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    Styled and tuned 500bhp BMW M3 F80

    Posted in Cars on Thursday, 28 March 2019

    With its dazzling Atlantis blue bodywork and a host of seriously sexy mods, this awesome F80 M3 is a stunning machine. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Lukasz Nowacki.

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    Daniel Bevis

    Slick air-ride BMW M3 F80

    Posted in Cars on Monday, 10 December 2018

    Desert Storm. Low and wide – a simple but effective mission statement for Parm Panesar’s latest M3. Resplendent in desert chic and motorsport vibes, this thing’s brewing up some heavy weather… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Si Gray.

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    TOM WRIGLEY’S #BMW-M3-Competition-Pack-F80 / #BMW-M3-F80-Competition-Package / #BMW-M3 / #BMW-F80 / #BMW / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-F80

    I started my last ‘Our Cars’ entry back in the Summer issue apologising for missing a few months’-worth of updates, and here I am writing this this month having done exactly the same thing. Even the excuse is the same – I’ve just been so busy with work at the karting centre and with my racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with team MSS Kits that I’ve just not had time to put fingers to keyboard. Nor have I done much to the M3 either, but I do have a reason for that. You see, I’ve decided I’ve had my time with the #BMW-M3-DCT-F80 M3 Competition Pack and I fancy something different.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time driving and modifying her, and she definitely ranks as one of my favourite cars I’ve owned, but it’s time for a change. But don’t worry, I’m not straying from my beloved BMW. I thought to myself, what could possibly be better than an F80 M3? Well I guess, logically, the answer is an F90 M5! I’ve been a bit obsessed with the latest M5 since seeing and reading the reviews a little while back, and while some people weren’t sure about the M5 losing one of its USPs at first, personally I liked the idea of that clever four-wheel-drive system, and of course its 600hp and 553lb ft V8 engine too. So, it’s time to say goodbye to the M3. As so often happens (I’ve read enough PBMW features to know I’m not alone in having done this!), I’d gotten her right where I wanted her and then… decided to sell. I know, I know, but you know what it’s like when you get the taste of a new car. Anyway, before I wave her off to pastures new I thought I’d run down the final spec how she stands now.

    The highlight of the whole build for me was definitely the #Tom-Wrigley-Performance #AP-Radi-CAL II 390mm six-pot and 380mm four-pot front and rear brakes I developed. They absolutely transformed the way the car stopped on the road and on the track, giving such a nicer pedal feel and, on track, being much less prone to fade. I liked the way the M Performance carbon exterior pack and the CS front splitter looked on the outside, just as much, in fact, as I liked the M Performance carbon and Alcantara interior pack, the trick LED wheel, the amazing sounding and performance-boosting exhaust and, in my eyes anyway, the awesome looking #763M-wheels . In fact, I liked pretty much everything about this car it’s got to be said. Under the bonnet I fitted the three-piece CSF cooling kit, which did definitely make a difference in keeping things cool on track, the stunning looking (and sounding!) Arma Speed carbon intake and of course the Evolve Automotive cat-less downpipes. Finally, and probably the thing that made the most difference performance-wise, I had Evolve install one of its Stage 2 maps, with pop and crackle overrun for the giggles. In fact I liked the noises it made so much that the fact Evolve’s brilliant map really made a noticeable difference to the car’s responsiveness and overall drivability and added an extra 60-70hp and 70-80lb ft torque too was almost a bit of a bonus!

    I also want to take this opportunity to thank #Evolve-Motorsport , CSF and #Arma-Speed for working with me on the car and I look forward to fitting some of their brilliant products to my cars in the future. You know a product is good when you’re already thinking of going down the same route with your next car! So anyway, that’s that, that’s how the M3 looked. I’ll definitely miss it, it was brilliant in standard form but even better modified just a little. Where’s the fun in leaving a car standard after all? And I know what you’re all thinking, what’s going to happen to the M5 when it comes? Well, to be honest, I’m not sure. All I can say is I’ll see how it goes…

    It’s the end of the road for Tom’s #BMW-M3-F80 . Three-piece #CSF-cooling-kit made a big difference M3 looked fantastic on the 763M wheels. Sexy interior carbon pack. #BBK the best mod Tom did.
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    Gorgeous carbon-clad tuned 550bhp BMW M3 F80

    Posted in Cars on Saturday, 13 October 2018

    Combining perfect stance with carbon fibre-enhanced aggression, this striking and supremely sexy F80 M3 makes a big, bold impression. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Patrick Lauder…

