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Insider SCOTT26 previews the next generation of 1-series, 2-series, M2, and the long rumored Z2 compact roadster. The 1-series coupe and convertible will receive new 2-series badging, while the hatchback and GT models and retain their 1-series designations. An M2 (successor to current 1M coupe) and a Z2 compact roadster is also in the pipeline. Full rundown inside. BMW 2 series coupe

Candy Cane E92 M3 by Vorsteiner

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Vorsteiner has debuted its latest creation, their “Candy Cane” M3. While its color scheme is likely a bit much for most people’s daily driver tastes, the car’s purpose is to draw attention to its wares, which include: Vorsteiner GTRS3 Carbon Fiber Wide body Conversion
Vorsteiner Vented Carbon Fiber Race Hood
Vorsteiner VRS Carbon Fiber Boot Lid
Vorsteiner Lightweight Titanium Exhaust System
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BMW has built a self-driving 330i that can take itself around Laguna Seca, and not at your granny’s driving speed, but at high speed track speeds. It turned in laps of just more than 2 minutes at Laguna Seca. The car uses GPS, on board cameras, dead reckoning, ECU data and navigation routes of the track.

What’s more, since it’s fully computerized, it always takes the correct lines, accelerates and brakes at optimal locations, and hits apex perfectly. It has also been programmed and … CONTINUED

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They’re here! The newest additions to the ///M school fleet at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC have begun arriving. Approximately eight 1M coupes in total will be introduced to the group of M-cars which can be chosen by students participating in M performance driving courses at the Performance Center. Four 1Ms are already at the center and will be introduced to the fleet once their 1,200 mile break-in and scheduled service are completed.

The 1Ms will also mark the re-introduction of manual transmission cars to … CONTINUED

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The upcoming 6 Series Gran Coupe’s exterior design has apparently been revealed in these renderings found in a BMW patent filing. This design remains fairly close to the BMW Concept Gran Coupe revealed a year ago at the Beijing Autoshow. The front fascia loses some of its more aggressive styling bits such as the aggressive side intake inlets in favor of the production 6-series bumper. The wheels have also been sized down for practical purposes.

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The Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept stars in a video promoting BMW innovations. Watch the VED Concept in its best driving footage yet, and boasting its 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds with a consumption of only 3.8l/100km.

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Autocar’s recently released their print version of their BMW 1M vs. Cayman R comparison in their magazine, and now here’s the video version. The video is inside for your enjoyment. Here’s a hint on the results – it’s close!

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BMW continues its return to the use of the Ultimate Driving Machine message and tagline in the newest USA commercial called “BMW More.” The message is simple and direct in this commercial featuring a BMW 3-series sedan on some mountain twisties: More Powerful. More Fuel Efficient. More BMW. The Ultimate Driving Machine

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According to a new report from Autobild, BMW is considering reordering the nomenclature of their model lineup for consistency. If this happens, all sedan, wagons, and GT’s will get odd numbers. All coupes, convertibles and Gran Coupe’s get even numbers.

In other words, the successors of the E92 3-series coupe would become the 4-series coupe (F32), the E93 3-series convertible a 4-series convertible (F33). BMW had similar plans for the current generation E92 and E93 3-series but got cold feet for several reasons. Now the successful introduction … CONTINUED

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M3POST member and Dutch race car driver Junior Strous drives a BMW E92 M3 coupe on the Zandvoort race track in The Netherlands. Here is the on board footage of the M3 being driven to the absolute limit with a best laptime of 2.02.943 with a passenger on board.

Technical Lap Info: ’09 E92 M3 DCT, Toyo Proxes T1 Sport (Street tyres) 245/265 OEM 19″, Fully Loaded Zip Tuning Chip Mod, Performance Steering Wheel, DSI-Stinger/Front + Rear Laser Shield, F+R Stoptech BBK, Custom Brake Duct Cooling … CONTINUED