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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:50 AM
    Someone at the Ford marketing department sure knows how to get attention. This is not even bad advice considering the current job market and how the costs of college continue to increase disproportionately with inflation and wages. The GT350R may actually end up being the better investment. We're sold on the idea:
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    Today, 12:33 AM
    Another day brings another set of test numbers for the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. These latest acceleration results from Road and Track showing what the supercharged LT4 V8 under the hood is capable of are even more impressive than what Car and Driver recorded. 0-60 comes in just 3.5 seconds which is incredible for a rear wheel drive sedan offering over 600 lb-ft of supercharged torque that comes on practically instantly. 0-100 miles per hour takes only 7.4 seconds which used to be supercar performance. The 1/4 mile flashes by in 11.6 @ 126.1. This car is easily over 130 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile with bolt ons. It should actually get closer to 140 which is phenomenal and ahead of what its German rivals do with bolt on modifications. The bad news? It is a bit nose heavy with 53/47% front to back weight distribution. We would like to see 50/50 for a true driver's car but that supercharged LT4 motor puts a bit of weight on the front. Fortunately the 4128 pounds it carries are lighter than its rivals. Great numbers regardless and as far as the straightline battle is concerned the CTS-V looks to be the king versus the competition.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:40 PM
    Some tuners make big claims before a product is actually ready for prime time. You see it all the time on the forums and the hype builds to the point it is a runaway train. Responsible tuners temper these expectations by telling a potential customer it is not ready and some just act like it is ready to continue the illusion of product superiority. It truly is fascinating and interesting how some of these companies leverage forums to not just sell products but buy minds. The idea is controlling what people think by getting them to parrot back the same lines over and over. The danger with ESS-Tuning that a person who goes by by the name RingMeister01 found out the hard way is that they long ago bought and paid for the E9X M3 upgrade market by convincing everyone on the BMW forums they are the best based on sales volume. In turn, their fanboys outnumber the rest. This somehow has been perverted into BMW tuning superiority on every BMW platform that graces the earth. ESS-Tuning may sell a lot of superchargers (the reasons for that we will not go into here) but that does not mean they are a turbo builder. Far from it as a matter of fact. AMS found this out on their own when they dropped ESS-Tuning from their F10 M5 S63TU turbo upgrade project and ESS-Tuning was supposed to provide just the tuning there and not even the turbo hardware. AMS Performance deciding to tune on their own tells you plenty regarding ESS BMW tuning and turbo expertise. The simple fact is they don't have any and when AMS sought them out to tune they had no way to actually tune the ECU. It was BS. They source their turbo hardware from turbo builders but we do not know exactly which ones or if they are reliable. ESS-Tuning does not produce turbochargers themselves just as they do not produce superchargers themselves. They sell a complete 'kit' so to speak and this kit is what RingMeister01 thought he was getting. The problem is it was portrayed to him as ready to go and complete. Based on his experience, it was far from that. After the fact our favorite forum spinmeister Roman@ESS-Tuning stated it was not a complete product but a beta product and Mr. RingMeister01 should have known better: Clever, right? State the product is in beta and that the customer expectations are way out of proportion and he should not expect some complete product. It makes you wonder then why he was under the impression he was getting a complete product ready to go from ESS-Tuning. Is RingMeister01 just unreasonable? Perhaps he's just stupid? Or perhaps the product was misrepresented? Here is what RingMesiter01 thinks: "As if I had time for non-sense but I wouldn't want others to go through this as I did. I initially spoke to Jesse from Pure turbos on getting their kit but as he knows I didn't want to run a JB4 with boost juice to reliable make gains. I wanted a flash tune/turbo package. Jesse was very helpful in educating me on what they were offering and what to expect from their kit. I must say he is extremely knowledgeable and professional. IND working on their S63tu turbo upgrade with AMS was another option. Again this was in its early stages but I sent over a new set of turbos for them to look at for machining, etc. AMS at the time was so busy with whatever other monsters they are creating that they couldn't commit to a lead-time on developing the hardware for our cars. Ilia's plan was for AMS to upgrade the hardware and develop the tune with my turbos on IND's shop car. IMG Motorsports informs me that ESS has a kit ready to go, tune and all. He asks me to get my turbos back from AMS and send them to him for the ESS upgrade if I was interested. Like anyone else