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BMW M GmbH CEO says the future of performance is electric

Markus Flasch, CEO, will usher in 'era of electrification'

Markus Flasch, CEO, will usher in "era of electrification."

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Hyundai poaches another BMW M exec to run high-performance N division

Another first-class ticket booked from Munich to Seoul

Hyundai poaches a third BMW M executive for a leadership role in its N high-performance division.

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Performance proliferation: BMW plans to build 26 M models

Every vehicle is being considered.

That includes both M and M Performance models.

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2018 BMW M5 gets invited to SEMA thanks to new M Performance Parts

And an America-themed M3 celebrating 30 years in the U.S.

BMW highlights M Performance Parts for the 2018 BMW M5 at SEMA, and a unique, America-themed BMW M3.

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Toyota to debut new performance division next month in Japan

Think of this as Toyota's answer to Lexus F cars.

This comes ahead of the new Supra reveal.

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BMW M models will stay rear-wheel drive as long as possible

V6s and V8s are sticking around, too.

BMW M's product management boss wants to build vehicles with rear-wheel drive and at least six-cylinder engines for as along as possible. He argues that it defines the brand.

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BMW X4 M40i leaks ahead of LA Auto Show

BMW's long-anticipated X4 M40i is one of our first 2015 LA Auto Show leaks, over two months before the SoCal auto show.

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BMW says no more manuals, M cars capped at 600 hp

BMW might abandon manual transmission for its M models, and the division could cap power to 600 hp for future vehicles.

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BMW i8 could get 300-hp, 2.0L turbo-four

Hotter i8 Would Make 450 Total Horsepower

BMW won't be giving its high-performance i8 an M badge, but the hot hybrid will be getting a new, 300-hp, 2.0-liter turbo, according to a new report.

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Next BMW M5 could go all-wheel drive

New BMW M honcho Franciscus van Meel told Auto Express at the Detroit Auto Show that with an increase in output, "then probably the next generation M5 and M6 will have so much torque and power that we need to think about" going to an all-wheel drive system.

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BMW hires Ferrari chief engineer Fedeli

There's going to be a little bit more Prancing Horse in some future BMWs because the Bavarian brand is hiring Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli to join the company in November. Fedeli's new position is still somewhat of a mystery though, and he reportedly might be lending his talents to the high performance M division or possibly even Rolls-Royce. When asked by Automotive News Europe,

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BMW names new head of M division

BMW's performance division has been run by Dr. Friedrich Nitschke since 2011, developing, among other products, the new M3 and M4. But soon the good doctor will be retiring, and BMW has just named his successor.

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BMW already considering four cylinders for next M3

The cylinder count in BMW's M3 has fluctuated over the years. The original M3 debuted in 1985 packing a 2.3-liter inline-four, but subsequent models went with sixes until the outgoing generation upped the cylinder count to eight. With its latest model, BMW has dropped back to six cylinders with a pair of turbos taking the place of the extra pistons. But the next M3 sedan and Noah Joseph

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Forget about greenlighting it, BMW is already testing the M2

One week ago, we reported, with some skepticism, that BMW had greenlit a car we've been waiting for since the 1 Series M Coupe was discontinued – the M2. Now, we have the first images of that new hotshot underoing testing in Germany.

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2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe now more expensive than when new

At the end of the day, your friendly Autoblog editors are car guys, just like you. So, while we might have more of an opportunity to test some of the most interesting vehicles on the new car scene than does your average gear head, we can still be found whiling away those long afternoon hours looking at used cars and thinking about what could be.

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BMW tests M Lap Timer App with M4 Coupe at Brands Hatch

The 2015 BMW M4 looks to include all the necessary ingredients to offer dynamite driving experience. It's an M car after all. But in today's constantly connected world, the experience of hurtling a car around a track isn't always enough.

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Audi S3 pitted against BMW M135i in track battle

Audi and BMW have long been enemies on both the road and the track, with their respective M and S/RS lines duking it out to the delight of auto enthusiasts everywhere. In this video from Evo, two of the rivalry's newest combatants take to the track - the Audi S3 and the BMW M135i.

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