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 Kit in matching Vede Ithaca Green. Custom bodywork features a widebody quarter panel conversion, Lamborghini Verde Ithaca pearl green, dry carbon fiber roof, host of Vorsteiner body kit components, a roll cage, and custom headlights (featuring real carbon fiber … CONTINUED
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” black finish, much like the special edition M3s.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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).
As with certain prior special edition M3s (such as the E46 M3 CSL and E92 M3 GTS Coupe) and even certain performance parts (such as the BMW Performance seats), it’s at times difficult to get things federalized for sale in the U.S.
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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.