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2020 BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe By AC Schnitzer

2020 BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe By AC Schnitzer

Famed Bimmer tuner takes its shot at Bavaria’s flagship M model

Like most cars, the M8 Competition Gran Coupe is far from perfect. It’s preposterously fast for a car that weighs in excess of two tons, and yet, the speed doesn’t really translate to the kind of enjoyable driving experience you’d expect from BMW’s range-topping model. Fortunately, AC Schnitzer is always there to answer the bell.

The German tuner known for developing programs for all sorts of Bimmers has come up with a program for the M8 Gran Coupe, one that addresses some of the perceived shortcomings of the M8 Competition Gran Coupe. The result is what you’d expect from AC Schnitzer.

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2020 BMW M8 Competition MH8 800 by Manhart - The Fastest 8 Series In the World

2020 BMW M8 Competition MH8 800 by Manhart - The Fastest 8 Series In the World

When Manhart sets to deliver something, the result is nothing but amazing

Manhart has a new toy for big boys and it’s based on the smoking-hot BMW M8 Competition, a car that’s already brimming with performance. Yet Manhart didn’t settle for the stock grunt because, honestly, that’s not what tuners do. So what you’re seeing here is the MH8 800, the fastest BMW M8 Competition... in the world.

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2020 BMW M5 Hurricane RS by G-Power

2020 BMW M5 Hurricane RS by G-Power

German tuner gives current-generation M5 some serious grunt

With a 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 engine producing 591 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, the BMW F90 M5 packs a mean punch. The performance sedan is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. It’s also capable of maxing out at 155 mph, though if you take the limiter off, the M5 can blitz its way to a top speed of 186 mph. All these numbers paint a clear picture of the M5’s performance capabilities, and, at least on the surface, the numbers are impressive. Then again, the F90 M5 is still teeming with untapped potential, and when there’s room for improvement, a tuner like G-Power is there to answer the bell. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the orange metallic body wrap-wearing BMW F90 M5 Hurricane RS by G-Power, and it is a monster in every sense of the word.

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2020 BMW X3 M Competition by AC Schnitzer

2020 BMW X3 M Competition by AC Schnitzer

German tuner jolts Bimmer’s performance crossover to life

AC Schnitzer knows its way around BMW models. That knowledge comes in handy when we’re talking about a comprehensive aftermarket program for one of Bimmer’s resident performance crossovers, the X3 M.

You’re probably thinking the same thing. The X3 M already has 510 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It doesn’t need more power than what it already has, right? Well, don’t tell that to AC Schnitzer. The German tuner isn’t interested in what’s already there; it’s in the business of imagining what it could become and bringing that scenario to life. The product of all that is this extensive tuning program that not only adds a slew of aerodynamic improvements to the X3 M, but, more importantly, also adds more power to what is already a powerful performance workhorse.

AC Schnitzer hasn’t announced pricing details for the X3 M Competition program, but rest assured, expect to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $20,000 to $30,000 for the program alone.

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2020 Alpina B3 Touring

2020 Alpina B3 Touring

In a world where there’s still no M3 Wagon, this remains the go-to placeholder

Alpina is one of BMW’s most loyal tuners and the latest 3 Series-based B3 models continue to boast with a unique identity and performance figures that irk any M3 owner. The G20-generation B3 Touring is the 462 horsepower stopgap in a world without an M3 Wagon in it. Our only complaint? That we can’t buy this pinstriped grocery-hauler Stateside.

Once upon a time, Alpina and AC Schnitzer were duking it out on the race tracks of the world as BMW’s favored privateers teams. Both received support from Munich and decades of on-track rivalry now see both companies - but especially Alpina - put out some of the best modified cars on the market. So good, in fact, that Alpina has been a manufacturer for over three decades - although you’ll still find BMW logos on the B3. But Alpina doesn’t plan to crash the party of the upcoming M3 Competition either. That’s fair play!

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2019 BMW X5 G05 by AC Schnitzer

2019 BMW X5 G05 by AC Schnitzer

This German tuner further enhances the driving dynamics of the fourth-gen X5 with its mods

BMW is known for its elegant, capable, and good-looking vehicles, be it the sedans, SUVs, or sports cars. It’s been 20 years since the X5 was launched, and this is the fourth-gen of the SUV. However, the latest design philosophy has kind of diluted the last aspect for the majority of people. The kidney grille is not exactly a favorite, but BMW, for some reason, thinks this design will age well and is persistent to continue with it. But, thanks to companies like AC Schnitzer, these vehicles are looking quite good even in the latest iteration. AC Schnitzer got its hands on the 2019 X5 and has done magic on the SUV to make it look a lot better than what it does in stock condition. Are there any changes except for the makeover?

