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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-11-2016, 10:02 PM
    There happens to be a BMW involved in this video although it could happen to anyone and with any make of car. Maybe there is something though to the study that says BMW drivers are assholes? Regardless, this situation gets out of hand quickly. What happens? Well, a group of guys on motorcycles are speeding and enjoying their ride when a classic BMW cuts one of them off and essentially takes issue with their style of riding. At one point in the video the BMW catches up when the riders are stopped. The BMW driver gets out and tells the guy on the motorcycle not to move as he blocks his path. Well, the rider takes issue as do his friends and the guy gets what is coming to him which is an ass beating. The three bikers probably feel tough until the passenger jumps out with a gun. The bikers back off and the passenger should be happy none of the bikers were armed or this situation would have escalated well beyond reason. The camera guy gets the hell out of there but screaming continues in the background. It's simply best to leave patrolling the highways and enforcing the speed limit to law enforcement.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-09-2016, 01:11 AM
    A 9 second F80 M3 or F82 M4 is not too far off at this point. Maximum PSI took their upgraded F80 M3 to the track and set a new overall record for the S55 platform. After a few 132-133 miles per hour passes they hit a 1.681 60 foot which resulted in a 10.347 @ 133.82 in the 1/4 mile. The trap speed record remains 135.5 but that was set on a poor 2.190 60 foot and with a time over a second slower. This result also blows away the previous quickest which was TPG Tuning with their 10.79 @ 132 pass. Here is the mod list: Pure Turbos Dodson clutches/baskets Flash/jb4/port injection Straight ms109 fuel Maximum PSI intakes, downpipes, charge pipes, 3.5"exhaust Evolution of Speed prototype intake manifold and intercooler Stock axles Now where do they go from here? Who will hit the 9's first? It is going to be fun to watch.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-31-2016, 08:26 PM
    MotorTrend choosing the new Camaro SS over the BMW F82 M4 set off a debate on the BoostAddict forums that is still raging. The thing is, much like the MotorTrend comparison, the debate premise is flawed. Why exactly is a BMW M3 or M4 supposed to be cheaper and offer more performance per dollar than a Camaro (or a Mustang for that matter)? As someone who has purchased more than one BMW M car I never once considered a Camaro or a Mustang instead. For one, the overall package of the American cars was garbage in comparison to BMW. The Americans have improved so comparing a Camaro to a BMW M car is not as crazy as it once was if you actually took the entirety of the car into account but it still is not and it still never will be a direct competitor. It is pretty much the same thing as the Porsche 911 vs. Chevrolet Corvette debate. It's not that a guy buying a 911 Turbo does not know the Corvette Z06 exists. It is that he does not care about it and does not want the Corvette. Some people will opt for the 911 simply because it is a Porsche and for the prestige factor. Whether the premium is $50k, $100k, whatever, it does not matter. The Porsche 911 will always be more money than the Chevrolet Corvette and the BMW M3/M4 will always be more money than the Camaro SS. MotorTrend says there is a $35k price difference and states normally you do not compare cars like this. Their reasoning is that the performance numbers are near identical. You know what other cars are near identical in performance? The $130k Maserati Granturismo and the $33k Mustang GT. Both have naturally aspirated V8's, both are RWD, and both are similarly quick. Where is the comparison test between the two of them to spice things up? MotorTrend starts off the video comparison they finally uploaded by stating a Camaro to Mustang comparison is boring which is why they brought in the M4. Fine, but understand this is done primarily to drum up interest and get views (which is why this video initially was released to a pay to view subscription channel). Not because the cars are competitors or because this is an honest comparison. There are many flaws with this comparison. The Camaro and M4 both are not in their highest performance states of trim. The M4 came out well before the Camaro so it makes sense for it to receive a mid-life update. It did. It is called the Competition Package. The M4 is not equipped with it. It is also not equipped with the higher performance DCT transmission. Fair is fair, the Camaro SS should also have all of its top performance options if you want to make this 'objective' as they claim. MotorTrend fails to mention any other options for these cars when they state they are identical. That is a major failure designed to make this comparison seem 'even' between the two. It is not even and MotorTrend ignores options that significantly would change the numbers and the result in order to maintain the illusion that there is no bias and that this is diligent work. If you have to conceal info to make a comparison seem legitimate it is by default flawed. Now, that brings us to the drag race. They launched the cars 75 times and state the Camaro won 68 times. Well, where is this data? Do they just average the numbers? Why do we get one set of numbers that favors the Camaro in the drag race when by their own