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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-25-2014, 02:22 PM
    It is the effort that counts, right? No, sadly, it is not. When it comes to trying to prove who has the fastest or most powerful cars and who is the most capable tuner the only things that count are the raw numbers. A pat on the back and 'Good try!' do not cut it in this business. ESS-Tuning wrapped up a supercharged and stroked S65 V8 taken to 4.4 liters and the result is 725 wheel horsepower and 507 lb-ft of torque. This is good enough for roughly a ~25 wheel horsepower premium over their VT3 built motor supercharged setup (which is not even available for sale) with the stock crank and stroke. It is also good enough for second place again and trails the world record holding BimmerBoost.com M3 which put down 773 wheel horsepower over a year ago with another 1000+ rpm to spare. It isn't even as close as it looks on paper. The positives here are that this is the first supercharged stroked and built S65 ESS has been able to successfully tune. Many people have forgotten about the how the previous attempt went. Fortunately, the engine builder this time is a different entity and so far things look like they are running well. Since it seems nobody is able to break the S65 V8 or E9X horsepower record even with a handicap BimmerBoost.com is announcing that it will break its own record next month. With the installation and programming for the upgraded DCT transmission parts courtesy of Dodson and Gintani wrapping up, after the break in BimmerBoost will show the world what a real 1000+ horsepower M3 looks like in practice. Congratulations to ESS on improving their second place standing by roughly 30 horsepower. Well done!
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    Yesterday, 02:46 PM
    Port injection in conjunction with direct injection on the N54? Yep, it is here and it is working well. How well you ask? How about 705 horsepower to the wheels and 680 lb-ft of torque to the wheels on an ethanol blend without any methanol injection necessary? Yes, that makes for an N54 horsepower record without any methanol. Additionally, it also means that supplemental port injection is another fueling solution for the N54. It is going to be interesting to see how the port injection setups and upgraded direct injection setups flesh out in the coming year. Regardless, N54 owners have fueling options to choose from now which is something that could not be said not too long ago. Dynograph and specs below: MOTIV Motorsport 750 horsepower Single Turbo Kit MOTIV Motorsport PI-1000 Fueling Solution MOTIV Motorsport / proTuning Freaks Single Turbo Tuning Fuel-IT! / MOTIV Low Pressure Prototype
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    09-27-2014, 12:31 PM
    The only option for turbochargers for the E9X M3 S65 V8 that is proven to be successfully running is from Gintani. Could they perhaps now have some competition in this area? Not exactly but it looks like Crzy Engineering is trying to create a rear mount turbo setup for the E9X M3. Rear mounted turbos solve a lot of packaging problems and make fitment much easier. They create their own set of problems though as your car should not have more plumbing than your house. The response and spool will not match turbos next to the motor with a well designed manifold. Regardless, Crzy Engineering is trying the rear mount approach using a pair of oilless 6065 Comp Turbo turbochargers. Who is tuning this setup? Good question. Is it even running? Good question. What does the power curve look like? Good question. Is this even worth the effort? Well, you see the pattern here. This may be a cost effective solution depending on the price but like most rear mount turbo setups there likely are better options out there. It is nice to see a another approach taken of course.
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    Yesterday, 02:21 PM
    A 140+ mile per hour trap speed with a stock engine internal 996 Turbo is very doable. PorscheBoost member schwarz996 got right in that range with a 11.4 @ 139.53 1/4 mile pass with his stock motor Porsche 996 Turbo. The car is also converted to a rear wheel drive drivetrain from the stock all wheel drive. The modifications to the car are A28 turbochargers pushing 1.9 BAR of boost, Eurodyne Maestro software, a 3 inch catless exhaust, stock fuel pump with Evoms big fuel line kit, methanol, GT2RS intercoolers, Evoms intake piping, Jc cross suspension, 60 lb roll bar. The plenum, headers, and Y-pipe are all stock. @schwarz996 intends to go back with more meth and try for more. 140+ in the 1/4 mile will not be a problem.
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    09-24-2014, 10:51 AM
    We finally have some clarity regarding the new AMG twin turbo V8 engines used in the AMG GT and the Mercedes-AMG C63. AMG does not go into specifics but states that the M177 powering the C63 AMG is closely related to the M178, 'The M177 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is a close relative of the M178, which is the sports-car heart of the new Mercedes-AMG GT.' The question remains as to what the specific differences between the motors are. The most likely and obvious difference is that the M178 has dry sump lubrication whereas the M177 does not. Mercedes does not state anything about a dry sump oil system for the C63 AMG or C63 AMG S and considering how much emphasis they put on this point with the AMG GT it is likely not just a case of the person writing the press release forgetting. Looking at the engine bay of the C63 it looks as if there are some intake and packaging differences. This also may imply that the turbo units are different between the cars and would partially explain why the C63 has more torque than the AMG GT. There could potentially be internal engine differences as well. The C63 also uses an MCT transmission whereas the AMG GT uses a dual clutch gearbox. AMG will likely shed more light on how the M177 and M178 differ in Paris but now we officially know there are two 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 AMG variants as expected. Powerful High-Performance Athlete Pure fascination and breathtaking dynamics – the new Mercedes-AMG C63 sets benchmarks. The high-tech drivetrain, the signature AMG handling and the high level of individuality in optional equipment guarantee an utterly unique driving experience. The pinnacle of the C-Class line-up is driven by an all new 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine closely related to the power unit that provides breathtaking propulsion in the new Mercedes-AMG GT. The power spectrum ranges from 469 hp in the C63 to 503 hp in the C63 S. With an unrivalled fuel fuel economy, the C63 is the most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder car in the high-performance segment. The extensive range of standard equipment includes the AMG Adaptive sports suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, the mechanical rear locking differential and the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with its multiple drive programs. Additionally, there will be a highly exclusive "Edition 1" model available from market launch. Dynamics plus long-distance comfort –the new Mercedes-AMG C63 offers impressive engine output with exceptionally low fuel consumption figures, outstanding longitudinal and lateral dynamics and yet delivers a high level of everyday usability. As form is just as important as function, the interior and exterior design is more distinctive than ever before. The V8 pinnacle in the C-Class portfoilio is available in a choice of two models –the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and C63, with the C63 S set up for even more dynamic handling and performance. The Mercedes-AMG C63 celebrates its world premiere on October 2, 2014 together with the show premiere of the Mercedes-AMG GT at the Salon de l'Automobile in Paris. Market introduction in the USA begins in March 2015 with both the C63 and C63 S launching at the same time. "We are also marking the beginning of a new era with the new nomenclature. The successor to the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, which has been incredibly successful worldwide, will now be called the Mercedes-AMG C63," says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "At 40,000 units, the 204 C63 AMG was the bestselling AMG model. We will now add to this success with the new Mercedes-AMG C63. Be it in drive, handling or equipment, the Mercedes-AMG C63 sets new benchmarks and will further strengthen our brand promise 'Driving Performance'. AMG customers can look forward to an exceptionally dynamic driving experience." Best in fuel consumption, best in performance The C63 is at the forefront of the competitive field. The new high-performance vehicles from Affalterbach are the only ones in the segment to be equipped with an eight-cylinder biturbo engine. The result is impressive power delivery and a highly emotional engine sound – a signature of the AMG brand. Drivers benefit