How the new BMW X5 has some ///M DNA

05/11/2010 at 10:00 PM
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Richard Aucock provides some interesting details on how the new X5 has more X5M DNA than some might think. For example, systems such as the DTC profile and M-specific xDrive profile have been brought down from the touted X5M into the new standard X5.

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M3post member DLSJ5 took his Gintani supercharged M3 on a one day 700+ mile round trip to Sacramento Raceway to truly test its capabilities. Though the trip was long, the results made it worthwhile. He was able to achieve a very impressive 1/4 mile trap speed of 131.67mph!

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Florida Bimmerpost members from E90post, M3post, 1addicts, and 5post met over this weekend under beautiful skies and in their beautiful BMWs. The meet was held in Markham Park in Weston, FL. Check out their images inside.

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Brescia/Munich. 70 years after its victory in the 1940 Mille Miglia, the BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupé has once again emerged as the winner of this tradition-steeped Italian event. Giuliano Cané and Lucia Galliani authoritatively steered the Coupé through the numerous trials and clocked up the 1,000 miles through Italy without a single technical hitch. Enzo Ciravolo and Maria Leitner rounded off the BMW triumph by coming third in a series-production BMW 328, clinching another parallel to the Mille Miglia of 70 years ago when … CONTINUED

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Jon Sibal pens the upcoming M1 / 1M convertible, which has been said to be in the works and will debut after the coupe version. As with all of Sibal’s work, it’s an impressive and definitely plausible take on what the upcoming M1 / 1M convertible will resemble.

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Some say that the F10 5-series resembles a smaller 7-series. Some even think that that means that it’s just a modified version of the 7-series, technologically speaking. Well, here’s evidence that the F10 5-series stands on its own and is not merely a scaled down 7-series.

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Any doubt that BMW is preparing to release an M version of the 1-series can now be put to rest. An M1 / 1M prototype with quad exhausts (a signature modern day M car element) has now been spotted. Until now, skeptics have pointed to the lack of quad exhaust as evidence that this is not an M1 / 1M, but some other higher performance 1-series version (i.e. 135is).

The M3 differential and control arms / links are also very evident in these … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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Grassroots Motorsports recently concluded their 335i project. The objective of their project was to take a 2008 E92 335i and attempt to make it as fast as an M3 around the track for less than half the difference in price ($15,000 at the time of the initial article). Did they succeed? Check inside.

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Note To Self: Dont leave camouflaged prototypes parked with the engine running next to Central Park in Manhattan. Just a week after a failed car bomb attempt in Times Square, Manhattan is understandably still a bit jittery. An apparent error in judgement by Martin Birkmann, head of product planning for BMW North America, reportedly triggered a bomb scare and the … CONTINUED

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Other publications have criticized the X6 as being a poor off-roader, but let’s be honest – the X6 and X6M will mostly be used by their owners for highway duties. And for that, Winding Road calls it a high-speed highway missle. Read on.

E93 M3 headstone for lifelong BMW fan

05/09/2010 at 10:00 AM
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A recently deceased Ford engineer will take his love for the M3 convertible to the afterlife. Knowing his love for the car, his kin contracted a mason to produce a life sized granite headstone of an E93 M3 convertible.

So large is the M3-shaped stone that it cost a whopping

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| First Drive | Berkshire, England | BMW M3 with Competition Package |

BMW bundles up some equipment to create a Competition Package for its M3. It brings 10mm lower suspension, a re-programmed Dynamic Stability Control+ setting and new CSL-inspired 19-inch alloy wheels. The real big news is the addition of stop-start to the entire M3 line-up, this improving economy by six percent and reducing emissions from 285g- to 263g/km.

In the Metal

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