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 and gurney, various dark chrome elements, matt black wheels and sections of the race car’s livery also betray its close links with the triumphant BMW M3 DTM. The theme is continued by the BMW M stripe design over the CFRP … 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] and 20″ wheels (different styles for the F31 and F11). The F31 also features side body pinstripes.
We’ll have photos from the event soon, but for now have a look at this walk-through video of BMW’s section.
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 vehicle features BMW Individual
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 highly strung 2.0-litre turbo engine with at least 300bhp.
However, because of the heavy engineering workload facing BMW on existing new model development, the compact M Performance saloon is unlikely to hit the UK until the latter half of 2015 at … 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 i news at the show.
BMW i4 Concept: The “more BMW i news at the show” alluded to in this official press release could be referring to the debut of a BMW i4 Concept, recently rumored to be coming to the … 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
• 54 units (BMW has won 54 DTM races in its history)
• Frozen Black (matte black paint)
• Bruno Spengler decals at the rear windows
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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:
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 overs are designed for street use with progressive rate springs that start out soft and stiffen as they are compressed. This helps to keep the ride compliant while still giving better handling and balance.
H&R designs each suspension to work as … CONTINUED