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    07-16-2014, 05:57 PM
    Gintani recently released their aftermarket downpipes for the BMW M S55 engine currently used in the new F80 M3 and F82 M4. We now have dyno results to go along with pictures of the pipes themselves and the pipes alone make a nice difference on car. Keep in mind these dyno results are from the Gintani Dyno Dynamics dynamometer and considering the baseline peak horsepower figure of 393 to the wheels the dyno is reading lower than the more common Dynojet. How much power and torque do the downpipes add? Peak horsepower increases by 19 wheel horsepower and peak torque increases by 11 lb-ft. As is usual with turbocharged BMW motors the peak figures do not tell the whole story. Looking at the curve 35 lb-ft of torque at the wheels is gained at 3300 rpm and 23 horsepower at the wheels is gained at 6400 rpm. The curve is interesting in that the majority of the gains come down low and up top. The mid range is basically unchanged. It would be interesting to see the result of a tune added on top of these pipes. Pictures and further details below. Retail: $1195 + shipping Made in the USA US 304 Stainless Steel Hand TIG Welded Lifetime warranty on all welds Improved throttle and turbo response 100% perfect fitment and space for O2 sensors For off-road use only; not 50 state legal
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    07-17-2014, 04:47 PM
    Ford finally released some concrete details on the upcoming next generation Mustang. The most eye catching of course is that the Mustang will have turbocharged four-cylinder power courtesy of a 2.3 liter Ecoboost motor. This engine will provide quite a bit of grunt with 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The Mustang GT retains the 5.0 liter Coyote V8 with output bumped to 435 horsepower. The base model is now the 3.7 liter V6 offering 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. It is difficult to argue for the V6 over the Ecoboost turbo four. The car is not super light but the Ecoboost model checks in at 3,524 pounds. The V6 is 3,526 pounds. Choosing the V8 GT increases weight to 3,729 pounds. The bigger motor obviously comes with a weight penalty. Ford looks like they have yet another hit on their hands with the base price starting at $24,425. The Mustang continues to be an incredible value. Press Release and pictures below. Horsepower Unleashed – Motivating the All-New Ford Mustang with Improved Power-to-Weight Ratios -- 5.0-liter V8 headlines all-new Ford Mustang lineup with 435 horsepower and 400 lb.- ft. of torque and improved power-to-weight ratio -- New 2.3-liter EcoBoost® brings turbocharging and direct injection to Mustang with 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque – best-ever power density from a Ford engine -- Manual transmission provides smoother shifting than previous Mustangs; automatic transmission features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and downshift rev- matching DEARBORN, Mich., July 17, 2014 – The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang offers three great engines including a standard 300-horsepower V6, a brand-new 310-horsepower EcoBoost® or an upgraded 435-horsepower V8. Each powerplant is available with either a manual or automatic transmission that makes the pony car a great all-around performer – no matter how the equipment is mixed and matched to suit any individual driving style. The fewer the pounds a car carries for every unit of horsepower generated by the engine, the quicker and nimbler it feels, making power-to-weight ratio a key measure of performance. A recent study by Autoblog of cars currently available in the U.S. market puts Mustang at the top of the charts in power-to-weight ratio for all three price categories a customer can specify. Mustang extends its lead further for 2015 with the EcoBoost-powered fastback now carrying fewer than 11.4 pounds per horsepower; Mustang GT has as few as 8.52 pounds per horsepower. Less is more, EcoBoost comes to Mustang The addition of a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine brings turbocharging to the Mustang powertrain lineup. This engine was designed specifically for Mustang, to meet the needs of drivers looking for outstanding performance and fuel efficiency. The geometry of the EcoBoost intake manifold and turbocharger housing has been optimized to provide better breathing and higher output in Mustang. Producing 310 horsepower and 320 lb.- ft. of torque, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine fits the bill for a true Mustang powerplant – with the highest power density yet from a Ford engine. "This EcoBoost engine delivers the healthy output Mustang drivers expect, regardless of the car's speed," said Scott Makowski, EcoBoost powertrain engineering manager. "It delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to – with a broad, flat torque curve and great driveability under any conditions." The newest member of Ford's global EcoBoost engine family, the 2.3-liter continues to take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies including direct fuel injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing and turbocharging to produce big-engine power and torque with improved fuel efficiency. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost is the first Ford engine to use a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger that provides quicker boost response while enabling lower emissions and improved efficiency. The cylinder head features an integrated exhaust manifold that separates the inner and outer pairs of cylinders into each of the two inlet passages to the turbo. Keeping the exhaust pulses separated from the next cylinder in the firing order virtually eliminates mixing losses and maximizes the pulse energy to the turbine wheel. The result is similar performance to a more complex twin-turbocharger configuration, meaning quicker turbine spin-up and torque delivery when the driver needs it for passing maneuvers. The separated exhaust ports also enable the exhaust valves to stay open longer for reduced pumping losses that improve specific fuel consumption compared to a single-scroll turbocharger configuration. With a compact mill generating nearly 135 horsepower per liter and more than 139 lb.-ft. of torque per liter – powering a performance car whose drivers are more inclined to use it – ensuring engine durability was critical. Enhancements to the Mustang EcoBoost engine to withstand the added stresses include: -- Forged-steel crankshaft -- Piston-cooling jets -- Steel piston ring carriers -- Premium bearing materials -- Upgraded valve seat materials -- Forged-steel connecting rods -- High-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block with ladder-frame bearing caps -- Deep-sump, die-cast aluminum oil pan The beating heart of a pony No Ford Mustang engine lineup would be complete without a great V8 engine at its core. The 5.0-liter V8 powers into a new generation with a host of upgrades that help it breathe better, especially at higher engine speeds. Many of these changes are derived from lessons learned in developing the special-edition 2012 Mustang Boss 302. Getting air into the cylinders and exhaust out is key to generating more power and torque from any engine. That has been the focus in the development of this V8, which features: -- Larger intake valves -- Larger exhaust valves -- Revised intake camshafts -- Revised exhaust camshafts -- Stiffer valve springs ensure valves close completely at high rpm -- New cylinder head casting – revised ports provide straighter path to the valves for less restrictive intake and exhaust flow; combustion chamber modifications accommodate larger valves -- Sinter forged connecting rods are lighter and more durable for high-rpm operation -- Redesigned piston tops – deeper cutouts clear the new