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.
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.
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.
While we are all waiting to see the new generation M3 sedan, BMW decided to offer us a new special edition based on the coupe version. The new M3 Pure Edition has been specially designed for the Australian market and is priced at $AUD 125,000 ($131,400 at the current exchange rates) - or about $AUD 30,000 ($31,500) below the standard $AUD155,100 ($163,000) M3.
Despite its low price, this M3 Pure is highly equipped. It offers standard features like: bi-xenon headlights, Professional satellite navigation, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, front and rear parking sensors and a new carbon fiber roof replacing the standard sunroof option. For the interior BMW is offering new seats trimmed in Anthracite cloth and black leather, black Novillo leather headrests embossed with the BMW M logo, and Titanium Shadow interior trim.
If the list of standard features is not enough for you, BMW is also offering a pretty impressive list of optional features: BMW’s M Drive, dynamic damper control, Competition Package and metallic paint.
Deleted from the standard M3 package — helping to drop the $AUD 30,000 from the base price — are the keyless entry and ignition, adaptive headlights, high-beam assist, heated seats, harmon/kardon audio, CD changer and the folding mirrors. This makes the Pure Edition a pure driver’s car with no real frills, besides a monstrous engine, to write home about.
Unfortunately, this option is only available in the Australian market and doesn’t look like it’ll make its way to the U.S.
The G-Power M3 RS program was made to adhere to a simple tenet: make the car lighter and more powerful. Sounds pretty simple, right?
For us, it’s not. But for G-Power, it’s all in a day’s work. Well, maybe weeks’ work.
With the aero program, G-Power opted to give the M3 the full carbon fiber treatment, instantly making the sports car lighter and more powerful while also increasing its aerodynamic performance.
And then there’s that engine upgrade, or should we say, upgrades. Like the uncle that makes us choose what kind of present we’d like for our birthdays, G-Power is offering a choice of multiple engine modifications, beginning with one that improves the output to a "respectable" 520 horsepower all the way up to a scintillating 720 horsepower.
Take note: the standard M3 produces 420 horsepower so that spike of 300 horsepower is enormous, to say the least.
Find out more about the G-Power’s M3-RS program for the BMW sports car after the jump Full story
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).
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.