BMW to launch the M6 GT3 at 24H Dubai or Daytona

BMW’s new racing car won’t debut until 2016. The M6 GT3 is aiming for a debut at Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai and/or Rolex 24 at Daytona. Speaking to reporters during last weekend’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, BMW Motorsport director Jens Marqu...

BMW’s new racing car won’t debut until 2016. The M6 GT3 is aiming for a debut at Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai and/or Rolex 24 at Daytona. Speaking to reporters during last weekend’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt admitted Dubai and Daytona are on the radar screen. “That’s obviously what I think customers would like to run and that’s what we’re clearly aiming at,” Marquardt told SportCar365.

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“That’s the focus of our development program is that we hand over a car to the customers that’s already developed, that not necessarily has raced in the hands of a works effort from our side.” BMW’s Motorsport chief also emphasized that the company’s focus is on customer racing, while rivals like Audi and Mercedes are rolling out new-generation cars with their factory or work-supported teams. “It’s competition. But as we’ve said before and I would like to stress again, this is really customer racing,” he said. “Therefore, for us, it’s not an option to enter a prototype on a works level and compete against our customers or potential customers. This is customer racing and nothing but.” In the development of the M6 GT3, BMW worked with Marc VDS Racing and MTEK.

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“Development program wise, we’re definitely on track,” Marquardt said. “We’ve split it in terms of performance-related testing and endurance testing. We’ve done both types quite intensively. “I’m definitely very much looking forward to the next weeks as we get more and more done.” While Marquardt wouldn’t confirm new car sales projections, he indicated a strong level of customer interest for 2016. Both Marc VDS and Turner Motorsport are among the teams likely to campaign the M6 GT3 next year, as well as BMW Team Brasil, which recently put its two Z4 GT3s up for sale.

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“I’m really happy with the M6 that we have a successor to the Z4, that is a M car again. That’s also what was important to us, to really showcase M as a brand. “With the M235 and next year the M6 and some space in-between, I think we’re well set for the future regarding customer racing,” Marquardt concluded.

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Most Expensive BMW Z8 Sells At Auction

There’s some exciting stuff going on lately, if you’re into classic cars. Pebble Beach is coming up, which usually hosts its share of eye-wateringly expensive classic cars and the RM Sotheby’s Motor City Sale in Detroit just passed. While P...

There’s some exciting stuff going on lately, if you’re into classic cars. Pebble Beach is coming up, which usually hosts its share of eye-wateringly expensive classic cars and the RM Sotheby’s Motor City Sale in Detroit just passed. While Pebble Beach is the more exclusive place to be, Sotheby’s ain’t too shabby either. It’s most recent event also happens to be where the most expensive BMW Z8 ever was sold. BMWs aren’t much known for selling well into the 6-digits. Those kinds of price tags are usually reserved for Ferraris and Aston Martins. So when someone buys a BMW Z8 for that kind of money, it’s kind of big news. At Sotheby’s, two European exotics sold for the exact same high dollar price tag. One of them being the BMW Z8, chassis number WBAEJ13481AH60437, and the other being a Lamborghini LM002 SUV. They both sold for exactly $192,500, or 50 percent more than the original $128,000 price tag for a new BMW Z8.

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The Z8 is one of BMW’s most exclusive vehicles. Only 5,703 examples were made, with only 2,543 making it Stateside. So the Z8 is already a rare and collectible car. This particular Z8 only had 15,500 miles on the odometer, meaning it was still quite fresh. The Henrik Fisker-designed car was a throwback to sports cars of a bygone era, like the BMW 507. Its gorgeous looks, retro-styled interior, 4.9 liter V8 and six-speed manual made it one of the coolest Bimmers ever made. Throw in the fact that it was rare and only had 15,500 miles on it and you can start to see why someone would pay so much money for it. Plus James Bond drove one, and that instantly raises demand.

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So whoever sold that BMW Z8 was able to enjoy 15,500 miles on blissful Z8 motoring and then make a 50 percent profit on it a decade later. It’s hard to beat that kind of deal and makes you want to find future classics. It’s tough to spot them now, but it’s worth looking into if you can pull off the same kind of plan this Z8 seller did, selling the most expensive BMW Z8 in history.

