2014 Mazda 3 S Touring – Four Seasons Wrap-Up

The worst-kept secret around. ...

The worst-kept secret around.

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BMW M135i LCI images and real life pics

First look at the BMW M135i LCI facelift model, including in the wild. ...

First look at the BMW M135i LCI facelift model, including in the wild.

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Alpine White BMW F80 M3 With VMR 702 Wheels

In the last few weeks, VMR Wheels have revealed several rather interesting wheel options for BMW owners. Their wheels provide aftermarket shoes for some of the world’s premier sports cars, like the new BMW M3. To showcase their wheel design, th...

In the last few weeks, VMR Wheels have revealed several rather interesting wheel options for BMW owners. Their wheels provide aftermarket shoes for some of the world’s premier sports cars, like the new BMW M3. To showcase their wheel design, they chose Alpine White BMW F80 M3 which was equipped with their VMR 702 wheels. Part of their performance series, the V702 showcases a premium multispoke design that is available with a wide variety of custom bolt patterns, centerbores, widths and diameters. A wide selection of finishes is also available.

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A multispoke wheel design featured with these VMR 702 wheels works quite well with the dynamic body lines of the M3 sedan Together with a nice lowering applied, it looks even better than the stock look. For many owners, adding a set of aftermarket wheels is what they need to differentiate themselves from the rest of the owners and their cars. And it’s a fairly cost effective solution.

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These wheels are sized 20×9 in the front and 20×10 in the rear, and are finished in a Gunmetal color. Their design features an aggressive undercut lip design, boldly contoured spokes, together with a deep-set center, providing a great choice for the M3. Each wheel is also custom machined in-house to provide the optimal fitment for your vehicle. Please take a look at the additional images from this photoshoot in the gallery we’ve added below.

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Alpine White BMW F80 M3 With VMR 702 Wheels

Alpine White BMW F80 M3 With VMR 702 Wheels

Alpine White BMW F80 M3 With VMR 702 Wheels

Alpine White BMW F80 M3 With VMR 702 Wheels

Alpine White BMW F80 M3 With VMR 702 Wheels

Alpine White BMW F80 M3 With VMR 702 Wheels

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German Tuner Kaege Released Their Program For The BMW F80 M3

Not a household name like some other tuning shops, the German tuner Kaege certainly has their say when it comes to modifying the BMW F80 M3. Kaege is actually one of the first tuning companies out there to release a full performance tuning program fo...

Not a household name like some other tuning shops, the German tuner Kaege certainly has their say when it comes to modifying the BMW F80 M3. Kaege is actually one of the first tuning companies out there to release a full performance tuning program for the new M3, thanks to the installation of a plug and play module. Their tuning evolves around a plug-and-play system, allowing the tuner to increase the performance output of the TwinPower turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine from the standard 425 hp to 517 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

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The standard BMW F80 M3 and its 425 ponies allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 3.9 seconds. Now, with this power tune installed, we believe it can shave a few tenths of a second for the standard sprint, will providing additional power in acceleration from 80 to 120mph. The module in question costs 2799 euros.

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Their tuning program for the BMW F80 M3 is complemented with a range of coilover suspension systems. In this particular build, a set of KW Coilovers was added coupled with BBS wheels. These BBS wheels come in sizes of 20-inch together with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, for a total of 2949 euros for the package. For further details of this tuning program, please take a look at the media gallery added below.

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BMW M3/M4 Remus Exhaust System Revealed

In a long line of exhaust companies building a system for the BMW M3/M4, there is a new company joining the pack: Remus. The Austrian manufacturer is one of the top exhaust companies in Europe and they have been producing quality systems for a wide v...

In a long line of exhaust companies building a system for the BMW M3/M4, there is a new company joining the pack: Remus. The Austrian manufacturer is one of the top exhaust companies in Europe and they have been producing quality systems for a wide variety of performance cars. Their latest products are designed with specific performance and engineering requirements set by the brand new BMW M3 and BMW M4, creating another unique option for their owners. These handcrafted exhaust systems provide aggressive sound and uniquely engineered solutions for specific car models.  

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The 5mm wider stainless steel X-pipe and connecting pipe eliminates the front silencer and secondary catalytic convertors. This deletion adds a rumble to the S55 engine and simultaneously amplifies the turbo spool to allow for a more powerful exhaust note. The rear muffler construction is inclusive of laser-cut brackets to mount the F8X M3/M4 exhaust valves and controllers from the OEM unit. This design seamlessly integrates the F8x Sport and Sport + settings with the Remus unit and allows for the dynamic valves to open based on engine RPM and the driver selected Sport mode setting.

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The unique Remus muffler design feeds the fully adjustable slip-on rear tips which have four optional designs and sizes to customize the rear aesthetic based on your specific preference. These tips include 4x102mm angled carbon fiber with titanium internals, (4x)102mm angled chrome, (4x) 98mm non-angled black chrome with carbon insert, and (4x) non-angled stainless with carbon insert.

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The system is also available in an axle-back configuration which includes only the rear silencer and tips, or as a full down-pipe back system inclusive of X-pipe and connecting pipe. Both the BMW M3 and BMW M4 see a rather impressive increase in engine performance with this system installed. Tee BMW M3, when equipped with a Remus exhaust system, churns out 533 horsepower, while the BMW M4 produces 481 horsepower. This is quite an increase over the stock performance figures, only with an exhaust system installed.

