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BMW celebrates the 10th anniversary of the M3 CSL

BMW has released a new video to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the M3 CSL.

Designed to be the ultimate sports coupe, the M3 CSL had a stripped out interior and a lighter rear window. The car also featured a number of lightweight components including a carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof, center console and trunk. Thanks to these modifications, the M3 CSL tipped the scales at approximately 1,385 kg (3,054 lb) which was more than 110 kg (243 lb) lighter than the standard M3.

Besides going on a diet, engineers tweaked the engine to produce 360 HP (265 kW). This enabled the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and hit an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

A total of 1,383 M3 CSLs were built and all the cars were sold “within the space of a few months.”


Take a look at the Upcoming BMW M4 Testing at Nurburgring

With just months to go before the debut of the new BMW M3 and M4, it’s only right that we’d catch a prototype or two testing. And we have: this M4 coupe prototype was spotted testing recently at the Nurburgring.

2014 BMW M4 Spy Shot - Front 3/4

2014 BMW M4 Spy Shot – Front 3/4

The next-gen model will ditch the natural aspiration and V-8 engine for a twin-turbo six-cylinder model (an I-6, not the rumored V-6) that will make about 450 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 36 horsepower and 106 pound-feet over the current engine. Total weight loss for this new model is estimated to be 220 pounds through the adoption of a carbon fiber roof, trunk, and hood. With the increase in power and decrease in weight, the M4 you see here should be able to sprint to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds, down from 4.6.

2014 BMW M4 Spy Shot - HeadOn

2014 BMW M4 Spy Shot – HeadOn

We should see the final car this fall at the Los Angeles auto show, months before a summer 2014 release.

2014 BMW M4 Spy Shot - Rear 3/4

2014 BMW M4 Spy Shot – Rear 3/4

Watch how a BMW M135i can be used to help make the world’s fastest Christmas song

BMW has released a new promotional video for their latest pocket rocket M135i called “The Fastest Christmas Song in the World.” Now before you click the link expecting to see a 3 second rendition of Joy to the World let us manager your expectations a little bit. Filmed at the Circuit de l’Anneau du Rhin, the clip doesn’t have to do with the length of the song but rather how fast the singers are traveling.

For those of you who are not familiar with the BMW M135i, do not be embarrassed as it is not sold here in North America. The car employees a slightly detuned version of the same 3.0-liter straight-6 turbo engine found in the BMW 1 Series M Coupe rated at 315 hp. Both cars deliver 332 pound-feet of torque, although the M135i’s torque peak arrives 200 rpm earlier at 1,300 rpm. Unlike the 1M coupe, the M135i can be ordered with an automatic, an eight-speed unit in this case that includes paddle shifters that help accelerate the car to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds according to BMW. When equipped with the six-speed manual and the time actually rises to 5.1 seconds because its wider-spaced ratios are less speedily swapped.

BMW’s Sexy 4-Series Coupe Unveiled Before 2013 Detroit Auto Show

BMW has unveiled the 2013 4 Series Coupe Concept, the replacement for its old 3 Series Coupe. The company has decided to completely re-brand the 3-series Coupe, resulting in that car being replaced in 2013 by the new 4-series Coupe and Convertible. Renamed with the mark 4, the car is set to be unveiled at this year Detroit Motor Show, anticipating the street version of the car no later than march 2013 in Geneva Motor Show.

2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe - Front 3/4

2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe – Front 3/4

While technical details remain scant, BMW has confirmed it will continue with its tradition of giving odd number names to sedans and even ones to two-door models. The company has decided to split the coupe and convertible from the 3 Series range and rechristen them under the new 4 Series rubric. In concept form, the new 4 Series still looks pretty much like its four-door 3 Series sibling, with a few flashy details as satin-finish aluminum bumpers and trim, plus twin circular LED headlamps.

The new coupe stays loyal to familiar BMW motifs like the long bonnet, setback cabin, minimal overhangs and long wheelbase. The front end is obviously similar to the F30 3-Series’ novel interpretation of the company’s iconic twin-kidney grille adds an optic fiber line off the hexagonal full-LED headlamps, to form a visual link between the inner, high-beam headlamp and the kidney. It will be a striking vision with just the parking lights on, a crafty update on the BMW halo lamps that so many others have mimicked. There’s a large intake at the lower fascia, which its maker insists hints at the “extra air required by the powerful engines,” which will certainly include the turbo fours, a new inline six for the, gulp, M4 and very likely a diesel four even for the North American market.

