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      Published on 03-13-2011 06:22 AM
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      Well, here we go, finally, we have a race involving BB member blkclk550. After 30+ pages of keybord warfare races took place. Now, we are told the 335 was on a 100 octane map. Blaizon, the 335 owner, said he would run a 93 octane map. The CLK does pretty well seemingly getting the jump each time and holding it. The cars seem pretty evenly matched with the JB4 having a slight top end advantage. The commentary by whomever filmed was humorous but we could do without it. Either way, look at the vids and decide for yourself. ...
      Published on 03-12-2011 05:26 AM
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      CEC wheels recently posted pictures that caught our attention. They compared a Vorsteiner carbon fiber E92 M3 diffuser to AC-Schnitzer's diffuser and the quality difference is startling. This is the not the first time we have heard concerns about poor Vorsteiner quality. For a company willing to charge $25k for a widebody kit the contrast here between the two pieces with the Vorsteiner diffuser showing scratches and poor plastic construction is pretty extreme. Take a look at the pictures and decide for yourself. ...
      Published on 03-12-2011 01:49 AM
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      Nice to see a mainstream site finally catch up to what we have been saying for, oh, what, over a year now? David Kiley, author of Driven: Inside BMW, The Most Admired Car Company in the World, questions the direction BMW is taking. He does it very well too, stating BMW is lacking direction and trying to cater to everyone watering down the brand. Mr. Kiley also states the following, "BMW is starting to feel a lot like Toyota in how it goes about its business and its brand." The article is posted below and well worth the read as the author makes a strong, valid case. We are glad we are not the only ones noticing what is and has been happening to our beloved car brand. ...
      Published on 03-11-2011 03:55 PM
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      EVO confirmed with a pre-production test drive that the F10 M5 will indeed have a dual clutch transmission. You may all remember the hoopla Motortrend created with their report that it would be automatic only. This is one of those times where it is important to hold a magazine accountable for sensationalism and just trying to generate buzz based on false information which definitely hurts MotorTrend's credibility. What DCT unit will it have? Well, chances are, with the torque the M5 will be generating it may get the Getrag unit out of the California which is rated to hold 553 pound-feet. It may even have to be a modified Getrag 7DCL750 as the M3 7DCI600 can only hold 440 pound-feet. ...
      Published on 03-10-2011 08:45 AM
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      Now, don't get us wrong, we are very impressed with what Ford is doing lately. Honestly, we think BMW could learn a thing or two from them. Things like the factory supported supercharger setups for the Mustang 5.0 are amazing and the Ford Racing parts catalog makes the BMW performance parts offering look... well, pathetic. MotorTrend claims the Boss 302 laps Laguna Seca in 1:40.21 vs. the M3's 1:42.96. What were the tires used? Was the M3 a DCT? Were they tested on the same day? Are we to really believe the Boss 302 outlaps the Audi R8? Read below for the answers. ...
      Published on 03-10-2011 05:01 AM
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      OE Tuning recently tuned three N52 based E90 3 series. The first car was a 2006 E90 325i on 91 octane that was completely stock. The second car was an E90 328i also on 91 octane and completely stock. The E90 330i had an aftermarket filter and BMW performance exhaust, also on 91 pump gas. These cars all share the same basic motor but with different intake plenum designs and tunes. They were all flashed with an off the shelf tune available from OE Tuning for $395. The results are quite interesting, check out the graphs below. ...
      Published on 03-09-2011 07:53 PM
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      The S50B32 is a thing of beauty. This was the E36 M3 motor we did not get in the States but should have if BMW respected us. Well, too late for that, but not too late for Active Autowerke to release a supercharger for the popular motor. Unlike the US S50's, the S50B32 has indpendent throttle bodies and you can see how the Active manifold feeds into them. The blower used is an HKS unit likely the GTS8550. Pricing has not been revealed yet but a teaser dyno shows gains of 124 whp, very nice. ...
      Published on 03-08-2011 04:52 AM
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      What the Swedes do with turbo BMW's is absolutely incredible. Some of your are familiar with PPF out of Sweden, a company that has done some ridiculous turbo BMW's. This is an S50B32 Euro motor out of the E36 M3 with a precision 8285R billet turbo at 30 psi running E85. Keep in mind, the 1220 horsepower is seen on an engine dyno, not at the wheels, but when you are talking about over 1000 horsepower it is ridiculously impressive no matter what. Check out the vid and pictures below and expect some record setting 1/4 mile times soon. ...
      Published on 03-08-2011 03:00 AM
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      Now this is what we call some serious bimmer boost, a project more than worthy of recognition and admiration. This E36 M3 belongs to davidtm5 who has a built S52 motor running a GTX 42 with Bavarian Solutions cams which has put down 953 whp at around 37 psi of boost. Yes, whoa. The setup sure looks to be 1000 whp capable and the owner does drag race so the power for an 8 second pass is there. We bow our heads in respect, check out the graphs and video below. ...
      Published on 03-06-2011 11:45 PM
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      This video is from BimmerBoost member 3Fest who recently had his E46 330i tuned by OE Tuning. He tells us that some doubted his gains so he set up a run with a stock E36 M3 to prove the tune in the real world. The E36 M3 stock for stock is the faster car. Both cars are manual, E36 has a passenger. The video speaks for itself. ...
      Published on 03-06-2011 09:51 PM
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      Duke Dynamics has released a more aggressive version of their diffuser for the Mtech E92 models. The new version has longer and sharper fins. This fits directly onto the factory rear Mtech bumper, no modification required, simply screws in. The finish is 1x1 carbon fiber look. Pricing is set at $250. ...
      Published on 03-06-2011 07:43 PM
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      Here is an "interesting" video where Chris Bangle talks about supercar design. We definitely agree with what he says about innovation and how a supercar is more than just something that is incredibly fast. He makes some good points but then sort of loses us when he starts ranting about how Ferrari vs. Lamborghini design is like giving a car to your wife or mistress. It's interesting stuff nonetheless. ...
      Published on 03-06-2011 04:01 AM
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      This latest F01 7 series package comes from the Swiss subsidiary of Mansory. As is customary these days, the modified front bumper incorporates LED's. You will also notice the carbon kidney grilles. A custom rear bumper is included to fit the unique Mansory take on the exhaust. Roof and trunk spoilers complete the appearance package. There also seems to be a camera in the drivers side kidney grille. No details on any engine tuning or horsepower gains from the exhaust have been released. ...
      Published on 03-05-2011 11:06 PM
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      Here is the second teaser video from BMW for the new M5 (that was fast, huh?). This video shows a few clips of the new M5 in the snow and Dr. Kay Segler tells us that he knows we are all waiting for it, he must be a prophet of some kind. No details are given and really the purpose of the video is to drive traffic to BMW's M-power.com website, but hey, enjoy the second of what will no doubt be a long string of teasers. ...
      Published on 03-03-2011 03:52 PM
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      Here is another rendering of the M6 Cab. We did these a while back but hey, nice to have a new rendering. This one is done by JonSibal for LeftLanenews and as Sibals (pricey) work typically is, the design is well executed. Would have liked to see the rear as well but we will take what we can get. ...