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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-25-2015, 05:31 PM
    There was a time when 400 wheel horsepower seemed like a lot out of the stock frame N54 turbos. Then the 500 wheel horsepower mark was crossed. Then the 600 wheel horsepower mark. Now, we are on the verge of cracking 700 wheel horsepower with modified stock frame N54 turbochargers. Who ever thought this would be possible? It truly is impressive and truly a milestone in N54 tuning. Really, it's stunning considering how many times in the past people would complain about the 'tiny' snails on the N54. Well, those tiny snails are making some big power with the right modifications. BimmerBoost would like to congratulate member @The Ghost for his achievement. His data and details are below. Continuing from my previous thread, I decided to go back to the dyno to do a few tweaks. My setup is as follows: N54, FBO, 6MT JB4 G5, Custom back-end flash VTT 2+ turbos (20T, clipped) VTT turbo inlets, w/BMS DCI BMS Port Injection kit Split Second injector controller (AIC1-G4H) Fuel-it Stage 3 dual LPFPs e85 Stock exhaust (catted) The only change since last time is I ditched my customer rear inlet, replacing it with the VTT silicone hose. This fits much better and is actually shorter than the one I build by a good bit. I didn't have long on the dyno, so I upped the boost slights (holding 27.x) and added some mid range timing (10 degrees max now). I was very pleased with the results. Here are a few notes: I still have a tip-in rich condition, which I will fix in the PI map Boost is not hitting target (28psi) - I may change the JB4 rpm-based duty bias to see if it will hold 28psi (there seems to be more pwm headway, albeit small) The car kept making power with timing - I think I could run 2 more degrees as VTT did, perhaps cracking 700whp - I decided not to risk popping the motor today :) I'm still waiting to remove the catted exhaust in favor of a 3.5" single Attached are some dyno comparisons: Comparison between my previous personal best and my runs today My maxed FBO meth/e85 car vs. my final tune today FBO map 0 baseline vs. today's final tune Here is the datalog of the last run: http://datazap.me/u/ghost/dyno-log-3-105?log=0&data=1-3-4-11-18-24-25-26-27-28-29&zoom=30-81 Special thanks to Terry@BMS for the extensive support and parts, Fuel-it, and VTT for badass products and killer support.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-23-2015, 06:53 PM
    The network has become increasingly skeptical of 1/4 mile times coming out of the Middle East and specifically the Yas Marina drag strip located in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Recently, a very fast run from a C63 showing an impossible 60 foot time raised eyebrows and Middle Eastern members conceded the timing equipment at Yas Marina was off when this was questioned. This leads to the logical follow up questions of how long has the timing equipment been off for? How many runs are suspect? How is a hot desert environment providing times so much quicker and faster than the rest of the world? BoostAddict contacted Yas Marina and the NHRA regarding this issue. Middle Eastern members state this was just a glitch and the circuit is NHRA accredited. That is not true. Yas Marina has not renewed its NHRA license since 2012. This is the response to BoostAddict's inquiry on the matter from Mark Hughes, the NHRA World Wide Consultant: This response means any run from 2013 on is suspect. We already have evidence the timing equipment is off and the only conclusion one can draw is that without an NHRA license, inspection, and accreditation the playing field is not level and that cheating has been going on. Frankly, it appears the cheating is rampant. As we do not know who cheated, when they