2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class by Brabus

Brabus is bringing its tuned version of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class to the Essen Motor Show. The tuning program for the M-Class starts with a subtle body kit made of Pur-R-Rim plastics which includes new sill skirts that make the SUV look longer and sleeker and also feature entrance lights that turn on when pulling on the door handle. The program also includes a power upgrade on the ML 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC diesel variant by means of the BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D6S performance kit with output bumped up to 306 PS (225 kW / 301 hp) and 690 Nm (509 lb-ft) of torque from the series 258 PS (190 kW / 254 hp) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft). The sprint time from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) comes in at a flat 6 seconds and top speed is increased to 229 km/h (142 mph). Brabus also offers its Monoblock wheels sized between 18 and 22 inches on the M-Class. A standard suspension lowering of 30 mm is part of the program and for the M-Class with AIRMATIC suspension a Brabus module can lower the ride-height by 30-40 mm. Interior touches include the bi-color stainless-steel scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo as well as the matte-anodized aluminum pedals. Brabus also offers fully individualized finishes for the cabin.

modern Architects : Cabin by Olson Kundig

 The cabin is five hundred square feet and is a private writers retreat and guest cottage.  Located on San Juan Island, Washington, the owners wanted the cabin to feel contacted to its setting, the climate, the wildlife and views. They also needed a structure that could be easily secured when not in use.

The cabin was designed as a glass house surrounded by three wooden slat decks that can be raised by a hydraulic system of wires, rope, pivoting sheaves and lead blocks, that serves as shutters.  When open, the shutter decks are outdoor living spaces; when closed they secure the cabin.  The fireplace rotates 180 degrees to be enjoyed indoors or out.  An inverted roof with deep overhangs forces water to  drain to the rear of the cabin.

The cabin is a single room with a small kitchenette and a bathroom.  Finishes are restrained, punctuated only by a blackened steel inlay that bisects the floor from the fireplace to the slot window at the rear of the cabin.

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2012 BMW Alpina BMW B3 GT3

Alpina has introduced the BMW Alpina B3 GT3. Using the same twin-turbo 3.0 liter inline six-cylinder unit from the Alpina B3 S Bi-Turbo, the B3 GT3 gets a modified exhaust system and a new rear silencer that boosts output by 8 PS (6 kW / 8 hp) over the standard engine with maximum power now rated at 408 PS (300 kW / 402 hp) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque. The B3 GT3 also features a titanium rear silencer with double 115 mm tailpipes from Akrapovic. The 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint takes 4.6 seconds. Wheels are the Alpina GT3 CLASSIC 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires for the road or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup+ tires for the track. The B3 GT3 also comes with a race-bred coilover sport suspension. For the front end aerodynamics is a carbon fiber front splitter mounted under the front spoiler and dive plates mounted on the side of the front valence. At the rear is a diffuser and a carbon wing. Inside is a black finish in leather and Alcantara and Recaro sports seats. The B3 GT3 will be a limited-edition model with only 99 units being made available. The green/blue/silver livery (full-body vinyl wrap) from the official B6 GT3 racer with a complementary interior trim in green lacquer will be offered as optional. The B3 GT3 goes on sale in the spring of 2012 with prices set at approximately €90,000, including 19% VAT in Germany.

