There have been rumors swirling for quite some time now that BMW’s Italian rival Alfa Romeo was readying something even more powerful, more extreme than the BMW M3. Something that could make the M3 CS look like child’s toy. To be honest, these rumors started back when the BMW M4 GTS was new, so it was likely being developed to take that. However, even with the GTS a distant memory, the Italians are still hard at work on an uber-performance car to take on Zee Germans and we should be seeing whatever it is come the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.

Alfa recently released a short exhaust clip, which sounds a lot like an insane version of the Giulia Quadrifoglio, and it’s said to belong to a car ready for Geneva. While no one knows for sure what this car will be, Autocar has sources claiming we’ll find out in just a couple of days.

There are also several rumors about this upcoming Alfa Romeo. For starters, it’s supposed to be based on the aforementioned Giulia but potentially bearing the historic ‘GTA’ nameplate. No power and performance figures have been confirmed, obviously, but it’s said to have over 600 hp, which would make it about 100 hp more powerful than the most powerful M3. We’re not sure how Alfa would manage to make that much power from a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 but it could even by hybridization.


As of right now, there’s no word on whether or not this higher-performance Giulia will make it to North America. Obviously we hope so but, to be honest, we doubt it. The US market never gets ultra-cool exclusive cars from European automakers, so we doubt this new Alfa Romeo, whatever it ends up being, will be any differnt.

If this is all true and there is a new Giulia Quadrifoglio with over 600 ponies, the new BMW M3 had better watch out.

[Source: Autocar]

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The 2021 BMW 5 Series Facelift will be unveiled this Summer, so it’s only natural that rendering artists from around the world are trying to predict its design. This new rendering is based on recent spy photos and shows some mild changes to the front fascia of the 5 Series.

There is a set of redesigned headlights, slightly slimmer than before, while the M Sport Package also gets restyled. The kidneys have also been enlarged, to be inline with the recently unveiled BMWs. Yet, they’re still small by today’s standards.

On the inside, the new 2021 BMW 5 Series Facelift really only gets two major updates and they’re both tech-related. The new iDrive found on all new models is now present on the the 5er. However, it still retains the old rotary controller, which is odd considering how good looking the new one is.

It does get BMW’s new digital instrument panel, though, which makes it look and feel more modern than the sorta-digital gauges of the current car.

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Not many upgrades will take place in the engine department. The biggest of all is the addition of the 48V electrical system which was just announced. There will also be an upgrade to the 5 Series plug-in hybrid, likely using the same technology from the recent 745Le.

BMW doesn’t need to do much to the 5 Series to keep it competitive in the segment. These small improvements will do the job perfectly, as the 5er takes on its new competition from Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

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