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  • jyamona@motiv's Avatar
    01-11-2017, 04:10 PM
    The time has finally come to share some details on my secret N54 project. It's been under development for many months now, and had no shortage of both hardware and software (mainly software) obstacles to overcome. That said, a major milestone was reached this week so it's time to let you all in! Coming soon to a stock DME near you: Yep, real Flex Fuel. It is a fully implemented flex fuel solution, running on the stock DME! Dial your car in on pump (91-93oct), then E85, set the blending / interpolation curve tables, and be on your way. The benefits here are never having to reflash when changing ethanol blends again (or even worry about mixing the correct blend). Go from straight 93oct to 100% E85 or E98 on the same flash :) This is up and running on a few IJE0S cars now and works flawlessly. There is still some more work to be done, and of course porting to the other ROM types will take a good bit of time. Some hardware details are in need of finalization as well. More to come on those items in the weeks to follow. Some overall highlights and features of this accomplishment: first DME integration with a 3rd party sensor first large scale rewrite and modification of DME logic direct logging of Ethanol Content % in MHD separate blending / interpolation per table grouping seamless blending between maps for any ethanol content I'd also like to give a big thanks to @Chris@CKI for his help in testing and flashing my countless revisions at all hours of the day, and also to @martial@mhd for assembly code and hex conversion help along the way! In case you haven't guessed, this will be a module available in MHD similar to M-Boost. A thread is worthless without pics, right? The log was taken after a fill-up to a higher E content, and you can see the AFR target rising as E% goes up. 2017 is just getting started, and will definitely be the year of the stock DME ;)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-17-2017, 05:51 PM
    There is a lot of intake manifold talk on the BimmerBoost forums as of late but there is little in the way of concrete results showing an increase in flow with aftermarket manifolds. EOS (Evolution of Speed) has some results to share with their V2 N54 manifold on a single turbo car. It is important to note that this car makes over 500 horsepower to the wheels with the factory manifold. For N54 owners to see gains they will have to be making a bit of power as the factory manifold is not a huge restriction. At 22 psi of boost the baseline shows 524 wheel horsepower and 515 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. You will note the factory baseline (red) produces substantially more torque from 3000 to 4500 rpm. With the EOS manifold you see a gain in peak horsepower but a drop in peak torque. The EOS manifold is showing an advantage from 5500 rpm until redline which is what produces a gain of 25 peak horsepower. The torque figure drops to 486 at the wheels however. Is it worth giving up some mid-range for top end pull? That depends on the application and goals. More testing is definitely needed on various N54 applications before reaching any definitive conclusions just yet.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-12-2017, 09:35 PM
    An interesting upgrade option for N54 fueling is Fuel-It!'s bucketless LPFP. They have designed a special pick up that allows for their bucketless design. There are advantages here as for one they eliminated the need to modify the factory bucket and they provide a large increase in flow. Fuel It! describes the premise best: There were concerns regarding fuel flow when almost empty but this video addresses those concerns: Now let's look at some dyno results on an E82 135i N54 paired with their Platinum Port Injection kit: That is a solid 600 wheel horsepower with Pure Stage 2's and the AFR is 11.9:1 on an E53 ethanol blend. Definitely something for those looking to upgrade their fuel system to look into.
    66 replies | 769 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-05-2017, 12:11 PM
    Rod bearing wear issues in the 4.0 liter S65 V8 in the E9X M3 are well known. Rod bearings also wear prematurely on the S85 V10 on which the S65 V8 is based but do to the superior oiling system of the V10 the problem is not exacerbated as it is on the V8. Things vary based on use as well. A car that is tracked or supercharged will see more wear than a stock car used for commuting. The bottom line however is that owners should replace their rod bearings before it is too late so that they can avoid what is pictured below. @Michael@GermanAutoWerks shared pictures of a blown S65 V8 from an E92 M3: Unfortunately, BMW has a history of mistakes with M3 engines dating back to the E46 M3 S54 and all the way up to the current F80 M3 S55. Someone should hold BMW accountable for knowingly selling motors with defects.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-04-2017, 02:01 PM
    Talk about entering the M157 scene with a splash! Pure Turbos is not messing around. The proof is in the results right here on a W212 E63 AMG. This is a 4Matic all wheel drive car as it is the facelifted version. In the 26 to 27 psi range of boost output is 840 horsepower. This is with custom ECU dyno tuning from Precision Tuning. Precision did not push the turbos as far as they could to preserve the driveline. What would these turbos make when pushed with an upgraded transmission? Good question. Oh, and how about the pricing? $5995 plus core exchange. That is the best turbo upgrade value in the M157 world right now. As a reminder, before the turbo upgrade and with bolt ons this E63 ran 10.6 @ 133. That was at 670 all wheel horsepower. What will it do now? We can't wait to find out.
