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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 06:56 PM
    This is what you can call a serious N54 build. @Ericbh77 is not messing around with his E92 335i. He is going for roughly 1000 horsepower and what is making that possible is the custom Fab Factory bottom mount twin scroll turbo manifold mated to a PTE 6870. The motor is obviously built and he is going with Schrick high lift cams: VAC built the motor and did some head work as well. He is planning on having @CKI@Motiv tune it and additional fuel is coming from a supplemental HPFP pump. Most high horsepower builds like this tend to be manual as the automatic will not hold the torque. Will this one? We'll see as it features upgrades although they have not been tested at this level. This is going to be a fun build to watch come together. Enjoy the pictures below.
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    11-15-2017, 12:04 PM
    MotorTrend got their hands on these two German hot rods featuring 3.0 liter twin turbo powerplants. The engine design is quite different however with the 911 GTS 9A2B6 featuring an oversquare flat-6 and the M4 S55 featuring an undersquare inline-6 which BoostAddict previously covered in an engine design comparison article. That said on paper these cars match up well. The M4 obviously offers greater value but it is heavier and seats four adults. The 911 does not seat four adults but is roughly 200 pounds lighter and of course more expensive. Power is essentially a wash on paper but we really need to see them both on the dyno to know the truth regarding torque curves, spool, and output. Unlike BMW who just changes software for the output gain, Porsche gives you larger turbos with the GTS. This GTS is rear wheel drive just like the M4 and both have dual clutch transmissions so this is as apples to apples as we are going to get. Ok, let's get to the actual performance comparison! They get the cars out on the Nurburgring and how can you not love that? Well, they ruin the whole thing by not providing laptimes. WTF is the point here guys? You attend a track day, talk about factory laptimes, and provide no actual performance measures. MotorTrend should never be allowed to take cars on the 'Ring again. What happens after the big Nurburgring buildup that ends in a whimper? They go on some damp and foggy mountain road and continue to yammer on about their feelings. Where is the Head 2 Head performance comparison gentlemen? You might as well have grandmothers compare these cars. What a waste of time MotorTrend. Don't call it a Head 2 Head comparison when really it is just story time with Jonny Lieberman and some guy who has an English accent which obviously means he has to know cars. You guys are a joke.
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    11-17-2017, 11:01 AM
    Well, holy crap! 8's out of the box? A 250 mph top speed? That is not all. The new Tesla roadster is said to hit 60 in 1.9 seconds and it will hit 100 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds. Those numbers are so mind numbingly fast please excuse us for being skeptical. When will it hit the market? Apparently it is being positioned as a 2020 model year car. The battery capacity is said to be good for 630 miles. Three motors will supply over 7,000 lb-ft of torque. It will start at $200,000 which for the numbers Tesla is quoting is well worth the money. Hell, it's worth double. It is going to be very hard to argue against the new Tesla Roadster if it delivers as advertised. The only downside will likely be the heft.
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    11-18-2017, 05:30 PM
    This BMW E92 335i belongs to BimmerBoost member @PureEvilN54 and he recently swapped a DCT (dual clutch) transmission into his 335i. Pulling off the physical swap is one thing but he states he is able to get launch values others are not. For example, 3500 and 5000 rpm launches. In the video below he demonstrates a 3500 rpm launch that builds 4 psi off boost at the line and he tells BimmerBoost that thus far he is the only one doing this launch control RPM value on a DCT swapped N54. BimmerBoost would love to see confirmation of that 5000 rpm launch.
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    Yesterday, 05:16 PM
    This E82 135i used to belong to BimmerBoost member @trickcruiser. He sold it but here are some final dyno pulls from his ride. This is a stock head and stock block N54. It is running a Precision 6466 single turbo with a VM N54 manifold. Going beyond this power and torque for a daily driven automatic N54 is asking for reliability concerns: The transmission was rebuilt by Level 10 but they have mixed reviews to say the least. Look to them more to refurbish an auto box than anything else on the platform. A solid 637 wheel horsepower and 533 lb-ft of torque in street trim on an E85 tune. The fuel system is a Fuel-It! Stage 3 with port injection and a BMS controller. It will be interesting to see if the new owner intends to push it much further.
