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  • fastgti69's Avatar
    08-19-2014, 05:37 PM
    Interesting races here showing supercharged M3's going up against each other as well as a Ventura Motorsport Comp Turbo 6465 top mount 335i. The three M3's feature superchargers with the white 6-speed E92 M3 featuring the Active Autowerke Level III supercharger kit and the other two M3's running Gintani superchargers. Although the 335i has the most power and torque of the group, the M3's show just how quick they are at speed. There is more to a race than just peak figures as the shift speed, gearing, area under the curve, and redline of the M3's work to their advantage on the highway. The following is in the words of Ventura Motorsports and the owner of the 335i: Had a great time last night meeting some new people in Mexico. It was an impromptu meet so I didn't get to take any footage from my car :(. We are going to set something up in the next couple of weeks. I'll be ready with mounts and cameras etc. White e92 M3 6speed Active Autowerke level 3 SC kit Laguna Seca e92 M3 6speed Gintani Stage 2+ Red e92 M3 DCT Gintani Stage 2+ All M3s are running 91 octane and Meth. I am running e40 blend 100% Meth and Map 7 23 psi. They are very, very quick. Surprised me more than I thought to be honest. Everytime we started second gear rolls, they would get a good jump and I would play catch up. It would be hard for me to catch up though. 3rd gear rolls though I would move out pretty well, once I hit 4th gear It was over. Everyone seemed to be in the 580-600whp region. I dynoed 627 whp on Map 7 with this trim. That flatline shift bog @aflatau really really hurts, it's not even funny. I've notice if I switch at 6800 rpm, it does not bog. I will have to do more testing. First and second race is Second gear roll. Red Vs White M3 Third race is Second gear roll Red M3 Vs Me. Spun pretty hard and once I hit third gear I guess it kicked me into map 4 Fourth race is second gear roll Red M3 Vs Me. I didn't realize I was kicked down to map 4 in this race lol so yea 12 psi run. Fifth race is third gear roll Red M3 Vs Me. Map 7 23 psi Good run here. Last race is all of us, second gear roll just for fun lol. There are more runs and vids from the other guys. I wish I had more to post up. Looked like the level 3 AA kit seemed to be the fastest of them all. In the end, we all had a blast. Nobody cared who's car was the fastest. I can't wait to hang out with these guys again.
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    08-01-2014, 10:01 AM
    You know by now that BMW and Toyota announced a technology sharing agreement. You should also know that BMW and Toyota are collaborating on a new sports car. For BMW, that means the next generation Z4 and for Toyota that means a possible return of the Supra nameplate. There are a lot of rumors about what exactly is going to happen but a new report from MotorTrend sheds some light on the subject. The car obviously will be a hybrid which is why the collaboration happened in the first place. Toyota has some great electric motors and hybrid technology which they have experience with from the Prius and BMW does as well with the 'i' brand now. We will see some mixing and matching as BMW's lightweight technology is paired with Toyota's electronic designs that BMW will produce. The expected result is a lightweight 3085 pound car. This is a great weight target for a sports car and especially one with a hybrid drivetrain. Power is expected to come from a direct injected 2.0 liter four-cylinder motor. Let's hope that the motor is BMW's as the N20 is a very strong candidate. This motor of course will be paired with an electric motor or two and the output should be in the 350+ horsepower range. That sounds pretty good with the 3085 pound curb weight making for a car that is fun to drive and toss into the corners. The car may not be rear wheel drive as the electric motor will be front mounted. That means the next generation Z4 and Supra likely will have all wheel drive. So what is the target date for these two cars? 2017. The end result is going to be very interesting to see. Source
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    08-04-2014, 01:23 PM
    Dodson is tackling the BMW DCT market and is set to release a bevy of upgrade parts for the BMW DCT transmission including clutch pack shims, two different type of clutch kits, frictions plates, and associated hardware. These upgrades will be available for every BMW with the DCT transmission. Yes, that means the E9X M3 and E9X 335 models. It also means the new F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 models. These models all use a variant of a Getrag DCT box. The physical proportions are the same but Getrag obviously has modified the unit over the years for greater torque capability going from the naturally aspirated E9X M3 to the V8 twin turbo F10 M5. These Dodson parts will have even greater capability with two clutch sets currently listed one for 800 lb-ft of torque and the second for over 800 lb-ft. BimmerBoost will be testing out some of these Dodson parts in the BimmerBoost.com M3. Will Dodson succeed where SSP Performance failed? We will find out shortly but considering Dodson's stellar reputation it certainly looks like it. Pricing has yet to be announced but as soon as the parts are officially available BimmerBoost will of course bring you the details. BMW SPORTSMANS 15 PLATE CLUTCH KIT 800+ FT/LB 7 x Large Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 8 x Small Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 8 x Large Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 9 x Small Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels Vehicles to suit: 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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    07-30-2014, 03:03 PM