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    CHRIS GRAHAM F30 335d xDRIVE #Shadow-Edition

    CAR: #BMW-F30 335d #xDrive
    YEAR: 2018
    TOTAL MILEAGE: 4,863
    MILEAGE THIS MONTH: 1,073
    MPG THIS MONTH: 49.4
    COST THIS MONTH: Nil

    / #BMW-F30 / #BMW-335d-xDrive-F30 / #BMW-335d-xDrive-Shadow-Edition / #2018-BMW-335d-xDrive-Shadow-Edition / #2018-BMW-335d-xDrive-Shadow-Edition-F30 / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-F30 / #BMW / #2018 / #BMW-335d-F30 / #BMW-335d / #2018-BMW-335d /

    This month I’ve mostly been revelling in the results of Mark Farrell’s excellent new car detail, carried out on my 335d a few weeks ago. The way his expert attentions enhanced the clarity and depth of the superb Sunset Orange metallic paint finish, is a wonder to behold! Sadly, there simply wasn’t room to do the results he achieved justice in the article. Ideally, I’d have used the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs much larger in last month’s Valeting bay feature, but there was just so much technical information to be included that we ran out of page space.

    Mark recommends washing the car every two weeks once it’s been treated with a ceramic coating, to maximise the life of that finish. So, it was with some trepidation that I tackled this recently. It was the first time that I’d had any direct, physical contact with the bodywork, having confined my cleaning activities to snow foam and jet wash up until then.

    I was careful to give the whole car a thorough rinse with the jet wash before starting, then apply a thick layer of snow foam before using a soft cotton wash pad to agitate and lift away any dirt. I also had two buckets (one with a grit guard) for rinsing and re-wetting the wash pad as I worked. Finally, the vehicle was jet-washed again before being patted dry using a large, soft microfibre towel.

    I’ve also been doing a little research into AdBlue, which is something that had more or less passed me by until getting this car. To be honest, I didn’t even realise the #BMW-335d-F30 was fitted with the system until I opened the fuel filler flap for the first time. AdBlue, which is a diesel exhaust fluid – not a fuel additive – is injected into the engine’s exhaust stream in small quantities, and triggers a chemical reaction that converts harmful nitrogen oxide into nitrogen and water.

    The fluid, which is a nontoxic solution made from very pure, synthesised urea (not pigs’ urine, as is popularly believed!) and de-ionised water, is gradually consumed as the engine runs. The level of the remaining fluid can be checked via iDrive, which will display the car’s range given what’s left in the tank, plus the amount of AdBlue needed to top-up the tank. In my case, the range is still showing >4,500 miles, and that there’s a 0.0-litre top-up requirement. The level is something worth keeping an eye on, though, as allowing it to run out will bump the engine into a limited power mode, and prevent it from being re-started when it’s next switched off. There are, of course, obvious dashboard warnings issued as AdBlue levels start to fall too low for comfort so, in practice, there’s no excuse for actually running out of the stuff.

    According to the owner’s handbook, when the #AdBlue reserve indicator on the dashboard first shows, the tank should be replenished with at least five litres (1.3 gallons), which is likely to cost about £5. The handbook also points out that it’s important to use Adblue that meets the ISO 22241-1 standard.

    Right: Sad though it may be, I’m still getting a great deal of pleasure from the depth and richness of the Sunset Orange metallic paint on my car.

    AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid is now part of my life, for the first time.
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    Daniel Bevis

    550hp track car BMW M3 F80

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 27 July 2018

    What began as a fun family-oriented project for Jeff De Lucia has morphed into a combination of track toy and promotional tool. Ladies and gentlemen, charge your glasses… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Matt Petrie.

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    Bob Harper

    First Drive 2019 BMW M3 CS F80

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 22 June 2018

    First Drive F80 M3 CS Glorious Swansong. This is the M3 CS, the last of the F80 generation M3s, and it’s an absolute belter. Words: Bob Harper. Photos: BMW.

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    Daniel Bevis

    550hp tuned Fashion Grey BMW M3 F80

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 01 June 2018

    550hp Fashion grey F80 M3. This Fashion grey F80 is a clear exercise in the merits of looking fabulous at all times. You have to remind yourself that there’s a devastating amount of power in there too…Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Matt Petrie.

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    Striking slammed BMW M3 F80

    Posted in Cars on Sunday, 03 September 2017

    Simple pleasures. Striking slammed F80 M3. With a car as good as the F80 M3, it only takes a few choice mods to bring out its very best and get it exactly to your liking. Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Mike Crawat.

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