Halloween is still a long ways away, but that hasn’t stopped aftermarket specialist Antelope Ban from building a program for the BMW M3 E92 that pays homage to the only time of the year when the color Pumpkin Orange is cool.
Looking at the model, it’s certainly hard to take your eye off of the loud orange body. Combine that with an aero kit that includes a rear spoiler and a set of ASV5 Track Spec SL wheels with color-matched lips and matte-black spokes, and you get a visual assault on the senses that actually looks pretty darn good on the M3.
But more than just the kits and new set of wheels, Antelope Ban also fitted the BMW sports coupe with a new supercharger kit. Although no specific performance numbers were given, it’s conceivable that the M3’s 4.0-liter V-8 engine can now produce in excess of 500 horsepower - maybe even more - compared to the 420-horsepower output of the standard model.
We don’t know what your take is on this kind of orange on a BMW M3, but overall, Antelope Ban’s program does catch your attention — in more ways than one. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is entirely up to how you can handle all that orange.
You have to admit: BMW has some of the coolest commercials for the models in its lineup. But no mater how impressive these commercials are, we always like to see what the BMW fans can do when they get to put their creative hats on.
For example, the guys over at AutoRauto have chosen two amazing BMW models: one that is approaching the end of its production cycle - the M3, and one that has just made it to the market - the M5. We have to wary, the commercials they have created are equally impressive.
As a reminder, the M3 is powered by a V8 engine with 420 HP, while the M5 gets an even more impressive 4.4-liter turbocharged engine with an output of 560 HP.
Hit the jump to watch a very cool BMW M5 commercial by AutoRauto. After watching both of them, let us know which of the two is your favorite! Full story
The coolest option offered by the new generation BMW 3-Series is the M Sport package that will further accentuate the sportiness and dynamism of the 3-Series. But if for some crazy reasons you have ordered the car without this cool upgrade, the guys over Prior Design come to your help with the addition of a very cool body kit.
The package includes a new front spoiler with a matte black lip spoiler, new side skirts, a new rear spoiler with an integrated black matte diffuser and a trunk lid spoiler. The price for the entire upgrade package is 1956 euro (699 euro front spoiler, 699 the rear one, 329 euro side skirts and 229 trunk spoiler) - or about $2,594 at the current exchange rates.
Each component of the new aerodynamic package is made in Dura-Flex, a high quality material, characterized by excellent surface structure that provides sufficient flexibility and stability.
Now that we have seen how Prior updated the look of the new generation 3-Series we can hardly wait for the engine upgrades!
BMW has unveiled a very cool video featuring a BMW M3 with M Performance Parts doing one lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track. Behind the wheel was Martin Tomczyk, BMW Motorsport Driver and 2011 DTM Champion.
Even if the BMW M3 with M Performance Parts brings no performance updates under the hood, the model has been specially designed to deliver the most amazing driving experience.
On the exterior BMW added a very cool aerodynamic package that includes a new front splitter and new rear spoiler in carbon fiber. The model featured in this video is painted in very cool white paint combined with blue and red side stripes. It sits on a new set of 19" light alloy wheels combined with a new sport braking system.
For the interior BMW added a new steering wheel in alcantara, trim strips in carbon fiber and aluminum pedal pads.
Watch the video to see how this updates improved the car’s driving dynamics.
The German tuner G-Power has unveiled yet another tuning kit for BMW M3. Called "Sporty Drive," this new version adds up to 25 percent more power for the car’s V-8 engine and it can be combined with updated suspensions and, of course, a new set of wheels.
The new "Sporty Drive" system is being offered in three versions: SK I, SK II and SK II CS, with the latest one adding up to 190 horsepower to the car’s standard 420 horsepower. All versions include a TU (Technical Update) supercharger system with modified air intake housing, a larger racing air filter and modified ECU software.
On the exterior, the changes are being kept to a minimum and they only include a new set of 20-inch wheels plus a new stainless steel rear sport silencer with 4 x 83 mm tail pipes.
Hit the jump to read more about the new BMW M3 Sporty Drive by G-Power. Full story
When you’re dealing with a sports coupe, like the BMW M3, it’s important to exercise a certain level of caution, particularly because of the many aftermarket programs for the car that are already in existence.
Nevertheless, Velos Designwerks did itself proud on this one, giving the German sports car an array of aerodynamic and performance modifications that gave the M3 a sportier and more aggressive look to go with an enhanced power.
Beginning with the exterior, the M3 was given a number of new components, including a new carbon fiber-front splitter to go with a set of dark-bronze lightweight forged alloy wheels. Velos Designwerks also lowered the car’s ride height and increased its handling characteristics via a KW V3 suspension lowering system. The M3’s stopping power was also improved with a new Brembo brake setup.
Moving on to the performance side, the BMW M3 already packs a mean punch with a 4.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower. Apparently, 420 ponies still isn’t enough for Velos Designwerks and thanks to their ESS VT625 supercharger kit, it managed to add another 200 horsepower to the M3, giving a staggering total of 620 ponies under its hood.
