Augusto Farfus (BR) won his second DTM race in a row at the wheel of the Castrol EDGE BMW M3 DTM. The BMW Team RBM driver dominated the penultimate race of the year in Zandvoort (NL) to claim his third win of the season. Starting from second on the grid, the 30-year-old immediately pulled ahead of BMW Team MTEK driver Marco Wittmann (DE), who was lining up on pole position for the first time in his fledgling DTM career, and was leading by the first corner. Despite another impressive display in Zandvoort, Farfus can no longer win the Drivers’ title at the final race of the season in Hockenheim. Mike Rockenfeller (DE), on the other hand, was able to celebrate his title win. The Audi … CONTINUED
Price increases are coming October 1, 2013 for nearly all BMW models. Get your orders in! The price increase are as follows inside.
Delivery of N20 and N26 powered vehicles stopped as a result of power brake assist problem
On September 26th, BMW of North America announced to NHTSA its intention to conduct a voluntary Recall on certain 2012-2014 model year BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 models equipped with the N20 or N26 engine, produced from May 2012 to August 2013.
Affected vehicles in dealer inventories will not be sold or delivered to customers until the recall repair has been performed. Vehicles at BMW vehicle delivery centers will be corrected before shipment to dealerships.
The oil supply from the intake camshaft to the brake vacuum pump can become restricted. If this happens the brake vacuum pump could fail due to lack of lubrication, resulting in … CONTINUED
Car and Driver compares three of the best performing luxury ‘coupe’ styled sedans available – the M6 Gran Coupe, Audi RS7 and Mercedes CLS63 AMG.
On paper, the M6 Gran Coupe starts from the rear position on the grid with the lowest factory power figures and RWD (for acceleration). Its 560 hp / 501 lb-ft were short of the RS7′s 568 hp / 516 lb-ft and the CLS63′s 585 hp / 590 lb-ft. The RS7 and CLS63′s AWD system also give them the 0-60 advantage, in theory.
How did these figures translate to real world performance tests? In a rolling start, the BMW was quickest, covering 5-60 mph in 4 seconds, which was 0.1 seconds faster than the CLS63 and 0.4 seconds faster than the RS7. From … CONTINUED
Ever see the summit of Pike’s Peak? A small group of BMW enthusiasts brings us there in this photo set from their weekend run.
As we have all witnessed with the release of the F10 M5, FXX M6, and now the F80/F82 M3/M4, BMW is continuing to push for more extroverted styling with the production M cars. For a BMW tuner this means that designing a piece, whether it is an exhaust system or front lip, requires a more sophisticated approach. This is evident in the new installment to the 3D Design aero program, the 3D Design F06/F12/F13 M6.
At first glance it is apparent that the 3D aero kit is one with the spirit of the M6. Every piece of the aero program pays particular attention to the unique body lines of the chassis. The dips, curves, and twists are continued through each and every piece. While taking a … CONTINUED
We have both good and bad news on Active Sound technology in the M3/M4. For those unfamiliar, Active Sound technology was first introduced in the M5/M6 and has extended to other models such as the M135i. The system modulates existing frequencies, which are played over the stereo speakers at varying sound levels based on throttle input, speed, and engine revs, as well driving the mode (louder in Sport and Sport+ settings). See BMW’s original press release on this.
So, the bad news is yes, the M3/M4 does feature Active Sound.
But, the good news is that we’ve confirmed with BMW Germany that it’s a live amplification of the S55 engine’s natural sounds. There is no artificially generated sound or pre-recorded track being played. This sound amplification takes … CONTINUED
Automotive News is reporting that BMW has greenlighted a 1 Series Sedan on the UKL platform, meaning the entry level sedan will be FWD. We bet that the “1 Series Sedan” part of the title grabbed your attention, as BMW enthusiasts have been clamoring for a small sports sedan ever since the 3 Series began hitting the gym too hard and packing on some extra weight/size. We’re also sure that many of you were then disappointed to read the letters F W D. Unfortunately, the writing’s been on the wall and we’ve been reporting about a FWD future for the 1 Series since early 2010.
What’s even more worrisome to consider is how this portends the future of the 2 Series. The first generation 2 Series … CONTINUED
Now that the M3 M4 technology day has come and gone, with access being granted to the press for the first time, BMW has released a slew of official track video footage of the prototypes. And since these are officially released videos, they feature some of the best quality video and audio yet of the F80 M3 / F82 M4.
For all the videos that have come about from the recent M3/M4 technology day, check the Videos section of our Tech Guide thread.
We’ve now had confirmation of the s55 engine’s sightly above 7500 RPM redline via the official released specs, but seeing as how the tachometer and redline were ever elusive all these months and years of spy photos, we’re happy to finally share with you images of the M3/M4′s redline.
Though the actual redline starts at the 7500 mark, expect the rev limiter to kick in a bit after that.