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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-25-2014, 02:22 PM
    It is the effort that counts, right? No, sadly, it is not. When it comes to trying to prove who has the fastest or most powerful cars and who is the most capable tuner the only things that count are the raw numbers. A pat on the back and 'Good try!' do not cut it in this business. ESS-Tuning wrapped up a supercharged and stroked S65 V8 taken to 4.4 liters and the result is 725 wheel horsepower and 507 lb-ft of torque. This is good enough for roughly a ~25 wheel horsepower premium over their VT3 built motor supercharged setup (which is not even available for sale) with the stock crank and stroke. It is also good enough for second place again and trails the world record holding BimmerBoost.com M3 which put down 773 wheel horsepower over a year ago with another 1000+ rpm to spare. It isn't even as close as it looks on paper. The positives here are that this is the first supercharged stroked and built S65 ESS has been able to successfully tune. Many people have forgotten about the how the previous attempt went. Fortunately, the engine builder this time is a different entity and so far things look like they are running well. Since it seems nobody is able to break the S65 V8 or E9X horsepower record even with a handicap BimmerBoost.com is announcing that it will break its own record next month. With the installation and programming for the upgraded DCT transmission parts courtesy of Dodson and Gintani wrapping up, after the break in BimmerBoost will show the world what a real 1000+ horsepower M3 looks like in practice. Congratulations to ESS on improving their second place standing by roughly 30 horsepower. Well done!
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:05 PM
    Hey guys, Was able to get Ando's car back on the dyno to test out the new 1.00 AR exhaust housing. Mods are a JB4, VM top mount turbo kit, E40, meth, and all the bolt ons. The result was an impressive ~30whp gain from his .84 AR housing with improved spool. Looks like the COMP 6465 1.00 twin scroll is good for a nice spooling 700whp. Even on automatics. I also plotted it out against Payam's manual trans 335i running basically the same turbo kit, tuning, and mods, and you can see what an improvement the longer MT gearing makes on spool and power under the curve -- on the dyno. In the real world though advantage automatic. We'll find out for sure when the two of them.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-29-2014, 02:46 PM
    Port injection in conjunction with direct injection on the N54? Yep, it is here and it is working well. How well you ask? How about 705 horsepower to the wheels and 680 lb-ft of torque to the wheels on an ethanol blend without any methanol injection necessary? Yes, that makes for an N54 horsepower record without any methanol. Additionally, it also means that supplemental port injection is another fueling solution for the N54. It is going to be interesting to see how the port injection setups and upgraded direct injection setups flesh out in the coming year. Regardless, N54 owners have fueling options to choose from now which is something that could not be said not too long ago. Dynograph and specs below: MOTIV Motorsport 750 horsepower Single Turbo Kit MOTIV Motorsport PI-1000 Fueling Solution MOTIV Motorsport / proTuning Freaks Single Turbo Tuning Fuel-IT! / MOTIV Low Pressure Prototype
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-27-2014, 12:31 PM
    The only option for turbochargers for the E9X M3 S65 V8 that is proven to be successfully running is from Gintani. Could they perhaps now have some competition in this area? Not exactly but it looks like Crzy Engineering is trying to create a rear mount turbo setup for the E9X M3. Rear mounted turbos solve a lot of packaging problems and make fitment much easier. They create their own set of problems though as your car should not have more plumbing than your house. The response and spool will not match turbos next to the motor with a well designed manifold. Regardless, Crzy Engineering is trying the rear mount approach using a pair of oilless 6065 Comp Turbo turbochargers. Who is tuning this setup? Good question. Is it even running? Good question. What does the power curve look like? Good question. Is this even worth the effort? Well, you see the pattern here. This may be a cost effective solution depending on the price but like most rear mount turbo setups there likely are better options out there. It is nice to see a another approach taken of course.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-30-2014, 12:47 PM
