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    04-30-2016, 02:51 PM
    The S55 platform in the BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4 officially has a new quickest and fastest record holder. Maximum PSI took their DCT F80 M3 to the strip that features the Pure Turbos upgrade for the S55 3.0 liter inline-6 turbochargers and raised he bar. The previous 10.347 @ 133.82 pass was surpassed with a 10.316 @ 137.22. That means the quickest and fastest records for the S55 platform belong to this F80 M3 as it tops the record holding 135.5 pass. This elapsed time and trap speed come on a worse 60 foot at 1.743. What that means is if they get consistent 1.6X's out of the car (maybe 1.5's with some tweaks) the F80 M3 and F82 M4 platforms are on the doorstep of breaking into the 9's. Mods are the same as before until @Pure Turbos tells us otherwise: Pure Turbos Dodson clutches/baskets Flash/jb4/port injection Straight ms109 fuel Maximum PSI intakes, downpipes, charge pipes, 3.5"exhaust Evolution of Speed prototype intake manifold and intercooler Stock axles Exciting times in the S55 world. EDIT: They kept chipping away and ended up with a 10.2 @ 137 which is the record:
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    04-30-2016, 01:15 AM
    There is something to be said for the M157's 5.5 liters of displacement. While the motor will be phased out over the next few years for the smaller 4.0 liter M177/M178 V8 the large M157 V8 still has the task of moving some of the heavier Mercedes-AMG vehicles in the lineup and the torque certainly helps in that respect. It definitely has a whole lot of torque down low. The baseline figure is 536 lb-ft at the wheels. Tuned? 725 lb-ft at the wheels for a gain of 189 lb-ft at the wheels. Huge but expected out of tuned M157's. What is odd is the baseline horsepower curve. The 421 peak horsepower figure is about 100 wheel horsepower off of what the car should be at based on previous M157 results. It's very low while the torque peak is about what it should be. Maybe AMG's software dials power back on the dyno (AMG has previously had dyno mode issues) or maybe there was some other issue. Regardless, the tuned numbers are right where the should be and very strong for a tune only car. 624 wheel horsepower and and 725 lb-ft of wheel torque will make for quite the ride.
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    05-02-2016, 07:32 PM
    Exactly like this. Ok, maybe they could have gone slightly bigger on the turbos because it's never enough boost, right? This is a custom project built for someone named Mike Murillo. No idea on the specs but who cares. We salute everyone involved.
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    05-02-2016, 11:41 AM
    This is becoming a bit of a theme in the BMW turbo era, isn't it? Some accuse BimmerBoost of hating on Dinan but that is not the case. BimmerBoost tremendously respects what Steve Dinan achieved. BimmerBoost just places actual tuning results and getting your money's worth above the Dinan brand name. Unfortunately, Dinan results on modern turbo BMW's are very weak especially when one factors in the cost. Only 20 whp gained on an F80 M3 / F82 M4 S55 motor for $2500? Over 100 whp by switching from Dinan's Stage 2 Dinantronics box to a flash tune on the F01 Alpina B7? Well, now let's add in an M6 Gran Coupe S63TU as the latest car to find huge gains by ditching Dinan. How big of a difference? About 82 wheel horsepower and a massive 140 lb-ft of torque at the wheels (yes, at the wheels and not at the crank like the numbers Dinan promotes with) over the Dinan Dinantronics piggyback. Just tune only Eurocharged obliterates Dinan's Stage I or Stage II Dinantronics unit. You can call this tune Stage Beatdown. Some people may want to pay $3000+ for a Dinan piggyback offering the most modest gains in the BMW aftermarket simply due to Dinan's warranty promise. We believe that is a mistake. BimmerBoost also feels there is a bit of poetic justice in these results as Dinan criticized piggyback tuning only to adopt piggyback tuning when Dinan was not able to offer an ECU flash tune for modern M cars. BimmerBoost does not believe in overpaying for something that underdelivers. Leaving 140 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on the table is exactly what someone opting for the Dinantronics box deserves. Oh, and to the owner this M6, now that the car has a Eurocharged tune you might want to get that Dinan badge off the car. People might start thinking Dinan cars are faster than they really are otherwise.
