BMW M-series

BMW M-series

The last time Manhart Racing worked on a BMW 1-Series M Coupe , they made a program that was impressive. But this time, these guys are really dropping the gloves with the unveiling of their new MH1 S-Biturbo equipped with the Stage 3 tuning program.

Before jumping into the meat and bones of the package, the German tuner didn’t fail in giving the 1-Series M Coupe a nice aerodynamic kit that includes a host of new components, including a hand-made carbon front splitter, a carbon hood with air vents and snap closures, carbon fiber mirror caps, a new rear diffuser, and a new trunk with a ducktail spoiler. Inside, Manhart added MHR Performance bucket seats dressed in Alcantara with matching orange stitching, a new LCD display, a new instrument cluster, and a new speedometer. Finally, Manhart fitted a new coil over suspension system and a new set of 20" AC Schnitzer Type 5 Forged wheels wrapped in Continental-Sport Contact 5 tires.

Now, it’s the engine’s turn. Powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline-six cylinder engine, Manhart Racing fitted their Stage 3 tuning program to go with a new sports exhaust system with downpipes and stainless steel Mufflers, and a carbon fiber airbox with carbon piping. On top of that, the tuner also added larger intercoolers, oil coolers, and radiators to the engine, resulting in an increased output of 465 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque.

For a nice little sports coupe, packing 465 horsepower is quite a treat, isn’t it?

UPDATE 09/27/12: Manhart Racing has released a new batch of photos for their scintillating 1-Series M Coupe program the MH1-S Bi-Turbo. Check out photos of the completed program in the gallery below!

BMW is preparing to unveil the new generation M3 - or M4 if we’re talking about the coupe and the convertible - but we still have to wait about a year to enjoy it! Until then, German tuner Alpha-N Performance will be focusing on the current M3 by preparing a very cool tuning package which not only makes the sports coupe look better, but also adds an extra 30 HP.

To attain the extra power, the tuner has chosen the classic optimization for the 4.0 V8 engine’s software, the construction of a carbon air-box system for the improved respiration of the eight-cylinder driving gear, and a titanic sports exhaust system from the specialists over at Akrapovic. The result is an impressive 450 HP!

For the exterior portion of the package, the tuner has added a carbon fiber front spoiler in the racing version with a brake ventilation shaft, a carbon rear diffuser, and an impressive carbon rear wing which facilitates optimized aerodynamics. There is also a new set of 19" Superforgiata wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires in 265/35R19. The only modification for the interior includes the addition of new exclusive Recaro Pro Racer Hans seats.

These modifications alone add up to a decent enough tuning package, but Alpha-N has promised that they will not be stopping there. The next stage of the package will include a roll cage, a set of carbon doors, a carbon engine hood, a carbon rear cover and a MAC fully carbonated air-box system. This will be all the M3 needs to transform into the perfect race car! Stay tuned!

According to rumors that have been flying across the web, BMW plans to offer a M performance version of their luxury 7-Series sedan, but according to Automobilemag, this won’t happen until the next generation 7-Series arrives in 2015. That being said, rumors are also stating that the new model will not wear the M7 nomenclature. Instead, BMW will adopt a more conventional M770i xDrive name and will mainly aim it at US customers.

The upcoming M770i xDrive will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that will deliver a total of 475 HP and 480 lb-ft of torque. This strikes us as an odd decision considering the 760Li is powered by a 570 HP V12 engine. However, BMW has promised that the next M770i will be more agile than the 760i.

The future sedan will also feature extensive use of carbon fiber, including the roof, trunk, and hood, but the suspension components, firewalls, and doors will all be made from aluminum. These elements combined with lightweight sports seats and carbon fiber ceramic brakes will make the M770i about 450 lbs lighter than the current top version 7-Series.

Expect to see the new BMW M770i xDrive’s launch a few months after the next 7-Series arrives on the market.

Every so often, VF Engineering and European Auto Source has a BMW program that captures our imagination. Remember the M3 "Orange Fever" from a few months ago?

We certainly do, so when we found out that the two tuners were back to their old tricks again, we couldn’t resist finding out what their next project was. Well, we found out what it is: the BMW M3 V540.

The V540 is pretty similar to the V620 in a variety of ways. For one, they’re both awesome, which really shouldn’t come as a surprise. For another, both programs come with insane performance modifications that surpass our expectations.

In the case of the BMW M3 V540, European Auto Source and VF Engineering took the liberty of adding a Vortech V3Si compressor to the engine set-up. To give an idea on why this is significant, the compressor feeds 4.0-4.5psi of boost on the M3, resulting in drastic improvements in output (540 horsepower and 370 lb/ft of torque), acceleration, and throttle response, all while maintaining the engine’s overall reliability.

On top of that, the modifications also include a CNC Machined T6061 supercharger bracket, T3 anodized to ensure strength and durability, a high flow Greddy Type R overrun bypass valve system, a K&N oiled type air filter that comes with a roto-molded intake tract, a Hex OBD2 USB flash cable that’s capable of loading multiple tunes and diagnostics to and from the car, upgraded Bosch fuel injectors, and silicone coupler hoses with normal euro-style hose clamps.

Needless to say, the M3 V540 is all loads of awesome, something European Auto Source and VF Engineering have made a habit of doing recently.

BMW M4 Coupe

So far, all we’ve heard about the upcoming BMW M4 Coupe have been rumors, but now the vehicle has finally been caught testing for the first time. As you surely know by now, the upcoming BMW 3-Series will only include the sedan and station wagon models, while the coupe and convertible will be sold as the 4-Series. This means that the M3 will only be offered as a sedan, and if you want to buy a performance coupe or a convertible, you’ll have to buy the M4 .

