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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-23-2015, 09:24 AM
    This car belongs to BimmerBoost vendor @fastgti69 who of course is using his own VM (Ventura Motorsports) N54 single turbocharger kit on his 6-speed manual E90 335i. He recently got it out on the dyno with Terry of Burger Motorsports to do some fine tuning. The result is over 800 wheel horsepower and 834 horsepower and 720 lb-ft of torque at the wheels to be exact. The thing is, they are not done here. There is more in this car. The N54 horsepower record still stands at 861 rear wheel horsepower but as we have more N54's pushing deep into the 800's along with further tuning revisions for these high horsepower cars we should start seeing records fall. Further details below from @Terry@BMS: Hey guys, Spent some time on the dyno today with Payam@VM's car. Main purpose of testing was to evaluate the new JB4 single turbo O2 sensor calibration and JB4 port injection control. In doing that it appears we also upped the official bar a bit for single turbo N54 power. Notes: 1) This big turbo really sings at 35psi. It's starting to get to the point that we need to add 4bar and 5bar MAP sensor support to the JB4. It's on my radar. 2) Car has a major issue dropping timing in cyl4. We have no idea why. 3) The JB4 o2 sensor control is working very well. It's amazing how lean we were running previously without really giving it much thought. The second dyno file is a comparison to his testing a couple months ago. AFR was creeping up to the mid 13s. If you're running a single turbo and not using the latest JB4 o2 sensor control firmware, your AFR is much leaner than you think it is. 4) The JB4 port injection control is working perfectly as well. It's convenient being able to datalog and change it from the same JB4 interface and it's nice that it finally self corrects for low fuel pressure. Much more planned for this. 5) Given the AFRs are accurate now we're using *a lot* more fuel than we did previously. Maintaining low pressure on E80 (as read via JB4 flex fuel sensor) has become an issue again. Been funneling data to Fuel-IT who has some new stuff in the works. 6) I heart JB4 anti-lag.
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  • sA x sKy's Avatar
    11-22-2015, 07:39 AM
    Congratulations to BimmerBoost member sA x sKy who put down some eye opening numbers with his DCT F82 BMW M4. He managed to crack the 700 wheel horsepower barrier with his BMS JB4 tuned car which is upgraded with the Pure Turbos Stage 2 S55 turbochargers. @sA x sKy has upgraded Dodson clutches which is the way to go for BMW DCT upgrades. Noting this is a DCT car is important as it is currently the highest horsepower DCT F80 M3 or F82 M4. The 708 wheel horsepower Pure Turbos Stage 2 upgraded F82 M4 we saw a few months back has a manual transmission. Great numbers here and further details from @sA x sKy below. We also look forward to seeing more timeslips from this car. So two different people told me to make a new thread for this.. so I hope you don't mind Sticky :D So my car was finally fixed today for a timing chain issue (second time..) and we wasted NO TIME whatsoever going to the dyno since street tuning was out of the question b/c of the weather outside. Literally we retimed the engine, put on the carbon fiber brace/strut brace on, turned on the car for 10 seconds.. and said fuck it let's go dyno. With the help of Jesse@PURE and Terry@BMS, I did 5 runs. 640whp, 658 whp, 660 who, 679 whp, and 704 whp! Had I had time for one more run I could have taken the dyno record but I'm content with this for now. We were building boost slowly up first but because the 5th run was the final run of the day, we said fuck it and went straight to an 85 meth additive for the 704! NO CODES. NO DTM. NO LIMP. The car ran amazing those 5 runs. 100% meth with 5 gallons of MS109 Thanks to Petrolwerks for building this awesome machine! And thank you Jesse@PURE, Jason@TPG, Terry@BMS, Mo@ACM, and T0ny32 for all the help along the way. Seriously, this project wouldn't have been possible had it not been for the combined efforts. Atco track rental is on Wednesday to hopefully break another record! I ran a 11.17@126 (maybe 127 I don't remember) with M/T ET Streets II. I have upgraded Driveshaft Shop axles this time so not worried about going full boost on this thing off the line. Objective is a 10.5@XXX. This is the highest whp F8X DCT in the world as of right now, and second highest whp overall. Can't thank Jesse@PURE and Terry@BMS enough for the personal touch for this car.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-20-2015, 08:09 AM
    What a steaming pile of dogshit this is. Introducing the worst BMW F82 M4 on planet earth. LT Motorwerks, LB Performance, and Crzy Engineering can all take a bow for this pile of garbage. This is what you get when people who should be modifying Hondas for teenangers set their sights on a BMW. Recognize the name Crzy Engineering? You probably do not. The last time their name came up on BimmerBoost they were proclaiming a rear mount E9X M3 S65 V8 turbo kit option. Unsurprisingly, nothing ever came of it. Who knows what they did to this poor M4's motor. LB Performance needs no introduction as their riveted widebody kits that look tacked on are well known at this point for all the wrong reasons. It is no surprise LT Motorwerks is involved with this 'project' if you even want to call it that. You could tell from the panel gaps alone. This is the same LT Motorwerks responsible for this abomination that just needs to be seen to be believed. It seems they just want to keep destroying and ricing out German cars. How do these people continue to get business? #LAAS2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-20-2015, 04:35 AM
    $132,200 for the new 2016 BMW F82 M4 GTS? The standard M4 starts at $65,400. That means the GTS is just over twice the price of the standard M4. The M4 GTS is going to be rare and offers a very impressive Nurburgring laptime (which BMW has yet to prove or backup) but it is not worth double the price of an M4. The horsepower and torque are bumped but they are bumped through software. That means any M4 owner today can have the same output of the M4 GTS through the aftermarket (and then some) for a fraction of the cost. The GTS is lighter due to the rear seats being pulled and the carbon fiber pieces. These weight saving measures add up to around 200 pounds but we have to see independent weight test numbers. If a current M4 owner wants to ditch weight off their car they have options that will not cost them another $65k. What about the suspension and aerodynamics? These parts can also be sourced in the aftermarket. For someone to pay $134,200 for an M4 GTS if seeking a track car when the Viper ACR exists for almost $20k less they must really, really, really, love BMW and have money to burn. To BimmerBoost, the M4 GTS is not worth the money for what amounts to a standard M4 on steroids. Especially considering it features the exact same turbo engine and anyone can add a solid water/meth injection system to their M3/M4 today for under a grand. With the E92 M3 GTS one could not just take their S65 V8 from 4.0 liters to 4.4 liter as easily as it is to bump power output and add water injection to the M4. Despite the ludicrous pricing we certainly are glad BMW built this car and is selling it in the United States so BMW performance enthusiasts finally have something to at least cheer for in performance comparisons. #LAAS2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-22-2015, 07:32 AM
