On the heels of the big BMW turbo 4-cylinder news yesterday, SCOTT26 has provided some dates for the switchover of certain BMW models from the current inline 6-cylinder to the new twinpower turbo I4 motor, as well as the end of production of the current 3-series, M3 and 1-series.
Here is the I4 switchover and end of production schedule (inside).
M3POST member Martin_D is the proud new owner of a custom IND built supercharged M3 coupe. This unique M3 was built with the track in mind and it shows now only visually, but in its performance upgrades as well. Browse the entire build’s specs and photos inside.
Forced induction is everywhere it seems. From BMWs standpoint, those turbos go a long way to reducing fuel consumption while keeping the power right where we want it, so its a no brainer for them. But as we all know, the aftermarket gives a damn about efficiency and the use of turbos is meant for one thing only. POWER.
Manhart’s BITURBO monster setup is the same as we’ve seen published previously here and here and here and here. The difference here is that its now been driven … CONTINUED
The folks at Autogespot were lucky enough to have some exclusive time recently with the M3 GTS at BMW facilities in the Netherlands and they have shared these great photos of the highest performing factory M3 currently.
The road legal M3 GTS features a larger and more powerful 4.36L V8 with 331 kW/450 bhp engine, mated to a 7-speed M Dual Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic and modified suspension technology. These figures launch the M3 GTS from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds. Part of this is due to the … CONTINUED
Here are some great updated photos of the special M3 Frozen Edition for the South African market, which features a power increase over the standard M3, matte black paintwork matched to red brake callipers, black leather with red stitching, and gloss black 19″ alloy wheels.
M-power.com chronicles Tommy Milner’s (M3 GT2 driver) visit to BMW M headquarters in Garching, Germany where he checks out the M3 GTS and 1M Coupe for the first time in person. And although he doesn’t get a ride in the 1M, we are shown a new photo of the 1M coupe in alpine white.
This will go down as the first officially released photo of the 1M in Alpine White. I’m sure there are more to come, but for now its just this single, but the 1M does sit confidently next to the hardcore BMW M3 GTS in the M family.
Car and Driver has published the results of its annual 2011 Lightning Laps showdown at VIR, which includes several BMWs including the M3, 335i, Z4, and 135i. Check out their full lap time results inside.
European deliveries take place throughout the year, including the winter months in Munich. M3post member ///Matthew has just returned from receiving his new E92 M3. He shares his ED journal and trip photos inside.
Michelin has just released its all new Pilot Supersport tires, which is said to be the successor for the Pilot Sport 2 tires. BMW M and the M3 have been explicitly mentioned in the press release so it appears likely that M cars and the M3 will soon come equipped from the factory with Pilot Supersports.
Turner Motorsports provides an update on their new Rolex GT M3 build for next season’s Grand-Am series, which will replace their M6. Here, they discuss the widebody full carbon fiber bodywork and dealing with the heat generated from the engine compartment.
Last season was Turner Motorsports’ first in the Rolex Sports Car Series, after competing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge since 2004.
M3post member mikewads’ supercharged (and nitrous) M3 continues to blaze new times, this time recording a 60-130mph run in 6.87 seconds! For some prospective, this is faster than the Ferrari Enzo, SLR McLaren, Carrera GT. The S65 engine and DCT are certainly proving to be incredibly robust and able to deal with tons of increased power.
Famous Nurburgring Taxi pilot Sabine Schmitz gives her initial feedback after testing the Frozen Black M3 edition on the Zwartkops racetrack in CAR’s 2011 Performance Shootout, which will feature 12 hot cars. Of the M3, Sabine calls it “bloody fast,” “unbelievable,” and “my favorite.”
Video describing the roots of the BMW M3, from the E30 M3′s motorsport beginnings to the E92 M3 and its return of BMW to DTM racing.
Here is a video covering the GS Bildeler Supercharged E92 M3 2010-year-in-review. The GS Bilderer E92 M3 is primarily a competition drift car powered by a ESS VT2 supercharger putting down 650hp and 500 lb-ft torque.
We’ve seen many great videos of some great runs on the M3, showing proper lines, shifting, and overall driving, but this one takes the cake on how NOT to drive on the Nurburgring. The driver is clearly unfamiliar with the proper way to run on the Nordschleife and to handle his M3. His driving follies would be entertaining, if not for the fact that it poses danger to others on the open-to-public track.
The Forum Wars producers have laid down the challenge for our M3 owners to take on a C63 AMG from BenzWorld for Season 2. The race will take place in Houston, Texas on the weekend of Jan. 8, 2011 and will be aired on SPEED and the internet sometime in the spring. Nominate yourself or another M3POST member inside!
Racers and fans of the inaugural season of The Forum Wars will experience better competition as the new season will include:
- ¼ mile NHRA drag strip
- Improved … CONTINUED
BMW community’s favorite driver Sabine Schmitz will be starting in CAR’s 2011 Performance Shootout, featuring 12 hot cars, an airstrip and the twisty Zwartkops raceway. Here’s a preview of her making a passenger shriek in an M3 Frozen Gray Edition, as usual.