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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-01-2015, 04:31 PM
    Incredible dyno numbers here from Pure Turbos from their Stage 2 N54 turbo upgrade. If the video posted a couple days ago showing an automatic Pure Turbos upgraded 335i running away from a FBO (full bolt on) GTR did not convince you these turbos are the real deal then these dyno results definitely should. The 683 rear wheel horsepower peak figure is a new automatic stock frame turbo record on the platform. It is important to point this out with the automatic transmission being known for having issues handling power and torque on the N54 platform. Regardless, this transmission is holding and putting down some impressive numbers. Here are further details from Pure Turbos as well as graphs at multiple boost levels: We strapped the car to the dyno one more time this morning. Reminder: This is an auto trans car, running e50 + meth, and stg1 inline LPFP! First three runs were: file_18 - Map3 add 70 - 601whp file_19 - Map6 28psi to redline - 657whp file_20 - Map6 30psi to redline - 679whp We then bumped boost to 30.9 for a few runs, messed with duty bias a bit. Here's all the runs together: Also, here's another log from another N54 PURE stg2 car showing spool. AT car in 4th gear, stock inlets. Hits target at 3293 rpm. I don't want to hear another word about spool!!!
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    08-30-2015, 03:41 PM
    The Pure Turbos Stage 2 N54 upgrade sure looks like the real deal. The turbo upgrade is not 'officially' out yet but expect it next month. For now what we have seen is numbers in the 6XX wheel range and here is a preview of the real world capability. BimmerBoost member @pr3ci5n335i in the video below runs his E90 automatic 335i against a 2014 Nissan GTR on E85 with full bolt ons. The 335i is at roughly 25 psi of boost and also has full bolt ons in addition to the Pure Turbos Stage 2 N54 turbo upgrade. He also has the TFT inlets and his fuel in the video is an E50 blend with meth injection. The 335i takes the hit here but steadily pulls the GTR until it shuts down. Definitely an impressive result considering what bolt on GTR's on E85 are capable of. 2010 E90 M 335i: Alpina AT, FBO (VRSF 5" Stepped FMIC, Catless with BMW PE, TFT upper and lower chargepipes, HKS BOV, BMS 2 gallon Meth kit, Stage 1 Walbro 255 inline LPFP, BMS low temperature thermostat bypass), JB4 map 3 80add, BMS E85 Flash using MHD, Pure S2 turbos, APEX Arc-8, no rear seats
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    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    Jonny Lieberman works for MotorTrend and you probably have seen him in the Head 2 Head episodes. BimmerBoost has nothing against him although we wonder how someone gets a job with MotorTrend when they make basic mistakes. Lieberman's job is to know about the cars he is talking about. Which is why BimmerBoost made it a point to explain that in the latest Head 2 Head where he states the ATS-V is more powerful than the F80 M3 because the M3 has 'only' 425 horsepower Liberman and MotorTrend are wrong. Very wrong. Absurdly wrong. Embarrassingly wrong. The F80 M3 and the F82 M4 are severely underrated. The car makes much more than its 425 horsepower crank rating. Frankly, it is closer to a wheel horsepower rating than a crank horsepower rating. One should assume this simply by juxtaposing the acceleration figures of the F80 M3 and E90 M3. The difference is not 11 horses. MotorTrend's own test figures prove that. The F80 M3 is insanely underrated. Now we have dyno results showing 427 horsepower to the wheels for the F80 M3. We have stock 1/4 mile times showing 11.9 @ 119. Liberman claims to be aware of the M3 being underrated but when asked for proof provided nothing to support this. Additionally, he does not mention the M3 is underrated in the Head 2 Head video. He states the ATS-V is more powerful. He also on Twitter states his support for this as the ATS-V being quicker despite being heavier. While the ATS-V does indeed get a 12.1 second elapsed time as tested by MotorTrend the F80 M3 gets a 12.3 @ 118.1 miles per hour. The ATS-V hits 12.1 at a slower 116.2. The only thing Lieberman gets right here is that the ATS-V is quicker but it is not faster. Trap speed is primarily a product of power. MotorTrend's own numbers and Lieberman's own statement support BimmerBoost. Point easily proven without even having to show the dyno numbers. Not to mention, the guy should probably know that a RWD car with a ton of torque that traps higher will improve its elapsed time with better traction off the line. That means the M3 with drag radials can be a hell of a lot quicker. Perhaps MotorTrend just doesn't know how to launch as well. Lieberman goes on to state I need to check my facts. The same man who called the new S65 AMG V12 an M275 model despite it being the updated M279 V12 variant from AMG. He conveniently ignores this point. One who does not get their own facts correct should not be telling others to check theirs. Lieberman and MotorTrend need to check their own facts. Rather than lobbing insults for getting called on their mistakes, they should correct them. There is no shame in being wrong. There is a bit of shame in a 'kid' knowing the facts better than the professional though, right? Lieberman, if you ever want to engage in a debate with me feel free. Based on what I have seen so far it will be one-sided. Whenever you want to, I'm right here. MotorTrend, when you are ready to hire someone who checks their facts, let me know.
