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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-28-2015, 03:33 PM
    The N54 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-6 is a strong BMW motor that takes boost (and abuse) well. That does not mean it is indestructible as nothing is. BimmerBoost member @Xearom3 unfortunately put a hole in his block but he shared what, how, and when it happened. Most people tend to sweep these things under the rug as if it is some sort of embarrassment or it reflects badly on them. Usually it is tuners as often something they did is responsible for the failure. This one appears to be old fashioned detonation and bad luck with the ECU not being able to spare the motor in time. So, he put a hole in the block but is taking it in stride sharing the details and he has a spare motor to build which will be able to take much more abuse. Hey, shit happens when pushing motors and running them hard at power/torque levels they were not designed for. Respect from BimmerBoost to @Xearom3 for sharing these photos and details: So I figured I would share my experience with the community. Was out making a couple of pulls @ 25/26psi on my PTE 6466 twin scroll setup when cylinder 1 decided to give up on me. Not surprised a stock engine let go at mid to upper 600's, but I am impressed how long it hung in there. Put up a hell of a fight! Pics at the very bottom of my spare engine that apparently is now gonna get built. Log is from earlier in the evening: Also happened to have my GoPro watching the cluster:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-06-2015, 04:20 PM
    Lot's of runs here from BoostAddict member @Newguy123. His car is the camera car of course and a 2012 DCT BMW E82 135i with the Pure Turbos Stage 2 N55 turbocharger upgrade. His car produces 520 horsepower and 517 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Strong, but he runs many cars with more power and does very well. Part of that is due to the DCT transmission and part of it is due to repeated jumping before the cones. It is what it is and unfortunately with how this event was set up (and most events are the same way) they do not have a way to take early starts into account. Let's break down the runs one by one. 1st run - 335IS DCT MOTIV 750/900 with port injection and 22 psi of boost. (335is low boost (20 psi) to be safe with a disabled AIC which controls the PI)Slightly early start for the camera car. He opens up a lead and maintains it until they shut down. The 335is should be making more power with the Motiv kit and is not handicapped by its transmission. 2nd run - FBO + meth AT stock turbos n54 on 21-22 psi completely gutted, 1 race seat, light wheels, 6lb battery, carbon fiber hood and trunk Another early start. Pattern starting to emerge. A close start between the two nonetheless. It's close but then the N55 pulls a bit up top. 3rd run - F10 dct M6 coupe 590 on the window unsure of mods if any. Much better start although the camera car gets a minimal edge. Pretty much door to door with the N55 managing to open up a small lead. 4th run - FBO meth n54 335i on 20psi no seats. 450/470 whp/wtq Both look to get on the gas early. The N54 is quickly and easily pulled. 5th run - SC'd mustang 4.6 460whp on window Good start and then the Mustang loses it on the shift. It's all over after that. Not a contest. 6th run -R8 V10 supercharged. he said 750 CHP 650 whp. Would love to know which supercharger kit this guy is running. We assume based on the location it's VF but there are other kits. It would also be nice to know what the owner was thinking getting a supercharger instead of turbos on the V10 platform. The N55 gets on the gas early. The R8 manages to quickly run it down and pass. It continues to pull. The R8 actually looks like it is performing at its claimed 650 wheel horsepower. 7th run - n54 FBO 335i TB injection RB turbos map 7 2nd gear start A nice honest start. The N55 pulls despite a misfire. The RB N54 does look to creep back but then it's over. 8th run - rematch against the RB upgraded N54 from 3rd gear Just a much better pull down low from the N55 and it's a different race in 3rd gear. This one is quickly over. 9th run - 335i fbo payams car running VM top mount kit i believe. 700+ whp i hit limp The VM single turbo 335i takes a little while to get going here and in the lower gears is not able to pull. Once they reach higher speeds the single turbo N54 335i begins to pull hard. The N55 hits limp mode once the 335i N54 is pulling. 10th run- "650 whp supra" Early start from the N55. It doesn't matter. Once the Supra spools it just walks away. That is not a 650 whp Supra. Owner says he had boost issues and is normally in the 800's. In other words he sandbagged to beat up on the smaller guys. 11th run - Jaguar F type R, stock Both get on it early. Why even have cones? The Jaguar gets pulled. Based on this result and the others despite the limp mode issues the N55 looks to be offering performance of roughly a 124 mile per hour trap speed car. A very nice collection of runs and a strong N55 135i. Thank you to @Newguy123 for the video and hopefully he gets those limp mode issues straightened out.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    04-27-2015, 05:54 PM
    Had a chance to meet up with Payam today to tune his new PTE 6466 G2 twin scroll turbocharger. He's running our port injection and a full fuel-it kit (regulator & return line). 100% E85. Per usual I have a limited amount of time so I'll just share the highlights. 1) The 6466 G2 in a twin scroll works really well. Great boost potential and very good HP per PSI. 2) We found Payam's car wanted a lot less timing than I'm used to giving E85 cars. Around 7.5 degrees up top. 3) I tried a few VANOS curves and found the basic Cobb curves worked better than what we have in our ST back end flash files. Better spool and more power. Sigh. I think I'll just change those all back. 4) He ran in to timing drops around 30psi that we couldn't fix by lowering advance further so decided to call it a day for now. Hopefully it runs well at NFZ this weekend!
