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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-15-2017, 12:53 PM
    In the N54 tuning world the E9X 3-Series and E82 1-Series models get the majority of the attention. They are lighter cars with higher production numbers that tend to have younger owners so this is not really much of a surprise. However, E60 535i's are a nice value and when looking at this 535i put it in the context of an E60 M5. The more expensive M5 with its 5.0 liter S85 V10 makes roughly 415 wheel horsepower in stock form. That means this 535i will dispatch it with ease for a fraction of the cost. As a matter of fact, even with bolt on tuning the E60 M5 S85 V10 will have a hard time hitting 500 wheel horsepower and will need headers (expensive) and a very aggressive tune with associated bolt ons. With a blower the S85 V10 is on another level and nothing will replace the displacement and sound but tuned 535i's sure make for nice sleepers and a value proposition when it comes to 5-Series performance.
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    09-18-2017, 04:04 PM
    The Maserati Gran Turismo is a good looking GT. It sounds great too with its 4.2 liter and 4.7 liter naturally aspirated V8's. Fast it is not. The 4.2 liter offers 399 horsepower and the 4.7 liter V8 bumps output to 434 horsepower. At 4200+ pounds and with little torque it is hardly fast. The even stronger 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport with 454 horsepower for example runs the 1/4 mile in 13.1 @ 109.2. The car desperately needs an update and really a new generation. FAST AS F@#K it is not.
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    09-19-2017, 11:24 PM
    This is a great comparison from The Tuning School who tried out various fuels and provided great data. They compared 93 octane pump fuel, MS103, C9, E85, VP C85, MS109, leaded C16, 93 octane plus water, 93 plus boost juice, and 93 with methanol. The results are very interesting as VP's C85 ethanol race fuel provides the best results. However, 93 octane with methanol injection is right on its heels. This of course shows what a value methanol injection is: 93 octane pump gas with methanol even tops MS109 race gas and C16 race gas. C16 is leaded and really outdated as a race fuel with modern direct injected motors and ethanol blends. Overall ethanol is the champ here. It is just a matter of availability for most people but if E85 is not available methanol injection is a nice alternative. Just keep in mind that supplemental methanol injection comes with its own pluses and minuses not to mention that methanol is highly corrosive and flammable. It also does not create the same taxing issues on a direct injected fuel system that straight E85 does.
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    09-19-2017, 08:12 AM
    Car forums are a dirty business. Or at least, they can be. In MBWorld's case, dirty hardly covers it. This is the same forum that had such extreme corruption in the past regarding EVOSPORT it led to the rise of BenzBoost.com. Some things never change. MBWorld is deleting threads regarding the Dime Racing fiasco. Don't take our word for it. The owner of the most recent Dime Racing Huracan problem car tried to go on MBWorld to warn AMG owners of doing business with Dime. He was quickly silenced: Now why would a forum silence someone who is sharing their horror story with a tuner in order to spare others from the same fate? What is the point of forums? Well, that is where things get tricky. MBWorld isn't the only forum that has vendors try to pull strings to keep negative stories off the site. Tony Vargas of Vargas Turbocharger Technologies infamy recently tried the same thing here only to be to told the thread would not be deleted. This is what some of the shady vendors do. They threaten to pull sponsorship unless negative threads are deleted. MBWorld is owned by Internet Brands which makes $100 million dollars a year. They can afford to show a vendor the door. The fact they do not highlights just how bad the situation is. From @Z-Tuned: "Sticky - just an FYI, MBWorld has been deleting posts about this on their forums and censoring members who talk about it because they are being paid by Dime through advertising. They're claiming there are "two sides to every story", but I find this infuriating. https://mbworld.org/forums/c63-c63s-...d-removed.html Having gone through a lengthy legal battle myself with an Audi/VW tuner many years ago, I can relate to the pain of being screwed by a shop during a big money build. MBWorld is already basically a dead forum, but the fact that they continue to censor members about Dime's fraud is disgusting." It is exemplified by corrupt moderators who often will favor a vendor for free parts or simply to score brownie points. The moderators are not paid. To cover up serious problems with a tuner in order to remain in an unpaid position to abuse power on internet forums is pathetic. What kind of grown ass man does that? Well, a moderator by the name of nlpamg or Philip Nulud cares so much about his token moderator position MBWorld users tell BoostAddict he is allegedly willing to help remove negative Dime posts: There are plenty of Dime horror stories that have been deleted and covered up. This is only the latest. If someone ends up losing tens of thousands of dollars due to this shouldn't a forum or moderator potentially engaging in a coverup be liable to a certain degree? BoostAddict will not cover this story up. We stand with Brian McLevis and others that have been taken advantage of by Dime Racing. MBWorld should be ashamed.
