With the introduction of the M235i Racing, BMW Motorsport is expanding its range of cars within the BMW Sports Trophy Customer Racing programme. From 2014, privateer BMW teams and drivers who cough up the asking price of 59,500 Euros will have the opportunity to line up on the grid with the brand-new BMW M235i Racing.
The plan is initially for the car to be used in series and events such as the VLN Endurance Championship and the Nürburgring 24 Hours on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE). However in the future, the BMW M235i Racing should also be a contender on international stages for BMW Sports Trophy drivers.
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The long-established BMW tuning company AC Schnitzer have just published details regarding their aftermarket performance parts for the all-new BMW 4-Series Coupe. In terms of styling the options are limited for now, consisting of just different 18, 19 and 20-inch alloy wheels in either black or silver, and a selection of different chrome tailpipe designs.
However when it comes to what’s under the hood – the stuff that really matters – AC Schnitzer have been busy. They’ve developed power upgrade kits for the 428i, 435i and 420d. The 428i’s power increases from 241 hp to 290 hp, the 435i goes from 302 hp to 355 hp, and the 420d gets a 34 hp increase in power taking the total to 215 hp.
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Up Close is a feature on diseno-art where the latest, greatest and most interesting vehicles from history are showcased an easy to digest way. That means lots of annotated pictures, and just the most interesting facts and cold hard numbers. This time around we’ll take a short ‘n sweet look at the BMW 2002 Turbo, arguably the spiritual grandfather of the M3.
The BMW 2002 Turbo lived a short life. Just 10 short months during 1972 and 1973. In total only 1,672 cars were produced. Today it is a highly prized collectors car, and should you see one you can be sure that the driver “knows his cars”. The 2002 Turbo has the distinction of being the first turbocharged production car, and in its day it had a bit of a reputation as a hooligan and a handful. The turbocharger didn’t make itself known until 4,500 rpm, and when it arrived it often did so unannouced and with a bit of a kick. The 1973 oil crisis was the undoing of the 2002 Turbo, when gasoline prices doubled practically overnight. All of a sudden a turbocharged car which offered 17 mph just wasn’t very appealing.
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The all-new BMW M4 is set to make its world debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California this weekend. But ahead of its official unveiling, the M4 has stuck its head out into the big wide world courtesy of the naughty embargo-breakers over at USA Today.
Taking over from where the BMW M3 Coupe leaves off, the new M4 is a completly new car. It’s based on the standard 4 Series Coupe, however like all M-cars there’s much more to it than just a fancy bit of bodywork and a more powerful engine. The styling of the BMW M4 draws heavily on the design of the recently announced M Performance Package which is available to 4 Series owners.
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Kelleners Sport, based in Merzig, Germany have taken the work of their fellow countrymen and added a bit more panache. Their modification options include both aerodynamic tweeks and under-the-hood stuff.
Starting with the bodywork, Kelleners Sport have added a new front and rear apron with larger intakes and more aggressive styling. The kit also includes rather tacky-looking stick on extras for the hood and front wheel arches. You don’t want those.
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German tuning firm G-POWER have just published details regarding their latest creation. Based on the most recent version of the BMW M3, the G-POWER M3 GT2 R is a track-prepared rocket which also happens to be 100-percent road legal. G-POWER’s modifications to the M3 start with the exterior, where they’ve added a carbon fiber body kit which reduces weight while increasing downforce. The new bodywork consists of a more aggressive front bumper, a lightweight hood with additional venting, wider wheel arches, a new rear bumper, and a large rear spoiler. These changes, coupled with some lightweight carbon bucket seats on the inside mean the G-POWER M3 GT2 R weighs in at less than 1,500 kgs (3,306 lbs) – roughly 150 kgs (330 lbs) less than the standard M3.
Powering the G-POWER BMW M3 GT2 R is a highly modified version of the M3′s V8. Firstly the displacement has been increased from 4.0 litres to 4.6 litres through the use of a new crankshaft which increases the stroke. Secondly there are some MAHLE forged pistons developed exclusivley for G-POWER. Thirdly, and most importantly, there is a SK III supercharger system. These changes, coupled with a new airbox and titanium exhaust system, result in a peak engine output of 720 horsepower. Allowing the G-POWER M3 GT2 R to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and hit 205 mph (330 km/h).
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With the imminent arrival of the new 4 Series, BMW have been ramping up the excitement with the unveiling of a selection of M Performance parts. The 435i display car shown here is equipped with a number of exterior aerodynamic upgrades, interior trim enhancements, modifications to the powertrain and improvements to the chassis.
The exterior of the 435i M Performance features a new front bumper with significantly larger openings and a carbon fiber splitter, lightweight 20-inch wheels, rear diffuser, carbon fiber rear spoiler, blacked-out grilles and a stripe running down the sides.
The interior of the car benefits from acres of Alcantara suede, a multi-function sports steering wheel with race display, steel pedals, M Performance floor mats, and an M-branded shifter.
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The BMW Concept Active Tourer isn’t entirely new. But this particular version is. Unveiled at the OutDoor Friedrichshafen fair in Germany (11 – 14 July), the latest version of the BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor has been specifically designed with cyclists in mind. While most of the concept is more or less identical to the original 2012 concept – except for the new orangey-gold paintwork – the interior has been modified to carry a couple of bicycles and all their gear and maintenance tools.
The upholstery consists of hard-wearing leather which is designed to withstand the scuffs and scrapes of loading and unloading outdoor equipment. With the rear seats folded down, a specially designed fold-away bike rack can carry two bicycles securely inside the vehicle – with the front wheels removed. Several individual compartments near the trunk opening are designed to hold tools, spares and additional kit.
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BMW has finally unveiled the long-awaited 4 Series Coupe. The car was previewed late last year in concept form, and it looks like BMW have stayed fairly true to the original concept. The most noticeable changes being a slight redesign of the lower grilled and driving lights.
The decision to rename the long-standing 3 Series coupe the 4 Series is not one without controversy. It can take manufacturers decades to build up the respect and appreciation of buyers who instantly recognise a certain model and its heritage. However from a purely logical point of view it does make sense that the 4 Series Coupe is now in line with the larger 6 Series and 8 Series Coupes, and upcoming smaller 2 Series Coupe. In our little poll, 63 percent of you though it was a good idea to rename the 3 Series Coupe. While 37 percent thought it just confused things.
But anyway. It’s here. And from launch (in the US) it will be offered as both a 428i model and as a 435i model. The 428i is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder, while the 435i is fitted with a twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre inline 6-cylinder. Both will be available with a standard 8-speed sport automatic or six-speed manual transmission, and both will be offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive or with BMW’s optional xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
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In Classic or Contemporary, a new series for diseno-art, we’ll be show you two similar priced cars of the same make and model which are on sale today. Except whereas one is relatively modern, new and shiny, the other will have been driving around for the last couple of decades slowly gathering character. It’s up to you to decide which you’d have in your driveway.
To start the series I’m going to go for one of the world’s most easily recognised cars, the trusty 3 Series. It’s been around since 1975, and gone through six generations generations. However the formula hasn’t changed since the start, and to be honest – apart from the last couple of versions – the styling has remained pretty faithful to the original too. Including the sensible profile, twin round headlights, and of course, the ‘Hoffmeister kink’.
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