evident from 1983 to 1989, when the first incarnation of the M6 was sold, and continued on when BMW brought back the high-performance model in 2005. It’s been 10 years since the M6 returned to our lives, and BMW is taking the opportunity to once again showcase the prowess of the luxury sports coupe by launching the M6 Competition Edition at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The M6 Competition Edition lives up to its designation, thanks to a racing-inspired styling theme that complements the extra performance juice given to it by BMW. It also has some components from BMW Individual, which added some splashes of luxury to the car. As far as special editions are concerned, this one has all the makings of a car that lives up to its exclusivity.
BMW’s only building a total of 220 units of the M6 Competition Edition. The good news is that of the 220 units, 100 have been earmarked for the U.S., with the remaining 120 units allocated worldwide. The BMW M6 Competition Edition will only be available in select BMW retailers for $164,900 plus destination and handling.
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By the time the first-generation M6 made its debut in 1983, BMW had already been racing the 6 Series for three years. The company’s vehicle of choice for the race course was the 635 CSi, which spent more than a decade on the track between 1980 and 1992. The coupe scored 26 overall wins and 7 class victories in more than 600 races that included many endurance events. Although the 6 Series nameplate returned for the 2006 model year with V-8 and V-10 engines, the new coupe didn’t follow in the footsteps of its predecessor and never made it onto the track on official terms. That will change in 2015, when BMW rolls out a GT3-spec version of the 2016 BMW M6 for GT Endurance and Sprint racing.
Based on the road-going model but equipped with an aerodynamic body kit and race-bred internals, the M6 GT3 comes in to replace the venerable 2010 BMW Z4 GT3. The latter has been serving BMW factory teams and privateers with great success since 2010, but Munich is ready to add a new chapter to its motorsport saga. Already shown to BMW Motorsport teams in Europe and the U.S., the M6 GT3 has made its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show wearing the brand’s iconic purple, blue, and red livery.
Updated 09/15/2015: The new BMW M6 GT3 made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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Ever since it made its debut in 1975, the BMW 3 Series has become the face of the Bavarian company’s automotive portfolio. Six generations and five body styles later, the 3 Series is still hitting its stride as BMW’s best-selling model, accounting for almost 30 percent of the company’s annual automotive sales volume. The launch of the BMW 330e, the first hybrid model of the 3 Series family, is the latest variation of the popular line and one that BMW believes will be the next step in the 3 Series’ continued evolution.
The 330e isn’t BMW’s first venture into the world of hybrid vehicles. That distinction belongs to the 2015 BMW i8 and 2015 BMW i3. But the 330e does have a distinction of its own as the first Bimmer from an already existing line to get the hybrid treatment. BMW used technology developed for both the i8 and i3 to carve down this new road for the 3 Series, confident that the 330e will be able to pick up where the two “i” models left off and showcase the advancements the company has made in hybrid technology to a more mainstream audience.
Whether the 330e can accomplish that remains to be seen. But that’s a topic for another time. The 300e will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show next week.
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BMW gave us a bit of a shock with the 2014 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. At first there was fear that the model would compromise the Identity of the BMW name. Aside from the fact that it is a lower-cost vehicle, it is also front-wheel drive, which skews away from traditional BMW engineering. To some, the front end says, “yes, I am a BMW,” but the rest of the vehicle – including the drivetrain – just didn’t quite fit what some expect from a Bimmer.
Now that the 2 Series has established itself in the market, BMW has decided to add a plug-in hybrid variant of the Active Tourer model. The new model will use the same 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine from the base-model 2 Series, but it will also have an electric motor in the rear. This design means the hybrid version will have front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive (when running on the electric motor only.) Even though the 2 Series fell outside of the normal BMW mold, BMW still managed to supply a vehicle that meets the desires of consumers. The new 225XE hybrid will have a lot of the same features of the non-hybrid version, but will be different in its own way. The 225XE should debut along with the new 330E plug-in hybrid at the Frankfurt Auto Show next week.
Read on to see my review of the new 225XE.
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BMW’s supercar, the M1, was sold between 1978 to 1981 as the only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. But you’d expect more from a maker like BMW, right? And with all the competition on the market, BMW had to do something about it, so they decided to put the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show into production.
There is one distinct change for the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept as it heads into production, as BMW changed its name to the i8. Along with the recently announced i3, the i8 shows the other end of the spectrum that the German automaker can reach with its hybrid drivetrains. The production i8 will, surprisingly, carry the concept’s in-line three-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to drive the front wheels.
As of now, there is only one i8 model set for production, but we have a sneaking suspicion that there may be an M or M Sport model in coming years.
Updated 9/1/2015: Our man Jonathan Lopez took some pics at Monterey Car Week. Enjoy!
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Hamann’s BMW M6 Coupe Mirr6r program was arguably one of the aftermarket stars back in March at the Geneva Motor Show.
