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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 11:32 PM
    This will be something we will see more and more of over the coming years and one of the more interesting battles in the BMW performance scene in the opinion of BimmerBoost. We have BMW's newest turbocharged M car going against the M car it replaced. As you well know the E90 M3 comes with a naturally aspirated S65 4.0 liter V8 that revs to 8400 rpm from the factory. It makes much less power (roughly 70 wheel horsepower) than the turbocharged 3.0 liter S55 direct injected inline-6 engine in the new F80 M3. It becomes a complete mismatch when the S55 gets a tune such as the JB4 on this particular car. The thing is, what happens when you boost the older M car? This E90 M3 gets boost for its S65 V8 courtesy of an ESS VT2-625 supercharger kit. The high revving naturally aspirated V8 responds quite well generating in the area of 600 wheel horsepower depending on the supporting modifications, fuel, and tune. It is making this horsepower with far less torque than the S55 inline-6 however. This is a race won by top end power and with a centrifugal blower top end power is exactly what the E90 M3 offers. The F80 M3 comparatively offers much more low end torque and has a curve shifted far more to the left than to the right. It is two different M engine philosophies at work here and both are effective. The supercharged E90 M3 wins this round but as tunes and supporting mods evolve for the F80 M3 it will compete with stock internal supercharged E90 M3's on its stock turbochargers. It will also be interesting how it does against the E90 M3 with turbos instead of a centrifugal supercharger. The E90 M3 only has in the 370 lb-ft of peak wheel torque range compared to the 550+ wheel torque this JB4 tuned F80 M3 is capable of generating. Yet it is where that torque is generated that determines the outcome here. Top end horsepower rules this race. No doubt enthusiasts will debate the approaches here. Both are viable. However, more displacement and higher revs with a torque curve that continues to increase toward redline is hard to beat in a race like this. The older M cars are hardly obsolete. They're incredible. E90 M3 - ESS VT2-625 SC, Akra GT4, 100/91 oct blend F80 M3 - Catless downpipes, full Akra Exhaust, JB4 Map 7, 100/91 oct blend P.S. Iphone videos of races like this make us cry.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-23-2014, 09:01 PM
    This will hardly be the last battle of boosted E46 M3 S54 motors and boosted E9X M3 S65 motors. This battle is just heating up but here is an interesting race pitting an Active Autowerke Generation 2 Level III supercharged E90 M3 against a Maximum PSI Stage II supercharged E46 M3. Both cars have 6-speed manual transmissions so this is not a race won by a transmission advantage. The S54 inline-6 in the E46 M3 and the S65 V8 in the E90 M3 are both on stock internals and factory compression. The E46 M3 is a Maximum PSI Stage II turbo which we have seen hit 697 wheel horsepower. Additionally, the kit has gone 10.8 @ 131 in the 1/4 mile. The car belongs to our friend over at MPACT. Now from what BimmerBoost has been told MS109 fuel was not available for this run so boost is closer to the Stage I Maximum PSI kit and considering the result that makes sense. The E92 M3 has the Active Autowerke Gen 2 Level III supercharger kit which includes methanol injection and has put down in the 590 wheel horsepower range with simply the best looking torque curve in the industry. Now this kit was tuned by Frank Smith at TTFS so it is safe to say it is making a bit more than the base AA tune. The video quality is not the best partially due to the night time run but it is easy to see what happens. The E46 M3 hits a bit of lag and the E92 M3 pulls on the shift. It then continues a steady pull and the run just really isn't close. The E46 M3 of course would be stronger with more boost but the same could be said about the S65 as well. This will not be the last battle between the E46 and E9X. That fight is about to become full scale war with more built motor S65's hitting the streets.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-26-2014, 08:42 AM
    Seeing what the big magazines pick as their favorite driver's car is always interesting. Last month MotorTrend took their shot at it with a ten car field and settled on the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 as the best driver's car in all the land. Now it is time to get a British perspective on the matter. Autocar decided on a 12 car field. They usually field 10 cars but made an exception in 2014. There are some big name omissions one of which is the Lamborghini Huracan as Lamborghini declined their invitation (the raging bull is afraid?) and the Z28 is absent. Autocar's 12 car field is as follows and ordered by laptime: 1. Ariel Atom 3.5R – 1min 10.7sec 2. Ferrari 458 Speciale – 1min 11.9sec 3. McLaren 650S – 1min 12.9sec 4. Porsche 911 GT3 – 1min 13.1sec 5. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – 1min 14.3sec 6. Jaguar F-type R coupι – 1min 14.3sec 7. Vauxhall VXR8 GTS – 1min 14.9sec 8. BMW M4 – 1min 16.8sec 9. Porsche Cayman GTS – 1min 17.4sec 10. Alfa Romeo 4C – 1min 17.7sec 11. Renault Mιgane RS 275 Trophy – 1min 19.4sec 12. BMW i8 – 1min 19.4sec This is how Autocar ended up scoring the cars as far as driving pleasure: 1. Ferrari 458 Speciale – 16 points 2. Ariel Atom 3.5R – 19 3. Porsche 911 GT3 – 27 4. Porsche Cayman GTS – 33 5. McLaren 650S – 39 6. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – 43 7. Renault Mιgane RS 275 Trophy 54 8. BMW i8 – 64 9. BMW M4 – 78 9. Vauxhall VXR8 GTS – 78 11. Jaguar F-type R coupι – 80 12. Alfa Romeo 4C – 93 The Ferrari 458 Speciale takes the victory over the Ariel Atom although the Atom is really nothing more than a street legal go-kart. The 458 reigns supreme but it is interesting to note some of the comments by Autocar on the vehicles. The M4 is said to be somewhat of a one trick pony always wanting to go sideways. Yes, the M3/M4 are more about muscle than finesse now. The i8 is said not to be a sports car and its handling changes based on the charge of the batteries. It is said to be better on the road and out of character in the competition which is a shame. The Corvette feels like it got a bit robbed here. A judge scored it as high as second yet it finishes in 6th place? Another judge stated out of all the cars the Corvette is the one he would want to race on the track. So again, what is with the sixth place finish with all the glowing praise? It is surprising the McLaren 650S gets beaten by a full second by the Ferrari. Especially considering its twin turbo V8 is boosted to 650 horsepower now. The Castle Combe track seems a bit short but Autocar feels it is a good test and a 'fast' track. The 458 Speciale is Britain's best driver's car of 2014 according to Autocar. The full video breakdown is below:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-26-2014, 07:32 AM
    Interesting tune only matchup here of the new turbocharged F80 M3 and F82 M3. Both cars of course share the same 3.0 liter direct injected S55 inline-6 turbo motor. The only modification to each car is a tune with the camera car being the F80 M3 with the BMS JB4 tune. The BMS JB4 car is running on Map 7. The ECU Tuning Group car has their tuning solution which they claim adds 89 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque. BimmerBoost has not seen any dyno sheets or timeslips backing up their claims as is the general trend for ECU Tuning Group products. BimmerBoost has seen dyno sheets for the BMS JB4 tuned S55 motors and they are over 500 wheel horsepower. Dynosheets are one thing and putting that power down in practice is another. In practice, the JB4 car simply pulls away (although it does start early). One sided race:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 03:12 AM
