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BMW has been known to give some of their cars and/or paint jobs special names, specifically after racetracks or events. For example, Laguna Seca Blue, Lime Rock Park, Dakar Yellow, Estoril Blue, Le Mans Blue, Imola Red, Montreal Blue, Valencia Orange, and Yas Marina Blue. There are many more BMW colors and editions that are named after where automotive history takes place but come the X5M and we get introduced to the stunning Donington Grey Metallic. Named after the Donington Park Circuit in Castle Donington, England the X5M clearly packs the same blood as its other M brothers.
Carbon Fiber and the F8X M3/M4 go together like peanut butter goes with jelly. The options seem limitless in terms of just how much carbon fiber parts can be put on the M4 straight from BMW. Every carbon fiber BMW part is the iconic 2x2 weave except for the roof which is a 1x1 pattern. This allows BMW to make their parts to the shape that they desire since 2x2 drapes much better than 1x1. Used less often by manufacturers is the plain weave (1x1). This is because 1x1 is a tighter knit fabric and is easier to handle without making any distortions in the weave. However, the tighter weave makes draping more difficult over a mold but usually provides more strength. When getting down to it carbon fiber typically has a “wet” process and a “dry” process. Parts that use the wet layup process are generally shiny but even for carbon fiber become heavy with the amount of resin used to cure.
Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. Make many small changes and there is no doubt there is an almost complete transformation. Being out for some time, the M4 has increasingly gained available modifications in both the aesthetic and power departments. For many, the M4 has plenty of get up and go so the modification list is immediately cut down. For excellent fitment and quality finish, BMW M Performance Parts are never a letdown. BMW offers different components for many parts of the car like the exhaust, aerodynamics, and many pieces of the interior.
The BMW M6, available in convertible, coupe, or gran coupe form, is known for being a luxurious power house with a hefty price tag. Carrying the same S63 power plant from the F10 M5, the twin turbo V8 makes at least 550 horsepower. Just listening to the car you know that it means business with the loud spooling of the turbo systems and deep exhaust note. As standard equipment on newer M6 models, a stunning amount of carbon fiber dominates the interior, however more overpowering is the brilliant optional Sakhir Orange and Black Merino Leather.
Carried over from the older M3 cars, Silverstone Metallic is an awesome color choice. As its name states there is a silver look to the paint but generally the paint displays a blue tint. Park it under a tree or next to a grass field and it immediately picks up some green tint. Owners tend to enjoy the color very much, saying that it never really has the same color and every time you look at it the color changes. We have seen this first hand with all of the Silverstone Metallic cars that have come by. Direct sunlight reveals to us silver, during sunset a bluish tint, and at night much darker silver. The M Carbon Ceramic Brakes on this car go nicely with the body since the gold calipers are also an easy on the eyes color.
Tanzanite Blue Metallic is the paint color that this F80 M3 rolled off the line with. Not only is the paint a BMW Individual option but so is the interior with Amaro Brown Extended Merino Leather w/ White Stitching. Put together, the custom paint and interior option total $4,250. That’s $1,950 for the paint and a whopping $2,300 for the interior. Adding even more to the price tag and individuality is the M Carbon Ceramic Brakes at $8,150. Prefer the 18” wheels over the 19” wheels? Choosing M Carbon Ceramic Brakes forces you to select a 19” set of wheels so the owner decided on the Light Alloy Double-Spoke Style 437 M Wheels over the Black. Essentially fully optioned, the owner requested even more be done.
The S55 engine is a highly capable motor in the newer M3 and M4. Being taken to the track fairly often, the owner of this Mineral White F82 was seeking more performance to decrease lap times. When preparing a car for the track, safety should come before anything. In the event of an accident the driver must be in as good preparation as possible. Following behind safety is usability and functionality. Although price tags can be rather high, the money spent on performance aftermarket components is well worth it as most high end manufacturers goals are to exceed and outperform original manufacturer components.
We have begun to see an increase in the number of BMW i3s rolling around town. It has only been a matter of time before an i3 obtained modifications other than coding to its sophisticated technological package. On the stock suspension the i3 has a fairly comfortable feel. Without sacrificing ride quality, the H&R Lowering Springs we put on this i3 gave it a fairly decent drop. Benefits of the H&R springs are not only the lowered stance but also a lower center of gravity providing improved handling.
Searching for more power? A downpipe is an excellent source for horsepower! Since a turbocharger is essentially a pump, it’s important for the pipes leading up to and exiting the turbo to have unrestricted airflow. Factory downpipes generally are highly restrictive as they have catalyst material formed into "honeycomb" weaves. Exhaust gas must pass through these tiny "honeycomb" weaves on their way to the exhaust system thus causing a major exhaust flow restriction. It also causes turbulence after the catalytic converter which causes the exhaust flow to slow down.