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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-05-2014, 07:53 PM
    So, um, yes, you can say the new F80 M3 and F82 M4 respond pretty well to bolt on modifications. Journalists are still getting their hands on stock cars to test but Burger Tuning (BMS) already has the car over 500 wheel horsepower. This is not too surprising as with a mild bump in boost on a beta Stage I BMS tune the car already showed 479 horsepower at the wheels. Now with some further refinement to the tune and some ethanol (E85) the result is over 500 whp. Here are the details in the words of Terry@BMS: Hey guys, Got back from a couple hours of dyno tuning and came back with some interesting results. This car definitely likes E85... The JB4 now has full electronic wastegate control in addition to the fuel mass control & CANbus, paving the way for E85 testing. The test car is our 2015 DCT M3, 100% stock with a JB4, with ethanol mixed with 91 octane at 30-50%. I've been running E30 for the last week on a tune that ramps up to around 25psi and I've been very impressed with it. On the dyno today running that same trim resulting in a very consistent ~510whp / ~510wtq results. Although the turbo holds boost to redline it looks like shifting around 6000 rpm will result in the best acceleration results as power noses off above that. While I had it strapped down I decided to explore more aggressive power levels. Added a little more E85 and went on an hour long adventure through many different curves and tweaks. Finally arrived at a 28psi peak tune which yielded ~540whp / ~575wtq. I've not tested this much on the street so we'll have to see how viable it is. But this just goes to show you how much room was left on the table for tuning with this platform. This car is an animal.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-18-2014, 01:47 AM
    A bit of controversy ensued last month when the N54 motor hit a new peak horsepower record on the dyno. Why? Because different dyno machines in different areas will read differently. If one person uses say a Dynojet and another uses a Mustang trying to compare the two is somewhat like trying to hit a moving target. Well, we can alleviate some of the controversy now as this particular car went on a Dynojet and posted a new automatic transmission Dynojet record with a 711 wheel horsepower pull. That is of course less than the 753 wheel horsepower that was hit on a Dynomite dyno and it should show very clearly that different dynamometers read differently. There is no established standard but BimmerBoost does prefer Dynojet numbers as it is the most popular dyno. There are enough of them out there in the world that anyone should be able to find a local machine to use and we are glad BimmerBoost member @Ak335i did so. So, while this does not exceed the 725 peak wheel horsepower number Vargas Turbo Technologies achieved with their Stage 3 turbocharger kit we are now to the point of splitting hairs as whomever is willing to push their motor (and transmission) further will have the record. This being an automatic car means it is far more difficult to upgrade the transmission and get it to hold the power. In that context this is a major development for the automatic N54 crowd and hopefully they have a transmission solution soon. Now the question is, who will be the first to push past the 7XX range and who will end up raising the bar that is now a bit stagnant in the 7XX range? All BimmerBoost can say is when it happens our readers and members will be the first as always to know (and the ones who are raising it anyway). Custom 6466 bottom mount by Proven Power Tampa 50/50 meth/water E50 30psi Protuned by Jake Hershorin @ protuning freaks Stock motor. Stock 6at
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-16-2014, 08:49 PM
    Well that was fast! Burger Tuning took delivery of their brand new F80 M3 (100 miles on it when tested) recently. As they typically do with a new test car, it headed straight over to a Dynojet to get some baseline figures. The car is underrated as expected and almost customary with the new BMW M turbo era. BMW went even more conservative with the horsepower and torque ratings than they did in the F10 M5 as the S55 in the F80 M3 despite its 425 horsepower rating shows 427 horsepower to the wheels. BMW is basically rating the motor at the wheels what it is showing at the crank. They are playing the German horsepower war conservatively and keeping numbers low for the sake of competition and delivering them where they matter, at the tire. That way they do not get caught up in a power shootout on paper which Mercedes loves to do. The peak torque figure exceeds the peak horsepower figure which is interesting as the quoted torque figure is less than the quoted horsepower figure at 406 lb-ft of torque. The torque curve itself is not BMW M's best work but it is certainly flatter through the curve than the N54 and N55. It drops off toward redline as expected but it holds past 7000 rpm enough for the HP curve to not take a big dive. This is the best looking curve of a turbocharged M motor to this point. What about the tuned numbers? They take the M3 up to 479 wheel horsepower and 484 lb-ft of wheel torque. Roughly 52 wheel horsepower gained with a mild tune early on. This tune will develop but off the showroom floor if you want another 50 horsepower at the wheels you can get it on pump gas right now without anything else needed. This is just a guess but BimmerBoost would argue that it looks like ~500 whp for tuned S55 motors on pump gas will be the norm with basic supporting mods. BMW disappointed people with their crank horsepower ratings but did the smart thing overall. Why quote some big number when they know Mercedes and Audi both have a bit of displacement on them? BimmerBoost would also at this time like to point out its guess from last year as to the power output of the new M3 and the S55 inline-6: The only bright side BimmerBoost can see is that the new M3 may be severely underrated just like the F10 M5. Let's assume this is the case and apply what we have all seen with the F10 M5 to the new M3. That would mean 417 wheel horsepower for the new M3 despite its appallingly low crank rating. That would also mean an increase of 67 wheel horsepower over the E92 M3 which is a hell of a lot better than 30 horsepower at the crank. Not a bad guess, eh?
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  • bobS's Avatar
    06-19-2014, 04:23 AM
    A little over a year ago, I was heavy into the N54 bmw scene and owned a cleanly modded 6speed 335. When modding my cars, I always try and buy top notch parts, do lots of research, and make sure the parts are functional in performance, quality, looks, fit/function and longevity. The 335 was built over 2 years and I had just put a deposit down on Stg 2 turbo’s when a local buddy of mine installed a Evolve kit on his M3. When he got the Evolve kit installed, he offered me to take it for a spin. From the moment I drove the car, ripping through the gears (DCT!!!) in that Evolve M3, I was in awe at how the car performed. As you know, the m3 itself is a potent platform and with the Evolve kit…..it is a absolute weapon. I had to have one…. Almost immediately, my stg 2 turbo slot was sold, my 335 was sold to another enthusiast, and within 3 months I had concluded my search for a M3 and bought a very clean 2009, Silverstone, low mileage, DCT M3 from a local enthusiast. I enjoyed the M3 for a couple months as is, started getting the power itch, and began searching for which Supercharger kit I wanted to go with. I was trying to keep a open mind, look at all the options available, and make a decision. There are a lot of good kits out there but I like to be different, and Evolve kept popping into my mind. I kept thinking about that drive in LM’s Evolve M3 and decided to send a email to Sal at Evolve, to inquire about the kit, and he emailed me back asking for my phone number to discuss the kit. My decision to go with Evolve While talking on the phone to Sal, it didn’t take long for me to realize that Sal and the team at Evolve are big time BMW enthusiasts and put a lot of heart, effort, research, and development into the products they produce. These guys know their stuff….. Sal told me all about the development of the E600 kit, the performance they were trying to achieve, the reason they designed the kit as is and gained my confidence rather quickly. I decided I had heard exactly what I wanted to hear, stopped my research on other kits, and put a deposit in. The install The kit took about 6 weeks to show up. In the meantime, I reached out to the shop I use religiously, AutoCouture Motoring, and asked if they were willing to install the Evolve kit for me. Sal and Tom at ACM have always taken care of me with my 335 and M3. I live only 20 minutes from their shop so its super convenient for me. They were more than willing to tackle the install of their first E600 Evolve Supercharger Kit. Tom is meticulous in his installs and takes his time to make everything right. The install of this kit is not the easiest, the kit is pretty complex and