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The Smoking Tire undertakes a review of the E92 M3 Competition (ZCP) model and echoes what we’ve all heard before – that the M3 remains the benchmark for cars in its segment. Along with the beautiful scenery in this video review, Farah makes some great points which echoes why we and our M3 members all love the M3.

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Here’s the first great look at an alpine white 1M coupe next to a mineral white M3 coupe. Both are beautiful in their own way, with the 1M coupe taking on a boxier, more overtly aggressive look, while the M3′s lines and bulges are sleeker and more discrete. One thing we’re sure of – the owners of each love their car!

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Just in, here are some brand new spy shots of the BMW Lightweight E90 M3 said to be called M3 EVO. Back in April, BMW teased us with a first surprise appearance of this car in Garching. Thanks to Klier and rususlikwho caught this car at the Nürburgring, we can now share another glimpse at this car.

Unlike the earlier spotting, this test car looks exactly like what has been presented in Garching. Dedicated front spoiler lip and rear spoiler supposedly made from some lightweight material, 6-piston … CONTINUED

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Martino Auto Concepts and Active Autowerke have teamed up to produce two custom M3s. The first has been completed and it’s a stunner! Featuring an eye catching Lamborghini Verde Ithaca Pearl Green paint, the first of the two M3s features plenty of both “go” and “show.”

The power comes from AA’s E9X M3 Stage II supercharger kit with methanol injection kit, full exhaust system, and custom tune. Suspension and brakes are now a KW V3 coilover system and a StopTech Trophy Big Brake … CONTINUED

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An E91 M3 Touring was never in the cards for this generation of M3s, but that hasn’t stopped wagon fans from undertaking their own custom conversions. We previously featured an M3POST member’s full E91 M3 custom build (both mechanicals and bodywork), but here’s yet another one.

This build only features cosmetics (save for the quad exhaust), but it’s an impressive build nevertheless. The exterior has custom built in the M3 style. But it doesn’t end there. The exterior also features a matte “frozen” … CONTINUED

Chinese BMW M Gladiators Trailer

05/05/2011 at 10:50 AM
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Here is a sneak peek into BMW’s 2011 Chinese ad campaign promoting the M series. It’s a bit over-the-top for the rest of the world, but makes sense for the Chinese market’s tastes.

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The results are in from BMW Motorrad’s feature showdown 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 two are placed on a track to see whether car or bike catches the other first. Results inside…

2011 MFEST V Photo Coverage

05/01/2011 at 5:40 PM
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The 2011 MFest V took place last weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. M3post member John Zhang brought back some great photo coverage of the event. Check out the photos inside.

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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 München 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.

Just to recap, the M3 Frozen Edition sport black or gray matte paint, … CONTINUED

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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.