The last time we saw a G-Powered BMW it was the M5 Hurricane RR, which ended up being the world’s fastest LPG-powered vehicle. Well, G-Power is back for a little bit more, but this time in a much smaller package: the 1M.
If the 1M and its 335-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine just isn’t enough for you, the BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power just might be the ticket. G-Power took special care of this 1M coupe and brought it to a point that just about any auto enthusiast could be both impressed and scared to death of it at the same time.
What’s awesome, though, is the amount of careful planning that BMW put into the 1M straight from the factory had a direct relationship with the amount of power G-Power was able to crank out. BMW fitted the 1M with the front and rear axles of its M3 counterpart, giving it the clean and stout base that the 1M needs to handle more intense power output.
So, did G-Power earn another gold star with its latest BMW modification or did it fall a little short of the precedent it set with the M5 Hurricane RR?
Updated 11/02/2012: The guys over G-Power took their latest G1 V8 Hurriance RS out for a test drive and the result was impressive: the car was able to hit a top speed of 314 km/h (195 mph). Enjoy the video!
Click past the jump to find out.
We all love the BMW M lineup, and we are particularly fond of the brand new 2012 Ms, which punches 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque from a TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine. According to our report in January, the 2012 M5 can hit a top speed of 190 mph, and a driver on the Autobahn decided to test this spec.
This 60-year-old man pushed his fresh-off-the-showroom-floor 2012 BMW M5 all the way up to an estimated 186 mph. As he approached a merging vehicle he swerved to avoid it, sending this machine into ping-pong ball, as it careened back and forth between the left and right guardrails. The M5 then flipped several times before coming to a rest in the grass to the side of the high-speed highway.
Miraculously, the driver, his 20-year-old passenger, and his dog all survived the crash, though severely injured. This clearly shows how advanced theBMW’s safety features are. Judging by the images (hat tip to Bimmerpost for the images) if this were any other car, the results would have been more tragic.
This just goes to show that just because you own a car that will do 190 mph and are on a section of the Bundesautobahn (Autobahn for short) that has an unregulated speed limit, does not mean you should push the car to its limits. By all means, stretch its legs when it’s safe, but don’t max the thing out. We should all use the tragic death of this brand-spankin’-new M5 as a lesson in how not to drive. Save that craziness for the racetrack.
Right before Christmas, German magazine Autobild gave themselves a little present: they took all of the current BMW M models and tested them on the circuit to see which one was the fastest. All of the tests were done on the Sachsenring circuit in Germany and, surprising or not, the fastest model turned out to be the M3 CRT (E90). In fact, according to Autobild, not only was it the fastest from all the models tested, it was also the fastest M Car they have ever tested on the Sachsenring.
The M3 CRT lapped the circuit in 1:38.87 , closely followed by the M5 with a lap time of 1:38.90 and the 1-Series M Coupe with a time of 1:40.18. The list continues with the M3 in coupe, sedan, and convertible forms and ends with the X6M and X5M. Both SUVs were faster than the old E60 M5.
And just for fun, Autobild also brought a Porsche Panamera Turbo S and a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to the test. Hit the jump to see the official lap times.
Barely a week has passed since BMW first pulled the covers off of the 2012 6-Series Coupe and we already have the first tuning company that’s prepared a new aerodynamic package for the car. Say what you want about German tuning firm Prior Design, but they certainly are capable of burning the midnight oil to prepare a program for the 6er faster than you can say ’BMW’.
Judging by the images lined up in a collage fashion, Prior Design looks to have given the 6-Series Coupe a number of new changes, including a redesigned front bumper fascia that’s adorned with LED driving lights inside the air intakes. There’s also a lower lip spoiler that looks to have been made out of carbon fiber and a new bonnet that boasts of air vents on both sides. The fenders on the sides also appear to have been redesigned with new side grilles and side skirts while the rear bumper fascia has also been modified to go with new carbon fiber exhaust tips and a small diffuser. Rounding out the aerodynamic modifications on the 6-Series Coupe is a set of matte black-finished wheels that we’re estimating to be about 18" to 20".
Unfortunately, the German tuning firm has yet to release their performance upgrade on the car, but rest assured, we’re expecting nothing less of a barn burner. Hopefully, Prior Design comes out with all the juicy details sooner than later.
It might sound a little insensitive to be talking about a tuning package that makes reference to a natural disaster given the things going on in Japan these days, but then again, G-Power’s work on the new X6 M dubbed the ’Typhoon S’ certainly has no connection to the tragedies in Japan.
The German tuning firm has made a handsome living with their works on BMWs in the past, and with their latest offering, these guys are still a long way from slowing down.
