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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-28-2015, 03:33 PM
    The N54 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-6 is a strong BMW motor that takes boost (and abuse) well. That does not mean it is indestructible as nothing is. BimmerBoost member @Xearom3 unfortunately put a hole in his block but he shared what, how, and when it happened. Most people tend to sweep these things under the rug as if it is some sort of embarrassment or it reflects badly on them. Usually it is tuners as often something they did is responsible for the failure. This one appears to be old fashioned detonation and bad luck with the ECU not being able to spare the motor in time. So, he put a hole in the block but is taking it in stride sharing the details and he has a spare motor to build which will be able to take much more abuse. Hey, shit happens when pushing motors and running them hard at power/torque levels they were not designed for. Respect from BimmerBoost to @Xearom3 for sharing these photos and details: So I figured I would share my experience with the community. Was out making a couple of pulls @ 25/26psi on my PTE 6466 twin scroll setup when cylinder 1 decided to give up on me. Not surprised a stock engine let go at mid to upper 600's, but I am impressed how long it hung in there. Put up a hell of a fight! Pics at the very bottom of my spare engine that apparently is now gonna get built. Log is from earlier in the evening: Also happened to have my GoPro watching the cluster:
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    04-27-2015, 05:54 PM
    Had a chance to meet up with Payam today to tune his new PTE 6466 G2 twin scroll turbocharger. He's running our port injection and a full fuel-it kit (regulator & return line). 100% E85. Per usual I have a limited amount of time so I'll just share the highlights. 1) The 6466 G2 in a twin scroll works really well. Great boost potential and very good HP per PSI. 2) We found Payam's car wanted a lot less timing than I'm used to giving E85 cars. Around 7.5 degrees up top. 3) I tried a few VANOS curves and found the basic Cobb curves worked better than what we have in our ST back end flash files. Better spool and more power. Sigh. I think I'll just change those all back. 4) He ran in to timing drops around 30psi that we couldn't fix by lowering advance further so decided to call it a day for now. Hopefully it runs well at NFZ this weekend!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-26-2015, 05:56 PM
    Car and Driver is the first one to publish test figures for the 2016 ATS-V coupe. They tested the 6-speed manual version and 8-speed automatic test figures will come later. Is the new ATS-V a BMW F82 M4 killer? Not exactly, but it is a decent first attempt. Let's get the acceleration figures for the 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque 3.6 liter twin turbo V6 out of the way. 0-60 comes in 4.2 seconds, 0-100 in 9.9 seconds, and the 1/4 mile in 12.6 seconds at 115 miles per hour. Not exactly the world beating acceleration performance that the Caddy boss was bragging about. It is roughly even with a manual M3/M4. It is considerably behind Car and Driver's own figures for a DCT 2015 F80 M3 though. Will the 8-speed 8L90 automatic version close the gap? Maybe. It certainly is not 'whipping' the Germans the way Johan de Nysschen claimed and it does not have a horsepower or torque advantage anywhere other than on paper versus BMW. The Mercedes-AMG C63 S outmuscles the ATS-V by the way. Ok, so he was wrong about that. What about his statements on how it would handle, brake, and just drive better than its German rivals? Well, he is wrong there too as Car and Driver's M4 test figures show .99g on the skidpad and the ATS-V hits .97g. Where is the major advantage for the Cadillac? It does not brake any better either. It is also heavier than the BMW M4 at 3760 pounds. As far as the styling inside and out you do not get the same quality the Germans offer and you should for the $74,450 price as tested. Audi, Mercedes, and BMW simply have better looking cars and better looking interiors. Look at this garbage instrument cluster on the ATS-V: The ATS-V just is not as good as the BMW M3/M4. The Mercedes-AMG C63 remains to be seen but but those of us who have seen the the C63 and ATS-V in person (like this writer) can say it also blows the ATS-V away. The C63 has better styling inside and out, the M177 V8 is more powerful, and you are looking at roughly the same money if not less with options. Johan de Nysschen should not have opened his mouth when the ATS-V can not back his words up. The CTS-V likely will and does outmuscle its German competition with comparable quality inside and out. It likely will come in cheaper too. For the same money as its German rivals the ATS-V does not offer enough performance to overcome its deficiencies. Back to the drawing board Cadillac, you got too cocky and couldn't back it up. Specifications VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED:$74,450 (base price: $63,660) ENGINE TYPE:twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:217 cu in, 3564 cc Power: 464 hp @ 5850 rpm Torque: 445 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm TRANSMISSION:6-speed manual DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 109.3 in Length: 184.7 in Width: 72.5 in Height:54.5 in SAE interior volume: F:50 cu ft R: 34 cu ft Trunk volume: 10 cu ftCurb weight: 3760 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 4.2 sec Zero to 100 mph: 9.9 sec Zero to 120 mph: 13.7 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.3 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 9.6 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.9 sec Standing ¼-mile: 12.6 sec @ 115 mph Top speed (drag ltd, mfr's claim): 185 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 154 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.97 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 16/24* mpg C/D observed: 20 mpg *C/D estimated.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-29-2015, 02:55 PM
    CAR decided to drag race the Audi RS7 and the BMW F13 M6. Now, the M6 is the lighter car. However, the advantage is in the RS7's court. It has an automatic transmission and all wheel drive so launching it as simple as putting your foot on the brake pedal, other foot on the gas, and then letting go of the brakes. Anyone can do it. The M6 takes a bit more skill and CAR does not seem to have it. Obviously a drag race is all about the launch. The torque these two twin turbo V8's put out is tremendous and the M6 will have traction issues. To get a good launch and actually make this a race the M6 needs drag rubber or at the very least the tire pressure lowered a bit and its tires warmed up to help. Obviously that is not always possible on the street and this result is what most people will see from a stoplight. The RS7 pulling away with no drama as the M6 fights for traction. Unfortunately, CAR provides no data on the trap speed or elapsed times for either car. Jump to to the 1:30 mark in the video to watch the obvious outcome.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-28-2015, 05:40 PM
