Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1410-2015-bentley-continental-gt3-r-review/ in News on October 21, 2014
What price exclusivity?
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/austin-yellow-bmw-f80-m3-by-psi/ in News on October 21, 2014
Florida-based shop Precision Sport Industries are unveiling their work on the BMW F80 M3. Initially, the F80 M3 was in the shop for the installation of some aftermarket parts starting with H&R springs, 15mm Macht Schnell spacers all around, black...
Florida-based shop Precision Sport Industries are unveiling their work on the BMW F80 M3. Initially, the F80 M3 was in the shop for the installation of some aftermarket parts starting with H&R springs, 15mm Macht Schnell spacers all around, blacked out ///M3 badge and side gills, as well as black chrome exhaust tips. At the time, the tuning shop announced that further enhancements will follow and today they are presenting the same F80 M3 with a JB4 Beta, which requires no additional modifications for power gains of 50-80 HP at the wheels. The JB4 also does not require any user setup or customization.
The Beta works even better with additional airflow upgrades, including dual cone intakes, larger intercooler, downpipes and other exhaust modifications. A new set of gallery showcasing the installation was process can be seen below:
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/bmw-individual-bmw-m4-convertible-frozen-white-m6-frozen-red/ in News on October 21, 2014
While at Hockenheimring to celebrate the victory of Marco Wittmann in the 2014 DTM championship, BMW also took the opportunity to display some exciting models at their BMW Motorsport Hospitality building. One of them was a new BMW M4 Convertible in F...
While at Hockenheimring to celebrate the victory of Marco Wittmann in the 2014 DTM championship, BMW also took the opportunity to display some exciting models at their BMW Motorsport Hospitality building. One of them was a new BMW M4 Convertible in Frozen White, one of the first M4s to be showcasing the matte paint jobs. Next to it there was a BMW M6 Gran Coupe in Frozen Red. Both those colors are available in the BMW Individual catalog.
Just like the F80 BMW M3 and F82 BMW M4, the M4 Convertible can be also ordered with Alpine White, Mineral Grey Metallic, Sakhir Orange, Black Sapphire Metallic, Silverstone Metallic and Mineral White Metallic. Frozen colors will be offered in 2015. READ ALSO: Amazing Looking Frozen Red BMW M4 Convertible The M division sees the M4 Convertible as a car requested by a small, yet passionate and wealthy M3/M4 owners.
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Posted by http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1048091 in News on October 20, 2014
Boss of BMW M division says a supercar to rival the Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT is highly desirable, but hugely expensive. With a new RS-designed Audi R8 arriving next year and the Mercedes-AMG GT also on sale early in 2015, you could forgive BMW M ...
Boss of BMW M division says a supercar to rival the Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT is highly desirable, but hugely expensive. With a new RS-designed Audi R8 arriving next year and the Mercedes-AMG GT also on sale early in 2015, you could forgive BMW M for feeling left out. But Carsten Priest, head of product development at the performance division, has revealed that there’s a strong desire within his sub-brand to build its own standalone supercar. He said: “If you called any of the 550 employees at BMW M and said you’d pick up the cost for this project, we would always say: ‘Yes, let’s go for it right away’. But larger companies have to see the overall context. We always have more ideas than budget is made available – we have to see which priorities will be decided upon.” Although there’s clearly room above the BMW i8 for a faster, more extreme, petrol-powered supercar – the huge investment in the i8 is clearly a hindrance to its production prospects. A spokesman revealed that as a rule of thumb a brand new model costs €1bn to develop, whereas the i3 and i8 were more like €2bn each. “We have to be forward thinking, the decision has been made to establish BMW i, including an i8 supercar type of model in its line-up and that’s obviously a huge investment that’s been made,” Priest added. He also kept the speculation alive, hinting that with a significant anniversary coming up, anything is possible: “I still remember the days of the M1. It was 46 years ago that the car was introduced. The question is at what time do you need something to reactivate what you’ve established?” BMW introduced the M1 Hommage concept (see gallery) back in 2008, but no technical details were revealed and the model hasn’t progressed since. “The name clearly indicates what the primary purpose was, it was not meant to twist anybody’s arm,” Priest told us. “I was excited for us to see what the reaction was like and it was overwhelmingly positive, but no one at M is surprised. Everyone would be ready, they would probably even do this in their spare time if the project order was given.”
