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  • G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
    11-20-2014, 12:12 AM
    So this morning I was on my way to class when this kid in a scion tc past by me. He apparently hit a patch of black ice and lost control of his vehicle. I saw the whole thing coming, but there was nothing I could do to save my car, he smacked into me and sent us both flying off into a ditch on the side of the highway. I will find out for sure if the car is totaled or not in the next few days, but after talking to my body shop (whom I have a great relationship with) they are confident it will be totaled. This really sucks because my car was finally coming together I just installed bc racing coilovers a few weeks ago along with all the other mods done to the car. Thankfully I was not at fault so hopefully everything will be covered by his insurance, but this still sucks:( I really don't know what car to get next... I loved my m3, but I don't want to get another one while I am still in college, this whole thing just sucks I worked hard to get this car and get it where is was and now all of it is gone.
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  • ChuckD05's Avatar
    11-19-2014, 04:41 PM
    M4 vs LongBoarders e92 SC m3
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 AM
    Mercedes-AMG along with the entire Mercedes portfolio (Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach) had an excellent showing at the 2014 LA Auto Show and they offered the most pleasurable experience of all the manufacturers at the show. All of the questions asked by BenzBoost were answered in a polite and professional manner. And trust me there were many questions and some of them specifically were designed to tweak AMG a bit from the enthusiast perspective. Let's start with the major debut which is the AMG GT you see pictured in yellow and grey paint colors. The styling in person of course is subjective but the vehicle is not nearly as striking as the SLS. Whereas the SLS attempted a modern take on the classic Gullwing SL the AMG GT looks like more of a mashup of the current Mercedes styling language. The front headlights obviously are influenced by the CLS and S classes and the rear lights take their cue from the S-Class coupe. It is a much safer and frankly more bland design interpretation than the SLS. That is not to say it does not look good as it does. It is just that the Mercedes designs are starting to blur together. The same could be said about the new W205 generation C63 AMG. It does look like a miniature S-Class but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The C63 AMG simply looks great in person. Excellent, muscular presence and the best C-Class styling to date. It looks incredibly modern, elegant, and strong all at the same time. Borrowing design elements works in this application. I started hammering the AMG representatives with questions and they never once ignored a question or lost their composure. Let's go over some of the questions. BenzBoost: Why no dual clutch transmission for the C63 AMG? The response I got from the Mercedes-AMG rep was that the C63 AMG is a different target audience than the AMG GT. The MCT works well in this application. That is a fine explanation and I followed up with: BenzBoost: Even though the MCT works in this application isn't the reason the AMG GT has a dual clutch transmission and the C63 AMG does not because the rear transaxle dual clutch setup from the SLS AMG could simply be borrowed for the GT whereas in the C63 AMG it would require a new design and therefore cost more money? I could see the (attractive) German female AMG rep flinch a bit after this one but her response was that cost cutting was not the reason the C63 AMG did not have a dual clutch transmission and that the MCT is better suited to the C63 character. Ok, so be it, but I was not exactly buying it and I pressed harder again stating that the dual clutch setup from the GT and the SLS would not work in the C63 meaning a new design would be necessary which another AMG representative overheard and agreed stating the additional cost was not worth it when the MCT automatic has proven to work so well. I got the answer I already knew but it was nice to have confirmation. BenzBoost: Why no 4Matic all wheel drive for the W205 C63 AMG? The answers here were all very logical. First of all, 4Matic adds considerable weight and the C63 is a sportier car than the E63 AMG as the reps stated. Additionally, they feel that overlap begins to happen in the lineup if the C63 AMG has 4Matic with the E63 as we all know is only offered in 4Matic guise in the USA. BenzBoost: Why no dry sump lubrication for the M177 V8 in the C63 AMG? The reps were not too thrilled with this question as they felt I seemed to be implying the M177 is inferior to the M178 which in a sense I was. As an enthusiast I expect the best parts available from a manufacturer in their cars and this goes for the C63 AMG as well. Even though the car comes in at a lower price point than the AMG GT we should at least have the option. Porsche offers dry sump lubrication on its SUV's and Mercedes-AMG can't on its cars when the system is already developed for the motor used? I was told the AMG GT S is more of a track car and that is absolutely true. However, it is also more than twice the price of the C63 AMG. Not everyone can get a C63 AMG can afford an AMG GT and the AMG GT will never offer seating for more than a single passenger. The option of a dry sump system would at least be nice although it was pointed out to me by the reps that I would probably be the only person ordering the option. They are right. But they would definitely show they take hardcore enthusiasts who want the most from their cars into account. BenzBoost: Are there internal differences between the M177 V8 in the C63 AMG and the standard C63? I was told there is more to it than just the motor and was shown the wheels and brakes. That is true the S adds more than power but what I wanted to know is if the difference in C63 AMG S and C63 AMG output was from software and received confirmation that it is in fact just software. BenzBoost: When will we see an AMG GT or C63 AMG Black Series model? The AMG reps clammed up on this one. This was sort of a wink wink nudge nudge type of response. We all know it is coming but the AMG representatives were not allowed to talk about an AMG GT Black Series car. I mentioned Tobias Moers already stated a more hardcore AMG GT is coming but the