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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-10-2015, 07:21 PM
    Great run here from an automatic E92 335i with full bolt ons and inlets against a supercharged 6-speed manual E90 M3 utilizing the ESS-Tuning VT2-625 setup. The 335i is running a BMS JB4 tune with backend flash using the BimmerBoost flashing app and is on 94 octane fuel with meth injection. The meth makes a big difference for the 335i and for N54's in general that may not have access to methanol. Now, he 335i is the camera car and has a passenger which is a factor. The M3 is a manual and not a dual clutch car which is a factor as well. It is a very good run between the two and it is somewhat surprising the M3 can not pull on the top end and the 335i is able to even edge slightly up top. Maybe those inlets are helping it breathe in the upper rev range? E90 M3: ESS VT2-625 Supercharger Catless Exhaust Tune 6MT 94 Oct No Passenger E92 335i: JB4 G5 ISO BMS Race Flash via BimmerBoost App FBO 100% Meth VTT Inlets 94 Oct 6AT (No Alpina Flash) 200lb passenger
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    09-19-2015, 11:23 AM
    Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani is a member of the ruling family of Qatar. This means he has plenty of Qatar's oil and gas money controlled by his family to spend on toys like a LaFerrari along with a 991 GT3 among others. He also apparently thinks this money means he can do whatever he wants. The LaFerrari and GT3 were captured speeding through the streets of Beverly Hills. Having fast cars is fine. Recklessly speeding through residential neighborhoods at triple digits is something else entirely. You can take a look at the video below to get an idea of what was going on. Neighbors filed complaints with the Police and Hamad Al Thani is stated to have told a reporter that he has diplomatic immunity. This is false, he does not. He also told that same reporter he could kill him if he wanted to and get away with it following that statement up with, 'Fuck America.' As the Police presence and investigation ratcheted it up the LaFerrari as well as Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani himself disappeared apparently leaving the country. He likely learned he is not immune to American laws so he ran away to escape any potential punishment. It is also interesting to note the LaFerrari appears to overheat with smoke billowing out after the joy ride through the neighborhood. Not a good sign for the LaFerrari if some rich asshole (that is their demographic after all) can break the car with just a high speed residential joyride. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-09-2015, 05:14 PM
    The 2015 Car and Driver Lightning Lap is the best yet as the newest batch of performance cars shaves laptimes around VIR (Virginia International Raceway) to previously unheard of levels. The C7 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 shines in particular with a stunning time second to only one other car. Considering that other car is the Porsche 918 Spyder and it costs over ten times the price the Z06 can be forgiven for not beating everything. The 918 Spyder was tested in last year's Lightning Lap and remains the car to beat. The laptime for the F82 BMW M4 was also set last year but the new 2015 Cadillac ATS-V and the 2015 W205 Mercedes-AMG C63 S both beat it. The 2014 W212 E63 AMG S also tops the F82 M4 showing that on a long track like VIR power certainly helps laptimes. Regardless, the M4 is losing to its main rivals in its class around the track which is disconcerting. The story here though is really the Z06. It beats the McLaren 650S Spider (we would love to see what a coupe could do), the AMG GTS S, and the Porsche 991 GT3. The 991 GT3 RS no doubt will improve on the 2:50.4 laptime of the standard GT3 but likely not enough to catch the Z06 at its absurdly impressive 2:44.6. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mclaren, Dodge, AMG, you name it, nobody touches the Z06 around VIR and it is a manual transmission example making things even more impressive. The McLaren 675LT will likely top the Z06 and the Ferrari 488 GTB will pose a strong challenge but for now the Z06 is king of the mortals and when performance per dollar is factored in it simply is in a class of its own.
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  • fastgti69's Avatar
    09-19-2015, 11:39 AM
    Will 800+ wheel horsepower become the new norm in the N54 world? There are still other issues to resolve before the 800 wheel club becomes something regular (the automatic transmission guys can attest to this) but things are looking very good for guys going the large single turbo conversion route. Ventura Motorsports reached 809 horsepower to the wheels with a Pte Gen 2 6870 turbocharger and the necessary supporting mods. The full details are below straight from the horse's mouth. Simply well done. 861 rwhp remains the overall N54 power record but the race to 900+ is on. Sup guys! Had a chance to meet up with @Terry@BMS today for some testing. Got some great results on both ends! I finally managed to break 800whp in my car LOL! Not a WR, but a personal/BMS record is still good enough for me. This 6870 is one crazy turbo on the top end side. With a few more revs in the rpm range, this turbo is very lethal. I got some baselines for now though, so I will have to open up the exhaust and see what @jyamona Vanos changes will do for this. It's about 500rpm slower spool than the 6466. Mods: VM N54 Top Mount Kit with PTE Gen 2 6870 .84AR BMS/CPE Port Injection Fuel it Stage 3 Dual 450 LPFP with FPR and Return VM Custom Charge Pipe + Tial BOV Spec Stage 3+ Clutch W/ Steel SMFW VRSF 7" Intercooler Anyways, Here is the dyno graph with and without the use of anti lag. You can see it is very promising with over 1k rpm in faster spool.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-02-2015, 09:15 PM
    Incredible numbers here from Renntech. Say hello to a new M177 world record (M178 as well) with 699.4 to the rear wheels. Just shy of breaking 700 but let's just round up for the momentous occasion. What is important to note is this was achieved on the stock M177 W205 C63 engine. It also was achieved on the stock transmission. Renntech is limiting boost from the upgraded turbos to preserve the stock motor and trans. Yes, upgrades in this area are in the works and Renntech plans a built motor stage after this going for 800+ whp. Who knows what they will reach. For now the record stands at 699.4 to the wheels. This is also over 800 horsepower at the crank. It is achieved with a modified air intake system, catless downpipes, upgraded intercoolers, Stage 2+ turbos, Renntech ECU tuning, and Renntech TCU tuning. Looking at the graph overlay between the R800 and stock there is not any increased lag but a whole lot more punch and area through the curve from 2700 rpm until redline. The power also holds well from 6000 rpm until the rev limit without a major dropoff. The test car was refitted for the overlay dyno with 200 cell cats and boost was slightly lowered as they are trying to reflect a safe and reliable package for the street. Those who want more will of course have the option of going catless and upping boost if they feel the need to push thing on the stock components. Renntech will also offer a more mild turbo upgrade as well at a lower cost which will be more of a Stage I package. Incredible stuff here already from the new C63 and the M177 motor. Congratulations to Renntech!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-23-2015, 06:41 PM
    Congratulations are in order to TPG Tuning who became the first to get the S55 3.0 liter twin turbocharged and direct injected inline-6 from the F80 M3 and F82 M4 into the 10's. This is a car with upgraded turbos from Xona Rotor. The turbo package is called the XGreenBMW and is available for the S55 engine. The best trap speed was 134.2 miles per hour so the fastest record still belongs to Pure Turbos and BMS with a 135.5 miles per hour pass. The quickest record obviously go to TPG Tuning and Xona Rotor with the 10.79 pass. Here is the full spec rundown of the car: So upgraded DCT clutches from ShepTrans along with upgraded axles which means they reinforced the driveline to take the abuse. They state the launch control system from the factory limited them to 1.8X 60 foots but we do not understand why this would be the case. Obviously they are on drag radials. Regardless, they should easily be able to get into the 1.6X range meaning mid 10's are around the corner for the platform. We also would like to see a dyno as far as the power output from the Xona Rotor XGreenBMW turbo upgrade package. Admittedly, we do not know much about Xona Rotor but that they offer a turbo upgrade only for the S55 motor at this time in the BMW world. Clearly it's an upgrade that is working well. Timeslips and video below (both very low resolution for some reason): <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="/121627684602505/videos/vb.121627684602505/813374575427809/?type=3"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite=""><a href=""></a><p>We took our shop M4 to the track this week, and not only did we become the first F80/F82 in the 10s, but we did it 9 times!Best ET 10.79BEST MPH 134.2TPG Race ExhaustTPG Crank Hub KitTPG 1200hp AxlesBurger JB4Burger IntakesXona Rotor Green TurbosShepTrans Upgraded DCT ClutchFactory launch control limited us to 1.8 60s all day, but that will be fixed shortly!Want the same results from your M3 or M4? Give us a call!</p>Posted by <a href="">TPG Tuning</a> on Sunday, September 20, 2015</blockquote></div></div>
