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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-31-2017, 01:26 PM
    How about 18 cores? CPU Name Cores / Threads Price Core i9-7980XE 18 / 36 $1999 Core i9-7960X 16 / 32 $1699 Core i9-7940X 14 / 28 $1399 Core i9-7920X 12 / 24 $1199 Core i9-7900X 10 / 20 $999 $2k for a processor is steep but I wonder just how insane the performance will be.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-09-2017, 03:41 PM
    I don't mind investing in mining rigs. It's just what kind of hardware is best? I'll start looking into it. You have $250k of Ethereum though? That's nuts.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-14-2017, 07:15 PM
    Does anyone care? Personally, I just think it's a cash grab for both. They both are very similar self-promoters. McGregor can't beat Floyd in boxing, come on. I think he knows he'll lose, he'll take his big check, then say Floyd should fight him in the Octagon so they double dip essentially and each saves face fighting on their own terms. Whatever. I'm not ordering.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-14-2017, 09:51 PM
    You might remember a BMW E9 posted last month with an N54 engine under the hood. Awron made that swap possible as they supply the electronics to manage the engine. This N54 conversion package essentially facilitates an N54 swap into almost any BMW. Obviously newer models are more problematic due to the electronics but if you have dreamt about an E30 M3 with an N54 (why would you do that?) Awron can help facilitate it. Want an E39 with an N54? No problem. What about a classic X5? That can be done too. Basically, whatever you can come up with and it doesn't even have to be a BMW. Awron provides electronics for a variety of swaps including one BimmerBoost detailed earlier this year which was an S63 twin turbo V8 going into an E63 M6. What is the cost of this swap kit? Well, that part was not included. BimmerBoost is waiting on a response from Awron regarding the pricing and as soon as they respond (the European time difference makes quick communication difficult) an update will be posted.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-05-2017, 08:23 PM
    The Doc Race N54 single turbo manifold is a work of art. It also performs as these dyno runs are evidence of. EMP Tuning did the tune on this car along with the dyno runs and there are a few things that should be questioned. First of all, what is with the tiny low res graph? Are you people professionals or not? Post a full res shot. Even better, if you are new and not exactly regarded as a high end shop post the run files to eliminate all doubt. Is this a powerful N54? Absolutely. Is it making 826 whp? Not exactly. A spike on the dyno run is responsible for the higher peak figures. Not that the Doc Race manifold can't flow for 800+ whp or that Doc Race is somehow responsible for how a shop posts dyno runs. This is a product of the social media era where people think they can take some crappy cell phone pic and pass it off as a record or achievement. It's lazy, lame, and unprofessional. It should be noted that these figures are hit without port injection and with methanol injection. Doc Race's N54 kit shows it is capable of making a ton of power once again and remains one of the highest quality options in the N54 aftermarket.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-08-2017, 06:09 PM
    Someone please put this poor Civic out of its misery. WTF do you even say about this car? There is no shame in not having money to modify a car or to do some incredible build. Why completely ruin a car and make it look like a pile of garbage though? There are those who say this is the only way for some to get attention but why would you want the kind of attention this Civic brings? It can barely drive on the road. The exhaust is beyond words. Why? WHY? The only thing on this car that makes any sense is the bumper sticker which reads, 'I'm so gay I don't even drive straight.' :facepalm:
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  • j_hynson's Avatar
    06-10-2017, 01:10 PM
    With me swapping over stuff from the 335 to the 135 I'm also making the transition to a dual clutch transmission as well as upgrading some other stuff. All parts listed have less than 2,000 miles on them and are fully functional. If interested let me know and I'll come up with a price -level 10 transmission 1000hp package w/bulletproof converter and valve body. I have invoice to show the work done to anyone interested. Yes this trans is a good trans and has held power as well as went through a proper break in. -fuel-it stage 3 pump -3.46 geared bolted big pumpkin diff with mfactory LSD and Drive Shaft shop 1000 hp axles (must be sold together) -factory 135i axles - if the intake manifold turns out to be what I want I will sell the motiv port injection plate and rail. Will not come with fuel lines or fpr -transmission 4000 obo -fuel it stage 3 pump 500 obo -LSD 3.46 gears with drive shaft shop axles 1900 obo
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  • j_hynson's Avatar
    06-05-2017, 10:30 AM
    Feel like arguing for no reason and can't find someone to argue with on your side of the computer? Here is the place to do it. All unruly arguments and discussions can be carried out in this thread. Lololol
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-06-2017, 05:11 PM
