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 and tested by professional journalists.
Just to recap the basic idea is this: Take the FI engine from the X5M/X6M, transplant it into the E92 M3, do some ECU work and then throw on a new exhaust. This is a … 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 improved power-to-weight ratio of 3.4 kg per hp. Aerodynamic/safety improvements include large rear spoiler deck, carbon fiber splitter, roll cage, matte black exterior styling components such as the BMW kidney grille, roof trims as well as the side gill elements … 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.