An M3POST member shares with us his european delivery journal, recounting the experience of picking up his stripped down basic configuration E93 M3 coupe in Individual Fire Orange exterior.
We’ve seen all variety of frozen (matte) colors on BMWs since the trend started a couple of years ago, but this is the first time we’ve seen it in one of our favorite BMW blues of all time – Estoril Blue.
What makes this color on the car even more unique is that it wasn’t achieved with a vinyl wrap, which has been the preferred method for applying a matte color to a car, but was actually a full respray of the car.
Other modifications on this M3 include:
- VF Engineering VF620 Supercharger System
- Custom Matte Estoril Blue Paint by C&C Collision
- RPI X-Pipe/Exhaust System
- Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber GTS3 Front Bumper
- Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber Aero Boot Lid
- Vorsteiner Aero Rear … CONTINUED
We’ve previously featured an Atacama Yellow M3 sedan and now here’s the first E93 M3 convertible in Atacama Yellow.
Atacama yellow is currently only available on the Z4 and must be ordered as a BMW Individual color for any other models, including the M3. The yellow looks great against the contrasting carbon fiber and black aero piece and wheels. Check out the full set of photos inside.
Following a four-week intermission after BMW Team RLL’s GT class victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring American Le Mans Series curtain-raiser the second act of the team’s ALMS GT class title defense will be set in the streets of Long Beach, California on April 14th.
Last year Joey Hand and Dirk Müller had starring roles as Long Beach race winners and, ultimately GT class driver’s champions. This year’s story has begun much as the last with Hand and Müller sharing a second consecutive Sebring 12 Hour victory – this time supported by Jonathan Summerton, of Kissimmee, Fla., as third driver.
Only two hours long the Long Beach race is not only the shortest of the season, but the tight confines of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit … CONTINUED
Here’s a great road trip journal featuring an M3, 4000 miles of travel, Tail of the Dragon, and a high performance driving event at Homestead track.
M3POST member LM3 traveled from Michigan to Florida and back in his E90 M3. He documents the more interesting parts of the trip for us through words, photos, and videos. Check it out inside.
We had the chance to speak to BMW NA M Brand Manager Matt Russell and BMW M Marketing Director Thomas Schemera at the 2012 NYIAS about many things M. We covered some hot topics/models, including the M5, M6, M3 (current and future generation) and M Performance Automobiles.
M5 / M6
Can you tell us about the changes to the 2013 M5 from the 2012 M5? Why the wait for the 2013 model year for the US market?
It’s nothing major. It’s small things; it’s electronics underneath, little computer things. It’s definitely not customer-facing changes and not a great deal of functionality change.
How does the manual transmission affect the M5′s performance?
About 0.10 second 0-60mph difference (slower than DCT). We don’t have official EPA MPG estimates yet, but it’s not much. … CONTINUED
On display at the 2012 NYIAS is a gorgeous frozen blue metallic M3 coupe. Frozen blue metallic paint is available as a BMW Individual color, which (if you remember) can be ordered through any US BMW dealer.
One thing we’ve reconfirmed at the show is that the E92 M3 coupe will see production into mid-2013 and the E93 M3 convertible will end a few months after that. So, there WILL be a 2013 model year M3 coupe and convertible, despite recent faulty information from some dealers.
As for its successor, there will be no F8X M3/M4 (whatever it’ll be called) until after E92 and E93 M3 production ends, so the successor model will come as 2014 model. Our full interview with BMW M is forthcoming.
Here is a brief but telling clip of the F10 M5′s sounds versus that of the E92 M3. Both are powered by a V8, but the M5 features a 4.4L bi-turbo V8 pumping out 560hp while the M3 is powered by a 4.0L naturally aspirated 414hp V8. Video by, courtesy of, and thanks to ednet01.
While we’ve seen many of our worldwide members taking deliveries of their 2012 F10 M5, none have yet been delivered to North America. Canada should see the first deliveries in just weeks and while the US won’t see the new M5 until the 2013 model year production begins in July (for Sept delivery), US pricing will be announced next week!
Follow all our M5 coverage @ http://www.bimmerpost.com/m5/
Here’s a sight not easily or commonly seen – two of the rarest and fastest production M3s ever made. Both the E46 M3 CSL and E92 M3 GTS were lightweight models of the standard M3 with a modest power bump. Each also figured other upgraded components such as suspension and braking.
Only 1,400 of the M3 CSL were produced for its only model year (2004). The M3 CSL was 240 pounds lighter than the regular M3 and featured a 17hp /1 lb-ft torque gain over the standard M3. It was only available in Silver Grey Metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic.
The M3 GTS is an even rarer example, with only 250 units produced. Announced in 2009 and deliverd in 2010, the GTS shed 300 pounds from the standard … CONTINUED