you can almost say overly engineered, but in a good way. Every piece is high quality, well thought out, and in my opinion, overall….a work of art. This is exactly the quality I’m looking for in a supercharger kit for my M3. I must say we did have a issue with some parts being damaged in shipping, and the wrong injectors sent with the kit, but ACM and Evolve discussed the issues and worked through them. The install also took longer than expected due to the injector issue, but again, the guys at ACM/Evolve eventually solved the problem. The Kit As I mentioned before, this kit is a work of art. The manifold design, custom brackets/parts, intercooler/cooling system, rotrex blower and how its mounted, routing of the belt/bracket for the belt, are all top notch, high quality, and work flawlessly. The Evolve kit isn’t the cheapest kit you can buy, and you can see why. I was very excited to hit the road and get that feeling back when I drove LM’s car a couple months earlier. Evolve Custom Tune I chose to send my car to Garth at Undercover Performance for my custom supercharged tune. Garth and Undercover is the same company that worked with Sal to custom tune LM’s Evolve M3. Garth worked with me to find a convenient time to tune my M3 and did a excellent job fitting me in with not much notice. Undercover has lots of experience with the Evolve kit as well as other high HP cars. They are tuning 1000 whp Porsche 911’s, Supra’s, GTR’s, etc., on a weekly basis, so I knew my car was in good hands. Garth worked with Sal at Evolve, and Sal came up with a tune that works well for my mods. Sal's ability to tune the car for your specific mods is a huge plus and another feature that sets this kit apart from the competition. No HP/TQ is left on the table Overall impression/driveability of the car After allowing my tune to adapt and getting a feel for the car it was time to let it loose. Holy S#@^ !!! The car flat out performs. As you can imagine, a supercharger on the s65 turns this platform into a beast. I love it! The acceleration is brutal, the drivability/smoothness is as close to stock as you can get but with double the power. For those that have driven a supercharged e9x m3, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I will say the rotrex blower doesn’t disappoint and lives up to its reputation of providing quick spool and low end TQ. Remember, I came from a n54, so I loved the low end TQ and was worried that would be a tradeoff when switching to the e92 m3. My E600 kit is Evolve’s base kit with 6.7 psi of boost. They also offer a 8+psi version that is even quicker. After driving LM’s car, I did notice how the rotrex provides a nice bump in low end tq over stock. The car is in boost at 3k rpms and drivability around town, flat out, or just cruising on the highway is perfect. On the street, the car doesn’t heat soak at all and temps are in check no matter how hard you hammer it (this was in 80-90 degree NJ weather!). I haven't taken the car to the track but will be attending roll on events this summer. I have confidence this kit will perform very well. The best thing about this Evolve kit is not only the increased power but the way this power is put to use. The throttle response, instant surge of power, and smoothness of this kit is the greatest asset of the Evolve kit. Its really hard to describe, you just have to drive it. I plan to have a dyno soon….and I know it will put down good power. I‘ve seen LM‘s dynos……. In my opinion, the dyno doesn‘t tell the whole story and the drivability of this kit is where I‘m most satisfied. All of the supercharger kits available for the S65 put down good power, it’s the drivability that separates them, in my opinion. For now, I just wanted to share my experience and urge anyone that is looking to supercharge their M3 to give Evolve a hard look. Reach out to Sal@Evolve and discuss the E600 kit. You won’t be disappointed! Special thanks to Matt @ ACM for the pics.... Sal and Tom at ACM, Sal and the team @ Evolve, and Garth at Undercover Performance My Mods - Evolve E600 Supercharger @ 6.7psi max boost - Fabspeed 200 cell high flow catted Xpipe - Eisemann Race Exhaust with connecting pipes - Ohlin Coilovers - Vorsteiner Bootlid - Vorsteiner Type II Rear Diffuser - Luma front lip - Morr VS70 18x10.5 square wheels - ACM upgraded angel eyes - ACM edition P3 Vent gauge - Black Kidney grills - Painted reflectors
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-30-2014, 10:13 AM
    Porsche 911 and BMW M3/M4 comparisons are nothing new. The M3 traditionally offered Porsche 911 level performance but at a lower price point of entry with greater daily usability. The Porsche 911 of course offered the Porsche prestige and the driving dynamics of a lighter two seat sports car. Not much has changed although the M car now offers much more brute force than the 911. The power, torque, and performance gap is the greatest it has ever been. Now Car and Driver chose a 7-speed manual Porsche 911 to compare to the BMW M4. The M4 has a dual clutch transmission and this would be closer if the Porsche had the optional PDK transmission. It is what it is though and the BMW M4 simply has the 911 overmatched. It has more power at 425 horsepower (which is severely underrated to begin with) to the 911's 350 horsepower. It has more torque at 406 lb-ft to the 911's 287 lb-ft. The straightline contest is no contest. The M4 runs through the 1/4 mile in 12.1 @ 119. The 911 Carrera completes the 1/4 in 12.7 seconds at 113 miles per hour. It makes efficient use of its 350 horses thanks to its roughly 400 pound lighter curb weight but even if this was the 400 horsepower Carrera S with a PDK transmission the M4 would still win. This is the largest the acceleration gap between the 911 Carrera and M3/M4 has ever been. Speaking of weight the M4 comes in at 3581 pounds. It just is not as light as we were made to believe. Car and Driver's own weight figures place the F82 M4 30 pounds lighter than a comparably equipped E92 M3 and that sounds about right. BMW did try to make the M4 lighter but it is mostly to mask the added weight of the turbo powerplant and associated plumbing. If the M4 actually hit the 3300 pound figures BMW was throwing around... well, no point dreaming. Also take a look at the front to rear weight distribution figure. BMW no longer is building 50/50 balanced cars in the turbo era despite what they claim. Car and Driver states that the 911 steering is more precise and offers a better feel. They also state the 911 is more fun to drive. Basically, Car and Driver calls the M4 the muscle car to the 911's more nimble sports car character. The handling performance between the two is actually about even with the M4 and 911 both pulling .98g on the skidpad. What is odd though is that the 911 is not equipped with a limited slip differential. Seriously Porsche? For an $85k base price that is asking too much? Really what this comes down to is price for performance. The M4 offers more performance for less money with greater usability. The 911 is the better sports car of the two, no question. It is more fun to drive as well. That said, Car and Driver nails the conclusion. 'The M4 is more challenging to drive at the limit, but it's far easier to drive faster beneath it. It's the quintessential German muscle car to Porsche's quintessential German sports car. Is one design more right than the other? That's a matter of opinion. But it's hard to argue with a car that delivers more performance for less money.' The M car has more of a muscle car character than a sports car character? Welcome to the new M.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-26-2014, 05:06 AM
    As an automotive enthusiast who participated in a few different discussion forums over the years experience has shown that putting performance in context with Audi fans is frustrating. Why? Well, let's take this example of the Audi RS5. It's an absolutely beautiful car with a gem of a 4.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 motor revving to 8500 rpm and sending 450 horsepower to all four wheels. Your average car fan will see the 450 horsepower figure and think it beats the BMW M4 with 'only' a 425 horsepower rating. It is easier to achieve peace in the Middle East than it is to get a casual Audi fan to understand that the horsepower ratings of both of these cars could not be more misleading. This is one of those times where traditional BMW strengths are exemplified. What are those strengths? Balance, less weight on the nose, and a more efficient drivetrain sending its power to the rear wheels. Because BMW does not need Quattro crutches BMW's claimed 425 horsepower actually comes out to 427 horsepower at the rear wheels. Yes, the M4 is heavily underrated but it also benefits from not having to send power to all four wheels and saves weight by not having an all wheel drive system. The RS5 has roughly 350 wheel horsepower depending on the dyno used. Audi's higher crank horsepower rating means absolutely nothing in the real world and this is why Autocar stating that the RS5 has more power is wrong. It has less power. A lot less power (and torque). These people at Autocar get paid for these incorrect statements? Power is only one part of the equation. The traction (not handling or grip in corners) advantage is with the Audi. However, once moving at speed the extra weight on the nose from the all wheel drive system is not exactly a benefit on the track. Understeer? That is the Audi trademark over the years and it is present on the RS5. It definitely can not adjust its rear with the throttle to the degree the BMW can. This is all reflected in its laptime of 1:12.20. The M4 is said to be more fun to drive and it is. It takes more skill to extract its performance but it is more entertaining. It is the driver's car and this is the area BMW has traditionally always beat Audi although Audi has improved tremendously. Sure, your Quattro will save you during a blizzard but nobody goes on the racetrack during a blizzard. In the dry as in this comparison where maximum performance can be extracted the M4 crushes the RS5 with a 1:09.90 laptime. 