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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-16-2014, 08:47 PM
    Gintani is working on to get my car ready for Shift Sector this weekend. The good news? The DCT is holding 21 psi from the YSI just fine on C16. The blower has more room in it but we're not going to push much further than that right now. Just want to get it reliable for the event and push the envelope later. I could probably ask for a couple more pounds of boost if necessary. How much power is it making? We don't know. It's spinning the tires on the dyno. It will be somewhere in the 800's right now probably. The car is not hooking in 2nd or 3rd gear. Alex said he needs a good coilover setup to tweak it and I told him that's fine. Whether we get the suspension sorted in time for better weight transfer is anyone's guess he will get back to me with pricing details. I am going to go to longer gearing once I can. For now I'm happy about the DCT working with the higher power setup.
    201 replies | 4081 view(s)
  • 135idct's Avatar
    04-16-2014, 04:19 PM
    The kit from FFtec ( 5862turbo ), the tune jb4, everything runs great i updated the jb4 firmware to the single turbo, but i can't do the Single BB flash, because i have the stock turbos 6AT_race flash i tried to write on it but the write failed. I select map2 with the new firmware, but when i go WOT for the log it switch to map4, so there's a problem! the car is too lean i think because it's not fully tuned. the engine cover melted i forgot to cut it from the rear turbo side, only 15min of drive and one time WOT :cool: ill isolate all the wires and wrap them soon, the heat from the top mount is no joke this is the BB flash problem, there's a force start button would it help?? * im running the FFtec lpfp 455, easy to install about 15 mins, it's pricey but worth it no pic for the lpfp.. this is how it sounds with open downpipe, sorry for the quality Big thanx to: @MikeB@FFTEC @Terry@BMS @Eleventeen @ Ak335i and my cousin Nasser
    60 replies | 1450 view(s)
  • Ak335i's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:34 AM
    Ak335i started a thread 6466 spool on e85 in N54
    6466 meth and str8 e85 look at thet spool son.. at or before 4000 rpm. yessir
    55 replies | 916 view(s)
  • Mike@Renntech's Avatar
    04-16-2014, 06:47 PM
    Our proprietary BMW ECU upgrade offers rock solid performance from RENNtech, the foremost tuning authority on Bosch and Siemens engine control units. These same units are utilized in Mercedes Benz vehicles, which RENNtech has been tuning since electronic engine management started to show up in vehicles during the mid 1980's, through our proprietary tuning software and approach for BMW is completely unique and independent from our Mercedes tuning program. RENNtech tuning software for BMW offers significant gains in performance and throttle response without sacrificing your daily driver BMW's reliability. By modifying ignition timing and throttle mapping, optimizing air/ fuel ratios,increasing the top speed limiter, improving engine cooling and modifying boost mapping for turbocharged vehicles; RENNtech performance software unleashes your BMW's true potential. Stock Performance 335iS E92/E93 (2010-2011- Manual & DCT N54B30to 3.0LBiturbo): ∑ 320 HP @ 5800RPM / 332 TQ @ 1400 RPM Modified Performance: ∑ 420 HP @ 5700RPM / 435 TQ @ 4300 RPM Price: $1,495 Stock Performance 335i/iX E90/E92/E93 (2007-2010 Manual & Steptronic N54B30) : 300 HP @ 5800 RPM / 300 TQ @ 1400 RPM Gains: 420 HP @ 5700 RPM / 435 TQ @ 4300 RPM Feel free to message or call me with any questions or to place an order and send us your ECU
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-19-2014, 01:11 PM
