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Usually G-Power is the kind of tuner that makes quite an impression on us, but this time they managed to underwhelm us a bit. So the question is, how did G-Power went from offering cars like the Hurricane to offering individualized interiors? We can only find one answer to this question: there are people with a lot of money out there that need another way to separate their money from their wallets!

What you see in here is a BMW M6 interior designed using the tuner’s new individual interior design — a program that allows the customer to fully customize the M6’s interior, which is a good thing sometimes. In this case, however, our eyes are now numb from staring at the sea of grey that G-Power created. Much like a responsible tattoo artist, G-Power should have looked at this customer and said “are you sure that’s what you want?” but, we’re sure G-Power will produce some knockout examples too.

The interior can be fully trimmed in a combination of premium Kjerba Nappa leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber. The front seats, rear seats and the door panels receive contrasting stitching and numerous G-Power logos will constantly remind you of who did the work. Along with the upholstery work, the tuner offers individual Entertainment, Infotainment and Business Packages that will further customize the interior of the M6.

Before you get really disappointed, we have some good news for you. The example car comes equipped with the SK III RS twin-supercharger system that increases the engine’s power to an impressive 750 horsepower and raises top speed to 223 mph.

Here’s to hoping that G-Power releases some images of some slightly less mind-numbing interior upgrades. This all-grey deal is just an odd one to feature.

Back at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, BMW unveiled a 5-Series plug-in concept car that allowed an emission-free driving range of about 47 miles, at a speed not more than 37 mph. It now looks like that concept is about to become reality, as our spy photographers have caught the car testing for the first time. Of course, we expect some improvements in the production version, but either way it sounds very promising.

What make us think this is indeed a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 5-Series ? Well, the answer is quite simple: there is an easy-to-spot small fuel door hiding the charging port, plus that the port has a red sticker over it that warns of "high voltage" and tells the driver not to open the charging port.

The problem is that when BMW unveiled the concept version, it announced it was an "e-car from China for China," so most likely this model will land only on Chinese shores, for now.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid.

When you are thinking about a BMW Isetta , impressive output is definitely the last thing you are taking under consideration. In fact, an original BMW Isetta only delivered a total of 13 horsepower, so nothing impressive here. With this in mind it is pretty much impossible to even consider a 730-horsepower Isetta, right?

Well, as impossible as it may sound, the guys over Hot Wheels unveiled back in 1998 the "Whatta Drag" — a car that initially started as a toy. Thanks to the amazing imagination of Bruce Weiner, the Isetta Whatta Drag became a reality in 2005. As you could imagine, this cool Whatta Drag only keeps the body shell from an original 1959 BMW Isetta, because everything else is pretty much new.

Under the hood, it gets a 502-cubic-inch Chevrolet big-block crate engine mated to a two-speed manual transmission. The V-8 engine is equipped with a BDS supercharger, twin Holley 750 CFM double-pumper carburetors and Zoomies exhaust headers. The result is a pretty amazing 730 horsepower — a number that seems monstrous for the tiny Isetta.

Next to that amazing output level, this special Isetta has been specially equipped for burnouts and donuts thanks to an AP balance bar incorporated into the dual-circuit disc-brake system. The Isetta-turned-dragster also received the suspension system from an M3 and custom drag-racing wheels with a Sumitomo HTRZ II tires.

If the car caught your attention, you will be happy to know it will be auctioned by RM Auctions on February 16, but prepare to shell out about $100k to acquire it.

Click past the jump to read the press release

Back in June, we brought you the first rumors related to a possible collaboration between BMW and Toyota . Now, those rumors have become reality, as BMW has dropped the first official details on this upcoming partnership.

It looks like Toyota fell in love with these types of collaborative projects after the GT 86 sports car , developed in cooperation with Subaru went so well. This new partnership with BMW will add a yet another new sports vehicle to its lineup.

According to the new agreement signed between BMW and Toyota, the two companies will join forces to develop a new fuel-cell system, as well as new architecture and components for a sports vehicle concept that is set to be completed by the end of 2013.

Along with the new sports car, the two companies will join forces in their attempt to develop zero-emission technology. They are talking about a fundamental fuel-cell vehicle system, including not only a fuel-cell stack and system, but also a hydrogen tank, motor and a lithium-air battery. This new system is aimed for completion in 2020.

When BMW unveiled the 6-Series Gran Coupè it also announced an M aerodynamic packet that would further update the look of the four-door coupè. Hamann has just announced an individualization program that adds exclusive parts for models with the M aerodynamic packet, making the 6-Series Gran Coupè even more stylish.

The package includes a competition front spoiler which increases the down-force and an insert for the rear bumper that offers space for four tailpipes. Along with these updates, the tuner is also offering a front bumper, rear spoiler, tailgate cover and side skirts. The tuner is also offering a wide range of new wheels, plus a series of updates for the interior.

