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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-22-2015, 02:09 PM
    A twin turbo S85 V10? That is what the boosted BMW world has been missing. Well, at least in a street car. This is a bit of a premature post as there is a long way to go but our friend @Dr.Tamirlan from Russia shared some pictures and details on his build. You get a couple shots of the turbos mounted and the manifolds which are nice to see. BimmerBoost can say for the record they saw these manifolds almost two years ago in person so that gives you an idea of how long this process is. Additionally, BimmerBoost can say from experience that @Dr.Tamirlan better have a lot of patience and a lot of money. To do what he asks is going to take some serious work to the block. The power will be there with some big turbos and the V10, do not worry about that. Worry about keeping the motor together. BimmerBoost also from speaking with Gintani knows they have tricks up their sleeves for strengthening these blocks but the S85 is a better candidate than the S65 V8 for big power anyway due to its larger size, better oiling system, and offering slightly more material. The DCT swap is not as big of a wildcard here as people might think. Dodson is willing to work with Gintani regarding the transmission so they will be able to keep it together. The challenge once again is the block due to its soft and lightweight aluminum-silicon material. We wish our Russian friend luck with his project. The result certainly would be something to behold and it would challenge for the top street BMW spot in the world.
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    04-22-2015, 01:10 PM
    Here is yet another absurdly quick and fast 1/4 mile time from the Middle East. Recently, on the BenzBoost forums we witnessed that the something was 'wrong' with a slip and the Yas Marina track was said to be miscalibrated. We wonder just how many tracks in the Middle East are miscalibrated. If we sound skeptical that is because we are. These times are absurdly fast compared to anything else out there. Are they possible with a Porsche 991 Turbo S? Sure, with these mods they are possible: AAP Custon Ecu tune ( remap stock ecu) Custom upgraded Turbos Custom Exhaust system Rear Tyres Toyo R888 We just have to wonder why nobody in the US is matching them or even close. Assuming the is calibrated correctly and the mod list is accurate, this performance is stunning and Al Anabi Racing deserves all the credit in the world. We hope to hear more about these turbos, AAP's tuning, and how the PDK is holding up to what is apparently 800+ all wheel horsepower. What about the fueling? A lot of question marks here but the car clearly hustles.
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    04-20-2015, 08:14 PM
    The video below was published in early April but the results were published by MotorTrend back in early March. As we already know what happened there is little point in rehashing the comparison although it is enjoyable to see the cars with a video accompanying the text of course. The reason we are posting this follow up is to do our part in making sure Porsche receives praise for the 918 Spyder and how they are going about testing. Porsche is just giving the keys to the magazines and telling them to go nuts. They aren't sending engineering teams to accompany testing. They aren't saying they will pull advertising. They are not making any threats. They are not trying to control the terms. They are simply letting the car do the talking. Isn't that how it is supposed to be? Last year Porsche had no problem having EVO compare the 918 Spyder and McLaren P1. Ferrari was nowhere to be found deciding to hide in Maranello and act like they are (they were) better than everyone else instead. McLaren unlike Porsche requested a retest on different tires and this changed the results EVO achieved. They pulled something similar with MotorTrend. Porsche just smiled and accepted the original results. They did not bother to change the conditions of the test. Changing the conditions of the test is what Ferrari does best. The latest MotorTrend LaFerrari test illustrates that brilliantly. MotorTrend was allowed to test the LaFerrari under Ferrari's watchful eye on Ferrari's test circuit under Ferrari's terms. Ferrari pulled strings to prevent an independent LaFerrari MotorTrend had lined up from being tested in this particular comparison though. Do you respect that? This network doesn't. Yes, the LaFerrari, along with the 918 and P1 are tremendous achievements. They should all be celebrated. Ferrari has managed to suck the fun and automotive enthusiasm out of this latest generation of supercars. The LaFerrari may actually be the best car of the trio but Ferrari's attitude has dampened what should be a cheerful chapter in automotive history. The point ultimately is, if your car can't speak for you at this level why are you even bothering to play? There is some pride involved, isn't there? But there should also be respect of the competition. Should poor sportsmanship be rewarded? Ferrari shows no respect to the 918 Spyder or the McLaren P1 or anyone but themselves. Therefore they do not deserve any respect from anyone else.
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    04-24-2015, 01:58 PM
    This network likes EVO. Why? Well, after you watch this video you will understand. British reviews from Autocar or CAR happen to be crap for the most part in comparison. The latter often test in the wet and provides little to no meaningful data. EVO does the best job of blending quality data with subjective points at least as far as British reviews are concerned. The video starts with acceleration figures. The chaps at EVO were smart enough to figure out that maybe they should test the car in the dry and that is what they did. They use launch control, take off, and hit 60 in 2.6 seconds and 100 in 6.2 seconds. The car is blazing fast. Eventually they move to the track. A personal pet peeve is when a magazine will take a car out on the track and not get laptimes. What's the freaking point? Pretty pictures of some drifts? Some subjective points about the steering and chassis? Well, we get all of the above plus a laptime and other laptimes on the same circuit for context. It beats the 458 Speciale but we wonder how much of that is the all wheel drive traction helping on what is a fairly short course. Regardless, it is a highly impressive laptime and just over a second off the 918 Spyder. EVO also points out that Porsche did not send a team. Porsche did not make anyone go to their home office to test the car. They did not monitor the test. They simply threw EVO the keys. It takes two to tango and that is what makes this review so good. Porsche's willingness to allow their car to be tested independently and EVO's work of course. Simply well done and this is why we mentioned Porsche deserves respect and Ferrari deserves none.
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    04-24-2015, 02:41 PM
    Incredible gains here and a very well detailed and photographed build from Weistec Engineering. This R231 SL63 AMG receives the full gamut of Weistec M157 performance products which includes their M157 turbocharger upgrade as well as their M157 downpipes. Of course Weistec tuning makes the hardware all work seamlessly and the result is an additional 199 horsepower at the wheels as well as an eye opening 352 more lb-ft of torque at the wheels. That is on 91 octane pump gas, not race fuel. This is what a high quality and well detailed build looks like folks: Weistec installed its in house designed and manufactured Turbocharger Upgrades, True Downpipe and Exhaust Upgrades, ECU Calibration, and Weistec Designed Spark Plugs and gave this gorgeous drop top 199 more horsepower to the wheels, and a whopping 352 more foot pounds of torque to the wheels. This combination creates one of the most exhilarating rides on the planet, while pairing off with the most euphoric V8 sounds ever to bellow out of a set of quad AMG exhaust tips. - Turbo Impeller Upgrade - Downpipe and Exhaust System - Spark Plugs - High Flow Air Filters - ECU Calibration - TCU Calibration Needless to say, the results were staggering.
