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BMW S54 Constant Pressure Valve – Engine Oil Leak – M3, M-Coupe, M-Roadster

This post on S54 oil leakage applies to the following models: * E36 M3 EURO-Spec (only) with M50B32 engine * E46 M3  2001 – 2006 * Z3 M-Coupe & Roadster 2001 – 2002 * Z4 M-Coupe & Roadster 2007 – 2008 A common oil leak on...

This post on S54 oil leakage applies to the following models: * E36 M3 EURO-Spec (only) with M50B32 engine * E46 M3  2001 – 2006 * Z3 M-Coupe & Roadster 2001 – 2002 * Z4 M-Coupe & Roadster 2007 – 2008 A common oil leak on the S54 6-cylinder engines is to have oil dripping [...]

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New BMW M3 and BMW M4 will debut at 2014 Detroit Auto Show

In an interview for MotorTrend, Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, BMW M CEO, says that the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 will make their public debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The web debut and potentially a brief public appearance will take place this year. On ...

New BMW M3 and BMW M4 will debut at 2014 Detroit Auto Show

In an interview for MotorTrend, Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, BMW M CEO, says that the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 will make their public debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The web debut and potentially a brief public appearance will take place this year. On the topic of turbocharged engines, Dr. Nitschke reassures the demanding M customers that the “the new M3 will have one of the best engines” M has ever have ever built.

New BMW M3 and BMW M4 will debut at 2014 Detroit Auto Show

The next interesting tidbit is in regards to the lightweight of the M4 Coupe which Dr. Nitschke says it will be lighter than the upcoming BMW 435i Coupe. The weight savings come from the extensive use of carbon fiber parts (as confirmed to us back in 2012): We will use lightweight parts in the places where it matters, at the ends of the car and high up, and in high-rpm parts of the powertrain. A carbon fiber roof, of course, and aluminum and magnesium and carbon fiber in the crash zones. An aluminum hood, and a new carbon fiber trunk lid. What about successor to the hugely popular BMW 1M? The so called M2 seems to not be yet greenlighted, but Dr. Nitschke leaves the door open for the possible M2, including the name. There’s no decision yet. But I absolutely want to develop a successor model to the 1 Series M Coupe. I have all the components I need – the powertrain, chassis. In the near future you will know. We can’t call it the M1, because that number is for the special mid-engined car, but there is M2, isn’t there? With carbon fiber and lightweight being two of common things between the M and i sub-brands, a natural question arises: will we see an M version of the i8? An M hybrid? It’s not necessary. The i brand represents those cars for BMW. Sure, a lightweight lithium-ion battery is useful, not for drive but for auxiliary functions and support systems. But there’s no M hybrid in the near future.

New BMW M3 and BMW M4 will debut at 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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What To Buy: Subaru BRZ Or a BMW Z3 M Coupe?

On the latest edition of #BRZorThat at AFTER DRIVE, Mike Spinelli and the team are posing the following question: should you buy the Subaru BRZ or the iconic BMW Z3 M Coupe? Furthermore, Spinelli is wondering if the BMW Z3 M-Coupe have the goods to ...

What To Buy: Subaru BRZ Or a BMW Z3 M Coupe?

On the latest edition of #BRZorThat at AFTER DRIVE, Mike Spinelli and the team are posing the following question: should you buy the Subaru BRZ or the iconic BMW Z3 M Coupe? Furthermore, Spinelli is wondering if the BMW Z3 M-Coupe have the goods to take down the most hyped sports car in the history of sports cars? The Subaru BRZ, also known as the Toyota G86 in Europe or Scion FR-S, is powered by a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that uses Subaru’s horizontally opposed boxer engine layout. Toyota added their D-4S injection system which uses both direct and port injection.

What To Buy: Subaru BRZ Or a BMW Z3 M Coupe?

