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The BMW Group continued on its successful course in April with an increase of 6.8% in sales. A total of 155,419 (prev. yr. 145,541) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were sold worldwide last month. Over the past four months the number of deliveries climbed 5.7% to a new all-time high of 603,619 vehicles (prev. yr. 571,084).

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Watch as DLSJ5′s E92 M3 with ESS VT3 Supercharger hits 703WHP / 478WTQ STD and 685WHP / 466WTQ SAE on the dyno!

M135i Owners Tour North Wales

05/12/2013 at 6:53 PM
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From 1ADDICTS member and M135i owner mjh93sa:

From 1ADDICTS member and M135i owner mjh93sa:

With increasing numbers of the M-Lite on the road, and ever more people taking delivery it seemed that is was time to put together a meet with the aim of getting a few together in the same place to act geeky, compare cars, options, mpg figures and so on (as well as have a bit of a drive).

So organised primarily by TMP, and some collaborative route planning we took on the welsh valleys … CONTINUED

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Before the racing starts at the American Le Mans Series Monterey run at Laguna Seca, CA Leo Parente and ShakeDown ‘snuck’ into the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team garage to take a quick look at the newest GTE car in the series. Converting the GT3 BMW Z4 to GTE is in the details, primarily aero. Enjoy a snapshot look at one purposeful beast.

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Dirk Müller and John Edwards, driving the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE, scored a third place finish in today’s four-hour American Le Mans Monterey race. A second consecutive podium finish for the No. 56 machine and a win for the No. 55 car at Long Beach in only the third race of the new program keeps BMW in second place in the GT class manufacturer point standings and moves Müller to the top of the GT class driver points.

Müller started the car from the eighth … CONTINUED

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See the latest updates for the BMW Performance Center M6 from the One Lap of America.

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AFTER/DRIVE considers whether the BMW E30 M3 is the most overhyped classic.

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BMW has started the national roll-out of a ‘BMW Genius’ programme at UK dealerships following a highly successful pilot scheme in 2012. Each BMW Genius will be steeped in the increasingly sophisticated technologies and personalisation options available from BMW to help guide customers through every step of the ordering, buying, test drive and handover process, and will be on call to help with any subsequent queries or service updates.

Feedback from the pilot programme, conducted at 10 BMW dealerships who collectively employed 14 Geniuses, produced an … CONTINUED

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Inside are the full price ordering guides (PDF) for some 2014 models – the 3 Series Touring (F31), 6 Series, M6, X1, X3, X6 and Z4.

Pricing (and price/order guides) for models you don’t see here have not yet been released, but should be soon.

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Car and Driver speculates on a BMW M8 super car coming in 2016, an on-again off-again rumor. Without citing sources, they say that BMW will be pursing a 2760 weight target through the use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum, magnesium and titanium.

Its powerplant will be a upgraded version of the M5 and M6′s 4.4L turbo S63Tu engine, matched to DCT dual clutch transmission, outputting 600-650 horsepowers.

The M8 price is said to be around 250,000 euros or $330,000 equivalent.

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BMW has released the latest M Performance stripes catalog for the 1M coupe, M3, M5, M6, F30 and E92/E93.

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BIMMERPOST sponsored the most recent Airstrip Attack taking place on 4/6-4/7, a two day runway shootout race event held at the Coalinga Municipal Airport in Coalinga, California.

These races feature an ESS VT2-625 supercharged M3 vs a GT-R, Z06 and a CTS-V (all modified).

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The BMW F30 3 Series features prominently in a trailer for the upcoming Hollywood flick Now You See Me.

You can see more of the F30 in action when the film opens in theaters on May 31, 2013.

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AC Schnitzer tunes the M135i hatchback to 360 HP. The extra power drops the 0-100kmh (0-62mph) time from 4.9 seconds to 4.7 seconds and the 80-180kmh time from 12.9 seconds to 10.8 seconds.

Here’s a video demo.

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Enjoy a photo journal from another Santorini Blue M3 european delivery, with photos from BMW Welt, Munich, Porsche Museum and the Nurburgring.

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The BMW M235i coupe continues testing on the Nurburgring, this time in Valencia Orange. While this prototype remains in the same level of camouflage as previously sighted prototypes, it does give us a glimpse at the M235i’s front end design.

What the M235i reveals through the heavy front end camo are large air intake vents with fins like those featured on the M6 and spied on the upcoming M3/M4. You can also see the bottom of the bumper’s splitters poking out below the camouflage. These seem … CONTINUED

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The F20 / F21 M135i hatchback recently edged out the Porsche Boxster to garner Top Gear Magazine’s Sports Car of the Year award.

See how the M135i accomplishes that inside.

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Autocar pits a superbike against a rallycross car against a super track toy in a quarter mile drag race which sees the BMW HP4 take on the Citroen DS3 and the Ariel Atom V8.