A Look Inside the BMW Design Archives

A thumb-through of the automaker’s archives. ...

A thumb-through of the automaker’s archives.

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BMW Needs To Make A 2 Series Gran Coupe

Okay, so we’ve all read the rumors that BMW is currently making a 2 Series Gran Coupe. It’s a rumor that’s been circulating for as long as I can remember. It’s almost an inevitability, as BMW makes a Gran Coupe out of almost anything these da...

Okay, so we’ve all read the rumors that BMW is currently making a 2 Series Gran Coupe. It’s a rumor that’s been circulating for as long as I can remember. It’s almost an inevitability, as BMW makes a Gran Coupe out of almost anything these days. However, I’ve been scouring the interwebs today, which is no different from any other day except today I’m wearing pants, and have seen a lot of hate for such a hypothetical car. But why? I just had a week with a lovely girl by the name of M235i xDrive. She was very nice, more athletic than I had anticipated and a whole lot of fun. She was quite the looker too. Ya know what other BMWs are good looking? The 4 and 6 Series Gran Coupe. They’re freaking gorgeous. Better looking than their coupe counterparts, if you ask me. So how could anyone not want all of the fun times that the M235i can provide with the added bonus of that gorgeous Gran Coupe styling? It seems like madness.

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Each and every time I see a 6 Series Gran Coupe drive past me, I stare like a 16 year old staring into a girl’s bedroom window and almost crash. Maybe that’s a bit exaggerated, but you get the point. They’re damn good looking. So if BMW decides that they want to make a smaller version, based on an already great car that’s far more affordable than the uber expensive 6er GC, how could that be a bad thing? That seems like people complaining about ruining ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. Chocolate sprinkles only make things better.

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@MotorTrend   Also, it would sell like Natty Ice at a Frat House. Mercedes-Benz is selling a boatload of CLAs to people who want an entry level ‘Benz. It’s got swoopy, attractive styling (even though I kind of think it looks like it’s melting), a low $30k price tag and a three-pointed star, so everyone wants one. Audi just launched its new A3 sedan, which looks like a shrunken A4 and is basically a VW Jetta with Audi badges, yet Audi dealers can’t keep them on the lots. Yet BMW’s absolutely fantastic 2 Series coupe is much less loved because of its lack of rear doors (despite having better rear legroom than both and better rear headroom than the Benz). So give the 2er a couple of extra doors, sexy styling and an attractive price tag and BMW won’t be able to make them fast enough. Plus, it would be the only one of the three to have rear-wheel drive. So there’s that. This may have seemed like a hyperbole-filled rant, and in some ways it was, but underneath all of the silly metaphors is much truth. A 2 Series Gran Coupe would not only sell very well, but would be an excellent car to drive and look at. Plus, it would be way for us less fortunate enthusiasts to squirm our way into some seductive Gran Coupe curves without having to invent the next big mobile app. So please, BMW, pretty please, make a 2 Series Gran Coupe. Especially an M235i Gran Coupe. Thanks. The article BMW Needs To Make A 2 Series Gran Coupe appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2016 BMW 3 Series Price and Order Guide

Here are the price and order guides for the 2016 3 Series, including the new 340i model. ...

Here are the price and order guides for the 2016 3 Series, including the new 340i model.

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2016 BMW M4 GTS Testing with Bigger Rear Wing on the Nurburgring

The BMW M4 GTS has been spotted with a high rear wing for the first time. ...

The BMW M4 GTS has been spotted with a high rear wing for the first time.

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BMW 1 Series Hatch Racing Car by ADF Motorsport

ADF Motorsport South Africa has instructed their designers to virtually create a racing car based on the BMW 1 Series Hatchback. And the results are stunning. The designers began with the virtual project by adding a new front apron with huge air inta...

ADF Motorsport South Africa has instructed their designers to virtually create a racing car based on the BMW 1 Series Hatchback. And the results are stunning. The designers began with the virtual project by adding a new front apron with huge air intakes and a carbon fiber front lip. The hood also gets redesigned with functional vents to help with air flow and cooling of a possible tuned engine. The side mirrors have also been trimmed down as with any other proper racing car. A central wiper is also part of the package. In the back, the 1 Series Racing Car stands out with an oversized race wing extended on the sides to improve aerodynamics and increase downforce. A carbon fiber diffuser was also designed to have an aerodynamic function.

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The exhaust system with a tailpipe on each side of the diffuser are faintly reminiscent of the BMW M135i with a straight-six engine. The pre-facelift model of the BMW 1 Series F20 is among other things used by Andy Priaulx in the BTCC .

