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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-29-2017, 03:32 PM
    Well, the N54 inches closer to that elusive 1XXX rwhp mark. 2018 may be the year for it but as of right now this is the N54 platform record. It tops the previous record of 919 wheel horsepower set by Doc Race and EMP Tuning. As for the mods, as follows: - ADE long block - ST kit 6870 gen2 - Upgraded intercooler, - Upgraded fuel system, - Haltech - Ford 8.8 rear w/ 6MT - FF billet intake with port injection - Wedge dme tuning It would be great to have specific details on the single turbo kit, fuel system, etc., but we have what we have to go by. Either way, congratulations to those involved on the new record and 2018 should bring with it new heights as enthusiasts attempt to top this run.
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    12-26-2017, 09:32 PM
    WTF is this? As if it was not bad enough the N54 motor brought with it an influx of people too cheap to pay for quality tuning or parts and that have no idea what made M cars special now these people are replacing the classic 'M' in the BMW Motorsport logo with the 'N54' engine code. These people need to be slapped. Considering BMW is watering the M logo down themselves who cares at this point anyway? The classic M enthusiast inside me wants to scream and the adult in me realizes to accept things have changed and are never going back. Do not get me wrong BimmerBoost N54 fans. Some of the smartest and coolest people in the BMW modding scene are BimmerBoost N54 enthusiasts. It's just a shame what falling prices have dragged into the community. At least they aren't Type R badges, right?
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    12-23-2017, 12:52 PM
    Atco Dragway located in New Jersey is arguably the quickest and fastest strip in the country. Hell, maybe the world. Along with MIR (Maryland International Raceway) these dragstrips are magical places where C6 Z06's run 10's stock and records fall left and right when winter hits. Why? Excellent track prep, great location, great weather, and a staff that knows what it is doing. When we say great prep we are not exaggerating: A launch pad that rips your shoes off is a nice place to get a good 60 foot time, right? They don't skimp on the VHT. The prep is one part the weather is the other. You will notice all of these record runs we see have something in common. They take place in the winter. What is the density altitude at ATCO as of this writing? -726 feet below sea level. That is what 46 degrees at 8 AM gets you at the ATCO dragstrip. -726 isn't even anything special. You can see the density altitude dip well past -2000 feet below sea level. How big of an advantage is this? Big. Almost 3/10's of a second and 4 miles per hour of trap speed for a naturally aspirated car breaking into the 10's: It varies based on aspiration, modifications, and so forth but you get the idea. Based on this information you should now know and be able to tell those people waving fast East Coast slips achieved during the winter as evidence of their cars being faster they they are actually providing evidence of their run conditions being better. Nobody running in Las Vegas or the Middle East is going to be able to compete on a level playing field. Quite simply, all dragstrips are not created equal.
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    12-29-2017, 05:22 PM
    Car and Driver hosts a pretty good roadcourse competition every year at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) on the 4.1 mile long Grand West layout. They compiled a list of the top 25 times they achieved but keep in mind VIR was repaved at one point so it is not apples to apples for all the cars involved. Still, here is the list: 1. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, 2:43.1 – Lightning Lap 8 2. 2016 Lexus RC F GT concept, 2:43.2 – Lightning Lap 10 3. 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R, 2:43.4 – Lightning Lap 11 4. 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, 2:44.2 – Lightning Lap 10 5. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2:44.6 – Lightning Lap 9 6. 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, 2:45.1 – Lightning Lap 10 7. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, 2:45.7 – Lightning Lap 11 8. 2015 McLaren 650S Spider, 2:45.8 – Lightning Lap 9 9. 2008 Mosler MT900S, 2:45.9 – Lightning Lap 3 10. 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S, 2:46.8 – Lightning Lap 11 11. 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 2:47.0 – Lightning Lap 10 12. 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, 2:47.1 – Lightning Lap 10 13. 2016 McLaren 570S, 2:47.4 – Lightning Lap 10 14. 2015 Lamborghini Huracαn LP610-4, 2:47.5 – Lightning Lap 9 15. 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR, 2:48.6 – Lightning Lap 3 16. 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO, 2:49.4 – Lightning Lap 8 17. 2012 Mosler Photon, 2:49.8 – Lightning Lap 5 18. 2014 SRT Viper TA, 2:49.9 – Lightning Lap 8 19. 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia, 2:49.9 – Lightning Lap 7 20. 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, 2:50.1 – Lightning Lap 11 21. 2017 Acura NSX, 2:50.2 – Lightning Lap 10 22. 2015 Porsche 911 GT3, 2:50.4 – Lightning Lap 9 23. 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 2:50.7 – Lightning Lap 6 24. 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta, 2:50.8 – Lightning Lap 8 25. 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, 2:50.9 – Lightning Lap 8 Now, the Moslers on the list do not really count as production cars. Furthermore, the RC-F Concept GT is cool to see but it is basically a stripped out race car. The real champion is the AMG GT R. Why? It is on the heels of the Porsche 918 Spyder for a fraction of the cost. Not to mention it achieves what it does without electric assistance or a mid-engine layout. It is the most impressive car in the opinion of Chevrolet clearly wins the bang for the buck argument, no dispute there. Definitely nice to see a top-25 list compiled by C&D.
