Published on 09-11-2011 06:03 AM
The BMW X6 remains unchallenged in the 4 door "coupe" segment of the SUV market. BMW hit a home run with the car and Audi and Mercedes are scrambling to catch up. That does not mean BMW is satisfied resting on their laurels as the facelift model was spotted testing. The changes will mostly be to the exterior and minor ones with the front and rear lights receiving some minor modification. The real interesting question is if the X6 will be getting the new tri-turbo diesel everyone seems to be talking about.
...Published on 09-09-2011 11:33 PM
AC Schnitzer will be officially revealing their tuner offering for the new 1M Coupe at the Frankfurt auto show. They released some teaser photos and details prior to the show. The exterior part offering consists of a chrome grill insert, carbon front add-on spoiler, carbon diffuser, and a tunk lip. The hood and fenders are also modified. 19 and 20 inch AC Schnitzer wheels are also available for the 1M. The motor gets some work with an exhaust as well as a tune bumping the horsepower up to the 400 range. On the stock turbos and pump gas all the tuners seem to be getting to the same horsepower levels which surprises nobody.
...Published on 09-09-2011 01:33 AM
The M3 GT2 race cars are amazing, both from a looks perspective as well as performance. Getting your hands on one of the race cars is pretty much impossible for the vast majority of enthusiasts. Here comes CLP to the rescue with their widebody kit designed to mimic the racecar. Under the hood they also add a G-power supercharger which actually gives you more horsepower than the real race car's naturally aspirated V8. The price for all of this? $97,500.
...Published on 09-07-2011 08:00 PM
So these diesel M5 rumors persist and the car has pretty much been confirmed. However, the horsepower numbers continue to jump all over the place and we do not know what the final output will end up being. Our previous report stated the car would be in the 400 horsepower range with 553 pound-feet of torque. That sounds at least realistic but now various sites are posting that the horsepower numbers are between 500-550 and torque is up to 650 pound-feet.
...Published on 09-06-2011 08:01 AM
We would not be able to make this stuff up if we tried. Was it not bad enough that Pacific BMW was asking $40k over sticker for a 1M? How about that their employees abused a 1M they were asking markup for on residential city streets? Well, Pacific BMW seems intent on topping themselves now by refusing to give the owner back his $10k that he paid over sticker. The owner claims that they did not even let him test drive the car because it was a limited edition model. Yet he later saw his car on the internet that he paid markup for being taken for a joyride by some kids Pacific BMW allowed access to it.
...Published on 09-06-2011 05:10 AM
The BMW N20 direct injected turbo 4 cylinder is just starting to find its way into production models but that has not stopped Fisker from putting in a big order for them. You know, Fisker, who produces (or more aptly is going to produce) a variety of all electric as well as hybrid vehicles. Fisker and BMW signed an agreement for BMW to supply the motors for the upcoming Fisker Nina which will be a mid-size sedan. Henrik Fisker stated: "The BMW engine was an obvious choice for us, as BMW is known for producing the best and most fuel efficient gasoline engines in the world."
...Published on 09-05-2011 06:32 AM
This car will be making its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show coming up in the next two weeks but Alpina decided to release a small handful of photos early. Nothing shocking here, same 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 motor with 507 horsepower as the B7. Alpina changes the turbos on the standard N63 V8 as well as the pistons and rods for a unique setup. Everything else is typical Alpina with the traditional wheels and subdued body work. We have to wonder though, why buy this when the M6 is right around the corner? Seems rather pointless as the B7 makes more sense since there is no M7 model from BMW.
...Published on 09-03-2011 11:01 PM
Not a win but more than good enough to keep BMW on top of the point standings with only two races remaining (Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta). Dirk Muller and Joey Hand were the drivers who finished in second while Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner finished in 5th place. Werner was on the pole. This race definitely helped BMW's chances to finish with the title yet again. Check out the video below to see what a lap of Baltimore is like. Laguna Seca is shaping up to be very interesting.
...Published on 09-03-2011 09:12 AM
While searching for places to shed weight on the M3, most start with the obvious panels made of steel. When the factory gives you composite or aluminum panels already as a starting point the quest to shave the pounds of a performance car can become more difficult. As usual, Challenge is here to re-write the book on composites for the M3 using only the best in materials and manufacturing techniques to offer some of the lightest weight and well made body panels available.
...Published on 09-03-2011 06:16 AM
Eisenmann’s long-anticipated 1M exhaust system seemed like a proverbial golden ticket to us at IND when the first prototype finally arrived at our warehouse. We carefully cut the Eisenmann packing tape, opened the box, and looked at Eisenmann’s latest creation for the first time. Of course seeing the polished stainless steel of the canister and perfectly hand-formed exhaust tips is a great sight, but the real privilege for all of us at IND was determining just who should get this first golden ticket.
