BMW and Italian design house Pininfarina have teamed up to create the Gran Lusso Coupé. This one-of-one beauty was unveiled at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and sits atop a shortened version of the 7-Series platform. It features a V12 engine, rumored to be the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter that dishes out 535 horses and can be found in the 760Li. This is meant to be a concept vehicle so no plans of production but that hasn’t been completely ruled out by the German automaker. What we can expect is some influence taken from the Gran Lusso and applied to future BMW models, with the next-gen 7 Series possibly being the perfect inflection point.
The 2013 Alpina B3 Biturbo, based on the current BMW 3-Series F30 model, debuted this week at the Geneva Motor Show, and it’s everything one can expect from the auto tuner. The B3 features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder engine that delivers 410 hp, while torque is catapulted to nearly 442 pound-feet, and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This will send the B3 Bi-Turbo from 0-62 kph in 4.2 seconds and gives it a top speed of 190 mph.
An all-wheel-drive model of the B3 Bi-Turbo is in the works as well. As the M3 and M4 models are months away from being unveiled, this should keep the folks in UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC markets at bay. Yes, Alpina has no plans to release the B3 in the States.
Here we have a look at the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe. It’s the perfect middleground between the M6 Coupe and the M5. The Audi S7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS63 will face their strongest competition with this monster, as it’s got the same direct-injected 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that’s in the M5 and M6 models, dishing out 560 horsepower and peak torque of 500 pound-feet. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an exclusive electronically controlled Active M Differential gives the M6 GC handling you’ve come to expect from the German automaker.
Looks-wise, the BMW M6 GC has that coupe-esque design but with a ton of aggressive enhancements such as a refined body kit, exposed carbon fiber roof panel, painted brake calipers and 20-inch wheels fitted with ultra-high-performance summer tires. In the cabin, look for Alcantara trim, a sportier, three-spoke steering wheel and well-bolstered, leather-wrapped seats.
Ahead of the 2013 Detroit Motor Show comes an official unveiling of the BMW 4 Series Coupe Concept. The German automaker’s decision to shift the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible over to the 4 Series badge has been in the works for quite sometime and here we are. Aesthetically, don’t expect the official 4 Series to be much different than what you’re seeing here as BMW is known to make little or no changes between concepts and their production model counterparts. Dimensions are shifted ever-so slightly with the new 4 Series Coupe sitting on a wheelbase that is 50 millimeters longer than the current 3 Coupe, and will be 44 mm wider and 16 mm lower.
In a recent article from Motoramic, we learn white is currently the most popular exterior car color, a title held by silver for nearly a decade. Sandy McGill, BMW Designworks’ lead designer in color, materials, and finish, says Steve Jobs had a strong influence here. “Prior to Apple, white was associated with things like refrigerators or the tiles in your bathroom. Apple made white valuable.” And to think, I bought my car in white because I was being different but little did I know my subconscious love for Apple was driving the purchase.
BMW and Milan-based Zagato have teamed for this one-off beauty which is set to presented at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Under the hood, you’ll find a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that dishes out an impressive 400 ponies. It’s based on the current Z4 but features a more aggressive appeal and Zagato’s signature trademark double-bubble roof as well as a sliced-off rear. Other fine details include deep grooved side vents, the Z-filled grille, and an oversized Z found in silver below the side vents. There have been quiet rumblings of the possibility of the BMW Zagato Coupe being available in a limited run, but nothing’s been etched just yet.
BMW unveiled the i8 Concept a short while back and now they’ve released shots of the i8 Spyder, one that looks more like what we can expect from the final car that will hit showrooms in the not-too-distant future. It’s a plug-in hybrid that’s powered by a 96 kW (131 horsepower) electric motor powering the front axle and a mid-mounted turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine that cranks out 223 horses to power the rear. Lithium-ion batteries are located in a center console between the front and mid-mounted engines to give a full output of 354 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque.
The i8 Spyder can go 19 miles before the gas engine turns on to recharge the batteries and we’re hearing the system can go 94 miles per gallon on the Imperial cycle. It’s a hybrid supercar that also gives us some exceptional performance — 0-62 mph in five seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
BMW has officially unveiled the 2013 M6 Coupe and Cabriolet, fitting it with a twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 that dishes out 560 horsepower and 500 lb./ft. of torque. The performance numbers are stunning yet expected from the sports car. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is the same as the one in BMW’s M5 and helps the M6 go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds. The German automaker’s Active M Differential is also included in the vehicle and works with the DSC and the Dynamic Damper Controls. The carbon fiber roof and other fine details allow throughout the vehicle make this beauty a complete package if you will. No word on pricing just yet but we should see it hit salesrooms by June of this year.
BMW has unveiled the 6 Series Gran Coupe to compete with other four-door coupes on the market like the Mercedes-Benz CLS, Porsche Panamera and Audi A7. The Gran Coupe is powered by the German automaker’s N55 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six, which dishes out 315 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. If that’s not enough, the 650i Gran Coupe should do the trick as it will come with rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive and a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that delivers 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft. The design is 4.4 inches longer than its two-door counterpart and all the benefit goes to the folks in the back seats. No pricing has been unveiled yet but we’re sure to get additional details early next year when the beauty makes its public debut.
We’re a long ways before the 2013 BMW M6 hits showrooms but no worries as Alpina has unveiled the B6 Coupe at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. It features a twin-turbo charging and intercooler system that delivers 540-hp at 5,500 rpm with a max torque of 516 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm. and mates the engine to an advanced ZF Switch-Tronic 8-speed Sport Automatic Transmission, giving the Alpina BMW B6 Bi-Turbo Coupe a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.4 seconds and top speed of 198 mph.