Our beloved E92 M3 coupes and Matt Mullins, the Chief Driving Instructor at BMW’s Performance Center Delivery (PCD) Driving School, star in this Southwest Airlines commercial.
You’ve heard recent M4/M3 prototypes blasting around the Nurburgring [M4 vid] [M3 vid], now have a listen at how they sound around town.
MANUAL TRANSMISSION OR NOT?
As for today’s rumor out of Autoblog that there will be no manual transmission option for the M4, we submit contrary evidence in the form of: photos, videos, and VIN (options) information. The photos clearly show an early F80 M3 prototype with a 6 speed manual, the videos show what appears to be manual prototype M3 and M4 (judging by the shift and RPM patterns), and the VIN information shows prototypes with and without a DCT option.
F80 M3 prototype showing 6 speed manual transmission:
The following are the prototype VIN information that we’ve previously posted. As you can see, the … CONTINUED
As you’ve seen, we spent the latter half of last week at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, California, which is an annual week-long banquet of events for automobile enthusiasts and connoisseurs who converge on the Monterey area. While the collection of automotive hardware (everything from some of the most expensive classics to the latest model exotics) spotted around the Monterey peninsula was the largest and most impressive gathering we’ve ever witnessed, the highlight of the trip for us was having the first look at the BMW M4 Coupe Concept, which BMW unveiled at several events throughout the weekend. The following is a brief timeline, our personal reaction to the M4 Concept and some interesting notes on the M3/M4.
BMW Villa in Pebble Beach – … CONTINUED
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The F80 M3 and F82 M4 will make their debuts within the next few months and BMW has built up the anticipation even more by way of this official teaser. We only see portions of the car’s mirror and hood (dome), but this is undoubtedly the upcoming F80 M3 or F82 M4 being teased.
The M4 Concept will debut very soon and the production M4 and M3 will hit showrooms in late Spring – early Summer of next year.
For the latest M3/M4 info and details, see our compilation at: http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho…d.php?t=602770
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AUTO Couture Motoring held a meet at their shop recently to gather some of their ESS customers together to enjoy each others’ setups and compare notes.
8,000 horsepowers were on display in their shop. Catch the photo set inside.
Here are the aggregated E90 and E92 M3 sedan and coupe production stats for North America.
You can see the breakdown by manual, DCT, colors, competition package, and moonroof/navigation options.
The E93 M3 convertible is also included, but its production has not yet ended, so its numbers are not yet final.
The F82 M4 and F80 M3 prototypes have now shed a significant amount of camouflage, revealing more than ever.
In the collection of photos and videos below you’ll see a Frozen White M3, Alpine White M3, and a silver M4 coupe. By dropping some of their camouflage and being fitted with more final equipment/parts, we can now see (for the first time or better than before):
Carbon Fiber Seats
Carbon fiber front seats can be made out in the photos as the F80 M3 drives by the camera. Although its CF weave can’t be seen, the carbon fiber back of the seats are clearly reflecting light and it’s easy to tell that the seats are of the single piece ‘racing’ variety – without separate headrests. Remember, BMW … CONTINUED
Photos from an M3 / BMW enthusiast group’s midnight run into Times Square.