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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-01-2014, 10:56 PM
    The time has come to officially introduce the new BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network. What originally almost five years ago was a single site and forum dedicated to BMW Performance has now evolved into a 41 website strong Automotive Performance Network which welcomes enthusiasts from all makes, models, and areas of the globe. Many of you have noticed changes over the past few months as live beta testing took place. Now that the majority of bugs have been ironed out the network can officially be rolled out. Here is a graphical illustration that should make understanding the network quite simple: As you can see, all sites on the network are linked together. This means your username/password works on any BoostAddict network site. If you have been browsing BenzBoost but would like to a look at LamboBoost, not a problem. No need to register a new name. Additionally, there are universal forums shared among the sites. Tires/Wheels for example is viewable on any site as is the Race Videos forum. In this manner users from BimmerBoost can interact with ChevyBoost members and vice versa. If one simply is interested in a single make they can go to the domain for that particular make and have their forum list and front page strictly be about that make. If one wants Chevrolet info for example they would head to If one wants Cadillac info they would head to If wants General Motors info to cover both one would head to If one wants all domestic car info in one place one would head to This should be very simple to figure out but to make it even easier I have included a network navigation menu in the upper left hand corner which expands on mouseover: That should make navigation quick and easy. For the boost hungry, features all the forums and front pages together in one spot. No matter what you are interested in the network scope adjusts to suit your preference. This design became necessary once the realization was made that relationships were cultivated yet due to the fractured nature of forums users often become splintered as they move to new cars. Not to mention, this is the golden age of horsepower and more motors are boosted from the factory than ever before increasing the potential tuning market to a level never before seen. Should someone move from a BMW to a Cadillac for example this often necessitates use of a new forum for Cadillac information. Well, no longer. BoostAddict is the world's first automotive forum network able to cater to every modern make and model of car. Yes, that's kind of a big deal. To help cultivate better and faster interaction among members we have adopted social media aspects that utilize the strength of information offered by forum threads combined with the quick and easy navigation offered through social media sites many of you are already familiar with. In this way we adjust to the changing nature of automotive media bringing you modern communication technology while retaining traditional forum strengths. Essentially, the best of both worlds. What does this mean exactly? You can browse a thread and be instantly notified through the menu if someone has responded to you, quoted you, or mentioned you anywhere on the network. Simply click the notification bar to be informed: The dropdown menu informs you who posted a reply, quoted, or mentioned you and in what thread. Clicking the notification instantly takes you to that location. Should you wish to remove the notification, simply click the X in the upper right hand corner of the notification. Should you wish to not receive notifications from a particular thread, simply uncheck the box on the bottom right hand side of your posts by clicking the green checkmark in any thread you have participated in: Simple, right? Any other settings can be tweaked by clicking on 'Settings' in the upper right hand corner of the notification dropdown. Additionally, one can tweak their signature, avatar, search their posts, edit their password, logout, etc., all by clicking on their username name in the upper right hand corner: The convenience does not end there as Private Messages can be read and responded to all without needing to leave the page you are on. Simply click reply, fill out your message, press submit, and continue reading the article or thread you were reading: Slick? Fast? Easy? Modern? Yes to all of these. Let's answer some questions now. FAQ: Q: How long did this take? A: Years. I expected to be done earlier this year but expectations and reality are two different things. Q: Will there be bugs? A: Considering there is no template as this has never been done, undoubtedly. I just ask for any bugs to be brought to my attention so that I may fix them. Q: Who developed and paid for this? A: Microsoft. In all seriousness, just me. Q: Are you accepting investors at this time? A: Investors are a luxury but not a necessity. If anyone wants to invest I'm easy to reach: Q: What's next? A: A vacation? What is next is a performance database including a sortable 60-130 database, dyno graph database, trap speed database, and a couple surprises I will not reveal just yet as no doubt people (and competitors) will be watching closer than ever before. A mobile app will be the icing on the cake. Q: What is the end goal? A: Realizing potential. I would like to thank all of our users, advertisers, and vendors for making all of this possible. I would like to thank those that told me I would not succeed for providing the fuel to feed off to get to this point. I still have a long way to go so please do not stop motivating me now. I would hate to get complacent. Thank you all for an excellent past 5 years. I also want to point out the network will be getting more commercial in nature and posting behavior will be monitored more strictly. It is simply a reality of the professional world that when you want to be taken seriously you have to be serious about it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-13-2014, 02:31 PM
    That's more like it! Powerhaus Performance raised the E9X 1/4 mile bar with a spectacular 10.46 @ 135.13 1/4 mile pass in their DCT E92 M3. The car features a customized ESS-Tuning VT2-625 supercharger kit on the stock transmission, stock motor, and stock rod bearings. Now, they are claiming they did this on 93 octane. That is VERY had to believe if there is no methanol injection in here. To trap 135 the car is going to need to be making more boost than the standard VT2-625 kit and one will not accomplish that on pump gas. There are definitely question marks here and hopefuly we get answers but the quickest and fastest 1/4 mile mark for the E9X and S65 V8 stands at 10.466 @ 135.13.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 08:54 AM
    Another round in the war of new gen M3 versus previous gen M3. Last month a race was posted showing a supercharged E90 M3 pulling a tuned F80 M3. This of course got fanboys in a tizzy with the latest and supposedly greatest M getting pulled by the car it replaced. Now the F80 M3 in that previous run was not the BMS F80 M3 test car. The car in this video is Burger Tuning's own car and Terry Burger certainly can be more aggressive with his own car than a customer's car as he tests out various tunes. This much is a given. The E92 M3 is running an ESS-Tuning kit which although a solid offering is not the most aggressive supercharged setup available or forced induction setup available. Especially considering this car was in daily driver mode and not kill mode meaning the VT2-650 was more like the majority of ESS supercharged cars and putting out power in the mid 500 range on pump fuel. The F80 M3 wins this round and the conclusion is the same as before: It is two different M engine philosophies at work here and both are effective. The supercharged E90 M3 wins this round but as tunes and supporting mods evolve for the F80 M3 it will compete with stock internal supercharged E90 M3's on its stock turbochargers. We will see more aggressively tuned F80 M3's out there and there are more aggressively tuned E9X M3's out there. Back and forth we will go on the stock internals but ultimately the victor has already decided. Which platform that is BimmerBoost leaves up to you to figure out.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    12-19-2014, 03:33 AM
    Pure Turbo dropped off their M4 for a little JB4 dyno tuning. The car has a JB4, full exhaust, factory intake system, racing fuel, meth kit running dual CM7 nozzles (overkill with the race gas... but better safe than sorry first time out), and of course the hybrid turbos. It is a manual transmission. There were a few little bugs to work through but the end result exceeded my expectations. I'm pretty impressed with these turbos. Spool is delayed maybe 300-500rpm, similar to RB N54s vs. stock N54s. But damn does it hold more power to redline. There is probably another 30-40 whp in them but since it's not our car I didn't want to push it "too" hard.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-25-2014, 10:32 AM
    Now this is a pretty big deal. Everyone is obviously aware of Underground Racing twin turbo V10 builds and the absurd amount of horsepower they put out. What makes the magic happen is not just their hardware but sophisticated tuning. Their tuning by John Reed using a Motec standalone in conjunction with the factory DME had no real rival... until now. Syvecs released a standalone ECU that is completely plug in play with Audi R8 and Lamborghini V10 motors. It also supports the V8. Now what is the big deal? Well the big deal is it replaces the factory computer while supporting all factory functions. That means no compromises or loss of creature comforts. Additionally, the Syvecs standalone is capable of controlling the direct injection system. That in of itself is impressive. However, the standalone is capable of controlling 20 injectors in total. That means you can have a direct injection system combined with a port injection system to provide fuel for a big horsepower turbo build. Now you see the big deal? In theory now anyone can put together a turbo kit themselves as tuning options have opened up along with fueling options. Maybe we will finally see what the R8 V8 can do as well now that it can finally have the fuel that has held back built motor turbo setups. Now what about the other features? Here is a quick rundown: - 12 on the fly adjustable maps vis OEM controls - Flex fuel control - Cruise control - Rolling anti-lag - Launch control system which builds boost at the line - Onboard datalogging - Adjustable traction control system vis OEM controls Now that all sounds pretty awesome. What sounds even more awesome is that the Audi/Lamborghini R8 and Gallardo tuning world has opened up and we should see prices tumble. Not to take away anything from Underground Racing as they are the premier option on the platform but competition is a good thing. Well done Syvecs, much respect from the performance tuning community.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-26-2014, 12:44 PM
