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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-05-2014, 07:53 PM
    So, um, yes, you can say the new F80 M3 and F82 M4 respond pretty well to bolt on modifications. Journalists are still getting their hands on stock cars to test but Burger Tuning (BMS) already has the car over 500 wheel horsepower. This is not too surprising as with a mild bump in boost on a beta Stage I BMS tune the car already showed 479 horsepower at the wheels. Now with some further refinement to the tune and some ethanol (E85) the result is over 500 whp. Here are the details in the words of Terry@BMS: Hey guys, Got back from a couple hours of dyno tuning and came back with some interesting results. This car definitely likes E85... The JB4 now has full electronic wastegate control in addition to the fuel mass control & CANbus, paving the way for E85 testing. The test car is our 2015 DCT M3, 100% stock with a JB4, with ethanol mixed with 91 octane at 30-50%. I've been running E30 for the last week on a tune that ramps up to around 25psi and I've been very impressed with it. On the dyno today running that same trim resulting in a very consistent ~510whp / ~510wtq results. Although the turbo holds boost to redline it looks like shifting around 6000 rpm will result in the best acceleration results as power noses off above that. While I had it strapped down I decided to explore more aggressive power levels. Added a little more E85 and went on an hour long adventure through many different curves and tweaks. Finally arrived at a 28psi peak tune which yielded ~540whp / ~575wtq. I've not tested this much on the street so we'll have to see how viable it is. But this just goes to show you how much room was left on the table for tuning with this platform. This car is an animal.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-30-2014, 10:13 AM
    Porsche 911 and BMW M3/M4 comparisons are nothing new. The M3 traditionally offered Porsche 911 level performance but at a lower price point of entry with greater daily usability. The Porsche 911 of course offered the Porsche prestige and the driving dynamics of a lighter two seat sports car. Not much has changed although the M car now offers much more brute force than the 911. The power, torque, and performance gap is the greatest it has ever been. Now Car and Driver chose a 7-speed manual Porsche 911 to compare to the BMW M4. The M4 has a dual clutch transmission and this would be closer if the Porsche had the optional PDK transmission. It is what it is though and the BMW M4 simply has the 911 overmatched. It has more power at 425 horsepower (which is severely underrated to begin with) to the 911's 350 horsepower. It has more torque at 406 lb-ft to the 911's 287 lb-ft. The straightline contest is no contest. The M4 runs through the 1/4 mile in 12.1 @ 119. The 911 Carrera completes the 1/4 in 12.7 seconds at 113 miles per hour. It makes efficient use of its 350 horses thanks to its roughly 400 pound lighter curb weight but even if this was the 400 horsepower Carrera S with a PDK transmission the M4 would still win. This is the largest the acceleration gap between the 911 Carrera and M3/M4 has ever been. Speaking of weight the M4 comes in at 3581 pounds. It just is not as light as we were made to believe. Car and Driver's own weight figures place the F82 M4 30 pounds lighter than a comparably equipped E92 M3 and that sounds about right. BMW did try to make the M4 lighter but it is mostly to mask the added weight of the turbo powerplant and associated plumbing. If the M4 actually hit the 3300 pound figures BMW was throwing around... well, no point dreaming. Also take a look at the front to rear weight distribution figure. BMW no longer is building 50/50 balanced cars in the turbo era despite what they claim. Car and Driver states that the 911 steering is more precise and offers a better feel. They also state the 911 is more fun to drive. Basically, Car and Driver calls the M4 the muscle car to the 911's more nimble sports car character. The handling performance between the two is actually about even with the M4 and 911 both pulling .98g on the skidpad. What is odd though is that the 911 is not equipped with a limited slip differential. Seriously Porsche? For an $85k base price that is asking too much? Really what this comes down to is price for performance. The M4 offers more performance for less money with greater usability. The 911 is the better sports car of the two, no question. It is more fun to drive as well. That said, Car and Driver nails the conclusion. 'The M4 is more challenging to drive at the limit, but it's far easier to drive faster beneath it. It's the quintessential German muscle car to Porsche's quintessential German sports car. Is one design more right than the other? That's a matter of opinion. But it's hard to argue with a car that delivers more performance for less money.' The M car has more of a muscle car character than a sports car character? Welcome to the new M.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-12-2014, 07:52 PM
    The N54 moves forward with a new fastest 1/4 mile record. The previous record set by a 6-speed manual E92 335i was set by Vishnu with a 131.99 mile per hour pass. That was done back in May of 2012 so it has taken some time for the bar to be raised. The new record stands at 133.37 but Vishnu's 10.822 elapsed time remains the quickest 335 pass to date. The 2.7 60 foot time with this new record is obviously not going to get one into the 10's. Part of the problem is lag from the from the Precision 6466 turbocharger. This is something automatic 335's will have to figure out how to mitigate. Specs for the 2008 E90 335 on this run are full interior, full weight, over 1/2 tank fuel, and a e85/93 mix. This is on the stock motor, stock automatic transmission, and around 30 psi of boost. This car was built by Proven Power in Florida and tuned by Jake Hershorin of proTuning Freaks. There is room to improve here significantly but the problem of course is the automatic transmission which can not be launched hard and is slipping at this roughly 700 wheel horsepower power level. Congratulations to BimmerBoost member @Ak335i, Proven Power, and proTuning Freaks.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-26-2014, 05:06 AM
    As an automotive enthusiast who participated in a few different discussion forums over the years experience has shown that putting performance in context with Audi fans is frustrating. Why? Well, let's take this example of the Audi RS5. It's an absolutely beautiful car with a gem of a 4.