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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-13-2017, 01:08 AM
    Car and Driver released their test of the 2018 Audi TT-RS and it puts up the numbers expected. It is not quite as fast as the European test figures but you can attribute that to weight, weather, and octane. The trap speed is similar to what Iroz hit with just a downpipe so while the Car and Driver time is GPS derived rather than from a strip it is at least a realistic representation of the platform. What is really commendable is the weight. 3270 pounds! For an all wheel drive turbo car with a dual clutch transmission that is incredible. Actually, it is the best on the market. Audi seems to get the recipe is keeping weight low. Which is astonishing as all their other vehicles are incredibly fat. At least the TT-RS remains light. Even at the $80k as tested price the TT-RS is a bargain. It offers a ton of tuning potential in a technologically advanced and lightweight package. It's Audi's version of the 911 Turbo. For less than half the price yet almost all of the performance. EHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED: $80,200 (base price: $65,875) ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 20-valve inline-5, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 151 cu in, 2480 cc POWER: 400 hp @ 7000 rpm TORQUE: 354 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 98.6 in LENGTH: 165.0 in WIDTH: 72.1 in HEIGHT: 52.9 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 74 cu ft CARGO VOLUME: 12 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 3270 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.4 sec Zero to 100 mph: 8.6 sec Zero to 130 mph: 15.4 sec Zero to 150 mph: 23.0 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.5 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.7 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.3 sec Standing ¼-mile: 11.9 sec @ 117 mph Top speed (governor limited, mfr's claim): 174 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 154 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.99 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY: Observed: 22 mpg 75-mph highway driving: 31 mpg Highway range: 440 miles EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 22/19/29 mpg
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    12-13-2017, 04:35 AM
    Congratulations to Renntech are in order! Hot on the heels of releasing their Stage I M177 tuning software for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG W215 E63 S they set a record on the dragstrip. A 10.685 @ 130.09 is the new quickest and fastest pass for the platform. This also makes for the quickest and fastest tune only W213 E63 pass topping Weistec's record of 10.849 @ 126.58: Different tunes, conditions, and octane explain the difference. We will see a bit of back and forth as tuners start to upgrade these cars and they get out to the track. It is always fun to see records quickly fall on a new platform.
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    12-14-2017, 12:04 AM
    700+ wheel horsepower BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4 models are going to be more and more common. The main key ingredient in recipe to get there is a turbo upgrade and the turbo upgrade that most are running is the Pure Turbos Stage 2 S55 turbo upgrade. You are going to need fuel and octane to go with it though. You are also going to need a quality tuner and that is where Eurocharged comes in. Big numbers, no doubt: That curve does not look bad either. They are also doing it without any port fuel injection although obviously meth is playing a large role. The F80 M3 and F82 M4 almost make hitting 7XX whp easy. - PureTurbos Stage 2 - Meth Kit - Race gas - Flash Tune - FBO
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-13-2017, 08:33 PM
    Gintani has by far the strongest stock internal E9X M3 S65 V8 supercharger builds out there. They are basically right on the doorstep of the 7XX rwhp mark with their Stage X S65 supercharger system. What is the key? Ethanol. The fuel system is upgraded to flow plenty of E85 and the boost on the Vortech blower is cranked up with tuning to match: The reason this works well with the S65 V8 is the torque comes in up top. Just look at that curve as measured on the Dynocom. That means the rods are not stressed in the same manner as a turbo or positive displacement setup. If you want the maximum amount of horsepower on the E9X M3 without opening the motor, this is quite simply the best option. For those wondering, the BimmerBoost.com E92 M3 is getting a similar setup and looking for that 7XX number.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-13-2017, 04:20 AM
    Congratulations to Renntech are in order! Hot on the heels of releasing their Stage I M177 tuning software for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG W215 E63 S they set a record on the dragstrip. A 10.685 @ 130.09 is the new quickest and fastest pass for the platform. This also makes for the quickest and fastest tune only W213 E63 pass topping Weistec's record of 10.849 @ 126.58: Different tunes, conditions, and octane explain the difference. We will see a bit of back and forth as tuners start to upgrade these cars and they get out to the track. It is always fun to see records quickly fall on a new platform.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-12-2017, 02:41 AM
    You may have noticed an increasing number of bottom mount twin scroll turbo kit options coming out for the N54 in late 2017. Well, add 4N Performance to that last. If you have not heard of them 4N Performance is a tuning and performance shop for German cars based in Modesto, California. So what is special about this offering? This: Additionally, pricing is $4500 with a Precision 6266 turbocharger. No results have been posted with the kit just yet. So who is willing to sign up and try it out?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-14-2017, 03:00 AM
