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Now that we’ve posted the F34 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) official photos and info, here’s a look at how the GT compares against its smaller and older brothers – the F30 Sedan and F31 Touring, physically and visually.

The GT’s physical stats are:

200 mm (7.87 in.) longer than 3 Series sedan and touring
180mm (7.08 in.) longer wheelbase than 3 Series sedan and touring
81mm (3.18 in.) taller than 3 Series sedan and … CONTINUED

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Have a look at a triple blue BMW photoshoot from last Fall, featuring the following models:

-2013 328iX Luxury Line – Imperial Blue Metallic w/ Saddle Leather
-2009 335i M-Sport – LeMans Blue Metallic w/ Black Leather
-2013 328i M-Sport Line – Estoril Blue II Metallic w/ Black Leather [my baby]

Photos taken in the Columbus area … Gahanna/Creekside and at Blendon Woods Metro Park. Enjoy!

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Top Gear HK (Hong Kong) pits the 320hp M135i versus the 340hp 1M Coupe in a drag race. The M135i puts in an impressive performance over the 150 meter race.

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Motor Trend stacks the BMW 650i Gran Coupe against the Audi S7 and Mercedes CLS550. We won’t spoil the outcome for you, so read on inside for their conclusion.

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Wonder how the 3 series coupe has evolved now to the F32 4 Series Coupe? Here’s a visual comparison.

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Lexus IS Chief Engineer admits that BMW is the one to beat.

Motor Trend magazine interviewed Junichi Furuyama, the new Chief Engineer of the Lexus IS about the new IS.

“My mission is to overtake the BMW 3-Series as number one in the compact sedan category,” says Furuyama. “That is the way I see it. That is the task we are assigned.”

Furuyama admits that the previous IS fell short in the performance department.

“As soon as I was assigned to be IS chief engineers of the IS, I … CONTINUED

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Here are results from the Sport Auto performance test comparing the 2013 Alpina B6 (F13) versus the 2013 M6 (F13) coupe.

The Alpina B6 Biturbo (full specs) is powered by BMW’s 4.4L V8 engine rated at 540hp and 730nm torque and top speed of 334 km/h.

The M6 features 560hp and 680Nm torque with a top speed of 305 km/h.

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An F30POST member decided to have fun with some Youtube videos and have an unscientific look to see how the BMW Activehybrid 3 stacks up against other hybrids – the Activehybrid 5, the GS-450h, M35h.

The Activehybrid 3 appeared to corroborate BMW’s factory quoted performance numbers and beat out the AH5, GS-450h and M35h.

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The Infiniti Q50 sedan (formerly known as the G37) made its debut at the 2013 NAIAS this week. As in previous generations, the Q50 sedan is Infiniti’s answer the latest 3 Series (F30).

Like the G37 that it replaces, the Q50 will be powered by a 3.7L V6 outputting 328hp / 269lb-ft (compared to the 328i at 240hp/255tq and 335i at 302hp / 295tq), powering the rear wheels (AWD optional) and paired with a 7 speed automatic transmission (paddle shifters optional). There is also a hybrid … CONTINUED

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Check out the dyno results of an F10 M5 versus a C63 AMG Black Series and E63 AMG with Performance Package.

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The first photos of the 2014 Lexus IS have just been revealed. In F-Sport guise, the IS is a direct competitor to the F30 3 Series M Sport.

Much like the BMW F30′s M Sport package, the IS F Sport package includes items such as an aerodynamic kit, larger wheels, lower suspension and sportier interior trim, with no changes to the powerplant.

The new 2014 IS has been built on a longer wheelbase and will offer more interior space than the predecessor. It will launch … CONTINUED

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Sport Auto takes the BMW 1M coupe and M135i to the Hockenheim track for a track and performance showdown.

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Listen to a back-to-back comparison of the factory F30 3 series 335i exhaust versus the F30 335i M Performance Exhaust System.

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Auto Express UK track tests the new BMW M135i versus the Subaru WRX STI 340R. Here’s how they compare on paper.

BMW M135i:
3 liter inline 6 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-62 mph (0-100kmh) in 5.1 seconds (manual), 4.9 seconds (automatic)
Weight: 3174 lbs

Subaru WRX STI 340R:
2.5 liter 4 cylinder
316 hp / 450 Nm torque
0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds
Weight: 3249 lbs

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Car and Driver shares their comparison pitting the F10 M5 versus the F13 M6 at the Anglesey Circuit in the UK to see if the M6 is truly better at the track than the M5, as advertised.

The M5 and M6 share the same 560hp powertrain, but the M6 is billed as being even more suited for the track with its lighter weight (about 100 pounds), lower center of gravity (due to lighter carbon roof and lower roofline) and slighter faster acceleration (about a tenth of … CONTINUED

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The 2013 Car and Driver’s Annual Lightning Lap Competition (#7) at the Virginia International Raceway has concluded and the results are in.

The F10 M5, F13 M6 coupe and the F30 335i sedan were tested and turned in the following times:

Full List by Times
Ferrari 458 – 2.49.9
Lexus LFA – 2.55.1
Chevy Camaro ZL1 – 2.57.5
Merc C63 Black Series – 2.58.0
Porsche 911 S – 2.58.9
Ford Shelby GT500 – 3.00.6
Chevy Camaro SS 1LE – 3.01.5
Jaguar XKR-S – 3.02.1
Porsche … CONTINUED

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Investors currently value BMW at approximately twice the amount of what Mercedes-Benz’s car business is worth. BMW’s market capitalization has risen to 45 billion euros ($58.8 billion) compared to 42.2 billion for Daimler. But, take away a reasonable estimated price for Daimler’s truck business and that the market cap figure drops to 25 billion euros for Mercedes’ passenger car business.

“The market is saying that the prospects for Mercedes are much worse than for BMW,” said Hans-Peter Wodniok, an analyst with Fairesearch in Kronberg, Germany. “The … CONTINUED

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It’s shootout time again at CAR and they’ve got their hands on some hot hatches. In this preview video, they pit the BMW M135i against the Focus ST, Golf GTI, 35 Astra OPC and Renaultsport Megane 265 RB7 in a 1/4 mile drag race.

No surprise here, the M135i destroys the rest of the field at 13.16, followed by the Megane at 14.28. Chris Harris comes in last, no doubt due to the car he was racing in

Check out the full shootout results and action in … CONTINUED