    Yet another battle in the ongoing war between the new M3/M4 S55 inline-6 and the previous generation E9X M3 S65 V8. As BimmerBoost stated runs between these cars on stock internals will go back and forth depending on the modifications. This particular run certainly illustrates that point. The first round featured an E90 M3 DCT with an ESS-Tuning supercharger kit pulling a BMS tuned F80 M3. The second round posted earlier this week had the BMS F80 M3 test car pull an ESS-Tuning VT2-650 supercharged E92 M3 DCT. As is customary when an ESS-Tuning car loses, the owner provided excuses but what happened, happened. So what is the result when an Active Autowerke Level III supercharger kit gets into the mix against a BMS JB4 tuned F82 M4? What you see below. The Active Autowerke Level III kit puts up a much better showing than the ESS-Tuning supercharger kit. The Rotrex blower certainly appears in practice to offer the greater area under the curve it shows on paper. Frankly, it is difficult to see just how hard the Active Autowerke Level III equipped M3 pulls up top as it moves out of the camera angle on the M4 rather quickly. The point ultimately though is that different tunes, forced induction setups, supporting modifications, transmission, etc., are all huge factors in determining the outcome between the S65 and S55. It is not as simple as saying tuned S55 versus supercharged S65 and so and so will happen. The comparison is far more complex and as the Active Autowerke Level III car illustrates a different supercharger head unit on the stock internal S65 produces a completely different result. Back and forth we go.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-01-2014, 09:27 PM
    A bunch of BMW on BMW action here featuring an Active Autowerke Level III supercharged E92 M3 as the camera car. The Active Autowerke Level III kit continues to impress after we witnessed it on a DCT E92 M3 pull a JB4 tuned F82 M4 recently. Here are some more runs against other BMW's showing off the strength of the kit. This car appears to be a 6-speed manual version making the results all the more impressive. The only issue is the forward facing camera angle that hardly takes in the majority of the action. Why anyone would choose this as a single angle when it does not do a good job showing the position of the car it is racing is anyone's guess. Side angles or multiple angles are preferred but we can still tell what happens. Run 1: F13 M6 Gran Coupe with unknown mods The mods on this M6 are unknown and the Gran coupe is not a lightweight coming in at roughly 750 pounds above the E92 M3. The M3 looks like it is rolling at a higher speed when it hits the cones (a problem with trying to create a fair race at these events) and it just dusts the M6 easily. As we do not have a rear camera angle it is hard to see how badly it pulled the M6 but suffice it to say the race was one-sided. Run 2: VF-Engineering supercharged built motor E92 M3 The camera car has a passenger which should be noted. The VF-Engineering E92 M3 it is racing has a built motor but apparently is not tuned yet. Why? Who knows. VF-Engineering tuning has always been a big question mark on their kits and they prefer the canned tune approach. Clearly the tuning is the weakness here for the built motor VF car as a built motor supercharged M3 should DESTROY a stock internal car. The VF-Engineering car does not though and gets pulled despite a missed shift into 5th gear. The owner should look into contacting a quality tuner to tune his VF-Engineering kit. Run 3: MT F82 M4 with JB4 and 91/E85 mix The M4 hangs in there through a couple gears but up top simply gets pulled. Once again another camera angle would add a lot of context here but the AA supercharged M3 wins again. Run 4: M4 JB4 rematch with MS109 The result is no different, the M4 gets pulled again. Run 5: E92 DCT M3 with ESS-Tuning VT2-650 It looks like the DCT gives the ESS car the advantage here in the lower gears as it should but up top the Active Autowerke kit pulls the ESS car. Another Active Autowerke vs. ESS-Tuning supercharged stock internals S65 race and another Active Autowerke victory. Anyone else seeing a pattern? Run 6: JB4 F82 M4 DCT Not much of a race as the M3 looks to be a higher speed at the cones. It just pulls away without ever seeing the F82 M4 again. Run 7: F10 M5 unknown mods The F10 M5 never even enters the camera angle making this the worst race of the bunch and showing why this single forward angle is majorly flawed. Summary: The camera angle is obviously an issue but in the runs where we can see the other car the Active E92 M3 just pulls away. The AA Level III kit just continues to impress and takes on all these BMW challengers beating every single one. The results here say plenty about the AA Level III S65 supercharger kit potency.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-23-2014, 08:07 PM
    The 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show is in the books and a great show it was. There were some excellent debuts such as the Mercedes C63 AMG as well as the mind blowing Ford Shelby Mustang GT350. From a press perspective the auto show does a great job of making media access easy and friendly. The Media Center is run how it should be with lockers available, food, coffee, and quick Wi-Fi. Plenty of press events are thrown including a kick off party, awards, conferences, networking receptions, and plenty of open bars. If it sounds like fun that is because it is. Next year the BoostAddict network will cover more of the press events and technology conferences over focusing solely on manufacturer showing. Speaking of the manufacturers pretty much everyone who is anyone was in attendance. As you see below some of the big boys had some interesting setups. KIA in particular had a woman doing a sort of rock climbing show to get attention apparently and it worked. So did their open bar featuring Sculpin IPA and various California wines. If their idea was to get me drunk enough to like their cars it almost worked. Almost. Porsche as usual had their solid offering in their own hall which creates their own sort of atmosphere and buzz (top notch babes walking around does not hurt either). Not everyone is this exciting though as Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Volvo were boring. If your cars are boring at least try and spice up the atmosphere like KIA did. Here is a recap of the BoostAddict coverage: LAND ROVER BRINGS THEIR $110K 550 HORSEPOWER RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR PERFORMANCE SUV TO LA JAGUAR DEBUTS THE 2016 F-TYPE WITH ALL WHEEL DRIVE AND MANUAL TRANSMISSION OPTIONS - AWD F-TYPE R COUPE A9 COUPE PREVIEW? AUDI BRINGS THEIR STUNNING PROLOGUE CONCEPT CAR TO LA A SOMEWHAT BORING VISIT WITH BMW M AND I DODGE PUTS THE 6.2 LITER 707 HORSEPOWER SUPERCHARGED HEMI HELLCAT V8 ON DISPLAY - PICTURES AND SPECIFICATIONS A VISIT WITH MERCEDES-AMG + 2015 AMG GT S AND W205 C63 AMG S IMPRESSIONS PORSCHE PUTS A CROSS SECTION OF THE MACAN TURBO 3.6 LITER V6 ON DISPLAY FORD DEBUTS THE 2016 SHELBY MUSTANG GT350 - IMPRESSIONS CADILLAC PUTS THE 2016 ATS-V COUPE AND ITS 455 HORSEPOWER LF4 TWIN TURBO 3.6 LITER V6 ON DISPLAY MERCEDES-AMG DISPLAYS A MOVING AND COLOR CODED M133 45 AMG 2.0 LITER FOUR-CYLINDER CROSS SECTION Enjoy the rest:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-11-2014, 05:33 PM
    A few months ago BimmerBoost brought you a story about the tuner flash tuning claims on modern BMW turbo platforms not being what they were cracked up to be. You may have noticed how tuners making these claims have not been able to display much of anything in terms of proof. Well, the F-Series cars which share the Infineon TriCore ECU's have been cracked and can be flash tuned now. Real flash tuning, not just flashing some of BMW's own files that have been leaked. There is more than one source on this and Bimmerboost can not share all the details but the one we can mention is Flashtec from Switzerland. They are taking pre-orders on their flashing device. You have to be one of their dealers to get the details but fortunately we have members who have access to the customer page. Their device is set to ship next month: CMDFlash BMW Fxx PWD READER for Tricore Bootmode ( Special Probe and Plugin, you must have Tricore bootmode ) Shipment from January 5th 2015 Now this is an ECU out method. It means the ECU needs to be physically removed and sent in to a tuner. We hear an OBD-II method is on the way from someone but they want to keep this quiet and for themselves for obvious reasons. The first one to get it gets the gold, right? What they seem to be doing is generating their own RSA key pair to bypass BMW's verification method. If it sounds like BMW makes tuning a bitch that is because they do. They just are not any fun any more these days. Another source claiming to have ability is Russia's Avtotools. Whether they do or not we do not know but their release is scheduled for this month: ECU-Explorer tool exclusively designed to read Infineon Tricore MCU’s over CAN-bus. Supports Read/Write EEPROM function for secured and non-secured SAC-TC1766, SAC-TC1767, SAC-TC1797 microcontrollers. ECU-Explorer comes with Mileage, DPF, ECU system time and ISN built-in calculators. Purpose of use: Change power level (320-328) (System time reset only, you must use ESYS for coding and ISTA to make final programming) Switch OFF oxygen sensors (System time reset only, you must use ESYS for coding and ISTA to make final programming) Switch OFF check engine lamp(System time reset only, you must use ESYS for coding and ISTA to make final programming) Reset mileage Reset system time Change ISN (for engines N13,N20,N55 etc.) Supported ECU types: F-Series DDE701A DDE701P DDE721B DDE721P DDE73A DDE731A DDE741A DDE751A MEVD1725 ( N13 ) F20 ,F21 Серия MEVD1724 ( N20 ) F10 , F11 , F12 , F13 , F18 , F25, F30 , F31 , F35 Серия MEVD1726 (N55) F01 F10 F25 F25 F30 MEVD1728 (N63 S63) F01 F10 MEVD1729 (N20) F10 F20 F25 F30 F32 MEVD172 ( N55 ) F01 , F02 , F07 , F10 , F11 , F18 , F25 MEVD172P (N20) F10 F20 F25 F30 F32 MEVD172S (N55) F10 F20 F25 F30 F32 MEVD172G (N55) F10 F20 F25 F30 F32 So what does this mean for tuning? It means real tuning options will open up not just those relegated to piggybacks feeding the ECU info to increase boost. If people wanted to go beyond just increasing boost on the stock turbos this is the key for that to happen. Now we will finally see things like turbocharger upgrades for the N63, S63, S63TU, S55, etc. with the tuning to make use of the hardware. An M5 with upgraded turbos may finally be a reality next year. The BMW guys will not have to allow the 63 AMG's to have all the fun any longer. The other issue now will be watching tuners all fight for superiority and we will see who rips off whom as this spreads. It also makes tuners claims from years ago about doing turbo upgrades on M5's seem funny now when you consider they had no way to tune the cars and it has taken a good 5+ years to crack these ECU's. We are barely in the infancy of it all right now.
