BMW M Series

BMW M Series

The Middle East no stranger to seeing special edition vehicles, but it did look strange to us that BMW Abu Dhabi would go the route of preparing a special edition version of the M135i . It’s called the "M Performance Special Edition," and to be fair, it does look sprightly, especially the way the Mineral Grey metallic hue combines well with those red and orange accents.

Racing stripes with a checkered flag design also run down the middle of the M135i, which is a nice touch and fits in well with the whole special edition identity BMW Abu Dhabi is trying to convey. Carbon-fiber mirrors add a touch of sporty exclusivity to the mix, as does the new set of M alloy wheels.

All the exterior and interior changes to the M Performance Special Edition are impressive. But that’s the extent of it, because the model doesn’t carry any engine upgrades. Instead, customers will get the same 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that develops 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

BMW Abu Dhabi has an interesting M135i in its hands, but how much attention will it really get in a market so used to getting its supercar on?

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M135i M Performance Special Edition.

The revised 2014 BMW M5 comes with just small updates on the exterior and the interior, but it offers one of the greatest addition of the past few years: a new Competition Package that adds an extra 15 horsepower under the hood.

Next to the extra power the M5 equipped with the Competition Package is offering an extensively tuned chassis set-up. It gets new coil springs and damper calibrations and stiffened anti-sway bars that have lowered the car’s ride by 10 mm (0.39 inches). Thank to these updates the car’s cornering dynamics and tractability have been improved, and the 0 to 60 mph sprint time was reduced by 0.1 seconds.

The package is also offering unique 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, a sport exhaust system featuring M quad tailpipes finished in Black Chrome and re-mapped M Dynamic Mode (MDM) of DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).

The new BMW M5 Competition Package will go on sale on the U.S. market in August 2013. The package will add another $7,300 to the M5’s starting price of $90,900.

Updated 03/18/2014: BMW finally unchained the new M5 Competition Package in a video that shows the car’s breathtaking power and precision. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M5 and to see a video of the M5 Competition Package in action on the Nürburgring

When BMW announced the new 3 Series, it also announced that the coupe and convertible versions of the luxury car will be offered as the new 4 Series . This meant that the M3 Coupe would slide over too and become the M4 Coupe.

We have already seen the 4 Series Coupe and the M4 Concept , and now it is time to finally see the production version of the M4 Coupe, which looks nearly identical to the concept.

As rumored before, the new M4 will not use the V-8 engine that the M3 Coupe used; rather, it will come with a new in-line six-cylinder engine that will not only be more efficient than the V-8 it replaces, but also more powerful.

The BMW M4 Coupe will be shown at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and it will hit the market in 2014 as a 2015 model.

Until its release, you can enjoy the new M4 Coupe in Gran Turismo 6 between today and December 26th.

Updated 03/18/2014: BMW unveiled a new video showing the new M4 Coupe doing some hot laps at Brands Hatch. Behind the wheel was race car driver Andy Priaulx — a European and World Touring Car champion — so the video is a must see. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more on the 2015 M4.

BMW has a storied history of taking the M3 racing. For decades, the pumped up Bimmer has dominated race tracks in the hands of privateers and factory-backed guises. Of course, the race-prepped M3 has always been based on the Coupe and the M3 Coupe no longer exists. What is BMW to do? They turn their new M4 into a race car, of course.

Meet the BMW M4 DTM.

Based on BMW’s new high-performance coupe, the M4 DTM will be the tool the Bavarian use to challenge for the world championship in the German Touring Car Championships. The new machine is powered by a high-revving V-8 that produces 480 horsepower. The actual engine is capable of producing much more power, but the DTM adds air-restrictor regulations to help keep the performance envelope of the cars close.

Like the previous M3 DTM, the new M4 is fitted with an extreme body kit with flared fenders and plenty of downforce. BMW had a great season when they returned to racing with the M3 two years ago. Now with that experience under their belt, the new car should be nearly unstoppable on the track.

Updated 03/14/2014: BMW revealed today four of its four eight design concepts prepared for the M4 DTM for the 2014 racing reason.

Updated 04/25/2014: BMW unveiled a new promo video for its new M4 DTM. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M4 DTM.

Like Ron Burgundy, high-performance cars are kind of a big deal around here. Anytime something new comes out, it causes quite a stir. So you can imagine the excitement built up over the new offerings from BMW and Lexus . Both companies have been hard at work building track-ready beasts like the M3 /M4 duo and RC F ready to take on the clock, the instrumented testing, and each other as they duke it out for a spot on your dream driveway.

While neither the M4 Coupe nor the RC F has been driven by anyone outside their respective manufactures, the comparisons have already begun. And that’s what we’re doing here. A detailed look into their numbers, estimated performance stats, and brand history to see which car is likely to find itself on top once the real-world comparison tests happen.

Until time narrows towards the cars’ launches this summer, guessing is all we can do. However, we can make educated guesses based on the criteria above. We will also take a close look at each car’s interior and exterior design, usability, and pricing. Follow along as we dive deep into the numbers to dissect which car will emerge as king.

Click past the jump for the comparison

BMW M4 Convertible

While the BMW M3 and M4 models are out, BMW is still testing other models in the 3 and 4 Series lineup, like this M4 hardtop convertible caught testing in the chilly winds of Scandinavia.