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    05-19-2015, 04:04 PM
    One of our valued customers in the land down under has posted a review on our facebook page showing off his RHD 135i picking up an astounding 30WHP with ONLY the installation of our VTT silicone inlets, no tuning changes. Add a little conservative tuning to the mix, and that power jumps up almost 60 WHP! This is what he had to say about his experience "VTT silicone inlets made Massive power gains for me taking my N54 135i to 397rwKw with RB's. It's a beast since I installed the inlets. 353 to 375 was inlets only, 397 was new backend and some tuning and a little more boost. The sound is just intoxicating." Awesome work Greg! Glad you are enjoying your new inlets! For us WHP guys that is 474WHP, up to 503WHP with inlets only, up to 532 with some tuning! $499 for 30WHP, requiring absolutely nothing to be touched in your engine, 100% plug and play! Works with EVERY brand of intake box, or DCI on the market. No need to buy what you already have again! No other inlet offers this versatility, plain and simple. This explains why we have sold 55 sets in such a short time...:) If anyone is wondering when we will have more. We ordered 30 more sets, they will arrive in the next 7 days or so. We have 5 pre-ordered leaving 25 sets ready for purchase! Feel free to email us with any questions! Find the review here: https://www.facebook.com/VargasTurbo?sk=reviews
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-03-2015, 08:11 PM
    Rebellion Automotive is based out of the UK and The Turbo Engineers home is in Germany. It makes sense for these two to link up to provide a big turbo upgrade for the M133 motor. Rebellion Automotive already offers their Stage II turbo upgrade which utilizes a modified OEM housing. What does this upgrade entail? We don't really know as only this teaser photo stating TTE460-R is provided. We do know that Rebellion is now moving to flash tuning. Their previous turbo upgrade used their piggyback box but now with greater ECU control it looks like some more serious turbo upgrades are possible. The Turbo Engineers does some great work so we know the hardware side will be solid. Just take a look at their Audi 2.5 TFSI turbo upgrade work. If the 460 in the TTE upgrade is anything to go by it looks like 460 wheel horsepower should be the target here considering the Stage II Rebellion upgrade that we assume TTE did offers 401 wheel horsepower. Either way bigger turbos are coming to the M133 platform from multiple sources. The more competition, the better for AMG enthusiasts.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-11-2015, 09:32 PM
    The BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network sees a lot of tuning from a variety of sources. Yes, some tuners are better than others. Yes, some tuners live primarily off their image and name, not their ability. Our goal is to inform the people of the choices they have and hopefully they spend their hard earned money wisely. The choices below BoostAddict believes are some of the industries most overrated tuners and that there are better options out there in the aftermarket especially for the money. That said, these 'tuners' somehow remain very popular (although a few eventually reached their inevitable demise). You may agree or disagree and that is the beauty of discussion and opinion. 10. Dinan This one hurts a bit to say as Dinan has done great things in the BMW world. However, this company has quickly gone in the BMW turbo era from one of the most sought after BMW tuners to the most overrated. BMW's have changed. Dinan has not been able to keep up with this change effectively. Just look at their 'Dinantronics' tune for the S55 turbo motor in the F80 M3 and F82 M4. Gains of 20 wheel horsepower for $2499. Are there better options out there? Yes. For less money? Yes. From multiple sources? Yes. That are not piggyback tuned? Yes. This piggyback point really highlights how Dinan has fallen behind. Piggyback tuning indeed dominates the BMW turbo market but Dinan is priced higher than basically every other tuning box option out there. Not to mention Dinan came off as hypocrites when they talked down on piggyback tuning only to do it themselves. The reasons given are nonsense as the actuality of why they went to piggyback tuning is they did not have access to the F-Series BMW ECU's to develop a proper flash tune. With the ECU's now cracked Dinan might as well take their box off the market. Too little and way too late. That might be why Dinan himself saw the writing on the wall and cashed out leaving his own company. 9. Gemballa What is Gemballa good for other than adding 'Lambo' doors to your 911? Not much. Well, they are good at living off the Gemballa name and providing overpriced body kits and wheels. The company originally was founded by Uwe Gemballa who was murdered in 2010 and this murder remains unsolved. Something bad went down in South Africa. The company went into a freefall after this and the rights to the name were purchased by those who wanted to continue to exploit the Gemballa name. Gemballa back in 2001 actually did some hardcore tuning and challenged for Nurburgring records with their cars. Since then they have become a status symbol for people with more money than brains. If you want a body kit and wheels, go ahead and check them out. If you want serious Porsche tuning go elsewhere. 8. Techart This is yet another German tuner offering more style than substance. Does Techart have some nice upgrades? Kind of, they offer overpriced bolt on packages consisting of exhaust systems and ECU tunes. The majority of the stuff they offer is said to come from various other German sources. Their primary source of revenue is bodykits and wheels. They offer suspension modules, exhaust tips, spoilers, things of that sort. Yes, these parts generally look good. If you consider serious tuning of Porsches body kits, lowering kits, and wheels, then Techart may just be for you. There is also the infamous story of how in 2007 Techart supposedly somehow ended up with some Porsche development motors for upcoming models that were stolen from a Porsche facility. Porsche brought a lawsuit against them and some people ended up in jail. How good does Techart look now? 7. ECU Tuning Group This is by far the least recognizable name on this list thus far and it should stay that way. This is the tuner that advertises by claiming to be the world's number 1 tuner. If you have to tell people you are number 1 you probably aren't number 1. This 'Group' has undergone several name changes. It originally was known as Singh Autosport and owned by a man named Jags Gill. Feel free to decide for yourself if this sounds like something the 'Number 1 ECU tuner' in the world would be up to: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/local-news/feds-seek-forfeiture-of-package "A FedEx package passing through Memphis from England two years ago raised the curiosity of security agents who noticed the sender had spent more than $400 to ship stereo speakers he valued at $281. Now federal prosecutors in Memphis, suspecting a money-smuggling operation, have filed a forfeiture petition seeking to seize the $274,912 in dollars and British pounds they found hidden inside the two Sony speakers. The money and speakers sent from a "Mr. J. Gill" of Middlesex, England, was headed for Singh Autosport, a company in Fremont, Calif., that does not exist, according to state business records there. Also, although the contents were marked as "Sony accoustic speakers Ebay buyer," U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and eBay investigators determined that no one had purchased the speakers through the online shopping Web site. A man identifying himself as "Jags Gill" began calling for the package, but could not provide serial numbers for the speakers. He later provided model numbers and dimensions for the speaker. Meanwhile, a month later in November 2006, authorities in Louisville, Ky., seized $231,891 in British pounds hidden in a table top at the UPS International Air Hub. The money was connected to a "Jaspal Gill" in London and is the object of a separate forfeiture action." Perhaps they mean number one in money laundering? Either way, there are better options out there than somebody that is just reselling tunes from European sources anyway. 