cheated, etc., the only course of action is to invalidate all Yas Marina records from 2013 on from when they lost their NHRA license. Until this matter is resolved and Yas Marina again has an NHRA license and has been inspected this network will not recognize any runs or records from the drag strip as valid. When the trapspeeds.com database goes live on this network, all Yas Marina runs from 2013 on will receive an asterisk next to them indicating them as suspect and invalid. BoostAddict only received a response from the NHRA. Yas Marina has yet to comment on the matter despite being asked the same questions as the NHRA. However, if 'accidental miscalibration' is going on at a strip like Yas Marina with its reputation and resources and it failed to renew its NHRA license we wonder how many other suspect drag strips there are in the Middle East. It is stunning that the Yas Marina Circuit would not value its integrity and reputation higher than this. This issue now calls into question the validity of all Middle Eastern strips and times. It is unfortunate for honest enthusiasts who just want to enjoy their cars to be caught in the middle of this issue. It is simply a result of administrative failure and those who do not have the integrity to compete honestly on the 1/4 mile dragstrip with enthusiasts worldwide.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-23-2015, 06:41 PM
    The network has become increasingly skeptical of 1/4 mile times coming out of the Middle East and specifically the Yas Marina drag strip located in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Recently, a very fast run from a C63 showing an impossible 60 foot time raised eyebrows and Middle Eastern members conceded the timing equipment at Yas Marina was off when this was questioned. This leads to the logical follow up questions of how long has the timing equipment been off for? How many runs are suspect? How is a hot desert environment providing times so much quicker and faster than the rest of the world? BoostAddict contacted Yas Marina and the NHRA regarding this issue. Middle Eastern members state this was just a glitch and the circuit is NHRA accredited. That is not true. Yas Marina has not renewed its NHRA license since 2012. This is the response to BoostAddict's inquiry on the matter from Mark Hughes, the NHRA World Wide Consultant: This response means any run from 2013 on is suspect. We already have evidence the timing equipment is off and the only conclusion one can draw is that without an NHRA license, inspection, and accreditation the playing field is not level and that cheating has been going on. Frankly, it appears the cheating is rampant. As we do not know who cheated, when they cheated, etc., the only course of action is to invalidate all Yas Marina records from 2013 on from when they lost their NHRA license. Until this matter is resolved and Yas Marina again has an NHRA license and has been inspected this network will not recognize any runs or records from the drag strip as valid. When the trapspeeds.com database goes live on this network, all Yas Marina runs from 2013 on will receive an asterisk next to them indicating them as suspect and invalid. BoostAddict only received a response from the NHRA. Yas Marina has yet to comment on the matter despite being asked the same questions as the NHRA. However, if 'accidental miscalibration' is going on at a strip like Yas Marina with its reputation and resources and it failed to renew its NHRA license we wonder how many other suspect drag strips there are in the Middle East. It is stunning that the Yas Marina Circuit would not value its integrity and reputation higher than this. This issue now calls into question the validity of all Middle Eastern strips and times. It is unfortunate for honest enthusiasts who just want to enjoy their cars to be caught in the middle of this issue. It is simply a result of administrative failure and those who do not have the integrity to compete honestly on the 1/4 mile dragstrip with enthusiasts worldwide.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-27-2015, 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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    05-27-2015, 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