from unrivalled performance delivered by a supreme level of power and torque. The C63 S accelerates from zero to 60mph in 3.9 seconds and the C63 in 4.0. The top speed is 155mph (electronically limited). "Naturally, the new Mercedes-AMG C63 is once again powered by an eight- cylinder engine. The passionate power delivery and highly emotional sound of our 4.0-liter V8 biturbo are truly compelling. At the same time, we are maintaining our leading role in the core issue of efficiency. No other high- performance V8 automobile is more fuel efficient than the new C63," says Christian Enderle, Head of Development Engine and Drivetrain at Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The C63 not only holds the top position in terms of engine data and performance, it also sets new benchmarks in fuel consumption. The high-performance car from Affalterbach demonstrates exceptional efficiency that puts it at the top of the segment. And it does not stop there – the C63 is the most fuel-efficient eight- cylinder, high-performance vehicle in the world. It achieves a remarkable decrease in fuel consumption compared with the preceding C63 AMG. The new Mercedes-AMG C63 consumes around 32 percent less fuel than its direct predecessor with the 6.3-liter V8 naturally aspirated engine – while delivering even more performance and the emotional sound that is a signature of the AMG V8. New V8 biturbo closely related to the engine in the Mercedes-AMG GT This impressive efficiency improvement is rooted in the new drive package. The M177 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is a close relative of the M178, which is the sports-car heart of the new Mercedes-AMG GT. The innovative eight- cylinder is notable for its outstanding power delivery, targeted lightweight design, high efficiency and environmental compatibility. It also fulfills the highest standards in terms of noise and vibration comfort. The newly developed eight-cylinder features biturbocharging, whereby the two chargers are not located on the outside of the cylinder banks, but instead, within the cylinder V – specialists refer to this as the "hot inside V". The resulting benefits are a compact engine design, optimum responsiveness and low exhaust emissions. Petrol piezo direct injection with spray-guided combustion Mixture preparation is handled by the petrol piezo direct injection system used exclusively by Mercedes. The third generation of the spray-guided combustion process has been developed to meet all future legislative requirements. A sophisticated engine cooling system ensures high performance even at ambitious race-track speeds. Performance exhaust system available as an option Fascination, emotionality and immediate recognition – engine sound is an important development objective. The C63 and C63 S feature a sports exhaust system with a dynamic electronically controlled exhaust flap. Depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program, the engine sound varies between low-key for long-distance travel and raw emotionality. The exhaust flap is located in the front third, at the interface between the two pipes. Its infinitely variable actuation is controlled on the basis of the drive program, the performance wishes of the driver and the engine speed. A Performance exhaust system with three electronically controlled exhaust flaps is available as an option for both engine variants. It provides the driver with an even greater level of control of the exhaust note via a button on the center console. In the "Comfort" drive program, the engine is quieter and more comfortable, while, in "Sport +" and "Race", the V8 sound is even more dominant and evocative of a race touring car – complete with acoustic up-shift and distinctive double de-clutching feedback. In addition to setting it via the drive programme, the engine sound can also be set individually at any time at the push of a button. C63 S comes as standard with dynamic engine mounts A further new feature of the C63 S that is unique in the competitive field is the dynamic engine mounts – as used on the Mercedes-AMG GT. They address the conflict of interest between comfort and handling by reducing vibration from the engine/transmission unit. The dynamic mounts can adapt their stiffness smoothly and in fractions of a second to the prevailing driving conditions and style. Soft engine mounts improve comfort by better reducing noise and vibration. Handling and agility, on the other hand, benefit from slightly stiffer mounts. When driving dynamically, the driver feels more closely connected to the vehicle as a result of increased feedback, while steering response is more direct. The driver benefits overall from a more precise driving feel. Minimized movement of the drivetrain mass calls for less correction on turn-in. Engine production by hand – "one man, one engine" Powerful V8 engines have always been one of the competencies of AMG, the Mercedes-Benz performance brand. Mercedes-AMG GmbH is fully responsible for development and production. The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is manufactured in the Affalterbach engine shop in accordance with the "one man, one engine" principle. Variable dynamics – the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission A large part of the direct and sporty character of the new Mercedes-AMG C63 is attributable to the transmission. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission offers a compelling mix of tailor-made dynamics and exceptional variability. The MCT transmission was extensively redeveloped for application in the C63 and is now even faster in its reaction times. Be it automatic or triggered at the steering wheel paddle by the driver, a manual up or down-shift is now noticeably faster than in the last model. The transmission is now significantly more spontaneous in the "Sport +" and manual modes in particular. This increase in responsiveness was enabled by optimization of the transmission's hardware and software. Also, the aluminium shift paddles on the Performance steering wheel are now able to transmit the driver's shift inputs even faster than before, thus further increasing the dynamic feel. One look at the drive programmes shows the high variability of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission. The available choices are "Controlled Efficiency", "Sport" and "Sport +" – as well as "Race", which is exclusive to the C63 S. The driver chooses from the various drive programmes with the aid of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch. The "temporary M" function, activated by using the paddles, delivers a further increase in dynamics in any mode. AMG Adaptive sport suspension with 3-stage adjustable damping Fascinating agility, high cornering speeds and optimum neutrality – the C63 is equipped with independent suspension featuring a high proportion of aluminium, dynamic-oriented kinematics, electronically controlled shock absorbers and AMG-specific elastokinematics. With the AMG Dynamic sport suspension, the customer can vary characteristics in three stages between maximum sporting performance and good long-distance comfort. At the front of the C63 is a four-link front suspension with motorsport-based radially mounted brakes. Independent steering knuckles and a wider track permit higher lateral acceleration. The multilink rear suspension with independent wheel mounts likewise has a higher negative camber. To improve traction and dynamics, the C63 has a mechanical locking differential at the rear, while the C63 S is equipped with an electronic rear locking differential. Both locking differentials reduce slip at the inside wheel without braking input. As a result, the driver can accelerate sooner out of corners and the car maintains its stability when braking at high speed. The locking differential also improves traction when accelerating from a standstill. Compared with the mechanical solution, the benefits of the electronic locking rear differential, which is standard equipment on the C63 S, are its faster and more finely tuned control, thus pushing the physical limits of the driving envelope even higher. The standard 3-stage ESPฎ with the functions "ESP ON", "SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF" is perfectly networked with the locking rear differential and expertly tuned to the high level of dynamics. The electromechanical speed-sensitive sport steering ensures precise and agile handling, with the driver benefitting from a direct ratio and optimized response characteristics. It also has variable power assistance, whereby the steering force is adapted relative to the current vehicle speed. The power assistance reacts not only in accordance with vehicle speed, but also in line with current lateral acceleration and the drive programme chosen via AMG DYNAMIC SELECT. The C63 runs as standard on titanium grey painted and polished alloy wheels measuring 8.5 x 18 (front) and 9.5 x 18 (rear) in 10-spoke design and clad in 245/40 R 18 tires (front) and 265/40 R 18 (rear). The tire dimensions on the C63 S are 