larger valves -- Rebalanced forged crankshaft to support higher-rpm operation These upgrades have boosted output of the V8 to 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. A new intake manifold includes charge motion control valves to partially close off port flow at lower engine speeds. This increases the air charge tumble and swirl for improved air-fuel mixing, resulting in better fuel economy, improved idle stability and lower emissions. The variable camshaft timing on the intake side now has a greater range of adjustment available thanks to mid-lock phasers. This enables better optimized control of the valve timing over a broader range of engine speeds and loads for improved fuel economy and emissions. Shifting gears More than most drivers, Mustang owners like to take control and shift for themselves. Whether they select a fully manual gearbox or the updated automatic transmission, the experience will be better than in any previous pony. The manual has a new shift linkage design for easier engagement and improved precision. The shift lever is now positioned closer to the driver and away from the cupholders, creating a clear path for shifting. Mustang blends outstanding all-around performance and everyday usability. Drivers who prefer to let the car handle the shifting during their daily work run, but who still want to take control when the roads get twisty, will appreciate the new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles with rev-matching downshifts – now standard with the SelectShift® six-speed automatic transmission. The automatic also features a redesigned case with cast-in ribs that help make it stiffer and reduce weight. Internally, clutches are optimized and operating temperature increased to reduce friction. The output shaft is now supported by a ball bearing that enables a top speed of 155 mph for Mustang GT. With a choice of powertrains to suit driving preferences and lifestyles, the new Mustang has cutting-edge technology under the hood to match its modern design. Yet regardless of engine choice, the car remains quintessentially Mustang. ### About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 183,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
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    07-18-2014, 08:14 PM
    This video comes to us from in South Africa. The reviewer opens up the video interestingly saying that he is pretty sure BMW M would never make a diesel vehicle, a turbocharged motor, or an SUV. Well those days are long gone as the X5 M50d is all of those things. The engine in the M50d is the same tri-turbo 3.0 liter inline-6 diesel engine used in the previous generation E70 X5 M50d model offering 381 horsepower and 546 lb-ft of torque. The South Africans decide to match it up against the Range Rover Sport model with the supercharged 5.0 liter direct injected V8. This is a battle of torque versus horsepower as the Range Rover sport has more power with 510 horsepower but less torque at 461 lb-ft. It also is a gasoline engine. The reviewer states it is heavier but our research shows it is roughly 200 pounds lighter so who knows what weight figures he is quoting. So what happens in the race? The X5 gets a clear jump only to be quickly reeled in and passed. The length of the race is not stated but appears to be quite short. A shorter race will favor a low end torque setup but despite this horsepower still wins. Those people who incorrectly state torque wins races need to watch this video as power wins.
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    Yesterday, 05:23 AM
    Someone please make it stop. The new F20 1-Series that is not available in the USA is getting great reviews overseas. Namely the N55 inline-6 turbocharged F20 M135i model which the F22 M235i that is available in the USA is basically the same thing but in coupe instead of hatchback form. Both the M135i and M235i share the same architecture and are rear wheel drive. The kink in all of this is the 2-Series Active Tourer which is a front wheel drive platform. Now, a 1-Series sedan makes sense if you follow the new BMW naming rule that has sedans as odd numbers and coupes as even numbers. If this is the case why the four-door 2-Series Active Tourer has a '2' instead of a '1' is anyone's guess. What BMW wants to do now is take the front wheel drive 2-Series Active Tourer platform (which is just a rebadged Mini platform anyway) and use it to create a 1-Series sedan. Why? Who the hell knows why. Probably because someone at BMW was bored and decided this was a cheap way to create a new sedan and inflate sales. The platform is there, change it to a four-door sedan, put a 1 on it, boom, you're done. Why not use the more agile, better balanced, and traditional rear wheel drive BMW platform that is already available as an F20 1-Series or F22 2-Series? Once again, who knows why BMW is not doing this. Stretching the 1 or 2 to add four doors makes more sense in BimmerBoost's opinion as a front wheel drive BMW sedan just feels wrong. It just feels unnatural. But BimmerBoost is not in charge of BMW and the NES (New Entry-Level Sedan) will apparently further boost BMW's sales numbers as that is all that BMW cares about. A BMW source told, "The NES is integral to our growth plans. It will be an important pillar in the future 1-series lineup, particularly in the U.S. and China, where sales of small premium-brand four-door sedans are on the rise." Get ready for more front wheel drive BMW's that are just rebadged Mini's. Source
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    07-17-2014, 04:25 AM
    Dodge blew everyone away with the new 707 horsepower 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat. That includes the former king of the hill in the domestic muscle car scene the Ford Shelby GT500. The GT500 was the undisputed king vanquishing its rivals easily with its 662 horsepower 5.8 liter supercharged V8. Well, the king is dead but it looks like Ford intends to reclaim the throne. Dodge specifically made sure to top the GT500 and top it they did. Ford knows what the target is and with the next generation Mustang coming they have the opportunity to top the SRT Hellcat. Rumors are that Ford is aiming for something around 750 horsepower. How will they do it though? A larger blower? Switch to a twin screw? A completely new engine design? Nobody knows except for Ford at this point and this is all speculation based on a Ford spokesperson stating to that a new GT500 with even more power will be revealed relatively soon. What is certain right now is that the horsepower war is the best it has ever been.
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    07-16-2014, 07:20 PM
    Very cool matchup here between two very different cars. The only similarity is that they have twin turbo V8 powerplants. The McLaren of course employing the M838T 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 with 616 horsepower stock. Unlike the AMG M157 under the hood of the E63 AMG, it does not employ direct injection. The E63 AMG here is a 4Matic car and AMS displayed earlier this year their 4Matic M157 AMG tuning prowess with the release of ECU software. The E63 AMG in addition to the AMS ECU software also has prototype AMS Alpha downpipes and a prototype AMS Alpha catback exhaust. The McLaren of course is a Spider which means some added weight although the difference between it and the coupe is roughly 80 pounds. The difference between the MP4-12C Spider and the E63 AMG 4Matic however is roughly 1100 pounds. A stock MP4-12C is pretty damn fast as it sits. A McLarenBoost member took their stock MP4-12C fitted with the 616 horsepower file to the drag strip and ran a 10.6 @ 135. That should put the AMS Alpha 7 E63 AMG 4Matic performance into perspective considering the E63 edges it out with a 156.90 trap speed to the McLaren running a 153.89. These are two very fast cars.