Press release:
 Alpina BMW B3 GT3

Alpina's recent return to international motor sport peaked this year, with the drivers Alexandros Margaritis and Dino Lunardi winning the German GT Series, the 2011 ADAC GT Masters Championship, in the Alpina BMW B6 GT3.
With this achievement Alpina purposefully demonstrates that despite a long absence from motor sports, cutting edge automotive know-how and technical expertise continues to be the foundation for the development of exclusive BMW Alpina automobiles.
Ideal circumstances to re-kindle the long-standing Alpina tradition of creating ultra small series limited editions.
The Alpina BMW B3 GT3 combines exceptional characteristics and technical features of the Alpina BMW B6 GT3 race car with classic design elements of iconic Alpina automobiles of the past - to the delight of Alpina customers and enthusiasts worldwide.
Strictly limited to 99 cars, the Alpina BMW B3 GT3 will be available from spring 2012 at a price of approx. € 90.000,- including 19% VAT (German specification, ex-works Buchloe).
The exceptionally smooth twin turbocharged 3.0liter in line six-cylinder engine from the Alpina B3 S Bi-Turbo - with its massive torque and effortless performance - is also employed in the B3 GT3. By amending the exhaust system and replacing the rear silencer the back pressure has been further reduced, increasing output in the B3 GT3 by 8hp. The direct petrol injected engine now delivers a total power output of 408hp at 6000rpm and 540Nm of torque at 4500rpm.
Titanium rear silencer and tailpipes, lightweight made by Akrapovic
Developed in collaboration with Akrapovic, the renowned specialist for Titanium exhaust systems, the B3 GT3 exhaust system is lightweight, impressive yet elegant in appearance and, in keeping with the character of the car, has a raspy sound. The use of Titanium for the rear silencer and tailpipes, in addition to other constructional design measures such as the removal of the middle silencer, the use of an x-section and significantly larger diameter pipes, has resulted not only in a reduction in back pressure but also a weight saving of 11kg.
Taking design cues from the B6 GT3 race car and in order to support weight reduction efforts, the exhaust system 'only' has two typically Alpina oval shaped tailpipes but of increased diameter (115mm). In addition to its heat protective function, the lightweight carbon tailpipe trim provides for a more aggressive design. Extensive sound development measures where aimed at achieving a natural, unfiltered and typical six cylinder sound.
High performance fixed calliper brake system
Besides exceptional acceleration, in 4.6s from 0-100km/h, and a fulminant power delivery, negative acceleration also plays a pivotal role in satisfying the demands of enthusiast drivers.
The B3 GT3 features a high performance motor sport brake set-up with 6-piston fixed callipers at the front and 4-piston fixed calliper at the rear, with discs measuring 380 x 35 mm at the front and 355 x 32 mm at the rear. The brake callipers are painted in blue with discrete Alpina writing in silver.
Overall, the brakes are designed for high stress and load under forced conditions and are characterised by excellent fading resistance, good modulation (control) and response - without sacrificing comfort and practicality.
Alpina GT3 CLASSIC 19" lightweight alloy wheels, forged
Anyone mentions the name Alpina, most people inevitably think of the famous Alpina CLASSIC light alloy wheels, their closely guarded trademark design significantly shaping the appearance of almost all BMW Alpina automobiles since the beginning. It is only logical then, that the new and exclusively for the B3 GT3 available lightweight forged alloy wheels also carry the CLASSIC design. Forged aluminium alloy exhibits much higher stiffness and strength characteristics compared to conventional cast aluminium alloy, translating into a significant weight reduction and more design freedom. The design of the 19" lightweight forged alloy wheels, which are painted in Himalaya Grey, has been inspired by the B6 GT3 race car. The 20 spokes are particularly fine and 'clean', giving the wheel a minimalist technical and timeless appearance. The new wheels, which are 25% lighter, result in a further weight reduction of 10kg, despite increasing half-an-inch in width to of 8.5 x 19" front and 9.5 x 19" rear (front: 8.6kg, rear: 9.5kg).
Race-bred coilover sports suspension, perfectly balanced
The coilover suspension technology in the B6 GT3 played a central role in achieving success at widely varying race circuits, which all required very different set-ups.
