If you happen to own a non-M3 E46 3-Series , but want the look of the M3 , Prior design has come up with an M3 styling kit that may suit you.

Starting up front, Prior Design eliminates the boring E46’s front bumper and replaces it with a unit that boasts a wide mouth and two side air intakes. The mouth’s outline is rather thin, keeping the drag to a minimum, and it is high enough off of the ground to avoid scraping.

For the sides of your awaiting 3-Series, Prior includes a set of side skirts that not only boast a very modern ankle line, but they also make your 3-Series look lower to the ground without any suspension modifications. Unfortunately, the side skirts just don’t quite fit in with the E46’s lines and stick out pretty badly.

Prior Design makes up for its sub-standard side skirts with a sweet backside addition to the 3-Series . This new rear bumper eliminates the econo-box-looking rear bumper that BMW slapped on the E46 3-Series and replaces it with a unit that features just the right amount of shape, a small diffuser, and cutouts for a dual exhaust setup. Our only issue here is what if the owner doesn’t have or want dual exhaust? Then he’s stuck with a goofy looking bumper.

Here’s the real test; does this kit make a regular 3-Series look like an M3? We have to be totally honest here; if you flew by at 80 mph with a nasty dual exhaust system rumbling behind you, we might mistake it for an M3. Sitting at a stop light, this kit is easily pegged as a poor knock off. The only component that somewhat resembles the M3 is the front bumper and even that is off track.

It’s a noble attempt by Prior and it would be okay as a regular body kit, sans the side skirts, but to call it an “M3 Styling” kit is a reach.

If you still want it, you can get the kit for €957 ($1,200 at current rates). We do suggest skipping the side skirts and finding another set that better suits the car, which will save you €199 ($250 at current rates).

Posted on by Alexander + 6

The 2014 BMW M3 has been just about everywhere in the past few weeks, getting dragged through numerous testing grounds to ensure that just about everything is on the up and up. Unfortunately, none of this matters to a certain extent because we won’t be seeing the production version until the Frankfurt Motor Show opens up in 2013. Before that, all we’ll see is a concept version of the BMW M3 as it sashays its way onto the 2013 Geneva Motor Show floor.

These new spy shots show a lot of the front end which has previously been draped in camouflage. The stripping away of the camo hasn’t shown us much, except for a sleeker bumper that makes it look like the old one was smooshed to a thinner state. The shape of the air vents has also been modified just a bit, but not enough to make much difference.

The biggest changes for the M3 can actually be found under the hood. Rumors have been floating around that the V8 engine was dropped in favor of a new inline-six, and this was recently been confirmed by President of BMW North America, Mr. Ludwig Willisch. The only thing that has yet to be confirmed is whether or not this new inline-six will be given a boost with two or three turbochargers. Regardless of the technology, the future M3 will deliver at least 450 HP.

The next generation BMW M3 won’t be showing its face until the 2013 Paris Auto Show, but we’ll at least get to see it undergo its painstaking testing until that happens. Bimmerpost was able to capture the future sports sedan as it endured the hot weather in Spain.

The video shows a little more of the M3’s exterior, but our main focus as we watched it was the sound pouring out of what we suspect is the new inline-six cylinder engine. We believe the previous V8 engine has been dropped in favor of the new V6, but we are still unaware of whether the new engine will be equipped with two or three turbos. Either way, it will boast of 450 HP, an increase over the current model’s 420 HP.

The future BMW M3 will be offered exclusively as a sedan and will show up on US dealerships in the winter of 2014. Before that, we’ll be able to get a closer look at the future model when BMW unveils its M3 Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

BMW is buying itself a little more time to organize intel about the next generation BMW M3 sports sedan by presenting a concept version of the sports sedan at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show before unleashing the production model later in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Apparently, all of the intense testing the M3 has undergone is still not enough to satiate BMW’s need for releasing a model that will meet or exceed the expectations of the market. Either that, or BMW is just trying to build up an exceptional amount of momentum before letting us have it.

The concept version of the BMW M3 should still offer a close look at the future M3’s general appearance and mechanical package which has been in the speculation ring for months. The next M3 is said to feature the same design language as the larger M5, including a front bumper with large cooling ducts, a lightly altered kidney grille, wider front fenders with the signature air vents, a subtle trunk-lip spoiler, and a special M exhaust system.

The area in which the most rumors have circulated is the engine. Rumors have been going around stating that the next M3 will feature a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine with an output of about 450 HP, making it more powerful and more fuel efficient than the current M3. Whether this is with the help of a bi-turbo or a tri-turbo is still unconfirmed.

The future BMW M3 will be offered exclusively as a sedan and will show up on US dealerships in the winter of 2014.

Source: Autoweek

Back in 2004, BMW was launching one of the coolest M3 special editions ever: theM3 CSL (Coupé Sport Leichtbau). This model was limited to only 1,400 units, none of which made it over to the US market. Now, German tuner MR Car Design has transformed this very cool M3 CSL into an even cooler race car.

The package starts with replacing the doors and tailgates with new ones made of strong resistant carbon. It then continues with adding a very cool rear wing from a Porsche GT3 . The side and rear windows are made of Plexiglas - a measure done to further reduce the car’s original weight of 3,050 lb.

Under the hood, the original 3.2L engine was provided with modifications to the ECU and was then hooked up to a new exhaust system for a total of 391 HP, up from the standard 360 HP. In order to handle the extra 31 HP, the M3 CSL was equipped with a new brake system consisting of six pistons in the front and four in the back, as well as a new set of wheels.

Finishing off the look is a very cool dark blue color foil combined with racing strips in Bright Blue Metallic and Cherry Red.

