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  • fastgti69's Avatar
    08-19-2014, 05:37 PM
    Interesting races here showing supercharged M3's going up against each other as well as a Ventura Motorsport Comp Turbo 6465 top mount 335i. The three M3's feature superchargers with the white 6-speed E92 M3 featuring the Active Autowerke Level III supercharger kit and the other two M3's running Gintani superchargers. Although the 335i has the most power and torque of the group, the M3's show just how quick they are at speed. There is more to a race than just peak figures as the shift speed, gearing, area under the curve, and redline of the M3's work to their advantage on the highway. The following is in the words of Ventura Motorsports and the owner of the 335i: Had a great time last night meeting some new people in Mexico. It was an impromptu meet so I didn't get to take any footage from my car :(. We are going to set something up in the next couple of weeks. I'll be ready with mounts and cameras etc. White e92 M3 6speed Active Autowerke level 3 SC kit Laguna Seca e92 M3 6speed Gintani Stage 2+ Red e92 M3 DCT Gintani Stage 2+ All M3s are running 91 octane and Meth. I am running e40 blend 100% Meth and Map 7 23 psi. They are very, very quick. Surprised me more than I thought to be honest. Everytime we started second gear rolls, they would get a good jump and I would play catch up. It would be hard for me to catch up though. 3rd gear rolls though I would move out pretty well, once I hit 4th gear It was over. Everyone seemed to be in the 580-600whp region. I dynoed 627 whp on Map 7 with this trim. That flatline shift bog @aflatau really really hurts, it's not even funny. I've notice if I switch at 6800 rpm, it does not bog. I will have to do more testing. First and second race is Second gear roll. Red Vs White M3 Third race is Second gear roll Red M3 Vs Me. Spun pretty hard and once I hit third gear I guess it kicked me into map 4 Fourth race is second gear roll Red M3 Vs Me. I didn't realize I was kicked down to map 4 in this race lol so yea 12 psi run. Fifth race is third gear roll Red M3 Vs Me. Map 7 23 psi Good run here. Last race is all of us, second gear roll just for fun lol. There are more runs and vids from the other guys. I wish I had more to post up. Looked like the level 3 AA kit seemed to be the fastest of them all. In the end, we all had a blast. Nobody cared who's car was the fastest. I can't wait to hang out with these guys again.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-04-2014, 01:23 PM
    Dodson is tackling the BMW DCT market and is set to release a bevy of upgrade parts for the BMW DCT transmission including clutch pack shims, two different type of clutch kits, frictions plates, and associated hardware. These upgrades will be available for every BMW with the DCT transmission. Yes, that means the E9X M3 and E9X 335 models. It also means the new F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 models. These models all use a variant of a Getrag DCT box. The physical proportions are the same but Getrag obviously has modified the unit over the years for greater torque capability going from the naturally aspirated E9X M3 to the V8 twin turbo F10 M5. These Dodson parts will have even greater capability with two clutch sets currently listed one for 800 lb-ft of torque and the second for over 800 lb-ft. BimmerBoost will be testing out some of these Dodson parts in the M3. Will Dodson succeed where SSP Performance failed? We will find out shortly but considering Dodson's stellar reputation it certainly looks like it. Pricing has yet to be announced but as soon as the parts are officially available BimmerBoost will of course bring you the details. BMW SPORTSMANS 15 PLATE CLUTCH KIT 800+ FT/LB 7 x Large Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 8 x Small Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 8 x Large Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 9 x Small Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels Vehicles to suit: 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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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-07-2014, 01:41 PM
    APR's turbo upgrade package for the Audi TT-RS 2.5 inline-5 TFSI is very potent. The Garrett GTX3567R turbo at the heart of the upgrade is capable of producing over 600 wheel horsepower on the TT-RS. The TT-RS in the video is stated to have somewhere in the 650 all wheel horsepower range and considering the outcome of these two races there is no reason to doubt the output. The first run is against an APR Stage III supercharged B7 RS4. The RS4 is stated to be in the low 600 wheel horsepower range. Keep in mind the 4.2 liter FSI V8 is running an Eaton TVS supercharger kit so it is no slouch. The race between the two cars is close but the TT-RS has the quicker elapsed time and also traps higher at 145.68 to 143.23 for the RS4. The second run is against an HPF turbocharged E46 M3 with a 6-speed manual transmission. It is stated to be making over 600 wheel horsepower. The TT-RS makes fairly easy work of it running a 148.86 trap speed to the E46 M3 140.29. Keep in mind comparing trap speeds in roll on races is difficult due to there not being a uniform starting speed. Regardless, the TT-RS with the APR Stage III kit performs impressively.
