Published on 08-25-2011 09:25 PM
Well, here it is, the new B-class. Not exactly the most anticipated model for performance enthusiasts but it is a new Mercedes vehicle. The styling inside and out is fairly nice but it does not really matter as we will not be getting it here in the USA. Car is built for efficiency anyway with a .26 drag coefficient and 122/156 horsepower 4 cylinder motors available. Would be nice to get this over to the US, or make a version with a V8, but for now we are not shedding tears over this car.
...Published on 08-25-2011 08:46 PM
Here is a nice little teaser vid from BMWUSA showing the M5 doing what an M-car should be doing, lapping an awesome roadcourse. Not an earth shattering video by any means but we are going to keep getting trickles of M5 content like this from BMW which people want to see. The car sounds pretty good but the S85 V10 in the previous model gave out tones that were much more fitting and enjoyable. Check out the vid below.
...Published on 08-24-2011 09:23 PM
No surprise that Techart was going to release a bunch of body pieces of for the new 958 Cayenne. This is the entry level kit so to speak and the no doubt ostentatious "Magnum" kit will be revealed in Frankfurt. This Type I kit features a 3 piece front spoiler with integrated LED's. It also functions as a daytime running light system. Side skirts are also featured in the kit along with a new rear apron and roof spoiler. The material used for the body pieces is polyurethane. Techart wheels are also available in sizes up to 23 inches to complete the look.
...Published on 08-24-2011 09:10 PM
This is simply a little teaser but we had to report on it as there have not been too many S65 swaps that we have seen. In addition, swaps that are then boosted. That is exactly what Active Autowerke is attempting to do with this widebody E36. Will they pull it off? It's Active, so we doubt they would be teasing if they did not intend to back it up. How far along this is we do not know and they have not released any other details other than a photo of the S65 in the E36 engine bay and publicly stating their intention to boost it.
...Published on 08-24-2011 09:09 PM
This was quite interesting to see. BimmerBoost members BoostAddict ran a stock B8 S4 in his modified E90 335i with a 6 speed manual. His mod list is as follows: JB4 Map 1, DCI, and VK downpipes. He also had a 230 pound passenger. The 2011 S4 is a 6 speed manual that is completely stock. The runs were certainly closer than BoostAddict expected and the S4 performs well and clearly is a strong car. Looks like the 335 needs some race gas or meth, especially if the S4 owner decides to mod his ride.
...Published on 08-23-2011 09:02 PM
Here is a new widebody option for W204 C63 AMG cars. A very well priced and attractive option considering the pricing will be somewhere in the $5000 range. The body kit is all steel, no carbon reinforced plastic or anything like that. One can go to up to 355 rear tires in back. Considering what some of the C63 AMG's are putting out power wise, being able to go that wide should mitigate some traction issues. In order to get this kit one has to send their car to Orlando, Florida.
...Published on 08-23-2011 08:26 PM
This was quite interesting to see. BimmerBoost member BoostAddict ran a stock B8 S4 in his modified E90 335i with a 6 speed manual. His mod list is as follows: JB4 Map 1, DCI, and VK downpipes. He also had a 230 pound passenger. The 2011 S4 is a 6 speed manual that is completely stock. The runs were certainly closer than BoostAddict expected and the S4 performs well and clearly is a strong car. Looks like the 335 needs some race gas or meth, especially if the S4 owner decides to mod his ride.
...Published on 08-23-2011 08:55 AM
Well, it seems Porsche could not wait until the Frankfurt Auto Show and decided to reveal the brand new 2012 Porsche 911 early. Nothing wrong with that and we certainly do not mind. The new car looks great, sleeker, and more modern. The front really isn't all that different which is not surprising considering the uproar when Porsche goes too far switching away from the classic circular headlights. The tail looks very edgy and modern now though, definitely a step forward. The side profile is also more aggressive.
...Published on 08-22-2011 11:51 PM
This information comes courtesy of BMWblog. They are reporting that the X1 is indefinitely postponed after speaking with sources at a BMW event. We may not get the car here until 2013 if then. There simply is very high demand for the vehicle and the original delay dealt with production capacity. Frankly, we aren't all too upset about this as the X1 is not something we were really excited about. However, we like for the US market to get all BMW vehicles. Interestingly enough, the car is for sale in Canada.
...Published on 08-22-2011 11:42 PM
This past weekend BenzBoost members ecampbell and jrcart went for a test and tune at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway dragstrip. BenzBoost was in attendance thanks to a generous invitation from ecampbell and Weistec was also present with Steve Atneyel and Michael Weiss. We were a bit a surprised that Earl (ecampbell) and Jim (jrcart) wanted to run in the middle of the summer with insanely hot temps in Vegas. When driving in, the temperature readout in our car showed 108 degrees at 6:15 PM. Not exactly weather for setting records.
