BMW Individual, a customization program that allows BMW customers to customize their own Beamer, recently welcomed a customer with a never-before-done idea that he wanted to do on a BMW M6 – using koa wood in the car’s interior finish.

For those who don’t know what koa wood is, it’s a pretty special – and rare - tree found in Hawaii that can only be harvested when a tree dies by itself or is uprooted by a storm. Hawaiian native Mark Carson figured that since the wood has been used in a number of other things – jewelry boxes and musical instruments – why not use it in the interior of a car.

So Carson sought out BMW with his idea and through the car brand’s BMW Individual program, he was able to get the go-signal from BMW that his idea of using koa wood in the interior of a BMW M6 was completely possible.
Months after he floated his idea around, Carson went all the way to BMW’s Munich headquarters to fetch his new ride: an Ontario Gold-finished BMW M6 with a koa wood interior finish.

Needless to say, the car looks amazing. Nice digs there, Mr. Carson!

Source: BMW

The American tuner Dinan has become known as the premier BMW tuning shop here in the U.S. They have built a reputation for high horsepower reliability with a lineup of supercharger applications for a host of BMWs, however over the past few years, Dinan has been having a go at building high output race engines for Daytona Prototype race cars that compete in the Rolex Grand Am series of endurance events. Their latest work of art in motion is the Dinan S3 kit for both the BMW M5 and M6 that includes both exterior and engine upgrades.

Dinan's S3 stroker kit gives the BMW M5 and M6 628 race proven horsepower

Using what they have leaned on the race track, Dinan increased the high revving power plant’s displacement from an even 5.0 Liters all the way up to 5.7 Liters. With the help of a reprogrammed ECU Dinan is able to extract an amazing 628 HP and 480 lb-ft of torque from the reworked V10. The result is a full size premium sorts car that will rip from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.8 seconds. Dinan is also offering a free flowing exhaust to handle the added spent gasses, a shorter 3.91:1 limited slip differential for enhanced acceleration and even power distribution across the rear axle as well as Stage 3 suspension setup to keep the plus sized Bimmer planted and a Dinan/Brembo big brake conversion behind a set of 19 inch lightweight Dinan alloys to ensure that the M will both stop and look as good as it goes.

Video after the jump.

The BMW 6-Series is maybe one of he most wanted cars on the market. It is sporty, it is luxurious and it is coupe! And when we are talking about the high-version M6 even more. So will be normal to see lots of design propositions for the next generation sports car.

The latest one comes from David Cardoso from Belgium. His car has an exterior design inspired by the new BMW Z4, and if BMW will make it look at least 10% looking like this one, it will be for sure a huge success.

The BMW M6 is a magnificent vehicle, not only does it offer the sleek lines of two doors sports coupe, but it also packs quite a punch under the hood in the form of a 500 HP 5.0 Liter V10. While the super coupe M6 might be good enough for the average BMW enthusiast, the German tuners at Prior Design have come up with a unique wide body take on the largest of BMW’s two door high performance M models. The blistered BMW will be on display at the upcoming Essen Motor Show, which will take place from November 28 thru December 6 later on this year, and will be known as the PR550.

Prior Design wide body BMW M6

The aerodynamic enhancements for the M6 include a widened stance thanks to bold fender flared as well as a pair of lower hanging side skirts and some more aggressive spoilers. The Prior Design M6 rides a little over an inch closer to the ground thanks to an upgraded suspension system and rolls on a set of multi spoke forged wheels measuring 21 inches in diameter and also features a new free flowing high performance exhaust system to free up a few more horses. Prior design has successfully taken the M6 to new heights with their PR550 package.

BMW will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show a limited edition M6. Only 100 customers will be lucky enough to enjoy this special model, that features an exclusive design on both interior and exterior.

BMW M6 Competition Limited Edition

The new M6 Competition Limited Edition comes with a new exterior paint: Frozen Gray Metallic in matte finish, combined on the interior with Merino full leather interior with either black or light gray two-tone contrast stitching.

This high-performance coupe will add improved driving dynamics thanks to suspension modifications, revised springs, dampers and stabilizers.

Video after the jump (from M5Board)

Most people would be ecstatic over the prospect of owning one BMW. Then again, Klaus Hammerschmidt isn’t most people.

The 73-year old German has been known as one of the most foremost collectors of BMW in the world and he’s garage is living proof of his undying love for his favorite car brand. What started with one car back in 50’s has grown to in number each passing year.

It seems hard-pressed to believe that recently, Hammerschimdt picked up his 135th BMW at the brand-new BMW delivery facility called the Welt.

You read that right. 135.

Continued after the jump.

Source: BMW Blog

BMW went into deep into "M" car history with the M1 Hommage , but that wasn’t as far as it could have. Racer X Design decided to go back to the beginning, and make a modern interpretation of the first car to wear the "M" badge with the M6 CSL.

BMW M6 CSL - why not?

Although design studies are not our favorite on TopSpeed, Racer X is a real design house, and has made something pretty striking. It took the current BMW M6 and added the livery from the original 70s 3.0 CSL. But the best part of this design is that it took the lines of the current car and shaped them into something more aggressive, and looks like it was inspired by Alfa Romeos .

Source: Caradisiac

BMW owners have had a love/hate relationship with the iDrive since it first appeared in 2002. Some loved the extra features it added to the cars, and others couldn’t understand how the company who builds the ultimate driving machine could possibly install something so complicated that it distracts from the road. Now in an effort to appease both sides, BMW is introducing a simpler, but still technology-filled, iDrive.

New iDrive generation for the BMW M3, M5 and M6

With the launch of the first official images of the facelift M3, BMW also announced that the 2009 M3, M5 and M6 will feature the new generation iDrive control system which will facilitate even easier activation and control of the most important entertainment, communication and navigation features as well as a number of other functions.

The models BMW M5 and BMW M5 Touring, the BMW M6 Coupe and the BMW M6 Convertible are all equipped with the new iDrive control system as standard. It also comes with the BMW M3 in conjunction with an optionally available navigation system.

Press release after the jump.

BMW reveals Competition Package for 2009 M6

For those who don’t think his M6 is aggressive enough, BMW has now introduced a new ’Competition Package’ that gives the M6 an even more performance-oriented profile. The Competition Package includes new chassis lowered by 12 millimeters at the front and 10 millimeters on the rear axle, adapted chassis control systems and forged aluminum wheels with double-spoke design. Also featured re-contoured hood with two raised precision lines also emphasises the enhanced dynamic characteristics.

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