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1995 BMW M3 Lightweight Would Make One M-Thusiast Very Happy 19
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M3, used cars on 01 19th, 2018

BMW is on its fifth iteration of the M3 now, and there's little question that the latest is the fastest and most capable. But to many, the E36 from the 1990s was one of the best. If you count yourself among them, this example could be your dream car.
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900 HP BMW M3 Is Confident Ahead Of C63 And CTS-V Drag Race 17
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Cadillac, Cadillac CTS-V, Cadillac Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, mercedes, Mercedes C63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, Russia, tuning, Unlimited 500, video on 01 17th, 2018

Since the BMW M3 is by definition a super-sports sedan, you can't really call it a sleeper, can you? However, with 900 horses on tap, this particular E90 model could take just about anyone, and anything, by surprise.
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BMW M3 With Subtle Mods Shines In Atlantis Blue Paintjob 8
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M3, Galleries, HRE, tuning on 01 8th, 2018

BMW might be developing the next-generation M3, but that doesn’t mean the current car is outdated. In fact, these images show that, in the right specification and with certain modifications, the F80 M3 can be transformed into a truly jaw-dropping creation.

This particular M3 is owned by a member of the Bimmer Post forum and is painted in a color dubbed Atlantis Blue. One of the most remarkable paint schemes we’ve ever seen on an M3, the shade glistens from all angles and accentuates the aggressive body lines of the performance sedan.

Moreover, this M3 has been fitted with a set of HRE wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, 3D Design carbon fiber accents, tinted windows and a lowered K3 V3 coilover suspension.


Professional BMW Driver Tries Tesla Model 3, Compares It To An M3! 6
Posted by Joel V. Patel in BMW, BMW M3, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 01 6th, 2018

The Tesla Model 3 was one of the most anticipated electric vehicles since… well, since we can remember. With a confirmed EPA range of 310 miles (499 km) and a starting price tag of $35,000 before incentives, it could really be a viable option to gasoline- and diesel-powered cars.

However, so far we didn’t have any info about the way it drives. A professional BMW driver manage to get behind the wheel of a Model 3 and had good things to say about the sedan.

The lengthy review, if you can call it that, was posted on BMW Car Club of America, and while it doesn’t feature a lot of details, it does provide some juicy tidbits. The placement of the headlight switch, for instance, isn’t on a stalk or a knob like a regular car, but is accessed through a menu on the massive center screen. That sounds like it would incredibly annoying.

The switch for the hazard lights was in an even more precarious position. For the majority of cars, it’s a button located somewhere on the dash, usually in an easily-accessibly area. That’s not the case for the Model 3, though, which has a hazard switch that’s located in an overhead panel next to the rearview mirror. Again, not the best of ideas.

These are minor quibbles that don’t provide any information on the car itself. But the author managed to drive the Model 3 in a spirited manner that revealed its sportier side.

“Despite my lack of seat time in the car, it did what I asked with ease; it was communicative, composed, and surprisingly neutral, despite my not being able to figure out how to defeat the stability control. The steering, brakes, and balance were all on par with my expectations of a sport sedan – think E46 M3…”

Comparing a vehicle, any vehicle, to a BMW E46 M3 is high praise. For those that forgot about one of BMW’s purest M3’s, this video should freshen up their memories.

Despite being a diehard BMW fan, BMWCCA’s reviewer managed to like the Model 3.

“This car is a game-changer; it will be relatively attainable compared to its predecessors, and it was even able to satisfy the driving bias of an old-school BMW-lover like me. I really didn’t want to like it, but I found little to complain about.”

If an old-school BMW fanatic liked the Model 3, we have a feeling that the rest of the Press will do the same, too. Heck, if it’s quirky enough for Doug DeMuro and sporty enough for a BMW fan, then it’s going to be very interesting indeed.


Bentley Grabs The Top 3 Spots On IIHS’ List Of Vehicles With Highest Collision Losses 5
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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BMW Rolls Out Special M3/M4 Competition M Heat Edition Just For Japan 28
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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Next-Gen BMW M3 And M4 May Get Around 475 HP 26
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.


The Valet’s Bringing Your BMW M3 Around Now, Mr The Frog 24
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW Individual, BMW M3 on 12 24th, 2017

We’ve seen Kermit the Frog driving all sorts of cars: a beat up old Studebaker, a psychedelic school buses, even a Chevy Volt (in the latest TV series).

But at this point in his long and distinguished career, the world’s favorite amphibian could probably afford something a little higher-end. Something like this BMW M3, for example.

On display now at Abu Dhabi Motors – the world’s largest BMW showroom – this M3 sedan has been special-ordered from the Individual catalog in a bright shade of Verde Mantis that only a frog could love. And the interior accents have been done to match.

It’s a color you might sooner expect to find on, say, a Lamborghini Gallardo or a Mercedes-AMG GT R. But here it is on a Bimmer, lest it somehow otherwise go unnoticed, what with the upsized alloys and the aggressive-looking aero package.

Not your cup of tea? The M3 (in the United States at least) typically comes in either of two shades of white, silver, grey, black, blue, orange, or yellow. BMW Individual offers another four shades as part of its usual palette, but will do one up for you in just about any color you want… and some you might not.

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BMW Wishes Us A Merry Christmas With One-Off E30 M3 Pickup 20
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.



BMW M3 Competition Pack Takes On M4 GTS In 1/4 Mile Race 19
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.


Would You Buy This BMW M3 Convertible For £25k? 13
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.



This Might Be The Cheapest Well-Maintained BMW M3 In The U.S. 12
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.


2020 BMW M3 G80 Spied For The Very First Time, Could Get AWD 8
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.

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BMW’s New Strategy: M All The Things – 26 Models Reportedly Coming By 2021 7
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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BMW M3 CS Drops 110 Pounds And Packs 453 HP 30
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW M3, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 30th, 2017

BMW is putting the finishing touches on the seventh-generation 3-Series but the current model still has some life left in it as the company has unveiled the M3 CS in Los Angeles.

Designed to appeal to driving enthusiasts, the high-performance model has been equipped with a number of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic components including the hood and roof. Designers also installed a new rear spoiler, an M4 GTS-sourced rear diffuser, and a dual-branch sports exhaust system with four tailpipes. The car rides on 19- and 20-inch forged alloy wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The sporty styling continues in the cabin as the M3 CS features two-tone Merino leather sport seats, Alcantara accents, and plenty of CS badging. Drivers will also find a Harman Kardon audio system and an iDrive infotainment system with GPS navigation.

On the performance front, the car is equipped with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that has been upgraded to produce 453 hp (337 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power and a weight reduction of approximately 110 lbs (50 kg), the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of up to 174 mph (280 km/h).

The BMW M3 CS is a limited production model and the company will only build a total of 1,200 units. 550 are destined for the United States and BMW will begin accepting orders in May.

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