The ’Typhoon S’ features a comprehensive tuning package for the X6, one that includes both aerodynamic and performance improvements. Despite having little to no interior upgrades, G-Power still dressed up the SUV’s exterior with new body parts that improve not just the car’s overall look, but also its effect on performance figures. And speaking of power updates, the Typhoon S was given quite the performance spike, reaching an output north of 726 horsepower - compare that to the Typhoon’s ’pedestrian’ 600-horsepower output - making this particular X6 one of the most powerful of its kind in the world.
Details on the G-Power X6 M Typhoon S after the jump.
You have to wonder how those drivers from security agencies are able to withstand the pressures of their jobs and go home for a nice, long sleep. The constant threat of danger is nerve-wracking, to say the least. Yet somehow, these people seem to know exactly what to do at those crucial times of peril.
Turns out, they’ve got a pretty extensive set of training to be able to keep their cool in dire situations. One automaker that specializes on this type of training is BMW and apparently, the German automaker even has a special test facility in East Germany – a former Soviet base, of all places – where they do their security training.
In addition to having a driver-training program that simulates dangerous real-world conditions, the site is also a place where BMW gets to play ‘nuke ‘em’ on some of their armored vehicles. If this isn’t the coolest place on the planet, we don’t know what is.
Check it out to see how all the mayhem unfolds.
What a waste of a perfectly awesome tuned up sports car. For the record, we’re glad that the driver – a 40-year old man – and his passenger walked away from the crash without any major injuries. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for that tuned-up beast that was once a G-Power Hurricane.
The BMW M5-tuned beast was totaled beyond recognition after the driver, who appeared to have been driving under the influence during the time of the accident, lost control of the car as a result of some high-speed – and obscenely reckless – driving before crashing head-on into a tree while it was on its way to Autenzell, a small town in northern Germany.
We can’t determine whether this tuned-up BMW M5 comes with the RS or RR tuning kit, but either way, the damage on the car is about as bad as it gets. It’s highly unlikely that the car can be pieced back together, a pity considering that the G-Power Hurricane – whether it’s an RS or RR version – is one of the most desirable BMW tuning kits out on the market.
Way to go, moron!
A convoy of three 2011 6-Series Convertibles was spotted by some German auto enthusiasts on the Autobahn, testing at speeds exceeding 160 mph. Last time we saw the new 6-Series testing it was at the renowned Nurburgring race track; now the 6 series takes on the high-speed tarmac of the German Autobahn.
Usually prototypes such as this one are captured by professional spy photographers; however, this time the shots have come in from a member of M5Board driving a modified M3.
This particular trio of BMW prototypes happens to consist of three different 6-Series models. One model sports the same square exhaust tips that we saw on the Nurburgring 6-Series; presumably the high performance model as suggested by a passenger in the video.
The new 6-Series features styling fairly similar to that of the GranCoupe Concept, but we expect the new 6-Series won’t veer to far off from the old design thanks to BMW’s tentative designers.
Recent spy videos of the new 2011 M5 sedan, the 6-Series Convertible, and the M6 Coupe are increasing the likelihood that these new BMWs are drawing closer and closer to a dealership date in the not-so distant future.
We’ve known for quite some time now that the new M5 and the M6 Coupe are being given an engine overhaul by doing away with the current model’s 10-cylinder engine in favor for a modded version of the twin-turbocharged V8 engine that’s currently sitting under the hood of the X5 M and X6 M. It’s also worth noting - awkward as it is - that in one of the videos, a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG is peeking just behind the 6-Series Convertible and nobody seems to be taking any notice to the camouflaged BMW. The boys from Merc ought to be having a good laugh from this.
Nevertheless, these camouflaged BMWs are still what caught our attention - no offense to the SLS - and seeing them get that kind of shakedown leads us to believe that seeing them launched will happen sooner rather than later.
Video #2 after the jump
The Nurburgring has hosted more than its fair share of testing runs from car brands looking to break in their new models so it really wasn’t the least bit surprising to us that BMW’s test track session of the new 2011 M5 happened at the - you guessed it - Green Hell.
While testing sessions are mostly done to gauge how far the car’s performance has come since it was first penned, we couldn’t help, but feel a little optimistic at how the new M5 looks. Sure, there’s still a bit of camouflage on the car but with less and less of it appearing by the day, we’re finally getting a good look at the new M5, which, if you’re curious to know, has our approval.
As far as the car’s performance numbers are concerned, everything is as what we’ve mentioned before, including the 4.4 liter-twin-turbo V8 from the X5 M and the X6 M with an outut of 570 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of just 4.2 seconds.
The car is expected to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show later this year with sales set to begin sometime in 2011.
