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BMW Expects to Take Long-Forbidden Step with M Brand

A true BMW M7 to finally join line-up.

by on Mar.25, 2016

Led by the M760i, BMW's 7-Series clinched the World Luxury Car category at the New York Auto Show.

As the public days open at this year’s New York International Auto Show, visitors to the BMW stand will get a look at two new, higher-performance versions of the maker’s big 7-Series sedan.

The Alpina B7 is actually produced by a small German partner that has long provided low-volume spin-offs of BMW products, while the M760i is made in-house by BMW. They join an expanding line-up of higher-performance models from the Bavarian maker, including the M3 and M5.

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But those familiar with the sometimes arcane nomenclature used by the Bavarian automaker will notice that these two new models still leave a gap in the line-up. There is no actual BMW M7. (more…)

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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Electronic Synthesizer Company Helps Tune Up New EV.

Roaring V-8 or Jetsons spaceship? It just takes a touch of a button.

by on Aug.24, 2015

The GLM ZZ electric sports car.

There’s something primal about the roar of a big V-8, and even the sound of a turbocharged V-6 can send the adrenaline flowing. But it’s difficult to get excited about the whine of an electric motor, even if it’s powering a high-performance sports car.

So, to pump a little more passion out of its new ZZ sports car, small Japanese start-up GLM Co. turned to Roland Corp., a company best known for electronic keyboard and other sound synthesizers used by such musical legends as Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Page and George Duke.  While the ZZ won’t have any exhaust, Roland will allow a driver to customize a “one-of-a-kind” simulated exhaust note.

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Roland synthesizer technology, explains a news release, “will be used to create ingenious neo-futuristic sounds that will give sports car enthusiasts the experience of driving a space ship on the road.”

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BMW Going Plug-In Hybrid With Next M3

System to provide big performance boost – and 20 miles EV range.

by on Aug.14, 2015

The 2015 BMW M3. The next version will give its Twin Power engine a hybrid boost.

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Aiming to give its iconic performance model a boost while also making it more environmentally friendly, BMW will migrate to a plug-in hybrid powertrain when the next version of its M3 sedan comes to market, several senior company officials have revealed.

The new system draws from both the German maker’s motorsports experience as well as some of the lessons it has learned since launching the BMW i battery-car sub-brand several years ago. Versions of the new drivetrain are expected to be used on a wide range of additional BMW models, and could be offered in both rear- and electric all-wheel-drive configurations.

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“We have a lot to learn from BMW i,” a senior executive who has worked on both the battery brand and on BMW M, told TheDetroitBureau.com. He noted that until recently, the maker saw it as one of the company’s “bookends,” a counterpoint to BMW M. But now the maker is ways the two can be brought closer together.

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First Look: Cadillac ATS V-Series

New coupe set to make 450 hp.

by on Nov.11, 2014

Cadillac reveals its new ATS-V muscle car.

A week ahead of its formal debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we’re finally getting a look at some official images of the all-new Cadillac ATS-V coupe.

And in line with an earlier report from TheDetroitBureau.com, it appears that the new pocket rocket will be churning out a blistering 450 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque from an upgraded version of the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 currently offered in the Cadillac CTS V-Sport model.

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That will put it slightly ahead of the new BMW M3/M4 models in the horsepower wars, but just slightly under the new Mercedes-AMG C63.

Cadillac is hoping that the new ATS-V will put a much-needed halo around the brand. General Motors’ flagship division has won plenty of praise for its compact line but sales, so far, have lagged expectations.

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Cadillac Confirms New ATS-V Debut in LA

First V-Series model to go V-6.

by on Oct.31, 2014

Cadillac will up the performance quotient of the ATS sedan and coupe models with a new V-Series.

True, it might be lifting another maker’s tagline, but Cadillac will be going “vroom, vroom,” when it rolls into the Los Angeles Auto Show a couple weeks from now.

General Motors’ once-dominant luxury brand is planning a massive expansion of its product line-up over the next few years, and it will start bottom to top with the roll-out of the all-new ATS-V, the maker has confirmed. It’s the first high-performance version of the compact sedan and coupe models, and the first V-Series addition in some years.