2.3 seconds may not sound huge but on a track this short that is a lifetime. The M4 is simply lighter, faster, more powerful, and the higher performance car. The traditional BMW aspects trump Audi's traditional aspects in the performance area as they have for long time when the M3/M4 and RS4/RS5 are concerned. Sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same. Audi fans will be quick to point out the RS5 is in need of update. They are right. It is desperately in need of an update and a hell of an update at that or else this will continue to be embarrassingly one sided as it has been for generations now. The benchmark is set. The benchmark is the M4.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-18-2014, 05:50 AM
    This is one of the most interesting tuning developments of recent memory in the BMW tuning scene. The Dinan name is familiar to most BMW enthusiasts but mostly to the casual enthusiasts. Your more hardcore guys tend to be here on BimmerBoost and they also tend to not run any Dinan products. Why? For several reasons (including getting more bang for your buck elsewhere) but let's first delve into when Dinan criticized piggyback boxes. Dinan early in the year criticized existing piggyback boxes stating they were poorly calibrated. When BimmerBoost learned Dinan was to release his own piggyback boxes, we questioned whether this made him a hypocrite. Dinan read this criticism and offered a professional response that BimmerBoost and the membership appreciated. A lot of BimmerBoost members use piggyback boxes and now Dinan is releasing his although at quite the price point. What this means is that Dinan concedes that he can no longer flash tune the modern BMW cars. That is not solely a Dinan issue it is an issue for the entire BMW aftermarket tuning industry as BMW is locking these ECU's down. Nobody is flashing the F30 335i for example and that is because of the measures BMW has taken to lock everyone out, Dinan included. BMW just is not any fun. If you are wondering why turbo upgrades have not come for the N63TU 550 models of the F10 M5 with its S63TU V8 part of the reason is that nobody has a real grasp of the ECU. Alpina can offer turbo upgrades but that is only due to what BMW gives them. The Alpina B7 models for example feature upgraded N63TU turbochargers yet nobody else in the world has a working turbo upgrade kit on the 750i other than Alpina because nobody else in the world has Alpina's relationship with BMW. Dinan realizes now that he can just not brute force his way in. Dinan has some very sophisticated computer equipment and some very sophisticated Caltech grads working for him but BMW has a lot more money to throw at the issue of locking people out of their computers. So whatever Dinan or any other tuner has, BMW has that times infinity with how stuffed their coffers are from diluting the lineup. The best engineers in the world work on keeping tuners out of these cars and they are succeeding to a degree they never have before. Throwing computer power at these new ECU's trying to get in just is no longer a viable approach. So where does that leave Dinan? Where it leaves everyone else, with a piggyback. What Dinan is claiming though is that his piggyback unit is somehow better and worth the price. Is it? That has yet to be determined. It very well might be but speaking from experience viewing the evolution of devices and many people competing in this sector it is the not the most expensive device that is necessarily the best. A certain someone who used to claim that has been laughed out of the BMW tuning market. Furthermore, many BimmerBoost members tweak their tunes themselves so the base tune and approach used in the box often gets changed extensively. What type of flexibility does the Dinan D-Tronic hardware have? For $2000 it better offer a bunch. Dinan claims his unit is the only one that is emissions legal in all 50 states, but it isn't. Read this: The D-TRONICS 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 Dinan just ran into the same problem BMS is having with CARB (California Air Resource Board) but what is written by Dinan makes no sense. One sentence says it is emissions legal in 50 states and literally in the same paragraph it states it is not legal for sale or use in California or any states that have adopted California emissions standards. That makes absolutely no logical sense, who wrote this? Dinan claims a gain of 64 horsepower on the F30 335i. Ok, where's the dyno? If you are going to try to muscle in on the established piggybacks the owners are used to viewing data. Just using the Dinan name is no longer going to fly. We want to see numbers, we want results, we want the best option that is proven. We do not want people living off past accomplishments. You want the money? Show me what it can do or you will not get it. Additionally, since this is a piggyback device that is removable the appeal of the Dinan warranty is not as large as it was with their superchargers, stroker motors, intakes, flashes, etc. Dinan has an uphill battle here. Additionally, $2000 is a lot in this market. Not to mention that Dinan takes it up to $3500 for the F10 M5. Charging that price with absolutely no dynographs, no timeslips, no videos, no logs, and absolutely no data is banking on the stupidity of M5 owners. Which, in all honesty, is not even a bad bet if one were to read some of the M5 forums out there and the reverence some of them pay to the Dinan badge and Dinan points. If Dinan wants to claim his box is better, he needs to prove it with something of more substance than because he says so. On Bimmerboost the points we are about are the points on a dynograph. This is not going to fly here. Good luck to you Mr. Dinan, you are going to need it. The Dinan® Difference The biggest benefit of Dinan's D-TRONICS 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. 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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 D-TRONICS 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. 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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 Dinan® D-TRONICS Performance Tuner was engineered with future expansion of functionality in mind. Boasting the most powerful processing power on the market the D-TRONICS 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 D-TRONICS 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
    06-17-2014, 04:11 AM
    Sport Auto took the new 2015 F82 M4 out to the Nurburgring and as is customary when testing there recorded a laptime. So how did the car do? They managed a 7 minute and 52 second laptime in favorable conditions. The temperature during the lap attempt was 59 degrees so fairly cool. Additionally, the car had the high performance options available including the DCT transmission, carbon ceramic brakes, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. How does this laptime stand up against the E46 and E92 generation? Well, Sport Auto happened to test the E92 M3 GTS and recorded a 7:48. The E46 M3 CSL in Sport Auto's hands as well managed a 7:50. So, yes, technically the E92 M3 and E46 M3 have both posted quicker laptimes on the Nurburgring using the same source. M4 fanboys will no doubt cry foul and state those two models are track specials and they are right. In the interest of fairness, Sport Auto in a standard manual E92 M3 lapped in 8:05 and did 8:22 with the standard E46 M3. Now these times are being mentioned to put this M4 lap in context but there will also be E46 M3 fanboys who will point out they did not have the same quality rubber available and E92 M3 fanboys who will say they did not have the same carbon ceramic brakes, or transmission, etc. This is not a perfect science. Is the F82 M4 capable? Yes. But as the recent 427 wheel horsepower dyno shows one should expect a quicker laptime with that much power, carbon ceramic brakes, and a sub 3600 pound curb weight. The fact the E92 M3 GTS and E46 M3 CSL both lap quicker with much less power and torque definitely should help put the M4 laptime in perspective. As should the list of Nurburgring laptimes below. 