Driving the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at Road Atlanta

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Christmas Gift Ideas: BMW Original Accessories

Whether comfort, safety, design or functionality is uppermost in their thoughts, BMW owners can lend their car an even more individual touch with high-quality Original BMW Accessories. They can rest assured that every item in the Original BMW Accesso...

Whether comfort, safety, design or functionality is uppermost in their thoughts, BMW owners can lend their car an even more individual touch with high-quality Original BMW Accessories. They can rest assured that every item in the Original BMW Accessories range has been developed specially for use in BMW models and is perfectly adapted for the job in hand. And with an array of new products available for any aspect of a BMW you’d care to mention, the extensive selection of Original BMW Accessories makes a more attractive proposition than ever.

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Three new interior scents increase the feeling of wellbeing. Refreshing, stimulating and rich in variety, the BMW Natural Air collection of interior scents boasts three new additions and a redesigned holder. The holder comprises a matt black plastic carrier and a high-quality lid with a gleaming, anthracite-coloured metal look. The intensity of the scent can now be adjusted precisely via the ventilation grille or the holder’s variable apertures. The new Vitalizing Woods fragrance combines elegant woody notes with a zesty orange and subtle vanilla aroma. Harmonizing Flowers – based primarily on the scent of jasmine and myrtle – brings to mind floral bouquets. And a delicate blend of citrus, lily of the valley and musk imbues the third new creation, Sparkling Raindrops, with an invigorating freshness. The newcomers join the tried-and-tested Purifying Green Tea, Energizing Tonic and Balancing Amber fragrance sticks in the range. Retrofit hi-fi system from ALPINE lays on a stunning audio experience.

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The new hi-fi system from ALPINE Electronics developed specially for BMW takes the in-car audio experience to another new level. Key to its performance are high-quality components (like the 420-watt hybrid six-channel DSP amplifier and improved three-way speaker system) along with the fine-tuning of the overall system to the acoustic environment inside the car. Time correction for the individual channels produces a very natural soundstage that replicates a live performance – be it jazz, pop, rock or classical music. Rear passengers can also look forward to an outstanding audio experience thanks to DSP equalisation of the rear speakers. The chrome ALPINE logo on the tweeter grilles in the front door mirror triangles lend visual emphasis to the enhanced audio performance delivered by the ALPINE hi-fi system. Innovative BMW Head-Up Screen makes driving safer.

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Driving a car without the BMW Head-Up Display doesn’t mean missing out on the additional safety it provides. Indeed, the innovative new Head-Up Screen from the Original BMW Accessories range likewise allows navigation instructions and the latest vehicle information to be displayed in the driver’s field of view. The Head-Up Screen can be used in almost all BMW vehicles, workshop installation is quick and the cable used to connect it with the vehicle electronics is barely visible. It can also be retrofitted at any time. All the information can be viewed on the transparent display and is positioned directly in the driver’s line of sight. The information on the Head-Up Screen is very easy to read, even in direct sunlight, which means drivers no longer have to take their eyes off the traffic and can concentrate without interruption on events on the road. The result is an improvement in both safety and comfort at the wheel. The Head-Up Screen shows a range of vehicle information, such as the fuel gauge and – when the temperature drops – a warning of black ice. Other functions include an output display, torque display, cruise control display, the current speed limit, a traffic jam warning and the altitude above sea level. Complementing the Head-Up Screen is the BMW Head-Up Screen app for Android and iOS, which can be used to adjust all the Head-Up Screen’s settings, such as the display brightness and selection of information to be shown. The BMW Head-Up Screen receives its navigation data via Wi-Fi using an app on the driver’s smartphone developed by Garmin and BMW (available for Android and iOS). Owners can download a free update for the navigation app once a year. Both apps are free. Universal snap-in adapter for all current Apple iPhones.

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The new Connect Universal snap-in adapter connects all Apple mobile phones with the car using a lightning adapter. All users have to do is hook up their iPhone, and the communications and entertainment content stored on it comes effortlessly alive inside their car. As well as charging the phone, the snap-in adapter also acts as a safe and secure holder with its built-in bracket. To stop the adapter and connecting cable getting in each other’s way, however, the bracket can be moved into various positions or removed altogether. The connection with the exterior aerial is via inductive coupling. Specially designed travel set for Convertibles provides additional load capacity.

