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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:40 PM
    The best automotive performance bargain in the world? That would be the 2016 Mustang GT350. There will of course be those who point to the Dodge Hellcat models with the Challenger starting at $60,900 and offering much more power with the 707 horsepower twin screw supercharged V8. The thing is, the Hellcat might win in raw torque per dollar but the Mustang GT350 comes in roughly $12k less and offers a much more nimble package. The GT350 will run circles around the Hellcat on a track as the portly Dodge sticks to being a one trick pony with that trick being going fast in a straight line (as long as it maintains traction). The GT350 sounds incredible with its unique flat-plane crank high revving naturally aspirated V8. Hell, the GT350 is the next best thing to a Porsche 911 GT3 and for those who want a manual transmission it actually offers something the Porsche can't at a fraction of the cost. The GT350R on paper looks like it will offer GT3 level performance, if not superior performance, for far less money. This is very aggressive pricing from Ford and the GT350R despite going to $63495 is quite a bargain itself. The problem will be actually getting a GT350 or GT350R for the MSRP. That said, well done Ford.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:24 PM
    These are two naturally aspirated Italian heavyweights slugging it out on the highway. A boosted German luxury sedan spoils the fun however. This video goes to show that the Huracan and 599 are very fast but in the boosted era all it takes is a tune on something like a CLS63 AMG equipped with the AMG M157 5.5 liter V8 to upset the exotics. The action obviously focuses on the Huracan and 599 predominantly and the CLS63 AMG only gets a cameo appearance at the end of the video. Regardless, the Huracan has a 5.2 liter naturally aspirated and direct injected V10 engine with 602 horsepower and 412 lb-ft of torque sent to all four wheels through a dual clutch transmission. The 599 has a naturally aspirated 6.0 liter V12 based on the unit in the Ferrari Enzo with an output of 612 horsepower and 448 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the Huracan power goes to the rear wheels. It does not have a dual clutch transmission but instead a sequential 'F1' manual gearbox. The 599 also carries an extra ~450 pounds. On paper this should be a good race and in practice it is with the Huracan having a slight edge. It is able to maintain the lead it opens up in the lower gears although the 599 appears to inch back in the higher gears. They both get smoked by a tuned M157 though. It sure is tough to beat the modern boosted German V8's once they get a tune.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:41 PM
    This is certainly one that is fun to see. Now, the Porsche 911 GT3 really belongs on the road course. It is not about starightline speed although it is certainly no slouch in that area with its 475 horsepower 3.8 liter direct injected flat-6 engine that revs to an incredible 9000 rpm. The problem is that it is going up against the twin turbocharged and direct injected 4.0 liter M178 V8 under the hood of the AMG GT S which offers both more power and more torque. The GT3 carries roughly 400 less pounds and also has a dual clutch transmission like the AMG GT S. It just simply lacks the muscle of the turbo AMG GT S and it is surprising just how big the gap is in the real world. See for yourself.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:12 PM
    Mercedes killed off the Maybach name only to revive it with the latest generation W222 S-Class. The problem Maybach had is that it was essentially an S-Class with a premium price tag. Sure, they changed some things on the exterior as well as the interior and added Maybach badging. That is basically what this new 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is. Except it is not pretending to be anything other than an S-Class. A $200k S-Class. That money buys you a beautiful and spacious interior. Also a 523 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque twin turbocharged M279 6.0 liter V12. The engine for whatever reason is detuned from the S65 AMG 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 may be aimed at its premium British rivals but the Bentley is more than twice the price. The Maybach premium does not bring it close in prestige, position, and price. When playing at this level those things matter. It is also why Maybach failed in the first place. The Bentley does not look like a fancy version of something cheaper. It is premium to begin with. It simply is what it is which is a heavy, powerful, and opulent British boat. It needs those 811 lb-ft of torque from the twin turbo L-Series V8 to move its ample sized 6041 pound body around. At 5308 pounds the Mercedes-Maybach is the lightweight here. MotorTrend in their comparison comments on how it feels sportier and that it handles better. Does anyone in this class really care about the handling prowess or sportiness? If so, why not just opt for the S65 AMG to begin with as it handles better and is faster than either of these cars? The Bentley may be heavier, it may be slower, and it may handle worse. But it is far better at being a Bentley or even a Maybach than the Mercedes is. The Mercedes-Maybach comes off as an S-Class doing its best impression of a Rolls or Bentley. That just isn't good enough in this segment. You want the real thing. 