BMW M3/M4 Remus Exhaust System Revealed

In a long line of exhaust companies building a system for the BMW M3/M4, there is a new company joining the pack: Remus. The Austrian manufacturer is one of the top exhaust companies in Europe and they have been producing quality systems for a wide v...

In a long line of exhaust companies building a system for the BMW M3/M4, there is a new company joining the pack: Remus. The Austrian manufacturer is one of the top exhaust companies in Europe and they have been producing quality systems for a wide variety of performance cars. Their latest products are designed with specific performance and engineering requirements set by the brand new BMW M3 and BMW M4, creating another unique option for their owners. These handcrafted exhaust systems provide aggressive sound and uniquely engineered solutions for specific car models.  

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The 5mm wider stainless steel X-pipe and connecting pipe eliminates the front silencer and secondary catalytic convertors. This deletion adds a rumble to the S55 engine and simultaneously amplifies the turbo spool to allow for a more powerful exhaust note. The rear muffler construction is inclusive of laser-cut brackets to mount the F8X M3/M4 exhaust valves and controllers from the OEM unit. This design seamlessly integrates the F8x Sport and Sport + settings with the Remus unit and allows for the dynamic valves to open based on engine RPM and the driver selected Sport mode setting.

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The unique Remus muffler design feeds the fully adjustable slip-on rear tips which have four optional designs and sizes to customize the rear aesthetic based on your specific preference. These tips include 4x102mm angled carbon fiber with titanium internals, (4x)102mm angled chrome, (4x) 98mm non-angled black chrome with carbon insert, and (4x) non-angled stainless with carbon insert.

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The system is also available in an axle-back configuration which includes only the rear silencer and tips, or as a full down-pipe back system inclusive of X-pipe and connecting pipe. Both the BMW M3 and BMW M4 see a rather impressive increase in engine performance with this system installed. Tee BMW M3, when equipped with a Remus exhaust system, churns out 533 horsepower, while the BMW M4 produces 481 horsepower. This is quite an increase over the stock performance figures, only with an exhaust system installed.

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The gains are obvious for both the M3 and M4 with this system, adding the performance figures to the increased sound quality. Overall this is another great choice for BMW M3 and BMW M4 owners, providing them more exhaust systems options. For further details on the exhaust system, please take a look at the media gallery we’ve added below.

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What kind of customer would buy the BMW 3 Series GT over the wagon

The 3 Series is BMW’s bread and butter. The brand basically revolves around the reputation that the 3er created. Though the 3 Series has changed quite a bit over the years, it still remained a luxurious, sport-sedan built to make driving fun. Since...

The 3 Series is BMW’s bread and butter. The brand basically revolves around the reputation that the 3er created. Though the 3 Series has changed quite a bit over the years, it still remained a luxurious, sport-sedan built to make driving fun. Since its inception, the 3 has been a sedan, coupe and wagon. Now the 4 Series takes over the coupe body style. Recently, though, BMW decided to add yet another flavor to the 3 Series spectrum; a GT.

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The 3 Series GT has somewhat of a conundrum. See, the 5 Series GT probably sells well because many people want the 5 Series just with more space, and don’t want the X5. So it does fill a gap. The 3 GT, on the other hand, is trying to fill a gap which has already been filled by the 3 Series Wagon. The 3 Series wagon has just as much cargo space, but arguably looks better. So what kind of customer would buy the GT over the wagon?

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Edgy people, or at least wanna-be edgy people. People in the US don’t like wagons. It’s a fact that boggles the minds of car enthusiasts, nationwide. Wagons sell like crazy in Europe, as they should. They offer more space than a sedan, but are easier to drive and less thirsty and expensive than an SUV. But, in the good ole US of A, no one likes them. So people who want the cargo space of a wagon, but not the looks, buy the GT.

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Some people like the looks and think that the GT is edgier and different from the standard 3 Series or 3 Series Wagon. Admittedly, the 3 GT is better looking than its 5 Series cousin. It seems to wear that odd shape a bit better and it shares more of the 3 Series design language than that of the 5 and 5 GT. It looks more like a car with a funky trunk than a bulbous, ungainly hunchback that is the 5 Series GT. So the appeal is far stronger with the 3 GT than the 5 GT.

