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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-17-2018, 05:54 AM
    As you know a new power record was recently set in the N54 tuning sphere with a 938 whp pull by an AD-E built N54. While technically a record this was not a boost only pull. Nitrous assisted the run. That is what makes this Motiv pull and new overall record so impressive. It was done boost only: Now, to be fair they did top 1000 whp technically but take a look at how choppy the graph is: Now look at the pull with Smoothing set to 5: They are revving it out to 8k rpm and it's basically tapped out: What this really signifies is the 1000 whp N54 era is essentially here. Congratulations to Motiv and everyone involved.
    20 replies | 886 view(s)
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    01-19-2018, 12:12 PM
    Is it awesome FCA allowed Jeep to stuff the supercharged 707 horsepower Hellcat V8 under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee? Absolutely! Did it turn out as planned? Hell no! The 2017 X6 M is the better sports SUV. Why? Because despite having 'only' 567 horsepower from its twin turbocharged 4.4 liter S63TU V8 the X6 M is just a hair off the Trackhawk in acceleration: The Trackhawk with its 707 horsepower manages a 12.0 @ 115. So that big bad twin screwed 6.2 liter V8 only gets 1 mph of trap speed on the X6 M? Sure, it is faster but not by much of anything worth mentioning. The X6 M also runs circles around the Trackhawk when it comes to handling: .89g is all the Trackhawk manages. The X6 M also brakes better getting down from 70 mph in 153 feet while the Trackhawk takes 168 feet: The only thing the Jeep really has going for it is that it is mildly cheaper at $87k while the X6 M starts at $104k. It doesn't even weigh less. Honestly? The X6 M is worth the premium. It handles better, the interior is better, it is more luxurious, and it is the sportier SUV and ultimately more fun to drive. If the 1 mph of trap speed difference bothers you, throw on a tune and run low 11's at over 123 miles per hour. The Trackhawk is quite simply a letdown. BMW may not build the best driver's cars in the world anymore but their performance SUV's are the best in the business.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 07:09 PM
    Dinan is leaving the Bay Area in California for APR's massive facility in Alabama. Why? Well, because as both are a part of Performance Driven Brands the move makes sense for development from an engineering, production, and cost perspective. You will notice Dinan abandoned their Volkswagen tuning aspirations and now will focus solely on BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Mini. Overall, this is a good thing as one would figure APR's expertise and engineers will lend Dinan a hand. BoostAddict also expects APR/Dinan to cover more platforms going forward.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2018, 02:42 AM
    PPM (Pure Performance Motorsport Australia or PPM Racing) claims to have various built stroker motors available for many platforms. For example, they claimed to have a 5.0 liter S63TU stroker motor for $18k which can go up to $40k+ with options. How much do they want for this 3.7 liter S55 built race motor? $44,000.00. Why? Well, again, it depends on options such as these: Their bore x stroke is 91mm x 94mm. Compare it to the stock specs: S55B30 DISPLACEMENT (CC): 2,979 BLOCK/HEAD MATERIAL: ALUMINUM/ALUMINUM BORE STROKE (MM): 84.0mm x 89.6mm HORSEPOWER (SAE NET): 425 @ 7,300 RPM TORQUE: 406 LB.-FT. @ 1,850 - 5,500 RPM SPECIFIC OUTPUT: 141.6 HP/L COMPRESSION RATIO: 10.2:1 Another 7 mm of bore is hard to believe but perhaps the closed deck block allows greater bore gains than the N54 or N55 blocks. You will notice there are no N54 or N55 stroker motors approaching this displacement despite having the same factory bore and stroke as the S55. Does a 3.7 liter S55 race motor with custom cams and valvetrain parts sound awesome? Hell yes! The question is, who will try it? Where is the proof of it even existing? Who designed these cams and why aren't they offered separately? Hopefully someone finds out if this is the real deal.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:12 AM
