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 |  Jul 07 2014, 3:45 PM


BMW has no plans to build a performance version of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. 

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 |  May 13 2014, 2:55 PM


Could the next-generation BMW M3 and M4 models return to their four-cylinder roots?

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 |  May 09 2014, 8:02 AM


Can’t get enough of the all-new 2015 BMW M3 and M4 sports cars? BMW just released a new bank of gorgeous photos.

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 |  Feb 13 2014, 7:15 PM


BMW has announced its lineup for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, which will be headlined by the debut of the new 2 Series Active Tourer.

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 |  Jan 22 2014, 9:02 AM


You can’t build a truly great car without an exceptional engine. Powertrain is the heart and soul of every vehicle on the road; it’s the mechanical equivalent of life. Without propulsion systems cars are little more than expensive, over-engineered pieces of yard art.

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 |  Jan 16 2014, 1:32 PM


Pricing for the 2015 BMW M3 and M4 is out, revealing that the cars will start at $62,925 and $65,125 including destination.

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 |  Jan 13 2014, 4:04 PM

2015-BMW-M3-M4-Main-ArtBMW revealed two jaw-dropping performance cars at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The M3 sedan and M4 coupe are race-bred and ready for the track or a twisting mountain road near you.

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 |  Jan 13 2014, 10:11 AM


Despite the rising cost of fuel and growing concerns about the environment, performance cars are not dead, not yet at least. Catering to true enthusiasts, BMW just fired a double-barrel salvo at the market with its hot new M3 sedan and M4 coupe.

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 |  Dec 15 2013, 8:49 AM


Officially introduced last week, the 2015 BMW M3 and M4 have captured the attention of automotive enthusiasts everywhere.

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 |  Dec 12 2013, 8:02 AM

10. Manual Transmission with Throttle Blipping


Now that the 2015 BMW M3 and M4 have been officially revealed, the German automaker has released full details on the next-generation of its popular sports cars. So if you’re looking for all the details on the M3 and M4, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the top 10 facts you need to know on the all-new M3 and M4.

Hardcore BMW enthusiasts are grateful that the manual transmission does exist for the new-generation M3 and M4 models and this time around, the six-speed comes with throttle blipping. The transmission features a double-plate clutch which is considered more compact than its predecessor and is 26.4 lbs lighter. To increase shifting comfort, the German automaker has given the manual transmission new carbon friction lining in its synchronizer rings. But it’s the throttle blipping that owners will look forward to helping improve the smoothness of the transmission and enhancing stability. Throttle blipping was previously only available on M3 models with a M-DCT.

 |  Dec 11 2013, 3:30 PM


Detailed specifications for the 2015 BMW M3 and M4 have been revealed, both of which will be powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine with 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.

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 |  Oct 29 2013, 8:57 PM


The production version of the 2014 BMW M3 isn’t expected to make its public debut until the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but a video revealing the sedan has appeared on the Internet.

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 |  Sep 26 2013, 5:01 PM


The next-generation BMW M3 and M4 models will have optional carbon-fiber backed seats, similar to those found in the BMW M3 CRT model.

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 |  Sep 24 2013, 9:02 PM


BMW is promising its new M3 sedan and M4 coupe will bring a new interpretation of the German automaker’s popular sports cars, while raising the bar for performance once again.

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 |  Aug 28 2013, 10:45 AM


New spy photos of an M3 are hinting that the latest in high-performance from BMW is close to production.

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 |  Aug 13 2013, 4:52 PM


BMW is working on the next generation of M3 and the newly minted M4 (essentially an M3 Coupe), and today the brand released a teaser video that lets us hear the new engine at work. 

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 |  Jul 22 2013, 9:05 PM


The next-generation of BMW M models is currently undergoing track testing, as AutoGuide‘s spy photographers have caught both the new M3 sedan and M4 coupe in action.

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 |  Jun 04 2013, 8:09 PM


One of the more extravagant offerings BMW has for new-car buyers is to take European delivery of their vehicle. What could possibly go wrong with flying to Germany to pick up your new Bimmer at the BMW Welt and driving it on the Nurburgring before it gets shipped to America? As it turns out, lots.

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 |  Dec 21 2012, 9:01 AM

1936 Ford Fordor sedan


It’s the sixth day of AutoGuide’s Dream Car Garage list. Now it’s Associate Editor Craig Cole’s turn to share his 10 favorite vehicles, an eclectic, unexpected rundown of cars and trucks.

Even though the 1936 Ford was a couple years too late to service gangsters like John Dillinger and the crime duet Bonnie and Clyde, it’s got the look of earlier models, with an upright grille, gracefully arching fenders and those all-important running boards. It’s a classic design from the most graceful period of automotive history.

Under the car’s double-hinged hood sits a 221-cubic-inch wonder, the world’s first mass-market V8 engine. Ford’s famous flathead delivered a full 85 horsepower and belted out the Depression-era’s greatest hit, a syncopated rhythm controlled directly by the driver’s right foot.

1936-Ford-Rear-Three-Quarter.jpgThat’s a laughably modest power rating by today’s standards, but Fords were the inexpensive performance cars of their era. Thanks to ample torque, low gearing and a curb weight that was considerably lighter than the competition, these cars were built to run. Advertised top speed was nearly 90 miles an hour. A terrifying figure for a car equipped with mechanically operated drum brakes.

When it comes to classic autos most people seem to prefer muscle cars. If they do have a soft spot for older iron they typically go for coupes or roadsters. Sedans – especially “Fordor” models – are almost sneered at, but I LOVE them, especially when equipped with suicide doors as this ’36. In fact I appreciate them so much I’m restoring one right now, so it’s mandatory to have an example in my dream garage.

Being an 80-year-old in a 28-year-old’s body goes a long way to explaining my affinity for ancient cars like this one, and you know something, it’s not always about performance…

 |  Dec 07 2012, 3:02 PM

BMW officially unveiled its new 4 Series Concept this week, which raised an important question: will there also be an M4?

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 |  Dec 05 2012, 4:01 PM

The newest iteration of the 3 Series Coupe, officially dubbed the 4 Series by BMW, unofficially broke cover this morning, and now the brand has released a large set of official images and some additional info on the new 4 Series. 

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 |  Dec 05 2012, 3:01 PM

After a nearly 20-year absence from participating in DTM, BMW triumphantly returned for the 2012 season proving that the German automaker didn’t miss a beat while taking time off from racing.

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 |  Oct 26 2012, 7:01 PM

BMW has announced the M3 Coupe Frozen Limited Edition, offering the car in three matte paint colors that coincide well with the American election season: Red, White and Blue.

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 |  Sep 17 2012, 3:31 PM

As the curtain slowly closes on the current generation BMW M3, the German automaker announced back in July a special edition model that pays tribute to the famous Lime Rock Park track in Connecticut.

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