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So, despite the fact that the 3 Series wagon is a slam-dunk combination of looks, practicality and performance, people still don’t want a wagon. So the GT fills that small niche between the 3 Series and X3 who want the best of both worlds without having a wagon. The article What kind of customer would buy the BMW 3 Series GT over the wagon appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW’s i3 Superbowl Commercial Debuts

Introducing a new idea to consumers is hard. Ask BMWNA about the i3 sales for the first few months. But persistence can pay off…. The post BMW’s i3 Superbowl Commercial Debuts appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

Introducing a new idea to consumers is hard. Ask BMWNA about the i3 sales for the first few months. But persistence can pay off…. The post BMW’s i3 Superbowl Commercial Debuts appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Mercedes R-Class Production for China Moving to AM General Factory

R-Class left U.S. market in 2012, but is still sold in China. ...

R-Class left U.S. market in 2012, but is still sold in China.

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Fuel Leak Recall Covers 27K Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche Models

Audi S4, S7, and Porsche Cayenne Hybrid included in recall. ...

Audi S4, S7, and Porsche Cayenne Hybrid included in recall.

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BMW 5 Series GT won’t die

Despite many people’s universally, unabashed opinion that the BMW 5 Series GT is a giant, ugly mongrel, it still lives on. The 5 Series GT has never really had a large fan base. It’s a car that was met with almost unanimous negativity from car jo...

Despite many people’s universally, unabashed opinion that the BMW 5 Series GT is a giant, ugly mongrel, it still lives on. The 5 Series GT has never really had a large fan base. It’s a car that was met with almost unanimous negativity from car journos the world over. Half of the hatred stemmed from the looks and half from the fact that it was on an island all by itself, segment-wise. The 5 GT is an answer to a question that no one asked, nor wanted to ask. It has no real place in the market and has no competitors either. However, despite all of these looming issues that would seem to hold it back, the 5 GT sold enough to warrant an all new model coming in 2016.

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The biggest markets for the GT were the Europe and China, with China accounting for 42 percent of the 5 GT’s sales, while Europe had 29 and the US had 10 percent. All in all, the 5 GT sold 21,143 units in 2013, while the official numbers from 2014 aren’t yet available. That’s 5.7 percent of the 370,930 5 Series sold. While not stellar numbers, it must have been profitable enough for BMW to want a new one.

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I can understand the market for it in China, as their customers value backseat space over everything else, hence why there are long wheelbase versions of pretty much every car there. But in Europe where space is more of an issue and the streets are narrow and fuel consumption is more highly scrutinized? It’s hard to understand how it could sell so well over there. The real kicker is the US, though. We don’t even like buying wagons here in ‘Merica, everything has to be an SUV or a pickup truck, or else you’re a communist. Maybe it’s because the 5 GT looks like the German Pontiac Aztek.

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The thing is, despite my, and many others’, attempts to knock the 5 GT down, it keeps getting back up. Clearly, BMW knows far more than I, and the rest of the enthusiast community, about selling cars because it’s working. And even though I crack jokes, I’m glad the 5 GT is selling so well. It makes BMW money, so they can make the cars that we all love. So, despite how much of a mongrel the 5er GT is, it’s an important mongrel. The article BMW 5 Series GT won’t die appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2016 BMW X1 – Rendered Again

In just a few months, BMW will unveil their second generation X1 SAV. With lots of test mules running around, the X1 has been slowly starting to show its design lines and proportions which have triggered rendering artists to draw what the 2016 X1 mig...

In just a few months, BMW will unveil their second generation X1 SAV. With lots of test mules running around, the X1 has been slowly starting to show its design lines and proportions which have triggered rendering artists to draw what the 2016 X1 might look like. The latest renderings are fairly close to the final product – according to our sources – but it’s still missing some fine details. The new F48 X1 will make use of BMW’s first front-wheel drive platform which can be configured to offer an all-wheel drive option as well. To gain space and also to feature more attractive and well proportioned design lines, the BMW X1 will take advantage of the FWD setup which offers more interior space while retaining the driving dynamics.

