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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-01-2017, 07:42 PM
    Tuners have flashed F-Series BMW models for some time now but they would require physical access to the ECU. That means you would have to remove your engine management computer and get it to the tuner somehow. After they unlocked it, you could flash it. Well, no more. The F-Series is officially cracked with OBD-II tuning. This means you can expect hand held flashing systems to come to market shortly. BimmerBoost will be detailing some of these systems in a subsequent article. Several tuners have contacted this site already on this topic: Expect this to spread like wildfire. For those keeping score, the Infineon F-Series ECU's were first unlocked in December of 2014. It took three years to go from there to OBD-II port flashing.
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    11-16-2017, 06:56 PM
    This is what you can call a serious N54 build. @Ericbh77 is not messing around with his E92 335i. He is going for roughly 1000 horsepower and what is making that possible is the custom Fab Factory bottom mount twin scroll turbo manifold mated to a PTE 6870. The motor is obviously built and he is going with Schrick high lift cams: VAC built the motor and did some head work as well. He is planning on having @CKI@Motiv tune it and additional fuel is coming from a supplemental HPFP pump. Most high horsepower builds like this tend to be manual as the automatic will not hold the torque. Will this one? We'll see as it features upgrades although they have not been tested at this level. This is going to be a fun build to watch come together. Enjoy the pictures below.
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    11-28-2017, 05:23 PM
    You know all about tuned Audi 4.0 TFSI V8's making monster power and torque in the C7 RS6 and C7 RS7 models. It is our duty at to never allow Audi to live down not bringing the C7 or C6 generation RS6 vehicles to the USA. Who in the world would hate an RS6 with 800 lb-ft of torque? Ok, 792 lb-ft according to this dyno but close enough. This is solely with the Stage I APR 4.0 TFSI V8 tune: An increase of over 220 lb-ft of torque will definitely help this wagon haul the family and luggage. On the bright side we have the RS7 with this same motor in the USA so all is not lost.
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    11-21-2017, 02:32 PM
    Gintani is still tuning the project 991.2. This is a preliminary graph that gives you an idea of the difference the tune makes. Gintani believes they can add a little bit of power up top but as you can see this motor is a torque monster down low. Compared to GIAC's 91 octane tune Gintani does not ramp in the torque as hard down low but the peak comes at about 4200 rpm compared to 2950 giving a broader curve: The torque increase is 110 lb-ft over the baseline but for whatever reason the baseline is a bit lower than it was on other Mustang dynamometers while the peak horsepower is right on the money. The dyno was recently calibrated. Gintani is still tuning so take this as an early result but obviously there is a lot on tap from the stock 991.2 Carrera. Additionally, dyno results with cat bypass pipes from Soul Performance should come today and Gintani also plans to do a race gas tune which thus far nobody has done.
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    11-21-2017, 05:16 PM
    This E82 135i used to belong to BimmerBoost member @trickcruiser. He sold it but here are some final dyno pulls from his ride. This is a stock head and stock block N54. It is running a Precision 6466 single turbo with a VM N54 manifold. Going beyond this power and torque for a daily driven automatic N54 is asking for reliability concerns: The transmission was rebuilt by Level 10 but they have mixed reviews to say the least. Look to them more to refurbish an auto box than anything else on the platform. A solid 637 wheel horsepower and 533 lb-ft of torque in street trim on an E85 tune. The fuel system is a Fuel-It! Stage 3 with port injection and a BMS controller. It will be interesting to see if the new owner intends to push it much further.
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    12-01-2017, 06:21 PM
    You already know the N54 turbo upgrade market is crowded but in 2017 bottom mount options with Borg Warner EFR turbochargers became more prevalent. VL Performance is entering this niche and gauging market response. So what is special about their approach? They are packaging their manifold with the largest Borg Warner EFR turbocharger (9174) available. It has an external wastegate and although we only have one teaser pic to go by it certainly does look to be well packaged and designed with the room to work with. What does it cost? When will it hit the market? Will it hit the market? All valid questions we will hopefully get answers to.
