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For those of you who thought you called BMW’s april fool’s joke with the M3 pickup edition, look again. Here is BMW UK’s April Fool’s joke, the M3 Royal Edition.

Here is the official press release describing the new royal edition.

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New management responsibilities at BMW M GmbH and MINI brand

Friedrich Nitschke to head BMW M GmbH

Kay Segler takes over MINI brand management

Dr. Friedrich Nitschke (56) will take over as managing director of BMW M GmbH effective 1 May of this year. Nitschke was previously responsible for the MINI Series within the Development division, and has held various management positions in the Controlling and Development divisions since joining the company in 1978.

The current managing director of BMW M GmbH, Dr. Kay Segler (56), will be responsible for … CONTINUED

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In yet another example of how the Apple iPad is changing the world of business and retail, Autonews has an interesting article on how the iPad has and will soon likely speed up the lease return process at BMW dealerships throughout the country – something which will make the experience more pleasant for customers and more efficient for dealers.

The iPad lease return pilot program is currently in place at sixteen dealerships. According to BMWFS, the results so far have been encouraging and makes it more likely … CONTINUED

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We’ve just seen the start of Nurburgring testing for the 1-series on 3/28, and now spyshots.nl brings us some more photos of the car, from a lower angle. Theres nothing substantively new in these photos, just additional views from different angles. Enjoy!

BMW Spyshot
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The first three G-power M3 GTS have arrived and their engine displacements have been bored to an increase of 10% and rebuilt with low-compression forged pistons. This extra displacement, combined with a specially tuned version of their SK II CS supercharger system, has resulted in 720hp! This represents an increase of 270hp over the factory M3 GTS (450hp). How much faster this catapults the car from the factory figures (4.4 sec 0-100km/h and 305km/h) is not yet known, but will surely be announced in due time.

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Update: This image has been confirmed as a render based on a real BMW image, so we are essentially seeing the real new look of the 1-series. Autobild leaks the new BMW 1er Sporthatch. This photo certainly looks like the real deal, especially comparing to the spyshots and everything we know about the car, I believe this to be real!!

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Live through an M3 european delivery vicariously via this lucky M3post member’s 25 minute video detailing the experience one goes through on a BMW european delivery. Watch a BMW motorbike ridden inside the Welt, footage of various parts of the Welt and BMW Museum, the excitement BKMK5 experiences when picking up his new M3, some spirited driving, and finally some German sights.

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Perfect Match is a short film made by BMW Classic. The film is all about Jack and his weird search for a suitable replacement for the BMW 1602. The first advance laurels were already awarded at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards towards the end of 2010. A Perfect Match was awarded the Golden Dolphin in the Corporate Films category.

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On the heels of the ‘official’ release of the new 6 series Coupe, the press are now releasing their 6 series cabriolet reviews. Author Dave Moore writes an interesting review of the new 6 titled, “BMW’s six pistol pleasure returns”, citing the car’s high points as: Simpler styling; technology laden; thunderous performance; useful passenger and load areas; nimble for one so big.

Low points: A bit heavy; absence of smaller engine choice; dominant iDrive screen, and overall verdict: Impressive convertible is a cinch to drive and … CONTINUED

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Ok, one M3 GTS is impressive enough, but three M3 GTS gathered in one place at a time, especially when that place is the Nurburgring track, is on another stratosphere of awesomeness. Check out the footage of the triplet M3 GTS being ogled as well as some eye and ear candy from their runs on the track.