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      Published on 05-24-2011 07:33 AM
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      HPF has unlocked its AEM engine management system for all customers. Well, they have unlocked it for an extra $1000. That 1k buys you the ability to tune for different hardware than what HPF provides, larger/smaller turbos, as well as E85. So, they are mimicking what the Pro-EFI does except with a monetary penalty. Would this have come about if the Pro-EFI was not stealing a bit of thunder? We seriously doubt it. With the $1k it costs to get this feature from HPF, it may simply be better to go Pro-EFI to begin with. Still, this is a nice option and one that should have been available a long time ago although we understand how HPF would be apprehensive about novices blowing up their motors. ...
      Published on 05-24-2011 05:26 AM
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      Our friends at GT spirit sent us a message earlier today that they had done a road test of the new F10 Alpina B5. GT spirit has put up several of our articles over the past year and now we can finally return the favor. The Alpina B5 features a modified N63 V8 twin turbo similar to the unit in the B7 with larger turbos and new tuning raising output from from 400 horsepower to 507. The suspension is lowered for a sportier look and ride with a restrained Alpina body kit adding subtle aggression to the exterior. Unlike the F01 B7, The F10 B5 is not currently scheduled to come to the US. ...
      Published on 05-24-2011 02:50 AM
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      Big surprise, AutoNews reports the 5 series GT is a failure. Sometimes creating too many niches can bite you in the behind and that is exactly what happened to BMW with the 5 GT. Head of BMW North America, Jim O'Donnel, said he wishes the company had not stopped selling the 5 series wagon instead of the 5 series GT which he thought wagon owners would switch to, "The disappointment I have is that I thought a lot of our 5-series station wagon customers would go with the GT. In point of fact, that is not happening. We have lost those customers to the competition, mainly to Mercedes-Benz." ...
      Published on 05-22-2011 08:24 PM
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      The overall BMW 60-130 record has been broken by a twin turbo E36 M3. Yes, this car belongs to Mert Dastan. Not the most credible source in the BMW world and someone who has accrued a questionable reputation. Therefore, we advice readers to keep these questions of credibility in mind when reviewing the provided details of this run. The car is a Euro spec E36 M3 with twin 68 mm turbos, custom intercoolers, and an 8900 rpm redline. The car was run on C16 at 27 psi. There is no video of the run and the owner admits there is nitrous on the car although claims it was not used. ...
      Published on 05-20-2011 06:41 PM
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      Last week we reported it was the 75 year anniversary of the BMW 328. BMW decided to honor the milestone with a modern concept based on the original 328. Obviously the modern design take has a lot of the Vision concept in it but that is fine, it looks great. Yes, that is a carbon fiber body and yes those are leather straps on the bonnet an obvious throwback to the original. Well done BMW, well done indeed. ...
      Published on 05-20-2011 06:35 PM
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      Most folks will agree the M3 looks more aggressive than its standard 3 series sibling. Many folks try to mimic the look with the hood and sideskirts but without the wider fenders they are missing the key ingredient. Prior Design now has M3 wannabe's (sorry, couldn't resist) covered with their new M3 look bodykit for the E93. We aren't big fans of the hood, but we do admit, the kit is well done. The only thing is, don't use the M3 badge on your fenders for a non-M, that just makes you a poser. ...
      Published on 05-19-2011 05:42 AM
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      The International Engine of the Year award competition is incredibly interesting for automotive enthusiasts. The competition awards the engineering that goes into motors in a variety of categories. This is a competition that BMW has traditionally dominated being the most awarded manufacturer in the competitions history. BMW has twice as many awards as the second place competitor, Honda. This year, 2011, the BMW N54 continued its run winning its fifth straight title for best 2.5 - 3.0 liter engine. The S65 V8 won for the 4th straight year in the 3.5 to 4.0 liter category. BMW also won in the 1.4 to 1.8 liter category as well as the 1.8 to 2.0. Mercedes was knocked out completely. ...
