2015 BMW M3
Horsepower @ RPM:425 @ 5500
Torque @ RPM:406 @ 1800
0-60 time:4.1 sec.
Top Speed:155 mph
The BMW 3 Series entered a new generation for the 2012 model year, and three years later, we finally got to lay eyes on the new BMW M3. Of course, you can’t mistake for a Bimmer, thanks to those double kidney grilles, but its new look is a clear evolution of the ultimate 3 Series Model. Highlights of the exterior include a significantly more aggressive bumper with corner air inlets that could eyeball you from across the room, a dew design for the rear fascia that makes the rear end look far less like a Honda Civic. Rounding out the exterior are new exterior light units all the way around. Inside, the car gets the standard M treatment for the steering wheel, door sills, dead pedal, gear shifter, and trim. The most important part of the new-gen M3 is the new 3.0-liter, turbocharged, I-6 under the hood that’s good for 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.
The M3 has been a legend for a while now, tearing up asphalt since its debut back in 1983. It’s smaller so it is nimble, but it has always had significant power under the hood, making it the best of both worlds. With this new generation, BMW engineers were targeting perfection. With more than 400 ponies and enough torque to burn of a set of tires after just a few hours of “playing” the 2015 M3 is about as close to perfect as you can really get. With all of that out in the open, it’s about time for you to learn all about the new M3, so check out our full review below.
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A Short Film Staring an E30-Gen BMW M3 Reminds Us How Therapeutic Driving Can Be
The E30 BMW M3 is one of the most memorable and iconic cars to every come out of BMW’s stable. It was one of those times when an automaker managed to get everything right from design, to performance, luxury, and everything in between. The E30 M3 was, without a doubt, an absolute blast to drive to the point that’s it practically therapeutic. And, that’s where this short film, titled “The Interview” comes into play.
I don’t want to and spoil it for you, as you simply must watch it from start to finish. But, the base line of the story is that the main human character is faced with a serious dilema. He’s heading to yet another job interview, only to leave in disappointment. Right around the same time, his girlfriend pushes the issue that the struggle is so bad that he just might have to sell that wonderful M3 if he doesn’t get the job.
Needless to say, the main character and the E30 have a close bond and, despite his next interview not going well, our protagonist takes off for a drive. The ending is pure bliss, but you’ll have to watch it to see what happens. The point is that this short film will remind you how a good, long drive in the right car can be one of the most amazing stress relievers on the planet. Go ahead and watch the short film below – you’ll be glad that you did!
Throwback: BMW’s Holiday Video Features Rarely Seen M3 E30 Pickup
With Christmas literally being a few days away, automakers have started rolling out their holiday greetings for the masses. BMW’s M Division is the latest to do so with a holiday-themed ad that features a vehicle that was never sold to the public. We’ve seen it a handful of times over the years, but this is probably the first time Bimmer is using the pickup version of the BMW M3 E30 for any of its promotional videos. Consider it a treat then that BMW is doing it for the holidays. Merry Christmas, indeed!
2020 BMW M3
The BMW M3 has been around for a while now, first entering production in 1985 as a high-powered go-faster variant of the ever-popular BMW 3 Series. The latest F80 generation dropped in 2014, essentially setting the benchmark for all other fast four-doors to match, and now, there’s a new generation in the making. Dubbed internally as the G80, the next M3 is shaping up to be quite the ultimate driving machine, so we gathered up all the rumors we could find and put ‘em right here in the following speculative review.
Update 11/14/2019: The BMW M3 was caught out on a fall drive with new headlights and a revised decklid.
The Future of the BMW M3, M4, M5 and 1 Series Have Been Called Into Question
BMW M3 and M4 Leaks are Real, But Both Models Are Far From Making Their Debut
Remember those leaked images of the BMW M3 and M4 that we saw on the production line last week? Well, BMW M President, Markus Flasch, has confirmed that they were legitimate and that they were, indeed, pre-production models. However, he also went on to say that there’s more than a year to wait before they go on sale.