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 motor revving to 8500 rpm and sending 450 horsepower to all four wheels. Your average car fan will see the 450 horsepower figure and think it beats the BMW M4 with 'only' a 425 horsepower rating. It is easier to achieve peace in the Middle East than it is to get a casual Audi fan to understand that the horsepower ratings of both of these cars could not be more misleading. This is one of those times where traditional BMW strengths are exemplified. What are those strengths? Balance, less weight on the nose, and a more efficient drivetrain sending its power to the rear wheels. Because BMW does not need Quattro crutches BMW's claimed 425 horsepower actually comes out to 427 horsepower at the rear wheels. Yes, the M4 is heavily underrated but it also benefits from not having to send power to all four wheels and saves weight by not having an all wheel drive system. The RS5 has roughly 350 wheel horsepower depending on the dyno used. Audi's higher crank horsepower rating means absolutely nothing in the real world and this is why Autocar stating that the RS5 has more power is wrong. It has less power. A lot less power (and torque). These people at Autocar get paid for these incorrect statements? Power is only one part of the equation. The traction (not handling or grip in corners) advantage is with the Audi. However, once moving at speed the extra weight on the nose from the all wheel drive system is not exactly a benefit on the track. Understeer? That is the Audi trademark over the years and it is present on the RS5. It definitely can not adjust its rear with the throttle to the degree the BMW can. This is all reflected in its laptime of 1:12.20. The M4 is said to be more fun to drive and it is. It takes more skill to extract its performance but it is more entertaining. It is the driver's car and this is the area BMW has traditionally always beat Audi although Audi has improved tremendously. Sure, your Quattro will save you during a blizzard but nobody goes on the racetrack during a blizzard. In the dry as in this comparison where maximum performance can be extracted the M4 crushes the RS5 with a 1:09.90 laptime. 2.3 seconds may not sound huge but on a track this short that is a lifetime. The M4 is simply lighter, faster, more powerful, and the higher performance car. The traditional BMW aspects trump Audi's traditional aspects in the performance area as they have for long time when the M3/M4 and RS4/RS5 are concerned. Sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same. Audi fans will be quick to point out the RS5 is in need of update. They are right. It is desperately in need of an update and a hell of an update at that or else this will continue to be embarrassingly one sided as it has been for generations now. The benchmark is set. The benchmark is the M4.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-11-2014, 04:12 AM
    A nice set of run videos here courtesy of forum member Mybabym5. We have two naturally aspirated Germans going at it one with AMG M156 6.2 liter V8 power and the other with M S85 V10 power. The video quality is not that great but considering the runs we will let this one slide. The M5 features an Evolve tune with RPI catless headers, RPI exhaust, RPI pulley, RPI scoops, and the RPI oil cooler. The car previously ran an ESS tune before switching to Evolve as most people are these days. The C63 has has similar bolt on mods with a Eurocharged tune, catless pipes, and aftermarket filters with the charcoal element removed. Regardless, you see two of the best German naturally aspirated performance engines ever built going at it here. The M156 from AMG is obviously larger but the S85 V10 revs higher. Its top end takes this race and it goes to show how important revs, horsepower, and gearing are on the highway. Both tuners of these cars are vendors on this network so there is no stake in this race. It is simply great to see. Further details in the words of the M5 owner: Hey guys, some more fun racing videos.. This time hunting down a C63 again. E60 M5: Evolve Alpha N tune OEM RPI de-catted headers RPI GTS Exhaust RPI pulley RPI air scoops + BMC filters RPI oil cooler vs C63 AMG Fully Catless, modded with filters + charcoal delete Video quality is off a crap crap!!! cell phone from a friend as no go pro around..Apologizes.. But non the less shows the modded M5 pulling nicely. In C63 race 1 In M5 view race 2: C63 gets jump, M5 goes fishing :) 15mph roll.. Just want to take a moment aswell and give a Big thanks to Evolve.. Their tune is running amazing!! The power and the consistent delivery is just amazing! I am extremly happy how my car is running and performing. They make the best tunes for this V10 motor by far! I also wanted to give a small write up here showing how my car performed with the evolve tune vs the ESS tune against the same exact C63: Compare my M5 pulling against the C63 here with the evolve tune vs how my M5 pulled here with the ESS tune against the same exact C63 with same mods. With my evolve tune in the above video, I am pulling away much faster and harder than I am here.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    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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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-24-2014, 12:33 AM
    Car content tends to dominate the discussion on the network but it's certainly fun to see some different content from time to time. Here is something different as a small group of liter bikes goes out on the highway to have a bit of fun. And fun they do have as the 1 minute into the video you can see one of the bikes flies right by a cop car on the highway. That is quite big of a 'whoops' moment right there but fortunately things go smoothly after that. The video is fairly long at 15 minutes but there is plenty of racing content. The bikes are all modified and the breakdown is as follows: -WildB 175lbs---04 ZX-10R: lowered, Intake cam, thin head gasket, Akrapovic, OZ wheels, -1f/+2r sprockets. -Ness 165lbs---BMW S1000RR: Akrapovic, Strapped front, -1f/+1r sprockets, factory QS. -MrAssholebyNature 205lbs---Gen2 ZX-14R: lowered, Brocks, Woolich flash, PCV, QS. -Stinky 200+lbs---Gen3 ZX-10R: TwoBrothers pipe, not much else. -Black Indian 200ish lbs---09 GSXR 1000: Yoshi pipe, lots of chrome. -Keith 200+lbs---Gen1 ZX-14: Full Brocks, geared, unknown if other mods. Enjoy:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-04-2014, 07:51 AM
    Here is a street race for some money between an X71 X6M and an E60 M5. The race is for money although only a $1000 which is hardly enough to even cover the modifications on the cars. The two cars race on a city street with people behind them shutting down the traffic so obviously do not try this at home. The race is from a stop and so in theory should favor the X6M with its all wheel drive against the rear wheel drive E60 M5 on street tires. The X6M features the Active Autowerke ECU tune and also their downpipes. Since this is a money race the E60 M5 modifications are not mentioned. However, with the way the E60 M5 pulls after the launch and the way the power comes on it certainly feels like the car has nitrous. It's definitely modified whatever those modifications happen to be. Take a look and decide for yourself:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-09-2014, 03:40 PM
    Interesting matchup here that is great to see as two different M engine philosophies battle it out. The M5 is the camera car but unfortunately a cell phone camera is used by the M5. Still, the video is clear so you can see exactly what happens. The modifications on the M5 are a Stage 2 tune that is not named, downpipes, and a custom straight piped exhaust. The E92 M3 is supercharged with the Active Autowerke Gen 2 Level III supercharger system. On paper this should be a good a race. Depending on how aggressive the M5 tune is along with the bolt ons it can show ~600 whp. Depending on the M3's boost it is also in this range. The M5 of course has much more torque which it also needs to move its roughly 800 extra pounds. In practice it is a good race as the cars are dead even. They both appear to be DCT models so driver skill is not a large variable. A good run from two fast M cars going about their power boost in different ways.
