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M-Power.com just released the first out of three articles about the technical details on the 1-series M Coupe. Here are the highlights at a glance:

“Newly designed piston rings are used in the engine. The two turbo chargers use turbines made from high tensile steel and will easily withstand temperatures of up to 1000 degrees Celsius.”

“The compact six-speed transmission with dry sump lubrication is a new development and has a weight of just 43 kg – much lighter than similar gearboxes.”

“Because the drive shaft is also … CONTINUED

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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theage.com is reporting that BMW has confirmed the reveal of a small roadster concept at the Geneva autoshow next month, one which will preview an eventual production roadster which slots in under the Z4. Could it possibly be the long rumored BMW Z2, or just a description of the BMW Connected Drive Roadster Concept?

If so, could this possibly mean that there are two concept roadsters headed for a Geneva reveal? BMW insider SCOTT26 has stated that the BMW Connected Drive Roadster Concept will be unveiled at … CONTINUED

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It appears that the next generation 1-series (F20) will be the first BMW to feature integrated side view mirror lights. We first suspected this when the F20′s latest stage of camouflage was first spied. Here was the circumstantial evidence:

* BMW test mules often have the orange tape/stripe on its side view mirrors, as camouflage/decoy. However, this decoy tape has always been removed once the heavy camouflage on the car’s lights are removed. With the F20, the heavy camouflage on the test mules’ … CONTINUED

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BMWActivatethefuture.com’s second episode is now online. Dubbed “The Future Just Isn’t What It Used To Be,” takes a critical look at some of the industry’s earliest predictions for the evolution of planes and automobiles to understand why aviation has progressed much further than automobiles even though both are roughly the same age. The short documentary evaluates which predictions we got right, which can be improved, which should be changed and why we are unlikely to ever travel in a flying car despite our many attempts to … CONTINUED

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The BMW Group started the new year well, with strong sales growth of 28%. A total of 105,177 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles were delivered to customers worldwide in January (prev. yr. 82,150).

Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing:

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Although the official details and images of the X1 M-sport package were recently announced, we bring you the first fully uncovered production X1 M-sport photos. Save for the unpainted front fender trim, this Lemans Blue X1 looks terrific in its M-sport aerodynamics package.

The X1 M-Sport Package includes:

* Sports Suspension
* 17-inch double-spoke M alloy wheels
* Optional 18-inch double-spoke M alloy wheels
* M aerodynamics package including M door sills … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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Confirming the importance of the Chinese market to BMW, the F10 M5 Concept Car will debut at the Shanghai Autoshow in April, rather than at the Geneva show where it was originally intended to be debuted. Geneva will instead feature the debut of the BMW Connected Drive Roadster Concept.

The first details of the M5 production car will be launched in mid-summer and the
production F10 M5 will be shown at the IAA Frankfurt for it’s World public Premiere. US Public Premiere will be at the … CONTINUED

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Here is a great compilation video of the 1-series M coupe performing its pace car duties at the recently concluded Daytona 24 hours race. The 1M has always looked great even stationary at autoshows, but takes on an even sportier persona when in motion. Check out the video inside.

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Autocar UK provides its first drive review of the all new 650i convertible, calling it a positive step forward and a more complete car than its predecessor – in all areas. Here is what they had to say.

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Although the new 6-series coupe has already been spotted completely sans camouflage we continue to get prototype glimpses at various colors and configurations.

Just spotted is the new Coupe in Alpine White, with standard body trim, ie. no M-Sport in both 650i and 640i/640d. The model range topping 650i is identified by its dual square exhaust tips and large 19 or 20″ alloy wheels. The 640i or 640d features smaller dual split round tip exhausts and is seen with non-production testing wheels. The 650i shows off the … CONTINUED

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BMW returned to the Super Bowl broadcast tonight after a 10-year hiatus, unveiling a strategy that forcefully communicates two competitive advantages of BMW. The first commercial is a poignant piece focusing on BMW’s economic commitment in America as told through the voices of the company’s associates at its manufacturing facility in South Carolina. The second commercial uses humor to showcase BMW Advanced Diesel vehicles as a cleaner, efficient alternative to other types of vehicles.