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  • VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    09-04-2014, 04:39 PM
    We are proud to introduce the latest in our line of N54 turbocharger products the VTT Stage 2+ hybrid turbochargers. We take our already robust stage 2 design, and add the highest flowing wheels in the TD04 family to provide the ultimate in N54 stock frame power potential. There is not another stock frame turbo option on the market that can match the power or reliability of our stage 2 turbos. How can we claim this? Lets break down what has become standard in our stage 2 turbos that a lot of people have overlooked. 1. We are the only N54 stock frame turbo manufacture offering billet wheel choices from 14T all the way up to our newest editions which use the massive 20T wheel 2. Our 9 blade Garrett turbine wheel. This is not a MHI 12 blade wheel thrown into CAD and had 3 blades knocked off it ala the Kamak or Kinugawa 9 blade TDD4 turbines you will find out there being used in other applications. This is THE Garrett GT series turbine used in all the fastest spooling and highest flowing Garrett GT and GTX turbochargers. What we did was simply take the Garrett design and have it shrunk into TD04L dimensions, offering the highest flow, fastest spool, and best aero of any TD04 turbine wheel on the market. Keep in mind we have been using this design since 2012 on all our stage 2's we are not now just jumping on the 9 blade band wagon. 3. To combat the inherent oiling issues these stock frame turbos have been faced with, we went back to the drawing board and after numerous changes we now offer DUAL piston rings in all our of stage 2 turbine wheels, this is similar technology you will see in such turbos are Borg Warner EFR, etc. This extra piston ring provides another barrier to keep exhaust out during those high Back pressure pulls, and in turn keep that oil in, helping improve life even under extreme conditions 4. As you already know each and every stage 2 turbocharger comes with an upgraded TD04 thrust and thrust parts to provide extra oiling and surface area to provide longer life, as the thrust take 90% of the abuse inside a turbocharger 5. The biggest compressor wheel options the TD04 family has to offer, all while retaining your stock bolt in fitment, simply unbolt your stockers or other hybrid turbos, and bolt these in, no modifications required Pricing is as follows: Stage 2+ with Billet 19T Compressor Wheel option $3599 - WHP potential 590-615WHP* Stage 2+ with Billet 20T Compressor Wheel option $3699 - WHP potential 600-650WHP* 15 degree clip to 9 blade turbine option $300 (this is for people looking for maximum flow and power, will result in slightly slower spool) Core charge still applies: $300 for 335LHD, $600 for all other models We are considering a group buy in the next few days offering a group buy discount if interest is high enough Also YES there will be a trade in for people who already have our stage 2 turbos or RB's, drop us an email for details! Estimated shipping on these is 30-60 days *Please note all power figures are estimated AND done so with PROPER complimenting upgrades, tuning, and FUEL. Running these turbos on pump gas only will net you a little more power over a standard Stage 2 set up, but not much. You need octane to bring the true potential from these turbos All the testing you see below was done using: Turbos: VTT Stage 2+ with Clipped turbines, and Billet 20T compressor wheels Fuel: 100% E85 Tuning: Tuned by Dzenno of Protuning Freaks using the Cobb AP FLASH ONLY Final Pull was 27 psi down low tapering to 24.5 psi at redline Please direct any and all questions to: Sales@vargasturbo.com Lets get into the dyno results and logs. We would like to start out by saying, we stopped short on the dyno because we had a fueling issue, as I did not come prepared, we had our Shotgun set to its lowest voltage setting, and as we brought power in the top end up to the 600WHP range we started seeing HPFP drop into a range that while not tanking was lower then we like to see, we will swap into our next higher voltage power module and get the car back on the dyno. This will allow us to run the timing we want, and bring the boost up most likely bringing us right into the 650WHP / 650WTQ range. For our first run, we pulled the car onto the dyno and ran a map we tested the last few times on the dyno that made a consistent 52XWHP / 54XWTQ with modest boost and timing. While trying to watch numerous things during the pull I should have paid more attention to the boost gauge, the car made it clear it was not happy on the top end and I could feel it nosing over. After the run, I pulled up the log and HOLY SH** the car made 40psi to reline, how we didn't blow the motor right there is a testament to the toughness of the N54 and how effective the DME is at protecting the motor when it is seeing all the information. The boost the car made surprised us both and we immediately started pulling WDGC out of it to bring the back down to a reasonable level. None the less we knew we were onto to something good when we saw the first graph. All Logs can be found in the ZIP file attached, lowest number is first pull, highest is last. All Runs done in 4th gear :whiteflag::scared-eek: First Pull Graph With boost lowered we tried another run, boost was still way to high for our liking so we dropped it again. Second pull graph Third, I watched the boost gauge closely and did not like what I saw so I lifted early and me and D both decided it was time to ditch the old maps and start over. Third pull graph At this point Dzenno went in and pulled everything back so we could sneak up up on what we wanted to see. The 4th graph shows we had a decent starting place Forth pull Graph From here it was Dzenno working his magic building a nice smooth boost curve and naturally the power comes with it. Keep in mind we did not touch timing, these numbers are on 10-12 degrees on timing, as we were not happy with the fuel situation. On our last round of 15T testing we were running 15.5 degrees of advance with no issues. Adding that timing back in will net us at least another 20WHP Fifth Pull Graph Sixth Pull Graph Seventh Pull Graph Eighth Pull Graph Ninth Pull Graph Final Pull Graph Final Pull with speed to show forth gear pull Here are some photos of the turbine wheels for reference. Biggest turbine Genuine Garrett GT series 28 turbine wheel, next out Garrett Clone TD04L, next MHI TD04L(RB) Difference in flow is clear. Here are some pics of the turbos as tested just from the compressor side, turbine side looks exactly like a set of normal stage 2's except a clipped turbine. Notice the OLD tags on these housings, we haven't used the red and blue tags since Stage 2 batch 1! That is how long we have had these housings on the shelf, we should have tested these a long time ago...:facepalm First pics are 15T's in 20T housing, next are 20T's.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-06-2014, 02:48 PM
    Well that was fast, wasn't it? The big news in the N54 scene recently is that the OEM turbocharger stock frames are making some ridiculous power. Just a couple days ago Vargas Turbo Technology officially announced their Stage 2+ hybrid turbochargers and posted a ton of data including a new stock frame world record of 627 wheel horsepower. Well, just a couple days later the record now stands at 645 horsepower (and 654 lb-ft of torque at the wheels was also hit on a run). Depending on how these are tuned for the peak torque and horsepower figures will obviously change but obviously the stock frames are capable of more power and torque than anyone originally thought was possible even including Vargas Turbo Technology themselves. More details below along with the dyno graphs but N54 tuning continues to move forward: Vargas Turbo Tech: 'We then continued our tuning session until it was cut short by Dzennos wife telling him it was time to be done. We threw a 5th gear run in at the end for shits and giggles and made 654WTQ, but less WHP, when you are pushing this power all the way to redline, as you will see the 5th gear pull bumps up power and TQ down low but adds nothing up top. A 5th gear dyno pull is similar to what you will be making on the street with the added load. Either way we fixed the HPFP and our shotgun performs FLAWLESSLY I honestly love that system so much, it just makes fuel, but it seems we have possibly found the flow limit of the injectors as even with PLENTY OF FUEL we sometimes found ourselves lean up top, and with trims maxing, Dzenno richened it up up top and it helped. This log is perfect and was a the 641 / 625 run, our cleanest one, just to be safe when I head to the track we will mix a little 109 and richen the mixture up. To prove the other theories wrong, we maxed the HPFP across the board, it didn't fix the lean condition or trims, if you have plenty of fuel to the injectors and you are running lean, it usually means you are maxing out duty cycle, we will see.'
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-09-2014, 02:08 PM
    Modifying the stock frame BMW N54 turbochargers has received a big boost in popularity recently. This is due to the big numbers Vargas Turbo Technology (and others) have shown the stock frames capable of putting out when properly modified. This created an opportunity for a comparison to some of the latest single turbo N54 turbo setups and the graph below features an overlay between the modified twins and a single turbo. The single turbo kit is from Ventura Motorsports. It is based around a Comp Turbo 6465 turbocharger. Now looking at the graph the single turbo makes more power but interestingly has less torque. The modified stock frame twins spool spooner and you could say hit harder down low while the single turbo offers more top end. Now, these numbers can obviously change drastically based on tuning, fuel, supporting modifications, etc. A pump gas comparison would be interesting to see as high octane fuel is used here. Additionally, keep in mind the single turbo has far more headroom to gain power. Still, this is an interesting overlay to see with the two different approaches compared on a single graph.