    Let's not spoil the winner just yet. You probably already saw the contenders from MotorTrend's World's Greatest Drag Race 4. MotorTrend takes the same vehicles from their driver's car competition and drag races them as well which is fine of course although the best driver's car likely is not the best drag racing car. The list of cars in the competition is the Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW i8, BMW M4, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Ford Fiesta ST, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Subaru STI, and Volkswagen GTI. These cars run a spread from $25,000 to close to $200,00.00. It is nice that there is something here as representation that can fit almost everyone's pocketbook but the performance spread is pretty large. It would be more useful to compare more cars of the same class than picking a couple from the lower end and a couple from the higher end. No Mustang? No Challenger Hellcat? No Viper? No Huracan? No GT3? No AMG? Come on guys, what is this? Here are the results in the order of how the cars finished from worst to first based on driving impressions (not just the raw laptime). Randy Pobst is again doing the driving at Laguna Seca. 10. Volkswagen Golf GTI 9. Jaguar F-Type R Coupe 8. BMW i8 7. Subaru WRX STI 6. Ford Fiesta ST 5. BMW M4 4. Nissan GT-R Nismo 3. Porsche 911 Turbo S 2. Alfa Romeo 4C 1. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 If you were to order the cars in order of laptimes, the result would be: 10. Ford Fiesta ST - 1:51.25 9. Volkswagen GTI - 1:50.11 8. Subaru WRX STI - 1:47.16 7. BMW i8 - 1:44.29 6. Alfa Romeo 4C - 1:43.78 5. Jaguar F-Type Coupe R - 1:42.01 4. BMW M4 - 1:39.69 3. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - 1:37.82 2. Porsche 911 Turbo S - 1:35.62 1. Nissan GTR Nismo - 1:35.51 The Camaro Z/28 takes the title as the best driver's car and from this group. You have a 7.0 liter LS7 V8 revving to 7000 rpm offering glorious response under the hood, a manual transmission, huge 305mm wide tires at all four corners, and a car built around cornering and not just horsepower or acceleration. It is the car you would want to drive on an empty canyon road and the most rewarding of the group. It is the best driver's car. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-29-2014, 02:21 PM
    A 140+ mile per hour trap speed with a stock engine internal 996 Turbo is very doable. PorscheBoost member schwarz996 got right in that range with a 11.4 @ 139.53 1/4 mile pass with his stock motor Porsche 996 Turbo. The car is also converted to a rear wheel drive drivetrain from the stock all wheel drive. The modifications to the car are A28 turbochargers pushing 1.9 BAR of boost, Eurodyne Maestro software, a 3 inch catless exhaust, stock fuel pump with Evoms big fuel line kit, methanol, GT2RS intercoolers, Evoms intake piping, Jc cross suspension, 60 lb roll bar. The plenum, headers, and Y-pipe are all stock. @schwarz996 intends to go back with more meth and try for more. 140+ in the 1/4 mile will not be a problem.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-29-2014, 01:55 PM
    The V8 version of the R8 is not exactly known as being a straightline monster. In all honesty, the 4.2 liter V8 6-speed model that you see in the video below is not even able to beat the previous generation naturally aspirated M3 in a roll on contest let alone the new and much more powerful turbocharged version. This is not even a race. It is a flat out beatdown. For the R8 to change the outcome here it needs to be the ten cylinder model that borrows its engine from the Gallardo. Even then, the M3 can up the boost a bit and make that quite a race. The R8 is obviously about more than straightline speed but that Audi 4.2 liter FSI V8 sure looks dated. That is because it is dated and it should have been put out to pasture years ago.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-30-2014, 01:10 AM
    A Boosted German 5.5 liter V8 against a boosted German 3.0 liter inline-6. The larger V8 motor is in the larger and heavier sedan which is the W212 generation E63 AMG. This particular E63 AMG is also equipped with the Performance Package which was an option on the pre-facelift W212 E63 AMG models. This package boosts output to 550 horsepower from the standard 518 horsepower. Dyno testing shows us that the Performance Package brings output up from the standard 483 wheel horsepower to 516 wheel horsepower. Torque jumps up considerably from 478 lb-ft at the wheels to 544 lb-ft at the wheels with the Performance Package. This is much more power and torque than the F80 M3 despite the F80 M3 being significantly underrated with 427 horsepower 429 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The M3 is roughly 700 pounds lighter though and it has a quick shifting DCT transmission. This same F80 M3 absolutely annihilated an Audi R8 4.2 V8 so the E63 AMG here helps put the M3 acceleration and the previous race in context. The M3 is fast, but the E63 AMG with the Performance Package is much faster. Yes, it does a get a jump but even if it did not it is still will pull much more strongly on the top end. There is always a bigger dog.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-25-2014, 02:04 PM
    Manufacturers are really making trying to figure out what a car actually weighs these days pretty difficult. They play all kinds of games with the numbers in order to make the cars appear lighter than they really are in order to claim large weight savings. BMW fudged the numbers in a fashion that makes one stand in awe of their claims with the new F80 M3 missing their claimed target by 256 pounds. Is Mercedes guilty of the same thing here? Until we get a new C63 AMG on the scales we will not know for certain but the chances of the car weighing 3615 pounds in US trim with fluids are pretty slim. Why? Well, first of all AMG states the weight at 1640 kilograms is 15 kilograms less than the previous model. We all know the previous generation W204 C63 AMG does not weigh 3648 pounds pounds. At 39XX pounds it is closer to 4000 than it is to 3600. The C63 AMG S takes a 15 kilograms penalty over the standard C63. That is a fairly small difference and enough that a full or empty tank of gas can sway which one weighs more. The real question will be how much lighter the new car is than the older car and once an independent source weighs 2015 C63 we will know. 37XX pounds seems like a more realistic range than what AMG is giving us in their Press Release.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-27-2014, 07:20 PM