    Oh BMW, you sure do know how to use marketing to stir interest don't you? BMW got the hype machine for the new F80 M3 rolling hard with a press release last year announcing a weight of 3306 pounds. They played up the idea that they went to crazy lengths to shave weight and that the new M3 would be much lighter than the car it replaced. That 3306 pound claimed weight was misleading to say the least as a 6-speed manual F80 M3 with fluids was weighed and it came out to 3562 pounds. How exactly does BMW miss the target by 256 pounds? By quoting a dry weight without fluids and also likely with the optional carbon ceramic brakes which this F80 M3 does not have. This is a manual car by the way which means that a DCT M3 without the carbon ceramics will likely tip the scales at over 3600 pounds with a full gas tank. How many pounds lighter is the new 6-speed F80 M3 than the E9X M3 it replaces in reality? Zero. It actually looks like it is about the same or heavier if equipped with the same transmission as the weight you see below is from a DCT E92 M3: So much for BMW's weight loss hype. This does not mean the M3/M4 will not perform well or outperform the previous generation car. The M3/M4 will outperform the E9X M3 it just is a bit disappointing this car is not turning out to be quite what BMW portrayed it as initially. Source
    47 replies | 662 view(s)
  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    04-19-2014, 12:36 PM
    Axis of Oversteer put F80 M3 on the scales. http://blog.axisofoversteer.com/2014/04/on-our-scales.html F80 M3 6-speed manual, standard steel brakes, carbon roof, 19in wheels 3,562 lbs For comparison (obviously on different scales): F90 M3 6-speed manual, competition package 3540 lbs
    47 replies | 642 view(s)
  • VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    04-21-2014, 10:55 AM
    As many of you guys know we are and have been working on a HPFP upgrade for quite sometime now, most of you also know we have the solution working on our shop car. Just wanted to post a small update and let the people who are anxious to hear anything whats going on. We are testing and testing and testing. Where we are right now is, we have a working upgrade, but we are trying many different things to make the upgrade work as seamlessly as possible with the platform, and also install as painlessly as possible. Once we feel we have those 2 things accomplished to our approval, and we have put what we feel is a reasonable amount of miles on the upgrade with zero problems and 100% consistency we will be ready to make the announcement and start offering the upgrade for sale. We appreciate your patience until that time.
    35 replies | 942 view(s)
  • psmith95's Avatar
    04-20-2014, 03:07 PM
    Hey guys so I just got my car back yesterday from having the Spec stage 3+ clutch and Steel SMFW installed and I have a few questions. So first of all my pedal is pretty stiff. I wouldn't say it is necessarily over the top but it is much stiffer than I expected after reading that it is barely more than stock. Now my biggest concern is the engagement point. I made it a point to tell the shop to use the low TO bearing position so they definitely did that, however, my clutch still engages at the top. I would say 9/10 of the way up is when it starts to engage. Without my clutch stop it was a paint to drive but now that I put it back in it's a bit better. I spoke to the shop and they said that it was normal with a performance clutch like this to engage high and as it gets broken in it will get a bit lower? I only have around 140 miles on it so far so i'm not complaining just want to see if this is normal and the engagement point I should expect out of it. Thanks in advance for anyones help
    37 replies | 547 view(s)
  • BuraQ's Avatar
    04-19-2014, 01:17 PM
    Is it normal for STFT Banks 1 and 2 to be off from each other, and by how much is considered normal ? http://www.datazap.me/u/buraq/beastmode-v31?log=0&data=2-13-14-15 The only thing I found when searching was related to an M3 in which its STFT bank 1 was in the negative and bank 2 in the positive is has no relation to my concern. Thanks in advance.....
    35 replies | 706 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-16-2014, 03:52 PM
    Not sure how many hockey fans we have here but whatever. I'm hoping the Ducks win another cup and they are the number 1 seed out west. Kind of hoping for a Kings vs. Ducks series in round 2 which would be epic. Boston will likely make it out of the weaker east to play for the cup. Anyway, go Ducks!