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  • dzenno@PTF's Avatar
    07-05-2014, 08:30 PM
    It's our pleasure to be part of the Porsche community on this board. We've been part of the Germanboost network but for those that may not know us here we are an aftermarket tuning company based out of Toronto, Canada and Rockville, Maryland, US. Our primary focus for many years has been forced induction tuning, live remote tuning (aka e-tuning). We have considerable experience tuning direct injection platforms like the 997.2 turbos coming from BMW's direction injection motors, namely N54 and N55. With the N54 we've pushed the platform furthest of any custom flash tuner in the World and have taken multiple power and track records in the past. We are a very committed group of car enthusiasts and the company was born out of passion towards a hobby we all loved for many years. @COBB Tuning's AccessPort and AccessTuner platform has been the driving force behind all of the custom tuning services we offer thus far on a number of platforms and the reasons for this are many that we can discuss here for those interested. In case you're interested in the work we've done so far you can do go to our facebook page or follow us on Instagram, even a google search on BMW COBB protune, BMW protune should provide some good results to some work we've done. Our priority has always been the enthusiast, providing the highest level of quality service in custom tuning and support to our customers and just as we've done with the BMW's N54 and N55 platform we hope to be given a chance here and push along further together with the community. We've had a fair share of testing done on our shop's 997.1 turbo over the past few weeks and we'll be sharing some pictures and data we've gathered so far with the Cobb AP while doing dyno testing and, much more importantly, street and track testing and data gathering. We also have a 997.2 Turbo S (PDK) as our project car which we are tuning in parallel with the 6MT 997.1 turbo. We are looking to work with everyone here and become part of the community with our contributions that we hope you'll find useful, fun, interesting as much as we do and have always especially when it comes to refinement in performance tuning and pushing the envelope. We're excited and hope you'll find our information on the 997.1 and 997.2s useful and interesting whether you own a Porsche 997.1/.2 turbo/GT2 or looking to learn about the platform in general. Here are some initial results with our custom 997.1 custom tuning. The car has the following modifications: KLINE Exhaust (currently running DECAT pipes, tuning with 200cell cats to follow) 997.2 Intercoolers IPD Plenum Pump 93 (98 RON) octane OEM everything else. Weather Conditions: 30C Ambient, 70% Humidity, 101.4 kPa Barometric Pressure, in other words HOT! Weather conditions are the worst they can possibly be for this part of Canada and outside the 2-3 months of summer we get the conditions do improve As we always believed in full disclosure with our results and never worried about showing only the highest peak numbers for the sake of marketing we decided to still post these results in the worst of conditions for us. We are strong believers in transparency in our tuning and results and, when the weather improves, we can/will show numbers in much better weather conditions if anything as a comparison for those interested in seeing them. Dyno numbers overview: - Stage 2 93 octane OTS (Off The Shelf, preloaded and comes with the Cobb AccessPort): 492WHP 506WTQ - Our initial PTF Stage 2 custom map: 535WHP 562WTQ Gains of +43WHP +56WTQ over the OTS Stage 2 93 octane map with more than +70WHP and +70WTQ in midrange! Unfortunately we didn't get to dyno the car when it was bone stock but we will try to do so for baseline reasons next time if anything to show what our project car does on the OEM tune with the modifications in place. If we go by what is typically seen on a properly calibrated Mustang dynos out there we know very well a bone stock 997.1 turbo will put down in the neighbourhood of 390-420whp 390-420wtq on pump 93 octane on a Mustang AWD dyno. As all dynos read differently and conditions do vary this number isn't concrete obviously but it does give you a rough idea on what you can expect from an OTS tune, a custom tune and some minimal boltons on a 997.1 with Cobb's AccessPort and pump gas. OTS maps provide great gains and excellent drivability without our custom tuning already but being off the shelf they do leave some room for customization for any given car's particular modifications, octane, conditions, elevation, type of driving, etc which is where we can help. This was certainly not an all out tuning session for the 997.1 and much more is certainly to come with this car modification and tuning wise. As for the 997.2TTS unfortunately we didn't have time to do any custom tuning due to time constraints. Those numbers we're hoping to have available shortly. I do apologize for the format of the graph as its just a picture of a printed graph at this time. I do promise to provide more aesthetically pleasing dyno graph JPGs down the road . If any questions at all feel free to drop me a line over PM or email me at any time (email in my sig below). For those that have ordered a Cobb AccessPort through us to take advantage of our custom tuning service bundled offer, thank you, and we look forward to working with you.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-02-2014, 09:20 AM
