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BMW Japan has announced a new limited edition F10 M5 dubbed the “BMW M5 Nighthawk.” Only 10 of these limited M5s will be made and delivery will take place in October. It comes in at a price of ¥ 18,200,000 ($179,888 USD equivalent).

The M5 Nighthawk features:

M5 Competition Package (without Competition Wheels)
575HP
7-speed M DCT
Individual Frozen Black paint
M carbon-ceramic brake system
LED Head Lights
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More BMW i3 reviews roll in – now from Top Gear, Autocar and Whatcar.

First BMW i3 Drive Reviews

07/09/2013 at 10:10 PM
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The very first drive reviews of the BMW i3 are in – via Edmunds and Drive.com.au

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The production BMW i3 will be revealed soon – on Monday, July 29. And BMW has now released the first production model details and specs.

Near 50:50 weight distribution
DIN curb weight of 1,195 kilograms, (2,630 lbs)
Small turning circle (32.3 ft or 9.86 meters)

Electric motor outputs 170hp (125 kW) and peak torque of 184 lb-ft (250 Nm), which is on tap immediately.
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We promised recently to try to get answers for some commonly asked questions our members have about the M5 and M6 Competition Package which begins production this month, and here they are below. First, a primer on the package:

2014 Competition Package details:

Power increase by 11kW (15HP) to 423kW (575 HP)
Stiffer stabilizer (anti-roll) bars
Stiffer and lower suspension (shocks and springs) (10mm lower than standard M5).
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The LCI refresh model for the current F07/F10/F11 5 Series begins production this month, but BMW has already begun testing the next generation 5 Series. We’ve spotted the next gen 5 Series Touring here.

The next 5 Series is said to be shedding some weight, hopefully by way of the carbon fiber technologies which the next generation G11 7 Series will receive.

At this early testing stage, much of the car is still covered in heavy camouflage, but we’ve put together some comparison photos below.

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BMW Spyshot

E92 M3 Tanzanite Blue Individual PCD

07/09/2013 at 11:05 AM
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A Tanzanite Blue M3 Individual Performance Center Delivery (PCD) journal.

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The last E92 M3 coupe ever produced rolled off the production line recently and its final home will be in the garage of a lucky owner in Belgium.

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BMW is expanding its BMW Apps option for the Apple iPhone. The latest partners offering BMW-approved Apps include Deezer (subscription music service), Napster by Rhapsody (subscription music service), TuneIn (Internet radio), Audible (downloadable audio books and other spoken-word content) and Glympse (temporary location sharing in real-time). These new services will broaden the flexibility and usability of the industry’s leading smartphone integration solution. BMW drivers can use the new services safely and conveniently in the usual way, via the iDrive Controller.

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Kelleners Sport shows off its new carbon fiber front spoiler lip for the F30 3 Series with M Sport package, carbon fiber mirror covers and carbon fiber trunk spoiler.

The Kelleners tuning program for the standard 3 Series can be seen at: http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=718321

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The F80 M3 has been spotted with a camouflaged roof. How is this significant? Well, its brother, the F82 M4 Coupe has often been spotted with a camouflaged roof (as well as an optional top with moonroof), which typically indicates the presence of a carbon fiber roof, but the F80 M3 Sedan has never been seen with a camouflaged top, until now.

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BMW Spyshot
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Watch the official launch film for the all-new BMW X5 (F15).

The newly available rear-wheel drive 2014 X5 sDrive35i will start at $53,725 and the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i is priced at $56,025. The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d price is $57,525 and the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i will start at $69,125. All prices include $925 destination and handling.

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BMW Group achieved its highest sales for the first six months of the year, with a total of 954,521 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 6.0% over the same period last year (prev. yr. 900,566). Sales in June also reached an all-time high with 184,489 vehicles sold worldwide last month, an increase of 6.9% over the previous year (172,528).

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, said in Munich on Monday: “The BMW Group achieved its best ever sales figures in … CONTINUED

A45 AMG Compared by M135i Owner

07/08/2013 at 5:00 AM
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Review by a BIMMERPOST member comparing his M135i hatchback to the A45 AMG hatchback following a test drive.

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We have added a few more photos of the Melbourne Red F32 4 Series Coupe Sport Line from the private reveal event for BMW CCA members held last month at the BMWNA HQ in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.

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A M5POST member shares his experience with his F10 M5 at the BMW CCA HPDE event at Barber Motorsport Park.

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Dirk Müller and John Edwards, driving the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE, won today’s American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix from the pole position. The win increases Müller’s lead in the GT driver point standings and moves BMW to within (unofficially) three points of the lead in the Manufacturer’s Championship. Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin, in the No. 55 Z4 GTE, finished fourth. The victory also resulted in the No. 56 machine being awarded the Michelin Green X Challenge Award adding an exclamation point … CONTINUED

Meisterschaft Exhaust for F30 328i

07/06/2013 at 7:00 PM
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Meisterschaft premium exhaust systems for the BMW F30 328i in GTC (EV Control) and GTS (Ultimate Performance) versions.

Check out specs, photos and videos inside.