BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   BMW M3 and BMW M4 Forum > BMW F80 M3 / F82 M4 Forum > M3 / M4 Photos and Videos

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      05-15-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
Dackelone
Moderator
 
Dackelone's Avatar
 
Drives: 135i Silber mit/Rot 6MT N54
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bayern, Germany

Posts: 16,138
iTrader: (1)

Arrow We Tour the BMW M Studio at M HQ and Get Up Close to Some F80 M3 Sedans (info)

///M Studio in Munich

It was one of those last minute things... I was traveling to Munich for our Welt 4.0 car show last weekend (held at the BMW Welt grounds) when I got an invite from Gennaro, VP of ///M Flight, to see if I was interested in joining him on a tour of the ///M Studio. Of course I wanted to go! Who wouldn't!!

This was a sort of unofficial tour of the M Studio, since it was on a Saturday and our guide was just coming back from a business trip from out of town to accommodate us. The guys from BMW M Headquarters were very nice to let us inside and show us some very special cars.

All the cars on display were production cars, except for the M3 GTS. I believe it to be a pre-production model since it did not have any limited edition number on the passenger side dashboard. The front brakes also looked pretty interesting. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the brakes.

We got a small taste of what BMW Individual can do. It's more than just special color paints. They can make you anything your enthusiast heart desires. We were shown photos of a car's interior belonging to a customer who owned a salmon fish farm. Instead of wood or alloy trim he wanted HIS fish skins to be used. They did. They also showed us photos of an e60 M5 that had a special brown wood interior. The customer owns a company that produces special wood for musical instruments. He wanted HIS wood to be used in the car's accents. The exterior color was a bronze/gold color to the client's wishes. They told us that build took over 14 months from start to end.

We were shown the special leathers that BMW Individual uses. They explained how the "hides" come from Happy Algau cows in Southern Germany! And that the hides are specially selected. They use different skin grain for high wear areas on the car seats. And that BMW does not remove the natural cow skin grain, like some of the "other" German car companies do.

BMW 1M

Then we got on a side topic about the last M project, the 1M Coupe. We learned some interesting things. The VO (valencia orange) color was a future color in the BMW pipeline. Dr Kay Segler liked it so much he insisted they make the 1M is that color. Then they knew they would have to offer a white and black color - bc every car looks good in those colors. He told us how they really wanted to offer different color stitching accents for each color - but they were tight on a budget plus they were really running out of time. So only one interior color was approved. Same went for some of the other "things" M wanted to do to the car. Like functional vents in the front fenders(the crease), they wanted to produce a carbon fiber roof, but they were running out of time. So in the end their hands were tied by time and budget. They told us how well the 1M sold given limited coior choice and being that the car was only offered in a manual transmision. The car sold far better than BMW ever thought it would. This confirms that there will be an M2 in time.

F80 M3 / F82 M4

Then we started to ask some interesting questions about future BMW M models. Our guide did say that he has seen the new M3/M4 (F80) up close and personal. AND that is WILL be lighter than the current (e9x) model. How much lighter he? He wouldn't say. But, it will be significantly lighter. He told us how the "heavy parts" of the car's construction will use new light weight technology. I took that to mean carbon fiber and lightweight metals. He was really tight lipped on specifics - but we had to ask the things that is on every BIMMERPOST member's mind.

We also talked about the number of turbos the next M3 and M4 would feature. Again, no comment. He did confirm it will be turbocharged. He then said normally people ask about a V6 vs a straight six. Again, he would neither confirm nor deny.

As we made our way outside the M Studio, we passed some parked test mules. I had the chance to examine three or four F80 M3 sedans up close. The front and rear fenders are really flared out - much more than in spy photos. I'd say the F80 M3 must be (at least!) four inches wider in the rear track from a regular F30. Even with all the camo on those mules... the next M3 looks downright mean! Sorry, we weren't allowed to take photos outside of the M Studio.

Parked a few cars over was a fleet of new X5 test mules. That car looks much larger to my eyes. Not my cup of tea... but the X5 program is shaping up quite nicely.

