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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

BMW Spyshot
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We have added and updated more technical specs for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 in our Official Technical Guide.

Please see inside.

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We’ve shared with you the M3/M4 official specs and our ride-along/workshop notes, now have an on board look as we ride with Bruno Spengler in the M4 prototype at BMW’s proving grounds near Munich.

Bruno shares his thoughts on the EPS (electric power steering), turbos, transmission and testing on the Nurburgring.

And if you’re wondering whether the in-cabin sounds you hear are artificially enhanced via Active Sound, we asked and were told by one of the BMW engineers that there was absolutely no artificial sound feature. … CONTINUED

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BIMMERPOST correspondent Jens Meiners just spent a day at BMW’s testing center near Munich for the BMW M3/M4 workshops and ride-along. Here is our report:

Thanks, BMW, for the earth-hugging i3 and the i8, but what enthusiasts really care about is the next M3 – and its two-door variation, the M4. Production of the current one has ended in July, while the next models won’t go into production before Spring. Why the gap? We hear that BMW has essentially run out of parts to build them.

It … CONTINUED

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We share with you the first official specs and technical details of the 2014 BMW M3 (F80) and M4 (F82)!

ENGINE

Inline 6 cylinder engine with two mono-scroll turbochargers
Direct Injection
VALVETRONIC
Double-VANOS
closed-decked crankcase
twin-wire arc-spray coating (instead of liners) in cylinder … CONTINUED

Official BMW New Vehicle Release
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Bet you’ve never seen a BMW in Brewster Green Individual, until now. Check out this most uniquely painted E92 M3 Coupe owned by a BIMMERPOST member.

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On August 24, 2013, BMW visited BMW super fan Nathan Risch in Palm Springs, CA with the first-ever BMW 4 Series for the weekend—making him one of the first to drive in it in America. Watch as he hits the road in Palm Springs and The Thermal Club Racetrack.

BMW also visited BMW super fan Rashed Haque in Virginia and surprised him with the first-ever BMW 4 Series for the weekend—making him one of the first to drive in it in America. See what happens when … CONTINUED

Limited BMW X6 M Design Edition Model

09/24/2013 at 11:25 AM
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BMW has revealed the limited edition “X6 M Design Edition” model. It’s limited to just 100 units and features cosmetic enhancements, with no performance upgrades announced.

On the outside it adds black kidney grilles, carbon fiber front splitters, carbon fiber rear spoiler, rear diffuser, 21″ M Performance wheels (Style 310M) and optional M Performance stripes.

The inside features two tone Black / Mugello Red leather dashboard and matching seats, contrast stitching in Mugello Red and piano black trim. An individually numbered plaque on the dash indicates the … CONTINUED

Discover the 4 Series Launch Control

09/24/2013 at 10:00 AM
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Discover the Launch Control feature on the new BMW 4 Series F32 Coupe.

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Static photos are great, but nothing lets you appreciate how a car will actually look on the road more than, well, videos of it on the road

We shot some moving footage of the 4 Series Coupe M Sport models throughout our time with them during the recent press launch drive event, which we share with you now. Enjoy.

Follow our 4 Series features and news @ http://www.bimmerpost.com/4-series/

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BMW M has held workshops revealing some technical aspects of the M3/M4. Our coverage and more official specs will come later.

For now, you should know that the BMW M3 and M4 will officially feature 425 HP and more than 370 LB-FT torque, in line with what we’ve been reporting.

Keep in mind that the F80 M3 /F82 M4 will weigh less than the E90/E92 M3.

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BIMMERPOST member ///Megalomaniac got up close and very personal with an F80 M3 prototype this past weekend. He recounts his spotting with us all:

Today I spotted this F80 M3 on my way back home. Thought I should share it with you!

First thing what came in my mind was: “Yes, I’m the first who can show a picture of the redline!” But as I came closer and looked into the car, the whole speedo was blacked out and nothing was to see! I think it … CONTINUED

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Watch these reviews of the 435i M Sport and 420d by XCAR and Autoexpress.

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Watch the entire production process behind the production of the BMW i3 electric car, as well as the ceremony held to celebrate the first one to roll off the assembly line at the Leipzig plant.

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On this episode of The Downshift, the boys from Motor Trend and Tire Rack team up to test some tires. Do performance tires really make a difference? Our resident hot shoe Randy Pobst takes to the track with a BMW 328i, Mustang V6, Subaru BRZ and a truck load of tires to find out. Includes track times for each model and tire.

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BMW Team RLL finished third and fourth in the inaugural American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin (US). Both BMW Z4 GTEs ran strongly for the majority of the race, only to fall victim to the top speed advantage of the Corvettes and Vipers in the closing stages. John Edwards (US) and Dirk Müller (DE) claimed third in the number 56 BMW Z4 GTE for Müller’s second consecutive podium appearance. The result, combined with the withdrawal of the … CONTINUED