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Initially it was believed that the 2014 M3 would see a tri-turbo, straight-six engine, but now a BMW insider is claiming that a 3.0L, twin-turbo V6 is in the works. In a way it makes sense, considering BMW is outfitting its M5 and M6 models with 4.4L, twin-turbo V8 engine.
Either way, one thing is for sure: the next-generation M3 won’t be seeing a naturally aspirated powerplant which it has had for the past 26 years. Natural improvements on the next-generation M3 include lighter weight components, helping it shave a few more pounds, and a possibility of electric power steering. Transmission options should remain six-speed manual with an updated seven-speed dual-clutch option.
Rumor has it that for the first time, the new BMW M3 sedan will surface first with the coupe following afterwards.
[Source: Inside Line]
BMW‘s M cars are always anxiously awaited by fans thanks to the legacy of performance that is attached to the brand. It seems the newest M badge to adorn a BWM will be attached to the 3-series, and our spy photographers snapped some spy photos of the M3 testing somewhere in Sweden.
Not much is known about the newest M3, but rumors have been suggesting that it will be powered by a tri-turbo 3.3L straight six, rather than the last generations larger V8. The tri-turbo setup looks to eliminate turbo lag, improve fuel efficiency and provide smooth acceleration and even power at low RPMs as well as high revs.
The newest iteration of the M3 does not appear to have changed that much style wise, staying quite close to the normal 3-Series design. The power and performance however will be upgraded and provide a much different driving experience from the normal 3-Series, as is the standard for all BMW M cars.
GALLERY:BMW M3 Spy Photos
BMW enthusiasts in the United Kingdom will get to enjoy a Limited Edition 500 model of the current-generation M3 Coupe and Convertible.
Limited to 500 units, the special edition mostly features aesthetic accessories including dark-chrome details on the double kidney grille, side fender plates and a quad-tipped exhaust setup. Additionally, it comes with the popular BMW high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim and 19-inch glossy black wheels. Buyers may choose from Imola Red, Mineral White and Santorini Blue paint — coincidentally the three colors found in the U.K. flag.
BMW outfitted the M3 500 interior with Novillo leather and color-matched stitching to the exterior of the car. The interior trim will be piano black but will be further accented with a laser-cut dash plaque that designates “one of 500.”
The same 420-hp V8 powerplant mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed M DCT remains under the hood.
Surprisingly, the M3 500 is reasonably priced with the Coupe package starting at close to $88,900 (£55,690) while the convertible will cost about $95,400 (£59,785). While that’s difficult to compare to U.S. figures on a standard M3, the Limited Edition 500 is only about $1,600 (£1,000) more than the standard M3 coupe and convertible price.
The corkscrew at Laguna Seca is one of the most noticeable landmarks in the world to any automotive enthusiast. So BMW got clever with the famous turn with a new marketing video for its X5M, proving that it can even best its M3 counterpart on the track.
The video starts out as your standard on-track video, with your good ‘ol bold text showing off that a vehicle packs a twin-turbo V8 with 555-hp and has a Torque Vectoring Rear Differential. That vehicle of course is the German automaker’s X5M. BMW then goes and showcases why the X5M is such a formidable vehicle on and off the track.
Check out the video after the break.
Attendees to the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Canada might not get to ogle all the cool cars that we did in Detroit, but at least BMW brought something to show off: a special edition BMW Individual paint job.
Seen here is the Frozen Silver finish that was first offered on the M3 last year. The matte finish is sure to cause a commotion at the show.
We can’t find out the price of the BMW Individual Paint finishes on the North American sites, but they usually range between $4,500 and $5,000. We found the option on the U.K. BMW site, where it costs just £ 1,045 (about $1,642 USD) on the M5. Not a bad price for an exclusive finish.
Gallery: BMW M5 ‘Frozen Silver’
Those guys over at Autobild sure know how to have some fun. They decided to do grab every current BMW M model and pit them off against one another at Germany’s Sachsenring track in Bernsdorf.
The fastest time of the day from their shootout was BMW’s M3 GTS, equipped with semi-slicks with a time of 1:37.30 – but since we’re comparing apples to apples, the M3 CRT ran a time of 1:38.87 while the new M5 did it in 1:38.90. That’s a mere 0.03-seconds off the M3 CRT but it’s also worth mentioning that the new M5 was driven by Claudia Hürtgen, a German race car driver and one of Germany’s best known female racers, while the rest of the cars were driven by Autobild drivers.