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    Yesterday, 01:33 PM
    Some awesome smack talk here from Cadillac. Specifically from Cadillac president (and GM Executive Vice President) Johan de Nysschen formerly of Audi. You may remember that Cadillac tried to troll the Germans last month but it came off somewhat forced. This is much better. Much, much better: Strong words from the Cadillac president but it is the type of thing as an enthusiast you like to see. He pulls no punches informing the Germans this is not about horsepower, torque, or acceleration as they are already beaten there. He is right, the LT4 supercharged V8 going in the CTS-V is no joke. He does not just point to the CTS-V but also the new ATS-V models. Cadillac is attacking across the spectrum but it is important to note the cars are being built to be well rounded. That is why de Nysschen brings up handling, braking, steering, and cornering performance. Is Cadillac-V the new Sheriff in town? Let's get the cars on the road first but one has to love the confidence here. This is much better than photoshopping pictures of an ATS-V next to an AMG or M car. The Germans needs a wake up call and if anyone is going to give them one it is going to be the Americans and in the luxury segment specifically Cadillac. Go get 'em boys, show them how overrated the Germans truly are (and have been for some time).
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    04-22-2015, 07:15 PM
    Introducing the new RS1M series of Monoblok wheels from HRE. The basic styles you see may be familiar as they are HRE classics and the RS1M series is the latest iteration and evolution. The RS100M, RS101M, RS102M, RS103M, RS105M, and RS108M are all a solid single piece wheel and as you gathered the design takes cues from 3-piece HRE's. The Monoblok setup makes the design look elegant and essentially at home on anything. The wheels are available in sizes from 19 to 22 inches and with widths from 8 to 13 inches. You can also get this series in center locking fitment. Try to say the the RS100M does not look at home on this 991 Turbo S. Just try. Without drooling. RS100M: RS101M: RS102M: RS103M: RS105M: RS108M: THE NEW ELEGANT: HRE SERIES RS1M The all-new Series RS1M takes styling cues from three-piece sibling to create the perfect grouping of Monoblok wheels San Diego, Calif. (April 2015) – HRE has continually refined its Monoblok wheels since pioneering the 1-piece forged wheel trend with the launch of the original P40 in 2006. The latest Series RS1M is the perfect evolution of the sophisticated engineering and elegant styling that has made HRE’s Monoblok wheels famous. The result is a wheel series that is right at home on everything from a Porsche 911 to a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Series RS1M debuts with six new styles, including the 9-spoke mesh RS100M, the 7-spoke split RS101M, the 5-spoke twist RS102M, the 13-spoke multi RS103M, the solid 5-spoke RS105M, and the 7-spoke RS108M. The Series RS1M is available in diameters ranging from 19 to 22 inches and widths range from 8 to 13 inches. "The RS1M is a perfect example of how in design, usually less is more,” said HRE President Alan Peltier. “In an era when everyone, including HRE, is moving to more and more aggressive designs, sometimes the more difficult and rewarding challenge is simply finding out how to improve on an icon.” All HRE wheels are engineered to minimize unsprung mass and rotational inertia for optimal acceleration, handling and braking performance. Each wheel is built-to-order and there are nearly infinite fitment, color and finish options available for the ultimate custom-tailored wheel buying experience. Center-lock fitments are also available. About HRE Performance Wheels: HRE designs, engineers and manufactures 3-piece and 1-piece forged aluminum alloy wheels for Racing, Performance & Luxury cars and SUVs in their San Diego, California-based, TÜV-approved facility. HRE’s built-to-order wheel sets offer a customized choice of offsets, widths and finishes, resulting in a uniquely personal style and performance solution for each customer’s application. HRE wheels are sold through select high-end car dealerships, specialty retailers and performance companies worldwide. For more information, visit or call an HRE wheel expert at (760) 598-1960.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-20-2015, 12:20 PM
    These four German SUV's are not the biggest or strongest their respective brands create. Porsche for example has the Cayenne Turbo S which is a twin turbo V8 powered monster. However, although the Macan Turbo may not have the Cayenne Turbo S raw grunt it is lighter and far more tossable. These SUV's are actually about spirited driving, Yes, the SUV platform has evolved to be more of a do everything type of car than an off-road vehicle. Speaking from experience you can have a lot of fun driving a sport SUV. Of course it will not replace a sports car but for someone who perhaps has to compromise (wife, kids, all that stuff) these cars can often roll everything into one. Ok, soliloquy over. Which of these is the best? The answer is, that depends. The vehicles here take differing approaches. Let's look at the curb weights ordered from lightest to heaviest: Mercedes GLA45 AMG 3646 BMW X4 xDrive35i 4240 Audi SQ5 4373 Porsche Macan Turbo 4544 That is a pretty big spread there of almost 900 pounds from lightest to heaviest. The X4, SQ5, and Macan are more in the same class and something like the Mercedes GLC would be a better fit against these. That said, the light weight of the GLA45 AMG in this company makes it very fun to drive despite having the smallest engine with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder. The GLA45 AMG also happens to be the quickest and fastest of the bunch with a 1/4 mile sprint of 12.8 @ 107.9. The power to weight advantage really shows. The GLA45 AMG is the quickest, fastest, lightest, and best handling. If one wants the sportiest SUV of this bunch that is the choice and MotorTrend got it right. They also got it right with the X4 bringing up the rear. BMW, what are you doing? Ouch, what a beatdown. If you want to tow however and actually get some utility out of your SUV the SQ5 is likely the best choice. The torque from the supercharged motor and the automatic transmission would be best for actual work. Not a perfect but certainly interesting comparison nonetheless. 1st Place: Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG Certainly not the most “mature” crossover here, the GLA45 AMG’s playful demeanor and serious performance cred earn it the gold. 2nd Place: Porsche Macan Turbo The tremendously capable (and tremendously expensive) Macan Turbo misses out on first place by a nose—and about 20 grand. 3rd Place: Audi SQ5 That Porsche is nice, but if value were a larger part of the equation, the SQ5 might have shaken things up a bit more than it did. 4th Place: BMW X4 xDrive35i The BMW X4 is neither a convincing coupe nor a true performance SUV. