November, 2012

BMW’s Big Plans for Small M Cars

The success of the 1M and now the M135i have made it obvious to BMW that smaller M products are vital the future of the brand. While the 1M was limited, it sold briskly from the start. The M135i seems to be carrying on that success albeit without the limited edition constraints that 1M had. And it\’s not just BMW that sees the potential market. Both Mercedes and Audi will be coming to market with offerings in the next 1-2 years.

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2012 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Day 3 Recap

A new day for the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy saw the lead once again change national hands. On day three the German team stepped ahead of the French (obvious jokes omitted) to take a six point lead in the overall standings. Hard miles and big obstacles pushed machine and competitor alike.

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VIdeo Tour of the BMW i3 Coupe Concept

The i3 Coupe has been somewhat of a revelation for us at BF. Where the previous i3 four door concept was futuristic and compelling in a technological sense, the new coupe is almost sexy. There\’s a aggressive done to the belt-line and front-end that the previous concept seemed to hide. And it\’s also much easier to see a production vehicle behind all the orange paint.

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The 2012 LA Auto Show Gallery

The LA autos how held a couple of surprises for the industry and one for BMW. While i3 Coupe debut has been covered here already, we thought a quick look at the show as a whole (not necessarily focusing on BMW) was worthwhile. So click through and enjoy.

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World Premier: BMW i3 Concept Coupe (w/Photo Gallery)

Today is the day that BMW is taking the wraps off of it\’s third BMWi concept – the i3 Coupe. Based on the previous i3 concept, the coupe represents a sportier take on the carbon fiber monocoque concept. Production feels like a real possibility given the design and technology overlap with the existing i3 four door. That said nothing has been officially mentioned around marketing timing. Read on for the full official release.

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BMW M Offers 1M Owners an Exclusive Shirt

BMW M is extending the exclusivity of the 1M to the apparel world. BMW M is offering owners (verified by VIN) an exclusive short sleeve polo shirt with the owners 1M color and name on it. Read on for the details straight from BMW.

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2012 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Day 1 Recap

I have to admit, when I learned that this year\’s BMW Motorrad GS Trophy was traveling through Patagonia and that 15 of the event\’s participants were journalists, I was more than a little envious. While not really a race in the traditional sense of the word, it looks like its definitely an adventure. So at the very least this year, I\’m content to live vicariously through BMW\’s day-by-day updates.

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MINI & BMW to Dramatically Expand Small Car Offerings

In various interviews over the past few months, BMW executives have hinted at grand plans for the UKL platform. Reported by both MotoringFile and BimmerFile, the UKL platform will spawn an onslaught of FWD models. This will make MINI more long-term viable and will drive the BMW Group to greater economies of scale. Yet just how far BMW is willing to go with FWD, and how big the MINI brand will get hasn\’t really been understood until recently.

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Video: 2012 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix Highlights

At the 2012 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, BMW rider Simon Andrews secured the first ever podium finish for BMW at this event aboard the R 1000 RR-bred BMW HP4. While it\’s no secret that it\’s the combination of rider skill motorcycle capability that brings about racing wins, what\’s often difficult to appreciate about an event like Macau is just how much more dangerous it is than say, a MotoGP race. Why? The course.

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