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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-12-2014, 06:25 PM
    The new F80 M3 and F82 M4 are much more powerful than the outgoing E92 M3. Just take a look at the dyno numbers stock and with a JB4 tune for the F80 M3. The F82 M4 output is in the ~420 wheel horsepower range stock compared to the ~350 wheel horsepower range for the naturally aspirated E92 M3 4.0 liter S65 V8. There also is a large torque disparity as the boosted S55 inline-6 in the F82 M4 shows 429 lb-ft at the wheels compared to 253 lb-ft at the wheels for the S65 V8. It is a big difference in output. However, this E92 M3 is tuned with bolt on modifications. The modifications listed are good for about 380 wheel horsepower. So, it is still at a power disadvantage against a stock M4 let alone a modified M4 that with a BMS JB4 tune can approach the 500 wheel horsepower range. The M4 runs a 12.2 @ 121 in the first pass and a bolt on E92 M3 will simply not match that trap speed. The E92 M3 runs a 12.6 @ 111. Neither of these are quick times but the cars appear to be running in warm summer weather so both have room to improve. It is also important to point out that with a DCT transmission the M4 would likely be a few tenths quicker On the second pass the M4 turns off the JB4 piggyback. The E92 M3 does not use launch control on this pass although it should. Regardless, the E92 gets the better launch and the lead which holds off the M4 until horsepower takes over and the M4 pulls. It closes the gap but not quickly enough running a 13.2 @ 121. Why is the trap speed the same as the JB4 run? Good question. That can be attributed to the poor 2.6X 60 foot as spinning the tires usually inflates trap speeds. The M4 hooked better when running the JB4 and that lowered the trap speed although it produced a second better 1/4 mile time. The E92 M3 wins the second race despite a poor 2.277 60 foot but it is clearly the slower car as evidenced by the trap speed. Both drivers need to practice (and the E92 needs boost) but this is definitely an interesting comparison to see.
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    09-12-2014, 08:45 PM
    Very interesting video here that helps put Porsche 991 Turbo S performance into perspective. A video from last week raised some eyebrows as a 991 Turbo S cabriolet put up a very strong showing against a Lamborghini Huracan. According to magazine test numbers that should not be possible the video is what is. So how does the Porsche 991 Turbo S coupe do against the big brother to the Huracan the Aventador? Well, the 991 Turbo S again appears to overachieve. Off the line the 991 Turbo S takes the Aventador out of the hole and manages to open a gap of a couple car lengths. In theory the Aventador and its 700 horsepower from the 6.5 liter V12 should be able to run down and pass the 991 Turbo S with its 550 horsepower. The turbo torque combined with the PDK makes that easier said than done. The 991 Turbo S is able to hold its lead through the kilometer, impressive. The Aventador does have the higher trap speeds though indicating it would pull had it gotten a better launch. The 1/4 mile trap speed for the Aventador is 127.53 compared to the 991 Turbo S 126.878. Just over a one mile per hour difference. However, by the kilometer mark the trap speed difference is almost 3.5 miles per hour so still close but the Aventador is pulling harder as speeds and distance increase. It is not pulling hard enough to make up for the difference out of the hole and the extra few hundred pounds it carries no doubt play a role (plus the weight of the passenger which the 991 Turbo S does not have). The 991 Turbo S definitely appears to overachieve especially for a stock car.
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    09-14-2014, 11:54 AM
    11 second BMW X1? Yep. Congratulations to BimmerBoost member paradoxical3 who managed to break into the 11's with his modified BMW X1. He had Pure Turbo modify the OEM N55 turbocharger and the result is a 11.930 @ 116.11 in the 1/4 mile. Yes, that is quicker and faster than a BMW X5M with its 560 horsepower S63 5.5 liter twin turbo V8. A modified X1 can easily run with the big boys and shows how important power to weight is. This 11.930 @ 116.11 pass improves quite a bit on @paradoxical3's bolt on performance which produced a 12.137 @ 111.20 in the 1/4 mile. The car clearly gained quite a bit of horsepower with the turbo upgrade as evidenced by the trap speed and there is also definitely more in it as the tuning evolves. Timeslip and further details in the owner's own words below: Paradoxical3: If you have been following my thread (http://www.bimmerboost.com/showthread.php?54528-X1-35i-M-Sport-Track-Daily-Driver-Build) you will see that I have been trying to build the best all around BMW X1 I can - able to run a sub 12 second 1/4 mile, lap mid-ohio faster than a M3, and retain the luxury and utility of the vehicle for the perfect daily driver. I am one step closer to my goal today as I have furthered my N55 xdrive record with a 11.930 pass at Tri State raceway. This was my first time to the track with the Pure Turbo upgrade and there is at least another mph trap speed in it once I refine my boost targets. I am bumping into the limits of the tmap sensor not being able to read over 21psi, as well as the JB4's 21psi failsafe (I kick to failsafe mode sometimes after shifts due to boost spike). I am guessing I will wind up around 11.7 here. There were a few passes with better launches and higher speed (93mph by the 1/8) but I always hit boost safety during those. Mod list: X1 35i M-sport JRZ RS1 coilovers Pure Turbo N55 Stage 1 BMS JB4 ISO with flexfuel wires BMS Intake BMS downpipe ER intercooler/chargepipe NGK plugs Apex wheels with Direzza Zii 50% e85 mix - I REALLY need a new fuel pump to make this percentage mix stable. Here is the timeslip, a video of the run (against my friend and very fast Camaro SS, also an 11 second car), and my log. http://www.datazap.me/u/paradoxical3/11930-x1-14-mile I am also proud that this is not just a straight line car! I am very happy with the Pure Turbo setup. I am already 5+mph faster in trap in my first try and it will probably wind up with 6-7mph faster. For the $850 price I got in the group buy, it is the cheapest power available and makes the car a LOT more fun.
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    09-13-2014, 08:08 PM
    This is not the first time we have seen a modified M157 Mercedes AMG beat a Lamborghini Aventador. A Benzboost member who has an E63 AMG S 4Matic with Renntech upgraded turbos has been beating up on just about everything including the Aventador. This CLS63 is not the 4Matic all wheel drive variant however but the pre-facelift rear wheel drive model which is lighter. It does however feature the same basic M157 twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 AMG motor. So how do the Kleemann K3 M157 upgrades show? Very well as the CLS63 AMG is able to open up a small lead on the Aventador. Up top, it appears the Aventador starts to pull but both cars shut down as they approach traffic. Considering the Kleemann K3 upgrade consists of just exhaust and ECU modifications (although further details are hard to find on the Kleemann website which really needs some work) the run certainly is impressive against an opponent like the Aventador with its 700 horsepower 6.5 liter V12. Turbo torque isn't easy to beat:
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    09-11-2014, 04:11 PM
    Very nice numbers here from a Porsche 997.1 Turbo running the Tial Alpha A3076 turbo based Boost Logic BL1000 kit. In addition to the BL1000 kit this 997.1 Turbo also has a full GMG exhaust. Tony over at EPL (European Performance Labs) which is located in Stratford, Connecticut was tasked with tuning the setup. The result is a very healthy 896 horsepower and 735 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on a Dynojet in SAE correction. Keep in mind this vehicle is tuned on the OEM DME. Many of the high horsepower 911 Turbos are going standalone but it is very impressive to see this output with factory computer. EPL clearly knows what they are doing and the curve is nice although the amount of smoothing on the graph is not shown. PorscheBoost is wondering if that is because the torque graph gets a little jagged going up and down at point. Regardless, this is impressive output on MS109 fuel with the turbos pushing 29 psi on the stock motor. This much torque will bend the factory rods sooner rather than later so this is not a setup for daily use but essentially kill mode (or kill the rods mode). A motor build is definitely recommended but one can definitely make 900 whp on the stock 997.1 Turbo motor if that is what they desire.