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    05-03-2016, 10:40 AM
    Last year back in August BimmerBoost member @RingMeister01 shared his ESS-Tuning horror story when attempting to get an S55 engine turbo upgrade from ESS. What followed was forum censorship, ESS saying he is not allowed to publicly share development details, and @RingMeister01 saying he will take them to court. That was almost ten months ago. What happened since then? Did this get resolved? Did ESS-Tuning step up to the plate and do the right thing? Hardly. Here it is from the horse's mouth as BimmerBoost asked @RingMeister01 what happened: Basically, the ESS 'dealer' a guy named IMG on the forums ran away with the money. Asbjorn Bohn and Roman at ESS-Tuning did nothing to help. They just did what they could to get this off the forums and ignored any resolution. Roman posted publicly that he could get a refund to quell the forums but it was just all talk and no refund was provided: Quality customer service, eh? Roman is now apparently gone from ESS-Tuning. That is a good thing. Who wants to deal with this? @RingMeister01 unfortunately was a guinea pig without knowing it and ended up paying for ESS development out of his own pocket. That brings up a bigger question though, what is the state of ESS-Tuning upgrades for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 motor? You will notice these turbo upgrades are still not available for sale from ESS and you will be hard pressed to find any positive results with them. Well, BimmerBoost follows the aftermarket BMW scene very closely and we do not see anything significant from ESS on the S55 platform. Thus far, we have major tales of failure such as this one. Oh, sure, they will offer ECU flash tunes as the flash leaks out to everyone who claims to be a tuner. This highlights a bigger issue though with ESS-Tuning. Their sole domain of success is really S65 supercharger kits on the previous generation E9X M3 S65 V8. How does putting together a Vortech based supercharger kit thanks to having European software sources supplying them with a tune to make it work equate to them having ability across all BMW platforms let alone new turbocharged M's? It doesn't. If BimmerBoost were to guess Roman saw the writing on the wall and left. ESS-Tuning is not going to be much of a factor in the turbo era. You have plenty of experienced turbo tuners already dominating the platforms. ESS-Tuning can't compete with them. AMS realized ESS-Tuning's abilities were overrated a while ago. Frankly, they will likely have to source hardware and tuning from others just like they did previously. It's just that this time around they are late to the party and already overmatched. They can't and won't catch up. The supercharger market on the E9X platform is pretty much tapped out and ESS-Tuning did well controlling the largest S65 V8 forum which is available to the highest bidder. Dissenting opinions were squashed/deleted, users who did not support ESS were banned, and the consensus became ESS-Tuning was the best BMW tuner in the world. They made a lot of money this way at the expense of the community and open dialogue. Fortunately, the BMW turbo era is exposing ESS-Tuning for what they actually are which is nobody special.
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    05-03-2016, 12:22 PM
    The McLaren 675LT test numbers from magazines show it is absurdly fast. Magazine times for the Lamborghini Huracan show it is absurdly fast as well running 10.4 @ 135. Based on the magazine test results you would think the cars are fairly even in a drag race, right? Well, they aren't. The McLaren 675LT is almost 500 pounds lighter than the Huracan. The Huracan's all wheel drive system comes with a weight penalty. The Huracan also has less power and its 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10 has less torque at 412 lb-ft compared to the 516 lb-ft of the McLaren 675LT. On paper the Huracan should have an advantage in the 60 foot but beyond that it's all McLaren. The real world result plays this out with the McLaren on a worse 60 foot running 10.689 @ 135.84 and the Lamborghini running 10.945 @ 127.67. A spread of 8 miles per hour of trap speed is night and day. If the McLaren hooked better the elapsed time spread would be much larger. This race plays out similarly to an MP4-12C vs. tuned Lamborghini Huracan drag race from over a year ago. The Huracan has the better 60 foot thanks to all wheel drive but the McLaren is the faster car. Real world numbers and magazine numbers are very different things.