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    11-15-2017, 01:26 PM
    According to Car and Driver's Porsche 991.2 GTS test results it is right there with Porsche 991.1 Turbo models. Actually, the 125 mile per hour trap speed is faster than the 123 MotorTrend got for the 991.1 Turbo but the 991.1 Turbo is known for being inconsistent. The 991.2 GTS model certainly is impressive and those larger turbochargers are doing some serious work. Realistically, expect 122-123 on the dragstrip based on the 991.2 Carrera S running 11.5 @ 120. An all wheel drive GTS likely will be knocking right on that 10-second door in stock form. Now imagine it with a tune... easy mid-10's? High 12X traps? The car is not just about acceleration obviously although clearly it is overachieving for 450 horsepower. The curb weight is fairly light at 3335 pounds and the handling plus steering feedback is stated as phenomenal. Honestly, it is hard to argue against the 911 GTS as the best sports car in the world produced today for the money. They're not wrong. VEHICLE TYPE: rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED: $129,560 (base price: $123,770) ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 182 cu in, 2981 cc POWER: 450 hp @ 6500 rpm TORQUE: 405 lb-ft @ 2150 rpm TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 96.5 in LENGTH: 178.3 in WIDTH: 72.9 in HEIGHT: 50.6 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 70 cu ft CARGO VOLUME: 5 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 3335 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.0 sec Zero to 100 mph: 7.2 sec Zero to 130 mph: 12.2 sec Zero to 150 mph: 17.4 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 3.8 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.4 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 2.5 sec Standing -mile: 11.3 sec @ 125 mph Top speed (drag limited, mfr's claim): 193 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 142 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.05 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY: Observed: 20 mpg EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 23/20/26 mpg
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    11-17-2017, 01:53 PM
    The next generation BMW F80 M3 and G82 M4 models expected as 2020 model year cars will feature new engine architecture. Well, not exactly new as the S58B38 powerplant will be a tweaked version of the current B58 3.0 liter inline-6 motor we all know and love. A water injection system carries over from the F82 M4 GTS. BimmerBoost would expect enthusiasts to quickly supplement this system with methanol injection or a mix. The reason the B58 will become an S58 is because BMW no longer builds ground-up M motors. A cost cutting move but it is redundant at this point to keep bringing up BMW heavily cutting costs. On the bright side the B58 architecture is a departure from the N54/N55/S55 engine family and hopefully that means we will not see crank hub issues with the new M3 and M4 engine. BMW can not possibly get this wrong for two straight generations, right? As the M3 and M4 are going up in power all wheel drive is expected to be standard. BMW may indeed quote 493 horsepower but this will be closer to an output rating at the wheels than at the crank. If BimmerBoost were to guess, BMW will continue to increase the M3/M4 base model by 70 whp so 490 horsepower at the wheels is pretty much the right range. The problem here is that the car will gain weight. All wheel drive is not going to make the vehicle lighter. Another problem is it likely means the end of a dual clutch transmission. A manual does not look likely either. An automatic all wheel drive M3? Why not just buy an Audi? There is a rumor that there will be a hybrid system. If so, expect weight to balloon further. If not, thank goodness. BMW will likely save face by allowing software to put the vehicle in a rear wheel drive mode just as they do with the F90 M5. The new M3 and M4 models will no doubt kick ass on the dragstrip and easily put their power down off the line. In other words, they will be nothing like what they are supposed to be.
