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Mark is also going to regale us with tales of his time with the Chrysler Town & Country , and then we plan on discussing the changed coming to the 2015 Nissan Frontier and then we plan on covering the crazy Hyundai Veloster Midship Concept .

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Every now and again, we get invites to quick test-drive events, and for the most part we simply ignore them. But when BMW invited us to test out the new 435i M Sport along with its nearest competitor, the 2014 Audi S5 , I would have been nuts to say "no." In one corner is the newest Bimmer with 300 horses coming from its TwinPower Turbo I-6 and all the cool little M Sport bits — brakes, wheels, suspension, etc. In the other corner is the tried-and-true Audi S5 with 333 horses and 325 pound-feet of torque.

This battle of German midsize coupes also includes a battle of power-generating philosophies. From Bimmer you have the new-age twin-scroll turbocharging system and from Audi you have the old, faithful supercharger. Many years ago there was no contest between the two, because the supercharger had no lag, while older turbos had serious lag issues, resulting in slower initial launches while the exhaust gases get the turbo spooling. The introduction of twin-scroll turbocharging and BMW’s perfection of the technology has rendered this a non-issue.

Both the 435i and the S5 are outstanding rigs and do the job of combining performance and luxury well without pushing the bounds of comfort like the wild RS5 and M4 . But which one is the victor in this quick, five-mile-long test in city traffic?

Click past the jump to find out.

The guys over at Petrolicious just got their hands on a beautiful 1980 BMW M1 coated in a wonderful red paint and looking as pristine as the day it rolled from BMW’s factory. It’s owner, Mike Ura, bought the car in 2009 from its original owner with only 12,500 miles on the clock. Today, Mike regularly takes the car for spirited drives on the road and hard track time on a local circuit located just outside Austin, Texas.

As the story goes, BMW wanted to re-enter the Group 4 racing series. In order to do so, the automaker needed a production car with at least 400 units produced in order to race. So the German automaker teamed up with famed Italian steed builder Lamborghini to build the car. However, as time went on, Lamborghini found itself in hard financial times. With the slowed pace of an ailing car company and reworked regulations and specifications surrounding the racing series, full production of the M1 was no longer needed. Only 456 were ever built.

The M1 is powered by a 3.5-liter, straight-six engine with a dry sump oil system, six separate throttle bodies, four valves per cylinder, and a Kugelfischer mechanical fuel-injection system. The inline-six produced 273 horsepower and gave the car a top speed of roughly 162 mph. The mill’s beautiful architecture only added to the M1’s uniqueness as the only mid-engine car BMW produced.

A high-performance driving school is more than a fun thing to do. It could also save your life. A great example of this is BMW’s Ice Power Training Driving Experience. For European BMW owners, you can spend a day or two flogging slightly modified M3 s around a frozen lake to learn about how to handle a car on less-than-ideal surfaces.

BMW does offer classes for lots of other things like teen drivers, high-performance track driving, and they have an M performance school too. While all those sound amazing, the video that BMW released of its ice school trips all my triggers, and pushes just about every button I have. If you have ever wondered what a BMW M3 rally car might look like, just watch the video after the jump.

I highly recommend that any owner of a high-performance vehicle like an M5 or a Porsche 911 take some sort of driving class.

After the jump you can also find out more information about the other BMW driving schools for those of you that live on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Click through for video evidence of fun and information on how to join in.

It’s common knowledge that BMW doesn’t waste any time when it comes to applying its Individual treatment to most of its brand-new releases, so we’re not at all surprise that the Germans have rolled out the details for the entire 4 Series lineup.

Since we’ve already seen the Coupe and Convertible versions receive their unique exterior colors and exclusive interior tweaks earlier this year, time has come to take a look at what BMW Individual has in stock for the 4 Series Gran Coupe , the sole four-door member of the 4 Series family.

As with most Individual creations, the 4 Series Gran Coupe can be had with an array of special body wraps, either metallic or matte. Customers that are into the metallic look can order it in Citrine Black, Tansanite Blue, Pyrite Brown or Moonstone. The special pigmentations of these paints will allow the 4 Series Gran Coupe to display different nuances depending on light conditions and perspective.

Moving over to matte hues, which are produced in a special painting process used exclusively by the BMW Group, four more shades are available: Frozen Brilliant White, Frozen Grey, Frozen Bronze and Frozen Cashmere Silver. Each vehicle can also be fitted with a set of BMW Individual light-alloy wheels. The rims come in 19-inch sizes and feature a V-spoke design.

Updated 05/26/2014: After being announced about one month ago, BMW finally released information on this cool 4 Series Gran Coupe specially customized by BMW Individual.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Give BMW Individual a black auto canvas and the group will do wonders with it. We’ve recently been inundated with a lot of its works and now, we’re being treated to the latest sample of BMW Individual at its finest. This time around the BMW M6 Coupe is that canvas the German automaker’s personalization group is working on, specifically designing it for DTM driver Marco Wittmann.

