BMW Canada has announced some M5 and M6 limited production models, available in Frozen Black and Santorini Blue II.
They also include black kidney grilles, side markers, door handles and 20″ wheels. On top of this, they add M Performance Titanium Exhaust.
Production begins in November and December.
We have both good and bad news on Active Sound technology in the M3/M4. For those unfamiliar, Active Sound technology was first introduced in the M5/M6 and has extended to other models such as the M135i. The system modulates existing frequencies, which are played over the stereo speakers at varying sound levels based on throttle input, speed, and engine revs, as well driving the mode (louder in Sport and Sport+ settings). See BMW’s original press release on this.
So, the bad news is yes, the M3/M4 … CONTINUED
Now that the M3 M4 technology day has come and gone, with access being granted to the press for the first time, BMW has released a slew of official track video footage of the prototypes. And since these are officially released videos, they feature some of the best quality video and audio yet of the F80 M3 / F82 M4.
For all the videos that have come about from the recent M3/M4 technology day, check the Videos section of our Tech Guide thread.
We’ve now had confirmation of the s55 engine’s sightly above 7500 RPM redline via the official released specs, but seeing as how the tachometer and redline were ever elusive all these months and years of spy photos, we’re happy to finally share with you images of the M3/M4′s redline.
Though the actual redline starts at the 7500 mark, expect the rev limiter to kick in a bit after that.
You’ve already seen the M3/M4 technical presentation slides in our Official Tech Guide Thread. Now view the presentation as it was meant to be digested – in animated form.
Who doesn’t like fancy 360 degree rotating views and animated technical blow-ups… we definitely do.
Today’s tests at the Nurburgring were stopped by a BMW F80 M3 crash ten minutes before the end of the session. The accident occurred at a section called “Metzgesfeld” where the driver lost control and crashed into the right guide rail.
Fortunately, the test driver is OK and was only fitted with a neck collar. The F80 M3 prototype was transported back to the BMW technical center at the Ring.
Unfortunate that this happened, but it gives us more looks at the advanced M3 and M4 prototypes … CONTINUED
We have added and updated more technical specs for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 in our Official Technical Guide.
Please see inside.
We’ve shared with you the M3/M4 official specs and our ride-along/workshop notes, now have an on board look as we ride with Bruno Spengler in the M4 prototype at BMW’s proving grounds near Munich.
Bruno shares his thoughts on the EPS (electric power steering), turbos, transmission and testing on the Nurburgring.
And if you’re wondering whether the in-cabin sounds you hear are artificially enhanced via Active Sound, we asked and were told by one of the BMW engineers that there was absolutely no artificial sound feature. … CONTINUED
BIMMERPOST correspondent Jens Meiners just spent a day at BMW’s testing center near Munich for the BMW M3/M4 workshops and ride-along. Here is our report:
Thanks, BMW, for the earth-hugging i3 and the i8, but what enthusiasts really care about is the next M3 – and its two-door variation, the M4. Production of the current one has ended in July, while the next models won’t go into production before Spring. Why the gap? We hear that BMW has essentially run out of parts to build them.
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We share with you the first official specs and technical details of the 2014 BMW M3 (F80) and M4 (F82)!
Inline 6 cylinder engine with two mono-scroll turbochargers
twin-wire arc-spray coating (instead of liners) in cylinder … CONTINUED
BMW M has held workshops revealing some technical aspects of the M3/M4. Our coverage and more official specs will come later.
For now, you should know that the BMW M3 and M4 will officially feature 425 HP and more than 370 LB-FT torque, in line with what we’ve been reporting.
Keep in mind that the F80 M3 /F82 M4 will weigh less than the E90/E92 M3.
BIMMERPOST member ///Megalomaniac got up close and very personal with an F80 M3 prototype this past weekend. He recounts his spotting with us all:
Today I spotted this F80 M3 on my way back home. Thought I should share it with you!
First thing what came in my mind was: “Yes, I’m the first who can show a picture of the redline!” But as I came closer and looked into the car, the whole speedo was blacked out and nothing was to see! I think it … CONTINUED
Very nicely produced video capturing the various BMW M Track Days 2013 which launched the M6 Gran Coupe globally.
3 continents. 3 times pure racing feeling. 1 stunning all-new BMW M6 Gran Coupé. This were the BMW M Track Days 2013. Enjoy the event video and watch the highlights of unforgettable times in Germany, the USA and Malaysia.
Additional BMW Individual special paint finishes for the BMW M5 and BMW M6.
With the aim of combining outstanding dynamics with ultra-exclusive looks, additional variants have been added to the selection of BMW Individual special paint finishes available for the most powerful high-performance sports cars built by BMW M GmbH. Joining the range are Frozen Black metallic, Frozen Blue metallic, Frozen Red metallic and Frozen Brilliant White metallic, which can all be ordered for the BMW M5, BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Convertible and BMW M6 … CONTINUED
Have a first look at some of the M Performance Parts for the F10 M5 and M6. These includes (but are not limited to), the Performance Grilles, Carbon Fiber Exhaust Tips, Trunk Carbon Fiber Spoiler, OLED M Performance Steering Wheel, Carbon Gear Stick, Carbon Central Console Trim, LED Black Line Tail Lights, and Akrapovic M Performance Exhaust.
We’ll bring you more details and the full official catalog soon.
Are there any M versions of i cars in the pipeline? No, according to Cypselus von Frakenberg, BMW Group head of technology communications. Speaking at the Frankfurt IAA show, Mr. Frankenberg says that not only was there zero input from M engineers in the development of the i8, but there will be no M version in the future. In his words:
“It is separate – M and i,” he begins. “It’s two different sub-brands, but there will be no ‘M’ i-car in the future.
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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 … CONTINUED