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BMW 850i And M8 Roar During Track Testing 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, Nurburgring, Scoops, video on 11 17th, 2017


A pair of prototypes for the upcoming BMW 850i and M8 have been filmed testing at the Nurburgring. Of the duo, it is certainly the impending M8 that will leave BMW enthusiasts sweating and for good reason.

The car is expected to adopt the same running gear as the latest M5, meaning a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with 600 hp and roughly 553 lb-ft of torque. Like the M5, the M8 should also receive an advanced all-wheel drive system with an option to turn the two-door into a tire-smoking, rear-wheel drive monster at the press of a button.

As for the second 8-Series prototype, it is reportedly the 850i but its identity is a little harder to verify. Nonetheless, it too should feature a V8 with forced-induction and somewhere in the region of 500 hp.

A reveal date for the 8-Series range, including the M8, can be expected for March’s Geneva Motor Show.

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Spy Shooters Snap What Could Be The BMW i8 S Coupe 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i8, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 11 16th, 2017


The BMW i8 Roadster is set to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month and spy photographers have just snapped photos of what appears to be an upgraded i8 coupe.

Caught undergoing testing in Germany, the mysterious model has our spy shooters wondering if it’s the facelifted i8 or a more powerful i8 S. They’re inclined to believe it is the latter as this particular prototype has a deeper front splitter, a small rear spoiler, and what appears to be a fully enclosed hood.

We’re not entirely sure what the model is but the facelifted i8 is expected to have an upgraded powertrain that produces around 420 hp (313 kW). The i8 S, on the other hand, is expected to have up to 450 hp (335 kW).

BMW has been tight-lipped about the car but rumors have suggested the facelifted model will come with a larger lithium-ion battery that reportedly has a capacity of around 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.

The updated i8 and i8 S are expected to be launched next year and the company could reveal some new details about the models in Los Angeles.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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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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New 2019 BMW X5 Drops Heavy Camo To Reveal Brawnier Design 6
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M, BMW Scoops, BMW X5, featured, new cars, Scoops on 11 6th, 2017


BMW’s next-generation X5 SUV was spotted outside the automaker’s Spartanburg factory wearing a very different type of camouflage than we’re used to seeing.

In fact, it’s more of a wrap than a proper camouflage job, which is usually more thorough and will sometimes include body cladding to throw you off the scent of what’s really going on design-wise.

These images show two G05 BMW X5 prototypes out and about, apparently wearing their M Performance duds, including sporty two-tone wheels with blue brake calipers.

Right off the bat, we’re tempted to say goodbye to the old model’s chunky exterior, as this new-generation model seems leaner yet more masculine at the same time – as if it went through a serious workout regimen. And no, this wasn’t as obvious on previous prototypes, which were a lot better camouflaged.

Meanwhile, these prototypes are clearly wearing their production headlights, which we first saw back in August, when we also detected a hint of blue inside the optical units, a giveaway for Laserlight technology. Aside from the previously-mentioned M Performance kit, we can also spot the new and much larger kidney grilles, the more pronounced shark nose and what could be smaller taillights – at least the edges are clearly smaller.

Also, if this new X5 seems longer than the current/previous model, that’s because it is. The growth spurt is there to accommodate passengers and luggage.

The 2019 BMW X5 will ride on the same CLAR (cluster architecture) modular platform used by the all-new 5-Series and the 7-Series. This means that we can count on it being more rigid and weighing less than the outgoing model, as some rumors suggest up to 250-300 kg being dropped (550 lbs to 660 lbs).

As for power units, expect a similar crop to what you currently find on the 5 and 7-Series. This variety of petrol and diesel engines should also include a plug-in hybrid and twin-turbo V8 M-powered model, with upwards of 600 horses.

Expect the 2019 BMW X5 to debut sometime towards the end of next year.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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New BMW M8’s Interior Spied For The First Time 3
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, BMW Scoops, Nurburgring, Scoops on 11 3rd, 2017


Whether we’re talking about the regular 8-Series or the M8, this marks the first time we’ve gotten a glimpse of the interior as the car begins to near production.

While the overall cabin design is still very much an unknown, we can see the seats, the steering wheel and the center console (partly), which does indeed appear to have the same configuration of buttons and switches we saw on the 8-Series Concept, although a bit less extravagant.