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  • dzenno@PTF's Avatar
    09-19-2014, 12:29 PM
    Finally, a real announcement from proTUNING Freaks about the turbo kit and fueling solutions that our own brand MOTIV Motorsport has been working so feverishly on for the last year. In the aftermarket performance world it is often a race to be the first out with a product. While we would like to be able to do that as well as keep focus on our core ideals of quality and race proven power/reliability – we simply could not do so without extensive testing on and off the track. Over the last year we have put over 10,000 miles of daily driven duty as well as multiple practice and national level competition NASA road course events and abuse on the MOTIV Single Turbo Kit. We are not simply a shop that made a one off kit for a customer and decided to put it into production. We have gone through multiple manifold designs and fabrication types, as well as multiple revisions on our final manifold design. Now that we are satisfied with the durability of the kit after being put through its paces we can announce the details and preliminary results as we continue to test the final “all out” performance and stages of power based on fuel setup (OEM, OEM+, and “ALL OUT”). At Bimmerfest East 2014 we put on display some parts from the turbo kit and fuel system. Our goal was to provide staged power in a modular form that allows the consumer to purchase the kits all together or piece by piece. So without further ado – product pictures and results from OEM and OEM+ testing. The “ALL OUT” numbers will be soon to come as we need something to keep us occupied while we finish the final stages of production on 20+ single turbo kits and fuel setups to support your power goals up to and beyond 1000hp. Disclaimer – all dynos read differently – even from one dynojet to another. Our testing was done on a DynoJet 424x. The month we took delivery of the shop car we through the car on the dyno to get baseline numbers. This specific DynoJet apparently reads a bit lower than the typical one people have been posting up. Bone stock the car produced 257whp and 260wtq. Testing and Results – OEM Fueling – 93 Octane ONLY The OEM fuel system leaves a lot of power out of reach. There are many options when it comes to achieving power beyond what the OEM system can do but many of these are not all that reliable and fall in the category of “but they work”. We feel that things shouldn’t just “work” – they should be designed, tested, and implemented. For those of you who want to make at and above the modified stock turbo housing power – and all on pump gas and stock fuel system – NO PROBLEM. The first set of testing we did was simply using a stock LPFP with a 255 inline pump. The MOTIV 750 kit is capable of running much more boost and can make far more power on 93 octane alone due to the decrease in pumping losses and efficiency. However, the HPFP began dropping fuel pressure drastically as it could not keep up with the demand (in part because the LPFP system was struggling as well). As such – this is where we felt we would stop in an effort to display a conservative showing of what the MOTIV 750 kit could do on a stock LPFP and only 93 octane. Testing and Results – OEM+ Fueling – 93 Octane ONLY After seeing just an in line pump to help the LPFP supply the HPFP we stepped up to the next level of fuel supply using a 455 in tank. The goal of this was to figure out how much further we could push the system before the HPFP showed signs of it not being able to keep up. With the aftermarket low pressure Walbro unit we were able to squeeze a bit more fuel out of the OEM HPFP allowing us to push just a little further. It's always fun to play around and see how the dynamic of the tables in the dme of the car can change with more boost less timing, less boost more timing, different cam tuning, etc. So here is a quick preview of a different profile of the map. Testing and Results – “All Out” Fueling We designed the MOTIV Single Turbo kits to be extremely efficient, powerful, consistent, and reliable. We were quick to learn that the stock HPFP (no matter what LPFP supplied it fuel) would not be enough to even find the limits of our turbo systems on regular 93 octane alone. As such we began integrating our supplemental MOTIV Port Injection fuel system. After enough testing over the previous months we can finally begin to share these results with you as well. The goal of this setup (which we have used on other platforms with great success as well) is to supply the engine fuel while taking the stress off of the HPFP and keeping it within range where the HPFP never drops fuel pressure throughout the RPM range - no matter how much power the car is making. The following were still at low boost but with the MOTIV Fuel System there is plenty of fuel for up to and over 1000hp. We are only just starting to display how much power this kit can make as this is still only on 93 octane and nothing else. The above graphs and comments have left out one major component of tuning so far. SPOOL!! Naturally, larger turbochargers require a greater amount of time to spool up and reach their respective optimal operating range. However, through tuning and an excellent VANOS system that is employed on the BMW N54 Engine, we’ve been able to alter both intake and exhaust camshaft phasing to provide more exhaust gasses into the turbine housing in order to bring the compressor up to speed faster. By increasing dynamic compression and effectively create more exhaust gas volume to enter the turbine housing we are able to speed up the spool. This comparison between an OEM and PTF calibrated VANOS system and its effects on turbocharger spool can be seen progressively in the graph below. At this point we are only starting to come into the MOTIV 750’s turbo efficiency range. The 3586 does not even wake up until approximately 24+psi and LOVES to flow upper 20s and lower 30s. So in two weeks we will be unveiling all of the results. “All Out” on race gas and e85. All out on 93 as far as we can comfortably push it. And even running a JB4 as we have been in communication with Terry for those of you would prefer to run the kit with a JB4 and his back end flash. Just for fun…here is a higher boost pull where I let off at about 4700RPM... We can’t give out too much information in one night!! Stay tuned for the remainder of that dyno pull and many more like it. In the next week or so we will begin taking pre-orders to gauge interest in how many kits we need to keep on the shelves and which turbos will be in demand. While we love people wanting to push the limits and go with bigger turbos, we do recommend sizing the turbo appropriately for your goals. Having a 900hp turbo is not fun if you only run it at 500-600hp. You will spool slower and have less power under the curve. As of now we are finishing production on approximately 20 kits. We will be offering a slightly smaller option in our 600 kit and two larger options in our 900 kit. The 900 kit can be paired with either a Forced Performance HTA3794 or a PTE6466. The 900 kit will have a little bit of lag but allow for more power on pump gas and even more when pushed all out with our full line of MOTIV horsepower solutions. The kits will retail starting at 7749 and come with all the necessary hardware needed for install. We will be doing an intro special on the first production run of 7600$ SHIPPED in the US. For shipping outside of the US please contact us. Detailed pictures to follow. The kits come with some of the most reliable and reputable turbos on the market. These are not discount turbos. They start at 2249 direct from the retailer. Forced Performance / HTA turbos are world renowned for their quality. In the meantime – enjoy this video and some pictures of the kit in the process of being made. We will begin shipping orders the first week of November. VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=706028212818250
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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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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-05-2014, 12:05 PM
    The Car and Driver Lightning Lap is one of the most interesting comparisons of the year from the major automotive publications. Car and Driver essentially takes a small group of the hottest handling cars on the market from various price points and times their laps around the Virginia International Raceway track. The full breakdown comes in the October issue and Car and Driver will post their results online at some later point this year. Here is a leak showing a quick overview of the results and there are some eye opening times. Now, VIR is not a small track and power tends to dominate. That may explain why the E63 AMG S managed a quicker lap than the BMW M4. The E63 obviously has the power advantage but a 4500 pound sedan outlapping a car a thousand pounds lighter that is not giving up all the much in acceleration and has the quicker shifting transmission? That is a head scratcher. The Porsche 918 Spyder coming out on top is no surprise. At over a million dollars, it better. The Camaro Z28 beating the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Corvette Stingray is also no surprise but certainly impressive. What Chevrolet accomplished with the Camaro chassis is well worthy of respect. The other results are all below. Further details will come once Car and Driver sells their magazines and posts the full results online:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-12-2014, 06:25 PM
    The new F80 M3 and F82 M4 are much more powerful than the outgoing E92 M3. Just take a look at the dyno numbers stock and with a JB4 tune for the F80 M3. The F82 M4 output is in the ~420 wheel horsepower range stock compared to the ~350 wheel horsepower range for the naturally aspirated E92 M3 4.0 liter S65 V8. There also is a large torque disparity as the boosted S55 inline-6 in the F82 M4 shows 429 lb-ft at the wheels compared to 253 lb-ft at the wheels for the S65 V8. It is a big difference in output. However, this E92 M3 is tuned with bolt on modifications. The modifications listed are good for about 380 wheel horsepower. So, it is still at a power disadvantage against a stock M4 let alone a modified M4 that with a BMS JB4 tune can approach the 500 wheel horsepower range. The M4 runs a 12.2 @ 121 in the first pass and a bolt on E92 M3 will simply not match that trap speed. The E92 M3 runs a 12.6 @ 111. Neither of these are quick times but the cars appear to be running in warm summer weather so both have room to improve. It is also important to point out that with a DCT transmission the M4 would likely be a few tenths quicker On the second pass the M4 turns off the JB4 piggyback. The E92 M3 does not use launch control on this pass although it should. Regardless, the E92 gets the better launch and the lead which holds off the M4 until horsepower takes over and the M4 pulls. It closes the gap but not quickly enough running a 13.2 @ 121. Why is the trap speed the same as the JB4 run? Good question. That can be attributed to the poor 2.6X 60 foot as spinning the tires usually inflates trap speeds. The M4 hooked better when running the JB4 and that lowered the trap speed although it produced a second better 1/4 mile time. The E92 M3 wins the second race despite a poor 2.277 60 foot but it is clearly the slower car as evidenced by the trap speed. Both drivers need to practice (and the E92 needs boost) but this is definitely an interesting comparison to see.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-16-2014, 12:40 PM