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged I-4, alum block/head Twin-turbo 90-deg V-6, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 121.5 cu in/1,991cc 220.0 cu in/3,605cc COMPRESSION RATIO 8.6:1 10.5:1 POWER (SAE NET) 355 hp @ 6,000 rpm 400 hp @ 6,000 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 332 lb-ft @ 2,250 rpm 406 lb-ft @ 1,350 rpm REDLINE 6,250 rpm 6,800 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 10.3 lb/hp 11.4 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch automatic 7-speed twin-clutch automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 4.13:1/1.98:1 4.13:1/2.15:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Multi-link, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multi-link, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 15.2:1 14.3:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.5 2.6 BRAKES, F;R 13.8-in vented disc; 13.0-in vented disc, ABS 14.2-in vented disc; 14.0-in vented disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 8.0 x 20 in, cast aluminum 9.0 x 21 in; 10.0 x 21 in, forged aluminum TIRES, F;R 235/40R20 96Y Continental ContiSportContact 5P 265/40R21 101Y; 295/35R21 103Y Michelin Latitude Sport 3 DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 106.3 in 110.5 in TRACK, F/R 61.7/61.7 in 65.2/65.0 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 174.9 x 71.0 x 58.2 in 185.0 x 76.1 x 63.4-65.4 in GROUND CLEARANCE 4.8 in 7.1-9.1 in APPRoaCH/DEPART ANGLE 11.9/18.3 deg 19.7-26.6/18.5-25.3 deg TURNING CIRCLE 38.8 ft 39.2 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,646 lb 4,544 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 60/40% 55/45% TOWING CAPACITY Not recommended 4,400 lb SEATING CAPACITY 5 5 HEADROOM, F/R 36.9/36.7 in 38.1/37.7 in (est) LEGROOM, F/R 41.9/33.9 in 41.0/37.4 in (est) SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 54.8/53.1 in 57.7/56.4 in (est) CARGO VOL BEH F/R 42.0/11.8 cu ft 53.0/17.7 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.5 sec 1.4 sec 0-40 2.2 2.2 0-50 3.1 3.1 0-60 4.3 4.2 0-70 5.5 5.6 0-80 7.0 7.1 0-90 8.8 9.0 0-100 10.9 11.3 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.2 2.3 QUARTER MILE 12.8 sec @ 107.9 mph 12.9 sec @ 106.2 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 103 ft 102 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.93 g (avg) 0.90 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.0 sec @ 0.78 g (avg) 25.0 sec @ 0.78 g (avg) TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,450 rpm 1,800 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $49,225 $73,295 PRICE AS TESTED $65,985 $84,850 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes AIRBAGS Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain, front knee Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain, front knee BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE Unlimited 4 yrs/50,000 miles FUEL CAPACITY 16.9 gal 19.8 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 23/29/25 mpg 17/23/19 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 147/116 kW-hrs/100 miles 198/147 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.76 lb/mile 1.01 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 25.3/31.9/27.9 mpg 16.9/21.6/18.8 mpg 2015 Audi SQ5 2015 BMW X4 xDrive35i POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD ENGINE TYPE Supercharged 90-deg V-6, alum block/heads Turbocharged I-6, alum block/head VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 182.8 cu in/2,995cc 181.7 cu in/2,979cc COMPRESSION RATIO 10.3:1 10.0:1 POWER (SAE NET) 354 hp @ 6,000 rpm 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 347 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 300 lb-ft @ 1,200 rpm REDLINE 6,800 rpm 7,000 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 12.4 lb/hp 14.1 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.08:1/2.05:1 3.39:1/2.26:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 15.9:1 16.4:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.8 2.2 BRAKES, F;R 15.0-in vented disc; 13.0-in vented disc, ABS 12.9-in vented disc; 13.0-in vented disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 8.5 x 20 in, cast aluminum 8.5 x 20 in; 10.0 x 20 in, cast aluminum TIRES, F;R 255/45R20 101V M+S Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D 245/40R20 99Y; 275/35R20 102Y Pirelli P Zero DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 110.5 in 110.6 in TRACK, F/R 64.2/64.0 in 62.8/63.4 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 183.0 x 75.2 x 65.3 in 184.3 x 74.1 x 63.9 in GROUND CLEARANCE 7.9 in 8.0 in APPRoaCH/DEPART ANGLE 25.0/20.0 deg 26.0/23.0 deg TURNING CIRCLE 38.1 ft 39.0 ft CURB WEIGHT 4,373 lb 4,240 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 54/46% 51/49% TOWING CAPACITY 4,400 lb 3,500 lb SEATING CAPACITY 5 5 HEADROOM, F/R 38.1/37.7 in 40.0/37.4 in LEGROOM, F/R 41.0/37.4 in 40.4/34.8 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 57.7/56.4 in 57.2/56.0 in CARGO VOL BEH F/R 57.3/29.1 cu ft 49.4/17.7 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.6 sec 1.8 sec 0-40 2.3 2.7 0-50 3.3 3.8 0-60 4.4 5.2 0-70 5.8 6.9 0-80 7.4 8.9 0-90 9.4 11.4 0-100 11.8 14.4 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.3 2.8 QUARTER MILE 13.1 sec @ 104.2 mph 13.9 sec @ 98.8 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 123 ft 113 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.82 g (avg) 0.85 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.5 sec @ 0.72 g (avg) 26.2 sec @ 0.71 g (avg) TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,550 rpm 1,600 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $53,625 $48,950 PRICE AS TESTED $59,525 $64,525 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes AIRBAGS Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain Dual front, front side, f/r curtain BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/Unlimited FUEL CAPACITY 19.8 gal 17.7 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 17/24/19 mpg 19/27/22 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/147 kW-hrs/100 miles 177/125 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.05 lb/mile 0.88 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 20.8/29.4/24.0 mpg 16.2/24.4/19.0 mpg
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    04-20-2015, 12:00 PM
    Americans love trucks. Americans also have some very big trucks as the picture below illustrates. Competing on the full-size truck side with the Americans is not easy and the Ford F-Series for example is one of the best selling vehicles of all time and perennially near or at the top of the sales list. So, yes, Americans love to buy trucks. What you see below in the middle is a little truck called the Rabbit from Volkswagen. It had a diesel engine option and being based on the late 70's Rabbit platform was fairly tiny. It definitely looks dwarfed here with a Japanese full size to the left and an F250 to the right. Can anyone name a small truck with a solid diesel option available in the US today? What about even mid-size? Even the Americans are lacking in this area. There is an area of the truck to market to exploit yet Volkswagen seems reluctant even though they have the Amarok. Volkswagen, you want to pick up sales. You are considering entering the US truck market. What's wrong with you guys? Sandwich yourselves between the goliaths with a solid small truck option offering a diesel and watch the sales rise. That, or you continue to wonder why your US sales slump.
