BMW M4 vs. M3 CSL – Video Comparison

Wheels Mag grabbed one of the purest M cars BMW ever made, an E46 M3 CSL, and throw it head to head with its newest descendant, the turbocharged M4. It’s a race between digital vs analogue, new vs. old on the road and the track. Much like the ...

Wheels Mag grabbed one of the purest M cars BMW ever made, an E46 M3 CSL, and throw it head to head with its newest descendant, the turbocharged M4. It’s a race between digital vs analogue, new vs. old on the road and the track. Much like the 3.0 CSL, the M3 CSL is a lightweight, stripped out, hardcore version of the standard car. It also gets a power bump to its 3.2 liter straight-six engine, to the tune of 360 hp. That horsepower figure may not sound like a lot by today’s standards, but considering the CSL weighs in at around 3,053 lbs (240 lbs less than the standard M3), it’s more than enough to turn the CSL into a rocket. The CSL is also fitted with BMW’s SMG (sequential manual gearbox) of the time, and while it isn’t the smoothest unit ever made, it allows for lightning quick shifts. This allows the M3 CSL to hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

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The M3 CSL isn’t just about straight-line speed, however. In fact, the CSL is more about handling and purity of drive than anything else. The car is completely stripped out, with alcantara, single-piece racing seats, an alcantara steering wheel, no radio, no air-conditioning, no sound deadening material underneath the hood and even a cardboard trunk liner. All of this is combined with some high-tech weight savings, such as a carbon fiber roof. Mechanically, the car is lowered on stiffer suspension, fitted with better brakes and has a limited-slip differential. It’s driving dynamics are still raved over today with some people claiming it to be the best driving BMW of all time.

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BMW’s first M4 dropped the V8 for a 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbocharged unit outputting 425 hp and 550 Nm of torque. It weighs 3,465 lbs, so it’s significantly heavier than the M3 CSL. While the E46 M3 CSL acts as a raw racing car, the M4 is a bit more docile and behaves better on the road and less aggressive on the track. Yet, both cars have their strengths and they both cater to the requirements of their times. Let’s take a look at the, somewhat quirky, video. The article BMW M4 vs. M3 CSL – Video Comparison appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Russia destroys 1500 kg of food meant for BMW DTM team

Russia’s food safety watchdog has burned 1500 kg of food imported for BMW DTM car racing team ahead of the race scheduled near Moscow. Reuters reports that the destruction of food is part of Moscow’s program of burning and bulldozing western food...

Russia’s food safety watchdog has burned 1500 kg of food imported for BMW DTM car racing team ahead of the race scheduled near Moscow. Reuters reports that the destruction of food is part of Moscow’s program of burning and bulldozing western food, banned from Russia in retaliation for sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. “The department decided to impound goods at the checkpoint due to gross violation of sanitary rules,” Tass quoted food watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor as saying.

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Russia currently destroys western food, in retaliation for sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters The food was destroyed by officials in the Pskov region, about 450 miles north-west of Moscow. The BMW teams will race at the “Moscow Raceway” from 28th to 30th August. This is the touring car series’ third event of the season outside Germany. Races 11 and 12 will take place on the outskirts of the Russian capital. [Source: The Guardian] The article Russia destroys 1500 kg of food meant for BMW DTM team appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Randy Pobst uses BMW M3 to teach oversteer, the party drug of driving

Donuts! Powerslides! Dukes of Hazzard stuff! What do these all result from? Oversteer! On the premiere episode of The Racing Line presented by Tire Rack, pro driver Randy Pobst shows you what oversteer is all about. ...

Donuts! Powerslides! Dukes of Hazzard stuff! What do these all result from? Oversteer! On the premiere episode of The Racing Line presented by Tire Rack, pro driver Randy Pobst shows you what oversteer is all about.

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Listen to the BMW M2 engine sound

BMW M2 is back on track at the Nurburgring and gives us a closer look at the its handling and engine. BMW’s M2 is powered by the N55 TwinScroll turbocharged engine with some components from the S55 engine. One of them is the oil pump found in the M...

BMW M2 is back on track at the Nurburgring and gives us a closer look at the its handling and engine. BMW’s M2 is powered by the N55 TwinScroll turbocharged engine with some components from the S55 engine. One of them is the oil pump found in the M-developed engine. The power output is 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. The launch color palette will be limited. Our sources couldn’t say how many and what colors will be added in the future, but at the launch, the M2 customers will get to pick from four paint jobs: Long Beach Blue, Alpine White, Mineral Grey and Black Sapphire. The official color is said to be Long Beach Blue so expect to see the first marketing photos sporting the beautiful blue shade. BMW will unveil the M2 in October and will go on sale in Spring 2016. The article Listen to the BMW M2 engine sound appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Watch this new video gallery with the 2016 BMW 7 Series

Porto and New York City are hosting this week the international media launch of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series. On this occasion, BMW has put together a large video gallery detailing the design, technology and driving experience of the new 7 Series. The B...

Porto and New York City are hosting this week the international media launch of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series. On this occasion, BMW has put together a large video gallery detailing the design, technology and driving experience of the new 7 Series. The BMW 7 Series has always been a car that blends superb luxury with class-leading vehicle dynamics. The previous two generations seemed to have distanced themselves from the latter a bit, in comparison to earlier generations, however this new model seems to be regaining the model’s glory. This new 7 Series seems to blend performance and comfort into the perfect luxury car package. It combines good, yet subtle, looks with an outstanding interior, excellent comfort and class-leading dynamics.

