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Spy shots for the prototype of BMW‘s next-generation 3-Series were released, and it looks like it can blow things out of proportion, at least for the segment it belongs to. Codenamed G20, this new prototype from BMW will be released by mid-2017 as a 2018 model.
The 2018 BMW 3-Series reportedly will become the benchmark for the small sedan segment in terms of performance and driving dynamics.
CLAR Platform Will Be Used
BMW engineers have developed one of the most advanced platforms in the automobile industry. The multi-material constructed CLAR modular design will allow BMW to catch up to its other competitions, namely Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac, with their small sedan offerings.
The CLAR made its debut on the 2016 7-Series and has since made its appearance on the 2017 5-Series.
The platform uses lightweight materials such as aluminum and magnesium. In the 7-Series, it used carbon fiber-reinforced plastic. Besides that, it can support alternative drivetrains such as plug-in hybrid and battery-electric applications.
The 3-Series will be the smallest model to use this platform.
Sporty Design Will Be The Exterior Element
The usual BMW styling is present on this prototype. That includes the kidney grille, Hofmeister kink and short overhangs. The front appears lower and wider, however, making many believe that it will have a sporty look, much like the Jaguar XE.
There are still no clear changes on the interior, but there might be a digital instrument cluster that will be paired with an advanced infotainment system complete with voice activation and gesture control.
The driver will have access to semi-autonomous modes.
Plug-In Hybrid Is Going To Be Available
In the US, the core powertrains will be the turbocharged 4- and 6-cylinder inline engines with 2.0 and 3.0 liters, respectively. Some markets might also have BMW’s 1.5-liter inline-3.
There will be diesel and plug-in hybrid options too. The plug-in hybrid will most likely use two electric motors under the setup of Power eDrive.
As for the high-performance variant, that is called the M3. Back in 2014, a prototype of this used a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 and two electric motors to produce 670 horsepower.
Audi has recently unveiled the 2018 S5 Cabriolet, which will be a soft-top iteration of the A5 lineup. In a nutshell, this update will have larger dimensions, tweaked styling, more sleek interior with high-tech gadgets, turbo-six cylinder and updated rear suspension.
On the outside, the 2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet has reshaped the three-dimensional Singleframe grille. It is now shorter and wider. It also has reshaped headlights, with Xenon elements as standard, to have that slimmer appearance compared to the previous generation. If you’re unimpressed with the headlights, you can opt for the LEDs and matrix LEDs with dynamic turn signals for the front and rear.
Dimensionally, the new S5 is larger at 184 inches with the wheelbase extending to 108.9 inches and the track to 62.5 inches wide in front and 61.7 inches wide in the rear. Still, the 2018 S5 appears narrower than the current model.
Inside, the new S5 has a sportier appearance. The steering wheel has controls that are thumb-reachable. The gauge cluster is analog for now, but you can also opt for a digital cluster. On the center of the panel is a tablet screen with hard buttons in the center console. The pedals are finished in brushed metal while the seats are covered in partial leather.
Under the hood, you can expect the S5 to pack more power than it did before. It has a turbocharged 3.0-liter (2,995 cc) TFSI V-6, which produces 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
In the US, the new S5 is priced at $64,000.
2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet Versus the BMW 4 Series
BMW’s two-door compact convertible comes with all the features you’ll expect from the German automaker. The interior is full to the brim with high-tech gadgets while the exterior is a little more attention-seeking than the Audi S5 Cabriolet. It has a more premium and elegant feeling, though it’s way cheaper than the S5 at $50,000. The only thing bad about this BMW is that it’s slower than Audi’s entry.
The BMW X3 is a huge favorite for those who want an everyday car that is versatile, functional, efficient and luxurious. It has been refreshed for the 2015 model year and will be fully upgraded for 2018.
According to a report, the expected upgrades will bring a full redesign of the exterior, improved interior space and comfort, as well as a new diesel engine and plug-in hybrid.