    Why all of these home built M3 wagons of all a sudden? Who knows but while BMW does not seem to think there is a market guys are building their own versions. The other day BimmerBoost shared an E91 M3 wagon with an S65 V8 but this is an F81 with the S55 twin turbo 3.0 I6. Which one do you prefer? It's hard to choose but it is not hard to admit this is an awesome build. Considering just how awesome it is, where are more details? All we have are a few photos and some minor details. Apparently SMV Repair in the UK did the work: Looks like the car was tuned by BimmerBoost vendor Evolve Automotive. Time for some videos of this beast in action!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:01 AM
    Another day, another N54 single turbo kit, eh? Vi Engineered based out of Denver, Colorado has a new entry in the N54 single turbo top mount game. Based on some of their past work they clearly have talent developing turbo kits and manifolds. So what do they bring to the table? This: Your $4850 gets you the following: Garrett 3884GTW turbo Water fittings, oil fittings, lines, flanges 2 Tial 38mm Wastegates Manifold Dump tubes Downpipe that connects to stock exhaust Water pipe to water pump Relocation brackets for expansion tank Air filter Thermal wrap Turbo blanket What kind of numbers does the kit produce? BimmerBoost is not sure. They do not provide any graphs although obviously output can range wildly depending on boost, tuning, fuel, supporting mods, etc. Yet another option worth considering.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:03 AM
    A 909 horsepower 5300+ pound SUV with a 5.5 liter twin turbo V8? Yeah, that is the kind of thing BenzBoost is into. McChip-DKR in Germany decided to build what they call an MC900 GLE63 AMG Coupe. What was done to hit that 900+ horsepower figure? This: Performance upgrade mcchip-dkr Stage 5 (MC900) 909 hp / 1096 Nm mcchip-dkr software V-Max removal Transmission software upgrade mcpipes exhaust manifold and exhaust system with sport catalysts Upgrade turbocharger High-performance H-shaft con rods incl. bearing shells High-performance main bearing shells High-performance pistons Custom tuning, upgraded turbos, and forged pistons/rods for the M157. They say only the transmission tuning software is changed which is surprising considering one would expect 808+ lb-ft of torque to require some hardware upgrades in the transmission. There is a crank dynograph in the video below but no acceleration data is provided in the video or anything showing what it can really do. One would think this is an easy 10-second GLE63. Badass, no doubt.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2018, 04:31 AM
    Anyone else skeptical of fast times coming out of the Middle East that nobody else can seemingly match? Anyone else think a desert climate producing record runs is suspect? You should be skeptical. Yas Marina is known for timing shenanigans and cheating on the strip which BoostAddict called out and verified with the NHRA. The Bahrain 1/4 mile strip has a better reputation but it still is not NHRA accredited which means its timing equipment is not officially NHRA compliant. Don't take it from us, take it from the NHRA's worldwide consultant Mark Hughes: Alpha Logic no doubt built an absurdly fast GTR: I'm also sure the Bahrain facility is top notch just like Yas Marina but until the track officials play by official NHRA rules it simply does not count. Just as laptimes would not count if the track was not FIA certified 1/4 mile times do not count until the dragstrip is NHRA certified. It's long overdue for the Middle East to start playing by the same rules as everyone else.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-17-2018, 04:51 AM
    PPM (Pure Performance Racing Australia) is known for their stroker kits for various motors. They certainly have some impressive pieces and stroker kits although their M133 forged billet crank maintains the OEM stroke. Will they do a stroker crank? Only they know and it certainly would be interesting to see how much more displacement they could extract out of the M133 especially with their overbore pistons: They do not list any pricing information for the crank but the forged pistons and rods run $3200: Considering big turbo kits are out now for the M133 forged internals will likely be necessary if going past 500 awhp. Who is going to be the first to do an all forged internal and big turbo M133 build?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2018, 03:33 AM