admission the Camaro did lose? Is the Camaro quicker in the 1/4 mile or is it a driver's race? Is MotorTrend just poor at launching BMW's? Do they need better testers? Claiming in the real world that the Camaro is quicker when the BMW is easier to launch with the DCT is misleading. Despite all of these flaws by MotorTrend the M4 still wins around the track: They call it a tie. Why is the Camaro having a tenth on the M4 in the 1/4 mile a decisive win yet the M4 winning by over a tenth on the track a tie? You want to know why? Because this comparison is biased. Look, there are a lot of things wrong with the M4 and M in general. The M4 is heavier than it is supposed to be. It sounds like a blender on a high setting. The balance is not the classic 50/50 any longer. The artificial sound being piped in is a joke. The steering feel is numb and disconnected. Yes, M is not as good as it once was. A win is a win however and MotorTrend only praises the Camaro when the numbers are skewed in its favor yet calls the cars equal when the BMW comes out ahead. MotorTrend practically pulls a muscle patting Chevy on the back. They actually state who needs different suspension modes or performance modes? Seriously? Pressing a button to tailor the car how you want it is a bad thing? Ultimately, this does not matter. Nobody buying an M4 is even going to stop to think about the Camaro SS. Those buying a Camaro SS will tell everyone how it compares to an M4 and how MotorTrend likes it better. That helps the Camaro owner validate their cheaper purchase. Is the Camaro better than it ever has been? Yes. Partially because it was so poor in comparison to BMW for so many years. It's easy to go up when you are so far down. Where the Camaro succeeds is in areas BMW M has failed and areas that used to be M strong points. The responsive naturally aspirated motor, the sound, the feedback, the chassis, and the feel. Chevrolet deserves credit. They built a great car and GM is building great cars (about time). They do not need MotorTrend to force feed the Camaro down your throat.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-18-2016, 09:46 PM
    This is BoostAddict member @gzim335 whose W204 C63 AMG features a Stage III 3.0 liter whipple based supercharger system from Weistec. The car is an absolute beast and has beaten up on turbo upgraded M4's as well as a variety of other cars. Here, it runs two F10 M5's from a stop although the quality of the tarmac is very poor. You can visibly see just how much dust the tires are throwing up as the vehicles try to accelerate. They should have gone from a roll in this first race as this is an ugly beatdown. An 800 whp M5 should not be losing like this. Run 1 vs. F10 M5 6spd, Pure Turbos upgrade, meth, fbo, full ms109, flash and bcm jb4 (car made 800whp at 30psi): The second run is from a 45 mph roll but the cars still spin their tires. Run 2 vs. DCT F10 M5 stock turbo, downpipes, flash stacked with bcm jb4 running 27psi (made 730whp): This final race is for some context. It features the previous DCT F10 M5 against a W212 E63 AMG M157. The E63 has Weistec turbos, ms109, AMS intake and cooling system, Weistec downpipes, and a Weistec exhaust.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-04-2016, 06:56 PM
    PDU's (Performance Design Ulinimited) F22 M235i is a stout BMW. Earlier this year it took on a Lamborghini Huracan, Nissan GTR, F10 M5, and a couple of supercharged E92 M3's showing very well against that competition. Well, here are some more runs. As a reminder, here is the mod list: Mods: PDU PI Kit/DP/Exhaust ACF STG 2 ECU Flash PURE STG 2 Turbo JB4 Fuel = MS109 + some left over E85/91 mix. The first run is against the Challenger Hellcat. The M235i gets a bit of an early start before the cones but easily pulls the 707 horsepower supercharged Dodge. The Hellcat is no slouch. Next up is the first gen Audi R8 V10. The Audi hangs in there only in one gear and the M235i pulls cleanly up top. That R8 needs boost, stat. A second gen CTS-V is up next. The CTS-V moves quickly from a stop to the cones but then slows down as the M235i is accelerating to catch up causing a mismatch in starting speeds. It's over before it begins. The final race is an eye opener. The 997 GT2 RS certainly looks modified as it just goes straight to light speed. The PDU M235i shows the N55 motor is quite capable and fast with a turbo upgrade and port fuel injection.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-06-2016, 04:40 PM
    BMW's decisions do not always make sense. Sometimes, they make you scratch your head and wonder what they were thinking. Explaining BMW's motives falls to their employees such as those who work in the BMW PressClub. BimmerBoost reached out to BMW and asked the question everyone is wondering. Why does the F87 M2 engine not have an 'S' designation? This is BMW's response: We would like to thank Rebecca at BMW for getting back to BimmerBoost except she did not answer the question. A follow up again asking the same exact question was ignored. Way to do your job Rebecca. Why is BMW not answering the damn question? For those wondering, this is how BMW engine designations and codes are supposed to work: BMW's own rules are very clear. Which makes you wonder why they aren't playing by their own rules. Rebecca says the F87 M2 motor is a genuine M engine. Well, BMW's own engine codes mean it should start with an 'S' in that instance and not an 'N' otherwise it is not officially an M production motor. BMW saying one thing and doing another is