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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-13-2015, 08:16 PM
    Who thought we would make it this far? Well, not too many people. Proving people wrong by succeeding is a cause to celebrate. The truth is, BimmerBoost would not be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year without the N54 community which is really the pulse of the forum. This is not just talk, BimmerBoost is putting money where its mouth is. To thank the N54 community for its support BimmerBoost will be giving away a set of the new RB EVO turbochargers. Before continuing to prattle on and on about how integral the N54 community is to BimmerBoost let's introduce the RB EVO package: "We are excited to introduce the highly anticipated RB Turbo EVO TD04 N54 Turbocharger package after approximately 8 months of development. As many well know by now we had found that the OEM N54 plumbing (ie. "inlets") were found to be extremely restrictive and have held back Stage 2 type hybrid turbocharger performance for many years (to a very large degree). Although we always knew there was restriction in the plumbing it certainly came to a shock to us about how badly our upgraded turbochargers were restricted the inlets alone. This along with the desire to use the largest style TD04 compressor wheels, it was very evident it way time to stop ignoring the other glaring issues with the N54's plumbing. WE felt that in order to move the amount of air these largest TD04 wheels can move "efficiently", that we needed to address the entire N54 system for utmost efficiency and airflow potential. We also believed that the system would've been under-designed without addressing the other very restrictive components, such as the affiliated outlets and compressor housings. So in short we decided to go the full mile and utilize a completely enhanced plumbing system including properly sized TD04 compressor housings to fully support these largest style TD04 compressor options. Although we are production ready, we are still in the beta testing and data collecting phase. So information IS limited regarding performance at this time. We do want to share where we are at today though being that we are production ready, and believe that any N54 trained eye can see that we have addressed all physical and logical limitations for an extremely free flowing compressor system. These improvements CAN ONLY improve upon what we have known and seen to date and this is simply indisputabe. After all as close to no pressure drop through a compressor system means a happier compressor system. At the end of the day we have several initial testers who will be installing this kit shortly and data will begin to flow, so for those die hard data junkies who want more and more all we can say is that it will come. And although through this phase we will not be adding this system to our website, we do advise any customers who may like what they see feel free to shoot us an email for any further inquiries. Thanks, Rob" As you have likely seen the N54 stock frames produce absurd gains nobody thought was possible and this is essentially the ultimate evolution. It is fitting to do a giveaway for the platform of turbochargers capable of power levels that nobody originally thought the platform was even capable of. So how much do these turbochargers cost? Rob Beck explains it here: "The EVO package will come at a $1899 increase in cost over our standard turbos (however billet compressor , thrust upgrade, and turbine clipping options are required selections). The EVO package includes full plumbing including the air filter, inlets, outlets, larger compressor housings with large TD04 compressor wheels, and all the bits to make them bolt up to retain a factory finish. Adding the EVO package to RB's creates a "Stage 3" bolt-on type system. The EVO package can NOT be added to existing RB's without them coming back for the full package enhancement. Likewise no other inlet system is required, nor are the standard intakes, as this is a full system from the air filter to the intercooler." Not necessarily cheap but this is taking the N54 stock frame design to the max. Also, BimmerBoost is not just going to give these turbos away without a way to tune them. @Terry@BMS of Burger Tuning has graciously offered to supply the winner with tuning for these turbos. BMS is really the first vendor that supported BimmerBoost and we are happy that after five years we can continue the relationship and give back positively the community. Additionally, I'd like to offer my personal thanks to our vendors and users that make all this possible. I know it has not always been a smooth ride here on BimmerBoost but through all the ups and downs and bumps and bruises we have gone further than anyone dreamed. What was a basic forum over five years ago has now evolved into the 41 website strong BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network. Did anyone really see that coming? The point ultimately being that we have come a long way. So friend, fan, or foe, thank you. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart I thank everyone no matter their position on playing a part in pushing things forward. This is hardly the end of the journey and there is a long way to go. BimmerBoost surely has room to improve and all I can personally say is I will strive to do better and hopefully create more fans of the site and BMW performance tuning in general. Thank you and good luck! Rules: 1. Raffle contest runs through July 31st. 2. To qualify for the raffle, simply post in this thread that you wish to enter and gain rep points from your entry time to gain raffle entries. 3. Minimum 10 rep points required to qualify for entry. 4. The winner will be picked randomly through a raffle based on rep points gained from time of entry. Every additional rep point from your points at the time you state you wish to enter equals 1 entry. Example: Enter the contest at 100 rep points. Contest ends July 31st and you have 110 rep points at that time. That is 10 entries into the raffle. 5. The more rep points you get by posting good content the more you increase your chances to win. Gain 100 rep points from the start of the contest and you gain 100 entries into the raffle. Contribute to win! 6. These turbos are not for resale. If one enters with the intention of flipping them for profit, they will be disqualified and will be charged the full price of the turbos should they have received them. 7. RB has a list of people waiting on these turbos already. It is only fair for those people to get their turbochargers first. Therefore, should production not be ready by contest end the contest will be extended to meet production. 8. A core deposit is required. Please PM me with any additional questions or concerns.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-23-2015, 09:00 PM
    The power record for an automatic BMW N54 motor currently stands at 741 horsepower to the rear wheels. That is a lot of power and what makes it remarkable is the number was hit in the California summer heat as well as through a stock internal N54 motor. The transmission is not stock but features mild upgrades from Level 10 in the form of a valve body and torque converter upgrade. Obviously handling power on the Dynojet and say a drag strip are two different things but we all know how the automatic transmission paired to N54's has struggled to handle big torque. This one is holding so far. Further details from Ventura Motorsports: Hey guys! Had a great turnout today with one of our customers. He came all the way from Texas to visit @SteveAZ, @Terry@BMS and us at VM for the weekend! The car did solid today, and we actually got some pump gas numbers too! The car is an 07 E90 AT equipped with: VM Top Mount PTE 6466 1.00AR CP,BOV, HPF IC Full exhaust w/ high flow cats Fuel it Stage 3 twin 450 Motiv PI with FPR Level 10 Valve Body and Torque Converter Upgrade JB4 with MHD E85 Flash As you can see the 4 different runs here. They all had very, very clean logs from all 15 pulls. These pulls are done WITHOUT Port Injection and Pump Gas: 17 psi on 93 only, it made 473 whp. Add a CM10 Nozzle and some meth, you can crank it up a bit. 22 Psi on 93 and meth it made 601. We didn't want to continue as we are happy with the results. It did not show any signs of slowing down though. These pulls we turned ON the Port Injection with Full e85. We added 10 gallons of e85 to the 1 gallon left in the tank so we could turn up the boost now. Meth has been disabled for these runs. 30psi on Full e85 is when it showed timing drops. We did two runs at 30 and made consistent power and left it at that. It was a VERY hot day today, but the car performed flawless. Again, big thanks to @Terry@BMS for always being there.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-12-2015, 09:36 PM
    Oh my! We have a new world record folks for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 turbo inline-6 platform. What a record it is with the Pure Turbos upgraded car being the first to crack 700 wheel horsepower on the platform. 708 horsepower to the rear wheels to be exact. Further details from Pure Turbos are below but what an achievement this early on. Congratulations to all involved. We brought the PURE M4 to EAS in Anaheim today for some dyno testing. We are very pleased with the results, and are happy to bring the S55 platform into 700whp territory! We used pump 100 + meth. Mods: -S55 PURE Stage 2 Turbos -BMS JB4 w/ OBD2 cable -BMS Meth Kit -Magnaflow Exhaust -Evolution Racewerks downpipes -BMC drop in filters -Stock 6MT clutch -Stock intake system Big thanks to Terry and the BMS crew. Big thanks to Tom, Steve, and the EAS crew.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    06-19-2015, 01:09 PM
    Things are finally heating up in the BMS S63TU twin turbo 4.4 liter V8 tuning world. BMS will be releasing a new JB4 tune for the platform and during testing they set a new world horsepower record on the platform with a very impressive 722 to the rear wheels. Keep in mind this is still on the stock turbochargers and fuel system of course. The F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 motor with a turbo upgrade has already shown 700+ wheel horsepower so that just gives you an idea of where this motor could head with some impeller upgrades. Further details below in the words of @Terry@BMS: Hey guys, Just got back from doing a little dyno tuning on our upcoming S63tu JB4 upgrade. As most of you know the JB4 board provides us a lot more tuning and logging flexibility compared to the Stage1 we all know and love. One of the new features is the ability to take control of the boost solenoids which unlocks much higher power levels than previously attainable using TMAP sensor biasing. What's most interesting about the test car and this dyno is not what parts it's running but what parts it's not running. OEM exhaust, OEM dps, OEM intake w/ OEM filters. The only mods are a JB4, BMS meth w/ 50/50 boost juice, and dual CM5 nozzles in MSR chargepipes. Fuel is pump gas 91 with a can of NOS octane booster added. Approx octane 92.7 RM2. Temps in the 90s. Results were a best of 722whp (using WinPep8, WinPep7 shows 2hp more. shrug) in 5th gear at 25psi, 708whp at 24psi in 5th gear, 695whp in 4th gear at 25psi, and 680whp in 4th gear at 24psi. You'll notice that we've included something in this thread that (as far as I know) no other S63 tuner is able to or willing to post. datalogs from the dyno runs showing boost, timing, afr, and throttle. Good bad or ugly the data is all there for us to analyze. I suspect many M5/M6 owners will jump on the new JB4 not necessarily for tuning but just so they have a convenient mechanism to datalog existing flash tunes. I'll add a video I took in car of one of the runs later. We're still very early in the JB4_S63 development but so far the dyno potential is very promising. Now if we can get this power to translate in to impressive 60-130 times then I'll be one happy camper.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-08-2015, 09:20 PM
    The Hellcat V8 is a flat out beast even in stock form. We have seen it beat up on a stock C7 Corvette Z06 and it will run 10's stock on drag radials. Sure, at over 4400 pounds the Hellcat vehicles are not light but 642+ rear wheel horsepower and a ton of low end torque in stock form help to mitigate the weight quite a bit. This is not exactly an easy race for a single turbo 335i. The VM (Ventura Motorsports) upgraded 335i is a manual transmission car and of course it weighs roughly 1000 pounds less than the Hellcat. How much power is it making? The owner, BimmerBoost member @djpaulie, has yet to dyno the car. We do know the setup is capable of well over 700 whp. Also, considering the easy work he makes of this Hellcat Charger it's safe to say the car is running strong. Hopefully next time we can get a higher quality video but ST upgraded 335's are looking strong on the highway. Hellcat: Stock Drag radials BMW 335i: E90 N54 ST VM Top Mount Comp Turbo 6467 1.0AR JB4 G5 ISO (30PSI) BMS PI 100% E85 Fuel-it STG 3 Circuit Werkes exhaust God Speed FMIC Forge 004 dual piston BOV's Michelin PSS 265 rear 245 front Suspension upgrades
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-03-2015, 11:53 PM
    Level 10 upgrades in the BMW N54 community for the automatic transmission have been hit or miss. They seem to be a good option when replacing broken parts but getting the transmission to hold this kind of power and cooperate is not easy. It's one of the major hurdles of the BMW N54 tuning scene. Regardless, @Terry@BMS of Burger Tuning did some testing with the Motiv 750 N54 single turbo kit and hit some impressive numbers. Now, dyno numbers and real world load (or launching at a drag strip) are different things but seeing the automatic hold this power is a good sign. Further details in his own words: Hey guys, Was finally able to get our 135i strapped down to test the latest tuning changes. Since last go around: 1) Changed WG spring from 10# to 15# which allowed us to hold more boost to redline than before. With smaller turbos like this I'd say the control range is more like 2.5x WG spring rather than the 3-4x we've previously been able to hit with larger turbos. 2) Corrected some issues with bank to bank variance on the fueling as well as issues with negative fuel trims. 3) Reverted back to the basic Cobb VANOS maps. Previously was running some changes suggested by MOTIV but for whatever reason the basic Cobb stuff seems to run better than what Jake suggested as well as anything I came up with during testing. 4) Reduced false knock and retuned for MBT which wound up being a bit higher than where timing was set last go around. The false timing drops were causing us to under time it a bit. Current issues: 1) The lvl10 would on occasion slip during runs. 2) Above 30psi several runs had misfire faults, in random cylinders. The car has NGK 5992s @ .018 currently. It's time to start experimenting with alternative plugs for those of us running > 30psi. 3) Still get some timing drops from time to time. Especially in 5. Need to sort out if they are false. Overall still very pleased with the MOTIV kit. It's doing exactly what I wanted it to do. If I can get this 700whp down the 1/4 mile without misfires or trans problems this is an easy 140mph car.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-10-2015, 02:14 AM
    Earlier this year BimmerBoost posted an article on the GSR Autosport F22 228i track car. At that time, the car was making 290 horsepower at the wheels and 345 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. GSR Autosport pushed things further and further and the N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo motor eventually gave way. This is not the first time we have heard of N20 issues when the motor is pushed. People jumped all over this engine failure which happened at Bimmerfest this year as if it was GSR Autosport's fault. It isn't. It's BMW's fault. Oil starvation graph: Here is GSR Autosport's take on what happened: "Some of you may not know GSR but we are developing the 228 for Pirelli World Challenge TCA class and are also the homologating team so we are submitting all the paperwork along with requested changes to the rules. As part of this we are doing a lot of testing to back up our justification for changes because the rules are pretty limited as far as allowable changes to keep costs down. We expect the development of the first car including testing will cost about $250,000 all in with probably $50k spent on the motor alone. We have been beating the hell out of our little 228, testing cooling, oiling, brakes, suspension, and of course drivetrain. One day we saw 117 degrees out at Chuckwalla last summer. The car as proven to be pretty durable, more than we expected given what we have done to it. Of course, since this is a race car development program the idea of warranty was never even a consideration when we were abusing our little beast. The reason we go to this level of testing is our gentlemen driver customers not only want to win, they REALLY don't want to go home early - they are paying North of $15,000 per weekend and they value their time even higher so if something breaks they are not very happy and if it happens more than once or twice we don't have a customer anymore that is typically spending $100,000 or more a year to go racing. So with that said we have discovered two primary flaws with the motor. There are oiling issues with heavy right lateral loads especially under braking. In some instances oil pressure will drop to zero. Next are the rod bolts. Under heavy load they stretch leading to rod failure. We had been bumping up the hp/torque on our car... North of 400wtq we finally saw this - literally - here's a piece of our case to prove it. This was the failure some of you saw at Bimmerfest. Coming out of Turn 9, short shifting into third to reduce wheel spin, at 3,500 RPM (peak torque) boom. Now we will never be running this much torque/hp in PWC but we will have to deal with some of our customers missing a few shifts which puts similar loads on the motor. We'll be documenting the failure on multiple threads/sites once we have finished the analysis and taken all the supporting pictures. More on the positive side, we'll be publishing the build of the new race motor - the S20 we all wish BMW built for the M2. Obviously we are not selling a Stage 3 kit for the N20/N26 without bottom end upgrades that are part of the race engine build we are doing now, hopefully getting back to testing soon. We've also tuned down the initial torque peak on both Stage 2 and Stage 1 tunes for these motors. On a positive not, although the gearing is whacked, the manual transmission has held up through all this which we thought would be one of the first things to go." There you have it. If you intend to push the N20 past 350 lb-ft of torque at the wheels do not expect it to last. A Mercedes-AMG M133 2.0 liter four-cylinder it is not. It simply is not built to the level to handle a major torque boost beyond stock. It's built cheaply. That is what BMW does these days. They build engines to last the warranty period and to try to keep costs as low as possible. Oil starvation under hard cornering is really no surprise. Even the M cars that are supposedly designed for the track experience this. The E9X M3 has a history of oil issues because the oiling system is not a dry sump system and even more cheaply designed than the S85 V10 on which the S65 V8 is based. What happened here is they just pushed it too far. They were making 350+ wheel horsepower and 400+ lb-ft of torque. That's just too much for the stock N20 internals. It isn't a strong motor. It is hardly BMW's best work: Nick@GSR: "Our 228i car is a test mule for our Pirelli World Challenge program. We've been doing stress testing and have discovered a few weaknesses in the motor including oiling and bottom end. We've been bumping up performance to see what would fail so we can incorporate that into our PWC race motor builds. We were running a setup at Bimmerfest that was north of 350 whp and 400 wtq. Preliminary analysis is a rod bolt stretched and then failed. Based on what we have learned we are now building up our first race motor which of course includes updated rods and hardware." Bimmerboost is currently discussing the N20 engine issues with GSR Technik and we will be bringing you further updates. What is clear is that if you want to reliably cross the 300 wheel horsepower mark and the 350 lb-ft of torque at the wheels mark you will need an engine build.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-17-2015, 09:07 AM
