Manhart MH4 GTR One-Off
BMW’s M4 DTM Champion Edition is a rare breed of a car. Introduced in 2006 to celebrate Marco Wittmann’s DTM championship win, the M4 DTM Champion Edition was as incredible as it was limited. Only 200 examples exist, but all 200 were developed not only to look more aggressive than the previous-generation M4 but, more importantly, to be much more powerful.
The 493-horsepower M4 DTM Champion Edition was a beast, but even beasts can grow bigger claws. That’s where Manhart Racing comes into the fold. The German tuner known for its impressive programs for BMW models has prepared a tuning program for the special edition M4. The kit includes new wheels, interior upgrades, and, of course, a software tune to the coupe’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine.
M Performance Parts for the BMW M3 and BMW M4 Take Extreme Even Further
The M3 and M4 cats are out of the bag. Both of them get a twin-turbo inline-six first introduced by the X3 and X4 M crossovers and both can deliver up to 503 horsepower in Competition trim. Standard stuff aside, BMW is letting customers spice up its polarizing coupe and sedan with a long list of M Performance bits and bobs.
BMW M850i by Manhart Racing
If rumors are to be believed, the BMW 8 Series Coupé is not long for this world. The good news, though, is that the impending demise is still a few years away. That should give us enough time to enjoy a model like the BMW M850i M Performance. Turns out, we’re not the only ones that have adopted a similar approach. Manhart Racing has been having some fun with the performance 8er, enough at least to create an arresting new tuning program that covers a lot of ground in the M850i. From exterior upgrades to engine enhancements, the German tuner has been a busy bee in the lab, though all that hard work appears to be time well-spent. This BMW M850i means business, and you wouldn’t want to be in its crosshairs.
2017 BMW M3 GT2 S Hurricane by G-Power
Out of sight, out of mind. That’s a prevailing theme among forgettable cars in the auto industry. But every so often, a car captivates the business to no end that people have a hard time keeping them away from their memory palaces. The previous-generation BMW M3 counts as one of those vehicles. At one point, Automobile even described it in reverence on the level of how a four-year-old treats Santa Claus. It’s safe to say that the E92 BMW M3 will remain relevant for a long time and we can all look to the aftermarket tuning scene as a big contributor in keeping the last of the M3 coupes’ spirit alive. G-Power counts itself in this group and it even has a new tuning kit for the “old” M3 that pops the coupe’s power all the way up to a staggering 709 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.
Officially, the German tuner calls its creation the M3 GT2 S Hurricane. It’s a nod to the old Hurricane programs that the E92 M3 was treated to when it was making hay as one of the best performance coupes in the world. It’s good to know then that even if the M3 coupe has been out of commission for three years now, owners of the model still have the opportunity to turn their prized M3s into certified rockets on four wheels. That’s exactly what this new Hurricane program is all about. It may not be for everybody, but for M3 owners who prefer to tap into the coupe’s full potential (with the aid of an engine swap), the GT2 S Hurricane program from G-Power is a good key that can help unlock it and more.
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Detailers Domain Takes Delivery of Stock M2 and Quickly Makes it One of a Kind
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a car that goes from the showroom to the aftermarket tuning shops? It’s hard to imagine the laborious process that goes into tuning a vehicle, especially since most of the work is really an exercise in patience and dedication, not to mention the fact that the whole process is unglamorous to begin with. We don’t often see it because tuners prefer to give us glam shots of the final product, but rest assured, there’s a lot of work that goes on into not only developing these components, but more importantly, installing them to the cars themselves.
I say that because we have Detailer’s Domains from auto detailing online community Details Bliss. A few days ago, it started documenting the entire process of tuning a BMW M2 that it had just driven out of a BMW dealership. The car is as brand new as it’s going to get and off the bat, DD (let’s call Detailer’s Domains that) knew exactly what it wanted to give the M2 to give it the aftermarket upgrade of a lifetime.
Obviously, I’m not going to dive into the absolute specifics of each and every upgrade made every step of the way. That would be insane, not to mention incredibly time-consuming. Instead, I’ll take you on a quick trip around the inner workings of tuning this new M2, right from when it was brought to the tuning shops, all the way to some of the more notable upgrades that were given to it. The whole process itself isn’t even complete yet, but to a certain extent, most of the prominent upgrades have been installed on the M2, including generous helpings of carbon fiber all throughout the BMW M2.
So, enough chit-chat. Let’s dive in.
