5 Reasons to buy an E92 M3

The new F80 M3 has been taking some heat from enthusiasts since its debut. The criticisms are a bit unfair in my eyes, as not liking something simply because it isn’t its famous predecessor is ridiculous. The biggest reason for criticism, however, ...

The new F80 M3 has been taking some heat from enthusiasts since its debut. The criticisms are a bit unfair in my eyes, as not liking something simply because it isn’t its famous predecessor is ridiculous. The biggest reason for criticism, however, has been with the engine. While a masterpiece of automotive engineering, the new M3’s engine is turbocharged, which is sacrilegious to the M3 faithful. The previous M3, the E92, had also been deemed a heathen by the M3 community, because of its use of a V8 instead of a straight-six. Yet, now the previous V8 is mourned, as it’s the last naturally aspirated M3 engine likely to ever be built. Admittedly, the previous E92 M3 is something of great joy, and it’s easy to see why it’s missed. The aforementioned V8 is a thing of beauty, with it’s 8,250 rpm redline, instantaneous throttle response and howling exhaust note. It also had telepathic steering, some of the old-school kind enthusiasts miss so dearly. The chassis was wonderful, so effortlessly controllable and could easily be coaxed into beautiful drifts. It also looked fantastic, especially in coupe form. The interior on the E92 M3 wasn’t the best, but it faded from sight once that screeching exhaust note filled your ears.

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Related: 6 Reasons To Own An E46 M3 The E92 was a fantastic car, and if that’s the car you prefer to the newer F80, as long as you’ve driven both and made a fair comparison, then the E92 will make an excellent purchase. So let’s go over some of the reasons to buy one. Value Most cars depreciate awfully. Cars are probably the worst investment one can make. So buying a used car is always a safer bet. Especially when that used car has a good possibility of becoming a highly desired classic. As the last naturally aspirated M3 and the only V8, the E92 could very well rise in value dramatically in the future. There is already a cult following for it, and as naturally aspirated engines completely fade away, it will shine in the eyes of collectors. Performance While the F80 is the faster and better performing car, the E92’s performance is very unique. That engine and chassis are so different from any other M3, both before and after, so it’s a car that will provide a unique experience no other M3 can. Many also claim that the E92 has some of the best steering of any M3, though that probably comes down to preference. Sound There is nothing like the sound of the 4.0 liter V8 shrill that emits from the quad exhaust pipes of an E92 M3. I, personally, don’t like the E92 over the new F80, but I must admit that the F80 has nothing on the E92 in terms of exhaust note. The V8 screams like no other car in its price range. At 8,250 rpm it makes a shrill that will send shivers down your spine. Buy one, roll the windows down, go through a tunnel, pin the throttle to the floor and prepare for audible ecstasy. Style Not only is the engine in the E92 M3 the last of its kind, but so is the body style. Technically, the E92 M3 coupe is the last M3 coupe to ever exist. That job now goes to the M4. So being that the M3 started life as a coupe, with the E30, the last ever coupe version is something to behold and cherish. Nostalgia Sometimes, owning a certain car can be a thrill of its own. Knowing that the E92 is the last of its kind in so many ways, and so unique in its family tree, will make the ownership experience that much better. While the rarity of its qualities may cause it to go up in value, and actually become an appreciating investment, it may be worth holding on to for nostalgic reasons. It would be a cool and interesting car to keep in the family and pass on, and tell stories to children and grandchildren of how it’s the only car of its kind. There are many great reason to own an E92 M3 but, for me, this is the best one.

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BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon – One car we should buy more often

As car enthusiasts, we love the obscure. I’m not sure if it’s just part of the culture of automotive fandom, or because we have an addiction to being different, but we like what no one else does. Like wagons for instance. If you were to ask any n...

