2014 brought us rumors of BMW working on a performance-oriented 3 Series that would slot between the 340i and the 2016 BMW M3 in terms of output. This spawned yet another rumor that Munich might do the same with the 4 Series to give the nameplate a proper competitor for the 2016 Audi S5 and the upcoming 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Coupe. However, BMW has yet to confirm it and word has it the Germans might have cancelled the project, despite the big gap between the range-topping, non-M model and the M-badged trim. Meanwhile, if a sexier and more powerful version of the 435i is what you need, but you can’t afford the M4, BMW has you covered with the M Performance Power kit.
The first 4 Series to sport this upgrade is actually a convertible model. The drop-top seen here was showcased at the brand’s dealership in Abu Dhabi before the lucky customer who commissioned it came in to take it home and enjoy those sunny weekends in the Arabian Peninsula.
Unlike the wide array of Individual-badged Bimmers that usually receive a special paint job, a set of custom wheels, and a full leather interior, the M Performance Parts kit brings a lot more to the table. As the name suggests, it also adds a body kit to the car, and, more importantly, adds more power under the hood. Check out the full details below.
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BMW is no stranger to special-edition versions of its cars, but customers in Abu Dhabi are getting an extra special treat. As a special collection of various BMW Individual options, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is an exquisite showcase of how much customization that is available for the right price. Better yet, with the 6 Series Gran Coupe having been on the market for a few years now, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is a good way to potentially keep this vehicle fresh in the growing segment of “four-door coupes.”
The key element of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is its expensive Pure Metal Silver paint job. Introduced late last year on the BMW M5, this chrome-effect color contains aluminum flakes within the water-based paint, and it goes through a special paint process (different than all other paint jobs) to ensure protection. The paint material alone is 40 times more expensive than conventional paint, and when combined with the added work that goes into applying the hue, the end result is a paint option north of $10,000. If you’re looking for a unique color that is deep and brilliant, this is your car.
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If it rides on four wheels and costs a lot of money, you can probably find it rolling around somewhere in Dubai. And while it’s true that the general populace usually sees their transportation needs met by some form of exotic machinery, the local police force is equally keen on being whisked to and fro in something lavish, excessive, and very fast.
We’ve seen Bugatti Veyron cruisers and Lotus Evora ambulances, and now it looks as though the BMW i8 will join the ranks of white-and-green, UAE-style law enforcement.
And why not? Not only will the hybrid sports car have the speed necessary to track down baddies, but it’ll also save a few Dirhams at the gas pump, all in super-efficient, Euro eco-luxury.
While extravagant, the addition of an i8 to the Dubai police fleet shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the list of other high-dollar cars in service. A partial inventory would include the Lexus RC F, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Aventador, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari FF, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes SLS, Aston Martin One-77, Ferrari 458, McLaren MP4 12C, Mercedes G63, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, and the Audi R8.
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The BMW 3 Series first set rubber on North American soil in 1977, as the replacement for the 2002, leaving the new model with some pretty large shoes to fill. In 2012, the 3 underwent its sixth generational overhaul, which also began the phasing out of the coupe and convertible 3 Series, that would later become the 4 Series. As we continue through the 2015 model year, the 3 Series continues strong, with its most powerful non-M version being the 335i. With its 300 ponies on tap, it’s no surprise that BMW Abu Dhabi saw it fit to customize a 2015 335i and post it on Facebook for all of us to drool over.
This one-off Bimmer features the M Sport Line appearance package and enough custom work to make seeing a duplicate unlikely. Fortunately, the Middle Eastern dealership didn’t stop after customizing the body, as it did a little wrench work under the hood, too.
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The Middle East no stranger to seeing special edition vehicles, but it did look strange to us that BMW Abu Dhabi would go the route of preparing a special edition version of the M135i. It’s called the "M Performance Special Edition," and to be fair, it does look sprightly, especially the way the Mineral Grey metallic hue combines well with those red and orange accents.
Racing stripes with a checkered flag design also run down the middle of the M135i, which is a nice touch and fits in well with the whole special edition identity BMW Abu Dhabi is trying to convey. Carbon-fiber mirrors add a touch of sporty exclusivity to the mix, as does the new set of M alloy wheels.
All the exterior and interior changes to the M Performance Special Edition are impressive. But that’s the extent of it, because the model doesn’t carry any engine upgrades. Instead, customers will get the same 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that develops 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
BMW Abu Dhabi has an interesting M135i in its hands, but how much attention will it really get in a market so used to getting its supercar on?