    The Porsche 991 Turbo S is a fast car. A recent test has the stock 991 Turbo S going 10.6 @ 130 in the 1/4 mile and we consistently see low 10's from bolt on tuned examples. That is not bad at all. The 918 Spyder though is simply on a whole different level of fast. The 918 Spyder is not turbocharged but its electric drivetrain provides a major torque boost. 431 lb-ft to be exact just from the electric motors. Combined with the naturally aspirated 4.6 liter V8 it makes 829 lb-ft of torque. Power is at 887 horsepower with the gas and electric motors combined. The 918 Spyder is considerably more powerful than the 560 horsepower 911 Turbo S. It is also roughly 250 pounds heavier but this difference is negligible at speed. It shows with how the 918 Spyder instantly pulls away. This is what a 145+ trap car with instant torque looks like going against a ~129 mile per hour car (PS guys, don't show your faces and the speedometer on public US roads as it can come back to bite you):
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-26-2015, 09:11 PM
    Impressive numbers here out of BMW's N20 2.0 liter turbocharged and direct injected four-cylinder. The baseline number is strong as the N20 is severely underrated. 245 horsepower at the wheels and 268 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on a Dynojet dynamometer. So what is the result with basic bolt ons including an intake, downpipe, and ECU flash by Jailbreak tuning? How does 290 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on 91 octane pump gas grab you? That is a gain of 77 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with basic modifications. The N20 is really moving along now that the ECU can be flashed. Hopefully we see some flash tuned turbo upgraded setups. As far as how strong the motor is we do not know as nobody has really pushed it. That said, this is more power and torque than a stock E46 M3 to put things in perspective. This 228i is going to be a hell of a track car.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-28-2015, 09:02 PM
    Well, another day another LaFerrari crash. This one is far worse than the LaFerrari that ended up in a ditch in France with mostly cosmetic damage. Yes, it's much, much worse. What happened? We really do not know other than something bad happened and the kid does not look too happy holding his head in shame. This is one that is not going to buff out and dad might take his allowance away. The poor kid might even have to drive a Porsche 911 to class now. Imagine the ridicule.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-30-2015, 01:26 PM
    Fortunately nobody was hurt here and it was just an old Mustang anyway (kidding). This foxbody Mustang was torn apart due to a nitrous bottle exploding in the heat. This is not supposed to happen as bottles have pressure release valves but this valve failed. The result of that was an explosion that sent parts of the car into neighbor's yards. Just a reminder to take nitrous seriously. He's lucky that hundred shot of NOS didn't blow the welds on the intake.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    04-27-2015, 05:36 PM
    The Ford Mustang Ecoboost is becoming a very popular tuner platform. Why shouldn't it? The 2.3 liter turbocharged motor can of course be tuned and the lightweight four-cylinder gives the Mustang great balance and makes it fun to drive namely in the corners. VTT is working on a stock frame turbo upgrade. Readers over on BimmerBoost are familiar with their stock frame upgrades for BMW's. So what will we get out of this upgrade? That remains to be seen. VTT will tear it down and see what they can do. We witnessed a 353 wheel horsepower Mustang Ecoboost set the 1/4 mile record running 11.77 with an aftermarket Precision turbocharger. We have a feeling the stock frame turbocharger can match this and then some. More from @Tony@VargasTurboTech: "We took delivery of our new Mustang Ecoboost turbocharger from Ford last week, and we are getting started on the project. We will be tearing the turbo down, see what is going on inside, and upgrading it to Stage 2 levels. We have a local tester lined up, and look forward to the gains to be had on these cool motors, with just a stock frame upgrade!"
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-26-2015, 06:28 PM
    Volkswagen has been talking and talking about it for ages. They want to have the world's most powerful production four-cylinder which is a title that currently belongs to AMG with the M133 2.0 liter four-cylinder in the CLA/GLA 45AMG models. This is why Volkswagen stole away the man responsible for that AMG motor. Volkswagen talked about a 375 horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder well over a year ago. They then released the Volkswagen Golf R400 concept in April of last year. Well, the production version of this car will be called R420 according to CAR. 420 refers to metric horsepower so it looks like 414 bhp for the new ultimate Golf. This is what VAG powertrain chief Dr. Heinz-Jacob Neusser had to say, 'We have the Golf more sporty than ever before, since we soon will have the Golf R400 - we will do this car. We are in fact in development of it right now.' Expect 400+ horsepower, all wheel drive, and a DSG. Essentially everything you love about the Golf R but more of it. More power, better brakes, better handling, etc. Yes, it will be offered for sale in the United States. It better be. The expected debut is September of this year in Frankfurt. Deliveries are expected to begin late this year and likely in 2016 in the USA. Ok VW, you have talked a big game. Let's see this thing already. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-27-2015, 05:11 PM
    Very nice numbers here from TopSpeed Motorsports who tuned this AMS Performance Porsche 997.1 Turbo Alpha 9 upgrade package. The tuning was done via a Cobb Accessport. Keep in mind this is a pump gas road race tune so of course there is more in it on race gas. At 22 psi of boost the numbers are 677 horsepower and 623 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The curve itself looks pretty good with linear power that just keeps climbing and holds to redline: The Alpha 9 package is capable of more as stated (AMS claims 900+ horsepower) but this is a nice pump gas tune. This is what the $20k package includes: Billet turbos, upgraded intercoolers, upgraded injectors, upgraded intakes, new Y-pipe, and intake tubes. An upgraded clutch and exhaust is of course recommended.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-28-2015, 02:22 PM