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    01-08-2018, 01:36 PM
    This is great news for those who do not necessarily want to add supplemental port fuel injection or drown their motors in methanol. Tuning Tech FS (Frank Smith) has tested a dual HPFP (high pressure fuel pump) system on their F87 M2 for close to a year now which will allow much more fueling headroom while retaining the direct injection system. It is currently on the TTFS M2 as well as a customer's track car in Texas that has a turbo upgrade from Pure Turbos: The system is working well on the roadcourse. As for the power it will support that range is roughly ~600 whp. The system itself is a custom retrofit of the S55 dual HPFP system. The kit will include all the necessary hardware with much of it made up of factory BMW parts. TTFS is also considering additional platforms for this dual HPFP retrofit in the future. Once this product is finalized and released later this year expect a price point around $5k.
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    12-30-2017, 04:50 PM
    The ZF automatic transmissions associated most notably in BMW tuning circles with the BMW N54 motor such as the 6HP19/21 have existed for over a decade yet here we are still waiting for a real solution to upgrading it. Many have tried and failed but BPC (Bimmer Performance Center) takes a bit of a different approach. First of all, rebuilds and repairs are the majority of what they do. As you can see this example pictured had some pretty badly burned discs they replaced. BPC repaired and reinstalled the transmission which now works great. What about those out there who are running big torque? Well, BimmerBoost is not yet allowed to fully disclose the details here but they have a custom solution being tested which for the right price can likely be had. This is being tested in the BPC 335d ZF 6HP26 which is making more than 641 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. BimmerBoost will have more to share on the BPC 335d and how they are keeping the automatic together in the next few weeks. This should carry over in theory to other platforms such as the N54.
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    12-30-2017, 06:35 PM
    There are people out there that no matter how many graphs you show them of gains they just will not believe it. Well, you can ignore a dynograph but it is difficult to ignore what happens in this video. You have two PDK 991.2's going at it one with a GIAC tune and one that is stock. Now, there is a lot of talking and some incorrect information (such as the C4S weight) to get through before they race. Do yourself a favor and skip to the 3:50 mark: Not much of a race, is it? They run again and the result is the same. The tuned car demolishes the stock car. Pretty impressive considering the GIAC tune isn't even what you would call a strong tune on the platform. To those Porsche owners out there still doubting tuned turbo cars (what year are you living in?) there is your proof.
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    12-23-2017, 11:31 AM
    If you are not running ethanol through your supercharged M motor you are leaving a lot of power on the table. Why? Because E85 in particular is cheap race gas and allows far more aggressive timing which the high compression and high revving classic naturally aspirated M's love when combined with boost. 662 wheel horsepower on pump gas is already a ton of power on a Mustang dyno. Easily 700+ on a Dynojet. When E85 is added into the mix though Gintani can increase boost and tune more aggressively. 727 whp is the result: Just monster stock internal S85 V10 numbers. Just look at how that power curve increases from 5000 to 8250 rpm as well. This is a setup that begs for revs and to be wound out. The classic M powerpand really is something special with a bit of boost.