here, say ESS and its a no brainer (mainly from their success with the superchargers). The turbos are sent to IMG. I now email AJ for the upgrade details; In the email he clearly states that the kit is ready and the tune I would be getting is specific to the turbos. He also promises that they will be the best solution available. No problems at all thus far and I was really getting excited to be apart of this first kit. I offered to post a review, dyno charts and pilot runs on the forum. AJ then said "We'll give you a really good deal if you would do that for us." A few weeks pass and no word on the turbos (ecu was removed and sent within this period), so I email AJ. "Your turbos are with IMG, they were returned three weeks ago. He definitely has them." -AJ Hmm? Why wasn't I told? I send out a text message to find the turbos had arrived and that I was informed but most likely didn't receive the text from IMG because he was at Lime Rock Park and "there's no reception there, bro." Clearly that was the case as I see posts from him on Instagram all weekend from the track. Anyway... who cares, right? "AJ charged my credit card for your turbos, could you go make a cash deposit in my account for $5,000 tomorrow?" Ok now I'm a tad uncomfortable. AJ and I had spoken about pilot runs, dynos, reviews for the kit on the forum and now I'm being charged retail for the kit and I always thought I'd pay ESS directly. I ask IMG why I was being charged retail when I had already been offered a discount, "cause everything else out there is junk, bro. This is what he charged my card." Ok, I understand IMG would not be aware of my conversations with AJ, so I email AJ directly on the spot. "Your pricing is determined by the vendor, we have nothing to do with that on our end. You must go through one of our vendors." WTF. That awful feeling in my stomach comes over and I realize that this isn't going to be what I signed up for. See now Im in no control what so ever and Im at the mercy of a vendor I don't feel comfortable with and I have no choice but to pay whatever he wants me to, to get my turbos back. I emailed AJ again and bitched until IMG sent me a text "Bro, AJ refunded my card $500." Ok, lets just move forward... The ECU comes back (I must had sent 10 emails asking whether the tune was specific to these turbos and if I could please have CEL, Vmax and cold start deletes, I was assured I would. I didn't want to have the ecu removed and installed multiple times due to the process) and everything comes together at which time I get a text from IMG "car is done, get ready for 550 whp, bro" EXCITED!!! I get to the techs place (who btw is so talented and genuine). I sit in the car and say to myself (knowing how irresponsible and nonchalant this "vendor" is) I fucking bet it goes through cold start. Hit the starter button and of course, its there. I'm sure Vmax isnt deleted either. So lets just drive and see how she performs. Very smooth operation at low speed driving through a residential neighborhood, like stock. The turbos are a little loader but that is probably due to downpipes and BMC filters. I make my way to the highway and WOT. More lag and not much else. Doesn't feel fast or powerful at all. I have been in a lot of M3/4's with ecu flashes and JB4's and this just didn't impress me. I text IMG on my feed back, "Bro, put some good gas in and let it adapt. It takes 80 miles to do so. The set up is so smooth its deceiving." EEERRR....really? A day or two pass and I see this thread and comment that this kit isnt all that. I have every right to post an honest option and review, I always do and without any agenda or with any intention of hurting someone. I always valued the opinion of the members here and considered their experiences when purchasing a product. I wanted to do the same. This is when the truth unfolded. I get a message from Roman, "You aren't allowed to comment on a development project until its completed." Development project? What? Back and forth with Roman I find out that my brand new M4 with 250 miles is a guinea pig for ESS' S55 turbo upgrade. Not a fully develop system as promised but something they were trying to test out. Now I'm furious and text and email all parties. Roman says to me "IMG and Aj said you were aware of this." Motherfookers. Im texting back and forth and clearly I'm upset and Roman offers to refund me and IMG offers to remove turbos put in stock set and refresh car to stock as long as I delete all posts on this thread. I deleted what I could on the spot and emailed Jason (admin) to remove/clean up anything else. Only a few minutes turned and Roman sends me a lengthily message on how I did recieve what i payed for; upgraded ecu and turbo kit and at a significant discount... $500.. really? If I cooperate I'd get free tune upgrades and if not then ESS will sever all ties with me and stop communication. I send him a text back..."You are so fucked" I did try to suppress my disappointment and the distrust I felt and continue to just get this kit to work. IMG takes my car to the dyno and puts down what you see on the thread BUT when I asked about the dyno and a picture of the dyno, I got a half ass cell phone pic of a 1/4 of the graph and blurry to the point it was hard to make out the numbers. I asked and asked for a full picture so I could see the curves and the crossing point...ect. I just wanted to stay on top of this if I was going to