6. Horsepower Freaks This one is technically dead. For those that know the story though this tuner went from being one of the biggest tuning names on the BMW forums to a story of a has-been that was completely mismanaged. At one point HPF dominated the BMW forum scene and was involved with BimmerBoost as far back as 2010. Having a giant like HPF on BimmerBoost elevated us and Chris Bergemann the owner always treated me personally with respect. HPF had all the E46 M3 horsepower records and was the king of the S54 platform. Then things quickly started to change. HPF started getting behind on paying its advertising tab to BimmerBoost and one would assume others. HPF still owes BimmerBoost $300 but it just goes to show you how bad things were if HPF could not pay that tiny tab. Chris Bergemann at HPF began to focus on young girls instead of building cars and running his business. He became about image and cheap promotion. There were reports of blown motors circulating as well as people leaving the company. There was a rumor of an employee stealing tons of money in parts and who knows what else. The company shut down with pretty much a whimper as Chris emptied out what he could from the HPF facility. He eventually sold the rights to the name to VividRacing who of course had no problem picking what they could off the bones. HPF is a tale of a spectacular failure and how forum image and fanboys can make you think you're a rockstar and the best in the business. Perception and reality are often very different things and that is true here. 5. RDSport / Racing Dynamics Back in the early BMW E46 days these guys had a following. That has since evaporated because they have done nothing of any merit. Their own website does not even feature the new BMW turbo 3-Series cars including the M3 and instead talks about yachting more than it does tuning. The company was founded in California by Federico Pavoncelli. Sometime in 2003 following a trademark issue Racing Dynamics became RDSport creating confusion as to what parts were the real deal and which parts were knock offs. The last thing they did of any merit was an S65 V8 stroker motor for the E92 M3 years ago but this gained little traction and RDsport was never able to tune it properly. BimmerBoost knows of an early RDSport stroker that received custom tuning and made substantially more power than on the default RDSport tune. Due to the owner being a complete asshat the tuner gave him back the stock RDSport tune and that owner does not even know this to this day. Regardless, RDSport's BMW tuning influence has evaporated and the company might as well not even exist. 4. Mansory This may be the ultimate example of style over substance. Mansory is all about the name and really not much else. How they manage to stay in business in frankly baffling. This network certainly can not explain it. Do they have nice body kits? Sure. For $38k+? Who is buying this stuff? Well, people in the Middle East mostly who think the Mansory name means something. It doesn't. The recipe is rather simple. Do some carbon fiber body kit, call it limited edition, and then get people to line up and pay for it. They claim to have high performance options for everything out there but you never see anything from them. For example, claims of 800+ horsepower twin turbo Huracans yet not a single dyno or 1/4 mile run is available. It is just one of those companies that will tell you they can twin turbocharge your Lamborghini and before you know it you're banging your head against the wall and wondering why you did not go to Underground Racing or Heffner for serious performance that actually exists. 3. Evosport Another tale of failure. This network has considerable experience with Evosport and was at one point threatened with legal action by them. Why? Because BenzBoost brought it to the attention of the Mercedes-AMG tuning world that Evosport was in debt and not delivering parts. As Evosport essentially started MBWorld this information was hidden from their user base with people being banned and posts on the topic were deleted. They could not do the same on BenzBoost. Evosport tried to solicit customers for money and BenzBoost happened to acquire proof. Suffice it to say there was no lawsuit and BenzBoost is still standing while Evosport has shut its doors. If a tuner starts asking you for more and more money and is not delivering, that is a red flag. Trying to punish websites for promoting awareness so nobody is taken advantage of is a pretty bad way to conduct business. That is why they are no longer in business. 2. ASR Engineering ASR Engineering is yet another tuner that doesn't deserve the free press it's getting here but people need to be aware of what they have done. The owner, Abid, may actually have no heart or soul. There are BimmerBoost members he still owes thousands of dollars to that he has failed to pay back for not delivering parts. That's known as stealing. We are just scratching the surface. ASR was allowed to take advantage of people on a certain BMW M5 board by the administrator (Gustav). Unlike that board, BimmerBoost threw ASR the hell out of here right away. So what happened? ASR would go on the mentioned M5 forum and claim big numbers by simply putting a nitrous kit on an E60 M5. The membership was blown away by this 'amazing' tuning for some reason. ASR then announced they wanted to build a twin turbo V10 and suddenly everyone started commenting on how awesome that would be and how ASR would dominate the BMW world with their M5's. Well, tuning a nitrous kit and a custom twin turbo S85 V10 are two very different things requiring two very different skill levels. You should not trust ASR to tune your radio let alone a car. Take a look at the state of one of the M5's sent in to ASR engineering was in when its owner finally was able to get it back. This happened to not one but two E60 M5's. Fortunately the owners could take the loss and move on but ASR and Abid did not even have the decency to put the cars back to stock. That is because many parts were missing (probably sold). Abid is trying once again to weasel his way into the BMW scene and find some people to take advantage of. Do not let him take advantage of you. 1. Hennessey Performance The tale of Hennessey's history is so long and such an epic clusterfuck that we do not know where to begin. It can only be said that Hennessey deserves his own article to detail just what a freaking mess he created and then tried to sweep up. If you want overpriced tuning and to satiate Hennessey's ego then maybe Hennessey is for you. Want a $300k Cadillac CTS-V with 1000 wheel horsepower? Despite the fact there are CTS-V's putting out more power for a fraction of this from other Domestic tuners building superior LSA's and LS9's? Want a stretched Lotus Elise with a turbo V8 for a million dollars? Call up Hennessey. We will delve into the history of selling parts off customer cars, lawsuits, and Hennessey threatening to fight people on forums (seriously) later this week.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-12-2015, 03:45 AM