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    07-17-2014, 07:10 AM
    The R8 getting factory twin turbo V8 power? Sounds like an AudiBoost dream come true if this latest report from Automobilemag is to be believed. Frankly, it shouldn't be because there is no support for it. All the automotive journalists are guessing at this point and it is rather sad to see what the internet era has done to the quality of professional automotive journalism. Car and Driver reported earlier this year the 4.2 FSI would live on in the next generation R8. So which is it? Well, maybe it isn't either as AutoExpress reported that the R8 would ditch the V8 for a twin turbo V6 engine. Does anyone know what the hell they are actually talking about? Probably not. What we do know is the R8 will be replaced in the next couple years with a car based on the new Lamborghini Huracan platform. The Huracan has a naturally aspirated 5.2 liter V10 featuring both port and direct injection. It is essentially an updated version of the V10 the R8 has now so we can probably pencil that motor in for the new R8. The wildcard is the motor slotted below it. If the R8 gets the 4.0 TFSI V8 there is no reason to get the V10. The V8 is cheaper, offers more torque, and is easily upgraded. Automobile reports 460 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque for the twin turbo V8 R8 which seem to be numbers they just pulled out of thin air. We all know RS6/RS7 put out 100 more horsepower than this from the motor and gain a ton of power with an ECU tune so the V8 twin turbo would basically trounce the V10 for less money. The truth is that at this point only Audi knows what will happen with the new car. One of the three reports discussed above will be correct. Whomever it is will likely claim 'they got it right' and if they do not they will just ignore their previous report. That is how it works now. Source
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    07-18-2014, 08:47 PM
    It is nice to see before and after dragstrip comparisons like this. Before and after dyno results for various forced induction kits are plentiful but actual real world before and after 1/4 mile runs are far more rare. What we have here is a stock W204 C63 AMG coupe running at the PBIR (Palm Beach International Raceway) dragstrip in Florida. The baseline 1/4 mile run is a 12.502 second pass at 112.38 miles per hour. In Florida humidity that is about what a C63 AMG should run. The subsequent run is when the C63 AMG gets the Weistec 3.0 liter M156 supercharger package and also drag radials to help put the increased power and torque down on the strip. The result? A 10.585 second pass at 127.79 miles per hour. That is a huge real world difference. An extra 15+ miles per hour of trap speed and 2 seconds cut off the elapsed time. The 3.0 liter blower is providing a massive boost, pun intended.
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    07-17-2014, 12:04 AM
    Great data here from MotorTrend who had a tough day at the office testing a Porsche 918 Spyder. By now you know that the 918 Spyder is the highest performance car Porsche has ever produced and that it is a mid-engine all wheel drive hybrid. The car has a 608 horsepower 13.5:1 compression 4.6 liter V8 that revs to 9150 rpm and is supplanted by two electric motors up front delivering 285 horsepower. The combined output of the hybrid drivetrain is 887 horsepower and 826 lb-ft of torque. 431 lb-ft of which comes from the electric motors and as the max torque is instant in the electric the performance off the line is phenomenal. 0-60 comes in 2.4 seconds which makes one wonder how much more manufacturers can improve this figure. The 1/4 mile flashes by in 10.0 second flat at 145.2 miles per hour. Yep, it is stupid fast and what makes this even more impressive is that the numbers are achieved with a 3791 pound curb weight. This car is not a lightweight but another way to look at it is that it is roughly 700 pounds lighter than a Bugatti Veyron but just as quick and fast as the Super Sport model. For reference, Road and Track got a 9.9 @ 145.8 1/4 mile out of the Veyron Super Sport. You can also read a previous acceleration comparison article between the two cars here although they were not tested on the same day. So the Porsche 918 is as fast as a Veyron SS, lighter, handles better, and is roughly half the price while offering incredible efficiency. This car is a hell of a step forward. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Mid-engine, AWD ENGINE TYPE 90-deg V-8, aluminum block/heads, plus 2 perm magnet AC motors VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 280.3 cu in/4593 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 13.5:1 BATTERY TYPE Lithium-ion POWER (SAE NET) 608 hp @ 8700 rpm (gas)/ 285 hp (elec)/887 hp (comb) TORQUE (SAE NET) 398 lb-ft @ 6700 rpm/431 lb-ft (elect) REDLINE 9150 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 6.2 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-cl auto AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.09:1/2.07:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 12.3-16.6:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.3 BRAKES, F;R 16.1-in vented & drilled carbon ceramic disc; 15.4-in vented & drilled carbon ceramic disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 9.5 x 20-in; 12.5 x 21-in forged aluminum TIRES, F;R 265/35ZR20 95Y; 325/30R21 104Y Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 107.5 in TRACK, F/R 65.5/63.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 182.9 x 76.4 x 45.9 in TURNING CIRCLE 41.7 ft CURB WEIGHT 3791 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 43/57% SEATING CAPACITY 2 HEADROOM 34.0 in LEGROOM 43.0 in SHOULDER ROOM 49.5 in CARGO VOLUME 3.7 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.2 sec 0-40 1.6 0-50 2.0 0-60 2.4 0-70 3.0 0-80 3.6 0-90 4.3 0-100 5.1 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 0.9 QUARTER MILE 10.0 sec @ 145.2 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 94 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.12 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 22.2 sec @ 1.06 g (avg) 2.4-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 83.54 sec TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 2000 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $847,975 PRICE AS TESTED $956,675 STABILITY/TRACTION CNTRL Yes/yes AIRBAGS Dual front, front side, front head BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 mi POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 mi ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/50,000 mi FUEL CAPACITY 18.5 gal EPA COMB/EV EQUIV ECON 22 mpg (gas)/67 mpg-e ENERGY CONS, COMB/EQUIV 153/50 kW-hr/100 mi CO2 EMISSIONS, GAS/EV 0.88/0 lb/mi RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium
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    07-17-2014, 06:42 AM
    This video below features an Active Autowerke supercharged M3 we already saw in action this month. It helps put the previous video in context though as this Gen II Level III supercharged DCT E92 M3 takes on a stock BMW M S63TU twin turbo V8 motor in an F13 M6. In the previous video the M3 ran a modified F10 M5 and the race was basically even. In this video the M3 pulls fairly quickly and decisively on the stock M6. What this goes to show is just how big of a difference there is between a stock M5/M6 S63TU and a bolt on one. Additionally, that an Active Autowerke Level III supercharged car is much stronger than a stock M6 even from a first gear roll.
