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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-19-2017, 11:24 PM
    This is a great comparison from The Tuning School who tried out various fuels and provided great data. They compared 93 octane pump fuel, MS103, C9, E85, VP C85, MS109, leaded C16, 93 octane plus water, 93 plus boost juice, and 93 with methanol. The results are very interesting as VP's C85 ethanol race fuel provides the best results. However, 93 octane with methanol injection is right on its heels. This of course shows what a value methanol injection is: 93 octane pump gas with methanol even tops MS109 race gas and C16 race gas. C16 is leaded and really outdated as a race fuel with modern direct injected motors and ethanol blends. Overall ethanol is the champ here. It is just a matter of availability for most people but if E85 is not available methanol injection is a nice alternative. Just keep in mind that supplemental methanol injection comes with its own pluses and minuses not to mention that methanol is highly corrosive and flammable. It also does not create the same taxing issues on a direct injected fuel system that straight E85 does.
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    09-21-2017, 11:21 AM
    Hot on the heels of MotorTrend's 2017 Best Driver's Car competition comes their World's Greatest Drag Race where they have the contestants face off in a straightline contest. They did make one change though by replacing the Miata (which had no chance) with a Tesla Model S P100D. Racing from a stop is the Tesla's game. It shows as it gets a lead off the launch with the 911 Turbo S hot on its heels. Surprisingly, nobody is able to pass the Tesla in time. It runs a 10.5 @ 125 (GPS time) in the 1/4 mile. This is what happens when you do not have a prepped strip or drag rubber for powerful RWD cars. The rest of the times are below in order of trap speed but as stated BoostAddict.com believes the Ferrari is a ringer based on real world results from owners.
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    09-18-2017, 04:04 PM
    The Maserati Gran Turismo is a good looking GT. It sounds great too with its 4.2 liter and 4.7 liter naturally aspirated V8's. Fast it is not. The 4.2 liter offers 399 horsepower and the 4.7 liter V8 bumps output to 434 horsepower. At 4200+ pounds and with little torque it is hardly fast. The even stronger 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport with 454 horsepower for example runs the 1/4 mile in 13.1 @ 109.2. The car desperately needs an update and really a new generation. FAST AS F@#K it is not.
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    09-19-2017, 08:12 AM
    Car forums are a dirty business. Or at least, they can be. In MBWorld's case, dirty hardly covers it. This is the same forum that had such extreme corruption in the past regarding EVOSPORT it led to the rise of BenzBoost.com. Some things never change. MBWorld is deleting threads regarding the Dime Racing fiasco. Don't take our word for it. The owner of the most recent Dime Racing Huracan problem car tried to go on MBWorld to warn AMG owners of doing business with Dime. He was quickly silenced: Now why would a forum silence someone who is sharing their horror story with a tuner in order to spare others from the same fate? What is the point of forums? Well, that is where things get tricky. MBWorld isn't the only forum that has vendors try to pull strings to keep negative stories off the site. Tony Vargas of Vargas Turbocharger Technologies infamy recently tried the same thing here only to be to told the thread would not be deleted. This is what some of the shady vendors do. They threaten to pull sponsorship unless negative threads are deleted. MBWorld is owned by Internet Brands which makes $100 million dollars a year. They can afford to show a vendor the door. The fact they do not highlights just how bad the situation is. From @Z-Tuned: "Sticky - just an FYI, MBWorld has been deleting posts about this on their forums and censoring members who talk about it because they are being paid by Dime through advertising. They're claiming there are "two sides to every story", but I find this infuriating. https://mbworld.org/forums/c63-c63s-...d-removed.html Having gone through a lengthy legal battle myself with an Audi/VW tuner many years ago, I can relate to the pain of being screwed by a shop during a big money build. MBWorld is already basically a dead forum, but the fact that they continue to censor members about Dime's fraud is disgusting." It is exemplified by corrupt moderators who often will favor a vendor for free parts or simply to score brownie points. The moderators are not paid. To cover up serious problems with a tuner in order to remain in an unpaid position to abuse power on internet forums is pathetic. What kind of grown ass man does that? Well, a moderator by the name of nlpamg or Philip Nulud cares so much about his token moderator position MBWorld users tell BoostAddict he is allegedly willing to help remove negative Dime posts: There are plenty of Dime horror stories that have been deleted and covered up. This is only the latest. If someone ends up losing tens of thousands of dollars due to this shouldn't a forum or moderator potentially engaging in a coverup be liable to a certain degree? BoostAddict will not cover this story up. We stand with Brian McLevis and others that have been taken advantage of by Dime Racing. MBWorld should be ashamed.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-20-2017, 11:20 PM
