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BMW M2 Competition Production Could Start In July 2018 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M, BMW M2, Reports on 11 16th, 2017


BMW has yet to unveil the M2 Competition, while reports indicate production of the model will commence next summer, potentially at the start of July 2018, BMW Blog asserts.

Unlike most ‘Competition’ branded models from BMW’s M division, the M2 Competition won’t sit alongside the regular M2 in the model range. Instead, BMW will phase out the existing model, making the M2 Competition the only available model.

The reasoning for this unknown, but it’s likely that BMW thinks it can achieve higher profit margins with the M2 Competition, therefore making the standard car somewhat redundant.

Additionally, if the rumors about the Competition model prove to be accurate, it wouldn’t make much sense for an owner to purchase the entry-level model, unless it was significantly cheaper.

It is our understanding that the key development for the M2 Competition will be its adoption of the twin-turbo S55 six-cylinder engine from the M3 and M4. Sitting in place of the single-turbo 3.0-liter N55 of the M2, this engine will be tuned to produce roughly 400 hp.

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BMW M2 Competition Production Could Start In July 2018 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M, BMW M2, Reports on 11 16th, 2017


BMW has yet to unveil the M2 Competition, while reports indicate production of the model will commence next summer, potentially at the start of July 2018, BMW Blog asserts.

Unlike most ‘Competition’ branded models from BMW’s M division, the M2 Competition won’t sit alongside the regular M2 in the model range. Instead, BMW will phase out the existing model, making the M2 Competition the only available model.

The reasoning for this unknown, but it’s likely that BMW thinks it can achieve higher profit margins with the M2 Competition, therefore making the standard car somewhat redundant.

Additionally, if the rumors about the Competition model prove to be accurate, it wouldn’t make much sense for an owner to purchase the entry-level model, unless it was significantly cheaper.

It is our understanding that the key development for the M2 Competition will be its adoption of the twin-turbo S55 six-cylinder engine from the M3 and M4. Sitting in place of the single-turbo 3.0-liter N55 of the M2, this engine will be tuned to produce roughly 400 hp.

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New BMW M5 Was Originally Rear-Wheel Drive 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M5, Reports on 11 16th, 2017


BMW has admitted that during the early stages of development for the latest M5, it experimented with rear-wheel drive.

According to vice president of BMW’s M division, Dirk Hacker, the first F90-generation M5 prototype was actually rear-wheel drive. However, due to the power delivered by the upgraded 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, rear-wheel drive simply wasn’t the smartest option to bring to production.

“[RWD] was the natural, historic way to go – until we realized we were beyond the limits of longitudinal acceleration. Four-wheel drive was the only option,” Hacker revealed to Autocar.

The adoption of all-wheel drive in the new M5 also means it better rivals both the new Mercedes-AMG E63 and the Audi RS6, performance sedans sold exclusively with all-wheel drive.

BMW’s F90 M5 manages to deliver 600 PS and 750 lb-ft of torque to the ground. Mated to the engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission, launching the sedan from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a blistering 3.4 seconds and 124 mph (200 km/h) in 11.1 seconds.

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BMW Trademarks Selection Of i-Branded SUV Models 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Reports, SUV on 11 16th, 2017


It appears as if BMW is planning a dramatic expansion of its i-Performance sub-brand, recently trademarking the names of no less than nine new vehicles.

According to recent applications, BMW has acquired trademarks for iX1, iX2, iX3, iX4, iX5, iX6, iX7, iX8, and iX9. This is the clearest indication yet than the carmaker intends on bringing its advanced hybrid technologies to its popular SUV models, Autocar reports.

However, it is worth noting that there’s very little chance BMW will ever release nine i-branded SUV models. In all probability, most of the names have been trademarked simply to ensure no other carmaker can use them. For example, BMW trademarked i1, i2, i3, i4, i5, i6, i7, i8, and i9 in 2010 but so far, only the i3 and i8 have been built.

Whatever the company is planning, we recently learned that all BMW electric, plug-in hybrid, and internal combustion engine powered models built from 2020 will share the same platform.

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BMW Considering A New X8, Might Be Launched Around 2020 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW X7, Reports on 11 15th, 2017


BMW recently filed a trademark for the iX8 moniker and that has fueled rumors the company is working on a new crossover to slot above the 2019 X7.

While nothing is official, Autocar is claiming the model will be launched around 2020 and be positioned as a competitor to the Audi Q8 and Range Rover.

