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      Published on 04-27-2011 05:15 AM
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      Being a performance oriented site, we will focus a bit on the performance numbers Car and Driver achieved. That said, we are a little bit surprised with this result. The Audi finishes in first place and the BMW 750 winds up in last. Even with its twin turbo V8 the BMW gets beat by all three competitors to 60 and barely edges out the Audi through the 1/4 for second. Being the heaviest obviously didn't help the 750 and it also put up the weakest showing around the skidpad. ...
      Published on 04-26-2011 07:03 PM
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      This was awesome to see. MotorTrend pitted a performance sedan, SUV, and wagon all against each other. Now, we don't want to spoil the race for you but AWD clearly plays a role. For a RWD car like the CTS-V to really show what it can do on the strip vs. AWD cars it needs drag radials and a burnout. So, it is at a disadvantage but the same disadvantage it would have on the street. Also, MotorTrend deserves commendation for actually posting ET's and traps. They aren't actual slips, but we will take it. ...
      Published on 04-25-2011 10:11 PM
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      As many of you know, we attempted to get an M3 tuner shootout going. This is now the second time we have tried and it won't be taking place. Why? Tuners aren't interested in putting their products up against one another in a third party environment. Too large of a risk for them and most tuners prefer to battle it out through marketing on forums, not with real results. ...
      Published on 04-25-2011 05:33 PM
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      Mfest has come and gone. We have compiled some of our favorite pictures from the event to give those who could not attend an idea of what they missed and what to expect. There also seemed to be an accident at the event and just a word of warning, when traveling in a caravan give the car in front plenty of room. ...
      Published on 04-25-2011 02:13 AM
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      So, we have some differing results. A couple days ago we reported the DCT and manual M3 was found to be quicker around the Contidrom circuit by Auto Bild. Auto Motor Und Sport now reports that around Hockenheim they achieved a quicker time in the 1M Coupe vs. the M3. Interesting? Yes, but they were not tested on the same day which can easily sway results that are as close as differing by 1/10. Longer courses should favor the M3, tighter the 1M. Interesting indeed, laptimes by Auto Motor Und Sport around Hockenheim for several cars listed below. ...
      Published on 04-22-2011 07:05 PM
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      AutoBild has done a comparison between the 1M Coupe and the Porsche Cayman R. AutoBild picks the 1M coupe over the Cayman R mostly do to its daily livability. That's fine, but we are performance enthusiasts here and the Cayman R thoroughly outperformed it. They take these cars on the Contidrom course which is a fairly tight/technical and the 1M was over a second slower. What is interesting is the AutoBild times for the M3 and DCT M3 are both faster than the 1M. The DCT M3 also is 3/10's faster than the 6-speed showing how the DCT shift times add up to make a substantial difference. ...
      Published on 04-22-2011 03:29 PM
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      If reading the UK-based Max Power magazine is a guilty pleasure most of us enjoyed a decade ago, reading the Greek version of Max Power is an absolute cardinal sin. The Greek Max Power has everything every teenaged car nut could want- more girls, more absurd cars, and more street racing.

      When Max Power Greece asked us to shoot a Martinís M3 for a full feature, we naturally agreed with a grin. ...
      Published on 04-21-2011 06:32 PM
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      What is CNC machining? CNC stands for computer numerical control and you see this term used often in the aftermarket automotive industry. Basically, a computer is used to design the product and this design is fed to a computer that tells the machine what to do. In this case, create a DCT oil pan out of a solid block of billet aluminum. Check out the video of the process below. ...
      Published on 04-21-2011 07:53 AM
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      A Chinese autoblog has posted pictures of the interior of the M5 concept. Nothing ground breaking here, looks pretty much like a standard F10. Differences being the M style tach, M stitching on the steering wheel, and alcantara on the door with some exposed stitching. The cloth doors don't look all that luxurious. Compare this to the recently revealed 2012 E63 AMG and see what you like better. ...
      Published on 04-20-2011 09:43 PM
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      In the previous weeks we brought you the details on the DCT oil pan upgrade and the pictures of the machining process. We are happy to say the final design has been completed and here are the pictures of the finished product. Once again, this will allow 2 additional liters of fluid as well as the capability to connect to an external cooling source as you can see from the openings. Pricing details for the complete DCT cooling kit as well as components will be coming next, stay tuned. ...
      Published on 04-19-2011 11:41 PM
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      Everyone knows the new Fast and Furious movie, Fast Five is coming. Based on a scene in the movie, Autotopias organized a competition based around having a getaway vehicle that would do well in a heist similar to what the actors in the movie needed to pull off. OE Tuning and Gintani participated (and did very well) using their C63 AMG and X5 M respectively. ...
      Published on 04-19-2011 08:09 PM
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      Former_Boosted_IS has done another great review and DIY which he has encouraged us to share, here it is in his words:

      When I got my N54 and decided to tune it, one of the first things I needed was a boost gauge. Since the N54 meters pre throttle body, it becomes that much more important to know real boost values. I wanted an integrated setup that didn't look like a pod sitting on my dash at the time and the P3 (originally RiX vent gauge) was a perfect fit. It was sleek, OEM, and very stealthy. When I heard P3 was coming out with a version 2 of the gauge, I was immediately interested. ...
      Published on 04-19-2011 03:44 AM
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      HPF has been marketing their new setups aimed at getting better launches at the strip pretty heavily as of late. Chris, the owner, took the HPF M3 to the drag strip to test out the "anti-lag" setup which allows boost to be built at the line. The car allegedly hit 1.55 and we use that term because no slips were posted. We are not doubting it, but HPF (and others) need to get in the habit of posting timeslips when making such claims. Check out the video below and if the car did not have issues shifting it likely would have been a 10 second pass. ...
      Published on 04-18-2011 08:50 PM
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      There have been a lot of accusations flying around from various tuners as of late. A lot of it has concerned Powerchip and OE Tuning which is no secret to anyone. Well, there were accusations on another board that OE Tuning had been called out to a dyno comparison and it just kind of turned into a mess. We do not need to remind you that a previous shootout was scheduled in which these parties agreed to participate, so it seems neither is scared of the other. Well, BimmerBoost has organized an M3 specific tuner shootout that will be taking place on the 21st of May with a stock M3 on 91 octane for tuners to showcase their skills. ...
      Published on 04-18-2011 04:00 AM
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      What you see here is a Java Green E92 M3 with matching stitching ordered through BMW individual in Europe. The color is an extra 4700 Euros so not cheap but oh so worth it for the individuality. We have to ask, why is the E92 M3 standard color offering so boring? Why not more colors such as this without having to go through the convoluted BMW Individual program that certain US dealers are not even familiar with? Green may not be for everyone but this highlights that we need more color options as standard. ...

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