    This is a great comparison from The Tuning School who tried out various fuels and provided great data. They compared 93 octane pump fuel, MS103, C9, E85, VP C85, MS109, leaded C16, 93 octane plus water, 93 plus boost juice, and 93 with methanol. The results are very interesting as VP's C85 ethanol race fuel provides the best results. However, 93 octane with methanol injection is right on its heels. This of course shows what a value methanol injection is: 93 octane pump gas with methanol even tops MS109 race gas and C16 race gas. C16 is leaded and really outdated as a race fuel with modern direct injected motors and ethanol blends. Overall ethanol is the champ here. It is just a matter of availability for most people but if E85 is not available methanol injection is a nice alternative. Just keep in mind that supplemental methanol injection comes with its own pluses and minuses not to mention that methanol is highly corrosive and flammable. It also does not create the same taxing issues on a direct injected fuel system that straight E85 does.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-21-2017, 07:16 PM
    Hot on the heels of MotorTrend's 2017 Best Driver's Car competition comes their World's Greatest Drag Race where they have the contestants face off in a straightline contest. They did make one change though by replacing the Miata (which had no chance) with a Tesla Model S P100D. Racing from a stop is the Tesla's game. It shows as it gets a lead off the launch with the 911 Turbo S hot on its heels. Surprisingly, nobody is able to pass the Tesla in time. It runs a 10.5 @ 125 (GPS time) in the 1/4 mile. This is what happens when you do not have a prepped strip or drag rubber for powerful RWD cars. The rest of the times are below in order of trap speed but as stated BoostAddict.com believes the Ferrari is a ringer based on real world results from owners.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-19-2017, 10:52 PM
    Oh great, now the politically correct virus that infects America is coming for car advertisements. You know what a car ad is supposed to do? Get your attention. That is exactly what Mercedes-AMG accomplishes showing the new W213 generation E63 S model line up for a drag race. They are not endorsing street racing by doing this. As it turns out, advertisements do not create laws. Amazingly, somehow we still have speed limits and rules on public roads despite car ads. How many people drag race Top Fuel cars on the street anyway? What about Formula 1 cars? That number is exactly zero. It's a fantasy. It's a commercial. It isn't real. Watch the ad below and then let us know if you suddenly have the desire to race a jet powered Bonneville land speed record car at your local stoplight. Doug Stokes of Irwindale Speedway in California (of course it has to be California) takes issue with the commercial. Maybe he is drinking a bit too much soy as he seems to be suffering from low testosterone? What exactly should a commercial about a 600+ horsepower all wheel drive twin turbo V8 super sedan be about? Its gas mileage? A leisurely drive to the recycling center? It is no coincidence Irwindale Speedway operates an 1/8 mile drag strip. The argument made is self-serving as Doug wants to funnel people to the Irwindale strip because there really is nowhere else to race in California as 1/4 mile strips continue to shut down. Sacremento Raceway is the latest victim as the county is forcing them to close due to residential development. Doug, grow a pair. It's an ad. Stop trying to use it to funnel people to Irwindale. Furthermore, 1/8 mile racing sucks. Open up a real 1/4 mile strip where 600+ horsepower cars like the E63 can stretch their legs or shut the fuck up. An open letter to the industry: 09/10/17 Who the hell do I have to complain to? It (was) just a quiet Sunday afternoon, my wife and I were watching the U.S. Open finals on TV. There were, of course, number of adverts from top-tier companies … and then there was one, near the end of the match, that made the two of us whoop louder than the sellout crowd at Flushing Meadows. The ad that stunned us was a Mercedes-Benz commercial which shows a number of growling drag racing vehicles racing against a new model Mercedes. The machines (including a funny car, a dragster, and a full-out drag bike and the Mercedes) line up curb to curb on what looks like a city street, a traffic light goes green … and the machines leap forward in a five-wide drag race … the Mercedes gets to the end of the block first. Apparently it wins what looks everything like a patently illegal street race and the voice over indicates what Mercedes model it was and indicates that it would be a good idea for the people watching to buy this car … I guess based on its “track” … er, street racing record.