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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-27-2016, 10:23 PM
    It is good to see more tuned N55's hitting the strip especially M235i models to compare their results to the F87 M2. Both of these M235i's are xDrive all wheel drive models. This pays dividends in the 60 foot but of course the all wheel drive system adds weight. Here is the breakdown of mods between the two cars: 2015 Black Sapphire F22 M235 xDrive AT FBO #11759 - HRE FF15s w/ Continental DWS06 - Pure Turbo Stage 2 Hi-Flo - EnzoPerformance ECU Tune - JB4 OBD2 stacked Custom Boost Map6 - Enzo's Catless Downpipes - GFB DV - ATM FMIC - ER Chargepipes - Tuningwerk Exhaust - Exxon 110 oct 2015 EBB M235 xDrive AT #12126 - 19' Summer Tires - Enzo Performance ECU Tune - ER Catless Downpipes - Fabspeed Exhaust w/ Muffler Delete - Dinan Lowering Springs w/ Supp Handling kit on pump gas 93 The timeslip: The Pure Turbos Stage 2 is providing about another 6 miles per hour of trap speed. It's a very large difference when you take into account where the black M235i xDrive was before the turbo upgrade and bolt ons. Here it is tune only with just a flash and catted downpipe: And now with full bolt ons: This is how the car progressed. 12.736 @ 109.32 - Enzo Tune and catted downpipe 12.492 @ 110.10 - Enzo Tune and full bolt ons 11.759 @ 117.70 - Enzo Tune and Pure Turbos Stage 2 Great performance data for N55 owners.
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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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    Yesterday, 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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    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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    04-29-2016, 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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    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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    04-30-2016, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    05-01-2016, 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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    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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    04-27-2016, 09:46 AM
    The McLaren 570S is getting a lot of attention as for one it is new and secondly because it is putting up incredible numbers. Because it is has shown the capability to run low 10's in the 1/4 mile everyone is interested in just how much power it is putting out. Well, thanks to Fabspeed we know the car is making 532 wheel horsepower and 432 lb-ft of torque stock. Not exactly absurd power or underrated by all that much compared to an MP4-12C. A comparison between the two will come later. With an ECU tune output rises to 581 wheel horsepower and 506 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The peak figures don't tell the whole story as the torque curve narrows past 6000 rpm. A turbo upgrade will do wonders. The 570S certainly is a hell of a car.
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    Yesterday, 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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    04-27-2016, 12:40 AM
    Some nice runs here from a tune only Gen V Dodge Viper TA 2.0. The videos are high quality HD and recorded by the passenger. Quality runs like this are fun to feature. So how strong is the tune only Gen V Viper? Pretty strong, and just under 600 to the wheels depending on the tune. It's enough to handle this bolt on Cobb tuned Nissan GTR: But not enough to handle the twin turbo Gen V Viper from Calvo Motorsports. No surprise as the Calvo car has over 1200 rear wheel horsepower on the stock internals and traps over 150 in the 1/4 mile: Interestingly an RSI supercharged Gen 3 or 4 (performs like a Gen 3) is about even with the Gen V showing just how much stronger the newest Viper is vs. the past cars: Great runs.
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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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    Yesterday, 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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    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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    Yesterday, 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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    04-26-2016, 09:51 PM
    Imagine getting blown away by... this. What is it? A Volvo station wagon. Except it has an LS V8 under the hood with a top mount single turbocharger. We wish we had the exact specs but it puts down 651 horsepower and 580 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with a PT88 turbocharger. Yep, that makes for a hell of a sleeper in about the most unsuspecting body once can stuff an LS V8 into. Badass.
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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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    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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    Yesterday, 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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    04-26-2016, 11:34 PM
    The Porsche 997.2 Turbo switched to a direct injected fuel system and this has caused issues when seeking big power and enough fuel to go with it. SRM (Silly Rabbit Motorsport) claims they have 997.2 Turbo fuel system upgrades from Stage I 750+ whp to Stage III 1500+ whp capability. We are very far at the moment from seeing a 1500+ wheel horsepower 997.2 Turbo but ByDesign is already testing what we assume is the Stage I fuel system upgrade. They recently hit 776 all wheel horsepower in a 997.2 with the SRM fuel system upgrades. Here is a breakdown of what is involved at each stage: This certainly sounds very promising but we want to see dynos to support it. Thus far, we are only around the 800 whp mark with the 997.2 and Stage I setup. This does bode well for the future of 997.2 Turbo tuning and additionally 991 Turbo direct injected platforms.
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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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    04-26-2016, 10:50 PM
    With the massive amount of money #dieselgate is causing Volkswagen something had to give. It is unfortunate the enthusiasts are the ones who suffer from this ordeal. The most exciting performance model from VW and the baddest Golf of all time will not be built. The Golf R is no more. Volkswagen also will not be able to top Mercedes-AMG for the title of world's most powerful production four-cylinder which they promised they would. AMG is probably pretty pleased VW could not back up their talk. The Golf R 400 was approved for production early last year before the shit hit the fan. It was supposed to be an wheel drive high performance Golf sending power from the world's most powerful four-cylinder engine to a dual clutch transmission and to all four wheels. Who knows what else is going to get cut but this is the first real victim of the scandal. Source
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    04-27-2016, 12:21 AM
    The Mercedes-AMG C205 generation C63 AMG S Convertible debuted last month. The car is beautiful and powerful with an M177 4.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 under the hood offering 503 horsepower. So how does it look and sound in motion? Check out the promo video below. A beautiful canyon road free of traffic with the sun shining is exactly where this car should be enjoyed.
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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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    Yesterday, 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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