use my car for development. On and on and on I get a dyno file in a format I have no idea to do with (i guess its the dynojet software) wtf am I supposed to do with that? At the end I asked about the new tune I was getting and what was different about it from the Beta file I have now. I was concerned that they were just going to crank up the boost to make numbers on the dyno. I was then insulted by IMG through texts and I just called it quits. I just don't care anymore, $4000 for new turbos, $4500 for the upgrade, $1800 for tune and priceless lies. I would had been fine with everything but just don't lie to me and twist things to make me look stupid. Judge me I don't care, I have nothing else to share here. This is for anyone as a warning- know who you are dealing with, know what you are getting into because if it goes wrong you will be left for dead." This sounds like a guy who thought he was getting a product that works. ESS stating after all of this on the forums it was a 'development project' is obviously to affect public perception of the gigantic mistake of selling a product that isn't ready. Yes, ESS never told him that and told him the exact opposite according to his own words and the e-mail records. Apparently he has the e-mails showing this and I'm sure we would all love to see them but thus far he has not published them. If it were BimmerBoost, we would and we actually have to expose deception. Hopefully ESS doesn't push him around but he seems like a guy so far that isn't responding well to ESS demands. This guy thought he would be getting turbos and a discount to post reviews, dynos, runs, etc., on the forum. A pretty standard marketing practice on forums to get supposedly 'independent' reviews. Unfortunately, a certain ESS cheerleader serving as the middle-man here decided to charge full retail. Why? To line his own pockets of course. Who cares if it works, right? Well, reputable vendors care. Nobody cared here. Get the money and oh well too bad say it's 'beta' if it doesn't work. ESS tried to keep this off the forums but it didn't work: "This is when the truth unfolded. I get a message from Roman, "You aren't allowed to comment on a development project until its completed." Development project? What? Back and forth with Roman I find out that my brand new M4 with 250 miles is a guinea pig for ESS' S55 turbo upgrade. Not a fully develop system as promised but something they were trying to test out. Now I'm furious and text and email all parties. Roman says to me "IMG and Aj said you were aware of this." Motherfookers." RingMeister01 has every reason to be angry. Not only did he not get what he paid for, not only did he pay more than he was supposed to, he is now supposed to shut up about the problems. He finally realizes he is a guinea pig. It's just that he never signed up to be one. It is somewhat interesting as well that Roman@ESS commands him not to speak. Do you see now how certain forums work now? Anything negative is kept off. If you do not shut your mouth you will not get further support. It's not about having the best products. It's about making people think that you do. That is why he was offered a refund and a return to stock if he deleted all his posts. You would think that offer would be on the table regardless as it should be instead of being conditional. This customer chose not to bend over but how many have bent over for ESS? How much has been swept under the rug? BimmerBoost is aware of much of it and some of what gets deleted is hosted here for specifically this reason. You as a potential customer deserve to know the truth, don't you? You are not a vendor's pawn, are you? Shouldn't the customers have the power in this relationship? This is the same old story with ESS-Tuning as always but trying to get it out there is the problem. They use their power to pull posts, edit threads, close threads, etc., if they are not portrayed in the best light. It's arrogance, pure and simple. What they should have done is make it a priority to fix the guys car (another tuner offered to fly out to fix it), provide what he paid for, and not charge him a dime for any of it. That would require them going out of pocket. It's simply the easier (cowardly) way out to get this all deleted, spin it, and go about business as usual. They won't be able to delete this though. If they try, the blowback will be bigger than it already is:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    Unfortunately it won't be the 4.0 TFSI: http://www.audiboost.com/content.php?6407-2-9-liter-450-horsepower-twin-turbo-V6-expected-for-the-2016-2017-Audi-R8
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    I went by an Audi document but the thing is the marketing departments often put out different numbers from what it really is. Almost like hitting a moving target. I think you're right though it is higher as it practically has to be.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:06 PM
    The stock rubber no doubt will hold it back versus drag rubber but it will still easily do 11's on the stock rubber.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:05 PM
    I look forward to your testing and no doubt it's accurate but I just don't think you have drag strip familiarity. You'll see for yourself once these get out to the strip on drag rubber in the winter. I mean it's doing mid 12's on a 2.4X 60 foot which means there's easily a second there.
