The words "BMW M3" and "Special Editions" have really become synonymous with each other. So much so, in fact, that a new special edition M3 is being released in another part of the world a week before a similar special ed model was released in Singapore.
Taking the reins from the M3 Competition Edition is the M3 Limited Edition 500, a UK-exclusive release of the M3 Coupe and Convertible models that comes in three different color finishes: Imola Red, Mineral White, and Santorini Blue.
The Union Jack-inspired colors are complemented by the characteristic M-car signature details, including the kidney grille surround, side gills and twin double exhaust pipes that have been finished in dark chrome. On top of that, the models will also come with a high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim that’s further given some extra shine courtesy of a new set of 19" high-gloss black light-alloy wheels.
Inside, the M3 Limited Edition 500 comes packed with plenty of fancy trimmings, highlighted by an extended Novillo leather and contrast stitching on the sports seats and door panels. Each of the aforementioned colors will come with complementing interior stitching with the Imola Red models having Black leather and Mugello Red stitching, whereas the Mineral White models come with Fox Red leather with Black Stitching while the Santorini Blue model features Black leather with Tobago Blue stitching. Finally, each of the 500 available models will comes with a laser-cut edition designation that reads "One of 500" into the left-hand side of the inlay on the dashboard.
As for power, there aren’t any changes to the car’s 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower. Prices vary between the coupe and convertible models with the former fetching a price of £55,690 ($88,784) and the latter carrying a sticker of £59,785 ($95,317).
If anyone was given the opportunity to choose between the BMW M3 and the BMW X5M, many would probably choose the M3. That is, of course, unless they had a bunch of kiddos and groceries to haul around. For those that don’t, or have a second car for that, the M3 is enough to thrill with its sportiness and agility, and the fact that it looks great.
With those features going for the M3, the X5M would seem to have very little going for it, but BMW is out to prove that’s not the case. They grabbed up both vehicles and planted them in Laguna Seca for a little one on one action. With its all wheel drive system and 555 HP Twin Turbo V8 engine delivering exceptional performance on the road or the track, the X5M may have a few tricks up its automotive sleeve to outdo the M3.
Take a look at the video to see for yourself. You may change your answer if ever given the choice between the two.
You know how BMW M3 always seem to have ways to make special edition models? Apparently, these guys don’t get tired of it as they’ve added another one to their ever-growing list: a M3 Coupe Competition Edition developed especially for the Asian market. The car has been built as a commemoration of the BMW M’s 40th anniversary and is now available in Singapre.
Just like the M3 "Frozen Silver" Competition Edition that was announced last year for the US market, the M3 Coupe Competition Edition will also be painted in Frozen Silver Metallic combined with a dark chrome trim for the kidney grills, BMW M side gills and new exhaust tips. The car’s suspension set-up was also tweaked and lowered by 10mm while receiving the same 19" heels found on the BMW M3 GTS.
For the interior, BMW added black extended Novillo leather with palladium silver accents and stitching on front seats, headrests, door trim panels and handles, center console, and center armrest, along with an Alcantara-covered steering wheel and a BMW M3 Chequered Flag logo inlay featured on the door sills.
If you remember the BMW M3 GT3 RS by VF Engineering we brought to you last year, you will like the new package coming from the tuner even better. Whereas the first one delivered a total of 620 HP, VF Engineering made some minor tweaks to the program, resulting in a new total output of 700 HP.
The BMW M3 package includes a new VF Engineering VF620 supercharger system that has been combined with a new titanium exhaust system from Akrapovic. All these changes have increased the total output to a total of 700 HP. On top of that, VF Engineering also added a new suspension kit and a racing brake system.
As for aesthetics, the exterior package includes a carbon fiber hood, a new front splitter, matte black kidney grilles and a new set of 19" wheels also painted in matte black. For the interior, the tuner added shell seats and a new roll cage for a better protection.
Hit the jump to watch Matt Farah driving the 700 HP BMW M3. Full story
Safety cars are an integral piece of motor racing, so much so that a lot of racing series have gone the route of building specific safety cars exclusively for their use. The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) - that’s the German Touring Car Masters - has unveiled their official safety car for the 2012 race season and to no one’s surprise, they picked a local vehicle in the BMW M3.