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    08-05-2014, 03:33 PM
    Designing headers for the most recent naturally aspirated M engines is not easy work. Cars like the E60 M5 and E63 M6 using the high revving 5.0 liter S85 V10 already put out over 100 horsepower per liter from the factory. BMW M knows what they are doing and their header designs are very good to begin with. It is of course possible to improve on their production pieces which must meet emission and production cost restrictions but someone must really know what they are doing. Supersprint knows what they are doing. They recently posted a comparison of their S85 V10 header design to an unnamed competitor. We wish they named the competitor but it is understandable that by doing so it could be misinterpreted as unprofessional or taking direct shots. Check out their design comparison and comments below. Additionally, take a look at the Evolve Automotive S85 V10 headers to compare and Evolve's explanation of their engineering choices in their design. Supersprint does not provide as much data as Evolve regarding their S85 V10 header performance. SuperSprint: Recently there have been some requests and comparisons between our M5 E60/61 / M6 E63/64 V10 headers and what our competitors are offering. So here's a visual comparison between our 789301 and an example of what's on the market. Here's our 789301. Pipe routing and collector details. The primary pipes are separated to allow different thermal expansion without mechanical stress. The spring loaded flange and sealing rings avoid leaks. The perfectly smooth 5 into 1 collectors merge the gas glows in a linear, optimal way Here's a competitor's headers set. It's a 4 into 1 design adapted to a 5 cylinder engine, with the 5th pipe plugged in the middle of the collector. All the pipes are welded toghether, which can cause failure of the welding with heat. This can cause an expensive repair job! Also notice the pipe routing is not optimal. And here's the detail of the competitor's manifold collector, inside. The pipes stop abruptly, no smooth merging, a lot of flow interference and an irregular shaped centre hole. For comparison here's a close up of our 5 into 1 collector with the centre piramidal diffuser that merge the flows in a linear and efficient way into the main outlet. A different view, where you can see the spring loaded flange that keeps the sealing rings (made in graphite and pressed metal mesh) into place, to avoid leaks. They are also cheaply and quickly replacable!
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    08-16-2014, 01:21 AM
    This is a beatdown. Protomotive builds some spectacularly fast 996 Turbos but there are also some spectacularly fast Nissan GTR's out there. This Topspeed built 4.4 liter Alpha 12 certainly qualifies. Just to give you a sensation of how bit the difference between the cars is the GTR gives the two 996 Turbos (the yellow one is the claimed 1200+ horsepower Protomotive car) a head start and the hit yet runs them down and passes them with ease. The sensation of speed conveyed by the video is astonishing. The GTR makes the two 996 Turbos looks like they are moving in slow motion. Is the Protomotive car really putting out 1200+? Or is the GTR just that much damn faster?
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    08-26-2014, 06:49 AM
    Dinan is a reputable and high quality aftermarket option in the BMW tuning world. However, the BMW tuning world has changed and Dinan has had to change with it. Dinan announced their piggyback tuning era (after stating piggyback tuning was inferior) earlier this year. Now Dinan releases their S1 package for the F10 M5 claiming 675 horsepower thanks to the Dinan Dinantronics performance tuner along with other supplemental modifications such as to the suspension. There are a few problems here. First of all, Dinan's piggyback box is $3,749. Why? What does it do over a JB4? What does it do over other piggyback tuning options? If Dinan wants to command the highest price point in the marketplace for a piggyback tuning box that is fine. It's fine if it's worth the money. From what BimmerBoost has seen, it isn't. Dinan can't live off his name any longer. In the old days Dinan would 'congratulate' the BMW engineers by saying they could not improve on the BMW tune (although other tuners could). Today, consumers have more options and the options other than Dinan offer more data on the performance gains and also offer their product at a comparable value. If Dinan wants to charge more that is up to Dinan but you would expect more data for the premium with Dinan's resources. Not a single timeslip? Not a single dynograph? This all goes back to Dinan's arrogance about dynographs and the white paper Steve Dinan released criticizing using dyno's for proof of gains. The reason Steve Dinan does not post dynographs is simple. It does not favor his product especially for the horsepower per dollar when it is relatively easy to compare graphs for competing products. Call this the N54 or BMS effect if you want but the BMW turbo era already proved more money does not equal more horsepower, safety, or performance. Dinan is releasing horsepower charts so clearly he sees he needs to change his approach. The Dinan name carries a lot of weight. However, it's with the uninformed. BimmerBoost users won't be ponying up for this without results to back it up. You want $13,487 for what a JB4 for a few hundred bucks with some methanol will smoke? Sorry Steve, the game has changed. You better change with it or it's game over. Dinan releases 675 horsepower tuned M-sedan that delivers supercar performance with the refinement and ride of an opulent daily driver. (Morgan Hill, Calif.) – August 2014 – BMW performance specialist, Dinan Engineering, has announced the latest addition to its signature vehicle line, the S1 M5. This twin turbocharged V8 powered sedan offers supercar performance with 675 horsepower and 644 lb-ft of torque on tap, but is refined enough to be the perfect daily driver. The 200 mph capable M-car features a comprehensive blend of components designed and tuned by Dinan, recognized for 35 years as the BMW tuning expert, to enhance every aspect of the vehicle’s performance. The S1 M5 offers the only warranty on the market that matches manufacturer coverage for 4 years/50,000 miles and on both the standard M5 and Competition Package equipped vehicles. The S1 M5 offers remarkable performance and the same warranty coverage, resale value and reliability BMW owners expect, all backed by Dinan’s nationwide network of authorized dealers and service centers. “Our goal at Dinan is to build a balanced performance package that maintains the soul of the OEM platform,” said Dinan Engineering President Steve Dinan. “This car is designed to be faster and handle sharper, but still offer the level of refinement that BMW owners expect. M-Car owners