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Old 09-19-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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If 300 horsepower is good, 320 horsepower is better. And when that 20-horsepower boost comes at a cost of just $599, it's really a no-brainer as far as we're concerned.

BMW hopes you agree, as it's officially announced two new Power Kits for the 135i, 335i and certain X6 models that boost the power of the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six by the aforementioned twenty ponies. Just as welcome is a boost in torque from 300 to 332 pound-feet (when equipped with an automatic transmission) and 317 lb-ft (when equipped with a manual or DCT transmission).

The increase comes courtesy of what BMW is calling Version 1 Power Kit, which basically amounts to a reflash of the car's computer system, and it can be applied to any 135i or 335i and all X6 models produced before April of 2010. These power figures bring the turbocharged machines up to the specification of the 2011 335is.

A second option is the Version 2 Power Kit, which adds an auxiliary water cooler and "enhanced" radiator fan to the reflash on 1 Series and 3 Series models. The V2PK costs $1,199, a modest increase over the $599 of Version 1 considering the added hardware. Both kits also include an "exhaust burble sound during engine overrun conditions." BMW is quick to point out other modifications may be necessary and that installation isn't included in that price.

In case you're thinking this all sounds rather familiar, BMW did indeed make a similar announcement a little while back. While that press release heralded the option for new buyers of the 2011 335i, this one indicates the availability of current owners to get the upgrade retrofitted to their cars while their warranties remain intact. For all the details, hit the jump for the press release.
The BMW Performance Power Kits Provide More Exhilarating Performance and Excitement for The Ultimate Driving Machine

New Power Kits for 135i and 335i Models


Woodcliff Lake, NJ September 19, 2011....Now, more invigorating horsepower and torque, is available with two new power kits bring crisp stimulating performance to the Ultimate Driving Machine. BMW 135i and 335i Models can now be retrofitted at BMW centers or via the Port Installation Program to an unprecedented level of performance. These new Power Kits ensure that new car buyers and current owners are in for that extra thrill beyond the outstanding performance that can already be realized with these exciting vehicles.

Version 1 Power Kit :Performance-Optimized Engine Software. This version of the Power Kit was first introduced on the 335i BMW Performance Edition model (announced in July, 2011). Available for all Model Year 135i and 335i vehicles. Also available for X6 vehicles produced up to 04/2010.

Version 2 Power Kit: Same engine performance software as Version 1, plus an Auxiliary Water Cooler and an Enhanced Radiator Fan to reduce the higher thermal stresses on the engine during extreme driving. Available for all Model Year 135i and 335i vehicles.

To coincide with this exciting announcement of two new Power Kit versions, BMW is offering a special introductory price on all Power Kits from now until the end of 2011!

Special pricing for the Version 1 Power Kit is $599 MSRP* (including Power Kits for X6 Models).
Special pricing for the Version 2 Power Kit is $1,199 MSRP* (this price does not include the additional air ducts or other components that may be needed to install the Version 2 Power Kit).

*Not including installation. Contact your local BMW center for final pricing.

Power Kit Highlights:

Horsepower is increased to 320hp (20hp increase).

Torque is increased to 332 lb-ft (when equipped with an automatic transmission) and 317 lb-ft (when equipped with a manual or DCT transmission).

Faster acceleration:
0.2 seconds faster than the standard 335i model from 0 mph to 60 mph.
0.5 seconds faster than the standard 335i model from 50 mph to 75 mph.

"Exhaust burble" sound during engine overrun conditions (new feature).

Specially developed in-house by BMW engineers to work with 135i and 335i vehicles.
Vehicles retain the original emission certification.
Vehicles maintain the original fuel efficiency ratings.
The vehicle's original BMW Limited Warranty is not affected.

Note: Power Kits should only be installed on 135i and 335i vehicles equipped with option code S840 (increased top speed limiter which includes an additional oil cooler).

