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Beautiful and mint conditioned BMWs new and old were on display at the PNW 2011 BMW Concours d’Elegance over the weekend in Washington state. Run by BMWCCA Pugent Sound Region, this autoshow featured multiple judged classes, as well as display classes, motorcycles, new car classes, and race car displays.

This year’s feature model was the E90/E92/E92 M3.

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Sunglass giant Oakley held an Mfest meet at its headquarters this past Saturday. Mfesters showed up in good numbers and there were lots of M machinery (and plenty of non M cars) for everyone to ogle. Check out some event photos inside.

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We brought you info on the 2011 335i sedan performance edition two weeks ago, but BMWUSA has now published the official press release and info on the 2011 335i Sedan Performance Edition. See inside for the full details.

To send the E90 335i sedan off into the sunset on a high note (production ends Oct.), BMW has announced a E90 335i Performance Edition. Here are the vitals from the E90 335i Performance Edition:

Option code: ZMZ
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Here’s a unique look with fascinating perspectives showing the entire BMW 3-series production process at the Munich plant. On-board and assembly line cameras follow the 3-series through the entire process – from the press shop all the way through to assembly and finally the road.

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To celebrate BMW’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and inspired by the BMW London 2012 Performance Team, BMW has introduced two new Performance Edition models based on the popular BMW 1 Series and 3 Series. Building on the sporting looks of the popular 1 Series Sports Hatch, the 1 Series Performance Edition comes with M aerodynamic bodystyling, dark chrome 18-inch M light alloy wheels, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, dark chrome exhaust tailpipe and dark line rear lights. Enhancing its sporty driving … CONTINUED

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BMW Canada has just announced the limited 2011 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan Special Edition available only from Production Weeks 27 through 35 (July/August). The 335i xDrive Sedan Special Edition combines true exclusivity with enhanced driving dynamics. For the first time on a BMW 3 Series Sedan, 19” alloy wheels are fitted from the factory. The Style 313M wheel compliments the M Aerodynamic Kit to create a sporty and appealing design package. The highlight of the interior is the Carbon Leather trim, directly from the M3 … CONTINUED

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From autumn 2011, the BMW 3 Series Coupé and BMW 3 Series Convertible will be available in Edition Exclusive and M Sport Edition guises. Here are the highlights of each edition:

Edition Exclusive Model Highlights:

18-inch V-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in Space Grey
Exclusive exterior paint shade Mineral Grey (or any one of the other color variants offered as standard or as an option)
Exterior mirror caps in Oxide Silver
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Motorweek BMW 335is Review

06/20/2011 at 7:30 AM
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The BMW 335is has been available for a while now, but it’s never too late (and always fun) to see another review. Motorweek reviews the 335is. Video inside.

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Following our earlier coverage, we share with you photos of even more beautiful Individual BMW 3-series models. Dackelone made another trip to the factory-owned BMW dealer in Munich, and caught even more stunning Individual models. Starring today are E93 models in St. James Red, Mora Metallic and Dakar Yellow as well as an E91 335i in Orinocco Metallic, a Fir Green E90 and an Aegean Blue E92.

As usual, we’ve included the spec sheets to give you an idea of options and costs (in Germany). Stay … CONTINUED

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The Houston ///M Club and other BMW owners in the Houston area organized and participated in a meet this past Saturday in the Uptown district of downtown Houston. Check out their photos inside.

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The current BMW E90 generation is soon coming to an end, including the E90 M3 sedan. Based on the official BMW production schedule (see below), all E90 3-series and E90 M3 sedan production will cease in October 2011. M3 coupe and convertible fans have some more time, however. The E92 M3 and E93 M3 will continue to be produced until at least June 2012 (along with the 3-series coupe and convertible). Whether they will be produced beyond June 2012 as 2013 model years is not … CONTINUED

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For 36 years now, the BMW 3 Series has profited more than almost any other model series from its fascinating drive technology. During a period spanning five generations, BMW 3 Series engines have time and time again been pioneers of innovative technology and milestones in engine construction. As a result, the four and six-cylinder power units, each of them having been the most modern of their time, have created the basis for the success of the internationally coveted, sporty midrange series. And what’s more: with its … CONTINUED

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What’s better than spotting a Individual BMW? Seeing many Individual BMWs, and all at the same location. Our invaluable member Dackelone provides another amazing set of photos, this time from BMW’s factory-owned Munich dealerships and their already famous display of Individual colors and options.

Starring below are some known colors we never tire of seeing, but also some completely new options like a beautiful E90 3-series in Bianco Fuji Metallic. We’ve included the spec sheets of all cars for you, but don’t be surprised about the prices. … CONTINUED

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Here are some videos featuring the autonomous driving BMW 3-series cars, which can drive themselves (and demonstrate proper driving lines, braking, and accelerating) around tracks for which they’ve been programmed for, including the Nurburgring, Hockenheim, and now Laguna Seca.

The robotic 3-series also feature LED indicator lights which help drivers who takes control manually recognize how close or off of ideal driving lines they are at any given moment on the track. All this info can then be exported to the computer following the laps for immediate … CONTINUED

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BMW has built a self-driving 330i that can take itself around Laguna Seca, and not at your granny’s driving speed, but at high speed track speeds. It turned in laps of just more than 2 minutes at Laguna Seca. The car uses GPS, on board cameras, dead reckoning, ECU data and navigation routes of the track.

What’s more, since it’s fully computerized, it always takes the correct lines, accelerates and brakes at optimal locations, and hits apex perfectly. It has also been programmed and … CONTINUED

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BMW continues its return to the use of the Ultimate Driving Machine message and tagline in the newest USA commercial called “BMW More.” The message is simple and direct in this commercial featuring a BMW 3-series sedan on some mountain twisties: More Powerful. More Fuel Efficient. More BMW. The Ultimate Driving Machine

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Prior Design is no newcomer when it comes to widebody M3 conversions, as they released their E92 M3 PDM Widebody Kit for the E92 coupe (photos also below) late last year. This time around they’ve taken to converting the E93 convertible to a widebody M3 look, just in time for the top-down summer months. The conversion looks fabulous, especially with the convertible top down.

The conversion kit includes of course the widened front and rear fenders and bumpers, new hood with ventilation gills, and sideskirts.

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In case you missed it, the BMW Performance Parts Manager recent revealed that the BMW Performance Power Kit will soon be coming in two stages, for both the N54 and N55 motors. Stage 1 PPK will be software upgrade only and Stage 2 PPK will be software and hardware upgrades.