Close

    • BMW Blog, Performance, Tuning, Motorsport, and Modification News RSS Feed

      Published on 03-20-2012 12:53 AM
      Article Preview

      BMW has won the ALMS GT championship the past two years in a row. Impressive? Absolutely. Now they begin their quest for a three-peat and it is off to a good start with a victory at this past weekends 12 Hours of Sebring. The winning M3 GT was driven by Joey Hand who completed an intense final two laps to get BMW its second straight Sebring victory. We will see if BMW Team RLL can keep this up in the highly competitive ALMS GT class (with Corvette Racing coming on strong). The next race is the Long Beach Grand Prix April 13-15. ...
      Published on 03-16-2012 10:40 PM
      Article Preview

      The M6 Gran Coupe is rendered here courtesy of Theophiluschin. Yes, the car is coming as it has been spotted testing and we should see a reveal by the end of the year. So if in the market for an M5 should someone wait for this instead? Well, it is likely going to be much more expensive as 6 cylinder 640i Gran Coupe starts at $76,895. It may be a little lighter than the M5 though as the 640i weighs 4191 pounds. Really, once the bigger brakes, wheels, and motor are added it seems the weight will be a wash. It definitely will look sportier though, check out the renderings below. ...
      Published on 03-14-2012 07:17 AM
      Article Preview

      With the major German luxury players all having turbo direct injected four cylinder motors in their entry level cars it was only a matter of time before we got this comparison. Finally, an N20, 2.0T, and M271 battle royal thanks to Insideline who continues to do the best comparisons in the industry (until they let GermanBoost start testing cars). So who comes out on top? Well, read below to find out. ...
      Published on 03-14-2012 02:11 AM
      Article Preview

      This is our second set of US performance numbers for the new M5. Car and Driver put up numbers last year and hit 12.0@122. MotorTrend got it into the 11's with a 11.9@120 mph run. Certainly not bad but not exactly blazing performance these days either especially considering MotorTrend hit 12.5@115 in a 6 speed manual previous generation E60 M5. That car was already a heavy 4100 pounds and this new M5 is almost 300 pounds heavier. ...
      Published on 03-12-2012 10:38 PM
      Article Preview

      The Mustang 5.0 is being compared to the M3 pretty frequently although these are not cross shopped cars. Understandable as the M3 is the benchmark and has been since 2008. The Mustang is a great performance value as it has and should be. Well, this 2012 M3 is stock except for a rear section exhaust but it is a dual clutch. The Mustang has an off-road H-pipe (meaning no cats), intake, tune, and exhaust. ...
      Published on 03-10-2012 11:15 PM
      Article Preview

      Everybody has been talking about and posting this M5 from AC Schtnizer although we do not see the big deal. Ok, so they gave it a matte blue finish, cool. They give it some body pieces, cool. They gave it a minor tune to bump up the horsepower slightly, cool. If this did not have the AC Schnitzer name nobody would even care. We would like to see some big horsepower numbers and some real tuning prowess pushing the edge rather than just a paintjob and some add on body parts. It's time for these Euro tuners to stop living off their names and start really doing interesting things. See Brabus for an example of a European German tuner who is worth the attention they get. ...
      Published on 03-09-2012 05:00 AM
      Article Preview

      So, anyone used to the idea of a 4 Series yet? Because we sure aren't. This is the upcoming F32 4 Series, likely a 435i. Just as a reminder, the new naming conventions are as follows. The new 3 Series Sedan is F30, the wagon is F31, the F33 is the convertible version of the 4 Coupe, the F34 is the 3 Series GT, and the F35 is the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Thank you BMW for screwing everything up and complicating the model lines needlessly. ...
      Published on 03-09-2012 02:33 AM
      Article Preview

