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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-09-2014, 02:08 PM
    Modifying the stock frame BMW N54 turbochargers has received a big boost in popularity recently. This is due to the big numbers Vargas Turbo Technology (and others) have shown the stock frames capable of putting out when properly modified. This created an opportunity for a comparison to some of the latest single turbo N54 turbo setups and the graph below features an overlay between the modified twins and a single turbo. The single turbo kit is from Ventura Motorsports. It is based around a Comp Turbo 6465 turbocharger. Now looking at the graph the single turbo makes more power but interestingly has less torque. The modified stock frame twins spool spooner and you could say hit harder down low while the single turbo offers more top end. Now, these numbers can obviously change drastically based on tuning, fuel, supporting modifications, etc. A pump gas comparison would be interesting to see as high octane fuel is used here. Additionally, keep in mind the single turbo has far more headroom to gain power. Still, this is an interesting overlay to see with the two different approaches compared on a single graph.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-12-2014, 06:25 PM
    The new F80 M3 and F82 M4 are much more powerful than the outgoing E92 M3. Just take a look at the dyno numbers stock and with a JB4 tune for the F80 M3. The F82 M4 output is in the ~420 wheel horsepower range stock compared to the ~350 wheel horsepower range for the naturally aspirated E92 M3 4.0 liter S65 V8. There also is a large torque disparity as the boosted S55 inline-6 in the F82 M4 shows 429 lb-ft at the wheels compared to 253 lb-ft at the wheels for the S65 V8. It is a big difference in output. However, this E92 M3 is tuned with bolt on modifications. The modifications listed are good for about 380 wheel horsepower. So, it is still at a power disadvantage against a stock M4 let alone a modified M4 that with a BMS JB4 tune can approach the 500 wheel horsepower range. The M4 runs a 12.2 @ 121 in the first pass and a bolt on E92 M3 will simply not match that trap speed. The E92 M3 runs a 12.6 @ 111. Neither of these are quick times but the cars appear to be running in warm summer weather so both have room to improve. It is also important to point out that with a DCT transmission the M4 would likely be a few tenths quicker On the second pass the M4 turns off the JB4 piggyback. The E92 M3 does not use launch control on this pass although it should. Regardless, the E92 gets the better launch and the lead which holds off the M4 until horsepower takes over and the M4 pulls. It closes the gap but not quickly enough running a 13.2 @ 121. Why is the trap speed the same as the JB4 run? Good question. That can be attributed to the poor 2.6X 60 foot as spinning the tires usually inflates trap speeds. The M4 hooked better when running the JB4 and that lowered the trap speed although it produced a second better 1/4 mile time. The E92 M3 wins the second race despite a poor 2.277 60 foot but it is clearly the slower car as evidenced by the trap speed. Both drivers need to practice (and the E92 needs boost) but this is definitely an interesting comparison to see.
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  • B00stGeek's Avatar
    09-12-2014, 03:03 PM
    Not my cars, just sharing!
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  • lfelunden's Avatar
    09-10-2014, 05:47 AM
    That Porsche is just flying! 140HP less, but German engineering FTW! Can't imagine this with an ECU and exhaust :scared-eek:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-09-2014, 02:24 PM
    The official reveal will take place today but photos are already circling the internet showing the final AMG GT design. Reaction will no doubt be all over the place on the car. The styling is not quite as revolutionary as AMG implied it would be. The final design obviously is not shocking but it is also not quite as aggressive as what Autocar showed and stated the final design would be. Is this car really pushing the Mercedes design language forward? It really just looks like a Mercedes SL and an S-Class coupe had a baby. It takes design cues from the other Mercedes vehicles in the lineup and just meshes them together. The look is somewhat lazy as it is almost as if they just mixed and matched headlights and taillights from the other vehicles. What do you think?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-12-2014, 08:45 PM
    Very interesting video here that helps put Porsche 991 Turbo S performance into perspective. A video from last week raised some eyebrows as a 991 Turbo S cabriolet put up a very strong showing against a Lamborghini Huracan. According to magazine test numbers that should not be possible the video is what is. So how does the Porsche 991 Turbo S coupe do against the big brother to the Huracan the Aventador? Well, the 991 Turbo S again appears to overachieve. Off the line the 991 Turbo S takes the Aventador out of the hole and manages to open a gap of a couple car lengths. In theory the Aventador and its 700 horsepower from the 6.5 liter V12 should be able to run down and pass the 991 Turbo S with its 550 horsepower. The turbo torque combined with the PDK makes that easier said than done. The 991 Turbo S is able to hold its lead through the kilometer, impressive. The Aventador does have the higher trap speeds though indicating it would pull had it gotten a better launch. The 1/4 mile trap speed for the Aventador is 127.53 compared to the 991 Turbo S 126.878. Just over a one mile per hour difference. However, by the kilometer mark the trap speed difference is almost 3.5 miles per hour so still close but the Aventador is pulling harder as speeds and distance increase. It is not pulling hard enough to make up for the difference out of the hole and the extra few hundred pounds it carries no doubt play a role (plus the weight of the passenger which the 991 Turbo S does not have). The 991 Turbo S definitely appears to overachieve especially for a stock car.
