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Extra details for the first BMW i models + videos

As we previously set, BMW will introduce most probably by 2013 the first two models bearing the new i electric badge.

BMW i3 and BMW i8

BMW i3 and BMW i8

We talk about BMW i3, a three-door four-seater city model that will benefit from a lightweight aluminum structure and most probably is the model associated with the MegaCity project. From the first details, the electric engine that will propel the new BMW i3 benefits from a rear-wheel drive system, is fitted with lithium-ion batteries and is able to develop around 170 horsepower.

Full details on the BMW M5 Hurricane RS Touring (E61) by G-Power

About three weeks ago we saw the M5 Hurricane RS Touring, the latest G-Power creation, hitting a top speed of 359 km/h on the German Autobahn highway.

BMW M5 Hurricane RS Touring (E61) by G-Power

BMW M5 Hurricane RS Touring (E61) by G-Power

Officially, the G-Power M5 Hurricane RS Touring is the fastest wagon model which can legally run the streets. G-Power did a great job by squeezing 750 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque from the V10 5.0-liter twin-supercharged unit. In order to achieve these great performance figures, the Germans fitted a new water-cooled intercooler, a revised ECU unit but also the G-Power SK IIII RS twin-supercharger.

Tom Coronel will start the 2011 WTCC for BMW

Tom Coronel (38) will start the 2011 World Touring Car Championship with a BMW 320 TC. After six seasons of WTCC with Dutch driver Tom Coronel is enthusiastic about this new opportunity. Following two days of testing at the Vallelunga track near Rome with the new BMW 320 TC of the Italian team ROAL Motorsport, the driver is very confident for the upcoming season. “The new 1.6 litre turbo engine has a great throttle response and provides a lot of power.“, the 38-year old driver says.

Tom Coronel

Tom Coronel

New regulations forced BMW Motorsport to adapt all their WTCC cars. The rearwheel driven car will have a 1.6 litre turbo engine, with an output of around 315 horsepower. Coming from the front wheel driven Seats, Coronel had to adapt a little. “For me, the test was a good way to familiarise with the new car. The different character of the turbo engine and, of course, the rear-wheel drive, forced me to adapt my driving style.

Official details about BMW’s new i electric sub-brand available now

As the Germans recently promised, we have some official details regarding the new electric range developed by BMW, information released today, as we expected.

BMW i3 and BMW i8

BMW i3 and BMW i8

Somewhere in 2013 the first model bearing the i badge, namely i3, will be revealed in a production-ready version. For now we know that the new BMW i3 will be a three-door vehicle with a lightweight aluminum structure. Together with the new electric model, another i model will enter the market around the same date.

The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe introduced at CIAS

With the ocassion of the 2011 Canadian International Auto Show, BMW found it as a great opportunity to reveal the new 1 Series M Coupe for the Canadian public. The 2011 CIAS is held annually at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the SkyDome between February 18 – 27, 2011.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe at 2011 CIAS

BMW 1 Series M Coupe at 2011 CIAS

The smallest M ever created enjoyed an unveiling ceremony in Toronto and also received the expected positive feedback from the Canadian audience crowded to see the newest M member of BMW’s family.

BMW introduces new M Performance Exhaust priced at $4,374

The M division of the Germans developed a new performance and lightweight exhaust system able to provide a better sound for your M3. The new M3 Performance Exhaust fits all the body versions of the current M3 generation (E90/92/93) and BMW priced this kit at $4,374.

M Performance Exhaust

M Performance Exhaust

The new exhaust system gets a liposuction treatment reducing the weight by about 40% and its thickness from 1.5mm to 0.8mm. The M Performance Exhaust is made of a new material, Iconic, a chrome-nickel alloy and the inner pipes are perforated while the M logo is engraved in the upper part.

The future BMW 1 Series F20 revealed in depth in new spy shots

These new spy shots with the next generation BMW 1 Series, known as F20, reveal us some new interesting details regarding the small Bavarian model that is expected to debut later this year. At the exterior we note the side indicators placed in the side mirrors, a first for the German model but also the revised optical blocks benefiting now from Angel Eyes.

BMW 1 Series F20 spied

BMW 1 Series F20 spied

In terms of performance, the prototype tested in the snowy conditions benefits from a four-wheel drive traction system but also from the powertrain consisting of the new 2.0-liter diesel unit and the eight-speed gearbox. By far the most interesting photo is that catching the interior.

BMW will announce full details on the new electric range next week

According to some unofficial sources, there are some big chances to find all the important details on the new German sub-brand somewhere next week, more exactly on Monday, February 21. Hopefully, BMW will reveal the major information on the new electric sub-brand in a press conference that follows to take place on Monday.

BMW i8 spied

BMW i8 spied

We currently don’t know if the electric range of the Germans will be called i, following to face in the future models called from i1 to i10 or if BMW decided to pick another name for they brand new range.

Spy Shots: BMW M5 F10 gets closer and closer to debut

New spy shots became available today when the Germans from BMW decided to run a new set of test behind the steering wheel of the new M5 F10, a model that will be unveiled as a concept at the Shanghai Auto Show in China and most probably, the next time when we’ll see it is at the Frankfurt Auto Show, that time, as a production-ready model.

BMW M5 F10 spy shots

BMW M5 F10 spy shots

The new BMW M5 F10 packs the 4.4-liter twin-turbo unit which offers around 555 horsepower but there are some chances to get closer to the 600 horsepower barrier. From these spy shots we can note that the Germans are testing another prototype compared to the latest spy shots, the new blue color telling us this. However, the model is dropping more and more camouflage making the exterior more visible.

New automatic eight-speed ZF transmission for M5 F10

Expected to debut either as a concept or production-ready model at the Geneva Motor Show this year, the performance version of the current 5 Series F10 generation will be fitted with a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

2011 BMW M5 F10 spied

2011 BMW M5 F10 spied

The Germans from BMW decided to fit the new M5 F10 with an automatic transmission from ZF, dropping the DCT seven-speed gearbox because there are some chances for the DCT to not be able to handle the power properly. The new M5 F10 will be available with the 4.4-liter twin-scroll delivering 555-horsepower and 718 Nm of torque. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h will be achieved in about 4,4 seconds.

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