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Radical BMW M3 and BMW M4 Officially Revealed

The new BMW M3 and BMW M4 have officially debuted. They must be the most talked about models in BMW’s history, owing to BMW’s new grille design.

Looking past that controversy though, there is plenty to like about the next-generation BMW M3 and BMW M4.

BMW M3 and BMW M4: Highlights

2021 BMW M3 and M4

– Powered by a 3.0 litre six-cylinder engine, producing 480 hp or 510 hp for the Competition model.
– Kidney grille allows improved air flow
– Carbon fibre roof and flared wheel arches
– Adaptive suspension and electronic dampers
– BMW Live Cockpit Professional
– Optional M Carbon Bucket Seats

BMW M3 and BMW M4: Engine and Chassis

2021 BMW M4 Exhaust Tips

Both cars are powered by a 3.0 litre, six-cylinder engine which comes in two flavours; a standard model and a Competition model. The former produces 480 hp, the latter, 510 hp.

In the BMW M3 Sedan, the 100 km/h sprint times are 4.2 seconds and 3.9 seconds respectively. The M4 Coupe manages the same statistics.

Customers will have the choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. BMW plan to release a version which uses the xDrive all-wheel-drive system in summer 2021.

xDrive models will get an Active M Differential, rear-wheel-biased setup, with three selectable modes: 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD.

The suspension is adaptive with electronically controlled shock absorbers and M Servotronic steering. There is a new integrated braking system with two settings for pedal feel and response. M Compound brakes come as standard, with M Carbon ceramic brakes optional.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) includes an M Dynamic Mode and, for the first time, integrated wheel slip limitation and M Traction Control adjustable through ten stages.

BMW M3 and BMW M4: Design

Green 2021 BMW M3

Both models get distinct designs. To start with the most obvious feature, the new frameless kidney grille. It gets horizontal bars, as opposed to the traditional vertical versions.

Typical BMW wheel arch flares give both cars the M-car look, alongside M gills, side sill extensions and new front and rear aprons.

Both BMW M3 and BMW M4 get a carbon-fibre roof with aerodynamically optimised fins. There is a small rear spoiler and a familiar quad tailpipe. BMW offer a range of new, exclusive exterior paint finishes and M Carbon exterior package and BMW M Performance Parts available as options.

BMW M3 and BMW M4: Interior

2021 BMW M4 Seats

BMW’s interior is an improved version of the 4-Series interior we saw a few months ago. Both cars get BMW Live Cockpit Professional with fully digital display grouping, BMW Maps navigation system and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant as standard.

There is a significantly expanded selection of driver assistance systems. Park Distance Control, Front Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit Info are fitted as standard. Options include Driving Assistant Professional with Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Navigation, Emergency Lane Assistant, Parking Assistant with Reversing Assistant, BMW Drive Recorder and BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific displays.

There are M-specific control/operating concept with Setup button for direct access to the settings for the engine, chassis, steering and braking system. The two steering-wheel mounted M buttons return.

There is a choice of seat designs too. They include a newly developed M sport seat with fine-grain Merino leather trim and an impressive new M Carbon bucket seat, shown here in the BMW M4.

BMW M4 Photo Gallery

BMW M3 Photo Gallery

BMW Begins Development of M3 Touring… due in 2022

It’s been a bone of contention with BMW fans for many years. It’s possible to get a Sedan and Coupe variant of the M3 (or M4 as the Coupe is now known), why is can’t BMW produce a BMW M3 Touring?

It appears BMW have been listening. Yesterday, it released a teaser image, confirming that a prototype had left the factory to begin its testing phase.

BMW’s estate-bodied M-cars are among its most sought after. The combination of power, space and practicality magnetises petrol-heads like nothing else.

BMW M3 Touring Render

Since BMW’s E61 M5 Touring, there has been a hole in the market. BMW has finally decided to fill this with a new BMW M3 Touring, the first in the long history of the M3 brand.

A press release asks “How about an extra-large and highly variable luggage compartment in a high-performance sports car?”

Specifications for the BMW M3 are all but revealed. Early prototype drives confirm that the 3.0 litre inline-6 will be tuned to produce up to 510 hp in Competition trim.

