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
The World’s Greatest Drag Race returns with twelve of the world’s best supercars and sports cars for 2013 facing off in an epic quarter-mile sprint for glory… and ultimate bragging rights.
Motortrend gathered the Nissan GT-R Track Edition, SRT Viper, Jaguar F-Type V-8 S, Aston Martin Vanquish, Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG, Bentley Continental GT Speed, Porsche Cayman S, Audi R8 V-10 Plus, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, BMW M6, Ford Focus ST and Porsche 911 Carrera 4S — all gathered together on an abandoned airstrip at El Toro Marine Base to find out which car is the fastest.
Chris Harris test and flogs the Alpine B3 F30 biturbo on the road and track. Verdict? See inside.
Watch BIMMERPOST member lukester run the Nurburgring Nordschleife Bridge to Gantry in just 7:31 in his E92 M3 Coupe.
Our beloved E92 M3 coupes and Matt Mullins, the Chief Driving Instructor at BMW’s Performance Center Delivery (PCD) Driving School, star in this Southwest Airlines commercial.
Pro driver Randy Pobst hot laps the 2013 BMW M6 around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as part of Motor Trend’s 2013 Best Driver’s Car review.
The 2013 BMW M6 is one of 12 contenders competing for the title of 2013 Best Driver’s Car. The other contenders include: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon, Audi R8 V10, GT-R, Porsche Cayman S, 911 4S, SLS Black Series, the SRT Viper, the Focus ST, the Vanquish, Bentley Continental GT Speed and the Jaguar F-Type.
With its 560 HP / 501 lb-ft torque, the M6 turns in a lap time of 1:40.52 around Laguna Seca.
You’ve heard recent M4/M3 prototypes blasting around the Nurburgring [M4 vid] [M3 vid], now have a listen at how they sound around town.
MANUAL TRANSMISSION OR NOT?
As for today’s rumor out of Autoblog that there will be no manual transmission option for the M4, we submit contrary evidence in the form of: photos, videos, and VIN (options) information. The photos clearly show an early F80 M3 prototype with a 6 speed manual, the videos show what appears to be manual prototype M3 and M4 (judging by the shift and RPM patterns), and the VIN information shows prototypes with and without a DCT option.
F80 M3 prototype showing 6 speed manual transmission:
The following are the prototype VIN information that we’ve previously posted. As you can see, the … CONTINUED
The M235i / 2 Series is due soon and while we wait, it’s undergoing some final performance testing on the Nurburgring, where it’s said by BMW to be able to beat the 1M Coupe.
Klaus Froehlich, Senior Vice President Brand and Product Strategies at BMW recently revealed these little tidbits:
The M235i is as close a spiritual successor to the 2002ti that we’ve had. My initial benchmark was that it will be faster than the BMW 1M Coupe around the Nurburgring, which it is.”I have just signed off the M235i’s M Sport performance kit, which will include a proper limited slip differential. I’m just working out whether to make this an option on all models.
Although the M235i remains in camouflage, it’s not hard to imagine what’s underneath … CONTINUED
In this video review Autoexpress tests the BMW M135i against the Mercedes A45 AMG – with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine it’s going to be a stern rival for the BMW.
The BMW gets a six-cylinder engine, revs to 7000rpm but peak torque is at just 1300rpm, so it has instant power. It does come in manual, but we’ve got the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Autoexpress took it around our track in just 1 minute 14 seconds.