    Congratulations to AMS for being the first to officially break the 10 second barrier with a 4Matic M157 AMG V8 powered vehicles. AMS ran a pair of 10 second passes showing the consistency of their 4Matic upgrades. As a reminder, AMS released their E63 AMG 4Matic ECU tuning earlier this year. They also provided a nice dynograph comparison of the 2014 E63 AMG 4Matic and the E63 AMG S 4Matic on the dyno stock and tuned. The full details are below in @ALPHA Performance's own words: On June 26th we took our 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic to Great Lakes Dragway for some preliminary testing of the Alpha 7 upgrade package. Track conditions were not ideal with the temperature somewhat pleasant in the 60’s but accompanied by 100% humidity. When the track lights switched on at dusk you could see the moisture in the air! Our AMG was equipped with only our Alpha Tune and prototype Alpha Downpipes and Cat-Back Exhaust. The full Alpha 7 Bi-Turbo upgrade will include an Alpha Boost Cooler Kit in the future but we were eager to see the results of just a tune and exhaust. Rolling on 20” Vorsteiner wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires we were hopeful for a very low 11 second run, but ended up with the first E63 4Matic in the 10’s! First pass of the night Paul staged the car, applied the brakes and gave it a bit of throttle, the launch was undramatic, smooth with no tire spin. When the board lit up we were a bit surprised, 10.850 @ 129.31 MPH, setting a new AMG 4Matic record! After letting the car cool down we staged it for another run, the car launched exactly the same as the first pass, hard with no drama and lit the board up with a 10.879 @ 129.21 MPH. Talk about consistency! Overall we are very pleased with the results from the night’s testing. Once the M157 Alpha Boost Cooler Kit and Carbon Fiber Intake System are complete we will bring the car back to the track for another round of testing and hopefully hit 130+mph trap along with a mid-low 10 second pass! More about Alpha Tuning: Alpha Tuning Website Mercedes Product Offerings: Alpha Mercedes-Benz Website
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-27-2014, 08:01 AM
    Active Autowerke recently introduced their Prima non-intercooled E46 M3 supercharger kit. This kit uses the well known Rotrex C38-92 spec blower to great results. Starting at $5995 (TTFS has it on sale for $5500) the kit is a very good value and at just 5.8 psi of boost on an otherwise stock E46 M3 puts down 426 horsepower to the wheels and 297 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on pump gas and the stock fuel system. Now Active Autowerke is also introducing a Prima Plus kit for those that want more. The Prima kit is completely modular so those who want Prima Plus can simply upgrade their standard Prima kit. The difference is meth injection, a new tune, upgraded injectors, more boost, and other associated parts. Taking the Prima kit to 9 psi with meth injection results in 514 wheel horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. Pretty nice bump, right? Retail pricing for the Prima Plus setup has yet to be determined but TTFS is already offering it in a summer sale at $6500. One will be hard pressed to find a more cost effective option without sacrificing the quality or reliability to get over 500 wheel horsepower on an E46 M3. Further details from Tuning Tech FS: We are really excited to present the new generation of Prima kit Supercharger. This kit consists of the unparalleled quality and craftsmanship provided with all Active Autowerke hardware combined with the expert tuning skills of Frank Smith. We at Tuningtech FS have spent countless hours on the dyno to create an optimum tune, ensuring a safe and consistent power output for the Prima supercharger kit. The same standard of excellence implemented into all our tuning products. For a limited time, we are offering the kit at a special discount. This is a non-intercooled set up running low boost and great for any daily driver. Best of all the installation is a breeze and requires moderate skills. Options: Prima Kit $5,500 • Rotrex C38-92 Supercharger System • CNC Machined redesigned bracket. • AA generation 7 Intake Manifold • Dual By-Pass Valves • Green Filter • High capacity Fuel Injectors • SIMON 2 interface (allows you to upload the software yourself) • Colder Heat Range Spark Plugs included • Separate oil cooling system for maximum performance and reliability • Pre-assembled Hoses, Clamps, etc. • Step by Step Instructions Prima Plus $6,500 • Frank Smith custom tuning • Devils Own methanol kit • Rotrex C38-92 Supercharger System • CNC Machined redesigned bracket. • AA generation 7 Intake Manifold • Dual By-Pass Valves • Green Filter • High capacity Fuel Injectors • SIMON 2 interface (allows you to upload the software yourself) • Colder Heat Range Spark Plugs included • Separate oil cooling system for maximum performance and reliability • Pre-assembled Hoses, Clamps, etc. • Step by Step Instructions Contact us on the forum or email me at for shipping details and take advantage of this great offer! Happy early 4th of July!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-25-2014, 06:42 AM
    The upcoming F87 BMW M2 will be a very popular vehicle. It has been a while since BMW had a lightweight, affordable, well balanced, and fun to drive car where electronics and heavy luxury features did not take away from the driving experience. The M2 proposes to get back to some of the Ultimate Driving Machine principles and due to its price point of entry it will be far more attainable for far more BMW enthusiasts. It is no surprise then to see more and more renderings pop up. This particular set is well done and basically takes F82 M4 styling cues and applies them to the F22 body style. What it is missing though is more aggressively flared fenders. Additionally, it sure looks like in the kidney grill the badge says M4 and not M2. If a graphic design artist wants to be taken seriously this little touches are important. Regardless, enjoy this latest set of renderings.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-29-2014, 02:52 PM