    It is that time of year again where MotorTrend does their World's Greatest Drag Race gathering 10 cars together for a 10-way showdown. It is very cool to see but calling it the world's greatest drag race when some important hardware is missing may be an overstatement. Hey, there is a marketing aspect to the name in order to generate views and that is fine. So what is the hardware included this year? The following: Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW i8, BMW M4, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Ford Fiesta ST, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Subaru WRX STI, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. You do not need to watch the video know that the Porsche 911 Turbo S is going to beat the Volkswagen GTI, right? The cars run the spectrum from 10 second stock capability to 14 second cars meaning this is hardly a group chosen based on performance capability. Speaking of which, where are some of the notable performance cars from 2014? Where is the Challenger Hellcat? Where is the Corvette Stingray? Where is an AMG of any kind? No Audi RS7? No Lamborghini Huracan to spice things up? If this network were choosing let's just say some of the slower stuff would be phased out to make for a more competitive and interesting matchup worthy of the 'World's Greatest Drag Race' moniker. Here are the results: 1. 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S - 10.9 @ 126.0 2. 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo - 11.1 @ 125.3 3. 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R - 11.8 @ 122.3 4. 2015 BMW M4 - 12.2 @ 117.8 5. 2014 Camaro Z28 - 12.3 @ 117.2 6. 2015 BMW i8 - 12.4 @ 112.1 7. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C - 12.8 @ 104.8 8. 2015 Subaru WRX STI - 13.1 @ 104.4 9. 2015 Volkswagen GTI - 14.5 @ 97.9 10. 2015 Ford Fiesta ST - 14.9 @ 94.6
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:42 PM
    GM when speaking to Hot Rod Magazine gave the performance numbers you can expect for the upcoming 2015 C7 Corvette Z06 powered by the supercharged LT4 V8. The supercharged and direct injected 6.2 liter engine is rated at 650 horsepower and and 650 lb-ft of torque. That is enough power and torque to produce a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a 1/4 mile elapsed time of 10.95 seconds. Both of these times are obviously traction limited so what we really want to see is the trap speed on the 1/4 mile run. Owners will no doubt get better numbers out of the Z06 as they always tend to do and GM is likely being conservative here. The numbers by the way are given for the 8L90 automatic transmission as the manual is said to lag behind it by roughly 3/10's in the 1/4 mile. Despite the Z06 gaining ~226 pounds on the Stingray it will be capable of some insane numbers. It should be expected that it will eclipse the ZR1 which means owners will likely get something around the mid 10 second range and the mid 130 mark with the fancy new new automatic. Vehicle 0-60 1/4-mile e.t. MPH MSRP 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2.95 10.95 127 $78,995, 2014 Dodge Viper TA 3.3 11.3 129.3 $120,500 (est) 2014 Audi R8 3.2 11.3 125.8 $188,995 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack 2.7 11.0 125.1 $116,710 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo 2.6 10.9 123.7 $199,065 Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-29-2014, 01:23 PM
    The poor Lamborghini Aventador is getting beat up all over place on this network. Modified AMG's have been picking on it and now the Nissan GTR embarasses it from a stop in a 1/2 mile drag race. In all fairness, the Aventador is a completely stock car here and not modified. The 700 horsepower 6.5 liter V12 is a masterpiece and the car is hardly a slouch capable of running 10's in the 1/4 mile with trap speeds approaching the mid 130 range. That is certainly fast. This Nissan GTR is on a whole different level though. It belongs to BoostAddict member @BlownE92M3 and has roughly 1050 horsepower at the wheels. The Aventador just has no chance on paper and it practice it is a beatdown. Amazing to see hardware of its caliber look like it is standing still. GTR specs: 2012 Brushed Red Aluminum GTR Jacks 3.8 w/ Jacks heads - Jacks Drag 800 w/ billet gears - AAM GT-900R - Swift - DPE ST7's - Ecutek via Visconti 1060hp 852tq 32psi - 9.4 @150mph 8400ft DA - 185.5mph 1/2 mile 9240ft DA
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-30-2014, 10:33 PM
    The Viper is in a bad spot. A very bad spot. The car isn't selling and Dodge has taken a drastic measure for 2015 with a huge price cut (as the car was overpriced to begin with). The cut alone probably isn't enough alone to turn things around and Dodge likely knows this themselves. The Hellcat with its 707 horsepower certainly isn't helping things as the muscle is now with the cheaper cars. Rumors are floating around that Dodge intends to outdo the Hellcat by Boosting the Viper 8.4 liter V10. That should certainly get the Viper noticed. Rumors are that a blown Viper V10 is testing with over 800 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque which certainly will outdo the Hellcat. Dodge needs to give the Viper the bite it once had with eye opening numbers and 800+ ponies certainly will do the trick. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-26-2014, 12:24 AM