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  • kouzman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:20 PM
    excellent article. check the max boost again quoted for the RS7. I think its in the 17-18psi range... On a tune on pumpgas it runs closer to 30psi and on racegas probably slightly higher... I wish they put this motor to the R8!
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  • RENNtech EUROPE's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:02 PM
    PS: with a stock car I also mean stock tires, stock size... ;-)
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  • RENNtech EUROPE's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:53 AM
    "BenzBoost believes the stock C63 is capable of mid to high 11's at 121-122." STOCK? Surely no chance IMHO to get near mid 11's... Not with the C63 and also not with the C63S. We did some testing over here as well... Will send you some stuff over soon...
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:01 AM
    I haven't seen any GIAC trap close to you. Your 136 is the US record unless someone shows me different.
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  • 918 spyder's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:54 AM
    What was the 991 trap speed with the GIAC tune? I'm currently running 136.73 on pump gas (93 octane) with a techart piggyback in the 1/4. I'm looking for a custom tune from Cobb for all the upgrades I have.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:42 AM
    Great results here from AMR Performance showing an overlay of a stock, Stage I tuned, and Stage II tuned 4Matic E63 AMG. As you should know the E63 AMG is only available as a 4Matic model now in the USA and specifically only as a E63 AMG S model now with no standard E63 AMG available. The AMR Performance flash is able to add quite a bit of power to your M157 equipped vehicle. Not to mention a ton of torque. This is of course an E63 AMG 4Matic test car but this flash is available for the CLS63 AMG as well as the other M157 63 AMG models in the lineup. The baseline on the all wheel drive Dyno Dynamics shows 557 horsepower stock so it is reading crank output and not wheel output. The AMR Performance Stage I software takes things to 619 horsepower. Sage II pushes output further to 662 horsepower tune only. Horsepower is only one area of focus and we wish AMR included the torque figures on the graph as well but it's easy to see the massive difference in torque between the stock and tuned car as early as 3000 rpm. Just a giant increase in torque which of course tapers toward redline but from 3000 to 5500 offers much more meat. Just more consistent and reliable tuning from AMR for the new breed of AMG's. Year(s): 2012+ Make: Mercedes Benz Model: M157 E63 AMG 5.5 V8 Series: VARIOUS Flash Type: BDM This vehicle will require removal of your ECU to be shipped to AMR in order to access/upload the AMR calibration. Octane(s) Available: 91 Octane 93 Octane 95 Ron 98 Ron 100 Octane AMR ECU Enhancement Features: Optimized Fuel Mapping Optimized Timing Curve Improved Fuel Efficiency Speed Governor Removed Increased Throttle Response Broader & Stronger Power Band Lower RPM Hesitation Eliminated Increased Turbocharger Response In-House Engineered & Tested Results Smoother Firmer Transmission Shift Patterns Installation Methods: AMR Performance (main office) The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG 4-MATIC is a vehicle that continues to impress. In stock form, a vehicle rarely feels this good. The factory was able to push out 550hp & 531tq out of the 5.5L BiTurbo engine. The factory did a decent job of achieving these numbers, but we, at AMR Performance, know that this is just the "top layer of the onion". Through development, we notice that the vehicle is very close to what the factory claims. The vehicle's power outputs are a steady 557hp and 513tq. A great base line and close to the factory being "true to their word". After numerous hours of data acquisition, ECU calibrating (tuning) and extensive software development, the AMR Performance ECU Software upgrade produces a steady, stable & consistent 620hp & 735tq. An increase of +70hp & +222tq with no additional modifications. We have seen as high as +90hp & +250tq, but this was only during first startup conditions when the turbocharger's cooling