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This week on Ignition, Carlos Lago revisits the BMW M5 to test out something that was missing from the first test: a manual transmission. Is the 6-speed stick shift better than the standard automatic twin-clutch version? View inside.

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The latest issue of EVO magazine features the EVO Car of the Year feature. The BMW M135i makes the short list of great cars under consideration.

The results are as follows (from best to worst), according to EVO:

1) Pagani Huayra
1) Lotus Exige V6 (tie)
3) Porsche Boxster S
4) Mclaren MP4-12C
5) Porsche 911 Carrera
6) BMW M135i (8 speed auto)

Other contenders that didn’t make the final shootout:

Mercedes C63 AMG Black
Alpina B3 GT3
Morgan 3 Wheeler
Toyota GT 86

2013 BMW M6 Video Review by Autocar

11/08/2012 at 9:45 AM
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The new 4.4-litre, turbocharged, V8 BMW M6 brings new levels of refinement and usability to BMW’s big M coupe. But has it compromised the car’s real driver involvement and hardcore enthusiast appeal in the process? That’s the question Autocar asks in their F13 M6 coupe review.

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Autoexpress reviews the F31 330d touring wagon against the Audi A4 3.0 TDI Avant and Mercedes Benz C350 CDI.

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Autocar comparison pitting the BMW 520d against the Audi A6 TDI, Jaguar XF, Mercedes Benz E300, and Lexus GS450h.

Check out the verdicts inside.

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Video of the BMW M Performance Steering Wheel. Alcantara with carbon trim and race display. Tested by the German motorsports expert and race driver Tim Schrick. View the entire BMW M Performance Parts catalog here.

We’ve also posted our photos of this steering wheel from the 2012 Geneva auto show.

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BMW is putting huge effort in launching a revolutionary, new “three” [full technical details inside]. Before you get too excited, let’s be clear that what we are talking about is not the next generation of the quintesssential sports sedan. The “three” refers to the entry-level iteration of BMW’s new, modular engine family. In the quest to modernize its engine portfolio and achieve maximum economies of scale, Munich is launching closely related three-, four- and six-cylinder engines for diesel and gasoline applications.

There is a lot of … CONTINUED

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Consumer Reports has named the F30 328i as the most reliable compact sport sedan. Check out their video review.

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Check out the results of Sport Auto’s Supertest of the Alpina B3 GT3 in which they call it “the legitimate successor of the BMW M3 CSL.”

The Alpina B3 GT3 is a limited edition model where only 99 were made. It’s based on the Alpina B3 S Bi-Turbo, but 8 more HP (by re-design of sections of the exhaust and new enhanced Akrapovic rear silencer. Its N54 engine outputs 408hp / 540Nm of torque.

Full performance test results inside.

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The latest episode of Fifth Gear saw BTCC veteran Jason Plato enlist the help of ex-F1 pilot Mika Salo to compare the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series with BMW’s M3 GTS.

View the episode inside.

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Some impressive performance results recorded by Autobild for the M6 coupe:

0-100km/h – 3.9s
0-200km/h – 11.3s
Only 0.40 seconds behind the M3 GTS around the test track.

The dyno results were pretty awesome as well: 632 hp, 800Nm (590 lb-ft) torque.

Check out the performance comparison chart inside.

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Chris Harris drives and compares the BMW M135i F20/F21 hatchback against Audi’s hot hatch, the RS3. He takes it on the road, track, and finally to the dragstrip for a showdown.

In the end, he declares one of them a clear driver’s car, so find out inside which one it is.