BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

Florida-based tuning shop Precision Sport Industries witnessed their BMW E30 M3 DTM Replica appear in the March 2014 issue of European Car Magazine. Now we are able to show you this interesting project through a series of high-resolution photos. This...

Florida-based tuning shop Precision Sport Industries witnessed their BMW E30 M3 DTM Replica appear in the March 2014 issue of European Car Magazine. Now we are able to show you this interesting project through a series of high-resolution photos. This is a ‘plain old’ 1988 BMW E30 M3 which has received a series of visual upgrades for a DTM look to remind us of the BMW racing history. An S50 engine was fitted in this BMW M3 providing additional power compared to the standard engine. The engine comes from a BMW E36 M3 producing 282 horsepower.

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The engine swap is combined with a complete custom exhaust system. Additionally you will find a newly added RD Sport RHD headers and new 24 lb injectors. The Hartge wheels, interior updates with bucket seats and a roll bar complete the look of this replica. Garret Wade shares with us an extensive photo gallery of this project.

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

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Look underneath the BMW M2 and listen to engine sound

Another BMW M2 test mule was spotted out in the wild, this time near the Leipzig plant in Germany. A reader of BMWBLOG, N.J., got upclose with the new M2 and took some photos of the camouflaged car, including some car undercarrriage photos. Unfortuna...

Another BMW M2 test mule was spotted out in the wild, this time near the Leipzig plant in Germany. A reader of BMWBLOG, N.J., got upclose with the new M2 and took some photos of the camouflaged car, including some car undercarrriage photos. Unfortunately the cabin was masked off as well, so we couldn’t get a close look at the rumored M4-like seats and the steering wheel. The photographer said the following: “The car is apparently built for US-market. Has a lower stance and wider body, compared to M235i and more aggressive front grille, with protruding lower splitter.” A video of the exhaust sound is included below.  Judging by the plethora of M2 spy photos, an unveil is not that far off, with a likely public debut this Fall.

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Our sources say that the M limited-slip differential on the rear axle is also adopted almost unchanged from the M3/M4, giving the M2 unrivaled dynamics in its class. The M2 uses an updated N55 engine with 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque with 25 lb-ft of torque available as overboost. While the updated N55 is based on the same engine found in the M235i, our source says it will have some components from the new S55 unit. Yet the engine code will still be labeled as N55. The engine will feature an overboost function just like the 1M, good for 25 lb-ft of torque. Click below for more photos:

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Is 600 hp enough for a BMW?

Recently, BMW M Boss, Frank Van Meel, told Autocar that 600 horsepower would be the limit for the next-gen M5. This has some BMW fans in a bit of a panic, wondering why Van Meel would intentionally limit the horsepower to BMW’s most famous super-se...

Recently, BMW M Boss, Frank Van Meel, told Autocar that 600 horsepower would be the limit for the next-gen M5. This has some BMW fans in a bit of a panic, wondering why Van Meel would intentionally limit the horsepower to BMW’s most famous super-sedan. It’s especially surprising, because talks of adding all-wheel drive to the M5 would mean that it could handle even more power than ever. And BMW even proved that the current M5 could handle that kind of power, with the Jahre Edition. So why limit the next M5 to a level of horsepower that the current model can already handle? He didn’t give the most informative of answers, simply stating “We’re at the limit.

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If you go on adding more horsepower and torque, it’d probably be over the limits.” But I think the idea is that simply adding more power, Clarkson style, isn’t the answer to creating a faster, more dynamic and more efficient M5. In fact, it’s actually quite refreshing to hear that Van Meel isn’t interested in just pumping out more horsepower and torque and seems more interested in a more comprehensive approach.