    37 replies | 958 view(s)
  • mithiral67's Avatar
    04-17-2014, 05:25 PM
    Little back ground. I have a 2011 335is manual with 20k miles. Modifications include cobb flash, FMIC, DPs, Intake, and RB upgraded turbos. Everything was on the car when I brought it to the dealer but the cobb, I had uninstalled it. So, I had my brake pad service indicator on for a month or so, with the miles indicator counting down. Took it in about 3 weeks ago and they noted that the pads were fine (60%) but that the system was off and needed to be updated. I said okay, no worries. Get it back the next day. I have been swamped with work and didnít have a chance to put the cobb back on. One thing odd I noted was I wasnít getting an error for not having my primary cats and I wasnít see fuel pump codes (running e45 with a stock fueling system with RBs was taking its toll) like I was before bringing it in. So, last week I had time to install the cobb and get Rom not recognized. I fired off to Cobb and received the following info from cobb. I received your rom and have started to get working on it, but this is a completely new family of roms that I have never seen. Is this your first time attempting to install the Accessport, or did you recently get an update from the dealer? Just curious... At any rate, this is going to be a very slow process as I work through it. It seems BMW has made some significant changes and it will take me quite a while to get everything sorted. I am following up and he noted weeks to months to update. As I have a Ĺ event in 2 months, that event might be pretty boring if I am stuck at 350 hp. Anyway, be weary if they ask to reflash your car if you are on cobb. Cheers, James
    19 replies | 615 view(s)
  • Ak335i's Avatar
    04-21-2014, 12:58 PM
    Ak335i started a thread n54 heads lifting in N54
    At what tq or horsepower could we expect the heads to start lifting on a stock n54? On straight e85 and 24psi with meth I'm around 700whp or so and lots of torque After logging the other night and getting clean logs I parked in my garage and let it cool off. I went out about 20 min later and heard a faint hissing sound from behind the motor on the passenger side. The next night I backed into the driveway (started just fine) and let it idle. No. Codes perfect sound and idle. After about 5 min I noticed some white smoke from behind motor passenger side. And it smelled awful couldn't breathe it up close but from a few feet away smelled of coolant. Still perfect idle and no codes. I shut it down and there was no drips or fluid on the ground in garage or where I was parked. Coolant looked fine. So did the oil Is it possible the heads started lifting and over pressured the coolant system and found or made a pinhole leak in a coolant line behind the motor? I'm going 2 do a coolant pressure/leak test this afternoon Thoughts?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-21-2014, 10:52 PM
    Interesting N54 comparison here between two single turbo cars with different approaches. Both vehicles have single turbo exhaust manifolds from BimmerBoost vendor FFTec Motorsports. The E82 135i is a BMS (Burger Tuning) test car so to speak and it features the FFTec twin scroll top mount manifold with a twin scroll Precision 5862 turbocharger. This vehicle has a 6-speed automatic transmission and has shown output of 585 horsepower to the wheels. The red E92 335i has the FFTec single scroll bottom mount N54 single turbo manifold with a single scroll Precision 5858 turbocharger. It is also a 6-speed automatic. Now, the E82 135i is the lighter car of the two that much is known. The 5862 is the twin scroll variant which means it gathers exhaust gases from pairs of cylinders in an alternating sequence. A diagram illustrating this effect is below: Terry of BMS states he prefers the spool of the 5862 to the larger 6466 and that this turbo is the perfect size for the motor especially when you get the twin exhaust pulses from a twin scroll setup. The 5862 top mount sure seems to show here it has a much bigger top end punch than the 5858 but seeing a comparison to the 6466 certainly would be interesting. The power to weight of the 135i clearly favors it significantly and this race is not even close. The 135i simply pulls away. It definitely is nice to see a real world comparison of different single turbocharger approaches on the N54 motor, video below.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-21-2014, 09:49 PM
    Interesting N54 comparison here between two single turbo cars with different approaches. Both vehicles have single turbo exhaust manifolds from BimmerBoost vendor FFTec Motorsports. The E82 135i is a BMS (Burger Tuning) test car so to speak and it features the FFTec twin scroll top mount manifold with a twin scroll Precision 5862 turbocharger. This vehicle has a 6-speed automatic transmission and has shown output of 585 horsepower to the wheels. The red E92 335i has the FFTec single scroll bottom mount N54 single turbo manifold with a single scroll Precision 5858 turbocharger. It is also a 6-speed automatic. Now, the E82 135i is the lighter car of the two that much is known. The 5862 is the twin scroll variant which means it gathers exhaust gases from pairs of cylinders in an alternating sequence. A diagram illustrating this effect is below: Terry of BMS states he prefers the spool of the 5862 to the larger 6466 and that this turbo is the perfect size for the motor especially when you get the twin exhaust pulses from a twin scroll setup. The 5862 top mount sure seems to show here it has a much bigger top end punch than the 5858 but seeing a comparison to the 6466 certainly would be interesting. The power to weight of the 135i clearly favors it significantly and this race is not even close. The 135i simply pulls away. It definitely is nice to see a real world comparison of different single turbocharger approaches on the N54 motor, video below.
