Tire Review: Michelin Pilot Super Sport on E46 BMW M3

Full Disclosure: I am a Michelin brand ambassador and have been provided products and training. I purchased these tires on my own and my opinions in this review are 100% genuine. Five years ago Michelin unveiled the Pilot Super Sport max performance ...

Full Disclosure: I am a Michelin brand ambassador and have been provided products and training. I purchased these tires on my own and my opinions in this review are 100% genuine. Five years ago Michelin unveiled the Pilot Super Sport max performance tire (referred to as the PSS) to replace the Pilot Sport (PS2) and immediately raised the benchmark for street performance tires. Michelin engineers had done their homework and produced a tire that improved upon its predecessor in every way. The PS2 was already a really good tire, it unfortunately performed a little too much like a race tire as it didn’t last long and cost quite a bit. Michelin claimed that the PSS had improved treadwear, performed better in dry and wet conditions, had faster steering response, and they even cost less!

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I was at one of their launch events where they set up a series of tests to show how well the tire compares to its top competitors. My friends and I were amazed by how well it performed on track as it blew away the competition. Two months later I purchased a set of Pilot Super Sports for my 2002 BMW E46 M3. The front was outfitted with 245/35/19 and the rear got a meaty 275/30/19.

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The tires coming off of the car was a worn set of Continentals, thus when I got out on the new Michelins, the car felt fantastic. The precision was just amazing! Wherever I wanted to place the car, I could. If I had asked too much from the tire, it fell away at a progressive rate and was predictable. That was over 22,000 miles ago and I am still driving on them! Now before you go and think I have been babying my M3, let me tell you I have many autocross runs, a few track sessions, and some really good days on back-country roads. I will let you know that I am a driving instructor and pride myself in driving clean, fast lines. I am not a drifter, and I know how to minimize outer-shoulder killing understeer. I also check my tire pressures religiously: before and after autocross runs and track sessions, the first of every month, and before every road trip. I adjust them throughout an autocross day to keep my pressures consistent and will even take tire temperatures when I am at the track. This helps me dial in exactly how to set up my car and driving style.

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The last key to helping with treadwear is that I make sure I am running enough negative camber in the front. BMWs love negative camber! Some come with an alignment pin that can be removed to slightly increase negative camber, or you can purchase a set of camber plates to more easily dial in your suspension. Negative camber is a must if you want to drive your car as intended without over-heating the outside-shoulder of the front tires. So after 22,000 miles, how do they drive? Really well! They are still a very predictable tire with good precision on turn in, they are very stable with plenty of bite during heavy braking, and still provide decent traction in the wet. The rate at which they lose traction may be a little quicker than when new, but it is still progressive, and very easy to bring back in line. The road noise is maybe a couple decibels louder, but that is expected from most tires. At the last autocross, a fellow instructor drove my car during the morning recon laps. He has quite a bit of experience and drove a few spirited laps. When he got out of the car, he took a look at my tires and said, “That’s why… Forgot you’re on Michelin Pilot Super Sports, no wonder it drove so well!” Little did he know that they had so many miles on them and would be due to be replaced soon!

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Many experienced drivers have driven my car and have mentioned how balanced, poised, and planted it has felt. Since my car is mostly stock with just a couple well chosen suspension upgrades, I can mostly chalk that up to my Pilot Super Sports. Over the last three years, these tires have performed exactly how I want a high performance street tire to perform. Confidence inspiring on the street with the ability to lay down a fast autocross lap and can hold its own against track-specific tires at an HPDE or track event. I have one more weekend at the track planned for these tires before I will most likely need to replace them. Based on my experience I wouldn’t hesitate to order another set. Due to this set lasting so long though, I may just have to try out the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2! The article Tire Review: Michelin Pilot Super Sport on E46 BMW M3 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Who is BMW’s biggest competitor now?