    A lot of guys in the N54 world like to tinker with their cars. That is a good thing but sometimes can lead to unexpected issues. Over the years on BimmerBoost guys have bricked their DME's or done things that required soldering new connections. Well, for those worried something unexpected might happen BPC (Bimmer Performance Center) can clone your ECU so you have a spare: Not a bad idea for those guys messing around or who maybe want peace of mind just in case something happens when tuning.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2018, 01:34 AM
    Before we even begin let's point out the Cadillac CTS-V deserves huge props. Why? Because it is offering something unique in an increasingly bland segment. Yes, yes, the new BMW M5, E63, Panamera Turbo, and Audi RS7 are all faster and more powerful than their predecessors. They all are also basically the same exact thing. Big, heavy, all wheel drive sedans with 4.0 - 4.4 liter top mount twin scroll turbocharged V8's. Cadillac offers the biggest V8 in the class at 6.2 liters and sticks to rear wheel drive. They supercharge their motor for a very different power delivery. It is also the lightest of the bunch at 4108 pounds: You could argue (successfully) the throttle response, balance, and configuration of the CTS-V make it more of an M5 than BMW's own new M5. Ok, so how do the CTS-V and E63 S compare around the figure 8? Both pull .88 g but the E63 pulls through quicker. What about straightline performance? 0-60: E63 3.2 CTS-V 3.8 1/4 mile: E63 11.3 @ 124.2 CTS-V 11.9 @ 122.0 If you put a premium on the straightline aspect, the E63 wins. All wheel drive allows the torque to be put down much more easily. If stoplights are your thing, it is no contest. Do not forget the CTS-V can make much more power much more easily thanks to sharing the C7 Z06 aftermarket. So what about the subjective points? The CTS-V is said to feel much lighter obviously and very well composed. Traction off the line does not determine the better car to drive once moving. The CTS-V chassis is playful and easy to control. The E63 S is more of a brute. It just eats up tarmac. Not that it does not handle well because it certainly does. The main complaint is how the E63 brakes. The Mercedes-AMG pedal feel just is not as good. So which is quicker around the track? The CTS-V but it's oh so close: You can tell the CTS-V is better in the turns but the all wheel drive traction and outright muscle of the E63 S almost puts it ahead of the CTS-V as it ran it down on the final straight. Overall, the CTS-V is the driver's choice here. It also offers an incredible value when looking at the as tested prices. You can not go wrong with the E63 S but Cadillac deserves the win and praise for not just doing what everyone else is and producing a sedan that truly emphasizes sporty driving.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-17-2018, 02:36 AM
    A Ferrari SUV just sounds wrong no matter how you justify the sales. Why is it so hard for a manufacturer of Ferrari's pedigree to avoid the pull of an SUV? Money rules and so it is no surprise an SUV is on the way which was already confirmed last year anyway. At least if Ferrari is doing it they intend to have the highest performance SUV on the market. The other tidbit from Ferrari head Sergio Marchionne (who also heads FCA) is that a fully electric Ferrari supercar is coming. This is of course a direct response to Tesla and their new roadster. This car is still a ways off as Ferrari basically states they intend to deliver a fully electric supercar which is inevitable really. First we will see hybrids, then the fully electric: Marchionne seems to be confused as Ferrari will not be the first. Tesla will beat them to market and Ferrari has yet to even have a basic design for this supposed electric supercar. Regardless, nothing shocking there. Simply the march of technology and Ferrari can either be a part of it or be left out. It would be nice of them to realize that perhaps there is a market for modern lightweight, rear wheel drive, and naturally aspirated sports car with a manual transmission in the portfolio that would link the past to the present. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:02 PM