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/bmw-m-says-love-m-supercar/ in News on October 20, 2014
The topic BMW M supercar comes to front once again. Years and years of debate and speculations and no BMW M supercar seem to be in sight. The latest report from AutoExpress UK comes to confirm what our sources have said for years: the M division want...
The topic BMW M supercar comes to front once again. Years and years of debate and speculations and no BMW M supercar seem to be in sight. The latest report from AutoExpress UK comes to confirm what our sources have said for years: the M division wants a supercar, some clay models were already built, but no business case was able to receive the approval from the board members. For the UK outlet, Carsten Priest, head of product development at the M performance division, says a supercar to rival the Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT is highly desirable, but hugely expensive.
“If you called any of the 550 employees at BMW M and said you’d pick up the cost for this project, we would always say: ‘Yes, let’s go for it right away,” says Priest. “But larger companies have to see the overall context. We always have more ideas than budget is made available – we have to see which priorities will be decided upon.” A BMW spokesman revealed also that as a rule of thumb a brand new model costs 1 billion euros to develop, whereas the i3 and i8 were more like 2 billion each. “We have to be forward thinking, the decision has been made to establish BMW i, including an i8 supercar type of model in its line-up and that’s obviously a huge investment that’s been made,” Priest added. But he also left the door open for 2016 when BMW celebrates its 100th anniversary, a date that we heard in the past it might concise with the launch of an exciting BMW car. READ ALSO: The BMW M8 Supercar Concept that never entered production “I still remember the days of the M1. It was 36 years ago that the car was introduced,” added Priest. “The question is at what time do you need something to reactivate what you’ve established?” When pressed to chat about the BMW M1 Hommage Concept, Priest added: “The name clearly indicates what the primary purpose was, it was not meant to twist anybody’s arm.” “I was excited for us to see what the reaction was like and it was overwhelmingly positive, but noone at M is surprised. Everyone would be ready, they would probably even do this in their spare time if the project order was given.” While none of these are really news, these words give us hope that BMW will once again be competitive at the supercar level and show the world why they believe “M Is The Most Powerful Letter In The World.” The article BMW M says: “We would love an M supercar” appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/frozen-black-bmw-m6-gran-coupe-eas/ in News on October 20, 2014
California-based tuning shop European Auto Source unveils their latest project based on the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. With a reference to Bruce Wayne’s Batman, the Frozen Black M6 Gran Coupe can pass off as the Batmobile of the this decade. While it d...
California-based tuning shop European Auto Source unveils their latest project based on the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. With a reference to Bruce Wayne’s Batman, the Frozen Black M6 Gran Coupe can pass off as the Batmobile of the this decade. While it doesn’t have the fluff and super powers of the actual Batmobile, this M6 Gran Coupe is no joke at all. Featuring the stunning Frozen Black paint job, this brand new M6 Gran Coupe has been fitted with some very cool modifications. Underneath the car, an Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust system sheds substantial weight and gives this menacing M6 the beastly sound that it deserves.
Having been aggressively lowered on a set of KW V3 coilovers, the stock wheels just weren’t going to cut it any more. Replacing them are these 20″ BBS FIs, which do an excellent job of showcasing the massive carbon ceramic brakes. The exterior was enhanced by installing Arkym’s full carbon fiber line-up, which includes the front lip, side skirts, diffuser and trunk spoiler; all of which are made with a 1×1 weave to perfectly match the OEM roof.
