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Well, that didn’t take long. 1M deliveries just began, but this black 1M coupe has already seen a whole host of modifications, both performance and cosmetic. Current modifications include BMW Performance kidneys, spoiler, steering wheel and seats, combined with Plus street legal Schroth 4-point harnesses.

Future modifications to come include: shifter rebuild, steel brake lines, and Pirelli P Zeros tires.

Chinese BMW M Gladiators Trailer

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Here is a sneak peek into BMW’s 2011 Chinese ad campaign promoting the M series. It’s a bit over-the-top for the rest of the world, but makes sense for the Chinese market’s tastes.

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Here is a video demonstrating the intelligent anticipatory 8-speed auto transmission currently in development by BMW. The smart 8-speed auto will know to downshift prior to the car entering corners or engaging hills, much as a manual driver would. The result is keeping the car in the proper ‘sweet spot’ gear and RPM range to allow for a sportier driving experience.

But that’s not all Foresight will do. According to Automobile, in addition to calling for earlier downshifts, Foresight will also instruct the transmission to … CONTINUED

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A 5POST member spotted this FEP-stage F10 M5 recently and was able to capture video and photos. According to him (and a BMW master technician family member), he believes he possibly witnessed a F10 M5 manual transmission and ceramic brakes. What do you think? View the video and photos inside.

BMW Spyshot
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Autoexpress brings new renders of the F34 3-series Gran Turismo based the car’s spy photos, and SCOTT26 provides some more info on the upcoming 3-series GT. One new bit of info which comes as a surprise to us is that the 3-series GT concept will be debuted prior to the F30 3-series sedan. Read/see more inside.

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The BMW Group continues to perform well and has generated a new record for first-quarter earnings. Group revenues increased by 28.9% to euro 16,037 million (2010: euro 12,443 million). The first-quarter profit before financial result (EBIT) rose sharply to euro 1,902 million (2010: euro 449 million) while the profit before tax (EBT) climbed to euro 1,812 million (2010: euro 508 million). Group net profit for the quarter improved to euro 1,212 million (2010: euro 324 million). The total number of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand cars … CONTINUED

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1M coupe owners are beginning to receive the special limited gift from registering on M-power.com. It’s a beautiful design sketch of the 1-series M coupe, signed and marked as one of 1000 total.

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The teaser campaign for the new BMW 1er has begun, commencing throughout May to the debut of the car in early June.

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We haven’t seen a good ole 135i review in quite some while, but Edmunds has chimed in with their review of a 135i equipped with with the slick DCT transmission. 1-series fans will like what they have to say about the smallest BMW offering, calling it arguably the most BMW unfiltered driving experience.

Check out our favorite portions of the review inside.

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We continue bringing you what may appear to be live coverage of the various F30 3-series FEP test cars driving around the streets of Munich. This new set features in-action photos of a Carbon Black F30 and Alpine White F30. Enjoy the entire gallery inside, now 40+ photos.

BMW Spyshot