frustrating especially for those who actually pay attention to the engine codes such as BimmerBoost readers. It is even more frustrating when you take into account that BMW did not repeat the mistake they made with the E82 1M which was putting a non-M engine into an M car. They learned their lesson yet they still managed to screw something this basic up. The N55B30T0 is presented as a development of the N55 motor we all know yet it has S55 engine internals from the F80 M3 and F82 M4 as well as a closed deck block which the N55 does not have. It is more of an S55/N55 hybrid as the turbo setup from the N55 is retained to prevent the M2 from encroaching on the S55. Maybe BMW was worried having two engines starting with the S55 designation would confuse people or that it would make people think the M3/M4 and the M2 had the same motor. Yet, BMW has no problem using the N55 designation multiple times. They have in the past used 'S' engine designations multiple times without incident. BMW did indeed give the M2 an M motor yet they do not designate it an M motor officially. WTF BMW? Our solution is to place the N55B30T0 in the N55 forum on BimmerBoost because BMW forced us to. What else can you do?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-12-2016, 04:41 AM
    BimmerBoost was confused by BMW's choice to name the engine in the BMW F87 M2 the N55B30T0. Historically, BMW denotes an engine is a motor built by the M division with the 'S' prefix in its engine code. Just take a look at BimmerBoost's ranking of all the storied M engines such as the S54, S85, S38, S65, etc. The BMW M engine is (was) a point of pride for BMW. Enthusiasts themselves take pride in the M division motors and pay extra to have an engine built by the storied M division for their street car. With the F87 M2 many people incorrectly assume the car does not have an M motor. It certainly does as BMW confirmed this themselves in response to BimmerBoost's question on the matter. Not to mention BMW's own technical documents and press releases tell you the F87 M2 N55B30T0 motor uses a closed deck block unlike the N55 and that it shares the S55 engine internals from the F80 M3 and F82 M4. So what is the reasoning for an 'N' designation and not an 'S' designation for the motor? BMW happened to send this response a couple hours after our article questioning the N55B30T0 designation for the F87 M2 went up. Probably just a coincidence we don't hear anything for almost a week and then suddenly get a response, right? BMW is moving away from using 'S' codes to denote M motors: This is a sad day. We reported back in 2013 that the M motor was unofficially 'dead' but we did not know it would go to this degree. BMW's cost cutting is getting insane. We knew M motors would be based on production motors meaning no more bespoke ground up M engine designs but now the engines will not even be officially differentiated in their engine codes: This is simply a result of cost cutting. It's also officially the end of the 'S' Motorsport engine era. Let's just hope BMW does not take this so far as an M car getting a motor simply with different software. Then again, that's exactly what they did with the E82 1M. Oh well. It was a nice ride.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    04-24-2016, 02:51 PM
    BMS got a customer's 2016 F87 M2 DCT on a Dynojet for some testing. The results are about what you would expect. The M2 N55B30T0 makes 330 rear wheel horsepower stock and 388 lb-ft of torque at the wheels stock. In other words, it is roughly 100 wheel horsepower short of an F80 M3 / F82 M4 S55 motor. The engine is putting up numbers would one expect from an N55 albeit with more torque. It is tuned for low end torque more than top end horsepower. You will notice the torque peak is at 2500 rpm and it tapers down toward redline where it drops particularly hard. Isn't this supposed to be a track car? The horsepower figure is similar to the new B58 motor. The torque on the N55B30T0 is higher but the B58 curve is much flatter. It's torque curve does not start dropping as early or as hard especially toward redline. When tuned, the numbers on the N55B30T0 are similar to a tuned N55 although the torque peak is slightly higher. It sure seems to perform like an N55 except with S55 engine internals and the closed deck block. Hey guys, A local customer was generous enough to come out for a few hours so we could poke around under the hood, take some logs, and do a little dyno testing with his new M2. He has around 1000 miles on the clock I believe. Per usual I'll try to keep it brief and to the point: The good: 1) Car looks super awesome in person and really attracts a lot of attention on the road. DCT drives and shifts great. 2) The tuning scheme is the same as the M235 EWG. Meaning our existing F Series N55 EWG JB4 is fully compatible from a hardware perspective. Some minor M2 specific software changes will be added, of course. 3) All of the cool in dash controls we've added to the F Series JB4 are compatible. CANflap works, in dash boost gauge works, map switching works, boost by gear works, 6cyl timing logging works, and it even logs the DCT trans oil temperature. 