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01/09/2013    1:45 PM
COMMENTS: 312

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 with a choice of two V6 engines – a 2.5L and 3.5L, with a four-cylinder hybrid powerplant to come later. Specs and comparisons to the F30 will be forthcoming, but for now, let’s see how the IS … CONTINUED

01/07/2013    2:00 PM
COMMENTS: 72

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

01/06/2013    5:23 PM
COMMENTS: 67

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

01/02/2013    10:00 PM
COMMENTS: 59

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

01/02/2013    6:36 PM
COMMENTS: 36

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 second faster to 0-60, at 4.1 seconds).

Check out the real world results and differences on the track.

12/28/2012    2:00 PM
COMMENTS: 156

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 Boxster S – 3.04.2
Audi RS5 – 3.04.3
BMW M6 – 3.04.7
BMW M5 – 3.05.2
Audi S6 – 3.09.8
BMW 335i sedan – 3.13.2
Hyundai Genesis 3.8 R – 3.13.9
Dodge Charger Pursuit – 3.17.8
Subaru BRZ – 3.18.6… CONTINUED

12/18/2012    11:25 AM
COMMENTS: 45

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 market’s always right. In terms of innovation, BMW is the leader.” “The market’s confidence in Daimler management is pretty much at rock bottom,” said Max Warburton, a Bernstein analyst in Singapore. “Investors have little or no confidence that current management … CONTINUED

12/15/2012    1:00 PM
COMMENTS: 70

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 the January 2013 edition of CAR.

12/12/2012    1:25 PM
COMMENTS: 92

The just announced M6 Gran Coupe comes next summer to compete with the Mercedes CLS63 AMG. Until now, the CLS63 has really had no direct competition in terms of a car that closely matches its size, styling, performance, and segment.

Now that the CLS63 has some competition, we’ve put together this comparison of specs and photos for your reference. We don’t yet have final physical specs for the M6 Gran Coupe, but we’ve used the 6 Series Gran Coupe exterior dimensions and took a good guess as to the M6 Gran Coupe’s weight.