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  • fieldysnuts8's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:04 PM
    So I'm in the pretty early stages but I am considering buying a new (used) car. I bought my current car (2011 Camaro 2SS/RS/manual) when I graduated law school and I was 25 at the time. I'm now 30 and I have a 2 year old. So I think its time for something a little more mature, classy, and practical but I don't want to give up having a relatively fast, relatively sporty car. My price range is around $36k. I do my own basic maintenance (oil, tranny/diff fluid, brake pads, spark plugs) and basic bolt on type work (air intake, headers) but on cars that are pretty easy to work on (Trucks, F-body's, my current car). Below are my requirements outside of price and some general thoughts on how I will use the car: 4 doors and a decent backseat (for car seat) and trunk (golf bags, stroller). It can't be slower than my current car (0-60 in around 4.6, low 13's 1/4). I will not modify the car so it must be at least that fast stock. It must be fun to drive. For example: A Charger Hellcat would not be appropriate because although it is fast, its not fun to drive. I want a car that feels a little special. USE: primarily a daily driver but I may occasionally take it to a track. That said, I'm not one of these guys who is obsessed with shaving 100ths of a second off my lap time. I just want to have fun and have a car that I can push without killing it or myself. If tracked, I would probably not take it past 7.5/10ths of its potential. It must be somewhat classy but not super flashy. I want a car that is nice to be in and I would be proud to walk up to and get in on a daily basis. Ideally it would be a car that a normal person wouldn't think twice about but someone like us (abnormal people) would look at and be like "nice." The car is for me to enjoy driving, not to attract attention. It must be reliable and reasonable to fix or have fixed when something does break. It must also be reasonable to maintain. I understand that most "nice" cars will be more expensive to maintain than my Camaro but it has to be within reason. RWD is preferred but I'd be willing to do AWD if the AWD is fun and tossable. Manual is preferred but I would do flappy paddle if it is a great box, a good deal, and not unreliable. Right now my two front runners are a 09-14 CTS-V and an E90 M3. My concern with the Caddy is that although its fast, I worry that its heavy and not that fun to drive. My concern with the M3 is reliability and maintenance. Any feedback or tips on my front runners is welcome as is advice on other options (supported with reasoning).
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  • Group.america's Avatar
    01-26-2015, 04:07 PM
    Juno started this morning and I already have 2" of snow on my way to maybe 36" in the next 24 hours. Thought I would clear off the drive... within 2 minutes the 45 mph winds blew the snow right back into my driveway.. anyway I am bored so will post some pics as we go along Audi A3 Quattro FTW
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-26-2015, 12:36 PM
    The M133 engine just continues to impress and the tuning market for the smallest AMG motor just continues to push forward. Here is an A45 AMG that received bolt on modifications from Rebellion Automotive consisting of their tune, downpipe, and intake. The result? 375 horsepower at all four wheels. The torque figure is what is is really eye opening as the car shows 502 newton meters or 370 lb-ft at all four wheels. That mountain of torque is also available fairly early in the powerband. Rebellion claims they picked up 43 wheel horsepower on a competitors tune but did not provide the graph to support this assertion and they did not name the competitor. Additionally, the claim this A45 AMG put down 312 at all four wheels in stock form but once again did not provide a graph as support. Rebellion is using a piggyback tune and with flash tunes progressing on the M133 it will be interesting to see how bolt on tuning plays out for the M133 from here on out.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-23-2015, 03:58 PM
    Low 10 second performance on the stock internal AMG M156 V8? Yep. This Weistec Stage III supercharged W204 C63 is from the Middle East and ran in Abu Dhabi at the Yas Marina 1/4 mile drag strip. The C63 AMG put down a very impressive run of 10.215 @ 136.658 on a 1.470 60 foot time. The car of course features the 3.0 liter twin screw Weistec M156 supercharger package and in addition the Weistec 'Bulletproof' transmission upgrade. As far as C63 AMG's are concerned this is the quickest and fastest stock internal pass recorded. Additionally, compared this time to a 10.4 @ 134.43 an Australian C63 managed with the Weistec Stage III package on pump gas. With race gas and maybe slightly more boost it certainly looks like a 9 second C63 AMG on stock internals is possible. Video below (recorded with a potato unfortunately): EDIT: The car features aftermarket forged internals:
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  • DD GT3 RD's Avatar
    01-27-2015, 12:32 AM
    Not sure if this was ever posted, if a repost please delete. Pretty fast! LaFerrari: 0-60 2.7 1/4 9.6 @ 157 mph P1: 0-60 2.6 1/4 9.8 148.9 mph http://www.automobilemag.com/features/magazine/1503-hybrid-is-the-new-fast-ferrari-laferrari-vs-mclaren-p1/
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-24-2015, 08:24 PM
    The M133 engine is finally getting more flash options on the market. Up until now Renntech was the only tuner offering a real flash tune. The vast majority of the other M133 tuning options were piggyback tunes which of course have their plusses and minuses depending on your tuning goals. Flash tunes tends to offer more control over various parameters but it is ultimately personal preference. What is important is that M133 tuning is taking strides forward which is good for everyone. Eurocharged recorded a baseline wheel horsepower figure of 330. After the tune this rises to 380 for a very impressive gain of 50 wheel horsepower. The baseline torque figure is 334 lb-ft at the wheels. After the tune the peak torque rises to 430 lb-ft at the wheels for a gain of 96 lb-ft. The M133 definitely offers incredibly torque stock and tuned. The turbo does look like it runs out of steam past 5500 rpm though as if the torque did not drop off so sharply the M133 would easily make over 400 wheel horsepower. The Eurocharged tune retails for a very reasonable $999. The ECU must be sent in to either the Houston or Toronto location. OBD-II flashing is not yet possible but that will come with time. This is just the beginning but the future of M133 tuning certainly is bright.
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  • tjav8b's Avatar
    01-25-2015, 12:25 AM
    I am attempting to do some research on how inlet air temperatures are being effected by my ESS VT-650 kit and how efficient the intercooler design is. I am running the BMW Data logger program while conducting a few maximum rpm pulls on the highway. This was in no way a controlled test as I am just starting this and wanted to get a basic idea of what is going on under the hood. I am also having trouble with the BMW data logger continuously dropping offline. Ambient temperature was 60 degrees. While driving at 70mph and engine completely warmed up IATs began at 83-85 degrees. After only two 3rd to the top of 4th gear pulls IATs yielded a 148 degree peak. It took about 5 minutes for IATs to come down to 90 degrees where it stabilized. After the IATs stabilized I pulled over and checked under the hood temperatures. Using an infrared thermometer the large air filter measured 100 degrees. The small air filter measured 130 degrees. I am looking into putting a temperature sensor at the filter to get a more accurate reading of how hot the air is that is actually being sucked in. Even though this was a very rough test, the results do not look good to me. IATs stabilizing 30 degrees above ambient at highway speeds does not seem efficient. Also, seeing 90 degrees above ambient after a few hard pulls on only 7psi does not seem good either. Supercharger outlet temperature = ambient + (10 * psi) right? I welcome any comments. Any boost experts out there?
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