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  • rmcdonald's Avatar
    01-02-2017, 01:02 PM
    I have a highly modified 2013 C63 P31. It is currently making 525 RWHP on a Mustang dyno on 93 Octane here in CT. I am looking for a cam replacement, currently running stock ones, and hoping for 20RWHP. Does anyone have any experience with a cam swap? I am currently looking at the Kleeman cams.
    42 replies | 2146 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-04-2017, 01:52 PM
    Talk about entering the M157 scene with a splash! Pure Turbos is not messing around. The proof is in the results right here on a W212 E63 AMG. This is a 4Matic all wheel drive car as it is the facelifted version. In the 26 to 27 psi range of boost output is 840 horsepower. This is with custom ECU dyno tuning from Precision Tuning. Precision did not push the turbos as far as they could to preserve the driveline. What would these turbos make when pushed with an upgraded transmission? Good question. Oh, and how about the pricing? $5995 plus core exchange. That is the best turbo upgrade value in the M157 world right now. As a reminder, before the turbo upgrade and with bolt ons this E63 ran 10.6 @ 133. That was at 670 all wheel horsepower. What will it do now? We can't wait to find out.
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  • iminhell1's Avatar
    01-15-2017, 05:14 AM
    I'm half the country away but need to know where to go for fuel. And, does anyone down there sell E98? How much per gallon?
    14 replies | 3462 view(s)
  • MFactory's Avatar
    12-23-2016, 02:13 PM
    MFactory Competition Products / YCW Engineering are proud to announce our status as a newly appointed Master Warehouse Distributor for SWIFT Springs in the US, Europe and Asia We have available their full range of products including: - Sports Springs / Spec-R (To be used with stock dampers) - Replacement Coilover Springs (Upgrade your sagging coilover springs) - Assist/Helper Springs (Setup the droop on your coilovers) THE SWIFT ADVANTAGE: When drivers look at a set of springs, they concentrate mainly on the rates, but the material and manufacturing process is equally important. Most enthusiasts will tell you that all springs are the same... we asked some professional drivers for their opinions: - I just replaced my springs to Swift Springs with same spring rate, and somehow the car behaves totally different now. - Since I've swapped the springs from another brand to Swift, my lap times became very consistent throughout the entire race due to cooler tire temperatures, which saves tire wear. - We have tested our Swift-equipped race cars on a shaker rig, and the Swift Springs have a lot less harmonic vibration. - My car is a lot smoother with Swift Springs even though same spring rate were chosen, especially on bad surfaces. The many positive comments Swift Springs receive would have you believe that Swift Springs is surprised to hear such things in the first place, we are simply getting confirmation that our engineering not only works on paper, but is also proven through use in the field (track). 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Based on long-time experience dealing with coil springs, we came up with one goal: "We must make the product that will revolutionize the ones we see on the market now." Keeping this goal in mind, we went back to the basics of coil spring design and asked ourselves what is the most important factor that we need to consider on this new project. The answer? MAINTAINING TIRE GRIP IS THE KEY TO FASTER TIMES AND SUSPENSION SPRINGS TAKE ON AN ENORMOUS PORTION OF THIS TASK! All Springs are not created equal, the diameters and spring rates can be similar, but the process of manufacturing springs plays a huge factor in how they will perform. Through our extensive knowledge in performance springs, we have perfected the process of manufacturing springs that will outperform our competitors. With this in mind, we set out to produce a new material for coil springs: a proprietary steel alloy we call "HS5.TW". 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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-09-2017, 01:31 PM