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With its hardshell cabin-size trolley case and practical carry bag, the new and elegantly sporty Original BMW Travel Set enhances flexibility and provides extra load capacity for Convertible models. The Travel Set can be fixed to the rear seat quickly and easily using the seatbelt. The trick here is that the bags can be stacked on top of, as well as next to, one another – which even leaves a seat free for a rear passenger. And to protect the Travel Set from theft when the roof is open, it can be anchored to the seat belt using security locks. The robust and hard-wearing trolley case is light and easy to move around, thanks to its four rotating wheels and a telescopic handle with grip. The carry bag, meanwhile, has an adjustable inner partition and various pockets attached to the outside, ensuring items are stowed away tidily and can be quickly accessed. The printed BMW lettering and highlights provide a particularly elegant icing on the cake for the titanium-coloured trolley and carry bag. Practical holder for Apple and Samsung tablets.

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The BMW Travel & Comfort System family is part of the Original BMW Accessories range and includes a practical holder for Apple and Samsung tablets, which can be locked onto the base carrier system safely and effortlessly. It comes with a 360° rotating frame, which allows the rear passengers to turn the tablets horizontally or vertically, thus ensuring a full and comfortable user experience – both for office applications and for gaming, listening to music and watching films. In addition, the height and angle of the tablet holder can be adjusted by simply pivoting and tilting it. The familiar BMW design and impressive material and product quality of the BMW Travel & Comfort System tablet holder meet all safety stipulations governing in-car use and blend harmoniously into the interior of BMW models. Tablet DVD system brings superb entertainment to the rear compartment.

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The BMW Tablet DVD system lays on entertainment in the rear compartment – and not only for children over long journeys. With its chrome-coloured border, it fits in seamlessly with the BMW design language. The BMW Tablet DVD system comes with a pair of seven-inch colour screens, one of which contains an integrated DVD player. The accompanying holders allow quick and crash-safe attachment of the screens to the head restraint support bars. The Tablet DVD system offers numerous interfaces and connection ports for transferring data, as well as an integrated speaker, all of which makes this a fully-fledged mobile entertainment system for watching films, showing photos, and listening to music and audio books. Comfortable infrared headphones can be added as an option. A single tablet version of the BMW Tablet DVD system is also available with just one display and a DVD player. BMW Bluetooth headset enables user-friendly telephone calls on the move.

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The new-generation BMW headset makes it even easier to make telephone calls during a journey. It connects easily with a mobile phone and can be operated using buttons, gestures or voice commands – the latter allowing the driver’s hands to remain on the steering wheel. As well as ensuring drivers can easily understand what their conversation partner is saying, the headset’s outstanding sound quality and ambient noise suppression also allow them to listen to music and audio books. The headset enables two devices – e.g. one private and one business phone – to be linked up to it. It can also be used outside the car, making it ideal for both work and leisure purposes. BMW LED door sill plates for an illuminating experience.

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The BMW LED door sill plates turn heads whenever you open the front doors. A white illuminating BMW badge, which is also easily visible during the day, catches the eye every time you climb on board. The badge is framed by high-quality metal with a brushed stainless steel look and creates an aura of class. The battery-powered LED door sill plates are extremely quick to fit due to the lack of cabling required. When the door is closed – or after 30 seconds – the illumination automatically switches off again. The two button cell batteries have a lifespan of approximately three years. Unique light concept featuring BMW LED door projectors. BMW LED door projectors from the Original BMW Accessories range provide a whole new form of door entry illumination. When the doors are opened, they not only cast out a beam of light, but also project a graphic onto the floor area near the door opening. It is a highlight feature that draws the attention every time you get in or out of the car at dusk or in the dark. The motif can also be changed, as desired. Customers have a choice of BMW logo, BMW wordmark, M logo and the letter X for BMW X models. BMW touch-up paint stick set provides self-fix solutions for minor paint damage.

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Small scratches and stone chip damage are annoying – and not always avoidable. In many cases, though, a BMW touch-up paint stick set can help, often allowing minor paint damage to be repaired by the owner and saving them a trip to the workshop. The set consists of a BMW base coat and clear coat, which means the two-coat structure of the original paintwork can be restored. In a practical feature, the brush for applying the paint is integrated directly into the screw-on cap. Special care products for modern matt paint finishes.