    Sorry to put a damper on the parade but the flash tuning capability of the new turbo M models is greatly overstated. A couple of days ago results were posted of a flash tuned S55 inline-6 which is the turbocharged M motor featured under the hood of the F80 M3 and F82 M4. It is true that this car was flashed but after seeing the article BimmerBoost was contacted by a tuner who wanted to set the record straight on what is actually going on. Nobody at the moment has real control of any modern ECU used in the turbo BMW's. This includes the F30 models, F10, F12/F13, F82, F80, and so on. The tricore ECU's in these cars have not been cracked. So what exactly is going on? The tuners claiming the ability to flash are all using the same trick but they are not uploading their own custom tuned software. They are essentially flashing the same files that originate internally from BMW. Some of these files are just press files. Oh, you did not know BMW uses different software on cars they let the press test? Well, namely with the F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 they do. Why? The BMW press software will allow a higher margin for a CEL (check engine light). That means you will not see any of those nasty reviews saying the cars went into limp mode. This among other things like traction control changes or higher boost itself. Some tuners have even been using the BMW Competition Package software which is not real flash tuning. It is just uploading BMW's own file. If anyone needs proof of this ask for a custom dyno tune for your F10 M5 or F80 M3. It is not going to happen, at least not yet. Tuners can play with the bootloader but if they modify outside of certain parameters the checksum fails. If it fails, the software will not flash. All of the big boys are struggling with this believe it or not. Dimsport which is traditionally the source for a lot of automotive ECU cracks that then spread out (for $ from others) can not flash tune the Tricore ECU's. Some guys may be using this Russian software for the Tricore ECU's to read out of the files but what can they do with it once they do? The tuner that contacted BimmerBoost said to ask the tuners for proof of their ability. No tuner that has contacted BimmerBoost stating they have the ability to flash tune has demonstrated it. So how do you get a dyno graph showing gains with a flash tune? Well, you can run a car until it is hot and then flash BMW's own software that leaked out and once the car cools down showing gains with a handpicked before and after graph. BimmerBoost stands by this report that nobody has true flash tuning ability at the moment. BimmerBoost will also state that many tuners make their living simply flashing factory files from Europe over on US cars at a markup. We will not name who it is that predominantly does this but the readers here are smart enough to figure it out. The flash tuning era of the F80 M3 / F82 M4 and F10 M5 / F13 M6 can not even be stated as being in its infancy as the development is not even that far along. We will see what happens but internal sources at BMW that traditionally have helped can not. You would not either if it meant losing your job.
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    07-31-2014, 11:56 AM
    We already saw this comparison earlier in the year when Car and Driver compared the F82 M4 to the Porsche 991 Carrera. In that comparison, the M4 came out on top. Let's see what happens when the Brits over at EVO get a hold of both of these cars for a track comparison. This is the big question, does the M4's power and updated chassis allow it to beat the lighter rear engined Porsche 991 Carrera around the track? EVO does the comparison well showing both cars lapping at the same time. This allows some of the trademark characteristics of the cars to show. Namely that the 911 has less understeer on turn in but this is the area that one traditionally has to be careful with a 911 getting back on the power exiting the apex so that oversteer does not bite you in rear end. The 911 handling is definitely tighter. The M4's additional mass shows as it tends to push a bit. The 911's lead built in and out of turns is made up by the M4's power. Finesse versus muscle is what we witness. The tighter the course gets, the more it ends up favoring the 991. Laptimes (for reference a 458 Speciale laps this track in 1:14.2): Porsche 991 Carrera: 1:17.8 BMW F82 M4: 1:19.2 The 911 in this comparison proves it is the better sports car. To open up a gap like that on the M4 even with a huge power deficit shows how impressive the 991 chassis is. If this was a 911 model with more power, it would not even be a contest. The M4 is more muscle car and that is the direction BMW M is headed with their street cars. If you want the cheaper car with more power, the choice is the M4. If you want the better driver's car, it's the 911.
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    07-29-2014, 07:46 AM
    The Active Autowerke Level III supercharged M3's continues to impress. This particular M3 runs a full bolt on Cobb tuned Nissan GTR on the highway. The GTR has the Cobb tune, downpipes, a full exhaust system, intake work, and is on 93 octane pump gas. The M3 features the Active Autowerke Gen 2 Level III S65 v8 supercharger system along with a full exhaust setup. It is not stated whether it is on pump gas or race gas for this run. A full bolt on GTR with a tune is a very potent weapon. However, a roll on race between the two cars on the highway assuming similar power should favor the M3. Why? Because it is rear wheel drive, revs higher, and lighter. A run from a stop favors the GTR with its all wheel drive traction and torque advantage. As both cars have a dual clutch transmission that particular area is even. The M3 pulls surprisingly quickly but it also looks to get a jump on the 'two' count. Regardless, it continues its pull. It would be great to see a rematch between these two cars with the GTR on a race gas map.