2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe - Head On

2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe – Head On

In its profile, the 4-Series retains the 3-Series “double swage line” (in BMW-talk), while the so-called “Air Breather”, an aerodynamic aperture behind the front wheels, reduces drag around the wheels, which in typical concept car fashion are huge 20-inch multi-spoke alloys. Two flanking vents on either side of the front fascia’s lower maw differ in thickness and are specifically for brake venting or oil cooling, and for the Air Curtain, which is the EfficientDynamics engineering feat that channels air around the outside of the front wheels, for better airflow and reduced fuel consumption

2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe - Rear 3/4

2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe – Rear 3/4

At the rear, the L-shaped taillights (another time-honored BMW tradition) resemble that of the 6-Series Gran Coupe and are set to the outer edges of the bodywork, while the rear arches are the widest point of the whole car, further emphasizing its wide and aggressive stance.

The design of the rear bumper is quite striking, mimicking the three-way split of the front bumper and incorporating the exhaust pipes in each of its outer edges – though it remains to be seen whether this will make it into the production car.

2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe - All Rear all the time ;-)

2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe – All Rear all the time 😉

The interior is also production-ready, with the driver-centric dashboard being borrowed straight from the 3-Series Sedan and Touring models. Of course, the doors are longer than the saloon’s and their trim panels converge, according to BMW, via the B-pillar into the rear connecting the two passenger compartments.

2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe - Interior

2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe – Interior

One of the largest advantages of sharing a cars platform is that you can save a ton of R&D money because the car is entirely based on the latest generation 3 Series. This then means that you should expect a base 428i to have the 3281’s 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine making something in the neighborhood of 240 hp. Power will also flow through an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The faster 435i will likely have BMW’s 3-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine making around 300 hp.

This car also will serve as the basis for the next-generation M3 coupe, which might be called the M4. The production version of the basic coupe reaches dealers in the fall of 2013.

Spy Shots of the 2014 BMW M3 Turbo Inline 6 Engine

What’s in an engine, and just about how can it positively or negatively affect the rest of a vehicle as a whole? Well if you are like me then you will share my view point that the engine is the heart and soul of a car and is a component that if not set up correctly could sour all of the other parts.

2014 BMW M3 – Inline 6 twin or tri turbo engine

So with that being said we have just received work via autoblog that there are new spy images of the next generation heart of the mighty BMW M3. It has been known for quite some time that the 2014 BMW M3 would not carry on the current car’s naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V8. Instead, BMW had to come up with something smaller and more efficient. And that likely meant forced induction.

Rumors have been swirling about what form that engine would take: Turbo V6? Turbo inline-6? Supercharged V6? Each rumor had its own reasoning behind it, but the most talked-about prediction was a straight-6 with three turbochargers providing the boost. It sounded exotic at first, but then BMW unleashed its 3.0-liter triple turbodiesel in the 550d.

That news is welcome on two fronts: it represents a return to the engine configuration that we most associate with BMW performance, and it suggests a further development of the six-pot we’ve come to love in so many of the brand’s current models. The photos confirm that the engine is likely two have turbochargers at least (there are two pipes feeding the intercooler), and they do not contravene rumors that a third, electric turbo lies just out of sight.

2014 BMW M3 – Under a protective coating of camouflage

Displacement figures for the engine still remain a bit of a mystery. It has been reported that the next M3 could be as voluminous as 3.3 liters, though it’s more likely, based on a BMW tech report claiming use of optimized, 500cc-cylinders, that the total size is 3.0 liters. In any event, everyone’s best guess about power output hovers around the 450-horsepower mark. Even the M3 has to take fuel mileage into consideration these days, so a return to a smaller-displacement engine was inevitable. Now we know how BMW intends to make sure that smaller doesn’t mean slower.

A Sneak Peak Preview of the 2014 BMW M3

There are very few cars on this planet with the pedigree of the BMW M3. From the very first generation the M3 was intended to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Its mantra was to resemble a stock 3-Series coupe while providing its driver with the best handling and performing car in its class. In order to ensure that this formula could be met just about every feature that is hidden behind the cars sheet metal is subject to improvement by BMW’s M division.

This same mind set will also be the reason why the 2014 BMW M3 will be yet another ground breaking vehicle. When it does finally arrive for purchase in North American BMW dealerships, one thing is for sure it will have a brand new 6-cylinder engine under the hood. Although initial rumors pointed us in the direction of M3 being powered by a tri-turbo inline-6, we are now seeing evidence in the form of BMW patent filings that V6 is going to power the legend.