    As you likely know, is currently testing this upgrade out on the PorscheBoost Project 991.2 car. The turbos are being installed and tuned and this software testing will be an integral part of the turbo upgrade package will offer for the 991.2 Carrera, T, S, and GTS. The upgrade utilizes the factory housings. This is commonly referred to as a hybrid upgrade. Here are factory turbo specs: 9A2 3.0 991.2 Carrera Horsepower: 370 Torque: 332 lb-ft Boost Pressure: 13.1 psi Turbos: 49mm compressor/45mm turbine 9A2 3.0 991.2 Carrera S Horsepower: 420 Torque: 369 lb-ft Boost Pressure: 16.0 psi Turbos: 51mm compressor/45mm turbine 9A2 3.0 991.2 Carrera GTS Horsepower: 450 Torque: 405 lb-ft Boost Pressure: 18.0 psi Turbos: 55mm compressor/48mm turbine The Stage 1 upgrade goes to a 61mm compressor wheel and 50.5mm turbine. We will of course not reveal the wheel designs. Here is what you can expect: Turbochargers: New OEM CHRA. ( Bearings, shaft, thrust washers ) Larger turbine wheel 50.5mm Larger 61mm Compressor wheel Core OEM units (starting life from OEM 991.2 C2/4, C2S/4S, or GTS2/4 turbos) are then: - Disassembled and Inspected - Hot Ultrasonic Immersion Cleaned. Di Water rinse. - Shot peened to restore finish to new or better appearance to Compressor and Turbine housings. - 5 Axis turned / Machined. - Reassembled and clocked for installation. What kind of power can you expect? Well, we will know when tuning wraps up. What about the price? It depends on how involved the software is among other factors but expect something competitive with the factory X51 upgrade except offering much more bang for the buck. As this upgrade requires the factory turbochargers a core exchange is required. Due to the limited number of cores in circulation those who get in line first will get their turbos first. The turnaround time is only 24 hours but that is only for cores in stock. Feel free to PM or e-mail to put a deposit down.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-19-2018, 10:45 AM
    Great data here for the new 991.2 Turbo S which by all accounts is a monster stock let alone when modified. The owner got a tune which he does not disclose and began to lose power when he switched to the ByDesign 991.2 Turbo intercooler upgrade. He went back to the stock intercoolers after this but ByDesign urged him to get a tune from them to take advantage of the intercoolers. Let's start with the stock baseline for the 2017 911 Turbo S on a Mustang overlaid with the difference when the ByDesign headers and exhaust are added: 489 horsepower at all four wheels and 529 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on 91 octane pump gas completely stock. The ByDesign headers and exhaust show gains through the curve but peak horsepower does not increase. Peak torque goes up to 540 lb-ft at the wheels. Now let's look at what happens with the ByDesign intercoolers installed with a competitor's tune and then the switch to the ByDesign tune: You are probably thinking, who did the original tune? Considering how much power and torque ByDesign picked up would like to know as well. Check out these three runs with the ByDesign intercoolers, exhaust, headers, IPD Plenum, and tune: Power and torque drop each run as they should but ByDesign extracted a total of 626 horsepower and 646 lb-ft of torque at the wheels out of the car on 91 octane pump gas with their bolt on modifications. That is serious, serious horsepower and torque at all four wheels on a Mustang dyno on 91 octane pump gas.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-19-2018, 09:12 AM
    BMW did not build an E91 M3 wagon during the E9X model run. Why? Because BMW would rather sell you an X1, X2, X3, X10813018, or whatever X model number they are on now. It is true that BMW's most profitable models are the X-Series vehicles but that does not mean an E91 M3 wagon would not be awesome to have in the portfolio. If you disagree, take a look at the homebuilt version below. Someone in Poland took it upon themselves to convert an E91 into an M3 Wagon using M3 body pieces and the S65 V8 motor. Oh, and it has a DCT transmission. And just listen to the exhaust note... damn! Hard to argue against how badass this wagon is:
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    01-19-2018, 03:41 PM
