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BMW Australia initiates second phase of Takata recall - UPDATE

BMW Australia has announced it will be commencing the next phase of its Takata airbag recall work this month, detailing a staggered repair schedule over the coming year. UPDATE, 6/12/18: The contents of the table originally provided were inaccurate. We have updated the initiation schedule below...

2020 BMW M3 may gain wagon variant - report

The next-generation BMW M3 will reportedly be offered as both a sedan and a wagon. Sources have told Autocar the Bavarian automaker is seriously considering launching an M3 Touring model as part of the next-generation range. As with the upcoming M3 sedan, which was spied earlier this month, the M3 wagon should feature pumped up front and rear wheel arches, lowered suspension, retuned handling, sportier styling and, of course, more power if it gets approved...

2020 BMW M3 spied

The next-generation BMW M3 has been spied undergoing testing at and around the Nurburgring. Unlike the photos we published in December 2017, these latest images are high resolution and give us a good look at the car's exterior from every angle...

BMW M3: Four generations face off in a drag race - video

The BMW M3 has been around for over 30 years and five generations – how far has the company's staple sports sedan come? Mat Watson from the UK's Carwow managed to line up four generations of M3 for a drag race, including some very special editions. In this latest video clip posted to the publication's YouTube channel, Watson and his colleagues race an E30 M3, ] E46 M3 CSL, E92 M3 GTS and the current F80 M3 CS...

Audi RS4 v BMW M3 CS drag race - video

Ever wondered if the Audi RS4 is quicker than a BMW M3 CS ? Well, your question is about to be answered. In the latest instalment of his drag race series, Mat Watson from Carwow pits Audi's medium-sized fast wagon against the hottest version of BMW's current-generation M3 in a straight-line race, along with a rolling acceleration test...

Autonomy will kill BMW M manuals

The manual gearbox might be living on a serious time overdraft in many parts of the world, but BMW’s M Division has no plans to stop offering it any time soon. When we spoke to boss Frank Van Meel at the launch of the M2 and M5 Competition earlier this week, he said we can expect to still have the option of a stick shift, even as the company moves to its new, modular fifth-generation architecture...

BMW M will electrify everything, division boss says

BMW has recently said it thinks up to 40 per cent of the cars it produces by 2025 may be powered by some form of pure electric or hybrid powertrain, and now we have confirmation that M Division is set to get in on the act. "For sure, all M vehicles will be electrified by the end of the next decade," Frank Van Meel, M's boss, told Australian journalists at the launch of the updated BMW M2 and new M5 Competition in Spain...

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...