    10's are just around the corner for the S55 powerlpant people and that is not surprising. This is the quickest F82 M4 and S55 powered car in the world currently thanks to its 11.18 @ 123.56 pass. TPG Tuning is claiming this is the fastest M4 in the world although an F80 M3 has gone 126 in the 1/4 mile. So, technically, it is the fastest F82 M4 for now but not the fastest S55 powered car as that belongs to an F80 M3. Additionally, TPG Tuning is taking a lot of credit for this while forgetting an F80 M3 has gone faster and I think we all know it is really the JB4 tune from BMS doing the majority of the work here. What readers really should take away is that 10's are coming for the F82 M4 and F80 M3 with the right combination of modifications, traction, conditions, and someone brave enough to use launch control to get out of the hole. The 1.6596 60 foot certainly is impressive as it is without launch control. Modifications are: BMS JB4 with a custom map Race Fuel Hoosier Drag radials
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-24-2014, 09:01 PM
    We are here because we are car enthusiasts. We like cars. Some of us maybe more than others or some maybe too much for our own good but one thing we all have in common is an appreciation for cars. That is why we all understand the actions this man takes to perform a save on this car. Yes, he makes a mistake by leaving the car in neutral. He quickly realizes this mistake and runs after the car as it rolls back managing to close the door just in time before it hit the garage. He then quickly jumps in over the door and brings the car safely to a stop (using his hand on the brake pedal mind you) before it hits anything. He is fortunate the top was down or this could have ended badly. He is also fortunate the car was not turning back at a greater angle as he could have been pinned against the edge of the garage. It certainly would be interesting to know if it is his car or if it belongs to someone else. Whether you like classic Mustangs, European cars, Japanese cars, whatever, you will be able to appreciate this save as a car enthusiast.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-26-2014, 11:12 AM
    On paper this should not be much of a race. This video illustrates why we do not race dynographs. The Corvette is a C6 with the LS3 6.2 liter V8. It is naturally aspirated with bolt ons and an aftermarket cam and said to making 464 horsepower at the rear wheels. The GT500 is a 2014 with bolt ons and a pulley upgrade. It is said to be making 690 wheel horsepower and considering how easy it is to gain power on the blown GT500's there is no reason to doubt that figure being attainable. The performance of the GT500 does make one doubt the figure though. The first run is very close between the two. The GT500 starts out ahead but then loses ground on a shift only to pull up top. The second run is botched on what looks to be a missed shift by the GT500 so let's focus on the third and final run. This run finally shows a bit of the horsepower difference as the Mustang driver hits his shifts. The Mustang effortlessly pulls 5+ car lengths. Is the GT500 making 690 wheel horsepower? Probably. It just does not show as there is some poor driving on display. Additionally, the C6 Corvette is lighter, more aerodynamic, and makes more efficient use of its horsepower. If it had equal power and torque it would (and should) pull away.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 08:40 PM
    It is not surprising that AMG will have a version of the GT sports car to race with. This being the AMG GT GT3 model. What is interesting though is that the head of AMG Tobias Moers stated he wants to build a hardcore street version to be as closely related to the GT3 race car as possible. This of course would be similar to what Porsche does with the 911 GT3 or at least they used to. Moers indicates that this model will not be a Black Series but Moers indicated a Black Series version of the AMG GT was on the way just earlier this month. Will there be both an AMG GT Black Series and an AMG GT GT3 model? This seems somewhat redundant. Both models are more hardcore versions of the AMG GT and both will have weight stripped out. There is some confusion here that he needs to clear up. Regarding this GT3 model it will not be called GT3 as previously mentioned Porsche uses it for the 911 GT3. What AMG will end up calling it is unknown at this time. What we do is that AMG will build it with laptimes in mind and not straightline speed. Moers stated, “I don’t want to make a dragster that’s only good for doing 0-100km/h in 2.8sec. We need more power, less weight, better aerodynamics and different suspension but the targets should be the power to weight ratio, drivability, lap time and tremendous feel. The car is already 80kg lighter than the SLS and has a similar power to weight ratio, so to lose much more weight we will need to use carbonfibre as we have with our Black Series models.” That sounds pretty good. Lower the weight quite a bit over the standard AMG GT and beef up the suspension and aerodynamics for better laptimes. More power will be part of the equation as well as he indicated the M178 is hardly being pushed, “That doesn’t mean we can get 700bhp from the V8 – it is not as simple as that – but the V8 is currently very understressed.” Moers expects this model to shave more than 10 seconds off the AMG GT Nurburgring laptime on standard, not R compound, tires. A hardcore track special AMG GT focused around the driving experience with more power and less weight sounds like a winning recipe to BenzBoost. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-25-2014, 07:13 PM
    Wow! 9 seconds already out of the new Subaru WRX STI? That's right! Cobb Tuning announced that an accessport tuned 2015 Subaru WRX STI went 9.994 @ 142.16 in the 1/4 mile. Keep in mind this is a full weight street car and that the car hit the market this year. This is a stock motor car with the ETS (Extreme Turbo Systems) turbo kit using the Precision PT6466 turbocharger. It also is running the ETS FMIC (front mount intercooler) upgrade and manifold. Well done and incredible this happened so quickly:
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  • COBB Tuning's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 06:38 PM
    I wanted to take some time to post up about this car I worked on over the weekend. This car I tuned some time ago and he wanted to push the car further than what it was at, so he opted to go to 3.8L. This car has Alpha 30 turbos and on our dyno before at 20psi made about 730WHP. The car was also on 1000cc injectors and on E85, so we were capped on fuel. The car went to BBI and got the motor installed as well as a fuel system and 1500cc Bosch injectors. This is the BBI B-One-E package, and honestly it is just an amazing package. Probably one of the most well rounded packages I have tuned to date, as it is responsive and makes a TON of usable power. They did a great job as always! The car got finished Friday night and tried to dyno it but had only enough time to get one pull on wastegate pressure. Tune still needed some more work so we loaded it up and took it north for Shift Sector. Saturday morning we started to get working on it making tweaks to it through the day and finally towards the end of the day the car started to get going! Best time of the weekend in the half mile was 185MPH. Boost wouldn't go above 31psi so it has more in it for sure. Kong also has a 996 that we were running and supporting at this same event, and it went 205MPH in the half mile, which is really moving, but more on that car later. Anyways Kong raced the car hard all weekend, and is taking it back to Oklahoma as it is his daily driver :) They took it to the dyno today to see how much power the car was actually making after tuning at the event all weekend. 1002WHP on the stock ECU using a Cobb Accessport, calibrated by me and BBI. This is really how the car will get driven day in and day out, which is really awesome! Pics: There was no tach pick up so no torque number for now, but he said he will dyno it when he gets back and get me an updated number. Enjoy the car Kong, and thanks for reading. Mitch.Mckee@Cobbtuning.com -Mitch
