BMW M3

BMW M3

By itself, the BMW M3 is the kind of sports car that’ll give you enough jollies to continue heaping praises on it. But it definitely isn’t a supercar that’ll redefine the way you look at how performance cars are built.

So, yeah, that’s a pretty sizable gap. But what happens when a motorsports company like RS Racingteam can bridge that gap and bring the M3 closer to what you’d expect from a racing exotic?

Dubbed the RS-M3 package, RS Racingteam’s program for the M3 comes packed with a full racing overhaul that saw a lot of the amenities from the standard M3 get stripped out in favor of racing equipment. Guess it’s a matter of having one or the other, huh?

So instead of all the niceties that come with cozy M3 interior, the RS-M3 now has front sport bucket seats with six-point harnesses, a full-on roll cage, a new racing steering wheel, racing brake pads, and of course, touches of carbon fiber installed in various parts of the cabin. Handling was also taken care of by a set of 19-inch ATS-Superlight forged wheels and a 10-way adjustable Bilstein suspension system.

All that is nice, but we care most about on the RS-M3 program are the performance upgrades. RS Racingteam tweaked the car’s 4.0-liter V-8 engine to produce 450 horsepower at 8,300 rpm and 318 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. That might seem like a subtle improvement from the 420-horsepower capabilities of the stock model, but with all the weight savings - 190 kg (418 pounds) - made by stripped down interior, this M3 is capable of hitting 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 14.7 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph.

It’s a pretty neat program, but one that’ll cost you a lot of money. The individual car can be yours for €80,000 ($107,000) while the street-legal version sells for €110,000 ($147,000).

BMW M3

Things are going to change a little bit for the next-generation BMW M3 - just as it will for the standard 3-Series models. This means that the sedan version will return after a short lapse to sell under M3 nomenclature, while the coupe and convertible will change their name to M4 . Our spy photographers have caught the upcoming BMW M3 during cold winter testing and we actually get a good look at part of the body, which is painted white.

When it comes to the engine under the hood of the next-generation BMW M3, we have heard all kind of rumors. The most plausible one suggest the model will get a new inline-six engine with bi-turbo or tri-turbo. Despite being a smaller engine than the previous one, output will be increased from the 2011 model year’s 414 horsepower to a total of 450 horsepower. The next M3 will also be lighter, faster and more efficient than the last M3 sedan.

Expect to the new BMW M3 to arrive on the market later this year.

BMW tuner extraordinaire, Active Autowerke, has a new program for the BMW E92 M3 , one that comes complete with an extensive performance upgrade, a full vehicle wrap and a sick nickname.

That’s the trifecta, right?

The car itself has been christened as the M3 Blitzkrieg, and as the name evidently suggests, it comes with a prototype Generation 7 Level 3 intercooled supercharger kit that you probably wouldn’t have seen coming. With the supercharger installed, as well as the addition of a Meth-Injection system, and a full Signature exhaust system, Active Autowerke was able to increase the M3’s output to a whopping 700 horsepower.

A full race-spec suspension was also installed, this time coming from JRZ, as were twelve-piston calipers from Active itself, and a set of 20-inch forged wheels wrapped in Nitto Invo tires.

Aesthetically, the car is dressed in a full vehicle wrap that you might notice resembles that of the 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL Art Car designed by Frank Stella. The grid design isn’t as extensive as that from the Art Car, but you can definitely see the inspiration behind it, including the outlines of the supercharger system, the pistons, and the gears.

Last, but certainly not least, is the inclusion of carbon-fiber components, including an auto carbon rear diffuser, BMW Motorsport front splitters, and a rear deck spoiler.

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!

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.

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.


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