M3/M4 Renders and Spy Photos

As we walked back inside the main building, our guides said something our member will get a kick out of. Gennaro asked if they follow any of the internet news and rumors. They said that they find that BIMMERPOST has the best info and car renders! No kidding. Our guides told us that BIMMERPOST's render artists have a good eye, often seeing and uncovering many small details that the camouflage is supposed to cover up and hide. Case in point was last year's M4 coupe render (parked outside of the Nurburgring M Test Center garage)... and how that air vent was reveled in the renders. They were impressed our artists perceived and incorporated them into the renders.

This is the render I am referring to (click for full set).

Name:  f82m4coupe.jpg
Views: 16874
Size:  150.2 KB


I also asked if they saw the first photo of the Silverstone M4 taken at the traffic light just down the street from M HQ. They said yes and wondered how these guys find BMW's test cars to film and photograph. I confessed that was my own picture of that M4. BMW's M guys did not believe at first, until they realized I was serious and had photographed the Silverstone M4 mule two weeks prior. They were speechless I hope I get invited back for a third visit!

For anyone living in Germany with an M car and who wants more info on ///M Flight you can contact them at: MflightVP@gmail.com or send Gennaro Genro757 a PM thru the M3 forum here.


Now onto my photos...

Dackel


Name:  P1000379.jpg
Views: 16711
Size:  192.4 KB

Name:  P1000311.jpg
Views: 16638
Size:  150.2 KB

Name:  P1000312.jpg
Views: 16542
Size:  145.5 KB

Name:  P1000341.jpg
Views: 16506
Size:  140.8 KB

Name:  P1000404.jpg
Views: 16314
Size:  145.1 KB

Name:  P1000393.jpg
Views: 16175
Size:  149.2 KB

Name:  P1000394.jpg
Views: 16259
Size:  271.1 KB

Name:  P1000396.jpg
Views: 16124
Size:  146.7 KB

Name:  P1000397.jpg
Views: 16111
Size:  142.8 KB

Name:  P1000399.jpg
Views: 16055
Size:  138.1 KB

Name:  P1000400.jpg
Views: 15979
Size:  183.0 KB

Name:  P1000401.jpg
Views: 16011
Size:  188.5 KB

Name:  P1000403.jpg
Views: 16019
Size:  155.9 KB

Name:  P1000410.jpg
Views: 16083
Size:  137.6 KB

Name:  P1000411.jpg
Views: 15998
Size:  145.7 KB

Name:  P1000313.jpg
Views: 15965
Size:  178.3 KB

Name:  P1000315.jpg
Views: 15926
Size:  164.3 KB

Name:  P1000320.jpg
Views: 15947
Size:  184.6 KB

Name:  P1000321.jpg
Views: 15953
Size:  188.3 KB

Name:  P1000322.jpg
Views: 15956
Size:  194.9 KB

Name:  P1000323.jpg
Views: 16054
Size:  322.8 KB

Name:  P1000324.jpg
Views: 15973
Size:  199.9 KB

Name:  P1000328.jpg
Views: 15886
Size:  224.7 KB

Name:  P1000329.jpg
Views: 15939
Size:  173.6 KB

Name:  P1000343.jpg
Views: 15895
Size:  164.9 KB

Name:  P1000317.jpg
Views: 15821
Size:  190.3 KB

Name:  P1000318.jpg
Views: 15785
Size:  175.2 KB

Name:  P1000342.jpg
Views: 15851
Size:  159.7 KB

Name:  P1000407.jpg
Views: 15829
Size:  184.5 KB

Name:  P1000344.jpg
Views: 15852
Size:  174.0 KB

Name:  P1000303.jpg
Views: 15730
Size:  201.7 KB

Name:  P1000305.jpg
Views: 15789
Size:  215.0 KB

Name:  P1000307.jpg
Views: 15760
Size:  210.8 KB

Name:  P1000308.jpg
Views: 15755
Size:  205.2 KB

Name:  P1000336.jpg
Views: 15803
Size:  314.1 KB

Name:  P1000337.jpg
Views: 15678
Size:  147.4 KB

Name:  P1000339.jpg
Views: 15697
Size:  190.4 KB

Name:  P1000345.jpg
Views: 15679
Size:  186.4 KB

Name:  P1000346.jpg