system is at its lowest temperature and not a realistic "day-to-day" driving conditions. Rather then focus on that peak power "dyno queen", we focus on a powerband that is reliable, steady, stable and constant. Giving your vehicle the power increase during day-to-day driving and having it readily available the moment the throttle is touched. Unlike competitors who use a "piggy-back" or "generic" program to try and increase the power on the vehicle, our proprietary software enhancement process is engineered and designed for your specific vehicle's ECU. Our software calibrations are developed through numerous hours of data acquisition and on & off road/track testing to ensure your vehicle's performance is stable without sacrifices the reliability. Product/Service Link: http://shop.amrperformance.com/Mercedes-Benz-E63-ECU-Upgrade-Tune_p_413.html Give us a call: (203) 616-5130 Email: sales@amrperformance.com Website: www.AMRPERFORMANCE.com Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/amrperformance FIND US ON FACEBOOK! Search: AMR Performance
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:41 AM
    We are all big fans of the Focus RS and what Ford is doing with automobiles geared toward performance enthusiasts. The Focus RS with its all wheel drive system as well as availability in the US for the first time is getting a lot of attention and rightfully so. The car has an excellent powerplant offering 345 horsepower with some big changes from its Mustang Ecoboost sibling, a built-in drift mode in the stability control, and quite a bit of tuning potential. Is it worth the $35,370 you see in the screenshot that is supposedly from a Ford site that is not supposed to be public knowledge? We think so considering what a German all wheel drive high performance turbo four-cylinder car will cost you that will not have near the performance per dollar especially when the aftermarket is factored in. Look at what a CLA45 AMG costs with options, a Golf R with options, and then look at the Focus RS. It looks a lot better in that context.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-01-2015, 09:02 PM
    This is certainly an interesting development and our users will agree that the more aftermarket options they have the better. Evolution of Speed, who we have never heard of previously and have no affiliation with, is set to release their N5X intake manifold which will gain a lot of interest from N54 and likely N55 owners as well. The obvious here is that guys would want to pair this with methanol injection or port injection for supplemental fuel. The expected price point and design makes that aspect attractive. This would not be something that N54 or N55 owners expecting big gains over the OEM manifold would benefit from but for more hardcore owners making big power with say a single turbo upgrade. Exactly the kind of power junkies who are on BimmerBoost. It will be interesting to see the results from members who buy this product and what the options will be such as the finishes, integrated port injection, etc.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-01-2015, 08:43 PM
    I can't make any rhyme or reason out of how Mercedes is using this motor and the models they are using it in. I expected the heavier models as you stated as well as the AMG Sport models to use it. There appears to be no logic to it.
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  • NeilH's Avatar
    08-01-2015, 07:29 PM
    It is a shame. I was fairly sure that the higher displacement would make its way into the heavier models. As far as I can tell, even the GLE has the 3.0 version. It most definitely has the potential for far, far more than 333
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-01-2015, 07:26 PM
    It's somewhat of a shame how little info there is on this motor and regarding upgrades. Tuners will eventually tackle it but I have nothing to point you toward right now.
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  • NeilH's Avatar
    08-01-2015, 07:23 PM
    Hi all, I'm a newbie to this forum. I have the new CLS400 with the M276 Dela35 engine. Has anybody with this vehicle had it tweaked yet? I have to say, the car feels like it's capable of so, so much more. I'd be very interested in unleash it's potential! cheers Neil
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