4) The platform appears to be E85 friendly. More on that later. The bad: 1) This is simply based on my initial few hours with the car. But from a performance perspective, it appears to be basically an N55 with a tune from the factory. It's not in the same universe as the S55 M3/M4 motor and even appears to be a step down from the B58 found in the new 340i. 2) On normal pump 91 octane fuel running its factory 15-16psi boost profile it had fairly significant timing pull and only put down 330whp. Subsequent pulls did even worse as it heated up. 3) We added an E30 mix on the dyno and the factory power jumped up nicely to the 350whp range and it was also more consistent. Even at this power level though the car had a strange behavior where it would momentarily drop boost for no apparent reason, resulting in a noticeable "hiccup" in the dyno chart. Maybe something that will be fixed via a future software update or perhaps related to the E30 itself without tuning in place for it. 4) I raised boost around 3psi just to evaluate it on the E30 mix and the result was pretty respectable power. Around 390whp. Which, is what the normal 335 F30 EWG cars make on E30 at roughly the same boost level. Potential Tuning Gains: E85 Mix: I expect we'll be able to get power up to around 425whp. 91 Octane: There is no power to be picked up via tuning on 91. Just the extra features via the JB4. 93 Octane: I'm hopeful with good 93 octane we can pickup at least 15-20whp and similar torque. Bottom Line: It's a cool little platform. But basically appears to be a more aggressively tuned M235.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-09-2016, 09:00 PM
    The all wheel drive guys get left out of a lot of the turbo upgrade fun. Why? Well, the drivetrain complicates things as well as fitment. That is why not every turbo upgrade works for the xi models such as the E90 335xi for example. What is making this possible? This: Awesome? You bet your ass it's awesome.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-30-2016, 03:12 PM
    Dinan still does not get it. Dinan still does not understand how to present performance products in the turbo era. The approach of this press release is as dated as Dinan banking on the Dinan name. When you release a turbo upgrade for a modern BMW, you provide data to go with it. What data do we have here? Nothing. Frankly, the mistakes in this release by Dinan are baffling which pretty much tells you Dinan did not write it or if they did that is a red flag. Shouldn't Dinan know for example that the N54 is not naturally aspirated? How the hell are we supposed to take Dinan seriously regarding turbo upgrades when they do not even know which BMW motors are turbocharged and which are naturally aspirated? Not to mention, the turbo upgrade game is competitive. Once you start going after this market you are going after an enthusiast that is usually more well informed and who puts a premium on performance. Well, where are the performance figures? Where is the data? This is all we get: Benefits of the Dinan Big Turbo for the EWG N55 Engine: Factory turbo that is machined to Dinan specifications with an upgraded thrust system. Larger billet compressor/impeller wheel that allows ~30% greater flow over stock which then enables additional boost to be realized while retaining efficiency. Turbo assembly (D310-0110) is compatible with electric wastegate vehicles only., Peak power: 445 HP @ 6000 RPM and 455 ft-lbs @ 3000 RPM and a max gain of 128 HP @ 6000 RPM and 113 ft-lbs @ 6000 RPM when coupled with other Dinan Performance upgrades. (Data from F22 M235i.) 448 HP @ 6500 RPM and 417 ft-lbs @ 3000 RPM and a max gain of 152 HP @ 6500 RPM and 123 ft-lbs @ 6500 RPM when coupled with other Dinan Performance upgrades. (Data from F32 435i. Other variants may differ.) Dinan Installation instructions detail a procedure which is quicker than BMW's turbo replacement procedure saving the end-user money and time at the shop. Includes o-rings and gaskets needed for installation. Factory matching new car warranty (4yr/50k). CARB EO is pending. I'm sorry Dinan but you can not simply write a horsepower figure these days and have that suffice simply because you are Dinan and we are supposed to just believe it. Literally every major N55 turbo upgrade option is supplemented with dyno data and or performance data as well as logs. This shows how out of touch Dinan is with the modern turbo BMW aftermarket. 445 horsepower is the claim? Ok, well we can not prove it but here is a 536 wheel horsepower N55 from Pure Turbos and Burger Tuning: Also tuned with a piggyback just like Dinan except this Dinan N55 upgrade requires the Dinantronics Stage 4 tune which is $2824.00. If you're determined to go this Dinan route save yourself some coin and get a different piggyback tune than Dinan's. So what does this turbo upgrade cost? $1499 plus the core charge of $1500. Reasonable pricing and demand is high according to Dinan: Dinan spelling issues aside ('mechanial' and 'seperate') why people are supposedly lining up for this we have no clue. What we suspect here is that one of our turbo vendors is supplying Dinan. If so, doesn't it make more sense to go straight to the source? If upgrading the turbo, doesn't it make sense to get an option offering far more power anyway for less money once tuning is factored in? This is not a big turbo. This is not big power. The warranty aspect is not what it is cracked up to be and Dinan only matches the factory warranty anyway. To each their own. Morgan Hill, Calif. (March, 2016) BMW went above and beyond when they designed their excellent N20 four-cylinder engine and N55 six-cylinder to replace the naturally aspirated N52 and N54 engines, respectively. The N20 is incredibly potent and ruthlessly efficient, producing nearly 250 horsepower in stock form while returning excellent fuel economy. The N55 produces