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Matt paint finishes are steadily growing in popularity. In order to provide sustained care for these special paint finishes and maintain their special effect over a long period, the Original BMW Accessories range contains products to clean and care for matt finishes. The selection of care products includes shampoo, special cleaner, special express wax and nano wax. All the products complement each other perfectly in terms of effect and provide the best possible protection for BMW matt paint finishes. LED front foglamps with cornering light function for improved visibility. Another safety-enhancing item in the Original BMW Accessories range are the LED front foglamps with cornering light function. They provide broader than usual illumination of the road, and the integrated cornering light function improves visibility when turning off, manoeuvring, parking and negotiating hairpin bends. The right or left foglamp lights up as required in response to the steering angle and activation of the right- or left-hand indicator, and gives the driver significantly better and more extensive visibility in the otherwise dark area to the side of the car. Replacing the halogen front foglamps with LED units is easy, as they fit neatly into the relevant mounts. The cornering light function can also be retrofitted in existing halogen front foglamps. BMW blue halogen bulbs provide improved lighting and a xenon effect. “To see and be seen more effectively” sums up the mission statement of the BMW blue halogen bulbs. Joining the BMW H3, H7 and H11 blue halogen bulbs are the new BMW H8 blue halogen bulbs, which bring a stronger xenon light colour to the car’s daytime running light rings and front foglamps, as well as the cornering lights. BMW blue halogen bulbs generate an up to 30 percent brighter light, which enables improved illumination of the road and gives the headlights an attractive blue “xenon” effect. Also available alongside the BMW blue halogen bulbs are BMW blue xenon bulbs (D1S and D2S), which generate a bluish-white light similar to that of LED headlights, plus BMW power halogen bulbs (H7 and H11) and BMW power xenon bulbs (D1S and D2S). Their significantly greater light output enables the headlights to offer even greater range, ensuring fatigue-free driving in darkness as well. Power is fed to the battery conveniently and efficiently using the BMW battery charger and Battery Comfort Indicator. The battery charger from the Original BMW Accessories range is far more than a normal charger. It has reverse polarity protection and is suitable both for fully automatic charging of 12-volt batteries in eight stages and for maintenance charging. In addition, it has a battery diagnosis function to identify aging batteries, reconditions batteries with a low charge, optimises charging on cold winter days and even tops up high-end AGM batteries, which require particularly sensitive charging. A display keeps the driver permanently informed of the charging process. Charging the battery is particularly easy with the Battery Comfort Indicator (available separately), which makes it even simpler to hook up the charger to the battery and displays the battery status at all times.

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Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG V8 BiTurbo Performance Package vs BMW M5 F10 – Drag Race

This latest drag race from Sweden pairs the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG BiTurbo against the BMW M5 F10. The E63 AMG is equipped with the Performance Package against a stock M5. Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is powered by a hand-built 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 which ...

This latest drag race from Sweden pairs the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG BiTurbo against the BMW M5 F10. The E63 AMG is equipped with the Performance Package against a stock M5. Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is powered by a hand-built 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 which produces 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque in the top-of-the-line S-Model. The E63 AMG run from 0 to 60 mph from a complete standstill in 3.6 or 3.5 seconds and tops out at 155 or 186 mph for the standard and S-Models, respectively. The F10 M5 uses the 4.4-liter TwinTurbo V8 powerplant producing 560 hp and 501 lb-ft of torque.

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So we’re looking at two performance sedans with similar power output and a torque advantage in favor of the E63 AMG. But how does all of this translate into a straight line race? Can the F10 M5 keep up with the Benz? Let’s find out. The article Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG V8 BiTurbo Performance Package vs BMW M5 F10 – Drag Race appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Matte Metallic Grey M235i With M Performance Parts

Very unique M235i with a matte grey vinyl wrap and M Performance Parts highlighted with red accents. ...

Very unique M235i with a matte grey vinyl wrap and M Performance Parts highlighted with red accents.

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Five Reasons Why BMW Should Return The M5 Touring

There are several perspectives on what BMW should do with their performance models. Some of the most forward thinking enthusiasts are excited about the prospects of new drivetrain technologies – electric and hybrid – while others are stil...

There are several perspectives on what BMW should do with their performance models. Some of the most forward thinking enthusiasts are excited about the prospects of new drivetrain technologies – electric and hybrid – while others are still dead set on massive power delivery and large displacements. In all fairness, each point of view provides an interesting insight into the way customers are thinking about future BMW cars. But when it comes to a BMW that many purists are looking for once again, the M5 Touring is often referenced. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a performance oriented 5 Series Touring on the market. While there might not be a huge worldwide demand, there is certainly a demographic craving for one. In our opinion the current F11 5 Series Touring is the perfect candidate for an M5 Touring based on it.