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    01-17-2018, 05:54 AM
    As you know a new power record was recently set in the N54 tuning sphere with a 938 whp pull by an AD-E built N54. While technically a record this was not a boost only pull. Nitrous assisted the run. That is what makes this Motiv pull and new overall record so impressive. It was done boost only: Now, to be fair they did top 1000 whp technically but take a look at how choppy the graph is: Now look at the pull with Smoothing set to 5: They are revving it out to 8k rpm and it's basically tapped out: What this really signifies is the 1000 whp N54 era is essentially here. Congratulations to Motiv and everyone involved.
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    01-15-2018, 07:09 PM
    Dinan is leaving the Bay Area in California for APR's massive facility in Alabama. Why? Well, because as both are a part of Performance Driven Brands the move makes sense for development from an engineering, production, and cost perspective. You will notice Dinan abandoned their Volkswagen tuning aspirations and now will focus solely on BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Mini. Overall, this is a good thing as one would figure APR's expertise and engineers will lend Dinan a hand. BoostAddict also expects APR/Dinan to cover more platforms going forward.
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    12-29-2017, 01:53 PM
    The answer from most BimmerBoost members when someone asks about modding their N52 is to trade it in for an N54/N55. People forget there are a lot of N52 I6's out there and not everyone wants turbocharged power. As a matter of fact, there are many successful N52 race cars out there. It is not always about dyno numbers but sometimes actually tracking your BMW or just enjoying a smooth I6. Nothing wrong with that and nothing wrong with getting more from the N52 engine. This owner took his 128i to BPC (Bimmer Performance Center) who massaged quite a bit out of the naturally aspirated motor: • Stock 128i 6mt - 201.39whp 185.88wtq • With modifications w/o BPC tune - 235.25whp 200.48wtq • With all modifications + BPC tune 248.04whp 207.31wtq Picking up an additional 47 naturally aspirated horses is a great gain. How was this achieved? - Active Autowerke Headers - BPC tune - N54 intake manifold - Resonator delete - K&N filter Just solid bolt on modifications and a solid gain.
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    01-06-2018, 07:11 PM
    With the holidays and New Year's officially over finally decided to compile of list of the best and worst in automotive performance from the past year. We toyed with this idea for a while and thought it would be good to recap what in our view was worth mentioning before getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. Performance Car of the Year Winner: McLaren 720S Was there any doubt? The McLaren 720S set the performance car world on fire in 2017. McLaren proved they are without equal at the moment. Nobody is even close to the 720S. With roughly 700 horsepower at the wheels and a low curb weight nobody is touching this car in stock form with anything short of a Bugatti Chiron. Runner-up: Audi TT-RS The 720S may be the best but it also will run you $300k+ easy. The TT-RS won't. The TT-RS is arguably the best bargain in the performance car world and with it you get all wheel drive, a turbo inline-5, and a dual clutch transmission. All in a roughly 3200 pound package that will runs 10's on pump gas with just an ECU tune. Incredible. Performance Engine of the Year Winner: Audi 2.5 TFSI This motor deserves all the credit in the world and then some. Not only has it won an incredible eight straight International Engine of the Year Awards Audi continues to improve it. It is lighter now with an aluminum block plus it gets a tuner friendly dual-injection fuel system. It's also a tuning bargain. Runner-up: Ford Voodoo V8 While not introduced this year we are still going to honor it while it is on the market as high revving naturally aspirated V8's are an endangered species. This is one of the best ever made and in stock form impresses and sounds glorious thanks to the flat-plane crank. With a bit of boost though it really opens eyes and goes to show how good it is to have a great breathing motor with high volumetric efficiency as a tuning base. Worst: Toyota 2UR-GSE Are you even trying Toyota? This is the motor that powers the Lexus LC-F, GC-F, and LC500. All of which are a joke. This is a 5.0 liter naturally aspirated V8 that makes 467 horsepower in 