    Well, that is some serious hardware in the title isn't it? A Porsche 911 Turbo S cabrio is an expensive car to begin with at $193,900.00. The Ferrari F12 and LaFerrari when put in context against the 991 Turbo S make it look like a poor man's sports car with their $322,638.00 and $1.2 million dollar starting price tags (that quickly go up with options). Price tags do not necessarily equal performance so what happens when the cars race? Well, the first run features the Nissan GTR against the 991 Turbo S (stock with an exhaust) which the GTR of course is the performance bargain of the group. As the race features an exterior view it is not exactly easy to see what happens. The 991 Turbo S definitely gets the lead and apparently holds it. Why an interior view is omitted for this race is up to you to decide. The next run features the F12 with its powerful 6.3 liter naturally aspirated V12 offering an output of 731 horses. As the race is from a stop the 911 Turbo S with its all wheel drive 550 horsepower 3.8 liter twin turbo flat-6 gets the advantage off the line on the harder to launch rear wheel drive prancing horse. The Turbo S 500 pound weight advantage certainly helps as well. The F12 gets spanked. The final run in the video features the 911 Turbo S against the LaFerrari. Must be nice having a $1.2 million dollar supercar that you need to be invited to even buy show up, eh? The LaFerrari has 950 horsepower from its hybrid drivetrain and with a curb weight under 3000 pounds its power to weight ratio crushes the Turbo S. The LaFerrari driver appears asleep at the line not that it matters. It is also harder to launch with its rear wheel drive drivetrain and 663 lb-ft of torque. The 991 Turbo S gets a healthy lead only for the La Ferrari to blow by it like it is standing still. Not a surprise at all but it is amazing to see that kind of acceleration in the real world. The LaFerrari is nothing to take lightly in a straight line contest not that straight line speed is its main goal.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    Revs are one of the most important aspects of automotive tuning. They should be considering the horsepower equation is torque x RPM / 5252. On paper, if you maintain torque and rev higher your horsepower will only continue to climb. Unfortunately, maintaining torque and increasing revs is easier said than done. The question is in this application, is there anything to gain by revving the 6.2 liter naturally aspirated M156 V8 out past its redline? For an engine of its size it already is a fairly high revving design although AMG shows with the M159 in the SLS AMG Black Series power can be gained with the M156 architecture by revving higher. In this application though, there is not anything to be gained as far as power. Why? Because torque is dropping too quickly past 6500 rpm. The horsepower curve drops as well past redline although not as sharply. Horsepower is not gained but by revving to 7500 one can drop after a shift into a meatier portion of the power curve. In order to fully take advantage of the extra revs some changes to the top end of the engine are necessary namely in the camshaft profile and likely the heads as well for better breathing up top. There is more potential here but it is impressive to see OE Tuning is able to raise the redline and also get the transmission to shift automatically at that advanced redline.
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    09-27-2014, 02:33 PM
    Great data here courtesy of HS Tuning who picked up a white 2015 MKVII Volkswagen GTI as a project car. They did a baseline dyno and 1/4 mile pass on 93 octane and the street tires. The stock dyno curve is very interesting to see and the peak output is 220 wheel horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The stock torque curve falls off a cliff very quickly. At 5500 rpm it is already taking a sharp nose dive. The APR Stage I software improves this aspect tremendously increasing the torque and also revving the car out for a much longer powerband although the stock turbocharger is clearly lacking in top end grunt as shown on the graph below: The Stage I software improves peak output to 280 wheel horsepower and an impressive 347 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Yes, huge gains over stock. With the APR intake peak horsepower goes to 292 wheel horsepower. Over 300 wheel horsepower on pump gas with bolt ons will easily be achievable. All the car needs to cross that mark is just a decent downpipe as it sits. Let's take a look at the stock 1/4 mile results. The timeslips below show the car running high 14's in the 96 mile per hour range. The stock tires are definitely having trouble hooking up as that trap speed should be good for easy mid 14's. The 2.4X 60 foot is hurting the time: With the addition of Hoosier drag radials along with the APR Stage I software and APR intake things improve dramatically. A 2.064 60 foot and a 13.394 @ 106.28 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile are achieved. Essentially a night and day difference against the stock car: The MKVII GTI is responding very well to modifications and with bolt ons and some drag rubber will easily run 12's. This particular car likely only needs race gas and more aggressive tuning to do so.