already bought the fastest BMW and now it’s up to Dinan to make it even faster” The S1 M5 makes a jump from 560 horsepower in stock trim, to an impressive 675 horsepower and 644 lb-ft of torque thanks to Dinan’s Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake, Free Flow Exhaust system and the all new DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner that opens up the full potential of the S63 V8. The DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner is a highly engineered and sophisticated piece of computer hardware and software that enhances engine performance, without negating or voiding your new car warranty coverage and without affecting long term reliability or the functionality of on-board diagnostic systems. It was also designed to be emissions legal in 50 states (E.O. Pending). The ultimate objective was to provide the ability to control every signal entering and exiting the BMW factory Engine Control Unit. These items are unique to Dinan and together they embody the apex of performance engineering in a powerful, reliable, and warrantied package. To compliment the added power, the package includes negative camber front control arms, lightweight tubular Anti-Roll bars and Dinan’s High Performance Adjustable Coil-over System that gives the M5 a more aggressive stance and decreased body roll, without sacrificing ride comfort. Dinan’s adjustable coil-overs keep the factory Electronic Damper Control shocks in place and implements threaded collars to allow the user to change the ride height. The end result is a sleek lowered stance that provides improved handling to go along with the more aggressive appearance. Optional features include Dinan lightweight forged wheels (custom finishes available) and cosmetic upgrades from the BMW performance parts line that includes a carbon rear spoiler, a carbon front fascia and Dinan aluminum pedals adding a unique aesthetic touch to any 2011-2015 BMW M5. Dinan has worked closely over the years with BMW’s factory motorsports program bringing home three consecutive championships and two wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona along with countless Grand-Am podiums. With 35 years of experience building artfully engineered performance vehicles that balance tuned handling and dramatically increased acceleration with the turn-key reliability sport sedan owners demand, the Dinan S1 M5 offers supercar performance in a practical package. This package is also available for the M6 and Competition Package Equipped models. Dinan S1 M5 Product and Performance Summary Available for F10 M5 Engine DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner $3,749 Dinan Stainless Steel Free Flow Exhaust (Rear Muffler) $2,999 Dinan Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake $2,999 Total for S1 Engine Tune: $9,747 Performance Maximum Horsepower: 675 hp @ 6000 rpm Maximum Torque: 644 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Suspension Dinan High Performance Adjustable Coil-over Suspension System $1,499 Dinan Lightweight Tubular Adjustable Front Anti-Roll Bar $599 Dinan Lightweight Tubular Adjustable Rear Anti-Roll Bar $399 Dinan Negative Camber Control Arms $1,014 Total for S1 Suspension Tune: $3,511 Accessories Dinan Aluminum Pedal Pad Set $229 Dinan Deck Lid Badge Included Dinan S2 Serial Numbered Plaque Included Total for S2 Accessories: $229 Dinan S1 Package Total: $13,487 Options Wheels/Tire & Brakes Lightweight Forged Performance Wheel Set 20” $6,450 set Exterior/Interior BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Spoiler $613 BMW Carbon Mirror Caps $700 pair Warranty Matching New Car Warranty coverage up to 4 years/50K miles. Dinan Engineering 865 Jarvis Drive Morgan Hill, CA. 95037 800.341.5480
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-28-2014, 08:41 PM
    This race is simply a beatdown. To those that know the cars it should not be all that surprising. Both cars feature tunes from PP-Performance. The C63 AMG Black Series M156 engine is already in a high state of tune from the factory. As the 6.2 liter M156 engine is naturally aspirated and tuned aggressively by AMG there is not much room to gain power on the car. Certainly not as much room to gain with a tune as there is with the turbocharged M4. The cars put out very similar wheel horsepower figures in stock form as the C63 AMG Black Series shows ~430 wheel horsepower on a Dynojet. With a tune this can approach the 460 wheel horsepower range depending on how aggressive the timing is and the fuel quality. The stock torque figure is roughly ~405 lb-ft of torque at the wheels whereas the S55 in the M3/M4 shows 429 lb-ft of wheel torque stock. Once tuned, even with a modest tune, the M4 exceeds the C63 Black Series. Horsepower rises to over 479 at the wheels and torque at the wheels goes to 484 lb-ft. Combine the power and torque advantage with a quicker shifting dual clutch transmission and the M4's roughly 400 pound lighter curb weight and you get the result you see here. Not to mention the C63 AMG Black Series aerodynamics also create more drag. The M4 continues to pull impressively to 175 miles per hour and the C63 AMG Black Series is too far back to even be seen. AMG fans will no doubt be quick to point out that if you boost the C63 AMG Black Series things change in the other direction.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-12-2014, 02:55 PM
    The Tesla Model S is surprisingly quick from a stop. We have seen the car take down some formidable German performance cars including an F10 M5 and a W212 M157 E63 AMG in a drag race. It certainly is not unbeatable as an E63 on the drag strip showed trouncing the Tesla. You will notice a common theme in all Tesla races and that is that they are from a stop and that the shorter they are the more they favor the Tesla. Top end goes to traditional gasoline motors but what the Tesla Model S shows is that from a stop an electric car is very potent. Just up to a point as the 335i in the video shows giving the 'ricer flyby' at the end. Considering this is a modified 335i with a JB4 tune Tesla shows that not only is strong electric performance possible it is the future.
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    08-19-2014, 05:01 PM
    The AMS Alpha 7 package for the 4Matic M157 vehicles certainly is impressing. AMS released their 4Matic M157 tuning options earlier this year with some impressive results. Well, it is later in the year now and the weather is much, much warmer. How would an AMS tuned E63 AMG 4Matic fare in July summer weather on the dragstrip? Pretty damn well considering eleven passes in one outing and being able to consistently break into the 10's. Very nice results for what is just a tune and exhaust modification in 2200 foot density altitude. 10.8 - 10.9 @ 127 - 128 mile per hour performance on every pass. Consistent, reliable, quick, and fast. Check out the video below.