* I frankly don’t think that it was the very best example of “The Best or Nothing” slogan that tags the advert. Likewise, a recent (at least here in Los Angeles) TV commercial shows two late model BMW’s seemingly racing each other through a (it seems) deserted industrial site with a quick close-up of another (was it one of the two street racers?) BMW cornering very hard, so hard that the driver needs to crank in a huge amount of opposite to keep control as the car slides right up to a painted double line that’s NOT on a race course, but apparently on a normal street somewhere. There you go, “The Ultimate Driving Machine” going way, way too fast apparently on city streets. And then we have Fiat-Chrysler running a whole flight of TV ads that show a wide range of way too fast activities with two (or more) cars quite apparently racing each other. Of course building a car (the Dodge Demon) that’s banned from competing in “as delivered” form by the NHRA, and then bragging about it in print in enthusiast magazines says: (at least to my ear) “Race this one the street, because it is so powerful that NHRA wants you to install a big old honking roll cage if you ever want run it at the drag strip.” A quick word about myself if I may, I’m the VP of communications at Irwindale Event Center located about 20 miles East of Los Angeles. We operate a half-mile NASCAR-sanctioned paved oval and an eighth-mile NHRA-sanctioned drag strip. We opened the drag strip in 2000, and it’s the only one in southern California that operates on a weekly basis all year long. Thousands upon thousands of drivers (young, old and in between) have used our facility to have some safe, controlled, high-speed fun with their performance cars. It’s almost impossible to prove a negative, however, I think that our drag strip has helped to dampen illegal street racing in the area. And, from that perspective I feel that I can say the following: … Yeah, sure, yup, correct, you’re right; I know those commercial are a fantasy, innocent, innocuous metaphors, simply flights of advertising license. On the other hand, all of the above automobile commercials most blatantly portray and appear to glorify illegal street racing. (And supering-in some sort of tiny “closed course, do not attempt” screen when the hottest model Dodge cars are purposely seen racing with each other (or in earlier TV adverts, joyfully driving right through the middle of an idyllic outdoor wedding party knocking over tables and scattering people like a terrorists.) Finally and directly to all three of the above manufacturers, as well as any others that I’ve missed: All of you know that you can show the fun of cool, high performance driving without using (and thereby glamorizing) often deadly and illegal street racing (no how much you see it as harmless marketing hyperbole ). You are all better than that, I’m sure. Doug Stokes PS: I’d like to invite anyone in the industry (who wants to see what I’m talking about) out for one of our “Thursday Night Thunder” events at Irwindale Dragstrip. Heck ... I’ll even buy you a hot dog, soda, and a bag of chips.
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    09-18-2017, 01:33 PM
    Awron is a new vendor on BimmerBoost that brings with them considerable electronics expertise. From engine swaps to performance displays, their products are just awesome. BimmerBoost.com will be sharing some first hand experience shortly with Awron's Performance Display System for the E92 M3. Awron asked if BimmerBoost would test the display with a supercharged M3 and so here we are. The BimmerBoost.com E92 M3 is getting a revised Gintani E85 high boost stock internal S65 setup similar to the system detailed earlier this year which made 645 horsepower to the wheels. The Awron display will be very useful as it will provide real time data and telemetry. Plus, the piece looks OEM as if it should be there from the factory. What does it do? It offers 20 features in 1: Pretty cool, right? As for pricing, the kompressor or supercharger kit costs 999.00 Euros. We should have US distributor pricing shortly. DGA Displayed Values: Voltage Water Temperature Oil Temperature Horsepower Torque Speedometer 0-60 mph & 0-120 mph Acceleration Timer Two Axis G-Meter Power and Torque Graph Fuel Pressure Intake Temperature (After Cooler) Exhaust Temperature (Modeled) Air Fuel Ratio (Before Catalytic Converter) Transmission Temperature Maximum Recorded Values DGA Kompressor 1 Option Adds: Boost Pressure Intake Temperature (Before Cooler) Features: Steering wheel controlled (CAN) User defines dedicated steering wheel button Gauge ships pre-assembled into OEM air duct Plug & play installation Full Color OLED Display OEM look & feel Integrated USB port for firmware updates The values ​​are displayed on a modern, dimmable AMOLED display. A high-quality housing and the perfect integration into the interior provide for an optical upgrade of the cockpit. The operation is carried out via the left-hand wheel buttons (hold any key for 10 seconds and then can be switched by the screens) and an integrated USB interface allows the display to always be on the current software stand. The display is already delivered fully assembled in the fresh air guide and is easy to install. No further sensors need to be installed. The scales are adapted to the respective motor type.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 05:30 PM
