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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-20-2015, 03:21 PM
    Magazine test numbers are becoming useless. Nevermind the fact some manufacturers like Ferrari hold magazines hostage if the numbers do not show what they want some of them just flat out cheat. Have you ever heard of press files being used in magazine test cars? What it means is that the car being tested is not the car you will be buying. BMW apparently had several press files for the F10 M5. This all really started with the turbo era as you could not play around with output using software back in the naturally aspirated M era the way you can now. So, some manufacturers turn up boost and disable certain safeguards (limp mode) in the ECU and send the car to be tested. It's a press beater car anyway so they do not care what happens to it. It makes sorting out what is real and fake incredibly difficult. For example, the fastest Lamborghini Huracan in the world runs the 1/4 mile in 10.59 @ 129.12 on a 1/4 mile drag strip. That is an aftermarket ECU tuned example mind you. So how does MotorTrend get 10.6 @ 132.8 out of it? What about Car and Driver's 10.4 @ 135? Somehow real world results on the drag strip do not match the magazines. This latest test is no exception as 12.0 @ 119 is indeed silly quick. That is not to say the F80 M3 and F82 M4 DCT can not replicate these numbers stock as they can. In negative density altitude with race gas. So owners need great weather and race gas to match Car and Driver. Or is it more likely that Car and Driver is not testing on a drag strip (they aren't) thereby inflating their numbers? Is it also possible BMW might be passing around press files again? Is it a combo? Who knows, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to trust magazine times as a realistic representation of what you can achieve yourself in the exact same car. P.S. For those interested in DCT vs. manual transmission discussion Car and Driver ran 12.3 @ 116 in their manual F80 M3 test car. P.S.S. The transmission isn't an automatic Car and Driver. Specifications VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan PRICE AS TESTED:$84,325 (base price: $65,850) ENGINE TYPE:twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:182 cu in, 2979 cc Power: 425 hp @ 7300 rpm Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm TRANSMISSION:7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 110.7 in Length: 184.5 in Width: 73.9 in Height:56.1 in Passenger/cargo volume: 96/12 cu ft Curb weight: 3613 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.8 sec Zero to 100 mph: 8.5 sec Zero to 130 mph: 14.5 sec Zero to 160 mph: 25.8 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.5 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 1.9 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 2.7 sec Standing ¼-mile: 12.0 sec @ 119 mph Top speed (governor limited): 163 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 153 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.99 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 17/24 mpg C/D observed: 20 mpg
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  • jputtho2's Avatar
    03-21-2015, 03:49 PM
    Just the other day a new N54 horsepower record was announced. Some confusion arose as to what turbo kit, what modifications, and whose tuning was employed on the car. The owner of the car came on BimmerBoost to share the details of his build. What better source for details than him? Congratulations to @jputtho2 and we appreciate his additional insight below: First off, I owe HUGE thanks to Jake and the guys at Motiv Motorsports with all of their help with pointers on the tuning side of this and the very high quality products they offer. Also Huge thanks to Chad and Ryan Modified by KC who did the install and tuning on my car. Mike and Aaron and the guys at FFTEC for a very well made turbo kit, and last but not least Steve at Fuel-It taking care of me and my last minute change to the Stg 3+ lpfp! I wouldn't have been able to do this with my life's schedule being so busy with my rapidly growing business and my family. Anyone that knows me knows I'm extremely anal about my cars and in fact was the first time in 10 years that I have trusted someone to work on my cars other than myself. (My cars prior I did all of the assembly, fab work, tuning, etc). This setup is fairly simple as far as mods go and can be replicated easily now that there is a growing support in this community of quality vendors such as the ones I listed above. It's a 100% stock unopened 64k mile long block. It's what I consider a bolt on car. Still has every single creature comfort as one that came from the factory minus the windshield washer reservoir. Well the reservoir is still there the full neck is removed but A/C, heat, cruise, Nav, etc, etc, is still all there and functional. Fuel was 100% e85. To be exact it was e70 winter blend from the pumps that I blended e98 in to bring it up to ~e82. The pumps here should be switching to the summer blend e85 here in a month or so. Injector duty cycle on the port injection was 80% and I can't remember exactly what the DC was for the direct injection but it was roughly the same. I would say its safe to assume 900whp on 100% e85 with this fuel system isn't an issue. MODS: - FFTEC twin scroll Top Mount Precision billet dbb 6466 T4 1.0ar divided, twin Tial MVS WG's - Motiv Motorsports PI-1000 kit - Fuel-It "Hulk"Stg. 3+ lpfp - Cobb AP (Controls the DME/DI) - Haltech Platinum Sport 1000 (controls the PI and boost) - Custom harnesses made by Chad at Modified by KC - Clutchmasters FX850 twin disc - VRSF 7" IC - VRSF charge pipe - Tial Q bov - 4" to dual 3" exhaust The final number was 861whp at 250-255KPA or a peak of 36psi. We were having interference on the rpm pick up for the dyno so I'll post two graphs, one over vehicle speed and the other with engine speed but the engine speed is going to be pretty erratic due to the interference on the pick-up and lost signal. Exact TQ is unknown on the 800+ pulls because of this. It's around 750-760wtq which is low because we had to ramp boost in to keep torque lower due to a "Too Much Torque" limp mode if