    Dinan continues to roll out more of their piggyback tunes for the newer turbo M cars. Their latest Dinantronics tune tackles the new F80 M3 and F82 M4 equipped with the S55 inline-6. The $2499.00 Dinan box raises output on 93 octane from the factory 425 horsepower to a Dinan claimed crank output of 516 horsepower. Torque goes up from 406 lb-ft at the crank to 489 lb-ft for a gain of 83 lb-ft as measured at the crank. Now, we know the M3 and M4 are very underrated from the factory to begin with. How is Dinan measuring the horsepower here? We do not doubt the power and torque gains whatsoever but the M3 and M4 are making close to 500 horsepower off the showroom floor. This is why we want to see output at the wheels, not at the crank. Quoting crank figures with modern turbo cars is a tuner relic. Obviously, the main competition here is going to come from BMS. The BMS M3/M4 JB4 box costs $799.00. BMS has shown over 500 horsepower at the wheels already with this tune. Frankly, BimmerBoost believes BMS prices the F80 M3 and F82 M4 JB4 at $799.00 because if it was any more of a value M owners would probably consider it a 'cheap' piece of a equipment. BMS has room to drop the price but Dinan's pricing means they do not have to. It certainly will be interesting to see some real dyno results as well as real world performance numbers. People buy tunes to be faster. Which piggyback tune is the fastest? Well, we all already know the most expensive tune is not necessarily the fastest tune. Product Description Stage 1 (DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner ONLY) Maximum Power: 516 HP, 489 lb-ft of torque. The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner is a highly engineered and sophisticated piece of computer hardware and software that enhances engine performance, without negating or voiding your new car warranty coverage and without affecting long term reliability or the functionality of on-board diagnostic systems. It was also designed to be emissions legal in 50 states (E.O. Pending). The ultimate objective of developing this piece of technology was to provide the ability to control every signal entering and exiting the BMW factory Engine Control Unit. These items are unique to Dinan and together they embody the apex of performance engineering in a powerful, reliable, and warrantied package. The Dinan® Difference The biggest benefit of the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner is our ECU has the… "…capability of setting an optimum target lambda (fuel mixture) as well as correcting short term trim which is the difference between target and scheduled fuel mixture. By matching these two correctly we can reduce knock sensor activity which will make smoother performance, protect the catalyst, increase power and allow us to make it emissions legal."- Steve Dinan The Dinan® Difference is possible by employing a full staff of talented engineers that are well rounded in all aspects of their job. Manipulating these signals with an adept hand all the while keeping an engine running at its best and with the most reliable power is what Dinan is all about. Well Engineered Plug-in tuning devices all have one thing in common, they send a modified signal to the factory ECU, telling it the boost pressure is below target values. This then causes the factory ECU to raise the boost pressure to what it thinks is the correct value. This modified boost pressure signal causes errors in fuel mixture and ignition timing. These errors can cause the on-board diagnostics systems to set faults, but they can also cause exceedingly high catalyst temperatures and a loss of power. In addition, when power is increased, exhaust gas temperature will increase as well and this must be countered with a slightly richer air/fuel mixture. The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner uniquely has the capability to adjust target Lambda, correct short term trim as well as ignition timing errors induced by raising boost pressure. This enables Dinan calibration engineers to optimize air/fuel mixture and ignition timing at elevated boost pressure throughout the entire gamut of engine RPM and engine load. Additionally, the ability to correct short term trim corrections (the difference between target and scheduled fuel mixture) remain within OEM specifications. This minimizes knock sensor activity, which in turn means smooth engine performance, catalyst protection and power increase, while this is also required to make the car emissions legal. Dinan engineers have worked for two years on the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner in efforts to provide BMW enthusiasts with Performance without Sacrifice. State-of-the-Art Hardware The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner is engineered using the best possible components and advanced hardware. The most obvious and visible component is the elaborate wiring harness. Using OE connectors and an expandable braided wiring sleeves ensures that all visible components appear as if they come straight from the factory. More importantly however it guarantees long lasting and dependable performance due to the use of high heat, moisture and abrasion resistant materials and design. The other hardware element involved is the Dinan electronic control unit (ECU) itself. While its outward appearance may seem tame, the processing power and sophistication held within its internal circuitry is anything but. Capable of delivering signals to various systems at an astonishing 4000 times per second the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner yields the power to control all current signals delivered to the ECU as well as those developed in the future without a hiccup in performance or reliability. This immense processing power equates to a high degree of engine control resulting in a much lower likelihood of setting a fault. In addition smoother running conditions and superior drivability are achieved, all of which are Dinan hallmarks. Unmatched Warranty Dinan's comprehensive warranty program, introduced in 1997, provides superior warranty coverage to that which you would find elsewhere. If your vehicle is currently covered by the vehicle manufacturer's new car limited warranty, Dinan® products are warranted for the remaining term of the vehicle manufacturer's new car limited warranty. The manufacturer's new car warranty is limited to 4 years or 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers in Canada), commencing on the date of first retail sale or the date the vehicle is first placed in-service as a demonstrator or company vehicle, whichever is earlier. Dinan's warranties are transferable when ownership of the vehicle into which the Dinan® products were originally installed is sold. BMW automobiles can now be performance-tuned without the associated concern of negatively affecting the new car warranty coverage. Designed to be Emissions Legal The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner was designed and built to be the only tuning box on the market that is emissions legal in all 50 states. At the moment this product is emissions legal in most states – the product is in compliance with US Federal EPA Memorandum 1A, or this product has not been found, nor is believed to be, unlawful for use under the provisions of the Clean Air Act. Currently this product is not legal for sale or use in California, and states that have adopted California emissions standards, on any pollution controlled motor vehicles. We are however in the E.O. process with the ARB and are confident that the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner will be emissions legal in all states in the near future. Drivability There is more to a tune than just cranking up the boost. Power needs to come on smoothly and in a predictable way to make the car as fun to drive at wide open throttle as cruising around town. It is your BMW, but reborn with new found acceleration and speed. Installation Plug-and-Play installation in two hours or less at any of the 180+ Dinan® Dealers. While firmware is loaded directly on the ECU the model specific software will need to be downloaded into the ECU by an authorized Dinan dealer after installation. Log on to www.dinancars.com to find your nearest dealer or contact Dinan to make an appointment. Easy To Use Dinan's ECU is Bluetooth® Smart meaning that you can change maps simply via a Bluetooth connection. Just install and you are done! Designed for the Future The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner was engineered with future expansion of functionality in mind. Boasting the most powerful processing power on the market the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner can handle more functions and processes than any of its contemporaries. To that end the Dinan performance tuner is capable of interfacing with the CAN and FlexRay communication systems which allow for controlling powertrain functions, among others. This means that when new functions are developed there will be no need for a new box, just a short software update at your local Dinan dealer. Satisfaction Guaranteed Dinan guarantees you will be impressed by the DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner and the performance it provides that we offer a 3-Day return policy. If you aren't satisfied with what the Dinan solution brings to the table within 3 days of install you can go back to your dealer for a full refund (installation labor costs still apply).
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-05-2014, 11:22 AM
    Here is a race we have been waiting to see. The camera car is a Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet. Certainly a fast car with its 550 horsepower 3.8 liter twin turbo flat-6 and PDK transmission. The car it is racing is the Lamborghini Huracan which at 3423 pounds is lighter than the 36XX pound 911 Turbo S. It also is rated at more horsepower with its naturally aspirated 5.2 liter V10 putting out 610 crank horsepower. Crank horsepower ratings do not mean as much as they used to so that is why we like to see real world comparisons. This one is interesting as the cars are incredibly close with the Huracan pulling forward in the first run and the Turbo pulling slightly in the second run. Based on Road and Track's 10.9 @ 124 1/4 mile test figures for the 991 Turbo S coupe and the 10.4 @ 135 1/4 mile test figure Car and Driver got for the Huracan this should not be close at all. Based on the result something is up with these two test figures. What is likely is that the Porsche test figure is too low of a representation and the Huracan figure is too of a representation. In practice, the cars are close enough that an extra passenger or late shift can make all the difference. Hey, you explain the race result.
