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      Published on 07-23-2012 11:52 PM
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      The luxury performance SUV segment was really started by Porsche with the Cayenne Turbo which has been the cream of the crop since its introduction. When BMW saw how well Porsche was doing with the Cayenne as well as Mercedes with its AMG ML variants, they finally caved in and decided to get in the mix creating the X5M. We will readily admit the X5M is a spectacular performance SUV worthy of its first place finish in this comparison. ...
      Published on 07-19-2012 04:42 AM
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      Now the 550i is at a bit of a disadvantage here on paper. With only 400 horsepower compared to the Jaguar's 470 acceleration is clearly appears to be in the Jaguar's favor. Well, the test numbers support that statement as the Jaguar runs 12.6@112.8 to the 13.2@108.3 of the 550i. Fortunately, the 550i will not be outgunned for long receiving a 45 horsepower boost courtesy of revised software to match the output of the new 6 GranCoupe. We would like to see this comparison again once the 550i is updated. ...
      Published on 07-18-2012 09:55 PM
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      It makes no sense to us to abandon the M3 coupe when the car originated as a coupe but the M4 appears to be here to stay. The F32/F82 M4 spotted testing here in Europe with its turbocharged motor which chances are will be based on the current N55 direct injected inline-6. The M3 will be launched first and the M4 will follow. It is going to take a long time to come to terms with the idea of the new M3 being an M4. ...
      Published on 07-17-2012 10:51 AM
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      This is not really much of a surprise with the standard Gran Coupe already being sold and the F12/F13 M6 available in the US market as well. It is only natural that the M6 Gran Coupe should follow. The car will mimic the drivetrain offering of the new F10 M5 and F12 M6 (dual clutch transmission and twin turbo S63tu V8) and also may be available with the optional manual transmission for the USA although we doubt it will be a very popular option if offered. Expect it to arrive in 2013 carrying an absurdly high price tag. ...
      Published on 07-16-2012 06:03 AM
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      DTM has a very a interesting concept going with the stadium racing toward the mid-point to break up the season and change things up for fans. Basically what DTM does is put two parallel tracks in a stadium and has a knock out competition where the faster driver advances and the slower one is knocked out until only one is left standing. This year Audi's Mattias Ekstrom took the individual victory but a team relay competition was also added. ...
      Published on 07-16-2012 12:01 AM
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      BMW's acquisition of Mini has unquestionably done great things for the Mini brand. Is it doing the same thing for the BMW brand? Before Mini the thought of a front wheel drive BMW was so absurd it was not even entertained and mocked in advertisements. Times have changed and it is about profit above all else. BMW will clearly be saving money putting Mini and BMW models on the same platform. They are stretching their dollars and many will defend this as simply business. ...
      Published on 07-15-2012 12:15 AM
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      The USA is finally getting more diesel options from BMW although our choices still pale in comparison to what is available overseas. A 2.0 liter four cylinder turbo diesel with 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque will make its way over by next year. This motor will likely go into the X1 as well as the 3 Series. A new six cylinder offering greater efficiency will be coming over likely replacing the current M57 in the models it is already available in. ...
      Published on 07-12-2012 10:44 PM
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      There seems to be a bit of controversy surrounding cylinder sleeves and BMW engines. Oil consumption, excessive noise, sleeves dropping, Alusil blocks not liking sleeves you name it. I took some time to talk to our machine shop foreman, (the man with 50 years experience) Tony (VAC owner) and our manufacturing partners (Darton and LA Sleeve) about the drawbacks of using sleeves in the S54, S62 and S65 engines. ...
      Published on 07-10-2012 11:01 PM
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      BimmerBoost has really been the only site critical of BMW's latest moves. We are seeing a disturbing trend of the M brand being watered down with the badge thrown on everything in sight. We have seen M cars get bloated with weights spiraling out of control and electronics dominating the driving experience. BMW is losing comparison after comparison. It finally took the latest "special" edition M3 to get a major auto blog to call out BMW for the same thing we have already been saying. Jalopnik says BMW just launched a track edition M3 that offers no performance improvement over the standard car. Sound familiar? ...
      Published on 07-10-2012 12:33 AM
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      Here is a video created in Italy as a tribute to the BMW 1M. The 1M is a very special and rare car in Italy first of all being expensive and secondly with only 80 examples (having ceased production) making it to Italian soil. Drifter Mattia Santino Merli decided to display some hoonage (a term denoting aggressively flogging a car for fun) in the video below. Before anyone asks, much of the footage comes from the closed off Monza circuit and not public streets, as it should be. ...
      Published on 07-07-2012 08:54 PM
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      The Cadillac CTS-V is a very strong car. With it's supercharged LSA 6.2 liter V8 it put outs a respectable 556 horses. It is necessary to mention the CTS-V in this video is stock and automatic. On paper the advantage is in the Caddy's court versus the M5 with its smaller naturally aspirated motor. What this race video below shows however is how potent the S85 V10 in the E60 M5 truly is especially on the top end. ...
      Published on 07-06-2012 07:30 PM
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      These special edition M3's are becoming basically pointless with a new one seemingly released every week offering nothing more than already available packages with some different paint and interior accents. This M3 is $70,995 and basically amounts to a standard M3 with individual paint, alcantra trim, and the already available competition package. This M3 can join other useless "special editions" such as the M Performance M3 for the UK and the Competition Edition for the USA. ...
      Published on 07-02-2012 10:06 PM
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      Here is a race between a mildly modified C6 Z06 running an Akrapovic exhaust and LG Super Pro longtube headers. The M3 has the ESS-VT2 625 supercharger kit and it is a 6-speed manual car. The Z06 does a pretty good job hanging in there considering the power disparity and that the M3 got a slight jump. We would love to see a few more runs but it is impressive to see a 6 speed M3 do well against a modified Z06 as it has pretty much only been supercharged DCT M3's getting the wins against Z06's. ...
      Published on 07-02-2012 02:22 AM
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      Togheter with DP in europe JAWS has produced the best Piston and Rod combo avaible today for the S54. Billet Turbo Drag Boxed Pistons machined to perfection, weight matched with Swedish quality Uddeholm orvar supreme H13 tool steel pins. Forged Cross H Beam Reinforced Drag Rods with Swedish quality Uddeholm orvar supreme H13 tool steel bolts equal to 245Ksi like ARP L19s. All products are manufactored in small batches to ensure highest accuracy. ...
      Published on 06-30-2012 10:28 PM
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      We took the car out and ran it's first few full passes. We flat out just overpowered the tires on all 6 passes. PIR does not prep it's track at all and it was a very ugly cold day. We tried dropping tire pressure until the car was extremely loose at the top end. We also have to install NOS to spool the turbo at the line and we just haven't gotten around to it yet. Next time out we will start adjusting the suspension as well. ...

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