Tuner squeezes extra power and torque from BMW M550d xDrive
When driving the latest BMW M550d xDrive you don’t really feel that what it needs is extra power and torque, but that has never stopped tuners from turning things up to eleven. German tuner mcchip-dkr has unlocked more of everything from the quad-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six, and it now offers two stages of power.
2018 BMW M5 by G-Power
BMW tuner extraordinaire G-Power has a new tuning upgrade for the BMW M5, and it’s packing three stages worth of power upgrades. The new program is dedicated to the current-generation M5 F90, and in addition to the extensive modifications to the M5’s 4.4-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine, the tuning kit also includes a number of aerodynamic changes to go with a new set of wheels.
2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Wald International Black Bison
The first time I saw the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe I was smitten. It was low, black, long and imposing. Unfortunately, all I could do back then is download a photograph and set it as a wallpaper on my desktop. Pictures of it garnished my working PC for at least three years. Now, at a time when the 6 Series is on its last legs, just waiting to be replaced by the 8 Series and the 8 Series Gran Coupe, Japanese tuner, Wald International, came up with yet another tuning package that prolongs the life of one of the most imposing cars of the decade. This is the Wald International Black Bison body kit that’s specifically tailored for 2011 and newer models of the BMW 640 and 650i.
2018 The BMW X5 M Avalanche by Auto-Dynamics
We are still a year or two away from the new BMW X5 M launch. Yet, the old one is still in excellent shape with its striking V-8 and intimidating looks. That’s why we are seeing it again coming out of a tuner’s garage. In this case, from the garage of Auto-Dynamics from Poland.
These guys are no strangers to tuning all sorts of German machinery, including Porsches, Audis and BMWs. Their latest project is the F85 BMW X5 M, and it was massaged to deliver more power than the Lamborghini Urus and drive to 62 mph almost as quickly as the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. Apart from giving credibility to Russian mobsters, to sons of Arab oil barons, and really successful cocaine kings, cars like this show what the SUV world is doing nowadays. It seems that the world of SUVs has reached the same stage as what tuned sports cars had reached twenty years ago - a place between rationality and madness.
2018 BMW MH5 by Manhart
I remember the year 1999 really well. Not only because we were about to greet the new Millennium, face the apocalypse, the aliens, or even God, but because I saw a car.
No, I am sorry - I saw THE CAR.
It was the BMW 540i E39 - all black, low, with big wheels (probably 18 inches which was enormous back then,) tinted windows, and two exhausts. It had a commanding presence no other car I saw before had. I was captivated on so many levels that I pretty much devoted my working life to cars. To quote Morgan Freeman "It Was At This Moment He [I] Knew He [I] ****ed Up.” It was the BMW 540i E39 that made me a gearhead. Now, three generations later, I am still into the 5 Series. I am still in love with BMW but now I want to get behind the wheel of this one - the Manhart MH5 - a seriously well-executed tuneup of the current BMW M5 F90.
2018 Alpina XD3
Noted BMW tuner Alpina has unveiled its latest creation, the Alpina XD3. The program is based on the BMW X3 crossover, and in true Alpina fashion, it offers all-encompassing upgrades that cover all important bases for Bimmer’s popular crossover. The result is a vehicle that can give some of today’s more powerful SUVs a serious run for their money.
Alpina Works Over the BMW X3 In All the Right Ways!
As is the case every year, Alpina is headed to the Geneva Motor Show with a fresh tune of a new BMW model. This year, the new X3 gets the honor of the German tuner’s time, and once again, Alpina didn’t disappoint. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Alpina XD3. It’s a handful in more ways than one, which is typically the case when it’s Alpina we’re talking about. After all, this is the same tuner that gave us the B4 Biturbo, the B7 xDrive, and most recently, the B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition.
2015 - 2018 BMW X1 By Dahler
The BMW X1 was never meant to be a record-breaking speed freak, but as is the case with most tuners, there’s never a bad time to turn it into one. Swiss tuner Dahler knows this better than anybody else. It’s been around for 30 years and has a long list of tuning products for Bavaria’s finest, and its most recent tuning project is for the aforementioned X1. The program comes with a range of upgrades for the crossover’s exterior, interior, and engine. It’s a relatively simple program, but the desired results are there for the taking.
2018 BMW 740e with M Performance Parts
BMW doesn’t usually have a grand presence at the SEMA Auto Show but for some reason, this year’s different. I’ve already written about the one-off BMW M3 30 Years America Edition that’s already making jaws drop in Las Vegas, but it’s also not the only Bimmer that’s stealing hearts in arguably the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show. One other model that’s getting some love in SEMA is the BMW 740e. It may not have the same exclusive status as the M3 30 Years Americas Edition, but it’s being presented with a bonanza of M Performance upgrades to show the dynamic potential of the German automaker’s flagship sedan.
