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2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe now more expensive than when new

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2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe

At the end of the day, your friendly Autoblog editors are car guys, just like you. So, while we might have more of an opportunity to test some of the most interesting vehicles on the new car scene than does your average gear head, we can still be found whiling away those long afternoon hours looking at used cars and thinking about what could be.

Just the other day, we had a vivid reminder about one of our dream cars from the very recent past, the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe. If you didn’t catch it, Michael Harley had a great time testing and reviewing the new Dinan S3-R version of the car, which throws an impressively engineered turbo and suspension tune on a BMW that was damn near perfect out of the box.

In the Comments section of that review, a few savvy Autoblog readers pointed out that our estimated price for a used donor car, set at $50,000, was low. Odd, we thought, as the car retailed for less than $50k ($46,135) when it was new in 2011. So we started checking around.

With only 740 units sold in the US to begin with, finding data on 1MC sales is a bit dicey, but here’s what we know. We tracked down about 20 cars currently on sale, by way of major used auto sales websites, and found an average asking price of a whopping $61,670 with an average mileage of about 11,600 on the clock. That’s more than $15,500 over the MSRP when new, or an appreciation of around $5k per year.

The best deal we could locate was a 14k-miler for $55,500; the most expensive being $65,991 with just 8,800 miles. Those numbers are just about right on based on the industry standard Black Book, too, which calls the retail value in California, for instance, at an even $60,000 for an “Extra Clean” car. Talk about an investment we can get behind…

2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe now more expensive than when new originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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April 6th, 2014

2015 BMW M3 and M4 configurator launched, no lunch hour safe

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BMW M3 Configurator

BMW M4 ConfiguratorBMW has just made your lunch break a little more interesting by launching the configurators for the M3 and M4. Pricing and options for the new sports coupe and sedan was revealed just a few days ago, but it’s always more fun to see the visual effect your personalizations have on the bottom line.

The M3 and M4 start at $62,000 and $64,200, respectively, without a $925 destination charge. However, as soon as the configurator is opened, both models default with metallic paint ($550) and the M Double-clutch Transmission ($2900), plus extended leather on the M3 ($950) and full leather on the M4 ($3,500). This is basically the way they were shown when displayed at auto shows. Of course, there’s nothing preventing users from setting up these performance machines however they like.

So sit down at your desk with a cup of coffee or a sandwich and create your perfect German sport sedan or coupe. It’s always fun to see how much money can be spent on a dream car.

2015 BMW M3 and M4 configurator launched, no lunch hour safe originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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April 3rd, 2014

BMW tests M Lap Timer App with M4 Coupe at Brands Hatch

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BMW M Lap Timer

The 2015 BMW M4 looks to include all the necessary ingredients to offer dynamite driving experience. It’s an M car after all. But in today’s constantly connected world, the experience of hurtling a car around a track isn’t always enough.

We want data, and while there are some solid telemetry apps available for smartphones (notably Harry’s GPS LapTimer), manufacturers have been a bit slower to develop their own dedicated mobile telemetry trackers for their performance cars. With the new M4, though, BMW is taking the plunge, allowing drivers to track their lap progress through a new app, creatively called the M Lap Timer.

To show off the program, BMW has recruited touring car racer Andy Priaulx to perform a fast lap in an M4 at the UK’s Brands Hatch circuit. The accompanying video doesn’t do much to show off the app in action. Rather, it give us a stylized look at the metrics as Priaulx hustles BMW’s hottest 4 Series coupe around the circuit.

Of course, the Lap Timer is something we hope to sample as soon as we get our first turn in the M4. Until then, have a look below to see just what it’s capable of.

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BMW tests M Lap Timer App with M4 Coupe at Brands Hatch originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 21st, 2014

Audi S3 pitted against BMW M135i in track battle

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Evo: BMW M135i to Audi S3

Audi and BMW have long been enemies on both the road and the track, with their respective M and S/RS lines duking it out to the delight of auto enthusiasts everywhere. In this video from Evo, two of the rivalry’s newest combatants take to the track – the Audi S3 and the BMW M135i.

The new Audi S3, which is finally coming to America, throws down with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. 290 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque are deployed to a Quattro all-wheel-drive system via a six-speed, S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission, allowing the five-door Audi to scamper to 60 in under five seconds.

The BMW, which Americans will know as a long-roof version of the new M235i Coupe, comes to the track with 320 ponies and 331 lb-ft of torque. That’s a good bit more than the Audi, but the M135i has only two wheels to send its power to, an eight-speed single-clutch automatic (a six-speed manual is available) and a slightly higher curb weight.

Which will be best on the track? Scroll down and find out.

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Audi S3 pitted against BMW M135i in track battle originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 7th, 2014

Hamann BMW M6 Mirror can now cash the checks its body writes

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Hamann BMW M6 Mirror

Anyone remember the Hamann Mirror? Need a refresher? The Mirror is German tuning company Hamann’s idea of a BMW M6. It was shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as an M6 Gran Coupe, sporting a ridiculous paint job and some meaty, multi-spoke 21-inch wheels.

Consider this car the Mirror Mark 2. Based on the M6 Coupe, Hamann has applied a similar visual theme, using the same 21-inch wheels from 2013. Whereas the Gran Coupe rode around with a stock powertrain, though, there’s been no such restraint with the two-door Mirror. A fine 620 horsepower is available from the 4.4-liter, biturbocharged V8, an increase of 60 horsepower. Torque is up as well, from 501 pound-feet to a whopping 560, meaning this M6 has speed to match its looks. Hamann claims the Mirror’s newfound grunt allows it to hit 62 miles per hour faster than the standard M6 (we’d certainly hope so), although it won’t mention a specific number.

The suspension, meanwhile, has been dropped 1.37 inches, or about a third of an inch lower than the Frankfurt Mirror. That drop is complemented by the Mirror’s bodywork, including the exposed, carbon fiber hood and the flared fenders, which can now accommodate the enormous 305/25 rear rubber. Hamann has also paid some attention to the front and rear aerodynamics.

We’ve got a full gallery of the Hamann Mirror on the floor of the Geneva Motor Show. You can also scroll down for a look at the official press from Hamann. Have a look and let us know what you think of this aftermarket effort.

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Hamann BMW M6 Mirror can now cash the checks its body writes originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 5th, 2014

Report: BMW details cheaper, sub-M performance cars for young ‘brand ambassadors’

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BMW M235i

BMW’s M cars are undoubtedly some of the best sport sedans in the world. Unfortunately, their prices put them out of the reach of a huge segment of buyers, many of them young. However, that might change in the near future as BMW launches its M Performance Automobiles performance sub-brand, positioned between its standard cars and the full M models.

Traditionally, M car buyers have been male and in their early-40s, according to Oliver Ganser, product strategy manager for BMW North America, speaking to Automotive News. However with MPA, BMW hopes to find even younger buyers “who will be brand ambassadors and appeal to the real enthusiasts that we have,” he said. These new MPA models will see a mild boost in power and handling from off-the-shelf parts, instead of the unique engines and cutting-edge tech from their bigger M brothers.

The M Performance Automobiles line was launched last March at the Geneva Motor Show with high-performance diesel models of the 5 Series, X5 and X6. The first of the MPA models coming Stateside, the M235i, launches in March. We liked it when we drove it in January, but the $44,000 base price is still a bit steep. If it proves to be a success, we will see more of them, and if not, then it’ll go down as another failed experiment, like the 318ti hatchback.

BMW details cheaper, sub-M performance cars for young ‘brand ambassadors’ originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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February 11th, 2014
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