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Alpina B4 BiTurbo

The foundation that Burkard Bovensiepen laid in the 1960s in the form of a performance-enhanced BMW 1500, has since developed into a permanent fixture in the luxury sports car segment.

What were then the first technologically and qualitatively relevant products marketed by ALPINA, namely four-cylinder petrol engines with Weber dual carburettors, are now in modern form high-tech automobiles. Equipped from the outset with the best possible genes by BMW, they currently represent the ultimate in performance, comfort, driving culture and efficiency.

The new BMW ALPINA B3 and B4 Bi-Turbo models combine these characteristics like no other. The modern straight-six 3 litre engine equipped with two turbochargers produces 410hp and a maximum torque of 600Nm. The adaptive ALPINA sport suspension and the 8-Speed Sport-Automatic transmission with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC deliver maximum comfort and impressive dynamics. Functional aerodynamics, signature 20” ALPINA CLASSIC wheels and two elliptical double tailpipes are hallmarks of the ALPINA design philosophy.

 

The perfect interaction of power, torque and high-tech transmission means accelerating from 0 to 100km/h (0 – 62mph) takes just 4.2 seconds and a staggering top speed in excess of 300km/h is possible. At the same time these qualities encourage relaxed cruising and stress-free long distance journeys – during which the real life consumption easily drops below 10l per 100km. In fact the new B4 Bi-Turbo Coupé achieves a class-leading combined fuel economy of just 7.6l/100km and 177g/km CO2*

A New 5 Series? Already?

Yes, this is a new generation BMW 5 series Touring. Completely new. We didn’t expect to see this so soon. We don’t even know the codename yet. Ok, BMW  just released the 5 series LCI, and we know the cars from BMW undergo a full, long and thorough test programme. Where the new gen 7 series (G11)  is already on the trail, this is just facing the start of it and won’t see a production version before 2016.

Even though it is packed with camouflage it does show some new design cues. Likely to be sharing some elements with the recent BMW releases and the upcoming BMW 7 series. It will go on a diet with CFRP tech, like the new gen 7series,  making it much lighter then the current models.

via Bimmerpost

BMW 4 Series Cabrio Almost Ready

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Since the reveal of the F32 4 Series Coupe, it’s no surprise BMW has decided to drop a lot of camouflage off the 4 Series Convertible, almost fully revealing itself. As with its predecessor, the E93 3 Series Convertible, the F33 4 Series Convertible will feature a full metal folding roof.

The 4 Series Convertible will be sharing the same engines and transmissions as the F32 Coupe along with its design cues. The only thing that the F32 and F33 does not share in common, is the roof-lines (the F33 being quite traditional in its design and the F32 Coupe being quite sloped and fastback-like).

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Expect production of the 4 Series Convertible to begin later this year around November 2013.

 

Production BMW X4 Spyshots

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Since BMW revealed the BMW X4 Concept, we’ve seen many ideas of what the production version could possibly look like, but here we have a bunch of spyshots that could just be the production version of the BMW X4.

As with most car manufacturers filling the gaps with new niches, the BMW X4 is the latest addition to the BMW X range. Essentially, it’s just a beefier 4 Series, but then again, smaller compared to the X5 and X6, think of it as the 4 Series and the X6’s lovechild. With the X4 being one-higher than the X3, the next X3 will share some of the X4’s features. From the spyshots, it doesn’t seem the X4 has entirely followed the path of the X4 Concept, maybe it was the X4 Concept’s aggressive bumper style that made it look that bit better, maybe the X4’s M-Pack may be able to solve this, only time can tell.

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The X4 is very unique compared to any other car on the market though,making it a great platform for Mercedes-Benz and Audi to follow.

We can also expect the X4 Concept’s headlight design to appear in the production version as that seems to be the trend of BMW lately. The camouflage on the headlights proves this theory further as it is strategically placed in a straight horizontal line so it looks like the currect X3’s headlight design.

Much like the X3, the X4 will be produced and in Spartanburg and should be with us around early 2014.

Unskilled & Unfortunate – Top 5

Unskilled or Unfortunate? Can’t handle the horses? License been paid for? Or was it just fate? Well, whatever the reason, we live in a world where in some parts, it’s surrounded by a bunch of pampered and talentless individuals where the saying “take care of your car, and your car will take care of you” does not apply. Below we have listed our top 5 for you. It’s up to you to decide which ones are Unfortunate, and which ones are Unskilled:

1. KID WITH E46 M3 COLLIDES WITH A PILE OF ROCKS 

This might have been a matter of skill. Think twice before joyriding a M3 on a road you don’t know. 

2. BMW E30 PARKING LOT ‘DRIFTING’ GOES HORRIBLY WRONG 

‘Buy an old BMW they said. It will be fun, they said.’

3. RX7 LOSES ALL ITS WHEELS WITH ONE SLIDE

Who tightened those wheels up?