    Pictures do not do it justice. Audi's Press Release on the second generation R8 was well done with great photos but you just have to see the car in person to really understand how it is distinguishes itself from the previous generation R8 model. The new grille, headlights, rear lights, air intakes, etc., all combine to make the second generation R8 much more flattering. The proportions somehow seem more muscular and less awkward. The second gen car is just basically a reskinned Lamborghini Huracan with both cars sharing the same basic chassis, dual clutch transmission, and 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10 engine. The R8 V10 Plus model you are looking at essentially matches the Lamborghini Huracan with 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The R8 is no longer neutered to the degree it was with the previous generation versus its Lamborghini sibling. What we want to know is when the R8 will be getting an entry level model soon to replace the defunct 4.2 FSI V8 model but boosted from the factory as reports hint at. For now, Audi is mum on the topic and the V10 engine remains the only option in the range. #LAAS2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-22-2015, 06:11 AM
    The W205 C-Class platform transition from sedan to coupe is more elegant than the preceding W204 generation. While the W204 coupe produced some odd proportions the W205 generation C205 coupe looks like it was designed to be a coupe from the onset. The proportions in person are beautiful and clearly take on some S-Class coupe inspired elements namely with the rear end design. It is muscular, angular, and modern. Quite simply, it is beautiful and more so than its sedan sibling. This is the 'Edition 1' C63 AMG S Coupe which is named for the launch model. This is for those who have to be the first to have it. So what does Edition 1 offer? Mainly unique trim elements as you can see with the yellow decals, wheel finish, and interior stitching. It is attention grabbing but has a 'boy racer' element to it. The yellow highlights are not exactly what one would call elegant. The interior details are beautiful though. The Edition 1 is only available in the matte grey finish you see and the AMG Aerodynamics Package is included. You can also get the Edition 1 in standard 469 horsepower C63 trim or C63 S 503 horsepower trim. Whatever your thoughts may be on the yellow accents there is no denying the C205 C63 is a gorgeous coupe. #LAAS2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-23-2015, 08:55 AM
    Great numbers here from a GIAC tuned B8.5 Audi S4 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 equipped with the DSG dual clutch transmission. At ATCO in New Jersey (one of the nation's quickest tracks) the owner managed several mid 11 passes culminating with a new overall B8 S4 record of 11.462 @ 120.03 The fastest trap speed was 120.34 on a 11.494 pass. Here is the mod list for the car: AWE Tuning B8.5 Stage 2 Performance Pulley Kit AWE Tuning Resonated Downpipes and Touring Edition Exhaust G.I.A.C. Stage 2 V2 Engine Software - GIAC 104 file on MS109 fuel G.I.A.C. DSG Performance Software Upgraded intake, heat exchanger and reservoir Lightweight front/rear rotors and wheels It is important to note there is weight reduction as well with the passenger seat pulled as well as the spare and jack. On the stock 3.0 TFSI blower owners can continue to try to one-up themselves but it comes down to weight reduction and the best conditions to try to eek out new records. What the platform really needs to start seeing to move to the next level is larger superchargers.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-25-2015, 11:53 AM
    Nice results here for Eurocharged modifications on the S55 3.0 liter twin turbo direct injected engine platform from the BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4. The Stage 1 tune on the stock exhaust puts down 452 wheel horsepower and 459 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on pump gas. Add in catless downpipes and power climbs to 477 at the wheels. The tune and downpipes provide a boost of just under 50 horsepower at the wheels over the catless downpipes alone. These are all pump gas numbers. With higher octane or meth injection of course things can be pushed further. Pricing is typical Eurocharged which means the best value for the quality in the business. $1400 for downpipes and a tune for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 is a steal. Tune only: Tune and catless downpipes vs. catless downpipes only: Downpipes:
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  • HRE_Wheels's Avatar
    11-24-2015, 04:02 PM
    Introducing the ‪HRE‬ Series S2. The ‪Series S2‬ debuts with five new models, including the 10-spoke mesh S200, the aggressive diamond five-spoke S201, the V-5 directional spoke S204, the split five-spoke S207, and the 20-spoke directional S209. The design of these new wheels include a unique twisted spoke geometry and complex 360 degree surfacing inspired by the latest cars. The all-new Series S2 wheels are available in diameters ranging from 20 to 22 and 24 inches and widths ranging from 7 to 14 inches. For added style and weight reduction, customers also have the choice of optional titanium assembly and lug hardware. The Series S2 will also be available as a centerlock and will be load-rated for larger luxury sedans and SUVs. For more information, please email us or visit
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-24-2015, 10:13 AM
    Quite the sight to behold. Take in the beauty that is the beast known as the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Now although this race car is based on the AMG GT it uses the powerplant from the previous generation SLS GT3 platform which is a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 known as the M159. This vehicle is designed for gentlemen racers which means a customer can purchase it and go racing in various GT3 classes around the globe. Not exactly a cheap way to go racing but this is for big boys competing with the world's best. It will be interesting to see if the Mercedes-AMG GT3 will evolve to house a direct injected turbo motor for racing bringing a closer tie to the actual AMG GT street car. The GT3 drivetrain remains very similar to the previous generation SLS GT3 down to the sequential transaxle gearbox. The vehicle itself is stunning and the security guard Mercedes-AMG had on hand agreed with me on that point. He stated they had a hard time sourcing even one of these for the show and wanted to make sure nobody messed with it. A logical precaution for a machine of this caliber. Simply a stunning vehicle. #LAAS2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-22-2015, 05:41 AM
    We are glad Ford brought their GT and GT race car to the 2015 Los Angeles International Auto Show. For one, it is gorgeous and any auto enthusiast would be forgiven for staring at it for hours on end. Secondly, it is incredibly rare and an auto show is likely the only place one will get to see a GT. Ford did not just bring the production version but also the motorsport version designed to compete at Le Mans. Ford is very serious about their return to racing in 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original GT40's victory over Ferrari. They also have been spending a lot of time testing the vehicle and showing that the loss of a V8 does not mean the car will lose any performance. On the contrary, the new GT is poised to offer world class performance. Soak in the beauty that is the Ford GT. #LAAS2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-24-2015, 01:21 PM
