BMW M Series

BMW M Series

BMW 1-Series M Coupe

If you didn’t have the chance to buy one of the 2,700 1-Series M Coupe units that were built, you will be happy to know that BMW has decided to offer a successor for the new compact sports coupe. The announcement was made by M division CEO, Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, himself in an interview with BMW Blog.

He said that the "M Performance" lineup is a new category of models for BMW and the company plans to expand it. The current M135i - offered as a successor for the 1M Coupe - is currently a very successful model, even if it is not really a pure M car.

Nitschke said in the interview: "We haven’t made a decision yet, but the 1M coupe was so successful, that in my opinion, I am absolutely sure we will build a successor."

He offered no other details on the upcoming successor, but we are hoping for something delivering at least the same performance figures at the 1M Coupe: 335 horsepower, a sprint from 0 to 60 mph made in 4.7 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph.

Source: BMW Blog
BMW M4 Coupe

It’s been a while since we last heard anything about the upcoming coupe version of the new generation BMW M4, but our spy photographers have caught the car testing again, and, as you can see, it has started losing more of its camouflage.

Based on the new BMW 4-Series that replaces the old 3-Series coupe, the future M4 will be distinguished by the usual M-design elements: a more aggressive front bumper, LED headlights, a wide track and different side air intakes and for the rear, an M sports exhaust system. The car will also sit on larger wheels.

Despite expectations, the new M4 will be powered by a S55 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine with an output of just 415 horsepower - and not 450 horsepower as initially believed.

The new BMW M4 Coupe will be launched a few months, shortly after the 4-Series Coupe arrives on the market in 2013, most likely sometime in early 2014.

Leave it to G-Power to build another high-powered program for German automaker BMW .

For starters, the M6-Bi-Tronik III will come with a performance upgrade that involves optimizing the M6 Coupe’s twin-turbo V-8 engine and adding in a new Titanium exhaust system that includes titanium link pipes with resonators starting from the downpipe catalysts, netting the sports car 640 horsepower, a full 80 ponies more than the standard model. The car’s twisting power was also increased to 573 pound-feet of torque. This nets the M6 a top speed of 195 mph and a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds.

In addition to the performance upgrade, the Bi-Tronik III program will also receive an RS coil-over suspension system, a four-pipe stainless steel exhaust system, a set of 21-inch Silverstone RS forged wheels and carbon-fiber brakes. Also included is a high-performance brake system that features six brake pistons and 420 mm (16.53 inches) brake disc diameter for the front axle.

The cost for the entire kit is €36,150 (about $47,250 at the current exchange rates).

Update: This review has been updated with new images, the official pricing of the kit and additional specifications.

There was no way Swiss tuner, Sportec , was going to miss the 2013 Geneva Motor Show . And why would they considering that, given it’s right in their own backyard.

Presenting its new program for the BMW 135iM , Sportec treated it to a comprehensive performance upgrade that has made the fierce sports hatchback even more powerful than it already is from the factory. That’s a huge task, especially since the stock model’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine already boasts of 320 horsepower. But thanks to Sportec, that output has now been bumped up to 380 horsepower with an improved 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph, significantly faster than the 155 mph the stock 135i comes with.

Complementing the massive power raise are many new components fitted on the sports hatch, including: a new flap exhaust system with titanium tailpipes and a set of lightweight 19-inch forged SP10 alloy wheels.

It’s not the sexiest tuning program at Geneva but for sheer purpose and thrills, this Sportec-tuned BMW 135i just got a lot scarier.

Hamann says that its new program for the BMW M5 , called Mi5Sion, is the most ferocious M5 of all time.

While that may ring of hyperbole to some people, we actually think that the German tuner has a point. Sure, the program has no performance upgrades, but in terms of looks, that’s one vicious looking M5.

In order to achieve the completely redefined dynamic of the M5, Hamann dug deep in their bag of tricks to fit the sports saloon with a bevy of new components. The front spoiler is where a lot of the modifications took place. There are still some of the standard M5 features like the deep front splitter, the LEDs, and the large air intakes. But Hamann took it a step further by adding a new dual kidney-shaped grille that covers the headlights completely, making for a menacing and angry-looking M5.

