We have added a video of a black F80 M3 sedan advanced prototype out on the highway.
Along with the 4 Series and X5, which had their media launch this past week in Seattle and Vancouver, BMW also brought out the 2014 5 535d (with LCI refresh) and the 2014 M5 with competition package for us to check out. Here are some on-location photos of the 535d M Sport and M5 Competition (this M5 does not wear the Competition Package wheels which come with the package).
The 535d is new for the US market for the 2014 model year. A 3.0-liter twinpower turbo diesel outputs 255 horsepower and a peak torque of 413 lb-ft, while getting 38 MPG.
The 2014 M5 does not see a power bump, but more power is available through the Competition Package, which adds 15 horsepower, along with a host … CONTINUED
The F82 M4 coupe and F83 M4 convertible continue testing and we continue sharing pics with you.
Once it’s fully revealed, we will see an M4 convertible which shares the M4 coupe’s styling (and mechanicals), save for the roofline and trunkline. To give you an idea for how the M4 convertible will look once all the camo comes off, check out our production M4 renders below.
The one clear difference is that the M4 convertible features a different roof — in the form of a non-carbon fiber folding hardtop. It will operate and fold in the same manner we’re used to seeing on the E93 M3 convertible.
As for the M4 coupe, we have all effectively seen the production M4 in the form of the M4 Concept (minus … CONTINUED
Although the focus of the BMW NA Launch Event we attended was the 4 Series Coupe and new X5, there were also a few M5 and M6 equipped with Competition Package for us to test out. And flog it we did.
The M5/M6 Competition Package both include a Competition Exhaust System.
Keep in mind that the Competition Package Exhaust is not the same system as the titanium M Performance Exhaust which will be coming for the M5 and M6 (see our preview clips). The Competition Exhaust is positioned between the stock exhaust and the M Performance Exhaust.
The Competition Package Exhaust accomplishes its sportier and louder sound (compared to factory) by having its baffles pulled from the muffler. There are no power gains nor flow changes, but … CONTINUED
We recently showed you an advanced F80 M3 prototype in what looked like Singapore Gray Metallic (reposted below). Now see the latest prototypes in black and Silverstone.
Once again, we’re treated to some great looks the F80 M3′s massive fenders. The F80 M3 shares virtually the same styling as the M4 except for the more prominently flared fenders and a different trunk design (no CSL style curve). The two share the same front front fascia and headlights, rear bumpers, sideskirts, hood bump, exhaust design, double-bubble carbon fiber roof and wheels. They will also share the same powerplant and drivetrain.
Ordering for the M3/M4 will be available beginning in January-February and production begins in the March-May time frame. Deliveries will begin by early Summer.
We’ll have some initial tech … CONTINUED
Last year, Mr. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America, confirmed to us an inline 6 cylinder engine for the upcoming M3/M4, and we showed you spy photos of the engine. Despite these confirmations, stubborn rumors pop up periodically regarding a potential V6 configuration for the upcoming s55 engine.
If you needed any further convincing, now hear it from the BMW NA CEO himself (again). Speaking at an event that we are currently attending for the launch of the new X5 and 4 Series, Mr. Willisch references an inline engine for the M4 (and hence, M3), confirming he’s really happy that “it is going to be a car that has the cylinders in one line.” How would Mr. Willisch know? He was formerly … CONTINUED
BIMMERPOST member and owner of the first M6 Competition Package in the UK shares with us his review of his brand new F13 M6 Coupe with Competition Package, comparing it against his previous M6 Coupe, which was an early launch-spec car.
This review gives particular good insight into just how much/little difference the M6 Competition Package gives. Here’s his review:
Contrary to the majority of car nuts (in the UK anyway!), I do like my M6′s, having also owned a previous E63 shape a few years ago – they just seem to suit what I like in a car very well…..breathtaking thrust mixed with impeccable build quality and refinement without being as barge-like as the even bigger coupe’s like the Bentley GT or Mercedes CL.
After … CONTINUED
Don’t possess X-ray vision to see past all that camouflage which remains on the F83 M4 convertible prototype? No worries, we give you this digital preview.
As the spy photos and our renders show, the M4 convertible will generally share the M4 coupe and M3 sedan’s styling, and of course powerplant/drivetrain.
The biggest difference will be the M4 cabrio’s folding hardtop. Unlike the M4 and M3′s carbon fiber double-hump roof, the M4 convertible will be metal and operate and fold in the same manner we’re used to seeing on the E93 M3 convertible. We stitched together earlier spy photos for a preview video (reposted below).
The M4 convertible will debut later in 2014, after the the M4 coupe and M3 sedan have their world debuts at the Detroit … CONTINUED
We’ve heard the upcoming M3/M4 at high speeds on the Nurburgring, but haven’t had many chances to hear it accelerating from a stop. Well, here’s a good listen, as this F80 M3 prototype was spotted by BIMMERPOST member KKM3 on the Pacific Coast Highway last night.
The M3 here doesn’t accelerate to redline nor at wide open throttle, and the clip is short, but we nonetheless get a good sound preview of the car’s inline 6 cylinder S55 engine and exhaust.
Here is KKM3′s reaction to witnessing this M3 in person:
I spotted this car last night around 9pm driving north on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. I knew right away it was the new M3 and I was determined to get a good clip or … CONTINUED