The all-new BMW M4 Coupe and the new BMW M3 Sedan will be celebrating its world premiere in September. The M4 Convertible will follow next year. The M3 Touring will follow in 2022.

Here’s Why the BMW E30 M3 Sport Evo Will Always Be Amazing

A True BMW Legend

There are few cars that have a bigger fanbase than the BMW E30 M3 Sport Evo. The car is simply a legendary car and it’s what started the M3 on its current path of greatness. The guys over at Carfection somehow got their hands on a slew of M3s from multiple generations and decided to put together a multi-episode video series on the car, and its impact on the world of motorsports and motoring in general.

The E30 M3 Sport Evo famously shares only its hood with the standard car. The vehicle was tweaked in every way to build it into one of the best racing cars out there. The engine was a naturally aspirated four-cylinder that was built to rev out. The transmission for the Euro-spec cars was a dogleg five-speed. Other areas of the world got the traditional H-pattern transmission.

BMW only made 600 of these cars, and that makes them exceedingly rare, though not the rarest of the special editions out there. The car that the publication gets its hands on happens to be a single-owner vehicle. It’s a stunning example. When compared to modern cars, the E30 M3 is really quite slow, but that doesn’t make it any less of a legend, and as the presenter says in the video below, it still lives up to its reputation. 

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VIDEO: BMW E30 M3 vs. Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16

Motor Trend‘s Head to Head has featured, in this installment, the legendary BMW E30 M3 against it’s Cosworth-powered rival, the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16, hosted by Automobile Magazine‘s West Coast editor Jason Cammisa at Germany’s famed Nurburgring.

Which is the better car? And which car did Jason Cammisa like so much that it won a place in his garage?

OFFICIAL: 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe Limited Edition Announced

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BMW of North America has announced a limited edition of the popular M3 Coupe, dubbed the 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coup, as a farewell to one of the most exciting M3 Coupes to date. The special M3 is limited to 200 units and will go on sale in September with a U.S. base price of $70,100.

BMW dealerships report that European Delivery is not available on this limited edition M3.

The M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe is a collaboration between BMW and the historic Lime Rock Park racing circuit located in northwestern Connecticut owned by Skip Barber. The M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe will be “…a classic car for a classic track,” as described by Skip Barber.

Specs:
M3 Coupe, MY13
Fire Orange exterior paint from BMW Individual
Competition Package (ZCP) with Style 359M silver 19” wheels
Anthracite and Black cloth manual-adjustment seats with Nappa Leather trim
Inconel / titanium exhaust muffler
Carbon fiber front chin splitters
Carbon fiber rear deck spoiler (requires 326 rear spoiler delete)
Anthracite Alcantara steering wheel with flat-bottom design and blue index stripe
6-speed manual transmission
Carbon fiber roof panel
(4MY) Carbon leather trim

Optional Upgrades:
(ZPP) Premium Package
(ZCW) Cold Weather Package
(609) Navigation System
(2MK) M-DCT Transmission
(322) Comfort Access
(415) Power Rear Sunshade
(494) Heated Front Seats
(507) Rear Park Distance Control
(5AC) Automatic High Beams
(655) Satellite Radio with 1-year subscription
(6NR) BMW Apps
(752) BMW Individual Enhanced Premium Sound
Limited availability: Black Wheels (Competition Package, Style 359M)

Sx-Z | 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe Limited Edition

Sx-Z | 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe Limited Edition

Sx-Z | 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe Limited Edition

Sx-Z | 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe Limited Edition

New M Performance M3 & M5 for UK Market Revealed by BMW

I knew as soon as matte finishes started becoming popular that we would eventually see matte as a color upgrade and sure enough BMW is giving it to their super-limited M Performance Edition M3 and M5 coupes. Along with a bevy of under-the-hood upgrades, the M-series are sporting chilled hues of Frozen Red, Frozen White, and Frozen Blue, rolling out on cool matte black alloy rims. But it doesn’t stop there. The black leather interiors will also feature color-keyed accent stitching and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheels.

Unfortunately, BMW is only making 30 of each of the M Performance Editions for the British market which won’t be significant enough to bring the frozen matte awesomeness to mainstream.

Guess we’ll either have to get the matte finishes done ourselves or wait until BMW finally makes the “frozen” line available on a larger scale.

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