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    12-06-2017, 04:00 PM
    Carwow got their hands on the new F90 M5 and did some GPS testing. First, keep in mind that these are not real dragstrip times. Secondly, keep in mind it is Carwow who for the life of them can not figure out what a trap speed is. They get a 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds and 11.1 seconds for the 1/4 mile. They say this is 'faster' than the Mercedes because they got an 11.2 out of it. It is quicker, not faster. Well, this is just overall poor testing. For one, the Mercedes was tested in different conditions. Two, no trap speeds. Also, since this is not done on a dragstrip we can not compare 60 foot times to see how the launch affected the elapsed time. Why are they not going to the hundredth on the times either? Overall since this is very early in the lifespan of the F90 M5 we are hungry for whatever metrics we can get. Is the F90 M5 quicker and faster than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S? Probably. They are likely so close that if you want to win you need to make sure you have a tune. In that respect, the AMG starts out ahead of the M5 just as it did last generation.
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    12-02-2017, 11:02 PM
    As you likely know the big news this week was that OBD-II port ECU flashing is now possible with BMW F-Series models. This is big as owners no longer have to remove their ECU's to send in to tuner for manual unlocking which opens up major possibilities. Let's start with models are supported by the @MAGICMOTORSPORT system and the basic requirements: Supported vehicle models: BMW: F01, F02, F06, F07, F10, F11, F15, F16, F18, F25, F26, F30, F31, F32, F34, F36, F80, F85, F86 Mini: F55, F56, F57 Supported engine models: BMW: N13, N20, B47, N47, N55, S55, N57, N63TU, S63TU (excludes only: B48 and B58) Minimum requirements: PC requirements: MCU: Dual Core i3 RAM: 4GB OS: MS Windows 7,8 or 10 x32/x64 Ports: 1 x USB2.0 port, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet port Network: mandatory internet connection (the IP address of the PC must be assigned by the DHCP server) Vehicle requirements: Battery recharger required min. 50A Most F-Series engines are supported except for the new B38, B48, and B58 motors. That is a long list of models and motors so why are we putting this post in the S55 section? Because BimmerBoost knows of a tuner who will be using the Magic Motorsport handheld flasher to tune an F82 M4. We intend to bring you those results as soon as write mode is enabled after December 24th. Think of it this way, once the tuner complete their tune in theory they could send you that tune and you could flash your own M4 right at home. Now you see just how big of a deal this is. How much is the system? European pricing is 1900 Euros: Expect US pricing from dealers soon. Keep in mind there are several features supported: The big one there is the CVN fix. What this does is it makes it impossible for the dealer to know your ECU was tuned. Very nice for those who want peace of mind with potential warranty issues. Expect more details as the flashing tools get out there later this month.