The steering wheel is pretty similar to that of a 7-Series, but that could very well change once it’s all said and done. Also, the gauge cluster cover does resemble what we saw on the concept, clearly a positive.

The M8 remains extremely well camouflaged. We can tell it’s got the bigger intakes, quad exhaust system, bigger brakes and so on, although it’s not wearing its production headlights, which we already saw two months ago on a regular 8-Series prototype.

As for performance, we can expect plenty of muscle from its 4.4-liter TwinPower turbo V8, with around 600 HP and over 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) having their say under acceleration.

BMW’s all-new 8-Series range, which includes both the M8 and M8 Convertible, will arrive in showrooms sometime next year.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Next 2019 BMW X4 Scooped, Could Be The 355HP M40i 2
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, BMW X4, LA Auto Show, Scoops, video on 11 2nd, 2017


Despite hitting the assembly lines just three years ago, the current BMW X4 is getting ready to be replaced with a brand-new, second-generation model.

Prototypes have been spotted by our vigilant spy photographers several times these past few months, with the icing on the cake being the undisguised units seen in August, so its design is no longer much of a secret.

And while the latest tester continues to wear the vinyl stickers, it’s what’s beneath them that interests us, as judging by dual exhausts integrated into the rear bumper, we’re probably looking at the sporty X4 M40i.

In all likelihood, it shares the 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six engine with the latest X3 M40i, where it makes 360PS (355hp) and 500Nm (369lb-ft) of torque. Its more conservatively-styled (but otherwise, mechanically identical) sibling needs 4.8sec to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill, before maxing out at 250km/h (155mph).

The new BMW X4 M40i won’t be the range-topping model, however, as this role will be assigned to the X4 M, expected to use the brand’s new S58 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six lump, which should make at least 450hp.

For the time being, BMW is keeping us in the dark regarding the time and place of its debut, but we could see it as early as December 1, at the 2017 LA Auto Show.

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2019 BMW 1-Series Shows Its Interior For The First Time 2
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 11 2nd, 2017


New spy shots of the 2019 BMW 1-Series reveal for the first time the interior of the next Bavarian A-Class rival.
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Hear What BMW’s 2018 M3 CS Sounds Like 1
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M3, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, Scoops, video on 11 1st, 2017


BMW is sending off the current M3 with a special model that follows hot on the heels of the M4 CS.
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Hear What BMW’s 2018 M3 CS Sounds Like 1
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M3, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, Scoops, video on 11 1st, 2017


BMW is sending off the current M3 with a special model that follows hot on the heels of the M4 CS.
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Carbon-Cladded 2019 BMW M3 CS Will Be The Most Powerful M3 Ever 26
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Scoops, Nurburgring, Scoops on 10 26th, 2017


After making its spy shot debut a couple of days ago at a gas station near the Nurburgring, the same slightly camouflaged M3 CS has also been spotted on the track putting in work.
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Looks Like BMW’s Working On An M3 CS To Send Off The F80 24
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M3, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 10 24th, 2017


The current BMW 3 Series is on its way out. That means the M3 along with it. But before it's gone, BMW appears to be working on a more hardcore version to serve as the performance sedan's swan song.
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Electrified All-New BMW 3-Series Prototype Spotted, Interior Visible Again 17
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Scoops, Hybrids, PHEV, Scoops on 10 17th, 2017


This marks our second look at the all-new BMW 3-Series' cabin, and it comes via a plug-in hybrid prototype, which is actually a first.
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BMW X2 Loses Just About All Camo, Digital Or Otherwise 10
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW X2, Scoops on 10 10th, 2017


Seeing the new BMW X2 almost completely undisguised has been a long time coming.
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Sportier BMW X2 Prototype Puts On Digital Camo In Munich 5
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M, BMW Scoops, BMW X2, Scoops on 10 5th, 2017


After parading around Milan during Fashion Week, BMW's new X2 is out and about again, this time spotted in Munich, Germany.
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2019 BMW X4 M Looks To Knock Mercedes AMG GLC Coupe Off Its Throne 3
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW M, BMW Scoops, BMW X4, Scoops on 10 3rd, 2017


BMW is putting the final touches to the new X4, which is expected to launch in the first half of 2018 but it’s the range-topping M version that attracted the interest of our spies this time.
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