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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 03:04 PM
    The era of quadruple digit F10 M5 and F13 M6 horsepower is officially here! Congratulations to BPC (Bimmer Performance Center) on being the first to crack the 1000 wheel horsepower mark on the S63TU 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 platform. Videos will be coming soon and will be posted below but here is what you need to know: 2013 M5 DCT car Upgraded DCT clutches All done via Flash only, no Piggyback (JB4). 110 Octane, stock fuel system. Methanol injection (M1) NO Nitrous This obviously is their built motor package which is capable of holding roughly 1500 horsepower. 1026 rear wheel horsepower is incredible but they are not done. This is just the beginning.
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    10-16-2017, 07:40 PM
    Things in the BMW 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 S63TU tuning world are getting out of control. Recently, the motor cracked the 1000 whp barrier. Well, you can add another impressive feat to its list. The first 1000 horsepower F85 X5M or BMW SUV. Please note, this is crank output and not wheel output. Wheel output is somewhere in the upper 8XX range we are told. The engine is built with a forged bottom end from PPM Racing in Australia with new pistons and rods. Yes, the same PPM that offers a 5.0 liter S63TU stroker package. The compression ratio apparently was also dropped. The turbos we are told are custom Borg Warner units. Additional details such as the tuning, fueling, transmission upgrades, etc., are anyone's guess. This X5M was put together in Russia. Hopefully more details emerge but the S63TU is just impressing across the board right now.
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    10-16-2017, 06:55 PM
    BMS or Burger Tuning is well known in BMW circles for their JB4 piggyback tunes. They are branching out to other platforms and recently purchased a 2018 B9 Audi S4 development car. This car of course has the top mount turbocharged EA838 3.0 TFSI V6. It certainly will be interesting to see what they get out of the car as well as their testing going forward. BMS normally utilizes a rear wheel drive Dynojet but as the Audi is all wheel drive they will have to find another dyno. Furthermore, there will be changes required to the JB4 due to the SENT sensors on the Audi. PorscheBoost.com gave BMS its 991.2 Porsche 911 project car for development but we were not able to come up with a working solution at the time. Hopefully, this will mean further development for VAG platforms and the B9 RS4/RS5 EA839 V6 will likely be the next logical step providing development for the EA838 works out.
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    10-12-2017, 06:52 PM
    Pure Turbos is killing it on the S55 platform right now. They have multiple 700+ whp cars as well as having helped power the platform into the 9's. This 700+ example is an F80 M3 that belongs to Pure Turbos EU office. Let's take a look at the graph from a Superflow WinDyn dyno: Pureturbos Stage 2 - Fuel-It! fuelling solutions - Protuning Freaks Bootmod3 flash - BMS jb4 tuning - Meth kit - CSF cooling upgrades They made a very nice video covering the car in action below. The fact they are delivering their product all over the world and it is showing big numbers is also very telling in of itself.
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    10-16-2017, 03:11 PM
    This is a big deal. You may be saying aren't 1000+ whp Porsche 911 Turbos nothing new? Yes, but the majority of those are not the newer direct fuel injected models. You will find several 996 Turbos or 997.1 Turbos at 1000+ but to our knowledge this is the first 991.1 Turbo to accomplish the feat. Now what is the mod list? Well, that is where things get tricky. @Emre@Esmotor says it is all custom. Great, but how are you fueling it? What are the turbos? Tuning is done through a Syvecs standalone which simply seems to be the way to go on the platform if you want big power and control for additional fuel injectors. The PDK transmission is upgraded to hold the 1073 horsepower to the wheels by Dodson. Incredible work. Now to get those additional details...