reps told me as he is the head of AMG he can say whatever he wants but that they could not. They had a very good point. BenzBoost: Why not unlock ECU's for guys who want to tune? Isn't the M177/M178 leaving a ton of power on the table? Now the response to this was cool to see. The AMG rep started telling me how they are aware of tuning and specifically mentioned Weistec and Renntech. The rep went on to discuss some of the Weistec cars and as being a fan of what they do. Interesting, right? The rep then stated that they have to protect their software as it will be ripped off. I mentioned that it is simply a matter of time before the software is cracked and that if OEM's wanted the info they have larger resources to get it than tuners. He agreed but said AMG has to take steps to protect itself and that if you want to tune these cars you have to work for it. He said he might not like it and some engineers may not like it but it is not their decision and there are too many concerns to factor in. Essentially, it would be like opening a pandora's box and no doubt warranty claims would skyrocket. Unfortunately, cultivating a closer relationship between the enthusiast and the factory does not seem possible due to politics. This is a shame as AMG is targeting enthusiasts and all enthusiasts want is more out of their cars. It should not be a fight between the two but that is where things are. Some companies are more friendly in this respect than others and I at least came away with the sense that AMG is not opposed to modification but only wants to protect their intellectual property. With the reps knowledge of various tuners and their builds as well as what goes on in the forums I believed him. I enjoyed my visit with Mercedes more than I did with any other manufacturer at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The reps immediately came over to answer all my questions and were very polite, informed, and professional. They managed to not get frustrated even though I tend to frustrate. No other manufacturer offered as much time to answer questions and show off the cars they had at their display. Well done Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach, and Mercedes-AMG.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 09:28 AM
    Very interesting video here showing a pair of 991 Turbo S Porsches against a Lamborghini Aventador on the highway. The Aventador is a very fast car in stock form but has been a target for tuned German cars and obviously a vehicle like the Lamborghini makes for quite the measuring stick. Tuned M157 63 AMG's AMG's have been able to pull the Aventador on the highway. Now we have seen the Aventador run the new Porsche 991 Turbo S but it was not a highway matchup rather a standing kilometer drag race. The Turbo S by virtue of its launch wins the drag race but the Aventador has the slightly higher trap speeds at the 1/4 mile and kilometer marks. On paper, that means in a highway showdown the Aventador should beat the 991 Turbo S from a roll. In the video below you will see that is how it plays out. The white Porsche 991 Turbo S has a full Cargraphic exhaust system and the red Turbo S has a Cargraphic X-pipe. The Aventador also has an aftermarket exhaust system. The Aventador pulls up top as it should although the turbo torque of the 991 Turbo S gives it a slight edge down low also as it should. This race plays out as expected on paper and the Aventador gets a chance to show its top end strength.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 02:18 PM
    My old friend Ken Block is at it again, this time ripping up the streets of LA. Def worth a watch.
    6 replies | 307 view(s)
  • bigdnno98's Avatar
    11-18-2014, 12:13 AM
    Anyone looking for a big boy turbo? For sale only, no trades. Super94 1.06ar t4. No play in any direction, and no seal leaks, 600 miles, Turbo only. No lines or fittings. $1800
    7 replies | 175 view(s)
  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 12:55 AM
    Welcome Warrant, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 09:08 AM
    More and more 63 AMG's are producing over 600 wheel horsepower with just a tune on the M157 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 AMG platform. Now of course we have already seen this level of power and more from AMS on the platform as they showed over 600 wheel horsepower with the new 4Matic 63 AMG models. It is always nice however to see independent results verify tuner claims. This particular owner has a rear wheel drive 2012 E63 AMG and on 93 octane pump gas with just the AMS Alpha Performance ECU Tune managed 611 horsepower a 752 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. These are gains of 127 and 257 respectively. The torque gain in particular is hugely impressive. We all know the new turbo era motors get big gains with just a tune but these are truly monster tune only gains. Owner impressions: “I sent my ECU off to AMS on my 2012 E63 this week, quick turnaround time. Got it back today and all I can say is WOW! Already put 400 miles on the car today and I am thoroughly impressed. Baseline numbers on National Speed’s Dynojet were 484whp and 495 wtq After tune, 611WHP and 752WTQ (700HP and 864 TQ). This ECU tune has made this car into an absolute monster, I cannot keep my foot out of it. Still getting 24 MPG on the highway, but she’s got so much torque in all the gears. Car is so fun to drive, more fun than my stock ’09 GT-R was. I cannot wait until you guys get these cars to take E85, it will be insane. Thank you guys for all you do, you’ll have my continued business. I’m an AMS customer for life.”
    5 replies | 59 view(s)
  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    11-16-2014, 06:33 PM
    Just a heads up, ITS BACK. Been getting it for the past 3 hours or so, like every 2-3 minutes.
    3 replies | 253 view(s)
  • TTFS's Avatar
    11-19-2014, 10:03 PM
    Vehicle: BMW E46 M3 6 Speed Modifications: 288/280 Cams Turner Pulleys Carbon Airbox Euro Hearders Stock US Section 1 Rouge Muffler TTFS Air Temp Relocate TTFS Custom Tune 361.7(WHP)@7950(RPM)/264.0(ft-lbs)@4950(RPM) best run Top 3 runs showing the car adapting to the new tune:
    4 replies | 249 view(s)
  • bigdnno98's Avatar
    11-19-2014, 10:45 AM
    bigdnno98 started a thread For Sale: BNIB GTX 3071r $1550 in Buy/Sell - Parts
    FS is a GTX 3071r, T3 .82 AR 4 bolt turbine housing. 0 miles, never used. $1550 + shipping and PP fees.
    3 replies | 121 view(s)
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