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    • The N54 finally comes into its own - Vargas Turbo Tech Stage 3 N54 (335/135) twin turbocharger upgrade sets new N54 horsepower record with 693 wheel dyno

      Congratulations are in order to Vargas Turbo Tech as well as Cobb tuning and ProTuning Freaks for raising the bar as to what the BMW N54 inline-6 twin turbo motor is capable of. There are two platform records here the first of which it is important to note was achieved without methanol injection. There are certain tuners on the N54 platform that mask their ability to upgrade and control the stock fueling system and any fueling issues are "solved" by dumping in a ton of methanol.

      Well, with no meth and the cars own fuel system (with High Pressure Fuel Pump tweaks courtesy of Vargas Turbo Tech) responsible for all the fueling 673 wheel horsepower was achieved in STD correction on a Dynojet. That is a record for horsepower on the platform without methanol injection and was done with a blend of MS109 fuel and 93 octane.

      Meth injection was then added and the figures rose to 693 wheel horsepower. If more time was available for the parties involved including Josh at Cobb as well as Jake and Dzeeno at ProTuning Freaks the 700 wheel barrier likely would have been crossed. This will happen sooner rather than later now but this is still a major milestone and a new era the N54 is entering. The motor is finally starting to mature and although it is not on a comparable power level yet with the top BMW aftermarket options this is a huge step step forward for a platform that spent considerable time in limbo due to fueling and tuning issues.

      It must be satisfying for all involved especially Vargas Turbo who was doubted by many early on due to being a fresh entrant on the N54 tuning scene with many fanboys blindly following another tuner providing a turbo upgrade. Vargas Turbo Tech, Cobb, and PTF have surprisingly quickly surpassed the results from a competing turbo kit that uses a single turbo setup and have done so without relying on meth injection band-aids. A true fueling upgrade is here as well as a turbo upgrade making some serious power and setting the standard.

      Congratulations and much respect to all the parties involved, dyno graphs and videos are below.

      693WHP 572WTQ Graph:


      693 WHP 572WTQ Graph 0 Smoothing:


      Back to back no meth / meth run
      673WHP 564WTQ no meth / 680WHP 556WTQ


      A few runs stacked to see how consistent the car is:


      693WHP 572WTQ with speed to prove it was in 4th gear:


      Octane Calculator pic:


      693WHP 572WTQ Pull video:


      Back to back no meth / meth run:


      This article was originally published in forum thread: 693WHP 572WTQ - 98 Octane, with meth - 673 WHP 564 WTQ 98 Octane NO Meth VTT VTX-R63 Early Dynos PTF / COBB Protune started by VargasTurboTech View original post
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      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        LOL! I just price shopped 1M's and the cheapest I could find was $53k.. WTF..
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        LOL! I just price shopped 1M's and the cheapest I could find was $53k.. WTF..
        Waste of money and overrated.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Waste of money and overrated.
        STG3 and it would be done though..
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        LOL! I just price shopped 1M's and the cheapest I could find was $53k.. WTF..
        So much for the M3 Click here to enlarge
      1. ra2289's Avatar
        ra2289 -
        Very nice numbers! Congrats.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        STG3 and it would be done though..
        Haha for you I somehow doubt this is true.
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        Firstly: no $#@!?!?! Practically 700whp on stock internals moderate octane with a tiny bit of meth? Throw pure ms109 and or e85 at it soon!!! Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Who's that? That guy is still in business after the ST was rendered irrelevant?
        Now we just need someone to make a (totally pointless) gtx42 dyno queen n54? Haha

        there's a gtx35 build or two in the works which should do alrigh
      1. AltecBX's Avatar
        AltecBX -
        The N54 is going to go down as one of BMW best engine ever made.

        I believe Dzenno is probably the first one to be over 800hp on this platform. Other than that, I think Terry will make some serious power once he rebuilds his engine and drops in the R60. I also predict Jake putting close to 700hp as well. On the ST side, don't count Shiv out. I believe the work on his engine will support power close to ~700hp as well.
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        $#@!. I am excited. Glad I made the jump from Stage 2 to 3 Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by AltecBX Click here to enlarge
        The N54 is going to go down as one of BMW best engine ever made.
        LOL wow man.

        Look, it's a turbo upgrade. Peak power figures aren't the measure of a motor or else the best motors would simply be judged based on the dyno figures. You can throw enough boost at just about anything. That doesn't make the motor great, just makes it forced induction.
      1. WDBi's Avatar
        WDBi -
        I overlayed the stage 3 dyno graph with a dyno graph of a supra. The supra has a stock motor with e85, proefi, and a 6766 journal. It made 3less hp and tq than the stg3 kit however look at the area under the curve.

        Click here to enlarge

        I don't mean to start $#@! here (n54 vs 2jz) but more of just a simple comparison for the sake of discussion.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        OMG leave the Supra out of this thread. There are a ton of different turbo setups for that motor with different curves.
      1. WDBi's Avatar
        WDBi -
        it is unfortunate that this had to be on a supra but it happens to be my friends dyno and i thought it would be interesting to look at. I would be curious to see what the same turbo does on the 335i in comparison to the stage 3 kit not in comparison to what it does on the 2jz btw the supra in that graph is on 24psi. Again im not a n54 is a new 2jz guy it will never be. if i could find another 3l with a big single on it i would
      1. ChuckD05's Avatar
        ChuckD05 -
        what does the n54 is the new 2jz even mean?