The Fire Orange paint finish of the M6 Coupe is absolutely stunning, bringing out that fiery sportiness of the M6 Coupe. Remember, this vehicle is about as powerful as any BMW in the market today, capable of producing 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque from its 4.4-liter V-8 engine. Mixing that much power with a color that in itself emits a fireball-like rage is like drawing a moth to a flame. You just can’t take your eyes off of it!

With respect to the BMW M6 Gran Coupe that BMW Individual introduced last month, we actually like this one a lot better. Maybe it’s because we’re biased to the color orange and as far as we’re concerned, BMW Individual really brought out the goods on this personalized M6 Coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual M6 Coupe "Fire Orange".

Source: BMW Facebook

You’re looking at a flatbed trailer full of "slightly used" BMW 1-Series ActiveE electric test cars that recently paid a visit to the crusher. The saddening sight of low-mileage Bimmers spray painted, pancaked, and parked atop each other is an unexpected part of the automaker’s initial testing of fully electrified vehicles in preparation for the i3 and i8 models.

BMW launched the testing program in 2010 with some 700 1-Series in a massive real-world field study with regular owners (that BMW termed electronauts) behind the wheels. BMW studied everything from driving habits to the cars’ performance over time while the owners reported back their thoughts and findings. However, now that the production version of the i3 is available and the i8 coming in limited numbers, , BMW ended the extended lease program.

The automaker announced it would be sending many of the used cars to a car-sharing service in California, but only 70 units have been allotted. The remaining cars’ fates were left in question as the owners turned in their cars for new i3 vehicles. That is, until this pictures surfaced recently on Facebook.

Granted, the ActiveE cars were all pre-production models that could never legally be outright sold to a regular buyer, but we can’t help but wonder why BMW isn’t donating these leftover cars to high school and college technology programs around the country. Perhaps we’ll take solace in knowing this flatbed represents only a small portion of the 700 ActiveE electric cars and the rest might receive happier fates.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW ActiveE.

Source: Autos Yahoo

The M8 is a funky little computer that BMW Designworks styled, and ASRock manufactures and sells. It’s unique for many reasons, not the least of which is that it’s a barebones kit. This means you only get half the parts, and it is a build-it-yourself style affair. It also features a cool AMOLED screen/control on the front that has been dubbed A-Command.

Before you get too excited, note that this is BMW Designworks, not BMW itself. Much like Porsche Design , BMW Designworks is a separate division that designs products with a certain aesthetic for third-party groups around the world.

Despite that, it still has a super-cool design, and being able to tell your friends you have a BMW computer is pretty awesome, even if it’s not really a BMW. Best of all, it makes a great addition to any car-guy office or study. For bonus points, you can also pick up a BMW Designworks-designed mouse or headset from a company called Thermaltake. If you had a keyboard and monitor from BMW, you could have a whole BMW Design works computer.

AS Rock was kind enough to loan us a test unit of the M8 for a few weeks to test out. Here is what we learned before we sent it back.

The folks over at Prior Design have been rolling out some great mods lately, and we’re not talking just about the White Phoenix kit for the 2014 Audi R8 . No, the company’s PD550 package for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is way cooler, especially for bringing a Black Series-like look to the four-door coupe before the company even thought about doing it. The German specialist is also known for having a thing for BMWs . It has been modifying anything from compact 3 Series to the larger 7 Series in the past, but, more recently, the tuner turned its focus to the M6 GranCoupe , the four-door coupe we’ve already had an in-depth look at.

As with most Prior Design projects, the M6 GranCoupe received a more aggressive appearance via a body kit that changed everything from the bumpers to the fenders, and added a brand-new hood and a trunk-lid spoiler. The larger rear diffuser blends perfectly with the bumper’s lateral air outlets, and a set of beefier wheels and tires are in place to make sure this M6 stays glued to the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M6 GranCoupe PD6XX By Prior Design.

It’s been only two weeks since the brand-new BMW M2 Coupe was spotted stretching its legs on public streets for the first time , and the Germans have already taken the high-performance compact for a spin on the notorious Nurburgring track.

Although it wears different license plates, it appears that the vehicle spotted on the "Green Hell" is the same M2 we’ve seen earlier this month. The camouflage pattern is exactly the same, with no modifications whatsoever visible up front or around the back.

The wider fenders, the M-style wheels wrapped in Michelin tires and the cross-drilled rotors with blue calipers are evidence enough that we’re looking at an authentic M2, but we’re still expecting for a more aggressive front bumper, a larger rear diffuser and the quad exhaust pipes to show up. This will likely happen later in the car’s development, when the production-ready version will take on the street and track.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the M2 will arrive in dealerships with around 400 horsepower on tap, making it the most powerful and fastest model of the 2 Series lineup. The oomph will come from a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine and help push the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M2 Coupe.


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