we gave it all right away on basically anything over 775whp. Otherwise, following what it was was making for tq I would guess it would be around 800wtq and spool would have been about 300-500rpm quicker. The car has A LOT more left in it and this number can easily be broken. My goal today was to make big power but also be able to enjoy after the dyno. I plan on pushing it again this winter until I run out of turbo or the motor lets go and then it'll be a fully forged bottom end, possibly a Motec m142 to simplify the tuning side, and try and do something with the head to make it more rev happy because it really could use another 500-1000rpm. I wouldn't be surprised if the n54 could handle 900-915whp stock. For how long though is the question. I didn't want to be the test mule for the limits of the motor right now. Anyway, we made I think 75-80 pulls on e85 alone, half of those were well over 700whp and I think 5 pulls over 800whp (805, 813, 832, 858, 861). Pull after pull it just wanted more and never showed any signs of slowing up. Here is the 861whp and 832whp graph over vehicle speed. We did make an 858whp pull but the boost control was unhappy bouncing all over hitting target then falling on it's face. This is the 861whp graph with tq reading over engine speed and also showing the dyno losing signal because of the RF interference with the pick-up lead. And then same graph over vehicle speed showing the erratic tq readings again from the reason above. Here is the video of the 861whp pull. (excuse the mismatched wheels, I have new DPE wheels that I was waiting till after the dyno to put on)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-20-2015, 11:45 PM
    Remember last month when the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo edition spanked the brand new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 around the Big Willow Springs roadcourse? It was not even close despite the Z06 pulling more on the skidpad, having more power, more torque, weighing less, and offering better braking. It certainly made everyone scratch their heads as the result did not make sense based on the specifications as well as the performance figures recorded by MotorTrend themselves. Every aspect on paper favors the Z06. Yet the GTR has two big aces up its sleeve with all wheel drive and its dual clutch transmission. Not to mention despite the power, torque, and weight not being in the GTR's favor it accelerates faster. So what gives? What happened? The rear suspension was significantly out of alignment. Yep, that's all it took to skew the results. Here, Motortrend explains it: "It was supposed to be running 0 degrees of rear caster. Instead, it was running positive 2 degrees. This made the rear dampers less effective at controlling the rear suspension and as a result made it more difficult for the Z06 to put power down. This is exactly what Randy Pobst complained about during our test." The Z06 suspension allows you to tweak basically everything for track duty including the rear caster. Does it make a difference? How about a 2.1 second difference around Big Willow? From 1:27.10 to 1.25.00. That's huge. That is night and day. It also puts the Z06 ahead of the GTR as its specs already told us it should be. Part of the problem as well is that Big Willow is not as forgiving as other tracks. Chevrolet intends to offer a mode now softens the dampers in a Rough Track Mode. That says a lot about Big Willow. It also says a low about how Chevrolet engineers are not sweeping this under the rug but fixing the car's teething issues. Ferrari they are not. What about another big point? Well, it was suggested that the manual transmission was part of the problem. Automatic Z06's were scarce last month and they still are but MotorTrend did get one to test. It somehow put up a slower lap than the manual car at 1:25.76. This may be due to the gear ratios in the manual favoring a track like Big Willow. There is still a problem with this do-over if you will. The GT-R did not get another shot and Nissan was not allowed to look over its car and send it in again. Additionally, this was not done on the same day in the exact same conditions. So, there are flaws here and we will have to wait for more data. We have a long way to go before the dust settles.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-25-2015, 06:47 PM
    This is not the first time we have seen something like this. Anyone remember the marketing material for the E82 BMW 1M showing it driving around with the E30 M3? This got people saying the 1M was a return to the BMW driver's car producing fun and cheap lightweight models. This despite the fact the E30 M3 has absolutely nothing in common with the E82 1M and it will also have nothing in common with the F87 M2. This is what BMW head of design Adrian van Hooydonk stated, "The E30 M3 has a really big fan base, and we are going to be taking cues from it for a future product." Not really saying much there, now is he? Perhaps he will incorporate something from a styling standpoint that serves as some kind of homage or link to the original E30 M3. From an actual M car standpoint the M2 and 1M are nothing like the E30 M3. The cars are not built for DTM homologation purposes. They do not have naturally aspirated motors. They do not have four-cylinder high revving naturally aspirated M motors designed for racing. In the case of the 1M that particular car does not even have an M motor under hood. Once you factor in the weight difference between the E82 1M at 3339 pounds and E30 M3 at 2857 pounds and that the original was actually built for DTM competition you realize this is nothing more than marketing speak. The 2016 F87 M2 is expected to come with a tweaked N55 engine offering 370 horsepower and likely will have a DCT option. Considering the F22 M235i weighs 3494 pounds do not expect some new E30 M3. It won't even be a new E46 M3. Expect an M235i with some minor tweaks. Just like how the 1M was a 135i with some minor tweaks (and no M motor). Bringing up the E30 M3 is just marketing speak. Nothing more, nothing less. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-20-2015, 03:51 PM
