Published on 07-27-2010 09:03 PM
MotorTrend has put together a very interesting comparison of the heavy hitters in the luxury sport coupe segment. We will not spoil it for you (watch the video below) but the the results are pretty much as expected. The M3 is the lightest car in the class by over 300 pounds to the next closest competitor, the Audi RS5. The CTS-V weighs in at just under 600 pounds more than the M3 at a whopping 4254 pounds. That would certainly explain why the CTS-V coupe only manages 4 more mph through the traps than the M3, despite the 140 horse advantage on paper. This just further goes to show how efficient the M3's drivetrain is. ...Published on 07-27-2010 02:39 PM
These are pictures of the hatchback which the USA will likely be skipped over for again. The car is a bit taller and longer. Powerplants will likely be what we already have, the N52 and N55. The 1 M Coupe still is not out yet the next gen 1 is already undergoing testing. Since the M model is coming at the end of the run for the E82 production will be limited as the introduction of this model is coming next year. ...byPublished on 07-25-2010 02:06 PM
I've always done my own car work but in my past vehicles that has consisted of oil changes and audio upgrades (Geo Metro ftw). The point is this is my first go at real vehicle work and modification. One of the first things I tackled was upgrading my intercooler after reading how important it was. I went with AMS based on their solid design and testing.
For my install I got my hands on a lift however it was an hour away. We ended up getting there about an hour before they closed so it was kind of a rushed operation but thanks to the perfect fit we got it done. We had trouble getting the stock couplers off. They have a some kind of one time use band on there and of course I didn't bring a dremel. We ended up taking off the charge pipe to get at one side easier. ...Published on 07-24-2010 05:03 PM
The M3's ran an extremely tough race. Despite qualifying at the back of the back, the M3's charged to the front and challenged for the lead the entire race. The number 90 M3 driven by Joey Hand set the fastest lap in the class with a time of 55.943. The BMW's continue to get stronger and stronger as the season progresses.
Some of the toughest racing was between the two M3's themselves, with teammates Bill Auberlin and Joey Hand going head to head. The M3's were not able to catch up to Patrick Long in the GT3 RSR. This is the second time now that Patrick Long has managed to hold off the M3's and take the win. By finishing 2nd and 3rd BMW will hold on to its manufacturer lead but is behind in the driver standings. ...Published on 07-24-2010 04:28 PM
Here we have graphs on a dyno dynamics of the Stage 2 tune from CA Automotive. This Dyno is obviously set to read high as they are not making 538 whp, impossible. The dyno is corrected but we have no idea just how high the correction factor is. The gains are claimed on 93 octane but we just don't find these numbers possible without huge correction factors to exaggerate the gains on what is a notoriously low reading dyno. ...Published on 07-23-2010 05:30 PM
The Weather for the North East Gran Prix was very rainy during qualifying today. The M3's did not qualify well with the number 90 qualifying in last place and the number 92 in 9th place. The M3's have not been strong qualifiers through the entire ALMS series and it seems the rain exacerbated that. However, the M3's run very well during the races and BMW took over 1st place in the overall standings after the last race. ...Published on 07-22-2010 10:53 PM
Hamann is the first tuner to offer a full body kit for the new 5 series. The body kit consists of a front and rear diffuser along with side-skirts. A rear spoiler for the trunk as well as rear window is also added although these bits seem to be a bit tacky and overdone. Hamann also offers an exhaust with 90mm tips along with a cat delete mid-pipe. Lowering springs with Hamann wheels complete the look. ...Published on 07-19-2010 11:13 AM
Congratulations to OldBooster who set a new quickest N54 1/4 mile record in his 135i. The run was made at the Brandenton Motorsport Park on stock turbos. Modifications consist of nitrous with a .40 jet, JB3 2.0, Code 3 intercooler, Coolingmist Meth, Quaife LSD, and custom IRC exhaust on drag radials.
...Published on 07-17-2010 06:09 AM
610rwhp 423lbs torque for a VF Stage 3 M3 tuned by OE Tuning is now the world's most powerful supercharged S54. The vehicle was previously running a tune from VF's partner, GIAC, but there were concerns about the car running too lean as well as having idle surge issues which are well documented with VF cars. OE Tuning managed huge gains as well as a safer air fuel ratio from the previous tune. ...Published on 07-16-2010 04:45 AM
AC Schnitzer has specially designed a set of lightweight wheels for performance oriented BMW enthusiasts. These wheels are fully forged, 1 piece, and offer 35% weight savings compared to previous models.
AC Schnizter collaborated on these wheels with FUCHS. Compared to a BMW performance alloy for the 335, 4.5 kg of weight savings are realized. VS. the Standard M3 rims however, the weight loss is approximately 5 pounds in the rear. This wheel is available for the following models: ...Published on 07-15-2010 01:29 PM
G-power has decided to throw out a perfectly good twin turbo V8 with untapped potential in order to swap in an SMG transmission and a twin-supercharged V10. Now, we are the first ones to admit, this is pretty cool. However, it is also pretty pointless.