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-27-2014, 07:31 AM
    It is only a matter of time. We all know and love the 5.5 liter M157 V8 that currently powers the turbocharged 63 AMG models on the market. With the AMG GT and W205 C63 AMG on the way a new era of turbocharged AMG powerplants is almost here and that era will be powered by the M177/M178 motor. Critics will be quick to point out that the M177/M178 has 1.5 liters less displacement than the M157 and that is certainly true. BenzBoost will quickly point out that the M177/M178 is a lighter motor with top mounted turbos and that it also revs higher than the M157. As Audi showed with the 4.0 TFSI V8 replacing their bi-turbo 5.0 liter V10 displacement is not as important in the turbocharged German V8 era as displacement was when naturally aspirated motors were more prevalent. The switch has been confirmed by AMG boss Tobias Moers who stated regarding the M177/M178, 'The engine will replace our 5.5-litre engine.' The S63 AMG, SL63 AMG, CLS63 AMG, and E63 AMG will eventually switch to the M177/M178. There is no reason to shed any tears over the switch. Top mounted turbos are easier to reach and turbo upgrades potentially become easier. The switch will also provide a lighter motor making for better balanced and less nose heavy cars. The M157 will be missed but the M177/M178 is a worthy successor offering certain advantages despite the displacement loss. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-26-2014, 10:52 AM
    Congratulations to ESmotor located in Istanbul, Turkey for their new Porsche 997 Turbo 1/4 mile record. ESmotor managed a 9.096 elapsed time which exceeds the closest competitor by over half a second. Their 155.893 just barely edges out the previous fastest 997 trap which was 149.1 set by EVOMS. The ESmotor 997 Turbo is a 997.1 model with a Tiptronic (automatic) transmission. This record was set in high 90 degree temps at the Bahrain dragstrip. A video of the run is below and the car has a hell of a launch to put it mildly. As far as the mods the car is running an ES1400 kit. Specifications: - Esmotor complete built longblock engine - Stock ECU/TCU tuning - Esmotor turbo kit - Esmotor headers - Esmotor exhaust - Esmotor intercooler and y-pipe kit - Esmotor intake kit - Esmotor intake manifold kit - Esmotor fuel system - Upgraded torque converter - Upgraded driveshafts Congratulations to ESmotor on raising the bar. 8's are around the corner for the platform especially once the transmission issues here (hitting the rev limiter + torque handling) are solved.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 07:44 PM
    Those reports of a new special edition R8 were correct. The final product is a bit different than anticipated as this is not the R8 RS but the R8 Competition. Audi will produce only 60 Competition R8's which receive a power boost to 570 horsepower making it the most powerful factory R8 produced. Considering this horsepower has always been sitting there waiting to be unlocked in the detuned 5.2 liter V10 borrowed from the Lamborghini LP-560 Gallardo the power boost is not a big deal. Audi just gave the car some different software and there is your explanation for the horsepower gain. In addition to some new ECU software the Competition gets some new carbon fiber body pieces. It also is available only with the dual clutch S-Tronic gearbox. This R8 Competition model really is not that big of a deal. It certainly is not as exciting as the hardcore R8 RS we were expecting. Maybe that model will still come as if this is the last 'special edition' of the R8 it is a bit of an anticlimactic end to the production run. Limited-edition Audi R8 competition to debut at Los Angeles Auto Show - Audi R8 competition is the most powerful Audi production vehicle to-date going 0-60 MPH in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 199 MPH - Design and performance elements draw inspiration from R8 LMS racecar - Limited production of 60 units to be made available in the U.S. HERNDON, Va., October 28, 2014 – Audi of America announces the debut of the powerful 2015 R8 competition at the upcoming 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The R8 competition redefines the iconic R8 as the pinnacle of Audi performance with 570 hp and racing-inspired, lightweight matte carbon elements. "The limited-edition Audi R8 competition is the closest road car to our R8 LMS ultra race car that has won virtually every race around the world," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. "It is designed for the driving enthusiast and we're excited to bring 60 units as a limited-edition to the U.S." The high-performance R8 competition features a 570hp 5.2L V10 mated exclusively to a seven-speed S tronic and a sport exhaust system with black high-gloss tailpipes. This combination results in a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph, making it the fastest R8 ever offered. The R8 competition is engineered to push the limits, sharing the same naturally aspirated V10 FSI engine as the Audi R8 LMS race car which has won Daytona and Nuerburgring 24 hour races as well as all other major GT races around the globe. The award-winning GT-engine represents the pinnacle of durability, requiring its first major service after approximately 13,000 miles under race conditions or approximately one full race season. Competitor engines require a major service after one 24 hour race. Further enhancing the unmistakable Audi R8 competition design are striking matte carbon exterior elements consisting of a fixed rear spoiler, engine bay, mirror housings, flics, side blades, front spoiler and rear diffusor. The combination of the carbon elements lower the weight of the R8 competition and also provide greater downforce. Gloss black wheels with 305 cross-section rear tires and ceramic brakes with anodized red brake calipers provide a stunning contrast to the matte carbon fiber elements. Inside, drivers will find a matte carbon fiber treatment including the center console and illuminated "R8 competition" door sill inlays. The R8 competition is an Audi exclusive line vehicle, which allows the driver to pair a variety of interior and exterior colors and choose from a selection of wheel finishes for a striking look designed to meet driver needs and tastes. A total of 60 units will be produced at the R8 production facility in Neckarsulm, Germany. Customers can begin ordering the Audi R8 competition as of early November with deliveries expected as of the beginning of 2015.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-26-2014, 12:12 PM
    If you were hoping for Audi to cram the 4.0 TFSI from the larger cars under the hood of the A4 you may be setting yourself up for a letdown. Nothing is confirmed at this point but the director of Audi's Quattro division Heinz Hollerweger stated that a six cylinder can easily do the job for the RS4 and that a V8 is not necessary. He stated, "There are nice six-cylinder engines with high power." He is correct, there sure are six-cylinder engines with high power but the RS4 will be battling with the M3, C63 AMG, and the Jaguar XE SVR. The C63 and the Jaguar both offering V8 power. A twin turbo version of the 3.0 TFSI motor certainly can do the job and BMW has more than proven their turbo six cylinder is capable of playing with the bigger V8's. Audi will just rely more on boost and less on displacement which is the trend now anyway. Nothing is decided at this point as it appears Audi has not made the decision themselves yet and reports have suggested both the V6 and V8 for the RS4. They just seem to now be leaning away from the V8 for the RS4/RS5. Source