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    11-16-2017, 02:22 PM
    The new 2019 Corvette ZR1 LT5 motor illustrates the point well that direct fuel injection on its own is not the best choice for a performance car. You will notice an increasing trend of high performance cars coming to the market with dual fuel injection. That means both direct and port fuel injection systems. Why both? Because direct injection quickly becomes a liability. The technology spread due to efficiency benefits not because it was better for performance. Want to disagree? Tell it to McLaren who for some reason opted not to equip the McLaren 720S M840T V8 which is absolutely vaporizing all challengers with direct fuel injection. The issue is not only do you need strong pumps capable of huge pressure the injection window shortens with RPM. That makes it a challenge to provide enough fuel at higher rpm ranges. This is exacerbated as power as added. Let's assume for a moment you buy a Ferrari 458 which has a direct injected motor that revs to 9k rpm. You might be saying, what is the problem? Well, try running ethanol through the motor. As ethanol contains less energy than gasoline while at the same time offering higher octane and cooling benefits you need to flow more of it through your fuel system. The direct injection system quickly taps out. It only gets worse if you add power. Port fuel injection does not have the same injection window or pressure issues. This is probably why McLaren does not use it on its 8000-8500 rpm motors. This is probably why Ford does not use it on the 8200 rpm GT350 Voodoo V8. This is probably why BMW M did not equip the S65 V8 or S85 V10 8250+ rpm screamers with direct injection. Manufacturers building performance engines today with direct injection are increasingly offering dual injection systems with port fuel injection. Why? To alleviate stress on the direct injection system and offer fueling headroom say with modern ethanol blends. It also reduces carbon deposits. There are pluses and minuses to both approaches. Direct injection allows motors to run at higher compression before detonation on pump fuels. This obviously provides a power and efficiency benefit. The cooling effect of direct injection is due to fuel droplets going through a phase change from liquid to gas and becoming an ignitable vapor that can be mixed with air and detonated by the spark plug. Heat is absorbed during this change providing a cooling effect which will allow a direct injection motor to run leaner. Again, this provides an efficiency benefit when it comes to fuel use. Port injection allows air flowing through the intake manifold to cool before reaching the combustion chamber while direct injection provides its cooling benefit in the chamber itself. Port injection also does not require the high injection pressure and it does not have the limited injection window which means it is easier to flow far more fuel. You can see how combining these two technologies provides the benefits of both and minimizes the downsides. Just look at the performance motors that recently entered the market with dual fuel systems: Chevrolet LT5 Audi 2.5 TFSI Audi/Lamborghini 5.2 V10 Bentley W12 Ford 3.5 Ecoboost There are other motors with dual injection not listed there but you get the idea and more are on the way. It is interesting to note that many enthusiasts on the various BoostAddict sites with direct injected motors who add power look into adding supplemental port injection systems. It is ironic that getting away from port injection quickly leads them right back to port injection once they start to add power and run ethanol. Factory dual-injection tends to provide the best of both worlds.
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    11-20-2017, 06:01 PM
    The E46 M3 CSL originally made waves because it managed a stellar 7 minute and 50 second laptime in the hands of Sport Auto. Back in 2003 this was a quick time. For perspective, a 997.2 Carrera S PDK on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires matched this time in 2008. The CSL was spectacular. BMW shaved 240 pounds off the car for a total of 3053 pounds and managed to squeeze 360 horsepower out of the 3.2 liter S54 engine with a new airbox design and a new cam profile. Not to mention the suspension, aerodynamics, and brake upgrades. The E46 M3 CSL was BMW M at its best and the peak of the classic M brand. That 7:50 Nurburgring time was an incredible achievement. Now in 2017 look at what this E46 M3 is doing. A 7:28.5 and yes it is still naturally aspirated. The M3 has a CSL airbox from Karbonius Composites and a CSL tune from Chris Benoit. This of course is in addition to the suspension, brake, aero, and tire upgrades. An absolutely phenomenal result when you factor in the E46 record holder is a supercharged E46 M3 CSL running 7:22 and the a stock F82 M4 takes 7 minutes and 52 seconds. The driving probably has something to do with it.
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    11-16-2017, 11:44 AM
    At this point it is difficult to deny that the N63/S63 engine architecture is the best from a tuning perspective in the BMW turbo era. The various N54, N55, and S55 I6's may be more plentiful but they simply are not as stout stock or modified. The S63TU will make about 500 whp in stock form on a standard F10 M5 depending on your dyno and the weather. BMW sandbagged the hell out of the motor like they do with most of their M motors theses days. So it's stout stock but how do you add 300+ whp to it? Like this: - Pure Turbos Stage 2 turbocharger - DCT clutch upgrade - Tuning - Catless downpipes and an exhaust Here's the proof: This is an example tuned by HC Performance through the PTF Bootmod3 system. The engine remains stock internally. Horsepower is boosted by 300 at the wheels and torque goes up from 484 lb-ft at the wheels to 854 lb-ft at the wheels. Pushing the motor further on the factory rods is not recommended but if you want more there are people going well past 1000+ horsepower with built motor examples. This basic engine design is going to be with us for a while through the F90 M5 and beyond. That is a good thing. It would be even better if BMW put the motor in a chassis that didn't weigh 4300+ pounds.