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    09-19-2017, 10:52 PM
    Oh great, now the politically correct virus that infects America is coming for car advertisements. You know what a car ad is supposed to do? Get your attention. That is exactly what Mercedes-AMG accomplishes showing the new W213 generation E63 S model line up for a drag race. They are not endorsing street racing by doing this. As it turns out, advertisements do not create laws. Amazingly, somehow we still have speed limits and rules on public roads despite car ads. How many people drag race Top Fuel cars on the street anyway? What about Formula 1 cars? That number is exactly zero. It's a fantasy. It's a commercial. It isn't real. Watch the ad below and then let us know if you suddenly have the desire to race a jet powered Bonneville land speed record car at your local stoplight. Doug Stokes of Irwindale Speedway in California (of course it has to be California) takes issue with the commercial. Maybe he is drinking a bit too much soy as he seems to be suffering from low testosterone? What exactly should a commercial about a 600+ horsepower all wheel drive twin turbo V8 super sedan be about? Its gas mileage? A leisurely drive to the recycling center? It is no coincidence Irwindale Speedway operates an 1/8 mile drag strip. The argument made is self-serving as Doug wants to funnel people to the Irwindale strip because there really is nowhere else to race in California as 1/4 mile strips continue to shut down. Sacremento Raceway is the latest victim as the county is forcing them to close due to residential development. Doug, grow a pair. It's an ad. Stop trying to use it to funnel people to Irwindale. Furthermore, 1/8 mile racing sucks. Open up a real 1/4 mile strip where 600+ horsepower cars like the E63 can stretch their legs or shut the fuck up. An open letter to the industry: 09/10/17 Who the hell do I have to complain to? It (was) just a quiet Sunday afternoon, my wife and I were watching the U.S. Open finals on TV. There were, of course, number of adverts from top-tier companies … and then there was one, near the end of the match, that made the two of us whoop louder than the sellout crowd at Flushing Meadows. The ad that stunned us was a Mercedes-Benz commercial which shows a number of growling drag racing vehicles racing against a new model Mercedes. The machines (including a funny car, a dragster, and a full-out drag bike and the Mercedes) line up curb to curb on what looks like a city street, a traffic light goes green … and the machines leap forward in a five-wide drag race … the Mercedes gets to the end of the block first. Apparently it wins what looks everything like a patently illegal street race and the voice over indicates what Mercedes model it was and indicates that it would be a good idea for the people watching to buy this car … I guess based on its “track” … er, street racing record.* I frankly don’t think that it was the very best example of “The Best or Nothing” slogan that tags the advert. Likewise, a recent (at least here in Los Angeles) TV commercial shows two late model BMW’s seemingly racing each other through a (it seems) deserted industrial site with a quick close-up of another (was it one of the two street racers?) BMW cornering very hard, so hard that the driver needs to crank in a huge amount of opposite to keep control as the car slides right up to a painted double line that’s NOT on a race course, but apparently on a normal street somewhere. There you go, “The Ultimate Driving Machine” going way, way too fast apparently on city streets. And then we have Fiat-Chrysler running a whole flight of TV ads that show a wide range of way too fast activities with two (or more) cars quite apparently racing each other. Of course building a car (the Dodge Demon) that’s banned from competing in “as delivered” form by the NHRA, and then bragging about it in print in enthusiast magazines says: (at least to my ear) “Race this one the street, because it is so powerful that NHRA wants you to install a big old honking roll cage if you ever want run it at the drag strip.” A quick word about myself if I may, I’m the VP of communications at Irwindale Event Center located about 20 miles East of Los Angeles. We operate a half-mile NASCAR-sanctioned paved oval and an eighth-mile NHRA-sanctioned drag strip. We opened the drag strip in 2000, and it’s the only one in southern California that operates on a weekly basis all year long. Thousands upon thousands of drivers (young, old and in between) have used our facility to have some safe, controlled, high-speed fun with their performance cars. It’s almost impossible to prove a negative, however, I think that our drag strip has helped to dampen illegal street racing in the area. And, from that perspective I feel that I can say the following: … Yeah, sure, yup, correct, you’re right; I know