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BMW M Turns 40. The BMW M GmbH Story

05/16/2012 at 8:10 PM
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“A company is like a human being. As long as it goes in for sports, it is fit, well-trained, full of enthusiasm and performance.” These were the words of Robert A. Lutz, BMW AG Board Member Sales, back in 1972. They were the words christening the youngest subsidiary of BMW AG at the time, BMW Motorsport GmbH. Today the company is called BMW M GmbH. But it is just as fit, well-trained, full of enthusiasm and performance as it was 40 years ago.

The early 1970s were … CONTINUED

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The M Performance Parts party continues. Just minutes after our Live Gallery of the F20 125i equipped with M Performance Parts, BMW has published the full M Performance parts catalog to coincide with its official release/announcement at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow.

M Performance Parts carry the M name because they have been developed together with M engineers for both performance and aesthetics enhancement. This collaboration with M engineers began just last year. This is what sets M Performance Parts apart from what used to be called simply … CONTINUED

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The 555hp X5 M is fast, but not faster than the M3 around a track. That is unless it puts it capabilities to creative uses. Watch one way the X5 M with its AWD w/ torque vectoring rear differential can beat the M3 around turns on a track ;)

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The results are in from Car and Driver’s sixth annual Lightning Lap Tests @ Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

BMWs tested in this year’s Lightning Lap include the 1M coupe, 335is, X5 M, and Z4 sDrive35is. How did each model fare? See inside.

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Munich. With its BMW M Performance Automobiles, BMW M GmbH is adding four newly developed models to its product range. These cars come with a significant boost in performance and hallmark M precision in the interplay of the powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics – coupled with unrestricted everyday utility and high levels of efficiency. The BMW M550d xDrive, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d models will have their world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show (8 – 18 March 2012). The … CONTINUED

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Ryan Amico and friend Jimmy (GOLFFRR) were two of the recent lucky attendees at BMW’s performance center driving event for M certified dealers throughout the country. What they participated in was basically an enhanced version of the standard Performance Center Driving School course. Check out GOLFFRR’s journal from the experience inside.

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This must have felt like Christmas for the folks at Autobild. Autobild knows what it takes to have a great story and has done a special edition on BMW M models, called “Fascination M.” In this special comparo, Autobild gives an overview of all current BMW M models as well as interesting insights into M GmbH. Most interestingly, Autobild pitted all (yes, all) currently available M models against each other on a German race track named Sachsenring.

The outcome? As you’d expect, the M3 CRT (it’s sold … CONTINUED

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Pursuant to the opening of a new assembly line in November of 2010, the BMW Spartanburg plant has produced 255,359 models, contrasted with 142,135 last year, equaling a whopping 80 percent boost in production.

The stated goal for the facility is 270,000 units and employing some 7,000 workers BMW managed to fabricate 11,349 X3s, 9,650 X5s and 3,680 X6s there during the month of November for a total of 24,679, according to an article in the Charleston Regional Business Journal. If they were to produce a similar … CONTINUED

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The BMW X5 M was not built to be a drag racer (nor is any BMW for that matter), but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be an absolute brute on the quarter mile track, despite its hefty 5,368 pounds curb weight. Given its torque crazy bi-turbo motor, that’s no surprise.

The bi-turbo engine also reacts very well to software tunes and this video shows just how much tuning potential the motor has. RENNtech was able to run in the 11′s while testing out their … CONTINUED

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BMW of North America has announced a modest inflationary price increase effective January 1, 2012. The Destination and Handling fee for all models will be increased to $895 on that date as well. This increase is less than one percent and applies to the models listed in the table below. In these tough economic times a careful balance was attained between the competitive situation, inflationary conditions, and market realities.

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Although the BMW X4 has not yet been spotted in any public testing, it’s been confirmed by BMW. AutoBild utilizes some of BMW’s latest styling elements (including the exposed side grilles of the F30 3 series sedan), to produce renders of what they think the upcoming BMW X4 SAV may resemble, as well as the future iterations of the X1 and X5. They even threw in a render of a fantasy X2.

The X4 was recently confirmed, per: http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=588424

In an interview with Auto Motor … CONTINUED

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The M Owners Club of Indonesia never disappoint with their Performance Day events, and their 3rd Annual Performance Day event from this past Saturday was no exception. Around 150 various M cars (mostly late model BMWs) were in attendance and participated in the opening ceremony, drag races, and hot laps at the track.

Plenty of eye candy inside, so have a look.

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