    05-23-2015, 07:31 PM
    All right, here we go. A comparison test between three of the hottest European sports cars on the market. All three of these are two seat coupes (yes, the 911 is a 2+2) and all three start at over $100k. Beyond that these are very different vehicles in their execution. Let's start with the Jaguar F-Type R which Car and Driver puts in last place. The Jaguar is the only all wheel drive car in this comparison (The 911 GTS is available with all wheel drive) and it suffers a significant weight penalty due to this. 4088 pounds for a two seat sports car? Ouch. The addition of all wheel drive certainly helps the 0-60 time and 1/4 mile elapsed time as the 5.0 liter supercharged V8 can effectively put the torque down. 0-60 comes in 3.4 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 11.7 @ 122 putting the Jaguar in the middle of the two acceleration wise. It also pulls the least amount on the skidpad and is the slowest through the slalom. It's just a boat. Now the AMG GT S is significantly lighter than the Jaguar F-Type R at 3677 pounds. It also offers better weight distribution at 47.5/52.5 front to rear. That is spectacular for a front engine turbo V8 car and the rear transaxle dual clutch transmission setup is partially to thank for this. The F-TYpe R on the other hand is a nose heavy 54.5/45.5 front to rear which is something you would expect to see out of an Audi and not a Jaguar. The AMG GT S with its M178 twin turbo V8 is the quickest and fastest of the bunch. 11.2 @ 127 is very quick but to be expected as this is a magazine time. Independent 1/4 mile testing shows 11.4 @ 126 so it is certainly at least realistic. The AMG GT S is easily the quickest and fastest car of the trio. So why is the Porsche 911 GTS chosen as the winner? Well, it does a few things better than the other two. For one, it's very light in comparison at 3276 pounds. It also pulls the most on the skidpad, shows the best braking performance, and is the quickest through the slalom. It's easier to toss around. These are sports cars, right? Now the Porsche 911 GTS is the least powerful car here with the smallest motor at 3.8 liters and it is naturally aspirated. It still puts up incredible (and head scratching) numbers of 11.9 @ 118 in the 1/4 mile. We have never seen a GTS test that fast and we are skeptical the 430 horse and 325 lb-ft of torque car can do this anywhere other than a magazine. The Jaguar is said to lack polish. It's fast and offers great torque but is just lacking in refinement. It is exciting though. The AMG GT S is said to 'mimic' the 911 but we do not buy that. It's its own car with its own execution. It isn't trying to be a 911. Car and Driver states it is simply a bit too big to be truly agile. It's handling numbers say otherwise and 36XX pounds is not exactly hefty in today's car climate. The 911 gets the nod because it is the most refined driving machine. It certainly is the lightest, most tossable, and best braking. It's a true sports car. The only downside is that it is outmuscled by the others but isn't that where the GT3 steps in? Or for someone who really wants more muscle in a straight line, the 911 Turbo. COMPARISON TESTS VEHICLE 2016 Jaguar F-type R Coupe 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS BASE PRICE $104,595 $130,825 $115,195 PRICE AS TESTED $110,845 $151,075 $138,750 