    More and more numbers are coming out every day for the new 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63. Eurocharged took delivery of their C63 AMG S test car and quickly put it on the Dynojet to measure output. Mercedes rates the C63 S model with its M177 twin turbo V8 at 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The Dynojet numbers show 467 horsepower at the wheels and 489 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The power is definitely underrated by roughly 40-50 crank horsepower and the torque is massively underrated as it is at 575+ lb-ft of torque at the crank stock. That is a good thing as that torque will be necessary to move this porky beast. Take a look at this overlay between the W205 C63 M177 stock and a Eurocharged tuned W204 C63 AMG M156 V8: The peak horsepower between the two only ranges by 27 wheel horsepower. The torque between the two differs by just under 90 lb-ft at the wheels. Keep in mind that is a tuned naturally aspirated 6.2 liter M156 in the W204 C63 AMG. The M177 in the C63 AMG S is stock and with a tune you would need a blower on the M156 to keep this close. It will never match it in naturally aspirated form and certainly never provide the same torque down low. This is what the turbo era brings us. A much fatter torque curve lower in the rev range (as well as easier tune only gains). The M177 isn't revving like the M156 or multiplying the torque for horsepower up top but it really doesn't need to. Now Audi of course also has a 4.0 liter twin turbo direct injected V8. Many AMG enthusiasts were concerned that 4.0 liters for a V8 is too small (with boost, it simply isn't) and the RS7 proves that point. Look at the stock overlay between the RS7 and the W205 C63 AMG S: The RS7 is obviously more powerful (as it should be) stock but one should also pay attention to the tuned output from the RS7. The V8's are not identical and have different hardware, internals, tuning, etc., but if the RS7 can hit 636 horsepower at the wheels with its 4.0 liter direct injected twin turbo V8 with top mount turbos and do so tune only it sure bodes well for M177/M178 tuning.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-26-2015, 05:56 PM
    Car and Driver is the first one to publish test figures for the 2016 ATS-V coupe. They tested the 6-speed manual version and 8-speed automatic test figures will come later. Is the new ATS-V a BMW F82 M4 killer? Not exactly, but it is a decent first attempt. Let's get the acceleration figures for the 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque 3.6 liter twin turbo V6 out of the way. 0-60 comes in 4.2 seconds, 0-100 in 9.9 seconds, and the 1/4 mile in 12.6 seconds at 115 miles per hour. Not exactly the world beating acceleration performance that the Caddy boss was bragging about. It is roughly even with a manual M3/M4. It is considerably behind Car and Driver's own figures for a DCT 2015 F80 M3 though. Will the 8-speed 8L90 automatic version close the gap? Maybe. It certainly is not 'whipping' the Germans the way Johan de Nysschen claimed and it does not have a horsepower or torque advantage anywhere other than on paper versus BMW. The Mercedes-AMG C63 S outmuscles the ATS-V by the way. Ok, so he was wrong about that. What about his statements on how it would handle, brake, and just drive better than its German rivals? Well, he is wrong there too as Car and Driver's M4 test figures show .99g on the skidpad and the ATS-V hits .97g. Where is the major advantage for the Cadillac? It does not brake any better either. It is also heavier than the BMW M4 at 3760 pounds. As far as the styling inside and out you do not get the same quality the Germans offer and you should for the $74,450 price as tested. Audi, Mercedes, and BMW simply have better looking cars and better looking interiors. Look at this garbage instrument cluster on the ATS-V: The ATS-V just is not as good as the BMW M3/M4. The Mercedes-AMG C63 remains to be seen but but those of us who have seen the the C63 and ATS-V in person (like this writer) can say it also blows the ATS-V away. The C63 has better styling inside and out, the M177 V8 is more powerful, and you are looking at roughly the same money if not less with options. Johan de Nysschen should not have opened his mouth when the ATS-V can not back his words up. The CTS-V likely will and does outmuscle its German competition with comparable quality inside and out. It likely will come in cheaper too. For the same money as its German rivals the ATS-V does not offer enough performance to overcome its deficiencies. Back to the drawing board Cadillac, you got too cocky and couldn't back it up. Specifications VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED:$74,450 (base price: $63,660) ENGINE TYPE:twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:217 cu in, 3564 cc Power: 464 hp @ 5850 rpm Torque: 445 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm TRANSMISSION:6-speed manual DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 109.3 in Length: 184.7 in Width: 72.5 in Height:54.5 in SAE interior volume: F:50 cu ft R: 34 cu ft Trunk volume: 10 cu ftCurb weight: 3760 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 4.2 sec Zero to 100 mph: 9.9 sec Zero to 120 mph: 13.7 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.3 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 9.6 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.9 sec Standing -mile: 12.6 sec @ 115 mph Top speed (drag ltd, mfr's claim): 185 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 154 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.97 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 16/24* mpg C/D observed: 20 mpg *C/D estimated.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-29-2015, 02:55 PM
    CAR decided to drag race the Audi RS7 and the BMW F13 M6. Now, the M6 is the lighter car. However, the advantage is in the RS7's court. It has an automatic transmission and all wheel drive so launching it as simple as putting your foot on the brake pedal, other foot on the gas, and then letting go of the brakes. Anyone can do it. The M6 takes a bit more skill and CAR does not seem to have it. Obviously a drag race is all about the launch. The torque these two twin turbo V8's put out is tremendous and the M6 will have traction issues. To get a good launch and actually make this a race the M6 needs drag rubber or at the very least the tire pressure lowered a bit and its tires warmed up to help. Obviously that is not always possible on the street and this result is what most people will see from a stoplight. The RS7 pulling away with no drama as the M6 fights for traction. Unfortunately, CAR provides no data on the trap speed or elapsed times for either car. Jump to to the 1:30 mark in the video to watch the obvious outcome.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-03-2015, 03:54 PM
