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    09-12-2014, 06:25 PM
    The new F80 M3 and F82 M4 are much more powerful than the outgoing E92 M3. Just take a look at the dyno numbers stock and with a JB4 tune for the F80 M3. The F82 M4 output is in the ~420 wheel horsepower range stock compared to the ~350 wheel horsepower range for the naturally aspirated E92 M3 4.0 liter S65 V8. There also is a large torque disparity as the boosted S55 inline-6 in the F82 M4 shows 429 lb-ft at the wheels compared to 253 lb-ft at the wheels for the S65 V8. It is a big difference in output. However, this E92 M3 is tuned with bolt on modifications. The modifications listed are good for about 380 wheel horsepower. So, it is still at a power disadvantage against a stock M4 let alone a modified M4 that with a BMS JB4 tune can approach the 500 wheel horsepower range. The M4 runs a 12.2 @ 121 in the first pass and a bolt on E92 M3 will simply not match that trap speed. The E92 M3 runs a 12.6 @ 111. Neither of these are quick times but the cars appear to be running in warm summer weather so both have room to improve. It is also important to point out that with a DCT transmission the M4 would likely be a few tenths quicker On the second pass the M4 turns off the JB4 piggyback. The E92 M3 does not use launch control on this pass although it should. Regardless, the E92 gets the better launch and the lead which holds off the M4 until horsepower takes over and the M4 pulls. It closes the gap but not quickly enough running a 13.2 @ 121. Why is the trap speed the same as the JB4 run? Good question. That can be attributed to the poor 2.6X 60 foot as spinning the tires usually inflates trap speeds. The M4 hooked better when running the JB4 and that lowered the trap speed although it produced a second better 1/4 mile time. The E92 M3 wins the second race despite a poor 2.277 60 foot but it is clearly the slower car as evidenced by the trap speed. Both drivers need to practice (and the E92 needs boost) but this is definitely an interesting comparison to see.
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    09-16-2014, 12:40 PM
    Dinan continues to roll out more of their piggyback tunes for the newer turbo M cars. Their latest Dinantronics tune tackles the new F80 M3 and F82 M4 equipped with the S55 inline-6. The $2499.00 Dinan box raises output on 93 octane from the factory 425 horsepower to a Dinan claimed crank output of 516 horsepower. Torque goes up from 406 lb-ft at the crank to 489 lb-ft for a gain of 83 lb-ft as measured at the crank. Now, we know the M3 and M4 are very underrated from the factory to begin with. How is Dinan measuring the horsepower here? We do not doubt the power and torque gains whatsoever but the M3 and M4 are making close to 500 horsepower off the showroom floor. This is why we want to see output at the wheels, not at the crank. Quoting crank figures with modern turbo cars is a tuner relic. Obviously, the main competition here is going to come from BMS. The BMS M3/M4 JB4 box costs $799.00. BMS has shown over 500 horsepower at the wheels already with this tune. Frankly, BimmerBoost believes BMS prices the F80 M3 and F82 M4 JB4 at $799.00 because if it was any more of a value M owners would probably consider it a 'cheap' piece of a equipment. BMS has room to drop the price but Dinan's pricing means they do not have to. It certainly will be interesting to see some real dyno results as well as real world performance numbers. People buy tunes to be faster. Which piggyback tune is the fastest? Well, we all already know the most expensive tune is not necessarily the fastest tune. Product Description Stage 1 (DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner ONLY) Maximum Power: 516 HP, 489 lb-ft of torque. 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 of developing this piece of technology 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. The Dinan® Difference The biggest benefit of the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner is our ECU has the… "…capability of setting an optimum target lambda (fuel mixture) as well as correcting short term trim which is the difference between target and scheduled fuel mixture. By matching these two correctly we can reduce knock sensor activity which will make smoother performance, protect the catalyst, increase power and allow us to make it emissions legal."- Steve Dinan The Dinan® Difference is possible by employing a full staff of talented engineers that are well rounded in all aspects of their job. Manipulating these signals with an adept hand all the while keeping an engine running at its best and with the most reliable power is what Dinan is all about. Well Engineered Plug-in tuning devices all have one thing in common, they send a modified signal to the factory ECU, telling it the boost pressure is below target values. This then causes the factory ECU to raise the boost pressure to what it thinks is the correct value. This modified boost pressure signal causes errors in fuel mixture and ignition timing. These errors can cause the on-board diagnostics systems to set faults, but they can also cause exceedingly high catalyst temperatures and a loss of power. In addition, when power is increased, exhaust gas temperature will increase as well and this must be countered with a slightly richer air/fuel mixture. The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner uniquely has the capability to adjust target Lambda, correct short term trim as well as ignition timing errors