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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 06:56 PM
    This is what you can call a serious N54 build. @Ericbh77 is not messing around with his E92 335i. He is going for roughly 1000 horsepower and what is making that possible is the custom Fab Factory bottom mount twin scroll turbo manifold mated to a PTE 6870. The motor is obviously built and he is going with Schrick high lift cams: VAC built the motor and did some head work as well. He is planning on having @CKI@Motiv tune it and additional fuel is coming from a supplemental HPFP pump. Most high horsepower builds like this tend to be manual as the automatic will not hold the torque. Will this one? We'll see as it features upgrades although they have not been tested at this level. This is going to be a fun build to watch come together. Enjoy the pictures below.
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    11-15-2017, 12:04 PM
    MotorTrend got their hands on these two German hot rods featuring 3.0 liter twin turbo powerplants. The engine design is quite different however with the 911 GTS 9A2B6 featuring an oversquare flat-6 and the M4 S55 featuring an undersquare inline-6 which BoostAddict previously covered in an engine design comparison article. That said on paper these cars match up well. The M4 obviously offers greater value but it is heavier and seats four adults. The 911 does not seat four adults but is roughly 200 pounds lighter and of course more expensive. Power is essentially a wash on paper but we really need to see them both on the dyno to know the truth regarding torque curves, spool, and output. Unlike BMW who just changes software for the output gain, Porsche gives you larger turbos with the GTS. This GTS is rear wheel drive just like the M4 and both have dual clutch transmissions so this is as apples to apples as we are going to get. Ok, let's get to the actual performance comparison! They get the cars out on the Nurburgring and how can you not love that? Well, they ruin the whole thing by not providing laptimes. WTF is the point here guys? You attend a track day, talk about factory laptimes, and provide no actual performance measures. MotorTrend should never be allowed to take cars on the 'Ring again. What happens after the big Nurburgring buildup that ends in a whimper? They go on some damp and foggy mountain road and continue to yammer on about their feelings. Where is the Head 2 Head performance comparison gentlemen? You might as well have grandmothers compare these cars. What a waste of time MotorTrend. Don't call it a Head 2 Head comparison when really it is just story time with Jonny Lieberman and some guy who has an English accent which obviously means he has to know cars. You guys are a joke.
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    11-15-2017, 01:26 PM
    According to Car and Driver's Porsche 991.2 GTS test results it is right there with Porsche 991.1 Turbo models. Actually, the 125 mile per hour trap speed is faster than the 123 MotorTrend got for the 991.1 Turbo but the 991.1 Turbo is known for being inconsistent. The 991.2 GTS model certainly is impressive and those larger turbochargers are doing some serious work. Realistically, expect 122-123 on the dragstrip based on the 991.2 Carrera S running 11.5 @ 120. An all wheel drive GTS likely will be knocking right on that 10-second door in stock form. Now imagine it with a tune... easy mid-10's? High 12X traps? The car is not just about acceleration obviously although clearly it is overachieving for 450 horsepower. The curb weight is fairly light at 3335 pounds and the handling plus steering feedback is stated as phenomenal. Honestly, it is hard to argue against the 911 GTS as the best sports car in the world produced today for the money. They're not wrong. VEHICLE TYPE: rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED: $129,560 (base price: $123,770) ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 182 cu in, 2981 cc POWER: 450 hp @ 6500 rpm TORQUE: 405 lb-ft @ 2150 rpm TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 96.5 in LENGTH: 178.3 in WIDTH: 72.9 in HEIGHT: 50.6 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 70 cu ft CARGO VOLUME: 5 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 3335 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.0 sec Zero to 100 mph: 7.2 sec Zero to 130 mph: 12.2 sec Zero to 150 mph: 17.4 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 3.8 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.4 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 2.5 sec Standing -mile: 11.3 sec @ 125 mph Top speed (drag limited, mfr's claim): 193 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 142 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.05 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY: Observed: 20 mpg EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 23/20/26 mpg
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    11-13-2017, 11:13 AM
    Several tuners are already pushing the new W213 generation E63 S with its 4.0 liter twin turbocharged M177 V8 and the results are impressive. Tuner PP-P Performance is showing a dyno of 734 horsepower at the crank. That is with their ECU flash tune and catless downpipes. Putting these numbers in context is somewhat difficult as their MAHA dynamometer reads very differently. The wheel output figure shows 564 whp: Far more conservative than the 656 wheel horsepower DME Tuning showed on their all wheel drive Dynojet with a Stage I tune. Hopefully we will get more dyno tests for contextual purposes but the new W213 E63 is already a tuner's dream.