    Another contender enters the N54 standalone market and this one appears to be ahead of Syvecs. The Syvecs system has been delayed repeatedly but SCS Delta has their system running on an N54 race car. Now, a race car system and a street car system are very different things. Let's take a look at what is included with the 2000 Pound Sterling SCS Delta system: Complete engine management system for the BMW N54 DI engine . SCS Delta 800 ECU pre mapped for a standard engine. SCS Delta Piezo IDM. Modified BMW engine wiring loom (must be supplied as an exchange). CAN-USB Interface Lead time on this product is typically 3-4 weeks. Is this a plug and play system designed to maintain all the electronics and support a dual clutch transmission like Syvecs is attempting to deliver? Not exactly: The main thing to gather from this is there is another option that can be adapted and a UK tuner by the name of APT (Automotive Performance Tuning) is using it in their E82 1-Series race car. That car is stripped out and not running factory gauges so it does not exactly apply to the street crowd. The more options for N54 engine control the better though, right?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-08-2017, 06:14 PM
    Someone please put this poor Civic out of its misery. WTF do you even say about this car? There is no shame in not having money to modify a car or to do some incredible build. Why completely ruin a car and make it look like a pile of garbage though? There are those who say this is the only way for some to get attention but why would you want the kind of attention this Civic brings? It can barely drive on the road. The exhaust is beyond words. Why? WHY? The only thing on this car that makes any sense is the bumper sticker which reads, 'I'm so gay I don't even drive straight.' :facepalm:
    24 replies | 1706 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-31-2017, 07:07 AM
    Another GTBored video showing a BMW crushing its opposition. It is not hard to believe that a tuned M6 Competition Package will pull away from a CTS-V but this is not even a race. The starting speed is 80 kph (50 mph) which favors the BMW. For whatever reason, Cadillac CTS-V's are never shown doing well in these videos. The LT4 V8 is a stout mill and with bolt ons can easily dispatch tuned S63TU's. The HCP tune on the M6 no doubt is solid but it would be great to see a tuned CTS-V and an actual race for once and not just an M car putting instant bus lengths on whatever they put next to it. This video feels like a marketing piece for the tuner more than anything else.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-15-2017, 05:41 AM
    Yesterday BoostAddict.com posted an article on an unpleasant situation with a customer who bought a Fabspeed exhaust system he thought fit his car. Fabspeed marketed the exhaust as fitting his vehicle and changed their website after the fact to make it seem like the customer ordered the wrong part. Since the time that article went up the customer's complaints have been deleted from forums where Fabspeed is a vendor. Additionally, former Fabspeed employees contacted BoostAddict. Fabspeed is now doing their best damage control: Fabspeed says they are working hard to resolve this. You know what is funny? They have had weeks and weeks to resolve this. It was not until the BoostAddict article that they even entertained taking responsibility for false advertising. Well, this issue in particular among many poor customer service issues is what has caused a bevvy of employees to leave. This ex-employee said this issue was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back: If you look at those glassdoor reviews it paints a bleak picture at Fabspeed: This goes on but you get the idea. Basically, employees are expendable, customer service is poor, owners break the law, customers get screwed, and it's a giant mess with these issues swept under the rug if possible. Don't take it from me: After complaint after complaint after complaint and employees leaving by the drove is it really just some bad luck or miscommunication? You be the judge.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-01-2017, 09:51 AM
    BimmerBoost member @gzim335 is doing some work with his supercharged BMW E92 M3 DCT! As a reminder, he is running 10 psi of boost from his Vortech blower with Gintani E85 tuning. He is making ~645 horsepower to the rear wheels. He also is using that power very efficiently. The car is a top end beast. Let's start with him running various F10 M5's. This is a 6-speed manual F10 M5 with the Pure Stage 2 S63TU turbocharger upgrade: Dispatched without a problem. Next up is a DCT F10 M5 on an E85 mix with a tune from Enzo Racing. Not much of a race: How about a bolt on and pump gas tuned F10 M5 by DME Tuning? Nope. Let's check out the GTR's. This is an Iveytuned FBO GTR on E85 that traps 138: That was impressive by the M3. A fluke you say? How about another FBO E85 tuned GTR: A very similar outcome. Ok, one more E85 tuned FBO GTR: Another win. Next up is a 2011 CTS-V with a 418ci built motor, cam, headers, E85, etc. It is said to make ~700 whp: That Caddy needs more power. A FBO C7 Z06 manual is up and it doesn't do well: Finally we have a Charger Hellcat with unknown mods: The M3 starts to pull and the Charger lets off although the M3 trans starts to slip. It's time for a DCT upgrade. These videos just go to show how strong a supercharged E9X M3 can be.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-05-2017, 03:11 PM
    A diesel 3-Series putting car lengths on a pair of F80 M3's? Yep. There are two videos here from an event that a BPC (Bimmer Performance Center) tuned 335d attended. Whatever they are doing with the M57 diesel engine it is working. It also is pouring out a ton of black smoke but hey, that's a diesel for you. The first video is taken from the inside of a manual transmission F80 M3 and it is a 360 degree video which allows you to set the angle for yourself. The M3 has a beta BPC tune: As they go from a stop the torque of the 335d pays dividends as the M3 audibly spins its tires. The M3 can not run it down and gets smoked both literally and figuratively. The second F80 M3 is a Competition Package example. The camera angle is not the best but in the mirrors you see the F80 M3 get destroyed so the 335d winning these F80 M3 races is certainly no fluke. The 335d is said to make 488 rwhp and 680 rwtq. Hey @BPCMotorsports, let's see a graph for this car.
