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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:56 PM
    Car and Driver is the first one to publish test figures for the 2016 ATS-V coupe. They tested the 6-speed manual version and 8-speed automatic test figures will come later. Is the new ATS-V a BMW F82 M4 killer? Not exactly, but it is a decent first attempt. Let's get the acceleration figures for the 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque 3.6 liter twin turbo V6 out of the way. 0-60 comes in 4.2 seconds, 0-100 in 9.9 seconds, and the 1/4 mile in 12.6 seconds at 115 miles per hour. Not exactly the world beating acceleration performance that the Caddy boss was bragging about. It is roughly even with a manual M3/M4. It is considerably behind Car and Driver's own figures for a DCT 2015 F80 M3 though. Will the 8-speed 8L90 automatic version close the gap? Maybe. It certainly is not 'whipping' the Germans the way Johan de Nysschen claimed and it does not have a horsepower or torque advantage anywhere other than on paper versus BMW. The Mercedes-AMG C63 S outmuscles the ATS-V by the way. Ok, so he was wrong about that. What about his statements on how it would handle, brake, and just drive better than its German rivals? Well, he is wrong there too as Car and Driver's M4 test figures show .99g on the skidpad and the ATS-V hits .97g. Where is the major advantage for the Cadillac? It does not brake any better either. It is also heavier than the BMW M4 at 3760 pounds. As far as the styling inside and out you do not get the same quality the Germans offer and you should for the $74,450 price as tested. Audi, Mercedes, and BMW simply have better looking cars and better looking interiors. Look at this garbage instrument cluster on the ATS-V: The ATS-V just is not as good as the BMW M3/M4. The Mercedes-AMG C63 remains to be seen but but those of us who have seen the the C63 and ATS-V in person (like this writer) can say it also blows the ATS-V away. The C63 has better styling inside and out, the M177 V8 is more powerful, and you are looking at roughly the same money if not less with options. Johan de Nysschen should not have opened his mouth when the ATS-V can not back his words up. The CTS-V likely will and does outmuscle its German competition with comparable quality inside and out. It likely will come in cheaper too. For the same money as its German rivals the ATS-V does not offer enough performance to overcome its deficiencies. Back to the drawing board Cadillac, you got too cocky and couldn't back it up. Specifications VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED:$74,450 (base price: $63,660) ENGINE TYPE:twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:217 cu in, 3564 cc Power: 464 hp @ 5850 rpm Torque: 445 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm TRANSMISSION:6-speed manual DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 109.3 in Length: 184.7 in Width: 72.5 in Height:54.5 in SAE interior volume: F:50 cu ft R: 34 cu ft Trunk volume: 10 cu ftCurb weight: 3760 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 4.2 sec Zero to 100 mph: 9.9 sec Zero to 120 mph: 13.7 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.3 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 9.6 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.9 sec Standing -mile: 12.6 sec @ 115 mph Top speed (drag ltd, mfr's claim): 185 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 154 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.97 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 16/24* mpg C/D observed: 20 mpg *C/D estimated.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:50 PM
    We have a pretty good idea of Challenger performance and power. More baseline dynos for context certainly do not hurt and yes the Hellcat 6.2 liter twin screw supercharged V8 is underrated. How does 662 horsepower and 618 lb-ft of torque to the wheels completely stock sound? The power curve is actually very nice. Horsepower just keeps climbing throughout the entire rev range is a fairly linear fashion. There is just gobs of torque everywhere and the torque curve does not fall off a cliff. SeriousHP in Houston plans to tune this car on E85 and we have already seen some of their E85 results. We will see how far they take this car but on ethanol with more boost we should see some massive bolt on numbers. Oh, and the Hellcat is putting out over 100 wheel horsepower more than the Viper. Maybe time for that car to get some boost as well?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:40 PM
    The G550 currently is offered in the USA with a naturally aspirated 5.5 liter V8 offering 382 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. According to information given to Dutch outlet Autovisie by Wolf-Dieter Kurz who is Vice President of Mercedes SUV's the M177 will replace the naturally aspirated M273. This is interesting as a non-AMG model is getting an AMG motor. Mercedes will presumably still offer the G63 AMG with the M157 twin turbocharged 5.5 liter V8. There is also of course the M279 twin turbo V12 powered G65 as well. With the M177 twin turbo V8 powerplant the G550 will be the most affordable G-Class tuning platform should one be interested in that although it will still set you back roughly $120k+. The G63 AMG starts at $137,150 and the G65 is over $200k. So will Mercedes keep the G550, the G63, and the G65? We will have to wait and see. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:11 PM
