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This week on Ignition, Carlos Lago tests the BMW M5… again! This time around it has something called the Competition Package, which adds a host of small adjustments and improvements in an effort to improve the car’s performance and the satisfaction it gives to its driver. Is more power and a recalibration of the suspension and steering enough to make this incredible sedan behave? We find out on the test track at Hyundai’s Proving Grounds.

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The newest catalog of M Performance Parts for the M5 and M6 has officially been announced and released.

In-depth expertise, a keen awareness of detail and meticulous fine-tuning work make all the difference on the racetrack – and now enable BMW factory driver Martin Tomczyk to experience that special racing feel on the road as well. At the German Touring Car Masters (DTM), Tomczyk drives the BMW M Performance Accessories M3 DTM, but is now out and about off the racetrack in a BMW M6 … CONTINUED

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We have updated our official 4 Series Convertible thread with more wallpapers and the first video.

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With 77,921 and 9,855 units sold year-to-date, the 3 Series Sedan and 4 Series Coupe combined are the best selling luxury car in America and Canada, respectively. Here is how it compares to its rivals for 2013 sales thus far.

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1. BMW 3 Series / 4 Series – 77,921 units
2. Lexus RX – 73,279 units
3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 66,596 units
4. Lexus ES – 52,076 units
5. Mercedes-Benz E-Class – 46,006 units
6. Cadillac SRX – 40,506 units
7. BMW 5 Series – … CONTINUED

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The BMW M4 Concept was on display at the BMW Welt this weekend and she’s a beauty in person. Enjoy the photos!

For our previous photos & videos of the M4 Concept, see: http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho…d.php?t=878835

Follow our M3/M4 news and coverage @ http://www.bimmerpost.com/m4/

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The all-new BMW 4 Series Convertible represents the latest chapter in the modern history of BMW Convertibles which dates back to 1987 and the first BMW 3 Series Convertible. As with the new BMW 4 Series Coupe, the 4 Series Convertible embodies the very essence of dynamics and aesthetic appeal in the premium segment. The “4” in its title headlines this new product line for the Convertible and emphasizes not only its stand-out design, but also the fact that any way you look at it, … CONTINUED

Official BMW New Vehicle Release

Our First 2014 X5 F15 Delivery

10/12/2013 at 1:30 PM
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Congrats to HHSAM for being our first 2014 X5 owner! His X5 xDrive50i M Sport was delivered on September 30 in the United Arab Emirates.

U.S. deliveries of the X5 will begin this weekend as they have now hit dealerships for deliveries and test drives.

E36 Chumpcar by PSI

10/12/2013 at 10:30 AM
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PSI recently built a BMW E36 Chumpcar build. Here is the story, as told by one of their technicians, JT:

After hearing the name “Chumpcar” for a few years now, I was determined to figure out what exactly this was. At first, I believed it was a goofy racing series where people decorated some $500 car and and then raced it around various tracks hoping to last through an endurance event. There is another series that is similar called “The 24 hours of Lemons”. A few … CONTINUED

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Have a good first look at the production F80 M3 and F82 M4 interior, with its sports seats!

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BMW’s newest snap-in adapter for the newest smartphones (iPhone5 and Galaxy) is finally available in the U.S.

Please note that it is currently only compatible with the new NBT version of Nav/iDrive and your car will need to have the BMW Apps option. Full details on the newest iPhone 5 snap-in adapter cradle inside.

BMW Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo Feature Video

10/11/2013 at 10:30 AM
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Video from Alpina featuring their new BMW D3 Bi-turbo. The newest 3 Series by Alpina features 350 bhp (257 kW) at 4,000 rpm and an impressive 700 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm.

2016 BMW X1 (F48) Gets Brawnier

10/10/2013 at 9:35 PM
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For Americans, it may seem way early to see next gen X1 prototypes, but here it is. As the current X1 has been in production in Europe since 2009, the next generation model should come in 2015-2016.

On the outside, the F48 X1 adopts a brawnier and stockier look, owing to a significantly shorter front end, shortened overhangs, and a taller and more upright greenhouse.

The next X1 will make the switch from RWD to FWD by riding on BMW’s FWD “UKL” platform, which will also underpin … CONTINUED

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As our newest photos show, the 2 Series Coupe (F22) sure has grown up from the current 1 Series Coupe (E82). The 3.1 inch gain in overall length and 1.2 inch longer wheelbase (see dimension/specs comparisons) appears to come mostly in the front, elongating the front end and giving the F22 a sleeker look overall. Adding to this effect is the less bulbous greenhouse which features a more raked window and a rear roofline that has been elongated and joins the trunk on a more … CONTINUED

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BMW i3 First Drive Reviews

10/10/2013 at 11:40 AM
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The first drive reviews are in for the BMW i3 electric car and they are resoundingly positive so far.

Check out what Top Gear, Autocar and Autoexpress have to say about BMW’s first fully electric vehicle.

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The previous set of 4 Series Gran Coupe photos may have given us our first look at the M Sport package equipped model, but our new photos give us the best look yet, and in Estoril Blue II, which has proved to be the most popular 4 Series color among our members yet (see color poll).

The Gran Coupe variant (F36) of the 4 Series effectively shares the same exterior styling as the Coupe, but with an elongated roofline and an extra pair of doors. The … CONTINUED

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Evolve held an open house day at their new premises this past Saturday. A great mix of cars turned up including E92 M3s (even an E91 M3), E46 M3s including a few CSLs, E36 M3s including some GT2s, E60 M5s, E39 M5s and an E34 M5.

Check out some sights inside.

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Now that the BMW M235i specs have been revealed, we take a look at how they compare on paper to the M135i hatchback, 435i coupe, 135is and E46 M3. All in all, its specs are very encouraging for those of us clamoring for a return of a E46-type sports coupe/sedan.

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189,675 vehicles sold in September, an increase of 6.7%
Worldwide sales reach all-time high at the end of third quarter
Company maintains sales growth in nearly all regions

The BMW Group continued its successful course in September with another record month in sales. With 189,675 (prev. yr. 177,726) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered worldwide, sales were 6.7% higher than in the same month last year. In the first nine months of 2013, sales increased by 7.5% to the new all-time high of 1,436,178 vehicles (prev. … CONTINUED