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08/13/2012    11:10 AM
COMMENTS: 228

BMW has issue a service bulletin (SIB / TSB) which will allow dealers across the country to reprogram / code all BMW models with the Auto Start-Stop feature so that the system defaults to the “Last User mode” (last used setting) the next time that the car is turned on. Check out auto start stop SIB 12 15 12 inside.

08/10/2012    4:20 PM
COMMENTS: 55

VS Motorsports shows us the full installation process of an ESS VT Supercharger on the E92 M3. You won’t have to wait hours to see the process from beginning to end however, as the visuals have been truncated through a nice time lapse video. The ESS VT2-625 supercharger system features a Vortech V3 supercharger unit. It boosts the E90/E92 M3 up to 625 HP / 410 ft-kb torque @ 7.0 PSI. Actual install time is an estimated 8-14 hours.

Full system components include:

-Vortech V3Si supercharger unit.
-Vortech Maxflow Race bypass assembly.
-Uni-belt drive system with additional OEM quality rollers.
-8 High Capacity Bosch Motorsport fuel injectors (Spec 3).
-Perfectly optimized, dyno tweaked MSS60 ECU software with removed top speed governor, calibrated for … CONTINUED

08/09/2012    1:04 PM
COMMENTS: 107

The very first M3 M Performance Edition produced has been sighted. Seen in the UK recently was this Frozen Japan Red M3. Just 30 of these M3 M Performance Edition models were ever made and this was the very first of the 30 to be produced. This special edition M3 was offered exclusively for the UK market at a price of £74,080.

The M3 M Performance Edition was announced in May, together with the M5 M Performance Edition.

Showcasing BMW Individual, these M Performance Editions brought three new Frozen paint colors to the UK for the first time – BMW Individual Japan Red with a Frozen Red wrap, BMW Individual Frozen White and BMW Individual Frozen Blue.

All M3 M Performance Editions come with extended Black Novillo leather upholstery, … CONTINUED

08/07/2012    4:20 PM
COMMENTS: 168

Although the M3 handles well in the wet for a high performance car, it cannot defy the laws of physics and is susceptible to the whims of mother nature.

This video is proof. It shows an M3 careening out of control over multiple lanes on the rain soaked highways of Taiwan.

Luckily no one was seriously hurt after the M3 crashes and rolls, but it’s a serious reminder to use caution when driving in the wet.

08/05/2012    12:41 PM
COMMENTS: 34

July 29th, 2012 was the 32nd Annual BMW Seattle Concours d’Elegance & Heritage Picnic at Cedar River Park. The show, along with music, arts & crafts and many other family activities were all be part of the IKEA Renton River Days festival annual event. BMW Seattle Concours d’Elegance presents part of the history and beauty that make up the heritage of BMW. It is a special day for BMW enthusiasts of all levels to come together and enjoy each other

08/04/2012    5:30 PM
COMMENTS: 197

Follow this widebody E90 M3 build, being built by Martino Auto Concepts for M3POST member Kiemyster. Here is a breakdown of the phases planned for this M3.

Phase 1: (completed)
Front/rear camera + media module
Digital HD blackbox
Quad Laser Jammers
V1 w/Colored Concealed Display
RDSport Corsa Front Bumper
Arkym AeroRace One CF Rear Bumper
AngeliBrights
Interior Lighting
Gloss Black hood vent surround
M-tech Spoiler

Phase 2: (in progress)
Full steel construction rear widebody
Rims
Custom Headlight

Phase 3: (future modifications)
Big Brake Kit
Sound System

Phase 4: (future modifications)
Custom interior trim + leather fabrication

Phase 5: (After warranty expires)
Supercharger + Other performance modifications.

08/03/2012    11:20 AM
COMMENTS: 193

The BMW M3 versus the Focus ST? Not your usual comparo, but Ford uses the M3 as a prop to make a point in its latest Focus ST commercial. Well, at least they concede on the performance comparison.

08/01/2012    11:00 AM
COMMENTS: 18

BMW Group remains on successful course in second quarter

01.08.2012

- New record figures for sales volume and revenues
- Second-best quarterly earnings in the company’s history
- Profit before financial result amounts to € 2.27 billion
- Automotive Segment second-quarter EBIT margin of 11.6%
- BMW Group reaffirms targets for financial year 2012

Munich. The BMW Group continued its success during the second quarter as well as in the six-month period to June 2012, achieving new record figures for sales volume and revenues and the second-best Group operating profit in the company’s history.

Second-quarter revenues rose by 7.3% to € 19,202 million (2011: € 17,888 million). Group earnings remained at a high level despite greater investment in new technologies and higher personnel costs: Profit before financial result (EBIT) amounted to € 2,270 million … CONTINUED

07/31/2012    3:30 PM
COMMENTS: 112

The 2014 M3 (F80) prototype which was spotted in Los Angeles this past weekend has made its way into the California Mojave Desert’s Death Valley for high temperature testing.

With high temperature testing always comes the removal of some front end camouflage, necessary to increase the prototypes’ air intake and cooling; which makes us the indirect beneficiaries of ever better looks at an exposed front end.

Yesterday’s F80 M3 spy pics (some copied below) gave us the best idea yet of the lines and shape of the front end styling, and today’s sighting adds to that by showing us some even more details – particular the lines of the front bumper air vents which could not be seen through the cloth covered front apron from yesterday’s photos.

What it … CONTINUED