Does the new M3/M4 need more power?

The new BMW M3 and M4 from BMW M saw the return to a six-inline engine configuration, as used on the second and third generations of this iconic sports car. The new engine sees a slight power upgrade over the previous V8 to approximately 425 hp, whil...

The new BMW M3 and M4 from BMW M saw the return to a six-inline engine configuration, as used on the second and third generations of this iconic sports car. The new engine sees a slight power upgrade over the previous V8 to approximately 425 hp, while peak torque has been increased by well over 30 percent to substantially more than 500 Newton meters (406 lb-ft), and is maintained over a very wide rev band. The engine also has a redline above 7,500 rpm. BMW owners praise their new Ms for the power delivery, performance on the track and fuel efficiency, yet some wonder whether more power would have made the M3/M4 an even better performer. It’s well known that BMW underrates their engines’ output, so when put on the dynojet, the new Ms tend to show significant more power.

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Some of us are sentimental about the previous generation M3 and its amazing V8 naturally-aspirated engine. While it delivered less power (414 hp), the amazing sound note and performance on the track has turned it into an icon. But overall, the new generation M3/M4 are better machines all-around, despite losing “in the horsepower war” with its competitors.

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG delivers 469 horsepower while the Audi RS5 outputs 450 horsepower. Bragging rights might not be important to BMW, but car owners are often caught in the horsepower debate. Future M3/M4 models, like the M4 CSL, are rumored to deliver around 500 horsepower so we know there is room for more in the standard cars. But will higher-rated engines be too much too handle? We’ve already seen quite a few M3/M4 crashes where the enthusiastic drivers stepped too much on the pedal and the cars spun out of control. By any standards, 425 hp is still a high number in a street car, so maybe BMW engineers found this to be the perfect balance. We turn this to you and ask: Should have BMW tuned their new engines a bit higher?       The article Does the new M3/M4 need more power? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

There are several options available for owners interested in upgrading the exhaust system of the BMW F82 M4.  The aftermarket exhaust systems are one of the most popular upgrades on BMWs, especially on newer M cars that have turbocharged engines. Th...

There are several options available for owners interested in upgrading the exhaust system of the BMW F82 M4.  The aftermarket exhaust systems are one of the most popular upgrades on BMWs, especially on newer M cars that have turbocharged engines. The BMW F82 M4 has a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo powerplant, developing 425 horsepower and propelling the vehicle from 0-62mph (0-100KM/h) in just 3.8 seconds with Launch Control. Despite the explosive power, some owners feel that the M3/M4 lack in the sound department. So here is where aftermarket exhaust systems come in play.

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

The folks over at PSI actually resorted o the M Performance Exhaust System designed by BMW. Developed especially for the BMW M3 and M4, this sound system is featuring some technical advancements compared to the stock system. In visual terms, the four 80mm tailpipes made from titanium with the M logo create an unmistakable appearance – together with 93mm tailpipe made out of carbon fiber that you can order as well. BMW M logo is included on those as well. Even the exhaust silencer features an M Performance logo, further accentuating the entire appearance.

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

With this package you receive the Motordynamic button, allowing you to switch through multiple modes, which influence the exhaust system’s performance and sound as well. Modes are Sport and Sport+ mode (maximum emotional sound, very sporty, very loud, maximum performance) and Efficient mode (sporty sound, significantly sportier and more emotional than the standard system, but with residual comfort for uncompromising everyday use). In a way, you are getting both possible driving modes in one exhaust system making this product an unique opportunity to keep the noise levels down when needed and having a sweet performance oriented sound also. The silencer system comprises of a high-quality materials mix, in which the pre-pies are made from lightweight stainless steel and the rear silencer is made entirely from titanium. This reduces the weight significantly compared to the stock exhaust system, providing additional performance gains through lower overall car weight too. The silencer system is 32% (8kg) lighter than the standard component for this car. Installation is simple, no welding is required, a perfect choice for a great and easy performance and visual upgrade in one single product. Please take a look at the installation of this exhaust system!

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

BMW Performance Exhaust System Installed By PSI

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World Preview: The All-New BMW 7 Series

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BMW Debuts Aluminum Tank for the R nineT

BMW is expanding their line of personalization options for the R nineT with a line of aluminum fuel tanks in various finishes. The post BMW Debuts Aluminum Tank for the R nineT appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs...