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    Yesterday, 12:51 AM
    Density Altitude (known as DA) in drag racing can have a huge influence on power. It is essentially a measurement of how many feet above sea level one is and this varies with the conditions and location. On a warm day at elevation the density altitude will be much higher than on a cool day at a location by the coast. Engines are big air pumps and they work best with cool, dense air. 7688 feet of DA is not what you call optimum conditions. Actually, that many feet is just plain terrible and not conducive to good 1/4 mile times. That is what makes this 9.347 @ 150.77 1/4 mile run by NissanBoost member @BlownE92M3 all the more impressive. It certainly helps that he has over 1000 wheel horsepower thanks to a pair of GT30R's but running low 9's in the conditions he did is incredible. Timeslip, video, mod list, and dynograph below: -2012 Brushed Red Aluminum GTR- - Jacks 3.8 w/ Jacks heads - Jacks Drag 800 w/ billet gears - AAM GT-900R - Swift - DPE ST7's - Ecutek via Visconti - - 1060hp 852tq 32psi - 9.34 @150mph 7688ft DA - 185.5mph 1/2 mile 9240ft DA -
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    Today, 03:32 AM
    Nice results here for the Hennessey HPE600 package for the Jaguar F-Type R. The package essentially consists of what you would expect. A tune, higher boost pulley for the supercharged motor, and an intercooler upgrade. Hennessey does not list the price for these pieces but you can expect the markup that comes with his name attached. Not only do you get bolt on modifications but you get a serial-numbered dash plaque and a serial-numbered engine plaque. You are not just buying modifications with this you are buying into a brand. The appeal here is likely the same appeal to people who try to get enough points to get a Dinan badge. Regardless, what does have some substance here is that bolt on modified Jaguar's equipped with the 5.0 liter supercharged V8 such as this F-Type R coupe will get over 500 wheel horsepower and are capable of mid 11's in the 1/4 mile. Certainly a respectable level of performance. Hennessey claims 518 wheel horsepower which appears to be achieved on a Dynojet but there is no graph provided versus the baseline. Additionally, there is no pricing for any of this. Want 530 wheel horsepower for far less money? Get the Eurocharged tune, get a higher boost pulley, and spend what is leftover on making your own serial numbered plaques to put all over your car if you want. HPE600 Upgrade Includes: • Custom software upgrade tuning • Supercharger pulley upgrade • Intercooler cooling upgrade • Professional installation • Dyno tuning & road testing • Serial-numbered dash plaque • Serial-numbered engine plaque • Hennessey exterior badging • 3 Year / 36,000 mile limited warranty
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    Yesterday, 09:24 PM
    Congratulations to GIAC whose tuning made possible what is now the quickest 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 in the world. This B8 S4 equipped with the S-Tronic dual clutch transmission went 11.589 @ 118.77 in the 1/4 mile thanks to a very nice launch courtesy of the 1.682 60 foot time. This is now officially the quickest B8 S4 and 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 in the 1/4 mile. The fastest record also belongs to GIAC with a 119.77 trap speed. That is also a dual clutch transmission equipped car. It appears we are about reaching the limit of the stock blower and to see B8 S4's dip into the 10's either nitrous or a blower upgrade will be necessary. Full mod list below, congratulations to those involved: GIAC Stage 2 104 file on VP Racing MS109 GIAC DSG Flash AWE Catback Roc Euro Intake APR Heat Exchanger with Resevior JHM LW F+R Rotors LW Wheels
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-25-2014, 06:28 PM
    This would be a major change and somewhat unfortunate. Audi finally has a challenge in Le Mans with the LMP-1 efforts from Toyota and Porsche. Additionally, their DTM program is doing well and with BMW in the mix along with Mercedes DTM action is the most competitive it has been in years. Le Mans and DTM do not have the glitz and glamor of Formula 1 though. Additionally, Audi may be bored with Le Mans having won 13 out of the last 15 races but the motorsports world expected them to try to break Porsche's record of 16 total victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Audi is reportedly examining the possibility of acquiring Red Bull Racing or Scuderia Toro Rosso. Further evidence to support Audi's Formula 1 entry is that Audi hired the former Ferrari F1 director Stefano Domenicali who stepped down this year. Volkswagen apparently wants Porsche to handle the endurance racing leaving Audi available for Formula 1 competition. It makes sense to not spend resources so siblings duke it out in the same arena. If Audi combines its DTM and Le Mans budgets Formula 1 will not be a problem. The real blow comes to DTM as with the loss of Audi it will only have Mercedes and BMW competing and therefore the series becomes less exciting. We will have to wait for official word from Audi confirming Formula 1 intentions but things are pointing in that direction. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-23-2014, 09:04 PM
    Mercedes-AMG feels like the only kid in the room without a shiny new toy. BMW of course has Motorrad which is their motorcycle division. Audi who seems to have some kind of inferiority complex when it comes to BMW asked their parents at Volkswagen if they could have a motorcycle division too since BMW had one. Since Audi was behaving itself VW bought them Ducati. Well, now Mercedes apparently wants a motorcycle division too. AMG was reported as being in the running for Ducati but that may have been a ploy just to drive up the price for Audi. Daimler is prepared to acquire 25%+ of MV Agusta for Mercedes-AMG which is the most logical division for the motorcycle manufacturer to go to. Daimler is changing things up a bit and there will now be three Mercedes car divisions and since Mercedes-AMG will deal with performance high performance sport bikes will also be a part of their portfolio. That is of course if the deal goes through. Reports are that talks are at an advanced stage. So advanced that this deal may be finalized next week. Daimler and MV Agusta are not commenting on the speculation. Source
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    10-23-2014, 06:37 PM
    Mercedes-AMG just upped the ante in the performance SUV game big time. BenzBoost speculated late last year that with the upcoming GLC (what used to be the GLK) and the introduction of the GLA that there is now room for an AMG model. Especially considering that the GLA45 AMG exists. Well, Mercedes-AMG had a similar line of thinking and decided to blow everyone away by putting the M177 V8 under the hood as reports earlier in the year stated they would. The GLC63 AMG will follow the new Mercedes SUV naming scheme which means a GL prefix followed but the chassis it is based on in this case the C-Class. Essentially, this is the new GLK. Let's focus on what is really important and that being the M177 V8 under the hood. This motor will go in the W205 C63 AMG and will be shared with the GLC63 AMG. Power and torque outputs are likely to also be shared which means 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. This easily eclipses the Porsche Macan Turbo. There is even a chance of a GLC63 AMG S model with 510 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque putting the GLC63 AMG in truly unrivaled territory. This is potentially the king of the performance SUV crop at least from a power to weight and tuning perspective. Way to step up your game Mercedes-AMG.