induced by raising boost pressure. This enables Dinan calibration engineers to optimize air/fuel mixture and ignition timing at elevated boost pressure throughout the entire gamut of engine RPM and engine load. Additionally, the ability to correct short term trim corrections (the difference between target and scheduled fuel mixture) remain within OEM specifications. This minimizes knock sensor activity, which in turn means smooth engine performance, catalyst protection and power increase, while this is also required to make the car emissions legal. Dinan engineers have worked for two years on the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner in efforts to provide BMW enthusiasts with Performance without Sacrifice. State-of-the-Art Hardware The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner is engineered using the best possible components and advanced hardware. The most obvious and visible component is the elaborate wiring harness. Using OE connectors and an expandable braided wiring sleeves ensures that all visible components appear as if they come straight from the factory. More importantly however it guarantees long lasting and dependable performance due to the use of high heat, moisture and abrasion resistant materials and design. The other hardware element involved is the Dinan electronic control unit (ECU) itself. While its outward appearance may seem tame, the processing power and sophistication held within its internal circuitry is anything but. Capable of delivering signals to various systems at an astonishing 4000 times per second the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner yields the power to control all current signals delivered to the ECU as well as those developed in the future without a hiccup in performance or reliability. This immense processing power equates to a high degree of engine control resulting in a much lower likelihood of setting a fault. In addition smoother running conditions and superior drivability are achieved, all of which are Dinan hallmarks. Unmatched Warranty Dinan's comprehensive warranty program, introduced in 1997, provides superior warranty coverage to that which you would find elsewhere. If your vehicle is currently covered by the vehicle manufacturer's new car limited warranty, Dinan® products are warranted for the remaining term of the vehicle manufacturer's new car limited warranty. The manufacturer's new car warranty is limited to 4 years or 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers in Canada), commencing on the date of first retail sale or the date the vehicle is first placed in-service as a demonstrator or company vehicle, whichever is earlier. Dinan's warranties are transferable when ownership of the vehicle into which the Dinan® products were originally installed is sold. BMW automobiles can now be performance-tuned without the associated concern of negatively affecting the new car warranty coverage. Designed to be Emissions Legal The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner was designed and built to be the only tuning box on the market that is emissions legal in all 50 states. At the moment this product is emissions legal in most states – the product is in compliance with US Federal EPA Memorandum 1A, or this product has not been found, nor is believed to be, unlawful for use under the provisions of the Clean Air Act. Currently this product is not legal for sale or use in California, and states that have adopted California emissions standards, on any pollution controlled motor vehicles. We are however in the E.O. process with the ARB and are confident that the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner will be emissions legal in all states in the near future. Drivability There is more to a tune than just cranking up the boost. Power needs to come on smoothly and in a predictable way to make the car as fun to drive at wide open throttle as cruising around town. It is your BMW, but reborn with new found acceleration and speed. Installation Plug-and-Play installation in two hours or less at any of the 180+ Dinan® Dealers. While firmware is loaded directly on the ECU the model specific software will need to be downloaded into the ECU by an authorized Dinan dealer after installation. Log on to www.dinancars.com to find your nearest dealer or contact Dinan to make an appointment. Easy To Use Dinan's ECU is Bluetooth® Smart meaning that you can change maps simply via a Bluetooth connection. Just install and you are done! Designed for the Future The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner was engineered with future expansion of functionality in mind. Boasting the most powerful processing power on the market the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner can handle more functions and processes than any of its contemporaries. To that end the Dinan performance tuner is capable of interfacing with the CAN and FlexRay communication systems which allow for controlling powertrain functions, among others. This means that when new functions are developed there will be no need for a new box, just a short software update at your local Dinan dealer. Satisfaction Guaranteed Dinan guarantees you will be impressed by the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner and the performance it provides that we offer a 3-Day return policy. If you aren't satisfied with what the Dinan solution brings to the table within 3 days of install you can go back to your dealer for a full refund (installation labor costs still apply).