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  • HRE_Wheels's Avatar
    12-01-2014, 01:47 PM
    We've introduced an all-new design for the FlowForm lineup named the FF15. The FlowForm FF15 and FF01 are created using a high-tech cast flow-forming process providing a level of precision, strength and attention to detail expected of an HRE. The multi-spoke FF15 comes in ready-to-mount sizes for specific makes and models. The wheels are all engineered and tested to the same standards of HRE’s forged products and carry TUV certification for sale in Europe and JWL/VIA certification for sale in Japan. The FF15 starts at 19lbs. The FF15 is available in 19" for most European, Asian and Domestic platforms such as Porsche, Lexus, BMW, Ford, Kia, BMW, VW and Mercedes-Benz, and is available in gloss silver and satin black, with custom finishes (shown below) available upon request. For more info on the FF15, click HERE.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 10:48 AM
    Finally some independent performance numbers for the new Corvette Z06! MotorTrend got their hands on what is the hottest new performance car of 2015 and came away very impressed. They tested the car and got 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and a 1/4 mile pass of 11.3 @ 126.2. Chevrolet themselves claimed 127 mile per hour trap speeds for the car. They also claimed a 1/4 mile elapsed time of 10.95 for the auto with the manual 3/10's behind this so MotorTrend's numbers are right where they should be based on Chevy's claims. That said, the 8-speed 8L90 automatic will be quicker and faster than this. We expect it to be well into the 10's at over 130 miles per hour especially once owners get them to the strip. MotorTrend is not exactly known for their skill at extracting performance on the drag strip. The car is obviously about more than just acceleration. The figure eight time of 22.5 seconds only trails the million dollar Porsche 918 Spyder. The Z06 sure starts to look like a hell of a performance bargain in that company. MotorTrend states the curb weight is 3533 pounds. This is right at the claimed GM figure of 3524 pounds. Spot on and impressive considering it was expected to gain quite a bit more weight than the Stingray. Weight distribution is 51/49 front to back compared to the Stingray 49/51. MotorTrend concludes with the car being just as fast but more composed and enjoyable than the C6 ZR1. Essentially, it's easier to extract the limits while maintaining confidence. Interestingly, they brought in an automatic Z06 for Randy Pobst to lap around Road Atlanta. Why they did not get this car to test in a straightline only MotorTrend knows. Regardless, Pobst hustles the car around the track quickly. How quickly? A laptime of 1:30.18. MotorTrend did not put the time in context after doing some research that is a very fast time. A Champion Motorsports built 997 Turbo managed a 1:37 to give you an idea. We can not wait to see more test numbers from more sources but suffice it to say the Z06 is the performance car bargain of 2015.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-25-2014, 05:02 PM
    We have seen various test numbers for both of these cars. We know they are stupid fast in a straight line. The P1 for example does 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and blasts through the 1/4 mile in 9.8 @ 148.9 as tested by MotorTrend. The same source got 0-60 in 2.4 seconds for the 918 Spyder and a 10.0 @ 145.2 1/4 mile time. Those two tests were done on different days and what the numbers establish is that both accelerate at a rapid pace. These supercars are not dragsters. They are built to be the absolute quickest around a roadcourse and McLaren claims its rear wheel drive P1 (which is considerably lighter than the all wheel drive 918) goes around a roadcourse faster than anyone. Well, EVO put this to the test. The test course is pretty tight and fairly short with laptimes just over a minute. Regardless, no complaints here about seeing these two heavyweights tested in the same place at the same time. So what happens? Well the heavier all wheel drive Porsche offering more torque beats the lighter McLaren P1 by 2/10's of a second. Now, why is that? The cars are close in performance obviously but the P1 on paper has the advantage. The issue boils down to traction and the 918 offered more of it. McLaren decided to send EVO a new set of tires so they could do the test with the P1 again. This time, the Pzero Corsa tires were replaced with Pzero Trofeo R tires. With the new tires grip and traction were improved and the P1 in similar, but different, conditions improved by over a second over its previous time as well as the 918 Spyder: The McLaren P1 wins but after a tire change showing just how big of a difference a simple set of tires can make. Porsche did not bother sending different tires or a crew to help they simply let their car do what it does. Ferrari apparently just watched both from the sideline. The P1 is the quicker car around the roadcourse although it clearly needs to be prepped to do so. The 918 Spyder by virtue of its all wheel drive seems like it is more forgiving on more courses and conditions. They're both spectacular machines regardless of which gains a tenth here or there. Porsche 918 Spyder specification Engine V8, 4593cc, plus 95kW and 115kW electric motors Max Power 875bhp @ 8600rpm Max Torque 940lb ft @ 6600rpm 0-60 2.8sec (claimed 0-62) Top Speed 211mph-plus (claimed) McLaren P1 specification Engine V8, 3799cc, twin-turbo, plus 131kW electric motor Max Power 903bhp (combined) @ 7500rpm Max Torque 664lb ft (combined) @ 4000rpm 0-60 2.8sec (claimed) Top Speed 217mph (limited)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-07-2014, 11:15 PM
    The E36 M3 in the USA came with the S50B30US and S52B32US motors. The US S50/S52 was not exactly as special as its European S50 counterpart as it lacked the individual throttle bodies. The US version was really more of a tweaked M50TU engine sharing its cylinder heads but with different cam profiles and tuning resulting in 240 horsepower in 3.2 liter trim. Now the S50B32 engine in Europe produced 321 horsepower which certainly is impressive considering its 1995 debut and its 3.2 liter displacement. The S54 in the 2001 E46 M3 in its European trim (catless headers) produced 343 horsepower. This goes to show just how advanced the S50 was for its time. Despite the S52 not having individual throttle bodies for NA (naturally aspirated) performance and response it shows quite well when boosted such as in this example. An Active Autowerke S52 supercharger kit was customized by substituting in the larger Rotrex C38-92 blower from the E9X M3 Level III kits. The result? 527 wheel horsepower. Certainly impressive and not too far off the Active Autowerke Level III kits for the E9X Me S65 4.0 liter V8 that hit ~600 wheel horsepower depending on options (meth, pulley, etc.). A little boost goes a long way on the S52 3.2 liter inline-6.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-09-2014, 05:21 AM
    This is really no surprise. We could have told you which car won before they were even compared. That said, it is nice to have support for that assertion and it is provided by MotorTrend. The Lexus RC-F feels like it is fighting last generation's battle and simply is not the performance car the F82 M4 is. If it sounds like we are being harsh keep in mind the RC-F has the same old 5.0 liter V8 (with some tweaks of course) that we have seen since the days of the IS-F and back then it was not exactly impressive. The redline is raised to 7300 rpm from 6800 rpm and the motor gets a compression ration bump to 12.3:1 from 11.8:1. This results in 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque at the crank. This motor is asked to move 4045 pounds Lexus coupe. Why is it so heavy? Who knows but the M4 suddenly looks like a lightweight with its 3604 lb curb weight. The weight loss of the M models has been overstated but considering the bloated Lexus we will not be so hard on the BMW that manages to continue being the lightest car in its class. The weight distribution figures are not pretty for either car. The M4 amanges 52/48 front to back while the RC-F is an even worse 54/46. BMW is shying away from 50/50 and should not be let off the hook for it but they still do not go as nose heavy even with the turbo motors as many of their competitors. Although the RC-F is more powerful on paper we seriously doubt it in practice with how the M4 S55 3.0 liter turbo inline-6 is underrated. Put both of these cars on a dyno and the M4 smoking the RC-F will become more apparent than just by looking at the crank paper figures along with the curb weight. The DCT transmission of course is a factor and helps compared to the Lexus 8-speed automatic. The M4 runs a 12.2 @ 117.8 1/4 mile to the RC-F 12.7 @ 112.2. The longer the race goes the worse it gets for the Lexus. As stated, the RC-F feels like it is a generation too late as it would struggle with the previous generation E92 M3 let alone the much more powerful F82 M4. Ok what about track performance? Well, the RC-F loses there too with the M4 beating its laptime. It is fairly close with the M4 1:23.73 laptime to the RC-F 1:24.05. The Streets of Willow is not exactly a big power track as it is fairly tight and technical which will make the cars appear closer than they really are. Put the M4 on a track where it can stretch its legs a bit and the gap will widen. Really, this isn't a contest. MotorTrend prefers basically everything about the M4 and they should. It's more fun to drive, it's faster, brakes better, handles better, offers greater efficiency, is more modable, better balanced, and it is at the top of its game while the RC-F is playing catch up. I guess we can give Lexus a pat on the back and tell them good effort. Maybe they will have a worthy competitor next decade. 2015 BMW M4 2015 Lexus RC F POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD Front-engine, RWD ENGINE TYPE Twin-turbo I-6, alum block/head 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 181.8 cu in/2,979 cc 303.2 cu in/4,969 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 10.2:1 12.3:1 POWER (SAE NET) 425 hp @ 5,500 rpm 467 hp @ 7,100 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 406 lb-ft @ 1,850 rpm 389 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm REDLINE 7,500 rpm 7,300 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 8.5 lb/hp 8.7 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto. 8-speed automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.46:1/2.32:1 2.94:1/2.01:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 15.0:1 14.0:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.3 2.8 BRAKES, F;R 15.8-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc; 15.0-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc, ABS 15.0-in vented, slotted disc; 13.6-in vented, slotted disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 9.0 x 19-in; 10.0 x 19-in forged aluminum 9.0 x 19-in; 10.0 x 19-in forged aluminum TIRES, F;R 255/35ZR19 92Y; 275/35ZR19 100Y Michelin Pilot Super Sport 255/35R19 93Y; 275/35R19 96Y Bridgestone Potenza DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 110.7 in 107.5 in TRACK, F/R 62.2/63.1 in 61.2/61.4 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 184.5 x 73.6 x 54.4 in 185.2 x 72.6 x 54.7 in TURNING CIRCLE 40.0 ft 35.4 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,604 lb 4,045 lb WEIGHT DIST., F/R 52/48% 54/46% SEATING CAPACITY 4 4 HEADROOM, F/R 39.8/36.1 in 37.8/35.0 in LEGROOM, F/R 42.2/33.7 in 45.4/27.3 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 55.3/51.7 in 50.7/46.1 in CARGO VOLUME 11.0 cu ft 10.1 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.7 sec 1.7 sec 0-40 2.5 2.4 0-50 3.2 3.3 0-60 4.0 4.3 0-70 5.0 5.5 0-80 6.1 6.9 0-90 7.4 8.4 0-100 8.9 10.2 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 1.7 2.0 QUARTER MILE 12.2 sec @ 117.8 mph 12.7 sec @ 112.2 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 98 ft 107 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.98 g (avg) 0.92 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.2 sec @ 0.84 g (avg) 24.9 sec @ 0.80 g (avg) 1.6-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 83.73 sec 84.05 sec TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,750 rpm 1,550 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $65,150 $63,325 PRICE AS TESTED $85,225 $73,225 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/yes Yes/yes AIRBAGS Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 6 yrs/70,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/unlimited 4 yrs/unlimited FUEL CAPACITY 15.8 gal 17.4 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB.ECON 17/24/19 mpg 16/25/19 mpg ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 198/140 kW-hrs/100 miles 211/135 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, CoMB. 0.99 lb/mile 1.02 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium
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    12-04-2014, 07:45 PM
    BMW will introduce a new B-Series of modular engines for the 2015 model year. The idea is for BMW to keep costs as low as possible by having each B-Series variant displace 500cc's per cylinder. Since you are good at math you know this means a 4-cylinder will have 2.0 liters of displacement and a six-cylinder 3.0 liters. It also means BMW can use the same pistons and rods for every variant. A 1.5 liter three cylinder, 2.0 liter four-cylinder, and 3.0 liter six-cylinder will all have the same internal parts to keep costs down. They all will also obviously share the same 82mm bore and 94.6mm stroke. The N20 being replaced has a bore of 84mm and a stroke of 90.1mm. BMW is going to an even more undersquare design. Considering these motors will all be turbocharged BMW is not looking for revs. They are looking to keep revs low and torque down low high for fuel efficiency. The engine design is all about keeping costs low along with emissions. The B48 will offer VANOS and Valvetronic just as the N20 currently does. The motor is already in use in 2014 Mini products and the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer will see the engine for the 2015 model year. All BMW 28 models are expected to be upgraded to the 30 designation so for example a 228 would change to 230 for 2015 denoting the new motor. In Mini Cooper JCW trim the B48 puts out 234 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The N20 in the 28 models is rated at 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque although we know this is underrated. The B48 on paper at least will exceed this output with 255-265 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Not a huge horsepower gain but a fairly decent torque jump. It certainly looks like BMW is all about low end torque these days and keeping revs low. We will have to see a dyno plot to know for sure but it is unlikely for BMW to take a step back in power and torque from the N20. It remains to be seen if the B48 is tuner friendly although the N20 has hardly received as much attention from tuners as one would expect. With it being replaced so quickly and the B-Series expected to stick around for quite a while the B48 will likely see more attention from the aftermarket in time. The N20 has won two International Engine of the Year Awards although the M133 from Mercedes-AMG took its crown as expected. The B48 would need to be something special to be able to compete in the 2.0 liter category and from what we see so far VW, Audi, and Mercedes all have much stronger 2.0 liter motors at this time. The B58 will be the six-cylinder variant set to replace the N55 inline-6 and we will take a look at that motor in comparison to the N55 once more information is available. One can basically take a B48 and add two cylinders to get an idea of what the B58 will offer.
