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BMW took the wraps off its M4 Concept at Pebble Beach last weekend, and many speculated that the highly anticipated production version of the sleek new two-door sports coupe would debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year. But a well-placed source tells BMW Top News that the E92 M3’s successor won’t arrive in Southern California this November. Instead, the German automaker will wait until the Detroit Auto Show in January for its first official reveal.

An all-new 3.0-liter inline-six with twin turbochargers is expected under the hood, and it should provide about the same horsepower as the current 4.0-liter V8 (rated at 414 horsepower), but with much more torque that arrives lower on the tachometer. The lightweight engine is said to have an impressively high redline, which is unusual for a turbocharged engine.

Unfortunately, Save the Manuals members aren’t going to like this next bit of news. After four generations of three-pedal M3 models, our source says the upcoming F82 M4 will arrive with a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) as standard equipment – with no manual option – just like the latest iteration of the track-ready Porsche GT3 (few have complained about the automaker’s PDK after driving the latest sports car from Stuttgart). In exchange for some moans, groans and gripes from enthusiasts, BMW’s DCT mounted aft of the M4’s inline-six will provide quicker acceleration and improved fuel economy.

BMW M4 to debut in Detroit, lose manual transmission originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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32b603 2013 bmw m3 lre review 2013 BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition

I like difficult cars. I like turbo “moments,” dramatic weight distribution, low-grip, peaky power delivery, and overly quick steering, along with ultra-short wheelbases and any number of other non-racecar-perfect dynamic foibles. I love the newest generation of BMW cars and engines – all turbo’d up with tons of torque and power everywhere in the rev range, too. But what I think the enthusiast community will miss when this 2013 M3 Coupe becomes the 2014 M4 Coupe – replacing its idiosyncratic, small-displacement, revvy V8 for something like a triple-turbo, directly injected, inline six-cylinder powerhouse in the process – is the work it takes to drive the car fast and perfectly. Sometimes small flaws just make things better; my mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun, and all that.

The idea of this E92 M3 going away then, magnified by the loss of the M3 badge for the coupe, is at best bittersweet for me. This generation of M car is already surpassed in terms of raw thrills by the better-than-ever Mercedes-Benz C63, a car that doesn’t ask its driver to sacrifice low-end grunt or the very latest in amenities in return for stellar backroad performance. Yet any time I’ve been lucky enough to lap a track in the M3, it has quickly become clear that the Bimmer is the better on-edge tool. With the freedom to wring the neck of the 4.0-liter V8 and room to exercise the lovely balance of the car, the E92 is hard to match (even six years after its debut).

Still, when the 2013 BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition rolled into my driveway, its Fire Orange bodywork flashing over gloss-black 19-inch rolling stock, the car had me a little crossed up. BMW has been tossing out special edition M3s for the last few years now, all asking thousands of dollars extra for the limited production-run vehicles. I knew that the LRP was more than a mere trim and tape package, but would it be an appropriate send off for a spectacularly departing sports car legend, or just $10,000 down the drain where a stock M3 Coupe would have happily sufficed?

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2013 BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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5264bmw m3 spy shots BMW M3, M4 let loose on the RingWe just posted our first drive of the 2014 BMW 435i yesterday, but for those wanting even more power from this stylish coupe, help is on the way. From the sounds of it, BMW will be showing off a production-ready concept previewing the M4 next month at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but until then, we have some new spy shots of the performance coupe being tested at the Nürburgring, along with its four-door counterpart, the M3.

Despite all the camouflage, it doesn’t take much imagination to picture what both cars will look like, since we can clearly see the more aggressive front fascia and beefier brake setup. One interesting element we see on both cars is a double bubble roof that is almost certainly made from carbon fiber. Based on our report earlier, both the M4 Coupe and M3 Sedan are expected to debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

BMW M3, M4 let loose on the ‘Ring originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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9e6f005 bmw m4 spy shots BMW M4 Concept headed for Pebble Beach?

If a report from AutoExpress is to be believed, BMW will have a surprise in store for August’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The sleuths on the other side of The Pond are expecting to see a production-ready concept of the M3 Coupe-replacing BMW M4. The near-production showcar move is something we’ve seen from BMW, particularly when it comes to M products, over the years.

From the report, AE is expecting production versions of both the M4 and M3 sedan to be shown at the North American International Auto Show in January. We’ve covered the M4 rather obsessively, reporting on the company’s efforts to reduce the new car’s curb weight just last week.