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    08-24-2014, 08:35 PM
    Another great video here from Russian BenzBoost member Vasily1. His Renntech turbo upgraded W212 E63 AMg S 4Matic has just been crushing whatever it runs into on the highway. He has run a Lamborghini before although that was the big boy Aventador. The result was the E63 AMG S making fairly easy work of it showing that this Renntech has this W212 E63 AMG S 4Matic putting out over 850+ horsepower with their turbochargers. Does the less powerful but lighter Huracan fair better than its big brother? Nope. The Huracan is very quick as European test figures show but the Huracan is not faster than the Aventador and in turn it is not faster than this E63 AMG S 4MAtic. The Huracan does do very well when starting from a low speed where its shift speed advantage keeps it in the race but once hitting the higher speeds the power deficit shows. Great runs and a great video.
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    08-02-2014, 02:11 PM
    An X2 that will slot in below the X3 as an entry level 'SAV' is on the way according to AutoExpress. What is the X2 exactly? Well, it is a reskinned 2-Series Active Tourer which itself is just a reskinned Mini. Yes, the Mini platform will be used for the X2 which means the X2 will be front wheel drive with an all wheel drive option. The X2 is not being built with off road capability or traditional SUV aspects in mind. The X2 is just another way to take a platform and squeeze another model out of it which is BMW's strategy these days. It will likely sell quite well which is why it got the green light and may get a 3-door variant. As far as powertrain choices expect the 1.5 liter turbo three-cylinder motor already in use to find its way under the hood along with four-cylinder variants. It will likely mirror the 2-Series Active Tourer powertrain. Source
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    08-14-2014, 03:01 PM
    Owners of N55 powered vehicles have been aware of this issue for quite some time. BMW back in March launched an investigation into what may be a defective part of the VANOS (variable valve and cam timing) system. BMW's investigation was likely nothing more than trying to find the cheapest way to get out of the situation as only a naive person would believe that BMW only learned of any N55 bolt issues stemming from cars produced as far back as 2009 five months ago. BMW announced earlier this week it would recall 156,137 2010-2012 model year N55 powered vehicles in the USA. The bolts that hold the VANOS unit will be replaced. It is encouraged that anyone with an N55 vehicle in this date range contacts their dealer. If not, the possibility of the bolts coming loose or breaking exists leading to potential engine issues and accompanied by a bunch of CEL's (check engine lights). BMW press release below: BMW has informed NHTSA of its intention to voluntarily recall approximately 156,137 MY 2010-12 vehicles in the US, equipped with inline 6-cylinder engines. In very rare cases the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing (VANOS) unit housing may become loose or, in extreme cases, break. If that happens, a "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" lamp will illuminate and a check control message will be displayed. If the operation of the VANOS unit is compromised, the engine will operate with reduced engine power in "safe mode". If ignored, the problem can become progressively worse, eventually leading to no start conditions, stalling and engine damage. Affected Series: 2010-12 1 Series 2010-12 3 Series 2010-2012 5 Series 2010-12 5 Series Gran Turismo 2012 6 Series 2010-2012 X3 SAV 2010-12 X5 SAV 2010-12 X6 SAV 2010-12 Z4 Drivers of potentially affected vehicles may continue to drive their vehicles, however, if they observe a "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" lamp and Check Control message warning, drivers should immediately contact their nearest authorized BMW center to arrange service. In the event of stalling, drivers should carefully move away from traffic and stop the vehicle in a safe location as soon as possible. They should contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269 to have the vehicle brought to the nearest authorized BMW center. They should not continue to drive their vehicle. Owners of potentially affected vehicles will be contacted by BMW Customer Relations via first-class mail, to inform them of the recall and, when parts are available, will receive a second notification that will advise them to make an appointment with their authorized BMW center in order to have the repair made. Customers with questions should contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email
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    08-12-2014, 05:51 PM
    Incredible results here from an Australian W204 C63 that is now the quickest and fastest C63 AMG in Australia. This C63 has the Weistec Engineering Stage III supercharger package pushing 11 psi of boost on pump gas. In addition the car has long tube headers and a mid pipe with the catalytic converters in place. Everything else is stock including the engine internals, transmission, and the M156 V8 heads. Compare this 10.446 @ 134.43 pass for the Stage III C63 AMG to another Australian C63 AMG running the Stage II Weistec supercharger which turned a 10.8 @ 129 in the 1/4 mile. That car also was running pump gas. The larger 3.0 liter blower in the Stage III kit is simply capable of making more power with less heat than the 2.3 liter and is able to do so even on pump fuel. Either way, 130+ traps speed from supercharged C63's AMG's is incredible. That this car did 134 on pump gas and full weight as well as the stock engine internals is jaw dropping.
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    08-13-2014, 10:02 PM
    Some AMG heavyweights going at it here! Russian BenzBoost member Vasily1 continues to impress with his Renntech modified W212 E63 AMG S. His car has taken down an Aventador from a roll, a modified Nissan GTR, and a tuned F13 BMW M6. His car is putting out somewhere in the 850+ crank horsepower range. That is serious power but is it enough to beat a Weistec Stage III C63 which we recently saw is capable of 134+ mile per hour trap speeds? Well, it is. The E63 AMG wins this race. Now, it is hard to know the full specs on each vehicle. Is the C63 on pump gas? How much boost is it pushing? Is the E63 on race gas with a race tune? It is stated that the C63 is on an 'intermediate' tune which likely means pump gas. Regardless, it is what it is. This Renntech tuned E63 AMG S 4Matic continues to impress.
