BMW M Series

BMW M Series

BMW will unveil the new M6 GranCoupe online next month and the world debut will be made in January 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show. Just recently, the M56 GranCoupe was fully exposed during an event at Nurburgring. Fortunately for us, some savvy folks had the chance to shot some images of the M6 GranCoupe and shared them with the rest of the world.

The next M6 GranCoupe will be powered by the same engine as the standard M6 models, which is a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine with an output of 553 horsepower and a peak torque of 501 foot-pounds delivered between 1,750 and 5,750 rpm. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) that will send the power to the rear wheels.

When compared to the standard 6-Series GranCoupe , the M6 version will get a more aggressive front and rear fascias with the usual M-type elements, larger wheels, and a quad-exhaust system.

Source: Carscoop

So what do cars and Snow White have in common? Absolutely nothing, right? Well, not according to Miami based tuner Mode Carbon who unveiled a pretty cool Snow White package for the BMW M3 Coupe. Mode Carbon’s Show White has been upgraded on both the exterior and the interior, but that’s not all. Carbon Mode also slapped a few upgrades under the hood.

For the exterior, the tuner added a carbon fiber GTS front spoiler, a carbon fiber rear diffuser, and a set of gloss black Competition wheels. As a final touch, the tuner also added a Vorsteiner bootlid - a reminder of the original CSL. The Bimmer’s interior has been modified with some help from Sonic MS, which provided a Performance Steering wheel with Verstrabe aluminum extended DCT shifter paddles, to bring the car back to its pure racing roots.

Under the hood, the stock 414-horsepower, V-8 engine has received a Dinan ECU tune in order to increase the output level a little bit — as if 414 ponies isn’t enough already. Unfortunately, Carbon Mode has yet to reveal just how many horses the ECU tune unleashed. There is also a new set of KW sleeves, wider competition wheels, and Michelin SS tires.

BMW has announced the launch of a new special edition M3 specially designed for its US customers. The new M3 Coupe Frozen Limited Edition will be available in a choice of three frozen exterior colors - Frozen Red, Frozen White, and Frozen Blue - and will be priced at $76,395. Only 150 units will be built and production will begin in January 2013.

The new M3 Coupe Frozen will be offered with the standard Competition Package that includes a lowered suspension and new 19" alloy wheels painted in matte black. The car’s frozen exterior will be combined with high-gloss black on the kidney grills, side grills, and the exhaust pipe tips.

For the interior, the BMW will receive black Extended Novillo leather with contrast stitching in the vehicle’s chosen exterior color on the seats, headrests, door inserts, armrests, middle console, and door pulls.

Hit the jump for a full list of specifications for the BMW M3 Coupe Frozen Limited Edition.

Okay, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is really not a big secret. Heck, some savvy photographers caught it frolicking in the snow a few months ago. At that time, the Gran Coupe was all covered up with psychedelic livery, so you couldn’t make out what was really going on with the body.

An even savvier photographer recently caught an image of what appears to be the M6 Gran Coupe up in the air at BMW being worked on (above). There is a small chance that this is simply a 6-Series Bimmer converted into an M6 Gran Coupe. If that’s the case, then that is the cleanest conversion we’ve ever seen, so a conversion is doubtful. What’s even better is that this spy shot has no camouflage at all, so we get a look at this alleged 560-horsepower beast in all of its glory.

Granted, most of the cool stuff is under the hood and it pretty much looks like a 6-Series with flashy M6-like rims, but still, it’s an uncovered shot nonetheless. So salivate away guys and gals, as this is probably the cleanest shot that we’ll see of this beauty until BMW decides to unveil it to us.

We’ll continue to scrounge around for more images of this upcoming Bimmer.

Photo Credit: Auto Gespot

Source: AutoGespot

Another day, another tuning package for the coveted BMW 1-Series M Coupe . This tiny sports coupe has taken the tuning world by storm and German tuner A-workx is its next victim.

The new tuning package for BMW ’s baby model comes packed with a bunch of upgrades, none more impressive than the engine modification. The 1-Series M Coupe’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six has been revamped with a large intercooler, a high performance, modified oil cooler, engine oil and mapping, a new air filter, and a new exhaust system from Akrapovic. These changes bump the output from the standard 335 HP at 5,900 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm to 450 HP and 405 lb-ft of torque.

The package also includes a new KW suspension system to handle the added power and a new set of 19" ultra-light forged wheels that are 33 lbs lighter than the standard wheels to increase performance. There is also a modified braking system that includes sport brake pads, stainless steel brake lines, and racing brake fluid. The last piece of the puzzle is a new carbon fiber roof that is about 12 lbs lighter than the standard and helps lower the center of gravity of the vehicle.

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.

BMW M6 Coupe

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

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