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    08-05-2014, 03:33 PM
    Designing headers for the most recent naturally aspirated M engines is not easy work. Cars like the E60 M5 and E63 M6 using the high revving 5.0 liter S85 V10 already put out over 100 horsepower per liter from the factory. BMW M knows what they are doing and their header designs are very good to begin with. It is of course possible to improve on their production pieces which must meet emission and production cost restrictions but someone must really know what they are doing. Supersprint knows what they are doing. They recently posted a comparison of their S85 V10 header design to an unnamed competitor. We wish they named the competitor but it is understandable that by doing so it could be misinterpreted as unprofessional or taking direct shots. Check out their design comparison and comments below. Additionally, take a look at the Evolve Automotive S85 V10 headers to compare and Evolve's explanation of their engineering choices in their design. Supersprint does not provide as much data as Evolve regarding their S85 V10 header performance. SuperSprint: Recently there have been some requests and comparisons between our M5 E60/61 / M6 E63/64 V10 headers and what our competitors are offering. So here's a visual comparison between our 789301 and an example of what's on the market. Here's our 789301. Pipe routing and collector details. The primary pipes are separated to allow different thermal expansion without mechanical stress. The spring loaded flange and sealing rings avoid leaks. The perfectly smooth 5 into 1 collectors merge the gas glows in a linear, optimal way Here's a competitor's headers set. It's a 4 into 1 design adapted to a 5 cylinder engine, with the 5th pipe plugged in the middle of the collector. All the pipes are welded toghether, which can cause failure of the welding with heat. This can cause an expensive repair job! Also notice the pipe routing is not optimal. And here's the detail of the competitor's manifold collector, inside. The pipes stop abruptly, no smooth merging, a lot of flow interference and an irregular shaped centre hole. For comparison here's a close up of our 5 into 1 collector with the centre piramidal diffuser that merge the flows in a linear and efficient way into the main outlet. A different view, where you can see the spring loaded flange that keeps the sealing rings (made in graphite and pressed metal mesh) into place, to avoid leaks. They are also cheaply and quickly replacable!
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    08-07-2014, 01:41 PM
    APR's turbo upgrade package for the Audi TT-RS 2.5 inline-5 TFSI is very potent. The Garrett GTX3567R turbo at the heart of the upgrade is capable of producing over 600 wheel horsepower on the TT-RS. The TT-RS in the video is stated to have somewhere in the 650 all wheel horsepower range and considering the outcome of these two races there is no reason to doubt the output. The first run is against an APR Stage III supercharged B7 RS4. The RS4 is stated to be in the low 600 wheel horsepower range. Keep in mind the 4.2 liter FSI V8 is running an Eaton TVS supercharger kit so it is no slouch. The race between the two cars is close but the TT-RS has the quicker elapsed time and also traps higher at 145.68 to 143.23 for the RS4. The second run is against an HPF turbocharged E46 M3 with a 6-speed manual transmission. It is stated to be making over 600 wheel horsepower. The TT-RS makes fairly easy work of it running a 148.86 trap speed to the E46 M3 140.29. Keep in mind comparing trap speeds in roll on races is difficult due to there not being a uniform starting speed. Regardless, the TT-RS with the APR Stage III kit performs impressively.
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    08-16-2014, 01:21 AM
    This is a beatdown. Protomotive builds some spectacularly fast 996 Turbos but there are also some spectacularly fast Nissan GTR's out there. This Topspeed built 4.4 liter Alpha 12 certainly qualifies. Just to give you a sensation of how bit the difference between the cars is the GTR gives the two 996 Turbos (the yellow one is the claimed 1200+ horsepower Protomotive car) a head start and the hit yet runs them down and passes them with ease. The sensation of speed conveyed by the video is astonishing. The GTR makes the two 996 Turbos looks like they are moving in slow motion. Is the Protomotive car really putting out 1200+? Or is the GTR just that much damn faster?
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    08-12-2014, 02:55 PM
    The Tesla Model S is surprisingly quick from a stop. We have seen the car take down some formidable German performance cars including an F10 M5 and a W212 M157 E63 AMG in a drag race. It certainly is not unbeatable as an E63 on the drag strip showed trouncing the Tesla. You will notice a common theme in all Tesla races and that is that they are from a stop and that the shorter they are the more they favor the Tesla. Top end goes to traditional gasoline motors but what the Tesla Model S shows is that from a stop an electric car is very potent. Just up to a point as the 335i in the video shows giving the 'ricer flyby' at the end. Considering this is a modified 335i with a JB4 tune Tesla shows that not only is strong electric performance possible it is the future.
