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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-23-2015, 09:00 PM
    The power record for an automatic BMW N54 motor currently stands at 741 horsepower to the rear wheels. That is a lot of power and what makes it remarkable is the number was hit in the California summer heat as well as through a stock internal N54 motor. The transmission is not stock but features mild upgrades from Level 10 in the form of a valve body and torque converter upgrade. Obviously handling power on the Dynojet and say a drag strip are two different things but we all know how the automatic transmission paired to N54's has struggled to handle big torque. This one is holding so far. Further details from Ventura Motorsports: Hey guys! Had a great turnout today with one of our customers. He came all the way from Texas to visit @SteveAZ, @Terry@BMS and us at VM for the weekend! The car did solid today, and we actually got some pump gas numbers too! The car is an 07 E90 AT equipped with: VM Top Mount PTE 6466 1.00AR CP,BOV, HPF IC Full exhaust w/ high flow cats Fuel it Stage 3 twin 450 Motiv PI with FPR Level 10 Valve Body and Torque Converter Upgrade JB4 with MHD E85 Flash As you can see the 4 different runs here. They all had very, very clean logs from all 15 pulls. These pulls are done WITHOUT Port Injection and Pump Gas: 17 psi on 93 only, it made 473 whp. Add a CM10 Nozzle and some meth, you can crank it up a bit. 22 Psi on 93 and meth it made 601. We didn't want to continue as we are happy with the results. It did not show any signs of slowing down though. These pulls we turned ON the Port Injection with Full e85. We added 10 gallons of e85 to the 1 gallon left in the tank so we could turn up the boost now. Meth has been disabled for these runs. 30psi on Full e85 is when it showed timing drops. We did two runs at 30 and made consistent power and left it at that. It was a VERY hot day today, but the car performed flawless. Again, big thanks to @Terry@BMS for always being there.
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    06-24-2015, 05:11 PM
    Some very nice hardware going at it here. The video is from our friends DragTimes.info over in Russia who do some great events as well as presentation of the cars participating. This particular video features a tuned M6, a Ferrari F12, a tuned Audi S6, and a tuned BMW F82 M4. F12 vs. M6 The run is between the PP-Performance tuned M6 with a claimed 800 horsepower and a stock Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The F12 gets off the line better but the M6 slowly closes the gap. We have a real drag race on this one as they are neck and neck with the M6 just managing to eek out the victory by the kilometer marker. The M6 has the faster 1/4 mile trap speed at 128.301 miles per hour to 125.915 and the faster kilometer trap speed at 166.559 to 162.917 miles per hour for the F12. Is the M6 really at 800 horsepower though? It is performing like a bolt on car. But it is nice to see bolt ons on an M6 are enough to take an F12. S6 vs. M6 This same M6 next runs the tuned Audi S6 with an unnamed Stage 2 tune. On paper, this should be an easy win for the M6. The S6 gets a nice jump thanks to its all wheel drive but the M6 quickly passes and pulls. The BMW ends up getting to the kilometer marker just over 2 seconds quicker which is a lifetime. The 1/4 mile trap speed of 128.891 for the M6 to the S6's 114.9 shows this is just a huge mismatch in power. M4 vs. M6 Big brother vs. little brother in this one. The M6 gets a much nicer launch and takes the lead right off the bat. The M6 is just stronger trapping 129.189 to the M4's 124.1 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile as well as its 167.683 in the kilometer to the M4's 160.233. The M4 puts up a respectable fight but the M6 is the fastest out of these four cars.
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    06-27-2015, 02:40 AM
    We all know (well avid BimmerBoost readers do at least) that port fuel injection is doing wonders for the BMW N54. The BMW N54 and N55 motors both feature direct injection and upgrading the direct fuel injection system is hardly easy. Supplementing direct injection with port fuel injection alleviates many issues. CP-E (Custom Performance Engineering) offers a port injection fuel system for the N54. As the N54 and N55 are fairly similar the port fuel injection kit was retrofitted to a 2011 E90 335i N55. There are still issues to work out here but this is just the beginning. Here are more details from @Terry@BMS: Hey guys, Jesse brought up one of his development N55s for us to kick around a bit. This particular car is a 2011, manual trans, equipped with a JB4, back end flash map, bolt on mods, and a retrofit CPE fuel rail kit. Apparently the normal N54 rail fits the N55 with some very minor dremel modifications. So we've spent the last week or so playing around with the tuning trying to get straight E85 to work with the N55. Unfortunately its not happening. There is something about it that craps out with misfire codes if we get too much E85 in it. With 100% E85 we can run maybe 17psi at 13.3:1 before it misfires, and maybe 20psi at 14:1 (pretty lean, even by N55 standards) before it misfires. But it always misfires sooner or later. Tried a wide arrange of timing curves which have no effect. The Cobb platform for the N55 which we used to develop the flash is very limited. No valvetronic support. So we can't test much there. This could just be combustion chamber design related. Not making much progress on straight E85 I decided to just give up and drop it down to E50. This allowed up to around 27psi at 13.5:1 before misfiring. While I had the car up I did a few dyno pulls just for kicks. As expected it they were pretty strong for an N55. I don't know what the N55 WR is but this can't be too far off that. I pushed boost up a bit higher and started to run in to our good friend random misfire codes. So dialed it back to around 530whp for now. The port injection helped keep the fuel pressure from dropping but realistically the car would be just as strong with a small nozzle meth kit. On straight race gas on a cooler day I think this setup could hit 550whp.
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    06-25-2015, 04:21 PM
    It is nice to see these two squaring off on the drag strip. When it comes to the roadcourse, we already know the M3 is the superior performer. It is lighter by roughly 300-500 pounds depending on the options and has the quicker shifting DCT transmission. What about on the dragstrip? The C63 has become essentially a mini E63 AMG. With the panoramic roof it is heavy approaching 4000 pounds. It has the same automatic transmission but instead of the M157 5.5 liter V8 it has the new M177 4.0 liter twin turbo V8. It also has more power and torque than the F80 M3 S55 motor. So more weight but also more horsepower and torque to make up for that deficit. From a roll, we have already seen the C63 AMG S spank the F80 M3. This drag race is done by the South Africans at CAR. They are much better at it than the British CAR as for one they do not do this race when it is wet out and secondly they actually do burnouts to heat and clean the tires. It's nice to see a magazine get the basics of showing proper drag racing results down. Despite the burnout and what looks to be a clean surface the M3 runs 13.70 @ 113.80. A very, very slow time and trap speed. The C63 is quicker turning a 13.44 with a 117.806 trap. Both of these runs are much slower than one would expect and maybe elevation and heat are a factor. Regardless, what happens is what is expected. At the same time and at the same place the C63 AMG S is the quicker and faster car in the 1/4 mile.
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    06-27-2015, 04:03 AM
    Things are really heating up on the M177 and M178 twin turbo 4.0 liter V8 tuning front. You may remember that 'unofficially' it was leaked that Weistec was working on this turbo upgrade two months ago. We can now officially discuss it in further detail with additional information from Weistec themselves. Just earlier this month Weistec released their M178 ECU tune and and downpipes. Those modifications provide a boost of up to 551 wheel horsepower and 620 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on 91 octane pump fuel. BenzBoost at that time speculated what an impeller upgrade would take things to but Weistec is not just upgrading the impellers. They are providing a full turbo upgrade solution for the M177 in the W205 C63 AMG and S as well as the AMG GT and S M178. Yes, this is huge. Weistec is developing their own stainless steel turbo manifolds. The inlets and outlets are larger than the factory design for superior flow. The Weistec design is a cast manifold which they state is better at retaining heat and spooling the turbo. The turbos themselves are a V-Band design. This is important with the top mount and compact layout of the M177 and M178. Speaking as someone who has seen the M178 and the factory turbos in person, space is at a premium. This is early in the process but enjoy the computer designed engineering photos. With the stock turbos being good for over 600 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on 91 octane pump fuel just imagine what these turbos will be capable of. It's safe to say driveline upgrades will be necessary to really push the envelope with these turbos.
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    06-23-2015, 04:41 PM
    Well, that didn't take long. The AMG GT S is already in the 10's thanks to Renntech. This is an improvement on their previous 11.285 @ 127.74. Additionally, this run took place in Florida and during the summer the conditions are hot and humid making the 10 second run look that much better in context. BenzBoost e-mailed Renntech asking for the full timeslip so we could see the full breakdown of the run but for some reason Renntech has yet to respond. Additionally, the ADV.1 wheel company is taking a lot of credit for this as if they have something to do with it. Yes, the car was running ADV.1 wheels but those wheels are hardly a good performance choice. This car would be much quicker on drag radials instead and smaller rims than the style over substance ADV's. It also looks to be lowered way too much for good weight transfer. We also are surprised Renntech is promoting ADV.1 considering Renntech's stellar reputation and ADV.1's less than stellar reputation. As we do not have the full slip we can not state what the density altitude was on the run or provide any other details at time time. We estimate the temperature was in the mid 80's with a density altitude of 1700+ feet. Congratulations to Renntech on being the first to break into the 10's with the AMG GT S! We expect on proper drag rubber and in cooler conditions for this car to go deeper into the 10's and much faster.