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    11-13-2017, 02:11 PM
    We are going to see a 10-second tune only F80 M3 or F82 M4 at some point. This is an absolutely incredible result when you factor in the BMW F82 M4 is running only Stage I VF-Engineering S55 Hex tuning software and is on 93 octane pump gas. It is full weight as well and on street tires. Just a realistic result that is repeatable every day. On drag rubber that 1.736 60 foot could come down a bit as the 11.008 @ 126.02 pass is achingly close to breaking into the 10's. Eight thousandths of a second? Maybe all the driver needs to do is go to the bathroom and then try again. This is the quickest software only pass to date. Phenomenal!
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    11-17-2017, 01:53 PM
    The next generation BMW F80 M3 and G82 M4 models expected as 2020 model year cars will feature new engine architecture. Well, not exactly new as the S58B38 powerplant will be a tweaked version of the current B58 3.0 liter inline-6 motor we all know and love. A water injection system carries over from the F82 M4 GTS. BimmerBoost would expect enthusiasts to quickly supplement this system with methanol injection or a mix. The reason the B58 will become an S58 is because BMW no longer builds ground-up M motors. A cost cutting move but it is redundant at this point to keep bringing up BMW heavily cutting costs. On the bright side the B58 architecture is a departure from the N54/N55/S55 engine family and hopefully that means we will not see crank hub issues with the new M3 and M4 engine. BMW can not possibly get this wrong for two straight generations, right? As the M3 and M4 are going up in power all wheel drive is expected to be standard. BMW may indeed quote 493 horsepower but this will be closer to an output rating at the wheels than at the crank. If BimmerBoost were to guess, BMW will continue to increase the M3/M4 base model by 70 whp so 490 horsepower at the wheels is pretty much the right range. The problem here is that the car will gain weight. All wheel drive is not going to make the vehicle lighter. Another problem is it likely means the end of a dual clutch transmission. A manual does not look likely either. An automatic all wheel drive M3? Why not just buy an Audi? There is a rumor that there will be a hybrid system. If so, expect weight to balloon further. If not, thank goodness. BMW will likely save face by allowing software to put the vehicle in a rear wheel drive mode just as they do with the F90 M5. The new M3 and M4 models will no doubt kick ass on the dragstrip and easily put their power down off the line. In other words, they will be nothing like what they are supposed to be.
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    11-17-2017, 11:01 AM
    Well, holy crap! 8's out of the box? A 250 mph top speed? That is not all. The new Tesla roadster is said to hit 60 in 1.9 seconds and it will hit 100 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds. Those numbers are so mind numbingly fast please excuse us for being skeptical. When will it hit the market? Apparently it is being positioned as a 2020 model year car. The battery capacity is said to be good for 630 miles. Three motors will supply over 7,000 lb-ft of torque. It will start at $200,000 which for the numbers Tesla is quoting is well worth the money. Hell, it's worth double. It is going to be very hard to argue against the new Tesla Roadster if it delivers as advertised. The only downside will likely be the heft.