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    08-30-2015, 04:21 PM
    The new Ford GT is going to be a very limited car. Ford already stated production would be under 1000 units. The price is expected to be in the mid 400,000 range if not higher. If those factors do not deter you from a purchase Ford is also requiring potential buyers to apply for purchase consideration. That means even if you have the money you may not get one. This information all comes from a Reddit user who claims to work at Ford. So far, Ford has not refuted any of this info and rumor is they even have confirmed it: • Ford will introduce a unique ordering process for the all-new Ford GT supercar, with the program commencing in early 2016. • Ford GTs will be assigned based on a customer application process, offering a personalized experience for every Ford GT buyer. • Anyone can apply; priority will be given to loyal Ford customers including current Ford GT owners. • Applicants selected through the process will be assigned a car by Ford and complete their purchase through a Ford GT certified dealership of their choice. Part of this is to deter people from flipping the car for a quick buck. It is going to be in very high demand and if the previous GT is anything to go by it will only appreciate in value. Now to find $450k lying around somewhere... Source
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    09-01-2015, 02:41 PM
    That is the current rumor although it is based somewhat in reality. The new G11 7-Series is rumored to get this new 3.0 liter inline-6 diesel with four turbochargers. This would be utilized in a M750d model that would have xDrive all wheel drive and would not launch until well into 2016. That is of course providing the information is accurate. BMW does produce a tri-turbo 3.0 liter inline-6 in the 550d / 50d models. The triple turbocharged motor produces 381 horsepower and 546 lb-ft of torque. BMW is expected to take things beyond 400 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque with this new quad turbocharged motor. It is unknown if this motor will use conventional turbochargers or if there will be some sort compressor spun with electricity to supplement the exhaust driven turbos. It is too early to tell at this time but even if BMW does produce this the chances of it coming to the USA are slim to none. Source
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    Yesterday, 01:02 AM
    The Porsche Cayman gets somewhat overlooked due to its artificial position below its 911 big brothers. Yes, artificial because there really is nothing holding the Cayman back from stomping the 911 other than Porsche refusing to pop the overinflated 911 balloon they created themselves. That is why you see the Cayman S limited in output compared to the 911 Carrera despite sharing the same 3.4 liter flat-6. That is why the Cayman GT4 is limited in output compared to the Carrera S despite sharing the same 3.8 liter flat-6. That is also why the Cayman GT4 does not have a PDK transmission yet the GT3 somehow does despite Porsche citing monetary reasons for the exclusion of a manual for the GT3. Porsche's artificial manipulation of their lineup which is positioned based on price to horsepower aside the Cayman may be the best driver's car in that lineup. Car and Driver loves their long term tester. They have nothing to complain about. What is there to complain about? It being too good? The car is not cheap starting at $65k but it is a value compared to the 911 models. It is lighter than the 911 models at 3025 pounds. Its mid-engine layout allows for more neutral balance while still keeping the majority of the weight on the rear wheels. It simply is an awesome sports car. The 1.03g skidpad figure is beyond impressive. 0-60 in 4.2 seconds with a manual transmission and only 325 horsepower is practically unheard of. Sure, it isn't the fastest car out there but it may just offer the best of everything for the money. That is why this car is special. It may just be the best sports car on the market when price, utility, comfort, luxury, handling, braking, ability, styling, engine sound, response, and fun factor are all factored in. As Car and Driver stated, good God this car is good: VEHICLE TYPE:mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED:$72,545 (base price: $64,795) ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:210 cu in, 3436 cc Power: 325 hp @ 7400 rpm Torque: 272 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm TRANSMISSION:6-speed manual DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 97.4 in Length: 172.4 in Width: 70.9 in Height:50.2 in Curb weight: 3025 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 4.2 sec Zero to 100 mph: 10.0 sec Zero to 130 mph: 17.5 sec Zero to 150 mph: 26.0 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.2 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 7.2 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.2 sec Standing ¼-mile: 12.7 sec @ 112 mph Top speed (drag limited): 176 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 145 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.03 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway: 20/28 mpg C/D observed: 23 mpg Unscheduled oil additions: 0 qt Source
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    Yesterday, 01:21 PM
    This MotorTrend Head 2 Head episode is not exactly their best. Why? Well, because it is rehashing a MotorTrend comparison we already saw a month ago. Except they are leaving the F80 M3 out of it this time. Why? Because their reasoning is the Mercedes and Cadillac need to climb the ranks first before getting a shot at the title. Trying to apply a boxing analogy here is so idiotic it is hard to even articulate it. If Mercedes and Cadillac have not yet proven enough in their history to have their cars compared to the M3 something is seriously wrong with the people at MotorTrend. Furthermore, these are cars, not boxers. There is not some long string of challengers the ATS-V must topple for years and years before getting a shot at the M3. It is just moronic, compare the three cars. Everyone already has compared the cars including MotorTrend themselves so why do they do not throw in the M3 they already have sitting there that already was used for this purpose as it is the same damn press car they already tested? The numbers are the exact same from the comparison from last month making us think all Head 2 Head does is take the test figures the other editors get and simply adds video to them. Since we already know the results from the magazine the C63 is the fastest while the ATS-V is the best handling and the F80 M3 is the lightest. MotorTrend picks the C63 with the ATS-V coming in second and the F80 M3 comes in last place. Now to continue on how this Head 2 Head video just stinks as it adds nothing new the tester states the ATS-V is more powerful than the F80 M3. We are sick of hearing this. The M3 does not have 425 horsepower. What the hell does it take to get these journalists to do some basic research to figure this out? Just because the ATS-V is rated at 464 horsepower on paper does not make it more powerful. MotorTrend's own test results show the M3 trapping higher. The F80 M3 S55 engine is underrated. Google it, look at a dyno, do something more sophisticated than spewing the same manufacturer specs anyone can parrot back. We learn nothing new. The ATS-V drives great but has garbage interior refinement. The Mercedes-AMG is more well rounded. It is everything we already knew and MotorTrend already told us. He complains about the ATS-V transmission but somehow forgets a manual is available for it. At least complain correctly. Is there anything of merit? Well, seeing the cars on the track lapping to put them context of the track numbers we already got is nice to see. Randy Pobst is the resident MotorTrend hotshoe and he adds his impressions. He comes away impressed with the ATS-V handling and feels the C63 is more of a brute but its braking is more confidence inspiring. Here are the laptimes: Lap times: Caddy ATS-V 1:31.43 C63 1:31.52 BMW M3 1:32.51 We included the M3 because as stated we already had the M3 data. So why do they omit it when they have it as well? Would it have ruined their track overlay by including a third car when they already did include a third car originally? Ultimately they say the ATS-V is the car for performance enthusiasts as it outperforms the C63 AMG S but the thing is, it doesn't. Sure, it has the quicker laptime but they forget to mention the C63 has the faster trap speed. Enthusiasts interested in raw grunt will prefer the faster C63 with the larger V8 motor. This Head 2 Head could be a hell of a lot better. You do not learn anything new but you get video to go with the text and numbers a month later and MotorTrend generates clicks reusing content. That's automotive journalism today for you.