    Another year and another LA Auto Show is in the books. There were some exciting debuts. Alfa Romeo made a splash with their new Giulia. Mercedes-AMG of course had the new C63 AMG coupe which is gorgeous. Not enough can be said about Ford and their GT350R Mustang and the GT. BMW of course had their M4 GTS, Dodge their Viper ACR, and Acura their NSX. The emphasis on enthusiast cars may be diminishing but they are still alive and well with some of the best iterations yet. These are exciting times for performance enthusiasts. That is not to say everything is all sunshine and rainbows as the presence of Lotus basically evaporated and manufacturers keep pushing electric drivetrains which is where we are headed. The enthusiast market probably has 20 years left at best before autonomous electrics that drive you take over. Enjoy it while it lasts. Here's a recap of our coverage: LAAS 2015 - BMW wants $134,200 for the 2016 F82 M4 GTS LAAS 2015 - Volkswagen is delusional and acts like everything is fine by deflecting attention to electric powertrains LAAS 2015 - The 'new' 2017 R231 Mercedes SL is the old Mercedes SL LAAS 2015 - Alfa Romeo brings a few Giulias and a few gorgeous women to Los Angeles LAAS 2015 - The world's ugliest F82 BMW M4 created by LT Motorwerks, LB Performance, and Crzy Engineering LAAS 2015 - We can't get enough of the new Ford GT LAAS 2015 - The C205 C63 AMG coupe is gorgeous - Mercedes-AMG brings their Edition 1 AMG C63 S Coupe LAAS 2015 - Aston Martin's bespoke DB10 created for James Bond LAAS 2015 - The second generation Audi R8 is simply stunning LAAS 2015 - Mercedes-AMG brings the AMG GT GT3 race car and it is badass LAAS 2015 - The Lotus US presence is on life support - Exige V6 Cup photos LAAS 2015 - Go racing with Porsche's Cayman GT4 Clubsport for $165k - PDK Cayman GT4 #LAAS2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-24-2015, 12:02 PM
    Anyone remember when the future was bright over at Lotus Cars? Allow us to jog your memory. It was way back in 2010 when Lotus was showing off a bunch of concepts including a 2013 Esprit. Lotus had an awesome presence at car shows and was generating huge buzz with their upcoming lineup. It all fizzled out as you may have noticed there was no Esprit built for 2013. The other four concept cars they debuted in 2010 named the Elan, Eterne, Elite, and Elise also amounted to nothing more than wishful thinking. Lotus did end up producing a new Exige a variant of you see below except they do not sell it in the USA for street use. All they sell is the Evora which pretty much was supposed to be a stopgap car until they launched the new Esprit among others. Lotus did not even have their own booth but a dealer brought this Exige to the LA Auto Show. Their presence is almost non-existent. It is a shame as they produce cars for enthusiasts. With Lotus not being able to even sell their full offering worldwide it is fair to wonder if at least in the US their best days are behind them and if they even have a future in this market. #LAAS2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-20-2015, 07:32 AM
    Mama Mia! If Alfa Romeo's goal was to ooze Italian sexiness consider it a job well done. They had a few Giulias on display including the high performance Quadrifoglio variant. The Giulia is a good looking car in person although not exactly stunning. It certainly stands out in the segment. Speaking of stunning the women Alfa Romeo had in their booth were easily the best looking of the show. We do not often focus on the booth girls at car shows but it was impossible not to take a second and third look at the Alfa Romeo girls. They certainly complimented the cars well. It is nice to see Alfa Romeo getting attention in the US market and expanding with exciting enthusiasts models. The future looks bright for the brand in the Americas. #LAAS2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-20-2015, 07:02 AM
    We can sort of forgive Mercedes for rolling out the same old thing with some minor changes and calling it new. It is hard to drum up excitement for a refresh of the same platform. Especially when that refresh is as benign and boring as this one. When you hear people saying, 'What's new about it?' that tells you all you need to know. To the average person, it is the same old car. The changes really are that minor. What is different for the 2017 model year you ask? New LED headlights. The front fascia and grill get some minor changes. There are also a couple new paint colors. There is also more power but you might be fooled into thinking that means new motors. The engines are the same they just get software tweaks. The SL400 is now the SL450 as the 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 is boosted (pun intended) to 362 horsepower from 329 horsepower. It also gets a new 9-speed transmission along with the SL550. The AMG models are not ignored. The SL63 and SL65 get standard locking rear diffs. This was previously optional equipment which it should have always been standard. The SL63 is only available as a 577 horsepower variant. The SL65 keeps its 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque bi-turbo V12. The transmission software also gets tweaked for quicker shifts. Minor changes, same old SL. The new Mercedes-Benz SL The legend - now even more dynamic New appearance for an automotive icon: The new Mercedes-Benz SL will offer customers a host of significantly enhanced technical and visual features when it launches in the US in the spring of 2016. More powerful engines, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, DYNAMIC SELECT with five transmission modes and Active Body Control with the curve tilting function all take the legend to a new dynamic level. The high suitability for everyday use has been enhanced with the vario-roof, which can now be operated at up to 25 mph, and the automatic trunk separator. Visually, the front end in particular is significantly sportier with an all new hood, bumper and headlamps. 18 November 2015 - The Mercedes-Benz SL is the top performer in a wide variety of disciplines: an elegant roadster for relaxed, comfortable cruising or a dynamic coupe for sporty trips on winding roads. Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales & Marketing: "The SL is an all-season vehicle that is fully suited for daily use, but above all it is a dream car for those special moments as a couple. Whatever its owner desires - it fulfils the expectations with technical perfection." A particularly eye-catching feature of the new SL is the revised front end: the standard, unique diamond radiator grille extends downwards. Two powerdomes accentuate the long, drawn-out hood. Also adding to the unmistakable new appearance of the SL is the new standard-fit LED Headlights with headlamp housing extending far to the outside. The sporty silhouette is emphasized by the enlarged cosmetic air outlets with wing-like chrome inserts in the dynamic, broad vehicle wings and the exterior mirrors positioned on the beltline. The model range now includes the SL450 with a V6 engine uprated to 362 hp (additional 34 hp) and 369 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,200 rpm as well as the SL550 with the powerful 449 hp V8 engine. Power transfer is handled by the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. With DYNAMIC SELECT the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted in seconds at the touch of a button, with the system modifying the setup of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering at the driver's command. Additional variants include the two Mercedes-AMG models in the guise of the SL63 and SL65, the latter with a V12 engine. Exterior design: new appearance for the athletic aesthete The Mercedes-Benz SL has always been athletic and aesthetic at the same time. Now the designers have worked on bringing these characteristics even more to the forefront. A particularly eye-catching feature is the revised front end of the new edition of the SL: for its new appearance, traditional elements have been enhanced in an innovative and unmistakable manner. Inspiration came from the legendary 300 SL Panamericana racing car with its steeply raked radiator grille. This extends downwards, thus creating a completely individual "face" for the SL within the