Published on 11-23-2011 05:51 PM
We all knew the C63 AMG Black Series Coupe was going to be an impressive vehicle. We just had no idea it would raise the bar so far. Ex-DTM driver and champion Bernd Schneider was able to get it around the famed Laguna Seca course in a minute and thirty-six seconds. That puts the C63 Black Series on par with the 458 Italia, Nissan GT-R, Lexus LF-A, Porsche, 997 GT3 RS, and Audi R8 GT around the roadcourse. Pretty elite company indeed, check out the laptime list from fasted laps for Laguna Seca below. ...Published on 11-23-2011 04:03 PM
In an earlier article we reported that the 550dx was rumored to get 500+ horsepower. We were skeptical and stated that previous 400 horsepower and 550 pound-foot of torque numbers sounded far more realistic. Well, turns out that is exactly the case as the final numbers are 381 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque for the triple turbo diesel powerplant. Disappointing? Yes, as the hype for this car was out of control. This motor is mated to all wheel drive as previously reported which will help put all that torque down. Expect to see this engine make its way into other BMW models like the X-series shortly. ...Published on 11-23-2011 03:57 AM
The B8 S4 continues to evolve and the 1/4 mile times continue to drop. Just a little over a week ago we reported the first 11 second B8 S4. That run was an email@example.com and this was improved to 11.7. The trap speed was only 116 but this same car also hit 118 setting a new fastest time in the process as well. The vehicle below is a 2010 S4 with DSG. It is running a beta APR race tune, APR pulley, miltek exhaust, and a custom intake. ...Published on 11-23-2011 02:32 AM
We really like what APR does. Their performance options for VW and Audi vehicles are well tuned and reliable. Lately they have been stepping it up taking the 2.0 TSI motor in VW's to 470 wheel horsepower on 100 octane. On 93 octane they hit a very respectable 423.8 wheel horsepower. The Stage III+ setup is available for sale and is a $2,999 upgrade from the Stage III. These are some very impressive results. Perhaps we will see 500+ whp from APR and the 2.0TSI in the near future. ...Published on 11-22-2011 10:22 PM
We were not expecting Porsche to reveal the cabrio versions this fast. The Carrera and Carrera S cabrios share their coupe siblings underpinnings which means they have the same transmission and motor options. The main difference is the folding soft top which we are glad Porsche chose to keep weight down. Set to go on sale in the spring of 2012, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet MSRP is $97,300, while the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet MSRP begins at $108,000. ...Published on 11-22-2011 09:23 PM
No secret the SLS Black Series is coming. The real questions though are how much it will cost and what the changes will be. Will it have the rumored 650 horsepower? Will it have the rumored $500k price point? We certainly hope not on the latter. MotorAuthority got a video of the car testing and it looks and sounds great (just listen to those throttle blips on the downshifts!). Also one can see a roll cage installed which may be a factory option. The entire car is definitely much more aggressive than the standard SLS. Check out the video and photos below.
...Published on 11-22-2011 07:07 PM
Congratulations to BimmerBoost member akh23456 and Active Autowerke. Akash's E90 M3 with DCT and the Active Autowerke Stage 2 kit with meth injection set the new quickest boost only 1/4 mile time with a run of 11.2@126. The quickest/fastest overall E9X M3 time was set with nitrous so this is now the quickest run with boost only. Even more incredible is that the record settings runs were done on street tires. 10 second car with drag radials? Certainly a possibility. ...Published on 11-21-2011 06:30 PM
Another leak from the VW/AUDI ETKA software has revealed a new Q3 model as well as its horsepower figures. The screenshot below clearly shows a Q3 2.5 with 310 horsepower. What will this model be called? A Q3 S perhaps? SQ3? We first reported on this back in June and are happy to confirm it with horsepower figures. Now the only question is how do we convince Audi to bring it to the USA? ...Published on 11-21-2011 05:10 PM
The 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline-5 was not all too popular and with pressure on improved MPG and emissions a smaller turbo 4 will be taking over. This engine has nothing in common with the old 1.8T other than the displacement and is a derivative of the current 2.0TSI motor. The motor puts out 158 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Going into entry level models we expect tuning of this motor to become very popular. The engine code is EA888 for those interested. ...Published on 11-21-2011 08:59 AM
Most of our Southern California members are familiar with the 110 and 405 freeway junction. Porsche is set to open a driving experience center in that area that will be one of 5 in the world and only the second in North America (the other under development in Atlanta, Georgia). The idea is to offer a massive test track on an area of about 53 acres where customers and potential customers can experience what a Porsche vehicle is truly capable of. There will also be off-road areas to test out the abilities of a Cayenne off the payment. We can not wait for the grand opening in 2013 which we will be sure to attend. ...Published on 11-21-2011 08:21 AM
JAWS Motorsport out of Sweden has developed an Alpha-N setup for S85 V10 vehicles like the E60 M5. This means they use the throttle position and RPM to calculated the amount of fuel to inject as opposed to speed density. This change has resulted in a very impressive 484 horsepower to the wheels paired with the JAWS Motorsport intake. The tune coasts $1250 and comes with a handheld flash device to allow basically anyone in the world to download/upload the tune. The intake is $450 and the carbon fiber version pictured is substantially more. Please contact JAWS Motorsport if interested. ...Published on 11-21-2011 08:00 AM
We have seen the Renntech M157 twin turbo V8 tune evolve in a very impressive manner over the past few months. Recently, the Stage I tune on a CLS63 AMG ran a 11.3@125 at the strip. Renntech claims 0-60 of 3.4 seconds which is just incredible for a heavy vehicle like the CLS. Crank ratings are 669 horsepower and 734 pound-feet of torque. We will have a Renntech M157 dyno comparison up later in the week.