those commercial are a fantasy, innocent, innocuous metaphors, simply flights of advertising license. On the other hand, all of the above automobile commercials most blatantly portray and appear to glorify illegal street racing. (And supering-in some sort of tiny “closed course, do not attempt” screen when the hottest model Dodge cars are purposely seen racing with each other (or in earlier TV adverts, joyfully driving right through the middle of an idyllic outdoor wedding party knocking over tables and scattering people like a terrorists.) Finally and directly to all three of the above manufacturers, as well as any others that I’ve missed: All of you know that you can show the fun of cool, high performance driving without using (and thereby glamorizing) often deadly and illegal street racing (no how much you see it as harmless marketing hyperbole ). You are all better than that, I’m sure. Doug Stokes PS: I’d like to invite anyone in the industry (who wants to see what I’m talking about) out for one of our “Thursday Night Thunder” events at Irwindale Dragstrip. Heck ... I’ll even buy you a hot dog, soda, and a bag of chips.
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    09-18-2017, 01:33 PM
    Awron is a new vendor on BimmerBoost that brings with them considerable electronics expertise. From engine swaps to performance displays, their products are just awesome. BimmerBoost.com will be sharing some first hand experience shortly with Awron's Performance Display System for the E92 M3. Awron asked if BimmerBoost would test the display with a supercharged M3 and so here we are. The BimmerBoost.com E92 M3 is getting a revised Gintani E85 high boost stock internal S65 setup similar to the system detailed earlier this year which made 645 horsepower to the wheels. The Awron display will be very useful as it will provide real time data and telemetry. Plus, the piece looks OEM as if it should be there from the factory. What does it do? It offers 20 features in 1: Pretty cool, right? As for pricing, the kompressor or supercharger kit costs 999.00 Euros. We should have US distributor pricing shortly. DGA Displayed Values: Voltage Water Temperature Oil Temperature Horsepower Torque Speedometer 0-60 mph & 0-120 mph Acceleration Timer Two Axis G-Meter Power and Torque Graph Fuel Pressure Intake Temperature (After Cooler) Exhaust Temperature (Modeled) Air Fuel Ratio (Before Catalytic Converter) Transmission Temperature Maximum Recorded Values DGA Kompressor 1 Option Adds: Boost Pressure Intake Temperature (Before Cooler) Features: Steering wheel controlled (CAN) User defines dedicated steering wheel button Gauge ships pre-assembled into OEM air duct Plug & play installation Full Color OLED Display OEM look & feel Integrated USB port for firmware updates The values ​​are displayed on a modern, dimmable AMOLED display. A high-quality housing and the perfect integration into the interior provide for an optical upgrade of the cockpit. The operation is carried out via the left-hand wheel buttons (hold any key for 10 seconds and then can be switched by the screens) and an integrated USB interface allows the display to always be on the current software stand. The display is already delivered fully assembled in the fresh air guide and is easy to install. No further sensors need to be installed. The scales are adapted to the respective motor type.
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    09-18-2017, 05:30 PM
    Almost 138 miles per hour on the stock F10 M5 S63TU turbochargers? Wow! This is the same F10 M5 that previously went 135 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile. The owner went back to the strip and managed a better launch with a 1.976 60 foot. There still is plenty of room to improve that short time but the 1/4 mile result was 10.88 @ 137.80. Yes, still on pump gas. Obviously water-meth injection is making a big difference and the HCP tune sure seems solid: HCP Tune (still on pumpgas map) 3.5 bar sensors Catless dp Upgraded DCT clutches Upgraded Axles (broke OEM) WMI
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    Yesterday, 11:21 AM
    Hot on the heels of MotorTrend's 2017 Best Driver's Car competition comes their World's Greatest Drag Race where they have the contestants face off in a straightline contest. They did make one change though by replacing the Miata (which had no chance) with a Tesla Model S P100D. Racing from a stop is the Tesla's game. It shows as it gets a lead off the launch with the 911 Turbo S hot on its heels. Surprisingly, nobody is able to pass the Tesla in time. It runs a 10.5 @ 125 (GPS time) in the 1/4 mile. This is what happens when you do not have a prepped strip or drag rubber for powerful RWD cars. The rest of the times are below in order of trap speed but as stated BoostAddict.com believes the Ferrari is a ringer based on real world results from owners.