    Some hot supercharged M3 on M3 action here! This video is courtesy of a BimmerBoost member who attended a recent roll on race event in Chicago. His car is the camera car here and it is an E92 M3 with a 6-speed manual and the Gintani Stage II supercharger system. The silver E92 M3 also is a 6-speed manual car but it is equipped with the Evolve E600 supercharger kit. The Evolve car is running pump gas and less boost. The full specifications are below but each car has supporting mods including an aftermarket exhaust. The sound quality of the M3 with an aftermarket exhaust comes across very well in this video so turn your speakers up. The Gintani car does pull the Evolve car but it is important to note several factors. As both cars are manual driver skill is arguably the largest variable. Additionally, the Gintani car is running higher boost with a race gas mix. On paper it should pull up top and that is exactly what happens in practice. Another camera angle would help compare how the power comes on as there is a big difference between the supercharger head units each company utilizes but essentially what we see here is the top end difference between these two particular setups. Thank you to @e92livin for the video. 2008 E92 BMW M3 6MT Gintani Stage 2 Supercharged (7.5psi) (CAMERA CAR) Gintani X Pipe OEM Rear Section BC Racing BR Coilovers Volk TE37SL Hankook RS3 255/285 93/101 octane - 30/70 565WHP on pump- DYNOJET Evolve E600 Supercharged M3 6MT (6.7PSI) Evolve X Pipe Evolve Rear Section KW V3 Coilovers APEX EC-7 Michelin PSS Pump Gas
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-26-2014, 08:50 AM
    Our report is not officially unconfirmed but it likely is accurate based on what we currently know. We know for certain the M178 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 under the hood of the AMG GT has 510 horsepower. Based on precedent, Mercedes-Benz will likely not give the C63 AMG the same horsepower as the higher end sports car. The SLS AMG had an M159 V8 with more horsepower standard than the M156 V8 in the C63 AMG. This also allowed for a Performance Package option which upped the W204 C63 output. The same thing looks like it will take place with the AMG GT and the W205 C63 AMG. The C63 AMG M177 V8 will get 476 horsepower to start with. This places it ahead of its rivals at least on paper. Keep in mind the new M3/M4 S55 inline-6 motors are severely underrated showing as much horsepower at the wheels as they are rated at the crank. For the Mercedes C63 with 476 horsepower to beat the M3/M4 the C63 will need to dyno at least 450 wheel horsepower considering it will not have a dual clutch transmission and that it will likely be heavier than 3562 pounds. If BenzBoost were to guess, the F82 M4 and W205 C63 are going to be about even in acceleration just like the the E92 M3 and W204 C63 AMG. Mercedes-Benz will offset this as they did previously with a performance package. We will have to see if the package is just software that raises output or if Mercedes is getting the same 510 horsepower as in the AMG GT M178 with actual hardware changes to the motor as they did with the P31 option on the W204 generation C63 AMG M156 V8. Let's hope they are not going for a cheap money grab and it is not just software. BenzBoost confirmed a performance package for the W205 almost a year ago that the industry seemed to ignore. No output figures were quoted but our source gave us the figures we are quoting now. It seems unlikely that Mercedes will exceed the AMG GT's figure of 510 horsepower as that will upset AMG GT owners and the set hierarchy. Expect around 510 for the C63 AMG S if they call it that with the option standard similar to the E63 AMG S models or they may just add the Performance Package as an option. Either way, you will be able to get more power with a Mercedes warranty attached if that is your thing. Regardless, despite BMW's low crank rating their cars are much more powerful than the crank horsepower rating would indicate. Mercedes-Benz is aware of this. BMW is aware that they are aware and may ready their own Performance Package option to fight back. This sure is fun, isn't it?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-24-2014, 10:18 PM
    Congratulations to Gintani who increased their own S85 V10 horsepower record from 710 horsepower at the wheels to 774 horsepower at the wheels. This was done with a Vortech T-Trim supercharger and boost around 10 psi along with 100% methanol injection plus MS109 fuel. It is also interesting to see how the Vortech Ti-Trim supercharger compares to the Vortech Si-Trim on the same S85 V10 engine. Most of you have probably forgotten this by now but early on when superchargers were just being developed for the E9X M3 people would claim kits using the self-lubricated Si-trim were superior to competitors kits offering the T-Trim option. The BimmerBoost position was that the T-Trim was the better blower as it can move more air as it is spun faster and also that it has more room to be overspun. Essentially, it is capable of more power. The overlay below illustrates this well on the same S85 5.0 liter V10 engine which is capable of maxing either blower. The T-Trim simply flows more air up top: These are both good bowers and each has their own advantages. Some people like that a blower is self-lubricated and others prefer that they change the oil in the blower frequently. When it comes to performance the best blower is the one for the VE (volumetric efficiency) of your motor but in this case the T-Trim will always make more power on the S85 V10 than the Vortech Si. Here is the Si Gintani Stage II graph alone: Congratulations to Gintani for raising the bar again and catering to customers with multiple options and not a 'one size fits all' approach. There is a rumor with some traction that BimmerBoost will vouch for that Gintani will try to fit something even larger than either of these blowers in the near future. <iframe src="//" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe>
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    07-11-2014, 05:41 PM
    The topic sounds absurdly cool, does it not? The video itself of actually seeing it happen is also absurdly cool and well done. Before anyone says anything the video is not real. Nuclear aircraft carriers are not exactly available for rent from the US government so you can build a race track on top and have fun flogging your car. Considering some of these taxes and programs US citizens pay for BimmerBoost is not exactly opposed to the US government giving enthusiasts some track time on top of an aircraft carrier. Yes, the idea is awesome and there is no point debating that this is fake. BMW Canada has done great marketing videos before where people debated if they were fake. The effect is cool and the marketing department definitely does their job. Enjoy the video for what it is.
