Forced induction is everywhere it seems. From BMWs standpoint, those turbos go a long way to reducing fuel consumption while keeping the power right where we want it, so its a no brainer for them. But as we all know, the aftermarket gives a damn about efficiency and the use of turbos is meant for one thing only. POWER.
Manhart’s BITURBO monster setup is the same as we’ve seen published previously here and here and here and here. The difference here is that its now been driven … CONTINUED
Motor Trend has now had their 2009 BMW M3 long term test car for a year now and after logging over 20,000 miles, it’s time to say goodbye. What is MT’s final verdict? How’s this for some praise: “The World’s Greatest All-Around Car? Unquestionably.”
Top Gear online reviews the BMW M3 GTS in the Austrian Alps on the infamous Grossglockner Pass. They come away calling the engine, gearbox, and chassis combination a religious experience. Final verdict: Ridiculous. Pointless. Perfect.
The M3 ZCP Competition ranks #5 on UK publication AutoExpresss just announced 2010 Performance Car of the Year list, which includes cars ranging from the VW Golf R to the 911 GT3 to the Ferrari 458. The 3 day tests were conducted the Anglesey Circuit in England and included cars/editions launched in 2010.
The cars range from the Skoda Fabia VRS, the Seat Ibiza Cupra, Peugeot RCZ and Volkswagen Golf R to the Mercedes SLS AMG, the Ferrari 458 … CONTINUED
Ever wonder how a street car like the M3 Competition matches up against a pure race car such as the M3 GT? R&T has put it to a track test, along with getting M3 GT driver Tommy Milner’s feedback on the two cars. Results inside.
Speed Channel recently aired an episode of its Battle of the Supercars which pit the E92 M3 against the Lexus IS-F. The cars competed in 4 different competitions, a 0-100-0 contest, 60-100 race, half-mile acceleration, road course, driven by Paul Tracy and Tanner Foust. Results inside.
The M3 Competition takes down the Alpina B3 bi-turbo, C63 AMG Performance Pack, CTS-V, and IS-F in this latest performance sedan showdown. Full results inside.
Tiff Needell and Jason Plato of Fifth Gear pits the E92 M3 Competition against the C63 AMG Performance Package. We won’t spoil the review for you, but they do declare a clear winner at review’s end.
Although we previously reported on SportAuto’s M3 GTS Supertest on the Nurburgring and Hockenheim, they have now posted their full impressions online, including photos and video feature from the test. Link inside.
For the 25th anniversary of the M3, BMW invited the automotive press to test all 4 M3 generations back to back, on the track. Here is Car and Driver’s impression from flogging all 4 M3 generations.
Road & Track’s November issue will contain a feature comparing the factory street version of 5 top performance cars against their GT versions from the ALMS racing series. One of the feature teases released so far is BMW Rahal Letterman Racing driver Tommy Milner, who relates the factory M3 to the experience in the M3 GT2 race car.
Looking forward to seeing the full feature. Here’s a taste for now.
CAR Magazine takes its first drive of the E92 M3 Competition Package and comes away with a glowing reaction, calling it one of the best cars on sale today. No surprises there!
This Mototrend matchup shows just how far the Mustang GT has come and how impressive the 2011 5.0 model is. This comparison would have been a joke just a few years ago, and you may be be surprised by the results. M3 still wins, but not by as much as BMW fans would naturally guess (or like).
The Sept. issue of Sport Auto has hit the stands today and contains several tests of the M3 GTS, including laps on the Nurburgring and Hockenheim tracks. The best time they were able to achieve with the M3 GTS was 7:48 on the Nurburgring and 1:12.5 at Hockenheim. See inside for how these times fared to the competition.
CAR Magazine undertakes an examination of which BMW M3, all editions considered, is the greatest ever. The shortlist considered includes the E92 M3 GTS, E46 M3 CSL, or E30 M3 Sport Evo, each representing the highest performing and most focused editions of their generation. See verdict inside.
This is certainly becoming a predictable pattern and result. AMS Magazine stacks the deck against the M3 ZCP by pitting it against the RS5, C63 Performance Package, and the ALpina B3 S. The M3 ZCP is touted for its performance as well as its driving comfort. Full performance results inside.
One of the hottest comparisons between two of the hottest sports coupes available is on again, as Autoweek pits the E92 M3 versus the Audi RS5. Result? Let’s just say the boys at Autoweek call the M3′s spirit “unbeatable” English subtitled video review inside.
Autobild has pitted the M3 GTS against the 911 GT3-RS, arguably one of the best handling street cars currently available. According to the test’s scoring system, the M3 GTS took second, but by a mere 5 points (out of 300 total). The GT3-RS was stronger in off the line acceleration, but the M3 proved faster for in-gear acceleration. Full results inside.