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Alpina B4 S Bi-Turbo Makes For A More Elegant M4 Alternative 7
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alpina, Alpina B4, BMW, BMW 4-Series, BMW M4, Middle East, tuning on 01 7th, 2018


As awesome as the BMW M4 is, if you’re craving exclusivity, opting for an Alpina-tuned 4-Series should help you stand out more among the crowd.

The best part is that you wouldn’t be sacrificing any performance, as the B4 S Bi-Turbo puts out 9 PS (9 HP) and 56 Nm (41 lb-ft) more than the stock M4, for a total of 440 PS (434 HP) and 660 Nm (487 lb-ft).

This white model resides with BMW Abu Dhabi, featuring Alpina’s body kit, which includes the custom front splitter, side skirts and boot lid spoiler. It also has multi-spoke alloys, blue calipers and the tuner’s decals.

Other mods include the adaptive Alpina sport suspension and the revamped 8-speed automatic transmission with Alpina Switch-Tronic tech.

Inside, it’s mostly leather and carbon fiber, which can be found across the dashboard, on the center console and on the door panels. The cabin is both sporty as well as elegant, which is often the case with Alpina products.

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Bentley Grabs The Top 3 Spots On IIHS’ List Of Vehicles With Highest Collision Losses 5
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Bentley Flying Spur, BMW i8, BMW M3, BMW M4, BMW M6, IIHS, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati GranTurismo, Reports on 01 5th, 2018


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has confirmed the obvious, luxury and performance cars cost a fortune to repair following a collision.

While this isn’t an earth shattering revelation, some models cost significantly more than others and the Bentley Continental GT stands out at its collision losses are 6.5 times greater than the average of $390 for all passenger vehicles. Nearly seven percent of all Continental GTs are involved in a collision and the model has a claim severity (how much is paid per claim) of $35,744 and overall losses (a combination of claim frequency and claim severity) of $2,536.

The Continental GT had plenty of familiar company at the top of the “highest overall losses” list as it was joined by the Continental Flying Spur and Continental GTC. Coupes took the next three spots as the BMW i8 had losses of $1,657 which was closely followed by the Maserati GranTurismo and M6 Coupe. Rounding out the top ten spots were the Audi RS7, BMW M3, BMW M4, and Maserati Ghibli.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Smart ForTwo electric had the lowest overall losses of $162. Podium positions also went to the Ram 1500 LWB 4WD and Ford F-250 4WD. Perhaps the most interesting vehicle on the list was the Corvette Z06 convertible which had a claim severity of $7,145 and losses of just $204.

The IIHS says this type of information is particularly helpful as data from collision claims include many crashes that aren’t reported to police. The organization also notes more than half of collision claims for passenger vehicles cost less than $3,000 with the majority falling in the $1,000 to $1,999 range.

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And The Title Of UK’s Best Sports Car For 2017 Goes To… 30
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulia, BMW M4, Caterham, Film, Honda Civic Type-R, McLaren 720S, Mercedes AMG GT, Mercedes E63 AMG, Porsche-911, UK, video on 12 30th, 2017


As 2017 bids us adieu, Autocar has gathered an eclectic team of the best sports cars this year had to offer in order to crown this year’s champion.

The best of the best list for those past 12 months includes cars like the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Aston Martin DB11 V8, BMW M4 CS, Caterham Seven 420R Donington Edition, Honda Civic Type-R, McLaren 720S, Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon, Mercedes-AMG GT-R and Porsche 911 GT3.

Being the fastest around a track isn’t what this is all about, with the journos instead trying to find out which one does the best job at being a sports car both on the road and on a circuit.

Therefore, things like chassis balance, grip, power delivery, steering and damping quality are all taken into consideration before deciding which one performs the best as a driver’s car.

It will be certainly interesting to see how cars like the Honda Civic Type R and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio compare against the McLaren 720S and the latest Porsche 911 GT3, don’t you agree?

If the answer is ‘yes’, get yourself comfortable and prepare for 40 minutes of high-speed driving, along with the usual insights, on the video linked below.

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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 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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Next-Gen BMW M3 And M4 May Get Around 475 HP 26
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M3, BMW M4, Reports on 12 26th, 2017


Both the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio have over 500 hp but when it’s time to introduce the next-generation M3 and M4, BMW won’t engage in a horsepower war with its rivals.

