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  • Dietcoke's Avatar
    09-29-2014, 06:07 PM
    Is there any way to make this horrible new style go away? For some reason you have the site set to a column in the middle of the monitor, not using a 20% margin on either side of the page. It's horrrendous to read or look at. Help.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-15-2014, 01:45 AM
    Nice race from our Russian friends here pitting the new breed of German twin turbo V8's up against each other. On the BMW side we have an F13 M6 with a Stage 2 tune from PP-Performance. The CLS63 AMG M157 is tuned by someone who rebrands other tuners tunes. Yes, for some unknown reason MHP still exists. The last time we heard the name they were selling Weistec tunes as their own. From what we have heard first hand, Weistec has distanced themselves from MHP. This 'tune' could be anything considering how MHP and Andrew Cluck have been passed around from tuner to tuner as if he was a drunk sorority girl at a frat party. Well, let's focus on how the cars do instead of how diseases get spread. There are three runs and in the first the CLS63 gets a nice jump. The M6 is able to reel it in and looks like it is starting to pull only for the CLS63 to let off due to traffic. The second run offers a more even start and the M6 again starts to pull. By 167 miles per hour it looks like the M6 has a good 5+ car lengths and is continuing to pull, impressive. The third run is the best of the bunch as the cars have the most even start. The M6 again pulls up top and continues to pull by 167+ miles per hour. In a roll on race like this the M6 has a couple advantages on the CLS63. To begin with, it is lighter by roughly 250 pounds. Additionally, the DCT transmission in the M6 shifts faster. Without seeing a dyno from each car it is difficult to exactly state how these factors affect the race but the result is the M6 pulling decisively on the runs.
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  • Vasily1's Avatar
    09-30-2014, 05:32 PM
    Well new Audi is really strong, it has latest APR tune, custom catless exhaust, cooling and mod. turbos by Total race (Garret GTX28 CHRA). Next week he will put back interior and we will rerace:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-30-2014, 12:30 PM
    Let's not spoil the winner just yet. You probably already saw the contenders from MotorTrend's World's Greatest Drag Race 4. MotorTrend takes the same vehicles from their driver's car competition and drag races them as well which is fine of course although the best driver's car likely is not the best drag racing car. The list of cars in the competition is the Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW i8, BMW M4, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Ford Fiesta ST, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Subaru STI, and Volkswagen GTI. These cars run a spread from $25,000 to close to $200,00.00. It is nice that there is something here as representation that can fit almost everyone's pocketbook but the performance spread is pretty large. It would be more useful to compare more cars of the same class than picking a couple from the lower end and a couple from the higher end. No Mustang? No Challenger Hellcat? No Viper? No Huracan? No GT3? No AMG? Come on guys, what is this? Here are the results in the order of how the cars finished from worst to first based on driving impressions (not just the raw laptime). Randy Pobst is again doing the driving at Laguna Seca. 10. Volkswagen Golf GTI 9. Jaguar F-Type R Coupe 8. BMW i8 7. Subaru WRX STI 6. Ford Fiesta ST 5. BMW M4 4. Nissan GT-R Nismo 3. Porsche 911 Turbo S 2. Alfa Romeo 4C 1. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 If you were to order the cars in order of laptimes, the result would be: 10. Ford Fiesta ST - 1:51.25 9. Volkswagen GTI - 1:50.11 8. Subaru WRX STI - 1:47.16 7. BMW i8 - 1:44.29 6. Alfa Romeo 4C - 1:43.78 5. Jaguar F-Type Coupe R - 1:42.01 4. BMW M4 - 1:39.69 3. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - 1:37.82 2. Porsche 911 Turbo S - 1:35.62 1. Nissan GTR Nismo - 1:35.51 The Camaro Z/28 takes the title as the best driver's car and from this group. You have a 7.0 liter LS7 V8 revving to 7000 rpm offering glorious response under the hood, a manual transmission, huge 305mm wide tires at all four corners, and a car built around cornering and not just horsepower or acceleration. It is the car you would want to drive on an empty canyon road and the most rewarding of the group. It is the best driver's car. Source
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  • aflatau's Avatar
    10-13-2014, 09:49 PM
    Any one here vape aka use e-cigs, mods and etc? What is your current setup like?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-08-2014, 04:16 PM
    I'm going to buy a new car next year and it's going to be a domestic because fuck BMW and I want to expand the network reach. I like the Hellcat. I like the Stingray. Really I want the Z06 but since turbos on the M3 are going to take that portion of the down payment away I don't think I can swing both a Z06 and another forced induction build. So, the Hellcat and Stingray are both cheaper. Which one? Hellcat is already supercharged and going to have a big following. The Vette is sportier of course and can also be modified just not quite as easily. I already have a car for big power so considering this is more about driving enjoyment I'm leaning toward the Vette.