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    07-02-2014, 10:32 AM
    BMW officially released the 2015 F36 4-Series Gran Coupe earlier this year. This of course led to speculation (some sites reported it as confirmed) as to whether BMW would produce an M variant using the F36 chassis. An M4 Gran Coupe would obviously somewhat overlap with the F80 M3 but the same could be said for overlap between the M6 Gran Coupe and the BMW F10 M5. The market already proved that there is room for four door sedans and four door 'coupes' as the Mercedes E-Class and CLS-Class demonstrate. So why no M4 Gran Coupe? It is not because the idea does not make sense it is due to logistics. M executive Jorg Bartels stated the following regarding production of an M4, “That is a negative. It was definitely considered, but there is no plan to build an M4 Gran Coupe. Part of the reason is expected production volume, but also the 4 Series Gran Coupe is built in a different factory to both the 3 Series (sedan) and 4 Series (coupe), so there is a lot of challenges there.” Since the F36 is not built in the same factory as the F32 4-Series and F30 3-Series it seems BMW is not willing to justify the cost. The M3 and M4 roll out of the same factory so machines, transmission, engines, etc., are all in the same spot. Moving these aspects for an M4 Gran Coupe variant does not make business sense to them. If the F36 was assembled in the same spot, chances are we would see an M4 Gran Coupe. Why did nobody at BMW think of this in advance when choosing which models were produced at which plants? Who knows but an M4 Gran Coupe is apparently not an important enough model to justify BMW making any changes. Source
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    07-01-2014, 02:44 PM
    A recent article on a quick Auto Express video comparison between the M4 and RS5 got a lot of attention partially due to just how much stronger of a performer the new M4 is over the Audi RS5. The performance comparison between the two cars is pretty one sided. Here we have much more data than the quick Auto Express video thanks to the German publication Autozeitung and although it is in German numbers are universal. Let's start with the weight figures. The tested weight for the BMW F82 M4 is 3560 pounds. This is multiple sources now weighing the M4 in the 35XX pound range. The RS5 is the much heavier car at 3941 pounds. The RS5's quoted horsepower figure at 450 does not mean anything as BMW's quoted 425 horsepower figure is much more in the real world. The difference between these cars is really about 100 horsepower and quite a bit of torque. The Audi with more weight, less power, and less torque is is simply overmatched. This shows in the acceleration figures where the M4 trounces the RS5. Even though the RS5 has Quattro the M4 gets to 60 a tenth quicker at 4.2 seconds. The difference by 200 km/h (124 miles per hour) is a 1.6 seconds. The M4 is simply showing the RS5 its taillights past 60. Around the track the RS5 gets a beatdown as well. It laps their test circuit in 1:41.5. The M4 is 2.6 seconds quicker at 1:38.9. The slalom is also in the M4's favor at 70.8 km/h to the RS5 67.5 km/h. The M4 also has cleaner emissions and a lower price. Even its interior ergonomics are chosen over Audi which is the area Audi is traditionally praised over BMW. What more is there to say? The M4 is on another level compared to any RS4 or RS5 model in Audi's current lineup. Audi needs a new car with more changes than just some new headlights.
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    07-02-2014, 07:57 AM
    The most powerful muscle car? That would be the 2015 Dodge SRT Challenger Hellcat. We knew the 6.2 liter twin screw supercharged Hemi V8 would have somewhere over 600 horsepower but nobody knew how far Dodge would push it. Well, they decided to drop jaws and top the 700 horsepower mark. This means Dodge is offering more power than any of its Domestic rivals. The Ford Shelby GT500's 662 horsepower has finally been topped. The Camaro ZL1's 580 horsepower does not even seem worth talking about. The question now will be how strongly Ford will fire back. They will likely want their title back so Dodge may have just pushed the GT500 over 700 horsepower as well. Well done Dodge, well done! <embed type=application/x-shockwave-flash src= pluginspage= flashvars=file= height=290 width=470 ></embed> Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Is The Most Powerful Muscle Car Ever -- 707 hp! July 1, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT, with its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine, produces an unprecedented 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful Challenger ever, Dodge's most powerful V-8 ever and the most powerful muscle car ever. The Challenger's new 6.2-liter Supercharged Hellcat engine is also the first factory supercharged HEMI, as well as Dodge and SRT's first application of V-8 supercharger technology. For the first time in Chrysler Group history, the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine comes standard with two key fobs -- red and black. The red key fob is the only key that can unlock the full 707 horsepower and torque potential of the Challenger SRT Hellcat engine; while the black key fob limits the driver to a reduced engine output of 500 horsepower. In addition to the awe-inspiring 707 horsepower of the new Hellcat HEMI, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has been redesigned and totally re-engineered to be the most true-to-form muscle coupe on the market with performance-enhancing technologies inside and out, including the new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-new interior inspired by the classic 1971 Challenger. The Dodge and SRT brands now offer the most complete lineup of muscle cars in the market, including the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT with its standard powerful and fuel-efficient Pentastar V-6 engine combined with the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission that delivers 300 horsepower and an estimated 30 miles per gallon; the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T with the high-torque 5.7-liter HEMI now paired with the TorqueFlite eight-speed or six-speed manual transmission; and the all-new 6.4-liter HEMI Challenger Scat Pack that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque with the TorqueFlite eight-speed or six-speed manual. The 2015 Dodge Challenger and Challenger SRTs are built at the Brampton, Ontario, Assembly Plant and will start arriving in Dodge dealerships in the third quarter of 2014. 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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    06-25-2014, 10:20 PM
    The N55 is back as the best 2.5 - 3.0 liter engine in the world at the International Engine of the Year awards. For 2014, the N55 motor wins the category but the choice makes BimmerBoost wonder a bit about the logic. Last year, Porsche's 2.7 liter direct injected naturally aspirated flat-6 took the victory in this category knocking out the N55. Why did the reverse happen this year? What exactly changed? The judges? Additionally, BMW's brand new S55 3.0 liter turbocharged six-cylinder that is a newer and better designed motor than the N55 finishes behind the Porsche 2.7 liter flat-6 and the N55 as well. The older N55 is better than the brand new S55 motor in the M3/M4 with greater torque, greater power, better engine components, higher revs, and an overall superior design? That just does not make much sense. The N55 takes the victory according to the scoring of the judging panel but the decision certainly does not appear logical. Regardless, BMW dominates this category with four motors in the top six. If BimmerBoost were to guess, the S55 will take this category next year but that only further supports what an odd decision the N55 is for 2014.