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    08-04-2014, 02:02 PM
    1/4 mile times for the 991 generation Porsche 911 Turbo and S have been all over the place leading to questions about consistency. Champion Motorsport managed a 10 second run with their stock 991 Turbo turning a 10.939 second 1/4 mile pass at 126.090 miles per hour. That was in cooler weather though and the pass in the video below takes place during the summer. That likely explains the trap speeds in the low 120 mile per hour range. Despite the lower trap speeds the launch control program works very well. As Road and Track showed earlier in the year with 50 back to back launch control uses the software and hardware are both configured very well. This 991 Turbo is fairly consistent with its runs using launch control running 10.9X - 11.0X for great consistency. Enjoy the video:
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    08-24-2014, 08:58 PM
    A sport utility vehicle against a BMW M car? The thought used to be absurd. The thought of Porsche producing an SUV used to be absurd too. Times have changed and now we have two Porsche SUV's with the Macan Turbo being the newest entry into the Porsche performance SUV lineup. Quite the entry it is with its 400 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 engine, all wheel drive, and 7-speed dual clutch PDK transmission. On paper the two vehicles are close in power but the edge goes for the F80 M3 and the edge in power is considerable. First of all, the F80 BMW M3 is very underrated in its output. It is closer to 500 horsepower than 400 horsepower. It also is not sending power to all four wheels but the rear wheels making for lower drivetrain losses although it also makes it harder to launch off the line. Both vehicles have dual clutch transmissions so that is a wash. The Macan is heavier by roughly 700 pounds. The way the race should play out is the Macan getting a slight lead and then the M3 should pull past it after second gear and keep pulling with relative ease. That is exactly what happens. The M3 destroys the Macan Turbo which is no slouch with its 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, 0-100 in 11.1 seconds, and 13.1 second 1/4 mile. The M3 just has too big of a power to weight advantage with 0-100 coming in 8.6 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 12.4 seconds. Past 100 this is no longer a race especially as aerodynamics at higher speeds favor the M3.
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    08-26-2014, 01:49 AM
    A Volkswagen Golf R going up against a tuned F13 M6? Sounds like a mismatch and normally it would be if this particular Golf R did not the have the HGP 3.6 liter VR6 turbo package. HGP Golfs have shown great results against stout opposition such as a Ferrari 458 Speciale, tuned Nissan GTR, and an Evo X with a turbo upgrade. The first race in the video has the M6 and HGP Golf square off and the Golf beats the M6. It is important to note the Golf R has all wheel drive traction which really helps it as the 1/4 mile elapsed time of 10.672 for the Golf R versus 11.910 for the M6 shows. The Golf also beats the M6 to the kilometer marker getting there in 19.366 seconds whereas the M6 takes 20.770 seconds. The M6 is pulling harder at the kilometer marker by 2.5 miles per hour. The next run has the HGP Golf go up against a stock Lamborghini LP560 Gallardo. Power is on the side of the Golf with its roughly 700 horses. The Gallardo gets a nice jump off the line but the Golf has no trouble running it down and passing it. The HGP Golf R is much quicker than the LP560 out trapping it by almost 20 KPH in the standing kilometer which is certainly impressive. A Golf clowning a Gallardo? Yep. The final run is the HGP Golf versus a Gorilla Racing Stage 3 CLS63 with a claimed output of 840 horsepower. The CLS63 AMG should take the run based on that output figure but struggles with the Golf which beats it badly off the line. The CLS63 AMG can not make up the gap and is beaten soundly although it is pulling just under 6 KPH harder by the kilometer marker. From a roll the CLS63 AMG would win but if it can not run down the Golf in over a half mile, well, that shows just how impressive the HGP Golf is. The HGP Golf R beats all three cars it goes up against and although it does not have the outright fastest trap speed it has plenty of power and is able to put its power to the ground. Sometimes that is more important than peak horsepower figures.
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    08-07-2014, 02:27 PM
    This was pretty much known but Mercedes-Benz will release the W205 C63 AMG as a wagon in addition to the sedan. You can see Mercedes testing the pair in the video below on the Nurburgring. The M177 twin turbo V8 motor sounds a bit subdued especially compared to the M156 naturally aspirated V8 it is replacing so hopefully AMG does something to open up the exhaust sound for a bit more aggression. Both C63 AMG models are basically the exact same sharing the 476 horsepower M177 V8 and automatic transmission. Power is not going to be an issue with this car. If the C63 sees some of the criticism from the previous model it will be regarding its heft and balance. From the video though Mercedes AMG sure looks to be putting a lot of work into getting the C63 cornering flat and transitioning well. The test drivers definitely are pushing the cars hard. It remains to be seen what the car will weigh but the sporty character of the C63 AMG may shine the brightest it ever has with the upcoming W205 generation. It is shaping up very well.
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    08-16-2014, 03:20 PM
    As more and more F82 M4's get out into the wild owners are going to want to set their cars apart from others. Among the first mods for a brand new car are wheels. Among the first wheels to go on a brand new M car is a model from HRE and for good reason. Quality cars deserve quality rims and HRE long ago established itself as a premium wheel option. This particular black M4 gets a set of brushed aluminum HRE RS103 wheels. TAG Motorsports did the work and dropped the car slightly. It also looks like it needs some window tint to finish the look and maybe the braked calipers painted a different color for a more seamless look but this is nitpicking. It does not take much more than a nice set of rims and a small drop to get the M4 looking hot. Enjoy the pictures:
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    08-22-2014, 05:36 PM
    The Audi TT-RS 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-5 gains quite a bit from tuning. The Revo Technik Stage 3 package which consists of ECU tuning and a turbo upgrade bumps the Audi TT-RS up to 530 horsepower at the crank. That is a very nice gain from the stock 360 horsepower but on paper it trails a modified Corvette ZR1 as well as a modified BMW F13 M6 quite a bit. How does it do in a standing kilometer against these two heavyweights? Very well. The first run is against the ZR1 and the ZR1 gets smoked. The 1/4 mile sprint for the TT-RS takes only 10.4 seconds with the trap speed stated to be a blistering 134.266. That sounds like a bit of an inflated trap speed as the ZR1 only hits 131. This is likely explained by the timing equipment the Russians are using but regardless the TT-RS is hooking up much better holding off the ZR1 through the kilometer by over a second although by the mile marker it is finally pulling harder. Against the M6 the TT-RS again gets off the line better and pulls another 10.4 second 1/4 mile sprint. The M6 manages a poor 12.404 1/4 mile sprint at 127.748 miles per hour. The M6 is not able to run down the TT-RS by the 1000 meter marker taking 21.397 seconds to the 19.263 for the TT-RS. The M6 traps under one KPH higher. Very impressive performance from the TT-RS which sure seems to be putting out more than the claimed 530 horsepower.
