Leaks show Alpina B8, RWD 2 Series, and AWD M3/M4 Competition are all coming to America.
2021 is already shaping up to be a good year for German automaker BMW, with the new generation BMW M3 and M4 stealing the limelight. But according to some, so far, unconfirmed leaks from BMW via Bimmerpost, we now have some production dates for some other much-anticipated BMW models. We can't take the dates as gospel until we get official word from the German automaker, but Bimmerpost's track record is pretty good.
First, the Alpina B8, based on the 8 Series Gran Coupe, is looking like it will be entering production in March as anticipated. However, the headline is that it will be coming to the US. It will come with the same version of BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 from the XB7 and feature Alpina's signature wheels, chassis modifications, and a bespoke interior. The recently unveiled BMW M5 CS will also enter production around the same time.
In July, a number of new models enter production, including US-spec M440i coupes, and the 4 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe. The next-generation G42 2 Series Coupe is also alleged to enter production then. The 230i and M240i will be sold in the US as spy photos and video suggested and will retain their RWD nature, unlike the Gran Coupe.
Regarding the M3 and M4, we already knew we were getting the rear-wheel-drive models first, and they started production in November of 2020. Now, we're being told the M3 and M4 Competition xDrive models are going into production in July of 2021. BMW's only offering its xDrive system with the Competition package, complete with an Active M differential, which can disable the power to the front wheels to guarantee big smoky drifts. The Competition also bumps the power output from the S58 twin-turbo inline-six engine from 473 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque to 503 hp and 479 lb-ft.
July will be a busy month, as we'll also see BMW's flagship electric SUV, the BMW iX, enter production. The leak suggests there will be two non-M models. The tech-heavy Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron competitor will be incredibly important for BMW, so we've been expecting a sport-based M badged version as well. According to the purported leaks, it has been tentatively called the iX M and will start production in March of 2022.
BMW's all-electric i4 recently appeared in camo wagging its tail around a racetrack. We were expecting the i4 to enter production next year, but according to Bimmerpost, it will actually start in November this year. Two models will initially be available, the standard i440 and the sportier i4 M50 xDrive from BMWs previous videos and photos.