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 |  Nov 01 2011, 12:10 PM

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Is it a crime or just a really good idea? One thing is for sure, this SEMA Show car is an excellently executed project.

On display at the Heatshield Products booth and built by Kevin Byrd, this E30 BMW M3 has its hood off for a reason. Rather than the 2.3-liter 4-cylinder that it came with from the factory, filling up ever inch of the engine bay is a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 from General Motors. With custom headers and a Magnaflow exhaust it delivers a claimed dyno number of 480-hp.

As a complete project the car features a 2-inch widebody and plenty of added bracing. And let’s not forget a lowered suspension and some perfectly suitable 18-inch BBS CH wheels. The total curb weight is pegged at 2900 lbs.

GALLERY: LS3 Powered BMW E30 M3

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show coverage here.

 |  Jun 04 2011, 6:53 AM

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When building and customizing a car, owners often find inspiration from a race car or another higher-performance version. Other times inspiration can come from an existing, but very different vehicle, which is the case in this awesome BMW M5 build.

After seeing the carbon fiber/orange-themed Bugatti Veyron Supersport World Record Edition the owner of this M5 was convinced and decided to mirror his own car after the world’s fastest. As a result the M5 now sports a carbon fiber wrap on the entire body while the front splitters, side skirts, kidney grilles, side grilles, mirrors, wheels, antenna and rear skirt gets a coat of full-out bright orange paint. Though the car sports a conservative set of BBS wheels, the owner does intend to make it more aggressive with wider wheel spacers than what’s already being used.

While perhaps not the most tasteful built, the end result works much better than expected. And who knows, maybe if it ripped by at top speed, you might think a Veyron had just passed you by.

GALLERY: Bugatti Veyron-Inspired BMW M5 Build

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[Source: M5Board]

 |  Nov 04 2010, 7:05 PM

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One of the most impressive vehicles at the SEMA Show is a widebody BMW M3. Built by the carbon fiber experts at Vorsteiner, the kit is actually called the GTRS3 M3 and adds significant width to the body of the Bimmer.

Located in the Wraptivo booth, it’s been given a full wrap job since the last time we spotted it, now being coated in a soft matte-bronze that looks so real people just can’t help but touch it (see above).

There’s little to say about the ultra aggressive kit that can do it justice, but we are compelled to mention the massive concave forged wheels.. yum, yum.

GALLERY: Vorsteiner GTRS3 M3

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 |  Sep 22 2010, 11:34 AM

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This is most certainly a surprise from Mansory. After making huge splashes with their customized Aston Martin DB9, Bugatti and Maserati Gran Turismo, the last thing we expected to see from the wild German exotic car tuner was a BMW X5 M. Even more shocking is that it’s not a 9-inch widebody with 24-inch gold wheels, matte-orange paint and more carbon fiber than an Airbus A350.

Instead it’s quite tame, perhaps an acknowledgment that folks will actually use their X5 M as a daily driver.

Possibly even more remarkable is how toned-down the interior is. We’ve spotted an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a refreshed two-tone interior. But of course, Mansory would be more than happy to indulge any owner with any sort of interior modifications they want, no matter how gaudy or tasteless they are.

The X5 M wouldn’t be considered customized if it didn’t include a heavy horsepower gain. Mansory does that too, offering several levels of performance with the top gains sitting at a hefty 670-hp and 700 ft-lbs of torque. That’s quite the increase from the factory 555-hp and 500 ft-lbs of torque.

In the press release, Mansory notes that they are working on a big brake upgrade though it didn’t find its way on the demo car. The SUV is lowered 1.6-inches and sports massive 23-inch wheels all around with Michelin tires.

Interestingly enough, Mansory stated that this is just one of a few BMW endeavors with the X6 and 7-Series on their radar. We’re guessing they’ve realized more people own BMWs than Bugattis. We’re more curious to see if these tuning packages’ price range is more in line with BMW owner’s budget than Bugatti and Rolls-Royce owners’ budget.

GALLERY: Mansory BMW X5 M

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Official press release available after the jump:

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 |  Sep 18 2010, 8:52 PM

A while back, G-Power released their original BMW X5 that also featured a widebody and sported 525-hp. But gosh, who wants only 525-hp? Just a little over a year and a half later, G-Power has unleashed an all new BMW X5 Typhoon, this time in M-series with a neck-snapping 725-hp.

