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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New Spy Shots Hint That BMW Is Still Trying to Fine-Tune the 2021 M3
BMW just unveiled the M3 and M4 performance compacts, and we already know everything about them. We’ve seen the updated exterior design with the massive kidney grille and how much power comes from the revised inline-six engine. So why should we care that an M3 was spotted testing on public roads with no camo on the body? Well, these are the first shots of the performance sedan in real life: no studio shots, no editing, no digital glitz or glamour. Until the M3 rolls off the assembly line and hits public roads, this is our best look at the four-door sedan in the wild.
M Performance Parts for the BMW M3 and BMW M4 Take Extreme Even Further
The M3 and M4 cats are out of the bag. Both of them get a twin-turbo inline-six first introduced by the X3 and X4 M crossovers and both can deliver up to 503 horsepower in Competition trim. Standard stuff aside, BMW is letting customers spice up its polarizing coupe and sedan with a long list of M Performance bits and bobs.
The 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Prove That More Power Doesn’t Mean More Speed
The much-awaited 2021 BMW M3 and 2021 BMW M4 are out of the bag and aimed directly at the Mercedes-AMG C63 sedan and coupe. Affalterbach’s heavy hitters offer ridiculous levels of performance thanks to a beautifully engineered V-8, but the Bavarians look ready to hit back with a souped-up inline-six mill, just like the previous generation, only with more more yet similar performance.
The BMW M3 And M4 Can Finally Be Optioned With AWD
All-wheel drive has come a long way since its inception. In fact, it evolved to such an extent that it has become synonymous with performance, be it delivered by a supercar, sports car, or hypercar. BMW’s own stable is a good place to observe how AWD is trickling down Munich’s performance lineup. After the current M5, the new M3 and M4 also get the M xDrive treatment.
2021 BMW M3 Competition
The 2021 BMW M3 Competition is a higher-performance version of the sixth-generation M3. Essentially a more powerful M3 with extra features inside and out, the 2021 M3 Competition is the range-topping model of the G80-generation sedan. An evolutionary design of the previous model, the 2021 M3 Competition stands out through a bigger-than-ever kidney grille and a twin-turbo inline-six engine rated at 503 horsepower. This rating makes the 2021 M3 Competition the most powerful M3 ever built.
The 2021 BMW M3 Debuts With Massive Kidney Grille, Up To 503 Horsepower, And AWD
After months of teasers and speculation, BMW finally unveiled the new-generation M3, confirming what we already knew from the spy shots: the high-performance model features a pair of oversized kidney grilles in the front, a big departure from the standard 3 Series it is based on. The 2021 BMW M3 is also the first of its kind to be offered in two power versions: a base M3 and a more powerful M3 Competition model. Also a premiere for the nameplate, the 2021 BMW M3 is available with an xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
If You Really Want a BMW M3 Touring, Sign This Change.org Petition
BMW recently confirmed that it’s developing a wagon version of the M3. It will arrive in 2021 and it will be the first Touring version of the nameplate. It will be just as powerful as the sedan and likely nearly as quick.
However, the M3 Touring won’t be sold in the United States, where wagons are slow sellers and almost all major companies drop them from the lineup. But some enthusiasts aren’t willing to give up just yet and started a petition on Change.org, hoping that BMW will change its mind.
This BMW M3 Model Car Restoration is Oddly Mesmerizing
It’s quite often that we hear about a restoration project that unearths the lost soul of a sports car or a very, very rare automobile. Heck, some people even add their own wacky twist when restoring a car, but what happens when you stumble upon an old, rusted, dirt-covered diecast car?
The answer is pretty straightforward: you bring it back to its former glory through a process that, for some reason, is highly satisfying to watch.
2021 BMW M3 Touring - Everything We Know
Munich decided to offer a high-performance wagon based on the 3 Series and the BMW M division got involved immediately. After years of hopes, prayers, and fervent wishes, BMW is finally offering an M3 Touring (read: wagon). This is everything we know about it.
BMW is Finally Building an M3 Wagon, So Here’s a Look at the Company’s Previous Hot Grocery Getters
BMW recently confirmed that it’s working on a wagon version of the M3. And that’s big news because BMW never offered an M3 Touring model since the nameplate was introduced back in the 1980s. The German company did sell station wagon versions of the M5, but these were restricted to a couple of generations and sold for a very short time. Here’s the shortlist of the only high-performance wagons that BMW has built in recent decades.
Here’s the upcoming BMW M3 Touring before you’re supposed to see it
BMW just confirmed that it will produce a wagon version of the hot M3 and released a teaser of the vehicle’s rear end. The beefed-up wagon won’t hit showrooms until 2022, but it will most likely borrow the front section from the M3 sedan, a car that will break cover in September. Thanks to this new rendering, we don’t have to wait until then to see how the M3 Touring will look like.
BMW Is Actually Making an M3 Touring Wagon, But Is It Coming to the U.S.?
The iconic BMW M3 has been making enthusiasts happy since 1986, but despite the nameplate’s 34-year-long presence on the market, the German automaker did not produce a wagon version. This decision is rather strange given that both Mercedes-Benz and Audi offered AMG and RS variants of their compact wagons, but BMW finally came to its senses in 2020. The Bavarian carmaker just confirmed that it is testing the first-ever M3 Touring and that a production version will arrive sometime in 2022.