    27 replies | 1120 view(s)
  • colo_evo's Avatar
    06-05-2017, 10:15 AM
    Read a post yesterday that mentioned another BMW forum. Came back today to check on same thread and it's gone. This place turning into e90post?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-02-2017, 12:41 PM
    Ethanol has exploded in popularity in the automotive tuning scene and for good reason. It is cheap race gas. It also brings with it numerous benefits such as high octane and cooling namely in direct injected applications. Not to mention a very clean burn. It also has downsides of course such as quickly taxing fuel systems due to the energy content of ethanol requiring greater volume. Ignite Racing Fuels offers several different ethanol based fuels. What you get at your local station that has ethanol will not offer the same consistency or quality. It may be fine for those who like to do a little blending with pump gas but if you are pushing high horsepower, boost, compression, or going to an event in kill mode you will want the best fuel possible to prevent costly mishaps. Then of course there are those of us who do not have a station selling E85 and would like a barrel of fuel for an event or even to keep in the garage when wanting to try out that new high boost map. As someone speaking from experience with leaded C16 gunking up injectors ethanol race fuel is the way to go if your fuel system can handle it. Some of the fastest cars out there are using it: Let's take a quick look at some of the ethanol based fuels they offer: From cars: To boats: Or whatever ethanol racing fuels are here to stay and the days of C16 or MS109 being the choice are in the past. Not to mention a barrel of Ignite E85 is cheaper than either of the aforementioned. With modern turbocharged and direct injected motors, why would you run anything other than ethanol on high boost?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-09-2017, 07:00 PM
    People wanted to see 1/4 mile times for Pure Turbos Stage 2 upgraded M157's. Well, here they are. How does a 10.39 @ 130.92 sound? This was achieved at 25-27 psi of boost with 840 all wheel horsepower which the dyno run of was posted in an article early this year. Here are all the runs: The trap speed dropped hard on the 10.39 run. This is a bit odd considering a 10.42 run resulted in a 137.60 trap. A better 60 foot can lower the trap speed but not by almost seven miles per hour. Perhaps the car was a bit warm at that point? Regardless, this is a low 10 second W212 E63 that traps up to 138 miles per hour. A seriously quick luxury performance sedan. Precision Tuning has it running well and methanol injection is helping greatly. The car is still on the stock M157 motor and stock transmission to boot. How much longer the transmission can cope with these launches and the torque is anyone's guess. So, who will be the first to get a W212 E63 into the 9's? <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:28.10185185185185% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BVFzVnMAUm_/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by GHOST_AMG_E63👻 (@ghost_amg_e63)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2017-06-08T19:40:19+00:00">Jun 8, 2017 at 12:40pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-02-2017, 12:34 PM
    Ethanol has exploded in popularity in the automotive tuning scene and for good reason. It is cheap race gas. It also brings with it numerous benefits such as high octane and cooling namely in direct injected applications. Not to mention a very clean burn. It also has downsides of course such as quickly taxing fuel systems due to the energy content of ethanol requiring greater volume. Ignite Racing Fuels offers several different ethanol based fuels. What you get at your local station that has ethanol will not offer the same consistency or quality. It may be fine for those who like to do a little blending with pump gas but if you are pushing high horsepower, boost, compression, or going to an event in kill mode you will want the best fuel possible to prevent costly mishaps. Then of course there are those of us who do not have a station selling E85 and would like a barrel of fuel for an event or even to keep in the garage when wanting to try out that new high boost map. As someone speaking from experience with leaded C16 gunking up injectors ethanol race fuel is the way to go if your fuel system can handle it. Some of the fastest cars out there are using it: Let's take a quick look at some of the ethanol based fuels they offer: From cars: To boats: Or whatever ethanol racing fuels are here to stay and the days of C16 or MS109 being the choice are in the past. Not to mention a barrel of Ignite E85 is cheaper than either of the aforementioned. With modern turbocharged and direct injected motors, why would you run anything other than ethanol on high boost?
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  • Taylorm's Avatar
    05-29-2017, 02:49 PM
    Not sure if this will gain any traction or not. I'm always curious towards one's profession, especially if they have some level of success. For myself i have done a few things from freight logistics coordinator to CDL class A delivery driver. Currently working in HVAC filter manufacturing and going to school for M.E. on the side. I make enough to enjoy some aspects of life, but definitely not where I want to be. :) So, what do you guys do?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-21-2017, 01:25 AM
    There was a time where HRE Wheels were the most desireable wheels on the market. They had an unbeatable combination of looks, pricing, and performance. Along the way something happened and HRE has moved away from performance and focused more on profit margins. Their new RS2M and RS3M series of wheels retail for $2100 per rim. Why? What justifies that price tag? Are they lightweight? No. Do the have some sort of technologically advanced materials? No. Do they offer a new or stunning design? No. Frankly, you would be hard pressed to tell this is a new wheel line unless HRE told you. Here is what HRE's president had to say about them. Translation: We ran out of ideas and this is a cheap way to reintroduce our same old tired designs at a premium. As a matter of fact, I remember those lines of his on a previous wheel line introduction. He is using the same lines from a 2015 wheel release: http://www.boostaddict.com/content.php?6019-HRE-launches-their-new-RS1M-series-of-Monoblok-wheels-in-six-styles-RS100M-RS101M-RS102M-RS103M-RS105M-and-RS108M HRE's president then: They rearrange a few words, use the same basic press release, and here we are with a 'new' $2100 per wheel line. When was the last time HRE actually was innovative? Why aren't they offering high performance and lightweight composite rims for some of their exorbitant prices? Do not think BoostAddict has some axe to grind here as the BimmerBoost.com M3 wears HRE wheels. The thing is, when the HRE C90 wheels were purchased eight years ago they were chosen because they were the lightest on the market offering a great blend of performance, strength, weight, looks, and cost. HRE does not even bother to include what the rims weigh any longer. What happened to the performance aspect? It seems to have taken a similar tumble as their customer service. HRE just seems to be all about squeezing out every last dime by recycling as many tired designs as they can. This is stuff we have all seen before except now we get a higher price tag along with absolutely no performance benefit. BoostAddict was shocked when inquiring about current HRE wheel weights. They haven't gotten lighter, that is for sure. This article will not change anything nor will any words written by anyone as HRE is a juggernaut and too big to care. However, many enthusiasts do care how they spend their money and this one in particular is going to look elsewhere for a set of performance rims.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-31-2017, 09:32 AM
