BMW M Series

BMW M Series

We often find ourselves in that position where initial thrills eventually lead to realizing that our enjoyment came with a price.

For drivers of forced induction BMW M3s , that realization may have presented itself when they realized that while powerful in its own right, they would need to ring up the revolutions in order to achieve the kind of throaty roar they’re looking for. Comes with a price, right?

VF Engineering has the answer, thanks to their new VF540 Streetsport Supercharger. Taking in a few components from the Vortech V3si supercharger, particularly the V3 blower that drives the supercharger at a much lower rpm. From there, VF Engineering also installed an ECU upgrade, improving the M3’s throttle response while also using a HEX Flash system that allows for remote tuning and functions as a diagnostic cable that can clear off engine codes.

With all these modifications in tow, VF Engineering turned a powerful-at-a-cost M3 and its 420-horsepower and 295 lb/ft of torque output into one that delivers 540 horsepower and 370 lb/ft of torque.

The V540 Streetsport package retails for a reasonable price of $8,295. Should you be interested in something a little more powerful, you can avail the VF620 program - 624 horses and 400 lb/ft of torque numbers - for $13,495 or go for the top-of-the-shelf VF650 program - 650 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque - that comes with a price of $16,495.

We’re sure it will be worth every penny.

The next major event of the Fall is the SEMA Auto Show and if there haven’t been enough reasons to follow the vehicles that will be attending, this next model should seal the deal. The guys over at IND Distribution will be headed to Las Vegas with a special project based on the new BMW M5 . The tuner has yet to offer any details on this car’s specifications, but they did promise that it will be the "world’s fastest M5 ." Has this caught your attention yet?

IND Distribution wants to keep as much of their new project secret as possible, but these images do reveal a special feature that certainly starts things off right. The IND BMW M5 is sporting a smooth carbon fiber roof. Aside from that key feature, we can also see Recaro seats, special safety equipment developed by Fall Line Motorsports, and new KW suspensions.

We’re willing to bet our paychecks that this list of features will be much longer than that, especially since there is no mention yet as to the power upgrades provided. This M5 can’t be the world’s fastest without a good boost in power. All we can do now is wait and see "the absolute best F10 M5 possible" when it debuts at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, which starts on October 30, 2012.

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While most people are still waiting to receive their BMW M5 or M6 , BMW North America has just issued a recall for these exact model, at least the ones produced between July 2012 and September 2012. According to BMW officials, a total of 696 vehicles in the US are potentially affected.

According to the official statement, the issue "involves the engine oil pump. The pump driveshaft can separate from the pump rotor. If this were to occur, the engine could experience a sudden loss of oil pressure which could cause severe engine damage."

However, it is very easy for the driver to become aware of the problem. "If the vehicle experiences a sudden loss of oil pressure, a low oil pressure warning indicator is displayed in the instrument cluster, along with a warning message in the control display."

BMW is advising its clients not to drive the M5 or the M6 until the recall is completed. Customers who discover an engine loss to their car are advised to carefully pull over to the side of the road and shut off the engine. In this case, contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269. During the recall, deliveries of these models will be stopped.

Source: F10 M5 Post

If you own a car like the BMW X5M , you generally don’t ask for any upgrades other than the ones offered by BMW. Imagine our surprise when we discovered an "unhappy" client had gone to Velos Designwerks and asked them to provide any updates possible for the luxury SUV. The tuner responded with a number of exterior and engine updates to create the ultimate SUV.

The upgrading session began with the addition of the Stage 2+ Velos Designwerks performance tune for the standard 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 engine’s fuel maps, throttle maps, ignition maps, and limiters. This upgrade took the standard 555 HP and 501 lb ft of torque and powered it up to 645 HP at 6800 rpm and 631 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm. The tuner then added a new exhaust system with Akra Downpipes. Stage 2 options are also available for vehicles fitted with full exhaust and downpipes for off-road use. The best part about this engine upgrade is that it will only set customers back $1,500.00. A carbon fiber vented race hood can also be added for $2,655.00.

In addition to the engine updates, Velos also added a new front spoiler ($1,800.00) and a rear diffuser ($1,875.00) made of carbon fiber, as well as a new set of ADV1 wheels combined with a KW suspension kit and a Brembo brake kit. For the interior, the tuner added a new BMW Performance steering wheel and a Hardwire Valentine One radar detector.

The new BMW M5 marked the first time the company ever used a turbocharged engine for that specific model and the added boost was worth it, providing the 4.4-liter V8 with a galloping 560 HP at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a 502 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm. Much to our surprise, though, BMW failed to offer a wide variety of performance numbers for their new sports sedan, leaving the ball in the customers’ court as to how fast the M5 could really go. Lucky for us, an owner of the new M5 was kind enough to share some of his performance times.