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    08-26-2014, 12:46 AM
    Two turbocharged all wheel drive german luxury performance sedans going at it here. The Audi RS7 offers 560 horsepower stock from a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8. The Porsche Panamera Turbo has a larger 4.8 liter V8 that is also twin turbocharged but it is less powerful rated at 520 horsepower. Porsche offers an optional power kit for roughly $20k that boosts the output into the 540 horsepower range thanks to upgraded turbochargers and more aggressive tuning. The Porsche Panamera Turbo uses a PDK dual clutch transmission whereas the RS7 uses a more traditional automatic. The weight between the two is a wash in the 44XX range. We have already seen the RS7 beat the Panamera Turbo decisively in a straight line but does the power kit change the outcome? No, the RS7 is still faster. Even if the more powerful Panamera Turbo S with its 570 horsepower were put in place of this Panamer Turbo the RS7 still looks like it is too strong to overcome. The RS7 despite its smaller motor and lack of a dual clutch transmission simply is the stronger car especially considering just an ECU tune gets it into the 10's in the ~130 trap speed range. The RS7 is a beast.
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    08-27-2014, 11:44 PM
    Last month German publication Sport Auto compared a 1992 E30 M3 DTM car to the F80 M3 on the Hockenheim and the E30 DTM car crushed it. This led to F80 M3 fanboys stating the comparison was not fair because the E30 M3 DTM car is a race car and the F80 M3 is a street car. Apparently a three decade old design with a naturally aspirated four banger beating up on the pride of the modern M division ruffled some feathers. Well, here is a comparison with an E30 M3 that is much closer to the street car. The 1987 FIA Group A car is less powerful than the E30 DTM car and even closer to the E30 M3 street car. Additionally, Mid-Ohio is a larger race track than the tighter Hockenheim that gives an edge to power meaning the straightaways favor much more powerful F80 M3. Before we get into which car excels where on this racetrack we want to highlight the difference in powertrains here. The E30 M3 has a four-cylinder which was developed specifically for FIA and DTM racing. The four-cylinder offered higher revs than BMW's inline-6's at the time and sitting further back in the chassis it offered better balance. The S14 as it is fondly remembered was developed by the same man responsible for BMW's insane 1500+ horsepower turbo four cylinder engine era: "The engine was a highlight. Although there was an internal push to use one of BMW's signature inline-sixes, M technical director Paul Rosche, the mad genius behind BMW's 1400-hp, four-cylinder Formula 1 engines, wanted the balance and high-rpm stability of a twin-cam four. To make the first prototype, he literally sawed two cylinders from the head of an M88—the 24-valve six from the M1 supercar—and paired it with a version of the iron block used in the 2002tii. (Fun facts: The F1 project started with that same block, and Rosche was later responsible for the McLaren F1's V-12.) Test engines vibrated themselves to pieces but produced around 200 hp and more than 7000 rpm." So in the F80 M3 you have modern BMW M power with forced air providing close to 500 horses and in the 1987 E30 M3 Group A car you have an S14 four-cylinder spinning to around ~8000 rpm with roughly 320 horses. The later DTM cars had more displacement and revved to roughly ~10000 rpm with 340+ horsepower. The DTM car obviously offers a bit more power, torque, and tighter gearing. The weight difference between the two cars is about 1400 pounds which is night and day. So how does this play out? The F80 M3 dominates the straights and the E30 M3 dominates the twisties. The end result is practically a wash with the F80 M3 coming ahead by three tenths thanks to its shift speed and straightaway advantage. The comparison plays out exactly as it should. The new car is more powerful and technologically advanced but the track oriented E30 M3 is still more than a match on the roadcourse. Very different M cars but it is certainly interesting to see the past and present compared: Source
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    08-07-2014, 03:47 PM
    Those are some ridiculous figures. 1500+ horsepower does not quite open eyes the way it used to as the aftermarket has spoiled us namely the readers on this network. That said, 1500+ horsepower from a factory car with a warranty is something special indeed even if it will cost you over a million dollars. Volkswagen is getting ready to produce their successor to the Veyron and they intend to take the already absurdly powerful car much further. In the opinion of this network the Veyron was simply Volkswagen showing off producing a car for ridiculous excess as it has ridiculously excessive funds to spend on it. It is not the greatest supercar ever produced, not even close. It's fat and built around its looks instead of its looks being a product of its design. Gordon Murray (father of the McLaren F1) has a pretty good breakdown on the why the Veyron is overrated you definitely should read if you have not. There are many areas Volkswagen can improve the Veyron beyond just raw acceleration. The proposed hybrid drivetrain is a great start. The McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder already show us hybrid high performance is not just the future but reality. Volkswagen somewhat painted themselves into a corner with all their talk about the top speed of the Veyron which became its measuring stick. Now, they have to exceed that metric or the new car will be viewed as somewhat inferior. They really should focus on the weight of the hybrid drivetrain and the handling but wowing people with a 286 mile per hour top speed seems to be the goal. This new Veyron will not arrive until 2016 if then. A Bugatti spokesperson stated, “Five developmental prototypes with differing powertrain combinations have been constructed up to now. They are based on the existing car 
but use various solutions 