    It seems like all Pure Turbos is doing as of late is setting power records on BMW platforms. Their N55 work has impressed for a while now and the envelope with the Pure Turbos Stage 2 N55 turbocharger upgrade continues to be pushed. The new record stands at 560 horsepower to the wheels. This car belongs to BimmerBoost member @Obriennathaniel and this is hardly where things end. It's more like the beginning. You may notice the dyno graphs are jagged as he struggled with wheelspin on the Eurocharged Dynojet. Think of these runs as early results showing the capability of the Stage 2 turbocharger. The car is going to be retuned by Eurocharged after the addition of Fuel-It Stage 2 low pressure fuel pump (LPFP) upgrade. He also intends to add new diverter valves and colder spark plugs. 600+ wheel horsepower N55's coming soon? It sure looks like it. Mods: CG Precision VS-1 Exhaust & DR-1 DownPipe | Pure Stage 2 Turbo and Inlet | JB4/Eurocharged tune | FlexFuel | BMS Meth Injection 100% meth | ATM FMIC | ER Chargepipe Outlet | AFE Intake | BC Coilovers | Nitto Invo 245/35-285/30 AvantGarde F310 20x9.5 35 & 20x10.5 45 | Osram Xenarc | Full LED retro | AWRON digital AC gauge|
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-30-2015, 02:21 PM
    Last week CaddyBoost commented on the spectacularly fast ATS-V test numbers Car and Driver somehow managed to achieve which blew their previous test figures out of the water. It is starting to make more sense as those test figures appeared in this comparison test of the ATS-V versus the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S. If we knew those figures were recorded for this test we would have stated Cadillac may have sent a tweaked ATS-V to Car and Driver. Maybe they changed the software on all ATS-V's. Either way, something happened and the ATS-V is now spectacularly fast. Speaking of which, the C63 AMG S is not recording any spectacularly fast times. At least not in this comparison. Of all the races we have seen between the C63 AMG S and the M3/M4, the AMG takes the victory and somewhat easily. So how is the C63 AMG S only trapping 116 in the 1/4 mile which is a mile per hour less than the M3 and how is it getting beaten to 100 miles per hour and 150 miles per hour by the M3? We can not explain it. Is Car and Driver just throwing together test figures from different days for the cars? That certainly is how it feels. The numbers do not make sense in context. The ATS-V may actually be as fast as they are saying despite the previous slow tests from more than one source but that would mean it blows the C63 AMG S away. It's not even close with their claimed 6 miles per hour trap speed spread. What this network thinks is that the C63 AMG S would be the highway king out of these three. The acceleration numbers are puzzling. As far as the weights there is no surprise that the M3 is the lightest at 3608 pounds followed by the ATS-V at 3800 pounds and the C63 AMG S at 3939 pounds. The W205 C-Class is not the lightweight car Mercedes claimed it would be. In all fairness, the F80 M3 missed its weight target too. The M3's weight advantage pays dividends in the slalom posting the fastest time follow by the ATS-V and the C63 AMG S. The Caddy does record the best skidpad figure at 1.02g followed by the C63 AMG S at .98g and the M3 at .97g. BMW's 50/50 weight distribution is simply a myth in the turbo era. The cars have more weight on the nose and Car and Driver records 52.1/47.9 front to back. The ATS-V and C63 AMG S fair no better with 52.5/47.5 and 54.3/45.7 front to back respectively. Out of the trio the car chosen is the M3 finishing in first place. They comment that it is the lightest and leanest but criticize the brakes which seems to always be a point of criticism on BMW's and BMW just can't get it right. The Cadillac's handling is said to be better and the AMG braking is set to be better yet they still pick the M3 due to it being the better all around package. The Cadillac ATS-V wows with its eye opening (and suspicious) numbers but its overall package and namely the interior is behind the other two. The engine also receives criticism for being 'dull' whatever that means. Its sound is criticized yet BMW is faking their engine sound with synthetic engine noise through the speaker system. The ATS-V is said to be the best handling car offering the best steering feel and brake feel yet it loses out because of the lack of refinement. Cadillac is almost there. Almost. The AMG's transmission is criticized but it's V8 engine is praised despite putting up the slowest numbers. We still do not understand how the most powerful motor out of the group is somehow putting up the slowest numbers when all independent testing shows us it should be the fastest. Something is off here and perhaps Car and Driver got some 'magazine specials' to test. It's becoming harder and harder to trust these test results. Make of it what you will.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-20-2015, 03:21 PM
    Here is something to break up the typical posts regarding parts, horsepower, tuning, turbos, and performance upgrades that dominate the front page. Yes, we focus on fast cars but who can forget the kids that try to make their cars look or sound fast rather than actually be fast. They are known as ricers and we tend to make fun of them. You've seen them with the neon lights and loud mufflers that set off car alarms. This certainly fits the profile. Plus it's hilarious.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-30-2015, 01:25 AM
    Now before anyone takes these results out of context BimmerBoost would like to explain these are low boost shakedown passes. Only 21 psi out of the Motiv 900 kit is hardly pushing it. It is capable of much more. We also expect to see much more out of this car. Over 130 miles per hour of trap speed in the 1/4 mile on low boost on a manual 335i certainly is respectable though. The car was running pump gas, the Motiv port injection fuel system, twin disc clutch upgrade, and tuning through a Cobb AP. Street tires and not drag rubber on this pass as well. The turbo is theoretically capable of over 40 psi of boost but pushing a stock motor to that level is not advisable (that is reserved for Dyno bragging). Let's say with 30+ psi though and some E85 we could finally see some eye opening numbers on the drag strip from the N54. It's time.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-10-2015, 05:43 PM
    Here it finally is. The design of the new G11 generation 7-Series was not exactly a well kept secret. The design leaked in January of this year and halfway through the year BMW finally decided to do the official reveal. So what did we learn from BMW's press release? Well, that the car is packed with tech but nothing major we did not already know. Reports stated xDrive all wheel drive would likely be standard and it is on the V8 twin turbo 750i model. The 740i gets the new B58 inline-6 turbo 3.0 liter and is available as a rear wheel drive. There is also a 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid model which combines an electric drivetrain with the new B48 inline-4 motor. BMW made a big deal about how the car would be lighter and it supposedly is. They did not get anywhere near the rumors of 500 pounds being shaved. BMW says there is a weight loss of 'up to 190 pounds' which just means their lightest 7-Series model is lighter although you should not put too much stock in BMW weight claims. With all wheel drive and a hybrid drivetrain this new 7 is likely much, much heavier. It just depends which drivetrain is being compared to the previous generation or in other words it is just marketing speak from BMW. The design itself is not BMW's most elegant. The kidney grills are becoming so large they look like giant nostrils. Combined with the headlight design and the front just looks somewhat odd. The rear is much more well done. The best elements of the design are inside. The interior work is some of BMW's best. The I-drive, the leather, the LED accents, everything. It is what you expect from the flagship. We will have to wait and see independent tests before we can claim the car has truly lost weight and improved its driving dynamics which is where the 7-Series has suffered for a while now due to bloating up. No matter how it drives, it will sell as it always does. he All-New BMW 7 Series: • Groundbreaking Carbon Core passenger cell • World's first Gesture Control • Active Kidney Grille and Air Breather • Now offering the optional 7 inch Touch Command Tablet • The All- New Display Key as a standalone option • Offering standard Wireless Charging and WiFi Hotspot • The new iDrive 5.0 with touch screen technology • Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof, Ambiance Lighting, LED Light Carpet • Largest HUD in the industry • Class leading performance and luxury Today, BMW unveiled the all-new BMW 7 Series, the brand's flagship in its sixth generation. The 2016 BMW 7 Series sets a new benchmark in lightweight design, driving dynamics, comfort, intelligent connectivity and intuitive operation. The extensive use of carbon-fiber- reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the structure of the passenger cell and the strategic application of lightweight design reduce weight and increase both the overall torsion strength and bending stiffness of the passenger cell. The all-new BMW 7 Series will be introduced in the US as a 740i and a 750i xDrive model featuring BMWs newest and groundbreaking technologies such as Gesture Control, Wireless Charging and the standalone option of the Display Key. An Active Kidney Grille will also be available for the first time in the US. The all- new BMW 7 Series once again sets the standard for luxury performance, delivering the highest level of driving refinement in the premium class. The 2016 BMW 7 Series will arrive in the US showrooms in the fall of 2015. The MSRP for the BMW 740i will be $81,300 and the BMW 750i xDrive will be $97,400 (prices do not include Destination and Handling). BMW's flagship vehicle reflects the company's dedication to pioneer with the development of groundbreaking technology while upholding the 7 Series precedent of comfort and driving dynamics. First introduced to the U.S. market in 1978, the new BMW 7 Series will be in its sixth generation. Many features and technologies developed by BMW, introduced in previous generations of the 7 Series, set the precedent for the future. Pace-Setting Technologies such as Antilock Braking System (ABS) first appeared in the 1978 model which also was the world's first production car to feature an electronic engine management computer (Digital Motor Electronics - DME). Illustrating segment leadership, an on-board computer (OBC) and Electronic Cruise Control set the standard for luxurious long-distance travel. The second generation, incorporated groundbreaking technologies such as Automatic Stability Control, adaptive transmission control, anti-tapping windows with express up and down on all four door windows and moonroof in addition to the world's first use of integrated body electronics with advanced diagnostic capabilities and Xenon Headlights (750iL). Technologies such as Dynamic Stability Control, Head Protection System and on-board Navigation System with moving map, CAN Bus technology for body electronics (5 integrated control units) and the revolutionary side-impact Interlocking Door Anchoring System defined the third generation. For the first time in the US the V8 featured VALVETRONIC variable valve lift technology. In its fourth generation, BMW introduced Active Roll Stabilization (ARS) on a sedan, MOST Bus technology for body electrical with 70+ control units on common busses and infinitely variable intake manifold. For the first time, the world also benefitted from adaptive brake lights and electromechanical parking brake and electronic adaptive headlights. BMW continued with the introduction of pace- setting technologies in its fifth generation 7 Series which hit the U.S. market in 2009. Night Vision 2 with Pedestrian Detection, Integral Active Steering, Adaptive Headlights with Dynamic Headlamp Control system with sensors measuring speed, steering angle and yaw as well as "reverse flow" cylinder heads to facilitate better packaging and minimize turbo lag defined this generation. The BMW core principle of safe transportation was assured with features such as Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning system. Active Cruise Control with frontal Collision Warning System, Dynamic Damping Control and Driving Dynamic Control assured the 7 Series reputation of safe and efficient long-distance comfort. The new 7 Series Innovative Design The 7 Series is the BMW's flagship when it comes to innovation in design and technology. The design of the new BMW 7 Series aligns elegance of the exterior and interior with luxurious workmanship creating harmonious proportions for a distinct look and feel. The cabin is framed by predominately horizontal surfaces and lines, presenting color and material compositions that create a relaxed ambiance. The all-new BMW 7 Series will be offered in the US exclusively as a long wheelbase version, more than one inch longer than its predecessor. At 206.6 inches in length, 44.4 inches in width and 58.2 inches in height, the new 7 Series is the roomiest Sedan the brand has ever built and features class leading rear seat legroom. A smoothly downward-sloping roofline, displaying familiar BMW proportions, headlined by a long hood, short overhangs, long wheelbase and set-back passenger compartment highlight a sporting elegance and powerful sense of dynamics. With the clear structure and upright stance of its front-end, the all-new BMW 7 Series has a powerful presence. It is the brand's first car to feature an Active Kidney Grille including visible air flap control. The air flap is only open when there is an increased cooling air requirement, otherwise remaining closed. This improves aerodynamics as well as giving the front end an even more eye-catching appearance due to the visibly increased number of bars in the large BMW kidney grille. The headlight units extend up as far as the grille, while the light graphic of the familiar BMW twin circular headlights is leveled off at its upper and lower edges, giving the car a purposeful and focused look. The hood is honed perfectly to fit in with the form of the kidney grille's upper section. The lower air intake stretched wide across the front end, the chrome bars in the outer edges of the intake and the horizontal contours of the LED fog lamps and the full LED lights underline the car's broad stance. The prevalence of outward-curving surfaces when the new BMW 7 Series is viewed from the side give the car a powerful, eye-catching appearance. The door handles are incorporated into the character line, which now takes the form of a double swage line. For the first time, the wrap-around side window frame uses a single-piece element, elegantly incorporating the Hofmeister kink. The Air Breather surround in the front side fender spawns a chrome trim strip which runs along the lower edge of the doors. Its horizontal form accentuates the car's finely balanced appearance and low center of gravity. The exterior mirrors appear to grow organically out of the window frame. A slender stalk provides the sole connection between mirrors and car body. Generating a modern and elegant effect, this design also enhances the aerodynamics of the new BMW 7 Series. The direction of the double swage line extends into the upper contour of the body and the light strips of the rear lights. This creates a harmonious connection between the side sections and the rear end. Tail lights feature LED technology and the two L-shaped light units are connected by a chrome bar extending the full width of the trunk lid. The rear apron features exhaust tailpipes framed by chrome surrounds adding luxurious detail to the body of the new BMW 7 Series. Two non-metallic and nine metallic color shades are available for the exterior paintwork of the new BMW 7 Series. Carbon Black Metallic and Singapore Gray Metallic can be ordered exclusively in conjunction with the M Sport package. Depending on the model variant, the all-new BMW 7 Series comes as standard with 18 inch or 19 inch wheels, while the options list and Original BMW Accessories range offer a selection of other light-alloy wheels in 18 inch to 21 inch sizes. The balance of dynamics and comfort are reflected in the design of the interior. Unbeatable driving pleasure and an unimpeachable sense of well-being in the rear seats have been created amid a modern and at the same time luxurious ambience. From the slim paddle shifters on the steering wheel and Driving Dynamics Control buttons to the instrument cluster and Control Display graphics, all the control and display elements share a new design that highlights their innovative functionality. Features include chrome buttons on the multifunctional steering wheel and center console, the start/stop button, the electric parking brake and the touch screen surface for the control panel of the standard 4-zone Automatic Climate Control. The controls on the center console are framed by fine wood or aluminum surfaces. Both the trim strips and the instrument panel's chrome are made individually for each car; their dimensions are therefore matched to the nearest millimeter. The standard and optional equipment designed to create a sense of luxury is defined by precision craftsmanship. The generous levels