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05/30/2011    12:54 PM

The next generation 3-series coupe and cabrio are said to possibly be receiving 4-series badges, splitting up for the first time the 4-door and 2-door versions of what has always been called together, the “3-series.” These are some new speculative renders courtesy of Autobild.

05/29/2011    10:30 AM

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 graphical analysis and demo on the computer to help the driver improve their next lap. We’d love to see this useful track trainer technology implemented at some point at BMW’s performance driving schools and M schools.

05/27/2011    6:00 PM

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 lapped the Nurburgring and Hockenheim.

05/27/2011    9:30 AM

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

05/26/2011    6:55 PM

According to a new report from Autobild, BMW is considering reordering the nomenclature of their model lineup for consistency. If this happens, all sedan, wagons, and GT’s will get odd numbers. All coupes, convertibles and Gran Coupe’s get even numbers.

In other words, the successors of the E92 3-series coupe would become the 4-series coupe (F32), the E93 3-series convertible a 4-series convertible (F33). BMW had similar plans for the current generation E92 and E93 3-series but got cold feet for several reasons. Now the successful introduction of Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is reportedly making BMW reconsider the introduction of a 4-series again, says Autobild. If this pans out, this may be the next generation 3-series and 4-series models lineup. See inside. BMW 2 series … CONTINUED

05/20/2011    12:23 PM

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.

* This kit fits all E92/E93 pre-LCI non-M3 models

05/18/2011    2:00 PM

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.

05/12/2011    5:50 PM

BMW Performance Parts Manager Eric Riehle recently took questions from United BMW gathered from Bimmerpost members. On video, he addresses BMW Performance plans for limited slip differential, lease residualization program, new electronic performance steering wheel, M3 performance parts, and N54/N55 performance power kits. Check out the interview inside.

05/12/2011    11:40 AM

Few cars can claim to hold as much fascination in the eyes of the public 75 years after their premiere as the BMW 328. Built between 1936 and 1940, the BMW 328 laid down a milestone in automotive history and was the most successful sports car of the 1930s on the racing scene. Agility, acceleration, reliability and lightweight construction – the BMW designers focused on the essentials in the development of the 328, ushering in a new era in the process. Indeed, at a time when powerful supercharged “Kompressor” machines ruled the racing roost, the BMW 328 Roadster – weighing just 780 kilograms and developing a modest 80 horsepower in series production form – was a genuine sensation. And sure enough, the new Roadster wasted no … CONTINUED