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    04-21-2015, 01:32 PM
    Damn! The 4.0 TFSI V8 continues to impress and continues to show it isn't sacrificing much of anything compared to its larger displacement German twin turbo V8 competition. Eurocharged tuned this car in Texas on pump gas and the result is 636 horsepower at all four wheels. Take a look at that torque figure as well. 668 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels. These are insane numbers for an all wheel drive luxury sedan sending power through an automatic transmission. Especially when you consider the modifications are only the Eurocharged tune and Eurocharged downpipes. We are waiting to hear from @Eurocharged whether the baseline figure is with their downpipes (we assume so and we also assume they are catless) and will update the post when we get the information. Ridiculous gains over the 542 awhp and 517 wheel torque baseline however you slice it.
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    04-20-2015, 02:11 PM
    Well, more LaFerrari test numbers are coming out but they all are being released in a very controlled fashion. What does this mean? It means you should question them. The vast majority of the figures are similar to what Car and Driver published from their test with the LaFerrari at Fiorano earlier this month. So MotorTrend flew out to Italy and got their turn. They at least admit somewhat the figures can be skewed by including that the tests were performed on a negative 1.4 degree grade. This definitely has an effect. Car and Driver got 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, 0-100 in 4.8, and the 1/4 mile in 9.8 @ 150. MotorTrend got 0-60 in 2.4, 0-100 in 4.8, and the 1/4 mile in 9.7 @ 148.5. So, almost a mirror of each other on different days. Would it kill them to list times to the hundredth? So what do you make of these numbers? The car is fast. But when the FIAT CEO and the big dog at FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Sergio Marchionne need to be in attendance during the test you know this is no average test. That among the hundreds of other support technicians, official test drivers, PR people, etc. This is controlled marketing at this point. If the only tests we are going to get are like this where everyone goes to Ferrari and Ferrari has a microscope over you we will not get any meaningful comparisons. Ok, the car is fast. It sets Fiorano Ferrari test track records with their own drivers. Now how about it goes up against the 918 Spyder and McLaren P1? And not on Ferrari's home turf? Here is an interesting tidbit on the weight, see if you believe it: "We start by watching a few techs jack the car up onto scales. After verifying a full tank, we huddle around the readout, which shows 3,495 pounds split 39 percent front and 61 percent rear. An engineer says the pile of data loggers Ferrari installed in the footwell adds roughly 10 pounds. We didn't have time to remove the equipment, so we didn't subtract its claimed weight. This LaFerrari weighs 84 pounds more than the McLaren P1 and 263 pounds less than the all-wheel-drive Porsche 918." Heavier than the P1. With a full tank of gas. Ferrari goes to the level of pointing out the test equipment adds weight. Do you trust this LaFerrari the CEO comes in to watch be tested is the same as every other LaFerrari? Because that seems a bit naive. We still await a real test. Ferrari LaFerrari POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Mid-engine, RWD ENGINE TYPE 65-deg V-12, alum block/heads, plus AC electric motor VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 382.1 cu in/6,262 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 13.5:1 BATTERY TYPE Lithium-ion POWER (SAE NET) 789 hp @ 9,000 rpm (gas)*/161 hp (elec)/950 hp (comb) TORQUE (SAE NET) 516 lb-ft @ 6,750 rpm/664 lb-ft (comb) REDLINE 9,250 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 3.7 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto. AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 4.38:1/3.02:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 11.3:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 1.9 BRAKES, F;R 15.7-in vented, drilled carbon ceramic disc; 15.0-in vented, drilled carbon ceramic disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 9.5 x 19-in; 12.5 x 20-in, forged aluminum TIRES, F;R 265/30R19 93Y; 345/30R20 106Y Pirelli P Zero Corsa DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 104.3 in TRACK, F/R 66.2/63.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 185.1 x 78.4 x 43.9 in TURNING CIRCLE 38.4 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,495 lb WEIGHT DIST., F/R 39/61 % SEATING CAPACITY 2 CARGO VOLUME 1.4 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH** 0-30 1.1 sec 0-40 1.5 0-50 1.9 0-60 2.4 0-70 2.9 0-80 3.5 0-90 4.1 0-100 4.8 0-110 5.6 0-120 6.5 0-130 7.5 0-140 8.7 0-150 10.0 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 1.0 QUARTER MILE 9.7 sec @ 148.5 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 95 ft 1.9-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 1:20.84 TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 2,600 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $1,400,000 PRICE AS TESTED $1,400,000 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes AIRBAGS Dual front, front side BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/Unlimited miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 3 yrs/Unlimited miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 3 yrs/Unlimited miles FUEL CAPACITY 22.7 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 12/16/14 mpg ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 281/211 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.43 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium *Including dynamic ram-air effect at speed. **Tested on 1.4 percent downhill grade
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    04-22-2015, 04:30 PM
    Good news! Yes, the McLaren 540C will be sold in the United States. The BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network contacted Dave Eden who is the Global PR Manager over at McLaren Automotive and he confirmed that the McLaren 540C is available globally and in the United States. The car will start at $165,000. Just about $20k less than its big brother the 570S. It is also $15k more than the Porsche 911 Turbo and well worth the premium over the Porsche in this writer's opinion. Getting an answer to the question was as simple as asking. Sometimes that is all it takes. Thank you to McLaren Automotive for the quick response.
