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      Published on 05-03-2011 07:31 AM
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      The latest set of spyphotos were released and the web is in a tizzy over BMW revealing a little more of the F30 3 series design. These are the best spy pictures thus far and give you an idea of the proportions as well as the front and rear light design. Nothing ground breaking although the car does seem to be a bit large, you might guess 5 series if you did not know it was a 3. Expect the 335 to have N55 6 cylinder turbo based power. ...
      Published on 05-02-2011 05:02 PM
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      Akrapovic released a teaser video a little while back showing that they planned to compare the E92 M3 vs. the BMW S1000RR motorcycle. Both machines were outfittted with Akrpovic exhausts, obviously, as this is a promotional piece. The Akrapovic exhaust sure adds a great tone to both. The video is pretty well done, we won't spoil the result for you. ...
      Published on 05-02-2011 04:52 AM
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      Recently, Jim O'Donnel was quoted in an article about the ActiveE by The Detroit News. In the article, the head of BMWNA responded candidly with his thoughts on electric vehicles. One quote was that he felt diesels were far more likely to be adopted than electrics stating he was "far more optimistic" about their chances. He went on to say, "(EVs) won't work for most people. For at least 90 percent and maybe more of the population, (an EV) won't work (at the current battery range)." ...
      Published on 05-01-2011 12:09 PM
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      What you see in the video below is BMW's garage housing 35 identical white E92 M3's. All of them are the same color and all have the same Nurburgring Driver Experience decals. The program is pretty cool with BMW letting you take an M3 out on the ring to get the full feel of a lap with an M car. You can even use your own M vehicle if you would like to (we sure would). Pricing is 900 Euros if you use your own vehicle or 1200 if you use one of the white M3's. For the price you get 4 hours on the ring and a BMW instructor. Courses for drivers with racing ambitions are also available. ...
      Published on 05-01-2011 02:43 AM
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      Seem like everyone is creating body pieces for the M-sport 5 series. Understandable, the M-sport package is gorgeous and improving on it is difficult. What most owners would like to do is accentuate their M-spot body pieces with some aggressive add on's. 3D Design does exactly that with their front lip/splitter, roof spoiler, trunk spoiler, and diffuser for either quad or single tip exhausts. Check out the pictures below. ...
      Published on 04-29-2011 09:00 PM
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      BMW announced earlier in the year that they were switching advertising agencies. You all remember the "JOY" ads. They were supposed to add a sense of humanity and humility to the BMW brand but instead in our opinion weakened the sharp and aggressive Ultimate Driving Machine image that only a company like BMW can pull off. Well, after a year of BMW's most expensive ad campaign in history "JOY" is gone and the Ultimate Driving Machine is back. A new ad agency has taken over, the agency responsible for JOY was let go. About freaking time, check out the first of the new Ultimate Driving Machine ads below. ...
      Published on 04-29-2011 07:54 AM
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      We all know there has been tremendous political unrest in the Middle East as of late. Sometimes this unrest takes a toll on the local businesses and BMW certainly is not immune. In the video below, you can see how an Egyptian BMW dealer was basically ransacked and the cars were destroyed/stripped down. Not much is left of this dealer or the cars in its inventory. It isn't pretty, but it is reality. ...
      Published on 04-28-2011 05:22 AM
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      AutoBild reports an entry level Z2 is coming in 2014. Let's be honest, BMW's have gotten pretty fat as of late, even the Z4. This car is designed to be a return to the lightweight, balanced, fun to drive roots. Power would likely be from an N20 turbo 4 cylinder which is fine by us. Additionally, no folding hardtop but a cloth roof to keep weight and cost down. Again, fine by us and let's hope BMW gets back to their roots with cars like this. ...
      Published on 04-27-2011 10:25 PM
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      Seems like these swaps are becoming more and more prevalent, eh? The difference now is in the quality of the swaps and this one would certainly qualify as quality. The S85 fits in the engine bay with no issues but the main thing is that the factory ECU is used. This means when a GT1 tool (BMW Group Tester One diagnostic and programming tool) is connected it reads the car as an E60 M5. No dyno numbers or further details from Kinetechnik who is located in Dubai in case you were wondering why you never heard of them. ...
      Published on 04-27-2011 05:15 AM
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      Being a performance oriented site, we will focus a bit on the performance numbers Car and Driver achieved. That said, we are a little bit surprised with this result. The Audi finishes in first place and the BMW 750 winds up in last. Even with its twin turbo V8 the BMW gets beat by all three competitors to 60 and barely edges out the Audi through the 1/4 for second. Being the heaviest obviously didn't help the 750 and it also put up the weakest showing around the skidpad. ...
      Published on 04-26-2011 07:03 PM
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      This was awesome to see. MotorTrend pitted a performance sedan, SUV, and wagon all against each other. Now, we don't want to spoil the race for you but AWD clearly plays a role. For a RWD car like the CTS-V to really show what it can do on the strip vs. AWD cars it needs drag radials and a burnout. So, it is at a disadvantage but the same disadvantage it would have on the street. Also, MotorTrend deserves commendation for actually posting ET's and traps. They aren't actual slips, but we will take it. ...
      Published on 04-25-2011 10:11 PM
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      As many of you know, we attempted to get an M3 tuner shootout going. This is now the second time we have tried and it won't be taking place. Why? Tuners aren't interested in putting their products up against one another in a third party environment. Too large of a risk for them and most tuners prefer to battle it out through marketing on forums, not with real results. ...
      Published on 04-25-2011 05:33 PM
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      Mfest has come and gone. We have compiled some of our favorite pictures from the event to give those who could not attend an idea of what they missed and what to expect. There also seemed to be an accident at the event and just a word of warning, when traveling in a caravan give the car in front plenty of room. ...
      Published on 04-25-2011 02:13 AM
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      So, we have some differing results. A couple days ago we reported the DCT and manual M3 was found to be quicker around the Contidrom circuit by Auto Bild. Auto Motor Und Sport now reports that around Hockenheim they achieved a quicker time in the 1M Coupe vs. the M3. Interesting? Yes, but they were not tested on the same day which can easily sway results that are as close as differing by 1/10. Longer courses should favor the M3, tighter the 1M. Interesting indeed, laptimes by Auto Motor Und Sport around Hockenheim for several cars listed below. ...
      Published on 04-22-2011 07:05 PM
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      AutoBild has done a comparison between the 1M Coupe and the Porsche Cayman R. AutoBild picks the 1M coupe over the Cayman R mostly do to its daily livability. That's fine, but we are performance enthusiasts here and the Cayman R thoroughly outperformed it. They take these cars on the Contidrom course which is a fairly tight/technical and the 1M was over a second slower. What is interesting is the AutoBild times for the M3 and DCT M3 are both faster than the 1M. The DCT M3 also is 3/10's faster than the 6-speed showing how the DCT shift times add up to make a substantial difference. ...

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