    15 replies | 413 view(s)
  • Ak335i's Avatar
    04-19-2014, 08:28 PM
    Ak335i started a thread E85 single turbo 6466 logs in N54
    Finally decided to save a couple logs on straight E85 to post up. 6466 custom single turbo 22/23psi E85 Meth flow starting at 5psi and not full flow in these logs.. ill try to get some later with full flow starting around 20psi these are 3rd gear and it was loosing traction bad up top anyway cars running well on e85 been doin this for a while back and forth full e85 abd race gas depending on my mood
    17 replies | 377 view(s)
  • HRE_Wheels's Avatar
    04-17-2014, 09:19 PM
    They're here! HRE FF01 FlowForm Wheels for the 981/987 Boxster and Cayman models. 19" FlowForm fitment for the 981/987 Porsche Boxster & Cayman (no hub rings or spacers required) 19x8.5 (22.2 lbs.) & 19x10 (24 lbs.) 20" FlowForm fitment for the 981/987 Porsche Boxster & Cayman (no hub rings or spacers required) 20x8.5 (23.8 lbs.) & 20x10 (24.8 lbs.) Please do not hesitate to ask questions - you can also email them (including rendering requests) to GregL@HREWheels.com. Enjoy.
    18 replies | 642 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-19-2014, 11:57 PM
    Great results here from the Gulf region with an SL63 putting down some impressive numbers at the Yas Marina drag strip in the Abu Dhabi. The R231 SL63 AMG is the lightest car available in the Mercedes-Benz lineup with the M157 5.5 liter twin turbo AMG V8 and it shows. It isn't light at ~4100 pounds but it is about 200 pounds less than the rear wheel drive E63 AMG. PP-Performance tuned this car and modified the turbos bumping output to roughly 800 crank horsepower. The result on the dragsrip is close to a mid 10 second run with a 10.691 at 133.937 miles per hour. The 60 foot is a solid 1.685 seconds meaning that despite the street rubber the car is hooking well. Timeslip and list of modifications below. Modifications: PP-Performance ECU Upgrade RS800 Downpipes Exhaust System Modified Turbos
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-16-2014, 09:53 PM
    Here is a great comparison featuring the best naturally aspirated V8 powerlpant in AMG's history going up against AMG's newer turbocharged design. The M159 V8 in the SLS Black Series is a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 and this particular car is tuned by Weistec along with featuring long tube headers. As Weistec Engineering demonstrated last month their SLS Black Series tune with headers is good for over 600 horsepower at the wheels on 91 octane pump gas. The E63 AMG is a 2013 rear wheel drive model. This car has a tune from Renntech along with RADO downpipes said to be good for around the 630 wheel horsepower range. Torque is in the turbo M157's favor with 735 lb-ft at the wheels. The M159 by contrast has 463 lb-ft at the wheels which is a very large difference on paper. Nobody will deny turbocharged motors are capable of big torque numbers. That said, the SLS Black Series features tighter gearing and a much higher redline at 8000 rpm. It's a motor with a definite breathing advantage at higher revs. Power and torque are in the E63's favor (at a lower rpm) but the SLS Black Series is roughly 600 pounds lighter. The SLS also has a dual clutch transmission whereas the E63 is using the MCT wet-clutch automatic. So what happens? A great race is what happens. The SLS gets a slight lead thanks to its shift speed advantage and manages to pull in the lower gears. Up top once the cars spend more time in gear the E63 is able to inch back but not enough to win the race. It's close at the markers with the Black Series slightly ahead. Simply a great run from two great AMG motors that employ different, yet very effective, strategies.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:35 PM
    Hey guys, Found a couple videos from this weekends event. BMS powered M6 walking an ECU TUNING GROUP M5.. :) BMS development M5 vs. our single turbo 135i @ 20psi.