And along with that 725-hp is an astonishing 656 ft-lbs of torque, an increase of close to 155 ft-lbs from factory spec. The aerodynamic package is similar to what we’ve seen before, widening the stance of BMW’s X5 M even more and is available for $16,300. And you’ll need a widebody if you’re going to go and sport massive 23×11-inch wheels in the front with a staggered 23×12-inch pair in the rear. Pack those babies up with 315/25/23 rubber and you’ve got more than enough at your disposal to handle 725-hp. The SUV also sports a mild drop of 1.1-inch.

G-Power states that cooling has been enhanced by 15% thanks to the large air intakes in the front skirt and the vents in the hood. But the real power comes from an upgraded ECU that also removes the speed limiter. A stainless steel exhaust sporting high-flow catalytic converters and new exhaust manifolds help flow the X5 M’s turbochargers. That folks is all it takes to bump horsepower by 170 ponies.

For those interested in the wheels and Michelin tires, be prepared to shell out $11,275. And as for the 170-hp gain? Get about $22,900 ready.

GALLERY: G-Power BMW X5 M Typhoon

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 |  Sep 14 2010, 9:00 PM

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Oh AC Schnitzer, you’re actually late to the party this time around! BMW‘s new 2011 5-Series has already been overhauled by quite a few tuners including 3D Design and Lumma Design and now the brand synonymous with BMW customization over the last few decades has embraced BMW’s new sedan.

Apparently this is just one of several tuning packages AC Schnitzer has in the works, which makes sense considering this is just a conservative lip kit. We’re going to guess that they’ll come out with a full front and rear bumper replacement in the near future. But as always, AC Schnitzer outfits the 5-Series with an add-on front lip and add-on rear diffuser (to the OE bumpers) along with a set of side skirt extensions sporting a classy chrome blade. Both roof and trunk spoilers are also available with the trunk spoiler carrying a much more conservative design than we’re used to seeing from AC Schnitzer.

An ECU upgrade is available for the 530d bumping horsepower up from 245-hp to 286-hp. And of course an exhaust system is available for all the various 5-Series models. AC Schnitzer did want to express that they’re currently working on ECU remaps for the other BMW powerplants.

Suspension and brakes are also handled by AC Schnitzer, offering a very mild 1-inch drop along with a massive 8-piston caliper brake setup with cross-drilled rotors. (We’re assuming that the upgrade is for the front, while nothing was mentioned for the rear. We can’t imagine having 8-piston calipers in the rear on a 5-Series, but we guess it’s possible.)

AC Schnitzer also has a large assortment of wheels available for the 5-Series from 19-inch to 20-inch variety.

GALLERY: AC Schnitzer BMW 5-Series F10

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 |  Sep 11 2010, 9:16 AM

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Little-known but well-respected BMW-tuner Hartge has done a surprisingly good job at styling up BMW‘s X1 and has even thrown some horsepower gains to the mix.

The X1 18d motor can receive a 36-hp boost (to 179-hp) with 258 ft-lbs of torque to play with. The xDrive20d will get a 32-hp boost with 306 ft-lbs of torque. And available for all X1 models is a new exhaust to improve the sporty sound of the smallest BMW crossover.

Now for the styling goods, Hartge offers a conservative 1.2-inch drop for the X1, which makes outfitting the SUV with a set of wheels that much more appealing. On this particular demo car, Hartge opted for their Classic 2 wheel in a 20×9/20×10 setup. The wheels are wrapped with 245/30/20 tires in the front and 295/25/20 tires in the rear with Hartge recommending rubber from Pirelli or Michelin.

And of course you can get your run-of-the-mill interior upgrades from steering wheel to pedals to hand-brake.

The only pricing they announced is $2,400 for the 20d power kit – but that U.S. pricing is pretty much irrelevant as you can be sure BMW won’t offer a diesel X1 when the car finally does go on sale here.

GALLERY: Hartge BMW X1

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Official press release available after the break.

