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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 09:51 PM
    Details on the Underground Racing Huracan twin turbo packages are tough to come by. Last year they announced they were working on a bolt on turbo package designed to work with the factory Huracan dual clutch transmission. Well, this particular Huracan is not a bolt on turbo affair but their 2000+ wheel horsepower X package. This package includes a built motor with the block built by Proline Racing who builds blocks capable of handling 4000+ horsepower for professional racing. The turbocharger models are not specified but we know they are Precision units. John Reed racing did the work on the Motec M1 ECU including the firmware, tuning, and harness. The ECU is capable of direct injection control. What is somewhat disappointing is that UGR is not using the dual clutch transmission. Considering this car is clearly putting out over 2000 wheel horsepower they are using one of their tried and true sequential transmissions from the previous generation Gallardo. This transmission features billet 1st through 6th gears and a billet built differential. This type of thing separates the big boy tuners from the rest. This is absolutely top of the line stuff which comes with the top of the line price. We hope they eventually are able to beef up the dual clutch transmission to handle these torque levels but the car is no slouch as it sits and can only get faster. Plus, it's a lot more fun to have a fast car running than sitting in a shop with broken parts. Watch the Huracan in action as it takes down two high powered GTR's easily and only loses to the AMS Alpha Omega 2000+ whp GTR while giving it a hell of a run.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 09:22 PM
    I don't get why with their content or lack thereof they get more traffic. It's like people don't care about quality. The 'other' Mercedes website has a Toyota Tacoma on the front page with an article about it driving up a volcano. Seriously. It's truly impressive. There was some guy here saying the 4.0 couldn't match any of the other motors and flipping out over displacement. Yes, the 4.0 is doing just fine and then some. Heh, some people.
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  • ezec63's Avatar
    Today, 09:18 PM
    Great Job ! This is the stuff that other forums/websites are lacking and why I spend my time here. Nice detailed breakdown with different graphs for comparison and then same tuner/same dyno graphs to keep things as equal as possible. I agree the Audi motor deserves all the credit it gets they really did an amazing job with it being the smallest motor out of the bunch and its hooked up to a great drivetrain for this type of car. It works beautifully with the quattro all wheel drive and RS specific ZF 8 speed giving short ratios with a wide spread so it can launch hard and keep it on boil with its powerband.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 09:16 PM
    Here it officially is, the new B9 generation Audi A4. It seems all the Germans are basically doing the same thing which is to make their cars a little larger and a little lighter in order to slot in cheaper entry level models below. The new A4 makes now more room for the A3 sedan to slot underneath in the lineup for example. So the A4 is now bigger. It is also lighter. Audi claims up to 120 kilograms or 264 pounds have been shaved off. This obviously depends on the model and we are skeptical of such claims as the marketing departments play with figures to make the new cars look as good as possible. We will wait to see what the new S4 weighs when independently tested. Speaking of the new S4 and RS4 they have yet to be announced. They will come, they have to. For now you get the 2.0 TFSI Ultra with 272 horsepower which is very nice and not far off the S3. This means when the new S4 comes around it will to go up a bit to put some space between it and the S3. We expect a turbo V6 as that is the current rumor but that engine may go in the RS4. Maybe they both will have turbo 3.0 liter V6's in different states of tune. The aerodynamics have been revised and the car features a slippery .23cd for the sedan. Speaking of which, there is an avant/wagon but the US will likely be passed over for this model. We will have to wait and see. Full press release below. High tech all the way – the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant The new-generation Audi A4 and A4 Avant are a fascinating synthesis of technology and esthetics. All the technology in the brand's bestselling family has been redeveloped so that it yet again defines the benchmark in the segment. During the development work, high priority was placed on the reduction of CO2 emissions. All technologies were focused on reducing drive resistance. A good example is aerodynamics: The A4 Sedan has the best drag coefficient in its class