2014 BMW M3 - Speculative Rendering of the Front 3/4

I know what you’re thinking, and yes it is true; a highly advanced 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 is being developed. The new engine will not be a down sized version of the M5’s engine like the V8 found in the current M3. In that car the 4.0-liter V8 power plant was identical to the V10 found in the M5 with the exception of slicing off the 2 end cylinders. The current twin turbo honey pot that is used in the M5 is a 4.4-liter unit which would make a downsized V6 a 3.2 or round up to a 3.3-liter unit. However these figures have never surfaced in all of our research, so we are sticking with the claim that it will be a 3.0-liter twin-scroll unit.

It would be safe to say that the new V6 engine will be on par with the high revving V8 that it is set to replace and we have seen the figures of 430hp and 405 lb-ft or torque being tossed around. If these figures do prove to be correct the engine should be a beast boasting more hp and a ton more torque then the outgoing M3 power plant. Although we doubt that the V6 with its turbo mufflers on will sound as sweet as the V8, especially at 7,000 RPM. This kind of power would also seem sufficient enough to fend of the cars rivals of the Audi RS4, Mercedes C63 AMG and Lexus IS-F.

2014 BMW M3 - Speculative Rendering of the Rear 3/4

Sticking with the trend of upgrading components that the average driving will never see it is expected that the new M3 will receive light weight carbon-ceramic disc brakes and all aluminum calipers. Saving the car about 35 pounds while dramatically improving its stopping distances and reducing brake fade. Other weight saving measures would include many light weight carbon body panels, titanium mufflers and aluminum wiring instead of traditional heavier copper. Don’t tell and car enthusiasts as we are also reading that unlike the M5 the M3 could also employ electric power steering, Gasp I know. But Porsche was very successful with its new electric steering in the new 911 and the diehard Porschephile’s aren’t screaming too loud about it.

When the new M3 sedan and M4 Coupe are debuted next year we will find out just how successful BMW’s M-Division engineers were at the balancing act facing new performance cars in today’s “lower emission”, and “increased fuel economy world”. We are expecting that at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show will be when these two 3-Series halo cars are presented to the world. So circle that data on your calendar as it will also be the data when we find out if it is possible to reduce a cars CO2 emissions, reduce its thirst for fuel, and reduce its 0-100 acceleration times.

2014 BMW M3 sedan is spied out in the Wild

Can you see it out there on the horizon?  There is a car that is quickly racing towards us.  BMW may have two new M cars that are reaching their final stages of development/testing and they look like they are keeping their promise of class leading performance.  Let us first explain the reason for why two cars maybe in the works as the Boys from Bavarian are creating the traditional M3 alongside a new two door version that is rumored to be called the M4.  It seems that BMW is taking a page out of Audi’s book with the S4 and S5 or better yet the not for North America RS4 and RS5 muscle cars.

2014 BMW M3 - Front 3/4

The M3/M4 development teams are still holding most of their cards close to their vest however we can confirm the following.  The engine has been placed on an M5 diet and will be losing 2 cylinders while gaining forced induction.  We have read reports that the cars will be powered by a tri-turbo inline six engine; however we have also seen paten drawings for a twin turbo V6 power plant.  Whichever six cylinder option goes into production we can confirm that it will have at least 450hp and a boat load more torque then the outgoing 418hp naturally aspirated V8 found in the current M3.

2014 BMW M3 - Rear 3/4

The cars will retain their rear wheel drive architecture and will transfer power to the pavement through a 6-speed manual or an optional 7-speed dual clutch transmission.  From the spy photos it is easy to see that this M3 will visually separate its self from the redesigned 3-series through the use of flared wheel arched that will attempt to conceal larger rubber at all four corners.  The M3 and M4 will also have an assortment of mild aero parts such as a new front bumper, side skirts, rear diffuser and or course quad tailpipes.  It will also attempt to reduce its curb weight through the use of Aluminum parts as well as carbon fiber-reinforced plastics in such areas as the roof.

We are hoping to see the new M3 at this year’s Paris Auto Show with the M4 debuting slightly after similar to the M5 and M6 roll out.  Could that debut be at the LA, Toyko or Detroit Shows?  It sure could however all of these rumors are our and ours alone J  You’ll have to check back in with us later to find out.