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HEART & SOUL
The E28 M5, the first M5, is a true BMW legend – it’s where the M5 story began 37 years ago and while the F90 M5 may be a very different car to the one that started it all, it owes its existence – and we as fans owe our gratitude – to the E28 M5. Loo
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The Bournville Supremacy
Drift. E36. M3. Turbo. These are all terms that, in isolation, have their own set of fans and enthusiasts within the automotive scene. But putting all four of them together? That’s not something that happens very often. Every angle of it is slightly
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Karma Chameleon
Chameleons are peculiar creatures. They have zygodactylous feet (which means the toes are configured like the pistons in a flat-four engine) that give them tenacious grip, their rapidly extrudable tongues ensnare passing insects with astounding sneak
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Performance BMW
Editor: Elizabeth de Latour Email: pbmw.ed@kelsey.co.uk Tel: 07544 398632 Art Editor: Mark Field Contributors: Matt Robinson, Shane O’Donoghue, Jape Tiitinen, Bob Harper, Daniel Bevis, Robert Borowik, Daniel Bridle, WIPdesigns.com, Stephen Thompson,
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One-upmanship
The concept of big, powerful engines in small cars will always be entertaining and appealing and BMW has never been one to shy away from it. When the N54 arrived in the E9x 335i, the motoring world was instantly wowed as twin-turbo power delivered ma
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ADE’S E39 530d TOURING (@ABCARPIX)
The last instalment saw my E39 being allowed to breathe more easily with four cats removed and some straight-through goodness added. The 530d was then put to work up and down the country immediately after so I could shoot some of the UK’s finest feat
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E36 M3 Special Models
The GT was a homologation special of the 3.0 M3, built in left-hand drive form for the European market only to make engine and bodywork enhancements legal for use in the FIA GT Series and American IMSA GT Series. It featured performance upgrades to t
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Readers’ Cars
There’s a lot to be said for a tidy E39 Touring and Daniel’s is very much that, especially since he’s pretty much rebuilt it, making sure it would be clean and totally corrosion-free, which is definitely an issue on E39s, and what’s interesting about
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E46 M3
The E46 M3 really needs no introduction and, for many enthusiasts, this is the ultimate all-round M3. Smaller and lighter than the E9x M3, it's a more focused, more raw and arguably more engaging machine that delivers a slightly purer driving experie
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First Words
COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: JAPE TIITINEN ISSUE: June/July 2021 EDITOR: Elizabeth de Latour pbmw.ed@kelsey.co.uk ADVERTISING: Natalie Harman natalie.harman@talkmediasales.co.uk Switchboard: 01732 445325 Now, we’re not ones to blow our own trumpet but I think
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Jason Dodd’s F87 M2 (@jasondoddphotos)
Regular readers may recognise me as one of PBMW’s photographers and, after a few years in the wilderness, I have come back to the BMW fold. After owning a couple of comfy diesel saloons followed by 135i, 235i and 435i models I then went over to a sup
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E46 M3 Special Models
The mighty CSL is considered to be one of BMW's finest moments and one of the greatest M cars ever produced. It is a truly epic machine and to create it BMW M put in a huge amount of work to transform the regular car into the lightweight special. The
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Suspension: Springs, Dampers And Coilovers
In a very basic view of the suspension system, the springs support the weight of your car and control the ride height and its vertical motion over bumps. They do this by storing the energy used to compress them by bumps in the road and then releasing
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E9x M3 SPECIAL MODELS
There are too many E9x M3 special editions for us to be able to cover them all here – 27 in total – so we'll just concentrate on the ones that were sold worldwide, rather than the ones created for specific markets. The Edition was produced for six mo
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Products
Now available from Hardrace come these new arms for the E7x X5 and X6 models from Hardrace. The control arms feature an OE design with improved construction and materials; the arms are made of high-quality forged steel to ensure great strength and du
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G80 M3 Competition And G82 M4 Competition
This is the fourth time in the history of the M3 that lucky buyers have been put in the position of having to decide between two-or four-doors on their M machine. Before we begin on the technical aspects, things look ominously weighted against the M4
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MATT’S E39 540i TOURING
As a fan of PBMW it gives me great pleasure to introduce my own project in the magazine, my RHD E39 540i Touring. The fact that it’s right-hand drive might seem like a strange thing to mention, but I live in the States and my E39 comes from the UK. I
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Black Gold
The culture of the travelling salesman is something that’s been exponentially diminished by the Covid crisis. There was a time when the motorways were ruled by folks in shiny suits, luxuriating in the inside lane with one eye on the horizon and the o
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Street Fighter
Most people who bought an E9x M3 bought the coupé and we get why, it’s hard to resist those sleek looks and they just seem to suit the nature of an M car. But, because it was – and still is – such a popular body style, it’s the far rarer saloon that
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Psdesigns’ E46 M3 (@psiddy81)
They think it’s all over… it is now! As some of you may have seen from our social media, following delivery of the car to the customer we decided that the M3 deserved a ‘brighter’ exterior! Introducing Project Mayhem’s new look! A fresh wrap in Avery
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ADE’S E36 323i (@ABCARPIX)
It might have been originally only intended as a budget drifter, but I’ve ended up bonding with this car and using it as much as my proper daily! The simple spec has kept it fully usable, but coilovers and a welded diff over lots of miles do eventual
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Life In Colour
Colour plays an incredibly important role when it comes to the appeal of a car and the attraction we feel towards it – ordinary colours are fine, if you like that sort of thing, but we love something a little more vivid in our lives. That Sean Millar
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E9x M3
The last of something is usually pretty special and so it is with the E9x M3, which has the honour of being BMW's last naturally aspirated M car, powered by the company's last naturally aspirated M engine, and what an engine it is. The S65 V8 revs to
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F8x M3/4
The previous-generation M3 (and M4) is arguably the best model to opt for if you're looking for the best overall ownership experience rather than the purest driving experience. It's insanely fast and, thanks to the turbocharged S55, the performance i
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On Track
Road cars can often feel a little disappointing on track but not in the case of the M4 Competition. From the moment we leave the pits behind and keep the throttle pinned down the first straight, it’s clear that BMW M has done it again: this M4 is pro
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Turbo drift E36 M3
3.0-litre straight-six S50B30, Garrett GTX3582R Gen-2 turbo with T4 0.82 exhaust housing, Turbosmart 45mm Gen-5 HyperGate wastegate and RacePort Gen-5 BOV, Wizards of NOS 60hp nitrous dry shot, JE forged low-compression pistons and forged straight pi
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