    Yesterday we saw a tuned Volkswagen MKVII GTI pull away from a stock CLA45 AMG on the highway. Well, in the interest of fairness it's time to see how a tuned 45 AMG M133 does against some tuned MKVII Golf's. The MKVII VW Golf's in the video are not the GTI model but the R. In theory, a tuned Golf R should be quicker than the GTI but it is heavier due to its all wheel drive. The A45 AMG of course has all wheel drive and is a bit heavier than either. The vehicles racing all feature dual clutch transmissions. Here is the mod list for each vehicle: Camera car Golf R - custom exhaust and intake, Stage 2 Revo tune Second Golf R - custom downpipe and intake, HG Motorsports intercooler, and Stage 2 Revo tune Mercedes A45 AMG - Renntech Tuning Box, cat delete, Rebellion TCU remap The first run video is a low speed roll with the A45 AMG versus the camera Golf R. The A45 AMG just pulls away steadily as the cars dodge traffic (Russians, naturally). The second run video features all three cars lined up. The Golf R's are pretty close to one another and essentially even. The A45 AMG though pulls away decisively and continues to steadily pull. What is interesting is that this not with any Renntech flash tuning but just the Renntech piggyback box. The AMG M133 four-cylinder takes this one easily.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-01-2015, 07:04 PM
    Great video here showing the difference between a bolt on tuned S55 engine and a turbo upgraded S55 engine. Now, obviously the turbo upgraded camera car is the more powerful vehicle here. We have seen the Pure Turbo Stage 2 S55 turbo upgrade show as much as 630 horsepower to the wheels. The camera car with the turbo upgrade is said to make 590 wheel horsepower. The JB4 tuned F82 M4 is said to be making 520 wheel horsepower. The race initially starts with the M4 opening a slightly lead (got on it early?) and the M3 runs it down and passes it up top. The Pure Turbos Stage 2 F80 M3 is clearly making more power and it shows. Great real world comparison:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-28-2015, 04:51 PM
    Automobile Magazine thinks they have the details on the next generation G20 3-Series which is expected to debut three years from now. The reality is they are just guessing and fishing for hits. That is the same thing their (terrible) renderings are doing. Just randomly guessing based on BMW precedent. Sure, some of it based in reality. Like the idea that there will be a next generation M3. Good stuff Automobile, you can see into the future. They state the next generation M3 will feature an electric turbo (that's an electric supercharger guys) and water injection for 500 horsepower. Ok, some nice guesses there. Might as well guess 503 horsepower, why not? They state the next generation 3-Series will be lower, lighter, wider, and offer better weight distribution with a lower center of gravity. This is all stuff we heard about the F30, didn't we? They do not mention the new B-Series of motors but instead say the current motors will live on. A bit of an amateur mistake there. Plug-in hybrids are expected but BMW is already going that route so that is just a natural evolution. The article is just a bunch of guessing and is essentially content for the sake of content. There is no concrete info from a BMW source, no rendering based on a test mule, nothing. You might as well ignore it. Just like the crappy renderings that amount to nothing more than a blind guess. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-26-2015, 12:50 PM
    We have a pretty good idea of Challenger performance and power. More baseline dynos for context certainly do not hurt and yes the Hellcat 6.2 liter twin screw supercharged V8 is underrated. How does 662 horsepower and 618 lb-ft of torque to the wheels completely stock sound? The power curve is actually very nice. Horsepower just keeps climbing throughout the entire rev range is a fairly linear fashion. There is just gobs of torque everywhere and the torque curve does not fall off a cliff. SeriousHP in Houston plans to tune this car on E85 and we have already seen some of their E85 results. We will see how far they take this car but on ethanol with more boost we should see some massive bolt on numbers. Oh, and the Hellcat is putting out over 100 wheel horsepower more than the Viper. Maybe time for that car to get some boost as well?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-01-2015, 10:26 PM
    ]These German vehicles may both have dual clutch transmission and twin turbo powerplants but their execution is quite different. The Porsche 911 Turbo is well known with its all wheel drive and twin turbo direct injected rear engine 3.8 liter flat-6 putting out 520 horsepower for $149,520. The AMG GT S in comparison is a value at $129,900. It does have less horsepower at 510 and slightly less torque from its larger M178 4.0 liter V8 at 479 lb-ft compared to the 911 Turbo 487 lb-ft. Keep in mind though these figures are sent to the rear wheels in the GT and not all four as well as the fact the AMG GT has a front engine layout. The only way to truly know which one is making more power and torque is to get them both on the same dyno at the same time. The paper figures don't mean much these days with automakers sandbagging. Mercedes positions the AMG GT S against the 911 Carrera S anyway based on its price. Keep in mind there is a standard AMG GT coming as well that will be cheaper to combat the Carrera. That means Mercedes is offering close to 911 Turbo performance for close to Carrera S and Carrera pricing. When AMG rolls out their Black Series version of the car then they will truly take the fight the Turbo and Turbo S. The fact the AMG GT is a complete mismatch to the Carrera and Carrera S and it being matched up to the 911 Turbo speaks volumes. Is it time for people to recognize that the 911 range is overpriced for what it is? EVO takes both cars on the track for a laptime comparison. The 911 Turbo laps quicker but this seems to be predominantly due to all wheel drive traction helping the 911 Turbo put its power down earlier on a tight course. The Mercedes is said to offer greater steering response and chassis dynamics but once again this is not the AMG GT model designed to topple the Turbo. It's designed to topple the Carrera S which it easily does. The 911 Turbo laps the circuit in 1:15.2 which is 1.8 seconds quicker than the AMG GT and this is a lifetime on a short and tight roadcourse. If you expect the AMG GT S to beat the 911 Turbo for less money with less power and torque you are asking too much.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-28-2015, 07:23 PM
    The turbo four-cylinder performance market is becoming highly competitive. There already is the Golf R and the Mercedes CLA45 AMG. Ford is readying their Focus RS and Honda intends to launch their Civic Type R in the USA. Don't forget about Subaru either. Well, it looks like you will be able to throw Mazda in this mix as well. A Mazdaspeed3 concept is expected to debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September of this year if reports are accurate. There are not many details to go on but rumor has it that a 2.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 295 horsepower will be under the hood. That power could be sent to all wheels courtesy of a new four-wheel drive system. This model is not even confirmed for production so this is all early speculation but things are pointing toward a new Mazdaspeed3. If it is produced the turbo four-cylinder performance market just got yet another contender vying for superiority. It certainly is getting crowded. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-27-2015, 08:22 PM