Matt Farah Drives an S55-Powered E30 BMW M3 and We’re Jealous
The first-generation BMW M3 E30 is arguably one of the most sought-after BMWs in the world today. But even its collectible status hasn’t stopped tuners from engaging in a little aftermarket debauchery. The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah recently took the wheel of one such project. It’s an M3 E30, but underneath that hood lies a twin-turbo S55 straight-six engine that’s normally found under the new M3. This isn’t A BMW M3 E30 with less than 300 horsepower on tap, folks. This particular M3 E30 packs as much as 550 horsepower, which is almost three times as powerful as the E30’s stock S14 engine. It also comes with a fully restored interior, aftermarket AP racing brakes, a six-speed manual transmission, and a set of three-way adjustable remote reservoir coilovers. But, yeah, let’s talk about that twin-turbocharged S55 engine underneath the hood. That’s attention-grabbing in its own right, and as you can imagine, Farah wastes little time professing his undying love for the tuned M3 E30. Chances are, we’d feel the same way if we had a go at it, too.
Is This Really What the G80 BMW M3 Will Look Like?
There’s been a lot of chatter surrounding the impending arrival of the next-generation BMW M3 G80 and deservedly so. It’s been 10 months since the all-new 3 Series G20 arrived, and while it traditionally takes a year after the 3 Series’ debut for the M3 to arrive, it appears that we’re going to have to wait a little longer for the performance Bimmer with reports that it won’t make its debut until sometime in 2020. But that’s not the only major news about the upcoming M3. Months of seeing spy photos of the performance sedan have painted a decent picture of what we expect from the next-gen M3, and by the looks of it, BMW is finally rolling the dice on completely reinventing the look of its iconic front kidney grille. If this is the case, the days of the inconspicuous kidney grille are over. Whether that’s a good or bad thing will depend on the eye of the beholder, but one thing’s become clear to everyone: BMW, specifically BMW M, is swinging for the fences with the next-gen M3’s front end design. Here’s to hoping, for Bimmer’s sake, that the ball clears the fences.
Sterckenn’s Carbon Fiber Aero Parts Will Style Up Your BMW
Getting the right mix when it comes to tuning your car shouldn’t be regarded superficially. We mean, there are, and there will be a lot of bad examples of tuning exercises that rather destroy a car’s general appearance instead of boosting it, so you really don’t want to be that guy. Luckily, with companies such as Europe-based Sterckenn, pimping out your ride doesn’t have to turn into a full-on ricer job. In fact, their aero parts are so discrete that the rest of the car will stand out once you’ve fitted them in.
Is a Tesla Model 3 Performance faster around a track than a BMW M3?
Elon Musk announced some time back that the performance version of the Tesla Model 3 would cost about the same as a BMW M3, but that it would be around 15 percent quicker around a track than the German car. Well, the time has finally come to put that claim to the test and see if the much-beloved M3 is really slower than the Tesla.
Thanks to BMW’s S58 Engine, the 2020 BMW M3 Could Offer As Much as 480 Horsepower in Base Form
Known by most as the ultimate representation of the BMW ethos, the BMW M3 is an essential installation in the powerful and dominant line of Motorsport machines. Specially designed to attract driving purists, the BMW M3 has been a driver’s favorite for decades. The next generation is on the horizon and is expected to debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show with BMW M’s new 3.0-liter, S58 engine with 474 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. That is a substantial improvement over the 444 horsepower of the 2018 BMW M3 Competition. The power bump is crucial as the new BMW M3 faces stiffer competition in the shape of the 500+ horsepower Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, 500+ horsepower Mercedes-AMG C63 S, and the impressive 450-horsepower Audi RS4.
BMW’s New S58 Engine from the 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M Will Eventually Power the Next-Gen M2, M3, and M4
The first-ever M versions of the X3 and X4 broke cover somewhat unexpectedly in February 2019, joining the larger X5 M and X6 Mto complete BMW’s four-vehicle lineup of beefed-up SUVs. And, while the X3 M, the first of its kind in 16 years, is big news, there’s even bigger news under its hood, where BMW dropped a brand-new high-performance engine. It’s called the S58 and replaces the already iconic S55.
It Won’t Get Any Better than the 2020 BMW M3 Pure with Rear-Wheel Drive and Lots of Ponies
After months of speculation, it’s now almost certain that the new, 2020 BMW M3 will indeed be available with a six-speed manual transmission - almost as a way to honor tradition as BMW will also put out an AWD version with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
BMW doesn’t plan to desert the manual gearbox just yet, at least not on the M3 that is. We know that the next-generation 3 Series will not be available with a manual, so you might just have to pay double or more for an M3 if you want the luxury of operating the clutch yourself. The third pedal will only be available aboard a ’Pure’ version that should be rear-wheel drive only, thus lighter than the AWD model that is lighter than the F80 M3 we’re seeing in the dealerships today.
