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2019 BMW Z4 Starts Dropping Camouflage As Debut Edges Closer 19
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW Z4, Scoops, Toyota Supra on 01 19th, 2018


This is our best look yet on the 2018 BMW Z4 as test cars appear to have dropped a significant amount of camouflage.
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2019 BMW Z4 Starts Dropping Camouflage As Debut Edges Closer 19
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW Z4, Scoops, Toyota Supra on 01 19th, 2018


This is our best look yet on the 2018 BMW Z4 as test cars appear to have dropped a significant amount of camouflage.
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BMW 8-Series Looks Ready For Its Debut Later This Year 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 01 9th, 2018


We’ve seen countless spy photos of the BMW 8-Series over the past few months and now we’re getting an undisguised look at the upcoming coupe.

Previewed by the 8-Series concept, the production model has a tamer appearance but remains pretty faithful to the original as it features slender headlights and a large grille with chrome trim. The car also has a more conventional front bumper and redesigned mirrors with integrated turn signals.

The sporty styling continues out back as the 8-Series has a ventilated rear fascia and a dual exhaust system. We can also see slim taillights and dark cladding on the lower bumper.

The pictures are pretty blurry but this particular model appears to be wearing 850i badging. If the 750i is any indication, it could mean the coupe is powered by a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that produces 445 hp (331 kW) and 479 lb-ft (648 Nm) of torque.

The BMW 8-Series Coupe will go into production later this year and it will be joined by a convertible variant. M8 versions are also in the works and BMW M boss Frank van Meel has suggested they could be more powerful than the M5 which develops 600 hp (447 kW) and 553 lb-ft (748 Nm) of torque.

Thanks to JT for the tip!

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2019 BMW 8-Series Is Going To Make For One Slick Convertible 9
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 01 9th, 2018


If you’ve been living in a cave with no internet for the past year or so, we have good news for you: BMW is working on bringing back the 8 Series.

Phased out before the turn of the millennium in (eventual) favor of the 6 Series, the 8 was one of the sleekest coupes Munich ever produced. Judging from these latest spy shots, the new one will be at least as slick.

Spotted undergoing cold-weather testing, this prototype for the 8 Series – which will come in both coupe and convertible forms this time around – is wearing less camouflage than ever before. It also appears to be wearing the optional M-Sport package, giving it even more of an aggressive appearance.

Following on the concept that debuted this past summer at Villa d’Este, BMW is gearing the new 8 Series to take on the likes of the Mercedes S-Class coupe, Lexus LC, and Aston Martin DB11 – even the Polestar 1 and the Audi A9 (should that ever reach production).

Expect it to come in escalating degrees of capability, from the “standard” model, past the M Performance version, and all the way up to the full-on M8. That’s something that, with apologies to the 850 CSi and Alpina B12, was never offered the first time around.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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2019 BMW 1-Series Stays Camouflaged During Cold Weather Tests 27
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 12 27th, 2017


BMW’s direct rival for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3 is still undergoing tests in prototype form, and is expected to remain hidden well into the new year.

Compared to the current model, the all-new 2019 1-Series is said to look sportier and more imposing, while leaving more room inside for occupants, especially those sitting in the back.

The extra room will come courtesy of BMW’s UKL platform, which will also empower the 1-Series to switch from RWD to FWD, matching its rivals from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo.

It’s also been reported that the 1-Series will shift towards a permanent 5-door body style, like the A-Class. Audi decided to do the same with the 2019 A3, mostly due to falling demand and cost-cutting.

While these images don’t really provide us with a look inside, we already know that the all-new 1-Series will have its dashboard angled towards the driver, with the infotainment display mounted above the central air vents. It also has a new center console, housing a new gear selector and the rotary iDrive knob.

As for power units, reports indicate that any six-cylinder options will be scrapped in favor of four-cylinder ones, with a range-topping M140i model sending power to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. A plug-in hybrid version is also expected to join the range at some point.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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BMW And Rolls-Royce Cavalcade Testing In Death Valley, Luxury SUV Included 17
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, Rolls Royce Cullinan, Rolls Royce Scoops, Rolls Royce Videos, Rolls-Royce, Scoops, SUV, video on 12 17th, 2017


Testing continues for the new Rolls-Royce SUV, as the latest prototype was scooped in Death Valley alongside a variety of test cars from both the British luxury brand and BMW.