    Hot on the heels of the Car and Driver 6-speed manual ATS-V test comes an 8-speed 8L90 automatic ATS-V test from MotorTrend. If we were to guess a deal was struck that Car and Driver would get to publish the numbers first but that MotorTrend would get the automatic press car to test. Magazine politics at work? Just a hunch. Anyway, the MotorTrend figures are more impressive showing 0-60 in 4.0 flat for the auto versus 4.2 for the manual. The 1/4 mile time for the automatic ATS-V is registered as 12.3 @ 114.6 miles per hour. Slightly less than the 115 trap speed recorded for the manual although 3/10's quicker. It also was not tested on a level track so we should in theory see better numbers eventually although these numbers are from a VBOX. It is not as quick or as fast as a DCT BMW M3/M4. Unless owners of the ATS-V come up with a miracle to top the 1/4 mile times we have been seeing from the F80 M3 and F82 M4. Once again, Caddy's boss was wrong about having the Germans whipped in power, torque, and acceleration. Ok, how about the handling? The skidpad figure is .98g or about a wash with the BMW M3/M4. MotorTrend did not delve into the steering feel or handling too much instead saving these details for an upcoming comparison to the BMW M3. That may be why we are missing their figure 8 test numbers. They did state it does feel like a driver's car. The brakes did not fade on the track. The ATS-V stopped from 60 miles per hour in 103 feet. They got 99 feet for the M3. Expect more details in their upcoming comparison as major ones are missing such as the curb weight. We wanted to see how much weight the automatic transmission adds. Regardless, this car is not an M3/M4 killer once again and is certainly not besting the C63 AMG in raw power or acceleration. Is it a better driver's car? Well, we await their direct comparison. 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe BASE PRICE $63,660 PRICE AS TESTED $78,995 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 3.6L/464-hp/445-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6 TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic WHEELBASE 109.3 in L x W x H 184.7 x 72.5 x 54.5 in 0-60 MPH 4.0 sec QUARTER MILE 12.3 sec @ 114.6 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 103 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.98 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 16/24/18 mpg ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 211/140 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.03 lb/mile
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:21 AM
    The MKIV Toyota Supra. A car that has reached arguably legendary status due to its reputation for making big power in the aftermarket. There was a time where the Supra ruled the highway and even today it is still a very potent platform. If you need proof just watch the videos below. This particular Supra is a single turbo build with a Precision 8685 turbocharger plus spray. Is it faster than UGR Gallardos? No, but it does beat a couple in the videos below. It does look like the yellow 2R Gallardo Superleggera is pulling the Supra up top but it simply runs out of space. The first video could be done a bit better as the races against the 996 Turbo and the other Supra aren't filmed from a good angle. The second video offers much better camera angles but only features two UGR Gallardos running the Supra. A very impressive Supra nonetheless.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-28-2015, 04:23 PM
    Jaguar released more news on the upcoming 2016 XE sedan. It will be available in the United States in the Spring of next year so there is a bit of wait until it hits US shores. Initially, there will be two models both of which will be available in all wheel drive and rear wheel drive variants. The XE 35t will have Jaguar's supercharged 3.0 liter direct injected V6 engine sporting 340 horsepower. This powerplant is tuneable and Jaguar has room to launch their higher output supercharged V6 later if they so choose. The nice news is that Jaguar will bring their diesel to the United States and even offer it with all wheel drive. The XE 20d model features a 180 horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo diesel motor. Not a ton of power but it offers 318 lb-ft of torque. It will offer great efficiency. Jaguar also has yet to announce pricing which will come closer to the release date. The car will be available this year in markets outside the USA. All-new Jaguar XE sports sedan to arrive in U.S. Jaguar showrooms in spring, 2016 Lineup to include Jaguar XE 20d and 35t models each in Premium, Prestige and R-Sport trim levels and available in RWD or AWD XE 35t will feature a 340hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph1 XE 20d will feature high-efficiency 180hp 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel Front engine, longitudinal rear wheel drive layout, with capability of accepting all-wheel drive New Jaguar InControl® infotainment system features an 8 inch capacitive touch screen Features Intelligent Active Driver Assistance technologies The XE will launch in global markets in 2015 and in North America in 2016 Pricing to be announced at a later date (MAHWAH, N.J.) - April 27, 2015 - The Jaguar lineup will significantly expand in 2016 with the addition of the brand's all new, aluminum intensive Jaguar XE compact sports sedan which will join the modern Jaguar sedan lineup alongside the all new Jaguar XF and Jaguar XJ sedans. A true driver's car, the Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the sports sedan thanks to its advanced lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior, and outstanding ride and handling. The XE goes on sale in 2015 in global markets and in 2016 in the United States and Canada. Manufacturing of the aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE occurs at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant in an all-new facility. Part of a £1.5bn investment, this flexible, purpose-built site will create 1,700 UK jobs. The Jaguar XE 35t model provides responsiveness and refinement from a supercharged 3.0-liter V6. Generating 340hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, this engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls. Accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, the XE 35t has an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph1. The fuel economy leader will be the Jaguar XE 20d powered by the company's new Ingenium 2.0 liter diesel powertrain delivering 180 hp and 318 lb-ft of torque. Mated with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the Jaguar XE 20d will be the brand's most fuel efficient model (EPA figures to be released at later date). The Jaguar XE will be offered with a lighter version of the ZF 8-speed automatic used in the rest of the Jaguar range: this benchmark eight-speed transmission is controlled using the Jaguar rotary shifter and steering wheel shift