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  • SpeedLimit?'s Avatar
    09-09-2014, 01:46 PM
    SpeedLimit? started a thread C190 AMG GT: AMG GT Leaked in SL, SLR, SLS-Class, and AMG GT
    Looks like a benz had sex with an F-Type without a condom...
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-14-2014, 11:54 AM
    11 second BMW X1? Yep. Congratulations to BimmerBoost member paradoxical3 who managed to break into the 11's with his modified BMW X1. He had Pure Turbo modify the OEM N55 turbocharger and the result is a 11.930 @ 116.11 in the 1/4 mile. Yes, that is quicker and faster than a BMW X5M with its 560 horsepower S63 5.5 liter twin turbo V8. A modified X1 can easily run with the big boys and shows how important power to weight is. This 11.930 @ 116.11 pass improves quite a bit on @paradoxical3's bolt on performance which produced a 12.137 @ 111.20 in the 1/4 mile. The car clearly gained quite a bit of horsepower with the turbo upgrade as evidenced by the trap speed and there is also definitely more in it as the tuning evolves. Timeslip and further details in the owner's own words below: Paradoxical3: If you have been following my thread (http://www.bimmerboost.com/showthread.php?54528-X1-35i-M-Sport-Track-Daily-Driver-Build) you will see that I have been trying to build the best all around BMW X1 I can - able to run a sub 12 second 1/4 mile, lap mid-ohio faster than a M3, and retain the luxury and utility of the vehicle for the perfect daily driver. I am one step closer to my goal today as I have furthered my N55 xdrive record with a 11.930 pass at Tri State raceway. This was my first time to the track with the Pure Turbo upgrade and there is at least another mph trap speed in it once I refine my boost targets. I am bumping into the limits of the tmap sensor not being able to read over 21psi, as well as the JB4's 21psi failsafe (I kick to failsafe mode sometimes after shifts due to boost spike). I am guessing I will wind up around 11.7 here. There were a few passes with better launches and higher speed (93mph by the 1/8) but I always hit boost safety during those. Mod list: X1 35i M-sport JRZ RS1 coilovers Pure Turbo N55 Stage 1 BMS JB4 ISO with flexfuel wires BMS Intake BMS downpipe ER intercooler/chargepipe NGK plugs Apex wheels with Direzza Zii 50% e85 mix - I REALLY need a new fuel pump to make this percentage mix stable. Here is the timeslip, a video of the run (against my friend and very fast Camaro SS, also an 11 second car), and my log. http://www.datazap.me/u/paradoxical3/11930-x1-14-mile I am also proud that this is not just a straight line car! I am very happy with the Pure Turbo setup. I am already 5+mph faster in trap in my first try and it will probably wind up with 6-7mph faster. For the $850 price I got in the group buy, it is the cheapest power available and makes the car a LOT more fun.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-09-2014, 08:53 PM
    We're about to become bigger, stronger, and faster than ever. I've got some serious hardware coming in and the switch will take place early Thursday morning. Downtime should be several hours as everything is transferred over. We should be up and running for everyone by the time the afternoon rolls around.
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  • natedog7700's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    What do you consider a "fast" car now days for a "daily" street-able car?
