Here’s the comparison we’ve all been waiting for - Top Gear’s comparison between the E92 M3 with Competition Package and the Audi RS5. We won’t spoil the result for you, but the comparison starts 4:40 into this video.
BMW today announced a new M Performance exhaust system specifically designed as an accessory for the BMW M3 Coupe, Sedan and Convertible. With the racetrack and the street in mind, this new exhaust system is crafted from an extremely heat-resistant and lightweight chrome-nickel alloy called Inconel®. This flow optimized exhaust system reduces exhaust backpressure and allows the M3’s 414 horsepower V8 engine to produce an even more powerful sound.
Inconel’s unique qualities allowed engineers to reduce the thickness of the tubing from 1.5mm to 0.8mm. This resulted in a weight reduction of approximately 40%, or about 20 lbs. when compared to the stock exhaust system. Inconel has also proven to be very corrosion resistant and has been used at the highest level of Motorsports.
The M Performance Exhaust … CONTINUED
Additions to the BMW Performance product portfolio for the BMW 1 Series, the BMW 3 Series and for the BMW X5 and BMW X6 are being presented at 2011 Geneva autoshow. These include, inter alia, the new BMW Performance sports steering wheel and the BMW Performance Power Kit for the current four-cylinder diesel engines. Also, the range of Original BMW Accessories being presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show includes the latest M Performance components for the BMW M3.
Here are new photos and sound clips of the BMW original E90/E92 M3 ///M performance exhaust system. Specs are posted for review.
M3 March 2011 Production Changes:
* M3 continues as 2011 model
* All M3 models receive new BMW Apps (6NR) as an option
* M3 convertible will offer new BMW Individual Composition Package in the Spring (info coming later)
* Special edition BMW Individual M3 coupe will be offered in limited numbers in late Spring (info coming later)
Autos.sympatico.ca interviewed M division boss Dr. Kay Segler at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit. They posed some direct questions, many of which our very own members have often asked and are most interested in. Below are their most poignant questions and Dr. Segler’s responses.
Here is an updated comparison of the now officially released C63 AMG facelift photos versus the E90 M3 sedan.
Unlike the CLS 63 AMG, the C63 AMG is still powered by the naturally aspirated 6.2 l V8, rated at 451hp and 443 lb-ft in the C63. Most significant changes are the switch from the traditional 7-speed auto to the AMG-MCT7 and the introduction of a Start/Stop feature. It’s uncertain however if the latter will make it to the US.
Better be fast if you consider the E90 M3 to come out of this comparison on top: Production of the 4-door M3 will end later this year and will likely not be produced in the next generation of M3.
An Active Autowerke supercharged E90 M3 sedan run by Schaut Motorsports will participate in this year’s 2011 One Lap of America. Read about the background to this race and a preview of the race route inside.
The Netherlands will be receiving an exclusive limited edition M3 - the “Frozen Gray M3 Coupe Track Edition” which will premiere at the AutoRAI from April 13 to 23.
This limited edition M3 features:
-frozen gray (matte) paint over black novillo leather w/ red stitching
-equipped w/ (zcp) competition package
-black 359m wheels
-black front grill
-bmw performance exhaust
-bmw performance splitters (carbon fiber)
-bmw performance spoiler (carbon fiber)
-bmw performance mirror caps (carbon fiber)
-brake calipers painted red