This owner recently took his M5 to a local drag strip, pulling in a time of 11.92 seconds at 119 mph with a 1.9 sixty foot. This was only his first attempt, however, as after getting used to the launch control, he managed to improve his time to 11.78 seconds at 119 mph with 1.85 sixty foot. He said that his M5 was bone stock, including the tires and air pressure.

This adds to the BMW M5’s already stellar performance numbers of 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and its Nurburgring lap time of 7:55, as well as its top speed of 190 mph.

Source: M5 Post

Most of us believed that the BMW 1-Series M Coupe wouldn’t see a lot of tuning packages, we thought wrong as tons of tuners have worked their magic on the sports coupe. The latest tuning firm to think they could do better than the 1-Series M Coupe’s standard 340 HP are the guys over at BEST Cars and Bikes.

This tuning company providing the coupe’s twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine with professional software optimization and then added a new stainless steel exhaust system made by Bastuck. As a result. the car can now deliver an impressive 425 HP!

The package continues with a new set of 20" wheels from SCHMIDT Revolution. These wheels are offered in a three-piece design and painted in a very cool matte black finish. They have been combined with a KW coil over in Variant 3 and 245/30R20 tires on the front axle and 11Jx20H2 and 305/25R20 tires at the rear axle.

The official debut of the new generation BMW M3 is still a few months away so, until then, all we can do is enjoy all of the spy shots and videos we can find. This latest video is a three minute compilation of the M3 in various settings performing different maneuvers and driving actions on and around the Nurburgring race track.

The next BMW M3 will be powered by an inline 6-cylinder engine that will deliver about 450 HP and will be mated to both a DCT and manual transmission (both versions have been spotted testing). The engine will feature a strengthened aluminum block with a heavily modified cylinder head that will help it deliver the best-in class fuel economy.

The new BMW M3 will be making its official debut in late 2013 or early 2014, but a concept version will arrive at an earlier date.

Source: f30post

BMW USA is continuing to expand its M3 special edition line-up with a new M3 Lime Park Edition Coupe. The new model was built as tribute to the historic Lime Rock Park racing circuit located in northwestern Connecticut and, as Skip Barber describes it, is "a classic car for a classic track." This new model is also a great way to send off the current M3 , in preparation for the future generation .

The BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe will be offered in a very cool Fire Orange exterior paint and comes standard with the Competition package, which includes 19" Style 359M silver wheels. The exterior package comes equipped with carbon fiber front chin splitters, a carbon fiber rear deck spoiler, a carbon fiber roof panel and a lightweight inconel-titanium exhaust muffler. For the interior, BMW is offering Anthracite and black cloth manual-adjustment seats with Nappa Leather trim, an Anthracite Alcantara steering wheel with flat-bottom design and a blue index stripe, and carbon leather trim.

The BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe will be limited to only 200 units and will go on sale in September 2012 at a starting price of $70,995 including $895 Destination and Handling. The company only plans to build 25 units a week, meaning that in two months, the production for this limited edition will be over.

UPDATE 09/14/2012: BMW has unveiled a new video featuring the M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition driven at... Lime Rock track. Enjoy!

Hit the jump for a list of optional equipment.

Usually a photo shoot implies the following: you take the car and shoot some pictures in the studio, and then comes the magic. By "magic," we mean Photoshop. For each picture taken in the studio, a very talented man will be behind the computer providing a different background.

This time, however, BMW decided it was time to do things differently. The company took the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car to a very cool location: on the famous Pulpit Rock (or Preikestolen), Norway. The images taken are part of a seven art car exhibition at the Stavanger Museum close to the actual shoot location.

The BMW M3 GT2 Art Car was designed by Jeff Koons who put together images of race cars, related graphics, vibrant colors, speed, and explosions. What he ended up with was a design that was meant to display power, motion, and bursting energy.

We are all waiting for the new generation BMW M3 to be launched onto the market sometime in 2013, but the long wait is making us weary and the testing sessions are getting too few and far between for our liking. Luckily, we found this video of the upcoming model as it accelerated out of the Karussell on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The future BMW M3 will drop the current 420 HP engine and will replace it with a new twin-turbo 3.0 liter straight-six engine. The engine will take the output up to impressive 450 HP. This video provides us with the chance to the amazing sounds of the future turbocharged inline six-cylinder motor of the upcoming M3.

The new BMW M3 will be a 2013 model year car in Europe, but will be labelled as a 2014 car for the North American market.


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