of space are highlighted by a horizontal surface structure which extends through the door trim. Customers can choose from five color variants for the Dakota leather on 740i variants or five Exclusive Nappa leather upholsteries available on both models. Individual design Design and equipment packages available from the launch of the all-new BMW 7 Series underline the car's extra sportiness and luxurious comfort. The exclusive appearance of the new BMW 7 Series is further enhanced by the Interior Design Package, an Alcantara headliner, deep-pile rear floor mats and fine wood inlays for the seat belt outlet covers, rear center armrest and roof grab handles in the rear. The M Sport package enables customers to experience the dynamic driving properties of the new BMW 7 Series in greater depth. This package includes an M Aerodynamic kit comprising model-specific front/rear aprons and side skirts, plus 19 inch or 20 inch M light- alloy wheels, illuminated door sill plates bearing the M logo and accents in either light or dark chrome. M-specific details also underline the sporting character of the new BMW 7 Series in the interior. These include the BMW Individual headliner in Anthracite and the M driver's footrest. BMW EfficientDynamics The advances achieved with the latest generation of the BMW 7 Series succeed in resolving a number of traditionally conflicting paradigms: the car comes with an array of new innovations but weighs less, performance is more dynamic but fuel efficiency has been improved, and while it is more luxurious than ever, emissions are lower. Expanding knowledge, BMW i laid the foundation with groundbreaking BMW EfficientDynamics technology for the most diverse range of measures ever to have been implemented in a production BMW. The complete package for enhancing driving pleasure and efficiency in the new BMW 7 Series comprises intelligent lightweight design with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) as part of the BMW EfficientLightweight concept, a new TwinPower turbo inline 6-cylinder in the 740i engine from the BMW Group's new generation of modular engines, in combination with innovative new solutions for honing energy management and aerodynamic properties. The use of BMW eDrive technology in the BMW 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid model constitutes yet another highlight. The new BMW 7 Series obtains an exemplary life-cycle thanks to resource-efficient material selection, new energy-efficient production processes and recycling. In order to achieve this, tangible sustainability targets spanning the vehicle's entire life cycle were defined in the early strategic phase of development and actively implemented throughout the development process. BMW EfficientLightweight: reducing weight by up to 190 pounds with Carbon Core The BMW EfficientLightweight concept allows the new BMW 7 Series line-up a 190 pounds weight reduction in comparison to its predecessor. Groundbreaking Carbon Core passenger cell technology is the key element on the body structure. Thanks to its composite construction featuring CFRP, ultra-high-tensile steels and aluminum, the intelligent body design succeeds in increasing the strength and rigidity of the passenger cell while also bringing about a substantial reduction in vehicle weight. By using a hybrid construction of CFRP with ultra-high-tensile steels for structural elements, such as those found in the B-pillars, the design of the sheet-metal components can be adapted to save weight. The Carbon Core body is based on technology transferred from BMW i car development. The all-new BMW 7 Series is the first ever vehicle in which mass produced CFRP is used in combination with steel and aluminum. The BMW Group's expertise in producing carbon fiber in the manufacturing of high-volume vehicles is unrivalled in the automotive sector. The new BMW flagship model pioneers the creation of new possible applications for this high-tech material. The lightweight design concept also entails the use of aluminum for specific sections of the body and chassis. For the first time doors and the trunk lid are made of aluminum. Taking suspension comfort and dynamic handling to new levels, the rigorous implementation of lightweight design measured at the suspension, brakes and wheels, reduced the unsprung masses by as much as 15 percent. Lightweight bonding technologies have been employed with near-source thermal and acoustic shielding for the engine, which enables the overall volume and weight of the insulating material to be reduced. The innovative insulation concept has the additional effect of further improving acoustic comfort. As a result, the vehicle's center of gravity has been lowered. Following BMW tradition the weight distribution remains 50 : 50 between the two axles allowing for perfect balance of the chassis. BMW EfficientLightweight technology helps to consolidate its lead with dynamic handling and comfort. Redeveloped V8 engine and intelligent all-wheel drive The engine line-up available at the launch of the new BMW 7 Series range is spearheaded by the BMW 750i xDrive and its powerful V8 engine. This engine features a 4.4 liter displacement and BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with the turbochargers located within the V-shaped space between the banks of cylinders. This redesigned V8 engine now comes equipped with TwinScroll turbochargers featuring flow-separated, bank-specific exhaust manifolds made from thin-wall castings. Engine efficiency was increased with a change in the compression ratio from 10.0:1 to 10.5:1 and the latest generation of VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS technology. The optimized engine cooling concept with separate flows through the cylinder heads and cylinder liners includes a map-controlled coolant pump. Throughput can be restricted to 10 percent to warm up the engine faster reducing energy consumption. For the first time in a production car the intake manifold has been partially integrated into the cylinder head allowing air-flow resistance to be decreased, maximizing air-flow volume while reducing the exterior packaging dimensions. Overall, the efficiency factor of the 445 hp engine has been greatly improved. The new V8 engine is teamed up with the latest version of the intelligent all-wheel-drive system in the all-new BMW 750i xDrive. The fully variable, electronically controlled power split between front and rear wheels enhances traction and stability as well as the handling dynamics in corners. As part of the xDrive system's ongoing development, the transfer case has been made more efficient, thanks in part to an optimized oil supply. The inline 6-cylinder engine in the BMW 740i The inline 6-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology fitted in the new BMW 740i comes from the BMW Group's latest generation of engines. The 3.0-liter gasoline unit of the BMW 740i produces an output of 320 hp. The new engine's crankcase, cylinder head and oil sump are all made from aluminum. The TwinScroll turbocharger features an indirect system of charge air cooling that is incorporated into the intake manifold and works in unison with High Precision Direct Injection, the very latest version of VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. Not only has the efficiency of the new inline 6-cylinder engine been increased, its response is even more spontaneous. The BMW 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid model The 740e xDrive joins the BMW plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model lineup which will be available in 2016.The forward-looking character of the new BMW 7 Series is further underlined by the inclusion of the BMW 740e xDrive. In the case of the plug-in hybrid model, it's not just the Carbon Core for the passenger cell that is rooted in the know-how gleaned from the development of BMW i cars, but also the BMW eDrive powertrain technology. The intelligently controlled interaction between a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric drive unit integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, endows the BMW 740e xDrive with dynamic acceleration on the one hand and noticeably higher fuel efficiency with lower emissions figures in everyday driving. The energy for the electric motor is drawn from a lithium-ion high-voltage battery housed underneath the rear seat where it is particularly well protected in the event of a crash. It can be recharged by connecting to any standard domestic power socket, a BMW i Wallbox or a public charging station. The eDrive button on the center console enables the driver to adjust the hybrid drive's operating mode. In the AUTO eDrive basic setting, the engine's power is boosted to notable effect by the electric drive when accelerating. With the MAX eDrive mode engaged, the BMW 740e xDrive is able to run purely on electric power, meaning zero local emissions at speeds of up to (75 mph) for a maximum range of 23 miles. The driver is also able to select the Battery Control mode, which raises or maintains the high-voltage battery's state of charge so that electrical power can be deliberately conserved. Whenever route guidance is active in the navigation system, the predictive power management function calculates a trip-specific strategy for electric driving through to the entered destination. Eight-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic transmission linked-up with navigation system The standard-equipment eight-speed Sport Automatic Steptronic transmission serves to boost efficiency with its wider ratio spread, reduced weight and optimized efficiency. A new transmission control system makes for more comfortable shifting and allows the transmission to be linked up with the standard Navigation system. The navigation-data- based shift strategy means that the gear selection can be adapted to the driving situation and the route profile even if route guidance has not been set. The shift characteristics are adjusted in accordance with the selected driving mode, so that the emphasis can be placed on both driving comfort and sportiness. The transmission also includes paddle shifters on the steering wheel and a Launch Control function that allows acceleration runs from standstill with maximum power and optimum traction. Features such as Brake Energy Regeneration and the Auto Start Stop function ensure highly efficient energy management. Activating the ECO PRO mode with the Driving Dynamics Control switch allows use of the coasting function which decouples the powertrain in coasting phases while travelling at speeds between (31 – 100 mph). This mode's range of functions which are now individually programmable for the first time additionally include efficiency oriented operation of comfort functions, efficiency tips, as well as the Route-ahead Assistant, which gives recommendations for an efficient driving style based on the navigation data. The all new Air Breather and Active Kidney Grille The new Active Kidney Grille optimizes engine cooling and aerodynamics. Whenever additional cooling air is required, the Active Kidney Grille bars and flaps in the lower air intake automatically swing open. This feature tailors the amount of air for cooling the engine and brakes in a total of five stages as demands dictate. This system activates depending on several temperature thresholds as well as the speed of the vehicle. For instance during the warming-up phase and when operating at low loads, the BMW Active Kidney Grille is closed completely to maximize the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle. Another distinctive efficiency-enhancing feature are the Air Curtains and Air Breather in the front apron and side fenders. The Air Curtain accelerates the energy-rich air flow before the front apron and guides it past the side of the wheel arch while the Air Breather guides the air flow into the front wheel arch via a vertical air inlet through the side fender. Together they provide more efficient aerodynamics allowing air to be carefully directed out of the wheel arches reducing the turbulence around the wheels. The reduction in air drag of over 15 percent compared to the predecessor models has also been achieved thanks to the cladding covering almost the entire underbody as well as the new contouring of the exterior mirrors. Chassis technology and driving experience Highly sophisticated, precision-honed chassis technology combined with 50 : 50 weight distribution and chassis control systems give the new BMW 7 Series both sharper driving dynamics and ride comfort. The latest array of innovations offers drivers more freedom of choice for configuring the ideal vehicle set-up, which means they can now opt for even sportier handling or yet greater ride comfort. The selection is made using the standard Driving Dynamics Control switch. At a touch of a switch adaptive control of the vehicle set-up, mirroring current driving style and the changing route profile can be selected. Air suspension and Dynamic Damper Control as standard The all new BMW 7 Series features double-wishbone front suspension, five-link rear suspension and Electric Power Steering combine responsiveness and performance. The standard inclusion of a front and rear self-leveling air suspension endows the luxury sedan models with ride comfort. The suspension is supplied with air by an electrically powered compressor with pressure reservoir. Even when the engine is switched off, the height of the vehicle body is adjusted to keep it at a constant level and air supply is controlled individually for each wheel, compensating for an unevenly distributed load. The level control can be operated manually, allowing the vehicle's ride height to be raised by 20 millimeters when driving along a rough stretch of road or approaching a particularly steep driveway. At speeds above approximately 22 mph, the level control automatically reverts to its standard setting. When SPORT mode is activated with the Driving Dynamics Control switch, on the other hand, the ride height automatically drops by 10 millimeters when travelling at high speed. The advantages of the air suspension in the front and rear are enhanced thanks to the standard Dynamic Damper Control system. The electronically controlled dampers improve ride and suspension comfort adding to the sedan's dynamic handling qualities. A variety of modes can be engaged using the Driving Dynamics Control switch, which serve to foster all driving experience such as driving comfort (COMFORT, COMFORT+ modes) or sporty, agile handling (SPORT mode). Premiere for Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview The levels of comfort, dynamism and effortlessly superior performance can be elevated further with an equipment option that is making its debut in the all-new BMW 7 Series: Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview. This active chassis control system which is available for all models with the exception of the BMW 740e xDrive, works in unison with the front and rear air suspension and the Dynamic Damper Control to achieve a remarkable standard of suspension, damping and driving comfort. It comprises the newly refined version of the Dynamic Drive system for reducing rolling movement at the front and rear suspensions. For the first time, active roll stabilization is now carried out electromechanically, minimizing body-roll tendencies when needed, providing light-footed sporty handling while increasing driving safety and ride comfort. Driving straight, the adjustable anti-roll bars are set to allow the suspension system the greatest possible freedom of movement for increased comfort. The comfort-enhancing effect is heightened by the standard air suspension. The new system is also more energy efficient compared to the previous hydraulic control. Beyond all this, Active Comfort Drive also incorporates an anticipatory chassis control function with Road Preview. The advance information for regulating the combination of chassis systems utilizes the driving style analysis readings derived from the data from the navigation system to help respond to the road. Redesigned Integral Active Steering The Integral Active Steering system is available as optional equipment for the new BMW 7 Series. The planetary gear set previously used at the front has given way to a variable steering rack ratio which means that the Integral Active Steering can now also be offered in conjunction with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. By turning the rear wheels in either the opposing or the same direction when steering, depending on the specific driving situation, this system is capable of increasing both maneuverability in urban traffic and agility during high-paced driving, while also ensuring an especially smooth and composed response when changing lane and cornering. Driving Dynamics Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode for the first time For the first time, an ADAPTIVE mode can also be selected in the new BMW 7 Series via the standard Driving Dynamics Control switch. With this setting activated, the vehicle set-up is matched to the current driving style and changing route profile. The system logic reacts to movement of the accelerator and steering wheel factoring in whether the gear selector switch is in the D or S position. Depending on the driving situation, the powertrain and chassis systems are configured for either sporty or comfortable performance. Navigation map data is also taken into account in order to select the ideal vehicle set-up, for instance when switching from urban driving to the highway on winding roads or when approaching an intersection. The Driving Dynamics Control switch located on the center console now sports a new design. The COMFORT, SPORT, ECO PRO and ADAPTIVE modes can all be activated directly at the push of a button, while the COMFORT button also has the COMFORT+ mode stored. Drivers have the option of programming an individual configuration for the SPORT and ECO PRO modes via the iDrive operating system. This makes it possible to combine dynamic gear shift characteristics and direct steering response with comfort- oriented damper tuning, for example, when SPORT mode is engaged. In ECO PRO mode, it is now also possible to individually program the damper control and steering characteristics while the extent of the efficiency-enhancing settings can also be modified. Operation, interior and travel comfort The arrival of the latest generation of the BMW flagship takes interior design, functionality and passenger well-being to yet greater heights. The new BMW 7 Series once again is a trail blazer for technology, this time with intuitive operation. The iDrive system has been re- designed to enhance comfort and infotainment functions for driver and passengers. The luxurious ambience is achieved by the utilization of fine materials, craftsmanship and attention to detail that can be sensed from all seats. Travel comfort is taken into a new dimension by the Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package, which redefines the meaning of long-distance comfort in a luxury car. iDrive 5.0 with touch display and Gesture Control The iDrive operating system is now available with touch screen technology offered in conjunction with the standard Navigation system. Operating the iDrive has become easier via the touch screen technology. Voice command and actual button selection is also available. The iDrive system also works in conjunction with standard Gesture Control, which is being premiered in the new BMW 7 Series. Pre-selected hand movements in the vicinity of the center console allow 3D sensors to register and fulfill requested actions. Gestures to adjust the audio volume control, accept or reject incoming phone calls can be easily executed. There is also a configurable gesture whose associated function can be customized from a selection of possible functions, such as navigation to the home address or deactivation of the screen. Gesture Control can be used as an alternative to conventional means of operation without the need for separate activation. The availability of this control method is indicated in applicable situations by a corresponding icon in the Control Display. Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster, touch control, Wireless Charging The standard-Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster has a 12.3-inch display area, which alters the graphics and color scheme used for the cockpit gauges matching the mode selected with the Driving Dynamics Control switch. In COMFORT mode, the instrument cluster display features a classic four-dial arrangement, with a magnifier function to highlight the current speed. When ECO PRO mode is activated, the rev counter turns into the EfficientDynamics gauge, which indicates how to maximize efficiency and how the journey is progressing. And with SPORT mode engaged, the entire speedometer is pared down to display just the essential information. The speed and selected gear appear as large digital readouts. The all-new 7 Series features standard four-zone automatic climate control and a separate control console in the rear. The control panels now feature a touch-sensitive surface. The intensity of the ventilation, the seat climate control functions as well as the fragrance system can all be controlled by touching on-screen buttons. New comfort focused features also included heated front and rear armrests, which heat the armrests in both the doors and the front and rear center consoles, a hands-free phone system complete with Bluetooth audio streaming and USB port is included as standard on the new BMW 7 Series. A universal holder compatible with a range of cell phones with Wireless Charging comes standard. The Wireless Charging feature includes a holder in the center console with LED charge status display along with a second microphone to optimize the hands-free functionality for the front passenger. Luxury Seating Comfort and Rear Executive Lounge Seating The Luxury Rear Seating Package including Rear Ventilated and Comfort Seats, Heated Front and Rear Armrests and a 7 inch Touch Command Tablet provides unrivalled seating comfort. The massage function for the comfort seats offers a choice of eight programs, each with three different levels of intensity, which are designed to relax and stimulate the muscles in targeted regions of the body. In the rear, passengers can indulge in the Vitality Program. Specifically designed for new BMW 7 Series, the passengers can engage in active training to revitalize the body on longer journeys. The training program The optional Rear- seat entertainment system screens. The optional Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package provides additional travel comfort in the rear seat behind the front passenger seat. The backrest can be reclined to an angle of up to 42.5 degrees, allowing the seat to be moved into a relaxing position. To offer the passenger in the rear even greater legroom, the front passenger seat can be slid forward by an extra 90 millimeters /3.5 inches and its backrest tilted all the way forward. For a completely unobstructed view to the front, the head restraint can be folded down. An electrically operated fold-out footrest can be found on the back of the front passenger seat. The Rear-seat entertainment system screen can also be electrically adjusted to the ideal viewing angle for the rear passenger. The Executive Lounge rear center console also features a fold-out table, two cupholders and a storage compartment, as well as the new BMW 7 inch Touch Command Tablet. Touch Command Tablet: perfectly connected with the vehicle The removable BMW Touch Command Tablet features a 7 inch screen and lets the occupants control comfort functions such as seat adjustment, interior lighting and air conditioning, as well as the infotainment, navigation and communication system. The Touch Command Tablet can play external audio and video files, surfing the internet or be used as a games console. A WiFi hotspot built into the vehicle provides the necessary online connectivity. Selection made on the tablet will then play on one of the 10-inch screens of the Rear-seat entertainment system. Ambiance light, Ambiance highlight, Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof The exclusive atmosphere inside the all-new BMW 7 Series can be further accentuated by a precision-crafted lighting design. The standard Ambiance lighting provides harmonious indirect illumination in the near of the instrument panel, the door beltlines, the map pockets on the front seat backs, and in the foot wells. Courtesy lights and illuminated bars on the door sills provide additional light. There is a choice of six different color variants for the lighting effects, which can be selected in the iDrive menu. The LED Light Carpet incorporated into the side skirts produces eye-catching lighting graphics in the entrance/exit area of the vehicle. When specified with the optional roller sunblind's for the rear side windows and rear window, the new BMW 7 Series is additionally equipped with the Ambiance Light Pillar. Vertically arranged light sources in the B-pillar area illuminate the rear compartment. The intensity of the lighting can be adjusted by means of contact sensors, as well as from either the iDrive menu or through BMW Touch Command. The new BMW 7 Series comes standard with a two-section Panoramic moonroof with an opening front section. An optional Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof where the light emitted by LED modules along the sides is spread evenly throughout the glass surface. At night, etchings in the moonroof glass strikes an imprinted graphic creating the effect of a starlit sky available in six different color schemes. The optional Ambient Air package features options to ionize the air or fragrance the vehicle interior with selected scents, both of which can be controlled from the air conditioning control console or the iDrive menu. There are three levels of intensity and 8 scents to choose from. Perfect listening pleasure: Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system Designed for the new BMW 7 Series, the optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system is the first of its kind: a sound system featuring studio-grade acoustic technologies providing exceptional sound experience never before seen in a production car. Diamond tweeter technology original created for studios has now been incorporated to BMW's flagship. A fully active 10-channel amplifier with an output of 1,400 watts and 16 partially illuminated speakers, featuring Kevlar® midrange speakers, Rohacell® central bass subwoofer and 3 unique diamond tweeters with Nautilus technology built in the most strict laboratory conditions, produce an exceptionally precise and wonderfully rich sound in the cabin. In the process, dynamic sound equalizing with three analogue crossovers ensures uniform acoustic performance delivered to all seats. The system also enables the sound settings to match the selected entertainment genre. The new BMW 7 Series offers a selection of five acoustic options to allow customers a custom sound experiences. BMW ConnectedDrive in the new BMW 7 Series The BMW 7 Series has always been a trailblazer in the field of intelligent connectivity. This top-of-the-line BMW model range pioneered landmark innovations such as the onboard computer with outside temperature display back in 1980, Park Distance Control in 1997 and a built-in navigation system in 1994. The latest innovations, once again takes comfort, safety and the infotainment experience to unbeatable levels in the highly competitive premium luxury segment. The all-new BMW 7 Series is offered with a wide range of all-new or optimized assistance systems including semi-automated driving systems. Also, unmatched by any other brand in the world is the number of functions that can be integrated in the car using Apps, either via the built-in SIM card or a smartphone and operated using the iDrive control system. Courtesy of the embedded BMW ConnectedDrive Services SIM card the Advanced Real Time Traffic Information function are part of the standard Navigation System. The SIM card also allows over-the-air automatic navigation map updates free of charge for the first three years after the vehicle is first registered. Intelligent connectivity in the new BMW 7 Series also supports interactive traffic sign updating which is new in the auto industry. Images of roadside traffic signs recorded by the optional Speed Limit Info camera, along with their position data, are relayed anonymously to a BMW server, which then makes any necessary changes to keep the map database up-to-date at all times. BMW 7 Series drivers who activate this function are helping to keep the navigation database accurate, reliable and up- to-date not only for themselves but also for all BMW ConnectedDrive customers. BMW Head-Up Display: optimized graphics, larger projection area The new-generation BMW Head-Up Display acts as a highly effective aid to driver concentration as it presents a broad range of information in graphical format on the windshield into the driver's field of view. This system, which is standard on 750i models, projects information about road speed, speed limits, overtaking restrictions, Check Control messages, status and warning messages from other assistance systems, turn-by-turn directions and telephone and entertainment menus directly into the driver's field of vision, where they can be read without looking away from the road. The new-generation Head-Up Display comes with a 75 percent larger projection area, while the displayed information and images offer further improved quality and detail with graphics in full color. New generation BMW Parking Assistant The new version of the optional Parking Assistant makes light work of selecting and maneuvering not just into parallel parking spaces but now also into perpendicular parking spots. It controls the entire maneuver into the parking space, including all the necessary steering, gear-shifting, acceleration and braking operations. Active Park Distance Control also assists the driver during manual reversing maneuvers. If needed, this feature autonomously brakes the vehicle helping prevent collisions with obstacles to the rear of the vehicle. Active Driving Assistant and Active Driving Assistant Plus The optional Active Driving Assistant safety package has now been extended to include Rear Crossing Traffic warning. These functions use data supplied by sensors at either side of the rear of the vehicle, Rear Crossing Traffic warning, assists drivers when backing out of parking spots in situations where there is a poor visibility. Audible and a visual alerts in the Central Information Display warn the driver. With the rearview camera, the extended view of the traffic situation behind the vehicle is shown in the Central Information Display. The Active Driving Assistant package also includes the Frontal Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with Light City braking function, Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit Info. The Active Driving Assistant Plus package also includes, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Front Crossing Traffic warning, Traffic Jam assistant and Active Lane keeping assistant with Side Collision protection. These functions use a stereo camera and front and side radar sensors to detect lane markings, preceding vehicles or approaching side or rear traffic. At speeds up to 130 mph they provide comfort-enhancing steering assistance to help drivers stay in lane or follow the preceding vehicle. The various systems can also help prevent collisions with approaching side or rear traffic during a lane change. The Traffic Jam assistant also ensures more relaxed, stress- free driving in stop-go traffic. This semi-automated driving function provides comfort- enhancing steering assistance whenever the driver has at least one hand on the steering wheel. Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function has also been extended. When this system is active, drivers can simply press a button to acknowledge speed restrictions detected by Speed Limit Info. The speed setting is then adapted to comply with the detected speed limit. BMW Night Vision, 3D Surround View Night driving safety can be enhanced with the standard Adaptive LED headlights for maximized high-beam usage and optional BMW Night Vision. The Night Vision system which includes pedestrian and animal protection relays a real-time image to the Central Information Display highlighting people, larger animals and other heat-radiating objects. The new generation of the Surround View system can now show not only a Top View mode but also a 3D View mode, as well as a Panorama View showing side traffic in front and behind the vehicle. The 3D View mode uses the Central Information Display to show the vehicle and its environment from various perspectives to aid safe maneuvering in confined, low- visibility situations. Body and safety: Strong, comfortable, proactive The innovative lightweight design concept behind the new BMW 7 Series' body structure with Carbon Core makes significant advances not just in terms of weight optimization but also in enhancing the strength and stiffness of the passenger compartment structure. The integral safety concept comprises not only highly resilient supporting architecture but also generous deformation zones and precisely defined load paths that ensure forces generated in an impact are diverted and absorbed ensuring occupant safety. Reliable protection in all conceivable impact situations is also guaranteed by comprehensive safety equipment featuring front and side airbags, head/curtain airbags for the front and rear seats, active head restraints, three-point inertia-reel seat belts with belt force limiters and belt tensioners in the front seats, as well as ISOFIX child seat mountings in the rear. If a collision threatens, the standard Active Protection system activates the belt tensioners and, if necessary, closes the side windows and the moonroof. The seat backrests are also brought into an upright position to ensure the restraint systems work optimally. Variable and convenient use of the trunk The new BMW 7 Series also underlines its credentials as a vehicle for luxury long-distance travel with its spacious, convenient and variable-use luggage compartment. Under the standard electrically operated trunk lid a broad, level load space opens up offering luggage capacity of 18.2 ft3 (SAE). The standard through-loading system provides an aperture into the cabin measuring 8 inches wide and 9.5 centimeters high. Standard Comfort Access, which includes hands-free opening and closing of the trunk lid, is available on all model variants. The feature is activated by moving a foot under the rear apron, facilitating the loading and unloading of bulky items. The Automatic Soft Close function for the doors is also included as standard equipment. BMW Ultimate Benefits The new BMW 7 Series sets new benchmarks in its class for a luxurious and convenient ownership experience with the introduction of Ultimate Benefits. A time saving service, providing white glove treatment, priority status and priceless BMW access to 7 Series customers that is unprecedented in this segment. The Ultimate Benefits programs encompass Encore Delivery, Priority Service appointments, Vehicle Pick up and drop off, a comparable Service Loaner in the interim, Ultimate Vehicle Spa Treatment and 24/7 Concierge Service. Encore Delivery provides a one-on-one experience with a BMW Genius dedicated to answering all questions about features of the customer's new vehicle. This second delivery is scheduled at a time of convenience and at the customer's preferred location. Priority Service Appointments allow for prioritized service appointments, scheduled within 48 hours of the owner's initial request and at their convenience. The customer also has the option to participate in an exclusive Vehicle Pick Up and Drop Off service, at a customer's preferred location. The new 7 Series customer also benefits from a complimentary vehicle spa treatment, at their convenience. A 24/7 Concierge will be available to assist with mobility services and other ownership related inquiries. 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    06-10-2015, 05:18 AM
    Some great runs here from three German performance cars. We have a BMW F82 M4, Audi RS7, and W204 generation Mercedes C63 AMG going at it. The cars are all tuned so these are not stock examples. The race is a standing kilometer in Russia and the road appears a bit damp. That is what makes the first race between the BMW F82 M4 and the Audi RS7 so interesting. The RS7 with its all wheel drive getting off the line with a better launch is no surprise. What is surprising is how the M4 runs its down. At the 1/4 mile mark the M4 has closed the gap running 11.882 @ 124.8 miles per hour. The RS7 manages the 1/4 mile mark in 12.095 @ 121.534. The RS7 trap speed is more indicative of a stock car than a tuned one. The elapsed time is also poor even for a stock RS7. What is interesting is that by the kilometer mark the RS7 has the higher trap speed but the BMW M4 manages the better elapsed time and wins the race. This is definitely a tough run to explain as a tuned RS7 should have won this one rather easily with the better launch. The second race features a W205 C63 AMG Black Series with a Weistec supercharger against the same F82 M4. We do not know exactly which stage Weistec package this C63 AMG Black Series is running. It's a great race between the two with the C63 ultimately edging out the M4 up top. The launch between the two is very similar and the 1/4 mile mark has the M4 running 11.840 to the C63's 11.900. The trap speed of the C63 AMG is higher at 127.418 miles per hour compared to 124.343 miles per hour for the F82 M4. This higher trap speed at the 1/4 indicates the C63 AMG is pulling harder and it indeed takes the victory at the kilometer mark with a 20.993 pass compared to 21.133 for the M4 as well as the higher trap speed. The M4's performance is impressive in the sense that all it needs is a tune to get close to a supercharged C63 and best an RS7.