It’s amazing what you can happen to come upon while taking a ride in the countryside. These photos were taken in Garching, Germany and while some of the images appear to be nothing more then an ordinary traffic jam, but if you look carefully you might notice the red BMW 1-Series that’s sticking out like a sore thumb, which makes these photos a little more interesting.
What’s so interesting, you ask?
Well, if you put one and one together – and by one and one, we mean a BMW 1-Series driving in Garching, which incidentally, is the stomping grounds of the brand’s in house high performance tuners at the M Division – then you just might be looking at the new BMW M1. Of course, there’s no confirmation of this other than the facts that we have just given you, but looking at the car, it does bear some striking similarities to the new BMW 135i.
We thought we left the witch-hunting back centuries ago, but as it turns out, in Germany, a whole new form of burning-at-the-stake is taking place. A group of protestors from Berlin that support leftist organizations in the German capital have taken their whole approach of getting noticed to a new level, and they’re doing it by burning down luxury cars.
Yes, this is the 21st century and apparently, hooligans still do exist. More than 200 cars have been reported to being burned by these people, most of which include local luxury brands like Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen. They burn these cars in an attempt to send a message that the growing increase in rent due to the ongoing urban development in the city isn’t sitting too well with the blue-collar folks that can’t keep up with the gentrification of their city. So, in an attempt to get their points across; they burn down any luxury car that is unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of their wrath.
Making things worse is that they’d leave a note after the poor car has been burned to a crisp, even claiming responsibility for their fiery rage. So, if you’re in Berlin with a brand-new luxury vehicle, make sure you keep a close eye on it, especially during weekend nights, before it gets toasted – literally.
It’s not much, but we’ll take it any way we can get it.
The new 2011 BMW 5 Series won’t be revealed for a few more days, but BMW has given us a sneak peek of what the car – or at least the front side of it – will ultimately look like.
Now, we’ve circled November 24 on our calendars for a while now, but we’re not disappointed that these photos came out two days before the highly-anticipated debut of the new 5-Series. Based from what we’re seeing, the new 5-Series bears some resemblance to the incumbent 7-Series that’s out on the market these days.
But before we get too carried away with our comparisons, we’re going to hold on to our horses until BMW’s official unveiling.
When some manufacturers think that building one million cars is an achievement in itself – well, in some cases, it is – they should nonetheless try to take a page out of BMW’s remarkable output.
The German automaker’s 5-Series line, which began production back in 1972, has produced well over 5 million units. To be exact, this particular 525 xDrive Touring became car no. 5,555,555, which, if you’re keeping count, is a mind-boggling number.
The historic car will not be for sale but will instead be donated to the Bavarian Forest Naitonal Park, the oldest park reserve in all of Germany since it was opened in 1970 - two years before the 5-Series went into production.
To prepare car no. 5,555,555 for its new enclave, BMW outfitted with its xDrive all-wheel technology with a power output of a little under 200 hp and an average fuel consumption of 6.9 liters per 100 km.
We know that success is relative, especially when it comes to an industry as big as the auto biz. Nevertheless, you don’t come across a lot of manufacturers that can claim that they’ve built over 5 million cars from the same line. Props to BMW for achieving a great milestone!
The LEGO BMW X1 has now been completed, and while there’s a stark difference from a real X1 – for starters, it doesn’t move – it does look remarkably similar to the real one.
Over 800 children between ages 5 to 13 years old – with the help of some BMW staff – worked on the project over the course of four days. It’s a remarkable feat for these young ones, a lot of whom worked tirelessly to create this 165,000 LEGO blocks masterpiece.
We especially like the BMW badge nestled on the front of the X1, which adds a touch of realism to the finished product. Good work kiddos!
Beginning last November 6 and ending today, November 9, BMW hosted a unique family activity at the Welt Center: build a BMW X1 out of LEGO blocks.
Yes; LEGO blocks.
As another ingenious product of BMW’s ‘Joy’ campaign, the car maker has invited families and children anywhere from age five and above to participate in building a full-scale X1 from 2,000 LEGO blocks, where, as part of Beamer’s CSR initiative, each LEGO block used in the event will correlate to a sum of money BMW will donate to the Munich Children’s Foundation.
As soon as the unconventional build is finished, the LEGO BMW X1 will be proudly displayed by the company alongside real life Beamers on the grounds of the BMW Welt Plaza.
The finished product
And if things start to get too complicated, educationally trained staff will help you with the construction – which will carried out according to an exact plan. The finished BMW X1 made of LEGO® bricks will then stand proudly as a real eye-catcher among the BMW automobiles on the BMW Welt Plaza.
Any car enthusiast will tell you that if there’s one race circuit in the world that they’d like to burn rubber on, it’s the Nurburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany. While our chances of ever stepping into the graffiti-laden pavement of Nurburgring may have been little to none in the past, we may finally get our chance soon enough.