    This E90 335i belongs to BimmerBoost member @idratherbesurfing. He has a top mount single turbo N54 conversion and is running a Pure Turbos 62mm turbocharger. He is still fine tuning the setup but it is already good for 680 horsepower to the wheels. At 30+ psi he believes he will crack 800 wheel horsepower: This is the mod list: Top mount twin scroll manifold Pure Turbo 62mm 1.0ar w/ 2 tial 38mm wastegates Ade motor mounts Vrsf chargepipe, Turbosmart bov, Vrsf 7inch fmic Fuel-it port injection, fpr kit, stage 3 lpfp MFactory lsd Mhd/Haltech stack Bms, Rb, and mishimoto catch can stack Tuning is a flash and piggyback stack with Precision Tuning doing the ECU flash work on their dyno. Take a look at the dyno vid below which is well worth your time.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-04-2017, 04:31 PM
    Uh oh, this has to be a warning sign at BMW. A drop of 10% in sales in 2016 compared to 2015 is large. BMW's are selling obviously as 313,174 cars is a lot of volume but that number was 346,023 in 2015. Perhaps the signs were there early in the year when Mercedes and Audi started the year with much stronger sales than BMW. Perhaps consumers are getting tired of BMW? Perhaps BMW has lost some of the enthusiast market? Keep in mind BMW equates sales figures with how well they are doing. They feel if they are number one in sales that means they are the number one brand. It's illogical as volume does not equal quality but that is the official BMW brand position. Just because one brand outsells another does not mean it builds better cars. For BMW this must be a bit of a shock considering how hard they are trying to push volume above all else. That is why you have so many variants of platforms namely in the X-Series line. Additionally, the new 7-Series launch should have further bolstered the bottom line. Table 1: New Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC , December 2016 Dec. 2016 Dec. 2015 % YTD Dec. 2016 YTD Dec. 2015 % BMW brand 32,835 34,625 -5.2 313,174 346,023 -9.5 BMW passenger cars 20,419 22,818 -10.5 209,231 244,767 -14.5 BMW light trucks 12,416 11,807 5.2 103,943 101,256 2.7 MINI brand 4,658 5,009 -7.0 52,030 58,514 -11.1 TOTAL Group 37,493 39,634 -5.4 365,204 404,537 -9.7 When Mercedes and Audi release their figures we will know if either or both of them took the crown from BMW in 2016.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-03-2017, 12:04 PM
    Nice work here by BimmerBoot member @nitemare who will likely be breaking into the 10's shortly and in so doing will be the first 535i in the 10's. For now, he is the quickest and fastest E60 535i N54 with a 1/4 mile run of 11.271 @ 124.59. The E60 N54's do not get a lot of love so BimmerBoost wanted this run to get the exposure it deserves. It is pretty much a game of volume as to why the 135i and 335i models get more N54 tuning attention. That does not mean the E60 535i is not capable as this sprint shows: What is the mod list? As follows: Hexon RR700s / JB4 G5 / Trebila tune / BMS Meth kit / MFactory 3.46 LSD / Fuel-It Stage II / ADE Port Injection / Full E85 / VRSF large Turbo inlets / VRSF kittyless DPs / VTT turbo outlets / custom 3.5" single exhaust / VRSF CP / Tial BOV / Rev9 FMIC / RB PCV fix kit / RaceStar Drag Star 17" & 15" wheels / Custom 15" rear wheel conversion The 15 inch drag wheel conversion helps big time with the 60 foot. A 1.627 is a nice launch for an E60. What is next? Well, hopefully 10's: Becoming the quickest and fastest overall E60 certainly is a lofty goal but just breaking into the 10's alone would be a great achievement. He will likely get there soon and some TCU tuning might help with that.
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  • bigdnno98's Avatar
    01-05-2017, 06:28 PM
    Well it seems that BMW is getting rid of it's military buyers program, at least that's what I've read. They may still have it, but the almost 10% off MSRP I would have gotten isn't going to happen. So between that and finding a dealership willing to do a European Delivery on an M2, I am now going to start looking into an RS3. Does Audi do ED? http://www.caranddriver.com/audi/rs3
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-23-2016, 12:55 AM
    Can you believe this shit?