For the record, I’m of the belief that the BMW 740e is fine on its own. These upgrades are interesting, but ultimately, flagship models are supposed to be developed in such a way that owners shouldn’t be asking for more out of its standard configuration. That’s why the term “flagship” means what it means. But, I’m also not opposed to the freedom of choice. If I owned a 740e - I don’t, by the way - I wouldn’t mind having a menu of upgrades available in the event that I’d like to get them at some point in the future. This precisely is what the BMW 740e with M Performance parts is all about. The build features enough parts and accessories with M Performance’s parts bin to give the plug-in hybrid luxury sedan enough aesthetic differentiation from its standard configuration, in the event that some of you 7 Series owners out there are open to the option. You don’t have to get them, but after seeing what’s on the table from M Performance, I wouldn’t blame you for taking the dive on this offer because, on the rare occasion that upgrades are warranted for the 7 Series, the best ones should come from the company that built the car in the first place.
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2018 BMW M5 with M Performance Parts
Unveiled only a few months back (August 2017), the new M5 is arguably the most aggressive and technologically advance midsize sedan BMW has built to date. But this doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. And BMW used the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to showcase a range of M Performance parts that enhance the M5 inside and out, as well as under the skin. It may seem a bit ridiculous to showcase performance- and visual-enhancing parts only a couple of months into an already awesome sedan’s life, but this is how the market works nowadays. While some will be more than happy to take a stock M5 home, others will pay for a few extras and a slightly customized appearance.
The new BMW M Performance parts for the still-fresh M5 are mostly about aerodynamics and weight saving on the outside. Both are achieved through extensive use of carbon-fiber, a lightweight composite that’s more than welcomed on any BMW wearing the M badge. And with the German firm usually using carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) on its cars, this is a breath of fresh air for carbon enthusiasts. The interior also received its fair share of upgrades, while the chassis and the exhaust system have been modified to better suit the enhanced aerodynamics of the sedan. But more on that in the review below.
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2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition
1987 was a special year for BMW fans here in the US. That was the year the M3 first came to our shores. Since then, Bimmer’s resident performance sedan has carved up a legacy that’s without peer, so much so that we’re all getting a treat from BMW with the presentation of the super exclusive M3 30 Years America Edition at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show. It really doesn’t get as exclusive as this one because, quite literally, there will only be one of its kind in the world.
The M3 30 Years America Edition actually starts its life as a standard manual-transmission M3 that’s dressed up in BMW’s Competition Package. But, that’s where any semblance to a standard M3 ends. Everything else about it is exclusive to the theme of the car, which is to say that it received plenty of red, white, and blue treatment in both the exterior and interior. This is as all-American as a BMW M3 can get, at least to the point that bald eagle badges wouldn’t have been out of place in it. It’s unclear at this point how much BMW plans to sell the M3 30 Years America Edition for, though it did say that it will be available once the SEMA Auto Show ends. My money’s on it being auctioned off with the proceeds going to a charity here in the U.S., but don’t be surprised if Bimmer feels generous enough to simply raffle the sedan off. The latter would be an ideal scenario for folks like me because if it’s auctioned off, expect the bids to come hot and heavy, maybe even reach six figures under the best of conditions.
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2018 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition
The BMW 6 Series is reportedly on its way out now that BMW appears to be set on bringing back the 8 Series. It’s a bittersweet moment for fans of the 6er, especially those who have been loyal fans of the range since it was reintroduced in 2003. Fortunately, certain models of the 6 Series remain popular to this day, including a special version created by recognized BMW tuner Alpina. The model is called the BMA Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe and believe it or not; it’s been around for a few years now, receiving yearly updates like any true Bimmer model. This time, BMW and Alpina took it a step further by creating a one-of-a-kind Alpina B6 Gran Coupe, specifically for the BMW Car Club of America.
The model itself carries the obnoxiously long BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition name. Its very existence is owed to the fact that it was built to be the grand prize for an upcoming raffle draw organized by BMW CCA. In keeping with its one-off status, the Alpina B6 BMW CCA Edition carries plenty of exclusive features, not the least of which include bespoke touches on the exterior and interior of the car. It also carries a signature Alpina paint finish, the likes of which we never get to see on any other BMW model. It’s a legitimate bespoke Alpina B6, a fitting grand prize for an event that’s also raffling off a BMW M2 and a BMW M240i, among other exciting goodies.
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