The 2020 G80 BMW M3 Will Be Offered with a Manual Transmission, but You’ll Have to Give Up AWD
Recently, we found out that the upcoming 2020 G80-Gen BMW M3 would come with a manual transmission. Although there was no official word or any other details available, we have now learned from BMW Blog that the manual M3 will not come with an all-wheel-drive system.
It Looks Like BMW May Offer the M3 With a Manual Transmission After All
The new BMW M3 is on its way, as confirmed in a recent rash of spy shots that show the Bavarian rocket ship out for a spot of testing at the Nürburgring. For now, though, specifics aren’t quite nailed down, with the question of two pedals or three providing one of the biggest question marks of them all. Luckily for those of us who prefer a manual, it’s looking like Bimmer isn’t quite ready to ditch the stick shift.
BMW M3 Touring Might Soon Become a Reality and We Want One
Someone rightly said – When one door closes, another one opens; and behind this door is a BMW M3 Touring. Don’t build your hopes yet, but if reports are to be believed, we might be blessed with the wagon variant of the Bavarian’s smallest sport sedan. It could be sold side-by-side with the 3 Series Touring, codenamed the G21.
This is What Happens When You Push a BMW M3 Too Hard: Video
The general rule of thought when it comes to doing burnouts is to not overextend a car past its limits. The owner of this BMW M3 E92 should have heeded that advice when he had the chance. Not only did he throw caution to the wind, he completely disregarded the M3’s well-being with a burnout session that went beyond the car’s capabilities. The result, as you might expect, wasn’t pretty. Not only did the M3’s engine blow up, but a lot of its internal bits and pieces can also be seen scattered on the pavement, drowning in a pool of engine oil. That’s not how you take care of your M3, sir.
Next-Gen BMW M3 Will Be Lighter Than the Current M3 CS
In the rush to make cars roomier, more comfortable, and safer, it seems like every successive generation gets heavier and heavier. Even dedicated sports cars aren’t immune to this inevitable drift towards portliness, with a few notable exceptions (the Mazda MX-5 Miata readily comes to mind). Now, it’s looking like you can add the next-generation BMW M3 to that list as well.
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Will the BMW M3 Get a Mild Hybrid Drivetrain and Extra Go Juice?
With both Audi and Mercedes-Benz now using 48-volt electrical systems in some of their cars, which turns them into mild hybrids, BMW is looking to take the same path. The 3 Series compact is already set to gain one, but a new rumor suggests that BMW will use a similar layout in the higher performance M3 model as well.
The next-gen BMW M3 is already in the works with a debut planned to happen sometime around the turn of the decade. That means there’s only a couple more years to enjoy the current M3 and more intense M3 CS. That CS essentially stands for weight loss, new exhaust, and new wheels, among other things. It’s not just the addition of carbon fiber and the shedding of a few pounds that makes the CS stand out, though. It’s the extra power output too, which accounts for an extra 28 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque. That brings total output figures up to 453 ponies and 443 pound-feet of torque; enough for a sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 174 mph. Of course, there’s no choice but to flick some paddles for shifting purposes as a real manual transmission has been left off the options list.
Be that as it may, the M3 CS is one mean, light, carbon-fiber-toting machine and it’s more than worthy of some screen time on your home or office computer. So, we’ve hand-picked our favorite wallpaper and included a nice little gallery at the bottom with more awesome choices just for you. Go ahead and take them all if you want.
Car for Sale: 1988 BMW E30 M3
The E30 has exploded in popularity recently, with well-maintained examples selling for huge sums of money on the used market and at auction. Now, there’s one very clean example going up for sale rocking a six-cylinder engine swap under the hood.
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Demand Watch: F80-Gen BMW M3 to End Production Sooner than Expected; No Replacement Until 2020
BMW is having to end production of the mighty M3 performance sedan due to emissions regulations that take effect in June of 2018. The new regulations set forth by the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure, require a gasoline particulate filter be installed on all new vehicles after the June deadline. Unfortunately for the M3, its underbelly doesn’t have the room needed for the large device. Rather than spending the money to rework the M3’s floor pan, BMW is simply ending production of the 425-horsepower legend.
