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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.

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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.

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2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition

2018 BMW M3 30 Years American Edition

BMW blows 30 candles for the M3’s presence here in the US

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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2016 BMW 340i M Performance

2016 BMW 340i M Performance

A little show and a little go bridge the gap to a full M

The annual SEMA show is where all the big names in the automotive aftermarket congregate to show off their latest wares, with plenty of up-and-coming tuners and shops added to the mix to help get the word out. Joining the third party folks is several of the big automakers, which use the event as a springboard to introduce the latest accessories, parts, and concepts. BMW is joining the fun this year, arriving in Vegas to showcase its latest round of extras to carry the M brand badging. Highlights include an M2 Safety Car, an M3, an X5, and this – a sparkling white 340i bearing plenty of the performance division’s embellishments.

SEMA is actually a fantastic venue for a showcase like this. As it turns out, the U.S. is the largest consumer of M Performance Parts, touting 20-percent higher revenue than Germany, the next largest consumer.

In case you were unaware, M Performance Parts help to bridge the gap between more pedestrian trim levels of a model lineup (like the 340i) and the definitively sporty models in Bimmer’s stable (the M3, for example).

This particular example comes draped in an Alpine White paint job, a classic hue for the Bavarian automaker. Complementing the new look is carbon aero and enormous multi-spoke wheels. But the most interesting addition seems to be the M Performance Power & Sound Kit, which adds a few tweaks under the hood for extra (you guessed it) power and sound.

Interested? Read on for more.

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2016 BMW M3 With M Performance Parts

2016 BMW M3 With M Performance Parts

The German brand debuts new carbon wing and lightweight wheels

The SEMA Show may be about aftermarket parts and significantly modified vehicles, but it’s also an event where automakers showcase less extreme upgrades and accessories. BMW falls in the latter category at this year’s event, where it will introduce a range of M performance parts that will be offered to the public starting 2017. The new updates will be showcased on a range of production cars, one of which is an M3 sedan.

The high-performance four-door is fitted with an array of aerodynamic features, some inspired from the world of motorsport, as well as new wheels, carbon-fiber elements, and a revised suspension system. More importantly, the car will be used to mark two world debuts, both set to hit the market in 2017 for several nameplates.

The fact that the German carmaker chose to launch most of its new M-badged upgrades at the SEMA Show isn’t surprising. The U.S. is the largest market for M performance parts and accessories, with 20 percent higher revenue than Germany, the second largest market for such options.

The M3 will sit in the BMW booth alongside other upgraded cars, including an X5 and a 340i. The German brand will also display a special BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance crafted by the Individual division, as well as an M2 Safety Car.

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2016 BMW M2 Coupe With M Performance Parts

2016 BMW M2 Coupe With M Performance Parts

The 2016 BMW M2 is barely out of the box, and it’s already making its debut at SEMA. The new high-performance coupe combines BMW’s 370-horsepower twin-turbo engine and the M Division’s racing expertise into a pint-sized package, and the result is getting rave reviews. Is it ever too early for aftermarket parts, though? The M2 showed up at SEMA displaying a host of new M Performance Parts designed for it. The show car is fully decked out with looks reminiscent of the classic race-bred 3.0 CSL, just in case the M2’s link to BMW’s racing heritage is too subtle.

It may be sitting on the show stand like a one-off concept, but this M2 is displaying parts that will be available in the spring of 2016. The M2’s performance is very well dialed-in already, and M Performance has focused on the car’s appearance instead, with a range of interior and exterior upgrade components.

Updated 07/08/2016: BMW dropped a new video showing the M2 Coupe equipped with M Performance Parts in action on the race track. Hit "play" to watch the new video.

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2015 BMW M4 Special Edition GTRS4 By Vorsteiner

2015 BMW M4 Special Edition GTRS4 By Vorsteiner

The 2015 BMW M4 saw lots of love at SEMA this year, and for good reason. The German special has all the right roots to make it quite the tuner car for those daring to mess with something so good out of the box, like a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter, inline-six motor putting out a healthy 425 horsepower through a six-speed manual gearbox (don’t forget the optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic for those afraid of more than two pedals). Then there’s the suspension, which is geared with obvious intention toward track usage over previous models, with “play-free” ball joints and elastomeric bearings, a CFRP strut-tower brace, and a rear axle that’s bolted directly to the rear subframe. The result is a car that simply begs for apexes.