    Almost 138 miles per hour on the stock F10 M5 S63TU turbochargers? Wow! This is the same F10 M5 that previously went 135 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile. The owner went back to the strip and managed a better launch with a 1.976 60 foot. There still is plenty of room to improve that short time but the 1/4 mile result was 10.88 @ 137.80. Yes, still on pump gas. Obviously water-meth injection is making a big difference and the HCP tune sure seems solid: HCP Tune (still on pumpgas map) 3.5 bar sensors Catless dp Upgraded DCT clutches Upgraded Axles (broke OEM) WMI
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-19-2017, 08:05 AM
    Car forums are a dirty business. Or at least, they can be. In MBWorld's case, dirty hardly covers it. This is the same forum that had such extreme corruption in the past regarding EVOSPORT it led to the rise of BenzBoost.com. Some things never change. MBWorld is deleting threads regarding the Dime Racing fiasco. Don't take our word for it. The owner of the most recent Dime Racing Huracan problem car tried to go on MBWorld to warn AMG owners of doing business with Dime. He was quickly silenced: Now why would a forum silence someone who is sharing their horror story with a tuner in order to spare others from the same fate? What is the point of forums? Well, that is where things get tricky. MBWorld isn't the only forum that has vendors try to pull strings to keep negative stories off the site. Tony Vargas of Vargas Turbocharger Technologies infamy recently tried the same thing here only to be to told the thread would not be deleted. This is what some of the shady vendors do. They threaten to pull sponsorship unless negative threads are deleted. MBWorld is owned by Internet Brands which makes $100 million dollars a year. They can afford to show a vendor the door. The fact they do not highlights just how bad the situation is. From @Z-Tuned: "Sticky - just an FYI, MBWorld has been deleting posts about this on their forums and censoring members who talk about it because they are being paid by Dime through advertising. They're claiming there are "two sides to every story", but I find this infuriating. https://mbworld.org/forums/c63-c63s-...d-removed.html Having gone through a lengthy legal battle myself with an Audi/VW tuner many years ago, I can relate to the pain of being screwed by a shop during a big money build. MBWorld is already basically a dead forum, but the fact that they continue to censor members about Dime's fraud is disgusting." It is exemplified by corrupt moderators who often will favor a vendor for free parts or simply to score brownie points. The moderators are not paid. To cover up serious problems with a tuner in order to remain in an unpaid position to abuse power on internet forums is pathetic. What kind of grown ass man does that? Well, a moderator by the name of nlpamg or Philip Nulud cares so much about his token moderator position MBWorld users tell BoostAddict he is allegedly willing to help remove negative Dime posts: There are plenty of Dime horror stories that have been deleted and covered up. This is only the latest. If someone ends up losing tens of thousands of dollars due to this shouldn't a forum or moderator potentially engaging in a coverup be liable to a certain degree? BoostAddict will not cover this story up. We stand with Brian McLevis and others that have been taken advantage of by Dime Racing. MBWorld should be ashamed.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-20-2017, 10:42 PM
    Oh great, now the politically correct virus that infects America is coming for car advertisements. You know what a car ad is supposed to do? Get your attention. That is exactly what Mercedes-AMG accomplishes showing the new W213 generation E63 S model line up for a drag race. They are not endorsing street racing by doing this. As it turns out, advertisements do not create laws. Amazingly, somehow we still have speed limits and rules on public roads despite car ads. How many people drag race Top Fuel cars on the street anyway? What about Formula 1 cars? That number is exactly zero. It's a fantasy. It's a commercial. It isn't real. Watch the ad below and then let us know if you suddenly have the desire to race a jet powered Bonneville land speed record car at your local stoplight. Doug Stokes of Irwindale Speedway in California (of course it has to be California) takes issue with the