BMW M3

BMW M3

In the past few months, BMW has unveiled a number of "M3 Frozen" editions - the M3 Frozen Black Edition and the M3 "Frozen Silver" Competition Edition are the most recent - and now they’ve unveiled one more, this time for the German market. The BMW M3 Frozen Dark Blue will be priced at 95,555 euro, or about $125,000 at the current exchange rates. By comparison, the M3 "Frozen Silver" Competition Edition offered for the US market is priced at $81,060.

The M3 Frozen Dark Blue will be offered with a double-clutch transmission and Competition Package that adds a lowered suspension (ride height is reduced 10mm), light alloy wheels, a specially developed ’sport’ mode (part of the Electronic Damping Control), and a revised stability control program. The car has also received a new set of 19" wheels in styling 359M.

If anyone is interested in the cost of the Frozen Blue paint, that alone is priced at 3,050 euros ($3,984), while the other options add up to about 25,830 euro ($33,750).

Source: BimmerToday
BMW M3

The next generation BMW M3 sedan has been caught testing around the Nurburgring race track a couple of times, but the folks over at BMW have now moved on to public roads. These latest spy shots reveal even more details, including those wide fenders.

The future M3 may still be heavily camouflaged, but we already know that it will feature a new design language leaning more towards aggressiveness and sportiness. The wider fenders stand out, as do the big air intakes in the front bumper. BMW have also added bigger brakes and quad exhaust pipes in typical M fashion.

As far as power goes, we’ve heard a number of rumors surrounding the engine for the future M3. Four different engine were rumored, including both V6 and V8 variations, but the most interesting is the tri-turbo theory. BMW recently filed a new patent for electric-powered turbocharger technology, which suggests the future M3 will be powered by a fresh 3.3-liter six-cylinder engine equipped with three turbos – one powered by electricity, rather than the exhaust gases. This new engine could deliver up to 450 HP.

Anytime you can combine two sports cars like the Audi RS5 and the BMW M3 with five minutes worth of classical orchestra, then it becomes a definite must-watch.

The video, which has been titled, "Mechanical Synfonica", is exactly that. Directed by filmmaker Daniel Michealis and produced by Alexander Sperr, it takes us on a five-minute, high-octane action featuring two hot ladies racing the RS5 and the M3 on the background of some picturesque, "postcard-worthy" locale while also burning some serious rubber on the road. Mix that with the always-enchanting sounds of a classical orchestra playing in the background and it just drives up the adrenaline to a whole new level.

Working with Michaelis and Sperr to create this video are the boys over at Format67.net and Reiger Tuning, who, incidentally, had a hand in tuning both the RS5 and the M3.

We’ll spare you the suspense now. Just go ahead and press play and enjoy the best five-minute wake-up call you’ve had in a while.

Source: You Tube

Normally a show dominated by auto tuning companies, the 2011 Essen Motor Show will have something different to offer on the table this year. One automaker, a major one at that, is expected to make its debut to Europe’s answer to SEMA , and it’s bringing a host of performance vehicles with it.

BMW , say hello to the Essen Motor Show.

A few days ago, we caught word that the German automaker will be showcasing their BMW Performance and M Performance divisions on the show. The first car that you should look forward to seeing is the just revealed the 2012 BMW M3 Performance.

As far what the package has in store for us, you can expect it to be a little different from the 2011 model in that it will carry a new stripe package that harkens back to the classic look of the 70’s. Other aesthetic additions on the M3 Performance include plenty of exterior and interior carbon fiber trim, as well as a BMW Performance Alcantara sport steering wheel and pedal set.

Under its hood, the M3 Performance Package will still carry the same 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch Drivelogic transmission.

Its true that the BMW M3 E92 caught all the attention lately, but the "old" E90 is still as impressive as the E92. So you shouldn’t be surprised about the fact that the American tuner SR Auto Group decided to offer an update package for it. And as any sports car look better in black, this is the color uses for this "Sinister M3."

