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BMW M6 Gran Coupe set for Detroit

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BMW has revealed its 560-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8-powered M6 Gran Coupe in a series of official photographs ahead of the sleek four-door’s public debut in January at the Detroit auto show.

Set to rival the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, Porsche Panamera Turbo and upcoming Audi RS7, the latest M-car sets out to broaden the scope of the existing M6 lineup, providing added levels of practicality and improved comfort through the adoption of two extra doors and greater rear seat accommodation than its coupe and convertible siblings, alongside which it will be produced at BMW’s Dingolfing factory in Germany from early 2013.

The car arrives in North America in early summer of next year with a price tag around $110,000.

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Audi S6 0-60 3.7 Seconds & Snake River Jump?

Nothing truly exhilarating ever really happens in a few seconds — until now. The new 2013 Audi S6 accelerates from 0-60 in a mere 3.7 seconds and was recently ranked “The World’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver over the M5 and E63. Warning: Your adrenalin may rise as fast as the speedometer.

There are a lot of things slower than an S6. Car and Driver recently clocked it running to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and named it the World’s Best Sedan—ahead of the BMW M5 & Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. What are some other things slower than our new Audi S6? Autoweek.com

Follow this link to the Car and Driver story http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2013-audi-s6-vs-2013-bmw-m5-2012-merc…


Lexus LF-LC Coupe Coming?

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The wild Lexus LF-LC coupe concept that wowed visitors at the Detroit auto show is on track for development, signaling a new direction for a brand that has fallen from first to third in the U.S. luxury sales rankings.

Toyota is on a mission to make Lexus sportier and more compelling to potential buyers–and it starts with the LF-LC, which was designed at Toyota’s Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif.

Company executives said in January that the flashy 2+2 sports coupe was not planned for production. But several Lexus insiders now say the overwhelming reaction means it almost certainly will come to market.

Lexus dealers recently were sent crystal sculptures with a 3-D laser rendering of the LF-LC etched inside the crystal. Inscribed on the crystal were the words, “2012 GS Challenge … 27,500 Sales.” The underlying message: Hit the sales target for the mid-sized sedan and get the cool coupe.

But the Lexus source said the LF-LC probably would be produced even if dealers don’t hit the GS sales target.

Lexus’ 11-year reign as the best-selling luxury brand in the United States ended last year as it slipped behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Lexus continued to trail BMW and Mercedes in the first half of this year.


Mini Countryman John Cooper Works: edition revealed

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Mini has revealed the new Mini Countryman John Cooper Works edition, which comes with all-wheel drive and an improved engine making 211 hp. It debuted on Tuesday ahead of its live reveal next week at the Geneva motor show.

The Countryman JCW edition will be the first of the performance Minis to offer an automatic transmission in place of the standard six-speed.

The engine, now with a variable valve control system based on BMW‘s Valvetronic technology, gets a boost of turbocharged horsepower, to 211 hp at 6,000 rpm, and 207 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 rpm to 5,600 rpm. It also has reinforced pistons and intake valves.


BMW says M135i will get a Geneva Auto Show Debut

The M135i will rival the Audi RS3 and goes on sale in Europe before the end of this year.

And Autoweek has learned that BMW will offer the M135i in rear-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.

Look for a 0-to-62-mph time of about 4.9 seconds.


Mini Kills the Rocketman?

Mini is suspending work on the Rocketman, the United Kingdom’s Car magazine reports. The company has a load of new products debuting, but the mini Mini won’t be one of them.

This isn’t too much of a surprise. Last June, Mini told Automotive News that it feared that a Smart competitor wouldn’t be profitable.

Combine that with the fact that the mini Mini would require some investment from parent company BMW to meet current regulations. Crash performance in particular was a challenge. Stability and handling problems also played a part.

 

 


BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe @Geneva

The 2013 BMW 6-series Gran Coupe, pictured here in production guise for the first time, arrives just 20 months after it was previewed as a concept car at the 2010 Beijing motor show. It joins the existing coupe and convertible in an expanded range of 6-series models aiming to attract buyers who place greater emphasis on outright style than sheer practicality. It will make its public debut at the 2012 Geneva motor show.

Stylistically, the Gran Coupe is identical to the second-generation 6-series coupe and convertible, from its forward-leaning kidney grille to the upper trailing edge of its windscreen. However, the car adopts a longer roof structure, shorter front doors, more substantial B-pillars and two conventionally front-hinged rear doors, providing it with added levels of everyday practicality. But to maintain a degree of coupelike style, all four doors are frameless.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20111211/GENEVA/312119999#ixzz1gMKBngEl


2011 BMW Frozen Black Edition M3 Coupe

Many more photos HERE:  Best Car Trends.com 2011 BMW M3 Frozen Black

The 2011  BMW Frozen Black Edition M3 coupe is a blacked-out, even more sinister  version of the imposing M3. Consider this if the Le Mans blue or others colors  don’t suit your tastes. Only 20 are coming to North America, and that started in  June. Good luck getting one. The base sticker is $80,525.

The “frozen” paint adds a matte finish to the black paint, which is meant to  accentuate the lines and contours of this BMW  muscle coupe. It’s a glorified paint job but look at it–and drive it–and you  won’t debate the merits of the proposition. The Batmobile look is set off by  glossy black gills on the sides, the kidney grille in front and on the exhaust  pipes. There also are red brake calipers that catch the eye even in motion. The  car also gets the competition pack, which lowers the ride height by 10  millimeters and adds M3GTS 19-inch wheels.

Power is the same as in the “standard M3,” with a 4.0-liter V8 pushing out  414 hp. It’s only offered with the dual-clutch transmission, which lowers the  sprint to 60 mph two-tenths of a second to 4.5 seconds.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20111017/CARREVIEWS/111019887#ixzz1b4vtfURk


2012 BMW 3-Series Photos Here

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BMW  has revealed its sixth-generation 3-series  sedan. The new model is the first in an unprecedented six-car lineup that will  include a five-door GT and a four-door GranCoupe for the first time. BMW plans  to put the car on sale across North America in February as a 2012 model. BMW  officials suggest the price will rise an average 3 percent over the hugely  popular fifth-generation 3-series sedan, on sale here since 2005.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20111014/CARNEWS/111019928#ixzz1an4Eu9WI


BMW i3 & i8 Coming Soon?

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While the overtly sporting i8 is set to act as the performance figurehead for BMW’s  initial range of purpose-built alternative-drive vehicles, it is the less  expensive and the more practical i3 that offers the choice of either standard  plug-in electric or optional range-extended electric drive. This feature will  provide BMW’s “i” brand with broad appeal at a base price that executives suggest will be  comparable to more powerful versions of today’s 1-series when sales begin in  2013.

Conceived primarily for urban driving, the compact zero-emissions hatchback  eschews the traditional low-slung lines of contemporary BMW small cars for a  distinctly more upright stance that offers the i3 excellent all-round visibility  for ease of maneuverability in city traffic, along with room for up to four  adults and a nominal 7.1 cubic feet of luggage space behind the rear seats. In  BMW’s words, “It’s been designed for maximum practicality but without any  compromise in overall driving dynamics.”

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110729/FRANKFURT/110729870#ixzz1TW9fUB1P

Leading BMW’s bold  alternative-drive charge is the striking i8, an advanced all-wheel-drive  plug-in hybrid revealed here prior to its public debut at the Frankfurt motor  show in September.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110729/FRANKFURT/110729872#ixzz1TWAdEy5s