DIMENSIONS LENGTH 176.0 inches 179.0 inches 177.5 inches WIDTH 75.7 inches 76.3 inches 72.9 inches HEIGHT 51.6 inches 50.7 inches 51.0 inches WHEELBASE 103.2 inches 103.5 inches 96.5 inches FRONT TRACK 62.4 inches 66.1 inches 60.6 inches REAR TRACK 64.1 inches 65.0 inches 61.4 inches INTERIOR VOLUME F: 52 cubic feet F: 55 cubic feet* F: 50 cubic feet R: 17 cubic feet* CARGO 11 cubic feet 12 cubic feet 14 cubic feet POWERTRAIN ENGINE supercharged DOHC 32-valve V-8 305 cu in (5000 cc) twin-turbocharged DOHC 32-valve V-8 243 cu in (3982 cc) DOHC 24-valve flat-6 232 cu in (3800 cc) POWER HP @ RPM 550 @ 6500 503 @ 6500 430 @ 7500 TORQUE LB-FT @ RPM 502 @ 3500 479 @ 1750 325 @ 5750 REDLINE / FUEL CUTOFF 6600/6600 rpm 7000/7000 rpm 7600/7900 rpm LB PER HP 7.4 7.3 7.6 DRIVELINE TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic DRIVEN WHEELS all rear rear GEAR RATIO:1/ MPH PER 1000 RPM/ MAX MPH 1. 4.71/6.6/44 2. 3.14/10.0/66 3. 2.11/14.6/96 4. 1.67/18.3/120 5. 1.29/23.7/156 6. 1.00/30.0/186 7. 0.83/36.0/186 8. 0.67/46.0/186 1. 3.40/6.3/44 2. 2.19/9.9/70 3. 1.63/13.2/93 4. 1.29/16.7/117 5. 1.03/20.5/144 6. 0.84/26.3/184 7. 0.63/34.2/193 1. 3.91/5.9/47 2. 2.29/10.1/80 3. 1.65/13.9/110 4. 1.30/17.7/140 5. 1.08/21.5/170 6. 0.88/26.0/189 7. 0.62/37.3/175 AXLE RATIO:1 2.56 3.67 3.44 CHASSIS SUSPENSION F: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar F: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar F: struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar BRAKES F: 15.0-inch vented disc R: 14.8-inch vented disc F: 15.4-inch vented, cross-drilled, grooved disc R: 14.2-inch vented, cross-drilled, grooved disc F: 13.4-inch vented, cross-drilled disc R: 13.0-inch vented, cross-drilled disc STABILITY CONTROL fully defeatable, competition mode fully defeatable, competition mode, launch control fully defeatable, competition mode, launch control TIRES Pirelli P Zero F: 255/35ZR-20 (97Y) R: 295/30ZR-20 (101Y) Michelin Pilot Super Sport F: 265/35ZR-19 (98Y) R: 295/30ZR-20 (101Y) Pirelli P Zero F: 245/35ZR-20 (91Y) R: 305/30ZR-20 (103Y) C/D TEST RESULTS ACCELERATION 0–30 MPH 1.3 sec 1.3 sec 1.4 sec 0–60 MPH 3.4 sec 3.0 sec 3.6 sec 0–100 MPH 8.0 sec 6.9 sec 8.5 sec 0–130 MPH 13.7 sec 11.7 sec 14.6 sec ¼-MILE @ MPH 11.7 sec @ 122 11.2 sec @ 127 11.9 sec @ 118 ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH 3.9 sec 3.7 sec 4.2 sec TOP GEAR, 30–50 MPH 2.2 sec 2.1 sec 2.7 sec TOP GEAR, 50–70 MPH 2.8 sec 2.4 sec 2.8 sec TOP SPEED 186 mph (gov ltd, mfr's claim) 193 mph (gov ltd, mfr's claim) 189 mph (drag ltd, mfr's claim) CHASSIS BRAKING 70–0 MPH 137 feet 141 feet 136 feet ROADHOLDING, 200-FT-DIA SKIDPAD 1.00 g 1.05 g 1.06 g 610-FT SLALOM 43.4 mph 45.2 mph 46.2 mph WEIGHT CURB 4088 pounds 3677 pounds 3276 pounds %FRONT/%REAR 54.5/45.5 47.5/52.5 37.7/62.3 FUEL TANK 18.5 gallons 17.2 gallons 16.9 gallons RATING 91 octane 91 octane 93 octane EPA CITY/HWY 15/23 mpg 16/24 mpg* 19/26 mpg C/D 275-MILE TRIP 11 mpg 11 mpg 13 mpg SOUND LEVEL IDLE 47 dBA 54 dBA 54 dBA FULL THROTTLE 83 dBA 90 dBA 89 dBA 70-MPH CRUISE 72 dBA 74 dBA 75 dBA *C/D estimated. tested in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, by ERIC TINGWALL
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-27-2015, 08:13 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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    05-28-2015, 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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  • HRE_Wheels's Avatar
    05-23-2015, 07:57 PM
    An interesting color combo here you do not see every day. How does a grey BMW F10 5-Series on Satin Gold wheels from HRE Grab you? The wheels are from the HRE Classic series which puts a modern spin on classic designs. This set is the 301M. The looks are subjective obviously but we think this is different and that it looks good while still keeping it classy. David Bush Photo​.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-23-2015, 07:24 PM
