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 =)
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
Studie is perhaps the most well known Japanese tuner of BMWs with their generally reserved, but still attactive modified cars. They’ve now undertaken their project 1M coupe and the first aspects they’ve tackled is the handling and reducing unsprung weight.
They’ve fitted the 1M with KW Clubsport suspension and replaced the factory wheels with 19″ BBS RI-D wheels, which weigh just 15.9 F / 16.5 R pounds, a saving of 40.8 pounds of unsprung weight over the stock wheels!
Judging by Studie’s tendencies, we should also soon … CONTINUED
H&R has assembled a showcase BMW 1M Coupe for this week’s SEMA show and it’s an exercise in restrained tuning. Keeping it simple and classic (vintage even), this project 1M is limited to a few high-end performance parts
iND continues to push the M3 project tuning benchmark higher with their latest build – the Green Hell Portfolio Project M3. IND’s Green Hell Portfolio Project car was first conceived as a concept immediately following their amazing journey to the home of all European motorsport and BMW’s own home country, Germany. Their yearly pilgrimage to the promised land served as fuel to inspire the original Green Hell project, a car that was built as homage to all things racing and the Nurburgring in particular.
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Check out this first matte finished BMW 1M coupe! It’s been wrapped in a matte gray Lamborghini color and the wheels have been sprayed Nogaro Silver for a darker gunmetal effect to match the new gray color of the car.
The changes don’t end there however, as the interior has been fitted with a full racing roll bar. The 1Ms already great handling is also being upgraded with a set of Grand Am coilovers. Be sure to subscribe to the thread for future build … CONTINUED
Ever wish you could have a widebody 1M hatchback powered by a 420hp N54 motor? 1ADDICTS member minien has assembled just such a custom built BMW.
Akrapovic has been gaining quite a reputation in BMW circles by becoming BMW’s exhaust partner for the BMW 1M coupe safety car and the BMW F10 M5 safety car. And now Alpina, the legendary BMW tuning outfit, has also turned to Akrapovic for its latest creation – the Alpina B6. It looks like a relationship which should continue for future Alpina models.
The Alpina B6 Akrapovic titanium exhaust system is 23kg lighter than the factory steel exhaust. This represents a 45% weight reduction.
A shiny (understatement) new M3 showcar is currently on display at the BMW Welt. Displayed with the label “BMW M3 Coupe Chrome Bullet,” this E92 M3 is finished in a chrome exterior with BMW Motorsports stripes.
No information is provided on whether this is merely a one-off M3 for fun and attraction, or if there’s any production plans.
Revozport has released real life images of its BMW 1M coupe Raze Kit. RevoZport claims a weight reduction of 60kg (132lb) from the entire kit, which is no insignificant amount of weight saved. That figure improves the 1M coupe’s power-to-weight ratio from 9.8lb/hp to 9.36lb/hp.
Parts list, details, photos, and pricing are detailed inside.
AC Schnitzer typically releases photos of a plain jane series vehicle with their wheels first, then embarks on the project of turning a BMW into a full AC Schnitzer vehicle.
The most powerful BMW M3 in the world: G-POWER M3 TORNADO RS with 720hp Supercharged V8. After the 635hp-strong G-POWER M3 GTS caused a stir with the trade press and automobile enthusiasts, G-POWER unleashes another technical tour de force with its most recent creation – the G-POWER M3 TORNADO RS with SK III „Sporty Drive“ Supercharger System.
As demonstrated in G-POWER’s Supercharger Systems for the legendary BMW V10, the full potential of high-revving BMW engines and G-POWER superchargers can only be achieved through significant modification … CONTINUED
The now retired V10 S85 engine from the E60 M5 and E63/E64 M6 continues to live on in many a project car and in racing applications.
Long time BMW tuner, Dinan, has just finished development of a custom BMW S85 motor, which has been bored and stroked to 5.8L (from 5.0L). Combined with performance cams, dry sump oil system, a racing exhaust, and custom software tune, this hopped up engine produced 720hp (@8300rpm) and 497lb-ft (@6900rpm) on 98 octane race gas. It was designed for use in … CONTINUED
Every year, the crew at IND makes their annual pilgrimage to Germany not to simply take a trip or take a vacation, but to remember why they work at IND – to reaffirm their commitment and love for sports cars.
As before, this year’s trip took them from Eisenmann’s Stuttgart based manufacturing facility, to the Frankfurt IAA, to the Nurburgring. Check out the German automotive adventure they have along the way in their excellent journal inside.
Official preliminary specs on the Akrapovic exhaust systems for the BMW 1M Coupe have finally been released by Akrapovic, at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA. There are two exhaust systems available – an axle back and a cat back system. The preliminary figures indicate a +15hp / +19Nm tq gain, with a 16kg weight reduction over the factory 1M exhaust system. Videos, pics, specs are inside.
How Fast is a 530hp | 442 lb-ft V10 Powered BMW Z3 to 211mph? This custom Z3 race car which we previously featured shows just how staggeringly fast it is.
Many 18 year olds have lofty car dreams, but few have accomplished what young 18 year old Bulgarian BMW enthusiast Denislav Shishev been able to do by transforming a junked Z3 M Coupe body into a V10 442rwhp M Coupe racer, powering just 3,130 pounds. The 5.0L V10 is the high powered motor from the … CONTINUED
German tuning company Manhart Racing has now unveiled its MH1 Biturbo, which showcases their 1M coupe customization program.
The Manhart 1M coupe generates 415hp via an ECU software tune, custom exhaust system (3,799 euro) with stainless steel silencers (1,890 euro), and downpipes (799 euro).
To compliment the extra performance, the 1M has been given more a aggressive look with a full aero kit. The aero kit includes a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, and mirror covers.
The wheels are Concave One forged wheels – 9x20F and 10.5x20R. The … CONTINUED
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.