BMW M3

BMW M3

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The current-generation BMW M3 Coupe went into production in 2007, and now, 40,000 units later, the company announced the model was officially taken out of production. Along with these M3 Coupe units, BMW also sold a total of 10,000 sedans and 16,000 convertible units, which will remain in production until September 2013.

During the car’s 6 years of production, the most important markets were the U.S., Great Britain and Germany. Special versions launched during the years includes an art car developed by U.S. artist Jeff Koons , an M3 GT2 raced in the American Le Mans series where it obtained five titles and a victory at the Nurburgring 24-hour race.

Since 2007, the M3 Coupe received no major updates and it retained the same glorious V-8 engine under its hood.

The BMW M3 Coupe will be replaced by the future BMW M4 Coupe .

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 Coupe.

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BMW used the CSL name for the first time back in 1972 when it unveiled the 3.0CSL - a special version of the Six CS (E9) developed to race the European Touring Car Championship. In 2004, that named was used once again, but this time on a road-going M3 CSL (Coupé Sport Leichtbau).

The CSL version was about 240 pounds lighter than a regular M3, thanks to the use of many weight-saving technologies inspired by Formula 1 cars. The model also boasted 17 extra horses under the hood than a standard M3 and thanks to its front-engine, rear-drive layout and the SMG-II gearbox, it delivered the purest driving dynamics of any BMW of the time.

The M3 CSL was limited to only 1,400 units and was offered only in two exterior colors: Silver Grey Metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic. The model never made it to the U.S. market and in the British market it was considered a very expensive car, as it was about £20,000 ($32,000 at the current exchange rates) more expensive than a standard M3.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 CSL.

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BMW unveiled the M3 CLS (Coupe Sport Lightweight) back in 2004 when only 1,400 units have been produced. Sadly, the M3 CLS was never released in the North American market and was offered only in two exterior colors: Silver Grey Metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic.

Now, BMW is preparing to celebrate the car’s 10th anniversary and it started with a very cool reunion in Munich, Germany. About 50 BMW M3 CSL owners from different parts of Europe came to this reunion and made a real spectacle of it. It’s pretty easy to get a good idea of what happened in there by watching this short video (above) released by BMW.

The M3 CSL was built using a forward-thinking intelligent lightweight technology that set the benchmark for the car construction of future models. Thanks to this construction, the M3 CLS was about 243 pounds lighter than a standard M3 . With its 360-horsepower engine the M3 CSL could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, while top speed was limited to 155 mph.

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Last October, the U.S. market received a special-edition BMW M3 Coupe Frozen , which was limited to only 150 units. Now is time for the Chinese market to get its own special BMW M3 Coupe . It is painted in a sexy Frozen Blue and is limited to only 40 units.

Wondering how much the exclusivity costs? A lot if you ask us: 1.29 million Yuan (about $210,000). On the U.S. market with this kind of money, you can buy three BMW M3 Coupes and you will still be left with lots of money for gas.

For the money the lucky 40 Chinese customers will get this BMW M3 Frozen Blue combined with blacked out trims, kidney grille and side gills, and of course, some special edition badges on the interior.

That’s pretty much all the updates this special edition will offer, as everything else will remain unchanged. Under the hood, the car will retain the usual V-8 engine with 414 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read about the M3 Tiger - the only Chinese M3 that made us jealous.

Source: BMW Blog
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G-Power unveiled its first tuning kit for the BMW M3 GTS back in 2011, shortly after the standard car was dropped on the market. Now, the tuner is offering an Efficiency Program for the M3 GTS - a program that will add another 15 horsepower over the previous program.

For this increase, theM3 GTS was updated with a "Sporty Drive" TU supercharger system that includes extreme revisions to the components of the air-intake and the fuel-supply system and a larger racing air filter. Also, the tuner remapped the standard ECU software and added a new fuel pump system. Thanks to these updates, the M3 GTS now develops a total of 650 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and a peak torque of 464 pound-feet at 3.900 rpm.

With the extra power, the M3 GTS will sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster than stock – and to 124 mph in 11.8 seconds and will go up to a top speed of 200 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 GTS by G-Power.

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Back in 1989, Roberto Ravaglia became the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) champion while driving a BMW M3 . In 2012, Bruno Spengler became the champion of the same series, while also driving a BMW M3 - a different generation, of course.

We are pretty sure that both of them knew their cars very well in order to achieve these great results, but what if they change places?