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    Yesterday, 06:49 AM
    Dinan is a reputable and high quality aftermarket option in the BMW tuning world. However, the BMW tuning world has changed and Dinan has had to change with it. Dinan announced their piggyback tuning era (after stating piggyback tuning was inferior) earlier this year. Now Dinan releases their S1 package for the F10 M5 claiming 675 horsepower thanks to the Dinan Dinantronics performance tuner along with other supplemental modifications such as to the suspension. There are a few problems here. First of all, Dinan's piggyback box is $3,749. Why? What does it do over a JB4? What does it do over other piggyback tuning options? If Dinan wants to command the highest price point in the marketplace for a piggyback tuning box that is fine. It's fine if it's worth the money. From what BimmerBoost has seen, it isn't. Dinan can't live off his name any longer. In the old days Dinan would 'congratulate' the BMW engineers by saying they could not improve on the BMW tune (although other tuners could). Today, consumers have more options and the options other than Dinan offer more data on the performance gains and also offer their product at a comparable value. If Dinan wants to charge more that is up to Dinan but you would expect more data for the premium with Dinan's resources. Not a single timeslip? Not a single dynograph? This all goes back to Dinan's arrogance about dynographs and the white paper Steve Dinan released criticizing using dyno's for proof of gains. The reason Steve Dinan does not post dynographs is simple. It does not favor his product especially for the horsepower per dollar when it is relatively easy to compare graphs for competing products. Call this the N54 or BMS effect if you want but the BMW turbo era already proved more money does not equal more horsepower, safety, or performance. Dinan is releasing horsepower charts so clearly he sees he needs to change his approach. The Dinan name carries a lot of weight. However, it's with the uninformed. BimmerBoost users won't be ponying up for this without results to back it up. You want $13,487 for what a JB4 for a few hundred bucks with some methanol will smoke? Sorry Steve, the game has changed. You better change with it or it's game over. Dinan releases 675 horsepower tuned M-sedan that delivers supercar performance with the refinement and ride of an opulent daily driver. (Morgan Hill, Calif.) – August 2014 – BMW performance specialist, Dinan Engineering, has announced the latest addition to its signature vehicle line, the S1 M5. This twin turbocharged V8 powered sedan offers supercar performance with 675 horsepower and 644 lb-ft of torque on tap, but is refined enough to be the perfect daily driver. The 200 mph capable M-car features a comprehensive blend of components designed and tuned by Dinan, recognized for 35 years as the BMW tuning expert, to enhance every aspect of the vehicle’s performance. The S1 M5 offers the only warranty on the market that matches manufacturer coverage for 4 years/50,000 miles and on both the standard M5 and Competition Package equipped vehicles. The S1 M5 offers remarkable performance and the same warranty coverage, resale value and reliability BMW owners expect, all backed by Dinan’s nationwide network of authorized dealers and service centers. “Our goal at Dinan is to build a balanced performance package that maintains the soul of the OEM platform,” said Dinan Engineering President Steve Dinan. “This car is designed to be faster and handle sharper, but still offer the level of refinement that BMW owners expect. M-Car owners already bought the fastest BMW and now it’s up to Dinan to make it even faster” The S1 M5 makes a jump from 560 horsepower in stock trim, to an impressive 675 horsepower and 644 lb-ft of torque thanks to Dinan’s Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake, Free Flow Exhaust system and the all new DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner that opens up the full potential of the S63 V8. The DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner is a highly engineered and sophisticated piece of computer hardware and software that enhances engine performance, without negating or voiding your new car warranty coverage and without affecting long term reliability or the functionality of on-board diagnostic systems. It was also designed to be emissions legal in 50 states (E.O. Pending). The ultimate objective was to provide the ability to control every signal entering and exiting the BMW factory Engine Control Unit. These items are unique to Dinan and together they embody the apex of performance engineering in a powerful, reliable, and warrantied package. To compliment the added power, the package includes negative camber front control arms, lightweight tubular Anti-Roll bars and Dinan’s High Performance Adjustable Coil-over System that gives the M5 a more aggressive stance and decreased body roll, without sacrificing ride comfort. Dinan’s adjustable coil-overs keep the factory Electronic Damper Control shocks in place and implements threaded collars to allow the user to change the ride height. The end result is a sleek lowered stance that provides improved handling to go along with the more aggressive appearance. Optional features include Dinan lightweight forged wheels (custom finishes available) and cosmetic upgrades from the BMW performance parts line that includes a carbon rear spoiler, a carbon front fascia and Dinan aluminum pedals adding a unique aesthetic touch to any 2011-2015 BMW M5. Dinan has worked closely over the years with BMW’s factory motorsports program bringing home three consecutive championships and two wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona along with countless Grand-Am podiums. With 35 years of experience building artfully engineered performance vehicles that balance tuned handling and dramatically increased acceleration with the turn-key reliability sport sedan owners demand, the Dinan S1 M5 offers supercar performance in a practical package. This package is also available for the M6 and Competition Package Equipped models. Dinan S1 M5 Product and Performance Summary Available for F10 M5 Engine DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner $3,749 Dinan Stainless Steel Free Flow Exhaust (Rear Muffler) $2,999 Dinan Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake $2,999 Total for S1 Engine Tune: $9,747 Performance Maximum Horsepower: 675 hp @ 6000 rpm Maximum Torque: 644 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Suspension Dinan High Performance Adjustable Coil-over Suspension System $1,499 Dinan Lightweight Tubular Adjustable Front Anti-Roll Bar $599 Dinan Lightweight Tubular Adjustable Rear Anti-Roll Bar $399 Dinan Negative Camber Control Arms $1,014 Total for S1 Suspension Tune: $3,511 Accessories Dinan Aluminum Pedal Pad Set $229 Dinan Deck Lid Badge Included Dinan S2 Serial Numbered Plaque Included Total for S2 Accessories: $229 Dinan S1 Package Total: $13,487 Options Wheels/Tire & Brakes Lightweight Forged Performance Wheel Set 20” $6,450 set Exterior/Interior BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Spoiler $613 BMW Carbon Mirror Caps $700 pair Warranty Matching New Car Warranty coverage up to 4 years/50K miles. Dinan Engineering 865 Jarvis Drive Morgan Hill, CA. 95037 800.341.5480