Views: 15683
Size:  167.2 KB

Name:  P1000347.jpg
Views: 15682
Size:  189.9 KB

Name:  P1000348.jpg
Views: 15629
Size:  180.9 KB

Name:  P1000350.jpg
Views: 15626
Size:  235.6 KB

Name:  P1000353.jpg
Views: 15656
Size:  214.9 KB

Name:  P1000357.jpg
Views: 15632
Size:  209.8 KB

Name:  P1000370.jpg
Views: 15620
Size:  171.8 KB

Name:  P1000373.jpg
Views: 15543
Size:  186.3 KB

Name:  P1000384.jpg
Views: 15547
Size:  179.1 KB

Name:  P1000388.jpg
Views: 15555
Size:  195.0 KB

Name:  P1000389.jpg
Views: 15548
Size:  184.6 KB

Name:  P1000375.jpg
Views: 15536
Size:  190.8 KB

Name:  P1000387.jpg
Views: 15497
Size:  205.0 KB

Name:  P1000392.jpg
Views: 15505
Size:  194.9 KB

Name:  P1000390.jpg
Views: 15568
Size:  294.5 KB

Name:  P1000406.jpg
Views: 15508
Size:  167.2 KB

Name:  P1000412.jpg
Views: 15474
Size:  189.9 KB

Name:  P1000360.jpg
Views: 15431
Size:  157.7 KB

Name:  P1000364.jpg
Views: 15442
Size:  149.9 KB

Name:  P1000366.jpg
Views: 15485
Size:  313.0 KB

Name:  P1000367.jpg
Views: 15391
Size:  150.5 KB

Name:  P1000365.jpg
Views: 15404
Size:  160.7 KB

Name:  P1000368.jpg
Views: 15378
Size:  306.1 KB

Name:  P1000361.jpg
Views: 15321
Size:  161.4 KB

Name:  P1000414.jpg
Views: 15366
Size:  170.4 KB

Name:  P1000378.jpg
Views: 15357
Size:  176.2 KB

Name:  P1000377.jpg
Views: 15398
Size:  173.2 KB

Name:  P1000380.jpg
Views: 15283
Size:  166.3 KB

Name:  P1000405.jpg
Views: 15264
Size:  160.6 KB

Name:  P1000382.jpg
Views: 15292
Size:  104.1 KB

Name:  P1000383.jpg
Views: 15348
Size:  161.3 KB

Name:  P1000409.jpg
Views: 15266
Size:  159.8 KB

Name:  P1000356.jpg
Views: 15218
Size:  172.9 KB

Lights out... tour over.
Name:  P1000415.jpg
Views: 15239
Size:  102.1 KB
Dackelone is offline   Germany
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 01:18 PM   #2
MSPORTWORLD
Major
 
MSPORTWORLD's Avatar
 
Drives: '11 M3 MW/FR - '12 M3 FO/SC
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: California

Posts: 1,179
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
Sweet thanks for sharing. I loved my brief tour there as well!

No pics of the F80 test mules?
__________________
MSPORTWORLD is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 01:22 PM   #3
bavarian19
General
 
bavarian19's Avatar
 
Drives: Car
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: VA

Posts: 18,811
iTrader: (23)

Nice writeup!
bavarian19 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 01:33 PM   #4
brio
Second Lieutenant
 
brio's Avatar
 
Drives: e90 330i, '09 e92 M3
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Central FL

Posts: 287
iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2009 BMW M3  [0.00]
2006 BMW 330i  [0.00]
Great write up! And great pics! Thanks for sharing.
brio is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
Leo88
Private First Class
 
Leo88's Avatar
 
Drives: E92 325d
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Italy

Posts: 168
iTrader: (0)

That Rubinshwartz M6 GC is insane!
Leo88 is offline   Italy
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 01:46 PM   #6
gblansten
Beandoc
 
gblansten's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 BMW M5 SG/SS
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Thick ascending limb

Posts: 2,137
iTrader: (0)

Great thread. Thanks.
gblansten is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 01:47 PM   #7
W///
Brigadier General
 