at 0.23. The new models also have impressively low CO2 emissions of 95 grams per kilometer (152.9 grams per mile) for the A4 Sedan 2.0 TDI ultra with 110 kW (150 hp); the A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra emits 99 grams CO2 per km (159.3 g/mi). The 2.0 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp) emits 109 g/km (175.4 g/mi) in the A4 Sedan ultra and 114 g/km (183.5 g/mi) in the A 4 Avant ultra. The most powerful engines are two TDI six-cylinder units with up to 200 kW (272 hp). Driver assistance systems and infotainment are of luxury quality. A new generation of four-cylinder TFSI engines with newly developed combustion methods sets benchmarks in terms of fuel consumption, emissions and performance for four-cylinder gasoline engines. The A4 Sedan and the A4 Avant will be launched this fall. At 4.73 meters (15.5 ft) long and with a wheelbase of 2.82 meters (9.3 ft) – the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant have a confident stance on the road. A prominent horizontal line on the front and rear emphasizes the car's width. The flowing design with concise lines communicates the sporty elegance of the brand. The Singleframe grille is wide and low; the optionally available headlights in LED and Matrix LED technology (including dynamic turn indicators) make technology a visual trademark. Up to 120 kilograms (264.6 lb) lighter Compared with the previous model, the car's dimensions have grown but its weight has been reduced significantly – by up to 120 kilograms, depending on the engine. The body of the new Audi models is one of the lightest in its class thanks to an intelligent material mix and lightweight construction. The Audi A4 is a leader in its class also in terms of noise levels. All occupants enjoy generous space; the smooth lines emphasize the width of the interior. The front of the dashboard features a broad band of air outlets and a large decorative surface. At night, optional discreet contour lighting illuminates the doors and the central console. The quality of workmanship is uncompromisingly high. Colors and materials follow a new line concept allowing customers even more freedom during configuration. Sensor-controlled opening of luggage compartment: the A4 Avant The luggage compartment of the new A4 Avant offers basic storage space of 505 liters, which is the most of any premium model in this class. With the rear seats folded down and loaded to the roof, a volume of 1,510 liters is available. The electric luggage compartment cover and electric tailgate are standard equipment. An optional extra is sensor control for opening and closing the tailgate. The two new models offer an abundance of intelligent technologies, the use of which is even more intuitive with the new Audi MMI display and control concept. Technological highlights of the new A4 include the Audi virtual cockpit, the Audi Matrix LED headlights, the Audi smartphone interface, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound, the Audi phone box with wireless charging, the head-up display, and new driver assistance systems and Audi connect services. Information and fascination: the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI The focus here is on two innovations. The optional Audi virtual cockpit, a fully digital combination instrument, features a 12.3-inch LCD screen that displays the most important information in brilliant high-resolution graphics, with great detail and sophisticated effects. The MMI control concept in the center console is also a newly designed feature and acts as the main control element. The top-end infotainment system, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch and a large 8.3-inch monitor, has a touchpad in the rotary controller to zoom in and out and to enter characters. The entire MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone and includes an intelligent free-text search function. The new, more natural, voice-control system also understands input in normal everyday language, such as "I want to call Peter Miller." Concentrated computing power MMI Navigation plus is backed by the computing power of the second-generation modular infotainment platform, which allows Audi to bring consumer electronics innovations into the vehicle quickly. If customers order a car with MMI Navigation plus, they automatically receive the Audi connect hardware module, which connects the A4 and A4 Avant with the Internet via the high-speed LTE network. Passengers can surf the Internet and send and receive e-mail with their mobile devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot while the driver can use the tailored services of Audi connect. The Audi smartphone interface is a new feature. It integrates iOS and Android mobile phones into an environment developed especially for this purpose – Audi MMI. The Audi phone box connects smartphones to the on-board antenna and charges them inductively