BMW Power Kits are the only form of "tuning kits" approved and covered under BMW of North America's limited warranty. Power Kits are designed and tested by BMW engineers to provide the highest power increase without sacrificing reliability.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:38 PM   #2
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Odd that the auto is higher torque than MT... IMO they should just include the best map they can for the car you're already paying 40k+ for.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:49 PM   #3
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Accessport provides greater gains from a smaller engine for the same price. Plus, I'd rather get an extra 100hp from a juicebox.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:07 PM   #4
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Accessport provides greater gains from a smaller engine for the same price. Plus, I'd rather get an extra 100hp from a juicebox.
If I paid 40+k for my BMW, I'd like to keep the warranty for more than a week.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:26 PM   #5
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If I paid 40+k for my BMW, I'd like to keep the warranty for more than a week.
Especially if that BMW came with a turbo. You do not want to do anything that may cause trouble with the extended HPFP warranty.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:45 PM   #6
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Accessport provides greater gains from a smaller engine for the same price. Plus, I'd rather get an extra 100hp from a juicebox.
It's also not offered by the OEM, and from what I can determine not exactly emissions legal either. I make 50% over stock power on my car for ~$2k but that's not exactly the same thing as an improved map from the dealer is it?
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:45 PM   #7
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A waste IMO. The 135 crowd's just the same as this one - nobody in their right mind is biting.
My JB4 was that much. The warranty thing applies to Subarus and every other car as it does BMWs - gotta pay to play.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:59 PM   #8
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BMW can take this and shove it up their ass. Better to use the accessport.Its more versatile.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:25 AM   #9
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^Exactly how is offering warranty-friendly, cost effective power increases a bad thing?
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:00 PM   #10
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^Exactly how is offering warranty-friendly, cost effective power increases a bad thing?
It's a nice thing for a casual owner that doesn't know any better, or care for the aftermarket. For an enthusiast, it's meaningless.

Nothing new here. However, as stated, there's so much headroom built into the N54/N55, the stock map should be this upgraded map to begin with. Just a ploy for profit.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:16 PM   #11
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Sorry, I still don't see how +20hp and +17ft/lbs gains for $599 through an authorized dealership is "meaningless" for an enthusiast who does not want to void his/her warranty. If my car today has 300hp and tomorrow it can have 320hp, while "only" spending about $599 and not having the dealership bitch or look for things wrong around the car, I would say that is a good thing anyway you cut it. It is the end all of tuning or power mods or the solution for people looking for big increases? No. However, not every car enthusiast is looking to add 100hp to every car they buy or void the warranty the day they drive it off the lot.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:29 PM   #12
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Sorry, I still don't see how +20hp and +17ft/lbs gains for $599 through an authorized dealership is "meaningless" for an enthusiast who does not want to void his/her warranty. If my car today has 300hp and tomorrow it can have 320hp, while "only" spending about $599 and not having the dealership bitch or look for things wrong around the car, I would say that is a good thing anyway you cut it. It is the end all of tuning or power mods or the solution for people looking for big increases? No. However, not every car enthusiast is looking to add 100hp to every car they buy or void the warranty the day they drive it off the lot.
Chev, Dodge, and various other manufacturers have been doing this for years - warranty-approved upgrades to already potent cars. I don't see this as a bad thing, especially for the casual owner.
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:40 PM   #13
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Seems like a reasonable move for BMW to reach out to people who want a simple reflash and like their warranty.

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If BMW was smart they'd partner with Cobb and go the Dinan route with dealers support. They'd both making a killing as every BMW will eventually be a 4 or 6 turbo.
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If BMW was smart they'd partner with Cobb and go the Dinan route with dealers support. They'd both making a killing as every BMW will eventually be a 4 or 6 turbo.
If you think that Cobb can do anything the BMW engineers can't you're wrong. The added power is only limited by what BMW is willing to warranty which is determined by an algorithm that figures in average fatigue over time etc. Cobb could care less about your warranty because you use their product at you own risk.
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If you think that Cobb can do anything the BMW engineers can't you're wrong. The added power is only limited by what BMW is willing to warranty which is determined by an algorithm that figures in average fatigue over time etc. Cobb could care less about your warranty because you use their product at you own risk.
No you're right and there's plenty of Tunning firms that'll do ECU and software upgrades, just that Cobb comes with a bit of marketability and brand recognition, and they both could feed off each other in that aspect. Think big picture here.
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A waste IMO. The 135 crowd's just the same as this one - nobody in their right mind is biting.
My JB4 was that much. The warranty thing applies to Subarus and every other car as it does BMWs - gotta pay to play.
I've got to disagree. The MINI forums are full of people who've paid 3 times as much for a JCW Stage 1 kit for their R55s & R56s. That includes an overpriced axleback (which requires hacking up the OE exhaust), an overpriced intake and a reflash. If I had a 135i, that warrantied V1 flash would be sounding really great.