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    09-13-2014, 01:14 PM
    The Active Autowerke Prima supercharger kits for the E46 M3 are an exceptional value for one looking to add forced induction to their S54 motor. Tuning Tech FS has spent quite a bit of time tuning the various Prima kits. Their Prima Dynojet results showed 426 horsepower at the wheels on 5.8 psi of boost. Going to the upgraded Prima Plus kit with methanol injection and 9 psi raises output to 514 horsepower at the wheels on a Dynojet. Now, Active is adding a Prima Elite supercharger kit to the range. The pricing and details are not yet finalized but Tuning Tech FS is already tuning the setup. The Prima Elite and Prima Plus both run 9 psi of boost but the Prima Elite is running E85 fuel instead of 93 octane and meth. The Prima Elite on E85 manages another 31.7 peak wheel horsepower over the Prima Plus with torque gains through the curve. We're waiting on further details as the R&D process is wrapped up but these are solid gains over what already is a solid supercharger kit:
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    09-09-2014, 04:28 PM
    Volkswagen announced a while back the naturally aspirated 2.5 liter inline-5 motor would be dropped from the lineup and replaced with a new 1.8T motor. This 1.8 TSI engine is based on the EA888 engine architecture everyone knows so well from its 2.0 liter big brother used throughout the VW and Audi lineups. Well, the smaller 1.8T variant of it is no slouch despite its lower horsepower and torque ratings and responds well to tuning. Amazingly well as a matter of fact as APR with just their preliminary tune on 93 octane managed to see gains of 68 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque at the crank. We would love to see the wheel numbers but that is a massive torque gain and the tuned curve simply picks up a ton of area. The 2.0T is obviously more desirable but the 1.8T is not giving up much to it especially once tuned. The engine switch is designed to save VW money by allowing them to share more engine parts across the model lines but VW has created an incredibly tunable lineup for VW and Audi even with the entry level motors now. Results from an A3 1.8T sedan:
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    09-11-2014, 04:12 AM
    This is going to be a very popular drop top considering that the F22 2-Series coupe is already a hit. The car is priced well starting at $38,850 for the rear wheel drive N20 powered F23 228i and this price rises to $40,650 with optional xDrive all wheel drive. An all wheel drive BMW drop top? Yep, the people who have to deal with snow are going to love this. There also is of course the M235i drop top with the N55 inline-6 engine and it starts at $48,650. The jump up in power and torque with the M235i comes with the sacrificed of the xDrive all wheel drive option. A bit of a bummer for those who wanted the larger motor with all wheel drive. As the F22 coupe is offered with an M235i xDrive model it certainly is possible that an all wheel drive M235i convertible will be added to the lineup at a later date. BMW calls the M235i the first 'open top' M Performance Automobile which technically is true. It is not an M car but an M Performance car. Apparently pointing out that this is the first drop top M Performance Car matters. There are no surprises here. The F23 offers the same drivetrain as the F22 coupe with the exception of the xDrive M235i. Dropping the top brings with it a $5,750 penalty. Further details available in the press release along with the official photos below. The New BMW 2 Series Convertible  Style and dynamics of the acclaimed BMW 2 Series Coupe combined with open-air driving  Available in the US as 228i and M235i  All-wheel drive 228i xDrive available from launch Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 9, 2014 6:00pm EDT/3:00pm PDT. . . Few new cars have been more anticipated than the BMW 2 Series Coupe when it arrived in early 2014. Hot on the heels of the widely acclaimed BMW 228i and M235i Coupe, BMW announces the new BMW 2 Series Convertible. Available in the US as the 228i and M235i, the 2 Series Convertible blends the style and dynamic driving character for which the 2 Series Coupe is already renowned with the open-air pleasure of a folding soft-top. The BMW 2 Series Convertible will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show. The 2015 M235i and 228i as well as the 228i xDrive, featuring BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system, will arrive in US showrooms in early 2015. The 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible will be offered at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $38,850 for the 228i, $40,650 for the 228i xDrive, $48,650 for the M235i, including $950 destination and handling. The BMW 2 Series Convertible follows in the tire tracks of the pioneer and undisputed leader in its class - the BMW 1 Series Convertible. The 1 Series Convertible entered the fray as the first open-top premium model in the sub-compact segment, went on to defend its position as clear market leader against subsequent pretenders to its throne, and achieved sales figures in excess of 130,000 units worldwide. The development team for the new BMW 2 Series Convertible has focused squarely on building on the strengths which proved pivotal to this success. With even more grace, athleticism and sharpness about its design, clear advances in terms of performance as well as efficiency, and improvements in the driving comfort, functionality and innovative equipment features it offers, the BMW 2 Series Convertible takes the qualities displayed by its predecessor to a new level. The number 2 has a special importance in the model history of BMW and, since the arrival of the BMW 02 range more than 45 years ago, has represented exceptionally sporting driving pleasure in a subcompact car. Introduced in 1966, the 02 series went on to become a byword around the world for sporty, agile handling – and from 1967 these gifts could also be enjoyed with the roof down. Specialist coachbuilder Baur wasted little time in developing a pair of soft-top variants based on the BMW 02 range which were produced until 1975. Elegance and openness in the established style of BMW Convertibles. The exterior design of the BMW 2 Series Convertible displays the typical characteristics of an open-top four-seater from the Bavarian brand. The BMW 2 Series Convertible combines a low-slung silhouette and dynamically stretched lines with compact proportions and powerfully contoured surfaces. As with the 2 Series Coupe, its distinctive looks underline its standalone status in the brand's model line-up and spotlight the dynamic potential, exhilarating open-top driving experience and premium characteristics which customers can expect. All in all, the eye-catching features which distinguish the BMW 2 Series Convertible from its rivals need no second introduction. Opening the standard electrically-operated soft-top roof highlights the harmonious transition between the exterior and interior. The shoulderline and soft-top compartment create a level surface that wraps around the passenger compartment and evokes the distinctive "boat deck" character of BMW Convertibles. The rollover bars, which remain out of sight unless deployed as required, also contribute to an overall impression dominated by large level surfaces. The design of the interior is headlined by modern functionality, high- quality materials and the driver focus for which BMW is renowned. And exclusive accents in the center console help to give the BMW 2 Series Convertible a refined premium feel in keeping with the car's character. Hallmark BMW design language, classical features of a BMW Convertible. The front end of the BMW 2 Series Convertible, which adopts the brand's familiar design language, exudes power and presence. As with the BMW 2 Series Coupe, front-end structuring comes courtesy of lines that converge dynamically on the large, slightly forward- slanting BMW kidney grille. The contours of the twin circular headlights narrow at their inner extremes and are replicated by the outlines of the outer air intakes. Air into the front apron serve to channel the onrushing air precisely behind the front fenders, reducing turbulence in the wheel arches. The headlight units are separated from the BMW kidney grille by narrow strips on either side. An LED accent strip – or, if the Xenon lights are fitted, an LED accent light – cuts across the top of the headlights. Curtains integrated into the front apron serve to channel the onrushing air precisely behind the front fenders, reducing turbulence in the wheel arches. The headlight units are separated from the BMW kidney grille by narrow strips on either side. An LED accent strip – or, if the Xenon lights are fitted, an LED accent light – cuts across the top of the headlights. Together, the level shoulderline of the BMW 2 Series Convertible and the car's telltale BMW proportions – the product of short overhangs, a long hood, long wheelbase and set-back passenger compartment – create an ideal environment in which to enjoy an exhilarating open-top driving experience. The positioning of the seats well back in the body gives the driver and passengers an up-close-and-personal experience of not just the onrushing wind and the sun's rays but also the transfer of power to the rear wheels. Its shoulderline rises slightly to the rear and merges into the virtually horizontal trunk lid. And it links up with the prominent swage line running alongside it, through the door handles and into the rear, to create a dynamic wedge shape which captures the forward-surging urgency of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. Additional character lines leading from the doors and side skirts to the rear fenders divert the eye to the powerfully formed surfaces around the rear wheel arches, which duly focus attention on the car's rear-wheel-drive set-up. The BMW 2 Series Convertible's body is at its widest around the rear wheels. The rear lights, which extend well into the fenders, display the familiar BMW L-shape and have LED- powered light strips. The third brake light is integrated into the trunk lid and likewise illuminates using LED units. The interior: driver-focused cockpit, cutting-edge functionality, refined premium ambience. The arrangement of displays and controls familiar from other BMW models gives the BMW 2 Series Convertible's cockpit a familiar driver focus. The surface structure of the instrument panel, center console and door trim follows the overlapping principle known as "layering". The bespoke design of the BMW 2 Series Convertible's center console creates a refined premium feel on board. The controls for the audio system and climate control are set against high-gloss black surfaces, and the air vents have chrome surrounds. These elements are joined by an exclusively designed display for the climate control system with white readouts on a black background. An array of stowage areas and large storage compartments in the doors, meanwhile, contribute to the modern functionality of the interior. Sport Line and M Sport provide greater individualization. As the first open-top M Performance Automobile, the M235i Convertible has all the elements to maximize the performance potential of the 2 Series Convertible. Customers of the 228i Convertible tempted to look beyond standard specifications will be able to order one of two lines in the US each of which offer individualization through the use of tailored design and equipment features. Sport Line adds 18-inch light-alloy wheels in their own exclusive design plus sport suspension (not available with xDrive) special door sill strips, seat upholstery, interior trim strips and car key designs. M Sport also comes with its own unique trims, car key, plus an M Sport aerodynamic body kit developed specially for the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The surrounds for the outer air intakes, the front of the kidney grille bars, the cross rib in the central air intake and the rear apron all have a high-gloss black finish in the Sport Line. These details join together with a reduction in the number of kidney grille bars from 11 to 8 and exhaust tips in black chrome to highlight the dynamic character of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. Sport seats for the driver and front passenger, a specially styled instrument cluster and a knee pad on the driver's side of the center console heighten the sense of sporting flair in the interior. M Sport, on the otherhand, also comprises sport suspension tuning, including a 10-millimeter drop in ride height (not available on xDrive). In addition, it features 18-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design, aerodynamically optimized body elements (including large front air intakes, eye-catching side skirts and a diffuser for the rear apron), as well as a special design for the BMW kidney grille and a exhaust tips in high- gloss chrome. In addition to aluminum door sill strips bearing the M logo, features such as sport seats for the driver and front passenger, Aluminum Hexagon interior trim strips with an accent strip in Estoril Blue, an M leather steering wheel, a special dial design for the instrument cluster, and an M driver's footrest also combine to bring an aura of sporty driving to the interior of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The Track Handling Package, which is available on the 2015 228i Coupe, will also be available for the 228i Convertible. Inspired by the original formula of BMW "S-package" vehicles manufactured in the course of the past three decades, the new Track Handling Package embraces the desires of the most enthusiastic BMW drivers. It includes the Adaptive M Suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on unique 18-inch light-alloy wheels, Variable Sport Steering, and M Sport Brakes. The fabric soft-top opens and closes in 20 seconds, even when on the move; three color variants, optimized acoustics. The lines of the multi-layered fabric roof emphasize the dynamic looks of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The soft-top's classic, pared-down appearance exudes a feeling of lightness and is complemented by optimized acoustics and unrestricted year-round usability. Soundproofing has been improved compared with the car's predecessor through the introduction of additional insulation for the soft-top skin. This measure cuts interior noise by 5 dB(A) in the front seats and 7 dB(A) in the rear. When spontaneous open-top driving pleasure is the order of the day, the standard electrically operated soft-top can be opened in 20 seconds at the touch of a button – and it also closes in the same small sliver of time. The opening/closing process can also be initiated while on the move at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). If the car features the Comfort Access option, the roof can also be opened and closed remotely. As an alternative to the standard Black, the fabric soft-top can be ordered in two optional colors. For the Anthracite with silver effect top and Brown with silver effect option, the fabric of the cover is interwoven with fine shiny fibers. This gives the material a high-quality, shimmering metallic surface impression, producing attractive reflections under sunlight. Increased spaciousness, load capacity and variability. The increased exterior dimensions of the BMW 2 Series Convertible over its predecessor mean occupants in the four seats can enjoy extra spaciousness and freedom of movement. In addition, the access space through to the rear is now 0.4 inches larger, which, when combined with the standard Easy Entry function for the front seats, means that using the rear seats is a significantly more comfortable experience. The interior and trunk space can now be used in a wider variety of ways. SAE volumes are not yet available, however, by EC measure the trunk capacity has increased by nine percent with the roof closed and seven percent when the top is folded. The width of the opening to the load area between the rear lights has been increased by 1.4 inches. The soft-top compartment can be raised using a lever in the trunk, increasing capacity. A through-load is standard on the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The aperture between the trunk and rear compartment, available for use when the rear seat bench is folded down, has been expanded in width by 5.9 to 17.7 inches and in height by 1.1 to 9.7 inches. As a result, owners can now transport two 46-inch golf bags, for example, or a pair of snowboards. With large door pockets, a larger glove compartment, two cupholders in the center console and a storage compartment under the armrest, the BMW 2 Series Convertible also offers increased stowage capacity inside the passenger compartment. The lower section of the door trim offers space for drinks bottles up to one liter in size, while the standard storage