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD Front-engine, RWD ENGINE TYPE Twin-turbo 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads Twin-turbo 60-deg V-12, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN OHV, 2 valves/cyl SOHC, 3 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 411.9 cu in/6,750cc 364.9 cu in/5,980cc COMPRESSION RATIO 8.9:1 9.0:1 POWER (SAE NET) 530 hp @ 4,200 rpm 523 hp @ 4,900 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 811 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm 612 lb-ft @ 1,900 rpm REDLINE 4,500 rpm 6,200 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 11.4 lb/hp 10.1 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 2.92:1/1.95:1 2.42:1/1.77:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar Multilink, hydraulic and coil springs, adj shocks; multilink, hydraulic and coil springs, adj shocks STEERING RATIO 16.5:1 (est) 15.5:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 3.4 2.2 BRAKES, F;R 15.7-in vented disc; 14.6-in vented disc, ABS 15.4-in vented, drilled disc; 14.2-in vented, drilled disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 9.0 x 21-in, forged aluminum 8.5 x 20-in; 9.5 x 20-in, cast aluminum TIRES, F;R 265/40R21 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 245/40R20 99Y; 275/35R20 102Y Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 128.6 in 132.5 in TRACK, F/R 63.6/65.0 in 63.9/64.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 219.5 x 75.8 x 59.9 in 214.5 x 74.8 x 58.8 in TURNING CIRCLE 41.3 ft 42.3 ft CURB WEIGHT 6,041 lb 5,308 lb WEIGHT DIST., F/R 49/51% 51/49% SEATING CAPACITY 4 4 HEADROOM, F/R 40.1/38.1 in 42.3/37.9 in LEGROOM, F/R 41.9/42.9 in 41.4/40.0 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 52.7/52.7 in (est) 59.7/58.7 in CARGO VOLUME 15.6 cu ft 12.3 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.9 sec 2.0 sec 0-40 2.9 2.8 0-50 3.9 3.8 0-60 5.0 4.8 0-70 6.5 6.1 0-80 8.3 7.5 0-90 10.3 9.0 0-100 12.7 10.8 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.4 2.1 QUARTER MILE 13.6 sec @ 103.3 mph 13.2 sec @ 110.9 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 110 ft 114 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.84 g (avg) 0.90 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.6 sec @ 0.71 g (avg) 25.8 sec @ 0.75 g (avg) TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,400 rpm 1,300 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $341,325 $191,975 PRICE AS TESTED $411,123 $204,585 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/yes Yes/yes AIRBAGS Dual front, f/r side/head Dual front, f/r side, f/r head BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/unlimited 4 yrs/50,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 3 yrs/unlimited 4 yrs/50,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 3 yrs/unlimited 4 yrs/50,000 miles FUEL CAPACITY 25.0 gal 23.2 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 11/18/13 mpg 13/21/15 mpg ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 306/187 kW-hrs/100 miles 259/160 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.46 lb/mile 1.24 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:51 PM
    Who needs a Z06? The standard C7 Corvette continues to make a strong argument as far as performance per dollar is concerned. If one intends to mod, the C7 Stingray may actually be the better choice. If you disagree take a look at these results from JTM Motorsports. The car features fairly basic modifications: 2015 A8 Z51 ECS 1500 base kit with 3.75 pulley making 13.5# ARH 1 7/8" no cats with stock NPP mufflers Alky control meth kit JTM Custom cam (very small for stock converter) E85 M/T 18" DR's Everything else is 100% stock including, suspension, shortblock, heads, transmission & converter. Obviously it is an 8L90 automatic model. It uses a centrifugal blower from ECS, American Racing Headers, meth injection, a cam, and E85. Drag radials help put the power down. The result is an incredibly impressive 9.75 @ 145.94 with a 1.563 60 foot time. It looks from the video that the converter was not even loaded fully as they rolled into it. There is likely more in this setup even on the stock LT1 and stock transmission although things may start to break if pushed harder. Regardless, talk about a strong argument for pocketing the change for a Z06 and modifying a Stingray instead.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 11:31 AM
    This is not a race you see every day. We all know diesels can put out a ton of torque. That is why semi-trailer trucks use turbo diesel motors to tow. This particular Kenworth W900 has some upgrades to its motor and also a driver who clearly knows how to shift the big heavy truck. The E60 M5 is not a torque monster with its 5.0 liter S85 V10 but it certainly has a lot of power and is light compared to a giant truck. It gets the lead here but once the turbo diesel spools and you see the black smoke pouring out it catches up and just barely passes at the finish line. The M5 owner probably would like a rolling highway rematch:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 PM
    The recent BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage car is generating quite a bit of controversy. The general reaction of the public and that of enthusiasts here is that the car is ugly. Personally, BimmerBoost feels the design is stunning and a very well done modern take on the classic it is honoring. The styling debate will no doubt rage for time to come (especially once people get accustomed over time to the futuristic design) and is a very subjective matter. What about the engine? Well, BMW has left out drivetrain specifications but as this is a 3.0 CSL you expect a 3.0 liter inline-6 under the hood. The engine that makes the most sense from the current BMW lineup is the S55 motor from the F80 M3 and F82 M4. If we were to guess that is what BMW is using here in modified form. There are no power or torque specifications or really any details on it but what we do have is a clip of the car revving and the interesting note it produces from the side exhaust setup. Perhaps a video of the car in motion and offering some revs will produce some different reactions than those based on just press release photos alone.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:11 PM