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    12-09-2014, 11:28 PM
    The Koenigsegg Agera R is obviously a very powerful car. It features a 5.0 liter V8 based on the Ford modular V8 platform that is tweaked considerably by the Koenigsegg factory. They give it different internals, injectors, heads, etc., and upgrade the fuel system for E85 compatibility. The Koenigsegg features a 7-speed dual clutch transmission which gets 1140 horsepower and 885 lb-ft of torque sent to it. It is also a fairly lightweight ~3200 pounds. Yes, impressive stats but it is hardly the technological achievement the 918 Spyder is. The Porsche 918 Spyder is not designed to have the all out best power to weight in the world and be fast in a straight line. It is designed a technological showpiece of Porsche high performance hybrid technology developed through their racing programs. These are two cars with different goals and with two very different levels of engineering involved. Even Hennessey can throw enough boost at a domestic V8 to get a mid-engine kit car to accelerate quickly. They can't build a 918 Spyder rival that even remotely approaches the Porsche level of technological prowess and engineering and neither can Koenigsegg. With that out of the way let's look at how the cars do. The Porsche is heaver with its all wheel drive by roughly 500 pounds and it has less horsepower and torque. On paper a straightline contest is all Koenigsegg. Run 1 has Gustav screw things up completely in the 918 and the Agera R runs away. He looked to be completely unprepared and in the wrong gear. It's confirmed by 'wrong gear' being shouted. Ok, fine, people make mistakes. In run 2 which takes forever to set up the 918 gets the jump. The Agera R runs it down and passes relatively easily. It clearly is the faster car, no doubt about it despite the included botched run to exaggerate the difference. We only get 2 runs in the 12 minute video with one of them not even worth counting. Why is it 12 minutes? Because someone sucks at video editing. The redundancy is a bit annoying. Anyway, there you have it. The Swedish 'supercar' beats the Porsche 918 in a straightline as shown to you by the Swede who filmed and edited it. Now let's see them on a roadcourse.
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    12-14-2014, 03:34 PM
    We were pleased to have a returning customer come back and try our TTFS level 1 Race Pack software as we continue to work on our level 2 edition that will allow for custom tuning by late January. Check out the results! He had previously purchased a JB4 through us that was installed in house and came back for more tuning options after installing down pipes and a full exhaust system. The dyno results compares Stock vs. JB4 Map 2 vs. TTFS Race Pack (not custom tuned to keep it comparable). The car remained strapped the entire time and all the runs were performed on 93 octane. All runs were done in All wheel drive mode for a proper on road simulation. All runs include the following bolt on modifications. Eisenmann Exhaust Eisenmann Mid Pipe Aftermarket Downpipe The yellow is Race Pack. The Blue is Stock and the Black Is Jb4. P.S. I am sorry for the bad video quality. Here a few shots of the TTFS Race Pack Box. It will perform like factory at high autobahn speeds. It does not require any splicing and it is much easier to install. It is also water proof avoiding any random hassle of the car not starting near the water. The box may be uninstalled in a few minutes with a jumper loop for quick removal if necessary. TTFS Race Pack Level 1 ( may hold up to 9 Maps) Jb4 that was removed.
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    12-04-2014, 08:56 PM
    Mercedes flat out dominated the 2014 Formula 1 season. They wrapped up the manufacturer championship by securing the Constructor's title with three races to spare. It was a dominant showing and Mercedes-AMG is flexing a little muscle by saying they welcome competition from other German manufacturers. Daimler's CEO Dieter Zetsche stated in an interview with German Publication Sport Bild on competition in Formula that, "Other German manufacturers very welcome." Now that is direct a translation from German but what he is saying is that BMW, Audi, VW, and Porsche are welcome to try to compete. Will anyone respond to this? Audi is already positioning itself for a Formula 1 effort. Porsche will be doing the Le Mans racing so they are not going to go head to head with a VW sibling. VW itself will focus on WRC and other areas of racing. That leaves BMW. Bernie Ecclestone prodded BMW last year for a return saying it was likely. BMW's board of directors was set to evaluate BMW's return to Formula 1 earlier this year but that story died quickly without resolution. BMW is likely still evaluating this. What will likely happen is that BMW will first supply motors before a full fledged effort if they even do. BMW is all about keeping costs low and maximizing profit so they do not do much involving competition at the highest level or take pride in competition these days. That is why Mercedes can easily get away with inviting them to compete. It is essentially a call out but with accountants running BMW they would sooner meet you at the bank than at the racetrack. Hopefully Audi gives Mercedes a challenge. Source
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    12-09-2014, 03:55 AM
    APR is the giant of the VAG (Volkswagen Auto Group) aftermarket tuning industry. They are flat out huge and being huge means you have quite a bit of power. It may be cliche but with great power does come great responsibility and it certainly appears that APR has abused their standing in the community in the name of profit. What is going on exactly? Well, there have been some big changes at APR. Monetary issues cropped up (hey, racing teams are expensive) at APR and it looks like they tried to squeeze profit wherever they could. Their measures perhaps were not enough as APR was sold to Mangrove Equity. We probably do not have to tell you that an equity firm probably does not care quite as much about automotive enthusiasm as they do profits. Regardless, they had the money and APR did not. Here is a quick synopsis that you can come to your own conclusion on: 'Stephen Hooks has indeed surrendered his majority shareholding to Mangrove Equity 5 months ago. Reason, sadly, is pretty simple. No other financing avenues left to APR other than to sell out ownership in order to raise cash to keep the company going. Most of what's been already said here is true. Motorsport team was completely disbanded last year after loosing a great deal of money (7 figures..) in the year the R8 was run. The workshop is entirely closed down recently, all the techs have been laid off/left. Court case with Audi of America over the unpaid R8 race-car bills. They've just lost the court case against VWR for unpaid bills last week. But overall the financial story is just really bad financial management over a long period of time, visible to all of us on the inside. Think we'd all agree that the engineering and brand marketing has always been APRs strength, but the financial control, business sense and maybe arrogance of the company's exec team has led to this. It's been a long story over 24 months of simultaneously keeping up a public image of more and more expensive cars, motorsport, company jet, building expansion, lavish show presence, extravagant projects and just vanity tbh - yet leaving a trail of unpaid debts with suppliers, laying off staff, cuts to product investment, struggling for cash on a daily basis. All the company's assets are financed and refinanced, credit cards are maxed, loans taken from every source and 2 years of searching for investment have led APR to have no remaining options to secure the cash to finance the day to day operations. Sadly Hooks had to let the majority of his shares go in exchange for this cash injection. The Mangrove Equity team have clearly seen an opportunity to 'grab' a good brand and good engineering team - but CEO Hooks, plus COO (Hook's best friend Johnny Petrina) have been relieved of duties, and had all management and budgetary control removed from them effective immediately. It's the classic corporate raid. Of course Hooks retains his minority shareholding and will remain in some figurehead capacity. Speculation in the building is now that we will cut back on the non-profitable hardware lines, concentrate on the profitable remaps. And kill dead the extravagant lifestyle that the company has been providing its exec team at the expense of staff and suppliers. Don't doubt that APR will probably have a bright future under Mangrove. Just very different and with a sensible business approach.' That is quite a bit to soak in but this story hardly ends there. As APR seemed to be pressed for cash they also seemingly decided to increase their exhaust prices while dropping the quality. They used cheaper materials and apparently engaged in false advertising. A guy by the name of crew219 did a hell of an investigative job regarding the APR exhausts. Here is what he uncovered: 'APR has long prided themselves on using T304L stainless, often claiming it as the best out of the T304 options. “L” designates lower carbon content vs “H” which stands for higher carbon content. Why is it that APR would suddenly remove the 304L designation from their website and simply call it “low carbon stainless steel”? That answer is simple: APR has been swapping in 409 stainless to lower costs. You can see a clear example of it here: on a Stage 3 MK6 GTI. The short flex section is 304L, the midpipe with the cat is 409 stainless. You can clearly see the differences in surface corrosion between the two pieces (never mind the admissions I have from both current and former APR employees)' 'Well why is this an issue? When originally released, the RSC was advertised as a 304L Stainless system. You can see it in their release on their website as well as on forum pages. ' So according to the photo evidence the material advertised is not being used and in addition to that the price was marked up, not dropped. If the allegation is true, that is a major breach of trust and quite simply false advertising. We wish it ended there but it does not as the advertised RSC systems were cut open. The idea behind an RSC (Reflective Sound Cancellation) system is to eliminate drone. Ok, seems simple. APR had Corsa (who no longer is involved with APR and you are welcome to guess why) build their systems and of course bragged on the various forums about incorporating the technology: So what is the problem? Well, somebody cut open one of the exhaust systems that APR claimed to have the RSC technology. This picture speaks for itself: If it looks bad that is because it is bad. The exhaust is just stuffed with cheap fiberglass. This is not a one time thing, other exhausts were cut open. B8 A4 2.0 exhaust system: 'This is the center muffler on the B8 A4 “RSC” exhaust. The front resonator is a standard perforated core resonator (No RSC). The center muffler also does not contain RSC. What you see instead is a Helmholtz style resonator (hole in pipe venting to an empty muffler chamber) as well as a small quarter wave resonator. Again, there is no RSC, but it is labeled as such by APR as having the RSC design. The rear section is also said to not contain RSC, but that will have to be verified by photos.' 'APR also makes a stink about this B8 A4 exhaust having smooth bends and transitions. As you can clearly see from the muffler cutaway, the bends and transitions are anything but smooth.' Well, things do not exactly look good do they? If all is true as quoted this is flat out theft. The sad part is that this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are tales of unpaid patent fees. There are tales of debts owed (apparently a bit of money to Corsa as well who is just trying to cover their own behind at this point and not agitate APR so they get the money they are allegedly owed). Links to this information began disappearing from VWVortex and Audizine as APR flexed its sponsor mu$cle: Notice the asterisks? This network is very familiar with those. The big forums who are now all about the money prevent links to the little forum that is all about telling the whole story. We sympathize with AudiRevolution as we have been in those same shoes more times than we would like to count. The BoostAddict network and its VAG sites and have no dog in this fight. All we want is for our members to get what they pay for from tuners. That really should not be too much to ask. We do not expect members to have to start cutting open exhaust systems or hiring personal investigators just to figure out if they are not getting the product they paid for. Members should not have to start petitions either to get refunds if they were not sent the product advertised. Seriously, not even joking: This all is far from over but we want our members to know we will stand up for what is right. This will not be deleted. We hope everyone gets what they paid for or at the very least a refund. APR may be the biggest VAG tuner and they may have bought off the biggest Audi/VW forums around. However, even they are not big enough to buy off everyone.
