BMW M Series

BMW M-series

While the rest of the auto world is transfixed on the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show , BMW Motorsport is taking the under-the-radar approach in introducing its latest race car: the M235i Racing.

Based on the new 2 Series , the M235i Racing was built to be a competitive and ultimately successful entry-level racecar .

On the surface, the M235i Racing looks like a conservatively modified 2 Series that just came with M Performance billing. But the lack of substantial modifications didn’t come by accident, something BMW Motors W Motors port Director Jens Marquardt said was born out of the impressive components that already come out of the BMW M Performance program.

"The range is already incredibly sporty," Marquardt said. "Because of this, we did not have to make many modifications in order to get the BMW M235i Coupe up and running as a racing car."

Updated 01/20/2014: BMW unveiled a new series of images of the upcoming M235i Racing car before the car’s official debut at the 2014 DTM racing series.

Updated 02/10/2014: BMW unveiled a new video revealing how the M235i Racing is built. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 BMW 2 Series

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In the latest episode of Drive, Cris Harris receives a little surprise, as he was invited to drive BMW’s M3 DTM racecar . Now that’s a real surprise, as this is about as close to hitting the automotive lottery as one can get.

Harris tries to understand what makes the M3 DTM so special and how Bruno Spengler could score such impressive results with the racecar . After a short overview of the car, he got behind the wheel and the fun began. Harris seemed too have no trouble controlling a car that develops 480 horsepower, goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph, but then again, he is used to cars like that.

As usual. Harris had all the fun in the world behind the wheel, so his review is a must see. We assure you that this one video that will make you envy him in the end.

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BMW i8

After BMW announced the i8 we were kind of hoping to see an M version for it. To our disappointment, BMW officials said that such a model is "no longer part of the program." However, the German magazine Autobild claims the M version of the i8 back into focus and it reports we’re still going to see it in 2016.

We’re not very sure about the name, although there are two plausible possibilities: BMW M1 — as a tribute to its first supercar — or the more obvious M8 . Either way, Autobild claims that it will carry a twin-turbo V-8 engine that develops around 600 horsepower. This should be enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 200 mph.

The same magazine reports that the model will keep i8’s carbon-fiber passenger cell that will help keep its curb weight of about 1,500 kg (3,300 pounds).

We’ve seen this song-and-dance game before, and as the rumor gains traction, BMW will quickly shoot it down, regardless of it being true or false.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW i8.

Source: Autobild
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BMW stopped production of the M3 Convertible a while ago, and it is now preparing for the release of its replacement, the M4 Convertible , next year. Until the M4 drop-top hits the market, German tuner Leib Engineering is giving M3 Convertible owners a chance to push their hard-top 3er to the next level.

Just like with the rest of the M3 family, the convertible version is powered by a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine with a total output of 414 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which was good enough to sprint the cabriolet to 60 mph in under five seconds. Leib Engineering obviously was not satisfied by these numbers, and pushed the M3 to 610 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque.

Getting the extra 196 ponies and 140 pound-feet of torque from the V-8 engine required a G-Power SK II CS supercharger, an additional fuel pump system, high-performance injector nozzles, colder spark plugs, induction air track made of carbon/stainless steel and an ECU remap.

The kit also includes a new sports exhaust system with double 100-cell sports catalytic converters from HJS and an exhaust valve that can be controlled through the M button on the steering wheel. The exhaust system features 65 mm (2.55-inch) diameter pipes, which is a nice jump from the factory 60 mm (2.36-inch) pipes.

The final step in creating this amazing M3 was to update the suspension and chassis to handle all of the extra power. This includes a KW DDC coilover setup that the driver can adjust via the M button or through the Electronic Damper Control button.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 Cabriolet by Leib Engineering.

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In a historic finale to the 2013 MotoGP season, Marc Marquez was crowned world champion who also became the youngest ever to win the title. He managed to beat the reigning world champion in his rookie season, becoming the second rider to achieve this feat since Kenny Roberts in 1978.

Each year, BMW sponsors the racing series and the rider with the most number of pole positions is awarded a special "BMW M Award " in the form of a latest BMW M-Series . This year, the 20 year old Marquez was awarded a truly menacing BMW M6 Coupe in Frozen Black. What a rookie season it has been for Marc with the M6 being the icing on the cake.

Hopefully, Marc can handle this powerful four wheeler as well as he does powerful two-wheels sport bikes.

More details about the BMW M6 Coupe Frozen Black just past the jump

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BMW M4 Coupe

The official debut of the new BMW M4 Coupe is just around the corner, so we are seeing more and more of the car’s color options.

We’ve already seen the Austin Yellow Metallic and the Yas Marina Blue Metallic prototypes out testing, and now our spy photographers managed to catch an M4 Coupe testing in a sleek Sakhir Orange. Alongside this sweet hue and the others we’ve caught, customers can choose between a few other exterior paints, including: Alpine White, Mineral Grey, Black Sapphire, Silverstone and Mineral White.