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  • SVP03's Avatar
    09-10-2014, 02:31 AM
    Here is the first W212 E63 S 4Matic from Kleemann. Work done on the car (M157 engine) - ECU software. - Modified turbo’s. - Turbo pipe, front pipe with cats. - Intercooler upgrade. - LSD diff lock rear. - LSD diff lock front. It have 820 HP and over 1200 NM 0-100 KPH in 3,2 s. standard tyre and pump fuel.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-13-2014, 08:08 PM
    This is not the first time we have seen a modified M157 Mercedes AMG beat a Lamborghini Aventador. A Benzboost member who has an E63 AMG S 4Matic with Renntech upgraded turbos has been beating up on just about everything including the Aventador. This CLS63 is not the 4Matic all wheel drive variant however but the pre-facelift rear wheel drive model which is lighter. It does however feature the same basic M157 twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 AMG motor. So how do the Kleemann K3 M157 upgrades show? Very well as the CLS63 AMG is able to open up a small lead on the Aventador. Up top, it appears the Aventador starts to pull but both cars shut down as they approach traffic. Considering the Kleemann K3 upgrade consists of just exhaust and ECU modifications (although further details are hard to find on the Kleemann website which really needs some work) the run certainly is impressive against an opponent like the Aventador with its 700 horsepower 6.5 liter V12. Turbo torque isn't easy to beat:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-13-2014, 08:04 PM
    This is not the first time we have seen a modified M157 Mercedes AMG beat a Lamborghini Aventador. A Benzboost member who has an E63 AMG S 4Matic with Renntech upgraded turbos has been beating up on just about everything including the Aventador. This CLS63 is not the 4Matic all wheel drive variant however but the pre-facelift rear wheel drive model which is lighter. It does however feature the same basic M157 twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 AMG motor. So how do the Kleemann K3 M157 upgrades show? Very well as the CLS63 AMG is able to open up a small lead on the Aventador. Up top, it appears the Aventador starts to pull but both cars shut down as they approach traffic. Considering the Kleemann K3 upgrade consists of just exhaust and ECU modifications (although further details are hard to find on the Kleemann website which really needs some work) the run certainly is impressive against an opponent like the Aventador with its 700 horsepower 6.5 liter V12. Turbo torque isn't easy to beat:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-11-2014, 04:11 PM
    Very nice numbers here from a Porsche 997.1 Turbo running the Tial Alpha A3076 turbo based Boost Logic BL1000 kit. In addition to the BL1000 kit this 997.1 Turbo also has a full GMG exhaust. Tony over at EPL (European Performance Labs) which is located in Stratford, Connecticut was tasked with tuning the setup. The result is a very healthy 896 horsepower and 735 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on a Dynojet in SAE correction. Keep in mind this vehicle is tuned on the OEM DME. Many of the high horsepower 911 Turbos are going standalone but it is very impressive to see this output with factory computer. EPL clearly knows what they are doing and the curve is nice although the amount of smoothing on the graph is not shown. PorscheBoost is wondering if that is because the torque graph gets a little jagged going up and down at point. Regardless, this is impressive output on MS109 fuel with the turbos pushing 29 psi on the stock motor. This much torque will bend the factory rods sooner rather than later so this is not a setup for daily use but essentially kill mode (or kill the rods mode). A motor build is definitely recommended but one can definitely make 900 whp on the stock 997.1 Turbo motor if that is what they desire.
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  • ChuckD05's Avatar
    09-11-2014, 02:48 PM
    I have for sale a pair of Fresh Rebuilt RB turbos in box straight from Rob. He now includes balancing results for added piece of mind. Again these are not used for 1 mile since his rebuild, fresh and ready to go. I trapped 127 and ran low 8s 60-130 with an OTS flash with these. Cant beat this set per $ spent. These are RHD 335i Turbos... $2700 Shipped, no core charge, zero miles on this set , complete rebuild. PM me if interested and ill get back to you asap. I wont post these anywhere else for a bit to give this board first dibs at these. Thanks for looking. Also please note: There are many new upgrades available for these if you want to contact him directly I can send these right back to Rob if that is something you are interested in. My car is auto limiting the length of its life increasing costs on this car plus the cost to install these, without selling them just doesn't make sense for me right now. Pics from my wife for now:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-13-2014, 01:14 PM
    The Active Autowerke Prima supercharger kits for the E46 M3 are an exceptional value for one looking to add forced induction to their S54 motor. Tuning Tech FS has spent quite a bit of time tuning the various Prima kits. Their Prima Dynojet results showed 426 horsepower at the wheels on 5.8 psi of boost. Going to the upgraded Prima Plus kit with methanol injection and 9 psi raises output to 514 horsepower at the wheels on a Dynojet. Now, Active is adding a Prima Elite supercharger kit to the range. The pricing and details are not yet finalized but Tuning Tech FS is already tuning the setup. The Prima Elite and Prima Plus both run 9 psi of boost but the Prima Elite is running E85 fuel instead of 93 octane and meth. The Prima Elite on E85 manages another 31.7 peak wheel horsepower over the Prima Plus with torque gains through the curve. We're waiting on further details as the R&D process is wrapped up but these are solid gains over what already is a solid supercharger kit:
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  • djpaulie's Avatar
    09-10-2014, 09:01 AM
    I have been working on this product for about a day now and I think I can confidently say it will work 100% of the time. Are those pesky injectors leaking directly into your engine!?!? Fear not for I have a solution for this. This is an all natural product derived strait from cane sugar and no other additives. That's right it is 100% pure cane sugar just add to any tank of fuel, simply pour it in using the conveniently placed pull out pouring nozzle and go! I am running a group buy for the first 10 people a while bottle for just $2.00 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-11-2014, 04:12 AM
