BMW of North America has just announced today its lineup at the annual Monterey Car Week. According to a press release, the BMW Group press conference will take place on Thursday, August 15th at 9:45 am at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Reviewing Stand on the 18th green of The Lodge at Pebble Beach Golf Course. Speakers will include Bernhard Kuhnt, President & CEO BMW of North America, Michael Scully, Head of Automotive Design, BMW Group Designworks and Bernd Körber, new Head of MINI.
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Two concept vehicles will make it across the pond. Firstly, we have the BMW Garmisch which was introduced at Villa d’Este in May. Secondly, the Vision M Next which was the star at the #NextGen event will also be introduced to the American customers.
The MINI brand will present both the MINI Cooper S E battery electric as well as a preview of the upcoming third generation MINI GP as part of the 60th Anniversary celebration for MINI.
In addition to the large group of new models unveiled, BMW will be an integral part of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion again this year as IMSA celebrate 50 years of sports car racing in the USA. BMW will run four historically significant cars driven by four iconic IMSA drivers. 1975 Sebring 12 hour winner and 1976 Daytona 24 winner Brian Redman will be re-united with the No. 25 1975 IMSA Group 4 3.0 CSL.
BMW ace driver Bill Auberlen will drive the 1999 Sebring 12 hour winning BMW V12 LMR. Auberlen, who has over 400 race starts in BMWs already hold the record for most IMSA pole positions and is currently only two wins away from being the driver with the most IMSA victories. BMW Motorsport drivers John Edwards will drive the unbeatable-in-its-day, fire breathing V8 powered 2001 (E46) M3 GTR and Connor DePhillippi will drive the No. 56 2011 (E92) M3 GT that gave BMW and BMW Team RLL the GT class driver, manufacturer, team and Michelin Green X championships in 2011.
The V12 LMR, M3 GTR and M3 GT will compete in the new for 2019 Masters Endurance Legends class with 40 minute races on both Saturday and Sunday.