It’s not all bad news, however, the two-door coupe version of the M3, the M4 will continue production and come with the new particulate filter, officially known as the Otto Particulate Filter. Collateral changes to the M4 include the discontinuation of its lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft in favor of a steel driveshaft with a smaller diameter.
The M3’s discontinuation has several ramifications, of course, so let’s get into what’s going on.
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Bad News for BMW purists: Next M3 and M4 Could Go AWD
First introduced in 1985, the BMW M3 quickly became known as "the ultimate driving machine." The German brand exploited the term for more than three decades now, but a lot of BMW enthusiasts agree that the newer M3 and M4 are no longer the driver’s car that the first generation cars used to be, mostly due to being loaded with too much technology and driver aids. Whether this is true or not is a matter of how you look at modern sports cars, but old-school gearheads won’t be happy to learn that the next-generation M3 and M4 could go all-wheel-drive.
The news comes from Car Magazine, which claims that the M3 is set to take the same path as the M5, which was recently unveiled with standard all-wheel-drive. Since the M3 and M4 share the same underpinnings, the two-door coupe will also distribute power to all corners. As BMW pointed it out a few months back, the new-generation M5 was first engineered as a traditional, RWD sedan. But the company soon realized that the M5 didn’t handle longitudinal acceleration, and it decided to go with an all-wheel-drive layout. With the next-generation M3 looking to push the envelope well beyond that of the current model, AWD is likely to become a viable option for the compact too.
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2018 BMW M3 CS
Introduced in 2014, the latest-generation BMW M3 set new benchmarks in the premium compact sedan segment. However, things changed when Mercedes-Benz launched the AMG C63, which unlike the Bimmer still had a V-8 engine and arrived in dealerships with significantly more power. And while the M3 fell behind the competition in terms of performance, the M4 was enabled to keep up and even raise above its rivals thanks to the GTS and CS limited-edition models. Fortunately, the M3 also received the attention it deserves in 2017 with the CS package, a club sport-style upgrade that makes it more suitable for track use, but without taking it over the top with the extreme rear wing of the GTS.
Essentially an M4 CS with the extra door and the longer rear roof, the M3 CS is a slightly more practical proposition in the CS lineup. Not only it misses the roll-cage available with the coupe, it also provides seating for up to five people, which maintains it in the family car market. Of course, no one will really buy it as a family car, but it doesn’t force customers to use it a two-seater only. More good news comes from the availability department, as the M3 CS is slated to come to the United States. On the other, production will be limited to a little over 1,000 units, with less than half set to cross the pond to North America. And much like the M4 CS, it will be significantly more expensive than the the standard M3. But more about that in the review below.
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2018 BMW M3 CS Unveiled
BMW just unveiled its latest special edition for the M3. Dubbed the CS, the new German rocket seeks to combine everyday driveability and luxury with even greater performance potential courtesy of its M Division boffins.
Kicking it off is more muscle from the 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline six-cylinder. Peak output is now rated at 453 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, an increase of 28 ponies and 37 pound-feet respectively. Redline is set at 7,600 rpm. All told, the CS is both quicker and faster than the standard M3, doing the 0-to-60 mph shimmy in 3.7 seconds and topping out at an electronically limited 174 mph. Making the good noises is an M Sports exhaust system with special sound tuning exclusive to the CS model. Routing the muscle to the rear is a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox with launch control and paddle shifters.
Outside, you’ll find a generous helping of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), which was added to the roof, front splitter, rear diffuser, and Gurney flap, cutting as much as 110 pounds from the car’s curb weight. That makes it sprightly, especially with the unique tuning for the springs and dampers. Standard spec includes Adaptive M Suspension components, which offer a variety of driving modes ranging between Comfort and Sport. An Active M Differential was added as well. The wheel design was inspired by DTM racers, and come staggered at 20 inches in back and 19 inches in front. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires make the traction, while optional carbon ceramic brakes haul it down.
There’s new stuff inside as well, with Alacantara upholstery and two-tone Merino leather in Silverstone and black. M Sport seats, automatic climate control, and a Harman Kardon stereo keep it civil.
The 2018 BMW M3 CS will be offered globally, but is limited at 1,200 units total, only 550 of which will come stateside. Order books open May of 2018. Pricing is thus far unannounced.