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    11-20-2017, 04:11 PM
    Nobody should be surprised that the new F90 M5 is starting at over $100k. The military pricing leaked out and even with the military discount it is over $100k. To be precise, $102,600 which means the MSRP is going to be above this amount. For reference, the 2016 BMW F10 M5 starts at $94,100. We can expect at least $10k more. Whether it is worth it or not is up to you to decide. The price quickly goes up with options. The First Edition option is $18,300 and includes the M Sport Exhaust system (which is a must) along with 20 inch wheels. Then there is the Apple Car Play, Black Trim, Surround Sound System, high-gloss Shadow line, M Driver's package, and some BMW individual components. Realistically that makes this potentially a $130k+ car out the door once you start ticking boxes. Is it worth it? We'll see soon enough.
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    11-16-2017, 05:25 PM
    The Balboni edition of the Lamborghini Gallardo does not get the credit it deserves. The car is named after the legendary Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni. This man was responsible for testing every Lamborghini introduced since 1973 until his retirement. The Balboni edition was built to be the way Valentino would want a Gallardo. That meant a lighter and sharper car where the throttle could be used to correct. The all wheel drive system was ditched saving over 250 pounds. The result is a curb weight of 3042 pounds. What could be better than a lightweight Gallardo with a high revving 542 horsepower 5.2 liter V10? That same motor with a supercharger from VF-Engineering. Check out the difference between stock and with the Eaton TVS2300 kit from VF: Another 180 horsepower at the wheels over stock. Oh, and how about 178 more lb-ft of torque? The Balboni is supposed to be a track car and there will be those people saying you can not track it with a blower due to heat soak. Oh yeah? Check out these three pulls back to back to back: Looks like VF has the cooling down just fine. This is the definition of a driver's Lamborghini just as Balboni wanted it... but even better.
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    11-18-2017, 04:11 PM
    TTE (The Turbo Engineers) in Germany has a hybrid S55 turbocharger upgrade available for the F80 M3 and F82 M4. When it comes to hybrid turbos Pure Turbos pretty much dominates the S55 platform but it is interesting to finally see some results from the TTE turbochargers. Another interesting point is that this F80 M3 is tuned through the MHD F-Series OBD-II platform. Up until now, most upgraded turbo F80 M3 and F82 M4 vehicles were tuned through the PTF Bootmod3 system. The results look good: 717 horsepower at the crank is strong. However, what kind of dyno is being used? We need to see more numbers on a variety of dynamometers to get a better idea of output. Additionally, to see how this stacks up to Pure Turbos efforts. As for the MHD F-Series platform it is flashed through OBD-II and a handheld device except the ECU must be unlocked physically first. This is no different from the PTF Bootmod3 system in that respect. No doubt European members will be more interested in the TTE S55 turbos than those in the USA.
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    11-15-2017, 05:23 PM
    Mercedes-AMG is essentially offering the same engine architecture in various state of tune. The M176, M177, and M178 V8 motors are all the same basic design and engine family but there are differences based on the application. For example, the M178 gets a dry sump oil lubrication system as AMG GT owners are more likely to track their cars. Plus, there is a large price premium so it makes sense the top model gets all the goodies. The C63 and E63 both have an M177 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 yet the output is very different between the two. How do they differ? W205 C63 S Displacement: 3982cc Bore x Stroke: 83mm x 92mm Horsepower: 503 Torque: 516 lb-ft Redline: 7000 rpm Compression Ratio: 10.5:1 Boost: 17.4 psi W213 E63 S Displacement: 3982cc Bore x Stroke: 83mm x 92mm Horsepower: 603 Torque: 627 lb0ft Redline: 7000 rpm Compression Ratio: 8.6:1 Boost: 21.8 psi What should immediately strike you is that the E63 S has higher boost pressure but also lower compression. Much lower compression. Why? Well, because Mercedes-AMG is cramming in a lot more air. It is the same compression ratio as the M133 four-cylinder in the CLA45 AMG. The main difference is that compression ratio and the turbochargers. As the E63 S is 500 pounds heavier plus sending power to all four wheels courtesy of 4Matic it needs much more power and torque to move it. Especially considering that it is priced above the C63 in the lineup. The new twin scroll turbochargers ensure the E63 S is making more power and torque. There is a bit of a trade off in lag but past 3000 rpm until redline there is a massive difference in area under the curve in favor of the E63 S: The Renntech tuned E63 S is making nearly 120 more horsepower than the Renntech tuned C63 S. Maybe swapping E63 turbos and manifolds onto the C63 will become popular? The E63 also gets new pistons as already highlighted plus a new intake manifold and intercooler design. There you have it.