4.  FERRARI’S PIT-STOP FAIL AT LEMANS

Was the Ferrari engineer asleep? Well it’s no surprise, they always screw something up each year anyway! Good ol’ Ferrari.

5.  MERCEDES ELECTRONIC HANDBRAKE + WOMAN

This has probably got to be the funniest car video ever. The poor woman has to deal with her brand new Mercedes-Benz E-Class slipping away, crashing into the wall and getting face-planted by the door. 

Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Revealed in Production Film

Combining beauty and the beast. Is this the result?

Mercedes-Benz has released a video showcasing the production line of the new S-Class, giving us an insight into how it is all put together.

That’s all fair enough, but what strikes us is what Mercedes-Benz decided to sneak into the end of the video – an AMG version of the W222 S-Class. The one particularly in question is the S63 AMG which now features an aggressive front end, bigger rims and a chunkier side skirt.

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So what do you think? Already looks like an absolute beast doesn’t it! As all AMG’s, the badging allows it to shout out from the rooftops that its a beast of a car. Behind the S63 AMG is an ordinary S-Class with the optional AMG Sport Pack; you can immediately tell the difference. Big gaping front vents showcases that this S-Class is packing some punch underneath the hood and it means business!

Speculatively, the new W222 S63 AMG is to gain the same M157 5.5 litre biturbo V8 that you find in most AMG’s these days. It is expected to produce around 557 PS and push around 720Nm of torque. However, this begs a question, is that the peak of what is needed in the real world, or will Mercedes-AMG go that one step ahead to lunacy level and release the S65 AMG which will evidently feature AMG’s M275 6.0 litre V12 that produces over 620hp and has an astonishing 1,000Nm of torque? Time can only tell! 

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New BMW M4 Coupe Spyshots Emerge

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New images have emerged of a Silverstone F82 M4 testing on the Nurburgring, wearing M Carbon Ceramic Brakes. It doesn’t reveal any new features, but some technical details have surfaced.

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BIMMERPOST were recently informed by a BMW M official that the engine powering the M4 will boast an 8000 RPM redline.

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WHAT DO WE KNOW?
• Lighter than current M3 (targeting E46 M3 weight
• More powerful than current M3, but around 100 lb-ft more torque
• Faster than current M3
• More efficient than current M3
• Powered by “S55” inline 6 cylinder multi turbo engine
• Nearly 8k RPM redline
• DCT and manual transmission options
• Optional M Carbon Ceramic Brakes
• Rumored Electric Power Steering
• Prototype Tires – Michelin Pilot Super Sport: 255/35/19 (front), 275/35/19 (rear)
• Front styling to feature elements from the M6 and 1M coupe, with Air Curtain technology
• Hood features power bump / dome
• Kidney grilles feature double-slats with M3/M4 badge
• F82 M4 coupe to feature double-bubble sculpted carbon fiber roof , with optional sunroof
• M3 Introduced late 2013 – early 2014
• M3 European Delivery begins June 2014, at earliest
• M4 hits dealers no earlier than late 2014 – early 2015

BMW M235i Caught Naked

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Here it is in all its glory! The all-new M235i coupe; the 135i Coupe’s successor caught undisguised, well, almost.

Many BMW enthusiasts beefed about the F20’s front end with its goofy headlights and dulled nose. The upside? Well, the new M235i has none of that.

Large front air intakes gives the M235i an aggressive stance on the road, which was never really seen on its predecessor. The wheels are from the M135i as well as the blue M Performance brakes. Then we get onto the subject of headlights, many enthusiasts rumored they would be connected to the kidney grilles but in fact, they arn’t!

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Moving onto the side of the car, it now features an M Badge but unfortunately, no air breather vent seen on BMW’s latest models such as the 4 Series Coupe and 3 Series GT. Front and rear quarter panels are also similar to the F20.

As we can see, this M235i features the optional LED headlights which also has squared-off corona rings. The tail lights reminisce the current 1 Series Coupe LCI’s thick floating light bars.

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Although the back remains covered, it will most probably feature split twin black exhaust pipes, a trunk spoiler lip, and a black rear bumper diffuser.

Overall, a great improvement over the E82 1 Series Coupe. Expect the M235i to begin production this November.

Source: BIMMERPOST

BMW Teases Gran Lusso Coupé by Pininfarina

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Some exciting news just in! BMW and Pininfarina have collaborated to debut a new concept called the ‘Gran Lusso Coupé’ at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The Gran Lusso Coupé has been designed to be the next step forward from the Zagato Coupé. The concepts’ creation boasts many BMW trademarks and fits in perfectly within the BMW family. The long wheel base structure, long nose and most-probably a very powerful V12 engine under the hood makes it look like a revival of the long-gone 8 Series.

BMW have thrown a few teasers around but this still begs one question, is the Ultimate Driving Machine back?

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