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    09-12-2014, 08:45 PM
    Very interesting video here that helps put Porsche 991 Turbo S performance into perspective. A video from last week raised some eyebrows as a 991 Turbo S cabriolet put up a very strong showing against a Lamborghini Huracan. According to magazine test numbers that should not be possible the video is what is. So how does the Porsche 991 Turbo S coupe do against the big brother to the Huracan the Aventador? Well, the 991 Turbo S again appears to overachieve. Off the line the 991 Turbo S takes the Aventador out of the hole and manages to open a gap of a couple car lengths. In theory the Aventador and its 700 horsepower from the 6.5 liter V12 should be able to run down and pass the 991 Turbo S with its 550 horsepower. The turbo torque combined with the PDK makes that easier said than done. The 991 Turbo S is able to hold its lead through the kilometer, impressive. The Aventador does have the higher trap speeds though indicating it would pull had it gotten a better launch. The 1/4 mile trap speed for the Aventador is 127.53 compared to the 991 Turbo S 126.878. Just over a one mile per hour difference. However, by the kilometer mark the trap speed difference is almost 3.5 miles per hour so still close but the Aventador is pulling harder as speeds and distance increase. It is not pulling hard enough to make up for the difference out of the hole and the extra few hundred pounds it carries no doubt play a role (plus the weight of the passenger which the 991 Turbo S does not have). The 991 Turbo S definitely appears to overachieve especially for a stock car.
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    09-14-2014, 11:54 AM
    11 second BMW X1? Yep. Congratulations to BimmerBoost member paradoxical3 who managed to break into the 11's with his modified BMW X1. He had Pure Turbo modify the OEM N55 turbocharger and the result is a 11.930 @ 116.11 in the 1/4 mile. Yes, that is quicker and faster than a BMW X5M with its 560 horsepower S63 5.5 liter twin turbo V8. A modified X1 can easily run with the big boys and shows how important power to weight is. This 11.930 @ 116.11 pass improves quite a bit on @paradoxical3's bolt on performance which produced a 12.137 @ 111.20 in the 1/4 mile. The car clearly gained quite a bit of horsepower with the turbo upgrade as evidenced by the trap speed and there is also definitely more in it as the tuning evolves. Timeslip and further details in the owner's own words below: Paradoxical3: If you have been following my thread (http://www.bimmerboost.com/showthread.php?54528-X1-35i-M-Sport-Track-Daily-Driver-Build) you will see that I have been trying to build the best all around BMW X1 I can - able to run a sub 12 second 1/4 mile, lap mid-ohio faster than a M3, and retain the luxury and utility of the vehicle for the perfect daily driver. I am one step closer to my goal today as I have furthered my N55 xdrive record with a 11.930 pass at Tri State raceway. This was my first time to the track with the Pure Turbo upgrade and there is at least another mph trap speed in it once I refine my boost targets. I am bumping into the limits of the tmap sensor not being able to read over 21psi, as well as the JB4's 21psi failsafe (I kick to failsafe mode sometimes after shifts due to boost spike). I am guessing I will wind up around 11.7 here. There were a few passes with better launches and higher speed (93mph by the 1/8) but I always hit boost safety during those. Mod list: X1 35i M-sport JRZ RS1 coilovers Pure Turbo N55 Stage 1 BMS JB4 ISO with flexfuel wires BMS Intake BMS downpipe ER intercooler/chargepipe NGK plugs Apex wheels with Direzza Zii 50% e85 mix - I REALLY need a new fuel pump to make this percentage mix stable. Here is the timeslip, a video of the run (against my friend and very fast Camaro SS, also an 11 second car), and my log. http://www.datazap.me/u/paradoxical3/11930-x1-14-mile I am also proud that this is not just a straight line car! I am very happy with the Pure Turbo setup. I am already 5+mph faster in trap in my first try and it will probably wind up with 6-7mph faster. For the $850 price I got in the group buy, it is the cheapest power available and makes the car a LOT more fun.