    1000+ wheel horsepower MKIV Supras barely get people to bat an eye these days. The thing is, this is a ton of power. Not only is it a ton of power the 2JZ-GTE practically makes it look easy when even modern I6's struggle to approach these levels. What's special about this example? It is a built 3.0 liter unit revving to 9k rpm. The turbocharger is a custom 76mm BorgWarner unit by Work Turbochargers. It is pushing 38 psi of boost. The result? 1181 rwhp: It is tuned on a Haltech Elite 2500 by Crispeed Tuned. Impressed? They ended up hitting 1300 whp:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-17-2018, 02:04 AM
    APR is offering a factory reliable performance upgrade for 1.8T turbo four-cylinder equipped Audi and Volkswagen models. It is essentially factory reliable because APR is using factory turbochargers to boost output combined with APR's software. The IS20 turbocharger is utilized on the Golf GTI and the IS38 sees use on the Golf R as well as the Audi S3. If Audi/VW were to upgrade the 1.8T motors this is how they would do it themselves. So what kind of gains will you see? Take a look at this dyno overlay to get an idea: That yellow line? That is where the 1.8T starts. Not exactly a powerhouse. That red line pushing 325 horsepower to all four wheels? That is what you want. More than double the 1.8T factory output! No reason the 1.8T can't have the punch of its 2.0 big brothers: Both upgrades completely transform the 1.8T, adding between 104-188 HP over stock, depending on setup. With this release, we now support all 1.8T models in North America, as listed below: Audi A3 1.8 TFSI - S Tronic VW Golf 1.8 TSI - 5 Speed Manual & Tiptronic VW Golf Alltrack 1.8 TSI DSG All Wheel Drive VW Golf Sportwagen 1.8 TSI 5 Speed Manual, 6 Speed Manual, Tiptronic & DSG Front Wheel Drive & All Wheel Drive Product Pages: IS20 Turbo ECU Upgrade IS38 Turbo ECU Upgrade
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-19-2018, 08:34 AM
    The Cadillac ATS-V is a sales failure. BoostAddict can tell you exactly why. It is not more desirable of a car than a BMW M3 or Mercedes-AMG C63. It lacks the looks, polish, and performance of the aforementioned models. In order for Cadillac to be taken seriously as a rival they need to offer more for less money until they prove they are on top. BMW, Mercedes, and Audi all have the market perception of superiority. Cadillac simply is not on par just yet despite the strides forward the V models have made. The ATS-V performance, looks, and interior quality for the money just quite honestly stink in the luxury sport sedan segment. The chassis is great (despite being pretty heavy) but who cares if nobody wants the car built on top of it? Instead of messing around with the LF4 V6 and trying to mimic their German rivals with a turbocharged six-cylinder Cadillac just should have stuck a big V8 under the hood. The LT4 probably would have been too much to ask for but an LT1 naturally aspirated V8 realistically could be done and the ATS-V would offer something unique in the segment. Instead, we got a bad try of Americans trying to be Germans. Note, the CTS-V succeeds precisely because it isn't mimicking the Germans. It is going to fun to see the result of this swap.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:12 AM
    GIAC has tuning software available for the 991.2 generation 911 Turbo models although they only shared results of a base Turbo and not the S with updated turbochargers. They also managed to figure out how to share a dynograph with the product release this time, imagine that. So what are the numbers? The baseline is roughly ~500 awhp and 505-516 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels. Great to have some Dynojet numbers to go by: The tune picks up roughly ~55 awhp and torque rises by ~40 lb-ft or so depending on which baseline you go by. Solid gains through the curve once the turbos spool and they hold through redline. To get an idea how a tuned 991.2 Turbo S on a Mustang dynamometer compares to the 991.2 Turbo on a Dynojet, check out yesterday's article.
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    01-18-2018, 03:52 AM
    Remember the Acura Type-S models? Well, it has been a while since Acura produced anything truly performance oriented (the new NSX at least showed they have a pulse). The head of Honda in America Toshiaki Mikoshiba stated the Type-S brand would return and it would serve as a performance division for Honda. Make sense to us: This begs the question, what the hell have they been doing since the last Acura Type-S model in 2008? It looks like performance enthusiasts may soon be able to take Acura seriously again.