The X6 M already has a twin turbo V8 putting out over 550 hp. Why not concentrate on upgrading that powerplant? 900 hp certainly isn't out of reach especially with top mounted turbos. But hey, we respect different approaches and this certainly is different. Did we mention the V10 was stroked to 5.5 liters as well? ...Published on 07-15-2010 10:12 AM
BMW was very quick in already announcing the M-Sport package for the new X3. Most noticeable are the exterior changes in including the front and rear bumpers as well as the fenders being body colored. Carbon Black paint makes a return and is exclusive to the M-Sport package.
19 inch lightweight M alloy wheels are also included. These are combined with a slightly lower stance with sportier suspension tuning. There are interior changes (which are not pictures) including an M steering wheel with paddles and an M gear lever. Sport seats similar to those on the 5 series M-Sport are also included. The package will not be available until 2011 it seems making this quite the early announcement. ...Published on 07-14-2010 11:59 PM
Videos of the New 2011 BMW X3. ...Published on 07-14-2010 11:57 PM
BMW revealed the new BMW X3 today. The car has an attractive design inside and out. The X3 will be receiving 3 motors although only 2 are confirmed for the USA at the moment, the 240hp Xrdive28i powered by the N52 and the 300hp Xdrive35i powered by the N55. BMW is reporting a 0-60 of 5.7 seconds for the xdrive35i.
The vehicle comes with an 8speed automatic and a diesel is available but not in the US market yet. The diesel model is the Xdrive20d which is a 4 cylinder diesel, specs: Displacement: 1,995 cc, power output: 135 kW/184 bhp at 4,000 rpm, max. torque: 380 Nm at 1,750 – 2,750 rpm.
With a curb weight around ~4000 pounds, the X3 is one of the lightest SUV's on the market. We would argue the X3 would serve as a better base for an M suv than the X5 or X6 even. Unfortunately, it seems BMW will not be giving this model a V8. ...Published on 07-14-2010 10:58 PM
BimmerBoost is pushing the dyno event back to accomodate ESS. Note, Asbjorn, the tuner for ESS, is in Europe and is going to be there through the date originally scheduled. He said he would be willing to fly out if necessary which we truly appreciate. The cost of forcing him to fly out for a weekend and then fly back just isn't fair or something we should realistically expect him to do.
Several other tuners have expressed that they appreciate the additional time as does BimmerBoost. We are working out the details on the time necessary to read the stock files to have the event go smoothly and exactly as scheduled.
We would also like to announce that Powerchip has asked to participate in every portion of the event. This means they will be added to the N54 and Diesel portions. This event is now going to completely represent the best of the best on every platform. ...Published on 07-13-2010 05:06 AM
KK Automobile revealed their widebody today along with several other performance parts. The widebody is carbon fiber and priced reasonably well in comparison to the other offerings on the market.
The KK Automobile M3 has the carbon widebody, coil-overs, shorter diff, larger brakes, racing seats, lexan windows, etc. Basically, all the bells and whistles possible aside from a supercharger. Here is the complete product offering and price list: ...Published on 07-11-2010 09:40 PM
The number 92 M3 driven by Bill Auberlan and Tommy Milner finished second overall behind the Ferrari F430 GT. The second M3 driven by Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand finished in 4th place behind the Corvette ZR1.
The most important development here is that Porsche was kept out of the top 4 spots allowing BMW to move into first place in the manufacturer standings. There are still plenty of races left in the season but BMW should be proud of their early success. The Rahal-Letterman teams have the right strategy with the M3's as the M3's show great endurance. ...Published on 07-10-2010 11:05 PM
This video shows the BMW Rahal Letterman M3 driven by Tommy Milner in a qualifying lap at the at the Miller Motorsport Park. The two M3's qualified 5th and 6th for the race tomorrow at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The top 9 GT class cars were all within 1 second of each other in qualifying.
Dirk Mueller describes his qualifying effort: ...Published on 07-09-2010 10:24 AM
The BMW M3 has officially turned 25 years old. 4 Generations of cars. Motors ranging from 4 cylinders to 8 cylinders. Coupes, sedans, and convertibles. Manuals, automatics, sequentials, and dual clutch transmissions. An untold number of smiles from the drivers behind the wheel.
The BMW M3 is a special automobile. It is the car many of us most readily associate with M. It isn't the most powerful M car, the most expensive, or the most flashy. It is the most fun, the best drivers car, the choice of the M enthusiast. It is a vehicle that elicits superlatives across the automotive world and the target many others shoot for but one they haven't been able to hit. The M3 is quite simply one of the greatest all around cars in the world and it has been since its introduction, 25 years ago. ...Published on 07-09-2010 03:15 AM
BMW released the teaser video above on the 1 series M coupe today. The video features Dr. Kay Segler discussing how the car will put a smile on your face and we have no doubt it will do just that which is what the vast majority of BMW's do.
Car and Driver also released their first drive impressions which told us a few things, most importantly that a tweaked N54 would be used putting power at 335 hp which is no doubt underrated. BimmerBoost predicted an N54 in this article here.
The car will obviously have suspension tweaks, a unique exhaust, a limited slip differential, better brakes, as well as unique body work and wheels. However, we can't help but feel a bit let down. First of all, M cars always have had a unique/special powerplant that goes with the chassis. An N54 just running a few more pounds of boost is a bit boring. No cylinder head changes? No valvetrain changes? No turbo changes? No special motor? Many of the N54 enthusiasts are already running more power. ...