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BMW 650i With A Prior Design Widebody And Vossen Wheels

The Prior Design BMW 650i Widebody is a remarkable showcase of how far the aftermarket industry can push already aggressive designs and vehicles. The aggressive body lines of this BMW 6 Series Coupe have been further improved by the addition of redes...

The Prior Design BMW 650i Widebody is a remarkable showcase of how far the aftermarket industry can push already aggressive designs and vehicles. The aggressive body lines of this BMW 6 Series Coupe have been further improved by the addition of redesigned front and rear bumpers, side skirts, wider front fenders, flared rear fenders, rear trunk spoiler and a bonnet hood. The vehicle also received a set of Vossen VPS-306 forged wheels.

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Both make the Yas Marina Blue BMW 6 Series look aggressive, albeit rather clean. In its stock form, the BMW 650i is powered by a with a 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 powerplant, which delivers 445 horsepower to the rear wheels. It combines two turbochargers with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection, allowing for smooth and efficient power delivery, as well as impressive performance with this model. The BMW 6 Series with this V8 powerplant can accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.5 seconds.

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The vehicle’s wheel setup are the Precision Series VPS-306 wheels which leave room to showcase the huge Brembo brakes with red calipers. The wheels were wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Tires. A BASFRefinish/Glasurit was used for the exterior paint, KW Suspension for the K3 Variant Coilovers to lower the car and a GTHaus/Meisterschaft full exhaust to improve the acoustics. This M6 has been at the beach a few days ago where it received a nice photoshoot from the guys at Vossen.

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BMW X5 with HRE S104 wheels in Brushed Titanium

The refreshed BMW X5 received a minor refresh back in 2013 with a few styling updates and some new tech. It continues to be one of BMW’s biggest sellers and the SUV that put them on the map of premium off-roaders. The most powerful variant is t...

The refreshed BMW X5 received a minor refresh back in 2013 with a few styling updates and some new tech. It continues to be one of BMW’s biggest sellers and the SUV that put them on the map of premium off-roaders. The most powerful variant is the BMW X5 xDrive50i which comes with a 4.4-liter, BMW TwinPower Turbo technology V-8 engine, displacing 445 horsepower and propelling the vehicle from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.7 seconds. This model sits below the most powerful X5 – the BMW X5 M track ready machine.

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The BMW X5 xDrive50i has an MSRP price of just $70,100 significantly lower than the X5 M at $98,700. At the same time, the X5 is the unlikely candidate to go the tuning shop, yet the owner of this Alpine White X5 decided to pimp out its car. This X5 was at Wheels Boutique where it received a set of HRE S104 wheels, finished in Brushed Titanium. The wheels and their finish match perfectly the white exterior of the vehicle. The wheels are sized 22×10 and 22×12.5 in the front and rear, respectively, and come with this stunning and contrasting Copper Lip with Brushed/Tinted matte centers finish. The wheels are wrapped in 295/30/22 and 335/25/22 Pirelli P Zero Scorpion rubber, adding more grip to this premium SUV. Click below for a photo gallery:

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White BMW i8 with HRE P101 Wheels

The Florida powerhouse Wheels Boutique have wrapped another BMW i8 at their shop. The white BMW i8 features a set of HRE P101 in an electric blue finish, complementing the blue details on the hybrid sports car. The monoblock design of the wheels fits...

The Florida powerhouse Wheels Boutique have wrapped another BMW i8 at their shop. The white BMW i8 features a set of HRE P101 in an electric blue finish, complementing the blue details on the hybrid sports car. The monoblock design of the wheels fits the hybrid in a nice, clean way giving the car an individual look. Something that the i8owners will learn to appreciate. The car doesn’t look overly modded even though the wheels are sized slightly larger than stock wheels. It also sits closer to the ground, thanks to the shop lowering the car a bit more as well.

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The BMW i8 utilizes a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Take a look at this BMW i8 with the HRE P101 wheels in the media gallery below.

