After a few months of cold weather testing in the frozen climate of Sweden, the 2014 M3 F80 sedan has returned to further honing where it most belongs and excels - on the Nurburgring track. As we approach the warmer months we should begin to see it undergo hot weather testing where it will hopefully shed some more camouflage for the sake of adequate cooling.
In this sighting, we get some good close looks at the F80 M3 kidney grilles which we’ve pointed out before as being sleeker/sportier than that on the F30 3 Series. The production side view mirrors (which also be sportier in shape) have not yet been installed on any prototypes.
4 piston fixed brake calipers stop the front wheels while 2 piston fixed brakes … CONTINUED
The folks at TheRightWrong reviews the 2012 M5 F10 and gives us a unique look deep into Singapore’s exclusive BMW M dealership - Munich Auto.
Here’s a sight not easily or commonly seen - two of the rarest and fastest production M3s ever made. Both the E46 M3 CSL and E92 M3 GTS were lightweight models of the standard M3 with a modest power bump. Each also figured other upgraded components such as suspension and braking.
Only 1,400 of the M3 CSL were produced for its only model year (2004). The M3 CSL was 240 pounds lighter than the regular M3 and featured a 17hp /1 lb-ft torque gain over the standard M3. It was only available in Silver Grey Metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic.
The M3 GTS is an even rarer example, with only 250 units produced. Announced in 2009 and deliverd in 2010, the GTS shed 300 pounds from the standard … CONTINUED
See the now famous 1-series-to-1M V8 conversion in action at a Red Bull drift race, in which it took first place. It’s piloted by one of Egypt’s top race car drivers - Rami Serry.
The car has now been sold to a famous oil and additives German company LIQUI MOLY EGYPT, which bought the car for their marketing, advertising and events purposes.
At the Geneva Motor Show three weeks ago, BMW gave a first preview of the upcoming M135i in Concept form. Today, we’re happy to share the first clear spyshots of the M135i production version currently being tested on the Nürburgring. Dual tailpipes and the trademark M Performance wheels give this model away. The M135i will be the next model introduced to the new line of M Performance Automobiles, which already includes the M550d and X5/X6 M50d models.
Powered by a 320hp version of the N55 3.0-litre inline 6, the M135i will be the fastest 1-series currently available. As BMW puts it, “moreover, the characteristic handling precision of BMW M Performance automobiles is obtained through model-specific suspension technology that includes an M sports braking system and is perfectly … CONTINUED
Congrats to M5POST member DonCantona (from Qatar) for taking delivery of his monte carlo blue M5 F10! He gives us a brief owner’s review along with some nice blue eye candy.
US M5 F10 pricing will be released next week upon the 2012 NYIAS and production of US market cars begin in July. Canadian market M5s have begun to come off the production line on their way to Canadian members.
The 30 finalist entries have been announced for the win a 3 series contest (Zero to Desir3 in 5.9 Seconds contest) and public voting is now open @ http://facebook.com/bmwusa and http://youtube.com/bmwusaon until April 9 at 11:59 am ET. The winner will be announced on April 13.
We have members who have made the finalist list so be sure to vote and help one win a new F30 3 series!
On this episode of Ignition (Episode 9), Carlos Lago finds out what happens when you strap a pair of turbos to an M car. Does this latest M5 live up to the legend of the naturally aspirated M5s of yore? View episode inside.
The 2013 6 series Gran Coupe has already seen its world premieres at the Geneva Motor Show and Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in the US, but we now get a look at an uncovered production spec 6 Series Gran Coupe in M Sport form, which we’ve only seen in partially covered prototype form until now. The M Sport package features the same aggressive bumpers, rear diffuser and sideskirts as the 6 series coupe and convertible.
The M Sport package features the same aggressive bumpers, rear diffuser and sideskirts as the 6 series coupe and convertible. This test car is not wearing the M Sport wheels however.
The color seen on the car is Imola Red, which is only available on the 6 Series Gran Coupe and no other … CONTINUED
The official specs and photos of the first F30 3 series race cars have now been released. The twin F30 race cars by ADF Motorsport will debut on March 31st in the WesBank Super series and will go on to race in the upcoming 2012 24 Hour Nurburgring race. These F30 cars feature the new line of BMW M Performance Parts and these specs:
2,998 pounds (1360kg)
408hp / 443 lb-ft torque (600nm)
Turbos boost lowered to maximum 0.7 bar and 40mm turbo inlet restrictor
M Performance front brakes (370mm)
18″ BBS wheels
GPS data logging system
6 weeks to complete, at cost of 196,300 Euro