Published on 11-11-2011 11:21 AM
Another congratulations to Renntech who keeps raising the bar! To our knowledge, this is the first 11 second X5 or X6 M in the world. The 114 MPH trap speed is also the fastest we have seen from the platform. What is surprising about that? This was all done with just a Renntech tune. The 5300 pound vehicle hit an astonishing 1.6 60 foot on runflat tires. Renntech will now be taking the X5 M to the next level with an exhaust, intake, downpipes, and modified turbos.
...Published on 11-09-2011 12:49 PM
A lot of times we tend to focus more on acceleration and big power rather than ultimately what M cars are about which is a complete all around package that can also dominate in the twisties. This is a very nice track build by the Automotive Conoisseur Group. Nothing is more beautiful than a car with functional aerodynamics to increase downforce at the track rather than for looks. The vehicle is on Hankook Ventus RS3 which is just the next step from a full blown R compound. Overall, this is just a great build with function and performance in mind. Check out the details and pictures below.
...Published on 11-08-2011 11:16 PM
Insideline captured the next generation M3 sedan testing and suggested that the model may not come to the United States. Why? Due to slow sales of the E90 M3 sedan. The thought of an M3 not coming to the USA though is simply something we can not fathom. Also, getting used to the idea of an M3 that is sedan only is going to take some time. The video clearly shows the motor is a 6 cylinder with a bit of rasp to it. Expect the motor to be turbocharged as well possibly with a tri-turbo setup putting out at least 450 horsepower.
...Published on 11-07-2011 08:01 PM
BMW launched their own performance parts division not too long ago. Why? To make money, why else. But, these are supposed to be performance parts first and foremost. The performance part seems to be lacking as the BMW Performance Exhaust on this E92 M3 did not even gain two horsepower at the wheels. That is not a typo. Neither is the price at $4374 plus tax and installation. The worst horsepower per dollar performance modification in M3 history? Probably.
...Published on 11-07-2011 07:43 AM
We all know M3 turbo kits do not come cheap. Fortunately, Horsepower Freaks has financing solutions that can make turbo dreams a reality. Their financing only applies to installations done in house (at their facility). Their financing will cover up to 50% of the cost including the install and labor, pretty nice. Payments are spread over 12 months and interest is set at 5%. On stages 2.5 and up 18 month financing options are available. Payments start the next month after the car leaves the facility. What are you waiting for? Go get your turbo!
...Published on 11-06-2011 10:01 AM
BMW is honoring 40 years of BMW M with this "special" E92 M3. The car has matte paint which apparently constitutes a special car at BMW these days. M3 GTS wheels BMW had sitting around are included as well as black grills. The interior gets Alcantara touches and an embroidered M logo. You get all of this for $81,060. Yes, $81,060 for some matte silver paint, GTS wheels, embroidered logo, black body pieces, and some Alcantara. That price might sound good if they threw the M3 GTS 4.4 liter engine in there. You can just keep this for yourselves until you give us a real special edition BMW but we are certain you will find 40 people who don't know any better to buy the 40 you intend to make.
...Published on 11-06-2011 07:20 AM
This comes hot on the heels of a manual rear wheel drive 550i running email@example.com. It should shock nobody that the 550xi automatic was able to get a much better 60 foot than the manual rear wheel drive 550i that ran high 12's. This 550xi managed 60 foots in the 1.7X range which is very impressive. The best trap speed was 112.48 so slightly less than MPH than the RWD version which makes sense. The owner estimated the weight of the car with him in it in the 4800 pound range which is not exactly light. Running mid 12's is pretty nice in a luxury sedan on street tires with pump gas.
...Published on 11-05-2011 04:17 PM
This was the best BMW of SEMA as chosen by BimmerBoost. We do not know why this car was not in a booth to get the attention it deserved. It was simply outside the North Hall with nobody really paying any attention to it. Obviously we noticed and just like the Mercedes we picked as best of show this car was chosen due to its looks as well as having the performance to back it up. The bodywork was molded for the most part which just looked great, especially the trunk. The car actually pulled off its yellow paint quite well. We wish we had more details on it and perhaps we will get them at a later date.