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  • Legionofboom's Avatar
    10-15-2014, 11:41 AM
    How is everyone feeling about this?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-30-2014, 01:06 AM
    A Boosted German 5.5 liter V8 against a boosted German 3.0 liter inline-6. The larger V8 motor is in the larger and heavier sedan which is the W212 generation E63 AMG. This particular E63 AMG is also equipped with the Performance Package which was an option on the pre-facelift W212 E63 AMG models. This package boosts output to 550 horsepower from the standard 518 horsepower. Dyno testing shows us that the Performance Package brings output up from the standard 483 wheel horsepower to 516 wheel horsepower. Torque jumps up considerably from 478 lb-ft at the wheels to 544 lb-ft at the wheels with the Performance Package. This is much more power and torque than the F80 M3 despite the F80 M3 being significantly underrated with 427 horsepower 429 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The M3 is roughly 700 pounds lighter though and it has a quick shifting DCT transmission. This same F80 M3 absolutely annihilated an Audi R8 4.2 V8 so the E63 AMG here helps put the M3 acceleration and the previous race in context. The M3 is fast, but the E63 AMG with the Performance Package is much faster. Yes, it does a get a jump but even if it did not it is still will pull much more strongly on the top end. There is always a bigger dog.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-07-2014, 01:16 AM
    Great drag racing action here! The E63 we all know well on this network as it belongs to Benzboost member Vasily1. Most recently we saw it in action against an Audi RS7 with upgraded turbos. The 850 horsepower quoted output on the E63 is accurate as it has upgraded turbos courtesy of Renntech. Run 1 E63 vs. M6: The first race has the E63 AMG S 4Matic going up against an F13 M6 with a PP-Performance Stage 2 tune. The output is claimed to be 720 horsepower which we have no way of verifying but it certainly is possible with the right supporting mods. The M6 puts up a good fight but the E63 is quicker to each marker and traps higher at each marker. At the 1/4 mile the E63 is pulling harder with a 132.52 trap speed to the M6 128.70. At the kilometer marker the E63 hits a 19.594 @ 172.20 to the M6 20.748 @ 166.43 miles per hour. Definitely a good run between these two. Run 2 E63 vs. TT-RS: The next race features our friend @Vasily1 with his E63 against a Revo Technik Stage III modified TT-RS said to be putting out 530 horsepower. We have seen this TT-RS in action before and it sure looks like it is a lot stronger than the claimed 530 horsepower. This is another good race and the E63 is able to edge out the TT-RS. It also is definitely pulling harder up top than the TT-RS. That said, the two cars are only 3/10's apart at the 1/4 mile marker. The E63 1/4 mile trap speed is 132.43 MPH to the TT-RS 130.35 MPH. The E63 runs through the standing kilometer in 19.719 @ 170.36 MPH to the TT-RS 20.465 @ 161.07 MPH. The top end is all E63 but that is one impressive TT-RS. Runs 3 E63 vs. ZR1: The ZR1 is said to have 850 horsepower but without a dyno we are just taking it as an estimate. A bolt on ZR1 can have this crank output depending on the modifications. The ZR1 also obviously is much lighter than the 4Matic E63 AMG S with roughly a thousand pound difference between the cars. This is yet another great run and the E63 again comes out on top thanks to its top end power. The ZR1 gets a decent launch but it just does not have enough to pull the E63 up top. The ZR1 has the slightly higher 1/4 mile trap speed but by the half mile the E63 is pulling harder and at the kilometer marker it has a 5.8 mile per hour advantage. Those turbos have some serious top end punch. The E63 ends up running a 19.795 @ 171.41 miles per hour in the kilometer (showing remarkable consistency) to the ZR1 20.946 @ 165.57 miles per hour. Great races and great stuff from this @Vasily1's E63 yet again:
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    09-26-2014, 06:52 PM
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-28-2014, 12:15 AM
    Well, I could dream bigger like a palace of some sort but this is at least attainable. I just think the design is sick:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-24-2014, 10:49 AM
    We finally have some clarity regarding the new AMG twin turbo V8 engines used in the AMG GT and the Mercedes-AMG C63. AMG does not go into specifics but states that the M177 powering the C63 AMG is closely related to the M178, 'The M177 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is a close relative of the M178, which is the sports-car heart of the new Mercedes-AMG GT.' The question remains as to what the specific differences between the motors are. The most likely and obvious difference is that the M178 has dry sump lubrication whereas the M177 does not. Mercedes does not state anything about a dry sump oil system for the C63 AMG or C63 AMG S and considering how much emphasis they put on this point with the AMG GT it is likely not just a case of the person writing the press release forgetting. Looking at the engine bay of the C63 it looks as if there are some intake and packaging differences. This also may imply that the turbo units are different between the cars and would partially explain why the C63 has more torque than the AMG GT. There could potentially be internal engine differences as well. The C63 also uses an MCT transmission whereas the AMG GT uses a dual clutch gearbox. AMG will likely shed more light on how the M177 and M178 differ in Paris