German automaker, BMW, is ratcheting up the promotion of their highly anticipated special edition M Performance models. Now, the British market has received a very cool M3 M Performance Edition - a model priced at £74,080 (about $115,000 at the current exchange rates).
The new BMW M3 M Performance Edition comes with an impressive list of standard equipment including: 19" M Y-spoke Matt Black alloy wheels, Dark Chrome exhaust, side gills and kidney surround, jet black bonnet intakes, carbon-fiber front splitters, high-gloss Shadow-line exterior trim, folding exterior mirrors, and sun protection glass.
Next to these impressive elements, the BMW also features a very impressive list of technologies free of charge (sort of speaking, considering the car’s price). Those technologies are adaptive headlights, DAB digital radio, a Harman/Kardon 13-loudspeaker system, BMW Professional Media Package, mobile application preparation, telephone USB audio interface and Internet.
Under the hood, the M3 keeps its usual 420 HP V8 engine combined with a standard seven-speed M DCT transmission.
UPDATE 05/31/2012: BMW has finally dropped the official details and images on their new M3 Performance Edition. Check it out!
Kelleners Sport isn’t a stranger when it comes to tuning BMWs, and their latest project only adds credence to their reputation as one of the best BMW tuners around.
The program is for the new BMW M5, which as we all know, is a car that’s ripe for the aftermarket industry. For their project, Kelleners Sport decided to give the M5 a comprehensive aerodynamic program with a future performance modification kit set to follow.
In terms of the former, the Kelleners kit involves plenty of carbon fiber components, including a new front lip spoiler, extended side skirts, carbon fiber mirror caps, a new rear diffuser, and an aggressive rear spoiler fitted into the car’s trunk. The program also features a new set of lightweight multi-spoke wheels, which adds a touch of sporty aggression on the car.
In terms of performance, Kelleners was able to increase the car’s output by 100 horsepower. Add that to the standard model’s 560-horsepower output and you get 660 ponies to go wit 790 Nm of torque. Pretty impressive, right?
With the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb drawing closer and closer, we’re now getting a pretty good look at some of the cars that will be competing in the annual event in Colorado.
One car, in particular, that caught our attention is this 1995 BMW M3 Coupe. On any other day, cars like this probably go unnoticed, but this one is pretty cool because it’s set to compete at Pikes Peak.
Tuned to race by EV West, this M3 Coupe has been stripped down of pretty much everything that it won’t need on a racing set-up. What it does have now are a number of racing components, including a bucket racing seat, a full-body roll cage, a huge rear wing fitted on the trunk, plenty of carbon fiber panels, and a new set of 17" lightweight wheels.
To ensure that the their M3 Coupe can compete with some of the quirkiest and more powerful Pikes Peak-bound cars competing in the annual hill climb, EV West took out the car’s standard 3.0-liter inline-six engine and replaced it with a twin-air cooled electric motor that produces a staggering 400 horsepower and an even more staggering 700 lb/ft of torque.
In a recent interview, Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW’s North American sales subsidiary, offered a few more details regarding the company’s plans to expand its M line-up. He said that the American market is pressing BMW corporate headquarters in Munich to add an M variant to its new BMW 7-Series, even though BMW has said that the M7 will never happen. Now, this negative response to the production of the M7 may be changing, especially with Willisch’s counterpart in China also asking for the same thing. "I think we will get it," the BMW North America CEO said, but his lips were sealed tight after that, skipping out on offering any further details such as a launch date prediction.
Our hopes of seeing yet another M model gracing the BMW showfloor are high, but Willisch also reiterated that not all BMW models would get an M version. For example, he said that an M variant will never happen for models like the X1 or the X3. Instead, models like this will get a range of accessories through its new M Performance line. These options will improve the models’ general look, but won’t add significant performance upgrades.
There have been tons of rumors surrounding the engine choice for the next BMW M3, ranging from a new V6 engine to an inline-six engine with tri-turbo (our favorite rumor), but now, the President of BMW North America, Mr. Ludwig Willisch has finally confirmed that the next M3 will feature an inline 6 layout - the same layout that will be used for the M4.
Willisch also said that, at some point, BMW was indeed considering a V6 engine for the next M3, but in the end, this choice was dropped. What he didn’t specify was whether or not the new inline-6 engine will get bi-turbo or tri-turbo. Regardless of the technology, the future M3 will deliver at least 450 HP.
Ludwig Willisch also confirmed that the next M3 will be lighter, faster, more powerful, and more efficient than the current M3. It will be offered with an optional or standard manual transmission.
Don’t expect to see the new BMW M3 launched until late in 2013 or early 2014.
The current BMW M5 F10 already has a G-Power tuned program to its name, one where the German tuner squeezes 640 horsepower out of the German sports car.