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-21-2015, 06:11 PM
    The EPA and CARB (Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resource Board respectively) released findings showing that Volkswagen used software to get around emissions standards. Volkswagen is not trying to deny anything and basically admits they got caught. Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn released the following statement: It is typical executive speak where he apologizes for breaking the trust of the consumer and that resolving this issue is a priority. What he really means is he is sorry they got caught and knows a fine is coming. If this was a priority for Volkswagen it would have never happened in the first place. They would have addressed the emissions issues and made the cars compliant instead of trying to find a software loophole. We are guessing that it was simply a business decision in the sense of using software to manipulate things being a cheaper solution to meet the emissions standards than any actual hardware changes. This decision will end up costing them much more in the long run. This issue will cost Volkwagen a bit of money and impact their American diesel business. Their stock price has already tumbled to the tune of losing $16.9 billion in value or 18.1% when the news broke. Ouch. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:40 PM
    N54 owners, rejoice! The next level of tuning is coming. What that level entails is a Syvecs plug and play standalone engine control unit. Syvecs is continuing to roll out BMW engine management systems with their S54 unit already on the market and their S65 control unit ready for launch any day now. The N54 is up next and Syvecs told BimmerBoost their N54 solution will be available by the end of this year: You will have direct and port injection control likely for a total of twelve injectors. Those worrying about the DCT will finally have a real solution for full control of the transmission. We expect the N54 unit will be a variant of the S6plus Syvecs ECU meaning the following should be supported: Four More Outputs meaning running 12 Injectors becomes easier - Six more Half Bridge Outputs - Can use OEM Denso Lambdas or Bosch LSU4.9 sensors - Logs Clutch A Pressure, Clutch B Pressure, Gearbox Main Pressure, 4WD %, Clutch Slip A and Clutch Slip B from the TCM - Main Relay control on board - Package (Canbus) Firmware can be updated in the field - Lower cost than S8 Kit - All of the above at a Retail price of £3300 + Local Taxes It is still early and the ECU is still under development so we will see what the final product actually is as well as the final cost. Regardless, expect N54 tuning to take a quantum leap forward by the end of the year.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-14-2015, 07:21 PM
    A very nice supercharged E92 M3 S65 V8 versus tuned F80 M3 S55 twin turbo inline-6 highway showdown here. Both vehicles are DCT (dual clutch transmission) models so no gear shifting excuses here. Just a couple nice highway pulls between two closely matched cars. This race can go either way but since the early days S55 tunes for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 have evolved quite a bit. A JB4 tuned F80 M3 last year lost to an ESS supercharged E90 M3. A subsequent race had a JB4 tuned F80 M3 winning against an ESS supercharged E92 M3 DCT. The deciding factor is how aggressive the S55 tune is and what fuel it is running. Piggyback tunes and flash tunes alike are pushing the boundaries further on race gas and ethanol now. The ESS-VT2 650 S65 E9X M3 supercharger kits are usually pushing the high end of boost but so much pulley and file swapping goes on nobody really knows what is truly going on. You can assume that if the cars are meeting to race they both are aiming to be at their best. What one should take away from this is a bolt on F80 M3 is capable of running with a supercharged E9X M3 which is a pretty big deal considering it is far easier to throw a tune on a car than a supercharger kit. Things can go further for the S55 motor in the F82 M4 and F80 M3 with a mild turbo upgrade. For the E9X M3, what it needs is a built motor to go beyond this level but at that point the cost becomes prohibitive. On the stock internal motor if power is the goal the S55 3.0 liter inline-6 will simply make more torque and horsepower with upgrades. A great run with the first pull having the F80 M3 come out on top and the second run basically dead even between the two. A nice follow up to the E9X N54 vs. ESS supercharged E9X M3 video posted the other day. E92 M3: ESS 650 Kit Catless Exhaust GTS Tune 3rd setting 94 Oct F80 M3: Eurocharged tune Catless downpipes Race gas
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-21-2015, 05:51 PM
    Taking a break from our usual seriousness let's start the week off with some cringeworthy automotive humor. It is difficult to even know what to say to this one other than it makes you want to place your head in your palm. On the bright side she looks very good in that dress and no man is interested in her oil changing skills. Maybe in how well she handles a dipstick. You come up with a better pun. <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="/niesamowitefilmiki/videos/vb.530456393661052/1043530882353598/?type=1"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite=""><a href="">Kochanie, dolejesz oleju?</a><p>Kochanie, dolejesz oleju?</p>Posted by <a href="">Niesamowite i zwariowane filmiki</a> on Friday, September 11, 2015</blockquote></div></div>
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-23-2015, 11:10 PM
    The mounting pressure became too much to bear and somebody had to take the fall. Volkswagen's CEO Martin Winterkorn has officially stepped down. This is a quick turn on his recent apology and reports that he would not resign but needed to get all the facts before proceeding. Well, the fact is, Volkwagen is in major trouble and the trouble is so large it is affecting the other German brands. Winterkorn states he is stunned and wonders how this type of misconduct could take place at Volkswagen. Well, it usually starts at the top when it is on this large of a scale and if Winterkorn was isolated from this and not to blame he would not have stepped down this fast. Especially considering he seemed a bit defiant to the idea to begin with. Don't cry for him, he will get a golden parachute among the millions and millions he already has. In case you are wondering what is going on and why this is such a big deal Volkswagen got caught using software capable of detecting when the EPA and CARB would test their diesels and the vehicles would adjust emissions output to meet federal guidelines. On the road they would pollute up to 40 times more than the legal amount. That is a pretty big gap. Volkswagen's stock already took a major tumble and continues its slide. The loss is so large and the potential fine so big that it has even affected BMW and Mercedes stock as the two brands also took a hit. BMW is down about 5.5% and Mercedes around 6.5% but as this is a fluid situation these numbers will change daily. Porsche and Audi of course are affected as their parent company is losing billions upon billions with no end in sight. In the US roughly 500,000 cars are affected from 2009-2015. In theory this could result in a fine of up to $18 billion if it were done a per car basis as the EPA states it could do. These types of fines are often negotiated down so it is unlikely we will see a fine anywhere near that amount. The fact is VW has already lost that much money and more in its stock tumble alone not to count the legal fees they are about to incur. On top of that Volkswagen will compensate US dealers who have been ordered to stop selling diesels. Who knows what the final tab will be. Now this is where things get interesting as the EPA no doubt will check BMW and Mercedes to make sure they are compliant. These brands have taken a hit simply because a big hit may be coming. Is VW alone in emissions cheating? Let's assume for a moment BMW and Mercedes are found to have also been cheating diesel emissions standards. Billions upon billions will be wiped out from the German automotive industry and future US diesel sales from the Germans will be in jeopardy. They may leave the US diesel market entirely. This is of course a worst case scenario but you can sort of start to understand why the US does not get the high performance European diesel models as just making the economy models compliant is tough enough. Apparently tough enough that some makes decided to cheat the standards. Volkswagen is setting aside $7.3 billion to contain this mess. We wonder if there should also be some blame on the EPA for not catching this loophole years ago. Whoever devised a test that could be beaten with software should of course take some responsibility. Technically, VW did pass the tests. Volkswagen is hiring the legal firm that defended BP. Yes, British Petroleum, during its oil spill crisis. We do not consider this on the level of a disaster decimating millions of fish, birds, other wildlife, shipping, fishing, water supply, etc., that will take decades to recover from if the area ever does fully recover but VW is clearly gearing up for a giant fight of unprecedented scale. Other countries are beginning to investigate Volkswagen as well so even if the US fallout is contained there may be many other countries levying fines should Volkswagen be found in violation of their emissions standards. Is this bad? Yes, it's a nightmare for the Germans. Is it as bad as other major automotive scandals? We do not think so. GM is still in business after the ignition switch recall and that cost dozens and dozens of lives. Fining the world's largest automaker to the point they will no longer be able to conduct business is likely not a good idea for the future of the automotive world or for the future of automotive business in Germany. We will see what happens but this has the potential to get very ugly for a very large amount of people worldwide. The CEO will not be the only person losing their job over this. #dieselgate Statement from the Executive Committee of Volkswagen AG's Supervisory Board In a meeting on Wednesday, September 23, the Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG discussed in detail the manipulation of emissions data of Volkswagen Group diesel engines and came to the following conclusions: 1. The Executive Committee takes this matter extremely seriously. The Executive Committee recognizes not only the economic damage caused, but also the loss of trust among many customers worldwide. 