but now we officially know there are two 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 AMG variants as expected. Powerful High-Performance Athlete Pure fascination and breathtaking dynamics – the new Mercedes-AMG C63 sets benchmarks. The high-tech drivetrain, the signature AMG handling and the high level of individuality in optional equipment guarantee an utterly unique driving experience. The pinnacle of the C-Class line-up is driven by an all new 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine closely related to the power unit that provides breathtaking propulsion in the new Mercedes-AMG GT. The power spectrum ranges from 469 hp in the C63 to 503 hp in the C63 S. With an unrivalled fuel fuel economy, the C63 is the most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder car in the high-performance segment. The extensive range of standard equipment includes the AMG Adaptive sports suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, the mechanical rear locking differential and the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with its multiple drive programs. Additionally, there will be a highly exclusive "Edition 1" model available from market launch. Dynamics plus long-distance comfort –the new Mercedes-AMG C63 offers impressive engine output with exceptionally low fuel consumption figures, outstanding longitudinal and lateral dynamics and yet delivers a high level of everyday usability. As form is just as important as function, the interior and exterior design is more distinctive than ever before. The V8 pinnacle in the C-Class portfoilio is available in a choice of two models –the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and C63, with the C63 S set up for even more dynamic handling and performance. The Mercedes-AMG C63 celebrates its world premiere on October 2, 2014 together with the show premiere of the Mercedes-AMG GT at the Salon de l'Automobile in Paris. Market introduction in the USA begins in March 2015 with both the C63 and C63 S launching at the same time. "We are also marking the beginning of a new era with the new nomenclature. The successor to the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, which has been incredibly successful worldwide, will now be called the Mercedes-AMG C63," says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "At 40,000 units, the 204 C63 AMG was the bestselling AMG model. We will now add to this success with the new Mercedes-AMG C63. Be it in drive, handling or equipment, the Mercedes-AMG C63 sets new benchmarks and will further strengthen our brand promise 'Driving Performance'. AMG customers can look forward to an exceptionally dynamic driving experience." Best in fuel consumption, best in performance The C63 is at the forefront of the competitive field. The new high-performance vehicles from Affalterbach are the only ones in the segment to be equipped with an eight-cylinder biturbo engine. The result is impressive power delivery and a highly emotional engine sound – a signature of the AMG brand. Drivers benefit from unrivalled performance delivered by a supreme level of power and torque. The C63 S accelerates from zero to 60mph in 3.9 seconds and the C63 in 4.0. The top speed is 155mph (electronically limited). "Naturally, the new Mercedes-AMG C63 is once again powered by an eight- cylinder engine. The passionate power delivery and highly emotional sound of our 4.0-liter V8 biturbo are truly compelling. At the same time, we are maintaining our leading role in the core issue of efficiency. No other high- performance V8 automobile is more fuel efficient than the new C63," says Christian Enderle, Head of Development Engine and Drivetrain at Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The C63 not only holds the top position in terms of engine data and performance, it also sets new benchmarks in fuel consumption. The high-performance car from Affalterbach demonstrates exceptional efficiency that puts it at the top of the segment. And it does not stop there – the C63 is the most fuel-efficient eight- cylinder, high-performance vehicle in the world. It achieves a remarkable decrease in fuel consumption compared with the preceding C63 AMG. The new Mercedes-AMG C63 consumes around 32 percent less fuel than its direct predecessor with the 6.3-liter V8 naturally aspirated engine – while delivering even more performance and the emotional sound that is a signature of the AMG V8. New V8 biturbo closely related to the engine in the Mercedes-AMG GT This impressive efficiency improvement is rooted in the new drive package. The M177 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is a close relative of the M178, which is the sports-car heart of the new Mercedes-AMG GT. The innovative eight- cylinder is notable for its outstanding power delivery, targeted lightweight design, high efficiency and environmental compatibility. It also fulfills the highest standards in terms of noise and vibration comfort. The newly developed eight-cylinder features biturbocharging, whereby the two chargers are not located on the outside of the cylinder banks, but instead, within the cylinder V – specialists refer to this as the "hot inside V". The resulting benefits are a compact engine design, optimum responsiveness and low exhaust emissions. Petrol piezo direct injection with spray-guided combustion Mixture preparation is handled by the petrol piezo direct injection system used exclusively by Mercedes. The third generation of the spray-guided combustion process has been developed to meet all future legislative requirements. A sophisticated engine cooling system ensures high performance even at