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We reveal to you the F80 M3 in production form! This M3 wears the Yas Marina Blue Metallic color with carbon fiber roof and was spotted during an official commercial filming session.

Seeing the F80 M3 in Yas Marina Blue for an official commercial shoot also indicates that this may be the launch color for M3 marketing material and for when it makes its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January.

For the technical specs of the F80 M3, see our Official Thread.

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Now that the first official specs of the F80 M3 and F82 M4 are known and we’ve had plenty of looks at the M4 Concept as well as M3/M4 spy pics and video, we thought it’d be interesting to tally a count of how many BIMMERPOST members already have pre-orders in for the 2014 M3 or M4.

For those who have pre-ordered, you can check multiple boxes above and indicate which model you’ve pre-ordered.

F80 M3 Poses With Alpina B3 F30

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The two most potent F30-based models, the F80 M3 and the Alpina B3 F30, pose together at the BMW M test center at the Nurburgring.

The photos give us a look at how aggressive the F80 M3′s styling (especially its big fenders) is compared to the more subtlely modified Alpina.

The new M3 will make its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show in mid-January.

Follow our M3/M4 coverage at: http://www.bimmerpost.com/m4/

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The E9x M3 generation is about to come to an official end, as BMWNA confirms that the E93 M3 Convertible (the only E9x M3 still being made) ends production this month.

Per BMWNA announcement:

M3 Coupe and Convertible

There won’t be a 2014 M3 Coupe and Convertible in the US market, production of the M3 Coupe ended in June 2013 while the M3 Convertible will be produced until October 2013.

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Have a good first look at the production F80 M3 and F82 M4 interior, with its sports seats!

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Evolve held an open house day at their new premises this past Saturday. A great mix of cars turned up including E92 M3s (even an E91 M3), E46 M3s including a few CSLs, E36 M3s including some GT2s, E60 M5s, E39 M5s and an E34 M5.

Check out some sights inside.

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Watch the E90/E92 M3 take on some beefy cabrios.

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Check out the first San Marino Blue Individual M3 that we have seen.

This is a custom order E93 M3 convertible in San Marino Blue Individual exterior with Fox Red interior.

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BIMMERPOST member mdosu and wife recently moved from the Washington, DC area to San Francisco, CA. To get there, they took a 14-day trip cross country in their E90 M3. This is their photo journal.

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BIMMERPOST member Staszek takes us on a 2,161 mile European Delivery journey with him in this great photo journal report where he picks up his E93 M3 Convertible.

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The M4 will not hit dealers until next Summer, but the rumor mill is already churning for a lightweight track model.

Carsales claims BMW M sources have hinted at a lightweight track focused M4 coming in 2016 as part of the celebrations for BMW’s 100th birthday.

Taking after the E92 M3 GTS, the lightweight M4 is rumored to feature two seats only, more power, less weight (target below 1400 kg / 3086 lb) and manual transmission only.

BMW M will attempt to achieve this weight by expanding the … CONTINUED

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Now that much tech specs for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 have been revealed, do you perceive the M3 any differently when seeing it in action?

We can finally be sure that what we are seeing and hearing is an M3 powered by its 3.0L bi-turbo inline 6 S55 engine outputting approximately 430 hp, far beyond 369 lb-ft, and to a redline just north of 7500 RPM.

Here is the F80 M3 prototype continuing some final testing on the Nurburgring ahead of its January debut at … CONTINUED

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A photo journal from some UK members: two M3s and three 1Ms – a genuine on-the-limit adventure through the entire European Alps from France to Austria, a visit to BMW and Porsche Museums, and the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

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We have both good and bad news on Active Sound technology in the M3/M4. For those unfamiliar, Active Sound technology was first introduced in the M5/M6 and has extended to other models such as the M135i. The system modulates existing frequencies, which are played over the stereo speakers at varying sound levels based on throttle input, speed, and engine revs, as well driving the mode (louder in Sport and Sport+ settings). See BMW’s original press release on this.

So, the bad news is yes, the M3/M4 … CONTINUED

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Now that the M3 M4 technology day has come and gone, with access being granted to the press for the first time, BMW has released a slew of official track video footage of the prototypes. And since these are officially released videos, they feature some of the best quality video and audio yet of the F80 M3 / F82 M4.

For all the videos that have come about from the recent M3/M4 technology day, check the Videos section of our Tech Guide thread.

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We’ve now had confirmation of the s55 engine’s sightly above 7500 RPM redline via the official released specs, but seeing as how the tachometer and redline were ever elusive all these months and years of spy photos, we’re happy to finally share with you images of the M3/M4′s redline.

Though the actual redline starts at the 7500 mark, expect the rev limiter to kick in a bit after that.

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You’ve already seen the M3/M4 technical presentation slides in our Official Tech Guide Thread. Now view the presentation as it was meant to be digested – in animated form.

Who doesn’t like fancy 360 degree rotating views and animated technical blow-ups… we definitely do.

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Today’s tests at the Nurburgring were stopped by a BMW F80 M3 crash ten minutes before the end of the session. The accident occurred at a section called “Metzgesfeld” where the driver lost control and crashed into the right guide rail.

Fortunately, the test driver is OK and was only fitted with a neck collar. The F80 M3 prototype was transported back to the BMW technical center at the Ring.

Unfortunate that this happened, but it gives us more looks at the advanced M3 and M4 prototypes … CONTINUED

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