To celebrate BMW’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and inspired by the BMW London 2012 Performance Team, BMW has introduced two new Performance Edition models based on the popular BMW 1 Series and 3 Series. Building on the sporting looks of the popular 1 Series Sports Hatch, the 1 Series Performance Edition comes with M aerodynamic bodystyling, dark chrome 18-inch M light alloy wheels, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, dark chrome exhaust tailpipe and dark line rear lights. Enhancing its sporty driving style is the addition of M Sport Suspension, while sport seats with Royal Blue stitching, M Sport multi-function leather steering wheel and gearshift leaver, floor mats with Royal Blue piping and London 2012 exterior badges complete the sporty look.
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In case you missed it, the BMW Performance Parts Manager recent revealed that the BMW Performance Power Kit will soon be coming in two stages, for both the N54 and N55 motors. Stage 1 PPK will be software upgrade only and Stage 2 PPK will be software and hardware upgrades.
George Plasa tuning has assembled this F1 sounding “BMW Judd 134″ race car based off the 1-series, featuring 550PS (542hp). It has to be heard to believe. Check out the videos inside.
The Russian customizers who made the notorious Gold X5M are using their creativity and bravado once again, this time putting together a beautiful matte silver 135i. We’ve seen plenty of matte gray and black BMWs, but few matte titanium silvers. It proves to be stunning under interior lighting, but especially gorgeous out in the night under highway lights. Check out the video inside.
Here are some pics of the Doerr / Avotre 1-series track car from Hockenheim this past weekend. Unfortunately the car retired early due to losing 4 of its wheel bolts off its M3 spec wheels.
Well folks, we’re all done here at the 2011 Geneva auto show and hope you enjoyed the coverage as much as we enjoyed sharing it with our community. Geneva is always an exciting show because of all shows, it’s arguably the largest in the world and always features an unrivaled number of exotics and tuning companies on display. Geneva is also traditionally one of the most important shows for BMW due to its proximity to BMW’s home market and prominence among the auto show circuit events.
This year again featured several debuts of BMW models, packages, and technologies, as well as plenty of aftermarket tuner models. As a show wrap-up, we’ve summarized our coverage below, enjoy!
A new N54 tuning platform (for N54 motor based 135i, 335i, and 535i) has hit the market. The COBB Tuning AccessPORT is a hand-held ECU flash tuning solution for the N54 motor, allowing custom reprogramming of the ECU at the push of a button. N55 compatibility is currently in development.
We’ve seen the 135i used as a race vehicle in time attack series, such as the Berk Technology 135i. Japanese tuner TK Square has also prepped a race version of the 135i, which they call the Lubross 135R, powered by approximately 400hp, complete with widebody, 3D Design front lip spoiler and functional rear wing.
AC Schnitzer has released videos of its various exhaust systems for the F10 550i, Z4 sDrive35is, X6M, 135i, 335i, M3, including comparisons to the BMW factory exhaust.