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  • R.G.'s Avatar
    01-12-2017, 03:42 AM
    I'm usually not surprised by any existing available modifications for the E9x platform but was completely unaware this even existed. Check it out http://www.driftworks.com/wisefab-bmw-e90-e91-e92-rear-suspension-arm-hub-knuckle-kit-3-series-all-models.html
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  • OldMadBrit's Avatar
    12-31-2016, 07:51 PM
    Hi, I just purchased a 2017 C43 AMG and have just completed its 1000 mile break-in. I'm new to MB but very familiar with high boost V6 and I4's. One of my other cars is a 2006 Mitsu EVO IX which is moderately upgraded, running at 24lb of boost and making ~420HP at the crank. Its delivered a rock solid and totally reliable 104k mixed track and road miles. Another of my cars is a more highly modified 1994 Mitsu 3000GT VR4 that I have had since new. It started life at 320HP and 12lb of boost but for the last 100k miles has been closer to 600HP from ~23lb of boost. In those tuner worlds, 600-800HP is easily achievable with the 2.0 4G63 and there are guys making over 1400HP out of the older but bullet proof 3.0 6G72. Over here in MB land, the M276 DELA 30 appears to be extremely well thought out, well engineered and with no major design flaws (that I can find). So shouldn't it be capable of 500-600HP with thoughtful but not crazy tuning. Given that its lighter than the C63's V8, has AWD and the bullet proof 9Gtronic, I'm surprised that it doesn't seem to have attracted any serious love from the MB tuning community. Sure I can get the ECU modded to ~400 at the crank - snooze!!!! Am I missing something?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-11-2017, 08:22 PM
    Look, the 2JZ-GTE is a great motor. The iron block I6 gets swapped into everything these days. You know what else is a great iron block I6 engine? The BMW S54. Which comes under the hood of the E85 Z4 M so BMW already did the work for you if you want a stout I6 that can take a ton of boost. Ok, maybe this was a base Z4 so the owner decided to toss a 2JZ in there with a top mount single turbo to be different. If you want to be different, swap in a Viper V10 like this guy did. Go with something you can not get from the factory like a V8. Call us purists but if you are going to go with an iron block I6, go with BMW's.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-14-2017, 03:53 PM
    The Hellcat V8 is an absolute beast as we all know with its 707 horsepower twin screw supercharged 6.2 liter Hemi V8. Making big power and torque is not the problem. Putting that power and torque to the ground is the problem. It does not help that the Challenger Hellcat is a big fat 4500+ pound pig. A powerful pig, but a pig. Owners struggle with traction and the problem becomes worse when the car is tuned as Hellcat V8's are approaching 1000 whp with bolt on modifications. The Dodge Demon is teased as being all about traction and the 1/4 mile. The most logical conclusion is that this means all wheel drive. Dodge is investing a lot of money in an all wheel drive Hellcat drivetrain for the upcoming Jeep Hellcat model and the Durango is rumored to get a variant of this drivetrain as well. Maybe they will adapt it to the Challenger as well? If they do, watch out. The Challenger Hellcat will be a stoplight beast and one of the best performance values in the world. Well, if you are into going straight in a line that is.