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    06-11-2015, 10:07 PM
    Over 500 wheel horsepower already for the Ecoboost Mustang and its 2.3 liter turbocharged and direct injected inline-4 motor. This is not a stock internal engine obviously and it was built by FFtec with forged pistons and rods. The block remains stock with no sleeves. They also did not touch the head. So, essentially, they added a forged bottom end and left everything else the way it was. Also, this is done on the stock fuel system with a blend of 91 and race gas. Yep, the stock fuel system is supporting over 500 horsepower at the wheels. FFtec also tuned the setup in-house using a Cobb Accessport. If anyone still has any doubts about the Mustang Ecoboost as a value tuning platform simply take a look at the details from FFtec below. While testing out our development PnP 4Bar Tmap sensor today, we seem to have reset our current, standing horsepower world record! SAE CORRECTION FACTOR STD CORRECTION FACTOR **EDIT Since it appears other vendors have decided to use a non-standard correction factor for displaying their dyno graphs to the public, we've opted to also release our graph with the same non-standard correction factor. This graph/power output graph should NOT be accepted as valid or true. It is only being released for the community to have a valid comparison to other vendors dyno charts ** Check out that consistency! - Technical Details - Turbo System BorgWarner EFR8374 @ ~33PSI FFTEC CylHead/Turbo Flange Adapter FFTEC Intake System FFTEC Chargepipe System FFTEC EcoEconomy Intercooler FFTEC Exhaust System Cylinder Block FFTEC Forged Pistons FFTEC Forged Rods OEM Crank OEM Cylinder Block -- No BlockGuard, Sleeves, CSS, etc. Cylinder Head OEM Cylinder Head -- no Port/Polish OEM Valves OEM Valve Springs OEM Camshafts ECM/Electronics COBB Accessport Protuned by our own Calibration Staff Fuel System Stock Fuel System -- yes, it's possible! ;) 91 Octane Fuel blended with some 101 = ~95-96 Octane Here is the anatomy behind the posted graph(s). We experienced and odd blip of throttle closure that we were able to clear up after some datalogging on the drive home. Also, notice that Fuel Rail Pressure is solid! The car is a monster on the street!! Originally this post was supposed to be about our Tmap sensor dev. and I'm happy to report that it works PERFECTLY! An interesting note: By definition, our car also appears to have a more broad power band than a Mustang GT :) 2015 MGT = ~2100 RPM worth of peak torque performance. (4100 to 6500 RPM) FFTEC's 2015 MEB (w/ turbo system) = ~3000 RPM worth of peak torque performance (4200 to 7200 RPM). Woo Hooo! We'll be bringing more big things to the MEB platform very soon! We've got a lot going on
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    06-24-2015, 05:11 PM
    Some very nice hardware going at it here. The video is from our friends over in Russia who do some great events as well as presentation of the cars participating. This particular video features a tuned M6, a Ferrari F12, a tuned Audi S6, and a tuned BMW F82 M4. F12 vs. M6 The run is between the PP-Performance tuned M6 with a claimed 800 horsepower and a stock Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The F12 gets off the line better but the M6 slowly closes the gap. We have a real drag race on this one as they are neck and neck with the M6 just managing to eek out the victory by the kilometer marker. The M6 has the faster 1/4 mile trap speed at 128.301 miles per hour to 125.915 and the faster kilometer trap speed at 166.559 to 162.917 miles per hour for the F12. Is the M6 really at 800 horsepower though? It is performing like a bolt on car. But it is nice to see bolt ons on an M6 are enough to take an F12. S6 vs. M6 This same M6 next runs the tuned Audi S6 with an unnamed Stage 2 tune. On paper, this should be an easy win for the M6. The S6 gets a nice jump thanks to its all wheel drive but the M6 quickly passes and pulls. The BMW ends up getting to the kilometer marker just over 2 seconds quicker which is a lifetime. The 1/4 mile trap speed of 128.891 for the M6 to the S6's 114.9 shows this is just a huge mismatch in power. M4 vs. M6 Big brother vs. little brother in this one. The M6 gets a much nicer launch and takes the lead right off the bat. The M6 is just stronger trapping 129.189 to the M4's 124.1 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile as well as its 167.683 in the kilometer to the M4's 160.233. The M4 puts up a respectable fight but the M6 is the fastest out of these four cars.
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    06-10-2015, 11:46 PM
    It's here! Weistec has been hard at work on their AMG GT S product offering. You may remember that they did their baseline testing last month on the drag strip with the stock car and since then have worked their magic on the M178 4.0 liter twin turbocharged AMG V8. The initial product offering consists of an ECU tune and exhaust upgrades including a mid-pipe and downpipes. Let's take a look at the M178 ECU tune first. The Weistec AMG GT S baseline is on a completely stock car with 91 octane pump fuel. The dyno type is a Dynojet. The stock numbers are very strong at 480 wheel horsepower and 454 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. After the ECU tune only, peak horsepower goes up to 535 at the wheels. The torque number is the real eye opener as the peak torque figure rises to 580 with a major increase down low. The tune provides an additional 126 lb-ft at the wheels on 91 pump. That is massive. The tune only results are certainly impressive. Now let's look at the Weistec mid-pipe and downpipes. The difference between the factory downpipe design and the Weistec design is night and day. Obviously the factory units have integrated catalytic converters and Weistec eliminates this restriction. Their design is simply much less restrictive. The mid-pipe is part of the downpipe package and it bolts right up without any mounting issues. This photo gives a good idea of the fitment: Here are the key features: 100% mandrel bent and TIG welded Constructed of low carbon 304 Stainless Steel Bolt-on installation Improved exhaust note Improved exhaust flow Increased HP and Torque, especially when coupled with our M178 ECU Upgrade Now it is when these exhaust upgrades are combined with the ECU tune that we see the full potential of this M178 motor. Look at this graph: 551 horsepower at the wheels but the torque figure is over 600 lb-ft. To be exact, 620 lb-ft at the wheels on 91 octane pump gas. An additional 176 lb-ft of torque at the wheels at 3500 rpm is almost silly. The difference in area under the curve is astounding. The gains of course level off toward redline but this is not a motor that needs revs to make power. A boat load of torque is available down low. Weistec's ECU tune comes in at $2950.00: The Downpipe and Mid-pipe upgrade is $4249.99: BenzBoost looks forward to seeing the result after tuning on the drag strip but the car is going to be well into the 10's. Frankly, with that much torque down low it is not out of line to state the vehicle is capable of mid to low 10's on pump gas with drag radials and just these bolt on modifications. Well done Weistec. Kind of makes you want an AMG GT, doesn't it? Additional pictures and a video below.
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    06-12-2015, 01:40 AM
    Over 700 wheel horsepower with bolt on tuning on an F10 M5 on 91 octane seems a bit hard to believe. Keep in mind earlier this month we saw a graph from GSR Technik (formerly Jailbreak Tuning and now part of the GSR Autosport family) showing 682 wheel horsepower and 620 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Is it a big stretch to crack 700 wheel from there? No, but to do so on pump gas certainly raises questions as nobody else has gotten anywhere near that number on pump fuel let alone 91 octane. Now as you can see, the majority of the runs are under 700 wheel and they are using STD correction on the Dynojet. Is this just due to running the car in higher gears to inflate numbers? We are not sure but the numbers are huge with just the GSR Technik Stage 2 tune, Undercover Performance downpipes, and an Akrapovic exhaust. If the M5 is capable of 700 wheel horsepower on the stock turbochargers on pump gas what will race gas and upgraded impellers bring?
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    06-25-2015, 04:21 PM
    It is nice to see these two squaring off on the drag strip. When it comes to the roadcourse, we already know the M3 is the superior performer. It is lighter by roughly 300-500 pounds depending on the options and has the quicker shifting DCT transmission. What about on the dragstrip? The C63 has become essentially a mini E63 AMG. With the panoramic roof it is heavy approaching 4000 pounds. It has the same automatic transmission but instead of the M157 5.5 liter V8 it has the new M177 4.0 liter twin turbo V8. It also has more power and torque than the F80 M3 S55 motor. So more weight but also more horsepower and torque to make up for that deficit. From a roll, we have already seen the C63 AMG S spank the F80 M3. This drag race is done by the South Africans at CAR. They are much better at it than the British CAR as for one they do not do this race when it is wet out and secondly they actually do burnouts to heat and clean the tires. It's nice to see a magazine get the basics of showing proper drag racing results down. Despite the burnout and what looks to be a clean surface the M3 runs 13.70 @ 113.80. A very, very slow time and trap speed. The C63 is quicker turning a 13.44 with a 117.806 trap. Both of these runs are much slower than one would expect and maybe elevation and heat are a factor. Regardless, what happens is what is expected. At the same time and at the same place the C63 AMG S is the quicker and faster car in the 1/4 mile.
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    06-27-2015, 02:40 AM
    We all know (well avid BimmerBoost readers do at least) that port fuel injection is doing wonders for the BMW N54. The BMW N54 and N55 motors both feature direct injection and upgrading the direct fuel injection system is hardly easy. Supplementing direct injection with port fuel injection alleviates many issues. CP-E (Custom Performance Engineering) offers a port injection fuel system for the N54. As the N54 and N55 are fairly similar the port fuel injection kit was retrofitted to a 2011 E90 335i N55. There are still issues to work out here but this is just the beginning. Here are more details from @Terry@BMS: Hey guys, Jesse brought up one of his development N55s for us to kick around a bit. This particular car is a 2011, manual trans, equipped with a JB4, back end flash map, bolt on mods, and a retrofit CPE fuel rail kit. Apparently the normal N54 rail fits the N55 with some very minor dremel modifications. So we've spent the last week or so playing around with the tuning trying to get straight E85 to work with the N55. Unfortunately its not happening. There is something about it that craps out with misfire codes if we get too much E85 in it. With 100% E85 we can run maybe 17psi at 13.3:1 before it misfires, and maybe 20psi at 14:1 (pretty lean, even by N55 standards) before it misfires. But it always misfires sooner or later. Tried a wide arrange of timing curves which have no effect. The Cobb platform for the N55 which we used to develop the flash is very limited. No valvetronic support. So we can't test much there. This could just be combustion chamber design related. Not making much progress on straight E85 I decided to just give up and drop it down to E50. This allowed up to around 27psi at 13.5:1 before misfiring. While I had the car up I did a few dyno pulls just for kicks. As expected it they were pretty strong for an N55. I don't know what the N55 WR is but this can't be too far off that. I pushed boost up a bit higher and started to run in to our good friend random misfire codes. So dialed it back to around 530whp for now. The port injection helped keep the fuel pressure from dropping but realistically the car would be just as strong with a small nozzle meth kit. On straight race gas on a cooler day I think this setup could hit 550whp.
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    06-05-2015, 06:31 AM
    This is the baddest naturally aspirated V8 currently being produced on planet earth. It sounds amazing. Its specifications are equally amazing. They simply do not produce engines like this anymore with everything going to turbos, smaller displacement, and direct injection in the name of efficiency. Ford brought out a chart next to a GT350 and as is par for the course pictures began circulating the net. Manufacturers do not usually post wheel graphs (for a reason) so we have a crank horsepower output chart here from Ford. What do we learn? That the Vodoo V8 makes all its power up top. The engine uses torque multiplication to its advantage. Frankly, it looks like an old school BMW M motor. The torque curve though is not quite as flat as we expected. From 6000 to 8000 there is a drop although horsepower keeps climbing with the revs. Peak horsepower is hit before redline. It does not look in the stock state of tune that there is much to be gained by revving it out further. Tabletop flat torque is not what we see but this is still very much a high revving curve. Ford claims that 90% of peak torque is available as early as 3450 RPM and that is true. The graph oddly or purposely makes a vertical leap at 3450 rpm. The graph feels almost artificial due to this. We'll wait to see independent wheel horsepower graphs but what is clear is that you will want to wind this motor out and keep the revs high. This is not a Viper V10 or a supercharged V8 and nobody should expect big torque down low.