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 |  Sep 06 2010, 11:41 AM

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Back in May, we discovered Onyx Concept based out of Dublin, Ireland. They had done an interesting package for the Land Rover that we had mixed opinions about. But we noticed on their website that they also tinker with a plethora of other makes and manufacturers, but for the most part preferred to stick with SUVs. Whether SUVs are just too boring, or Onyx Concept realized there’s some money to be had with sporty coupes, the tuning house has decided to release a package for BMW‘s ever-popular E92 M3.

And much like the kit that they produced for the Land Rover, we’re a little unsure about the total package. We’re digging the modified front bumper with carbon fiber front lip that makes the M3 extra aggressive, but the rear of the car just looks way too bulky and busy, especially with the funky trunk lid going on. We have to credit them for using high quality carbon fiber and somewhat stepping outside the box in terms of design, but yet again we have a love/hate relationship with Onyx.

We don’t see any photos of the interior or engine bay, but Onyx has reupholstered the interior with buffalo hide and carbon fiber trim. The 4.0L V8 gets a big boost to 621-hp from the factory 414-hp, so we’re guessing that it’s a complete blast to drive. They didn’t specify how they got to that point, but we’re going to safely assume it involves forced induction (probably a supercharger) with your typical ECU reflash, intake and exhaust. The package will be available on October 31st, so we’ll keep our eyes out for pricing and performance specs.

Official press release available after the break.

GALLERY: Onyx BMW E92 M3

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 |  Sep 05 2010, 9:16 AM

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Lumma Design is slowly becoming one of our favorite new tuners, having checked out their 760Li project and Top Car built X6 M. Once again, Lumma has teamed up with their Russian tuner Top Car to show off what the new BMW 5-Series is fully capable of.

With a tongue twister of a name, the CLR 500 RS2 is Lumma Design’s new styling package for the BMW F10 5-Series. And by anyone’s standards, this is one aggressive kit for a luxury sedan. The front bumper is ultra-sporty while the wider front and rear fenders (in the form of an add-on) clearly hint that Lumma wasn’t looking towards making the 5-Series conservative.

In the rear, the aggressive rear bumper sports a wildly-styled diffuser that houses a quad-tipped exhaust system. Best of all, the body components are constructed out of high quality vacuum-formed Kevlar and carbon fiber. One thing we weren’t a huge fan of though were the M-style R20 and R19 Lumma Design wheels that are on the car. While the style is OK, the wheels look way too small on the widened body.

It’s also worth mentioning that Top Car redid the interior with Nappa leather and carbon fiber trim inserts. At the end of the day though, we feel that this kit might be a little over-the-top for 5-Series owners. But those looking to convert their luxury sedan to something sporty and aggressive, you have an option!

GALLERY: Top Car Lumma Design BMW CLR 500 RS2

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[Source: WorldCarFans]

 |  Sep 01 2010, 9:14 PM

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We don’t have our hands on the official press release from Hamann yet, but it looks like they’ve released a fine collection of goods for the BMW 7-Series. And as with all Hamann tuning packages, we see no big surprises other than a variation of front ends available to complement the rest of their standard body upgrades.

Given that BMW 7-Series owners are normally of an older demographic, having a variety of options from Hamann comes as no surprise. For those looking to customize but keep it simple, there’s a front spoiler option to go with the side skirts and rear diffuser insert. In the rear are traditional Hamann-styled trunk and roof spoilers. It looks like they also offer a set of vented fenders that seem out of place (to us) on the luxury sedan.

Now those looking for a sportier look can opt for a front bumper which is surprisingly mild and fits the style of the 7-Series body quite well. In fact it lends a little bit of the 3-Series look to the front end which is subtle and clean.

And those looking for the ultimate in customization is the Evo front bumper which is definitely more aggressive than the standard front bumper with the addition of a lower profile design. It reminds us of the difference between a standard E90 front and the M-Tech E90 front bumper. The front bumpers look to come with optional LEDs.

As always, Hamann has a collection of wheels to choose from to outfit the car and a quad-tipped exhaust system. We’ll be sure to update this post when we get the official press release.

GALLERY: Hamann BMW 7-Series

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 |  Aug 21 2010, 4:26 PM

We’ve seen so many variants of BMW‘s X6 by now that we’re not even sure which one is our favorite anymore. But it’s clear that the aftermarket has really embraced BMW’s performance SUV despite its odd identity crisis. This time it’s AC Schnitzer with a widebody X6. Interestingly AC Schnitzer hasn’t officially released this kit yet, with the vehicle making its first appearance at the National BMW Festival out in the United Kingdom.