The M3 DTM Safety Car is actually based on the M3 GTS and just like any other safety car used for racing purposes, this one was specially modified by BMW M GmbH with plenty of enhancements, including unique bodywork painted in Aline White with a special safety car livery, a modified CFRP engine bonnet with vents, a slew of BMW M Performance Accessories on the gurney and flaps, a new orange roof light unit, and a new set of 19" competition wheels wrapped in 255/35 and 285/30 tires with a fixed-caliper system and Stahlflex brake hoses. Meanwhile, the interior of the M3 DTM Safety Car gets new Recaro seats, three and six-point harnesses, and a new steering wheel straight out of the BMW M Performance Accessories catalog.
Under the hood, the M3 DTM Safety Car is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces 450 horsepower at 8,300 rpm and is mated to a 7-speed M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic capabilities. These figures allow the car to hit 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds with an impressive top speed of 189 mph.
The future of the BMW 3-Series has been altered significantly this past year, with the announcement of a new name for the coupe and convertible versions of the luxury car. From now on, these two variants will be sold under the 4-Series nomenclature, meaning that the M version will be sold as the M4.
We’ve only been able to see some spy shots of the 4-Series Coupe , but that doesn’t mean that we can’t put pen to paper to conjure up the look of the future M4 Coupe. For this we’ve taken BMW’s usual M-design elements like the front bumper, LED headlights, a wide track, and different side air intakes and added it to the 4-Series images.
What won’t be easily visible in this image is what’s found under the hood. The new BMW M4 will be dropping the usual V-8 engine used in the M3 models and will replace it with a S55 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine with an output of 415 horsepower, and not 540 horsepower as initially rumored. This will allow the M4 to be more powerful and more fuel efficient than the M3.
Expect to see the new BMW M4 a few months after the 4-Series coupe set to be launched in 2013.
Updated 07/18/2012: The upcoming BMW M4 Coupe has been caught testing for the first time.
Right before Christmas, German magazine Autobild gave themselves a little present: they took all of the current BMW M models and tested them on the circuit to see which one was the fastest. All of the tests were done on the Sachsenring circuit in Germany and, surprising or not, the fastest model turned out to be the M3 CRT (E90). In fact, according to Autobild, not only was it the fastest from all the models tested, it was also the fastest M Car they have ever tested on the Sachsenring.
The M3 CRT lapped the circuit in 1:38.87 , closely followed by the M5 with a lap time of 1:38.90 and the 1-Series M Coupe with a time of 1:40.18. The list continues with the M3 in coupe, sedan, and convertible forms and ends with the X6M and X5M. Both SUVs were faster than the old E60 M5.
And just for fun, Autobild also brought a Porsche Panamera Turbo S and a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to the test. Hit the jump to see the official lap times. Full story
Manhart Racing is keen on BMW models, a statement that can easily be backed up with mentions of the BMW 1-Series M Coupe by Manhart Racing, the BMW M6XR by Manhart Racing, and the BMW M3 E92 Compressor by Manhart Racing, which all received amazing power upgrades from the German tuner. The next lucky Beamer to get worked over is the BMW M3, which received a power boost to the tune of 750 HP!
Manhart Racing achieved the dramatic boost in power by replacing the M3’s standard 4.0 liter V8 engine with the 4.4 liter V8 used in the X6 M. The X6M’s engine already delivers 555 HP, but after adding a biturbo system, it can now pump out 750 HP and 671 lb-ft of torque. This final output is even more impressive considering the standard M3 "only" delivers 420 HP. As a result, the modified M3 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 217 mph.
In order to handle the extra power, the engine was updated with modified turbochargers, a larger charging air cooler, and reinforced pistons and rods. The car was also equipped with a new titanium-produced exhaust system with two racing catalysers and four 80 millimeter end tubes, and a new brake system.
As if the insane power boost wasn’t enough, Manhart Racing also worked on the exterior, adding in-house carbon car body parts, a cowl made of ultra-light but highly resilient composite material, a new trunk lid in CSL design, an adjustable front spoiler with sword, carbon fiber wheels, side sills, and a tail diffuser. The final touch for the exterior was provided by a new set of 20" wheels with 255/30ZR20er Continental Sport Contact 5 high performance tires.
The interior was also given a few touches here and there with a BMW performance steering wheel with illuminated switching rockers, in-house carbon full-shell seats, a carbon fiber package, and a Wiechers roll cage with back and flank protection.
The orange and black color combination may be off-putting to some, but the BMW MH3 V8 RS Clubsport by Manhart Racing could be painted puke green and we’d still rock it. It’s just that cool.
UPDATE 09/18/12: Manhart Racing has released a pretty sick video of the MH3 V8 RS Clubsport, which you can check out by clicking on the photo above. Enjoy!
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).
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.