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    10-23-2014, 08:22 PM
    It almost seems like you have to have well over 1000 whp in the GTR world these days to even be remotely competitive. Switzer just showed an absurd 1400 at all four wheels on a Dynojet with their E1K-X GTR package. To put that power in perspective it is more than three times the stock wheel horsepower overlaid on the dyno graph. The stock curve is overshadowed to such a degree it is simply absurd. Not to mention Switzer is revving out an additional 1500 rpm which makes for a much wider power curve and big top end gains. Impressive numbers right? This type of power does not come cheap. The crazy thing is, Switzer offers a step above this as well: E1K-X SPI E1K-X Turbos SPI E1K-X Cast Stainless Manifolds SPI E1K-X Turbo Oil and Coolant Lines SPI E1K-X Turbo/Downpipe Heat Shielding and Thermal Wrap SPI E1K-X High Pressure Wastegates SPI E1K-X Downpipes SPI Intake Manifold w/ 3rd Injection Rail System SPI High-Flow Intake Assembly SPI Race Intercoolers (incl. plumbing, couplings, and BOVs) SPI E1K-X High-Flow Fuel Injector Kit SPI E1K-X Fuel System Upgrades (Lines, Pumps, Fittings, Regulator) SPI E1K-X Boost Control Solenoid SPI E1K-X Cooling System Upgrade (+ Coolant drain & fill) SPI E1K-X Stage 4 Transmission Build SPI GR6 Transmission Cooling PKG SPI R1K-X Stage 2 VR38DETT Engine Build Switzer SS102 Lightweight Stainless Steel 102mm Sport Exhaust Syvecs S8 ECU Switzer R1K-X Calibration for Syvecs Switzer Tuned Transmission Control Unit and Diagnostic Cable $112,990.00 USD + Installation
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    Yesterday, 08:56 PM
    Well, here they finally officially are. Presenting your next generation M SUV's the 2016 X5M and the 2016 X6M. The vehicles are basically what we expected with one glaring omission, the rumored dual clutch transmission. Spyphotos had everyone speculating that the shift knob style meant a DCT transmission. Nope, 8-Speed automatic it is and this really is not that surprising. These leaked Chinese photos from a few months back fueled the speculation that BMW managed to put a DCT in the SUV's to elevate their performance beyond their rivals which do not use dual clutch transmissions. Everyone reporting this put a lot of faith in a shift knob. This was the conclusion reached by BimmerBoost: "The DCT addition is remarkable for several reasons. The first of which is that there is no all wheel drive turbo car over 5000 pounds in production with a dual clutch transmission. Audi for the lighter RS6/RS7 switched out their dual clutch transmission for an automatic. Mercedes in the E63 and CLS63 4Matic models also uses an automatic transmission. The heaviest all wheel drive twin turbo V8 dual clutch car in production is the Porsche Panamera. If BMW feels confident enough to equip 5000+ pound SUV's with this transmission along with raising the output they must have beefed the transmission up considerably. This bodes well for M5 and M6 modification as they of course use the same S63TU V8 and likely a very similar DCT transmission unit." Well, as it turns out BMW is not confident enough to equip these vehicles with a dual clutch transmission and for reliability and towing purposes with over 5000+ pounds to carry along the automatic remains the transmission of choice. We have yet to see a heavy all wheel drive twin turbo V8 German vehicle with a dual clutch transmission with the notable exception of the Panamera which weighs quite a bit less than these SUV's and is not expected to tow. Other than the major transmission miscue the X5M and X6M do gain the S63TU V8 with Valvetronic. Output is up to 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. It is not known if this power is made with the same 22 psi of boost as the S63TU in the F10 M5 or with the same 10.0:1 compression ratio. The S63 V8 these SUV's used previously pushed 17.4 psi of boost with a 9.3:1 compression ratio. The redline does appear to be a couple hundred RPM less than the F10 M5 but BMW unfortunately does not include the real technical goodies we are looking for as enthusiasts in their Press Release. If BimmerBoost were to speculate BMW likely upped the boost a bit with the addition of Valvetronic and tuned the motor for more of a low end torque profile than the F10 M5 whose higher redline is mostly a symbolic gesture to the past M motors anyway as the S63/S63TU torque curves drop off fast toward redline. The SUV's will make their official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. BimmerBoost will be in attendance to ask BMW the questions posed in this article. The new BMW X5 M and X6 ; the second generation of the BMW M GmbH Ultra High Performance Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupe. Woodcliff Lake, N.J. October 29, 2014 7:00pm EDT/4:00pm PDT The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M see BMW M GmbH setting the pace once again in the high-performance Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) segment. When the previous generation of the two vehicles arrived in 2009, it was the first time the high-performance character distilled by BMW M GmbH had been transplanted into an all- wheel-drive BMW X model. The result was class-leading dynamics. The new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M pull no punches in writing the next chapter in this success story with another significant step forward in dynamic excellence, distinct M design and outstanding efficiency. The 2015 BMW X5 M will be offered at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M will start at $103,050, including $950 Destination and Handling. The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M combine the characteristic features of the successful BMW X family – exclusivity, robustness, agility and everyday usability – with the commitment to high performance that defines an M vehicle. The latter is resoundingly highlighted by the vehicles' impressive performance figures. Both models complete the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds in conjunction with the new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. Innovative engine technology. The new M TwinPower Turbo V8 for the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is the most powerful engine ever developed by BMW for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Boasting innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology with a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers, cross-bank exhaust manifolds, VALVETRONIC and High Precision Direct Injection, the 4.4-liter V8 produces maximum output of 567 hp between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. That represents a 3 percent increase over the predecessor models. The step up is even clearer when it comes to the power development of the new engine. Peak torque has been boosted by 53 lb-ft which equates to a rise of 10 percent. Its 553 lb-ft can be enjoyed across a broad rev range between 2,200 and 5,000 rpm. At the same time, fuel consumption of the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M in the European cycle (official EPA values will be available closer to the start of sales) has been cut by 20 percent, CO2 emissions are likewise down by more than 20 percent, to 258 g/km. The two models accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds through the standard eight- speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Powerful looks and exclusive equipment. With their striking use of forms, the looks of the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M foretell their performance potential. With their exteriors painted fully in body color, both models cut a low-slung figure on the road, while mixed tires showcase their sporty track width. Additional exterior design modifications, moreover, elevate the M models even further than before from the standard BMW X5 and BMW X6. Large air intakes at the front end, side gills with a model badge and Air Breathers, signature M exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style, a typically M four-tailpipe exhaust system and a rear spoiler (for the BMW X6 M) give them a standalone look M fans will immediately recognize. Setting the seal on this exclusive range of features are standard M-specific, forged 21-inch M light-alloy wheels. The high-quality interior impresses with its well-thought-through combination of sporty features, exclusive materials and flawless workmanship. The M instrument cluster, M leather steering wheel with aluminum gearshift paddles and M gearshift lever – which works in the same way as the familiar M Double Clutch Transmission gearshift lever – are complemented by electrically operated M multi-function seats for the driver and front passenger, an M driver's footrest and the optional Head-Up Display which, in addition to the standard information, also includes an M-specific display with gear indicator, rev band and shift lights. New BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M customers also have the choice between various options exclusive to the M models, such as Merino full-leather trim. And there's also a choice of two new and exclusive M paint finishes – Long Beach Blue Metallic and Donington Grey Metallic. A finely balanced overall concept. At BMW M GmbH, high performance is about more than engine output and top speeds alone. Here, high performance means all of a vehicle's components working in perfect harmony and the precise interplay of various details resulting in maximum performance, agility, precision, poise and assurance out on the road. This sense of balance is a defining feature of all the vehicles produced by BMW M GmbH and is, needless to say, also present in the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M. Function-led design. The function-led design of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M is immediately clear with athletic, muscular looks betraying their high-performance