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    07-18-2014, 09:32 PM
    Diesel sales are on the rise. Audi USA diesel sales are on a dramatic rise with sales increasing four times in 2014 over 2013. That is a huge jump and it should show to German executives that Americans not only like the idea of diesels, they buy them. For some reason the Germans continue to think Americans do not want diesels and they reserve their best diesel models for Europe. This is not just Volkswagen but Audi and BMW as well. BMW of course has the incredible M50d tri-turbo diesel models they do not bring over. Audi has an absolutely badass 493 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque twin turbo V12 diesel they do not bring to the USA and a diesel version of the SQ5 they also omit the US market with. Volkswagen is considering an 'R' range of diesel cars including a GTD R Golf model they no doubt intend to omit the US with. What gives? Diesel sales are through the roof. When will the Germans realize the US market will buy diesels? The problem is not us buying them, it's them not delivering the cars. U.S. Clean Diesel Car Sales Increase 25% in 2014; Overall U.S. Car Market is Up 4% WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. clean diesel car sales have increased 25 percent during the first six months of 2014 while the overall U.S. car market has increased by 4.2 percent, according to data compiled by Hybrid and Baum and Associates. The 2014 clean diesel sales total includes six months of consecutive sales increases, including double digit increases in March (+ 39.5%), April (+ 60.4%) and May (+26.8%). June 2014 was the 43rd monthly increase in clean diesel sales in the past 47 months, with 31 of those months registering double-digit increases. 2014 Clean Diesel & Hybrid Car Sales Vs. 2013 Monthly Sales Jan. 2014 Feb. 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 *Clean Diesels + 6.8% + 4.5% +39.5% +60.4% +26.8% + 8.8% Hybrids (-20.4%) (-23.9%) (- 5.5%) (- 7.9%) + 6.6% (-12.7%) Overall Market (- 3.0%) (- 0.1%) + 5.6% + 8.0% +11.2% + 1.1% *(Diesel car and SUV markets only - does not include light duty pickup trucks or vans.) (Source: Hybrid and Baum and Associates) "Sustained and mostly double-digit increases in sales each month over a four year period prove that U.S. consumers are embracing the benefits of clean diesel technology and its proven, high fuel efficiency, great driving performance, and long-term value," said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum. "The consistently positive sales trends for clean diesel are particularly noteworthy since they have occurred over a recessionary economic period when diesel fuel prices have trended upward, and consumers have many more fuel efficient vehicle choices than ever before. Today, the clean diesel choices include 27 cars and SUVs, nine vans and 10 pickup trucks. We expect that number to nearly double in the next 18 months, and we expect that more models in more brands will only generate higher sales in the future. "While diesel cars and pickup trucks make up only three percent of the overall U.S. vehicle market, most analysts predict continued growth in the U.S., with many believing the diesel market will double by 2018." The Hybrid and Associates sales information follows data compiled by IHS Automotive for the Diesel Technology Forum released last month that showed clean diesel vehicle registrations (cars, SUVS, vans and pickups) had increased by 30 percent from 2010 through 2013. Link to press release: Diesels Have 30% Better Fuel Efficiency Than Gasoline Vehicles Schaeffer said Americans are seeking more fuel efficient cars and are learning that clean diesel vehicles are about 30 percent more fuel efficient that gasoline equivalents. In addition, he said the new federal fuel efficiency standards that will require a 54.5 mpg average by 2025 will also boost clean diesel auto sales, as auto manufacturers introduce more diesels in the U.S. to help meet these standards.
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    07-20-2014, 08:51 PM
    Not everyone has the luxury of picking up their brand new BMW M car in Europe courtesy of BMW's European Delivery program. This gentleman by the name of Michael Hsu was able to do exactly that with his brand new Yas Marina Blue F82 M4 and snap some great pictures of the experience. How about breaking in your brand new M4 in the Swiss Alps as well? Driving experiences do not get much better than this. Enjoy the photos from the owner and story courtesy of Nick Gregson of Modbargains: We’re not really jealous people, but every once and a while, someone has the opportunity to do something so incredible that you can’t help but be envious. Our Friend Michael Hsu is overseas right now, driving the absolutely incredible Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, taking European Delivery of his brand new 2015 F82 BMW M4, in Yas Marina Blue, my personal favorite color for the car. It’s truly one of those “Bucket List” experiences. BMW’s European Delivery program, by all accounts I’ve heard, has been fantastic. Seeing just a few photos from this incredible experience, I have to believe that. The Yas Marina Blue is a perfect match for the positively incredible mountain passes of Switzerland. If I found myself in this situation, it’d take quite a bit to convince me that it wasn’t actually some amazing dream. Looking at the pass, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect car for the occasion than the F82 BMW M4. The snow gives a sharp contrast to all the greenery surrounding it. It reminds me of my own experiences in the beautiful ranges of Utah around Park City, only better. The grass really IS greener on the other side of the pond. Huge thanks to Michael Hsu for letting us share these breathtaking photos with you – I can’t imagine a better way to start your love affair with your new BMW than enjoying it on incredible roads like this and the outright speed of the Autobahn. Once he comes back stateside, yes he’ll have that M4 for a while, but Micheal will always have a fantastic story to tell about the experience. Should you be taking delivery stateside, there’s still lots of great roads to enjoy right here at home, like the famous Snake of Mulholland, Mulholland Raceway – or my personal favorite, Glendora Mountain Rd – and there’s always Tail of The Dragon if you’re on the other side of the states. The M4 is a darn fine car right out of the box, but should you want to change it up with new wheels for F82 M4 or pull even more power out of it, you can get your BMW M4 upgrades right here at ModBargains; our Modification Experts already have fitment specs to recommend the perfect set of Forgestar or HRE Flow Form wheels for your M4; Call the Mod Experts today at 714-582-3330. Story by Nick Gregson Photos courtesy Micheal Hsu
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    07-17-2014, 03:33 AM
    This car just keeps getting better and better. Dodge is doing a great job marketing the new Challenger SRT Hellcat. They started the hype machine by announcing the car would have over 700 horsepower and then backed it up with a 10 second stock 1/4 mile sprint on drag radials. Now they have released the pricing and with an MSRP of $59,995.00 the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the performance car bargain of the year. We can't think of a cheaper way to get 700+ horsepower off an OEM's showroom floor with a warranty, can you? This is as good as horsepower per dollar gets. You also get a new 8-speed 8HP70 automatic transmission which improves the fuel economy and performance. It also allows gearing for the car to reach a rumored 199 mile per hour top speed. Full press release below but it's clear Dodge just hit the performance car home run of 2014. Four Engines, Eight-speeds and up to 707 Horsepower: Dodge Announces Pricing for Its New 2015 Challenger Model Lineup Starting later in the third-quarter, Dodge is unleashing the Most Powerful and Fastest Muscle Car ever, along with the most capable and technologically advanced Challenger lineup ever – with a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,995 The Dodge and SRT brands now offer the most complete lineup of muscle cars, loaded with even more performance, technology and world-class hardware: New 2015 Challenger SXT models with award-winning 305 horsepower Pentastar V-6 engine, new and segment-first TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission, more technology features, even more performance equipment available, plus up to an EPA estimated 30 mpg on the highway Nearly $4,000 in added content over previous entry Challenger model providing nearly $3,500 of added value year over year New 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T models feature the high-torque 5.7-liter HEMI® with up to 410 lb.