But even if the M5 F10 is already out and about, G-Power still did something pretty sensational to the previous generation M5, calling their new program the M5 Hurricane RRS. To give the M5 some added shine, G-Power added a plethora of performance improvement components, including the company’s now famous BI-Kompressor "Sporty Drive" supercharging system. A new coil over suspension was also added, as were a new set of 20" Silverstone Diamond wheels and high-performance brakes. Ceramic brakes are also being offered as an option.
Thanks to its already stout Hurricane power kit, G-Power managed to increase and optimize the engine to a staggering 830 horsepower and 575 lb/ft of torque. Those numbers are good enough to allow this ridiculous M5 to hit 0-62 mph in just 4.3 seconds, 0-124 mph in 9.1 seconds, and 0-186 mph in 25.2 seconds.
And as for top speed? Try an eye-popping 231 mph.
In 2006, BMW’s M division formed a partnership to provide the official safety cars for the MotoGP championship. Last year, a BMW 1-Series M Coupe was the official safety car at the Indianapolis MotoGP, but this year this role will be reserved for the brand new BMW M6 Coupe.
The new BMW M6 Safety Car will make its first public debut during this weekend’s (May 19-20, 2012) Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race in Germany, a warm up for the upcoming M Festival’s M Corso event.
BMW hasn’t revealed any details on their brand new M6 Coupe Safety Car, but we believe it will get the same treatment as all the previous safety models. This treatment will include plenty of carbon fiber elements to make it lighter, an adjustable rear wing for improved downforce, a rollover cage, and new front racing bucket seats. There will also be a special exterior finish and lots of LED lights.
More details about the new M6 Coupe MotoGP Safety Car will be revealed during the weekend. Stay tuned!
It’s no secret that things are going to change significantly in BMW ’s future line-up. For example, the future 1-Series will only include a hatchback version, while the coupe and convertible versions will be sold as a 2-Series. And, as many rumors suggest, the top version of the next 2-Series will be the M2. It will arrive one year after the standard model, so expect to see it sometime before the 2015 model year.
The future BMW M2 will be built on the new F21 platform and will be powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo delivering about 350 HP. Rumors say that the new tri-turbo engine might also find its way under the hood of the upcoming model. Whichever engine is picked, it will be mated to an all-new DCT semi-automatic transmission. Also, like most of the upcoming BMW models, the M2 will feature the intense use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.
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After debuting the M135i Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, BMW has now unveiled the M135i production version. The new model will be distinguished by a specific exterior and interior design, as well as an impressive 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine that delivers an amazing 320 HP. This output allows the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
The car’s exterior will be distinguished by specific M design elements: a front apron with large air intake vents and three-dimensional flaps on the outer air vents inspired by automobile racing. At the rear, there will be an impressive rear apron plus dual exhaust pipes. The final touch is provided by a new set of 18-inch M light alloy double-spoke wheels. The interior receives Hexagon/Alcantara upholstery, an M leather steering wheel, BMW Individual roofliner in Anthracite, and an aluminum Hexagon trim with matte Estoril Blue or high-gloss black accent lines.
BMW has only unveiled the three-door version of the M135i, but they have promised that a five-door version will follow shortly.
UPDATE 05/14/12:This review has been updated with the official details and images for the BMW M135i.
UPDATE 08/01/12: BMW has unveiled a new video for the M135i - a model that unfortunately won’t make it to the US market. The BMW M 135i is part of the compact BMW 1 Series family and it’s a BMW M Performance Automobile. Have a closer look at this sporty car - powered by M.
UPDATE 12/12/12: The BMW M135i is one of the true pocket rockets in the industry, capable of hitting 320 horsepower and 331 lbs-ft of torque. Obviously, a car like that needs to get its Nurburgring baptismal, right? Well, the BMW sports hatch did and you can watch the video after the jump.
Hit the jump to read more about the new BMW M135i. Full story
BMW stopped taking orders for the 1-Series M Coupe at the beginning of April, so if someone wasn’t lucky enough to be among the 2700 people to grab a unit of this limited model, they won’t get the chance to drive one. At least that is the case in a real life scenario. In the gaming world, anything is possible.
For example, the latest ACR game created by Auto Club Revolution in cooperation with BMW gives gamers the ability to log in and take a spin in the 1-Series M Coupe. All you have to do is go to bmw.autoclubrevolution.com to get a free BMW 1 Series M Coupe test-drive on the coolest racetracks and at the highest speeds. Auto Club Revolution takes online-racing to the next level, or at least this is the case they are making. Let us know if there is truth in their advertising by hitting us up in the comments section below!
Hit the jump for the video presenting the European premiere held in the BMW M Studio. Full story