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10 Things You Should Know About Your M4

YouTube reviewer Nick Murray continues his series of videos about his newly acquired M4. This time, he has decided to cover 10 of the… The post 10 Things You Should Know About Your M4 appeared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

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BMW: The Family Brand

Many families like to stick with one car brand. They buy a car, like the way that company does things, so they buy another, and another, and keep buying them for years to come. Then, when their kids are old enough to drive, they buy their kids one to...

Many families like to stick with one car brand. They buy a car, like the way that company does things, so they buy another, and another, and keep buying them for years to come. Then, when their kids are old enough to drive, they buy their kids one too. Certain car companies stick more than others; BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Volvo are all companies that gain loyal followings. I can specifically attest for this concept. My family has always had a love for bimmers. My parents had an E28 5 Series, though it was bought in the early 90’s. Then several E34 5 Series, an E39 525i and an E60 530i. So basically they like 5 Series BMWs, but I had, and still have an E36 328i, which was my first car. So I have a BMW family. BMW also has so many offerings now, that there is one for each and every family member.

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Very many people who hear that a BMW was my first car think that it’s because I come from money and my parents bought it for me. However, I bought my first car with my own money, all that I had actually, because of how much I enjoyed the brand. I absolutely adore my E36 and I never plan on getting rid of it. Despite whatever car I may purchase I’m the future, my trusty 328i will never leave my side. And when I eventually start a family, and children are old enough to drive, they’ll have my, ancient by then, E36 328i to drive and learn in. That’s another great thing about BMWs, they’re great cars to learn how to drive in. Because the steering and brakes are so accurate and because they communicate what they’re doing so well, it helps you learn how to control a car even better. So if a teenager, like myself, learns to drive on a Bimmer, with their excellent driving characteristics, it almost spoils said teenager. Therefore, instilling a desire to own a BMW in that teenager, and the trend continues as they get older. This sort of thing happens with many car brands, but BMW is definitely one that sticks more than others. While it’s an expensive brand to be enthusiastic about, especially at a young age, it’s worth the extra expense. BMW is a company with great history and excellent driving dynamics. And if a youngster buys an older, high mileage one, it can teach them how to make many repairs, like it did for me. So if a family wants to be a specific car family, BMW is a great brand to follow. The article BMW: The Family Brand appeared first on BMW BLOG

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McLaren F1’s BMW Engine is the best

EVO magazine just recently did an incredibly envious test of two cars, separated by two decades and one letter, made by the same company but with one focus — to be the most incredible supercar the world has ever seen. The two cars in question a...

EVO magazine just recently did an incredibly envious test of two cars, separated by two decades and one letter, made by the same company but with one focus — to be the most incredible supercar the world has ever seen. The two cars in question are the McLaren F1 and the McLaren P1. The P1 is a modern marvel, with a twin-turbo V8, mated to an electric motor and battery pack, which enables it to hit 60 mph in under 3 seconds and onwards to 217 mph. It’s mind-bendingly fast. But its predecessor, the F1, is one of the purest driving experiences ever created. And it’s faster than the P1, with a higher top speed of 240 mph. It’s funny that the F1, developed in the early ’90s, that broke the production car top speed record back then, has the top speed closer to the current record holder than the P1. The F1 has one simple advantage over the P1 which allows it to be so incredibly fast — a 6.1 liter V12.

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The V12 in question is called the S70/2 and was developed by Paul Rosche of BMW’s Motorsport division and makes 618 hp. The 6.1 liter S70/2 is widely considered as one of the finest engines ever fitted to an automobile. It had unbelievable throttle response and, at the time, unmatched power. Combine that with the incredible sound as it revved to its 7500 rpm redline and the F1 engine officially becomes a masterpiece. Paul Rosche created the Mona Lisa of engines, with the S70/2.

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This engine, used in the M8 prototype also, in my opinion and many others, is the absolute finest to ever come from the Bavarians. And it’s funny that, in that regard, the best BMW engine ever made was never fitted to a BMW. Sure there was the S70B56 in the 850csi, but it wasn’t the same. The S70/2 in the F1 trumps not only every engine to come from BMW, but possibly every engine ever made.