    All right, here we go. A comparison test between three of the hottest European sports cars on the market. All three of these are two seat coupes (yes, the 911 is a 2+2) and all three start at over $100k. Beyond that these are very different vehicles in their execution. Let's start with the Jaguar F-Type R which Car and Driver puts in last place. The Jaguar is the only all wheel drive car in this comparison (The 911 GTS is available with all wheel drive) and it suffers a significant weight penalty due to this. 4088 pounds for a two seat sports car? Ouch. The addition of all wheel drive certainly helps the 0-60 time and 1/4 mile elapsed time as the 5.0 liter supercharged V8 can effectively put the torque down. 0-60 comes in 3.4 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 11.7 @ 122 putting the Jaguar in the middle of the two acceleration wise. It also pulls the least amount on the skidpad and is the slowest through the slalom. It's just a boat. Now the AMG GT S is significantly lighter than the Jaguar F-Type R at 3677 pounds. It also offers better weight distribution at 47.5/52.5 front to rear. That is spectacular for a front engine turbo V8 car and the rear transaxle dual clutch transmission setup is partially to thank for this. The F-TYpe R on the other hand is a nose heavy 54.5/45.5 front to rear which is something you would expect to see out of an Audi and not a Jaguar. The AMG GT S with its M178 twin turbo V8 is the quickest and fastest of the bunch. 11.2 @ 127 is very quick but to be expected as this is a magazine time. Independent 1/4 mile testing shows 11.4 @ 126 so it is certainly at least realistic. The AMG GT S is easily the quickest and fastest car of the trio. So why is the Porsche 911 GTS chosen as the winner? Well, it does a few things better than the other two. For one, it's very light in comparison at 3276 pounds. It also pulls the most on the skidpad, shows the best braking performance, and is the quickest through the slalom. It's easier to toss around. These are sports cars, right? Now the Porsche 911 GTS is the least powerful car here with the smallest motor at 3.8 liters and it is naturally aspirated. It still puts up incredible (and head scratching) numbers of 11.9 @ 118 in the 1/4 mile. We have never seen a GTS test that fast and we are skeptical the 430 horse and 325 lb-ft of torque car can do this anywhere other than a magazine. The Jaguar is said to lack polish. It's fast and offers great torque but is just lacking in refinement. It is exciting though. The AMG GT S is said to 'mimic' the 911 but we do not buy that. It's its own car with its own execution. It isn't trying to be a 911. Car and Driver states it is simply a bit too big to be truly agile. It's handling numbers say otherwise and 36XX pounds is not exactly hefty in today's car climate. The 911 gets the nod because it is the most refined driving machine. It certainly is the lightest, most tossable, and best braking. It's a true sports car. The only downside is that it is outmuscled by the others but isn't that where the GT3 steps in? Or for someone who really wants more muscle in a straight line, the 911 Turbo. COMPARISON TESTS VEHICLE 2016 Jaguar F-type R Coupe 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS BASE PRICE $104,595 $130,825 $115,195 PRICE AS TESTED $110,845 $151,075 $138,750 DIMENSIONS LENGTH 176.0 inches 179.0 inches 177.5 inches WIDTH 75.7 inches 76.3 inches 72.9 inches HEIGHT 51.6 inches 50.7 inches 51.0 inches WHEELBASE 103.2 inches 103.5 inches 96.5 inches FRONT TRACK 62.4 inches 66.1 inches 60.6 inches REAR TRACK 64.1 inches 65.0 inches 61.4 inches INTERIOR VOLUME F: 52 cubic feet F: 55 cubic feet* F: 50 cubic feet R: 17 cubic feet* CARGO 11 cubic feet 12 cubic feet 14 cubic feet POWERTRAIN ENGINE supercharged DOHC 32-valve V-8 305 cu in (5000 cc) twin-turbocharged DOHC 32-valve V-8 243 cu in (3982 cc) DOHC 24-valve flat-6 232 cu in (3800 cc) POWER HP @ RPM 550 @ 6500 503 @ 6500 430 @ 7500 TORQUE LB-FT @ RPM 502 @ 3500 479 @ 1750 325 @ 5750 REDLINE / FUEL CUTOFF 6600/6600 rpm 7000/7000 rpm 7600/7900 rpm LB PER HP 7.4 7.3 7.6 DRIVELINE TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic DRIVEN WHEELS all rear rear GEAR RATIO:1/ MPH PER 1000 RPM/ MAX MPH 1. 