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    09-13-2014, 08:08 PM
    This is not the first time we have seen a modified M157 Mercedes AMG beat a Lamborghini Aventador. A Benzboost member who has an E63 AMG S 4Matic with Renntech upgraded turbos has been beating up on just about everything including the Aventador. This CLS63 is not the 4Matic all wheel drive variant however but the pre-facelift rear wheel drive model which is lighter. It does however feature the same basic M157 twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 AMG motor. So how do the Kleemann K3 M157 upgrades show? Very well as the CLS63 AMG is able to open up a small lead on the Aventador. Up top, it appears the Aventador starts to pull but both cars shut down as they approach traffic. Considering the Kleemann K3 upgrade consists of just exhaust and ECU modifications (although further details are hard to find on the Kleemann website which really needs some work) the run certainly is impressive against an opponent like the Aventador with its 700 horsepower 6.5 liter V12. Turbo torque isn't easy to beat:
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    09-13-2014, 01:14 PM
    The Active Autowerke Prima supercharger kits for the E46 M3 are an exceptional value for one looking to add forced induction to their S54 motor. Tuning Tech FS has spent quite a bit of time tuning the various Prima kits. Their Prima Dynojet results showed 426 horsepower at the wheels on 5.8 psi of boost. Going to the upgraded Prima Plus kit with methanol injection and 9 psi raises output to 514 horsepower at the wheels on a Dynojet. Now, Active is adding a Prima Elite supercharger kit to the range. The pricing and details are not yet finalized but Tuning Tech FS is already tuning the setup. The Prima Elite and Prima Plus both run 9 psi of boost but the Prima Elite is running E85 fuel instead of 93 octane and meth. The Prima Elite on E85 manages another 31.7 peak wheel horsepower over the Prima Plus with torque gains through the curve. We're waiting on further details as the R&D process is wrapped up but these are solid gains over what already is a solid supercharger kit:
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    09-11-2014, 04:11 PM
    Very nice numbers here from a Porsche 997.1 Turbo running the Tial Alpha A3076 turbo based Boost Logic BL1000 kit. In addition to the BL1000 kit this 997.1 Turbo also has a full GMG exhaust. Tony over at EPL (European Performance Labs) which is located in Stratford, Connecticut was tasked with tuning the setup. The result is a very healthy 896 horsepower and 735 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on a Dynojet in SAE correction. Keep in mind this vehicle is tuned on the OEM DME. Many of the high horsepower 911 Turbos are going standalone but it is very impressive to see this output with factory computer. EPL clearly knows what they are doing and the curve is nice although the amount of smoothing on the graph is not shown. PorscheBoost is wondering if that is because the torque graph gets a little jagged going up and down at point. Regardless, this is impressive output on MS109 fuel with the turbos pushing 29 psi on the stock motor. This much torque will bend the factory rods sooner rather than later so this is not a setup for daily use but essentially kill mode (or kill the rods mode). A motor build is definitely recommended but one can definitely make 900 whp on the stock 997.1 Turbo motor if that is what they desire.
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    09-15-2014, 09:03 PM
    Interesting comparison here between the current C7 RS7 featuring the 4.0 TFSI twin turbo V8 and the C6 RS6 which uses a 5.0 liter twin turbo V10. As AudiBoost published in an article last year dyno results show that despite the extra two cylinders and liter of displacement for the C6 RS6 the C7 RS6's 4.0 TFSI actually shows more torque and the power output is a wash. How do the two motors stack up in the real world against each other when tuned? Well, the C7 RS7 makes surprisingly easy work of the RS6 and the 5.0 liter V10 the 4.0 TFSI V8 replaced. There are two runs from a roll in the video below and the newer car pulls easily in each run. Pretty impressive considering both cars feature tunes with the C7 RS7 running an APR tune while the C6 RS6 has a Sportmile Stage 2 tune. The RS6 is the avant model and the lighter sedan would likely do better against the RS7. It would still lose though as by 160 miles per hour the RS7 puts bus lengths on the RS6. Many Audi fans complained about the loss of the 5.0 liter tin turo V10 for the RS6. The 4.0 TFSI V8 clearly is more than up to the task of replacing it.
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    09-12-2014, 05:55 PM
    Call this is an educated guess as it is unconfirmed but we can now piece together based on the official AMG GT details what we can expect as far as output for the upcoming W205 generation C63 AMG. The AMG GT S will have a 510 horsepower M178 twin turbo V8. The C63 AMG obviously will be held back a bit just as it has always been to not step on the toes of the 'premium' AMG models. The C63 AMG will likely match the 456 horsepower of the standard AMG GT. That also means 443 lb-ft of torque. These numbers on paper are enough to beat the M3/M4 but as we know the S55 turbo inline-6 motor in those cars is very underrated. The C63 AMG likely will be a bit underrated as well as Mercedes is not oblivious to what is going on. It is expected that the M3/M4 and the C63 will be even in acceleration and that the M3 will be the lighter and better handling car. So, basically the previous generation all over again. The wildcard will be the C63 AMG S which should vault the C63 AMG ahead of the M3/M4 much like the optional P31 package did for the W204 generation C63 AMG. The C63 AMG S should match the output of the AMG GT S which means 510 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The major question is whether this bump in power will come just from software as it does in the E63 AMG S over the standard E63 AMG or if there will be internal engine differences and an M177 V8 that is detuned from the M178 in the AMG GT S. For the C63 AMG S and the AMG GT S to be worth the money over their standard AMG siblings Mercedes really should offer some major engine differences. Cost cutting and that AMG already takes the path of least resistance with software changes in AMG S models likely means they will not. We will just have to wait and see.