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    05-03-2016, 11:40 AM
    The BMW i8 is an interesting car as it showcases the future but also pushes BMW's styling language to the limit. BMW enthusiasts have waited a long time for a high performance BMW halo car but the i8 simply is not that. It's more of a promotional tool for BMW 'i' and a way for BMW to claim to be energy efficient while producing 5300+ pound twin turbo V8 SUV's. The current BMW i8 performs fairly well with 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and a 1/4 mile sprint of 12.3 @ 114. Basically E92 M3 level performance except for more than twice the price. The i8 will struggle against a Porsche 718 Boxster S. For almost $140k you expect a bit more from the i8 in the performance area. Well, an increase to 420 horsepower from the current 357 is modest but will do wonders. BMW is expected to increase output of the 1.5 liter B38 three-cylinder turbo engine as well as the electric motor. BimmerBoost says stick a B48 2.0 liter four-cylinder under the hood and be done with it but when does BMW ever do what the enthusiasts want to see these days? We will have to wait and see what the actual specs are and also if BMW increases the range with higher capacity batteries. For now, this is all speculation from an Autocar UK report. If they are right, the facelifted i8 will debut alongside a Spyder as a 2018 model year car. Source
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    05-01-2016, 05:24 AM
    There are so many hot hatches in this test the entire list would not fit in the title. This test is done by Auto Trader in the UK so we might as well get out of the way that the weather makes this a less than ideal comparison. It's typically British in that regard. If you have to do a comparison in the rain why even bother with 0-60 testing? Of course the all wheel drive cars will top their rear wheel and front wheel drive counterparts in the wet. Why not try to mitigate the conditions by showing some roll on testing in addition that will reduce the traction advantage and provide some more meaningful data and comparisons? Ok, so the comparison isn't perfect but it is the best comparison we have right now of all of these vehicles. The Europeans obviously love their hot hatches so it makes sense this comes from a European source that includes makes and models that are not featured in the US market. The cars tested are the Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type-R, Audi RS3, Mercedes-AMG A45, Volkswagen Golf R, Renault Sport Megane 275 Cup-S, Peugeot 308 GTI By Peugeot Sport 270, BMW 135i, Seat Leon Cupra 290, and the Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Here is a table overview of the tested metrics: The 0-60 figures are not too important here due to the traction penalty on the cars without all wheel drive but the Mercedes-AMG A45 is the quickest to 60 at 4.2 seconds followed by the Audi RS3 at 4.3. If you intend to drag race in the rain, the A45 is your car. Around the track though the Mercedes-AMG also wins. Yes, the traction advantage is a major factor here. The Focus RS comes in a close second around the track despite having a manual transmission and less power than the Mercedes. It's chassis dynamics seem to be superior. Take the data presented with a grain of salt. What do the testers think about the cars? The BMW's engine and gearbox is praised but it is said to feel more like a GT than a hot hatch. The BMW's character just is not sporty enough in this company. The Subaru is said to feel dated which is a shame. Honda's Civic Type R is penalized for being too much to handle in the wet. Oh, a front wheel drive turbo car is hard to push to the limit when it's raining? Who knew? It is said to be lively and fun in the dry though which is when you will want to push it. They narrow the list of cars down to their top 3 choices. Those are the Mercedes-AMG A45, Ford Focus RS, and the Renault Sport Megane 275 Cup-S. They decide to drag the trio. The track looks less damp for this race but it really doesn't matter. The A45 AMG easily takes it with the Ford Focus RS coming up second. The M133 engine under the hood of the A45 is simply a beast. If you don't have 35 minutes to spare to watch this video let's spare you some time and tell you what the conclusion is. The Renault is simply outperformed by the A45 and Focus RS. It finishes in third. The A45 AMG is the quickest in a straight line and around the track but it's chassis dynamics, handling, and feedback do not match the Ford Focus RS. The new Ford beats out everyone else as the best all around driver's hot hatch. It is the best hatchback in the world right now. Well done Ford.
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    04-29-2016, 11:41 PM
    BimmerBoost member @sA x sKy is going for 1000+ horsepower in his BMW F82 M4. He was going to go another route but decided to have TPG Tuning build the motor and do the cylinder head work. The flow results are very similar to TPG Tuning's earlier flowbench data. It's important to note it is not the exact same data but similar data as it should be similar with the same S55 cylinder head. They did not just plug in the previous numbers so they have successfully ported multiple S55 heads which instills confidence and they even improved on the intake side: Very nice results over stock. TPG Tuning also built the bottom end with upgraded forged pieces and shipped it to @sA x sKy after they were done in just three weeks. A built S55 in just three weeks? I know a tuner or two who could learn something from this type of work, quick shipping, and excellent packaging. It is going to be fun to see where this ends up once it is done but it is progressing nicely:
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    04-30-2016, 11:12 AM
    You think life is easy with a Ferrari? How about with multiple Ferraris? Well, think again. Imagine having a 458 Italia, an F12, and a LaFerrari. That sounds like a pretty sweet garage on paper but what happens when it comes time to grab the key to the Ferrari you want to drive? Yep, what do you do then? Use a Sharpie. Yes, a Sharpie pen in the answer to labeling your Ferrari keys. It's this kind of innovative thinking that no doubt produces the resources necessary to buy the cars.
