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      Published on 06-06-2012 01:27 AM
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      Many of you know Renntech from the Mercedes tuning world. They continue to expand their offering for other platforms including BMW. Below is a dyno graph from Renntech's S65 V8 software. The vehicle is a 2008 6 speed manual E90 M3 with 78,000 miles and a high flow cat. It was run on a hot Florida day in STD correction. Gains are 25 wheel horsepower at peak with just a tune only on pump gas from the baseline. The gains are throughout the entire curve, solid results from Renntech. ...
      Published on 06-03-2012 07:56 PM
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      Seeing highly modded cars take on bikes (and modified bikes at that) is just plain cool. When a car can hang with some very fast liter bikes it deserves and has earned respect. The Nissan GT-R in the video here is said to have 890 wheel horsepower at 28 psi on C16 leaded race gas. The BMW S1000RR has a Power Commander 5, Austin Racing exhaust, and runs a custom map set by the owner. The BMW bike is very, very damn fast. Check out the video below.




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      Published on 06-03-2012 12:09 AM
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      Supercharged M3's are definitely quick cars as seen here. The new F10 M5 is no slouch itself but in stock form it is about a 122 mile per hour trap car whereas the M3 should be in the mid to upper 120's. We do not have dynojet numers for the new F10 M5 yet but we expect it to be somewhere in the 480 wheel horsepower range. This ESS kit should be in the mid to upper 500's depending on pulley the owner ran. Impressive result for the M3 considering it is a 6-speed manual. Less weight plus more power makes for a beatdown. ...
      Published on 06-01-2012 07:34 AM
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      The new N20 turbo motor is going to become a very popular tuning platform and is already off to a very good start. 270 wheel horsepower on a dynojet is right in the range of what the E9X 335i put down stock. So essentially a tune and a downpipe and you hit stock 335i power. The N20 is not going to going to give up a whole lot and is going to be the definitive BMW tuning value. Also keep in mind this is early on so gains of 37 wheel from the baseline with a tune and downpipe are just the beginning. ...
      Published on 06-01-2012 03:12 AM
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      The Zagato coupe was revealed a few days ago at the prestigious Italian car show Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and we now have a video to go along with the photos of the car. This is a concept from the famed Italian Zagato coachbuilder who teamed up with BMW. The body is entirely built by hand and we must say we would not mind if a new Z4 coupe came out looking just like this example especially considering it is about 400 pounds lighter than the Z4 with its heavy folding hard top. ...
      Published on 05-31-2012 10:53 PM
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      Here is another "special" edition M3 from BMW. We love limited edition models but this really is nothing more than an M3 with existing package and some matte paint. Almost amusing that BMW chose red, white, and blue paint schemes for these cars until we remembered the Union Jack influenced our own US flag colors. In addition to the matte paint the cars get a black interior with stitching to match the exterior, Alcantara wrapped steering wheels, and black rims. ...
      Published on 05-30-2012 07:39 AM
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      Impressive naturally aspirated and stock internal work here on the S85 V10 by BimmerBoost vendor JAWS Motorsport. The car put down a baseline of 448 wheel horsepower on a DynoMite dyno with just intake scoops. From that baseline JAWS was able to hit 518 wheel horsepower with addition of their one piece plenum, Alpha-N tune with 8600 RPM limiter, and secondary cat delete. That is a gain of 70 horsepower at the wheels. ...
      Published on 05-30-2012 12:07 AM
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      Sorry BMWUSA. We get what you are trying to sell us here but it did not really work as intended. Yes, we all understand the move to turbo motors in favor of fuel efficiency which you are attempting to convey does not come with a sacrifice (even though you have already told us it does). Why in the world is BMWUSA using the M3 GTS in this video when first of all, BMWUSA refuses to sell this car in the USA, and secondly, it uses the old high revving naturally aspirated formula M is moving away from supposedly in favor of Efficient Dynamics? ...
      Published on 05-29-2012 08:40 PM
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      Automobile magazine posted a very interesting article on the BMW i sub-brand. Automobile says the brand is on very thin ice due to its sheer size. It is the idea of the car being drastically changed requiring tremendous commitment of resources. The i3 for example having a carbon fiber body shell, aluminum chassis, lithium-ion batteries, and a rear mounted electric motor that to justify the entry-level $45,000 price tag will need to sell about 100,000 units. That is a very big bet on an expensive all electric car that is not going to be near as fun to drive as a 335i. Do not get us started on how much better BMW's real cars would be with weight dropped thanks to carbon fiber body shells. ...
      Published on 05-26-2012 06:38 PM
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      The BMW 1M in stock form is much slower than the previous generation E63 BMW M6 especially up top. The appeal of the 1M with its N54 engine partially is the modability of the turbo motor. This video is surprising as with it being a roll on race the circumstances favor the strength of the M6. However, the 1M jumps out to a fairly significant lead. It seemed to get on the gas quicker as well as being in a meatier part of the power band to start the race immediately pulling. The M6 does eventually run it down and pass as expected but it does take it a while to do so, check it out below. ...
      Published on 05-25-2012 05:15 AM
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      The BMW S38 is one of (if not arguably the best) the most impressive inline-6 cylinder motors ever produced by BMW. We will leave that debate for another article however and instead give you the details on the PPM-Racing 4.2 liter stroker kit. It includes forged pistons, H-Beam connecting rods, and a billet 4340 crankshaft. It is applicable to either 3.6 or 3.8 liter S38 motors from the BMW E28 M5 and BMW E34 BMW M5 respectively. ...
      Published on 05-24-2012 07:27 PM
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      Here it officially is, the facelifted BMW F01 7 Series. The exterior gets some updates with a new larger grille, revised intakes, new headlights with LED turn signals, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, updated rear lights, and a second chrome strip in the rear apron. The exterior changes are fairly mild but look good. The interior also is revised with new front and rear seats as well as optional individual rear seats for all 7 Series models (standard on the 760). ...
      Published on 05-23-2012 11:43 PM
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      BimmerFest has come and gone and for those who could not attend we have high 198 photos below. For those interested in higher resolution images for a background, they are also available. Like last year BimmerFest took place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California. A very diverse group of BMW's and it was nice to see the new F30 3 Series already getting modification attention. The photography is courtesy of European Auto Source, enjoy. ...
      Published on 05-21-2012 06:00 AM
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      Braking has always been a bit of a contentious subject with BMW M. If there was one consistent weak spot in M vehicles it would be the brakes. It is not that they did not perform well as much as that they were rapidly susceptible to fade. For M track junkies, the brakes were almost always the first place to look at upgrading. Well, that is until now. With the new ceramic brake option coming for the F12, as you can see in the photos below, the BMW M Achilles heel is likely gone for good. We just are scared to ask what BMW is going to price this option at. ...
      Published on 05-21-2012 01:21 AM
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      Introducing the Vorsteiner GTS-V edition BMW E82 1M coupe. The body pieces are all constructed from carbon fiber. These pieces include a front lip with brake ducts, a rear diffuser, and a trunk with integrated lip that weighs only 11.5 pounds. The wheels featured on the car are Vorsteiner's lightweight three piece forged VS-400 model. In addition to the body pieces and wheels, a titanium sport exhaust is available that Vorsteiner states offers gains of 15 horsepower. Pictures and video below. ...

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