    The Audi S8 is an impressive piece of machinery. Despite weighing 4620 pounds it puts up solid performance numbers. How about 10's on the drag strip with just a tune? That was with the previous version of the APR ECU tune software and APR has now released version 1.1 that improves performance further. What is interesting to note is APR claims they are now doing OBD-II flashing of the ECU. That is a fairly large development. What is a nice cherry on top is that the 1.1 version of the software is a free upgrade for whomever has 1.0. Nice touch APR. So how does output change with 1.1? Well, let's compare the numbers to version 1.0. 91 octane was previously 530 awhp and 602 awtq. It is now 572 awhp and 605 awtq: 93 octane was previously 573 awhp and 624 awtq. It is now 595 awhp and 645 awtq: 100 octane was previously 610 awhp and 623 awtq. It is now 620 awhp and 657 awtq: With 620 all wheel horsepower the vehicle is comfortably over 700 horses tune only. Beast? Yes, it's a beast. Nice work on the 1.1 software and solid gains at each level showing further refinement.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-20-2015, 10:39 PM
    That was pretty fast! SeriousHP deserves a lot of credit as they seem to be the very first in the aftermarket to tune the Hemi Hellcat V8. The stock 707 horsepower motor is underrated a bit and shows 642 horsepower to the wheels and 573 lb-ft of torque to the wheels in stock form. So tune only on pump fuel they managed to raise this to 706 rear wheel horsepower. Torque goes up to 629 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. This is without a pulley change and through the stock exhaust system. Now keep in mind since the 6.2 liter Hellcat Hemi V8 uses a bypass valve raising boost is possible through the ECU which is part of the reason how the red/black keys with different horsepower profiles function. SeriousHP does state they raised boost as well as having adjusted the air/fuel ratio and timing. They are planning on adding E85 and changing the pulleys soon. It will be interesting to see what that yields but it looks like we are well on the way to 800 wheel horsepower already. All without even touching the exhaust, heads, or cam.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-20-2015, 08:11 PM
    With Texas2K15 entering full swing we are going to get several videos like this where heavyweights slug it out on the highway. Those heavyweights being the Nissan GTR and Lamborghini Gallardo which are currently the two main platforms vying to be kings of the highway. We have seen this rivalry go back and forth but as of late power levels are nearing astronomical numbers. Switzer showed a somewhat sandbagged (partially due to wheelspin) graph of 1865 horsepower at all four wheels from their Goliath. As for how much power the UGR 2R+ Gallardo is making that is a good question as UGR also sandbags quite a bit. What we do know is that it is making 1800+ to the wheels and that the last time a battle similar to this took place the UGR 2R+ Gallardo laid waste to everything on the highway. Not this time though. The Gallardo jumps twice and as soon as it is beginning to be reeled in he gets off the gas. The third time is the charm but the horrible filming and camera angles do not give us a look at what happens although clearly the GTR pulls that time. Why the split view showing two forward views? Why no rear or side view? We do not know. But we do know this is far from over although the GTR's have gotten much stronger.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-22-2015, 03:40 PM
    Well, they made good on their promise. In October of last year Extreme Turbo Systems announced that they intended to take back the Nissan GTR 1/4 mile world record. AMS Performance in that same month set the Nissan GTR record with a pass of 7.70 @ 186.51. Well the quickest and fastest GTR is now 7.492 @ 189.20. Just under 190 miles per hour and likely indicating we will have GTR's trapping 200 in the 1/4 mile in the near future. That is hard to even process as its unbelievable performance. It was just a matter of time for this to happen as ETS was already getting close. Early this year they ran 7.75 @ 176.36 but technical issues hindered them. It's safe to say it looks like they solved the problem. Expect more details to come along with a video. The specifications should be similar to when the car cracked 2000 whp and would have even shown more had the dyno been able to read the output past that mark. *Edit* Video added:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-22-2015, 05:59 PM
    The BMW and Toyota technology sharing agreement has been a bit confusing its application. We know Toyota and BMW agreed to partner up on certain things and share technology back in 2013. Since then there has been a lot of speculation on what this agreement would bring. That speculation has been all over the place. MotorTrend stated the cars would have carbon technology from the 'i' series and be very small and expensive hybrids with the BMW version coming in at around $70,000. Car Magazine then reported we would get mid-engine hybrid sports car with $100k price tags to take on the 911. Maybe they were just pulling things out of thin air to sell magazines, who knows. Now Autocar who is not exactly a bastion of solid automotive reporting states the partnership will spawn two all wheel drive hybrid sports cars that are different sizes targeting different demographics. This is supposed to result in a next generation Z4 as well as a Toyota Supra revival. BMW's Ian Robertson stated, “The one thing we’re clear on now is that a platform for both companies can work. The cars in themselves don’t actually need to be positioned the same. The platform can spawn two positionings. The concept works, the platform can deliver and now we have two proud sets of engineers - one group German, one group Japanese - who are each fighting and arguing for the car they want.” That is about all we have to go on. That the platform can be used to create two cars that are different enough from each other to not simply be the same car with a Toyota or BMW badge being the main point of differentiation. Beyond that everything is still speculation and who knows what the result will be. We only know they are still working on it and that hybrid technology is a certainty. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-21-2015, 04:51 PM