paddles. The aluminum-intensive Jaguar XE is the first model developed from the new JLR modular vehicle architecture. The long wheelbase and low seating position enable perfect proportions and a streamlined, coupe-like profile. The R-Sport trim level models' large front air intakes, satin chrome side vents, gloss black side window surrounds, side sills, discreet rear spoiler and optional 20-inch forged alloy wheels reinforce its' performance potential. The cabin offers outstanding levels of comfort and spaciousness. Exquisite materials and finishes, combined with traditional Jaguar craftsmanship make this an interior without compare. The Jaguar XE is equipped with electric power steering. This system is tuned to provide responsiveness and excellent feel, and offers improved efficiency over hydraulic systems. Compelling design The Jaguar XE was developed in parallel with the new modular architecture. The architecture unlocks design possibilities that did not exist before because the core dimensions were determined by design and engineering working together from the very beginning, under a philosophy of 'anything we can imagine, we can create. This makes it possible to realize perfect proportions: short front and rear overhangs and dynamic, cab-rearward stance. The architecture also enables the XE to feature both a low, sporty driving position and a sleek, coupe-like profile. The strongly-sculpted hood creates a taut, muscular appearance. The rising waistline adds to the sense of movement, while the form of the rear quarters takes inspiration from the F-TYPE Coupe. The signature J-Blade daytime running lights are a recognizable Jaguar design element. In the rear lights, a horizontal line intersecting a circle is a powerful styling feature inherited from the iconic E-Type. Jaguar has a rich history of producing stunning, aerodynamically-efficient cars. The new Jaguar XE continues the tradition of uncompromised form and function. This achievement is the result of 1,200 computational fluid dynamics simulations and million hours of processor time. "Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE positioning as a serious driver's car. The cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement even when it's standing still. It bears a strong family resemblance to the F-TYPE and will stand apart in the crowd." - Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design The spacious cabin cocoons front seat passengers with a deep center console which creates a cockpit-like feel. The F-TYPE-style instrument panel dials and the cluster needle sweep on start-up further emphasize the sports sedan attributes of the Jaguar XE. Front and rear seat occupants enjoy generous amounts of head and legroom - the XE proves that sleek, streamlined styling and interior space need not be mutually exclusive; fine-grain leathers and details such as contrasting twin-needle stitching give the cabin a bespoke quality. The choice of gloss black, textured aluminum, and contemporary wood veneers enhance the luxurious, hand-crafted feel. Available ambient lighting in a range of up to 10 colors adds to the sense of occasion. Aluminum-intensive unibody Jaguar is highly experienced in the use of aluminum construction. The expertise in working with this lightweight material has culminated in the revolutionary body structure of the new Jaguar XE. It is the first model designed around this all-new modular architecture. Much of the aluminum is high-strength, 6000-series alloy. The body sides are a perfect example: these complex pressings are formed in one piece, and what would once have been 1.5mm gauge sheet has been reduced to just 1.1mm. Sustainability is a big part of the Jaguar aluminum story. Recycling this highly valuable material delivers impressive savings in overall CO2 emissions and the new XE uses RC 5754 - an aluminum alloy made predominantly from recycled material. Future models will also use RC 5754 and this breakthrough will help Jaguar towards its goal of using 75 percent recycled material by 2020. The use of recycled aluminum reduces demand for primary aluminum, saving energy. Riveting and bonding the lightweight body structure of the Jaguar XE consumes less energy than traditional spot welding. The XE also contains 101lbs. of recycled plastics and renewable materials, further reducing its environmental impact. "The XE is as strong and light as it could possibly be thanks to exhaustive analysis and by bringing the latest engineering techniques to bear on its design. It has been challenging to accomplish but the XE structure is absolutely at the cutting edge of what is achievable today." -Dr. Mark White, Chief Technical Specialist, Jaguar; Body Complete Chassis The new Jaguar XE features a sophisticated double wishbone front suspension. The aluminum front spindles are light and stiff - forged from cast blanks using a patented production process while the rear suspension features an integral link system. This system delivers lateral and longitudinal stiffness for precise handling and a supple ride. Aluminum has been used extensively in the suspension, minimizing weight. Offering incredible tuning possibilities and greater efficiency than traditional hydraulic systems, electric power steering (EPAS) will be standard on the XE. Powertrain For customers demanding ultimate performance and an exhilarating engine note from idle right up to the redline there's the Jaguar XE 35t model, which shares its supercharged 340hp 3.0-liter V6 with the acclaimed F-TYPE. Direct injection and fully variable valve timing optimize power and torque throughout the rev range. The 90 degree cylinder bank angle provides space for the twin-vortex Roots-type supercharger, a balancer shaft ensures the engine runs smoothly. Developing 340hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, the V6 provides the Jaguar XE 35t with exceptional performance: 0-60 mph takes just 4.9 seconds, and top speed is electronically-limited to 155 mph1. Jaguar is launching the new XE with an equally new engine family - Ingenium. The first Ingenium engine in the Jaguar XE in North America is the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel with 180hp. The Ingenium engine family's advanced modular design will provide petrol and diesel derivatives and was started from a clean-sheet to deliver performance, efficiency and refinement without compromise. This advanced in-house powertrain will be manufactured at the new JLR Engine Manufacturing Center near Wolverhampton in the UK. Proven over 2 million miles of real-world testing, Ingenium is the future of the low-CO2 powertrain strategy at Jaguar Land Rover and is engineered to meet the most stringent exhaust emissions legislation worldwide. "The new generation of Ingenium diesel engines are wholly designed and manufactured in-house at our new engine plant in Wolverhampton. No opportunity has been missed in ensuring their design is right on the cutting edge of technical advancement to achieve the highest levels of efficiency, performance and refinement." Ron Lee, Group Chief Powertrain Engineer, Jaguar Cars All Ingenium engines, developed