    Go catless or run sport cats? That is a question we hear all the time on the forums, isn't it? Well, BoostAddict.com was able to do some independent testing on the 991.2 Project car and obtained some valuable and interesting data. Full disclosure, Soul Performance is a vendor here and I contacted them telling them what I planned to do with my 2017 911 Carrera. I asked about their exhaust options and spoke with Mike Spock. Mike was honest and upfront saying he believed there was not much gain to be had with the sport cats or bypass pipes alone. Well, as luck would have it I was getting a tune. After some debate I decided since I had the PSE (Porsche Sport Exhaust) it made sense to go with the bypass pipes for the sound quality alone. Check out the sound: Unfortunately, a mixup resulted in the bypass pipes being shipped to my home rather than my tuner. If you are wondering why this article took so long to be posted, now you know. Anyway, with the Soul Performance 991.2 Cat Bypass pipes I picked up 13 horsepower at the wheels: There is indeed a tradeoff of torque down low for horsepower up top. You do not start to see a gain with the bypass pipes until 4200 rpm. Oddly enough while there is a peak torque loss there is a slight spool improvement. Overall, the gains up top where the 991.2 Carrera badly needs them are well worth losing a bit of torque from 3500-4200 rpm especially considering a tune brings torque in that range up so high to begin with. Now compare these bypass pipes results to an independent test by VF-Engineering of the Fabspeed 991.2 sport catalytic converters. These sport cats retail for $2650: Fabspeed claims the sport cats lose a little torque but provide huge gains up top similar to what my bypass pipe testing shows: Well, right now is where you are going to learn the difference between a marketing graph and real independent testing graph. Here is a 991.2 Carrera with the Fabspeed Sport cats overlaid with my stock baseline pull on this same dyno at VF-Engineering: My stock car is the red line making 344 whp 326 wtq. The car with the Fabspeed sport cats is making less power and less torque. Basically, the sport cats aren't helping at all. Would a tune help see gains? Definitely but the truth is the factory cats flow pretty darn well. If you are buying sport cats for power gains alone you are wasting your money. Ultimately, the Soul Performance bypass pipes helped us hit 455 whp and 448 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with an aggressive race gas tune. That is the most anyone has shown on the platform so far: The more gas you flow the more of a gain you will see. Thank you to Soul Performance, Gintani, and VF-Engineering.
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    12-11-2017, 08:57 PM
    You want to know what the absolute best Porsche tuning value is? The 996 Turbo. Just go look at prices. The model does not hold its value due to following the air-cooled 993 and moving away from the trademark bug eyed look. That may not be fine for collectors but it is great for people who want tune a 911 Turbo without breaking the bank. Amazing values to be had. This example of course is a bit more involved than basic tuning. The car has the AIM Performance 1200 package. What does that mean? You would have to ask AIM. 1200 implies 1200 horsepower and well they are certainly delivering more than that based on the dyno: A built motor, upgraded fuel system, and a pair of Precision 6466 turbos are part of the package. It is tuned on a Syvecs standalone which seems to be the way to go in the Porsche Turbo world. What kind of performance does 1238 wheel horsepower get you in the 1/4 mile? A 9.581 @ 153.65 miles per hour: The 1.607 60 foot is not bad but there is room to improve there. Keep in mind the car is converted to rear wheel drive and manual. It looked like they had trouble getting heat into the tires. They plan to push it further and we will definitely be watching.
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    12-13-2017, 08:06 PM
    NJ-M4 mentioned using this on his 991 Turbo and I never heard of it before that. Looked into it and for guys who might have trouble finding race gas or just want to add some to their tank this seems like a solid product:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-13-2017, 10:45 PM
    Now this is a serious turbo upgrade for the M133 engine platform. Not a hybrid but a full turbo replacement with a new manifold. That means there is no core charge but also much more capability from the Garrett GTX 3071R or 3076R turbo options. Just how much more power? Well, we will have to wait and see a dyno but expect 500+ horsepower and more depending on turbo choice, fuel, and options. For example, you can add water/methanol injection to the turbo kit. Either way, there is far more capability than the factory manifold and turbo: Weistec is not forcing you to use their software either. If you want a custom tune by your tuner of choice, by all means do so. This is also a completely bolt on install affair and the turbo upgrade will mate to the factory downpipe. Key Features: Twin Ball Bearing Turbocharger ~60 to ~70 Lbs/min compressor flow depending on turbo choice Weistec M133 Compressor Cover Weistec Cast Stainless Steel M133 Twin Scroll Manifold Weistec W.4 Turbo Heat Shield Custom Turbo Coolant Lines and Fittings Custom Turbo Oil Lines and Fittings Bolt on installation All hardware and gaskets are included 500+HP Capable with supporting upgrades* Designed to use Weistec M133 Downpipe, Weistec M133 Intake System, and Weistec M133 Anti Surge Valve for maximum performance Compatible with Factory Downpipe Reuses Stock Wastegate Actuator No Core Charge It is going to be fun to see what CLA45's, GLA45's, and A45's do with this turbo upgrade. It starts at $6,699.99: http://weistec.com/all/mercedes-benz/cla/cla-45/2014-present-c117-m133/turbochargers-accesories/m133-w-4-turbocharger-tuner-system.html
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  • Sales@Gintani.com's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:59 PM
