Car and Driver has published the results of its annual 2011 Lightning Laps showdown at VIR, which includes several BMWs including the M3, 335i, Z4, and 135i. Check out their full lap time results inside.
European deliveries take place throughout the year, including the winter months in Munich. M3post member ///Matthew has just returned from receiving his new E92 M3. He shares his ED journal and trip photos inside.
Here’s an interesting bit from Autonews on where BMW gets a significant amount of its certified pre-owned cars from – its dealer’s very own loaner cars programs.
Michelin has just released its all new Pilot Supersport tires, which is said to be the successor for the Pilot Sport 2 tires. BMW M and the M3 have been explicitly mentioned in the press release so it appears likely that M cars and the M3 will soon come equipped from the factory with Pilot Supersports.
Turner Motorsports provides an update on their new Rolex GT M3 build for next season’s Grand-Am series, which will replace their M6. Here, they discuss the widebody full carbon fiber bodywork and dealing with the heat generated from the engine compartment.
Last season was Turner Motorsports’ first in the Rolex Sports Car Series, after competing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge since 2004.
Although this is not the most technical of 335is test drive reviews, it still contains some good info for those interested in the 335is. Here are some notable comments.
Realoem isn’t only useful for finding already released parts, but now also for some yet-to-be revealed parts, such as not yet revealed X1 M-sport front and rear bumpers.
The all new F25 X3 has been said to have an impressive and refined ride quality, but these videos also show that it’s quite the capable off-roader when needed. Here are clips showing the X3 dealing with mud, ruts, uneven trails, snow, hills, and deep water.
M3post member mikewads’ supercharged (and nitrous) M3 continues to blaze new times, this time recording a 60-130mph run in 6.87 seconds! For some prospective, this is faster than the Ferrari Enzo, SLR McLaren, Carrera GT. The S65 engine and DCT are certainly proving to be incredibly robust and able to deal with tons of increased power.
The BMW Connected app features in-car access to webradio, facebook, and twitter integration (see 1-series LCI video featuring this HERE), as well as iPod integration featuring Apple’s custom iPod navigation interface for the BMW iDrive screen. You can also use the app to attain certain car information such as remaining fuel, miles to empty, etc.
* Unfortunately, the BMW Connected App features can only be actively used in BMW vehicles equipped with special option code “6NR”, which will be available from March 2011.