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    07-30-2014, 10:06 AM
    This is a rumor that just won't die and even BMW themselves just does not seem to know what side of it they are on. Just last year BMW stated an M version of the new i8 hybrid does not make sense and the 'i' and 'M' brands simply can not mix. Frankly, BimmerBoost believes that BMW 'i' could use a little BMW 'M' sprinkled on it. The base that makes the most sense for the M brand to use to produce an i9 supercar is the i8 unless an entirely new platform is created. The Germans over at Auto Motor Und Sport state the i9 is an i8 on steroids. Instead of using a three-cylinder motor that barely offers enough power for a lawnmower the i9 will get BMW turbo inline-6 power. Which inline-6 will they use? Hopefully the underrated S55 turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-6 from the new M3/M4. Additionally, more juice is expected from the electric motors. That likely means heavier batteries and the larger motor itself would be heavier so yes, the i9 would weigh a bit more than the 3380 pounds of the i8. Probably somewhere over the 3500 pound mark which with close to 600 horses and all wheel drive is absolutely fine. Now, this all sounds great but the real question is will it happen? M stated they want to build a supercar. Some idiot at BMW headquarters said BMW 'i' and 'M' can not mix because he is an idiot and apparently differentiating between two different letters of the alphabet confuses him. A BMW i9 with some serious power to back up the looks is the perfect way for BMW to celebrate 100 years. There is no official word on if it will happen but let's hope the Germans are not just making this report for hits. BMW, you owe us one. Just give us one freaking car that shows what you can do. 100 years is the perfect excuse to use against whatever accountant says it is too big of an expense to justify. Build the car, show the world just how good you are (were), and fire any accountant or executive against it. There should not be an internal debate on whether an Ultimate Driving Machine should be built. Do it. Source
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    08-19-2014, 05:01 PM
    The AMS Alpha 7 package for the 4Matic M157 vehicles certainly is impressing. AMS released their 4Matic M157 tuning options earlier this year with some impressive results. Well, it is later in the year now and the weather is much, much warmer. How would an AMS tuned E63 AMG 4Matic fare in July summer weather on the dragstrip? Pretty damn well considering eleven passes in one outing and being able to consistently break into the 10's. Very nice results for what is just a tune and exhaust modification in 2200 foot density altitude. 10.8 - 10.9 @ 127 - 128 mile per hour performance on every pass. Consistent, reliable, quick, and fast. Check out the video below.
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    08-02-2014, 02:11 PM
    An X2 that will slot in below the X3 as an entry level 'SAV' is on the way according to AutoExpress. What is the X2 exactly? Well, it is a reskinned 2-Series Active Tourer which itself is just a reskinned Mini. Yes, the Mini platform will be used for the X2 which means the X2 will be front wheel drive with an all wheel drive option. The X2 is not being built with off road capability or traditional SUV aspects in mind. The X2 is just another way to take a platform and squeeze another model out of it which is BMW's strategy these days. It will likely sell quite well which is why it got the green light and may get a 3-door variant. As far as powertrain choices expect the 1.5 liter turbo three-cylinder motor already in use to find its way under the hood along with four-cylinder variants. It will likely mirror the 2-Series Active Tourer powertrain. Source
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    08-14-2014, 03:01 PM
    Owners of N55 powered vehicles have been aware of this issue for quite some time. BMW back in March launched an investigation into what may be a defective part of the VANOS (variable valve and cam timing) system. BMW's investigation was likely nothing more than trying to find the cheapest way to get out of the situation as only a naive person would believe that BMW only learned of any N55 bolt issues stemming from cars produced as far back as 2009 five months ago. BMW announced earlier this week it would recall 156,137 2010-2012 model year N55 powered vehicles in the USA. The bolts that hold the VANOS unit will be replaced. It is encouraged that anyone with an N55 vehicle in this date range contacts their dealer. If not, the possibility of the bolts coming loose or breaking exists leading to potential engine issues and accompanied by a bunch of CEL's (check engine lights). BMW press release below: BMW has informed NHTSA of its intention to voluntarily recall approximately 156,137 MY 2010-12 vehicles in the US, equipped with inline 6-cylinder engines. In very rare cases the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing (VANOS) unit housing may become loose or, in extreme cases, break. If that happens, a "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" lamp will illuminate and a check control message will be displayed. If the operation of the VANOS unit is compromised, the engine will operate with reduced engine power in "safe mode". If ignored, the problem can become progressively worse, eventually leading to no start conditions, stalling and engine damage. Affected Series: 2010-12 1 Series 2010-12 3 Series 2010-2012 5 Series 2010-12 5 Series Gran Turismo 2012 6 Series 2010-2012 X3 SAV 2010-12 X5 SAV 2010-12 X6 SAV 2010-12 Z4 Drivers of potentially affected vehicles may continue to drive their vehicles, however, if they observe a "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" lamp and Check Control message warning, drivers should immediately contact their nearest authorized BMW center to arrange service. In the event of stalling, drivers should carefully move away from traffic and stop the vehicle in a safe location as soon as possible. They should contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269 to have the vehicle brought to the nearest authorized BMW center. They should not continue to drive their vehicle. Owners of potentially affected vehicles will be contacted by BMW Customer Relations via first-class mail, to inform them of the recall and, when parts are available, will receive a second notification that will advise them to make an appointment with their authorized BMW center in order to have the repair made. Customers with questions should contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email customer.relations@bmwna.com.
