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Listen to the fury that comes from the Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust system for the BMW E92 M3 coupe and 1M coupe. The video gives a great comparison of the different sounds achieved by each car with the Akrapovic exhaust.

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DRIVE CLEAN takes a tour of BMW’s North American Headquarters in Woodcliff Lake New Jersey to discuss their “Frozen” matte paint and to identity how it differs from traditional clear-coat finishes.

Matthew Russell, president of the M-car and Alpina division’s for north America, gives a tour of the facility and discusses how BMW came to create their new “Frozen” paint scheme (shown on BMW’s M3 with Frozen Monte Carlo Blue). BMW’s head of body-and-paint technical training manager, Walter Malec, also discusses matte-paint technology and repairs. … CONTINUED

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Summary:

Combination of an award-winning combustion engine and an innovative electric drive.
BMW TwinPower Turbo technology working in tandem with an eight-speed automatic hybrid transmission and intelligent energy management.
All-electric operation up to 75 km/h (46 mph). All-electric driving range up to four kilometres (approx. 2.5 miles).
System output 250 kW / 340 HP (306 HP 6 cylinder inline petrol engine + 55 HP electric motor).
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Here’s a great ownership story about a man and the relationship he feels with his E30 3 series after 20 years of ownership.

David Duran has been driving his ’87 BMW 325i for the last 20 years, it’s his daily driver and his pride and joy. The E30 is considered by many as one of the finest BMW’s ever made and has a huge following in the car scene worldwide. Dave’s E30 is a classic example of keeping the dream alive, it looks as good … CONTINUED

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Great in-depth owner’s review of an F30 328i sedan, covering everything from the engine to the transmission, steering, suspension, tires, comfort, seats, visibility package, audio system, idrive, black panel, and other technologies.

There is a slew of photos accompanying the review as well.

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Video showing the theft of a 1ADDICTS member’s 1M coupe, performed in a frightening fast 3 minutes, without keys. The thieves accomplished this by accessing the BMW OBD port in the footwell by breaking the glass, reaching in and using a device to reprogram a blank key fob. The car was simply then unlocked and pushed off the drive and driven away.

BMW may have an issue on their hands as over 300 BMWs have been stolen in March 2012 in a single UK county.

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100 Z1s and 180 participants from 12 countries gathered at BMW HQ in Munich last month to celebrate the Z1′s 25th anniversary.

The Z1, BMW’s first ever Z model, made its debut at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show, the same show where BMW revealed its first ever 3 Series Touring model (based off E30).

The Z1 borrowed from the E30 325i, including interior parts and 2.5L 168 HP inline 6 engine and featured some very innovative construction for its time including a monocoque construction made up of individual … CONTINUED

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On this latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris asks the question many of us have considered – whether cars are becoming overly complicated and if technology is actually detracting from the driving experience.

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BMW i presents a series of videos with some feedback from the electronauts who are part of the BMW ActiveE lease program.

The BMW ActiveE began leasing in select markets beginning in Fall 2011. It was made available for lease in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York, Boston and Connecticut.

The ActiveE has a maximum power output of 170 hp and a maximum torque of 184 lb-ft, the latter is available from a standstill as typical of electric powered vehicles. This makes for an acceleration … CONTINUED

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Hartge has officially released its software ECU piggyback tune for the BMW 4-cylinder turbo N20 engine. It yields impressive power gains of +45 horsepowers and +45 ft-lb torque! The tune can be applied to the F30 328i, F10 528i, F25 X3 xDrive28i, and E89 Z4 sDrive28i. Check out a video of the tune in action inside.

The Hartge ‘Engine Conversion’ is a bespoke tuning module that plugs in ahead of the engine computer on the wiring harness. It has factory-style plugs to … CONTINUED