The direct transfer of this technology 'from the track to the street' allows for far reaching adjustment of the suspension on the B3 GT3 according to widely different requirements, and for fine-tuning and balancing the handling according to personal preference. The coilovers are fully height adjustable, meaning the ride height of the vehicle can be changed significantly. Additionally the dampers feature a 12-fold compression and 18-fold rebound adjustment. The range of adjustment has been carefully calibrated to allow for a dynamic yet sufficiently comfortable road-biased set-up for normal driving while simultaneously offering an amplitude of adjustment for also achieving a purely track-focussed race set-up.
Fundamental suspension components including the springs and stabilisers have been specifically calibrated by Alpina to suit the dynamic focus of the B3 GT3. Special top mounts with adjustable top mount plates at the front ensure an especially stiff connection to the chassis. Combined, all these components ensure that the B3 GT3 exhibits the kind of poised and extremely neutral handling which one expects from Alpina.
The overall chassis and suspension set-up translates into a real performance increase and exceptional levels of lateral grip. If necessary over and understeer can also be influenced according to personal preference by means of adjusting the camber at the front, just like on the B6 GT3 race car.
Sophisticated aerodynamics
Besides its competitive drivetrain and suspension technology, the B6 GT3 race car managed to more than hold its own in the ADAC GT Masters thanks to its exceptional aerodynamics - downforce playing a vital role in achieving fast lap times. The B3 GT3 special edition exhibits a number of aerodynamic features which have been directly derived from the experience gained in motor racing.
The combination of a carbon front splitter, which is mounted on the underside of the front spoiler, and dive plates, which are mounted on the side of the front valence, ensures excellent aerodynamic properties at the front end. To achieve an ideal aerodynamic balance a carbon wing is mounted at the rear. The profile of the rear wing is such, that it reduces lift at the rear significantly without negatively effecting the drag coefficient. The rear diffusor, in black matt, also plays a part in ensuring that the aerodynamic efficiency at the rear end is improved.
In summary, the optimum design and combination of these components means that lift has been completely dialled out, the B3 GT3 is the first roadgoing BMW Alpina automobile to exhibit actual downforce at the front and rear.
GT3 Cup wheel and tyre set
For everyday use, the B3 GT3 comes equipped with MICHELIN Pilot Sport 2 tyres as standard. For the race track, an optional GT3 Cup wheel and tyre set, consisting of a set of Alpina GT3 CLASSIC 19" lightweight alloy wheels, forged, with MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup+ tyres is available. The Cup tyres deliver excellent performance on the track in dry conditions and at an optimum tyre operating temperature range from 50°C to 90 °C. Despite being road legal, these tyres are not recommended for everyday use because public roads do not offer the suitable conditions for achieving the optimum tyre operating temperatures. Furthermore, these tyres have very little negative profile, necessitating super careful driving in damp and wet road conditions (aquaplaning).
Interior, tradition meets Sport
All B3 GT3's feature a Leather/Alcantara interior upholstery in black, both driver and passenger are seated in lightweight Recaro sport seats with seat heating. Ergonomically shaped and with a firm seat cushion, they deliver excellent comfort in combination with optimum lateral support. The seats can be adjusted in height by about 30mm via their mounting points and feature manual back and horizontal adjustment.
A special highlight for Alpina enthusiasts: vertical stripes designed in Alpina racing colours are integrated into the front and rear seats. The sports steering wheel with paddles is finished in grippy Alcantara, hand finished with Blue/Green stitching.
Limited 99
Limited to 99 units worldwide, the B3 GT3 features a comprehensive and carefully selected standard equipment level, in line with its sporting character.
For customers wishing to have a built-in navigation system, B3 GT3 is available with an optional Comfort Package, which includes BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation System and BMW Park Distance Control (PDC). Other BMW options are not available. The B3 GT3 is available as standard in Black Sapphire metallic and Mineral White metallic or optionally in special paintwork Alpina Blue matt metallic. The interior trim is carried out in Alcantara black with Alpina writing (embossed).
Unique and exclusive, the B3 GT3 is optionally available with a full body vinyl wrap in the official B6 GT3 race car design (green/blue/silver), including interior trim in green lacquer. All cars are equipped with a rear axle with a Drexler limited slip differential, similar to the B6 GT3 race car. Every B3 GT3 is labelled with a specially designed production plaque in the interior.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster by Brabus