2018. Ford trounces it for a fraction of the cost and offers better performance oriented technology with the 2018 Coyote 5.0 liter V8. BMW had a better 5.0 liter back in 2005. Mercedes-AMG built a better motor two generations ago with the M156 V8. Enthusiast Oriented Company Winner: Dodge You have to give it to Dodge. For whatever reason Dodge does not get the recognition it deserves but just for a second dwell on the fact Dodge offers the fastest production car in the world in the 1/4 mile and the best track car in the world in the form of the Viper ACR. And those cars are bargains! Yes, the Viper is gone but Dodge produced a car at $120k that could beat the world's best and was everything enthusiasts claimed they wanted. Runner-Up: Ford From the Shelby GT350 Mustang, Ford GT, F150 Raptor, to the Focus RS Ford has everybody covered. Who else has as varied of a performance portfolio? Ford doesn't pretend people won't use their cars. They even offer a factory line lock for the Mustang and a drift mode for the Focus RS. Worst: BMW Don't even get me started. Performance Development Winner: Dual-injection systems This is great to see in more and more engines as it is essentially the best of both worlds. From the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette LT5 to the 2018 Mustang GT Coyote manufacturers are increasingly adopting both direct and fuel injection systems which means easier fueling increases for tuners. 100% E85 anyone? Runner-up: BMW F-Series OBD-II Port Flashing cracked Can't keep us out forever, eh BMW? Worst: The Internal Combustion Engine's days are numbered Product Winner: Syvecs Standalone ECU's No one specific ECU just Syvecs standalones in general which are allowing tuners to extract the potential of modern direct injected platforms. Not to mention, Syvecs allows control of additional port injectors among a myriad of other features. Runner-up: Singer's 500 horsepower air-cooled flat-6 It may cost an insane amount of money but the marketplace is better with someone like Singer delivering classic air-cooled Porsche cool with modern technology. Achievement Winner: M2K MOTORSPORTS APPROACHES 300 MILES PER HOUR IN THE STANDING MILE WITH THEIR TWIN TURBO FORD GT We will see a car top 300 miles per hour in the standing mile in 2018. Let that sink in. Runner-up: AMS gets the first Nissan GTR into the 6's It was only a matter of time and others joined them eventually but the first one to do it gets the credit and rightfully so. Not only is it a great achievement but great presentation of the effort by AMS. Tuner Winner: AMS Performance With the first 6-second GTR as well as continuing to expand their portfolio, AMS had a hell of a year. Runner-up: APR APR quite simply dominantes the Volkswagen/Audi market and for good reason. They're the best. In 2017 they joined Driven Performance Brands and they will be even bigger and better in 2018. Oh, and they are offering warranties on certain products as well. Quite simply, APR sets the professional standard in product releases, data, and support. Worst: Dime Racing Nobody else even comes close. Article Winner: BIGGER ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER - COMPARING ESS-TUNING'S TS-800 2.9 WHIPPLE & VF-ENGINEERING'S EATON TVS2300 LAMBORGHINI HURACAN & AUDI R8 SUPERCHARGER KIT EFFICIENCY & OUTPUT Runner-up: WHY THE SIEMENS SDI21 ECU IS MAKING 2017 ON PORSCHE 991.2 CARRERA/S/GTS TUNING PROBLEMATIC AND HOW BDM TUNING CIRCUMVENTS THE ISSUE Track Car Winner: Porsche 911 GT2 RS When you set the production car Nurburgring record it is pretty much a given you are the track car to beat. The GT2 RS is the current king and the 6:47.3 laptime is going to be tough to beat. There is a challenger waiting in the wings. Runner-up: Mercedes-AMG GT R What Mercedes-AMG is doing with the front engine GT platform is mind-blowing. This car is not exactly a lightweight special yet it offers performance up there with the top cars in the world and does so at a reasonable price point. AMG deserves tremendous credit. Race Winner: McLaren 720S vs. Bugatti Chiron Seeing the 720S go toe to toe with the Bugatti Chiron truly put in perspective what kind of monster McLaren built. Not only that, you can see it make quick work of a Porsche 918 Spyder in the video. Runner-up: BOLT ON 2013 GEN V VIPER WRECKING EVERYTHING - MCLAREN 570S, FERRARI 458, F13 M6, E85 GTR, FBO HELLCAT, C6 VETTE, NITROUS CAMARO, TT CAMARO, ETC. Just a well done video showing a well driven Viper going up against everything. Very fun to watch. Here is to hoping for a great 2018 in automotive performance!