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    Yesterday, 11:41 AM
    This is just a rumor so everyone keep calm. Road and Track is reporting that a Ford official met the rules committee for GTE Le Mans racing and the feedback is that Ford wants to return to Le Mans racing in 2016. They want their return to coincide with the launch of a new Ford GT. If true, this is huge news. It should not surprise anyone that Ford wants to tie the debut to Le Mans as Le Mans is where the original GT-40 from the 1960's made its name by spanking Ferrari so hard Enzo went home and cried. The Ford GT produced in the 2005-2006 model years is an homage to that historic race car. Ford is not confirming or denying these rumors. Road and Track is making a pretty big leap of faith here but they may be right. They also may just be seeking some hits. Source
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    Not bad, right? The TT platform makes for a very good looking four door car. Audi stated they intended to add a third variant to the third generation TT platform and the guesses were correct. Tt is a four door 'coupe' style sedan. Audi today officially unveiled their Sportback TT. The TT Sportback blends some Quattro RS styling elements for an aggressive and muscular look as the mesh grille and fenders show. The rear is pure concept and would likely never make a production version but it looks great. The design language already feels familiar so let's talk about what is under the hood. Audi again is showing off a high output 2.0 liter four-cylinder motor. This motor has yet to make production (as Audi intends to take the most powerful production four-cylinder tlte) but in this concept it is tuned to 400 horsepower and 331.9 lb-ft of torque. This power and torque is sent to all four 21 inch wheels courtesy of a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. Considering the weight of the TT Coupe and TT Roadster this four door variant should not tip the scale too far above 3000 pounds. With a fairly light curb weight, a wider and lower stance than the A3, this car with 400 horsepower would be something special indeed. Audi is pushing the four-door TT idea pretty hard and it is a safe bet the TT Sportback will see production. A TT-RS Sportback sure sounds exciting to AudiBoost. Sporty elongated sculpture: Concept study reinterprets Audi TT* Board Member for Development Prof. Dr. Hackenberg: "TT Sportback concept unites two concepts to form a new member of a potential TT family" Four-cylinder TFSI provides 400 hp, maximum torque 450 Nm (331.9 lb-ft) A speedy sports car with four seats and five doors Audi is presenting the TT Sportback concept at the Paris Motor Show. The exterior of the show car invokes the design idiom of the classic TT*, developing it into a new, elongated sculpture. It is driven by a high-powered 2.0 TFSI engine that delivers 294 kW (400 hp). "With the TT, Audi created one of the automotive design icons of the last 20 years," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development. "In the years since, we have designed our sporty and elegant five‑door Audi A5 Sportback* and Audi A7 Sportback*. In our Audi TT Sportback concept show car, we are now fusing both concepts to form a new member of a potential TT family." The Audi TT Sportback concept captivates with the power of 294 kW (400 hp) that flows through a seven-speed S tronic to the quattro permanent all‑wheel drive. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 3.9 seconds. The sophisticated suspension and the low center of gravity ensure dynamic handling, and the body integrates a number of lightweight aluminum components. A laser spot that complements the LED high beam is featured in each of the headlights this innovation from Audi significantly boosts safety when driving in the dark. The Audi virtual cockpit dominates the elegantly designed interior of the show car, with the 12.3‑inch screen replacing the conventional instruments and the MMI monitor. The screen provides top-quality graphics and enables the driver to choose between multiple display levels. In the MMI terminal, the rotary push-button features a touchpad that is used to enter characters and gestures as with a smartphone. The operation of the climate control has been relocated to the air vents. Exterior design The five-door Audi TT Sportback concept is 4.47 meters (14.7 ft) long, 1.89 meters (6.2 ft) wide, and 1.38 meters (4.5 ft) high, featuring a wheelbase of 2.63 meters (8.6 ft). Compared with the new production TT, it is 29 centimeters (11.4 in) longer, 6 centimeters (2.4 in) wider and has a 12 centimeter (4.7 in) larger wheelbase; its height is 3 centimeters (1.2 in) less than that of the new TT. Featuring Mars red paintwork, the body is a statement of powerful elegance: High-precision lines border athletically domed surfaces, and a flat greenhouse is positioned on a powerful body. The design makes use of the Audi TT's formal idiom to develop a new sporty and elongated sculpture that is highly taut. The distinctive horizontal lines at the front end of the new Audi TT Sportback concept reinforce the broad and sporty look. Bearing the quattro badge on its lower edge, the Singleframe grille is flatter and wider than on the two‑door coupe and features a honeycomb grille insert with a resplendent dark aluminum look. The lateral borders of the Singleframe are continued across the hood as swage lines, giving it a sporty contour. Typically for Audi, the design forms a coherent whole, with all the lines and surfaces of the show car being linked to one another in a logical manner. The front of the Audi TT Sportback concept has another characteristic feature