BMW M3 CS on the Books for 2018
Earlier in 2017, we saw BMW launch a new limited-edition M4. It’s called the CS and slots between the standard M4 and the track-ready GTS. Essentially a GTS without the massive wing, the CS also marked the return of the famous badge that BMW used in the 1960s and 1970s. Not surprisingly, the M4 CS was very popular with BMW enthusiasts, which is why the German brand is also considering a sedan version. Naturally, it will be called the M3 CS.
The beefed-up M3 is not yet official, but the folks over at German outlet Bimmer Today claim that the four-door CS will arrive sometime in 2018. The source also says that the M3 CS will share underpinnings with its M4 counterpart, meaning that it will hit the street with the upgraded twin-turbo, six-cylinder engine rated at 460 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. This output will make the CS the most powerful M3 ever, placing it above the legendary E92-generation M3 GTS, which had 444 horses on tap. What’s more, it should be a tad quicker than the standard M3 with a 0-to-62 sprint of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph.
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2017 BMW M3 GT2 S Hurricane by G-Power
Out of sight, out of mind. That’s a prevailing theme among forgettable cars in the auto industry. But every so often, a car captivates the business to no end that people have a hard time keeping them away from their memory palaces. The previous-generation BMW M3 counts as one of those vehicles. At one point, Automobile even described it in reverence on the level of how a four-year-old treats Santa Claus. It’s safe to say that the E92 BMW M3 will remain relevant for a long time and we can all look to the aftermarket tuning scene as a big contributor in keeping the last of the M3 coupes’ spirit alive. G-Power counts itself in this group and it even has a new tuning kit for the “old” M3 that pops the coupe’s power all the way up to a staggering 709 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.
Officially, the German tuner calls its creation the M3 GT2 S Hurricane. It’s a nod to the old Hurricane programs that the E92 M3 was treated to when it was making hay as one of the best performance coupes in the world. It’s good to know then that even if the M3 coupe has been out of commission for three years now, owners of the model still have the opportunity to turn their prized M3s into certified rockets on four wheels. That’s exactly what this new Hurricane program is all about. It may not be for everybody, but for M3 owners who prefer to tap into the coupe’s full potential (with the aid of an engine swap), the GT2 S Hurricane program from G-Power is a good key that can help unlock it and more.
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All BMW Brought To New York Was A Set Of Wheels
All things considered, I’d argue the 2017 New York International Auto Show turned out to be pretty decent. The list of debuts ended up including stuff that’s fast, stuff that’s fancy, and a few things that are actually kinda weird. Nevertheless, a few of the automakers in attendance didn’t really bring their A-game for 2017, including BMW. You see, the only new stuff propped up at the Bimmer booth this year was a couple sets of upgraded wheels.
That said, they are pretty nice wheels. First up are large multi-spoke rollers finished in silver and fitted to a BMW M4 Convertible. The silver color is nicely complemented by the drop-top’s Yas Marina Blue exterior, filling the flared fenders with purpose. Get them as part of the optional Competition Package.
Then there are dark, split five-spoke wheels shown on a scorching Austin Yellow M3. Finished in black, these rollers look awesome alongside the dark-colored trim on the sporty four-door, and come offered in a variety of sizes between 19 and 20 inches in diameter. The Bavarians call them 763M, and they come direct from the brand’s M tuning division.
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BMW M3 Looks Amazing Wearing Ferrari Red Paint
The BMW M3 is the pure definition of sporty luxuriousness in a four-door package. In standard form, the 3.0-liter inline-six under the hood delivers a cool 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Performance is on point, with 60 mph coming in around 4.1 seconds and top speed well above 155 mph if you remove the electric speed limited. Despite the fact that the M3 had just recently launched with an all-new body, it was also subjected to the mild facelift that the 3 Series lineup received for the 2016 model year. This facelifted didn’t bring much outside of some updated exterior light units, some new colors, and a few tweaks to the interior, but it was a nice surprise for a car that was still so new.