7.39 min – Ferrari 430 Scuderia – 510 hp, 1402 kg, semi-slicks 7.40 min – Porsche 911 GT3 (997 mk2) – 435 hp, 1426 kg, semi-slicks 7.40 min – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – 571 hp, 1647 kg, sport-suspension 7.42 min – Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SV – 670 hp, 1764 kg, semi-slicks 7.44 min - Porsche 911 Carrera S PDK (991) - 400 hp, 1497 kg, sport-suspension 7.44 min - Porsche 911 Turbo S (997.2) - 530 hp, 1569 kg 7.44 min – Audi R8 5.2 FSI R-tronic – 525 hp, 1660 kg, semi-slicks 7.44 min – Pagani Zonda S – 555 hp, 1388 kg 7.46 min - Porsche 911 GT2 (996.1) - 462 hp, 1450 kg 7.46 min – Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera – 530 hp, 1528 kg, semi-slicks 7.46 min - Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series (Aero Pack, Dunlop SportMaxxRace M0) - 517 hp, 1748 kg 7.47 min - Porsche 911 Turbo PDK (997.2) - 500 hp, 1573 kg 7.47 min – Porsche 911 GT3 RS (996) – 381 hp, 1373 kg, semi-slicks 7.47 min – Wiesmann GT MF5 – 507 hp, 1421 kg, semi-slicks 7.47 min – Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 E-gear – 640 hp, 1805 kg, semi-slicks 7.47 min – Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano – 620 hp, 1748 kg 7.48 min – Porsche 911 GT3 (997 mk1) – 415 hp, 1440 kg, semi-slicks 7.48 min – BMW M3 GTS – 450 hp, 1546 kg, semi-slicks 7.48 min – Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997 mk1) – 415 hp, 1424 kg, semi-slicks 7.49 min – Corvette Z06 – 512 hp, 1440 kg 7.50 min – Porsche 911 Carrera S PDK (997 mk2) – 385 hp, 1450 kg, semi-slicks 7.50 min – BMW M3 CSL – 360 hp, 1421 kg, semi-slicks 7.51 min - Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series - 670 hp, 1880 kg 7.52 min – Porsche Panamera Turbo S - 550 hp, 2028 kg 7.52 min – Porsche 911 Turbo (997 mk1) – 2nd attempt, 480 hp, 1580 kg (est.), semi-slicks 7.52 min – Ford GT – 550 hp, 1599 kg 7.52 min – Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 – 560 hp, 1590 kg, semi-slicks 7.52 min – Lamborghini Gallardo E-gear ’03 (sport-suspension) – 500 hp, 1613 kg 7.52 min – Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – 626 hp, 1747 kg 7.54 min – Porsche 911 Turbo (997 mk1) – 1st attempt, 480 hp, 1581 kg, semi-slicks 7.54 min – Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG – 582 hp, 1678 kg, semi-slicks 7.55 min – Ferrari F430 F1 – 490 hp, 1493 kg, semi-slicks 7.56 min – Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale – 425 hp, 1387 kg, semi-slicks 7.56 min – Ferrari California – 460 hp, 1787 kg 7.57 min – AC Schnitzer Tension (M6) – 552 hp, 1797 kg, semi-slicks 7.58 min - Raeder-Ford Focus RS - 363 hp, 1441 kg, semi-slicks 7.59 min - Audi RS5 (facelift) - 450 hp, 1880 kg 8.01 min - Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupé Performance Package - 487 hp, 1770 kg 8.02 min - Aston Martin DBS - 517 hp, 1727 kg 8.03 min - Jaguar XKR-S - 550 hp, 1843 kg 8.03 min – Aston Martin V8 Vantage ’06 – 385 hp, 1636 kg, semi-slicks 8.03 min - Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Performance Package - 557 hp, 1919 kg 8.04 min - Porsche Boxster S PDK - 315 hp, 1405 kg 8.04 min – Audi R8 (V8) – 420 hp, 1595 kg, semi-slicks 8.05 min – Porsche 911 Carrera S (997 mk1) – 355 hp, 1461 kg, sport-suspension 8.05 min – BMW M3 Coupé (E92) – 420 hp, 1608 kg, semi-slicks 8.05 min – Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series – 507 hp, 1745 kg, semi-slicks 8.05 min - Ferrari 575M Maranello F1 - 525 hp, 1775 kg 8.06 min - Porsche Cayman R PDK - 330 hp, 1385 kg, semi-slicks (Conti ForceContact) 8.07 min - Ferrari 550 Maranello - 485 hp, 1724 kg 8.09 min - Audi TT RS - 340 hp, 1483 kg 8.09 min - Ferrari 360 Modena - 400 hp, 1464 kg 8.09 min – Audi RS4 ’06 – 420 hp, 1728 kg, semi-slicks 8.09 min – BMW M6 – 507 hp, 1761 kg, semi-slicks 8.10 min - Porsche Cayman R PDK - 330 hp, 1385 kg
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    07-11-2014, 04:12 AM
    A nice set of run videos here courtesy of forum member Mybabym5. We have two naturally aspirated Germans going at it one with AMG M156 6.2 liter V8 power and the other with M S85 V10 power. The video quality is not that great but considering the runs we will let this one slide. The M5 features an Evolve tune with RPI catless headers, RPI exhaust, RPI pulley, RPI scoops, and the RPI oil cooler. The car previously ran an ESS tune before switching to Evolve as most people are these days. The C63 has has similar bolt on mods with a Eurocharged tune, catless pipes, and aftermarket filters with the charcoal element removed. Regardless, you see two of the best German naturally aspirated performance engines ever built going at it here. The M156 from AMG is obviously larger but the S85 V10 revs higher. Its top end takes this race and it goes to show how important revs, horsepower, and gearing are on the highway. Both tuners of these cars are vendors on this network so there is no stake in this race. It is simply great to see. Further details in the words of the M5 owner: Hey guys, some more fun racing videos.. This time hunting down a C63 again. E60 M5: Evolve Alpha N tune OEM RPI de-catted headers RPI GTS Exhaust RPI pulley RPI air scoops + BMC filters RPI oil cooler vs C63 AMG Fully Catless, modded with filters + charcoal delete Video quality is off a crap crap!!! cell phone from a friend as no go pro around..Apologizes.. But non the less shows the modded M5 pulling nicely. In C63 race 1 In M5 view race 2: C63 gets jump, M5 goes fishing :) 15mph roll.. Just want to take a moment aswell and give a Big thanks to Evolve.. Their tune is running amazing!! The power and the consistent delivery is just amazing! I am extremly happy how my car is running and performing. They make the best tunes for this V10 motor by far! I also wanted to give a small write up here showing how my car performed with the evolve tune vs the ESS tune against the same exact C63: Compare my M5 pulling against the C63 here with the evolve tune vs how my M5 pulled here with the ESS tune against the same exact C63 with same mods. With my evolve tune in the above video, I am pulling away much faster and harder than I am here.
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    06-24-2014, 12:33 AM
    Car content tends to dominate the discussion on the network but it's certainly fun to see some different content from time to time. Here is something different as a small group of liter bikes goes out on the highway to have a bit of fun. And fun they do have as the 1 minute into the video you can see one of the bikes flies right by a cop car on the highway. That is quite big of a 'whoops' moment right there but fortunately things go smoothly after that. The video is fairly long at 15 minutes but there is plenty of racing content. The bikes are all modified and the breakdown is as follows: -WildB 175lbs---04 ZX-10R: lowered, Intake cam, thin head gasket, Akrapovic, OZ wheels, -1f/+2r sprockets. -Ness 165lbs---BMW S1000RR: Akrapovic, Strapped front, -1f/+1r sprockets, factory QS. -MrAssholebyNature 205lbs---Gen2 ZX-14R: lowered, Brocks, Woolich flash, PCV, QS. -Stinky 200+lbs---Gen3 ZX-10R: TwoBrothers pipe, not much else. -Black Indian 200ish lbs---09 GSXR 1000: Yoshi pipe, lots of chrome. -Keith 200+lbs---Gen1 ZX-14: Full Brocks, geared, unknown if other mods. Enjoy:
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    07-04-2014, 07:51 AM
    Here is a street race for some money between an X71 X6M and an E60 M5. The race is for money although only a $1000 which is hardly enough to even cover the modifications on the cars. The two cars race on a city street with people behind them shutting down the traffic so obviously do not try this at home. The race is from a stop and so in theory should favor the X6M with its all wheel drive against the rear wheel drive E60 M5 on street tires. The X6M features the Active Autowerke ECU tune and also their downpipes. Since this is a money race the E60 M5 modifications are not mentioned. However, with the way the E60 M5 pulls after the launch and the way the power comes on it certainly feels like the car has nitrous. It's definitely modified whatever those modifications happen to be. Take a look and decide for yourself:
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    07-09-2014, 03:40 PM
    Interesting matchup here that is great to see as two different M engine philosophies battle it out. The M5 is the camera car but unfortunately a cell phone camera is used by the M5. Still, the video is clear so you can see exactly what happens. The modifications on the M5 are a Stage 2 tune that is not named, downpipes, and a custom straight piped exhaust. The E92 M3 is supercharged with the Active Autowerke Gen 2 Level III supercharger system. On paper this should be a good a race. Depending on how aggressive the M5 tune is along with the bolt ons it can show ~600 whp. Depending on the M3's boost it is also in this range. The M5 of course has much more torque which it also needs to move its roughly 800 extra pounds. In practice it is a good race as the cars are dead even. They both appear to be DCT models so driver skill is not a large variable. A good run from two fast M cars going about their power boost in different ways.