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    11-30-2017, 07:50 PM
    Gintani continues to tune the Project 991.2 911 Carrera and now has the car over 440 wheel horsepower on their Mustang dyno. Compare the race gas figures you see in the graph below to the preliminary 91 octane pump gas tune only numbers. The car has Soul Performance cat bypass pipes on it now but a dyno overlay of just the pipes will come in a subsequent article. For now they are still working on the race gas tune and they got the car over 450 whp but are still tweaking various aspects. You will notice a bit of torque was lost down low but this is a trade off for top end gains. Essentially, we are at another 22 wheel horsepower. There is also a nice mid-range gain from 4750 rpm to 6000 rpm. Past 6500 rpm the turbochargers just run out of steam. 991.2 Carrera S turbos might provide another 20 whp or so but 991.2 GTS turbos would really give a nice bump up top. It looks like it is time for a turbo upgrade. For context, 440 wheel horsepower on a Mustang dyno is roughly stock Porsche 991.1 Turbo S power:
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    11-29-2017, 05:12 PM
    Congratulations are in order to @NJ-M4 for setting the new overall quickest and fastest Porsche 991.1 Turbo 1/4 mile record! He ended up breaking his own quickest record which was 9.70. He picked up quite a bit of trap speed though and his 147 trap is now the fastest recorded in the USA as well. The previous fastest pass was 9.71 @ 143.80 by @Markblackwell. Here is the mod list: Mods (chosen and installed by AIM Performance): ESMotor 71mm VTG Turbos ESMotor intercoolers AIM Lightweight Exhaust ESMotor headers IPD Plenum IPD Y pipe meth kit Lightweight Tecnocraft seats OZ Wheels Cobb tuned by @Emre@Esmotor There is a bit of weight stripped out as the carbon Technocraft seats are extremely light. EDIT: He further improved his quickest record to 9.59: Everything else is pretty much as it was with the ESMotor Turbochargers and tuning doing most of the work. What is impressive is this car is still on the stock motor as it approaches 150 traps. Also the stock transmission with the stock clutches. Yes, really. Congratulations again to @NJ-M4!
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    11-16-2017, 02:22 PM
    The new 2019 Corvette ZR1 LT5 motor illustrates the point well that direct fuel injection on its own is not the best choice for a performance car. You will notice an increasing trend of high performance cars coming to the market with dual fuel injection. That means both direct and port fuel injection systems. Why both? Because direct injection quickly becomes a liability. The technology spread due to efficiency benefits not because it was better for performance. Want to disagree? Tell it to McLaren who for some reason opted not to equip the McLaren 720S M840T V8 which is absolutely vaporizing all challengers with direct fuel injection. The issue is not only do you need strong pumps capable of huge pressure the injection window shortens with RPM. That makes it a challenge to provide enough fuel at higher rpm ranges. This is exacerbated as power as added. Let's assume for a moment you buy a Ferrari 458 which has a direct injected motor that revs to 9k rpm. You might be saying, what is the problem? Well, try running ethanol through the motor. As ethanol contains less energy than gasoline while at the same time offering higher octane and cooling benefits you need to flow more of it through your fuel system. The direct injection system quickly taps out. It only gets worse if you add power. Port fuel injection does not have the same injection window or pressure issues. This is probably why McLaren does not use it on its 8000-8500 rpm motors. This is probably why Ford does not use it on the 8200 rpm GT350 Voodoo V8. This is probably why BMW M did not equip the S65 V8 or S85 V10 8250+ rpm screamers with direct injection. Manufacturers building performance engines today with direct injection are increasingly offering dual injection systems with port fuel injection. Why? To alleviate stress on the direct injection system and offer fueling headroom say with modern ethanol blends. It also reduces carbon deposits. There are pluses and minuses to both approaches. Direct injection allows motors to run at higher compression before detonation on pump fuels. This obviously provides a power and efficiency benefit. The cooling effect of direct injection is due to fuel droplets going through a phase change from liquid to gas and becoming an ignitable vapor that can be mixed with air and detonated by the spark plug. Heat is absorbed during this change providing a cooling effect which will allow a direct injection motor to run leaner. Again, this provides an efficiency benefit when it comes to fuel use. Port injection allows air flowing through the intake manifold to cool before reaching the combustion chamber while direct injection provides its cooling benefit in the chamber itself. Port injection also does not require the high injection pressure and it does not have the limited injection window which means it is easier to flow far more fuel. You can see how combining these two technologies provides the benefits of both and minimizes the downsides. Just look at the performance motors that recently entered the market with dual fuel systems: Chevrolet LT5 Audi 2.5 TFSI Audi/Lamborghini 5.2 V10 Bentley W12 Ford 3.5 Ecoboost There are other motors with dual injection not listed there but you get the idea and more are on the way. It is interesting to note that many enthusiasts on the various BoostAddict sites with direct injected motors who add power look into adding supplemental port injection systems. It is ironic that getting away from port injection quickly leads them right back to port injection once they start to add power and run ethanol. Factory dual-injection tends to provide the best of both worlds.
