2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe raw footage - driving and beauty shots
The letter M now comes to the segment of the BMW 1 Series to symbolise outstanding power delivery and the highly dynamic driving properties of a high-performance sports car. In the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the technology of a high-performance car is combined with the agility and lightness of a compact model to create a whole new dimension of sports-style driving pleasure. With this 2-door model, BMW M GmbH is now realising for the first time in this vehicle class its concept of racing-oriented performance characteristics in a car developed for everyday use . This further extends the company's model range, paving the way for younger target groups to be able to access the hallmark driving experience offered by an M car.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe embodies the unmistakable M feeling in a highly concentrated form. Its in-line 6-cylinder engine with M TwinPower turbo and petrol direct injection develops a maximum output of 250 kW/340 bhp with an engine-speed-oriented characteristic curve typical of BMW M cars. With chassis technology derived directly from motor racing, a power-to-weight ratio reduced to 4.4 kilograms per bhp and precisely optimised aerodynamic components including innovative air curtains at the front end, supreme conversion of superior propulsion power into thrilling driving dynamics is guaranteed. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe accelerates in 4.9 seconds from zero to 100 km/h and reaches the 200 km/h mark after 17.3 seconds. In the area of efficiency, too, it achieves top figures within its performance category. Its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 9.6 litres per 100 kilometres, while CO2 emissions are at 224 grams per kilometre.
The outstanding sporty flair of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is outwardly expressed by the athletic character of its body design. In the exclusively designed interior of the 4-seater, high-quality materials and an M-specific cockpit create the ambience of a premium sports car. In its standard configuration, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe displays the concept harmony so characteristic of M cars: able to cope both with the extreme demands of the race track and the diverse challenges of everyday traffic. What is more, individual preferences in terms of comfort, safety and infotainment can be fulfilled with a model-specific selection of equipment options also available for the BMW 1 Series Coupe, including the BMW ConnectedDrive program.
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2011 Jeep Compass unveiled
Jeep has officially unveiled the facelifted 2011 Compass.
Borrowing a number of design cues from the Grand Cherokee, the Compass
features a new hood, modified fascias, a revised grille, and restyled
lighting units. Elsewhere, there's a body-color spoiler, plastic body
cladding, and standard 17-inch aluminum wheels (18-inchers are optional).
Inside, the cabin echoes the Patriot with soft-touch door panels, a new
center armrest, an updated steering wheel, and improved seats.
Under the hood, two engines will be available. The entry-level 2.0-liter
four-cylinder produces 158 hp (117 kW) and 141 lb-ft (191 Nm) of torque,
which enables it to return 23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway. The optional
2.4-liter churns out 172 hp (128 kW) and 165 lb-ft (223 Nm) of torque.
Thanks to dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT), it also returns 23 mpg city /
29 mpg highway. Regardless of what engine is selected, it is connected to a
five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Front wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional. Freedom
Drive I is your basic all-wheel drive system, while Freedom Drive II adds
low-range gearing, an increased ride height, and Trail Rated badging.
No word on pricing, but the 2011 Compass will start arriving at dealerships
later this month.
MINI Paceman Concept
With the North American International Auto Show just around the corner,
MINI has released the first details about the Paceman concept.
Essentially a Countryman coupe, the Paceman is designed to appeal to
"young, modern, extrovert urbanites" that enjoy standing out from the
crowd. As such, the crossover features a bold front fascia, a sloping
roofline, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the four-seat cabin has leather upholstery, a full-length center
rail system, and unique door panel trim.
Under the hood, a turbocharged 1.6-liter
four-cylinder engine produces 155 kW (211 PS / 208 hp) and 260 Nm (192
lb-ft) of torque. It sends power to the ground through a permanent
all-wheel drive system.
While the Paceman is technically a concept, the company hinted it "could
become another building block in the ongoing development of the brand and
its product portfolio."
GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept revealed
GMC has unveiled the Sierra All Terrain HD concept, ahead of its debut at
the North American International Auto Show.
Designed to be one of the most capable trucks ever created, the All Terrian
is a Sierra HD on steroids. Compared to the standard model, the concept is
shorter, wider, and taller. Furthermore, it has been equipped custom
control arms, Fox off-road shocks, front/rear jounce shocks, automatic
locking differentials, and a beefy front stabilizer bar with electric
In terms of styling, the concept features a massive grille, bulging fender
flares, LED lights and 20-inch aluminum wheels with 35-inch BFGoodrich KM2
tires. Out back, the bed has a composite liner and two compartments which
house an air compressor and a 110-volt outlet.
While no interior pictures were released, GM says the cabin has two-tone
leather seats, satin chrome trim, and a next-generation navigation system
with an 80 GB hard drive.
Power is provided by a Duramax 6.6-liter V8 diesel engine with 397 hp (296
kW) and 765 lb-ft (1,037 Nm) of torque. Performance specifications weren't
released, but GM estimates the All Terrain would have a payload capacity of
2,700 pounds (1,225 kg) and a towing capacity of 13,000 pounds (5,896 kg).
McLaren previews MP4-12C GT3 racer
As anticipated by last months spy photos, McLaren has announced plans to
team up with CRS Racing to develop the new MP4-12C GT3.
Details are limited, but "CRS Racing will build, sell and support the 12C
GT3 cars in close collaboration with McLaren." Furthermore, as part of the
car's development, McLaren will compete in a limited number of races in
According to Martin Whitmarsh, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principal,
"Racing is in our blood - it was natural to develop a GT3 car alongside the
12C road car. We have a legendary history in global motorsport, including
GT racing, and we aim to maintain that reputation with this GT3 program,
and any future sports car projects that may evolve."
The first fully-developed cars are expected to compete in the 2012 European
FIA GT3 Series and will be offered to private racing teams at a