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    11-14-2017, 01:46 PM
    Somewhat glossed over in the news that the 991.2 SDI21 ECU was cracked is that this led to ECU tuning also opening up for the 9A2B4 2.0 and 2.5 motors in the Porsche 718 models. What kind of power are we looking at for a Stage I tune for a 718 Boxster or Cayman S? Roughly 430 horsepower at the crank: An increase of 80 horsepower but that torque curve is questionable. Why it is spooling later tuned is anyone's guess but there is a ton more area under the curve from 3000 rpm until redline. How does this stack up to say a tuned 991.2 Carrera GTS? The tuned 718 S makes roughly 100 less horsepower. Another way to look at it is making almost stock 991.2 GTS horsepower. That should result in slightly over 400 rwhp on a Dynojet. That makes for quite a Porsche performance bargain and the 718 GTS model with its larger turbo will make even more power when tuned. It is a good time to be a Porsche enthusiast at any area of the model spectrum.
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    11-16-2017, 02:22 PM
    The new 2019 Corvette ZR1 LT5 motor illustrates the point well that direct fuel injection on its own is not the best choice for a performance car. You will notice an increasing trend of high performance cars coming to the market with dual fuel injection. That means both direct and port fuel injection systems. Why both? Because direct injection quickly becomes a liability. The technology spread due to efficiency benefits not because it was better for performance. Want to disagree? Tell it to McLaren who for some reason opted not to equip the McLaren 720S M840T V8 which is absolutely vaporizing all challengers with direct fuel injection. The issue is not only do you need strong pumps capable of huge pressure the injection window shortens with RPM. That makes it a challenge to provide enough fuel at higher rpm ranges. This is exacerbated as power as added. Let's assume for a moment you buy a Ferrari 458 which has a direct injected motor that revs to 9k rpm. You might be saying, what is the problem? Well, try running ethanol through the motor. As ethanol contains less energy than gasoline while at the same time offering higher octane and cooling benefits you need to flow more of it through your fuel system. The direct injection system quickly taps out. It only gets worse if you add power. Port fuel injection does not have the same injection window or pressure issues. This is probably why McLaren does not use it on its 8000-8500 rpm motors. This is probably why Ford does not use it on the 8200 rpm GT350 Voodoo V8. This is probably why BMW M did not equip the S65 V8 or S85 V10 8250+ rpm screamers with direct injection. Manufacturers building performance engines today with direct injection are increasingly offering dual injection systems with port fuel injection. Why? To alleviate stress on the direct injection system and offer fueling headroom say with modern ethanol blends. It also reduces carbon deposits. There are pluses and minuses to both approaches. Direct injection allows motors to run at higher compression before detonation on pump fuels. This obviously provides a power and efficiency benefit. The cooling effect of direct injection is due to fuel droplets going through a phase change from liquid to gas and becoming an ignitable vapor that can be mixed with air and detonated by the spark plug. Heat is absorbed during this change providing a cooling effect which will allow a direct injection motor to run leaner. Again, this provides an efficiency benefit when it comes to fuel use. Port injection allows air flowing through the intake manifold to cool before reaching the combustion chamber while direct injection provides its cooling benefit in the chamber itself. Port injection also does not require the high injection pressure and it does not have the limited injection window which means it is easier to flow far more fuel. You can see how combining these two technologies provides the benefits of both and minimizes the downsides. Just look at the performance motors that recently entered the market with dual fuel systems: Chevrolet LT5 Audi 2.5 TFSI Audi/Lamborghini 5.2 V10 Bentley W12 Ford 3.5 Ecoboost There are other motors with dual injection not listed there but you get the idea and more are on the way. It is interesting to note that many enthusiasts on the various BoostAddict sites with direct injected motors who add power look into adding supplemental port injection systems. It is ironic that getting away from port injection quickly leads them right back to port injection once they start to add power and run ethanol. Factory dual-injection tends to provide the best of both worlds.