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In the video, the F1’s glorious engine and incredible response give it the victory over the brand new, technological powerhouse that is the P1. But despite the P1’s incredible technology, it cannot top the magic that is the F1 and its miraculous engine. An engine that was designed and built by our favorite Bavarians and could possibly be the best BMW engine, or of any kind, ever made. The simple fact that the engine exists, and did so twenty years ago, makes the world a better place. The article McLaren F1’s BMW Engine is the best appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 7 Series Teaser Video

With BMW M, BMW created the most powerful letter in the world. With BMW i, BMW showed the future of mobility and sustainability. Now, with the all-new BMW 7 Series, BMW presents the future of luxury. Chris Brow of BMW takes us around and inside the n...

With BMW M, BMW created the most powerful letter in the world. With BMW i, BMW showed the future of mobility and sustainability. Now, with the all-new BMW 7 Series, BMW presents the future of luxury. Chris Brow of BMW takes us around and inside the new 7 Series to showcases its best features. While BMW has yet to show us the full design, the video gives us a glimpse at the car. The first official photos are about two months away, but some lucky customers from around the world have had and will have the opportunity to see the new 7 Series behind closed doors at VIP events. BMW has also opened a registration link for those interested to learn more about the car. Click here to catch up on the new 7 Series features and here to see our first, exclusive test-drive of a 7 Series prototype.

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Video: The all-new BMW 7 Series. Preview.

More video preview of the all new BMW 7 Series highlight features. ...

More video preview of the all new BMW 7 Series highlight features.

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BMW could be a Volvo alternative

As a New Jersey resident and frequent driver of the Garden State Parkway, I’ve seen my fair share of bad car accidents. I’ve seen multiple cars on fire, cars flipped over into the trees and people who’ve been sent through the windsh...

As a New Jersey resident and frequent driver of the Garden State Parkway, I’ve seen my fair share of bad car accidents. I’ve seen multiple cars on fire, cars flipped over into the trees and people who’ve been sent through the windshield. It’s a terrifying experience, to see such accidents, as it reminds you just how dangerous driving a car can really be. One accident in particular, I saw the aftermath of, involved a Ford E350 work van, which had been all but demolished. The driver of the van was laying on the ground with EMTs looking after him. The other car involved was okay, and seemed drivable, with the woman driver standing outside of her vehicle looking upon the man, with concern for his well-being, as she spoke to the officers. The car she had been driving seemed to have survived this accident with little damage, and if you’re wondering what kind of car it was, it was a Volvo S40.

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Volvos are famous for being the safest cars on the road, with Volvo claiming that by 2020 no passenger will be killed or severely injured in a new Volvo. Many parents buy Volvos for this reason alone, as it seems to be the safest brand to chauffeur children in. My fiance actually drives a similar S40 to the one I saw in the accident, and would by another for children because of its safety. It’s hard to argue this logic, because in all reality, isn’t safety the most important attribute of an automobile? Volvo buyers usually don’t cross shop between brands. They like their Volvos for their safety, but also because of the quirky way the Swedes do things. It’s a very specific brand with very specific customers. There isn’t necessarily a problem with this thinking, but maybe some narrow mindedness. While Volvos are immensely safe, and very unique, it isn’t the only brand to offer such attributes. Many Volvo customers don’t buy other brands, simply because they don’t know much about them. BMW has always been an excellent alternative to Volvo, even in terms of safety. BMWs may not have quite the same level of safety features as their Volvo competition, but all bimmers receive high marks in IIHS safety tests with many models earning the coveted Top Safety Pick Plus award. Plus BMW is a brand that’s always been unique, in terms of feel and design. Cars from the Bavarian brand are also better drivers and handle far better and are usually more luxurious. If Volvo customers were to test out some BMW models, they just might be swayed.

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The Volvo XC60 is a popular model, because of its safety, versatility, practicality and looks. It’s an excellent car, no two ways about it. But there are other cars out there that offer similar attributes, like the BMW X1, X3 or 3 Series GT. These cars offer those same things, just with the added benefit of better driving dynamics.

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The new Volvo XC90 is an outstanding SUV, with incredible luxury and safety. But looking at an X5 in comparison really shows how much more premium the BMW looks and feels. Plus the X5 also received top safety picks, has a bevy of safety features, can also seat seven, is comparably priced and should be nicer to drive.

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In no way am I trying to discredit Volvo, as I am a big fan of the company and the way it decides to do things the way it wants to, regardless of what people think. The automotive industry needs more thinking like that, in my opinion. But in terms of overall vehicles for a family, it isn’t the only option. As good as the cars from Gothenburg are, it’s worth looking at the ones from Munich as well. The article BMW could be a Volvo alternative appeared first on BMW BLOG

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