    This is going to be a very popular drop top considering that the F22 2-Series coupe is already a hit. The car is priced well starting at $38,850 for the rear wheel drive N20 powered F23 228i and this price rises to $40,650 with optional xDrive all wheel drive. An all wheel drive BMW drop top? Yep, the people who have to deal with snow are going to love this. There also is of course the M235i drop top with the N55 inline-6 engine and it starts at $48,650. The jump up in power and torque with the M235i comes with the sacrificed of the xDrive all wheel drive option. A bit of a bummer for those who wanted the larger motor with all wheel drive. As the F22 coupe is offered with an M235i xDrive model it certainly is possible that an all wheel drive M235i convertible will be added to the lineup at a later date. BMW calls the M235i the first 'open top' M Performance Automobile which technically is true. It is not an M car but an M Performance car. Apparently pointing out that this is the first drop top M Performance Car matters. There are no surprises here. The F23 offers the same drivetrain as the F22 coupe with the exception of the xDrive M235i. Dropping the top brings with it a $5,750 penalty. Further details available in the press release along with the official photos below. The New BMW 2 Series Convertible  Style and dynamics of the acclaimed BMW 2 Series Coupe combined with open-air driving  Available in the US as 228i and M235i  All-wheel drive 228i xDrive available from launch Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 9, 2014 6:00pm EDT/3:00pm PDT. . . Few new cars have been more anticipated than the BMW 2 Series Coupe when it arrived in early 2014. Hot on the heels of the widely acclaimed BMW 228i and M235i Coupe, BMW announces the new BMW 2 Series Convertible. Available in the US as the 228i and M235i, the 2 Series Convertible blends the style and dynamic driving character for which the 2 Series Coupe is already renowned with the open-air pleasure of a folding soft-top. The BMW 2 Series Convertible will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show. The 2015 M235i and 228i as well as the 228i xDrive, featuring BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system, will arrive in US showrooms in early 2015. The 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible will be offered at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $38,850 for the 228i, $40,650 for the 228i xDrive, $48,650 for the M235i, including $950 destination and handling. The BMW 2 Series Convertible follows in the tire tracks of the pioneer and undisputed leader in its class - the BMW 1 Series Convertible. The 1 Series Convertible entered the fray as the first open-top premium model in the sub-compact segment, went on to defend its position as clear market leader against subsequent pretenders to its throne, and achieved sales figures in excess of 130,000 units worldwide. The development team for the new BMW 2 Series Convertible has focused squarely on building on the strengths which proved pivotal to this success. With even more grace, athleticism and sharpness about its design, clear advances in terms of performance as well as efficiency, and improvements in the driving comfort, functionality and innovative equipment features it offers, the BMW 2 Series Convertible takes the qualities displayed by its predecessor to a new level. The number 2 has a special importance in the model history of BMW and, since the arrival of the BMW 02 range more than 45 years ago, has represented exceptionally sporting driving pleasure in a subcompact car. Introduced in 1966, the 02 series went on to become a byword around the world for sporty, agile handling – and from 1967 these gifts could also be enjoyed with the roof down. Specialist coachbuilder Baur wasted little time in developing a pair of soft-top variants based on the BMW 02 range which were produced until 1975. Elegance and openness in the established style of BMW Convertibles. The exterior design of the BMW 2 Series Convertible displays the typical characteristics of an open-top four-seater from the Bavarian brand. The BMW 2 Series Convertible combines a low-slung silhouette and dynamically stretched lines with compact proportions and powerfully contoured surfaces. As with the 2 Series Coupe, its distinctive looks underline its standalone status in the brand's model line-up and spotlight the dynamic potential, exhilarating open-top driving experience and premium characteristics which customers can expect. All in all, the eye-catching features which distinguish the BMW 2 Series Convertible from its rivals need no second introduction. Opening the standard electrically-operated soft-top roof highlights the harmonious transition between the exterior and interior. The shoulderline and soft-top compartment create a level surface that wraps around the passenger compartment and evokes the distinctive "boat deck" character of BMW Convertibles. The rollover bars, which remain out of sight unless deployed as required, also contribute to an overall impression dominated by large level surfaces. The design of the interior is headlined by modern functionality, high- quality materials and the driver focus for which BMW is renowned. And exclusive accents in the center console help to give the BMW 2 Series Convertible a refined premium feel in keeping with the car's character. Hallmark BMW design language, classical features of a BMW Convertible. The front end of the BMW 2 Series Convertible, which adopts the brand's familiar design language, exudes power and presence. As with the BMW 2 Series Coupe, front-end structuring comes courtesy of lines that converge dynamically on the large, slightly forward- slanting BMW kidney grille. The contours of the twin circular headlights narrow at their inner extremes and are replicated by the outlines of the outer air intakes. Air into the front apron serve to channel the onrushing air precisely behind the front fenders, reducing turbulence in the wheel arches. The headlight units are separated from the BMW kidney grille by narrow strips on either side. An LED accent strip – or, if