BMW officially confirmed our previous assumptions and announced that the revolutionary BMW i8, the hybrid supercar based on BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept, will feature the new Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, a movie directed by Brad Bird which is most likely to be released later this year, mid of December 2011 to be more precise. Check the link above and you will be able to see some photos with the new i8 on the set somewhere in Mumbai, India. The Germans announced that the 2012 6 Series Convertible will be also seen in the movie.
After we got the first details and photos of the M Sport package designed for the new 6 Series generation, BMW released new information which announces that both the Coupe and Convertible variants of the German model will get the well-known xDrive system but also a new six-cylinder diesel unit. After BMW revealed the M Sport package which brings only styling tweaks, new details announce that an all-wheel drive version will enter the range alongside a new diesel unit, both of them by this fall.
To begin with, the Germans announced that you will be able to fit your new BMW 650i with the xDrive all-wheel drive system. The xDrive system will be optionally available for the model mentioned above, for both Coupe and Convertible variants.
The Germans from BMW decided to reveal the M Sport package specially designed for the new-generation 6 Series. The styling package developed by the Bavarians will be available starting this fall for both the Coupe and Convertible variants. For the beginning, we will talk only about the M Sport package but we go in depth these days with further details as the Germans plan to upgrade the engine range of the current 6 Series generation but also introduce the xDrive system, a first for this range.
As expected, the 2012 BMW 6 Series the M Sport package brings just styling improvements including new 19-inch M alloy wheels in double-spoke design, new side skirts, revised front and rear bumpers and LED foglamps. The interior receives a special treatment as well with new an M leather steering wheel and new sports seats covered with leather and Alcantara.
According to the information coming from the Germans at Autobild, the new BMW M3 CRT special edition revealed last week is rumored to be already sold out. The new M3 CRT is a special edition limited to only 67 units and specially dedicated to the European customers. Actually, it is not very surprising to hear that the BMW M3 CRT is sold out considering that the M3 Frozen Black edition, a special model dedicated to the American market, took only 22 minutes to be entirely sold.
CRT stands for Carbon Racing Technology, the German model receiving a bunch of lightweight components able to significantly improve the performance and why not, the appearance. Besides the styling improvements, the BMW M3 CRT special edition gets some additional power under the bonnet, a noteworthy fact considering that the last M3 special editions got nothing but styling tweaks.
BMW UK decided to reveal the pricing and availability details for the fifth generation M5, a model fully introduced few weeks ago. According to the official details, the new BMW M5 is priced from £73,040 in the UK while the German customers will have to pay €102,700 for the base model. The 2012 BMW M5 will enter the European showrooms on November 19 while the U.S. customers will have to wait until this fall to get the new German sport model and pricing details.
If we get deeper into the pricing details, we can see that the new M5 F10 is about £8,000 more expensive than the previous generation but don’t forget that you get what BMW calls “the most potent engine ever devised by BMW’s high-performance M division”.
BMW officially announced the X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition set to debut this fall. The new version of the current-generation BMW X1 (E84) will be available with the EfficientDynamics package able to significantly improve the fuel-economy. Besides the diesel engine which fits the new eco-friendly version of the current BMW X1, the Germans prepared a new TwinPower petrol unit for the compact model. For the beginning, the new BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition gets improved figures thanks to a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo unit.
The new four-cylinder diesel engine is able to produce 163 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque. If the horsepower amount is not impressive, you may want to know that the fuel-optimized German model is able to return a fuel consumption of only 4,5 liters/100 km and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km.
The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe is once again in the center of attention, making the fans even more disappointed that the smallest M will be also the rarest series production M model. As you know, the new 1M Coupe will be manufactured in less than 1,000 units while the German sport car is scheduled to quit the production in December this year. You can read more about the production and availability of the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe here.
It seems that the Germans from BMW are having a hard time firing 65 employees at the parts distribution facility in Ontario, California. Senator Barbara Boxer, the chairwoman of the Ethics Committee wrote a letter to BMW North America CEO Jim O’Donnell telling him that replacing the loyal and experienced workers from the Ontario facility would be an unfair decision mainly considering that the Germans are looking forward for cheaper workforce, this being the main reason for this decision, according to the American Senator.
The 65 workers are part of the Teamsters Union Local 495, their contract with the German company expiring on August 31. To be more precise, we are not talking about firing but BMW said it will not renew the contract but will look forward to cheaper employees.
Here are some extra details about the newest special edition dedicated to the current-generation BMW M3. We previously talked on this subject but today we will get deeper into the details as the new “Carbon Racing Technology” package brings a little bit more than the previous special editions revealed by BMW, mainly for the Chinese market. Another interesting decision was to bring these advanced improvements to the Sedan version of the current M3, a right move if we consider the feedback of the fans.
As you probably remember from the first post, the new BMW M3 CRT comes with a reworked version of the 4.4-liter V8 unit able to deliver 450 horsepower, an increase of 30 horses over the standard M3. The transmission is the seven-speed M Dual Clutch (M-DCT), the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h being now possible in 4,4 seconds while the top speed is 290 km/h.
The Germans from BMW revealed yet another special edition of the current M3 generation. If the previous special models were based on the Coupe variant, this time the Bavarians decided to bring some improvements to the Sedan version and it seems to be a good decision. The current BMW M3 E90 received some styling updates but also some additional power under the bonnet, somehow unexpectedly as the previous editions earlier revealed were not benefiting from extra horsepower.