ambitious race-track speeds. Performance exhaust system available as an option Fascination, emotionality and immediate recognition – engine sound is an important development objective. The C63 and C63 S feature a sports exhaust system with a dynamic electronically controlled exhaust flap. Depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program, the engine sound varies between low-key for long-distance travel and raw emotionality. The exhaust flap is located in the front third, at the interface between the two pipes. Its infinitely variable actuation is controlled on the basis of the drive program, the performance wishes of the driver and the engine speed. A Performance exhaust system with three electronically controlled exhaust flaps is available as an option for both engine variants. It provides the driver with an even greater level of control of the exhaust note via a button on the center console. In the "Comfort" drive program, the engine is quieter and more comfortable, while, in "Sport +" and "Race", the V8 sound is even more dominant and evocative of a race touring car – complete with acoustic up-shift and distinctive double de-clutching feedback. In addition to setting it via the drive programme, the engine sound can also be set individually at any time at the push of a button. C63 S comes as standard with dynamic engine mounts A further new feature of the C63 S that is unique in the competitive field is the dynamic engine mounts – as used on the Mercedes-AMG GT. They address the conflict of interest between comfort and handling by reducing vibration from the engine/transmission unit. The dynamic mounts can adapt their stiffness smoothly and in fractions of a second to the prevailing driving conditions and style. Soft engine mounts improve comfort by better reducing noise and vibration. Handling and agility, on the other hand, benefit from slightly stiffer mounts. When driving dynamically, the driver feels more closely connected to the vehicle as a result of increased feedback, while steering response is more direct. The driver benefits overall from a more precise driving feel. Minimized movement of the drivetrain mass calls for less correction on turn-in. Engine production by hand – "one man, one engine" Powerful V8 engines have always been one of the competencies of AMG, the Mercedes-Benz performance brand. Mercedes-AMG GmbH is fully responsible for development and production. The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is manufactured in the Affalterbach engine shop in accordance with the "one man, one engine" principle. Variable dynamics – the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission A large part of the direct and sporty character of the new Mercedes-AMG C63 is attributable to the transmission. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission offers a compelling mix of tailor-made dynamics and exceptional variability. The MCT transmission was extensively redeveloped for application in the C63 and is now even faster in its reaction times. Be it automatic or triggered at the steering wheel paddle by the driver, a manual up or down-shift is now noticeably faster than in the last model. The transmission is now significantly more spontaneous in the "Sport +" and manual modes in particular. This increase in responsiveness was enabled by optimization of the transmission's hardware and software. Also, the aluminium shift paddles on the Performance steering wheel are now able to transmit the driver's shift inputs even faster than before, thus further increasing the dynamic feel. One look at the drive programmes shows the high variability of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission. The available choices are "Controlled Efficiency", "Sport" and "Sport +" – as well as "Race", which is exclusive to the C63 S. The driver chooses from the various drive programmes with the aid of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch. The "temporary M" function, activated by using the paddles, delivers a further increase in dynamics in any mode. AMG Adaptive sport suspension with 3-stage adjustable damping Fascinating agility, high cornering speeds and optimum neutrality – the C63 is equipped with independent suspension featuring a high proportion of aluminium, dynamic-oriented kinematics, electronically controlled shock absorbers and AMG-specific elastokinematics. With the AMG Dynamic sport suspension, the customer can vary characteristics in three stages between maximum sporting performance and good long-distance comfort. At the front of the C63 is a four-link front suspension with motorsport-based radially mounted brakes. Independent steering knuckles and a wider track permit higher lateral acceleration. The multilink rear suspension with independent wheel mounts likewise has a higher negative camber. To improve traction and dynamics, the C63 has a mechanical locking differential at the rear, while the C63 S is equipped with an electronic rear locking differential. Both locking differentials reduce slip at the inside wheel without braking input. As a result, the driver can accelerate sooner out of corners and the car maintains its stability when braking at high speed. The locking differential also improves traction when accelerating from a standstill. Compared with the mechanical solution, the benefits of the electronic locking rear differential, which is standard equipment on the C63 S, are its faster and more finely tuned control, thus pushing the physical limits of the driving envelope even higher. The standard 3-stage ESP® with the functions "ESP ON", "SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF" is