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    06-29-2015, 06:49 PM
    In this new era that puts a premium on efficiency and emissions (as well as parts sharing among motors) the major German brands have all gone to turbocharged and direct injected V8's for their sedans. In the past BMW had a high revving V10, Mercedes a supercharged V8, and Audi a twin turbo V10. Today we do not see vastly differing approaches. That is not to say the engines are all the same as they are not. There are significant design differences which we will explore in this article. They all are turbocharged however with direct fuel injection and all are V8 designs. Let's start by taking a look at the 4.4 liter BMW S63TU. The S63TU is based on the N63 4.4 liter V8 design. The 'S' designates a motor with engineering from the M division. The 'TU' designates a technical update. The N63TU received BMW's Valvetronic variable valve lift system as the did the S63TU which separates them from them from the standard N63 and S63 motors. In the case of the S63TU it also gets a compression bump to 10.0:1 and its peak boost pressure is stated by BMW to be 22 psi. BimmerBoost previously compared the N63 and S63 designs but will now be looking at the S63TU variant that sees duty in the F10 M5 and F13 M6. What is important to note in the S63 engine design is that it features a pulse tuned, cross engine exhaust manifold. This design of the manifold is illustrated well here: The color coded sections give an idea of how this works. The twin scroll turbochargers receive exhaust pulses from both banks, not just one. This is the main difference between the S63 architecture featuring twin scroll turbos and the N63 architecture using single scroll turbos. The S63 turbos are effectively receiving more exhaust pulses. This is part of the reason the S63TU makes more efficient use of its same 4.4 liter displacement and has greater output. This brings us to the Mercedes AMG M157. Out of the modern German twin turbo V8 motors AMG offers the largest displacement at 5.5 liters. This is great for low end torque and turbo spool. The AMG design is quite different from BMW. You will not find the trick exhaust manifolds with the turbos top mounted in the V or valley of the motor. The M157 uses a more traditional layout. It does not feature twin scroll turbos but does feature variable valve timing and direct fuel injection of course. Cooling is courtesy of water to air intercoolers. The M157 is more of a brute force approach. It's a big V8 with boost so of course it will make power. Speaking with certain tuners they believe the M156 and M159 were better motors than the M157. They had to rev high to make their power though and the M157 with its 6400 rpm redline does not courtesy of the turbo boost. Mercedes-AMG themselves has adopted a more advanced design for their new 4.0 liter twin turbo M177/M178 V8 with top mounted turbos located in the V of the motor. On the surface it is a very similar design to the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 which we will now explore. The Audi V8 has the smallest displacement out of the bunch at 4.0 liters. Audi seems to know this and therefore built a very efficient design that responds very well to tuning. You will see that for yourself in the output comparison stock and tuned later on. It is as if Audi designed this motor to be tuned. The engine has top mounted turbos, twin scroll turbochargers, variable camshaft timing, and direct fuel injection of course. The twin scroll turbochargers are the main difference between the standard S6/S6 4.0 TFSI V8 with single scroll turbochargers and the RS6/RS7 design. The S6, S7, RS6, and RS7 all have the same 10.1:1 compression ratio. Audi explains the design choices as well as why they did not go the VTG (Variable Turbine Geometry) route well here: Despite the displacement disadvantage it really isn't giving much of anything up to the big boys offering 560 horsepower in the RS6/RS7 and 516 lb-ft of torque. This is less torque than the 590 lb-ft offered by the 2015 E63 AMG but actually more than the BMW F10 M5 500 lb-ft interestingly enough. At least on paper. AudiBoost will explore this motor in much further detail in a dedicated article later this week. Which brings us to the last motor fittingly as it feels a bit dated. The Porsche 4.8 turbo V8 is not a bad engine by any means. All it really happens to be though is a minor evolution of the original Cayenne Turbo 4.5 liter V8. Porsche gave it a bit more displacement and direct injection to update it since the V8's introduction in 2003. The Panamera Turbo and Turbo S may be the most expensive but when it comes to performance they lag behind the others. In straightline performance, specifically. Perhaps that is why it has a dry sump oiling system as it is not just a dragster. The Turbo S is rated at 570 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque for the $180k it costs but in practice it has less power and torque than any of these motors when wheel output is considered and namely when tuned. It does have an overboost feature which bumps torque to 590 lb-ft for short bursts which is something similar to a factory tune. As stated, it is not a bad motor but it just feels a bit dated. The Panamera has a playful chassis but it is a heavy car and even the mighty Turbo S can not keep up with the M5, RS7, or E63 AMG S. Here is a comparison chart to make it easy to identify the specifications of each motor: Engine: BMW S63TU AMG M157 Audi 4.0 TFSI Porsche 4.8 Displacement: 4395cc 5461cc 3993cc 4806cc Bore x Stroke: 89x88.3mm 98x90.5mm 84.5x89mm 96x83mm Horsepower: 560/575 577 560 520/570 Torque lb-ft: 500 590 516 516/553 Boost Pressure: 22 psi 14.5 psi 14.5 psi 12.3/13.5 psi Compression: 10.0:1 10.0:1 10.1:1 10.5:1 Redline/Fuel cut: 7100 6400/6600 6600 6500/6700 Valvetrain: DOHC 4V DOHC 4V DOHC 4V DOHC 4V Fuel Injection: Direct Direct Direct Direct With the factory specs out of the way we can now take a look at what these cars really put down to the wheels. These were all recorded on the Eurocharged all wheel drive Dynojet completely stock. Same fuel, same dyno. It does not get much more uniform than that: Now, the Mercedes fanboys are probably in an uproar right now due to this graph. Relax gentlemen, this is a E63 M157 dyno of a base care before the facelift and without the Performance Package option. The E63 AMG launched before the RS6/RS7 and the F10 M5 offering its M157 in a 518 horsepower state of tune. The following graph shows how things have evolved. The M5 is also a Competition Package car and not a standard M5. Turbo motors are allowing manufacturers to play with the output through software alone to top each other (and keep costs down). This is what an E63 AMG 4Matic looks like today: This is the E63 AMG S 4MAtic: That is quite the spread from the original pre-facelift and pre-4Matic all wheel drive E63 AMG S being sold today, eh? Mercedes now only sells the 4Matic E63 AMG S in the USA. The E63 has grown mostly through just software changes from the original 458 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque at the wheels to the 541 horsepower and 579 lb-ft of torque at the wheels you see now. Interesting how AMG responded, eh? BMW is also playing software games as here is a standard F10 M5: BMW with the Competition Package which gives the S63TU different engine tuning software increases output by 20 wheel horsepower and 28 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Each manufacturer is very much aware of what the other is really putting out. This is a horsepower war yet they all are just trying to stay close to one another without taking things too far. They could each increase output further if needed and they each know it. Look at this aftermarket tune comparison courtesy of Eurocharged: They all end up surprisingly close to each other, don't they? The M5 has the least torque by a paltry ~30 lb-ft at the wheels compared to the others but clearly revs the highest so BMW can make up the displacement disadvantage that way through gearing. The RS7 is also making nice power up top though and interestingly despite being the smallest motor has the most torque tune only at 668 lb-ft. Do you think Audi did not know what they were doing? They gave the RS6/RS7 4.0 TFSI this kind of room for tune only gains so they would be right there with the E63 and M5 despite the heavy all wheel drive chassis and small 4.0 liter motor. This is all calculated. The M157 clearly revs the lowest out of the bunch but its displacement is helping it out with good torque down low. The Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 is still matching it yet revving out higher. It also offers more torque and power than the M5 S63TU up top until roughly 6900 rpm thanks to the increased rev limit from Eurocharged. The M5 revs a bit higher than this but it's torque and power are both lower than the 4.0 TFSI V8 before and after this rpm point. The motor that looks the most impressive is actually the smallest, go figure. You might notice the Panamera Turbo V8 is absent. It is difficult to get Dynojet graphs of the motor and we tried. The best we could do is this Mustang graph of a Panamera Turbo from Switzer before and after their turbo upgrade package: You will notice the Panamera Turbo is offering output closer to the pre-facelift E63 AMG than where the German performance sedans are now. Despite the crank horsepower and torque ratings AMG, M, and Audi are offering far stronger motors. It really takes a turbo upgrade for the Panamera Turbo to match the tuned examples from the others. There you have it. The twin turbo V8 era brings with it easy tunability and the manufacturers are all aware of this. They are positioning themselves to be close stock and tuned. If this network was to pick the most impressive motor though it would be the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 followed by the BMW S63TU. The M157 is just taking more of a brute force than finesse approach and AMG themselves is changing the design now with the M177/M178 introduction. Porsche of course in this mid-size class is outgunned by all of them but this will change with the next generation Panamera. All turbocharged V8's, all direct injected, and all with basic similarities but different approaches. Is this era boring or exciting? You decide.
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    06-22-2015, 02:10 PM
    BMW's inline-6 engines have traditionally dominated at the International Engine of the Year Awards. Since the inception of the International Engine of the Year Awards in 1999 BMW has won the 2.5 liter to 3.0 liter class 14 of 17 times. It's BMW's award to lose. The N54 engine in particular had a streak of six straight wins from 2007 to 2012. The BMW N55 engine won the class last year after Porsche dethroned BMW in 2013 with their 2.7 liter naturally aspirated flat-6. The awards in this category over the past few years make you scratch your head a bit. Why? Because the N55 was beaten by the Porsche motor only for the next year for the N55 to win. What changed? The judges? Additionally, with the S55 winning the class this year why did it lose to the N55 last year? The N55 was better than the S55 in 2014 but in 2015 the S55 is better? The S55 received 174 points last year but this year received 246. The N55 last year received 254 points but this year 178. It is like they flip-flopped. BimmerBoost last year commented this does not make sense: "Additionally, BMW's brand new S55 3.0 liter turbocharged six-cylinder that is a newer and better designed motor than the N55 finishes behind the Porsche 2.7 liter flat-6 and the N55 as well. The older N55 is better than the brand new S55 motor in the M3/M4 with greater torque, greater power, better engine components, higher revs, and an overall superior design? That just does not make much sense. The N55 takes the victory according to the scoring of the judging panel but the decision certainly does not appear logical. Regardless, BMW dominates this category with four motors in the top six. If BimmerBoost were to guess, the S55 will take this category next year but that only further supports what an odd decision the N55 is for 2014." We were right, the motor did take the victory this year but it should have taken it last year as well. The S55 engine did not suddenly get better. Perhaps the judges got better at their job. Regardless, with 700+ wheel horsepower out of the S55 already in the aftermarket not to mention its accolades in stock form BimmerBoost expects the S55 to dominate this category for the length of the F80 M3 and F82 M4 production unless someone brings something spectacular to the table. Perhaps Audi's next generation 3.0 TFSI V6 can do that. The latest generation of BMW’s M3 bucks the trend of increasing capacity that its predecessors all followed. It is, in fact, the smallest engine to be used in the M3 since the original E30 era. But that didn’t stop the Bavarian 3-litre powerbase coming to the fore in this category to take top honours for 2015. And such a victory means BMW has taken the 2.5-litre to 3-litre grouping 10 times in the last 11 years and 14 times overall – a remarkable achievement on every level. The S55 B30 unit fitted to the new M3 and M4 marks a return to an in-line six-cylinder configuration for M – only this time with the addition of two IHI twin-scroll turbos with variable vane geometry. The blowers operate at a conservative 18.9psi, but help deliver 431ps and 550Nm. But perhaps what impressed judges more was the six-cylinder’s torque spread, with that peak figure being sustained from 1,850rpm through to 5,500rpm. The longitudinally mounted, closed-deck, aluminium block runs at a compression ratio of 10.2:1, and has a high-precision direct injection fuel system. This works alongside a double-VANOS setup to control intake valve lift, further helping to boost output power. Performance has always been the M Division’s mantra, and the new 3-litre unit continues to sing to that tune. For spirited driving on road and track, the S55 B30 uses a magnesium oil sump to limit the flow of oil under lateral loading. To counter longitudinal movement of the oil under full acceleration and deceleration, the engine also uses an oil extraction pump and return system to ensure a constant flow of oil at all times. In addition to such performance, the M3/M4 motor also delivers on efficiency. It comes equipped with stop/start, brake energy regeneration, a map-controlled oil pump and on-demand ancillaries, meaning that it consumes 8.3 l/100km (34mpg) and emits 194g/km C02. Such a combination won over many judges. French freelancer Yves Maroselli enthused, “This is the best turbocharged six-cylinder engine on the market!”
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    06-16-2015, 10:01 AM
    The more things change the more they stay the same. With this new generation of turbocharged German sport sedans the result is similar to what the previous generation naturally aspirated battle brought. That being the BMW is more nimble and offers a smaller motor whereas the AMG is more of a brute. The F80 M3 is not light weighing in at the 35XX range depending on options but that is roughly 500 pounds less than a C63 AMG with the panoramic roof option. The W205 generation C63 AMG is simply heavy but anyone who is serious about performance should skip the pano roof in order to get weight down in the 38XX pounds range. Not to mention take weight off a position at the top of the car which does not help handling. The engines may be turbocharged now but the AMG again has the larger motor offering more horsepower and torque. The BMW M3 again has a dual clutch box and the C3 AMG again does not. That helps the BMW's efficiency and helps it make up the power disparity. EVO makes a mistake when discussing the C63 AMG gearbox stating it is a single clutch when it isn't, it is a multi-clutch design. What they means to say is it can only have a single gear selected at a time and not have the next gear preselected. EVO prattles on and on about how the C63 AMG S has more power and torque and that is true although the M3 S55 inline-6 is very underrated in its power output. The M177 twin turbo 4.0 liter V8 in the C63 is underrated as well just not quite to the same degree as the M. The difference between the two is roughly 40 wheel horsepower and 60 lb-ft of wheel torque. EVO feels the M3 has sharper throttle response and the quicker gearbox. The C63 is said to feel faster and with its torque advantage plus its heavier weight that seat of pants feeling makes sense. The S model will out accelerate the M3 but the standard C63 and M3 should actually be very close. Around the track the M3 is just more composed. Its corner entry and exits are cleaner. The M3 has a lead of 4/10's halfway through the track comparison. It quickly opens a lead and increases it. The M3 laps the course in 1:23.27 compared to 1:24.0 for the C63 AMG S. Is anyone really surprised? The lighter car with the quicker gearbox offering less snap on oversteer due to torque delivery manages the tight course better. It's the same thing as the last generation all over again. The M3 again is the scalpel to the C63's sledgehammer.
