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BMW Adds New Pocket Rocket With 2016 M2

TwinPower delivers strong performance and "laudable" mileage.

by on Oct.13, 2015

Coming at you: the 2016 BMW M2.

BMW is adding a new, pint-sized member to its high-performance family with the debut of the 2016 BMW M2. And with its TwinPower turbo-six, the Bavarian maker says the new M2 will deliver more torque than past-generation M3 models.

Set to go on sale next spring, the M2 fills a gap left open with the introduction of the latest 2-Series. The 2016 BMW M2 replaces the old 1 M Coupe.

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The new two-door boasts a wider track than the mainstream 2-Series, and introduces new, lightweight aluminum suspension technology. To deliver maximum power to the pavement, it also boasts a fully variable Active M Differential.

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Ford Adding OverBoost to New Focus ST

A 15-second shot of adrenaline.

by on Jun.11, 2012

The new Focus ST will get a 15-second shot ofOverBoost adrenaline.

Ford plans to amp up the performance of its compact Focus with the upcoming launch of the Focus ST, the sporty model making a solid 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

But when you need a little bit of extra power – whether off the line when the light changes or merging onto a freeway – the ST’s turbocharger packs a little surprise.  Put the pedal to the metal and you’ll get a 15-second shot of adrenaline as the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine goes into OverBoost mode.

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Just like those videogames that let you punch the turbo-boost button, the inline-four engine pumps out 7.4% more torque right where you need it, between 3,000 and 4,500 RPMs.

A turbocharger harnesses a car’s exhaust gases to spin a fan that, in turn, pumps more fresh air into the engine.  Most turbochargers add anywhere from 5 pounds up to a maximum twice atmospheric pressure (which is about 14 psi at sea level).  But in OverBoost mode, that goes substantially higher.

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First Look: 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback

A family resemblance.

by on Jun.06, 2011

The new 2012 BMW 1-Series line-up will debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

It’s a small world, after all.  At least when it comes to cars.  And even in the luxury market motorists have been steadily downsizing, as BMW discovered with the launch of the original 1-Series.

Earlier this spring, a new version of the Bavarian maker’s smallest model was spotted in the midst of testing on the Nürburgring. No new model can ever drive unnoticed on the famous race track, where the spy photographers seem to dig in at every corner, so when a maker puts something out there, it is likely meant to be seen.

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Word quickly got out that an all-new version of the BMW 1-Series was set to make its formal debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.  But with pics already leaking out on the Internet, BMW decided to make something official available.

Fans of the small BMW have had a seven-year wait for the second-generation subcompact. Why it took so long to come up with the 2012 BMW 1-Series the Bavarians aren’t saying, but it’s clear they wanted to address some of the criticism of the original – including weight and room.

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BMW’s New 1 M Will Be Pulled After Only One Year

A replacement? Stay tuned, Bavarians hint.

by on May.23, 2011

BMW has introduced the smallest and least expensive M-Series model, but it won't be around long.

If you’re hoping to get your hands on the 335-horsepower version of BMW’s pint-sized 1 Series, better put your $46,135 down fast.  The maker plans to only have the newest offering from its vaunted M division on sale in U.S. showrooms for a matter of months.

In decades past, it wasn’t uncommon for BMW M – or rival Mercedes-Benz, with its AMG division – to offer a limited number of vehicles and make them available for only short runs.  But more recently, the makers have discovered there’s strong enough demand – along with the huge profits – to justify making models like the BMW M3 or Mercedes CLS63 AMG a regular part of the line-up.

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But due to a variety of reasons, the 1M, as BMW is calling it, “will be a one-year car,” Matt Russell, the U.S. M brand manager, told TheDetroitBureau.com.

Designated a 2011 model, the 1M is just rolling into showrooms, but it will go out of production no later than December of this year.

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First look: 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe

A Pyrat raises the flag.

by on Dec.09, 2010

Finally, an undisguised version of the 2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe, once codenamed Pyrat.

Here it comes. Finally.  The 2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe is arguably the industry’s worst-kept secret.  But now we can finally release the details and reveal the first pictures of the smallest M-performance model ever from the Bavarians.

It’s hard to recall when the first words began to leak out of Munich suggesting the 1 M was under development – BMW opting for the awkward nomenclature to avoid any confusion with the legendary M1 supercar, designed by Giugiaro and developed by Lamborghini, whose very name has been retired.

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Early in the year a disguised 1-Series – then known by the codename Pyrat — with distinctive trim suggesting it was not your ordinary coupe was spotted exercising at Germany’s Nürburgring.  Then, in August, during the 25th anniversary celebration of the M3, at the Ascari Race resort, in Spain, an even less camouflaged version was rolled out and we were given our first ride.

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