    Does this really need to be explained to people? Well, it clearly needs to be explained to some people that parking on the beach is a bad idea. You know, because of things like rising tides and what happens to wet sand under thousands of pounds of pressure. This Scion FR-S owner didn't get it through their head so BoostAddict is doing yet another public service announcement. This Mercedes GL owner apparently thought they were invincible with all wheel drive saving them from any problems on the beach. You can't really use the Mercedes 4Matic if the car is buried in the sand though. You can't make this stuff up:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-30-2015, 01:26 PM
    Fortunately nobody was hurt here and it was just an old Mustang anyway (kidding). This foxbody Mustang was torn apart due to a nitrous bottle exploding in the heat. This is not supposed to happen as bottles have pressure release valves but this valve failed. The result of that was an explosion that sent parts of the car into neighbor's yards. Just a reminder to take nitrous seriously. He's lucky that hundred shot of NOS didn't blow the welds on the intake.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-12-2015, 07:01 PM
    Evolve Automotive is about to officially launch their Stage I tune for the BMW S63TU V8 engine. We were sent a dynograph the other day which shows very large gains. Dyno gains are one thing and real world performance is another. Actual racing always beats dyno racing for displaying performance. So here is the Evolve Stage I tuned F10 M5 going up against some stiff competition. The first run is against a Ferrari 458 Speciale. The Speciale receives tweaks compared to the standard Italia including weight loss as well as more power. The engine gets a bump to 14.0:1 compression along with revised heads, tuning, and intakes. It results in 605 horsepower from the 9000 rpm 4.5 liter V8. Beating one in the manner the Evolve tuned F10 M5 does is incredible: This next race against the Audi R8 GT V10 Spyder is more difficult. Not because the R8 GT is more powerful as it isn't. It's heavier than the 458 Speciale due to its all wheel drive and has 560 horsepower sent through a single clutch sequential gearbox unlike the 458 dual clutch transmission. That said, thanks to the all wheel drive plus a fairly large jump (he starts rolling and gets on it early) the R8 gets a massive lead. To catch up and pass it takes a very powerful car. Catch up and pass is exactly what this Evolve tuned F10 M5 is able to do and it looks like a freight train going by. Jumping didn't spare the R8 the inevitable. Very nice runs here showing the Evolve S63TU tune performing well in the real world.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-03-2015, 12:21 PM
    Big numbers here from a Sound Performance built E46 M3. This is hardly the first 1000+ WHP E46 M3 we have seen from them as last year an E46 M3 they built running a Precision 7675 put down 1071 horsepower to the rear wheels on the same Mustang dyno. Well they are doing 1000+ with a Precision 6870 on Ethanol using a ProEFI 128 for engine management. Pushing 34 psi of boost results in 1046 rear wheel horsepower and 865 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels: Impressive? No doubt about it. The car has a nitrous kit as well but the nitrous was not used on these runs. Here is the power and torque at the various boost levels: 614whp 506wtq @ 13psi 784whp 625wtq @ 21psi 967whp 738wtq @ 31psi 1046whp 865wtq @ 34psi Here are the build specs: SP Built 10:1 CR Engine Saad Racing Turbo Kit w/ SP 3" Boost Activated Exhaust Cutout Saad Racing E85 Fuel System Saad Racing Intake Manifold w/ LS3 DBW Throttle Body SP Direct-Port Nitrous Kit ProEFI Pro128 Flex Fuel Standalone EMS OS Giken Twin Disc Clutch Yet another 1000+ wheel horsepower S54 from Sound Performance and Saad Racing.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-24-2015, 01:58 PM
    This network likes EVO. Why? Well, after you watch this video you will understand. British reviews from Autocar or CAR happen to be crap for the most part in comparison. The latter often test in the wet and provides little to no meaningful data. EVO does the best job of blending quality data with subjective points at least as far as British reviews are concerned. The video starts with acceleration figures. The chaps at EVO were smart enough to figure out that maybe they should test the car in the dry and that is what they did. They use launch control, take off, and hit 60 in 2.6 seconds and 100 in 6.2 seconds. The car is blazing fast. Eventually they move to the track. A personal pet peeve is when a magazine will take a car out on the track and not get laptimes. What's the freaking point? Pretty pictures of some drifts? Some subjective points about the steering and chassis? Well, we get all of the above plus a laptime and other laptimes on the same circuit for context. It beats the 458 Speciale but we wonder how much of that is the all wheel drive traction helping on what is a fairly short course. Regardless, it is a highly impressive laptime and just over a second off the 918 Spyder. EVO also points out that Porsche did not send a team. Porsche did not make anyone go to their home office to test the car. They did not monitor the test. They simply threw EVO the keys. It takes two to tango and that is what makes this review so good. Porsche's willingness to allow their car to be tested independently and EVO's work of course. Simply well done and this is why we mentioned Porsche deserves respect and Ferrari deserves none.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-25-2015, 01:33 PM
    Some awesome smack talk here from Cadillac. Specifically from Cadillac president (and GM Executive Vice President) Johan de Nysschen formerly of Audi. You may remember that Cadillac tried to troll the Germans last month but it came off somewhat forced. This is much better. Much, much better: Strong words from the Cadillac president but it is the type of thing as an enthusiast you like to see. He pulls no punches informing the Germans this is not about horsepower, torque, or acceleration as they are already beaten there. He is right, the LT4 supercharged V8 going in the CTS-V is no joke. He does not just point to the CTS-V but also the new ATS-V models. Cadillac is attacking across the spectrum but it is important to note the cars are being built to be well rounded. That is why de Nysschen brings up handling, braking, steering, and cornering performance. Is Cadillac-V the new Sheriff in town? Let's get the cars on the road first but one has to love the confidence here. This is much better than photoshopping pictures of an ATS-V next to an AMG or M car. The Germans needs a wake up call and if anyone is going to give them one it is going to be the Americans and in the luxury segment specifically Cadillac. Go get 'em boys, show them how overrated the Germans truly are (and have been for some time).