AutoExpress dives deeper, though, speaking to BMW Group’s Senior VP Brand and Product Strategies, Klaus Froehlich. According to Froehlich, the M3/4 only shares about 20 percent of its parts with the 335i/435i. The engine is expected to be a bespoke unit, and will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. There should be plenty of carbon fiber to cut weight, as well. The report gets even more explosive, though, as the British outfit has revealed that the M3 and M4 will be joined by a 4 Series Convertible and the new BMW 2 Series in Detroit.

Now, this all seems fantastic, and we’re inclined to believe that an M4 Concept could arrive at Pebble. But debuting four (four!) models, especially two M cars, at one auto show just doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. What seems more likely, though, is for the two M cars to arrive in Detroit, having been preceded by the 4 Series Convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Why? Well, LA isn’t covered in snow for half the year, making it a much bigger convertible market than Detroit. As for the 2 Series, that’s a toss up. We could see it being shown at any of the big American shows, or it could be held until Geneva. We’ll be sure to update when we know more.

BMW M4 Concept headed for Pebble Beach? originally appeared on BMW Top News on Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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8d342012 bmw m3 gts vs bunny 1 Bunny couldnt out hop a BMW M3 on track

Driving a car is a dangerous hobby, and not just because of other drivers or poor roads. Sometimes, it seems like even the wildlife is out to get you, as evidenced here, here, here, here and here. Now, we can add one more unfortunate car-versus-animal encounter to the tally.

Perhaps believing that this bright orange BMW M3 GTS was a very fast, very loud carrot, an unfortunate bunny leaped into its windshield in a brutal accident at a Polish racetrack. Considering the M3’s speed at the time, 89 miles per hour, the passengers are lucky to be okay. Obviously, Bugs didn’t make it.

The BMW isn’t in such great shape, though. The windshield is in a bit of a state, with safety glass sprayed all over the passenger side of the cabin. There doesn’t appear to be any sheetmetal damage, at least from what we can tell from the video. Although there isn’t any blood, the hit is really hard. The initial point of impact is at 0:57. Check out the video below.

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Bunny couldn’t out hop a BMW M3 on-track originally appeared on BMW Top News on Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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0d2d001 final bmw m3 coupe 1373047472 This is the final BMW M3 Coupe

Pour some out for the BMW M3 Coupe, folks. Production of the two-door, fixed-roof M3 has officially ended, and the orange car you see here is the very last one.

But we don’t just meant the last M3 Coupe of this generation – this is the last M3 Coupe ever, since the next-gen car will launch under the name M4, staying true to BMW’s revised nomenclature where coupes and convertibles will use even numbers. (Don’t forget, the new 3 Series coupe becomes the 4 Series for the 2014 model year.) There will, of course, be a new M3, but that badge will only be found on the four-door version.

BMW first launched the M3 Coupe in 1986, and since then, more than 40,000 examples have been built. Sedan and convertible versions were added later in the car’s life, and BMW says that the current 2013 model year convertible will remain in production until September of this year.

It’s still unclear what, exactly, is in store for the new M4 Coupe, but we don’t doubt that it’ll carry on the tradition of fantastic M-badged two-doors that came before it. For now, scroll down to read BMW’s short press release about the final M3 Coupe, and have a look at the gallery above for the last car rolling down the production line, as well as all four generations of coupes side by side.

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This is the final BMW M3 Coupe originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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acdam3 petrolicious Theres no substitution for BMWs E30 Mmmmm3

If you told someone that you had a friend with a four-cylinder BMW who “would let me wash the car,” and in exchange for the privilege then let you drive that clean BMW once around the block, your first question would probably be “What kind of BMW is this?” There’s a chance you wouldn’t be surprised once you found out the coupe in question was the E30 M3, a car our own Zach Bowman dubbed the “Mmmmm3.”

Petrolicious talks to Gabor Mester about the car he fell in love with, a black version of the original “Munich mauler” that was owned by the parents of a high-school friend – oh, and Mester was also in high school when this washing and driving took place. When the original owners were ready to sell, Mestor was ready to buy, and he hasn’t had a single regret about it since.

You can enjoy his story in his words in the video below.

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There’s no substitution for BMW’s E30 Mmmmm3 originally appeared on BMW Top News on Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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