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B3 S BI Turbo BMW By Alpina

[ad#Google Adsense]Alpina has been making exclusive vehicles built around high-end luxury and astounding performance since 1983.  For the past 40 years they’ve been building their cars on the BMW platform, then tweaking to their own specs.  Often times this tweaking involves adding a potent turbo and other performance minded parts, not to mention increasing luxury to a level rivaling any Rolls Royce.  Well, they have done it again with the latest release of the B3 S Bi Turbo.

The B3 S BI Turbo has been built around the BMW 3 Series, marrying Bi-Turbo technology with the light weight and relatively small 3 Series chassis.  Originally released in 2008, the newly released 2010 version sports more torque, more performance, and less of the stuff car makers have come to hate, CO2 emissions.  It’s an update in outright performance and efficiency to achieve the green status so many elites crave in society today.

With the latest installment of the B3 S Bi-Turbo capable of pumping out 400 horsepower and 397 ft lbs of torque, it gives the driver reason to rev the engine to a smooth 7,000 RPM.  It’s high revving capable, but not necessary, because at 1,300 RPM there is already almost 300 horsepower already on tap.

What’s most impressive with the 2010 B3 S is it’s ability to out perform previous versions, yet still maintain 29.4 miles per gallon efficiency.  Furthermore the B3 Turbo has lowered their CO2 emissions, although it’d take a liberal scientist to figure out by how much.  According to the latest EU test of the B3, it’s total CO2 emissions check in at 224-225 g/km (I haven’t the slightest idea what this means).

Lastly, the B3 S Bi Turbo comes in 4 distinct model variations, including Saloon, Touring, Coupe, and Convertible.  The Saloon and Touring trims are option upgrade options that are applied to either a Coupe of Convertible model.  All are luxury personified, with exterior featuring functional performance modifications.  Even the front chin spoiler is functional, if one should choose to push all 400 horses through the switch-tronic rear-wheel or all-wheel drive transmission.

Inside the already luxurious BMW 3 Series has been upgraded, featuring custom seat and panel trim.  Plenty of custom embroidery and emblems adorn the panels and seats, making it obvious at first glance that this is no ordinary BMW.  The leather feels rich and the gas pedal feels powerful and it’s been specially built in small numbers for those who are both.

Ugly, Stupid, Neurotic Car Spoilers

It’s just like the brain slugs from Futurama, something has attached itself to the heads of our youth and sucked the smarts out.  It’s forced normally sound inviduals to place ungodly looking stupid spoilers on their vehicles, content with the looks, and convinced others find it appealing.  After all, most spoilers are only for show and on these vehicles they look more like a tumor.

I’m sure once age sets in and wisdom shows these folks the error of their ways they will understand why everyone was laughing at them.  These car spoilers are just out of hand and go to show you just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Adding A Header To Your 4-Cylinder

Making the most of your current ride is a distinct reality in today’s economy. With the economic woes, the rising cost of living and fuel, it makes little sense for many in today’s world to purchase a new car, when their old one is still serviceable. However, that does not mean that you cannot improve the car you currently have. Numerous inexpensive ways to add additional performance to your car exist. Many of these methods can also help improve fuel economy.

Modifying your exhaust is one of the best ways to gain greater performance, as well as help provide better fuel economy. While cat-back systems offer benefits, the best way to start is with a header. Yes, you can install a header on your 4-cylinder. These are specially designed for small engines (with tight quarters!) and can be installed on your own, with nothing more than a few simple tools.
A header helps reduce the amount of backpressure with which your engine must deal. Some backpressure is necessary for proper engine operation; however, OEM exhaust systems are very restrictive. The header takes the place of your exhaust manifold and connects the engine exhaust with the A pipe (which runs to the catalytic converter).

You’ll find the exhaust manifold on the front of your engine, shielded by a metal cover. Removing the cover and the manifold is a simple process. The first step is to remove the metal shield, which you can do in less than a minute. The second step is to remove the bolts holding the upper part of the manifold to the engine. Once you have removed these, you’ll need to tackle the lower section, where the manifold attaches to the A pipe.
Once the bolts have been removed, you will likely have to apply pressure to the manifold. Old gaskets tend to cling tenaciously, which can make it difficult to free your manifold. Use a flat-head screwdriver if necessary and gently pry the manifold away from the engine. Once it comes free, you can slide it down the front of the engine and take it out through the bottom (some models will allow you to remove it from above).

Clean the old gasket material off the mating surfaces (don’t forget the gasket on the A pipe). You’ll need to install the new gaskets prior to the header. Once the new gaskets are in, slide the header in place and install the bolts. You can use the same bolts from your manifold, though some headers come with new bolts. Once you have it all tight, you’ll need to start the vehicle and check for exhaust leaks.