2. The Executive Committee agrees that these incidents need to be clarified with great conviction and that mistakes are corrected. At the same time, the Executive Committee is adamant that it will take the necessary decisive steps to ensure a credible new beginning. 3. The Executive Committee has great respect for Chairman Professor Dr. Winterkorn's offer to resign his position and to ask that his employment agreement be terminated. The Executive Committee notes that Professor Dr. Winterkorn had no knowledge of the manipulation of emissions data. The Executive Committee has tremendous respect for his willingness to nevertheless assume responsibility and, in so doing, to send a strong signal both internally and externally. Dr. Winterkorn has made invaluable contributions to Volkswagen. The company's rise to global company is inextricably linked to his name. The Executive Committee thanks Dr. Winterkorn for towering contributions in the past decades and for his willingness to take responsibility in this critical phase for the company. This attitude is illustrious. 4. Recommendations for new personnel will be presented at the upcoming meeting of the Supervisory Board this Friday. 5. The Executive Committee is expecting further personnel consequences in the next days. The internal Group investigations are continuing at a high tempo. All participants in these proceedings that has resulted in unmeasurable harm for Volkswagen, will be subject to the full consequences. 6. The Executive Committee have decided that the company will voluntarily submit a complaint to the State Prosecutors' office in Brunswick. In the view of the Executive Committee criminal proceedings may be relevant due to the irregularities. The investigations of the State Prosecutor will be supported in all form from the side of Volkswagen. 7. The Executive Committee proposes that the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG create a special committee, under whose leadership further clarifying steps will follow, including the preparation of the necessary consequences. In this regard, the Special Committee would make use of external advice. Further details about this will be decided at the Supervisory Board meeting on Friday. 8. The Executive Committee is aware that coming to terms with the crisis of trust will be a long term task that requires a high degree of consistency and thoroughness. 9. The Executive Committee will work on these tasks together with the employees and the Management Board. Volkswagen is a magnificent company that depends on the efforts of hundreds of thousands of people. We consider it our task that this company regains the trust of our customers in every respect. In a statement, Winterkorn said: "I am shocked by the events of the past few days. Above all, I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group. As CEO I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines and have therefore requested the Supervisory Board to agree on terminating my function as CEO of the Volkswagen Group. I am doing this in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrongdoing on my part. Volkswagen needs a fresh start - also in terms of personnel. I am clearing the way for this fresh start with my resignation. I have always been driven by my desire to serve this company, especially our customers and employees. Volkswagen has been, is and will always be my life. The process of clarification and transparency must continue. This is the only way to win back trust. I am convinced that the Volkswagen Group and its team will overcome this grave crisis."
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-30-2015, 12:33 AM
    The heads continue to roll at VW with R&D chiefs at Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche joining the recently deposed CEO. Their names respectively are Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Ulrich Hackenberg, and Wolfgang Hatz. They all formerly served at Volkswagen and all are big names who are being forced out over the Volkswagen diesel scandal. More details continue to emerge as to why Volkswagen did what it did by using an ECU 'cheat code' so to speak to beat US emissions tests. The reason is that it would have cost Volkswagen $335 per vehicle to refit the cars with an AdBlue Urea injection system to clean their emissions. Volkswagen chose the software approach to save money instead. That is what brings Bosch into the picture as Bosch supplies the engine management systems that Volkswagen used to skirt the tests. Bosch of course claims they only supplied these systems that could be programmed to beat the EPA for testing purposes. They also claim they warned Volkswagen not to use software that could beat tests. Nobody at Bosch knew what software Volkswagen was using for years? Sounds like Bosch is already in protect their own behinds mode as they supplied the software VW needed to beat the tests. Cost cutting is the cause of this whole mess. $335 times roughly 500,000 affected US cars is $167,000,000. That is not chump change but it sure beats losing billions upon billions. There will be those who point out this software is in 12+ million cars worldwide but again not all countries have the same emissions standards so not all cars would require the AdBlue Urea system. Even if they did we are talking about roughly three billion dollars. Still six times less than what was wiped out from VW's stock in one day. Greed is certainly to blame here. Now what about the other German brands? Audi uses many of the same motors with the same software so they are pretty much screwed too but we all already knew that when Volkswagen itself was caught. Now we see how Mercedes, BMW, and suppliers such as Bosch make it out of this. German magazine Autobild says the BMW X3 xDrive 20d emits more than the legal amount of pollutants in Germany. Autobild's own test is not the same as a test by a government agency and BMW quickly denied Autobild's report. BMW's stock price still took a 10% hit based on the report. There is currently no proof BMW did anything wrong but BMW's stock continues to tumble. You can see how Volkswagen has the entire German automotive industry in turmoil right now. It does not end here. BMW diesels will be scrutinized by government agencies worldwide as will Mercedes. The extent of the role Bosch played has yet to be determined. Volkswagen also needs to make the cars compliant so whether they wanted a hardware solution or not they will now have to shell out for it at a much greater cost. This is nowhere near over.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-17-2015, 02:03 AM
    RW Carbon produces a variety of carbon fiber aero pieces for various BMW models (and other makes as well). This particular photo shoot of their pieces on a BMW F82 M4 for some reason caught our eyes. The parts definitely look good and they are not over done or over the top. They just fit the car well. Kind of like how well that black bra fits the model. Let's be honest, the pieces are great but the blonde in the two piece and heels is what really gets your attention first. Once you're done looking at her check out the parts. These guys are producing reasonably priced pieces that flow very well. Current Carbon Fiber Modifactions: Performance Style Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler Performance Style Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser Performance Style Carbon Fiber Trunk Spoiler Carbon Fiber License Plate Cover Gloss Black Double Slat Grilles Carbon Fiber Mirror Covers M Performance Side Skirt Extensions Customer RWCARBN License Plate
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    09-16-2015, 05:12 PM
