BMW M3 Special Edition – 30 Jahre

2017 M3 Jahre Special Edition

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect configuration of new M3 and the Competition Package wasn’t quite enough for you, now might be the time to take look with the limited edition 30 Jahre M3 announcement. Full details below, but highlights are a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds with the auto and a reworked suspension (so maybe now it will handle on the limit like an M3 should). Full details from the press release below, but have to say I love the color – put on some less shiny wheels and that thing will look super mean. Price is a not cheap $83,250.

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With the launch of the first generation of the BMW M3 in 1986, the BMW M GmbH, operating under the name BMW Motorsport GmbH at that time, revolutionized the sports car as it was built first and foremost for performance. The original M3 was developed as a homologation special to enter the World, European and German Touring Championship (DTM) racing. It was very successful in its time and is still considered as one of the purest high performance street legal sports coupes. To mark the 30th anniversary of this automotive icon, 500 “30 Jahre M3” (30 Years M3) special editions will be produced, of which 150 units will reach U.S. shores. The limited edition is available with a manual transmission for $83,250 plus Destination and Handling or with Dual-Clutch transmission for $86,150 plus Destination and Handling. [Read more…]

Oversteer – All you need to know

Who better than 2 time winner of the Daytona 24 Hour race, Randy Pobst to teach you?

BMW M3 vs Mercedes C63 S AMG

The battle you’ve all been waiting for is finally here – the new M3 vs the new C63 S, courtesy of the fine folks at Evo

First Reviews of M3’s are trickling in

And it’s pretty much as expected – pretty spectacular but the steering doesn’t have much feel is the brief summary.

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Car and Driver first drive is here and if you subscribe to Evo (or I think just have their iPad app) they have a comparison test for some reason as their first go at this car (with a Jag F-Type Coupe).

2014 BMW M3 and M4 – Details are out

2015 M3 FrontSo a day earlier than predicted, a few pics and some details are out about the upcoming M3 and M4. Many things are as expected , but now with added detail. The 3.0-litre straight six comes with a pair of mono-scroll blowers, returning 431bhp with a 7,600rpm redline, and 406lb ft of torque. The old naturally aspirated V8 made 414bhp and 295lb ft, so the big difference is the huge torque improvement with the use of the turbo’s rather than the large cylinder V8. And a 7600 redline is pretty damn impressive for a turbo’d engine – that’s almost the same as my beloved S54 engine in the E46.

2015 M4 Rear Three QuarterSo what else is there – I guess the other big thing is the weight. As they M Division guys had semi-leaked earlier this year, the target was the keep weight down to around the level of the old E46, and they did that – the M4 (two door coupe version in case you hadn’t worked out BMW’s new way of describing the M3 Coupe) coming in at 1500KG or 3300 lbs, and the M3 with it’s extra doors to carry around (although this time getting the same carbon fibre rood as the coupe) an extra 23 kg (50 lbs).

2015 M3 InteriorThe interior looks pretty nice (and just to confirm, this will be available in manual as well as DCT), and for some reason, the M logo in the seat backrest lights up.

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Official 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) is listed at 4.3 secs with the manual gearbox, and 4.1 with the DCT, which in US magazine terms will mean they’re shooting for below 4 seconds I would imagine. And that’s before anyone does any sort of engine tuning, which is probably much easier now that there are turbos involved.

And the pics showing the yellow calipers are the visual confirmation (but also confirmed with the leaked partial spec sheet) that carbon ceramic brakes will be an option. No doubt pricier than you really want to know, but they’ll save you some of that all-important unsprung weight.

2015 M4 Front three quartersIf you need to glean a few more details, there’s plenty on the Top Gear page here, and more high res pics of both cars and the options codes and list at Bimmerboost.com. I do believe this may have pushed my purchasing decision for next year over the line towards the BMW camp, rather than grabbing a 997 – lets hope the reviews are good, and the obvious fears about steering feel in this model are unfounded, and we could have a winner. Plus it’ll even fit the kids car seats in the back – what more could you want?

UPDATE – Full set of official high res photos are now uploaded for your viewing and downloading pleasure here.

And the full official press release 131211_The_new_BMW_M3_Sedan_and_new_BMW_M4_Coupe

M3/M4 Rumor

Current internet rumor doing the rounds in BMW circles is that the details on the M3/M4 will be released on Thursday, coinciding with the release of Gran Turismo 6.

