Published on 10-02-2011 12:31 AM
Well, this isn't much of a surprise as BMW pretty much had everything wrapped up at the previous race. BMW managed to finish 3rd and 9th at the 1000 mile Petit Le Mans which was good enough to get their second straight overall ALMS GT title. It was a dominating season for BMW which had 7 consecutive poles at one point as well having started the season with a string of victories. How do you like the BMW V8 in the M3 now Porsche?
...Published on 09-30-2011 02:57 PM
The new F32 4 series is coming (what we all remember as the old 3 series coupe) and German outlet AutoZeitung has provided their rendering. Nothing shocking, simply looks like a downsized 5 series which is what all the spyphotos have been leading us to believe anyway. The F30 3 series is set to be revealed in mid-October and it is possible the 4 will be revealed with it. Regardless, expect official photos soon but this renderings should not be far off from the real thing.
...Published on 09-29-2011 09:23 PM
It is nice to see BMW at least gave the 1M a little more in the tune over a standard N54. They obviously could have put out much more if they wanted to. 346 wheel horsepower in STD correction is pretty darn good for with an intake. That is basically M3 power right there. The car is rated at 335 crank so when a vehicle is putting out more to the wheels than it is rated at the motor that is definitely what we call underrated. This leads us to believe the reason the 1M did not get the DCT transmission is it would have stepped all over the M3's toes.
...Published on 09-29-2011 07:58 AM
We are finishing up the turbo manifold right now. The pictures below were taken a week ago. The head flange is quite complicated with how the turbo manifold seals to the head, but it is also quite ingenious. There are two ports leaving the collector to the wastegate which is a Tial 44mm VBand to ensure boost control is easily maintained. This turbo manifold fits all Precision T4 Performance turbos from a 67 to a 76. We will sell them separately for those that want to build their own custom turbo kit, but will also sell all the hardware to complete the turbo system.
...Published on 09-28-2011 08:41 AM
The new 2014 M3 was spotted testing. What is interesting is that it was spotted in 4 door guise despite past rumors about there not being a 4-door M3 this generation. The main question is what motor this car will get? It is almost certain (seriously, it's certain) it will be a turbo motor of some sort. So will it be a tweaked N55? Will it be an N54 with valvetronic and some tweaks? Will it be a triple turbo? Will it be the rumored V6 with a 6 into 1 exhaust manifold feeding one turbo that then feeds into another larger turbo for some kind of compound setup? At this point, we don't think anyone other than BMW knows.
...Published on 09-27-2011 08:44 PM
For most people of faith a yearly pilgrimage is the most important reaffirmation and renewal of faith of their lifetime. Although INDís staff comes from varied cultures and backgrounds, we are still able to come together for our own yearly pilgrimage to Germany- the promised land of European sports cars. We do our best to travel to Germany every year to revisit our own icons of the car industry- Eisenmannís Stuttgart based manufacturing facility and the world famous Nurburgring. Each year the trip reaffirms our love for European cars and motorsport, and motivates those of us fortunate enough to make the journey to redouble our efforts at home.
...Published on 09-26-2011 08:32 PM
This information comes from Bimmerfile who was able to confirm with a member of BMW's board of directors, Dr. Hubert Diess, that carbon ceramic braking options are coming. BMW is working with Brembo who will be producing the discs and likely the rotors as well. We hope the carbon discs and rotors are from Brembo as one looking for an upgrade for the traditionally weak BMW brakes tends to go to aftermarket Brembo big brake setups anyway.
...Published on 09-25-2011 02:55 PM
Well, that was fast. BMW will no longer be selling their hybrid X6 in the United States. Sales apparently were far less than BMW expected. Part of the reason was the X6 hybrid's cost which started at $88,900. We would look at the X6 M at that point. Additionally, the hybrid system did not provide all that much of an efficiency gain (only 12%) as the weight of the electric systems forced the X6 to balloon to 5765 pounds. That is over 500 pounds on top of the already heavy standard X6 V8. Maybe it is time for BMW to stop trying to act like one can make a 5200+ pound twin turbo V8 SUV "efficient and dynamic" with heavy hybrid nonsense and focus on bringing us more diesel options in lighter cars?
...Published on 09-23-2011 11:41 PM
Does anyone remember when M motors provided enough noise on their own? BMW is pumping synthetic engine noise into the cabin through the speaker system to the front and the back so everyone can hear what the motor is supposed to sound like. We like quiet cabins as well as engine sounds but this is a bit absurd. There is a real problem when a BMW M5 has to fake its engine noise. What is next? Different engine modes so you can pretend you have an F1 car or even fake blow off valve sounds to look cool to the kids?
...Published on 09-22-2011 08:05 PM
Well, the rumors about it being delayed or never coming are finally over. The BMW X4 is officially coming as BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer confirmed it. What is the X4? Well, just a sportier version of the X3 similar to how the X6 is a sportier more "coupe like" version of the X5. The X4 will share the drivetrain of the X3. This vehicle will be built in the USA at BMW's South Carolina plant where the vast majority of X models have been built. Oh, and yes, BMW is planning an M version of this vehicle.
...Published on 09-21-2011 07:11 AM
Well, here we go, more all wheel drive BMW models. Certainly not a bad thing as long as we get the option which we do at a $3000 premium. The X-drive 6 series model will be available for coupes (F12) or convertibles (F13) so you can put the top down in the snow which is always cool. Heh, get the pun? Sure you do, you are an intelligent BimmerBoost reader. Anyway, the base price for a 650i coupe is $83,000 so with all wheel drive one is looking at $86,000 before adding anything else on. This option will likely be available for both the 640i and 650i.
...Published on 09-20-2011 11:06 PM
The document posted below is the full BMW N20 technical training document and it is incredibly in depth. If anyone wanted any and all information on the new N20 direct injected turbo 4 cylinder, here you go. It is a long but interesting read as BMW provides the history as well stating this is the first 4 cylinder sold in the United States since the M44 4 cylinder which was last seen in 1999. Another interesting tidbit is that BMW began producing 4 cylinders in 1927 with the 3/15. Hey, may be useful for trivia one day.
...Published on 09-20-2011 01:02 AM
We like to see different things. We like different approaches. We do not look cars that are overdone and do not flow right however like this one. Is it different? Yes. Is it good? No. The owner of this E46 M3 took an F430 Scuderia diffuser and adapted it to his E46 M3. Interesting idea but the execution just does not work. The quad exhaust tips on the M3 just seem tacky and basically ricer. Maybe with a cleaner exhaust setup this would work.
...Published on 09-18-2011 06:22 AM
Congratulations to BMW drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller who clinched the drivers championship before the end of the season. However, BMW was not able to hold off Porsche who won the race moving them closer to BMW in the manufacturer standings. The number 56 M3 GT was passed by the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and 458 Italia with 2 laps remaining but the Ferrari ran out of gas at the very end allowing Porsche to get the victory and for BMW to get the second place finish. The final race is the Petit Le Mans and unless BMW completely blows it and Porsche wins chances for a second straight BMW championship are looking good.
...Published on 09-17-2011 02:02 AM
BMW is on the pole yet again. This marks the 7th consecutive race that BMW will be starting from the pole position. Dominating? We would say so. This is the second to last race of the season. Want to watch? Of course you do. Check it out tomorrow (9/17/11) at 1:15 Pacific Time on espn3.com. The race will also be broadcast on ESPN 2 Sunday but who can wait that long? If BMW finishes strong they will all but secure the championship for the second straight year.