credentials before they so much as turn a wheel. The four large air intakes and flaps at the front end, and the diffuser at the rear, are fully functional, they are an essential part of the engineers' drive to optimize aerodynamics and ensure efficient cooling. Thanks to a clever aerodynamics concept, the airflow is guided so efficiently around the vehicle that drag is minimized and lift is also reduced. The engine, powertrain and brakes are all kept sufficiently cool, even when placed under extreme loads on the track. Elements which look like pure design accents when they first catch the eye, in fact, fulfill functional tasks. For example, the M-specific Air Breathers behind the front wheels reduce turbulence in the front wheel arches. Optimum temperature management. The high-performance engine under the hood of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M requires a high-performance cooling system in order to guarantee the optimum operating temperature in all conditions – i.e. normal everyday driving, stop-start traffic and extreme action on the race track. A highly efficient, newly developed combination of low-temperature and high-temperature radiators, which also handles the cooling of the turbochargers, charge air and transmission oil, maintains an optimum temperature, even with all components working flat out. New Eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M send their engine power to the wheels via the newly developed eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, which closely follows the operating philosophy of the M Double Clutch Transmission used by other M models. With its instantaneous responses, rapid gear changes and direct reaction to load changes, the torque converter automatic transmission links up seamlessly with the new higher-torque turbocharged engine and showcases its talents. At the same time, its wider ratio spread allows it to offer a clear drop in fuel consumption over the six-speed transmission offered in the previous generation, as well as an increase in driving comfort and improved performance. The new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission allows drivers to sit back and enjoy automatic shifts or change gear manually using the gearshift paddles on the M leather steering wheel. And for the perfect getaway, the driver can activate the Launch Control system adapted from use in racing vehicles. Here, the driver keeps their foot on the brakes and pushes the accelerator down almost to the floor, which prompts the system to dial in the ideal getaway rpm. Releasing the brakes prompts Launch Control to let the vehicle off the leash, and it accelerates off the line with maximum propulsion. The driver can also use the three-stage Drivelogic function to choose whether to prioritize fuel economy, comfort or Sport performance. This functionality is available both in automatic and manual shifting modes. Intelligent all-wheel drive. BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive and Dynamic Performance Control play a key role in the outstanding dynamics of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M. The xDrive system employs an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch to allow fully variable distribution of drive between the front and rear axles – from 100 percent at the rear to up to 100 percent at the front. This ensures the best possible traction in all road conditions. In the interests of greater agility, xDrive normally operates with a rear-biased torque split-in the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. Dynamic Performance Control oversees the continuous distribution of torque between the rear wheels – both under load and on the overrun – regardless of engine output. Working in combination with the xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the result is a whole new bracket of dynamic flair, agility and traction. The vehicle follows the course set by the driver far more accurately, whatever the road surface, and the system also reduces the amount of wheel work required of the driver: the steering responds more directly and far fewer corrections are necessary. Moreover, the inherent propensity of conventional all-wheel-drive vehicles to understeer is eliminated. An improvement in traction is also impressively noticeable (on road surfaces with differing friction levels, in particular), and active safety is markedly enhanced as a result. The driver can see how Dynamic Performance Control is operating on the display, with arrows at all four wheels visualizing where the engine power is currently being sent. An open door to controlled drifts. Among the other highlights of the overall concept behind the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M is Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). The control functions of DSC have been Optimized over previous versions of the system to improve driving dynamics further still. The extra functions which have become part of DSC enhance active safety (Brake Standby, Brake Drying, Fading Compensation) and comfort (Start-Off Assistant, parking brake with automatic hold function). Dynamic Stability Control allows the driver to choose from three modes: DSC on, MDM (M Dynamic Mode), DSC off. While DSC on counteracts understeer and oversteer to great effect with selective brake activation and torque reductions, MDM allows greater wheel slip – to give keen drivers the chance to execute some mild drifts. However, the driver aids will also intervene to assist the driver in this mode if a predefined limit is exceeded. Deactivating DSC (through DSC off) gives the driver the chance to fully explore the vehicle's limits on the track and nudge the vehicle into power oversteer (i.e. a drift) using the accelerator. In this mode, the system will only intervene in extreme situations involving significant shifts in lateral acceleration. The new M TwinPower Turbo engine. A V8 with even more torque, backed by an emotionally rich soundtrack. To say the newly developed engine of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M has a pounding heartbeat would be something of an understatement. After all, the 4.4-liter V8 uses innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology – consisting of cross-bank exhaust manifolds, a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Injection and VALVETRONIC – to push torque and output to higher levels still. This unrivalled combination ensures that a strong wave of torque is maintained from low revs and allows direct and rapid responses, linear power delivery and customary M soundtrack. Maximum performance meets outstanding efficiency. The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine powering the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is, at 567 hp, three percent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. At the same time, the engine's peak torque has been boosted by around 10 percent to 553 lb-ft, which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band – from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The extraordinary power development of this M turbocharged engine allows the new M versions of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds. The top speed of both is electronically limited to 155 mph. The outstanding efficiency of the new M TwinPower Turbo engine is illustrated by its 20 percent lower fuel consumption and emissions in the in the European cycle (official EPA values will be available closer to the start of sales) compared to its predecessor. All of which means that the range of the two vehicles on a single, identically sized tank of fuel has increased by 26 percent to 475 miles) in each case (European cycle). Optimized responses. The turbocharged V8 engine fitted in the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M delivers impressive performance with lightning-fast responsiveness. The key factors here are the engine's High Precision Direct Injection (2900 psi injection pressure), state-of-the-art VALVETRONIC system and cross-bank exhaust manifolds, which send two converged exhaust gas streams to drive the two TwinScroll turbochargers through four separate exhaust ducts. The new engine features a closed-deck crankcase with an extremely rigid construction. This enables higher cylinder pressures to be achieved, paving the way for improved power output. A forged, torsionally stiff crankshaft is used to transfer the impressive torque, its low weight contributing to a significant reduction in rotating masses and thus a further sharpening of the engine's responses. From race track to road. In the development of every model at BMW M GmbH, a familiar maxim applies: it must be "fit for the Nordschleife". The aim in the development of BMW M cars is to master the world's most challenging race track at race speed without a hitch. The extreme lateral and longitudinal acceleration generated when lapping the Ring places huge demands on the engine's oil supply. But sophisticated oil sump and suction snorkel geometry allows the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M to safely operate up to 1.2 g lateral acceleration. The cooling systems for the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are similarly track-ready, as highlighted the first time you set eyes on the vehicles by the large air intakes in the front end. A combination of low-temperature and high-temperature radiators ensures that the optimum temperature is maintained for engine cooling fluid, charge air, engine oil and transmission oil – even when venturing into high-performance territory. The exhaust system has been modified to satisfy the sporting ambitions of the new M models. A distinctively familiar BMW M engine note resonates out across the whole rev range via electrically controlled flaps, which open or close according to demand, and sounds even sportier and richer than that of its predecessor. Selecting one of the preconfigured driving modes, moreover, engages a