    As you know OBD-II flashing for F-Series BMW's was cracked and Gintani is now offering their OBD-II flash tunes. They recently did some testing on their in-house F82 M4 and the results are phenomenal. The ethanol tune numbers alone are staggering with an additional 173 lb-ft of torque and 140 horsepower at the wheels over stock. More details from Gintani below: Background: Developing exceptional tunes for over 13 years, Gintani has gained notoriety across hundreds of cars and drivers worldwide with its innovation and dedication to providing the best performing tunes, without sacrificing stability and reliability. The first to develop Gintani’s signature “burble” feature for E9x M3s, we’re known for constantly pushing the envelope and guaranteeing that, whatever your model or level modification, your car will get the extra boost you desire while giving you an optimal driving experience. Carefully tuned to your specifications, we take pride in each and every map, striving to meet your build and performance goals. If you are ever unsatisfied with any aspect of your tune, we will gladly work with you to adjust it. Gintani F8X M3/M4 Software Upgrade Now available! BMW Fxx OBD2 Flasher for Gintani bitFlash. *Your ECU no longer has to be sent in or opened* If you are looking for a safe and reliable way to increase the horsepower and performance of your vehicle, look no further! The Gintani F8X M3/M4 Software Upgrade for the S55 engine is just what you need! Countless hours have gone into the development and testing of this tune, both in real-world conditions as well as in-house on our Mustang AWD dynamometer. This tune is available for various octanes of fuel (91, 93, etc) as well as E85. Tune options include: - Top speed limiter removed - Octane ignition timing & optimization of fuel quality (91, 93, E85, etc) - Exhaust Burble - GTS Start-up - Cold start on/off Price: $1,295 w/ Free shipping within the continental U.S. – International shipping available Pricing for additional maps varies. For all orders or questions please contact us via PM, email, website (www.gintani.com), or by calling us at (818)787-8260. *For fastest response time please email or call us* All orders include a Gintani bitFlash Tuning Cable mated to your vehicle, USB to Mini-USB cable, and Engine Software via e-mail. (We also offer a tablet loaded with all necessary tune files and software for an additional cost. The tablet is perfect for keeping in your vehicle in case you ever wanted to switch your maps on the go.) *All tablets are tested to ensure that they are working before they are shipped out. Tablet brand will vary depending on availability and Gintani does not offer any warranty on tablets.* For all orders or questions please contact us via PM, email, website (www.gintani.com), or by calling us at (818)787-8260. *For fastest response time please email or call us* Gintani 14212 Oxnard Street Van Nuys, CA 91401 phone: (818)787-8260 fax: (818)787-8263 email: sales@gintani.com website: www.gintani.com Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Sorry we are closed on Saturdays and Sundays
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-13-2017, 09:04 PM
    BoostAddict.com considers the Lexus LC500 a joke of a car in performance terms. It's fat. It's slow. It is simply behind the times. What could give it a boost you ask? How about a brand new 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 with over 600 horsepower for the LC-F? Now that is something to take seriously. Lexus stated they would produce an LC F and a Japanese site states a brand new 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 is being designed for it. A V8 with over 630 horsepower. If one were to guess Lexus will no doubt employ a design similar to the Audi 4.0 TFSI and Mercedes M177. Expect another 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 with twin scroll turbos mounted in the valley. The more boost the better, right? At least we will be able to take the performance of the LC F seriously. Now what are they going to do about its porky 4300+ pound weight? Source
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  • FRNTHVY's Avatar
    12-12-2017, 11:23 AM
    I am selling a brand new Precision Raceworks ignition system. Received them, opened the box and then put it in the basement. Nothing wrong with them i just never got around to install them. Retail is $479 I am asking $450 shipped in the US OBO. Sam
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-13-2017, 10:37 PM
    Now this is a serious turbo upgrade for the M133 engine platform. Not a hybrid but a full turbo replacement with a new manifold. That means there is no core charge but also much more capability from the Garrett GTX 3071R or 3076R turbo options. Just how much more power? Well, we will have to wait and see a dyno but expect 500+ horsepower and more depending on turbo choice, fuel, and options. For example, you can add water/methanol injection to the turbo kit. Either way, there is far more capability than the factory manifold and turbo: Weistec is not forcing you to use their software either. If you want a custom tune by your tuner of choice, by all means do so. This is also a completely bolt on install affair and the turbo upgrade will mate to the factory downpipe. Key Features: Twin Ball Bearing Turbocharger ~60 to ~70 Lbs/min compressor flow depending on turbo choice Weistec M133 Compressor Cover Weistec Cast Stainless Steel M133 Twin Scroll Manifold Weistec W.4 Turbo Heat Shield Custom Turbo Coolant Lines and Fittings Custom Turbo Oil Lines and Fittings Bolt on installation All hardware and gaskets are included 500+HP Capable with supporting upgrades* Designed to use Weistec M133 Downpipe, Weistec M133 Intake System, and Weistec M133 Anti Surge Valve for maximum performance Compatible with Factory Downpipe Reuses Stock Wastegate Actuator No Core Charge It is going to be fun to see what CLA45's, GLA45's, and A45's do with this turbo upgrade. It starts at $6,699.99: http://weistec.com/all/mercedes-benz/cla/cla-45/2014-present-c117-m133/turbochargers-accesories/m133-w-4-turbocharger-tuner-system.html
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