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    10-17-2017, 05:22 PM
    There is a lot of tuning talk about the new Audi TT-RS and Audi RS3 models with the updated 2.5 TFSI dual fuel injected I5 turbo motor. Recently, the MKIII Audi TT-RS broke into the 10's in the 1/4 mile tune only. This begged the question, where is the biggest name in Audi tuning and what are they doing on the platform? Well, APR is going about their development in their usual in-depth fashion. They have access to the Bosch MED17.1.62 ECU and software. They just are not releasing their dyno numbers just yet: It sure looks like they are getting some big gains there though despite the redacted peak figures. Audi changed a few things on the motor and there are many more sensors. APR is testing and collecting data before any releases. They are just being thorough. What we already know is that @Arin@APR confirmed the 2.5 TFSI turbo kit APR already developed that made over 600 horsepower to the wheels will fit without issue. As for upgraded internals, pistons and rods may need to be revised so no confirmation yet on whether APR's previous 2.5 TFSI forged hardware will work. They also have an upgraded intercooler in development as well: One can expect things to move pretty quickly. APR will release their software once testing is done with all their data. Then, you can expect the Stage 2 software for the intercooler and other bolt ons. The upgraded turbo kit should not take much time at all beyond software and some adaptations. The real question is, how far will APR push the motor? With fueling not being a big restriction the sky is the limit here. The 2.5 TFSI found in the brand new TTRS and facelifted RS3 sedan is a totally new 5-cylinder engine from Audi including an all new version of Bosch’s MED17.1.62 engine management system. The engine differs from other 5 cylinders in the past, using a brand new turbo, with a new control strategy, new dual injection system and new engine block material among other changes. We’re in uncharted territories tuning this new amazing platform! With any new project that vastly differs from others in the past, our engineers take a cautious and thorough approach to tuning the engine. This starts with data collection. Our APR ECU Explorer logging tool give us direct access to the entire ECU. That means we can read every sensor within the engine bay, and every single calculation taking place within the ECU, at extremely high data rates. This data resolution is second to none, leaving our tuners with the ability to see everything as it happens, with the ability to trace back to why it happened within the ECU. This allows our engineers to understand the ECU algorithms and strategies better than the competition. This is contrary to others relying on OBDII diagnostic channels, which gives poor and limited data used for general diagnostics, not tuning. However, even with this powerful tool, it’s not enough. When Audi tuned this engine, they did so with many more sensors installed, which they later removed and modeled into the ECU. By doing so, they saved money and can deliver a system that is modeled very accurately given the original operating parameters. With sensors removed, the engine management system predicts/models mass flow, pressures, temperatures and other measurements at various places within the engine system by basing those outputs on their relationships with other measured values. However, once you begin tuning the ECU, or changing hardware, these models are no longer very accurate! We need to add those sensors back during the tuning process to correct the incorrect/broken models, and provide a top tier ECU calibration. Our R&D team has installed a MoteC C125 Dash with various high resolution, and high data rate sensors all around the engine to collect critical data for our engineering team. This includes, but is not limited to Race-grade thermocouples and pressure sensors before and after the intercooler and at various places in the intake system to locate restrictions. We’ve also added exhaust manifold pressure sensors and exhaust gas thermocouples to the turbocharger to ensure our calibrations are well within critical engine limitations (shaft speed, EMAP, EGT, surge region operation, lambda sensor pressure and temperature compensation). With MoteC’s i2Pro software, we’re able to analyze and deliver critical data to our calibration and hardware teams create better calibrations and create new hardware products. With the guess work eliminated, we’re able to deliver a better product. Hardware
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    10-13-2017, 03:22 PM
    193.4 miles per hour in the 1/2 mile is moving but what makes this particularly impressive is that it was done in Colorado elevation. Additionally, the car hit 238.4 miles per hour in the standing mile which is phenomenal speed. What is done to it? TES Performance provided a twin turbo setup as well as a 416ci built motor. It is a 6L80 automatic car as well. In addition to the fords pistons and rods you have a Callies crankshaft, LT4 heads, a custom cam, and a direct port nitrous exhaust system. The turbochargers are twin Precision 6266 units. The car is said to make 1400 wheel horsepower with them and we assume that is on the nitrous but this was not clarified. Regardless, this car should be good for over 200 miles per hour in the 1/2 mile with some tweaks at sea level. Apparently they are out of fuel and intend to switch to a port injection setup.
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    10-16-2017, 04:55 PM
    What we have here is a 3.0 liter turbocharged BMW inline-6 going up against a naturally aspirated AMG V8 more than twice its size. To be fair, the I6 is boosted with a turbocharger upgrade from Pure Turbos. Depending on supporting mods that can push it into the 480 wheel horsepower range. The M156 V8 is no slouch but it is in a heavier car. AMS doesn't post a graph for their tune but we seriously doubt they are close to 480 whp and they are not known as the premier M156 tuner. The B58 dispatches it easily with just these mods: - PureTurbos Stage 1 B58 - Meth Kit - FBO - BMS JB4
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    10-13-2017, 10:11 PM
    Over 650 horsepower from a 2.0 liter four-cylinder motor is hardly unheard of. Over 650 horsepower from the AMG M133 is unheard of although we have seen powerful built motor M133's from tuners. Extreme Tuners is based out of Greece and often makes bold claims. They have been accused of exaggerating results and speeding up videos to make their builds seem more powerful or faster than they really are. Admittedly, they do some cool stuff. Also, there are crank output graphs here to back their claim. These are from a Dynapack hub dyno. Baseline: And with their turbo upgrade: Are they telling the truth? Who knows. They do not say what they are doing to the transmission, how they are fueling it, or who is tuning it either. They also claim a 1000+ horsepower package is coming. When we see independent results that verify the claims then doubts can be alleviated. For now, it is certainly something to watch.
