The upcoming F80 M3 and F82 M4 will be the first production BMWs to feature a carbon fiber (CFRP) driveshaft for lighter weight and reduction in rotating mass, which which in turn results in more dynamic powertrain response.
The properties of the extremely light yet impressively durable material CFRP have allowed the engineers to follow a fundamentally new approach in the manufacture of the drive shaft. Made from CFRP, this component feeds the engine
Here is the Canadian BMW Product Planning Bulletin for the BMW M235i and 228i.
The BMW E46 M3 is regarded as one of the best drivers cars of all time, and they can now be had for under $25,000. In our opinion, the Ford Fiesta ST is the best new car you can buy for under $25,000. So, which is better? We hit the canyons with both to find out.
A very unique F31 3 Series Touring in M Sport trim and in BMW Individual Santorini Blue color.
We have added even more comparison photos of the BMW M4 vs the Lexus RC F.
One of the BMW M4 Coupe’s biggest rivals in 2014 will be the upcoming Lexus RC-F Coupe, the first official photos of which have just been revealed.
While BMW has downsized the M3/M4 engine from the predecessor V8 to a bi-turbo inline 6 cylinder (425 HP / 406 LB-FT), Lexus has retained a V8 for the RC-F. The engine is said to be a higher power version of the 5 liter V8 from the IS-F, but outputting 480 HP @ 7300 RPM (up from 416 HP in IS-F) and approximately 400 LB-FT torque. It’s believed that the transmission will be an 8 Speed Sport Direct Shift Transmission.
Full details of the RC-F will be released next week at its 2014 Detroit NAIAS reveal, where the F80 … CONTINUED
CAR Magazine shares their first drive review of the Alpina BMW XD3, Alpina’s first SUV/SAV. Their verdict?
To avoid further doubt, there’s the least subtle execution yet of Alpina badges and stripes, plus cabin stitching Liberace might have baulked at.
So while it’s high quality kit, this XD3 is neither the best of X3 nor the best of Alpina. For the life of us, we can’t see the point, despite its extraordinary performance.
The X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid model has now been spotted undergoing testing. These may only be a couple of photos, but we already know what the F15 X5 looks like. We expect the X5 eDrive to launch sometime around late 2014 – early 2015.
As for specs? The X5 eDrive Concept model was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show last September and featured:
First videos of the Gintani E90/E92 M3 Twin Turbo production kit build running.
Preview look at how the BMW M4 F82 would look with non-factory or aftermarket wheels.