-ft. of torque, new segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed or standard six-speed manual transmission and two new R/T Shaker models for all-out throwback style New Challenger R/T Scat Pack features a 6.4-liter HEMI with best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering 0-60 mph in the low 4-second range with up to 25 mpg highway with a starting U.S. MSRP of $38,495 Driven by the five SRT performance hallmarks, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and Challenger SRT Hellcat are designed and engineered to be the most true-to-form muscle coupes on the market with performance-enhancing technologies inside and out New Challenger SRT 392 delivers 485 horsepower, plus new six-piston front Brembo brakes, 20 x 9.5-inch wide forged wheels, 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, three-mode adaptive suspension and all-new Drive Modes to personally tailor the driving experience with a starting U.S. MSRP of $45,995 America's most powerful muscle car ever: all-new Challenger SRT with the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine, produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque and recently achieved an NHRA-certified 10.8 second quarter mile time (on drag radials), is available with a starting U.S. MSRP of $59,995 New 1971-inspired exterior and interior design features an unmatched array of personalization options, including a wide range of colors, stripes and wheels to create the perfect combination of fun, nostalgia and power This segment-first and segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission delivers world-class precision and up to an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy, along with sport mode and paddle-shifting capabilities for more performance Significant new technology upgrades feature all-new Uconnect Access system with standard touchscreen, standard new 7-inch multi-view TFT gauge cluster, new performance electronic shifter, Keyless Enter 'n Go with push-button start Challenger sales have doubled since 2009; set an all-time record in 2013 July 16, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Dodge brand is putting all car enthusiasts on notice with its new 2015 Dodge Challenger lineup, delivering more performance, precision and world-class technology features, including the segment's first TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and the most powerful muscle car ever, the new supercharged 707 horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat model, all to build on the storied nameplate's record sales and continuous growth since its 2008 return. And with a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,995, the 2015 Dodge Challenger is more than a legendary icon, it's an attainable dream car. "The Dodge Challenger has been on a tear – setting an all-time sales record in 2013 – its fifth year on sale," said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "For 2015, the new Challenger is the most powerful muscle car ever, the fastest muscle car ever, and now our icon is also the most capable and technologically advanced ever, with a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $26,995." Pedal-to-the-floor, not letting up Dodge is building on tremendous momentum as it introduces the new 2015 Challenger. The previous-generation Challenger scored five solid years of continuous growth. Sales doubled between 2009 and 2013 in a segment that saw just a 10 percent increase in the same period. In fact, in its fifth year in the market, when most cars are on their natural decline curve, the Dodge Challenger set an all-time sales record in 2013. Looking to the future, the standard specialty segment in which the Challenger competes is projected to grow substantially in the United States. With nearly 430,000 units sold last year, the segment is up 10 percent since 2009 and is projected to grow 42 percent in the next five years, giving Dodge, and its new 2015 Challenger, a huge opportunity to grow with it. Muscle-car enthusiasts who have flocked to the iconic Dodge Challenger since its introduction in 2008 now have even more reason to love their favorite muscle car with the addition of the 2015 Challenger 6.4-liter Scat Pack model, a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, up to 11 percent fuel efficiency improvement and a host of driver-centric upgrades with its all-new interior. The powerful and efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 in the SXT and SXT Plus generates 305 horsepower and up to an EPA estimated 30 mpg on the highway – an improvement of up to 11 percent. Those looking for even more power will want the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 punching out 375 horsepower with 410 lb.-ft. of torque. And the enthusiast can now get behind the wheel of a best-in-class 485-horsepower and best-in-class 475-lb.-ft. of torque 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 Scat Pack that gets up to 25 mpg on the highway. For those who want nothing less than the ultimate in performance the most powerful muscle car ever, the all-new 707 horsepower SRT Hellcat delivers on all accounts. In addition, America's true GT muscle car also offers an unmatched array of personalization options, including a wide range of colors, stripes and wheels – 12 wheel designs to select from – to create the perfect combination of fun, nostalgia, and power in one car. The segment's shot-caller Dodge isn't just bringing a new Challenger into the muscle-car segment for 2015, it's calling the shots in a segment that commands bragging rights. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – starting U.S. MSRP of $59,995 - Most powerful muscle car ever - Most powerful Challenger ever - Most affordable +700 horsepower car in America - Most horsepower-per-dollar in America - Dodge's most powerful V-8 ever - Unprecedented and best-in-class 707 horsepower - Unprecedented and best-in-class 650 lb.-ft. of torque - World's first application of TorqueFlite "8HP90" ultra-high performance eight-speed transmission - New class-exclusive standard 7-inch multi-view cluster with "tic-toc-tach" gauges - New class-exclusive available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker models – starting U.S. MSRP of $38,495 - Best-in-class 485 horsepower - Best-in-class 475 lb.-ft. of torque - Segment-first TorqueFlite "8HP70" high performance eight-speed transmission - Improves fuel economy up to 8 percent, no gas-guzzler tax penalty - Up to 25 mpg highway - New class-exclusive standard 7-inch multi-view cluster with "tic-toc-tach" gauges - New class-exclusive available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen Dodge Challenger R/T models – starting U.S. MSRP of $31,495 - America's most affordable V-8-powered muscle car, delivering up to 410 lb.-ft. of torque - Segment-first TorqueFlite "8HP70" high performance eight-speed transmission - Segment-exclusive "Shaker" hood with functional engine-mounted scoop (late availability) - New class-exclusive standard 7-inch multi-view cluster with "tic-toc-tach" gauges - New class-exclusive available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen Dodge Challenger SXT models – starting U.S. MSRP of $26,995 - Standard with the segment-first TorqueFlite "845RE" eight-speed transmission - 305 horsepower and up to 30 mpg highway - New class-exclusive standard 7-inch multi-view cluster with "tic-toc-tach" gauges - New class-exclusive available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen New Safety & Technology The new 2015 Dodge Challenger features a standard 7-inch thin film transistor (TFT) reconfigurable gauge cluster, new 5-inch or 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screens, as well as available Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, rain-sensitive windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlamps, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection. 