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First Look 2012 BMW M3 DTM

Not your garden-variety M3.

by on Jul.18, 2011

BMW officials unveil the 2012 M3 DTM.

Here’s a first look at the new race car that BMW will begin campaigning on the DTM circuit next year.  The look may be vaguely familiar, but making just under 500 horsepower it’s not your typical M3.

Actually, there are a surprising number of common parts – as required by DTM regulations – but the matte black carbon fiber body, which straddles a high-strength steel roll cage is definitely not something you’ll find at your local BMW dealer.

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In typical fashion, BMW wants to keep the competition guessing until the very last minute, so it is billing this prototype as “an initial impression” of what it will be running on the 2012 DTM circuit.  But it should provide a pretty clear indication of what’s to come.

The aerodynamic enhancements add up to an extra 6.5 inches compared to the current E92 edition BMW M3.  While the rear haunches are about five inches wider.  Meanwhile, the M3 DTM sits about nine inches lower than the production coupe.


BMW Offers an Homage to Original 328

Ultra-lightweight concept underscores makers interest in new materials.

by on May.24, 2011

BMW's 328 Hommage honors the 75th anniversary of one of the brand's most influential products.

BMW is offering up an homage to what was arguably one of the most beautiful – and fast – sports cars of its era, the legendary BMW 328, which dominated racing and strongly influenced design three quarters of a century ago.  Make that a “Hommage.”

The new BMW 328 Hommage, which marks the 75th anniversary of the original two-seater, made its debut at this month’s Villa d’Este Concours, on Lake Como.  But while it might harken back to an earlier era, the prototype also offers a glimpse into the future.

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The Italian debut of the Homage was more than coincidental – Villa d’Este ushering in the annual classic car circuit.  The original BMW 328 was a terror on the racing circuit and the Touring Coupe still holds the record for turning in the highest average speed on the grueling Mille Miglia circuit, averaging 103 mph on the street course back in 1940.

“With the BMW 328 Hommage, we wish to pay homage to the passion and inventiveness of the fathers of the BMW 328″, explains Karl Bäumer, CEO of BMW Group Classic. “They created an icon, which is considered a milestone in the history of the automobile.”