from scratch by Jaguar engineers, are based around a deep-skirt aluminum cylinder block featuring thin-wall, press-fit cast iron liners: these offer the best balance of weight, surface finish, and robustness. The engine's split-cooling system, mapped thermostat, and fully variable mechanical water pump enable standing water in the block while coolant circulates through the crossflow channels in the cylinder head. So the engine warms up more quickly, reducing friction and therefore fuel consumption. Parasitic losses have been cut in other ways too: the electronically-controlled oil pump matches its flow rate according to engine speed, load and temperature, and switchable piston cooling jets operate only when needed. Variable valve timing has been a feature on all Jaguar petrol engines for many years, and now the technology is making its way into the diesel too: the Ingenium units benefit from a cam phaser on the exhaust side. Variable exhaust valve timing enables more rapid catalyst heating, thereby minimizing harmful emissions during the critical warm-up phase. Fuel is fed to the combustion chambers by a 1,800bar solenoid common rail system. Key attributes are low noise, high efficiency and excellent mixture formation. Ingenium diesels are characterized by the rapid build-up of torque from very low engine speeds, enabled by highly efficient variable geometry turbochargers. Maximum torque is maintained over a wide rev range, ensuring instantaneous response and strong acceleration whenever the driver demands it. Weighing only 138kg (304lb), this all-aluminum engine feature twin counter-rotating balancer shafts to cancel-out second order forces, offering the smoothness and power of a naturally aspirated six-cylinder but in a smaller, more efficient package. An innovative feature is the sheet metal turbine housing integrated into the air-gap insulated exhaust manifold. As well as saving weight, the assembly's reduced thermal mass means that the catalyst reaches light-off temperature more quickly, reducing emissions. The low-inertia turbine wheel delivers outstanding transient response. Active Safety and Driver Assistance features The new light and stiff body structure of the Jaguar XE has been engineered to meet demanding legislative and consumer crash test requirements. Complementing the outstanding levels of protection it offers is a suite of advanced driver assistance systems designed to help and support the driver. The Jaguar XE will be equipped with All Surface Progress Control (ASPC)2. This all-new system, developed with the input of decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, works like a low-speed cruise control. Functioning between 2 mph and 19 mph, ASPC is designed to precisely control the brake system and powertrain to deliver optimum traction in slippery conditions. Projecting high-contrast color images onto the windshield, the optional laser heads-up display (HUD) technology provides the driver with information such as speed and navigation instructions. Jaguar is one of the first manufacturers in the segment to use stereo camera technology. When fitted, this sensor is the 'eyes' of the optional autonomous emergency braking system for the Jaguar XE, providing measurements of speed and distance of objects ahead, and can initiate full braking to avoid or mitigate a collision. The stereo camera also performs traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning functions. The XE also offers systems such as adaptive cruise control, closing vehicle sensing, blind spot monitoring, semi-automated parallel and perpendicular parking, and reverse traffic detection2. All-new infotainment system The all-new Jaguar InControl® infotainment system offered on the XE provides the latest technologies to connect the car, driver and the outside world. At its heart is an eight-inch capacitive touchscreen featuring a clear, intuitive interface and fast response times3. InControl Touch® supports Bluetooth®, audio streaming and USB connectivity. The Jaguar XE can also be fitted with an SD card-based navigation system which allows easy upgrades of map data, and voice control using plain speech gives access to any level of the system, without navigating through menus, so drivers can keep their eyes on the road3. Both systems feature a user-friendly map which can be utilized by touch and directed by pinch-to-zoom. Smartphones are changing the way people interact with the world around them and the new Jaguar XE ensures that drivers can stay connected. Jaguar InControl Apps® allows users to seamlessly access and control smartphone apps through the vehicle's touchscreen3. Jaguar InControl Remote® functionality allows users of iOS® and Android™ smartphones to connect to the car remotely to control car functions. These include seven-day timed pre-setting of the vehicle's climate control system, locking or unlocking the doors, or remote heating or cooling the cabin through engine start. The new Jaguar XE will be available with two Meridian™ audio systems. These superb systems are the latest product of the long-standing partnership between Jaguar and British audio experts Meridian. Unique algorithms guarantee the best possible sound reproduction and tailor the experience to the interior's acoustics. Available systems range from 380 watt, 11-speaker systems to 825 watt, 14-speaker systems equipped with stereo and surround sound processors. Further details, pricing and specifications of the Jaguar XE North American model line will be announced closer to the vehicles launch in 2016. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS* ENGINE & TRANSMISSION V6 2.0L Diesel Engine capacity (cc) 2,998 1,999 Cylinders 6 4 Valves per cylinder 4 6 Bore / stroke inches (mm) 3.3 / 3.5 (84.5 / 89.0) 3.3 / 3.6 (83/ 92.35) Cylinder block Aluminum alloy Aluminum alloy Cylinder heads Aluminum alloy Aluminum alloy Fuel injection equipment 150bar spray-guided direct injection 1800 Bar Common Rail Induction system Twin-Vortex supercharger Turbocharger Transmission ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic PERFORMANCE 0-60 mph (sec) 4.9 7.4 0-100km/h (sec) 5.1 7.8 Top speed mph (km/h) 155 (250) 140 (225) Horsepower 340 @ 6,500rpm 180 @ 4,000 rpm Torque lb ft (Nm) 332 (450) @ 4,500rpm 318 (430) @ 1,750-2,500 DIMENSIONS Length inches (mm) 183.9 (4,672) 183.9 (4,672) Width excl. mirrors inches (mm) 72.8 (1,850) 72.8 (1,850) Height inches (mm) 55.7 (1,416) 55.7 (1,416) Wheelbase inches (mm) 111.6 (2,835) 111.6 (2,835) *. Subject to final confirmation ahead of production. 1 Always follow local speed limits. 2 These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions, etc. Driver should not assume that these features will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult the owner's manual or your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for more details. 3 Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Do not operate, adjust or view the navigation or multimedia systems under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Only use mobile phones, and other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so.