commercial. Maybe he is drinking a bit too much soy as he seems to be suffering from low testosterone? What exactly should a commercial about a 600+ horsepower all wheel drive twin turbo V8 super sedan be about? Its gas mileage? A leisurely drive to the recycling center? It is no coincidence Irwindale Speedway operates an 1/8 mile drag strip. The argument made is self-serving as Doug wants to funnel people to the Irwindale strip because there really is nowhere else to race in California as 1/4 mile strips continue to shut down. Sacremento Raceway is the latest victim as the county is forcing them to close due to residential development. Doug, grow a pair. It's an ad. Stop trying to use it to funnel people to Irwindale. Furthermore, 1/8 mile racing sucks. Open up a real 1/4 mile strip where 600+ horsepower cars like the E63 can stretch their legs or shut the fuck up. An open letter to the industry: 09/10/17 Who the hell do I have to complain to? It (was) just a quiet Sunday afternoon, my wife and I were watching the U.S. Open finals on TV. There were, of course, number of adverts from top-tier companies … and then there was one, near the end of the match, that made the two of us whoop louder than the sellout crowd at Flushing Meadows. The ad that stunned us was a Mercedes-Benz commercial which shows a number of growling drag racing vehicles racing against a new model Mercedes. The machines (including a funny car, a dragster, and a full-out drag bike and the Mercedes) line up curb to curb on what looks like a city street, a traffic light goes green … and the machines leap forward in a five-wide drag race … the Mercedes gets to the end of the block first. Apparently it wins what looks everything like a patently illegal street race and the voice over indicates what Mercedes model it was and indicates that it would be a good idea for the people watching to buy this car … I guess based on its “track” … er, street racing record.* I frankly don’t think that it was the very best example of “The Best or Nothing” slogan that tags the advert. Likewise, a recent (at least here in Los Angeles) TV commercial shows two late model BMW’s seemingly racing each other through a (it seems) deserted industrial site with a quick close-up of another (was it one of the two street racers?) BMW cornering very hard, so hard that the driver needs to crank in a huge amount of opposite to keep control as the car slides right up to a painted double line that’s NOT on a race course, but apparently on a normal street somewhere. There you go, “The Ultimate Driving Machine” going way, way too fast apparently on city streets. And then we have Fiat-Chrysler running a whole flight of TV ads that show a wide range of way too fast activities with two (or more) cars quite apparently racing each other. Of course building a car (the Dodge Demon) that’s banned from competing in “as delivered” form by the NHRA, and then bragging about it in print in enthusiast magazines says: (at least to my ear) “Race this one the street, because it is so powerful that NHRA wants you to install a big old honking roll cage if you ever want run it at the drag strip.” A quick word about myself if I may, I’m the VP of communications at Irwindale Event Center located about 20 miles East of Los Angeles. We operate a half-mile NASCAR-sanctioned paved oval and an eighth-mile NHRA-sanctioned drag strip. We opened the drag strip in 2000, and it’s the only one in southern California that operates on a weekly basis all year long. Thousands upon thousands of drivers (young, old and in between) have used our facility to have some safe, controlled, high-speed fun with their performance cars. It’s almost impossible to prove a negative, however, I think that our drag strip has helped to dampen illegal street racing in the area. And, from that perspective I feel that I can say the following: … Yeah, sure, yup, correct, you’re right; I know those commercial are a fantasy, innocent, innocuous metaphors, simply flights of advertising license. On the other hand, all of the above automobile commercials most blatantly portray and appear to glorify illegal street racing. (And supering-in some sort of tiny “closed course, do not attempt” screen when the hottest model Dodge cars are purposely seen racing with each other (or in earlier TV adverts, joyfully driving right through the middle of an idyllic outdoor wedding party knocking over tables and scattering people like a terrorists.) Finally and directly to all three of the above manufacturers, as well as any others that I’ve missed: All of you know that you can show the fun of cool, high performance driving without using (and thereby glamorizing) often deadly and illegal street racing (no how much you see it as harmless marketing hyperbole ). You are all better than that, I’m sure. Doug Stokes PS: I’d like to invite anyone in the industry (who wants to see what I’m talking about) out for one of our “Thursday Night Thunder” events at Irwindale Dragstrip. Heck ... I’ll even buy you a hot dog, soda, and a bag of chips.
