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Bernard Tomic's "showing off" in a BMW M3 causes standoff with Australian police

Bernard Tomic, the 19-year-old Australian tennis sensation, locked himself in his home after Australian police tried to ticket him for multiple driving incidents in a couple-hour time span. Tomic is said to feel “guiltless” after refusing to pull over for Gold Coast police a second time while driving his BMW M3 with a restricted license. Some reports say he was with his 21-year-old girlfriend Doney Meijer at the time.

The first incident involved Tomic “showing off” in his bright orange BMW through the area’s restaurant precinct. Police gave him a ticket and directed him to go straight home. Hours later, police tried to pull him over a second time for failure to follow the directive. That is when Tomic refused to stop, leading police to his gated home. Once inside, Tomic wouldn't exit the premises to talk to the officers.

Tomic's father, John, defended his son’s actions. He confronted the officers in the teen’s driveway and later called the police’s actions "unAustralian."; the whole incident took place on Thursday, Australia Day. The family may file a complaint to law enforcement’s Crime and Misconduct Commission or the Ethical Standards Command.

"I don't know what's wrong ... it's like I killed somebody." Tomic, who emerged briefly to talk to reporters, said. "It's all happened on Australia Day when I am trying to have fun with my mates."

Because of his P-plate restrictions, Tomic is only allowed to drive to and from tennis-related events.

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Bernard Tomic orange BMW M3

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Posted on: 1/26/2012 at 10:00 AM
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Hot or Not: Official BMW M3 Pickup

BMW M3 Pickup

Resembling the owner-constructed 3-Series pickup, BMW has released official photos of an M3 Pickup concept. The M3 Pickup was recently photographed lapping the Nürburgring, spurring ideas that BMW maybe working on an El Camino-esque 3-Series. BMW insists the car is an after-hours project and there are currently no plans to bring the car to the marketplace.

[via Car]

BMW M3 Pickup

BMW M3 Pickup

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Posted on: 3/31/2011 at 3:46 AM
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A BMW 335i Convertible costs $260,000 in Singapore

We have no idea what a Lamborghini Gallardo in Singapore costs, but if the BMW 335i Convertible will set you back $260,000, it would seems a stock LP560-4 Gallardo will cost you a little more than one million dollars. It is a matter of supply and demand. The Republic of Singapore’s government, in efforts to curb pollution and congestion in a country the size of Chicago, moderates the number of new autos allowed for sale in the country. It also forces car buyers to pay 150 percent of the car’s market value for excise and registration duties, allowing the owner to drive the car for up to ten years before a renewal permit must be purchased.

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BMW 3-Series Convertible

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Posted on: 2/18/2011 at 6:58 AM
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Hot or Not: BMW 330i Pickup?

This is what happens when you cross the front of a E46 BMW 330i Coupe with the rear bed of a Chevrolet Colorado pickup. Should BMW start building their own 3-Series El Camino-esque pickup truck?

[via E46Fanatics]

BMW 330i Pickup Conversion

BMW 330i Pickup Conversion

BMW 330i Pickup Conversion

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Posted on: 2/16/2011 at 4:27 AM
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25 years of the BMW M3

BMW has released a video depicting the past 25 years of the BMW M3. Its story begins in August 1985 with the fastest 3-Series of the time.

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Posted on: 12/21/2010 at 10:33 AM
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Cars of the 2010 SEMA Show

As a follow up to our “Girls of the 2010 SEMA Show” spread, and to prove our interest in these shows goes beyond attractions of the flesh, we are proud to bring to you the Cars of the 2010 SEMA Show. View all the cars of the 2010 SEMA Show here. Photos come courtesy of Richard Robello at Auto-focus.us. Follow the link for the full Auto-Focus Facebook gallery.

Dodge 2010 SEMA Show

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What's hotter than an iPhone 4G?

What’s hotter than an iPhone 4G? The BMW 5-Series (okay, maybe not. The iPhone 4G cleared 600,000 in sales its first day and is expected to hit one million in its first week). BMW announced two days ago that it is completely sold out of its new-for-2011 5-Series sedan and not just in the United States but in the whole world. Demand is high enough that a three-to-four-month wait period is expected for all future deliveries of the BMW 5-Series, which only hit dealer lots over in Europe in January and here in the United States in June.

News of the BMW 5-Series being completely sold out comes hot on the heels of news that the BMW M3 Frozen Gray Coupe sold its 30-unit run in 12 minutes.

[via Bloomberg]

2011 BMW 550i

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Geely redesigns Rolls-Royce Phantom clone

At the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show in China, a country where knockoffs are almost a part of life (you may remember GM alleged but could not prove a case of copyright infringement when Chery introduced its QQ, a near clone of GM’s Spark), a company named Geely showed a concept that was almost an exact replica of the Rolls-Royce Phantom sedan, except it would use inferior parts and cost much less. Well, maybe Roll-Royce’s threats of legal action were enough for Geely to redesign its concept to be less of a Phantom clone.

Set to be unveiled at the 2010 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition is a new GE with a very different look. Gone is the squared face with a large upright grille and a Spirit of Ecstasy-like hood ornament. It has been replaced with a more curvaceous front end with a large round grille and headlamps that are no longer square and that now wrap around the front of the car. The back end was made to look less like the Phantom as well, although now it reminds us of a cross between a 7-series and an S-class. We will learn more after the official unveiling on April 23.

[via AutoCar.co.uk]

Geely GE Concept

This is not the first time that Geely has been accused of stealing someone's style. As you can see below the Geely Merrie 300 concept looks an awful like the old Mercedes C-class and Geely's Merry logo looks very similar to the one found at your local Toyota dealership.

Mercedes C-class v. Geely Merrie 300

Toyota logo v. Geely logo

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Posted on: 4/14/2010 at 3:53 AM
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Photos of the BMW 335is leaked

The BMW enthusiasts at E90 have gotten their hands on pictures of the yet-to-be-unveiled-or-even-confirmed BMW 335is. The new sport model will sit below the M3; producing 322 hp from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six compared to the M3’s 414-hp 4.0-liter V-8. The leaked 335is scan showing the differences between it and the base BMW 335i we showed you before is still passing as a legitimate document leaked out of BMW.

[via E90Post]

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Posted on: 1/21/2010 at 5:12 AM
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BMW M3 to lose V-8 in 2014

BMW dropped the M3’s first-ever V-8 under the hood in 2008. Well, with the new higher federal regulations, BMW will likely be looking to drop back down to a six-cylinder engine for the next M3 in 2014. Production of the 3.2-liter I-6 from the previous generations M3 has since been halted—and along with it went any hope for the new 2009 Z4 to get the M treatment—and word is the new M3 will not get an engine based off BMW’s current 3.0-liter family, which means we might be getting a all-new turbocharged V-6. The move to a V-6 is a big step for BMW, which has always used an inline-6 due to its smooth-revving nature.

An M version of the next-generation 1-series is also in the works and it looks as though it will be powered by an I-4 tuned to well over 300 horsepower.

[via Motor Trend]

M3 to lose V-8

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Posted on: 4/9/2009 at 4:10 AM
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