In addition, Hamann also extended the width of the M5 by 30 mm (1.18 inches) on each side while also dressing it up with carbon-fiber side skirts, door fixtures, sporty wings and broad rear wheel housings. On therear, a new integrated diffuser accommodates the pair of stainless-steel tailpipes while a rear spoiler was installed to provide better downforce for the M5. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a set of 21-inch forged wheels wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R tires.

Moving to the interior, the Mi5Sion M5 was treated to plenty of leather in the same Alpine White finish of the exterior with touches of carbon embossing, giving the interior a distinctive look that fits right in with the aggressive overall appearance of the program.

Swiss tuner, Mansory, may be the king of the over-the-top aftermarket programs, but Hamann’s new "Mirr6r"program for the BMW M6 may just give Mansory a run for its money.

To say that the Mirr6r program is shiny can be a little bit of understatement. The chrome finish on the body is definitely eye catching, if not glaring when parked under the sun. But that’s not the only thing special about the Mirr6r program because Hamann went to great lengths to ratchet up the aggressive look of the luxury sports car. Notice the new bonnet on the M6 that was installed by Hamann. That one, like the rest of the new components the German tuner added to the M6, is made of carbon fiber.

The program also gives the M6 a wider look, extending the width of the car by 40 mm (1.57 inches) to go with a more pronounced stance. Hamann also did a great job in re-sculpting the M6 in such a way that its lines flow across the side skirts with its air intakes all the way to the rear spoiler, including the integrated carbon Venturi Venturi diffuser. And for added downforce, a new carbon rear spoiler was introduced. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a new set of 21-inch ultra-light forged wheels with a choice of either “Edition Race” or “Unique Forged Formula” and wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R tires to ensure top-caliber grip, steering precision and cornering ability.

Inside, Hamann used numerous leather Alcantara applications to refine the cabin space of the M6 while also adding aluminum pedals and foot rests. As an added option, the German tuner can also install a host of optional accessories, including illuminated trims in chrome.

No engine upgrades have been announced yet but Hamann said that it’s still tweaking the engine’s performance. So stay tuned for that one.

You probably already know that when it comes to whaling on cars, Chris Harris is our favorite. When compared to the guys over Top Gear, as he likes to have a little more fun behind the wheel and his reviews are always more interesting to watch – all due respect to the boys at Top Gear.

In his latest episode of his show, he put two amazing sports coupes — the BMW M6 and the Mercedes SL63 AMG — head to head. The two sports coupes deliver a combined output of about 1,100 horsepower (560 horsepower for the M6 coupe and 537 horsepower in the SL63 AMG) and, according to Harris, they "are the ultimate super-heated GT cars; fast enough to match a 911 Turbo, comfy enough to cruise a continent."

Watch the video to see which of the two sports car he considers being the best. Let us know if you agree with him!

The new BMW M5 has seen tons of upgrade packages in its relatively short life, and today we bring you a new one. It comes from the Beckingen-based BMW tuning specialist Hartge, which has developed a few options for the current BMW M5 , including power upgrade to 642 horsepower.

In its standard version the M5 gets a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a stout 560 horsepower at 6,000 to 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 pound-feet from as low as 1,500 rpm. Hartge managed to increase this output to a total of 642 horsepower and 597 pound-feet of torque. As a result the M5 will now sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds, while top speed has now been increased to 302 km/h (187 mph).

Along with this impressive engine upgrade, the tuner is also offering a sport spring kit, which lowers the M5 by 25 mm (0.98 inches) at the front and 20 mm (0.78 inches)at the rear), and a new aerodynamic package that includes a rear silencer, front spoiler and a carbon-fiber mirror casings. The tuner is also offering a set of 21-inch alloy wheels. For the interior, the tuner offers up velour floor mats and an aluminum pedal set.

Source: Hartge

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?


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