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The first test drives of the all new BMW M550d xDrive model [official info/specs] are underway and here is the first video footage courtesy of Sport Auto. The M550d represents one of BMW’s new lineup of M Performance Vehicles (together with the X5 and X6 M50d and upcoming M135i), which bridge the gap between standard series cars and M cars.

The M550d xDrive features an inline 6 cylinder diesel engine good for 381hp and 546lb-ft torque.

Its official factory quoted performance stats puts it at 4.7 sec 0-62mph … CONTINUED

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Vishnu Performance Systems has pushed the tuning of the N54 platform to unprecedented levels with its N54 335i single turbo build, the first one successfully dyno’d.

The latest dyno has already achieved 627whp / 477 lb-ft. torque @ 22.5 PSI. The final power goal is an incredible 700whp!

See the dyno and highway run inside, along with full system technical details and ongoing progress of the build.

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Matt Farah (of Tuned) drives and reviews VF Engineering’s 700hp Supercharged BMW M3 (VF620). This M3 features a VF Engineering VF620 supercharger with KW 2 way Adjustable Club Sport Coilover kit w/ Front Camber Plates. Brakes are AP Racing – AP7100 368mm 6-piston Front Big Brake Kit and AP Racing – AP7150 356mm 4-piston Rear Big Brake Kit. Exhaust is Akrapovic Titanium Evolution Slip-On Exhaust System and Challenge X-Pipe Race+ (Catless), Stainless Steel.

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The 555hp X5 M is fast, but not faster than the M3 around a track. That is unless it puts it capabilities to creative uses. Watch one way the X5 M with its AWD w/ torque vectoring rear differential can beat the M3 around turns on a track ;)

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Site member and owner of a new Silverstone II M5 (F10) shares with us some photos of his new beast, along with some emotional words on his experience so far with the new M5. Read on to see what a Ferrari F430 owner thinks of BMW’s newest F10 M5 model.

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Insideline recently strapped the 2012 328i with its turbo 4 cylinder N20 engine on the dyno and achieved even higher at-the-wheel power than the EAS Dyno we reported on recently.

On 91 octane and a dynojet, this F30 328i achieved 240hp / 257 lb-ft torque at the wheels

Assuming a 16% drivetrain loss for the sake of argument, this would equal approximately 286hp / 306 lb-ft torque at the crank. Compare this to the F30 328i’s factory rating of 240hp / 255lb-ft torque at the crank. The 328i … CONTINUED

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There’s European Delivery journals, and there’s Eurpean Delivery journals. This is one of the better journals a site member has posted on BIMMERPOST.

E90POST member dasano18 embarked on a 3 week delivery adventure during last June to pick up his beautiful E92 335is coupe. The trip took him from pickup in Munich then throughout Europe where stops were made at the Nurburgring, requisite mountain passes, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Warsaw, and Amsterdam.

Check out the epic trip, writeup, and photos inside.

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Well respected automotive reviewer Chris Harris drives the F10 M5 and the Nissan GT-R. He admits that the two are not really rival cars, but what’s important is that the two are both great cars he enjoyed immensely (just look at his reaction), and in which he appreciated every mile and every minute.

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Here’s a new set of BMW ads promoting BMW ConnectedDrive, a library of innovations and apps that allow drivers to stay in touch with their world, while keeping their eyes on the road. As BMW describes, it’s a really smart copilot that you’ll want by your side.

Seen here are ads giving an overview of BMW ConnectedDrive, parking assist, night vision, and Connected App.

For more info on ConnectedDrive, check out BMW’s microsite: http://www.bmwusa.com/connecteddrive

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First videos of the 2013 BMW M6 coupe (F13) and convertible (F12). BMW M’s sporty new coupe and convertible looked great in photos, but look even better in motion. Check it out via the “VIDEOS” tab inside.

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Presenting the all-new 2013 BMW M6 coupe and convertible! See all official info, media, and press release inside.

At a Glance

New edition of the BMW M6 in Coupe and Convertible body variants; generous dose of M feeling combined with alluring design aesthetics, a luxurious aura, seating for four and innovative equipment features; high-performance sports car with superior performance attributes and extremely exclusive character; BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible both occupy a unique position in the premium segment of the executive class thanks to their … CONTINUED

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Here is another look at some of the F30 3 Series launch events/presentations around the world – this one in Moscow, Russia. We get a look at some of the fancy projection presentation being used at many of the worldwide F30 launch event presentations in these videos inside.

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As you may already have seen, a member recently took delivery of his 2012 328i (F30) sedan and wasted no time in getting it strapped to the dyno. The 2012 328i sedan is powered by the twinpower twin-scroll turbo 4-cylinder inline “N20″ engine, factory rated at 240hp / 255lb-ft torque.

This F30 328i was tested on EAS (European Auto Source)’s Dynojet 224xLC and put down an impressive 226hp / 230lb-ft torque (at the wheels), with just 91 octane gasoline.

What does this equal to at the crank … CONTINUED

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It’s teaser time again. BMW is speeding up their newly founded M Performance division. Some days ago, BMW announced the first M Performance vehicles powered by the triturbo N57 Diesel engine. Now it’s time to put their effort on the smaller cars.

Seen in this video is a teaser for the new lineup of M Performance accessories for the F20 1 series (we expect the F30 to follow shortly). We got a first glimpse at this lineup back at Frankfurt. The interesting parts are still blurred in … CONTINUED

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Watch these triple tire killing machines from BMW burn up some rubber in a drift/burnout demonstration in Mexico.

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Here is the very first spy video of the 2014 BMW i8 production prototype, giving us the first live motion look and listen at the upcoming i8 hybrid sports car. Also confirmed in the video is the retaining of the gullwing doors as seen on the concept i8 car.

Check out the video and all details on the BMW i8 inside.

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We previously reported on South African tuning shop SAVSPEED’s turbo E92 M3, the first turbo E90/E92 M3 build that we have seen. Watch its dyno run as it sounds like the car wants to take flight :)

SAVSPEED decided on a single turbo setup. As plumbing is difficult in the S65 engine compartment, a custom engine mount had to be designed. SAVSPEED has already run the turbo’d E92 M3 for 140km on the dyno and all is going well. Once they hit 1000 … CONTINUED

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Here is perhaps the best official F30 3 series video we’ve seen yet from BMW. The various model lines (Imperial Blue Metallic Luxury Line, Melbourne Red Sport Line, and Mineral Grey Modern Line) look great in motion. Be sure to check out the video directly below.