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    09-16-2014, 10:21 PM
    So let's say you want more power from your W204 C63 AMG. You do not quite want to spend over $10k+ for a supercharger and simply want more power on demand when you need it. Well, nitrous is tough to beat in that case especially considering the bang offered for the buck. AMR Performance has released their W204 C63 AMG nitrous kit which includes software to make sure the car is properly tuned to utilize the nitrous safely and efficiently. The M156 motor has a long history with nitrous from the days when it first came on the market and the engine responds very well to a properly tuned setup. In the opinion of BenzBoost the AMR Performance kit is fairly mild (they aren't throwing anywhere near as much nitrous at the motor as they could) and it is using solid components from Nitrous Express which is well known in the nitrous world. AMR can definitely go wild for those that want to but if you want a cost effective and safe way to bump your C63 over 600 horsepower without having to break the bank, this is well worth a look. Description: Reliable and dependable power can be made with the correct balance of nitrous oxide and ecu recalibration (tuning). Most people shy away from nitrous oxide, due to the common mis-conception of it "blowing-up" your engine. Most of these rumors are set by those improperly "tuning" the vehicle and/or installing a DIY nitrous kit with no ECU upgrades suited for the change (nitrous). This in turn is damaging to the vehicle's engine. The 6.2 V8 AMG engine is built well from the factory. AMR Performance has set aside software development for nitrous enhanced C63's. This engine, in stock form, puts out 451hp. Which is very respectable. Through ECU enhancement, AMR Performance ECU "NOS" Software upgrade, with combination of a nitrous oxide kit custom installed by Auto Master, increases this W204 C63 to 602hp on 93 octane consistently. The firm shift patterns, stable air fuel mixtures and smooth timing curve turns this vehicle into quite a different animal! Special Thanks: AMR Performance (www.amrperformance.com) - Software Auto Master AMR, ltd. (www.automasteramr.com) - Custom Fabrication & Installation Nitrous Express (www.nitrousexpress.com) - Nitrous Oxide Kit
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    09-13-2014, 12:55 PM
    Problems are cropping up on the new C7 Corvette Stingray and General Motors has temporarily suspended deliveries and sales. The driver's side airbag has some sort of issue with a defective part. Another issue is that some 800 Corvettes may only have one of the rear parking brake cables installed. If that was not worrisome enough the LT1 V8 in Car and Driver's long term C7 tester blew. Car and Driver was not allowed to inspect the motor but GM said the failure was due to metal debris. Car and Driver believes this is not an isolated incident and more widespread than GM is willing to admit. Car and Driver: 'For starters, the LT1 small-block V-8 introduced with the C7 lunched itself at 6000 miles, necessitating a complete replacement under warranty. Our forensics lab was unable to assist in dissecting the matter, but an investigation by GM pinned tentative blame on a piece of metal debris (likely from a bad oil filter) that worked its way into the oiling system and wrecked a connecting-rod bearing, which created even more debris that damaged the engine’s bottom-end. Given the LT1’s tight tolerances and high-performance design, it didn’t take much to upset its workings. We’ve heard of a few similar accounts throughout the Stingray community and GM says it’s aware of the issue and is analyzing its manufacturing process for a root cause. Our car was returned quickly and as healthy as new, but—just to be safe—we sent the car back to the dealer after 1300 engine miles for its first scheduled service at 7500 overall miles. The stop included an oil-and-filter change and inspection for $57.28.' The C7 is clearly having some teething issues and this calls GM quality and reliability into question. Considering that the C7 is a runaway success the stop sale plus reliability issues are drizzling a bit of rain on the parade. Hopefully GM gets this all straightened out by the time the Z06 rolls out. In an effort to deal with quality issues quickly and completely, General Motors has told Chevrolet dealers to stop delivery of approximately 2,000 2015 Corvettes to fix the driver's airbag GM also has temporarily stopped shipment of the cars from the plant in Bowling Green, Ky. The cars are being inspected for a suspect part that attaches the air bag to the steering wheel. Separately, another 800 Corvettes -- most of them at dealerships -- are on hold because they may have been built with only one of the rear parking brake cables fully seated and engaged. The part must be inspected to assure the parking brake is operating on both brake drums.