stump-pulling torque essentially from idle and screams all the way to the top end, with its twin-scroll turbo working to produce 300 horsepower in stock trim. Dinan has done much to improve on BMWs good work with many bolt-on upgrades and their corresponding DINANTRONICS staged tunes producing substantial power gains over stock. Now the time has come for Dinan to take things to the next level with their Big Turbo upgrade for the F22/23 M235i and F30/34/F32/36 335i & 435i w/ electronic wastegate. The Dinan Big Turbo for electronic wastegate-equipped cars begins life as a stock turbo which Dinan then modifies to improve flow by upwards of 30%. Cars with manual wastegates receive brand new turbos that are custom cast for Dinan, the flow characteristics are the same for these. The 30% increase in flow enables additional boost pressures at higher engine speeds while retaining efficiency. In addition to modifying the compressor wheels, Dinan also upgrades the thrust system for increased turbo reliability and longer life. In order to attain maximum advertised power gains these big turbos will need to be paired with a DINANTRONICS Stage 4 tune, as well as Dinan's intercooler to fully regulate the boost increase and maintain lower charge temperatures to ensure maximum power gain. Dinans Free-Flow exhaust and intake systems are also highly recommended. Benefits of the Dinan Big Turbo for the EWG N55 Engine: Factory turbo that is machined to Dinan specifications with an upgraded thrust system. Larger billet compressor/impeller wheel that allows ~30% greater flow over stock which then enables additional boost to be realized while retaining efficiency. Turbo assembly (D310-0110) is compatible with electric wastegate vehicles only., Peak power: 445 HP @ 6000 RPM and 455 ft-lbs @ 3000 RPM and a max gain of 128 HP @ 6000 RPM and 113 ft-lbs @ 6000 RPM when coupled with other Dinan Performance upgrades. (Data from F22 M235i.) 448 HP @ 6500 RPM and 417 ft-lbs @ 3000 RPM and a max gain of 152 HP @ 6500 RPM and 123 ft-lbs @ 6500 RPM when coupled with other Dinan Performance upgrades. (Data from F32 435i. Other variants may differ.) Dinan Installation instructions detail a procedure which is quicker than BMW's turbo replacement procedure saving the end-user money and time at the shop. Includes o-rings and gaskets needed for installation. Factory matching new car warranty (4yr/50k). CARB EO is pending. Dinan's Big Turbo upgrade, like every Dinan product, comes with our factory matching new car warranty and is designed, developed and tested in Morgan Hill, California and can be purchased and installed at any Dinan Approved BMW dealerships nationwide.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-18-2016, 06:21 PM
    A Mustang engine under the hood of a BMW 3-Series? That is enough to make a BMW purist pull their hair out. We have seen all kinds of BMW engine swaps from other makes before. That includes a Toyota 2JZ-GTE swap into an E39 5-Series and of course GM LS swaps have been done to death. In a strange way the Coyote actually makes the most sense if you are going to do a swap. However, if doing it, do it right and go for the Voodoo V8. This network holds the Voodoo in high esteem and believes it to not just be better than any of the factory E9X motors but one of the best naturally aspirated motors ever built. Swapping out the F80 M3 or F82 M4 S55 for the Ford Voodoo V8 ironically makes those cars more of what an M car is supposed to be, not less. Regarding this particular Coyote swap we do not have any details on it, who it belongs to, or if it is even real. It certainly gets one thinking though.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-01-2016, 03:04 AM
    Nobody likes being told how to do their job. On automotive forums, well, it comes with the territory. Somehow forums users always think they know best and they always think they know how much things should cost. Things like labor for example. People should always question pricing to keep things honest but sometimes the cynics go a bit far. When they do, this chart is a good point of reference.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-15-2016, 08:02 PM
    These are smoking fast results if you consider the following. This is an E82 1M which means a 6-speed manual transmission. The turbo upgrade is a set of first gen RB turbos. These turbos have been surpassed considerably by RB and other turbo manufacturers as well. The tuning is from @trebila. Fuel is roughly E87-E90 ethanol. The result is a 11.411 @ 127.02 pass on a 1.791 60 foot. Spinning a bit inflated the trap speed to 130.10 but still this is a 6-speed N54 cracking 130 in the 1/4 mile with fairly basic modifications in this day and age of N54 tuning. Impressive.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-16-2016, 04:37 PM
    BMW's engine notes in the turbo era have not exactly thrilled. Much of the exhaust noise is muffled by the turbos and BMW instead of working on developing an aurally pleasing note decided instead to pipe in artificial sound over the speaker system. It would be funny if it was not true and BMW M should be embarrassed. Well, the hardcore (and expensive) F82 M4 GTS model should address any and all concerns with the standard F82 M4 including the terrible exhaust sound. The GTS model gets a new titanium exhaust system which in addition to being lighter should change the exhaust tone. It does change it and open things up a bit but it still is just not very good: Better than the standard M4? Yes. As good as a titanium exhaust system on a E92 M3? No: Ok, what about a direct comparison to another BMW inline-6 such as the one under the E46 M3 hood? Here is a titanium system on the S54 motor: The S54 may have a reputation for being 'raspy' but it certainly doesn't sound like a blender or need fake sounds piped in. Plus that high pitched note has just a hint of something exotic about it. There is nothing exotic about the S55 engine note. Maybe BMW can set the stereo to play engine sounds from previous generation M motors?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-30-2016, 06:51 PM
