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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

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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.