the Xenon lights are fitted, an LED accent light – cuts across the top of the headlights. Curtains integrated into the front apron serve to channel the onrushing air precisely behind the front fenders, reducing turbulence in the wheel arches. The headlight units are separated from the BMW kidney grille by narrow strips on either side. An LED accent strip – or, if the Xenon lights are fitted, an LED accent light – cuts across the top of the headlights. Together, the level shoulderline of the BMW 2 Series Convertible and the car's telltale BMW proportions – the product of short overhangs, a long hood, long wheelbase and set-back passenger compartment – create an ideal environment in which to enjoy an exhilarating open-top driving experience. The positioning of the seats well back in the body gives the driver and passengers an up-close-and-personal experience of not just the onrushing wind and the sun's rays but also the transfer of power to the rear wheels. Its shoulderline rises slightly to the rear and merges into the virtually horizontal trunk lid. And it links up with the prominent swage line running alongside it, through the door handles and into the rear, to create a dynamic wedge shape which captures the forward-surging urgency of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. Additional character lines leading from the doors and side skirts to the rear fenders divert the eye to the powerfully formed surfaces around the rear wheel arches, which duly focus attention on the car's rear-wheel-drive set-up. The BMW 2 Series Convertible's body is at its widest around the rear wheels. The rear lights, which extend well into the fenders, display the familiar BMW L-shape and have LED- powered light strips. The third brake light is integrated into the trunk lid and likewise illuminates using LED units. The interior: driver-focused cockpit, cutting-edge functionality, refined premium ambience. The arrangement of displays and controls familiar from other BMW models gives the BMW 2 Series Convertible's cockpit a familiar driver focus. The surface structure of the instrument panel, center console and door trim follows the overlapping principle known as "layering". The bespoke design of the BMW 2 Series Convertible's center console creates a refined premium feel on board. The controls for the audio system and climate control are set against high-gloss black surfaces, and the air vents have chrome surrounds. These elements are joined by an exclusively designed display for the climate control system with white readouts on a black background. An array of stowage areas and large storage compartments in the doors, meanwhile, contribute to the modern functionality of the interior. Sport Line and M Sport provide greater individualization. As the first open-top M Performance Automobile, the M235i Convertible has all the elements to maximize the performance potential of the 2 Series Convertible. Customers of the 228i Convertible tempted to look beyond standard specifications will be able to order one of two lines in the US each of which offer individualization through the use of tailored design and equipment features. Sport Line adds 18-inch light-alloy wheels in their own exclusive design plus sport suspension (not available with xDrive) special door sill strips, seat upholstery, interior trim strips and car key designs. M Sport also comes with its own unique trims, car key, plus an M Sport aerodynamic body kit developed specially for the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The surrounds for the outer air intakes, the front of the kidney grille bars, the cross rib in the central air intake and the rear apron all have a high-gloss black finish in the Sport Line. These details join together with a reduction in the number of kidney grille bars from 11 to 8 and exhaust tips in black chrome to highlight the dynamic character of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. Sport seats for the driver and front passenger, a specially styled instrument cluster and a knee pad on the driver's side of the center console heighten the sense of sporting flair in the interior. M Sport, on the otherhand, also comprises sport suspension tuning, including a 10-millimeter drop in ride height (not available on xDrive). In addition, it features 18-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design, aerodynamically optimized body elements (including large front air intakes, eye-catching side skirts and a diffuser for the rear apron), as well as a special design for the BMW kidney grille and a exhaust tips in high- gloss chrome. In addition to aluminum door sill strips bearing the M logo, features such as sport seats for the driver and front passenger, Aluminum Hexagon interior trim strips with an accent strip in Estoril Blue, an M leather steering wheel, a special dial design for the instrument cluster, and an M driver's footrest also combine to bring an aura of sporty driving to the interior of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The Track Handling Package, which is available on the 2015 228i Coupe, will also be available for the 228i Convertible. Inspired by the original formula of BMW "S-package" vehicles manufactured in the course of the past three decades, the new Track Handling Package embraces the desires of the most enthusiastic BMW drivers. It includes the Adaptive M Suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on unique 18-inch light-alloy wheels, Variable Sport Steering, and M Sport Brakes. The fabric soft-top opens and closes in 20 seconds, even when on the move; three color variants, optimized acoustics. The lines of the multi-layered fabric roof emphasize the dynamic looks of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The soft-top's classic, pared-down appearance exudes a feeling of lightness and is complemented by optimized acoustics and unrestricted year-round usability. Soundproofing has been improved compared with the car's predecessor through the introduction of additional insulation for the soft-top skin. This measure cuts interior noise by 5 dB(A) in the front seats and 7 dB(A) in the rear. When spontaneous open-top driving pleasure is the order of the day, the standard electrically operated soft-top can be opened in 20 seconds at the touch of a button – and it also closes in the same small sliver of time. The opening/closing process can also be initiated while on the move