The Germans from BMW decided to reveal the first video of the new BMW M5 (F10), a footage which shows the German M model revving its engine at the Ascari Race Resort in southern Spain. We already discussed all the important facts and figures of the high performance model based on the current 5 Series generation but if you missed it you can read more here. The new M5 will debut this fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show but also later this week at the M Festival.
The British department of BMW Group announced that the all-new BMW M5 F10 will be fully revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, an event which takes place in the UK between 1 and 3 July 2011. BMW UK released plenty details about what will happen at the event which starts early July, models such as the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe but also a 1936 BMW 328 roadster and 1972 BMW M1 Turbo Concept being ready to be revealed.
It seems that the Germans from BMW are planning to reveal the first two models of the new i sub-brand ahead the Frankfurt Auto Show which starts in September this year. First time when we came in contact with the new fully electric BMW i3 happened few months ago when the spy photographers caught the new electric model from BMW being tested in some frozen lands, most probably in Sweden. Lately, we got some information that the new i3 will come with a starting price of $35,000 while the availability is set for 2013.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.