As car enthusiasts, we love the obscure. I’m not sure if it’s just part of the culture of automotive fandom, or because we have an addiction to being different, but we like what no one else does. Like wagons for instance. If you were to ask any normal well-to-do Audi buying guy, with stylish hair and expensive clothes, if he’d rather trade in his A6 for an S6 Avant and he’d laugh at you, scoffing at the idea of owning something as unstylish as a wagon, even though it’d be an upgrade. However, you ask any petrol-junkie whether or not he or she would take that same S6 Avant, and the answer would be a resounding “Hell Yes!” So when automakers like Audi or BMW make any kind of wagon, we rejoice. At least many of use do.

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BMW has been selling a wagon variant of its famed 3 Series for ages now, and it’s refreshing that it’s still on sale. Audi, Mercedes and Cadillac have all gotten rid of their wagons in the segment. Mercedes still has the E-Class Estate and Audi has the Allroad, but they aren’t really sporting or much fun. The 3er wagon is quite fun, actually it’s just as fun as the standard car to drive. Except it has an advantage over its sedan sibling in the luggage space department. This makes the 3 Series wagon an excellent deal. So people should be jumping all over them, right? Wrong, no one’s buying them. In fact, it’s one of BMW’s worst selling cars. How can that be? The standard 3er is one of BMW’s best selling cars of all time, so it would make sense that the more practical version would sell at least half as well. It doesn’t even get close to that. The BMW X1, outsells the 3 Series wagon 5-to-1. Five to one! That’s madness for a car that isn’t as nice to drive and is basically just a lifted wagon. Don’t get me wrong, I love the X1’s cheeky silliness, but it isn’t as good to drive as a 3 Series. Yet it outsells the 3 Series wagon by a ridiculous margin, simply because it carries a different title — Crossover.

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Related: BMW 328i Sports Wagon – Still one of the best BMWs for families And it’s the same for every other automaker as well, not just BMW. Wagons are a dying breed, plain and simple. Even crazy performance wagons, like the M5 Touring and RS6 Avant, didn’t sell well, so the companies stopped making them. The 3 Series wagon is one of the best overall cars on the market right now, for its combination of performance, handling capability and practicality, yet nobody wants it. It’s like the offensive lineman on the football team who’s fantastic, but isn’t good looking and doesn’t play an exciting position, so nobody cares about him.

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Carlos Lago of Motor Trend, has a 328d xDrive Sports Wagon on a long term test. His last update on it was filled with the most positive of comments. He adores it, because of all it can do and how well it does it. He even goes on to say that after all of the incredible cars he’s driven in the past year, which include all three of the Hybrid Hypercar trio, he’s always excited to get back into the 3er wagon. Car journalist are a fickle bunch, because we drive so many amazing cars that we tend to get a bit spoiled. So if an all-wheel drive diesel wagon can impress one, especially one that’s driven the pedigree of cars Lago has, that’s a pretty great car. He then goes on to say that if he didn’t have a job which required him to drive so many different cars, the 328d xDrive wagon would be the car he’d own.

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I’m not sure why exactly we, in America, don’t like wagons. I don’t think I’ll ever truly understand and maybe that’s just me being thick-headed. Or maybe it’s everyone else being thick-headed. But either way, wagons are under appreciated. The 3 Series wagon is one of the worst selling cars in America and that just shouldn’t be. The article BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon – One car we should buy more often appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Watch a Hamann BMW M4 do burnouts

The Hamann BMW F82 M4 tuning program allows the owners to further refine the looks and performance of their vehicles. With a selection of body parts, wheels and performance upgrades, Hamann offers unique looks and equally impressive performance. The ...

The Hamann BMW F82 M4 tuning program allows the owners to further refine the looks and performance of their vehicles. With a selection of body parts, wheels and performance upgrades, Hamann offers unique looks and equally impressive performance. The Hamann program for the BMW M4 F82 also includes lowering springs, different wheels and a performance upgrade for the twin-turbo straight-six engine. The latter comes with a power upgrade to 517 hp and a maximum torque of 700 Newton meters sent to the rear wheels. In the back, the M4 by Hamann comes with a rear racing wing in GT3 style. At the front, a carbon fiber spoiler lip is added for a striking appearance.