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    11-16-2017, 11:44 AM
    At this point it is difficult to deny that the N63/S63 engine architecture is the best from a tuning perspective in the BMW turbo era. The various N54, N55, and S55 I6's may be more plentiful but they simply are not as stout stock or modified. The S63TU will make about 500 whp in stock form on a standard F10 M5 depending on your dyno and the weather. BMW sandbagged the hell out of the motor like they do with most of their M motors theses days. So it's stout stock but how do you add 300+ whp to it? Like this: - Pure Turbos Stage 2 turbocharger - DCT clutch upgrade - Tuning - Catless downpipes and an exhaust Here's the proof: This is an example tuned by HC Performance through the PTF Bootmod3 system. The engine remains stock internally. Horsepower is boosted by 300 at the wheels and torque goes up from 484 lb-ft at the wheels to 854 lb-ft at the wheels. Pushing the motor further on the factory rods is not recommended but if you want more there are people going well past 1000+ horsepower with built motor examples. This basic engine design is going to be with us for a while through the F90 M5 and beyond. That is a good thing. It would be even better if BMW put the motor in a chassis that didn't weigh 4300+ pounds.
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    Yesterday, 05:30 PM
    This BMW E92 335i belongs to BimmerBoost member @PureEvilN54 and he recently swapped a DCT (dual clutch) transmission into his 335i. Pulling off the physical swap is one thing but he states he is able to get launch values others are not. For example, 3500 and 5000 rpm launches. In the video below he demonstrates a 3500 rpm launch that builds 4 psi off boost at the line and he tells BimmerBoost that thus far he is the only one doing this launch control RPM value on a DCT swapped N54. BimmerBoost would love to see confirmation of that 5000 rpm launch.
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    11-13-2017, 08:37 AM
    The new C7 generation Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is pretty much as expected. The main change that is a pretty big deal from an enthusiast perspective is the LT5 supercharged 6.2 liter V8 receiving a dual fuel injection system. What does this mean? It means that it has both direct fuel injection and port fuel injection. This fueling strategy is becoming increasingly common on high performance engines as direct injection alone can create problems. Namely, issues with injecting enough fuel at high horsepower levels especially when ethanol is thrown into the mix. Tuners are going to be able to get a ton of fuel into the LT5 and make huge power. The other big change is that the tiny 1.74 liter Eaton TVS blower from the LT4 is ditched for a 2.65 liter unit. The LT4 never should have come from the factory with such a small blower in the first place. Chevrolet rectified this mistake. The larger blower will make more power and generate less heat plus offer far more tuning headroom. It should also lend itself to a power curve with far more top end rather than being all about torque down low which makes the Z06 a handful when trying to put the power down. Factory boost pressure on the ZR1 LT5 is only 13 psi. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard with 15.5 inch six-piston rotors up front and 15.3 inch four-piston rotors in back. Tires are Michelin Pilot Super Sports with 285/30/19 fronts and 325/35/20 rears. Those who want to track will opt for the ZTK Performance Package which adds increased downforce courtesy of revised aerodynamics featuring a huge wing and Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires. The suspension is also revised and much stiffer than standard. So how much money for this 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque beast? Chevy has yet to say but expect it to be $130k+ optioned out. A massive performance value as Corvettes always are.