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    09-01-2015, 09:13 PM
    We have seen a drag race between these two cars before with the Aventador coming out on top. The Aventador should come out on top although the two cars are closely matched. The Aventador is more powerful thanks to its larger 6.5 liter V12 but it is also heavier. It also has an ISR (Independent Shift Rod) transmission instead of a DCT (dual clutch) transmission. It looks like the Huracan's shift speed pays dividends in this race. The difference between the two is almost 100 horsepower and 100 lb-ft of torque. This certainly means the previous result we saw makes sense as it is close but the Aventador edges up top. In this race the Aventador has the lower trap speed which leaves us scratching our heads. Both cars are said to have an exhaust but is there more going on here? Another standing kilometer run between these two shows the Aventador as the faster of the two with the higher trap speeds although it does have an aftermarket exhaust. Keep in mind we have seen these cars on the highway as well with the Aventador showing its power advantage. This is the only result we have seen thus far with a Huracan coming out on top and trapping higher than its big brother. They are close, no doubt, but we think modifications play a role in the outcome here based on precedent.
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    08-31-2015, 01:41 PM
    That's more like it! As more and more of the new Mercedes-AMG C63's get out on the road and owners take them to the strip the 1/4 times will continue to improve. Last month an owner posted a 12.5 @ 119 slip and in that post BenzBoost speculated the C63 is capable of going deep into the 11's stock. Not exactly rocket science considering that anyone familiar with 60 foot times and their impact on a 1/4 mile elapsed time can see it for themselves. The C63 that went mid 12's had a 2.456 short time. This C63 that went 11.6 launched with a much better 1.831 on the factory street tires. Just drag racing 101 here. By the time Winter rolls around we should see mid 11's at 121-122 trap speeds from stock C63's as previously stated if not better depending on the DA (Density Altitude).
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    08-31-2015, 02:34 PM
    As the GT350R is a car with a track emphasis it makes sense to see it in action out on the track. And what better track than the storied Laguna Seca to see the GT350R strut its stuff? Ford managed to get Laguna Seca all to themselves and invited journalists out to test the new Shelby GT350R. Sadly, FordBoost's invitation was apparently lost in the mail. Check out the GT350R lapping Laguna Seca and turn up the speakers. The car looks incredibly composed and fun to drive. It is also interesting to note how Ford coned off areas of the track to protect the automotive journalists from themselves. Who can blame them?
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    08-30-2015, 04:02 PM
    Mercedes will update their DTM car for 2016 to share a design similarity with the new C63 AMG Coupe. Now, DTM is basically German Nascar. The cars may look different on the exterior but they are all basically the same thing under the skin. This is not classic DTM racing where manufacturers had to produce what they raced. That means expect naturally aspirated 4.0 liter V8's that have nothing in common with production motors to continue: For those that would like the full DTM specifications, click here: http://www.dtm.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/2015-Technical-Regulations.pdf
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    09-01-2015, 03:34 PM
    Jaguar is readying their F-Pace SUV and they intend to position it as a sporty vehicle and a drive's SUV so to speak. They are doing this by using aluminum to keep weight down as well as utilizing suspension, chassis, and braking technology developed for the F-Type sports car. That does not mean the F-Pace will be one-dimensional as it will also offer plenty of utility and capability as the test video below shows. These days SUV's are expected to do everything which includes performing well on and off the road. The F-Pace obviously will not challenge any Land Rover siblings for off-road capability but the on-road capability likely will offer much higher performance and better driving dynamics. For example the all wheel drive system is expected to have a rear wheel bias and will reduce power to any given wheel with its torque on demand system to improve cornering. This will also help mitigate understeer. If Jaguar is taking performance so seriously it is almost a given their 5.0 liter direct injected and supercharged V8 will find its way under the hood. There will be some cannibalization of Land Rover sales due to this. We will have to wait and see the final specs but so far this vehicle is shaping up to offer a strong challenge in the performance SUV segment. Expect it in 2016.
