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For those of you who thought you called BMW’s april fool’s joke with the M3 pickup edition, look again. Here is BMW UK’s April Fool’s joke, the M3 Royal Edition.

Here is the official press release describing the new royal edition.

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The first three G-power M3 GTS have arrived and their engine displacements have been bored to an increase of 10% and rebuilt with low-compression forged pistons. This extra displacement, combined with a specially tuned version of their SK II CS supercharger system, has resulted in 720hp! This represents an increase of 270hp over the factory M3 GTS (450hp). How much faster this catapults the car from the factory figures (4.4 sec 0-100km/h and 305km/h) is not yet known, but will surely be announced in due time.

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Live through an M3 european delivery vicariously via this lucky M3post member’s 25 minute video detailing the experience one goes through on a BMW european delivery. Watch a BMW motorbike ridden inside the Welt, footage of various parts of the Welt and BMW Museum, the excitement BKMK5 experiences when picking up his new M3, some spirited driving, and finally some German sights.

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Ok, one M3 GTS is impressive enough, but three M3 GTS gathered in one place at a time, especially when that place is the Nurburgring track, is on another stratosphere of awesomeness. Check out the footage of the triplet M3 GTS being ogled as well as some eye and ear candy from their runs on the track.

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There’s write-ups, and then there’s WRITE-UPS. M3POST member mr_yogi posts what is one of the most comprehensive M3 decision, ordering, and performance center delivery journals we have ever had the pleasure of reading. Congrats to yogi and his wife on their beautiful new Le Mans Blue E90 M3. Be sure to set aside plenty of time to follow the journal and photos, it’s well worth it.

bmw performance center delivery, bmw performance centery delivery journal, bmw pcd, bmw pcd journal, pcd, bmw m3 pcd, … CONTINUED

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The Chinese have previously seen a special edition M3 exclusive to their market – in the form of the M3 Tiger Edition. Apparently demand was good enough to warrant yet another special edition – the M3 Matte Edition

Like most of the other special M3 edition models, this one is cosmetics only – concentrating on the exterior color finish. The exterior will be offered in gunmetal gray or black, each in a metallic matte finish (achieved by combining a metallic finish with a matte clear coat). The … CONTINUED

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Autoblog now has definitive confirmation that the M3 pickup is BMW’s 2011 April Fool’s Joke (last year featured their Political Roundel Attachment Tag gag). According to Autoblog: In a chat with BMW’s Munich head of product communications, Dirk Arnold, he offered up this quote: “Ah, yes, everyone’s been talking about that pickup. But, no, this is… how you call it, an April Fool’s Joke” [in German "Aprilscherz" - ed.]. There will be no M3 pickup in our futures, kids. But then Arnold sort of overcommunicated to … CONTINUED

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This is a must action video of the monstrous 700+hp Manhart V8RS 4.4L M3 with the engine transplant from X6M! It’s in German, but when you have sights and sounds like this, words are barely necessary. Just look at the driver’s reaction and you can imagine the fury of this car.

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You’ve all seen the Top Gear M3 vs C63 vs RS4 episode, now read about ex-Stig Ben Collins’ personal review of each car from the episode. This is a great read [see inside]!

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You probably guessed it after today’s unveil of the revised Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe, here’s the ultimate photo comparison between the Merc, the Audi RS5 and the beloved E92 M3 in Competition Package trim. Contrary to earlier rumors, the C63 AMG Coupe is powered by Merc’s famous 6.2l V8, resulting in an maximum output of 451hp (481hp with optional AMG Development Pack) and a maximum torque of 443 lb-ft. Mercedes claims 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds. The C63 Coupe will be make its US showroom debut … CONTINUED

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Our community’s first review of the M3 M Performance exhaust has been posted by lucky owner aajami. Sure, it’s pricey, but it’s OEM quality and fit, as well as maintaining the factory warrantty. Check out the review, photos, and video inside.

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Active Autowerke held its 30th anniversary spring social this past weekend. Attendance was high and the rides were stunning. A slew of photos and a video from the enthusiast gathering have been posted inside.

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A BMW spokesperson has confirmed to Road and Track that that the M3 Pickup recently spotted testing at the Nürburgring is not headed for production. “BMW M did indeed create the pick-up seen on the ’Ring, but it was just an internal project, not something that is in development,” explained Dave Buchko, BMW Advanced Powertrain & Heritage Communications Manager. “There are no plans to produce it.”

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Individual Color M3s from M3POST recently gathered for an unprecedented photo shoot. In attendance were M3s in Fire Orange, Monte Carlo, Dakar Yellow, Brilliant White, and Laguna Seca Blue. Enjoy the photos inside.

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Anyone in need of a 414hp lawn equipment toting track-ready car? Here’s an M3 spy sighting out of left field. Normally we’d dismiss this outright as simply a joke on spy photographers and us enthusiasts who pour over spy photos, but this prototype is actually registered as a BMW manufacturer vehicle.

We do not yet have info on what this car may be and speculate that it could be anything from a playful BMW joke (almost definitely) to somehow actually (and unbelievably) being … CONTINUED

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BMW will run two exciting vehicles up the hill at the 2011 Goodwood Motorsport Press Day on 17 March 2011. The first, the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe, heralds the introduction of a high performance sports car into a compact design that extends the BMW M portfolio and paves the way for a wider audience to appreciate M car ownership. The second, the BMW M3 GTS, is the most powerful version of the high-performance M3 Coupe and features a 450hp engine that offers the ideal … CONTINUED

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BMW continues to prepare for their re-entry to the German Touring Car Championship DTM beginning in 2012. BMW Motorsport announced yesterday that they will support three teams, each lining up with two BMW M3 DTM cars. The recently founded race team Reinhold Motorsport will join the teams Schnitzer and RBM. When it comes to success, BMW Schnitzer surely is to most renowned team. Schnitzer was not only involved in the DTM victory 1989, but also had tremendous success in recent years including a 1st place in … CONTINUED

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Rumors abound yesterday about the BMW Ring-Taxi possibly not returning in 2011. However, reports of its death has been greatly exaggerated. The Ring-Taxi is not going away, but changing forms. We were able to reach out and receive official word from BMW M on the matter. The official situation is:

“The BMW Ring-Taxi will continue in 2011 and use the BMW M3 this year. It will be driven by the instructors from the BMW Driving Experience program – much like it used to be in past … CONTINUED