AC Schnitzer is well known for tuning BMWs and their styling has always been unique. Simply put, it’s hard to mistake AC Schnitzer’s body kits. Clearly what we can see on the X6 is a full body kit (front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, rear trunk and roof spoiler), alongside widebody arches that allows 11-inch wide wheels to look comfortably at home.

A set of traditional AC Schnitzer wheels also outfit the car. We found this X6 to be one of the cleaner yet more aggressive ones out of all the X6s we’ve seen, with the widebody fitting the style of the X6 quite nicely. As for the Aston Martin-inspired frong grille, well, we’ll pass on that.

We’re sure it’s just a matter of time before someone in the United States pops up with one for us to check out.

GALLERY: Widebody AC Schnitzer BMW X6

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 |  Aug 14 2010, 9:35 AM

Rather than wait for his parents to buy him a car for his 18th birthday, Denislav Shishev from Bulgaria took matters into his own hands by taking a wrecked BMW Z3 M coupe and transforming it into the above vehicle with help from his friends.

To begin, the ambitious 18 year old and his friends took the car to a chassis shop to straighten everything out. From there the fun began with transplanting the 5.0L V10 motor found in the current generation E60 M5. Obviously this isn’t a straight drop-in swap, so Shishev and his boys went to the custom fabrication department modifying everything including the transmission tunnel to ensure everything was done properly the first time.

From there the chassis was reinforced and stiffened with a custom cage that was welded in. After all the fabrication work was done, the chassis was powdercoated a fresh coat of white and then the car was transported for the exterior work. Most of us would be happy there, but Shishev had plenty more up his sleeve.

Once the exterior body parts were installed, including a vented hood, the vehicle received the widebody treatment. And what we really dig about this widebody is that it isn’t too excessive at all and actually flows with the natural bodylines of the vehicle. It’s very nicely executed without going overboard.

The custom paint scheme was then laid down and your usual alignment and dyno tuning was performed as the finishing touches. And if that wasn’t cool enough, Denislav has also built himself an E30 sporting the V8 from an E39 M5.

[Source: Denislav's Blog via Jon Sibal]

GALLERY: V10-Powered BMW Z3

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 |  Aug 01 2010, 7:30 AM

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We’ll be the first ones to say that the current BMW Z4 is by far the sportiest and nicest looking Z4 BMW has produced. Long time BMW tuner Hartge has entered the fray tuning the inside, outside and performance of the new Z4.

At the top of the list is an ECU upgrade for the turbocharged roadster, pushing horsepower to 350-hp from the factory 306-hp. It also eliminates the speed limiter and helps blast the Z4 to a 4.7 second 0-62 mph time. It’s currently available for $2,600 and Hartge promises minimal change in your MPG. How thoughtful of them.

On the outside is Hartge’s Classic 3 wheel, a refreshed version of their popular Hartge Classic wheel. A staggered setup has been bolted on with 20×9-inch in the front and 20×10-inch in the rear. Suspension upgrades lower the Z4 a subtle .8-inch in the front while the rear benefits with a real minor .4-inch lowering.

Familiar styling comes with Hartge’s front lip and rear spoiler along with Hartge emblems and decals. We’ve never been a huge fan of Hartge’s exterior body kits but we think this one is a killer addition to the already aggressive Z4.

And for those looking for a little luxury, a special wind deflector is available made of single-layer safety glass. Other interior upgrades are pretty standard with pedals, steering wheel and floor mats.

GALLERY: Hartge BMW Z4

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 |  Jul 28 2010, 2:36 PM

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Shaston, a Switzerland-based international distributor of Windows Mobile devices, just sent us these photos of a BMW 760Li Individual, modified with parts from well-known BMW-tuner Lumma. They didn’t give us a ton of details, but thankfully we’re equipped with a pair of eyeballs to make some observations of our own.

Lumma’s products are beginning to form a consistent shape throughout their BMW line and this 7-Series is no different. The front bumper on this 760Li is clearly from Lumma with many Lumma-inspired features. Wide fender arches flare up the front and the rear, giving the car a more aggressive, sportier profile. They’re a little out-of-place on the luxury 7-Series, but we think it might look a lot cleaner if the arches were molded on and blended in with the body.

