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Ryan Amico and friend Jimmy (GOLFFRR) were two of the recent lucky attendees at BMW’s performance center driving event for M certified dealers throughout the country. What they participated in was basically an enhanced version of the standard Performance Center Driving School course. Check out GOLFFRR’s journal from the experience inside.

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We spent some time at the 2012 Detroit NAIAS with Matt Russell, M Brand Manager for BMW North America. Matt is a BMW enthusiast like us and is a BIMMERPOST member himself. We asked Matt some current hot M related topics and he was able to share the following.

BMW 1M COUPE

What were the final production numbers for the US 1M?
740 units. The very first one imported was the Valencia Orange 1M Pace Car which debuted at the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona.

Matt further expanded … CONTINUED

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First Look at BMW M3 DTM Safety Car

01/18/2012 at 6:55 PM
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BMW will return to the DTM race series beginning this year with six DTM M3 race cars. We’ve already seen the DTM M3s, and now we get a peek at the BMW M3 DTM Safety Car for the first time, albeit in not yet final form.

The M3 DTM Safety Car’s exterior shows a new hood design with extra venting and host of BMW M Performance parts – carbon fiber splitters, black grilles, carbon fiber mirror covers, carbon fiber trunk spoiler lip, and black competition wheels.

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The Ultimate Driving Machine is a traditional BMW slogan and identity which BMW enthusiasts rally around, dating all the way back to 1975. In recent years however, this popular tag line took a back seat as BMW moved in different directions to the likes of the “JOY” campaign.

Fret not however, as BMWNA, which took on a new lead ad agency in the US (Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners) in April, is set to revive the Ultimate Driving Machine marketing identity this Saturday (Jan. 7), as the … CONTINUED

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Check out our first delivered Frozen Silver BMW M3 Competition Edition coupe. The lucky new owner is M3POST’s PNWM3.

The 2012 M3 Competition Edition featuring Frozen Silver exterior paint and other enhancements was produced to honor the 40 years since the founding of BMW M in 1972. Production for the US was limited to just 40 identically-equipped cars. They were sold out in minutes. Each features BMW Individual Frozen Silver Metallic exterior paint with a deep metallic luster to accentuate the athletic lines … CONTINUED

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Any M3 GTS fans out there? If you are, you’ll be sure to love this video of six M3 GTS and a supercharged G-Power M3 GTS running at the Nurburgring.

The limited edition M3 GTS, which was available only in Europe, featured 450bhp, with a weight of 3278lbs.

The G-Power M3 GTS adds forced induction to the factory GTS via a supercharger. The regular version pumps out 635hp / 630Nm torque, while the Tornado RS version is good for a 720hp and 700Nm of torque!

BMW 2011 Year In Review

01/01/2012 at 9:00 AM
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Happy New Year to the entire BIMMERPOST community! As we cross over to a new year it’s a fitting time for a recap of the past year. It was an amazing year for BMW, with the company hitting sales records and many new important models making their debuts. 2012 should prove to be as successful, if not more. And we’ll be seeing some new models and facelifts coming. We recap the BMW 2011 year for you inside.

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Have a look at a rare BMW Individual color – Santorini Blue. This Santorini Blue E92 M3 coupe recently showed up on the lot of a UK dealership. It looks especially sharp with the ZCP competition package and interior contrast stitching.

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The first turbo E90/E92 M3 build that we know of is underway. There are currently several supercharger kits for the M3′s S65 motor available on the market, but no turbo kits, yet. The S65 makes it difficult to place a turbocharger kit’s plumbing, and some tuners are also wary of turbocharging the S65 due to its aluminum construction.

But, South African tuning shop SAVSPEED has taken up the cause and its S65 turbo build is currently in the works. They’ve decided on a single … CONTINUED

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Many of our site members have very impressive car collections, but M3POST member simonlam168′s likely takes the cake! As the title alludes to, Simon’s E93 M3 is perhaps just the fifth most impressive car in his current collection of autos, which includes: Ferrari 458 Italia, E93 M3, Ferrari 599, Porsche 911 GT2 (987), CLK63 AMG, and WRX STI.

