In what will be seen as the most controversial move yet by the German manufacturer, BMW has unveiled 4 new M models – all of them powered by diesel engines. In a subtle play on words BMW have named the range, BMW M Performance Models, distinguishing oh-so-subtly from their core BMW M Models such as the M5, M3, 1M and soon-to-be-launched M6.
What would you do with 48 of the most exclusive high-performance sports cars, 1,150 fresh Michelin performance tyres and an empty race track at your disposal? Is there really any question to answer? No, of course not.
Special Editions. Sometimes they’re really special, whilst at other times it’s just a way of freshening up a familiar model which has been on sale for a few years. Few would question its effectiveness when selling a few extra super-minis or roadsters during the summer months, but there’s been a growing tendency during the past 24 months to follow the special edition route with performance cars.
Last night spy photographer Palbay contacted us to share a series of images of BMW’s 1 Series M Coupe at the BMW Performance Center Skidpad in South Carolina. The water adds a nice effect to the shots, and serves to underline just how much fun the driving school instructors were having at the time.
There were troubles aplenty for Team BMW Motorsport, during yesterday evening’s first qualifying session at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE).
A new member of the M family has arrived on the scene, resplendent in its Frozen Polar Silver metallic paint finish. A new model, and a new name – CRT, which stands for Carbon Racing Technology.
When BMW NA produce a ‘limited edition’ model they really mean limited – just 20 of these Frozen Black Edition M3 Coupes will be made and sold at a 35% premium ($79,650 up from $58,900) over the standard M3 Coupe.
We have a problem. As of last week BMW UK had already sold more than 2/3rds of their 1 Series M Coupe allocation, and unless the new M5 really pulls a rabbit out of a hat, this innocuous-looking entry-level M car is probably the best car BMW have produced in nearly a decade.
At a private M Division gathering in Munich today, BMW has revealed a bevy of limited edition models including the one-off M3 Pick-up (see previous story) and a very special M3 Saloon that is said to make use of some parts from the track-focused M3 GTS.
Yesterday Mitsubishi used its Lancer Evolution Facebook page to tease a new concept for the Evo – called the AF-J. Posing the question, “The next Evo?”, they promised to reveal the full car on Facebook at 15:00 GMT today.
Well the hour has come and gone and you see before you the Evo in all its majesty… Well it is April 1st, so don’t worry, it might never happen.
We didn’t see this one coming, and given the number of pranks revealed on this special day, we had to check it twice just to be sure. BMW announced this morning that Dr Kay Segler was being replaced as boss of BMW M by Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, who takes over the position from 1 May this year.
Following the BMW M3 Coupé, BMW M3 Convertible and BMW M3 Sedan, a fourth body variant of this globally successful high-performance sports car is about to cause a stir. Under the strictest secrecy, the world’s first high-performance pickup has been created at the BMW M GmbH development centre.