2015 Challenger models make dream cars a reality The Dodge and SRT brands now offer the most complete lineup of muscle cars, loaded with even more performance, technology and world-class hardware: Challenger SXT The 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT features the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar engine with 305 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque as the standard engine paired with a new standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. On the exterior, standard features include 1971-inspired split satin chrome grille and split LED-illuminated tail lamps, automatic bi-function projector headlamps with halo LED surrounds, bright chrome fuel filler door with heritage "FUEL" lettering, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels in a premium Satin Carbon finish and P235/55R18 BSW all-season performance tires, new more prominent power bulge hood with twin functional intakes, power body-color folding heated mirrors, and two-speed variable intermittent mode wipers. On the inside, the 2015 Challenger features an all-new interior with premium cloth seating in Houndstooth or Torque, stamped aluminum instrument panel bezel, 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) configurable cluster display, six-way power driver's seat, Uconnect 5-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/Bluetooth, media hub with SD card, USB and auxiliary inputs, six premium speakers, Bluetooth handsfree phone, auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, dual zone automatic temperature control, 160 mph primary speedometer, Keyless Enter 'n Go with push-button start, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping three-spoke steering wheel with vehicle controls, leather-wrapped shift knob, rear 60/40 split-folding rear seat with armrest and cup holders providing room for five, full-length floor mounted center console, cell phone storage, 12-volt power outlet, front and rear climate control outlets, climate outlet with Challenger logo, LED-illuminated cup holders, LED front map lamps, LED rear-reading courtesy lamps, automatic dual-zone temperature controls, cabin-air filtration, Satin Silver door-lock knobs, luxury front and rear floor mats. Standard safety features include six airbags, a four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS), all-speed traction control system (TCS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, electronic stability control (ESC), brake/park interlock, brake override and much more. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT has a starting U.S. MSRP of $26,995 (excludes $995 destination), including the standard eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic. The 2015 Challenger SXT includes nearly $4,000 of added content, providing nearly $3,500 of added value year-over-year. Challenger SXT Plus The Challenger SXT Plus delivers all the standard features of the SXT and adds premium amenities inside and out, including 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with graphite pockets and P245/45R20 BSW all-season performance tires, performance suspension and brakes, projector fog lamps, a deck-lid rear spoiler with ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear backup camera. On the inside, premium Nappa leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats with four-way power driver lumbar adjustment, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescope, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/SiriusXM Radio, Bluetooth, 3-D navigation-capable and Uconnect Access with 9-1-1 call/Assist Call, six Alpine speakers with 276-watt digital amplifier, Hectic Mesh aluminum bezels, bright pedals and universal garage door opener. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus has a starting U.S. MSRP of $29,995 (excluding $995 destination), including the standard eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic. The SXT Plus includes $6,400 of added content year-over-year, representing over $4,700 of added value. New options for 2015 include the Super Track Pak, which is available for the first time on the Challenger SXT and SXT Plus. It includes unique 20-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels, high-performance brakes, high-performance steering, performance suspension, Dodge Performance Pages, body-color rear spoiler, ParkView and ParkSense for $1,600. Additional options include unique body-side stripes and the Cold Weather Group, which includes heated front seats and heated steering wheel. Challenger R/T Designed for the performance enthusiast, the R/T builds off the SXT and adds the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with cold-air induction delivering 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, Tremec six-speed manual transmission, standard 3.90 limited-slip rear-axle ratio, performance dual exhaust with low-restriction resonators and chromed exhaust tips, projector fog lamps, "R/T" grille badge, "HEMI" hood badge and standard 20-inch Satin Carbon aluminum wheels with P245/45R20 BSW all-season performance tires and bright pedals. The new TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission is available on the R/T model and paired with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 (372-horsepower, 400-lb.-ft. of torque) includes Sport mode and Fuel Saver Technology with four-cylinder mode and interactive Decel Fuel Shut Off (iDFSO). The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T has a starting U.S. MSRP of $31,495 (excluding $995 destination), positioning it as America's most affordable V-8 muscle car. The Challenger R/T includes $4,750 of added content year-over-year, representing $3,550 of added value. Challenger R/T Plus For drivers who want even more premium refinement and details paired with their powerful HEMI® V-8, the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus adds standard 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with graphite pockets with P245/45ZR20 BSW three-season performance tires, premium Nappa leather seating in Black, Black with Pearl or Ruby Red, heated and ventilated front seats with power four-way lumbar, heated steering wheel, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/HD radio/SiriusXM Radio/Bluetooth/3-D navigation-capability and Uconnect Access with 9-1-1 call/ Assist Call, six Alpine speakers with subwoofer and 276-watt digital amplifier, Hectic Mesh aluminum interior bezels, ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear backup camera and universal garage door opener. Fans of Challenger's past will want to opt for the Challenger R/T Classic Package, which adds heritage classic "Challenger" script badging on the fenders, dual 'R/T' side stripes, 20-inch polished forged aluminum classic-styled five-spoke wheels, HID headlamps, and high-performance Nappa leather seats with Axis II suede inserts. The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus has a starting U.S. MSRP of $34,495 (excludes destination). The Challenger R/T Plus includes $6,250 of added content year-over-year, representing $4,050 of added value compared to last year. Challenger R/T Scat Pack Adding to the R/T, the all-new Challenger R/T Scat Pack model adds a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque,6.4-liter Scat Pack fender badging, 180 mph primary speedometer, high-performance suspension, active stainless steel performance dual exhaust system, performance front splitter, satin black decklid spoiler, Brembo four-piston high-performance brake package, new 20-by-9-inch polished aluminum wheels with black pockets and BSW three-season performance tires, Dodge Performance Pages, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/SiriusXM Radio, Bluetooth, 3-D navigation-capability and Uconnect Access with 9-1-1 call/Assist Call, six premium speakers with 276-watt amplifier, high-performance premium cloth seats with Ballistic 2 inserts and Tungsten accent stitching and 220 am alternator. The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has a starting U.S. MSRP of $38,495 (excluding $995 destination, includes $1,000 gas-guzzler tax and standard manual transmission). The 2015 Challenger R/T Scat Pack with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission has a starting U.S. MSRP of $38,895 (excluding $995 destination) and gets up to 25 mpg highway. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack includes more than $4,700 of added content from the 2014 SRT Core, with a price reduction of nearly $2,800, representing more than $7,500 of added value. Available on the Challenger R/T Scat Pack is the Leather Interior Group, which includes high-performance Nappa leather seats with Alcantara Suede inserts, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and power tilt and telescoping steering column for $1,500 MSRP. Also available is the Scat Pack Appearance Group, which includes new 20-by-9-inch matte black lightweight forged-aluminum wheels, gloss black grille, HID headlamps, Scat Pack Bumble Bee Rear Stripe and Satin Black Fuel Filler Door for only $1,995 MSRP. Challenger SRT 392 The Challenger SRT 392 is powered by a 392 cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 engine with 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, increases of 15 horsepower and 5 lb.