The press has been out in force with their Alpina B7 reviews this week, following a big press event where various members of the press were given these cars to drive and have fun with.
I really enjoyed this one article in particular by the folks over at InsideLine, here are some select quotes but make sure to follow the jump to the full article
German mega-tuner AC Schnitzer does one thing very well, that is leaving no stone unturn when it comes to BMW tuning. They will do their work on every model that BMW churns out, no matter how low volume the car is. In this case, they’ve taken the BMW X6 M and added their unique spin to the equation. Compared to recent modifications available from AC Schnitzer, their program for the X6M is refreshingly more reserved and more tasteful.
M3post member DLSJ5 took his Gintani supercharged M3 on a one day 700+ mile round trip to Sacramento Raceway to truly test its capabilities. Though the trip was long, the results made it worthwhile. He was able to achieve a very impressive 1/4 mile trap speed of 131.67mph!
Grassroots Motorsports recently concluded their 335i project. The objective of their project was to take a 2008 E92 335i and attempt to make it as fast as an M3 around the track for less than half the difference in price ($15,000 at the time of the initial article). Did they succeed? Check inside.
Hamann has completed its work on the 5-Series GT and involves an impressive list of exterior and dynamic changes.
Their kit includes first and foremost a lowering kit for the models 530d, 535i and 550i (including air suspension).
The product range also includes a front spoiler to be mounted on the standard front spoiler of the series, side skirts and a rear spoiler in a ""subtle" or "striking" design. Both provide reduced lift force at the rear axle and … CONTINUED
The sDrive35is Z4 is a rocket and stunning car straight from the factory, but German tuner Dahler has managed to enhance its look and performance with a full compliment of Hartge parts, including Hartge ECU remap, lowering springs, quad exhausts, and 20″ Classic 2 wheels, and Adaptive M suspension re-tune.
M3POST members love their M3s because of their overall dynamic handling and feel, but power is of course also near or at the top of the list. That’s why some have gone the forced induction and added superchargers. Mikewads has gone even madder and added a 100 shot nitrous to his M3 with ESS supercharger (at 5.5 PSI)!! The result is a phenomenal 560whp / 404 wt M3.
Upon M3post member’s KonigsTiger’s request, Racing Dynamics/RDSport developed a specialized program called “Servizio Clienti Sportivo” (Racing Client Service). The goal was to create as much of a track performer as possible from the stock M3 by reducing weight and increasing power with an NA engine yet retaining some of the daily amenities. Here is the finished product and owner reaction.
We previously reported on jpsimon’s turbo upgrade on his 335′s N54 motor. The upgrade to larger compressor and clipped turbine wheel is now complete and the performance increases have been documented. The peak gains were an impressive 40awhp/50awtq on pump gas. Full details and dyno inside.
Heres the new Vorsteiner GTRS3 bodykit available for the e92 M3.
Heres the webiste:
New Vorsteiner Kit <—Click!
Start the web special and click on the video.
Very aggressive. Gotta love the rear fender flares.
Btw, the kit can also be seen at Mfest.
Those new to N54 engine tuning or who can’t keep up with the fast evolving world of N54 tuning finally have a resource guide to turn to. An E90post member has compiled this N54 Tune Comparison Chart explaining the various tuning options in great detail. It will also be updated and revised as new features come out. Bookmark this folks!
Dinan tries its hand at building it’s own 1-series M with its Stage 3 135i. Dinan has pumped the 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6 up to 380 bhp and tuned the suspension to be more agile while reduce the factory understeer.
Here a few updates to our running BMW Alpina B7 wallpaper and photos thread. We’ve updated it with photos of the soon to be released all-wheel drive version of the B7, dubbed officially the BMW Alpina B7 xDrive
Seems that the tuners are easing their way into modifying the F10 5-series. Weve just seen AC Schnitzer put some of its wheels on the F10 and now its Hamanns turn. The full Hamann F10 tuning program is undoubtedly already underway, so stay tuned.
Michael Essa, of Tech Trix Motorsports, and GSR Autorsports have teamed up to build and campaign a fully built 335i to run in the 2010 Formula Drift series. It will be powered by the 500hp V10 M5 engine! Check out their “The Office” like videos documenting their Formula D BMW 335i build.
AC Schnitzer has released some new pictures with their wheels for the new BMW 5-series F10. They are currently developing an entire product range for the F10, including performance upgrades, exhaust systems, suspension, aero cosmetic parts and interior accessories.
Hamann has released their full tuning program for the E89 Z4, including engine tuning, exhaust, aero kit, suspension, and wheels for the E89 Z4. Parts include:
Hamann Front Bumper Unit (including 2 LED daytime running lights)
Hamann Side Skirts
Hamann Rear Spoiler
Hamann Rear Bumper Unit 4-tailpipes
Hamann Lowering Kit – 4 progressive springs, lowering by approx. 30 mm FA / RA
Hamann Light Alloy Wheel EDITION RACE "MATTE BLACK"
Hamann Light Alloy Wheel HM … CONTINUED
An ASR tuned 135i coupe recently achieved a very impressive 178.7 mph trap speed in a standing quarter mile competition. The run was made at the Top Gun Run in Florida. For comparison, a GT-R with full bolt-ons ran 174mph. Check out the video of the run inside.