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The debut will be equally significant if, as expected, the top-secret powertrain that will be used in the new ATS-V proves to be a twin-turbo V-6. That would mark the first time Caddy’s V-Series line shifts away from the classic V-8s that it has traditionally relied on.

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First Drive: 2015 BMW M3 and M4

by on Sep.04, 2014

The 2015 BMW M3 opts for a smaller, twin turbocharged engine that makes it part race car, part daily driver.

I never believed it would happen. Me, Mr. Mercedes and Audi, in love with a BMW. It’s not that I don’t like Bimmers, I think my aversion to them started when yuppies discovered the brand and started calling the Bimmer a “Beamer.”

The reality of it all is that BMW has and does build cars that are just as happy on the racetrack as they are on the street. And that’s even at the so-called “base” level. Consider the 3 Series, in production since model year 1977. It’s the quintessential performance sedan, coupe or convertible – just take your pick of body styles. It’s benchmarked by nearly every carmaker that wants to build a performance sedan. Add the vaunted “M” trim to the car, and you’ve got yourself a bona fide butt kicker.

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For 2015, I’m adding BMW to my “favorite brands” list, journalistic integrity tossed into the wind like a seagull cresting Niagara Falls. I’d already fallen in love with what I think is the best sports sedan on the market, the 640i Gran Coupe, and then BMW added two more to my wish list with the introduction of the 2015 M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe. (more…)

BMW Studies Options for an M Hybrid

But near-term focus is on downsized, turbocharged engines.

by on Jun.10, 2014

The 2015 BMW M3 gets a smaller, turbo engine.

Among the many products offered by a marque that bills itself “the ultimate driving machine,” it’s those branded with the vaunted “M” badge that best live up to that boast.

In recent years, BMW has significantly expanded its line-up of M offerings, including the new M3 and M4 models that go on sale this month. But those two high performance products reveal an ongoing shift in strategy for the M brand-within-a-brand, a move away from big-block naturally aspirated engines, to more technically sophisticated powertrains that are downsized and turbocharged.

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BMW is by no means alone. There have been reports that General Motors may take a similar route with the next-generation Corvette. But in an exclusive interview with TheDetroitBureau.com, the chief engineer for BMW’s M line revealed the subsidiary is giving serious consideration to going a step further with hybrids and other battery-based powertrains.

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BMW Confirms 2-Series Coupe to Debut in Detroit

Will debut alongside new M3 and M4 models.

by on Dec.13, 2013

The new BMW 2-Series Coupe replaces the old 1-Series 2-door model.

We’ve had more than a month to pour over early images of the new BMW 2-Series Coupe but now, the German maker says, we’ve only got a few more weeks to wait for a chance to actually eyeball the new sheet metal with the downsized 2-door scheduled to make its formal debut at January’s North American International Auto Show.

It will make its appearance alongside the fourth-generation BMW M3 and the all-new M4 Coupe on the floor of the newly expanded Cobo Center on the Detroit riverfront.

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For those who haven’t followed BMW’s new nomenclature strategy, odd numbers will now be dedicated to sedans, even numbers to coupes.  In other words, the new 2-Series Coupe is the replacement for the old 1-Series 2-doors.

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BMW Launches New M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe

Lighter, more powerful, faster.

by on Dec.12, 2013

The new BMW 4-Series will soon get the M treatment.

BMW is giving us a sneak peek at two of its new M pocket rockets with the first official images of the new 2015 M3 and M4 models.

Set to make their formal debuts at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the two M cars will deliver more power and improved performance, BMW claims, even while they lose mass compared to the old M3 sedan and coupe models they’re meant to replace.

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It will mark the first-ever M4, in fact, following the Bavarian makers decision to split off the coupe and convertible models as part of a new naming strategy. Going forward, odd numbers, like the familiar 3-Series, will be reserved for sedans, with coupes and cabriolets getting even designations, ala the M4 and 4-Series.

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