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  • HRE_Wheels's Avatar
    09-05-2014, 12:43 PM
    We've taken a look back at our history and picked five styles to refresh with a modern twist; introducing the Classic Series. We found inspiration in iconic sports cars like the Ferrari 512TR, Porsche 964, BMW E36 M3, Acura NSX and even German wagons like the W124 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The new Classic line debuts with five new styles including the 300 mesh, the 301 split-9-spoke, the 303 13-spoke, the 305 5-spoke and the 309 19-spoke. The Classic line is available in diameters ranging from 18 to 22 inches and widths range from 7 to 14 inches. Features include a modern conical profile with clean and simple spoke designs that highlight the style of wheels and cars before the domination of modern era of automation and electronics. This simplicity in the designs also allows HRE to offer these wheels at prices that are significantly lower than their more complex designs. For more information, visit www.hrewheels.com or email us at info@hrewheels.com. HRE Classic 300 HRE Classic 301 HRE Classic 303 HRE Classic 305 HRE Classic 309
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    09-20-2014, 10:12 PM
    Another member joins the BMW N54 700 wheel horsepower club. The Ventura Motorsports top mount single turbo N54 kit powered by a Comp Turbo 6465 turbocharger went over the 700 wheel horsepower mark with a 709.56 peak power Dynojet pull. The peak torque figure achieved is 659.26 pound-feet at the wheels. This was done on a Dynojet in STD correct in relatively warm California weather. Complimentary modifications are a VRSF charge pipe, Tial BOV (blow off valve), VRSF 7" intercooler, Walbro 255 inline fuel pump, BMS methanol kit with two CM10 nozzles, Spec Stage 3+ clutch with single mass steel flywheel. Tuning is courtesy of a JB4 with complimentary custom software flashed courtesy of the BimmerBoost.com software. Peak boost achieved is 30 psi and it tapers to roughly 27 psi toward redline. The fuel is an E40 blend and 100% methanol is being injected. Great results and there are now a small handful of N54's crossing the 700 wheel plateau with this being the latest car to do so.
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    09-09-2014, 02:24 PM
    The official reveal will take place today but photos are already circling the internet showing the final AMG GT design. Reaction will no doubt be all over the place on the car. The styling is not quite as revolutionary as AMG implied it would be. The final design obviously is not shocking but it is also not quite as aggressive as what Autocar showed and stated the final design would be. Is this car really pushing the Mercedes design language forward? It really just looks like a Mercedes SL and an S-Class coupe had a baby. It takes design cues from the other Mercedes vehicles in the lineup and just meshes them together. The look is somewhat lazy as it is almost as if they just mixed and matched headlights and taillights from the other vehicles. What do you think?
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    09-12-2014, 08:45 PM
    Very interesting video here that helps put Porsche 991 Turbo S performance into perspective. A video from last week raised some eyebrows as a 991 Turbo S cabriolet put up a very strong showing against a Lamborghini Huracan. According to magazine test numbers that should not be possible the video is what is. So how does the Porsche 991 Turbo S coupe do against the big brother to the Huracan the Aventador? Well, the 991 Turbo S again appears to overachieve. Off the line the 991 Turbo S takes the Aventador out of the hole and manages to open a gap of a couple car lengths. In theory the Aventador and its 700 horsepower from the 6.5 liter V12 should be able to run down and pass the 991 Turbo S with its 550 horsepower. The turbo torque combined with the PDK makes that easier said than done. The 991 Turbo S is able to hold its lead through the kilometer, impressive. The Aventador does have the higher trap speeds though indicating it would pull had it gotten a better launch. The 1/4 mile trap speed for the Aventador is 127.53 compared to the 991 Turbo S 126.878. Just over a one mile per hour difference. However, by the kilometer mark the trap speed difference is almost 3.5 miles per hour so still close but the Aventador is pulling harder as speeds and distance increase. It is not pulling hard enough to make up for the difference out of the hole and the extra few hundred pounds it carries no doubt play a role (plus the weight of the passenger which the 991 Turbo S does not have). The 991 Turbo S definitely appears to overachieve especially for a stock car.
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    09-18-2014, 09:05 PM
    If you are looking for a sporty German drop top capable of seating four people here are three very good choices. The Audi S5, BMW 435i, and Mercedes E400 are all worthy choices. The question is, which is the best of the group? Well, Sport Auto fortunately decided to do a comparison with data and even took the cars out of on the Hockenheim course. So how do they stack up to each other? Well, the S5 blows the other two cars away especially the BMW 435i which gets stomped by both the Audi S5 and the Mercedes E400. Keep in mind the E400 is sporting the new Mercedes M276 DELA 35 3.5 liter turbocharged V6 powerplant. This engine offers 333 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. The E400 offers the most torque out of the group with the S5 at 325 lb-ft and the 435i at 300 lb-ft. The 435i trails both the S5 and the E400 by 33 horsepower. What the 435i has going for it is the lightest curb weight but it doesn't matter on the track. It has the slowest laptime of the group. It lags behind the S5 by 3.6 seconds around the Hockenheim which is an eternity. It is also 2.2 seconds behind the E400, ouch. What happened to BMW's sporty character? The S5 is chosen as the best of the three cars and Sport Auto states it isn't even close. The E400 is chosen second and the 435i takes last place. Have Audi and Mercedes really improved that much or has BMW become far too complacent? You be the judge.
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    09-08-2014, 06:43 PM
    What is it about the craziest BMW's coming from the Scandinavian countries? Here is a nice example from Norway. The owner took an E30 3-Series, swapped in an S54B32 from an E46 M3, and threw an 80mm top mount turbocharger on it. PPF (Pure Performance Factory) in Sweden did the and tuning on this car and the result with E85 fuel at 2.2 BAR (31.9 PSI) of boost is 1060 horsepower to the wheels. Yep, 1060 wheel horsepower (and 833 lb-ft of torque) in a car weighing somewhere around 3000 pounds. That makes for a power to weight ratio of epic. Just take a look at the pictures and video of the car in action below. Much respect from BimmerBoost to our Swedish and Norwegian friends:
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    09-13-2014, 08:08 PM
    This is not the first time we have seen a modified M157 Mercedes AMG beat a Lamborghini Aventador. A Benzboost member who has an E63 AMG S 4Matic with Renntech upgraded turbos has been beating up on just about everything including the Aventador. This CLS63 is not the 4Matic all wheel drive variant however but the pre-facelift rear wheel drive model which is lighter. It does however feature the same basic M157 twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 AMG motor. So how do the Kleemann K3 M157 upgrades show? Very well as the CLS63 AMG is able to open up a small lead on the Aventador. Up top, it appears the Aventador starts to pull but both cars shut down as they approach traffic. Considering the Kleemann K3 upgrade consists of just exhaust and ECU modifications (although further details are hard to find on the Kleemann website which really needs some work) the run certainly is impressive against an opponent like the Aventador with its 700 horsepower 6.5 liter V12. Turbo torque isn't easy to beat:
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    09-08-2014, 07:46 PM
    Twin turbo builds are becoming increasingly popular for the W211 E55 AMG and M113 V8 based cars in general. These builds are not cheap as custom manifold work was necessary to fit a pair of Garrett GTX3076R turbochargers but swapping out the factory M113K blower for a pair of turbochargers offers numerous advantages. The main one being less parasitic loss and additionally greater power capability with easier boost adjustment. No need to swap pulleys with turbos. This particular car belongs to BenzBoost member @redbulljunky who took his car to the strip in the summer heat and managed a respectable 10.8 @ 129 in the 1/4 mile in 24XX foot density altitude on only 14 psi of boost. Keep in mind, this is on the stock motor. With a built motor and the turbochargers cranked up on race gas we can expect a hell of lot more out of this car. The main thing to take away from this is that tuning for turbos on the W211 E55 is evolving and for those seeking very big power on the platform a turbo setup is well worth a look although it certainly will not offer the cost or convenience advantages of the supercharger upgrade kits on the market. <iframe src="//instagram.com/p/sdSIEwlTde/embed/" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe>
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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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    09-14-2014, 11:54 AM
    11 second BMW X1? Yep. Congratulations to BimmerBoost member paradoxical3 who managed to break into the 11's with his modified BMW X1. He had Pure Turbo modify the OEM N55 turbocharger and the result is a 11.930 @ 116.11 in the 1/4 mile. Yes, that is quicker and faster than a BMW X5M with its 560 horsepower S63 5.5 liter twin turbo V8. A modified X1 can easily run with the big boys and shows how important power to weight is. This 11.930 @ 116.11 pass improves quite a bit on @paradoxical3's bolt on performance which produced a 12.137 @ 111.20 in the 1/4 mile. The car clearly gained quite a bit of horsepower with the turbo upgrade as evidenced by the trap speed and there is also definitely more in it as the tuning evolves. Timeslip and further details in the owner's own words below: Paradoxical3: If you have been following my thread (http://www.bimmerboost.com/showthread.php?54528-X1-35i-M-Sport-Track-Daily-Driver-Build) you will see that I have been trying to build the best all around BMW X1 I can - able to run a sub 12 second 1/4 mile, lap mid-ohio faster than a M3, and retain the luxury and utility of the vehicle for the perfect daily driver. I am one step closer to my goal today as I have furthered my N55 xdrive record with a 11.930 pass at Tri State raceway. This was my first time to the track with the Pure Turbo upgrade and there is at least another mph trap speed in it once I refine my boost targets. I am bumping into the limits of the tmap sensor not being able to read over 21psi, as well as the JB4's 21psi failsafe (I kick to failsafe mode sometimes after shifts due to boost spike). I am guessing I will wind up around 11.7 here. There were a few passes with better launches and higher speed (93mph by the 1/8) but I always hit boost safety during those. Mod list: X1 35i M-sport JRZ RS1 coilovers Pure Turbo N55 Stage 1 BMS JB4 ISO with flexfuel wires BMS Intake BMS downpipe ER intercooler/chargepipe NGK plugs Apex wheels with Direzza Zii 50% e85 mix - I REALLY need a new fuel pump to make this percentage mix stable. Here is the timeslip, a video of the run (against my friend and very fast Camaro SS, also an 11 second car), and my log. http://www.datazap.me/u/paradoxical3/11930-x1-14-mile I am also proud that this is not just a straight line car! I am very happy with the Pure Turbo setup. I am already 5+mph faster in trap in my first try and it will probably wind up with 6-7mph faster. For the $850 price I got in the group buy, it is the cheapest power available and makes the car a LOT more fun.
