BIMMERPOST sponsor Alekshop has started an interesting E92 M3 build, building a US spec M3 GTS based on the BMW M3 Lime Rock Edition, which shares the same Fire Orange color with the M3 GTS. Per Alekshop:
The day BMW announced a release of the special model M3 GTS, we knew that this is the car we have to have!
After reading multiple press releases, looking at million pictures, translating technical info from German to English we gathered enough information to come up with a plan to build a US Spec M3 GTS.
Being a limited production car that was not offered in United States, we knew it will be extremely difficult to obtain the original M3 GTS parts for our project. That was a roadblock for … CONTINUED
EVO Track Day at Autodrom Grobnik in Croatia, featuring some sweet rides, including the 1M coupe and M3 coupe.
Watch as M3POST member Lukester gets sideways while drifting his E92 M3 coupe around the Nordschleife (AKA Green Hell AKA Nurburgring).
BMW M CEO Friedrich Nitschke gave some insight into certain aspects of future M models when speaking recently to Autocar.
AWD vs RWD
While current non-SUV M models all remain RWD, as horsepower numbers climb for each successive generation of models, the question has arisen whether future models would benefit from AWD xDrive offerings, to help with traction and getting all that power down to the ground effectively; especially considering the AWD offerings from competitors – such as the E63/CLS63 AMG 4Matic and upcoming RS6/RS7 Quattro models.
To this, Nitschke reaffirms M’s stance on RWD: “Our philosophy in regards to steering feel and precision is that rear-wheel drive is the best solution,” … “xDrive brings an 80-90kg weight penalty and the M differential is the industry’s best rear-drive … CONTINUED
A look at the ‘old’ versus ‘new’ – an E46 M3 in Steel Grey next to the F30 M Sport in Mineral Grey.
Check out M3POST member radiantm3′s E92 M3 as it hits the Laguna Seca track with OEM M3 GTS aero parts (trunk spoiler wing and front lip splitter) and Akrapovic Evo exhaust system. Installations by Alekshop.
Photos and videos inside.
EVO takes a look at four greats from a soon-to-be old school group of cars. They will be considered ‘old school’ not just because of their age, but because of new technology and the changing demands on performance cars.
Why has EVO gathered these cars up for a day of driving fun, but also lament? Because the M3 and the others cars in this group are “united under a dark cloud of recent or imminent death. Of course there will be another GT3, another M3 and another Clio Cup, but they won’t quite be the same. The cars that replace these machines will each lose something at the burning core of their appeal.”
So, these cars are “a celebration of genuine evo Hall of Famers, one final … CONTINUED
French automotive magazine Motorsport takes a Competition Package equipped BMW M3 to the track for some lap time testing on the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in France. Spoiler results below video.
Here is an E92 M3 coupe looking ultra smooth in a custom Satin Pearl vinyl wrap.