Up to this point, Hamann announced no engine upgrades for the model, but for sure things are going to change in the next few weeks. By that time we are hoping to also learn the price for the new updates offered by the tuner.

While we are all waiting to see the new generation M3 sedan, BMW decided to offer us a new special edition based on the coupe version. The new M3 Pure Edition has been specially designed for the Australian market and is priced at $AUD 125,000 ($131,400 at the current exchange rates) - or about $AUD 30,000 ($31,500) below the standard $AUD155,100 ($163,000) M3.

Despite its low price, this M3 Pure is highly equipped. It offers standard features like: bi-xenon headlights, Professional satellite navigation, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, front and rear parking sensors and a new carbon fiber roof replacing the standard sunroof option. For the interior BMW is offering new seats trimmed in Anthracite cloth and black leather, black Novillo leather headrests embossed with the BMW M logo, and Titanium Shadow interior trim.

If the list of standard features is not enough for you, BMW is also offering a pretty impressive list of optional features: BMW’s M Drive, dynamic damper control, Competition Package and metallic paint.

Deleted from the standard M3 package — helping to drop the $AUD 30,000 from the base price — are the keyless entry and ignition, adaptive headlights, high-beam assist, heated seats, harmon/kardon audio, CD changer and the folding mirrors. This makes the Pure Edition a pure driver’s car with no real frills, besides a monstrous engine, to write home about.

Unfortunately, this option is only available in the Australian market and doesn’t look like it’ll make its way to the U.S.

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We understand the itch some people might get when wanting to drift their cars, but there’s still that line between fun and dumb that you shouldn’t cross, especially when you begin to put other people’s car - and lives - at risk.

This video, courtesy of the folks from Need for Drive, illustrates that example perfectly. We get it: drifting is fun and it provides a thrill that not a lot of things can replicate.

However, it must also be done in a closed environment that doesn’t pose a threat to anybody who isn’t sitting behind the wheel of the car. Last time we checked, a busy city street isn’t the kind of place you should be doing something like this.

We’ve seen, heard, and read so many stories about road accidents brought about by sheer recklessness. Those things can be avoided and should be avoided at all costs.

The video is "fun" to watch, but you have to wonder how fun it would’ve been if these guys took out a car or, much worse, a person. There’s no fun in that.

Just a reminder to everyone to drift safely!

The BMW 1-Series Coupe is no doubt a pretty impressive car, but the gap between it and the 1-Series M Coupe is huge. So it’s mystery why many tuners have tried to update the standard 1-Series Coupe to look as much like the 1M as possible.

One of these tuners is Prior Design, which developed a pretty impressive wide-body kit that completely transforms the look of the 1-Series. The kit includes new front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, front fenders and rear widenings, plus an optional trunk spoiler. All components are made in PU-RIM, except the rear widenings which are made from DURA-FLEX.

The price for the full update is €2999 ($3,989 at the current exchange rate), and for the trunk spoiler you will have to pay another €299. Unfortunately, the tuner is offering no updates under the hood, so if you were hoping to enjoy the same 340 horsepower as in the standard 1M Coupe, sorry, but you’re on your own with that one.

The new BMW M5 has seen tons of upgrade packages in its relatively short life, and today we bring you a new one. It comes from the Beckingen-based BMW tuning specialist Hartge, which has developed a few options for the current BMW M5 , including power upgrade to 642 horsepower.

In its standard version the M5 gets a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a stout 560 horsepower at 6,000 to 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 pound-feet from as low as 1,500 rpm. Hartge managed to increase this output to a total of 642 horsepower and 597 pound-feet of torque. As a result the M5 will now sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds, while top speed has now been increased to 302 km/h (187 mph).

Along with this impressive engine upgrade, the tuner is also offering a sport spring kit, which lowers the M5 by 25 mm (0.98 inches) at the front and 20 mm (0.78 inches)at the rear), and a new aerodynamic package that includes a rear silencer, front spoiler and a carbon-fiber mirror casings. The tuner is also offering a set of 21-inch alloy wheels. For the interior, the tuner offers up velour floor mats and an aluminum pedal set.

Source: Hartge

The G-Power M3 RS program was made to adhere to a simple tenet: make the car lighter and more powerful. Sounds pretty simple, right?

For us, it’s not. But for G-Power , it’s all in a day’s work. Well, maybe weeks’ work.

With the aero program, G-Power opted to give the M3 the full carbon fiber treatment, instantly making the sports car lighter and more powerful while also increasing its aerodynamic performance.

And then there’s that engine upgrade, or should we say, upgrades. Like the uncle that makes us choose what kind of present we’d like for our birthdays, G-Power is offering a choice of multiple engine modifications, beginning with one that improves the output to a "respectable" 520 horsepower all the way up to a scintillating 720 horsepower.

Take note: the standard M3 produces 420 horsepower so that spike of 300 horsepower is enormous, to say the least.

Find out more about the G-Power’s M3-RS program for the BMW sports car after the jump


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