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    06-05-2015, 03:42 AM
    What do you even say at this point? T1 Race Development threw up this teaser showing massive horsepower at the wheels on a Mainline Pro Hub dynamometer for their Nissan GTR. That isn't photoshop, that really shows 2160 horsepower at the wheels and 1430 lb-ft of torque at the wheels at 8778 rpm. We are not sure what the specs are as this is just a teaser but the last time we looked at the T1 Race Development GTR it had these specs: GT1R Series 7 Package - 1900+bhp Includes GT1R Stage 5 - 4.3L Long Block with CNC Ported Cylinder Heads and full Ferrea Valvetrain GT1R Block Reinforcement Process GT1R Camshafts AMS Alpha 20 Turbo Kit Driven Innovations Race Intercooler Kit with all piping Shep Trans Stage 6 Package (PPG 1-6 gears, Dodson Pro Max Clutch, PPG Drop Gears, etc) GT1R Transmission Braces GT1R Stage 4 Fuel System with triple Walbro 485 pumps, ID2000 injectors, T1 rails, Weldon regulator, all wiring. JMS FuelMAX voltage booster EcuTek TCM Program 5 bar MAP sensors Tial Q Blow Off Valves T1 Spec R35 Transmission Fluid GT1R Air/Oil Separators Full Motec T1 Spec 12 Injector Package Boost Logic 12 Injector Manifold/Rail Combo All fluids, installation of all parts and full dyno tune on pump gas and race gas. Drive Shaft Shop Pro Series Axles ETS 4" Titanium Exhaust with custom GT1R 3.5 to 4" midpipe. The crazy thing is they are not the only ones with a 2000+ wheel horsepower GTR and the 2k barrier has come and gone. Now a handful of tuners are pushing well past the 2000 hp mark. Things are out of control:
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    06-22-2015, 02:37 PM
    The 2015 Audi RS5 certainly looks fresh thanks to the B8 A5 facelift. Under the skin though this is the same old platform. That same old 4.2 FSI naturally aspirated V8 still powers it although it receives a 'bump' up to 450 crank horsepower and an S-Tronic dual clutch transmission. The RS5 might on paper show 450 horsepower but in reality it is making much less power and torque and BMW's M4 at 425 horsepower. The RS5's output on paper is ceremonial if not anything else as the M4 creams it in performance. The RS5 is 500 pounds heavier than the M3/M4 as it rides on its old and very heavy Quattro architecture. They make the boat handle well though as Car and Driver records a skidpad figure of .96g. The car puts up respectable performance with 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and the 1/4 mile coming in 12.8 @ 111 miles per hour but this car is fighting last generation's battle. It did not win that one and it certainly is not keeping up with the monster that is the Mercedes-AMG C63 or the modern BMW M3 and M4. This car needs a refresh especially considering its S5 sibling is the better performance purchase as it can receive a boost in power and torque to its 3.0 liter supercharged V6 with a simple tune that will have it outpace the RS5. That said, the RS5 is a beautiful car and the high revving powerplant is not something manufacturers produce in volume these days. If performance is one's concern, the RS5 is overmatched in today's marketplace by its own German competition. Why bother making an RS model if it isn't offering the performance one expects? It's time to update this car. Specifications VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED:$78,525 (base price: $71,825) ENGINE TYPE DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:254 cu in, 4163 cc Power: 450 hp @ 8250 rpm Torque: 317 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 108.3 in Length: 183.0 in Width: 73.2 in Height:53.8 in Passenger volume: 84 cu ft Cargo volume: 12 cu ft Curb weight: 4050 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 4.4 sec Zero to 100 mph: 10.4 sec Zero to 130 mph: 18.5 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.0 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.5 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.2 sec Standing ¼-mile: 12.8 sec @ 111 mph Top speed (governor limited): 178 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 158 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.96 g
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    06-15-2015, 12:22 PM
    Things went a bit better for Porsche at Le Mans this year compared to their result in their return to challenging for the overall title last year. Audi won yet again in 2014 for their 13th championship which put them on a rapid course to catch up to Porsche with its 16 titles. Well, make that 17 titles for Porsche now as they increase their lead as the all time overall wins leader at Le Mans. That must be nice to have on the Porsche resume, eh? The 919 Hybrids finished 1-2 in the LMP1 class. Audi took the next two spots with their R18 e-tron and Toyota managed a sixth place finish with their very underrated TS 040 Hybrid. Corvette Racing won the GTE Pro class in their C7R. This is the first win for Corvette Racing at Le Mans since 2011. The full results are below. Congratulations to Porsche for providing real competition and breaking Audi's streak. It certainly is interesting that the competition had to come from inside the VW Group. Congratulations to Corvette Racing as well who has a hell of a race car in the C7R which will be a challenger in the GTE classes for years to come. LMP1: LMP2: LM GTE Pro: LM GTE AM: Porsche clinches 17th outright victory at Le MansBreaking news - Le Mans 24 Hours Stuttgart. Porsche has scored its 17th overall victory at the 83rd edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours. No other manufacturer has achieved such impressive results at the world’s toughest endurance race. With the innovative Porsche 919 Hybrid, Earl Bamber (NZ), Nico Hülkenberg (D) and Nick Tandy (GB) won the coveted title exactly 45 years to the day after Porsche’s very first overall victory at the Sarthe. Their team mates Timo Bernhard (D), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AUS) finished second and completed the 1-2 for Porsche. The US race driver and actor Patrick Dempsey celebrated the biggest success of his racing career by coming in second with a Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE-Am class .
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    06-05-2015, 03:23 AM
    This may look like a BMW but it is based on a front wheel drive Mini platform. Despite that the X1 does feature all wheel drive. There is also only one model exclusive to the US X1 lineup for the 2016 model year and that is the turbo four-cylinder xDrive28i with 228 horsepower. This four-cylinder is not the N20 unit but the new modular B48 unit. This engine is designed to scale with the same displacement per cylinder from a 1.5 liter inline-3, to 2.0 liter inline-4, to 3.0 liter inline-6. It's essentially designed to save BMW money so the motors can all share the same rods, pistons, and whatever else. This design is more undersquare with a 82mm bore and 94.6mm stroke. We will see what that means for performance and power but the N20 it is replacing tended to punch above its 241 horsepower rating. The B48 is rated at 228 horsepower in the xDrive28i. That power is sent through an 8-speed automatic to all four wheels as mentioned. Now, analyzing the new motor will have to wait until we get some performance figures. The looks though definitely are a big improvement on the previous generation X1 which many, including BimmerBoost, felt looked awkward. This car is an improvement inside and out as far as looks are concerned despite the cheaper platform and modular motors. The all wheel drive system is a lightweight system but sophisticated. It can transfer up to 100% of the power to the rear wheels. It is also engaged continuously. This is not a front wheel drive with all wheel drive thrown in as an afterthought which is what we expected. BMW in their press release makes a big deal about all the lightweight technology mentioning lightweight this and lightweight that. So why not tell us what the damn thing weighs? Probably because it doesn't weigh less than the car it replaces but we will have to see about that. BMW specifically omitted launching this car with their new six cylinder unit so it makes us wonder if the X1 with a turbo six would not step on the X3's toes and create some issues with model cannibalism. With all wheel drive, light weight, and a turbo 3.0 liter inline-6 this could be the best performance tuning option for the money in the BMW X-Series lineup. The M Sport version of the xDrive28i features the following changes and exclusive features: Exterior: M aero package with front apron, side skirts, wheel arches in body color and rear apron with diffuser in Dark Shadow metallic. Kidney grilles with eight exclusively designed slats in high-gloss black. Bi-color 18 inch M light alloy wheels double-spoke style 570 M Bi-color 19 inch M light alloy wheels Double-spoke style 572 M M Sport suspension BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line and BMW Individual roof rails in high-gloss Shadow Line M marking on the sides Exclusive Estoril Blue Metallic available Interior: M door sills Sport seats for driver and front passenger in cloth / alcantara combination 'Micro Hexagon' seat pattern Multifunction M leather steering wheel BMW Individual headliner anthracite Aluminium Hexagon accented blue interior trim option Black high-gloss accented Pearl Gloss Chrome interior trim option Shortened gearshift lever with M logo Orange or white ambient light LED light guides in the door decors Key fob with M marking The All-New BMW X1: - Greatest interior roominess and versatility in its class - Highest power with reduced emissions - Commanding presence, robust proportions, dynamic lines - Innovative connectivity and groundbreaking BMW EfficientDynamics technology unparalleled in the segment Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – EMBARGO: June 2, 2015 – 6:00pm EDT/3:00pm PDT... Today, BMW announced the all-new BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle. In its second generation, the new MY 2016 BMW X1 builds on the success of its predecessor (61,974 sold in the US to date) by incorporating a roomier interior, greater efficiency and technology on the forefront of innovation. The second generation takes to the stage with a body design typical of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the US at launch featuring a 2.0-liter TwinTurbo 4-cylinder engine from BMW's new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 horsepower, making the all new BMW X1 the most powerful entry model in the segment. It will be mounted to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. An efficiency-optimized version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and newly developed chassis technology all help to enhance sporting ability and ride comfort compared to the outgoing model. The all new BMW X1 also showcases its exceptional versatility with increased cargo area and greater interior room with more headroom than before. The 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i will arrive in US showrooms in Fall 2015. Its cutting-edge premium ambience and functionality ensure the BMW X1 will stay ahead of the competition. Alongside its market-leading dynamics and efficiency, a host of innovative equipment features also help to secure the all new BMW X1 position in the class. Among the items on the options list are full-LED adaptive headlights, BMW Head-Up Display and Driver Assistance Plus. Greatest interior roominess and versatility in its class The all new BMW X1 is defined by its cutting-edge vehicle concept and advancements in the areas of functionality, safety and comfort. This multitalented model not only boasts more space for passengers and luggage, it also offers additional flexibility when it comes to utilizing its load-carrying capacity. Extensive standard equipment and numerous attractive options underline the premium character of the compact BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. Merging functionality and versatility, the BMW X1 is the roomiest vehicle in its class. The overall interior room and comfort of the all new BMW X1 treat passengers to additional head and legroom. The horizontal surface design in the interior, create generous levels of space and an ambience typical of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. Power front seats are now standard and provide a seating position raised by more than one inch in the front and more than 2.5 inches in the rear when compared to its predecessor. Leg room in the rear has increased by 1.5 inches in standard specification and by up to 2.6 inches with the optionally adjustable rear seat while accessible storage areas like the compartment in front of the shifter emphasize the versatile character of all new BMW X1. The driver focused cockpit and generously sized surfaces define the interior of the new BMW X1 as a classic Sports Activity Vehicle. The flat surfaces of the instrument panel and center console controls all angled towards the driver aim to help and maintain control over the surroundings at all times regardless of changing road conditions. The rear seatback can be split 40:20:40, with the three sections folding down individually or jointly. An optional sliding and reclining rear bench with individual elements that can slide forward or back by up to five inches allowing seating comfort and storage capacity to be adjusted even more precisely. The tilt angle for the rear-seat backrest can also be adjusted when fitted with the optional equipment seats and ranges from 31 degrees all the way to a near-vertical cargo position of 1 degree. A power-folding feature enables the rear seats to be folded at the touch of a button inside the luggage compartment. Cargo space has been increased by more than 15 percent (based on European measurements) allowing plenty of storage practicality. The standard automatic tailgate operation makes using the X1's load-carrying capacity even easier, and Comfort Access, offered as part of the Premium Package also includes a hands-free tailgate opening and closing function. The passenger compartment of the all new BMW X1 has large door pockets and offers a selection of smaller storage areas. A storage compartment is integrated into the instrument panel on the driver's side. Positioned in front of the gearshift selector lever in the center console beneath a sliding cover are two cupholders. The front armrest for the driver and front passenger includes an integrated storage compartment. The standard storage package includes features such as nets in the backrest of the driver and the front passenger seat and a central armrest with cupholders for the rear adding to the new X1's storage offerings. Safe transportation of goods is assured with a strap and net in the trunk. Attractive equipment variants and exclusive comfort-enhancing options Customers can choose between two non-metallic and nine metallic exterior paint finishes, allowing them to tailor their new BMW X1 to their individual tastes. Estoril Blue metallic is exclusively offered in combination with the M Sport package. Mirroring brand specific characteristics, the new BMW X1 offers a broad range of individualization. The M Sport package, available later this year, provides a sportier, quicker and slicker look and feel thanks to the 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission featuring steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters supported by M Steering Wheel and M Sport suspension and Sport Seats. The Premium Package highlights once more BMW core attributes achieving an even higher look and feel of quality. The optional panoramic moonroof, increased in size compared to the outgoing model, underlines the roominess of the vehicle's interior whereas the full LED headlights, both available with the Premium Package, highlight a strong and powerful stance on the road. Standard equipment also includes front fog-lamps, alarm with remote-controlled central locking and keyless engine ignition, electric window controls, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, a multifunction leather steering wheel adjustable for height and reach, a rain sensor including automatic headlight control and Dynamic Cruise Control. Commanding presence, robust proportions, dynamic lines The signature BMW X model design cues shape the all new BMW X1, while the height has been increased by an additional 1.7 inches, for a robust stance in all driving situations. The large, upright BMW kidney grille, lower air intake done in three sections and characteristic "six-eyed" looked formed by the twin round headlights and fog lamps give the new BMW X1 its distinctive face. Emphasizing the bold look of the new BMW X1, LED Daytime Running Lights are now standard with LED headlights available in conjunction with the Premium Package. Flared wheel arches and lines converge in an X-shape into the kidney grille, contributing to the authoritative presence of the new BMW X1. Black borders on the lower edge of the body, the square contour of the wheel cutouts and the generous volume of the surfaces above them, all underline the solid statute of the compact BMW X-models. The center of the new BMW X1's rear apron rises up significantly, mimicking the characteristic element of the front design. Their flat outline emphasizes the width of the rear end, with the vertically arranged black aeroblades which perfectly mirrors the roof spoiler, adding sporting accents. The all new BMW X1 offers standard 18-inch run-flat all-season tires with non-run-flat all seasons and a space saver spare available as a no-cost option for the first time. Our sport oriented customers can chose 19-inch run-flat performance tires as optional equipment. The interior offers harmonious balance between driver focus and elegance befitting the classic style of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. The flat surfaces of the instrument panel and center console controls angled towards the driver providing great overview inside and outside the vehicle. The controls located in the lower section of the center console are surrounded by high-quality surfaces and are with a newly designed trim accent bar. The instrument cluster, consisting of two circular instruments and framed by a small binnacle, also helps the driver to focus on driving. The iDrive operating system's Control Display comes in the form of a high resolution 6.5-inch or, optionally, 8.8-inch freestanding monitor. The interior trim accent and air vents are surrounded by an interior trim spanning the full width of the instrument panel. The interior trim and accent strip extend through the door panel trim, with the effect that occupants in all seats are surrounded by premium surfaces with a uniform material and color structure. Other standard interior features include: Power front seats with driver-side memory, Anthracite headliner, storage package and multifunction sport leather steering wheel. Standard equipment for the new BMW X1 also includes an all-new SensaTec seat surface available in both Black and Canberra Beige and a Black high-gloss interior trim with Pearl chrome accent strips. Perforated Dakota leather trim is available in Black, Canberra Beige, Mocha, and Oyster as are interior Brushed Aluminum and fine-wood matt Oak Grain and Fineline Stream interior trims. The standard sound system with 7 loudspeakers provides high quality audio. The optional Harman Kardon HiFi system, complete with 12 loudspeakers and a digital amplifier with 360-watt output, provide an outstanding audio experience while on the road. Powertrain and driving