The spy shots allowed the rendering of how the 2018 BMW X3 will look like. The new X3 is expected to have a more refined design, but obviously, the kidney grilles will remain. What’s a Bimmer without it? The headlights will be similar to the refreshed 2015 version, but they will be placed a little beyond the lens. There’s a running LED strip from the outside corner, under the bulbs to the lower inboard point. The round fog lights will be carried over, along with air dam, and shortened corner vents.
The sides have been changed a bit. The upper body line now runs straight from the fender back. It is also sharper and a bit more refined than the one you can find on the current model. The wheels have dual five-spoke design.
The new X3’s steering wheel has a longer bottom spoke with silver buttons and silver insert over the bottom spoke. The instrument cluster cannot be seen because of the cover on the spy shots, but it’s safe to say that it’ll have a digital speedo on the left and a digital tachometer on the right.
The center console looks the same, but there are chrome overlays on the side, and the tech is more refined and luxurious. That is largely thanks to the free-standing and larger infotainment screen that looks like it’s floating from the top of the center stack.
As for the cargo, there should be a 60-40 folding rear seat. The hip and legroom may also increase.
The next X3 will build on the CLAR platform that is being used on the 3 series and all larger BMW vehicles. It will have a range of gas and diesel engines, as well as an incoming plug-in hybrid.
A possible 2017 BMW 6 Series was spotted testing on the road. It will have a new lightened chassis, upgraded tech for the cabin and refreshed styling on the outside.
Although details are still up in the air, what is clear is that it will be competing against the Porsche Panamera and the Audi S7.
Based on the spy shots, the fourth generation model of the BMW 6 Series will offer a roof with an angled approach towards the rear end, which promises to give the car a fastback profile. It also has a trailing spoiler and revamped taillights on the rear, and a kidney grille and slimmer headlights up front.
In terms of dimension, this is still in the midsize range, though it will carry the chassis code G14, G15, and G16, replacing the outgoing model’s designation of F12, F13, and F06, respectively.
Under the hood, the new BMW 6 Series will have the same powerplant treatment as the new 5 Series, meaning a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder from the 540i. Output is a mean 350 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque.
Currently, the 6 Series is pegged at $77,600, but the top-of-the-line model can go as high as $100,000.
Porsche Panamera or the BMW 6 Series?
For under $80,000, the Porsche Panamera—all that power—can be yours. It combines the power of a high-end sports car with the functionality of a five-door hatchback.
If you have the extra juice, meaning $100,000, you can get the Turbo S model, which has a 911-performance, thanks to its twin-turbo V-8 that can produce 570 horsepower. This can make the Panamera go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. It has a maximum speed of 192mph.
The Panamera also comes packing with the Porsche Active Suspension Management with three different drive modes—Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.
If BMW plans to compete with this through the 6 Series, it better bring its A game.
AC Schnitzer specializes in aftermarket tuning of Bimmers, and what they did with the 2016 BMW M2 from front to back and top to bottom is the stuff fairy tales are made of. The tuning upgrade brought the M2 to the sports car echelon of the automobile industry.
Here are some new features you need to know about AC Schnitzer’s M2 tuning:
Tinkering with the aerodynamics is one of the staples of an AC tuning. The program for the M2 did not differ. The aerodynamics kit has carbon front side wings and carbon rear wing that enhance the M2’s looks. But aside from it, the carbon also works well together with the new front splitter, rear roof spoiler, and carbon rear diffuser. It allows well-tuned handling experience even when the car is running on high speed.
Interior has always been overlooked by every tuning company that upgraded a vehicle. That cannot be said with AC, though the changes are minimal like the aluminum pedal set and footrest, key holder, handbrake handle, aluminum cover for the M2’s iDrive Controller, and velour floor mats.
The AC Schnitzer’s tuning of the M2 was focused on the engine modifications, though these are mostly software upgrades. Still, AC offers a charge cooler that can help improve the capacity and efficiency of M2’s 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine. After the tuning, the M2 can now produce 420 horsepower, a 50 ponies upgrade from the standard 370 horsepower.
