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  • mpower33's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:46 PM
    btw what is you opinion if we wanted to compare the c63 with the cadillac atsv ?
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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    i don't know if its a good thing that the only difference between the c63 and c63s is just a tune ! its a positive thing if you bought the c63 and a negative thing if you bought the s , of course I'm i mean in a straight line
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:25 PM
    Audi has been toying with the idea of an A9 range topping model for some time now. We first reported about an A9 back in 2011 when Audi stated they wanted to expand the lineup with an A9 launch possibly by 2014. Well, the car will not launch in 2014 but the concept did. There has not been too much talk about the range topping model as of late but if it were to come it might look a little something like the Prologue you see here. It is based on an A8 platform offering the same width but not as long and shorter. The effect is very similar to the S-Class coupe. Under the hood is a 605 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque version of the well known 4.0 TFSI twin turbo V8. An overboost function ups the torque to 553 lb-ft for a short period. That is quite a bit of power and torque out of the 4.0 liter powerplant and it shows Audi has headroom if they wish to utilize it. That power and torque is sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission which is no doubt shared with the RS6/RS7 which have already proven capable of handling the 4.0 TFSI torque even when modified. Will this be built? Who knows. It is definitely stunning and packed with technology. Namely lightweight technology which keeps the large all wheel drive coupe at 4365 pounds offering a very competitive power to weight ratio in this segment should it ever get a green light.
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    Yesterday, 01:08 PM
    BMW and AMG were right next to each other at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Even though the proximity was close the energy between the two was completely different. While AMG had this buzz in the air of excitement with new products BMW could not have been more businesslike. You notice this when the first thing that happens when you walk over to BMW is their security stops you to check your credentials before you are allowed near their precious i8. Relax guys, I don't even want one. Plus I've seen it before the previous year. And the year before that. In the exact same spot next to the exact same i3 with the exact same info... So with three years in a row of the same i8 and i3 and BMW pushing its 'i' brand into the spotlight over everything else it is starting to get a bit boring. Was there anything exciting? Well, not really. Since BMW debuted the 2016 F85 X5M and F86 X6M almost a month before the show there was not really anything new to learn about not to mention the M SUV's are not all that different from the vehicles they are replacing both inside and out. Compared to Mercedes-AMG the display at BMW was boring. While the AMG reps were standing proud on an elevated display singing the praises of their new AMG GT sports car and C63 AMG you did not see any excitement from BMW or their reps. Not a single rep approached me to discuss anything and that may be for the best as what are they supposed to say when I ask where their AMG GT or Black Series answer is? While AMG was debating me, popping hoods, interacting, and engaging with the enthusiasts BMW was making sure no 'undesirables' were getting too close to the i8. Say what you will but you can feel how each company is changing direction not only in their product lines but how they are displayed. Mercedes-AMG proudly showed off having the most powerful four-cylinder motor in the world with their M133 engine display stand and BMW showed off their carbon spoilers from the M Performance catalog on an orange M4. In addition to their 'future is here' display that apparently is the future of the BMW car show circuit for the... foreseeable future. Your current future lacks excitement BMW. It is what it is.
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    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    The Hellcat V8 deserves to be put on display. It is practically a work of art in of itself and the most powerful domestic V8 ever produced by the big three for a street car. 707 horsepower, a 2.4 liter twin screw blower, cast iron block, sodium filled hollow exhaust valves, what's not to love? It is important to point out that Dodge put a lot of work into this motor. They did not just strap a blower onto a Hemi V8 as some have stated. The forged crankshaft is unique to the motor. The forged pistons and forged rods are also unique to the Hellcat V8. The engine block is specially developed for the Hellcat and is part of the reason why it displaces 6.2 liters. Dodge made sure there would be plenty of material around the pistons to handle the torque output. Owners will be upping the fairly mild 11.6 psi of boost from the twin screw blower pretty quickly. The motor also gets its own cam profile and individual piston oil squirters. In person it's a pretty massive motor and certainly could not have been easy to package. Dodge did their homework and produced the most powerful blown V8 to ever grace a street car. It truly is an impressive powerplant with its best days ahead of it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:10 AM
    I haven't seen much of anything. The Mercedes guys don't seem to be as aggressive as BMW owners. At least when it comes to tuning.
