BMW M Series

BMW M Series

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).

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It’s no surprise that most car manufacturers try to get into the spirit of Christmas and wish their fans and customers, happy holidays. Each brand tries their best at sending a holiday message to the viewer, be it hilarious, jaw-dropping or simply just "Merry Christmas.”

In response to Mercedes AMG’s Christmas message, which was pretty good, the boys at BMW decided to make one of their own. This has more to do with competition than celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

The volunteer chosen to spread the wishes is the fantastic BMW M135i. Being a 2-minute-long video with a performance car starring in it, one can expect that this is no ordinary message.

They put a dignified a capella band in the BMW M135i and DTM Champion Martin Tomczyk behind the wheel. With Martin torturing the Bimmer through some intense twist, the band had to sing “Jingle Bells.” Singing Jingle Bells itself is a pretty simple task, but when you’re drifting through the apex of a turn, it can be a little, shall we say, “difficult.”

Valiant effort, BMW, but the Mercedes AMG vid is still better. What do you think?

No matter how difficult it is to say or write their name, you can always be sure that German tuner Schwabenfolia will release programs that will definitely catch your attention.

Their latest run on the factory saw them take a BMW 1-Series M Coupe , as tidy a compact sports car as they’ll come, and gave it a show stopping program. The most obvious thing you’ll notice about the program is the Lime Green foil wrap that will definitely steal its share of eye balls. From there, the German tuner also added a black foil wrap on certain sections of the 1-Series M Coupe, including the iconic BMW double kidney grille, the side indicators, and the roof. Carbon mirrors were also added at an extra cost, as are the new set of powder coated alloy wheels with its own lime green accents.

In terms of performance, Schwabenfolia added a new sports suspension system from Bilstein, a titanium exhaust system, and a new engine kit that improves the 1-Series M Coupe’s output from 335 horsepower to 420 horsepower.

Schwabenfolia has listed pricing details for the program, of which the lime green foil wrap costs €2,150 (US$2,900), €800 ($1,100) for the wheels, €99 ($130) and €109 ($145) for the front and rear wheel spacers, €2,499 ($3,300) for the Bilstein suspension, €2,299 ($3,000) for the titanium exhaust, and €1,299 ($1,700) for the engine kit.

Shortly after unveiling the 6-Series Gran Coupe at the end of 2011, BMW has started testing the most powerful version in the series: the M6 Gran Coupe. Today, after about one year of testings, the M6 Gran Coupe finally made its official debut today.

As with any other M6 model in BMW ’s lineup, the Gran Coupe will be distinguished by a more aggressive and sportier look compared to the standard model. The list of changes will include more aggressive front and rear fascias with the usual M-type elements, larger, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, and, of course, a quad-exhaust system. The interior will also be updated with the same usual M elements: sports seats, a new M cockpit, lots of Alcantara and carbon fiber.

UPDATE 12/17/2012: BMW has unveiled a new video (above) revealing the interior features of its new M6 Gran Coupe. The model will come with M sports seats with integral belt guides, Merino leather upholstery and much more.

Updated 06/19/2013: BMW U.S.A announced today prices for the M6 GranCoupe. Click past the jump to see how much you have to pay for one.

BMW 1-Series Sedan

It looks like BMW is considering the adding a new M-Series model to its lineup. It will be based on the next-generation 1-Series sedan and will be a direct rival to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Audi S3 sedan. However, do not expect to see it on the market until the latter half of 2015, at the earliest.

In an interview with AutoCar, a BMW insider said: "We are actively considering it. Do we think there is a potential market? Yes, and it is likely to grow rapidly. If we had the capacity, we would already be well down the road [to production] by now."

The new model will be built on the BMW’s new UKL platform and under its hood will be a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with at least 300 horsepower.

Until the new small sedan arrives on the market, we will see the new M235i based on the next-generation BMW 2-Series .

Source: AutoCar

Just a few days ago, we brought you the second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, which is set to be released for Xbox 360 and PS3 in the Spring of 2013. The wait for the launch can be very aggravating, we know. To help satisfy your GTA thirst, Gevorg Karensky has created an awesome live-action short movie with a plot based on GTA — GTA IV and its main character, Nico Bellic, if you want to be specific.

His movie, called Grand Theft Auto: RISE, looks pretty true to the original and features one of our favorite cars — the BMW M3 — and not just a replica, like in the game. Unfortunately, the M3 meets a rather unhappy ending, but we still enjoyed every second of the car chase it was involved in.

