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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-25-2015, 11:15 PM
    The 'professionals' at MotorTrend often amuse this network with their work. For a big name that has been doing this for decades it is mind boggling how the magazine simply can not understand that crank ratings do not mean much of anything. Seriously, does anyone think the S55 engine the F80 M3 and F82 M4 is actually putting out 425 horsepower? It takes just a basic google search to get a dyno of the new M car and see its output at the wheels exceeds the crank HP rating on a Dynojet. We are seeing many high performance cars underrated and BMW has routinely been doing this with their turbo motors. So why does this fly over the heads of the geniuses at MotorTrend? "At 464 hp, the ATS-V has 39 hp and 38 lb-ft on the BMW M3 and M4, which make 425 hp and 406 lb-ft from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6." There is no doubt the ATS-V is putting out 464 horsepower and 444 lb-ft of torque. The thing is, the F80 M3 is also matching that output and then some. Shouldn't a publication like MotorTrend understand their statement based on paper figures is misleading and uninformed? It's hard for enthusiasts to take the big publications seriously when they make basic mistakes and comparisons like this that do not delve even slightly beyond the superficial. I suppose that says something about the writer and the target audience. P.S. This was the power rating Cadillac claimed at the LA Auto Show for the ATS-V: Source
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    03-25-2015, 06:47 PM
    This is not the first time we have seen something like this. Anyone remember the marketing material for the E82 BMW 1M showing it driving around with the E30 M3? This got people saying the 1M was a return to the BMW driver's car producing fun and cheap lightweight models. This despite the fact the E30 M3 has absolutely nothing in common with the E82 1M and it will also have nothing in common with the F87 M2. This is what BMW head of design Adrian van Hooydonk stated, "The E30 M3 has a really big fan base, and we are going to be taking cues from it for a future product." Not really saying much there, now is he? Perhaps he will incorporate something from a styling standpoint that serves as some kind of homage or link to the original E30 M3. From an actual M car standpoint the M2 and 1M are nothing like the E30 M3. The cars are not built for DTM homologation purposes. They do not have naturally aspirated motors. They do not have four-cylinder high revving naturally aspirated M motors designed for racing. In the case of the 1M that particular car does not even have an M motor under hood. Once you factor in the weight difference between the E82 1M at 3339 pounds and E30 M3 at 2857 pounds and that the original was actually built for DTM competition you realize this is nothing more than marketing speak. The 2016 F87 M2 is expected to come with a tweaked N55 engine offering 370 horsepower and likely will have a DCT option. Considering the F22 M235i weighs 3494 pounds do not expect some new E30 M3. It won't even be a new E46 M3. Expect an M235i with some minor tweaks. Just like how the 1M was a 135i with some minor tweaks (and no M motor). Bringing up the E30 M3 is just marketing speak. Nothing more, nothing less. Source
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    03-22-2015, 05:59 PM
    The BMW and Toyota technology sharing agreement has been a bit confusing its application. We know Toyota and BMW agreed to partner up on certain things and share technology back in 2013. Since then there has been a lot of speculation on what this agreement would bring. That speculation has been all over the place. MotorTrend stated the cars would have carbon technology from the 'i' series and be very small and expensive hybrids with the BMW version coming in at around $70,000. Car Magazine then reported we would get mid-engine hybrid sports car with $100k price tags to take on the 911. Maybe they were just pulling things out of thin air to sell magazines, who knows. Now Autocar who is not exactly a bastion of solid automotive reporting states the partnership will spawn two all wheel drive hybrid sports cars that are different sizes targeting different demographics. This is supposed to result in a next generation Z4 as well as a Toyota Supra revival. BMW's Ian Robertson stated, “The one thing we’re clear on now is that a platform for both companies can work. The cars in themselves don’t actually need to be positioned the same. The platform can spawn two positionings. The concept works, the platform can deliver and now we have two proud sets of engineers - one group German, one group Japanese - who are each fighting and arguing for the car they want.” That is about all we have to go on. That the platform can be used to create two cars that are different enough from each other to not simply be the same car with a Toyota or BMW badge being the main point of differentiation. Beyond that everything is still speculation and who knows what the result will be. We only know they are still working on it and that hybrid technology is a certainty. Source
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    03-22-2015, 03:40 PM
    Well, they made good on their promise. In October of last year Extreme Turbo Systems announced that they intended to take back the Nissan GTR 1/4 mile world record. AMS Performance in that same month set the Nissan GTR record with a pass of 7.70 @ 186.51. Well the quickest and fastest GTR is now 7.492 @ 189.20. Just under 190 miles per hour and likely indicating we will have GTR's trapping 200 in the 1/4 mile in the near future. That is hard to even process as its unbelievable performance. It was just a matter of time for this to happen as ETS was already getting close. Early this year they ran 7.75 @ 176.36 but technical issues hindered them. It's safe to say it looks like they solved the problem. Expect more details to come along with a video. The specifications should be similar to when the car cracked 2000 whp and would have even shown more had the dyno been able to read the output past that mark. *Edit* Video added:
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    03-27-2015, 06:07 PM
    That is the rumor going around. We have no official source on this but apparently there was some Audi employee meeting in the USA and the RS3 was confirmed for the USA at that meeting. It is really no surprise as we always expected to get the sedan. The hatchback we knew was out of the question based on precedent. Audi already sells an RS3 Sportback in Europe based on the 8V platform. So, expect that same drivetrain to make its way into the 8V A3 sedan. That means a 367 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque 2.5 liter turbocharged and direct injected inline-5 sending its power to all four wheels courtesy of a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Now the 2.5 TFSI motor can put out a heck of a lot more power than that. Remember the 525 horsepower A3 Clubsport concept car from last year? That is what the RS3 should be but it would eat everything else in the Audi lineup alive. That's ok, that is what tuning is for. The most obvious competition for this car would be from the Mercedes CLA45 AMG. The RS3 should be able to out-muscle it though. Whatever happened to Audi's high output EA888 that was supposed to go in the RS3 anyway? Hopefully we can get more concrete details and not just some rumor someone supposedly overheard somewhere. The chances of an RS3 in the US are the best they have ever been though. The sedan seems like a certainty.