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    01-19-2018, 12:12 PM
    Is it awesome FCA allowed Jeep to stuff the supercharged 707 horsepower Hellcat V8 under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee? Absolutely! Did it turn out as planned? Hell no! The 2017 X6 M is the better sports SUV. Why? Because despite having 'only' 567 horsepower from its twin turbocharged 4.4 liter S63TU V8 the X6 M is just a hair off the Trackhawk in acceleration: The Trackhawk with its 707 horsepower manages a 12.0 @ 115. So that big bad twin screwed 6.2 liter V8 only gets 1 mph of trap speed on the X6 M? Sure, it is faster but not by much of anything worth mentioning. The X6 M also runs circles around the Trackhawk when it comes to handling: .89g is all the Trackhawk manages. The X6 M also brakes better getting down from 70 mph in 153 feet while the Trackhawk takes 168 feet: The only thing the Jeep really has going for it is that it is mildly cheaper at $87k while the X6 M starts at $104k. It doesn't even weigh less. Honestly? The X6 M is worth the premium. It handles better, the interior is better, it is more luxurious, and it is the sportier SUV and ultimately more fun to drive. If the 1 mph of trap speed difference bothers you, throw on a tune and run low 11's at over 123 miles per hour. The Trackhawk is quite simply a letdown. BMW may not build the best driver's cars in the world anymore but their performance SUV's are the best in the business.
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    12-28-2017, 05:31 PM
    Why do this? Probably because you can. It definitely sets this Targa apart from other 991.2 models but the GT3 RS bodywork is designed for the GT3 RS motor. One has to wonder if the intercoolers and turbos are getting the same airflow they were designed for with the air intakes moved about. McChip-DKR decided to do something different and different it certainly is. Confusing as well. It is interesting to see that the 991.1 GT3 RS body pieces seem to fit without issue. It helps the Targa 4 GTS has wide hips to begin with. Yay or nay?
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    01-09-2018, 05:33 PM
    If this car is familiar to you that is because it was posted last month. Eurocharged Canada is really pushing the limits of the Pure Turbo Stage 2 upgrade and managed to massage 746 rear wheel horsepower and 688 lb-ft of torque at the wheels from the S55. Those are huge numbers for a stock frame S55 turbo upgrade: - PureTurbos Stage 2 - FBO - f80paul X EuroCharged flash tune through BM3 - Race gas and Meth kit BimmerBoost isn't sure how much more power can be extracted from the stock frames but as the N54 motor showed us over the years never say never.
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    12-30-2017, 05:20 PM
    It certainly is cool that Mercedes-AMG sticks their M279 6.0 liter V12 under the hood of the G Wagon. It is a perfect compliment to the big, heavy brute. The G65 also starts at $221k which is quite the premium over the $142k G63. What if you were to learn the G63 is cheaper, quicker, faster, handles better, and lighter than the G65? Seriously, it's quicker and faster according to Car and Driver's testing: It also grips better although neither one is exactly going to tear up a roadcourse: Curb weight: G65 6000+ lbs G63 5624 lbs Why pay $80k more for a slower, less efficient, and worse handling G Wagon? Apparently, because you can afford to. This is one of those times where the smaller V8 is the way to go.