perfectly networked with the locking rear differential and expertly tuned to the high level of dynamics. The electromechanical speed-sensitive sport steering ensures precise and agile handling, with the driver benefitting from a direct ratio and optimized response characteristics. It also has variable power assistance, whereby the steering force is adapted relative to the current vehicle speed. The power assistance reacts not only in accordance with vehicle speed, but also in line with current lateral acceleration and the drive programme chosen via AMG DYNAMIC SELECT. The C63 runs as standard on titanium grey painted and polished alloy wheels measuring 8.5 x 18 (front) and 9.5 x 18 (rear) in 10-spoke design and clad in 245/40 R 18 tires (front) and 265/40 R 18 (rear). The tire dimensions on the C63 S are 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear) running on alloy wheels measuring 8.5 x 19 (front) and 9.5 x 19 (rear) in 5-twin-spoke design, painted in titanium grey and polished. A high-performance, ceramic-composite brake system is available for the first time as optional equipment for the C63 S. Optional sport cup tires ensure a noticeable and measurable increase in grip. AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programmes The driver can use four different AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programmes to influence the characteristics of the C63. The C63 S has the additional "Race" programme, which enables a maximum level of individualisation. The driver defines the driving experience using a switch to the left of the touchpad. There is a choice of several different pre-configured driving programmes and an "Individual" drive programme, which allows extensive self-configuration. "Controlled Efficiency" is the balanced drive programme with a comfortable suspension and steering set-up as well as fuel-optimized drivetrain settings – including soft gearshifts and a more restrained engine sound. The "Gliding Function" is completely new and delivers a further reduction in fuel consumption. If the driver lifts off the accelerator between37 and 99 mph - , the clutch of the MCT transmission opens and the engine is decoupled from the drivetrain. The electronics system reduces the engine revs to idle, and the resistance generated by the compression and frictional forces produced under trailing throttle are reduced. The "Sport" and "Sport +" drive programmes increase sporting intensity. "Race" is reserved exclusively for the C63 S and is the optimum setting for ambitious laps on a closed race track. Form follows performance – the design reflects the technology Form follows performance – the design of the powerful V8 top model is influenced by motorsport and reflects its fascinating technology. Sensual clarity combines with stylish sporting character – the Mercedes C63 inspires fascination from the very first glance. From a visual standpoint, the new model is clearly a member of the Mercedes-AMG family. The exteriors of the C63 and C63 S are differentiated by specific design elements. The emotional, sensual surface design of the new C-Class, with its reduced, minimalist forms, now has an added, positive tension that gives it a truly dynamic character. The wider track and powerful eight-cylinder call for a completely standalone front end. The Mercedes-AMG C63 has aluminium front fenders, widened on each side by 0.55" and bearing "V8 BITURBO" lettering. The entire front end has also been lengthened by 2.12". In addition, the structure of the body-in-white has been reinforced in specific areas in order to compensate for the extreme longitudinal and transverse forces generated and transmitted by the drivetrain and running gear. Mercedes-AMG sets clear accents in sporting character, expressed succinctly at the front end – gracing the long aluminium bonnet are two distinctive power domes. Together with the wider front fenders, they guarantee a particularly muscular look. Positioned low down and with a characteristic arrow form, the "twin blade" radiator grille with AMG lettering lowers the vehicle's visual center of gravity. The "A-wing" takes a three-dimensional form and also serves as an airflow guide for the three cooling air intakes. Flics ensure optimum airflow to the cooling module. Along the lower edge of the front skirt, a front splitter helps to increase downforce. At the rear end, the diffuser insert with three fins is a feature carried over from motorsport, as are the visual air outlets positioned on either side. They generate defined air separation edges and improve the cd figure. The two chrome-plated twin end pipes of the AMG sport exhaust system are perfectly integrated into the diffuser. The C63 Sedan has a separation edge on the rear deck lid,–which ensures even better grip at the rear axle. Stunning interior design Every detail in the interior of the C63 contributes to a stunning overall effect. The careful choice of select, first-class materials, their sumptuous tactile qualities and their precision craftsmanship deliver a sense of quality that is seldom seen even in higher vehicle classes. Like the exterior, the more powerful C63 S is distinguished from the C63 on the inside by a number of design details. The dashboard is finished in black ARTICO man-made leather, with the premium look-and-feel further enhanced by stitching in crystal grey, the wing- like trim element in aluminium and the AMG-exclusive, IWC-design analogue clock (depending on equipment choice). Next to the touchpad is the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch as well as a number of AMG-specific controls, such as the button for the 