BMW will soon release a BMW M5 taxi exclusively for the Nurburgring. OK, so you won’t be behind the wheel of the car, but still, taking a lap of the ‘Ring in the passenger seat of an M5 is still better than anything you could have ever hoped for.
You must be warned, though. BMW Motorsports have said that tickets for the M5 Ring-Taxi are as scarce as snow in the Philippines and that availability – if there’s any – will be announced by BMW around Christmas-time.
Nevertheless, it’s still worth keeping tabs on. After all, you don’t get many opportunities like this in your lifetime, and if you can do it, we guarantee you’ll become the envy of all your car-loving friends, for as long as you don’t tell them that you were just in the passenger seat of the M5.
Fresh of their ground-breaking and revolutionary BMW Vision EfficientDynamics, another attention-seeking BMW-badged concept car is making some headlines these days.
We actually don’t know if it’s a porcupine, a car, or a combination of both. Either way, the car you’re seeing is the new BMW Lovos concept and was created by a 24-year old designer Anne Forschner from the Pforzheim University in Germany.
We don’t know what Ms. Anne was thinking designing this car, but he probably sees something we don’t with this car. For starters, its body of work suggests that it was inspired from a porcupine or fish scales. And if that can’t catch your attention, you might want to check out those matching Swarovski-decked lights for good measure.
We know car designers have a penchant for going a tad too overboard with their designs but this one seems to definitely fly over the cuckoo scale. Forschner’s design, which if you pay enough attention, comes with exterior pieces that’s coated with solar photovoltaic cells, which we assume, will have something to do with the car possibly running on solar or electric power.
Either way, we don’t think it’s a car we’d like to see out on the road anytime soon. Maybe ever.
The crew from Car and Driver spotted the real live BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car in front of the BMW Welt Delivery Center in Munich just outside the German based car company’s headquarters a short while ago. Up until now we have only been privy to teasers, renderings and factory stills; but this photo gives the vehicle the sense of being a real car, and that is because it is.
The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a 2+2-seater plug-in hybrid model powered by a 1.5 Liter three cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 163 HP and 214 lb-ft of torque that is combined with two electric motors mated to a DTC gearbox to produce a very efficient sports car. All three power generators work together to deliver a maximum output of 356 HP and a peak 590 lb-ft of torque while fuel consumption is reduced to a very impressive 75.1 MPG. That much economical power allows the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.8 seconds and reach top speed of 155 MPH.
There is one group of automotive surgeons in Germany that specialize in transplanting the hearts out of the most powerful of BMW models and then inserting them into much smaller, lightweight and nimble chassis. So we weren’t too surprised when we came across the Manhart Racing M3TV10 up for sale on the internet. At the time we were curious as to why the tuning specialist was getting rid of their utilitarian powerhouse, but now we know that it was just o make room and free up a little cash for their latest creation, the Manhart Racing BMW Z4 V10.
Following the same formula as most of their creations, the process started by removing the 5.0 Liter 550 HP engine and all the parts that make it work from a BMW M5 before they can squeeze it into the nose of the German automaker’s latest hard top roadster. Along with the engine transplant, the 6 speed manual transmission and rear differential are also incorporated into the build for their strength and proven ability to take the V10’s power. Finishing off the hardware is a Fichtel & Sachs clutch, an AC Schnitzer stainless steel exhaust and a pair of HJS racing catalytic converters to reduce the roadster’s emissions.
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Airports are hardly the place you’d find a car being on display but that’s exactly the case at the Munich Airport where the new BMW 5 Series GT is proudly displayed for those taking flights at the German airport.
The method behind BMW’s madness comes on the heels of its new campaign of promoting its vehicles in a number of seemingly oddball locations with the intention of piquing the interest and curiosity of those present in the location.
Talking about terms, there aren’t that many places in the world that generates as much people traffic as one of the largest and busiest airports in Europe: the Munich Airport. The number of passengers – and that’s not even counting the employees and family members that drop off and/or pick up their kins – that walked through the airport in 2008 was a staggering 34.73 million, so you know that this airport is no slouch when it comes to human traffic.
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Most people would be ecstatic over the prospect of owning one BMW. Then again, Klaus Hammerschmidt isn’t most people.
The 73-year old German has been known as one of the most foremost collectors of BMW in the world and he’s garage is living proof of his undying love for his favorite car brand. What started with one car back in 50’s has grown to in number each passing year.
It seems hard-pressed to believe that recently, Hammerschimdt picked up his 135th BMW at the brand-new BMW delivery facility called the Welt.
You read that right. 135.
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