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BMW 3-Series Touring E91 Turns Heads Without Breaking The Bank 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 3-series, tuning, Wheels on 01 10th, 2018


Most cars tend to look better with a sports suspension and large wheels, and the BMW 3-Series Touring, from the E91 generation, is no exception.

Signed by Z-Performance and carrying a TUV certification, the rims have a multi-spoke pattern that appears to suit the Bimmer just fine.

Unlike other sets that tend to cost a small fortune, this one is offered at a reasonable €1,080 ($1,302) for all four wheels, which can be had in various finishes, including the gunmetal applied to the 8.5×20-inch front and 10×20-inch rear wheels seen in this 3-Series.

Moreover, this 3-Series Touring comes with a lowered suspension, some special decals on the lower part of the doors and contrasting black details applied to the front and rear ends.

We’re not sure if it sports any modifications in the engine compartment, but if more power is what you’re interested in, you could always turn to other tuners.

Manhart Racing, for example, are known to swap the stock four-/six-cylinder engine with the 5.0-liter V10 from the E60 M5, which is massaged to deliver 550hp. That’s over 100hp more than you’d get in the new Audi RS4 Avant, and enables the tuned 3-Series to do the 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint in just 4.3sec.

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AutoTrader Reveals Its Top 10 Most Searched Cars For 2017 30
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi a3, BMW 1-Series, BMW 3-series, BMW 5-Series, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Mercedes C-Class, Mercedes E-Class, Opel Astra, Reports, VW Golf on 12 30th, 2017


Britain’s largest online marketplace for new and used cars, AutoTrader, has revealed the 10 most searched cars this year.

Retaining the number 1 position in the United Kingdom is the BMW 3-Series, which was favored by most internet users with a diesel powertrain, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Ford’s Focus comes in 4th place, whereas BMW follows it from the 5th and 6th positions with the 1-Series and 5-Series, respectively. Another Ford, this time the Fiesta, sits on the 7th spot, right in front of the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Vauhxall/Opel Astra completes the Top 10 list.

The diesel searches were topped by the BMW 3-Series, Volkswagen Golf, and BMW 5-Series, whereas the most favored petrol powered cars were the Volkswagen Golf, BMW 3-Series, and Ford Focus.

For hybrids, Toyota holds on to the first two positions with the Auris and Prius, followed by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, while the electric ‘crown’ goes to the Nissan Leaf, which turned out to be more popular than the BMW i3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

“The results show that British car buyers are very keen on spoiling themselves, with premium manufacturers featuring very heavily in our list of most searched-for cars”, commented AutoTrader’s road test editor, Ivan Aistrop.

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BMW Rolls Out Special M3/M4 Competition M Heat Edition Just For Japan 28
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW M3, BMW M4, japan on 12 28th, 2017


We have good news, and we have bad news. The good news is that BMW is launching a new special edition of the M3 sedan and M4 coupe. The bad news is that it’s only making 15 examples of each, and they’re all destined for Japan.

Called the M Heat edition, the special model starts off with the Competition package, and adds to it a whole mess of M Performance components.

That includes a front splitter, rear diffuser, and mirror covers – all made from carbon fiber. Inside it features an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, and more carbon-fiber trim.

It’s all finished off in a special shade of Tanzanite blue, with special 20-inch alloys and the requisite special badging.

BMW Japan will charge ¥13,610,000 (~$120,720) for each M3 Sedan M Heat Edition, and ¥13,850,000 ($122,850) for the M4 coupe version. That’s a big chunk of change for vehicles that start at about half that in the United States, but then the Japanese government levies a rather hefty import tax on foreign-made cars – especially ones with big engines… and BMW’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six certainly qualifies in Japanese terms.

More relevant is the premium that BMW Japan is charging for the special edition over the models on which they’re based, which comes down to $1.5m yen ($13.5k) for the sedan and over 2 million yen ($18k) for the coupe.

Meanwhile, BMW also announced that it’s adding the M Sports Edition Shadow – previously launched as a special edition – to its range permanently. It’s offered on a range of 3 Series sedans and wagons, and comes with a special shade of sunset orange, black grille, darkened lights, 19-inch wheels, and a black leather interior with blue stitching and steel pedals. Pricing here starts at a far more reasonable ¥5,330,000 ($47k) for the base 318i and tops out at ¥6,800,000 ($60k) for the newly added 330e iPerformance hybrid.

