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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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:
Blue — Pantone Process Blue
Purple — Pantone 268
Red — Pantone Warm Red
blue violett GLASURIT-BMW 4000… CONTINUED
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
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
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
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:
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
No other mod… CONTINUED
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
Power, motion, and light inspired American artist Jeff Koons as he worked on the legendary BMW M3 GT2. Bearing his unmistakable style, the entire body of the artwork is adorned with vivid, streamlined colors against a black background, giving the viewer an impression of motion and speed from every angle. But the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car Jeff Koons doesn’t just dazzle on the racetrack, it also exudes dynamism at a scale of 1:18 in its limited-edition miniature version. The metal model is a full-detail reproduction … CONTINUED
Four members of M3POST were gathered recently for an epic photo and video session. The session was particularly unique because of the cars involved. No less than four white M3s were in attendance, each featuring BBS LM wheels and three with ESS superchargers. The result was some spectacular photos and a heart thumping video.
Check out the photos and video inside.
For those of us who take the M3 to the track, I think it would be fair to say that a part of us always wishes that the M3 could just be a little faster, a little lighter, and a little more like a race car.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as putting racing parts on our street cars — most of us don’t rebuild our brake calipers every year, drive on roads without potholes, or have neighbors who can tolerate the unmuffled music from our S65 … CONTINUED
Car and Driver has named their 2012 10Best Cars List and as always, the BMW 3 Series and M3 makes an appearance.
Per C/D: The competition should have figured out a way to beat the BMW 3-series by now. It’s not for lack of trying: Every so often, another carmaker will pitch a worthy competitor into the mix, but none has been able to knock the 3-series from its pedestal or even maintain its consistent brilliance. After 21 consecutive years on the 10Best list, BMW continues to … CONTINUED
Dackelone brings back his coverage of the 2011 Essen Motor Show, the European equivalent of the SEMA show. Aftermarket tuned automobiles are the main course at this event.
However, this year’s show saw BMW attend for the first time ever. BMW trotted out its latest Performance Parts lineup and accessories. On hand were the M Performance Parts M3 and X6M, as well as Performance Parts F20 1-series, E93 3-series, and X5.
BMW unveiled their new M3 DTM racer (with paint and sponsor colors!) to the public at the Essen Motor Show (Essen Germany) this past weekend. The show goes until December 4th, 2011. IF you are a “car nut” (aren’t we all!) you ought to go if you are in the area. Here are some pics of the new M3 DTM car and its rivals (past and future). BMW also had a nice display of their Performance Parts lineup.