Ever wonder how much and what kind of testing suspension manufacturers conduct in the development of their parts? Here’s some rare testing footage from Bilstein’s development of their suspension parts for the pre-LCI E90 back in 2006. The video shows the suspension testing includes slalom, irregular roads, high speed track, and even some hooning!
Car and Driver has posted their quick drive impressions for both the 2011 335i sedan and coupe, with some attention paid to how the new N55 engines compare to its predecessor N54 motor. See their quick impressions inside.
See inside for the the entire list of changes that will take place to most BMW models beginning in September 2010 when the 2011 model year begins for most models. This is a must read primer on ALL changes coming.
MR Car Design Design has announced its BMW 335i "Black Scorpion" package. This 335i packs an extra 30% hp increase over stock with 406hp and 530Nm torque. The extra power is achieved with a ECU software, XXL intercooler and a performance exhaust system with new catalytic converters. A KW V3 coilover suspension serves to help the driver deal with all the extra power when handling.
Cosmetic modifications include a set of 20" Breyton Spirit alloy wheels and 235/30F 285/25R tires and … CONTINUED
C&D drives the 2011 335i with N55 motor, focusing specifically on comparing the N55 to the N54 engine (of the earlier 335i model years). 0-60 times were equal, N55 was 1/10 sec. slower in quarter mile and N55 was 1 sec. faster to 140mph.
Winding Road Magazine undertakes the latest review of the 3-series ranging topping 335is and asks whether it might be the best all-around 3 there is (M3 included).
Studie AG has a history of producing custom BMWs mimicking genuine BMW Motorsport race cars. Their latest project is converting the 2009 335i sedan to an endurance race car look, complete with Schubert carbon fiber widebody parts, BMW Motorsports sideskirts, Active Autowerke ECU, Arqray exhaust, and aFe’s intakes. Full list of modifications, details, and photos inside.
BMW’s color offerings are fairly standard throughout its cars. But owners do have the option of choosing a BMW Individual color, which are always a joy to see. E90POST member tbensous has taken delivery of a Diopside Black Individual E90, the first we’ve seen of this color and we’re in love.
Another N54 turbo upgrade is underway. The specific upgrade plan has not yet been determined, but upgraded turbine and compressor wheel, bearing and waste gate are being considered. We hope this project will be an exception and see a successful ending. Be sure to subscribe and follow the project.
The E90 sedan has turned 5 yrs old and members have already reported hitting 100,000 miles (some as early as last year). Impressively, these original owners have mostly reported no unexpected major issues and have indefinite ownership plans. Have you turned 100k miles on your E90 or E92? Chime in.
BMW has released an updated BMW Performance promo video, now also featuring the X6 and X5. The original clip featuring just the E90 3-series and E82 1-series portion of this video was released back in November 2008.
Take a look at this BMW 335i Convertable which looks to be part of the BMW Individual lineup and uses the exclusive paint color called “Fire Orange”
BMW recently announced a “Dynamic Edition” 3-series exclusively for the South African market. It will be a limited run 3-series and only 300 units will be produced. Three colors will be offered – Blue Water Metallic, Alpine White, and Space Gray. BMW Performance Carbon Fiber parts will be used extensively to compliment dark chrome wheels and tailpipes. The interior will be adorned with Blue Shadow Cloth and alcantara upholstery with royal blue stiching. Special floormats and door sills also come with the Dynamic Edition. … CONTINUED
The 2010 BMW 3-series and 5-series are the most “appealing” cars in their respective classes according to the 2010 J.D. Power APEAL Study. This year’s study asked 76,000 owners 90 days after purchasing their 2010 model-year cars “how gratifying their new vehicle is to own and drive.” As a brand, BMW placed near the top at #3.
CNET is now also reviewing autos and their latest review is the 2011 335is. This review covers the gamut from the car technology to performance to style. The reviewer is most impressed with the car’s no frills performance philosophy – as a knife which gets the job done. As he puts it, BMW has succeeded in “elegant directness” with the 335is.
This is an amazing wind tunnel test by Sport Auto, including the M3 and 335. Ever wonder if the M3′s special aero design is actually for show or go? Data would indicate that the aerodynamic improvements on the M3 are actually quite significant.
Autoblog recently revisited the 2010 335i E90 sedan. So it’s not the latest 335i, but the reviewer feels the 2010 335i really deserves wave after wave of gushing prose in reviews and no doubt remains the benchmark of mid-sized sedans. And this isn’t just the BMW-koolaid talking.
The same guys (Rosenthal Automotive) who brought you the 2011 550i video we featured over the weekend has also produced a small feature of the 2011 E92 Coupe LCI w/ N55 engine. The cinematography is once again impressive, as is the direct comparison they provide between the facelifted and original E92.
This is far from a performance or technical review, but nevertheless provides some nice eye candy for fans of the E92 LCI model. They do get something right … CONTINUED