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Video: Music for Your BMW Courtesy of AC Schnitzer

Video: Music for Your BMW Courtesy of AC Schnitzer

When it comes to the business of aftermarket BMW bits, AC Schnitzer are the people you speak to. Not only because their quality and fitment is superb, but also because they’re the only BMW approved tuning company – meaning your bulletproof BMW Motorplan remains intact. They offer a host of aesthetic and performance parts for almost every BMW, amongst the favorites being their performance exhaust systems. Not only do they sound much sportier than the factory items, but they also help free up a few horses and Newton-meters to your chosen ride. In this feature you can listen to not only the tuned versions, but also their factory counterparts for an all-round aural experience. Be prepared to fork out some cash though – one of these babies doesn’t come cheap! Cars include: BMW 550i (F10), BMW Z4 sDrive35is, different versions of the 650 BHP BMW X6M Falcon by AC Schnitzer, BMW 135i and 335i, and the BMW E92 M3.

Check out the videos after the jump and don’t forget to turn up the volume!

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2010 BMW M6XR by Manhart Racing

2010 BMW M6XR by Manhart Racing

Usually an output bigger than 600 HP and a top speed of 200 mph are specifications for a sports car, and not an SUV. However, when you put together a BMW with the appropriate specifications, anything is possible!

Manhart Racing has developed a new M6XR Twin Turbo package for the BMW X6M that takes the V8’s specifications to an impressive 687 HP. In order to obtain this amazing output, the tuner had to overhaul the engine’s electronics, including DME control, and had to put in a catalytic conversion including modifications to the converters. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph. And if this still isn’t enough for the typical enthusiast, the tuner has also announced plans for a new version that will develop more than 700 HP.

The tuning package also includes a new stainless steel exhaust system, with four 90 mm tailpipes and two 200-cell HJS racing catalytic converters and a new set of 23" sport wheels.

Amazingly, the output provided for the X6 M is even larger than the power added to the BMW M3 E92 back in February. When Manhart Racing attacked the sports car, they were only able to squeak out 655hp!

Press release after the jump.

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Superchips upgrades BMW's 3.0D engine for various models

Superchips upgrades BMW’s 3.0D engine for various models

British tuner, Superchips, has decided that diesel engines can be just as much fun as their petrol counterparts, so they decided to do a little reconfiguring for BMW’s 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that powers models like the BMW 3-Series, 5-Series, 7-Series, X5, and X6.

Superchips was able to increase the power of the diesel engine by 44hp at 4183 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at just 2222 rpm. This brings the total output to 313hp and 627Nm of torque. In order to accomplish this task, Superchips had to perform a remap of the engine while taking into consideration the "careful optimization of fueling and turbo boost settings". According to Superchips, this reconfiguration allows for a sharper throttle response, a keener, more urgent engine, a harder pull throughout the rev range.

The BMW 3.0 D ECU remap is priced at £445.00 and comes with a 12 month/30,000 mile supplementary vehicle warranty.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 BMW X6 by Enco Exclusive

2010 BMW X6 by Enco Exclusive

Ever since its official launch, the BMW X6 has received plenty of attention from tuners around the world. The latest kit comes from Enco Exclusive and is based on making the X6 even wider, brawnier and, naturally, sportier.

The package includes a new front bumper with three large air intakes, integrated LED daytime driving lamps, full wheels arch surrounds, and a pair of new side skirts. Traveling down to the back of the car, the tuner have modified the rear doors so that the line of the car isn’t broken. Once they reached the back of the vehicle, the tuners added a new bumper and a new diffuser that is integrated into the bumper. Enco has also added a new, centrally positioned sports exhaust system with four round stainless steel tailpipes.

The package is finished by a set of 23" Jura wheels wrapped in 315/25 R3 tires. Adding a little class to the package is the black and white exterior color combination. Total price of this package is 15,000 euro (or about 19,000USD). It’s definitely one way to go, but if you really want a killer package that costs less than this one with a more aggressive look, then we suggest you take a look at the 2010 BMW X6 Interceptor by Met-R. The Met-R package offers a lot of the same upgrades for the X6, but for a much cheaper price (between $9,689 and $12,951), and you don’t have to live with a split color palette.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: BMW Performance 2010 Promo

With the announcement of Infiniti’s new performance line and the debut of their2 M-based models coming up at the Pebble Beach Concours, it probably wasn’t a bad idea for BMW to release a video about their Performance line. There’s always room for a little refresher when competition is brewing.