at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). If the car features the Comfort Access option, the roof can also be opened and closed remotely. As an alternative to the standard Black, the fabric soft-top can be ordered in two optional colors. For the Anthracite with silver effect top and Brown with silver effect option, the fabric of the cover is interwoven with fine shiny fibers. This gives the material a high-quality, shimmering metallic surface impression, producing attractive reflections under sunlight. Increased spaciousness, load capacity and variability. The increased exterior dimensions of the BMW 2 Series Convertible over its predecessor mean occupants in the four seats can enjoy extra spaciousness and freedom of movement. In addition, the access space through to the rear is now 0.4 inches larger, which, when combined with the standard Easy Entry function for the front seats, means that using the rear seats is a significantly more comfortable experience. The interior and trunk space can now be used in a wider variety of ways. SAE volumes are not yet available, however, by EC measure the trunk capacity has increased by nine percent with the roof closed and seven percent when the top is folded. The width of the opening to the load area between the rear lights has been increased by 1.4 inches. The soft-top compartment can be raised using a lever in the trunk, increasing capacity. A through-load is standard on the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The aperture between the trunk and rear compartment, available for use when the rear seat bench is folded down, has been expanded in width by 5.9 to 17.7 inches and in height by 1.1 to 9.7 inches. As a result, owners can now transport two 46-inch golf bags, for example, or a pair of snowboards. With large door pockets, a larger glove compartment, two cupholders in the center console and a storage compartment under the armrest, the BMW 2 Series Convertible also offers increased stowage capacity inside the passenger compartment. The lower section of the door trim offers space for drinks bottles up to one liter in size, while the standard storage package includes cargo nets on the backs of the front seats and securing lugs and nets in the trunk. BMW 228i Convertible: Power for typical driving enjoyment with efficiency. Aided by BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift regulation and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing, the four-cylinder engine of the BMW 228i Convertible generates maximum power of 240hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm from a displacement of 2.0 liter. Its peak torque of 255 lb-ft can be harnessed all the way from 1,450 to 4,800 rpm for sporty power and performance. Mated to an 8-speed sport automatic transmission, the 228i Convertible will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The quick-shifting 8-speed sport transmission includes steering wheel shift-paddles which allow the driver to intervene manually when desired, while a Launch Control function provides the best possible traction and dynamics when accelerating from standstill. This increase in performance also comes with greater efficiency. While EPA numbers are not yet available for the 228i Convertible, for sake of comparison, the 228i Coupe is more than 30 percent more efficient than its 128i Coupe predecessor. BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system available from launch In a first for BMW in this class of premium convertible, the 228i Convertible will be available with xDrive, the company's intelligent all-wheel drive system right from launch. The 228i xDrive sprints from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. BMW xDrive is unique in design and construction. In normal conditions, driving torque is always transmitted to the rear wheels, and most of the time to all four wheels. Normal torque split is 70% rear/ 30% front. The portion of torque transmitted to the front wheels is controlled by a multi-disc clutch that can be fully open, fully engaged or at any level of partial engagement in between. The torque split between rear and front wheels is thus steplessly variable. The clutch is directed by an electronic control system in response to actual road and driving conditions. This gives xDrive a dynamic ability that is unparalleled by other all-wheel drive systems. xDrive does more than just optimize traction; it can also enhance both agility and stability on grippy as well as slippery road surfaces. Using the same type of logic that Dynamic Stability Control employs to recognize and correct for excessive over- or understeer, xDrive adjusts the front/rear torque split to avoid these tendencies. If the system senses oversteer, it closes the multi-disc clutch completely, sending the maximum possible torque to the front wheels. In the case of excess understeer, xDrive opens the clutch completely, sending no driving torque to the front wheels. Driving Dynamics Control switch fitted as standard; ECO PRO mode with coasting function and Proactive Driving Assistant. The standard Driving Dynamics Control switch allows drivers to choose between ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ driving modes. ECO PRO mode supports relaxed, fuel-efficient driving with features such as a coasting function. This function decouples the engine from the rest of the drivetrain when the accelerator is released at speeds between 50 and 160 km/h (approx. 30–100 mph). Vehicles with the Navigation system also include a Proactive Driving Assistant function, which tells the driver when to lift off the throttle ahead of features such as corners, turn-offs, roundabouts and speed limits. Standard-specification BMW EfficientDynamics technology includes Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering, Optimum Gearshift Indicator (manual transmission) and the Auto Start Stop function, which is included with either a manual or an automatic transmission. Chassis: precise tuning and wide range of optional systems for enhanced sporty performance and comfort. The driving experience in the BMW 2 Series Convertible is defined by an outstanding balance between sporty performance and comfort, courtesy of highly advanced, precision- tuned chassis technology, which includes a double-pivot front suspension with spring struts and anti-roll bars as well as a five-link rear suspension, an electrically assisted rack-and- pinion steering system and a high-performance braking system. With its low-weight components, the increase in track width and wheelbase compared with the previous model, the rear-wheel-drive set-up, the low center of gravity and the balanced load distribution between the front and rear axles, the BMW 2 Series Convertible chassis is ideally equipped to offer confident agility, precise handling and superior driving comfort. Standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) includes functions such as the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC). These systems are complemented by Brake Assist, Fading Compensation, the Brake Drying function, the Start-Off Assistant and the Limited Slip Differental emulating Active Differential Brake (ADB-Sport) on the rear axle, which is active even in DSC-Off mode. The BMW 228i Convertible is equipped with standard 17-inch alloy wheels. 