That seems to be speculation at the moment but BMW’s head of development confirmed the model was under consideration as “The sector is growing fast, so there will be opportunity.” Klaus Fröhlich went on to say “There is room for [an] X8, especially in markets like China, but there are no decisions yet.”

The publication went on to say the company is considering a number of different ideas for the X8 but the model would likely ride on the same platform that underpins the X7. While the X4 and X6 have coupe-inspired styling, it appears BMW is debating whether the X8 should follow the same philosophy or become a long-wheelbase version of the X7. The latter route would is similar to what Cadillac, Lincoln, and Range Rover do with both standard and long-wheelbase versions of their flagship SUV.

Regardless of which direction the company goes, it is believed the X8 would only be offered with a four- or five seat interior. This decision would put a lot of emphasis on passenger comfort and designers would likely reinforce this idea by adding premium materials and high-tech toys such as an advanced rear seat entertainment system.

If the model is eventually approved, it will likely be offered with an assortment of different powertrains. Nothing is official but possible choices include everything from a plug-in hybrid variant with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to a range-topping model with a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12.

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BMW Draws Power From Poop In Drive For Renewable Energy 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, Offbeat News on 11 15th, 2017


BMW is getting serious about reducing its carbon footprint. Part of that comes down to electrified vehicles, but as dirty as battery production is, the company needs to do more. That’s why it’s turning to poop.

By the end of this decade, BMW is committed to source all its electricity from renewable sources, the automaker’s purchasing chief Markus Duesmann recently told a UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.

According to Bloomberg, that includes a biomass plant in South Africa that runs on cow dung and chicken droppings. The facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria, assembles the 3 Series sedan, and was the company’s first foreign plant.

Its plant in Leipzig, Germany – where the 1 Series, 2 Series, X1, i3, and i8 are built – gets much of its power from wind turbines, and recently opened a battery farm on site. And the plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina (home to the X3, X4, X5, and X6) draws on methane power from a nearby landfill.

“When it comes to sustainable responsibility, we consider the entire value chain, from purchasing and production to the product and our mobility services as a comprehensive system of lifecycles,” said Duesmann. “Today, we already obtain 63% of our purchased electricity from renewable energies. And I’m proud to announce today that our new goal for the year 2020 will be 100%!”

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BMW Draws Power From Poop In Drive For Renewable Energy 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, Offbeat News on 11 15th, 2017


BMW is getting serious about reducing its carbon footprint. Part of that comes down to electrified vehicles, but as dirty as battery production is, the company needs to do more. That’s why it’s turning to poop.

By the end of this decade, BMW is committed to source all its electricity from renewable sources, the automaker’s purchasing chief Markus Duesmann recently told a UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.

According to Bloomberg, that includes a biomass plant in South Africa that runs on cow dung and chicken droppings. The facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria, assembles the 3 Series sedan, and was the company’s first foreign plant.

Its plant in Leipzig, Germany – where the 1 Series, 2 Series, X1, i3, and i8 are built – gets much of its power from wind turbines, and recently opened a battery farm on site. And the plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina (home to the X3, X4, X5, and X6) draws on methane power from a nearby landfill.

“When it comes to sustainable responsibility, we consider the entire value chain, from purchasing and production to the product and our mobility services as a comprehensive system of lifecycles,” said Duesmann. “Today, we already obtain 63% of our purchased electricity from renewable energies. And I’m proud to announce today that our new goal for the year 2020 will be 100%!”

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Marc Marquez Wins BMW M4 CS As MotoGP’s Best Qualifier 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M4, celebrities, motorcycles, Motorsport, racing on 11 15th, 2017


For the fifth year in a row, MotoGP maestro Marc Marquez has walked away with the annual BMW M Award, this year taking the form of a limited-edition M4 CS.

The award is given to the sport’s best qualifier and Marquez first walked away with the award in 2013, receiving the keys of a satin black M6 Coupe. The following year, he was awarded a red M4, in 2015 the Spaniard was given an M6 Convertible, and last year he secured an M2.

In the recently-concluded 2017 season, Marquez claimed eight pole positions and is unquestionably the best qualifier in the field.

BMW first unveiled the potent M4 CS in April and confirmed that production will be capped at 3,000 units. Marquez’s example is painted in San Marino Blue metallic, and in our opinion, is the best-looking BMW in his burgeoning collection.