BMW’s Performance line is available for models like the 1-Series, the 3-Series, the X5, and the X6. It includes hand-crafted carbon components, a lightweight sports silencer, front bumper, side-sills, and an insert for the rear bumper; all in a special design and body color. The Performance line also includes a rear spoiler, rear fins in matte black, and a front grid finished in high-gloss black paint. Finishing off the line are a set of 21" light-alloy wheels.

For models like the BMW M3, the Performance Package includes a lowered suspension that brings the chassis 10 mm closer to the asphalt and stiffens things up with a newly developed set of electronically adjustable dampers as well as an all new set of lightweight mesh alloys measuring 19 inches in diameter. These alloys help dress up the new M3’s appearance along with the functional aero package.

Want to see more on BMW’s Performance line? Check out the video for yourself!

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2010 BMW X6 Typhoon RS Ultimate V10 by G-Power

2010 BMW X6 Typhoon RS Ultimate V10 by G-Power

You already know that G-Power has prepared a Typhoon package for the BMW X6 M, but today the company has revealed a new upgrade for this package. It is called the Typhoon RS Ultimate V10 and will be limited to only 5 units.

The new Typhoon RS Ultimate V10 is powered by a 5.5 liter V10 engine that delivers a total of 900 HP at 8.000 rpm and a maximum torque of 870 NM at 6.800 revs. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 13 seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph.

The package also includes a high-tech brake system equipped with 410 mm carbon-ceramic brake disks and 6-piston calipers, a titanium exhaust system, four ultra-light carbon individual seats, and two tone leather inserts on the seats, instrument panel, interior door panels, and the A, B and C pillars. The package is finished off with 23" G-POWER Silverstone RS forged wheels.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 BMW X6 Coupe by ArmorTech

2010 BMW X6 Coupe by ArmorTech

Sports Utility Vehicle, Coupe, or Sports Activity Coupe, the BMW X6 has been called many things. According to BMW, however, this vehicle is indeed a Sports Activity Coupe which means that it is an enlarged coupe. Now we guess Russian tuner, Armortech, got tired of hearing some people call this vehicle a coupe and decided they would go ahead and make it one. Maybe they figured if they showed the world what it would look like as a coupe then people would begin to realize the difference, albeit only being a small one.

Of course converting a large-four door SAC into a coupe model is not an easy task, but ArmorTech managed to do it by pushing the B-pillar backwards and making the front doors 250 mm longer. They have also moved the rear window forward by about 200mm. On the interior the front seats have been modified to tilt and slide forward in order to offer access to the rear seats.

Next to the base adjustments, the X6 Coupe also gets engine upgrades, a sportier suspension, a modified exhaust, and a high performance braking system. The customer can also get an aggressive body kit, leather or alcantara upholstery, a sport steering wheel, an unique interior trim, and generously sized lightweight alloy rims upon special demand.

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2010 BMW X6 Performance Unlimited

2010 BMW X6 Performance Unlimited

BMW has announced a new special edition for the Japanese market, the X6 Performance Unlimited. It will be limited to only 20 units and will go on sale today. Customers will get their cars at the end of July.

The new special edition comes with the new BMW Valvetronic system that combines high-precision direct injection and twin turbo power into a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, with hybrid technology and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The entire car is inspired by Motorsport BMW Performance. The entire exterior is covered in a silver pearl wrap with a delicate pearl glow. The X6 Performance Unlimited comes with BMW Performance 21-inch alloy wheels and a specially equipped BMW Performance aerodynamic package that includes a new front bumper, side skirts, rear diffuser, and blacked-out kidney grilles.

The interior gets Dakota leather, brushed aluminum pedals, aluminum trim, a numbered plaque, and a "BMW Performance Unlimited" logo.