The 1M Coupe ran a respectable 1:40.18, which was faster than the standard M3 Coupe DCT at 1:40.52. From there it was the M3 Sedan, M3 Convertible, X6 M, X5 M, and E60 M5 rounding off the list. To compare the two generations of M5, the E60 ran a 1:43.77, almost five seconds slower than its newer-generation counterpart.
Autobild also took the liberty to take Porsche‘s Panamera Turbo S and Mercedes-Benz‘s E63 AMG out to compare it to the new M5. The Panamera Turbo S ran a 1:38.13, trumping the new M5 by less than a second, while the E63 was quite behind with a 1:40.59.
Check out two Autobild videos of the new M5 after the break.
GALLERY: 2012 BMW M5
Initially introduced in Europe half a year ago to commemorate 40 years of M, the BMW M3 Competition Edition will soon be available in the United States in an extremely limited amount of only 40 coupes.
The limited edition Competition coupe will only be available with a Frozen Silver exterior paint, M3 GTS 19-inch rims and finally complimented with dark chrome exterior trim pieces and dark exhaust tips. As for the M3 Competition’s interior, M logos throughout Black Novillo leather upholstery with Palladium Silver accents and an Alcantara M steering wheel allows for a truly special experience inside.
While the 414 V8 found in the regular M3 will be carried over to the Competition package, thanks to some tuning, the Competition will benefit from a reprogrammed “M” mode, 10 mm lower suspension set-up and will carry wider-offset wheels, all in the name of shaving 0.2 off the basic M3′s 0-60 time– from 4.7 seconds to just 4.5.
The unique Frozen Silver M3 Competition Edition coupe will begin at $81,060. Exclusivity comes with a price.
GALLERY: BMW M3 Competition Edition
First it was the bi-turbo V6 patent that leaked, and now BMW has filed for a patent on their electric turbocharger, leading to new rumors for what will potentially power the next generation M3. Ever since BMW started regularly employing turbochargers on their factory powerplants, they’ve been seeking ways to efficiently address the issues of turbocharger lag vs power at higher RPM.
The potential answer to the very old dilemma of turbochargers may be hidden in BMW’s plans for an electric turbo that was recently sent into the German patent office. The goal is to have an electric turbocharger that utilizes a small electric motor to work in tandem with a larger, more conventional turbo. The electric motor will power the electric turbo’s turbine during the transition from idle to load, drastically reducing turbo lag. In addition, BMW claims that the electric turbo will increase fuel efficiency by helping keep the engine in its optimum operating range.
What we’ll really see in the next generation M3 is still up in the air, but it’s great to see that BMW is looking to push the envelope in improving turbocharger technology that has been around for decades.
[Source: F30 Post]
BMW M3 owners looking to transform their ride to a GT-inspired race car lookalike can now turn to CLP Automotive’s Interceptor kit to accomplish the task. The full carbon fiber widebody conversion kit doesn’t come cheap though, priced at around $12,400. Your hard-earned dollars will get you a new front bumper, hood, fenders (with lower vents), side skirts, flared rear quarter panels, rear bumper and a rear spoiler.
Those looking to complete the entire transformation however, can shell out even more money to get a set of center-locking 19×9-inch (front) and 19×12-inch (rear) wheels – complete with conversion kit for the center lock – and Bilstein race suspension. To back it all up, CLP Automotive will also outfit your M3 with a G-Power supercharger kit, and Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, giving the M3 a new net horsepower of 600-hp. Inside, CLP also offers a roll cage and lightweight Recaro seats. The complete package (including the body kit) comes in at a little more than $96,500 but includes installation.
GALLERY: CLP Automotive BMW M3
GALLERY: BMW M3 GT Race Car
BMW has unveiled the M3 DTM, a high performance race car that will compete in the 2012 DTM (German Touring Car) series. The M3 debuted at BMW Welt in Munich, and is a very exciting event after a two decade absence of BMW at DTM. Between 1987 and 1992, the M3 won 40 race and had over 150 podium finishes in Germany’s premier tin-top series.
This race car features a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic monocoque (CFRP) with a steel roll cage, a six-speed sequential gearbox, and a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V8. The M3 produces 480-hp and is capable of achieving a 0-62 mph time in three seconds with a top speed of 186 mph.