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    10-17-2017, 08:06 PM
    Unfortunately, there are a good number of tuners out there that will lie, cheat, and steal. Claiming dynographs that actually come from others or editing graphs is something lesser known tuners do to try and elevate their profile. This is something BimmerBoost covered before. TRM Tuning or TRM BMW Performance Engineering is the latest tuner caught red handed attempting to pass off someone else's graph as their own. The claim is that this is a 1256 wheel horsepower BMW M52 tuned by TRM with their parts and a 'big turbo' as he calls it. The problem? This is a Supra graph from Induction Performance: TRM literally just edited out where it says Induction Performance on the original graph and cut off the power and torque curves past 7k rpm. They changed the peak torque figure by borrowing the 2 and the 5 from the HP figure to 972.25 from 971.89 in the original. Peak HP was changed from 1256.61 to 1256.12. Amateur hour work that anyone with Windows and MS Paint can do. Why didn't they think of changing the runfile number at the very least so it would not be such a blatant copy? Michael McCoy of TRM continues on with his BS: When in doubt, ask for runfiles. Additionally, if a tuner is willing to lie about their work and steal from others there are likely many other things they would be willing to lie about. Buyer beware.
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    Yesterday, 08:03 PM
    This W212 Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic belongs to BenzBoost member @Cifnyc. He got a Stage I Eurocharged tune (not a custom dyno tune) and the numbers are impressive. He hit 589 horsepower to the wheels and 643 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. He is catless and added methanol injection as well. The meth injection line is the green pull: It is interesting to note the blue pull without meth injection makes more torque down low but the meth pull makes more horsepower up top. The best solution would be a custom dyno tune for the meth and a Stage II tune so to speak. Still, very solid results reminding us what a powerhouse and torque monster the M157 5.5 liter AMG V8 is.
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    10-13-2017, 05:32 PM
    This is from Custom-Code UK who is working with Iroz Motorsport. The output here is crank but it gives you an idea of the gains. Remember, a tune only Audi TT-RS is capable of breaking into the 10's in the 1/4 mile and this looks like a pretty mild tune. The baseline figure shows just over 400 horsepower so the car is basically right on the money. Not bad for the Quattro driveline which tends to have very high losses. An RS3 sedan on the Iroz dyno puts down roughly 360 awhp to give you an idea on the crank hp correction percentage. They get an increase of 84 lb-ft of torque and also rev it out past 7k rpm. It will be good to get AWD Dynojet figures for further context but clearly the new 2.5 TFSI is bringing the heat. 500+ horsepower on pump gas with bolt ons should be fairly easy.
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    10-12-2017, 09:33 PM
    Car and Driver's 2017 Aston Martin DB11 test numbers are pretty impressive. Especially when you take into account the DB11 is a 4222 pound grand touring car. That is luxury sedan and not sports car weight but a 5.2 liter twin turbo V12 moves things along. How does 0-60 in 3.6 seconds sound? How about a 1/4 mile sprint of 11.7 seconds at 125 miles per hour? Much better than MotorTrend who put out a terrible video spinning the tires and struggling to shift which produced poor results. Is the DB11 worth $221k? Well, this is a car for a connoisseur. Someone who does not necessarily care about being the fastest but wants exclusivity, style, and a prestigious overall package. It is hard to not like it for what it is. Yet, at the same time, if one puts an emphasis on driving pleasure the upcoming M177/M178 AMG 4.0 liter V8 powered model may make more sense. It will weigh less, offer better balance, and power will not be hard to come by especially with the AMG aftermarket factored in. The DB11 is an awesome GT regardless. VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED: $221,120 (base price: $214,820) ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve V-12, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 318 cu in, 5204 cc POWER: 600 hp @ 6500 rpm TORQUE: 516 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 110.4 in LENGTH: 186.6 in WIDTH: 76.4 in HEIGHT: 50.4 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 77 cu ft TRUNK VOLUME: 10 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 4222 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.6 sec Zero to 100 mph: 7.8 sec Zero to 150 mph: 17.8 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.4 sec Standing ¼-mile: 11.7 sec @ 125 mph Top speed (drag ltd, mfr's claim): 200 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 158 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.94 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA combined/city/hwy: 17/15/21 mpg C/D observed: 17 mpg
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    Yesterday, 06:03 PM
    Liberty Walk essentially tacks on widebody pieces to cars. They leave the rivets exposed and overall ruin the aerodynamics and make the car look unfinished. Basically, it's ricer garbage coming out of Japan. The new NSX is fitting for their next target but they took a different approach here by not bolting on their usual widebody pieces. They just added a few pieces to the natural NSX body. It gives the NSX a more aggressive look but once again the effect on the aerodynamics is not tested. This aggressive drop will also ruin the handling but anyone running Liberty Walk anything threw away the performance aspects of their vehicle anyway. It is amusing that Liberty Walk's best work is when they aren't doing their usual work.