Mercedes tuner Brabus has unveiled its package for the SLS AMG Roadster which it will premiere at the Essen Motor Show this weekend. The German tuner starts things off with a complete carbon fiber aerodynamic kit which it offers either in a high-gloss or matte finish. The body kit includes a front spoiler, newly designed air vents for the front fenders, side skirts, rear spoiler, side air vents for the rear fascia and a diffuser with integrated quad-exhaust. Brabus then fits its own Monoblock F "Platinum Edition" forged wheels, offered in several finishes, with 20-inch rims for the front and 21-inch rims at the rear axle. The Brabus Ride Control suspension system lowers the car by up to 40 mm at the touch of a button where the driver also gets to choose between different damper settings. The tuner also offers a Front Lift System which can raise the front axle of the car by 50 mm to navigate speed bumps or other obstacles. For a power upgrade Brabus adds a titanium sport exhaust system with quad pipes measuring 84 mm in diameter and an engine tuning that raises output on the 6.3 liter V8 from the series 571 PS (420 kW / 563 hp) to 611 PS (448 kW / 600 hp). For the interior, Brabus offers fully individualized finishes using the finest leather and Alcantara materials with carbon-fiber or exotic-wood trims.

Blue-Green Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG by Wimmer RS

German tuner Wimmer RS has turned the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Performance into this BlueGreen Eliminator. Wimmer RS raises the output on the C63 AMG with the Performance Package from 487 PS (358 kW / 480 hp) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque to 601 PS (442 kW / 593 hp) and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft). The tuner then adds a KW coilover suspension, 19-inch wheels and a MOV'IT-ceramic brake system. That flashy exterior comes courtesy of a complete foiling of the body with blue and green matte. The model will be on display at the Wimmer RS stand at the Essen Motor Show this upcoming weekend.

BMW F20 1-Series by AC Schnitzer

German tuner AC Schnitzer has a new tuning package for the BMW (F20) 1-Series.
On the outside is a subtle but effective kit that includes a front spoiler, rear roof spoiler, chrome 'Racing' exhaust tailpipe and 18-inch or 19-inch alloy wheel offerings.
AC Schnitzer also offers a suspension spring kit that lowers the car by 25 mm.
Power upgrade options on the 118d and 120d diesel variants take output from 143 PS (105 kW / 141 hp) to 171 PS (126 kW / 169 hp) on the 118d and from 184 PS (135 kW / 181 hp) to 210 PS (155 kW / 207 hp) on the 120d.
For the interior the tuner offers an aluminum "Black Line" gear knob or a gear knob with digital gear display. There's also the "Black Line" aluminum cover for the i-Drive system controller, aluminum handbrake handle with either chrome details or in "Black Line" and an aluminum foot rest and pedal set.

BMW 6-Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer

AC Schnitzer has announced plans to introduce their new tuning program for the BMW 6-Series Coupe at the Essen Motor Show. For a sportier appearance, customers can order an aerodynamic body kit, a chromed grille and a sports exhaust system.  There's also a variety of wheels in sizes ranging from 19- to 21-inches. Inside, the cabin can be equipped with a sport steering wheel, an aluminum iDrive cover, alloy pedals and velour floor mats. The 650i can be tuned to produce 540 PS (397 kW / 533 hp) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 133 PS (98 kW / 131 hp) and 150 Nm (111 lb-ft). This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).

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World premiere at the Essen Motor Show: The 6 Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer
F13 provides the sober model name of the third generation of the BMW 6 Series Coupé, which in October was presented officially to the public. With flair and technical know-how have the Aachen finishing specialists approached the project to the new "star in the sky-Coupe" (quote magazine "GQ") to be a true AC Schnitzer.
Powerful, dynamic, elegant and fully suitable for everyday use, these are the qualities that the 6Coupe by AC Schnitzer aptly describe. BMW was the largest of the available aggregates from the 650i with a Performance increase of 407 (series) fitted to 540 hp. Thus sprints from the eight-cylinder immediately in 4.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h. In addition, the AC Schnitzer engine and Engine room look which also demonstrates the power of the state of the engine. With the AC Schnitzer Includes chrome-plated twin sports rear silencer "Sports Trim" tailpipes and right left can be seen from the rear of the 650i and especially hear.
For export, the Aachen-based tuning experts developed an 8-piston High-performance brake system for front axle, which is driving the increased performance requirements. The 8-piston fixed calipers on the right and left and the 8-piece set of brake pads and the Caliper brackets together to ensure that the "Bavarian coupe" quickly and safely Speed ??delayed. The dynamics is also with the AC Schnitzer
Spring kit to the kernel.
The wheel wells can with AC Schnitzer wheels and tires of the corresponding type IV Two-tone or silver, Type V lightweight forged rims BiColor or type VIII in two-tone or filled as racing forged rims BiColor.
New products are the type VIII BiColor lightweight forged rims in 21 inch size, the just sensational 11.5 kg (9.0 J x 21 ") and 11.9 kg (10.0 J x 21") bring to the scales. So realize they series against the rim (star-spoke 311) in 20 inches, a weight saving of 30%. And, although the AC Schnitzer Type VIII lightweight forged rims also 1 inch are larger.
The flowing, athletic form of the BMW 6 Series Coupé comes with the AC Schnitzer Aerodynamic conversion underlined and outlined clearly. Come to the front a Front spoiler, a chrome grille and chrome strips are used, which both completely than can be used separately. AC Schnitzer also offers a rear spoiler, a Rear skirt inset and a load sill protective film on the body of the 6 Series Coupe the finishing touches.
Interior holds the 6 by AC Schnitzer, what he promises in the exterior. Sporty, elegant accessories, a touch of motor sport feeling convey: a sports airbag steering wheel, the AC Schnitzer Aluminum cover for the i-Drive System Controller "Black Line" AC Schnitzer and Aluminum pedals and footrest, as well as trunk and floor mats in velours.