BMW Blog asserts that the next M3 and M4 duo will continue to use a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine but the powertrain will now be dubbed the S58. Thanks to a host of modifications, power is expected to rise from 425 hp in base specification to between 470 and 475 hp. It is thought that the S58 engine will debut in the X3 M and X4 M before being introduced in the M3 and M4.

If these rumors prove accurate, they would differ from previous claims that the next-generation M3 would use a 48-volt electrical system and a small electric motor mated between the engine and transmission.

Beyond its new and improved engine, the next M3 and M4 siblings will ride on the carmaker’s CLAR platform. As such, the duo should weigh around 88 lbs (40 kg) less than their predecessors.

Of course, the next-gen 3-Series and 4-Series will be sold in a plethora of other guises. One interesting addition to the range will be the 340i M Performance, reportedly being prepped as a rival to the Mercedes-AMG C43.

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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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Tuned BMW M4 And Mercedes SL63 With 750HP Each Go Head-To-Head 19
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AMG, BMW, BMW M4, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, mercedes, Mercedes SL, Mercedes Videos, Unlimited 500, video on 12 19th, 2017


With 750 HP on each side, you’d think that this half-mile drag race between an F82 BMW M4 and a Mercedes SL63 AMG would come down to the wire, right?

As it turns out, no. In stock form, they have identical 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time, mostly because the M4’s weight advantage is offset by the SL63 having roughly 100 more horses under the hood.

Now, both cars put down 750 HP, the M4 thanks to a Stage 3+ KK-Performance tune, while the SL63 uses a WINDE Tuning mod. As it turns out, though, the difference between the two was bigger than expected.

The winner covered a 1/4 mile in 11.35 seconds at 215 km/h (133 mph), while the runner-up needed 12.15 seconds, doing just 200 km/h (124 mph). As they reached the finish line, that difference had risen to almost 1.5 seconds, with 19 km/h (12 mph) between them.

So, who do you think won this duel, the Bimmer or the Merc? To find out, just click on the video right after the jump.

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Let’s Take A POV Ride In The BMW M4 CS, Shall We? 9
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M4, BMW Videos, video on 12 9th, 2017


The new BMW M4 CS is absolutely dripping with sex appeal and has a spec sheet to back up its seductive looks. But what’s it like to drive?

To find out, AutoTopNL jumped behind the wheel of an example finished in San Marino Blue and took it through a number of forest roads. The review also features a high-speed run along the Nurburgring, perfectly showcasing just how potent the tweaked M4 is.

Designed to slot between the M4 GTS and the M4 Competition Package, the twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine of the car has been uprated to a healthy 454 hp and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. When mated to a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission, it can sprint from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, or 0.3 seconds quicker than the M4 Competition.

Beyond its engine upgrades, the M4 CS comes complete with 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers clamping down on carbon ceramic discs. There are also stiffer springs and dampers, larger roll bars and 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels as standard, while weight saving measures mean the M4 CS is 32 kg (71 lbs) lighter than a normal M4.

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The Idiot’s Guide To Using The Launch Control In Your New BMW M 29
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M, BMW M4, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, video on 11 29th, 2017


Using the Launch Control in a modern performance car can make the difference between winning and losing a drag race, but do you know how to engage it in a new BMW M?

The ritual starts with the most important part, one that’s often ignored: warming up the engine. Then you’ll have to turn the DSC off, put the gear shifter from automatic to manual and set the ‘Drive Logic’ to level three to speed up the double-clutch gearbox.

Bear with us, because you’re just seconds away from turning the feature on, as all you have to do now is press down on the brake with your left foot and apply full throttle with the right foot. This activates the Launch Control, as highlighted by the chequered flag that appears on the instrument cluster under the rev meter.

As a final step, you have to choose the rpms by using the button that normally adjusts the cruise control speed; BMW recommends setting it between 3,000 and 3,500 rpm.

Now you’re finally ready to go, so keep an eye on the lights/flag, and remember: drag racing is best kept for a track, not public roads.

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James May Suggests A Car Thief For The Grand Tour’s New Driver 27
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW M4, BMW Videos, Reports, The Grand Tour, video on 11 27th, 2017


The Grand Tour continues the hunt for a new driver and this time, it was James May’s chance to shake things up.

Whereas Jeremy Clarkson took things seriously by recruiting the help of ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber, Richard Hammond instead opted for a stunt driver. Unsurprisingly, that didn’t work out. May’s attempt however isn’t much better.

The man in question is an unnamed car thief, who May thinks has the skills to hustle a BMW M4 CS around the ‘Eboladrome’. Fittingly, things backfire as the over-enthusiastic driver decides to make a break for it, stealing the hardcore M4.