...Published on 11-04-2011 07:29 AM
BimmerBoost stopped by the CP-E (Custom Performance Engineering) booth at SEMA 2011. What immediately caught our attention was the N54 twin turbo upgrade prototype they had on display. We asked a lot of questions but did not really get any concrete answers. Basically, this is going to go on their shop car. There will be two different turbo options the smaller of which should bolt in and the larger turbos requiring permanent modification to the engine bay / chassis to make them fit. Do not expect these until Summer next year although they were talking maybe even Spring.
...Published on 11-04-2011 12:02 AM
Well, SEMA 2011 is over with for us. We have tons of photos and will be splitting our BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes coverage up along with some bonus coverage. The show overall was great and seemed busier than last year. The photo equipment from last year is much improved but some photos are dark due to mistakes choosing the correct settings on the camera and flash. We promise to improve, enjoy the photos and commentary.
...Published on 11-01-2011 02:41 PM
Insideline published this news a little while ago and what every other site focused on was that Albert Biermann (head of M product development) stated BMW M would like to build their own car. That is great news as a dedicated M car built by M is something that we have been waiting for... well, for forever. What struck us was this quote by Biermann though, "It's about employing the right technology at the right time and we're on a steep learning curve with turbos. We're getting damn close to matching the response of a naturally aspirated engine but with much lower fuel consumption."
...Published on 11-01-2011 01:32 AM
The new BMW twin turbo V8 and V12 motors are pretty sweet. Except when they catch on fire. This recall affects anyone with the N63 and S63 twin turbo V8's or the N74 twin turbo V12 which is used only in the 760 models. The reason for the recall is due to 102 engine water pump failures up to this point and 2 engine bay fires. There is an auxiliary pump used with these engines that helps cool the turbochargers and if it fails this will lead to dramatically increased temperatures. Owners will start being notified next month but why wait, call the dealer to schedule this water pump replacement immediately.
...Published on 10-30-2011 03:36 PM
If you have a 535i and are looking for an aftermarket FMIC, you probably have run into the same thing I have. Lots of people said it fits, no one has direct experience though. After going thru quite a few other 535i owners experiences, I decided to try and take it on myself. I started not trusting what people were saying online (I know, shocker) and calling manufacturers directly. One of those was CP-E. As fortune would have it, I got the owner on the phone and I started asking him questions. They too said they sold one but had never fit one themselves and, well, same old story. Josh (the owner) did pique my interest by letting me know he had sold quite a few and never received a return, so he assumes they fit. This, and now knowing Josh a little better at this point, really rang true to me. So, even if it wasn't a "direct" fit, how bad could it be? I knew better then to DIY but, after seeing how it was done, I don't think it would be too bad.
...Published on 10-29-2011 07:18 PM
Green Hell was always about pushing the envelope of what’s possible in a street driven M3, and nearly two years ago when the car was first built it was fairly extreme by some standards. When the owner of Green Hell approached us this year to push that envelope even further we knew our luck was in once again, for we had again just completed our yearly pilgrimage to Germany and the Nurburgring, and could not have been more inspired or more motivated to approach the car with new energy and fresh ideas. For us, Green Hell as a Portfolio Project car would once again be a symbol of the human drive to push the envelope. The car represented our endless march toward a constantly moving vanishing point- the desire to be the best, to be the fastest. Even though Green Hell always was and always will be a mixed use street car and track day weapon, this drive to push the boundary is a true reflection of motorsport, in our view, and it is with this drive in mind that we tore into the M3....
Published on 10-28-2011 07:47 PM
This is the type of stuff we like to see. While other sites are re-posting BMW press releases about production of the F30 3 series starting we are more interested in real world BMW performance comparisons. Renntech took an X5 M with only their tune to PBIR (Palm Beach International Raceway) to run on the strip versus a stock X5 M. The results are absolutely awesome with the tuned car running 12.09@113 and the stock car 12.72@107. That is 6 MPH and just over 6 tenth's with just a tune, impressive.