...Published on 09-02-2011 10:20 PM
Interested in turning up the boost on your N55? Well Active Autowerke has a solution for you! Nearly 30 years in the BMW tuning industry, Active is consistently raising the bar in the BMW flash tune business. And this is no different, now available for immediate purchase is the Active Autowerke N55 Performance Flash. We have driven the Active Autowerke 135 N55, with the Active Performance software, and needless to say we were impressed! Compared to stock the drive-ability is on a whole new level, the car has a completely different feel than the tuned N54's, boost comes in and it comes in hard, and holds nice all the way to red line.
...Published on 09-01-2011 06:39 PM
This is some great news especially for our Florida members. Lutz Performance is now a premier vendor on our network. Located in Tampa Lutz is a dealer for Horsepower Freaks (also a vendor) and Active Autowerke. So for those seeking forced induction for their BMW, Lutz Performance is a great source. In addition, they work on all cars offering maintenance, installs, tuning, and even paint/repair services. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9-6 PM EST.
...Published on 08-30-2011 07:00 AM
It is videos like this that make many of us hesitant to bring our cars to dealers for work. Dealers then wonder why owners are so anal about the mileage on their cars when dropped off. Well, frankly, after seeing this we should all likely be far more cautious choosing a local dealer making absolutely certain they have reputable/mature emlpoyees. What happened is a Pacific BMW employee took a BMW 1M coupe for a spin through a residential neighborhood going full throttle in a car that did not belong to him. Like the genius he is, he had his friend film it and put it up on Youtube. By the time the video was removed from Youtube, mirrors were up.
...Published on 08-29-2011 05:00 AM
A French BMW blog decided to render their take on what an E84 X1 M would look like. The rendering obviously looks better than the real deal but the idea of an X1M is not really our cup of tea. Will it happen? Well, the X1 is very hot at the moment with demand far outstripping supply. As a matter of fact, BMW can not produce enough to even bring the car to the USA. What motor would this car get if produced? Likely a higher horsepower version of the N20 turbo 4 cylinder putting it somewhere in the 340 horsepower range. Will it happen? Time will tell but expect an X3M first.
...Published on 08-28-2011 08:41 PM
This is the Eisenmann race exhaust for the E89 Z4 featuring the N54 twin turbo 6 cylinder. The exhaust features 4 x 76 millimeter tips for a very aggressive look. In the video, a 3d Design rear diffuser accentuates the exhaust nicely making for a much meaner looking tail than what is from the factory. Pricing information will be available soon but for now enjoy the sound of the exhaust in the videos below and the exhaust can ordered through our vendor IND-Distribution.
...Published on 08-25-2011 08:46 PM
Here is a nice little teaser vid from BMWUSA showing the M5 doing what an M-car should be doing, lapping an awesome roadcourse. Not an earth shattering video by any means but we are going to keep getting trickles of M5 content like this from BMW which people want to see. The car sounds pretty good but the S85 V10 in the previous model gave out tones that were much more fitting and enjoyable. Check out the vid below.
...Published on 08-24-2011 09:10 PM
This is simply a little teaser but we had to report on it as there have not been too many S65 swaps that we have seen. In addition, swaps that are then boosted. That is exactly what Active Autowerke is attempting to do with this widebody E36. Will they pull it off? It's Active, so we doubt they would be teasing if they did not intend to back it up. How far along this is we do not know and they have not released any other details other than a photo of the S65 in the E36 engine bay and publicly stating their intention to boost it.
...Published on 08-23-2011 08:26 PM
This was quite interesting to see. BimmerBoost member BoostAddict ran a stock B8 S4 in his modified E90 335i with a 6 speed manual. His mod list is as follows: JB4 Map 1, DCI, and VK downpipes. He also had a 230 pound passenger. The 2011 S4 is a 6 speed manual that is completely stock. The runs were certainly closer than BoostAddict expected and the S4 performs well and clearly is a strong car. Looks like the 335 needs some race gas or meth, especially if the S4 owner decides to mod his ride.
...Published on 08-22-2011 11:51 PM
This information comes courtesy of BMWblog. They are reporting that the X1 is indefinitely postponed after speaking with sources at a BMW event. We may not get the car here until 2013 if then. There simply is very high demand for the vehicle and the original delay dealt with production capacity. Frankly, we aren't all too upset about this as the X1 is not something we were really excited about. However, we like for the US market to get all BMW vehicles. Interestingly enough, the car is for sale in Canada.
...Published on 08-20-2011 06:21 AM
The GT45 wouldn't fit in the limited space that's available in the M3. We are now trying the highly recommended Precision 8285. We have a mysterious 4,500rpm rev limiter with the ProEFI that comes and goes that we can't seem to track down. There is no on-board logger so we are trying to get some other software to work on our computer so we can look at the logs. However... we downloaded the software for $30 and that software doesn't seem to let us look at the logs. Help!! So we may switch back to the AEM again to try and get some dyno numbers out of this new turbo unless ProEFI can help us get through these issues.