    Where are the 4.0 TFSI V8 turbocharger upgrades? We do have an AudiBoost member who has upgraded the turbos on his RS7 with a pair of Garrett GTX28's and has received custom tuning from APR to make it work. But even APR themselves does not offer a turbo upgrade and why are they doing custom turbo tuning work overseas but not at home? So what gives? Well not everyone has the deep pockets of that particular member (@Ghost.) but there is still a noticeable absence of 4.0 TFSI upgrades even for the stock housings let alone going to bigger turbos. Is he running an aftermarket ECU to make it work? Loba Motorsport teased this picture of their 4.0 TFSI turbo upgrade as coming soon... back in 2013. Well it isn't here yet so once again, what gives? Perhaps the tuning ability is overstated on the stock DME. Guys are raising boost and so forth but control seems to still be in its infancy or wouldn't turbocharger upgrades be all over the place? The BMW S63TU also does not yet have any successfully running turbo upgrades but they are expected to come now as the ECU has recently been cracked. Why the 4.0 TFSI still does not have anything available despite hardware having already been developed remains a mystery.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-21-2015, 05:41 PM
    The CTS-V is an awesome performance sedan. In stock form it will do over 200 miles per hour, it has 640 horsepower from an LT4 supercharged V8 borrowed from the C7 Z06, and it is a reasonable value in comparison to the German performance sedans if it comes in at its expected $75,000 price point. Now the previous generation CTS-V was produced as a wagon by Cadillac. This time around it looks like they are not going to do it. Bummer. It almost would make would make hauling kids and groceries not seem like a chore.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-25-2015, 11:15 PM
    The 'professionals' at MotorTrend often amuse this network with their work. For a big name that has been doing this for decades it is mind boggling how the magazine simply can not understand that crank ratings do not mean much of anything. Seriously, does anyone think the S55 engine the F80 M3 and F82 M4 is actually putting out 425 horsepower? It takes just a basic google search to get a dyno of the new M car and see its output at the wheels exceeds the crank HP rating on a Dynojet. We are seeing many high performance cars underrated and BMW has routinely been doing this with their turbo motors. So why does this fly over the heads of the geniuses at MotorTrend? "At 464 hp, the ATS-V has 39 hp and 38 lb-ft on the BMW M3 and M4, which make 425 hp and 406 lb-ft from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6." There is no doubt the ATS-V is putting out 464 horsepower and 444 lb-ft of torque. The thing is, the F80 M3 is also matching that output and then some. Shouldn't a publication like MotorTrend understand their statement based on paper figures is misleading and uninformed? It's hard for enthusiasts to take the big publications seriously when they make basic mistakes and comparisons like this that do not delve even slightly beyond the superficial. I suppose that says something about the writer and the target audience. P.S. This was the power rating Cadillac claimed at the LA Auto Show for the ATS-V: Source
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    03-20-2015, 05:18 PM
    AMS Performance continues to boost (heh, get it?) their product offering for the 4Matic M157 cars. As you well know the E63 AMG got a 4Matic all wheel drive drivetrain for the 2014 model year and that changed a few things regarding aftermarket part fitment. The AMS exhaust is a lightweight steel system and of course compatible with the AMS M157 downpipes which are available in catted or catless versions: 3" (76mm) throughout entire system. Does not "neck down" like other systems Big increases in power throughout the entire power band Quiet at cruising speed. Deep, exotic exhaust note under heavy throttle Double slip fits ensure perfect seal and fitment Works with factory or Alpha Series Downpipes Unrivaled fit and finish Includes ALL necessary parts and hardware for installation Specifications 100% low carbon 304 Stainless Steel construction 3" (76mm) piping with .065" wall thickness Applications W212 2014+ Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG AMS did not provide a dynograph but as this is a rear section this is mostly about improving sound quality and the exhaust aggression. Check out the sound clip below to hear for yourself that it does exactly that: $3295 retail: http://www.amsperformance.com/cart/2014-mercedes-benz-5.5l-biturbo-alpha-series-performance-exhaust-system.html
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-22-2015, 04:11 PM
    Just yesterday AudiBoost posted an article wondering where the 4.0 TFSI V8 upgrades are at. Well, there may be some good news on that front as AMS Performance intends to get into the Audi tuning game. You may recall that they are working on upgraded turbos for the BMW S63TU V8 engine platform and already offer upgraded turbos for the AMG M157 V8. That leaves the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 as the odd one out but hopefully for not too much longer. AMS products are coming along with a turbo upgrade although there is no timetable for the latter: AMS Eric: "Right now we are working on our boost cooling kit for the S6. It's still a ways out as we are still testing the prototype. Following that we will test our upgraded turbos. Our downpipes are done and test fit and I should have those ready to go by the end of march or earlier. Turbo upgrades are in process but I dont see the tune necessary for them ready until early summer." Tuning will be done by Tony of EPL (European Performance Labs) and it will be interesting to see if he can pull it off. It will also be interesting to see if AMS offers turbos upgrades for the entire 4.0 TFSI V8 line or just certain models. In theory the turbos should fit any 4.0 TFSI V8 which would turn the S6/S7 into an incredible tuning value compares to the RS6/RS7. We'll see what develops.