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    09-16-2014, 02:00 PM
    Some impressive results here from 911Tuning who took their 996 Turbo to the 1/4 mile dragstrip. 911Tuning managed to get a very nice 9.66 elapsed time thanks to a good launch and a 1.557 60 foot. The car looks like it may be set up as rear wheel drive but we do not know. Frankly, few details are provided by 911Tuning as to the specs of the car as they only provided the timeslip and video of the run. What fuel? What turbos? Built motor? Stock ECU? What tires? Where are the details? The 122 1/8 mile trap speed is certainly flying (and it should provide a higher 1/4 mile trap speed) but there is a whole ton of pertinent information missing. Impressive performance regardless:
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    09-15-2014, 10:03 PM
    BMW is getting close to the official reveal of the new F15 based X5M and the X6M based on the F16 X6. BMW gives M vehicles their own chassis codes for whatever reason these days so the X6M will be an F86 chassis code. A leak earlier this year confirmed a DCT transmission for the X5M and X6M as well as an updated S63TU twin turbocharged and direct injected 4.4 liter V8 powerplant. With the switch to a DCT rather than an automatic transmission durability is definitely in question. The X6M and X5M will be the heaviest vehicles on the market with all wheel drive and a dual clutch transmission. With a tremendous amount of torque from the S63TU V8 BMW is doing some very hard testing on the Nurbugring to make sure the vehicle is ready for primetime. Expect an official reveal of the new M suv's by the end of the year.
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    09-13-2014, 02:22 PM
    You probably know by now that Dodge has really been struggling to sell the Viper. Really, really struggling to the point where they had to lay off employees and stop production at the plant. Part of the problem is that the Corvette exists and the other is that the SRT Viper is just too expensive. Well, you can take $15,000 off the MSRP now. The 2015 Viper base price is now $84,995.00. That is still expensive and more than the Corvette but a much more realistic price point. Dealers were routinely discounting Vipers by $15,000+ anyway just to get the things off the lot. Is this price drop going to be enough to get Vipers selling again? Will the price drop bolster interest? Time will tell but it's a start.
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    09-13-2014, 05:59 PM
    Chrysler is getting a ton of attention with the new supercharged 6.2 liter Hemi Hellcat V8. With 707 horsepower from the twin screw supercharged V8 with its forged internals and iron block it is not hard to see why. This leads to Jeep fans asking, when will the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 get the motor? Well, it will not be getting it for 2015. For now the only Chrysler products with the engine will remain the Dodge Challenger and Charger. Keep in mind that those two vehicles are rear wheel drive. The Jeep Cherokee SRT8 sends its power to all four wheels which means a lot more stress on the drivetrain especially considering the rear wheels will not just go up in smoke if traction is exceeded. Jeep no doubt will beef up the drivetrain to handle the Hellcat in the future but for now the 6.4 liter naturally aspirated Hemi V8 gets a 5 horsepower boost to 475. Torque is up by 5 lb-ft as well to 470 lb-ft. These numbers pale in comparison to the Hemi Hellcat V8 but hey it's something at least. The SRT8 also gets a new Red Vapor color which is quite striking. A new color and a minor power bump for 2015 sums up the changes. Yes, what we all really can't wait to see is the Hemi Hellcat under the hood.
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    09-12-2014, 10:44 PM
    3249 pounds is light. Well, it is light in the segment the upcoming Jaguar XE will be playing in. That is roughly 300 pounds lighter than the F30 BMW 3-Series. It is roughly 500 pounds lighter than the Audi S4. It is also roughly 300 pounds lighter than the new Mercedes W205 C400 4Matic. If Jaguar pulls off a 3249 pound curb weight thanks to the aluminum architecture this car is going to move very well courtesy of the 340 horsepower supercharged 3.0 liter V6 powerplant. Not to mention appreciable effect this light curb weight will have on handling and braking. The XE is shaping up very well. Very, very well.