LA-based body kit designer Vorsteiner, which produces aftermarket aero pieces and wheels for high-end imports such as Porsche, Ferrari, and Bentley, is celebrating 10 years of business, and as a gift to itself and anyone who enjoys full carbon-composite, wide-body Bimmers, it created the M4 that lays before you. With a focus on mixing an organic look with functional performance, the design process started earlier in the year, culminating with a debut in Vegas in October 2014.

After finalizing the overall design, Vorsteiner 3D scanned the stock coupe, then overlaid the renderings to produce quick CNC prototypes to aid in development. The result, as you can clearly see, is pretty amazing. The lines pay homage to BMW’s touring car racing heritage, but keeps things within the realm of street usage. Oh, and did I mention that it’s full carbon composite?

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2013 BMW 335i by H&R Springs

2013 BMW 335i by H&R Springs

You won’t see as many European cars on the SEMA show floor as their American counterparts, but that doesn’t mean that the cupboard is dry as far as Euro representation is concerned. One German model that’s making the trip to Vegas is the BMW 335i and it’s doing so by way of H&R Springs.

H&R Springs have really perfected the craft of building programs that may not look fancy from the outside, but completely overwhelm the rider once he straps on and goes for a ride in one of them.

That’s what they managed to accomplish with their set-up of this BMW 335i. There’s nothing on the outside that makes you think somebody did work on it, but once you get inside and feel the improved handling dynamics of the car, you’ll be convinced that this car was provided with an upgrade.

That’s the beauty of H&R Springs. They’re not about the style; they’re about the substance.

Find out more about H&R Springs’ program for the BMW 335i after the jump

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2012 BMW M5 by IND Distribution

2012 BMW M5 by IND Distribution

The next major event of the Fall is the SEMA Auto Show and if there haven’t been enough reasons to follow the vehicles that will be attending, this next model should seal the deal. The guys over at IND Distribution will be headed to Las Vegas with a special project based on the new BMW M5. The tuner has yet to offer any details on this car’s specifications, but they did promise that it will be the "world’s fastest M5." Has this caught your attention yet?

IND Distribution wants to keep as much of their new project secret as possible, but these images do reveal a special feature that certainly starts things off right. The IND BMW M5 is sporting a smooth carbon fiber roof. Aside from that key feature, we can also see Recaro seats, special safety equipment developed by Fall Line Motorsports, and new KW suspensions.

We’re willing to bet our paychecks that this list of features will be much longer than that, especially since there is no mention yet as to the power upgrades provided. This M5 can’t be the world’s fastest without a good boost in power. All we can do now is wait and see "the absolute best F10 M5 possible" when it debuts at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, which starts on October 30, 2012.

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by H&R Springs

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe by H&R Springs

For all of the tuning projects that have been done on the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, it seemed a little surprising that we haven’t heard a whole lot from the popular 1M at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show other than the ’Black Knight’ vehicle that RevoZport was building.

Apparently, a second 1M Coupe has officially booked its attendance in Las Vegas.

This one comes from renowned suspension specialists, H&R Springs, who built a program for the 1M Coupe that centers on a number of high-end performance parts. That’s not to say that they didn’t work on the car’s aesthetics because they did dress it up with some decals bearing the unmistakable M-Series livery to go with some sticky jewel graphics.

To give the car the perfect stance and performance handling of a true M-Series, H&R Springs provided it with its own Sport Suspension set-up that lowered the car by 1.2" on the front and 0.6" on the rear. H&R also added their own Sport Sway Bars on the front (27mm) and rear (23mm) of the sports car. These bars come with forged ends and are made from HF wire, a material that’s unique to the industry because it’s heat treated and shot peened. The last of H&R Springs’ performance parts is the Trak+ Wheel Spacers, installed to perfectly space the wheels and tires in fender wells, and allow for wheel clearance of the big Brembo calipers.

As for contributions made by its contemporaries, the 1M Coupe’s new 19" wheels were provided by BBS and its new Super RS wheels and has been fitted with Continental ExtremeContact DW tires. As for the Brembo brakes, H&R Springs opted to go with the Brembo GT 380mm Big Brake Kit with matching blue calipers from Custom Motorsport.

