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Drive the new BMW M5 First in Need for Speed Payback!

Drive the new BMW M5 First in Need for Speed Payback!

It looks like games are starting to be the go-to for cool-car debuts!

So, today is the day that the next-generation BMW M5 breaks cover, and it couldn’t come any sooner now that someone took the liberty of releasing some images over the weekend, just hours prior to its debut. Well, much like Porsche did with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at Xbox E3 during the Forza 7 preview, BMW has decided to do the same by introducing the M5 in the newest and upcoming installation of Need for Speed. The game debuts on November 10th and the M5 will be available in the game at launch, which is well before the M5 will roll into dealers next spring. Of course, you’ll still get to put the pedal to the metal first in the game, and let’s be honest – that’s still better than waiting months for delivery, don’t you think?

With that said, we have a new NFS: Payback trailer to watch and get a good look at the M5 putting in work while we’re at it. Of course, the biggest thing we were waiting on was the official look of the next M-powered beast, as we already knew that it would offer up 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, all of which is channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission to an AWD system, yet another plus for this aggressive little sports sedan. But, what’s more important to note are the major improvements that come along with this generation of the M5, as it Trumps the previous model hands down in just about every way imaginable. It has a fresh suspension system that’s tuned for everyday driving and track use via the drive mode selector, variable damper control, impressive performance credentials, and a top speed of 189 mph if you opt for the M Driver’s Package. Let’s venture into a little comparison below to see how it really stacks up to that old M5 sitting in your driveway!

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Next Need for Speed Trailer Released; BMW M5 Face Exposed

Next Need for Speed Trailer Released; BMW M5 Face Exposed

And, we’ve only got four months to wait

Just a couple of weeks ago, we brought you the news about a new installment to the Need for Speed franchise that promised better police chases, an offline mode, and even daytime gameplay. More importantly, we’ll actually be able to pause the game for the first time since its reboot – that in itself is enough to pop champagne bottles and make it rain, right? Well, now we’re getting a look at the first official trailer and, needless to say, there are a few surprises. As promised, it does look like there are daytime gameplay and wicked police chases, but it also looks like it’s leaning a bit toward a

Fast and Furious

type storyline. The new game is being called “Need for Speed: Payback” and is apparently about building the perfect ride and “playing out an action driving fantasy.”

The game will be released on November 10, 2017, and those who preorder will receive the platinum car pack that includes a 2008 Nissan 350Z, 1967 Chevy Camaro SS, 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, 2016 Ford F-150 Raptor, and a 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport. But, this isn’t the only surprise that comes along with the announcement of the latest NFS game. The trailer gives us a quick but definite glimpse at the upcoming BMW M5. We only get to see the face for just a second, but it’s enough to tease us that much more.

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BMW M2 Stars In New Need For Speed Trailer: Video

BMW M2 Stars In New Need For Speed Trailer: Video

A lot of us have been desperately waiting for the release of the 2016 BMW M2. What’s not to love about it? A 3.0-liter, inline-six that puts out 365 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission, a 4.4-second sprint to 60 mph, and a top speed of 155 mph – it’s everything a Bimmer enthusiast could want. Its release isn’t scheduled until early 2016, but thanks to the newest addition to the Need for Speed franchise, gamers will get a chance to see just what the M2 can do before the car even makes it to the dealership.

In the newest trailer video for Need for Speed, the new M2 makes its debut, and boy is she beautiful. The video is barely a minute long, but in that minute, the M2 shows its other M-series siblings just what it is made of. According to the video description, the M2 is available from the start of the game and plays a significant role throughout the game’s storyline as well. The M2 is rumored to be priced around $51,000 when it is released here in the U.S., so you better plan on spending just about every bit of startup cash you have to start with it in the game, but that’s okay. With the M2’s specs, it won’t take long at all to build up a bankroll and hit that customization garage they teased us with a couple weeks ago. I can’t wait. How about you?

Need For Speed will be released on November 3rd, 2015.