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    Yesterday, 02:32 PM
    Gintani is still tuning the project 991.2. This is a preliminary graph that gives you an idea of the difference the tune makes. Gintani believes they can add a little bit of power up top but as you can see this motor is a torque monster down low. Compared to GIAC's 91 octane tune Gintani does not ramp in the torque as hard down low but the peak comes at about 4200 rpm compared to 2950 giving a broader curve: The torque increase is 110 lb-ft over the baseline but for whatever reason the baseline is a bit lower than it was on other Mustang dynamometers while the peak horsepower is right on the money. The dyno was recently calibrated. Gintani is still tuning so take this as an early result but obviously there is a lot on tap from the stock 991.2 Carrera. Additionally, dyno results with cat bypass pipes from Soul Performance should come today and Gintani also plans to do a race gas tune which thus far nobody has done.
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    11-15-2017, 11:32 AM
    This seems to be the highest horsepower hit on the new aluminum block dual-injection 2.5 TFSI motor. Considering how rapidly tuning is moving on the platform expect someone else to top this output any now. HPerformance in Germany is getting just over 600 horsepower at the crank or just under 500 horsepower at the wheels out of the 8V RS3: How are they do that? With the following upgrades which include a Tomcat TC640 turbocharger: ✔️ Tomcat TC640 turbocharger ✔️ 90 mm down pipe precat delete ✔️ 90mm aluminium intake ✔️ modified sparkplugs ✔️ hperformance clubsport intercooler ✔️ engine and gearbox mapping MTR For now the transmission seems to be holding up thanks to MTR's TCU programming. Expect this to be topped any day now but it just goes to show what a great tuning platform the 2.5 TFSI is.
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    11-20-2017, 04:42 PM
    The new Audi RS3 sedan is already making mid 10's in the 1/4 mile look easy. This is a very impressive result when you factor in where it was run. The Fontana dragstrip in Southern California is notoriosuly slow and when you factor in the 2356 foot density altitude this result becomes all the more impressive. Here is the mod list: IMS 8v RS3 billet intercooler IMS 8s/8v Downpipe and midpipes IMS/Custom Code stock turbo tuning suite 15 minute track side weight reduction E85 18 inch DOT radials Essentially your standard bolt ons there although there is also some weight reduction. Hard to argue with the result: Iroz believes there is more in it and we agree. In cooler weather at sea level this car should be capable of 10.3 or better. Incredible.
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    11-17-2017, 12:03 PM
    Nice result here for an N63 F10 550i with the Alpina turbochargers. Back when the N63 was on the market Alpina filled an M7 void in the lineup with their B7 model with received upgraded turbochargers and new tuning for the N63 V8. This owner somehow got his hands on the Alpina turbos and had them installed on his F10 550i. He then added a JB4, meth injection, and an intake. The result is pretty good with an 11.99 @ 119.47 in the 1/4 mile: He might want to look into a BEF (back end flash) to get more out of it. A flash tuned 2013 Alpina B7 ran 10's but that is with the updated N63TU powerplant. There is definitely more to extract out of this 550i.