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    04-30-2016, 07:34 AM
    Well, we asked where TTE 4.0 TFSI V8 turbocharger upgrade results are and here is an answer. An APR tuned RS7 running the TTE900 turbo upgrade managed to set a new quickest and fastest RS7 and overall 4.0 TFSI V8 platform 1/4 mile time with a 10.34 @ 135.56 pass. Certainly impressive but this is only a 2-3 miles per hour ahead of RS7 owners have been able to do on the stock turbochargers. AudiBoost member @kouzman managed to go 10.558 @ 132.56 on the stock turbochargers. Another RS7 improved on this time with a 10.388 @ 133.54. The turbo upgrade should provide much more than a couple miles per hour which tells us there is still tuning to be done but also that the conditions were not the most favorable. Density altitude was over 3000 feet which is very poor for record setting times yet records were set nevertheless. The car has some weight saving measures with Technocraft carbon seats and a lightweight battery. That is good for roughly 150-200 pounds off the stock car. It's good to see some results from the TTE turbo upgrade though and it seems APR will be incorporating these turbos into a Stage 2.5 package for the RS7. We want to see dynographs but claims are 765AWHP and 775AWTQ on race gas with 680AWHP / 725AWTQ on pump gas. How much further can they take it? In negative density altitude a 9 second pass is within reason.
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    05-02-2016, 10:32 AM
    With its new 3.9 liter twin turbo V8 the Ferrari 488 GTB will be far more tuner friendly than any of the previous naturally aspirated Ferraris. As you well know, forced induction motors respond very well to tuning and it is much easier to get larger gains with just say an ECU tune. That is why VOS (Vision of Speed) in Germany making these claims of 900 horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque on the 488 GTB with a result of their tuning is not crazy. However, they provide no support for their claims. We will see 900 horsepower 488 GTB's as it is just a matter of time but VOS needs to prove they have one. This is what they claim they did to the car: So a 'Stage 3' kit with an ecu tune, downpipes, and exhaust they say results in their claimed numbers. Only an increase of just over 100 lb-ft of torque over stock though? Yet a huge hp gain claim over the stock 661 horsepower? It just doesn't feel right somehow. The carbon bodywork is obviously gorgeous as are the Loma wheels equipped with Michelin Pilot SuperSport 255/35/21 tires in front and 325/25/21 tires in back. The LOMA forged wheels are 9.0x21 front and 12x21 in back. A pretty Ferrari with aftermarket wheels and carbon body pieces is nothing new. What we want is concrete proof of the tuning results on the 488 GTB. So far, we do not no have any such proof. If any of our German friends would like to translate the video below, it would be appreciated:
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    05-03-2016, 10:00 AM
    A Mercedes-AMG C-Class sedan going head to head on the highway with a Ferrari 458 Italia? Believe it. This is what the turbo era brings us. Obviously the Ferrari is the sportier and more exclusive car and the one we would all want to take home but there is something satisfying about beating up on an exotic. Especially when doing it in a C-Class Mercedes that only needs an ECU flash tune to pull the Ferrari. The tuned C63 M177 has roughly 517 horsepower and 565 lb-ft of torque at the wheels compared to the 458's naturally aspirated V8 with output of 448 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The Ferrari is quite a bit lighter with a quick shifting dual clutch transmission and it is more aerodynamic but that turbo punch up top propels the C63 past it. Great run.