There are several vent additions on the vehicle, from the front to the rear with a stylish rear bumper featuring a diffuser between the quad-tipped exhaust. It’s worth noting that the front grilles and mirrors have been swapped out with carbon fiber pieces.

There’s no word if the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 gets any power upgrades. It doesn’t need it though, with 554-hp and 553 ft-lbs of torque.

Shaston didn’t disclose much to us other than the first demonstration car is located in Switzerland and that this vehicle (or tuning package) will be launched in three weeks with “the most advanced computerized management.” We’re curious to see if Shaston ties in Windows Mobile products to their vehicle. Hopefully it’ll be the new Windows Phone 7, tying together automotive technology brilliance with wireless technology.

GALLERY: Shaston / Lumma Widebody BMW 760 Li

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 |  Jul 22 2010, 4:41 PM

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The old saying “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” rings true with Hamann. Over the last decade and change, we’ve been able to almost predict how Hamann’s styling packages would look on new BMW chassis. While it may not be a bad thing, it’s worth noting that there isn’t anything groundbreaking or original (in the Hamann sense) with their newest product addition.

BMW’s newest 5-Series is a really nice revamp in our eyes, with sportier styling and a front end that doesn’t look as big and bulky as the previous generations. Taking a quick look at Hamann’s rendition however, you’d be quick to wonder if someone just retrofitted existing E90/E92/E93 parts to the new 5-Series.

Much like what we’ve seen previously, this styling package includes a front spoiler, side skirts, rear valence, rear trunk spoiler and rear roof spoiler. The style is much of the same, conservative and subtle, but just enough to add a little more design to the car.

Hamann is also offering a lowering kit which drops the car about 1.4-inches, a variety of 20-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights inserts and a stainless steel quad-tipped exhaust system (for the 550i only). Interior upgrades are also Hamann run-of-the-mill with new pedals, carbon fiber trim, and floor mats.

We certainly don’t hate what Hamann has produced yet again, but sometime we wonder if it’s time that they change it up just a bit. Hopefully their full bumper replacements will be something a little different. We’ll stay tuned.

GALLERY: Hamann BMW 5-Series F10

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 |  Jul 17 2010, 7:28 AM

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As if we couldn’t get anymore confused about BMW‘s X6 and its purpose in life, ArmorTech out of Russia has decided to offer a coupe conversion. This whole sport activity vehicle (SAV) thing keeps getting a new take and now ArmorTech has probably done what we never thought would happen…or probably deep down hoped would never happen.

But now it’s here so we should take some time to see what it’s all about. ArmorTech takes a standard BMW X6, pushes the B-Pillar back, essentially adding 9.8-inches to the front doors. In addition they move the rear window forward by 7.9-inches. Naturally the conversion requires new front seats that tilt and slide forward to allow your passengers access to the rear.

We’re still not sure why anyone would want this, other than to have a sporty, yet not-so-full-of-utility, sport utility vehicle. (Sorry, sport activity vehicle). And for those not happy with just the coupe conversion, ArmorTech claims they can order engine upgrades, as well as a  sports suspension, exhaust, wheels, brakes, body kit, interior upgrades… and, well, just about anything that’s available in the aftermarket.

So what’s next? Will ArmorTech take an X6 M and convert that into a coupe?

GALLERY: ArmorTech BMW X6 Coupe

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[Source: WorldCarFans]

 |  Jul 17 2010, 7:19 AM

Looks like the matte paint styles are being taken to a new level. With the introduction of affordable vinyl wraps, car owners are able to change the look of their car’s exterior on a budget, with the ability to revert it back to factory with ease.

Last year Vivid Racing took a customer’s BMW 750LI and covered it with a very flashy gold vinyl wrap for the 2009 Gumball 3000. There’s no doubt the reflective gold did its job for Gumball, but clearly the owner wanted something… more subtle for the streets. So Vivid Racing rewrapped the car with matte green vinyl giving it a bit of an army theme. We’re actually surprised at how subtle and clean it looks. That’s not to say that we love it, but we don’t hate it either.

The 750LI also got a smoked taillight treatment, lowering springs from H&R and a set of 22-inch EXE Wheels wrapped with Nitto Invo tires. Vivid Racing seems to be making a name for themselves  in vinyl wrap jobs, so if you’re in the Arizona area and want one yourself, make sure to look them up.