The engine has a 12.5:1 compression ratio and a bore and stroke of 86 mm (3.4 in) that results in 200 horsepower (149 kW; 203 PS) at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) of torque at 6,000 rpm. The car utilizes an aluminum hood, a solid roof, and a trunk as opposed to a hatchback.The weight distribution is 53% in front and 47% in the rear. The FR-S, 86 and BRZ are offered with two 6-speed transmissions built by Aisin, a manual gearbox and an automatic transmission which is modified from the Lexus IS-F, minus two gears. A torque sensing limited slip differential is standard on most models. SUPER BILD: E30 M3 and Z3M Coupe The 1999 and 2000 M Coupe models were equipped with the 3.2 L S50 (S52 for North America) engine from the E36 BMW M3, while all the 2001 and 2002 models came with the S54 engine from the E46 BMW M3. Let’s have a look and vote for #BRZorThat cars here: http://slashdrive.tv/BRZorThat

What To Buy: Subaru BRZ Or a BMW Z3 M Coupe?

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M Stripes now available for $175 for most M Sport models

BMW announces today the availability of M Performance stripes to compliment the 1 Series M Coupe, M3 Coupe, Convertible and Sedan, M5, M6 Coupe and Convertible, and the 3 Series Coupe and Sedan with M Sport Package. They are in addition to the strip...

M Stripes now available for $175 for most M Sport models

BMW announces today the availability of M Performance stripes to compliment the 1 Series M Coupe, M3 Coupe, Convertible and Sedan, M5, M6 Coupe and Convertible, and the 3 Series Coupe and Sedan with M Sport Package. They are in addition to the stripes already seen in the catalog for the 3 Series and 5 Series vehicles. These stripes help to accentuate the already stunning performance of these cars with a bold and sporty visual statement. Here are the product highlights and benefits:

M Stripes now available for $175 for most M Sport models

Adds custom touch to vehicle while retaining M branding Matches other M Performance accessory products Adds to sporty nature of vehicle Follows vehicle contour lines High-quality, weather resistant material developed specifically for vehicle applications The front and rear stripes start at $175 while the side stripes are priced at $350 for the E92/E93 M3 and 1M, and $400 for the X5M and X6M. The side stripes for the F30 3 Series are $175. The black sport stripes seen on the F30 3 Series, running across the hood and the roof, have an MSRP of $250. Contact your local dealer for more information on how to order the M Stripes.

M Stripes now available for $175 for most M Sport models

M Stripes now available for $175 for most M Sport models

M Stripes now available for $175 for most M Sport models

M Stripes now available for $175 for most M Sport models

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Rare Find: BMW 1M Black for sale on eBay

With just 740 units produced for U.S. customers, the BMW 1M models are hard to come by. Essentially there were 739 “baby-Ms” sold to customers and one Valencia Orange used as a pace car at 24 hr of Daytona. A few of those have already been total...

Rare Find: BMW 1M Black for sale on eBay

With just 740 units produced for U.S. customers, the BMW 1M models are hard to come by. Essentially there were 739 “baby-Ms” sold to customers and one Valencia Orange used as a pace car at 24 hr of Daytona. A few of those have already been totaled so the overall number should be slightly lower by now and there are very few cases when the original owners are parting ways with one of the best BMW M cars ever built. One of those did end up on eBay though. A 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe in Black from Prestige BMW in New Jersey is up for sale and at midnight April 19th, the reserve price has not beet met. The current bid is $50,101. Here is the current description as seen on the BMW dealership ad:

Rare Find: BMW 1M Black for sale on eBay

Harman Kardon surround sound, LIMITED EDITION-, and Xenon headlights. 6spd manual! Spotless One-Owner! Imagine yourself behind the wheel of this gorgeous 2011 BMW 1 Series M. This is a great one-owner 1 Series M and it’s ready for you to take home today. No sordid history on this one-owner gem. The odometer shows 7,031 miles which is really appealing after nearly two years of ownership. Judging by the photos posted on eBay the 1M is in pristine condition and the black on black combination is stunning. According to BMW of North America, the number one color choice for U.S. customers was Valencia Orange, followed by Alpine White and Black Sapphire. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe had a base price of $47,010 and most of the used ones are selling above the original price.

Rare Find: BMW 1M Black for sale on eBay

Rare Find: BMW 1M Black for sale on eBay

Rare Find: BMW 1M Black for sale on eBay

Rare Find: BMW 1M Black for sale on eBay

Rare Find: BMW 1M Black for sale on eBay

Rare Find: BMW 1M Black for sale on eBay

Rare Find: BMW 1M Black for sale on eBay

Rare Find: BMW 1M Black for sale on eBay

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NYIAS 2013: the Newly Here and the Nearly Gone – M6 Coupe and 135is Coupe

These two desirable BMW coupes are on exhibit at the 2013 NY auto show, with the F13 M6 coupe representing the newly here while the 135is coupe is on its way out. This black sapphire metallic M6 is the flagship BMW M coupe with its 560hp / 502 lb-ft...