according to the Qi standard. For discerning hi-fi fans, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with innovative 3D sound is available, which introduces the additional dimension of height. The new Audi tablet can also be used as flexible rear seat entertainment. Powerful six and four-cylinder engines The new Audi A4 and A4 Avant will be launched in Germany with seven engines, three TFSI and four TDI. Their power output has increased significantly and ranges from 110 kW (150 hp) to 200 kW (272 hp), but fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 21 percent. The A4 2.0 TDI ultra has fuel consumption of just 3.7 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (63.6 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of just 95 grams per kilometer (152.9 grams per mile); the figures for the corresponding Avant model are 3.8 l/100 km and 99 g/km CO2 (61.9 US mpg and 159.3 g/mi). All the engines combine high efficiency with sporty power delivery and smoothness. This applies in particular to the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines. The new Audi A4 has a groundbreaking innovation for the gasoline engines: The 2.0 TFSI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp) uses an absolutely new combustion method that makes it especially efficient and allows fuel consumption of 4.8 liters per 100 km (49 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km (175.4 g/mi); the figures for the corresponding Avant model are 5.0 l/100 km and 114 g/km CO2 (47 US mpg and 183.5 g/mi). During the model lifecycle, a g-tron version will be launched which can use natural gas or the sustainably produced Audi e-gas as fuel. S tronic, tiptronic and manual transmission The powertrain and the chassis of the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant have been completely redeveloped. The six-gear manual transmission, the seven-gear S tronic (now also available for front-wheel drive) and the eight-stage tiptronic have been redesigned; the automatic transmissions now offer a fuel-saving freewheeling function. Wheel-selective torque control supplements the work of the front-wheel drive and the quattro drive. For the most powerful TDI, Audi will offer the sport differential on the rear axle as an option starting in 2016. Driving dynamics The handling of new A4 makes a great leap forward: on the one hand sporty and performance oriented, but with a focus on comfort at the same time. The suspension and steering filter out disturbances such as an uneven road surface, but communicate to the driver important information such as increases in lateral forces and tracking. This performance is based on the redeveloped five-link axles and the electromechanical power steering – they are exceptionally light. They lay the foundation for dynamic handling and first-class ride comfort while also reducing fuel consumption. Additional options are dynamic steering, which varies its ratio according to the car's speed and the steering angle, and suspension with adjustable shock absorbers with which the driver can for the first time select between two settings: sports or comfort. Both of suspension settings are included in the Audi drive select driving-dynamics system, which is standard equipment for models with engines of 140 kW (190 hp) and above. Widest range in its class: driver assistance and safety systems The Audi A4 and A4 Avant set the benchmark in their class with numerous driver assistance systems. The predictive efficiency assistant helps drivers to save fuel, Audi active lane assist helps them to stay in lane and the Stop&Go adaptive cruise control including traffic-jam assist eases driving in slow-moving traffic. One special feature of traffic-jam assist is its control strategy. It takes into account a large number of parameters such as road markings and the traffic ahead. Some more innovations that make important contributions to safety are parking assist, rear cross-traffic assist, exit warning, collision avoidance assist, turn assist and the Audi pre-sense systems. Camera-based traffic-sign recognition is also available. At a glance: The new Audi A4 and Audi A4 Avant Exterior design and body - Athletic proportions and sporty elegance; the Avant with raked D-pillars - 4.73 meters (15.5 ft) long, 2.82-meter (9.3 ft) wheelbase, 1.84 meters (6.0 ft) wide, 1.43 meters (4.7 ft) high - Optional LED headlights and matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn indicators - Light body: weight reduced by up to 15 kilograms (33.1 lb) compared with the previous model - Best drag coefficient in its class: 0.23 for the Sedan, 0.26 for the Avant; aeroacoustics ensure peace and quiet on board Interior - The longest interior and greatest shoulder width at the front compared with competitors - Avant has a luggage compartment volume of 505 liters (17.8 cu ft) - Avant has an electrical luggage compartment cover as standard - Interior design with