W///'s Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 E92 M3/1999 E36 M3 Coupe
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: SC

Posts: 4,797
iTrader: (11)

That M6 looks incredible in RubinBlack!
__________________
2008 E92 M3: Sparkling Graphite | Bamboo Beige | 6MT | CF Roof | HRE | Eisenmann | BPM Sport | Swift | Arkym | Mode Carbon | M.Perf
W/// is online now  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 01:52 PM   #8
Powaup
Lieutenant Colonel
 
Powaup's Avatar
 
Drives: 6MT F82 M4
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Oakland, CA

Posts: 1,806
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2015 BMW M4  [5.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leo88 View Post
That Rubinshwartz M6 GC is insane!
+1
Powaup is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 01:53 PM   #9
JSal16
Enlisted Member
 
JSal16's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 135i Coupe, M-Sprt, 6MT
Join Date: May 2013
Location: San Diego, CA.

Posts: 44
iTrader: (0)

No pictures of the Orange, White or Black 1M from a few years ago? Not that I'm complaining, the rest of the pics are incredible. I love the M6 Grand Coupe Merlot Broham.
JSal16 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 01:56 PM   #10
mdosu
Banned
 
Drives: Double Vanos'd Civic-M3
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: San Francisco

Posts: 8,517
iTrader: (6)

confused with title. I saw F80 M3 in title...scrolled down looking for the F80 M3...but no F80 M3. You owe me a F80 M3!
mdosu is offline   No_Country
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 02:13 PM   #11
Genro757
///M-Flight VP
 
Genro757's Avatar
 
Drives: '13 Frozen Red Edition E92 M3
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: NOVA/Virginia Beach, VA

Posts: 670
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2013 E92 M3  [0.00]
Dackelone....thanks for the great write up..always a pleasure to invite you to our events! For those that were looking for the F8X M3/M4 pics, we were not allowed to take pictures outside of the M Studio...
__________________
2013 "Frozen Red Edition" E92 M3, M-DCT with all the 'fixin's, Akrapovic Evolution w/CF Tips, BPM Stage 2 Tune, BPM DCT Software
Genro757 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 02:22 PM   #12
strati1
Lieutenant
 
Drives: a slow car fast
Join Date: May 2010
Location: DFW/SoCal

Posts: 459
iTrader: (0)

I guess it's time to start saving for that trip BMW individual in ten years hahaha. Nice writeup though its great to see the designers and engineers working so hands on with the customer to make a true ultimate driving machine for that person.
__________________
//Mods: Golf Tee, red out tails, smoked fogs, B&G S2 Springs, Adjustable Koni Yellows, Vorshlag Camberplates, PSS 225 square, Macht Schnell 90mm studs, H&R spacers 15mm front 20mm rear (no rubbing), RPI scoops, K&N
strati1 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 02:31 PM   #13
skoot3r
BMW n00b
 
skoot3r's Avatar
 
Drives: 09 e92 M3/ 2013 GMC 2500hd
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: San Jose

Posts: 1,146
iTrader: (4)

Send a message via AIM to skoot3r
Quote:
Originally Posted by mdosu View Post
confused with title. I saw F80 M3 in title...scrolled down looking for the F80 M3...but no F80 M3. You owe me a F80 M3!
it's a ploy to get the site more traffic that's all
__________________
09 SpaceGray M3 DCT
Power: Dinan 3.62, Gintani Race Mufflers, Dinan Intake, Gintani Xpipe, RPi Scoops
Cosmetic: Vrs Poly-Lip, CSL Trunk, LED Interior Lights, LUX H8, Smoked Tails, Challenge Diffuser
skoot3r is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 02:41 PM   #14
Carl L
Captain
 
Carl L's Avatar
 
Drives: 09 E92 M3
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: West Coast

Posts: 718
iTrader: (0)

Thanks for the report. This "significant weight reduction" would be a great step forwards.
__________________
'09 M3 (E92)
'15 M3 on order
-prev M-car: '08 M5
Carl L is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 02:46 PM   #15
GOLFFRR
 
GOLFFRR's Avatar
 
Drives: Golf Cart
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Solvang, CA/Camarillo, CA

