It’s been weeks since the last F80 M3 sightings, but we’ve now spotted the 2014 M3 prototype undergoing winter/cold climate testing and it looks like the testing has advanced to another stage.
M Carbon Ceramic Brakes
For the first time, we see the F80 M3 in a color other than black (Alpine White), which sometimes signals a more advanced stage of testing. Beyond that however, this is the first F80 prototype to sport BMW M Carbon Ceramic Brakes. One can tell that they are ceramic brakes by the brake rotor material and gold brake calipers (a signature color for M Carbon Ceramic Brakes beginning with the current M5 and M6 - more details). To give you an idea of what kind of performance increase may be expected, … CONTINUED
We revisit some archived exploded view photos of the marvelous S65 V8 engine from the E90/E92/E93 M3.
Check out this most unique looking BMW E92 M3 Individual in Speed Yellow. In the owner’s words:
Previously I had a Jerez Black E92 M3 ZCP with pretty much every option except rear window shade. I loved that car! I drove the tires off of her! (Almost literally — when I put the OEM Contis back onto the wheels, I realized my AD08s were horribly corded, and I mean get-out-your-oils-and-paint-on-the-canvas corded.)
Then I decided to trade her for a new M3. (Why? Why. Okay, moving on….)
I wasn’t quite settled on the color, but I wanted something different this time.
It was going to be between yellow and blue, but I wasn’t sure which. I spent hours weighing them all. Of the blues, I love Laguna Seca … CONTINUED
Active Autowerke teases its Gen 2 L3 Supercharger kit.
The expected power figures should top 700hp from the new supercharger unit, meth injection system, and performance exhaust system.
How much would you pay for a custom E92 M3 transplanted with a S85 V10 engine from the E60 M5, with the transplant, tuning, and custom bodywork all by Brabham Racing? Would you pay $199,000? Some owner is hoping there is a taker at this price.
A M3POST member is maintaining a journal documenting the strip down and build up of his dedicated M3 track car.
The base car is a Space Gray 2007 E92 M3 Coupe with 6 speed manual. The plans include:
KW Competition 3 axes
Full light weight reduction
Full Akrapovic exhaust system
Sparco carbone seat Evo and Prodrive
VAC seat fixations system
BBS RC301 10×18 ET25 wheels all around
265/35 and 285/30 x18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires
Super B lithium batterie B15
We’d like to wish the entire BIMMERPOST community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Here’s to a happy, safe, and prosperous 2013 for everyone. And of course… happy driving!
Words and Photos by Matt Petrie:
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is an expression we’ve all been warned of at some point in our lives, however it may have applied. While most of us were told this at a young age, it still holds true no matter how much time passes. Those of you familiar with the E9X platform know of its naturally aspirated, high revving V8 engine making over 400 horsepower. At first glance you can tell this thing is serious. It’s lowered on RD springs with Volk TE37-SL’s and an Akrapovic exhaust. With the addition of a few little aesthetic BMW Performance pieces it’s evident that this has been modified, but it’s not until you get in the car that you … CONTINUED
We recently posted our first set of BMW M4 Coupe renders based off the 4 Series Coupe Concept, and we now bring you even more interpretations previewing the F82 M4, by resident artist E92Alpine328i.
We started with the 4 Series Coupe Coupe and incorporated what the M3/M4 prototype spy photos and videos have revealed so far, along with some speculation and imagination.
For more M3/M4 coverage see: http://www.bimmerpost.com/m3/f30m3/
To recap, here is an updated list of what we know about the F80/F82 so far:
Lighter than current M3
targeting E46 M3 weight (source)
More powerful than current M3
approximately same HP, but around … CONTINUED