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Full F10-to-M5 Front End Conversion

03/15/2012 at 9:00 PM
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Here’s the world’s first F10-to-M5 front end conversion. It’s not an easy undertaking as the M5 is 2 inches wider than the F10 5 series, requiring wider front fenders.

The base car is a F10 528i and the entire project took 18 OEM F10 M5 parts and some wheel spacers.

Check out the impressive result inside.

SoCal 5 Series Entourage Gathering

03/15/2012 at 7:10 PM
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An entourage of F10 5 Series owners from 5POST gathered this past weekend for the LTBMW meet. Over 15 5 series were in attendance, with the group having lunch together and then caravaning to the meet together. Check out the photos inside.

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THE BMW ALPINA B6 BITURBO – CABRIO INDULGENCE AND COUPE CULTURE

DRIVE – FIRST CLASS PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMY

For ALPINA, a technology driven company, standstill is a foreign word. Since the introduction of the B7 Bi-Turbo, the engineers from Buchloe, Germany, have been continuously working on the details of the turbo charging and intercooler system.

Consequently, the all-aluminium V8 power plant now produces 540hp (397kW) at a moderate 5200 to 6250rpm, with a maximum torque of 730Nm from 2800 to 5000rpm. Two turbo-chargers configured in parallel, each feeding one … CONTINUED

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The M Performance Parts party continues. Just minutes after our Live Gallery of the F20 125i equipped with M Performance Parts, BMW has published the full M Performance parts catalog to coincide with its official release/announcement at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow.

M Performance Parts carry the M name because they have been developed together with M engineers for both performance and aesthetics enhancement. This collaboration with M engineers began just last year. This is what sets M Performance Parts apart from what used to be called simply … CONTINUED

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5POST member delvek reviews his Hartge ECU remap for the 550i, which he had performed on site at Hartge’s facilities. Hartge’s official stats for their 550i ECU is 360 kW (490 hp) / 5500 rpm 720 Nm (lb-ft 531) / 6400 rpm.

The results? The Hartge engineers were able to record a 80kmh (50mph) to 180kmh (110mph) run in just 7.2 seconds. Delvek’s previously stock 550i took 11.4 seconds to reach the same speed!

First WALD Black Bison F10 5 Series

01/07/2012 at 1:45 PM
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Have a look at the first Northern America WALD Black Bison F10 5 series, fully wrapped in satin white/gloss black accents, with Forgiato 21″ wheels all around, and lowered on H&R springs. Also has aftermarket exhaust and ECU tune.

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Prior Design has now revealed its F10 5 Series PD-R aerodynamic kit. The front bumper design is a cross between an M3 and 1M bumper. The full kit parts as follows:

- Prior-Design PD-R front bumper (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 models except M5)
- Prior-Design PD side skirts (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 models)
- Prior-Design PD rear add-on spoiler (diffusor) (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 standard models except M5)
- Mounting material

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Vorsteiner has released its full tuning kit and program for the F10 5-series, which they’ve dubbed the VMS-F10.

The kit details are as follows:

VMS Front Spoiler

The newly designed VMS front spoiler has been specifically designed to fit F10 5 series vehicles with the optional M Tech package. The front spoiler not only creates a purposeful and functional balance to the front end but is also unmistakably beautiful and precise.

VMS Rear Spoiler

The VMS rear add on carbon deck lid spoiler … CONTINUED

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Germany based Prior Design has released its F10 5 Series aerodynamic kit. The entire F10 kit includes:

Package includes:

– Prior-Design PD front add-on spoiler (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 standard models except M5 and models with original M-Sport Package installed)
– Prior-Design PD side skirts (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 models)
– Prior-Design PD rear add-on spoiler (diffusor) (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 standard models except M5)
– Mounting material… CONTINUED

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This is a most impressive E28 528i to custom E28 M5 CSL build powered by an S38B38 Evolution engine. Full specs:

Body: BMW E28 w/o sunroof, rebuilt to coupé, extended FIA safety rollcage, raceweight aprox ~1100kg with driver. Vented body – 200mm (8″) wider in rear, 160mm (6.3″) wider in front.
Engine: BMW S38B38 (6-cyl 3.8l-24v 365hk/8000rpm)
Gearbox: Getrag 260, shortshifted 5-speed.
Final drive: BMW M3 Group A limited slip, 4 different gear ratios available.
Front brakes: 6-piston aluminum calipers, 330mm (13″) rotors.
Rear brakes: 4-piston aluminum calipers, 303mm (12″) rotors.
Wheels … CONTINUED

2011 SEMA Show MEGA Gallery

11/20/2011 at 11:12 AM
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Missed the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas? No worries, Johnny Lin provides us with a mega gallery of BMW models at the event (along with some other fine looking German vehicles). Hope you got the bandwidth to keep up =)

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BMW’s new 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo engine (the “N20″) may be down on cylinders and displacement compared to the inline 6 cylinder (N52) that it replaces across BMW’s model range, but even in factory form, it matches the outgoing N52′s horsepowers and features an extra 30 lb-ft of torque (in the X1 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, F20 128i, 528i, Z4 sDrive28i, and upcoming F30 328i).

And what the N20 loses in smoothness and top-end pull compared to the outgoing N52, it now looks like it will easily make … CONTINUED

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Alpina debuts two new models at the Frankfurt IAA – a B6 Biturbo and this D5 Biturbo. Full details and photos (from the event and official press photos) inside.

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Studie AG has assembled its ultimate soccer mom wagon project using Hamann’s F11 M-sport aero kit. This project F11 features the following components:

-space grey f11 528i m-sport
-hamman front lip spoiler/splitter
-hamman side skirts
-hamman rear diffuser
-hamman anniversary evo wheels (f:20×8.5 245/35, r:20×10 275/30 – advan db)
-3ddesign coilover kit
-supersprint 528i quad exhaust
-roof rail delete

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5POST member IE92 decks out his F10 528i with 3D Design parts, OEM parts, and other custom modifications. Coupled with the photography skills of jzhang, the result is a beautiful photoshoot.

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Wald has released photos of its black “Black Bison” edition. This follows their previous white Black Bison edition model.

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5POST members keep pushing the modification envelope and this is one of the most tastefully modified F10 M-sport we’ve seen yet. With just 20″ BBS wheels, KW V3 coilovers, whiteline tail light, and black grille, member jaekeem has transformed his F10 into an aggressive F10 535i.

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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.