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear) running on alloy wheels measuring 8.5 x 19 (front) and 9.5 x 19 (rear) in 5-twin-spoke design, painted in titanium grey and polished. A high-performance, ceramic-composite brake system is available for the first time as optional equipment for the C63 S. Optional sport cup tires ensure a noticeable and measurable increase in grip. AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programmes The driver can use four different AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programmes to influence the characteristics of the C63. The C63 S has the additional "Race" programme, which enables a maximum level of individualisation. The driver defines the driving experience using a switch to the left of the touchpad. There is a choice of several different pre-configured driving programmes and an "Individual" drive programme, which allows extensive self-configuration. "Controlled Efficiency" is the balanced drive programme with a comfortable suspension and steering set-up as well as fuel-optimized drivetrain settings – including soft gearshifts and a more restrained engine sound. The "Gliding Function" is completely new and delivers a further reduction in fuel consumption. If the driver lifts off the accelerator between37 and 99 mph - , the clutch of the MCT transmission opens and the engine is decoupled from the drivetrain. The electronics system reduces the engine revs to idle, and the resistance generated by the compression and frictional forces produced under trailing throttle are reduced. The "Sport" and "Sport +" drive programmes increase sporting intensity. "Race" is reserved exclusively for the C63 S and is the optimum setting for ambitious laps on a closed race track. Form follows performance – the design reflects the technology Form follows performance – the design of the powerful V8 top model is influenced by motorsport and reflects its fascinating technology. Sensual clarity combines with stylish sporting character – the Mercedes C63 inspires fascination from the very first glance. From a visual standpoint, the new model is clearly a member of the Mercedes-AMG family. The exteriors of the C63 and C63 S are differentiated by specific design elements. The emotional, sensual surface design of the new C-Class, with its reduced, minimalist forms, now has an added, positive tension that gives it a truly dynamic character. The wider track and powerful eight-cylinder call for a completely standalone front end. The Mercedes-AMG C63 has aluminium front fenders, widened on each side by 0.55" and bearing "V8 BITURBO" lettering. The entire front end has also been lengthened by 2.12". In addition, the structure of the body-in-white has been reinforced in specific areas in order to compensate for the extreme longitudinal and transverse forces generated and transmitted by the drivetrain and running gear. Mercedes-AMG sets clear accents in sporting character, expressed succinctly at the front end – gracing the long aluminium bonnet are two distinctive power domes. Together with the wider front fenders, they guarantee a particularly muscular look. Positioned low down and with a characteristic arrow form, the "twin blade" radiator grille with AMG lettering lowers the vehicle's visual center of gravity. The "A-wing" takes a three-dimensional form and also serves as an airflow guide for the three cooling air intakes. Flics ensure optimum airflow to the cooling module. Along the lower edge of the front skirt, a front splitter helps to increase downforce. At the rear end, the diffuser insert with three fins is a feature carried over from motorsport, as are the visual air outlets positioned on either side. They generate defined air separation edges and improve the cd figure. The two chrome-plated twin end pipes of the AMG sport exhaust system are perfectly integrated into the diffuser. The C63 Sedan has a separation edge on the rear deck lid,–which ensures even better grip at the rear axle. Stunning interior design Every detail in the interior of the C63 contributes to a stunning overall effect. The careful choice of select, first-class materials, their sumptuous tactile qualities and their precision craftsmanship deliver a sense of quality that is seldom seen even in higher vehicle classes. Like the exterior, the more powerful C63 S is distinguished from the C63 on the inside by a number of design details. The dashboard is finished in black ARTICO man-made leather, with the premium look-and-feel further enhanced by stitching in crystal grey, the wing- like trim element in aluminium and the AMG-exclusive, IWC-design analogue clock (depending on equipment choice). Next to the touchpad is the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch as well as a number of AMG-specific controls, such as the button for the 3-stage AMG Dynamic sport suspension, the 3-stage ESPฎ and the optional button for the Performance exhaust system with variable exhaust flap control. The instrument cluster and the 3-spoke Performance steering wheel with 12-o'clock mark deliver a dynamically sporty ambience. Equipped with dedicated carbon weave-pattern dials and signature AMG numerals. Performance seats are also available as an alternative to the standard sports seats in MB-Tex / DINAMICA microfibre. They give occupants a lower seating position and ensure increased lateral grip due to their more powerfully contoured form. A range of further optional equipment means the Mercedes-AMG C63 can be extensively tailored to individual preferences. Exclusive and irresistible – the C63 "Edition 1" The Mercedes-AMG C63 S is also available from market launch as an "Edition 1" – with a stunning and irresistible combination of exclusive design and equipment features.. The "Edition 1" can be identified from the outside by a number of design highlights: - Forged wheels in 8.5 x 19 and 9.5 x 19 cross-spoke design, painted matte black with the rim painted in red; tires are 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear) - Night package (A-wing and trim in high-gloss black, wing mirror housings in high-gloss black, sill cladding inlays in high-gloss black, waistline trim and window frames in high-gloss black, radiator grille with double fin in silver chrome, Black-chromed twin end pipe fairings - Red accentson radiator grille and wing mirrors - Sport stripes in matte graphite grey above sill cladding The distinctive color combination carries into the interior: - Performance seats, door center panels and armrest in black nappa leather with diamond pattern and red contrasting stitching - designo seatbelts in red - Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre, flattened bottom, with red 12-o'clock marking, red contrasting stitching, steering wheel fairing in silver chrome with "Edition 1" lettering and silver- colored aluminium shift paddles - Trim element in carbon red pepper / light aluminium with longitudinal grain and red filaments - Floor mats in black with "AMG" lettering and piping in red Highest safety levels The stated aim of Mercedes-Benz is to make the highest level of safety available to all. For this reason, the C-Class features many of the new and extensively enhanced assistance systems that celebrated their world premieres just a few months ago in the S and E-Class. Standard equipment on-board the C63 includes enhanced drowsiness warning system ATTENTION ASSIST and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, which helps to avoid rear-end collisions. The assistance systems increase both comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz calls this "Intelligent Drive". The predecessor to the new C-Class already demonstrated impressive results in terms of passive safety. The new model exceeds these and sets new benchmarks.
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    09-25-2014, 02:04 PM
    Manufacturers are really making trying to figure out what a car actually weighs these days pretty difficult. They play all kinds of games with the numbers in order to make the cars appear lighter than they really are in order to claim large weight savings. BMW fudged the numbers in a fashion that makes one stand in awe of their claims with the new F80 M3 missing their claimed target by 256 pounds. Is Mercedes guilty of the same thing here? Until we get a new C63 AMG on the scales we will not know for certain but the chances of the car weighing 3615 pounds in US trim with fluids are pretty slim. Why? Well, first of all AMG states the weight at 1640 kilograms is 15 kilograms less than the previous model. We all know the previous generation W204 C63 AMG does not weigh 3648 pounds pounds. At 39XX pounds it is closer to 4000 than it is to 3600. The C63 AMG S takes a 15 kilograms penalty over the standard C63. That is a fairly small difference and enough that a full or empty tank of gas can sway which one weighs more. The real question will be how much lighter the new car is than the older car and once an independent source weighs 2015 C63 we will know. 37XX pounds seems like a more realistic range than what AMG is giving us in their Press Release.