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    11-18-2017, 03:41 PM
    Ford updated the Mustang Coyote V8 with dual fuel injection for the 2018 model year. Adding both port and direct injection to engines is all the rage right now. The fuel system change allows a bump in compression for the Mustang GT from 11.0:1 to 12.0:1. The 5.0 liter BMW S85 V10 from way back in 2005 offered 12.0:1 compression with port injection alone. It also was rated at 507 horsepower. The 2018 Mustang GT 5.0 is rated at 460 horsepower yet it shows the same output as the lofty BMW V10 on a Dynojet: The 420 lb-ft rating is conservative as well with the car hitting 390 lb-t of torque at the wheels. This blows E60 M5's 320 lb-ft of torque at the wheels out of the water. The motor is also revving to 7500 rpm now. Still short of the lofty 8200 rpm redline of the GT350 Mustang Voodoo V8 but it is definitely a greater hp per dollar bargain. For reference, the Voodoo offers 12.0:1 compression and puts down 467 horsepower to the tires. The 2018 Mustang GT is offering a lot of value for its $35k starting price.
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    11-20-2017, 08:33 PM
    The McLaren 570S in stock form is more than enough car for most people considering it runs low 10's at 135 miles per hour. If you were most people you would not be reading this site. How does the McLaren 570S respond to tuning? Very well. The M838T V8 is hardly pushed in the 570S and it shows with these results. The baseline with race gas blended in produces 503 horsepower and 508 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Very solid baseline figures on a Mustang dyno: Add in a downpipes and a Stage 2 DME Tuning ECU dyno tune and the car goes to 588 wheel horsepower and 582 lb-ft of wheel torque. Race gas improves these figures even further to 608 wheel horsepower and 619 lb-ft of wheel torque but you will notice the gains mostly come from 3500 rpm to 6200 rpm. Toward redline the race gas and pump gas curves level off and mirror each other as the stock turbos look to run out of breath. With a race gas tune and downpipes the 570S will be running deep into the 9's at well over 140 miles per hour. In other words, it should be able to go up against the 720S big brother.
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    11-17-2017, 12:53 PM
    Great to see some tune only numbers on a Porsche 991.1 Turbo S from an all wheel drive Dynojet. Johnson Tuning did a custom tune for this 2014 911 Turbo S through the Cobb Tuning V3 Accessport system. The result is some very healthy gains over the baseline of 525 horsepower at all four wheels: Peak horsepower increases almost 50 awhp but the torque figure is where the real boost happens. The stock figure of 545 lb-ft at the wheels increases to 637 lb-ft at the wheels. The only problem? Where is the torque curve on the graph? No reason to doubt Johnson Tuning but with turbo motors we definitely want to see the torque curve.
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    11-16-2017, 11:22 AM
    Yes, you are looking at a rendering but Ford actually is considering building a Ranger Raptor. Imagine for a moment all the off-road goodies from the F150 Raptor in a much lighter chassis with the same potent Ecoboost 3.5 liter V6. Now imagine that package coming in at a much lower MSRP. Then imagine a tuned version with 600 horsepower at all four wheels. If that doesn't get your blood flowing then check out the teaser video from Ford South Africa below.
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    11-18-2017, 02:41 PM
    300 pounds is a lot of weight. Think of it this way, this 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 is hauling around an extra refridgerator compared to a standard rear wheel drive Porsche 911 Carrera. It shows in the performance metrics. The PDK 3614 pound Targa 4 gets through the 1/4 mile in 12.1 seconds at 115 miles per hour. How does this compare to a standard 911 Carrera? The PDK C2 runs 11.8 @ 118 in the 1/4 mile. Essentially, exactly 3/10's and 3 miles per hour off due to the 300 pound weight difference. The Targa models are the heaviest in the lineup partially because they come standard with all wheel drive. Most buyers likely do not care. The Targa does offer a beautiful open air experience with unique styling. If you are into performance and the driving experience above all else, get the rear wheel drive coupe. If you want a hardtop convertible, get the Targa. Car and Driver sums it up well: VEHICLE TYPE: rear-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door targa PRICE AS TESTED: $128,170 (base price: $112,850) ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 182 cu in, 2981 cc POWER: 370 hp @ 6500 rpm TORQUE: 331 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 96.5 in LENGTH: 177.1 in WIDTH: 72.9 in HEIGHT: 50.7 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 70 cu ft CARGO VOLUME: 4 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 3614 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.6 sec Zero to 100 mph: 9.2 sec Zero to 130 mph: 15.9 sec Zero to 150 mph: 23.3 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.8 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.7 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.0 sec Standing -mile: 12.1 sec @ 115 mph Top speed (drag limited, mfr's claim): 178 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 143 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.99 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY: Observed: 20 mpg 75-mph highway driving: 31 mpg Highway range: 550 miles EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 24/22/28 mpg
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    Yesterday, 02:11 PM
    This is the new Aston Martin Vantage V8 and it is... well, controversial. Somehow it is nowhere near as elegant as the car it replaces but at the same time it looks much more modern. There definitely is quite a bit of DB11 in it. Yet it does not come together as well as its big brother. Perhaps all the sharp angles take some getting used to? Also that big nose just stands out against the neon paint color. Darker colors should blend better. The interior is absolutely spectacular. Second to none. Aston Martin knows they are the best of the best when it comes to the interior styling. Pricing is expected to be $150k or so which is perfectly reasonable. Especially considering the car has 50/50 weight distribution and weighs 3373 pounds dry. The only downside? An automatic transmission. They could have copied the AMG GT dual clutch but chose not to. On the other hand the automatic may have far more torque handling capability for the 503 horsepower twin turbo V8. Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2018.