        Sick sick numbers, and its still preliminary... I am assuming 100% e85 and some meth for insurance will take this into the mid 7's with ease... but im not sure its even necessary at this point...

        How is this car in 1st and 2nd gear? Im sure its completely useless , lol

        what will work with this car to boost limit in 1st and 2nd with just cobb?

        Also what tires are on this car? r888s MAY hook in second when warm on a nice day .... but id be running a radial if it was me...

        keep up the good work and goodluck!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by WDBi Click here to enlarge
        if i could find another 3l with a big single on it i would
        There's a few motor around the 3.0 liter range with 6 cylinder to choose from with turbos.
      1. WDBi's Avatar
        WDBi -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        There's a few motor around the 3.0 liter range with 6 cylinder to choose from with turbos.

        sticky im not trying to start a fight here about the 2jz vs n54 im just saying that this car which happens to have a 2jz in it with a journal bearing 6766, 8.5:1 compression motor, makes more power almost 200whp more at 85mph which in the supra is at 4150 and in our cars is right around 4500 so 200whp more 350rpm sooner and on 6 less psi 30 on the twins vs 24 on the 6766
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by WDBi Click here to enlarge
        sticky im not trying to start a fight here about the 2jz vs n54 im just saying that this car which happens to have a 2jz in it with a journal bearing 6766, 8.5:1 compression motor, makes more power almost 200whp more at 85mph which in the supra is at 4150 and in our cars is right around 4500 so 200whp more 350rpm sooner and on 6 less psi 30 on the twins vs 24 on the 6766
        You'd have to start looking at a ton of other Supra turbo setups as well as various compression ratios. There's a million different supra builds out there. Plus you're comparing single to twin right now. I would think higher compression will spool faster. Regardless, this isn't about the Supra or comparing it to a Supra it's about an N54 milestone.

        This isn't fastandthefuriousboost.com
      1. euro92's Avatar
        euro92 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by WDBi Click here to enlarge
        sticky im not trying to start a fight here about the 2jz vs n54 im just saying that this car which happens to have a 2jz in it with a journal bearing 6766, 8.5:1 compression motor, makes more power almost 200whp more at 85mph which in the supra is at 4150 and in our cars is right around 4500 so 200whp more 350rpm sooner and on 6 less psi 30 on the twins vs 24 on the 6766
        And E85. Pointless comparison.
        @Sticky , should have just let that N54 vs 2JZ thread live, it's inevitable...
      1. WDBi's Avatar
        WDBi -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        You'd have to start looking at a ton of other Supra turbo setups as well as various compression ratios. There's a million different supra builds out there. Plus you're comparing single to twin right now. I would think higher compression will spool faster. Regardless, this isn't about the Supra or comparing it to a Supra it's about an N54 milestone.

        This isn't fastandthefuriousboost.com

        Again im not comparing supra to n54 im putting the supra dyno graph out there because i want to show people that twin turbo isnt always better. The single setup in this scenario even with a journal bearing and lower compression spools faster, make 3 less hp on 6 less psi of boost, will create less heat, and cheaper (if anyone ever comes out with a manifold). Im not trying to downplay the progress vargas has made but im just trying to say that for people who want the best spool and or power single is still looking like the best way to go for anything over 600whp.

        fastandfuriousboost.com i just dont get it
      1. WDBi's Avatar
        WDBi -
        Bottom line is we will see what ends up being the better option in time. Personally if the single curve for the 335i looks anything like that i dont know why anyone would go with twins 200whp more at 85mph which is 350 higher rpm in the 335i and thats running 24psi thus less stress on the engine
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by AltecBX Click here to enlarge
        The N54 is going to go down as one of BMW best engine ever made.
        WAYYYYYY ahead of ourselves.... Sorry to break it to you, but I wouldn't even consider the N54 one of BMW's best modern motors (the S62 & S54 are easily superior motors).

        I said this in my previous posts, and it's great & all that the Vargas Stage 3s are putting out all this power, but having a dyno sheet doesn't always translate to a win when the car's on the road (just look Shiv and the ST). Once the Stage 3s start getting into more consumers hands & people running them at the track or against similar powered competition, there's no guaranteeing that a N54 with GTX Turbos is the way to go.

        For similar money (car + mods), you could also go with:
        • Terminator Mustang & Whipple Blower / Twin Turbo setup
        • New Mustang GT w/ Coyote Motor + Whipple
        • Turbo E46 M3
        • Audi (B5) S4
        • Mercedes E55 AMG (W211)
        • EVO VIII-IX


        And the difference between all those cars and the Vargas & Single Turbo setups are those cars have proven themselves & shown that their dyno sheets = real world results. I'm not talking this down & I really hope that the VTT S3s translate to real world, usable power, but the "N54 is going to go down as one of BMW's best motors" is definitely a misconception.