2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition
1987 was a special year for BMW fans here in the US. That was the year the M3 first came to our shores. Since then, Bimmer’s resident performance sedan has carved up a legacy that’s without peer, so much so that we’re all getting a treat from BMW with the presentation of the super exclusive M3 30 Years America Edition at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show. It really doesn’t get as exclusive as this one because, quite literally, there will only be one of its kind in the world.
The M3 30 Years America Edition actually starts its life as a standard manual-transmission M3 that’s dressed up in BMW’s Competition Package. But, that’s where any semblance to a standard M3 ends. Everything else about it is exclusive to the theme of the car, which is to say that it received plenty of red, white, and blue treatment in both the exterior and interior. This is as all-American as a BMW M3 can get, at least to the point that bald eagle badges wouldn’t have been out of place in it. It’s unclear at this point how much BMW plans to sell the M3 30 Years America Edition for, though it did say that it will be available once the SEMA Auto Show ends. My money’s on it being auctioned off with the proceeds going to a charity here in the U.S., but don’t be surprised if Bimmer feels generous enough to simply raffle the sedan off. The latter would be an ideal scenario for folks like me because if it’s auctioned off, expect the bids to come hot and heavy, maybe even reach six figures under the best of conditions.
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BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models
Any BMW that wears the “CSL” badge is very much sought-after. In fact, some of the earlier versions of CSL-badged Bimmers have turned into prized collectibles. That list includes the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, 2004 BMW M3 CSL, and most recently, the BMW M2 CSL. The M2 CSL, in particular, hasn’t even been released yet. Only 1,000 units of the model are expected to be built with orders scheduled to start in January 2018 and deliveries beginning in May 2018. But, even before the M2 CSL arrives, there is major news regarding the badge and what its future is with BMW.
As it turns out, BMW is serious about protecting the CSL designation to the point that it has registered the trademarks for a whole range of CSL models with the World Intellectual Property Organization, beginning with the M1 CSL and extending all the way to the M8 CSL. There is a caveat to the trademarks as only the M2 CSL, M4 CSL, and M8 CSL have been registered internationally whereas all of the trademarks are registered in Germany. It’s anybody’s guess what this could all mean, but we can at least be sure that BMW is going to be using the CSL moniker a lot more now that it has effectively replaced the GTS badge as the company’s go-to, top-of-the-line track machine.
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IT’S ALIVE - E36 Drifts Again After Burning Up in Garage Fire: Video
Drift cars are probably some of the most abused race machines out there (rally cars are pretty close, though). Between living at the rev limiter and bouncing off the barriers, these slideways stars are usually held together with little more than zip ties and dreams. Indeed, dents and bruises are marks of honor in the drift tribe – garage queens need no apply. And that’s why it makes sense to see this charred E36 Bimmer coming back from the dead for a little opposite lock glory, complete with a brand new charcoal exterior finish.
Apparently, this particular E36 was stuck in a garage fire, which singed the exterior and interior to a crisp. But hey, who needs flashy paint and silly carpets in a race car, right? Now, the Bimmer is back in the action, getting tail happy and making a little smoke of its own. Hilariously, the owner decided to keep the charred exterior as is. Maybe this is the new trend everyone will follow instead of the typical flat black rattle can jobs you see everywhere nowadays. Ditch the spray paint, and grab the blow torch. All we gotta say is – well done.
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 supercar-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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In 2013, BMW introduced the F80 M3, the fifth-generation of its most iconic sports coupe. For the first time, the compact M car was split into two models wearing distinct badges. While the sedan continued to wear the M3 tag, the two-door ditched the M3 Coupe moniker in favor of the M4.
But, that wasn’t the only important change that came with the new generation.
The Germans also put an end to the V-8-powered M3, opting to replace the naturally aspirated unit with a twin-turbo, inline-six in the new M3 and M4. The switch was made in order to improve fuel economy and alleviated by lighter cars. As it is always the case with such radical changes, the downsizing was received with mixed feelings. Not surprisingly, most M3 enthusiasts criticized the move, claiming that the nameplate has been stripped of its heritage.