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    01-18-2018, 02:42 AM
    PPM (Pure Performance Motorsport Australia or PPM Racing) claims to have various built stroker motors available for many platforms. For example, they claimed to have a 5.0 liter S63TU stroker motor for $18k which can go up to $40k+ with options. How much do they want for this 3.7 liter S55 built race motor? $44,000.00. Why? Well, again, it depends on options such as these: Their bore x stroke is 91mm x 94mm. Compare it to the stock specs: S55B30 DISPLACEMENT (CC): 2,979 BLOCK/HEAD MATERIAL: ALUMINUM/ALUMINUM BORE Χ STROKE (MM): 84.0mm x 89.6mm HORSEPOWER (SAE NET): 425 @ 7,300 RPM TORQUE: 406 LB.-FT. @ 1,850 - 5,500 RPM SPECIFIC OUTPUT: 141.6 HP/L COMPRESSION RATIO: 10.2:1 Another 7 mm of bore is hard to believe but perhaps the closed deck block allows greater bore gains than the N54 or N55 blocks. You will notice there are no N54 or N55 stroker motors approaching this displacement despite having the same factory bore and stroke as the S55. Does a 3.7 liter S55 race motor with custom cams and valvetrain parts sound awesome? Hell yes! The question is, who will try it? Where is the proof of it even existing? Who designed these cams and why aren't they offered separately? Hopefully someone finds out if this is the real deal.
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    01-09-2018, 08:51 PM
    This is a very impressive little 135i here. The term little is simply to denote that the E82 chassis is the lightest N54 powered BMW chassis and that certainly helps. Beyond the weight though this is a stock motor and stock automatic car with 150,000+ miles. Power is estimated to be in the 650-700 whp range with tuning provided by EMP Tuning. @ajehoti of EMP should be able to shed more on the tune. Now, this 135i boogies (and has an awesome plate). The first run is against the GTR and as we all know built examples can range from mild to wild. The 135i takes the race. Why the GTR has a built motor still running the factory turbos is anyone's guess. Next up is a Hellcat with a tune, pulleys, intake, and E85. The owner says it traps 142 so it's no joke. The GSX puts up a good fight (it's much, much lighter) but the Hellcat pulls. Who else wishes the 135i ran the Hellcat or GSX? Nissan GTR mods: built engine stock turbos (maxed out) 700whp 2015 Hellcat charger: built by gear head fabrications Gear head fab stage 3.5 (e85 fuel) 1991 AWD Eclipse GSX: built 2.0L Built Trans Precision 7685 (30psi) EMS(ecu) tuned by Andre EMS
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    12-27-2017, 03:11 PM
    This is always fun to see because while both vehicles are 911's they are completely different from one another. Porsche offers their sports car in several different flavors and should be commended for it. Want a high revving naturally aspirated motor? No problem. What a turbocharged and all wheel drive monster? Not an issue. The 911 Turbo is obviously the brute force champion here. It is offering another 40 horsepower and much more torque. The turbo motor and all wheel drive do come with a weight penalty of 263 pounds. Really this comes down to finesse versus power. It shows on the track where the GT3 manages the slightly faster lap by eight hundredths of a second but the Turbo hits the higher top speed by three kph. Ultimately, it is surprisingly close between the two. Which is the one to have? The only correct answer is both.
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    12-27-2017, 04:12 PM
    This is being portrayed as a pump gas record but water-meth injection is really making it possible. Still, very impressive numbers from German tuner Kotte-Performance and their F80 M3. This likely is the strongest pump gas + meth S55 out there. Keep in mind this is a stock internal S55 I6 that has not been opened up. Here is the mod list: - Pnp-Turbo Kotte Stage X Turbos - Snow Performance WMI with 3 nozzles - Free flowing exhaust - Full Bolt Ons - Stock Engine - Aral 102 pump gas Tuning is through the new MHD F-Series OBD-II software. What makes this somewhat difficult is comparing a different dynamometer type from what we are used to seeing in the USA: However, they did include some GPS testing data showing the car is moving well: Hopefully we get more details on the Pnp-Turbo S55 Stage X upgrade as well as see more cars replicate this recipe while providing dyno numbers. A strong F80 M3 however you slice it.
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    01-10-2018, 09:06 PM
    This is going to be a fairly common recipe in the 718 Boxster and Cayman S world. A tune and a downpipe, your basic bolt ons. The 2.5 liter 9A2B4 flat-four obviously responds very well to the modifications. Factory output is an underrated 350 horsepower. This increases by almost 100 at the crank with the Stage 2 ECU flash plus downpipe: Note, this is a catted downpipe: Torque rises by 73 lb-ft over stock. Also, these are crank ratings but it gives you a good idea of how potent of a package a bolt on 718 S can be.
