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      Published on 01-20-2011 10:35 PM
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      Carmagazine is reporting that a Z2 Roadster with a soft top is confirmed for 2012. The downscaling of the BMW brand continues to sell as many cars to as many people as possible. The motor will be a new 1.6 liter turbo with around 200 horsepower. This likely will be a fun car to drive with a targeted 2200 pound curb weight and the rendering is interesting. They are also considering an electric version. Will get an M version of this as well? If we do, just expect it to be the same thing with more boost. More details as they come. ...
      Published on 01-20-2011 02:53 AM
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      We have received from an anonymous source the complete details about the class action suit against BMW North America containing product defect allegations on the N54 motor. Stuart Talley of Kershaw, Cutter, and Ratinoff is the lead attorney representing the lead plaintiffs/class representatives and the proposed class. This Complaint filed in the Northern District of California lists the complete and latest details of the suit against BMW having been completed on January 14, 2011. The main points of contention are defective waste gates, defective fuel pumps, turbo-lag, manipulative ECU updates, and the HPFP recall. The Plaintiffs are alleging violations of the Magnuson-Moss Act, false advertising, misrepresentation, breach of warranty, and other Statutory California Consumer Law allegations. Counsel for the Plaintiffs and proposed class is working diligently to obtain an acceptable remedy to all owners and lessees. We will keep you updated on the developments as the suit progresses and you can view the entire document here: ...
      Published on 01-19-2011 04:39 AM
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      Kelleners has recently gotten into producing body kits and wheels with their F10 entry. The rims are actually reasonably priced (for a European BMW tuner) at Ä397 and nice designs. No pictures of these mounted on any BMW yet. ...
      Published on 01-18-2011 07:41 PM
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      We still do not know what the internal designation for this motor is but we now know it is official and it is coming. The specs are 245 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This motor will first appear in the Xdrive28i when it comes on sale in the United States. The motor will be rated around 30 mph on the highway which improves considerable on the N52 it will be replacing. Compression is 10.0:1. More details to come shortly such as the designation, boost, redline, etc. ...
      Published on 01-18-2011 06:49 AM
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      This rendering of the F30 was done for Bimmer Magazine by Schulte Design. The E9X platform still has a couple good years left in it but it is on the downward swing. The F30 is coming and if it looks like this rendering that certainly is a good thing. 5 series headlight cues can be seen but we doubt the front bumper of the standard model will be anywhere near as aggressive. The N55 and the new 4 cylinder turbo motor should be the powerplants that launch with it mated to an 8 speed automatic. This is a good interpretation of the future model but we remind, it is just a rendering. ...
      Published on 01-17-2011 05:51 PM
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      People all around the world have fallen in love with the automobile since itís creation over 100 years ago. Entire lives have been dedicated and lost to our love for the automobile, and for the feeling that it can give. Anyone who wants to navigate the aftermarket performance industry must have a good understanding of the allure of the sports car and what itís meant to humans since its invention. Itís always easy to spot those in the business who do not have a genuine love for cars, as their misguided intentions will always reveal themselves in the way they create their own project cars. ...
      Published on 01-15-2011 03:12 PM
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      Score another victory for BMW Motorsport, the Z4 GT3 won by over 4 laps in the 24 hour race. The car was driven by ALMS driver Tommy Milner as well as Augusto Farfas, Claudia Hurtgen, and Edward Sandstrom. The Z4 controlled the race nearly from the beginning when the pole setting Reiter Gallardo was forced to retire due to engine trouble. The other Z4 GT3 which was the sister car run by Turner Motorsport finished in 5th despite several issues including an accident and a cracked header. Congratulations to the Schubert racing team and BMW!


