The 2014 BMW F80 M3 and M6 Gran Coupe have landed stateside, with the first spotting coming in Los Angeles!
A European 1M and M cars mega meet recently took place at the Magny-Cours Circuit on July 18, 2012.
In all, a total of 18 1M coupes and 50 BMW M cars were in attendance. Check out some photos and video from the event inside.
Check out the new M and M Performance displays at the BMW Welt in this epic photo thread.
We have added more photos of the first F82 M4 Coupe prototype spotted last week. Full gallery inside.
BMW tuner Alpha-N has released photos and some specs for their Alpha-N BMW M3 Coupe.
On the power front, a combination of a software ECU tune, a Dinan carbon fiber air intake, carbon fiber airbox cover and air intake snorkels, and an Akrapovic exhaust system manages to add 30hp the M3′s power figure.
The Alpha-N aero kit makes ample use of carbon fiber, with a CF front spoiler lip with brake cooling vents (by RKP), CF rear diffuser (by Varis), and CF rear spoiler wing (by RKP). The M3 coupe sits lowered on KW coilover suspension. The wheels shown are 19″ OZ Superfogiata wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. Recaro Pro Racer Hans one racing seats replace the factory M3 seats.
A gorgeous carbon fiber engine cover … CONTINUED
Great feature video covering the VS Motorsports GTS-4 E92 M3 coupe racer competing in the Autobahn Country Club NASA GTS-4 race.
Watch as VS Motorsports owner (and driver of the M3) pilots the VS GTS-4 M3 with one hand bound in a cast.
See how the new BMW M color San Marino Blue (on the M6 convertible) compares to the Interlagos Blue of the M3 coupe. San Marino Blue is currently an M-only color for the F13 M6 coupe and F12 M6 convertible. Interlagos Blue has been an M-only color for the E90/E92 M3.
The two colors are close, both being a mix of blue and purple, but it’s clear that the San Marion Blue is the brighter of the two colors. Thanks to John for the photos.
Have an up close look at the various DTM race cars from the NorisRing in Nuremberg, as well as the DTM displays at the BMW Welt during the DTM weekend in Munich.
After studying the first photos of the F80 M3 with its “power dome” we think that it’s likely to be a functional heat extractor vent underneath the camouflage. Let’s analyze.
The shape of the bulge on the M3′s hood is not the typical fully raised dome as seen on the E90/E92 M3 or E46 M3. Instead, it’s a raised “U” shape with 3 raised sides while the area in between remains level with the rest of the hood. See the render below for a visual.
Assuming there is a functional reason for the hood dome in the first place, we can’t think of a reason for this particular shape if the goal is to provide clearance for some engine parts underneath. However, the raised hood shape makes far … CONTINUED