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BMW’s new 6-series convertible (F12) just hit the streets which means review comparison time. In their latest issue AMS pits the BMW 650i Convertible against two of its natural enemies – the Jaguar JK Convertible and the Maserati Gran Coupe. We’re happy to share that the F12 650i was able to finish this comparison on 1st place with 498 Points in total. Per AMS, “anything but a victory would have been a suprise. The new 6er Cabrio wins almost every category and shines both in … CONTINUED

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Here’s an oldie but a goodie nevertheless – a great video of the story behind the current generation M3, as explained by the BMW M engineers responsible for the development of the much acclaimed M3.

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The first valencia orange 1M coupe european delivery journal has been updated with days 2-4 of the adventure which took them to the Stelvio pass, the Swiss Alps, Italy, and Southern France. Next update – from the Spa race circuit!

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Joey Hand and Dirk Müller drove BMW Team RLL to the top of the GT class podium for a second consecutive time this season at today’s American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. The No. 56 M3 GT will be credited with the most laps led in the two hour contest, but not until the final minutes of the race were slowed by a caution flag was the outcome decided.

Hand started the race from the class pole and led for the opening laps, but lost the … CONTINUED

BMW 1M Reviewed on Zandvoort Circuit

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The guys at driving-fun.com recently had the opportunity to drive a Swedish owner’s new 1M coupe (who seems to be making the rounds at the major European tracks with his new 1M — first the Spa-Francorchamps and the Nurburgring) at the Dutch Zandvoort track. Here were their impressions of the 1M on the circuit.

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The one thing alot of us have been waiting for in the 6-Series lineup is the M-Sport package. The way BMW has been going with styling, its not going to be a big surprise as to how it will look. Basicly, the U shaped central air intake which was the staple of cars such as the E39 M5 and E46 M3 is now an M-Sport design feature, while the true M cars get the upside down U shape ala E92 M3, 1M Coupe and now F10 … CONTINUED

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Fifth Gear’s Vicki Henderson takes the 535d M-sport against the Jaguar XF Diesel S onto the track for a hotlap showdown at the Assen circuit. Both cars are powered by 6 cylinder turbo diesel engines.

The 535d motor is good for 300hp and 440 pound-feet of torque, which covers 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds while achieving 46.3mpg. The Jaguar XF Diesel S has 275hp under the hood with its 3.0L AJV6D Generation III diesel turbo with 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and an MPG of 42mpg. Winner? Results … CONTINUED

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The MINIe project is currently in a phase you could call, a long term real world field test stage. It is in fact the first EV produced by a major auto manufacturer and driven by private motorists on public roads, however, the car can only be leased for a 12 month period and then given back to MINI. The program was eventually extended to get more miles on the road with these cars.

Now we have a report via Plugincars.com of a MINIe owner who has gotten … CONTINUED

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Congrats to Team BMW RLL on taking the pole position for tomorrow’s Long Beach ALMS race! Joey Hand took pole position in the No. 56 M3 GT with a time of 1:19.090 and Bill Auberlen will start in the #3 position tomorrow. Tomorrow’s ALMS race will be short and furious – only 2 hours from beginning to end, and will be run on a tight street course, so a good starting position was crucial.

We were on site at the Long Beach GP today visiting the BMW … CONTINUED

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Here are some great photos and a video from an Alpine White 1M coupe running at the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, venue of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix and the Spa 24 Hours races.