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    09-15-2017, 02:43 PM
    The larger B58 3.0 liter I6 is obviously the stronger motor with more potential but the B48 2.0 liter I4 is based on the same modular architecture and offers some advantages. For one, it is cheaper. Secondly, it is lighter. Toss a JB4 on the B48 and you have quite the performance value in the BMW lineup. In stock form the car manages a 1/4 mile sprint of 13.9 @ 100 miles per hour. That is E36 M3 level performance. With a tune? 300 wheel horsepower is possible which is more than the 275 rear wheel horsepower of the E46 M3. The 230i looks pretty good in that context. The 230i xDrive weighs 3571 pounds. That is rear wheel drive 3-Series weight but keep in mind all wheel drive does come with penalty. The weight is not too bad when you factor in power being sent to all four wheels as well as the more compact B48 motor improving weight distribution over the longer and heavier B58. At $36k the car is a value. At over $50k with options not so much. Keep it relatively plain and the 230i makes for a nice BMW bargain. VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED: $50,070 (base price: $36,145) ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 122 cu in, 1998 cc POWER: 248 hp @ 5200 rpm TORQUE: 258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 105.9 in LENGTH: 174.7 in WIDTH: 69.8 in HEIGHT: 55.8 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 89 cu ft TRUNK VOLUME: 14 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 3571 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 5.3 sec Zero to 100 mph: 13.9 sec Zero to 130 mph: 26.5 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.6 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.4 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.1 sec Standing ¼-mile: 13.9 sec @ 100 mph Top speed (governor limited, mfr's claim): 149 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 152 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.96 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA combined/city/highway: 27/24/33 mpg C/D observed: 26 mpg C/D observed 75-mph highway driving: 35 mpg C/D observed highway range: 470 mi
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    09-15-2017, 12:12 PM
    Well this should cause a minor riot on various Porsche forums. The acceleration comparison video below basically highlights what we saw previously in a dyno overlay between the two 911's. The 991.2 GTS with its 450 horsepower 3.0 liter twin turbo 9A2 flat-6 offers much more area under the curve than the new 991.2 GTS and its naturally aspirated 500 horsepower 4.0 liter flat-6. The truth is, peak output between the two is very close despite Porsche's horsepower ratings: Clearly there is a bit of sandbagging to not upset GT3 owners. There is no disputing the torque advantage between the two. The video below is an overlay so not a perfect comparison but essentially it is a wash between the two. Throw a tune on the GTS though and game over. That said, the GT3 is not about acceleration. If that is what you are into, get a GTS.
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    09-18-2017, 03:32 PM
    For the first time ever Porsche is producing a 911 GTS that exceeds or matches the 911 GT3 model in performance. You likely saw the acceleration comparison video posted showing the 991.2 GTS actually edging the new 991.2 GT3 in a 0-200 kph comparison. Acceleration is only part of the GT3's appeal but it certainly is interesting the GTS just wins the 0-200 kph sprint despite being rated 50 horsepower less. Area under the curve definitely matters. The GT3 is about the roadcourse though, isn't it? Nurburgring test numbers show the GT3 has the edge on that big track: Albeit just slightly. What about on a tighter course? That is what you see in the video below and the GT3 can not pass the GTS. Now think about this. What if the GTS had equal aerodynamics and tires? What if the GTS had a tune? Wouldn't the GTS be the stronger roadcourse car by a significant margin at that point? The point ultimately is the GTS and GT3 are surprisingly close to each other as is. The GTS is the value and tuning choice. The GT3's appeal of course is the race inspired naturally aspirated flat-6, suspension components, and aerodynamics. Which car is quicker ultimately will come down to the driver. Porsche deserves tremendous credit for catering to enthusiasts with different tastes and not just making the choice for you as BMW M has done.
