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Here’s A Love Letter To The BMW E60 M5’s Epic V10 Engine 13
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, Film, video on 01 13th, 2018


Just in case you needed a reminder of how incredibly awesome the 5.0-liter V10 engine in the BMW E60 M5 was, here’s a little something that should bring back those memories.

Codenamed S85, the naturally aspirated 10-cylinder engine was designed specifically for this M5 (and its two-door counterpart, the M6), producing 500hp (507PS) and 380lb-ft (520Nm) of torque.

The US-spec E60 M5s were the only ones in the world to be offered with a manual six-speed gearbox, as the rest of the world got a seven-speed SMG automated manual transmission only, which is easily the weakest link in a car that’s been universally praised for its performance and handling.

Featuring a compression ratio of 12.0:1 and able to rev up to 8,250rpm, the S85 makes the E60 M5 a true screamer, giving the four-door super-saloon a proper supercar-like soundtrack that is so missing from cars these days.

In the following video, Carwow has a go in a BMW E60 M5, reminding us of its epic engine and the beautiful music it made.

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BMW Opens More Dedicated M Showrooms As Range Expands 13
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M, Dealers, Reports, Singapore on 01 13th, 2018


BMW offers more M models today than it ever has before, and you can get them from any of its dealers, but for a truly special experience, you’ll want to head to a dedicated M showroom.

Out of the 4,400 or so BMW dealers in 150 countries around the world, only 850 (or roughly one fifth) are specially set up to sell the performance models. That’s double the number compared to four years ago.

The latest, which is pictured here, is Performance Munich Autos, a dealership in Singapore with a dedicated showroom and service facility just for BMW M and BMW M Performance models.

The showroom covers 4,500 square meters (48,000 square feet) and, in addition to displaying models available for purchase, has a dedicated Individual Lounge for special orders and a multimedia Delivery Suite where the vehicles are handed over under spotlights and driven right out of the showroom.

“The new showroom reflects the dynamic character of the BMW M brand and fulfills the wish of many customers for an exclusive retail experience,” said Paul de Courtois, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.

2017’s year-end numbers are still being tallied, but in 2016 the Bavarian automaker sold 67,900 M and M Performance vehicles and had already beaten that number last November. The lineup, depending on the market, includes the M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, X5 M, and X6 M, as well as the M140i, M240i, M550i, M550d, M760Li, X3 M40i, X4 M40i, X5 M50d, and X6 M50d. That’s a heck of a model range, with some offering multiple body-styles, and it only stands to grow further in the future.

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BMW Opens More Dedicated M Showrooms As Range Expands 13
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M, Dealers, Reports, Singapore on 01 13th, 2018


BMW offers more M models today than it ever has before, and you can get them from any of its dealers, but for a truly special experience, you’ll want to head to a dedicated M showroom.

Out of the 4,400 or so BMW dealers in 150 countries around the world, only 850 (or roughly one fifth) are specially set up to sell the performance models. That’s double the number compared to four years ago.

The latest, which is pictured here, is Performance Munich Autos, a dealership in Singapore with a dedicated showroom and service facility just for BMW M and BMW M Performance models.

The showroom covers 4,500 square meters (48,000 square feet) and, in addition to displaying models available for purchase, has a dedicated Individual Lounge for special orders and a multimedia Delivery Suite where the vehicles are handed over under spotlights and driven right out of the showroom.

“The new showroom reflects the dynamic character of the BMW M brand and fulfills the wish of many customers for an exclusive retail experience,” said Paul de Courtois, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.

2017’s year-end numbers are still being tallied, but in 2016 the Bavarian automaker sold 67,900 M and M Performance vehicles and had already beaten that number last November. The lineup, depending on the market, includes the M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, X5 M, and X6 M, as well as the M140i, M240i, M550i, M550d, M760Li, X3 M40i, X4 M40i, X5 M50d, and X6 M50d. That’s a heck of a model range, with some offering multiple body-styles, and it only stands to grow further in the future.

