Insideline conducts its independent dyno testing of BMW’s turbocharged 2.0L inline 4 cylinder N20 engine. The results? An impressive 233hp @5350rpm. See the dyno test inside.
249lb-ft @ 4450rpm
Watch BMW pull a switch on an unsuspecting BMW owner. Accomplice: J. What was switched: BMW 1 Series standard specifications to BMW 1 Series with BMW Performance Power Kit and Silencer System. J. was the first person to nominate her colleague, K., for the BMW Switch.
The sweet window of opportunity availed itself to us when K. stepped out for an appointment. What did we do? We fitted the car park with hidden cameras, and switched her BMW 1 Series meantime. To dial up the drama, we deliberately parked our enhanced BMW 1 Series Performance at a different lot.
Her reaction was priceless. Watch it to see how everything played out. Nominate someone at bmw-asia.com/switch
Carbuyer reviews the 2012 F20 1 series hatchback, calling it more comfortable, with better interior, and more boot space, all the while maintaining its sporty handling and being the only RWD hatchback available in its segment. Check out their video review.
Exciting news! After several sets of spy shots, we’re happy to finally share the very first spy video of the 2014 M3 Sedan, internally dubbed the F80. As usual, this video provides a much more dynamic impression of the car than photos. No surprise that the new M3 looks very planted as it’s sitting fairly low and shows no body roll in these (admittedly) urban driving scenes. Overall, the M3 with its M bumpers and bulging wheel arches looks pugnacious and much more aggressive than the F30 3-series in the F30 spy photos/videos.
What’s new in this video besides the live view and sounds? Looking at the F80 from behind, you can finally make out the limited slip differential and two mid pipes running from the engine … CONTINUED
The now retired V10 S85 engine from the E60 M5 and E63/E64 M6 continues to live on in many a project car and in racing applications.
Long time BMW tuner, Dinan, has just finished development of a custom BMW S85 motor, which has been bored and stroked to 5.8L (from 5.0L). Combined with performance cams, dry sump oil system, a racing exhaust, and custom software tune, this hopped up engine produced 720hp (@8300rpm) and 497lb-ft (@6900rpm) on 98 octane race gas. It was designed for use in the Riley Technologies MkXXV track day car.
Check out the engine’s dyno video inside.
Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe reviews the 2012 BMW F10 M5 on video, giving us some excellent visual and audio of the F10 M5 experience. He’s overall impressed and sums up by calling the new M5 still a proper lunatic’s car. We like that!
Official preliminary specs on the Akrapovic exhaust systems for the BMW 1M Coupe have finally been released by Akrapovic, at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA. There are two exhaust systems available – an axle back and a cat back system. The preliminary figures indicate a +15hp / +19Nm tq gain, with a 16kg weight reduction over the factory 1M exhaust system. Videos, pics, specs are inside.
How Fast is a 530hp | 442 lb-ft V10 Powered BMW Z3 to 211mph? This custom Z3 race car which we previously featured shows just how staggeringly fast it is.
Many 18 year olds have lofty car dreams, but few have accomplished what young 18 year old Bulgarian BMW enthusiast Denislav Shishev been able to do by transforming a junked Z3 M Coupe body into a V10 442rwhp M Coupe racer, powering just 3,130 pounds. The 5.0L V10 is the high powered motor from the E60 M5 and has been tuned to 530hp / 442 lb-ft torque for this race spec Z3.
Impressively, Denislav had been racing with an E30 M3, but will be piloting this monster Z3 going forward. Via http://www.denislavshishev.com/
BMW provides a look into the development of their prototype microNavigation which provides an even more detailed guide and navigation experience than the current generation of navigation software. The goal is to provide a detailed guide from your origin to a destination as precise as a specific parking garage level.