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    04-30-2016, 05:51 AM
    Do thieves need your BMW keys to steal your ride? Nope, as this video of an F10 520i being stolen in Dublin, Ireland attests to. It is surprising just how easy it is. The thieves break the window, open the doors, and use some sort of transmitter to start the car with the keyless feature. It seems convenience options like keyless go just make it easier for thieves to find another way gain access to the car. The car can be replaced of course and no doubt it is insured but it just goes to show how an alarm does not do much of anything against experienced thieves. Source
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    05-01-2016, 06:41 AM
    BMW's violet paint colors do not get enough credit. Daytona Violet and its well known Techno Violet sibling have not been standard M3 paint colors for generations now. It is a shame but that is where BMW Individual comes in who will gladly paint your M3 or M4 in a BMW shade of your choosing for a premium. How much of a premium? Roughly $5k for this Daytona Violet paint job. It is well worth every penny considering the odds of running into another F80 M3 with the same paint color is slim to none. This particular F80 M3 in addition to the Individual paint gets 20 inch HRE Classic 303 rims in a Satin Charcoal finish which plays off the Daytona Violet shade very well. The car is also lowered on KW coilovers with a carbon lip and mirror covers but needs window tint to complete the look. Simply beautiful. P.S. For BMW trivia nerds Daytona Violet was offered only in 1995 on the E36 M3 and Techno Violet was offered on the E36 M3 from 1996-1999.
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    05-02-2016, 04:30 PM
    Some people may have thought the McLaren 570S going 10.2 @ 135 in the 1/4 mile was a fluke. Well, it wasn't. Yet another McLaren 570S hit the dragstrip this time at a private rental at the ATCO strip in New Jersey. Now, this 570S is a second off the previous time thanks to a poor 2.0X 60 foot but the 133 trap speed shows low 10's are not only well within the realm of possibility but to be expected. Imagine when tuned examples start hitting the strip.
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    04-28-2016, 04:51 AM
    Great numbers here from AMR Performance who tuned a 2016 Range Rover Sport Autobiography edition. The Autobiography model adds things such as 16-way power front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, center console cooler, tri-zone climate control, surround view camera, 19-speaker Meridian sound system, and 21 inch wheels. That all sounds nice and dandy but what we are focusing on is the engine and performance. The Range Rover Sport Autobiography has the same 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque 5.0 liter AJ133 V8 as the Range Rover Sport Supercharged edition. AMR Performance recorded a baseline on their Dyno Dynamics of 508 horsepower. This means they are correcting output a bit to read closer to crank as the Dyno Dynamics is a heartbreaker. Regardless, what is important here is the delta. After the AMR ECU flash dyno tune output rises to 571 horsepower for an increase of 63 horsepower. A huge tune only gain on a supercharged engine. Now, imagine if you paired the AMR ECU tune with the Fabspeed exhaust package. A 600+ horsepower Range Rover? Yep.
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    05-02-2016, 09:22 AM
    Renntech's M177 and M178 tunes have been on the market for a while now as they started development before the W205 Mercedes-AMG C63 model was even on the streets in the United States. Speaking of the United States, it is always good to have Dynojet numbers to reference for American customers. ECU tune only pushes the car to 601 horsepower and 657 lb-ft of torque at the crank. On a Dynojet, that is 517 horsepower and 565 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Tune only, on pump gas. You can compare those numbers to the Renntech M177 ECU tune crank figures from a Superflow dyno posted over a year ago. Great stuff here and well worth the asking price. After months of development and testing in the US and on the Nürburgring in Germany, we are pleased to announce the release of our newest ECU Upgrade: The RENNtech direct ECU flash for the W205 - C 63 AMG. RENNtech has been at the forefront of ECU tuning since electronic engine management started to show up in vehicles during the mid 1980s! Our experience, countless hours of in-house research, development and exhaustive testing ensure that our proprietary ECU upgrade offers incredible performance gains and rock solid daily driver reliability. RENNtech tuning software for Mercedes offers significant gains in horsepower and torque across the vehicles entire power band. By modifying ignition timing and throttle mapping, optimizing air-to-fuel ratios, increasing the engine's rev limiter and modifying boost mapping for turbo-charged vehicles, RENNtech performance software unleashes the true potential of your Mercedes. With the proprietary RENNtech ECU Tuning the W205 - C 63 AMG gains up to +56 HP and +107 LB-FT, based on power numbers measured by RENNtech. Please note that the Mercedes M177 engine performance when measured, obtains higher numbers than rated from factory. The maximum power number reached with the RENNtech ECU Upgrade for the W205 - C 63 AMG is 601 HP and 657 LB-FT. For detailed information about our ECU Upgrades feel free to email us at or call our sales-team under 561.845.7888. Product Page: C 63 AMG S (W205 | M177 | 4.0L V8 BiTurbo) Stock Performance: Rated by Mercedes-Benz: 503 HP @ 5,500-6,250 rpm; 516 LB-FT @ 1,750-4,500 rpm Rated by RENNtech: 545 HP @ 6,150 RPM; 550 LB-FT @ 3,700-4,700 RPM Mercedes M178 engine performance when measured, obtains higher power numbers than rated from factory. C 63 AMG S (W205 | M177 | 4.0L V8 BiTurbo) Modified Performance: 601 HP @ 5,650 RPM; 657 LB-FT @ 4,250-4,800 RPM
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    04-28-2016, 11:21 PM
    Over a quarter of a million dollars for a 993 Turbo? Not even a Turbo S? Porsche 993 values just keep going up and one has to wonder when this trend will stop or if there is a bubble. Being the last air-cooled 911 produced certainly means the 993 occupies a special area in the Porsche 911 enthusiast's heart. There no doubt are people out there that wish they held onto their 993. Even the base models are selling for incredible numbers. Is this a pristine example? Yep. Is it low mileage? Yep. Is it one of the most beautiful 911's ever produced? Yep. Is it worth $285k? Well, that's up to the buyer.