At the moment, the big German car companies are belting out some pretty good cars. They always do, but now seems an especially exciting time. BMW is making headlines with its M3/M4 and X5/X6 M, Audi with its new R8 and TT, Mercedes with its AMG GT an...

At the moment, the big German car companies are belting out some pretty good cars. They always do, but now seems an especially exciting time. BMW is making headlines with its M3/M4 and X5/X6 M, Audi with its new R8 and TT, Mercedes with its AMG GT and C63 AMG, Porsche has the Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 and Volkswagen with its GTI and Golf R. So which German is the biggest threat to BMW? It’s a close call. All the German automakers are coming out with some excellent cars these days. The surprising thing is the diversity of all the recent announcements. There are fantastic cars coming from all companies from the inexpensive GTI to the ultra expensive AMG GT. Those aforementioned cars from each company are just a few. Each company has a great car in every segment. Being a BMWBLOG, we must take a look at which of these Germans is the toughest competitor to our favorite Bavarian.

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I’m going to say Mercedes. The reason I lean towards the three-pointed star is the depth of its quality vehicles. In each and every segment, Mercedes-Benz has a quality rival to BMW. The new C-Class is an excellent alternative to a 3 Series while being very different. The new, refreshed E Class looks excellent and has that old Benz, granite-feeling quality. Mercedes’ S-Class is quite possibly the best luxury car in the world. Or at least until the new 7 Series arrives. And the new AMG GT is a dynamite sports car. Audi’s cars are great but starting to get a bit too familiar. It seems as if every Audi is just a cookie-cutter design and they all seem to drive the same. The R8 and TT may save Audi from disappearing but just two interesting cars isn’t that imposing. Porsches are all fantastic, but Porsches aren’t going to pull too many customers from BMW as the two clientele bases are very different. Some cars from both companies match up, but generally Porsche people don’t cross shop any other brand. Volkswagen’s GTI can be a massive thorn in many companies’ sides, but that’s about all it has to challenge BMW. Sure, the Toureg can match up against the X5, but the same as with Porsche, not many BMW customers will cross shop with Volkswagen. So that leaves Mercedes-Benz as the toughest, most challenging competitor to BMW. This isn’t new, obviously. These two German giants have been at each others throats for decades. But it’s interesting to see, that after all these years and even in these modern times, that no other German company threatens these two like each other. Now of course there are other threats from other countries. Cadillac and Lexus seem to be taken aim at the big Bavarian. But I’d say that even with those two newcomers, Mercedes-Benz is still the toughest. No other company gives the luxury, performance or build quality that BMW does, except for Mercedes. The article Who is BMW’s biggest competitor now? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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OEM GoPro mounts offered by BMW?

In summer of 2014, BMW and GoPro announced a partnership at the launch of the new BMW M3 and M4. BMW and MINI owners were offered GoPro camera control directly through either the iDrive or MINI Connected with any Wifi-enabled GoPro cameras. The in-ca...

In summer of 2014, BMW and GoPro announced a partnership at the launch of the new BMW M3 and M4. BMW and MINI owners were offered GoPro camera control directly through either the iDrive or MINI Connected with any Wifi-enabled GoPro cameras. The in-car app allows drivers to toggle between still or video camera modes, cycle through artistic and functional presets for the video modes, set the sleep mode for battery preservation and even set up a time lapse for your carving up your favorite winding road. And now, BMW aims to take this vertical integration a step further. According to f30post, a BMW OEM mount for GoPro appeared in the Electronik Teile Katalog. The mount seems to feature a hook at the end which can be attached to the kidney grille or in some cases, to the side mirrors.

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No other details are known at the moment, but we will update this post as we learn more. To see the BMW-GoPro integration, see our own review.   The article OEM GoPro mounts offered by BMW? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW’s Vehicular Small Cell Technology

BMW, along with peiker acustic GmbH & Co. KG and Nash Technologies GmbH are going to be showcasing a new technology they’ve been working on, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain today through March 5th. This new project will be call...