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    Yesterday, 01:55 PM
    The V8 version of the R8 is not exactly known as being a straightline monster. In all honesty, the 4.2 liter V8 6-speed model that you see in the video below is not even able to beat the previous generation naturally aspirated M3 in a roll on contest let alone the new and much more powerful turbocharged version. This is not even a race. It is a flat out beatdown. For the R8 to change the outcome here it needs to be the ten cylinder model that borrows its engine from the Gallardo. Even then, the M3 can up the boost a bit and make that quite a race. The R8 is obviously about more than straightline speed but that Audi 4.2 liter FSI V8 sure looks dated. That is because it is dated and it should have been put out to pasture years ago.
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    09-23-2014, 05:33 PM
    We know the official reveal of the new C63 AMG is imminent and details have slowly been leaking out. Thanks to someone over in Germany some official pictures have hit the web. The pictures confirm a C63 AMG and a C63 AMG S model as well as a wagon. The picture of the transmission some are reporting as a DCT unit although a quick Google image search shows it is an image associated with the R231 SL 7-speed MCT automatic transmission. Regarding horsepower as previously reported the C63 AMG S model will get 510 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Now what will the standard C63 AMG have? Roughly 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, more than the standard AMG GT interestingly enough if indeed true. We will have to wait for an official reveal to know exactly how and why the output differs between the models. The upcoming Paris auto show in October should bring in more official details.
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    09-24-2014, 11:35 AM
    BMW M is shuffling their executive at the top of the M division. Dr. Friedrich Nitschke was in charge since 2011 when he took over for Dr. Kay Segler who had a very short run from 2009-2011. Nitschke is responsible for the new F80 M3 and F82 M4. He is retiring and Franciscus van Meel will join M in October and be phased in slowly before Nitschke officially steps down at the end of the year. Does this mean M will get some much needed fresh air? Possibly. Franciscus van Meel previously worked as the head of Audi's Quattro performance division. Audi certainly improved under Meel who was replaced earlier this year apparently for failing to get the Audi R8 E-Tron into production. This lead to him ditching a role with Audi in Asia to get back to building German muscle cars which we can not blame him for. Will Franciscus van Meel actually make any real enthusiast friendly changes at M or just keep things going in the direction of sales figures and profit margins above all else? BimmerBoost bets on the latter. Franciscus van Meel assumes management of BMW M GmbH 23.09.2014 Munich. Franciscus van Meel (48) will take over as Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH from 1 January 2015. He is the successor to Dr. Friedrich Nitschke (59) who will be retiring at the end of the year. Francisus van Meel, who will already be joining the BMW Group on 1 October, was last active as Managing Directory of quattro GmbH, a subsidiary of Audi AG. Since 1996 he has held various management positions in chassis development and the technical steering of vehicle projects at Audi AG before becoming Managing Director of quattro GmbH in 2012. Dr. Friedrich Nitschke worked for the BMW Group for a total of 36 years. Since joining the company in 1978 he has held management positions in various company areas before taking over as director of development strategy, steering and testing. From 2007 to 2011 he headed vehicle development of the MINI brand. In 2011 he became Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH. Under his leadership the category BMW M Performance Automobiles was created as well as the new generation of the BMW M3 and BMW M4 models developed. Dr. Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management for Development: "The position of M GmbH on the market has never been better in the company's history and it continues to achieve sales record after sales record. Friedrich Nitschke has done outstanding work over the past years and has made a crucial contribution to the success of the company. The entire Board of Management of BMW AG would like to express its gratitude to him."
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    Yesterday, 01:23 PM
    The poor Lamborghini Aventador is getting beat up all over place on this network. Modified AMG's have been picking on it and now the Nissan GTR embarasses it from a stop in a 1/2 mile drag race. In all fairness, the Aventador is a completely stock car here and not modified. The 700 horsepower 6.5 liter V12 is a masterpiece and the car is hardly a slouch capable of running 10's in the 1/4 mile with trap speeds approaching the mid 130 range. That is certainly fast. This Nissan GTR is on a whole different level though. It belongs to BoostAddict member @BlownE92M3 and has roughly 1050 horsepower at the wheels. The Aventador just has no chance on paper and it practice it is a beatdown. Amazing to see hardware of its caliber look like it is standing still. GTR specs: 2012 Brushed Red Aluminum GTR Jacks 3.8 w/ Jacks heads - Jacks Drag 800 w/ billet gears - AAM GT-900R - Swift - DPE ST7's - Ecutek via Visconti 1060hp 852tq 32psi - 9.4 @150mph 8400ft DA - 185.5mph 1/2 mile 9240ft DA
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    09-27-2014, 07:20 PM
    It is that time of year again where MotorTrend does their World's Greatest Drag Race gathering 10 cars together for a 10-way showdown. It is very cool to see but calling it the world's greatest drag race when some important hardware is missing may be an overstatement. Hey, there is a marketing aspect to the name in order to generate views and that is fine. So what is the hardware included this year? The following: Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW i8, BMW M4, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Ford Fiesta ST, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Subaru WRX STI, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. You do not need to watch the video know that the Porsche 911 Turbo S is going to beat the Volkswagen GTI, right? The cars run the spectrum from 10 second stock capability to 14 second cars meaning this is hardly a group chosen based on performance capability. Speaking of which, where are some of the notable performance cars from 2014? Where is the Challenger Hellcat? Where is the Corvette Stingray? Where is an AMG of any kind? No Audi RS7? No Lamborghini Huracan to spice things up? If this network were choosing let's just say some of the slower stuff would be phased out to make for a more competitive and interesting matchup worthy of the 'World's Greatest Drag Race' moniker. Here are the results: 1. 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S - 10.9 @ 126.0 2. 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo - 11.1 @ 125.3 3. 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R - 11.8 @ 122.3 4. 2015 BMW M4 - 12.2 @ 117.8 5. 2014 Camaro Z28 - 12.3 @ 117.2 6. 2015 BMW i8 - 12.4 @ 112.1 7. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C - 12.8 @ 104.8 8. 2015 Subaru WRX STI - 13.1 @ 104.4 9. 2015 Volkswagen GTI - 14.5 @ 97.9 10. 2015 Ford Fiesta ST - 14.9 @ 94.6
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    09-24-2014, 09:44 PM
    The Porsche 918 Spyder may be just a tad out of the price range of most readers. The $847,975.00 base price quickly approaches over a million out the door with options and taxes. One option alone, the Weissach Package, adds $84,000.00 to the price just by itself. What's another $80k+ at this point anyway? Especially when it shaves 77 pounds off the curb weight of the car and adds a cool looking 6-point harness, right? HRE created this rendering for a customer who apparently has a 918 Spyder and wanted to get some ideas as to wheel choices to personalize his car. The 20 inch front and 21 inch rear HRE P101CL wheels just look absolutely stunning especially with the livery on the car. Picking out what set of HRE rims to put on a 918 Spyder is the kind of problem we would all like to have.
