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Car and Driver compares three of the best performing luxury ‘coupe’ styled sedans available – the M6 Gran Coupe, Audi RS7 and Mercedes CLS63 AMG.

On paper, the M6 Gran Coupe starts from the rear position on the grid with the lowest factory power figures and RWD (for acceleration). Its 560 hp / 501 lb-ft were short of the RS7′s 568 hp / 516 lb-ft and the CLS63′s 585 hp / 590 lb-ft. The RS7 and CLS63′s AWD system also give them the 0-60 advantage, in … CONTINUED

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Ever see the summit of Pike’s Peak? A small group of BMW enthusiasts brings us there in this photo set from their weekend run.

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As we have all witnessed with the release of the F10 M5, FXX M6, and now the F80/F82 M3/M4, BMW is continuing to push for more extroverted styling with the production M cars. For a BMW tuner this means that designing a piece, whether it is an exhaust system or front lip, requires a more sophisticated approach. This is evident in the new installment to the 3D Design aero program, the 3D Design F06/F12/F13 M6.

At first glance it is apparent that the 3D aero kit … CONTINUED

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We have both good and bad news on Active Sound technology in the M3/M4. For those unfamiliar, Active Sound technology was first introduced in the M5/M6 and has extended to other models such as the M135i. The system modulates existing frequencies, which are played over the stereo speakers at varying sound levels based on throttle input, speed, and engine revs, as well driving the mode (louder in Sport and Sport+ settings). See BMW’s original press release on this.

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Automotive News is reporting that BMW has greenlighted a 1 Series Sedan on the UKL platform, meaning the entry level sedan will be FWD. We bet that the “1 Series Sedan” part of the title grabbed your attention, as BMW enthusiasts have been clamoring for a small sports sedan ever since the 3 Series began hitting the gym too hard and packing on some extra weight/size. We’re also sure that many of you were then disappointed to read the letters F W D. Unfortunately, the … CONTINUED

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Now that the M3 M4 technology day has come and gone, with access being granted to the press for the first time, BMW has released a slew of official track video footage of the prototypes. And since these are officially released videos, they feature some of the best quality video and audio yet of the F80 M3 / F82 M4.

For all the videos that have come about from the recent M3/M4 technology day, check the Videos section of our Tech Guide thread.

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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.

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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.

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

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Inline 6 cylinder engine with two mono-scroll turbochargers
Direct Injection
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Double-VANOS
closed-decked crankcase
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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/