Roll’s first ever SUV will rival the Bentley Bentayga, and will also be a more luxurious alternative to the Range Rover SVAutobiography and Lamborghini Urus.

Although its design is still kept under wraps, we do have a pretty clear picture of what it will look like, based on recent spy shots and renderings.

The luxury SUV will share quite a few things with the new generation Phantom, including its aluminum platform. However, the “high-sided all-terrain motor car”, which is Rolls’ way of referring to it, will get a new all-wheel drive system in addition to various chassis and suspension settings, which will allow it to perform not only the tarmac, but off-road as well.

Despite being, for a long time, called the Cullinan, after the famous diamond mined in South Africa in 1905 that is the largest rough one ever found, Rolls-Royce has made it clearthat this was a “working title” and the production version of its SUV will bear a different name.

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2020 BMW M3 G80 Spied For The Very First Time, Could Get AWD 8
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 12 8th, 2017


A new BMW 3-Series prototype has now been spotted in public, wearing heavy camouflage, yet having noticeably wider fenders. Gotcha, M3!

Our marksman with the lens had very little time to take pictures of the car as it was driving by, but he did notice that aside from the fenders, nothing else looked different at the front.

As for the rest of the car, we can see what appear to be M side skirts, a small trunk lid spoiler and a set of quad-exhausts, which is actually what gave the car away – it made more noise than any regular 3-Series prototype seen so far.

According to sources, the 2020 M3 will be powered by a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, utilizing the same water-injection system as the M4 GTS, sharing the latter’s power output of 493 HP (367 kW) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm).

If this turns out to be true, it will make the new car significantly more powerful than the current M3, not to mention lighter and more Eco-friendly, if it does indeed adopt a 48-volt mild hybrid system and electrically spooled turbos.

Like its larger sibling, the M5, the all-new M3 is also expected to come with all-wheel drive, although rumor has it this is going to cost buyers extra and that it won’t be standard on the car. The system will likely be coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the six-speed manual may yet survive the generational shift, if only in rear-wheel drive variants. Grain of salt though.

The launch date for the 2020 M3 remains unknown. But since the all-new 3-Series will come out to play sometime next year, we could see the M-version make its presence felt either in late 2018 or sometime in 2019, the latter scenario being more probable.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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BMW Tests The Upcoming X7 Near Munich 6
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW X7, Scoops, SUV, U Spy on 12 6th, 2017


The BMW X7 is arguably the most eagerly-anticipated vehicle currently being developed by the German carmaker and when it launches, is almost guaranteed to sell in considerable numbers.

BMW has been testing X7 prototypes for well over a year and Carscoops reader Krystian Granatowski recently snapped some images of one on a highway near Munich.

As with previous prototypes scooped testing in recent months, this example is bathed in white and black camouflage that hides most of its key design traits. In fact, all we can ascertain from the images is that the X7 will feature a huge kidney front grille, roof rails, black wheel arches, and large rectangular tailpipes.

Beneath the skin, the X7 utilizes BMW’s CLAR platform, already in use with the latest-generation 5- and 7-Series. A host of petrol and diesel engines in six- and eight-cylinder configurations are widely expected, as is a plug-in hybrid with a four-cylinder.

Much to the delight of President Donald Trump, BMW confirmed last year that the X7 will be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The SUV should hit the streets as a 2019MY.

Hat tip to Krystian Granatowski for the photos!

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U Spy: BMW Testing 2019 3-Series Alongside Mini Prototype 5
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Scoops, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 12 5th, 2017


The G20 3-Series is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars set to debut in 2018, and a prototype was spotted by one of our readers in Slovenia just a few days ago.

It’s well covered up in camo, so we can’t make out all the details, but thanks to the light bouncing off the side of the car, we can actually see its creases really well. Unsurprisingly, the 2019 BMW 3-Series seems to take after its larger sibling, the 5-Series, and adopt a more dynamic exterior design than the current model.