    This 1M belongs to Australian BimmerBoost member @martymill. He decided to test his car out on the dragstrip with the much discussed @JD75 front mount intercooler upgrade. The proof is in the pudding so to speak and an 11.840 @ 121.54 on pump fuel is a great result. The car is tuned with MHD and a JB4 stack. This combo is very popular in the N54 tuning world. As for the rest of the mods: He was on street tires so there is room to improve the 60 foot considerably. He also plans on running E85 flex fuel when MHD releases it. A solid run regardless.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-08-2017, 08:12 PM
    Gintani has made many bold claims in the BMW tuning world. This transmission swap was discussed a long time ago with details finally coming together earlier this year. The owner of the E60 M5 said it was working and he had proof but he set his social media accounts to private when people went looking for this proof. Well, there finally is video of it running: <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:28.26388888888889% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BVDwtJxl5yv/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by GINTANI INC (@gintani)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2017-06-08T00:38:50+00:00">Jun 7, 2017 at 5:38pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script> No details are posted such as cost, install time, or any numbers to show a performance improvement. Obviously a DCT should have quite an impact on acceleration over the SMG-III sequential manual the E60 M5 S85 V10 is paired to from the factory. Gintani decided to tell the haters to shut it: And continued: We wish it wasn't a made up story that the BimmerBoost.com M3 has been sitting at Gintani for seven years. It would be great to see if they have launch control working, automatic shift profiles, manual shift profiles, etc. Still plenty of questions to be answered but pairing the S85 V10 to a DCT transmission looks like it may finally be plausible.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-31-2017, 07:12 AM
    Another GTBored video showing a BMW crushing its opposition. It is not hard to believe that a tuned M6 Competition Package will pull away from a CTS-V but this is not even a race. The starting speed is 80 kph (50 mph) which favors the BMW. For whatever reason, Cadillac CTS-V's are never shown doing well in these videos. The LT4 V8 is a stout mill and with bolt ons can easily dispatch tuned S63TU's. The HCP tune on the M6 no doubt is solid but it would be great to see a tuned CTS-V and an actual race for once and not just an M car putting instant bus lengths on whatever they put next to it. This video feels like a marketing piece for the tuner more than anything else.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-15-2017, 04:51 AM
    What witchcraft is responsible for this? This is a BMW F80 M3 with a completely stock internal S55 motor. If that was not impressive in its own right (and it is a stock internal S55 record) the car is on the factory fuel system only with race gas. How is this being pulled off? You would have to ask the tuner. Here is the full mod list: F80 S55 M3 DCT -Pure Turbos Stage 2 S55 -BEF Precision Tuning -Dodson clutches -Race Fuel -Intakes -Exhuast -DP -Jb4 "NO Meth Or PI, ONLY race fuel" The no meth or port injection is being stressed strongly here and it should be. It's incredible. As for the power, the dyno shows 652 rear wheel horsepower and 653 lb-ft of rear wheel torque. Timeslip and video in potato quality below.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-09-2017, 06:54 PM
    People wanted to see 1/4 mile times for Pure Turbos Stage 2 upgraded M157's. Well, here they are. How does a 10.39 @ 130.92 sound? This was achieved at 25-27 psi of boost with 840 all wheel horsepower which the dyno run of was posted in an article early this year. Here are all the runs: The trap speed dropped hard on the 10.39 run. This is a bit odd considering a 10.42 run resulted in a 137.60 trap. A better 60 foot can lower the trap speed but not by almost seven miles per hour. Perhaps the car was a bit warm at that point? Regardless, this is a low 10 second W212 E63 that traps up to 138 miles per hour. A seriously quick luxury performance sedan. Precision Tuning has it running well and methanol injection is helping greatly. The car is still on the stock M157 motor and stock transmission to boot. How much longer the transmission can cope with these launches and the torque is anyone's guess. So, who will be the first to get a W212 E63 into the 9's? <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:28.10185185185185% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BVFzVnMAUm_/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by GHOST_AMG_E63👻 (@ghost_amg_e63)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2017-06-08T19:40:19+00:00">Jun 8, 2017 at 12:40pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>
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    06-07-2017, 04:51 PM
    10 second BMW SUV's are here. It was only a matter of time after viewing the massive dyno numbers from the F85 X5M S63TU twin turbo 4.4 liter V8 equipped with the Pure Turbos Stage 2 turbocharger upgrade. The X5M has the Pure Turbos Stage 2 upgrade as mentioned as well as DME Tuning ECU tuning. It also has an intake upgrade and a built transmission courtesy of Autocouture. The result? A pair of 10 second passes: The car is on 21 inch rims and street tires while doing it making it all the more impressive. Fueling and boost pressure were not specified but methanol is likely playing a role. Expect to see many more F85 X5M and F86 X6M SUV's breaking into the 10's. <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BVDRPwbAMv-/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by ▪️DME Tuning▪️Mo Rafizadeh▪️ (@dmetuning)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2017-06-07T20:03:57+00:00">Jun 7, 2017 at 1:03pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>
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    06-12-2017, 08:04 PM
    We all love cars or we would not be here. The problem is high end cars are expensive and it is not like we have our own private racetracks to play on. Forza Motorsport likely is the closest one will get to having a garage full of exotics that can be raced 24/7. The new game certainly looks spectacular and has a hell of a lineup. As the Electronic Arts monopoly on the Porsche license finally expired Forza Motorsport will contain a full Porsche lineup. This alongside Ferrari, Lamborghini, and even large semi trucks. 4k resolution is supported with the upcoming Xbox One X. If you do not know what that is here is a quick little overview of the new console: XBOX ONE X XBOX ONE S XBOX ONE (2013) Price $499 starts at $299 starts at $299 (originally $499) Dimensions 300 x 240 x 60mm (11.81 x 9.45 x 2.36 inches) 295 x 230 x 65mm (11.61 x 9.06 x 2.56 inches) 333 x 274 x 79mm (13.1 x 10.8 x 3.1 inches) Weight 3.81kg (8.4 pounds) 2.90kg (6.4 pounds) 3.2kg (7.05 pounds) Output resolution 720p, 1080p, 4K (HDR) 720p, 1080p, 4K (HDR) 720p, 1080p CPU Custom AMD, 2.3 GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar APU, 1.75 GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar APU, 1.75 GHz 8-core GPU 1.17 GHz, 6 TFLOP 914 MHz, 1.4 TFLOP 853 MHz, 1.3 TFLOP RAM 12GB GDDR5 8GB DDR3 8GB DDR3 Internal storage 1TB 500GB / 1TB / 2TB 500GB / 1TB Physical media 4K Blu-ray, DVD 4K Blu-ray, DVD Blu-ray, DVD WiFi Dual band, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Dual band, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Dual band, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wired network 10/100/1000 Ethernet 10/100/1000 Ethernet 10/100/1000 Ethernet Ports HDMI 2.0b, S/PDIF, USB 3.0, IR blaster HDMI 2.0a, S/PDIF, USB 3.0, IR blaster HDMI 1.4, S/PDIF, USB 3.0, Kinect port Power supply Internal Internal External Controller Redesigned wireless controller with Bluetooth support Redesigned wireless controller with Bluetooth support Original Xbox One wireless controller If you want it look as good as it does in the trailer below you will need the new Xbox One X and a 4K TV. You can also opt for the PC version of course. Talk about spectacular graphics and racing with various weather conditions supported. Expect the game October 3rd on Xbox One and Windows 10. November 7, 2017 on Xbox One X.