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    11-15-2017, 05:23 PM
    Mercedes-AMG is essentially offering the same engine architecture in various state of tune. The M176, M177, and M178 V8 motors are all the same basic design and engine family but there are differences based on the application. For example, the M178 gets a dry sump oil lubrication system as AMG GT owners are more likely to track their cars. Plus, there is a large price premium so it makes sense the top model gets all the goodies. The C63 and E63 both have an M177 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 yet the output is very different between the two. How do they differ? W205 C63 S Displacement: 3982cc Bore x Stroke: 83mm x 92mm Horsepower: 503 Torque: 516 lb-ft Redline: 7000 rpm Compression Ratio: 10.5:1 Boost: 17.4 psi W213 E63 S Displacement: 3982cc Bore x Stroke: 83mm x 92mm Horsepower: 603 Torque: 627 lb0ft Redline: 7000 rpm Compression Ratio: 8.6:1 Boost: 21.8 psi What should immediately strike you is that the E63 S has higher boost pressure but also lower compression. Much lower compression. Why? Well, because Mercedes-AMG is cramming in a lot more air. It is the same compression ratio as the M133 four-cylinder in the CLA45 AMG. The main difference is that compression ratio and the turbochargers. As the E63 S is 500 pounds heavier plus sending power to all four wheels courtesy of 4Matic it needs much more power and torque to move it. Especially considering that it is priced above the C63 in the lineup. The new twin scroll turbochargers ensure the E63 S is making more power and torque. There is a bit of a trade off in lag but past 3000 rpm until redline there is a massive difference in area under the curve in favor of the E63 S: The Renntech tuned E63 S is making nearly 120 more horsepower than the Renntech tuned C63 S. Maybe swapping E63 turbos and manifolds onto the C63 will become popular? The E63 also gets new pistons as already highlighted plus a new intake manifold and intercooler design. There you have it.
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    11-13-2017, 09:12 AM
    Now that the troublesome 991.2 SDI21 ECU is cracked tuning is commencing from a variety of sources. Those sources for the most part are European for now as the crack originated in Europe. Mcchip-DKR is one of those European sources tuning the 9A2B6 3.0 motor and they got a 991.2 GTS on their SuperFlow dyno. Mcchip-DKR previously did not release graphs for their 991.2 tuning claims so it is great to see actual dyno results from them on the platform: The GTS model obviously has larger turbos and comes in a higher state of tune compared to the S and base 991.2's. It still has plenty of headroom though as illustrated. They are getting another 80 horsepower and according to the graph 100 lb-ft of torque or so. The peak torque figure posted is 481 lb-ft but the delta is what we are focusing on. We will need to see these cars on American dynos for further context but rest assured there is plenty to gain with the 991.2 GTS turbochargers over the factory output.
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    11-13-2017, 03:35 PM
    An interesting Huracan comparison against the McLaren 720S here as the two Huracans in the video are actually quite different. The VF-Engineering VF800 supercharged Huracan is a rear wheel drive variant otherwise known as the LP 580-2. The twin turbo Huracan is said to be making roughly 800 horsepower to the wheels. The McLaren 720S is stock. The all wheel drive turbocharged green Huracan is up first. The Huracan hangs in well but the McLaren takes it. The roll races all have the same outcome. They try to run from a stop but it is a big letdown. The 720S jumps and the Huracan lets out. Next up is the RWD Huracan with the VF-Engineering supercharger. The RWD version actually makes more sense for roll racing as it is lighter with lower drivetrain losses. The 720S gets a jump on the RWD Huracan in the first run and pulls. The second run features a more even start but the 720S pulls yet again. Maybe it is time for a bigger Eaton TVS2650 blower? The 720S even stock is just too much for most cars to handle and that includes modified Huracans.
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    11-14-2017, 03:41 PM
    Remember a couple months back when an article was posted about Singer and Williams partnering to produce a 500 horsepower air-cooled naturally aspirated Porsche flat-6 motor? Well, it is shaping up quite nicely. It sounds like a mechanical symphony: It also look pretty good, wouldn't you say? How much does a classic 911 done up by Singer run? Well over $500k depending on options. The 500 horsepower air-cooled motor no doubt will be an expensive option. What do you get for that kind of money? A classic 911 that is essentially brand new with parts featuring modern technology such as the carbon fiber body. We are talking about a curb weight of roughly 2700 pounds. The 390 horsepower version will get to 60 in 3.3 seconds and through the 1/4 mile in 11.7 @ 119.2. What will this new version do? We can't wait to find out.