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    04-30-2016, 06:24 AM
    PorscheBoost member @918 spyder is not satisfied with his 991 Turbo which is the fastest 991 generation 911 Turbo in the United States. He previously ran a 9.71 @ 143 on a 150 shot and the stock turbochargers. Without the juice, the car managed 10.1 @ 137.02 miles per hour. So where does @918 spyder go from here? Well, here is what he has in mind: 1. Exhaust from By Design/Kline Inconel with titanium hardware 2. Custom headers by BBI 3. Special turbo's from By Design/BBI/Tial (non VTG) 4. Some suspension tweaks 5. Cobb Custom tune and Dyno by Robtuned 6. 200 shot nitrous by Vengeance Basically, bigger turbochargers from By Design and Tial without the VTG (Variable Turbine Geometry) element of the factory turbochargers. Turbo response will be sacrificed for much more power. BBi will provide custom headers and the exhaust as mentioned will be from By Design. Vengeance Racing will again provide their expertise with the nitrous which will be upped to a 200 shot. RobTuned will again provide the tuning through a Cobb Accessport to make the hardware all work as it should. The result should be impressive but we wonder how the PDK will cope with the extra torque from the turbo upgrade let alone when combined with a 200 shot of nitrous. How the fuel system will be upgraded to provide for the extra power is another question mark. Hopefully this all comes together as planned as if it does improving on the 9.7 @ 143 will not be much of a problem.
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    05-01-2016, 07:21 AM
    VF-Engineering has a flash tune for the VAG 5.2 liter naturally aspirated and direct injected V10 under the hood of the R8 and Huracan. This is an OBD-II flash tune which you can flash yourself at home by using an included cable and downloading the VF software. Yes, it is a canned tune. The gains seems pretty good for a canned tune. Unfortunately VF does not include a standard Mustang graph which shows the peak figures at the wheels but the tune looks to provide gains throughout the entire curve: It looks like they gain close to 20 at the wheels. These are their claims: Peak Gains: +25-30 HP / +20-25 TQMax Gains: 30 HP @ 6,300 RPM / 38 TQ @ 3400 RPM PRICE:$2,995 The main thing to take away from this is the Bosch MED17 ECU has been cracked (APR did it back in 2014 for other models) and the source of the crack is likely supplying it several tuners other than VF-Engineering as well. That means a custom dyno tune should no trouble either. R8 V10 owners who have the same 5.2 liter V10 as the Huracans and R8 V10 Plus yet are limited artificially through software will be most interested in a tune to bring the car up to its true capability for a fraction of the cost of a Huracan or an R8 V10 Plus model.