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BMW i3 vs Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

At the moment, the BMW i3 is becoming a darling of the eco-friendly world. As probably the most economical car on the road, being that its plastic in the Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic structure is recycled as well as pretty much every other materia...

At the moment, the BMW i3 is becoming a darling of the eco-friendly world. As probably the most economical car on the road, being that its plastic in the Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic structure is recycled as well as pretty much every other material on the car, the eco-minded car world loves the BMW i3. Admittedly, having spent a couple of days with the i3, I can say with absolute confidence that it’s a superb automobile and was my choice for car of the year. But is it the best eco-minded futuristic hatch on the road? Audi will be releasing the A3 Sportback e-tron soon and it will battle the i3 for small efficient hatchback supremacy. However, the A3 Sportback e-tron will take a different approach, as it will be a plug-in hybrid, compared to the i3’s full EV powertrain. The A3 e-tron will use a 1.4 liter turbocharged engine, developing 148 hp, and will pair it to a 100 hp electric motor. Power will be sent through a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic and will power the front wheels, as opposed to the i3’s rear-drive setup. The A3 Sportback e-tron can go from 0-60 in 7.5 seconds, around the same as the i3, and has a top speed of 138 mph, considerably higher than the i3’s 93 mph.

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The A3 Sportback e-tron is also very…normal. On both the exterior and interior it looks and feels like an Audi A3. It also drives eerily similar to an A3. It isn’t very hybrid-y. The BMW i3, on the other hand, is an entirely new motoring experience and, depending on your opinion, can be a good or bad thing. I personally found the i3 refreshing and delightfully different. The A3 Sportback e-tron, however, seems to feel like a hybrid A3, according to various drive reviews. This could be a welcome feature, if you want your hybrid to feel normal. But however you slice it, it isn’t as exciting or interesting as the BMW i3.

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The one area where the A3 Sportback e-tron does excel over the i3 is range. Being that it’s a plug-in hybrid and has a gasoline engine, it can travel considerably farther and can refuel quickly. However, its pure electric range, of 31 miles, is far less than the i3’s 80 miles. So if pure EV mode is what you’re after, the i3 is the better choice, but if you’re just looking for something that is extremely efficient and has electric technology, the A3 Sportback e-tron is a very compelling choice. Though, in terms of which car is actually better, I think the BMW i3 is the better car. It’s simply staggering, whereas the A3 Sportback e-tron just seems and feels like a hybrid Audi A3 and isn’t spectacular really. Audi has a good start with the Sportback and should continue to get better with the technology, especially with the upcoming Q6, but for now the BMW i3 is still the king of small EVs. The article BMW i3 vs Audi A3 Sportback e-tron appeared first on BMW BLOG

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/DRIVE and Chris Harris drive the M5 30 Jahre, 911 GTS and C63S in driver’s utopia – Germany

The boys at /DRIVE (Chris Harris, Matt Farah and Mike Spinelli) go full out in the BMW M5 30th anniversary edition (Jahre 30), the 911 GTS and C63S AMG in the driver’s utopia nation of Germany. See what it’s like to drive on the autobahn and Bi...

The boys at /DRIVE (Chris Harris, Matt Farah and Mike Spinelli) go full out in the BMW M5 30th anniversary edition (Jahre 30), the 911 GTS and C63S AMG in the driver’s utopia nation of Germany. See what it’s like to drive on the autobahn and Bilster Berg Track, and absorb a bit of automotive history as well.

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Is the Mustang a poor man’s BMW M4?

UK journalist, Chris Harris, has recently sampled the new Ford Mustang GT 5.0. Harris is well known for sliding about in some of the world’s most powerful sports cars. He regularly drives McLarens, Porsches, Ferraris and Aston Martins, so when he c...

UK journalist, Chris Harris, has recently sampled the new Ford Mustang GT 5.0. Harris is well known for sliding about in some of the world’s most powerful sports cars. He regularly drives McLarens, Porsches, Ferraris and Aston Martins, so when he claims that a car is good, it’s good. Well in his recent test of the Mustang, he pours admiration for it, as a sort of plucky underdog sports car. He claims that it isn’t as sophisticated as the best sports cars from Europe, but that it doesn’t need to be because it’s simpler than that. It just a simple formula for fun motoring; big V8 up front, six-speed manual in the middle and drive to the rear. He even says the new independent rear suspension works quite well, and proves it by sliding the hell out of it on a track.