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    04-22-2015, 09:41 PM
    The Ford Focus ST is a pretty quick little hatch with 252 horsepower from its 2.0 liter Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder in stock form. This particular ST got some love from AMR Performance in the form of a Stage 3 tune, upgraded intake, upgraded intercooler, and full turbo back exhaust system. The result? 317 WHP on a Dyno Dynamics (yes the graph states flywheel, ignore it) which is some serious power. We would love to see the numbers on a Dynojet for some context but the point is this ST is making a lot more power over stock. We wish AMR included a baseline to show the delta and we'll try to get that out of them. Regardless, the Focus ST certainly offers great bang for the buck in the tuning world. Modifications: - Upgrade Intake System - Upgrade Turbo Back Exhaust - Upgrade Intercooler System - AMR Stage 3 ECU Calibration (tune
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    04-20-2015, 11:40 AM
    Many of you are familiar with this E39 M5 that features an S52 swap and it belongs to BimmerBoost member @Omni. The car has capability for over 700 horsepower at the wheels and earlier this year we witnessed it destroy a tuned BMW F13 M6 Gran Coupe on the highway. @Omni's M5 is no joke. Neither is the twin screw supercharged 707 horsepower Hellcat V8 under the hood of the Charger which shows mid 600's to wheels stock. The main problem for the Hellcat is its weight as it has roughly 500 pounds on the E39 M5. It shows and it gets beaten but it does hang in better than the M6 Gran coupe did which considering that it is stock makes its performance all the more impressive. @Omni did not state if he was in kill mode but to play with a Hellcat on the highway and pull away up top it is going take some serious wheel horsepower well above 600 especially for an E39 chassis. Impressive.
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    04-21-2015, 11:25 AM
    Last month Technique Tuning by Frank Smith introduced E46 M3 S54 ECU flash map switching along with an E85 fuel system conversion kit. The E85 conversion is available for forced induction or naturally aspirated E46 M3's and the results below are from a naturally aspirated E46 M3 with bolt ons. Details from TTFS: Ladies and Gentlemen we have completed our E85 testing. We are very pleased with the results. First thing we noticed was how quietly the motor ran on E85 compared to the 93 fuel. The delta from only the change to E85 and tuning for E85 is noticeable with a little still left on the table. We have posted the results below as an average of what you could see on your car by making the switch. Hardware changes were an upgraded fuel pump and fuel line to be compatible with the E85 fuel. Please stay tuned as we will hopefully have a video in the future showing the switching of maps in cabin. Vehicle: BMW E46 M3 Modifications Before: Underdrive Pulleys Euro/CSL Style Headers Catless/Resonated Section 1 After Market X Pipe Section 2 Active Exhaust Upgraded Fuel Pump and Fuel Line TTFS Custom Tune 328.4(WHP)@8250(RPM)/257.1(ft-lbs)@5600(RPM) Modifications After: Underdrive Pulleys Euro/CSL Style Headers Catless/Resonated Section 1 After Market X Pipe Section 2 Active Exhaust Upgraded Fuel Pump and Fuel Line TTFS Custom E85 Tune* 341.0(WHP)@8150(RPM)/264.0(ft-lbs)@5600(RPM)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 05:56 PM
    Car and Driver is the first one to publish test figures for the 2016 ATS-V coupe. They tested the 6-speed manual version and 8-speed automatic test figures will come later. Is the new ATS-V a BMW F82 M4 killer? Not exactly, but it is a decent first attempt. Let's get the acceleration figures for the 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque 3.6 liter twin turbo V6 out of the way. 0-60 comes in 4.2 seconds, 0-100 in 9.9 seconds, and the 1/4 mile in 12.6 seconds at 115 miles per hour. Not exactly the world beating acceleration performance that the Caddy boss was bragging about. It is roughly even with a manual M3/M4. It is considerably behind Car and Driver's own figures for a DCT 2015 F80 M3 though. Will the 8-speed 8L90 automatic version close the gap? Maybe. It certainly is not 'whipping' the Germans the way Johan de Nysschen claimed and it does not have a horsepower or torque advantage anywhere other than on paper versus BMW. The Mercedes-AMG C63 S outmuscles the ATS-V by the way. Ok, so he was wrong about that. What about his statements on how it would handle, brake, and just drive better than its German rivals? Well, he is wrong there too as Car and Driver's M4 test figures show .99g on the skidpad and the ATS-V hits .97g. Where is the major advantage for the Cadillac? It does not brake any better either. It is also heavier than the BMW M4 at 3760 pounds. As far as the styling inside and out you do not get the same quality the Germans offer and you should for the $74,450 price as tested. Audi, Mercedes, and BMW simply have better looking cars and better looking interiors. Look at this garbage instrument cluster on the ATS-V: The ATS-V just is not as good as the BMW M3/M4. The Mercedes-AMG C63 remains to be seen but but those of us who have seen the the C63 and ATS-V in person (like this writer) can say it also blows the ATS-V away. The C63 has better styling inside and out, the M177 V8 is more powerful, and you are looking at roughly the same money if not less with options. Johan de Nysschen should not have opened his mouth when the ATS-V can not back his words up. The CTS-V likely will and does outmuscle its German competition with comparable quality inside and out. It likely will come in cheaper too. For the same money as its German rivals the ATS-V does not offer enough performance to overcome its deficiencies. Back to the drawing board Cadillac, you got too cocky and couldn't back it up. Specifications VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED:$74,450 (base price: $63,660) ENGINE TYPE:twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:217 cu in, 3564 cc Power: 464 hp @ 5850 rpm Torque: 445 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm TRANSMISSION:6-speed manual DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 109.3 in Length: 184.7 in Width: 72.5 in Height:54.5 in SAE interior volume: F:50 cu ft R: 34 cu ft Trunk volume: 10 cu ftCurb weight: 3760 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 4.2 sec Zero to 100 mph: 9.9 sec Zero to 120 mph: 13.7 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.3 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 9.6 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.9 sec Standing ¼-mile: 12.6 sec @ 115 mph Top speed (drag ltd, mfr's claim): 185 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 154 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.97 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 16/24* mpg C/D observed: 20 mpg *C/D estimated.
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    04-21-2015, 07:35 PM
    Well, they did it. Renntech said just last week that they already got their new W205 C63 AMG over 600 horsepower with just their tune and here is the proof. Keep in mind, this is still early in development and as further reliability testing is done the numbers may change. The Stage I Renntech M177 tune provides 609.7 horsepower and 594 lb-ft of torque on pump gas at the crank. This is roughly 100 horsepower and 100 lb-ft of torque over the stock car. Renntech states the C63 AMG M177 has a smaller intake than the M178 in the AMG GT. The AMG GT makes some more power up top when tuned but the C63 AMG MCT seems more durable and can handle more torque. The M177 in the C63 AMG is underrated like the AMG GT. The AMG GT S M178 baseline dyno figures from Renntech show roughly another 20 horsepower with that power coming up top. Despite what the paper power figures state, the M177/M178 make slightly more power. Renntech is doing reliability testing and we will have a follow up on their testing as soon as it possible.