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    09-18-2017, 12:37 PM
    Audi thinks we all hate wagons in the USA. The problem is the SUV culture where wagons are just not seen as 'cool' or 'hip' cars. Who in the world would hate the B9 RS4 Avant though? I mean just look at it. Gorgeous! This is a well done wagon and it has the performance credentials to back up the looks. The drivetrain is the exact same as the RS4 sedan which means a 450 horsepower 2.9 liter twin turbo V6. This power is sent to all four wheels through an automatic gearbox. Would make for a good all weather performance car with plenty of space, right? More fun to drive than an SUV, right? Audi, someone has to sell a performance wagon. Why not you?
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    09-18-2017, 02:32 PM
    Procharger F1X supercharged C7 Chevrolet Corvette Z06's are monsters. Topping 1000 horsepower at the wheels is no problem with the monster centrifugal blower on the LT4 V8. It also changes the power character of the motor to be far more about top end power rather than low end torque. That means it is a great option for highway racing. In the video below you have a manual C7 Z06 (white) with a Procharger F1X and an automatic version (black). The first run pits the white Z06 against an 800+ whp turbo Coyote. The Mustang does very well but ultimately can put pull. They run again and the Mustang opens up a lead which it holds. The third an final runs features an even start but it looks like the Mustang misses a gear. Next up is the 890 whp Whipple supercharged Coyote. It also does well but ultimately is pulled up top by the white Z06. A 1000 whp GTR tries its luck next. It just flat out runs away from the Z06. Impressive! The two Z06's are up next. The black automatic car just crushes the manual car. If you want the quicker option, it's the automatic. They run again and the outcome is the same. Great vid.
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    Yesterday, 04:41 AM
    Dodson has a new Sportsman Plus 10-plate BMW DCT transmission upgrade. You have seen this upgrade in action already on the 725 wheel horsepower Maximum PSI F80 M3 which recently ran 10.1 @ 139 in the 1/4 mile. Clearly the upgrade works and is powering the quickest and fastest BMW's in the world. In addition to the F80 M3 and F82 M4 models the new Dodson design will work on the F10 M5, F13 M6, and F87 M2 which share the same basic Getrag DCT box. Here is everything included in the Sportsman Plus kit: Details - 10 plate build - Quality machined billet high grade hardened baskets - High grade billet steel lid and splines - Quality Exedy® frictions Kit Includes: 10 x Large Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 10 x Small Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 10 x Large Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 10 x Small Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 1 x Large End Plate 1 x Small End Plate 1 x Large Basket 1 x Small Basket 4 x Large Circlips 4 x Small Circlips 1 x Service Tool Fits: E82: E82 135i Coupé, USA E82 135i Coupé, Europe E88: E88 135i Convertible, USA E88 135i Convertible, Europe E89: E89 Z4 35i Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35is Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35i Roadster, Europe E89 Z4 35is Roadster, Europe E90: E90 M3 Saloon, USA E90 M3 Saloon, Europe E90N: E90N M3 Saloon, USA E90N M3 Saloon, Europe E92: E92 M3 Coupé, USA E92 335i Coupé, Europe E92 M3 Coupé, Europe E92N: E92N 335is Coupé, USA E92N M3 Coupé, USA E92N 335i Coupé, Europe E92N M3 Coupé, Europe E93: E93 M3 Convertible, USA E93 335i Convertible, Europe E93 M3 Convertible, Europe E93N: E93N 335is Convertible, USA E93N M3 Convertible, USA E93N 335i Convertible, Europe E93N M3 Convertible, Europe F06: F06 M6 Gran Coupé, USA F06 M6 Gran Coupé, Europe F10: F10 M5 Saloon, USA F10 M5 Saloon, Europe F12: F12 M6 Convertible, USA F12 M6 Convertible, Europe F13: F13 M6 Coupé, USA F13 M6 Coupé, Europe
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    09-15-2017, 01:56 PM
    LMR (Late Model Racecraft) advertises their twin turbo C7 Corvette LT1 package as offering 800 horsepower. Well, they are being somewhat conservative. On a Dynojet they were able to hit 761 horsepower and 644 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. That is on the stock LT1 internals and if you want to go up from there LMR certainly can accommodate. The 800 package starts at $29,999.99 installed. Not cheap but you know it will be done right. One can make this kind of power and more with a blower for far less money but turbos have entirely different power delivery. What is included in the package beyond the turbochargers and tuning? You would have to contact LMR to find out but no doubt a cam is included among other parts. How does it perform? Expect trap speeds of 144+ miles per hour. It sure is fast.