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    07-02-2014, 09:20 AM
    Congratulations to AMS for being the first to officially break the 10 second barrier with a 4Matic M157 AMG V8 powered vehicles. AMS ran a pair of 10 second passes showing the consistency of their 4Matic upgrades. As a reminder, AMS released their E63 AMG 4Matic ECU tuning earlier this year. They also provided a nice dynograph comparison of the 2014 E63 AMG 4Matic and the E63 AMG S 4Matic on the dyno stock and tuned. The full details are below in @ALPHA Performance's own words: On June 26th we took our 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic to Great Lakes Dragway for some preliminary testing of the Alpha 7 upgrade package. Track conditions were not ideal with the temperature somewhat pleasant in the 60’s but accompanied by 100% humidity. When the track lights switched on at dusk you could see the moisture in the air! Our AMG was equipped with only our Alpha Tune and prototype Alpha Downpipes and Cat-Back Exhaust. The full Alpha 7 Bi-Turbo upgrade will include an Alpha Boost Cooler Kit in the future but we were eager to see the results of just a tune and exhaust. Rolling on 20” Vorsteiner wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires we were hopeful for a very low 11 second run, but ended up with the first E63 4Matic in the 10’s! First pass of the night Paul staged the car, applied the brakes and gave it a bit of throttle, the launch was undramatic, smooth with no tire spin. When the board lit up we were a bit surprised, 10.850 @ 129.31 MPH, setting a new AMG 4Matic record! After letting the car cool down we staged it for another run, the car launched exactly the same as the first pass, hard with no drama and lit the board up with a 10.879 @ 129.21 MPH. Talk about consistency! Overall we are very pleased with the results from the night’s testing. Once the M157 Alpha Boost Cooler Kit and Carbon Fiber Intake System are complete we will bring the car back to the track for another round of testing and hopefully hit 130+mph trap along with a mid-low 10 second pass! More about Alpha Tuning: Alpha Tuning Website Mercedes Product Offerings: Alpha Mercedes-Benz Website
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    06-26-2014, 08:50 AM
    Our report is not officially unconfirmed but it likely is accurate based on what we currently know. We know for certain the M178 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 under the hood of the AMG GT has 510 horsepower. Based on precedent, Mercedes-Benz will likely not give the C63 AMG the same horsepower as the higher end sports car. The SLS AMG had an M159 V8 with more horsepower standard than the M156 V8 in the C63 AMG. This also allowed for a Performance Package option which upped the W204 C63 output. The same thing looks like it will take place with the AMG GT and the W205 C63 AMG. The C63 AMG M177 V8 will get 476 horsepower to start with. This places it ahead of its rivals at least on paper. Keep in mind the new M3/M4 S55 inline-6 motors are severely underrated showing as much horsepower at the wheels as they are rated at the crank. For the Mercedes C63 with 476 horsepower to beat the M3/M4 the C63 will need to dyno at least 450 wheel horsepower considering it will not have a dual clutch transmission and that it will likely be heavier than 3562 pounds. If BenzBoost were to guess, the F82 M4 and W205 C63 are going to be about even in acceleration just like the the E92 M3 and W204 C63 AMG. Mercedes-Benz will offset this as they did previously with a performance package. We will have to see if the package is just software that raises output or if Mercedes is getting the same 510 horsepower as in the AMG GT M178 with actual hardware changes to the motor as they did with the P31 option on the W204 generation C63 AMG M156 V8. Let's hope they are not going for a cheap money grab and it is not just software. BenzBoost confirmed a performance package for the W205 almost a year ago that the industry seemed to ignore. No output figures were quoted but our source gave us the figures we are quoting now. It seems unlikely that Mercedes will exceed the AMG GT's figure of 510 horsepower as that will upset AMG GT owners and the set hierarchy. Expect around 510 for the C63 AMG S if they call it that with the option standard similar to the E63 AMG S models or they may just add the Performance Package as an option. Either way, you will be able to get more power with a Mercedes warranty attached if that is your thing. Regardless, despite BMW's low crank rating their cars are much more powerful than the crank horsepower rating would indicate. Mercedes-Benz is aware of this. BMW is aware that they are aware and may ready their own Performance Package option to fight back. This sure is fun, isn't it?
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    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    The N54 moves forward with a new fastest 1/4 mile record. The previous record set by a 6-speed manual E92 335i was set by Vishnu with a 131.99 mile per hour pass. That was done back in May of 2012 so it has taken some time for the bar to be raised. The new record stands at 133.37 but Vishnu's 10.822 elapsed time remains the quickest 335 pass to date. The 2.7 60 foot time with this new record is obviously not going to get one into the 10's. Part of the problem is lag from the from the Precision 6466 turbocharger. This is something automatic 335's will have to figure out how to mitigate. Specs for the 2008 E90 335 on this run are full interior, full weight, over 1/2 tank fuel, and a e85/93 mix. This is on the stock motor, stock automatic transmission, and around 30 psi of boost. This car was built by Proven Power in Florida and tuned by Jake Hershorin of proTuning Freaks. There is room to improve here significantly but the problem of course is the automatic transmission which can not be launched hard and is slipping at this roughly 700 wheel horsepower power level. Congratulations to BimmerBoost member @Ak335i, Proven Power, and proTuning Freaks.
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    07-02-2014, 07:57 AM
    The most powerful muscle car? That would be the 2015 Dodge SRT Challenger Hellcat. We knew the 6.2 liter twin screw supercharged Hemi V8 would have somewhere over 600 horsepower but nobody knew how far Dodge would push it. Well, they decided to drop jaws and top the 700 horsepower mark. This means Dodge is offering more power than any of its Domestic rivals. The Ford Shelby GT500's 662 horsepower has finally been topped. The Camaro ZL1's 580 horsepower does not even seem worth talking about. The question now will be how strongly Ford will fire back. They will likely want their title back so Dodge may have just pushed the GT500 over 700 horsepower as well. Well done Dodge, well done! <embed type=application/x-shockwave-flash src=http://media.chrysler.com/flash/player.swf pluginspage=http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer flashvars=file=http://assets.iconicweb.com/assets/77792/hq_11794.mp4&image=http://assets.iconicweb.com/assets/77793/11794.jpg height=290 width=470 ></embed> Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Is The Most Powerful Muscle Car Ever -- 707 hp! July 1, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT, with its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine, produces an unprecedented 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful Challenger ever, Dodge's most powerful V-8 ever and the most powerful muscle car ever. The Challenger's new 6.2-liter Supercharged Hellcat engine is also the first factory supercharged HEMI, as well as Dodge and SRT's first application of V-8 supercharger technology. For the first time in Chrysler Group history, the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine comes standard with two key fobs -- red and black. The red key fob is the only key that can unlock the full 707 horsepower and torque potential of the Challenger SRT Hellcat engine; while the black key fob limits the driver to a reduced engine output of 500 horsepower. In addition to the awe-inspiring 707 horsepower of the new Hellcat HEMI, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has been redesigned and totally re-engineered to be the most true-to-form muscle coupe on the market with performance-enhancing technologies inside and out, including the new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-new interior inspired by the classic 1971 Challenger. The Dodge and SRT brands now offer the most complete lineup of muscle cars in the market, including the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT with its standard powerful and fuel-efficient Pentastar V-6 engine combined with the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission that delivers 300 horsepower and an estimated 30 miles per gallon; the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T with the high-torque 5.7-liter HEMI now paired with the TorqueFlite eight-speed or six-speed manual transmission; and the all-new 6.4-liter HEMI Challenger Scat Pack that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque with the TorqueFlite eight-speed or six-speed manual. The 2015 Dodge Challenger and Challenger SRTs are built at the Brampton, Ontario, Assembly Plant and will start arriving in Dodge dealerships in the third quarter of 2014. About Dodge The Dodge brand is tearing into its centennial year as America's mainstream performance brand, celebrating its 100th anniversary on July 1, 2014. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every single model it offers. The consolidated Dodge and SRT brands will offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge will be the "mainstream performance" brand within the Chrysler showroom. SRT will be positioned as the "ultimate performance" halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice. From muscle cars to compact cars, minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand's full lineup of 2015 models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, dual exhaust, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment centers and 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2015 model year, customers will be able to drive the new 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger, as well as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The Dodge brand lineup also includes the 2015 Dodge Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey, including the new Crossroad model, and Dodge Viper SRT.
