Published on 03-29-2011 09:22 AM
German tuner Vath set their sites on a the CL550 and in the process designed an upgraded camshaft package and tune for the M273 V8. Stock power is 388 horsepower but Vath increases output by 72 horses with aftermarket cams, sport cats, and a tune. That gets the car close to a stock M156 so those who did not opt for the say the CL63, ML63, or SL63 AMG have a nice upgrade naturally aspirated upgrade path if they desire. ...Published on 03-29-2011 08:42 AM
Seems like everyone and their mother is making renderings of the upcoming RS6. Hey, if it looks like this we don't mind. Last week we showed you a rendering that focused on how the rear of the wagon may potentially look and this week we have pictures of what the front may look like. This is a pretty aggressive rendering and we definitely like what the designer did with it. ...Published on 03-29-2011 08:16 AM
Wald has released photos of their body kit for the F10 5 series. It is a bit different from everything else out there which is nice to see. The exhaust setup will likely be hate it or love it for most people with the overlapping tips that mimic 996 X50 style Porsche exhaust tips. The side skirts add an aggressive look as well. We prefer the rear more to the front but nice to see a kit different from what is out there. ...Published on 03-29-2011 01:22 AM
The next generation ML, the W166, is going to be upon on us soon. The ML63 AMG was recently caught testing and is shaping up quite well. Motor is reported to be the M157 twin turbo V8 putting out 544 horsepower. An optional performance package will bump it up to to around 571 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Are the X5/X6 M and the Cayenne Turbo in trouble? Maybe, Mercedes does not seem to be pulling punches. ...Published on 03-28-2011 08:10 AM
We have our first direct comparison of the TT-RS vs. the 1M Coupe. Car and Driver picked the 1M as their car of choice over the TT-RS and the Infiniti. Frankly, the Infiniti didn't belong in the comparison being much heavier and slower than the other two. What is shocking is they time the TT-RS at 12.1@113 through the 1/4 mile which is quicker than the R8 V8 and hitting 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. Car and Driver may have picked the 1M, but the TT-RS is what impressed us. ...Published on 03-28-2011 08:08 AM
We have our first direct comparison of the TT-RS vs. the 1M Coupe. Car and Driver picked the 1M as their car of choice over the TT-RS and the Infiniti. Frankly, the Infiniti didn't belong in the comparison being much heavier and slower than the other two. What is shocking is they time the TT-RS at 12.1@113 through the 1/4 mile which is quicker than the R8 V8 and hitting 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. Car and Driver may have picked the 1M, but the TT-RS is what impressed us. ...Published on 03-28-2011 07:45 AM
Audi has stepped up the plate and donated 1 million Euros to aid those in Japan suffering from the aftermath the terrible earthquake and tsunami. Audi join Mercedes and BMW who have also donated money to help in disaster relief efforts. We commend Audi on stepping up to the plate to help out in a time of need. ...Published on 03-28-2011 06:45 AM
This is a quite an impressive build. Dinan built the S62 V8 with the One Lap of American in mind. Dusty Renteria of Dinan was the engine builder and he used Mahle pistons, billet crank, race spec cams, and Carillo rods. BB supporting vendor Vasavada of Apex Speed Technology did the tuning on the Pectel SQ6 ECU. Claimed power is 600 horses, but only a crank dyno has been supplied. ...Published on 03-28-2011 05:02 AM
The first race of the 2011 Formula 1 season was the Australian Grand Prix. Unfortunately for Mercedes both Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher did not finish the race. Schumacher was hit on the first lap and the damage forced him to retire on lap 19. Rosberg was hit by Barichello in the pits which caused a loss water pressure forcing him to retire on lap 22. Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull won the race. ...Published on 03-27-2011 04:52 PM
This is the Project Kahn A5 30 Sport. This is a new body kit that gets its inspiration from the Audi R8 and we think those design cues should stay on the R8. The blacked out rear with R8 style vents just looks weird. The wheels are not exactly our style either but hey, this stuff must sell. ...Published on 03-26-2011 05:26 AM
The video just went up of the record setting Mercedes 1/4 mile run by DadsC63. Car has MHP mods along with a 125 shot of nitrous. It is surprising to see just how smooth and drama free the launch is. The car pull strong through the 1/4 setting a new Mercedes trap speed record. This is officially the quickest and fastest Mercedes in the USA. Congratulations to MHP and DadsC63.