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As the Middle East market is the third biggest market worldwide for BMW 7-Series sales is no surprise to hear that the German company developed a special edition 760Li for the Arab Emirates. The new model, called 760Li V12 M Bi-Turbo combines a powerful, V-12 engine with a bespoke, luxury interior and a specially highlighted exterior look.
The model is powered by a 6.0 liter V-12 twin-turbo engine that delivers a total of 544 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. This powerful engine, combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission should be enough to catapult the luxury sedan from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.
The model can be ordered in eight different colors inspired by the most famous Formula One tracks from around the world: Monte Carlo Blue, Silverstone II and Imola Red. Next to these special colors, the new special edition will be distinguished by a series of unique elements added to both the exterior and the interior.
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German automaker BMW has never been one to turn down a dealership looking to add some color to one of its vehicles. It’s the tried-and-tested "art car" treatment that BMW has come to be known for.
Yeah, we remember Jeff Koons’ work on the M3 GTS. That car even competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, although it didn’t have the kind of finish it was hoping for. Now another BMW art car has come out of the woodwork, except this time, it comes by way of the Umm Al Nar dealership in Abu Dhabi.
Unlike Koons’ M3 GTS, this 650i Gran Coupe Art Car is being shown only as part of the "Road is your Easel" art event, which will run until December 6, 2012.
As expected with an art car, the 650i Gran Coupe features a cacophony of colors that starts off with a purple and blue treatment on the front end before an abstract string of designs and colors take over and extend all the way to the rear. There aren’t any performance mods performed on this 650i Gran Coupe Art Car, which means that you can expect to see the same 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque that the standard model comes with.
Saudi Arabia and the surrounding areas comprising the Middle East has become quite the haven for exotic super cars. As an extension, a number of tuning companies have also made their way in that region, including one that has just taken a BMW M3 and added a little demonic touch to it.
Built by Strasse Forged Wheels in partnership with Active Autowerke, this particular M3 has plenty of what you’d want to put into your German sports coupe. The first order of business was the aesthetic and aerodynamic kit and modifications were done to ensure that it looks the part of an aftermarket wonder.
A factory frozen black paint finish was applied to the body to give it a more menacing appearance. From there, a carbon fiber hood and trunk was added courtesy of Arkym while Revozport was responsible for the carbon front lip, carbon fiber rear diffuser, and carbon fiber mirrors. There’s also a Performance M3 Control Arm upgrade, a new set of 20" Strasse Forged Deep Concave SM7 wheels with matte black centers, titanium brushed lips, gloss blank inner barrels, and a race-prep weight reduction package.
From there, the modifications turned to the engine and that’s where Active Autowerke comes came into the picture, thanks to a Stage 2 supercharger kit that jumped the output of the car’s 4.0-liter V8 engine from 420 horsepower all the way up to an impressive 625 horsepower.
By the way, those red headlights are just pure evil. Pure, pure evil.
At one point I really wanted an RX8, almost to the point of doing whatever it took to get the money for one. Well, after a promotion, I managed to get one and was sorely disappointed by it. Well, an Egyptian man decided to put the words “I’ll do anything” into action in an extreme way.
In Egypt, as with many developing countries, vehicles are very expensive and even more so when considering a luxury ride like a BMW 1M. With a $150,000 price tag in Egypt – more than triple its U.S. price – this wise fellow decided that the 1M was not in the cards for him now. Instead of giving up altogether, he decided to build something better than his dream car.
He began his quest with a stock BMW 120d, which once boasted a 161-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel engine, and completely stripped it down. He then pulled an S65 V-8 monster from an M3, which pumps out 414 horsepower, and dropped it in his 120d. Well, “dropping” the engine in included some motor mount and ECU modifications.
This young man then installed the M3’s suspension onto the 120d, added 1M body panels, slapped 19-inch wheels on it, and last, had a custom exhaust and driveshaft fitted to it. In the end “hatembmw,” as he goes by on a popular BMW forum, invested about $45,000 to modify his 120d into a monster that would likely annihilate a 335-horsepower M1. As detailed as this process is, this entire project took him just eight weeks to complete – three to four weeks on mechanical stuff and four weeks on the body.
All we can do is tip my hat to hatembmw… Good show, my friend, good show indeed. Enjoy the videos, we know we certainly did.
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