Suspension and brakes
AC Schnitzer specifically built RS coilovers for the M2. They are height-adjustable, and come with compression and rebound setting. It can also be lowered from 1.18 inches to 1.57 inches. There’s also the suspension spring kit that can drop the M2 from the height of 0.98 inches to 1.18 inches at the front and from 0.59 inches to 0.79 inches at the back.
Back in 2011, Toyota and BMW planned to jointly develop a mid-size sports car platform to replace their Z4 and Supra models, respectively. It looks like the day has finally come for us to see the completion of such platform.
New spy shots of a prototype for BMW have been released. We’re expecting these shots to be soon called as the Z5. Instead of being a next-generation Z4, adopting a new name links this car to BMW’s 507, which is a legend in the industry. And it being a notch higher than the Z4 means the German automaker can charge more for it.
The higher positioning can be backed up by the larger size of the prototype as compared to the Z4. And although the shots have almost similar to identical proportions to the Z4, what’s most noticeable is that this is going to be a soft-top convertible rather than a retractable hard-top. Based on one of the shots, we can also gleam that there is going to be a new grille design.
Another thing that should justify the higher positioning of what seems to be the new Z5 is the improved performance. This new car will be competing against the likes of the Jaguar F-Type and Porsche 911. The base model will most likely have an inline-4 though the inline-6 as an option is a popular suggestion too. Turbocharging might be standard for all variants of the Z5.
You may be wondering if the hybrid tech will be used on the Z5. This is highly unlikely because BMW certainly wants to differentiate their Z5 from Toyota’s Supra successor, which might go down the route of gasoline-electric.
This new BMW sports car, whether or not it will be called the Z5, will debut either in late 2017 or early 2018. Though there have been no word yet on pricing details, this will likely go as high as $50,000 for a starting price.
For a long time now, there have been rumors that BMW is working on a new model, which will be called the i5. Now, we might be seeing alleged patent drawings of that said model. These drawings were discovered by Autoguide, and have reportedly been filed by the German automaker with a patent office in Japan in April this year.
Since 2012, many have speculated that the German company would eventually plug the gap between the i3 and the i8 to finally complete its eco-focused i sub-brand. The rumors have covered everything from a supposedly stretched i3 to an SUV to an electronic vehicle that would rival the Tesla Model S luxury sedan.
BMW has remained mum about what it plans for the i5, only telling that its main focus is to make the new model as family-oriented as possible, further fueling rumors that it wasn’t going to be a luxury sedan, but an SUV or station wagon-type of vehicle.
If these patent drawings are accurate, it must mean that BMW’s design team has been taking cues from the Prius. The patent drawings showed what was originally a questionable looks of the i sub-brand coupled with the form factor of an elongated hatch. Experts are so-so on the looks, with some verging on judging the “i5” as not pretty. In terms of space, the i5 doesn’t look practical at all, no thanks to the sloping roof at the rear of the car.
Expectations that the next i car would be an electric vehicle are going down the drain. It’s not going to be full-electric, and there’s no reason to believe there is going to be an extended-range electric model. It will, however, likely be a plug-in hybrid like the i8.
BMW has earlier said its next standalone electric car won’t be arriving until 2021. But before that, the German automaker is set to launch electric versions of regular models such as the X3 and some Minis.
We now have the first spy shots of the coupe BMW is working on in the hopes of reviving their 8-series name. The German automaker hinted of their plans last March when senior executives said BMW are planning to add more high-end models to their lineup.
One of these models will be simply called as the 8-series. The other one will be an i8 Spyder.
Based on the spy shots, the BMW 8-series will have a low roof and wide, muscular shoulders that we can vividly remember seeing in Aston Martin’s DB9, which also features four seats arranged in a 2+2 format—the same one we’re bound to see in BMW’s new 8-series.
