Published on 09-17-2011 01:02 AM
Mercedes has put up a web special and site for the upcoming C63 Black Series Coupe. The site contains an overview of the car, styling, drivetrain, performance, specs, etc. Mercedes also confirms that the motor uses all forged internals from the SLS just as we reported. A very nice high resolution gallery (pictures posted below) as well as the official press release for the car are also on the site. Definitely worth checking out even if only to drool and dream about this car: http://www.mercedes-amg.com/#/c63blackseries
...Published on 09-16-2011 01:12 AM
This is a very nicely executed modification package from Carlsson for the new W218 Mercedes CLS. The styling is not overdone like others (Hamann anyone?) and sophisticated adding aggression without going overboard. They add a carbon fiber front lip, carbon fiber spoiler, and a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser. Engine output is boosted to 649 horses which we do not doubt considering the gains on the M157 twin turbo tuners are getting. A Carlsson C-tronic suspension module which lowers the car rounds out the package.
...Published on 09-16-2011 12:52 AM
Here is yet another car from Hamann that was revealed at the Frankfurt show. As has been the case with the latest Hamann kits across a wide variety of platforms (Porsche Panamera for example) the body kit just seems a bit overdone. This is much, much better than the Hamann Panamera but it just does not flow cleanly. They put LED's in the front bumper as everyone is doing and obviously revised the front bumper with a much more aggressive piece. The rear diffuser and side skirts are not bad but it just seems like the car is trying too hard and loses a bit of its sophistication with this setup.
...Published on 09-16-2011 12:31 AM
DTM sure is going to be awesome next year. Mercedes moving to the C-coupe, BMW is coming back, and Audi will be racing their new A5. The mechanicals will basically carry from the A4 DTM car. That means a 460 or so horsepower 4.0 liter V8 and a 6 speed manual transmission. The 2012 cars will have a larger rear wing and other aerodynamic changes. A larger fuel tank also allows for an entire race to take place without any fueling stops. 2012 is going to be a great year for DTM.
...Published on 09-13-2011 09:01 AM
Well, here it is. We knew it was coming and the final result is stunning. The revised headlights and taillights make for what looks like a far more modern and aggressive car. Inside, the interior is slightly revised and the two tone color scheme and seats are simply gorgeous. The seats will likely not make their way to the USA due to crash test standards. Under the hood is the same old 4.2 liter V8 which has been tweaked a bit more to 450 horsepower. That makes for 108 horsepower per liter and it revs to 8,250 rpm. And yes, it has a dual clutch transmission. Well done Audi!
...Published on 09-13-2011 09:00 AM
Hamann has a lot of love it or hate it body kits. They seem to be really going overboard as of late though for whatever reason. The Panamera is already a car that styling wise has people in the same love it hate it camp and we do not think this body kit is going to help bring those on one side to the other. Hamann modifies the Panamera fenders, adds LED's (enough with the LED's already!), a huge wing, new front bumper, and simply overdone hood to make the Panamera Paragon. How much is this thing? Who knows, we wouldn't buy it anyway.
...Published on 09-13-2011 08:19 AM
This is simply great to see. Renntech tuned an S63 AMG V8 with the performance package and managed to gain another 20 horsepower at the wheels and 40 pound-feet of torque on top of the performance package on an S63 AMG. The performance package is simply a factory tune offering from Mercedes adding more boost to the M157 V8. The stock motor has 1.0 bar or 14.5 psi of boost. The performance package ups the boost to 18.8 psi. This Renntech tune maintains just about the same maximum boost pressure so the gains seem to be coming from more boost down low as well as adjusting the timing. This is just the prototype tune that was sent to BenzBoost, expect pricing and final results soon.
...Published on 09-13-2011 07:10 AM
Renntech seems to be spreading to all platforms and that is a good thing. Increased tuner competition should bring out the best. We received this graph showing dyno results for the Renntech S63B44 ECU tune. The car puts down an eye popping 518 to the wheels on an all wheel drive Mustang dyno along with 497 all wheel torque. There is no baseline unfortunately for which to compare the gains from. The car did run 12.7@109 stock and with the tune managed 12.2 and almost 112 miles per hour in 87 degree conditions on just 91 octane pump gas.
Published on 09-12-2011 08:34 AM
Hamann revealed their new Hawk SLS package at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Hamann has tuned the engine to 636 horsepower with the help of a revised intake, new exhaust, and a custom ECU tune. No dynograph or performance numbers to prove it of course as is customary with Hamann. In addition to the engine work we get a gaudy body kit typical of Hamann. New front spoiler, side skirts, wide fenders, hood, wing, and roof spoiler all compliment (or detract from) the SLS. 21 inch wheels round it out. We doubt this will be a popular package in the United States where one can get much more performance for far less money but this will likely be popular in the Middle East and Asia where name brands like Hamann seem to make their money.
