“A company is like a human being. As long as it goes in for sports, it is fit, well-trained, full of enthusiasm and performance.” These were the words of Robert A. Lutz, BMW AG Board Member Sales, back in 1972. They were the words christening the youngest subsidiary of BMW AG at the time, BMW Motorsport GmbH. Today the company is called BMW M GmbH. But it is just as fit, well-trained, full of enthusiasm and performance as it was 40 years ago.
The early 1970s were the dawn of a new age for BMW: A new, young Board of Management under Eberhard von Kuenheim had set out to strategically power and pursue the ongoing success of the Company. This included the construction of a new head … CONTINUED
We’ve been saying it for a while now, but here’s finally proof of the MY2013 BMW M3 coupe (E92) and convertible (E93). Here are the official ordering and pricing guides for the 2013 M3 (download PDF below), which shows few changes other than a $200 retail price increase over the 2012 M3 models. Production of the 2013 M3 will begin in July for deliveries beginning late August – early September.
The E92 M3 coupe will be produced until mid-2013 and the E93 M3 until a few months after the coupe stops production. The successor M3/M4 will come as a 2014 model year car and only after all E9x models cease production.
BMW UK has released a video teaser for the new limited BMW M3 M Performance Edition coupe models that it will offer for the UK market. Each M3 M Performance Edition model will feature an unique Frozen (matte) paint color – Frozen Blue, Frozen Red, and Frozen White. Just ten units of each color will be produced, for a total of only 30 cars.
BMW recently launched the M Performance Parts catalog for the F20 1 series, F30 3 series, and F10 5 series, but has yet to announce its offerings for any M models. This teaser tells us to expect M Performance parts for M models as well, at least for the M3 and the F10 M5 (see the M5 M Performance Edition model teaser). From … CONTINUED
Chris Harris compares the M3 GTS against the Porsche GT3 RS and Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series in two criteria: track times and hooliganism. Sounds like a fun review already! We won’t spoil the results, so see for yourself below.
Specs of the 3 cars:
450 HP (4.4L V8)
326 lb-ft torque
GT3 RS 4.0
500 HP (3.8L flat 6)
339 lb-ft torque
C63 AMG Black Series
510 HP (6.3L V8)
457 lb-ft torque
The 2012 Eurofest took place this past weekend at the The New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey (where the Jets and Giants call home). Cars of all European makes and models were in attendance, but the scene appeared to be dominated by BMWs.
Check out the photo coverage inside, featuring hundreds of photos from the event.
Here are some great photos from last weekend’s 2012 Bimmers N Boardwalk event and meet. The event saw over 70 BMWs in attendance which were lined up and sorted by color, allowing for some great photos.
Check out the photos and an event video inside.
VAC Motorsports has put together an impressive dedicated M3 track car build for a customer, in which they managed to drop several hundred pounds off the factory M3′s weight – to just 3200 pounds.
The build was done to the customer’s specs, down to the color scheme, and all the work was done in-house. Here’s the full specs of the build.
-E92 M3 6MT
-3230lbs ~400lb savings
-Grand Am spec cage with L/R NASCAR door bars and dash bar. Done 100% in house.
-Lexan ¼ windows
-VAC race seat install kit
-VAC steering wheel disconnect
-VAC diamond plate floor pans
-Brembo 365/345 kit
-Nitron NTR R3 3 way adjustable suspension
-AiM Sports Pista
-AiM Sports Smarty Cam
-VAC remote oil sensor manifold
-Header back Fabspeed exhaust
-OS Giken Grand Am Spec clutch
-Active Autowerke tune
Authentic driving pleasure is not just for the real world – as Auto Club Revolution (ACR), the new online racing game and car community for PC, demonstrates. Different BMW M models can be configured for driving according to personal preferences. The online game from British game developer Eutechnyx features e.g. the BMW 1 Series M Coupé, the BMW M3 Coupé, the BMW M5 and the BMW Z4 M Coupé.
All that is required to play the game is a PC with an internet connection.
As exclusive launch partner, BMW was involved in the development of the online racing game from the early stages. Auto Club Revolution is not just a classic racing game with real-world tracks and realistically-detailed models, but is also designed to become an established forum … CONTINUED
An exclusive new BMW M3 Coupé Frozen Silver Edition model has been announced as part of BMW M GmbH’s 40th anniversary year. Just 100 of the high performance coupés will be sold in the UK and the model features unique content to make it a truly collectable item.
The new BMW M3 Coupé Frozen Silver Edition features BMW’s class-leading 420hp V8 engine with power transferred to the road via the standard seven-speed M DCT transmission and variable M differential. The car comes with a 10mm lowered suspension featuring a three-stage Electronic Damper Control, 19-inch light alloy wheels and a revised DSC+ system.
But it is the bespoke combination of Frozen Silver metallic paint, not seen before on any BMW, matte black alloy wheels, Dark Chrome exhaust, side gills … CONTINUED