When it comes about a great sports car one of the first thing that catches your attention are the wheels. And for this package SR dropped the standard ones and replaced them with a new set from BBS. The wheels are in CH-R design and of course they are painted in black.

The next step was to adjust the exterior look. But as the M3 is very impressive from factory there wasn’t much job to do: the tuner only added a new front lip and rear diffuser. All these were combined with s matte black paint with a touch of carbon fiber.

Bavarian tuning company, a-workx, has been involved in auto racing far longer than we can remember so they’re one of those companies that can draw from their bank of experience to build tuning programs for just about any car they can get their hands on.

For this particular project, a-workx took a BMW M3 and proceeded to give it the kind of racing program that can even take the M3 GTS to task. That’s not an easy thing to say, but a-workx has both the knowledge and the resources to make it happen.

The first order of business for the M3 was to give it’s 4.0-liter V8 engine a plethora of modifications, including new a-workx camshafts, a new sports air filter, a carbon fiber air box, an Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust, and, last but certainly not least, an ECU remap. All these tweaks and additions have helped the M3 increase its output from the standard 414 horsepower all the way up to 460 horsepower and 295 lb/ft of torque. These upgrades have translated into improved performance numbers, including a 0-62 mph time of just 4.1 seconds and a Hockenheim Short lap time of just 1:11.9, six-tenths faster than the mighty M3 GTS. The whole price for the engine set-up rings in at €8,710 ($11,700).

The M3 was also given a chassis upgrade that includes a new suspension set-up with KW providing a set of its Clubsport suspension built to a-workx’s specification. The wheels on this sports coupe were also changed to a new set of 19" ATS Superlights wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires for a price of €4,202 ($5,650). Behind the tires you’ll find a new MOV ‘IT CER ceramic brake system that features two-piece discs gripped by mono-block calipers.

a-workx is also offering a 600-horsepower supercharger option, just in case this program isn’t ’powerful’ enough for you. Just sayin’.

In addition to the BMW 3-Series Carbon Sport Edition , the German automaker is rolling out another special edition Beamer, this time courtesy of BMW North America.

The car is called the M3 "Frozen Silver" Competition Edition and will be distinguished by a number of exterior and interior enhancements that will make this 40-piece edition a unique version from the rest of the M3 lot.

The special edition M3 is limited to only 40 units and was built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of BMW’s world famous M Division. Each model will come with a Frozen Silver Metallic exterior paint, which, according to BMW, is a special BMW Individual matte paintwork that adds a rare metallic luster to the vehicle. The silver paint finish is combined with complementary exterior treatments and black leather and palladium silver accessories in the interior.

As far as power goes, the BMW M3 "Frozen Silver" Competition Edition will be working with the same 4.0-liter, M V8 engine found in the standard model mated to BMW’s M Double Clutch transmission. This setup delivers 414 horsepower and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.5 seconds.

The fact that a special edition model of the car is being offered in limited quantities - and that it’s expected to sell out faster than the time it takes for you to reach for your wallets - is proof enough that 40 years in existence has flown by that fast. And knowing how people go loco over the M3, we certainly expect BMW to hold more celebrations for their M Division in the coming years.

Find out more about the BMW M3 "Frozen Silver" Competition Edition after the jump.

BMW M3

The first rumors about the future BMW M3’s engine sent chills through the automotive industry. Apparently, BMW had plans to put in a tri-turbo V6 engine with an output of about 450 HP in the M3. This new engine would combine two conventional turbos with one electric turbo to help the vehicle’s fuel economy. Those rumors were later squashed by new rumors about a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine currently under development. But, alas, the tri-turbo engine returns with a new patent filed by BMW for electric-powered turbocharger technology.

This new electric turbocharger seems to have addressed the age-old concerns engineers have had about turbochargers and the size of their turbines (apparently size does matter). You see, small turbines spool up quickly and provide boost via a compressor, but end up running out of steam at higher RPMs. Big turbines do just the opposite; they provide more power at high RPMs, but take too long to spool up, this creating turbo lag. BMW’s new technology doesn’t take on the traditional mechanical turbo layout because the turbine and the compressor aren’t fixed on the same axle. Thanks to two clutches, both the turbine and the compressor can be uncoupled from the turbine axle. When these two clutches are opened, the electric motor can operate without any load.

