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2011 535i Track Test by Inside Line

08/25/2010 at 10:00 AM
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Edmunds Inside Line has taken the F10 2011 535i out to the track for some testing. Here are the video and performance results they managed to achieve with the 535i. Performance measures recorded include 0-60 time, 1/4 mile, slalom speed, skid pad lateral acceleration (G’s), and braking distance.

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This Mototrend matchup shows just how far the Mustang GT has come and how impressive the 2011 5.0 model is. This comparison would have been a joke just a few years ago, and you may be be surprised by the results. M3 still wins, but not by as much as BMW fans would naturally guess (or like).

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The Sept. issue of Sport Auto has hit the stands today and contains several tests of the M3 GTS, including laps on the Nurburgring and Hockenheim tracks. The best time they were able to achieve with the M3 GTS was 7:48 on the Nurburgring and 1:12.5 at Hockenheim. See inside for how these times fared to the competition.

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CAR Magazine undertakes an examination of which BMW M3, all editions considered, is the greatest ever. The shortlist considered includes the E92 M3 GTS, E46 M3 CSL, or E30 M3 Sport Evo, each representing the highest performing and most focused editions of their generation. See verdict inside.

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This is certainly becoming a predictable pattern and result. AMS Magazine stacks the deck against the M3 ZCP by pitting it against the RS5, C63 Performance Package, and the ALpina B3 S. The M3 ZCP is touted for its performance as well as its driving comfort. Full performance results inside.

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One of the hottest comparisons between two of the hottest sports coupes available is on again, as Autoweek pits the E92 M3 versus the Audi RS5. Result? Let’s just say the boys at Autoweek call the M3′s spirit “unbeatable” English subtitled video review inside.

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Autobild has pitted the M3 GTS against the 911 GT3-RS, arguably one of the best handling street cars currently available. According to the test’s scoring system, the M3 GTS took second, but by a mere 5 points (out of 300 total). The GT3-RS was stronger in off the line acceleration, but the M3 proved faster for in-gear acceleration. Full results inside.

1986 E30 vs. 2010 E92. Who wins?

08/09/2010 at 10:00 AM
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Insideline undertakes this fascinating direct head-to-head comparison of the iconic 1986 E30 M3 against a 2010 E92 M3. What has gone forwards (or perhaps backwards) for the M3 in the 25 years spanning these two cars? See for yourself inside.

cnet reviews 2011 Z4 sDrive35is

08/06/2010 at 10:30 AM
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Cnet has ventured into BMW reviews, first with their 335is review and now the Z4 sDrive35is. The sDrive35is impressed cnet’s reviewer with its balance of driving fun, daily drivability, advanced technologies, and good looks. Check out their impression and video review inside.

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If anyone thinks that the recent C&D M3 win was a fluke, they now have quite a pattern to dispute, as Motortrend has also declared the M3 as the benchmark which the RS5 and CTS-V still falls short of. When it comes to things that matter – performance, passion, pure driver appeal, the M3 still trumps all in its segment!

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The M3 has been out for 3 years, providing a benchmark for Audi and GM to meet and exceed with their newer RS5 and CTS-V Coupe. But, so far that has not been the case, as shown by the results of Car and Driver’s latest comparison, pitting the M3 against the RS5 and CTS-V. Check out the number results inside.

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A lucky CAR Magazine journalist recently had chance to drive all the M3 generations back-to-back (provided to journalists who attended BMW’s M3 GTS / 1M event in Spain. Think you know how they compare from reading online or some real life experience? See if this journalist agrees.

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The V8 biturbo 550i (F10) notched a 1st place win against the E500, Audi S6, and Jaguar XF in Autobild’s latest issue. The impressive 400+hp 550i rocketed from 0-100km/h in 5.0 seconds and 0-200km/h in 16.7 seconds (close to the M3).

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Many feel that the spirit of the E46 M3 lives on in the 135i, so the two cars are often compared. 1addicts member PKumarM3, longtime owner of a track prepped E46 M3, recently shared why he feels the 135i not only matches but exceeds a stock E46 M3.

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Have an F10 (or any BMW) on order or plan to soon? If you’re like most of us, you’ll be tracking its status and location compulsively. Be sure to reference our Order Tracking Guide from beginning to end. Congrats on your future deliveries!

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BMW 1M Coupe first ride reports keep flowing in, this time from Autocar UK, which calls this a truly exciting car which feels every bit as agile as the standard M3 (at least from the passenger’s seat). Autocar reports that the 1M will be approximately 350bhp, with 6 speed manual and 7 speed DCT options, and will be lighter than the 135i.

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Fifth Gear reviews the F10 535i, with a focus on the F10′s technology – namely the surround view/park assistant, ConnectedDrive, and 4-wheel steering. As for the 535′s overall performance, it’s called fantastic and silky smooth with a fabulous chassis. Overall, they feel that the car is brilliant and the best mid-exec car money can buy.

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Car Magazine shares their first ride reaction of the 1M Coupe and they share/confirm some info, most notably: expected 350hp, limited slip differential, tire sizes, 7500rpm redline, DCT transmission unlikely, suspension from M3.