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    04-24-2015, 08:43 PM
    500+ wheel horsepower N55's are almost becoming routine. Recently we saw a Pure Turbo Stage 2 upgraded F30 335i cross the 500+ wheel horsepower mark. Well, here is yet another 500+ wheel horsepower N55 although what makes this one different is that it is a DCT car. Why does this matter? Well, because the DCT offers very quick shifts (which we saw pay dividends in a real world race) and because the stock transmission is holding this level of power and torque. How much power and torque? 520 horsepower and 517 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. This is achieved with full bolt ons in addition to the Pure Turbos upgrade, meth injection, and a Cobb/JB4 stack for tuning. The race to 600+ whp is on in the N55 scene.
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    04-20-2015, 08:40 PM
    Well, the 1000 wheel horsepower barrier has been broken but it was not achieved boost only but with nitrous. That's fine, a record a is a record and the LT4 is taking (for the moment) over 1000 horsepower at the wheels on the stock internals. The torque hit from a big shot of nitrous is not exactly easy on a motor. This is somewhat similar to how LMR went about their standard C7 stingray LT1 dyno pull records. They would hit a certain number on boost then inflate it with nitrous for a new record. It's cool and all but is it really that difficult to throw on a huge a shot of nitrous and pray the engine holds together? The car makes 750 rear wheel horsepower on boost alone. When they get it up over 1000 wheel horsepower on boost alone let us know. Until then, yes, this is a record, and yes, the LT4 is handling over 1000 wheel horsepower and 964 lb-ft at the wheels (sporadically).
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    04-22-2015, 01:31 PM
    The 2016 Camaro (SS we presume) will be updated with the LT1 direct injected 6.2 liter V8 from the C7 Corvette Stingray. Considering this is a logical update and we already knew it was coming it is a bit difficult to tease us with this Chevy. Nonetheless, GM revealed these teaser photos. Sure, there will be minor differences in packaging for the Camaro. The teaser photo shows a wet sump variant. Will there be a dry sump option as in the Corvette? There should be. There better be. Other than that expect the same 460 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque 6.2 liter 11.5:1 direct injected V8. Which is a very good thing as it just means more LT1 tuning goodness and the C7 Corvette has already gotten that well underway. Oh, and yes, there is a dipstick. No electronic BS like the Germans. Hint hint.
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    04-20-2015, 01:17 PM
    So how big of a difference is higher octane ethanol making over pump gas with a tune on the Hemi Hellcat twin screw supercharged V8? A big difference. A massive difference. SeriousHP in Houston, Texas got another 81 horsepower at the wheels and an additional 70 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. All from E85 and upgraded injectors along with a Kenne-Bell Boost A Pump. The thing is, this is not even as far as it could go. The tuning is being done through the HP Tuners software and the software does not yet have complete control over the transmission so torque is being limited on shifts. They want to rev it about a further as well. These are very large gains just a month after SeriousHP Houston posted tune only results on pump gas. The gains here are somewhat exaggerated though as tune only SeriousHP hit 706 RWHP previously. With the tuning software offering better TCM support and with a new pulley for higher boost added we should see Hellcats easily up over 800 wheel horsepower with just the basic bolt ons. Incredible.
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    04-21-2015, 02:12 PM
    McLaren is putting a lot of pressure on Porsche and specifically the 911 Turbo. They also are undercutting Ferrari to a degree which is fine as Ferrari deserves it. The 570S starts at $184,950 in the United States which is just a few grand more than the Porsche 991 Turbo S. Porsche also has the standard 991 Turbo model though which starts at $149,250. The good thing for Porsche is that is considerably cheaper than the 570S. The bad thing for Porsche is McLaren has a 540C ace up its sleeve. Say hello to the new 540C. This model is only available in China for the time being but there is no reason McLaren can not sell it everywhere they currently sell cars and their press release states it is available through their dealer network. So how does the 540C differ from the 570S? It has less power and loses the carbon ceramic brakes. It also costs 17250 British Pounds less. McLaren 570S McLaren 540C Engine 3.799 cc 3.799 cc Max. power 570 pk 540 pk Specific power 150 pk/l 142 pk/l Max. Torque 600 Nm 540 Nm 0-100 km/u 3,5 s 3,5 s 0-200 km/u 9,5 s 10,5 s Length 4530 mm 4530 mm Width 2095 mm 2095 mm Height 1202 mm 1202 mm Dry weight 1.313 kg 1.313 kg Kg per hk 2,30 kg/pk 2,43 kg/pk Topspeed 328 km/h 320 km/h Usage l/100km 11,1 l/100 km 11,1 l/100 km CO2 value 258 g/km 258 g/km Basic price UK 143.250 GBP 126.000 GBP Let us assume for the moment the same British Pounds to Dollars conversion that McLaren is using for the 570S would carry over for the 540C and this results in a US base price of roughly $160,000. In other words, they could price it at $10k more than the 911 Turbo or get even more aggressive yet again. For now, the 540C is not coming over which means Porsche USA is not crying. Yet. THE McLAREN 540C COUPE IS UNVEILED IN SHANGHAI AS THE SECOND MODEL IN THE SPORTS SERIES - 540C Coupé completes the two car line-up in the McLaren Sports Series - Most attainable McLaren yet, introducing the brand to a new audience - Joins the recently launched 570S Coupé in the McLaren Sports Series - A pure sports car bringing McLaren DNA to the segment for the first time - 540PS and 540NM: 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 3.5 seconds, top speed of 320km/h (199mph) McLaren will launch its second model in the new Sports Series, the McLaren 540C Coupé, at the Shanghai Motor Show, 20-29 April 2015. The most attainable McLaren yet, the 540C Coupé joins the recently revealed 570S Coupé in the Sports Series as the brand brings its race derived DNA to a new audience and segment. These introductions bring the number of new McLarens launched in 2015 to four as the brand continues its rapid growth. Globally available and priced from £126,000, the 540C Coupé can be pre-ordered now with deliveries scheduled to being in early 2016. The 540C Coupé is a pure McLaren, and a pure sports car, sharing its DNA with the models in the Super Series and Ultimate Series, including a light weight carbon fibre chassis and race-derived technologies. It is fitted with a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine which has been developed to be responsive and thrilling, even at low engine speeds. As its name suggests, the Sports Series dedicated application of the award-winning McLaren power unit generates 540PS at 7,500 rpm and 540Nm of torque at 3,500-6,500 rpm. With stop-start technology, it offers optimised levels of efficiency and a longer range suited to the typical usage of cars in this segment. At the heart of the 540C, as with the 570S, is the unique carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis which has been newly designed with a greater focus on day-to-day usability, offering improved ingress to and egress from the cabin, along with class-leading occupant protection and safety. A dry weight of as low as 1,311 kg (2,890lbs) is achieved as a result of this lightweight structure and the use of aluminium body panels. This figure sees the 540C almost 150kg lighter than its closest competitor. Power is delivered through the rear wheels via a seven-speed seamless shift gearbox (SSG) which, aided by the low weight of the 540C, sees the 0 to 100km/h (62mph) sprint completed in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 200km/h (124mph) in just 10.