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BMW’s New Strategy: M All The Things – 26 Models Reportedly Coming By 2021 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW 4-Series, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW M8, BMW X2, BMW X3, BMW X4, BMW X7, BMW Z4, Reports on 12 7th, 2017


BMW recently announced plans to offer 25 electrified models by 2025 and it appears the company is going to need all of these eco-friendly vehicles to help offset a massive onslaught on new M models.

According to Autocar, BMW is preparing to launch 26 M and M Performance vehicles over the next few years. The M8 will be unveiled next year but the real push will begin when the all-new M3 debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019. As BMW M boss Frank van Meel explained, “The M3 is a crucial car for BMW M … it wasn’t the first fully fledged M car but it continues to stand for everything the brand is based upon.”

The report says the new M3 will ride on the CLAR platform and feature more aluminum and high-strength steel. The car is also slated to adopt a number of carbon fiber components to ensure it weighs less than the M3 CS which recently debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Despite rumors of a hybrid powertrain, sources told the publication we can expect a conventional twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces around 465 hp (346 kW). The car will reportedly be offered with a six-speed manual and an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Regardless of which gearbox is selected both are slated to send power to the rear-wheels as the rumored all-wheel drive system was reportedly deemed too heavy and expensive.

Besides the M3, we can expect M versions of the X3, X4, and Z4. They are slated to be joined by M Performance variants of the 3-Series, 4-Series, X2, and X7.

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U Spy: BMW Testing 2019 3-Series Alongside Mini Prototype 5
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Scoops, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 12 5th, 2017


The G20 3-Series is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars set to debut in 2018, and a prototype was spotted by one of our readers in Slovenia just a few days ago.

It’s well covered up in camo, so we can’t make out all the details, but thanks to the light bouncing off the side of the car, we can actually see its creases really well. Unsurprisingly, the 2019 BMW 3-Series seems to take after its larger sibling, the 5-Series, and adopt a more dynamic exterior design than the current model.

What the car will look like inside is actually less of a mystery, since we have already seen a couple of prototypes with their windows cracked open. Aside from the new digital gauge display, we also noticed a new shifter design, which might be adopted by either all the range or just the iPerformance variant.

As for what we’re going to find underneath the hood of the G20 3-Series, we expect a wide range of petrol and diesel units joined by at least one electrified model.

So what about that camouflaged Mini Cabrio thas was following the Bimmer then? Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can tell you about it, though it could be hiding a few facelift-worthy upgrades, especially on the powertrain side, as its 1.5-liter petrol units are expected to get turbochargers with aluminum casings, while cooling systems should improve across the range. There are also rumors that Mini might be working on a dual-clutch transmission, but at this point all we can do is speculate.

Thanks to Rok

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U Spy: BMW Testing 2019 3-Series Alongside Mini Prototype 5
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Scoops, MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 12 5th, 2017


The G20 3-Series is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars set to debut in 2018, and a prototype was spotted by one of our readers in Slovenia just a few days ago.

It’s well covered up in camo, so we can’t make out all the details, but thanks to the light bouncing off the side of the car, we can actually see its creases really well. Unsurprisingly, the 2019 BMW 3-Series seems to take after its larger sibling, the 5-Series, and adopt a more dynamic exterior design than the current model.

What the car will look like inside is actually less of a mystery, since we have already seen a couple of prototypes with their windows cracked open. Aside from the new digital gauge display, we also noticed a new shifter design, which might be adopted by either all the range or just the iPerformance variant.

As for what we’re going to find underneath the hood of the G20 3-Series, we expect a wide range of petrol and diesel units joined by at least one electrified model.

So what about that camouflaged Mini Cabrio thas was following the Bimmer then? Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can tell you about it, though it could be hiding a few facelift-worthy upgrades, especially on the powertrain side, as its 1.5-liter petrol units are expected to get turbochargers with aluminum casings, while cooling systems should improve across the range. There are also rumors that Mini might be working on a dual-clutch transmission, but at this point all we can do is speculate.