that are being considered for the new model.” As there are five different prototypes testing a lot can change. It is rumored that the W16 motor will be retained but clearly Bugatti is exploring their options. We can probably expect 1500+ horsepower and an absurd top speed though. We will have to see what happens. Source
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    08-27-2014, 10:42 PM
    With the new turbocharged V8 era one issue the heavy AMG sedans face is heat soak. This is especially prevalent after multiple WOT (wide open throttle) runs and exacerbated by high summer temps or warm climates. To prevent heat soak which will cause a loss of power cooling upgrades are necessary. This is especially true on modified cars which of course will generate even more heat and likely be driven aggressively. AMS has a solution with their boost cooler system to maintain optimum performance. The system drops temps by almost 60 degrees according to AMS testing which is a very large temperature drop. Further details on the $2695.00 system (available for pre-facelift E63 and CLS63 RWD models) including what it contains as well as design choices below in the words of AMS: The Alpha Performance E63 (W212) 5.5L Bi Turbo Boost Cooler System is a great addition to your M157 equipped AMG whether your car is stock or modified. The cooling system features a large, high efficiency heat exchanger located at the front of the car, a reservoir that holds over a gallon of coolant in the passenger front fender well and a high flow brushless pump which runs complementary to the factory pump. Whether you live in a hot climate area, enjoy long spirited drives in the mountains or long high speed pulls on airstrips, the M157 Boost Cooler will keep your intake temps low and maintain your AMG’s maximum output no matter the ambient conditions. As with all Alpha Products, everything needed to install the system is included – bolts, fittings, lines etc. Best of all, no drilling on the car is required. Hard ‘Core’ The most important part of an efficient heat exchanger system is the core, skimping here could mean the overall performance of an ‘upgraded’ system might be worse than stock! Our Alpha core is a high quality, made in the UK, double pass design where the coolant makes two passes through the unit vs competing products which use a single pass design. Our unit works with the factory heat exchanger giving you a significant boost in cooling power. Innovative Reservoir Means Zero Lost Trunk Space! The hand fabricated Alpha reservoir acts as a large heat sink to keep coolant temperatures low and stable. With over a gallon of additional coolant on board, it increases the cycle time allowing it to dissipate more heat before being recirculated, working as a large thermal reservoir, keeping the horsepower-killing heat soak at bay. With its trick mounting location in the passenger fender well, you don’t have to worry about running lines to the rear of the car, drilling holes in your trunk's floorboard, or giving up valuable trunk space! Pumped up! To give you the best possible performance and keep the coolant flowing efficiently through the heat exchangers, we added an additional high flow pump to run in conjunction with the OEM pump. The combination of the two pumps allow a high flow rate to keep the fluid moving and maintains that flow rate at higher pressures giving you the assurance your car will stay cool in hot climates or on those top speed pulls. Exclusive Benefits: Unique Fender Mounted Reservoir Unlike Competing Designs, No Drilling or Cutting of Body Panels Required Short Line Routing Works with both Distronic and Non-Distronic Vehicles OEM Fit and Finish System Includes: Hand Fabricated Reservoir High Efficiency Double Pass Heat Exchanger High Flow Brushless Coolant Pump 4 ply Heavy Duty Silicone Hose High Pressure Coolant Line Distronic Bracket (Optional) CLS 63 Adapter (Optional) Pump Control w/Harness All Clamps, Fittings, Bolts, Brackets and Hardware Applications: 2012-2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Non-4Matic (W212) Special Product Notes: Some early M157 5.5L Bi Turbo models came with a non-divorced cooling system, our system requires the system be divorced. If you have an early model that does not have a coolant reservoir under the engine cover (see image in More Images tab) you will need to add the divorce kit from the options menu. Our divorce kit uses OEM Mercedes-Benz parts.
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    08-19-2014, 05:22 PM
    BMW doing an X4 is not surprising as they were able to mimic what they did with the X6. That being taking an SUV platform they already have, the X3 in this case, and changing the exterior to 'coupe' proportions. BMW found success with this approach so they are trying it again. The only problem is that this segment is now more competitive especially with Porsche entering the smaller SUV market with their brand new Macan. Porsche has a Macan Turbo model that BMW does not have an answer for. That is why this comparison is between the Macan S Diesel with its 3.0 liter turbo V6 offering 255 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque and the BMW X4 xDrive30d with its 255 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The Macan does not use an automatic though and has a seven speed dual clutch transmission. It also comes in cheaper than the X4. For the US audience a comparison between the Macan S and X4 xDrive35i would be more interesting but Autocar is based in Europe so we see the diesels. They drag race the two of them and it is basically neck and neck with the X4 taking it by a hair. If acceleration is the goal one should pick the Macan S or Turbo which will handily beat the xDrive35i in a drag race. The X4 gets praise from Autocar as to how it drives and handles. Not all that surprising as it is essentially just an X3. The Macan also gets high praise especially for its chassis. The Macan does seem to have a sportier character to it. This is really not that complicated. The X4 is just an X3 in drag. The Macan is an all new platform and offers higher performance models. The Macan S also can be said to be a bargain compared to the X4. Autocar picks the Macan. It is the better choice especially from a driving pleasure and performance standpoint.