BMW, along with peiker acustic GmbH & Co. KG and Nash Technologies GmbH are going to be showcasing a new technology they’ve been working on, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain today through March 5th. This new project will be called “Vehicular Small Cell” and the idea is to increase mobile reception in vehicles. Currently, the push for a more mobile technological world is increasing. With cell phones and smartwatches taking over people’s lives, automobiles have to adapt to become more receptive to these technologies. Current vehicle bodies give off a strong shielding effect to mobile devices, which can cause reception issues for some devices, especially in areas with poor signal. This can lead to dropped phone calls or certain apps, like navigation or music streaming, not working properly. So BMW is working to improve the reception in vehicles using what’s called a femtocell.

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What a femtocell is, is basically a small cellular base station built into the vehicle which will use the vehicle aerial connection to provide much better reception to the mobile devices. It will also greatly reduce the electromagnetic radiation inside the vehicle. The Vehicular Small Cell will automatically connect all mobile devices inside the vehicle, including smartwatches and other smart devices, to the vehicle aerial which will then send the signal out from there. This will reduce the amount of dropped phone calls and prevent the mobile navigation from losing signal. It will also allow for higher bit rates through the network, which will allow faster web surfing for passengers and faster navigation or music streaming for the driver. Another benefit, is because the femtocell is a low-power transmission, it will help preserve battery power on the mobile devices. These are the little things we don’t think of when buying cars. Until now, I had never thought about how much electromagnetic radiation was inside my car. I didn’t even know there was any at all. With this new technology, it makes using any sort of mobile device much faster, more convenient and even a bit safer. Good on you, BMW. The article BMW’s Vehicular Small Cell Technology appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M6 GT3 continues testing in Monteblanco

This week saw the BMW M6 GT3, which completed its first outing at the start of February, testing in Monteblanco (ES). With BMW works drivers Lucas Luhr (DE) and Maxime Martin (BE) at the wheel, the engineers continued the extensive development progra...

This week saw the BMW M6 GT3, which completed its first outing at the start of February, testing in Monteblanco (ES). With BMW works drivers Lucas Luhr (DE) and Maxime Martin (BE) at the wheel, the engineers continued the extensive development programme with the prototype of the GT racing car. In Portimão (PT) the first joint test involving all DTM manufacturers gets underway on Monday. The BMW M6 GT3 will also be on the track once again in Portugal. Dominik Baumann (AT), Jens Klingmann (DE), Jörg Müller (DE) and Luhr will take it in turns at the wheel of BMW’s new challenger in GT racing.

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The development of the BMW M6 GT3 is progressing according to plan. It is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo production engine, which has been the subject of modifications for its use on the racetrack. It has dry sump lubrication and generates over 500 hp, with a total car weight of less than 1,300 kilograms. Further features of the BMW M6 GT3 include the transaxle drive concept, a six-speed sequential racing transmission, and powerful motorsport electronics. The chassis’ aerodynamic properties were optimized in the BMW wind tunnel.

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The BMW M6 Coupé provides an ideal basis, on which the BMW Motorsport engineers have worked meticulously to hone the BMW M6 GT3 for use in motor racing. Priority was given to ensuring the drivers are as safe as physically possible. To offer the drivers of the BMW M6 GT3 as much protection as possible against injury, BMW Motorsport itself developed and produced the FIA-approved safety cell, which complies with the very latest safety standards. The engineers also placed great emphasis on efficiency, ease of maintenance and reliability, which is particularly crucial at the 24-hour classics.

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BMW X5 in Azurite Black Individual

We don’t often see the X5 in Individual color, so this one’s a treat. Of course it helps that the color is so gorgeous. Here’s an X5 in Azurite Black Individual. It’s also been spec’d with: B&O soundSoft close d...