package includes cargo nets on the backs of the front seats and securing lugs and nets in the trunk. BMW 228i Convertible: Power for typical driving enjoyment with efficiency. Aided by BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift regulation and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing, the four-cylinder engine of the BMW 228i Convertible generates maximum power of 240hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm from a displacement of 2.0 liter. Its peak torque of 255 lb-ft can be harnessed all the way from 1,450 to 4,800 rpm for sporty power and performance. Mated to an 8-speed sport automatic transmission, the 228i Convertible will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The quick-shifting 8-speed sport transmission includes steering wheel shift-paddles which allow the driver to intervene manually when desired, while a Launch Control function provides the best possible traction and dynamics when accelerating from standstill. This increase in performance also comes with greater efficiency. While EPA numbers are not yet available for the 228i Convertible, for sake of comparison, the 228i Coupe is more than 30 percent more efficient than its 128i Coupe predecessor. BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system available from launch In a first for BMW in this class of premium convertible, the 228i Convertible will be available with xDrive, the company's intelligent all-wheel drive system right from launch. The 228i xDrive sprints from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. BMW xDrive is unique in design and construction. In normal conditions, driving torque is always transmitted to the rear wheels, and most of the time to all four wheels. Normal torque split is 70% rear/ 30% front. The portion of torque transmitted to the front wheels is controlled by a multi-disc clutch that can be fully open, fully engaged or at any level of partial engagement in between. The torque split between rear and front wheels is thus steplessly variable. The clutch is directed by an electronic control system in response to actual road and driving conditions. This gives xDrive a dynamic ability that is unparalleled by other all-wheel drive systems. xDrive does more than just optimize traction; it can also enhance both agility and stability on grippy as well as slippery road surfaces. Using the same type of logic that Dynamic Stability Control employs to recognize and correct for excessive over- or understeer, xDrive adjusts the front/rear torque split to avoid these tendencies. If the system senses oversteer, it closes the multi-disc clutch completely, sending the maximum possible torque to the front wheels. In the case of excess understeer, xDrive opens the clutch completely, sending no driving torque to the front wheels. Driving Dynamics Control switch fitted as standard; ECO PRO mode with coasting function and Proactive Driving Assistant. The standard Driving Dynamics Control switch allows drivers to choose between ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ driving modes. ECO PRO mode supports relaxed, fuel-efficient driving with features such as a coasting function. This function decouples the engine from the rest of the drivetrain when the accelerator is released at speeds between 50 and 160 km/h (approx. 30–100 mph). Vehicles with the Navigation system also include a Proactive Driving Assistant function, which tells the driver when to lift off the throttle ahead of features such as corners, turn-offs, roundabouts and speed limits. Standard-specification BMW EfficientDynamics technology includes Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering, Optimum Gearshift Indicator (manual transmission) and the Auto Start Stop function, which is included with either a manual or an automatic transmission. Chassis: precise tuning and wide range of optional systems for enhanced sporty performance and comfort. The driving experience in the BMW 2 Series Convertible is defined by an outstanding balance between sporty performance and comfort, courtesy of highly advanced, precision- tuned chassis technology, which includes a double-pivot front suspension with spring struts and anti-roll bars as well as a five-link rear suspension, an electrically assisted rack-and- pinion steering system and a high-performance braking system. With its low-weight components, the increase in track width and wheelbase compared with the previous model, the rear-wheel-drive set-up, the low center of gravity and the balanced load distribution between the front and rear axles, the BMW 2 Series Convertible chassis is ideally equipped to offer confident agility, precise handling and superior driving comfort. Standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) includes functions such as the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC). These systems are complemented by Brake Assist, Fading Compensation, the Brake Drying function, the Start-Off Assistant and the Limited Slip Differental emulating Active Differential Brake (ADB-Sport) on the rear axle, which is active even in DSC-Off mode. The BMW 228i Convertible is equipped with standard 17-inch alloy wheels. 18-inch alloy wheels are available as optional equipment, while the accessories range includes 19-inch forged BMW M Performance alloy wheels. The available Track Handling Package includes a range of chassis systems including variable sport steering, which features a variable-ratio steering rack that becomes more direct as the steering angle increases, for example when parking or making a turn. Included in this package is the M Sport brake system featuring four-piston fixed calipers at the front, two-piston fixed calipers at the rear and extra-large brake discs. The calipers are painted dark blue and carry the M logo. The M Sport brakes require 18" light alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires non-run-flat performance tires. Also included is the Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers with a 10- millimeter reduction in ride height compare to the standard suspension set-up. The BMW M235i Convertible: The first open-top M Performance Automobile Following the BMW M235i Coupe, the M235i Convertible becomes the first open-top M Performance Automobile, offering the characteristic M brand of exhilarating driving enjoyment. Like the coupe, it features a higher-output M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline six, mated to either an 8-speed sport automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Aerodynamically optimized body features and custom chassis components are matched with typical M precision to the engine performance characteristics, ensuring a perfect blend of outstanding agility and precise handle. The BMW M235i Convertible amps up the passion and adrenaline of dynamic open-top driving to new heights. Like its BMW M235i Coupe stablemate, the open four-seater also has a distinctive and authentic character rooted in the experience of BMW M GmbH as a developer of high-performance sports cars for general everyday use. Drawing on this exclusive know-how, the BMW M235i Convertible provides the perfect balance of engine power, chassis engineering and aerodynamic characteristics to deliver levels of agility, precision and emotional intensity that are unsurpassed in the premium compact segment. Inline-six engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology. The M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline-six in the M235i Convertible offers an infectious blend of responsive power, high revving ability and powerful torque that remains constant over a wide engine speed range. Highlights also include its highly efficient design, which gives the BMW M235i Convertible fuel economy figures that are all the more remarkable in the light of its performance. The M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology comprises a twin-scroll turbocharging system, High Precision Direct Injection featuring centrally positioned multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve lift regulation and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. A cooling system, engine management and engine sound tuning, all of which have been exclusively customized to the requirements of the BMW 2 Series M Performance models, complete the picture. Maximum power of 320 hp is generated between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm, from a displacement of 3.0 liters. The maximum torque of 330 lb-ft is available between 1,400 and 4,500 rpm. With the standard eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission with Launch Control function, the BMW M235i Convertible accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. It is also available with a six-speed manual gearbox with dry sump lubrication. Its short-throw action provides extra-sporty shifting. 60 mph is reached from a standstill in five seconds flat. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). In line with contemporary concerns, the BMW M Performance models incorporate an extensive range of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies. US EPA numbers are not yet available for the M235i Convertible, however the M235i Coupe boosts a near 20 percent improvement over its 135i Coupe predecessor. Agile and precise custom chassis technology. Thanks to typical precision-tuned M custom chassis technology, in the BMW M235i Convertible outstanding engine performance is translated into assured driving dynamics. Custom-configured suspension and damping systems as well as special front suspension elastokinematics are adapted both to the performance characteristics of the six-cylinder engine and to the specific requirements of the open body style. The M Sport brakes and variable sport steering – the latter again specially configured – are standard specification on the BMW M235i Convertible. Also standard are exclusive 18-inch M alloy wheels with mixed Michelin Pilot Super Sport non-run-flat performance tires in size 225/40 R18 front and 245/35 R18 rear. These specially developed high-grip tires optimally transmit all dynamic drive forces to the road. Optimized aerodynamic balance, sports car flavor in the cockpit. The precisely controllable handling of the BMW M235i Convertible is partly down to custom chassis technology but partly also to an optimized aerodynamic balance. Aerodynamically styled body parts, which include an M-style front apron, are a hallmark of the BMW M235i Convertible's design. The large air intakes in this apron, with flaps adapted from racing car design, extend into the area which on the other versions of the BMW 2 Series Convertible is reserved for the fog lamps. The exterior mirror caps are finished in Ferric Grey metallic. Further exterior design features include the striking side sill contouring and a rear apron whose lower section, in Shadowline metallic, also incorporates the twin tailpipes in black chrome. Further exclusive design features include door sill finishers with aluminum inserts bearing "M235i" lettering and a specially "tuned" interior that features sports seats for the driver and front passenger, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, Aluminum Hexagon interior trim with accent strips in matt Estoril Blue or high-gloss black, leather trim for the gearshift lever/selector lever and handbrake lever gaiter, and an M driver's footrest. The custom instrument cluster features red markings and numbers for the speedometer and tachometer, while the instrument cluster with extended features additionally has a digitally produced model designation. Rounding off the interior specifications of the BMW M235i Convertible are variable-color interior lighting and blue detailing for the car key. BMW ConnectedDrive in the BMW 2 Series Convertible: Debut of over-the-air updates to navigation data Intelligent connectivity between driver, vehicle and outside world is another area in which the BMW 2 Series Convertible affirms its benchmark position in this class along with its advances over the previous model. The wide range of standard and optional driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive – designed to optimize comfort, safety and the infotainment experience – is unique in the subcompact segment. On top of this, the 2 Series Convertible is the first BMW model to offer free-of- charge over-the-air updating of navigation data via the embedded SIM card, when equipped with the available BMW Navigation System. In another first for the BMW 2 Series Convertible, this standard SIM card is capable of supporting the LTE wireless standard, enabling fast and reliable data transfer. This system regularly updates its navigation data several times a year, whenever a new map version becomes available. There are no license fees or data transfer charges for the user during the first three years. The new home region map data is relayed to the vehicle wirelessly via the built-in SIM card, so there is no need for manual installation from external data storage devices. The update is installed conveniently and completely automatically, with progress being shown in the Control Display. Regular updating means there is never any delay before users are able to use the latest map software – and continue enjoying a perfect navigation experience. What's more, all navigation features remain fully functional during the updating process. To support further improved data transfer for this and other BMW ConnectedDrive functions – such as the Navigation system's Advanced Real Time Traffic Information (ARTTI) feature – the BMW 2 Series Convertible's built-in SIM card supports the LTE wireless standard. The new high-speed internet technology provides much faster data transfer rates. Internet-based services can be integrated into the car via apps. The basis for this new dimension in intelligent connectivity is the optional Technology Package, which gives customers access to remote functions, BMW Online portal and Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information. The BMW Assist eCall with Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification function and BMW TeleServices, meanwhile, are standard specification on the BMW 2 Series Convertible. Many other functions can be added at any time using apps – either via a smartphone integrated with the vehicle using special interface technology or via the built-in SIM card. These include web radio functions and social media services such as Facebook and Twitter. This flexible apps strategy makes it possible to incorporate not just proprietary BMW Group apps but also BMW Apps-ready applications from other providers. This will allow BMW drivers to seamlessly transfer a host of functions they already use at home to their car. Enhanced convenience, safety and driving enjoyment with innovative driver assistance systems. The range of BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems available for the BMW 2 Series Convertible offers unrivalled variety. Among its numerous features is a standard rain sensor with automatic headlight activation. If the optional Xenon headlights are specified, the vehicle is also equipped with Adaptive Headlights including cornering light, variable headlight distribution and adaptive headlight range control for city and highway driving. Customers can also order their car with the optional High Beam Assistant. Precise and convenient maneuvering is facilitated by Park Distance Control and the rear view camera (both included in the Driver Assistance Package), which displays its images on the iDrive operating system's Control Display. The likewise optional Parking Assistant assists the driver in selecting and maneuvering into parallel parking spaces. BMW 2 Series Convertible can also be specified with the innovative Active Driving Assistant feature as part of the Driver Assistance Plus package, which also includes Speed Limit Info. This system includes the camera-based systems Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning as well as the Attention Assistant. Lane Departure Warning can be used at speeds over 37 mph and alerts drivers by means of a visual signal in the instrument cluster and a vibration of the steering wheel if they inadvertently drift out of their lane. At speeds upwards of 10 mph (approx. 15 km/h), Collision Warning detects if the vehicle is getting too close to traffic in front. In this case, as well as providing visual and audible warnings, the system also primes the brakes in order to minimize the braking distance the moment the driver intervenes. The all new 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible will make its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show and arrive in US showrooms in early 2015. BMW Group In America BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls- Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls- Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 120 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at: www.bmwgroupna.com.