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Its overall shape and proportions, the design and style of the F11, provides a healthy platform to base the ultimate sports performance version upon. So today, we are going to list our five reasons why BMW should return the M5 Touring –  performance figures and other useful information are included. 1. Design

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As stated earlier, the BMW F11 Touring is an elegant touring with sporty accents. It is often considered as being better looking and more visually balanced than the F10 5 Series Sedan. A performance sports wagon would provide an alternative to the sedan that has proven to be a huge seller for BMW, a vehicles that caters to both executives and M enthusiasts. The M5 Touring, Sports Wagon or Estate (whatever you want to call them) will cater to families as well. Imagine a dad that loves his M5 and can’t wait to use the car for a long trip with his family, and the added space and storage wouldn’t hurt at all. Here is a rendering of what the M5 Touring could look like:

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2. Interior Space

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We’ve touched a bit on this point earlier. For some automakers, crossing into the performance car market for family men can be a difficult task. You would lose booth space and get a rather impractical car – for family use that is. The general idea with performance wagons is to combine two completely different use cases in one single vehicle. The M5 Touring would deliver a larger interior space with a large boot, all combined with the high-performance you usually receive in the M5 sedan. 3. Competition

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The competition is providing excellent solutions for people wanting to drive a high-performance vehicle with plenty of boot space. In a way, they are validating a market, a small one indeed, but nonetheless a niche that BMW could compete in. Achieving the same performance in acceleration, handling and overall drying dynamics should be quite easy to achieve for BMW. With the Audi RS6 Avant and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon and the newly released Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, the market is being overtaken by some great looking cars! BMW might want to look into this. 4. Test Bed For New Technology Advancements

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A BMW M5 Touring would be the perfect car for BMW M to test an all-wheel drive vehicle. The M550d Touring is the perfect example of what a powerful sports wagon can do on the road. And track. BMW could essentially offer an BMW M5 Touring xDrive that will cater to many customers in the snowy areas of the world. Same drivetrain could be later used in the other M cars. We are keen on seeing an all-wheel drive version where the traction, handling and overall driving dynamics would prove to be far more efficient and quite different on the road than what we are all used to with current M models. 5. We Really Like The BMW F11 5 Series

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Not the most solid argument but we love the looks and the handling of the BMW F11 5 Series Touring. The combination of technology and interior space with great design makes a future M5 a highly desirable car. It might even take away some customers from the X family. By combining all-wheel drive, dynamics seen in the current BMW M5 sedan with the design cues from the F11 5 Series, the M5 Touring would be the feasible choice for families who like to put the foot down.  

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So, what do you think? Should BMW build an M5 Touring? The article Five Reasons Why BMW Should Return The M5 Touring appeared first on BMW BLOG

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ADAC honours Marco Wittmann.

At the ADAC SportGala at the ADAC headquarters in Munich the automobile association honoured this season’s winners. Everyone was eager to see who would be the ADAC motorsport personality of 2014. DTM champion Marco Wittmann received the trop...

At the ADAC SportGala at the ADAC headquarters in Munich the automobile association honoured this season’s winners. Everyone was eager to see who would be the ADAC motorsport personality of 2014.

DTM champion Marco Wittmann received the trophy, the large Christophorus made of Nymphenburg porcelain, from ADAC sports president Hermann Tomczyk. “Marco Wittmann impressively showed that he was the deserved winner of the title in the most popular international touring car series,” said Tomczyk. Each year a specialist jury made up of representatives from the ADAC and journalists picks the ADAC motorsport personality of the year. This year it was Wittmann who was chosen in the most important category. BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt picked up the award for the BMW Team RMG driver.

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Alpine White BMW F30 328i On VMR Wheels

In a competitive market, the various wheel companies are turning up so many different wheel designs these days. For VMR Wheels, their builds always came with a certain degree of style, no matter the vehicle they’re presented with. This Alpine ...

In a competitive market, the various wheel companies are turning up so many different wheel designs these days. For VMR Wheels, their builds always came with a certain degree of style, no matter the vehicle they’re presented with. This Alpine White BMW F30 328i comes equipped with their V810 wheels installed on the aggressively lowered vehicle. While purists may run and scream murder, this exact look is what many aftermarket parts buyers are looking for. The car shown here also comes with blacked out kidney grilles, carbon fiber front lip and carbon fiber side mirrors.

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The wheels are painted in gunmetal and come in 19 size. To many, Alpine White may be the favorite BMW color ever and adding carbon fiber parts to it and some aftermarket wheels, just makes it stand out even more. Here is a cool photoshoot of the car:

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Porsche Cayenne GTS unveiled at 2014 LA Auto Show

Headlining the Porsche stand at the 2014 La Auto Show is the unveil of the Cayenne GTS. Porsche is starting to roll out their smaller engine displacement that still produce impressive power. The new Cayenne GTS is now a 3.6 liter bi-turbo V6, gone it...