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 320km/h (199mph). Given this level of performance, 25.5 mpg on the EU combined cycle and emissions of just 258 g/km are an impressive achievement. A subtly revised aerodynamic package and a dedicated wheel design mark out the 540C Coupé against the more powerful 570S Coupé. Unique aero blades below the front bumper channel cold, clean air through the lower bodywork and up over the sculpted bonnet, flanked by large LED headlamps. At the rear, the diffuser sits between the twin exhausts which exit below the rear bumper. The aerodynamically-led styling of the Sports Series Coupé includes intricately designed dihedral doors which include the elegant floating door tendon. This design feature channels air along the length of the door into the two integrated air intakes mounted in the rear quarter panel. This creates a clean path for the air to flow along the bodywork with minimal drag, directing air to the flying buttresses at the rear of the cabin which optimise air flow over the rear deck to increase downforce levels and aid engine cooling. An integrated spoiler at the trailing edge of the rear deck provides optimal downforce. The 540C Coupé is fitted with distinctive new cast alloy wheels, available with silver or stealth finish, 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear. These are fitted with Pirelli P Zero™ tyres as standard, which have been developed specifically for the Sports Series to offer high levels of performance in all conditions, with progressive levels of grip and a focus on comfort. The 540C retains the Formula 1™-derived Brake Steer system, designed to aid cornering through the application of braking force to the inside rear wheel. This enables later braking into corners, and earlier application of power on exit. The 540C features a newly-developed suspension system ensuring enhanced levels of driver engagement and refinement on both road and track. The system uses front and rear anti-rollbars Formula 1™- style dual wishbones and independent adaptive dampers. The damper tuning has been revised on 540C, over 570S, with more focus on day-to-day road driving. Adaptive dampers offer control over bump and rebound settings using the familiar McLaren 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Track' handling settings, with the Sports Series having its own unique damper settings. In 'Normal' mode, the system provides a refined yet engaging ride, while the 'Sport' and 'Track' settings allow a greater level of focus and engagement when required. Twin damper valves ensure precise control, while dual wishbone suspension provides optimised levels of ride quality and driver feedback. The interior of the Sports Series has been created with a focus on space and ergonomics, offering great outward visibility and interior space for occupants and their belongings. Organic curves carried inside from the exterior design bring delicate tension without aggression to ensure the cabin remains a welcoming environment. Inside the cabin, the 540C Coupé is luxuriously appointed with leather upholstery to the seats, dashboard and lower doors as standard. The 'floating' centre console features a seven-inch IRIS touchscreen which controls all elements of the infotainment system. The air conditioning controls are also incorporated, as first seen on the McLaren P1™, minimising switchgear in the cabin. The touchscreen also controls the standard DAB digital radio, as well as satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephony and media streaming, voice activation and the audio media player. The IRIS system also includes the electronic owner's manual. The McLaren 540C Coupé is the second model to join the Sports Series, and sits alongside the 570S Coupé. Both models are available to order from the dedicated global McLaren retail network, operating in every major automotive market, in more than 30 countries. Pricing for the 540C Coupé starts from £126,000.
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    Yesterday, 03:11 PM
    Performance critiques aside the BMW i8 is the most exotic looking BMW produced in... well, since the 70's M1 itself. It points to the future of BMW design and powertrain philosophy. So can the factory looks be improved upon? You should be the judge of that. This i8 is lowered, features a wrap, and the defining characteristic is the HRE RS102 three piece wheels featuring a color matched center to the signature BMW 'i' blue trim. You have a three tiered color scheme of white, black, and the light blue and BimmerBoost feels it works and works well. The carbon HRE centercap is also a nice touch. As is the white/blue BMW roundel. The blue scheme may be a bit much for some but this is not a BMW designed to be understated to begin with as the doors show. What do you think?
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    Yesterday, 02:02 PM
    No surprise here as everyone knows the W205 design will be available as a coupe. The two door version of the C63 AMG was spotted testing and just like the W204 generation before it the coupe will come to market after the sedan. How does the design translate to a coupe? The test mule is of course camouflaged so not every detail is visible but one can get a good idea of the general design. The rear end features the AMG style quad pipes but the trunk appears to be a bit different along with the rear lights. The front is essentially the exact same thing. The drivetrain of course obviously will be the exact same. Are there any question marks? Well, it looks like there is an opportunity for a C63 AMG Convertible as the W205 C-Class coupe does have a convertible variant. Mercedes has never produced a C AMG convertible. This might create a bit of overlap with the E-Coupe although that model does not have a convertible AMG variant. Expect the C63 AMG coupe to be officially revealed at a show later in the year.
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    04-21-2015, 03:11 PM
    Nice domestic heavyweight battle here featuring cars all up over 800 horsepower. The camera car is a Gen V Dodge Viper (the newest one) that is run on 93 octane and features a fairly large shot at 200+ to put it somewhere in the 800 whp range. The Corvette C6 is running an unstated blower (likely a centrifugal) and is said to make 830 whp. The Boss 302 features a TVS Eaton blower and also a shot of juice. From the Viper owner: "My carmaking a touch over 800hp on spray and 93. Corvette is a blower/meth, etc.. has claimed 830whp before, Boss is a TVS making 775 + 125 shot. All of us have some changes planned, but here are last nights results. " All of these cars are fairly close to one one another. Runs are from 55-160 or so. 1st run vs. Boss 302: The Viper takes this pretty easily. The Boss is quick but the Viper up top just pulls away. 2nd run vs. C6: Neck and neck with the Viper letting off. Looked like the C6 might have an edge if they stayed in it past 160. 3rd run vs. C6: Viper looks to get a bit of a jump and it's over. Great stuff from a trio of very quick domestics.