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    06-24-2015, 07:58 PM
    This is a rumor but it is based on what is supposedly a leaked brochure. The brochure for the 2016 A45 AMG below features print far too small for us to read so that is why we are treating this as a rumor for now. It definitely makes sense though based on AMG offering standard and S models throughout the range. The W205 Mercedes-AMG C63 has a an S variant as does the E63. The 45 AMG models seem poised to join them. If they do, the standard 45 AMG cars will get an output boost to 376 horsepower with the S version offering 395 horsepower. AMG previously commented that they would not boost the output of the motor due to it not being fair to initial buyers. That comment was in response to Volkswagen talking about taking the production four-cylinder power title fromm AMG. Volkswagen's talk has amounted to nothing more than talk up to this point for years now although a 400 to 420 horsepower Golf is on the way so something will finally come of it. Mercedes-AMG appears to be ready to respond for 2016 with a stronger M133. Competition is a good thing, right?
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    06-25-2015, 07:51 PM
    Four turbochargers on a 2JZGTE motor? Sure, why not? You can never have enough turbos. That is the Japanese way of thinking at least with building this Silvia drift car. Yes, the Japanese love their drifting and they also love their turbos. Now this is not just four turbos working individually but a compound turbo setup. What that means is you have two smaller turbos feeding into the two larger turbos. You often see compound setups on diesels where they need a boost due to the low revs. Basically, this is just a big science experiment for fun. That's cool, we respect that. Why do things the way everyone else has already done them? Two TD06-17C turbos get things going and then two T88-34D turbos take over. Max boost pressure is stated to be around 3 BAR. In other words, 43 psi. Damn. Engine management is through two Motec ECU's. How they work in conjunction someone else will have to figure out as we have no clue. The car certainly looks hacked together with exposed wires and is a bit of a mess. But we love it. We just flat out love it. Check it out in action below. Source
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    Yesterday, 06:49 PM
    In this new era that puts a premium on efficiency and emissions (as well as parts sharing among motors) the major German brands have all gone to turbocharged and direct injected V8's for their sedans. In the past BMW had a high revving V10, Mercedes a supercharged V8, and Audi a twin turbo V10. Today we do not see vastly differing approaches. That is not to say the engines are all the same as they are not. There are significant design differences which we will explore in this article. They all are turbocharged however with direct fuel injection and all are V8 designs. Let's start by taking a look at the 4.4 liter BMW S63TU. The S63TU is based on the N63 4.4 liter V8 design. The 'S' designates a motor with engineering from the M division. The 'TU' designates a technical update. The N63TU received BMW's Valvetronic variable valve lift system as the did the S63TU which separates them from them from the standard N63 and S63 motors. In the case of the S63TU it also gets a compression bump to 10.0:1 and its peak boost pressure is stated by BMW to be 22 psi. BimmerBoost previously compared the N63 and S63 designs but will now be looking at the S63TU variant that sees duty in the F10 M5 and F13 M6. What is important to note in the S63 engine design is that it features a pulse tuned, cross engine exhaust manifold. This design of the manifold is illustrated well here: The color coded sections give an idea of how this works. The twin scroll turbochargers receive exhaust pulses from both banks, not just one. This is the main difference between the S63 architecture featuring twin scroll turbos and the N63 architecture using single scroll turbos. The S63 turbos are effectively receiving more exhaust pulses. This is part of the reason the S63TU makes more efficient use of its same 4.4 liter displacement and has greater output. This brings us to the Mercedes AMG M157. Out of the modern German twin turbo V8 motors AMG offers the largest displacement at 5.5 liters. This is great for low end torque and turbo spool. The AMG design is quite different from BMW. You will not find the trick exhaust manifolds with the turbos top mounted in the V or valley of the motor. The M157 uses a more traditional layout. It does not feature twin scroll turbos but does feature variable valve timing and direct fuel injection of course. Cooling is courtesy of water to air intercoolers. The M157 is more of a brute force approach. It's a big V8 with boost so of course it will make power. Speaking with certain tuners they believe the M156 and M159 were better motors than the M157. They had to rev high to make their power though and the M157 with its 6400 rpm redline does not courtesy of the turbo boost. Mercedes-AMG themselves has adopted a more advanced design for their new 4.0 liter twin turbo M177/M178 V8 with top mounted turbos located in the V of the motor. On the surface it is a very similar design to the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 which we will now explore. The Audi V8 has the smallest displacement out of the bunch at 4.0 liters. Audi seems to know this and therefore built a very efficient design that responds very well to tuning. You will see that for yourself in the output comparison stock and tuned later on. It is as if Audi designed this motor to be tuned. The engine has top mounted turbos, twin scroll turbochargers, variable camshaft timing, and direct fuel injection of course. The twin scroll turbochargers are the main difference between the standard S6/S6 4.0 TFSI V8 with single scroll turbochargers and the RS6/RS7 design. The S6, S7, RS6, and RS7 all have the same 10.1:1 compression ratio. Audi explains the design choices as well as why they did not go the VTG (Variable Turbine Geometry) route well here: Despite the displacement disadvantage it really isn't giving much of anything up to the big boys offering 560 horsepower in the RS6/RS7 and 516 lb-ft of torque. This is less torque than the 590 lb-ft offered by the 2015 E63 AMG but actually more than the BMW F10 M5 500 lb-ft interestingly enough. At least on paper. AudiBoost will explore this motor in much further detail in a dedicated article later this week. Which brings us to the last motor fittingly as it feels a bit dated. The Porsche 4.8 turbo V8 is not a bad engine by any means. All it really happens to be though is a minor evolution of the original Cayenne Turbo 4.5 liter V8. Porsche gave it a bit more displacement and direct injection to update it since the V8's introduction in 2003. The Panamera Turbo and Turbo S may be the most expensive but when it comes to performance they lag behind the others. In straightline performance, specifically. Perhaps that is why it has a dry sump oiling system as it is not just a dragster. The Turbo S is rated at 570 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque for the $180k it costs but in practice it has less power and torque than any of these motors when wheel output is considered and namely when tuned. It does have an overboost feature which bumps torque to 590 lb-ft for short bursts which is something similar to a factory tune. As stated, it is not a bad motor but it just feels a bit dated. The Panamera has a playful chassis but it is a heavy car and even the mighty Turbo S can not keep up with the M5, RS7, or E63 AMG S. Here is a comparison chart to make it easy to identify the specifications of each motor: Engine: BMW S63TU AMG M157 Audi 4.0 TFSI Porsche 4.8 Displacement: 4395cc 5461cc 3993cc 4806cc Bore x Stroke: 89x88.3mm 98x90.5mm 84.5x89mm 96x83mm Horsepower: 560/575 577 560 520/570 Torque lb-ft: 500 590 516 516/553 Boost Pressure: 22 psi 14.5 psi 14.5 psi 12.3/13.5 psi Compression: 10.0:1 10.0:1 10.1:1 10.5:1 Redline/Fuel cut: 7100 6400/6600 6600 6500/6700 Valvetrain: DOHC 4V DOHC 4V DOHC 4V DOHC 4V Fuel Injection: Direct Direct Direct Direct With the factory specs out of the way we can now take a look at what these cars really put down to the wheels. These were all recorded on the Eurocharged all wheel drive Dynojet completely stock. Same fuel, same dyno. It does not get much more uniform than that: Now, the Mercedes fanboys are probably in an uproar right now due to this graph. Relax gentlemen, this is a E63 M157 dyno of a base care before the facelift and without the Performance Package option. The E63 AMG launched before the RS6/RS7 and the F10 M5 offering its M157 in a 518 horsepower state of tune. The following graph shows how things have evolved. The M5 is also a Competition Package car and not a standard M5. Turbo motors are allowing manufacturers to play with the output through software alone to top each other (and keep costs down). This is what an E63 AMG 4Matic looks like today: This is the E63 AMG S 4MAtic: That is quite the spread from the original pre-facelift and pre-4Matic all wheel drive E63 AMG S being sold today, eh? Mercedes now only sells the 4Matic E63 AMG S in the USA. The E63 has grown mostly through just software changes from the original 458 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque at the wheels to the 541 horsepower and 579 lb-ft of torque at the wheels you see now. Interesting how AMG responded, eh? BMW is also playing software games as here is a standard F10 M5: BMW with the Competition Package which gives the S63TU different engine tuning software increases output by 20 wheel horsepower and 28 