-ft. of torque over 2014 model year. Building off the Scat Pack, the SRT 392 features a unique Viper-inspired hood with functional center intake, unique 20 by 9.5-inch wide "Slingshot" forged Hyper Black aluminum wheels with new P275/40ZR-20 Pirelli tires, the largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle – including 15.4-inch front brakes, Brembo 6-piston Calipers with 2-piece slotted and vented rotors, High Performance adaptive dampening suspension, rear body-color spoiler, SRT performance pages with launch control, 18-speaker 900-watt Harman Kardon Premium Audio System, high-performance Nappa leather seats with Alcantara inserts, heated and ventilated front seats, unique flat-bottom three-spoke heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping, red push button start and available twin, full body stripes in Black Satin Gloss or Silver High Gloss. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 has a starting U.S. MSRP of $45,995 (excluding $995 destination, includes $1,000 gas-guzzler tax and standard manual transmission).With all of the new standard equipment and no gas guzzler tax on models equipped with an automatic, the 2015 SRT 392 includes more than $8,900 of added value. With the new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the Challenger SRT 392 has a starting U.S. MSRP of $46,395 (excluding $995 destination) with up to 25 mpg highway. Newly available for 2015 is the ultimate luxury of Laguna leather on the seats and door panel inserts and the ability to customize with Ruby Red seat belts. Challenger SRT Hellcat The Challenger SRT Hellcat with the all-new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine, produces an unprecedented 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful muscle car ever and the fastest muscle car ever with an NHRA certified 10.8 second quarter mile time at 126 mph on drag radials. For first time in Chrysler Group history, the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat comes standard with two key fobs to control engine output -- red fob and black fob. Drive Modes tailor driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), traction and suspension and are pre-configured for Sport, Track and Default settings, while Custom option lets the driver customize their favorite settings. The unique power-bulge aluminum hood has dedicated center air intake, dual air extractors and can be finished in body color or Satin Black. Also differentiating the Challenger SRT Hellcat are the "air catcher" inlet port, which feeds ram-air directly into engine air box through driver-side parking lamp, "Slingshot" forged-aluminum wheels with Matte Black or Brass Monkey/dark bronze finish, a larger front splitter, "SUPERCHARGED" fender badges, black side sills and a unique, taller rear spoiler with raised SRT logo. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever – with power and performance figures once reserved for exotics, has a starting U.S. MSRP of $59,995 (excluding $995 destination, includes $2,100 gas-guzzler tax; $1,700 gas-guzzler tax on models with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic). Personalization and high-impact heritage hues keep it hot Like all Dodge muscle cars, the Challenger is known for rocking some of the most recognizable paint colors in the automotive world. The 2015 model year continues this tradition by bringing Sublime Green and B5 Blue paint hues back into production, joining Bright White Clear Coat, Redline Red, Pitch Black Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, TorRed Clear Coat, and Phantom Black Tri-Coat and Ivory White Tri-coat. Challenger paint choices can be accented by a variety of striping schemes, providing instant customization from the factory. Stripe options include: - Challenger SXT / SXT Plus body-side stripe in Satin Black - Challenger R/T hood stripe with "R/T" logo in Satin Black - Challenger R/T Classic "A-line" body-side stripe in Satin Black - Challenger R/T Classic "A-line" body-side stripe in White - Challenger R/T Classic "A-line" body-side stripe in Gloss Red - Challenger R/T Scat Pack rear-quarter Bumble Bee stripe in Satin Black - Challenger R/T & 392 HEMI Shaker graphics in Satin Black with a matching spoiler and Gloss Black fuel door - Challenger SRT 392 twin, full-body stripes in Satin Black - Challenger SRT 392 twin, full-body stripes in Silver High Gloss Completing the muscle-car appearance are 12 wheel options, including 11 different 20-inch wheels with six lightweight forged aluminum wheels for the hardcore enthusiast. About Dodge The Dodge brand is tearing into its centennial year as America's mainstream performance brand, celebrating its 100th anniversary on July 1, 2014. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every single model it offers. The consolidated Dodge and SRT brands will offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge will be the "mainstream performance" brand within the Chrysler showroom. SRT will be positioned as the "ultimate performance" halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice. From muscle cars to compact cars, minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand's full lineup of 2015 models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, dual exhaust, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment centers and 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2015 model year, customers will be able to drive the new 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger, as well as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The Dodge brand lineup also includes the 2015 Dodge Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey, including the new Crossroad model, and Dodge Viper SRT.
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    07-17-2014, 07:42 AM
    The Porsche 918 Spyder is stupid fast. 0-60 comes in 2.4 seconds. 100 miles per hour flashes by in 5.1 seconds. It clears the 1/4 mile in 10.0 seconds flat at 145.2 miles per hour. If you need further proof of the acceleration prowess of the 887 horsepower and 826 lb-ft of torque hybrid drivetrain here it is. German automotive publication Sport Auto decided to record their acceleration test from zero to 333 kph or 206.9 miles per hour. Just watch the video. Nothing else needs to be said about how fast this car is.
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    Yesterday, 06:01 AM
    Ford is getting very serious with the new Mustang. The GT350 you see in the pictures and video below is clearly evidence of that. The GT350 will essentially be the successor to the Boss 302. That means it will have a track emphasis and will be built with roadcourse dominance in mind. That is why it has a naturally aspirated powerplant. The engine is based on the 5.0 liter Coyote V8 of the GT but pretty much only the block is the similarity. The Mustang for the first time will have a flat-plane crank V8. A flat-plane crankshaft is lighter than a traditional cross-plane crank and it also offers 180 degree throws. Ferrari is the main producer known for using this style of crankshaft. It has its benefits such as the weight as already mentioned and the firing order that allows better scavenging of exhaust gases. It also sounds just plain amazing if you have heard any Ferrari V8 revving out. A lighter crank can allow an engine to rev more quickly and rev higher but balancing issues can also create vibration. If Ferrari can rev production cars out to 9000 rpm Ford engineers can definitely get a V8 with a flat-plane crank to the same rpm if they have to. Something around the 8k rpm mark and around 550 horsepower for the production GT350 sounds about right. The engine is codenamed 'Voodoo' and will really set itself apart as a track special. The GT350 is not just about the motor though as Ford is paying some serious attention to the chassis, suspension, and brakes as the video evidence of Nurburgring testing shows. The GT350 will be wider than the standard Mustang. It is also rumored to employ extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum to shave weight off the 3700 pounds that the Mustang GT weighs. How much weight Ford intends to shave remains to be seen. Regarding the suspension it is obviously being honed for the track. Chances are adjustable suspension will be available along with aerodynamic packages. The brakes look huge as they fill the wheel wells. The tires also appear to be Michelin R-Compound rubber. Ford is not playing around. This car is going to be a beast.
