Posts Tagged ‘Future BMW Models’
December 3rd, 2012
The Los Angeles Auto Show marked the world debut of BMW’s all-new i3 Coupe Concept electric car, and the North American debut of the i8 Spyder convertible variant on the brand’s upcoming plug-in range-extending electric supercar. The two carbon-fiber-heavy vehicles from BMW’s new “i” division are confirmed for production, and you don’t have too much longer to wait.
The i3 Concept Coupe follows the debut of the four-door i3, showing off a more compact and sportier take on the upcoming EV. Powered by a BMW-designed electric motor with 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque, the coupe will be good for an electric range of around 100 miles. Unlike most other EVs, the i3 is also rear-wheel drive, and BMW promises the same thrilling performance we’ve come to expect.
As for the i8 Spyder, we’ll see an electric motor with 131 horsepower powering the front wheels, while a mid-mounted turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 223 horsepower sends power to the rear axle. Combined peak output in the concept is 354 horsepower and 405 lb-ft. of torque.
BMW promises an all-electric range of around 19 miles, with near-Prius-level fuel efficiency once the gas engine starts spinning. Acceleration and performance are said to match the BMW M3, which translates to hair over 4 seconds from 0-60 mph and what’s sure to be a supercar-level driving experience.
The i3 EV will hit U.S. showrooms some time in 2013, with the i8 range-extending electric sports car to follow in 2014. No word yet on pricing, but you can bet they won’t come cheap.
June 11th, 2012
BMW is all but decided on bringing a new diesel variant of its stately 7-Series large ultra-luxury sedan to the United States, according to a report from Car and Driver. The oil-burning 7-Series will reportedly use a modified version of the 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine currently seeing duty in the X5 xDrive35d, likely tuned to make 308 horsepower and 465 lb-ft. of torque when applied to the big, classy 7.
Mercedes-Benz already offers its S-Class with a diesel in the S350 BluTech, while Audi USA has a diesel version of its A8 fullsize planned in the next year or so. The 7-Series will soon be released for 2013 with its midcycle refresh softening styling and bringing more-powerful engines, so the timing is perfect to expand BMW diesel offerings in the United States.
The 735d or 740d, as the new model is expected to be known, should release some time in early 2013. Probably. You see, Car and Driver was quite sure of their source at BMW at press time, but later posted a caveat:
“Since we published this piece, we’ve learned from additional BMW sources that the car hasn’t received final approval for the U.S., although interest remains high.”
May 30th, 2012
BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch has confirmed to the die-hard fanatics at Bimmerpost what we have suspected for months: the next BMW M3 will feature an inline six-cylinder engine. After rumors and speculation swirling that the 2014 M3 would switch to (gasp!) a V6 configuration, BMW has decided on its tried-and-true, inherently balanced inline configuration.
The new engine will displace around 3.3 liters and feature two or three turbochargers, most likely including a pair of traditional exhaust-gas turbos plus a new electric turbocharger BMW has been working on for some time. The electric unit would add torque at low RPM as the conventional turbos spool up, giving smooth power delivery with little-to-no turbo lag and usable thrust from 0-8,000 RPM or so.
2014 BMW M3/M4 Projected Specs
Engine: 3.3-liter tri-turbo inline-six, 450 horsepower
Transmissions: 6 or 7-speed manual, 7-speed DSG
0-60: 4.2 seconds
Top Speed: 155-185 mph (electronically limited)
Curb Weight: 3,500 lbs.
Fuel Efficiency: 22 combined mpg
Base Price: $64,000
Release Date: Jan. 2014
The next M3 has a projected release date of late 2013 to early 2014, with the sedan seeing the streets first. The coupe and convertible models, now dubbed the M4, should follow the sedan to market by a few months.
May 16th, 2012
Yet again, BMW pulls endlessly at our heart strings. They have tuned new lightweight and oh-so-sweet 135i for 2013 to create the 2013 135is coupe and soft-top convertible, up on power when compared with the standard six-cylinder 135i and featuring plenty of M-Sport performance parts.
As we mourn the loss of the instant-classic 2011 135i M Coupe, at 320 horsepower and 317 lb-ft. of torque BMW’s newest 1-Series at is down just 15 horses and 15 lb-ft. compared to the M model and costs thousands less.
Pricing will start at $44,145 for the coupe and $48,845 for the convertible. If you’re cross-shopping, that’s around $4k more than the 135i and $9-13k less than the 335is line, with its identical and power output.
Upgrades include plenty of M-Sport parts, including a new performance exhaust, stainless steel foot pedals and sport seats with blue stitching. The 135is’s lightweight steel M-Sport suspension is designed to shave off a few pounds and should provide for a thrilling drive.
Exterior styling features a sportier front fascia with gloss-black kidney grilles, a unique 18-inch wheel design, black mirror caps and more. The 135is may not feature the 1-Series M Coupe’s visceral appeal, but it’s still a great-looking car.
BMW is taking orders now with deliveries to commence in Fall 2012.
2013 BMW 135is Quick Facts
Base Price: $44,145 (coupe); $48,845 (convertible)
Release Date: Fall 2012
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6
Output: 320 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque
Drivetrain: 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG, rear-wheel drive
Suspension: Double-link front and multilink rear M-Sport suspension
Fuel Economy: Est. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg
0-60 mph: Est. 5.0 seconds
Top Speed: Est. 155 mph
May 15th, 2012
BMW has just revealed the next-generation F30-based 3-Series Sports Wagon, and it will be coming to the U.S. with a release date in early-to-mid-2013. The 3-Series wagons have always represented an overall outstanding daily driver with sport sedan dynamics and all the cargo capacity of a small to midsize SUV.
Like the new 2012 3-Series sedan, the longer Sports Wagon sits on an increased wheelbase and wider track compared with the outgoing model. This adds rear seat room and brings 10% more cargo capacity, growing to around 67 cubic feet. The 2013 Ford Escape offers 68.1 cubic feet; the 2012 VW Jetta Sport Wagon brings 66.9.
Fuel efficiency in the rear-drive 328i should approach the sedan’s 23 city/34 highway mpg. All-wheel drive xDrive models will also be available. BMW has not confirmed U.S. engine choices, though expect 328i, 335i and diesel variants and a confirmed M-Sport model.
Pricing should start at around $37,500.