    This has to be a joke. Enthusiast Auto Group has a white BMW E30 M3 with only 6012 miles on the clock for sale. It can be yours for $199,990.00. That is not a typo. We assume there is just a *slight* bit of wiggle room in that price. Perhaps the funniest part of all is that their page says a sale is pending. Where they found someone so stupid with so much money to burn is anyone's guess. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-01-2016, 03:33 AM
    A lot of runs here from some German muscle cars. The first few minutes of video feature BimmerBoost member @Mdrivr and his Precision tuned manual F10 M5 going up against a Precision tuned W212 Mercedes-AMG E63 S. The M5 manages to pull up top each time. Impressive considering it is a manual. Not surprising since we know Precision's M S63TU tunes make more power than their AMG M157 tunes. Plus the F10 M5 is lighter than the all wheel drive E63 S by roughly 200 pounds. BMW's 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 continues to prove superior to AMG's 5.5 liter twin turbo V8. After the E63 AMG S The F10 M5 runs a full bolt on GTR on E85. Unfortunately, we get a chase view but it looks close between the two. This same GTR then takes on a tuned 997.1 Turbo. The Turbo gets a big jump and the race is over before it begins. The next run features a Weistec upgraded CLS63 AMG M157 with Enzo tuning against the GTR. The CLS63 jumps and wins easily partially thanks to going early. The Precision tuned E63 AMG S and the Enzo Tuned CLS63 AMG go at it next. The CLS63 pulls up top. Later on a Dinan tuned M5 takes on the Precision tuned E63 AMG S. The Dinan car getting smoked is the predictable result. With some better camera work, editing, and less chase views these videos could be much better but there are some good runs in here.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-22-2016, 08:31 PM
    Blown motors happen. There are many variables affecting why a motor might let go from the fuel quality, a poor tune, a manufacturer defect, over revs, a spun bearing, detonation, etc. People like to think the N54 motor is indestructible but we have seen many motors go down. This one belongs to BimmerBoost member @Evan Patak who was building (and still is) a badass N54 powered wagon. He did not hide the engine failure or try to pretend nothing was wrong. He informed the community and posted photos showing the result. How else are we supposed to learn? Engine failures happen and if people try to sweep them under the rug history is only going to repeat itself. BimmerBoost would like to think @Evan Patak for being up front and disclosing the details. You can read about the engine failure here:
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    04-27-2016, 10:23 PM
    It is good to see more tuned N55's hitting the strip especially M235i models to compare their results to the F87 M2. Both of these M235i's are xDrive all wheel drive models. This pays dividends in the 60 foot but of course the all wheel drive system adds weight. Here is the breakdown of mods between the two cars: 2015 Black Sapphire F22 M235 xDrive AT FBO #11759 - HRE FF15s w/ Continental DWS06 - Pure Turbo Stage 2 Hi-Flo - EnzoPerformance ECU Tune - JB4 OBD2 stacked Custom Boost Map6 - Enzo's Catless Downpipes - GFB DV - ATM FMIC - ER Chargepipes - Tuningwerk Exhaust - Exxon 110 oct 2015 EBB M235 xDrive AT #12126 - 19' Summer Tires - Enzo Performance ECU Tune - ER Catless Downpipes - Fabspeed Exhaust w/ Muffler Delete - Dinan Lowering Springs w/ Supp Handling kit on pump gas 93 The timeslip: The Pure Turbos Stage 2 is providing about another 6 miles per hour of trap speed. It's a very large difference when you take into account where the black M235i xDrive was before the turbo upgrade and bolt ons. Here it is tune only with just a flash and catted downpipe: And now with full bolt ons: This is how the car progressed. 12.736 @ 109.32 - Enzo Tune and catted downpipe 12.492 @ 110.10 - Enzo Tune and full bolt ons 11.759 @ 117.70 - Enzo Tune and Pure Turbos Stage 2 Great performance data for N55 owners.
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    04-17-2016, 12:22 AM
    Well, that did not take long. Shortly after posting dyno figures for the Magnuson Heartbeat TVS2300 based 2016 Camaro SS LT1 supercharger we now have 1/4 mile times. Keep in mind this is a bolt on kit at only 6 psi with a pump gas tune and everything else is stock (except the tires). At Famoso in California today (date on the slip is off) a 6th gen Camaro SS powered by the Eaton TVS2300 blower went 10.877 @ 128.53 on a 1.558 60 foot. The car hooked very well. We do not know the transmission but we assume an automatic. Hopefully Magnuson will clarify. Additionally, this was not a cool day in California. The density altitude at Famoso for the run was 1328 feet. Regardless, this is daily repeatable performance with just a blower on low boost. Now to crank it up on race gas!