Turns out, the popularity of the Mirr6r program compelled the German tuner to prepare another one; this time for the M6 Coupe’scousin, the M6 Gran Coupe. Oh, and the car is on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, making the Mirr6r program two-for-two in the two biggest auto shows of the year.
The cosmetic modifications look pretty similar to the first Mirr6r program with upgrades ranging from a 40 mm (1.6-inch) wide body kit, a carbon-fiber hood with its own air outlets, larger wheel arches, fresh bumpers, new side skirts, and of course, the completely ostentatious mirror-like finish of the body. Rounding out the exterior modifications is the set of 21-inch forged wheels, a new rear spoiler and a rear diffuser.
Moving inside, the treatment done on the M6 Mirr6r GC include a wide range of leather and Alcantara options that the customer can choose from. It’s this kind of custom upgrade that will really bring out the personality of the client as well as completely personalize the already attention grabbing nature of Hamann’sprogram.
Hamann didn’t announce any modifications to the drivetrain, so this M6 Gran Coupe retains the same 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers 560 horsepower — 575 horsepower with the Competition Package — and 502 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to launch the four-door coupe to 60 mph in as few as 4.1 seconds (4.3 seconds with a manual transmission).
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The production version i8 wasn’t the only unveiling the Bimmer had coming at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, as BMW also threw together an X5 Security Plus — a concept specially designed to offer all-round protection against violent assault, kidnapping and organized crime.
The concept features high-performance steel moldings and panels that ensure the best protection, even against an AK-47. There is also a specially developed security glass resistant to attack by blunt weapons, while the polycarbonate coating on the inside of the glass provides effective protection against flying splinters. The concept is also equipped with security-specific components and technologies that help you protect yourself against all kinds of attacks.
Along with the safety features, the new X5 Security Plus Concept also offers excellent driveability, thanks to its V-8 TwinPower Turbo engine with 450 horsepower, and BMW xDrive all-wheel drive.
BMW also optimized the chassis to compensate for the extra heft that installing these security system creates. This helps assure that the security-detail X5 looks, drives and behaves just like a normal X5.
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One of the biggest surprises on the German public roads this week was an Alpina version of the 2014 6-Series GranCoupe. As you can see, the model is wearing camouflage only in the parts rumored to be updated, because as usual, Alpina is preparing the biggest updates under the hood.
As you can see from these spy shots, Alpina will use a 650i version for its project. While in the standard version the 4.4-liter V-8 engine delivers a total of 450 horsepower, Alpina is rumored to add at least an extra 100 horsepower. We expect this extra power to significantly improve the car’s current 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds.
Next to the engine upgrades, Alpina will also offer a few styling changes, an updated interior and.a new set of wheels, of course.
Expect the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe by Alpina to be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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With all the tuning programs being added to the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, it seemed a little odd that AC Schnitzer - one of the best BMW tuners on the planet - still hadn’t come out with anything for the baby M. Turns out, they were just waiting for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show to introduce their first project for the 1-Series M Coupe.
Well, Frankfurt has come and we finally have an idea on the aftermarket work AC Schnitzer did on the 1-Series M Coupe. Their new package has a mix of just about everything you can look for in a tuning program. Aerodynamic additions offer plenty of stylized improvements while performance and handling modifications ratcheted up the car’s already impressive powertrain and suspension set-up.
There’s a lot to love about AC Schnitzer’s first take on the 1-Series M Coupe. Kind of makes us think long and hard on if it’s going to be worth our hard-earned money.
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Following the recent passing of Hamann Motorsports founder, Richard Hamann, the company is abiding by his wishes of continuing with business as usual by releasing their first tuning package for the recently launched BMW 6-Series Convertible. This new package was just debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and comes with exterior and interior modifications, as well as a massive engine update.
Hamann dressed up the exterior of the new 6-Series with sporty-dynamic front and rear spoilers, new LED daytime running lights, new side skirts, and a set of Hamann’s EDITION RACE ANODIZED and ANNIVERSARY EVO wheels available in different sizes and designs depending on the customer’s request. The interior also received a transformation with components made of the finest black anodize aluminum, personalized foot mats, and pretty much anything else the customer so chooses.
The best part, though, comes as part of the engine setup. Hamann has juiced up the 6-Series’ 4.4-liter V8 engine by adding a sport exhaust system with four stainless steel tail pipes, as well as an ECU upgrade to increase the total output from 400 to 510 HP. Then they added a special suspension that drops the cabriolet’s center of gravity by up to 30 mm.
If there was something the Frankfurt Motor Show missed, it definitely was not tuning packages. TechArt, Hamann, Brabus, and Alpina, among others, all came out to play. AC Schnitzer was also there with not one, but two impressive packages: the 1-Series M Coupe and the second kit based on the BMW 6-Series Convertible.