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1979 BMW M1 Procar Restored By Canepa
The BMW M1 is an absolute icon. Widely considered Bimmer’s only true supercar, the M1 is a unique milestone in the Bavarian brand’s history. Draped in dramatic Italian styling and powered by a sonorous German six-cylinder mounted just behind the cabin, the M1 is BMW’s first mass-produced mid-engine offering, with the second being the modern i8 hybrid. Raced for a brief period in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, some of the world’s greatest drivers took a turn behind the wheel of the M1. Less than 500 were produced, with only 40 examples slated for track duty in the one-make BMW M1 Procar Championship series. That means every M1 Procar racer is a rare find indeed, but the example before you ups the ante even further. You see, this particular M1 is the only true-blue Procar outfitted for street duty.
Taking responsibility for restoring this beauty is a company called Canepa. Located in the Santa Cruz mountains just north of the world-famous Laguna Seca race track, Canepa sells and restores high-end collectible race cars and sports cars, and clearly, the shop did its homework before turning a wrench on this M1.
The story behind this car is fascinating, and thanks to the hard work of the folks at Canepa, it’s pretty much perfect down to the smallest of details. If you’re a fan of the M1, BMW, or you just like fast cars, I urge you to read on.
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2016 BMW M5 by CarbonFiber Dynamics
Given that the BMW M5 F10 already has some mileage on it, the expected arrival of the next-generation model in 2018 can’t come soon enough. Sadly, that’s still two years away so for now and the M5 F10 continues to hold the fort for BMW and the M Division. It’s not a bad place to be in considering that the M5 has long been regarded as one of the cornerstones of the M lineup, despite the belief that a lot of its shine has been “stolen” by the M4 and M2. Still, the M5 remains an interesting car, and that holds true for aftermarket companies like CarbonFiber Dynamics, which presented its latest program for the performance sedan, complete with a power upgrade that reaches an eye-popping 818 horsepower.
Yep. That’s 818 horses coming out of the M5’s modified 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. It’s a little hard to grasp, but CarbonFiber Dynamics made it work in large part because it was able to focus solely on the mechanicals, while its partner firm, 3D Design, worked on the aesthetics and aerodynamic upgrades on the M5. This program is a two-tuner job, which makes it doubly special in my eyes.
The result definitely speaks for itself, the choice of body color notwithstanding. Everything else though, from the carbon fiber aero parts to the wheels and, of course, the engine upgrade, is top caliber. It’s the kind of program that makes the wait for the next-gen M5 more tenable. Kudos to CarbonFiber Dynamics and 3D Design for cooking it up.
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2016 BMW M2 By Speed-Busters
When you’re a tuning company that goes by the name Speed Busters, it’s pretty easy to understand what your objectives are in the tuning game. Suffice to say, Speed Busters makes no bones about its intent with its tuning programs and the latest example of that comes in the form of its new engine upgrade package for the BMW M2, BMW’s resident road firecracker. For a car that comes with 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque in standard configuration, there’s something mystifyingly exciting about it getting 426 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.
That in a nutshell is what Speed Busters was able to do with the M2’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The tuner worked through a meticulous process to get to that number, but in the end, the result should make for a wild and wonky M2 that’s going to be a ball of fun to drive.
Unfortunately, the perceived weaknesses of the M2 were not addressed by the tuner. The interior, in particular, will still get the same plastic treatment as the standard model. There are also no wheel upgrades to speak of, which would’ve been nice given what the car could look like with a new set of fancy wheels. The good thing is that there are other aftermarket companies that can pick up the slack with those items. Speed Busters doesn’t seem to mind because as the name suggests, it’s in the business of making cars faster and more powerful. Chalk this program up as a success in that regard.
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2016 BMW X5 M Typhoon by G-Power
A little over a month ago, BMW tuner extraordinaire G-Power presented a new engine upgrade for the BMW X5 M. It was noticeably missing the “Typhoon” moniker since it lacked any of the visual upgrades that the name comes from. Well, better late than never, right? Because the new Typhoon kit for the high-performance luxury SUV has arrived and it packs the same amount of power upgrades – 750 horsepower and 723 pound-feet of torque – as the the previous kit to go along with an extensive body kit.
The cosmetic upgrades are the big difference here and they make a ridiculous difference in both the X5 M’s stance and appearance. It also makes for a lighter SUV, which should pay dividends when the vehicle is blowing through the highways of the world. I’m holding off on calling it a visual upgrade because not everybody may find it appetizing to the eyes. But for those who appreciate a jacked-looking BMW X5 M with matching performance credentials, this new Typhoon kit is a feast for the senses.
Be prepared to spend, though, because G-Power’s programs don’t come cheap. That’s especially true for the Typhoon program because the wide body kit alone will cost you the equivalent of a hot hatchback
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