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2020 BMW X3 M Competition by AC Schnitzer

2020 BMW X3 M Competition by AC Schnitzer

German tuner jolts Bimmer’s performance crossover to life

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.

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2020 BMW M3

2020 BMW M3

Extra power, less weight, and more Bimmerness than ever before

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.

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2018 BMW M3 CS

2018 BMW M3 CS

The most menacing M3 ever designed!

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 30 Years American Edition

2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition

BMW blows 30 candles for the M3’s presence here in the US

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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2017 BMW M3 GT2 S Hurricane by G-Power

2017 BMW M3 GT2 S Hurricane by G-Power

Super popular sports coupe gets retrofitted with a monster tuning kit

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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2017 BMW M3 Heritage Collection Singapore Edition

2017 BMW M3 Heritage Collection Singapore Edition

One unit costs more than a Ferrari 488 GTB

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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2016 BMW M3 With M Performance Parts

2016 BMW M3 With M Performance Parts

The German brand debuts new carbon wing and lightweight wheels

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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2016 BMW M4 by G-Power

2016 BMW M4 by G-Power

The M3 also joins the 600-horsepower fun

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

2016 BMW M3 "30 Years M3" Edition

BMW celebrates three decades since the introduction of the M3 with a limited-edition sedan packed with extra features

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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2016 BMW M3 & M4 Competition Package

2016 BMW M3 & M4 Competition Package

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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2016 BMW M3 RS E9X By G-Power

2016 BMW M3 RS E9X By G-Power

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?

Continue reading after the jump for the full review of the BMW M3 RS E9X by G-Power

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2015 Bilenkin Vintage

2015 Bilenkin Vintage

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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2008 BMW M3 Coupe By Alpha-N Performance

2008 BMW M3 Coupe By Alpha-N Performance

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.

Continue after the jump for the full review.

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2016 BMW M3 "Münchner Wirte"

2016 BMW M3 "Münchner Wirte"

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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2016 BMW M3

2016 BMW M3

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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2015 BMW M3 With M Performance Accessories

2015 BMW M3 With M Performance Accessories

Fresh off of unveiling an incredible BMW M235i fitted with M Accessories, BMW Abu Dhabi followed that up by showcasing another BMW model with its own set of M Accessories. This time around the new M3 Sedan is the subject of the personalization program, and while it doesn’t look as exciting as the M235i, it’s still worth some serious attention.

The objective of this program is simple: BMW Abu Dhabi wants to showcase the immense customization potential for the M3 Sedan. That’s a nice little marketing trick to have in a market that doesn’t lack in wealthy customers looking for a little exclusivity for their automobiles.

Like I said, I’m more of a fan of the program BMW Abu Dhabi created for the M235i. But I do appreciate the time and effort the Middle Eastern dealership put into creating this unique look for the M3 Sedan.

It should bode well for interested customers thinking of scooping up a German sports sedan with a 3.0-liter, inline-six engine that produces an impressive 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers return a 0-to-60-mph time as low as 3.9 seconds to go with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

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2015 BMW M3 Yas Marina Blue by MORR Wheels

2015 BMW M3 Yas Marina Blue by MORR Wheels

Welcome back to the party, BMW M3! The German automaker’s new sports sedan would’ve been forgiven for feeling a little slighted seeing the BMW 4 Series and the BMW M4 get a lot of the tuning love and attention. But despair no more, you wonderful German sports sedan! Josh Shokri, the founder of Speed District has come to save the day. Shokri enlisted the help of American tuner MORR Wheels to work on this particular M3, which is actually the first F80 M3 in the U.S. As if that wasn’t enough to make it special, it also received a comprehensive tuning upgrade that justifies the M3’s billing as the first of its kind in the States.

The car itself is being billed as a Yas Marina Blue M3 Sedan. That’s a nod to the sport’s sedan’s signature color, which actually looks pretty good when all the added components are put together.

As far as we can tell, this project is billed as a test bed for MORR Wheels and a handful of other aftermarket companies like Brembo. It remains to be seen if this kit will hit the tuning market soon, although we’re not getting our hopes up at this moment.

But at the very least, we get to see what the M3 is capable of when it’s given some attention by aftermarket tuners. Maybe after this, we’ll see more tuned-up M3s down the road.

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