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The a-workx M3 won its saloon class at the 2009 Tuner Grand Prix over competitors such as C63 AMGs, proving that the M3 with some modest handling upgrades can beat out even HP monsters on the track.

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After a two decade hiatus, Alpina returned to motorsports last year with the Alpina B6 GT. Here are some behind the scenes look at the Alpina B6 GT during its first racing season. Based on BMWs 6-Series coupe, the B6 weighs under 3,000 pounds and gets a supercharged 4.4-liter V8 that gives more than 520 horsepower and 535 pound-feet of torque.

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The X6M seems to be the current vehicle of tuning choice for several notable tuners. At the 2010 Geneva show, Lumma has debuted their CLR X 650 M, a visually and mechanically upgraded version of the X6M. The cosmetic upgrades are obvious, but underneath the hood, the power has been bumped to 650ps.

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AC Schnitzer has debuted their X1 and 5-series GT at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Details and photos inside.

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Hamann has debuted its “Tycoon” X6M at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. the Tycoon is a 670hp/737lb-ft torque monster (+123hp / 236tq over factory), and it looks like it. The ECU has been reflashed and paired with an exhaust system. While some may not like the radical look, this is undeniably a car which gets some attention.

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Unexpected debuts have been rare so far at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but one car which we didnt expect to see was a new Alpina B3 based on the LCI (facelifted) E92 coupe. Power has been bumped up to 400hp / 397lb-ft tq and the car has been fitted with some beautiful aero parts and a stunning interior. Check out the B3 S and the other Alpinas present inside.

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Japanese Tuner Profiled : DORT

02/28/2010 at 12:00 PM
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The Japanese auto tuning scene is arguably the most dedicated and developed in the world. WSTO recently visited several Japanese tuners with whom they have partnered with, including Dort, Bond, and Studie. Check inside for their great write-up on Dort and the Japanese tuning scene. Coverage of Bond and Studie will follow.

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G-Powers creations are never short on power and its latest production, the "Storm," a 760i with 725hp (@5500rpm) and 738lb-ft torque (@2000rpm) certainly does not buck that trend! G-Power was to achieve these monster numbers by boosting the 6.0L V12 bi-turbos boost to .9 bar, adding larger injection valves, custom tuning the ECU, and replacing the factory exhaust system. The Storm is claimed to be capable of 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 215mph!

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The folks over at BimmerFile got time to sit down with a beautiful example of the new 2011 BMW 5-series and wrote up a nice post sharing their thoughts. Here are some select quotes, but follow the jump for the full blog post

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Manhart has announced its 3-stage supercharger tuning program for the BMW M3, good for up to 655 HP, 0-100km/hr in 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 350km/h. Also detailed is Manhart’s tuning program for the X5M and X6M. Full details and photos inside.

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AC Schnitzer has released its tuning and cosmetic program for the BMW X1. The program includes more aggressive tune and exhaust system, suspension and handling upgrades, and full compliment of cosmetic parts. The ACS X1 will debut in just a couple of weeks at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Look for our coverage!

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This stunning 2011 F01 Alpina B7 was recently spotted on the streets of the Netherlands. The 2011 B7 has just made its debut at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. It’s is powered by a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 w/ 500hp and 516lb-ft tq (100hp / 66lb-ft more than 750i) and runs 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds. The short wheelbase version sells for $122,875 and extended wheelbase version at $126,775.

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Format67 can always be counted on for their stylish automotive videos. They have just released their Alpina B3 feature, which has stylized footage of a B3 exploring parts of Munich, Germany. Check it out.

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Lumma didnt stop at just tuning the regular X6 (with their CLR X650 GT), but has now taken on the X6M! The result is the Lumma CLR X650 M which features a similar bodykit as the GT, but gets a nearly 100hp power bump (from 555hp/680nm to 650hp/830nm)! 0-62 is achieved in 4.5 seconds with a 194mph top speed. The CLR X650M will debut at the 2010 Geneva Auto Salon in March.

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On the heels of their 2011 pricing structure press release, BMW now has listed pricing for the exclusive 2011 BMW Alpina B7 and B7L.

Standard wheelbase sedan: $122,875. Long wheelbase sedan: $126,775. Debut at the Chicago Autoshow. Onsale Spring 2010. Just to recap: 4.4L V8
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electronicaly-adjustable suspension with Active Roll Stabilization
21" Alpina Classic Wheels
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E89 HARTGE Z4 35i in the flesh

02/01/2010 at 4:33 PM
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We previously showcased press photos of the E89 Hartge Z4 35i, but here are in-the-flesh photos from a ZPOST member of the newest Hartge Z4. Changes include add-on front spoiler lip / bumper, carbon fiber mirrors, hartge wheels (different set on each side), Hartge suspension, Hartge wind deflector, rear trunk spoiler, and Hartge quad exhaust.

Wald 7-series in the works

01/31/2010 at 11:00 AM
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Wald International is working on a full aero kit for the F01 7-series, which features aggressive bumpers, spoilers, sideskirts, larger wheels and suspension lowering. We will post full pics when released.

Hamann presents their modified X6 M

01/29/2010 at 10:00 AM
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Details are still short on Hamanns website but heres what they are saying:

HM 670 for the new BMW X6 M670 hp / 493 kW
Max. torque 850 NM @ 1500 – 5650 rpm
Top Speed 300 km/h