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The gains are obvious for both the M3 and M4 with this system, adding the performance figures to the increased sound quality. Overall this is another great choice for BMW M3 and BMW M4 owners, providing them more exhaust systems options. For further details on the exhaust system, please take a look at the media gallery we’ve added below.

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What kind of customer would buy the BMW 3 Series GT over the wagon

The 3 Series is BMW’s bread and butter. The brand basically revolves around the reputation that the 3er created. Though the 3 Series has changed quite a bit over the years, it still remained a luxurious, sport-sedan built to make driving fun. Since...

The 3 Series is BMW’s bread and butter. The brand basically revolves around the reputation that the 3er created. Though the 3 Series has changed quite a bit over the years, it still remained a luxurious, sport-sedan built to make driving fun. Since its inception, the 3 has been a sedan, coupe and wagon. Now the 4 Series takes over the coupe body style. Recently, though, BMW decided to add yet another flavor to the 3 Series spectrum; a GT.

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The 3 Series GT has somewhat of a conundrum. See, the 5 Series GT probably sells well because many people want the 5 Series just with more space, and don’t want the X5. So it does fill a gap. The 3 GT, on the other hand, is trying to fill a gap which has already been filled by the 3 Series Wagon. The 3 Series wagon has just as much cargo space, but arguably looks better. So what kind of customer would buy the GT over the wagon?

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Edgy people, or at least wanna-be edgy people. People in the US don’t like wagons. It’s a fact that boggles the minds of car enthusiasts, nationwide. Wagons sell like crazy in Europe, as they should. They offer more space than a sedan, but are easier to drive and less thirsty and expensive than an SUV. But, in the good ole US of A, no one likes them. So people who want the cargo space of a wagon, but not the looks, buy the GT.

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Some people like the looks and think that the GT is edgier and different from the standard 3 Series or 3 Series Wagon. Admittedly, the 3 GT is better looking than its 5 Series cousin. It seems to wear that odd shape a bit better and it shares more of the 3 Series design language than that of the 5 and 5 GT. It looks more like a car with a funky trunk than a bulbous, ungainly hunchback that is the 5 Series GT. So the appeal is far stronger with the 3 GT than the 5 GT.

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So, despite the fact that the 3 Series wagon is a slam-dunk combination of looks, practicality and performance, people still don’t want a wagon. So the GT fills that small niche between the 3 Series and X3 who want the best of both worlds without having a wagon. The article What kind of customer would buy the BMW 3 Series GT over the wagon appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW’s i3 Superbowl Commercial Debuts

Introducing a new idea to consumers is hard. Ask BMWNA about the i3 sales for the first few months. But persistence can pay off…. The post BMW’s i3 Superbowl Commercial Debuts appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

Introducing a new idea to consumers is hard. Ask BMWNA about the i3 sales for the first few months. But persistence can pay off…. The post BMW’s i3 Superbowl Commercial Debuts appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Mercedes R-Class Production for China Moving to AM General Factory

R-Class left U.S. market in 2012, but is still sold in China. ...

R-Class left U.S. market in 2012, but is still sold in China.

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Fuel Leak Recall Covers 27K Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche Models

Audi S4, S7, and Porsche Cayenne Hybrid included in recall. ...

Audi S4, S7, and Porsche Cayenne Hybrid included in recall.

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BMW 5 Series GT won’t die

Despite many people’s universally, unabashed opinion that the BMW 5 Series GT is a giant, ugly mongrel, it still lives on. The 5 Series GT has never really had a large fan base. It’s a car that was met with almost unanimous negativity from car jo...

Despite many people’s universally, unabashed opinion that the BMW 5 Series GT is a giant, ugly mongrel, it still lives on. The 5 Series GT has never really had a large fan base. It’s a car that was met with almost unanimous negativity from car journos the world over. Half of the hatred stemmed from the looks and half from the fact that it was on an island all by itself, segment-wise. The 5 GT is an answer to a question that no one asked, nor wanted to ask. It has no real place in the market and has no competitors either. However, despite all of these looming issues that would seem to hold it back, the 5 GT sold enough to warrant an all new model coming in 2016.

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The biggest markets for the GT were the Europe and China, with China accounting for 42 percent of the 5 GT’s sales, while Europe had 29 and the US had 10 percent. All in all, the 5 GT sold 21,143 units in 2013, while the official numbers from 2014 aren’t yet available. That’s 5.7 percent of the 370,930 5 Series sold. While not stellar numbers, it must have been profitable enough for BMW to want a new one.

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I can understand the market for it in China, as their customers value backseat space over everything else, hence why there are long wheelbase versions of pretty much every car there. But in Europe where space is more of an issue and the streets are narrow and fuel consumption is more highly scrutinized? It’s hard to understand how it could sell so well over there. The real kicker is the US, though. We don’t even like buying wagons here in ‘Merica, everything has to be an SUV or a pickup truck, or else you’re a communist. Maybe it’s because the 5 GT looks like the German Pontiac Aztek.

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The thing is, despite my, and many others’, attempts to knock the 5 GT down, it keeps getting back up. Clearly, BMW knows far more than I, and the rest of the enthusiast community, about selling cars because it’s working. And even though I crack jokes, I’m glad the 5 GT is selling so well. It makes BMW money, so they can make the cars that we all love. So, despite how much of a mongrel the 5er GT is, it’s an important mongrel. The article BMW 5 Series GT won’t die appeared first on BMW BLOG

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