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Check out this potent custom built widebody E30, making over 800 RWHP with its built S52 motor and 800mm Bullseye topmount turbo. That kind of power rockets it down the quarter mile in 9.53 @ 154.7mph. And yes, that is a parachute attached!

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Prior Design is no newcomer when it comes to widebody M3 conversions, as they released their E92 M3 PDM Widebody Kit for the E92 coupe (photos also below) late last year. This time around they’ve taken to converting the E93 convertible to a widebody M3 look, just in time for the top-down summer months. The conversion looks fabulous, especially with the convertible top down.

The conversion kit includes of course the widened front and rear fenders and bumpers, new hood with ventilation gills, and sideskirts.

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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.

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Active Autowerke held its 30th anniversary spring social this past weekend. Attendance was high and the rides were stunning. A slew of photos and a video from the enthusiast gathering have been posted inside.

dzenno’s N54 Turbo Upgrade Journal

02/08/2011 at 4:00 PM
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E90POST member dzenno is yet another E90 owner to upgrade his turbos, but his build actually appears to be running successfully. He has posted a journal of his RB Turbo upgrade, experiences during install and on the road, pricing of parts and labour costs incurred. The thread will continue to be updated with dyno charts (Feb. 26th 2011 at Champion Motors) and various racing slips/vids as the year progresses. Check it out!

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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.

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Japanese tuner 3DDesign has released its new aero kit for the facelifted (LCI) E92 3-series coupe. The new parts include a front lip spoiler, under splitter, rear diffuser, and trunk spoiler.

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Prior design features bodykits for both the E92 coupe and E90 sedan. The E92 coupe kit features an M-look with its M3 style front bumper and rear bumper, sidekirts, front fenders, and PD hood. The E90 sedan draws upon the E60 M5s look for the front bumper and a custom design sideskirt and rear bumper.

AR Design Single Turbo N54 Update

11/01/2010 at 8:00 AM
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AR Design provides an update on its single turbo N54 kit, and the power numbers have gone up as expected. The latest dyno results are inside, corrected for 5700ft elevation.

320d to M3 Conversion Project

10/28/2010 at 7:00 PM
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Follow along as E90post member Morgan transforms a damaged E92 320d to a full M3 look inside and out using all factory body panels and interior parts. It will be finished off in Frozen Gray paint.

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Single turbo kits have been the vaporware of the N54 tuning world – often started but seldomly finished. AR Design gives hope with preliminary results of their single turbo N54 which has hit 444whp@15psi on a Mustang dyno, all on pump gas and no other FI methods!

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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.