Published on 01-04-2011 06:55 AM
The new X3 poses a very interesting entry into the SUV landscape. Packing a 3.0 liter turbo 6 cylinder with 300 hp, it really is quite fast for an SUV. Being over 1000 pounds lighter than X5 or X6 certainly does not hurt. In stock form the SUV is running times comparable to the US E36 M3. It is not marketed as such, but due to the low curb weight and turbo powerplant the X3 makes for an interesting entry into the performance SUV realm. Think about what it could do with a V8. Specs below: ...Published on 01-03-2011 02:11 AM
Asbjorn from ESS sent some very nasty letters threatening Bimmerboost with legal action over revealing issues with the supercharged stroker motor. Frankly, we do not understand why Asbjorn is doing this as it is completely beneath any professional company and far more could be accomplished by taking the higher road as one would expect the head of a large BMW aftermarket company to do. BimmerBoost does not condone these actions and finds them offensive and unprofessional. No company should say they would take pleasure in hurting anyone.
Here is what Asbjorn@ESS sent: ...Published on 01-02-2011 05:39 AM
We do not do much coverage of BMW bikes but we are putting this up as we have been toying with the idea of including bike coverage. This is a nice little video of professional super bike rider Leon Haslam with the 2011 S1000RR at the Aragon circuit in Spain. The circuit itself is a beautiful new road course that is now one of the races on the Moto GP calender, check it out. ...Published on 12-31-2010 08:08 PM
This is a feel good piece from BMW giving a short overview of videos from 2010 and some pretty nice shots overall. Yes, it is a promotional piece for BMW TV but it is a nice way to wrap up 2010. Happy New Year everybody, thanks for a great 2010, and here is to an amazing 2011! ...Published on 12-31-2010 06:43 PM
BMW was apparently doing a photoshoot with their new "supercar" (we use the term loosely) when photographers happened to be at the right place at the right time and snapped some photos of the very production looking car. There also are rumors floating around that the name is now the i8, which is a lot easier to type than Vision Efficient Dynamics. The car does look very, very good in this trim and we do not hope much changes with the styling by the time it arrives on the market. ...Published on 12-29-2010 12:39 AM
This E36 M3 definitely caught our attention. Over 600 whp on pump gas? Yes, that caught our eye. This is a built motor running at 8.5:1 compresison with Bavarian Solutions Stage I turbo cams. This is running a CES/Maximum PSI turbo kit built around a Precision 6765R. Oh, and did we mention stock heads and tuned on the stock DME? Impressive, very impressive, full specs as follows: ...Published on 12-27-2010 11:18 PM
Surprisingly, the M56 puts up a pretty good fight and Insideline criticizes the new 5 series as being too soft and removed without the driver connection BMW's are known for. We have been hearing this a lot about the new 5 series. They still pick the 550i over the Infiniti but say the 5 series has slipped. We wish they gave us the full 1/4 mile numbers from the strip as well. ...Published on 12-25-2010 05:23 PM
This M3 of mine continues to impress me. The S65 engine and DCT are just amazing! I think the DCT impresses me the most since it's been able to handle every bit of power that I throw at it without slipping.
The cold weather in the Southeast has enabled me to achieve some great 60-130 mph times this week. I'll start with the results of the ESS VT2-600 supercharger only run (no nitrous). 27F / full weight / 93 octane.
6.87 secs in 1011 ft ...Published on 12-24-2010 12:49 AM
Well all know lighter wheels are a good thing. But just how big is the difference? Well, as a car makes more power the effect is easier to see. HPF took a Stage 4 and tested it with a wide set of 19's and then the stock 19 inch M3 wheels. The effect is magnified on a more powerful car and at one point in the graph there is an over 60 whp difference between the heavier wheels and the skinnier, lighter stock wheels. Check out the vid on the next page. ...byPublished on 12-24-2010 12:19 AM
G-power is announcing that they have dropped the price of their SKII supercharger setup to 11,500 €. They are also offering a limited special offer until January 17, 2011 for 10,925 €. Our European members may be interested in this although as many remember G-power has blown a few S65 motors. They have claimed to fix their tune and we would only recommend this kit for members in Europe who have access to higher octane fuel than those in United States, namely California. ...Published on 12-22-2010 02:31 PM
This video was sent to us anonymously. The reason for that is Shiv@Vishnu had seen the video and told the owner not to post it and the owner did not for fear of being punished, lack of support, etc. We happened to get this video which shows a V5 automatic misfiring even after the voluntary harness update and several times of cleared adaptations. ...Published on 12-21-2010 04:56 AM
BMW continues their habit of comparing the E82 1M Coupe to the E30 M3. They continue pulling at heart strings trying to illicit feelings of nostalgia as the E82 1M Coupe is not the spiritual successor to the E30 M3, no matter how hard they try to market otherwise. Enjoy the footage... ...Published on 12-19-2010 11:06 PM
The winter driving season is among us and many of us have RWD BMW's that can be a handful if driven improperly in the snow. One needs to be careful and make sure they have the proper tires. It probably is a good idea to know the car is RWD as well and not leave it in gear while trying to push it along like this lady did. An automatic Audi is no doubt in her future. ...