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    09-09-2014, 07:50 PM
    The new M cars may be heavy, they may go into limp mode, and they may not scream to an 8k+ redline any longer but they have not gotten uglier. if anything, the latest M cars are some of the best designs to come out of BMW since before the Bangle butt era. Just take a look at this gorgeous black F13 M6 wearing Vorsteiner aero pieces including a beautiful carbon fiber diffuser as well as a Vorsteiner trunk spoiler. The Vorsteiner 21 inch wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber and the car is lowered giving it an agressive but tasteful look. The Matte Gunmetal finish works well with the Sapphire black paint. All the car is really missing is some window tint. Rolling sex? Oh yes. Turner Project F13 M6 Coupe Black Sapphire Metallic Special Edition Forged VSE-003 Size: 21x9.5 Front 21x11 Rear Finish: Matte Gunmetal Tires: 265/30/21 305/25/21 Michelin Pilot Super Sports
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    09-13-2014, 12:55 PM
    Problems are cropping up on the new C7 Corvette Stingray and General Motors has temporarily suspended deliveries and sales. The driver's side airbag has some sort of issue with a defective part. Another issue is that some 800 Corvettes may only have one of the rear parking brake cables installed. If that was not worrisome enough the LT1 V8 in Car and Driver's long term C7 tester blew. Car and Driver was not allowed to inspect the motor but GM said the failure was due to metal debris. Car and Driver believes this is not an isolated incident and more widespread than GM is willing to admit. Car and Driver: 'For starters, the LT1 small-block V-8 introduced with the C7 lunched itself at 6000 miles, necessitating a complete replacement under warranty. Our forensics lab was unable to assist in dissecting the matter, but an investigation by GM pinned tentative blame on a piece of metal debris (likely from a bad oil filter) that worked its way into the oiling system and wrecked a connecting-rod bearing, which created even more debris that damaged the engine’s bottom-end. Given the LT1’s tight tolerances and high-performance design, it didn’t take much to upset its workings. We’ve heard of a few similar accounts throughout the Stingray community and GM says it’s aware of the issue and is analyzing its manufacturing process for a root cause. Our car was returned quickly and as healthy as new, but—just to be safe—we sent the car back to the dealer after 1300 engine miles for its first scheduled service at 7500 overall miles. The stop included an oil-and-filter change and inspection for $57.28.' The C7 is clearly having some teething issues and this calls GM quality and reliability into question. Considering that the C7 is a runaway success the stop sale plus reliability issues are drizzling a bit of rain on the parade. Hopefully GM gets this all straightened out by the time the Z06 rolls out. In an effort to deal with quality issues quickly and completely, General Motors has told Chevrolet dealers to stop delivery of approximately 2,000 2015 Corvettes to fix the driver's airbag GM also has temporarily stopped shipment of the cars from the plant in Bowling Green, Ky. The cars are being inspected for a suspect part that attaches the air bag to the steering wheel. Separately, another 800 Corvettes -- most of them at dealerships -- are on hold because they may have been built with only one of the rear parking brake cables fully seated and engaged. The part must be inspected to assure the parking brake is operating on both brake drums.
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    09-12-2014, 05:55 PM
    Call this is an educated guess as it is unconfirmed but we can now piece together based on the official AMG GT details what we can expect as far as output for the upcoming W205 generation C63 AMG. The AMG GT S will have a 510 horsepower M178 twin turbo V8. The C63 AMG obviously will be held back a bit just as it has always been to not step on the toes of the 'premium' AMG models. The C63 AMG will likely match the 456 horsepower of the standard AMG GT. That also means 443 lb-ft of torque. These numbers on paper are enough to beat the M3/M4 but as we know the S55 turbo inline-6 motor in those cars is very underrated. The C63 AMG likely will be a bit underrated as well as Mercedes is not oblivious to what is going on. It is expected that the M3/M4 and the C63 will be even in acceleration and that the M3 will be the lighter and better handling car. So, basically the previous generation all over again. The wildcard will be the C63 AMG S which should vault the C63 AMG ahead of the M3/M4 much like the optional P31 package did for the W204 generation C63 AMG. The C63 AMG S should match the output of the AMG GT S which means 510 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The major question is whether this bump in power will come just from software as it does in the E63 AMG S over the standard E63 AMG or if there will be internal engine differences and an M177 V8 that is detuned from the M178 in the AMG GT S. For the C63 AMG S and the AMG GT S to be worth the money over their standard AMG siblings Mercedes really should offer some major engine differences. Cost cutting and that AMG already takes the path of least resistance with software changes in AMG S models likely means they will not. We will just have to wait and see.
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    09-11-2014, 03:09 AM
    Audi fans, rejoice! The 2.5 TFSI motor is not going anywhere. Audi will continue to use the engine and it will find a home in the next generation TT-RS expected in 2016. Audi's Technical Project Manager Markus Siewart confirmed the motor, “It will be a five-cylinder, and it was a successful car for us, it was engine of the year several times. I can’t tell you about horsepower or kilowatts, but it will be more than .” Keep in mind that Audi showed an A3 Clubsport concept using the 2.5 liter TFSI motor in a 525 horsepower state of tune. Audi could easily deliver this kind of power in the TT-RS. They likely will not go over 500 but something over 400 horsepower is almost certain. That kind of output paired with an all wheel drive drivetrain and a dual clutch transmission will make for a very fun TT. This is very interesting news from Audi as enthusiasts feared the 2.5 TFSI would be retired with reports that the RS3 would ditch the 2.5 TFSI for a high output roughly ~400 horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder. AudiBoost speculated with that report that if the RS3 gets a 400 horsepower four-cylinder the only logical move for the 2.5 TFSI is into the TT-RS with an output of 450 horsepower, 'If that is the case, what happens to the inline-5? Does it go away? Perhaps for the RS3 but it also could go into a next generation TT-RS at over 450 horsepower.' It looks like we may have called it in advance. Source
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    09-11-2014, 02:18 AM
    AMG is taking an interesting approach with the new GT. They initially revealed the GT as having a 510 horsepower M178 twin turbo V8. Well, the standard GT will be detuned from the 510 horsepower figure to 456 horsepower. What is AMG doing to the M178 V8 to lower the output? That is an excellent question. If it is simply software the GT becomes quite a bargain over the GT S (which will launch first) as an ECU tune will take the GT up to the GT S output and beyond. At this point we do not know. Software is the cheapest route and exactly how AMG lowers output of the M157 V8 in the 63 AMG models versus the 63 AMG S models with the exact same motor. The Mercedes AMG press release does not shed light on this so we will have to wait for official details on the engine differences and if the AMG GT sports an M177 V8 shared with the upcoming C63 AMG or if all the new cars that use the 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 get the same M178 motor with only ECU software differing between them. What we also learn from the Mercedes press release is that the weight distribution is a very impressive 47 front to 53 rear. AMG was not kidding about the dry sump oil system allowing for the motor to be pushed back and sit very low in the chassis. The AMG GT is going to handle well especially if it is as lightweight as we hope. AMG has yes to confirm the weight but something in the 3400 range is expected. If AMG manages a 3400 pound curb weight the GT will easily beat the Carrera S around the track. It will have the better power to weight ratio while offering more torque through the rev range along with an excellent front to back weight distribution. The GT S will likely have to go up against the 911 Turbo and it certainly will be interesting to see how those two compare performance wise when the time comes. The initial leak yesterday provided photos that were not flattering. The official (and professionally touched up) photos are a much better representation of the design. The GT obviously is a mesh of the current styling language used in the lineup and it certainly is not pushing boundaries but the design is nice. It is not as revolutionary or bold though as expected with AMG playing it very safe. Official photos and press release below. The new Mercedes-AMG GT: Driving performance for sports car enthusiasts AMG racetrack performance combined with superb everyday practicality Affalterbach. The first Mercedes was a racing car and its most recent successor carries this heritage forward. With the new Mercedes-AMG GT, the Mercedes-AMG sports car brand is moving into a new sports car segment. The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine design with a rear transaxle and use of intelligent aluminium lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. Its newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark of AMG driving performance. The first sports car engine from AMG with internally mounted turbochargers ('hot inside V') and dry sump lubrication is configured in two output ratings: as a GT with 456 hp (340 kW) and as a GT S with 503 hp (375 kW). The new GT combines driving dynamics and first-class racetrack performance with superb everyday practicality and efficiency that sets new standards in the segment. It has everything you would expect from an authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car – from the characteristic styling, thoroughbred motorsport technology to the optimum weight distribution. The drive system tailored to consistently delivering driving dynamics perfectly complements this set-up. The centerpiece of the Mercedes-AMG GT is thethe new 4.0-liter V8 biturbo, which responds instantly with extreme power at low revs and delivers outstanding performance. Top figures such as 3.7 seconds from 0-60 mph (preliminary) and a top speed of 193 mph (310 km/h), combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack. At the same time, this two-seater is a comfortable and reliable companion for everyday motoring thanks to its practical decklid, easily accessible luggage compartment, and high level of comfort on long journeys. It also features an extensive list of Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive assistance systems which ensure the high level of safety expected from Mercedes-AMG. "With the new Mercedes-AMG GT, we are venturing out into a challenging sports car segment with its top-class competitive field. This is an incentive and motivation for us at the same time to prove to sports car enthusiasts around the world the kind of performance that AMG is capable of", says Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "With the new GT we are positioning Mercedes-AMG even more aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand", says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "With its technological substance, the Mercedes-AMG GT fulfils our high aspirations with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. The new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG. The car is manufactured according to the motto 'Handcrafted By Racers' – which perfectly encapsulates our heritage and our spirit." The models at a glance: Mercedes-AMG GT Displacement: 3982 cc Output: 456 hp (340 kW) at 6000 rpm Max. torque: 443 lb.ft (600 Nm) at 1600-5000 rpm Acceleration: 0-60mph 3.9 s (preliminary) Top speed: 189mph (304 km/h)*** Mercedes-AMG GT S Displacement: 3982 cc Output: 503 hp (375 kW) at 6250 rpm (6000-6500 rpm*) Max. torque: 479 lb. ft. (650 Nm) at 1750-4750 rpm (1750-5000 rpm*) Acceleration: 3.7 s (preliminary) Top speed: 193 mph (310 km/h)*** * In conjunction with AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package; *** Electronically limited. The combination of aluminium spaceframe, V8 biturbo engine with dry sump lubrication, seven-speed dual clutch transmission in transaxle configuration at the rear axle, locking differential, sports suspension with aluminium double- wishbone suspension and a low curb weight delivers racetrack performance. The front mid-engine design and rear transaxle configuration makes for a beneficial weight distribution of 47 to 53 percent between the front and rear axle. In conjunction with the vehicle's low center of gravity this translates into extremely agile handling and permits high cornering speeds. With a favorable