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    08-12-2014, 05:51 PM
    Incredible results here from an Australian W204 C63 that is now the quickest and fastest C63 AMG in Australia. This C63 has the Weistec Engineering Stage III supercharger package pushing 11 psi of boost on pump gas. In addition the car has long tube headers and a mid pipe with the catalytic converters in place. Everything else is stock including the engine internals, transmission, and the M156 V8 heads. Compare this 10.446 @ 134.43 pass for the Stage III C63 AMG to another Australian C63 AMG running the Stage II Weistec supercharger which turned a 10.8 @ 129 in the 1/4 mile. That car also was running pump gas. The larger 3.0 liter blower in the Stage III kit is simply capable of making more power with less heat than the 2.3 liter and is able to do so even on pump fuel. Either way, 130+ traps speed from supercharged C63's AMG's is incredible. That this car did 134 on pump gas and full weight as well as the stock engine internals is jaw dropping.
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    08-13-2014, 10:02 PM
    Some AMG heavyweights going at it here! Russian BenzBoost member Vasily1 continues to impress with his Renntech modified W212 E63 AMG S. His car has taken down an Aventador from a roll, a modified Nissan GTR, and a tuned F13 BMW M6. His car is putting out somewhere in the 850+ crank horsepower range. That is serious power but is it enough to beat a Weistec Stage III C63 which we recently saw is capable of 134+ mile per hour trap speeds? Well, it is. The E63 AMG wins this race. Now, it is hard to know the full specs on each vehicle. Is the C63 on pump gas? How much boost is it pushing? Is the E63 on race gas with a race tune? It is stated that the C63 is on an 'intermediate' tune which likely means pump gas. Regardless, it is what it is. This Renntech tuned E63 AMG S 4Matic continues to impress.
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    07-30-2014, 11:34 AM
    Audi showed off a triple turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 diesel motor in May of this year on the RS5 TDI concept. That engine concept is moving to reality as Audi confirmed that the engine will see production in the upcoming SQ7 TDI. What type of output the SQ7 TDI will have nobody except Audi knows at this point. In the RS5 TDI concept Audi tuned the motor to 385 horsepower and an eye opening 553 lb-ft of torque. AudiBoost has its fingers crossed the production variant of the motor approaches this output. People refer to this electric compressor as a 'turbo' and that includes Audi themselves. However, an electrically driven compressor wheel is essentially an electric supercharger. The advantage is that you do not have to wait for spool from exhaust gases but that the wheel with electricity can be spun to maximum right off idle. The idea is to eliminate lag from the turbochargers which is vital in low revving diesel applications. The electric compressor helps throttle response and off the line performance. Once the conventional turbos are spooled the electric 'turbo' is disengaged and bypassed. The question remains on how Audi intends to power the 9 horsepower electric motor spinning the wheel and where that energy will be stored. The engineers will sort all of that out. The diagrams below help explain how the idea works. Source
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    08-04-2014, 02:02 PM
    1/4 mile times for the 991 generation Porsche 911 Turbo and S have been all over the place leading to questions about consistency. Champion Motorsport managed a 10 second run with their stock 991 Turbo turning a 10.939 second 1/4 mile pass at 126.090 miles per hour. That was in cooler weather though and the pass in the video below takes place during the summer. That likely explains the trap speeds in the low 120 mile per hour range. Despite the lower trap speeds the launch control program works very well. As Road and Track showed earlier in the year with 50 back to back launch control uses the software and hardware are both configured very well. This 991 Turbo is fairly consistent with its runs using launch control running 10.9X - 11.0X for great consistency. Enjoy the video:
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    08-07-2014, 02:27 PM
    This was pretty much known but Mercedes-Benz will release the W205 C63 AMG as a wagon in addition to the sedan. You can see Mercedes testing the pair in the video below on the Nurburgring. The M177 twin turbo V8 motor sounds a bit subdued especially compared to the M156 naturally aspirated V8 it is replacing so hopefully AMG does something to open up the exhaust sound for a bit more aggression. Both C63 AMG models are basically the exact same sharing the 476 horsepower M177 V8 and automatic transmission. Power is not going to be an issue with this car. If the C63 sees some of the criticism from the previous model it will be regarding its heft and balance. From the video though Mercedes AMG sure looks to be putting a lot of work into getting the C63 cornering flat and transitioning well. The test drivers definitely are pushing the cars hard. It remains to be seen what the car will weigh but the sporty character of the C63 AMG may shine the brightest it ever has with the upcoming W205 generation. It is shaping up very well.