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    04-11-2016, 08:15 PM
    Well, here we have yet another MotorTrend comparison involving the M4. This time though they decide to do a bit of sibling rivalry with the F82 M4 taking on the F87 M2. BimmerBoost pointed out several flaws in the MotorTrend comparison against the Camaro SS so does MotorTrend get it right this time? Absolutely not. They try to make it look like the cars are identical in their grip and acceleration in the beginning of the video. Using a 0-60 metric as evidence of this is flawed and outdated. They say they both cars hit 60 in 4.2 seconds however the cars are traction limited which they fail to mention. The M4 with its far greater power and torque should easily beat the M2 to 60 let alone any higher speed. Especially if equipped with a dual clutch transmission. MotorTrend gets a 12.8 @ 107.6 1/4 mile sprint out of the M2 and a 12.5 @ 116.5 out of the M4. The exact same figures for the M4 from the Camaro comparison are being recycled here. That is very lame because the numbers will change day to day in different conditions. MotorTrend for example could have tried to improve their launch or at least showed numbers from the day they had the two cars together at the same time and the same place. This is sloppy and lazy work recycling numbers. It's cheap and easy though. For all we know they did not even bother to test them at the same time and instead shot some stock footage plugging in the old test results. They do this number recycling for the M2 as well by the way. The M2 test figures are from February of this year. They fail to mention this is a European Spec M2 as well which means it is lighter than its American counterpart which has side impact crash regulations playing a factor. Why isn't this mentioned? Would it kill them to be diligent? That also brings us to the point where MotorTrend states acceleration beyond 60 miles per hour does not matter. Are you kidding me? I just about lost my shit when I heard that. Do these people not go on the highway? Have they never tried seeing which car accelerates faster from a roll? What kind of person who tests cars professionally does not understand the impact of 1/4 mile trap speeds or rolling acceleration? They proceed to the racetrack after this nonsense. Somewhat amusingly Randy Pobst answers the phone call from the M2 stating, 'This is Randy's Racing and Wrecking Service.' There should be emphasis on the wrecking part. We get a bunch of pretty powerslides and all that. Finally we get a timed lap comparison. Low and behold, the M4 magically runs the exact same laptime it did against the Camaro SS. How? Well, because they did not actually test the cars at the same time and once again just recycled their old content. The effect is that it looks like they are testing the cars against each other at the same time. It also is disappointing for those who want meaningful data. The M2 runs 1:22.73 which is two tenths quicker than the M4. Is that impressive? Sure. It's also quicker than the Camaro SS by the way. MotorTrend concludes the M2 is faster. They do not mention the Competition Package for the M4. They do not mention this M2 is the lighter Euro Spec version which has a huge impact on the results. They do not mention they did not actually test the cars at the same time but instead plugged in a previous set of results. They also do not mention a DCT car will be quicker. Why? Why can't they inform the audience if they are interested in providing a serious and comprehensive comparison test ? Let's get to the actual driving experience. The F87 M2 is said to have better steering and is easier to rotate using the throttle. Good. These are areas where M has fallen off with all their electronic nannies and overly assisted garbage isolating the driver from the actual driving experience. They love how much fun it is and compliment the motor and the engine sound. The only problem is MotorTrend's Jason Cammisa states it does not have an M engine and it is the same recipe as the E82 1M. BimmerBoost is sorry but this is such a large mistake the guy should lose his job. It is taking amazing restraint to not write a long string of curse words directed at Cammisa in the next paragraph. First of all, the E82 1M recipe is as he states it is in that essentially the 1M is a parts bin car with a non-M motor (the N54). BMW did not repeat this mistake with the F87 M2. It does get an 'M' motor. As a matter of fact, BimmerBoost got a response from BMW directly stating this as if MotorTrend can not do the basic research necessary and actually take a look at the engine specs or just ask BMW themselves. If Jason Cammisa did the basic research necessary that his job requires he would know the M2 motor has a closed deck block which the N54/N55 motors do not. He would know it has the S55 engine internals which by definition means internal M engine pieces. He would know the motor is basically an S55 with the N55 turbo setup. BimmerBoost simply can not take him seriously as he does not know what he is talking about. Now there are valid criticisms of the M2 missing M tidbits such as an engine temp display and the 'M' button to calibrate the car to your liking. BMW should be taken to task for being cheap here. The M2 is supposed to be a fun, lightweight, and entry level M car and it almost delivers. It's still too heavy (less than 100 pounds lighter than the M4) and the cost cutting takes a toll on features but it arguably is the best driver's car BMW produces right now. That does not change the fact MotorTrend still sucks at this.
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    04-21-2016, 03:03 AM
    What do you even say to this? McLaren's entry level 570S is running low 10's out of the gate and this is supposed to be the 'cheap' car. This is not some magazine ringer and this is not a magazine time. The 1/4 mile was achieved the old fashioned way on the dragstrip as it should be. Yes, this was achieved at ATCO in New Jersey which is one of the fastest drag strips in the nation. The time and date is not listed on the strip but looking at the weather on 4/20 when the run was said to take place the conditions were quite favorable and basically sea level. The 570S of course has a detuned M838T 3.8 liter twin turbo V8. An acceleration comparison video to the big brother 650S showed the cars as almost even. Weighing roughly 300 pounds less than the 650S clearly pays dividends despite the claimed 79 horsepower difference. To really know the output we all have to wait until one gets on the dyno but if you thought McLaren would neuter the 570S compared to the 650S you were wrong. Note, the video below shows a 10.511 @ 135.25 pass on a 1.852 60 foot and not the run in the slip below. Also note this was done on street tires with some race gas mixed in. That means with a just tune or possibly even just race gas and drag radials the 570S is a 9 second car.
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    04-05-2016, 06:41 PM
    If you are the one person in the USA who wants a manual F10 M5 or F13 M6 so you can have fun rowing the S63TU twin turbo V8 gears yourself you better order one quickly. No more F10 M5's or F13 M6's will be built with a manual transmission beyond fall of this year. It's over. According to BMW M head Frankl Van Meel demand is 'zero' for the manual transmission. Keep in mind it is only the US market that kept the manual alive for the F10 M5. The previous generation E60 M5 did not have a manual option in Europe and only received one in the United States. The one time BMW listens to US enthusiasts and US enthusiasts don't buy the damn thing. We only have ourselves to blame. BMW will not provide something that does not sell. All hail our DCT overlords. Source
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    04-10-2016, 06:40 PM
    Many, many BMW engine swaps have been done to death. The S54 and S50 motors in particular have frequently found a home in various BMW chassis'. The big daddy of all BMW motor swaps is the S85 V10 swap. Putting arguably the best naturally aspirated M motor ever produced (reference the BimmerBoost M engine ranking) in a lighter chassis is a recipe for fun. Especially when you throw twin superchargers on top. The supercharger kit is from G-Power and it does not come cheap ($30k+ depending on options) but this is clearly a build that spared no expense. Everything looks like it fits as if it was from the factory. Even the E60 M5 SMG transmission was swapped over. What makes this particularly impressive is it is an E87 1-Series but it could just as easily be done to an E82 1-Series. Even an E82 1M and then it would finally have a real M motor under the hood. Yes, a shot at BMW's engine choice for that model. Hopefully we will see this car in action and maybe some dyno figures although G-Power's S85 blowers trail other options until you go the built motor route for $50k+. Regardless, this car was already very quick in naturally aspirated form so let's see what it does now.