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One of the more interesting things Harris says about the new Mustang is that while the BMW M3 is twice the money, it isn’t twice the car. That’s quite interesting, because the Mustang is often looked at as a sort of redneck that doesn’t come close to the level of European sports cars, especially ones as heralded as the M3. So is the Mustang a sort of poor man’s M3, or M4 in this case? Well it’s worth looking at.

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The Mustang has similar horsepower to the M4 (425 for the M4 and 435 for the Mustang), has rear-wheel drive and a limited slip differential like the M4, is available with a six-speed and is about as fast. The Mustang is capable of sprinting from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, while it take a manually-equipped M4 4.1 seconds to do the same. It doesn’t handle as well nor is it as comfortable or as well equipped. But that’s why it would be a poor man’s M3. It just needs to be about 70-80 percent of the M4 to gain such a title, and I think it does do that. Related: Ford Mustang GT vs BMW M4 Considering the price difference of almost $40,000, when both are fully loaded, the Mustang seems like a worthy alternative to the M4 if you haven’t got the scratch. Plus, according to Harris, the Mustang has an inherent likability. There’s a certain happiness to the car that seems to be missing from many German sports cars today. The Mustang seems to want to play while the M4 is very serious and wants to get good lap times. So while the Mustang might not be the better handler of the two, nor is it the fastest or most refined or even the best looking, it’s considerably cheaper and inherently likable. So does that make the Ford Mustang GT 5.0 a poor man’s BMW M4? The article Is the Mustang a poor man’s BMW M4? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M3 vs. Audi RS3 vs. Honda Civic Type R – Track Battle

Is the new Honda Civic Type R as fast as it looks? AutoExpress pits it against the BMW M3 and Audi RS3 in a FWD vs RWD vs AWD track battle. After a yearlong tease that kicked off with a concept, Honda has finally rolled out the production version of ...

Is the new Honda Civic Type R as fast as it looks? AutoExpress pits it against the BMW M3 and Audi RS3 in a FWD vs RWD vs AWD track battle. After a yearlong tease that kicked off with a concept, Honda has finally rolled out the production version of its Civic Type R hatchback. The first-ever turbocharged Type R is powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injected turbo VTEC four-cylinder, which spins out 306 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 2500 rpm and hits redline at 7000 rpm. The engine is mated to a manual transmission. Honda claims that the new Type R rockets from 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds and that it can achieve a top speed of 168 mph.

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The new 2015 Audi RS3 runs on a transversely mounted five-cylinder turbo engine. The 2.5 liter displacement engine makes 367 hp and 465 Nm of torque. According to the official stats, the RS3 accelerates in 4.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km /h – three tenths of a second faster than the Mercedes A45 AMG. Top speed is limited electronically to 280 km/h. The compact sports car comes with a 7-speed DSG. This lavishly revised suspension system ensures a lowering by 25 mm compared to the Audi A3 Sportback and should also allow controlled drifts, according to Audi. BMW M3 needs almost no introduction. The engine in the current F80/F82 M3/M4 is one of BMWs most currently criticized, as it’s the first turbocharged M3 engine in history. It also doesn’t make the wonderfully sonorous noise that embodied the previous M3’s. So it’s often maligned by die-hard enthusiasts. However, it’s incredible powerband, 425hp, 406 lb-ft of torque and lack of turbo lag makes it one of the best engines on the market today. It also runs from standstill to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds. So all these three cars can’t be more different from another, but which one is more fun around the track? The article BMW M3 vs. Audi RS3 vs. Honda Civic Type R – Track Battle appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Can you compare the BMW M4 to a Dodge Challenger Hellcat? (Cars.com)

Cars.com evaluates the Dodge Challenger Hellcat against the winner of its Performance Coupe Challenge, the BMW M4 coupe. ...

Cars.com evaluates the Dodge Challenger Hellcat against the winner of its Performance Coupe Challenge, the BMW M4 coupe.

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