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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 AM
    The M278 gets little love from tuners and enthusiasts despite being an awesome tuning value for a German twin turbo V8. Just look at the tune only gains on this 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550i that AMR Performance was able to extract. The baseline is a solid 365/454: After tuning AMR almost gets another 200 lb-ft of torque at the wheels out of it. Ok, 180 lb-ft at the wheels to be exact but that is a massive gain. These cars can be picked up in the $20k range. There are also many other M278 powered Mercedes vehicles other than the E550 worth looking into.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:12 AM
    The M278 gets little love from tuners and enthusiasts despite being an awesome tuning value for a German twin turbo V8. Just look at the tune only gains on this 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550i that AMR Performance was able to extract. The baseline is a solid 365/454: After tuning AMR almost gets another 200 lb-ft of torque at the wheels out of it. Ok, 180 lb-ft at the wheels to be exact but that is a massive gain. These cars can be picked up in the $20k range. There are also many other M278 powered Mercedes vehicles other than the E550 worth looking into.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    The new 8-Series is being very well received as far as its styling is concerned. What could make a good looking grand touring car look even better? Dropping the top. The 8-Series will no doubt get a convertible variant which hopefully does not add too much weight. Just imagine an M8 convertible next...
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  • Arin@APR's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    APR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the 2.5T EA855 EVO (Gen 2) engine! APRís ECU Upgrades are the best dollar-per-horsepower modification one can make to the 2.5T engine. The upgrades dramatically increase horsepower and torque, making for an exceptionally quicker and more exciting vehicle. This is made possible through APRís optimization of the factory engine management system to take full advantage of the engineís capabilities, without needing any end user adjustment. The software loads to the factory ECU through the OBD-II port, resulting in a clean and headache-free install. Product Page Optional features, such as APR's EMCS Program Switching and APR Mobile are available. Furthermore, for those looking for tuning with a limited powertrain warranty, APR Plus has you covered! APR ECU Upgrade Stages APRís ECU Upgrades are available in multiple stages, supporting various octanes both with or without any hardware modifications. Specific software is available for use with a high flow downpipe exhaust system and drop-in turbocharger upgrades are coming soon. Each stage is fully compatible with an upgraded intake, intercooler, catback exhaust, or other minor bolt on modifications. Each stage includes optimizations to the factory boost gauge making it react more quickly and corrections to the power and torque gauges to match the increased output. Furthermore, weíve added left foot braking, removed the speed limiter, raised the rev-limiter and added a motorsport limiter, adjusted the factory exhaust crackle to protect the catalyst, optimized cold start, retuned the exhaust flap actuation for the best performance and sound in multiple modes, optimized high altitude mappings, retuned the throttle for better response, and completely optimized the driving experience for street and track use making for a much more enjoyable driving experience! APR Plus ECU Upgrade with a Limited Powertrain Warranty The APR Plus ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power, and it includes our limited powertrain warranty. This simple upgrade requies no engine hardware modifications, and produces 459 HP with 451 FT-LBS of torque. Gains as high as 66 HP and 88 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band, making the vehicle exceptionally quicker in all scenarios. To learn more about APR Plus, please visit the APR Plus website. APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade The APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade is the next step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires no engine hardware modifications, and produces 459-542 HP with 451-506 FT-LBS of torque, depending on octane. Gains as high as 66-132 HP and 88-146 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band. To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with an upgraded intake, intercooler, catback exhaust and other small modifications without requiring any new modification to the ECU. Upgrading the small factory intercooler is highly recommended on this platform. APR Stage 1 is available for 91 AKI, 93 AKI, 100 AKI, 104 AKI and E85 fuel grades in North America, and 95 RON, 98 RON, 102 RON, 104 RON, 108 RON and E85 fuel grades in the Rest of the World. APR Stage 2 and Stage 3 ECU Upgrade are coming soon. Dyno Testing Please visit our Product Page for detailed dyno charts showing stock vs APR 91, 93, 100, 104 and E85 Performance Modes measured at the wheels, estimated at the crank, and the absolute gain over stock. Extreme Testing APRís ECU Upgrade has been full tested for the better part of a year prior to a public release. This includes summer and winter weather testing on multiple continents, high and low altitude testing, extensive track testing at multiple road courses, extensive drag strip testing and extensive road and daily driving testing. APRís test vehicles are full instrumented with multiple sensors, including pre and post intercooler temperature and pressure sensors, pre and post turbine temperature and backpressure sensors, pre and post catalyst temperature and pressure sensors, and multiple pressure sensors throughout the intake system. APR test vehicles have seen over 700 HP in various configurations, on the stock engine internals, and have set multiple world records, including 10.5 second stage 1 quarter mile passes, and 9 second stage 3 passes. For more details, including included and optional features, Pricing, and more, please visit our Product Page.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    While we lose the 6-Series a new 8-Series is now in a somewhat odd move taking its place. It seems BMW could not quite figure out where to place their grand tourer in the hierarchy but the G14 8-Series is now officially the top dog of the BMW lineup. For now the M850i was revealed along with the diesel variant. The 840d will not come to the USA. The revised N63TU 4.4 liter V8 now has output of 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. It is going to be a very quick car especially off the line with all wheel drive and the 8-speed automatic. The M8 we are all waiting for with baited breath but the base car certainly provides plenty of bang. The styling is probably the best we have seen from BMW since the E46 or Z8 era. They did not overdo it while keeping it muscular with all the BMW styling cues you expect. As for how it relates to the E31 8-Series... well, that depends. You can see a styling similarity in the long hood and aggressive rear as well as sloped roof. The E31 did have an automatic transmission option but it also offered manual transmissions as well which the new car abandons. The E31 was also rear wheel drive and not all wheel drive. It is somewhat of a stretch to call it a spiritual successor but this is 2018 and this is the new BMW. If BMW really wants to sell it to fans as a new 8-Series, it needs a V12. We can even excuse them not pairing it to a manual this time around.