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Thus far, the driving reports are positive and BMW seems to have successfully designed a viable competitor to the current class leader, the S-Class. We look forward to getting behind the wheel on Monday and see what the car is made of. In the mean time, enjoy the video gallery below: The article Watch this new video gallery with the 2016 BMW 7 Series appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rumor: Alfa Giulia QV Faster Than BMW M4 at Nurburgring, but has 530 hp

If you’re a fan of BMW, it’s likely that you’re also quite fond of the brand from Milan, Italy, Alfa Romeo. Aflas have long held the same lovable characteristics as BMW, except with a bit more Italian flair in place of some German precision. Wh...

If you’re a fan of BMW, it’s likely that you’re also quite fond of the brand from Milan, Italy, Alfa Romeo. Aflas have long held the same lovable characteristics as BMW, except with a bit more Italian flair in place of some German precision. Where BMWs are precise, dynamic and exciting machines, Alfas are beautiful, dynamic and exciting machines. This flair, beauty and extravagance are exactly the qualities that Alfa Romeo wants to fight the BMW M3 with, in the upcoming Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde. But apparently, speed is another.

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The M3 fighter in question just might do exactly that. An Italian Alfa Romeo blog, di Motori, has recently reported a couple of new nuggets of information on the Giulia QV. According to the Italian blog, the QV will have a reported 530 horsepower, instead of the previously reported 503. This will make the Alfa 105 hp more powerful than the BMW M3. The BMW M3 might be lighter, but it will need to be significantly light to erase a 105 hp advantage.

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The second piece of new information is that Alfa Romeo claims its Giulia QV lapped the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:43, which is a full nine seconds faster than the BMW M3’s 7:52 time. While this info hasn’t been officially confirmed, and is only a rumor, it should be quite unnerving to BMW. BMW’s other M3 competitors have all been claimed to be missing the secret sauce that the M3 has. But The Alfa Romeo Giulia QV should have the excitement and flair to make it the more desirable car than the M3. So if it can combine more desirable looks and feel along with better speed and performance, the BMW M3 might just lose this battle. Alfa Romeo very much wants to be taken more seriously in the performance car world, as it once was. This QV might just be the car to do so, especially if it can go faster around the Nurburgring, BMW’s own backyard. We’ll see just how fast the clover-badged Alfa is soon, but until then, we can assume that it’s quite a bit faster than the M3. The article Rumor: Alfa Giulia QV Faster Than BMW M4 at Nurburgring, but has 530 hp appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Video: BMW M2 testing with production bound exhaust?

The M2 prototype continues its testing on the Nurburgring and this particular prototype sports what could be the final production bound exhaust, featuring final looking metal exhaust tips for the first time. ...

The M2 prototype continues its testing on the Nurburgring and this particular prototype sports what could be the final production bound exhaust, featuring final looking metal exhaust tips for the first time.

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BMW M3 vs. M3 CSL – Video Comparison

Wheels Mag grabbed one of the purest M cars BMW ever made, an E46 M3 CSL, and throw it head to head with its newest descendant, the turbocharged M4. It’s a race between digital vs analogue, new vs. old on the road and the track. Much like the ...

Wheels Mag grabbed one of the purest M cars BMW ever made, an E46 M3 CSL, and throw it head to head with its newest descendant, the turbocharged M4. It’s a race between digital vs analogue, new vs. old on the road and the track. Much like the 3.0 CSL, the M3 CSL is a lightweight, stripped out, hardcore version of the standard car. It also gets a power bump to its 3.2 liter straight-six engine, to the tune of 360 hp. That horsepower figure may not sound like a lot by today’s standards, but considering the CSL weighs in at around 3,053 lbs (240 lbs less than the standard M3), it’s more than enough to turn the CSL into a rocket. The CSL is also fitted with BMW’s SMG (sequential manual gearbox) of the time, and while it isn’t the smoothest unit ever made, it allows for lightning quick shifts. This allows the M3 CSL to hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

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The M3 CSL isn’t just about straight-line speed, however. In fact, the CSL is more about handling and purity of drive than anything else. The car is completely stripped out, with alcantara, single-piece racing seats, an alcantara steering wheel, no radio, no air-conditioning, no sound deadening material underneath the hood and even a cardboard trunk liner. All of this is combined with some high-tech weight savings, such as a carbon fiber roof. Mechanically, the car is lowered on stiffer suspension, fitted with better brakes and has a limited-slip differential. It’s driving dynamics are still raved over today with some people claiming it to be the best driving BMW of all time.

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BMW’s first M4 dropped the V8 for a 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbocharged unit outputting 425 hp and 550 Nm of torque. It weighs 3,465 lbs, so it’s significantly heavier than the M3 CSL. While the E46 M3 CSL acts as a raw racing car, the M4 is a bit more docile and behaves better on the road and less aggressive on the track. Yet, both cars have their strengths and they both cater to the requirements of their times. Let’s take a look at the, somewhat quirky, video. The article BMW M3 vs. M3 CSL – Video Comparison appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2016 BMW 740i & 750i xDrive Specifications & Gallery

Today BMW is dropping a boat load of photos and final specifications on the production version of the new G01 and G02 2016 7… The post 2016 BMW 740i & 750i xDrive Specifications &… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web...

Today BMW is dropping a boat load of photos and final specifications on the production version of the new G01 and G02 2016 7… The post 2016 BMW 740i & 750i xDrive Specifications &… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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2016 BMW 730d Specifications & Gallery

Along with the range topping 40i and 50i models BMW is dropping details on the new 30d version of the new 2016 7 Series…. The post 2016 BMW 730d Specifications & Gallery appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

Along with the range topping 40i and 50i models BMW is dropping details on the new 30d version of the new 2016 7 Series…. The post 2016 BMW 730d Specifications & Gallery appeared first on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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