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    03-20-2015, 04:51 PM
    Someone in Florida really likes running their Tesla P85D at the drag strip. And why shouldn't they? With enough torque to move the earth and all wheel drive the Tesla Model S P85D is all about going from a stop. It's opponent however has quite a bit more power along with less weight. That opponent being the 730 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque naturally aspirated 6.3 liter V12 powered rear wheel drive Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The F12 is a hell of a performance machine and is roughly 1000 pounds lighter than the Tesla P85D depending of course on whose Ferrari weight figures you can trust. This is all about low end torque versus top end horsepower as well as power to weight. The P85D rips the F12 out of the hole by virtue of its better reaction time and what we assume is a better 60 foot as the Tesla short time was not recorded by the equipment. Like most races against powerful naturally aspirated competition the Tesla is quickly reeled in and passed by the 1/8 mile. The F12 runs an impressive 10.893 @ 132.57 to the P85D 11.692 @ 114.97. The F12 time is even more impressive as it is not on drag rubber but running large aftermarket wheels and street tires. If the P85D weighed a thousand pounds less it would truly be something to behold. We'll get there eventually with the electrics.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    Not much can play with a BMW S1000RR in stock form. The bike is flat out absurdly fast. When tuned? Well, it takes something pretty damn special to run it. An 1100+ horsepower Boost Logic Nissan GTR may just qualify as something up to the task. The thing is though these two S1000RR's in the video are tuned. The camera bike has a Brentuning ECU tune in addition to a full Akrapovic exhaust system. The other S1000RR just features a full exhaust and a PCV (Power Commander V). The Brentuning ECU tune makes a large difference as the camera bike destroys the other S1000RR and the GTR. They do three runs and in all three it pulls pretty hard. Thank you to BimmerBoost member @Czero for the video.
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    03-22-2015, 10:01 PM
    This is a piece of news that was introduced very quietly. Volkswagen stated in their report on new models to be introduced in the 2015 calendar year that a Macan GTS is on the way. As you likely know the Porsche Macan is currently available in two flavors in the USA those being the S and Turbo models. The turbo gets a 400 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 and the S gets a 340 horsepower 3.0 liter V6. So where would a GTS slide in? Traditionally, the GTS fills the gap between the S and Turbo models. That means a GTS would likely be 370 horsepower and likely a 3.0 liter simply to protect the Turbo but that is speculation on the part of PorscheBoost. There is very little talk about a Macan GTS model from Porsche or VW and the only hint that it even is coming is this from the VW New Models in 2015 report: "On top of this, the new version of the 981 Spyder (Boxster Spyder), the Macan GTS and the Cayman GT4 will be launched in the market." We will have to see what the GTS has in store but Porsche really likes to tread a fine line fillings gaps in the lineup. A Turbo S model would be more exciting to see but apparently there is a market for a Macan GTS. Source
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    03-25-2015, 07:49 PM
    It is no secret the 6.2 liter supercharged LSA V8 is very tunable. The motor is of course based on the LS9 6.2 liter supercharged V8 used in the C6 Corvette ZR-1 and if you want to see how they differ click this link. Despite the LSA not having quite as strong of internals it puts up impressive numbers with basic bolt ons. How does 555 rear wheel horsepower sound along with 555 lb-ft of torque at the wheels? Just from a pulley swap and tune. Sounds pretty damn good to us. Now the new CTS-V coming up also has a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 although with a smaller motor but with a higher compression direct injected engine. It is essentially the LT4 engine borrowed from the Z06. We have seen the Z06 bolt on tune numbers and they are impressive. It certainly is going to be fun to compare the new car versus the previous generation CTS-V as a tune and pulley put the LSA CTS-V just under what the LT4 puts out stock.
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    03-25-2015, 07:14 PM
    As expected the newest entry to the McLaren lineup will debut next month in April at the New York Auto Show. This model will be called the 570S and it will headline the McLaren Sports Series range. This will mean McLaren now has a three-pronged approach with the 570S, 650S, and range topping P1. What do we know about the 570S? It will feature a detuned version of the M838T McLaren twin turbo motor. The name instantly tells you power will be in the 570 PS or 562 HP range. Not far off the 592 horsepower the MP4-12C debuted with. We will have to see what changes are made to the motor. We will know more next week after the official debut. McLAREN LAUNCHES ITS SPORTS SERIES RANGE IN NEW YORK WITH THE 570S COUPE NEW YORK (March 25, 2015) – McLaren Automotive announces today that the first model in its Sports Series family will be named the 570S Coupe. This V8 powered, carbon fiber-structured two seater will show its beautiful, aerodynamically optimized form for the first time when it debuts at the 115th New York International Auto Show. With the launch of the 570S Coupe, McLaren will display its entire three-tier model line-up for the first time globally. Every Sports Series model will share its DNA with the Super Series and Ultimate Series that sit above it in the McLaren hierarchy. A pure McLaren, offering class-leading levels of performance coupled with optimized handling characteristics and driving dynamics, the 570S Coupe marks the first time McLaren has offered its original and race-derived technologies in the sports car segment. In line with the naming convention that began with the 650S, the number 570 gives away the power output of this first McLaren Sports Series model: 570PS (562HP). Further details and images of the McLaren 570S Coupe will be announced next week ahead of the car's global unveiling which will take place at the McLaren Automotive press conference in New York on Wednesday, April 1 at 2:55PM EST, Stand 704, Level 3.
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    03-25-2015, 10:48 PM
    The Audi RS7 is capable of mid 10 second performance at over 130 miles per hour of trap speed with just basic bolt on modifications. This is something we already knew and the record (in the USA... and officially) is 10.388 @ 133.54 in the 1/4 mile. The car that went 10.3 had a full exhaust and race gas. This RS7 is just tune only. Whose tune is it running? And what fuel is it running on? Good questions. That information for whatever reason is not provided. It is best to assume race gas though. Regardless, mid to low 10 second performance from an RS7 with bolt ons is well within reason. Now how about some turbo upgrades?