      Published on 05-18-2011 05:12 AM
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      We have received some inside information from a tuner who has seen some of BMW's test files. Apparently, BMW has been testing the motor at various levels of boost, obviously knowing it will be tuned, with files up to 700 horsepower. BMW is aware of the Performance Package on the E63 and the tuner who had access to the files inside BMW reports that they are aggressively prodding the limits. What this means is that BMW may offer their own performance package software to compete with Mercedes who has them out-gunned on raw power according to the latest dyno numbers and that the motor will have plenty of headroom from the stock boost level. ...
      Published on 05-17-2011 06:23 AM
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      The cost cutting measures continue. BMW's head of inline engine development Harald Unger recently announced the goal is to share as many parts as possible between 1.5, 2.0, and 3.0 liter inline motors including diesels. The idea is to have a common 500cc displacement per cylinder allowing the same basic block to be used for 3 cylinder, 4 cylinder, and 6 cylinder models. He even went further to state he wants the same turbo to apply to each motor reducing the amount of suppliers necessary. ...
      Published on 05-16-2011 04:00 AM
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      ESS Tuning revealed their S85 V10 supercharger kit at Bimmerfest 2011. They handed out flyers with details showing the pricing information as well as dynos of the kits. It is difficult to see the graphs but they are claiming about 560 rear wheel horsepower for the VT2 at 6 psi at a price of $15,995 and in the 530 whp range for the VT1 at 5 psi for $11,995. Eloy at RPI was wrong about the pricing as he started a rumor about a sub $10k price point likely to generate interest. ...
      Published on 05-15-2011 09:36 PM
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      Congratulations to BimmerBoost member Msizzle for breaking the 1/4 mile record for the quickest M6! Msizzle ran an 11.827@120.67 breaking the previous record held by an MHP tuned M6 of 11.870@119 mph. Interestingly enough, the new record was set at the same track the previous record was set, ATCO in New Jersey. Car has a full catless Evosport exhaust including headers, Powerchip Stage 3 race tune, and was run on Mickey Thompson drag radials. ...
      Published on 05-15-2011 12:37 AM
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      Here is Bimmerboost coverage of BimmerFest 2011 courtesy of BB member fastgti69. It was not the most beautiful California day having been largely overcast but it was nice and cool. Turnout was quite large with most of the major SoCal players in attendance. Take a look a the photos to get an idea for yourself. A big thank you to fastgti69 for photo coverage from beginning to end. ...
      Published on 05-13-2011 11:56 PM
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      These are the first drag strip 1/4 mile numbers for the Active Autowerke Stage 2 supercharged M3. Pay no attention to the elapsed time as the runs were done on street tires and the 60 foots were over 2.0. What is important is the car hit 124 mph which is very solid on pump and meth. With a more aggressive launch and better conditions, 125 mph is a realistic goal for the 7.5 psi kit. ...
      Published on 05-13-2011 07:00 AM
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      Remember all those spyphotos of what was thought to be the 3 series GT? Well, AutoExpress reports that the car that was thought to be the 3 GT will be the new BMW 4 series. Why a 4 series? We wish we knew. This car is an answer to a question nobody asked. Did BMW learn nothing from the 5 series GT mess? How does this car make any sense? Is there some huge demand in the BMW community for a car that is the offspring of a 3 series raped by an X6? Would it not make more sense to just bring the wagons already being made over? We do not get it. ...
      Published on 05-13-2011 03:10 AM
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      Here is a comparison video from Autocar that on paper should be spectacular, but as usual, Autocar's execution just plain stinks. You get two of the best German drivers cars in the world and this the best Autocar can do? No laptimes? No acceleration data? No skidpad/slalom numbers? No hard data of any kind? This video is the equivalent of two people taking two cars in the canyons while chatting on cell phones about what they think of the cars as if that is automotive journalism. American car magazines and blogs simply do these comparisons better, this is a major letdown. ...

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