The two champions met up at Hockenheim for a special outing at this legendary venue with Ravaglia taking to the track at the wheel of Spengler’s current BMW M3 DTM car, sporting the classic 1989 livery. Meanwhile, Spengler got a taste of the first-generation BMW M3 with the unique BMW Bank design.

How well do you think they handled the two cars? Regardless of the growing pains as each one gets the feel for the new car, it still looks like a lot of fun.

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Have you ever wondered what could happen if you put a four BMW DTM drivers in a BMW M3 and give them some track time? We have to admit we never thought about that, but it looks like BMW had the crazy idea to see what would happen in this case.

As no surprise, the most difficult part was choosing who would get behind the wheel, but after that decision was made via a coin flip and after all four guys got in the car, everything went pretty well. There are four different guys and four different accents, so the video is a great watch.

However, it gets even better when a tiny fifth passenger joins them. Watch the video to see what happens.

Let us know in the comments section bellow if you liked BMW’s decision to put the four guys into one M3.

German tuner Leib Engineering wants to get noticed and it sure did so in a huge way with a scintillating program for the BMW M3 .

Comprised of a full-on body kit to go with an impressive performance upgrade, this M3 is ready to be a beast on the road and do so while looking extremely stunning. In order to accomplish this look, engineers over at Leib dressed up the M3 in an Alpine White finish that’s complemented by a high-grade carbon-fiber body kit that includes carbon flaps under the front spoiler, carbon side-view mirrors, and a carbon tear-off edge.

Inside, Leib made good use of fine Alcantara in touching up the car’s cabin. The material itself can be found all over the interior, including in the BMW Performance seats and the steering wheel.

Under the hood of the M3 lies an engine that’s been extensively modified to give the sports coupe some serious fury. Leib worked on the engine-control software to achieve its desired results, which was to give the M3 improved performance numbers to the tune of 470 horsepower, a significant improvement from the standard M3’s 420-horsepower output.

Aiding in the realization of such an eye-popping upgrade is the installation of a new high-grade steel in-house valve exhaust system that features a 100-cell HJS catalyzer, an X-pipe with middle silencers and an end muffler with vacuum-controlled Pierburg valves.

Having that kind of impressive upgrade isn’t enough without giving the M3 the kind of braking power deserving of a car with 470 ponies on tap. So, Leib went ahead and installed a Brembo GT braking system, with red six-piston fixed saddles on the front axle. The improved braking capabilities should provide the M3 enough stopping power that, in turn, can be handled by the set of 19-inch BMW M220 forged-alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup semi-slick tires.

A standard Mercedes C63 AMG develops a total of 457 horsepower (or 487 if you add the AMG performance package). In the Black Series version, this output is raised to an even more impressive 510 horsepower, so it’s no wonder why BMW is now considering doing something about it. After all, their BMW M3 delivers only 414 horsepower and the upcoming generation is not showing any signs of improvement.

The only "hardcore" M3 currently offered by BMW is the M3 GTS , but it comes with only 450 horsepower and it is not available in the U.S.

If rumors from BimmerBoost are true, it looks like BMW plans to unveil one or two special cars in the upcoming years, and they will be offered as a response to Mercedes Black Series model. The announcement was been posted on Automobile writer Marc Noordeloos’ Twitter account. Noordeloos also confirmed that both models will be offered on the U.S. market. Also cars like M3 CSL, GTS and CRT will be offered to American enthusiast.

We’re holding onto hope that this is true, but we’ll reserve our excitement until we see what Bimmer comes up with.

Source: bimmerboost
BMW M3

The next-generation BMW M3 and the new M4 Coupe will make their world debut later this year, but a leaked BMW vehicle identification number (VIN) revealed pretty much all there is to know about the two new models.

Previous details suggested that the new M3 would get a new six-cylinder engine with an output of at least 450 horsepower, the BMW VIN reveals that the next M3 will get a S55 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with an output of just 415 horsepower. That’s not bad, but a little disheartening.

Despite the similar output, it has been reported that the new six-cylinder engine will deliver an extra 100 pound-feet of torque over the current V-8 engine. Same sources reveal that the new-generation M3 will be about 300 pounds lighter than the current generation, translated of course into improved performance figures.

The new BMW M3 will be revealed late in 2013 with first deliveries to be made in June 2014; the M4 is expected a few months later.

Source: f30post

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