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Watch this BMW take flight at Viru Rally

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BMW M3 gets some air in Estonia

An E36 BMW 3 Series might be a good choice for a lot of purposes – a long road trip, a track day, rallycross, impressing your friends… but a full-on rally? It’s rear-drive when the best rally machines are front- or all-wheel drive. But that didn’t stop Pritt Koik and Alari-Uku Heldna from entering their stripped-out E36 in the Viru Rally in Estonia… or from getting some big air time when they did.

Fortunately the jump was not just caught on video… it was caught on video from three angles: two from the side of the rally stage and one from inside the cockpit. Check out all three below to see how this particular BMW got back into the aircraft business.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe caught without cladding

Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, Hatchback, BMW, Luxury

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: Spy Shots

Like it or not, the majority of BMW 3 Series variants are on their way out, and the 4 Series models are hotly embroiled in the testing needed to replace them. We’ve now driven the basic 4 Series, seen spy photographs of the 4 Series Convertible and both versions of the M4 and today we get a better-than-ever look at the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

And, mostly dependent on your personal disposition towards four-dour coupes, that look should be a pleasant thing. The long, swooping Gran Coupe may be roughly similar in size to the related 3 Series GT, but it has been sculpted with beauty in mind rather than crossover function. We expect that those details still hidden by the body cladding here, mostly front and rear, can be filled in by simply remembering what the standard 4 Series looks like and squinting your eyes a bit. Subtlety is thy name, BMW variants.

As for the mechanicals, well, we expect to have the very same greasy bits under the hood and beneath the car that are found in the 4 Series lineup, too.

Look for the 4 Series Gran Coupe to be revealed in earnest in 2014, and for the thing to arrive in showrooms soon after as a 2015 model.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe caught without cladding originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW M4 Concept beckons the new golden child of M cars

Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, BMW, Misc. Auto Shows, Design/Style

BMW M4 Concept

Ushering in the next-generation of two-door M performance cars for BMW, the new M4 Concept was officially unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last night after an unceremonious embargo leak yesterday afternoon. The reality of the fact that we will never again have a new M3 Coupe is a little easier to deal with after browsing the M4 Concept’s sleek and sporty lines.

As was the case with the Concept 4 Series Coupe, we expect the this M4 to transition from concept car to production coupe with very few changes. Among the features we’s bet against making it into production include the front splitter and the exhaust tips – both made from carbon fiber. Other notable details are the aero-shaped mirrors, the subtle M stripes on the carbon fiber roof and the 20-inch wheels exposing big six-piston from brakes. If it were up to us, we’d say bring this car to production as is – except for the paint color.

There is still no word on the M4’s powertrain or if it will even offer a manual geabox, but we would imagine that we’ll be seeing this car in production form, complete with all of those details at the LA Auto Show.

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BMW M4 Concept beckons the new golden child of M cars originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Alpina D3 may be coming to Frankfurt with 350 hp, AWD

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Sedan, Performance, BMW, Diesel

BMW Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo at Geneva

Rumors are swirling that Alpina, the tuning house that specializes in all things BMW, will followup its Geneva debut of the B3 Bi-Turbo with an oil-burning variant slated for debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The news comes from Auto Zeitung, which reports that the second-generation D3 will be based off the Europe-only 335d.

This is a departure from the last D3, which had the four-cylinder turbo-diesel from the BMW 123d in a 3 Series body. The new model is expected to use a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline-six, which will generate 350 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That should scoot it to 62 miles per hour in under five seconds (likely while towing a tree stump). Both rear- and all-wheel drive should be available on the D3, and we imagine the thrill of this much power channeled through just the two rear wheels to be akin to skydiving sans parachute.

For our European friends that want an Alpina D3, but don’t need more torque than any American full-size pickup, there may be plans to offer a four-cylinder variant that still delivers Alpina performance without a compromise in economy. We’ll have more on the Alpina D3 when it debuts at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Alpina D3 may be coming to Frankfurt with 350 hp, AWD originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW 4 Series Convertible basks in the sun

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BMW 4 Series Convertible spy shots

The BMW 4 Series Convertible will show its non-camouflaged face sometime later this year, but our spies recently caught this nearly naked prototype out getting some sun. As you’ll recall, the droptop 4 Series replaces the 3 Series Convertible in the BMW range, and if our recent stint behind the wheel of the new 435i Coupe is anything to go on, this topless 4er should be quite a fun runabout for sun-drenched motoring.