The price for this updated BMW M3 CLS by MR Car Design is 130,000 euros - about $160,000 at the current exchange rates - but we think it’s totally worth it!

BMW is preparing to unveil the new generation M3 - or M4 if we’re talking about the coupe and the convertible - but we still have to wait about a year to enjoy it! Until then, German tuner Alpha-N Performance will be focusing on the current M3 by preparing a very cool tuning package which not only makes the sports coupe look better, but also adds an extra 30 HP.

To attain the extra power, the tuner has chosen the classic optimization for the 4.0 V8 engine’s software, the construction of a carbon air-box system for the improved respiration of the eight-cylinder driving gear, and a titanic sports exhaust system from the specialists over at Akrapovic. The result is an impressive 450 HP!

For the exterior portion of the package, the tuner has added a carbon fiber front spoiler in the racing version with a brake ventilation shaft, a carbon rear diffuser, and an impressive carbon rear wing which facilitates optimized aerodynamics. There is also a new set of 19" Superforgiata wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires in 265/35R19. The only modification for the interior includes the addition of new exclusive Recaro Pro Racer Hans seats.

These modifications alone add up to a decent enough tuning package, but Alpha-N has promised that they will not be stopping there. The next stage of the package will include a roll cage, a set of carbon doors, a carbon engine hood, a carbon rear cover and a MAC fully carbonated air-box system. This will be all the M3 needs to transform into the perfect race car! Stay tuned!

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The Europeans get all of the cool stuff first, as BMW allows them to rent various BMWs , including M-Series models, hourly, daily, or weekly, as opposed to shelling out the $40,000+ required to buy one. Well, after successfully testing in the Euro market, BMW is finally bringing this system, called OnDemand, to the U.S.

Initially, the U.S. Launch will be isolated to only one dealership, BMW of Manhattan, and to one model, the 328i. BMW of Manhattan will offer up a total of 100 328is for people to rent to impress their boss, friends, or date. This system is also great for fleet companies deciding if BMW is right for them or prospective retain customers looking to take an extended test drive prior to lumping down thousands of dollars. It is pretty safe to assume that given this is the initial launch is in Manhattan, booking a rental 328i won’t be as simple as booking a Taurus from your local Avis dealer.

Given this is all successful, we will see the available lineup slowly expand. Some of the models to be added to the available rentals include the new 7-Series , X5 , X6 , M3 , and even the M5 . According to the report, however, to get premium rides, like the M3 and M5, the renter has to go through a more rigorous qualification process.

Pricing for renting the initial 328i will not be known until about August, but you can rest assured that it will not be a $20 per day rental and we bet insurance is not optional. We’ll update you once pricing is released on this new system.

Every so often, VF Engineering and European Auto Source has a BMW program that captures our imagination. Remember the M3 "Orange Fever" from a few months ago?

We certainly do, so when we found out that the two tuners were back to their old tricks again, we couldn’t resist finding out what their next project was. Well, we found out what it is: the BMW M3 V540.

The V540 is pretty similar to the V620 in a variety of ways. For one, they’re both awesome, which really shouldn’t come as a surprise. For another, both programs come with insane performance modifications that surpass our expectations.

In the case of the BMW M3 V540, European Auto Source and VF Engineering took the liberty of adding a Vortech V3Si compressor to the engine set-up. To give an idea on why this is significant, the compressor feeds 4.0-4.5psi of boost on the M3, resulting in drastic improvements in output (540 horsepower and 370 lb/ft of torque), acceleration, and throttle response, all while maintaining the engine’s overall reliability.

On top of that, the modifications also include a CNC Machined T6061 supercharger bracket, T3 anodized to ensure strength and durability, a high flow Greddy Type R overrun bypass valve system, a K&N oiled type air filter that comes with a roto-molded intake tract, a Hex OBD2 USB flash cable that’s capable of loading multiple tunes and diagnostics to and from the car, upgraded Bosch fuel injectors, and silicone coupler hoses with normal euro-style hose clamps.

Needless to say, the M3 V540 is all loads of awesome, something European Auto Source and VF Engineering have made a habit of doing recently.

Now that BMW is preparing to say good bye to the current generation M3 , Vorsteiner has found its own personal way to commemorate the retirement of a very cool sports coupe. The tuner is offering a GTS5 Front Bumper package which will be built in a limited run of only 88 units.

The new package offered by Vorsteiner transforms the M3 from ordinary to extraordinary, even if the modifications are minimal. The new front bumper comes with added vertical vents which enhance the aesthetics of the front bumper and also serve as a functional air flow for brake cooling.

Aside from the new bumper, the package also gets an integrated carbon fiber front lip that detaches from the bumper for easy replacement in the event of road damage. Add the white exterior paint finish, the matte black hood, and wheels into the mix, and you have a BMW M3 that will surely set you apart from the rest.

Posted on by Brad Anderson

There’s no denying the fact that the automotive world is changing dramatically, and has been ever since the first car was produced back in the late 19th century. However, the last 10 years has seen what are arguably the most dramatic changes to the automobile, with advanced technologies being at the forefront of every manufacturer’s minds.

However, is all of this technology, such as paddle-shifters and traction control, taking away the thrill of driving and making modern day cars worse than their predecessors?

Well, that’s the exact question that the Road Testament on the Drive YouTube channel aims to find out in their latest installment, with our very favorite automotive journo, Chris Harris, joining regular Mike Spinelli on the desk for the very first time.

It probably goes without saying that neither of the two are thrilled with the dramatic changes currently taking place, but still do hold out hope for the future where car manufacturers may start putting the driver’s needs and desires first before adding safety and unnecessary technologies.

Check out the video to get a great insight into the minds of these two, and if it helps to create or reaffirm your opinion on the issue, be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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