The German automaker will reportedly be working alongside the Italian design house Pininfarina for the 8-series. Pininfarina is the same partner that developed the Gran Lusso Coupe, a modern successor to the 8-series in 2013. That partnership between BMW and Pininfarina is thought to hint at the finer design elements of the new 8-series.
What we do know for now is that the platform for the new 8-series will be BMW’s carbon-infused CLAR design, which debuted in the 2016 7-series. This ensures the 8-series will have a low curb weight and compatibility with electrified powertrains. Thanks to the latest in next-generation gesture control, it should also come packed with an amazing infotainment technology that passengers will enjoy.
The latest fillings from BMW might be a glimpse into what the 8-series can have— V-8, V-12, M Performance and dedicated M options. The fillings included “850”, “860”, “M850” and “M8.” The M8, according to speculations, might have a high-performance hybrid system known as the Power eDrive plug-in hybrid.
As for the system, the new 8-series will most probably combine a turbocharged inline-4 with a pair of electric motors for a combined output of 670 horsepower. The V12 models should have a 600-horsepower twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter engine from the latest M760i xDrive.
A prototype for the race car version of the BMW M4 was recently spotted. Spy shots of the car were taken while it was undergoing testing.
According to Motor Authority, which is also the source of the photos you are about to see below, the BMW race car is set to debut in 2018. The images show several aero upgrades made to the car to comply with the FIA GT4 regulations. However, as a cost-cutting measure and to ensure the reliability of the M4 GT4, BMW seems to have retained many elements of the car’s coupe model.
One noticeable feature of the spied auto suggesting that it is the race car variant of the M4 is its lower ride height. The other factors giving away its identity include the GT4-compliant new front splitter, side skirts, extended wheel arches, rear diffuser and rear wing. The source speculates that some parts of the car like the hood and roofing might use carbon-fiber materials similar to the limited edition of the M4 GTS.
Although it is hard to make out the M4 GT4’s interior based on the spy photos alone, the report said it will be equipped with a roll cage, bucket seat paired with a safety harness, and fire suppression system. Again, these should mirror the standards of the FIA.
BMW disclosed that the BMW M4 GT4 carries the same engine found on the race car’s road-legal coupe version. Therefore, expect the vehicle to have the same 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The output of the auto should be at least 425 hp with all the power distributed through the rear wheels.
The company stated that the upcoming BMW race car will be designed to meet the rules governing the GT4 events in North America, Europe and Asia. The targeted debut of the M4 GT4 is in January 2018 during the 24 Hours of Dubai race.
BMW M4 GT4 Spy Photos
Check out the spy shots of the upcoming BMW M4 GT4 in the gallery below:
BMW announced that its diesel vehicles with the 2017 model year will be rolled out soon in the United States of America. The luxury car maker confirmed the arrival of four diesel models in the region.
According to CarAndDriver, the variants that will get diesel versions for the 2017 model year are the sedan and Sports Wagon versions of the 328d, the X3 xDrive28d, and the X5 xDrive35d.
Despite the positive news, BMW haven’t released any definite date yet regarding the arrival of the mentioned diesel units. A spokesman of the company just told the source that it will be available later this year.
The report claimed that many BMW dealerships are now missing the diesel versions of some popular models. The source explained that the delay had something to do with the certification process, which is a requirement for diesel models sold in the U.S.
The article stated that EPA increased its scrutiny in the diesel models after the Volkswagen emission scandal that rocked the automotive world and led to the company CEO’s resignation. It should be noted that VW admitted to using a software to cheat their emission figures.
The postponement of the arrival of the BMW diesel models in the country is also due to BMW’s suspension of their production in the U.S. soil. We agree with the source that it is a smart move from the luxury automaker in case EPA will ask them to revise something in their diesel models.
As for the other popular models of the brand, BMW is yet to confirm if it will offer a diesel version of the redesigned 5-Series in the U.S. Currently, the vehicle is available in its 2016 model year with the name 535d. For the 7-Series, the company said it will not be selling a diesel variant of it in the area.