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Insideline assembled a great little gathering of several cars from BMW’s small M-car lineage for some reflection as to how we have arrived at the 1M coupe and how the spirit of each car compares. Great read.

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Our coverage from M Festival continues. BMW had an awesome lineup of cars at display during M Night, but besides the new M3 CRT and the new M5, there were also the M3 GT2 race car, an E46 M3 GTR and the E90 M3 Ring Taxi on display.

We’ll have our fingers crossed for BMW at the 24h race this upcoming weekend. In the meantime enjoy these photos! Thanks to Dackelone!!

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Featured below is the first commercial promo video for the F10 M5. The only previous other video of the production M5 was the launch video from BMW. The spot focuses on the versatility of the F10 M5 – from urban duties to mountain carver. Check it out.

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We’ve covered the M3 CRT reveal at the M Night event, and now for the F10 M5, which was the second vehicle to make its appearance at M Night. Appearing in the beautiful monte carlo blue color that we’ve seen in the M5′s marketing materials, BMW’s new super sedan was certainly more beautiful in person than in online print (as usual). Its color was actually more vibrant and even more impressive in person. It even shows in the photos we took.

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The 1M coupe is often described as a throw-back M (as much as possible this day in age), so how would it look with some throwback striping? One owner decided to see for himself by putting on these traditional M racing stripes which first debuted on the 3.0 CSL. Check out the photos and videos inside.

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BMW M Festival has officially kicked off tonight with M Night, where we participated in the first public viewing of the 2012 BMW M5 and the just revealed BMW M3 CRT [Official Info Thread].

The event took place in BMW’s building at the Nurburgring track. The building itself had stadium seating on the side of the building facing the track to observe cars and races running on the famed ‘ring’. The event took place on the ground level in the event hall.

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BMW M3 CRT Update – we’ve posted our M3 CRT info thread with the first video and additional photos sets of the M3 CRT in development and film shoot. Click through to check them out.

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Just announced: the BMW M3 CRT lightweight sedan with enhanced power! Weighing in at only 3,483 pounds and powered by an upgraded 450hp V8, this lightweight E90 M3 sedan features BMW’s latest CFRP production process. The M3 CRT is 100 pounds lighter than the standard E90 M3 sedan and 154 pounds lighter when the equipment on board is taken into account.

Check out our full set of M3 CRT info inside!

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Here is a little preview of what they will show at tonight’s M Night from the M Festival at the Nurburgring, where there the 2012 BMW F10 M5 will make its public debut, along with the M3 lightweight sedan. This is the first fully uncovered production level 2012 M5 spotted on the roads. Follow our site along today and throughout the weekend for our entire coverage of the M Festival!

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What most folks have not realized so far are the extensive modifications BMW has made to the F10 M5 engine. We point those out for you below, referencing BMW’s released info. Compared to the S85 engine of the E60 M5, BMW claims that “VALVETRONIC has also sharpened the responsiveness of this engine [S63Tü].

Here are the highlights of the new M5′s S63Tu engine and how it’s different from the S63 engine used for the X5 M and X6 M.

Two more innovations of the S63Tü:

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