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    08-16-2014, 03:20 PM
    As more and more F82 M4's get out into the wild owners are going to want to set their cars apart from others. Among the first mods for a brand new car are wheels. Among the first wheels to go on a brand new M car is a model from HRE and for good reason. Quality cars deserve quality rims and HRE long ago established itself as a premium wheel option. This particular black M4 gets a set of brushed aluminum HRE RS103 wheels. TAG Motorsports did the work and dropped the car slightly. It also looks like it needs some window tint to finish the look and maybe the braked calipers painted a different color for a more seamless look but this is nitpicking. It does not take much more than a nice set of rims and a small drop to get the M4 looking hot. Enjoy the pictures:
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    07-31-2014, 08:51 AM
    BMW knows how to market their product well. They have very clever advertisements out there such as the race track on top of the aircraft carrier or when they had the E82 1M drifting on top of a skyscraper. This video is a bit different as BMW is playing to a live crowd in South Africa. They have the police shut down the roads and then a group of F22 M235i's shows up and starts drifting around the strategically chosen circular street. It is very well done using the element of surprise from a flash mob to gain the attention of a crowd and having the cars be the main attraction. Smooth, clever, and well executed.
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    08-01-2014, 09:38 AM
    It looks like some of the questions about the upcoming 991 GT3 RS have been settled thanks to these leaked patent photos. The first question was whether for the first time ever a production 911 GT3 RS model would have Turbo inspired engine intake at the rear. The answer is year. It looks like Porsche wants to make sure the engine gets cool air so that no embarrassing engine fire issues pop up again. The cosmetic items are easy to spot. The intakes, the roll cage, the wider body work, the aggressive wheels, etc. The question remains as to what is under the hood. It likely is a mildly tweaked version of the 991 GT3 3.8 liter flat-6. Rumors persist about a turbocharged powerplant but spy videos of the test car on the 'Ring sound like the high revving GT3 mill is under the hood. It is unlikely Porsche will turbocharge the GT3 RS as they never have before and where would that leave a potential 991 GT2? Expect the official reveal with more details in the next few months.
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    08-24-2014, 08:35 PM
    Another great video here from Russian BenzBoost member Vasily1. His Renntech turbo upgraded W212 E63 AMg S 4Matic has just been crushing whatever it runs into on the highway. He has run a Lamborghini before although that was the big boy Aventador. The result was the E63 AMG S making fairly easy work of it showing that this Renntech has this W212 E63 AMG S 4Matic putting out over 850+ horsepower with their turbochargers. Does the less powerful but lighter Huracan fair better than its big brother? Nope. The Huracan is very quick as European test figures show but the Huracan is not faster than the Aventador and in turn it is not faster than this E63 AMG S 4MAtic. The Huracan does do very well when starting from a low speed where its shift speed advantage keeps it in the race but once hitting the higher speeds the power deficit shows. Great runs and a great video.
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    08-07-2014, 03:47 PM
    Those are some ridiculous figures. 1500+ horsepower does not quite open eyes the way it used to as the aftermarket has spoiled us namely the readers on this network. That said, 1500+ horsepower from a factory car with a warranty is something special indeed even if it will cost you over a million dollars. Volkswagen is getting ready to produce their successor to the Veyron and they intend to take the already absurdly powerful car much further. In the opinion of this network the Veyron was simply Volkswagen showing off producing a car for ridiculous excess as it has ridiculously excessive funds to spend on it. It is not the greatest supercar ever produced, not even close. It's fat and built around its looks instead of its looks being a product of its design. Gordon Murray (father of the McLaren F1) has a pretty good breakdown on the why the Veyron is overrated you definitely should read if you have not. There are many areas Volkswagen can improve the Veyron beyond just raw acceleration. The proposed hybrid drivetrain is a great start. The McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder already show us hybrid high performance is not just the future but reality. Volkswagen somewhat painted themselves into a corner with all their talk about the top speed of the Veyron which became its measuring stick. Now, they have to exceed that metric or the new car will be viewed as somewhat inferior. They really should focus on the weight of the hybrid drivetrain and the handling but wowing people with a 286 mile per hour top speed seems to be the goal. This new Veyron will not arrive until 2016 if then. A Bugatti spokesperson stated, “Five developmental prototypes with differing powertrain combinations have been constructed up to now. They are based on the existing car 
but use various solutions 
that are being considered for the new model.” As there are five different prototypes testing a lot can change. It is rumored that the W16 motor will be retained but clearly Bugatti is exploring their options. We can probably expect 1500+ horsepower and an absurd top speed though. We will have to see what happens. Source
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    08-24-2014, 08:58 PM
    A sport utility vehicle against a BMW M car? The thought used to be absurd. The thought of Porsche producing an SUV used to be absurd too. Times have changed and now we have two Porsche SUV's with the Macan Turbo being the newest entry into the Porsche performance SUV lineup. Quite the entry it is with its 400 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 engine, all wheel drive, and 7-speed dual clutch PDK transmission. On paper the two vehicles are close in power but the edge goes for the F80 M3 and the edge in power is considerable. First of all, the F80 BMW M3 is very underrated in its output. It is closer to 500 horsepower than 400 horsepower. It also is not sending power to all four wheels but the rear wheels making for lower drivetrain losses although it also makes it harder to launch off the line. Both vehicles have dual clutch transmissions so that is a wash. The Macan is heavier by roughly 700 pounds. The way the race should play out is the Macan getting a slight lead and then the M3 should pull past it after second gear and keep pulling with relative ease. That is exactly what happens. The M3 destroys the Macan Turbo which is no slouch with its 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, 0-100 in 11.1 seconds, and 13.1 second 1/4 mile. The M3 just has too big of a power to weight advantage with 0-100 coming in 8.6 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 12.4 seconds. Past 100 this is no longer a race especially as aerodynamics at higher speeds favor the M3.
