BMW New Comers in Heavy Testing at the Nurburgring

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Upcoming BMWs are getting put through their paces at the Nurburgring including a sporty 2 Series, the new M3, and the X6M.

YouTuber Misha Charoudin has been at the Nurburgring following the testing of upcoming cars, including the M3,  the X6M, Honda Type-R, an AMG Black Series, and what looks like the Mercedes E63/C63 facelift. But, none of those is the headline for us here. What we’re interested in is the BMWs, starting with what the presenter thinks is a 1-Series sedan, but we’re going to hedge our bets and point out it looks more like a sporty 2-series variant. Probably the upcoming Gran Coupe.

We’re also interested in the G80 M3 that’s coming down the pipe. BMW has all but confirmed it’ll be all-wheel drive. We’re also sure there’ll be a competition version as well as the standard M3, both using the new S58 3-liter straight six. All of the competition for the M3 is making around the same amount of horses and chances are the M3 will be evenly matched, so what will probably be more important than power will be weight savings BMW make. There’s also some strong rumors of a purist version of the M3 with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission, and that has us licking our lips.

The X6M has also been getting heavy testing recently, and the twin-turbo V8 should be the S63 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 from the X5, and likely have some tweaks to take it over 600 horsepower. It’s a given that all-wheel drive will be standard and likely the X6M will still use the same eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.

As for the 1-Series that’s mentioned, it seems BMW has rethought their Chinese market only strategy as it’s now in Mexico as well. There’s a not so anemic power option of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 192 horsepower that could make it more palatable for the European and North American market. It’s still front-wheel drive though, so we don’t think anyone is holding their breath for that one.

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Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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