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    05-03-2016, 09:31 AM
    BoostAddict member LesBaer decided to upgrade his manual 2016 Camaro SS by adding some boost courtesy of the Magnuson TVS2300 Hearbeat LT1 supercharger kit. His numbers are very similar to what a C7 Corvette with the same supercharger kit put down on the dyno with aftermarket headers. More details in LesBaer's own words: Goal - First, find a 4.0/12 second NA car with a near 50/50 weight split that would be fun to toss around on farm roads and equally as fun and comfortable on the highway for my daily commute. Ideally I wanted to be as close to C7 Z06 performance as possible, but didn't need a full-time track car. It was also important that the car be affordable (to purchase, upgrade, insure and repair), so I searched for the best bang for my buck. I also wanted to be sure that the car I chose could be serviced by performance experts local to me. Enter the 2016 2SS - ordered with specific options to accommodate future power upgrades and minimize weight in preparation for the Magnuson TVS2300 Heartbeat super charger. Here's what I started with: With the help of Jannetty Racing, we also added American Racing LT headers (full exhaust system), but kept the stock muffler, retaining full functionality of the NPP system. Here are some shots that show the process. You can see the original Tri-Y headers there. New ARH installed and prep for the Maggie. Jannetty also had my headers ceramic coated to help manage heat. Maggie's installed and you can just barely see the Mishimoto catch can at the bottom of the shot: Here's a great shot of the intercooler with the grill removed. It's only visible up close with the car fully assembled. One last shot of the final under hood assembly And my dyno results (stock Magnuson boost level of 6psi): 563 RWHP, 544 RWTQ ...exactly what the doctor ordered Coming Soon: Wheels and Tires The car hooks up very well with the stock setup, so I'm going to wait for the 1LE MRR replicas. The plan right now is to go with gloss black 20x10 up front and 20x11 in back w/Pilot Super Sports.
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    05-01-2016, 06:01 AM
    Two naturally aspirated V8 vehicles here except with very different executions. The Camaro SS is rear wheel drive and much lighter than the all wheel drive Jeep SRT8 SUV. It is a potent car with the LT1 6.2 liter direct injected V8 providing 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. The Jeep has a larger 6.4 liter V8 without direct injection producing 470 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. While it may have slightly more power and torque on paper having to send it to all four wheels means higher drivetrain losses. Not to mention the extra 1300 pounds or so the Jeep is carrying. Out of the hole the Jeep gets a lead but through third gear the Camaro SS catches, passes, and then continues a nice long pull. Trap speeds aren't included but it's safe to say the Camaro dominates the Jeep. When the Jeep gets the Hellcat V8 under the hood it will be interesting to see what happens then. A much better race to be sure.
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    05-02-2016, 10:00 AM
    BMW's general design strategy these days seems to be slightly changing the headlights and taillights of their models while making the kidney grills increasingly larger. Who knows how long they will be able to continue with this trend and graphic designers of course like to try to predict BMW styling. The upcoming BMW X7 is expected to preview the direction of X-Series styling and these renderings are based off X7 spyphotos. Is this close to the real thing? Only BMW knows. The G05 may not even show up until 2020 with how BMW likes to stretch the X platforms out to squeeze out every last penny. The X5 facelift likely will incorporate some of the elements from the X7. It's certainly fun to speculate.
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    05-03-2016, 11:20 AM
    The ECU tune on this Audi RS7 is not specified but considering the license plate frame says Unitronic it's likely a 4.0 TSFI V8 tune from them. Their tune recently launched as a matter of fact and offers 691 horsepower at the crank and can be flashed through the OBD-II port. This RS7 does two runs and lays down some impressive and consistent times. The first pass is a 10.998 @ 128.48. The second pass going up against the Mustang is a 10.985 @ 128.81. The RS7 is slower than the Mustang which manages a 10.53 @ 131 but so what? You can make a Mustang run 6's if you really want to. A German luxury sport sedan that weighs over 4500 pounds running consistent 10.9 passes is incredible.
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    04-30-2016, 03:11 AM
    TTE (The Turbo Engineers Germany) offered a turbo upgrade for the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 over a year ago. The question is, why are more people not running the TTE900 4.0 TFSI V8 turbocharger upgrade? Tuning is one factor and perhaps not grenading the transmission is another. Fuel is always a concern with upgraded direct injection motor as well. The high res picture shows just how much goes into the upgrade and it's a beautiful overview of what they do for the 4.0 TFSI V8. Hopefully we see some results with this turbo upgrade soon.