These two desirable BMW coupes are on exhibit at the 2013 NY auto show, with the F13 M6 coupe representing the newly here while the 135is coupe is on its way out. This black sapphire metallic M6 is the flagship BMW M coupe with its 560hp / 502 lb-ft torque twin turbo V8 powerplant, while the 135is coupe remains one of BMW’s best performing small coupe, for now… The 135is coupe will be replaced later this year by the BMW M235i coupe (the E82 1 series coupe will be replaced by the F22 2 series coupe). The M235i coupe will be the first M Performance automobile to be introduced to the North American market when it begins production in November 2013. It will be joined by the 228i coupe in the US. The 228i coupe also begin production this November. The M235i (315hp) will share its powertrain and engineering with the well praised M135i hatchback.

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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Rendered. Firm Plans for M2 Coupe and M2 Gran Coupe

The 2 Series coupe and convertible are on their way, having already been spied in testing for months now. So what’s next to come in the 2 Series lineup? Possibly the 2 Series Gran Coupe, which Autobild has taken a crack at rendering. Although ...

The 2 Series coupe and convertible are on their way, having already been spied in testing for months now. So what’s next to come in the 2 Series lineup? Possibly the 2 Series Gran Coupe, which Autobild has taken a crack at rendering. Although no prototypes have yet been spotted, it’s been previously rumored by BMW insider Scott26 to be on the way. Here are the models that may round out the 2 Series lineup (some more likely than others), per Scott26: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe – 4 door addition of 2 Series Coupe with slightly lengthened wheelbase and roof line, aimed at BMW’s RWD dominance against Audi A3 Sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA. [More Details] BMW 2 Series Gran Sports Tourer – Hyundai Veloster type A-symmetrical Tourer Coupe inspired by classic 2002 Touring variant, has many admirers in Munich. [More Details] BMW M2 Coupe – Successor to the BMW 1 Series M Coupe continues the same formula that made the last car be memorable, no huge competitor in the HP race , four cylinder will bring less weight , which matter most as does more enjoyment and overall feel is considered to be more of a priority than who has the biggest numbers. BMW M2 Gran Coupe – Baby Coupe inherits a four door brother and RWD, Direct competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. Scott26 shares that there are now firm plans for an M2 Gran Coupe (see post below). Follow 2 Series / M2 news and developments at:http://www.bimmerpost.com/2-series/http://www.bimmerpost.com/m2/

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BMWBLOG interviews BMW M CEO – “Yes there will be a follow up to the 1 Series M Coupe”

BMWBLOG’s Misha Nikolich and Chuck Vossler sat down with Dr. Nitschke – M CEO for an exclusive interview. We had an excellent open discussion about BMW’s most powerful brand, BMW M and as well as M Division’s Motorsport Racing involv...

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BMWBLOG’s Misha Nikolich and Chuck Vossler sat down with Dr. Nitschke – M CEO for an exclusive interview. We had an excellent open discussion about BMW’s most powerful brand, BMW M and as well as M Division’s Motorsport Racing involvement. BMWBLOG:  What did BMW learn form the 1 Series M Coupe and most importantly will there be a successor? Dr. Nitschke – M CEO: We stopped the production of the 1 Series M Coupe in the middle of last year and we launched in Germany the M135i. It’s a new category for us, the M Performance. At the moment we are very successful with this car. It’s not a pure M car, but we, for example, won the prize of the best sports car in its category in Germany and England. At the moment we are thinking of what can we do with an entry-level car for the M brand. We haven’t made a decision yet, but the 1 M coupe was so successful, that in my opinion, I am absolutely sure we will build a successor.

