Mondays spotlight is on tuner company Active Autowerkes’. I’ve known about this company ever since I had my BMW E36 M3 and loved seeing their products, especially the E92 M3’s they have tuned. Tuner companies have a way of taking stock cars and bringing out the performance and highest potential of them. The vast and innovative ways they do this is amazes me by how many different directions a car can be taken.
Usually the stock production cars taken for tuning are the highest performing or ones with the most “potential”. In the case of a E92 BMW 328i vs a 335i, the 335i will most likely be chosen since it had more power and turbos. Obviously a little more thought might go into this, but usually that is the case.
This makes the customer, who gets the “lower” grade car; miss out on engine upgrades and remains only with aesthetic options. Also, a customer with a 328i wanting to increase the horsepower of their car might see a much heftier bill since they would have to do a bit more custom work than initially going for the 335i from the get-go. However the new models all have turbos, which in my mind is annoying as I’ve always loved the NA I6 engines of BMW, but it creates an even playing field for aftermarket options.
Active Autowerkes’ tries to involve the whole section of a model lineup; providing options for both the top to bottom tiers of the lineup. Their products are reliable and finished with superb quality. One company I can say that does it better and has more options would be Turner Motorsports.
From the E24 to the F12…no F13…wait nooo F14! Whatever chassis number they call it for the different designs (cabriolet, coupe, GT) its the M6 we are talking about. Looking better each year, the M6 is an M5 that hugs you with all its might and gives you a race car sport like feel than a family event in the M5.
I love it that bmw is still trying to stick with manuals, well at least testing popularity in the US. This also confused me when it was only the Gran Coupe that had the option. Usually sedans would be the ones least likely to have a manual transmission….whatever maybe in the 2015 models it will go to all models; doubt it. The V8 engine is an s63 so different from the outgoing e90/e92 M3’s which, will add value to these M3’s down the road. The only problem I have is that is not as agressive as it used to look. The M-spec models look a little more aggressive that the actual M-powered vehicles.
Engine – 4.4L BMW S63 V8 (Twin Turbo Charged)
Power – 560hp/502lbft
Weight – 4430
Limited Speed – 155 (I’m waiting for tuning companies to take it to the limit)
WITH THE FRANKFURT AUTOSHOW ITS ONLY FEESABLE TO HAVE A GERMAN MADE CAR AS THE CAR OF THE WEEK. THE 6 SERIES HAS BEEN ON MY EYE FOR A WHILE, I’VE SOMETIMES LOVED LOOKING AT IT AND AT THE SAME TIME HATED THE CONCEPT AND DESIGN OF IT.
HOWEVER IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER IN STYLE, BUT HAS ALWAYS HAD AN AMAZING ENGINE EVEN IF ITS SHARED WITH ITS YOUNGER BROTHER/SISTER THE 5!
NOW WITH MORE COMPETITION RISING BMW EXECUTIVES ARE MAKING SO MANY CHANGES TO THE BRAND THAT I CAN’T KEEP UP. ONE OF THEM IS ADDING A GRAN COUPE TO OBVIOUSLY COMPETE WITH THE A7 OF AUDI AND CLS OF MERC; AS WELL AS OTHER BRANDS.