      Results for top 20 spots:

      Race Results:

      1 76 Need for Speed Schubert 1 BMW Z4 GT3 A6 1 -- 594 laps --
      
2 4 AF Corse SRL 1 Ferrari F430 GT2 A6 2 -- 591 laps --
      
3 7 Black Falcon #7 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3 A6 3 -- 590 laps --
      4 18 tolimit arabia Porsche 911 GT3 R (997) A6 4 -- 583 laps --
      5 77 Need for Speed Schubert 2 BMW Z4 GT3 A6 5 -- 579 laps --
      
6 26 Saudi Falcons by Lechner Racing Porsche 997 Cup A6 6 -- 576 laps --
      7 9 Heico Motorsport Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3 A6 7 -- 576 laps -- ...
      Published on 01-14-2011 07:06 PM
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      The BMW X1 is already available for sale around the globe. It was supposed to be available in the largest market for the SUV, the United States, in the beginning of this year. Strong demand has the factory in Europe at full capacity. Unlike the X3, X5, and X6 built in the United States the X1 is built in Germany likely because it has far more in common with the chassis of the regular cars instead of the SUV's. If sales continue to be strong, it may even be delayed further than the fall. ...
      Published on 01-14-2011 05:03 PM
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      We are proud to announce that AudiBoost.com has been launched and our network now includes three sites/forums: BimmerBoost.com, BenzBoost.com and AudiBoost.com. Audiboost is your source for Audi tuning, modification, motorsport, and performance news/discussion. There is no need to create a new login, your BimmerBoost or BenzBoost account will work. Please check out www.audiBoost.com and spread the word! ...
      Published on 01-14-2011 04:03 AM
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      Fabspeed has released their downpipes for the 135i and 335i N54 based vehicles. These downpipes eliminate the primary cats. The diameter of the pipes is 2.75 inches. Gains are about 25 whp with these pipes, 02 simulator included for no check engine lights. ...
      Published on 01-13-2011 03:28 PM
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      Let's be realistic, the majority of aftermarket companies do not last. Many come and go likely before we even get a chance to hear about them. It is even more difficult for those that specialize in forced induction on BMW's. Boosting M motors and BMW NA motors in general has never been easy and few have been around as long as Active Autowerke. AA has been around since 1981 and is older than many of the people on this site including myself. Active has done some top builds that captivate the community such as TazaM3's custom E46 M3 turbo which is one of the most powerful BMW's in the world. We would like to congratulate Active Autowerke on 30 great years and state the BMW performance world is better thanks to their involvement. Here is to 30 more! ...
      Published on 01-12-2011 01:07 PM
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      Steve (M5junky) sent us these pictures with permission to post them. These pictures reveal the state his E60 M5 was in after having spent about 2 years at ASR Engineering. The car was sent there for a twin turbo built motor setup as most of you know and nothing was done. Well, nothing other than stripping the car the car down and leaving it a huge mess. The transmission was pulled and looks to be left stock. The motor was pulled and not built as agreed. The engine bay, well, you can see for yourself. ...
      Published on 01-12-2011 12:37 PM
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      As a lot of you know I live in Johannesburg South Africa which is 5500ft above sea level. Tuning of the car is a work in progress but I got a opportunity today to give the car a run on a dyno just to see where I am at with my "street" map. Runs where done with 93 and meth (CM10) and the temp was 30 degrees celsius with no cooling of the car. We have not touched the tuning much above 6000rpm as we had to make sure we had the fueling waxed at lower high torque rpms. Boost pressure was set at 19psi and tapered to 15psi at the higher rpm. The timing is also very conservative and I am confident to say that we can push 475whp in race trim comfortably. So far Chip Logic does not seem to have hit any barriers in the tuning of larger turbos using flash software. ...
      Published on 01-11-2011 07:21 PM
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      Well, it would seem BMW is phasing out yet another naturally aspirated powerplant in one of their models. Not much of a surprise to us, we know bimmer boost is the future. There are very few details on the new poweplant other than it will be the new base motor and should likely be the replacement for the N52 across the board in the future. Rumors are around 200 horsepower but we will know more when the engine is officially unveiled. It would also not surprise us if this motor was in Mini models as well. ...
      Published on 01-11-2011 04:53 PM
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      2010 was a great year, namely because it was our first. A lot of changes took place and during this first year we had some great moments as well as some that made you shake your head. We feel this compilation reflects the best and worst that 2010 had to offer in our respective areas of coverage. Enjoy the list: ...