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BMWBLOG: BMW has the M Performance brand coming online, the pure M cars and then you have a 3 Series with an M Sport Package. Is this confusing and do you see a M335i in the future? Dr. Nitschke: You have to look at the entire portfolio and that you have a clear differentiation of characters. You have to look at the 335i from our colleagues at BMW AG and how well it performs and you really have to determine whether or not there’s any place between a top BMW model and an M model. This is what you have to do segment by segment, because you don’t want to have any internal overlap and fight for the same customer. We want different customers with different aspirations or expectations. BMWBLOG: Moving on to the M6 Gran Coupe, I would assume a natural competitor would be the Porsche Panamera. Porsche offers an all-wheel drive version as well as a rear-wheel drive. Do you guys ever see yourself offering an all-wheel drive version of the M5 or M6’s? Dr. Nitschke: For us it’s very important to not put additional weight onto the cars. And with an all-wheel drive we have to put between 80-90 kg additional weight. That’s one main reason why we say an all-wheel drive is not an option for this car. We developed this car on the race track for the street and to have independent steering and precision. Its precision is fantastic and you cannot get this with an all-wheel drive because you have in the steering on the front axle the input of the engine. Therefore, we will not bring an all-wheel drive, only a rear-wheel drive. We have the Active M Differential that has been taken to a new level: an active system, pre-judging what you need, where you need it in terms of the power and the torque. Therefore for us the rear-wheel drive is definitely the best also in terms of traction. The harmony of the car is absolutely perfect. From the weight to the precision to the acceleration. I think it’s perfect the way it is. BMWBLOG : You made a good case why you won’t add all-wheel drive including the additional weight. What things has BMW M done to decrease the weight of M cars versus the non-M variants? Like the carbon fiber roof being an example. Dr. Nitschke: We look at all materials. We use special lightweight materials. Think about our M3 CRT for example. It has a carbon fiber hood and seats. You can put an optional special lightweight battery. Anything we do in racing can be brought in as well, if we can pay for it. Also in the past we had the M3 CSL which had intelligent lightweight construction as well. It’s not one material, it’s various materials all balanced in the right place. This is how M has been working for decades now, starting in 1972. Actually, the previous M5 weighed 150kg less than a standard 550i. Now the current M5 is 30-40 kg less. So our first step is just to reduce that additional weight. BMWBLOG: You just mentioned a lot of really really great cars like the M3 CSL and the M3 CRT that we don’t get here in the US. Any chance that those types of cars would ever make it to the United States? 

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Dr. Nitschke: In principle, we want to develop M cars for all markets in the world. We obviously have to look case by case what the regulations and requirements are. So in the future, we will not leave anything out deliberately but it may be a technical or a timing challenge. But in principle we want to have these fine cars available for all markets. But we would obviously benefit from more homogeneous regulations across the world especially for a small volume manufacturer. BMWBLOG: The new carbon ceramic brakes. Have you had success with selling those because they dissipate heat so well and save weight? Dr. Nitschke: We are just starting production of these in March for the M5 and M6. And we are very keen to see how many of our customers will opt for this very smart lightweight and performance related feature. BMWBLOG: Will the 4 years/50,000 mile warranty still apply to these given their cost? Dr. Nitschke: That is something our BMW NA colleagues will communicate shortly so that everyone is aware when they order this feature which warranty package it includes. BMWBLOG: Going back to the M Performance vehicles. How has M touched those cars? Did you develop the suspension or were they wholly developed by M? Dr. Nitschke: We have a core M brand and I would say 60-80% of the parts are new for the core M brand. For M Performance brand, we took old parts and make it new. We take more from the basic car and we put special additional M parts in this car. But the R&D amount is not so high as in a core M3/M5/M6. BMWBLOG: We are eagerly anticipating the new M3. Are you willing to comment on which motor it will come with? A triple-turbo charged inline 6 cylinder or….? Dr. Nitschke: We heard about a triple-turbo charged motor. We have heard about an electric turbo. We have heard so many things. Well of course we have considered various solutions and you can assume that we at M have made a decision. Which we will not tell you yet. (Note: He says with a laugh and a smile!) I can say definitely that it will not be the triple diesel. BMWBLOG: You just introduced the 4 Series Coupe Concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Do you see a two door M3 in the future or are you going to call it an M4? Dr. Nitschke: Well it’s pretty easy. If there would be a 4 Series and we were to produce an M car on that basis, then it would be called an M4.