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    Yesterday, 09:27 AM
    Am I the only one that hates the styling of the new c63? The rounded edges make it look so feminine, nothing like the previous gen or the aggressive looks of a M car. I"m disappointed because the engine sounds like it will be good.
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    Yesterday, 09:24 AM
    Mercedes-AMG along with the entire Mercedes portfolio (Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach) had an excellent showing at the 2014 LA Auto Show and they offered the most pleasurable experience of all the manufacturers at the show. All of the questions asked by BenzBoost were answered in a polite and professional manner. And trust me there were many questions and some of them specifically were designed to tweak AMG a bit from the enthusiast perspective. Let's start with the major debut which is the AMG GT you see pictured in yellow and grey paint colors. The styling in person of course is subjective but the vehicle is not nearly as striking as the SLS. Whereas the SLS attempted a modern take on the classic Gullwing SL the AMG GT looks like more of a mashup of the current Mercedes styling language. The front headlights obviously are influenced by the CLS and S classes and the rear lights take their cue from the S-Class coupe. It is a much safer and frankly more bland design interpretation than the SLS. That is not to say it does not look good as it does. It is just that the Mercedes designs are starting to blur together. The same could be said about the new W205 generation C63 AMG. It does look like a miniature S-Class but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The C63 AMG simply looks great in person. Excellent, muscular presence and the best C-Class styling to date. It looks incredibly modern, elegant, and strong all at the same time. Borrowing design elements works in this application. I started hammering the AMG representatives with questions and they never once ignored a question or lost their composure. Let's go over some of the questions. BenzBoost: Why no dual clutch transmission for the C63 AMG? The response I got from the Mercedes-AMG rep was that the C63 AMG is a different target audience than the AMG GT. The MCT works well in this application. That is a fine explanation and I followed up with: BenzBoost: Even though the MCT works in this application isn't the reason the AMG GT has a dual clutch transmission and the C63 AMG does not because the rear transaxle dual clutch setup from the SLS AMG could simply be borrowed for the GT whereas in the C63 AMG it would require a new design and therefore cost more money? I could see the (attractive) German female AMG rep flinch a bit after this one but her response was that cost cutting was not the reason the C63 AMG did not have a dual clutch transmission and that the MCT is better suited to the C63 character. Ok, so be it, but I was not exactly buying it and I pressed harder again stating that the dual clutch setup from the GT and the SLS would not work in the C63 meaning a new design would be necessary which another AMG representative overheard and agreed stating the additional cost was not worth it when the MCT automatic has proven to work so well. I got the answer I already knew but it was nice to have confirmation. BenzBoost: Why no 4Matic all wheel drive for the W205 C63 AMG? The answers here were all very logical. First of all, 4Matic adds considerable weight and the C63 is a sportier car than the E63 AMG as the reps stated. Additionally, they feel that overlap begins to happen in the lineup if the C63 AMG has 4Matic with the E63 as we all know is only offered in 4Matic guise in the USA. BenzBoost: Why no dry sump lubrication for the M177 V8 in the C63 AMG? The reps were not too thrilled with this question as they felt I seemed to be implying the M177 is inferior to the M178 which in a sense I was. As an enthusiast I expect the best parts available from a manufacturer in their cars and this goes for the C63 AMG as well. Even though the car comes in at a lower price point than the AMG GT we should at least have the option. Porsche offers dry sump lubrication on its SUV's and Mercedes-AMG can't on its cars when the system is already developed for the motor used? I was told the AMG GT S is more of a track car and that is absolutely true. However, it is also more than twice the price of the C63 AMG. Not everyone can get a C63 AMG can afford an AMG GT and the AMG GT will never offer seating for more than a single passenger. The option of a dry sump system would at least be nice although it was pointed out to me by the reps that I would probably be the only person ordering the option. They are right. But they would definitely show they take hardcore enthusiasts who want the most from their cars into account. BenzBoost: Are there internal differences between the M177 V8 in the C63 AMG and the standard C63? I was told there is more to it than just the motor and was shown the wheels and brakes. That is true the S adds more than power but what I wanted to know is if the difference in C63 AMG S and C63 AMG output was from software and received confirmation that it is in fact just software. BenzBoost: When will we see an AMG GT or C63 AMG Black Series model? The AMG reps clammed up on this one. This was sort of a wink wink nudge nudge type of response. We all know it is coming but the AMG representatives were not allowed to talk about an AMG GT Black Series car. I mentioned Tobias Moers already stated a more hardcore AMG GT is coming but the reps told me as he is the head of AMG he can say whatever he wants but that they could not. They had a very good point. BenzBoost: Why not unlock ECU's for guys who want to tune? Isn't the M177/M178 leaving a ton of power on the table? Now the response to this was cool to see. The AMG rep started telling me how they are aware of tuning and specifically mentioned Weistec and Renntech. The rep went on to discuss some of the Weistec cars and as being a fan of what they do. Interesting, right? The rep then stated that they have to protect their software as it will be ripped off. I mentioned that it is simply a matter of time before the software is cracked and that if OEM's wanted the info they have larger resources to get it than tuners. He agreed but said AMG has to take steps to protect itself and that if you want to tune these cars you have to work for it. He said he might not like it and some engineers may not like it but it is not their decision and there are too many concerns to factor in. Essentially, it would be like opening a pandora's box and no doubt warranty claims would skyrocket. Unfortunately, cultivating a closer relationship between the enthusiast and the factory does not seem possible due to politics. This is a shame as AMG is targeting enthusiasts and all enthusiasts want is more out of their cars. It should not be a fight between the two but that is where things are. Some companies are more friendly in this respect than others and I at least came away with the sense that AMG is not opposed to modification but only wants to protect their intellectual property. With the reps knowledge of various tuners and their builds as well as what goes on in the forums I believed him. I enjoyed my visit with Mercedes more than I did with any other manufacturer at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The reps immediately came over to answer all my questions and were very polite, informed, and professional. They managed to not get frustrated even though I tend to frustrate. No other manufacturer offered as much time to answer questions and show off the cars they had at their display. Well done Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach, and Mercedes-AMG.
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    Yesterday, 08:05 AM
    Ford took some wind out of the sails for journalists by revealing the GT350 early online before the LA Auto Show. That is how things go these days but Ford did have their GT350 on display as promised. The only problems is details on the car were nowhere to be found. Unlike what most of the other automakers do for their debuts Ford did not provide any data panels on the GT350. For those in attendance who hoped to learn more about the car than in the initial press release there simply was no additional info to be gathered and nobody from Ford was around the car to ask for more info anyway. What we know is still what we know and that is we can expect over 8000 rpm from the 5.2 liter flat plane crank V8 along with over 500 horsepower. Torque is expected to be over 400 lb-ft. We also know that the Coyote 5.0 liter V8 serves as the foundation but we do not get a full breakdown as to what is changed. Obviously, a whole heck of a lot and likely just the block remains as a similarity between the two. Interestingly, the engine is lighter than the Coyote 5.0 liter V8 in the Mustang GT but we do now know by how much. Regarding the styling, the car has a great presence in person although it could sit quite a bit lower on the 19's. The rear is a much better design execution than the front though. The car looks best from the front when staring at it head on but when one rotates their position to more of a side profile view the new headlights lose their attractiveness. A subjective point but the previous headlight design worked better at varied angles of view. Like everyone else we await more details on this beast:
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    Yesterday, 07:50 AM
    Expect more and more turbocharged V6 vehicles from Porsche. The flat-6 layout just does not work as well with front engined cars and SUV's so expect to see a lot more of this motor in particular. The 3.6 liter twin turbocharged and direct injected engine powers the Macan Turbo. A tweaked version also goes into the new Cayenne GTS which no longer utilizes naturally aspirated V8 power. In GTS trim the mill gets a bump to 434 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque likely just due to software alone so it shows the Macan Turbo has plenty of headroom for tuning. As for the engine itself it uses dry sump lubrication. This goes to show just how serious Porsche is about the Macan's handling as well as the handling of its SUV's. Can Porsches competition say the same about their motors in their SUV's? Full specs rundown below:
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