Prior to winning the ALMS race at Road America yesterday in the M3 GT race car with co-driver Bill Auberlen, J
Rosenthal comes in with another great review, this time on the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe! Steve takes us on a tour of BMW’s new 640i gran coupe. He explores the interior and exterior of the Gran Coupe and reviews how well the car feels to drive in person.
BMW M GmbH celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and they have released a video reviewing the motorsports roots of BMW, a history punctuated by the iconic 3.0 CSL, M1 and E30 M3.
Video feature from BMW featuring the a 2012 335i outfitted with F30 M Performance Parts, including front spoiler lip splitters, sideskirts, and rear diffuser. Also features M Performance wheels, M Performance brakes, M Performance interior trim and shift knob. The M Performance exhaust can also be heard. The full F30 M Performance Parts catalog can be found inside.
The manual transmission for the BMW M5 is not extinct just yet. The North American market receives a manual transmission option for the 2013 F10 M5 and an M5POST members is one of the first to have an opportunity to test out the manual M5. He has published his review for us, together with video of the 6MT shifting action. Read on inside…
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) will be upping its crash test standards for 2013 and the new standards have proven challenging for the nearly one dozen 2012 entry-level luxury sedans the agency tested, so far.
Only the Volvo S60 and the Acura TL earned top marks. The Infiniti G received an acceptable rating, while the BMW 3 Series (F30), Acura TSX, Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen CC all earned a marginal grade. The Audi A4, Lexus ES, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranked at the bottom of the segment with the agency: Poor.
Watch the gauge clusters (speedometer and tachometer) of the 2012 328i and 335i accelerating side-by-side in full out acceleration runs from a stop. Gives a good idea of how the two compare in terms of acceleration.
We’ve also added previously posted videos of our experience with the two models from the BMW press drives, both at our own hands and with the skills of professional BMW drivers Joey Hand and Bill Auberlin.
The M5 recently made its return to Nurburgring taxi duty while taking on a different and newer form – the F10 M5. We previously posted footage of the M5 taxis running around the ‘Ring,’ but here’s in-car footage from a one lap run around the track. Check out the cool superimposed track map, speed, and G-force displays.
The taxi ride was a gift from a son for his dad’s 65th birthday and the driver was Walter Haup, an M5 taxi driver and instructor for M driver training programs.
The lap time isn’t nearly what the F10 M5 is capable of as the point of M5 taxi rides is not to achieve the best time possible, but the fastest Nurburgring lap time officially listed for the F10M is 7:55 … CONTINUED
VS Motorsports shows us the full installation process of an ESS VT Supercharger on the E92 M3. You won’t have to wait hours to see the process from beginning to end however, as the visuals have been truncated through a nice time lapse video. The ESS VT2-625 supercharger system features a Vortech V3 supercharger unit. It boosts the E90/E92 M3 up to 625 HP / 410 ft-kb torque @ 7.0 PSI. Actual install time is an estimated 8-14 hours.
Full system components include:
-Vortech V3Si supercharger unit.
-Vortech Maxflow Race bypass assembly.
-Uni-belt drive system with additional OEM quality rollers.
-8 High Capacity Bosch Motorsport fuel injectors (Spec 3).
-Perfectly optimized, dyno tweaked MSS60 ECU software with removed top speed governor, calibrated for … CONTINUED