Published on 02-24-2012 07:47 AM
The N54 had been stuck in a bit of a rut. There were upgraded turbo options out there but these were relegated to small twins often utilizing the stock housing. A large single turbo simply was necessary to take it to the next level. All the previous attempts at large single turbos had been abandoned. Vishnu showed it is in fact possible and at 22.5 PSI with 94 octane fuel and meth broke the 600 wheel horsepower barrier with a very impressive run hitting 626 although the graph was uncorrected. ...Published on 02-24-2012 03:52 AM
Why do people keep comparing the M5 to the GT-R? It is idiotic. We said as much when Autocar did it a few weeks ago. First, Mr. Harris starts with bagging on the E60 M5. The SMG III gearbox was really that confusing for him? The miles per gallon were an issue? It's a 5.0 liter V10 that revs to over 8000 RPM. Gallardo owners are not complaining about their MPG and neither was anyone who could afford an M5. The new F10 M5 is not going to be a Prius with its 17/22 MPG. Frankly, the fuel economy hit of the E60 M5 is worth it when you consider it does not need fake engine noise piped into the cabin. ...Published on 02-24-2012 03:50 AM
Insideline tested the new C63 AMG coupe and the results are what we expected and pretty darn good. 12.3@116 is no surprise but they managed to do this on street tires at California Speedway in Fontana. On better rubber and in better weather along with a P31 package will propel the car well into the 11's, stock. The curb weight is pretty much the same as the sedan although Mercedes quoted numbers have the sedan at 3,924. The coupe does not offer any performance advantage over the sedan other than center of gravity. ...Published on 02-24-2012 03:42 AM
Lumma Design does some, well, interesting things with their body kits. This CLR 558 GT program can be classified as interesting but ostentatious and overdone are likely more accurate. It's a widebody with LED's in the front bumper (LED's in bumpers are simply played out) and an awkward tripe tip exhaust setup in back. It works on a 458 Italia, but not on an SUV. The interior is done up for show with eye catching red leather. There is way too much tacked on here and this is an instance where less would be more. ...Published on 02-22-2012 07:02 AM
S85 V10 supercharger kits have lagged pretty far behind S65 development despite the V10 making its debut well before the V8. There are several reasons for this but the supercharged V10's are starting to come into their own. RPI refers to this setup as a Stage III and we are not exactly sure what that means. Higher boost most definitely but what else? Meth? Race gas tune? What fuel was used for the dyno runs and what boost? Why are these details missing? ...Published on 02-22-2012 05:00 AM
The 2011 Formula 1 season did not exactly go as planned for Mercedes. No point dwelling on the past as it is time to focus on the 2012 season and how Mercedes will fare with their new car. The main changes in the W03 are different maximum bodywork heights which create the "interesting" new nose style and exhaust placement changes. The new car has 4500 parts compared to 4300 of the old car. How will Mercedes fare this season and will Nico finally clearly surpass the aging Schumacher or will Michael prove his talent is timeless? We can not wait to find out. ...Published on 02-21-2012 09:35 PM
The P31 C63 AMG is a very strong car in stock form. While the regular C63 AMG and the DCT M3 is a drivers race the P31 is definitively stronger than the DCT M3 performing more like a standard C63 with a tune. So what happens when a tuned DCT M3 with bolt on's takes on a P31 C63? Well, check it out below with multiple runs from the cars. The M3 is claimed to have a tune, pulley, exhaust, and x-pipe and and the C63 AMG coupe is stated to be stock.
...Published on 02-21-2012 08:25 PM
Here is the first graph we have seen of a stock internal Heffners twin turbo R8 5.2. EPL (European Performance Labs) tuned the car as Heffners Performance was not able to crack the stock ECU. The high 600's on stock internals is a bit underwhelming although that curve is gorgeous. Considering where Gallardo's are with twin turbo setups the R8 5.2 V10 is lagging a bit behind due to the difficulty in tuning them it seems. We hope to see built motor numbers soon.
...Published on 02-21-2012 05:22 PM
Here it is, the new Mercedes SL63 AMG. The finished product looks almost identical to the renderings BenzBoost provided. So, any surprises? Nope, not really, the car features the M157 twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 in a state of tune of 529 horsepower. With more power and torque than the previous SL63 combined with 242 pounds less weight, this should be an easy 11 second and 120+ mph car in stock form especially if equipped with the performance package. Job well done Mercedes, more power, better efficiency, and less weight.
