bmw m3

Driven: 2022 BMW M340i

The 2022 BMW M340i sits in an interesting spot in the Bavarian brand’s beloved 3 Series lineup. After spending a full week with it, we really enjoyed its ability to be both a mild and comfortable, daily a-to-be cruiser, yet also transform into a fast, athletic, and thrilling sports sedan.

By Peter Nelson | July 13, 2022
The New BMW M3 And M4 — There’s Solid Reasoning Behind The Elongated Kidney Grille

The new BMW M3 and M4 have finally, officially been revealed, and the specs look quite tantalizing.

By Peter Nelson | September 22, 2020
Review: 2016 F80 BMW M3 6-Speed — Building Upon Brilliance

The old adage that BMWs are the kings of the road has always been a true statement. They’re designed to tick off the miles on long stretches of highway, cruising comfortably and confidently at a high rate of speed, and have the ability to pass and overtake with ease. In addition, they eat up corners and form excellent foundations for racing. In terms of which model is the best representation of this, the M3 wins hands down. The latest, F80-generation M3 is one of the best. Everyone has their generational preferences, but when it comes to a performance 4-door all-rounder with modern amenities and technology, the F80 wins. Plus, it has the latest generation BMW S engine under the hood: the 425 horsepower, twin-turbo S55.

By Peter Nelson | March 06, 2020
The Champion in Touring Car Racing. 32 Years Ago the BMW M3 Started Its Unique Series Of Victories

In August 1985, a rumor surfaced in motor magazine Auto-Deutschland which emanated from a new sports car. An A Group Car from BMW that was a thoroughbred racing car according to the rules but was also to be produced in a version licensed to drive on open roads for everyday use.

By Guest Contributor | July 20, 2019
WR TV: 2015 BMW M3 and M4 POV Track Tests

Back in June we headed out the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin to give the new M3 sedan and M4 coupe a proper thrashing around the Wisconsin backroads and the Road America road course. While the weather proved somewhat uncooperative during our street testing, we were fortunate enough to see several hours of dry pavement during our time on track, giving us a chance to properly push the new M cars on this particularly fast course.

By Bradley Iger | August 07, 2014
Driven: 2015 BMW M3 and M4

For many automotive enthusiasts, the BMW M3 has, for decades, been the gold standard by which all other sport coupes have been judged. Over the course of the seven year production run of the outgoing generation of the M3, denoted as the E90 (sedan), E92 (coupe) and E93 (convertible), the sports car landscape has changed fairly dramatically. Suddenly, $30,000 Mustangs were now capable of giving the M3 a run for its money both in a straight line and at the track, several new entries in the M3’s price bracket came out of the gate playing in leagues well above the M car’s performance envelope, and increasingly stringent government-mandated fuel economy standards began to force engineers to rethink their approach to vehicle and engine designs in fairly sweeping fashion. This new pair of cars, denoted as the F80 M3 sedan and the F82 M4 coupe, offer a new visual aesthetic, ditch the high-revving naturally aspirated V8 in favor of a torquey, twin turbocharged inline six cylinder and, for the first time in M history, bring a drop in curb weight when compared to its predecessor. There’s plenty of promising news there, but is all of it good? We headed to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, home of Road America racetrack and some genuinely great twisty backroads, to find out.

By Bradley Iger | June 25, 2014
Driven: 2014 BMW M5 Competition Pack

BMW has taken some flack over the past few years for what some diehard fans consider the dilution of its M performance brand, first by allowing forced induction into the equation after staunchly sticking to the use of naturally aspirated engines in M cars for decades, and then by gradually loaning out the M badge to appearance packages and more pedestrian upgrades to lesser vehicles. At its core though, M performance has long centered around two vehicles in particular: the M3 coupe and the M5 sedan. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the E39-generation M5 achieved near-mythical status as the ideal every day driver’s car, and many still regard it as a high watermark for BMW sedans. Whether or not the E39 M5 is worthy of such praise (we think it is), it set fairly lofty expectations for its successors. Two generations later we find ourselves with the F10 M5, here outfitted with the Competition Pack, ready to spend a week trying to determine whether or not this particular spec of the M5 still champions the same principles that placed its predecessors in such high regard.

By Bradley Iger | May 15, 2014
BMW Releases Pricing for M3 and M4

Bavaria’s newest M cars now have an official price tag, along with a full rundown of what it will cost to equip the coupe or sedan just how you see fit. Interestingly, the base price of the M cars places it competitively within its segment, but once you start checking boxes on the options list, that landscape changes quite a bit.

