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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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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 BMW 1M Coupe Debuting at SEMA

10/31/2011 at 1:00 PM
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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.