JMS Tuning has released an all-new modification setup for earlier-generation BMW 5-Series models – E60 and E61 models. This new makeover kit has a plethora of options available, but the base kit is set in stone.
First off, the kit requires either a E60 sedan or E61 estate 5-Series with the M-Tech bumper installed. The only body panel component that comes with the base-level kit is a replacement front apron, which boasts a wide-mouth just below the front grille and a stylized front lip that wraps upward and into the wide-mouth opening.
Body styling is not all that JMS Tuning focused on with the base kit, as it also includes a set of KW Variant 3 coilovers, which are fully adjustable. On the front end, you get 60 mm (2.36 inches) of drop and on the rear end, you get 45 mm (1.77 inches) closer to the ground. Not only do these coilovers bring the 5-Series lower to the ground, giving it a great appearance, but they also increase overall handling.
Also helping handling are a set of ASA AR1 Alloy wheels 9 x 20 inches on the front and 10.5 x 20 inches on the rear. The front rims are wrapped in 245/30R20 performance tires and the rear rims are hugged by massive 285/25R20 tires. Whomever mounts these tires onto the rims, we wish a ton of luck, as their sidewalls are about the size of a rubber band.
The price for the base kit is roughly €5,250 ($6,359). If you wish to add some extra ponies to the 5-Series’ engine, you can also opt for optional exhaust kits and ECU tuning, plus JMS also offers various interior modifications to round out your 5-Series modification project.
If you happen to own a non-M3 E46 3-Series, but want the look of the M3, Prior design has come up with an M3 styling kit that may suit you.
Starting up front, Prior Design eliminates the boring E46’s front bumper and replaces it with a unit that boasts a wide mouth and two side air intakes. The mouth’s outline is rather thin, keeping the drag to a minimum, and it is high enough off of the ground to avoid scraping.
For the sides of your awaiting 3-Series, Prior includes a set of side skirts that not only boast a very modern ankle line, but they also make your 3-Series look lower to the ground without any suspension modifications. Unfortunately, the side skirts just don’t quite fit in with the E46’s lines and stick out pretty badly.
Prior Design makes up for its sub-standard side skirts with a sweet backside addition to the 3-Series. This new rear bumper eliminates the econo-box-looking rear bumper that BMW slapped on the E46 3-Series and replaces it with a unit that features just the right amount of shape, a small diffuser, and cutouts for a dual exhaust setup. Our only issue here is what if the owner doesn’t have or want dual exhaust? Then he’s stuck with a goofy looking bumper.
Here’s the real test; does this kit make a regular 3-Series look like an M3? We have to be totally honest here; if you flew by at 80 mph with a nasty dual exhaust system rumbling behind you, we might mistake it for an M3. Sitting at a stop light, this kit is easily pegged as a poor knock off. The only component that somewhat resembles the M3 is the front bumper and even that is off track.
It’s a noble attempt by Prior and it would be okay as a regular body kit, sans the side skirts, but to call it an “M3 Styling” kit is a reach.
If you still want it, you can get the kit for €957 ($1,200 at current rates). We do suggest skipping the side skirts and finding another set that better suits the car, which will save you €199 ($250 at current rates).
For those that love the BMW 328i, but just feel like it is lacking a little something in the styling area, you are not alone. BMW modifiers extraordinaire, iND, have pieced together a beautiful package to help make any 328i look a little more stylish, and sound better too.
Up front you’re getting gloss-black-painted grilles, which help break up the monotony of the 328i’s front end. Adding a little extra style is a urethane front bumper lip from 3D Design. This lip features secure mounting hardware and simple instructions, making for a clean and factory-looking mount.
The 328i’s center of gravity is dropped slightly, using a set of H&R springs. Unfortunately, the amount of drop and the resulting spring rate is not given. Just the drop alone is bound to help increase the 3-Series’ nimbleness. Also helping in the twisties is a set of four pewter 19-inch BBS CH-R wheels, measuring in at 19 x 9.5 inches.
Helping bring the 328i to a stop, iND added in a set of M Performance brakes. This kit includes slotted and drilled rotors, 4-piston front calipers, and 2-piston rear calipers.
In the land of engine performance, iND did very little to the 328i’s performance numbers. The only addition on this entire modification is the installation of an Eisenmann exhaust system. There is no mention on how many ponies this adds, but we assume it will add about 5 to 8 horsepower, which brings its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine up to about 245 to 248 horsepower. Other than the exhaust system, the remainder of the mechanics remain untouched.
Overall, we think that iND did a good job taking a sharp car and making it a little but more stylish. They certainly did not overdo it in this case.
