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BMW M4 Competition x Kith is a limited edition boundary pusher for M brand enthusiasts

A new collaboration with lifestyle brand Kith gives BMW 150 special edition M4s to sell.

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The Kith brand is two things: a multifunctional lifestyle brand and progressive retail establishment. BMW is also two things: a posh luxury automotive brand and a horsepower-happy precision-crafted automotive company. In both, the two sides of each brand are not mutually exclusive.

A new collaboration between Kith and BMW puts that premise to the pavement. The 2022 BMW M4 Competition x Kith interprets the redesigned 2022 BMW M4 Competition coupe as a showcase of the Kith brand. It is limited to 150 units worldwide.

2022 BMW M4 Competition x Kith 

2022 BMW M4 Competition x Kith

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New York native Ronnie Fieg is the founder of Kith and a lifelong BMW enthusiast. He owns a classic E30 generation BMW M3 that he's customized to his taste. Today's M4 Competition is considered the "spiritual successor" of the E30. Fieg has created a one-of-one BMW M4 Competition Design Study by Kith that mimics the specifications – and Kith design touches – of his own classic vehicle.

Additionally, Fieg has created a line of apparel and accessories inspired by classic BMW design. They're available exclusively through Kith's retail locations, including online, beginning today. The collection, featuring 94 styles of apparel and accessories, is Kith's largest single offering to date.

"Everything we work on at Kith has to come from an authentic place," said Fieg. "Some of my favorite memories from growing up came from going to visit my grandfather and riding around in his BMWs in the 1980s. I remember he had an E21 320i and that his prized possession was a white E30 M3. These moments in my life really shaped my passion for BMW, so working on this project with them has brought everything full circle."

BMW M4 Competition Design Study by Kith

BMW M4 Competition Design Study by Kith

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The partnership features one major milestone for BMW. It's the first time that the company has altered its iconic roundel badge for a collaboration. Merging logos is a trademark of Kith design. The fused logo created for the BMW M4 Competition x Kith adds an extra ring around the BMW roundel in the BMW M colors of light blue, dark blue and red, as well as details in bright lettering focusing on Kith and the collaboration. The rear decklid of the BMW M4 Competition x Kith features a black Kith logo with the iconic tri-color BMW M stripes.

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BMW will sell the models exclusively in matte paint finishes of Frozen Black, Frozen Dark Silver and Frozen Brilliant White. They retain all the usual under-hood and underbody components. There are also unique interior color bursts and accents throughout the cabin.

The BMW M4 Competition x Kith will be available for preorder with a starting MSRP of $109,250 plus the usual destination and handling fees.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

Toyota

After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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