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    07-14-2014, 05:40 PM
    Great gains here from vendor BrenTuning located in Charlton, Massachusetts. They were able to gain 40 horsepower at the wheels and 24 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with software only on an otherwise completely stock 2006 BMW E63 M6. The tuning changes include a flash to the ECU (engine control unit) as well as TCU (traction control unit) software changes for the SMG transmission. The result is smooth gains throughout the entire rev range. This software can also be flashed at home using their handheld OBD-II flashing unit. They can of course also adjust the tune based on modifications such as headers, exhaust, race gas, etc. Solid work:
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    07-11-2014, 09:00 PM
    Some people on the DodgeBoost forums were saying the SRT Hellcat would not be that fast. Well, are 10's stock good enough? Because that is exactly what the 2015 SRT Challenger Hellcat is capable of on drag rubber. A 10.8 @ 126 on drag radials and an 11.2 @ 125 on production street rubber. That is some seriously impressive performance and to be expected with 707 horsepower stock from a 6.2 liter twin screw V8. What will it do with a pulley, tune, and race gas? IT sure looks like low 10's will be child's play for this motor with mild mods. Very cool of Dodge to do a video like this. Props to them on the results and on having the balls to build this car.
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    07-10-2014, 04:18 PM
    So after months, actually almost a year, of putting off getting tuned, I finally gave it a shot. I'm not here to knock on anyone or company, or give false praises where they aren't due. I'm a forum enthusiast, love my car, and I think a lot of people on this forum know me by now, I'm straight with my answers and thoughts. I want to be as honest as possible in my review, I don't want to sugar coat anything. Coming from a fully modded 335, being basically stock was getting boring to me, even though the car is fast stock! I've been researching and talking to fellow members about tunes, taking test drives, and all that good stuff. Which tune to get? Is it really worth it? Will I actually feel anything? All these questions kept popping in my mind and mostly what i kept asking members and researching etc. In my N54 335 days, I was heavily involved in tuning and was one of the first ever guys to run a jb4 when terry and burger tuning first ever started and opened their doors. I did a lot of beta testing and logging for years for Terry. Was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about engine tuning during the time. Consistency, timing drops, boost response and spool, etc Not all tunes are the same (choosing my tune) So when my friend got a ess tune done i wanted to see for myself how a tuned S85 felt like. He got a bunch of mods with the tune like headers, pulley, exhaust, bmc filters etc. so i wasn't getting a stock car tuned experience but more of a fbo (full bolt on) experience, nonetheless I was still was looking to see how power felt through the powerband and rev range, if it was linear and consistent, timing drops etc. My review is here is on the forum of what my friend went through and the tune, but to keep it short, ess tune felt inconsistent in back to back runs. Had something like flat spots in the rev range as well. I wasn't 100% happy and convinced tuning this engine is any good. It's when my friend was having trouble with ESS tune and their service that he went with evolve. So a phone call one day, my friend again invited me to go test drive his car again now with the evolve tune! Now after driving it I was excited and really happy with how his car felt. Smooth through the rev range, linear power, with amazing top end. No hiccups, no flat spots, and most of all consistent every single run. So ESS was out of the running for me, evolve was def on my list! Eurocharged seemed to be popular, but kept reading about knocking and timing drops, that didn't make me happy. They are more amg guys than M guys, not a lot of members have it, couldnt find a lot of reviews, non recently as well. That seemed to be the list of tunes that members really liked or were any good for our cars i could find on the forum. Evolve kept intriguing me because they are the most active on the forum out of all the performance companies, kept bringing new exciting products with results on this engine, and after talking to Sal, imran, bilal, from Evolve you can just see the amount of love, knowledge and excitement for this S85! The amount of knowledge for this car was really what sold me! Made me feel extremely comfortable. And after driving my friends car, I can see there knowledge is translated to their tunes. There list of reviews for their tune on the forum was more then anyone, so I felt even more comfortable. HERE we go!! So, I bit the bullet and ordered the tune! Few days later, I come home saturday and my evolve package is there!! Super fast shipping. So far so good. Downloaded the evolve software off their website, plugged in the evolve cable into my OBD, and into my comp, used the PDF instructions and the evolve software and downloaded the stock ECU info to send out to evolve! On my way home from work on monday, I get a email with my new tuned evolve file!! Raced home, uploaded the evolve software to the car within 10 mins and it was done! Started her up, nice and smooth, no CEL or codes. Went for a easy ride to warm everything up and started doing some short WOT runs to adapt the car, right away I felt the smoother revs, crisper shifts, and the beautiful throttle response. It put a smile on my face because I could actually feel a difference already! Stopped in Brooklyn bridge park, went for ice cream and some scenery views. I come back to the car after a few hours, jumping onto the highway I go WOT in S6, and HOLY ****, car was absolutely flying! BEAST! Shifts were faster and harder, midrange was great, but the top end was just amazing! This tune really opened her up on the top end, and the car just sunk my stomach in every time! I was laughing and giggling like a girl! I was shocked to get power from this flash i could legit feel on my baby thats basically stockish. Power was consistent