Three teams will race M3s in next year’s DTM series including BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG. “It is good to see how our DTM project is picking up speed,” explained BMW’s director of development Dr Klaus Draeger. “Next yea, BMW returns to the DTM after two decades. We will be facing our main competitors in the premium sector – and are already looking forward to this challenge.”
Check out the videos after the jump!
BMW has taken the cover off its jaw-dropping M3 DTM Concept Car, giving us a taste of what will hit the track in the upcoming 2012 DTM season. Even though the German automaker has announced that the looks of the car will most likely change considerably leading up to its first race, we hope they retain the general idea: an amazing badass race car.
BMW’s return to the DTM racing season will be with a CFRP monococque chassis with steel roll cage, a 6-speed sequential gearbox mated to a V8 engine with approximately 480-bhp.
Between 1987-1992, BMW’s M3 had over 150 podium finishes in the series and had no less than 40 wins. Confirmed drivers for BMW’s 2012 DTM season include Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus, both of which have impressive resumes in touring car and GT racing.
Three teams will be driving on BMW’s behalf next season: BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG. All three teams are working with BMW to fine-tune the M3 DTM race car along with their partners and sponsors which include Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Deutsche Post AG, Castrol Edge, H&R, SONAX, ZF Sachs and Sympatex.
The M3 DTM Concept Car is currently on display at BMW Welt as part of the DTM event in the Olympic Stadium.
GALLERY: BMW M3 DTM Concept Car
BMW will release a new special edition 335i, thanks to the high demand for the quick selling M3 Frozen Black Edition. The 335i Performance Edition will feature a boost in power and some distinguishing features.
BMW has announced an additional 20-hp and an extra 32 lb-ft of torque added to the standard model’s 300-hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. With the power boost, the BMW will be able to achieve a quicker 0-62 mph time of 5.3 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the stock 335i model.
Aesthetic differences will include black kidney grills and a “Performance Edition” badge. The Performance Edition 335i will also borrow interior trim from the M-Sport package 3-series. The 335i Performance Edition will be available in August and will cost an extra $550 price because of the performance upgrades.
Stay tuned for more info!
[Source: Top Speed]
Martino Auto Concepts in Glen Cove, New York, started out by specializing in repairing accident vehicles and are only one of eight facilities in North America to feature a Celette fixture bench and a Carbench Octopus. This allows Martino Auto Concepts (MAC for short) to become a factory approved BMW repair facility while having the capabilities of reconstructing some of the world’s finest exotics including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches. So naturally with all their talent and expertise, they decided to branch off to customizing high-end vehicles, and MAC Auto Couture was born in 2008.
To show off what their customizing division can do, MAC Auto Couture teamed up with BMW tuner Active Autowerke to build two completely killer BMW M3s with their own themes and personalities. Both feature Active Autowerke’s Stage II supercharger kits and custom paint jobs by MAC Auto Couture. From there, the rest of their accessories contrast one another to show off two complementary builds.
On the one side is a Matte Reventon-colored BMW M3 with a race-inspired theme, featuring an AE Performance roll cage and Stoptech’s Trophy big brake kit. Both of those components have been painted a flashy Ithaca Verde (the actual color of the other M3) which contrast the matte, dark exterior of the car. For aesthetics, Vorsteiner came into play with a GTS3 front bumper with carbon kevlar front splitters, a vented race hood with double sided carbon kevlar vents, a carbon kevlar rear diffuser and a carbon kevlar boot lid. Suspension comes from KW’s Clubsport coilovers while this M3 sports a 20-inch staggered set of ADV1 5.0 Trackspec wheels. STRI gauges along with Recaro’s Profi XL seats round off the race-styled look.
The other M3, featuring the Ithaca Verde exterior paint, features an all steel widebody conversion to the quarter panels, giving it an even bolder look. The roof is a full dry carbon fiber piece which is accompanied with Vorsteiner’s dry carbon front spoiler, rear diffuser and bootlid. The moldings and mirror bases have been painted matte black to contrast the bright green exterior while 20-inch D2 Forged CV2 wheels can be found on all four corners.
While the interior of this M3 also features a custom Ithaca Verde roll cage, this M3 received a much more luxurious interior treatment with reupholstered panels featuring green stitching. In the trunk is a custom JL Audio stereo installation, giving it a more complete in car electronics package.
