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.
...Published on 09-15-2011 11:52 PM
Here is yet another car from Hamann that was revealed at the Frankfurt show. As has been the case with the latest Hamann kits across a wide variety of platforms (Porsche Panamera for example) the body kit just seems a bit overdone. This is much, much better than the Hamann Panamera but it just does not flow cleanly. They put LED's in the front bumper as everyone is doing and obviously revised the front bumper with a much more aggressive piece. The rear diffuser and side skirts are not bad but it just seems like the car is trying too hard and loses a bit of its sophistication with this setup.
...Published on 09-13-2011 06:10 AM
Renntech seems to be spreading to all platforms and that is a good thing. Increased tuner competition should bring out the best. We received this graph showing dyno results for the Renntech S63B44 ECU tune. The car puts down an eye popping 518 to the wheels on an all wheel drive Mustang dyno along with 497 all wheel torque. There is no baseline unfortunately for which to compare the gains from. The car did run 12.7@109 stock and with the tune managed 12.2 and almost 112 miles per hour in 87 degree conditions on just 91 octane pump gas.
Published on 09-12-2011 06:40 AM
We are bringing you this information because it is our duty to report any and all BMW performance news. If this is true, which the Vbox file sent was genuine, then the very questionable character Mert has set a new S54 record with a 4.22 60-130. However, as just mentioned, this is a person of questionable character. There is no video, no photos, and there are no real details. What turbos? What size shot of nitrous? What was done to the motor? These are all questions we would like answers to but the owner is not contributing any information to the community. He seems more intent on using the community to prop up his own ego. This new record run being all the more perplexing considering Mert has stated he is getting a new engine block so who knows if this file is actually from his car. For now, and thankfully, djoborya maintains the overall BMW 60-130 crown at 4.2 done on a drag strip with a blazing fast 9.28@153 in the 1/4 mile. Come to your own conclusion.
...Published on 09-11-2011 05:03 AM
The BMW X6 remains unchallenged in the 4 door "coupe" segment of the SUV market. BMW hit a home run with the car and Audi and Mercedes are scrambling to catch up. That does not mean BMW is satisfied resting on their laurels as the facelift model was spotted testing. The changes will mostly be to the exterior and minor ones with the front and rear lights receiving some minor modification. The real interesting question is if the X6 will be getting the new tri-turbo diesel everyone seems to be talking about.
...Published on 09-09-2011 10:33 PM
AC Schnitzer will be officially revealing their tuner offering for the new 1M Coupe at the Frankfurt auto show. They released some teaser photos and details prior to the show. The exterior part offering consists of a chrome grill insert, carbon front add-on spoiler, carbon diffuser, and a tunk lip. The hood and fenders are also modified. 19 and 20 inch AC Schnitzer wheels are also available for the 1M. The motor gets some work with an exhaust as well as a tune bumping the horsepower up to the 400 range. On the stock turbos and pump gas all the tuners seem to be getting to the same horsepower levels which surprises nobody.
...Published on 09-09-2011 12:33 AM
The M3 GT2 race cars are amazing, both from a looks perspective as well as performance. Getting your hands on one of the race cars is pretty much impossible for the vast majority of enthusiasts. Here comes CLP to the rescue with their widebody kit designed to mimic the racecar. Under the hood they also add a G-power supercharger which actually gives you more horsepower than the real race car's naturally aspirated V8. The price for all of this? $97,500.
...Published on 09-07-2011 07:00 PM
So these diesel M5 rumors persist and the car has pretty much been confirmed. However, the horsepower numbers continue to jump all over the place and we do not know what the final output will end up being. Our previous report stated the car would be in the 400 horsepower range with 553 pound-feet of torque. That sounds at least realistic but now various sites are posting that the horsepower numbers are between 500-550 and torque is up to 650 pound-feet.