2023 BMW M3 Touring Competition Spied Up Close And Personal
In the past few months, BMW has been very busy testing and teasing the future M3 Touring. If back in October 2021 the M3 Touring was caught testing around Nurburgring, the beginning of January 2022 gave us a teaser that announced the car is indeed going to be launched this year. The bad news, however, is that the M3 Touring won’t be offered in the United States, because it will be bad for business. Testing however continues in Europe, and our spy photographers were just on the right place to take a few more shots of the next wagon, including some images of the interior.
Check out the BMW M4 CSL in All Its Glory
BMW used the CSL moniker last time in 2004 with the E46 generation M3. Now, the CSL name, which stands for “Coupe Sport Leichtbau” or “Coupe Sport Lightweight” will return with the G82 generation, BMW M4. The car was caught testing again, and this time our spy photographers were able to get even closer and take some pictures of the interior.
Updated: The BMW M2 Spied Playing in the Snow!
2022 is a big milestone for BMW’s M division as it marks its 50-year anniversary, so it’s not surprising that the brand has a big year ahead of it. One of the most important models will be the new BMW M2 that you see here, and these latest spy shots showcase something a bit unexpected. The G87 M2 is destined to be revealed in the metal sometime before the end of 2022, and it should go on sale as a 2023 model, so what can we expect?
This prototype is wearing thinner camo and less padding that previous models that we’ve spotted, and that’s a bit deal. We can now say with certainty that the G87 M2 won’t have the big controversial grille. You can tell largely by the smaller air intakes in the corners and the divider that separates the smaller kidneys from the air damn below, which also features a set of segregated, smaller air intakes.
Beyond this, this prototype was also sporting a quad exhaust setup, and it looks like it will have the same lip spoiler from on the M Performance model. Although, if you want something a little more aggressive, the M Performance Parts catalog will be more than happy to oblige. This mode does sit closer to the road, though, signaling the expectation for a stiffer ride and sharper handling.
You can expect the G87 M2 to continue on as a RWD-only model, forgoing the option for AWD that available with the M4. BMW will offer a six-speed manual transmission alongside the automatic for those of you that still want to row your own gears. Base output should come in at around 400 horsepower with the Competition model pushing that figure up to around 430 ponies. This is the same S58 engine found in the M4, but don’t expect it offer the same level of power or performance unless you stop by a tuner for some extra work.
Chances are that the G87 M2 will be revealed in the summer of 2022, and it could even be followed by an M2 CS and, potentially, and M2 CSL.
Update 1-20-2022: The BMW M2 G87 was caught testing yet again, this time during a Scandinavian snow storm. Check out the full set of new spy shots in the gallery below!
The 2024 BMW M5 Hybrid Confirmed via A New Set of Spy Shots
Rumors of a BMW M5 hybrid have finally been confirmed thanks to the latest M5 prototype that has been spotted doing some public road testing. We know this isn’t a basic 5 Series due to the extra-large brakes, but the “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the driver’s door exposes BMW’s desire to take the M5 electric. There’s also a new flap on the front fender, which is likely for a charging port indicating that this is a plug-in hybrid M5 and will likely offer some kind of usable electric-only range. It should be noted that this charging door is in the same place and is the same shape and size as that on the 545e xDrive.
With all of this in mind, will BMW manage to keep the V-8 under the hood? We’re going to say that it’s quite likely. Part of the reason the M5 is going the hybrid route is to help it not only cut fuel consumption but meet the stricter emissions regulations. As of now, there’s not much more to say about this prototype, but this is its first outing, so if it will be revealed anytime in 2022, it’ll come much later in the year, with 2023 being more likely. It should go on sale as a 2024 model.
The Audi RS4 Avant Gets A New Rival In The Form Of The BMW M3 Touring!
If you belong to the breed that believes wagons are the most practical vehicles out there, then this news will make you happy. BMW is coming up with a wagon based on the M3 called the M3 Touring. This is the first performance wagon from the German automaker that’s set to hit the production line. It has been spotted a few times before, but there was no official confirmation on it… until now.
BMW has teased the M3 Touring on its Instagram page, thus confirming that it has broken the shackles and come out of its orthodox mentality that a performance wagon is not something customers want. Do you think it will do well?
Check out this BMW 8 Series Convertible Prototype!
The current generation BMW 8 Series was launched in 2018, and now, after four years on the market a small facelift is required. The company started to test the facelifted 8 Series Convertible back in May 2021, when we caught the first prototypes out on the Munich streets, and now, as we settle into 2022, BMW is performing another testing session.
A Second 2023 BMW XM\X8 Prototype Has Been Caught on Camera
The BMW X7 M won’t exist because BMW would rather produce the X8 – a halo SUV that was previewed by the XM Concept car. An all-new set of spy shots hasn’t revealed anything new, but considering that this is a completely different prototype than the one we revealed just a few hours ago, it’s pretty clear that BMW wants to get the details ironed out and the production lines rolling. As of now, there’s more secrecy that fact, but a twin-turbo V-8 paired with a plug-in hybrid system should provide some 750 horsepower. As for an official debut, it’s slatted to be a 2023 model, so sometime in mid-to-late 2022 sounds about right. Check out the full gallery below to see the new BMW X8 for yourself.
The Facelifted 2023 BMW X5 Caught Testing With Minor Updates
The facelifted 2023 BMW X5 was just caught testing on the road, and while it will borrow some cues from the future 7 Series, XM, and X7, it will still maintain its own look. The rear, for example, will mimic that of the X7 with a revised rear fascia and new matrix for the taillights. The front end, however, won’t get the split headlights, and will instead carry on with slightly updated versions of the larger headlight design, something that could signify a shorter life post-launch in 2023. However, it should be noted that the facelifted X5, as a 2023 model, won’t be revealed until way later in 2022, so there’s a good chance that this could change between now and then. Until we learn more, check out the fresh gallery that we’ve posted below.
Production Version BMW XM, aka X8, Starts Dropping Camouflage
We knew already that BMW Is not going to offer an M version for the X7 luxury SUV. Instead it will build a more luxurious version called X8. In fact BMW already previewed the X8 SUV with the XM - a hybrid concept car that delivers an impressive 750 horsepower.
Now, our spy photographers caught the production version XM out for a testing session on the streets of Munich, Germany.
Here’s Your First Look at the 2023 BMW Alpina XB7
Ever since BMW launched the X7 back in 2018 everyone was waiting for an M version to follow, just like for all the other X models in the lineup. Of course, that never happened, and there is no hope to see one in the near future. Back in 2020, however, Alpina came with an alternative that was just as good if not better than the X7 M. Called BX7, the SUV is already preparing for a first refresh, and our spy photographers have already caught it out in the wild.
2023 BMW i7 Prototype Benchmarked Against Tesla Model Y and Mercedes EQS
BMW is very serious about electrifying its future lineup. So far we’ve seen the iX and the i4, but the future will bring electric versions for pretty much every other car in the lineup. So far, the future i5 and the i7 are the ones that seem the most promising ones. A previous report suggested both cars will deliver in excess of 750 horsepower - making them the most powerful BMW road cars.
The BMW M3 Touring Isn’t Coming Stateside Because It’s Bad for Business
It was in mid-October when we laid eyes on the BMW M3 Touring as it did some hardcore testing on the Nürburgring.It was wearing that controversial big grille, an aggressive front fascia, and looking every bit the M3 Touring we always wanted. Then we learned that the M3 Touring won’t be coming to the United States. The reason behind it, strangely enough, has nothing to do with the lack of interest in wagons or the love for SUVS. In fact, it’s actually BMW making a good business decision.