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  • bigdnno98's Avatar
    01-20-2017, 09:58 AM
    So, President Trump tweeted recently that “If you go down Fifth Avenue everyone has a Mercedes Benz in front of his house, isn’t that the case?” Trump said to the German paper. “How many Chevrolet’s do you see in Germany? Not very many, maybe none at all,” he continued. “It’s a one-way street.” He also said, "If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax,". Needless to say, the Germans weren't very happy. The German Vice Chancellor, responded with "build better cars". The official German response was Germany’s Deputy Chancellor and Minister for the Economy Sigmar Gabriel warned that a tax on German imports would lead to a “bad awakening.” “The US car industry would have a bad awakening if all the supply parts that aren’t being built in the US were to suddenly come with a 35% tariff. I believe it would make the US car industry weaker, worse and above all more expensive,” Gabriel said in a video interview with BILD. I’m a little perplexed by this. Does Trump not know that both BMW and Mercedes build cars in the U.S., and employ tens of thousands of Americans? Does he not know that GM sells Vauxhall and Opel cars in Europe? While I may have taken some economics classes in college, I’m certainly no expert. The tariff topic has been debated for decades. Does anyone on this forum think that cars imported from Mexico (put aside the fact that it would be a violation of NAFTA for the sake of the discussion), and China? Does anyone think that would push Americans to buy more American cars? Why is it that people of affluence buy Mercedes and BMW cars? Are they status symbols? Are they that much better than Cadillacs? Really Cadillac is all the Americans have to compete with the Germans for luxury. Does Trump know that Honda and Nissan both build cars here? I really laughed when I read the Germans response to Trump’s tweet, I think the topic is a serious one though. Do tariffs really help or is free trade better? Hmmmm
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-09-2017, 01:51 PM
    Introducing the new Porsche 911 GTS models. These are 991.2 911's meaning they get the updated twin turbo 3.0 liter flat-6 motor. For the GTS, the engine is in a slightly higher state of tune offering 450 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. How does Porsche achieve this increase in output? They do not say. This makes us worry it is nothing more than a software change which is great for the bottom line but is not great for getting your money's worth. If the GTS turbochargers are the same as the S model one is really just paying a premium to have 30 more horses with a warranty. The suspension and wheels are available as options already. The only other difference is the Carrera GTS coupe gets the Carrera 4 style connected taillight. If one intends to get a tune, the GTS is a big waste of money. Stuttgart . Porsche is expanding the 911 product line with the GTS models. From March 2017, a total of five variants will be available in Germany: the 911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive – both of the above availa-ble as a Coupé and Cabriolet – and the 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive. A newly developed turbocharger for 3.0-litre six-cylinder flat engine increases power to 331 kW (450 PS). The engine delivers 22 kW (30 hp) more than the 911 Carrera S and 15 kW (20 hp) more than the corresponding GTS prior model with a naturally aspirated engine. All variants are available with a manual seven-gear transmission or optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK). More power for more performanceThe maximum torque of 550 Nm provides even better acceleration and elasticity figures. The torque is available between 2150 and 5000 rpm. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is included as standard on all GTS models. The GTS Coupés feature the PASM sports chassis, which lowers the body by ten millimetres. The fastest sprinter in the family is the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupé: With Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and the Sport Chrono Package as standard, it races from zero to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. All GTS models feature a top speed in excess of 300 km/h. The frontrunner at 312 km/h is the Coupé with manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Despite the increase in performance, the GTS remains efficient – the 911 Carrera GTS with PDK, for example, consumes only 8.3 l/100 km according to the NEDC. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 188 g/km. Typical GTS: Numerous black elements both inside and outThe GTS models stand out within the 911 model line not only in terms of technology, but also in their visual design: All of the vehicles are based on the wide all-wheel-drive chassis, which measures 1852 mm even on the rear-wheel-drive models. The new Sport Design front apron emphasises the sporty character. The front end is aerodynamically optimised. A low front spoiler and increased rear spoiler extension height further reduce the lift forces on the front and rear axle compared to the Carrera S models. On the rear, the GTS is unmistakeable: smoked tail lights, silk-gloss black air intake grille and central black twin tailpipes of the sports exhaust system, which is included as standard. A new black trim strip between the tail lights characterises the rear-wheel-drive models. The light strip is reserved for the all-wheel-drive models. Sport Design exterior mirrors, 20-inch wheels with central locking device painted in silk-gloss black, plus GTS logos on the doors complete the side