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    09-27-2014, 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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    09-21-2014, 01:01 AM
    The Aventador has become quite the target for the M157 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 based AMG models. The fact is people love beating up on exotics as they are much more expensive than a German luxury performance sedan. These days a lot of cars cheaper than the Aventador can make big horsepower in the aftermarket and beat an exotic like the Aventador in a power contest. However, nothing can be done to those cars to give them the curbside appeal the Aventador will always have over them. Regardless, the 700 horsepower 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12 powered Lamborghini is a hell of a performance measuring stick and a car has to have some serious power to beat it. Recently, we saw a Kleemann tuned rear wheel drive M157 CLS63 AMG beat one. A new 4Matic E63 AMG S featuring Renntech upgraded turbos also made easy work of the V12 Lamborghini. Below you will see two more videos of tuned M157 based AMG's taking down the Aventador. The first video features a PP-Performance Stage 2 tuned CLS63 AMG. The second video features an E63 AMG and it apparently has upgraded M157 turbochargers. What both cars have in common is that they get the best of the Aventador. Middle Eastern people, please get dedicated HD cameras and stop using crappy cell phone cameras to record epic races. It's like you guys have something against High Definition.
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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 ESP® 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 ESP® 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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    09-11-2014, 04:11 PM
    Very nice numbers here from a Porsche 997.1 Turbo running the Tial Alpha A3076 turbo based Boost Logic BL1000 kit. In addition to the BL1000 kit this 997.1 Turbo also has a full GMG exhaust. Tony over at EPL (European Performance Labs) which is located in Stratford, Connecticut was tasked with tuning the setup. The result is a very healthy 896 horsepower and 735 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on a Dynojet in SAE correction. Keep in mind this vehicle is tuned on the OEM DME. Many of the high horsepower 911 Turbos are going standalone but it is very impressive to see this output with factory computer. EPL clearly knows what they are doing and the curve is nice although the amount of smoothing on the graph is not shown. PorscheBoost is wondering if that is because the torque graph gets a little jagged going up and down at point. Regardless, this is impressive output on MS109 fuel with the turbos pushing 29 psi on the stock motor. This much torque will bend the factory rods sooner rather than later so this is not a setup for daily use but essentially kill mode (or kill the rods mode). A motor build is definitely recommended but one can definitely make 900 whp on the stock 997.1 Turbo motor if that is what they desire.
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    09-04-2014, 01:13 AM
    Interesting matchup here of new-school hybrid sports car technology against the more traditional sports car without electronic assistance. The BMW i8 is not a slouch despite its 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbo motor. The i8 manages an impressive 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. It also gets through the 1/4 mile in 12.3 seconds at 114 miles per hour. Solid performance for the 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque hybrid car. Is that enough to out drag a Porsche 991 Carrera S though? The Carrera S gets its power from a 400 horsepower 3.8 liter flat-6 engine. That is the standard Carrera S but this 991 Carrera S is equipped with the $17,800 X51 Powerkit which adds 30 horsepower courtesy of new cams, cylinder heads, and a new tune. On paper the Carrera S should have the advantage considering it has more power and its 3332 pound curb weight is just slightly lighter than the 3380 of the i8. The main area of advantage the i8 has is that the electric torque comes on instantly off the line and with its all wheel drive that should on paper allow the i8 to get a lead from a stop courtesy of the 100 lb-ft torque advantage. The Carrera S should then catch and pass it. How does it play out in practice? It's an easy beatdown. Considering the standard 991 Carrera S is already quicker and faster than the i8 the Powerkit just makes the gap larger. The i8 is an awesome technological achievement but it is not a replacement for the Porsche 911 or the traditional sports car. At least not yet.
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    09-11-2014, 04:12 AM
    This is going to be a very popular drop top considering that the F22 2-Series coupe is already a hit. The car is priced well starting at $38,850 for the rear wheel drive N20 powered F23 228i and this price rises to $40,650 with optional xDrive all wheel drive. An all wheel drive BMW drop top? Yep, the people who have to deal with snow are going to love this. There also is of course the M235i drop top with the N55 inline-6 engine and it starts at $48,650. The jump up in power and torque with the M235i comes with the sacrificed of the xDrive all wheel drive option. A bit of a bummer for those who wanted the larger motor with all wheel drive. As the F22 coupe is offered with an M235i xDrive model it certainly is possible that an all wheel drive M235i convertible will be added to the lineup at a later date. BMW calls the M235i the first 'open top' M Performance Automobile which technically is true. It is not an M car but an M Performance car. Apparently pointing out that this is the first drop top M Performance Car matters. There are no surprises here. The F23 offers the same drivetrain as the F22 coupe with the exception of the xDrive M235i. Dropping the top brings with it a $5,750 penalty. Further details available in the press release along with the official photos below. The New BMW 2 Series Convertible  Style and dynamics of the acclaimed BMW 2 Series Coupe combined with open-air driving  Available in the US as 228i and M235i  All-wheel drive 228i xDrive available from launch Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 9, 2014 6:00pm EDT/3:00pm PDT. . . Few new cars have been more anticipated than the BMW 2 Series Coupe when it arrived in early 2014. Hot on the heels of the widely acclaimed BMW 228i and M235i Coupe, BMW announces the new BMW 2 Series Convertible. Available in the US as the 228i and M235i, the 2 Series Convertible blends the style and dynamic driving character for which the 2 Series Coupe is already renowned with the open-air pleasure of a folding soft-top. The BMW 2 Series Convertible will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show. The 2015 M235i and 228i as well as the 228i xDrive, featuring BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system, will arrive in US showrooms in early 2015. The 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible will be offered at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $38,850 for the 228i, $40,650 for the 228i xDrive, $48,650 for the M235i, including $950 destination and handling. The BMW 2 Series Convertible follows in the tire tracks of the pioneer and undisputed leader in its class - the BMW 1 Series Convertible. The 1 Series Convertible entered the fray as the first open-top premium model in the sub-compact segment, went on to defend its position as clear market leader against subsequent pretenders to its throne, and achieved sales figures in excess of 130,000 units worldwide. The development team for the new BMW 2 Series Convertible has focused squarely on building on the strengths which proved pivotal to this success. With even more grace, athleticism and sharpness about its design, clear advances in terms of performance as well as efficiency, and improvements in the driving comfort, functionality and innovative equipment features it offers, the BMW 2 Series Convertible takes the qualities displayed by its predecessor to a new level. The number 2 has a special importance in the model history of BMW and, since the arrival of the BMW 02 range more than 45 years ago, has represented exceptionally sporting driving pleasure in a subcompact car. Introduced in 1966, the 02 series went on to become a byword around the world for sporty, agile handling – and from 1967 these gifts could also be enjoyed with the roof down. Specialist coachbuilder Baur wasted little time in developing a pair of soft-top variants based on the BMW 02 range which were produced until 1975. Elegance and openness in the established style of BMW Convertibles. The exterior design of the BMW 2 Series Convertible displays the typical characteristics of an open-top four-seater from the Bavarian brand. The BMW 2 Series Convertible combines a low-slung silhouette and dynamically stretched lines with compact proportions and powerfully contoured surfaces. As with the 2 Series Coupe, its distinctive looks underline its standalone status in the brand's model line-up and spotlight the dynamic potential, exhilarating open-top driving experience and premium characteristics which customers can expect. All in all, the eye-catching features which distinguish the BMW 2 Series Convertible from its rivals need no second introduction. Opening the standard electrically-operated soft-top roof highlights the harmonious transition between the exterior and interior. The shoulderline and soft-top compartment create a level surface that wraps around the passenger compartment and evokes the distinctive "boat deck" character of BMW Convertibles. The rollover bars, which remain out of sight unless deployed as required, also contribute to an overall impression dominated by large level surfaces. The design of the interior is headlined by modern functionality, high- quality materials and the driver focus for which BMW is renowned. And exclusive accents in the center console help to give the BMW 2 Series Convertible a refined premium feel in keeping with the car's character. Hallmark BMW design language, classical features of a BMW Convertible. The front end of the BMW 2 Series Convertible, which adopts the brand's familiar design language, exudes power and presence. As with the BMW 2 Series Coupe, front-end structuring comes courtesy of lines that converge dynamically