Published on 10-23-2011 07:51 PM
We prefer Fifth Gear videos to all other British automotive reviews. They use real drivers, with real racing experience, who evaluate the cars as enthusiasts would expect instead of trying to entertain you with crazy stunts. It is very cool to see Tiff Needell and British rally driver Mark Higgins throwing these two cars around a road course. What is interesting is that they both come to the same conclusion, the BMW 1M is the better driver's car. The BMW 1M continues to crush the RS3 around the track as the laptimes show, no surprise.
...Published on 10-22-2011 12:21 AM
The BMW S1000RR surprised a lot of people when it came out. Nobody expected a BMW sport bike with such stellar performance and cutting edge technology. BMW is not resting on their laurels as they have updated the bike for 2012. The engine is the same 193 horsepower mill with changes to throttle maps for smoother performance. The suspension however has received numerous changes including new springs, forged/milled fork bridge, and the front and rear suspension geometry has changed. There are also more color options. One of the best bikes out there just got even better.
...Published on 10-20-2011 02:55 AM
The X6 isn't exactly much of an off-road vehicle in factory form. It actually is a rather heavy street vehicle (~5300 pounds) offering minimal sport and utility. All German Motorsports decided to create an off-road version of the X6 and that is just awesome in our book. They dropped the weight to 4500 pounds using a fiberglass body and added 25 inches of suspension travel. Tires are 32 inchers obviously for off-road duty. Under the hood is 750 horsepower (not from a BMW motor, from GM, despite the engine covers) which will be needed to compete in the SCORE trophy truck series.
...Published on 10-18-2011 07:00 AM
Congrats to BimmerBoost member @alextremo who took his manual F10 550i out to the New England Dragway and ran 12's with only a Dinan Stage 2 tune. Alex weighed his car with himself in it and it came in at a staggering 4,560 pounds so running almost 113 mph and high 12's on stock runflat street tires along with that weight is certainly impressive. The Dinan tune clearly has made a considerable difference. The vehicle had an 1/8 tank of gas and some MS109 race fuel mixed with pump gas. This vehicle is capable of much more in cooler weather with some drag radials as well as supplementary modifications.
...Published on 10-17-2011 06:34 AM
Forza Motosport is awesome, this is well known. Forza Motorsport is the latest game in the series and reviews across the board praise the game as automotive nirvana. The new BMW M5 graces the cover and it is only natural that BMW wanted to share in the publicity the game is receiving. This led to the creation of the "M5 Forza Cup" which will award a brand new M5 to the person with the fastest virtual laptime with the new M5. You have until November 26 to set the fastest laptime to make the final group of 16 which will compete for the main prize, go get your copy already!
...Published on 10-17-2011 02:56 AM
Carbon fiber is much more than just something that looks cool. It also saves weight and when applied in the appropriate places it makes a considerable difference. This is why BMW used it for the roof on the E92 M3. BMW skimped on the carbon roof for the 1M (among other things) but not to worry as Revosport has a carbon roof option for the 1M. The carbon panel weighs only 4 kilograms vs. the stock 16 kilograms. That is 12 kilograms (26 pounds) saved at the highest point of the car. Cool looking and functional? You bet.
...Published on 10-15-2011 11:50 PM
Renntech is branching out to other markets from their traditional Mercedes tuning and they have several ECU tunes now available for BMW vehicles. The Renntech 335 diesel tune puts down an impressive 311 horsepower to the wheels along with a tremendous 432 wheel torque. The ECU has to be sent in for the flash unless one is local. A 24 month warranty is also included in the $1100 price. This tune should be applicable to the X5 diesel as well in the United States.
...Published on 10-14-2011 06:41 PM
Well here it is, the new 2012 4 door F30 3 series. Not really all that much different externally with BMW playing it extremely safe. The styling envelope is not being pushed with the 3 taking cues from the F10 5 series for the headlights and the rear taillight design being as benign as possible. The interior is also a very minor update on the E90 with the BMW switchgear and gear lever that we have all grown accustomed to.
...Published on 10-12-2011 06:51 AM
You may remember that AutoExpress drag raced the 1M against the DSG RS3 a few months back. In that comparison, the Audi won by virtue of its dual clutch transmission and all wheel drive launch although the 1M had the higher trap speed. This time both cars are taken around a road course and the 1M just flat out crushes the Audi by almost 2 seconds on what is a fairly short track. The driver mentions the Audi is heavier and more of a car for beginners with understeer versus the 1M which is more nimble and often requires the throttle to correct the tail stepping out. Check out the video below.
...Published on 10-11-2011 02:43 PM
A N55 355i Owner was kind enough to stop by last week for some testing of a prototype unit of the cp-e N55 downpipe. The day went perfectly for such testing. The part was designed and built completely from computer data, without any fabrication on the car. The part was already ready without being in any vehicle prior. This was a true testament to doing CAD development in the most effecient way possible. Fitment was dead on, lining up with brackets, flanges and sensors flawlessly. Performance was to our satisfaction as well. Dyno charts below.
...Published on 10-11-2011 06:40 AM
So, what is with all this talk about the Chinese buying up luxury cars left and right? Turns out China, just like everyone else, has cars sitting on dealer lots with dealers willing to discount BMW's up to 19% as reported by Businessweek. Growth is definitely slowing down for the luxury automakers in China but BMW believes growth is sustainable. A Chinese BMW representative stated, “It is predictable that the Chinese car market will keep growing at a comparatively lower rate. BMW has maintained a strong and sustainable growth.” May we have some special editions in the USA now BMW?
...Published on 10-10-2011 06:44 AM
All chrome paint jobs are tacky. Yes, tacky even if an OEM does it. However, that does not mean we do not want to see it. BMW for whatever reason decided to create a Chrome Bullet M3 with chrome paint obviously as well as M color accents. BMW uploaded the photos of the car to their M Facebook page without much supplementary info but from what we can gather this is just a one off showcar. Cool to see, but BMW's chrome shadow paint job on the E46 M3 concept was just plain better than this as it wasn't so ostentatious, looked great, and actually could be pulled off in public.
...Published on 10-09-2011 08:14 AM
Insideline recently tested the new Z4 with the new N20 turbo 4 cylinder motor that is vastly underrated. The Z4 used was a manual and we would not be surprised if the auto produced better numbers. Insideline did not state where this test was done but they frequently use Fontana which is a notoriously slow strip. It is not far out of line to suggest this vehicle can hit high 13's in the 1/4 mile stock in better weather at a better track. That puts it roughly on par with a USA E36 M3 in a straight line. The Z4 actually happens to put more power down to the wheels than the US E36 M3 which should put the new N20 in perspective.
...Published on 10-08-2011 01:33 AM
OE Tuning has tuned the new BMW 1M Coupe. On a dynojet in STD correction on 93 octane the 1M baselined 325 wheel horsepower. The car hit 375 wheel horsepower after the tune also on 93 octane fuel as OE Tuning sttated, very impressive. The dynograph below however shows a baseline of 332 rear wheel horsepower and 383 rear wheel horsepower after the dyno tune. All dyno pulls were done in 4th gear. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
...Published on 10-06-2011 07:02 AM
The E46 M3 SMG (sequential manual gearbox) is basically the exact same thing as the manual transmission except with a hydraulically actuated shifting mechanism. The hydraulic pump can fail and VS Motorsports states the replacement cost is $2500 (a bit high) from BMW. Regardless, many people have wondered how much it would cost to simply switch an SMG to manual as well as how difficult it would be. VS Motorsports answers the latter below with an SMG to manual swap.