Modifications: Akrapovic Evolution Titanium Exhaust System Arkym AeroSport Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler Arkym AeroSport Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser Arkym AeroSport Carbon Fiber Side Skirts Arkym AeroSport Carbon Fiber Trunk Spoiler BBS FI 20″ Wheel Set BMW Performance Gloss Black Kidney Grilles iND Painted Front Reflectors iND Painted Side Marker Gills iND Painted Trunk Badge KW Variant 3 (V3) Coilover System Macht Schnell Competition Stud Conversion Kit Macht Schnell Competition Wheel Spacers (20mm Rear) The article Frozen Black BMW M6 Gran Coupe by EAS appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1410-ford-focus-electric-price-cut-6000-to-29995/ in News on October 20, 2014
Price slashed again for the all-electric hatchback.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/20/tag-motorsports-kw-height-adjustable-spring-kit-m4-build/ in News on October 20, 2014
TAG Motorsports recently received a first set of KW Height Adjustable Springs for their in house VMW M4, code named “Black Betty”. Everybody who is over twenty years old should know the song of the same name by Ram Jam, one of the better ...
TAG Motorsports recently received a first set of KW Height Adjustable Springs for their in house VMW M4, code named “Black Betty”. Everybody who is over twenty years old should know the song of the same name by Ram Jam, one of the better upbeat songs of the golden era of rock and roll. Now that the trip down memory lane is done, we can get back to the matter at hand, the KW Suspension system installation for this beautiful vehicle.
KW height adjustable springs kits are a great alternative to conventional springs. You don’t have to be satisfied with a fixed lowering as you can adjust the height with the KW height adjuster even after the kit has been installed. This works well for some customers who like to frequently swap wheels on their cars. These allow the specifications for lowering in set numbers: front: 15-30 centimeters / 0.6-1.2 inches and rear: 5-30 centimeters / 0.2-1.2 inches.
With individual height adjustments, the driving performance will be increased and the car should handle better in every situation. It also offers a great cornering speed performance improvement. All driver assistance systems and comfort features of an adaptive series suspension remain intact which is a big selling point. The KW Height Adjustable Spring Kit allows for individual height adjustment of the standard suspension kit, adaptive damper control remains active, vehicle specific spring rates, better steering behavior and as mentioned the improved looks. Our M4 is equipped with the Adaptive Suspension. In stock form there was a decent difference between all three settings but the “sport plus” mode was certainly firm. These new KW HAS are allowing us to keep the active dampers, and giving us the ride height adjustability that we are looking for. The ride in the normal “Sport” mode certainly firmed up from stock, but it really made the car feel much more stable, as it removed some of the bounciness the factory suspension had. The firmness is not uncomfortable though, in the short drive from San Diego to Newport Beach over the weekend, there was a few dips in teh highway that I know i have to prepare myself for (when i had the H&R Supersport Springs on), and in the KW’s still were more harsh, but it was a much sportier feel. Overall, the ride is MUCH better than going with just standard springs. The ONE negative side one would noticed with 20×10 HRE P104 wheels at the front, the new larger spring perch did not allow us to lower the car down to H&R Supersport Spring Levels. The clearance between a 20×10 front wheel, combined with the 265/30/20 Pirelli Tires at the front, allowed us only to go about 1.2” lower than stock. For those that are interested in doing these springs and getting a significant drop, we recommend a 9.5” wide wheel up front with a lower offset. – TAG Motorsports, Initial Driving Impressions
We are impressed by what we can see and the stance and overall look of the vehicle is simply stunning! A BMW M4 certainly benefits from lowering a set of custom wheels, same to what is installed on this build. Please grab a few moments and take a look at the media gallery with the photoshoot of the KW Height Adjustable Spring Kit that was installed on this beauty right below.
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Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/drag-race-ferrari-ff-vs-bmw-f10-m5/ in News on October 20, 2014
BMW F10 M5 takes on the Ferrari FF on a drag race. Can the M5 keep up with the Italian supercar? First, let’s take a look at the engines and power output. The latest generation F10 M5 uses a 4.4-liter TwinTurbo V8 engine producing 560 hp and 68...