finely balanced set-up that also provides acoustic feedback on the engine load at any one time. The chassis. Hitting the heights of agility, precision, poise and assurance. The new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M once again set the pace in the high-performance Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupe segments thanks to extensive chassis upgrades. These combine to provide outstanding performance together with unbeatable directional stability and excellent traction, along with the type of neutral self-steering typical of M vehicles, in particular when accelerating out of corners and approaching with the dynamic limits. To this end, the double-wishbone front suspension features revised kinematics. A modified upper wishbone (increase in camber, optimized camber progression and steering pivot axis) allows a further increase in cornering force potential and agility. At the same time, M-specific elastokinematics with more rigid bearings improve wheel guidance and therefore directional stability – both at the front suspension as well as the Integral-IV rear suspension (an independent suspension system with anti-squat and anti-dive geometry). Firmer suspension spring tuning and a 10-milimeter drop in ride height team up with the Active Roll Stabilization to bring about an effective reduction in body roll, pitch and yaw. In addition, the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M come standard with self levelling rear air suspension. Dynamic Damper Control with electronically adjustable dampers – the driver can select from three modes (COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+) at the touch of a button – ensures the perfect balance between dynamic flair and ride comfort. Mixed tires for optimized handling. Another central element in the driving characteristics of the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are the special tires, whose development closely followed that of the front and rear axle design. In the high-performance segment, tire choice for the front axle focuses – alongside lateral stability and brake forces – primarily on steering precision and feel. By contrast, the engineers' attention in the development of the rear tires centerd on traction, lateral stability and directional stability. In order to meet these part-contradictory, part- complementary demands, the BMW M GmbH engineers have developed two sets of mixed tires for the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M. The interconnected development of tires, steering and axles endows the new vehicles with assured handling properties and good rolling comfort. Both models are fitted standard with low-weight non-runflat 21-inch forged wheels (front: 10 J x 21, rear: 11.5 J x 21) shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport UHP tires (front: 285/35 R21 Y, rear: 325/30 R21 Y). M Servotronic steering with individual adjustment. One of the most important interfaces between driver and vehicle is the steering. Here, BMW M GmbH's high-performance models have set the benchmark from day one when it comes to providing a direct steering feel, precise feedback on the driving conditions and a finely-tuned balance when exploring the dynamic limits. Continuing this tradition, the M Servotronic steering in the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M comprises M-specific gear ratios and an intelligently composed overall set-up. This rack-and-pinion system with electric power assistance uses no energy when the vehicle is travelling straight ahead. The Servotronic function familiar from hydraulic systems, which controls the degree of steering assistance according to the vehicle's speed, is another integral element. Furthermore, drivers can choose from three steering settings (COMFORT, SPORT, SPORT+) – at the touch of a button in the center console or by storing their preferred settings in the M Drive buttons – to adjust the steering characteristics to personal tastes or the situation at hand. High-performance brakes borrowed from motor sport. The remarkable high performance potential of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is backed up by the M compound brakes with large six-piston fixed calipers at the front and single-piston floating callipers at the rear. Excellent stopping power, precise feel, low weight and increased resistance to heat are their headline features. The brake discs in compound systems – which were originally developed for racing – use a cast iron, ventilated and cross- drilled rotor mounted to an aluminum hat. The surface of the brake pads is 50 percent larger compared with those on the predecessor models. At the same time weight is down by 1.6 kilograms, helping to reduce unsprung and rotating masses. This also contributes to the improved acceleration, responsiveness and handling of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. The compound brakes signal their performance capability visually as well. All the brake discs are perforated and inner-vented, and the brake callipers are painted in Dark Blue metallic, in typical M fashion, and marked at the front wheels with the M logo. The design. High performance, even when standing still. The outstanding performance of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M are also showcased through their M design signatures. The close ties between the two models – they have identical performance and equally strong dynamic potential – are reflected particularly clearly in the shared design of the front end with its large air intakes. However, the individual characters of the two high-performance Sport models are still very distinct, as is clear the first time they come into view. The proportions of the BMW X5 M provide an instant showcase of its muscular power and elegance, not to mention its impressive versatility. The flowing lines of the BMW X6 M, meanwhile, accentuate the prominent coupe lines and sporting athleticism of the BMW Sports Activity Coupe. The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M have been designed for use on the road. Both of these elite Sport machines combine the raised seating position of an all-wheel-drive BMW X model with the outstanding overall concept balance of a BMW M vehicle. In order to visually reinforce the further improved on-road attributes of the new M models, the whole body is painted the same color. In combination with a 10-millimeter reduction in ride height and the wider track created by the use of mixed-size tires, the vehicles have a lower, more powerful stance, cut an even sportier figure even when stationary, and as a result enjoy a very distinct personality when compared with their BMW X5/BMW X6 siblings. Visually striking yet fully functional front end. The shared front-end design of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is likewise a clear departure from that of the respective standard models and follows the classic "form follows function" maxim. The large air intakes and voluminous "kidneys" of the radiator grille, with the now customary M double-bar look, are mandated by the high cooling air requirements of the powerful engine, transmission and high-performance front brakes. Despite the large amount of cooling and more stringent pedestrian protection requirements, the designers have managed to integrate foglamps into the front end of the vehicles. Both new M models borrow their headlights from the BMW X6, complete with headlight washer system. Elsewhere, the special flaps low down in the outer air intakes –adapted from those on racing vehicles – reduce lift and emphasise the optimized aerodynamics of the two new models. Same genes, distinctive looks. The differences in the character of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are particularly evident when the two models are viewed from the side. The BMW X5 M reinforces its presence and functionality with its upright stature, long roofline and large window surfaces. By contrast, the BMW X6 M displays the unmistakable, flowing lines of a BMW Sports Activity Coupe through its gently curved glasshouse, sloping roofline and pronounced wedge shape. M-specific features of both models include the familiar twin-stalk exterior mirrors with integral side indicators and optional display for the Active Blind Spot Detection. Another signature element of models from BMW M GmbH are the gills in the front side panels featuring chrome trim that includes a model badge and Air Breather. Powerful rear end with racing accents. The rear ends of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M also differ significantly from their standard siblings, exuding a stronger aura and majoring on bold, sporty accents. This approach is underlined in particular by the wide rear tires (which are a different size from the fronts), the distinctive M rear aprons painted in body color and the hallmark M four-tailpipe exhaust. The diffuser element (likewise in body color) adapted from racing vehicles helps to ensure aerodynamically optimized airflow at the lower edge of the rear bumper moulding, allowing the new M models to highlight once again the impressive functionality of their design features. A rear spoiler painted in body color on the BMW X6 M reduces rear-axle lift. Sporting ambience and flawless ergonomics. As with all vehicles from the BMW brand, the design of the interior prioritizes intuitive, quick and error-free usability. And M GmbH also makes its own distinctive mark here. For example, the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M come with a newly developed, ergonomically optimized M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, while the M gearshift lever has an equally distinctive design. The instrument cluster, M Drive menu in the information display, displays in the optional Head-Up Display and special multifunction switch with M Drive buttons on the steering wheel also fit the M template. The sporting ambience on board the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is