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Each manufacturer is very much aware of what the other is really putting out. This is a horsepower war yet they all are just trying to stay close to one another without taking things too far. They could each increase output further if needed and they each know it. Look at this aftermarket tune comparison courtesy of Eurocharged: They all end up surprisingly close to each other, don't they? The M5 has the least torque by a paltry ~30 lb-ft at the wheels compared to the others but clearly revs the highest so BMW can make up the displacement disadvantage that way through gearing. The RS7 is also making nice power up top though and interestingly despite being the smallest motor has the most torque tune only at 668 lb-ft. Do you think Audi did not know what they were doing? They gave the RS6/RS7 4.0 TFSI this kind of room for tune only gains so they would be right there with the E63 and M5 despite the heavy all wheel drive chassis and small 4.0 liter motor. This is all calculated. The M157 clearly revs the lowest out of the bunch but its displacement is helping it out with good torque down low. The Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 is still matching it yet revving out higher. It also offers more torque and power than the M5 S63TU up top until roughly 6900 rpm thanks to the increased rev limit from Eurocharged. The M5 revs a bit higher than this but it's torque and power are both lower than the 4.0 TFSI V8 before and after this rpm point. The motor that looks the most impressive is actually the smallest, go figure. You might notice the Panamera Turbo V8 is absent. It is difficult to get Dynojet graphs of the motor and we tried. The best we could do is this Mustang graph of a Panamera Turbo from Switzer before and after their turbo upgrade package: You will notice the Panamera Turbo is offering output closer to the pre-facelift E63 AMG than where the German performance sedans are now. Despite the crank horsepower and torque ratings AMG, M, and Audi are offering far stronger motors. It really takes a turbo upgrade for the Panamera Turbo to match the tuned examples from the others. There you have it. The twin turbo V8 era brings with it easy tunability and the manufacturers are all aware of this. They are positioning themselves to be close stock and tuned. If this network was to pick the most impressive motor though it would be the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 followed by the BMW S63TU. The M157 is just taking more of a brute force than finesse approach and AMG themselves is changing the design now with the M177/M178 introduction. Porsche of course in this mid-size class is outgunned by all of them but this will change with the next generation Panamera. All turbocharged V8's, all direct injected, and all with basic similarities but different approaches. Is this era boring or exciting? You decide.
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    06-25-2015, 05:42 PM
    This should really surprise nobody with BMW sharing platforms and trying to squeeze out as many variants as possible. The new F48 X1 based on a Mini platform just launched and BMW will get as much mileage out of it as possible by introducing an X2 'coupe' variant of the platform in 2016. The X1 currently uses the B48 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine in xDrive28i guise and this will carry over to the X2. It does not look like the B58 inline-6 will fit so an xDrive35i M Sport model is expected to have a higher output B48 four-cylinder with roughly 300 horsepower. The concept X2 should debut at the Geneva show next year in time for sales to begin in late 2016 probably as a 2017 model. Source
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    06-24-2015, 04:23 PM
    The styling of the new sixth generation 2016 Camaro has elicited various responses from positive to negative. It definitely has similarities in the styling to the previous generation Camaro it is replacing but the main differences are under the skin anyway with the new chassis architecture. It is lighter, better balanced, and stiffer. Speaking of the convertible model in particular up to 200 pounds of weight have been shaved depending on trim. Speaking of the convertible top, it can be raised or lowered at up 30 miles per hour and Chevy redesigned it completely. A hard cover deploys automatically. The engine choices are the exact same as the coupe with the 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder, 3.6 liter 335 horsepower V6, and the 455 horsepower LT1 V8 we all love. No matter what you think about the styling, the new Camaro Convertible is a much better engineered example than the previous generation. Chevrolet Lifts Lid on 2016 Camaro Convertible Segment's most advanced top is fully automatic, with refined appearance DETROIT Let the sun shine in. Chevrolet will offer a convertible model of the all-new 2016 Camaro, featuring the segment's most-advanced top. The 2016 Camaro is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following: Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph Remote opening with the key fob A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is lowered and stowed. The electro-hydraulic power roof system features multilayer construction including acoustic and thermal barriers designed for a comfortable, quiet driving experience in all seasons. The top emulates the sleek silhouette of the Camaro coupe. "The 2016 Camaro coupe will set the benchmark for the segment in terms of technology, performance, and design," said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. "Adding the most sophisticated top in the segment brings another level of refinement, and driving enjoyment, to the Camaro convertible." The new Camaro convertible arrives in early 2016. Like the Camaro coupe, the convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 200 pounds compared to the model it replaces. Consequently, the Camaro convertible retains the coupe's sharp chassis tuning and nimble reflexes. "From the beginning, the Camaro's architecture was developed to incorporate a convertible with uncompromised driving dynamics," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "Customers will appreciate what they don't feel: quivers, cowl shake or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible." The architecture also enables the Camaro convertible's sleek design, allowing the top to fold down completely beneath the belt line. The hard tonneau cover automatically covers the folded top, creating a finished appearance. "With many convertibles, you have to affix a tonneau cover manually if it's done at all," said Tom Peters, design director. "The Camaro convertible's automatically deploying hard tonneau not only makes it easier to enjoy convertible driving when the inspiration hits, it ensures the car always looks its best." About the 2016 Camaro The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement and is designed to maintain the sporty car segment leadership earned over the past five years. Offered in LT and SS models, it provides a faster, more nimble driving experience, enabled by an all-new, lighter architecture at least 200 pounds lighter than the current model and a broader powertrain range. Six all-new powertrain combinations are offered, including a 2.0L Turbo rated at an SAE-certified 275 horsepower, an all-new 3.6L V-6 producing and SAE-certified 335 horsepower, and the LT1 6.2L V-8, which is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Each engine is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Camaro's leaner, stiffer platform and slightly smaller dimensions are accentuated by a dramatic, sculpted exterior. Meticulously tuned in the wind tunnel, the exterior contributes to performance through reduced aerodynamic lift for better handling while enhancing highway fuel efficiency. Inside, the driver-focused cabin integrates class-leading control technologies, including a new Driver Mode Selector, configurable instrument cluster and a customizable ambient lighting feature. The 2016 Camaro coupe and convertible will be produced at General Motors' Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich. FAST FACT: In 1967 Camaro's first model year the available convertible model came with a manually operated top. A power-operated top was a $52.70 option selected by 47 percent of buyers. Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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    06-27-2015, 12:34 AM
    Well, that was fast. Rumors swirled and just two days ago BenzBoost posted that Mercedes-AMG was expected to bump the output of the M133 for 2016 and introduce an 'S' variant. Today we officially have confirmation that AMG bumped output to 381 horsepower for the 2016 A45 AMG. This means an hp bump will come for the 2016 CLA45 AMG and GLA45 AMG respectively. How did they achieve this increased output? Not with increased boost pressure, it stays the same. They revised the tune, changed the timing, and also revised the valve assembly: It is interesting to note the gear ratios also are changed. Mercedes-AMG says the 0-60 sprint therefore improves by .4 seconds to a very impressive 4.2. In practice, we expect independent test figures to get close to breaking into the 3's. There is no 'S' variant currently and as was speculated to launch alongside. If we were to guess, Mercedes-AMG is waiting on Volkswagen to release their new Golf R400/R420. They may instantly one-up the car. Right now they seem to be just be taunting VW letting them know they are not scared to increase output. They have the world's most powerful production four-cylinder and have had it for some time. Volkswagen has not. Impressive work by AMG.