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  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:58 PM
    The loophole he is referring to is NAFTA which has become an exploited backdoor into the US markets. Asian interests, multinational corporations have invested in Mexico and Canada as a way to work around any direct trade deals with the US. By shipping parts to Mexico and/or Canada, then deploying satellite manufacturing facilities in Mex/Can. China, Asia, and lesser extend the EU have exploited the loophole. Basically they are skirting tariffs and direct US trade agreements. The finished goods coming out of those factories enter US under NAFTA rules. We understand you are a globalist.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    Top speed claims these day are not what they used to be. Why? Because it is essentially a trade off between downforce and the drag generated by aero pieces designed to improve handling and top speed. Notice how this ZR1 is not testing with its adjustable rear wing. This is partially why active aero is becoming increasingly utilized. Still, the ZR1 does hit an impressive 212 total top speed which is averaged over two runs in Papenburg, Germany. It looked amazingly stable cruising at over 200 miles per hour:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:22 PM
    This is still in concept form but oh boy is it an engineering marvel. You could say Toyota is delivering an LMP Le Mans car for the road much in the same vein that Mercedes-AMG is trying to deliver Formula 1 technology in street legal package. Toyota has fought hard in the LMP class at Le Mans coming up just short of a victory. Well, in 2018 it finally happened and Toyota seems intent on celebrating in style with a supercar. A hybrid drive train with a 2.4 liter turbo V6 is at the heart of the car. Beyond that, we do not know much other than production is approved and development is underway. Who doesn't want a Le Mans car for the road?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    Tires came in: Now to get them put on the wheels and balanced. Need to buy a jack now too.
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  • fairbird's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    Not bad for a bimmer
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  • ecampbell's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:30 PM
    And tell me what is wrong with investing in Canada and specifically which loopholes do you wish to close? I think the US should immediately impose a 25% tarrif on electricity and oil from Canada. We are in a global economy and to just take gravy just simply does not work.
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  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:20 PM
    Horowitz confirms there is a grand jury impaneled.
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  • Torgus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:11 PM
    amen. so simple.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    I like their hokey player exports, lol. Once you close the loop holes that motivate companies (many of which are American) to invest in Canada and Mexico, those companies will invest more in the USA. And we'll put more of those 11m illegals to work in the factories here. Maybe open up a worker visa program where they can come in, work, pay full taxes, and earn credits towards citizenship over a period of time.
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  • ecampbell's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:41 PM
    Money is money and as you say...it does help. If your going to quote experts...many experts say a trade surplus or deficit matters very little in this day of age. The US does not have enough qualified factory workers as it is so I would be curious how trump would ‘fix’ that problem. If you just want to stop the Canadian surplus, stop buying so much oil and power and poof, the deficit is gone. I’m all for stopping Canada from exporting hockey players to the US ;)
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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:21 PM
    Hey Adambanan: :text-welcomewave:
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    Yesterday, 04:19 PM
    Yusuf93, we appreciate you taking the time to join.
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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:19 PM
    Welcome to a real enthusiast forum markanthonyt.
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  • LessIsMore's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:00 PM
    Completely agree :) And everyone IS doing a twin turbo V8, in a 4000+ lb car, now. Which is very cool. but HP:weight isn't everything, the actual weight matters just as much. EDITED: I didn't see page 2, everyone already made the points. :)
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  • JazRedGT's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:32 PM
    Went to the track this Saturday. Think this is the new E9X N54 Stock ZF trans 1/8 record. 2007 e92 fully optioned full weight Ken Atkinson E55 BEF JB4 G5 MMP Stg 3 @ 25psi MMP relocated inlets MMP outlets PR coils PR Stage 3 LPFP BMS Meth single cm10 nozzle 100% meth VRSF DPs Ebay 2.5 cat back 2.5 dual cutouts Clark Performance Diff Brace Kosei 17s 275/50/17 M&H Racemasters @ 18psi XHP Stage 3 Trans cooler D2 Drag Coilovers raised in the back. 1st gear launch. Car made 600whp/593wtq couple weeks ago. If you think of any thing I missed, just ask.
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  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:28 PM
    Some current news. Straight from Tetsuya Tada at the Le Mans
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  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:08 PM
    +1
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