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BMW Announces Free M Power Application for iPhone, iPod Touch

Want to measure your car’s performance with your iPhone or iPod Touch? Try downloading BMW’s new M Power application, which provides some performance telemetry at no charge.

Other applications promise to harness the built-in accelerometers in both the iPhone and iPod Touch to record speed, g-forces, and acceleration times, but most cost at least $10 in Apple’s Application Store. M Power is the first free version to be widely offered — and, in our opinion, the best-looking interface yet (but hey, we’re suckers for the traditional M colors).

Once downloaded, users simply need to affix the phone to the car (a windshield mount may suffice), select what parameter should be measured, hit the start button, and go. These types of applications may not be 100-percent accurate, but for the enthusiast who wants a quick estimate of vehicle performance, it may suffice…

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2010 BMW 5-Series

Fair Market Price $34,098 550 i Gran Turismo
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EPA MPG:

11 City / 17 Hwy

Horse Power:

500 @ 7750

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383 @ 6100