power-to-weight ratio, the Mercedes-AMG GT self-confidently lines up alongside the very best in its segment. Exterior design: sporty emotion and sensual purity "The new Mercedes-AMG GT is a sports car in its purist form", says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG. "Breathtaking proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and flowing lines turn the new AMG into a contemporary sports car which embodies the spirit of the glorious Mercedes sports cars. The GT is a consummate combination of beauty and intelligence." The new Mercedes-AMG GT embodies pure sportiness and emotion. The two- seater is characterized by hallmark rear-wheel-drive proportions. The V8 biturbo front mid-engine ensures optimum weight distribution, which forms the basis for superb driving dynamics. The long hood with its pronounced powerdomes, the greenhouse which has been moved far back, the large wheels and broad tail end make up the distinctive looks. Additionally, the large deck lid conceals a practical luggage compartment. Muscular and dramatic Gracefully arched surfaces give the Mercedes-AMG GT its sensuous character and the appearance of artist's sculpture. Viewed from the side, the dome- shaped, arched roof line and the frameless doors are eye-catching features. A muscular element sculpted out of the side wall creates a sense of lightness and movement, even when the vehicle is at a standstill. The surfaces and lines of the side wall flow into the rear-end with a dramatic tapered effect. The GT deliberately avoids lines in the shoulder region in favor of one lower down extending into in the rear bumper, which stretches the body and makes it appear lighter. The side air outlets, each with two fins, represent a modern touch on a classic feature of Mercedes-Benz sports cars. The creative interaction of diverse design elements lends the coupe a superior, self-confident front: the three-dimensional diamond radiator grille with central Mercedes star, a broad single lamella and tastefully accented by the AMG logo stands in the center of the front end. LED High Performance headlamps with stylized "eyebrows" as daytime running lamps, side lights and indicators, as well as three separate high-beam reflectors lend the GT its characteristic look. Large air intakes in the front apron optimize the flow of air to the cooling modules, while the the charictaristic A-wing design with a front splitter makes the sports car appear low-slung and wide. Finshed in high-gloss black on the GT S, the front splitter accentuates the aggressive look. Customers can also customize the exterior and options available include the Exterior Silver Chrome package, the Night package and the Exterior Carbon-Fiber package. Broad shoulders for an emotional appearance With its wide stance, broad shoulders, and narrow tail light design, the rear area creates an emotional appearance at any angle. The licence plate bracket is located in the lower part of the bumper, allowing the Mercedes star to be placed prominently on the smooth-surfaced rear deck lid. The rear features an electroncally retractable rear spoiler, which is concealed from view while the car is at a standstill. The black diffuser insert with integrated tailpipes is accented by a trim strip in matte iridium silver inspired by the A-wing design of the front, creates a visual sense of lightness across the entire rear end. The tail lights underline both the sporty styling of the rear, as well as the attention to detail and sophistication – form and function combine in a unique way to create a perfect unit. Interior: sensuality, emotion and perfection The interior design also embodies maximum emotion and sensual purity. Radically low, sporty proportions create a unique sense of spaciousness. Clearly drawn components and their authentic materials underscore the dynamic character and create instant excitement: Anyone opening the door discovers an exciting interplay between the deep, sloping dashboard and a dominant, arched high center console; a design which evokes emotions and impresses with its perfection. The central "aviation design" theme, which is the hallmark of Mercedes-Benz sports cars, has been restyled. The extreme emphasis on the width of the dashboard, which creates an impression of a powerful wing dominates the cockpit of the GT. Four central spotlight-style vents and the individual vents at each end of the dashboard reinforce this impression. The combination of high beltlines, concave-shaped door paneling, low seating position and a dramatic center console design, makes the GT feel like you are slipping into the cockpit of fighter jet. The dominant center console with features lifted straight from motor racing by virtue of its styling that is reminiscent of a NACA air intake. Its surfaces are available with numerous trim options providing the customer ultimate stylistic choice of silver chrome, matte carbon fiber, high-gloss carbon fiber, black diamond and matte silver fiberglass. Positioned centrally, the free-standing display is easly and quickly seen while driving for minmimal distraction while providing modern stylistic flair. Attention to detail is also echoed in the AMG DRIVE UNIT controls: they are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout, emphasising the powerful and high-tech impression made by the center console. Outstanding precision and a superior quality feel thanks to the finest materials with superb workmanship are also apparent on the sports seats, the performance steering wheel and the instrument cluster. The most important control for sports car fans is located in the AMG DRIVE UNIT on the left-hand side: the button for starting the engine, which is aptly labelled "Engine Start Stop" and illuminates in red. The newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine The new high-performance engine springs to life at the push of a button. The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine was developed specifically for the GT. The innovative eight-cylinder engine boasts outstanding power delivery, performance figures on a par with motor racing, lightweight construction as well as high efficiency and environmental compatibility. It boasts the brand's hallmark emotive V8 engine sound, along with an immediate response and high pulling power. The new AMG V8 engine (internal designation M178) stands out with its precise power output, which is easily a match for a naturally aspirated engine. The linear power delivery makes it easy to handle the vehicle even at its limits. As part of this process, the sophisticated ECU even factors in the current driving condition and adjusts the accelerator response depending on the lateral forces generated. With a displacement of 3982 cc, the V8 uses a range of technologies which are already being used in the 2.0-liter turbo engine in the CLA45 AMG -- presently the most powerful, series-production four-cylinder engine in the world. Both engines have the same bore/stroke ratio, providing the basis for high revving ability. The piezo direct petrol injection used at Mercedes-Benz is responsible for the mixture formation. The spray-guided combustion process was further developed in the third generation to meet all future legal requirements. First sports car engine with 'hot inside V' and dry sump lubrication The new AMG V8 engine has two turbochargers which are not mounted on the outside of the cylinder banks but rather inside the V configuration – experts call it a "hot inside V". The benefits are a compact engine design, an optimum response from the turbochargers and low exhaust gas emissions thanks to optimum air flow for the close-coupled catalytic converters. The dry sump lubrication also ensures the oil supply even with high lateral forces and allows the engine to be installed lower, thus moving the center of gravity closer to the road and forming the basis for high lateral acceleration. The new Mercedes- AMG V8 biturbo engine is the world's first sports car engine with 'hot inside V' and dry sump lubrication. Performance exhaust system with fully variable exhaust vanes The Mercedes-AMG GT S is equipped as standard with an AMG performance exhaust system with fully variable exhaust vanes. This allows the driver to vary the engine sound depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT mode. The driver may experience the V8 with a focus on comfort and relaxed, long- distance journeys or with a more powerful, emotive, motorsport-inspired touch. The AMG DRIVE UNIT includes a separate button to control the exhaust vanes directly. The exhaust note of the Mercedes-AMG GT has its own tonal characteristics which denote the car's membership of the AMG family but that also distinguish it clearly from other high-performance cars. A tradition of hand-built excellence: "one man, one engine" The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is being made in Affalterbach according to the "one man, one engine" principle. In the AMG engine shop, highly qualified master engine builders assemble the engines by hand according to the strictest quality standards. Once completed, this impeccable standard is clearly visible on the AMG engine plate, as it bears the engine builder's actual signature. "One man, one engine" ties in with Mercedes-AMG's unique motorsport genes, which exude innovative strength by virtue of the technology transfer from the racing series – from Formula 1, the DTM to the involvement in customer racing with the SLS AMG GT3. Seven-speed dual clutch transmission in a rear transaxle configuration When it comes to the power transmission of the new GT the Mercedes-AMG engineers rely on a combination of front mid-engine and seven-speed dual clutch transmission in transaxle configuration at the rear axle – this layout has already successfully established itself in the SLS AMG. The weight distribution with its ratio of 47 percent (front) to 53 percent (rear) is achieved in part from this configuration. The efficiency, speed and precision of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission were further optimized for the new sports car. Thanks to the larger gear ratio spread, the pronounced torque plateau of the new V8 turbo engine can be used optimally. The drivetrain's overall design is ideal for an uncompromising sports car. At the same time, the exacting requirements in terms of everyday practicality, noise level, ride comfort and fuel consumption have been met. To transfer the driver's shift commands from the steering wheel mounted paddles even more directly; communication between the engine and transmission has been fundamentally revised. This means that the previous limits of shift performance have been increased while the response time has been substantially decreased. The driver can individually tailor the GT to their wishes with the aid of AMG DYNAMIC SELECT. Various modes are available: "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport Plus) and – entirely new – "I" (Individual). The manual "RACE" drive program reserved exclusively for the GT S optimally adjusts the shift strategy of the dual clutch transmission to the needs of racetrack usage – including fastest shift speeds and highly emotive engine performance. By pressing the "M" button, the driver can activate the manual transmission mode in any drive mode. Electronic rear-axle locking differential as standard in the GT S The GT comes as standard with a mechanical rear-axle locking differential which ensures outstanding traction and superb driving safety in all driving conditions. The GT S is fitted as standard with an electronically controlled rear- axle locking differential, which is integrated into the compact transmission housing. The electronic function provides even more sensitive, faster control than the mechanical solution, thus pushing the limits of handling dynamics even further. Not only does it further improve the traction of the driven wheels, but also increases the cornering speeds at the limits. The system operates with a variable locking effect in acceleration and overrun mode, and is perfectly tuned to the various driving conditions and road surface friction coefficients. Double-wishbone suspension derived from motorsport Driving dynamics and comfort on long journeys with racetrack performance and everyday practicality; the new Mercedes-AMG GT delivers on all counts. A great deal of attention was paid to the seamless integration of all mechanical and electronic systems during the design, development and testing. Whether it is the suspension, 3-stage ESP®, locking differential, steering, aerodynamics, tires or brakes – with precision engineering the exhilarating sports car driving experience is characterized by superb precision and clear feedback. The AMG GT offers the perfect combination of design and engineering to produce amazing peforomance on the road as it uses the technological DNA of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, one of the most successful sports cars in recent years. Thanks to the optimum weight distribution of 47 percent (front) to 53 percent (rear), the vehicle's low center of gravity and the selected suspension layout, the driver benefits from precise steering response, formidable agility, low inertia when changing direction, and outstanding traction. Double-wishbone suspension is used at the front and rear – a technology