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Can’t get enough of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe? You’re not alone.
BMW’s 3 Series Coupe is fading away. It’s soon to be replaced by the all-new 2014 4 Series, a car that’s powered by either a four- or six-cylinder turbo. But what about drivers that want even more performance than what’s provided by these base engines? There’s no need to call Scooby Doo and company because the Concept M4 Coupe is a pretty obvious clue as to what’s in the works.
Having a tug-of-war over whether or not calling something a four-door coupe is even reasonable is a waste of time, but the M6 Gran Coupe most certainly isn’t.
BMW‘s 1M coupe was a hot shot of a car, but the company didn’t keep it up. Now we’re left looking forward to the hot hatch that may replace it — the M 135i.
Bavaria’s own tiny tire-burner-to-be is based on the 135i and it’s formidable 3.0-liter inline six cylinder guilty of giving more than 300 hp to the lightweight German car. That’s plenty to speed with before you let the boys in BMW’s M Division get in and poke around.
We don’t know much about the car yet, but it’s safe to assume it will come with six-speed manual transmission, bigger brakes and sportier interior seats — probably a stiffer suspension too.
Even if the car misses out on major mechanical modification, the engine is easily tunable and such a light chassis with a potent engine and stiffer suspension would be a real blast — think of a Mazda MX-5 Miata with cojones.
GALLERY: BMW M 135i concept
Late last month, Infiniti released a video showing off what was crowned the World’s Fastest Full Hybrid, the M35h. In that video, Infiniti pitted the M35h against the Porsche Panamera Hybrid in order to show off its acceleration skills.
Even though the clip that was released back in January was barely over a minute and a half long, it’s amazing all the preparation work, setup, and equipment that was involved in filming what seems to be a fairly simple video. Infiniti has now released a behind-the-scenes clip showing off just what it took to make the video of a Guiness World Records setting car.
The Infiniti M35h hits 100-mph in 11.54 seconds and can run the quarter mile in 13.41 seconds.
And yes, that is a Mercedes-Benz ML carrying the gear. It’s pretty common to see outside advertising agencies that film these ads to use camouflaged MLs to carry the gear. There was one that was used at the Scion FR-S commercial too, that was recently shot in Northern California.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video below:
BMW will be expanding their M performance division by creating a new range of vehicles sold under the BMW M Performance Automobiles name. Set to be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the BMW M Performance Automobiles will fill the gap between standard BMW cars and their high-performance M models.
All of the variants will be developed by BMW M engineers and BMW has plans to create variants for “a wide variety of model series, as well as both petrol and diesel-engined variants,” according to Friedrich Nitschke, BMW’s M chief. In addition, Nitschke emphasized that all-wheel drive will be prominent in the M Performance Automobiles.
It’s believed that the first two models to come from BMW M Performance Automobiles will be high-performance diesels, presumably equipped with the new tri-turbo, inline-six powerplant that has 376-hp and 546 lb-ft of torque. Rumors peg the M5 550d xDrive and the X6 M50d xDrive to be the badges those vehicles will sport.
We are targeting our efforts at customers looking for more emotionality and more performance, but who don’t want to forgo the everyday usability of their cars,” said Nitschke.
Back in the early 1980s, a tradition began with the M535i which was built alongside BMW’s M5. “Our aim with the BMW M Performance Automobiles is to continue this tradition,” added Nitschke.
BMW has filed “M2″ and “BMW M2″ trademarks recently, indicating the German automaker is considering the badge seriously enough to make moves to protect the use of the name.
According to reports, the German automaker is considering launching a 2-Series lineup that will consist of a 2-Series Coupe and convertible as well as an M version, the BMW M2. The 2-Series is likely to be the next generation 1-series coupe and convertible, but renamed as the 2-series.
As for what will become of the 1 Series badge, it will live on but only for more economy-minded front-drive BMW models that will share a platform with the upcoming next-gen MINIs.
[Source: f20 Addicts]