    19 replies | 140 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-16-2014, 10:03 PM
    Here is a great comparison featuring the best naturally aspirated V8 powerlpant in AMG's history going up against AMG's newer turbocharged design. The M159 V8 in the SLS Black Series is a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 and this particular car is tuned by Weistec along with featuring long tube headers. As Weistec Engineering demonstrated last month their SLS Black Series tune with headers is good for over 600 horsepower at the wheels on 91 octane pump gas. The E63 AMG is a 2013 rear wheel drive model. This car has a tune from Renntech along with RADO downpipes said to be good for around the 630 wheel horsepower range. Torque is in the turbo M157's favor with 735 lb-ft at the wheels. The M159 by contrast has 463 lb-ft at the wheels which is a very large difference on paper. Nobody will deny turbocharged motors are capable of big torque numbers. That said, the SLS Black Series features tighter gearing and a much higher redline at 8000 rpm. It's a motor with a definite breathing advantage at higher revs. Power and torque are in the E63's favor (at a lower rpm) but the SLS Black Series is roughly 600 pounds lighter. The SLS also has a dual clutch transmission whereas the E63 is using the MCT wet-clutch automatic. So what happens? A great race is what happens. The SLS gets a slight lead thanks to its shift speed advantage and manages to pull in the lower gears. Up top once the cars spend more time in gear the E63 is able to inch back but not enough to win the race. It's close at the markers with the Black Series slightly ahead. Simply a great run from two great AMG motors that employ different, yet very effective, strategies.
    15 replies | 625 view(s)
  • Moedigzz's Avatar
    04-20-2014, 12:51 AM
    I'm going to be fabbing up a top mount s372 T4 kit on my friends 335i. I am very familiar with tunerpro and EFI tuning priciples, since I have been tuning EFI systems for well over 10yrs. I have a BT cable and have read about a hidden forum on bimmerboost for the development of the open source code and XDF files. I'd love access to this information. I'll be more than willing to test different ideas and share what I learn along the way. One question I do have is: why are n54's only running roughly 10* of timing, while running boost pressures that normally would allow 20*+ of timing. I normally run over 20* until well past 10psi, on other platforms I have dyno tuned. On e85 I have ran well past 30* of timing to well past 10psi(basically NA timing values). I don't understand the low timing values used. Less than MBT would just add massive heat to the exhaust and is generally NOT GOOD FOR TURBOS. This also may be causing many of the main o2 sensor failures on ST n54's. Thank you for any insight given.
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  • mjmarovi's Avatar
    04-20-2014, 09:29 AM
    Link to original page: http://blog.heartland.org/2014/03/a-history-of-the-disastrous-global-warming-hoax/ A History of the Disastrous Global Warming Hoax by Alan Caruba March 31, 2014 “It is the greatest deception in history and the extent of the damage has yet to be exposed and measured,” says Dr. Tim Ball in his new book, “The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science”.Dr. Ball has been a climatologist for more than forty years and was one of the earliest critics of the global warming hoax that was initiated by the United Nations environmental program that was established in 1972 and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) established in 1988.Several UN conferences set in motion the hoax that is based on the assertion that carbon dioxide (CO2) was causing a dramatic surge in heating the Earth. IPCC reports have continued to spread this lie through their summaries for policy makers that influenced policies that have caused nations worldwide to spend billions to reduce and restrict CO2 emissions. Manmade climate change—called anthropogenic global warming—continues to be the message though mankind plays no role whatever.There is no scientific support for the UN theory.CO2, despite being a minor element of the Earth’s atmosphere, is essential for all life on Earth because it is the food that nourishes all vegetation. The Earth has passed through many periods of high levels of CO2 and many cycles of warming and cooling that are part of the life of the planet.“Science works by creating theories based on assumptions,” Dr. Ball notes, “then other scientists—performing their skeptical role—test them. The structure and mandate of the IPCC was in direct contradiction of this scientific method. They set out to prove the theory rather than disprove it.”