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    11-20-2017, 04:20 PM
    Pure Turbos has their hands in everything these days it seems. A good thing for the consumer as their upgrades tend to be a great value compared to what is on the market. The McLaren aftermarket tax is absolutely insane. Need proof? Just look at the absurd $42,900 turbo upgrade from Hypercar Developments. They add a third turbo and charge an insane amount of money for a bump to 800 horsepower. Pure Turbos will match that output without having to add a third turbo and at a fraction of the cost as this will be a hybrid upgrade designed around the factory housings. As this will be an M838T upgrade we expect it will eventually carry over to the McLaren 570 models as well.
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    11-18-2017, 02:01 PM
    The new F150 Raptor may get all the headlines and some people may find the 600 all wheel horsepower it is putting out from its 3.5 liter twin turbo Ecoboost in the aftermarket impressive. The truth of the matter is that when it comes to power and on-road truck performance the SVT Lightning is the king. This is hardly the quickest and fastest Lightning yet a 9.65 @ 139.56 out of an F150 is absolutely mental. It is amazing how effortless it looks as well. The truck simply hooks with a highly impressive 1.351 60 foot courtesy of the drag suspension and Hoosiers. The 5.4 liter V8 is built of course and features a JDM aluminum block. The Whipple 2.3 liter twin screw does the heavy lifting. Anyone else hungry for a new Lightning?
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    11-18-2017, 01:32 PM
    If you thought standard 4Matic all wheel drive would kill the fun of the E63 AMG, think again. The car comes with a drift mode that is enabled through the software and it allows the car to send power to the rear wheels and swing the tail out. This is similar to the system the BMW F90 M5 employs which sends power to the rear wheels when desired. It looks like a lot of fun. Now if only there was a solution for all that weight added over the front wheels...
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    11-16-2017, 12:13 PM
    Why is it women feel the need to take out their aggression over whatever pissed them off on a man's car? Probably because men love their cars and a vehicle is often a prized possession. They know where to hit you where it hurts. What did this guy do? Who knows. He definitely should not be leaving his car outside though if he intends to keep doing it.
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    11-15-2017, 03:14 PM
    Pretty respectable for a FWD car isn't it? Especially when you take into account the mild mods. The owner added some bolt ons and drag rubber as well as a BMS (Burger Tuning) JB4 plug and play tune. The result is a 12.282 @ 113.67 in the 1/4 mile. On a 1.868 60 foot no less. If the owner wants more there are plenty of options out there for the MKVII GTI but this is a great result for simple mods.
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    Yesterday, 02:51 PM
    Want to flash tune your new third generation Audi TT-RS or 8V Audi RS3 sedan at home? Well, you can. Custom Code UK developed a handheld OBD-II flasher which will let you tune right in your own garage. Iroz Motorsport is the exclusive importer of the Custom Code flasher in the USA. As for pricing: It seems you will only be able to flash Custom Code software though. Nice, but not exactly being able to tune however you want yourself or to go get an outside Protune as Cobb allows.
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