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    09-26-2014, 12:24 AM
    Well, that is some serious hardware in the title isn't it? A Porsche 911 Turbo S cabrio is an expensive car to begin with at $193,900.00. The Ferrari F12 and LaFerrari when put in context against the 991 Turbo S make it look like a poor man's sports car with their $322,638.00 and $1.2 million dollar starting price tags (that quickly go up with options). Price tags do not necessarily equal performance so what happens when the cars race? Well, the first run features the Nissan GTR against the 991 Turbo S (stock with an exhaust) which the GTR of course is the performance bargain of the group. As the race features an exterior view it is not exactly easy to see what happens. The 991 Turbo S definitely gets the lead and apparently holds it. Why an interior view is omitted for this race is up to you to decide. The next run features the F12 with its powerful 6.3 liter naturally aspirated V12 offering an output of 731 horses. As the race is from a stop the 911 Turbo S with its all wheel drive 550 horsepower 3.8 liter twin turbo flat-6 gets the advantage off the line on the harder to launch rear wheel drive prancing horse. The Turbo S 500 pound weight advantage certainly helps as well. The F12 gets spanked. The final run in the video features the 911 Turbo S against the LaFerrari. Must be nice having a $1.2 million dollar supercar that you need to be invited to even buy show up, eh? The LaFerrari has 950 horsepower from its hybrid drivetrain and with a curb weight under 3000 pounds its power to weight ratio crushes the Turbo S. The LaFerrari driver appears asleep at the line not that it matters. It is also harder to launch with its rear wheel drive drivetrain and 663 lb-ft of torque. The 991 Turbo S gets a healthy lead only for the La Ferrari to blow by it like it is standing still. Not a surprise at all but it is amazing to see that kind of acceleration in the real world. The LaFerrari is nothing to take lightly in a straight line contest not that straight line speed is its main goal.
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    09-23-2014, 10:11 PM
    That was pretty fast. Vorsteiner has already tackled the new F82/F83 BMW M4 with carbon aero pieces. They are calling this the GTS program which is an interesting choice considering the previous generation M3 GTS. Regardless, Vorsteiner states these pieces also apply to the F80 M3 although they have not released official photos of their pieces on the sedan. The example below is a white M4 that also has 20 inch Forged Vorsteiner VSC-101 Monoblock Wheels. The complete mod list is as follows: Vorsteiner GTS Edition BMW F82 M4 • Carbon Fiber Front Add-On Spoiler • Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser Element • Livery Foil Kit • Embroidered Velour Floor Mats with Colored Piping The carbon front and rear add a nice bit of aggression to the M4 without being overbearing. The 20 inch Vorsteiner wheels also look great. Give this car some window tint and it is virtually perfect although the livery may be a bit much for some. Pricing information to come later.
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    09-24-2014, 01:28 PM
    It was only a matter of time until Audi released the roadster sibling of the third generation TT coupe. Audi is employing some excellent weight saving technology on the Roadster which manages to keep its curb weight under 3000 pounds. For example, the new soft top emlpoys magnesium, aluminum, plastic, and steel for a weight of 86 pounds which 6.6 pounds than its predecessor. The roadster itself roughly 200 pounds heavier than its coupe sibling. The roadster shares its drivetrain with the coupe which means the TT and TTS models have the same engines and transmissions. The 2.0 TFSI engine in the TT produces 230 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque. The higher output 2.0 TFSI produces 310 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. This power is of course routed to an all wheel drive drivetrain with a choice of either a manual or S-Tronic dual clutch transmission. The looks are subjective of course but the TT looks great without its top in the opinion of AudiBoost. It will be interesting to see if Audi brings the diesel variants over to the USA. More details in the press release below: Ingolstadt, 2014-09-24 Openly sporty: the new Audi TT Roadster and the Audi TTS Roadster -Compact roadster makes an impression with authentic design and dynamic driving properties - Innovative Audi virtual cockpit replaces analog displays - Board Member for Development Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: "Further improved in-car technical experience" Purity in its most beautiful form: Audi is presenting the new TT Roadster* and the TTS Roadster* at the Paris Motor Show. The compact two-seater sets new standards in design, drive, and suspension. A particular highlight in the third TT generation is the Audi virtual cockpit. For the first time, the digital instrument cluster provides all information within the driver's field of vision – a concept that is causing a sensation. This has already led to the Audi TT's new display and control system receiving the Car Connectivity Award and the honor of Interior Innovation of the Year at the Automotive Interiors Expo Awards. "The concept of designing a compact roadster following clear geometrical rules formed the original idea for the Audi TT in autumn 1994," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG: "From the first generation on, it has been a sports car for the senses – a driving machine with an authentic design. With the new TT Roadster, we have developed this concept in a consistent manner and further improved the technical experience in the car with innovations such as the Audi virtual cockpit." A design that is full of character is fused with timeless aesthetics – the third-generation TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster mark the continuation of a great tradition. The Audi designers have reinterpreted the styling of this classic vehicle and complemented it with innovative components. New from the ground up: the control system The control system in the new Audi TT Roadster and TTS Roadster is fully focused on the driver. There are two variants of the new multifunction steering wheel available. Thanks to the fundamental redevelopment of the control logic, the reworked MMI terminal features six hard buttons. The natural language control also makes it easier to operate the system when driving. In combination with the MMI navigation plus, the MMI touch – the touchpad on top of the rotary push-button – is also on board. The driver can use this to scroll through lists, zoom in on maps, and enter characters. The menu structure is inspired by the layout of a smartphone and includes free text search. All key functions can be reached with just a few clicks, and the buttons on the side provide access to intelligently linked functions and options. Another top innovation in the new TT generation is the Audi virtual cockpit. With its versatile, detailed depictions, the digital instrument cluster replaces the analog instruments and the MMI monitor. It is possible to toggle between two levels of the 12.3‑inch display. The classic view is dominated by the tachograph and the rev counter, whereas "infotainment" mode focuses on themes such as the navigation map. The TTS Roadster features a third, particularly sporty view that focuses on the rev counter as an important racing instrument. A further highlight of the new model generation is the voice control, which has been made significantly easier. The system now understands phrasings from everyday language, meaning that hundreds of command variations are possible for each function. In the telephone menu, for example, calling a contact is as easy as saying "I want to talk to Peter" or "Connect me to Peter." The natural language control is also integrated into the navigation, radio, and media menu items, providing customers with consistent language control. The fun of open top driving: the concept The new TT Roadster combines the dynamic ride of a sports car with the driving experience of an open‑top two‑seater. The basis for this consists of struts in the underbody and body that considerably improve both the torsional rigidity and the ride comfort. The new TT Roadster is sporty, compact and low-slung stance on the road. At 4,177 millimeters (13.7 ft), the two‑seater is 21 millimeters (0.8 in) shorter than its predecessor. The wheelbase, on the other hand, has grown by 37 millimeters (1.5 in) to 2,505 millimeters (8.2 ft). The overhangs are correspondingly short. Featuring a width of 1,832 millimeters (6.0 ft), the new TT Roadster