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    06-25-2015, 11:02 PM
    Well, the guessing game can finally be put to rest. Ford officially revealed that the upcoming 2016 Focus RS will have 345 horsepower from its 2.3 liter Ecoboost turbocharged and direct injected four-cylinder engine. This is 35 horses more than the Ecoboost Mustang that shares the same basic motor. What accounts for the output difference? A few things. The basic engine architecture is the same but the RS gets a new twin-scroll turbo with a larger compressor wheel. This means it should see larger gains tune only for the aftermarket enthusiasts and power junkies. They did not stop there. The cylinder block gets iron sleeves and the cylinder head sees upgrades as well. Cooling is also addressed for the RS. The engine revs to 6800 rpm with a torque peak of 346 lb-ft available as early as 2000 rpm which stays steady until 4500 rpm. Ford did not just give the Mustang motor new software and call it a day. Very impressive work and upgrades here. The Focus RS Ecoboost will be a beast with bolt ons let alone more intense upgrades. FORD REVEALS 350 PS OUTPUT FOR ALL-NEW FOCUS RS AS KEN BLOCK UNLEASHES HIGH-PERFORMANCE HATCHBACK AT GOODWOOD - All-new Ford Focus RS delivers 350 PS maximum power from specially engineered 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine - High-performance hatchback makes global public dynamic debut driven by Ken Block at the Goodwood Festival of Speed - Advanced technologies include innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, Drive Modes including industry-first Drift Mode and Launch Control - Ford Focus RS is among 12 new performance vehicles Ford will offer through 2020 globally GOODWOOD, U.K., June 25, 2015 Ford today announced that the all-new Focus RS high-performance hatchback will deliver a maximum power output of 350 PS. The Ford Performance-developed model features a unique version of the new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine that debuted with the all-new Ford Mustang. Ford will demonstrate the performance of the all-new Focus RS to the public for the first time at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, U.K., where Ken Block Gymkhana and World Rallycross star will tackle the famous Hillclimb at the wheel of a prototype car. "We promised enthusiasts a serious driving machine and, with 350 PS under the hood, that is exactly what we will deliver," said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. "The stunning pace and innovative technology of the all-new Focus RS place it head-to-head with performance models from luxury and exotic marques, and it's ready for the challenge." With Focus RS, Ford is introducing its Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring. The innovative system helps delivers a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment by combining outstanding traction and grip with unmatched agility and cornering speed. The Focus RS is the first Ford RS model equipped with selectable Drive Modes including an industry-first Drift Mode that allows controlled oversteer drifts and Launch Control. High-performance EcoBoost powertrain specially engineered for RS The new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine for the all-new Focus RS shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminium four-cylinder engine in the all-new Ford Mustang. The engine has been significantly upgraded for the Focus RS to deliver 10 per cent more power with 350 PS maximum output. Increased power is generated by a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor that delivers significantly greater air flow, along with a much bigger intercooler to maximise charge density. Engine breathing also is enhanced through a less restrictive intake design, and a large-bore high performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe that helps optimise the balance of back pressure and noise output. The cylinder head is produced from an upgraded alloy material capable of withstanding higher temperatures, while the cylinder block employs stronger high-tensile cast iron liners. Engine cooling also has been given the highest priority, with engineers creating additional space within the front of the vehicle to house a significantly larger radiator pack the biggest ever fitted to a Focus which provides the level of cooling demanded for intense circuit driving. Meticulous calibration work has ensured that the power unit delivers excellent low-end responsiveness with a powerful mid-range pull, climbing to a free-revving top-end up to a maximum rev limit of 6,800 rpm. Maximum torque of 440 Nm is delivered between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm, with 470 Nm available for up to 15 seconds on transient overboost during hard acceleration. Inspiring performance demands an inspiring soundtrack. Ford Performance engineers have tuned the RS to deliver a rewarding and sporty sound character during spirited driving, with the distinctive burbles and pops that are a RS signature. "This very special 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit will inspire drivers as they feel the surge of the turbo, and reward them as they take it to the red line all delivered with a visceral sound guaranteed to put a smile on your face," Pericak said. Developed by a team of Ford Performance engineers in Europe and the U.S., the all-new Focus RS is the third generation of Focus RS cars, following models launched in 2002 and 2009. The 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, the Focus RS will be built in Saarlouis, Germany. Focus RS is one of 12 new performance vehicles Ford will bring to customers globally through 2020 as part of a new era of Ford performance, and will be available for delivery to European customers from early 2016.
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    06-27-2015, 01:42 AM
    So close to the 9's it hurts. It will come and it will come soon. This is a Challenger Hellcat tuned by Shane Hinds of Craven Performance using HP Tuners software. Now, the car did not do this run boost only but with a 50 shot of nitrous which certainly helps with cooling and torque. We would expect the Hellcat to easily do 9's boost only considering it can run 10's completely stock with drag rubber. This car is pushing roughly 14 psi over the stock 11.6 psi thanks to new upper pulley and tuning of course. As the vehicle uses a bypass valve design an ECU tune can raise boost pressure but only so much. The car also features water meth injection, American Racing headers, and a custom intake. The rubber is courtesy of Hoosier drag radials. It was mentioned that traction was hard to come by due to track prep so the Hellcat breaking into the 9's is simply an inevitability. The summer weather isn't helping but that is what the nitrous is for. We definitely want to see boost only 9 second results but this is a nice step forward and a new record.
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    06-28-2015, 10:03 PM
    Fabpseed released their Valvetronic Performance Exhaust System for the BMW F22 M235i which also is available for the BMW F30 335i and the F32 435i. These models are all obviously using the BMW N55 3.0 inline-6 single turbo motor. Let's take a look at the Fabspeed system. They offer an integrated 200 cell in their sport downpipe which is designed for street use. They also have a cat bypass option which is essentially another way to say catless downpipe. Take look at the dyno results for the full system on an F22 M235i. With the catless downpipe the system adds 12.68 peak horsepower at the wheels and 28.66 lb-ft of peak torque at the wheels. All on the stock N55 engine tune. The peak numbers do not tell the story here. Look at the catless graph at roughly 3000 rpm. The gains are 24 wheel horsepower and 42 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The system offers gains throughout the entire curve but really makes a substantial difference down low in the rev range. The exhaust system is $2895.00 and then the downpipes are an additional $1195 for the catted version and $595 for the catless version. You can decide on your own if that is fair pricing. Looking at the graphs, the gains mostly come from the downpipe which is no surprise. Going catless offers more power but the difference is not huge. At least on the stock tune.
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    06-24-2015, 06:26 PM
    The sport sedan performance segment is started to get crowded. The BMW M3 continues to be the benchmark but it is seeing competition from across the spectrum. There is of course the C63 AMG which is the German challenger but the Americans are in the mix with the Cadillac ATS-V and the Brits over at Jaguar are readying a challenger. Well, you can now add the Italians to the list of competition with the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. The car offers a turbo V6 (displacement not stated) with 510 horsepower. This power is sent to the rear wheels but an all wheel drive system is said to be coming. The weight distribution is 50/50 for the rear wheel drive model which is something BMW traditionally has excelled at (although they are shying away from it with their new turbo motors). A manual transmission is said to exist and we do not know if there will be an automatic or dual clutch option. Based on the stated power to weight ratio in the press release the curb weight should be somewhere in the 34XX range which is excellent for the class. 510 horsepower and a ~3400 pound weight will have the Giulia making a strong argument for the best driver's car in the segment. We still are missing many details. We would like to know the engine displacement, the transmission options, how all wheel drive affects the weight and its distribution, and the pricing. Also, is this something that will be sold in the USA? We would certainly hope so. This is all still early but the Giulia is shaping up to be an interesting option. Plus, the world is kind of boring when the Germans are the main options. World preview of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Perfect blend of the new Alfa Romeo paradigm and maximum expression of the 'meccanica delle emozioni', the new model encapsulates 105 years of style excellence and Italian technology. Its distinctive design expresses three quintessential features of Italian design: sense of proportions, simplicity and high quality surface finish. The new Alfa Romeo badge, now refreshed while preserving its legendary shape and unmistakable style, stands out in the middle of the famous front trefoil nose. The entire 'creation' centers around the driver and the promise of exhilarating driving experiences with sensitive steering, responsive acceleration and prompt shifting and braking. Rear or four-wheel drive is more than just a tribute to the most authentic roots of the Alfa Romeo legend: it is also a technical solution which guarantees high performance and astounding fun. State-of-the-art, innovative engines: a six-cylinder 510 HP, inspired by Ferrari technologies, the brand's new powertrain reference, will be introduced on the Quadrifoglio version. Performance is thrilling: from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Perfect weight distribution (50/50 across the two axles), sophisticated suspensions (the front is an Alfa Romeo exclusive) and the most direct steering on the market. Unique, exclusive technical solutions, like Torque Vectoring for outstanding stability control, Integrated Brake System for considerably reducing braking distance and Active Aero Splitter for active high-speed downforce management. Alfa Romeo Giulia combines extraordinary engine performance and the ample use of ultralight materials, like carbon fibre, aluminium, aluminium composite and plastic, to obtain the best weight-to-power ratio (lower than 3kg/hp). The model was introduced to the international press in the renovated Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Italy ,which will reopen on June 30 for