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    08-06-2014, 12:23 PM
    MotorTrend finally tested the 2014 BMW i8 and posted their findings. Road and Track already posted their test figures much earlier this year but now we can compare what each major magazine got out of the car. The curb weight figures between the two are nearly identical with MotorTrend weighing the i8 at 3378 pounds and Road and Track getting 3380 pounds. Weight distribution is an excellent 49 front to 51 rear. 0-60 is tested at the the exact same 3.8 second figure. The 1/4 mile for MotorTrend is a 12.4 @ 112.1 whereas Road and Track got a 12.3 @ 114. This minor discrepancy can likely be attributed to the currently warmer weather. The car is not all about acceleration and the handling figures are solid with .93g pulled on the skidpad and a figure eight test of 24.6 seconds at .79g which puts the car on par with the Porsche Boxster S. The i8 is a solid performer considering its specifications but what we all really want to see is this car get wider wheels and tires, a more aggressive suspension, and some real power. BMW has a nice base to work with here to produce a serious performer. Maybe we will see that in an i9. 2014 BMW i8 BASE PRICE $136,650 PRICE AS TESTED $138,650 VEHICLE LAYOUT Mid-engine, AWD, 4-pass, 2-door hatchback ENGINE 1.5L/228-hp/236-lb-ft turbocharged DOHC 12-valve I-3 plus 129-hp/184-lb-ft front and 8-hp rear motors, 357 hp/420 lb-ft (comb) TRANSMISSION 6-sp auto (gas, rr wheels), 2-sp auto (elec, fr wheels) CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3378 lb (49/51%) WHEELBASE 110.2 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 184.9 x 76.5 x 50.8 in 0-60 MPH 3.8 sec QUARTER MILE 12.4 sec @ 112.1 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 103 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.93 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.6 sec @ 0.79 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON Not yet rated RealMPG CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 41.9/49.6/45.0 mpg (preliminary)
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    08-06-2014, 01:15 PM
    It looks like it is time to finally put those Porsche 991 GT3 RS turbo rumors to rest. Let us remind you that this all started with a report from Autocar from two months ago. It looks like Autocar made the story up, took the hits, and then ran away from it. The rest of the automotive industry likely won't even bother to call Autocar on their BS as the test video below of the 991 GT3 RS clearly sounds like the high revving powerplant out of the 991 GT3. The GT3 RS is getting close to its official reveal. It will have rear air intakes which should help cool the motor and prevent any nasty engine fire issues. We will have to see just how much Posche tweaked 3.8 liter flat-6 motor from the 991 GT3. The redline will likely stay at the same 9000 rpm as will the displacement but will Porsche increase the 475 horsepower from the standard GT3? 500 naturally aspirated horses sure would be nice.
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    08-21-2014, 04:12 PM
    We have all seen people jump over cars before. Obviously it is not easy to do and takes quite a bit of athleticism to accomplish without injury. The videos you have likely seen are of cars that are stationary or moving slowly. This guy from Norway decides to up the ante quite a bit with an R8 traveling close to 100 miles per hour. The margin for error is very slim and at that speed if there is an error it likely will cost the jumper his life. Fortunately the timing is perfect and the jump is successful. It's a bit crazy and obviously not recommended but he pulls it off. If he didn't...
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    08-05-2014, 03:31 PM
    We all remember the Honda S2000 fondly. An affordable, lightweight, fun to drive roadster with a motor that screamed to an incredible 9000 rpm redline in its first iteration. Since the S2000 ended production Honda has not had anything nearly as exciting to drive in its lineup but it looks like there finally may be a worthy successor that will inject sportiness back into the Honda lineup. Reports are the S2000 is coming back but not as a front engine naturally aspirated roadster. It will instead be a mid-engine sports car. It is not going to be a true successor to the original S2000 format in anything other than the name. That is not necessarily a bad thing as we can think of the new S2000 as a mini-NSX. The main difference being that the S2000 will not be all wheel drive but rear wheel drive with the electric motor fitted in the back. This will be mated to a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor borrowed from the Civic Type-R. Honda purists and S2000 fanboys may not be too happy about the change but frankly with how boring the Honda lineup is we'll take it. A mid-engine rear wheel drive turbocharged hybrid certainly sounds like it will be fun to drive with the rumored 364 horsepower. If they manage to hit their weight target of keeping the car under 3000 pounds it will be a hit offering excellent performance. The question really comes down to what it will cost? Reports state something in the $60k range which certainly is pushing it for a Honda but not for a mid-engine sports car. We will know more as we get closer to the 2017 launch date. Source
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    08-05-2014, 04:11 PM
    BMW has been plastering the M badge on everything it can these days. Mercedes is going to basically do the same thing with the AMG badge and an AMG Sport range that will serve a similar function to the BMW M Sport range. Essentially the AMG sport models will receive AMG inspired bodywork as well as interior touches. Exhaust options and engine tune software options will also likely mirror what BMW does with their M Performance Parts range. Speaking to Autocar an AMG source stated, “We have identified growing demand for our more overtly sporting models, both in petrol and diesel guises. We intend to extend our range with a new line of models developed in partnership with AMG." The first model you will see that falls under the AMG Sport range will be the upcoming W205 C450 AMG Sport. This model will bridge the gap between the C63 and C400. Will we see dilution of the AMG badge? Probably not to the same degree as the M badge as AMG historically gave more models in the lineup the AMG treatment than M did earlier on. Is this a bit of a cash grab? Certainly, but Mercedes wants to counter BMW M Sport and this is the best way to do it. Source
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