Mercedes-Benz model range. The grille is executed as the diamond radiator grille as standard. The sculpted shape of the radiator grille harmonizes perfectly with the now standard AMG body styling with the front apron in an A-wing design, which features a front splitter in the vehicle color. Two powerdomes on the hood invoke the sporting heritage of the SL, while light-catching contours give additional structure to the hood. Also adding to the unmistakable new appearance of the SL is the standard-fit LED Light System with headlamp housing extending far to the outside and torch-shaped unit comprising the daytime running lamp/position lamp and direction indicator. The edge area and other design components of the headlamp housing are retained in black - conveying a high-level of perceived quality and an effective sense of depth. The side view of the SL reveals iconic sports car proportions, characterized by the long hood, the AMG side sill panels, the broad wheelbase and passenger compartment positioned towards the rear. Fine details create additional highlights. These include enlarged cosmetic air outlets with wing-like chrome inserts in the dynamic, broad vehicle wings. With the roof down the SL shows off its attractive roadster contours with short, steeply angled A-pillars and frameless side windows. There is nothing to disrupt the clear lines: all aerials, as well as the roll-over bar, are fully integrated and thus not visible, while the electric wind deflector can be extended and retracted at the push of a button. The rear of the SL suggests the high driving dynamics of the vehicle. The basis for this is the sense of width created by the large track gauge, accentuated by the AMG rear apron with side air intakes. The lower section of the diffuser incorporates the integral tailpipe trim elements as well as the centrally arranged rear fog lamp and reversing light. The broad, one-piece tail lights are entirely colored in red and pick up the flowing lines of the vehicle sides and carry them into the rear. As is typical of the brand, they feature a horizontal design with the wedge-shaped direction indicator at the top and the tail lamp and also on the brake lamp below. Brilliant blue and designo selenite grey magno are two new colors that are now available, and 19" rims in a sporty 5-spoke design are now fitted standard. Interior design: sports car atmosphere in comfortable surroundings Minimal gap dimensions and fully padded beltlines are just two examples of the top-class standards which the SL also embodies in the refined interior. The ambient lighting with three selectable colors (solar red, polar blue, polar white) ensures an emotional lighting mood. The upper part of the dashboard forms a unit with the door beltlines, and four round air vents create sporty highlights. The three-spoke sports steering wheel has a magnesium structure and features an ergonomic grip area and a high-quality finish. The airbag module is finished in Nappa leather with topstitching. Twelve control buttons provide access to the menu navigation in the instrument cluster as well as the audio system, telephone and voice entry. The steering wheel rim has a flattened bottom section, and silver-colored steering wheel shift paddles enable manual gear changes to be made. The instrument cluster with a 2-tube look for displaying speed and rpm combines classic circular instruments with modern display technology. Dials and pointers have a new sporty design. The driver is also greeted in style by the TFT multifunction display located between the circular instruments: on start-up it shows a front view of the SL. Thoughtfully designed details such as the analogue clock adorn the center console. Its new graphic design is based on the instrument cluster. Depending on the transmission mode selected by DYNAMIC SELECT, the media display presents dynamic driving data: longitudinal and lateral acceleration (in a G-force cross) or torque and output. Comprehensive individualization of the interior is possible with the broad selection of leather finishes and trim elements. Saddle brown is a newly available option now available in combination with Nappa leather and Exclusive Nappa leather. Intelligent Drive: Driver Assistance package and LED Light System The SL features standard Active Brake Assist, known as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS in other model series. In addition to radar-based proximity warning and braking assistance by Adaptive Brake Assist, the Active Brake Assist system carries out autonomous braking to reduce the danger of rear-end collisions. If the driver fails to act when the risk of a collision is detected, despite the warning lamp in the instrument cluster and the intermittent audible alert, the system will initiate automatic braking. This significantly reduces the vehicle speed. At low relative speeds, this intervention may be sufficient to prevent a rear-end collision with slower moving, stopping or stationary vehicles. The optional Driver Assistance package with stereo camera offers improved functions. Key components of the Driver Assistance package include: • DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist: assists the driver with maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front and staying in the center of the lane. The radar and camera-based system brakes when necessary and accelerates again, if possible, to the preset desired speed. The Steering Assist can take the strain off the driver when it comes to lateral guidance of the vehicle. On straight roads and gentle curves it generates steering torque which contributes to keeping the vehicle in the center of the lane. To achieve this, the system makes use of a stereo camera to orient itself based on clearly visible road markings and, at lower speeds, on the vehicle in front. • Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function: is able to warn the driver of impending crash situations, provide optimum support with emergency braking and, if necessary, also automatically apply the brakes itself. In addition to detecting slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it also detects crossing traffic at junctions, the tail end of traffic jams and pedestrians in the danger zone ahead of the vehicle. • The PRE-SAFE® Brake is able to detect not only slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles but also pedestrians to brake autonomously if the driver fails to react. As a result it helps to avoid accidents up to 31 mph and reduce their severity up to 45 mph. In flowing traffic, the PRE-SAFE® Brake provides assistance according to the same mode of operation throughout the speed range from 4 to 124 mph. • Active Blind Spot Assist: is able to warn the driver when changing lanes, for example, and can contribute to averting an impending collision by means of one-sided brake actuation. • Active Lane Keeping Assist: is able to detect unintentional lane departure, warn the driver by means of pulsating steering wheel vibrations and contribute, by means of one-sided brake actuation, to guiding the vehicle back into its lane. • PRE-SAFE® PLUS: if a rear-end collision appears imminent, the system can activate preventive measures to protect occupants. These include warning vehicles following behind and applying the vehicle brakes when at a standstill. The standard Parking Pilot can take the strain off the driver by helping to search for a suitable parking space and making it easier to maneuver into and out of parking spaces with active steering intervention. A new feature also offers assistance with parking perpendicular to the road. The Parking Pilot includes six ultrasonic sensors in each of the front and rear bumpers which measure the size of the parking space when driving past it. In addition, the Parking Assist PARKTRONIC is also a part of the system. It provides visual and