enthusiasts and researchers worldwide. The Giulia, the top-of-the-range model sporting the legendary Quadrifoglio badge, was introduced to the international press at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, near Milan, today. It was a special event and a celebration of Alfa Romeo's over one century of history: in fact, today the brand celebrates its 105th year of auto making, a goal which it shares with a very select club of manufacturers, which is even smaller when considering the brand's worldwide sales successes and its racing victories. A.L.F.A. (standing for 'Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili', which translates as 'Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company' in English) was established on June 24, 1910. Today, on June 24, 2015, a new page of the brand which never ceases to surprise is being written by introducing a new model, a genuine manifesto which concentrates past, present and future and is one of the most brilliant examples of automobile excellence. There could be no better venue for this splendid event within the event than the new Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese. The brand's 'home' will be opening its doors to the general public again on June 30. The renovated facility hosts Alfa Romeo's most famous and innovative creations. These cars have written some of the most important pages in automotive history and are, still today, sources of inspiration for young Alfa Romeo designers. These include an elite team of engineers, designers and stylists known within FCA as the 'Skunks', a sobriquet used in industries in the USA to identify the best squads to whom the most delicate and technologically innovative missions are entrusted. Sharing a common love for Alfa Romeo and its unique concept of cars as 'mechanical creations' which transcend the realm of necessity to verge on that of the most authentic emotions and not just 'useful means of transport', the 'Skunks' have one goal: to create the Alfa Romeo of the future respecting the heritage resulting from the work and pride of thousands of people - engineers, factory workers and managers - who have taken turns in the factories, offices and on the race tracks. The new Alfa Romeo logo Alfa Romeo Giulia perfectly embodies the brand's new paradigm remaining loyal to its century-long tradition: not by chance, only who has a great past can face the challenges of the future. The respect for the brand's proud history is demonstrated also by the original badge - designed by Robilant Associati - that the new model will show to the world for the first time: the emblem has been renewed and modernised on the outside while, the distinctive shape and style elements which have made it an admired symbol the World over remain untouched. 'La meccanica delle emozioni' Five are the elements which made Alfa Romeo one of the world's most desirable automotive brands: distinctive Italian design, state-of-the-art, innovative engines, perfect 50/50 weight distribution, unique technical solutions and the best weight-to-power ratio. These are the indispensable ingredients for creating an Alfa Romeo. Just sitting in the new Alfa Romeo is like entering a new dimension which centers around the driver, firing emotions and the promise of exhilarating driving experiences. Merit goes to the sensitive steering, the responsive acceleration and the prompt shifting and braking. Additionally, rear or four-wheel drive is more than just a tribute to the most authentic roots of the Alfa Romeo legend: it is also a technical solution which offers high performance and astounding enjoyment. In Alfa Romeo, this is all summed up by the words 'la meccanica delle emozioni'. This bold, distinctive pay-off will be publicised worldwide in Italian only to pay homage to the homeland where the legend was born over one century ago. Still today, the brand carries Italian-made pride on everyday roads, on the most famous race tracks and in the hearts of millions of enthusiasts in the four corners of the Earth. Distinctive Italian design An Alfa Romeo springs from the perfect balance of heritage, speed and beauty which makes it the highest expression of Italian style in the automotive world. The new Giulia is no exception because it encapsulates three particularities of Italian design: sense of proportions, simplicity and care for surface quality. This is the 'skin' that Alfa Romeo stylists have modelled with painstaking care on the mechanical parts. In particular, the proportions are based on the technical architecture of the entire car: for Alfa Romeo the key elements were the 50/50 weight balance and rear wheel drive. In order to balance the weights perfectly, the engine and the mechanical parts are arranged between the two axles. This is why the Giulia has very short overhangs, a long bonnet and front wings, a retracted passenger compartment 'settled' on the drive wheels and muscular rear wings which visually mark the point where power is unleashed onto the road. All this translates into a very generous wheelbase - the longest in its category - but contained in one of the most compact bodies. These proportions draw the dynamic shape of an ellipsis in plan view. Furthermore, the rounded angles and the enveloping pillars convey momentum to the car creating a 'teardrop-shaped' profile which is reminiscent of the Giulietta Sprint, one of the most beautiful cars ever made. A second aspect of the Italian style is 'simplicity' which enshrouds what is in fact the most complex creative processes in industry: designing a car. It is up to style to conceal the long, complex work behind a simple, natural line which enhances elegant shapes and sophisticated Italian taste. This approach permeates the entire history of Alfa Romeo expressed by means of clean, taut lines. For this reason, the new Alfa Romeo boasts a strong identity drawn in few simple strokes: a line gouged along the sides which marks the doors and envelops the handles and, naturally, the legendary trefoil nose, possibly the most famous and recognisable style element in automotive history. Finally, Italian style is characterised by a high quality surface finish which means creating rich, harmonious reflections across the volumes. The end result is the new Giulia, a sculptured shape reminiscent of a big cat just about to pounce. The same inspiration is found inside the car. Everything is clean, essential and centers around the driver, such as the controls grouped on the small steering wheel designed to adapt to all driving styles. And more. The driver's position was 'cut' as a fabric with a diagonal tunnel, a slightly undulated dashboard and cleverly oriented instruments which convey the impression of a tailor-made suit with hand-crafted care and premium materials: carbon fibre, wood and fabrics are chosen for their visual and tactile pleasantness and assembled in such a way to make the human touch visible. State-of-the-art, innovative engines State-of-the-art, innovative engines are another characterising element of a genuine Alfa Romeo. For this reason, a unique engine in terms of technology and performance, destined to become the new benchmark of the brand, has been created for the Quadrifoglio version. The six-cylinder turbo petrol tuned by engineers with Ferrari background delivers 510 HP and exhilarating performance: for instance, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds. Incidentally, despite the sensational power and torque output, the new engine is surprisingly fuel efficient and implements an electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system. Obviously, as all next-generation petrol and diesel engines, this six-cylinder is made entirely of aluminium to reduce weight particularly on the front axle of the car and make that genuinely Alfa Romeo sound. Perfect weight distribution A peculiarity of the new Giulia is the astute management of weights and materials to obtain a perfect 50/50 distribution across the two axles. This is fundamental to secure the typical Alfa Romeo driving satisfaction and reached by tweaking the layout and arranging the heavier elements in the most central position possible. The suspensions are as essential for optimal ride as weight distribution. In particular, a multilink solution ensuring top performance, driving pleasure and comfort has been chosen for the rear axle. On the front, instead, a new double wishbone suspension with semi-virtual steering axis was developed to optimise the filtering effect and guarantee rapid, accurate steering. This Alfa Romeo exclusive keeps the constant caster trail on corners and can tackle high lateral accelerations as a result of the always perfect footprint.In any situation and at all speeds, driving Alfa Romeo Giulia with the most direct steering ratio available is natural and instinctive. Innovative, exclusive technical solutions As a further expression of the Alfa Romeo engineering culture, the design, the build and the choice of materials of the chassis and the suspensions is always perfect. As a consequence, it was decided that electronics should only be used to make the driving experience guaranteed by excellent basic mechanicals even more exhilarating. This is demonstrated by the exclusive technical solutions present on the new car, like Torque Vectoring with a double clutch to allow the rear differential to control the torque delivery to each wheel separately. In this manner, power transmission to the road is improved also in low grip conditions. So, the driving is safe and fun without ever having to run up against an invasive stability control system. The Integrated Brake System - an innovative electromechanical system which combines stability control and a traditional servo brake for instantaneous brake response and consequent record-breaking stopping distances in addition to the all-important weight optimisation - is being introduced on the new Alfa Romeo. Together with an excellent Cx, a perfect balance of forces on corners and downforce behaviour, the new model has Active Aero Splitter, a front system which actively manages downforce for higher performance and better grip even at high speed. These state-of-the-art systems are all governed by Chassis Domain Control, the 'brains' of the on-board electronics which assigns the specific task of optimising performance and driving pleasure to each one. The new Alfa Romeo Giulia also features a renewed Alfa DNA which modifies the car's dynamic behaviour according to the driver's selection: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficient (energy efficiency mode implemented for the first time on an Alfa Romeo) and naturally Racing (on high performance versions). The passenger compartment of the new car offers the best in terms of quality, safety, equipment and comfort with a specific, profoundly Alfa Romeo style element: the centrality of the driver. Not by chance, all the main controls are incorporated in the steering wheel as on a Formula 1 car, while the human-machine interface consists of two simple, user-friendly knobs for adjusting the Alfa DNA selector and the infotainment system. The best weight-to-power ratio To obtain an excellent weight-to-power ratio (remarkably lower than 3kg/hp), Alfa Romeo Giulia combines extraordinary engine performance and the ample use of ultralight materials throughout. For example, carbon fibre was chosen for the propeller shaft, the bonnet and the roof and aluminium was picked for the engine, brakes, suspension (including front domes and front and rear frames), in addition to many other body components, such as the doors and the wings. Furthermore, the rear crossmember is made of aluminium composite and plastic. In order to decrease the total weight, the braking system was tweaked using aluminium elements and carbon ceramic discs and the seats have a carbon fibre structural frame. Despite all this weight optimisation, the car boasts the best torsional rigidity in its class to guarantee quality over time, acoustic comfort and handling even in conditions of extreme stress.