18-inch alloy wheels are available as optional equipment, while the accessories range includes 19-inch forged BMW M Performance alloy wheels. The available Track Handling Package includes a range of chassis systems including variable sport steering, which features a variable-ratio steering rack that becomes more direct as the steering angle increases, for example when parking or making a turn. Included in this package is the M Sport brake system featuring four-piston fixed calipers at the front, two-piston fixed calipers at the rear and extra-large brake discs. The calipers are painted dark blue and carry the M logo. The M Sport brakes require 18" light alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires non-run-flat performance tires. Also included is the Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers with a 10- millimeter reduction in ride height compare to the standard suspension set-up. The BMW M235i Convertible: The first open-top M Performance Automobile Following the BMW M235i Coupe, the M235i Convertible becomes the first open-top M Performance Automobile, offering the characteristic M brand of exhilarating driving enjoyment. Like the coupe, it features a higher-output M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline six, mated to either an 8-speed sport automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Aerodynamically optimized body features and custom chassis components are matched with typical M precision to the engine performance characteristics, ensuring a perfect blend of outstanding agility and precise handle. The BMW M235i Convertible amps up the passion and adrenaline of dynamic open-top driving to new heights. Like its BMW M235i Coupe stablemate, the open four-seater also has a distinctive and authentic character rooted in the experience of BMW M GmbH as a developer of high-performance sports cars for general everyday use. Drawing on this exclusive know-how, the BMW M235i Convertible provides the perfect balance of engine power, chassis engineering and aerodynamic characteristics to deliver levels of agility, precision and emotional intensity that are unsurpassed in the premium compact segment. Inline-six engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology. The M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline-six in the M235i Convertible offers an infectious blend of responsive power, high revving ability and powerful torque that remains constant over a wide engine speed range. Highlights also include its highly efficient design, which gives the BMW M235i Convertible fuel economy figures that are all the more remarkable in the light of its performance. The M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology comprises a twin-scroll turbocharging system, High Precision Direct Injection featuring centrally positioned multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve lift regulation and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. A cooling system, engine management and engine sound tuning, all of which have been exclusively customized to the requirements of the BMW 2 Series M Performance models, complete the picture. Maximum power of 320 hp is generated between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm, from a displacement of 3.0 liters. The maximum torque of 330 lb-ft is available between 1,400 and 4,500 rpm. With the standard eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission with Launch Control function, the BMW M235i Convertible accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. It is also available with a six-speed manual gearbox with dry sump lubrication. Its short-throw action provides extra-sporty shifting. 60 mph is reached from a standstill in five seconds flat. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). In line with contemporary concerns, the BMW M Performance models incorporate an extensive range of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies. US EPA numbers are not yet available for the M235i Convertible, however the M235i Coupe boosts a near 20 percent improvement over its 135i Coupe predecessor. Agile and precise custom chassis technology. Thanks to typical precision-tuned M custom chassis technology, in the BMW M235i Convertible outstanding engine performance is translated into assured driving dynamics. Custom-configured suspension and damping systems as well as special front suspension elastokinematics are adapted both to the performance characteristics of the six-cylinder engine and to the specific requirements of the open body style. The M Sport brakes and variable sport steering – the latter again specially configured – are standard specification on the BMW M235i Convertible. Also standard are exclusive 18-inch M alloy wheels with mixed Michelin Pilot Super Sport non-run-flat performance tires in size 225/40 R18 front and 245/35 R18 rear. These specially developed high-grip tires optimally transmit all dynamic drive forces to the road. Optimized aerodynamic balance, sports car flavor in the cockpit. The precisely controllable handling of the BMW M235i Convertible is partly down to custom chassis technology but partly also to an optimized aerodynamic balance. Aerodynamically styled body parts, which include an M-style front apron, are a hallmark of the BMW M235i Convertible's design. The large air intakes in this apron, with flaps adapted from racing car design, extend into the area which on the other versions of the BMW 2 Series Convertible is reserved for the fog lamps. The exterior mirror caps are finished in Ferric Grey