      The BMW N62 does not get a lot of love. Unlike the M62 the N62 features Valvetronic which posed somewhat of a challenge for forced induction kits not to mention it was not produced as much or for as long as the M62 V8 that preceded it. The N62 simply got and continues to get a lot less attention. Regardless, N62 owners such as those with a 2006-2008 E65 750i have a great tuning option from OE Tuning producing very nice gains at the wheels. ...
      Published on 03-07-2012 08:04 AM
      Article Preview

      Congratulations to BimmerBoost member Ricky (ERM324) who set a new S65 V8 trap speed record at the ATCO drag strip in New Jersey this past Sunday. The E92 M3 has a dual clutch transmission and was run on 100 octane with drag radials and a Gintani full exhaust. The 60 foot on the record trap run was 2.148 (the DCT is very finicky to launch) which means there is plenty of room to improve the ET and this is most definitely a 10 second car with a good launch. ...
      Published on 03-06-2012 04:19 PM
      Article Preview

      Well, here it is, an E46 M3 in the 10's in the United States. To note, an E46 in Sweden did run 10.71 but that was not a strip with NHRA approved timing equipment. Regardless, this is the first true 10 second M3 in the USA with a 10.89@141. Tuning was handled by ProEFI and the hardware was built by Saad Racing. This breaks the record HPF held but we expect this record to be retaken by HPF shortly. Of note, this is a full interior street car. ...
      Published on 03-06-2012 03:55 AM
      Article Preview

      Here is Hamann's widebody F10 M5 body kit. In addition to the body work, Hamann claims to have tuned the car to 720 horsepower. We hate when Hamann releases these claimed numbers without dyno graphs or acceleration numbers to back them up. Hey, they are a big name and can get away with it but this kind of thing would never fly with US tuners. The widebody itself is not bad but they of course had to go and throw LED's in the front bumper which kind of cheapen the image of the car. ...
      Published on 03-03-2012 10:22 PM
      Article Preview

      Well just as the N20 powered 328i is right on the E36 M3's heels the N55 335i is right on the E46 M3's heels. Motortrend hit 13.3@103.9 in the 1/4 mile which certainly is respectable. It does not really offer much of anything on the previous N54 powered 335's and is not as good of a tuner platform right now but hopefully that changes. BMW continues to rate the motor at 300 horsepower in the F30 so the underrating trend continues. ...
      Published on 03-02-2012 09:54 PM
      Article Preview



      COBB Tuning is proud to announce the release of AccessTUNER Pro tuning software for AccessPORT equipped BMW N54-powered vehicles. The AccessPORT is the only hand-held OEM ECU flashing, managing and monitoring device available for N54 equipped BMWs, and when combined with AccessTUNER Pro software, the result is a groundbreaking, dyno-tunable engine management system with all of the sophistication and drivability inherent in the factory BMW ECU. A significant amount of time has been spent creating a simple, straight-forward interface that takes the mystery out of BMW's complex load-based tuning system. Intuitive changes produce predictable results and let you get down to the task of tuning. ...
      Published on 03-02-2012 12:48 AM
      Article Preview

      BimmerBoost member LostMarine met up at the ATCO dragstrip in New Jersey for some fun runs and a comparison with a manual M3. The blue E90 is a manual and the black E92 M3 is a DCT. Videos are from inside the E92 M3. Both cars have similar modifications with airfilters, Turner Motorsport test pipes, and mods to the OEM exhaust system. The DCT wins both races easily and the difference is quite large at over half a second and 3+ miles per hour. Videos and slips below. ...
      Published on 02-29-2012 10:11 PM
      Article Preview

      When we first heard about these upcoming triple turbo motors from BMW many of us scratched our heads wondering exactly how they would work. Rumors abounded. Two gas turbos and an electric turbo? A compound turbo setup? Well, this video should clear things up and explain how BMW is able to hit 381 horses and 546 pound-feet of torque in a production 3.0 liter diesel six cylinder. To have so much technology (like 3 variable turbine geometry turbos set to come on and supplement each other at different rpm ranges) not make it to the United States makes us want to cry. Watch the video and try not to shed any tears. ...