experience The second generation BMW X1 uses an all-new powertrain and chassis technology to build systematically on the compact BMW X model's versatile sporting ability in its segment. The newly developed chassis technology, which ensures not only precisely controllable handling, but also noticeably improved ride comfort is another key factor that further enhances agility on the all new BMW X1. Together with the car's low center of gravity, a wide track, short overhangs, optimized weight and the impressive rigidity of the body and chassis, all contribute to lay the foundation for a driving experience familiar to BMW drivers but without parallel in the class. Highest power in it's class The all new BMW X1 will be available from launch with an all-new 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine featuring a twin-tailpipe design that draws further attention to the sporty character of the all new BMW X1. The BMW X1 xDrive28i features BMW's new modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine, a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder unit with a TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift, and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. This powerful engine develops 228 hp at 5,000 rpm, representing the highest power output in the entry model class and thanks to BMW's EfficientDynamics technology. The peak torque of 258 lb-ft, which is available between 1,250 rpm and 4,500 rpm ensures once again that the driving torque is effortlessly and instantly delivered for a dynamic and agile driving experience. Its instantaneous pulling power enables acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The new BMW X1 xDrive28i CO2 emissions stand at 152– 49 grams per kilometer (in the EU test cycle, depending on the tire format specified). US EPA mileage estimates will be available closer to launch. Flexible, quick to respond and more efficient than ever: the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system in the new BMW X1 The compact, low-weight and efficient all-wheel-drive system distributes the engine's power between the front and rear axle exactly as the situation requires – at all times. Working closely with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) allows the system to act preemptively to counteract any tendency on the car's towards oversteer or understeer. The BMW xDrive system therefore ensures excellent traction, optimized directional stability and enhanced cornering dynamics in all weather and road conditions. Furthermore, the combination of the DSC system and xDrive also includes Hill Descent Control. The xDrive system of the all new BMW X1 consists of a single-speed bevel gear and a rear-axle drive unit with an electrohydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch than controls longitudinal torque distribution. The two are connected by a two-piece drive shaft. When required, the multi-plate clutch – with the help of an electrohydraulic pump – diverts up to 100 percent of the engine's power to the rear wheels. It does so within fractions of a second and unnoticed by the driver. The DSC system keeps the pump's control unit constantly supplied with important data for analyzing the driving situation. The data includes the vehicle's speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering lock, wheel-speed, pitch, accelerator position and the Driving Dynamic Control and DSC settings. This information is used to determine – and instantly generate – the ideal power split between the front and rear wheels, seamlessly and flexibly. A recipe for enthralling agility: sophisticated chassis technology The chassis technology of the original X1 has been totally redeveloped for the new model with aluminum wheel hubs, as well as axle carriers and control arms made from high-strength steel, reduce weight and increase the rigidity of the front axle, which in turn helps to ensure an agile turn-in response and direction-changing precision. The rear axle also employs a high proportion of high-strength steels. Tube-shaped anti-roll bars at the front and rear axle, innovative axle mounting and specially tuned elastokinematics contribute to the agility and ride comfort of the all new BMW X1, as do the connection of the dampers to the body via sophisticated three-way support mounts. The all new BMW X1 is equipped with standard Servotronic speed-sensitive steering assistance. This system allows parking and turning maneuvers to be completed safely and comfortably with little steering effort, and at higher speeds drivers can also benefit from steering precision and straight line stability as the steering effort is increased just the right amount. The Driving Dynamic Control switch on the center console allows the driver to give the car's set-up an even sportier, more comfort-oriented or efficiency-optimized character. Calling up COMFORT, SPORT or ECO PRO mode at the touch of a button adapts the responses of the accelerator pedal and steering as well as shift characteristics of the automatic transmission are also adjusted if the relevant equipment has been specified. The Dynamic Stability Control stability system includes features such as the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Brake Assist system, Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Drying Braking and Start-Off Assistant and Performance Control. When DSC is deactivated, an electronic locking function for the front axle differential – known as Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) – comes into play. In tight corners the system brakes a spinning wheel as required and ensures power is diverted to the other wheel. The enhanced functional effectiveness of all powertrain components, intelligent energy management, the rigorous application of BMW Lightweight technology and far-reaching measures designed to optimize aerodynamics all play a role in enhancing the efficiency of the all new, second generation BMW X1. The innovations developed under the BMW EfficientDynamics umbrella delivers greater driving pleasure. Optimized exterior design The all new BMW X1 also has smooth underbody paneling, air deflectors on the front wheel arches and vertical aeroblades, which form a unit with the roof spoiler to channel the airflow around the rear of the car to best effect. The Air Curtains integrated into the outer air intakes channel the onrushing air precisely behind the front fenders causing it to hang over the wheels like a curtain and thus reduce turbulence. Engine, gearbox and BMW xDrive: lower weight, improved efficiency The engine in the BMW X1 xDrive28i benefits from the latest incarnation of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with TwinScroll turbocharger and the most recently updated generation of VALVETRONIC. This latest 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine incorporates aluminum crankcase and cylinder head, forged steel crankshafts with an integrated balance shaft drive, low-weight pistons, forged connecting rods, friction-reduced cylinder coatings and map-controlled oil pumps. With the reduced weight and enhanced internal efficiency, the new 8-speed Steptronic transmission also helps to optimize efficiency. The reduced converter slip of the new automatic transmission cuts energy losses, and its wider gear spread keeps revs lower at higher vehicle speeds contributing to the reduced emissions. The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system developed for the new BMW X1 is considerably lighter with powertrain losses that are reduced by 30 percent in normal driving situations .The improved functional effectiveness of the new rear differential also helps to deliver a particularly efficient all-wheel-drive experience. Intelligent energy management, ECO PRO mode with coasting function The BMW EfficientDynamics technology employed in the new BMW X1 includes intelligent energy management. Brake Energy Regeneration enables extremely efficient power generation for the on-board power supply. The Electric Power Steering and on-demand fuel and coolant pumps work with maximum efficiency. ECO PRO mode – activated via the Driving Dynamics Control switch – also allows drivers of new BMW X1 to make use of the coasting function. At speeds between 30-100 mph, the powertrain is disengaged when the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator. Further efficiency gains have been achieved with items including reduced-friction wheel bearings. BMW EfficientLightweight technology ensuring efficiency The enhanced functional effectiveness of all powertrain components, intelligent energy management, BMW Lightweight technology and measures designed to optimize aerodynamics all play a role in ensuring that the new BMW X1 it is significantly more efficient. The innovations developed under the BMW EfficientDynamics banner form an overall package that delivers greater and more efficient driving pleasure. An intelligent mix of materials for the body structure and chassis components of the new BMW X1 allows increased agility, lower vibrations and enhanced safety to be combined with optimized vehicle weight. The targeted use of hot-stamped, high and ultra-high tensile steels reduces the weight of the X1 yet also significantly improves torsional rigidity and strength. Contributing to the Lightweight construction of the BMW X1, components like the hood, the bumper supports and wheel hubs – among other areas of the car – are made of aluminum. The weight of the chassis has been reduced by the deployment of components such as tube-shaped anti-roll bars, output shafts and damper piston rods, not to mention the increased use of aluminum. The integrated BMW EfficientLightweight concept also contains solutions for construction details, such as the production of steel with optimized material strength – in the form of tailored rolled blanks – for the front bulkhead and B-pillar support beams. BMW ConnectedDrive: Progress through intelligent connectivity The second generation BMW X1 also brings significant advances in the field of intelligent connectivity over its predecessor. The new selection of options designed to optimize comfort; safety and the use of infotainment functions, such as the Head-Up Display, take their cues from those available from other BMW Sports Activity Vehicles. BMW ConnectedDrive features on the new BMW X1 now include the newest BMW Head-Up Display which projects driving-related activities directly onto the windshield. The optional high-resolution 8.8-inch Control Display with touchpad controller will host BMW Online, BMW Apps, Remote Services and provide Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information. As an option, a high-resolution 6.5" screen navigation with BMW Online, BMW Apps, Remote Services, Advanced Real Time Traffic Information is also available. By adding to the functionality of the infotainment system the new BMW X1 allows for increased safety by simultaneously providing greater comfort, all based on user selection. Technology Package including BMW Head-Up Display The Navigation option assists route guidance on the standard Control Display with direction arrows and sophisticated map graphics, including views from various angles. With the standard multifunction steering wheel, the destination can also be entered by voice command. Another, in many respects pioneering option is the Navigation system, which comprises a bigger 8.8-inch Control Display, an instrument cluster with extended features, including a split-screen function as well as the BMW Head-Up Display. This system allows High Guidance instructions including lane recommendations to be shown in the instrument cluster's TFT display or projected onto the windshield, as desired. The BMW Head-Up Display projects this and other information directly into the driver's field of view, allowing him or her to register the information without having to divert their gaze from the road ahead. The graphics are displayed using the full spectrum of colors. The 8.8-inch Control Display in conjunction with the standard multifunction steering wheel destination also allow for info input by voice command. Driver Assistance Plus The camera-based assistance systems available for the new BMW X1 ensure greater assurance and safety in different driving situations. The Driver Assistance Plus package encompasses Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, Automatic High Beams, as well as Frontal Collision Warning with Pedestrian Warning and City Collision Mitigation. In addition to these functions, the Driver Assistance Plus package also features the Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function. Park Distance Control and the Rear-View Camera are part of the Driver Assistance Package that transfers images onto the Control Display, making precise and comfortable parking maneuvers that much easier. Parking Assistant is included with the Driver Assistance Package and also helps the driver to find and make use of parallel parking spaces. BMW ConnectedDrive Services and apps The ConnectedDrive Services option enables the use of the BMW Online internet portal via the SIM card embedded in the vehicle, as well as the integration of smartphone apps into the car. Standard features also include BMW Assist eCall and BMW Teleservices. The steadily growing selection of smartphone apps comprises web radio functions as well as the use of social network services such as Facebook and Twitter or services like Spotify, Life 360, iHeartRadio among many more. The ConnectedDrive Store offers even more flexibility. A one-time registration allows customers to adapt the range of services available to their individual needs – there and then or at a later stage. The ConnectedDrive Store is not only available on the internet but also directly in the car. The functions purchased are made available for use just minutes later. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
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    06-22-2015, 08:41 PM
    What is going on here? Car and Driver two months ago tested the 2016 ATS-V Coupe 6-speed manual and got numbers much, much less impressive. They recorded a 1/4 mile time of 12.6 @ 115 and 0-100 miles per hour in 9.9 seconds. The skidpad figure was measured at .97g. Now a couple months later when they test the automatic sedan the 1/4 mile numbers are a blistering 12.1 @ 122 with 0-100 miles per hour coming in 8.4 seconds. A 1.5 second increase in the summer heat? The skidpad figure improves too at 1.02g. You are probably saying to yourself the automatic makes a big difference in acceleration but that does not explain the skidpad gains. It also does not explain why these numbers are superior to MotorTrend's ATS-V automatic test figures. They got a 12.3 @ 114 out of the car in the 1/4 mile. How is it suddenly gaining 8 miles per hour of trap speed? This doesn't make any sense. The only figure that is the same for Car and Driver is the 70-0 braking figure of 154 feet. The automatic adds 40 pounds too for a total of 3800 pounds. We really don't know what to say. Numbers like these definitely back up all that smack talk from Cadillac's head guy. We have no explanation on why the car is suddenly much faster. Maybe they changed the ECU software. Whatever happened, this is more like it. Now we have to see if this is an anomaly or if the numbers will be backed up. VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan PRICE AS TESTED:$74,245 (base price: $61,460) ENGINE TYPE:twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:217 cu in, 3564 cc Power: 464 hp @ 5850 rpm Torque: 445 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm TRANSMISSION:8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 109.3 in Length: 184.0 in Width: 71.3 in Height:55.7 in Passenger volume: 84 cu ft Cargo volume: 10 cu ft Curb weight: 3800 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.9 sec Zero to 100 mph: 8.4 sec Zero to 130 mph: 13.9 sec Zero to 150 mph: 19.8 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.7 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.4 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.2 sec Standing ¼-mile: 12.1 sec @ 122 mph Top speed (drag limited, mfr's claim): 185 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 154 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.02 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway: 16/24 mpg C/D observed: 17 mpg
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    06-27-2015, 04:03 AM
    Things are really heating up on the M177 and M178 twin turbo 4.0 liter V8 tuning front. You may remember that 'unofficially' it was leaked that Weistec was working on this turbo upgrade two months ago. We can now officially discuss it in further detail with additional information from Weistec themselves. Just earlier this month Weistec released their M178 ECU tune and and downpipes. Those modifications provide a boost of up to 551 wheel horsepower and 620 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on 91 octane pump fuel. BenzBoost at that time speculated what an impeller upgrade would take things to but Weistec is not just upgrading the impellers. They are providing a full turbo upgrade solution for the M177 in the W205 C63 AMG and S as well as the AMG GT and S M178. Yes, this is huge. Weistec is developing their own stainless steel turbo manifolds. The inlets and outlets are larger than the factory design for superior flow. The Weistec design is a cast manifold which they state is better at retaining heat and spooling the turbo. The turbos themselves are a V-Band design. This is important with the top mount and compact layout of the M177 and M178. Speaking as someone who has seen the M178 and the factory turbos in person, space is at a premium. This is early in the process but enjoy the computer designed engineering photos. With the stock turbos being good for over 600 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on 91 octane pump fuel just imagine what these turbos will be capable of. It's safe to say driveline upgrades will be necessary to really push the envelope with these turbos.
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    06-06-2015, 04:46 PM
    The new F48 generation BMW X1 is generating positive feedback. The design inside and out is a major improvement on the E84 generation it is replacing. The vehicle will only be available in the USA as an xDrive28i model using the new B48 2.0 liter inline-4 cylinder motor. There is an M-Sport option but what it really does is raise the question regarding if there will be a dedicated X1 M model. The debate over whether to produce M SUV's is long over and with BMW sticking the M badge on everything they can an X1 M really is not far from reality. The main hurdle is the previous generation X1 had much more room in its engine bay and it fit the N55 3.0 liter inline-6. As the new F48 is based on a platform from Mini it does not look like a 3.0 liter turbo inline-6 will fit. This does offer an opportunity though for BMW to create a four-cylinder M engine which is something they have not done since the S14 engine in the original E30 M3. If they use the B48 as a base they could make an S48 with something around 350 horsepower to counter Mercedes-AMG and their wonderful M133 as well as the upcoming high output 2.0 liter four-cylinder from Volkswagen. This is wishful thinking at this point but the argument for such a model certainly can be made. A 350+ horsepower all wheel drive X1 M certainly would be a fun little performance SUV and offer competition to the Mercedes GLA45 AMG.
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