    The Porsche 991 Turbo and S models have a bit of a heat soak issue that Porsche has yet to comment on. Tuners have noticed this issue rear its ugly head especially when the 991 Turbo is pushing higher boost than stock and being run hard. The solution is the Champion Motorsports intercooler upgrade. PorscheBoost member @sdg1871 has been waiting for some time for this upgrade and the revised GIAC ecu tune that accompanies it after he noticed significant power loss on his car. Well, the results are in and very strong. How about 550 wheel horsepower and 559 lb-ft of wheel torque with the new GIAC tune and the upgraded intercoolers which is a gain of 29 whp and 44 lb-ft of wheel torque over the OEM intercooler setup with a GIAC tune? Further details from @sdg1871 below. This week, Champion Motorsports installed its new upgraded intercoolers and the GIAC Stage 2 plus tune to match it. While I won't post the dyno graphs of my car until Champion formally releases its upgraded intercoolers with the GIAC stage 2+ tune I will share key facts. We also found out that the IPD Y pipe will not fit the Champion IC kit and that the FVD headers I was going to install in the car made it LOSE power according to the testing on Champion's dynojet dyno. My car, which was the Europipe exhaust with 100 cell cats -- as opposed to Catless -- gained, in peak horsepower and torque, 30 wheel horsepower and 44 lbs ft of wheel torque on 93 octane pump gas. Had I used race gas such as MS109, it would have gain approximately an additional 25 wheel horsepower. But that alone does not tell the whole performance story. Specifically, there are points in the rev range where the gap between the horsepower and torque produced by the new ICs and GIAC stage 2 plus tune and the GIAC stage 2 tune is as much as 50 wheel horsepower and 64 wheel torque in my car. That is huge. Also, as I had hoped for, the gap between the power produced by this new GIAC stage 2+ and the stage two is quite large at the higher RPMs. This is clearly, as GIAC promised, the Stage 2 plus tune not aggressively dialing back boost and timing and high rpm's as it does with the stage 2 tune and stock intercoolers to protect the intake air temperatures from getting too high. Champion did not get a chance to test the Tubi catless race exhaust on my car versus my Europipe with high flow cats because they didn't have one in stock. That is a test I definitely want done. As to whether my car's heat soak at events is gone I will take it to events and let you know what happens. On pump gas of 93 octane, the Champion development 991 Turbo S, which has the Tubi hatless race exhaust, produced about 10 more wheel horsepower and 35 lbs-ft more wheel torque than car which is equipped with the Europipe exhaust with 100 cell high flow cats. So it looks like the cats are costing 10 wheel horsepower and 35 lbs-ft of wheel torque but that is only an approximation because Champion did not dyno my car with the Tubi catless race exhaust because none where in stock. While at Champion I rode (as a passenger) in a Tubi catless race exhaust equipped 991 Turbo S with these exact mods during its shakedown ride to ensure that the mods were function correctly. There is no question that the Europipe exhaust is quieter in terms of sound levels but still lets you hear turbo and wastegate noise and popping in sport and sport plus on letting off the gas. The Tubi catless race exhaust is much louder on cold start up and its popping/backfiring in sport and sport plus when you let off a hard throttle is significantly louder than Europipe. The IPD Y pipe does not fit the Champion ICs unfortunately. We tried it in my car and the carbon tubes exiting the Champion ICs do not fit the IPD Y pipe. So my car did not get the IPD Y pipe installed. My car has the IPD plenum and that fits just fine. I also had Champion install a set of FVD headers (I picked up these on my own used: champion did not sell them) and dyno hem. Unfortunately they lost both power and torque relative to stock headers. And they lost massive amounts of horsepower and torque at lower-midrange RPMs. Needless to say I am not using them and went back to stock headers. To me those headers do not work well with a GIAC tuned/Champion intercooled 991 Turbo S. I have no idea if they would work better in a car with different mods. In terms of the number The FVD headers dropped from stock headers in both peak wheel horsepower and peak wheel torque -- drops of 7 wheel hp and 14 wheel torque. But the bigger story is that there are very large drops from stock in the lower part of the rev range. For example, at 3850 RPMs the FVD headers made 32 less wheel horsepower and 44 less wheel torque than the stock headers. I will post the Dyno graph as soon as champion makes its formal release of its intercoolers with GIAC stage 2+. The reason is that the graph with the stock headers is my car is with the stage 2+ and the Champion intercoolers. I am really glad I sent my car down to Champion Motorsports. They are among the best in the business in the Porsche world. If I were out west I would have used GMG Racing or HG Motorsports. If you want the most power it pays to work with a tuner rather than just an installer. Not only did they test the headers as I asked them to but they worked with GIAC to created a custom tuned version of the Stage 2 plus tune for my car which was the product of dyno testing and datalogging my car that produced one more wheel horsepower and 10 more lbs ft of wheel torque than the standard out of the box GIAC Stage 2 plus tune produced in my car. So my conclusion is that the results were excellent but the real proof will come at events. Dyno: Here is the dyno graph of my car with the Champion intercoolers and GIAC Stage 2 plus (the blue line) versus the stock intercoolers and GIAC Stage 2 (the green line). Both dyno pulls were on 93 octane. All other mods on the car were the same: Europipe exhaust, IPD plenum, BMC filter, Champion race diverter valves.
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    09-16-2015, 03:51 PM
    Whoa. Jaws should be dropping with the news that Alfa Romeo just smashed Nurburgring sedan records. An article was posted last month regarding Alfa Romeo running the 510 horsepower Giulia Quadrifoglio very hard on the Nurburgring. It turns out they ran it hard enough to set a new record for production sedans. 7 minutes and 39 seconds easily tops the next closest sedan which is the Porsche Panamera Turbo at 7:56. Another way to look at this time is that it matches a Ferrari F430 Scuderia and it is only a second off the Ferrari 458. How is the car so fast? Well, it weighs somewhere in the 33XX pounds range and has perfect 50:50 front to back weight distribution. 510 horsepower from the twin turbo 3.0 liter V6 certainly does not hurt either. The laptime info comes directly from Alfa Romeo at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Hopefully they show us a video to confirm this but it looks like the sport sedan bar has been raised significantly and that Alfa will be king of the sport sedan class when it comes to the racetrack.
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    09-22-2015, 09:12 PM
    Looks with the power to back them up? That is definitely what we like to see here on BimmerBoost. This F10 M5 definitely has the looks department covered. Starting with that Sakhir Orange paint job this is not an M5 that is shying away from attention. Mix in 21 inch wheels from Strasse Forged and turning heads is not going to be this M5's problem. As the Strasse Forged name implies the wheels are forged. 21 inch rims obviously are not small and they tend to be heavy. Guys who go for big rims often do not take into account the effect the rim will have on power to the wheels. Unsprung weight is a major area of concern. Strasse Forged uses an interesting process whereby they utilize weight reduction pocketing to try to keep the rim as strong and light as possible. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too. Here are the wheel specs: SM5R Deep Concave Monoblock -21×9.5 front / 21×11 rear -Gloss Black -Gloss Black Caps & Sakhir Orange Detail -Weight Reduction Pocketing The Sakhir Orange center caps are a nice way to tie the paint color to the rims. You will notice the calipers also are finished in Sakhir Orange. These little details make an appreciable difference keeping the theme going without any colors sticking out like a sore thumb. The car is also obviously lowered and tinted. You will notice other details such as the black kidney grills are designed to reinforce the Black/Orange theme this F10 M5 has going for it. Regarding the performance modifications the car has an exhaust system, tune, intake, and meth injection. We would like to see a dyno to back up the 710 wheel horsepower claim but everyone at this point is aware what the S63TU can put out when aggressively tuned. Simply a great looking M5 with tasteful mods that has the power to back the looks up.
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    09-29-2015, 11:51 PM
    Syvecs just continues to roll out awesome plug and play standalone engine management systems. Like their Audi R8 system it offers control for double the amount of injectors as there are cylinders. In the case of the S54 inline-6 that means control for up to twelve injectors. The fueling benefit there with additional injectors makes sense for direct injected applications but as the S54 is not direct injected it does not run into the same style of fuel injection limitations. That said, imagine a set of E85 injectors for example. All kinds of creative fuels and injection schemes can be done with this ECU. It doesn't end there as there are also options for traction control, launch control, rolling anti-lag, flex fuel, transmission control, boost by gear, on the fly map switching, cruise control, datalogging, etc. It seems like it can do everything. The best part is that it just plugs right in. No drama and no issues with the stock DME all while offering much more capability. At £2800 it certainly is not cheap and we will have to wait and see what US dealers ask for it in dollars. Before you even ask, the E92 M3 S65 V8 and then the N54 direct injected inline-6 are up next. Good stuff for boosted bimmers, right?