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    06-15-2017, 05:33 AM
    Yesterday BoostAddict.com posted an article on an unpleasant situation with a customer who bought a Fabspeed exhaust system he thought fit his car. Fabspeed marketed the exhaust as fitting his vehicle and changed their website after the fact to make it seem like the customer ordered the wrong part. Since the time that article went up the customer's complaints have been deleted from forums where Fabspeed is a vendor. Additionally, former Fabspeed employees contacted BoostAddict. Fabspeed is now doing their best damage control: Fabspeed says they are working hard to resolve this. You know what is funny? They have had weeks and weeks to resolve this. It was not until the BoostAddict article that they even entertained taking responsibility for false advertising. Well, this issue in particular among many poor customer service issues is what has caused a bevvy of employees to leave. This ex-employee said this issue was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back: If you look at those glassdoor reviews it paints a bleak picture at Fabspeed: This goes on but you get the idea. Basically, employees are expendable, customer service is poor, owners break the law, customers get screwed, and it's a giant mess with these issues swept under the rug if possible. Don't take it from me: After complaint after complaint after complaint and employees leaving by the drove is it really just some bad luck or miscommunication? You be the judge.
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    06-21-2017, 01:14 AM
    There was a time where HRE Wheels were the most desireable wheels on the market. They had an unbeatable combination of looks, pricing, and performance. Along the way something happened and HRE has moved away from performance and focused more on profit margins. Their new RS2M and RS3M series of wheels retail for $2100 per rim. Why? What justifies that price tag? Are they lightweight? No. Do the have some sort of technologically advanced materials? No. Do they offer a new or stunning design? No. Frankly, you would be hard pressed to tell this is a new wheel line unless HRE told you. Here is what HRE's president had to say about them. Translation: We ran out of ideas and this is a cheap way to reintroduce our same old tired designs at a premium. As a matter of fact, I remember those lines of his on a previous wheel line introduction. He is using the same lines from a 2015 wheel release: http://www.boostaddict.com/content.php?6019-HRE-launches-their-new-RS1M-series-of-Monoblok-wheels-in-six-styles-RS100M-RS101M-RS102M-RS103M-RS105M-and-RS108M HRE's president then: They rearrange a few words, use the same basic press release, and here we are with a 'new' $2100 per wheel line. When was the last time HRE actually was innovative? Why aren't they offering high performance and lightweight composite rims for some of their exorbitant prices? Do not think BoostAddict has some axe to grind here as the BimmerBoost.com M3 wears HRE wheels. The thing is, when the HRE C90 wheels were purchased eight years ago they were chosen because they were the lightest on the market offering a great blend of performance, strength, weight, looks, and cost. HRE does not even bother to include what the rims weigh any longer. What happened to the performance aspect? It seems to have taken a similar tumble as their customer service. HRE just seems to be all about squeezing out every last dime by recycling as many tired designs as they can. This is stuff we have all seen before except now we get a higher price tag along with absolutely no performance benefit. BoostAddict was shocked when inquiring about current HRE wheel weights. They haven't gotten lighter, that is for sure. This article will not change anything nor will any words written by anyone as HRE is a juggernaut and too big to care. However, many enthusiasts do care how they spend their money and this one in particular is going to look elsewhere for a set of performance rims.
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    06-12-2017, 07:55 PM
    We all love cars or we would not be here. The problem is high end cars are expensive and it is not like we have our own private racetracks to play on. Forza Motorsport likely is the closest one will get to having a garage full of exotics that can be raced 24/7. The new game certainly looks spectacular and has a hell of a lineup. As the Electronic Arts monopoly on the Porsche license finally expired Forza Motorsport will contain a full Porsche lineup. This alongside Ferrari, Lamborghini, and even large semi trucks. 4k resolution is supported with the upcoming Xbox One X. If you do not know what that is here is a quick little overview of the new console: XBOX ONE X XBOX ONE S XBOX ONE (2013) Price $499 starts at $299 starts at $299 (originally $499) Dimensions 300 x 240 x 60mm (11.81 x 9.45 x 2.36 inches) 295 x 230 x 65mm (11.61 x 9.06 x 2.56 inches) 333 x 274 x 79mm (13.1 x 10.8 x 3.1 inches) Weight 3.81kg (8.4 pounds) 2.90kg (6.4 pounds) 3.2kg (7.05 pounds) Output resolution 720p, 1080p, 4K (HDR) 720p, 1080p, 4K (HDR) 720p, 1080p CPU Custom AMD, 2.3 GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar APU, 1.75 GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar APU, 1.75 GHz 8-core GPU 1.17 GHz, 6 TFLOP 914 MHz, 1.4 TFLOP 853 MHz, 1.3 TFLOP RAM 12GB GDDR5 8GB DDR3 8GB DDR3 Internal storage 1TB 500GB / 1TB / 2TB 500GB / 1TB Physical media 4K Blu-ray, DVD 4K Blu-ray, DVD Blu-ray, DVD WiFi Dual band, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Dual band, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Dual band, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wired network 10/100/1000 Ethernet 10/100/1000 Ethernet 10/100/1000 Ethernet Ports HDMI 2.0b, S/PDIF, USB 3.0, IR blaster HDMI 2.0a, S/PDIF, USB 3.0, IR blaster HDMI 1.4, S/PDIF, USB 3.0, Kinect port Power supply Internal Internal External Controller Redesigned wireless controller with Bluetooth support Redesigned wireless controller with Bluetooth support Original Xbox One wireless controller If you want it look as good as it does in the trailer below you will need the new Xbox One X and a 4K TV. You can also opt for the PC version of course. Talk about spectacular graphics and racing with various weather conditions supported. Expect the game October 3rd on Xbox One and Windows 10. November 7, 2017 on Xbox One X.
