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      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. ...
      Published on 05-19-2012 04:21 AM
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      Vishnu Tuning finally managed to eek out a 10 second pass in their single turbo E92 335i that they were once touting would be in the 9's. After multiple unsuccessful attempts (with driver errors) from Vishnu owner Shiv Pathak he was able to get a high 10 second slip by raising the boost according to his data log and shifting cleanly. Details are scarce as Vishnu did not provide information on the youtube video upload and there also is no exterior view to show the slip actually correlates to the run shown in the video. ...
      Published on 05-19-2012 03:01 AM
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      Conrgratulations to driver Use Alzen for BMW Team Schubert who set the fastest lap at the Nurburgring taking the pole position for the 40th running of the 24 hour race in his Z4 GT3. He was able to outpace stiff competition coming from Audi in their R8 LMS as well as the Porsche GT3's, Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 race cars, Corvette Z06 GT3's, and the Aston Martins. This is going to be a tightly contested race and we will bring you updates as it unfolds. ...
      Published on 05-18-2012 04:08 AM
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      This rendering comes from German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport. The F32 4 Series is obviously going to be based on the new F30 3 Series chassis. We expect drivetrain choices to mirror each other although the coupe will likely be a bit more expensive. We still think a 4 Series is not necessary but it is coming one way or another. Auto Motor Und Sport believes their rendering to be close to the finished product although they just seemed to take the F30 headlights and just chop aggressive angles. We do not know if this is accurate but if it does look like this we will not be complaining. ...
      Published on 05-17-2012 08:52 AM
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      Here we go, this is more like it. The new BMW 135is models based on the previous generation (but still in production) E82 and E88 1 Series. The 135is gets a sport tuned suspension, exclusive 18 inch wheels, and a 20 horsepower bump in horsepower for the N55 turbo inline 6 to 320 horsepower. It also gets trick new differential that although is not an LSD (limited slip) it will electronically brake to maintain power distribution to both wheels. This is exactly what an "is" mode should be and with a manual or dual clutch option we actually prefer this vehicle over the new M135i. ...
      Published on 05-16-2012 09:36 PM
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      The C6 Z06 is a very fast car in stock form. It is lightweight with a big motor that also revs for a strong top end. A Stage 2+ Gintani supercharged M3 with meth injection will put out close to the 600 wheel horsepower range depending on the transmission making for a very strong top end car. The Z06 has a fast intake, tune, and longtube headers along with no cats. The M3 is making more power and has the quicker shifting transmission although the Z06 is lighter with more torque down low. ...
      Published on 05-16-2012 07:42 AM
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      We do not see the need for this vehicle to have an "M" anywhere in its name. It is not a true M car, it really does not offer anything over the 1M (more of a step backward), and just seems to be a cash grab by BMW. Frankly this is one BMW car with the letter M in the name that we are not at all upset over not being sold in the United States. For all intents and purpose, the BMW 1M is a superior vehicle to this and that model caused more than enough of a stir with M purists. ...
      Published on 05-14-2012 09:34 PM
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      It was already announced there will not be an M version of the BMW i8. That certainly has not stopped anyone from dreaming about what it could potentially be and look like. German magazine AutoZeitung did exactly that rendering a new M1 based on the i8. If it was up to us, we would build it. The fact BMW is going to produce a hybrid sports car before an M1 successor is mind boggling in of itself. ...
      Published on 05-14-2012 04:50 AM
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      Another podium finish for BMW this season and a solid result although it is not a win. The win went to Corvette Racing who simply ran a spectacular race. In the closing hour, seven cars were within two seconds of each other in the GT class. Bill Auberlin in the number 55 M3 seemed set to challenge the lead Corvette for the win only for Jan Magnusson in the Corvette sister car to make a spectacular pass with 15 minutes remaining. Auberlin would finish 3rd and the sister M3 would finish 4th. A hard fought race and congratulations to the Corvette team. ...

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