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BMW 1M Coupe With Custom Exhaust Sounds Like A Machine Gun Firing 11
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW M, BMW Videos, Film, tuning, video on 01 11th, 2018


Monaco’s scenery is usually dominated by exotic rides, but one BMW 1M Coupe managed to stand out a few days ago.

This is a limited edition of the car that preceded the M2 and was produced in just 6,309 units, including the 740 sold in the United States and 220 shipped to Canada.

Compared, by some, to the original M3 E30, it’s powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six that sends 335hp and 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque to the rear wheels. This allows it to hit 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph).

Its performance and limited availability would be enough to make it a head turner, but the owner of this particular car, which has Swiss license plates, wanted a bit more, so he fitted it with a custom body kit, a special wrap and black wheels.

However, what made it a real head turner is the special exhaust system that basically makes it sound like an Group B rally car – and that’s high praise indeed. The backfires bring it extra points too, although we can imagine his neighbors might not be too thrilled…

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Did BMW Really Just Refuel An M5 Mid-Drift? 8
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, Film, Record, video on 01 8th, 2018


With 600 horsepower and a trick all-wheel drive system, the new 2018 BMW M5 is surely capable of a lot. But a mid-drift refueling?

From what this video has to show us, yes – that’s exactly what the Bavarian automaker has pulled off with its new performance sedan.

Though the details have yet to be released, it appears that the M5 just set some sort of record – Guinness-certified, no less – for the world’s longest sustained drift, covering the greatest distance possible in one continuous, 8-hour power slide.

In fact the M5 appears to have drifted for so long that it needed to be gassed up in the middle. So they did it military-style, lining up with another M5 and transferring fuel from one car to the other.

That’s about all we know at the moment, but BMW promises to give us more on the stunt tomorrow. In the meantime, you can get a taste for what they pulled off in the pair of videos below. Just please promise us that you won’t try to do the same yourself.

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BMW M4 DTM Special Edition Puts Up A Fight Against Mercedes-AMG GT R 27
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AMG, BMW, BMW M, BMW M4, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG GT, Mercedes Videos, video on 12 27th, 2017


The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition was unveiled after Marco Wittman won the 2016 DTM driver’s title, and was a limited run of only 200 units.

Mind you, it’s not just an M4 with a fancy paintjob and some extras thrown in. In fact, it’s also a very competent one in a straight line, as it utilizes the same water injection system as the hardcore M4 GTS, pumping out a total of 500 PS (493 HP) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque.

According to the Bavarian automaker, the M4 DTM will get from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds, before topping out at 305 km/h (189 mph).

On the other side of the track is the Mercedes-AMG GT R, packing 585 PS and even more torque than the Bimmer, at 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). On paper, it should also out-sprint the M4 in the 0-100 km run by roughly 0.2 seconds, although the difference is so small that, in real world conditions, things might prove to be a bit different.

Moreover, the AMG GT R is the heavier car here, by a considerable 120 kg (265 lbs). So who do you think won this drag race? The answer lies in the video that follows right after the jump.

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BMW Wishes Us A Merry Christmas With One-Off E30 M3 Pickup 20
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Classics, commercials, Film, video on 12 20th, 2017


‘Tis that time of season again to decorate your home and choose that perfect Christmas tree, and for automakers it’s also a nice opportunity to promote their products by creating Christmas-themed ads.

BMW did just that, but instead of choosing something of its current arsenal, like the new, all-wheel drive M5 or one of their powerful crossovers/SUVs, they went for something from the past, and most specifically a pickup version of the M3 E30.

If you’ve never heard of it, it’s because it never hit the market and was a skunkworks project created by the Bavarian brand’s M division in 1986 to transport various work equipment and parts. That it did until 2012, when it was retired.

The M3 pickup is based on an E30 Convertible and initially used the 2.0-liter engine of the 320iS, which was subsequently replaced by the M3’s 2.3-liter unit that’s rated at 200hp.