With the M3 being such a popular car, BMW didn’t waste any time coming up with a competition package for it. This competition package brings highlights like subtly and strategically placed accents and a new set of 20-inch wheels on the outside. But, the beauty of buying a BMW means that you can get with BMW individual and make your new car truly unique. And, that brings me to the car you see here. What you’re looking at is a BMW M3 with the Competition Package and plenty of BMW Individual DNA to go with it.
To start out, the car is finished in BMW Individual Ferrari Red and equipped with the M Performance aerodynamic kit. There’s also M Performance carbon fiber mirrors, an Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system, and an Akrapovic carbon fiber diffuser in the rear. Inside, the car gets Individual Red interior trim with leather stitching and loads of carbon fiber inlays to remind passengers that they are riding in something special. As an M3 competition model, this baby has 450 horsepower and at least 406 pound-feet of torque. It should hit 60 mph in four seconds (01 seconds faster than the standard M3.) Top speed is usually capped at 155 mph, but it’s not unheard of for people to remove the electronic limiters on these babies. BMW Abu Dhabi Motors hasn’t supplied pricing information yet, but you can bet this baby goes for a pretty penny.
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2017 BMW M3 Heritage Collection Singapore Edition
BMW is no stranger to developing special edition models, especially when it comes to the M3. Look through the lineup of M3 variants that Bavaria has released over the years and you’re going to see some especially notable special edition models. This year alone, a handful of SE M3s have been released, specifically the "30 Years M3" Edition, the M3 30 Jahre Edition, and the M3 “Münchner Wirte.” Well, it’s December now, but apparently, BMW isn’t done with these special edition M3s just yet. A collection of special edition M3s have made their way to Singapore. Collectively, they’re called the BMW M3 Heritage Collection, although individually, the model formally goes by the name “BMW M3 Heritage Collection Singapore Edition I.”
Name notwithstanding, the Heritage Collection is defined by three unique color schemes that will be exclusive to the special edition model. An assortment of other goodies are also included in the Heritage Collection, from exterior and interior upgrades, a new set of wheels, and most significantly, power and performance enhancements befitting a special edition M3.
There is a caveat that comes at the expense of the Heritage Collections’ uniqueness and exclusivity. It’s only going to be offered in Singapore and is limited to 30 units total, 10 models for each of the three color schemes. Worse, each model comes with a staggering price of S$408,800, which converts to a mind-blowing $287,877.
FYI, that’s more than what you’re going to have to pay for cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, McLaren 650S, and Lamborghini Huracán here in the U.S.
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BMW Brings New M Performance Parts To Essen Motor Show
As the calendar year draws to an end, the Essen Motor Show comes to conclude the year of European motor shows with numerous tuning, motorsport, and track-race production models. The organizers expect more than 300,000 visitors to come to the exhibition halls at Essen’s Grugapark, which will have a wide array of cars and aftermarket products on display, including many from BMW.
The German automaker will bring its latest M Performance parts to Essen, as well as eight vehicles, including the M240i Convertible and the M2 Safety Car. The public will also be able to demonstrate their racing talent at the “DTM M4 Driving Simulator” by following in the tracks of Marco Wittmann, the newly crowned DTM champion.
As for the actual performance parts, BMW will introduce a handful of upgrades for the M3 and M4. First up, there’s carbon rear wing made entirely of carbon-fiber with the struts sporting M motorsport stripes in blue, red, and violet, and "Performance" lettering on the sides of the blade. The coupe and sedan will also get an M Performance suspension that will enable drivers to adjust ride height between five and 20 mm (0.2 and 0.8 inches) via a spring plate on the front and rear spring struts. The coil springs are painted red for a motorsport-inspired look. Both the carbon wing and the suspension system will be offered starting summer 2017.
The M3 and M4 will also get something new under the hood. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about power upgrades, but the new carbon engine cover should make a few enthusiasts happy. Made from hand-crafted, high-quality carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, it will give the M3 and M4 a race-inspired look under the lid.