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    06-25-2014, 06:42 AM
    The upcoming F87 BMW M2 will be a very popular vehicle. It has been a while since BMW had a lightweight, affordable, well balanced, and fun to drive car where electronics and heavy luxury features did not take away from the driving experience. The M2 proposes to get back to some of the Ultimate Driving Machine principles and due to its price point of entry it will be far more attainable for far more BMW enthusiasts. It is no surprise then to see more and more renderings pop up. This particular set is well done and basically takes F82 M4 styling cues and applies them to the F22 body style. What it is missing though is more aggressively flared fenders. Additionally, it sure looks like in the kidney grill the badge says M4 and not M2. If a graphic design artist wants to be taken seriously this little touches are important. Regardless, enjoy this latest set of renderings.
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    06-24-2014, 10:18 PM
    Congratulations to Gintani who increased their own S85 V10 horsepower record from 710 horsepower at the wheels to 774 horsepower at the wheels. This was done with a Vortech T-Trim supercharger and boost around 10 psi along with 100% methanol injection plus MS109 fuel. It is also interesting to see how the Vortech Ti-Trim supercharger compares to the Vortech Si-Trim on the same S85 V10 engine. Most of you have probably forgotten this by now but early on when superchargers were just being developed for the E9X M3 people would claim kits using the self-lubricated Si-trim were superior to competitors kits offering the T-Trim option. The BimmerBoost position was that the T-Trim was the better blower as it can move more air as it is spun faster and also that it has more room to be overspun. Essentially, it is capable of more power. The overlay below illustrates this well on the same S85 5.0 liter V10 engine which is capable of maxing either blower. The T-Trim simply flows more air up top: These are both good bowers and each has their own advantages. Some people like that a blower is self-lubricated and others prefer that they change the oil in the blower frequently. When it comes to performance the best blower is the one for the VE (volumetric efficiency) of your motor but in this case the T-Trim will always make more power on the S85 V10 than the Vortech Si. Here is the Si Gintani Stage II graph alone: Congratulations to Gintani for raising the bar again and catering to customers with multiple options and not a 'one size fits all' approach. There is a rumor with some traction that BimmerBoost will vouch for that Gintani will try to fit something even larger than either of these blowers in the near future. <iframe src="//instagram.com/p/peOj3AOqNl/embed/" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe>
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    06-27-2014, 08:01 AM
    Active Autowerke recently introduced their Prima non-intercooled E46 M3 supercharger kit. This kit uses the well known Rotrex C38-92 spec blower to great results. Starting at $5995 (TTFS has it on sale for $5500) the kit is a very good value and at just 5.8 psi of boost on an otherwise stock E46 M3 puts down 426 horsepower to the wheels and 297 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on pump gas and the stock fuel system. Now Active Autowerke is also introducing a Prima Plus kit for those that want more. The Prima kit is completely modular so those who want Prima Plus can simply upgrade their standard Prima kit. The difference is meth injection, a new tune, upgraded injectors, more boost, and other associated parts. Taking the Prima kit to 9 psi with meth injection results in 514 wheel horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. Pretty nice bump, right? Retail pricing for the Prima Plus setup has yet to be determined but TTFS is already offering it in a summer sale at $6500. One will be hard pressed to find a more cost effective option without sacrificing the quality or reliability to get over 500 wheel horsepower on an E46 M3. Further details from Tuning Tech FS: We are really excited to present the new generation of Prima kit Supercharger. This kit consists of the unparalleled quality and craftsmanship provided with all Active Autowerke hardware combined with the expert tuning skills of Frank Smith. We at Tuningtech FS have spent countless hours on the dyno to create an optimum tune, ensuring a safe and consistent power output for the Prima supercharger kit. The same standard of excellence implemented into all our tuning products. For a limited time, we are offering the kit at a special discount. This is a non-intercooled set up running low boost and great for any daily driver. Best of all the installation is a breeze and requires moderate skills. Options: Prima Kit $5,500 • Rotrex C38-92 Supercharger System • CNC Machined redesigned bracket. • AA generation 7 Intake Manifold • Dual By-Pass Valves • Green Filter • High capacity Fuel Injectors • SIMON 2 interface (allows you to upload the software yourself) • Colder Heat Range Spark Plugs included • Separate oil cooling system for maximum performance and reliability • Pre-assembled Hoses, Clamps, etc. • Step by Step Instructions Prima Plus $6,500 • Frank Smith custom tuning • Devils Own methanol kit • Rotrex C38-92 Supercharger System • CNC Machined redesigned bracket. • AA generation 7 Intake Manifold • Dual By-Pass Valves • Green Filter • High capacity Fuel Injectors • SIMON 2 interface (allows you to upload the software yourself) • Colder Heat Range Spark Plugs included • Separate oil cooling system for maximum performance and reliability • Pre-assembled Hoses, Clamps, etc. • Step by Step Instructions Contact us on the forum or email me at Justin@tuningtechfs.com for shipping details and take advantage of this great offer! Happy early 4th of July!