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    11-16-2017, 05:25 PM
    The Balboni edition of the Lamborghini Gallardo does not get the credit it deserves. The car is named after the legendary Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni. This man was responsible for testing every Lamborghini introduced since 1973 until his retirement. The Balboni edition was built to be the way Valentino would want a Gallardo. That meant a lighter and sharper car where the throttle could be used to correct. The all wheel drive system was ditched saving over 250 pounds. The result is a curb weight of 3042 pounds. What could be better than a lightweight Gallardo with a high revving 542 horsepower 5.2 liter V10? That same motor with a supercharger from VF-Engineering. Check out the difference between stock and with the Eaton TVS2300 kit from VF: Another 180 horsepower at the wheels over stock. Oh, and how about 178 more lb-ft of torque? The Balboni is supposed to be a track car and there will be those people saying you can not track it with a blower due to heat soak. Oh yeah? Check out these three pulls back to back to back: Looks like VF has the cooling down just fine. This is the definition of a driver's Lamborghini just as Balboni wanted it... but even better.
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    11-15-2017, 11:32 AM
    This seems to be the highest horsepower hit on the new aluminum block dual-injection 2.5 TFSI motor. Considering how rapidly tuning is moving on the platform expect someone else to top this output any now. HPerformance in Germany is getting just over 600 horsepower at the crank or just under 500 horsepower at the wheels out of the 8V RS3: How are they do that? With the following upgrades which include a Tomcat TC640 turbocharger: ✔️ Tomcat TC640 turbocharger ✔️ 90 mm down pipe precat delete ✔️ 90mm aluminium intake ✔️ modified sparkplugs ✔️ hperformance clubsport intercooler ✔️ engine and gearbox mapping MTR For now the transmission seems to be holding up thanks to MTR's TCU programming. Expect this to be topped any day now but it just goes to show what a great tuning platform the 2.5 TFSI is.
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    11-14-2017, 04:36 PM
    BimmerBoost confirmed an F87 M2 CSL would be built back in August. Other car sites are acting like a BMW F87 CSL coming is breaking news but glad to see others get up to speed. BMW is thrashing the CSL on the Nurburgring and they certainly look to be taking track performance seriously. The somewhat disappointing N55B30T0 powerplant is expected to be replaced with a detuned version of the F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 motor. If BMW addresses the crank hub the M2 CSL will become the best enthusiast car in the BMW lineup. Therefore, do not expect them to address the S55 crank hub. 400 horsepower (likely underrated anyway) will be plenty with many more horses on tap in the aftermarket. If BMW gets the M2 CSL weight to 32XX pounds, which the M2 should be at to begin with, this car is going to be a lot of fun to drive. M cars are supposed to be fun to drive, remember BMW?
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    11-14-2017, 02:55 PM
    Autocar decided to compare the BMW 760li and the new Panamera Turbo for some reason. Just because they are big, heavy, and have four doors does not mean they are in the same class. The Panamera should be going up against the BMW M5. Speaking of big and heavy though look at what these things weigh. The Panamera is lighter but hardly light at 4398 pounds. The M760Li xDrive comes in at a whopping 4806 pounds. The Panamera is lighter but also far more about the driving experience. It handles better, is sharper, and overall just is more fun to drive. No real surprise there. The 760Li is just a luxurious and fast tank. They drag race the cars around the 5:50 mark in the video and here is the result: No trap speeds because the British don't know what those are apparently. The Panamera Turbo is the quicker car but the M760Li is no slouch. The new F90 M5 should handle the Panamera Turbo quite easily considering the new Mercedes-AMG W213 E63 S has no trouble with it.
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    11-17-2017, 12:03 PM
    Nice result here for an N63 F10 550i with the Alpina turbochargers. Back when the N63 was on the market Alpina filled an M7 void in the lineup with their B7 model with received upgraded turbochargers and new tuning for the N63 V8. This owner somehow got his hands on the Alpina turbos and had them installed on his F10 550i. He then added a JB4, meth injection, and an intake. The result is pretty good with an 11.99 @ 119.47 in the 1/4 mile: He might want to look into a BEF (back end flash) to get more out of it. A flash tuned 2013 Alpina B7 ran 10's but that is with the updated N63TU powerplant. There is definitely more to extract out of this 550i.
