BMW Motorsport returned to the DTM in 2012 after almost 20 years away, and the results in its comeback year exceeded all expectations. Canadian driver Bruno Spengler won the drivers’ title, BMW Team Schnitzer finished in top spot in the team standings, and BMW claimed the manufacturers’ honours.
BMW M GmbH is celebrating this success with the unveiling of the BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition. Mimicking the looks of Spengler’s racing car, this special-edition model is available exclusively in Frozen Black metallic, while the carbon flaps … CONTINUED
The 2012 Essen Motor Show is underway and BMW has trotted out many of its models showcasing BMW M Performance Parts. Of particular note is the debut of the F31 3 Series Touring with M Performance Parts.
The F31 and F11 generally share the M Performance Parts from the sedan versions [recent F30 gallery] – 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 [recent sample video] … CONTINUED
Making its first public showing is the BMW Individual X6 Performance Edition (xDrive50i). This model is limited to 100 units and is only for the US market. It combines custom interior design elements with the engine performance enhancements of the X6 M Performance Package (ZMX).
Here is the full model and ordering info:
Model and Pricing
100 units of the MY2013 X6:
- 50 units of X6 xDrive35i with MSRP of $80,800
- 50 units of X6 xDrive50i with MSRP of $92,000
September and October production.
The exterior of the … CONTINUED
This report comes via Autocar and claims that BMW is mulling over plans for a 300hp 1 Series sedan M model to take on the likes of the Mercedes CLA45 AMG and Audi S3 sedan.
BMW is hatching plans for a hot entry-level M model based around a new saloon version of the second-generation 1-series.
The compact four-door aims to provide BMW with a direct rival to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Audi S3 saloon. The new BMW has already been earmarked to run a … CONTINUED
The BMW M135i and Porsche 911 battle on the track at the hands of Tiff Needell and Steve Sutcliffe for EVO’s car of the year comparisons.
BMW today announced a portion of its lineup to be displayed at this year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show press days [public days go from November 30 - December 9]. From the exotic BMW Concept i8 Roadster to the versatile new BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride based on the popular new BMW X1 with graphics designed by Designworks USA, the company will showcase a comprehensive product arrangement which strikes the perfect balance of high performance, innovative efficiency, and outstanding design. There will be more BMW … CONTINUED
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
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
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Check out how the BMW M Performance exhaust for the F30 335i sounds in these videos from startup, idle, and revving at stop.
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:
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.
Nothing new was shown on this F30 with M Performance Parts at the 2012 Paris auto show, but it’s still good eye candy. Here’s a quick rundown of the parts you see in the photos below (we’ve also reposted photos we took at the 2012 AMI show in May). Also reference the full BMW M Performance Parts Catalog.
20 inch M Performance Wheels: 20” forged alloy wheel set (style 405M) – forged and reduces weight by 1 kg (2.4 lbs.) per wheel … CONTINUED
We’re coming to you live from the 2012 Paris motor show and our first car covered is the BMW M135i 3-door hatchback. This model had its world public debut at the 2012 AMI show in May, but its showing here at the 2012 Paris motor show represents its biggest audience yet.
Inside are the the vitals on this newest model to the BMW M Performance Automobiles lineup. The F21 M135i will unfortunately not make it to North America.
Full M135i technical info and official thread @ http://f20.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=690505… CONTINUED