BMW 2006: BMW Performance Parts, Aftermarket Parts from Parts TrainWritten by Jenny McLane
The BMW M6 is most sophisticated and powerful BMW 6 Series Coupe ever. Under lightweight body of this luxurious 2+2 lurks a thoroughbred super sports car boasting a V10, 507bhp power unit, providing 520Nm of torque. A seven-speed sequential manual gearbox and a superior chassis and suspension compliment its engine.
The all-new M6 features weight-saving technologies such as a carbon-fiber roof and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels that are almost four pounds lighter than regular cast wheels. With almost 500 horsepower available, BMW claims M6 will hit 60 mph in under 4.6 seconds, and it will run to 20 5mph without traditional 155-mph speed limiter.
The suspension, though similar to that of M5, is specially tuned to take advantage of M6's shorter wheelbase and lower center of gravity. Massive cross-drilled brakes enable M6 to pull up from 60 mph in less than 118 feet. The new M6 also uses BMW's new third-generation seven speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) with Drivelogic. Drivelogic offers choice of 11 different change patterns, depending on speed of change required.
The new SMG gearbox also offers safety benefits when downshifting on slippery surfaces. If it detects rear wheels locking up, clutch opens for a fraction of a second to ensure traction is maintained. In automatic mode, SMG gearbox recognizes that car is traveling on an incline and holds gears uphill to maintain acceleration and selects lower gears when progressing downhill to make most of available engine braking.
2005 VOLVO S40: Can Now Be Accentuated with Volvo Performance Parts from Parts TrainWritten by Jenny McLane
The most noteworthy element with this next-generation S40 is sculpted shoulder line that starts at front of car between headlights and grille and is carried across beltline all way back to taillights. The new Volvo will be available with two new gasoline engines, 2.4-liter five-cylinder with 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, and as T5 with 2.5-liter low-pressure turbo with 218 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
The S40 T5's engine is familiar 2.5-liter twin-cam, low-pressure turbocharged, intercooled in-line five-cylinder found in most other Volvo lines. Its 218 horsepower (at 5000 rpm) and 236 lb-ft of torque (between 1500 and 4800 rpm) have almost 750 lbs less car to move than similar engine in an S60 2.5T AWD.
The S40 is offered in two different five-cylinder engines, 168-hp 2.4L gas engine and 218-hp 2.5L turbo gas engine, badged 2.4i and T5 respectively. The T5 is available in 2WD or AWD mated to a five -speed Geartronic automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Standard features include cruise control, alloy wheels, daytime running lights, and an AM/FM stereo with CD player. The T5 trim upgrades by adding a trip computer, front fog lights, automatic climate control, a power driver's seat, and interior wood trim. The optional Climate Package, available on both trims, equips S40 with heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and headlight washers.