BMW F10 M5 takes on the Ferrari FF on a drag race. Can the M5 keep up with the Italian supercar? First, let’s take a look at the engines and power output. The latest generation F10 M5 uses a 4.4-liter TwinTurbo V8 engine producing 560 hp and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque. On the other hand, Ferrari FF comes with a massive V12 6.3 liter engine with 660 hp and 683 Nm (503 lb-ft) of torque.
Along with the extra power, the Ferrari FF weighs 3,946 lbs while the F10 M5 tips the scale at 4,122 lbs. While the power to the M5 is sent to the rear-wheel, the FF has an all-wheel drive platform, so more grip on the tarmac. Both cars use a 7-speed DCT. Let’s have a look. The article Drag Race: Ferrari FF vs. BMW F10 M5 appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/10/21/married-couple-picks-f80-bmw-m3-munich/ in News on October 20, 2014
A happily married couple goes to Munich to pick up two F80 BMW M3 sedans at the BMW Welt. Their BMW European Delivery story can be found below, courtesy of Daniel and Rebecca Margrave. My wife and I managed to talk ourselves into purchasing his and ...
A happily married couple goes to Munich to pick up two F80 BMW M3 sedans at the BMW Welt. Their BMW European Delivery story can be found below, courtesy of Daniel and Rebecca Margrave. My wife and I managed to talk ourselves into purchasing his and hers manual transmission 2015 BMW M3s. Having done an epic European Delivery mountain pass driving adventure with a 335i back in 2008, I knew European Delivery was the only way to go for getting a new BMW. This is where the story begins… The trip was Thurs to Thurs, Oct 9-16. Unfortunately due to unknown obligations with my reserve unit, I had to schedule the trip with arrival several days before the delivery at the Welt and leave only 3 days after delivery. The original plan was to arrive the morning of the delivery and spend a week with the cars (or one of them).
The itinerary we executed (cliff’s notes, see posts below for the complete narrative and photos): Thursday Oct 9 – We fly from Atlanta to Newark to Zurich. Friday Oct 10 – Train from Zurich to Lucerne. Arrive at Cascada hotel. Explore Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lion of Lucerne, etc…) Eat dinner at Stern restaurant. Saturday Oct 11 – Family friend takes us on a drive in country side up St Gotthard pass & to locally-famous Glasi Hergiswil glass factory. Jet lag nap. Dinner at Old Swiss House where they cook wienerschnitzel table-side. Sunday Oct 12 – Train back to Zurich to pick up rental car. Drive to Vaduz castle in Liechtenstein. Dip into Italy and back to Austria to drive Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Arrive outside Munich to sleep before delivery. Monday Oct 13 – Drop off rental. Dual delivery at Welt (same agent, same time). Factory tour. Explore Welt. Dropoff wife’s M3. Drive mine to Nurburgring Hotel am Tiergarten. Tuesday Oct 14 – Day trip to Vianden, Luxembourg. Castle tour plus lunch in town. Back to Nurburgring visitor center for info, souvenirs, explore. Drive 3 laps on Nurburgring tourist session in evening. Dinner at Pistonklause. Wednesday Oct 15 – Day trip to Bruges, Belgium. Stopped in Netherlands on the way. Belfry tower climb, canal boat tour, Belgian waffles, shopping. Thursday Oct 16 – Drive to Frankfurt. Wash car at self wash. Dropoff my M3 and taxi to airport to fly home. Day 1-3 (Pre-Delivery): Zurich, Lucerne, St Gotthard pass, Glasi Hergiswil, Liechtenstein, Grossglockner High Alpine Road
The story begins with our arrival in Zurich and subsequent train ride to Lucerne for the weekend. The original plan was to fly to Munich and take immediate delivery followed by a week with the cars (or one of them). That plan changed to a split itinerary where we traveled sans-M3s for the first half of the trip and then with my M3 the second half. In Lucerne we spent Friday exploring with the highlights being the chapel bridge and the Lion of Lucerne followed by dinner at Stern restaurant. On Saturday, the plan was to meet a family friend to go up to Mt. Pilatus but the weather was far to foggy to waste the time and money (same for the steamboat). Instead, she drove us into the countryside where the weather was clearer to places like the St Gotthard pass (I was able to drive her car on this pass as well).