as hell on all my back to back runs. Smooth rev range and car just felt more solid and awake to all my inputs. Put it in p400 and comfort, was able to drive nice and smooth with less jerkiness then stock, went to dinner and came home. Not only did this tune make the car a much more blast and crazy violent beast with WOT, but it also made driving normal easier, better throttle response, smoother rev and crisper gear changes. Honestly, all the research, emails, PM's was worth it. Evolve is def not a hype and I knew this after trying the ESS tune and the evolve tune after and seeing how good the evolve tune was! Now having it on my car, I'm really happy and my worries are out the window. I wish i would have done this sooner, but I hope this helps a lot of guys if they are in my shoes before I ordered. Evolve was a pleasure to work with, talk to and answer all my questions! I know I was a big pain in the ***! Sal, imran, bilal were a extreme help, really great guys that treated me right the whole experience. I honestly love and enjoy sharing my story when a company from start to finish makes a customer happy and in my case this thanks is well deserved for them. I work hard for my money, and its always so nice to see a company treat people right, and do right with there products! Big thanks again to Sal especially for answering all my questions, and Bilal for helping me out with the ordering, and Imran as always for his continued help! Thanks to all the forum members who have help me aswell. Evolve Intakes up next!! My Evolve tune consisted of: 93 octane tune Top speed limiter delete I kept my cold start because to be honest i like it I kept the stock rev limiter as well. Here are some pics!
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    06-27-2014, 04:13 AM
    Obviously, these are two very different vehicles. The Porsche Cayman is a mid-engine rear wheel drive sports car with naturally aspirated power from its 2.7 liter direct injected flat-6. The 275 horsepower motor is an excellent powerplant winning several awards and it does an admirable and efficient job hustling this 3059 pound 6-speed Cayman forward. The STI on the other hand is a front engine all wheel drive sedan with turbocharged power. It is heavier at at 3367 pounds although Subaru should be commended for producing an all wheel drive turbocharged four-door in the 3300 pound range. It has a smaller 2.5 liter boxer four-cylinder although it is turbocharged. The STI has more power though rated at 305 horsepower and much more torque with 290 lb-ft to the Cayman's 213 lb-ft. The STI gets the lead off the line thanks to all wheel drive traction and holds it through the 1/4 mile. The STI runs 13.8 @ 101.9 to the Cayman 14.2 @ 101.2. The Cayman is starting to reel the STI in ever so slowly past the 1/4 mile marker though. The elapsed time at the mile marker is even between the two cars with a 35.8 second sprint. The Cayman is pulling harder at the mile marker though at 140.4 miles per hour to the STI's 135.2. So what does this tell us? That if you own an STI race a Cayman from a stop. If you have a Cayman, race an STI from a roll. The longer the race the more it favors the Porsche. Additionally, it would be interesting to see the difference the PDK transmission would make here as it should make the 1/4 mile much closer between the two. Overall a very well done video with supplemental data from Automobile.
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    07-03-2014, 10:45 AM
    The BMW F82 M4 is a very hot car right now. It is winning comparison tests against vaunted German competition such as the Porsche 911 and the Audi RS5. The car is delivering much more performance than its specifications would lead you to believe and overall is drawing praise from the automotive world. Vorsteiner grabbed an Austin Yellow M4 and gave it a set of their VSE-003 forged monoblock wheels reminding us the M4 has beauty to go with that brawn. Performance and looks? Yes, you can have them both.
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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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    07-01-2014, 08:12 AM
    Glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) is seeing more and more use in modern cars as the material is relatively cheap and lightweight. The common term of course is fiberglass and Audi found another area to use it and will be incorporating it into the suspension system of their production cars. The most likely candidate to see the new GFRP springs is the facelifted Audi A7 sedan set for an official launch later this year. So why GFRP? The springs are lighter at 3.5 pounds to the 6.0 pounds of conventional steel. GFRP also will not rust which is certainly appealing in climates with snow and for longevity purposes. This may sound new but it isn't. There are other production cars using fiberglass springs including the C7 Corvette.
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    06-26-2014, 03:20 AM
    BMW seems to at least be partially aware its cars have become bloated. The company that used to be produce the lightest cars in their class with perfect 50/50 weight balance have ballooned quite a bit (and lost their perfect balance). The current F01 generation 7-Series may be the best example as depending on trim it can weigh over 5,000 pounds. Compare that to the first generation E23 7-Series that weighed in at roughly ~3400 pounds when introduced. Yes, BMW the 7-Series put on quite a bit of weight over the years as it added safety and luxury features. When a company is supposedly pushing for fuel efficiency losing weight is among the best ways to improve MPG figures. BMW is aiming to cut roughly 500 pounds off the F01 chassis with the next generation G11. Now, do not get too excited. BMW continues to disappoint with the real world weight figures of their new cars despite their weight loss claims. That said, the G11 sure looks good moving around the Nurburgring and the cornering balance looks nice as well with it being fairly flat for a sedan of this size. The 7-Series used to be the choice for the person who wanted to drive their luxury sedan, not be driven. So far the G11 7-Series is looking good in that respect.
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