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The BMW X5 M was not built to be a drag racer (nor is any BMW for that matter), but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be an absolute brute on the quarter mile track, despite its hefty 5,368 pounds curb weight. Given its torque crazy bi-turbo motor, that’s no surprise.

The bi-turbo engine also reacts very well to software tunes and this video shows just how much tuning potential the motor has. RENNtech was able to run in the 11′s while testing out their … CONTINUED

Alpina Releases BMW Alpina B3 GT3

11/30/2011 at 2:00 PM
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Alpina, the BMW tuning specialists, has released and revealed the 2012 Alpina BMW B3 GT3 E92 at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. This model will be a special production run limited to just 99 units.

The B3 GT3′s B3 S Bi-turbo motor is good for 408hp and 398 lb-ft torque. It’s paired with an Akrapovic titanium rear silencer. All this propels the B3 GT3 from 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds.

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Some M3POST member’s supercharged M3s have set the quarter mile trap speed record on street tires. The M3s were supercharged with ESS 535 (DCT) supercharger, ESS 625 (6spd) supercharger, and AA Stage 2 supercharger and DCT.

The runs were made at Atco Raceway in some cool temperatures (45 degrees F).

1SICKM managed a trap speed record of 125mph and ran times of 11.6 and 11.8. Akh23456′s M3 managed even faster 1/4 mile times in 11.2 – 11.3.

Check out the details, videos, and timeslips inside.

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Along with their ACS 650i, AC Schnitzer will be debuting its new F20 1 Series 120d at the Essen Motor Show this week. Their 120d tuning program features the following areas:

Engine:
118d from 105 kW / 143 HP to 126 kW / 171 HP
120d from 135 kW / 184 HP to 154 kW / 210 HP

Exhaust:
AC Schnitzer chromed “Racing” tailpipes

Suspension:
AC Schnitzer spring kit

Aerodynamics:
AC Schnitzer front spoiler
AC Schnitzer rear roof spoiler
AC Schnitzer rear skirt protection foil

Steering:
AC Schnitzer sports airbag … CONTINUED

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AC Schnitzer will be debuting its new 6 series coupe (650i) tuning program at the Essen Motor Show (think German equivalent of SEMA) next week and here are its first photos and video.

The ACS 6 program offers an aero kit with front bumper lip spoiler, chrome bumper grille, rear diffuser, rear trunk spoiler, and chrome exhaust tailpipes.

For performance, the ACS 650i has been tuned to produce 540 PS (533 hp) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft torque). This is an increase of 131 hp and 111 lb-ft … CONTINUED

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.