adopted straight from motorsport. Wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers on the front and rear axle are manufactured entirely out of forged aluminium in order to reduce the unsprung masses. The double-wishbone concept locates the wheel clearly with minimal elastic movements. The high camber and track rigidity not only results in high cornering speeds, but also provides the driver with an optimum road feel when cornering at the limit. An extremely direct connection of the shock absorber on the rear hub carrier reduces vibrations and undesirable wheel load fluctuations. Highly neutral behaviour and defined, predictable responses at the tire grip limit were important development objectives for the dynamic handling experts at Mercedes-AMG. Mercedes-AMG GT S with electronically controlled damping The AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping comes as standard on the Mercedes-AMG GT S. The driver can adjust the damping characteristics at the push of a button in the AMG DRIVE UNIT or by using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes. Three stages are available: "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport plus". The speed-sensitive sports steering features a variable steering ratio: it enhances vehicle handling and agility at low speeds while maintaining driving safety at high speeds. The power assistance is a particular highlight: it not only responds depending on road speed, but also on the current lateral acceleration and the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive mode. As a result, the driver has a perfect feel for the vehicle thanks to the direct feedback from the road. The standard-fit 3-stage ESP® with the "ESP ON", "ESP SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF" functions works in perfect unison with the locking differential and is tuned optimally to the outstanding driving dynamics and safety. AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package available as an option for the GT S The Mercedes-AMG GT comes as standard with drivetrain damping. A specially tuned damper reduces undesirable rolling motion of the entire drivetrain including the transaxle transmission, thus substantially improving comfort and agility. The AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package augments performance and agility even more. It is available exclusively for the GT S and includes dynamic engine and transmission mounts. The engine and transmission mounts assume an important function in the case of a transaxle design: soft mounts improve comfort since they provide more effective decoupling of noise and vibration. Handling and agility benefit, however, from an overall stiffer mount set-up. Mercedes-AMG resolves these conflicting objectives using dynamic mounts, which adjust their stiffness continuously, and instantly to the respective driving conditions and handling. The special control electronics in the AMG CHASSIS CONTROLLER, (ACC), provide this function. The ACC detects driving situations on the basis of CAN data, is connected to the electronic rear-axle locking differential and thus ensures optimum, balanced driving dynamics. AMG has gone a step further when implementing this technology: the engine and transmission mounts are even actuated independently of each other. The advantage: this innovative solution provides an additional substantial improvement in driving precision and lateral dynamics. Jochen Hermann, Head of Overall Vehicle Engineering AMG: "The combination of selectively variable mounts and a transaxle drivetrain is unique. Mercedes-AMG is once again promoting leading-edge technology, thus affirming our aspirations in terms of driving performance." A specific engine application in the DYNAMIC SELECT "RACE" drive mode and in the manual "M" transmission mode makes the GT S even more dynamic. The package also includes tauter suspension tuning thanks to raised spring and damping characteristics, more negative camber at the front axle as well as an adapted sports speed-sensitive steering. Thus the driver benefits from better performance with optimized handling. The performance steering wheel as well as yellow highlights in the instrument cluster round off the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package. Optional ceramic high-performance compound construction brake system Excellent deceleration characteristics and high resistance to fade come courtesy of the high-performance compound brake system – on the GT with internally ventilated, perforated 14.2" (360mm) brake discs all-round; on the GT S with discs measuring 15.4" (390mm) in diameter at the front, to cope with the higher performance, as well as red brake callipers. A ceramic high- performance compound brake system is available for both models as an option. Its advantages: lower weight, longer service life and even better fade resistance thanks to the ceramic brake discs with a diameter of 15.8" (402mm) at the front and 14.2" (360mm) at the rear. Forged wheels and sports tires as an option As standard, the GT is shod in 10-spoke light-alloy wheels, 9 x 19 inch (front) and 11 x 19 inch (rear), with 255/35 R 19 and 295/35 R 19 tires. On the GT S the dimensions are 9 x 19 inch (front) with 265/35 R 19 tires and 11 x 20 inch (rear) with 295/30 R 20 tires. A host of different design and color variants are available as options for both models, such as the ultralight forged wheels in cross-spoke design, painted matte black, with high-sheen rim edge and fully integrated wheel bolt covers. In combination with the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package, specially developed sports tires (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2) are available for the GT S as an option – ideal for aspiring racing drivers on closed-off circuits. Aluminium spaceframe with intelligent material mix Mercedes-AMG has gone for an intelligent material mix on the body of the GT. Chassis including greenhouse and body are made out of aluminum alloy, the trunk lid out of steel and the radiator core support is made from magnesium. This extremely light element at the front reduces the inertia ahead of the front axle, thus improving the vehicle's agility. Over 90 percent of the weight- optimized spaceframe is made out of aluminium components. The bodyshell weighs 509 lbs. – a benchmark figure in the sports car segment. There were three key objectives during the design and development of the bodyshell structure: optimum strength, low center of gravity and low weight. The high resistance to flex and torsional strength of the entire design enables extreme linear and transverse forces from the drivetrain and suspension to be absorbed and transferred. Unwanted flexibility is thus reduced, with the vehicle responding rigidly and directly. As a result, the driver experiences a sports car with maximum driving dynamics that responds with excellent precision. The aluminium spaceframe also provides the basis for outstanding passive safety. The Mercedes-AMG GT is produced at Mercedes-Benz in Sindelfingen. The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is manufactured at Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach. Aerodynamics for high balance and effective cooling Vehicle proportions, weight distribution, drive configuration, handling stability, drag, cooling and wind noise: the aerodynamics of the GT fulfill complex requirements. The high-performance vehicle has been developed aerodynamically with one clear objective in mind: high forces must be transferred onto the road without limiting driving dynamics and performance. Thanks to the aerodynamic configuration, critical driving situations can be avoided – such as with a sudden evasive maneuver at high speed. The design of the front apron with A-wing and front splitter not only increased downforce to a desired level, but also helps route air directly to and from the cooling modules. The flow of cooling air from the aerodynamically shaped brake cooling ducts also specifically improves brake performance. The design of the extensively encapsulated underfloor guarantees optimum airflow out of the oil cooler in the underfloor area and provides effective airflow for the rear diffuser. As an active component of the aerodynamics, the Mercedes-AMG GT comes with an electronically controlled rear spoiler that is integrated into the design silhouette. Depending on the drive mode, the spoiler extends and retracts at various speeds. In combination with the rear diffuser with no leading edges, the downforce on the rear is maintained in the aerodynamically relevant speed range. Active and passive safety of the very highest caliber The brand with the star boasts the hallmark active and passive safety of the very highest caliber. The Mercedes-AMG GT adopts numerous assistance systems that are familiar from the new S-Class. Standard equipment includes COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, ADAPTIVE BRAKE, ATTENTION ASSIST, PARKTRONIC, Rearview Camera, PRE-SAFE® system and the tire pressure monitoring system. Optional extras available include:  Lane Tracking package including Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist  Blind Spot Assist The standard-fit restraint systems not only include three-point seat belts with belt tensioners and belt force limiters, but also front airbags, combined thorax/pelvis sidebags, windowbags and kneebags, for the driver and front passenger respectively. Interior with outstanding quality and superb everyday practicality Upon opening the door, the driver is greeted by the AMG start-up screen as an animated GT appears on the TFT display in the instrument cluster. The sportily designed instrument cluster in carbon fiber pattern provides information with two classic circular instruments with a in a 2-tube look and a 220 mph speedometer scale. The performance steering wheel with its three-spoke design sits perfectly in the hand: it comes with aluminium shift paddles, 12 o'clock marking and a steering wheel rim in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section. The sports seats featuring the AMG logo come in Nappa leather as standard with integral head restraints and provide optimized lateral support when driving dynamically. The DYNAMIC SELECT Controller, the buttons for the engine start, the 3-stage ESP® and, depending on the equipment, the electronic damper control are located on the left in the AMG DRIVE UNIT. The volume control as well as the buttons for the manual transmission drive mode, the ECO start/stop function and, likewise depending on the equipment, the selectable exhaust system are fitted on the right-hand side. The innovative touchpad in the handrest above the COMAND Controller is integrated in front of the E-SELECT selector lever to operate the dual clutch transmission. A free-standing central display is located centrally above the four ventilation outlets. The vehicle comes standard with an 8.4-inch screen with COMAND. Seat heating, PARKTRONIC, hazard warning lights and the optional extendable rear spoiler can all be operated via buttons in the top control panel in the roof frame. The GT S comes with even more sophisticated equipment and appointments, including:  Instrument cluster with 220mph speedometer scale and red color highlights  Performance steering wheel, black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber  AMG Affalterbach Crest embossed in the center armrest)  Nappa leather Trim in matte silver fiberglass or in black diamond As an alternative to the standard-fit Interior Silver Chrome package, the customer can choose from various other packages. Carbon-fiber trim elements are available in a choice of matte and high-gloss finish. Highlights include the trim in matte silver fiberglass and the Interior Black Diamond package, all offered for the first time. Here the ventilation outlets, the frame of the center console and the trim strips in the door armrests come in a sophisticated high- gloss black finish, with its striking 3D look. The "black diamond" method uses the chemical CVD (chemical vapor deposition) gas phase process to deposit a precious metal on a high-sheen chrome surface at temperatures of 1000°C. The metal reacts with the surface to form a layer that is highly scratch-resistant and has a high adhesive strength. The superb everyday practicality of the Mercedes-AMG GT is also expressed in the airy feeling of spaciousness. In addition, the good all-round visibility and the high headroom demonstrate that sporty dynamics and comfort on long journeys are not mutually exclusive – not necessarily a given in this segment. A large stowage compartment in the center armrest, a centrally positioned twin cup holder and a large, easily accessible glove compartment are further evidence of the outstanding everyday suitability of the GT. The luggage compartment capacity of 12.4 cu. ft. will hold two golf bags either lengthwises or crosswises. The large decklid makes loading easy and a retractable luggage cover comes as standard. The cross strut made out of aluminium behind the seats prevents luggage from sliding forward as the vehicle brakes and is available in various trims (such as carbon fiber) to match the trim on rest of the interior. The US will launch first with the 2016 AMG GT S in the spring of 2015. The AMG GT will launch in the following year.