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    07-05-2014, 08:30 PM
    It's our pleasure to be part of the Porsche community on this board. We've been part of the Germanboost network but for those that may not know us here we are an aftermarket tuning company based out of Toronto, Canada and Rockville, Maryland, US. Our primary focus for many years has been forced induction tuning, live remote tuning (aka e-tuning). We have considerable experience tuning direct injection platforms like the 997.2 turbos coming from BMW's direction injection motors, namely N54 and N55. With the N54 we've pushed the platform furthest of any custom flash tuner in the World and have taken multiple power and track records in the past. We are a very committed group of car enthusiasts and the company was born out of passion towards a hobby we all loved for many years. @COBB Tuning's AccessPort and AccessTuner platform has been the driving force behind all of the custom tuning services we offer thus far on a number of platforms and the reasons for this are many that we can discuss here for those interested. In case you're interested in the work we've done so far you can do go to our facebook page or follow us on Instagram, even a google search on BMW COBB protune, BMW protune should provide some good results to some work we've done. Our priority has always been the enthusiast, providing the highest level of quality service in custom tuning and support to our customers and just as we've done with the BMW's N54 and N55 platform we hope to be given a chance here and push along further together with the community. We've had a fair share of testing done on our shop's 997.1 turbo over the past few weeks and we'll be sharing some pictures and data we've gathered so far with the Cobb AP while doing dyno testing and, much more importantly, street and track testing and data gathering. We also have a 997.2 Turbo S (PDK) as our project car which we are tuning in parallel with the 6MT 997.1 turbo. We are looking to work with everyone here and become part of the community with our contributions that we hope you'll find useful, fun, interesting as much as we do and have always especially when it comes to refinement in performance tuning and pushing the envelope. We're excited and hope you'll find our information on the 997.1 and 997.2s useful and interesting whether you own a Porsche 997.1/.2 turbo/GT2 or looking to learn about the platform in general. Here are some initial results with our custom 997.1 custom tuning. The car has the following modifications: KLINE Exhaust (currently running DECAT pipes, tuning with 200cell cats to follow) 997.2 Intercoolers IPD Plenum Pump 93 (98 RON) octane OEM everything else. Weather Conditions: 30C Ambient, 70% Humidity, 101.4 kPa Barometric Pressure, in other words HOT! Weather conditions are the worst they can possibly be for this part of Canada and outside the 2-3 months of summer we get the conditions do improve As we always believed in full disclosure with our results and never worried about showing only the highest peak numbers for the sake of marketing we decided to still post these results in the worst of conditions for us. We are strong believers in transparency in our tuning and results and, when the weather improves, we can/will show numbers in much better weather conditions if anything as a comparison for those interested in seeing them. Dyno numbers overview: - Stage 2 93 octane OTS (Off The Shelf, preloaded and comes with the Cobb AccessPort): 492WHP 506WTQ - Our initial PTF Stage 2 custom map: 535WHP 562WTQ Gains of +43WHP +56WTQ over the OTS Stage 2 93 octane map with more than +70WHP and +70WTQ in midrange! Unfortunately we didn't get to dyno the car when it was bone stock but we will try to do so for baseline reasons next time if anything to show what our project car does on the OEM tune with the modifications in place. If we go by what is typically seen on a properly calibrated Mustang dynos out there we know very well a bone stock 997.1 turbo will put down in the neighbourhood of 390-420whp 390-420wtq on pump 93 octane on a Mustang AWD dyno. As all dynos read differently and conditions do vary this number isn't concrete obviously but it does give you a rough idea on what you can expect from an OTS tune, a custom tune and some minimal boltons on a 997.1 with Cobb's AccessPort and pump gas. OTS maps provide great gains and excellent drivability without our custom tuning already but being off the shelf they do leave some room for customization for any given car's particular modifications, octane, conditions, elevation, type of driving, etc which is where we can help. This was certainly not an all out tuning session for the 997.1 and much more is certainly to come with this car modification and tuning wise. As for the 997.2TTS unfortunately we didn't have time to do any custom tuning due to time constraints. Those numbers we're hoping to have available shortly. I do apologize for the format of the graph as its just a picture of a printed graph at this time. I do promise to provide more aesthetically pleasing dyno graph JPGs down the road . If any questions at all feel free to drop me a line over PM or email me at any time (email in my sig below). For those that have ordered a Cobb AccessPort through us to take advantage of our custom tuning service bundled offer, thank you, and we look forward to working with you.
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    06-29-2014, 02:52 PM
    Some hot supercharged M3 on M3 action here! This video is courtesy of a BimmerBoost member who attended a recent roll on race event in Chicago. His car is the camera car here and it is an E92 M3 with a 6-speed manual and the Gintani Stage II supercharger system. The silver E92 M3 also is a 6-speed manual car but it is equipped with the Evolve E600 supercharger kit. The Evolve car is running pump gas and less boost. The full specifications are below but each car has supporting mods including an aftermarket exhaust. The sound quality of the M3 with an aftermarket exhaust comes across very well in this video so turn your speakers up. The Gintani car does pull the Evolve car but it is important to note several factors. As both cars are manual driver skill is arguably the largest variable. Additionally, the Gintani car is running higher boost with a race gas mix. On paper it should pull up top and that is exactly what happens in practice. Another camera angle would help compare how the power comes on as there is a big difference between the supercharger head units each company utilizes but essentially what we see here is the top end difference between these two particular setups. Thank you to @e92livin for the video. 2008 E92 BMW M3 6MT Gintani Stage 2 Supercharged (7.5psi) (CAMERA CAR) Gintani X Pipe OEM Rear Section BC Racing BR Coilovers Volk TE37SL Hankook RS3 255/285 93/101 octane - 30/70 565WHP on pump- DYNOJET Evolve E600 Supercharged M3 6MT (6.7PSI) Evolve X Pipe Evolve Rear Section KW V3 Coilovers APEX EC-7 Michelin PSS Pump Gas
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    06-16-2014, 09:52 PM
    This is a great piece of marketing from AMG. The M178 V8 is making some big headlines as AMG finally released the info confirming many of the reports over the past couple years. AMG clearly realizes how important this engine is and is presenting it to the world incredibly well. They started with the exhaust note sounds, then the specs, and now offer up this quick video overview. So what does this short video teach us? That Mercedes-AMG wants this motor to sit low and far back in the AMG GT chassis. The dry sumpy lubrication system allow the motor to sit 55mm lower than if it used a conventional system. Additionally, as the M178 is smaller at 4.0 liters than the M157 5.5 liter V8 many were clamoring for this lower center of gravity combined with a lighter motor means a car with better weight distribution and of course less weight on the nose. This is important as Mercedes is targeting the Porsche 911. By keeping weight balance toward the rear Mercedes will not allow the 911 to have a huge advantage thanks to its rear engine layout which pays dividends in traction off the line and braking performance. So Mercedes likely has a 49/51 front to rear weight balance going thanks to the dual clutch transmission transaxle setup that they are mimicking in the AMG GT from the SLS. The AMG GT will not suffer from the negatives of the 911 rear weight bias which usually means slower entry to an apex but quick exit speeds thanks to being able to get on the power earlier. It also means no problems with snap on oversteer. The AMG GT will be better balanced. Turbo spool should actually be better than the M157 despite the displacement disadvantage. Why? The M178 offers a 10.5:1 compression ratio whereas the M157 offers a 10.0:1. It is not just the compression ratio but the turbocharger manifold design which will affect spool and the M178 features shorter routing of the exhaust gases with its top mounted turbos. Mercedes built a very efficient design here clearly taking throttle response and spool for the track into account. This is going to be an exciting motor that will be with us for some time and a worthy successor to the great AMG engines that preceded it.