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    09-21-2017, 04:41 AM
    Dodson has a new Sportsman Plus 10-plate BMW DCT transmission upgrade. You have seen this upgrade in action already on the 725 wheel horsepower Maximum PSI F80 M3 which recently ran 10.1 @ 139 in the 1/4 mile. Clearly the upgrade works and is powering the quickest and fastest BMW's in the world. In addition to the F80 M3 and F82 M4 models the new Dodson design will work on the F10 M5, F13 M6, and F87 M2 which share the same basic Getrag DCT box. Here is everything included in the Sportsman Plus kit: Details - 10 plate build - Quality machined billet high grade hardened baskets - High grade billet steel lid and splines - Quality Exedy® frictions Kit Includes: 10 x Large Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 10 x Small Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 10 x Large Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 10 x Small Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 1 x Large End Plate 1 x Small End Plate 1 x Large Basket 1 x Small Basket 4 x Large Circlips 4 x Small Circlips 1 x Service Tool Fits: E82: E82 135i Coupé, USA E82 135i Coupé, Europe E88: E88 135i Convertible, USA E88 135i Convertible, Europe E89: E89 Z4 35i Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35is Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35i Roadster, Europe E89 Z4 35is Roadster, Europe E90: E90 M3 Saloon, USA E90 M3 Saloon, Europe E90N: E90N M3 Saloon, USA E90N M3 Saloon, Europe E92: E92 M3 Coupé, USA E92 335i Coupé, Europe E92 M3 Coupé, Europe E92N: E92N 335is Coupé, USA E92N M3 Coupé, USA E92N 335i Coupé, Europe E92N M3 Coupé, Europe E93: E93 M3 Convertible, USA E93 335i Convertible, Europe E93 M3 Convertible, Europe E93N: E93N 335is Convertible, USA E93N M3 Convertible, USA E93N 335i Convertible, Europe E93N M3 Convertible, Europe F06: F06 M6 Gran Coupé, USA F06 M6 Gran Coupé, Europe F10: F10 M5 Saloon, USA F10 M5 Saloon, Europe F12: F12 M6 Convertible, USA F12 M6 Convertible, Europe F13: F13 M6 Coupé, USA F13 M6 Coupé, Europe
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    09-21-2017, 10:42 AM
    MotorTrend's Best Drier's Car competition is always interesting to watch. The videos are well done and they provide plenty of data. The field they choose is not always the most logical though. What the hell is a Lexus LC500 doing in this competition? Also, why is there no BMW? That omission may be BMW's fault more than that of anyone else. Just taking up space that could be used for a serious entry. Regardless, it is a pretty good lineup with all eyes on the 488 GTB. Let's list the entries in order of curb weight from lightest to heaviest: Mazda MX-5 Miata RF - 2420 lbs Porsche 718 Cayman S - 3190 lbs McLaren 570GT - 3346 lbs Ferrari 488 GTB - 3412 lbs Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - 3464 lbs Porsche 911 Turbo S - 3557 lbs Mercedes-AMG GT R - 3680 lbs Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio- 3749 lbs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE - 3837 lbs Nissan GT-R NISMO - 3904 lbs Aston Martin DB11 - 4194 lbs Lexus LC 500 - 4364 lbs The Miata undercuts the field considerably and the Lexus LC500 almost weighs 2000 pounds more than the Miata. Wow is it fat. This competition is about what is the most fun to drive but it is always interesting to see which car is the fastest. They are listed below in order of their trap speed and with additional data panels: The Ferrari is the fastest? That is a load of BS. Either Ferrari sent a ringer or MotorTrend is cooking the numbers. There are plenty of videos out there showing the McLaren 570S dispatch the 488 with ease. This alone calls into question the validity of the comparison. Regardless, here are the cars in order of their laptime around Laguna Seca: Ferrari 488 GTB - 1:31.68 Mercedes-AMG GT R - 1.33.01 Porsche 911 Turbo S - 1:33.21 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE - 1:34.30 McLaren 570GT - 1:34.87 Nissan GT-R NISMO - 1:35.01 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - 1:36.02 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio- 1:39.65 Porsche 718 Cayman S - 1:40.05 Aston Martin DB11 - 1:40.05 Lexus LC 500 - 1:43.40 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF - 1:51.43 The 488 GTB which trails the AMG GT R on the Nurburgring considerably opens up a large lead on the AMG GT R at Laguna Seca? Something doesn't smell right here. MotorTrend chooses the 488 GTB as the best driver's car but it does not feel right. The Ferrari dominates all the performance categories along with the subjective ones. If one were to guess, Ferrari provided the car only if they got this outcome as they have previously controlled MotorTrend's testing. BoostAddict doesn't buy the result and neither should you. Watch the videos from the cars below and come to your own conclusion.