On the way back to Lucerne, we stopped at the Glasi Hergiswil glass factory which is apparently a very old local favorite. We saw the factory in action (hand made, blown glass etc…) and bought some great items in the factory store such as a wine glass that is angled precisely so that the wine will not spill ascending the mountains in the cog trains and an iPhone dock (hey…have to adapt with times…right?). When we parted ways back in Lucerne, my wife and I absolutely crashed due to jet lag. Missed the remainder of shopping hours…that probably saved us an expensive wristwatch bill… The evening was concluded with dinner at the Old Swiss House (visited by the likes of Frank Sinatra, “Mr. Matrix” Keanu Reeves, Richard Nixon, and many others). There they prepare their infamous wienerschnitzel table-side with an unbelievable amount of butter. Prepare for a heart attack. Excellent food though. The best we had the entire trip. Though according to our family friend (a Swiss local), not a typical traditional Swiss dish.
On Sunday we left on a train back to Zurich to pick up a rental car (only one open on Sundays and we didn’t want to pay for 2 days in Lucerne not driving it). Because of the split itinerary, I had to rent a car to be able to drive the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria since we would not be back down that way with the M3s. It would have been cheaper to take a train straight to Munich, but I needed to cross this one off my bucket list since i missed it on my last ED. Our rental car was an Alfa Romeo Guilietta diesel with a manual trans and nav (thankfully…don’t attempt driving in Europe without navigation). I had selected a BMW 1er or Audi A3 but this was what we were assigned. Not a bad car by any means and sporty enough for my purposes. We started by driving to Vaduz castle in Liechtenstein. Charming town there but not much else to see and you can’t go inside the castle as the royalty still resides there.
Next, we drove down into Italy (Brenner pass I believe) and back up into Austria to Heiligenblut at the foot of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road (an automotive bucket list item for me). The Grossglockner pass has limited opening hours and requires a 34 euro toll. It is well worth it though. Surprisingly there was not a single snowflake on the pass. We drove to the dead end with the visitors center, museum and parking deck. There you can see the glacier. We were practically the only ones there at this hour as it was getting dark. After we left here, we took the pass north which turned out to be the real gem. A very long distance with many, many curves and deadly drop-offs. This is part of the high alpine road that is most depicted but unfortunately for me I had to do it in the dark which added an element of danger. There were even tunnels bored through the mountain at extremely high altitudes. We were the only people on the road at this point. The sheer amount of epic mountain/valley scenery throughout Switzerland, northern Italy an Austria is mind boggling. I actually grew weary of seeing towering mountains and charming valley villages. Day 4 (Delivery): BMW Welt, Factory Tour, Drive to Nurburgring We stayed outside Munich on Sunday night after driving all day. The drive into Munich on Monday morning was terrible. Traffic is pretty bad commuting into the city. We barely made it to the BMW Welt by the check-in deadline for my delivery (9AM for 10:30 delivery). The Welt staff was very accommodating to us. When they discovered both my wife and I had deliveries that day (my wife’s was at 2:00PM) they made some calls and arranged for us to take delivery at the same time with the same BMW delivery agent at my original morning appointment. We then proceeded to the premium lounge for a bite to eat and the wait. I was able to catch a glimpse of my Yas Marina Blue M3 from one of the windows in the premium lounge.
At our appointment time, we met with Benjamin Gregori who appeared to be in his early 30s like us and was great to work with. At the meeting area we caught a quick glimpse of my wife’s Alpine White M3 w/18’s…but no matter as we were on the way down to see the two M3s in person. Of course…no descent down the delivery area stairs is completed without the requisite BMW HQ photo as it is framed by the Welt’s windows. We were both very excited when we spotted our his and hers M3s rotating together in the spotlights. The official photographer was happy to get our photos both together and separately. If you haven’t noticed, my wife’s Alpine White on Sonoma Biege is among the rarest of color combos ordered at this point (especially configured with the manual transmission). Mr. Gregori asked if we both wanted a tour of our cars but upon realizing how extensively I had researched the car, he walked my wife through hers while I did my tourist thing and took a hundred or so photos. He was kind enough to use my phone to take pictures of us on the parade lap together before exiting.
