Published on 11-07-2011 08:29 AM
Do you like nice wheels? Sure you do, we all do. What most people overlook though is the weight of their wheels and the impact this plays in their vehicles performance. Renntech has new forged lightweight (and limited edition) 19 inch monoblock wheels available that weigh just 19.5 pounds per wheel. That is very, very light. For those that want something larger and more bling Renntech also is offering 2 piece multi spoke forged wheels with a lip. The two piece wheels are available for just about every model and come in 19, 20, and 21 inch sizes. More details below, contact Renntech if interested.
...Published on 11-07-2011 12:41 AM
Fifth Gear videos are a lot of fun to watch and this one is no exception. Tiff really likes the C63 and states it is much, much more fun to drive. You can tell as he drifts it just about everywhere he goes on the track saying it provides more driver satisfaction. The C63 hits a higher top speed on the track by 4 MPH but is beat around the track by 1.7 seconds by the Audi RS5. The track is damp and this is mentioned in the video which is a real disadvantage to the high powered and RWD C63. British reviews become pretty much pointless when they compare an all wheel drive car to a RWD car on a wet track. In the dry, we would expect this to be much closer with the edge likely going to the C63.
...Published on 11-06-2011 07:06 AM
It is no secret the M157 is going to be a popular platform to tune, especially the non performance package cars. This CLS63 did not include the performance package and therefore has much more room to play with. Gains are about 75-80 horsepower at the wheels and 80-90 torque at the wheels on what we believe is 93 pump gas. We realize the graph is incredibly small and difficult to read and have requested a larger graph from OE Tuning. This post will be updated once we receive it.
...Published on 11-05-2011 04:29 PM
BenzBoost stopped by the Vossen booth at SEMA to check out their lineup as well as chat with their representatives. Vossen was not familiar with BenzBoost (that's ok, we get that a lot) but showing them pictures of @motorkas ' E55 with their wheels as well as @Benz-O-Rama 's SL with their rims jogged their memory. Their booth was great looking (with some great looking women) but it was tough to get enough room for good photos. We got shots of their new wheel lineup (VVSC4, 5, and 7) as well as a gorgeous new CLS63 AMG. Vossen wheels seem to be getting very, very popular and for good reasons. They have great looking and well priced options.
...Published on 11-04-2011 06:49 AM
This was in the opinion of BenzBoost the best Mercedes at the 2011 SEMA show. The only problem was trying to photograph it as the Mustang Dyno it was on really got in the way. It seemed the Mustang dyno was more on display than the car which makes sense as it seemed the booth space belonged to Mustang Dynamometer. The car itself was gorgeous and the fender work looked spectacular in person. Not overdone, but very aggressive and it came out clean.
...Published on 11-04-2011 01:41 AM
Well, SEMA 2011 is over with for us. We have tons of photos and will be splitting our BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes coverage up along with some bonus coverage. The show overall was great and seemed busier than last year. The photo equipment from last year is much improved but some photos are dark due to mistakes choosing the correct settings on the camera and flash. We promise to improve, enjoy the photos and commentary.
...Published on 11-02-2011 02:49 AM
Weistec has released their fixed seat brackets for W209 CLK's. There are BenzBoost members already running these brackets and it is likely they will be popular with CLK63 AMG Black Series owners. The brackets are laser cut and machine formed and will fit the Recaro seats offered in Europe for the Black Series as well as most Sparco DTM style seats. A great upgrade for track junkies with CLK's.
...Published on 11-01-2011 01:55 AM
This news seems to be kind of out of left field and we do not think it should be taken all that seriously. This carbon fiber E-class is supposed to be 770 pounds lighter than the regular E-coupe. That would be quite the hefty weight reduction and it would come at exactly what price point? Auto Bild claims these carbon fiber based E-class cars will come in 2015 with the B-pillar removed as well due to increased rigidity. Sounds like science fiction to us as the current E will likely still be for sale in 2015 and such a radical weight reduction with carbon fiber on this particular model has not been announced by Mercedes Benz and would dramatically increase production costs. Don't read too much into the rumor.
...Published on 10-30-2011 11:47 AM
Mercedes GP finished strong in the Inaugrual Indian Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher who started 11th on the grid finished in fifth place ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. Schumacher at the start of the race was able to jump three to 8th by the end of the first lap and maintained a constant pace behind Rosberg. Before the second round of pitstops, Schumacher began to eat away at Rosberg's lead and brought the gap down to 1.5sec. While Nico pitted, Michael kept putting in his best lap times and after his stop, he emerged infront of Nico by 1.2 secs and maintained that gap to the end of the race.
...Published on 10-29-2011 07:22 PM
Rosberg and Schumacher qualified in seventh and 12th places respectively today during qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi. For Rosberg he completed one run in each of the sessions to save tires for the race. He will have one set of primes and two sets of the soft option tires. Schumacher on the other hand had a difficult qualifying session, he had to switch to a set of super softs to make Q2 on his last lap. In Q2, he suffered from tyre vibrations and missed out on Q3 by 0.018s
...Published on 10-28-2011 11:21 PM
This oil and air seperator can be used on stock cars to cars that are highly modified even with superchargers. What does it do? It reduces oil retention by the engine and reduces knock. Essentially, better for your motor assisting longevity and acting as a preventative measure. From Weistec, "As the excess crankcase pressure is vented through the PCV valve and into the intake manifold the engine will eventually draw in, not only air which is wanted, but also particles of aerated oil which creates instability in power due to the low octane level of oil."
...Published on 10-28-2011 05:11 PM
CAR reports that Mercedes signed off on a new generation of engines which will downsize motors in models across the line. Expect to see many more four cylinder motors in models as well as see the V8's get smaller rather than larger. The real surprising news is that they intend to produce a turbocharged straight six cylinder for use in the larger cars by 2015. Kind of odd that Mercedes would go this route after last producing an I6 in 1997 while BMW is considering going to V6's. Things continue to seem to flip around.
...Published on 10-27-2011 08:09 PM
0-60 Magazine put this video out of a Nissan GTR and a CLS63 AMG having some fun wearing their rubber down. It isn't really much of a surprise to anyone that the CLS63 AMG can break its tires loose pretty much at will and keep them spinning. It certainly does this in a much easier fashion than the all wheel drive GTR which just isn't able to slide the same way. Cool little video but what we really just wanted to see was the cars race. We don't understand why that was not done with which would have made for a far more interesting video.
...Published on 10-26-2011 07:20 PM
No surprise, everyone knows the new ML63 AMG is coming. Mercedes is choosing to reveal it at this years Los Angeles International Auto Show. The 2012 model will be dropping its naturally aspirated M156 6.2 liter V8 for the new turbocharged M157 twin turbo 5.5 liter unit. The performance package will surely be available for this car as well since the package is really nothing more than an ECU tune. BenzBoost will be at the show for the official reveal to bring you photos and details.
...Published on 10-26-2011 08:24 AM
All the German luxury auto makers are trying to squeeze as many niche models in as possible to up volume. Mercedes is no exception announcing they intend to add a new model at their Tuscaloosa US plant. The model is likely to be an MLC sport utility crossover which will target the BMW X6. Why would this likely be the case? Well, the X6 left Audi and Mercedes scrambling to come up with an answer. Secondly, the plant already produces ML, GL, and R class models making this crossover which would share its platform with the ML the most logical addition to the production capacity. We will know for sure soon.