Thanks to Rok

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BMW 340i Touring M Performance Is The Closest Thing To An Estate M3 18
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW M, BMW Videos, Sweden, video on 11 18th, 2017


Since BMW has yet to make an M3 using the 3-Series estate, cars like this 340i Touring with M blood running through its veins are as close as you can get to one.

You don’t have to speak Swedish in order to realize this car, for sale on Wayke, is absolutely loaded with just about everything BMW can squeeze into a 3-Series. Considering the spec, the car should have cost 903,470 krona, which is roughly $107,000, however the price was set to 799,000 kr, or $95,000.

This 340i xDrive Touring has a lot going for it. Not only does it feature an M Performance power and sound kit, but it also has M Performance brakes, 20″ wheels, rear wing, carbon fiber mirrors, Alcantara-rich interior (including the steering wheel, handbrake, armrest), carbon fiber gear lever and center console, LED door lights and quite a lot more.

As for performance, the 340i comes with 326 PS (321 HP) and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque out of the factory. This car however, thanks to the power kit, has 360 PS (355 HP) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque that’s enough to get it from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 5 seconds.

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2020 BMW M3 Will Reportedly Have Around 493 HP 14
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW 4-Series, BMW M3, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 11 14th, 2017


The BMW M3 holds a special place in the hearts of driving enthusiasts and new details are starting to emerge about the next-generation model.

According to Car Magazine, the 2020 M3 will be equipped with a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine known as the S58B30. The engine will reportedly be equipped with the water-injection system from the M4 GTS and have an output that is virtually identical to the aforementioned car. If the report is correct, the M3 will have around 493 hp (367 kW) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm) of torque.

Besides being significantly more powerful than the current model, the next M3 is expected to be more eco-friendly as it will reportedly adopt a 48-volt mild hybrid system and electrically spooled turbochargers. The car is also tipped to have a more aggressive engine start/stop system that cuts in earlier.

Like the 2018 M5, the next-generation M3 is expected to be offered with all-wheel drive. While the system is standard equipment on the M5, the report suggests it will be optional on the M3. The system will likely work in conjunction with an eight-speed automatic transmission but there are rumors the six-speed manual could survive but only in rear-wheel drive variants.

Aside from the upgraded powertrain, the next-generation M3 is expected to be lighter as it will reportedly use more aluminum and composites. Engineers are also said to be targeting a 50:50 weight distribution and improved torsional rigidity.

On the handling front, we can expect an assortment of high-tech goodies including adaptive dampers, a locking differential, and a brake-by-wire system. However, the report claims the next M3 “won’t be as sharp-edged, harsh-riding, or aggressive as the current car.” That’s not necessarily a bad thing as the model is expected to become less nervous and “better balanced overall.”

Besides talking the about the M3, the report says we can expect the 3-Series sedan to arrive next year and it will be followed by a wagon variant in 2019. The 4-Series Coupe and Convertible are slated for 2020 and the latter model, as well as its M4 variant, could eschew the retractable hardtop for a lighter fabric roof. Perhaps the most interesting detail is a note that claims the next-generation 4-Series Gran Coupe will be transformed into an electric vehicle and it won’t receive the M treatment.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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BMW E30 Hillclimber Has E46 M3 Engine Revving To 9,600 RPM 12
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Engine Swaps, Motorsport, racing, tuning, video on 11 12th, 2017


When you combine a BMW E30 with a tuned E46 M3 engine revving to 9,600 rpm, the results are truly phenomenal, as this video proves.

This E30 competes in the Lebanese Hillclimb Championship and absolutely dominates the rear-wheel drive class. It’s not hard to see why.

Sitting beneath the featherweight bodywork of the 3-Series is the S54 straight-six engine out of the E46 M3. However, this powertrain has been heavily upgraded, destroked, delivers 440 hp and now revs to a mesmerizing 9,600 rpm. It is also one of the best sounding six-cylinders we’ve ever heard.

Filmed here at a couple of stages during this year’s championship, the car looks like the perfect package to fire up twisting roads with pin-point precision. The driver, Naoum Oneissy, is also able to extract the most out of the car by expertly reaching the limits of its grip and staying there.