“The atmosphere,” Dr. Ball notes, “is three-dimensional and dynamic, so building a computer model that even approximates reality requires far more data than exists and much greater understanding of an extremely turbulent and complex system.” No computer model put forth by the IPCC in support of global warming has been accurate, nor ever could be.Most of the reports were created by a small group of men working within the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia and all were members of the IPCC. The result was “a totally false picture supposedly based on science.”The revelations of emails between the members of the CRU were made available in 2009 by an unknown source. Dr. Ball quotes Phil Jones, the Director of the CRU at the time of the leaks, and Tom Wigley, a former director addressing other CRU members admitting that “Many of the uncertainties surrounding the cause of climate change will never be resolved because the necessary data are lacking.”The IPCC depended upon the public’s lack of knowledge regarding the science involved and the global warming hoax was greatly aided because the “mainstream media bought into and promoted the unproven theory. Scientists who challenged were denied funding and marginalized. National environmental policies were introduced based on the misleading information” of the IPCC summaries of their reports.“By the time of the 2001 IPCC Third Assessment Report, the politics and hysteria about climate change had risen to a level that demanded clear evidence of a human signal,” notes Dr. Ball. “An entire industry had developed around massive funding from government. A large number of academic, political, and bureaucratic careers had evolved and depended on expansion of the evidence. Environmentalists were increasing pressure on the public and thereby politicians.”The growing problem for the CRU and the entire global warming hoax was that no clear evidence existed to blame mankind for changes in the climate and still largely unknown to the public was the fact that the Earth has passed through many natural cycles of warmth and cooling. If humans were responsible, how could the CRU explain a succession of ice ages over millions of years?The CRU emails revealed their growing concerns regarding a cooling cycle that had begun in the late 1990s and now, some seventeen years later, the Earth is in a widely recognized cooling cycle.Moreover, the hoax was aimed at vast reductions in the use of coal, oil, and natural gas, as well as nuclear power to produce the electricity on which all modern life depends. There was advocacy of solar and wind power to replace them and nations undertook costly programs to bring about the reduction of the CO2 “fossil fuels” produced and spent billions on the “green” energy. That program is being abandoned.At the heart of the hoax is a contempt for mankind and a belief that population worldwide should be reduced. The science advisor to President Obama, John Holdren, has advocated forced abortions, sterilization by introducing infertility drugs into the nation’s drinking water and food, and other totalitarian measures. “Overpopulation is still central to the use of climate change as a political vehicle,” warns Dr. Ball.Given that the environmental movement has been around since the 1960s, it has taken decades for the public to grasp its intent and the torrents of lies that have been used to advance it. “More people,” notes Dr. Ball, “are starting to understand that what they’re told about climate change by academia, the mass media, and the government is wrong, especially the propaganda coming from the UN and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”“Ridiculous claims—like the science is settled or the debate is over—triggered a growing realization that something was wrong.” When the global warming advocates began to tell people that cooling is caused by warming, the public has realized how absurd the entire UN climate change argument has been.Worse, however, has been “the deliberate deceptions, misinformation, manipulation of records and misapplying scientific method and research” to pursue a political objective. Much of this is clearly unlawful, but it is unlikely that any of those who perpetrated the hoax will ever be punished and, in the case of Al Gore and the IPCC, they shared a Nobel Peace Prize!We are all in debt to Dr. Ball and a score of his fellow scientists who exposed the lies and debunked the hoax; their numbers are growing with thousands of scientists signing petitions and participating in international conferences to expose this massive global deception. For more info on who Alan Caruba is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Caruba
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  • nafoo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:11 PM
    nafoo started a thread Facebook Group - BMW 335i in N54
    How many of you guys are in the BMW 335i group on Facebook?