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2020 Alpina XD7

2020 Alpina XD7

Our spies have spotted what appears to be the new BMW X7 testing almost completely covered in camo around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. It is believed this is the hot Alpina XD7 version of the X7 which is going to get a power boost and some styling differences inside and out in the familiar Alpina style.

You may have spotted that it has a “D” in its model designation, so it’s going to be a diesel, definitely based on the most powerful oil burner BMW makes, the M50d unit that kept pinning me to my seat during my road test of the M550d - it’s a torque monster with plenty of top end too.

The engine will be breathed upon by Alpina to make more power, and the suspension will be altered as well - it will be lowered and stiffened for improved handling and grip will be improved through the use of higher performance tires.

Update 08/05/2019: The 2019 Alpina XD7 was caught testing in the wild yet again, this time bearing a little less camo and some miniscule changes. Check out our spy shots section below to see what’s new.

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2019 BMW Garmisch

2019 BMW Garmisch

A concept from 1970 revived in 2019

The BMW Garmisch is a concept car that the German firm first unveiled in 1970 and then recreated in 2019. Designed by famed car designer Marcello Gandini at Bertone, the Garmisch reportedly vanished after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1970. BMW decided to rebuild the vehicle from scratch as a tributed for Marcello Gandini. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

One of the many BMWs designed by Italian studios, like the 328 Mille Miglia by Carrozzeria Touring and the M1 by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Garmisch didn’t make it into production, but it inspired some models introduced in the 1970s, like the first-generation 5 Series. The unusual name comes from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski town from Bavaria. According to Gandini, this name was picked because "skiing was very popular in Italy at that time. It evoked dreams of winter sports and alpine elegance."

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2020 ALPINA B7 xDrive Sedan

2020 ALPINA B7 xDrive Sedan

Say hello to the world’s fastest production sedan

Alpina and BMW have a long history. The former has been tuning Bimmers for over five decades and even provides graphic packages, different alloy designs, etc. Realizing the rising demand of Alpina-tuned cars, BMW started selling them through its own dealerships in the U.S. This time, BMW and Alpina have worked on the former’s big-face flagship luxury sedan to create an explosive monster known as the 2020 Alpina B7. The 2020 B7 was unveiled earlier this month in Palm Springs and is the sixth-generation luxury model from Alpina.

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2018 BMW M5 Touring F11 By Carbonfiber Dynamics

2018 BMW M5 Touring F11 By Carbonfiber Dynamics

The BMW M5 Touring We Wanted - It’s Here With 900 Horsepower

I’ve wondered for long - what the heck is a sleeper? Can any of the modern performance-laden cars be sleepers? I think it’s possible, but only if you inject it with a proper amount of power. This time I am referring to a rather unusual entry in the world of modified cars - the Carbonfiber Dynamics BMW M5 Estate - an Estate with a power greater than that of a Porsche 918 Spyder. Yup, this BMW M5 Estate has an engine under its bonnet with 900 horsepower.

The Germans! What can I say!?

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2018 BMW M5 by G-Power

2018 BMW M5 by G-Power

German tuner packs three stages worth of power for Bimmer’s mid-sized luxury sedan

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.

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2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Wald International Black Bison

2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Wald International Black Bison

Sinister Looks For An Aging Coupe-Like Saloon

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.

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2018 The BMW X5 M Avalanche by Auto-Dynamics

2018 The BMW X5 M Avalanche by Auto-Dynamics

This ominous beast is more powerful than the Urus and quicker than a Hellcat

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.

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2018 BMW MH5 by Manhart

2018 BMW MH5 by Manhart

The Charger Hellcat is mad? Please! Greet The Mind-Boggling BMW M5 Manhart MH5 with 700+ horsepower

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.

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2018 Alpina XD3

2018 Alpina XD3

BMW’s famous tuning partner is at it again with a bombastic upgrade for the X3 crossover

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.

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2015 - 2018 BMW X1 By Dahler

2015 - 2018 BMW X1 By Dahler

There are plenty options on the table for X1 owners

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.

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2018 BMW 740e with M Performance Parts

2018 BMW 740e with M Performance Parts

Flagship luxury sedan gets a dose of Bimmer’s M Performance bits

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.

Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW 740e with M Performance parts

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2018 BMW M5 with M Performance Parts

2018 BMW M5 with M Performance Parts

Making the hot M5 even hotter!

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M5 with M Performance Parts.

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