on the large, slightly forward- slanting BMW kidney grille. The contours of the twin circular headlights narrow at their inner extremes and are replicated by the outlines of the outer air intakes. Air into the front apron serve to channel the onrushing air precisely behind the front fenders, reducing turbulence in the wheel arches. The headlight units are separated from the BMW kidney grille by narrow strips on either side. An LED accent strip – or, if the Xenon lights are fitted, an LED accent light – cuts across the top of the headlights. Curtains integrated into the front apron serve to channel the onrushing air precisely behind the front fenders, reducing turbulence in the wheel arches. The headlight units are separated from the BMW kidney grille by narrow strips on either side. An LED accent strip – or, if the Xenon lights are fitted, an LED accent light – cuts across the top of the headlights. Together, the level shoulderline of the BMW 2 Series Convertible and the car's telltale BMW proportions – the product of short overhangs, a long hood, long wheelbase and set-back passenger compartment – create an ideal environment in which to enjoy an exhilarating open-top driving experience. The positioning of the seats well back in the body gives the driver and passengers an up-close-and-personal experience of not just the onrushing wind and the sun's rays but also the transfer of power to the rear wheels. Its shoulderline rises slightly to the rear and merges into the virtually horizontal trunk lid. And it links up with the prominent swage line running alongside it, through the door handles and into the rear, to create a dynamic wedge shape which captures the forward-surging urgency of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. Additional character lines leading from the doors and side skirts to the rear fenders divert the eye to the powerfully formed surfaces around the rear wheel arches, which duly focus attention on the car's rear-wheel-drive set-up. The BMW 2 Series Convertible's body is at its widest around the rear wheels. The rear lights, which extend well into the fenders, display the familiar BMW L-shape and have LED- powered light strips. The third brake light is integrated into the trunk lid and likewise illuminates using LED units. The interior: driver-focused cockpit, cutting-edge functionality, refined premium ambience. The arrangement of displays and controls familiar from other BMW models gives the BMW 2 Series Convertible's cockpit a familiar driver focus. The surface structure of the instrument panel, center console and door trim follows the overlapping principle known as "layering". The bespoke design of the BMW 2 Series Convertible's center console creates a refined premium feel on board. The controls for the audio system and climate control are set against high-gloss black surfaces, and the air vents have chrome surrounds. These elements are joined by an exclusively designed display for the climate control system with white readouts on a black background. An array of stowage areas and large storage compartments in the doors, meanwhile, contribute to the modern functionality of the interior. Sport Line and M Sport provide greater individualization. As the first open-top M Performance Automobile, the M235i Convertible has all the elements to maximize the performance potential of the 2 Series Convertible. Customers of the 228i Convertible tempted to look beyond standard specifications will be able to order one of two lines in the US each of which offer individualization through the use of tailored design and equipment features. Sport Line adds 18-inch light-alloy wheels in their own exclusive design plus sport suspension (not available with xDrive) special door sill strips, seat upholstery, interior trim strips and car key designs. M Sport also comes with its own unique trims, car key, plus an M Sport aerodynamic body kit developed specially for the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The surrounds for the outer air intakes, the front of the kidney grille bars, the cross rib in the central air intake and the rear apron all have a high-gloss black finish in the Sport Line. These details join together with a reduction in the number of kidney grille bars from 11 to 8 and exhaust tips in black chrome to highlight the dynamic character of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. Sport seats for the driver and front passenger, a specially styled instrument cluster and a knee pad on the driver's side of the center console heighten the sense of sporting flair in the interior. M Sport, on the otherhand, also comprises sport suspension tuning, including a 10-millimeter drop in ride height (not available on xDrive). In addition, it features 18-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design, aerodynamically optimized body elements (including large front air intakes, eye-catching side skirts and a diffuser for the rear apron), as well as a special design for the BMW kidney grille and a exhaust tips in high- gloss chrome. In addition to aluminum door sill strips bearing the M logo, features such as sport seats for the driver and front passenger, Aluminum Hexagon interior trim strips with an accent strip in Estoril Blue, an M leather steering wheel, a special dial design for the instrument cluster, and an M driver's footrest also combine to bring an aura of sporty driving to the interior of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The Track Handling Package, which is available on the 2015 228i Coupe, will also be available for the 228i Convertible. Inspired by the original formula of BMW "S-package" vehicles manufactured in the course of the past three decades, the new Track Handling Package embraces the desires of the most enthusiastic BMW drivers. It includes the Adaptive M Suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on unique 18-inch light-alloy wheels, Variable Sport Steering, and M Sport Brakes. The fabric soft-top opens and closes in 20 seconds, even when on the move; three color variants, optimized acoustics. The lines of the multi-layered fabric roof emphasize the dynamic looks of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The soft-top's classic, pared-down appearance exudes a feeling of lightness and is complemented by optimized acoustics and unrestricted year-round usability. Soundproofing has been improved compared with the car's predecessor through the introduction of additional insulation for the soft-top skin. This measure cuts interior noise by 5 dB(A) in the front seats and 7 dB(A) in the rear. When spontaneous open-top driving pleasure is the order of the day, the standard electrically operated soft-top can be opened in 20 seconds at the touch of a button – and it also closes in the same small sliver of time. The opening/closing process can also be initiated while on the move at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). If the car features the Comfort Access option, the roof can also be opened and closed remotely. As an alternative to the standard Black, the fabric soft-top can be ordered in two optional colors. For the Anthracite with silver effect top and Brown with silver effect option, the fabric of the cover is interwoven with fine shiny fibers. This gives the material a high-quality, shimmering metallic surface impression, producing attractive reflections under sunlight. Increased spaciousness, load capacity and variability. The increased exterior dimensions of the BMW 2 Series Convertible over its predecessor mean occupants in the four seats can enjoy extra spaciousness and freedom of movement. In addition, the access space through to the rear is now 0.4 inches larger, which, when combined with the standard Easy Entry function for the front seats, means that using the rear seats is a significantly more comfortable experience. The interior and trunk space can now be used in a wider variety of ways. SAE volumes are not yet available, however, by EC measure the trunk capacity has increased by nine percent with the roof closed and seven percent when the top is folded. The width of the opening to the load area between the rear lights has been increased by 1.4 inches. The soft-top compartment can be raised using a lever in the trunk, increasing capacity. A through-load is standard on the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The aperture between the trunk and rear compartment, available for use when the rear seat bench is folded down, has been expanded in width by 5.9 to 17.7 inches and in height by 1.1 to 9.7 inches. As a result, owners can now transport two 46-inch golf bags, for example, or a pair of snowboards. With large door pockets, a larger glove compartment, two cupholders in the center console and a storage compartment under the armrest, the BMW 2 Series Convertible also offers increased stowage capacity inside the passenger compartment. The lower section of the door trim offers space for drinks bottles up to one liter in size, while the standard storage package includes cargo nets on the backs of the front seats and securing lugs and nets in the trunk. BMW 228i Convertible: Power for typical driving enjoyment with efficiency. Aided by BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift regulation and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing, the four-cylinder engine of the BMW 228i Convertible generates maximum power of 240hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm from a displacement of 2.0 liter. Its peak torque of 255 lb-ft can be harnessed all the way from 1,450 to 4,800 rpm for sporty power and performance. Mated to an 8-speed sport automatic transmission, the 228i Convertible will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The quick-shifting 8-speed sport transmission includes steering wheel shift-paddles which allow the driver to intervene manually when desired, while a Launch Control function provides the best possible traction and dynamics when accelerating from standstill. This increase in performance also comes with greater efficiency. While EPA numbers are not yet available for the 228i Convertible, for sake of comparison, the 228i Coupe is more than 30 percent more efficient than its 128i Coupe predecessor. BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system available from launch In a first for BMW in this class of premium convertible, the 228i Convertible will be available with xDrive, the company's intelligent all-wheel drive system right from launch. The 228i xDrive sprints