3-stage AMG Dynamic sport suspension, the 3-stage ESP® and the optional button for the Performance exhaust system with variable exhaust flap control. The instrument cluster and the 3-spoke Performance steering wheel with 12-o'clock mark deliver a dynamically sporty ambience. Equipped with dedicated carbon weave-pattern dials and signature AMG numerals. Performance seats are also available as an alternative to the standard sports seats in MB-Tex / DINAMICA microfibre. They give occupants a lower seating position and ensure increased lateral grip due to their more powerfully contoured form. A range of further optional equipment means the Mercedes-AMG C63 can be extensively tailored to individual preferences. Exclusive and irresistible – the C63 "Edition 1" The Mercedes-AMG C63 S is also available from market launch as an "Edition 1" – with a stunning and irresistible combination of exclusive design and equipment features.. The "Edition 1" can be identified from the outside by a number of design highlights: - Forged wheels in 8.5 x 19 and 9.5 x 19 cross-spoke design, painted matte black with the rim painted in red; tires are 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear) - Night package (A-wing and trim in high-gloss black, wing mirror housings in high-gloss black, sill cladding inlays in high-gloss black, waistline trim and window frames in high-gloss black, radiator grille with double fin in silver chrome, Black-chromed twin end pipe fairings - Red accentson radiator grille and wing mirrors - Sport stripes in matte graphite grey above sill cladding The distinctive color combination carries into the interior: - Performance seats, door center panels and armrest in black nappa leather with diamond pattern and red contrasting stitching - designo seatbelts in red - Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre, flattened bottom, with red 12-o'clock marking, red contrasting stitching, steering wheel fairing in silver chrome with "Edition 1" lettering and silver- colored aluminium shift paddles - Trim element in carbon red pepper / light aluminium with longitudinal grain and red filaments - Floor mats in black with "AMG" lettering and piping in red Highest safety levels The stated aim of Mercedes-Benz is to make the highest level of safety available to all. For this reason, the C-Class features many of the new and extensively enhanced assistance systems that celebrated their world premieres just a few months ago in the S and E-Class. Standard equipment on-board the C63 includes enhanced drowsiness warning system ATTENTION ASSIST and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, which helps to avoid rear-end collisions. The assistance systems increase both comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz calls this "Intelligent Drive". The predecessor to the new C-Class already demonstrated impressive results in terms of passive safety. The new model exceeds these and sets new benchmarks.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-30-2014, 03:45 PM
    Most of you have probably read this but I always enjoy reading this no matter how many times I have: "There were a lot of things we couldn't do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly the jet. Fun would not be the first word I would use to describe flying this plane. Intense, maybe. Even cerebral. But there was one day in our Sled experience when we would have to say that it was pure fun to be the fastest guys out there, at least for a moment. It occurred when Walt and I were flying our final training sortie. We needed 100 hours in the jet to complete our training and attain Mission Ready status. Somewhere over Colorado we had passed the century mark. We had made the turn in Arizona and the jet was performing flawlessly. My gauges were wired in the front seat and we were starting to feel pretty good about ourselves, not only because we would soon be flying real missions but because we had gained a great deal of confidence in the plane in the past ten months. Ripping across the barren deserts 80,000 feet below us, I could already see the coast of California from the Arizona border. I was, finally, after many humbling months of simulators and study, ahead of the jet. I was beginning to feel a bit sorry for Walter in the back seat. There he was, with no really good view of the incredible sights before us, tasked with monitoring four different radios. This was good practice for him for when we began flying real missions, when a priority transmission from headquarters could be vital. It had been difficult, too, for me to relinquish control of the radios, as during my entire flying career I had controlled my own transmissions. But it was part of the division of duties in this plane and I had adjusted to it. I still insisted on talking on the radio while we were on the ground, however. Walt was so good at many things, but he couldn't match my expertise at sounding smooth on the radios, a skill that had been honed sharply with years in fighter squadrons where the slightest radio miscue was grounds for beheading. He understood that and allowed me that luxury. Just to get a sense of what Walt had to contend with, I pulled the radio toggle switches and monitored the frequencies along with him. The predominant radio chatter was from Los Angeles Center, far below us, controlling daily traffic in their sector. While they had us on their scope (albeit briefly), we were in uncontrolled airspace and normally would not talk to them unless we needed to descend into their airspace. We listened as the shaky voice of a lone Cessna pilot asked Center for a readout of his ground speed. Center