For Less Than $5,000, You Can Convert Your E46 BMW M3 CSL to a Real Manual Transmission
When BMW launched the E46 M3 CSL it wasn’t offered with a full-fledged manual transmission. Instead, it had a rather clunky SMG gearbox that was, arguably, the most significant weakness of the car. Well, there’s something a lot of people don’t realize about that SMG gearbox – it was actually a “robotized” manual transmission, and that opens the door to a pretty awesome conversion. That’s where Everything M3s comes into play, and for a little more than $4,500 (£3,500), they’ll make that SMG a true-to-life manual transmission with a shifter and three pedals.
This Video Review of the 2003 BMW E46 M3 Will Take You Back to Simpler and Better Times
The go-fast version of the E46-generation 3 Series is seen as some sort of a last hurrah since it stands as the final M3 to be powered by a naturally aspirated inline-six engine. With turbocharging being the norm nowadays, an N/A M3 may never return and, as such, we look back fondly to the E46 M3, the first properly fast M3.
Or do we? Many criticized BMW for fitting this M3 with the SMG-II semi-automatic transmission that was lackluster at low revs and oftentimes sluggish when compared to the manual six-speed transmission. Then there was also the crowd that bought M3s that blended in well with the rest of Bimmer owners that give the Munich-based company a bad rep because of the way they behave in traffic. RCR dives in to give its opinion on whether the E46 M3 was a hero or a villain.
That Super Clean, 8K-Mile 1988 BMW M3 Just Sold for a Ridiculous Amount of Money
A few days ago we reported about a pristine 1988 BMW M3 being auctioned off by Bring a Trailer. With just 8,000 miles on the odometer, the almost new M3 had a $120,000 bid and seemed to be on its way to setting a new record for the E30-generation model. Five days later, the classic sports coupe found anew owner for a whopping $250,000.
Car For Sale: Extremely Clean, 8k-Mile 1988 BMW M3
When it comes to M-badged cars, none is more iconic than the first-generation M3. Produced from March 1986 until June 1991, the E30-generation M3 took BMW cars into a new era and established the German manufacturer as a key player in the performance compact market. The generations that followed saw the M3 become increasingly faster and more powerful, but the E30 M3 remains the most desirable version of the coupe. Buying one now isn’t particularly complicated, but finding a low-mileage model is the stuff of dreams. If you’ve been looking for one, it’s your lucky day: Bring a Trailer has a mint-condition 1988 model with just 8,000 miles on the odometer for sale.
BMW Resorts to Tesla-Style Trolling With Latest BMW M3 and M4 Teaser Image
BMW has released a teaser image of the future M3 and M4, giving us our first slightly decent look at the two high-powered sedans. The image shows the front-end of the all-new M4 (G82) alongside the rear section of the just-as-all-new M3 (G80).
The German automaker dropped some cheekiness in the image, hiding two well-placed Easter eggs for all those who attempt to get a clearer picture of the two models’ exterior designs. So in case any of you try to outwit BMW, the automaker’s marketing and PR departments have a surprise or two waiting for you.
BMW Is Outgunning Mercedes and Audi With the new BMW M3 and M4
BMW has finally confirmed that, as expected, the upcoming 2021 BMW M3 and M4 will be offered in standard M trim and Competition trim. What’s more important, however, is the impressive improvement that comes with the new generation, including an output increase of 66 horsepower over the current M3 and M4 Competition. With the 2021 M3 and M4 Competition pumping out 510 horsepower, can they hold their own against the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and the Audi RS5? You bet your ass they can.
Drag Race: Old BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG Meet New M4 and AMG C63
Carwow’s back at drag racing cars with another special episode. This time, Mat Watson takes the current BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 and pits them against the BMW E90 M3 and Mercedes-Benz W204 C63 AMG. As a bonus, the Lexus RC F Track Edition joins this German-only affair. Here’s how it all went down.
Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K
With the prices of cars increasing, a $20,000 used sports car has become harder to obtain these days. Not too long ago, you could afford a decent runner for $20,000 and still have enough change to buy a few cosmetic kits. But that’s no longer the case today, or at least, not for the most part. Look hard enough, though, and you can still score some good deals on used sports cars for $20,000 or less. These cars aren’t world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they should still have enough juice to get the adrenaline flowing. They’re out there in the world. All you need to do is look for them.
2021 BMW M3/M4: All You Need to Know
BMW confirmed that the next-generation G80 M3 and G82 M4 will see daylight in 2020, but hasn’t offered an exact launch date. Some say it could happen at the Geneva Motor Show, while some say a mid-2020 debut is also quite likely, but then it should entail a private, BMW-centric event of sorts. Or maybe the Goodwood Festival of Speed, then? Either way, sales will kick off in early 2021.
As usual, there’s a lot of stuff we don’t know about the incoming BMW M3/M4 duo, such as price, the said launch date, and, most importantly, performance figures. So we focused on what we know about the new M3 and M4 and what we expect BMW to offer for the two.
2020 BMW X3 M Competition by AC Schnitzer
AC Schnitzer knows its way around BMW models. That knowledge comes in handy when we’re talking about a comprehensive aftermarket program for one of Bimmer’s resident performance crossovers, the X3 M.
You’re probably thinking the same thing. The X3 M already has 510 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It doesn’t need more power than what it already has, right? Well, don’t tell that to AC Schnitzer. The German tuner isn’t interested in what’s already there; it’s in the business of imagining what it could become and bringing that scenario to life. The product of all that is this extensive tuning program that not only adds a slew of aerodynamic improvements to the X3 M, but, more importantly, also adds more power to what is already a powerful performance workhorse.
AC Schnitzer hasn’t announced pricing details for the X3 M Competition program, but rest assured, expect to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $20,000 to $30,000 for the program alone.
A Short Film Starring 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!
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.