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    09-18-2017, 11:35 AM
    The 720S is just astonishing the world with its performance. That it puts up almost 700 horsepower to the wheels stock is incredible. Combine that power with a relatively low curb weight and magazines getting 10.1 @ 146 out of it in testing is no surprise. Magazine numbers and real world figures are two different things. A 720S was tested out at the Palm Beach dragstrip in Florida. One should keep in mind Florida heat and humidity will impact the numbers. The 720S manages a 10.116 (trap speed did not read out but said to be low 140's) to the Aventador's 11.209 @ 129.79. In the Aventador SV's defense, it bogs badly out of the hole and it is supposed to be a track car but wow does it get blown away. It doesn't help that it weighs about 700 pounds more. The 720S should easily break into the 9's stock in better conditions.
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    09-15-2017, 03:33 PM
    There are similarities between these two cars in that they both are rear wheel drive automatics and turbocharged. The C63 S features a much larger 4.0 liter M177 V8 over the Alfa Romeo's F154 2.9 liter V6 but peak output is rated similarly. EVO decided to compare the two on the track and this type of comparison favors the Alfa Romeo. Why? Well, for one it is lighter. It is also on stickier rubber. The C63 is more about brute force and muscle than finesse. It is a German muscle car essentially. On the track this is reflected with the impressions as the Alfa is described as more nimble and better braking. The laptimes do not lie: Giulia Quadrifoglio: 1:21.83 C63 S: 1.23.07 A difference of over a second is pretty large. The bottom line? If you are into straightline speed and tuning the C63 S is probably your choice. If you are more about handling then the Alfa is the choice. Really, the BMW M4 Competition Package may offer the best of both worlds in this class and it is too bad it was not included.
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    Yesterday, 10:42 AM
    MotorTrend's Best Drier's Car competition is always interesting to watch. The videos are well done and they provide plenty of data. The field they choose is not always the most logical though. What the hell is a Lexus LC500 doing in this competition? Also, why is there no BMW? That omission may be BMW's fault more than that of anyone else. Just taking up space that could be used for a serious entry. Regardless, it is a pretty good lineup with all eyes on the 488 GTB. Let's list the entries in order of curb weight from lightest to heaviest: Mazda MX-5 Miata RF - 2420 lbs Porsche 718 Cayman S - 3190 lbs McLaren 570GT - 3346 lbs Ferrari 488 GTB - 3412 lbs Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - 3464 lbs Porsche 911 Turbo S - 3557 lbs Mercedes-AMG GT R - 3680 lbs Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio- 3749 lbs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE - 3837 lbs Nissan GT-R NISMO - 3904 lbs Aston Martin DB11 - 4194 lbs Lexus LC 500 - 4364 lbs The Miata undercuts the field considerably and the Lexus LC500 almost weighs 2000 pounds more than the Miata. Wow is it fat. This competition is about what is the most fun to drive but it is always interesting to see which car is the fastest. They are listed below in order of their trap speed and with additional data panels: The Ferrari is the fastest? That is a load of BS. Either Ferrari sent a ringer or MotorTrend is cooking the numbers. There are plenty of videos out there showing the McLaren 570S dispatch the 488 with ease. This alone calls into question the validity of the comparison. Regardless, here are the cars in order of their laptime around Laguna Seca: Ferrari 488 GTB - 1:31.68 Mercedes-AMG GT R - 1.33.01 Porsche 911 Turbo S - 1:33.21 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE - 1:34.30 McLaren 570GT - 1:34.87 Nissan GT-R NISMO - 1:35.01 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - 1:36.02 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio- 1:39.65 Porsche 718 Cayman S - 1:40.05 Aston Martin DB11 - 1:40.05 Lexus LC 500 - 1:43.40 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF - 1:51.43 The 488 GTB which trails the AMG GT R on the Nurburgring considerably opens up a large lead on the AMG GT R at Laguna Seca? Something doesn't smell right here. MotorTrend chooses the 488 GTB as the best driver's car but it does not feel right. The Ferrari dominates all the performance categories along with the subjective ones. If one were to guess, Ferrari provided the car only if they got this outcome as they have previously controlled MotorTrend's testing. BoostAddict doesn't buy the result and neither should you. Watch the videos from the cars below and come to your own conclusion.