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-18-2015, 11:11 PM
    The battle we have been waiting for is officially underway. Owners are getting their hands on the new C63 and fortunately one such owner was willing to go up against an F80 M3 on the highway to settle which car is quicker in stock form. It is not as simple as looking at the stock output to determine this race. On paper, the C63 AMG S M177 V8 has the advantage with its 503 horsepower rating. That said, the car is heavy coming in at roughly 400 pounds more than the F80 M3. It also does not have the F80 M3 and F82 M4 dual clutch transmission but the Mercedes MCT is a top of the line automatic gearbox offering quick gearshifts. The M3 is lighter, has a DCT, and also is severely underrated in its output showing 427 horsepower at the wheels and 429 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The C63 AMG S on the other hand shows 467 horsepower stock and 489 lb-ft of torque stock to the wheels. The C63 AMG S takes this race easily. It does have the inside track which plays a factor. The M3 does have a JB4 tune and downpipes but was run in Map 0 making this essentially a stock on stock race. The standard C63 AMG and the M3/M4 should be almost even. The S gives AMG the edge much like the P31 package did for the previous generation W204 C63 AMG. The first round goes to Mercedes.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-19-2015, 08:32 PM
    Why there is such a large disparity between US Porsche 991 Turbo performance and Middle Eastern times we have no clue. ESmotor claims this is their ES650 bolt on package on a Porsche 991 Turbo S. What are the details of this package? What they claim does not add up. Why you ask? Because to go 143 in the 1/4 mile on the 991 Turbo and Turbo S platform will require fuel system upgrades. What fuel system upgrades are they running? This is clearly necessary beyond the bolt on level which the factory fuel system does support. Also, a trap speed of 143 miles per hour is much more than 650 horsepower. Even at the wheels. Where is a dyno for this car? This network yet again can not explain Middle Eastern 1/4 mile anomalies or modifications. They say bolt on but do you really think this is the stock DME? Ekanooracing and ESMotor can claim to throw as much money as they want at a Porsche 911 Turbo S but you are not getting a 143 miles per hour pass out of it with bolt ons. Something just is not adding up unless you believe this: Emre@ESMotor: "Hello guys, Just to clarify the claims in the thread. The car has stock engine, never touched, and believe or not, it has completely stock fueling system. Its running our exhaust, headers, water/meth injection kit and our ecu module. It also has our "specific" alignment settings for better traction on the launch. Upgraded VTG's and upgraded intercoolers; i'm testing them on my personal car, i will release more information about them soon. " There is a video below but who knows if it is actually a 991 Turbo S that is running as you can not tell from the video. We have no explanation. <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="4" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/2jUzYyQAXX/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_top">A video posted by ESMOTOR (@esmotor)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2015-05-11T18:37:30+00:00">May 11, 2015 at 11:37am PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    05-21-2015, 02:38 PM
    Our awesome test car in Boston running our N55 Stage 2 JB turbo took his car to the track for the first time since it opened last night. He only got two passes before a spill shut the track down. His results? How about 12.18ET at 121.44, with a not great 2.08 60ft. Then on his very next pass he made a few adjustments, and managed an 11.73ET at 122.7, with a better 60 ft of 1.85. This incredibly was done on PUMP gas 93 octane, a single meth nozzle, and 18-20PSI! Shant is really showing off his driving skill here, with near perfect shifts, and NLS shifting on the runs. Video of the run: Keep in mind, our Stage 2 DBB currently holds the N55 1/4 record with a pass of 11.42 at 123.1 with an AT, E50, more timing, and nearly an identical 60ft. The AT alone will make up the 3/10ths of a second difference in the passes, let alone the higher timing. Here is log showing the car running 6-4 degrees of timing and a timing FLATLINE all the way through 4th. What this means is, as soon as he gets some more octane in the car, and can hold timing through 4th gear, this is an easy low 11 second car with at least 3-4MPH trap in it. Lets not even talk about turning up the boost a little bit...:naughty: http://www.datazap.me/u/vargasturbotech/shant-jb-n55-tester-logs-9-drag-strip?log=0&data=1-3-4-5-11&zoom=110-202 Bottom line the car has a TON left in it, and its already so close to taking the 1/4 record, well from us, but from an AT! If you want a dyno queen, you have other options, if you want N55 turbos that hold real drag racing records, your only option is VTT! Great work Shant! We appreciate all your hardwork, and nice driving!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-05-2015, 05:31 PM
    We predominantly focus on performance and tuning discussion here so it is nice to break the cycle from time to time. This plate happened to catch BimmerBoost's eye. Considering this website requires some basic web development knowledge the FFFFFF plate got a chuckle. If you don't get it you don't get it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-08-2015, 04:20 PM
    Flash tuning is really changing the BMW F-Series game. Take a look at what Eurocharged was able to do for this F30 335i equipped with the single turbo 3.0 liter N55 direct injected inline-6. The torque gains down low are massive and BMW is clearly barely even pushing the N55 engine. The boost increase is pretty large here by about 10 psi. Stock the reading is 7.76 psi of boost. This is not much for an OEM turbo motor these days. Eurocharged increases boost pressure to 17.75 psi along with timing and other changes which results in an additional 180 lb-ft of wheel torque at 3000 rpm. The torque peak comes early on this motor. The stock peak torque figure is 306 lb-ft of torque at the wheels (yes it is underrated a bit by BMW) but it increases to 465 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with the tune. The horsepower is underrated as well and it goes from 298 stock wheel horsepower to 345 horsepower with the Eurocharged tune. Simply solid gains and massive torque gains down low. The N55 is really coming into its own.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-07-2015, 04:43 PM
