New competition BMW M3 + M4 models

BMW have showcased its new M3 and M4 “Competition” models, they are asserting that they both offer a balance everyday vs track day performance.

Launched in the UK in early 2021 with the exclusive “competition” specification. The saloon and coupe models both come with the twin-turbo 3.0 litre straight six (lovely sounding engine) – with no shortage of “MSport” magic + badges!

The 503BHP (469lb) performance will push both cars a respectable 0-62MPH in 3.9seconds. Top speed is of course limited to a 155MPH but if you have a demand for more speed – an optional upgrade (yes its BMW’s way) will push that top speed figure to 180MPH – just ask for “M Pro pack” upgrade on specification.

Initially the cars will both be launched in 2 wheel drive configuration, however if its 4-wheel drive you desire this is planned to launch around summer 2021 – “xDrive”.

This “xDrive” system will allow the driver setup and select between the different torque settings (between front and rear). This configuration setting will also allow you to push everything to the rear wheels (in true BMW fashion) at the same time turning off the stability control!

Note: not recommended for the less experienced of drivers

Both models as standard will come with the option to set 10-stages of traction to handle all road conditions (rain, dry track etc)

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All models will come with the well configured and smooth 8 speed automatic gearbox to ensure comfort but also the impressive 0-62MPH times.

Both the M3 and M4 competition will come with the Adaptive dampers and six-piston brake calipers as standard spec. The brake calipers can be painted in either red, black or the fairly typical but traditional blue.

They will feature the M-Drive professional system, this will log and analyse the drivers on track driving and also adapt to the behaviours of that driver – this will potentially result in better lap times!

Inside the models will feature sports seats, a sports steering wheel, high-gloss carbon fibre trim. With an optiona extra M Carbon bucket seats, which use carbon fibre reinforced plastic to save nearly 10kg.

and of course dont forget the m badges! – a must have for all msport fans.

BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional brings a fantastic tech tweak with head-up display, three-zone climate control, adaptive laser headlights.

Cloud-based live navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included in that pack.

Go on sale from next March, the M3 Competition will cost from £74,755, while the M4 Competition will start at £76,055 depending on optional extras.

SP-Daten Update Matrix

Below is our SP-Daten update matrix, this outlines the latest versions of the SP-Daten for the different models. We also stock the base / original SP-Daten files as well.

ModelLatestBase / Original
R56V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E81 – E93V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E70V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E60V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E46V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E36V67 – ProductV32 – Product
R50V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E83V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E65V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E52V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E53V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E85V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E38V67 – ProductV32 – Product
E39V67 – ProductV32 – Product
F001V67 – Product
F025V65 – Product
F020V65 – Product
F010V65 – Product
F056V65 – Product

BMW Electric Cars Total Half a million

BMW Group have delivered over half a million electric based cars to the public, does this show a new opinion of them?

BMW Take just 6% of the market in this with obvious rivals Tesla, the BMW i3 being the top model from BMW.

The BMW iX3 biggest selling market is in China, this is also where it is being produced for the more global market. The iX3 will be the first of the model range to benefit from the 5th generation of BMW Group electric drive trains. The new and improved drivetrain will provide a perfect balance between fuel (range) and battery size.

Launched in 2013 the BMW i3 will continue to be developed and advanced, with BMW Group planning to extend the production until 2024.

I think this shows a new and positive direction for BMW in the emerging electrical car market, but they better not get left behind too much!

BMW + The North Face show cases futuristic camper (element protected)

BMW + The north face were at the CES 2019 (Vegas) and in true fashion showcased a rather futuristic looking camper. It wasn’t just the futuristic design of this that caught eye but the show case itself was actually a VR experience!

Source: BMW Designworks

The campers “dome” structure was inspired mainly by BMW gina light visionary model concept car from 2008. Internally its equipped with all you need for a basic night (Bed + Internal shelving)

Source: BMW Designworks

The camper is designed with “Futurelight” fabric, this provides protection for his dome shell but also incorporates nano sized holes. The holes allow air to pass through to provide good ventilation but still keeps it water prove!

Well done BMW + The North Face paving the way for futuristic and clever design

BMW Recalls over 1 million cars

Recall Information

BMW have just issued an urgent recall of more than 1 million cars and SUVs across the US, due to risk of FIRE under the bonnet. The recall is so major that BMW are recommending people with the affected models are to park them outside and away from extra fire hazards such as large trees / other cars.

The two separate recalls BMW state the risk of fire is “very low” (are we to believe them?), but the cars should stay outside due to “caution”. The repairs to fix the issue are expected to start on December 18th.

The first voluntary recall is going to affect only certain BMW 3 Series models from year 2006 to 2011, the company said in a statement released on the matter.

So what is the issue?

The issue is caused by potentially faulty wiring of the climate control / heater blower fan

In the second but related recall will address a problem with a heater valve in certain BMW models  between the years 2007-2011 equipped with a 6-cylinder engine.

Affected Model range:

  • Model Years 2006-2011
    • 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3
  • Model Years 2007-2011 
    • 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si, Z4 sDrive30i, 335i xDrive and 335is
  • Model Years 2008-2011 
    • 128i
  • Model Years 2009-2011
    • 335d

BMW i5 Leaked before reveal

The next generation of BMW i5 has been leaked ahead of its big reveal in Frankfurt.

Still looking pretty futuristic, the i5 seems to now take the form of its saloon version.

In terms of styling the bodywork is still aerodynamically tucked into the sill of the rear wheels.

Despite the fact this is currently concept car status, the i5 looks remarkably close to a production model, even from the above illustration.