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      Published on 07-29-2012 09:02 PM
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      BMW has done an absolutely spectacular job in ALMS the past two years with the M3 winning the GT class two years in a row. So why not continue? The problem lies in the M3 exiting production shortly as the F30 3 Series is already here. Not to mention new technical regulations curbing the M3's dominance. BMW is considering the possibility of homologating the Z4 GT3 for ALMS duty. This raises another problem as the Z4 does not currently have a variant with a V8. It also does not have an M variant. ...
      Published on 07-27-2012 11:30 AM
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      The BMW S1000RR is an absolutely awesome high performance bike that BMW Motorrad created in part to race in the Superbike World Championship. It is this continued desire to race in various series that has led to this HP4 edition. The bike has the same power output as the standard S1000RR but with a different torque map, dynamic dampening control, launch control, and lighter weight. ...
      Published on 07-27-2012 03:21 AM
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      Eurocharged is very well known for their Mercedes tuning but they also tune for a variety of other platforms such as Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, basically you name it. That includes BMW and recently Eurocharged did a custom dyno tune for a 1M. The dyno readout here is in killowatts and newton meters so we have converted the figures to units you are all more familiar with (horsepower and pound-feet). ...
      Published on 07-26-2012 03:21 AM
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      Yes, we are now starting on the design of HPF cams. We have done several M3's that make slightly more than 1,000 rwhp. We are now looking beyond 1,000rwhp. So it's time we start developing cams that are specifically designed for our turbo systems. The head design uses a follower between the valve and cam which allows for very aggressive valvetrain geometry. The lope shape can literally have a negative radius of curvature (peanut shaped on one side). ...
      Published on 07-25-2012 09:56 PM
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      COBB Tuning is proud to announce that BMW N54 AccessPORT users can now tune for alternate fuels, such as E85, with the latest updates in AccessTUNER Race and AccessTUNER Pro tuning software. AccessPORT end-users and professional tuners can quickly update AccessPORT maps to accommodate fuels of different specific energy using the newly added Fuel Scalar tables, resulting in proper fuel trims during engine operation. This development opens the door for BMW N54 enthusiasts looking to take advantage of the performance and cost benefits of using E85 and other fuel blends. ...
      Published on 07-25-2012 07:29 PM
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      These are the videos we like to see, comparing the same cars with different mods. In this case the camera car has an Evolve Stage I ECU tune, RPI scoops, RPI pulley, RPI block off plates, and an Eisenmann muffler. The other M5 (2006) is running a Powerchip tune which used to be one of the best tunes for these cars but Powerchip is pretty much on life support (if not dead entirely) and is living off their past name and tunes which have not evolved as the Evolve tune has (pun intended). ...
      Published on 07-24-2012 10:44 PM
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      With spyphotos of the upcoming M4 (the new M3 coupe) being posted last week it is no surprise renderings of what the car may look like are popping up. This is by far the best one out of all the efforts we have seen. Clearly lowered with a lip and M6 style rims, if the real thing looks this good we may just have to change our mind on the awkwardness of the M4 model name. We still are waiting for details as far as what it will have under the hood but we expect a 450+ horsepower turbo inline-6. ...
      Published on 07-24-2012 06:33 AM
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      BMW is the two time ALMS GT Class defending champion. They are accustomed to winning and being the cream of the GT class crop so we understand the reason for the attitude displayed in the their latest press release regarding this past weekends ALMS race. BMW stated their cars were able to "persevere" through the race despite new regulations that have limited the cars speed in the straights by as much as 4 miles per hour. We like when BMW shows some attitude. This lets us know the spark we love is still alive somewhere in the Motorsport division. ...
      Published on 07-23-2012 11:52 PM
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      The luxury performance SUV segment was really started by Porsche with the Cayenne Turbo which has been the cream of the crop since its introduction. When BMW saw how well Porsche was doing with the Cayenne as well as Mercedes with its AMG ML variants, they finally caved in and decided to get in the mix creating the X5M. We will readily admit the X5M is a spectacular performance SUV worthy of its first place finish in this comparison. ...
      Published on 07-19-2012 04:42 AM
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      Now the 550i is at a bit of a disadvantage here on paper. With only 400 horsepower compared to the Jaguar's 470 acceleration is clearly appears to be in the Jaguar's favor. Well, the test numbers support that statement as the Jaguar runs 12.6@112.8 to the 13.2@108.3 of the 550i. Fortunately, the 550i will not be outgunned for long receiving a 45 horsepower boost courtesy of revised software to match the output of the new 6 GranCoupe. We would like to see this comparison again once the 550i is updated. ...
      Published on 07-18-2012 09:55 PM
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      It makes no sense to us to abandon the M3 coupe when the car originated as a coupe but the M4 appears to be here to stay. The F32/F82 M4 spotted testing here in Europe with its turbocharged motor which chances are will be based on the current N55 direct injected inline-6. The M3 will be launched first and the M4 will follow. It is going to take a long time to come to terms with the idea of the new M3 being an M4. ...
      Published on 07-17-2012 10:51 AM
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      This is not really much of a surprise with the standard Gran Coupe already being sold and the F12/F13 M6 available in the US market as well. It is only natural that the M6 Gran Coupe should follow. The car will mimic the drivetrain offering of the new F10 M5 and F12 M6 (dual clutch transmission and twin turbo S63tu V8) and also may be available with the optional manual transmission for the USA although we doubt it will be a very popular option if offered. Expect it to arrive in 2013 carrying an absurdly high price tag. ...
      Published on 07-16-2012 06:03 AM
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      DTM has a very a interesting concept going with the stadium racing toward the mid-point to break up the season and change things up for fans. Basically what DTM does is put two parallel tracks in a stadium and has a knock out competition where the faster driver advances and the slower one is knocked out until only one is left standing. This year Audi's Mattias Ekstrom took the individual victory but a team relay competition was also added. ...
      Published on 07-16-2012 12:01 AM
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      BMW's acquisition of Mini has unquestionably done great things for the Mini brand. Is it doing the same thing for the BMW brand? Before Mini the thought of a front wheel drive BMW was so absurd it was not even entertained and mocked in advertisements. Times have changed and it is about profit above all else. BMW will clearly be saving money putting Mini and BMW models on the same platform. They are stretching their dollars and many will defend this as simply business. ...
      Published on 07-15-2012 12:15 AM
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      The USA is finally getting more diesel options from BMW although our choices still pale in comparison to what is available overseas. A 2.0 liter four cylinder turbo diesel with 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque will make its way over by next year. This motor will likely go into the X1 as well as the 3 Series. A new six cylinder offering greater efficiency will be coming over likely replacing the current M57 in the models it is already available in. ...