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of BMW’s M subsidiary and the company took the opportunity to celebrate this event in the coolest ways possible. The company invited lots of press journalist this week at Nürburgring for a special event where they saw the upcoming M6 GranCoupe in the flesh.
But, next to it BMW also brought a special M3 DTM Champion Edition, which is a tribute to Bruno Spengler’s championship in the recently concluded DTM 2012 season. The model will be limited to only 54 units. Why 54 units? To pay tribute to all the 54 BMW’s DTM races in its history, of course.
This special M3 is painted Frozen Black — a color that mimics the matte black in the M3 DTM — combined with carbon flaps and gurney, various dark chrome elements, and matte black wheels. This special edition also receives BMW’s M-stripe design over the roof and boot lid, a BMW M logo to the rear of the front wheel arches and decals in the rear side windows.
Inside the cabin, BMW added a carbon-fiber trim strip with the champion’s signature and the car’s serial number. There is also an Alcantara steering wheel, handbrake lever embroidered with "M Power" badges and extended black Novillo leather trim with features in contrasting Palladium Silver.
The model will be offered with a standard ZCP Competition Package which includes: black wheels, gloss-black air inlets on the bonnet, carbon-fiber front splitters and carbon-fiber rear spoiler. As standard equipment, the model will add Competition package, M Drive, M DCT Drivelogic and the M Driver’s Package. It will also include a navigation system, heated seats and Park Distance Control.
The new BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition will go into production at BMW’s Regensburg plant and the BMW M GmbH factory in February 2013, and will carry an MSRP of €99,000 (about $130,000 at the current exchange rates).
Updated 12/05/2012: BMW has finally released the official details on its special edition M3 DTM Champion Edition.
Yesterday, Manhart unveiled the M5 MH5 S Biturbo and now the tuner is moving its attention to the BMW M3 convertible. This new tuning package was inspired by the MH3 V8 RS Clubsport package and takes the output in the M3 Convertible up to a nearly excessive 655 horses!
In order to obtain this amazing increase, Manhart replaced the car’s standard 4.0-liter V-8 with a larger 4.4-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine borrowed from the X6 M. After some software upgrades and the addition of a new Akrapovic Evolution Titanium exhaust system, the output spiked to 655 ponies and the torque shot up to 719 pound-feet. As a result, the MH3 V8 R Biturbo can hit a ridiculous top speed of 198 mph.
In order to handle the extra 235 horses on tap, Manhart fitted the M3 with am MHR braking system that features four-piston calipers and 396 mm (15.6-inch) brake discs on the front axle and 374 mm (14.7-inch) brake discs on the rear axle. Also strapped to this incredible M3 is a set of 20-inch MHR Concave One Ultra-light forged wheels wrapped tightly in high-performance tires sized 255/30ZR20 up front and 305/25ZR20 at the back.
On the exterior, the changes were minimal and include a carbon-fiber hood with GTR air intakes, mirror caps and diffuser. Just the way we like it, just a little show but plenty of go!
Just a few days ago, we brought you the second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, which is set to be released for Xbox 360 and PS3 in the Spring of 2013. The wait for the launch can be very aggravating, we know. To help satisfy your GTA thirst, Gevorg Karensky has created an awesome live-action short movie with a plot based on GTA — GTA IV and its main character, Nico Bellic, if you want to be specific.
His movie, called Grand Theft Auto: RISE, looks pretty true to the original and features one of our favorite cars — the BMW M3 — and not just a replica, like in the game. Unfortunately, the M3 meets a rather unhappy ending, but we still enjoyed every second of the car chase it was involved in.
Let us know in the comments section bellow if you like this movie, or you will rather wait for the GTA V for some "real" action!
Precision Sport Industries (PSI) has developed a sweet BMW M3 Coupe project. What makes this project so special are not the exterior or the interior kits, but what lies under the hood. under here, PSI has installed a G-Power SKII CS kit that increased the V-8 engine’s output from the standard 420 ponies to a supercar-like 600 horsepower. Peak torque has also been increased up from the standard 295 pound-feet to 427 pound-feet.
In order to obtain this amazing output the SKII CS kit includes an ASA T1-522 supercharger with the bracket system made from aluminum, a dual-flow air-intake box made from carbon fiber, a high-capacity air-to-air intercooler made from aluminum, eight fuel injectors with greater flow and eight racing spark plugs. There is also an Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust System that makes the engine sound better than ever. Capping off the build, PSI draped the air-intake tubes, resonator and valve cover in orange sherbert paint.
With the extra 180 horsepower, the M3 can now hit a top speed of 198 mph.
In order to handle the extra power, PSI also installed a set of 20-inch wheels, Eibach Race Springs and high-performance brakes. The interior received a series of new gauges — air-fuel ratio, boost and water temperature — developed in cooperation with VEI Gauges and 3D Design.
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