BMW M4 pickup rendering 17.10.14

We have seen all manners of pickup renderings over the years, and I believe few BMW models were not imagined in that guise.

And as wrong as it might sound, someone has imagined how BMW M4 pickup would look like.

BMW M4 pickup by X-Tomi Design

BMW M4 pickup by X-Tomi Design

Ok, in all honesty, the one responsible with the rendering is not just “someone”, but actually X-Tomi Design was behind it. As such, you can expect the rendering to be executed with some degree of competency, but not matter how realistic it might look, it’s still a pickup BMW M4.
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TC-Concept BMW 3 Series 16.10.14

Body kits for BMW’s new models are starting to pour in from tuners, both known and only just making a name for themselves.

TC-Concept decided to see about modifying the BMW 3 Series, and the result is better than you might expect.

BMW 3 Series body kit from TC-Concept

BMW 3 Series body kit from TC-Concept

Their wide body kit is the one to have, for now at least, if you want an M3 kind of look on your standard BMW 3 Series. And if you already have installed either the M Sport package or M Performance parts, don’t fret, for TC-Concept’s kit is built to work nicely with them.
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BMW i8 by Manhart – preview 14.10.14

It was about time that we hear something from Manhart regarding the BMW i sub-brand, and as luck would have it, it is something about the i8.

As with all the other tuners, no kit has yet been released, but we do have a nice preview of things to come.

BMW i8 by Manhart - preview

BMW i8 by Manhart – preview

Before get into it, there is one thing that you must know about the BMW i8. While the looks of the car are extremely cool, they are not just for show. Even from the start, BMW took pride in the fact that the design was dictated by aerodynamics, with the prototype i8 spending many hours in the wind tunnel.
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BMW Isetta with a V8 13.10.14

There are a lot of home projects that hold a lot of promise, and this particular Isetta is one of them.

Fitted by its owner with a massive V8 engine, the BMW Isetta is now a genuine pocket rocket.

BMW Isetta with V8 engine

BMW Isetta with V8 engine

Considering that the engine is almost as big as the rest of the car, it kind of leave you wondering why would anyone do this to his car. But there are actually a lot of small cars out there that sport an engine fit for quarry trucks. The BMW Isetta uses one from a Rover 75 that displaces 4.6 liters and can churn out some 300 Hp.
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BMW iTron preview 10.10.14

It seems that tuning projects for the BMW i8 are slowly trickling in, with the latest being this iTron aesthetic build.

While the naming is fairly obvious, I can’t really make a connection between the tune and the usual Tron stuff.

BMW iTron by GSC

BMW iTron by GSC

That being said, what the guys from GSC (German Special Customs) did a great job in at least envisioning a nice kit for the BMW i8 exterior. This kit includes a new front and rear bumper, restyled hood, new set of wheels and even reworked door sills. At the back there are also new tailpipes.
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E89 BMW Z4 by Carlex Design 09.10.14

When it comes to interior alterations, I must confess I have a weak spot for the Bulgarians from Vilner.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty more tuners that deal in interiors beside them, and Carlex Design plans to prove just that.

E89 BMW Z4 by Carlex Design

E89 BMW Z4 by Carlex Design

If we are to judge by their latest kit regarding the E89 BMW Z4, even I would have to admit they have style, even if they are miles behind the Bulgarians. Still, the work they did on the Z4 is amazing. Also they even fitted some exterior parts, like a front splitter, rear diffuser and a new set of wheels.
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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe gets AC Schnitzer kit 08.10.14

There is a reason why there are a few resounding names when it comes to tuning Bimmers, and also why AC Schnitzer numbers among them.

Their most recent endeavor involves the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, for which they have just released a kit.

AC Schnitzer BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

AC Schnitzer BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Regarding the aesthetics, the aftermarket specialist did what you would expect, and so not many changes are visible. They installed a new front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps, a chromed front grille and protective film for the skirts. Inside AC Schnitzer installed some nice goodies like a gear knob with digital gear display or an aluminium handbrake handle.
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First BMW M3 to hit US got tuned 07.10.14

I have always stated that the BMW M3 (all generations) and now the BMW M4 are the best platform for tuners to work on.

And to prove my point, the first ever new generation BMW M3 that was sold in the US market already saw some upgrading done to it.

580 Hp BMW M3

580 Hp BMW M3

In stock form, the BMW M3 is good for about 425 Hp, which come from a 3.0 liter twin turbo engine. Those are some good numbers, worthy of a BMW M3, but not everybody seems to be happy with just that. So then the owner decided it was time to fiddle with performance.
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BMW i3 kei car 06.10.14

If you ask me about the new BMW i cars and about all the things you can do to them to tune them, I think I am more excited about the smaller i3.

While an i8 would look awesome with the right kit, the fact that the smaller BMW i3 isn’t such a serious looking car, the possibilities are far more numerous.

BMW EVO i3

BMW EVO i3

A very good example of what you can do to a BMW i3 to make it look awesome but never to a i8 comes from Japan, where a lot of people go nuts for small cars. They even have a trend about tuning compact vehicles, which they call kei cars. Applying the same treatment to the BMW i3 resulted in what the tuner calls BMW EVO i3.
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F82 BMW M4 gets Akrapovic exhaust 03.10.14

In recent years, most car makers, BMW included, started to downsize their engines, as new technologies allow for more power from a smaller block.

One side effect of this is the slightly mellower sound of the engine.

F82 BMW M4 with Akrapovic exhaust

F82 BMW M4 with Akrapovic exhaust

With the new generation of 3 and 4 Series, BMW decided to make sure the sound is still aggressive enough by enhancing it with through the speaker system. Some of the more purist fans of BMW, however, thought this was an insult, and might even got as far as to argue that the car maker has ruined the legacy with the new BMW M4.
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