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    09-01-2015, 07:41 PM
    It is finally here, the new C2217 S-Class Cabriolet. If you have dreamed about dropping the top on an S-Class coupe your wish has been granted. The two initial models both have twin turbo V8 engines with the S550 sporting the M278 4.7 liter V8 and the S63 AMG utilizing the larger 5.5 liter AMG M157 V8. The output of the S550 is 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The S63 AMG takes this to 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Due to all that torque 4Matic all wheel drive is standard on the AMG model and exclusive to it along with the 7-speed MCT transmission. The AMG also has optional carbon ceramic brakes available. One might wonder why carbon ceramic brakes are necessarily on a big convertible but considering the S63 AMG 4Matic coupe weighs in at 4679 pounds having brakes resistant to fade is not a bad idea. We wonder just how much weight the folding top will add but a curb weight in the 48XX pounds range is a reasonable guess. It's big, it's heavy, it's powerful, and it's beautiful. No word at this time whether an S65 AMG drop top will be produced but the S63 AMG certainly is not a bad way to go considering the all wheel drive which means you can drop the top even if it snowed. Just the kind of reason Mercedes invented the 'AirScarf' heater for. Many people questioned the logic in an S-Class drop top but seeing the result should change the mind of any doubters. It's stunning. The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet Open-top luxury Stuttgart. The new S-Class Cabriolet is the fourth variant of the current S-Class family in the U.S. market and the first open-top flagship four-seater from Mercedes-Benz since 1971. It offers a distinctive, sensual and exclusive design, the cutting-edge technology of the S-Class and a comprehensive warmth and wind protection concept which includes intelligent climate control for convertibles. The elegantly sporty model will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. Also on display in Frankfurt will be a superlative dream car from Mercedes-AMG in the guise of the S63 4MATIC Cabriolet. Its 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine offers an output of 577 hp and peak torque of 664 lb-ft, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split as standard and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. "After 44 years we are once again able to offer Mercedes aficionados an open-top car in the S-Class. The new S-Class Cabriolet symbolizes our passion for individual and timelessly exclusive mobility, which we share with our customers," remarks Ola Källenius, Board Member of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales. The new S-Class Cabriolet is exceptionally rigid. Innovative solutions such as the luggage compartment bulkhead made of aluminium and magnesium as well as the aluminium rear floor also lower the bodyshell weight to the level of the S-Class Coupe. The standard-fit roll-over protection system behind the rear head restraints features pyrotechnic initiation of the actuators for the first time, in addition to the roll bars themselves which are moved into position by a gas generator. "Two years after its launch, the S-Class family is now complete. We have never offered six models worldwide in the luxury class before - and never before have we enjoyed such success," says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "The S-Class sets the pace on the global market when it comes to safety, efficiency and comfort." Mercedes-Benz lays claim to building the world's most comfortable convertible. When it comes to climate comfort, the enhanced automatic wind protection system AIRCAP, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, the heated armrests, the seat heating for front and rear passengers and the intelligent climate control ensure that this is indeed the case. In contrast to conventional systems, the climate is controlled fully automatically. This means that the driver does not need to select a mode for closed or open top, nor is it necessary to save a temperature setting for these driving conditions. A keen attention to detail is also evident in the luggage compartment concept: when the soft top is opened, it folds away into part of the luggage compartment. The soft top is separated from the remaining luggage compartment space by means of an electrically operated retractable cover which encloses the soft top. This luggage compartment partition extends automatically during opening of the soft top, providing added convenience because the driver no longer needs to stop and exit the vehicle in order to operate the luggage compartment cover manually. The partition will not be activated if the luggage compartment is loaded such that there are objects in the area of the partition. When the soft top is closed, the luggage compartment partition can be retracted by pressing a button in the inner panelling of the trunk lid, increasing the available luggage space. Additional details which are standard are electro-hydraulic remote locking for the luggage compartment and a through-loading facility into the interior. Dynamic profile, superlative class: The design "With its sensual and pure design idiom, our new S-Class Cabriolet is one of the most beautiful and exclusive S-Class cars of all time," says Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. "It embodies modern luxury in a very special way and is an expression of both effortless superiority and progressivity." The centerpiece of the front end is the black diamond radiator grille featuring the Mercedes star and a single louvre in silver with chrome inserts. The hood adds dynamic touches with two powerful character lines. The striking front bumper incorporates large air intakes in the middle and at the sides. The chrome trim adds a sporty finishing touch to the front end. The LED Intelligent Light System can be ordered with optional exquisite Swarovski crystals for the turn signals and daytime running lamps further showcasing the car's elegance in glittering style. The side design of the S-Class Cabriolet presents a thrilling dynamic coupe-style profile when the soft top is closed. Features of the side design include a low greenhouse, the dropping line of the side wall descending towards the rear and the fully retractable side windows. The multilayer, taut soft top underscores the vehicle's elegance when closed. The soft top is available in black, dark blue, beige and dark red. The switch in the center console can be used to open and close the soft top while on the move up to a speed of 37 mph. Opening and closing takes under 20 seconds. The soft top is deposited above the automatically extending luggage compartment partition. The newly developed soft top from Mercedes Benz is a tensioning-arm top. When closing the soft top, the required closing forces are generated by moving the tensioning arms beyond the dead center position – a process known as 'overcentering'. This avoids the need for any additional closures on the soft top compartment lid, consisent with the high design quality embodied by the S-Class Cabriolet. With the electronic key, opening and closing are also possible from outside the vehicle. The rear end underscores the impression of width with flat LED tail lights and muscular shoulders. The closed soft top with glass window blends harmoniously into the rear view. The soft top compartment lid is framed by a wide chrome trim element. The rear bumper with diffuser-look lower section, two visible tailpipe trims and a horizontal chrome trim element add a sporty finish. The Mercedes star is hinged and performs several functions: it serves as a handle for manual opening of the trunk lid and is also the cover for the reversing camera and the optional Surround View Camera System. Inside, the S-Class