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The a-workx M3 won its saloon class at the 2009 Tuner Grand Prix over competitors such as C63 AMGs, proving that the M3 with some modest handling upgrades can beat out even HP monsters on the track.

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Going back to last year, it was rumored that BMW is developing a FWD entry-level model (0-series ?) based on Mini architecture. This has now been confirmed by BMW chairman Norter Reithofe at the Geneva motor show! Speaking to Autocar, the chairman officially acknowledged plans to produce an Audi A1 rival under the BMW marquee.

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For the first time ever in the US, you can purchase authentic BMW Motorsport parts at select BMW centers, including parts from the E92 M3 GT4, E46 M3, E36 M3, 2008 Z4, and E90 320si. Parts include Akra exhaust, AP brakes, Sachs (F)/Ohlins (R) dampers, BBS wheels, and many more!

First public sighting of E92 335is

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Here is the first reported 335is spotted in public, near BMWNA HQ in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. The member who spotted this car described the exhaust as sounding great and the car looking better in person than any photos.

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In Jan. we reported on Pencilgeek’s (of M3post) quest to hit 200mph in his supercharged E92 M3 at the Mojave Mile. The run was made this past weekend and while he did not hit 200mph, he was able to achieve 181.8 mph on stock wheels/tires! See inside for videos and a review of the entire experience.

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We recently reported that a leasing program for the ActiveE electric car (based on the 1-series) will soon be launched worldwide, with 200 units available in the US. BMW has clarified and now says that while no exact # has been determined, there will be at least 450 ActiveEs coming to the US.

Press release:

BMW Group Commitment to Electric Vehicle Development Unwavering

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Here are some more photos of the recently spied F10 M5 test mule. The striptease has recently accelerated with the uncovering of the front fascia from its previous camouflage mask.

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Yahoo Autos has chosen the BMW 3-series as one of the past decade’s most noteworthy vehicles – cars which have each played an indisputable part in the evolution of the automotive landscape. The 3-series is called the best entry-level luxury sedan money can buy.

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After a two decade hiatus, Alpina returned to motorsports last year with the Alpina B6 GT. Here are some behind the scenes look at the Alpina B6 GT during its first racing season. Based on BMWs 6-Series coupe, the B6 weighs under 3,000 pounds and gets a supercharged 4.4-liter V8 that gives more than 520 horsepower and 535 pound-feet of torque.

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The X6M seems to be the current vehicle of tuning choice for several notable tuners. At the 2010 Geneva show, Lumma has debuted their CLR X 650 M, a visually and mechanically upgraded version of the X6M. The cosmetic upgrades are obvious, but underneath the hood, the power has been bumped to 650ps.