Stayed tuned and I’ll post the details here if they do magically appear. Big plus for the new model appears to be that they’ve been working hard to get the weight back down to something sensible – target for this model was the same weight as the E46. If that’s the case, and with over 400 horses and torques that should be quite a little performer. I may even get tempted to put down a deposit……

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New M3 Spy Shots Appear

Rumored to be lower in weight (finally!) and still using a straight six, although this time with a couple of turbo’s bolted on, Car and Driver has some spy shots of the new M3. I’m sure the news will continue to leak until all the official details are out – I’m hoping it reverses the trend of recent M incarnations and gets things back to real driver focused cars, rather than a glorified marketing exercise with lots of power and little feel (I’m looking at you M5). We’ll see.

BMW 4 Series

It looks like BMW has decided having a 3 series sedan, coupe and convertible is a little bit too much, and someone came up with the “great” idea of creating a 4 series. Details are a little sparse currently, with a full press release promised for the Detroit Motor Show in January. It does look better than the last 3 series coupe – I had a hard time with that one (and especially the M3 version which apart from a carbon roof and an engine bulge didn’t look very different to the base model) as it just seemed a little chunky and ill-defined. I guess the big question now is whether or not this signals the end of the M3? The sedan version of the sportiest model has always been an option (in again, out again), so if it misses out this time, we might  only have an M4? I’m sure BMW will answer this, and the price and performance questions in good time.

BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition Model

Before any of the US readers get too exited, it’s not coming over here…….

In traditional fashion, BMW is releasing a special edition before the end of the current M3 run, this one to celebrate winning the German Touring Car series on it’s return to the competition this year. Main changes to the car are cosmetic, with the matte black paint, M Sport Racing stripes, and few stickers here and there on the outside, and the inside getting a carbon and alacantra going over. 

From what I can tell there are no performance upgrades, although the base price (of 99,000 Euros!!!!) does include the competition package. Given there’s only 54 of these things being produced, and it may be the last non-turbo M Car for ever (or at least the foreseeable future), it’s high on the likelihood of becoming a collectible at some point in the relatively near future. So, if you want one, and you live somewhere other than the US, you better get down to your local BMW garage quick sharpish to put your name on the list. 

Track Time in Pueblo with the local BMW Club

I’m lucky enough to have joined the local BMW club here in Denver a few years ago. One of the best things has been the track days – they offer a full day of classroom and track time to get everyone from beginners up to more seasoned drivers around the track that little bit safer and quicker. I’ve attended most of the other local car club driving days (Porsche being the major one I haven’t done yet), and have to say the BMW one is head and shoulders above the others.

Of course, I got totally addicted to this immediately, and proceeded to do very school they had for the next few years (they normally do 3 or 4 days per year). A couple of years ago, I was asked if I’d like to be an instructor – despite the feeling I wasn’t really experienced enough to be qualified, I said yes. The Instructor Training School (ITS) was probably one of the more stressful (but fun) things I’ve done in a while, but I passed, and now have the pleasure of helping others get faster in the same way I was helped. Which brings me to the weekend of September 22nd. Pueblo Motorsports Park, home of my first ever venture on a race track in a car, was the destination for the Fall Driving School. Pueblo had fallen out of favor in the past few years with the newly developed High Plains Raceway taking a lot of drivers attention – however, a brand new surface had brought the track back up to spec, and gave everyone a fresh challenge without eating a set of tires every day (which is what the old surface seemed to do). I had a great couple of students who kept me safe and entertained, and hopefully they realized how much they had improved over the course of the day. The next two are planned for Spring 2013 back out at HPR, so if you’re in Colorado (or somewhere else close) and fancy trying out your car on the track (it doesn’t have to be a BMW – we have lots of different makes out there) check out the site and get ready to sign up next year. As an aside, the fastest I went around the track that weekend wasn’t at my own hands (no surprise there). I had the pleasure of being a passenger in the Lotus Exige pictured above and driven by one of my friends and fellow instructors, Ross. Apart from being super lightweight (although with me in there, it’s obviously weighed down a little), it was also sporting a set of slicks for the weekend, meaning the g’s we were pulling through the corners were pretty impressive. It was a lot of fun.