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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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Our live coverage from Geneva 2012 continues. Another world premiere is the F20 125i equipped with the just-launched M Performance Parts. Unlike the old Performance Parts, M Performance parts have been developed with M engineers. Also unlike the old Performance Parts, M Performance exterior parts are designed to complement the M Sport package. The front splitter and lip simply attach to the M Sport front bumper while the rear diffuser simply replaces the rear diffuser of the M Sport package. No whole replacements of bumpers required … CONTINUED

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One of the BMWs Hamann has trotted out to showcase at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is their new M5 F10.

While we can’t say that it’s an improvement exterior-wise, there’s certainly no lack add of aero parts for the Hamman F10 M5 cosmetic program as one can see from the photos below. The suspension is lowered by 30mm on Hamann springs and this M5 sits on Unique Forged II wheels (21×9.5F 21x12R + 265/30 ZR and 325/25 ZR tires).

As for power upgrades, Hamann’s custom exhaust system … CONTINUED

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The AC Schnitzer F10 M5 has made its public debut today at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. We bring you live photos. See inside for all the photos and details.

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AC Schnitzer has revealed its ACS5 M5 Tuning Package ahead of its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow next week. The ACS5 package features both cosmetic and performance enhancements.

The F10 M5′s already potent S63Tu motor receives a power increase (via ECU tune) to 620hp / 790Nm (582lb-ft) torque. The growl coming from the M5 is enhanced via the AC Schnitzer twin sports silencer with valve control, with its chrome tailpipes.

The M5 is lowered on AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit and wheel options are the Type VIII … CONTINUED

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G-POWER officially announces the full details and specs on its F10 M5 Bi-Tronik III package for the 2012+ BMW M5. Here’s the skinny on the M5 Bi-Tronik III:

640hp (+80hp over factory M5)
573lb-ft torque (+72 over factory M5)
0-100kmh (62mph) in 3.9 seconds
VMAX removed to up top speed to 315kmh / 195mph
Stainless steel sport rear muffler with “Deeptone” technology (4 x 100 mm tailpipes)… CONTINUED

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BIMMERPOST sponsored this past weekend’s Airstrip Attack, a runway shootout race event held at the Trona Airport near Death Valley, California. The event saw some of the most powerful European, Domestic, and Japanese cars from California go head-to-head on a half mile stretch of tarmac. The classes ranged from 400hp+ all the way to 1000hp+.

The following race featured an ESS VT650 Arkym Supercharged BMW M3 vs. a Porsche 911 997 Twin Turbo (w/ upgraded turbos). Full specs of the cars are listed in the video.… CONTINUED

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Aftermarket tuners and fabricators are wasting no time in customizing and modifying the F30 3 series sedan. LTBMW has certainly wasted little time in customizing the look of their barely two week old Melbourne Red F30 335i. What you see inside features the following mods:

Front license plate bracket delete
Front bumper reflector delete
Painted roof
Painted rear diffuser
Painted grilles
Custom lowering springs
5mm spacers all around

The terrific photos are by site member jzhang.

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We continue our coverage of this past weekend’s Airstrip Attack. BIMMERPOST sponsored this past weekend’s Airstrip Attack, a runway shootout race event held at the Trona Airport near Death Valley, California. The event saw some of the most powerful European, Domestic, and Japanese cars from California go head-to-head on a half mile stretch of tarmac. The classes ranged from 400hp+ all the way to 1000hp+.

The following race featured two 335i going head to head – a JB4 powered 335i vs a Procede 2 powered 335i. Modification … CONTINUED

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BIMMERPOST sponsored this past weekend’s Airstrip Attack, a runway shootout race event held at the Trona Airport near Death Valley, California. The event saw some of the most powerful European, Domestic, and Japanese cars from California go head-to-head on a half mile stretch of tarmac. The classes ranged from 400hp+ all the way to 1000hp+.

The following race featured an ESS VT650 Arkym Supercharged BMW M3 vs. Alpha 6 Nissan GT-R. Check out the result.

We’ll be posting many more shootout videos from the event, so stay tuned … 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!