It’s no secret that we are big fans of the refreshed Ford Mustang here at Speed:Sport:Life. Nor are we alone: the vast majority of the automotive press has awarded the 2010 Mustang first place in the revitalized ponycar wars. The common theme among many reviewers is that the Mustang’s light weight, manageable size, and obsessive detailing are enough to overlook the relatively uncompetitive engine choices.
For the 2011 model year, those caveats are history. We’ve already shared the details on the variable-valve-timed, 300-plus-horsepower 2011 Mustang V6 with you, and now we are free to tell what has been the worst-kept secret in the industry: the five-liter Mustang is back, and it’s pissed off.
BMW has released some preliminary specs on the 2011 BMW 740i and 740Li which will be introduced at the 2010 North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit. The 2011 740i and 740Li mark the return of a six-cylinder 7-series in America which has been missing from the 7-series lineup since the 3.4-liter inline-6 that was found in the 1992 735i. The 740i will be powered by BMW’s twin-turbocharged inline-6 cylinder engine which produces 315-horsepower @ 5800 rpm and 330 lb-ft of torque available from 1600 rpm. Power will be sent to the rear wheels by way of BMW’s 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2011 7-series models will be available for purchase in Spring of 2010.
We’re just a few weeks away from the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and we’re starting to get our first glimpses of what the manufacturers will be showing off at the show. In the case of MINI, it’s the wacky Beachcomber Concept which appears to be half Jeep, half Cooper. MINI has fitted the Beachcomber Concept with an off-road suspension and tires which they say is “ideal for a spontaneous and active experience.” We’re not exactly sure what that really means, but we do know that the Beachcomber Concept features a new all-wheel drive system called ALL4, which we’re sure will make its way down through the rest of MINI’s lineup. MINI doesn’t go into a great deal of detail about the rest of the Beachcomber Concept’s features other than the vehicle was designed without doors or a conventional roof since they “limit the intensity of the occupant’s encounter with their surrounding world.”
We’re not sure who gets paid to write these press releases, but we are sure that the MINI Beachcomber Concept is one ugly looking vehicle. Look for the crack S:S:L team of Jack Baruth, Suzanne Denbow, Zerin Dube, Byron Hurd, and Carl Modesette to be bringing you photos and coverage live from the 2010 NAIAS floor starting January 11th.
Check out the full gallery of MINI Beachcomber Concept photos after the jump.