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BMWBLOG: This year was a very successful year for BMW Motorsport with the DTM Championship with Bruno Spengler. We were all very excited to see that in the first year. Will we see BMW M and BMW Motorsports working closely together with production vehicles? Dr. Nitschke: Absolutely! Our 400 engineers in Garching close to Munich are Motorsport enthusiasts. Everything that they do, they look with one eye to  Motorsport and we work very close together. We look for every feature we bring in our cars to use in the Motorsport version. We look at what can we bring to our latest M3 and M4 cars. There’s a very strong relationship. There are clearly recognizable things. First of all, there is an exchange of staff so that there is an exchange of knowledge as well. We support this in the right manner, so that we have this interaction. The other thing is that all the things we learn in the Motorsports regarding materials, processes and so on, also can be transferred to production cars. Remember the M3 E46 GTR? The eight-cylinder car? It was pretty successful, wasn’t it? That engine was the basis for the current E90 M3 engine. So you see there’s a close interaction between Motorsports and production cars. Actually the project leader of this Motorsport at the time is now the head of engineering at BMW M, so you can see the interaction. BMWBLOG: Thank you very much for your time.

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BMW Super Bild: E30 M3 Heaven

The E30 M3; arguably the pinnacle of what embodies the Ultimate Driving Machine. Lightweight chassis, a normally aspirated engine willing to rev past the sky, and seating for you and three of your friends. This is about as good as a car can be. But ...

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The E30 M3; arguably the pinnacle of what embodies the Ultimate Driving Machine. Lightweight chassis, a normally aspirated engine willing to rev past the sky, and seating for you and three of your friends. This is about as good as a car can be. But not only is the E30 M3 the benchmark for most auto manufacturers it is also the benchmark by which our own enthusiasts compare every BMW to exit the factory since. Admittedly not many have been able to hit the mark however. A few cars do come to mind here and there; the 2012 1 series M Coupe as well as the E46 M3 CSL. But these BMWs are so rare these days that it’s actually easier and less expensive to just buy the real deal, an E30 M3.

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Yes, recent clean examples of E30 M3s are being offered for upwards of $25,000 US but the truth is they’re worth every penny. The E30 M3 is THE icon of motoring perfection! This and the fact that the E46 M3 CSL was never available here in the US. So rare is the E46 M3 CSL that a recent search of the usual internet sales sites turned up nothing. So that leaves us with the 1 Series M coupe from last year. There’s only 700 plus examples that made it to the U.S. in 3 different colors all with the same interior, Valencia Orange, Alpine White, and Black Sapphire. The problem is that even with very low miles they are being offered at ridiculous prices from not only private owners that know what their car’s potential value could be, but also from dealerships looking to cash in on the greatest small BMW to come from Munich in a long time.

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Ok I agree both the E46 M3 CSL and the 1 Series M coupe are both far more capable cars on the open road but do any of them offer the sheer visceral driving pleasure of the E30? I’ve been fortunate enough to have driven 2 of these cars at length on the street as well as spent time with them on the track. The only one that has eluded me is the E46 M3csl, because as I stated earlier, they were never available here in the states. I do however plan on experiencing this Nurburgring conquering monster some time in the near future. Hopefully before they become too valuable and no one will let me drive theirs. Today’s Super Bild is a sea of E30 M3s. Though it may look like a casual gathering of like minded BMW owners out for a Saturday afternoon, to me it looks like heaven. Have a Super Bild? Send it to me at manny@BMWBlog.com Photo courtesy of Tobes Patschi Huebner via Classic and Vintage BMW on Facebook

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Very Last BMW 1M Coupe Delivered to Customer at the Welt

According to the BMW Welt/Museum FB page, the very last 1 Series M Coupe has been delivered to Dietmar Götzmann at the BMW Welt recently. Götzmann (left) is the general manager partner of Uwe Ratzel GmbH & Co. KG (BMW Zentrum/dealership). It ...

According to the BMW Welt/Museum FB page, the very last 1 Series M Coupe has been delivered to Dietmar Götzmann at the BMW Welt recently. Götzmann (left) is the general manager partner of Uwe Ratzel GmbH & Co. KG (BMW Zentrum/dealership). It is unclear when Dietmar Götzmann had taken delivery of his 1M. But we believe it to be recently.

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