What the car will look like inside is actually less of a mystery, since we have already seen a couple of prototypes with their windows cracked open. Aside from the new digital gauge display, we also noticed a new shifter design, which might be adopted by either all the range or just the iPerformance variant.

As for what we’re going to find underneath the hood of the G20 3-Series, we expect a wide range of petrol and diesel units joined by at least one electrified model.

So what about that camouflaged Mini Cabrio thas was following the Bimmer then? Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can tell you about it, though it could be hiding a few facelift-worthy upgrades, especially on the powertrain side, as its 1.5-liter petrol units are expected to get turbochargers with aluminum casings, while cooling systems should improve across the range. There are also rumors that Mini might be working on a dual-clutch transmission, but at this point all we can do is speculate.

Thanks to Rok

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U Spy: BMW Testing 2019 3-Series Alongside Mini Prototype 5
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Scoops, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 12 5th, 2017


The G20 3-Series is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars set to debut in 2018, and a prototype was spotted by one of our readers in Slovenia just a few days ago.

It’s well covered up in camo, so we can’t make out all the details, but thanks to the light bouncing off the side of the car, we can actually see its creases really well. Unsurprisingly, the 2019 BMW 3-Series seems to take after its larger sibling, the 5-Series, and adopt a more dynamic exterior design than the current model.

What the car will look like inside is actually less of a mystery, since we have already seen a couple of prototypes with their windows cracked open. Aside from the new digital gauge display, we also noticed a new shifter design, which might be adopted by either all the range or just the iPerformance variant.

As for what we’re going to find underneath the hood of the G20 3-Series, we expect a wide range of petrol and diesel units joined by at least one electrified model.

So what about that camouflaged Mini Cabrio thas was following the Bimmer then? Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can tell you about it, though it could be hiding a few facelift-worthy upgrades, especially on the powertrain side, as its 1.5-liter petrol units are expected to get turbochargers with aluminum casings, while cooling systems should improve across the range. There are also rumors that Mini might be working on a dual-clutch transmission, but at this point all we can do is speculate.

Thanks to Rok

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U Spy: All-New BMW X5 And 8-Series Coupe Cruising Through Slovenia 27
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW Scoops, BMW X5, Scoops, U Spy on 11 27th, 2017


Since both the new BMW X5 and 8-Series cars will be launched sometime next year, your favorite Bavarian automaker is still busy testing as many prototypes as it can in cities around the world.

One of our readers, Miha, caught these two cars on camera in Ljubljana, Slovenia recently, and at least as far as the X5 is concerned, the SUV seems to be one of the earlier prototypes.

Judging by its license plate, it was probably registered around the same time as this G05 X5 prototype, spotted in Copenhagen back in April. As you can see, the camouflage is just as heavy, revealing very little about the SUVs shape and design elements.

Thankfully, we already caught a glimpse of the new X5 wearing very light camouflage earlier this month. Compared to the current model, the new car features a leaner exterior with larger kidney grilles, a more pronounced shark nose and possibly even smaller taillights.

Underneath all that, the all-new BMW X5 utilizes the automaker’s CLAR (cluster architecture) modular platform, also found in the 5-Series and 7-Series – with which it will share a variety of petrol and diesel engines. Some sources suggest that the 2019 X5 could be up to 250-300 kg (550 lbs to 660 lbs) lighter than its predecessor, something that will help improve performance, handling and fuel economy figures.

As for the 8-Series Coupe, the Germans are playing their cards very close to the chest when it comes to its design, although we know it will resemble the 8-Series Concept, the question is, how closely?

While this particular prototype is just as well-camouflaged as any of the other cars we’ve seen, we have actually taken a peak inside the cabin on a separate occasion and we can tell you that there are some similarities to the Concept, specifically the button configuration or the gauge cluster.

Like the new X5, the 8-Series will also utilize the CLAR platform, offering customers a choice of Coupe or Convertible, with an M8 version set to take its rightful place as the flagship of the range.

Thanks to Miha

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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.

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