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    03-27-2015, 10:40 PM
    The S54 remains the BMW inline-6 power king going into 2015. Well, the S38 may have something to say about that but that is a discussion for another day. Sound Performance built the E46 M3 S54 motor and Saad Racing provided a turbo kit utilizing a Precision 6766 turbocharger. The result? 859 wheel horsepower pushing 29 psi of boost on a Mustang Dyno. Here are the numbers at the various boost levels tested: 678whp @ 18psi 740whp 624wtq @ 23psi 859whp 710wtq @ 29psi On a Dynojet this should be breaking 900 whp. They of course also have 1000+ whp M3's but this shows what is possible with a Precision 6766, a ProEFI 128 ECU, and a built motor. Specs: SP Built 10:1 CR Engine Saad Racing Turbo Kit w/ SP 3" Boost Activated Exhaust Cutout Saad Racing E85 Fuel System Saad Racing Intake Manifold w/ LS3 DBW Throttle Body SP Direct-Port Nitrous Kit ProEFI Pro128 Flex Fuel Standalone EMS OS Giken Twin Disc Clutch They plan to test the Precision 6870 CEA GEN2 turbocharger next. 9XX whp on the Mustang? We will have to wait and see.
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    03-26-2015, 07:21 PM
    Not much can play with a BMW S1000RR in stock form. The bike is flat out absurdly fast. When tuned? Well, it takes something pretty damn special to run it. An 1100+ horsepower Boost Logic Nissan GTR may just qualify as something up to the task. The thing is though these two S1000RR's in the video are tuned. The camera bike has a Brentuning ECU tune in addition to a full Akrapovic exhaust system. The other S1000RR just features a full exhaust and a PCV (Power Commander V). The Brentuning ECU tune makes a large difference as the camera bike destroys the other S1000RR and the GTR. They do three runs and in all three it pulls pretty hard. Thank you to BimmerBoost member @Czero for the video.
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    03-22-2015, 04:11 PM
    Just yesterday AudiBoost posted an article wondering where the 4.0 TFSI V8 upgrades are at. Well, there may be some good news on that front as AMS Performance intends to get into the Audi tuning game. You may recall that they are working on upgraded turbos for the BMW S63TU V8 engine platform and already offer upgraded turbos for the AMG M157 V8. That leaves the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 as the odd one out but hopefully for not too much longer. AMS products are coming along with a turbo upgrade although there is no timetable for the latter: AMS Eric: "Right now we are working on our boost cooling kit for the S6. It's still a ways out as we are still testing the prototype. Following that we will test our upgraded turbos. Our downpipes are done and test fit and I should have those ready to go by the end of march or earlier. Turbo upgrades are in process but I dont see the tune necessary for them ready until early summer." Tuning will be done by Tony of EPL (European Performance Labs) and it will be interesting to see if he can pull it off. It will also be interesting to see if AMS offers turbos upgrades for the entire 4.0 TFSI V8 line or just certain models. In theory the turbos should fit any 4.0 TFSI V8 which would turn the S6/S7 into an incredible tuning value compares to the RS6/RS7. We'll see what develops.
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    03-26-2015, 07:16 PM
    Not much can play with a BMW S1000RR in stock form. The bike is flat out absurdly fast. When tuned? Well, it takes something pretty damn special to run it. An 1100+ horsepower Boost Logic Nissan GTR may just qualify as something up to the task. The thing is though these two S1000RR's in the video are tuned. The camera bike has a Brentuning ECU tune in addition to a full Akrapovic exhaust system. The other S1000RR just features a full exhaust and a PCV (Power Commander V). The Brentuning ECU tune makes a large difference as the camera bike destroys the other S1000RR and the GTR. They do three runs and in all three it pulls pretty hard. Thank you to BimmerBoost member @Czero for the video.
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    03-25-2015, 10:48 PM
    The Audi RS7 is capable of mid 10 second performance at over 130 miles per hour of trap speed with just basic bolt on modifications. This is something we already knew and the record (in the USA... and officially) is 10.388 @ 133.54 in the 1/4 mile. The car that went 10.3 had a full exhaust and race gas. This RS7 is just tune only. Whose tune is it running? And what fuel is it running on? Good questions. That information for whatever reason is not provided. It is best to assume race gas though. Regardless, mid to low 10 second performance from an RS7 with bolt ons is well within reason. Now how about some turbo upgrades?
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