Here’s a sight not easily or commonly seen – two of the rarest and fastest production M3s ever made. Both the E46 M3 CSL and E92 M3 GTS were lightweight models of the standard M3 with a modest power bump. Each also figured other upgraded components such as suspension and braking.
Only 1,400 of the M3 CSL were produced for its only model year (2004). The M3 CSL was 240 pounds lighter than the regular M3 and featured a 17hp /1 lb-ft torque gain over the standard M3. It was only available in Silver Grey Metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic.
The M3 GTS is an even rarer example, with only 250 units produced. Announced in 2009 and deliverd in 2010, the GTS shed 300 pounds from the standard … CONTINUED
The new BMW 3 series F30 (320d) has been named by Autocar as its pick for the Best Car in the Real World, over the popular Range Rover Evoque.
The 320d F30 was given five stars by Autocar, the highest accolade their we-drive-everything testers can bestow on a car, and they are extremely careful not to spray it about. The last five-star verdict went to the Ferrari 458 Italia in 2010. Read about it inside.
Autoexpress rightfully calls 3 the magic number for BMW. It’s BMW’s top selling model and has set the standard in the small-medium sports sedan class for decades. As such, any new 3 series model is always big news and the natural question to come to everyone’s mind is how it compares to its most direct rivals – traditionally the Audi A4 and Mercedes Benz C Class.
No surprise, the F30 comes out on top as it has in all the comparisons so far. See the full details/results at Autoexpress.
Site member and renowned driver Advevo shows how much driving skill equalizes the power and performance difference between cars. The 1M is no slouch but on paper it gives up much to the lightweight M3 GTS, but Advevo manages to keep it a very close race on this Nurbrugring lap.
This lap by Advevo in his 1M was completed in just 7.45, an impressive task in and of itself.
We recently featured a video of the F30 328i running to 155mph, now watch and compare with this video of the F30 335i doing the same. Both feature very impressive acceleration and gear changes.
CAR Magazine is next up with its M5 comparo in which the F10 M5 is matched against the E63 AMG and Jaguar XFR. The question asked is whether the new M5 can relclaim the title of best super saloon? See for yourself inside.
We’ve posted plenty of spy photos and videos of the next generation M3 sedan (F80) but this is the first high speed chase video we’ve seen, and the chase car is no slouch. Watch as a tuned BMW 1M coupe (with 420hp) pushes a F80 M3 prototype to 240+km/h on the Autobahn.
The F80 M3 is due to debut in the second half of 2013, likely for market release in Europe at the end of 2013 and in the US early 2014.
Autobild pits the new M5 (F10) against the main competitors in the medium-large sports sedan segment – the CTS-V, E36 AMG with Performance Pack, and the Jaguar XFR. See inside for the comparison and track results from and between these impressive cars.
Remember the M5-M3-S1000 burnout videos posted recently? BMW Mexico has released a video from the same event, which shows some on track action between the M3, S1000RR superbike, and F10 M5 piloted by BMW DTM driver Augusto Farfus.