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    04-30-2016, 12:01 AM
    The 991.2 facelift brings with it minor styling changes. The average person likely would not be able to tell the the difference between the 991.2 and 991 GT3 models. What is important to focus on rather than the cosmetics are the mechanical changes. The major change expected is the addition of a manual transmission option for the GT3. This means buyers will not have to opt for the expensive and exclusive 911 R in order to get the high revving naturally aspirated flat-6 engine paired to a manual. Porsche will likely offer a slight power bump as they always do but the 3.8 and 4.0 liter engines are expected to carry over with some minor tweaks to the 991.2 GT3 and GT3 RS models. There is a rumor we might see a 4.2 liter GT3 RS. We will know more as the vehicle gets closer to its release date.
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    04-30-2016, 03:32 AM
    The Brits at Autocar did a drag race between three very desireable and high performance cars. Of course, as it is Autocar they do not provide any meaningful drag race data but I suppose we should all just be grateful they did not do this drag race in the rain on a damp track like they normally do. The cars are very different from each other. The 458 Speciale has one of the best naturally aspirated V8's ever made. It is naturally aspirated though which means it is more difficult to squeeze power out of it than its boosted competition and also that it has less torque. Even without turbos it is an incredibly powerful motor (with 14.0:1 compression!): The Ferrari and the McLaren 650S do share similarities as both are rear wheel drive with dual clutch transmissions and mid-engine layouts. The McLaren has more power and torque than the Ferrari however. Despite Ferrari's claims the 650S is actually the lighter car by roughly 150 pounds depending on options. The Nissan GTR less power than either of the mid-engine exotics but it has more torque than the Ferrari thanks to its boosted V6 and it benefits from all wheel drive. This all wheel drive is what gets it the victory in the first run. They race twice and on the second race the McLaren takes the victory with a better launch plus the driver does not hit the limiter on the second try. It is not surprising the McLaren is the quickest and fastest of the trio. Especially considering the 650S has no trouble with the newer and faster turbocharged Ferrari 488GTB. It would be nice to have real data from all three cars but again as this is Autocar's video we should be happy with what we get.
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    05-02-2016, 09:41 AM
    This is awesome to see and great news for those looking to get more power from their 996 or 997.1 Turbo without just opting for more boost (with more lag and more heat). Higher flow heads with an upgraded valvetrain improve everything including spool and top end power. The problem here is while we do not not doubt EvoSpec there are no flow charts or any dyno figures supporting their claims. This is their reasoning regarding release of flow charts: Would a flow chart really disclose what they are doing? It's usually customary with a head upgrade to get a flow chart. We would at least like to see the power curves on the dyno they are talking about. This certainly is an upgrade for 996 and 997.1 Turbo owners to look into.
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    05-01-2016, 04:04 AM
    Vengeance Racing can push your C7 Z06 LT4 to over 700 wheel horsepower on E85 with their Stage III LT4 upgrade package. E85 is definitely the smart choice here if pushing the factory blower even harder thanks to its cooling effects when combined with direct fuel injection. On straight pump gas the package makes 660 rear wheel horsepower which is what most people will see due to ethanol's availability. Here is what the Stage 3 LT4 package entails: Halltech Cold Air Induction System Vengeance Racing 2.38” Supercharger pulley Vengeance Racing 10 Bolt supercharger hub Vengeance Racing CNC LT4 Cylinder Heads Vengeance Racing billet core camshaft Vengeance Racing Dual valvesprings w/ Ti retainers Vengeance Racing Hardened Pushrods Trunion Upgrade Katech C5R Timing Chain Camshaft Phaser Limiter High performance lifters- NON DOD ARP Head Bolts Vengeance Racing Ported supercharger/snout Nick Williams 102mm Gen V DBW Throttle body American Racing stainless long tube header system with 3” X pipe Vengeance Racing High Temperature protective heat sleeves 160* Thermostat Custom ECU Calibration The dyno results: For those who want to push over 800 wheel horsepower with this package nitrous is necessary. This is their setup: Nitrous Outlet LT4 Spray Bar System Nitrous Outlet -6AN Purge Kit NOS Progressive Controller Lingenfelter LNC-2014 Timing Retard Box Vengeance Racing C7 Z06 Switch Panel Nitrous Outlet Heated Bottle Bracket w/ 15lb Bottle It certainly puts up solid figures: 660rwhp / 698rwtq - Pump gas / no nitrous 705rwhp / 748rwtq - E85 / no nitrous 836rwhp / 816rwtq - Pump gas / 100 shot Great documentation, presentation, and results from Vengeance Racing.
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