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The BMW M4 is equipped with a BMW TwinPower Turbo engine displacing 3.0 liters and delivering, what some may say, an impressive 425 horsepower. In stock form, this vehicle accelerates from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 3.8 seconds. With a nice tuning upgrade like this, we imagine the car would deliver even faster straightline performance. A matte black Hamann equipped BMW M4 was spotted in Monaco earlier last month doing a couple of burnouts. The article Watch a Hamann BMW M4 do burnouts appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW F82 M4 On MORR MS11 Wheels Photoshoot

With tuning builds, there’s always a thin line between an amazing project and just plain over the top. Many owners (together with companies performing their builds) try too hard to create something magnificent, but end up on the opposite scale ...

With tuning builds, there’s always a thin line between an amazing project and just plain over the top. Many owners (together with companies performing their builds) try too hard to create something magnificent, but end up on the opposite scale of things. Creating a tacky selection of body and visual upgrades can lead to a subpar build overall. The folks over at MORR Wheels decided to add their own wheel set to this M4 which already features a carbon fiber front spoiler and rear diffuser. These MORR MS11 concave multispoke wheels fit perfectly the color and stance of this M4. With showing hardware, the details on these wheels work great with the carbon fiber additions on the exterior as well.

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A proper lowering, some carbon fiber parts and nice aftermarket wheels are usually the way to go. Check out the photo gallery below.

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BMW 225d Coupe with B47 diesel engine coming in July

The 2 Series lineup gets a small engine refresh this summer in Europe. Under the hood of the BMW 225d Coupe, the engineers have now fitted the new B47 four-cylinder turborcharged diesel engine which delivers 224 horsepower. The new engine follows in ...

The 2 Series lineup gets a small engine refresh this summer in Europe. Under the hood of the BMW 225d Coupe, the engineers have now fitted the new B47 four-cylinder turborcharged diesel engine which delivers 224 horsepower. The new engine follows in the footsteps of the 218-hp twin-turbo N47; the maximum torque of 450 Newton meters is also in an even wider range of the speed bands (1500-3000 instead of 1500-2500 rpm). For the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h, the marginally stronger B47 Biturbo brings no advantages, so the 2015 225d Coupe should run the same distance in 6.3 seconds. The situation is different in fuel consumption, the updated 225d Coupe has an average rating of 4.5 liters per 100 km, and CO2 emissions below 120 grams per kilometer. The top 2 Series diesel is connected in series with the ZF eight-speed automatic 8HP.

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A detuned B47 unit is also used in the 218d Coupe, replacing the 143-hp N47. The engine now outputs 150 horsepower, has the same torque but wider rpm range and better fuel consumption. Last year, the BMW 220d Coupe was also switched to the 190 hp B47. [Source: Bimmertoday] The article BMW 225d Coupe with B47 diesel engine coming in July appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Beautiful M4 Build with HRE Wheels, M Performance Parts, and more

Stunning BMW M4 featuring full M Performance Parts, Full Akrapovic Turbo Back, JB4, HRE FF01 wheels, H&R springs, and BMC filters. ...

Stunning BMW M4 featuring full M Performance Parts, Full Akrapovic Turbo Back, JB4, HRE FF01 wheels, H&R springs, and BMC filters.

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New BMW port facility in Galveston Texas breaks ground

The BMW Group broke ground today at the future site of a new Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Galveston. BMW is expanding its vehicle distribution network to southeastern Texas to better serve the 45 BMW and MINI dealers within four states...