...Published on 11-21-2011 01:36 AM
The R8 LMS Ultra is the successor to the R8 LMS GT3. The GT3 has won 115 races so it is not exactly an easy act to follow. The Ultra features CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) doors for weight savings. The exhaust system for the 5.2 V10 has been revised for more power. The oil cooler has been relocated and improved upon. The chassis was slightly reworked to fit larger and wider wheels. In addition to all this the aerodynamics have been changed to increase downforce. ...Published on 11-21-2011 12:20 AM
Suzuki is officially terminating its partnership with Volkswagen and seeking a return of its shares in arbitration. Suzuki got a bit upset when Volkswagen stated in a report that it could significantly influence financial and operating decisions at Suzuki. Why Suzuki is upset over the truth we have no idea. Suzuki now states it was not given full access to VW technology that is expected. Suzki CEO and chairman Osamu Suzuki stated, “Today, Suzuki terminated the partnership with VW. Suzuki will be seeking the return of its shares from VW in arbitration. I am disappointed that we have to take this action but VW’s actions have left us no choice." ...Published on 11-20-2011 09:17 PM
The new 911 Carrera S is a very impressive vehicle. It is not far off the pace of the 997 GT3 which is incredible in of itself. The vehicle tested had PDK, PCCB brakes, and PASM with the -20mm suspension option. What is very telling is the numbers around the tight Hockenheim circuit which match a 997.2 GT3 with a 1:10.4 laptime. Around the ring Sport Auto tested it at 7:44 which is as fast as they tested an R8 V10, Pagani Zonda S, and it is faster than the 996 GT2. Impressive? You bet. ...Published on 11-20-2011 07:41 PM
This is Weistec's trunk mounted water tank upgrade that applies to supercharged M156 vehicles as well as M113 Kompressor vehicles such as the W211 E55 AMG. This will allow one to better cool their supercharged vehicle and assist with the issue of heat soak that affects positive displacement supercharged cars that are making back to back wide open throttle runs. One can put ice in the reservoir to further help cool air charge temperature entering the intake path. Hot water can easily be drained with the drain system.
...Published on 11-20-2011 07:10 PM
Say what you want about Chris Bangle, there is no denying his impact on the automotive industry. His designs have been controversial and he dragged BMW kicking and screaming into the future but he certainly has had a massive impact. This 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award is given by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology where a group of automotive design peers chose Bangle as the recipient for 2012. Bangle was with BMW until 2009 and is known most for the E60 5 series and E65 7 series both of which feature the infamous "Bangle Butt." He currently operates his own design studio in Italy. Congratulations to Mr. Bangle for this prestigious design award. ...Published on 11-20-2011 01:11 AM
We are not big fans of hybrids. We do not like the Prius. We do not like Prius owners. We like cars that make the ground shake, tires smoke, and scare the elderly as well as small children. Porsche however has managed to make a car that can do all that previously mentioned while being eco friendly and badass at the same time. Introducing The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 sporting an awesome 672 horsepower.
...Published on 11-20-2011 01:09 AM
Here is the 4 door version of the Audi A1 we are sure you have all been waiting for. Yes, that was sarcasm as we do not pay much attention to the A1 in general as Audi decided the USA should not get it. It is Audi news however and since this is a new model it is our duty to bring it to you. So, here you are, dream about the 4 door A1 you can not have. That's a joke, we really aren't going to miss not having this. The RS6 on the other hand... ...Published on 11-19-2011 09:50 PM
Here is our coverage of Volkswagen from the 2011 LA Auto Show. There really was not anything all too exciting from VW. They had plenty of models to show off though and also brought the very cool looking Bettle R concept that we hope somehow makes it to production. They were also showing off a hybrid Touareg that had the first supercharged hybrid powertrain in the world. Not exciting from an enthusiast perspective but it is a world first. ...