Published on 12-27-2010 10:18 PM
Surprisingly, the M56 puts up a pretty good fight and Insideline criticizes the new 5 series as being too soft and removed without the driver connection BMW's are known for. We have been hearing this a lot about the new 5 series. They still pick the 550i over the Infiniti but say the 5 series has slipped. We wish they gave us the full 1/4 mile numbers from the strip as well. ...Published on 12-25-2010 04:23 PM
This M3 of mine continues to impress me. The S65 engine and DCT are just amazing! I think the DCT impresses me the most since it's been able to handle every bit of power that I throw at it without slipping.
The cold weather in the Southeast has enabled me to achieve some great 60-130 mph times this week. I'll start with the results of the ESS VT2-600 supercharger only run (no nitrous). 27F / full weight / 93 octane.
6.87 secs in 1011 ft ...Published on 12-23-2010 11:49 PM
Well all know lighter wheels are a good thing. But just how big is the difference? Well, as a car makes more power the effect is easier to see. HPF took a Stage 4 and tested it with a wide set of 19's and then the stock 19 inch M3 wheels. The effect is magnified on a more powerful car and at one point in the graph there is an over 60 whp difference between the heavier wheels and the skinnier, lighter stock wheels. Check out the vid on the next page. ...byPublished on 12-23-2010 11:19 PM
G-power is announcing that they have dropped the price of their SKII supercharger setup to 11,500 €. They are also offering a limited special offer until January 17, 2011 for 10,925 €. Our European members may be interested in this although as many remember G-power has blown a few S65 motors. They have claimed to fix their tune and we would only recommend this kit for members in Europe who have access to higher octane fuel than those in United States, namely California. ...Published on 12-22-2010 01:31 PM
This video was sent to us anonymously. The reason for that is Shiv@Vishnu had seen the video and told the owner not to post it and the owner did not for fear of being punished, lack of support, etc. We happened to get this video which shows a V5 automatic misfiring even after the voluntary harness update and several times of cleared adaptations. ...Published on 12-21-2010 03:56 AM
BMW continues their habit of comparing the E82 1M Coupe to the E30 M3. They continue pulling at heart strings trying to illicit feelings of nostalgia as the E82 1M Coupe is not the spiritual successor to the E30 M3, no matter how hard they try to market otherwise. Enjoy the footage... ...Published on 12-19-2010 10:06 PM
The winter driving season is among us and many of us have RWD BMW's that can be a handful if driven improperly in the snow. One needs to be careful and make sure they have the proper tires. It probably is a good idea to know the car is RWD as well and not leave it in gear while trying to push it along like this lady did. An automatic Audi is no doubt in her future. ...Published on 12-19-2010 02:00 PM
This offer only goes until December 31, 2010 but if you have been waiting for purchase a Dinan stroker motor for your E60 M5 or E63 M6 now is the time. The stroker price has consistently come down since it was offered at $40k and now can be purchased for $30,999. In addition to the motor, Dinan is offering their high flow air mass meter/intake assemblies, underdrive pulley, exhaust, throttle bodies, and Stage 3 suspension system. Total value of the parts is about $10k and many would argue these parts should have been included for the price from the beginning (except for the suspension). This makes the stroker a far more attractive proposition. Contact Dinan if interested. ...Published on 12-18-2010 05:52 PM
Quite a few of this style of M3 comes through our doors, but with regard to publicity and attention the “sleeper” is a rare sight, which is actually just how the owners of such M3s would prefer it. We don’t take photos of some of these jobs, but I think everyone can appreciate an M3 that’s this discreet.
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Singh Autosport is claiming they are the first tuner to program the S63 V8 twin turbo in the X6 M: "We were the first company to program the BMW X6M in North America." This is a completely false claim as OE Tuning has already proven to have tuned the motor months ago and several other tuners have programmed it as well. Singh Autosport is making this claim in December and they do not even have a dyno to back it up, just a picture of a laptop sitting in an X6. It seems not many people read the Singh blog so it has not been an issue but at BimmerBoost we like to keep tuners honest. Singh, please stop making inaccurate claims and let's see a dyno to prove you have actually done something, ok? ...Published on 12-16-2010 09:51 AM
This video from from BentleyPublishers explains how to test the exhaust camshaft position sensor on E46's equipped with the M54. The M54 has been out of production for some time now and many of the owners do their own work. This video is a great video for those trying to diagnose potential cam issues. ...Published on 12-16-2010 09:38 AM
This video shows the Dorr Motorsport Z4 GT3 in race action on the Nurburgring. The car passes just about everything it runs into. The commentary by the driver is in German and he sure does talk a lot, but just enjoy the racing if you can't speak German. ...Published on 12-16-2010 08:48 AM
BMW's hybrid, green "sports car" will reportedly cost around the $200k mark. That is a lot of dough for what is being touted as a supercar. With a hybrid drivetrain and a focus on efficiency, we just don't see this offering the performance a car in the $200k supercar segment should be. Remember, this is a hybrid diesel powertrain with horsepower in the low to mid 300 range. We will not judge it yet and wait for the final product but BMW's sales and marketing director is stating the car will, "redefine how we look at high-performance sports cars." If it doesn't perform like the other $200k offering, chances are we will be looking at other sports cars. ...