The BMW booth will also showcase the brand’s new M Performance Accessories, including an Alcantara steering wheel with carbon trim and race display, gear selector lever and carbon handbrake grip with Alcantara bellows, 19-inch, double-spoke 405 M Bicolour alloy wheels, black matt rear diffuser, and carbon tailpipe trims. All these parts will be exhibited on an upgraded M240i Convertible model.
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2016 BMW M3 With M Performance Parts
The SEMA Show may be about aftermarket parts and significantly modified vehicles, but it’s also an event where automakers showcase less extreme upgrades and accessories. BMW falls in the latter category at this year’s event, where it will introduce a range of M performance parts that will be offered to the public starting 2017. The new updates will be showcased on a range of production cars, one of which is an M3 sedan.
The high-performance four-door is fitted with an array of aerodynamic features, some inspired from the world of motorsport, as well as new wheels, carbon-fiber elements, and a revised suspension system. More importantly, the car will be used to mark two world debuts, both set to hit the market in 2017 for several nameplates.
The fact that the German carmaker chose to launch most of its new M-badged upgrades at the SEMA Show isn’t surprising. The U.S. is the largest market for M performance parts and accessories, with 20 percent higher revenue than Germany, the second largest market for such options.
The M3 will sit in the BMW booth alongside other upgraded cars, including an X5 and a 340i. The German brand will also display a special BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance crafted by the Individual division, as well as an M2 Safety Car.
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Man Parks His E30 M3 In His Living Room To Protect It From Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew sent East Coast residents scrambling for shelter last week, with high winds and torrential rainfall cutting a wide swath of destruction across numerous states. In a bid to protect his prized E30 BMW M3 from harm, Instagram user @jalilsup decided to drive it into his living room for a sleepover, and became a viral sensation in the process.
The man behind the handle is Randy Jalil, hailing from Port Saint Lucie, Florida. After parking his other two Bimmers in his garage, Jalil decided the E30 needed a safe spot as well, so he broke out the measuring tape and found the width of his double-door entryway. Before long, the E30 soon found itself snugly inside.
In a statement posted by Jalopnik, Jalil says he has owned the car for roughly eight years, and with the spike in value that E30s have experienced recently, he wasn’t about to risk keeping it outside. Still, Jalil maintains it’s a daily driver that sees proper use on a regular basis.
“Most people nowadays will keep them tucked away in their garage to keep the value up. Cars are meant to be driven and I will always live by that.”
Jalil also says the car is in “almost stock form but most people refer to it as OEM+.”
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A New Round Of Recalls Are Coming For Certain BMW M Models
Recalls are a hassle, but when one recall leads to another recall, that’s when things get annoying. Unfortunately, that’s the predicament certain owners of the BMW M2 Coupe, M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe, and M4 Convertible are now facing after BMW North America announced a new round of recalls for 2015 to 2017 model years of the aforementioned models, all because BMW dealerships messed up on a repair involving the rear differential during a previous recall last January 2016.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW dealers used the same rear sub-frame bolts to replace the rear differential on the M cars. The problem with that is that these bolts were designed to be used only as one-time-use fasteners, as per the automaker’s own vehicle assembly process. If they’re used more than once, there’s a good chance that the “clamp force may not be achieved when torquing down the bolts,” resulting in the possibility of them loosening as they wear out. When that happens, the car’s handling and control could be compromised, which could then lead to the possibility of a crash taking place.
All told, 66 units are potentially affected by the new recall, including five M2 Coupe made from May 31 to June 20, 2016; 32 M3 Sedans manufactured from June 17, 2014 to June 13, 2016; 26 M4 Coupes built from May 2, 2014 to June 14, 2016; and three M4 Convertibles assembled from May 29, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Fortunately, no incidents have been reported concerning the condition of the affected models.
It must be said though that the NHTSA has absolved BMW dealerships of any blame for the fresh round of recalls. Apparently, BMW didn’t give specific instructions to use new rear sub-frame bolts, which could’ve led to dealership engineers using the same bolts to replace the differential.