All of the ‘driver auditions’ for The Grand Tour have been very tongue-in-cheek and it actually remains unclear if the new season will even feature a replacement to ‘The American’.

Thankfully, we’ll find out soon as the new season will start on December 8.

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James May Suggests A Car Thief For The Grand Tour’s New Driver 27
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW M4, BMW Videos, Reports, The Grand Tour, video on 11 27th, 2017


The Grand Tour continues the hunt for a new driver and this time, it was James May’s chance to shake things up.

Whereas Jeremy Clarkson took things seriously by recruiting the help of ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber, Richard Hammond instead opted for a stunt driver. Unsurprisingly, that didn’t work out. May’s attempt however isn’t much better.

The man in question is an unnamed car thief, who May thinks has the skills to hustle a BMW M4 CS around the ‘Eboladrome’. Fittingly, things backfire as the over-enthusiastic driver decides to make a break for it, stealing the hardcore M4.

All of the ‘driver auditions’ for The Grand Tour have been very tongue-in-cheek and it actually remains unclear if the new season will even feature a replacement to ‘The American’.

Thankfully, we’ll find out soon as the new season will start on December 8.

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Is The BMW M4 CS A Rival To Porsche’s 911 GTS? 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M4, BMW Videos, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 11 23rd, 2017


If you were to forget the truly absurd price of the BMW M4 GTS, the hardcore M division product could be considered an impressive sports car. However, with its price rivaling that of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, it simply doesn’t make sense to anyone but the BMW faithful.

Fortunately for those in the market for a two-door, German sports car wanting more performance than a standard M4, the recently-released CS is a new option.

Designed to slot between the M4 Competition and the M4 GTS, the M4 CS delivers 454 hp from its twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and features numerous suspension tweaks and weight-saving measures to distinguish itself from lesser variants. Are these modifications enough to allow it to rival the mighty Porsche 911 GTS?

Jonny Lieberman and Jethro Bovingdon from Motor Trend headed to Germany to pit the two against each other. In the process, the duo tackled the Autobahn and Nurburgring to fully explore what these two sports cars are capable of.

Which do you think will come out victorious?

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Marc Marquez Wins BMW M4 CS As MotoGP’s Best Qualifier 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M4, celebrities, motorcycles, Motorsport, racing on 11 15th, 2017


For the fifth year in a row, MotoGP maestro Marc Marquez has walked away with the annual BMW M Award, this year taking the form of a limited-edition M4 CS.

The award is given to the sport’s best qualifier and Marquez first walked away with the award in 2013, receiving the keys of a satin black M6 Coupe. The following year, he was awarded a red M4, in 2015 the Spaniard was given an M6 Convertible, and last year he secured an M2.

In the recently-concluded 2017 season, Marquez claimed eight pole positions and is unquestionably the best qualifier in the field.

BMW first unveiled the potent M4 CS in April and confirmed that production will be capped at 3,000 units. Marquez’s example is painted in San Marino Blue metallic, and in our opinion, is the best-looking BMW in his burgeoning collection.

Changes made to the M4 CS compared to the ‘regular’ M4 include a tweaked 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine, now delivering 454 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the car includes a range of weight saving and aerodynamic-focused parts, including a new carbon fiber rear diffuser, front splitter and trunklid spoiler. The car can lap the Nurburgring in 7 min and 36 seconds.

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BMW M Teaches Us How To Drift 9
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M, BMW M4, BMW Videos, drifting, video on 11 9th, 2017


In case you didn’t know what BMW M drivers love most about their cars, the Bavarian sub-brand is more than willing to provide us with a reminder.

It all starts with turning the DSC off, which you press and hold for 3-4 seconds until the car indicates that the system has been disabled.

Next, once you initiate the drift (at 15-20 km/h or up to 12 mph ), BMW M recommends using the second gear, especially if you’re driving an M3 or an M4, in order to use the torque properly. By the way, to start the slide, you only need to give the accelerator a quick tap if you’re already on a slippery surface.

The BMW M instructor also explains how it’s very important to take your foot off the accelerator immediately after the rear of the car has stepped out. This is a common mistake for some people, as they forget to lift off once the drift has been initiated, applying continuous power.

The rest of the video is pretty straight forward, extremely informative and detailed. It’s a good tutorial, and we recommend it to anybody who’s looking to learn how to drift their car – preferably in a safe and non-populated area.

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