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    09-29-2015, 06:02 PM
    A ton of runs here from BenzBoost member @sdg1871 who took his E63 AMG S (this is a 4Matic all wheel drive model) out to a roll on event at Pocono. He ran just about everything and was not afraid to post the losses along with the wins. To be perfectly honest the loss videos are better than the win videos. Not because we like seeing our members lose races but because of the camera angle. In the win videos you do not see the opponent so it is difficult to gauge the outcome based on anything other than commentary. The loss videos are very easy to see. We hope @sdg1871 gets an additional angle for future runs (plus higher quality video would not hurt) but you get a good idea here of what a Renntech tuned E63 AMG S M157 is capable of. It is certainly impressive considering the stock cats and downpipes are still in place and the only exhaust modification is a Renntech muffler. Regarding the opponents the F10 M5 on methanol is ridiculous. It's so fast we do not even know what to say. The Renntech SLS impresses as well considering it is not boosted. Great stuff here and the only thing that would make it better is multiple angles. Go get some GoPros @sdg1871! On Sunday, January 20th, my E63 S with Renntech full tune and Renntech sport mufflers (stock cats and stock downpipes and stock turbos) competed in roll races at Race Warz 2 at Pocono International Speedway. All of the roll races in the videos below had a 60 mph start. Overall, I was happy with the results. It was faster than tune only cars but not as fast as cars with catless downpipes or water meth injection. The JB4 M6 also does a great job but the M5 looks to be on another level. The wins: 1. Dodge Charger Hellcat. Lost badly to my car (4 car lengths): 2. E63 S AMG sedan with catless downpipes and custom tune (2 car lengths): 3. AMG GTS (stock) (1-2 car lengths): 4. Dodge Viper (1 car length) -- 2 wins: 5. Cadillac CTS V (modded) (4 car lengths); 6. E39 M5 (6 car lengths): 7. 911 Carrera S (many car lengths after giving it a head start): 8. and 9. Other wins not videoed: 997 Turbo S (from a roll) and Lexus RC F (from a dig) Losses: 1. 800 bhp water-meth injection, catless downpipes, custom tune, aftermarket intake F10 M5 (23 lbs of boost) (fastest F10 M5 in the New York area) (many many car lengths): 2. JB4, heavily modified M6 with 21 pounds of boost (2-3 car lengths): 3. Cobb Stage 2 tuned 991 Turbo S (3 car lengths) 4. SLS with all Renntech mods including tune and straight pipes (3-4 car lengths): Other losses not videoed: 5. E63 S with Renntech VIP tune and catless downpipes (5-6 car lengths) 6. Modded SL55 (I had mine in manual mode and missed a shift)
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    09-23-2015, 07:16 PM
    Well, fortunately this rumor was quickly put to an end. A couple days ago we mocked CAR for making up stories to drive paid subscriptions. Basically, a scumbag tactic to make money that only serves to muddy the waters and get in the way of actual and credible automotive news. Well, there is not going to be a quad turbocharged 750+ horsepower V8 carbon fiber BMW and McLaren supercar. Shocking news, right? BMW M boss Frank van Meel said the entire idea was made up and essentially a fantasy. To summarize his points: 1. CAR is full of @#$% 2. BMW and McLaren's business case as well as relationship has changed substantially from the McLaren F1 days. 3. The BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network was first to raise the BS flag on this entire idea. CAR, here is a tip for you. Want to drive paid subscriptions and make money? Then try doing some real reporting and uncovering real stories before others. Nobody is going to believe you crying wolf the next time. Well, at least not those who will just post anything without even analyzing it. Source
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    09-30-2015, 09:21 PM
    A trio of boosted bimmers going at it here on the highway from about a 40 miles per hour roll. BimmerBoost member @tjav8b took his ESS VT-650 supercharged E60 M5 out against a VF-620 supercharged DCT E92 M3 as well as a tuned F10 M5. Now the first run in the video features a three wide race between the E60 M5 and two F10 M5's (which F10 M5 has which tune is mislabeled). The middle F10 M5 has a Eurocharged tune on it. Now it looks like the JB4 tuned F10 M5 on the far right and the E60 M5 are close with the F10 edging. Unfortunately, it's a chase view. Why a chase view when the E60 M5 has a gopro on it? The F10 M5 in the middle with the Eurocharged tune is the slowest of the three yet it is the F10 M5 that engages with the E60 M5 and E92 M3 later on. Where does the other M5 go? Anyway, we get a nice three wide race between an E60 M5, E92 M3, and F10 M5. All BMW's with boost and all going about it a little differently. The E60 M5 has the most displacement while the E92 M3 has the least but is the lightest along with a dual clutch transmission. The F10 M5 is the heaviest but of course has turbos straight from the factory on its 4.4 liter direct injected S63TU V8 and also features a DCT transmission. It makes for an interesting race. The F10 M5 gets smoked and clearly needs a new tune or supporting mods. Either way, it can not hang with the E60 M5 and the E92 M3. The first run has the E60 M5 top end rule and it wins the race. The second run is the best of the bunch. Down low the DCT keeps the E92 M3 in the race but it is not enough as the supercharged E60 M5 does pull a couple car lengths. It's clearly the strongest car up top. It would have been nice to see the stronger F10 M5 in the mix but it is what it is. The S85 responds well to a bit of boost just as the S65 does. The E92 M3 owner needs a stronger supercharged setup (maybe a higher boost pulley and higher octane fuel like the E60) to beat the S85 top end and make up for that liter of displacement it is missing.
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    09-22-2015, 12:50 AM
    Some things are too good to be true. Reports are circulating the internet based on an article from Britain's CAR magazine. CAR might as well call themselves the National Enquirer of the automotive world. Why reputable publications (or formerly reputable) such as Road and Track are treating this like actual automotive news is anyone's guess. The purpose of this report is to generate money. It's click bait. This is what they are trying to do: They generate some kind of sensational article to get attention and then want you to sign up for the Car+ subscription to read more sensationalized bullshit. It's The Onion for cars except you need to pay for the fiction. BMW and McLaren of course had a relationship back when the McLaren F1 was being produced so the two firms working together is not exactly some long stretch. In the 90's though McLaren was not producing their own line of mid-engine sports cars and their own motors. Today, they are. BMW is not even focused on top of the line performance but more so in efficiency and electric powertrains now. They do not care about supplying motors for supercars. The McLaren F1 simply no longer applies to the current state of the BMW and McLaren business model. It's been over two decades since it did. CAR sums this entire idea up best themselves: Pathetic. Source
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    Yesterday, 04:22 PM
    Unfortunate situation here as a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster caught fire sitting in traffic. The owner was revving his car and showing off of course as that is part of the point of having an Aventador. While revving for the cameras the car catches fire. The car likely has an aftermarket exhaust possibly with no cats. Whether it is tuned or not who knows but it looks like a bit too much fuel was dumped through the exhaust and that led to this issue. The hot climate in Dubai certainly did not help. It is sad to see a car such as an Aventador go down in flames like this but we are not shedding any tears. The owner probably already has a new toy to replace it.