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    11-25-2014, 03:53 PM
    Is anyone really surprised? The very nice looking CLA shooting brake variant (or hatchback, or wagon) is not coming the USA. Why? Well the typical reason which is that Germans think Americans hate wagons. Maybe we would buy wagons if we ever got any of the cool ones? Just look at how freaking well the CLA design transfers into a wagon form. It is almost as if it was designed this way to begin with. The sloping roof proportions just look absolutely perfect and dare we say it better than the sedan. The real kicker is that Mercedes-Benz is doing an AMG variant which means a dual clutch all wheel drive sporty wagon with the world's most powerful four-cylinder engine exists and would likely be sought over performance Audi's in colder US climates. If Audi wagons sell in the USA why wouldn't this? Oh well. Look at the press release, photos, and dream about what could have been. THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ CLA SHOOTING BRAKE: SPACE FOR SOMETHING NEW Stuttgart. Breathtakingly sporty proportions and a powerfully dynamic design idiom with sensuously shaped surfaces already made the CLA unmistakable in its four-door Coupé guise. It is now followed by a further design icon, the CLA Shooting Brake, with a unique look all of its own. The lower overall height and the elongated coupé-style roof contour line, the low greenhouse and the sweep of the high beltline are the key design features of its distinctive profile. As is the gentle downward slope of the roof line, which makes for significantly more headroom than in the four-door Coupé. The CLA Shooting Brake (length/width/height: 4630/1777/1435 mm) will initially be available with a choice of two diesel and three petrol engines as well as with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. It goes on sale in January 2015, with the first models going to customers towards the end of March 2015. "The new CLA Shooting Brake is the latest member of our successful family of compact models. The range, which now includes five models, covers an extremely wide spectrum: with the spacious B-Class sports tourer, the youthfully dynamic A-Class, the avant-garde CLA-Class Coupé and the compact GLA-Class SUV, we cater for a host of different customer wishes in this segment," says Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, responsible for Marketing & Sales. "Like its big brother, the CLS Shooting Brake, the CLA Shooting Brake is targeted at active customers who are looking outside of the mainstream for a car that impresses with a high utility value." The guiding principle behind the designers' work was that of sensual purity as an expression of modern luxury. "The new CLA Shooting Brake offers a contemporary interpretation of sensual purity and represents the perfect synthesis between the emotionality of a coupé and the intelligence of a shooting brake," explains Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. "The styling of our CLA Shooting Brake is extremely progressive as well as unmistakable. Once again, we have created a whole new class of vehicle." The thrilling design details of the limited-edition OrangeArt Edition special model ensure that it brings an exciting note to the market launch. Orange highlight rings around the bi-xenon headlamps ensure that they stand out in spectacular style. The rim flanges of the AMG light-alloy wheels are painted in orange on the OrangeArt Edition. Orange/black sports seats and orange contrasting topstitching help to define the interior. As spacious as they come: beauty in its most practical guise The elegantly long drawn-out Shooting Brake tail end, in conjunction with the variability that this offers, guarantees exceptional recreational value without compromising on the CLA's aspiration to represent design at its best. At the same time, headroom in the rear is significantly greater than in the four-door CLA. At 94.7 cm, the effective headroom in the rear is 4 cm higher than it is in the companion model. Access to the second row of seats is also much easier. This spaciousness is one of the strengths of the Shooting Brake. The load compartment offers a capacity that ranges from 495 to 1354 litres (when loaded up to the upper edge of the rear seat backrests or loaded to the roof with the rear bench seat folded down, respectively). If the rear seats are moved into the more steeply raked "cargo" position, the load capacity increases to 595 litres while still leaving space for five occupants. The width of the luggage compartment, at up to 1328 mm, is leading in this segment. Clever little details, including the magnetic catch on the through-loading flap in the rear-seat backrest for long items, such as skis, are further typical examples of this carefully thought-out concept. Options such as the electrically operated EASY-PACK tailgate or the Load Compartment package help to enhance convenience and variability when using the load compartment. Apart from the "cargo" positioning option for the rear-seat backrests, the Load Compartment package includes a collapsible box, a 12 V socket and an additional stowage net at the side of the load compartment. To add to the exclusive ambience, aluminium strips with anti-slip inlays are available as an option for the load compartment floor. With a Cd value of 0.22 in its BlueEFFICIENCY Edition guise, the four-door CLA sets a new benchmark – both within the Mercedes model portfolio and among all series-production vehicles. The CLA Shooting Brake, too, holds its own alongside the world champion with outstanding aerodynamics while likewise leading its segment with a Cd value of 0.26. The drag area Cd x A, a decisive factor when it comes to wind resistance, is 0.57 m2 on the CLA Shooting Brake. The engine range available with the CLA Shooting Brake is extensive right from the start of sales, comprising two diesel and three petrol units. All engines impress with their agile performance, low noise levels and low emissions. The CLA 200 CDI, with an output of 100 kW (136 hp), is particularly efficient: it has a top speed of 215 km/h and a combined consumption figure of just 3.9 l/100 km, with emissions of 101 g CO2/km. All versions are equipped as standard with the ECO start/stop function and are Euro 6-compliant. All-wheel drive is likewise available straight from the market launch, initially in the CLA 250 4MATIC and CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC (features include: dynamic styling, sporty tuning of engine, accelerator and transmission as well as sporty engine sound). Diesel variants in the form of the CLA 200 CDI 4MATIC and CLA 220 CDI 4MATIC will follow in September 2015. All models at a glance: Diesel CLA 200 CDI CLA 220 CDI Number of cylinders/arrangement 4 in-line 4 in-line Displacement (cc) 2143 2143 Rated output (kW/hp at rpm) 100/136 at 3200-4000 130/177 at 3600-3800 Rated torque (Nm at rpm) 300 at 1400-3000 350 at 1400-3400 Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km) (4,2-3,9) 4,4-4,1 (4.3-4.0) Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km) (111-101) 115-108 (112-105) Efficiency class (A+) A+ (A+) Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) (9,9) 9,5 (8.3) Top speed (km/h) (215) 215 (228) Figures for version with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in parentheses. Petrol CLA 180 CLA 200 CLA 250 CLA 250 4MATIC Number of cylinders/arrangement 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line Displacement (cc) 1595 1595 1991 1991 Rated output (kW/hp at rpm) 90/122 at 5000 115/156 at 5300 155/211 at 5500 155/211 at 5500 Rated torque (Nm at rpm) 200 at 1250-4000 250 at 1250-4000 350 at 1200-4000 350 at 1200-4000 Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km) 6,0-5,5 (5,6-5,3) 6,0-5,6 (5,6-5,3) (5,7-5,5) (6,8-6,6) Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km) 140-128 (132-124) 140-130 (132-124) (132-128) (156-152) Efficiency class B (B) B (B) (B)] (C) Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 9,4 (9,3) 8,8 (8,7) (6,9) (6,8) Top speed (km/h) 210 (210) 225 (225) (240) (240) Figures for version with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in parentheses (in square brackets: CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC). Design: sharp contours and sensuous surfaces Two years ago, in the form of the CLS Shooting Brake, Mercedes-Benz created a sports car such as had never been seen before: one with five seats and a large tailgate. The founders of this vehicle concept are now following it up with a smaller version, the CLA Shooting Brake - a second Shooting Brake model exuding stylish sporty flair and modern luxury, with lines that are the essence of sensual purity. Many of the detailed elements of the CLA Shooting Brake, such as its frameless side windows, appear to define it as a coupé, yet at the same time it offers the variability and practicality of an estate car. And with its long bonnet, sleek window profile with integral rear quarter window and the gentle downward slope of its roof as it flows to the rear, it demonstrates the same crouching posture as the CLS Shooting Brake. The long sweep of the roof right to the rear of the car means that it offers more headroom in the back than the four-door CLA coupé model, as well as being easier to get into. The interplay between sharply defined lines and large surface expanses gives rise to some exciting and characteristic light effects, resulting in a unique look that sets the CLA Shooting Brake quite apart from other vehicles in related segments. The sporty design of its front section gives the CLA its typical look. Among the striking features that contribute to this characteristic dynamic look are the powerdomes on the bonnet that are such a hallmark of Mercedes coupés, and the diamond radiator grille with central Mercedes star. The way the bonnet is embedded into the front end makes it appear longer and, in conjunction with the upright radiator grille and the prominent V-shape of the front end, gives the car its crouching posture. The arrangement of the light modules and LED behind the headlamp lenses gives rise to the characteristic "eyebrow" effect for the daytime running lamps and indicators. The sleek cabin, the elongated roof contour line, the high beltline with low side windows and an additional quarter window, plus the D-pillar that tapers towards the rear, are the particular styling elements of the CLA Shooting Brake seen in profile. Two character lines define this profile: the new, modern interpretation of the "dropping line", together with a further separate swell to the flank above the "dropping line". This supports the D-pillar, which in its turn continues the line round to the tailgate. The precise lines and three-dimensional effect of the side design create a sinewy, animated play of light and shadow. The broad emphasis of the rear end conveys a sense of power, in an interplay of tense, muscular volume and sharply defined edges. The sloping roof line, the pronounced curve of the rear window and tailgate and the distinctive look of the rear end as a whole give the CLA Shooting Brake an unmistakable flair of its own. The narrowing of the car at the D-pillars, in conjunction with the broad shoulder muscle over the rear wheel arch, adds up to a strikingly athletic look, particularly when seen from the rear. The elegant arrowhead design of the rear light clusters carries the harmonious flow of the shoulders round from the side to the rear end, the horizontal orientation serving to emphasise the powerful width of the vehicle. The single-piece rear light units are set neatly into the body and reflect the relationship of the CLA Shooting Brake to both the four-door Coupé model CLA and to the larger CLS Shooting Brake. The light functions are presented in an arrowhead arrangement. All aerials are integrated into the sporty roof spoiler. Interior: high-quality materials and integral seats The exterior's progressive, sporty appearance is continued inside the vehicle. The interior additionally derives a very special quality feel from the design idiom of sensual purity as well as the selection and available combinations of the materials chosen. Special equipment packages include colour-contrasted stitching. The twin-tube instrument cluster comprises two large round dials, each with a small round dial set inside it. When at rest the needles are in the 6 o'clock position. The silver-coloured needles are inlaid in red, while the dial faces feature a silver-grey textured surface. Another highlight