Also on order and coming in April, just a F458 spider and a MP4-12C =)

Check out the photos inside.

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This must have felt like Christmas for the folks at Autobild. Autobild knows what it takes to have a great story and has done a special edition on BMW M models, called “Fascination M.” In this special comparo, Autobild gives an overview of all current BMW M models as well as interesting insights into M GmbH. Most interestingly, Autobild pitted all (yes, all) currently available M models against each other on a German race track named Sachsenring.

The outcome? As you’d expect, the M3 CRT (it’s sold … CONTINUED

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Check out this stunning set of photos featuring an equally stunning array of M vehicles!

The cars featured here include:

- e30 m3 evo
- e36 m3
- e46 m3
- e46 m3 csl
- e93 m3
- e92 m3 zcp
- e92 m3 gts
- e82 1m

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Here are some beautiful wallpapers for BMW M and M3 fans, from a photoshoot featuring 3 generations of M3s in colors which closely resemble the colors of the classic ///M stripes. Seen in the photos are: Laguna Seca Blue E92 M3, Interlagos Blue E46 M3, and Imola Red E30 M3.

For those curious as to the actual colors of the BMW M stripes, here’s some information on them:

Pantone:
Blue — Pantone Process Blue
Purple — Pantone 268
Red — Pantone Warm Red
Paint:
blue violett GLASURIT-BMW 4000… CONTINUED

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Paul Walker (of the Fast and Furious movies) is an avid and serious auto enthusiast. His track weapon of choice is an E92 M3 coupe, supercharged by AE Performance and Gintani. After 2 successful years of this car being tracked and pushed to its limit (while breaking records), this M3 will be getting a power upgrade.

Gintani was contacted by the AE performance team and have now started on a Stage 3 build for Paul Walker’s M3. The Stage 3 build will be documented … CONTINUED

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Manhart has revealed their latest creation – the MH3 V8 RS Biturbo Clubsport E92 M3, which features some pretty radical performance and cosmetic upgrades.

In fact, Manhart has done away with the M3′s factory S65 engine altogether and drops in the 4.4L biturbo V8 engine (S63) from the X6M / X5M! Power was then bumped up from the factory 555hp to a whopping 750hp and 671lb-ft torque! To achieve this impressive gain in power, the S63 turbos were modified, air intake replaced, and pistons/rods reinforced. The car’s … CONTINUED

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Chris Harris of EVO pits two lightweight motorsports-geared BMW coupes against one another – the M3 GTS and 3.0 CSL

For those not familiar with the 3.0 CSL, it was created in 1972 when BMW needed a machine to make it competitive with Ford in the European Touring Car Championship. As the article points out, “L” stands for for leichtbau, or lightweight. The 3.0 CSL kicked off a line of impressive hardcore road legal BMWs geared for the track. The latest in the lineage is the E92 … CONTINUED

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The VAC Motorsports E92 M3 with VF Engineering VF620 Supercharger has set the quarter mile bar for all E90/E92 M3s around the world. Running at Atco this past weekend, their supercharged E92 M3 coupe put down a mind blowing 10.690 second run @ 129.38 mph!!

The specs of the car are as follows:

2008 M3
DCT
VF Engineering VF620 Supercharger Kit
VAC by Fabspeed catless exhaust
APEX 18×10 ARC-8 rear wheels
Mickey Thompson ET Streets (DOT Approved – street legal!)
AR Design Line Lock
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Car and Driver pits the BMW E93 M3 coupe against what it calls the M3′s ultimate foe, the Mercedes C63 AMG coupe. Comparing the M3 to the pasty software engineer, Ken Jennings, who kept winning on Jeopardy, and whose success annoys some people by administering beat-downs on some of the world’s best cars, C/D drove from their editorial HQ in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) to find out if  the C63 AMG coupe is the M3’s real-estate agent from Ventura.

See the results … CONTINUED