At time of writing this I have worked for Kuni BMW as a Photographer for two years. In all that time I can say the track day was by far the most fun I have had as an employee. Trust me I have had some fun days: my first wine event, taking out the Yas Marina Blue M3, my first drive in an Alpina ect.
Why was the track day so amazing?
Even though I photograph and move BMW’s every day, I have never really seen firsthand what they can do as far as performance. I have gotten to experience the beauty and comfort of the “Ultimate Driving Machine”, but really what does that mean if you haven’t REALLY driven one the way it was meant to be driven?
Our Videographer and I arrived at PIR with a few reservations. It was raining and we were not sure what kind of testing could be done on such a drizzly day. Also we were unsure how our clients would feel being photographed testing out the vehicles. There was a good chance we wouldn’t get much footage to work with.
We were wrong on both accounts. We were told the rain would most definitely not be stopping anything. If anything it would give an extra factor to seeing how well the cars handled. Secondly we were warmly welcomed by the drivers. We met some really great people that day. Several were long time customers who recounted their first BMW purchase at Kuni. We reminisced over past Kuni events and talked about the different cars they owned or purchased for their family members. They allowed us to ride along as they tested limits on the Auto Cross course and thrilled us on the track as they hugged corners and pushed the limits of speed on the straight away.
The rain passed right after the drivers meeting, and while it was cloudy the rain stayed away the whole event. The group was split in two, one half went to the follow along course the track, and the other went to the Auto Cross track.
At the auto cross track there was a brief meeting for everyone about how to drive on the course. Walkie talkies were put in each car and everyone went out for a first run together to learn the course and understand the meaning of the different cones.
After that everyone lined up to test out the different models.
After many grins and a good time was had by all, we took a lunch break and sat reliving all the glory of properly stopping in the box and that time when someone hit a cone and I miraculously got that instant in camera:
After lunch it was our turn at the ride along. Drivers took turns in the different models of cars following along on the track with a professional driver in the lead.
A fantastic day was had by all. We thank everyone that came out and participated. Also a big thank you to the clients for allowing us to participate along with you and take photos!
We hope there will be another track day soon!
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Here at Kuni BMW, we recently acquired a 2011 1M. You may have noticed our updates on our facebook and instagram. We are pretty excited about it. Why? Here are three reasons:
#1 — You just don’t see one everyday. Really. This car is actually pretty rare. We would even reason to say this car is a collectors item. Only 983 North American-spec 1M’s were made. Less than a thousand! How many of these track ready cars remain that haven’t been damaged in some way? How many in white in as good of a condition as ours?
One might argue that the 1M will be released again with higher production numbers. This is true, but they still wont be a 2011 version with all of its bragging rights to rarity.
#2—Its not just a 1 Series with an M sport package.
The E82 1 Series M Coupe is a special version of the standard 1 Series coupe that was developed by BMW M GmbH, the subsidiary of BMW AG responsible for creating its most performance-oriented products. It combines a tuned version of the twin-turbocharged N54 motor with an M-enhanced chassis, and features massively-restyled bodywork, as well as many unique interior features.
#3–It just may be the only certified Pre-Owned 1M in the country right now. We cant confirm this for sure, but with so few of them in existence its pretty likely you wont find another one that is Certified Pre-Owned.
Intrigued? Come by and see it for yourself! Schedule a test drive today!
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Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – December 11, 2013, 6:10pm Eastern Time .
BMW today announced the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe models, which capitalize on the strengths of the latest 3 Series Sedan and fresh 4 Series Coupe models as their respective foundations. As the first-ever BMW M cars to feature the achievement of an engineered-in reduction in curb weight from one generation to the next, the all-new M3 and M4 stand poised to attack corners, hills, and braking zones, and will vigorously defend BMW M’s decades-strong position as segment leader around the world.
Featuring a return to the inline-6 engine format made famous by BMW M, the all-new, 3.0-liter BMW M3 and M4 engine is approximately 10 kilograms lighter than its V-8 predecessor and packs an even stronger punch. With 425 horsepower from 5,500 – 7,300 rpm, 406 lb-ft of torque from 1,850 – 5,500 rpm, and capable of 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds when equipped with the M-DCT transmission (4.1 seconds with standard 6-speed manual), the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe will debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and will begin sales as 2015 models in early Summer, 2014 (Editor’s notes: All specifications preliminary. Complete US-specific specs, pricing, options, and packages will be announced closer to the on-sale date).
The launch of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe sees BMW M GmbH revealing a new interpretation of the high-performance sports car – and carrying the BMW M philosophy over into the fifth generation of the M3. More than 40,000 examples of the fourth-generation BMW M3 Coupe were built, and now the BMW M4 Coupe is poised to continue this success story. The “M4” badge is a reference to the model series that provides the basis for the new M model – and, for the first time, the Coupe will be introduced at the same time as the four-door variant. Logic dictates the latter will be christened the BMW M3 Sedan.
The New 2015 M4 is set to release early summer 2014.
Why wait? View the current 4 Series models at KuniBMW.Com, Or stop in for a test drive!
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the BMW M GmbH, BMW Classic offered a wide array of events at Germany’s largest classic car race, the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix held at the Nüburgring racing circuit. The event was held from August 10-12 and an estimated 60,000 spectators were in attendance. In addition to an extensive display of BMW M cars and racing machines, BMW put on the BMW M anniversary races, which showcased the long and impressive history of the BMW M division. The races are open to any BMW racing Car that has been developed by BMW M, another example of BMW’s willingness to create a friendly and open environment in which car enthusiasts from all backgrounds can enjoy themselves. Kuni BMW wishes the best of luck to all the racers next year!Share on Facebook
Kuni BMW is proud to announce the newest arrival on our lot. The stunningly captivating new 2013 BMW M5! Check out our new featured video, which showcases the incredible design of the new M5.
Video: 2013 BMW M5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73orTbgwAt4
If the video isn’t enough, here are a few snapshots:Share on Facebook