is 10 millimeters (0.4 in) narrower than its predecessor and has a height of 1,355 millimeters (4.4 ft) (3 millimeters less). Its drag coefficient is only 0.30 with the top closed – number one in the compact sports car segment. This is down to Audi having combined the distinctive design with excellent aerodynamics. The front of the open‑top sports car conveys power and energy through its accentuated horizontal lines. Similar to the Audi R8*, the Singleframe grille is wide and flat – the four rings are positioned on the hood in the style of a high-performance sports car. On the standard version, the air inlets are connected to one another and divided by two vertical slats. Two vertical lighting elements are also positioned in the headlights and emit the daytime running lights. Audi optionally supplies the headlights in LED technology. The headlights will also be available in the new Matrix LED technology shortly after the market launch – in this case, the high beam is produced by small, individually controlled light emitting diodes. In the Matrix LED headlights, the indicator featuring a dynamized display – another brand innovation – runs in the direction selected by the driver. The flat and taut top of the new TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster also provides a clear contrast with the body and is defined by the short side window design that is typical of the TT Roadster. When viewed from the side, many of the details invoke the first generation of the design classic. The shoulders have a muscular look and the sill contour forms a strong light-refracting edge. The broad wheel arches form their own geometric entities: The front wheel arch breaks through the hood gap that continues as the tornado line all the way to the rear end. The driver no longer needs to unscrew the cap underneath the classic round tank flap on the right side. Direct refueling is performed in true racing style. At the rear, horizontal lines again underscore the width of the open‑top sports car. The bars in the standard LED rear lights, which adopt the motif of the headlights, are permanently illuminated. The third brake light – a flat strip on the edge of the luggage compartment lid – connects the light silhouette at the rear. A diffuser incorporates the tailpipes of the exhaust system. At speeds of 120 km/h (74.6 mph) and above, a spoiler is electrically extended from the luggage compartment lid to provide additional downforce on the rear axle. Light and quiet: the convertible top As with all Audi Cabriolet models, the new TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster also feature an electrically actuated fabric top. This is available as standard in black, titanium gray and jive, and fits perfectly into the design line. With parts made from magnesium, aluminum, steel and plastic, the soft top weighs just 39 kilograms (86.0 lb) and is 3 kilograms (6.6 lb) lighter than its predecessor. This has a positive impact on the gross vehicle weight and the center of gravity of the open‑top two seater. While opening, the top forms a Z shape as it folds together into a flat package. When is stowed in the aluminum tray, it does not encroach on the 280‑liter (9.9 cu ft) luggage compartment. The electric drive with the two electric motors performs opening and closing in 10 seconds, even when driving at speeds of up to around 50 km/h (31.1 mph). As a result of the elaborate clamping technology, the closed top is completely taut even at high speeds – it features a homogeneous look that conceals the cross bows. The acoustic top is already fitted as standard on the Audi TT Roadster and Audi TTS Roadster and is noted for its extremely good thermal insulation and a low noise level, especially in the frequency range of the airflow. The thick fleece layer on the black inner headlining adds comfort. Depending on frequency, the noise level in the interior has been reduced by up to 6 dB compared with the predecessor. The aerials for radio reception are hidden from view by the convertible top. An electric mesh wind deflector and the S sport seats including headroom heating are optionally available. Intelligent composite construction: the body The body of the TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster represents a new evolution of the Audi Space Frame (ASF) based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Ultra-high-strength components made from hot-shaped steel reinforce the front section and the passenger compartment floor. The passenger compartment and all outer skin and attachment parts are made of the classic semi-finished aluminum products cast node, extruded profile and sheet metal. With the 2.0 TFSI and manual transmission, the unladen weight of the TT Roadster (without driver) is only 1,320 kilograms (2,910.1 lb). The Audi engineers have also further improved the crash safety through the intelligent composite concept in the TT Roadster. Compared with the Coup้, the body of the Roadster has been modified in important areas. The aluminum A‑pillars each conceal a second steel pillar in their interior, which in turn houses a solid steel tube. Internal steel ribbing ensures the aluminum sills have high-strength properties. V‑shaped steel struts reinforce the zones underneath the engine compartment and the luggage compartment, and connect the axle carriers. In the TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster, a solid wall consisting of two box profiles separates the interior from the luggage compartment, and replaces the bottom cross member found on the Coup้. The upper area of this wall houses the steel roll-over bars, whose elegantly rounded form marks another classic design theme. Mounting plates seal the openings in the rear wall, which features through-loading as standard. Powerful and efficient: the engines The new TT Roadster is being launched with two turbocharged four-cylinder engines, a TDI and a TFSI. A powerful TFSI ensures efficient drive in the TTS Roadster. With power outputs between 135 kW (184 hp) and 228 kW (310 hp), they clearly surpass the respective predecessor engines in terms of power, while significantly undercutting them with regard to consumption. Using the modular transverse matrix, all engines are mounted in the same place – their installation location has great advantages with regard to packaging. A start‑stop system is included as standard. In combination with the optional driving dynamics system Audi drive select (fitted as standard on the TTS Roadster), the adjustable engine sound makes the sound even more sonorous. Featuring 135 kW (184 hp) and 380 Nm (280.3 lb‑ft) of torque, the 2.0 TDI ultra is already a sporty engine. As with all engines in the new TT family, the two‑liter diesel engine meets the Euro 6 standard. It averages just 4.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (54.7 US mpg), which equates to CO2 emissions of 114 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer (183.5 g/mi) – a new best figure in its segment. The 2.0 TFSI produces 169 kW (230 hp) and 370 Nm (272.9 lb‑ft) of torque in the TT Roadster; in the TTS Roadster, these figures are as high as 228 kW (310 hp) and 380 Nm (280.3 lb‑ft). The top model breaks into the high-performance range, sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.9 seconds on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). The switchable flaps in the exhaust system underscore the sporty sound. The 2.0 TFSI channels its output to a manual six‑speed transmission; the output can optionally be channeled to a six‑speed S tronic. The dual-clutch transmission shifts rapidly through the gears without any noticeable break in propulsive power and can be controlled by paddles on the steering wheel if desired. In efficiency mode in the Audi drive select system, the S tronic coasts when the driver takes their foot off the gas. New technology: quattro permanent all-wheel drive The quattro permanent all-wheel drive has been fully redeveloped; it is optionally available in combination with the 2.0 TFSI engine in the TT Roadster and is fitted as standard on the TTS Roadster. During regular driving, its electrohydraulic multi-plate clutch optimally distributes the drive torque between the front and rear axle depending on driving conditions, road characteristics and driver type. Driving enjoyment and safety are combined at a new level by electronic clutch management. More power is routed to the rear axle during sporty driving, literally propelling the new TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster into corners. Safe, controlled drifts are possible on low-friction surfaces. The third TT generation is the first in which the permanent all‑wheel drive is integrated into the dynamic handling system Audi drive select. The