After the parade lap we moved outside and took some more photos before valeting the cars. There was an immediate swarm of gawkers. We even had folks taking selfies with the M3s and the valet attendant ended up yelling at people to stay away front the cars (though I told the folks it was OK and feel free). The BMW Welt staff was very accommodating, once again, and brought the cars back out for some more photos after we went on the free-for-delivery-customers factory tour (which is fascinating and you get to see the M4 being built). They even lined them up for us in front of the double cone and helped us take pictures. They were the front desk staff so we appreciate them stepping away to help us out. Before leaving, we decided to go ahead and leave my wife’s M3 with the Welt for redelivery. It was just going to be a lot of driving with us in separate cars and we only had one cell phone unlocked and on a German sim card. Plus, my wife wanted to spend time with me in the car together and not by herself.
Day 3-4 (Post-Delivery): Arrival in Nurburg, Luxembourg Day Trip After the delivery day wrapped up, we hopped into my Yas Marina Blue M3 and started our journey to Nurburg where we would base ourselves out of for the remainder of the trip. After 5 hours or so, we arrived at Hotel am Tiergarten which sits a couple hundred meters from the Nurburgring. You can see the track and hear cars at all hours of the day (but not loud enough to disturb your sleep). The hotel is run by Sabine Schmitz family (of ring taxi fame) and consists of multiple buildings. It appeared that they had acquired neighboring houses over time and converted them. I obtained a prime parking spot for my M3 upon arrival and after eating at the excellent Pistonklause restaurant inside the hotel (where there were many local ring instructors and drivers congregating) we called it a night.
On Tuesday morning I explored Nurburg a bit on foot while my wife was getting ready. The BMW M test center is located in town with some eye candy visible in the showroom. Since the touristfahrten (tourist driving) sessions did not open until 5:15PM (I believe) we executed our plan to take a day trip to Luxembourg since it is not far away. We stopped for a few countryside photos ops along the way. The rolling hills were somewhat anti-climatic after being surrounded by towering alpine mountains in Switzerland and Austria. We toured the Vianden castle which is the primary attraction, followed up by lunch in the town below. The castle has been destroyed and rebuilt and reconfigured numerous times so I got the feeling that what I was seeing was hardly original. Frankly I was a little disappointed. Nice place but the history of restoration was too cryptic for me to feel like I was somewhere that had been standing for nearly 1000 years.
Day 4 (Afternoon/Evening): Return to Nurburg, Nurburgring Driving Upon returning to Nurburg, we visited the Nurburging visitor center and ring werk complex. There we got information about the track tickets and shopped a bit in the stores. They seemed to have very little stock of shirts and were out of many sizes but there were some cool souvenirs to be had. These were the ones I wanted most to take home from the trip as the Nurburgring was my number one priority. At the ring, there were a plethora of 911s. Most of which seemed to be GT3s. To drive on the ring, you merely need to purchase a ticket from the manned kiosk by the toll gates or the visitors center. The ticket is loaded electronically on a “ring card” which you scan at the toll gates to enter the track. The queue always moved quickly. Each run was 27 euro per, or 4 for 100 euro. I got 3 laps in decided to call it quits because I was still miraculously alive and the car unwrecked. My wife was going to drive but once she saw just how chaotic and fast the course and other drivers were, we both decided it was too unsafe for her to attempt it given she has no track experience, no rear wheel drive experience, and wasn’t even familiar with basic performance driving concepts like apexing. The Nurburgring was unreal. It was better than I imagined. Complete driving nirvana. And the M3 was right at home on the track there. Very balanced and just ate all the hard late braking and mindless flogging I could throw at it. I drove with all of the nannies on due to my inexperience with both the track and the car. For the first run I used my M1 setting with the rev matching which made me sound like a pro. For subsequent runs I used my M2 setting with sport plus everything (or whatever it is called). This car seems to make you look like a superhero on the track.