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    09-09-2014, 09:07 PM
    Very nice ECU tune results here from Jailbreak tuning on a 997.1 generation Porsche 911 Carrera. The 997.1 has a 3.6 liter flat-6 (it is not direct injected) and is rated at 325 horsepower. The baseline on the graph of the completely stock car shows 282 horsepower to the wheels. The car is definitely delivering the quoted output and a few horses more. So how much room is there to gain on the naturally aspirated flat-6 motor? Quite a bit with a good tune. The tune only results show that peak horsepower increased to 295 horsepower at the wheels for a gain of 13 wheel horsepower. Torque jumps up by 20 lb-ft at the wheels to 262. Torque is gained throughout the entire curve which will make an appreciable difference at any RPM. With supporting mods well over 300 wheel horsepower out of the 997.1 Carrera on pump gas is possible. Add in a nice set of headers and exhaust with a quality tune and your Carrera will feel like a whole new car.
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    Yesterday, 09:03 PM
    Interesting comparison here between the current C7 RS7 featuring the 4.0 TFSI twin turbo V8 and the C6 RS6 which uses a 5.0 liter twin turbo V10. As AudiBoost published in an article last year dyno results show that despite the extra two cylinders and liter of displacement for the C6 RS6 the C7 RS6's 4.0 TFSI actually shows more torque and the power output is a wash. How do the two motors stack up in the real world against each other when tuned? Well, the C7 RS7 makes surprisingly easy work of the RS6 and the 5.0 liter V10 the 4.0 TFSI V8 replaced. There are two runs from a roll in the video below and the newer car pulls easily in each run. Pretty impressive considering both cars feature tunes with the C7 RS7 running an APR tune while the C6 RS6 has a Sportmile Stage 2 tune. The RS6 is the avant model and the lighter sedan would likely do better against the RS7. It would still lose though as by 160 miles per hour the RS7 puts bus lengths on the RS6. Many Audi fans complained about the loss of the 5.0 liter tin turo V10 for the RS6. The 4.0 TFSI V8 clearly is more than up to the task of replacing it.
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    09-11-2014, 01:02 AM
    You should know by now that Porsche is developing a new turbocharged flat-4 'Boxer' engine family. The first models to receive this motor will be the Cayman and Boxster. Rumors are that there will be three flavors of the motor but a 2.0 liter and 2.5 liter are the most likely displacement candidates at least initially. Power output will range up to 395 horsepower depending on how Porsche decides to tune it and how Porsche 911 fanatics react to a Boxster/Cayman with balls. This barely disguised 981 Boxster test mule was spotted outside Stuttgart and it certainly does not sound like a flat-6 in there. This particular test car is being reported by everyone who spotted it as having the new four-cylinder powerplant under the hood. If the spy photographers are correct, that means Porsche will likely be ready to launch 981 platform models with a boxer four as early as next year.
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    09-10-2014, 07:44 PM
    Ferrari's CEO Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has decided to call it quits. Apparently Montezemolo and FIAT head Sergio Marchionne have been having a bit of a power struggle behind the scenes. Montezemolo wanted to keep Ferrari exclusive with low volume while Marchionne wants more volume to help FIAT compete with VW. FerrariBoost is on the side of Montezemolo here as inflating the number of Ferrari's out there for profit is the wrong thing to do for the brand. What is so special about owning a Ferrari if everyone has one? The largest part of the appeal of the prancing horse is that when you have one all your friends do not (and can not). The problem is Marchionne is in the stronger position as the head of FIAT which owns Ferrari. Marchionne could have thrown Mantezemolo out and probably would have but did not get the chance as he quit. On the way out of the door Mantezemolo is quoted as saying, 'Ferrari is now American.' Well, being American referring to cars is a bad thing somehow? Last we checked the Americans have been kicking Ferrari's ass all over the ALMS circuit as well as at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ferrari also has been getting its ass handed to it in Formula 1 as the FIAT CEO pointed out. Being American is not about quitting Mantezemolo when things get tough. After 23 years maybe it is time for a fresh face heading Ferrari. Source
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    09-13-2014, 02:22 PM
    You probably know by now that Dodge has really been struggling to sell the Viper. Really, really struggling to the point where they had to lay off employees and stop production at the plant. Part of the problem is that the Corvette exists and the other is that the SRT Viper is just too expensive. Well, you can take $15,000 off the MSRP now. The 2015 Viper base price is now $84,995.00. That is still expensive and more than the Corvette but a much more realistic price point. Dealers were routinely discounting Vipers by $15,000+ anyway just to get the things off the lot. Is this price drop going to be enough to get Vipers selling again? Will the price drop bolster interest? Time will tell but it's a start.
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    09-13-2014, 05:59 PM
    Chrysler is getting a ton of attention with the new supercharged 6.2 liter Hemi Hellcat V8. With 707 horsepower from the twin screw supercharged V8 with its forged internals and iron block it is not hard to see why. This leads to Jeep fans asking, when will the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 get the motor? Well, it will not be getting it for 2015. For now the only Chrysler products with the engine will remain the Dodge Challenger and Charger. Keep in mind that those two vehicles are rear wheel drive. The Jeep Cherokee SRT8 sends its power to all four wheels which means a lot more stress on the drivetrain especially considering the rear wheels will not just go up in smoke if traction is exceeded. Jeep no doubt will beef up the drivetrain to handle the Hellcat in the future but for now the 6.4 liter naturally aspirated Hemi V8 gets a 5 horsepower boost to 475. Torque is up by 5 lb-ft as well to 470 lb-ft. These numbers pale in comparison to the Hemi Hellcat V8 but hey it's something at least. The SRT8 also gets a new Red Vapor color which is quite striking. A new color and a minor power bump for 2015 sums up the changes. Yes, what we all really can't wait to see is the Hemi Hellcat under the hood.