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    06-23-2015, 03:53 PM
    BBi does some very awesome Porsche engine work and the details the process with high resolution photos. We have seen a 4.25 liter GT1 block stroker motor from them, a 997.1 Turbo 3.8 big bore package, as well as a 4.0 liter rotating assembly for the 997.2 and 991 Turbo motors which you are seeing be installed here. These engine builds are great to see and they obviously do a variety of Porsche platforms but we would like to see the results of these motors once they are complete. Obviously these engines can do some damage as we saw a BBi built 996 Turbo do 172.25 in the 1/4 mile which is absolutely insane. Enjoy this beautiful build they call Project Apollo:
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    06-28-2015, 03:53 PM
    The vast majority of videos we see involving PP-Performance tuned cars have them easily beating up on other cars. You rarely see the other side likely due to the videos themselves being marketing exercises. Well, for once that is not the case and this CLS63 AMG bites off more than it can chew against a Gen V Dodge Viper on the highway. This video is from the Middle East (UAE specifically) and has the customary Middle Eastern HD Potato video quality. This has been stated many times but we still do not understand how so many $100k+ modded cars can go out race only to be recorded by the worst quality filming equipment money can by. The mods on the Viper are Belanger catless headers, straight pipes, an under drive pulley, and an HP Tuners based tune. The CLS63 AMG is a rear wheel drive pre-facelift model with PP-Performance M157 tuning said to put it at 780 horsepower. It gets spanked. Hard.
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    06-24-2015, 04:41 PM
    Very impressive and interesting results here from a Porsche 991 Turbo S. Tuning on the Porsche 991 Turbo platform consists mostly of piggyback boxes but there are flash tunes available. We have yet to see a faster flash tune result thus far though as a GIAC Stage II car went 132 although with a quicker 10.2. As this is the summer and this car ran in Texas the conditions can hardly be considered good. The density altitude was over 2700 feet making one wonder what the car would do in the winter. As far as the modifications this 991 Turbo S has the FVD piggyback, FVD exhaust, FVD headers, and an IPD intake plenum. 104 octane fuel was mixed in so just assume this is a race gas result. The car did 135 multiple times so this is no fluke although the ET started to suffer a bit as the night went on likely due to heat soak and probably partially due to the street rubber: These results certainly make a strong argument for piggyback tuning on the platform. We will see what Cobb brings to the table in the flash tuning arena. Either way, the 991 Turbo platform will have several tuning options competing for supremacy this year which is great for owners.
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    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    Here it officially is, the new B9 generation Audi A4. It seems all the Germans are basically doing the same thing which is to make their cars a little larger and a little lighter in order to slot in cheaper entry level models below. The new A4 makes now more room for the A3 sedan to slot underneath in the lineup for example. So the A4 is now bigger. It is also lighter. Audi claims up to 120 kilograms or 264 pounds have been shaved off. This obviously depends on the model and we are skeptical of such claims as the marketing departments play with figures to make the new cars look as good as possible. We will wait to see what the new S4 weighs when independently tested. Speaking of the new S4 and RS4 they have yet to be announced. They will come, they have to. For now you get the 2.0 TFSI Ultra with 272 horsepower which is very nice and not far off the S3. This means when the new S4 comes around it will to go up a bit to put some space between it and the S3. We expect a turbo V6 as that is the current rumor but that engine may go in the RS4. Maybe they both will have turbo 3.0 liter V6's in different states of tune. The aerodynamics have been revised and the car features a slippery .23cd for the sedan. Speaking of which, there is an avant/wagon but the US will likely be passed over for this model. We will have to wait and see. Full press release below. High tech all the way the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant The new-generation Audi A4 and A4 Avant are a fascinating synthesis of technology and esthetics. All the technology in the brand's bestselling family has been redeveloped so that it yet again defines the benchmark in the segment. During the development work, high priority was placed on the reduction of CO2 emissions. All technologies were focused on reducing drive resistance. A good example is aerodynamics: The A4 Sedan has the best drag coefficient in its class at 0.23. The new models also have impressively low CO2 emissions of 95 grams per kilometer (152.9 grams per mile) for the A4 Sedan 2.0 TDI ultra with 110 kW (150 hp); the A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra emits 99 grams CO2 per km (159.3 g/mi). The 2.0 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp) emits 109 g/km (175.4 g/mi) in the A4 Sedan ultra and 114 g/km (183.5 g/mi) in the A 4 Avant ultra. The most powerful engines are two TDI six-cylinder units with up to 200 kW (272 hp). Driver assistance systems and infotainment are of luxury quality. A new generation of four-cylinder TFSI engines with newly developed combustion methods sets benchmarks in terms of fuel consumption, emissions and performance for four-cylinder gasoline engines. The A4 Sedan and the A4 Avant will be launched this fall. At 4.73 meters (15.5 ft) long and with a wheelbase of 2.82 meters (9.3 ft) the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant have a confident stance on the road. A prominent horizontal line on the front and rear emphasizes the car's width. The flowing design with concise lines communicates the sporty elegance of the brand. The Singleframe grille is wide and low; the optionally available headlights in LED and Matrix LED technology (including dynamic turn indicators) make technology a visual trademark. Up to 120 kilograms (264.6 lb) lighter Compared with the previous model, the car's dimensions have grown but its weight has been reduced significantly by up to 120 kilograms, depending on the engine. The body of the new Audi models is one of the lightest in its class thanks to an intelligent material mix and lightweight construction. The Audi A4 is a leader in its class also in terms of noise levels. All occupants enjoy generous space; the smooth lines emphasize the width of the interior. The front of the dashboard features a broad band of air outlets and a large decorative surface. At night, optional discreet contour lighting illuminates the doors and the central console. The quality of workmanship is uncompromisingly high. Colors and materials follow a new line concept allowing customers even more freedom during configuration. Sensor-controlled opening of luggage compartment: the A4 Avant The luggage compartment of the new A4 Avant offers basic storage space of 505 liters, which is the most of any premium model in this class. With the rear seats folded down and loaded to the roof, a volume of 1,510 liters is available. The electric luggage compartment cover and electric tailgate are standard equipment. An optional extra is sensor control for opening and closing the tailgate. The two new models offer an abundance of intelligent technologies, the use of which is even more intuitive with the new Audi MMI display and control concept. Technological highlights of the new A4 include the Audi virtual cockpit, the Audi Matrix LED headlights, the Audi smartphone interface, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound, the Audi phone box with wireless charging, the head-up display, and new driver assistance systems and Audi connect services. Information and fascination: the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI The focus here is on two innovations. The optional Audi virtual cockpit, a fully digital combination instrument, features a 12.3-inch LCD screen that displays the most important information in brilliant high-resolution graphics, with great detail and sophisticated effects. The MMI control concept in the center console is also a newly designed feature and acts as the main control element. The top-end infotainment system, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch and a large 8.3-inch monitor, has a touchpad in the rotary controller to zoom in and out and to enter characters. The entire MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone and includes an intelligent free-text search function. The new, more natural, voice-control system also understands input in normal everyday language, such as "I want to call Peter Miller." Concentrated computing power MMI Navigation plus is backed by the computing power of the second-generation modular infotainment platform, which allows Audi to bring consumer electronics innovations into the vehicle quickly. If customers order a car with MMI Navigation plus, they automatically receive the Audi connect hardware module, which connects the A4 and A4 Avant with the Internet via the high-speed LTE network. Passengers can surf the Internet and send and receive e-mail with their mobile devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot while the driver can use the tailored services of Audi connect. The Audi smartphone interface is a new feature. It integrates iOS and Android mobile phones into an environment developed especially for this purpose Audi MMI. The Audi phone box connects smartphones to the on-board antenna and charges them inductively according to the Qi standard. For discerning hi-fi fans, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with innovative 3D sound is available, which introduces the additional dimension of height. The new Audi tablet can also be used as flexible rear seat entertainment. Powerful six and four-cylinder engines The new Audi A4 and A4 Avant will be launched in Germany with seven engines, three TFSI and four TDI. Their power output has increased significantly and ranges from 110 kW (150 hp) to 200 kW (272 hp), but fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 21 percent. The A4 2.0 TDI ultra has fuel consumption of just 3.7 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (63.6 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of