We applaud MAC Auto Couture’s work on the pair of M3s, which really shows off how great a car can look when you pay attention to the details.
GALLERY: MAC Auto Couture / Active Autowerke BMW M3
Despite not having even been a week since BMW first announced the M3 CRT, rumor has it that all 67 units are already spoken for. This comes from a German publication, Autobild, but has not yet been confirmed by BMW themselves. It wouldn’t surprise us though that this limited edition M3 is already sold out, despite not even being made available to the North American market.
The M3 CRT features several weight-saving components including the use of carbon fiber components, a titanium muffler and lightweight carbon-ceramic brakes. In addition, the M3 CRT sports an adjustable coilover suspension on 19-inch wheels and tires. Oh yeah, the 4.4L V8 also gets a power boost to an impressive 450-hp, the same powerplant found in the M3 GTS Coupe.
Special edition vehicles, especially those from BMW, are known to sell quickly. And despite the M3 CRT’s lofty price tag of around $185,640, it looks as though this limited edition sedan won’t be an exception.
GALLERY: BMW M3 CRT
[Source: BMW Blog]
Remember, it’s not a computer monitor. BMW’s hi-po M3, the CRT, gets an introductory video showcasing its array of carbon fiber and suspension enhancements.
If the regular M3 is too boring, the CRT (which stands for Carbon Racing Technology) should liven things up: it gets a carbon fiber hood that’s a quarter of the regular steel’s weight, carbon fiber seats, a titanium exhaust, lighter wheels and brakes, and less sound deadening. The new suspension gets stiffer springs and adjustable coilovers, and the 450-horsepower V8 is attached to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The result? An M3 sedan that’s 100 pounds lighter, but still features the comfort and convenience of the regular M3—like keeping its high-end audio system that you won’t be able to hear anyway. There will be only 67 units produced, each at an eye-watering price of $185,000. In that case, the video below (after the jump) will be the closest any of us will get to owning, or even driving, an example.
BMW will unveil its M3 DTM car next month to compete in next year’s DTM touring car race series. The Bavarian automaker has not competed in the series for 18 years but feels its car will pack a serious punch.
BMW has recently been with the DTM umbrella organization ITR e. V. and other manufacturers including Audi and Mercedes-Benz on issues regarding technical regulations, and taking DTM to a global audience.
BMW has been working on the M3 DTM since it announced a comeback in the series last October and has been a success so far. The car is expected to be tested in the next few months.
[Source: Motor Authority]
BMW is now offering the very rare 2011 Frozen Black Edition M3 Coupe. Like last year’s 15-minute sell out matte-finish M3, only 20 of these will be made, making them very desirable.
This M3 will come with a full factory warranty(unlike last years color) and BMW says it will provide buyers with instructions on how to care for the unique paint shade because matte finishes require special treatment.
The BMW will come equipped with 19-inch M3 GTS rims wrapped in high-performance summer tires, red brake calipers and various gloss black exterior accents. The interior will receive black Novillo leather with red stitching throughout. The car will also get the M-DCT transmission, the Competition Package, Premium Package 2, and navigation.
BMW will be keeping one of the 20 for its collection, so 19 will be available to the public. BMW will open sales for the car on June 16 at 11:30 a.m Eastern, and can be reached at 1-800-245-4269.
The M3 will cost $79,650 and delivery will be arranged at the buyer’s chosen dealership.
GALLERY: BMW M3 Matte Frozen Black
BMW is continue to show their undying support and love for the Chinese market with yet another special edition M3 for China. This time it’s been dubbed the Carbon Edition M3 and features mostly aesthetic and interior upgrades while performance is unchanged.
The carbon edition M3 will be limited to just 111 units and will be available at a very hefty price tag of $189,700. With it, the affluent Chinese BMW enthusiast will get their hands on a 4.0L V8-powered M3 with 414-hp and 295 ft-lbs of torque with the exterior sporting 19-inch wheels, a black kidney grille up front that’s further accented by black carbon accents on the front bumper. On the side are unique body stripes.
Inside, the interior receives a two-tone leather treatment with carbon fiber trim and special badging. Clearly, China has been having overwhelming success unleashing limited edition models to China, despite the accessories being minimal.
GALLERY: China BMW M3 Carbon Edition
Vorsteiner has made quite a splash with its GTRS3 carbon fiber wide body conversion for the current generation BMW E92 M3. And for Bimmerfest 2011 (which just passed), Vorsteiner decided to debut another widebody M3 project; this time sporting a red and white theme that won itself the nickname of Candy Cane.