...Published on 02-21-2012 05:10 PM
Porsche is doing a better job keeping the manual alive than most manufacturers. They offer a 7-speed manual transmission, something that nobody else does, and were the first to do so. However, Michael Schatzle (project manager of the new 911) stated the manual would only likely make it another generation beyond the current one. 78% of new 911 sales have been for the PDK globally. Where is the manual most popular? Oddly enough in the USA where it is currently an even split although we expect the PDK will be favored heavily soon here as well. ...Published on 02-21-2012 02:51 AM
Everyone should know how great the M156 naturally aspirated V8 E63 AMG sounds. A great growl with a slight exotic touch that only gets more and more glorious as it approaches its 7200 rpm redline. The switch to turbo motors in BMW's has removed much of the aural pleasure associated with the powerplants. We are happy to say the E63 AMG switching to turbos has not diminished its sound quality and the M157 sounds amazing. Check the videos below for proof and to compare to the M156. ...Published on 02-20-2012 10:27 AM
So you know the new entry level Porsche SUV based on the Audi Q5 that everyone was calling the Cajun? Scratch that, just a code name. Call it the Macan. We did not think Cajun was very good but it certainly sounds a heck of a lot better than Macan. How high is the Porsche board of directors when they approve these names? Porsche says Macan originates from the from the Indonesian word for tiger and it is those attributes of a tiger that fit its new SUV perfectly. Calling it the Porsche Tiger probably sounds better but nobody wants the Germans building Tigers again. If that doesn't make sense, please read a history book and pay attention to the chapters that mention German manufacturing circa 1942. ...Published on 02-20-2012 07:34 AM
Congratulations to BMS (Burger Tuning / Motorsports) for raising the bar on stock turbo N54 performance yet again. The vehicle used was a E82 135i steptronic with a JB4, down pipes, dual cone intake, CM10 meth setup, FMIC, and race gas. The mile per hour (fastest) record in the 1/4 came on a run of firstname.lastname@example.org. The elapsed time (quickest) record came on a run of email@example.com. The trap speed dropped a bit with the better ET which is not surprising considering it came on a much better 60 foot. These records were set at Famoso Raceway which is a decent track but certainly not the best strip for setting records. ...Published on 02-19-2012 03:30 AM
The Corvette and 911 have been rivals, for, well, forever. They may be at two extremely different price points (price as tested $131,760 for the Carrera S and $72,130 for the Grand Sport) but they are both sports cars going about things in very different ways. The Carrera S PDK is a technological Tour de Force with direct injection, a dual clutch transmission, and weight savings (the 911 is 121 pounds lighter than the Vette at 3254 poudns) thanks to composites and aluminum ...Published on 02-18-2012 10:14 PM
The RS5 is coming soon, very soon, as in this Spring to the United States. In preparation for its arrival Audi released this video teaser. It shows the RS5 going through the desert and looking gorgeous doing it. As a reminder, the RS5 will have 450 horsepower from a 4.2 liter high revving direct injected V8 mated to a DSG (dual clutch) gearbox. No pricing yet (likely $80k+) and production will be very limited so do not expect to see these everywhere. Thanks for bringing it to the USA Audi! ...Published on 02-18-2012 10:05 PM
AMG acquiring Ducati is an interesting proposition. There have already been a couple partnerships between AMG and Ducati namely the R172 SLK55 AMG Ducati Edition as well as the Duacti Diavel AMG. The natural choice for Ducati is AMG due to past partnerships and also considering that Mercedes has no motorcycle division. Acquiring one to compete with BMW would work much in the same fashion as when Mercedes acquired AMG to compete with BMW's M division. ...Published on 02-18-2012 09:42 PM
We already knew the BMW N20 four cylinder was underrated from its 240 horsepower rating as we saw in a dynotest of the Z4 sDrive28i which put down 233 to the wheels. That dyno was done by Insideline who recently did a dyno of the new F30 328i and overlaid it with the Z4 dyno. As luck would have it, EAS also did a dynotest of the F30 328i so we have more than one graph to go on. For the record, Insideline was wrong about claiming they exclusively had the first 328i dyno. ...Published on 02-17-2012 12:21 AM
Things are progressing nicely on the M3 front with Gintani recently recording 828 horsepower at the crank in a manual E90 M3. The car has a low compression built motor (compression will not be revealed at this time) and hit 16.5 psi of boost from a Vortech YSI. The blower has more in it and could likely be overspun to the 22 psi range but for now 828 horsepower at 16.5 psi is very impressive and more than anyone has made up until today. Expect to see more out of these Stage III cars, like BimmerBoost's own project M3, in the next few weeks.
...Published on 02-17-2012 12:04 AM
First of all, only one car is the true winner here. That vehicle is the C63 Black Series. Why? Because it is the only one out of the two that can be purchased in the United States. The M3 GTS might as well be a unicorn. It is also worth mentioning that Clarkson owns a Black Series. He ends up picking the Black Series here but his reasoning is sound. The M3 is a scalpel, an already fine machine further sharpened. He likens the C63 Black Series to more of a large caliber machine gun to the M3 sniper rifle and that it is a far greater improvement over the standard C63 AMG which he does not find as noteworthy as the standard M3. Sound reasoning in our view. ...Published on 02-16-2012 03:50 AM
The new N20 motor certainly is opening eyes. The base 3 Series is basically on par with a US E36 power and acceleration wise. This was an 8-speed automatic version that weighed in at a hefty 3480 pounds. Definitely not light or comparable to an E36 M3 in that regard but the base 3 series has just gotten a lot faster than it used to be. The manual version is about 60 pounds lighter and we would expect to see high 13's in the 100 mph range out of the car in capable hands on the drag strip. ...