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    11-17-2017, 11:01 AM
    Well, holy crap! 8's out of the box? A 250 mph top speed? That is not all. The new Tesla roadster is said to hit 60 in 1.9 seconds and it will hit 100 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds. Those numbers are so mind numbingly fast please excuse us for being skeptical. When will it hit the market? Apparently it is being positioned as a 2020 model year car. The battery capacity is said to be good for 630 miles. Three motors will supply over 7,000 lb-ft of torque. It will start at $200,000 which for the numbers Tesla is quoting is well worth the money. Hell, it's worth double. It is going to be very hard to argue against the new Tesla Roadster if it delivers as advertised. The only downside will likely be the heft.
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    11-15-2017, 12:04 PM
    MotorTrend got their hands on these two German hot rods featuring 3.0 liter twin turbo powerplants. The engine design is quite different however with the 911 GTS 9A2B6 featuring an oversquare flat-6 and the M4 S55 featuring an undersquare inline-6 which BoostAddict previously covered in an engine design comparison article. That said on paper these cars match up well. The M4 obviously offers greater value but it is heavier and seats four adults. The 911 does not seat four adults but is roughly 200 pounds lighter and of course more expensive. Power is essentially a wash on paper but we really need to see them both on the dyno to know the truth regarding torque curves, spool, and output. Unlike BMW who just changes software for the output gain, Porsche gives you larger turbos with the GTS. This GTS is rear wheel drive just like the M4 and both have dual clutch transmissions so this is as apples to apples as we are going to get. Ok, let's get to the actual performance comparison! They get the cars out on the Nurburgring and how can you not love that? Well, they ruin the whole thing by not providing laptimes. WTF is the point here guys? You attend a track day, talk about factory laptimes, and provide no actual performance measures. MotorTrend should never be allowed to take cars on the 'Ring again. What happens after the big Nurburgring buildup that ends in a whimper? They go on some damp and foggy mountain road and continue to yammer on about their feelings. Where is the Head 2 Head performance comparison gentlemen? You might as well have grandmothers compare these cars. What a waste of time MotorTrend. Don't call it a Head 2 Head comparison when really it is just story time with Jonny Lieberman and some guy who has an English accent which obviously means he has to know cars. You guys are a joke.
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    11-28-2017, 09:32 PM
    There is a big difference between getting an OTS (off the shelf) and pro tune. The pro of course standing for professional. Why is there this difference? Because a pre-packaged or canned tune is designed to be one size fits all. It is also designed to be safe for different fuel qualities and cars around the globe. Do not get us wrong, PTF's (Pro Tuning Freaks) OTS Stage 2 S55 tune is solid. It will push an F80 M3 or F82 M4 into the 10's in the 1/4 mile. However, look at what a competent tuner (HCP) is able to extract with a custom pro tune over the OTS tune: A significant difference there, right? We are talking about 56 horsepower at the wheels. Keep in mind there will be less leeway. This tune is now custom tailored to that M4 and its fuel quality as well as other modifications. The truth is if you can afford it, getting a custom dyno tune is the best way to go. Think of it like having a tailored suit versus one size fits all.
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    12-07-2017, 08:13 PM
    Sport Auto got their hands on two of the world's best track cars and took them to the Hockenheim in Germany for a laptime comparison. You may remember that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante briefly held the Nurburgring production car laptime record. That was until the 911 GT2 RS took the Nurburgring record with an insane 6:47.3 laptime. How do they fare on a smaller track going head to head in the same conditions? Like this: The GT2 RS time is out of this world. It did not just beat every other car Sport Auto tested it crushed them. That includes the Huracan Performante which is the second quickest they have ever tested. Porsche did not pull any punches. They set out to build the world's top track car and they succeeded.