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The BMW (& MINI) APs cost $895.... nearly $200 more than the V1 flash.. so I'm not sure where you're getting that.
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No you're right and there's plenty of Tunning firms that'll do ECU and software upgrades, just that Cobb comes with a bit of marketability and brand recognition, and they both could feed off each other in that aspect. Think big picture here.
I am. Cobb has little recognition beyond the import (Japanese that is) crowd. Again the whole point of this is added performance while still under factory warranty. I guarantee you adding the Cobb name to this package would not help sales. I say that loving what Cobb offers as I've been a long time customer of theirs.
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^Exactly how is offering warranty-friendly, cost effective power increases a bad thing?
exactly. of course you can get larger gains by going after market - they aren't the ones offering you a warranty and paying repair bills.

I might not care for this kind of upgrade for my wrx - but the wrx is starting out less potent to begin with. if I had a 335i / 135i etc I would cling on to dear life to keep my warranty, bmw repair bills are ridiculous. I'd be more then happy to hand over 600$ for this kind of a bump in power that is warrantied.

imo - it's unfortunate they are overlooking the chance for more money and offering a more aggressive catback as one of their packages.
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Only need warranties on cars that are unreliable garbage. Buyer beware.
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Only need warranties on cars that are unreliable garbage. Buyer beware.
Car manufacturers work to improve quality, but cars are mass produced and they allow for a certain number of faults. Warranties protect those few against such faults.

And if you tune for more power, that increases stress which can cause minor faults to fail more quickly. In any case, many people who spend 30-40k on a car don't want to drop 6k on a new motor if it gets grenaded by XYZ "off road use only racing" kit.

For myself, the idea paying for a new car with a warranty is I won't have to pay for anything other than regular maintenance for 5 years or so, the time typically I'm making payments.
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Car manufacturers work to improve quality, but cars are mass produced and they allow for a certain number of faults. Warranties protect those few against such faults.

And if you tune for more power, that increases stress which can cause minor faults to fail more quickly. In any case, many people who spend 30-40k on a car don't want to drop 6k on a new motor if it gets grenaded by XYZ "off road use only racing" kit.

For myself, the idea paying for a new car with a warranty is I won't have to pay for anything other than regular maintenance for 5 years or so, the time typically I'm making payments.
Me thinks he is just a troll. Hence the "time out." Anybody that thinks that warranties are useless and that ANY manufacturer is good enough to not need one is blissfully ignorant.
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Me thinks he is just a troll. Hence the "time out." Anybody that thinks that warranties are useless and that ANY manufacturer is good enough to not need one is blissfully ignorant.
If you get rid of warranties, then car prices go down, and the money you save can be used to do the repairs yourself, but people are far too stupid and lazy to do that, so warranties came into being.
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If BMW was smart they'd partner with Cobb and go the Dinan route with dealers support. They'd both making a killing as every BMW will eventually be a 4 or 6 turbo.
BMW is smart; in fact so smart, that when they realized how much money DINAN made off them they severed their relationship, and upgraded the ecu so companies like Dinan and Cobb can't reflash most (and soon to be any) of the new cars.
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These aftermarket companies will always be able to reflash ECU's given enough time. Remember Nissan's comments about the uncrackable GTR ecu? Cobb had it flashed in less than a month. The BMW ECU took them much longer to hack though.
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