    The E92 M3 is inching closer to breaking into the 9's. We already saw a 10.46 @ 135 1/4 mile run (which is the record) for the E92 M3 from Powerhaus last year but it was done in negative density altitude conditions on the East Coast. Now we have some positive density altitude results from the same car at the ATCO dragstrip. As far as the changes from the previous run there are not many details specified. What we know is that this car has weight stripped out. It has American Racing headers and their exhaust. It's running higher boost than standard on its ESS-Tuning VT2-625 kit and has custom tuning. Assume race gas, don't believe otherwise. Hoosier 17 inch drag rubber is used and it helps get a 1.731 60 foot out of the car. There is a 1.6X in it with a full 6200 RPM launch control launch which should help push the car into the low 10's. It depends how brave they want to get as that is how things start to break. To hit a 10.4 in hot weather is impressive. Powerhaus Performance claims 91 degree weather but based on the time and date on the slip the run was done in 82 degree weather. That still results in density altitude of 1316 feet above sea level which is not exactly a great track condition for breaking records. Where does the E92 M3 go from here? Well, a built motor with higher boost should easily be capable of 9's and trap speeds in the 140's. For stock internal performance this is a very respectable result and shows that the E92 M3 is quite capable on the dragstrip.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-19-2015, 05:51 PM
    This is the second round of the matchup between these two cars. You may remember yesterday the video posted shows the stock C63 AMG S beating up on this M3. The M3 has a JB4 S55 tune from BMS (Burger Tuning) but was run on Map 0 to try to get as close to a stock to stock comparison as possible. The F80 M3 in this video is running Map 2 and also has downpipes. Running an actual tune makes a huge difference as the M3 opens up a lead. The C63 AMG S starts to come on strong though. Oddly, it stops pulling and the M3 pulls ahead as if the C63 let off. One thing is certain here. If F80 M3 or F82 M4 owners want to play with a C63 AMG S on the highway they better be tuned with bolt ons. The C63 AMG S sure looks strong in stock form.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-24-2015, 02:41 PM
    Incredible gains here and a very well detailed and photographed build from Weistec Engineering. This R231 SL63 AMG receives the full gamut of Weistec M157 performance products which includes their M157 turbocharger upgrade as well as their M157 downpipes. Of course Weistec tuning makes the hardware all work seamlessly and the result is an additional 199 horsepower at the wheels as well as an eye opening 352 more lb-ft of torque at the wheels. That is on 91 octane pump gas, not race fuel. This is what a high quality and well detailed build looks like folks: Weistec installed its in house designed and manufactured Turbocharger Upgrades, True Downpipe and Exhaust Upgrades, ECU Calibration, and Weistec Designed Spark Plugs and gave this gorgeous drop top 199 more horsepower to the wheels, and a whopping 352 more foot pounds of torque to the wheels. This combination creates one of the most exhilarating rides on the planet, while pairing off with the most euphoric V8 sounds ever to bellow out of a set of quad AMG exhaust tips. - Turbo Impeller Upgrade - Downpipe and Exhaust System - Spark Plugs - High Flow Air Filters - ECU Calibration - TCU Calibration Needless to say, the results were staggering.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-08-2015, 06:32 PM
    Interesting race here showing off the strength of the N54 with OEM turbo housing upgrades from Rob Beck. The 335i camera car is running a BMS JB4 tune on map 7 in addition to an ETS FMIC (front mount intercooler), BMS downpipes, Alpina automatic transmission software flash, and a BMS dual cone intake. The E63 AMG S is stock but puts out 522 horsepower at the wheels stock from its 5.5 liter twin turbo M157 V8. It's a very fast car capable of 120-122 1/4 mile trap speeds off the showroom floor. It does weigh roughly 1000 pounds more than the 335i though. The E63 for some reason hangs back until the cones and then gets on it what seems like after the 335i accelerates. Down low it hangs in there and closes the gap even appearing to pull at one point. The 335i then in higher speeds passes the E63 and just keeps on pulling. It opens a up nice lead and wins this one easily. The E63 is said to have a poor driver but no matter who was driving that top end pull of the N54 with upgraded turbos would not be stopped by a stock E63 AMG S. The owner needs a tune to uncork that AMG beast.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-20-2015, 03:04 PM
    G-Power has quality hardware and solid tuning (from a BMW source that supplies many other tuners as well) but their kits are overpriced especially for the performance. How else would you characterize a $32,500 SKII S85 V10 twin supercharger kit that produces 660 horsepower? There are cheaper options on the market at a fraction of the G-Power cost that offer more power. G-Power seems to be getting more serious about performance though announcing their 1001 horsepower kit. It's nice to see them for once provide a graph although it is a crank horsepower readout. It looks like they are using a MAHA dyno and the raw readout is in the upper right hand corner which shows the wheel output and losses but it's too small to read and not shared. So while they are getting better about providing output graphs so people who do not care about the G-Power name brand can actually take them seriously as a real high performance option they still are not providing all the data they can (and should). As this is an SKIII system it does involve a built S85 V10 motor. That means this is not a cheap solution but it is a complete solution. They do not list the price but an SKIII system with a single supercharger and built motor on the S65 V8 E9X M3 platform runs $57k. You can use that as a barometer as for how much they charge for this. Let's just say $65k+ and that they want you to contact them to discuss pricing. Does spending more money on a supercharger kit than one can buy an actual E60 M5 or E63 M6 vehicle for make sense? Not really. One of the cheaper single supercharger Vortech based solutions for under $15k plus a custom built motor makes more sense if one really want to push the S85 V10. This same thing can be done for less than half the price. You won't have twin ASA superchargers though and you won't have the G-Power logo scrawled across the orange manifold. Then again, if you're seriously considering this setup you probably don't care about the money anyway. Hopefully G-Power provides some actual performance testing and numbers but you can pretty much forget about ever seeing a 1/4 mile run.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-18-2015, 09:52 PM