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    11-18-2017, 05:30 PM
    This BMW E92 335i belongs to BimmerBoost member @PureEvilN54 and he recently swapped a DCT (dual clutch) transmission into his 335i. Pulling off the physical swap is one thing but he states he is able to get launch values others are not. For example, 3500 and 5000 rpm launches. In the video below he demonstrates a 3500 rpm launch that builds 4 psi off boost at the line and he tells BimmerBoost that thus far he is the only one doing this launch control RPM value on a DCT swapped N54. BimmerBoost would love to see confirmation of that 5000 rpm launch.
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    11-28-2017, 08:48 PM
    Some JB4 on JB4 action here! BMS (Burger Tuning) JB4 boxes are very popular in the BMW world but recently they started expanded into the Infiniti market due to the new VR30DDTT 3.0 liter V6 twin turbo powerplant. The results early on for the Q50 models are promising with BMS Alpha tunes showing 413 wheel horsepower. Note, this is not the Red Sport version. The B58 turbo I6 under the hood of the 440i should be familiar to you and with a JB4 tune and some meth can put out ~450 wheel horsepower. Interestingly, the Infiniti pulls. They do two pulls and the result is the same with the Infiniti winning although in the second run it's a beatdown. Why the Infiniti wins in dominating fashion has us scratching our heads.
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    12-06-2017, 06:31 PM
    The N54 turbo upgrade market is seemingly flooded with various 'cast' upgrades. It is somewhat tough to sift through all the options and determine which are worth the money and which are just cheap junk made from 'chineseum' material. The MMP upgrade sure looks to be worth the money. Mauricio over at @MM Performance has worked on these turbochargers for quite some time. They are coming together very nicely. BimmerBoost last wrote about this upgrade in July, 2016 where the bang for the buck aspect was touted. Since then the market was flooded with cheap cast options many of which are from overseas. The MMP option sure looks good at this stage: Beautiful, right? So how far away are we from them actually being for sale? The question remains, is this the best cast N54 turbo upgrade option on the market? We will know the answer very soon.
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    11-17-2017, 01:53 PM
    The next generation BMW F80 M3 and G82 M4 models expected as 2020 model year cars will feature new engine architecture. Well, not exactly new as the S58B38 powerplant will be a tweaked version of the current B58 3.0 liter inline-6 motor we all know and love. A water injection system carries over from the F82 M4 GTS. BimmerBoost would expect enthusiasts to quickly supplement this system with methanol injection or a mix. The reason the B58 will become an S58 is because BMW no longer builds ground-up M motors. A cost cutting move but it is redundant at this point to keep bringing up BMW heavily cutting costs. On the bright side the B58 architecture is a departure from the N54/N55/S55 engine family and hopefully that means we will not see crank hub issues with the new M3 and M4 engine. BMW can not possibly get this wrong for two straight generations, right? As the M3 and M4 are going up in power all wheel drive is expected to be standard. BMW may indeed quote 493 horsepower but this will be closer to an output rating at the wheels than at the crank. If BimmerBoost were to guess, BMW will continue to increase the M3/M4 base model by 70 whp so 490 horsepower at the wheels is pretty much the right range. The problem here is that the car will gain weight. All wheel drive is not going to make the vehicle lighter. Another problem is it likely means the end of a dual clutch transmission. A manual does not look likely either. An automatic all wheel drive M3? Why not just buy an Audi? There is a rumor that there will be a hybrid system. If so, expect weight to balloon further. If not, thank goodness. BMW will likely save face by allowing software to put the vehicle in a rear wheel drive mode just as they do with the F90 M5. The new M3 and M4 models will no doubt kick ass on the dragstrip and easily put their power down off the line. In other words, they will be nothing like what they are supposed to be.