Nearly three years have passed since the new M3/M4 entered production, and both the coupe and sedan have already received their mid-cycle facelifts. BMW is already working on the next-generation model, but until the sixth-generation arrives, Munich has put together a four-minute video that looks back on the challenges it had to overcome in developing the fifth-gen cars. The brand also talks about the M3/M4’s successful DTM campaign, as well as the more recently introduced M4 GTS. If you’re a BMW fan, this is a video you shouldn’t miss!
BMW has been hard at work glorifying the BMW M3 by producing a short video about each generation of the M3. Today, we’re watching a brief history of the fourth-generation M3, known as the E92 generation. It was the best generation of M3 yet and was released in coupe, sedan and convertible variants.
Pushing 420 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the fourth-generation M3 was no joke. BMW put a lot of focus into dropping overall weight of the 3-series, which was primarily done by dropping the weight of the front end, and providing the car with a carbon fiber roof. Even better, this generation of the M3 spawned the race-oriented BMW M3 GTS – a track monster that produced 450 horsepower from that V-8 powerplant under the hood.
It’s fun to talk about the history of the M3, but watching the video reminds us that it is even more fun to see it in action and to hear that tuned roar as the engine crosses the 8,000 RPM threshold. Don’t forget, the GTS is also the first model to take on a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission – a first for any car in the segment – and necessary to support the high-revving engine. With that said, I won’t spoil the video for you. Go ahead and hit play, and enjoy four minutes and 22 seconds of pure joy.
BMW’s continuing series about the history of the M3 has now reached its third chapter, with the spotlight now being placed squarely on the third-generation model, the E46 M3. Launched in 2000, the E46 M3 continued the tradition laid down by one of its predecessors, specifically the first-generation E30. Whereas the second-gen E36 was more of an understated model, the third-generation E46 M3 returned to the performance purity that the first-gen E30 was known for.
Suffice it to say, BMW put a lot of work on the model to differentiate it from the first two versions. From the technical side to the development side, the E46 M3 introduced a lot of new concepts that a lot of BMW’s M models continue to use to this day. That, in a nutshell, is the legacy of the E46. It wasn’t the first M3 to roll out of the block, but as far as leaving a lasting imprint on the name, it still stands as one of the most important performance models BMW has ever built.
The popularity of the E46 M3 was evident from the get-go. In the course of its seven-year life, BMW built 85,744 units of the model, easily eclipsing the 71,242 units of the E36 M3. The BMW M3 is arguably the most popular performance model BMW has ever created and the E46 M3 has a lot to do with that.
It’s been gone for 10 years now, but the legacy it started continues to this day. I can’t imagine a higher praise to be given to a car.
Ever since G-Power was founded in 1983, the German tuner has been responsible for some of the most impressive BMW tuning programs. Along the way, G-Power has also established itself as a perennial record-breaker, having collected seven world records under its belt, including the fastest LPG-powered car (207 mph) with the 660-horsepower M5 Hurricane GS; the fastest 1 Series (205 mph) with the 600-horsepower G1 V8 Hurricane GS; and the fastest BMW sedan (224 mph) with the 730-horsepower M5 Hurricane.
As the calendar flips to 2016, G-Power is celebrating the new year with the introduction of its latest tuning masterpiece, the M3 RS E9X. The program itself is not based on the current generation M3 sedan, but rather the departed coupe model that has since been replaced by the M4. But, even if the model is already out of production, the German tuner still created an impressive aerodynamic and performance modification program for the scores of owners still holding on to their beloved M3s.
Like most of G-Power’s kits, the M3 RS E9X program focuses on cutting down the model’s weight and giving it an significant engine tune. The former was accomplished by the installation of a carbon fiber aerodynamic kit while the latter got its massive performance improvement thanks to the tuner’s renowned SK III supercharger system. The results gives the M3 the kind of power and performance that only a tuner like G-Power can provide.
You can’t really go wrong with 740 horsepower on tap, can you?
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For those of you who have gotten used to spending a part of your holidays watching Top Gear’s Christmas Special, it does feel like there’s something missing this year. Sure, there will technically be a special episode, but it’s not the kind that we’ve come to love. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May won’t be doing they usual escapades in God-knows-where because they’re no longer a part of Top Gear. Instead, we’ll see a “best of” episode featuring some of the trio’s most memorable moments in the show. It’s different, but at least we’ll get one last hurrah with the three amigos before we catch them on Amazon Prime next season.
