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The lucky owner of a Laguna Seca Blue E46 M3 just got even luckier by taking delivery of the first Laguna Seca Blue Individual color F82 M4 to join his M3 in the garage.

Check out some great photos of both cars inside.

BMW i8 sells for nearly $250k

01/13/2015 at 10:00 AM
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We knew the i8 was in high demand (relative to supply) and certain dealers were listing them for a premium price above MSRP, but this one takes the cake. Irvine BMW recently managed to sell an i8 for a $100,000 “market adjustment.”

This is one buyer who would not be stopped by supply and demand rules (and pricing) in obtaining an i8!

BMW has said that there is an 18 month waiting list for the i8 in some markets and the company is considering upping … CONTINUED

The ideal family car: E28 5-Series?

01/13/2015 at 8:00 AM
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Petrolicious has produced the wonderful story of Dean and DonnaRae Caccavo, who have never spent more then $10,000 on a car. True to this philosophy, Dean bought his E28 M5 for $9,500 and has used it as a daily driver for 200,000 miles. But their E28 story doesn’t end there. I always thought I loved my BMWs, but they take it to a better level, watch the video and see what I mean

Source: Petrolicious

Detroit 2015: BMW 3.0 CSL

01/12/2015 at 2:15 PM
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The legendary BMW 3.0 CSL made a rare auto show appearance today at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Some history via wikipedia:

In 1973, Toine Hezemans won the European Touring Car Championship in a 3.0CSL and co-drove a 3.0CSL with Dieter Quester to a class victory at Le Mans. Hezemans and Quester had driven to second place at the 1973 German Touring Car Grand Prix at Nürburgring, being beaten only by Chris Amon and Hans-Joachim Stuck in another 3.0CSL.

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On the 2 Series front, BMW brought out the M235i Convertible for its auto show debut and a fully decked out M235i with M Performance Parts.

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The other 6 Series LCI model making a debut at Detroit this year is a Frozen Brilliant White Gran Coupe. This color is a new optional Individual color now available for 2015+ Gran Coupes.

What does the Gran Coupe LCI feature that we haven’t already seen on the Convertible LCI model?

- Decorative surround for LED foglights (chrome on convertible and high gloss black for coupe and gran coupe)
- Revised side window surrounds at rear doors for Gran Coupe
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The 2015 BMW 6 Series receives an LCI update featuring some minor styling changes. Here are the key highlights of the LCI update.

Performance:

- Power remains 315hp for 640i, 445hp for 650i, 560hp for M6
- Sports exhaust system now included on 640i models
- Reduction in fuel consumption/emissions (i.e. 640i now burns 0.2 liters less fuel per 100km than before)

Exterior:

- New front apron with single lower air intake styling
- Decorative surround for LED foglights (chrome on convertible and high gloss black for coupe and gran coupe)
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Munich. At BMW the letter M signals the presence of high performance and a very special brand of sporting allure. And now Original BMW Accessories from the M Performance range can be specified for the new BMW 2 Series Convertible, stylistic and technical modifications combining to elevate the joy of sporty driving to even higher levels.

Extra dynamism for the exterior.
Side skirts and skirt decals with M Performance lettering lend the BMW 2 Series Convertible extra sporting appeal, as does the rear diffuser. They … CONTINUED

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The center of attention at this year’s BMW’s Detroit auto show display is the 2015 BMW 6 Series and M6. While the LCI 6 Series features some minor refreshed styling, the M6 gets only new, standard-fitted LED headlights.

The M6 on display is eye catching nonetheless. Presented in Austin Yellow for the first time, this is a one-off M6 to showcase what’s possible with BMW Individual and doesn’t signal that Austin Yellow will become a standard or factory Individual color available for the M6. Of … CONTINUED

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Found this info in German magazine Autobild:

http://www.autobild.de/artikel/bmw-i…6-5524821.html

A 100 year anniversary edition based on the i8 built in 100 examples. Stronger e-motor and 2l 4 cyl instead of the 1,5l 3 cyl engine. Originally planned to be developed by the M division, but now headed by BMW AG and ex Ferrari man Roberto Fedeli. Naming still debated, could be i8S, i8CS or M100

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BMW M4 Manhart edition, Valvetronic IPE exhaust System without downpipes, fitted by MSL Performance. Here are the performance figures:

With only Manhart Tuning Box:
560.028 BHP
795.733 NM TRQ

With Manhart Tuning Box and IPE system without downpipe:
575.58 BHP
829.69 NM TRQ

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BMW of North America today announced a multi-year partnership with Daytona International Speedway to serve as the title sponsor for the season-opening IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race. In 2015, the two-and-one-half-hour race, which is officially titled the BMW Performance 200, will run on Friday, Jan. 23, as part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona Weekend. This will be the fourth-straight year BMW has served as the title sponsor for the CTSCC season-opener. As with previous years, BMW will feature a unique pace … CONTINUED

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BMW outsold Audi and Mercedes-Benz in December to round off a 10th year as global luxury car-sales champion but its two German rivals have reduced its advantage.

Deliveries by BMW’s core brand jumped 14 percent last month to 177,954 cars. That took full-year sales to a record 1.81 million, up 10 percent, the company said in a statement today, citing strong demand in China and the United States.

BMW group deliveries including BMW, Rolls-Royce and Mini vehicles rose 8 percent to 2.11 million in 2014. Group … CONTINUED

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In a somewhat cryptic facebook post, BMW M says a production car will be coming in the ‘near future’ with OLED. We have to assume it will be the next M car in the pipeline, that really suggests either the upcoming M2 or a lighting facelift for the F80/F82 M3/M4

What do you think?

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This Autocar article claims that several years down the line, all BMW 3 Series models and upwards will become plug-in hybrid cars, ditching the gasoline or diesel only powerplant and requiring a complete rethink of the make-up of its cars from first principles.

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Lexus tells us why you should buy the RC350 over the 435i in this unintentionally funny infomercial.