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Forza Horizon 2 Gamers Recreate BMW M235i Driftmob: Video

Forza Horizon 2 Gamers Recreate BMW M235i Driftmob: Video

Most BMW aficionados out there probably remember the so-called "Epic Driftmob" video from the summer of 2014, when five identical BMW M235i models performed a not-at-all-improvised drift-choreography in a traffic circle in Cape Town, South Africa. About six months later, the Driftmob is back again, only this time not in the real world but the virtual one. More specifically, the stunt is largely identical, only instead of being performed in Cape Town it was made in a virtual traffic circle from the Forza Horizon 2 game.

Aussie YouTuber DomesticMango was apparently approached by BMW and Forza Motorsport to virtually recreate the Epic BMW Driftmob, together with four other Forza Horizon 2 gamers. The result is not exactly identical in nature because of some obvious technical reasons, but there are five red BMW M235i Coupes drifting according to some planned-ahead choreography and snazzy camera angles.

The virtual stunt was put together to bring more attention to the fact that the M235i Coupe has been added to Forza Horizon 2, as part of the latest Top Gear car pack. Just like in the original video, no pedestrians seem to have been harmed during the shenanigans, but what I don’t get is why BMW appears to condone hooning and drifting on the street and not on a circuit. Sure, it’s a racing game, the cars look cool as hell doing those stunts and I’m not trying to sound like an old geezer, but the original video was shot on a real street, and that ain’t kosher.

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BMW M4 Safety Car to be Offered in Gran Turismo 6

BMW M4 Safety Car to be Offered in Gran Turismo 6

The BMW M4 has become one of the most popular models in the automaker’s current lineup. It’s a remarkable feat for a sports coupe that only made its debut in December 2013 inside the virtual world of Gran Turismo 6. Fast-forward to today and the M4 is making a triumphant return to the simulated environment of GT6.

BMW of North America and Polyphony Digital are giving Gran Turismo 6 players an early Christmas present with the arrival of the BMW M Performance M4 Safety Car as a free update on PlayStation 3 versions of Gran Turismo 6.

The announcement was made at the M Performance M4 Safety Car’s North American debut at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show where the beefed-up M4 was in attendance at the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show to proudly showcase all of its new accessories from the German’s M Performance Parts catalog. Since the M Performance M4 Safety Car was already in attendance, it also gave BMW and Polyphony Digital Inc. the opportunity to make the announcement, much to the delight of GT6 fans all over the world.

The BMW M Performance M4 Safety Car will be available as a free download, beginning in late November. I don’t think we’re going to need to remind you to keep an eye out on when the sports coupe will be ready for download. Chances are, you’ve probably set an alert for it already.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Safety Car.

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2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept

2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept

After first showing us some Gran Turismo awesomeness late last year, BMW has finally pulled the covers of its latest concept vehicle, but one that will only be available in the world of Gran Turismo 6. This is the 2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept and as we had expected, it looks positively insane.

Remember when Mercedes became the first company to unveil its own Vision Gran Turismo Concept? When it did, we all fell out of chairs, blown away by the insanity of Merc’s creation. But what it also did was set the bar really high for the rest of the car brands that were preparing their own concepts for Gran Turismo 6.

Admittedly, we had some trepidations on what other companies had up their sleeves. But with the arrival of BMW’s GT6 concept, all the doubts that crept up in our heads about what the car was going to look like quickly evaporated.

At first glance, you get the vibes of the M4 Coupe, albeit one that’s been rebuilt specifically for video game-racing purposes. But the best part about this concept is that unlike the Mercedes version, this one looks like its ready to be transformed into the real world.

Should that happen, trust us when we tell you: it’s going to be have a lot of people clamoring for a piece of it.

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2013 BMW Vision Gran Turismo

2013 BMW Vision Gran Turismo

BMW has unveiled a new concept car. Normally, we’d be really excited to see it once it makes its debut in a major auto show and you would’ve thought that with the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show just around the corner, this concept would be one of the main attractions, right?

Unfortunately, that won’t be the case because the BMW Vision Gran Turismo — that’s its name, by the way — will only appear as a virtual concept in Gran Turismo 6.