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BMW M3 CS Unveiled With 453 HP, 174 MPH Top Speed 7
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW M3, featured, new cars on 11 7th, 2017


BMW has taken the wraps off the all-new M3 CS.

Designed to offer a blend of high performance and everyday practicality, the model features an upgraded 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 453 hp (337 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission which enables the special edition to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of up to 174 mph (280 km/h).

The performance changes don’t stop under the hood as the M3 CS weighs approximately 110 lbs (50 kg) less than the standard model thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic. The lightweight material is used on the hood and roof as well as “large sections of the body.” This not only makes the M3 CS lighter but it also reduces the car’s center of gravity.

Speaking of performance modifications, drivers will find an Adaptive M Suspension, an Active M Differential, and a dual-branch sports exhaust with four tailpipes. The model has also been equipped with a new rear spoiler, an M4 GTS-sourced rear diffuser, and 19- / 20-inch forged alloy wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The unique styling continues in the cabin as designers installed two-tone Merino leather sport seats and Alcantara accents. Other highlights include a Harman Kardon audio system, special door sill plates, and an infotainment system with GPS navigation.

Production will be limited to 1,200 units worldwide and approximately 550 vehicles are bound for the United States. There’s no word on pricing but U.S. customers can place their orders in May.

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BMW 3-Series E90 Wants To Be A Bad Boy With Z-Performance Wheels 3
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 3-series, Wheels on 11 3rd, 2017


Ever since the BMW 3-Series from the E90/E91/E91/E93 generation went into production some 13 years ago, tuners and wheel makers alike have rolled out countless aftermarket upgrades.

Most of them come in contrast with the optional OEM parts, and are quite flashy, while others suit the premium compact models like a glove. So, where do these Z-Performance wheels fit in?

We would be tempted to say, on the ‘flashy’ side, and it’s not hard to see why, as the car that wears them has a black look, while the rims are finished in ‘Royal Blue’. Designed in Austria, with a TUV certification, they are 8.5×19- and 9.5×19-inch in size, front and rear, respectively, and have a plain six-spoke design.

Digging through Z-Performance’s website reveals that the concave wheels are from the ZP.10 set, which can also be had in a variety of other finishes, including a very stylish Black Chrome, for which you’ll have to pay at least €1,440 ($1,676) per set.

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BMW 3-Series E90 Wants To Be A Bad Boy With Z-Performance Wheels 3
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 3-series, Wheels on 11 3rd, 2017


Ever since the BMW 3-Series from the E90/E91/E91/E93 generation went into production some 13 years ago, tuners and wheel makers alike have rolled out countless aftermarket upgrades.

Most of them come in contrast with the optional OEM parts, and are quite flashy, while others suit the premium compact models like a glove. So, where do these Z-Performance wheels fit in?

We would be tempted to say, on the ‘flashy’ side, and it’s not hard to see why, as the car that wears them has a black look, while the rims are finished in ‘Royal Blue’. Designed in Austria, with a TUV certification, they are 8.5×19- and 9.5×19-inch in size, front and rear, respectively, and have a plain six-spoke design.

Digging through Z-Performance’s website reveals that the concave wheels are from the ZP.10 set, which can also be had in a variety of other finishes, including a very stylish Black Chrome, for which you’ll have to pay at least €1,440 ($1,676) per set.

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Chris Harris Tracks A Stripped-Down BMW E30 27
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Videos, Chris Harris, video on 10 27th, 2017


Chris Harris is accustomed to driving some of the fastest and most powerful cars on the market but even he isn’t immune to the charm of the E30-generation BMW 3-Series.
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Tiny But Tuned VW Lupo AWD Faces BMW 335d On The Drag Strip 18
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, VW, VW Lupo, VW Videos on 10 18th, 2017


The stock Volkswagen Lupo isn’t any match for a BMW 3-Series, especially in the 335d specification, but this tiny hatch went through some serious revisions.
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Practically Brand-New 1985 BMW 323i Will Cost You A Small Fortune 18
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW 3-series, Classics, eBay, used cars on 10 18th, 2017


There’s an extremely low-mileage BMW E30 currently on sale in what looks like time-warp condition and oh boy does it look delicious.
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