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    10-17-2017, 04:21 PM
    The direct injected 991.1 Turbo model broke into the 8's in the 1/4 mile. Esmotor is the first to achieve the feat on the 991 platform. For contextual purposes, the quickest US 991.1 Turbo runs a 9.70 @ 141 miles per hour. It is not surprising Esmotor is running this sort of time as the car makes 1073 horsepower to the wheels. As stated in the article on the topic yesterday, this is the first 991.1 Turbo to clear the 1000 whp mark. As for the modifications the turbochargers are Garrett GTX35's and the engine is fueled with six additional injectors controlled by a Syvecs standalone ECU. The PDK transmission is built by Dodson and the engine internals were done by Esmotor. Congratulations to @Emre@Esmotor
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    10-12-2017, 02:22 PM
    WTF is this? Some idiot in San Francisco (of course it has to be San Francisco) decided to jump on top of an Aventador SV and run across it. He got away as the owner chased him but then decided to come back like a complete idiot. The owner promptly throws him to the ground and people for some reason defend the guy who can only be described as vandal at that point. The punk is playing asleep afterwards likely hoping an ambulance chaser will help make him seem to be the victim. Maybe it had something to do with the Lamborghini holding up traffic? Who knows. Either way, people who damage the property of others do not deserve sympathy but a jail sentence.
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    10-17-2017, 09:10 PM
    A few days ago BoostAddict posted some GPS acceleration results for the Kia Stinger 3.3 liter turbo V6. Well, Car and Driver got their hands on the car and their numbers are not quite as impressive. Their 1/4 mile sprint is half a second slower with a 13.2 @ 108. Not to mention the curb weight figure. The Kia Stinger is heavy! 4157 pounds to be exact. All wheel drive is nice but wow does it come with a penalty. The Stinger is carrying similar weight to a BMW M5. Car and Driver feels the handling is a bit floaty. They also complained about the throttle and the transmission being slow to respond to commands. Overall the praised the value but stated the German competition is more fun to drive. For the $52,595 tested price it seems KIA comes up a bit short in driving dynamics. VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback PRICE AS TESTED (MFR'S EST): $52,595 (base price: $39,895) ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 204 cu in, 3342 cc POWER: 365 hp @ 6000 rpm TORQUE: 376 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 114.4 in LENGTH: 190.2 in WIDTH: 73.6 in HEIGHT: 55.1 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 96 cu ft CARGO VOLUME: 23 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 4157 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 4.6 sec Zero to 100 mph: 11.3 sec Zero to 130 mph: 19.9 sec Zero to 150 mph: 30.5 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.3 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.6 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.4 sec Standing ¼-mile: 13.2 sec @ 108 mph Top speed (governor limited, mfr's claim): 167 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 164 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.91 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY: 75-mph highway driving: 26 mpg Highway range: 410 miles EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST): Combined/city/highway: 20/17/26 mpg
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    10-17-2017, 05:51 PM
    You should know this W212 E63 AMG well by now. It belongs to BenzBoost member @Vasily1 and was built by GAD Motors. They essentially refer to it as Stage VIP. Why? Because if you have to ask you probably can't afford it. Back in August the car ran 10.0 @ 143.38 in the 1/4 mile at a Russian event. No, not on a dragstrip but there is no doubting that this is likely the quickest and fastest W212 in existence as nobody has proven otherwise. What does that kind of acceleration look like? Well, @Vasily1 posted a video his E63 going from 0-300 kph. The car makes the sprint absolutely effortless. This is an incredibly fast AMG:
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    10-13-2017, 04:05 PM
    The KIA Stinger is shaping up to a be pretty nice entry into the turbo six-cylinder field which sure is getting crowded. The car features a 3.3 liter twin turbo Lambda V6 with crank output of 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. It also offers an 8-speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive. That means off the line performance should be pretty good. CarAdvice.com tried it out and did some GPS testing. That means these figures may be slightly inflated but a 12.7 elapsed time out of the box is not bad at all. Neither is a trp speed just short of 110 miles per hour. They compared it to a Chevrolet SS LS3 and the Kia was both quicker and faster. KIA definitely nailed the styling and the $39,8895 price point certainly undercuts the Germans in the class. This might become a popular tuner platform.
