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BMW Z4M: Waiting on another? Don't count on it

While Toyota fanboys set the internet on fire speculating about the huge gaps in the publicly disclosed information about the new Supra, BMW has been much more forthright about its sister car, the forthcoming BMW Z4...

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Autonomy will kill BMW M manuals
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Autonomy will kill BMW M manuals

The manual gearbox might be living on a serious time overdraft in many parts of the world, but BMW’s M Division has no plans to stop offering it any time soon. When we spoke to boss Frank Van Meel at the launch of the M2 and M5 Competition earlier this week, he said we can expect to still have the option of a stick shift, even as the company moves to its new, modular fifth-generation architecture...


BMW M will electrify everything, division boss says
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BMW M will electrify everything, division boss says

BMW has recently said it thinks up to 40 per cent of the cars it produces by 2025 may be powered by some form of pure electric or hybrid powertrain, and now we have confirmation that M Division is set to get in on the act. "For sure, all M vehicles will be electrified by the end of the next decade," Frank Van Meel, M's boss, told Australian journalists at the launch of the updated BMW M2 and new M5 Competition in Spain...


BMW M may withhold top M badge from front-drivers
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BMW M may withhold top M badge from front-drivers

While the prospect of a part-electrified future M3 or M4 is an interesting one, the question that is seeing more heads scratched in Munich is that of how M Division will cope with the move of the next generation of smaller BMWs to a native front-drive architecture, with the list set to include the next 2 Series...


BMW M5 Competition on the way – report
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BMW M5 Competition on the way – report

It looks like a more hardcore BMW M5 Competition is on the way, with the M Division's president reportedly confirming the new model's development earlier this week. In a new report by Carscoops, BMW M boss, Frank van Meel, said the M5 MotoGP safety car actually previews what's to come from the more focused version of its super sedan – set to launch later this year...


BMW M four-cylinder engine unlikely, unless electrified
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BMW M four-cylinder engine unlikely, unless electrified

BMW’s M Division says it will not produce a small-capacity high-performance turbocharged four-cylinder engine until it can find the right way to counter the deficits of such a power unit with electrification. Speaking to Australian media in Munich today, the boss of BMW’s M Division, Frank Van Meel, said the performance sub-brand is keen to maintain its six-cylinder power units despite rival Mercedes-AMG having made use of smaller capacity four-cylinder units...


BMW: Alfa Romeo Giulia QV the closest rival to M3 dynamics
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BMW: Alfa Romeo Giulia QV the closest rival to M3 dynamics

BMW’s high-performance division says it is keeping an eye on up-and-coming manufacturers that are now competing in its segment, while admitting the recently launched Alfa Romeo Giulia QV is the closest rival to the M3 dynamically...


New BMW M1 supercar unlikely
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New BMW M1 supercar unlikely

BMW says it would rather build high-performance cars for the masses rather than focus its efforts on producing a super sports car or supercar to compete with the likes of the recently unveiled super-limited Mercedes-AMG Project One, or the AMG GT lineup and Audi’s R8 range...


BMW M chief hints at future with power caps and no manual shifters
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BMW M chief hints at future with power caps and no manual shifters

New BMW M boss Frank van Meel has done little this week to offer purists any assurances on the future of their beloved manual transmissions. Talk of a manual-free M range has kept fans applying the Deep Heat to chilled spines for sometime now, with previous BMW M Friedrich Nitschke often advocating a switch to dual-clutch transmissions exclusively...