view. The characteristic Targa bar, which is supplied in black for the first time on the GTS, also lends the 911 Targa a particularly distinctive look. New Porsche Track Precision app and high-quality equipmentGTS genes also shape the interior. The stopwatch of the Sport Chrono Package is integrated as a central component of the dashboard. The Porsche Track Precision app has been further enhanced specially to coincide with the market launch of the GTS models. Its features include automatic recording, detailed display and analysis of driving data on a smartphone. GTS passengers sit on Alcantara seats with a new stitching pattern. The Sports seats Plus with GTS logos on the headrests can be adjusted in 4-ways electrically and provide increased lateral support and comfort. Other features include brushed, black anodised aluminium trim strips on the instrument cluster as well as a high proportion of Alcantara, which can be found on the steering wheel rim, centre console and armrests, for example. The 911 GTS models are available to order now; including value-added tax and country-specific equipment, prices in Germany are as follows: 911 Carrera GTS 124,451 euros 911 Carrera 4 GTS 131,829 euros 911 Carrera GTS Cabrio 137,541 euros 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabrio 144,919 euros 911 Targa 4 GTS 144,919 euros Image material for Porsche models in the Porsche Newsroom (http://newsroom.porsche.com) and for accredited journalists in the Porsche press database (https://presse.porsche.de). 911 Carrera GTS: Fuel consumption combined 9.4 – 8.3 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 212 – 188 g/km 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined 9.4 – 8.4 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 214 – 190 g/km 911 Carrera 4 GTS: Fuel consumption combined 9.5 – 8.5 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 216 – 192 g/km 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined 9.7 – 8.7 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 220 – 196 g/km 911 Targa 4 GTS: Fuel consumption combined 9.7 – 8.7 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 220 – 196 g/km
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-06-2017, 11:33 AM
    It is no secret the 5.5 liter M157 AMG V8 shows large gains with an aftermarket tune. The torque down low in particular gets a huge bump. Evotech tuned this 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S on the Dyno Dynamics at Dyno Comp in Arizona. The results show a massive increase in torque starting at 2600 rpm. The increase in area through the curve up until 5250 rpm is massive. The peak gain over the baseline is 186 lb-ft of torque at the wheels at 3500 rpm. Dyno Comp corrects their Dyno Dynamics to read high but so it is important to focus more on the delta here than the peak figures. Approaching 700 lb-ft of torque at the wheels despite the correction factor is still impressive. For a heavy 5300+ pound car vehicle the GLE63 the increase in torque will get it moving much more quickly and basically be a huge kick in the pants. The horsepower gain is solid as well but the M157 is definitely more of a stump puller than top end design and it certainly fits the character of a heavy SUV.
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  • bigdnno98's Avatar
    01-17-2017, 02:06 PM
    Well, just got a rude awakening this morning. I was on the phone with my insurance company, getting my quote for car insurance for when I move to Italy. Because of my job, I'm moving to Italy in March. I'm shipping a 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum and my 2011 335is. I have an accident on my record in 2013 and my wife has a clean driving record. Currently I pay around $183/mo for both cars, with $100 deductibles on everything. Well, it is Italian law that everyone carries $5 million Euro bodily injury and $1 million Euro personal property coverage. That is fucking ridiculous. These coverages result in a 316% percent increase in insurance premiums. FML!!!!!! Those coverages are fucking ridiculous. Like everyone in Italy drives a fucking Ferrari Enzo or Bugatti Veyron or something? So my monthly payment goes from $183/mo to $580/mo. Fuck Italy..... Between that and $6.19/gal for gas, no wonder everyone there drives a Fiat Panda or some other econobox..... What do some of you other international people pay for car insurance?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-20-2017, 03:41 PM
    To be fair, BMW has a large plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This plant churns out BMW SUV's which are eaten up by the US market. The SUV segment is the only one which did not take a huge nosedive for BMW in 2016 in the United States. Trump's tariff rhetoric on cars built outside the country already had an effect on US manufacturers including Ford. As stated, BMW builds plenty of cars in the USA and employs close to 70,000 Americans but BMW also plans to open a new factory in Mexico in 2019. BMW's head of sales and marketing Ian Robertson stated the following: BMW makes more cars in Spartanburg than at any other BMW plant. It is true, their commitment to the US is strong. However, BMW intends to increase their volume significantly with cheap Mini variants. That is where the Mexican plant comes into the picture. Trump's response to BMW? BMW does not plan to make any changes at this time to its Mexican plant and other German manufacturers are continuing on with business as usual. It is important to note that the US is the largest car market for the Germans. BMW, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, and others will not achieve their stated sales goals without it. We will have to see who gives in first.