Cabriolet boasts a luxuriously sporty design idiom and fine materials, conjuring up an exceptionally refined interior setting. The soft top opens up to create an open-air lounge that exudes a yacht-like atmosphere. The carefully matched choice of colors and materials and the high-quality controls in real metal or in chrome look underscore the vehicle's highly exclusive character. To enable the broadest scope for individualization, there is a choice of nappa leather or designo Exclusive nappa leather plus six different interior color concepts, including a maritime-inspired combination of deep-sea blue and porcelain. The materials feature the highest standard of workmanship and are hand-crafted in character. Exemplary low wind noise With a Cd value of 0.29, aerodynamics world champion Mercedes-Benz sets a new benchmark in this segment with the S-Class Cabriolet. The excellent air flow characteristics can be attributed to the underbody panelling concept with extensive engine compartment and main floor panelling, the extensive rear axle cladding, the aerodynamically optimized wheel spoilers, the aerodynamic shape of the exterior mirrors and the well-balanced power split between the front and rear axle. The S-Class Coupe has the quietest interior of any series production car, and the open four-seater continues this family tradition by offering excellent noise-related comfort as well. A three-layer acoustic soft top comes as standard. The outer fabric cover incorporates a butyl layer as a water barrier on the inside, as opposed to the previous neoprene layer. This lowers noise levels, as does the enhanced upholstery matting and the acoustically optimized roof lining. The insulating layer also ensures that the elegant profile silhouette is not spoiled by bows that are visible from the outside. Bodyshell measures, the sealing concept for the doors and the double glazing of the windows are also crucial to the low wind noise level in the interior. In addition to noise-related comfort, the aerodynamics engineers have also devoted special attention to maintaining a draft-free interior. The new S-Class Cabriolet is fitted with the AIRCAP automatic wind protection system as standard. This can be extended at the touch of a button to reduce turbulence in the interior. AIRCAP consists of two components: a wind deflector with a net, set into the roof frame that can be extended by 2.8 inches, plus a similarly extendable draft-stop behind the rear seats with a convex contour and stainless steel trim. The innovative diffuser ribs on the bottom edge of the front louvre are a further development. They produce specific turbulence effects to reduce the noise level. The wind deflector is finished in the body color on the S-Class Cabriolet. Another standard comfort feature is the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system. This extends the convertible season by enabling comfortable open-top driving even at low outside temperatures. With this patented neck-level heating system, warm air circulates around the head and neck areas of the occupants from the head restraints. THERMOTRONIC: particularly intelligent climate control The new S-Class premieres an intelligent climate control system, which in the future will provide for ideal climate comfort coupled with maximum user- friendliness in all open-top vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. The air conditioning experts at Mercedes-Benz developed a new software architecture specifically for this system, which underwent rigorous testing on state-of-the-art "hardware-in-the- loop" test stands prior to fine-tuning in the climate tunnel and on test drives. In contrast to conventional systems, the climate is controlled fully automatically. This means that the driver does not need to select a mode for closed or open top, nor is it necessary to save a temperature setting for these driving conditions. An overlapping function performs the considerable feat of achieving an unnoticeable transition between closed and open top (and vice-versa) for maximum climate comfort. The Cabriolet benefits here from the sophisticated climate control concept for the S-Class, which enables automatic individual control of each vent. The air conditioning control unit is fully networked and communicates with numerous vehicle components. In all, 12 sensors and 18 actuators help provide the ideal climate in all conditions. In addition to interior and exterior temperature, the sensors also detect the level of solar radiation. A sensor for air quality and harmful gases constantly monitors the quality of the outside air being drawn in. To effectively prevent the windows from fogging up, a dewpoint sensor measures the absolute humidity on the front windscreen. Two solar sensors on the dashboard and on the rear shelf ensure that the blower level and temperature are adjusted to the selected settings in a short amount of time in response to any changes in solar irradiation. With two climate zones and three climate styles (diffuse, medium or focused), the standard-fit THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system enables an individual feel-good climate on board. The driver and front passenger are able to control the temperature, airflow and air distribution and to vary the temperature of their footwells in five levels, independently of each other. The status of the soft top influences air distribution, blower operation and temperature control. The new THERMOTRONIC with intelligent climate control follows the Mercedes-Benz philosophy of supplying cold air quickly after starting up the vehicle and subsequently controlling the climate as inconspicuously as possible. The optionally available Warmth & Comfort package provides even cozier conditions. For instance, the armrests on the center console and the doors as well as the multifunction steering wheel can be heated in addition to the standard seat heating. The driver and front passenger can choose between three different heating levels at the touch of a button. The standard AIR-BALANCE package features fragrance and ionization as well as additional air cleaning by an activated charcoal filter. PACIFIC MOOD is a new fragrance that is available exclusively for the Cabriolet. Drive, suspension, active safety: a fully-fledged member of the S-Class family The V8 engine of the S550 Cabriolet has an output of 449 horsepower. The displacement stands at 4663 cc, and the engine produces peak torque of 516 lb-ft from 1800 rpm. The innovative 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission supports both a dynamic and a fuel-saving driving style. The S-Class Cabriolet is fitted with standard AIRMATIC semi-active air suspension that features infinitely variable damping control. This system sets standards with respect to road roar and handling stability. It can be set to a sportier or more comfort-oriented mode, according to personal tastes. The four-link front axle impresses with a high level of driving comfort, plus precise suspension action. Like the S-Class Sedan and Coupe, the new Cabriolet is available with numerous new assistance systems that make driving even more comfortable and safer. Intelligent Drive systems include PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, Brake Assist BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Night View Assist Plus. In addition to a distance and collision warning function in conjunction with Adaptive Brake Assist, which offers collision protection from speeds as low as 5 mph, the standard COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS system also features an additional function: when a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 65 mph, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. At speeds of up to 31 mph the system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to around 25 mph. The PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection system has been upgraded to PRE-SAFE® PLUS. PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recognize an imminent rear-end collision and warn following traffic by flashing the rear hazard warning lights at a high frequency. When a danger of collision persists, the system can "lock" the brakes of the stationary vehicle prior to a rear-end collision and activate the PRE-SAFE® belt tensioners immediately before impact. This action minimizes the risk of whiplash injury by reducing the forward jolt caused by the impact and ensuring that the occupants are in the best possible position. Intelligent lightweight design: extremely rigid, remarkably light As the sixth variant of the current S-Class worldwide and the fourth available in the U.S. market, the new S-Class Cabriolet (length/width/height: 197.9/74.7/55.8 inches or 5027/1899/1417 mm) is a member of the world's largest luxury model family. Its closest relative is the S-Class Coupe, from which the Cabriolet adopts around 60 percent of its bodyshell components. A completely new feature is the rear floor, produced in aluminium for the first time. This raises the share of this lightweight metal in terms of surface area to over 50 percent in the overall intelligent mix of materials. Striking new components are the longitudinal members in die-cast aluminium, based on a technology which was developed for the current SL. With the aid of a sand core, the longitudinal member is produced as a closed cast body which is hollow inside. This enables various components to be integrated in the longitudinal member, while also making varying wall thicknesses possible. This means a functionally ideal and weight-optimized design for the longitudinal member. In order to attain the high functional objectives (noise, vibration, durability and crash characteristics), the multifunction well (previously: spare wheel well) is welded in place in the bodyshell. Another noticeable new feature is the rear wall behind the rear seats, which serves to reinforce the body while at the same time supporting the pyrotechnically extending roll bars and also incorporating a through-loading opening into the luggage compartment. This rear wall consists of aluminium sections whose characteristic shape has earned this component the internal nickname "hockey goal". Two shear panels, in the form of the magnesium rear wall and a cover consisting of aluminium sections, assure this assembly of high rigidity. The rear wall is attached via two additional large cast aluminium parts to the side wall. There are also numerous reinforcements on the underfloor to enhance the four-seater convertible's rigidity. In all, the body engineers have achieved two essentially contradictory aims: in terms of torsional stiffness, the S-Class Cabriolet even attains values on a par with those of the S-Class Coupe which was superseded last year, while at the same time the bodyshell weight of the current closed sister model has been maintained. The weight-saving measures also include ingenious solutions such as the vibration absorber which the hydraulic pump of the automatic soft top uses as additional weight, thereby saving around 15.4 lbs. Standard-fit roll over protection system: Fully pyrotechnic On detecting an impending danger of the vehicle rolling over, the airbag control unit sends a corresponding signal to the roll over protection system. This is quickly extended behind the rear head restraints, helping to maintain a safe passenger compartment. The roll bars are extended not by spring force, but – for the first time on a Mercedes-Benz – by pyrotechnical means, using a gas generator. This is made possible by state-of-the-art yaw rate sensors which, in contrast to the previously employed tilting cone sensors, virtually rule out incorrect actuation. In keeping with the S-Class Cabriolet's high design quality, there are no tear lines in the panelling behind the rear head restraints. Heritage: coveted dream cars of the 1960s The new S-Class Cabriolet is carrying the long and successful tradition of Mercedes-Benz luxury-segment cabriolets into the future. Even back in the 1920s the luxury cabriolets from Stuttgart combined the freedom of open-top motoring with the comfort and safety of a Mercedes-Benz Sedan. From the start of post-war production the top models from Mercedes-Benz were also available in the particularly exclusive variant as a cabriolet. These included the 170 S (W 136) from 1949, the 220 (W 187) from 1951 and the 300 S (W 188) from 1952. After the "Ponton" cabriolets 220 S (W 180) and 220 SE (W 128) built from 1956 to 1960, in 1961 the 220 SE Cabriolet of the model series W 111 was launched, a particularly elegant, open-top four-seater, whose design is still considered timeless to this day. In this ten-year production period Mercedes-Benz offered five different models in these model series: the 220 SE, 250 SE, 300 SE (W 112), 280 SE and, as a late top model, the eight-cylinder 280 SE 3.5 – in total 7,013 units of these five cabriolets were manufactured in Sindelfingen. For the time being there was no open-top luxury-segment car in the Mercedes-Benz model range to follow this generation: rather, it is the new SL from model series 107 from 1971 onwards which cultivated the tradition of open-top motoring in the Stuttgart brand's cars – as a two-seater. The cabriolets from Mercedes-Benz are today amongst the most sought-after classic cars - and the prices have developed accordingly. For instance, values of Cabriolets from the 111 model series, with are cited by the renowned American Hagerty Insurance's price guide. In its estimation a 280 SE 3.5 from the final year of construction, 1971, in condition 2 today has a value of around $290,000 USD - ten years ago the figure was some $115,000 USD. But that is by no means the pinnacle: for instance, a specimen of this model in excellent condition was auctioned last August by RM Auctions for $429,000 USD. The last six-cylinder 280 SE model (1969) in the same condition is valued today by Hagerty at approx. $75,000 USD - about $45,000 USD ten years ago. Early 220 SE models are around the same level, with a current value of some $84,000 USD. The new Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet The ultimate dream car Affalterbach. Mercedes-Benz is presenting a superlative dream car in the guise of the S63 4MATIC Cabriolet. For the first time in its 48-year history, Mercedes-Benz's sports car and high-performance brand is offering a four- seater Cabriolet in the S-Class segment, adding to its product portfolio an attractive alternative for automobile enthusiasts with a desire for performance and luxury. The new model also offers its driver and up to three passengers space to travel in style. Its high-caliber statistics: 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine with an output of 577 hp and peak torque of 664 lb-ft, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split as standard, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a high-performance composite brake system for optimum deceleration. High-performance technology coupled with expressive exterior and interior design: It is immediately apparent that the new S63 4MATIC Cabriolet is built by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. "The new S63 Cabriolet is another fascinating AMG dream car from Affalterbach," says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "The new model demonstrates in impressive style that we are keeping our foot firmly on the gas in 2015. We are continuing our model initiative with a vengeance - in all market segments." AMG Lightweight Performance The basis for the vehicle's superior and dynamic character is provided by the particularly rigid bodyshell structure featuring innovative solutions such as the luggage compartment bulkhead made of magnesium. The increase in weight, which is inherent