In a previous release, BMW confirmed that the M4 Coupe will carry an in-line six-cylinder engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology that will deliver approximately 430 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Not only is this engine more powerful than the previous V-8 used in the M3 , but is also about 25 percent more fuel efficient. The model will also weight a little under 3,300 pounds, which will help it deliver outstanding driving dynamics.

We expect BMW to release the new M4 Coupe in early 2014.

Click past the jump to see more spy shots of the M4

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BMW Concept M4 Coupe

The new BMW M4 and M3 sedan go on sale early next year. The buildup to the launch has been an exciting one, partly because the car in question is a rather special automobile and partly due to the slow stream of information that has been coming out in the media. More recently, a dealer order guide was leaked revealing most of the optional packages, colors and trims.

This time, we will see a clear differentiation between the coupe and the sedan , which marks the debut of the M4.

The M3, on the other hand will retain the performance of the M4 and add four-door practicality. Looking at the history of M cars, one would expect certain performance upgrades that have always been a part of the package. The M differential, launch control system, ceramic brakes and a dual-clutch transmission would never be left out.

Apart from the usual M performance systems, BMW has added a host of personalization options, along with new illumination systems and driver interface. Three distinct packages are on the option list: Driver Assistance Package, Executive Package and Lighting Package.

Most of the driving aides, including lane departure warning, blind spot detection and exterior cameras, are part of the Driver Assistance Package. The Executive Package includes premium leather, heater steering wheel, Park Distance Control, Heads Up Display, Satellite Radio subscription, etc. For the first time, BMW will offer full -LED headlamps with automatic high beams, which is part of the Lighting Package.

A separate options list has been included wherein large diameter M Carbon Ceramic Brakes, an M Adaptive Suspension and an M Double-Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic would be fitted to the car for a few extra bucks over the base price.19-inch alloy wheels are also a part of the options list, as is a Harman/Kardon surround sound system.

Click past the jump for a detailed look at the 2014 BMW M3 /M4 US Dealer Order Guide.

Source: Bimmerpost
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BMW is busy developing the next-gen M3 , and the the M4 Coupe . In fact, BMW is so far into the development process, that the company already took the M3 out for its first commercial shoot.

Lucky us, a vigilant eye was in the right place at the right time, and managed to take some shots of the next M3 wearing a very cool Yas Marina Blue Metallic paint with a carbon-fiber roof.

Because the M3 is donning this fantastic color for its official filming session. we expect to see the production model to wear the same paint when BMW unveils it at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .

For those of you who haven’t heard. the 2015 BMW M3 will make use of a newly developed S55 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder engine with an output of 430 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This will also mark the return of the M3 sedan, since the M4 is taking over for the old M3 Coupe.

Source: Bimmerpost
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Everyone expected that once the new BMW 2 Series hit the market, that a more powerful M version would soon follow it. Our spy photographers caught some prototypes testing at Nürburgring, confirming the model. Now, just hours after revealing the 2 Series, BMW has lifted the veil off of the M235i.

Like the 1 Series Coupe preceded the 2 Series, the M135i and 1M preceded the M235i. Unfortunately, the M135i never available in the U.S., and the 1M Coupe was so limited that its order books closed nearly as fast as they opened.

The 1M Coupe was a mighty micro-Bimmer, with its twin-boosted, 3.0-liter, straight-six engine that tortured the concrete with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The M235i will use the same powertrain, but with its output slightly reduced to 322 horsepower.

The M2235i will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will ht the market at $44,025.

Updated 10/25/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 05/12/2014: BMW officially announced today that a M235i xDrive version will be added to the lineup starting July 2014. The model will be offered with the same engine as the base version, but the sprint from 0 to 60 mph will go down to 4.6 seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M235i Coupe.

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Imagine the scenario: The sun is shining somewhere exotic, and you have keys to a Ferrari or perhaps a GT-R and Carrera GT to choose from.

The cars are already on the building’s roof with the models. Time to put on that multi-pocket camera vest, and get to work on this dream job.

The cars sit near the heli pad and have never looked hotter. The babe in the passenger seat is not half bad either.

Talented photographers really get all the perks sometimes. They not only get to spend hours with some of the most beautiful women in the world, but they collaborate closely and have these model’s undivided attention as everyone on set tries to make great art.

Of course, a wardrobe change or five is part of every photo shoot. But some guys really do have it all behind the Nikon lens. Not just supermodels, but supercars too.

All of the best exotics in the world seem to be in the ItzKirb portfolio.

ItzKirb Photography, is one of those very talented and lucky individuals behind the camera. His talent is clear to see, and he loves two model subjects more than anything: cars and ladies.

Put the two together, and the recipe is sure to spark a thrill. One that is safe enough for work, at least.

Feast your eyes on all of ItzKirb’s beauties after the jump.


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