audible warnings of obstacles in front of and behind the vehicle, thus helping to avoid damage when maneuvering. For optimum visibility on country roads and freeways, when cornering and on bends, the standard LED Light System automatically adapts to all light and driving conditions. The LED technology features low energy consumption, a long service life and a pleasant white light which approximates the daylight spectrum. Comfort appointments: convenient operation of the vario-roof SL fans also appreciate the sports car icon for its high suitability for everyday use. With the facelift, Mercedes-Benz has improved the comfort appointments even further. These include operation of the electrohydraulic vario-roof. If when opening or closing the roof the vehicle must move due to the traffic conditions, the process which was started when at a standstill can be continued up to a speed of approximately 25 mph. Equally new is the automatic trunk separator. If the separator is in the upper position for increased trunk capacity, it automatically moves down when the top is opened. Conversely, the automatic trunk separator returns to the upper position, also by means of electric operation, as soon as the trunk flap is opened. A further practical detail in the trunk is the loading setting - the roof stowed in the trunk can move upwards by approximately 25 degrees at the press of a button. The standard KEYLESS-GO includes remote closing of the trunk lid as well as HANDS-FREE ACCESS. With this, the lid opens or closes automatically after making a kicking motion with the foot beneath the rear bumper. The automatic trunk separator additionally moves into the upper position when opening the lid to provide clear access to the loading aperture. Another feature which has been retained is the unique optional extra MAGIC SKY CONTROL: when closed, the panoramic vario-roof automatically changes from dark to transparent or vice-versa within just a few seconds. When it comes to ambient lighting, Mercedes-Benz has opted for LED technology and has extended the color range: in addition to solar red, the colors polar blue and polar white can also be chosen. A further practical finishing touch: the stowage compartment in the center console now features two USB ports. One of the highlights is ambient lighting with projection of the brand logo. A further special feature comes in the guise of MAGIC VISION CONTROL, the intelligent and highly efficient wash/wipe system. The innovative design of the wiper blade always delivers washer fluid immediately in front of the wipe lip, via the water feed line integrated into the blade – and it does this in both wiping directions. The result is that there is no gush of water when spraying fluid, which can impair visibility, and at the same time the maximum cleaning effect is achieved. In addition, the water stays on the windscreen, enabling convenient cleaning of the windshield even with the roof open. When the roof is open, the water is dispensed in such a way that no moisture gets into the interior. Optionally the wiper can be heated to prevent snow or ice from sticking in winter. It is with such details that the Roadster-Coupe underscores its exceptional position as a comfortable sports car suitable for all-year-round use. With the Smartphone Integration package compatible smartphones can be integrated into the vehicle via Apple8 CarPlay® and used via voice-operated control. In addition, the other vehicle controls can also be used. Safe and comfortable use on the road is always ensured. In the case of Apple CarPlay® for example, the system supports making and receiving calls, navigation and listening to music, receiving and sending text messages and emails as well as Siri ® voice control. The selected apps from third-party providers that are also supported include Stitcher Radio® and Spotify®. A concert room atmosphere even with the top down as well as less bulk in the doors due to reduced installation space are ensured by the Frontbass system, which celebrated its premiere in the SL in 2012. It makes intelligent use of the free installation space in the aluminum cavities in front of the footwell as resonating chambers for the base speakers. The standard Harman Kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system has a 10-channel DSP amplifier with a total output of 600 watts and 11 highperformance speakers including Frontbass. An even more sophisticated sound is produced by the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG sound system. It uses a 16-channel DSP amplifier with a total output of 900 watts in conjunction with 12 high-performance speakers including Frontbass. Its twin-lens tweeters provide a futuristic show effect with LED light strips - adapted to instrument lighting. The B&O-specific COMAND Menu True Image™ enables individual special settings to be made. Even more choice: the Curve functions on the ABC suspension for the first time The steel suspension of the standard chassis features continuously variable dampers. The driver can leave the setting of the basic characteristics of the suspension to the control electronics via DYNAMIC SELECT - from comfortable to extremely sporty in the new third Sport+ mode. The characteristics of the transmission modes: • Eco (E), fuel-efficient setting with "sailing" function • Comfort (C), comfortable setting for long journeys or on rough roads • Sport (S), sporty setting for a dynamic driving style • Sport Plus (S+), extremely sporty setting - particularly suitable for flat road surfaces • Individual (I) allows individual adjustment of the various parameters to suit the driver's requirements. Alternatively there is another option available in the guise of Active Body Control (ABC) with curve tilting function. ABC reduces body movements when moving off, braking and cornering. The spring struts of the ABC suspension are adjusted to the respective driving conditions via plunger cylinders (via oil pressure), therefore making torsion-bar stabilizers on the front and rear axle, which can reduce comfort, unnecessary. The dampers only have to eliminate wheel vibrations and can be set up in such a way as to ensure comfort without losing any of the sportiness. In addition, the vehicle level can be adjusted to any unevenness: At higher speeds the SL is automatically lowered by 0.51 inches for more favorable aerodynamics. Conversely, at the press of a button it is possible to raise the vehicle by 1.97 inches for driving on rough roads. On top of this there is the curve tilting function which applies a maximum of 2.65 degrees in the speed range from 9 to 112 mph. It can be set via DYNAMIC SELECT ("Curve"), noticeably reducing the effects of lateral acceleration on the vehicle occupants. The DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes in conjunction with ABC suspension: • Curve (CV) increases ride comfort • Comfort (C) is the comfortable setting for long journeys or on rough roads • Sport (S) as a sporty setting enables a particularly dynamic driving style • Sport Plus (S+) is an extremely sporty setting - particularly suitable for flat road surfaces • Individual (I) allows individual adjustment of the various parameters to suit the driver's requirements. Lighter and stiffer: elaborate all-aluminum bodyshell The latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL takes the meaning of the well known abbreviation "SL" – Super-Light – literally at its word. Systematic weight reduction is just as much a part of the outstanding design features of the new SL as it was for its namesake, the original SL from 1952 with its lightweight tubular frame. Here for the first time Mercedes-Benz has implemented an all-aluminum bodyshell as part of large-scale series production. Only relatively few components are made using other materials. High-strength steel tubes are integrated in the A-pillars to