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No word on whether a production car of this rendering will be built, but we’re excited about the possibilities. [Source: Bimmertoday] The article BMW 1 Series Hatch Racing Car by ADF Motorsport appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe rumors re-emerge

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe rumors have re-emerged. ...

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe rumors have re-emerged.

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BMW M Denies Plans To Build An M3 Touring

BMW kills any wet dreams with an M3 Touring the M enthusiasts might have had. Carsten Pries, Head of Product Management M Automobiles and BMW Individual at BMW M, told Dutch outlet Autovisie that the M3 Touring are just rumors and M has no plans to b...

BMW kills any wet dreams with an M3 Touring the M enthusiasts might have had. Carsten Pries, Head of Product Management M Automobiles and BMW Individual at BMW M, told Dutch outlet Autovisie that the M3 Touring are just rumors and M has no plans to build one. Pries says an M3 Touring would certainly appeal to customers in Central Europe and the demand might be high, but he doesn’t see a market for the car outside Europe. The largest M market, the U.S., would be the toughest to penetrate, therefore creating a roadblock for the car. BMW’s biggest competitors in that segment would be Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Both companies have their own respective hot-wagons in the C63 AMG Wagon and the RS4 Avant.

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Our own Nico DeMattia hit the nail on the head: “BMW has done several excellent wagons in the past. It’s a company that simply knows how to get the wagon right. And it’s also a company that’s done fast wagons before as well. The E60 M5 Touring was one of the coolest wagons ever made, because V10. So it’s not as if BMW doesn’t have the know how. An F81 M3 Wagon would be absolutely incredible. It’s the best car BMW won’t make.” Unfortunately for many of us that like super sporty wagons, the options are limited: either size up to an M SUV or find a similar product on the market. The article BMW M Denies Plans To Build An M3 Touring appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2016 BMW M4 GTS Testing with bigger Rear Wing on the Nurburgring

The upcoming 2016 BMW M4 GTS — or CSL if BMW decides on the right moniker — has been caught on tape at the Nurburgring race track doing some hot laps. The racing version of the M4 Coupe sports a bigger rear wing that what we have seen bef...

The upcoming 2016 BMW M4 GTS — or CSL if BMW decides on the right moniker — has been caught on tape at the Nurburgring race track doing some hot laps. The racing version of the M4 Coupe sports a bigger rear wing that what we have seen before, but it’s unknown whether this version will make it onto the final product. First units will be delivered in 2016 and will be sold as a Model Year 2017, and it even popped up in the ordering system for U.S. dealerships. Our sources say ceramic brakes will be standard on the GTS and dual-clutch transmission is likely to be the only choice offered.

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In addition to the obvious aerodynamic components, customers can look forward to some new lightweight elements on the M4 GTS. The weight benefits will also be realized through the omission of the rear bench and the use of extremely lightweight bucket seats. To further improve the power-to-weight ratio, a performance upgrade for the twin-turbo inline six-cylinder S55 in on BMW’s list as well. We currently estimate that the expected BMW M4 GTS middle-class athlete will drive its rear wheels with about 470 hp. BMW M4 GTS will feature the water injection system seen in the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car. Let’s have a look. The article 2016 BMW M4 GTS Testing with bigger Rear Wing on the Nurburgring appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Blomqvist opens with fastest time in practice.

Rookie Tom Blomqvist set the fastest time in the first free practice session of the DTM race weekend at the Lausitzring. The BMW Team RBM driver clocked at time of 1:18.145 minutes on the 3.478-kilometre track. Marco Wittmann was the second-best BM...

Rookie Tom Blomqvist set the fastest time in the first free practice session of the DTM race weekend at the Lausitzring. The BMW Team RBM driver clocked at time of 1:18.145 minutes on the 3.478-kilometre track.

Marco Wittmann was the second-best BMW driver. The reigning DTM champion set the third-fastest time of 1:18.355 minutes in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM. His fellow BMW Team RMG driver Maxime Martin was eighth fastest, meaning three BMWs featured in the top ten. Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler ended the 45-minute session in twelfth, 14th and 15th place. Martin Tomczyk and António Félix da Costa were 20th and 22nd.

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Nardo Grey E92 M3 build

Excellent E92 M3 build and owner story. Check out this custom painted Nardo Grey M3. ...

Excellent E92 M3 build and owner story. Check out this custom painted Nardo Grey M3.

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