UPDATE 11/08/2011: We have added new images of the BMW 1-Series M Coupe by H&R Springs from its official debut at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show. Check them out in the picture gallery.

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2011 BMW M3 GTS-V by Vorsteiner

2011 BMW M3 GTS-V by Vorsteiner

American tuning company, Vorsteiner, has traveled across the pond to attend the 2011 SEMA Auto Show and they brought a modded BMW M3 right along with them.

The "GTS-V" program on the M3 includes a comprehensive list of aerodynamic and performance modifications, which Vorsteiner added to the BMW sports car with plenty of help from some of its tuning friends, including EAS, Macht Schnell, Volk Racing, Akrapovic, MXP, and Hankook.

The M3 GTS-V was given a Mineral White paint finish with matching gray, black, and green graphics. There’s also a new carbon front spoiler and carbon rear diffuser from Vorsteiner, as well as new Version 4.0 LED Angel Eyes courtesy of AiB. From there, new BMW Edition Black chrome kidneys and side gills were also added, as well as Mineral White Painted Reflectors from IND. The set-up and handling of the BMW M3 was also improved, thanks to a new KW Adjustable Spring Sleeve Kit that was installed to increase the coupe’s suspension stability. Rounding out the exterior changes are a new set of 18" Volk Racing TE37 wheels wrapped around Hankook RS-3 tires with Brembo GT-R brakes and a TPMS module from Macht Schnell.

Inside this raging sports car comes plenty of interior enhancements, proving that this whole program is as comprehensive as it can get. The standard seats on the M3 were removed in favor of a pair of Recaro x ASM RS-G Limited Blue Seats while new side brackets and polished floor mounts were installed by Macht Schnell.

Under the hood of the BMW M3 lies a 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower. But thanks to a Macht Schnell Stage 2 Intake Charge Kit, you can expect that output to be increased significantly.

UPDATE 11/08/2011: We have added new images of the BMW M3 GTS-V by Vorsteiner from the 2011 SEMA Auto Show floor. Check them out in the picture gallery.

UPDATE 12/13/11: Vorsteiner has been spending a lot of time in the news lately for all the right reasons. The American tuning company just revealed a teaser of their new program for the BMW 1-Series M Coupe and just now, they’ve sent us a new batch of artsy photos of the M3 GTS-V. Check out the new shots of the Vorsteiner-tuned sports car in the gallery below!

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe 'Black Knight' by RevoZport

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe ’Black Knight’ by RevoZport

The onslaught of previews leading up the 2011 SEMA Auto Show is intensifying by the day, especially since the doors in Las Vegas will open exactly one week from today.

One car program that we have our eyes on comes courtesy of RevoZport and their new tuning program for the BMW 1-Series M Coupe. The tuning company hasn’t released photos of the car yet, but they did release an impressive three-minute teaser of the car as it undergoes final preparations before it is unveiled at SEMA.

The list of modifications are pretty extensive for the car RevoZport is calling the ’Black Knight.’ Among the more notable additions to the 1-Series M Coupe program include a RevoZ P-450 Performance kit, an Alcohol Injection Systems trunk mounted meth-tank, a full race exhaust, and a new charge-pipe.

Aerodynamically, RevoZport gave the Black Knight plenty of carbon fiber components on the exterior and interior, while also providing custom powder coating and body work courtesy of The SHOP; Helix Films satin wrap and logos by SkinzWraps; a welded-in Piper Motorsport cage; Sparco Pro2000 seats with 6-point harnesses; a Moton Club Sport remote reservoir double adjustable suspension with TMS mounts and Vorshlag camber plates; a Performance Friction Z-Rated big brake kit; and a set of 18" Forgeline GA3R wheels.

The 1-Series M Coupe Black Knight was customized for a specific client and once the SEMA Auto Show is over, he’ll have a set of wheels that the rest of us can only drool over.

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X6 Falcon by AC Schnitzer to debut at SEMA

X6 Falcon by AC Schnitzer to debut at SEMA

The 2008 SEMA Show is coming and the manufacturers begin to tease about what will show up. The latest manufacturer that announced its presence at the show is AC Schnitzer in cooperation with their partner for North America, the Claus Ettensberger Corporation (CEC). The German tuning house will be its latest creations like the newly designed X6 Falcon and the new BMW X5.

Also coming to SEMA is the Nissan GT-RR and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X by Toyo Tires.

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