Hit the jump to see more details on the new technology and a list of the electric turbo’s individual parts.

Source: F30 Post

American tuning company, Vorsteiner, has traveled across the pond to attend the 2011 SEMA Auto Show and they brought a modded BMW M3 right along with them.

The "GTS-V" program on the M3 includes a comprehensive list of aerodynamic and performance modifications, which Vorsteiner added to the BMW sports car with plenty of help from some of its tuning friends, including EAS, Macht Schnell, Volk Racing, Akrapovic, MXP, and Hankook.

The M3 GTS-V was given a Mineral White paint finish with matching gray, black, and green graphics. There’s also a new carbon front spoiler and carbon rear diffuser from Vorsteiner, as well as new Version 4.0 LED Angel Eyes courtesy of AiB. From there, new BMW Edition Black chrome kidneys and side gills were also added, as well as Mineral White Painted Reflectors from IND. The set-up and handling of the BMW M3 was also improved, thanks to a new KW Adjustable Spring Sleeve Kit that was installed to increase the coupe’s suspension stability. Rounding out the exterior changes are a new set of 18" Volk Racing TE37 wheels wrapped around Hankook RS-3 tires with Brembo GT-R brakes and a TPMS module from Macht Schnell.

Inside this raging sports car comes plenty of interior enhancements, proving that this whole program is as comprehensive as it can get. The standard seats on the M3 were removed in favor of a pair of Recaro x ASM RS-G Limited Blue Seats while new side brackets and polished floor mounts were installed by Macht Schnell.

Under the hood of the BMW M3 lies a 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower. But thanks to a Macht Schnell Stage 2 Intake Charge Kit, you can expect that output to be increased significantly.

UPDATE 11/08/2011: We have added new images of the BMW M3 GTS-V by Vorsteiner from the 2011 SEMA Auto Show floor. Check them out in the picture gallery.

UPDATE 12/13/11: Vorsteiner has been spending a lot of time in the news lately for all the right reasons. The American tuning company just revealed a teaser of their new program for the BMW 1-Series M Coupe and just now, they’ve sent us a new batch of artsy photos of the M3 GTS-V. Check out the new shots of the Vorsteiner-tuned sports car in the gallery below!

Back in July 2011, BMW pulled the covers off of the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car , a vehicle that was to be the basis of the actual racer that will compete in the 2012 DTM season. Just a few short months later, the German automaker has officially revealed the actual M3 DTM in all its M Performance regalia.

During the official unveiling, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquadt talked about the process that went into building the race car. "The car’s aerodynamics were developed in close collaboration with the engineers from series production," he said. The BMW Group boasts impressive resources in this field and the wind tunnels are ultra-modern. This – and the Title Partner BMW M Performance Accessories – shows that the entire company is behind the 2012 DTM project and is working hard towards it."

As far as appearances go, the M3 DTM Race Car was inspired by the original M3 cars that raced in the ’old DTM,’ particularly the white finish with red and blue decals running all around the car. "The design is both traditional and modern in equal measures," Marquadt pointed out. "It shows our roots, but in a contemporary style."

The BMW M3 DTM is expected to carry a powerful V8 engine that has been equipped with an air restrictor to deliver 480 horsepower, hit 0-60 mph in just three seconds, and carry a top speed of 186 mph.

Despite already being unveiled, the M3 DTM Race Car will only begin its first full DTM season next year under the banner of three racing teams: BMW Team RBM, BMW Team RMG, and BMW Team Schnitzer.

UPDATE 04/28/12: The last time BMW participated in the German DTM series was 1987. In the 25 years since then, the German automaker was noticeably absent, which makes their return for the 2012 season that much of a big deal. Heck, BMW even decided to make a promo video out of it, which you can see by clicking on the photo above.

Source: Bimmertoday

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