The BMW Group broke ground today at the future site of a new Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Galveston. BMW is expanding its vehicle distribution network to southeastern Texas to better serve the 45 BMW and MINI dealers within four states (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas) that make up a part of the Southern Region. Craig Westbrook, Vice President – Aftersales, BMW of North America, Jim Goldsmith, Vehicle Processing and Distribution Department Head, BMW of North America, John Felitto, President of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Vehicle Services Americas and Benjamin Holland, Chairperson, Port of Galveston were on hand to help break ground for the new facility. “Rapid delivery to our customers and dealers is a key element to exceptional customer service,” said Craig Westbrook, Aftersales VP of BMW North America. “Once fully operational, the new Port of Galveston Vehicle Distribution Center will enable us to receive, prepare and deliver vehicles to the Southern Region even more quickly than before.” The facility will be owned and operated by WWL Vehicle Services Americas under BMW Group on-site management. WWL Vehicle Service Americas is a leading global provider of auto processing and outbound vehicle logistics services. “WWL Vehicle Services Americas is proud to build a state-of-the-art vehicle distribution center to provide the highest quality processing and support the BMW Group’s distribution in the Gulf region,” said John Felitto, President & CEO of WWL Vehicle Services Americas. “This project helps the Port achieve its mission of being the economic engine for the City of Galveston and the local region. With this new vehicle processing center we are confident that the activity level of the port will continue to increase, including the creation of new livable wage jobs. We are pleased that our successful efforts to maintain existing world-class tenants and to attract additional ones continues,” said Michael J. Mierzwa, Port Director, Port of Galveston. Once the Galveston Vehicle Distribution Center is fully operational in 2016, the BMW Group plans to import and process approximately 32,500 vehicles annually with a workforce of 40 BMW Group and WWL Vehicle Services Americas employees. The facility will include over 44,000 square feet of processing space in two buildings on approximately 20 acres of land. Vehicle inspection, repairs (mechanical and Paint and Body), accessory installation, vehicle programming and vehicle maintenance and storage will be performed there. The facility will be ready to receive its first shipment of cars for processing in early 2016.

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Compilation of pre-production BMW 740iL (G12) drive reviews

Compilation of first drive reviews of the pre-production new BMW 740iL (G12). ...

Compilation of first drive reviews of the pre-production new BMW 740iL (G12).

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BMW cutting production and prices in China, 1 Series Sedan planned

At the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, BMW has announced a price reduction for the Chinese car market, along with production cuts, a sign that luxury demand in the world’s largest auto market is softening. In a letter sent by Chinese dealerships to B...

At the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, BMW has announced a price reduction for the Chinese car market, along with production cuts, a sign that luxury demand in the world’s largest auto market is softening. In a letter sent by Chinese dealerships to BMW earlier last week, dealers pressed BMW to set more realistic sales targets, lower wholesale prices and extend grace periods for payment. Initially, BMW set a target sales goal of 500,000 in China this year, a 10 percent increase over 2014. BMW has scaled back manufacturing in the country to lower supply for its distributors and will also cut output in the second quarter, according to Karsten Engel, BMW’s China chief. “We’re adapting to the situation to make sure dealers are not overstocked,” Engel said. “It’s a little bit of a trend downwards,” he said. “This is the new normal and we have to accept this and we have to adapt to this.”

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Ford and VW Group have also cut prices by much as 10 percent in recent weeks. Demand for luxury products has also been hit as an austerity and anti-corruption drive under Chinese President Xi Jinping extends into its third year. BMW says the Chinese market will grow in the SUV and compact cars segments, therefore the company is preparing a China-only sedan marketed below the 3 Series. This is likely to be the 1 Series Sedan. [Source: AutoNews] The article BMW cutting production and prices in China, 1 Series Sedan planned appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Zinoro Next debuts in China

Zinoro Next Concept makes its world debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. An obvious offshoot of the BMW X3, the new off-roader is the fruit of the collaboration between BMW and Brilliance Automobile. While the Zinoro 1E’s connection to the BMW X1...

Zinoro Next Concept makes its world debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. An obvious offshoot of the BMW X3, the new off-roader is the fruit of the collaboration between BMW and Brilliance Automobile. While the Zinoro 1E’s connection to the BMW X1 is pretty clear, neither the headlights at the front or the rear lights on Next come from the BMW parts shelf, and the side view is clearly different from the X3, so the Zinoro Next has its own identity. The Zinoro Concept Next is a study and a preview of possible new designs – so it’s not impossible that we will see much stronger connections to the Munich design. The company has not revealed the powertrain of the Next Concept, but the expectations are that the production car will be a fully electric vehicle. BMW’s expertise in the field will most likely be referenced in the compact SUV.

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The Zinoro brand is called Zhi Nuo in Chinese, which translates to “The Promise.”

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