to the design of a convertible, has been limited through the use of a lightweight lithium-ion battery, AMG light-alloy wheels produced by means of a sophisticated forging process and the weight-optimized AMG high-performance composite brake system. In addition, large parts of the shell and the front section are made of aluminium, as is the vehicle's rear end. AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine: superior and efficient In terms of maximum output, torque and fuel consumption, the AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine remains one of the most efficient series-produced V8 engines in the world. With an output of 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, the AMG eight-cylinder engine meets the very highest standards. And the same goes for its performance: the S63 Cabriolet accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited). Exhaust system with automatic exhaust flaps The S63 Cabriolet also adapts to the driver's individual wishes in terms of its engine sound – from emotional and sporty to a more restrained alternative suitable for long journeys. The exhaust system has automatic logic-controlled exhaust flaps in both rear silencers. When the transmission is in "C" (Controlled Efficiency) mode, the flaps remain closed in most situations, in which case the eight-cylinder biturbo engine's sound is more understated. In "S" (Sport) and "M" (Manual) modes, the exhaust flaps open earlier and more spontaneously, especially if the driver prefers a dynamic driving style. This results in an emotional, signature AMG engine sound. "One man, one engine": a tradition of hand-built excellence The biturbo eight-cylinder engine of the S63 Cabriolet is fitted by hand in the hand- finishing section of AMG's production plant in Affalterbach. Highly qualified engine fitters assemble the engines according to the strictest quality standards based on the "one man, one engine" philosophy. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative precision and production quality, the AMG engine plate bearing the engine technician's signature also alludes to the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz's sports car and high-performance brand. Individuality: AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission combines perfectly with the V8 biturbo engine. Maximum agility and exciting dynamics are the two key strengths of this transmission, which is used exclusively at AMG. Drivers can configure their own personal set-up, depending on their driving style. There are three modes to choose from: "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport) and "M" (Manual). The standard ECO start/stop function is activated in transmission mode "C". Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive The combination of S-Class Cabriolet with performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all- wheel-drive is exclusive to the AMG variant. The drive distributes 33 percent of the engine torque to the front axle and 67 percent to the rear axle. This rear-biased power distribution provides for the signature AMG high driving dynamics and superlative driving enjoyment, and improves acceleration in all driving situations, including from a standing start. The all-wheel drive also enhances driving safety on wet or wintry road surfaces. AIRMATIC air suspension The AMG specialists have also pulled out all the stops when it comes to the suspension: The S63 Cabriolet comes with the AIRMATIC full-support air suspension featuring the adaptive damping system ADS PLUS, which can be preset to "Sport" or "Comfort". At the touch of a button, the special configurations of these two programs enable outstanding agility and dynamics or unlimited comfort on long journeys and smooth cruising at low speeds. Specific front axle kinematics – including a higher camber, a larger anti-roll bar and a stiffer subframe carrier on the rear axle – have also been developed for the Cabriolet. The AMG-specific elastokinematics and parameterization of the continuously variable damper control, the lower air volume of the air suspension system and the progressive piston geometry nip unpleasant rolling and pitching in the bud. It is also possible to raise the vehicle's level by 1.2 inches (30 millimetres) on poor surfaces. The chassis is lowered again automatically in "Sport" mode and from a speed of 75 mph in "Controlled Efficiency" mode. Systematic lightweight construction: AMG forged wheels available Forged wheels are available as optional extras in the size 8.5 x 20 at the front and 9.5 x 20 at the rear, and these are fitted with 255/40 R 20 and 285/35 R 20 tires respectively. The 10-spoke design wheels are available in either silver or matte black. Optional AMG high-performance ceramic composite brake system Short stopping distances and rapid deceleration are a given for the S63 Cabriolet, which is equipped with a weight-optimized, fade-resistant high-performance composite brake system. A ceramic high-performance composite brake system is available as an option. The design, which is more than 20 percent lighter, ensures lower unsprung masses as well as enhanced driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort. Design as an expression of sportiness and performance The S63 Cabriolet also boasts exciting looks to emphasize its sporty performance: The design is a stage for the exciting technology at the heart of the new dream car. Numerous exquisitely designed aerodynamic elements underscore the outstanding driving dynamics: the front end is dominated by the three-dimensional "twin-blade" radiator grille in silver chrome. Under the radiator grille is the "A-wing": this three- dimensional aerodynamic feature is painted in the body color and sports the stylized "A" that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles. Large, black flics surround the outer cooling air intakes. Down below, the front splitter in silver chrome optimizes the flow of air to the cooling modules. It also makes the vehicle appear closer to the road. A similar effect is created by the side sill panels with their high-quality, three- dimensional inserts in silver chrome. Together with the lower feature line, these inserts make the S63 Cabriolet exude dynamism even when it is at a standstill. At the rear, the diffuser insert in high-gloss black also catches the eye straight away. The lower trim element in silver chrome is reminiscent of the A-wing at the front and provides an effective contrast. The two chromed twin tailpipes of the exhaust system with sports flaps are perfectly integrated into the diffuser insert. Interior: beguiling luxury and sporty exclusivity Opening the door reveals the beguilingly luxurious interior of the S63 Cabriolet: the instrument panel almost seamlessly transitions into the doors in a wrap-around design. High-quality materials and fine workmanship are combined with a sporty, exclusive design idiom. The newly developed AMG sports seats with electrical adjustment, memory function and seat heating offer the driver and front passenger optimum lateral support. The three-spoke sports steering wheel with its distinctively contoured rim and perforated leather in the grip area allows perfect vehicle control. Aluminium shift paddles shorten the reaction time when changing gear and enhance dynamism. Another feature displaying the hallmark AMG look is the high-resolution TFT color display as an instrument cluster with two animated round dials. In addition to the AMG-specific lettering and the needles in red/silver, further distinctive design features include the start-up display, the AMG logo in the speedometer with 200 mph scale and the "V8 BITURBO" lettering in the rev counter. World premiere in 2015 and market launch in 2016 The S63 Cabriolet will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. It will go on sale in the U.S. market in late spring.