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    03-22-2015, 04:34 PM
    This is an inevitability really. Expect plug-in hybrids to eventually dominate the Mercedes lineup. The trend is toward smaller motors and electrics. Mercedes obviously does not intend to be left out and is planning a massive roll out of plug-in hybrid models. This will eventually lead to fully electric models and then self-driving models. The internal combustion engine has peaked and from here on out we will see a decline. The models will have the letter 'e' denoting their hybrid plug-in nature. For example, a C350e is in the works. There will be several variants including an S550e that is expected as early as late this year. At least Mercedes still offers some nice displacement with turbos. Enjoy it for as long as it lasts. Strategic hybrid initiative from Mercedes-Benz: Ten new plug-in hybrids by 2017 Stuttgart/San Francisco. Extra impetus for the Mercedes-Benz strategic hybrid initiative: In the run-up to 2017 the company is bringing out a total of ten plug-in hybrid models, i.e. one new model with high-tech hybrid drive every four months on average. Following the successful launch of the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, this month will see the C 350 e, the second model to feature the progressive drive concept, find its way to dealerships. And what might happen next with the strategic hybrid initiative has just been demonstrated by the Concept V-ision e study at the Geneva Motor Show. Under the new Mercedes-Benz nomenclature, an "e" replaces the words PLUG-IN HYBRID. "Plug-in hybrids are a key technology on the road to the local emission-free future of the automobile," emphasises Prof Dr Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "Plug-in hybrids offer our customers the best of both worlds; in the city they can drive in all-electric mode, while on long journeys they benefit from the combustion engine's range. In addition, hybridisation makes the combustion engine more efficient and brings with it a special type of dynamic performance - making driving an absolute pleasure." As the plug-in hybrid comes into its own especially in larger vehicles and with mixed distance profiles, Mercedes-Benz is opting for this drive concept from the C-Class upwards, which means that this key technology will make its entry soon into the SUV segment with the new Mercedes-Benz GLE. With plug-in hybrids, Mercedes-Benz Cars is stepping up its drive to reduce CO2 emissions: at 129 g/km, the European fleet value for 2014 was once again 5 g lower than the year before. This is equivalent to an average consumption of 5.1 litres/100 km. This means that the company has lowered the CO2 emissions of its fleet in Europe by over 40 percent within two vehicle generations. The strategic hybrid initiative is decisively facilitated by Mercedes-Benz's intelligent modular hybrid concept, which is scalable to allow it to be transferred to a large number of model series and body versions as well as left and right-hand drive variants. Concept V-ision e: feel-good atmosphere with modern loft character With the Concept V-ision e, Mercedes-Benz has just given a preview at the Geneva Motor Show of the versatile development potential of the V-Class, a further model series that enjoys powerful propulsion thanks to modular plug-in hybrid technology. The highly efficient twin power source of petrol engine and electric motor delivers a system output of 245 kW (333 hp) with a system torque of up to 600 Nm. This guarantees sporty performance – with a standard consumption of less than 3.0 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. An all-electric range of up to 50 kilometres turns day-to-day short-distance driving into an enjoyable local emission-free experience. In the interior, the Concept V-ision e offers a unique feel-good atmosphere with a modern loft character. The largest panoramic glass sunroof in the mid-size van segment ensures an extensive light-flooded space which, in combination with bright, white trim and a brown real-wood floor, conveys a previously unknown feeling of expanse, freedom and airiness. Numerous additional new comfort features, such as executive seats with calf support, massage function and footrest in the rear or a large centre console with heated cup holders and five-litre refrigerator box, provide further scope for individualisation of the V-Class. C 350 e: available as saloon or estate The first model to sport the new "e", the new Mercedes-Benz C 350 e is a plug-in hybrid that combines extraordinary levels of efficiency, dynamism and comfort. In either the saloon or estate variant, the performance of a sports car makes it a convincing proposition, especially in combination with a certified consumption of just 2.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres and an all-electric range of up to 31 kilometres. Its four-cylinder petrol engine, in conjunction with a powerful electric motor, gives it a total system output of 205 kW (279 hp) with a system torque of 600 Nm. Both the saloon and the estate model are equipped with air suspension and a pre-entry climate control system as standard, delivering a unique level of driving and climate comfort. The price of the C 350 e starts at 50,961.75 euros (Saloon) or 52,627.75 euros (Estate). Both vehicles are at dealerships from March 2015. S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID: luxury saloon with exceptional efficiency The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID blends an ultramodern hybrid drive configuration with the unique innovations and luxurious equipment and appointments of the S-Class. This long-wheelbase luxury saloon impresses with its exceptional dynamism and efficiency. Thanks to the standard-specification pre-entry climate control system it also offers outstanding climate comfort. With a system output of 325 kW and 650 Nm of torque, the Mercedes-Benz S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds while boasting an all-electric range of up to 33 km. The certified consumption is 2.8 litres/100 km, which is equivalent to emissions of 65 g CO2/km. The Mercedes-Benz S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is available from a price of 108,944.50 euros. Environmental certificate: environmentally exemplary over the entire life cycle Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the hybrid models of the C and S-Class come with environmental certificates. These document the models' environmental performance from development through to recycling, across the entire life cycle, and the performance is certified to