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2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe receives a serious tuning program from TechTec

It’s been a while since we talked last time about a tuning package dedicated to a model within BMW’s range but we are returning with tuning news and we do it big time. The smallest M ever created by BMW, the 1 Series M Coupe to be more precise, benefits from the first package, a tuning program which comes with styling tweaks but more important with power upgrades. As we previously reported, the new 1 Series M Coupe will be manufactured in less than 1,000 units so you’d better hurry up.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe by TechTec

BMW 1 Series M Coupe by TechTec

TechTec is the name of the tuning house which provides some noteworthy upgrades to the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe. We know that the standard 1M Coupe lapped the Hockenheim circuit in 1:14.1, slightly faster than the BMW M3 which did in 1:14.2. Well, the performance upgrades brought by the German tuners managed to improve the lap time to 1:13:59, not too much, theoretically.

BMW M3 Frozen Black special edition sold out extremely fast

BMW of North America announced that the BMW M3 Frozen Black, the special edition of the German model dedicated to the U.S. market sold out extremely fast. As we previously talked, the current M3 E92 received yet another special edition, this time dedicated to the American customers that are not very satisfied with the standard BMW M3. In the beginning, it seemed that the spicy price tag won’t attract too many customers mainly considering that the Frozen Black edition brings no major improvements.

BMW M3 Frozen Black special edition

BMW M3 Frozen Black special edition

However, according to BMWNA, the BMW M3 Frozen Black sold out in around 20 minutes after the ordering phone lines opened. This is not the first time when a limited edition dedicated to the American customers vanished in a matter of minutes, the previous M3 Frozen Gray being sold out in just 12 minutes.

2012 BMW M5 F10 officially revealed with full specs and photo gallery

Following the photo gallery leaked yesterday, the Bavarians from BMW released a full photo gallery of the new BMW M5 but also the key features of the new M model based on the current generation 5 Series. As expected, our previous assumptions on the unit that comes with the new M5 confirm while in terms of aesthetics, the high-performance model gets specific M styling components, nothing very impressive, a sign that BMW focused on what sits under the bonnet.

2012 BMW M5 F10

2012 BMW M5 F10

Comparing to the current BMW 5 Series, the new M5 F10 benefits from more imposing parts such as new front and rear bumpers, a quad-pipe exhaust system, a set of 19-inch alloy wheels, new boot lid spoiler and also air vents.

2012 BMW M5 F10 leaked – production model photos available

We talked several times about the new BMW M5, a model based on the current 5 Series generation, internally known as F10. However, until now, we got no opportunity to see how the production model looks, the versions earlier revealed, for example the M5 Concept unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show being just pre-production prototypes. Besides the official photos for the M5 Concept, the Chinese automotive event brought us some interior shots too, but nothing very convincing considering its development stage.

2012 BMW M5 F10

2012 BMW M5 F10

Today, a German car magazine, Auto Zeitung to be more precise, released a set of photos with what should be the production version of the new BMW M5 F10. Until now, the Germans released no official details on the new M5 F10 as a response to the leaked images but most probably all the important details alongside a complete photo gallery will be available at the M Festival which starts on June 23 at the Nürburgring.

The new BMW 1 Series generation to get up to six body styles

The Germans from BMW seem to have big plans for the second-generation 1 Series, a model officially introduced earlier this month in the five-door hatchback version. The official details of the new BMW 1 Series (F20) are available here while you can watch the first commercial of the German small family car here. Moreover, only two days away from the reveal, the Germans from BMW introduced the online configurator of the new 1 Series with the M Sport package.

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20)

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20)

Until now, nothing new, but some sources within BMW claim that the company has big plans with the new 1 Series generation planning to launch a total of six body styles of the model, variants scheduled to come gradually.

BMW Group reports the most successful May in terms of sales

According to Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing, May 2011 was the most successful in BMW’s history with increased sales by 22,1%. Comparing to the previous year’s May when 120,850 units were delivered, this year, a total of 147,563 BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce vehicles were delivered to their customers, an increase of 22,1% as mentioned above. This proved to be quite enough to set a new all-time sales high for the month of May.

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BMW Group released detailed information regarding the most important markets and models as well that helped the German company to achieve this new record. The most important market for the Bavarians proved to be Germany with 29,372 units sold last month, an increase of 27,7% over the 22,993 vehicle sold in the same period of 2010.

BMW M3 Frozen Black – a special edition designed for the U.S. market

The BMW M3 E92 is probably the model that received the most special editions from the Germans, yet another one being revealed these days. We talk about Frozen Black, a special edition dedicated, this time, to the U.S. customers as the last three (Carbon Edition, Matte Edition and Tiger Edition) were specially designed for the Chinese market. As you probably expected, all these editions are based on the current-generation BMW M3 Coupe, internally known as E92.

BMW M3 Frozen Black special edition

BMW M3 Frozen Black special edition

Of course, the German engineers fitted the BMW M3 Frozen Black with the same 4.0-liter V8 unit able to produce 414 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque.

BMW Group to invest £500 million in the UK plants

BMW Group announced yesterday within a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street that they plans to invest £500 million in the UK production network, an investment scheduled to gradually materialize over the next three years. The new £500 million investment will add to the existing money channeled to the UK production totalizing more than £1.5 billion. This decision of sending more money to the UK facilities wants to boost the production of the next generation MINI models.

BMW Group invests more in the UK production

BMW Group invests more in the UK production

According to BMW, a total of over 5,000 jobs will be safeguarded in the UK as the main purpose of this £500 million investment is to create new facilities and provide additional equipment for MINI’s Oxford plant. The Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham as well as the pressings plant in Swindon will also provide a large number of new jobs due to this investment.

BMW M3 E90 takes over the task of being the Ring Taxi

The 20.8-kilometre Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit is undoubtedly a great piece of engineering with 73 corners and its special features able to make a single lap one of the most unforgettable memories. The German circuit really deserves the “Green Hell” moniker thanks to its unique characteristics, a large number of important German manufacturers, mainly the Bavarians from BMW, choosing to test their upcoming performance models on the challenging track. The BMW M3 E90 will be the new Ring Taxi with skilled drivers behind the steering wheel.

BMW M3 E90 Ring Taxi

BMW M3 E90 Ring Taxi

As you probably know, BMW lets you enjoy the German circuit by providing the Ring Taxi service. Until now, the Ring Taxi was a BMW M5 E60 with the famous Sabine Schmidt professional driver behind the steering wheel.

VIDEO: BMW promotes the new 1 Series F20 – One Origin. Two Originals.

You probably remember BMW’s campaign called “One Origin. Two Originals”, even a special webpage being created in order to promote the mysterious models with two different personalities but one origin that finally proved to be the new 1 Series generation. If you forgot in the mean time, BMW released a teaser in early May promoting two models, one of them having an artistic character while the second being dynamic.

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20)

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20)

The official photo gallery of the new BMW 1 Series F20 is showing two models in the same colors as that vehicles and this could made us think back at the teaser. If this has not happened, BMW clearly shows their idea of a model with two personalities keeping the same story line as in the beginning.

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