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    09-01-2015, 04:01 PM
    The new NSX seems to be a never ending story. Prototype for the second generation NSX were running the Nurburgring as early as 2008. Well, the car will finally be coming to market nearly a decade later now as a 2017 model instead of as a 2016 as expected. The reason for this is all of the Honda/Acura engine changes. Originally a V10 was planned but with emissions tightening the car became a hybrid with a turbo powerplant. The motor they settled on is a 3.5 liter twin turbo V6 with a dry sump oiling system but apparently development of this motor has caused delays with the body/chassis being stretched to accommodate it. What changes and testing Honda is doing of the powerplant internally is anyone's guess. Rumors are changes from a transverse to longitudinal layout created hurdles but it appears finally, for real this time, the NSX will hit the streets late next year. That should give you time to save up the $150k+ anyway.
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    Yesterday, 02:45 PM
    This is somewhat disappointing. Why? Because reports were that Lamborghini wanted to go LaFerrari hunting. The Centenario will not be able to do that. LamboBoost speculated this might just be a modified Aventador and that is exactly what it happens to be. Lamborghini has pulled this move before. The limited edition Veneno was released to celebrate Lamborghini's 50th anniversary and it was a $4.5 million dollar Aventador with slightly more horsepower and limited production units. Well, they are doing it again if the French report on which this information is based happens to be accurate. Lamborghini will take an Aventador, tweak output to 770 horsepower from the 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12, and of course change the styling considerably. They will charge a ton of money and limit it to 20 units. Exciting for the super wealthy that want a toy nobody else has but for the rest of us this is just an Aventador on steroids with an inflated price tag. Source
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    Today, 04:30 PM
    Exactly. The excuse shouldn't be 'people are stupid let's not confuse them with numbers' but they should take the responsibility to educate. Isn't that what they do when they go over specs and such? Anyway, I treat you guys like adults capable of processing information. I make sure to mention things like a car's dyno output to help with the context as well as its drivetrain. With the F80 M3 this is a big deal as the car is far stronger than its quoted output. It's severely underrated. This should become common knowledge. I don't have MotorTrend's budget but if I can provide technical details, can't they?
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    Today, 04:29 PM
    Oh, I don't. But if MotorTrend tells me to check my facts when they don't have their own straightened out isn't that a bit of a problem? I'm not trying to blow anything out of proportion I just think it's ridiculous he dismisses me as some 'kid' who doesn't know what he's talking about when it's the other way around. Absolutely. But that is why as much information should be provided so people can decide for themselves. Saying the car has 425 horsepower and it ends there doesn't do much.
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    Today, 03:08 PM
    I think this may have been blown out of proportion. I don't disagree with you Sticky, I just never held MT to a high "journalistic" standard. It doesn't surprise me at all that they will go with whatever the power output is on paper. All of these head to head comparisons and rankings by these magazines are very subjective (some more than others) and I would bet a good amount of money that the results are manipulated by both the magazines and the manufactures with their tuned press cars.
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    Today, 03:08 PM
    No I have the same plugs gapped the same also . New injectors new coils non Delphi.
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    Today, 03:06 PM
    If anything he has an even greater responsibility to the truth than anyone on any forum, because he is in a position to reach a massive audience. The balance of pedantic and interesting is up to them entirely, but the truth should not be altered or overlooked.
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    Today, 02:52 PM
    This data alone should tell him and anyone familiar with automotive testing that it sure is strong for '425' horsepower...
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    Today, 02:51 PM
    I don't see why anybody wouldn't. Some people are saying it's 'too complex' to mention what a car dynos. Really? Insideline somehow figured out how to do it. German magazines do it. These guys can't? Is it really that you guys can't comprehend it? I'd like to think my readers are smart. Actually, I know many of them are. I think ANYONE is capable of understanding how vehicle output can vary even children. It's not that hard.
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    Today, 02:48 PM
    Exactly. He says he stated the M3 is underrated over a year ago. I can't find that and it seems neither can he. We didn't even post about it a year ago and Terry got that car on the dyno before basically anyone. He did not state, 'The M3 is rated less than the ATS-V but it actually is putting out more power than BMW claims.' I haven't seen that in a single one of his M3 videos. It irks me about pretty much all the 'pros' who talk about the M3 that omit this, him included.
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    Today, 02:35 PM
    Holding up great things a beast. I have 6 new ngk plugs @.022 and 6 new Delphi coils. You still running stock Bosch plugs?
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    Today, 02:18 PM
    pr3ci5n335i thanks .. how's she holding up , as I uploaded 31.1 hex at 70add targeting I think 23psi my cylinder 2 is falling behind from the others have you indexed ur plugs ?
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