increase safety. The aluminum bodyshell weighs around 220 lbs less than if it had been produced using steel technology. The aluminum structure is not only lighter, but also superior in terms of rigidity, safety and comfort. This is thanks to intelligent lightweight construction with components optimized for their respective intended purposes. For example, different types of aluminum processing are used. Depending on their function, the components are produced using gravity die casting or vacuum die casting, made from extruded sections or used as aluminum sheets of a variety of different wall thicknesses. The result is high levels of rigidity and safety as well as better vibration characteristics. With its intelligent lightweight construction, which also comprises new bonding techniques, the SL has also become a role model for the current S-Class. The six models in the luxury class are characterized by a high percentage of strategically deployed light alloys such as aluminum or magnesium. Tradition: a dream sports car for more than 60 years The exceptional position occupied by the SL in the history of Mercedes-Benz is also evident from its very name: due to its iconic status, the SL has retained its tradition-rich model designation even after the introduction of the new nomenclature. For more than 60 years now, the Mercedes-Benz model range with the "SL" acronym has enthralled sports car fans around the world. This legend has its roots in the world of motorsport: in 1952 the 300 SL racing sports car (W 194, the abbreviation stands for "Super-Light"), with its successes in international competitions, became the spark for the development of two exciting series-production sports cars in the guise of the gullwing coupe and roadster. Their birth ultimately took place in New York: it was there, at the International Motor Sports Show in February 1954, that Mercedes-Benz presented not one but two now legendary SL models: the 300 SL gullwing Coupe (W 198 I) and the open-top 190 SL (W 121). Based on the legendary "gullwing," the open-top 300 SL Roadster (W 198 II) appeared on the market in 1957, and was built up to 1963 in parallel with the 190 SL model. In 1963 the SL series W 113 appeared, referred to as the "Pagoda SL" on account of the characteristic shape of its hardtop roof. This was followed in 1971 by the R 107 series which – also due to the long production period of 18 years – achieved the highest production volume of all SL series to date. In March 1989 Mercedes-Benz presented the R 129 series, which was characterized by numerous technical innovations such as the sensor-controlled roll-over bar and the integral seat. It opened up a new dimension of performance for the SL and was replaced in 2001, after a production period of twelve years, by the R 230 series. The SL now sported a steel folding top and with its pronounced sportiness harked back to the unique tradition of its legendary forefather. The current generation of the SL ultimately appeared in the spring of 2012 in the guise of the R 231 series, which combines the high performance level of its predecessor with maximum levels of comfort and efficiency. The new Mercedes-AMG SL63 and SL65 High performance roadsters are now even more attractive Mercedes-AMG is further enhancing its SL63 and SL65 high-performance roadsters with updated technology and expressive design. The front-end features a completely new design, with a radiator grille which broadens out towards the bottom and the A-wing front spoiler. The stylish light signature and the highly comprehensive scope of standard equipment and appointments underscore the high-quality impression. The engines set the benchmark in the high-performance roadster segment: the 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo engine equipped on the SL63 generates an output of 577 hp and peak torque of 664 lb-ft. The SL65 is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 Biturbo engine rated at 621 hp and delivering 738 lb-ft of torque. Outstanding performance, impressive driving characteristics and the expressive, stylishly honed design are hallmarks of the new Mercedes-AMG SL63 and Mercedes-AMG SL65. The technical highlights include the AMG-developed sports suspension based on Active Body Control, the rear-axle differential lock which is now standard, the even more responsive AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission (SL63) and the five updated AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving programs. "Our updated SL63 and SL65 high-performance roadsters offer a unique driving experience, combining hallmark AMG 'Driving Performance' with the pleasures of open-air motoring and superior comfort on long journeys," notes Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The SL63 and SL65 will have their world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show; the U.S. market launch will begin in late spring 2016. Both roadsters offer more power and torque than their respective competitors in this segment. These engines result in high-caliber performance, as illustrated by figures for acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 and 3.9 seconds for the SL63 and SL65 respectively. The top speed is 186mph (electronically limited). The powerhouses incorporate numerous high-tech components for high power output combined with low fuel consumption: in addition to spray-guided Piezo direct fuel injection, further features include an all-aluminum crankcase, twin turbocharging, four valves per cylinder with camshaft adjustment and an air/water intercooler. The AMG sport exhaust system provides a striking engine sound with an individual character. Enlarged radiators in the front and special vents in the hood add an aggressive appearance for the AMG variants and feed the intercoolers with air to ensure the required heat balance for the engines. Performance is also boosted by the sports suspension based on Active Body Control, the AMG high-performance composite brake system (and optional AMG high performance composite ceramic braking system) and the redeveloped AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission (AMG SL63) or AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC (AMG SL65). The intelligent lightweight design is also a major contributing factor to the high driving dynamics. On the SL models the light all-aluminum bodyshell provides the basis for high rigidity, safety and comfort combined with the lowest possible weight. The designers have used the even lighter material magnesium for the panel behind the tank. The trunk lid contributes to a further reduction in weight. The interior support consists of a light carbon-fiber composite material. The extremely rigid carbon-fiber component benefits from AMG's motorsport expertise and is bonded to the equally very light plastic outer shell. This results in weight savings of 11 pounds in comparison to a conventional trunk lid. Sports suspension based on Active Body Control The steering knuckles and spring links of the 4-link front axle and almost all the wheel control parts of the multi-link rear suspension are also produced in weight-optimized aluminum. The reduction in unsprung masses benefits not only agility, but also the response of the spring-damper elements. Mercedes-AMG remains faithful to the Active Body Control (ABC) active spring and damper system. For even greater agility and high cornering speeds, the AMG SL models have more negative camber all round and fully revised, substantially stiffer elastokinematics. At the touch of a button, the optional Performance suspension (available for AMG SL63 only) offers an emphatically sporty characteristic with reduced roll angles and taut body damping at the touch of a button ("Sport") or a more comfort-oriented set-up for a high level of comfort on longer journeys ("Comfort"). In conjunction with