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Jethro compares the Audi S3 against the BMW M135i on track at Bedford Autodrome.

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BMW drivers swept the top-four finishing positions in Grand Sport class and the top-two spots in Street Tuner class in today’s BMW Performance 200, the opening round of the 2014 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

“An ultimate start to the year, “said Gordon McDonnell, BMWNA Motorsport Manager. “We know the BMW is strong at Daytona and a 1-4 in GS and a 1-2 in ST is fantastic – especially in the BMW Performance 200. Congratulations to all the BMW teams and I hope this kind … CONTINUED

BMW M135i Aftermarket Exhaust Battle

12/23/2013 at 8:00 AM
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Our Hong Kong M135i members put together this aftermarket exhaust sound-off battle.

Here you can hear the stock vs M Performance vs Bastuck vs BCS vs Milltek exhausts.

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The 1 Series Coupe and Convertible era has officially come to an end.

In case there was still any doubt, this is per an official BMWNA press release:

1 Series: There won’t be a 2014 1 Series Coupe and Convertible in the US market, production of the 1 Series Coupe ends in August 2013 while the 1 Series Convertible will be produced until June 2013.

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Automotive News is reporting that BMW has greenlighted a 1 Series Sedan on the UKL platform, meaning the entry level sedan will be FWD. We bet that the “1 Series Sedan” part of the title grabbed your attention, as BMW enthusiasts have been clamoring for a small sports sedan ever since the 3 Series began hitting the gym too hard and packing on some extra weight/size. We’re also sure that many of you were then disappointed to read the letters F W D. Unfortunately, the … CONTINUED

BMW 1 Series GT Hits the Ring (Video)

09/19/2013 at 12:00 PM
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Like it or not (and we don’t), FWD BMWs are coming. The first of the front wheel powered BMW models to come to market will be the 1 Series GT, spied here undergoing Nurburgring testing.

It has been developed on BMW’s UKL platform, a FWD platform which will be shared between the new MINI Cooper to be revealed in a couple of months, and the upcoming FWD BMW lineup.

The final 1 Series GT design has recently been revealed in a set of patent design images.

How many … CONTINUED

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CAR recently undertook a premium hot hatch comparison, featuring the M135i against the Mercedes A45 AMG and the Audi S3 (full review). Here’s how the trio stack up on paper:

The M135i serves up 320 HP and 332 LB-FT (450 Nm) from its 3 liter turbo N55 engine, mated to the 8 speed automatic ZF transmission and is RWD.

The Mercedes comes with the most power, but is also the most expensive out of this group, powered by a 360 HP / 332 LB-FT (450 Nm) 2-liter … CONTINUED

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BIMMERPOST moderator and editor Dackelone takes us on a Swiss alpine tour with this great set of photos and videos.

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In this video review Autoexpress tests the BMW M135i against the Mercedes A45 AMG – with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine it’s going to be a stern rival for the BMW.

The BMW gets a six-cylinder engine, revs to 7000rpm but peak torque is at just 1300rpm, so it has instant power. It does come in manual, but we’ve got the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Autoexpress took it around our track in just 1 minute 14 seconds.

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1ADDICTS members recent set out on their Stelvio 2.0 weekend driving trip, which took them through where else – the famed Stelvio Pass.

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The first FWD BMW will soon make its appearance in the form of the 1 Series GT and its design is now revealed in this set of patent images. Until now, the 1 Series GT has been previewed in the form of the Concept Active Tourer.

The 1 Series GT, together with the upcoming FWD BMW lineup and MINIs, will all ride on BMW’s UKL front wheel drive platform. How many FWD BMWs should we expect?

According to a report from late last year, up to 12 … CONTINUED

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You’ve seen them separately, now see them visually compared – the 4 Series versus 3 Series M Sport and M Performance Parts equipped models.

The 4 Series M Sport model can be ordered now and the 4 series M Performance Parts will be released in October-November.