To no one’s surprise, the 4 Series Convertible shares all of its design with the 4 Series coupe, save, of course, the obvious roofectomy. Beyond that, the topless 2+2 will use the same engines and transmissions as the coupe, meaning it should arrive in the US in both 428i and 435i guises, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, respectively. Both six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions will be available.

The car spied this time around has the full M Sport visual treatment, with the revised (and better-looking) front fascia, larger 19-inch wheels, and attractive Melbourne Red paint. Interestingly, it appears this prototype has the standard xenon headlamp setup, rather than the full-LED option that’s also available.

BMW has not officially confirmed if the 4 Series Convertible will debut at the Frankfurt or Los Angeles auto shows, but with production expected to begin at the end of the year, looks like this droptop will arrive just in time for winter.

BMW 4 Series Convertible basks in the sun originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 BMW X5 configurator goes live

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2014 BMW X5 configurator

BMW won’t begin selling the 2014 X5 for another few months, but the German manufacturer has brought the third-generation SAV’s configurator online, allowing interested customers to poke around and look at the X5’s optional goodies.

Like the 3 Series, the X5 is available in a number of lines that load up extras automatically. There’s also a do-it-yourself truck that allows owners to pick and choose if they’re not enamored with the styling or trim of one of the dedicated packages. As usual, the options list is quite vast, regardless of which line is chosen. We were able to easily take the new, rear-drive X5 sDrive35i, which started at $52,800, and bring the total price up past $80,000.

The new X5 carries over its 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 from the current model, as well as BMW’s excellent 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six. The X5 xDrive35d, with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel will also be available on the third-generation SUV, but won’t hit dealers until early 2014. BMW is stepping outside of the X5’s usual bounds, offering a dedicated rear-drive model, available with all the same trimmings as the xDrive vehicles. Head over to BMW’s US consumer page and have a go.

2014 BMW X5 configurator goes live originally appeared on BMW Top News on Sun, 28 Jul 2013 15:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW dishes on ‘lightweight’ 2014 M4

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, BMW

BMW’s M cars are not what we’d call featherweights. Sure, the big, bruising twin-turbocharged V8s deliver a lot of power, but the fact of the matter is that more weight often equates to less fun.

Which is why we’re so excited over a recent sit-down the blokes at Top Gear had with BMW’s product manager for small and medium cars, Matt Collins. The chat led to talk of the M3 Coupe replacing M4. Collins confirmed that, yes, the new M4 would be turbocharged. The new engine will also be a six-cylinder, which should make purists happy.

“What we’d like is more focus on lightweight engineering.” -Matt Collins

But what really peaked our interest was the talk of weight savings for the M4. Collins told Top Gear, “What we’d like is more focus on lightweight engineering.” It gets better, TG also reports Collins as saying, “The philosophy will be around delivering performance through improved use of materials – lightweight alloys, lots of carbon fibre etc – rather than simply trying to make the engine more powerful to move the same kind of car, or scaling it back too far so that it loses its M3 roots.” This left us smiling.

Citing the experience gleaned from the i3 and i8 projects, including the use of carbon fiber, lead to talk of a lightweight, hardcore M4 – a car that could, perhaps, wear the letters C, S and L on the back. Collins followed the party line, though, stating in the interview, “There are no plans at the moment to build a lightweight CSL version of the M4, but there weren’t any plans to do the last-generation CSL either. We have to see what the customers think, and if there’s potential for an even more lightweight version, we’ll do it.”

As for availability, Collins indicated that BMW’s past schedule of bringing out an M variant about 18 months after the debut of a 3 Series Coupe, should hold up for the 4 Series and M4. If that timing is true, we can hope to see a production M4 at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

BMW dishes on ‘lightweight’ 2014 M4 originally appeared on BMW Top News on Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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