large decorative surfaces and continuous air vent strip; new colors and materials, spacious interior, LED interior lighting as standard equipment, first-class workmanship - Largest range of lightweight seats amongst the premium competitors - Automatic climate control with a new interface - Optional LED interior lighting packages with color-adjustable ambient lighting - New equipment concept with sport and design lines – for the first time with exterior differentiation Controls - Optionally available: head-up display and Audi virtual cockpit - Completely redesigned MMI operating concept including free-text search function - Can also be operated by multifunction steering wheel and natural-language voice control Infotainment and Audi connect - Optional top-end infotainment system MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch and an 8.3-inch MMI monitor including - Audi connect, LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot. Audi phone box available with inductive charging - Many new Audi connect services including remote control via smartphone app to check and control the car - Audi smartphone interface for connecting Apple and Android phones - Bang & Olufsen Sound System with innovative 3D sound and Audi tablet as mobile rear-seat entertainment Engines - Three TFSI and four TDI engines at market launch, 110 kW (150 hp) to 200 kW (272 hp), up to 25 percent more power - Fuel consumption reduced by up to 21 percent, Audi A4 2.0 TDI ultra with new best figures: just 3.7 liters of diesel per 100 km (63.6 US mpg) and 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer (152.9 grams per mile) - Highly efficient 3.0 TDI in two power versions - Economical 1.4 TFSI with 4.9 liters per 100 km (48.0 US mpg) and 114 grams CO2 per km (183.5 g/mi) - New 2.0 TFSI ultra with 140 kW with newly developed combustion method and just 4.8 liters of gasoline per 100 km (49.0 US mpg) and 109 grams of CO2 per km (175.4 g/mi) - A4 Avant g-tron – can operate on sustainably produced Audi e-gas Drivetrain - New generations of the S tronic, tiptronic and manual transmission. S tronic in A4 for front-wheel drive for the first time, both automatic transmissions with freewheeling function - Front-wheel drive or quattro drive with wheel-selective torque control Suspension - Redesigned, light five-link axles at front and rear, significant increase in comfort with accentuated sportiness - Newly developed electromechanical power steering, with dynamic steering on request - Audi drive select dynamic driving system standard as of 140 kW (190 hp), suspension with adjustable shock absorbers available as an option Driver assistance systems and integrated safety - Stop&Go adaptive cruise control including traffic-jam assist for slow-moving traffic - Predictive efficiency assistant for even lower fuel consumption - Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist - New: parking assist, rear cross-traffic assist, exit warning, turn assist, collision avoidance assist and camera-based traffic-sign recognition - New safety systems: Audi pre sense city, basic and rear
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  • beakmoney's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 PM
    Was this in a completely stock car on pump gas? also do you anticipate being able to obd flash vs. ship in the dme?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:50 PM
    I have no idea what they might be quoting and I hate getting into the various measurements as it just confuses things. I think BMW marketing just went with a big figure to try to be impressive. Terry measures the car at 16-17 so I think that is what people should go with.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:49 PM
    It's definitely a good point I don't really understand it. They used to be the best option regarding value per dollar. First I've heard of them.
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  • C///M's Avatar
    Today, 08:19 PM
    Ha, that actually got a good laugh out of me. You know that is probably completely true, but I can't help but look at the short single piped catless downpipe from Fabspeed that they're charging $600 for... Look at AR's N54 downpipes that are drastically longer and there are 2 of them and they're not much more. It's just f*cking silly. And AR's quality definitely surpasses Fabspeed. I just can't get passed their outrageous jump in prices. Really, $600 for a downpipe that a monkey could have designed that uses a fraction of the material of most components... This kind of stuff really rubs me the wrong way. I'll never buy a Fabspeed product for as long as I live. I wish Strömung was more popular so they could support the newer bimmers. Their American made, extremely affordable exhaust are very nice quality and sound great. Their E92 M3 Axel-back setup is only $1100. They were extremely popular among E36 M3 owners for having the best sounding exhaust.
