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      Published on 03-18-2011 07:37 AM
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      As we all know, a terrible tragedy has struck Japan. The BMW group has stepped up to do the right thing (among record profits) to donate 1 million Euro to aid in disaster relief. Dr. Norbert Reithofer stated the following, "We are deeply moved by the horrific suffering in the affected regions. During this difficult time, our thoughts and sympathies are with the Japanese people. BMW is supporting its Japanese workforce during this period. We commend BMW on stepping up to the plate. ...
      Published on 03-18-2011 04:38 AM
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      Stuart Appleby, the professional golfer, is quite the BMW fan. He has had several highly modified and higly publicized BMW's. He also goes by the name of apples on M5board. Well, the Australian shop Southern Rod tranformed one of his E39 M5's into a truck. Australians love this kind of stuff, seriously. The motor is the S62 V8 in modified form with a tune and full exhaust. Let's just hope it wasn't powerchip who did the tuning, as the last time Stuart Appleby dealt with Powerchip Wayne Besanko took him for a ride that cost him 100's of thousands. ...
      Published on 03-16-2011 08:21 PM
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      It's great to see BMW put out a video like this which is really honest and hits close to home. The video was translated by BimmerBoost and our German is spot on as you would expect. We thank BMW for honestly evaluating the F10 M5 and giving us this glimpse inside the minds of the engineers responsible for its development. ...
      Published on 03-16-2011 04:00 AM
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      The S85 motor really deserves more love. Projects like this remind us that if BMW wanted to, they could have shoved that V10 in the M3 and abused almost any of their competition. But BMW didn't, so we are thankful for enthusiasts who are willing to step up to the plate. This swap was done using a Pectecl SQ6M ECU and to have the dash fully compatible it was swapped out for a Cosworth Dash. Check out the build pics, details, and videos below. ...
      Published on 03-15-2011 08:32 PM
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      That is likely the first reaction from most people when they see these photos. Relax, BMW has not gone that far off the deep end (yet). Although the idea of an M pick-up truck is kind of fun actually that is not what is happening here. Manufacturers do rigidity testing in a variety of ways and what you see here is a chassis flex text with the car being basically cut from the door pillar. Do you see a bed? Do you see a tailgate? Nope, because it isn't a BMW truck. Calm down internet. ...
      Published on 03-15-2011 09:00 AM
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      AC Schnitzer has released their popular Type IV forged wheel for the new 6 convertible (F13). The rims look good and as much as we don't like saying it, the car seem to need 20's and up. The F13 pictured also desperately needs to be lowered. This is just the beginning of what is in store for the new 6 as tunes, exhaust systems, springs, and aerodynamics parts are all on the way. ...
      Published on 03-15-2011 08:00 AM
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      This is the kind of project we really love to see. The S54 is a great motor but E30 swaps have not been as prevalent with it as with say the S50B32 from the Euro E36. The wiring and tuning makes it more complex to pull off so congratulations to BimmerWorld for what looks to be a very clean install. Randy Mueller at Epic Motorsports did the tuning and 326 at the wheels with an S54 is some very good tuning indeed. We believe the ECU is also the factory DME with an Alpha-N tune (mass air sensor delete) making this all the more impressive. ...
      Published on 03-15-2011 04:00 AM
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      Here are the results and details of the technique tuning turbo setup on the E46 325 with the M54 motor. Some of you may be familiar with Technique Tuning already as they have turbo kits available predominantly for the E46 market and the M54 motor among others. The kit hits 247 wheel horsepower at 6 psi on a Mustang dyno and then 279 wheel horsepower at 8.5 psi. Seems E46 325 owners have a very solid option and just take a look at that torque curve. ...
      Published on 03-14-2011 08:00 AM
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      We have seen photos of this manifold previously but this is the first detailed set we have from a customer. There have not been too many S14 turbo projects and with this manifold we hope that increases. The manifold is made from thick wall 304 stainless steel. It has a 4 into 1 merge collector and half inch thick flanges. It features a lifetime warranty which is nice to see and retails for $1100. It will fit popular turbos like larger frame T4 turbos up to the GT40R. Available in T3 and T4 configurations as well as 38mm or 48mm Tial flanges. Awesome? Yes. ...
      Published on 03-14-2011 04:00 AM
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      Here we have a rendering from a guy who goes by Roger. It of what the Alpina B6 may look like taking styling cues from the B5 and B7. Pretty good overall but the sideskirts and rear bumper need work to set it apart from the stock image. Will Alpina do a B6? Well, chances are pretty good as they have done it before. When it comes it will likely mirror the B5 which means forged internals in the N63 with larger turbos pushing 507 horsepower. ...
      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. ...