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    12-31-2016, 07:28 PM
    I bought a used Recaro Profi XL seat that came with some hardware, I ended up not using the sliders or floor mounts. I wanted the seat as low as possible. Macht Schnell Floor mounts are $125 shipped Only for e9x chassis, were used for about a year by the previous owner. Recaro Slider is $80 shipped were used for about a year by the previous owner. VAC Motorsports aluminum side mounts $100 shipped These are brand new, they did not fit the Recaro Profi XL. They do not include hardware. All prices are before paypal fees.
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    01-15-2017, 01:50 PM
    2018 Kia Stinger: A RWD Sports Sedan Aimed at stealing BMW customers ~ 365 horsepower and rear-wheel drive. via DPCcars: “Unlike any Kia that has come before it, the Stinger really is a dream car for us, and here today in Detroit, that dream is now a reality after years of commitment and hard work from a passionate group of designers, engineers and executives around the world,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America. “From its GT concept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nurburgring circuit, no detail was too small to be obsessed over, and the result is simply stunning.” Instantly recognizable as a direct evolution of the concept that preceded it, the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger design was overseen by Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors’ chief design officer, and his talented team of designers in Frankfurt. Ride and handling development was looked after by Albert Biermann, head of Kia’s Vehicle Test and High Performance Development and his group of engineers in Korea and on the grueling Nurburgring racing circuit. "Peter Schreyer (born 1953) is a German automobile designer for Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, widely known for his design contributions to the Audi TT. He has been the chief design officer at Kia Motors since 2006 and on 28 December 2012, was named one of three presidents of the company. He is currently the chief designer at Hyundai-Kia and works with Luc Donckerwolke, former design director of Volkswagen Group - Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi from 2016. In 2006, Car Design News called the Audi TT one of "the most influential automotive design in recent time." But what makes a true gran turismo? This question was the foundation for a years-long journey that began when the GT concept was first unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although every Kia design study has a purpose, the GT concept was something considered by many outside the company as little more than a dream for a brand known for producing mass-market transportation rooted in value. But the GT ignited embers of passion that sparked a fire within the organization and over the next five years that fire would grow beyond fantasy and morph into reality. Once the Stinger was green lighted, that gran turismo question became a mantra as development commenced. Coming from Kia, the design had to be bold. And it was. But it also had to be nimble and fast while also luxurious and quiet. It had to achieve the perfect balance of ride and handling and seat five comfortably with room for luggage. It had to be a lot of things, but most of all, it had to be an authentic gran turismo. And it is. The twin-turbocharged V-6 is Hyundai’s direct-injected aluminum Lambda II unit and is basically the same engine found in the Genesis G90, generating its peak 365 ponies at 6000 rpm and accompanying that with 376 lb-ft of torque that’s available from 1300 rpm. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is effectively a longitudinal version of the unit Hyundai and Kia use in their front-wheel-drive-based vehicles, but it’s also related to the engine fitted in the first-gen Hyundai Genesis coupe. The peak of 255 horsepower arrives at 6200 rpm, with 260 lb-ft of torque spread across a plateau from 1400 to 4000 rpm. The only transmission is a development of the K900’s automatic and uses a tuned-mass damper on the flywheel to help reduce torsional vibration through the drivetrain. The optional all-wheel-drive system features torque vectoring, while the rear-drive version has a standard limited-slip differential. Via caranddriver: We can’t say that we weren’t forewarned. Kia has been dropping broad hints about its plan to produce a rear-wheel-drive sedan for years. The original GT concept was shown at the Frankfurt auto show as long ago as 2011, with the Stinger GT4 building on it at the 2014 Detroit show. Now the wait is finally over as the company has unveiled the production version of its forthcoming sports sedan, which adopts the Stinger name. Don’t confuse it with the K900. The Stinger is a much sleeker and sportier proposition than its staid big sister, and it has a low, coupelike roofline. Power will come from two engines, with the range-topping 365-hp turbo 3.3-liter V-6 making that version the most powerful roadgoing Kia yet; a 255-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder will serve as the entry-level engine. The Stinger gets an eight-speed automatic transmission, with buyers able to choose between rear- and all-wheel drive. Kia says it is targeting a 5.1-second zero-to-62-mph time and a 167-mph top speed for the 3.3-liter. There also will be a diesel version for Europe, but there are no plans to bring it to the States.
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