metallic. Further exterior design features include the striking side sill contouring and a rear apron whose lower section, in Shadowline metallic, also incorporates the twin tailpipes in black chrome. Further exclusive design features include door sill finishers with aluminum inserts bearing "M235i" lettering and a specially "tuned" interior that features sports seats for the driver and front passenger, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, Aluminum Hexagon interior trim with accent strips in matt Estoril Blue or high-gloss black, leather trim for the gearshift lever/selector lever and handbrake lever gaiter, and an M driver's footrest. The custom instrument cluster features red markings and numbers for the speedometer and tachometer, while the instrument cluster with extended features additionally has a digitally produced model designation. Rounding off the interior specifications of the BMW M235i Convertible are variable-color interior lighting and blue detailing for the car key. BMW ConnectedDrive in the BMW 2 Series Convertible: Debut of over-the-air updates to navigation data Intelligent connectivity between driver, vehicle and outside world is another area in which the BMW 2 Series Convertible affirms its benchmark position in this class along with its advances over the previous model. The wide range of standard and optional driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive – designed to optimize comfort, safety and the infotainment experience – is unique in the subcompact segment. On top of this, the 2 Series Convertible is the first BMW model to offer free-of- charge over-the-air updating of navigation data via the embedded SIM card, when equipped with the available BMW Navigation System. In another first for the BMW 2 Series Convertible, this standard SIM card is capable of supporting the LTE wireless standard, enabling fast and reliable data transfer. This system regularly updates its navigation data several times a year, whenever a new map version becomes available. There are no license fees or data transfer charges for the user during the first three years. The new home region map data is relayed to the vehicle wirelessly via the built-in SIM card, so there is no need for manual installation from external data storage devices. The update is installed conveniently and completely automatically, with progress being shown in the Control Display. Regular updating means there is never any delay before users are able to use the latest map software – and continue enjoying a perfect navigation experience. What's more, all navigation features remain fully functional during the updating process. To support further improved data transfer for this and other BMW ConnectedDrive functions – such as the Navigation system's Advanced Real Time Traffic Information (ARTTI) feature – the BMW 2 Series Convertible's built-in SIM card supports the LTE wireless standard. The new high-speed internet technology provides much faster data transfer rates. Internet-based services can be integrated into the car via apps. The basis for this new dimension in intelligent connectivity is the optional Technology Package, which gives customers access to remote functions, BMW Online portal and Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information. The BMW Assist eCall with Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification function and BMW TeleServices, meanwhile, are standard specification on the BMW 2 Series Convertible. Many other functions can be added at any time using apps – either via a smartphone integrated with the vehicle using special interface technology or via the built-in SIM card. These include web radio functions and social media services such as Facebook and Twitter. This flexible apps strategy makes it possible to incorporate not just proprietary BMW Group apps but also BMW Apps-ready applications from other providers. This will allow BMW drivers to seamlessly transfer a host of functions they already use at home to their car. Enhanced convenience, safety and driving enjoyment with innovative driver assistance systems. The range of BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems available for the BMW 2 Series Convertible offers unrivalled variety. Among its numerous features is a standard rain sensor with automatic headlight activation. If the optional Xenon headlights are specified, the vehicle is also equipped with Adaptive Headlights including cornering light, variable headlight distribution and adaptive headlight range control for city and highway driving. Customers can also order their car with the optional High Beam Assistant. Precise and convenient maneuvering is facilitated by Park Distance Control and the rear view camera (both included in the Driver Assistance Package), which displays its images on the iDrive operating system's Control Display. The likewise optional Parking Assistant assists the driver in selecting and maneuvering into parallel parking spaces. BMW 2 Series Convertible can also be specified with the innovative Active Driving Assistant feature as part of the Driver Assistance Plus package, which also includes Speed Limit Info. This system includes the camera-based systems Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning as well as the Attention Assistant. Lane Departure Warning can be used at speeds over 37 mph and alerts drivers by means of a visual signal in the instrument cluster and a vibration of the steering wheel if they inadvertently drift out of their lane. At speeds upwards of 10 mph (approx. 15 km/h), Collision Warning detects if the vehicle is getting too close to traffic in front. In this case, as well as providing visual and audible warnings, the system also primes the brakes in order to minimize the braking distance the moment the driver intervenes. The all new 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible will make its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show and arrive in US showrooms in early 2015. BMW Group In America BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls- Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls- Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 120 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at: www.bmwgroupna.com.
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    09-11-2014, 03:47 PM
    I wonder how long this took?
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