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    11-17-2017, 12:53 PM
    Great to see some tune only numbers on a Porsche 991.1 Turbo S from an all wheel drive Dynojet. Johnson Tuning did a custom tune for this 2014 911 Turbo S through the Cobb Tuning V3 Accessport system. The result is some very healthy gains over the baseline of 525 horsepower at all four wheels: Peak horsepower increases almost 50 awhp but the torque figure is where the real boost happens. The stock figure of 545 lb-ft at the wheels increases to 637 lb-ft at the wheels. The only problem? Where is the torque curve on the graph? No reason to doubt Johnson Tuning but with turbo motors we definitely want to see the torque curve.
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    11-16-2017, 11:22 AM
    Yes, you are looking at a rendering but Ford actually is considering building a Ranger Raptor. Imagine for a moment all the off-road goodies from the F150 Raptor in a much lighter chassis with the same potent Ecoboost 3.5 liter V6. Now imagine that package coming in at a much lower MSRP. Then imagine a tuned version with 600 horsepower at all four wheels. If that doesn't get your blood flowing then check out the teaser video from Ford South Africa below.
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    11-13-2017, 10:43 AM
    If you do not like this car you do not like BMW's. This car deserves all the accolades and praise it is getting and easily is the best BMW of recent memory to be on display at SEMA. What an absolutely incredible build. As a quick refresher the Batmobile nickname comes from the aero package used on racing 3.0 CSL models. It certainly made an impact both on and off the track. This replica faithfully recreates the race car look with some nice touches. The stripped out interior is no-nonsense as is the sticker informing the passenger there are no airbags. The S52 I6 with a Precision turbocharger sitting on top rounds out the package. Quite simply, spectacular.
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    Yesterday, 02:41 PM
    300 pounds is a lot of weight. Think of it this way, this 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 is hauling around an extra refridgerator compared to a standard rear wheel drive Porsche 911 Carrera. It shows in the performance metrics. The PDK 3614 pound Targa 4 gets through the 1/4 mile in 12.1 seconds at 115 miles per hour. How does this compare to a standard 911 Carrera? The PDK C2 runs 11.8 @ 118 in the 1/4 mile. Essentially, exactly 3/10's and 3 miles per hour off due to the 300 pound weight difference. The Targa models are the heaviest in the lineup partially because they come standard with all wheel drive. Most buyers likely do not care. The Targa does offer a beautiful open air experience with unique styling. If you are into performance and the driving experience above all else, get the rear wheel drive coupe. If you want a hardtop convertible, get the Targa. Car and Driver sums it up well: VEHICLE TYPE: rear-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door targa PRICE AS TESTED: $128,170 (base price: $112,850) ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 182 cu in, 2981 cc POWER: 370 hp @ 6500 rpm TORQUE: 331 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 96.5 in LENGTH: 177.1 in WIDTH: 72.9 in HEIGHT: 50.7 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 70 cu ft CARGO VOLUME: 4 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 3614 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.6 sec Zero to 100 mph: 9.2 sec Zero to 130 mph: 15.9 sec Zero to 150 mph: 23.3 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.8 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.7 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.0 sec Standing -mile: 12.1 sec @ 115 mph Top speed (drag limited, mfr's claim): 178 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 143 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.99 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY: Observed: 20 mpg 75-mph highway driving: 31 mpg Highway range: 550 miles EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 24/22/28 mpg
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    11-14-2017, 02:22 PM
    Do not insult our intelligence Subaru. Porsche is producing a 2.5 liter boxer four-cylinder right now that meets all emissions requirements and will be with us as part of a new engine family for quite a while. Are you saying you can not do it? The appeal of the STI in the USA is the 2.5 liter boxer engine. Nobody is clamoring for a hybrid STI. Subaru will force the technology on enthusiasts and for what? Greater cost and greater heft? Everyone understands the push for tighter emissions and greater efficiency but would it not make more sense to drop the weight of the car significantly than add on a bunch of motors and batteries? This is concerning: The McLaren 720S proves that hybrid technology is not necessary for enthusiast vehicles and they are often better off without it. See the Acura NSX and how enthusiasts have responded to it for proof. Don't ruin a good thing Subaru.