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    04-26-2015, 01:40 PM
    The G550 currently is offered in the USA with a naturally aspirated 5.5 liter V8 offering 382 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. According to information given to Dutch outlet Autovisie by Wolf-Dieter Kurz who is Vice President of Mercedes SUV's the M177 will replace the naturally aspirated M273. This is interesting as a non-AMG model is getting an AMG motor. Mercedes will presumably still offer the G63 AMG with the M157 twin turbocharged 5.5 liter V8. There is also of course the M279 twin turbo V12 powered G65 as well. With the M177 twin turbo V8 powerplant the G550 will be the most affordable G-Class tuning platform should one be interested in that although it will still set you back roughly $120k+. The G63 AMG starts at $137,150 and the G65 is over $200k. So will Mercedes keep the G550, the G63, and the G65? We will have to wait and see. Source
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    04-26-2015, 02:41 PM
    You may have all the money in the world but that does not mean you can drive. This LaFerrari somehow ended up in a ditch in France. What happened? We do not know exactly but if we were to guess somebody got in a little bit over their head and skidded off the road. Not exactly a site you will see everyday. There appears to be damage to the rear diffuser and possibly more damage on the other side but one low resolution photo is all that is circulating the web. The owner joked on Twitter that he did some offroading so he isn't mad about it and probably happy it was not worse. Plus, he can afford to repair the damage to his $2 million dollar toy.
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    04-27-2015, 06:45 PM
    The Germans over at Autobild got their hands on the new C7 Corvette Z06 and their testing shows incredible performance figures. Specifically its laptime around the Sachsenring course in Germany. Let's put the Corvette laptime in context with some stiff competition. Here are the top 10 Sachsenring laptimes: 1. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06 1:30.47 2. Porsche 911 Turbo S (991) 1:32.51 3. Ferrari 458 Speciale 1:32.76 4. Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 1:32.84 5. Porsche 911 Turbo (991) 1:32.92 6. Porsche 911 GT3 1:32.97 7. McLaren 650 S 1:33.15 8. Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet (991) 1:33.23 9. Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series 1:33.38 10. Porsche 911 GT2 RS 1:33.51 The Z06 beats its next closest rival, the Porsche 911 (991) Turbo S , by over two seconds. In other words, an eternity. That is an epic beatdown. The course itself is 2.28 miles long and fairly tight and technical with long sweepers featuring elevation changes. The track is well known in MotoGP circles. For the Z06 to crush the 911 Turbo S laptime to such a degree on this circuit is impressive. Incredibly impressive. Especially considering it was done by the Germans who dethroned their own German car they love to worship.
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    Yesterday, 03:48 PM
    Nice runs here from some very fast cars. The SRT Viper of course has the larger motor with its 8.4 liter V10 offering 645 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque in stock form. This Viper is not stock as it has bolt on mods including a tune which should put it in the ~600 wheel horsepower range. The C6 Corvette features the 6.2 liter LS3 engine. The LS series of course is extremely tunable depending on how far one wants to take it. This Corvette throws a 150 shot on top of the headers and tune. Mods: SRT Viper Mods: Intake tune full exhaust LS3 Corvette: intake headers catback 150shot tune The Viper pulls easily and impressively up top in the first race. The second run is closer but it is due to the 'Vette jumping. Even so the Viper still reels it in and passes. Maybe there is something to having the driver mod?
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    04-28-2015, 02:51 PM
    Enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang models but there are not going to be enough of them to go around. If you desperately want one and don't have one on order you better be prepared to pay an absurd markup as Ford intends to honor Carroll Shelby by keeping the 2015 model exclusive. A fitting tribute no doubt to the 50th Anniversary of the GT350 nameplate. The models for 2015 will also have a special VIN denoting their exclusivity. For the 2015 production cycle there will only be 100 GT350 units and 37 GT350R units. Now, whether Ford intends to keep the GT350 so incredibly limited is anyone's guess. They do hint at things changing for the 2016 production year. That means if you really want one it is best to wait for the fever to calm down and not fight for a 2015 model. It is unlikely Ford will continue the limited run every year but is instead building hype and of course honoring the legend that is the Shelby GT350. Enthusiasts will no doubt respect Ford's decision to honor Carroll Shelby and the GT350 in this manner. FORD ANNOUNCES LIMITED RUN FOR 2015 SHELBY GT350; ONLY 37 GT350R MODELS TO BE BUILT Ford to produce limited run of 2015 Shelby® GT350 to commemorate the nameplate's 50th anniversary 2015 Shelby GT350 comes with a unique 2015 VIN – the envy of Shelby enthusiasts everywhere Limited run of 37 Shelby GT350R models to be built in homage to original GT350 competition model of 1965 In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350, Ford will build a limited run of Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs for 2015. The original Shelby GT350, introduced in 1965, established Mustang's performance credentials on racetracks around the world. The all-new Shelby GT350, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, re-establishes Mustang as a world-class sports car. Only 100 Shelby GT350 models will feature a 2015 model year designation before production switches over to 2016. Of these, 50 will be equipped with the Technology Package and 50 equipped with the Track Package. "Fans of the Shelby brand are among the most passionate in the automotive industry," said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager. "To honor the passion of our fans for Shelby GT350's 50th anniversary, a limited run of GT350 models will be built in 2015; these cars will be highly coveted by both Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts alike." 2015 Shelby GT350R: Celebrating 50 years of a pony car legend In 1965, Carroll Shelby developed and sold an FIA-homologated Mustang called the Shelby GT350 competition model. This race-ready Mustang took to tracks around the world, competing in the most prestigious races and against the stiffest competition there was. In addition to winning the Sports Car Club of America's B Production national championship in 1965, 1966 and 1967, the car entered races throughout South America and Europe, including the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. There is heated debate among Shelby enthusiasts over how many 1965 GT350 competition models were built during the extremely limited production run. While Carroll Shelby insisted two prototype cars and 35 production models were built, most records show only 34 production models received serial numbers from the Shelby production facility. For 2015, Ford will make sure there is no confusion about the number of GT350R models constructed; 37 cars will be built in Carroll Shelby's memory.
