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Frozen (matte) paint M3 buyers have been signing paint disclosures in which it was recommended that their cars never be polished or waxed because it could lead to a glossy surface. But an M3post Frozen Gray M3 owner has shown that you can wax and detail BMW’s matte paint with no bad effects, as long as you do it with the proper products. Check out the results inside.

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We had a chance to sit down and interview the gracious Matt Russell, M Brand and Alpina Manager for the US, at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. Like us, Matt is a BMW enthusiast through and through. He races BMWs and describes himself as the biggest manual transmission purist he knows. We posed to Matt some commonly asked questions among our forums and members, and are able to share with you the following insights.

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In our interview with Matt Russell, M Brand and Alpina Manager for the US, at the 2011 NYIAS, we asked about the likelihood of the US market receiving the upcoming lightweight M3 sedan (info/pics). The unfortunate news is that there are currently no plans to bring the lightweight M3 sedan to the US market. Matt cites the reason as there being not much time left to build the E90 M3 sedan and the always difficult homologation issue (couldn’t certify for US).

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BMW Motorrad has posted a teaser clip of an upcoming showdown feature pitting Nico Bastian in the BMW M3 and Rico Penzkofer on the BMW S 1000 RR Superbike, on a track to see which/who is faster. The feature video and results will be posted on May 2nd and we can’t wait to see which of BMWs current best-of-crop track carvers will come out on top.

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Here’s an oldie but a goodie nevertheless – a great video of the story behind the current generation M3, as explained by the BMW M engineers responsible for the development of the much acclaimed M3.

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This most unique BMW Individual Java Green Metallic E92 M3 coupe has showed up at the BMW Niederlassung M√ľnchen dealership (and on their facebook page). It’s certainly one of the more unique BMW Individual colors we’ve seen yet and also features beautiful interior contrast stitching in matching green. How much you ask? EUR 102,450 and this car can be yours. This includes the Individual exterior paint (EUR 4,700), the contrast stitching (EUR 4,950) and a lot of other equipment like the ZCP package, M DCT … CONTINUED

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M3post member and Dutch race car driver Junior Strous takes his modified E92 M3 on the Spa-Francorchamps race track in Belgium and records the run from a great track level perspective. JuniorM3 accomplishes a great lap time of 3:04:962

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If Auto Motor Und Sport is to believed, the lightweight E90 M3 will also receive the “GTS” moniker, like the E92 M3 GTS coupe. AMS claims the power output will be 440hp, 10 less than the 450hp GTS coupe. This would be consistent with BMW’s acknowledgement that the GTS sedan would have more power than the standard M3, but less than the GTS coupe. AMS also says that the M3 GTS sedan will utilize the 7-speed DCT transmission and feature a lightened interior with lightweight … CONTINUED

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BMW M3 Frozen Edition. This car is just beyond cool. Just to remind everyone here, this is the South Africa only vehicle, of which 25 examples were produced (25th anniversary anyone?). The folks over at Car Magazine (South Africa), got their hands on a Frozen Black one, modified with a locally-installed AC Schnitzer exhaust system, modified air box and revised engine management to take the M3 up to 330 kW and 420 N.m.

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Fifth Gear’s Vicki Butler-Henderson undergoes what we’d imagine a religious experience would look like when she drives the M3 GTS, calling it one of the best cars she’s ever driven (and she’s tested A LOT). Her enthusiastic reaction to the car is infectious and you can’t help but share in her excitement. Video inside.

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BMWNA has just opened up the rare chance to attend an amazing 3-day M school on the Nordschleife (aka Nurburgring) in May. It will be conducted directly by the folks at BMW GmbH! BMWNA would love to fill the school with North American drivers, so let’s get some M3post/Bimmerpost members there! This program will be offered while seats last and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Prior Ring experience is not necessary as the school features an evening of theory training (over dinner) followed … CONTINUED

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The exciting lightweight M3 sedan concept which we were given a preview at the special M event in Garching, Munich (photos and info here) last week has now been spotted in testing for the first time!

The lightweight M3 will slot in between the standard M3 and the M3 GTS in terms of weight and power. Some of the weight reduction may come in the form of CFRP hood and seats. If you look carefully at the photos, it appears that the driver seat in the test … CONTINUED

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Once a year BMW holds a “Technology Day”, a showcase of new technology and developments BMW has recently introduced, is about to introduce, or is looking into to make cars better. This year’s press release on the matter has quite some interesting bits about BMW’s technology, and one of the hottest things they mention is the progress they made in processing CFRP, short for carbon fiber reinforced plastic. The developments made for the BMW i models will be used across the BMW group sooner or later.

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We have added a live-look video of the BMW M underground garage for your viewing pleasure. It hopefully gives our readers a better sense of the mystique and aura of the environment, which only added to the truly special moment and the heritage of the collection of cars we were witnessing.

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What a treat. While covering the M Event in Germany today, Jason and Southlight were invited to tour the BMW M facility, including underground into BMW M’s garage. No not the employee parking garage– THE GARAGE. Yes, the garage where BMW M stores a copy of every single M car ever made. Many of them you or I have never seen or heard of before. Cars that we may have thought about or dreamed about, but never materialized.

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Ok more LIVE coverage from the BMW M event in Germany! Moving on from the M3 Pick-up, BMW has now shown off a new M3 concept car based on the E90 M3 Sedan. This particular concept is destined for the recently announced Nurburgring M Festival later in the year.

The main idea behind this concept is lightweight. The sedan is stripped out, but BMW has not given us any details yet on what the car’s weight is or other specifics. They did say that the concept is … CONTINUED

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We are officially live from the BMW M Event in Germany. Jason and Southlight are both at the event having fun right now and have sent over the first pictures of the M3-Ute that was rolled out for the crowd. You can read all the details and download the official photos of the M3 Pickup here.

I will update this thread as more live pictures come available!

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Is it? Is it not? What is it? Whose is it? April’s Fool’s? Well, now it looks like BMW has officially recognized the beast, and taken back the covers from this skunkworks project.

Power is developed from the same 4.0-litre V8 developing its 414bhp at 8300rpm and 295lb ft at 3900rpm via the standard 6-speed gearbox.

In order to accomidate the new trunk and gate, substantial modifications had to be made to the rear suspension. The M3 pick-up still weighs in 50kg under the M3 convertible’s weight. … CONTINUED

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release