The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2016. In the days leading up to it, BMW will be notifying affected owners and certain dealerships of the impending recall. The latter is expected to replace the affected rear sub-frame bolts with new bolts without owners incurring any costs.
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2016 BMW M4 by G-Power
The BMW M3 and BMW M4 remain two of the German automaker’s most popular models and it figures given their popularity, it is to be expected that a BMW aftermarket specialist like G-Power would have tuning programs for both of them. Not one to miss out on this opportunity, G-Power did exactly that, fitting the M3and M4 with a versatile tuning kit that helps give both M vehicles a
worthy output of 600 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque.
Yes, it seems that BMW isn’t just content with building a program designed for just one model. The German tuner is now doing it for two, although it probably helps that the M3 and the M4 share a lot of mechanicals. In any event, the programs for both M performance models don’t just end with the engine upgrades. G-Power is also including an aerodynamic kit to help improve the cars’ downforce, a fully adjustable suspension kit to enhance the handling and balance of both the M3 and M4, and of course, a new set of its highly touted Hurricane RR wheels.
Owners of either the M3 or the M4 who are looking for some aftermarket assistance for their cars have plenty of tuners to choose from. But when it comes to high-quality kits for both models, few can do it better as G-Power.
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2016 BMW M3 "30 Years M3" Edition
Also known as the F80, the current-generation M3 was launched in 2014 with new, evolutionary styling, a revamped interior, BMW’s latest technology, and a brand-new engine. The biggest change compared to the previous M3 was made under the hood, where the high-revving, naturally aspirated, 4.0-liter V-8 was replaced by a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six. Although the F80 is not the first M3 to use a six-cylinder engine, it is the first to employ forced induction. Updated for the 2016 model year, the high-performance four-door is expected to be replaced by a new model in 2019.
Much like any generation before it, the M3 has spawned numerous special edition models, while customers also had access to exclusive features and colors via the Individual customization program. With the M3 nameplate celebrating three decades since its introduction in 2016, BMW has launched the limited "30 Years M3" edition. Limited to only 500 units, the anniversary M3 follows in the footsteps of the M5 "30 Jahre M5," which was unveiled for the 2015 model year to celebrate 30 years since the debut of the high-performance sedan.
The larger four-door was limited at only 300 examples and only 30 were imported to the U.S. The vehicle sold like hotcakes and one changed owners for a whopping $700,000 at auction. Will the M3 "30 Years M3" become as desirable as its bigger cousin? Let’s have a closer look at what this sedan has to offer until we find out.
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BMW’s M3 sedan, M4 coupe, and M4 convertible have always been highly regarded and more than good enough to satisfy the craving for luxury and performance buyers in one package. Those models, however, are about to be offered with a new optional package dubbed the “Competition Package.” But, before we dive too much into what this new package offers for the M3 sedan, M4 coupe, and M4 convertible, let’s take a quick look back at the models.
It doesn’t take much to explain the M3. It was introduced back in 1985 and has seen several generations, including induction into the E36, E46, E90, E92, and E93 generations of the 3 Series. It is also the only car that has earned more titles in Motorsport than the Porsche 911. The M3 coupe and convertible are long gone, but the sedan carries the name on, and we’re excited to see BMW is still offering up new packages for the 21-year-old name.
When the M4 came to be in 2014, BMW ceased production of the M3 coupe and convertible in favor of having the M4 coupe and convertible instead. This gave the M3 sedan a series all its own, with the M4 carrying on the M legacy, but like the refreshed M3 sedan, it is powered by an inline six-cylinder engine that pumps out 431 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The change over to a turbocharged six wasn’t all that unwelcome, though, as the engine puts out an additional 17 horsepower and 111 pound-feet of torque more than the outgoing V-8 in the M3. BMW also claims better efficiency with a 25-percent improvement in fuel economy.
So, what does this new Competition Package offer for this trio? Well, I’m glad you asked. Take a short walk down the page with me as we look into these packages and how they make the M3 and M4 that much better.
UPDATE 01/30/2016: First video of the BMW M4 Competition Package (ZCP) at 2016 Houston Auto Show
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