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    Yesterday, 12:54 PM
    Everyone calm down. This is a rumor although it comes from Edo Karabegovic (of German tuner Edo Performance) who was at the 'Ring during the record attempt. If what he is saying is true, we have a new Nurburgring champion. A 6:48.75 laptime would comfortably top the controversial Lamborghini Huracan Performante time of 6:52.01. How much stock do you put in a Facebook post? We are waiting for official word from Porsche. If it is true, the 991.2 GT2 RS is the new king.
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    09-20-2017, 12:42 AM
    The B48 2.0 liter four-cylinder motor obviously is not the largest or most powerful turbo motor in the BMW lineup but it is relatively light while offering good tuning value. Big Boost USA was able to get a very nice increase out of the engine with their Stage 2 turbo upgrade. What is done to this 430i? This: BBT Stage 2 4949 turbo Remus rear muffler BBT non resonated mid-pipe BBT cat-less downpipe JB4 Map 2 The result is a gain of 78 horsepower at the wheels: Now before you go on saying the graph is choppy look at the bottom and see that it is provided with speed instead of rpm. The dips you see are shifts. Yes, we would prefer a graph with RPM from a single gear along with the torque curve but as more of these kits get out there we will have more dyno results to go on. The bottom line is that this Big Boost Stage 2 B48 is putting out more power than a stock N54 or N55 and considerably more than the stock B48 at 253 wheel horsepower. Big Boost says the Stage 2 setup is capable of 370+ whp for those who want to push further. A very nice value upgrade at $2449.00. Now what will the Stage 3 with 5149 turbo do?
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    09-18-2017, 12:05 PM
    Porsche has a big problem on their hands with people flipping cars for profit. They already stated they intend to crack down on the issue. It is a difficult problem to solve however as if you could sell a $185k 911 R for half a million dollars you probably would. Porsche will not sell to people who immediately flip so that is one option to curtail it. Porsche also seems to be considering destroying the value on the secondary market of the car. They want that profit for themselves and if they can not have it no one will. Porsche's R&D boss stated the following: Some read that into meaning the 911 R would be produced forever but he essentially says a new 911 R without production limits can be done. That seems to be what the 911 GT3 Touring Package is about. It mimics the 991.1 911 R. The wing is deleted, it is manual only, a bit of weight is stripped, and it has a 4.0 liter naturally aspirated 500 horsepower flat-6 motor. The question is, what will the impact on 911 R pricing be? Will there be an impact? Will people try to flip these Touring GT3's? The 911 R has a very special quality to it with its limited production that the GT3 Touring option package does not quite match. Still, Porsche is essentially offering another 911 R except one that is within reach for us mere mortals. Do not expect these to go for $500k.
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    09-20-2017, 01:04 AM
    We are at the peak of the internal combustion power war and yet there is no performance street truck on the market. Ford provides an F150 Raptor for off-road junkies but where is a new F150 Lightning for street performance? Pioneer Ford fortunately comes to the rescue. They built their own F150 Lightning with 650 horsepower. It even faithfully recreates the side exhaust of the 2nd generation Lightning. Oh, it also includes a warranty: The SVT badge on the back may be a bit much but if any new F150 deserves to wear it this one certainly qualifies. Incredible and just like the 2nd generation Lightning the truck is supercharged with a V8 sending power to the rear wheels. Now how about a real factory offering? Maybe with a twin turbo Coyote and all wheel drive to bring the Lightning into 2017? We can dream...
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  • TT C6's Avatar
    Today, 04:39 AM
    Sticky and crew trolled and harassed me like little school girls for MONTHS for saying the IDENTICAL thing that Sticky posted as the title of this thread. Blatant hypocritical douchery at it's finest. All I wanted was MB to retain the 5.5L displacement for the redesigned engines. Oh well. I'm happily daily driving a supercharged 6.2L sedan instead with a clutch and a smile now. :)
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    Today, 01:38 AM
    Exactly. This doesn't make any sense. Off the line the 911 Turbo is right there with it. You're telling me it doesn't pass by the 1/4 mile mark? BS The Turbo isn't affected by the crappy surface like the RWD cars.
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