The commercial shows a mother and her daughter making the final preparations for Christmas, while the father is coming home with the tree in the M3 pickup’s bed. Apparently, he enjoyed powersliding on the snow-filled roads and had so much fun, he forgot about the Christmas tree at the back and, by the time he got home, it was ruined, much to the dismay of his family.

The video is also BMW’s way of promoting their new M website, which includes no less than 12 models, from the M2 Coupe to the X6 M and from the M3 CS and M4 CS to the all-new M5.

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BMW M3 Competition Pack Takes On M4 GTS In 1/4 Mile Race 19
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW M4, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, Top Gear, video on 12 19th, 2017


If losing a drag race to one of your siblings is more acceptable in the automotive industry than being out-performed by a direct rival, then neither of these cars has anything to worry about.

On one hand, it would take a brave M3 owner to want to challenge an M4 GTS, even if it’s just a straight line drag race and not a quick lap of some racing circuit – which is where the M4 GTS shines.

Then again, with the Competition Pack, the M3 truly is at its best when it comes to acceleration. It’s got 450 PS (444 HP), better wheels, plus upgraded springs, dampers and anti-roll bars for its Adaptive M suspension.

As for the M4 GTS, not only does it have 500 PS (493 HP) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque, it’s also missing its rear seats, boasts an enhanced M differential, a re-tuned electromechanical steering system, adjustable suspension and a massive rear wing, which is probably one of the first things you notice when looking at it.

In the end, the race was quite close, but mostly because one of these two M-cars struggled to get decent grip off the line.

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3 Minutes Of New BMW M5 Driving Reveal Its Amazing Exhaust Note 16
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, new cars, video on 12 16th, 2017


The first reviews of the new BMW M5 have started flowing in, and with them come a number of videos that reveal the joys of driving the new Bavarian super saloon.

One of them demonstrates the V8 symphony by taking the new M5 out for a short drive on public roads. Now, it seems that the microphone might have been placed near the exhaust instead of the interior, but that doesn’t make the sound any less exciting.

The clip is accompanied by a short caption that reveals the driver’s opinion on the latest M-car. So, according to him, “the M5 sounds proper, louder, more aggressive than before, and a more complete and cohesive symphony, with deeper tones and frightening backfire crackles”.

We bet we’ll soon see a video comparing the sound of the new M5 with that of the Mercedes-AMG E63, which also has a tremendous soundtrack to go with its ballistic performance.

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3 Minutes Of New BMW M5 Driving Reveal Its Amazing Exhaust Note 16
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, new cars, video on 12 16th, 2017


The first reviews of the new BMW M5 have started flowing in, and with them come a number of videos that reveal the joys of driving the new Bavarian super saloon.

One of them demonstrates the V8 symphony by taking the new M5 out for a short drive on public roads. Now, it seems that the microphone might have been placed near the exhaust instead of the interior, but that doesn’t make the sound any less exciting.

The clip is accompanied by a short caption that reveals the driver’s opinion on the latest M-car. So, according to him, “the M5 sounds proper, louder, more aggressive than before, and a more complete and cohesive symphony, with deeper tones and frightening backfire crackles”.

We bet we’ll soon see a video comparing the sound of the new M5 with that of the Mercedes-AMG E63, which also has a tremendous soundtrack to go with its ballistic performance.

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Would You Buy This BMW M3 Convertible For £25k? 13
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Videos, UK, used cars, video on 12 13th, 2017


Like most performance models out there, old M3s are more desirable with a fixed roof and manual transmission, but BMW catered for a wider range of customers, not just dyed-in-the-wool petrolheads.

Take this Ε46 Μ3, for instance, that’s listed by Hexagon for £24,995, or $33,420 at today’s exchange rates, and is a Convertible with a six-speed automatic transmission.

For £7,000 ($9,360) less, one could have this M3 E92, which is not only 5 years newer, but drops the E46’s 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine for a 4.0-liter V8 that makes over 75hp more and is paired to a proper six-speed manual gearbox.