replied: "November Charlie 175, I'm showing you at ninety knots on the ground." Now the thing to understand about Center controllers, was that whether they were talking to a rookie pilot in a Cessna, or to Air Force One, they always spoke in the exact same, calm, deep, professional, tone that made one feel important. I referred to it as the " Houston Center voice." I have always felt that after years of seeing documentaries on this country's space program and listening to the calm and distinct voice of the Houston controllers, that all other controllers since then wanted to sound like that, and that they basically did. And it didn't matter what sector of the country we would be flying in, it always seemed like the same guy was talking. Over the years that tone of voice had become somewhat of a comforting sound to pilots everywhere. Conversely, over the years, pilots always wanted to ensure that, when transmitting, they sounded like Chuck Yeager, or at least like John Wayne. Better to die than sound bad on the radios. Just moments after the Cessna's inquiry, a Twin Beech piped up on frequency, in a rather superior tone, asking for his ground speed. "I have you at one hundred and twenty-five knots of ground speed." Boy, I thought, the Beechcraft really must think he is dazzling his Cessna brethren. Then out of the blue, a navy F-18 pilot out of NAS Lemoore came up on frequency. You knew right away it was a Navy jock because he sounded very cool on the radios. "Center, Dusty 52 ground speed check". Before Center could reply, I'm thinking to myself, hey, Dusty 52 has a ground speed indicator in that million-dollar cockpit, so why is he asking Center for a readout? Then I got it, ol' Dusty here is making sure that every bug smasher from Mount Whitney to the Mojave knows what true speed is. He's the fastest dude in the valley today, and he just wants everyone to know how much fun he is having in his new Hornet. And the reply, always with that same, calm, voice, with more distinct alliteration than emotion: "Dusty 52, Center, we have you at 620 on the ground." And I thought to myself, is this a ripe situation, or what? As my hand instinctively reached for the mic button, I had to remind myself that Walt was in control of the radios. Still, I thought, it must be done - in mere seconds we'll be out of the sector and the opportunity will be lost. That Hornet must die, and die now. I thought about all of our Sim training and how important it was that we developed well as a crew and knew that to jump in on the radios now would destroy the integrity of all that we had worked toward becoming. I was torn. Somewhere, 13 miles above Arizona, there was a pilot screaming inside his space helmet. Then, I heard it. The click of the mic button from the back seat. That was the very moment that I knew Walter and I had become a crew. Very professionally, and with no emotion, Walter spoke: "Los Angeles Center, Aspen 20, can you give us a ground speed check?" There was no hesitation, and the replay came as if was an everyday request. "Aspen 20, I show you at one thousand eight hundred and forty-two knots, across the ground." I think it was the forty-two knots that I liked the best, so accurate and proud was Center to deliver that information without hesitation, and you just knew he was smiling. But the precise point at which I knew that Walt and I were going to be really good friends for a long time was when he keyed the mic once again to say, in his most fighter-pilot-like voice: "Ah, Center, much thanks, we're showing closer to nineteen hundred on the money." For a moment Walter was a god. And we finally heard a little crack in the armor of the Houston Center voice, when L.A.came back with, "Roger that Aspen, Your equipment is probably more accurate than ours. You boys have a good one."It all had lasted for just moments, but in that short, memorable sprint across the southwest, the Navy had been flamed, all mortal airplanes on freq were forced to bow before the King of Speed, and more importantly, Walter and I had crossed the threshold of being a crew. A fine day's work. We never heard another transmission on that frequency all the way to the coast.For just one day, it truly was fun being the fastest guys out there."-Brian Schul"Sled Driver: Flying the World's Fastest Jet"
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    09-25-2014, 01:59 PM
    Manufacturers are really making trying to figure out what a car actually weighs these days pretty difficult. They play all kinds of games with the numbers in order to make the cars appear lighter than they really are in order to claim large weight savings. BMW fudged the numbers in a fashion that makes one stand in awe of their claims with the new F80 M3 missing their claimed target by 256 pounds. Is Mercedes guilty of the same thing here? Until we get a new C63 AMG on the scales we will not know for certain but the chances of the car weighing 3615 pounds in US trim with fluids are pretty slim. Why? Well, first of all AMG states the weight at 1640 kilograms is 15 kilograms less than the previous model. We all know the previous generation W204 C63 AMG does not weigh 3648 pounds pounds. At 39XX pounds it is closer to 4000 than it is to 3600. The C63 AMG S takes a 15 kilograms penalty over the standard C63. That is a fairly small difference and enough that a full or empty tank of gas can sway which one weighs more. The real question will be how much lighter the new car is than the older car and once an independent source weighs 2015 C63 we will know. 37XX pounds seems like a more realistic range than what AMG is giving us in their Press Release.