GALLERY: Vivid Racing Matte Green BMW 7-Series

[Source: Vivid Racing]

 |  Jul 16 2010, 9:56 PM

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Yeah, yeah deep down inside we are probably in love with BMW‘s X6 M even though we still think it’s a confusing platform. It’s becoming quite a success story in the aftermarket, especially internationally. Recently we showed off G-Power’s awesome M3 Clubsport Models and now they’ve struck up an ambitious project by producing what they call the world’s fastest SUV. Even though BMW’s X6 M is not considered an SUV by BMW (remember, it’s a sport activity vehicle) we all know what it is deep down inside.

Dubbed the Typhoon RS, G-Power’s X6 M throws down 900-hp with a top speed of over 205 mph. To accomplish this, G-Power transplanted in BMW’s M5 V10 motor and overhauled it with what they refer to as “Formula 1 characteristics.” The motor was stroked to 5.5-liters and a pair of ASA T1-316 compressors were added for forced induction (similar to what’s seen in their M5 Hurricane RR world-record vehicle). The motor is reworked with lower compression Mahle pistons, new rods and a forged 7-bearing crank.

With a watercooled intercooler to keep everything cool and an ECU tune, the X6 M drops out 900-hp and 640 ft-lbs of torque. The peak power is at 8000 rpms, showing off just how high-revving this V10 can go.

On the outside is a custom wide body and a set of 23-inch wheels. Upgraded brakes are included in the package with carbon-ceramic rotors and 6-piston calipers. Further weight is dropped with a titanium exhaust system, four carbon individual seats and the xDrive system is completely dumped. They state that the car is about 330 lbs lighter than stock.

G-Power is limiting production to five vehicles and can be ordered as a completely finished vehicle. And the price? Well if you have to ask, then you can’t afford it… we’re guessing.

GALLERY: G-Power 900-hp BMW X6 M

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 |  Jul 16 2010, 10:44 AM

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We don’t normally post up eBay finds or other used cars for sale, but we’ll make an exception for this Dinan M5. As impressive as you might think the 500-hp BMW M5 is, the Dinan version takes it to an all new level with an expertly engineered stroker kit that pumps the 5.0-liter V10 up to 5.7-liters. Plus, the full S3 Dinan package also adds new throttle bodies, carbon fiber air intakes, custom exhaust manifolds, software and numerous other go-fast goodies. In total, the new engine makes 640-hp of glorious goodness from a high revving V10 engine.

The owner of this particular model also tossed on lots of aftermarket goodies from AC Schnitzer, Vorsteiner and Hamann, not to mention some nice 21-inch HRE wheels. Plus, there’s a complete Dinan suspension package that virtually eliminates understeer. (We’ve driven a Dinan S3-M5, it’s almost unbelievably good).

The owner claims just 9,288 miles on the odo, 6,000 of which are since the stroker motor went in.

Now here’s the best part. Rather than asking some ridiculous price, like the $160,000 the owner has invested in this car, he’s asking a very reasonable $98,420. Why that number? Well, he claims that was the sticker price on the car when he bought it. So you’re basically paying for an M5, and getting all the Dinan parts for free. And if Dinan is known for anything, it’s for making incredibly fast and reliable cars – that are also extremely expensive.

What’s his reason for selling? Well, according to his post on Luxury4Play, he’ll be picking up a shiny new Ferrari F430 Scuderia, that he’s sending off to underground racing for a twin-turbo setup.

Some guys have all the fun….

Check out pics of the car below and hit the link to get more details.

GALLERY: Dinan Stroked BMW M5

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[Source: Luxury4Play]

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 |  Jul 15 2010, 8:50 PM

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This isn’t the first time we’ve shown off Lumma’s CLR X650 M, but we felt obliged to post this one up because of just how different it looks compared to the previous black and white variants. It’s amazing how the exterior color of a vehicle does to transform the overall impression the customization does to the vehicle. The bold one-piece design wheel also does wonders in shaping the BMW X6 M’s lines without a deep lip taking precedence.