By Winding Road Staff | April 01, 2014
Preview: 2015 Lexus RC F

Back in November at the Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus unveiled the production-ready RC Coupe. While the RC Coupe certainly looked the business, with a choice of either a 314 hp V6 or a 2.5-liter Lexus Hybrid Drive system, RC and IS chief engineer Junichi Furuyama stated at the time that the RC Coupe was designed to ”deliver extra response that exhilarates rather than overwhelms drivers”. At the time, we took that as an indication that this new coupe might end up being a lot more show than go. Fortunately, it turns out that the overwhelming level of performance was being reserved for another variant of the new coupe: the RC F.

By Bradley Iger | January 02, 2014
Winding Road’s Top Ten Drives of 2013

The past year has been quite good us here at Winding Road. We’ve driven and reviewed some truly incredible vehicles, and captured that experience by way of WR TV. Here’s a selection of our favorite drives from the past 12 months, along with their respective videos.

By Bradley Iger | December 26, 2013
BMW M3 and M4 Officially Announced

Today at long last BMW unveiled the 2015 M4 Coupe and M3 sedan. While several key aspects of the new cars buck with BMW tradition, the automaker contends that the newest members of the M family have the performance credentials to prove their worth.

By Bradley Iger | December 11, 2013
BMW M Division Gets Serious With Race Focused M235i

Starting in 2014, would-be private BMW race teams can dial up BMW M Performance and order themselves a competition-ready 2 series coupe, dubbed the M235i Racing. The spiritual successor to the BMW M3 GT4, the new entry-level racer “meets all the basic requirements of a successful entry-level racing car”, says BMW.

By Bradley Iger | November 21, 2013
Video: Is This The Sound Of The BMW M4?

BMW is teasing us with the sound of its motor for the upcoming M3 and M4, most likely, in this video simply titled, “BMW M is preparing something new.”

By John Beltz Snyder | August 13, 2013
BMW Unveils Concept 4-Series

The 3-Series coupe is dead. Long live the 4-Series. Like the 6-Series, the 4-Series is just a two-door version of an established sedan, with a few not-so-subtle sheetmetal tweaks. Generally speaking, interior finishes, powertrains, and the like are carryovers.

By Brandon Turkus | December 06, 2012
Rumors: Spy Shots–New BMW M4 Shows Its Face

For over a year now, word on the street was that BMW was going to be renaming its venerable 3-Series coupe as the 4-Series. Then, several months ago, spy photographers scooped prototype 4-Series covertibles out and about during testing. And now, Autoblog recently snapped what appears to be the M4, the ‘M’ version of the 4-Series on the road in Europe.

By Doran Dal Pra | July 19, 2012
List: Top Ten Ultimate Collector BMWs

In the meantime, we’ve drawn up a list of what we think are the best BMWs for collectors in the here and now. We’ve got a wide range of vehicles here, with a variety of body types, along with prices and levels of availability. However, this list is hardly comprehensive. If there’s something that you think deserves to be on here (or something you think has no business here), then be sure to chime in down in the comments section. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

By Peter Nelson | May 25, 2012
Driven: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe

Audi RS5, BMW M3 Coupe, Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, and this 2013 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe. There’s the competitive set, guys—one of the cleanest, simplest examples of one in the North American motoring world.

By Seyth Miersma | May 17, 2012
Rumors: Industry Report—Next Lexus IS-F Leaked?

A new leaked document on ClubLexus reveals that the tables may turn on the BMW M3 when and if the next generation Lexus IS-F hits the road.

By Doran Dal Pra | May 16, 2012
Rumors: Spy Shots–The Next BMW M3

The steady handed spy photographers over at PistonSpy recently snapped BMW’s new F80 M3 out doing some winter testing.

By Doran Dal Pra | March 06, 2012
Geneva 2012: BMW M135i Concept

BMW have released some teaser shots for its M135i Concept. The press release isn’t very specific on the mechanical side of things, but it does say that a six-cylinder gas burner is under hood putting out over 300 horsepower.

By James Bradbury | February 24, 2012
Ask It: 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid

The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid has just arrived in our parking lot. Packing a 3.5-liter V-6, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery, the M Hybrid packs a total of 360 horsepower, with 258 pound-feet of torque from the engine and 199 pound-feet from the electric motor. Highway travelers will see an impressive 32 miles per gallon, with 27 miles per gallon showing up in the city.

By Brandon Turkus | July 05, 2011


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