In the meantime, Top Gear’s YouTube channel did post a nostalgic piece on what might be one of Clarkson’s last comparison tests on Top Gear. It features two stalwarts of BMW’s range - the M3 and the i8 - and how one compares to the other. Yeah, it’s like comparing apples to oranges, but Clarkson’s right when he said that we live in “strange” times. One of BMW’s pillars being compared to its newest and most talked-about sports car. Strange, indeed. But, that’s the thing; you have to look past the obvious differences to understand that picking one over the other is a lot more difficult than you’d imagine. Do you take the M3 and it’s top-class features or do you take the i8 and its new-age bells and whistles?
Ever the outspoken one, Clarkson tried to find out. The video itself doesn’t appear to cover the whole segment, but in those eight minutes, Jeremy was able to make the case for both cars, highlighting what one does better over the other and vice versa. It’s a nice clip to watch, especially if you’re in the position of having to choose one or the other. And if for nothing else, it’s one of the last segments we’ll ever see from Jeremy Clarkson at Top Gear. That alone makes watching this video worth the eight minutes.
BMW’s ongoing series about the history of the M3 is now in its second installment after the company released a video that touches on the E36, otherwise known as the second-generation M3. Launched in 1992, the second-gen M3 was developed with the idea of building from the success of the E30 M3 (the first-generation model) and balancing that competitiveness with an increased stability for everyday use.
As history can proudly say, that objective was met with flying colors as BMW sold over 71,000 units of the E36 M3 in various trims and configurations, outselling its predecessor by a wide margin. To this day, the E36 M3 has withstood the test of time. It’s still remarkably easy to spot one of these bad boys on the road, even after it was replaced by the E46 M3 in 1999.
Like with the first installment, I’m not going to spend a lot of time spoiling the video because if I did, I fear that it’s going to ruin the viewing experience. Instead, I’m going to sit back and let you all watch the whole thing. It’s not only worth your time, but it’s also going to make you look forward to watching the third part of this series. That one will likely cover the aforementioned E46 M3, also known as the third-generation BMW M3.
This holiday season, BMW is looking back to the beginning of the M3. It all started with the E30 M3, which – as BMW puts it – is the most successful touring car to date. The video you’re about to watch is the first of what I assume are many, as the M3 badge has gotten placement on the E36, E46, E90-series and F-80 chassis.
During this video, BMW places focus on what made the M3 so great, and the accomplishments it made after its introduction. I won’t ruin the whole video for you, but you’ll be pleased to see various cuts of the M3 on the track and on display, as well as hear some of what made the car as legendary as it is. Of course, there are haters out there who didn’t like the car, but the numbers don’t lie. The car was epic by just about any standard, and some argue no M-car since has lived up as a predecessor to the M3.
The coolest fact about the M3 is how desirable it quickly became. Even BMW salespersons were skeptical of the ability to meet the homologation requirement of producing 5,000 in a 12-month time frame, but the M3 was so desirable that BMW ended up building over 18,000. That is one fun fact from the video, but there is plenty more, so get watching. We’ll be keeping our eye out for the next installment that will likely cover the E46 generation. Enjoy the video!
Much like any Eastern European country, Russia’s auto industry has mostly been about licensed automobile designs until the collapse of the Soviet Union. More recently, local automakers such as Lada have made tremendous progress. Marussia developed the country’s first modern sports car, but Russia is still insignificant on a global scale if we ignore the numerous Western companies that have opened factories on its territory. But, despite lacking a major global automaker, Russia is home to many tuning and restoration firms. One such venture is Bilenkin Classic Cars, which has just introduced the Vintage, its first coach-built product.
Described as a "modern oldtimer," the Bilenkin Vintage is a neo-retro coupe with styling cues that harken back to the 1950s. Underneath the skin, however, there’s a more modern platform borrowed from the previous-generation BMW M3 Coupe, while power is provided by the popular S65 V-8 engine that motivated the E92. The interior was rebuilt from the ground up and Bilenkin offers just enough fancy options to turn the cabin into one that could rival any modern-day Rolls-Royce.
The custom-built coupe doesn’t come cheap and it’s not available in the U.S., but its the kind of unique car we just couldn’t resist having a closer look at. Keep reading to find out more about this Russian-made neo-retro luxury ride.