Though the BMW M1 from the late-1970s and early-1980s was not a supercar by any stretch of the term, it was about as close as BMW has gotten to the supercar realm in its entire history. With BMW steadily expanding its lineup with the like of the i8 and i3, could this be the perfect time for BMW to dive into the true supercar realm with a resurrected M1?
According to the folks at Automobile Magazine, it surely does. Their sources say that BMW is already hard at work plugging away at this concept for a possible debut in 2014 at an auto show of BMW’s liking.
The rumors are pointing toward the M1 having a monocoque chassis made of extremely stiff carbon fiber. Wrapped around the monocoque, the body would be a mixture of carbon fiber, aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and high-strength steel. This lightweight design leads to the biggest benefit of this system, a performance car weighing in at only 2,750 lbs.
The M1 will also reportedly feature a body so aerodynamic that it’s like adding 100 horsepower to any engine. A plethora of moving fins along the body direct the wind around the vehicle and transfers it into useful energy, as opposed to useless drag.
According to rumors, BMW has already chosen an engine. After flirting with a 6-cylinder option, the German luxury car company settled on the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. This engine is rumored to punch out somewhere in the range of 600 to 650 horsepower.
Behind this engine would be a super-fast shifting dual clutch transmission. This combination of high power, quick shift, and light weight would give the M1 a top speed of 205 mph and a 0 to 62 mph time of roughly 3 seconds. This would immediately put BMW up on par with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Bugatti.
For now, this is all just hearsay and rumors, so there is little more to report. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. We hope to report soon that BMW is confirming this vehicle, but we’re not holding our breath.
Image is of the 2008 BMW M1 Hommage.
Trophy trucks are pretty bad-ass and so is the BMW X6. So what would that leave any automotive nut to figure? Well, the folks at All German Motorsports let us know the answer, as they pieced together a trophy truck based on the styling of the X6. Nearly every single component on this AGM-built X6 dune truck was custom fabricated, as components to build an X6 Trophy Truck are just not readily available.
In the end, AGM ended up with a pretty sick creation, as this beast weighs a whopping 2,000 lbs less than the typical trophy truck, and even 300 lbs less than the lightest stock X6. Those weight savings are thanks to a Jimco Racing-built frame that is several hundreds of lbs lighter than the average trophy truck and a McGrath Fiberglass-built carbon fiber body, which saves a significant amount of weight over the average trophy truck.
After all of that body and frame work, a BMW V-8 engine was shipped off to Denzo for a complete build up. This custom-built V-8 produces a massive 725 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. All of this combined with a plethora of custom suspension and braking work netted the team one nasty, dune-ready X6.
In its inaugural running, the truck had an axle failure and had to retire early. The following day, this trophy truck clawed from its last place slot to finish in 10th place for the series, which isn’t bad considering it dropped out of the first race. There’s nothing like seeing a luxury SUV cruising through the desert at speeds well in excess of 100 mph and getting some serious airtime at the same time.
We will keep you updated on how this X6 Trophy Truck performs in future races, so stay tuned!
Alas, BMW has not been tempting us with a model that will never see the light of day. Thankfully, they have come to their collective senses and decided to give us a BMW with a little personality. Okay, well, hopefully.
BMW has pushed the Gran Coupe concept through to production and not a moment too soon. With the Audi A7 lurking at the segment and the Mercedes CLS in its second version, BMW needed a star. Turns out, that star will be the Gran Coupe and will debut in 2012.
According to BMW Blog, the BMW Gran Coupe will be sold under the 6-Series badge and will share some of the features from that model line. However, the Gran Coupe will also keep some of the features that made the concept so attractive at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year including the frameless windows and B-pillar. The model will be available in an even mixture of gasoline and diesel engines with an ActiveHybrid also in the works.
More details on the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe after the jump.
The world has fallen in love with the ease of the social network, and now even automakers are turning to the popular form of communication to direct their next vehicle design. We’ve already heard about the 911 GT3 R Hybrid Facebook Edition that Porsche unveiled once they reached their 1,000,000th fan on Facebook, but now BMW is one-upping their German auto brother by using the site to create a special edition 1-Series. The new 1-Series special edition will be designed by young BMW designers and will take on whatever look is chosen by BMW fans.
BMW has provided 16 combinations to choose from on their Facebook page, and the winner will make it to production with the help of 3M wrap specialists who will don the special design on the car. As for the more mechanical aspect of the Beamer, the special edition 1-series will receive the same two 4-cylinder diesel engines with 122 or 143 HP, as well as a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine with 230 HP option. The 135i model has a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine that delivers a total of 300 HP and 300 lbs-ft of torque.
It’s kind of cool that BMW is entrusting its fans with this type of makeover for their small family car. The only thing we have a problem with is that the special edition 1-series will only be available on the Italian market. Who dropped the ball on that decision?