Changes made to the M4 CS compared to the ‘regular’ M4 include a tweaked 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine, now delivering 454 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the car includes a range of weight saving and aerodynamic-focused parts, including a new carbon fiber rear diffuser, front splitter and trunklid spoiler. The car can lap the Nurburgring in 7 min and 36 seconds.

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BMW M2 CS Getting Ready To Fight Porsche Cayman GTS 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M2, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, Scoops, video on 11 15th, 2017


BMW are sticking to their word to offer more CS models, and after unveiling the M4 CS and M3 CS earlier this year, they’re now prepping a more aggressive M2.

Caught doing the rounds on the Nurburgring, the M2 CS keeps its mystery aura on, as while some suggest that it will serve as a successor to the current M2 that will be retired next summer, others say it will be offered as a limited edition alongside the ‘regular’ car.

Whatever the Germans have in store for the M2 CS, one thing seems certain: it will drop its current N55 engine in favor of the S55 unit that currently powers the M3 and M4. However, since retaining the same output as its larger siblings would bring it too close for BMW’s comfort to them, the straight-six will be detuned, possibly to around 400hp and 500Nm (369lb-ft) of torque.

This will place the M2 CS slightly above the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, which uses a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four that’s good for 365PS (360hp) and 430Nm (317lb-ft) of torque.

An even more special, limited production version of the M2 is reportedly in the pipeline for 2019, and it is expected to adopt the GTS moniker, benefiting not only from a power bump, to around 450hp, but also from a series of weight saving measures and a new aero agenda.

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2020 BMW M3 Will Reportedly Have Around 493 HP 14
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW 4-Series, BMW M3, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 11 14th, 2017


The BMW M3 holds a special place in the hearts of driving enthusiasts and new details are starting to emerge about the next-generation model.

According to Car Magazine, the 2020 M3 will be equipped with a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine known as the S58B30. The engine will reportedly be equipped with the water-injection system from the M4 GTS and have an output that is virtually identical to the aforementioned car. If the report is correct, the M3 will have around 493 hp (367 kW) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm) of torque.

Besides being significantly more powerful than the current model, the next M3 is expected to be more eco-friendly as it will reportedly adopt a 48-volt mild hybrid system and electrically spooled turbochargers. The car is also tipped to have a more aggressive engine start/stop system that cuts in earlier.

Like the 2018 M5, the next-generation M3 is expected to be offered with all-wheel drive. While the system is standard equipment on the M5, the report suggests it will be optional on the M3. The system will likely work in conjunction with an eight-speed automatic transmission but there are rumors the six-speed manual could survive but only in rear-wheel drive variants.

Aside from the upgraded powertrain, the next-generation M3 is expected to be lighter as it will reportedly use more aluminum and composites. Engineers are also said to be targeting a 50:50 weight distribution and improved torsional rigidity.

On the handling front, we can expect an assortment of high-tech goodies including adaptive dampers, a locking differential, and a brake-by-wire system. However, the report claims the next M3 “won’t be as sharp-edged, harsh-riding, or aggressive as the current car.” That’s not necessarily a bad thing as the model is expected to become less nervous and “better balanced overall.”

Besides talking the about the M3, the report says we can expect the 3-Series sedan to arrive next year and it will be followed by a wagon variant in 2019. The 4-Series Coupe and Convertible are slated for 2020 and the latter model, as well as its M4 variant, could eschew the retractable hardtop for a lighter fabric roof. Perhaps the most interesting detail is a note that claims the next-generation 4-Series Gran Coupe will be transformed into an electric vehicle and it won’t receive the M treatment.

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Can BMW’s M550i xDrive Outsprint The Lexus GS F? 14
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW M, BMW Videos, video on 11 14th, 2017


From the moment it was released, the BMW M550i xDrive has had enthusiasts in a spin. After all, it was the quickest 5-Series ever produced prior to the launch of the new-generation M5.

Powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with 465 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, the M550i xDrive can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4 seconds flat, thanks predominantly to its all-wheel drive system. Such figures would be impressive for any car but they are made all the more noteworthy because it isn’t even a full-blown M car.

Nevertheless, the M550i should be able to deal with a Lexus GS F easily, right? To find out, The Fast Lane Car pitted the duo together to compare acceleration times.

Unlike its rivals from Germany, namely the BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63, and Audi RS6, the Lexus GS F doesn’t have an all-conquering forced-induction engine delivering monumental levels of power. Instead, it delivers 467 hp and 389 lb-ft torque and weighs about 300 lbs less than the M550i xDrive.

