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The highly anticipated M Sport Package for the new F30 3-series sedan has made another appearance, this time at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. While earlier shows and presentations saw the 335i M Sport, this is the first time we see a 328i getting the M Sport treatment. As most should know, the exterior color is called Estoril Blue II and it’s exclusive to the M Sport package.

This car is also fitted with the M Sport Brakes comprising of fixed piston calipers painted in blue at … CONTINUED

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2012 Geneva: AC Schnitzer F30 328i

03/07/2012 at 2:00 PM
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It’s still quite new on the market but already has many admirers: In February, the new BMW 3- series was launched officially. Now the smart, energetic Bavarian is winning even more hearts at the international Motor Show in Geneva – helped by the tuning specialists at AC Schnitzer.

The Aachen-based experts from AC Schnitzer help the 3-series make an even more impressive appearance with a performance upgrade for the BMW 328i. An extra control unit allows it to deliver 217 kW/ 295 HP and a maximum torque … CONTINUED

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THE BMW ALPINA B6 BITURBO – CABRIO INDULGENCE AND COUPE CULTURE

DRIVE – FIRST CLASS PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMY

For ALPINA, a technology driven company, standstill is a foreign word. Since the introduction of the B7 Bi-Turbo, the engineers from Buchloe, Germany, have been continuously working on the details of the turbo charging and intercooler system.

Consequently, the all-aluminium V8 power plant now produces 540hp (397kW) at a moderate 5200 to 6250rpm, with a maximum torque of 730Nm from 2800 to 5000rpm. Two turbo-chargers configured in parallel, each feeding one … CONTINUED

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The M135i Concept has debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow. It previews the upcoming M135i, the next vehicle which will join the ranks of BMW’s new M Performance vehicle lineup (in addition to the already revealed M550d and X5/X6 M50d). It also represents the first petrol/gasoline M Performance model. If that’s not enough firsts, this concept is also the first official look at the F21 3-door hatchback.

No specs have been released on the M135i yet, but BMW has printed that it employs a straight six-cylinder petrol … CONTINUED

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The 6 series based models – the 6 Series Gran Coupe (official info thread) and the M6 Coupe are front and center as the focus of the BMW display at the 2012 Geneva show. This show also represents the 6 Series Gran Coupe’s world premiere. It will have its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show in early April. The color seen on the car is called Frozen Bronze Metallic.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe hits the US market in early Summer as a … CONTINUED

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We bring some news directly from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. We had an opportunity to chat with BMW M President Dr. Friedrich Nitschke earlier today at the show and contrary to earlier reports from BMW insider SCOTT26, Dr. Nitschke ruled out M versions of the current X3 or Z4 for the current generation.

When asked about a possible Z4M, Dr. Nitschke said: “In the current generation we won’t bring a Z4M, but for the successor we’re thinking about it.” Dr. Nitschke went on to say in … CONTINUED

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The all new 2012 BMW M6 coupe (official info thread) is the star of the BMW display at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow, based on our affinity for the car and how swarmed the car was. It’s no wonder given the M6′s hard-to-miss Sakhir Orange color, sculpted carbon fiber roof, and very aggressive bodywork.

And the F13 M6 coupe has got the performance to match its looks. Its 560hp/502 lb-ft torque propels it from 0-62mph in only 4.2 seconds (compared to M6 convertible’s 4.3 sec and M5′s 4.4 … CONTINUED

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Our live coverage from Geneva 2012 continues. Another world premiere is the F20 125i equipped with the just-launched M Performance Parts. Unlike the old Performance Parts, M Performance parts have been developed with M engineers. Also unlike the old Performance Parts, M Performance exterior parts are designed to complement the M Sport package. The front splitter and lip simply attach to the M Sport front bumper while the rear diffuser simply replaces the rear diffuser of the M Sport package. No whole replacements of bumpers required … CONTINUED

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The BMW M550d xDrive, one of the first offering in BMW’s new M Performance vehicle lineup is making its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, together with the X6 M50d. Both vehicles, together with the F11 touring M550d and X5 M50d, will be launched into the market in just a few weeks. The M550d sedan has been receiving rave reviews from the automotive press who have tested the vehicle.

The M550d sedan and touring feature the following specs:

- Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with M Performance … CONTINUED

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The 2012 Geneva Motorshow is now underway and making its world debut is the BMW X6 M50d. The X6 M50d (along with its X5 brother) will have their market launch in just a few weeks.

The M50d models feature the following specs:

- Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, aluminium crankcase, three turbochargers (high-pressure, with variable turbine geometry), common-rail direct injection with piezo injectors, maximum injection pressure: 2,200 bar.
- Displacement: 2,993 cc,
- Output: 280 kW/381 hp at 4,000