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    Yesterday, 05:33 PM
    There are few details here from Russian tuner Altechnoracing but they do provide a graph of what is a second generation Audi TT-RS 2.5 TFSI topping 1000 horsepower a the crank. It makes 1006 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque at the crank to be accurate. This is on 101 RON race gas and 33.3 PSI of boost: Not bad, right? If tuners can keep the dual clutch transmissions and all wheel drive together the new RS3 and TT-RS will be a mini-German GTR.
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    10-16-2017, 03:30 PM
    Unitronic is obviously getting great results out of the EA855 EVO (DAZA) 2.5 TFSI turbo inline-5 motor as demonstrated by their recent 10-second MKIII Audi TT-RS 1/4 mile pass. That pass was with Unitronic ECU tuning software only. We assume it was the Stage 1+ software or a custom file. Either way, Unitronic offers two off the shelf tunes for the MKIII TT-RS and the RS3 sedan. Stage 1: Stage 1+ (93 octane): Now, those gains are nice. However, why the crank corrected graph? What dyno are they using? Why not show the raw wheel output graphs? Why start at an inflated baseline of 438 horsepower? Based on the 360 all wheel horsepower baseline that Iroz Motorsport posted the engine is slightly underrated but this crank graph from Unitronic feels inflated somewhat to show it is making over 500 horsepower at the crank. Just give us the wheel numbers, ok? Additionally, some are saying the provided figures are in PS and not HP which pushes them further upward. The easiest way to solve this is the raw graph off the dyno. No doubt this new iteration of the 2.5 TFSI engine is going to be very popular in tuning circles.
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    Yesterday, 09:37 PM
    The F90 M5 gaining all wheel drive is a good thing for traction as BMW M cars have basically become torque monsters with an emphasis on straightline speed. That is fine and dandy but the cars are getting absurdly fat. The 2018 G30 M550i xDrive weighs 4414 pounds. Does anyone really believe the F90 M5 is going to undercut the 41XX pound F10 M5 while adding all wheel drive to the mix? BMW claimed they would offset the weight gain with carbon fiber and lightweight materials but we have all heard this song and dance routine before. We are looking at a 4400+ pound M5 here. In other words, an M5 heavier than the F01 generation 750i. Even with the heft the M550i xDrive does pretty well. 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and a 1/4 mile sprint of 12.3 @ 115 is decent. Right on the money compared to what owners hit on the dragstrip. The .94g skidpad for a barge like this impresses too. The problem? Car and Driver says the steering is numb and the driving experience is inert. That is a problem. If the F90 picks up on those traits it will just be a dragster. VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan PRICE AS TESTED: $87,985 (base price: $74,395) ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 268 cu in, 4395 cc POWER: 456 hp @ 6000 rpm TORQUE: 480 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 117.1 in LENGTH: 195.4 in WIDTH: 73.5 in HEIGHT: 57.8 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 99 cu ft TRUNK VOLUME: 19 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 4414 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.8 sec Zero to 100 mph: 9.2 sec Zero to 130 mph: 16.1 sec Zero to 150 mph: 23.3 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.1 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.5 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.1 sec Standing ¼-mile: 12.3 sec @ 115 mph Top speed (governor limited): 156 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 151 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.94 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY: Observed: 17 mpg EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 19/16/25 mpg
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    10-13-2017, 06:27 PM
    It looks like tuners are starting to get more results with the new third generation 2.9 liter Whipple twin screw supercharger. General Motors will not admit it but the Eaton TVS1740 supercharger on the LT4 engines is simply too small and quickly is pushed out of its efficiency range. A 2.9 liter twin screw is a much bigger blower capable of moving much more air. Just look at the result on this 2016 third generation Cadillac CTS-V with these mods: • Whipple 2.9L Supercharger System • Vengeance Racing CNC Ported LT4 Cylinder Heads • Vengeance Racing Stage II Camshaft Kit • Vengeance Racing 4" Cold Air Intake System • ATI Balancer with 18% Lower Pulley • American Racing Longtube Header System and X-Pipe • American Racing Axle-Back Muffler System • Vengeance Racing Custom Valve Covers w/ Coil Relocation That is at only 14 psi on 93 octane pump fuel. No octane booster or methanol. Simply regular fuel. That also means there is quite a bit more in it for someone who wants to raise boost on E85 or race gas. Going deep into the 8XX+ range with this setup should not be a problem. Vengeance Racing hit 900+ whp with this same blower on other LT4's. Take a look at the extremely well done video below. Other tuners should take notice that this is how it is done.