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    06-20-2017, 12:10 AM
    My father is responsible for my love of cars. I just alway remember him having a German car of some sort in the garage. Whether it was an old air-cooled 911, a Mercedes S-Class, a Mercedes SL, whatever, he would always choose a German car over an American car. Well, not always. Just since I was born. When he came to this country in the 70's American cars were on a downward swing. His first car was a Nova SS. It quickly became his second car after numerous problems. An Oldsmobile he can't or more accurately doesn't want to remember followed. A Cadillac Eldorado quickly replaced it and he liked the Cadillac but my mother drove it through the front of a store and that was the end of that. An unbroken string of German cars to this day followed. My first car was a German vehicle, a BMW E46 330i. My father would not even entertain the idea of an American car. If I wanted a car, it was a BMW 3-Series or nothing else. Rough, I know. He showed up with a brand new E46 330i one day after school and that was the end of that. My love for BMW started with that car and continued for quite a while. The BMW M car was in my opinion the absolute best all around vehicle in the world. I confirmed this assertion when I traded the E46 330i in on a BMW E46 M3. You remember your first love? The E46 M3 was mine. You never quite fall in love like that again. The 2017 911 Carrera gets close though. I considered a Z06 and a Viper over the 911 but the 911 is best for business. That business aspect is why I'm currently driving the C7 Z06 that belongs to BMS (Burger Tuning). Hey, $100k+ cars don't exactly pay for themselves. I admit the Z06 was in the back of my mind when buying the Porsche and considering the price range yes, you can cross shop them. It goes without saying the Z06 has more power. The LT4 6.2 liter supercharged V8 offers 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The 9A2B6 3.0 liter flat-6 the 991.2 Carrera uses is less than half the size. It has 'only' 370 horses (underrated horses) but the turbo punch is substantial and the car runs 11's stock. It still trails the Z06 by over a second in the 1/4 mile though and 14+ miles per hour of trap speed. That is a big difference. Especially considering the example I sampled has a tune, pulley, and intake. It makes 585 rear wheel horsepower or about 200 more than my Carrera. Not to mention, a lot more torque that comes on like a light switch being flipped. That may sound great but it is actually part of the problem with the Z06. It constantly wants to remind you of its motor. It is dominated by it. It gets to the point where it can become tiring as well as scary when traction is easily lost. When I picked up the car on the first first turn when I applied the throttle the traction control light came on and I got wheelspin. I was just trying to make a left turn out of a neighborhood, not light the tires up. That is the kind of power the Z06 has. You have to respect it but what is the point if you can't use it? Want to mash the throttle in the Z06? Make sure you are in second gear, point it straight, and hang on. If you are at a high enough speed it will hook and go. If you aren't, you'll spin the tires even in second. If you add even more torque to it just change the point straight in second gear recipe to point it straight in third gear before mashing the gas. The acceleration is amazing though. Oh boy, it's fast. Definitely faster than the Porsche. The Porsche can use its first gear though. It can even use it from a stop. It can go full throttle from a stop. As a matter of fact, if these two lined up at a light the Porsche would be in a different zip code by the time the Z06 got traction. The Porsche makes complete use of every horse at any time. The Z06 doesn't. It can't. What it can do is remind you there is a ton of torque available in any gear. In the 911 you need to be above 3000 rpm to feel that rush of torque. It really does not matter all that much in the Z06. 2nd? 3rd? 4th? 5th? 6th? There's power available at any rpm. Obviously 8th gear at 1500 rpm isn't the fastest way to get the Z06 moving but it will still move. Which brings us to the 8-Speed automatic transmission which Chevrolet touts as shifting as faster than the Porsche PDK. Maybe it does but it is not a PDK replacement. Shift speed alone does not determine the quality of the transmission. The automatic is inferior for numerous reasons. One, who is the genius at GM who thought not allowing you to use the shift lever to change gears manually was a good idea? You might be saying, wait, there are paddles. Sure, there are. How am I supposed to hit the paddle in a low speed turn when they turn with the wheel? Especially if I want to do it as quickly as possible? I can't reach the paddle as I'm turning the wheel around and I want to keep the car in a higher gear so I don't wrap it around a tree as I go WOT out of the turn. If you leave it in D, the car will drop down a gear and kill you. Speaking of those paddles they do not work as well as advertised. They feel like a gimmick. In the 911, when you pull a paddle it is like a trigger pull. Boom, instant. You are connected to the trans with the paddles or the shift lever. Mechanical, cold, precise, and very German. The Z06 paddles feel like there is a degree of slush between you and the gear shift. That may be because there is. The Porsche PDK makes you not wish for a manual. The Z06 automatic reminds you it is an automatic. If you want the car to do what you want it to do, get the manual. You do not have to make this compromise in the 911. There were a couple instances where the automatic would not shift when I told it to and gave me an error. WTF? I tell you when to shift Z06, not the other way around. The logic of the GM automatic just is not as good and neither is the shift quality. Are the shifts quick? Hell yes! Are they smooth? Hell no! They can be jarring and you do not exactly know when they will be jarring. When WOT if you shift earlier in the powerband they are smoother but if you shift later they can be harsh. Sometimes D mode can make some shift mistakes which jar you. The Porsche PDK on the other hand is buttery smooth unless you set it on the highest mode (conveniently located right on the wheel) where it still never gets as harsh as the Z06 automatic. The PDK is better, period. Ok, what about the handling and braking? Both cars have very high limits and the Z06 amazes with how flatly it corners. It is very comfortable up until