Headlining the Porsche stand at the 2014 La Auto Show is the unveil of the Cayenne GTS. Porsche is starting to roll out their smaller engine displacement that still produce impressive power. The new Cayenne GTS is now a 3.6 liter bi-turbo V6, gone it’s the wonderful 4.8L V8 which had produced 420 hp and 380 lb-ft.  In dropping displacement and adding boost, Porsche is able to increase horsepower to 440 and torque to 442.5 lb-ft, and also shed some weight. Fuel economy is certain to have improved but these figures are not yet available. Porsche also used the LA Auto Show to show off the mid-cycle model refresh for the entire Cayenne line that starts with the the entry-level model 3.6-litre V6 petrol motor from the VR6. Along with some minor exterior tweaks and interior upgrades to keep up with the new Macan, the biggest changes are under the hood. The Cayenne S also ditches its V8 for a slightly less potent version of the GTS’ 3.6 L bi-turbo, the same motor found in the potent Macan Turbo.

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The Cayenne GTS variant has been in the Cayenne lineup since 2007. The GTS has a unique exterior appearance with a special body kit, interior, suspension and engine with distinctive exhaust note. The current Cayenne GTS sales have represented  eleven percent of all Cayennes sold, which is pretty impressive considering that the Cayenne is Porsche’s best selling model. The sporty GTS has been so successful that it’s shown up in the 911, Cayman, Boxster and Panamera lineups.  Time will tell if Porsche adds the GTS line to their hot new Macan family.

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The new Cayenne GTS can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package, this is a 0.6 seconds improvement over the previous V8 GTS. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damping system has a sporty set-up. With the standard suspension, the GTS sits 24 millimeters lower and 20 mm lower with the optional air suspension. The GTS stopping power comes from the brakes of the Cayenne Turbo with 390 millimeter discs on the front and 358 millimeters in the back.

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The engine used in the base Cayenne is the familiar 3.6-litre V6 naturally aspirated engine delivering 300 hp. It accelerates the Cayenne from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package. This is 0.2 seconds faster than before. Like all new Cayenne models, it benefits from the general efficiency measures, such as coasting, Auto Stop/Start function and thermal management, as a result in better fuel economy. Compared to the previous model the new Cayenne also offers more comprehensive standard features. In addition to the new eight-speed Tiptronic S with Auto Stop/Start and coasting functions these also include the bi-xenon main headlights with four-point LED daytime driving lights, the multi-function sports steering wheel with paddle switches and the automatic boot lid.

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MSRP for the new Cayenne GTS is $95,500. The new Cayenne range starts starts at $58,300 and should be hitting show rooms soon as a 2015 model.

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2 Series Convertible Configurator Now Available

The online builder configurator for the 2015 2 Series convertible is now available. ...

The online builder configurator for the 2015 2 Series convertible is now available.

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Alpine White BMW F82 M4 In For Some Mods At EAS

Often regarded as one of the classiest BMW colors, the Alpine White suits the aggressive looking BMW F82 M4 quite well. To many, the finish provides the best showcase of the lines and shapes that make this performance car one of the most coveted piec...

Often regarded as one of the classiest BMW colors, the Alpine White suits the aggressive looking BMW F82 M4 quite well. To many, the finish provides the best showcase of the lines and shapes that make this performance car one of the most coveted pieces of performance motoring currently on sale. Owner of this particular vehicle decided his Alpine White M4 needed a small touch to make it perfect. The folks over at European Auto Source got working on the car and first installed the KW HAS (Height Adjustable Lowering Spring Sleeve-Over Kit). KW’s sleeve kit for the F80/F82 M3/M4 allows a large range of height adjustment while retaining the factory electronic damping control. The factory spring perches are removed from the front dampers, and KW’s own threaded height-adjustable perches are installed.

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The kit includes progressive rate lowering springs for each corner of the car, height adjustable spring perches for the front and rear, strengthened and shortened bump stops and KW shock sleeves to protect the OE BMW dampers. The KW H.A.S. kit is EDC compatible.

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For easier breathing of the 3.0 liter TwinScroll turbocharged engine, the tuning shop decided to add a BMC high performance replacement air filter under the hood of the vehicle.

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On the visual side of the project, we can see a few details impacting the overall appearance as well. The owner opted for contrast on his car with a BMW M Performance gloss black kidney grille surrounds installed together with the iND painted front reflectors, perfectly ensuring the contrasting effect against the Alpine White exterior. The new BMW M3 and M4 are quickly becoming one of the most tuned BMW models out there and more and more special projects pop-up every week.   Further images of this project can be seen in the gallery we’ve added right below.

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