just 95 grams per kilometer (152.9 grams per mile); the figures for the corresponding Avant model are 3.8 l/100 km and 99 g/km CO2 (61.9 US mpg and 159.3 g/mi). All the engines combine high efficiency with sporty power delivery and smoothness. This applies in particular to the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines. The new Audi A4 has a groundbreaking innovation for the gasoline engines: The 2.0 TFSI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp) uses an absolutely new combustion method that makes it especially efficient and allows fuel consumption of 4.8 liters per 100 km (49 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km (175.4 g/mi); the figures for the corresponding Avant model are 5.0 l/100 km and 114 g/km CO2 (47 US mpg and 183.5 g/mi). During the model lifecycle, a g-tron version will be launched which can use natural gas or the sustainably produced Audi e-gas as fuel. S tronic, tiptronic and manual transmission The powertrain and the chassis of the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant have been completely redeveloped. The six-gear manual transmission, the seven-gear S tronic (now also available for front-wheel drive) and the eight-stage tiptronic have been redesigned; the automatic transmissions now offer a fuel-saving freewheeling function. Wheel-selective torque control supplements the work of the front-wheel drive and the quattro drive. For the most powerful TDI, Audi will offer the sport differential on the rear axle as an option starting in 2016. Driving dynamics The handling of new A4 makes a great leap forward: on the one hand sporty and performance oriented, but with a focus on comfort at the same time. The suspension and steering filter out disturbances such as an uneven road surface, but communicate to the driver important information such as increases in lateral forces and tracking. This performance is based on the redeveloped five-link axles and the electromechanical power steering they are exceptionally light. They lay the foundation for dynamic handling and first-class ride comfort while also reducing fuel consumption. Additional options are dynamic steering, which varies its ratio according to the car's speed and the steering angle, and suspension with adjustable shock absorbers with which the driver can for the first time select between two settings: sports or comfort. Both of suspension settings are included in the Audi drive select driving-dynamics system, which is standard equipment for models with engines of 140 kW (190 hp) and above. Widest range in its class: driver assistance and safety systems The Audi A4 and A4 Avant set the benchmark in their class with numerous driver assistance systems. The predictive efficiency assistant helps drivers to save fuel, Audi active lane assist helps them to stay in lane and the Stop&Go adaptive cruise control including traffic-jam assist eases driving in slow-moving traffic. One special feature of traffic-jam assist is its control strategy. It takes into account a large number of parameters such as road markings and the traffic ahead. Some more innovations that make important contributions to safety are parking assist, rear cross-traffic assist, exit warning, collision avoidance assist, turn assist and the Audi pre-sense systems. Camera-based traffic-sign recognition is also available. At a glance: The new Audi A4 and Audi A4 Avant Exterior design and body - Athletic proportions and sporty elegance; the Avant with raked D-pillars - 4.73 meters (15.5 ft) long, 2.82-meter (9.3 ft) wheelbase, 1.84 meters (6.0 ft) wide, 1.43 meters (4.7 ft) high - Optional LED headlights and matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn indicators - Light body: weight reduced by up to 15 kilograms (33.1 lb) compared with the previous model - Best drag coefficient in its class: 0.23 for the Sedan, 0.26 for the Avant; aeroacoustics ensure peace and quiet on board Interior - The longest interior and greatest shoulder width at the front compared with competitors - Avant has a luggage compartment volume of 505 liters (17.8 cu ft) - Avant has an electrical luggage compartment cover as standard - Interior design with large decorative surfaces and continuous air vent strip; new colors and materials, spacious interior, LED interior lighting as standard equipment, first-class workmanship - Largest range of lightweight seats amongst the premium competitors - Automatic climate control with a new interface - Optional LED interior lighting packages with color-adjustable ambient lighting - New equipment concept with sport and design lines for the first time with exterior differentiation Controls - Optionally available: head-up display and Audi virtual cockpit - Completely redesigned MMI operating concept including free-text search function - Can also be operated by multifunction steering wheel and natural-language voice control Infotainment and Audi connect - Optional top-end infotainment system MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch and an 8.3-inch MMI monitor including - Audi connect, LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot. Audi phone box available with inductive charging - Many new Audi connect services including remote control via smartphone app to check and control the car - Audi smartphone interface for connecting Apple and Android phones - Bang & Olufsen Sound System with innovative 3D sound and Audi tablet as mobile rear-seat entertainment Engines - Three TFSI and four TDI engines at market launch, 110 kW (150 hp) to 200 kW (272 hp), up to 25 percent more power - Fuel consumption reduced by up to 21 percent, Audi A4 2.0 TDI ultra with new best figures: just 3.7 liters of diesel per 100 km (63.6 US mpg) and 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer (152.9 grams per mile) - Highly efficient 3.0 TDI in two power versions - Economical 1.4 TFSI with 4.9 liters per 100 km (48.0 US mpg) and 114 grams CO2 per km (183.5 g/mi) - New 2.0 TFSI ultra with 140 kW with newly developed combustion method and just 4.8 liters of gasoline per 100 km (49.0 US mpg) and 109 grams of CO2 per km (175.4 g/mi) - A4 Avant g-tron can operate on sustainably produced Audi e-gas Drivetrain - New generations of the S tronic, tiptronic and manual transmission. S tronic in A4 for front-wheel drive for the first time, both automatic transmissions with freewheeling function - Front-wheel drive or quattro drive with wheel-selective torque control Suspension - Redesigned, light five-link axles at front and rear, significant increase in comfort with accentuated sportiness - Newly developed electromechanical power steering, with dynamic steering on request - Audi drive select dynamic driving system standard as of 140 kW (190 hp), suspension with adjustable shock absorbers available as an option Driver assistance systems and integrated safety - Stop&Go adaptive cruise control including traffic-jam assist for slow-moving traffic - Predictive efficiency assistant for even lower fuel consumption - Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist - New: parking assist, rear cross-traffic assist, exit warning, turn assist, collision avoidance assist and camera-based traffic-sign recognition - New safety systems: Audi pre sense city, basic and rear
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    Today, 01:25 AM
    Now before anyone takes these results out of context BimmerBoost would like to explain these are low boost shakedown passes. Only 21 psi out of the Motiv 900 kit is hardly pushing it. It is capable of much more. We also expect to see much more out of this car. Over 130 miles per hour of trap speed in the 1/4 mile on low boost on a manual 335i certainly is respectable though. The car was running pump gas, the Motiv port injection fuel system, twin disc clutch upgrade, and tuning through a Cobb AP. Street tires and not drag rubber on this pass as well. The turbo is theoretically capable of over 40 psi of boost but pushing a stock motor to that level is not advisable (that is reserved for Dyno bragging). Let's say with 30+ psi though and some E85 we could finally see some eye opening numbers on the drag strip from the N54. It's time.
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    06-25-2015, 09:30 PM
    Mercedes definitely should have an issue with the 2015 International Engine of the Year Awards process. Mercedes-AMG did take home an award with the M133 2.0 liter four-cylinder picking up its second straight 1.8 to 2.0 liter class victory but the brand new M177/M178 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 received no awards. The M177/M178 finished in second place in three classes. It finished behind the Ferrari 4.5 liter naturally aspirated V8 from the 458 Italia and 458 Speciale for Best Performance Engine. It finished behind the BMW B38 inline-3 turbo for Best New Engine. In the 3.0 liter to 4.0 liter class, it lost out to the McLaren M838T V8. That is a bit disappointing and Mercedes-AMG definitely should have a beef with the judges. The BMW B38 inline-3 is not as advanced of a design as the M178 in the AMG GT S. The B38 is a motor designed to be cheap to build and to be efficient. It does not push the envelope the way the M178 does in how the AMG motor handles repeat lapping, features a dry sump system, and is mounted low in the chassis to ensure a low center of gravity all while offering incredible power and torque. The B38 is a modular engine that BMW made to keep costs low and to scale to four and six cylinder designs. The M178 does not feature such compromises and is designed to be a performance engine first. Losing out to the Ferrari 4.5 liter V8 for best Performance Motor is understandable. This happened despite the Ferrari motor going out of production. The Speciale takes the naturally aspirated high revving V8 design to the max with 14.0:1 compression and 133 horsepower per liter. If there is a motor to lose to, that would be it. In the 3.0 liter to 4.0 liter class losing out to the McLaren M838T is also understandable. McLaren continues to revise the motor and it has an output of 675 horsepower. More power from less displacement and it revs higher. Not to mention it features a flat-plane crank design. It is hard to argue against it. Still, three second place finishes is tough to swallow. Especially when one of those comes against the BMW B38 which has no business being mentioned in the same breath as the M178. When the AMG GT S Black Series variant comes with increased output for the M178 you can expect it to pick up several awards. That does little to alleviate the fact the M178 deserved award recognition from the panel in 2015.