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    10-16-2017, 04:06 PM
    It is no surprise the McLaren 720S is a 9-Second car out of the box. Magazine testing told us it would be an easy 9-second car with a proper launch and traction. The trap speed of 141.16 is fast but lower than the 146+ times magazines have quoted. Magazines inflate speeds by using GPS timing equipment rather than drag strip timing beams but a disparity of five miles per hour is large. One explanation is the humid Florida weather at PBIR (Palm Beach International Raceway) and the 2200+ density altitude. If one were to guess, the stock 720S is capable of 9.7 runs or so at 144 miles per hour in better conditions. We will have to see how it does as more people get it out to the strip in the winter and possibly on drag rubber. Now, a Lamborghini Huracan Performante runs as well. The Performante is a track car first. It is slightly lighter and more powerful than a standard Huracan but it also has far more aerodynamic drag. The Huracan Performante manages a 10.788 @ 129.78 on a 1.704 short time. Do not believe magazine figures. This is what they really run but in all fairness it was 90 degrees out. Expect even better numbers soon.
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    Yesterday, 05:13 PM
    Introducing the new 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS. Unlike the previous generation 981 GTS models Porsche actually makes the 2018 GTS worth the money. They do not just change software on the motor but provide a larger turbocharger. This bumps horsepower to 365 and torque to 309 lb-ft. Is also means the GTS will offer more tuning headroom. Basically, a factory turbo upgrade. Whether this means Porsche will offer a turbo retrofit for the 718 Cayman and Boxster S with a performance package as they do with the 991.2 Carrera S remains to be seen. Power is only part of the equation as several options such as Porsche Torque Vectoring and PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) are standard on the GTS. There are minor styling changes with black accents inside and out as well as alcantara for the interior. Overall, a very nice upgrade if you can stomach the $79,800 for the Cayman GTS and $81,900 for the Boxster GTS. More power, exclusive equipment Atlanta, Georgia. Porsche is expanding the mid-engine 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman model lines with new GTS models. A newly developed intake plenum and an optimized turbocharger increases the output of the 2.5 liter flat-four cylinder engine to 365 horsepower. This is 15 horsepower more than on the 718 S models and up to 35 horsepower more compared to the previous generation of naturally aspirated Boxster and Cayman GTS variants. Like all 718 model variants, the new GTS derivatives come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch transmission is available to order as an option. A number of performance-enhancing options such as Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) including a mechanical rear-differential lock or the Sport Chrono Package are standard on the GTS models, as well as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which reduces the ride height by 0.39 inches (10 millimeters) compared to the standard suspension on other 718 Boxster and Cayman models. Increased performance with more power The maximum torque of up to 317 lb-ft (309 lb-ft on manual transmission models) is available across a broad power band from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm (1,900 to 5,500 rpm on manual transmission models) and further improves acceleration. When equipped with the optional PDK transmission both GTS models are capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The top track speed is 180 mph. Characteristic GTS: black accents inside and out The GTS models set themselves apart through distinct visual differences. The Sport Design front fascia underscores the performance of the car. Tinted front indicator lights and taillights, model designations in black, a black lower rear fascia, and black tips on the centrally mounted standard Sport Exhaust System make the GTS models stand out. Black GTS designations on the doors and matte black 20-inch wheels complete the particularly dynamic appearance. Interior: Standard Alcantara® and Porsche Track Precision App The interior is also pure GTS. The chronometer of the standard Sport Chrono Package is centrally mounted on the dashboard. The seat centers of the standard Sport Seats Plus are made of Alcantara®. Featuring an embroidered GTS logo on the headrests, they provide particularly high lateral support and comfort. The steering wheel rim, center console armrest, and door armrests are also made of Alcantara®. When the optional Navigation Module and Connect Plus Packages are ordered, the standard Sport Chrono Package also offers the Porsche Track Precision App (PTPA). The app allows performance oriented drivers to automatically record, display, and analyze driving data obtained on closed courses on a smartphone. Market availability and pricing The 2018 718 GTS models are now available to order and are expected to arrive at U.S. dealers by March 2018. The base MSRP - excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing, and handling fee - is as follows: 718 Cayman GTS $79,800 718 Boxster GTS $81,900
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    10-16-2017, 05:35 PM