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    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    The grandson of Ferdinand Porsche who was a party to the VW/Porsche power struggle is out of the Volkswagen Auto Group or at least in a direct role. 78 year old Ferdinand Piech, a goliath in the German automotive world, is officially out at Volkswagen. What in the world happened behind the scenes to force this move? Keep in mind his wife who also sat on the board is gone as well so something big went down. Piech and his wife would not just give up their seats. Piech has been involved with Porsche and Volkswagen essentially since his conception. He pushed for the Lamborghini acquisition. He pushed Audi to go upmarket. He was chairman of the board at Volkswagen way back in 1993 and in 2011 won the Automobile Magazine Man of the Year award. He was the man for a very long time. Piech has a reputation for being aggressive and power hungry. He is known for firing people who disagree with him or 'make the same mistake twice' as he has been known to say. How very German of him. What apparently took place is that Piech got into it with Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn who was Piech's own handpicked understudy at one point. Did the student supercede the master? Piech was quoted by German news source Der Spiegal as stating, 'I am at a distance to Winterkorn.' Piech's seat as chairman of the Volkswagen supervisory board was set until 2017 at which point Winterkorn was expected to take over. Winterkorn's own CEO contract is good until 2016 so trying to force him out right now when VW is poised to take over as the world's largest automaker seems foolish. Piech decided to give up his seat before Winterkorn's contract is up or his own seat time is up and we do not know the exact reasons why but it obviously involves Winterkorn. Piech remains a large shareholder with 10% in Porsche alone but a new chairman will be elected at some point in the future. It seems the Volkswagen group is throwing itself behind Winterkorn and we would guess Piech felt this was a betrayal. Perhaps Piech simply grew old and the company passed him by. Either way, this is a major behind the scenes move as Ferdinand Piech was one of the most powerful men in the group and Volkswagen clearly has its own complicated internal politics. Winterkorn emerges unscathed and more powerful than ever before. Source
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    Yesterday, 02:13 PM
    After a few long weeks and late nights we are nearing full release of our Stage 3 Off The Shelf maps for the 997.1 Turbo! These maps are for you 997.1 Turbo guys out there who are running intercoolers, COBB or ID 1000cc injectors, and an exhaust. These maps will come out for all gases we have supported in the past, ACN91, 91, 93, and recently 100. But the best part, in my opinion, is the added E85 map! We have a few guys out in the wild testing these maps for us already but we are releasing alpha maps here to get some additional real world data before we proceed with the full release. Alpha Stage3 OTS Maps Most of you know or have heard how wonderful E85 can be, but haven’t had an easy way to properly run it in your .1 yet. These new Off-The-Shelf maps will give those of you with COBB 1000cc injectors, exhausts, and aftermarket intercoolers the ability to run it! Power increases are pretty dramatic, even over 100 octane. Above shows our new Stage3 E85 OTS Map (Green) vs. Stage2 100 (red) and Stage2 ACN91 (blue) maps. With E85 the peak gains and increased area under the curve are substantial over our crummy California pump gas. Gains of nearly 100whp (19.7%) and 100ft/lbs (18.5%) of torque are realized between the two (green The power increase in Stage3 E85 over Stage2 100 octane are still impressive! Gains of an additional 45whp (8%) and 57ft/lbs (10%) of torque were seen. For those of you running regular 91 or 93 expect to see an increase of 17-19% in whp and 16-18% ft/lbs of torque. The one nasty aspect of E85 is that the blend tends to change in the winter to E70 in many states. These maps do not support E70 only E85. Please check with your station to see which blend you are getting or better yet, you can test it yourself. QuickFuel makes these cheap handy test kits: Since these maps are in alpha release there are a few key things we would like to see from you guys who choose to run these maps(E85 and gasoline). Please open the Alpha How-To file in the Box link below or at the top of the page for further instructions. Alpha Stage3 OTS Maps Please, if you decide to take part in the alpha testing, any and all data would be great for us to have! Please send all logs, questions, comments, or concerns directly to the Porsche Expert Group ( Feel free to email me directly as well at or Mitch This is also my first time posting here so feel I should give a brief introduction. My name is Jon Hebbeln and I have been with Cobb for the past two and half years, some of you may have met me when I was the retail calibrator at Cobb SoCal tuning anything from Stage1 Subarus to 1000whp GTRs and everything else Cobb supports. I recently transitioned out of retail tuning and started doing R&D calibration for the Porsche in an attempt to help with the demand and keep Mitch from working 24/7 (he’s going to continue to do it anyway haha). I also personally wanted to thank you guys for the support you have shown Cobb over the past year as we continue to improve and innovate the Porsche tuning market.
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    Today, 12:50 PM
    We have a pretty good idea of Challenger performance and power. More baseline dynos for context certainly do not hurt and yes the Hellcat 6.2 liter twin screw supercharged V8 is underrated. How does 662 horsepower and 618 lb-ft of torque to the wheels completely stock sound? The power curve is actually very nice. Horsepower just keeps climbing throughout the entire rev range is a fairly linear fashion. There is just gobs of torque everywhere and the torque curve does not fall off a cliff. SeriousHP in Houston plans to tune this car on E85 and we have already seen some of their E85 results. We will see how far they take this car but on ethanol with more boost we should see some massive bolt on numbers. Oh, and the Hellcat is putting out over 100 wheel horsepower more than the Viper. Maybe time for that car to get some boost as well?
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    Today, 02:41 PM
    You may have all the money in the world but that does not mean you can drive. This LaFerrari somehow ended up in a ditch in France. What happened? We do not know exactly but if we were to guess somebody got in a little bit over their head and skidded off the road. Not exactly a site you will see everyday. There appears to be damage to the rear diffuser and possibly more damage on the other side but one low resolution photo is all that is circulating the web. The owner joked on Twitter that he did some offroading so he isn't mad about it and probably happy it was not worse. Plus, he can afford to repair the damage to his $2 million dollar toy.
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    Today, 01:40 PM
    The G550 currently is offered in the USA with a naturally aspirated 5.5 liter V8 offering 382 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. According to information given to Dutch outlet Autovisie by Wolf-Dieter Kurz who is Vice President of Mercedes SUV's the M177 will replace the naturally aspirated M273. This is interesting as a non-AMG model is getting an AMG motor. Mercedes will presumably still offer the G63 AMG with the M157 twin turbocharged 5.5 liter V8. There is also of course the M279 twin turbo V12 powered G65 as well. With the M177 twin turbo V8 powerplant the G550 will be the most affordable G-Class tuning platform should one be interested in that although it will still set you back roughly $120k+. The G63 AMG starts at $137,150 and the G65 is over $200k. So will Mercedes keep the G550, the G63, and the G65? We will have to wait and see. Source
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