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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.

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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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Electrified All-New BMW 3-Series Prototype Spotted, Interior Visible Again 17
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Scoops, Hybrids, PHEV, Scoops on 10 17th, 2017


This marks our second look at the all-new BMW 3-Series' cabin, and it comes via a plug-in hybrid prototype, which is actually a first.
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BMW Secures Trademarks For M1 CSL Through To M8 CSL 6
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW 2-Series, BMW 3-series, BMW 4-Series, BMW 5-Series, BMW 6-Series, BMW 7-Series, BMW 8-Series, Reports on 10 6th, 2017


BMW has filed a selection of CSL patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization in Germany.
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Nobody Wanted The BMW 323iS From 2 Fast 2 Furious Enough To Buy It 27
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, BMW, BMW 3-series, Fast and Furious, Movie Cars on 09 27th, 2017


For fans of the Fast & Furious franchise, it could hardly get any better than owning one of the cars used in one of the movies – or so we would imagine. Yet one such car went unsold at auction recently.
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Carlex Design Turns Simple BMW 320i Into Something More Special 9
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, Carlex, tuning on 09 9th, 2017


Like its predecessors, the latest BMW 3-Series has established itself as a dominant force within its segment, on a global scale.
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Robbers In Audi RS6 Escape Police Cars Despite Two Flat Tires 4
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, audi, Audi RS6, BMW 3-series, Dashcam, featured, Offbeat News, Opel Insignia, Police, Police Cars, UK, vauxhall, video on 09 4th, 2017


This dashcam footage shows the moment when a gang of robbers attempted to escape police, injuring officers during a chase.
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Can You Really Beat A BMW 340i With A Ford Fusion Sport? 17
Aug
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Videos, Ford, Ford Fusion, Ford Videos, reviews, video on 08 17th, 2017


What we have here is a classic case of a high-powered non-premium midsize saloon taking on a premium sports sedan.
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