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The design shops in Munich and California have competed for the honor to have their idea put into production, and according to our sources and some secret photos, the new BMW X1 is quite a looker. While the first X1 was mostly popular thanks to its attractive price point and fun driving dynamics, the second-gen X1 will stand out on the road with its sporty and muscular stance. BMW designers have worked hard to give the car a more premium look by using the latest design techniques as seen in the F16 X6 or even the new X4. Our sources say the car has stronger X-DNA than its predecessor. Compared to the current E84 X1, the next X1 abandons its long flat hood for a more rounded nose, similar to the 2 Series Active Tourer. The hood is also more sculpted while the front fascia gets more aggressive in looks. Taking a cue from the latest BMW models, the new F48 X1 also gets the sleeker headlights that end in the kidney grille. The iconic grille is also more prominent with thicker chrome frame. Larger air intakes with chrome inserts round up the sporty front-end.

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Inside, the new F48 X1 resembles the interior of the new 2 Series Active Tourer, combined with some of the materials and trim found in the new X4 for example. We also learned that the new X1 is the work of a young and extremely talented BMW designer, so the youthfulness and sportiness of the X1 can be seen through his design. [Renderings: AutoMoto] The article 2016 BMW X1 – Rendered Again appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2015 BMW i3 Electric Car Price Raised $1,075 To $43,350

The second year of BMW i3 production also brings a price increase in the US. The fully electric i3 (BEV) gets a price increase of $1050, for a total MSRP of $42,400. BMW of North America has also raise the destination and handling charge to $950, $25...

The second year of BMW i3 production also brings a price increase in the US. The fully electric i3 (BEV) gets a price increase of $1050, for a total MSRP of $42,400. BMW of North America has also raise the destination and handling charge to $950, $25 more than previous year. The price increase also applies to the i3 REx which now sells for $47,200. The MY2015 production has begun in January and first i3 units are expected to reach U.S. dealers in February. The price increase accounts for some standard features now available on the 2015 models. Previously, i3 owners had to shell out dollars for DC Fast Charging capability, heated seats and satellite radio.

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No other changes are reported “under the hood”, the i3 retains the same battery pack and range extender, but a new software update is in works which will bring some much needed fixes. One of them is the previously omitted state of charge display. Up to this point, unlike in Europe, US customers have not had the ability to manually turn on the range extender once the state of charge dips below 75%.

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2015 is also the year of infrastructure for BMW and the expansion plans of fast charging stations is under way. BMW, VW and ChargePoint have just announced a partnership to bring fast charging to EV drivers. [Source: GreenCarReports] The article 2015 BMW i3 Electric Car Price Raised $1,075 To $43,350 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Platte Forme F80 M3 track build

Platte Form details their F80 M3 track build. Commissioned by Maxxis tire, the goal was to build a street spec car with all bolt-on performance components while retaining full interior. The car is set up with JRZ Suspension and custom aero pieces ...

Platte Form details their F80 M3 track build. Commissioned by Maxxis tire, the goal was to build a street spec car with all bolt-on performance components while retaining full interior. The car is set up with JRZ Suspension and custom aero pieces with all fabrication work done in-house in our California facility. The areas of main focus on this project are suspension tuning, aerodynamics development, and the overall balance and track performance of the car. The car is currently running with Global Time Attack Street Class and has attended SEMA 2014 (Maxxis Tire booth car) and Eurotuner GP 2014 (overall win this year). Sponsors:APR PerformanceAR DesignAuto TecknicBurger MotorsportGround Contorl SuspensionRace Technologies (Brembo/Sabelt)JRZ Suspension North AmericaMackin Industries (Volk Racing) Mod List:APR front splitter customized by Platte Forme a.g.APR swan neck wing customized by Platte Forme a.g.AR Design catless down pipesBrembo Gran Turismo 380mm front and rear brake kit with type-3 discsBMW Performance front spoilerBMW Performance carbon splitterBurger Motorsport JB4Ground Control camber caster plates customized by Platte Forme a.g.Ground Control sway bar end linksGround Control rear height adjustersJRZ RS Pro 2-way dampers set-up’ed by Platte Forme a.g.Sabelt GT-130 race seatsVolk Racing ZE40 wheels

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2015 Volvo V60 T5 – Piling on the Miles

The V60 makes driving 950 miles in one day a breeze. ...

The V60 makes driving 950 miles in one day a breeze.

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