    It looks like the beta period is officially over. Back in June Dinan stated they were working on a piggyback for the W204 C63 AMG M177 engine. Just over a month later an independent dyno plot was posted showing some decent gains with the Dinan box. Considering how many ECU flash options there are out there, why would anyone bother with the Dinantronics box for $2199? This is the graph Dinan provides. Notice it is not wheel output (lame) but at least Dinan is posting graphs: Any 1/4 mile times? Nope. They essentially claim an 84 horsepower gain. By the way Dinan, you might want to update your spec sheet to not say BMW factory rated HP: The main area of advantage Dinan will have is CARB certification once that happens. However, flash tuners are getting CARB certified as well so this is not much of an advantage these days. Furthermore, how will Dinan handle tuning for various mods? Downpipes? Fuels? Etc.? For those who want to set it and forget it this may be a good option especially if you put a premium on the Dinan supplemental warranty but be careful about that. The more competition the merrier but for those who want all out performance there are stronger options with custom tuning available on the market. ELITE (DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner ONLY) Maximum Power on the MB AMG C63 and C63S with the 4.0L M177 engine: 609 HP, 664 lb-ft of torque. The Dinan Difference The DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner is a highly engineered piece of computer hardware and software that enhances engine performance to levels the stock programming is not allowed to venture into. It does this without negatively affecting your new car warranty coverage and without affecting long term reliability or the functionality of on-board diagnostic systems. It is also the only tuning device designed to be emissions legal in all 50 states. These items are unique to Dinan and together they embody the apex of performance engineering in a powerful, reliable, and warrantied package. The Dinan Difference is possible by employing a full staff of talented engineers that are well rounded in many facets of automotive engineering and backed by a wealth of hands on knowledge. Stemming from diverse backgrounds not only on racing teams but on standard factory production line vehicles we have seen it all. Manipulating these signals with an adept hand all the while keeping an engine running at its best and with the most reliable power is what Dinan is all about. Well Engineered Plug-in tuning devices all have one thing in common, they send a modified signal to the factory ECU, telling it the boost pressure is below target values. This then causes the factory ECU to raise the boost pressure to what it thinks is the correct value. This modified boost pressure signal causes errors in fuel mixture and ignition timing. These errors can cause the on-board diagnostics systems to set faults, but they can also cause exceedingly high catalyst temperatures and a loss of power. In addition, when power is increased, exhaust gas temperature will increase as well and this must be countered with a slightly richer air/fuel mixture. The DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner has the capability to correct short term trim as well as ignition timing errors induced by raising boost pressure. This enables Dinan calibration engineers to optimize air/fuel mixture and ignition timing at elevated boost pressure throughout the entire gamut of engine RPM and engine load. Additionally, the ability to correct short term trim corrections (the difference between target and scheduled fuel mixture) remain within OEM specifications. This minimizes knock sensor activity, which in turn means smooth engine performance, catalyst protection and power increase, while this is also required to make the car emissions legal. State-of-the-Art Hardware The DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner is engineered using the best possible components and advanced hardware. The wiring harness uses OE connectors and expandable braided wiring sleeves ensuring that all visible components appear as if they come straight from the factory. More importantly however it guarantees long lasting and dependable performance due to the use of high heat, moisture and abrasion resistant materials and design. The other hardware element involved is the Dinan electronic control unit (ECU) itself. While its outward appearance may seem tame, the processing power and sophistication held within its internal circuitry is anything but. Capable of delivering signals to various systems at an astonishing 4000 times per second the DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner yields the power to control all current signals delivered to the ECU as well as those developed in the future without a hiccup in performance or reliability. This immense processing power equates to a high degree of engine control resulting in a much lower likelihood of setting a fault. In addition smoother running conditions and superior drivability are achieved, all of which are Dinan hallmarks. Unmatched Warranty Dinan's comprehensive warranty program, introduced in 1997, provides superior warranty coverage to that which you would find elsewhere. If your vehicle is currently covered by the vehicle manufacturer's new car limited warranty, Dinan® products are warranted for the remaining term of the vehicle manufacturer's new car limited warranty. The manufacturer's new car warranty is limited to 4 years or 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers in Canada), commencing on the date of first retail sale or the date the vehicle is first placed in-service as a demonstrator or company vehicle, whichever is earlier. Dinan's warranties are transferable when ownership of the vehicle into which the Dinan products were originally installed is