in the form of the large, striking air inlets. Framed by pronounced edges, the air inlets have the look of individual structures and feature honeycomb inserts that fill their interior. A third, flat inlet underneath the Singleframe connects them to each other. The blade that gives the Singleframe structure sharpens the look of the show car whilst boosting the aerodynamics. Another typical TT design feature are the newly designed headlights with separators that demonstrate a unique daytime running light signature. On the Audi TT Sportback concept, the high-beam spot is provided by laser technology in each headlight, a module comprising four powerful diodes generates a beam of light that illuminates several hundred meters. The laser spot, which is activated at 60 km/h ( 37.3 mph) and above, supplements the LED high beam. For the driver, this is a significant boost to visibility and safety; a camera is used to detect and blank out other road users. The lighting concept is rounded out by the indicator with a dynamized display that is also used in the LED rear lights. It comprises a series of individual diodes that light up one after the other from the inside to the outside, indicating the direction selected by the driver. The side view of the four-seater show car is a particularly striking indication of the close relationship between it and the production TT. The Audi TT Sportback concept sits powerfully on the road and features short overhangs. The wide semicircles of the wheel arches, each of which protrudes by 3 centimeters (1.2 in), have a superimposed look. The front semicircle defines the edge of the hood, which runs as a sharp tornado line across the doors and to the rear end. The trim of the side sill, which connects the wheel arches to one another, also has a broad and sporty appearance. In classic sports car style, the exterior mirrors and their angular housings are positioned on the door top shoulders. The right side part houses the circular filler cap, another classic TT icon. The strong shoulders of the powerful vehicle body support a low greenhouse that is elongated towards the rear. This is in keeping with the Sportback line as implemented by Audi in its A5 and A7 model series. The flat C‑pillar flows elegantly into the shoulder, and the rear has a compact and sleek look. The highly rounded corners of the rear window are a homage to the original TT. The rear of the Audi TT Sportback concept is also focused and sculptural, with five horizontal lines emphasizing its width. The one-piece rear lights which also include vertical separators inspired by the R18 form independent structures. These are linked to one another by the handle edge of the luggage compartment, which constitutes a powerfully contoured continuous trim. The surface that bears the number plate is located in the shadow of the spoiler lip. The two large elliptical tailpipes of the exhaust system are embedded in the diffuser and linked by a trim. Interior The driver and the passengers enter the Audi TT Sportback concept through doors with frameless window panes. The interior fits around them with the precision of a sporty suit. In the interior, the uncompromising sportiness of the Audi TT meets the functionality of a five‑door sedan. This is underlined by slimline applications on the dashboard and doors, as well as a long center console which continues through the entire interior. Handworked seams run along the center console and top shoulder from the front through to the luggage compartment, lending a sporty elegance to the interior. The headlining also features an elegant contour that accentuates the length of the interior. The super sport seats with the integrated head restraints are sharply contoured and highly adjustable. There is space for two people in the rear, likewise on individual seats with integrated head restraints. They are separated by functional storage compartments and a comfortable armrest. The backrests can be folded down so that large objects can also be stowed in the luggage compartment beneath the tailgate. The sinewy, taut lines created by the Audi designers in the interior of the show car are closely oriented to those of the production TT. When viewed from the top, the instrument panel resembles the wing of an airplane and the five round air vents are reminiscent of jet engines. The controls for the seat heating, air recirculation, temperature, distribution and strength of the air flow are located on their axes. The omission of the classic air conditioning control panel and the MMI monitor has made it possible to design the instrument panel within a sleek and light architecture that is fully focused on the driver. The Audi virtual cockpit, the digital instrument cluster, replaces the conventional physical displays and the central MMI monitor. The driver can switch to the 12.3‑inch display at multiple levels in order to view top quality graphics. The system is operated via the multifunction steering wheel or the MMI terminal. The touchpad located on the round rotary push-button is used to enter characters and also processes multiple finger gestures the driver can zoom in on the map as they would on a smartphone. In keeping with the character of sporty elegance, the interior of the Audi TT Sportback concept is defined by the use of high-quality materials. The instrument panel and the upper area of the door trims are dark granite gray in color. The door armrests, the center console and the seats see the use of a new soft leather in parchment beige this is processed for a particularly near-natural look and has a silky sheen. The door top shoulder is upholstered in Alcantara, parchment beige. The seat