Whatever purists might think, there’s no denying that this 14-year old M3 is in perfect condition, as its carbon black metallic paint, 18-inch alloy wheels and Imola Red leather interior look almost as good as new.

Moreover, it has only 29,100 miles (46,832km) on the clock, two former owners, and it’s supplied with a full BMW service history and a 12-month written warranty.

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This Might Be The Cheapest Well-Maintained BMW M3 In The U.S. 12
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Videos, reviews, used cars, video on 12 12th, 2017


Even though you might be able to score a BMW M3 for less, spending $3,000 on a solid, working E36 M3 Convertible sounds like a great deal if there are no surprises.

As you’d expect, the man behind this “project” is none other than Tyler Hoover, the same one who had his ML55 AMG stolen earlier this year, and who later bought an E65 7-Series for just $3,400.

So how great of a deal is this E36 M3 you ask? According to Hoover, the car is in tip top shape, doesn’t make any weird noises, there’s no ‘Check Engine’ light warning and the electric top works, which is always a bonus.

Furthermore, he was also impressed with the state of the front suspension, although the rear end felt a little “loose and wobbly”. Still, the car sounds like plenty of fun, even if it does have an automatic transmission.

Also worth noting is that the M3 has 152,000 miles (244,620 km) on the clock, which can be a lot for this type of car, but since it drives well, looks well and sounds good, says its new owner, then perhaps that’s all that matters for now.

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2020 BMW M3 G80 Spied For The Very First Time, Could Get AWD 8
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 12 8th, 2017


A new BMW 3-Series prototype has now been spotted in public, wearing heavy camouflage, yet having noticeably wider fenders. Gotcha, M3!

Our marksman with the lens had very little time to take pictures of the car as it was driving by, but he did notice that aside from the fenders, nothing else looked different at the front.

As for the rest of the car, we can see what appear to be M side skirts, a small trunk lid spoiler and a set of quad-exhausts, which is actually what gave the car away – it made more noise than any regular 3-Series prototype seen so far.

According to sources, the 2020 M3 will be powered by a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, utilizing the same water-injection system as the M4 GTS, sharing the latter’s power output of 493 HP (367 kW) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm).

If this turns out to be true, it will make the new car significantly more powerful than the current M3, not to mention lighter and more Eco-friendly, if it does indeed adopt a 48-volt mild hybrid system and electrically spooled turbos.

Like its larger sibling, the M5, the all-new M3 is also expected to come with all-wheel drive, although rumor has it this is going to cost buyers extra and that it won’t be standard on the car. The system will likely be coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the six-speed manual may yet survive the generational shift, if only in rear-wheel drive variants. Grain of salt though.

The launch date for the 2020 M3 remains unknown. But since the all-new 3-Series will come out to play sometime next year, we could see the M-version make its presence felt either in late 2018 or sometime in 2019, the latter scenario being more probable.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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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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New BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car Feels At Home On The Track 6
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, reviews, video on 12 6th, 2017


As reviews of BMW’s new-generation M5 continue to pour in, it’s pretty interesting to see the MotoGP Safety Car version being tested as well.

This 2018 M5 was driven on the track in Valencia, where it could make the best of its power and its Sport M xDrive 4WD system.

While performance is identical to what you get in the regular M5, meaning 600 PS (591 HP) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque, there are several differences between the stock model and the Safety Car.

For starters, it’s packed with all the M Performance parts you can get, such as carbon fiber side skirts, rear diffuser, exhaust tips, rear spoiler, front kidney grille and wing mirror caps. It also comes with a titanium M Performance exhaust, a custom front splitter that you can’t order for the street car, bonnet latches and M4 GTS bucket seats.

The final touches in making this M5 a safety car were the addition of LED lights on the roof and the grille, flashing headlights and, of course, a special livery. You can check out the end result in the video that follows right after the jump .

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