Here’s the thing, though. Once we washed away the disappointment of not seeing the Vision Gran Turismo in real-scale, we couldn’t help but get even more excited about the release of GT6, not only because of its incredible playability, but because of the rash of new features it’s going to come with.

The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is one of them and by the looks of how it was designed, the dynamic sports coupé’s combination of BMW’s unmistakable racing genes with the design freedom that you can have on a virtual car has given birth to a concept that goes beyond even our already bloated expectations.

But the best part about the unveiling of the BMW Vision Gran Turismo is that this concept won’t be the only one that will be prominently featured in Gran Turismo 6. Expect to see even more concepts from some of the biggest automakers and design houses in the world, a lot of whom will create their own unique concepts that will be exclusively used in the game as part of Gran Turismo’s "Vision Gran Turismo" initiative.

You don’t even have to be a BMW fan to appreciate how big this project is going to be. The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is only the beginning and more concepts will be unveiled from 2013 to 2014 as gifted downloadable content (DLC) to owners of Gran Turismo 6 through online updates.

Talk about raising the stakes. Your move, Forza.

Click past the jump to watch a trailer of GT6 Concept Movie #4: Vision Gran Turismo

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Video: Live-Action Grand Theft Auto, Featuring the BMW M3

Video: Live-Action Grand Theft Auto, Featuring the BMW M3

Just a few days ago, we brought you the second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, which is set to be released for Xbox 360 and PS3 in the Spring of 2013. The wait for the launch can be very aggravating, we know. To help satisfy your GTA thirst, Gevorg Karensky has created an awesome live-action short movie with a plot based on GTA — GTA IV and its main character, Nico Bellic, if you want to be specific.

His movie, called Grand Theft Auto: RISE, looks pretty true to the original and features one of our favorite cars — the BMW M3 — and not just a replica, like in the game. Unfortunately, the M3 meets a rather unhappy ending, but we still enjoyed every second of the car chase it was involved in.

Let us know in the comments section bellow if you like this movie, or you will rather wait for the GTA V for some "real" action!

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Test the BMW 1-Series M Coupe in the ACR racing game

Test the BMW 1-Series M Coupe in the ACR racing game

BMW stopped taking orders for the 1-Series M Coupe at the beginning of April, so if someone wasn’t lucky enough to be among the 2700 people to grab a unit of this limited model, they won’t get the chance to drive one. At least that is the case in a real life scenario. In the gaming world, anything is possible.

For example, the latest ACR game created by Auto Club Revolution in cooperation with BMW gives gamers the ability to log in and take a spin in the 1-Series M Coupe. All you have to do is go to bmw.autoclubrevolution.com to get a free BMW 1 Series M Coupe test-drive on the coolest racetracks and at the highest speeds. Auto Club Revolution takes online-racing to the next level, or at least this is the case they are making. Let us know if there is truth in their advertising by hitting us up in the comments section below!

Hit the jump for the video presenting the European premiere held in the BMW M Studio.

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2012 Take the BMW Z4 GT3 out for a spin; Courtesy of Simraceway

2012 Take the BMW Z4 GT3 out for a spin; Courtesy of Simraceway

The BMW Z4 GT3’s success on the track illustrates the outstanding mechanics behind a vehicle of its stature. The only problem is, many of us won’t be able to get behind the wheel of the GT3 due to its racing nature. Or at least we thought.

Simraceway is a company that offers FREE, real simulated racing with online competitions, using officially-licensed, exact replicas of existing vehicles. These models are built around a customized version of the isiMotor 2.5 physics engine, but the best part is the price. Each model costs only 1/100,000th of the real vehicle’s price. That means that the previously mentioned Z4 GT3 costs $4.02 - an insignificant amount considering the real car price of more than $400,000. Throw in another $11.95 and you’ll get any add-on car in the iRacing world.

There are over 600 cars to test (many of which have not been released yet) and all of them have been tested with the help of professional race drivers, world-champion sim racers, and the chief instructor of Simraceway Performance Driving Center. Everything from the car’s paint to the engine’s sound will make you think you are behind the wheel of the real thing. We know it isn’t exactly the same thing, but it’s the closest we’re ever going to get to the real thing!