Looking past the camo, not much has changed with the M4’s bodywork. The aggressive front fascia, hood and side vents are still present, as well as the rear aero work and quad exhaust. The rear deck lid does seem flatter than the coupe’s, as it meets the folding rear glass at a more forward location. That rear glass is respectably large, making rearward visibility very good and blind spots a nonexistent feature.

We can expect the M4 drop top to share the same underpinnings and powertrain options as the standard M4 — namely its 3.0-liter, TwinPower in-line six that makes a ridiculous 430 horsepower and the choice of a traditional six-speed manual transmission or a swanky seven-speed dual-clutch unit.

Added weight is always a huge consideration when chopping the top, and BMW is likely to have something up its sleeve to keep the weight close to the 3,300-pound M4 coupe. Heavy use of carbon fiber and carbon fiber reinforced plastics will likely find their way into the construction of that mechanical hardtop, while structural rigidity will probably benefit from the same as well.

Expect the standard M4 and M3 to find themselves in dealers beginning this June with the M4 convertible not arriving till later in the year. Pricing, of course, is still up in the air, but we’d guess an $8,000 to $10,000 price hike over the standard M4.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Convertible.

Just when we were starting to grasp BMW ’s recent name change and switch-up of its bread-n-butter 3 Series sedan and the new-for-2014 4 Series coupe, the German automaker threw another curve ball: the 2015 4 Series Grand Coupe. So now the coupe version of the 3 Series sedan has its own four-door sibling. Makes perfect sense...

The news here is the future addition of the M4 Grand Coupe — the spiced-up version of BMW’s not-a-3-Series four-door sports car. BMW has yet to release any official images of the M4 Grand Coupe, but our rendering wizard has sent us this amazing preview of the upcoming super sedan. The actual M4 GC is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in early March 2014. Until then, this is what we’re going off of.

In all reality, the 4 Series GC is a different car than the 3 Series sedan. It’s fully based on the regular two-door 4 Series. It even shares its same wheelbase and overall length as the 4 Series coupe. Its major difference is in the B-pillars on the back. A higher roofline, shorter front doors, and the addition of two rear passenger doors makes the 4 Series GC a much more usable, yet still coupe-like five passenger saloon.

We’re suspecting the M4 GC will get the same M treatment the M3 got, which is a 3.0-liter TwinPower turbocharged in-line six-cylinder, making a stout 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed manual gearbox and the optional seven-speed, double-clutch transmission will likely be offered in the M4 as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW M4 Gran Coupe.

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As with years past, BMW is celebrating Chinese New Year with the launch of a special-edition model, built specially for China . We’re pretty sure that most of you remember the very successful M3 Tiger Edition announced back in 2010. Now, as China officially enters the year of the horse, BMW is releasing the special-edition M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition.

Do not expect this special-edition M6 to offer numerous updates over a base M6 Gran Coupe. In fact, it is based on a model equipped with the Competition Package and it includes embroidered horse logos on the headrests.

The new BMW M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition is limited to six units ,and each will carry phenomenal price of 2.77 million yuan — about $458,000 at the current exchange rates. To put that into perspective, the U.S.-spec BMW M6 Gran Coupe is priced at $115,000, so that is quite a hike.

BMW also announced that the same treatment will also be applied to 30 M5 sports sedans too. This version will be priced at 1.98 million yuan - or about $327,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW M6 Gran Coupe and to see more of the M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition.

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Last year, a BMW M3 tricked by G-Power to deliver a total of 610 horsepower managed to hit an amazing top speed of 337.6 km/h (209.7 mph) at Italy’s famous high-speed test track in Nardo. With this result, G-Power managed to break its previous record at Nardo established back in 2011, when a 570-horsepower BMW M3 hit a top speed of 333.1 km/h (206.9 mph).

Now, in order to celebrate the record-breaking event, G-Power announced the special-edition BMW M3 "Hurricane 337." Only 30 units will be produced and it can be applied to M3 V8 SK I, SK II and SK II CS supercharger systems.

This special M3 "Hurricane 337 Edition" is equipped with a powerful ASA T1-523 radial supercharger, a high-flow air intake with large racing air filter, a large volumetric intercooler system made from cast aluminum and a cast aluminum air box. All these changes increased the final output up to a total of 615 horsepower and 438 pound-feet of torque.

In order to improve the engine sound, G-Power also installed a full titanium exhaust system including a set of racing catalytic converters, which also help save a total of 57 pounds from the car’s total weight.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 "Hurricane 337 Edition" by G-Power.

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BMW M4 Coupe

BMW offered the M3 CSL only for the 2004 model year, and it produced only 1,400 units. The M3 CSL was 240 pounds lighter than the standard M3, offered an updated suspension, a more aggressive body kit and an upgraded transmission. In fact, the model enjoyed so much success that Jeremy Clarkson himself named it "BMW at its absolute best."

The only problem is that the history is not about to repeat itself, as BMW has no plans to offer a CSL version — or anything like it — of the new M3 and M4 . That’s because, according to Matt Collins product manager for BMW’s small to medium cars, the current M3 and M4 model are as light as they can possible get: "they come in under 1500kgs (3300 pounds), which for a car like this is incredible."

This may be depressing to some Bimmer fans, but it also goes to show that BMW really put everything it had into these models. We cannot help but tip our hats to the German automaker.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 and M4.

Source: TopGear

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