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    09-18-2017, 03:32 PM
    For the first time ever Porsche is producing a 911 GTS that exceeds or matches the 911 GT3 model in performance. You likely saw the acceleration comparison video posted showing the 991.2 GTS actually edging the new 991.2 GT3 in a 0-200 kph comparison. Acceleration is only part of the GT3's appeal but it certainly is interesting the GTS just wins the 0-200 kph sprint despite being rated 50 horsepower less. Area under the curve definitely matters. The GT3 is about the roadcourse though, isn't it? Nurburgring test numbers show the GT3 has the edge on that big track: Albeit just slightly. What about on a tighter course? That is what you see in the video below and the GT3 can not pass the GTS. Now think about this. What if the GTS had equal aerodynamics and tires? What if the GTS had a tune? Wouldn't the GTS be the stronger roadcourse car by a significant margin at that point? The point ultimately is the GTS and GT3 are surprisingly close to each other as is. The GTS is the value and tuning choice. The GT3's appeal of course is the race inspired naturally aspirated flat-6, suspension components, and aerodynamics. Which car is quicker ultimately will come down to the driver. Porsche deserves tremendous credit for catering to enthusiasts with different tastes and not just making the choice for you as BMW M has done.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-21-2017, 06:38 PM
    MotorTrend's Best Drier's Car competition is always interesting to watch. The videos are well done and they provide plenty of data. The field they choose is not always the most logical though. What the hell is a Lexus LC500 doing in this competition? Also, why is there no BMW? That omission may be BMW's fault more than that of anyone else. Just taking up space that could be used for a serious entry. Regardless, it is a pretty good lineup with all eyes on the 488 GTB. Let's list the entries in order of curb weight from lightest to heaviest: Mazda MX-5 Miata RF - 2420 lbs Porsche 718 Cayman S - 3190 lbs McLaren 570GT - 3346 lbs Ferrari 488 GTB - 3412 lbs Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - 3464 lbs Porsche 911 Turbo S - 3557 lbs Mercedes-AMG GT R - 3680 lbs Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio- 3749 lbs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE - 3837 lbs Nissan GT-R NISMO - 3904 lbs Aston Martin DB11 - 4194 lbs Lexus LC 500 - 4364 lbs The Miata undercuts the field considerably and the Lexus LC500 almost weighs 2000 pounds more than the Miata. Wow is it fat. This competition is about what is the most fun to drive but it is always interesting to see which car is the fastest. They are listed below in order of their trap speed and with additional data panels: The Ferrari is the fastest? That is a load of BS. Either Ferrari sent a ringer or MotorTrend is cooking the numbers. There are plenty of videos out there showing the McLaren 570S dispatch the 488 with ease. This alone calls into question the validity of the comparison. Regardless, here are the cars in order of their laptime around Laguna Seca: Ferrari 488 GTB - 1:31.68 Mercedes-AMG GT R - 1.33.01 Porsche 911 Turbo S - 1:33.21 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE - 1:34.30 McLaren 570GT - 1:34.87 Nissan GT-R NISMO - 1:35.01 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - 1:36.02 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio- 1:39.65 Porsche 718 Cayman S - 1:40.05 Aston Martin DB11 - 1:40.05 Lexus LC 500 - 1:43.40 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF - 1:51.43 The 488 GTB which trails the AMG GT R on the Nurburgring considerably opens up a large lead on the AMG GT R at Laguna Seca? Something doesn't smell right here. MotorTrend chooses the 488 GTB as the best driver's car but it does not feel right. The Ferrari dominates all the performance categories along with the subjective ones. If one were to guess, Ferrari provided the car only if they got this outcome as they have previously controlled MotorTrend's testing. BoostAddict doesn't buy the result and neither should you. Watch the videos from the cars below and come to your own conclusion.
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    09-18-2017, 12:37 PM
    Audi thinks we all hate wagons in the USA. The problem is the SUV culture where wagons are just not seen as 'cool' or 'hip' cars. Who in the world would hate the B9 RS4 Avant though? I mean just look at it. Gorgeous! This is a well done wagon and it has the performance credentials to back up the looks. The drivetrain is the exact same as the RS4 sedan which means a 450 horsepower 2.9 liter twin turbo V6. This power is sent to all four wheels through an automatic gearbox. Would make for a good all weather performance car with plenty of space, right? More fun to drive than an SUV, right? Audi, someone has to sell a performance wagon. Why not you?
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