the new electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering, the AMG roadsters offer agile cornering and clear feedback to the driver when the car is approaching its critical limits. The steering features a constant and more direct ratio and variable power assistance which adapts according to the selected suspension set-up. The standard scope of equipment also includes a 3-stage ESP® traction control system with a "SPORT Handling" mode for particularly ambitious drivers. Even more responsive: AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission on the AMG SL63 boasts tailor-made dynamics and high variability. Whether automatic or initiated by the driver using the steering wheel shift paddles, upshifts and downshifts are executed noticeably faster than on the previous model. Especially in "Sport Plus" and in manual mode, the transmission response is now even more prompt. This enhanced spontaneity was made possible by optimizing the engine and transmission software. Furthermore, the new aluminum shift paddles are now able to transmit the driver's commands to change gears even faster. Overall the driving feel and dynamics have therefore been sharpened for the new model. Optimum traction: rear-axle differential lock as standard For improved traction and driving dynamics, the AMG SL63 and AMG SL65 are equipped with a mechanical rear-axle differential lock as standard. This reduces the slip on the inside wheel when cornering without any control intervention in the braking system, allowing the driver to accelerate out of corners earlier thanks to the improved traction offered by the differential. The car remains more stable when braking from high speeds, and the limited-slip differential also improves traction when accelerating fast from a standing start. AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes The five different driving programs "Comfort," "Sport," "Sport Plus," "Individual" and "RACE" provide the driver with a broad scope for influencing the characteristics of the SL63 and SL65. Numerous parameters can be modified, from throttle response to engine sound, enabling the utmost in individualization. In the "Comfort" program the driver experiences a gentle transmission characteristic with comfortable and early gear changes. In "C" mode the car always starts in second gear for a fluid start. In the other driving modes the engine and transmission demonstrate substantially greater agility, in addition to which gear changes are faster. On the SL63, an automatic double-declutching function when downshifting and the RACE START function also form part of the standard scope of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. Expressive and distinctive: the exterior design The striking design emphasizes the two high-performance roadsters' self-assured character. The front section is totally new and markedly more expressive. It is characterized by the newly designed twin-blade radiator grille, which is now wider at the bottom. The A-wing front apron, the large cooling air intakes with flics as an additional means of guiding air flows and the front splitter emphasize the vehicle's width. The newly designed hood combines design and function in the guise of classic powerdomes and the vents which are required for technical reasons. The apron in a new diffuser look immediately catches the eye at the rear. All-red tail lights underscore the stylish character. The side skirts also feature a new design and incorporate different inserts according to the model concerned - in silver chrome on the SL63, while the SL65 is set apart by applications in high-gloss chrome. The Night package is optionally available for the first time, adding darkened trim elements around the body for a more sinister appearance. The Exterior Carbon-Fiber package has been extended to include inserts in the rear apron and in the side skirts. The SL63 leaves the factory with standard 10-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in titanium grey and with a high-sheen finish, with a staggered fitment of 9 J x 19-inch wheels with 255/35 R 19 tires at the front and 10 J x 20-inch wheels with 285/30 R 20 tires at the rear. The SL65 is fitted as standard with multispoke ceramic polished forged wheels. The front wheels come in size 9 J x 19 and are fitted with 255/35 R 19 tires, while the rear wheels in size 10 J x 20 are fitted with 285/30 R 20 tires. Class materials, comprehensive scope of standard appointments: the interior The lavishly appointed interior covers every wish: the standard scope includes sports seats in Nappa leather with optimized lateral support and model-specific upholstery layout, multicontour function and seat heating. The driver has a good grip on the AMG SL at all times with the new 3-spoke Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather featuring a flattened bottom rim and silvercolored aluminum shift paddles. An AMG performance steering wheel is also offered with DINAMICA inserts for additional grip during performance driving. Carbon-fiber trim and the analogue clock in IWC design (exclusive to the AMG variants) highlight the high-performance roadster's special standing. Optional AMG carbon-grain aluminum trim lends the open-top two-seaters an even more personal touch. About Mercedes-Benz USA Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 14 model lines ranging from the sporty CLA-Class four-door coupe to the flagship S-Class. MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Vans and smart products in the U.S. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at, and #LAAS2015
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    11-24-2015, 10:54 AM
    Here is the third and final video in an independent comparison of the trio of world's best supercars. The three cars of course are the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder. The independent testing is much appreciated in wake of Ferrari's absurd control freak media policies. The first test had the trio duke it out at the Silverstone roadcourse in the UK. The P1 took the victory there although we wonder if there was a British bias. The second test was a 1/4 mile drag race at the Santa Pod raceway in the UK. This network did not feel the drag racing and the way the results were presented were very well done. The P1 had the fastest trap speed of the trio and the 918 Spyder had the quickest ET. Well, maybe the third time's the charm? This is a longer drag race up to 186 miles per hour which will allows these vehicles to stretch their powerful legs. Based on the results of the previous test the 918 Spyder should get a lead out of the hole only to be eventually passed by the P1 and LaFerrari duking it out on the top end. What happens is that the P1 and LaFerrari are indeed the faster than the 918 Spyder. The 918 Spyder does not get a good launch and somehow in damp conditions the LaFerrari beats the other cars off the line. That should not happen with the 918 Spyder all wheel drive especially with the cars all on street tires. Fortunately, they do have the cars run several times. Performance measurement is courtesy of a VBOX. The 918 Spyder averages the quickest runs to 100 but past 100 miles per hour the P1 just pulls away. The LaFerrari trails the other two to 60, 100, and 150 but shows its power and top end prowess by 186: All three of these cars are absurdly fast. The 918 Spyder just puts its power down the most efficiently but it is also the heaviest due to its all wheel drive system which becomes a detriment past 100. The P1 seems to provide the best blend of top end punch and traction off the line. The LaFerrari does well but loses out which is maybe why Ferrari tries to control its testing as they would never let a result like this reach the public if they could prevent it. It is good for enthusiasts that Ferrari was not involved in these tests.