...Published on 09-12-2011 07:40 AM
We are bringing you this information because it is our duty to report any and all BMW performance news. If this is true, which the Vbox file sent was genuine, then the very questionable character Mert has set a new S54 record with a 4.22 60-130. However, as just mentioned, this is a person of questionable character. There is no video, no photos, and there are no real details. What turbos? What size shot of nitrous? What was done to the motor? These are all questions we would like answers to but the owner is not contributing any information to the community. He seems more intent on using the community to prop up his own ego. This new record run being all the more perplexing considering Mert has stated he is getting a new engine block so who knows if this file is actually from his car. For now, and thankfully, djoborya maintains the overall BMW 60-130 crown at 4.2 done on a drag strip with a blazing fast 9.28@153 in the 1/4 mile. Come to your own conclusion.
...Published on 09-12-2011 07:13 AM
The new S8 is quite the car. Audi has stepped their game up considerably giving the S8 a twin turbo 513 horsepower 4.0 liter direct injected V8. The engine is mated unfortunately to an 8-speed automatic instead of a dual clutch gearbox which would be preferred from a performance standpoint. Pricing has not been announced although it is likely to be less than the W12 A8 which we now find pointless.
...Published on 09-11-2011 09:56 PM
Vettel won Monza in dominate form and moved closer to securing his second driver's championship. Vettel is now ahead of Alonso by 112 points in the standing, just 13 points shy of securing the championship, which he could theortical win in the next race. The race start at Monza like every year did not disappoint, Alonso who started in 4th place stormed past the front 3 to take the lead before the first chicane, while Schumacher, starting 8th blitzed the pack and climbed to 4th place.
...Published on 09-11-2011 06:32 AM
Techart will be officially revealing this car in the next few days. They sent out a little teaser press release though it only had one small photo. Techart tunes the motor to 720 horsepower with their powerkit. Additionally, the package includes a body kit and a suspension system with a lifting option. 20 inch Techart Wheels complete the look although we doubt they are all that light. Clearly a choice based on looks. Expect more details soon.
...Published on 09-11-2011 06:03 AM
The BMW X6 remains unchallenged in the 4 door "coupe" segment of the SUV market. BMW hit a home run with the car and Audi and Mercedes are scrambling to catch up. That does not mean BMW is satisfied resting on their laurels as the facelift model was spotted testing. The changes will mostly be to the exterior and minor ones with the front and rear lights receiving some minor modification. The real interesting question is if the X6 will be getting the new tri-turbo diesel everyone seems to be talking about.
...Published on 09-11-2011 06:01 AM
You may remember that is August we reported that the R8 would be getting a facelift. The German publication Auto Motor Und Sport was able to confirm the changes. The 4.2 liter V8 will be bumped to 450 horsepower and the V10 model will be going up to 560 horsepower. The 6-speed R-tronic will be ditched for a 7 speed dual clutch. Exterior changes to the lights should complete the facelift. Makes those expensive and limited edition GT models seem pointless, doesn't it?
...Published on 09-10-2011 08:05 PM
Vettel after regaining his winning pace at Spa, clenched pole position from the Mclaren duo at Monza. Vettel took pole with 1:22:275 a half second faster than Hamilton, who had to abort his last lap after locking his front brakes. Button finished third, Alonso took forth just 0.1sec ahead of Webber. Massa finished sixth, ahead of Renault's Petrov, Schumacher, and Rosberg, who qualified on the medium tires. Bruno Senna will start 10th on the grid since he choose not to set a time in Q3.
...Published on 09-10-2011 08:40 AM
Round 13 and the last European race on this years calander is the Italian grand prix. After Mercedes GP scored the best result at Spa, they are looking to continue and score high at Monza. Monza is one of the most atmospheric circuits on the calendar, the 5.793 km circuit in the royal park at the heart of Monza features four long straights where top speeds can reach 340 kph. Monza is the fastest circuit of the year with an average lap speed of 255 kph; the season average is 211 kph. The Formula One Italian GP has been won from pole 18 times in 61 races, including seven times in the past ten years.
...Published on 09-10-2011 02:03 AM
Mercedes will be switching to the C-coupe for DTM racing next year. They were running a 4-door C-class this year. This is hot on the heels of BMW showing off their coupe that they will be running and the news that Audi will be switching to the S5 coupe from the current 4-door A4. Nico Rosber and Michael Schumacher will be unveiling the car together at the Frankfurt Auto Show. BenzBoost will be in attendance and will attempt to get as many details and pictures as possible.
...Published on 09-09-2011 11:33 PM
AC Schnitzer will be officially revealing their tuner offering for the new 1M Coupe at the Frankfurt auto show. They released some teaser photos and details prior to the show. The exterior part offering consists of a chrome grill insert, carbon front add-on spoiler, carbon diffuser, and a tunk lip. The hood and fenders are also modified. 19 and 20 inch AC Schnitzer wheels are also available for the 1M. The motor gets some work with an exhaust as well as a tune bumping the horsepower up to the 400 range. On the stock turbos and pump gas all the tuners seem to be getting to the same horsepower levels which surprises nobody.
...Published on 09-09-2011 01:33 AM
The M3 GT2 race cars are amazing, both from a looks perspective as well as performance. Getting your hands on one of the race cars is pretty much impossible for the vast majority of enthusiasts. Here comes CLP to the rescue with their widebody kit designed to mimic the racecar. Under the hood they also add a G-power supercharger which actually gives you more horsepower than the real race car's naturally aspirated V8. The price for all of this? $97,500.