...Published on 08-20-2011 05:43 PM
Here it finally is folks, the new 2012 SLK55 AMG. The car has a 422 horsepower 5.5 liter V8 which is naturally aspirated. The motor also features cylinder deactivation technology. It would seem Mercedes did not want the SLK stepping on any of its big brothers toes so it developed this new V8 specifically for the SLK55 . Expect more details and higher resolution photos after the Frankfurt Auto Show where the SLK55 will be officially revealed but for now enjoy this first set of photos.
...Published on 08-20-2011 06:21 AM
The GT45 wouldn't fit in the limited space that's available in the M3. We are now trying the highly recommended Precision 8285. We have a mysterious 4,500rpm rev limiter with the ProEFI that comes and goes that we can't seem to track down. There is no on-board logger so we are trying to get some other software to work on our computer so we can look at the logs. However... we downloaded the software for $30 and that software doesn't seem to let us look at the logs. Help!! So we may switch back to the AEM again to try and get some dyno numbers out of this new turbo unless ProEFI can help us get through these issues.
...Published on 08-18-2011 03:39 PM
Congratulations to davidtm5 for his record breaking 1/4 mile run. David has an E36 with a built S52 motor running a giant GTX 42 turbo along with Bavarian Solutions cams. Car has hit in the mid 900's to the wheels (so over 1000 crank horsepower) at about 37 psi. Simply a beast and this was proven with a record setting 9.0 second 1/4 mile run in the middle of the Summer. Records just continue to fall and the bar keeps getting raised. The first 8 second 1/4 mile pass for a street BMW? Just around the corner.
...Published on 08-17-2011 12:34 AM
Got my baseline dyno last week and went and got my tune from Eurorev/Singh autosport on fri. Car feels great..went on few runs up to 165mph and it was pulling like a freight train. I'm very happy with the tune and it drives like stock except when you stomp on it. Been modding cars long enough to know it was best to take to independent dyno shop and i'm very pleased with result. Coming from PTT, W212 E63, C 63 and E60 M5..this is by far the best and fastest car i've own! BTW this same dyno did a 2012 S63 with Performance Pkg and it was 537 rwhp and 611 tq which was published on Insideline.com. This show you the potential of the M157.
...Published on 08-16-2011 05:16 PM
Boris, also known as djborya on the forums, has raised the bar again. He previously set overall the 60-130 in October 2010 being the first BMW to dip into the 4's for 60-130 runs. This record was later broken by Mert with a 4.49 60-130 earlier this year. We are happy to say that the bar has been raised once again and Boris has taken the record back with a 60-130 run of 4.2 seconds which was done during a 1/4 mile pass. Specs on the car are an E30 with an M3 widebody, built S52, and a gigantic 80 mm turbo among other things. Congratulations Boris!
...Published on 08-15-2011 09:46 PM
We will be heading to the East Coast to install a supercharger kit on a customers’ vehicle. Since we will be coming out to New York area to do the install, we have decided to do a special on our Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 2+ Supercharges kits. We will be coming out either the first or second week of September to do the install. The installs will be done at LOMOTION, located at 224 Overocker Road (RT 44) Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.
...Published on 08-15-2011 07:25 PM
Emanuel Pirro is a 5 times Le Mans champion. Impressive? Yes. So the guy knows a thing or two about performance cars and how they should behave. These videos from Audi have Emanuel detail the Audi R8 GT and why it's great, wait, spectacular being a more apt description. 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and a 560 horsepower tweaked 5.2 liter direct injected V10 paired to the excellent Audi chassis no doubt makes for a hell of a track car. Especially considering the weight was also dropped. Check it out, worth watching.
...Published on 08-15-2011 04:22 PM
There were some alarming reports earlier this year that Michael Schumacher would perhaps not return to finish out his contract due to his "heart" not being into it any longer. Well, Schumacher ended the speculation by confirming he will be coming back next year which is his final year under contract. What is interesting is that Mercedes GP president Ross Brawn is the one who hinted at issues with Schumacher and Mercedes-Petronas stating Schumacher's future with the team would be evaluated later this year. That must have put pressure on Schumacher who decided during the season to return.
...Published on 08-15-2011 03:50 PM
You should know by now the 2012 3 series is coming and that it will be referred to as the F30 generation. A lot of speculation has been taking place on how the car will look which is not really all that big of a surprise. What is a surprise is it would seem the design has now leaked out. Someone managed to snap some photos of the car basically completely undisguised and in its final form. Not the best pictures ever but they clearly show the 3 is taking styling cues from the 5 meaning subdued and restrained evolution.
...Published on 08-12-2011 07:52 PM
ESS will be entering the competitive, expensive, and lucrative E60 and E63 M5/M6 header market. These headers were designed with the ESS supercharger in mind and will be used on the V2+ and V3 supercharger kits whenever those actually come out. RPI will be carrying these headers which is interesting as they also have a header application for the S85. The difference of course being these are new larger diameter designs with forced induction in mind while all the other headers options available currently are intended for naturally aspirated applications. No word on pricing, but likely not cheap as all S85 headers available are expensive.