from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. BMW xDrive is unique in design and construction. In normal conditions, driving torque is always transmitted to the rear wheels, and most of the time to all four wheels. Normal torque split is 70% rear/ 30% front. The portion of torque transmitted to the front wheels is controlled by a multi-disc clutch that can be fully open, fully engaged or at any level of partial engagement in between. The torque split between rear and front wheels is thus steplessly variable. The clutch is directed by an electronic control system in response to actual road and driving conditions. This gives xDrive a dynamic ability that is unparalleled by other all-wheel drive systems. xDrive does more than just optimize traction; it can also enhance both agility and stability on grippy as well as slippery road surfaces. Using the same type of logic that Dynamic Stability Control employs to recognize and correct for excessive over- or understeer, xDrive adjusts the front/rear torque split to avoid these tendencies. If the system senses oversteer, it closes the multi-disc clutch completely, sending the maximum possible torque to the front wheels. In the case of excess understeer, xDrive opens the clutch completely, sending no driving torque to the front wheels. Driving Dynamics Control switch fitted as standard; ECO PRO mode with coasting function and Proactive Driving Assistant. The standard Driving Dynamics Control switch allows drivers to choose between ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ driving modes. ECO PRO mode supports relaxed, fuel-efficient driving with features such as a coasting function. This function decouples the engine from the rest of the drivetrain when the accelerator is released at speeds between 50 and 160 km/h (approx. 30–100 mph). Vehicles with the Navigation system also include a Proactive Driving Assistant function, which tells the driver when to lift off the throttle ahead of features such as corners, turn-offs, roundabouts and speed limits. Standard-specification BMW EfficientDynamics technology includes Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering, Optimum Gearshift Indicator (manual transmission) and the Auto Start Stop function, which is included with either a manual or an automatic transmission. Chassis: precise tuning and wide range of optional systems for enhanced sporty performance and comfort. The driving experience in the BMW 2 Series Convertible is defined by an outstanding balance between sporty performance and comfort, courtesy of highly advanced, precision- tuned chassis technology, which includes a double-pivot front suspension with spring struts and anti-roll bars as well as a five-link rear suspension, an electrically assisted rack-and- pinion steering system and a high-performance braking system. With its low-weight components, the increase in track width and wheelbase compared with the previous model, the rear-wheel-drive set-up, the low center of gravity and the balanced load distribution between the front and rear axles, the BMW 2 Series Convertible chassis is ideally equipped to offer confident agility, precise handling and superior driving comfort. Standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) includes functions such as the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC). These systems are complemented by Brake Assist, Fading Compensation, the Brake Drying function, the Start-Off Assistant and the Limited Slip Differental emulating Active Differential Brake (ADB-Sport) on the rear axle, which is active even in DSC-Off mode. The BMW 228i Convertible is equipped with standard 17-inch alloy wheels. 18-inch alloy wheels are available as optional equipment, while the accessories range includes 19-inch forged BMW M Performance alloy wheels. The available Track Handling Package includes a range of chassis systems including variable sport steering, which features a variable-ratio steering rack that becomes more direct as the steering angle increases, for example when parking or making a turn. Included in this package is the M Sport brake system featuring four-piston fixed calipers at the front, two-piston fixed calipers at the rear and extra-large brake discs. The calipers are painted dark blue and carry the M logo. The M Sport brakes require 18" light alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires non-run-flat performance tires. Also included is the Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers with a 10- millimeter reduction in ride height compare to the standard suspension set-up. The BMW M235i Convertible: The first open-top M Performance Automobile Following the BMW M235i Coupe, the M235i Convertible becomes the first open-top M Performance Automobile, offering the characteristic M brand of exhilarating driving enjoyment. Like the coupe, it features a higher-output M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline six, mated to either an 8-speed sport automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Aerodynamically optimized body features and custom chassis components are matched with typical M precision to the engine performance characteristics, ensuring a perfect blend of outstanding agility and precise handle. The BMW M235i Convertible amps up the passion and adrenaline of dynamic open-top driving to new heights. Like its BMW M235i Coupe stablemate, the open four-seater also has a distinctive and authentic character rooted in the experience of BMW M GmbH as a developer of high-performance sports cars for general everyday use. Drawing on this exclusive know-how, the BMW M235i Convertible provides the perfect balance of engine power, chassis engineering and aerodynamic characteristics to deliver levels of agility, precision and emotional intensity that are unsurpassed in the premium compact segment. Inline-six engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology. The M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline-six in the M235i Convertible offers an infectious blend of responsive power, high revving ability and powerful torque that remains constant over a wide engine speed range. Highlights also include its highly efficient design, which gives the BMW M235i Convertible fuel economy figures that are all the more remarkable in the light of its performance. The M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology comprises a twin-scroll turbocharging system, High Precision Direct Injection featuring centrally positioned multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve lift regulation and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. A cooling system, engine management and engine sound tuning, all of which have been exclusively customized to the requirements of the BMW 2 Series M Performance models, complete the picture. Maximum power of 320 hp is generated between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm, from a displacement of 3.0 liters. The maximum torque of 330 lb-ft is available between 1,400 and 4,500 rpm. With the standard eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission with Launch Control function, the BMW M235i Convertible accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. It is also available with a six-speed manual gearbox with dry sump lubrication. Its short-throw action provides extra-sporty shifting. 60 mph is reached from a standstill in five seconds flat. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). In line with contemporary concerns, the BMW M Performance models incorporate an extensive range of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies. US EPA numbers are not yet available for the M235i Convertible, however the M235i Coupe boosts a near 20 percent improvement over its 135i Coupe predecessor. Agile and precise custom chassis technology. Thanks to typical precision-tuned M custom chassis technology, in the BMW M235i Convertible outstanding engine performance is translated into assured driving dynamics. Custom-configured suspension and damping systems as well as special front suspension elastokinematics are adapted both to the performance characteristics of the six-cylinder engine and to the specific requirements of the open body style. The M Sport brakes and variable sport steering – the latter again specially configured – are standard specification on the BMW M235i Convertible. Also standard are exclusive 18-inch M alloy wheels with mixed Michelin Pilot Super Sport non-run-flat performance tires in size 225/40 R18 front and 245/35 R18 rear. These specially developed high-grip tires optimally transmit all dynamic drive forces to the road. Optimized aerodynamic balance, sports car flavor in the cockpit. The precisely controllable handling of the BMW M235i Convertible is partly down to custom chassis technology but partly also to an optimized aerodynamic balance. Aerodynamically styled body parts, which include an M-style front apron, are a hallmark of the BMW M235i Convertible's design. The large air intakes in this apron, with flaps adapted from racing car design, extend into the area which on the other versions of the BMW 2 Series Convertible is reserved for the fog lamps. The exterior mirror caps are finished in Ferric Grey metallic. Further exterior design features include the striking side sill contouring and a rear apron whose lower section, in Shadowline metallic, also incorporates the twin tailpipes in black chrome. Further exclusive design features include door sill finishers with aluminum inserts bearing "M235i" lettering and a specially "tuned" interior that features sports seats for the driver and front passenger, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, Aluminum Hexagon interior trim with accent strips in matt Estoril Blue or high-gloss black, leather trim for the gearshift lever/selector lever and handbrake lever gaiter, and an M driver's footrest. The custom instrument cluster features red markings and numbers for the speedometer and tachometer, while the instrument cluster with extended features additionally has a digitally produced model designation. Rounding off the interior specifications of the BMW M235i Convertible are variable-color interior lighting and blue detailing for the car key. BMW ConnectedDrive in the BMW 2 Series Convertible: Debut of over-the-air updates to navigation data Intelligent connectivity between driver, vehicle and outside world is another area in which the BMW 2 Series Convertible affirms its benchmark position in this class along with its advances over