When compared to a standard 4-Series Coupe , the M4 version will get the usual M-design elements like the front bumper, LED headlights, a wide track, different side air intakes, a sports exhaust system, and larger wheels.

Under the hood, the model will be rid of the current V8 found in the M3 and will benefit from a twin-turbocharged inline-six engine that will deliver about 450 HP. This will make the upcoming M4 both more powerful, as well as more fuel efficient than the current M3 Coupe.

Paired up with the new generation 3-Series is BMW ’s new M Sport package, which can now be viewed in its entirety with a cool configurator. This new configurator gives prospective buyers a chance to play with the options available for the new 3-Series M Sport.

The new M Sport package includes new 18-inch light-alloy wheels available as standard or 19" available as an option, an M Sport suspension, and the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline trim that gives the car that typical M look. The car’s dynamic character is further emphasized by an optional exclusive M paint shade and optional M Sport brakes with contrasting blue paint finish. The theme continues inside the car with sports seats boasting distinctive cloth/Alcantara upholstery, trim elements with blue accent strips, an M Shortshifter (in models with manual gearbox), M door sill finishers, an M driver’s footrest, and the new M leather steering wheel.

The new BMW 3-Series M Sport package will add another $3,200 to your 3-Series price.

Now that BMW is preparing to say good bye to the current generation M3 , Vorsteiner has found its own personal way to commemorate the retirement of a very cool sports coupe. The tuner is offering a GTS5 Front Bumper package which will be built in a limited run of only 88 units.

The new package offered by Vorsteiner transforms the M3 from ordinary to extraordinary, even if the modifications are minimal. The new front bumper comes with added vertical vents which enhance the aesthetics of the front bumper and also serve as a functional air flow for brake cooling.

Aside from the new bumper, the package also gets an integrated carbon fiber front lip that detaches from the bumper for easy replacement in the event of road damage. Add the white exterior paint finish, the matte black hood, and wheels into the mix, and you have a BMW M3 that will surely set you apart from the rest.

BMW M1 Hommage

Though the BMW M1 from the late-1970s and early-1980s was not a supercar by any stretch of the term, it was about as close as BMW has gotten to the supercar realm in its entire history. With BMW steadily expanding its lineup with the like of the i8 and i3 , could this be the perfect time for BMW to dive into the true supercar realm with a resurrected M1 ?

According to the folks at Automobile Magazine, it surely does. Their sources say that BMW is already hard at work plugging away at this concept for a possible debut in 2014 at an auto show of BMW’s liking.

The rumors are pointing toward the M1 having a monocoque chassis made of extremely stiff carbon fiber. Wrapped around the monocoque, the body would be a mixture of carbon fiber, aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and high-strength steel. This lightweight design leads to the biggest benefit of this system, a performance car weighing in at only 2,750 lbs.

The M1 will also reportedly feature a body so aerodynamic that it’s like adding 100 horsepower to any engine. A plethora of moving fins along the body direct the wind around the vehicle and transfers it into useful energy, as opposed to useless drag.

According to rumors, BMW has already chosen an engine. After flirting with a 6-cylinder option, the German luxury car company settled on the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. This engine is rumored to punch out somewhere in the range of 600 to 650 horsepower.

Behind this engine would be a super-fast shifting dual clutch transmission. This combination of high power, quick shift, and light weight would give the M1 a top speed of 205 mph and a 0 to 62 mph time of roughly 3 seconds. This would immediately put BMW up on par with the likes of Ferrari , Lamborghini , and Bugatti .

For now, this is all just hearsay and rumors, so there is little more to report. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. We hope to report soon that BMW is confirming this vehicle, but we’re not holding our breath.

Image is of the 2008 BMW M1 Hommage .

Saudi Arabia and the surrounding areas comprising the Middle East has become quite the haven for exotic super cars. As an extension, a number of tuning companies have also made their way in that region, including one that has just taken a BMW M3 and added a little demonic touch to it.

Built by Strasse Forged Wheels in partnership with Active Autowerke, this particular M3 has plenty of what you’d want to put into your German sports coupe. The first order of business was the aesthetic and aerodynamic kit and modifications were done to ensure that it looks the part of an aftermarket wonder.

A factory frozen black paint finish was applied to the body to give it a more menacing appearance. From there, a carbon fiber hood and trunk was added courtesy of Arkym while Revozport was responsible for the carbon front lip, carbon fiber rear diffuser, and carbon fiber mirrors. There’s also a Performance M3 Control Arm upgrade, a new set of 20" Strasse Forged Deep Concave SM7 wheels with matte black centers, titanium brushed lips, gloss blank inner barrels, and a race-prep weight reduction package.

From there, the modifications turned to the engine and that’s where Active Autowerke comes came into the picture, thanks to a Stage 2 supercharger kit that jumped the output of the car’s 4.0-liter V8 engine from 420 horsepower all the way up to an impressive 625 horsepower.

By the way, those red headlights are just pure evil. Pure, pure evil.

German tuner, Cam Shaft , recently got their hands on a BMW M3 Coupe and true to their reputation as tuners extraordinaire, they gave the German sports car a little identity modification.

In the end, the M3 Coupe Guerrilla was born.

Starting with a matte space-gray metallic foil called a Platinum Wrapping Film, Cam Shaft took the task of reinventing the M3’s sporty looks. In addition to the foliation work, which by the way cost €2,500 ($3,100), Cam Shaft also installed a new front apron from Racing Dynamics, a new stainless steel exhaust system from Akrapovic, sills from Hamann, KW coil overs, and a new set of 19" BBS-Le Mans rims. Inside, Cam Shaft treated the M3 Coupe’s interior with a number of new carbon fiber components and aluminum pedals.

There doesn’t appear to be any performance modifications given to the M3 Coupe Guerrilla, but even in standard form, it still carries an impressive 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower.

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