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    09-16-2014, 01:39 PM
    Audi has toyed with the idea of adding more TT model variants for some time now. Earlier this year they created a four-door offroad TT concept. The result certainly was not bad and the TT design remains elegant when stretched. At the press launch for the new third generation Audi TT development chief at Audi Ulrich Hackenberg essentially confirmed that the TT lineup will grow beyond the coupe and roadster offering a third model variant. He did not confirm what that third body style would be but if AudiBoost were to guess it would be a four-door coupe which is all the rage these days. Audi will get a competitor to the CLA that will likely be more sportier considering the TT platform with four doors will likely come in just under 3000 pounds considering the TT coupe weighs 2711 pounds. Considering the 2.5 TFSI motor is confirmed for the next generation TT-RS imagine a four door with all wheel drive, over 400 horsepower, a DSG transmission, and a curb weight in the ~3000 pound range. That sounds like a winning formula to AudiBoost. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-13-2014, 12:00 AM
    The new 2016 Miata is generating quite a bit of buzz. Mazda released a good amount of info earlier in the month including that the car lost weight. One notable area they omitted was the engine. How much power will it make? Will it be naturally aspirated? What about the torque figure? Etc. If this report from the Australian over at motoring.com.au is accurate then the new Miata will product 128 horsepower from a 1.5 liter naturally aspirated Skyactive four-cylinder. That is a drop of 30 horsepower compared to the model it is replacing. The car is lighter, yes, but we would expect a power boost not a power drop for the new car. Mazda apparently felt the same way initially testing 1.6 and 1.8 liter powerplants but opted for the smaller 1.5 liter due to the balance it offered. It is hard to imagine the 1.6 or 1.8 really weighing that much more or upsetting balance tremendously. Mazda apparently feels with the weight loss they do not need to increase power. Keep in mind these specs are not yet officially confirmed and that Mazda does not currently sell a 1.5 liter Skyactiv-G motor in the USA. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-15-2014, 04:51 PM
    Willall Racing is introducing a BlackMaxx version of the VR38DETT that essentially turns in into a VR44DETT with 1500+ horsepower capability. They increase the displacement but also address the top end of the motor making it capable of revving to 8500 rpm for greater top end punch. They use custom camshafts to shift the power curve and make use to the extra revs. The cylinder head is also ported and new valves are installed to really get some good airflow. In addition the rotating assembly is billet (the pistons for example) which we are guessing are not only lighter but stronger than the OEM components. To cope with the additional stress and revs the oiling system is revised with a new pump. The cylinders are also sleeved. This all results in an engine capable of handling over 35 psi of boost. Pricing has yet to be released and further details (such as the bore and stroke) are to come but if you want 4.4 liter engine for your GTR built to handle whatever you throw at it this is definitely an option to look into. WR1500+ BlackMaxx Series R35 GTR Competition Power unit. Displacing 4359cc (4.4L) these engines are built and blue-printed to the highest level to withstand power loads > 1150kw (1500hp) and rpm levels of < 8250rpm sustained (8500rpm peak). Special features as follows - - Advanced CSS (Core Strengthening System) for total cylinder block integrity using a totally new process via FEA. - Complete Billet rotating assembly (inc. Billet pistons) - High strength, high durability cylinder sleeving process - Oversize valves and matched cylinder heads with port size/shaping designed for maximum cylinder fill - High lift custom camshafts and matching dual valve springs - Matched airflow and rpm response to fill the torque-hole created by large aftermarket turbocharger systems - Modified engine oiling system with High Volume 7 litre WR35OP sump - Capable of processing boost pressures of 2.5 bar gauge (35+psi)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-16-2014, 05:14 PM
    8 second S2000? Oh yeah! This S2000 built by Kings Performance is referred to as the Yellow Bullet. The name is warranted considering they managed an 8.66 second pass at 156 miles per hour. That is smoking fast and it makes this car the quickest and fastest street legal S2K in the country. So what is done to it? Well, as you can see from the picture it has a big ass turbo. The F20 engine (this is an AP1 chassis) is built although the specs have not been provided. The record setting pass was achieved with the driver letting off so clearly there is more in this car. A badass S2000 we definitely hope to hear more about in the future.