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    Yesterday, 03:33 AM
    The G63 6x6 AMG is an absolutely insane monster of a vehicle that is basically a twin turbo all wheel drive German tank with power sent to six wheels. Brabus is importing these G63's as MBUSA does not at $850k+ a pop. What you may not know is that Weistec is also importing these 6x6 G63 AMG's. Not only are they importing them but they are also upgrading them with the bevy of tuning parts available in the Weistec M157 AMG engine catalog. Take a moment to let this sink in. You can in theory have a 6x6 G63 AMG with upgraded Weistec M157 turbochargers sending somewhere in the region of 700 horsepower to all six wheels. That much power moving 9000 pounds of six wheeled German metal? Yes, please! The pockets necessary to get a 6x6 G63 AMG and then modify it on top obviously need to be deep. Very, very, very, very, deep to make a point of emphasis. If you have the money these photos below certainly make a strong argument for acquiring this vehicle and upgrading the turbochargers. The exclusivity is worth every penny. WEISTEC | G63 6X6 Our ECU tune has surpassed the 600 wheel horsepower mark on a completely stock vehicle. Up to 608 WHP | 660 WTQ Downpipe and Exhaust Replacing factory downpipes delivers significant gains in power, throttle response, and exhaust tone. Up to 645 WHP | 724 WTQ Turbocharger Upgrade More power to an already potent platform, our turbocharger upgrades are available for your V8 Biturbo AMG. Up to 730 WHP | 730 WTQ
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    Yesterday, 02:52 AM
    We have seen this same Porsche 991 Turbo S Cabriolet run against a 458 Italia before on the runway. In that particular race, the Porsche 991 Turbo S Cabriolet comes out on top of the prancing horse rather easily. This 458 is the Speciale model though and it is meaner and lighter than the standard 458 Italia. The naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V8 gets a boost to 605 horsepower partially thanks to an incredible 14.0:1 compression ratio increase. The standard 458 Italia by contrast has a 12.5:1 compression ratio and 35 less horses. It also carries almost 200 more pounds and it shows as the 991 Turbo S has much more trouble with the 458 Speciale than it did with the 458 Italia. The 458 does get a slight jump on the 991 Turbo S in this run. However, it continues a steady pull on the 991 Turbo S and is clearly the faster car of the two. That begs the question, how would it do against the lighter 991 Turbo S coupe especially if it did not have a passenger recording? Hopefully we see that race at some point but it is incredible how Ferrari squeezed so much more performance out of the 458 platform with the Speciale without resorting to any forced induction.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:21 AM
    Excellent new product here for 997.2 Turbo owners courtesy of AMS Performance. The AMS Alpha Performance 997.2 Intercooler system is the largest aftermarket intercooler package on the market for the 997.2 Turbo model. As the AMS temperature testing below shows on a 997.2 Turbo with an AMS Alpha Performance tune and exhaust system the temperature drop is quite large as are the power gains of 32 horsepower. Gains in torque and horsepower are seen throughout the entire rev range. Power and torque gains of course will vary based on modifications but the most important aspect to note is the temperature drop which will prevent heat soak. Not only will you gain power, you will retain more of it after multiple runs especially in warmer climates. Full details and data from AMS below: With the tremendous success of our Alpha Performance Porsche 997.1TT Intercooler System, we are pleased to announce the release of the Alpha Performance Porsche 997.2TT Intercooler System! Porsche 997.2TT owners now have the opportunity to support their builds with the efficiency of our 5.5” thick intercooler cores, a 2.5” cast aluminum y-pipe, carbon fiber ducts and high strength custom 5-ply silicone couplers. Just like the 997.1TT system, our 997.2TT system follows the same factory routing, drawing cool dense air from outside the vehicle and is designed to fit just like stock. With it, you can support over 1000 horsepower without the invasive modifications required by other intercooler kits on the market. Massive reduction in intake air temperatures (IAT's) A clean fit and quality finish is exactly what you have come to expect from the Alpha Performance line by AMS, but so are the numbers! Below is a side-by-side intake air temperature (IAT) comparison with the stock intercooler system done on the same day using identical ambient air temperatures and air flow velocity on our Mustang dynamometer. Our test vehicle for this comparison is a mildly modified 997.2TT outfitted with an aftermarket exhaust system and Alpha Performance Tune. Our test vehicle experiences a remarkable decrease in IAT's throughout each gear with just the installation of the Alpha Performance 997.2TT Intercooler System. Excellent gains throughout the entire powerband Conclusive results indicate improved horsepower and torque gains throughout the entire powerband as can be seen in the graph below. Again, comparison testing was performed under the same ambient air temperatures with all other climate conditions being equal - all tested within hours apart! Results shown in engine horsepower: Maximum horsepower increase with the installation of the intercooler system resulted in a 30+hp gain with notable gains throughout the rpm range, while maximum torque increase netted a 30ft-lbs gain at 5750rpm with similar gains at just over 3000rpm! No adjustments in the tune were made! Even better, this system maintains cooling efficiency as more power producing upgrades are added to your Porsche 997.2TT! It improves the effectiveness of your other power upgrades and only gets better the more horsepower you make! What makes our Alpha Performance Intercooler System the right choice? Our system offers the largest production intercoolers on the market. Even so, it does not deviate from the original stock routing providing the excellent fitment and quality that you would expect from an OEM piece. Not to mention, the performance gains! With its contemporary styling, it’s certainly worth upgrading your 997.2TT’s performance to meet or exceed that of the new Porsche 991 Turbo! Beginning with our Alpha Performance Porsche 997.2TT Intercooler System along with a custom Alpha tune and performance exhaust is a great way to start! To learn more about the Alpha Performance 997.2TT Intercooler System and to place your order, please visit this link:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-20-2014, 08:31 PM
    This is a hell of a build and more than worthy of admiration and respect. It starts with a rusted out 1967 Karmann Ghia shell. The Karmann Ghia of course first introduced by Volkswagen as a rear engine and rear wheel drive sports car. You might be wondering, how in the world did anyone fit over 8 liters of Viper V10 in the back of the Karmann Ghia? The answer is they did not. They fit the engine under the front bonnet for a much different take on the design. The fabrication work here is simply jaw dropping. The pictures and video tell the story, enjoy: The beginning The Balls 3 Years later Front Dash Billet Aluminum Rear End Wheels tub Exhaust turn out Front End Missed the great 8 because of a bad cam
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-17-2014, 05:18 AM
    The SLS AMG is just about to end production with the introduction of the upcoming AMG GT. The naturally aspirated M159 V8 engine under the hood is already 'officially' retired with the new M178 twin turbo 4.0 liter direct injected taking its place. The SLS AMG will be fondly remembered as a modern take on a Mercedes classic. That classic of course being the renowned 1950's Mercedes-Benz 300SL which is fondly remembered for its 'gullwing' doors. The picture below juxtaposes the modern SLS AMG against the classic 50's 300SL with both cars proudly displaying their gullwing doors. The classic lines of the 300SL clearly standing up the test of time. Who knows when we will ever see cars like this from Mercedes again but the SLS AMG will be fondly remembered and has carved out a significant place in Mercedes history... forever. Enjoy:
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  • Sal Collaziano's Avatar
    Today, 03:05 PM
    Who is this at PBIR? That's about 20 minutes away from me. I'd love to talk to a local about their Weistec upgrade. I should be ordering mine any day for installation at the end of August.
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  • TRES's Avatar
    Today, 09:49 AM
    I wonder if audi uses or plan to use these gfrp springs on their race cars.
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  • Irishace's Avatar
    Today, 08:39 AM
    You will love it Sticky, some minor annoyances with the responsiveness of the dct (you have to click the paddle .5 seconds to hit your shift target) but damn its a little monster. I think someone will be able to program out the dct lag and this thing will be a work of art.
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