However, the GS F uses rear-wheel drive. Will the BMW make things look easy?

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Dumb And Dumber BMW M3 Street-Racers Fail To Notice Cop Behind Them 14
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, featured, Offbeat News, Police, Police Cars, video on 11 14th, 2017


We can understand not picking up an undercover cop in a beige Taurus, but a blacked out Explorer on your tail at a red light? Come on…

You’d think that spotting a large black SUV with a spotlight in your rear view mirror would be easy-peasy, and that it would stop you from doing something silly in your BMW M3.

Then again, if your attention is directed elsewhere, you’re likely to get in trouble, just like the people driving this pair of BMW M3s, unaware of the Ford Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility trailing them.

Alas, these two German super-sedans still lined up at the light and began racing each other as soon as the “green” flashed. Hot on their heels, the police, pulling them over a little bit further up the road.

We couldn’t help but notice that the BMWs didn’t seem to be going all out, at least not directly off the line. It’s probably why the Interceptor had no trouble keeping up as all three cars accelerated past the intersection.

Hopefully those drivers will think again before using a public road as their own personal drag strip, that is, if they still have their licenses.

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Can A Skoda Superb Really Hold Its Own Against A BMW M760Li? 14
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW Videos, Skoda, Skoda Superb, Skoda Videos, video on 11 14th, 2017


The Skoda Superb and BMW 7 Series are both fairly large European sedans, manufactured by German auto groups.

That’s about where the similarities end, though – especially when the Bimmer in question is the top-of-the-line M760Li.

The very pinnacle of BMW’s sedan lineup, the M760Li is the closest thing we’ve seen yet to a full-on M7, packing a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 that sends over 600 horsepower to all four wheels.

The Superb 280 seen here is also the performance version of Skoda’s flagship sedan, albeit on a different plane entirely. Its engine is less than a third the size of the Bimmer’s, with a third the cylinders, half the turbochargers, and less than half the output.

It’s also considerably less expensive than the BMW, but the big question is how the Skoda measures up. And that’s the question which the fellas at CarWow have set out to answer in this latest clip. You’re gonna have to watch for yourself to see what they found, though, so set aside six minutes and enjoy this improbable face-off.

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Can A Skoda Superb Really Hold Its Own Against A BMW M760Li? 14
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW Videos, Skoda, Skoda Superb, Skoda Videos, video on 11 14th, 2017


The Skoda Superb and BMW 7 Series are both fairly large European sedans, manufactured by German auto groups.

That’s about where the similarities end, though – especially when the Bimmer in question is the top-of-the-line M760Li.

The very pinnacle of BMW’s sedan lineup, the M760Li is the closest thing we’ve seen yet to a full-on M7, packing a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 that sends over 600 horsepower to all four wheels.

The Superb 280 seen here is also the performance version of Skoda’s flagship sedan, albeit on a different plane entirely. Its engine is less than a third the size of the Bimmer’s, with a third the cylinders, half the turbochargers, and less than half the output.

It’s also considerably less expensive than the BMW, but the big question is how the Skoda measures up. And that’s the question which the fellas at CarWow have set out to answer in this latest clip. You’re gonna have to watch for yourself to see what they found, though, so set aside six minutes and enjoy this improbable face-off.

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BMW i8 Roadster Teased, Will Be Less Efficient Than The Coupe 13
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i8, BMW Videos, video on 11 13th, 2017


The BMW i8 Roadster is expected to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month and the company has just released a new teaser video of the upcoming model.

While the clip doesn’t show us the completed vehicle, it reveals the roadster will have a power retractable fabric roof and a small rear window.

The rest of the video doesn’t show much but it includes some preliminary fuel economy data and which discloses that the roadster will have a combined fuel economy rating (with the assistance of the electric motor) of 2.1 L/100km (112 mpg US / 134 mpg UK) and combined CO2 emissions of 48 g/km. These are slightly worse numbers than the current i8 Coupe which returns 2.0 L/100km (117 mpg US / 141 mpg UK) and has CO2 emissions of 44 g/km.

BMW hasn’t said much about the i8 Roadster but rumors have suggested the model could come with a larger lithium-ion battery that has a capacity of approximately 14 kWh. This would increase the model’s EPA-estimated electric-only range beyond the 15 miles (24 km) that the coupe is currently rated for.

Besides the beefier battery, reports have suggested the car’s powertrain could be upgraded to produce up to 420 hp (313 kW). Nothing is official as of yet but we’ll likely find out soon enough.

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