    13 replies | 231 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-18-2014, 07:50 PM
    We will be seeing this comparison many times over the next few years. MotorTrend already compared these cars last month with the Subaru WRX STI picked as the winner over both. In that comparison the CLA45 AMG finished in last place and the BMW M235i finished in 2nd place although the CLA45 AMG was quicker around the track than the M235i and also the faster car in a straight line. Well, here we go again without the Subaru. MotorTrend is rehashing content but considering the popularity of these two cars that is fine. As you already know these two cars have significant differences. The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 has a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder. The motor, codenamed M133, is the world's most powerful production four-cylinder and a beast of a 2.0 liter. The M235i has the tried and true turbocharged 3.0 liter N55 inline-6 although at 320 horsepower it is rated at 35 horses less than the CLA45 AMG. The BMW is rear wheel drive with an 8-speed ZF automatic (a manual is an option). The CLA45 AMG by contrast has a seven speed dual clutch transmission and it sends power to all four wheels. So does MotorTrend feel differently about these cars a month later? Well, the M235i is criticized for its brakes and steering feel. It is said to offer great fun factor partially due to being able to wag its tail around and its balance. The CLA45 AMG by contrast is said to feel more powerful, offer better grip, and it features better brakes. The steering feel also is stated to be better which is interesting considering this is essentially a front wheel drive platform. MotorTrend complains about the looks but this is subjective and having seen the CLA in person it is quite striking. The dual clutch is also criticized for its behavior and downshift speed. They take them around the track in an attempt to pick which is better and this is where the rehashing of content comes in. We already know the result from last month with the CLA45 outperforming the M235i on the track. What the video features is an overlay of both cars lapping which is nice to see. Ultimately, these are both great entry level German performance cars. The CLA45 AMG is the better performer partially as a virtue of brute force but the M235i offers a greater fun factor. Two different styles at work here and it would be nice to revisit this comparison when the M235i gets a limited slip differential. On a track like the Streets of Willow that alone will make a huge difference for the M235i.
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  • lulz_m3's Avatar
    04-19-2014, 06:09 AM
    Go fuck yourself klipseracer
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-17-2014, 02:40 PM
    Why does anyone need over 600 horsepower at the wheels in a G-Wagon? Come on now, nobody reading this site is asking that question. A 5600 pound German tank pushing 620 horsepower to all four wheels along with 547 pound-feet of torque is absurdly awesome. The motor is built by Eurocharged and is bored out to 5.7 liters with ported heads. The supercharger is Weistec's 3.0 liter twin screw which replaces the 2.1 liter OEM blower. Eurocharged added in some of their custom tuning and the result at all four wheels is staggering. Considering the drivetrain losses this is one of the strongest supercharged M113 V8's in the world. Simply great work by everyone involved.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-18-2014, 05:49 PM
    We will be seeing this comparison many times over the next few years. MotorTrend already compared these cars last month with the Subaru WRX STI picked as the winner over both. In that comparison the CLA45 AMG finished in last place and the BMW M235i finished in 2nd place although the CLA45 AMG was quicker around the track than the M235i and also the faster car in a straight line. Well, here we go again without the Subaru. MotorTrend is rehashing content but considering the popularity of these two cars that is fine. As you already know these two cars have significant differences. The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 has a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder. The motor, codenamed M133, is the world's most powerful production four-cylinder and a beast of a 2.0 liter. The M235i has the tried and true turbocharged 3.0 liter N55 inline-6 although at 320 horsepower it is rated at 35 horses less than the CLA45 AMG. The BMW is rear wheel drive with an 8-speed ZF automatic (a manual is an option). The CLA45 AMG by contrast has a seven speed dual clutch transmission and it sends power to all four wheels. So does MotorTrend feel differently about these cars a month later? Well, the M235i is criticized for its brakes and steering feel. It is said to offer great fun factor partially due to being able to wag its tail around and its balance. The CLA45 AMG by contrast is said to feel more powerful, offer better grip, and it features better brakes. The steering feel also is stated to be better which is interesting considering this is essentially a front wheel drive platform. MotorTrend complains about the looks but this is subjective and having seen the CLA in person it is quite striking. The dual clutch is also criticized for its behavior and downshift speed. They take them around the track in an attempt to pick which is better and this is where the rehashing of content comes in. We already know the result from last month with the CLA45 outperforming the M235i on the track. What the video features is an overlay of both cars lapping which is nice to see. Ultimately, these are both great entry level German performance cars. The CLA45 AMG is the better performer partially as a virtue of brute force but the M235i offers a greater fun factor. Two different styles at work here and it would be nice to revisit this comparison when the M235i gets a limited slip differential. On a track like the Streets of Willow that alone will make a huge difference for the M235i.
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