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Firstly, by keeping the next-gen M5 at around 600hp and giving it all-wheel drive the M5 will be able to put its power down excellently already, therefor making it faster. Secondly, the next-gen M5 will be considerably lighter, sharing the same lightweight chassis technology borrowed from the G11 7 Series. So with the lighter weight and better traction, the new M5 will be considerably faster and handle better. The latter being most important. So it seems that instead of Clarkson style, Van Meel wants is more akin to use Colin Chapman’s “simplify and add lightness” style. The M5 was always the driver’s car in its segment, which consists of the Audi RS6 and Mercedes E63 AMG. Those cars always seemed to be more leather-lined missiles than the canyon carving scalpels that M5’s have always been. So as those other brands add firepower, BMW should be more focused on making the M5 sharper, more agile and ultimately more fun. So, in a way, I’m glad that Van Meel is taking a limited approach to horsepower. Power just for the sake of power doesn’t actually make a better car, or necessarily even a faster one. We don’t know for sure what Van Meel is actually up to, in creating the upcoming M5. But we do know that just pumping up the horsepower is not his solution. Hopefully, 600hp combined with lighter weight and sharper handling will be sufficient to take on the next RS6 and E63 AMG. If not, there’s always the performance pack. The article Is 600 hp enough for a BMW? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M2 prototypes spotted again in California

BMW has brought a large fleet of M2 prototypes to the US. Judging by the latest flow of M2 photos on social media, Reddit and online forums, California is the lucky host of these test mules before the official unveil this Fall. The M2 shows up in Alp...

BMW has brought a large fleet of M2 prototypes to the US. Judging by the latest flow of M2 photos on social media, Reddit and online forums, California is the lucky host of these test mules before the official unveil this Fall. The M2 shows up in Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mineral Grey colors, three out of four colors planned at launch timeLong Beach Blue is the other one. The Black Sapphire M2 mule sports a sunroof, so it confirms our initial report: no carbon fiber planned. Even though the M4 can be ordered with or without the CF roof. Also the fuel tank cover is round and not square like on the M235i and the 19 inch wheels are nearly identical with the ones found on the M4 Coupe.

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The 2016 BMW M2 uses the chassis technology, largely unadjusted, of the current M3 and M4, associated with the unique in its class weight distribution of 50 to 50 between the two axles. The M limited-slip differential on the rear axle is also adopted almost unchanged from the M3/M4, giving the M2 unrivaled dynamics in its class.

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The M2 uses an updated N55 engine with 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque with 25 lb-ft of torque available as overboost. While the updated N55 is based on the same engine found in the M235i, our source says it will have some components from the new S55 unit. Yet the engine code will still be labeled as N55. The engine will feature an overboost function just like the 1M, good for 25 lb-ft of torque.

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Production kicks off in November with first units delivered to customers in early 2016. Edit: More photos of the M2 from Germany were added to the gallery.

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BMW M CEO says future bleak for manual transmission, M cars to top out at 600 HP for now

According to BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel, the future of the manual transmission in M cars is bleak and M cars may top out at 600HP, for now. ...

According to BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel, the future of the manual transmission in M cars is bleak and M cars may top out at 600HP, for now.

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BMW i8 vs AMG GT vs Porsche 911 Turbo (Top Gear review)

Can Merc’s new V8 bruiser stick it to BMW’s hybrid and the screamingly rapid Porsche? That’s the question Top Gear asks in this head to head drive review. ...

Can Merc’s new V8 bruiser stick it to BMW’s hybrid and the screamingly rapid Porsche? That’s the question Top Gear asks in this head to head drive review.

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Caravan of BMW M2 spotted in California

BMW M2 prototypes have been spotted throughout California this past weekend, including a caravan of them in San Francisco. ...

BMW M2 prototypes have been spotted throughout California this past weekend, including a caravan of them in San Francisco.

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Best BMW Engines Of All-Time

BMW has been considered the Ultimate Driving Machine for decades. It’s the brand enthusiasts flock to for its unique driving characteristics. When people think BMW, they normally think of sharp steering, excellent handling and the ability to slide ...

BMW has been considered the Ultimate Driving Machine for decades. It’s the brand enthusiasts flock to for its unique driving characteristics. When people think BMW, they normally think of sharp steering, excellent handling and the ability to slide the tail around at will. However, one aspect of BMWs that is sometimes overlooked is the incredible quality of engines that BMW can produce. BMW has made some of the most legendary automotive engines of all time. Their incredible ability to rev high and free while maintaining a buttery smoothness found in few others. BMW has been making exceptional engines since its inception. It also seems to reserve its best for its M cars. So let’s take a look at some of the greatest BMW engines of all time.