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  • VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    Today, 03:34 PM
    I am saying this one last time and I and leaving you guys to debate this on your own, we have been testing this new dual piston ring design and machining process for months, and thousands of miles now, we did not just release them into the 2+. Also the ONLY change that goes into stage 2+ are the bigger compressors, and machining on the compressor side that goes along with them, meaning the turbos are fully tested, and the new data we have pulled so far for 2+ shows LOWER Back pressure, and LOWER exhaust temps compared to normal stage 2. This means the Stage 2+ are actually going to last longer with these decreased levels. The issue that I want to say 4-5 Germans had is no longer an issue, there is one customer who still has a problem (we think he has another issue with his car, but it is hard to figure things out with so much distance and the language barrier) either way we have asked him to send them back for over almost 2 months, and offered a refund, we still have no turbos, and he has not said he wants a refund. Bottom line, we have now shipped close to 30 sets of these new turbos to customers such as AR design, Undercover performance, two BMW dealers, etc etc etc. Not a single email has been received about an issue except for the one person in Germany, who as I stated has been offered 2 solutions and has taken no steps to move on either one. We cannot make everyone happy, we have done our due diligence to solve the former issue, it is solved, if people want to continue to go around and around about it, well that is their choice, if you do not want to buy our turbos, that is also your choice, but we will no longer be commenting or debating about an old issue that is fixed, we choose got focus on the present. Thank you
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  • jyeah's Avatar
    Today, 03:16 PM
    I think if reliability is your top priority, do yourself and favor and don't dive into trying out turbos that have not been thoroughly tested or at least tried by a fair amount of other users. I learned this lesson myself the hard way on VTT products (spent over $3000 total in installation/troubleshooting costs, money that could have easily gone into another set of turbo, not mentioning the time involved) and I should have known better, being a test engineer myself and having plenty of bad experiences with trying out untested products. Just got too tempted by the plethora of "improvements" VTT brought to the N54 platform and did not thinking soundly. I think Tony is very knowledgeable on turbos, I don't doubt that and he typically responds to e-mail fairly fast. However, I think the main problems with VTT can be summed up in a few points: 1. Lack of quality control on their products or insufficient testing of reliability (very surprising for a company that holds some ISO certification) 2. Significant product delivery delays 3. Unwilling to take true responsibility for manufacturing defects at the start (he refunds you your order amount, but does not take responsibility for your installation costs when it's outright defective and he admits it); he's willing to resolve things as long as it does not really cost him I think VTT has the potential to grow into a significantly better company and I hope Tony can lead it to the next level by improving on the above. It's strength is really in trying out things that people have said is too hard or not doable. On a side note, the main thing that was very questionable for me at the time was that Tony downplays the defects. He would mentions that he's sold hundreds of the S2B2 without issues, but not really talk about the issues that people had to deal with. He would say it's slight oil leaking, when my whole car was smoking from the S2B2 turbos (I guess it only takes a little oil burning to cloud your car in smoke) and when he did admit it was a manufacturing defect due to their machining design, he did not offer any help on the installation costs. The disclaimer when you purchase the turbos was that they do not cover labor costs due to defects, but when he sends an outright defective unit (and defective replacement) I think there are steps that he could have taken to really be responsible instead of just a full refund (I think anyone would do a full refund). I guess the disclaimer also frees him from that responsibility and after-all it was my choice to purchase the product (rant...). All in all, if VTT is able to solve point 1, it would be a great start because that would indirectly void point 3. The only thing left is really VTT takes pre-orders and promises things too early when they're not ready (hence the lack of testing, questionable quality and delivery delays).
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    Today, 01:58 PM
    Lots of work to do with tuning but the boost curve is good at least. I think when everything else is sorted it should have no problem hitting 130mph full weight.
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  • VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    Today, 01:51 PM
    Car actually had a worse showing than last time, we had huge tuning issues, timing was flat lining from 2-3 shift on, not running intakes as I knew it was, is actually hurting us, not helping at the top of the pull iat in the 175-180 range, wotbox gave me issues and it took an hour to figure it out, just all in all a terrible night. Car ran an 11.8 124 on no timing, no 2 step for launch causing a missed 1-2 shift, iat's through the roof, and a few other problems. We will be working on it and head back out soon
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  • ChuckD05's Avatar
    Today, 01:35 PM
    i saw something that it trapped 130mph but wasnt fully dialed in on the tuning front...
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  • tke344's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 PM
    ^ That was it.. Took a drive at lunch to get gas. Definitely no leaks, I was able to hit 20PSI which now I really need to back down. Started breaking up in the mid range, guessing spark related. I gapped my NGK 5992s at .025 but I think they need to be tighter for load targets around 200. Wasn't terrible with e50 but when I filled up to ~e75 it really started giving me trouble.
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