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When Volk Racing stopped by our facility to show off some of their new wheels, we jumped on the opportunity to snap some photos for you. On the left is a 20"x10.0" Volk TE37 Ultra, and on the right is an 18"x11.0" Volk ZE40. Both wheels are painted in a unique Matte Blue Gunmetal finish, and feature extensive CNC machining work. According to Volk, these wheels utilize a special manufacturing process to create the new centers, which don't only look great, but also add additional strength and rigidity. Another new feature found on these wheels is anti tire slip knurling on the rims, which is trickle down technology from Formula 1. These wheels will start making their way over to the USA in a couple of months, but for now you can get an up close and personal look at them below.
So far we've seen both an F10 M5 and F06 M6 in Moonstone Metallic, but this is the first E92 M3 that we've seen in this finish. Actually, to our knowledge, this is the only Moonstone M3 in the United States. Along with its unique paint finish, this E92 features some uniquely integrated exterior components. In the front, the BMW Performance splitters have been molded with an RKP carbon fiber CRT lip, then the entire assembly has been painted for a seamless installation. In the rear a BMW Performance carbon fiber trunk spoiler has received the same treatment, giving this car an OEM, yet one of a kind appearance.
Before we installed any of the performance modifications we first performed a baseline dyno session, in which this M3 put down a healthy 352whp. Afterwards, we proceeded by installing an Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust, an AFE air filter, Macht Schnell underdrive pulleys and an ESS ECU tune. We then strapped the car down for a second dyno session; this time around the car recorded 377whp - a 25whp gain! Helping to slow down this M3 are a set of European market Brembo GT brakes finished in a motorsport inspired color scheme. Inside, the unique white stitched interior has been improved with the installation of a BMW Performance Alcantara steering wheel. A set of our H8 LED angel eyes were installed to get rid of the stock yellow rings, giving the finishing touches to this beautiful M3.
The F13 M6 is a harmonious blend of luxurious comfort and sporty performance. While its stock exhaust system is pretty decent, it was obviously designed to be more comfortable than sporty. Recognizing this, the owner of this Black Sapphire M6 coupe decided to upgrade the stock exhaust to something much better: the Akrapovic Evolution Titanium exhaust system. Made entirely out of aircraft grade titanium, the Evolution system instantly saves 27lbs and gains 10hp/12.5tq. The exhaust note is dramatically improved, allowing the S63tu to show off its beastly nature while still maintaining the stock Valvetronic system. To top everything off the exhaust is just beautiful; the larger polished titanium tips give the rear a more aggressive, filled-out look. Enjoy.
For daily driven cars that make their way to the track on the weekends, the Ohlins Road & Track coilover system is the perfect solution. Featuring dual flow valve (DFV) technology, these Ohlins coilovers offer superior handling without sacrificing daily comfort. To get the most from the new suspension, we dialed-in a 50/50 weight distribution with a corner balancing service, and then configured a performance alignment using the Vorshlag adjustable camber plates. To further improve its handling capabilities, this Jerez Black M3 is equipped with a set of lightweight Volk Racing TE37SLs wrapped in super sticky Hankook RS-3s. Exterior modifications are sublte, consisting of an IND painted cosmetic package, front splitters, a rear diffuser, a trunk spoiler and our larger exhaust tips. On the inside, BMWPedals billet DCT paddles have been mated to a BMW Performance Alcantara steering wheel for a proper motorsport look and feel. The end result is a subtle, double-duty E92 that's capable of grabbing groceries and setting lap times.
A lot of our customers simply love carbon fiber. Take the owner of this Alpine White / Bamboo Beige E92 for example. Satisfied with the OEM performance, handling and sound of his M3, the only thing missing for him was a healthy dose of carbon fiber. To remedy the situation we first installed BMW Performance's own carbon fiber interior trim, which surrounds the cabin in a glossy 2x2 weave. BMW doesn't make a carbon fiber center console, so IND supplied a beautiful matching center console piece to complete the interior. For the exterior, we then installed the BMW Performance front splitters and mirror caps. Additionally, we further improved the interior by installing BMWPedals aluminum pedals (complete with an engraved ///M logo) and a matching set of billet aluminum DCT shifter paddles.
This stunning M6 Gran Coupe came to us to get rid of its chrome exterior pieces. Already featuring a set of gloss black competition wheels, the owner of this Moonstone Metallic / Platinum F06 wanted to give the car a more coherent and aggressive style. Expertly painted by IND in Chicago, we replaced the stock kidney grilles, side marker gills and trunk badge with their gloss black counterparts. The changes might be too subtle for some people to notice, but for the BMW enthusiast, they really do make all the difference in the world. Take a couple minutes to marvel at this prime example of BMW's flagship ///M car. Enjoy.
Now that the E9X M3 is 6 years old, we'll start seeing some worn out components that need to be replaced. For cars that are equipped with EDC and need a new set of shocks, Bilstein has introduced a new product. The Bilstein Heavy Duty EDC Replacement Shock Kit isa complete plug-n-play solution that retain the original EDC functionality at much lower price than the OEM replacement units. Featuring a high pressure gas monotube construction, these shocks offer superior ride, control and longevity. Take a look at this M3 convertible that just got a fresh set of Bilstein EDC shocks installed.
To give a BMW the sporty look it deserves, it's necessary to modify the OEM ride height. To get rid of the excessive wheel gap on this F30, we installed a set of KW V1 coilovers. Offering optimally preset dampening settings and adjustable ride height, the entry level V1 coilovers are an affordable method of increasing the car's handling performance while dialing in the car's stance. Further enhancing the sporty style of this M-Sport are the BMW Performance trunk spoiler, gloss black kidney grilles, painted reflectors and 19" Avant Garde wheels. The combination of these modifications creates a 328i that is both subtle and aggressive.
Coming to us all the way from Las Vegas is this highly modified Alpine White X5M. Featuring a set of lowering springs, forged wheels, an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, a carbon fiber hood, a custom BMW Performance steering wheel, ///M stripe decals and more, this aggressive E70 definitely stands out from the crowd.
As European Auto Source, it's not every day that we have a first generation NSX in our shop. However, because we have a Dynojet, we do get to see cars from all over the car scene. This white 1992 Acura came to us for a baseline dyno session; its 3.0 liter V6 managed to consistently push 269hp and 205tq to the wheels. Even though this car is now over two decades old, it still holds its ground. Featuring an all aluminum body, a super high revving engine (watch the dyno video to see for yourself) and awesome pop-up headlights, how could anyone not like this car?