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5. S55 (3.0 Liter Twin Turbocharged I6) The engine in the current F80/F82 M3/M4 is one of BMWs most currently criticized, as it’s the first turbocharged M3 engine in history. It also doesn’t make the wonderfully sonorous noise that embodied the previous M3’s. So it’s often maligned by die-hard enthusiasts. However, it’s incredible powerband, 425hp, 406 lb-ft of torque and lack of turbo lag makes it one of the best engines on the market today. It’s smooth, torquey and revs quite high for a turbocharged engine. It also feels naturally aspirated most times, with the ability to trim the throttle mid corner, which is probably the grandest complement a turbocharged engine can get. So despite the many quibbles people have with it, the S55 is one of the better BMW engines ever made. 4. S63 (4.4 Liter Twin Turbocharged V8)

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The S63 has been around, in one iteration or another, for about a decade. The current iteration, used in cars like the M5, M6 and X5/X6 M. It has gobs and gobs of horsepower and torque, is wonderfully smooth, makes a naughty sound and has about as little turbo lag as a twin-turbocharged V8 can have. It’s also incredibly versatile, being used in everything from big, luxury sedans or Super-SUVs. It’s also currently the holder of the most powerful BMW engine ever made nameplate, in the 592hp 30 Jahre Edition M5. So for that, it goes on the list. 3. S65 (4.0 Liter Naturally Aspirated V8)

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This engine is the reason why so many BMW enthusiasts are unhappy with the current M3’s engine. It’s one of the favorite BMW engines amongst all car enthusiasts. Its 414hp is a nice number, but it isn’t the important one. The important number is 8,450, which is the number of revs that the S65 redlines at. A V8 that revs at nearly 9,000 rpm is a wonderful thing to behold. But even more wonderful is the sound it makes as it screams to its stratospheric redline and the rifle shot cracks from each upshift. Not many engines from any automaker can match the sheer excitement that the S65 gives. It’s not only one of the best BMW engines, but one of the all time greats. 2. M88 (3.5 Liter Naturally Aspirated I6)

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The M88 engine is the original. It’s the very first M engine and powered the almighty M1 supercar. From there, it was used in the very first M5. The M88 is one of the most charismatic and enjoyable engines to use. It made anywhere from 215 to 282hp, depending on the car it was in, and had a 6,500 rpm redline. That may not sound like a lot, but considering that it was developed in 1978, that’s a pretty nice spec sheet. But it isn’t the numbers that make the M88 great, it’s the way it delivers its power and the noise that comes out of it. 1. S70/2 (6.1 Liter Naturally Aspirated V12)

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This engine technically was never in a BMW. It was in a couple of BMW LeMans cars, but the only road car that ever featured the S70/2 was the McLaren F1. Gordon Murray, the brilliant man who designed the F1, needed an engine that had the power, throttle response and sound that he thought the F1 deserved. Paul Rosche of BMW’s M Division developed a 6.1 liter V12 producing 618hp for Murray and his F1. Most people who’ve driven the McLaren F1 say that its engine could possibly be the greatest in history. It was incredibly high-tech, using quite a bit of magnesium, twelve individual throttle butterflies for the intake and a dry-sump oil system. However, it’s the immediacy of its power delivery, the manner in which it revs to its 7,500 rpm that makes the engine so special. It’s a marvel of mechanical engineering and is not only the best BMW engine ever made, but possible the best engine ever made. Period. The article Best BMW Engines Of All-Time appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Previews Three Cylinder Engine with Turbo Water Injection

Originally shown in the high output BMW M4 this week at BMW’s Innovation Days, the company took the wraps off of a scaled down… The post BMW Previews Three Cylinder Engine with Turbo Water… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m...

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The Future of Small Rear Wheel Drive BMWs to be Decided Late This Year

With the economic pressures leading to unifying platforms and the ever increasing popularity of all wheel drive (misplaced in our minds) the iconic rear… The post The Future of Small Rear Wheel… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my...

With the economic pressures leading to unifying platforms and the ever increasing popularity of all wheel drive (misplaced in our minds) the iconic rear… The post The Future of Small Rear Wheel… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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