    Well, mark it down as official. Lamborghini will produce a high performance SUV which really should shock nobody in this day and age. Not to mention, Lamborghini has a history producing SUV's (and even tractors if you want to go there) with the 80's LM002. That LM002 was produced in Italy and had military as well as police applications. The Urus will likely not see the same sort of rugged off-road use by the government but it will see Italian production. Italy wanted to have the production facility due to the jobs it will create. In return, tax breaks are being given to Lamborghini. Politics, right? Ok, we know it is coming and we know it will be produced in Italy. We also know it will use a shared VW SUV platform. Seven derivatives are expected from this platform. How close will the real thing be to the concept? What transmission and motor will be used? Will we see a 4.0 TFSI V8 from Audi under the hood? Maybe the new updated 600+ horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque W12 twin turbo motor? We will have to wait and see. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 PM
    We all know the 707 horsepower twin screw supercharged Hemi Hellcat V8 is absurdly powerful. In stock form it is even underrated. The amount of power and torque the engine is gaining with basic mods is incredible. Even something as basic as a catback exhaust system is showing major gains. This thing just loves to be tuned. The baseline from SeriousHP Houston shows 625 horsepower and 578 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. They added a catback exhaust from Magnaflow and the numbers went to 661 horsepower and 614 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Those kinds of gains from a simple catback are just plain nuts. Imagine a full exhaust system with headers. The motor seems to be very restricted in stock form which is just absurd considering it already makes well into the 6XX wheel horsepower range off the showroom floor. 800+ wheel horsepower with basic bolt on modifications is well within reason. It also shows just how intense the horsepower war is. The Americans certainly do not look like they intend to lose it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 02:08 PM
    This is a bit disappointing as the $165,000 McLaren was poised to be an incredible value as well as put quite a bit of pressure on Porsche. The BoostAddict Network contacted McLaren and was told last month that the 540C would be sold in the USA and globally. Well, McLaren simply changed its mind based on feedback from potential 570S customers. Their statement is: Following feedback from a series of previews where interest from American customers has exclusively been in the 570S, the decision has been taken to concentrate on this model for the launch of Sports Series in the US. There is no change to availability of the 540C or 570S in other markets. So the 540C is still available in all other markets but it has been pulled from the US. The 540C would have represented a tremendous performance value but McLaren is likely protecting its image here. Were they worried the 540C would move them too far downmarket? Are 570S customers really concerned about a 540C model potentially offering too low of an entry point? This happens with many European cars. For example Mercedes traditionally does not bring its smaller gasoline or diesel engines available elsewhere for the SL to the American market. If you wanted a 540C and live in the USA, tough luck. It sure would have been nice to pick up a used example a few years down the line making for one heck of a McLaren and exotic tuning bargain.
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    Today, 01:44 PM
    Man I love seeing that 4 door sedan walking away from exotics. I hear it was some mom late to soccer practice and those two cars were in her way....lol.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    Exactly, so why even bother with the Maybach? Strongly disagree. There's nothing like a Bentley or Rolls interior. The S-Class feels so... manufactured. The Bentley and Rolls feel tailored. The S-Class is too German for its own benefit. You really think the crowd into these cars gives a shit about Bluetooth integration? Or GPS? My parents still can't figure out how to use their navigation systems or get their phones working.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:53 PM
    It's absolutely amazing. Tune a CLS63 and these two top of the line Italians don't have a chance. The tuning world is just crazy right now.
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  • leveraged sellout's Avatar
    Today, 12:52 PM
    I don't know, I would take the Mercedes. I mean personally I'd take an AMG S Class, since everything available on the Maybach is available on them, apart from the extended wheelbase and a couple of specific details. The interior on the new S blows everything away, including the Bentley and RR. Also....much more of what you'd expect from a luxury car (user friendly tech, cutting edge features, etc)...the Mulsanne and Phantom are lagging badly in that department. If I'm going to pay that much for a car, it better be the very best thing on the roads. And they just aren't. The new S is.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:52 PM
    On paper it should be close but the AMG GT S also gets a nice sized jump. Still, that pull is impressive.
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  • leveraged sellout's Avatar
    Today, 12:49 PM
    That's the funniest thing I've seen in a while. The GTO is insanely fast, the Huracan is scarcely believable. And the CLS63 just walked away, easily. Unbelievable. GTO values are going up again, there's a reason why. Can't get into one for less than 700k now.
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  • leveraged sellout's Avatar
    Today, 12:44 PM
    Interesting. The GT3 knocked down some pretty impressive quarter mile times in magazine testing, although from a roll I imagine it's at a disadvantage due to the lack of torque. Only one car sounds like that GT3 though. My god...it's one of the best-sounding vehicles that's ever been made.
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