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    06-25-2015, 10:22 PM
    Just absolutely incredible performance out of a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. If running low 9's was not enough English Racing broke into the 8's with their EVO X. The car dynos over 1034 horsepower to the wheels and obviously features a built 4B11T engine. It is also a bit of a handful as in the video you will see it get squirrely and head toward the wall on the right on the record setting pass. We are not sure why they did not post the full slips or why they did not provide a full breakdown of the mods. What we can guess is they are using a COBB AP for tuning, a Competition Clutch transmission upgrade, and ETS (Extreme Turbo Systems) turbo setup. We would love more details as this is insane performance from a 2.0 liter motor.
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    06-25-2015, 04:57 PM
    The AMS Alpha 10 Nissan GTR turbo kit continues to impress. This is a new record for the Alpha 10 kit as this Boostin Performance built GTR went 8.539 @ 160.85 miles per hour. What really stands out is the incredible 1.321 60 foot which shows the driveline and upgraded transmission are doing a remarkable job. Here is the full modification rundown: - Boostin Built 3.8L - Boostin CNC Cylinder Heads & BP Spec Kelford Cams - Boostin Ported Upper & Lower Intake Manifolds - Boostin Custom Fuel System w/ twin Walbro 450LPH Pumps - Boostin 3.5" Custom Single Exit Aluminum Exhaust - AMS Performance Alpha 10 Turbo Kit - AMS Performance Alpha Race FMIC w/ BP 3" ICP - Alpha Performance Omega Brushless Fuel Pump System - Shep Trans One-K Transmission - Driveshaft Shop Pro Level Rear Axles - T1 Race Development Fuel Rails w/ Fuel Injector Clinic 2150cc Injectors - Cobb AP V3 ProTune on E85 The Shep Trans dual clutch upgrades and the DSS pro axles are doing their job and withstanding a ton of torque and a hell of a launch. The Nissan GTR just continues to impress.
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    06-28-2015, 05:08 PM
    Dodson continues to expand their line of dual clutch transmission upgrades. With so many performance cars out there getting dual clutch transmissions as standard now it's a smart move especially as enthusiasts tune many of these turbo motors mated to such transmissions for more power and torque. Dodson has several upgrade options for the BMW Getrag DCT units. Porsche does not use Getrag units though but instead partners with ZF. The 7DT-45 model transmission is used in the 997 Carrera and Carrera S models as the 987 Cayman and Boxster. On the 997.2 Turbo a higher torque capability 7DT-70 is used based on the same basic design. The Panamera uses a 7DT-75 which is a different box for the Panamera's different front engine layout. Dodson does not specify which of these transmissions they are catering to but we would guess the 911 models will get priority over the Panamera. So far Dodson lists an all wheel drive clutch kit which we assume is for 911 Turbo models. Details: PORSCHE SPORTSMANS CLUTCH KIT 4 WHEEL DRIVE Retail Price: NZD$ COMING SOON Large EXEDY heavy duty, patented frictions for 4 wheel drive transmissions Small EXEDY heavy duty, patented frictions for 4 wheel drive transmissions Large EXEDY heavy duty, heat treated and ground flat steels for 4 wheel drive transmissions Small EXEDY heavy duty, heat treated and ground flat steels for 4 wheel drive transmissions They also have two clutch basket options. There is clutch basket A and B with A referred to as large and B as small. This probably refers to the number of discs. PorscheBoost is not aware of anyone running these parts yet and the pricing has yet to be released for all the parts. At the very least it looks like PDK owners will have options with 911 Turbo PDK owners getting the attention first.
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    06-28-2015, 03:45 PM
    Sometimes a picture just does all the talking for us. It is probably safe to say on this particular one that this Supra may just be slightly oriented and prepped for performance on the drag strip. Just maybe.
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    06-25-2015, 04:32 PM
    Alfa Romeo created waves with the announcement of the Giulia sedan and namely the 510 horsepower turbocharged Quadrifoglio Verde version. As this is an exciting new entrant into the segment AlfaRomeoBoost.com contacted Alfa Romeo to find out more details and whether the car would be sold in the United States. The answer is they do not know. They also skipped over our other questions such as the displacement of the V6 motor (3.0 liters) and the transmission options. For now, it appears only a manual is available. So there you have it. The answer is they do not know. Chances are though the Giulia will be sold in the USA as FCA desperately wants sales and more money. Whether that will include the high performance Quadrifoglio version is anyone's guess.
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    06-28-2015, 10:35 PM
    This is a very cool race to see as the Ferrari F12 is the car that replaced the Ferrari 599. They both are very similar using naturally aspirated V12 powerplants as well as being front engined cars sending their power to the rear wheels. One of course expects the newer F12 to be faster. The Ferrari 599 GTO has a 661 horsepower 6.0 liter V12 and is lighter than the standard 599 GTB by roughly 200 pounds. That puts it somewhere in the 3500 pound range. The car uses a sequential manual single clutch gearbox. The newer F12 has a larger 6.3 liter V12 motor with a rated output of 730 horsepower. It also gets a dual clutch transmission. Ferrari claims the weight is in the high 35XX range but independent testing puts it at roughly 4000 pounds. It's definitely heavier than the 599 GTO. So what happens in the actual race? The F12 gets a lead to start. It just continues a slow and steady pull. By the 1/4 mile mark the F12 is pulling four miles per hour harder at 129 and by the 1/2 mile mark it is pulling 166.43 which is just under 5 miles per hour faster than the 599. The new car is quicker and faster but if the F12 was a bit lighter it would truly open some eyes. Regardless, these are two spectacular cars.
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    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    Details on the Underground Racing Huracan twin turbo packages are tough to come by. Last year they announced they were working on a bolt on turbo package designed to work with the factory Huracan dual clutch transmission. Well, this particular Huracan is not a bolt on turbo affair but their 2000+ wheel horsepower X package. This package includes a built motor with the block built by Proline Racing who builds blocks capable of handling 4000+ horsepower for professional racing. The turbocharger models are not specified but we know they are Precision units. John Reed racing did the work on the Motec M1 ECU including the firmware, tuning, and harness. The ECU is capable of direct injection control. What is somewhat disappointing is that UGR is not using the dual clutch transmission. Considering this car is clearly putting out over 2000 wheel horsepower they are using one of their tried and true sequential transmissions from the previous generation Gallardo. This transmission features billet 1st through 6th gears and a billet built differential. This type of thing separates the big boy tuners from the rest. This is absolutely top of the line stuff which comes with the top of the line price. We hope they eventually are able to beef up the dual clutch transmission to handle these torque levels but the car is no slouch as it sits and can only get faster. Plus, it's a lot more fun to have a fast car running than sitting in a shop with broken parts. Watch the Huracan in action as it takes down two high powered GTR's easily and only loses to the AMS Alpha Omega 2000+ whp GTR while giving it a hell of a run.
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    Today, 12:32 AM
    AMR Performance continues their rollout of products for the 2015 Subaru WRX. You can add a FMIC (Front Mount Intercooler) to the list. AMR's design improves upon the factory intercooler which has plastic end tanks. AMR also discovered that high boost over 17.5 psi can cause pressure failures on the inner seals of the factory end tanks. This is what AMR wanted to accomplish with their design: - Easy & straight forward installation. - No rubbing or rattling of the intercooler piping. - No removing of factory components. - No cutting of body panels (front bumper especially!). - Easy & non-noticeable "back-to-stock" removal. - Maintenance on the vehicle without removing any of the intercooler components (change plugs without removing piping!). - Works with Factory BOV, Aftermarket BOV or NO BOV. - Works with Factory & Aftermarket Intake Systems. - Perfect fitment. - Reinforcement bar. - Reinforced 5ply silicone. - Stainless T-Bolt clamps. Essentially to improve on the factory design with a large front mount but one that is easy to install and does not require hacking the car up. Here is the factory top mount design: And here is what the top of the motor looks like with the AMR Design: This is with the AMR Performance intake: BOV and turbo tube connections: What is the price? Good question, AMR has not yet put the intercooler on their website with pricing. Additionally, some data to go with this intercooler would be great to see. Regardless, those looking for an option to improve the cooling over the factory design as well as a front mount have a solid solution here.
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