    Impressive numbers here out of BMW's N20 2.0 liter turbocharged and direct injected four-cylinder. The baseline number is strong as the N20 is severely underrated. 245 horsepower at the wheels and 268 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on a Dynojet dynamometer. So what is the result with basic bolt ons including an intake, downpipe, and ECU flash by Jailbreak tuning? How does 290 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on 91 octane pump gas grab you? That is a gain of 77 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with basic modifications. The N20 is really moving along now that the ECU can be flashed. Hopefully we see some flash tuned turbo upgraded setups. As far as how strong the motor is we do not know as nobody has really pushed it. That said, this is more power and torque than a stock E46 M3 to put things in perspective. This 228i is going to be a hell of a track car.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:41 PM
    You may have all the money in the world but that does not mean you can drive. This LaFerrari somehow ended up in a ditch in France. What happened? We do not know exactly but if we were to guess somebody got in a little bit over their head and skidded off the road. Not exactly a site you will see everyday. There appears to be damage to the rear diffuser and possibly more damage on the other side but one low resolution photo is all that is circulating the web. The owner joked on Twitter that he did some offroading so he isn't mad about it and probably happy it was not worse. Plus, he can afford to repair the damage to his $2 million dollar toy.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:28 PM
    Volkswagen has been talking and talking about it for ages. They want to have the world's most powerful production four-cylinder which is a title that currently belongs to AMG with the M133 2.0 liter four-cylinder in the CLA/GLA 45AMG models. This is why Volkswagen stole away the man responsible for that AMG motor. Volkswagen talked about a 375 horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder well over a year ago. They then released the Volkswagen Golf R400 concept in April of last year. Well, the production version of this car will be called R420 according to CAR. 420 refers to metric horsepower so it looks like 414 bhp for the new ultimate Golf. This is what VAG powertrain chief Dr. Heinz-Jacob Neusser had to say, 'We have the Golf more sporty than ever before, since we soon will have the Golf R400 - we will do this car. We are in fact in development of it right now.' Expect 400+ horsepower, all wheel drive, and a DSG. Essentially everything you love about the Golf R but more of it. More power, better brakes, better handling, etc. Yes, it will be offered for sale in the United States. It better be. The expected debut is September of this year in Frankfurt. Deliveries are expected to begin late this year and likely in 2016 in the USA. Ok VW, you have talked a big game. Let's see this thing already. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:40 PM
    Another Infineon TriCore based ECU has been cracked if this post from EVOMS out of Arizona is accurate. EVOMS states they hooked up some sort of password reader which allowed access to the TriCore processor. We wonder what this magical hardware they used is. Usually these cracks tend to come from sources close to the factory overseas. That is how the BMW TriCore crack happened. Getting access to one of these ECU's is not as simple as some brute force password cracking approach. Regardless, we look forward to seeing just what kind of control of the ECU EVOMS actually has. Tunes should come soon. If we see this 'crack' spread like wildfire as it did in the BMW world then we know it was an outside source that got access to the ECU and is now selling the method to tuners.
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  • Pure Turbos's Avatar
    Today, 10:28 AM
    Hi Kyle, The install is not too difficult. Taking your time, it should take a decent technician 6 to 8 hours. Thanks.
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  • TTFS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    Once again, I apologize. We are great at working on cars and tuning. Video taking... not so much. I will see what we can do about a video but basically it's nothing exciting. Pressing + and - on the steering wheel cruise control buttons switches between maps.
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  • bleedsblue0023's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:10 PM
    How difficult is the S2 turbo installation from a parts perspective? A DP is nbd for me and I can do the LPFP etc myself. Just wondering if I will need to budget ABR install time, or if I can get it done wrenching in my garage. Maybe a better question is, should I pay the $$ and same myself a headache? -Kyle 2011 N55 PWG
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