The CLR X650 M is another product from Top Car in Russia, and you can clearly see in this shoot the unique design in the rear bumper, the fine carbon fiber weave in the rear wing and vented hood. There are some nice profile shots that really allows us to see the true lines of Lumma’s product. All in all we feel like we have a better idea of how this CLR X650 M would look like in real life compared to the black and white ones that we’ve seen previously.

In fact, we can’t believe we’re admitting this, but this Lumma X6 M is one seriously awesome machine. You absolutely have to check out the gallery below, in particular the view from the back.

[Source: Jon Sibal]

GALLERY: Blue Lumma CLR X650 M

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 |  Jul 01 2010, 7:25 AM

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Alpina has finally unwrapped its new B5 Biturbo, based on the all-new BMW 5 Series and as you might expect it delivers plenty of luxury, power and style. Fitted with a traditional Alpina aero kit, including a larger front air dam, the big news is under the hood where the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 gets pumped-up to 500-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque. Alpina claims that’s enough to rocket the sedan to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Top speed for the German saloon is rated at a startling 191-mph!

Like all Alpinas, the B5 is built on the BMW assembly line and while a definite rival for the current M5, it will offer customers an option half-way between the new 5 Series and the upcoming M5, which is slated to get significantly more than 500-hp and will also come with a dual-clutch transmission, rather than the B5′s eight-speed automatic.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but the car will go on sale in Europe shortly with deliveries starting in the Fall.

GALLERY: Alpina B5 Biturbo

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 |  Jun 29 2010, 4:36 PM

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Now that BMW is truly embracing the technology behind their twin turbo applications, it’s no surprise that there will be an entirely new generation of M-powered vehicles that will no longer sport large displacement, naturally aspirated V8 and V10 engines. Nowack Motors, who we checked out before with their Mini Coopers, is known for tuning BMW M engines, and their newest product is impressive.

Named the N635S 5.8 Hans Nowack Edition, the 5.0L V10 pushes out 718-hp over the factory 507-hp and revs up to 9000 rpm. This engine conversion is available for all the M5s and M6s sporting the 5.0L V10, and Nowack offers a 12 month warranty with no mileage constraint for those opting to have the work done. So while BMW is pushing ahead with their twin turbo setups and abandoning the joy of torque-heavy V10s, Nowack motors continues to embrace and give current owners a new option to compete with the new technology.

There is unfortunately not a ton of details on what goes on with the conversion other than a remapped ECU and a pair of intake air collectors that are match painted to the car. But we’re going to guess that there’s tons of bottom end work and head work. Then again, it can’t be that difficult to find a whole lot of horsepower once you crack open a V10 can it?

The official press release available after the break.

GALLERY: Hans Nowack Edition BMW M5

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 |  Jun 17 2010, 8:19 AM

Alpina has just released a single teaser sketch of its new B5 Bi-Turbo model based on the brand new BMW 5 Series. Much like the 5 Series takes its style from the larger 7, the Alpina does the same, imitating the aerodynamic upgrades on the Alpina B7 models shown at the Chicago Auto Show and New York Auto Show earlier this year.

With the 5 Series being offered with the same 4.4-liter tinw-turbo V8 as the 7, we also expect a similar engine output of 500-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque, and delivering a 0-60 mph time in the low 4 second range. (M5 anyone?) Other upgrades are sure to include larger wheels, lower profile tires, a modified suspension and custom interior.

The new Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo will launch at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which starts on July 1st.

Official release after the jump:

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 |  Jun 13 2010, 11:21 AM

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Montecito Motors in Santa Barbara, California has listed this 2008 Fisker Latigo CS on eBay. With a starting bid of $90,000, the coachbuilt BMW M6 was designed by Henrik Fisker who also designed the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage.

It’s a small price to pay to own something so unique on the road, but it’s hard to believe it’ll stay in the high 5-digit, low 6-digit range, especially considering the original (one of just 150 in the world) costs well over $340,000. The exterior body work is handbuilt and the interior has been re-trimmed. The 5.0L V10 under the hood has received a few tidbits to overhaul horsepower to 648 thanks to Racing Dynamics. The car also sports a set of 20-inch Fisker proprietary wheels.

So you like the majority of the BMW M6 but you’re not a fan of the exterior styling? Maybe this Fisker Latigo CS V10 is for you if your wallet’s deep enough.

GALLERY: Fisker Latigo CS V10

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[Source: eBay]