We don’t often see the X5 in Individual color, so this one’s a treat. Of course it helps that the color is so gorgeous. Here’s an X5 in Azurite Black Individual. It’s also been spec’d with: B&O soundSoft close doors21″ 310M wheelsM Performance brakesAlcantara roof liner6WB LCD instrument clusterM Sport grills

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G-Power BMW M4 from 0 to 300 km/h

G-Power takes their BMW M4 on a sprint test from 0 to 300 km/h. Even though the standard BMW M4 has a top speed of 250 km/h, or 280 km/h with the M Drivers Package, the tuning specialists at G-Power offer customers a higher top speed. For a relativel...

G-Power takes their BMW M4 on a sprint test from 0 to 300 km/h. Even though the standard BMW M4 has a top speed of 250 km/h, or 280 km/h with the M Drivers Package, the tuning specialists at G-Power offer customers a higher top speed. For a relatively low price of 799 euros, G-Power can modify the engine control unit (ECU) to not only deliver more power but also higher top speeds. G-Power has created the Bi-Tronik 5 V1 system for the M3/M4 working with the base 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. From the standard 425 hp, the tuner managed to raise the power output to 520 hp between 5500 and 7300 rpm as well as 700 Nm of torque from 1850 and 5500 rpm. That torque increase represents a 150 Nm jump.

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The G-Power BMW M3 and M4 can now sprint to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and to 200 km/h in 11.8 seconds.

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MINI John Cooper Works F56 – Spy Photos

With just a few hours before its Geneva Motor Show premiere, the new MINI John Cooper Works F56 was spotted in Cologne, Germany during regular testing sessions. Sporting little camouflage tape, the new MINI JCW is still hiding some of the design deta...

With just a few hours before its Geneva Motor Show premiere, the new MINI John Cooper Works F56 was spotted in Cologne, Germany during regular testing sessions. Sporting little camouflage tape, the new MINI JCW is still hiding some of the design details, including the JCW-specific front and rear bumpers, the large air intakes and the hood design cues. The new 2015 MINI JCW is powered by a 231-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, which draws its power from a 2.0 liters engine and lay the foundation for a variety of tuning modifications with far more power. With the standard 231 hp, the new MINI John Cooper Works accelerates, depending on the transmission of choice, in 6.1 to 6.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and reaches a top speed of 246 km/h.

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As an alternative to the manual six-speed gearbox, a six-speed sports automatic choice is offered. Technology for the engine, suspension, body and interior have been derived directly from motor racing and define the exclusive, performance-oriented character of the new MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop. A sports brake system developed in collaboration with specialist manufacturer Brembo, as well as the John Cooper Works aerodynamics kit including a model-specific rear spoiler and newly developed John Cooper Works sports seats comprising integrated headrest all go together to complete a precisely harmonized overall package.

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Stay tuned tomorrow for exclusive photos from Geneva.

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More F80 M3 European Delivery journal

Another F80 M3 European Delivery journal, this time of a Silverstone M3. ...

Another F80 M3 European Delivery journal, this time of a Silverstone M3.

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Car numbers for the 2015 season confirmed.

The 2015 DTM season has another new feature in store. With immediate effect, the car numbers of the drivers will no longer be based on the team they drive for and the overall standings of the previous year.  Instead, each driver will compete w...

The 2015 DTM season has another new feature in store. With immediate effect, the car numbers of the drivers will no longer be based on the team they drive for and the overall standings of the previous year. 

Instead, each driver will compete with an individually selected number. The BMW DTM drivers have chosen the following numbers: As reigning champion, Marco Wittmann will sport the number 1 on his Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM. In case he has to hand over the title in the future, he has chosen car number 11 as an alternative. Bruno Spengler chose number 7, which was the number he had in 2012 when he was DTM champion in the BMW Bank M3 DTM. António Félix da Costa will drive with number 13 in 2015, Timo Glock with number 16, Augusto Farfus with number 18, DTM rookie Tom Blomqvist with number 31 and Maxime Martin with number 36. Martin Tomczyk chose number 77 for his BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM.

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