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    11-13-2017, 11:13 AM
    Several tuners are already pushing the new W213 generation E63 S with its 4.0 liter twin turbocharged M177 V8 and the results are impressive. Tuner PP-P Performance is showing a dyno of 734 horsepower at the crank. That is with their ECU flash tune and catless downpipes. Putting these numbers in context is somewhat difficult as their MAHA dynamometer reads very differently. The wheel output figure shows 564 whp: Far more conservative than the 656 wheel horsepower DME Tuning showed on their all wheel drive Dynojet with a Stage I tune. Hopefully we will get more dyno tests for contextual purposes but the new W213 E63 is already a tuner's dream.
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    11-20-2017, 06:01 PM
    The E46 M3 CSL originally made waves because it managed a stellar 7 minute and 50 second laptime in the hands of Sport Auto. Back in 2003 this was a quick time. For perspective, a 997.2 Carrera S PDK on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires matched this time in 2008. The CSL was spectacular. BMW shaved 240 pounds off the car for a total of 3053 pounds and managed to squeeze 360 horsepower out of the 3.2 liter S54 engine with a new airbox design and a new cam profile. Not to mention the suspension, aerodynamics, and brake upgrades. The E46 M3 CSL was BMW M at its best and the peak of the classic M brand. That 7:50 Nurburgring time was an incredible achievement. Now in 2017 look at what this E46 M3 is doing. A 7:28.5 and yes it is still naturally aspirated. The M3 has a CSL airbox from Karbonius Composites and a CSL tune from Chris Benoit. This of course is in addition to the suspension, brake, aero, and tire upgrades. An absolutely phenomenal result when you factor in the E46 record holder is a supercharged E46 M3 CSL running 7:22 and the a stock F82 M4 takes 7 minutes and 52 seconds. The driving probably has something to do with it.
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    11-15-2017, 01:26 PM
    According to Car and Driver's Porsche 991.2 GTS test results it is right there with Porsche 991.1 Turbo models. Actually, the 125 mile per hour trap speed is faster than the 123 MotorTrend got for the 991.1 Turbo but the 991.1 Turbo is known for being inconsistent. The 991.2 GTS model certainly is impressive and those larger turbochargers are doing some serious work. Realistically, expect 122-123 on the dragstrip based on the 991.2 Carrera S running 11.5 @ 120. An all wheel drive GTS likely will be knocking right on that 10-second door in stock form. Now imagine it with a tune... easy mid-10's? High 12X traps? The car is not just about acceleration obviously although clearly it is overachieving for 450 horsepower. The curb weight is fairly light at 3335 pounds and the handling plus steering feedback is stated as phenomenal. Honestly, it is hard to argue against the 911 GTS as the best sports car in the world produced today for the money. They're not wrong. VEHICLE TYPE: rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED: $129,560 (base price: $123,770) ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 182 cu in, 2981 cc POWER: 450 hp @ 6500 rpm TORQUE: 405 lb-ft @ 2150 rpm TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 96.5 in LENGTH: 178.3 in WIDTH: 72.9 in HEIGHT: 50.6 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 70 cu ft CARGO VOLUME: 5 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 3335 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.0 sec Zero to 100 mph: 7.2 sec Zero to 130 mph: 12.2 sec Zero to 150 mph: 17.4 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 3.8 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.4 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 2.5 sec Standing ¼-mile: 11.3 sec @ 125 mph Top speed (drag limited, mfr's claim): 193 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 142 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.05 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY: Observed: 20 mpg EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 23/20/26 mpg
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    11-13-2017, 02:11 PM
    We are going to see a 10-second tune only F80 M3 or F82 M4 at some point. This is an absolutely incredible result when you factor in the BMW F82 M4 is running only Stage I VF-Engineering S55 Hex tuning software and is on 93 octane pump gas. It is full weight as well and on street tires. Just a realistic result that is repeatable every day. On drag rubber that 1.736 60 foot could come down a bit as the 11.008 @ 126.02 pass is achingly close to breaking into the 10's. Eight thousandths of a second? Maybe all the driver needs to do is go to the bathroom and then try again. This is the quickest software only pass to date. Phenomenal!