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    01-18-2018, 03:12 AM
    As you know Whipple redesigned their 2.9 liter twin screw blower last year. The new third generation design includes different casing and an improved rotor profile. Essentially, the third generation blower is a more efficient and more modern design. How much more efficient? Check out the result on this 2003/2004 Mustang Cobra. It is tuned on E85 at 21 psi of boost. The dyno overlay is back to back with a custom tune for each: Monster power and torque gains at the same boost level: 810 RWHP / 737 RWTQ - Gen 3 Whipple 725 RWHP / 647 RWTQ- Gen 2 Whipple Those running the 2.9 liter Gen 2 should definitely look into the Gen 3. Nothing better than making your motor even more efficient with less heat and more power.
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    01-19-2018, 12:42 PM
    AMS announced their Nissan GTR VR38DETT Cast Aluminum Intake Manifold last year and the piece is absolutely gorgeous (and expensive!). It is nice to see it mounted though in the engine bay and damn does it add a bit of eye candy. The other red anodized touches in the engine bay just bring it all together. Almost a shame to close the hood:
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    01-17-2018, 05:14 AM
    Ford put out a teaser video of the new Shelby GT500 Mustang expected for the 2019 model year. What did they reveal? Nothing much. The only important piece of information is to expect 700+ horsepower from the car. Considering the outgoing GT500 delivered 662 horsepower the 700 figure barely gets a yawn from It better deliver well over that figure. Considering the Demon makes 840 horsepower and the Hellcat it is based on delivers 707 horses anything less than 700 in the 2018 performance climate is not going to cut it. The real question that is more important than the output is how they achieve that output. Are we getting another blown V8? The hot rumor is that a supercharged 5.2 liter 'Predator' V8 based on the Coyote is coming out to play. 750-800 horsepower will be no sweat but it is long overdue for a Domestic manufacturer to give us a twin turbo V8. Ford, make the move to turbos already and blow the competition away.
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    Yesterday, 09:17 AM
    The Camaro currently does offer a 6-speed manual but according to a leaked CARB (California Air Resources Board) document a 7-speed manual transmission will be joining it for the 2019 model year. This makes perfect sense considering the Corvette has a 7-speed manual and shares motors with the Camaro. The question is, which Camaro models will get the 7-speed? It seems nobody knows that answer but GM at this time. Very cool to see GM and Chevrolet gives the manual transmission plenty of love in this day and age.
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    01-19-2018, 08:17 AM
    Everything might not be as rosy at Tesla as they claim. The Model 3 is proving problematic to launch full scale as they intended and there have been delays which Tesla is being sued over. In addition, two key engineers at Tesla recently left. Jason Mendez the senior director for manufacturing engineering and Will McColl the senior manager for equipment engineering are gone. Speculation is that this ties into the Model 3 problems. Tesla isn't commenting though and the only statement is from McColl: Maybe time to pump the brakes on those Tesla Roadster claims.
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  • gaspam's Avatar
    Today, 06:34 PM
    the general consensus among the high hp hellcat guys is 1,100 hp on stock internals. there are more than a few stock internal guys running ~1100 hp for track day and then tune it down to ~900hp for daily driving so there is quite a bit of HP heardroom over stock levels on stock internals
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    Today, 04:28 PM
    I wouldn’t say that at all...the materials and tech are night & day in the BMW vs. the Jeep....the infotainment system in the Jeep looks like a Windows 98 PC stuck in the dash and the leather is very cheap, so are the plastics. The seats aren’t even close either. Mercedes is sort of on their own at the leading edge of interiors, Porsche is probaly right there too with BMW & Audi trading places right behind. No one else is even close, I don’t think.
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  • nbrigdan's Avatar
    Today, 04:07 PM
    B vs B+ interior. Lets not forget BMW's interior are actually a joke compared to the other German brands. They look at least 10 years dated.
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