Posts: 15,955
iTrader: (4)

awesome thank you as always for posting such great photos!!
__________________

BEFORE YOU BUY YOUR NEXT BMW, EMAIL US FIRST WE CAN HOOK YOU UP!
Need a quote or assistance from David? GO HERE-->http://www.bimmerdavid.com/#!blank/c1r1e
Davids current ED Special M235/228--> http://www.2addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1013211
GOLFFRR is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 02:54 PM   #16
ixm3
First Lieutenant
 
Drives: M3x2
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: DE

Posts: 350
iTrader: (11)

Nice write up on some interesting tidbits. The process by which BMW makes product decisions is always interesting to learn. Thanks for sharing the photos too.
ixm3 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 02:54 PM   #17
Peahi
Captain
 
Peahi's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 M3 CPE
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: SF Bay Area

Posts: 670
iTrader: (0)

Great work!!! Thanks for posting this!!!!
__________________
Peahi is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 02:56 PM   #18
RMB
Lieutenant
 
RMB's Avatar
 
Drives: '11 Cayenne S
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Virginia

Posts: 568
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Great write up and photos. Nice to hear about the renders and how close they may be to the production models.
RMB is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 03:21 PM   #19
jamze132
Second Lieutenant
 
jamze132's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 X6M
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany

Posts: 258
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Genro757 View Post
Dackelone....thanks for the great write up..always a pleasure to invite you to our events! For those that were looking for the F8X M3/M4 pics, we were not allowed to take pictures outside of the M Studio...
Gennaro, I wasn't supposed to touch stuff at the Regensburg plant either...
jamze132 is offline   Germany
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 03:29 PM   #20
wilstave
Legend
 
wilstave's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 M Performance 335i
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Toronto

Posts: 195
iTrader: (0)

so where's the F80 mule pics?
wilstave is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 03:31 PM   #21
schlümpfy
Almost there
 
schlümpfy's Avatar
 
Drives: BMW instant classic
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: On the move

Posts: 1,216
iTrader: (0)

Thanks Dack
schlümpfy is offline   Christmas Island
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2013, 03:35 PM   #22
AlpWhite11
Captain
 
Drives: 335i
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Irvine

Posts: 695
iTrader: (0)

Send a message via Yahoo to AlpWhite11
Quote:
Originally Posted by wilstave
so where's the F80 mule pics?
Do people bother reading? Says right there in the write up that he couldn't take photos. Even if he could it would just look like the other spy pics we've seen. See the homepage for plenty of those. Someone also just posted M4 pics - http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho...=602770&page=6

The interesting parts here are in the conversation about the m3/m4 and the individual cars.

Thanks for sharing Dackel.
AlpWhite11 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
2014 bmw m3, 2014 m3, 2014 m3 engine, 2014 m3 forum, 2014 m3 weight, 2014 m4 engine, 2014 m4 weight, 2015 bmw m3, 2015 bmw m4, 2015 m3, 2015 m3 engine, 2015 m4 engine, 2015 m4 weight, bmw f80, bmw f80 forum, bmw f80 forums, bmw f80 m3, bmw f80 m3 s55, bmw f80 m3 sedan, bmw f82, bmw f82 forum, bmw f82 forums, bmw f82 m3, bmw f82 m3 coupe, bmw f82 m3 forum, bmw f82 m4, bmw f82 m4 coupe, bmw f82 m4 s55, bmw f83, bmw f83 m3, bmw f83 m4, bmw m forum, bmw m forums, bmw m3 s55, bmw m3 s55 engine, bmw m4, bmw m4 coupe, bmw m4 coupe forum, bmw m4 forum, bmw m4 forums, bmw s55, bmw s55 engine, bmw s55 motor, bmw spy, bmw spy photo, bmw spy photos, bmw spy pic, bmw spy pics, bmw spy video, bmw spy videos, f80, f80 forum, f80 forums, f80 m3, f80 m3 engine, f80 m3 forum, f80 m3 forums, f80 m3 motor, f80 m3 s55, f80 m3 sedan

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:05 AM.




f80post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST