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Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong

Well, it turns out I was wrong. When we shot our Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison at the end of last year, I claimed that stability control can't be switched off completely in the Kia Stinger. These comments made it all the way to Albert Biermann's office. He's the bloke that was poached by Kia to head the Hyundai/Kia performance division...

Launch control or no launch control: Trying to hit manufacturer claims

I'm sure you all have mates like mine: they love bragging about the acceleration times listed on their brochures. But, in the real world, these times are often only achievable through a sometimes tricky-to-initiate launch control system...

2018 BMW M3 CS pricing and specs

Local details for the 2018 BMW M3 CS have been revealed, with the "most potent M3 ever built" to kick off at $179,900 before on-road costs when it goes on sale in June. Priced $33,000 dearer than the M3 Competition, the M3 CS gets an uprated version of the 'standard' car's 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight six, now making 338kW of power and 600Nm of torque – 7kW and 50Nm more than the Competition Pack...

Configurator Challenge: BMW M cars

Customisation is in vogue at the moment, but choice can be seriously confusing. In our new configurator challenge, we’re going to let the CarAdvice team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal spec of a certain model. For this edition of the Configurator Challenge, we’re building BMW M cars of essentially every flavour...

Model Spotlight: BMW M3 Convertible

Last week, BMW celebrated three decades of the M3 Convertible with the M4 Edition 30 Years. Essentially an M4 Convertible Competition Package with some special interior touches and a glut of unique exterior finishes, it represents the zenith of a long line of M-fettled drop-tops. Here, we've taken a look at where that car's lineage began, how it's evolved and where it's ended up...

2019 BMW M3 spied

The next-generation BMW M3 sedan has been spied for the first time, with the car undergoing testing on public roads in Germany. Spotted (completely by chance) by the head of our spy photography agency, he only managed to snag some photos of the new high-performance sedan from the rear...

2018 BMW M3 CS revealed, local arm keen

The BMW M3 CS has been revealed, adding yet another variant - albeit in limited numbers - to the Bavarian manufacturer's sports sedan lineup. In similar fashion to the M4 CS, the M3 CS sits one rung up above the Competition Package variant, bringing more power, a more focused look, and extensive use of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP)...

BMW reveals M Performance goodies for SEMA

BMW has revealed its its new M Performance parts for the new-generation M5 super sedan, along with a special M3 30 Years American Edition for the US market. Set to be displayed at the 2017 SEMA show, the M Performance parts on the new M5 have already been previewed by the new MotoGP safety car, and are all crafted from carbon-fibre...

BMW M3 CS spied during testing

The BMW M3 CS has been snapped during testing, providing a peek at the upcoming hot four-door. Like the two-door M4 CS, it builds on the base four-door M3 body with a carbon fibre bonnet and splitter, along with a gurney spoiler on the bootlid. All the same touches feature on the M4 CS...

BMW M four-cylinder engine unlikely, unless electrified

BMW’s M Division says it will not produce a small-capacity high-performance turbocharged four-cylinder engine until it can find the right way to counter the deficits of such a power unit with electrification. Speaking to Australian media in Munich today, the boss of BMW’s M Division, Frank Van Meel, said the performance sub-brand is keen to maintain its six-cylinder power units despite rival Mercedes-AMG having made use of smaller capacity four-cylinder units...

BMW: Alfa Romeo Giulia QV the closest rival to M3 dynamics

BMW’s high-performance division says it is keeping an eye on up-and-coming manufacturers that are now competing in its segment, while admitting the recently launched Alfa Romeo Giulia QV is the closest rival to the M3 dynamically...