The car started its life as your typical M3, sporting 414-hp and 295 ft-lbs of torque from its 4.0L V8 powerplant. Vorsteiner opted to take the vehicle over to Auto Talent to have an AA M3 supercharger fitted on bringing its performance level to a daunting 620-hp. Every bit of that power is put to good use, spinning the 20×10.5-inch wheels up front and the 20×12-inch wheels in the rear. There’s plenty of rubber protecting the Vorsteiner V-309 Forged Concave wheels with 285/25/20 Michelin PS2 rubber in the front and a massively wide 325/25/20 in the rear.
While the exterior is majority white, the widebody converted M3 sports red accents giving it the appearance of a candy cane… sort of. It’s a cute nickname at best with red accents seen on the wheel faces, mirror covers, hood vents, BMW roundels, and side vents. In addition to the carbon fiber wide body, Vorsteiner also outfitted the body with a vented carbon fiber race hood and VRS carbon fiber boot lid.
Additional performance for the BMW comes from a Vorsteiner lightweight titanium exhaust system and a set of Brembo GTR big brakes in the front and the rear. Giving the widebody M3 the stance that it needs on those 20-inch wheels is a set of KW V3 coilovers. For the inside, the red and white theme continues with embroidered floor mats featuring red accents.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner Widebody Candy Cane BMW E92 M3
This is hardly the first time we’ve uttered words about G-Power’s BMW M3 GTS, but we all have a sense of relief now that it’s officially official – pricing and all.
For those living under a rock, the BMW M3 GTS is a high-powered and lighter weight (220-lbs lighter) M3 variant just full of race-inspired goodies including adjustable front and rear aerodynamic components, modified suspension and brakes, and a power increase to 450-hp from the factory 420-hp. Only 150 units of the GTS would be made and it took until late last year for the first deliveries to take place.
And almost immediately upon the first batch of deliveries, three GTS cars found their way over to G-Power for more power enhancements to compete against Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS. G-Power took their “Sporty Drive” supercharger system and adapted it to the M3 GTS taking power output to an astonishing 635-hp with 465 ft-lbs of torque.
In addition to the supercharger is an all-titanium lightweight exhaust system fully equipped with 100 cpsi metal catalytic converters. G-Power also remaps the ECU to put it all in-tune. And those with extra bucks to spend, the G-Power airbox can be had in carbon fiber.
The price for all the G-Power goods for the M3 GTS? A little over $33,000 excluding tax.
GALLERY: G-Power Supercharged BMW M3 GTS
Depending on your opinion of the M3 V8, this may be upsetting. BMW may be considering a V6 engine for the next generation BMW M3. You read that correctly, V6 instead of their famous traditional inline 6.
According to M3post.com, BMW may decide on one of four different power-plants. The first option is to strap a pair of turbochargers on their current S65 V8. Another rumour is to modify the turbocharged N54 inline-six or possibly a version of the F10 M5′s twin-turbo V8 S63 engine. The most interesting rumour, however is to turbo-charge a V6. This comes as a surprise because BMW has traditionally used an inline 6. However, Audi’s S4 has dropped the high output V8 for a turbocharged V6 and BMW is quite competitive with Audi. Of course, true BMW enthusiasts would like to see a rebirth of the inline 6.
BMW hasn’t ruled out the option of producing the 1M CSL, according to a UK BMW product manager. The unexpected success of the 1M and low production numbers have driven up the demand for the fast, light BMW.
The UK was only allotted 450 1M cars. 300 of them were already sold prior to its official launch. This is enticing BMW to look at another avenue of production: The CSL.
The current 1M Coupe makes 340-hp and 332 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine and gets an extra 37 lb-ft thanks to an overboost function. Paired with a 6-speed manual it can hit 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Plus, it weighs 77 lbs less than the factory 135i. A CSL (or perhaps GST) version would likely go further down the road to reduced weight savings.
[Source: BMW Blog]
BMW put this video together regarding a duel held between Nico Bastian in his E92 M3 and Rico Penzkofer on his 1000cc BMW RR motorcycle. The two friends bet one another that both were faster then each other around the track. The race was set up with both drivers on opposite sides of the track to see “who would catch who first”.
See for yourself in the video after the jump. You won’t be surprised.