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    Today, 02:00 PM
    Some impressive results here from 911Tuning who took their 996 Turbo to the 1/4 mile dragstrip. 911Tuning managed to get a very nice 9.66 elapsed time thanks to a good launch and a 1.557 60 foot. The car looks like it may be set up as rear wheel drive but we do not know. Frankly, few details are provided by 911Tuning as to the specs of the car as they only provided the timeslip and video of the run. What fuel? What turbos? Built motor? Stock ECU? What tires? Where are the details? The 122 1/8 mile trap speed is certainly flying (and it should provide a higher 1/4 mile trap speed) but there is a whole ton of pertinent information missing. Impressive performance regardless:
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    Today, 12:40 PM
    Dinan continues to roll out more of their piggyback tunes for the newer turbo M cars. Their latest Dinantronics tune tackles the new F80 M3 and F82 M4 equipped with the S55 inline-6. The $2499.00 Dinan box raises output on 93 octane from the factory 425 horsepower to a Dinan claimed crank output of 516 horsepower. Torque goes up from 406 lb-ft at the crank to 489 lb-ft for a gain of 83 lb-ft as measured at the crank. Now, we know the M3 and M4 are very underrated from the factory to begin with. How is Dinan measuring the horsepower here? We do not doubt the power and torque gains whatsoever but the M3 and M4 are making close to 500 horsepower off the showroom floor. This is why we want to see output at the wheels, not at the crank. Quoting crank figures with modern turbo cars is a tuner relic. Obviously, the main competition here is going to come from BMS. The BMS M3/M4 JB4 box costs $799.00. BMS has shown over 500 horsepower at the wheels already with this tune. Frankly, BimmerBoost believes BMS prices the F80 M3 and F82 M4 JB4 at $799.00 because if it was any more of a value M owners would probably consider it a 'cheap' piece of a equipment. BMS has room to drop the price but Dinan's pricing means they do not have to. It certainly will be interesting to see some real dyno results as well as real world performance numbers. People buy tunes to be faster. Which piggyback tune is the fastest? Well, we all already know the most expensive tune is not necessarily the fastest tune. Product Description Stage 1 (DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner ONLY) Maximum Power: 516 HP, 489 lb-ft of torque. The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner is a highly engineered and sophisticated piece of computer hardware and software that enhances engine performance, without negating or voiding your new car warranty coverage and without affecting long term reliability or the functionality of on-board diagnostic systems. It was also designed to be emissions legal in 50 states (E.O. Pending). The ultimate objective of developing this piece of technology was to provide the ability to control every signal entering and exiting the BMW factory Engine Control Unit. These items are unique to Dinan and together they embody the apex of performance engineering in a powerful, reliable, and warrantied package. The Dinan® Difference The biggest benefit of the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner is our ECU has the… "…capability of setting an optimum target lambda (fuel mixture) as well as correcting short term trim which is the difference between target and scheduled fuel mixture. By matching these two correctly we can reduce knock sensor activity which will make smoother performance, protect the catalyst, increase power and allow us to make it emissions legal."- Steve Dinan The Dinan® Difference is possible by employing a full staff of talented engineers that are well rounded in all aspects of their job. Manipulating these signals with an adept hand all the while keeping an engine running at its best and with the most reliable power is what Dinan is all about. Well Engineered Plug-in tuning devices all have one thing in common, they send a modified signal to the factory ECU, telling it the boost pressure is below target values. This then causes the factory ECU to raise the boost pressure to what it thinks is the correct value. This modified boost pressure signal causes errors in fuel mixture and ignition timing. These errors can cause the on-board diagnostics systems to set faults, but they can also cause exceedingly high catalyst temperatures and a loss of power. In addition, when power is increased, exhaust gas temperature will increase as well and this must be countered with a slightly richer air/fuel mixture. The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner uniquely has the capability to adjust target Lambda, correct short term trim as well as ignition timing errors induced by raising boost pressure. This enables Dinan calibration engineers to optimize air/fuel mixture and ignition timing at elevated boost pressure throughout the entire gamut of engine RPM and engine load. Additionally, the ability to correct short term trim corrections (the difference between target and scheduled fuel mixture) remain within OEM specifications. This minimizes knock sensor activity, which in turn means smooth engine performance, catalyst protection and power increase, while this is also required to make the car emissions legal. Dinan engineers have worked for two years on the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner in efforts to provide BMW enthusiasts with Performance without Sacrifice. State-of-the-Art Hardware The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner is engineered using the best possible components and advanced hardware. The most obvious and visible component is the elaborate wiring harness. Using OE connectors and an expandable braided wiring sleeves ensures that all visible components appear as if they come straight from the factory. More importantly however it guarantees long lasting and dependable performance due to the use of high heat, moisture and abrasion resistant materials and design. The other hardware element involved is the Dinan electronic control unit (ECU) itself. While its outward appearance may seem tame, the processing power and sophistication held within its internal circuitry is anything but. Capable of delivering signals to various systems at an astonishing 4000 times per second the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner yields the power to control all current signals delivered to the ECU as well as those developed in the future without a hiccup in performance or reliability. This immense processing power equates to a high degree of engine control resulting in a much lower likelihood of setting a fault. In addition smoother running conditions and superior drivability are achieved, all of which are Dinan hallmarks. Unmatched Warranty Dinan's comprehensive warranty program, introduced in 1997, provides superior warranty coverage to that which you would find elsewhere. If your vehicle is currently covered by the vehicle manufacturer's new car limited warranty, Dinan® products are warranted for the remaining term of the vehicle manufacturer's new car limited warranty. The manufacturer's new car warranty is limited to 4 years or 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers in Canada), commencing on the date of first retail sale or the date the vehicle is first placed in-service as a demonstrator or company vehicle, whichever is earlier. Dinan's warranties are transferable when ownership of the vehicle into which the Dinan® products were originally installed is sold. BMW automobiles can now be performance-tuned without the associated concern of negatively affecting the new car warranty coverage. Designed to be Emissions Legal The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner was designed and built to be the only tuning box on the market that is emissions legal in all 50 states. At the moment this product is emissions legal in most states – the product is in compliance with US Federal EPA Memorandum 1A, or this product has not been found, nor is believed to be, unlawful for use under the provisions of the Clean Air Act. Currently this product is not legal for sale or use in California, and states that have adopted California emissions standards, on any pollution controlled motor vehicles. We are however in the E.O. process with the ARB and are confident that the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner will be emissions legal in all states in the near future. Drivability There is more to a tune than just cranking up the boost. Power needs to come on smoothly and in a predictable way to make the car as fun to drive at wide open throttle as cruising around town. It is your BMW, but reborn with new found acceleration and speed. Installation Plug-and-Play installation in two hours or less at any of the 180+ Dinan® Dealers. While firmware is loaded directly on the ECU the model specific software will need to be downloaded into the ECU by an authorized Dinan dealer after installation. Log on to www.dinancars.com to find your nearest dealer or contact Dinan to make an appointment. Easy To Use Dinan's ECU is Bluetooth® Smart meaning that you can change maps simply via a Bluetooth connection. Just install and you are done! Designed for the Future The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner was engineered with future expansion of functionality in mind. Boasting the most powerful processing power on the market the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner can handle more functions and processes than any of its contemporaries. To that end the Dinan performance tuner is capable of interfacing with the CAN and FlexRay communication systems which allow for controlling powertrain functions, among others. This means that when new functions are developed there will be no need for a new box, just a short software update at your local Dinan dealer. Satisfaction Guaranteed Dinan guarantees you will be impressed by the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner and the performance it provides that we offer a 3-Day return policy. If you aren't satisfied with what the Dinan solution brings to the table within 3 days of install you can go back to your dealer for a full refund (installation labor costs still apply).
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    09-12-2014, 10:44 PM
    3249 pounds is light. Well, it is light in the segment the upcoming Jaguar XE will be playing in. That is roughly 300 pounds lighter than the F30 BMW 3-Series. It is roughly 500 pounds lighter than the Audi S4. It is also roughly 300 pounds lighter than the new Mercedes W205 C400 4Matic. If Jaguar pulls off a 3249 pound curb weight thanks to the aluminum architecture this car is going to move very well courtesy of the 340 horsepower supercharged 3.0 liter V6 powerplant. Not to mention appreciable effect this light curb weight will have on handling and braking. The XE is shaping up very well. Very, very well.
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    Yesterday, 10:03 PM
    BMW is getting close to the official reveal of the new F15 based X5M and the X6M based on the F16 X6. BMW gives M vehicles their own chassis codes for whatever reason these days so the X6M will be an F86 chassis code. A leak earlier this year confirmed a DCT transmission for the X5M and X6M as well as an updated S63TU twin turbocharged and direct injected 4.4 liter V8 powerplant. With the switch to a DCT rather than an automatic transmission durability is definitely in question. The X6M and X5M will be the heaviest vehicles on the market with all wheel drive and a dual clutch transmission. With a tremendous amount of torque from the S63TU V8 BMW is doing some very hard testing on the Nurbugring to make sure the vehicle is ready for primetime. Expect an official reveal of the new M suv's by the end of the year.
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    09-13-2014, 12:00 AM
    The new 2016 Miata is generating quite a bit of buzz. Mazda released a good amount of info earlier in the month including that the car lost weight. One notable area they omitted was the engine. How much power will it make? Will it be naturally aspirated? What about the torque figure? Etc. If this report from the Australian over at motoring.com.au is accurate then the new Miata will product 128 horsepower from a 1.5 liter naturally aspirated Skyactive four-cylinder. That is a drop of 30 horsepower compared to the model it is replacing. The car is lighter, yes, but we would expect a power boost not a power drop for the new car. Mazda apparently felt the same way initially testing 1.6 and 1.8 liter powerplants but opted for the smaller 1.5 liter due to the balance it offered. It is hard to imagine the 1.6 or 1.8 really weighing that much more or upsetting balance tremendously. Mazda apparently feels with the weight loss they do not need to increase power. Keep in mind these specs are not yet officially confirmed and that Mazda does not currently sell a 1.5 liter Skyactiv-G motor in the USA. Source
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    Today, 01:39 PM
    Audi has toyed with the idea of adding more TT model variants for some time now. Earlier this year they created a four-door offroad TT concept. The result certainly was not bad and the TT design remains elegant when stretched. At the press launch for the new third generation Audi TT development chief at Audi Ulrich Hackenberg essentially confirmed that the TT lineup will grow beyond the coupe and roadster offering a third model variant. He did not confirm what that third body style would be but if AudiBoost were to guess it would be a four-door coupe which is all the rage these days. Audi will get a competitor to the CLA that will likely be more sportier considering the TT platform with four doors will likely come in just under 3000 pounds considering the TT coupe weighs 2711 pounds. Considering the 2.5 TFSI motor is confirmed for the next generation TT-RS imagine a four door with all wheel drive, over 400 horsepower, a DSG transmission, and a curb weight in the ~3000 pound range. That sounds like a winning formula to AudiBoost. Source
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    Yesterday, 04:51 PM
    Willall Racing is introducing a BlackMaxx version of the VR38DETT that essentially turns in into a VR44DETT with 1500+ horsepower capability. They increase the displacement but also address the top end of the motor making it capable of revving to 8500 rpm for greater top end punch. They use custom camshafts to shift the power curve and make use to the extra revs. The cylinder head is also ported and new valves are installed to really get some good airflow. In addition the rotating assembly is billet (the pistons for example) which we are guessing are not only lighter but stronger than the OEM components. To cope with the additional stress and revs the oiling system is revised with a new pump. The cylinders are also sleeved. This all results in an engine capable of handling over 35 psi of boost. Pricing has yet to be released and further details (such as the bore and stroke) are to come but if you want 4.4 liter engine for your GTR built to handle whatever you throw at it this is definitely an option to look into. WR1500+ BlackMaxx Series R35 GTR Competition Power unit. Displacing 4359cc (4.4L) these engines are built and blue-printed to the highest level to withstand power loads > 1150kw (1500hp) and rpm levels of < 8250rpm sustained (8500rpm peak). Special features as follows - - Advanced CSS (Core Strengthening System) for total cylinder block integrity using a totally new process via FEA. - Complete Billet rotating assembly (inc. Billet pistons) - High strength, high durability cylinder sleeving process - Oversize valves and matched cylinder heads with port size/shaping designed for maximum cylinder fill - High lift custom camshafts and matching dual valve springs - Matched airflow and rpm response to fill the torque-hole created by large aftermarket turbocharger systems - Modified engine oiling system with High Volume 7 litre WR35OP sump - Capable of processing boost pressures of 2.5 bar gauge (35+psi)
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    Today, 03:44 PM
    GM knew what they were doing and the Z28 impresses. Far more than the ZL1 ever did.
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    Today, 03:01 PM
    ^ That is why it is so awesome. GM had the balls to put a 305 square setup on it from factory. The Z28 is now dominating the Continental Tire Series this year.
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