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    06-20-2014, 11:18 PM
    BMW is a business, not a shocker. They are in business to make money. Make money they do as they keep pumping volume and increasing the available models so they can get as many sales as the market can handle. Some would argue BMW has already diluted the lineup to the point their image has taken a hit. BMW would argue that sales figures equal success and that is the current philosophy of the company. Sales, sales, sales, and more sales. BMW's CEO Robert Reithofer hired consultants to draw up plans to cut five billion dollars in annual expenses. That is a big chunk of cash and where exactly is it going to come from? They want to cut costs while expanding the lineup? The 'i' brand, the BMW X7, the 2-Series Active Tourer, and there is much more on the way. Something is going to have be cut and something will give, but what? They want to sell more cars and keep profitability high while cutting costs. BMW already stated they will not be making any bespoke M motors and basing all engines on those already in production so that is gone. BMW stated they will not produce a new M1 or M version of the i8 so that is gone. They have also diluted the brand by putting the M badge on everything to get extra money. Keep profits high, who cares right? It seems the cuts and choices are all affecting enthusiasts but not the bottom line. BMW is simply chasing profit above all else. Chasing it to a level that means the quality of the products suffers and enthusiast choices in the lineup suffer. BMW is basing their decisions on profit targets and not on quality, "Generally speaking we are continually watching our costs, and seek to maintain and enhance our international competitiveness. We seek to achieve a sustainable EBIT margin of between 8 and 10 percent, our strategy is based on this profit target." A BMW i8 M or new M1 will not provide the EBIT margin BMW is looking for. It would provide BMW fans with the best M car in decades though. But who cares? Profit targets between 8 and 10 percent are more important than the Ultimate Driving Machine. Gentlemen, BMW died a while ago. Say hello to the Ultimate Profit Machine era. Source
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    07-01-2014, 02:44 PM
    A recent article on a quick Auto Express video comparison between the M4 and RS5 got a lot of attention partially due to just how much stronger of a performer the new M4 is over the Audi RS5. The performance comparison between the two cars is pretty one sided. Here we have much more data than the quick Auto Express video thanks to the German publication Autozeitung and although it is in German numbers are universal. Let's start with the weight figures. The tested weight for the BMW F82 M4 is 3560 pounds. This is multiple sources now weighing the M4 in the 35XX pound range. The RS5 is the much heavier car at 3941 pounds. The RS5's quoted horsepower figure at 450 does not mean anything as BMW's quoted 425 horsepower figure is much more in the real world. The difference between these cars is really about 100 horsepower and quite a bit of torque. The Audi with more weight, less power, and less torque is is simply overmatched. This shows in the acceleration figures where the M4 trounces the RS5. Even though the RS5 has Quattro the M4 gets to 60 a tenth quicker at 4.2 seconds. The difference by 200 km/h (124 miles per hour) is a 1.6 seconds. The M4 is simply showing the RS5 its taillights past 60. Around the track the RS5 gets a beatdown as well. It laps their test circuit in 1:41.5. The M4 is 2.6 seconds quicker at 1:38.9. The slalom is also in the M4's favor at 70.8 km/h to the RS5 67.5 km/h. The M4 also has cleaner emissions and a lower price. Even its interior ergonomics are chosen over Audi which is the area Audi is traditionally praised over BMW. What more is there to say? The M4 is on another level compared to any RS4 or RS5 model in Audi's current lineup. Audi needs a new car with more changes than just some new headlights.
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    07-02-2014, 10:32 AM
    BMW officially released the 2015 F36 4-Series Gran Coupe earlier this year. This of course led to speculation (some sites reported it as confirmed) as to whether BMW would produce an M variant using the F36 chassis. An M4 Gran Coupe would obviously somewhat overlap with the F80 M3 but the same could be said for overlap between the M6 Gran Coupe and the BMW F10 M5. The market already proved that there is room for four door sedans and four door 'coupes' as the Mercedes E-Class and CLS-Class demonstrate. So why no M4 Gran Coupe? It is not because the idea does not make sense it is due to logistics. M executive Jorg Bartels stated the following regarding production of an M4, “That is a negative. It was definitely considered, but there is no plan to build an M4 Gran Coupe. Part of the reason is expected production volume, but also the 4 Series Gran Coupe is built in a different factory to both the 3 Series (sedan) and 4 Series (coupe), so there is a lot of challenges there.” Since the F36 is not built in the same factory as the F32 4-Series and F30 3-Series it seems BMW is not willing to justify the cost. The M3 and M4 roll out of the same factory so machines, transmission, engines, etc., are all in the same spot. Moving these aspects for an M4 Gran Coupe variant does not make business sense to them. If the F36 was assembled in the same spot, chances are we would see an M4 Gran Coupe. Why did nobody at BMW think of this in advance when choosing which models were produced at which plants? Who knows but an M4 Gran Coupe is apparently not an important enough model to justify BMW making any changes. Source
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    07-11-2014, 09:00 PM
    Some people on the DodgeBoost forums were saying the SRT Hellcat would not be that fast. Well, are 10's stock good enough? Because that is exactly what the 2015 SRT Challenger Hellcat is capable of on drag rubber. A 10.8 @ 126 on drag radials and an 11.2 @ 125 on production street rubber. That is some seriously impressive performance and to be expected with 707 horsepower stock from a 6.2 liter twin screw V8. What will it do with a pulley, tune, and race gas? IT sure looks like low 10's will be child's play for this motor with mild mods. Very cool of Dodge to do a video like this. Props to them on the results and on having the balls to build this car.
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    06-25-2014, 10:20 PM
    The N55 is back as the best 2.5 - 3.0 liter engine in the world at the International Engine of the Year awards. For 2014, the N55 motor wins the category but the choice makes BimmerBoost wonder a bit about the logic. Last year, Porsche's 2.7 liter direct injected naturally aspirated flat-6 took the victory in this category knocking out the N55. Why did the reverse happen this year? What exactly changed? The judges? Additionally, BMW's brand new S55 3.0 liter turbocharged six-cylinder that is a newer and better designed motor than the N55 finishes behind the Porsche 2.7 liter flat-6 and the N55 as well. The older N55 is better than the brand new S55 motor in the M3/M4 with greater torque, greater power, better engine components, higher revs, and an overall superior design? That just does not make much sense. The N55 takes the victory according to the scoring of the judging panel but the decision certainly does not appear logical. Regardless, BMW dominates this category with four motors in the top six. If BimmerBoost were to guess, the S55 will take this category next year but that only further supports what an odd decision the N55 is for 2014.
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    06-16-2014, 08:41 PM
    This is a fairly big piece of news that is not getting too much attention as little has been released about the state of Michael Schumacher and what his condition is. What we know is that his family took him away from the French hospital where he was receiving treatment after his skiing accident. He is reported as being out of his coma but there is no word on whether he is speaking, comprehending, or what state he is in. He was taken to an undisclosed location by his family where he will receive further treatment. It is possible he is unresponsive and will be on some type of life support which his family will provide the money and facility for. If Schumacher was up and about chances are we would see it so his family removing him as quietly as possible without alerting any media seems to not bode well. We certainly wish him and his family the best in this difficult time. The good news is that his manager confirms he is out of the coma, "He is not in a coma anymore. His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months. The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes to Michael. We are sure it helped him. For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye." Source
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    06-27-2014, 04:13 AM
    Obviously, these are two very different vehicles. The Porsche Cayman is a mid-engine rear wheel drive sports car with naturally aspirated power from its 2.7 liter direct injected flat-6. The 275 horsepower motor is an excellent powerplant winning several awards and it does an admirable and efficient job hustling this 3059 pound 6-speed Cayman forward. The STI on the other hand is a front engine all wheel drive sedan with turbocharged power. It is heavier at at 3367 pounds although Subaru should be commended for producing an all wheel drive turbocharged four-door in the 3300 pound range. It has a smaller 2.5 liter boxer four-cylinder although it is turbocharged. The STI has more power though rated at 305 horsepower and much more torque with 290 lb-ft to the Cayman's 213 lb-ft. The STI gets the lead off the line thanks to all wheel drive traction and holds it through the 1/4 mile. The STI runs 13.8 @ 101.9 to the Cayman 14.2 @ 101.2. The Cayman is starting to reel the STI in ever so slowly past the 1/4 mile marker though. The elapsed time at the mile marker is even between the two cars with a 35.8 second sprint. The Cayman is pulling harder at the mile marker though at 140.4 miles per hour to the STI's 135.2. So what does this tell us? That if you own an STI race a Cayman from a stop. If you have a Cayman, race an STI from a roll. The longer the race the more it favors the Porsche. Additionally, it would be interesting to see the difference the PDK transmission would make here as it should make the 1/4 mile much closer between the two. Overall a very well done video with supplemental data from Automobile.
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    07-11-2014, 05:41 PM
    The topic sounds absurdly cool, does it not? The video itself of actually seeing it happen is also absurdly cool and well done. Before anyone says anything the video is not real. Nuclear aircraft carriers are not exactly available for rent from the US government so you can build a race track on top and have fun flogging your car. Considering some of these taxes and programs US citizens pay for BimmerBoost is not exactly opposed to the US government giving enthusiasts some track time on top of an aircraft carrier. Yes, the idea is awesome and there is no point debating that this is fake. BMW Canada has done great marketing videos before where people debated if they were fake. The effect is cool and the marketing department definitely does their job. Enjoy the video for what it is.
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