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    Yesterday, 03:41 PM
    Ford updated the Mustang Coyote V8 with dual fuel injection for the 2018 model year. Adding both port and direct injection to engines is all the rage right now. The fuel system change allows a bump in compression for the Mustang GT from 11.0:1 to 12.0:1. The 5.0 liter BMW S85 V10 from way back in 2005 offered 12.0:1 compression with port injection alone. It also was rated at 507 horsepower. The 2018 Mustang GT 5.0 is rated at 460 horsepower yet it shows the same output as the lofty BMW V10 on a Dynojet: The 420 lb-ft rating is conservative as well with the car hitting 390 lb-t of torque at the wheels. This blows E60 M5's 320 lb-ft of torque at the wheels out of the water. The motor is also revving to 7500 rpm now. Still short of the lofty 8200 rpm redline of the GT350 Mustang Voodoo V8 but it is definitely a greater hp per dollar bargain. For reference, the Voodoo offers 12.0:1 compression and puts down 467 horsepower to the tires. The 2018 Mustang GT is offering a lot of value for its $35k starting price.
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    11-14-2017, 06:02 PM
    This Ferrari F12 features a Gintani catless exhaust system. Stop reading this now and just go down to the video below and listen to the car. Make sure you click over the video of it revving. Is that not the most glorious exhaust note you have ever heard? Gintani says videos do not do it justice and we believe them. The car sounds like it belongs in Formula 1. Well, you know, before the cars went turbo. It is not all bark and no bite. Gintani picked up 47 peak wheel horsepower with a max gain of 60 whp toward redline. That is on a Mustang dyno from a high strung naturally aspirated V12 no less: The result is just short of 600 whp on a Mustang. For context, a stock C7 Z06 will dyno around 560 on a Mustang. Not bad for a naturally aspirated 6.3 liter V12 that sounds like angels singing.
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    Yesterday, 04:11 PM
    TTE (The Turbo Engineers) in Germany has a hybrid S55 turbocharger upgrade available for the F80 M3 and F82 M4. When it comes to hybrid turbos Pure Turbos pretty much dominates the S55 platform but it is interesting to finally see some results from the TTE turbochargers. Another interesting point is that this F80 M3 is tuned through the MHD F-Series OBD-II platform. Up until now, most upgraded turbo F80 M3 and F82 M4 vehicles were tuned through the PTF Bootmod3 system. The results look good: 717 horsepower at the crank is strong. However, what kind of dyno is being used? We need to see more numbers on a variety of dynamometers to get a better idea of output. Additionally, to see how this stacks up to Pure Turbos efforts. As for the MHD F-Series platform it is flashed through OBD-II and a handheld device except the ECU must be unlocked physically first. This is no different from the PTF Bootmod3 system in that respect. No doubt European members will be more interested in the TTE S55 turbos than those in the USA.
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    Yesterday, 02:01 PM
    The new F150 Raptor may get all the headlines and some people may find the 600 all wheel horsepower it is putting out from its 3.5 liter twin turbo Ecoboost in the aftermarket impressive. The truth of the matter is that when it comes to power and on-road truck performance the SVT Lightning is the king. This is hardly the quickest and fastest Lightning yet a 9.65 @ 139.56 out of an F150 is absolutely mental. It is amazing how effortless it looks as well. The truck simply hooks with a highly impressive 1.351 60 foot courtesy of the drag suspension and Hoosiers. The 5.4 liter V8 is built of course and features a JDM aluminum block. The Whipple 2.3 liter twin screw does the heavy lifting. Anyone else hungry for a new Lightning?
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