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    12-08-2017, 09:03 PM
    Is anyone keeping score of how many people have been scammed or stolen from by Dime Racing up to this point? BoostAddict is doing its best but admittedly there are so many horror stories to sort through it is tough to keep track. The latest victim to come forward is Meister Werke Design + Technik or MWDesigntechnik. What happened? They ordered a very expensive Super Trofeo Race aerodynamic kit for their Huracan for roughly $30k. They were strung along and never received the kit. The money was taken of course. This comes in the wake of Dime being sued by multiple parties, Brian McLevis' Huracan horror story, ripping off Deeds Racing, oh and the Vehicle Virgins Huracan horror story. These guys sure love taking advantage of Huracan owners, eh? Easy targets with money so it makes sense from the scammer perspective. If only someone had warned people? Oh, that's right, BoostAddict did. It's a shame to read that yet another person was taken advantage of:
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    12-06-2017, 04:41 PM
    Some good natured ribbing took place when Weistec recently ran 10's tune only in their W213 E63 AMG S. APR noticed the run of course and mentioned lining up against an APR tuned RS7. Weistec shot back with asking how big of a head start APR would need. You can read the exchange here: This of course got us comparing times for both platforms for fun. The truth is the German mid-size sport sedan class is more similar than it has ever been. The RS7 and E63 both have similar 4.0 liter turbo V8 motors, both are all wheel drive, and both weigh about the same. It is important to note that the RS7 does have a significant tune only lead. APR gets 10.4 @ 132 with just their Stage I tune out of the RS7. The truth is the top 1/4 mile car from the previous generation with just software alone was the RS7. It's ironic that the machine with the smallest engine in the class topped 5.5 liter and 4.4 liter rivals from Mercedes and BMW respectively. The C7 RS7 looks like it will still be the tune only champ compared to the new F90 M5 and W213 E63 S. Weistec had a good response: With upgraded turbos the RS7 does not stand much of a chance. Speaking of which, why is the RS7 seemingly stuck tuning stock turbochargers? There still is little in the way of results for 4.0 TFSI's with aftermarket turbo upgrades yet the car has been on the market for years now. The M177 certainly looks like it has the edge when it comes to the aftermarket in that respect. We will see what happens and you can count on BenzBoost, AudiBoost, and BoostAddict to bring you all the tuning developments on the respective engine platforms.
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    12-06-2017, 12:18 AM
    AMS released their upgraded intercoolers for the Porsche 991.2 as if right on cue. With more and more tuning taking place thanks to the ECU unlock the cars are quickly getting heat soaked when pushed. One tuner told Porscheboost they will not offer their Stage 2 tune without intercoolers. Fortunately, AMS offers a solution. The Alpha Performance Porsche 991.2 Carrera Intercooler System features cores 50% larger than stock. The cores are 120mm thick and offer a fin density of 20 fins per inch. They also include carbon fiber intercooler ducts: We do not disagree with any of that and PorscheBoost definitely intends to explore this option for the Project 991.2. We just wish there was more data to accompany this release as AMS provided with their 997.2 Turbo intercooler release. For $2899.95 potential buyers definitely want to see as much data as possible before pulling the trigger. It is certain the factory system is already being overwhelmed with aggressive tuning as PorscheBoost saw in its own testing.
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    11-20-2017, 04:11 PM
    Nobody should be surprised that the new F90 M5 is starting at over $100k. The military pricing leaked out and even with the military discount it is over $100k. To be precise, $102,600 which means the MSRP is going to be above this amount. For reference, the 2016 BMW F10 M5 starts at $94,100. We can expect at least $10k more. Whether it is worth it or not is up to you to decide. The price quickly goes up with options. The First Edition option is $18,300 and includes the M Sport Exhaust system (which is a must) along with 20 inch wheels. Then there is the Apple Car Play, Black Trim, Surround Sound System, high-gloss Shadow line, M Driver's package, and some BMW individual components. Realistically that makes this potentially a $130k+ car out the door once you start ticking boxes. Is it worth it? We'll see soon enough.