is the new generation of 3-spoke steering wheels in different variants, including a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and red or black topstitching. The instrument panel incorporates five round vents. The outer rings of the round vents on all models have a high-quality silver chrome galvanised finish. The airflow direction is governed by a very neat galvanised insert that reveals a meticulous attention to detail. The CLA Shooting Brake features the latest generation of telematics systems. The free-standing display screen features a large screen diagonal of 17.8 cm (7 inches), together with a high-gloss piano-black front panel, a flush-fitting frame in Silvershadow and a fully glazed screen. Upon request in conjunction with COMAND Online, or as an option for the Audio 20 system, the display is available with an even larger screen diagonal of 20.3 cm (8 inches). The functions shown on the display combine an intuitive approach with attractive images and graphics, thus ensuring a positive user experience that adds to the exceptional design appeal of the interior as a whole. The CLA Shooting Brake in the AMG Line and Urban equipment lines is fitted with integral seats in the front and rear, underscoring its sporty character. The emphasis of the rear bench seat is on the outer seats (2+1-seater). Colour-coordinated contrasting topstitching is available based on the chosen equipment. The ambient lighting system encompasses a total of 13 light sources in the interior, among them a light in the opening between the head restraint and the backrest. The ambient lighting system is available as an option with different colours: any of twelve colour schemes can be selected to suit taste and mood, helping to conjure up an individual atmosphere in the interior. Equipment and appointments: OrangeArt Edition, AMG Line and Urban The thrilling design details of the limited-edition OrangeArt Edition special model ensure that it brings an exciting note to the market launch. Orange trim in conjunction with selected equipment features, such as the AMG Line and Night package, emphasise the sporty flair of this model. A distinctive sporty look is also ensured by 45.7 cm (18-inch) AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in black with an orange rim flange, together with orange highlights on the front and rear aprons. The bi-xenon headlamps feature orange highlight rings. The interior, too, is imbued with a sense of exclusive dynamism, thanks to the Exclusive package, sports seats with leather/DINAMICA microfibre upholstery in black/orange and orange contrasting topstitching, along with black seat belts with accentuating orange stripes. The 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in leather, the instrument panel in ARTICO man-made leather and the aluminium trim with honeycomb-pattern grain, as well as fine detailing such as the recurring orange contrasting topstitching in the interior, convey a sense of delight in the unusual. The CLA Shooting Brake is also available with either of the two equipment lines Urban and AMG Line, in each case with numerous line-specific details for both the exterior and interior. The AMG Line augments the sportiness and exclusivity of the CLA Shooting Brake. This equipment line includes a more dynamic exterior with AMG bodystyling, 45.7 cm (18-inch) AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels and a two-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim. The interior also exudes a sporty flair, with sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and a leather-upholstered shift lever. The lowered sports suspension enhances handling as well as driving enjoyment. The Urban equipment line uses selected exterior and interior equipment and appointment features in a similar way to emphasise the vehicle's dynamic appeal, whilst also allowing further individualisation. Dynamic highlights of the exterior include a diamond radiator grille with high-gloss black pins, the 45.7 cm (18-inch) 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels and the two-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim. Contributing to the sporty character in the interior are the sports seats with contrasting topstitching, a multifunction leather steering wheel with perforated grip area and a wave-look trim element. The optional panoramic sliding sunroof with its large glazed area provides for an especially bright and friendly ambience in the interior. It comprises an electrically operated glass sliding roof for individual ventilation of the interior, together with a mesh wind deflector. This reduces both draughts and wind noise when the roof is open. Safety: autonomous braking if a risk of collision is detected Accident researchers at Mercedes-Benz have recently calculated that COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS could cut the number of serious rear-end collisions by up to 30 percent compared with vehicles that do not have a corresponding protective system. For their prognosis, the safety experts used figures from Germany's Federal Statistical Office to assess how effective standard-fit COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST has been in the B-Class to date and simulated digital accident data. The CLA Shooting Brake features COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS as standard. This assistance system extends the functionality of COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST by the addition of autonomous braking to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. If the driver fails to act when a risk of collision is detected, despite the warning lamp in the instrument cluster and the intermittent audible alert, the system will automatically trigger braking. The vehicle speed is thus already significantly reduced. Depending on the relative speed, this intervention may be enough to avoid a rear-end collision with vehicles that are driving more slowly, stopping or stationary, or significantly mitigate its severity. Also fitted as standard is the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST. Operating within an extended speed range (60 - 200 km/h), it uses a five-stage bar display to visualise the driver's current attention level. "Mercedes connect me": Accident Recovery, Maintenance Management and Breakdown Management "Mercedes connect me" connects the CLA Shooting Brake with the world around it. The communications module, which is available as standard in certain European countries, makes it possible to use the Mercedes connect me range of Standard Services. Available services include, for example, Accident Recovery, Maintenance Management and Breakdown Management. In an accident, the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system automatically connects the occupants with the Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call Centre and sends the position and condition of the vehicle to the rescue operations centre. A rescue vehicle can then be dispatched immediately. The system works automatically, but can also be triggered manually. The optionally available Remote Online facility allows the customer to connect to their vehicle from anywhere and at any time via "" and, for example, to use their smartphone to find out how full the tank is. Success story: the compact car family from Mercedes-Benz The new CLA Shooting Brake is the fifth member to join the Mercedes-Benz compact car family. And what a successful family it is: with a total of 375,000 A-, B-, CLA- and GLA-Class vehicles, more compact models than ever before were sold in the first ten months of 2014. More than a fifth of the compact cars built by Mercedes-Benz stay in Germany, with Great Britain and Italy the next-largest markets. The introduction of the new compact car models has seen the Mercedes-Benz brand become palpably younger in appeal - around the world, the average age of its customers has fallen. Around the world, some 900,000 vehicles of the new generation of compact models are now in customer hands, including 100,000 CLA models. The conquest sales rate for the CLA worldwide stands at around 50 percent. The CLA Shooting Brake is built at the company's plant in Kecskémet, Hungary. ### THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ CLA 45 AMG SHOOTING BRAKE: AVANT-GARDE MEETS DRIVING PERFORMANCE Affalterbach. Mercedes-AMG is continuing its model initiative: following on from the successful A 45 AMG, CLA 45 AMG and GLA 45 AMG models, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake is now the fourth high-performance compact car to be brought out, and it makes a stunning impression with its unique interior concept and its unrivalled mix of thrilling driving dynamics, excellent everyday usability and tremendous individuality. The sensational avant-garde concept of the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake offers yet another highly attractive means of entering the fascinating world of AMG. With an output of 265 kW (360 hp) and peak torque of 450 Newton metres, the 2.0-litre turbo engine is the world's most powerful four-cylinder engine in series production. "The continued high demand for our high-power compact models more than justifies our decision to launch another exceptionally dynamic high-performance car in the form of the new CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake," remarked Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "This means that Mercedes-AMG now boasts the most varied model line-up in this segment. The CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake serves up an enthralling blend of supreme power and dynamic handling on the one hand plus efficiency and everyday practicality on the other, all beautifully packaged within an extraordinary design." The fourth high-performance compact car from Mercedes-AMG adopts the same philosophy as the successful CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake by taking the form of a sports car with five seats and a large tailgate. The five-door newcomer plays out its role as an individual, extravagant trendsetter for connoisseurs to perfection: stylish, cool and right in touch with the times, the design and dynamic performance of the compact-sized Shooting Brake from AMG will satisfy even the most discerning demands. Despite the sporty, progressive looks, featuring a roof line that slopes down gently towards the rear, low-set cabin, long bonnet, exaggerated, high beltlineand a dynamically styled tail end, absolutely no compromises have to be made when it comes to everyday practicality: thanks to a versatile luggage compartment with a maximum capacity of 1354 litres and the increase in headroom compared to the four-door coupé, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake is the perfect companion for day-to-day driving. At the same time, it lends itself to the enjoyment of all manner of leisure pursuits and is sure to delight a physically active target group that enjoys a design-oriented lifestyle and is constantly on the lookout for new trends. Exceptional power-to-displacement ratio, low fuel consumption The CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake comes equipped with an impressive engineering package to deliver the desired highly dynamic performance. The most powerful series-production turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the world promises a thrilling drive, generating a remarkable 133 kW (181 hp) per litre of displacement and catapulting the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. At the same time, the fuel consumption of just 6.9 litres for every 100 kilometres (NEDC combined) also underlines the trailblazing standards of efficiency achieved by Mercedes-AMG.The list of technical highlights also includes the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the powerful braking system and a chassis that has been purpose-developed, from the tuning set-up right through to the axles. Key data at a glance: Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake Displacement 1991 cc Bore x stroke 83.0 x 92.0 mm Output 265 kW (360 hp) at 6000 rpm Max. torque 450 Nm at 2250-5000 rpm Power density 133 kW (181 hp) Fuel consumption NEDC combined 6.9 l/100 km CO2 emissions 161 g/km Efficiency class C Emissions standard EU 6 Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.7 s Top speed 250 km/h* * Electronically limited As a high-performance engine belonging to the BlueDIRECT family, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine features spray-guided direct petrol injection via piezo injectors positioned centrally in the four combustion chambers with an injection pressure of 200 bar. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multiple spark ignition improves fuel economy and significantly increases thermodynamic efficiency, leading to low exhaust emissions. The CLA 45 AMGShooting Brake therefore already complies with the Euro 6 emissions standard, including the limit for maximum particulate emissions that comes into force from 2016. In June of this year,the four-cylinder turbocharged engine achieved a memorable double at the "Engine of the Year Awards 2014" by winning the "New engine 2014" and "1.8-litre to 2-litre" categories. As far as its technology is concerned, the AMG 2.0-litre turbo unit is related to the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine in the new Mercedes-AMG GT that delivers up to 375 kW (510 hp). Twin-scroll turbocharger and sports exhaust system with exhaust flap A twin-scroll turbocharger, maximum dethrottling of the exhaust system and an innovative new injection strategy result in an instantaneous build-up of charge pressure and swift generation of high torque from low revs. A positive side-effect: fuel consumption and exhaust emissions also benefit from twin-scroll technology. With a maximum charge pressure of 1.8 bar, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine leads the field on this front, too. The sports exhaust system with automatic exhaust flap control succeeds in resolving the conflicting aims of a dynamic driving experience and the long-distance comfort for which Mercedes is renowned: unobtrusive when driving at a constant speed, the engine's soundtrack switches to AMG's hallmark emotion-stirring tone in response to sharp acceleration and use of the double-declutching function. AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission features, three distinct transmission modes, a double-declutching function dependent on the transmission mode and a RACE START function for optimum acceleration.The strengths of the dual-clutch transmission include spontaneous gear shifts without loss of tractive power, a tailor-made control strategy based on the AMG SPEEDSHIFT functions, extremely smooth gear shifts, and a high level of efficiency. The shift times in the manual mode "M" and the sport mode "S" are extremely sporty. Quick and precise retardation of the ignition interruptions and suppressing injection under full load lead to even faster gear shifts in "M" and "S" modes, with a more thrilling sound. The transmission control fully utilises the benefits of the direct injection technology right up to the physical limits: the quicker engine response ensures that injection is suppressed with even more precision. This results in a highly fascinating shift speed and an emotional sound experience. In "C" mode (Controlled Efficiency), smooth transmission and engine characteristics support a fuel-efficient and comfort-oriented driving style. In addition, in "C" mode the ECO start/stop function is active. Another special feature designed to enhance dynamic performance and driving enjoyment is the so-called "Momentary M mode" – as seen in the new Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive AMG Performance 4MATIC – this highly sophisticated variant of the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system provides the best possible mix of dynamism, traction and efficiency in any driving situation. This is made possible by fully variable distribution of drive torque, ranging from full front-wheel drive to a 50:50 split. A two-part propeller shaft transfers the power from the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine to the rear axle. In the interests of favourable weight distribution, an electrohydraulically controlled multiple-disc clutch is integrated with the rear axle differential. The multiple-disc clutch control detects slip at the front axle. A hydraulic pump instantaneously presses the discs together and channels the engine torque to the rear wheels as necessary. All this takes place without the driver noticing. Power distribution is fully variable: during normal driving, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake uses front-wheel drive for optimal efficiency. Depending on driving conditions and driver input, the variable all-wheel-drive system splits the torque between the front and rear wheels up to a ratio of 50:50. The 3-stage ESP® program offers a choice of three customised driving modes: "ESP ON", "SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF" can be activated at the push of a button. Sports suspension and high-performance braking system Like the other AMG high-performance compact cars, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake also comes equipped with elaborate axle technology. The AMG axles feature independent steering knuckles at the front together with specially configured elastokinematics. All axle bearings have a more rigid design compared to the standard production version. These measures result in more spontaneous and direct turn-in and handling characteristics as well as greater lateral acceleration capabilities. The AMG chassis with its specially tuned spring/damper elements and more powerfully proportioned anti-roll bars forms the basis for superb lateral dynamics and reduces body roll when cornering at speed. The AMG Sport speed-sensitive steering gives the driver extremely precise control over the vehicle. The purpose-designed high-performance braking system, meanwhile, with vented and cross-drilled brake discs all round provides for dependable, instantaneous deceleration. Sporty and progressive AMG design The CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake makes its mark in style with a sporty and progressive design. Highlights when viewed from the front include the radiator grille with AMG lettering and twin louvre in matt titanium grey, along with the brand's trademark front apron featuring a splitter in a striking colour finish. The large air intakes on the outside are framed by prominent black surrounds. Along the vehicle's flanks, side sill panels with inserts in matt titanium grey and "TURBO AMG" badging on the front wings produce an air of sporty superiority. Various light-alloy wheels in 8 x 19-inch format with size 235/35 R 19 tyres are available as an alternative to the standard 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish and measuring 8 x 18 inches with 235/40 R 18 tyres. The elongated roof line that slopes down towards the rear terminates in a powerful and athletic-looking tail end. The roof spoiler with its special trailing edge is exclusive to the range-topping AMG model. Measuring around three centimetres in height, this Gurney flap, as it is known, reduces the lift that can occur at high speeds, thereby improving roadholding at the rear axle. The sports exhaust system's chromed twin tailpipes are integrated into the black diffuser insert. Matt titanium grey trim and a rear apron with simulated air outlet openings at the sides add further visual highlights. An air of dynamism and exclusivity in the interior, too The sense of dynamism and exclusivity so characteristic of Mercedes-AMG is also clearly apparent in the interior of the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake. Classy touches include the sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with red contrasting topstitching and red designo seat belts, the flat-bottomed multifunction sports steering wheel with shift paddles and the AMG DRIVE UNIT in the centre console. The CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake features longitudinal-grain aluminium trim, five galvanised air vents with red rings and an instrument cluster in 2-tube look. The central colour display incorporates the AMG main menu including RACETIMER and AMG start-up screen. The standard specification also includes the following features (selection): • ADAPTIVE BRAKE • ATTENTION ASSIST • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS • ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist • Active bonnet • AMG door sill panels in brushed stainless steel at front • AMG floor mats • Bi-xenon headlamps • Audio 20 USB multimedia system • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals Customers are able to lend their CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake an even more individual touch by opting for the Exterior Carbon-Fibre package, the AMG Night package or the AMG Exclusive package. Overview of further attractive optional extras (selection): • Red painted brake callipers with AMG lettering in black • Carbon-fibre exterior mirror housings • Carbon-fibre trim • Performance exhaust system • Performance steering wheel • Performance seats • 8 x 19-inch multi-spoke light-alloy wheels painted matt black, rim flange in high-sheen finish, with 235/35 R 19 tyres • COMAND Online • Load compartment floor with aluminium strips and lockable aluminium handle • DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control system including COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS • Lane Tracking package including Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist • EASY-PACK tailgate • Intelligent Light System • Load Compartment package • Electric panoramic sliding glass sunroof The OrangeArt Edition – stylish dynamism with eye-catching contrasts The thrilling design of the limited-edition CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake OrangeArt Edition special model brings added flair to the market launch. Select design features in matt graphite grey above the side sill panels give added impact to the car's sporty lines. The splashes of orange in the AMG radiator grille, on the exterior mirrors and in the rear apron trim together with the Night package featuring black design features and chrome tailpipes produce a stunning overall effect. The multi-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in matt black also fit in perfectly with the styling, thanks to a rim flange painted orange and matching orange/black hub caps in centre-lock look. Colour-coordinated highlight rings around the bi-xenon headlamps make them stand out in spectacular style, too. Inside, the sense of exclusive dynamism is captured to perfection by the powerfully contoured Performance seats upholstered in leather/DINAMICA microfibre in black with orange contrasting topstitching and black seat belts with coordinated highlight stripes. The Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre with orange contrasting topstitching and matching 12 o'clock mark as well as the AMG E-SELECT lever further underscore this model's exclusive character, as does the specially designed OrangeArt Edition trim. Subtle details such as the recurring contrasting topstitching and the exclusive Edition badge on the AMG DRIVE UNIT convey a sense of passion for the extraordinary. Besides the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, the CLA 45 AMG Coupé is also available in OrangeArt Edition guise. The CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake is making its show debut in March 2015 at the Geneva International Motor Show, while the market launch is also due to start in March 2015.
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    11-29-2014, 02:54 PM
    This is some very serious horsepower out of a naturally aspirated E46 M3 S54 inline-6. To put the 361.7 peak rear wheel horsepower number into context BimmerBoost would like to point out that a stock E46 M3 3.2 liter S54 inline-6 puts out in the 27X range on the Dynocom used by TTFS. This car belongs to BimmerBoost member @Imolam3louis and the modifications consist of Euro headers (catless), custom rasp pipe, El Diablo muffler, Turner pulleys, Geoff Steel racing csl airbox, and Schrick 288/280 cams. Frank Smitch of Tuning Tech FS provided the custom tuning for these mods and the result is 361.7 rear wheel horsepower. That is more power than a stock S65 V8 out of the E9X M3 and the highest rear wheel horsepower Frank Smith @TTFS has seen on the stock S54 head. We also have not seen a higher stock head figure and another Schrick 288/280 S54 cam build resulted in 353 rear wheel horsepower although on a Dynojet. The point ultimately is that horsepower above the 350 wheel range on the S54 in naturally aspirated form is not only possible, it is reality. Quality tuning and parts of course are what make it happen. Funny how the S54 is gaining almost 100 naturally aspirated horsepower these days and at one time people said the motor was maxed out from the factory.