the previous model. The wide range of standard and optional driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive – designed to optimize comfort, safety and the infotainment experience – is unique in the subcompact segment. On top of this, the 2 Series Convertible is the first BMW model to offer free-of- charge over-the-air updating of navigation data via the embedded SIM card, when equipped with the available BMW Navigation System. In another first for the BMW 2 Series Convertible, this standard SIM card is capable of supporting the LTE wireless standard, enabling fast and reliable data transfer. This system regularly updates its navigation data several times a year, whenever a new map version becomes available. There are no license fees or data transfer charges for the user during the first three years. The new home region map data is relayed to the vehicle wirelessly via the built-in SIM card, so there is no need for manual installation from external data storage devices. The update is installed conveniently and completely automatically, with progress being shown in the Control Display. Regular updating means there is never any delay before users are able to use the latest map software – and continue enjoying a perfect navigation experience. What's more, all navigation features remain fully functional during the updating process. To support further improved data transfer for this and other BMW ConnectedDrive functions – such as the Navigation system's Advanced Real Time Traffic Information (ARTTI) feature – the BMW 2 Series Convertible's built-in SIM card supports the LTE wireless standard. The new high-speed internet technology provides much faster data transfer rates. Internet-based services can be integrated into the car via apps. The basis for this new dimension in intelligent connectivity is the optional Technology Package, which gives customers access to remote functions, BMW Online portal and Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information. The BMW Assist eCall with Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification function and BMW TeleServices, meanwhile, are standard specification on the BMW 2 Series Convertible. Many other functions can be added at any time using apps – either via a smartphone integrated with the vehicle using special interface technology or via the built-in SIM card. These include web radio functions and social media services such as Facebook and Twitter. This flexible apps strategy makes it possible to incorporate not just proprietary BMW Group apps but also BMW Apps-ready applications from other providers. This will allow BMW drivers to seamlessly transfer a host of functions they already use at home to their car. Enhanced convenience, safety and driving enjoyment with innovative driver assistance systems. The range of BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems available for the BMW 2 Series Convertible offers unrivalled variety. Among its numerous features is a standard rain sensor with automatic headlight activation. If the optional Xenon headlights are specified, the vehicle is also equipped with Adaptive Headlights including cornering light, variable headlight distribution and adaptive headlight range control for city and highway driving. Customers can also order their car with the optional High Beam Assistant. Precise and convenient maneuvering is facilitated by Park Distance Control and the rear view camera (both included in the Driver Assistance Package), which displays its images on the iDrive operating system's Control Display. The likewise optional Parking Assistant assists the driver in selecting and maneuvering into parallel parking spaces. BMW 2 Series Convertible can also be specified with the innovative Active Driving Assistant feature as part of the Driver Assistance Plus package, which also includes Speed Limit Info. This system includes the camera-based systems Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning as well as the Attention Assistant. Lane Departure Warning can be used at speeds over 37 mph and alerts drivers by means of a visual signal in the instrument cluster and a vibration of the steering wheel if they inadvertently drift out of their lane. At speeds upwards of 10 mph (approx. 15 km/h), Collision Warning detects if the vehicle is getting too close to traffic in front. In this case, as well as providing visual and audible warnings, the system also primes the brakes in order to minimize the braking distance the moment the driver intervenes. The all new 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible will make its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show and arrive in US showrooms in early 2015. BMW Group In America BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls- Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. 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    09-15-2014, 09:03 PM
    Interesting comparison here between the current C7 RS7 featuring the 4.0 TFSI twin turbo V8 and the C6 RS6 which uses a 5.0 liter twin turbo V10. As AudiBoost published in an article last year dyno results show that despite the extra two cylinders and liter of displacement for the C6 RS6 the C7 RS6's 4.0 TFSI actually shows more torque and the power output is a wash. How do the two motors stack up in the real world against each other when tuned? Well, the C7 RS7 makes surprisingly easy work of the RS6 and the 5.0 liter V10 the 4.0 TFSI V8 replaced. There are two runs from a roll in the video below and the newer car pulls easily in each run. Pretty impressive considering both cars feature tunes with the C7 RS7 running an APR tune while the C6 RS6 has a Sportmile Stage 2 tune. The RS6 is the avant model and the lighter sedan would likely do better against the RS7. It would still lose though as by 160 miles per hour the RS7 puts bus lengths on the RS6. Many Audi fans complained about the loss of the 5.0 liter tin turo V10 for the RS6. The 4.0 TFSI V8 clearly is more than up to the task of replacing it.
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    09-16-2014, 10:21 PM
    So let's say you want more power from your W204 C63 AMG. You do not quite want to spend over $10k+ for a supercharger and simply want more power on demand when you need it. Well, nitrous is tough to beat in that case especially considering the bang offered for the buck. AMR Performance has released their W204 C63 AMG nitrous kit which includes software to make sure the car is properly tuned to utilize the nitrous safely and efficiently. The M156 motor has a long history with nitrous from the days when it first came on the market and the engine responds very well to a properly tuned setup. In the opinion of BenzBoost the AMR Performance kit is fairly mild (they aren't throwing anywhere near as much nitrous at the motor as they could) and it is using solid components from Nitrous Express which is well known in the nitrous world. AMR can definitely go wild for those that want to but if you want a cost effective and safe way to bump your C63 over 600 horsepower without having to break the bank, this is well worth a look. Description: Reliable and dependable power can be made with the correct balance of nitrous oxide and ecu recalibration (tuning). Most people shy away from nitrous oxide, due to the common mis-conception of it "blowing-up" your engine. Most of these rumors are set by those improperly "tuning" the vehicle and/or installing a DIY nitrous kit with no ECU upgrades suited for the change (nitrous). This in turn is damaging to the vehicle's engine. The 6.2 V8 AMG engine is built well from the factory. AMR Performance has set aside software development for nitrous enhanced C63's. This engine, in stock form, puts out 451hp. Which is very respectable. Through ECU enhancement, AMR Performance ECU "NOS" Software upgrade, with combination of a nitrous oxide kit custom installed by Auto Master, increases this W204 C63 to 602hp on 93 octane consistently. The firm shift patterns, stable air fuel mixtures and smooth timing curve turns this vehicle into quite a different animal! Special Thanks: AMR Performance (www.amrperformance.com) - Software Auto Master AMR, ltd. (www.automasteramr.com) - Custom Fabrication & Installation Nitrous Express (www.nitrousexpress.com) - Nitrous Oxide Kit
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    09-04-2014, 02:49 AM
    Nitrous tends to bring out strong reactions from enthusiasts. Some are completely against a bit of giggle juice thinking it will make a motor explode. Others fully embrace the dollar per horsepower benefits a proper nitrous setup brings. The fact of the matter is that if a nitrous kit is tuned for and the user does not get greedy wanting absurd horsepower nitrous is a perfectly viable and safe option as these results demonstrate. The M156 V8 under the hood of the C63 AMG is an excellent nitrous candidate. OE Tuning has considerable experience with tuning M156 V8's and their kit incorporates tuning specifically for the nitrous. This usually means pulled timing to prevent any detonation. This is a wet kit with a 75 shot. It's pretty conservative considering a V8 the size of the M156 could take double that without breaking a sweat as long as it is properly tuned for. What are the results? Gains of 72 wheel horsepower and and 89.58 pound-feet of wheel torque. Very nice gains from a relatively small and safe 75 shot.
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    09-13-2014, 01:14 PM
    The Active Autowerke Prima supercharger kits for the E46 M3 are an exceptional value for one looking to add forced induction to their S54 motor. Tuning Tech FS has spent quite a bit of time tuning the various Prima kits. Their Prima Dynojet results showed 426 horsepower at the wheels on 5.8 psi of boost. Going to the upgraded Prima Plus kit with methanol injection and 9 psi raises output to 514 horsepower at the wheels on a Dynojet. Now, Active is adding a Prima Elite supercharger kit to the range. The pricing and details are not yet finalized but Tuning Tech FS is already tuning the setup. The Prima Elite and Prima Plus both run 9 psi of boost but the Prima Elite is running E85 fuel instead of 93 octane and meth. The Prima Elite on E85 manages another 31.7 peak wheel horsepower over the Prima Plus with torque gains through the curve. We're waiting on further details as the R&D process is wrapped up but these are solid gains over what already is a solid supercharger kit:
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