We finished off Tuesday evening by eating at the Pistonklause restaurant again. The food was excellent. Service a bit slow but there are so few staff working it is understandable. Again, lots of ring drivers and instructors eating there after touristfahrten ended.
Day 6 (Post-Delivery): Netherlands, Bruges Belgium, Return to Nurburg On Wednesday (our final full day in Europe) we headed out on a day trip in my M3 to Bruges, Belgium with my wife driving the first part of the trip on the autobahn (she did 120MPH at one point…fastest she had been but I hit the speed limiter myself the day before at 155MPH actual and 167MPH indicated). Along the way we discovered we were only minutes away from the Netherlands (we had originally considered Amsterdam for the day trip) so we made a slight detour and explored a little to add another country to our visited list. The Netherlands villages and cities look so much different than most of the other countries we were in. Very tidy and modern yet still aged homes. Very IKEA looking I guess. We got back on the road and continued on to Bruges, Belgium. Some say that it is very touristy. And it is. However, we wanted to see the very old preserved features of the city even if it was a tourist destination. You can easily see most of what the city offers in one day. Not much point staying there. We climbed the spiral staircase in the belfry. It gets very tight near the top so much so that if someone is coming down you may have to go down a bit to be able to let them by. The building is a feat of medieval engineering and towers over the city. A medieval skyscraper if you will…providing spectacular views. Definitely worth the price of admission and the sweat. After shopping for a bit (chocolate a must) we finished the brief tour of the city by taking a canal boat tour. This is also a must do and a great way to see the city sights. Unfortunately, we missed out on the Brouwerij de Halve Maan (Half Moon Brewery) as it closed at 6PM (the tourists vanish about this hour because most shops and attractions close at this time). We cancelled our reservations to eat at Park restaurant due to time limitations and took a bus back to the parking lot where we got in the M3 and headed back to Nurburg to pack up.
Day 7 (Dropoff): Car Prep, Frankfurt Dropoff On Thursday morning, we left very early to head to Frankfurt for the drop off of my M3. I wanted to have enough time to wash the car first as required by BMW (smart regardless). We arrived with 1.5 hours to spare and I wasted all of that waiting for a nearby self serve car wash to not open. Apparently they did not open the wash until 9AM. I headed to a rumored self service car wash about 15min away in Offenbach am Main and spent 18 euro on tokens to get the car acceptably clean. (Each token good for 104 seconds of soaping/washing). By the time this was done we were an hour late to our drop off appointment but I was told that it was very common for people to run late and they were very accommodating and understanding. Once we finished the paperwork and turned in one of the keys, they called us a taxi (due to time limitations) and we headed to Frankfurt airport to fly home to the US. Our overall driving statistics in my M3 were pretty impressive. 1856km driven with a combination of autobahn cruising at low and high speeds, high speed blasts, Nurburging runs, my addiction to acceleration, putzing around through construction zones (of which there are MANY) and small villages all resulted in an average of 21MPG. Not bad at all for a car with close to 500hp (realistically).
Overall the trip was epic. Lots of driving…but we were getting cars…why wouldn’t we? The new M3s are fantastic. We are very satisfied. Though I wish my wife could have driven hers around, I think it worked out better to drop hers off because of how much time was spent on the road and our lack of a second cell phone to maintain comms. This was my second ED (first for my wife) and I will never buy a new BMW without taking delivery in this fashion. It is a no brainer. We are taking redelivery at the Performance Center in SC when the cars make it over here. Why not? Double up on the awesome deliveries if they are willing, right? Videos from the trip of my M3: The article Married couple picks up each an F80 BMW M3 in Munich appeared first on BMW BLOG