upholstery features a diamond pattern. The side bolsters of the seats are trimmed with special accent strips in dark gray leather that are fixed with red thread using a special stitching technique. The instrument panel and the door trims contain decorative surfaces with a dark aluminum look. Further accents in this look are provided by the clasps on the sides of the seats and the trim rings on the air vents. The color and material concept is rounded out by black floor mats made from the rubberized material that also covers the floor of the luggage compartment. Drivetrain The 2.0 TFSI engine in the Audi TT Sportback concept captivates with its performance characteristics: It generates 294 kW (400 hp) at 6,400 rpm, with a specific output of 147 kW (200 hp) per liter of displacement. The four‑cylinder engine puts 450 Nm (331.9 lb‑ft) of torque on the crankshaft between 2,400 and 6,000 rpm, with over 300 Nm (221.3 lb‑ft) already available at just 1,900 rpm. The high-performance engine limits fuel consumption to an average of 7.0 liters per 100 kilometers (33.6 US mpg). This equates to CO2 emissions of 162 grams per kilometer (260.7 g/mi). As a member of the Audi EA 888 engine family, there is a comprehensive package of high-end technology on board for the turbocharged direct-injection unit. The camshaft adjustment on the intake and exhaust sides and the Audi valvelift system, which varies the stroke of the exhaust valves in two stages, ensure good filling of the combustion chambers. At part load, indirect injection complements the FSI direct injection. The exhaust manifold embedded in the cylinder head is an important component of the thermal management. The flow of coolant is managed by a powerful rotary slide module. In order to generate the high power output, the 2.0 TFSI has undergone profound modifications, including special aluminum pistons with an integrated cooling channel and a crankshaft made from ultra-high-strength forged steel. The crankcase consists of a new, high-strength casting alloy and the cylinder head has been designed for the increased gas flow rate. The turbocharger has also been redeveloped and builds up a maximum relative boost pressure of 1.8 bar. It contains a mixed flow turbine wheel that is noted for its particularly fast start-up performance. When driving, the four-cylinder unit's extreme dynamics are breathtaking. The turbocharged direct-injection engine accelerates the Audi TT Sportback concept from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds, demonstrating excellent response characteristics and running at 7,200 rpm up to the maximum rated speed. The sporty sound is made even more resonant as the load and engine speed increase. The force of the engine flows into a compact seven-speed S tronic with a three-shaft layout that performs direct gear changes in a few hundredths of a second. The driver can let the dual-clutch transmission operate in two automatic programs or take control using the paddles on the steering wheel. Power is delivered to the road via quattro permanent all‑wheel drive. For optimal weight distribution, the hydraulically actuated and electronically controlled multi-plate clutch is located on the rear axle. The quattro drive actively controls the distribution of torque between the axles in milliseconds, thus adding to the car's dynamic handling. Chassis The suspension also reflects the technological expertise behind the Audi TT Sportback concept. The front suspension is based on a McPherson system; aluminum components reduce the weight of the unsprung chassis masses. The four-link rear suspension can process the longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The large wheels have a 21‑inch diameter and a tire format of 255/30. The four brake discs in 18‑inch format feature a weight-saving wave design. The Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) adds the final touch to the handling. A sub-function of the ESC is enabled at the cornering threshold through minimal application of the brakes at the wheels on the inside of the curve, which are reduced of load, the wheel-selective torque control diverts the drive torque to the wheels on the outside of the curve. For the driver, this means a further boost in terms of neutrality, stability and traction. Body The body plays a leading role in the lightweight construction concept of the Audi TT Sportback concept on the basis of the modular transverse matrix (MQB). The entire front section is made from steel. The passenger compartment floor comprises high-strength, hot-shaped steel components which, thanks to their outstanding strength properties, feature thin walls and are correspondingly light. The compartment's structure, the outer skin, and the doors and lids are made of the classic Audi semi-finished aluminum products cast node, extruded profile and sheet metal. With its composite concept, the body represents the latest evolution of the Audi Space Frame (ASF). Its hybrid construction ensures that the show car has a low center of gravity ideal for sporty driving. *Fuel consumption of the models named above: Audi TT: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 4.2 (31.3 56.0 US mpg)**; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 110 (280.0 177.0 g/mi)** Audi A5 Sportback: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.7 4.2 (30.5 56.0 US mpg)**; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 179 109 (288.1 175.4 g/mi)** Audi A7 Sportback: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.5 4.7 (24.8 50.0 US mpg)**; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 221 122 (355.7 196.3 g/mi)** **The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.