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    09-29-2015, 03:10 PM
    This is why people hate lawyers. This is why lawyers get a bad name. This is why there are serious problems with the legal system. Paul Walker's sixteen year old daughter is being reported as suing Porsche. Let us all be honest about this. The kid is being pushed by an attorney to try to make money off her father's death. The lawsuit isn't bringing anyone back and a child with little driving experience let alone life experience is not going to come up with the idea of blaming the Porsche Carrera GT over her father's death in an attempt to get compensation from the auto manufacturer. Oh no, the brains behind this is the lawyer releasing all the statements named Jeff Milam. Here is what the piece of human trash known as Jeff Milam thinks: It's too bad the lawyer does not respect Paul Walker's own view: Perhaps this guy should sue McDonald's next on behalf of fat people? Maybe companies that make forks? Maybe sue the people who made the Golden Gate Bridge as people are known to jump off it and wouldn't do so if it wasn't there? Hey, come up with whatever ridiculous analogy you want. This network of automotive websites thinks the bottom line is that the the Porsche Carrera GT is an amazing feat of engineering and it is unfortunate that accidents happen in a wide variety of vehicles every single day across the world. The bottom line is the world would be a better place with more Carrera GT's on the street and less Jeff Milams. We all wish Paul Walker and Roger Rodas were still with us. We would gladly trade Jeff Milam for the both of them if possible. We can not do that though. Just like how a frivolous lawsuit can not bring them both back. Source
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    09-10-2015, 05:41 PM
    Interesting race video here between a stock Chevrolet C6 Corvette Z06 and a stock Dodge Charger Hellcat from a roll. Why is it interesting? Because the C7 Z06 has struggled against the Hellcat from a roll in stock form yet the supercharged C7 Z06 has much more power and torque than the naturally aspirated C6 Z06. The C6 Z06 is lighter so that is definitely a factor but it sure is interesting to see this C6 Z06 best the Hellcat up top despite the Hellcat gaining a slight lead down whereas a C7 Z06 struggled with the Hellcat. It is also interesting to note the C7 Z06 1/4 mile times are not a major improvement on the C6 Z06. The C7 definitely has more power and torque and the initial trap speeds are higher but the difference between the two is not as large as it should be considering the power disparity. This Charger Hellcat may be a manual though and considering the Challenger Hellcat that beat the C7 Z06 was an automatic the transmission may be the defining factor of this result. Interesting nonetheless.
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    09-22-2015, 08:45 PM
    The nice thing the domestics have going for them compared to the Germans is the ease and frequency of tuning. General Motors does not make life for tuners as difficult as say BMW does. They treat their enthusiasts far better and understand part of the appeal of performance cars is tuning and tweaking them. That is why the ATS-V is being tuned basically right out of the gate whereas it took considerable time to get flash tunes for the new batch of BMW turbo M cars. Well, enough about how BMW disrespects its enthusiast and on to the ATS-V dyno results. New Era Performance put their ATS-V on a Dynojet to get a baseline. The stock dyno numbers from the LF4 direct injected 3.6 liter V6 are 431 horsepower and 438 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Slightly more than the 427 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque the lighter F80 M3 puts down to the wheels but less than the heavier W205 C63 AMG S with its 467 wheel horsepower and 489 lb-ft of torque. The AMG is the stock power king but it also has the largest motor at 4.0 liters and the only V8. The ATS-V is in the middle but it only offers a few more horses and a few more lb-ft of torque than the F80 M3. They are within 5 wheel horsepower of each other which of course will vary based on dynos and conditions. Considering New Era Performance dyno'd the ATS-V in 95 degree weather we expect baseline figures to improve a bit as temps drop. So how about the tuned figures? Horsepower jumps from 431 to the wheels to 518 for a gain of 87 at the wheels. The torque figure increases from 438 lb-ft at the wheels to 527 lb-ft at the wheels for a gain of 89 lb-ft. Solid gains and a bit more than the BMW F80 M3 sees tune only but less power and far less torque than a tuned W205 C63 AMG. We all already knew the AMG would be the power and torque king tune only though. This is still early so the numbers will improve as the tunes evolve but definitely a solid start. ATS-V tuning is already shaping up quite well.
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    10-06-2015, 11:11 PM
    Evolve's F10 M5 is putting in some work! This is the same F10 M5 that recently went 11.4 @ 129 in the 1/4 mile on street tires. It features a Stage 2 Evolve S63TU ECU flash tune, Evolve catless downpipes, and a prototype Eventuri carbon fiber air intake system. Just like during the 1/4 mile run it is on 93 octane pump fuel and Michelin Pilot Super Sport street tires. They took it out to a VMAX Hypermax event in the UK which is a top end runway competition. Take a look at how the Evolve tuned F10 M5 does against some very stout competition. vs C63 AMG with Weistec Supercharger, Headers, Meth vs S63 BiTurbo (had a red 730 tab on the side - not sure what tune it is running) Struggled with traction up to top end of 3rd but still pulled on him. vs Manic Motorsports Stage 2 tuned F10 M5 This was one of the first runs so forgot about the wide angle but you can see the car in the wing mirror as our car pulls away. vs Ferrari 458 with 4 adult passengers as we were on our way to lunch :thump: vs Evolve F10 M5 with same modifications without the Eventuri Carbon Intakes. vs F82 M4 Stock Short shifted in this one for some reason. vs McLaren MP4-12C
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    09-16-2015, 11:32 PM
    Just over a week ago DodgeBoost posted an article on a Gen V Viper with a very nice 250 shot nitrous setup. On the spray, the Viper is nothing to mess around with. It makes 880 wheel horsepower and over 900 lb-ft of torque from the 8.4 liter V10. Insane torque and crazy power in a car that weighs 32XX pounds. It is also on the stock engine internals to boot. It takes something very serious to run with a Viper on this much juice. A 1000 whp Nissan GTR should fit the bill, right? The GTR is a built motor example with some big turbos. It has the fancy dual clutch transmission and sends power to all four wheels but it also carries roughly 600 more pounds than the Viper. The first result between the two going at it is a close race with the Viper's torque giving it a lead but the GTR pulls a bit and then lets off when the Viper starts to creep up. It also looks like the GTR probably should have started in a higher gear than shifting so quickly off the start. The second run is a three way between the GTR, Viper, and a stock CBR1000 but we only get one camera angle. It is close between the Viper and the CBR but traffic forces them to let off. The third run is the Viper and the GTR again and the Viper again gets the lead off the start thanks to the torque. The GTR does begin to pull up top but does not pass before the Viper lets off around 150 miles per hour. Races at these power levels are over pretty quickly and the upper triple digits are reached quickly:
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    10-01-2015, 10:13 PM
    Road and Track has gotten lazy. At least their online presence has. The magazine still produces quality information and articles but damn is their online stuff garbage. Recently they put up a basic article designed to get clicks about what current cars on the market will be future classics. They say the S65 AMG coupe is one of them. Well, to be fair, they say 'almost definitely' that it will be a future classic whatever the hell that means. They also say in their support for this statement that although previous 65 AMG's have fallen in value this one won't because of its 'vibe' being different. That's it. Seriously, that is their reasoning for shelling out $200k+ on an S65 AMG Coupe. Nothing to further support it. The only other info provided is that other 65 AMG's have plummeted in value. That is not exactly confidence inspiring. The current 65 AMG's will plummet in value just like the previous ones have as Mercedes will just roll out the next generation right on schedule as they always have. Want to see how CL65 AMG's are holing up in value? Here's a look: Feel free to spend $234,050.00 betting that Road and Track is right here. Someone will be glad to take that S65 coupe off your hands for $35k in seven years.
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    09-22-2015, 01:46 AM
    This is the stock internal Gen V Viper horsepower record until proven otherwise. Over 1000 wheel horsepower on a stock internal engine is insane to begin with but what is really crazy is that the Gen V Viper is doing this regularly now. Those factory forged internals sure are paying dividends. Dividends to the tune of 1103 horsepower to the wheels on only 10 psi of boost with E85 fuel. This is the first twin turbo Viper we have seen over 1000 whp using E85. Clearly the ethanol is a benefit as this is the most power and torque per pound of boost. We wish we had the full specs but all we know beyond the fuel and boost is that a Motec standalone engine management system is involved. Regardless, 1000+ whp from a stock internal Gen V Viper is to be expected these days.