For the 6-Series Convertible, the tuner is offering a performance upgrade that will increase the V8’s engine output from 407 to a whopping 540 HP. With the extra 133 HP, the BMW will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, a 0.5 second improvement from the standard 4.9 seconds.
This power increase has been combined with a twin sports rear silencer with chromed "Sport Trim" tailpipe trims, an 8-pot high performance brake system for the front, and an AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit.
For the exterior, the tuner is offering a new front spoiler, a chromed front grille and chrome decor strips, a rear skirt insert, and loading lip protection film. Then there’s the new set of 21" Type VIII forged alloy wheel in BiColor to round out the look from the outside. The interior gets covered in a matte space grey, and benefits from a sports airbag steering wheel, an AC Schnitzer "Black Line" aluminum cover for the i-Drive system controller, and AC Schnitzer aluminum foot rests and pedals.
The Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner and automakers are still releasing tidbits of information to keep our interest until the doors open on September 13, 2011. It’s BMW’s turn now, and the German automaker is packing their Frankfurt bags with an M Performance range of accessories for the X6 M, as well as accessories for the X5 M.
The BMW X6M Performance Edition will be easily recognizable with its CSL tri-color stripes slathered on the new BMW M Performance carbon front splitter and the model-specific BMW M Performance side skirts, among other places. The exterior is then further tweaked with a new black front grille, a BMW M Performance rear spoiler, and black BMW M Performance tail fins. Polishing off the look of the X6M is a new set of 21-inch BMW M Performance light alloy wheels in a double-spoke design.
Next to the exterior modifications provided for the vehicle, the BMW X6M also gets a BMW M Performance steering wheel with an Alcantara cover and a flat-bottom rim. The steering wheel also sports three-color M stitching and a center marker in racing blue at the top.
We’ll know more behind the BMW X6M Performance Edition once it debuts in Frankfurt so stay tuned!
One of the most impressive models at BMW’s stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show was a BMW Performance Studie based on the new 1-Series. The new equipment improves the dynamic appearance and sporty driving characteristics of the 1-Series and will include a motorsport-inspired suspension and brake system, an aerodynamics package, and a completely restyled interior.
The list of accessories include a BMW Performance aerodynamics package, a BMW Performance suspension, and a new BMW Performance 18-inch brake system that will improve both weight and high thermal resistance. The new brake system will be combined with a new set of 19-inch BMW Performance light alloy wheels, while the interior gets a BMW Performance steering wheel.
Now, on to power, the BMW Performance components always include updates for the power train, suspension, aerodynamics, and cockpit, so BMW is offering an upgrade package for the 135i versions. The BMW Performance power kit includes a modified engine management system that will increase the 3.0-liter unit’s output by 20 HP, up to a total of 326 hp.
BMW will be unveiling the special edition X5 and X6 Exclusive Editions at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. Both of these models were created by using special paints and materials. The two models will be put on sale this fall.
The X5 and X6 Exclusive Editions will be painted in an exclusive Orion Silver Metallic color that is only available on the 6-Series and will be combined with soft Nevada leather, special wheels, and a dark bamboo interior strip. Currently there are no details on the engine that will be used for the two models, but we do not expect to see big changes under the hood.
These new exclusive editions will only be offered for the top versions of the two models which are powered by a V8 petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo and direct injection. This engine delivers a total of 407 bhp at 5,500 – 6,400 rpm.
BMW has unveiled today the first two models in the second generation 1-Series: the Sport and Urban Line, two versions that will provide added scope for personalization using exclusive interior and exterior design features and equipment. For the new generation all the 1-Series models will be offered with new BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and also it will be the first car in the world in its segment with optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
For the new generation the 1-Series comes with increased dimensions: 85 millimeters longer, wheelbase 30 millimeters longer, front track 51 millimeters wider and rear track 72 millimeters wider that will all help the model to offer a better rear legroom. Also, new in the line-up is a 1.6-liter petrol engine with a total of 136 HP, while a 116 HP BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition will be launched in the near future.
Updated 06/06/2011: After revealing the first details on the new generation 1-Series this week-end, BMW has also brought a first commercial video for the new model. Enjoy.
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Updated 11/04/2011: BMW has unveiled today a new video in which they explain how the new 1-Sereis is being built at its Leipzig plant. We hope you will enjoy the video!
BMW will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show a limited edition M6. Only 100 customers will be lucky enough to enjoy this special model, that features an exclusive design on both interior and exterior.
The new M6 Competition Limited Edition comes with a new exterior paint: Frozen Gray Metallic in matte finish, combined on the interior with Merino full leather interior with either black or light gray two-tone contrast stitching.
This high-performance coupe will add improved driving dynamics thanks to suspension modifications, revised springs, dampers and stabilizers.
Video after the jump (from M5Board)