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    11-22-2017, 12:31 PM
    This seems overly optimistic considering that Porsche goes out of its way to make sure the Boxster and Cayman do not get the best goodies from the 911. Remember the 2016 981 Cayman GT4? That was the Cayman pushed the furthest by Porsche yet they refused to go beyond 3.8 liter Carrera S power for it. It is no secret the Boxster and Cayman would run circles around the 911 and the GT3 with comparable power. You know it, I know it, and Porsche knows it. So what is going on here? Autocar reports that the 500 horsepower naturally aspirated 4.0 liter flat-6 991.2 GT3 powerplant is being considered for the Boxster Spyder. It would be detuned from that 500 horsepower number likely through software. Combine the best naturally aspirated flat-6 Porsche ever produced with weight loss from ditching the folding roof and the Boxster Spyder would be the sharpest driver's tool in the Porsche lineup at any price point. When has Porsche ever taken this big of a jump with the Boxster? Even with the Cayman GT4 they were careful to use a detuned 991.1 Carrera S 3.8 liter flat-6. Furthermore, Porsche stated there would not be six-cylinder motors with the 718 generation. This just seems too good to be true.
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    11-22-2017, 03:16 PM
    The F80 M3 and F82 M4 platform is in the 10's on pump gas and street tires. It was only a matter of time really and just waiting for winter and the strips on the East Coast to open. MIR (Maryland International Raceway) is one of the top spots in the nation to get some negative DA (Density Altitude) going. Negative DA it was with -345 feet. If you are on the West Coast or anywhere other than the Northeast it is perfectly fine to feel jealous. Here are the mods: For perspective, a VF tune only F82 M4 ran 11.0 @ 126 at MIR earlier this month but without any bolt ons. The temps start to drop and so do the times! If the owner goes to race fuel and drag rubber he can definitely improve on this result. He shouldn't be laughing at VF only holding the record for days though. In a few days he might be on the receiving end.
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    11-28-2017, 06:26 PM
    The N54 motor tends to steal the show when it comes modern BMW turbo I6 builds. The N55 motor came to market later when N54 tuning was already going strong which explains why it is not quite as popular (plus BMW limited the turbo size on purpose) but it is the same basic engine architecture with the main change being BMW's Valvetronic system. When going for big power in theory the capability is a wash between the two. It is good to see more big power N55 builds like what @ap485 is going for. He went to @alex@ABRhouston for a complete N55 build including a closed deck block and forged internals. It looks absolutely gorgeous. This is what ABR Houston does: The block is going to be much stronger than the factory design: The block is just one part but he is also getting headwork with Ferrea valvetrain components. ABR is able to accommodate whatever you might want to do: Custom Head Work Stage 1: Hot tanked and cleaned. All ports physically run through 5 angle valve job New valve guide seals Valves are cut/ground/tipped and adjusted Cylinder head surfaced. This would be considered slightly over stock, since the multi angle job will dramatically change flow over stock angles. We have this on our own loaner car. Come feel the difference! Stage 2: All of the above, plus intake port matching, smoothing and cleaning up. All rough castings are cleaned up in the ports, attention is spent near the valves. This would be considered a “mild street” cylinder head. With stock or upgraded turbos, this will be the best bang for your buck. Stage 3: All of the above, plus a full CNC port and polish job. Custom race angles and proprietary cuts are used with over 30 years of race engines being built and developed. Cylinder head is match flowed and optimized. This would be considered a “full race” cylinder head. This engine is going to be mated to a Big Boost 3.4 N55 turbo kit. Their 3.3 setup is good for 620 wheel horsepower so expect much more here. What will @ap485 hit? We will find out soon enough.
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