This special edition is priced at 9,450,000 Yen (around $108,000 at the current exchange rates).

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Photo session: Lumma CLR X 650 M Monte Carlo Blue

Photo session: Lumma CLR X 650 M Monte Carlo Blue

Okay, so you might ask why the Russian tuner TopCar has revealed a series of images with the CLR X 650, if the project belongs to Lumma Design. The answer is quite simple: because the two tuners have now formed a partnership and these images are of their first project together.

Lumma was the tuner responsible for the technology, while TopCar made sure the interior got a beautiful makeover. TopCar also provided some input on the color scheme combination and wheels. Next to this amazing Monte Carlo Blue exterior color, the CLR X 650 M can also be ordered in White and Deep Blue.

The Lumma CLR X 650 M is powered by a twin turbocharged 4.4 Liter V8 engine that has been tweaked to produce a total of 650 HP. With these changes under the hood, the SUV makes the sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 194 MPH.

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2010 BMW X6 by Status Design

2010 BMW X6 by Status Design

Not a lot of tuners have decided to take a crack at the BMW X6 especially since the X6M was revealed. For whatever reason, tuners have not taken a liking to cleaning up the sports activity coupe other than the Interceptor package from Met-R. Of course, there’s always someone who decides that they can do it better and, today, that some is Status Design. The Russian tuner has unveiled a new tuning package for the BMW X6 that includes both aerodynamic updates and a power increase.

The aerodynamic package includes side skirts, carbon fiber roof spoiler, front bumper with LED daytime running lights, carbon trim on the window surrounds, mirror covers, a dual-kidney grille, and a new rear bumper. The roof is painted in gloss black and the body in white. The entire package is finished by 22" wheels.

Thanks to the addition of a new sport exhaust system and a chip tuning, the engine’s power has been increased to 380HP (an increase of 74 HP).

This tuning package is a perfect addition to the BMW X6 if the consumer is interested in giving this luxury car a sportier edge. BMW is not exactly known for sporty vehicles so Status Design has given the consumer the opportunity to have their cake and eat it too. Of course, there is always the choice of purchasing the BMW X6M instead which will still give the consumer a sportier look and also provide even more horsepower to boot. Pricing for this tuning package has yet to be revealed so the jury is still out on which deal would be better on the wallet. It’s probably safe to say the tuning package will still be less expensive than the BMW X6M.

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Video: Promo video of Met-R's BMW X6 Interceptor

Video: Promo video of Met-R’s BMW X6 Interceptor

A few days ago, we told you about the BMW X6 Interceptor that has been making an impression on a lot of people, partly because it’s so unfailingly awesome and partly because it was built by the Russian tuning house, Met-R.

And just to give us an even clearer picture on what kind of extraordinary X6 the boys from Met-R have created, they’ve kindly provided us a slick promo video of the tuned-up X6 Interceptor that, after watching it, will surely drive your curiosities straight through the roof.

As a reminder, the Interceptor comes with a package that includes an aggressive body kit highlighted by a redesigned front bumper, a revised grille, a rear diffuser, modified side sills, wheel arch extensions, a rear spoiler, and a set of BBS wheels, rounding out to a complete package that costs 297,000 rubles or in Benjamin-speak, about $9,740.

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2010 BMW X6 Interceptor by Met-R

2010 BMW X6 Interceptor by Met-R

When it comes to Russians and their cars, you never know what will come next. The X6 Interceptor by Met Ru is no exception. The tuning kit is offered in two versions: a normal version priced at 297,000 rubles ($9,689) and a carbon fiber version, 397,000 rubles ($12,951); both being all about getting aggressive.

The Russian tuner added an aggressive front bumper with huge air intakes and kidney eyebrows derived from the 6-Series, expanded arches and sills, a new rear bumper, diffuser and vertical fog lamps. The car is topped off with huge BBS wheels.

The package was designed by Zaur Khalilov and was done using a 3D rendering software. And there is something the tuner would like to tell you: "Be individual, do not be afraid to take risks and enjoy the revolution." Interesting, no?

UPDATE 06/01/2010: Check out the new promo video made by Met-R for the new BMW X6 Interceptor! Just click on the picture above.

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