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    09-09-2015, 10:41 PM
    Bentley finally revealed their new SUV and it looks essentially like a Continental GT on stilts. The exterior may not be exciting or take any risks but it is instantly identifiable as a Bentley and refined. The interior is typical Bentley with the cabin a beautiful place to be. Bentley claims the Bentayga is the most powerful SUV in the world with 600 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque from the updated 6.0 liter W12 which features a two styles of fuel injection. Someone forgot to tell the Bentley marketing department the 612 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque G65 AMG exists. Whoops. As far as top speed though Bentley may be the fastest with their 187 miles per hour top speed claim. We definitely would like to see that speed hit and it will take some special rubber as well if running the optional 22 inch rims. Bentley touts the aluminum construction stating it is responsible for a body 520 pounds lighter than what traditional construction would achieve. The thing is they do not state how much this SUV weighs. Considering the Continental GT itself is over 5000 pounds we doubt the Bentayga is lighter than its coupe sibling. The performance should be strong though providing it isn't incredibly heavy and launch control is said to get it to 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds flat. Certainly quick and it will be interesting to see how the acceleration compares to the current SUV dragstrip king which is the BMW F85 X5M. We are missing the weight and we are missing the price but if you care about the weight and have to ask what this thing costs it probably is not for you anyway. BENTLEY BENTAYGA: THE FASTEST, MOST POWERFUL, MOST LUXURIOUS AND MOST EXCLUSIVE SUV IN THE WORLD - A true Bentley, combining unparalleled luxury with sporting ability, off-road performance and everyday usability - Innovative and advanced technology – cutting-edge features with trademark exquisite luxury - Designed, engineered and built in Crewe, UK, sector-defining SUV takes Bentley luxury to new places - Sculptural design with elegant, timeless execution, balances athleticism with presence - Bentley workforce blend exceptional craft and skill with modern production techniques and materials - Intricate detailing and precision in wood, metal and leather creates a modern, luxurious handcrafted interior - Effortless Bentley performance, unrestrained by climate or terrain - A new highly advanced chassis for ultimate ride quality and comfort - All-new Crewe-built W12 offers unrivalled power and torque, efficiency and refinement, the most powerful and fastest SUV ever - Launch model is joined later by high performance, clean technology diesel and plug-in hybrid, as well as a seven seat option (Crewe, 9 September, 2015) Bentley Motors is today announcing full details of its pinnacle, sector-defining new model, the Bentayga. The Bentley Bentayga combines unparalleled luxury with effortless performance and everyday usability. With an all-new W12 powertrain, the Bentayga is the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world. It offers a true Bentley driving experience and showcases innovative technology features. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Crewe, the Bentayga's styling is pure Bentley. Sculptural with an elegant, timeless execution, it perfectly balances athleticism with confidence. From the four round LED headlamps and large matrix grille, to the distinctive power line and muscular haunches, the Bentley DNA is apparent throughout. The Bentley Bentayga boasts the world's finest automotive cabin, with unrivalled levels of precision. The detailing in metal, wood and leather – including meticulous tolerances between elements of trim – is the epitome of modern British luxury. This level of perfection is only achievable thanks to the exceptional craft and skill of Bentley's colleagues in Crewe. An all-new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine is at the heart of the new Bentayga. The mighty 12-cylinder unit combines efficiency and refinement with ultra-luxurious levels of power and torque. With 608 PS (600 bhp / 447kW) and 900 Nm (663 lb. ft) delivering a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h), the Bentayga is the world's most powerful and fastest SUV. Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, comments: "The Bentayga is truly the Bentley of SUVs. It redefines luxury in the SUV sector and offers a genuine Bentley experience in any environment, thanks to a combination of unparalleled attention to detail, go-anywhere ability and cutting-edge technology. With this extraordinary car we are looking forward to an exciting period of strong growth and sales success for Bentley. The Bentayga is the next step in our brand's bold future." The Bentayga will make its full public debut at the IAA Frankfurt Show from 15 to 27 September. Customer deliveries commence in early 2016. Further details about the Bentayga, including video interviews with key members of the design and development team, are available at Innovative Features and Advanced Technologies A suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and infotainment features designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience make the Bentayga an innovative, advanced and connected luxury SUV. It offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley's Drive Dynamics Mode and optional Responsive Off-Road Setting. Up to eight modes are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition. This versatility is complemented by Bentley Dynamic Ride (electrically activated 48V active roll control) and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS). Responsive Off-Road Setting allows the customer to select the appropriate vehicle settings for a wide range of off-road surfaces, while the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, compass bearing and altitude. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Stop & Go, Predictive ACC and Traffic Assist enables the driver to maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. Predictive ACC uses the navigation data, sensors and cameras to predict upcoming corners, city boundaries and speed-limit changes and can then modify the vehicle speed accordingly, improving both comfort and fuel economy. In urban environments, there are a number of driver aids available on the Bentayga. These systems – such as Traffic Sign Recognition, which detects a wide variety of traffic signs and displays information to the driver; Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, which uses radar technology to detect crossing traffic when reversing out of a parking space; and Top View, a system which uses four cameras to display an overall picture of the vehicle's surroundings – combine to enhance everyday usability. The Bentayga is also available with Park Assist – a system that detects suitable parking spaces (both parallel and perpendicular) before autonomous steering takes over to support parking manoeuvres, even in narrow and tricky spaces. Other innovative systems available on the Bentayga include Electronic Night Vision, which uses infra-red technology to identify potential obstacles ahead, and a Head-Up Display, which reduces driver distraction and increases safety. The Bentayga's all-new, cutting-edge 8" touch screen infotainment system boasts class-leading navigation technology, a 60GB hard drive, and a choice of up to 30 languages. Rear seat passengers benefit from the introduction of the Bentley Entertainment Tablet – a removable 10.2" Android device with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth for effortless, high-speed on-board connectivity. Customers can choose between three different sound systems for the Bentayga: Bentley Standard Audio, Bentley Signature Audio and Naim for Bentley Premium Audio. The latter is the most powerful system in the segment, with 1,950 watts, a network of 18 speakers and super-tweeters for unrivalled recreation of the highest audio frequencies. Sculptural Form, Sharp Lines and Elegant Execution The Bentayga's wheel arches, fenders and bonnet deliver a balance between sportiness and SUV presence. The ultra-sharp Bentley power line and muscular rear haunch display a taut tension in side profile, as part of the largest single-piece aluminium pressing in the automotive world. Trademark Bentley features such as the large matrix grille and B-shaped wing vents afford the Bentayga a modern, dynamic elegance. The grille is flanked by four distinctive floating all-LED headlamps. The lights sit flush within the seamless superformed aluminium front fenders. Innovative design features, like the discreet headlamp washers contained within the outer lamp's body-coloured centre, demonstrate remarkable attention to detail. To emphasise the go-anywhere nature of the Bentayga, the Bentley design team have integrated a stylish skid plate into the lower section of the front bumper, just below the floating wing motif. At the rear, within the segmented tail lights, a new 'B'-shaped illumination graphic is incorporated that affords the Bentayga an instantly recognisable and striking night-time signature. A combination of advanced design, innovative engineering and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies - including the use of lightweight aluminium - has enabled a total weight saving of 236kg compared to a traditional body construction. As standard, the Bentayga comes with a panoramic glass roof. Making up almost 60 per cent of the total roof surface, the 1.35m2 glass feature is split into two panes. The front panel tilts and slides, and the whole glass surface can be obscured via an electric, full-length roller blind. Either side of the glass roof are aluminium roof rails that combine two different finishes – a high-gloss black base and bright anodised top section. A new range of bespoke Bentayga alloy wheels are available, ranging in size from 20" to 22". The World's Finest Cabin, Handcrafted at the Home of Bentley Step inside the new Bentayga and you find the finest automotive interior in the world, with handcrafted wood and leather throughout – engineered with precision to deliver absolute