Published on 12-27-2010 11:18 PM
Surprisingly, the M56 puts up a pretty good fight and Insideline criticizes the new 5 series as being too soft and removed without the driver connection BMW's are known for. We have been hearing this a lot about the new 5 series. They still pick the 550i over the Infiniti but say the 5 series has slipped. We wish they gave us the full 1/4 mile numbers from the strip as well. ...Published on 12-27-2010 11:18 PM
Surprisingly, the M56 puts up a pretty good fight and Insideline criticizes the new 5 series as being too soft and removed without the driver connection BMW's are known for. We have been hearing this a lot about the new 5 series. They still pick the 550i over the Infiniti but say the 5 series has slipped. We wish they gave us the full 1/4 mile numbers from the strip as well. ...Published on 12-27-2010 08:25 PM
Prior Design has released their body pieces and wheels for the new E-class coupe. A more aggressive front bumper, rear bumper, and side skirts are included. They have two spoilers as well one for the roof and one for the bootlid. The vehicle is also lowered by 35mm. Prior Design 20 inch rims complete the look although the rims seem a bit gaudy to us. Pricing is as follows: ...Published on 12-27-2010 08:05 PM
This is a pretty funny commercial from Mercedes showing off their cars with all wheel drive. If you do not know who is driving the SL in this video, please leave and go to a different website. ...Published on 12-26-2010 08:04 PM
MHP is proud to announce it's first Group Buy in conjunction with Benzboost! In order to be eligible for GB pricing potential customers must be members of Benzboost; registration is quick, simple, and allows access to more real world late model MB/AMG tech than any other site on the net.
MHP S1 package: MHP v3 CDT on sale domestically (U.S. and Canada) for $2295 shipped (Canada add shipping surcharge) for otherwise stock vehicles, modified vehicles can tuned for an additional fee.
MHP v3 CDT has proven itself at the track, on the dyno and on the street to be the most potent remapping available for AMG M156/M159 variants. Gains are 65-70rwhp/30-35rwtq SAE on 93 octane, 5th gear, 1:1, DJ. ...Published on 12-26-2010 07:25 PM
Here we have a teaser video of a supercharged M156 V8 on he C63 AMG. There has been a lot of discussion of this not being possible and extremely difficult to excute. So far, it seems Weistec has been able to get the hardware down using a 2.3 liter twin screw supercharger. We do not know what boost they are running (likely somewhere in the 6-7 psi range if on pump) and we do not know the cost or even who is doing the tuning. More on this as it develops but we are glad to see this is being attempted and development is moving along. ...Published on 12-25-2010 05:23 PM
This M3 of mine continues to impress me. The S65 engine and DCT are just amazing! I think the DCT impresses me the most since it's been able to handle every bit of power that I throw at it without slipping.
The cold weather in the Southeast has enabled me to achieve some great 60-130 mph times this week. I'll start with the results of the ESS VT2-600 supercharger only run (no nitrous). 27F / full weight / 93 octane.
6.87 secs in 1011 ft ...Published on 12-24-2010 12:49 AM
Well all know lighter wheels are a good thing. But just how big is the difference? Well, as a car makes more power the effect is easier to see. HPF took a Stage 4 and tested it with a wide set of 19's and then the stock 19 inch M3 wheels. The effect is magnified on a more powerful car and at one point in the graph there is an over 60 whp difference between the heavier wheels and the skinnier, lighter stock wheels. Check out the vid on the next page. ...byPublished on 12-24-2010 12:19 AM
G-power is announcing that they have dropped the price of their SKII supercharger setup to 11,500 €. They are also offering a limited special offer until January 17, 2011 for 10,925 €. Our European members may be interested in this although as many remember G-power has blown a few S65 motors. They have claimed to fix their tune and we would only recommend this kit for members in Europe who have access to higher octane fuel than those in United States, namely California. ...Published on 12-23-2010 04:55 PM
Piecha Design is a German tuner who specializes in Mercedes Benz applications. Pretty much the usual with wheels, front lip, diffuser, spoiler, and side skirts. The side skirts have a pretty tacky LED option which is a little too ricey for us. They also have an exhaust system as well as a module that raises the response time of the convertible top which is a nice touch. Pricing compared to other tuners is fairly reasonable, it is as follows: ...Published on 12-23-2010 01:40 AM
We all know the M275 V12 makes for a great tuning platform. However, not too many Maybach owners we would think opt for dyno tuning. OE Tuning recently had a customer with a Matte Black Maybach 57 come in for a dyno tune. The gains with just a tune only were 109 whp and 136 torque. Impressive? We would say so. We also would be the kind of crazy people who would take this thing to the strip and have our chaffeur rip off 12 second passes while we sipped on a '96 Krug in the back seat and waved. ...Published on 12-22-2010 02:31 PM
This video was sent to us anonymously. The reason for that is Shiv@Vishnu had seen the video and told the owner not to post it and the owner did not for fear of being punished, lack of support, etc. We happened to get this video which shows a V5 automatic misfiring even after the voluntary harness update and several times of cleared adaptations. ...Published on 12-22-2010 02:14 AM
Wheelsandmore.de has released their tuning program for the Mercedes SLS. We really like their offering as they address all the areas of the car. They have suspension, brake, exhaust, wheel, interior, and engine upgrades available. None of it is cheap however as the German tuner is asking for quite a bit of cash. The wheels are 8,000 euros for a set for example. Click Read more to see the parts and pricing. ...Published on 12-21-2010 06:34 PM
Carlsson has released their take on the new CLS. Overall, we must say we are impressed as the styling looks great. Their body kit includes a front bumper and lip, hood, grille, sideskirts, and rear apron. 20 inch wheels complete the look and the car is obviously lowered. In addition to the styling changes Carlsson offers performance tunes for the diesel models in Europe as well as the 350 V6. Well done Carlsson, well done. ...Published on 12-21-2010 04:56 AM
BMW continues their habit of comparing the E82 1M Coupe to the E30 M3. They continue pulling at heart strings trying to illicit feelings of nostalgia as the E82 1M Coupe is not the spiritual successor to the E30 M3, no matter how hard they try to market otherwise. Enjoy the footage... ...Published on 12-20-2010 11:49 PM
This is just a prototype, so don't get too excited. A dozen Mercedes apprentice engineers from the Rastatt facility decided to swap the big V8 into the B-class for fun. They started with a B200 CDI and took a naturally aspirated 5.5 liter V8 from the 550 models and swapped it in along with a 7 speed auto transmission. They also made it rwd using an E430 diff and axles. It took them 8 months to do this and we say it was 8 months well spent. How cool would it be to get paid to work on a project like this? ...Published on 12-19-2010 11:06 PM
The winter driving season is among us and many of us have RWD BMW's that can be a handful if driven improperly in the snow. One needs to be careful and make sure they have the proper tires. It probably is a good idea to know the car is RWD as well and not leave it in gear while trying to push it along like this lady did. An automatic Audi is no doubt in her future. ...Published on 12-19-2010 10:39 PM
Kicherer has released their tuning program for the Mercedes SLS. They do the typical body addon's with a front lip and rear diffuser in carbon. They also have carbon accents for the interior. In addition, they claim their tune bumps the car up to 610 hp. We are not clear on if this figure is including their exhaust or not. The wheels are also unique to Kicherer. Another interesting part is that the car is lowered on a suspension system that will raise the car 30 millimeters at the touch of a button. Probably comes in handy with that lip. Enjoy the pictures: ...