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  • john-915's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 PM
    I think that even more impressive than the amount of power its putting out, is the amount of miles on the car and its putting out those numbers
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  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    Today, 08:11 PM
    BMW quotes 22pisa which is 22-14.7= 7.3psig at see level or 22-10.1= 11.9psig at 10K feet. That is why when Terry cranks the wgdc to the turbos he can only get 16-17psig at whatever altitude he's at in Cali. From a manufactures standpoint it makes sense to quote Absolute pressure as the car will always run that boost max and it confuses the average consumer as we have used gauge primarily for years.
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  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    Today, 08:06 PM
    IF it's a tuning issue. With the bosh injectors on this motor. For a kill car I would hit up Motiv for a Motec Standalone.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:04 PM
    How do they under quote it? I'm not following you. If you look at the BMS dynos or what Terry has posted the car tapers to 16-17 psi or so. BMW over quotes it. I've put up articles on that joint venture. I may do a another one if there is something new to share.
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  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    Today, 08:01 PM
    So thats 16-17psig? They under quote it? The reason they quote psia is that is independent to elevation. Also you see this? I'm hoping it is the new Supra with a BMW I6 in it. http://www.technewstoday.com/24687-bmw-and-toyota-motor-plan-to-manufacture-their-first-sports-car/
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:00 PM
    Well in all fairness they probably realize it isn't an M car as this exhaust fits the 435i and 335i. There's truth here. Because many of the kids with these cars parents are leasing for them don't have a high enough allowance for quality car parts?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 07:57 PM
    This is absolutely absurd. The BMW 'i' brand is a bigger risk than anything you mentioned regarding quality parts.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 07:57 PM
    Based on what? Their reputation would be stellar, warranty claims would go down, and their image would not be chasing profit above all else. Why the hell even have the Ultimate Driving Machine slogan if you're the Ultimate Cost Cutting Machine?
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  • C///M's Avatar
    Today, 07:56 PM
    WTF... Pricing is completely out of control. It's a single piped exhaust. Are you kidding me? It's not even a real M car, but Fabspeed thinks they can add the M tax because it's got an M badge. Does anyone realize that it's just a 235i? There is literally no 235i model, there is only the "M235i". Fabspeed used to be a cheaper alternative and all the high end companies started charging a boat load so they saw dollar signs. This is a joke. I won't be supporting any companies that price gouge. Edit: and people wonder why companies like VRSF are so popular.
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  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    Today, 07:50 PM
    Sticky good article. But doesn't BMW quote absolute pressure not gauge on the S63tu? So it's closer to 8psi stock I think.
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  • zach1328's Avatar
    Today, 07:07 PM
    They're definitely built to a cost. I think this has more to do with the modern world of business rather than simply BMW cutting costs. BMW is a public company, so customers are not their main stakeholders anymore. They need to consider investors, the global environment, employees, etc. Why do robots do that work now? To reduce worker fatigue and injury, and to maximize their bottom line. It's one of many reasons BMW is considered not only one of the most socially responsible automobile manufacturers, but also one of the greenest companies on this planet right now. IF BMW continued to over-engineer their cars then their profitability would be terrible. That means for an investor to be interested in investing in BMW, they would want to get the stock for a lower price and higher return. This would drive up BMW's weighted cost of capital, and force them to take on more debt, which makes the company even less desirable to investors due to the increased risk of higher debt expense. So the stock price would tank even more >>> more debt >>> more risk >>> lower stock price. All of the sudden, what do you know, BMW doesn't even exist anymore. Companies HAVE to keep costs down to make a profit and entice investors to invest in their company. Remember, without profit there aren't going to be many interested investors. Without investors a company like BMW cannot succeed. BMW's profit margin is only about 7%. Thats a pretty standard margin for the automotive industry. Therefore, a valid conclusion is BMW is not cutting costs anymore than the other companies. For comparison, Audi's profit margin last year was over 11%.
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