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Alpha-N Performance has been pretty busy of late, having just finished programs for the Ferrari 488 GTB and the BMW M2. Just when you thought the German tuner was going to take it easy, it decided to do the opposite by jumping into another tuning project. This time, it’s for the BMW M3, or as Alpha-N prefers to call it, the BT92 5.8L V10 Part 2.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Alpha-N Performance already built this program back in 2013, hence the inclusion of “Part 2” in the new project’s name. But, just like any other tuner that’s worth it’s salt, Alpha-N decided to improve on its previous kit with an even more power-packed list of goodies for the BMW E92 M3. Yes, you read that right. This is the previous generation M3, which explains why it’s a coupe.
In any event, Alpha-N Performance put its expert skills to work by giving the M3 a significant aerodynamic kit, a dressed up interior, and best of all, a completely overhauled engine that puts new meaning to muscle-twisting power. The tuner even turned coy for a little bit, opting only to reveal that the M3’s new power output exceeds 600 horsepower.
By any definition, that far exceeds the M3’s standard output of 414 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Quite easily, in fact, that Alpha-N Performance is hinting that the BT92 5.8L V10 Part 2 has the power and performance capabilities that can put supercars in their proper place.
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BMW has pulled the covers off of a unique 2016 BMW M3 in time for Munich’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations. The model, called the M3 “Münchner Wirte” (translated as “Munich hosts”) is a one-off creation that celebrate’s BMW’s motor racing history, particularly that of the 1981 BMW M1 Procar, and its longstanding relationship with Germany’s third-largest city.
The one-off M3 “Münchner Wirte” has a special, Munich-inspired livery similar to the one the M1 Procar sported 34 years ago. The two liveries may not be identical in nature, but they do share the same creator: Walter Maurer. The now-73-year-old German designer hand-painted the Munich-inspired livery on the M1 Procar 34 back in 1981. Since then, the livery has become one of Maurer’s most iconic creations.
BMW brought Maurer back to resurrect his livery on the four-door M3, and give it a modern look. The end result speaks for itself; the BMW M3 “Münchner Wirte” is a real head-turner.
The BMW M3 “Münchner Wirte” will be on display at BMW Welt during Oktoberfest, which kicks off on September 17, 2015 and continues up to October 4, 2015.
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Every time BMW launched a new generation of the 7 Series, we got all sorts of reports about how the Germans might finally build an M7. It happened again in 2015, when BMW introduced the sixth-gen, G11/G12 executive. Also, BMW fans have always asked that Munich deliver an M version of the 3 Series Touring (wagon), another model that has yet materialize.
Well, don’t hold your breath for any of these cars to happen. BMW has denied (yet again) that either a 2017 BMW M7 or an M3 Touring are in the pipeline. That’s the word from BMW M boss Frank van Meel, who told De Telegraaf that there is no business case for either model.
When asked about a beefed-up 7 Series, van Meel stated that the current sedan is an "upper luxury" model that’s not suited for a hardcore M package, adding that developing one would be a "difficult task." For some reason, it seems as if BMW doesn’t want a competitor for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG or the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG.
As for the M3 Touring, van Meel argues that there’s no real demand for it, especially since the wagon version of the 3 Series is only offered in Europe. "People look at what the competition is doing and then call that we need to do that too because we already have a Touring model. We tried to come up with an M3 Touring in the past but there was no demand," he said.
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For the 2012 model year, BMW released the fully redesigned sixth-generation 3 Series, but it left the M3 sedan on the shelf until it rebooted the fast four-door for 2015. Equipped with a massively powerful inline-six engine in place of the old V-8, the 2015 M3 was faster and more agile than it had ever been before. As we near the 2016 model year, the 3 Series received a light refresh, and despite the fact that it just launched with a new body, the M3 joined in this redesign.
BMW has been out testing the revised M3 for quite some time now, using plenty of camouflage to cover some of its body panels. Unfortunately, the camo proved to be just a way to build some hype around the 2016 M3, which received only a handful of updates inside and out. Not too upsetting given the M3 is still fresh and has plenty of feats to brag about, but this isn’t what I’d call a facelift.
Updated 06/18/2015: BMW announced prices for the 2016 M3 sedan which will be put on sale later in the summer. For 2016 the M3 is priced from $64,195, including $995 destination and handling. The price represents a significant increase over the previous year’s $62,000.
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