The BMW M3 30 Jahre, a limited-edition model heavily based on the M3 Competition Package, has been revealed. It celebrates the 30th anniversary of the M3.
It goes on sale in the summer, with only 30 examples available in the UK, priced at £82,675.
The M3 30 Jahre has the same performance figures as the M3 Competition Package, hitting 62mph from rest in 4.0sec with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while engine output is increased by 19bhp over the standard M3 to 444bhp.
A few visual tweaks distinguish the M3 30 Jahre from the M3 Competition Package. Alongside exclusive Frozen Silver metallic paint, the car features embossed 30 Jahre M3 logos on the front seat headrests, exterior badging on the sides and a logo on the door sill finishers.
Other special features include laser inscription on the carbonfibre interior trim and exclusive black and blue Merino leather upholstery. BMW M Performance additions to the M3 30 Jahre include a rear diffuser, rear spoiler, door mirror caps in carbonfibre and an Alcantara-covered steering wheel and gear selector surround.
Modifications over the standard M3, mirroring those on the M3 Competition Package, include revised suspension with new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars and reconfigured drive modes. The settings of the electronic M differential and stability control system have also been reworked to better match the added performance potential.
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The Peugeot L500 R Hybrid concept has been created to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the French car maker's first win at the Indianapolis 500.
The car has been designed to honour the Charlatans team, which won at the 1916 race event, and takes inspiration from the L45 racer that took part. The L45's success at Indy marked the start of several victories for Peugeot, and stands as a significant part of the manufacturer?s racing history.
Unlike the narrow, tall car it is inspired by, the new concept stands just 1-metre high and weighs 1000kg. It uses a 266bhp petrol engine and two electric motors to produce 493bhp and 538lb ft of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 2.5sec.
Peugeot says its 2016 concept has been designed to ?be at one with the driver,? and as such it features just one seat. There?s a small steering wheel ? a nod to hot Peugeots of late ? that?s set below two holographic displays.
The car boasts a sleek, futuristic exterior, updating the L45?s look to create a more modern one that stands in today?s increasingly electrified world. The contrasting blue and black colour scheme is a direct reference to the three-time victorious L45.
Matthias Hossann, Peugeot's concept car and technological advance chief said of the new concept: ?With the L500 R Hybrid we're paying tribute to Peugeot racing exploits dating to the early 20th century. Inspired by the spirit of performance and innovation we wanted to convey a sculptural, elegant and technological view of the future of Peugeot motor sport.?
Given its ultra-futuristic look its probably fair to assume the L500 R Hybrid won?t be making production, but its use of a hybrid drivetrain confirms Peugeot?s intentions for an increasingly electrified future for its road and racing cars.
The next-generation BMW M5 has been spotted testing again, revealing significant design features including its large front air intakes and drilled disc brakes.
The new 5 Series flagship is set to offer a choice between rear-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive for the first time. It is tentatively due to be unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show, with a developed version of BMW?stwin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine under the bonnet.
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Like the current car, it will use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, but the engine's peak output is expected to increase from the 552bhp and 502lb ft of torque of today?s model.
Along with the rest of the 5 Series range, the next M5 will feature an evolved design that takes influence from the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé concept of 2013. Photographed development cars confirm it?ll get a more heavily raked rear window and a sloping boot deck, giving it a sleeker profile and more shapely rear end than the current model.
Inside, much of the car?s dash design will resemble that of the new 7 Series, and it'll also get 48-volt electrical architecture to enable advanced autonomous driving systems. A self-steering mode will operate up to a pre-determined speed, and a sophisticated anti-collision system and fully autonomous braking will also be available.
In-car technology will come from BMW?s fifth-generation iDrive system, as used by the new 7 Series. It supports new touchpad and touchscreen functions, allowing passengers to operate features in a similar style to that of a smartphone, with familiar pinch, point and swipe commands, or alternatively via an updated rotary dial mounted on the car?s broad centre console.
Insiders suggest the tech-heavy 2017 M5?s price could increase slightly compared with the current model, so a starting figure of around £75,000 seems likely.
When it arrives, the M5 will rival the next-generation Mercedes-AMG E63, which is also due to be launched in 2017. That car will use the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine from the GT sports car, but with peak power increased to as much as 600bhp.
The next-generation BMW 5 Series Touring has been spotted testing ahead of its planned arrival towards the middle of 2017.
Set to go on sale around three months after the 5 Series saloon arrives in dealerships earlier in the year, the 5 Series Touring will rival the likes of the Audi A6 Avant, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Volvo V90 and the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate.
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As with the saloon, this latest Touring test mule shows off an evolution of the current car's design language, characterised by its thinner, wider kidney grille design. Styling inspiration has come from the new 7 Series, while influences from 2014's Gran Lusso Coupé concept might also be adopted. At the rear, the Touring features a sloping boot with new rear light clusters.
As is traditional, BMW is expected to improve on the load space offered by the current 5 Series Touring, which offers 560 litres with the rear seats in place, rising to 1670 litres with them folded away.
Engines for the Touring will be shared with the 5 Series saloon, and will include a core range of four and six-cylinder powertrains from launch. A family of common 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre petrol and diesel units will feature, as well as a successor to the current tri-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel. That engine is a new quad-turbocharged six-cylinder unit destined for use in the firm's high-end models, and is said to develop well over 400bhp and 590lb ft.
A newly developed V8 engine will also be offered in some markets, although it's not known whether that engine will be offered in the UK.
Also available will be a BMW 5 Series Touring Hybrid model, pairing a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, to produce a combined output of 242bhp and 295lb ft. That set-up has already been driven by Autocar in the 3 Series eDrive.
Later in the car's life cycle, BMW could also give the Touring its new 1.5-litre petrol and diesel turbocharged three-cylinder engines, helping the German manufacturer to counter increasingly strict European emissions legislation. Both petrol and diesel versions of the three-cylinder engines are being tested in combination with electric motors.
Gearbox options will include a six-speed manual and nine-speed automatic transmission.
The seventh-generation BMW 5 Series is based on a sophisticated new platform known internally as OKL (meaning Oberklasse, or 'luxury class'). Various iterations of the new platform will be seen in future generations of the X5, X6 and also the upcoming X7.
As it plans to with the saloon, BMW will be looking to drop the kerb weight of the 5 Series Touring below the 1785kg of today's 520i SE.
While the 5 Series saloon range will be crowned by the 600bhp M5, which gets a further developed version of the 4.4-litre V8 motor used by today's car, there are currently no plans to produce a touring version of the M5.
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