driver can use this to toggle the engine characteristics and the operation of the steering support between the comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency and individual modes. Audi drive select also accesses a series of optional technical modules including the adaptive damper control Audi magnetic ride (fitted as standard on the TTS Roadster) and the six-speed S tronic. A synthetic hydrocarbon oil containing microscopically small magnetic particles circulates within the damper pistons. Each of the front dampers contains 154 milliliters (6.1 in), the rear dampers 185 milliliters (7.3 in) apiece. When a voltage is applied to a coil, a magnetic field is generated in which the alignment of the particles changes so that they are perpendicular to the oil flow, thereby inhibiting its flow through the shock absorber channels. The control unit continuously analyzes the driving properties and the condition of the road. Depending on the setting in Audi drive select, the ride of the new Audi TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster is either relatively comfortable, balanced or decidedly taut. The dynamic mode unveils its full dynamic potential. The targeted bracing of the individual wheels during fast cornering ties the Roadster tightly to the road. It largely suppresses roll and makes steering response even more spontaneous. Audi magnetic ride reduces body pitch during braking. Sporty and stable: the chassis The McPherson principle is used for the front suspension of the new Audi TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster. Aluminum components reduce the weight of the unsprung masses. The steering rack of the standard progressive steering is designed so that the steering ratio becomes increasingly direct when turning. The rear axle, which features four steel links per wheel, can handle the longitudinal and transverse forces separately. Together with the progressive steering, the sophisticated suspension and the taut tuning lead to high-precision dynamic handling. The body is lowered by 10 millimeters (0.4 in) on the TTS Roadster, in conjunction with the S line sports package and with Audi magnetic ride. The TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI and the TT Roadster 2.0 TDI roll on 17‑inch lightweight wheels, each of which weighs only 8.7 kilograms (19.2 lb); the tire dimension is 225/50. On the TTS Roadster, the format is 18 inch and the tire size 245/40; the available options range up to 20‑inch format. The newly developed tires are noted for their improved performance together with significant optimization of rolling resistance. Brakes that can be precisely metered and convey a taut pedal feel are located behind the large wheels. The vented front discs have a diameter between 312 and 338 millimeters (12.3 – 13.3 in) depending on the engine version. The TTS Roadster features newly developed, particularly lightweight aluminum fixed-caliper brakes on the front axle. Another innovation, the electromechanical parking brake, takes effect at the rear wheels regardless of engine version. The Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), which can be switched off either partly or completely, perfectly complements the car's sporty handling. Wheel-selective torque control takes effect when cornering: Where necessary, it can distribute the drive torque from the front wheel on the inside of the curve to the front wheel on the outside of the curve (in the case of front‑wheel drive). With quattro drive, this is also performed at the rear wheel. The car turns very easily into the curve thanks to the difference in propulsive forces, which is helpful for the driver. This enables more precise and neutral driving around curves, with the TT Roadster realizing a major boost in terms of dynamics and stability. Sports mode facilitates particularly sporty driving, facilitating steering and control when drifting. New line: the interior design The two-seat interior of the new TT Roadster and the new TTS Roadster fits around the driver like a custom-made suit. It has an intimate and protective feel, particularly when the fabric top is closed, without ever being restrictive. The curb clearance is high and the newly developed sport seats with integrated head restraints are mounted low. Together, they weigh five kilograms less than the seats in the predecessor. The S sport seats are optionally available (standard in the TTS Roadster) and feature particularly powerful, pneumatically adjustable bolsters. With its light, almost floating lines, the interior continues the line of the exterior. The interior's central concept is focus on the driver. All controls are grouped around the driver – a statement in favor of sporty, dynamic driving. The door trims and the center tunnel console feature flowing forms that correspond with one another. When viewed from above, the sleek instrument panel resembles the wing of an airplane; the round air vents – a further traditional TT feature – are reminiscent of jet engines. They conceal the operation of the air conditioning and the optional deluxe automatic air conditioning. The high-precision air vents are an example of the high standards to which the Audi aspires with respect to the function, design, and workmanship of the entire interior. High quality: color and trim The new Audi TT offers a far more distinct and varied range of colors than its predecessor. There are 11 exterior colors, one of which is exclusively for the S line. Seven of the colors in the palette are new for the TT, and two of these are completely new for Audi: nano gray and tango red. Panther black, crystal effect and the expressive Sepang blue are also available for the TTS. There is also a new palette of colors for the interior. There are three interior colors to choose from for both the TT and the TTS. Besides black, these are rock gray and palomino brown. For the first time, customers can choose a second color – rotor gray – in combination with the S line package, naturally also with sporty contrasting stitching. TTS buyers can also choose the sporty leather shade express red. The equipment for the new TTS includes extended interior elements that add individually selectable color accents to the trims of the S sport seats, the sides of the center console and the rings of the air vents. Audi offers customers with exquisite taste numerous options for customization. Upholstery in various grades of cloth, Alcantara and leather is available for the seats; there are also three leather packages. The S sport seats have characteristic diamond patterning on the high quality fine Nappa leather in the center panel. The design selection admiral blue is a particular highlight, making an impression with matching leather colors, alternately contrasting stitching, dark aluminum, a coordinated paint finish and a special mesh floor mat. For the TTS, Audi's design engineers have developed an innovative technical laser texture for the wings of the dashboard. This texture has a honeycomb-like, slightly raised structure that gives the TTS an unrivaled sporty appeal. Convenient: the equipment In Germany, sales of the new TT Roadster will begin with the Paris exhibition in October 2014; the TTS Roadster will follow at the start of 2015. The basic price of the 2.0 TFSI is €37,900. The generous standard equipment, which includes xenon plus headlights, air conditioning, and the MMI radio, can be expanded with numerous pieces of sporty, practical, and convenient optional equipment. The optional driver assistance systems are also cutting edge. The Audi side assist included as standard in the 2.0 TFSI and TTS ensures safe lane changes with a radar measurement towards the rear, and the Audi active lane assist keeps the open top two seater in its lane with minor steering interventions. The park assist with display of surroundings automatically controls the car into and out of parking spaces. Traffic sign recognition is another optional system; attention assist is provided as standard. Topping the modular infotainment program is MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. It already uses the second generation modular infotainment program with the Tegra 30 graphics processor from Audi's partner Nvidia. It goes without saying that the Audi TT features the high speed communication standard LTE (Long Term Evolution) on board. The supplementary module Audi connect additionally features the familiar tailored online services – from Google Earth and Google Street View through to Twitter and Facebook access. Another new feature is online media streaming. The MMI connect app enables access to services such as Aupeo! and Napster. With the Audi phone box, the cell phone can be conveniently docked in the car and the seat