accentuated by the exclusive, electrically operated M Multifunction seats for the driver and front passenger – in fine-grain Merino leather with contrast stitching and embossed M logo in the backrests – and by the leather-covered BMW Individual instrument panel. Door sill strips with model lettering, aluminum interior trim strips and the standard Alcantara anthracite roof liner lend the interior an additional touch of exclusivity. High-quality standard equipment and options. The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M come with an extensive range of exclusive equipment from the factory which illustrates their character as high-performance Sport machines that can be used every day. Customers can also dip into a large selection of optional equipment with which to make their vehicle even sportier, for example, or to satisfy the most exacting requirements in terms of comfort. Standard-fitted exterior features painted in body color and fitting the classic M profile are a key factor in the striking appearance of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M. These include a front apron with large air intakes, a double-bar kidney grille, familiar M twin-stalk exterior mirrors, side gills with the M logo and Air Breathers, a rear apron with integrated diffuser and a four-tailpipe exhaust system in chrome. Both models are fitted with standard forged 21-inch BMW M light-alloy wheels in Orbit Grey and with mixed non-runflat Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. High-quality interior with an exclusive allure. Elegance and impressive functionality are also defining features of the interior of the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M. As well as the new M leather steering wheel with integrated aluminum gearshift paddles and M multi-function seats in Merino leather for the driver and front passenger (with electric adjustment and memory function), the M-specific standard equipment of both models also includes a Nappa leather dashboard, an Alcantara anthracite roof liner, aluminum interior trim strips, door sill finishers with model lettering, knee pads on the center console and an M footrest for the driver. Likewise included as standard equipment for the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M are an alarm system, power tailgate, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors, a headlight washer system, 4-zone automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon surround sound system, Park Distance Control rear-view camera. Xenon and adaptive headlights are also part of the standard equipment for the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. These items are in addition to the driver assistance systems familiar from the regular BMW X5 and BMW X6 and the mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive. Among the highlights here is the new-generation Navigation system Professional, which boasts even greater capability and sharper graphics and incorporates 3D elements into its map display. In keeping with their high-performance pretensions, the two new M models also come as standard with an M-specific instrument cluster – complete with displays showing the gear selected, system status (engine dynamics, Dynamic Damper Control, M Servotronic), M Drive mode and a compass, the M Drive menu in the information display and M-specific buttons on the M leather steering wheel. Over and above the information projected by the standard system, the optional Head-Up Display for the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M also features a special M display including a digital speed display, gear display, rev band and Shift Lights. Accurate analysis of driving style with the M Laptimer app. BMW M GmbH has developed the BMW M Laptimer app for smartphones so customers can access extensive analysis of their personal driving style on the track. With the smartphone linked up to the vehicle, the BMW M Laptimer app can be operated using the iDrive Controller. The app records the vehicle's speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, the gear currently engaged, steering angle and accelerator position. This data can subsequently be used to precisely analyze the driver's actions and reactions at the various points around the track via graphic displays on the customer's smartphone. Another feature allows two recordings on the same track to be compared corner-by-corner. The readings used here can be either the driver's own or data shared by other drivers via email or social networks. The all new 2015 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M will make their World debut at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show and arrive in US showrooms in early 2015. BMW Group In America BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls- Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls- Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 140 BMW motorcycle retailers, 121 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at: www.bmwgroupna.com.
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    Today, 02:25 AM
    Interesting quote here many are overlooking from the head of AMG Tobias Moers. The AMG boss was asked if the brand intended to compete on the high end automotive scale with the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari (might as well mention the McLaren P1 in this class as well). Mr. Moers candidly responded to this question stating, 'You’d have to ask Porsche or Ferrari about the business case, but it is important for us not to overestimate your own brand. AMG is not at the level to do that. Not yet at least.' Interesting, certainly. This means the upcoming hardcore AMG GT variant (whatever they end up calling it) will be the highest performance automobile in the Mercedes-AMG stable. For now at least AMG will not go any further and that makes sense. Mercedes has never been in the business of competing with Ferrari supercars and only recently has set the Porsche 911 in its sights let alone going after its range topping million dollar supercar. It's important to not stretch oneself too thin or overestimate capability. AMG knows their target audience and is not going beyond it. This is a prudent business move and they offer more than enough toys in the lineup as is. Source
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    Today, 04:16 AM
    Congratulations of the highest order are in order for Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains. They are getting the recognition they deserve for their amazing PU106A powerplant which took the Mercedes-AMG Silver Arrow to the 2014 Formula 1 Championship with races to spare. To explain the significance of this trophy keep in mind it is not awarded every year. It is only awarded when the Royal Automobile Club in the United Kingdom feels there is something of significant merit to deserve it. Suffice it to say, The Mercedes-AMG PU106A powerplant is of significant merit. The trophy has a 108 year history. In that 108 year span, there have only been 43 recipients. It is quite an honor to receive it and clearly the world took notice of the performance of the team. Congratulations to Mercedes, AMG, Petronas, and to the engineers that made this all possible. Truly an incredible Formula 1 season and incredible progress in Motorsport.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 01:27 AM
    Well this is pretty remarkable. Two 9 second 2015 WRX STI's separated by only a few days. The car last week went 9.994 @ 142.16. This STI manages to improve on that with a 9.68 @ 147.39 making this the quickest and fastest 2015 WRX STI until somebody proves otherwise. Very impressive performance considering this is a full weight street driven car. If you want a 9 seconds 2015 STI you can already have one. Here are the specs on the car for the run: Car: 2015 STI Tuner: Jrtuned Dyno Info: Mustang Dyno @PrimeMotoring Transmission: 6spd Gear: 4th Target Boost: 34psi track 38psi dyn0 Target AFR: 11.5 Fuel: E74 Power: 600/660whp Cosworth high comp pistons BC Ibeams ARP 626s Head Studs King XP race bearings Benson Sleeved block Cosworth Billet Crank P&L Oil Pump HeadGames street port/GSC s2 cams Id2000s OffTheLine Fuel surge kit KillerB 2bolt Header KillerB Pan/pickup/tray AMS FMIC AMS 950r with a 6466 ( AMS Mini Battery kit TorqueSolutions Mounts ( motor/trans/shifter etc ) IAG Billet TGV Deletes IAG Fuel Rails IAG AOS ( THE BEST MADE ) P&L Fuel lines and Reg kit P&L timing guide Exedy P&L Spec Triple disk COBB AP V3 COBB EBCS COBB Map Adapter ( not installed yet ) AEM 5bar ( not installed yet ) SMY Prototype Dual gauge pod Tomei Expreme Ti Catback
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  • leveraged sellout's Avatar
    Today, 02:13 PM
    I really think 700 hp would be no problem, hopefully we see something close to that for a production "GT Black Series"
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  • leveraged sellout's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 PM
    Never know if this is intentional sandbagging. I'm sure when the time is right - they will. This year's F1 season has proven that they know what they're doing when it comes to bleeding-edge power trains. Maybe in a few years an "AMG 918" will start to come together.
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  • Torgus's Avatar
    Today, 01:37 PM
    how can you hate an argument that is a fact? price/hp bang for your buck call it what whatever but it is real buying decision. Not just for cars but all purchases. if someone doesn't consider the amount paid for the return they get they will quickly find themselves very poor.
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  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    Today, 12:20 PM
    I always hate this argument. People with different budgets choose different platforms. If not, we all should be driving domestics.
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