sold. Mercedes-Benz automobiles can now be performance-tuned without the associated concern of negatively affecting the new car warranty coverage. Designed to be 50 State Emissions Legal The DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner was designed and built to be the only tuning box on the market that is emissions legal in all 50 states. CARB EO has been submitted and approval is pending. Drivability There is more to a tune than just cranking up the boost. Power needs to come on smoothly and in a predictable way to make the car as fun to drive at wide open throttle as cruising around town. It is your Mercedes, but reborn with new found acceleration and speed. Installation Installation takes roughly 4 hours and is available through our network of 300+ Dinan Dealers. Log on to www.dinancars.com to find your nearest dealer. Easy To Use Dinan's ECU is Bluetooth capable. While a smartphone app is currently being developed we have also included a physical bypass plug that can be used, should the need to arise, when you want to revert to stock without disconnecting the entire harness. Designed for the Future The DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner was engineered with future expansion of functionality in mind. Boasting the most powerful processing power on the market the DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner can handle more functions and processes than any of its contemporaries. To that end the Dinan performance tuner is capable of interfacing with much more should the need arise down the road. This means that when new functions are developed there will be no need for a new tuning module. Simply a short software update at your local Dinan dealer. Potentially a supplemental harness may be needed to take full advantage of more advanced future development. Satisfaction Guaranteed Dinan guarantees you will be impressed by the DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner and the performance it provides that we offer a 3-Day return policy. If you aren't satisfied with what the Dinan solution brings to the table within 3 days of install you can go back to your dealer for a full refund (installation labor costs still apply).
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    10-17-2017, 06:10 PM
    Back in the beginning of the year BimmerBoost wrote about Awron's E63 M6 drift car which received an S63 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 swap. Awron's engine management electronics make the swap possible and make for a very unique E63 M6. Not to mention one with a ton of torque. What do you do with all that torque? Spin tires and go sideways naturally. Check out the finished product doing exactly that in the video below with some incredible drifting and side by side action to boot. Just an incredible project and machine.
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    10-12-2017, 02:54 PM
    This is an interesting change that probably has to do with Audi Sport's model onslaught. Audi Sport of course is the new name for Quattro. Since 1999 Stephan Reil was the head of the Quattro engineering and is responsible for the B5 RS4 among other standouts. The 52 year old spent almost two decades in the position and now 40 year old Oliver Hoffman who is known as an enthusiast in the company will be replacing him. Hoffman designed the 5.2 liter V10 the R8 and Gallardo/Huracan now share. It will be interesting to see what his engineering impact is as Audi is definitely on a performance roll at the moment. Maybe he pushes for RWD models as well?
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    Yesterday, 04:50 PM
    This is definitely one we have all been waiting to see. Hopes are high for the new B9 generation Audi RS5 and its twin turbo EA839 2.9 liter V6. The engine should prove to be a popular tuning platform and it is shared with the Porsche Panamera 4S. Brute force is on the side of the AMG in this battle however. The M177 4.0 liter V8 is just a bigger motor. If you are into power and torque it is very difficult to argue against it. The aftermarket also loves it and with those two turbos sitting right on top 700+ whp with upgrades is just the beginning of what we will see. Power and torque aside, which one is more fun to drive? The Audi is estimated to be 200 pounds lighter. Come on Motortrend, you couldn't weigh the cars? You're going by quoted weights? Lazy work. We want actual independent testing or what is the point of this? Not only do they not weigh the cars they do not test them on a racetrack. No laptimes, just a bunch of yammering. Weak. Not only do we not get laptimes but there are no independent performance measures either. They simply quote manufacturer figures. They did not even line the cars up. This entire Head 2 Head has very little actual head to head comparison going on. What a waste of time. We'll have to wait for a proper comparison from someone who takes this seriously.
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    Today, 01:44 AM
    Drifting is the not the quickest way to get around a track. Frankly, it's a bit pointless and just roasts tires. That said getting a car sideways can be fun and it does take a bit of car control to maintain a controlled drift. You never see an S-Class as a drift car though. Well, until now. Someone decided to create what they are calling the Drift Taxi. This is a W220 S600 with the naturally aspirated 367 horsepower 5.8 liter M137 V12. It could use a bit more torque but it actually rotates a bit and drifts decently. Is it pointless? Yes. Perhaps that is why we like it.
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