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Forza Motorsport giving away a 2012 BMW M5

Forza Motorsport giving away a 2012 BMW M5

While the rest of the country is feeling the pinch of what may be another impending recession, video game developers apparently have no problems in giving away sports cars.

In what appears to be a response to Electronic Arts’ generosity, Microsoft, the developer of the Forza Motorsport video game franchise, is prepared to hand the keys of a real 2012 BMW M5 to a lucky gamer.

Since the new M5 can be seen in all its mug on the cover of Forza 4, it only seemed appropriate that Microsoft would be choosing the car as its contest prize. In fact, Microsoft went as far as teaming up with BMW themselves to create a virtual contest within the game called the ’BMW M5 Forza Cup.’ The objective is pretty simple, too. All you need to do is post the fastest virtual lap time of the M5.

In a statement released recently, Microsoft went with the specifics as to how gamers can join the contest. “This competition allows gamers who have signed up as members of the Xbox Live online community or at www.bmw.de/forza4 to push for the quickest time in the new BMW M5.
Visitors to selected BMW branches, BMW Welt in Munich and the BMW showroom in Berlin will also have the chance to enter the competition. The 16 finalists will lock horns in the final of the BMW M5 Forza Cup at BMW Welt on November 26 2011.”

The winner, of course, will walk home with a brand new 2012 BMW M5.

Game on, people!

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Enjoy Playstation 3's Gran Turismo 5 from the front seat of a BMW M3

Enjoy Playstation 3’s Gran Turismo 5 from the front seat of a BMW M3

If you’re one of those people who live and breathe car racing games like Gran Turismo, enjoying it from the confines of your own couch just isn’t enough to satisfy your gaming experience.

Well, Studie AG - one of Japan’s foremost authorities in tuning BMWs - has the perfect place for you to play the highly-anticipated Gran Turismo 5 game for the Playstation 3 – the front seat of a BMW M3 E30.

Before you wonder how this will translate to taking the car out on the road – especially since it has an LCD TV installed at the hood - don’t worry; the car is merely on display at Studie AG’s shop in Yokohama.

In a time when car racing games have become more and more realistic, Studie AG’s latest creation has completely blurred the line between reality and fantasy.

Makes you wish you had that M3 E30 in your garage.

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Video: BMW Sauber F1 game for the iPhone

Video: BMW Sauber F1 game for the iPhone

There really aren’t a lot of F1 games available for the iPhone – actually, with the exception of this one, there’s none – so when one becomes available, you take them any way you can get them.

And for just $2, we think the new BMW Sauber F1 game for the iPhone is as good a two-dollar investment as you can find anywhere.

Let’s face it, a lot of people in America aren’t very familiar with Formula One. But it doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy it, even if it comes to us as an iPhone game. The game, by all accounts, caters to a lot of different racing game nuts. Those who want instant gratification can choose to play the quick-race mode in the game while the championship-starved fellows can opt to give the championship mode a shot. There’s also a professional mode, which gives you control of the pit crew and once you’ve gotten deeper into the game, the engineering mode will become available, which, eventually makes you the principal of your team where you will be tasked to make all the decisions for your drivers and cars.

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Need for Speed to give away a BMW M3

Need for Speed to give away a BMW M3

If you’ve always wanted to drive your own BMW M3 but have no financial flexibility to even get as much as a sniff of the car, then here’s your chance to win a BMW M3, courtesy of Need for Speed.

The oldest and most successful racing game franchise is giving you – yes, you! – a chance to win a BMW M3 through their Need for Speed M3 Missions Sweepstakes.

The competition is, of course, free and you’ll only have to use Twitter and follow NFS’s @NeedforSpeed account to participate. All you have to do is continuously monitor their account where they’ll be posting five daily missions for you to join. The more missions you accomplish, the better odds you get in winning the M3.

Sounds simple, right?

Click after the jump to check out the rules and guidelines for the contest.

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