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    01-10-2018, 09:41 PM
    We all know that direct injection fuel systems in the modern BMW turbo era become a bottleneck eventually when making big power. The holy grail has been an upgraded HPFP (High Pressure Fuel Pump) that can flow big numbers over the factory supplied pump. XDI claims to have two HPFP pumps that do just that. The first is XDI-HPFP-35 with a claimed 35% increase: The second is the XDI-HPFP-60 with a claimed 60% increase: Now, that all sounds fantastic. The problem? There is no proof. There is no pricing. To be fair, the BMW application is said to be in development still. All we know now is that they state these pumps apply to the F-Series N55 as well as the F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 motor. If they work as advertised, they are worth whatever XDI charges. It almost sounds too good to be true but hopefully some independent results are posted with these pumps that verify the claims and M3/M4 owners have a plug and play HPFP upgrade solution.
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    01-09-2018, 07:22 PM
    Audi sells the R8 5.2 FSI V10 Coupe in two forms as of this writing in the USA, the standard 540 horsepower version and the 610 horsepower V10 Plus. You will notice the V10 Plus matches the output of the Lamborghini Huracan. The standard model is artificially limited through software. You can see on the Eurocharged graph where Audi is tuning out the power: The baseline and tuned curves are fairly similar up until 6250 rpm where the tuned car picks up big power. The difference in peak horsepower is 69 awhp. That is a big chunk of power to pick up on a naturally aspirated V10 tune only and it goes to show how Audi uses software to control the output and hierarchy. If you have a standard R8, what are you waiting for?
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    01-10-2018, 08:01 PM
    This is a painful lesson to learn but at least nobody was seriously injured and no other cars were hit. You have some kids playing around on the highway in what looks to be an E39 5-Series and the driver thinks he can execute a controlled drift. Well, he is a terrible driver. He gets the tail slightly moving and can't correct or sustain a controlled drift and plows right into the highway wall. Luckily, nobody was killed or hurt and no innocent car got pulled into this mess. The sad thing? The E39 is one of the best 5-Series chassis' produced if you want to exercise some car control skills. The problem here is the kid has no skills.
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    12-28-2017, 03:22 PM
    Magazines are finally testing the new W213 generation E63 sedan with its 4.0 liter twin scroll turbocharged M177 V8 and it certainly impresses. The E63 S is a straightline missile. All wheel drive helps it hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.0 seconds flat. Which is all the more impressive when you consider the thing weighs 4587 pounds. They did not make it any lighter. They just added power and torque. It shows in the 126 mile per hour trap speed. On the street this is going to be a mean car in stock form let alone with an ECU tune. So it's big, heavy, and fast. What is surprising though is it grips too. 1.01g on the skidpad used to be a number for a world beating sports car. Now a fat Mercedes sedan can do it without a problem. You could almost argue this car is a German Hellcat. The weight and acceleration certainly match but it is much more refined. You pay for that refinement. The interior is gorgeous. The exterior is gorgeous. It's some of the best overall styling execution inside and out from AMG... ever. Car and Driver liked it and what is there not to like? You can even put it in a rear wheel drive drifting mode. The only downside seems to be the as tested price. VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-/all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan PRICE AS TESTED: $135,330 (base price: $105,395) ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 243 cu in, 3982 cc POWER: 603 hp @ 6500 rpm TORQUE: 627 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm TRANSMISSION: 9-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 115.7 in LENGTH: 196.4 in WIDTH: 75.1 in HEIGHT: 56.6 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 98 cu ft TRUNK VOLUME: 13 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 4587 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.0 sec Zero to 100 mph: 7.0 sec Zero to 130 mph: 11.9 sec Zero to 150 mph: 16.6 sec Zero to 170 mph: 23.3 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 3.9 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.3 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 2.7 sec Standing Ό-mile: 11.1 sec @ 126 mph Top speed (governor limited, mfr's claim): 186 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 155 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.01 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY: Observed: 12 mpg 75-mph highway driving: 22 mpg Highway range: 460 mi EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 18/15/22 mpg
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    12-24-2017, 10:39 AM
    This is great for those guys who want to avoid downtime and have a DCT transmission that will handle whatever you throw at it. The premise is similar as to what Dodson does for the Porsche PDK. This is of course for Dodson's new 10-plate Sportsman DCT upgrade. They ship it to you fully assembled and you ship back your core: International means they can service customers all over the globe. If you want the best upgrade for your BMW DCT transmission, this is it.