going past 8/10's. Where is 10/10's? I don't want to try to find out as the car is not mine for one and secondly 10.1 tenths will kill you. The 911 on the other hand does a better job communicating. It also feels more forgiving. It probably also makes you think you are a better driver than you are. That may be because the Porsche handles road imperfections better. The ride is great for either car but the Porsche deals with the harsh stuff far more gently. The Z06 can be jarring. On the 405 freeway over some portions I was surprised just how harsh the ride could get. The Z06 needs a smoother road to instill confidence than the Carrera. The 911's steering is heavier and more communicative. The Z06 has quicker turn in and you can steer it with one finger. That isn't bad but it is just a bit more numb. The difference from 9 out of 10 steering to 10 out of 10 steering is what warrants 911's costing what they do. The brakes are a bit of an issue as the Z06 did not feel right. The car needs to be checked for a possible warranty claim as it vibrates badly under light braking. It is puzzling as it does not always do this. When it doesn't, the brakes feel perfect. Probably better pedal feel than the Porsche. I really don't understand the shimmying and wobbling when getting on the brakes and this needs to be checked. When applying full force, the brakes work great in either car. What about the interior comfort? I was surprised I could not move the Z06 seat back further or move it lower. I'm not even tall but I wanted a few more inches of legroom. You sit higher in the Corvette. You also feel like you are in a cockpit with everything aimed at you. It is tighter and less roomy. The 911 is more comfortable without a doubt and a better choice for taller drivers. I could go on and on endlessly about these cars but I think that is enough and I'll attempt to the summarize all the aspects numerically below. Car (out of 10): Z06 | 911 Interior: Comfort: 8 | 9 Interior Quality: 9 | 9.5 Space: 7.5 | 9.5 Gear shifter placement: 10 | 9 Armrest placement: 10 | 8.5 Styling: 10 | 9.5 Drivetrain: Acceleration: 10 | 9 Torque: 10 | 9 Top end pull: 9.5 | 8 Engine sound: 10 | 8.5 Transmission: 8 | 10 Flexibility: 10 | 8.5 Handling: Steering feel: 9 | 10 Braking: 7 | 9 Pedal feel: 9.5 | 9 Ride quality: 8.5 | 9.5 Confidence: 8.5 | 9.5 Subjective: Fun to drive: 9 | 9.5 Total: Z06: 163.5 911: 164.5 Summary: Both of these cars are absolutely fantastic. The Z06 is a brute though. It is a muscle car disguised as a sports car. Despite being tighter inside it feels much larger to drive. The proportions feel big from the driver's seat. It constantly wants to pull forward. It just does not feel quite complete or refined. The best Corvette may just be a Grand Sport with a manual transmission and a heads/cam upgrade. The 911 is far more composed. You can have fun in first gear or fifth gear. The car feels more nimble, more tossable, and more forgiving. It isn't as fast but isn't that why BMS has it? Another 100 lb-ft at the wheels and I'll forget about the Z06's engine. I thought the Z06 would fill me with buyer's remorse. Instead, it reminded me just how good the 2017 911 Carrera truly is. The Z06 is the faster car but the 911 is the better sports car.
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    06-20-2017, 12:01 AM
    My father is responsible for my love of cars. I just alway remember him having a German car of some sort in the garage. Whether it was an old air-cooled 911, a Mercedes S-Class, a Mercedes SL, whatever, he would always choose a German car over an American car. Well, not always. Just since I was born. When he came to this country in the 70's American cars were on a downward swing. His first car was a Nova SS. It quickly became his second car after numerous problems. An Oldsmobile he can't or more accurately doesn't want to remember followed. A Cadillac Eldorado quickly replaced it and he liked the Cadillac but my mother drove it through the front of a store and that was the end of that. An unbroken string of German cars to this day followed. My first car was a German vehicle, a BMW E46 330i. My father would not even entertain the idea of an American car. If I wanted a car, it was a BMW 3-Series or nothing else. Rough, I know. He showed up with a brand new E46 330i one day after school and that was the end of that. My love for BMW started with that car and continued for quite a while. The BMW M car was in my opinion the absolute best all around vehicle in the world. I confirmed this assertion when I traded the E46 330i in on a BMW E46 M3. You remember your first love? The E46 M3 was mine. You never quite fall in love like that again. The 2017 911 Carrera gets close though. I considered a Z06 and a Viper over the 911 but the 911 is best for business. That business aspect is why I'm currently driving the C7 Z06 that belongs to BMS (Burger Tuning). Hey, $100k+ cars don't exactly pay for themselves. I admit the Z06 was in the back of my mind when buying the Porsche and considering the price range yes, you can cross shop them. It goes without saying the Z06 has more power. The LT4 6.2 liter supercharged V8 offers 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The 9A2B6 3.0 liter flat-6 the 991.2 Carrera uses is less than half the size. It has 'only' 370 horses (underrated horses) but the turbo punch is substantial and the car runs 11's stock. It still trails the Z06 by over a second in the 1/4 mile though and 14+ miles per hour of trap speed. That is a big difference. Especially considering the example I sampled has a tune, pulley, and intake. It makes 585 rear wheel horsepower or about 200 more than my Carrera. Not to mention, a lot more torque that comes on like a light switch being flipped. That may sound great but it is actually part of the problem with the Z06. It constantly wants to remind you of its motor. It is dominated by it. It gets to the point where it can become tiring as well as scary when traction is easily lost. When I picked up the car on the first first turn when I applied the throttle the traction control light came on and I got wheelspin. I was just trying to make a left turn out of a neighborhood, not light the tires up. That is the kind of power the Z06 has. You have to respect it but what is the point if you can't use it? Want to mash the throttle in the Z06? Make sure you are in second gear, point it straight, and hang on. If you are at a high enough speed it will hook and go. If you aren't, you'll spin the tires even in second. If you add even more torque to it just change the point straight in second gear recipe to point it straight in third gear before mashing the gas. The acceleration is amazing though. Oh boy, it's fast. Definitely faster than the Porsche. The Porsche can use its first gear though. It can even use it from a stop. It can go full throttle from a stop. As a matter of fact, if these two lined up at a light the Porsche would be in a different zip code by the time the Z06 got traction. The Porsche makes complete use of every horse at any time. The Z06 doesn't. It can't. What it can do is remind you there is a ton of torque available in any gear. In the 911 you need to be above 3000 rpm to feel that rush of torque. It really does not matter all that much in the Z06. 