perfection. The attention to detail in metal, wood and leather is the epitome of modern British luxury, and is only achievable thanks to the exceptional skill of the workforce in Crewe. The Bentayga's cockpit sets new standards for both luxury and precision, with meticulous tolerances between the exquisite veneered woods and metal elements. The dashboard takes the iconic Bentley 'wing' design as its inspiration, with the beautifully finished surfaces flowing gracefully from door to door over the top of the instrument binnacles, down under the centre console and back up around the passenger side fascia and foot well. The hand-selected veneers form pure and elegant surfaces throughout the cabin, and each of the 15 pieces are shaped by Bentley's artisans from a choice of seven different veneers, and finished with trademark Bentley attention to detail. Highly polished, handcrafted metal elements adorn the dashboard, centre console and doors. Trademark Bentley knurling on the drive mode selector, gear knob, iconic bulls-eye vents and organ pulls adds sophistication and tactile refinement. Sumptuous front seats, individually handcrafted in Crewe and featuring 22-way adjustment including adjustable cushion and backrest bolsters, provide superb support and comfort for all conditions. This cosseted feeling is further enhanced with a six-programme massage system, seat heating and ventilation. Whether selected in four- or five-seat configuration, all of the leather seats in the Bentayga are available with contrast stitching and a quilted diamond design applied to the 'shoulders' and bolsters, echoing the design of a finely tailored British hunting jacket. Bentley specialists individually select only the finest bull hides, all of which are sourced from cool European climates, naturally tanned and never over-printed.. Customers have the choice of 15 colours, in three duo-tone and one single mono-tone colour split. The four-seat configuration makes the ultimate statement in design, comfort and luxury. The two individual rear seats adjust in 18 different ways and include massage and ventilation functions as well as footrests. The veneered rear console hides additional functionality such as cup holders, generous storage areas and USB charging sockets. The opulent feeling is completed by the fixed back, dividing the interior cabin from the boot. Also trimmed in the signature diamond quilting and including a ski-hatch, it creates an enclosed rear cabin space that sets new standards in the SUV sector. A full-length panoramic sunroof with acoustic interlays allows ample natural sunlight to highlight the surfaces and detailing. Activate the hands-free tailgate and not only is a large, practical storage space revealed, but also another of the Bentayga's unique features – the optional folding event seat. Ideal for those wishing to stop for a moment and enjoy a spectacular outdoor environment or pursuit, the innovative leather-trimmed folding seat matches exactly the style of the cabin seats and integrates seamlessly into the rear of the car with characteristic attention to detail. All-New W12 – Efficiency with Unrivalled Power and Torque At the heart of the Bentayga is the all-new Crewe-built W12 TSI engine. This 6.0-litre twin-turbo unit combines efficiency and refinement with the luxury of unrivalled power and torque. It is the most technologically advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world and develops 600 bhp (608 PS / 447 kW) @ 6,000 rpm and 900 Nm (663 lb ft) from 1,250 rpm to 4,500 rpm. These mighty outputs result in equally impressive performance figures. The Bentayga is capable of dispatching the sprint to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) on its way to a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h). The new W12 uses both direct and indirect fuel injection. Switching seamlessly between the two technologies, the combination of these systems maximises refinement, delivers low particulate emissions and maximises power and torque delivery. An impressive efficiency figure of 292 g/km CO2 is made possible in part thanks to Bentley's Variable Displacement system, which shuts down half of the engine under defined conditions. Intake and exhaust valves, fuel injection and ignition are all shut down on defined cylinders, with the engine running as a six-cylinder for improved efficiency. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The transmission and four-wheel-drive system has been strengthened to handle the demands and high torque levels of off-road driving. In Bentley's advanced application of Start-Stop technology for the Bentayga, coasting is also available, as the engine rests not only when the vehicle is stationary but also at 'near to stop' speeds. In 5th to 8th gear, when the driver releases the throttle (at motorway cruising speed, for example) the car will open the torque converter, dropping the engine to idle and simply allowing the car to roll or 'sail'. When the throttle is reapplied, or the car starts going downhill and detects an increase in speed, the transmission is re-engaged. The new W12 sees a 11.9% efficiency improvement compared to the existing powertrain. The Bentayga will also be available as diesel and hybrid variants in the future. Genuine Luxury with Go-Anywhere Ability Never before has a vehicle so coherently combined genuine luxury with go-anywhere driving ability. The development programme for the Bentayga has been the most exhaustive in the Bentley brand's history, ranging across five continents. From the dirt and gravel of South Africa and the dunes of Dubai, to the muddy fields of Cheshire, and from -30°C in the frozen North Cape to searing 50°C desert heat, the Bentayga's ability to perform on any surface and even in the most extreme conditions has been proven. The Bentayga has also driven more than 400 laps of the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, as part of developing the dynamic performance of the chassis and fine-tuning the relevant control and stability systems. The unique features of the Nordschleife, including the high level of topographical change, variety of surface grip levels and wide range of cornering speeds, made it the perfect place to develop the fastest, most powerful SUV in the world. The Bentayga introduces Bentley Dynamic Ride – the world's first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system. Inherent in larger vehicles with a higher centre of gravity, this system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling. While conventional anti-roll bars present a compromise between body control and ride comfort, Bentley's adaptive and reactive system provides variable torsional resistance, allowing the Bentayga to be both dynamically capable and comfortable for all occupants at all times. The pioneering use of a 48V system results in silent, instantaneous responses and sufficient power on hand to deal with all road surfaces. Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) is also featured on the Bentayga. The new system improves feedback to the driver, while providing isolation from steering kick-back both on- and off-road. EPAS also features a variable rack ratio, permitting light and fast steering while manoeuvring at low speeds, as well as a more subdued response for excellent stability at high speeds. The Bentayga offers class-leading ride comfort, steering feel and handling thanks to the partnership of a highly sophisticated chassis and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In addition to advanced, multi-mode Traction Control (TCS), the Bentayga also features Hill Descent Control (HDC). HDC automatically regulates the vehicle's speed on steep declines, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering and obstacles ahead. It can be pre-set at speeds between two and 30 km/h (going in either direction) and works on gradients greater than five per cent. As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga comes with multi-mode air suspension. The Bentayga driver has four different modes to choose from: High 2, High 1, Normal and Low. High 2, for example, can be manually selected when tackling more severe off-road surfaces. Customers can also lower the rear suspension via a switch in the boot, to ease loading and trailer hitching. Bentley Personalisation Options and Mulliner Bespoke The Bentayga redefines personalisation and bespoke luxury. Paint, leather, veneer and lifestyle options are unlimited and tailored to the individual. The standard palette alone comprises 17 exterior paint colours, with up to 90 hues available in the extended range. There are also 15 luxurious carpet options, seven different handcrafted veneers and 15 choices of interior trim hide, which means that customers are able to specify their own choice of luxury finish. In addition, customers can choose between a new range of bespoke Bentayga alloy wheels, ranging in size from 20" to 22". Six lifestyle-orientated specification packages will be available from launch, including two styling packs. In addition to these options, the Bentayga is available with the widest range of lifestyle accessories ever offered by the Bentley brand. For example, customers with an interest in watersports may wish to specify the Load-Assist Tray and Wet Gear Stowage options. As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga can also be handed over to the highly skilled and dedicated craftspeople at Mulliner, who will respond to bespoke customer requirements. At launch, the Bentayga is available with an exquisite integrated Mulliner Hamper Set, complete with refrigerator, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods. For comfort in the great outdoors, sections of the hamper can be removed and used as seats. A bespoke mechanical Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling clock can also be specified. The most complex of watch mechanisms, the Mulliner Tourbillon is automatically wound periodically by a dedicated high-precision winding mechanism within the car. This masterpiece is machined in solid gold (customers can select from either rose or white gold), with a choice of either a mother-of-pearl or black ebony face and decorated with eight diamond indexes.
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