belt microphone ensures excellent voice quality during calls even when the convertible top is open. The optional Bang & Olufsen sound system provides 680 watts of power and features 12 loudspeakers. The specially designed frames for the woofers are adorned with anodized aluminum elements bearing the logo of the Danish hi-fi specialists. A white LED light conductor makes the sound system a highlight even at night. Fuel consumption of the models named above: Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TDI ultra (135 kW): Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 4.5 – 4.3 (52.3 – 54.7 US mpg)**; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 118 – 114 (189.9 – 183.5 g/mi)** Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI (169 kW): Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.1 – 6.0 (38.6 – 39.2 US mpg)**; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 142 – 140 (228.5 – 225.3 g/mi)** Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI S tronic (169 kW): Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.8 – 6.7 (34.6 – 35.1 US mpg)**; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 156 – 154 (251.1 – 247.8 g/mi)** Audi TTS Roadster 2.0 TFSI quattro (228 kW): Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 7.3(31.4 – 32.2 US mpg)**; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 – 169 (280.0 – 272.0 g/mi)** Audi TTS Roadster 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic (228 kW): Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 6.9 (33.1 – 34.1 US mpg)**; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 166 – 159 (267.2 – 255.9 g/mi)** Audi R8: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 14.9 – 12.4 (15.8 – 19.0 US mpg)**; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 349 – 289 (561.7 – 465.1 g/mi)** **The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical facto
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    09-27-2014, 02:33 PM
    Great data here courtesy of HS Tuning who picked up a white 2015 MKVII Volkswagen GTI as a project car. They did a baseline dyno and 1/4 mile pass on 93 octane and the street tires. The stock dyno curve is very interesting to see and the peak output is 220 wheel horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The stock torque curve falls off a cliff very quickly. At 5500 rpm it is already taking a sharp nose dive. The APR Stage I software improves this aspect tremendously increasing the torque and also revving the car out for a much longer powerband although the stock turbocharger is clearly lacking in top end grunt as shown on the graph below: The Stage I software improves peak output to 280 wheel horsepower and an impressive 347 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Yes, huge gains over stock. With the APR intake peak horsepower goes to 292 wheel horsepower. Over 300 wheel horsepower on pump gas with bolt ons will easily be achievable. All the car needs to cross that mark is just a decent downpipe as it sits. Let's take a look at the stock 1/4 mile results. The timeslips below show the car running high 14's in the 96 mile per hour range. The stock tires are definitely having trouble hooking up as that trap speed should be good for easy mid 14's. The 2.4X 60 foot is hurting the time: With the addition of Hoosier drag radials along with the APR Stage I software and APR intake things improve dramatically. A 2.064 60 foot and a 13.394 @ 106.28 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile are achieved. Essentially a night and day difference against the stock car: The MKVII GTI is responding very well to modifications and with bolt ons and some drag rubber will easily run 12's. This particular car likely only needs race gas and more aggressive tuning to do so.
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    Today, 01:10 AM
    A Boosted German 5.5 liter V8 against a boosted German 3.0 liter inline-6. The larger V8 motor is in the larger and heavier sedan which is the W212 generation E63 AMG. This particular E63 AMG is also equipped with the Performance Package which was an option on the pre-facelift W212 E63 AMG models. This package boosts output to 550 horsepower from the standard 518 horsepower. Dyno testing shows us that the Performance Package brings output up from the standard 483 wheel horsepower to 516 wheel horsepower. Torque jumps up considerably from 478 lb-ft at the wheels to 544 lb-ft at the wheels with the Performance Package. This is much more power and torque than the F80 M3 despite the F80 M3 being significantly underrated with 427 horsepower 429 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The M3 is roughly 700 pounds lighter though and it has a quick shifting DCT transmission. This same F80 M3 absolutely annihilated an Audi R8 4.2 V8 so the E63 AMG here helps put the M3 acceleration and the previous race in context. The M3 is fast, but the E63 AMG with the Performance Package is much faster. Yes, it does a get a jump but even if it did not it is still will pull much more strongly on the top end. There is always a bigger dog.
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    09-23-2014, 08:24 PM
    Someone needs to make up their mind on this one. Earlier this year reports were that the next generation RS3 would get a high output EA888 2.0 liter four cylinder with just under 400 horsepower as Audi and Volkswagen want to take the title for the most powerful production four cylinder away from AMG. Volkswagen and Audi have been very boisterous regarding their intention to take the four cylinder production title away from Mercedes. The Germans reported said four-cylinder would be used in the Audi RS3. The Brits over at CAR state it will be the 2.5 TFSI. Audi recently confirmed the TT-RS will get the 2.5 TFSI likely with output over 400 horses and if precedent means anything the TT-RS and RS3 will share the same motor. If the new high output EA888 finds its way into the A3 bodystyle that means the RS3 will need more than 400 horsepower to distance itself from it. Over 400 horsepower is pretty much certain for the TT-RS. The spyvideo below certainly sounds like the 2.5 TFSI and not the 2.0 liter four-cylinder motor. Let's just hope Audi comes to their senses and continues to use the tuner friendly 2.5 TFSI.
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    09-25-2014, 01:29 PM
    Last week Audi confirmed they intend to add a third body style to the third generation TT range. AudiBoost guessed that this will be a four-door coupe based on rumors and Audi's own concepts. German publication Auto Zeitung somehow got their hands on what they claim is a leaked sketch of the Audi TT Sportback model. This is a concept that Audi is expected to reveal at the Paris auto show taking place next week. The TT Sportback is slightly longer than the A3 but also much wider. It is also lower in height. Wider track, potentially lighter weight, and a lower center of gravity all mean the four door TT should offer the sportiest driving experience of any four-door in the Audi model range. We will know more next week but this four-door TT thing sure looks like it is happening. Source
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    Today, 08:05 AM
    Weight or not, you can hear the E63 is not starting in the right gear :) Still not bad
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    Today, 03:18 AM
    Wait, a V8? The F80 has a S55 3L straight 6, isn't it?
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    Today, 02:58 AM
    Correction, M3 not M4. My mistake. Based on this video.... The E63 looked about a half car length ahead when it started.. And it started early. Then, you don't even see the M3 for maybe 8 seconds bc of the camera angle. So who even knows when it took off. And at that high speed, horsepower will prevail. The longer the race, the further ahead the more powerful car will be. So this video is kinda blah. Lets see the view from the M3 and that would tell us more.
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    Today, 02:51 AM
    No. But the power to weight ratio isn't the difference some would think. With or without the small jump, it got walked.
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    Today, 02:43 AM
    It is a pre LCI E63, so it has 550hp. C&D weighed it in at 4,233. Another ~650 lbs over the M3.
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    Today, 12:56 AM
    Lets see a clean start between the E63 and M3. I don't think the M3 will win, but it should put up a much better fight from start. As the speed progresses, of course the V8 and the 550+hp E63 should pull away from the little 3 liter 6 cylinder. No surprise there.
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