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    11-25-2015, 01:02 PM
    This bolt on modified Gen V Viper in the videos below is quite impressive. There is good driving to go with it as the owner shifts cleanly and quickly. Previously, we saw a bolt on Gen V Viper beat a PP-Performance tuned CLS63 AMG from a roll and some fanboys doubted the outcome. Well, this bolt on Viper runs not one but two tuned M157 AMG's from PP-Performance. Let's start with the CLS63 AMG said to be a stage 2 PP-Performance tune. The Viper makes easy work of it as they dodge (pardon the pun) traffic: The E63 is said to have the RS850 PP-Performance package with upgraded turbos. The Viper makes easy work of it as well: How about a Mercedes-AMG GT S? Considering the car is stock this race favors the Viper. The AMG GT S gets the hit in the first run. It is quickly overtaken and passed. The second run has a lot of traffic and isn't very clean but the Viper pulls again: Does a tuned SLS AMG fare any better? Nope. The Viper spanks it too: With the AMG's all getting mopped up surely an Aventador will do better? Guess again. The nice thing at least is that this video has honks denoting the start of the race. It doesn't matter, Viper comes out on top yet again: The only real challenger to the Viper is a tuned McLaren MP4-12C. The McLaren does not have a passenger but the Viper does. In the first video it is pretty much door to door with the McLaren appearing to edge. In the second run it looks like the Viper jumps and holds off the McLaren. Overall, this goes to show how potent a bolt on Gen V Dodge Viper is as if this point needs reinforcing yet again. The videos themselves leave a lot to be desired as honks would be much appreciated as would steady camera angles from mounted GoPro's. What we get is a lot of head turning making for jumpy vids so these are not the best but it's still easy to tell the Viper is a beast.
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    11-20-2015, 05:01 AM
    Let's get an apology for the pictures of the Volkswagen Press Conference out of the way. The VW booth was packed to beyond capacity. Getting to the stage or even the stadium style seats up front was impossible. We all know why so many people were there and interested in hearing what VW execs had to say. So what did VW say? Just that they are still looking for solutions (they did not have any solution to present) and that was that regarding diesels. They acted like nothing was wrong and shrugged it all off. They acted like the US market was just fine. They reassured us that the US market is important to them and quickly changed the subject to electric drivetrains they were debuting such as plug-in hybrids. No talk about clean diesel future in the USA but quick deflection to electric drivetrains they prattled on and on about to shift focus from the diesel problems. Volkswagen offered E-Golf test drives and did everything they could to replace the word diesel with electric. It is almost as if Volkswagen diesels never existed in the USA. They clearly intend to focus on electrics to try to repair their now tainted environmentally conscious image. Seriously VW? Nothing about how you intend to manage this crisis? Volkswagen talked about investment in their Chattanooga plant and how much they love the US: That's great. Now how about telling us how you intend to settle with the EPA and what if any future diesel has for VW in the USA? Maybe Volkswagen does not know the answer to these questions which is why they simply pretended like they did not exist. The only place you will find VW USA saying anything about the diesel issue is on a Youtube video from last month. All that we learned from VW execs at the LA Auto Show in 2015 is that they still have their heads up their asses. It's only the asses at the top that have been shuffled around. #LAAS2015
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    11-24-2015, 12:51 PM
    $165,000 is a lot of money for a track toy. If you have the coin Porsche has the car. This is the Cayman GT4 Clubsport. What do you get for that money? A stripped out interior, roll cage, GT3 cup car front suspension system, racing harness, upgraded brakes, larger fuel tank, and fire suppression system. Does all of that add up to $165k? Well, we do not know. The main change is that the manual transmission is ditched for the PDK dual clutch transmission. Interesting, considering that this pretty much admits that for serious track duty the PDK is the better performance option. It also proves that Porsche could easily give the standard Cayman GT4 the PDK but is refusing based on politics to maintain an artificial performance hierarchy as with a PDK transmission the Cayman GT4 would step on too many 911's toes. This is why PorscheBoost has been saying for some time now that the manual transmission decision is solely driven by internal politics. The only way you will get a Cayman GT4 with a PDK transmission from Porsche is with this Clubsport model. Considering it is not street legal and comes with almost a $100k penalty we would be perfectly happy with the standard GT4. For guys that want to race, this Cayman might just be the perfect car. #LAAS2015
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    11-22-2015, 06:42 AM
    Special editions are cool and nice to see of course as designers can get away with things they normally would not be allowed to. In this case, this DB10 was designed specifically for James Bond in the film Spectre. That is cool but what is also nice is that Aston Martin will produce 10 of these vehicles. Except that you can not purchase it. Eight were created for filming with two show cars one of which you see here. Unfortunately, the general public will not be able to purchase this car even on a limited basis. James Bond we are not. It is nice to see a manufacturer create cars like this for movies and for exposure. Aston Martin is reveling in Bond's switch back to them from BMW. The DB10 features a manual transmission and the 4.7 liter V8 from the Vantage meaning around 420 horsepower and 357 lb-ft of torque. As this is just a movie car more power is hardly necessary. The chassis itself is modified from the Vantage. Despite this not being a real car so to speak it points toward the future of Aston design language. #LAAS2015
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    Yesterday, 02:13 PM
    That's a good point but maybe they had to get it up and running quickly for testing purposes and couldn't wait the lead time on forged parts.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 AM
    I don't understand the point of using OEM parts on this. Why? So it can fail again?
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    11-25-2015, 09:19 PM
    Not only that, but 150whp for $5k is a pretty good ROI. People pay $1,000s for exhaust that give no horsepower or an intake for $1,000 that gives 10whp. Seems like a pretty good investment to me. -Rich
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