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    08-22-2014, 05:36 PM
    The Audi TT-RS 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-5 gains quite a bit from tuning. The Revo Technik Stage 3 package which consists of ECU tuning and a turbo upgrade bumps the Audi TT-RS up to 530 horsepower at the crank. That is a very nice gain from the stock 360 horsepower but on paper it trails a modified Corvette ZR1 as well as a modified BMW F13 M6 quite a bit. How does it do in a standing kilometer against these two heavyweights? Very well. The first run is against the ZR1 and the ZR1 gets smoked. The 1/4 mile sprint for the TT-RS takes only 10.4 seconds with the trap speed stated to be a blistering 134.266. That sounds like a bit of an inflated trap speed as the ZR1 only hits 131. This is likely explained by the timing equipment the Russians are using but regardless the TT-RS is hooking up much better holding off the ZR1 through the kilometer by over a second although by the mile marker it is finally pulling harder. Against the M6 the TT-RS again gets off the line better and pulls another 10.4 second 1/4 mile sprint. The M6 manages a poor 12.404 1/4 mile sprint at 127.748 miles per hour. The M6 is not able to run down the TT-RS by the 1000 meter marker taking 21.397 seconds to the 19.263 for the TT-RS. The M6 traps under one KPH higher. Very impressive performance from the TT-RS which sure seems to be putting out more than the claimed 530 horsepower.
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    07-31-2014, 11:11 AM
    What you see in the videos below is the upcoming Mercedes answer to the BMW X6. Yes, the four-door 'coupe' style SUV market is heating up. Basically, the MLC will just be an M-Class but with different styling. Essentially how BMW makes the X6 based on the X5 architecture. This means the transmission and engine choices will all carry over. It also means we will see an MLC63 AMG as spyphotos from earlier this year showed. The MLC model in the videos below appears to be the MLC63 AMG based on the bodywork and wheels compared to the previous set of spyphotos. The sound of the exhaust also points to an M157 5.5 liter V8 under the hood. The only wildcard is the rear diffuser which does not appear to have the trademark quad tips as shown in the previous set of spyphotos. It is not uncommon for manufacturers to try to remove elements that tell too much about the model testing. Regardless, the MLC and MLC63 AMG are shaping up well and the design proportions seem to work. The official unveiling is not far off.
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    08-19-2014, 05:22 PM
    BMW doing an X4 is not surprising as they were able to mimic what they did with the X6. That being taking an SUV platform they already have, the X3 in this case, and changing the exterior to 'coupe' proportions. BMW found success with this approach so they are trying it again. The only problem is that this segment is now more competitive especially with Porsche entering the smaller SUV market with their brand new Macan. Porsche has a Macan Turbo model that BMW does not have an answer for. That is why this comparison is between the Macan S Diesel with its 3.0 liter turbo V6 offering 255 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque and the BMW X4 xDrive30d with its 255 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The Macan does not use an automatic though and has a seven speed dual clutch transmission. It also comes in cheaper than the X4. For the US audience a comparison between the Macan S and X4 xDrive35i would be more interesting but Autocar is based in Europe so we see the diesels. They drag race the two of them and it is basically neck and neck with the X4 taking it by a hair. If acceleration is the goal one should pick the Macan S or Turbo which will handily beat the xDrive35i in a drag race. The X4 gets praise from Autocar as to how it drives and handles. Not all that surprising as it is essentially just an X3. The Macan also gets high praise especially for its chassis. The Macan does seem to have a sportier character to it. This is really not that complicated. The X4 is just an X3 in drag. The Macan is an all new platform and offers higher performance models. The Macan S also can be said to be a bargain compared to the X4. Autocar picks the Macan. It is the better choice especially from a driving pleasure and performance standpoint.
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    08-06-2014, 01:15 PM
    It looks like it is time to finally put those Porsche 991 GT3 RS turbo rumors to rest. Let us remind you that this all started with a report from Autocar from two months ago. It looks like Autocar made the story up, took the hits, and then ran away from it. The rest of the automotive industry likely won't even bother to call Autocar on their BS as the test video below of the 991 GT3 RS clearly sounds like the high revving powerplant out of the 991 GT3. The GT3 RS is getting close to its official reveal. It will have rear air intakes which should help cool the motor and prevent any nasty engine fire issues. We will have to see just how much Posche tweaked 3.8 liter flat-6 motor from the 991 GT3. The redline will likely stay at the same 9000 rpm as will the displacement but will Porsche increase the 475 horsepower from the standard GT3? 500 naturally aspirated horses sure would be nice.
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