The historic Mid-Ohio Raceway roared to life this week with the sound of power, M Power. In an unprecedented show of force, the brand brought together every generation of M3 street and race cars and invited Justin along for the ride. Of course, he couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of the all new 2015 BMW M3 to record some of the first driving impressions on the latest evolution of a legend.
Watch the F80 M3 and F82 M4 being tested on the track, as well as launch control acceleration videos.
BIMMERPOST First Drive: BMW M3 / M4
Fear not: The M3 is with you.
By Jens Meiners, BIMMERPOST Correspondent
Two weeks ago, the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid ushered in the era of the new sports car – or so it appeared. The “most revolutionary car we ever built,” in the words of r&d board member Herbert Diess, combines a turbocharged three-banger and a torque-converter automatic with an electric motor mated to a two-speed e-axl. With mixed results: While the exotic hybrid caught everyone’s envious gaze and … CONTINUED
M235i owner review of how the car performed at the track (Buttonwillow).
Just got back from a track day at Buttonwillow Raceway in California with another member on here (JustinCredibleM – also owner of an M235i) and some other friends. Overall, we were both happy with the performance of the car as it was quite fun to drive on the track!
Both of our cars had the 8spd auto, which was superb considering it isn’t a DCT. Very quick upshifts and just a bit slower on … CONTINUED
Chris Harris takes a 24 hour trip to Los Angeles to drive the new BMW i8. He hated the flight, but the i8 left a positive impression on the team. Capable of 23 miles all electric before the 3-cylinder turbocharged motor kicks in to recharge the batteries. This is one of the closest production cars we’ve ever seen that looks almost identical to the concept car it’s based on.
Great review of a BMW 1M Coupe against a 997 GT3 RS 3.8 and GT3 RS 4.0.
Asymmetric warfare: A couple months back I had the privilege of testing three incredible machines: a 997 GT3 RS 3.8, an RS 4.0, and an RS 3.8 with the engine bored and stroked to 4.1 liters. My 1M came along for the ride as the camera car for a few days of amazing driving. While it’s unquestionably unfair to compare BMW’s cheapest M car to an RS 4.0, … CONTINUED
Reviews of the production BMW i8 are now rolling in… check out the verdicts inside.
April 24 (Bloomberg) — The ultra high-end electric and hybrid car space is suddenly getting a bit more crowded in China. Tesla had the first deliveries of the Model S to Chinese customers this week, while BMW will roll out its hybrid i8 super sports car for the China market by the end of the year. Bloomberg’s Stephen Engle got behind the wheel of BMW’s new offering in Beijing. (Source: Bloomberg)
See updated impressions, photos and videos of the world’s first delivered BMW F80 M3.
Fifth Gear team tests the BMW 435i coupe (Season 23 Episode 17).
TST Road Test Editor Zack Klapman takes the all-new BMW M235i out for a few hot laps of Laguna Seca to see what all the buzz is about.
Motor Trend pits the BMW M235i Coupe vs the Mercedes CLA45 AMG.
Autoexpress pits the iconic E46 M3 CSL versus the M325i coupe on the track.
See the video inside!
The guys at TFLcar have posted their full comparison review of the BMW M235i coupe versus the Lexus IS-F.
We are no big fans of the changeover from the 3-series to the 4-series moniker, but at least BMW is making the transition as easy as possible. The proven concept remains unchanged, and the styling is so evolutionary that a casual observer might find it difficult to tell the difference.
The 4-series Convertible grows slightly in almost every dimension: At 182.6 inches, it is 0.7 inches longer than its predecessor; at 71.9 inches, it is 1.7 inches wider; and its wheelbase grows by 1.9 to … CONTINUED
Sam Hall discovers the German brand’s spiritual successor to the iconic E36 M3.
The guys at TFLCAR pit the M235i against the Lexus IS-F in a drag race. Watch the results of M235i’s 320 HP / 330 lb-ft (turbo 3.0L I6) versus the Lexus IS-F’s 416 HP / 371 lb-ft (5.0L V8), at a mile above sea level.
According to manufacture quoted stats, the IS-F does 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds with its 8 speed auto and the M235i covers 0-60 in 4.8 (auto) / 5.0 (manual).
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago tests the new BMW M235i, the smallest and least expensive performance car in the automaker’s lineup. It has the right formula: rear-wheel drive and a 320-horse turbo straight six. The problem is that the M division, despite what the badges say, didn’t develop it. So is the M235i a poser or the real deal? Through instrumented testing, a drive on the winding road, and a hot lap with Randy Pobst at Streets of Willow, let’s find out.… CONTINUED