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    10-04-2014, 04:01 PM
    Looking for a winter beater for my buddy needs AWD. Limit is 15K So far best buys appear to be a 04 Audi S4 w/ ~141K for 13K and a 03 Benz S500 4matic w/ 120K for 11K. Draw backs to each what would you guys be looking for in the premium bargain market. Was trying to find an escalade but we've bought up most of the deals in the last year and none are on the market right now. Sticky
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    10-12-2014, 05:27 PM
    Possible re-post? I haven't run across this vid before.. Some nice runs!
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    09-25-2014, 05:24 PM
    So just picked up a turbo apex. Wondering if anyone else on here is running turbo snowmobiles. Will be hanging out in Revi a few times this year if anyone is heading that way. It's a Alpine front mount GTX2867R with a CR/Alpine 163 tunnel and M10 skid. Gut that had it built before the last owner. http://www.alpinemotorsport.ca/default.asp?page=apex-turbos
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    09-28-2014, 06:32 PM
    Option 1: or Option 2:
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    10-02-2014, 06:56 PM
    Some pics from Paris Motor Show of the limited "Edition 1" C63-S.
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    09-23-2014, 05:30 PM
    We know the official reveal of the new C63 AMG is imminent and details have slowly been leaking out. Thanks to someone over in Germany some official pictures have hit the web. The pictures confirm a C63 AMG and a C63 AMG S model as well as a wagon. The picture of the transmission some are reporting as a DCT unit although a quick Google image search shows it is an image associated with the R231 SL 7-speed MCT automatic transmission. Regarding horsepower as previously reported the C63 AMG S model will get 510 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Now what will the standard C63 AMG have? Roughly 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, more than the standard AMG GT interestingly enough if indeed true. We will have to wait for an official reveal to know exactly how and why the output differs between the models. The upcoming Paris auto show in October should bring in more official details.
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    10-14-2014, 12:04 PM
    he said all he has is an exhaust and intake..i can't tell if he's lying or not. stock c5s make 350 but i walk away from full bolt on ls1s no problem. then again they do only way 32xx pounds but i couldn't tell if that was a z06 or not...idk is my car slow as fuck or is he lying? i did let off at the end when he jumped a little so idk how the race would've went if we kept going.
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    10-13-2014, 02:30 PM
    Well, here is another tuned AMG M157 beating up on an Italian exotic. This time though instead of the Aventadors we have seen it is a Ferrari 458 Italia. The Itala is lighter than the Aventador and the E63 and is a rear wheel drive car with a dual clutch transmission. However, as it is stock it definitely lacks the raw grunt of the E63. To put the power disparity into perspective here a stock 458 Italia will dyno roughly in the 450 wheel horsepower range. A tuned rear wheel drive AMG M157 on the other hand can get well over 600 wheel horsepower with supporting mods. And supporting mods this E63 AMG has with downpipes, a full exhaust, and intake modifications. The 458 does surprisingly well considering the large power disparity and it is important to point out the E63 has three people in it (and someone will question whether anyone should be racing with a child) but considering the 1000 pound disparity between the cars to begin with passengers will not have a huge impact here for the E63. Regardless, a good run from both cars and yet another AMG beating up on an Italian.
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    09-26-2014, 09:30 PM
    http://www.mustang6g.com/forums/showthread.php/ford-racing-2015-3878.html 3 different cars to showcase various Ford Racing parts available from the showroom. The blower kit is a TVS2300 making around 650hp. They trapped 128mph in this car. The ecoboost ran mid 12s and the bolton N/A 5.0 ran 11s. Nice stuff. Blower kit is only $6800.
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    10-01-2014, 04:51 PM
    Hi I have a ml with the 276 NA engine. Is there any chance for me to gain any power? can i retrofit turbos on this engine? thank you in advance!
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