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    11-25-2014, 11:51 AM
    Earlier this year Dodson announced 800 lb-ft of torque capable transmission upgrades for the BMW DCT platform. That upgrade will now be known as 'Superstock' and Dodson is readying another upgrade with greater capability for official release next month at the PRI trade show. The new Sportsman upgrade increases DCT torque capacity to 900 lb-ft. The upgrade includes the following: 8 x Large Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 9 x Small Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 9 x Large Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 10 x Small Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 1 x Large End Plate 1 x Small End Plate 1 x Large Basket 1 x Small Basket 1 x Large Circlip 1 x Small Circlip 1 x Service Tool Aspects of this upgrade are currently being applied in the project M3 which should make for a good demonstration of the capability. Regarding pricing, the Sportsman upgrade costs 4930 NZD or $3842.81 USD. Applications: E82: E82 135i Coupé, USA E82 135i Coupé, Europe E88: E88 135i Convertible, USA E88 135i Convertible, Europe E89: E89 Z4 35i Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35is Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35i Roadster, Europe E89 Z4 35is Roadster, Europe E90: E90 M3 Saloon, USA E90 M3 Saloon, Europe E90N: E90N M3 Saloon, USA E90N M3 Saloon, Europe E92: E92 M3 Coupé, USA E92 335i Coupé, Europe E92 M3 Coupé, Europe E92N: E92N 335is Coupé, USA E92N M3 Coupé, USA E92N 335i Coupé, Europe E92N M3 Coupé, Europe E93: E93 M3 Convertible, USA E93 335i Convertible, Europe E93 M3 Convertible, Europe E93N: E93N 335is Convertible, USA E93N M3 Convertible, USA E93N 335i Convertible, Europe E93N M3 Convertible, Europe F06: F06 M6 Gran Coupé, USA F06 M6 Gran Coupé, Europe F10: F10 M5 Saloon, USA F10 M5 Saloon, Europe F12: F12 M6 Convertible, USA F12 M6 Convertible, Europe F13: F13 M6 Coupé, USA F13 M6 Coupé, Europe
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    12-08-2014, 07:40 PM
    This race is a perfect illustration of why M cars are headed toward xDrive all wheel drive. It used to be that the M and AMG cars were compared on the roadcourse but these days the emphasis is on turbo V8 torque and power. What the turbo German ear has brought us is straightline torque monsters. On one hand you have the rear wheel drive DCT (dual clutch transmission) F13 M6 with its 560 horsepower 4.4 liter S63TU V8. The car is underrated as the S63TU output is 527 horsepower at all four wheels. The W212 E63 AMG S 4Matic features a 5.5 liter M157 twin turbo V8. The E63 S puts out 541 horsepower to all four wheels stock. Also 579 lb-ft of torque at the wheels which is just over 100 lb-ft of torque at the wheels more than the S63TU at 476 lb-ft. The E63 4Matic is carrying an extra 400+ pounds but we all know drag racing is about the first 60 feet. That is where the all wheel drive pays dividends as the E63 AMG S cuts a 1.81 to the M6 2.36. This leads to the M6 being beaten by over a second. The E63 AMG S runs 11.35 @ 126.4 to the M6 12.42 @ 120.7. This goes to show just how much easier the AMG is to drag race. The M6 did not launch well and got smoked, period. The owner clearly is inexperienced on the strip. This highlights the divide though. On an all wheel drive automatic car you do not have to know what you are doing. You do not have to run different rubber. You just pull up, push the brake and gas, and let go when the light turns green. The rear wheel drive car takes more experience and practice. This market is gravitating toward the AMG line of thinking with the lines blurring.
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    12-19-2014, 02:13 PM
    Developments in the BMW F-Series flash tuning scene are proceeding faster than expected. Earlier this month BimmerBoost brought you the story that BMW F-Series Infineon tri-core ECU's had been cracked and the various cracks have spread like wildfire to tuners throughout the globe. Jailbreak Tuning posted flash tune results on 91 octane for the F10 M5 S63TU V8 and the numbers are very encouraging even at this early stage. Peak power went up from the 539 wheel horsepower baseline (with aftermarket downpipes) to 617 wheel horsepower for a gain of 78 horsepower at the wheels. The tune deletes the CEL (check engine light) caused by the downpipes. The torque figure rises from 507 lb-ft at the wheels to 567 lb-ft at the wheels. Torque gains are seen throughout the entire curve once the turbos spool. F10 M5 tuning and S63TU V8 tuning is ready to take the next step forward. 2015 is going to be very interesting for BMW aftermarket performance.
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    11-29-2014, 01:50 PM
    Congratulations to Rage-Tek and BenzBoost member RedBullJnky for raising the bar on the E55 platform. As W211 E55 AMG owners pushed the stock M113K blower to the limit tuners began exploring other options for forced induction and some decided to ditch the supercharger entirely for a pair of turbochargers. That is the approach taken here and obviously the turbo setups are evolving over time just as the supercharged setups have. Previously, this vehicle managed a 10.8 @ 129 on low boost in summer heat. With temps dropping along with further testing and tuning of the turbo setup @RedBullJnky managed a new quickest and fastest W211 E55 and M113 V8 platform pass with a 10.254 @ 138.09. This is hardly the end as the car managed to achieved this result on 18 psi which bumps output to 665 rear wheel horsepower and 704.19 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. A new world record with more in it bodes well for the turbocharged E55 era. Congratulations again to Rage-Tek and @RedBullJnky
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    12-16-2014, 04:37 PM
    Got a 2015 Mustang GT and are looking for some torque? Well, consider the a twin screw blower. The stock 2015 Mustang Coyote V8 is no slouch with 360 rear wheel horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque. The stock torque is also quite nice and fairly flat holding well until redline. Now imagine moving that whole curve up a bit. That is what the Whipple 2.9 liter twin screw supercharger does adding 185 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. It is also interesting to note that the Whipple holds the torque increase until redline making for a horsepower curve that just continues to climb. This is the advantage of a twin screw with its efficiency up top compared to a roots blower. With a built motor this car would be capable of much more but 647 wheel horsepower on 91 octane pump gas and 11 psi through the stock exhaust system and stock motor is incredible.
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    12-03-2014, 07:10 PM
    Russian BoostAddict member Ghost. has a few very fast modified toys and one of them happens to be this GTR. His cars are doing some impressive things and it looks he just raised the bar regarding GTR performance at a recent Moscow Unlimited hosted event in Greece. The GTR went 7.810 @ 178.737 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile putting it in some very elite company. The elapsed time is not far off the GTR overall record of 7.70 belonging to AMS however it is important to point out this was not set on an NHRA sanctioned drag strip or using NHRA 1/4 mile timing equipment. Regardless, the car is clearly stupid fast as the video shows. It looks to about the third fastest GTR in the world at the moment although obviously a direct comparison is tricky based on distance and timing equipment. It also looks like he let off past the 1/4 mile which would explain the dropping trap speeds so we will see what happens as the setup is tweaked. Mods: 42 turbos, 4 liter stroker, modified gearbox, modified suspension, MT tires, tuned by Russia's Gosha Turbo Tech AWHP: 1449 on low boost
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    12-09-2014, 09:42 PM
    Klemann is a well known name in Mercedes tuning but they have fallen off a bit over the years. In the USA in particular we have not seen many results if any at all for their new products for modern AMG vehicles. Fortunately BenzBoost has European members that are using the Kleemann products and we have some results to share. BenzBoost member @SVP03 has an M157 based E63 AMG S 4Matic wagon along with the Kleemann K4 kit. The dynograph you see is not from his car although he shares the same modifications. The vehicle is a 4Matic S63 AMG. The Kleemann K4 consists of: - ECU software. - Modified turbo’s. - Turbo pipe, front pipe with cats. - Intercooler upgrade. - LSD diff lock rear. - LSD diff lock front. Claimed output is 820 horsepower and over 1200 newton-meters of torque. The dynograph below exceeds the claims although these figures are at the crank and on a Swedish dyno we are not familiar with. Hopefully Klemann USA does a better job displaying the products and advertising but the results here reinforce that European tuners do offer M157 upgrades. Comparing these upgrades to their US counterparts is a bit difficult as you can see.
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    12-17-2014, 02:24 PM
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 03:55 AM
    A record is a record is a record. Context however is vital in understanding the record. What were the specs? Where was it achieved? What were the conditions? What was the launch? What fuel? What boost? This can go on and on but there are obviously many variables when trying to set a 1/4 mile record. Due to these variables we often see differing elapsed time and trap speed records as the two numbers although related are influenced in different ways. You are about to see how a trap speed figure or fastest measurement differs from the elapsed time and quickest measurement. The previous record stood at 126.51 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile with a JB4 tuned F80 M3. That trap speed was achieved on a 11.807 elapsed time with a 2.143 60 foot or short time. Notice how this compares to the F80/F82 M3 and M4 1/4 mile elapsed time record which stands at 11.18 @ 123.56 miles per hour. That elapsed time achieved with a 1.659 60 foot time. So the quickest S55 powered car in the 1/4 mile runs 11.18 yet its trap speed is lower than the 11.807 @ 126.51 run recorded by an F80 M3 with a 2.143 short time. Now the fastest S55 mile per hour is 127.53 miles per hour but it was recorded on a 12.40 pass with a 2.456 60 foot. Is this a record set by having the most powerful F82 M3 or due to wheel spin? Well, it's wheel spin and cold weather in all honesty although PBIR in Florida is not famous for negative density altitude in the winter. These cars are all running the same JB4 tuning box from BMS. They are all capable of the exact same thing. They are all basically as fast as one another with the differences depending on the supporting modifications, map run, fuel, etc. It is no accident the fastest S55 1/4 mile time comes with the most wheelspin and that the quickest S55 1/4 mile time comes with the best 60 foot time. Is this a record? Yes. Is it due to good drag racing? No. Is it due to a superior setup? No. It is just how things sometimes go on the drag strip and with simple analysis to put it in context it all makes sense. The race for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 trap speed record should not be who gets the most wheelspin. It should come with an impressive elapsed time in conjunction. JB4 F82 M4 on map 7 with E30, no other mods:
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