internationally recognised standards by independent experts. With regard to CO2 emissions, the certificate attests the following for the C 350 e: "Over the entire life cycle, comprising manufacture, use over 200,000 kilometres and recycling, there are clear advantages compared with the C 250. External charging with the European electricity mix can cut CO2 emissions by around 29 percent (9.6 tonnes) compared with the C 250 petrol-engined model. The use of renewably generated hydroelectricity allows a 41 percent reduction (15.1 tonnes)." Extensive know-how in the field of hybrid and electric vehicles In 1982, at the same time as it was launching the Mercedes-Benz 190, the predecessor of the C-Class, Mercedes-Benz also presented the first concept vehicle with a hybrid drive in which the battery was charged by a two-cylinder horizontally opposed engine. A number of other experimental vehicles followed until in 2009 the world's first standard-specification hybrid drive with lithium-ion battery made its debut at Mercedes-Benz: for a long time, this S 400 HYBRID was the most fuel-efficient petrol-engined luxury saloon and the most successful hybrid in its segment. The second-generation hybrid transmission evolved on the basis of the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. It premiered in 2012 in the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, the first diesel hybrid in the premium segment worldwide. By combining the efficiency of a diesel engine with the advantages of the hybrid drive, Mercedes-Benz set another milestone in the development of the automobile and advanced into consumption regions of 4 litres of diesel per 100 km in the luxury saloon segment. After the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, S 400 HYBRID, S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID and S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, the C 350 e is the latest hybrid model from Mercedes Benz. In the years to come, the main emphasis as regards alternative drives will be on PLUG-IN HYBRIDS. The company is also a leading player in the field of all-electric mobility. Growing range: all current hybrid and electric drive vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Cars: 2012: smart fortwo electric drive 2012: E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID 2013: SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive 2013: S 400 HYBRID 2013: S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID 2014: C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID 2014: B-Class Electric Drive 2014: S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID 2015: C 350 e
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    03-22-2015, 08:31 PM
    MotorTrend took a 2015 Mustang Ecoboost with the manual transmission out for some testing and compared the results to their automatic figures. The days of the manual transmission being the top performance option have simply come to a close. That said, the manual numbers are not bad by any means. 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 14.4 @ 97.4 miles per hour. What about the automatic? The same 5.6 seconds to 60 and the 1/4 mile in 14.1 @ 97.8. The trap speed is close but the elapsed time favors the automatic which indicates a gear change advantage. You just can not manually outshift today's automatic boxes. The weight is interesting as the manual comes in at 3654 pounds. Offering a fairly good 51/49 weight distribution to boot. The manual only undercuts the automatic by 4 pounds so it is essentially a wash. This is about the transmission comparison mostly but it is interesting to note the Mustang pulls .99g on the skidpad. That is better than a VW GTI, Subaru WRX, and Hyundai Genesis coupe. If weight, balance, and handling matter to you the Ecoboost Mustang may be the way to go. Spend what you save versus the V8 on mods to make it even more fun to drive. Ford did the right thing putting this motor under the hood. 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3 Manual BASE PRICE $29,995 PRICE AS TESTED $37,755 VEHICLE LAYOUT front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 2.3L/310-hp/320-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,654 lb (51/49%) WHEELBASE 107.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 188.3 x 75.4 x 54.4 in 0-60 MPH 5.6 sec QUARTER MILE 14.4 sec @ 97.4 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 108 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.99 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.0 sec @ 0.85 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 22/31/26 mpg ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 153/109 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.77 lb/mile
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    03-21-2015, 05:13 PM
    We can not get enough Hellcat action around here on the BoostAddict network. The car is a monster and it especially shows from a roll when it can put its massive power down. We have seen it beat up on a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06 from a roll but now it is taking on its big brother the Viper. To provide a point of context the Viper also beats the C7 Z06 from a roll so that makes this race quite interesting. Well, it would be far more interesting if the Viper did not miss third gear. The cars looks very even. But the fact the Hellcat can run with a Viper from a roll says plenty about its potency. The Viper obviously is lighter but it is naturally aspirated. The Hellcat is going to be a tuning monster and already ECU tune only is over 700 wheel horsepower. Talk about bang for your buck.
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    03-20-2015, 07:40 PM
    This is one of the baddest Nissan GTR's on planet earth. The turbo setup, carbon manifold, exhaust dump, just everything about it screams this thing is making some massive power. That it is with 1894 horsepower on a Mainline chassis dynamometer. Keep in mind this dyno is somewhat of a teaser as even at 40 psi they have room to go. We would like to get the full rundown of specs but as they are running this car at TX2K15 there is likely some sandbagging going on and all the details aren't disclosed. We know these companies are involved: Race-Spec - Watt's Shop - Motec Systems USA - AMS Performance - TiAL Sport - Forced Performance Turbochargers - Driveshaft Shop - Dodson Motorsport - Shep Trans -Magnus Motorsports - FORGELINE - Injector Dynamics - Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. - 22Kill - Frontline Fabrication - Ticon Industries And that this car is simply badass.