2nd? 3rd? 4th? 5th? 6th? There's power available at any rpm. Obviously 8th gear at 1500 rpm isn't the fastest way to get the Z06 moving but it will still move. Which brings us to the 8-Speed automatic transmission which Chevrolet touts as shifting as faster than the Porsche PDK. Maybe it does but it is not a PDK replacement. Shift speed alone does not determine the quality of the transmission. The automatic is inferior for numerous reasons. One, who is the genius at GM who thought not allowing you to use the shift lever to change gears manually was a good idea? You might be saying, wait, there are paddles. Sure, there are. How am I supposed to hit the paddle in a low speed turn when they turn with the wheel? Especially if I want to do it as quickly as possible? I can't reach the paddle as I'm turning the wheel around and I want to keep the car in a higher gear so I don't wrap it around a tree as I go WOT out of the turn. If you leave it in D, the car will drop down a gear and kill you. Speaking of those paddles they do not work as well as advertised. They feel like a gimmick. In the 911, when you pull a paddle it is like a trigger pull. Boom, instant. You are connected to the trans with the paddles or the shift lever. Mechanical, cold, precise, and very German. The Z06 paddles feel like there is a degree of slush between you and the gear shift. That may be because there is. The Porsche PDK makes you not wish for a manual. The Z06 automatic reminds you it is an automatic. If you want the car to do what you want it to do, get the manual. You do not have to make this compromise in the 911. There were a couple instances where the automatic would not shift when I told it to and gave me an error. WTF? I tell you when to shift Z06, not the other way around. The logic of the GM automatic just is not as good and neither is the shift quality. Are the shifts quick? Hell yes! Are they smooth? Hell no! They can be jarring and you do not exactly know when they will be jarring. When WOT if you shift earlier in the powerband they are smoother but if you shift later they can be harsh. Sometimes D mode can make some shift mistakes which jar you. The Porsche PDK on the other hand is buttery smooth unless you set it on the highest mode (conveniently located right on the wheel) where it still never gets as harsh as the Z06 automatic. The PDK is better, period. Ok, what about the handling and braking? Both cars have very high limits and the Z06 amazes with how flatly it corners. It is very comfortable up until going past 8/10's. Where is 10/10's? I don't want to try to find out as the car is not mine for one and secondly 10.1 tenths will kill you. The 911 on the other hand does a better job communicating. It also feels more forgiving. It probably also makes you think you are a better driver than you are. That may be because the Porsche handles road imperfections better. The ride is great for either car but the Porsche deals with the harsh stuff far more gently. The Z06 can be jarring. On the 405 freeway over some portions I was surprised just how harsh the ride could get. The Z06 needs a smoother road to instill confidence than the Carrera. The 911's steering is heavier and more communicative. The Z06 has quicker turn in and you can steer it with one finger. That isn't bad but it is just a bit more numb. The difference from 9 out of 10 steering to 10 out of 10 steering is what warrants 911's costing what they do. The brakes are a bit of an issue as the Z06 did not feel right. The car needs to be checked for a possible warranty claim as it vibrates badly under light braking. It is puzzling as it does not always do this. When it doesn't, the brakes feel perfect. Probably better pedal feel than the Porsche. I really don't understand the shimmying and wobbling when getting on the brakes and this needs to be checked. When applying full force, the brakes work great in either car. What about the interior comfort? I was surprised I could not move the Z06 seat back further or move it lower. I'm not even tall but I wanted a few more inches of legroom. You sit higher in the Corvette. You also feel like you are in a cockpit with everything aimed at you. It is tighter and less roomy. The 911 is more comfortable without a doubt and a better choice for taller drivers. I could go on and on endlessly about these cars but I think that is enough and I'll attempt to the summarize all the aspects numerically below. Car (out of 10): Z06 | 911 Interior: Comfort: 8 | 9 Interior Quality: 9 | 9.5 Space: 7.5 | 9.5 Gear shifter placement: 10 | 9 Armrest placement: 10 | 8.5 Styling: 10 | 9.5 Drivetrain: Acceleration: 10 | 9 Torque: 10 | 9 Top end pull: 9.5 | 8 Engine sound: 10 | 8.5 Transmission: 8 | 10 Flexibility: 10 | 8.5 Handling: Steering feel: 9 | 10 Braking: 7 | 9 Pedal feel: 9.5 | 9 Ride quality: 8.5 | 9.5 Confidence: 8.5 | 9.5 Subjective: Fun to drive: 9 | 9.5 Total: Z06: 163.5 911: 164.5 Summary: Both of these cars are absolutely fantastic. The Z06 is a brute though. It is a muscle car disguised as a sports car. Despite being tighter inside it feels much larger to drive. The proportions feel big from the driver's seat. It constantly wants to pull forward. It just does not feel quite complete or refined. The best Corvette may just be a Grand Sport with a manual transmission and a heads/cam upgrade. The 911 is far more composed. You can have fun in first gear or fifth gear. The car feels more nimble, more tossable, and more forgiving. It isn't as fast but isn't that why BMS has it? Another 100 lb-ft at the wheels and I'll forget about the Z06's engine. I thought the Z06 would fill me with buyer's remorse. Instead, it reminded me just how good the 2017 911 Carrera truly is. The Z06 is the faster car but the 911 is the better sports car.
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