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    09-25-2014, 01:29 PM
    Last week Audi confirmed they intend to add a third body style to the third generation TT range. AudiBoost guessed that this will be a four-door coupe based on rumors and Audi's own concepts. German publication Auto Zeitung somehow got their hands on what they claim is a leaked sketch of the Audi TT Sportback model. This is a concept that Audi is expected to reveal at the Paris auto show taking place next week. The TT Sportback is slightly longer than the A3 but also much wider. It is also lower in height. Wider track, potentially lighter weight, and a lower center of gravity all mean the four door TT should offer the sportiest driving experience of any four-door in the Audi model range. We will know more next week but this four-door TT thing sure looks like it is happening. Source
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    Yesterday, 11:42 AM
    The M838T twin turbocharged V8 used in the MP4-12C is very tunable. McLaren themselves has released software that increases the output although McLaren is obviously not going to be as aggressive with software on cars they warranty as an aftermarket tuner will be. So far most tuners have been flashing McLaren's own files. Eurocharged appears to have their own tune although details are hard to come by. Eurocharged has not specified if this is a custom dyno tune, how much they increase boost, or which base file is used for the basline. Based on the numbers from the baseline, it looks like they are working with the McLaren 616 horsepower base tune. Regardless, the results are impressive. Horsepower goes up from 510 at the wheels to 584 for a gain of 74 at the wheels. Torque rises impressively as well to 490 lb-ft at the wheels from 417 lb-ft at the wheels. Hopefully Eurocharged provides more details but it looks like tuning options for the MP4-12C are opening up slowly but surely. Well worth the $4999.99. EUROCHARGED PERFORMANCE ENGINE SOFTWARE MCLAREN 12C TUNINGModel: McLaren 12C (P11) Years: 2011 2014 Stock Power: 592 and 616 bhp / 443 lb-ft torque RPM Limiter: 8500 RPM Stock 0-62 mph: 3.1 seconds 0-124 mph: 9.0 seconds mile: 10.9 seconds Tuned Power: 701 bhp / 503 lb-ft torque Tuned RPM: 8500 Tuned 0-62 mph: 2.7 seconds Tuned 0-124 mph: 8.5 seconds Tuned mile: 10.3 seconds
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    Today, 11:02 AM
    Saw some before and after Dinan S55 results posted. Run 3 is stock and run 7 is Dinan equipped. Wow...that's pretty depressing.
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    Today, 10:59 AM
    I'm not attacking him at all. I'm not calling him any names I said the idea of the Camaro being garbage is basically crazy. The Z28 really isn't about bang for the buck at $70k+ for a Camaro. It's a driver's car.
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    Today, 10:58 AM
    Too bad you are in New York sdg1871 as I would be glad to assist with the photoshoot. Bummer. HRE's facility is beautiful btw.
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    Today, 05:38 AM
    Thanks! Wheels are currently at HRE going through finishing. That will require a lot of labor because the wheel has three different finishes. They will arrive to me sometime in October. Car comes in January and will be a daily driver so I am putting snow tires on the stock titanium colored cast wheels. The HREs will wear summer tires and go on the car in mid-late April 2015 when the weather brings to warm.
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    Today, 05:34 AM
    Thanks. Your company expressed interest in doing a photoshoot on it on MBWorld due to the lack of RS101 content given how new the wheel model is. If still interested PM me. Exterior color of the car will be lunar blue. Car will be located in New York City.
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    Today, 04:08 AM
    Why are you being personal and attacking a fellow member on your forum bro? He just laid out his opinion without insulting anybody! He owns a Camaro, so he has every right to speak about it I disagree with him, I like the Camaro, I think its really the best bang for the buck
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