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The latest issue of EVO magazine features the EVO Car of the Year feature. The BMW M135i makes the short list of great cars under consideration.

The results are as follows (from best to worst), according to EVO:

1) Pagani Huayra
1) Lotus Exige V6 (tie)
3) Porsche Boxster S
4) Mclaren MP4-12C
5) Porsche 911 Carrera
6) BMW M135i (8 speed auto)

Other contenders that didn’t make the final shootout:

Mercedes C63 AMG Black
Alpina B3 GT3
Morgan 3 Wheeler
Toyota GT 86

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The 40 Years of M event we attended this week at the Nurburgring presented not just one surprise (M6 Gran Coupe debut), but also the reveal of the limited edition BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition.

This limited edition E92 M3 coupe commemorates Bruno Spengler’s championship in the recently concluded DTM 2012 season. As you can see, the car mimics Bruno Spengler’s matte black BMW Bank M3 race car. It will be limited to 54 units.

Vitals on the car:

• BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition
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A new coilover option is now available for the F30 3 Series, from H&R.

The H&R Coil Over Street Performance Suspension (Part number: 28895-1) for the F30 328i and 335i has the following height adjustment range:

Front: -1.5-2.6″
Rear: -1.3-2.3″
MSRP price: $1,680.00
Part number: 28895-1

Here is a description:

The H&R Street Performance Coil Over kit takes the traditional shock/spring package one step further. H&R combines their progressive-rate springs with specially valved shocks and adds height adjusters that let you set the ride height to your own personal tastes. These coil … CONTINUED

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So far we’ve only seen BMW M Performance aero kit parts for the F30 3 Series installed on white F30s, but here are the first look at how the parts look on a different color – Estoril Blue II and Mineral Grey 3 Series.

The parts seen on the Estoril Blue II F30 is even painted in body color for an even more unique look.

Have a look inside.

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Video of the BMW M Performance Steering Wheel. Alcantara with carbon trim and race display. Tested by the German motorsports expert and race driver Tim Schrick. View the entire BMW M Performance Parts catalog here.

We’ve also posted our photos of this steering wheel from the 2012 Geneva auto show.

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Chris Harris drives and compares the BMW M135i F20/F21 hatchback against Audi’s hot hatch, the RS3. He takes it on the road, track, and finally to the dragstrip for a showdown.

In the end, he declares one of them a clear driver’s car, so find out inside which one it is.

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Although not full hi-res images, BMW has posted on its facebook page the first photos of M Performance Parts fitted on the F31 3 Series Touring and F11 5 Series Touring.

As expected, both the F31 and F11 generally share the M Performance Parts from the sedan versions – including black kidney grilles, front bumper splitters (carbon fiber for the F11), carbon fiber mirror caps, rear diffuser, side skirt trim, M Performance brakes, M Performance exhaust system and 20″ wheels (different styles for the F31 and F11).… CONTINUED

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Check out how the BMW M Performance exhaust for the F30 335i sounds in these videos from startup, idle, and revving at stop.

Paris 2012: BMW X6 M50d Individual

09/29/2012 at 12:00 PM
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The second day of the 2012 Paris auto show press days brought up a few new models, including this BMW X6 M50d in Individual Pearl Silver. Besides the beautiful exterior, we loved the standard alcantara/nappa interior and flywheel black interior trim.

Photos and a equipment/option list is below. Also see our Official X6 M50d Info Thread.

X6 M50d specs:

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Deliveries have now begun for the BMW M135i, the company’s first gasoline powered model in the M Performance Automobile lineup. Congrats to 1ADDICTS member washy for being one of the first lucky owners and our site’s very first owner of the M135i.

Check out some initial photos inside from the excited new owner.