Published on 03-26-2011 05:00 AM
This is a rather interesting development. With the confirmation of a Dual Clutch Transmission many were wondering if a manual would be available. We poked fun earlier of the idea of BMW charging more for a manual transmission but it seems that may be true. The German publication Focus reports that only the American market will get the manual transmission likely due to the CTS-V offering it. BMW has yet to confirm the report. ...Published on 03-26-2011 01:10 AM
For whatever reason, Powerchip continues to attack their former employee Jeremy of OE Tuning. Everyone is sick of it at this point but recently Mike Benvo went to OE Tuning and attempted to use their own dyno to discredit OE Tuning. The reason for this is graphs that showed large gains made by OE Tuning over a Powerchip tune. ...Published on 03-25-2011 11:52 PM
The new cast S54 turbo manifold HPF (Horsepower Freaks) has released is causing quite a stir. There have been some shots taken from all sides and BimmerBoost decided to contact Steed Speed directly to get their response to the issues that have been mentioned. You can read the answers to our questions below. ...Published on 03-25-2011 06:11 PM
We wish to offer up congratulations to Dads63 (Keith) and MHP for raising the bar for Mercedes performance to the highest level it has been set in the United States thus far. Today at Maryland International Raceway Keith set the record in his C63 AMG with a 125 shot running a 10.4@135. On a 75 shot he ran 10.6@133. This improves on the previous overall US record by 1/10 and 2 mph which was held by an S600 on nitrous. ...Published on 03-25-2011 09:24 AM
This is a pretty funny commercial from Mercedes. It shows what happens when Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher meet in a restaurant. The drivers one-up one another sending each other bottles only to be interrupted by non other than Mika Hakkinen who sends them Redbulls denoting support for the Redbull F1 team. The video closes with Mercedes saying they welcome the competition. ...Published on 03-25-2011 09:12 AM
The SLS GT3 is gearing up for strong competition this race season and Mercedes has published this in depth look at the race car. The video goes into the aerodynamics as well as the rules that influence the design. Carbon fiber is used extensively in the race car. Check out the video below if you are interested in taking a close look at the SLS GT3. ...Published on 03-25-2011 08:54 AM
MotorTrend seems to have a thing for for BMW diesels namely the 535d they recently drove. And why not? Great car, good power, nice mileage, the all around package. Calling it BMW's best 6 though? We do not agree. They are basing this on the N55 6 cylinder not being smooth to drive vs. the diesel which maybe the problem is them. It isn't BMW's best 6, it isn't better than the N54 or N55, but it certainly is a nice motor worthy of respect. ...Published on 03-24-2011 02:08 PM
Chris, the owner of this near-perfect E90 M3 had a very specific plan. To create his ideal vision of an M3, Chris knew that he did not want to deviate too far from BMW M’s original plan. Chris’ appreciation of BMW’s work is exactly what allowed him to create such a balanced M3.
Chris used a combination of factory optional parts and key modifications to create his vision. We supplied Chris with a Challenge front lip and BMW ZCP rear spoiler and painted both pieces to match the car for a subtle appearance. Chris also added a Brembo 380mm GT kit to give his M3 the stopping power it needs for track use, and an Eisenmann Sport exhaust for a perfect “factory-plus” tone. ...Published on 03-24-2011 12:45 PM
More and more details about the upcoming RS6 are coming out. What we know is the V10 is gone and a twin turbo 4.0 liter V8 based on the Bentley Continental GT will be replacing it. Rumors on power are currently 580 horsepower to keep pace with the upcoming F10 BMW M5. The main question is if it will have an automatic or a dual clutch. Another issue would be if it will come to the United States this time around. Check out the rendering below. ...