    After teaser, after teaser, after teaser, GM officially revealed the new 2016 Camaro. You might be saying to yourself that it looks quite a bit like the car it replaced. You would not be wrong in that assessment but the main changes really come under the skin. The interior for one is a huge improvement. Americans traditionally struggle with interior design for some odd reason but they finally seem to be getting it. All of them, not just GM. The new chassis is said to be 200 pounds lighter. With how many manufacturers are missing their weight loss claims we will wait for independent weights before we proclaim that GM has done a great job leaning out the Camaro. The car should handle better due to its new rear end architecture based on the Cadillac ATS. Less weight and improved handling, good job. These were major areas of concern with the previous generation car. There will be three launch engine choices and four different transmission choices depending on the motor which are detailed below. Is the new Camaro enough of a change? It still looks very familiar and that may be the main downside. Adding LED lights with sharp angles to a design people already have grown accustomed to years ago is somewhat boring. On the other hand, they play it safe and improve the car where it matters. What do you think? Engines 2.0L Turbocharged I-4 VVT DI 3.6L V-6 VVT DI 6.2L V-8 VVT DI Displacement (cu in / cc): 122 / 1998 222 / 3640 376 / 6162 Bore & stroke (in / mm): 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86 3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.6 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92 Block material: cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum cast aluminum Valvetrain: DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing; Active Fuel Management overhead valve; two valves per cylinder; Active Fuel Management Fuel delivery: direct high-pressure fuel injection direct high-pressure fuel injection direct high-pressure fuel injection Compression ratio: 9.5:1 11.5:1 11.5:1 Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 275 / 205 @ 5600* 335 / 250 @ 6800* 455 / 339 @ 6000* Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 295 / 400 @ 3000-4500* 284 / 385 @ 5300* 455 / 617 @ 4400* *SAE certified. Transmissions Tremec TR3160 6-speed manual (2.0T and 3.6L) Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual with Active Rev Match (6.2L) Hydra-Matic 8L45 8-speed automatic (2.0L and 3.6L) Hydra-Matic 8L90 8-speed automatic (6.2L) Gear ratios (:1): First: 4.40 2.66 4.62 4.56 Second: 2.59 1.78 3.04 2.97 Third: 1.80 1.30 2.07 2.08 Fourth: 1.34 1.00 1.66 1.69 Fifth: 1.00 0.74 1.26 1.27 Sixth: 0.75 0.50 1.00 1.00 Seventh: -- -- 0.85 0.85 Eighth: -- -- 0.66 0.65 Reverse: 3.99 2.90 3.93 3.82 Final drive ratio: 3.27 3.73 3.27 (2.0L) 2.77 (3.6L) 2.77 Chassis/Suspension/Brakes Front: MacPherson-type strut with dual lower ball joints, twin-tube struts and direct-acting stabilizer bar; Magnetic Ride Control with monotube inverted struts (avail. on SS) Rear: independent five-link with twin-tube shocks and direct-acting stabilizer bar; Magnetic Ride Control with monotube shocks (avail. on SS) Steering type: ZF rack-mounted electric, power-assisted and variable ratio Brakes: four-wheel disc with four-channel ABS/TCS w/ DRP
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-14-2015, 01:12 AM
    Did that catch your attention? Good. It's not true but the cartoon here highlights the reputation of BMW owners for driving like assholes. Are BMW owners actually assholes? Well, if you were to judge them based on their posts here and forums in the general the answer is... Yes.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-08-2015, 07:03 PM
    3924 pounds is not what you call light. Especially for a C-Class. Mercedes missed their weight claims and targets big time here. They originally stated the new W205 C63 AMG would weigh 3615 pounds. Well, they missed that target by over 300 pounds. What happened? BenzBoost stated the given 3615 pound European curb weight for the W205 C63 was simply wishful thinking. Mercedes likely provided a figure without fluids and with different seats. In the USA the new C63 AMG comes in at 3856 pounds and the C63 AMG S comes in at 3924 pounds. BMW missed their weight target for the F80 and F82 M3/M4 but not to this degree. The C63 AMG is 300+ pounds heavier than its BMW rival. Maybe this heavy curb weight is why Mercedes-AMG tuned the M177 with more torque down low in the C63 AMG than the M178 in the AMG GT?
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    05-21-2015, 08:44 PM
    This is a pretty ugly beatdown but what it does is show just how fast the AMS Alpha 9 Porsche 997 Turbo package is in a street setting on pump gas. The video claims the Alpha 9 is running 600 horsepower with a custom Undercover Performance tune but considering AMS shows 800+ horsepower on 93 octane for the package there is some serious sandbagging going on here. The Stingray looks and performs as if it is stock. It ends up looking as if it is standing still. What we really learn here is that the Alpha 9 package on pump gas is tough to beat on the street. From a stoplight a rear wheel drive does not have much of a chance even if it has big power simply due to how effectively the 911 Turbo puts the power down. Ok, so it easily beats up on a Stingray and looks very fast. Now how about this car picks on somebody its own size? The AMS Alpha 9 Porsche 997.1 Turbo package starts at $19,995.95 and includes: TiAL Bolt on, Ball bearing turbochargers with advanced geometry billet aluminum compressor wheels Plex PBC Boost Controller COBB AccessPort W/Custom Tune 5.5 thick high flow intercoolers with smooth cast endtanks 4 ply reinforced silicone turbo discharge pipes Steel wire reinforced silicone turbo inlet pipes Cast Y pipe with smooth merge Carbon fiber upper intercooler ducts Line hardware and fittings Heavy Duty Injectors
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-01-2015, 10:26 PM
    These German vehicles may both have dual clutch transmission and twin turbo powerplants but their execution is quite different. The Porsche 911 Turbo is well known with its all wheel drive and twin turbo direct injected rear engine 3.8 liter flat-6 putting out 520 horsepower for $149,520. The AMG GT S in comparison is a value at $129,900. It does have less horsepower at 510 and slightly less torque from its larger M178 4.0 liter V8 at 479 lb-ft compared to the 911 Turbo 487 lb-ft. Keep in mind though these figures are sent to the rear wheels in the GT and not all four as well as the fact the AMG GT has a front engine layout. The only way to truly know which one is making more power and torque is to get them both on the same dyno at the same time. The paper figures don't mean much these days with automakers sandbagging. Mercedes positions the AMG GT S against the 911 Carrera S anyway based on its price. Keep in mind there is a standard AMG GT coming as well that will be cheaper to combat the Carrera. That means Mercedes is offering close to 911 Turbo performance for close to Carrera S and Carrera pricing. When AMG rolls out their Black Series version of the car then they will truly take the fight to the Turbo and Turbo S. The fact the AMG GT is a complete mismatch to the Carrera and Carrera S and is being matched up to the 911 Turbo speaks volumes. Is it time for people to recognize that the 911 range is overpriced for what it is? EVO takes both cars on the track for a laptime comparison. The 911 Turbo laps quicker but this seems to be predominantly due to all wheel drive traction helping the 911 Turbo put its power down earlier on a tight course. The Mercedes is said to offer greater steering response and chassis dynamics but once again this is not the AMG GT model designed to topple the Turbo. It's designed to topple the Carrera S which it easily does. The 911 Turbo laps the circuit in 1:15.2 which is 1.8 seconds quicker than the AMG GT and this is a lifetime on a short and tight roadcourse. If you expect the AMG GT S to beat the 911 Turbo for less money with less power and torque you are asking too much.
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