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    04-05-2016, 07:44 PM
    GIAC is getting into the BMW F82 M4 and F80 M3 ECU flash tuning game. It is good to see more tuners flashing the difficult factory DME as BMW does not make it easy. So, what is GIAC able to get out of the car? According to them, 461 horsepower at the crank. Why they use crank ratings when the car is underrated at the wheels and already has an output greater than 461 crank horsepower from the factory BimmerBoost has no clue. Fortunately, they include a wheel horsepower graph (take note Dinan). The baseline is a very strong 396 wheel horsepower on the Mustang dynamometer. This goes to 430 wheel horsepower after the Giac Stage I 91 octane ECU tune. A gain of 34 horsepower on the worst pump gas in the nation. The torque figure is certainly an eye opener. 67 lb-ft of torque gained at the wheels. That is a nice big chunk of area under the curve from 3000 to 5400 rpm. This all comes with all the stock intercooler and exhaust pieces in place. It will be interesting to see what they get out of their next stages as well especially when (if) they release a race gas or E85 tune.
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    04-21-2016, 07:12 PM
    Active Autowerke got their project BMW F87 M2 on the digital scales and with a ~150 pound driver the weight comes out to 3596 pounds. Now, curb weight will vary based on the fluids of course but without a driver and with a manual transmission the car weighs about 3436 pounds. That means a DCT car will be ~3500 pounds. The M2 is barely any lighter than an F80 M3. The difference is just under 100 pounds depending on the transmission choice. The weight difference between the cars should be 300+ pounds to really differentiate them but it is what it is.
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    04-01-2016, 08:32 PM
    With all of the dyno numbers out there for the S55 engine in the F80 M3 and F82 M4 people often forget about pump gas tune only figures. Guys are using methanol, E85, running upgraded turbos, port fuel injection, etc., and this leads to people thinking 700 wheel horsepower is the norm. It isn't. This is a realistic representation of what one can expect tune only out of an F80 M3 or F82 M4 S55 motor with a 93 octane pump gas ECU flash tune. Dyno tuning done by Precision Tuning:
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    04-09-2016, 08:01 PM
    This. This is why a wheelie bar is necessary. Most of you won't have to worry about this especially with your cars but there can come a point where there is too much traction for the power and when it hooks the nose goes up. Way, way, waaaaay up in this case.
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    04-18-2016, 11:42 PM
    Hmm... what is going on here? AMS posted on their blog a warning regarding Nissan GTR billet engine blocks. They do not name any names but what they say is that poorly machined billet engine blocks are being sold to the public and AMS is making the public aware of this. Is this a case of poor engine blocks? Is it that someone ripped off an AMS Performance block design? Is AMS trying to scare people into paying a premium for their products? This is what AMS says: Ok, so AMS apparently tried for three years with a certain a machine shop they do not name to produce a proper block but what was delivered did not meet their standards. AMS dropped this shop and went another route. So what is the problem? Apparently the machine shop is going to move these billet blocks anyway. Now, if the blocks are bad you do not want to be taken advantage of. However, if the blocks are good and a good deal cheaper than AMS or other sources there definitely will be interest. The block supposedly is being marketed as an AMS Block but AMS makes it clear this is not the block they use: Below are what AMS says are some of the problems with this block. They make a good case. However, there is also the possibility this issues have been resolved. Who knows what the truth is:
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    04-16-2016, 07:48 PM
    Kids borrowing cars that belong to their parents is a pretty normal thing. As is kids speeding in said car or having fun with something that is not theirs. This dad came up with a simple yet elegant solution to keep speeds in check. Not stupid if it works, right? What is somewhat amusing here is that with all the electronic tachs now being employed this would not really be possible on several newer cars.
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    04-12-2016, 02:12 AM
    This is the same S85 V10 engine swapped 1-Series hatchback we posted a couple days ago. The difference is this is before it got the G-Power twin supercharger kit for the S85 V10 motor. In this video it is running in naturally aspirated form against a tuned W204 C63 AMG coupe. The C63 is said to be at 564 horsepower so the assumption is that it has your basic M156 V8 bolt ons. The S85 V10 is smaller at 5.0 liter than the 6.2 liter M156 but it does rev to 8250 rpm giving it a strong top end punch. The E87 1-Series pulls away easily here. Imagine what it can do now with the boost from the twin blowers.
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