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    03-25-2015, 09:40 PM
    Come on Porsche, be cool! We all know the 911 GT3 is absolutely badass. The reason it is badass is because Porsche essentially tries to make a 911 GT3 race car into a street car with the model. It essentially denotes a GT3 race caliber vehicle and that is where the name originates. Porsche believes GT3 belongs to them though and is doing what they believe is in their best interest by attempting to limit its use to their own models. Is anyone really going to confuse the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 with the 991 GT3? This network recognizes GT3 models as race spec models designed with GT3 class racing in mind. The street cars muddy this somewhat but that is what the GT3 name denotes. GT3 class racing. Not the 911 GT3 in particular. Porsche has succeeded in getting Aston Martin to change the name but it's a bit of a childish move. Aston Martin did not seem to want to fight this and just named the car Vantage GT12 instead. This begs the question, why isn't anyone at Porsche bitching at Bentley for the Continental GT3 R model? Well, the obvious answer is because Bentley is part of the VW Group which means they escape Porsche's wrath. But if Porsche can let the Continental GT3 go why can't they let the Vantage GT3 go? The Germans are a lot of fun, aren't they? Source
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    03-25-2015, 09:22 PM
    If you do not know who Walter Rohrl is just watch the video and see that his introduction lists him as 'rally legend' as in the description. That succinctly summarizes who Walter Rohrl is. The man has set Pikes Peak Records, raced in the infamous Group B, won the Monte Carlo rally, and scored 14 WRC victories when rally racing was at its most dangerous in history. Yep, he's done it all and been named Rally Driver of the millenium. He spends his years these days testing the latest Porsche machinery as well as running Porsches on the Nurburgring. He is paid by Porsche but when he likes a car it is worth noting. He has nothing but praise for the Cayman GT4 in this small overview. Take a look at a legend having some fun with the new hardcore Cayman and giving an overview:
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    Yesterday, 05:31 PM
    EVOMS is tackling the 991 Turbo and Turbo S as expected and has released their EVT640 tuning package for the platform. The name of course implies 640 crank horsepower which according to their dyno results at all four wheels on a Mustang AWD 500-SE Chassis Dyno is within reason. So what does the EVT640 tuning system that retails for $6495 consist of? The 'heart' as they cal it is the EVOMS Intelligent Engine Control Module. They abbreviate it ICM. All it happens to be is a piggyback and we wonder who the source for the box is. In addition to the piggyback box they give you an exhaust that attaches to the rear cats. No headers, no catless pipes, just what you see here: The exhaust is street legal and features the following: Improves overall sound and performance. Increases HP and TQ – On average ~24 HP and 18 ft./lbs. TQ (Exhaust Only) Saves 13.30 pounds verses the stock exhaust system Retains the use of the OEM Exhaust Tips Attaches to the OEM catalytic Converters 50 state / SMOG emissions legal 100% Bolt on – no modifications. Easy installation Works with OEM headers or EVOMS ClubSport headers, Stock Catalysts or EVOMS high flow Catalysts 16 gauge T-304 stainless steel – mandrel bent and purge welded You also get billet boost recirculation valves. $6500 for a piggyback and exhaust (not a full exhaust)? Heh. 991 Turbo S dyno results below. Gains of 52 horsepower at all four wheels which certainly is respectable.
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    Yesterday, 06:25 PM
    You do not get to see many McLaren on McLaren races. It might have something to do with the pricetag and production numbers of the car. Maybe. What we have here though is a roll on race between two tuned McLaren MP4-12Cs but it is not exactly apples to apples. Tune only versus tune only would tell us a lot. The white MP4-12C is tune only. The camera car though has a full exhaust in addition to its tune and modified turbos. So what does that mean? Well, take a look at these results for a full exhaust on a 650S to get an idea of the gains offered by an exhaust system on this motor. Regarding the modified turbos, we do not know the specs. Now, an MP4-12C featuring only the AMS pump gas tune and drag radials has gone 10.15 @ 138.19 in the 1/4 mile. So for this EVOMS car to pull that it shows you how fast it. 9.X @ 14X? That sounds about right. Although one would expect a car with upgraded turbochargers to pull harder. However you slice it the MP4-12C is a beast.
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    Yesterday, 12:01 AM
    Do you want to be protected from speeding? Well then Ford's new system that they intend to roll out this summer in the S-Max is just for you. Now this could certainly help in areas drivers are not familiar with as safety cameras (revenue cameras) target speeders. Do you need to be protected from yourself? Well, fortunately the Intelligent Speed Limiter can be switched on or off. Whether it actually keeps anyone safer is a valid question being asked but we could certainly see how it could prevent someone from getting taken advantage of by increasing speeding penalties designed to stuff county coffers. The system will essentially adjust to the local conditions by scanning traffic signs. The driver can set a maximum speed and the speed is automatically adjusted from the traffic sign recognition system. How far are we from cars just doing all the work for us? Maybe two decades. Maybe.
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    Yesterday, 04:42 PM
    This is not really anything new as this vehicle was spotted testing a year ago. Since that time though Jaguar made all wheel drive standard on its V8 F-Type models which likely means this new lighter and even more powerful F-Type will likely also get the all wheel drive system. The car is expected to drop weight by virtue of carbon pieces as well as lightweight wheels and carbon ceramic brakes. The motor is expected to get a boost to 600 horses which the 5.0 liter supercharged V8 is easily capable of. We will have to see the final specs but this is shaping up to be a very potent Jag.
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