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    04-27-2015, 04:41 PM
    Very interesting runs here with interesting results. The CLA45 AMG is stock. Obviously in stock form with its 355 horsepower M133 2.0 liter four-cylinder motor it is much quicker than the MKVII Volkswagen GTI. 45 AMG output is roughly in the ~330 wheel horsepower range stock and the GTI is in the ~220 wheel horsepower range stock. That is a very big spread between the two 2.0 liter four-cylinder direct injected motors. However, that is what tuning is for and here is the mod list for the cars: CLA45AMG - Stock, VDC off, Sports mode, 19" wheels MK7 GTI - Revo, Milltek Full Exhaust, Revo Intake, 19" wheels, wheel HP - 300 So the GTI is around the 300 wheel horsepower mark so it is still down on the CLA45 AMG slightly. However, the GTI has some advantage in a race like this namely that the Golf is roughly 500 pounds lighter and it sends its power to the front wheels rather than all four. In a roll on race this pays major dividends as the GTI pulls away. The first race has the CLA45 AMG on the inside tract and it gets a bit of a jump. The GTI does run it down though. The second run really illustrates the difference with a more even straightaway and start. The GTI just pulls decisively away. The CLA45 AMG of course can be tuned as well but the GTI will always have the advantage of being much lighter. It will be interesting to see how much weight the upcoming R400/R420 model adds with its beefed up components and all wheel drive. Very impressive performance from the VW:
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    04-26-2015, 12:40 PM
    Another Infineon TriCore based ECU has been cracked if this post from EVOMS out of Arizona is accurate. EVOMS states they hooked up some sort of password reader which allowed access to the TriCore processor. We wonder what this magical hardware they used is. Usually these cracks tend to come from sources close to the factory overseas. That is how the BMW TriCore crack happened. Getting access to one of these ECU's is not as simple as some brute force password cracking approach. Regardless, we look forward to seeing just what kind of control of the ECU EVOMS actually has. Tunes should come soon. If we see this 'crack' spread like wildfire as it did in the BMW world then we know it was an outside source that got access to the ECU and is now selling the method to tuners.
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    Yesterday, 11:44 AM
    In just a couple of weeks we will have the official reveal of the new next generation Chevy Camaro in Detroit. Chevrolet is doing a good job keeping interest high with periodic teasers. Last month they showed us some shots of the LT1 engine along with the headers. This month they revealed the hood and a portion of the rear. There definitely seem to be some Stingray inspired angles in the design. Also plenty of aluminum looks to be used in the frame. Chevy states the car will be leaner and will have to wait and see just how much leaner it actually is. If it drops weight and takes handling cues from the C7 Stingray this car is going to be a winner. Sculpted Exterior Reflects 2016 Camaro's New Athleticism 2015-04-30 DETROIT – For the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, the design team set out to create a leaner, more athletic design that complemented the new driving experience. "The Camaro went to the gym and came out with a lithe, more athletic physique for the sixth generation," said Ed Welburn, vice president, GM Global Design. "It's a more expressive evolution of the Camaro's iconic character – and one that complements its leaner size and sharper reflexes." The exterior design vocabulary is defined by complex shapes, which appear to be form-fitted around the mechanical components. Every shape and surface detail is a skilled, artistic collaboration of hand and digital sculpting. Camaro's new design details draw the eye into the design. For example, the new aluminum hood features powerful, smoothly curved sculpted forms accented with sharp creases. As a result, the hood appears to be shrink-wrapped around the engine. Similarly, the new Camaro retains the broad, dramatic rear fenders that became a defining feature of the award-winning Gen 5 Camaro. The design is updated with greater detailing, including a subtle crease running parallel to the fender edge. The effect makes the new Camaro look even lower and wider despite having a slightly smaller footprint than its predecessor. Chevrolet will introduce the all-new, 2016 Camaro on Saturday, May 16, during a special public event at Detroit's Belle Isle Park. Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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    04-27-2015, 07:32 PM
    Very cool race here between a Lamborghini Huracan that is stock except for an exhaust system and a modified C7 Corvette Z06. The Z06 is the same car we saw go 9.891 @ 141.64 in the 1/4 mile on E85. The Z06 also is a 7-speed manual car meaning driver skill plays a significant part. The first run is from a roll. The Huracan is given the hit and takes a lead. The dual clutch transmission helps hold off the Z06 on the first couple gear shifts. Once they get into higher speeds though the power difference shows and the Z06 just pulls away. It's clearly the more powerful car here. What is nice to see is that they also go from a stop. The advantage is squarely in the Huracan's court as it has all wheel drive. That is likely why the Z06 gets the hit off the line. It takes off but you soon see its tires go up in smoke. The Huracan quickly passes by it opening a lead thanks to its traction advantage and dual clutch transmission. Unfortunately we only get one camera angle but it is easy to tell the Huracan is ahead of the Z06 and holding it off. It takes an eternity for the Z06 to catch up which it eventually does. In a street matchup from a stop the Huracan has the advantage unless a Z06 is wearing drag rubber in anticipation of such an encounter. Very nice runs and high quality video to boot. The Huracan does an admirable job considering it is naturally aspirated and has less power and torque:
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    04-28-2015, 01:48 PM
    Great tuning here from Eurocharged. The baseline figure you see is from the Porsche 997.2 Turbo. As you likely know the 997.2 switched to a direct injected 3.8 liter twin turbo flat-6. The power and torque figures are strong with 461 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. That is on 93 octane pump fuel. Considering the 997.2 Turbo got a 20 horsepower bump on paper to 493 horsepower it certainly looks to be considerably underrated. Let's take a look a the tuned figures also on pump gas. This is another one of those times where peak horsepower does not tell the whole story. Peak horsepower goes from 461 to 505 at the wheels for a gain of 44 horsepower at the wheels. However, look at the torque curve. At 3500 rpm there is an additional 120 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. That is a strong increase down low which is night and day over stock. It also results in an additional 80 horsepower at the wheels at that same rpm. You will notice there are torque gains throughout the entire curve. The difference in area under the curve from 2750 to 5000 rpm is huge. Not bad for just a flash tune only on pump gas, eh?
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