4.71/6.6/44 2. 3.14/10.0/66 3. 2.11/14.6/96 4. 1.67/18.3/120 5. 1.29/23.7/156 6. 1.00/30.0/186 7. 0.83/36.0/186 8. 0.67/46.0/186 1. 3.40/6.3/44 2. 2.19/9.9/70 3. 1.63/13.2/93 4. 1.29/16.7/117 5. 1.03/20.5/144 6. 0.84/26.3/184 7. 0.63/34.2/193 1. 3.91/5.9/47 2. 2.29/10.1/80 3. 1.65/13.9/110 4. 1.30/17.7/140 5. 1.08/21.5/170 6. 0.88/26.0/189 7. 0.62/37.3/175 AXLE RATIO:1 2.56 3.67 3.44 CHASSIS SUSPENSION F: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar F: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar F: struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar BRAKES F: 15.0-inch vented disc R: 14.8-inch vented disc F: 15.4-inch vented, cross-drilled, grooved disc R: 14.2-inch vented, cross-drilled, grooved disc F: 13.4-inch vented, cross-drilled disc R: 13.0-inch vented, cross-drilled disc STABILITY CONTROL fully defeatable, competition mode fully defeatable, competition mode, launch control fully defeatable, competition mode, launch control TIRES Pirelli P Zero F: 255/35ZR-20 (97Y) R: 295/30ZR-20 (101Y) Michelin Pilot Super Sport F: 265/35ZR-19 (98Y) R: 295/30ZR-20 (101Y) Pirelli P Zero F: 245/35ZR-20 (91Y) R: 305/30ZR-20 (103Y) C/D TEST RESULTS ACCELERATION 0–30 MPH 1.3 sec 1.3 sec 1.4 sec 0–60 MPH 3.4 sec 3.0 sec 3.6 sec 0–100 MPH 8.0 sec 6.9 sec 8.5 sec 0–130 MPH 13.7 sec 11.7 sec 14.6 sec ¼-MILE @ MPH 11.7 sec @ 122 11.2 sec @ 127 11.9 sec @ 118 ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH 3.9 sec 3.7 sec 4.2 sec TOP GEAR, 30–50 MPH 2.2 sec 2.1 sec 2.7 sec TOP GEAR, 50–70 MPH 2.8 sec 2.4 sec 2.8 sec TOP SPEED 186 mph (gov ltd, mfr's claim) 193 mph (gov ltd, mfr's claim) 189 mph (drag ltd, mfr's claim) CHASSIS BRAKING 70–0 MPH 137 feet 141 feet 136 feet ROADHOLDING, 200-FT-DIA SKIDPAD 1.00 g 1.05 g 1.06 g 610-FT SLALOM 43.4 mph 45.2 mph 46.2 mph WEIGHT CURB 4088 pounds 3677 pounds 3276 pounds %FRONT/%REAR 54.5/45.5 47.5/52.5 37.7/62.3 FUEL TANK 18.5 gallons 17.2 gallons 16.9 gallons RATING 91 octane 91 octane 93 octane EPA CITY/HWY 15/23 mpg 16/24 mpg* 19/26 mpg C/D 275-MILE TRIP 11 mpg 11 mpg 13 mpg SOUND LEVEL IDLE 47 dBA 54 dBA 54 dBA FULL THROTTLE 83 dBA 90 dBA 89 dBA 70-MPH CRUISE 72 dBA 74 dBA 75 dBA *C/D estimated. tested in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, by ERIC TINGWALL
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    05-28-2015, 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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    05-28-2015, 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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    05-28-2015, 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
    05-28-2015, 12:33 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
    05-28-2015, 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
    05-28-2015, 12:06 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
    05-28-2015, 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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    05-24-2015, 12:01 PM
    Used for about 10k miles. Has very few nicks or scratches but does have some wear in one spot along the bottom on onw side, as shown in the second pic These are 179 new asking 125 shipped to 48 states
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