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    12-24-2017, 12:51 PM
    The McLaren 675LT is great to use as a reference point considering just how damn fast the car is. As a reminder, a McLaren 675LT will do 10.2 @ 137.79 in the 1/4 mile. That is much, much quicker and faster than a stock Mercedes-AMG GT S. That is where the Pure Turbos Stage I M178 turbocharger upgrade comes into play to make this a race. Of course, good tuning is necessary to make use of the turbo hardware and DME Tuning provides their Stage 3 ECU flash tune. How does the AMG GT S do? Basically, it's even. Clearly this is a fast AMG GT S but it goes to show just how stout the 675LT is in stock form as well. It certainly helps that the 675LT is almost 800 pounds lighter. Great runs.
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    01-09-2018, 03:01 PM
    If you are a car enthusiast (why else would you be here?) this is good news. Why? Because the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is getting funding cut and reducing its bloated budget which was used to bully guys who just want to enjoy their cars. Remember back in 2016 when the EPA wanted to fine you for modifying your car? Even for off-road use? Even if you didn't drive it? Yes, that's right. Even if you build exhausts for a living modifying a car to use as a model for exhaust products would mean you could face $37,500 in fines for each engine modified: Well, that insanity is fortunately over as is the EPA's overreach: As of January 3, 2018, the EPA has 14,162 employees. The last time EPA was at an actual employment level of 14,440 was in fiscal year 1988 when Reagan was president. 23 percent of EPA employees can retire with full benefits and another 4 percent can retire at the end of 2018. Additionally, another 20 percent of EPA employees will be eligible for retirement in the next five years. Taken together, 47 percent of the EPA will be eligible to retire with full benefits in the next 5 years. Keep it up. Source
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    12-24-2017, 09:02 AM
    This is the same McLaren 720S you have all watched wreck everything in its path short of an 1100 awhp Nissan GTR. This time it is running on the PBIR (Palm Beach International Raceway) dragstrip against a bolt on tuned Porsche 991.2 Turbo S. With the 991.2 generation the 911 Turbo S received larger turbochargers than its standard turbo counterpart. That means there is more to gain tune only. This 2018 911 Turbo S has a full catless exhaust and a Champion (GIAC) ECU tune. It is said to make 588 horsepower to all four wheels although we are not sure what dyno it was tested on. Either way, it is still roughly 100 wheel horsepower short of the 720S. What the Turbo S has going for it is all wheel drive. So, despite the roughly 300 pound weight penalty it should pull the 720S out of the hole and then the McLaren will have to run it down by the 1/4 mile marker. So how does it play out? Well, the 911 gets caught sleeping in the first run. It gets trounced. Its only hope is to get the jump and try to hold the lead. The Turbo does have the better 60 foot but it's trailing by just over 10 miles per hour of trap speed essentially supporting the difference of ~100 whp exactly: The best pass for the Turbo S ends up being a 10.285 @ 133.99: It is going to need upgraded turbos just to be able to run with a stock 720S. Look at the McLaren's best pass: Damn.
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    Yesterday, 10:01 AM
    Another day, another N54 single turbo kit, eh? Vi Engineered based out of Denver, Colorado has a new entry in the N54 single turbo top mount game. Based on some of their past work they clearly have talent developing turbo kits and manifolds. So what do they bring to the table? This: Your $4850 gets you the following: Garrett 3884GTW turbo Water fittings, oil fittings, lines, flanges 2 Tial 38mm Wastegates Manifold Dump tubes Downpipe that connects to stock exhaust Water pipe to water pump Relocation brackets for expansion tank Air filter Thermal wrap Turbo blanket What kind of numbers does the kit produce? BimmerBoost is not sure. They do not provide any graphs although obviously output can range wildly depending on boost, tuning, fuel, supporting mods, etc. Yet another option worth considering.
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