Let us know in the comments section bellow if you like this movie, or you will rather wait for the GTA V for some "real" action!

Precision Sport Industries (PSI) has developed a sweet BMW M3 Coupe project. What makes this project so special are not the exterior or the interior kits, but what lies under the hood. under here, PSI has installed a G-Power SKII CS kit that increased the V-8 engine’s output from the standard 420 ponies to a supercar-like 600 horsepower. Peak torque has also been increased up from the standard 295 pound-feet to 427 pound-feet.

In order to obtain this amazing output the SKII CS kit includes an ASA T1-522 supercharger with the bracket system made from aluminum, a dual-flow air-intake box made from carbon fiber, a high-capacity air-to-air intercooler made from aluminum, eight fuel injectors with greater flow and eight racing spark plugs. There is also an Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust System that makes the engine sound better than ever. Capping off the build, PSI draped the air-intake tubes, resonator and valve cover in orange sherbert paint.

With the extra 180 horsepower, the M3 can now hit a top speed of 198 mph.

In order to handle the extra power, PSI also installed a set of 20-inch wheels, Eibach Race Springs and high-performance brakes. The interior received a series of new gauges — air-fuel ratio, boost and water temperature — developed in cooperation with VEI Gauges and 3D Design.

Photo Credit GarrettWadePhoto.com

BMW M1 Hommage

Everyone expects BMW to offer a new supercar sometime in the near future and previous rumors suggested that this new supercar will resurrect the company’s famous M1 name . New rumors, however, suggest that the car will be named the "M8" and that it will be unveiled just in time to celebrate BMW’s centenary in 2016.

The M8 will be one of the three supercars set to arrive from the German market in the coming years. This list includes the successor to the Mercedes SLS AMG and the second generation Audi R8 . Rumors are pointing to the M8 being built on the same carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis as the upcoming BMW i8 in an effort to spread the manufacturing costs across both models. Under the hood will be a V-8 engine that churns up concrete with about 600 horsepower.

Not only will using the BMW i8 platform reduce manufacturing costs, but it will also make the Bimmer supercar much lighter than originally expected.

We will have more details for you in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!

Note: 2008 BMW M1 Homage pictured.

BMW has officially unveiled the third generation M6, in both coupe and convertible versions. The M6 badge was first used back in 1987 and since then, the model has evolved into a powerful, athletic, focused, luxurious and efficient sports car. On the US market, the M6 Coupe was the last to arrive and went on sale in the late Summer of 2012 as a 2013 model.

As many rumors suggested, the new M6 has dropped its V10 engine in favor of a new 4.4-liter V8 equipped with M TwinPower Turbo Technology. Despite its lower capacity, the new V8 develops a total of 560 HP (an increase of 5 HP over the previous model) and a peak torque of 500 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a newly developed 7-speed double-clutch transmission designed to handle the high torque and high revving nature of the engine.

The new M6 Coupe will be immediately recognized as an elegant and sporty 6-Series, but it gets the usual M styling design cues that make it look sportier and more powerful. These elements include wider air intakes, stunningly contoured headlight units, the newly designed M kidney grille, which bears an "M6" badge, and powerful 19-inch M light-alloy wheels.

UPDATE 11/20/2012: BMW USA has transformed the M6 into the most interesting project: an M print. Using very interesting technology and Matt Mullins, Chief Driving Instructor of the BMW Performance Driving School, behind the wheel, the M6 was used to create unique autographs for M fans nationwide. Check out the the video after the jump!

Hit the jump to read more on the BMW M6 Coupe.

A few days ago, BMW announced the M3 DTM Champion Edition — a special M3 built as a tribute to 40th anniversary of BMW’s M subsidiary. Today, the company has unveiled a sweet video marking the most important moments in the company’s history.

“A company is like a human being. As long as it goes in for sports, it is fit, well-trained, full of enthusiasm and performance." These were the words of Robert A. Lutz, BMW AG Board Member Sales, back in 1972 when the new company was officially being announced. They were the words christening the youngest subsidiary of BMW AG at the time, BMW Motors W Motors port GmbH. Today, the company is called BMW M GmbH. Fortunately, it is just as fit, well-trained, and full of enthusiasm and performance as it was 40 years ago.


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