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    • The N54 finally comes into its own - Vargas Turbo Tech Stage 3 N54 (335/135) twin turbocharger upgrade sets new N54 horsepower record with 693 wheel dyno

      Congratulations are in order to Vargas Turbo Tech as well as Cobb tuning and ProTuning Freaks for raising the bar as to what the BMW N54 inline-6 twin turbo motor is capable of. There are two platform records here the first of which it is important to note was achieved without methanol injection. There are certain tuners on the N54 platform that mask their ability to upgrade and control the stock fueling system and any fueling issues are "solved" by dumping in a ton of methanol.

      Well, with no meth and the cars own fuel system (with High Pressure Fuel Pump tweaks courtesy of Vargas Turbo Tech) responsible for all the fueling 673 wheel horsepower was achieved in STD correction on a Dynojet. That is a record for horsepower on the platform without methanol injection and was done with a blend of MS109 fuel and 93 octane.

      Meth injection was then added and the figures rose to 693 wheel horsepower. If more time was available for the parties involved including Josh at Cobb as well as Jake and Dzeeno at ProTuning Freaks the 700 wheel barrier likely would have been crossed. This will happen sooner rather than later now but this is still a major milestone and a new era the N54 is entering. The motor is finally starting to mature and although it is not on a comparable power level yet with the top BMW aftermarket options this is a huge step step forward for a platform that spent considerable time in limbo due to fueling and tuning issues.

      It must be satisfying for all involved especially Vargas Turbo who was doubted by many early on due to being a fresh entrant on the N54 tuning scene with many fanboys blindly following another tuner providing a turbo upgrade. Vargas Turbo Tech, Cobb, and PTF have surprisingly quickly surpassed the results from a competing turbo kit that uses a single turbo setup and have done so without relying on meth injection band-aids. A true fueling upgrade is here as well as a turbo upgrade making some serious power and setting the standard.

      Congratulations and much respect to all the parties involved, dyno graphs and videos are below.

      693WHP 572WTQ Graph:


      693 WHP 572WTQ Graph 0 Smoothing:


      Back to back no meth / meth run
      673WHP 564WTQ no meth / 680WHP 556WTQ


      A few runs stacked to see how consistent the car is:


      693WHP 572WTQ with speed to prove it was in 4th gear:


      Octane Calculator pic:


      693WHP 572WTQ Pull video:


      Back to back no meth / meth run:

      This article was originally published in forum thread: 693WHP 572WTQ - 98 Octane, with meth - 673 WHP 564 WTQ 98 Octane NO Meth VTT VTX-R63 Early Dynos PTF / COBB Protune started by VargasTurboTech View original post
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      1. Turkeybaster115's Avatar
        Turkeybaster115 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by maximumpsi Click here to enlarge
        Looking good! FYI, MS109 has an octane rating of 105 (R+M/2) so you actually had a lower octane than what is calculated, around 96.5 if my math is correct.
        96.5 octane + Meth is what Tony is rounding up to 98 Click here to enlarge
      1. Turkeybaster115's Avatar
        Turkeybaster115 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        People have made 1000 whp with cast LS pistons please don't bring your nonsense into this.
        Sez the M3 guy.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sparky68 Click here to enlarge
        lets see what shiv pulls out of his ass!
        Isn't Laguna Seca's junk currently occupying that spot?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Turkeybaster115 Click here to enlarge
        Sez the M3 guy.
        I could be a purple leprechaun it wouldn't change that fact.
      1. Sparky68's Avatar
        Sparky68 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Isn't Laguna Seca's junk currently occupying that spot?
        Click here to enlarge
      1. Sered's Avatar
        Sered -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Turkeybaster115 Click here to enlarge
        So, 28-30lbs of boost huh? World's strongest "CAST pistons" for sure! Click here to enlarge
        The 2jz-gte has cast pistons dip$#@!.
      1. Q4P's Avatar
        Q4P -
        so now the discussion pretty much turns to ; who will make 800 whp first?? or when??
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Turkeybaster115 Click here to enlarge
        96.5 octane + Meth is what Tony is rounding up to 98 Click here to enlarge
        Ummmmm..... No he wasn't Click here to enlarge The Title specifically says "693 WHP / 572 WTQ - 98 Octane, NO Meth".

        There's no way to 100% confirm what the octane was because 109 was mixed with whatever, unknown amount of 91 in the tank, but it was def over any standard pump gas & shy of true Race Gas (100+).

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Q4P Click here to enlarge
        so now the discussion pretty much turns to ; who will make 800 whp first?? or when??
        I think it's great & all that we're not hitting 700 WHP on a completely stock motor with a GTX Twin Turbo upgrade, but what's really going to make this an appealing upgrade (besides the price & retaining the OEM DME turbo setup so you can use any tune) is reliability and after prolonged use, if the OEM N54 internals can keep up.

        Are any of the tuners/vendors going to be opening up the motor after xxxx Miles to see if the rods & pistons are handling the power well, or are we going to go the "we'll known when something breaks" route?
      1. CannonFodder's Avatar
        CannonFodder -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Turkeybaster115 Click here to enlarge
        So, 28-30lbs of boost huh? World's strongest "CAST pistons" for sure! Click here to enlarge
        Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by benzy89 Click here to enlarge
        The Title specifically says "693 WHP / 572 WTQ - 98 Octane, NO Meth".
        673 without meth, not 693.
      1. Linracing's Avatar
        Linracing -
        That is amazing!! Props! I can't wait to get these installed on my car!


        Congrats to you VARGAS!

        Sticky put this on the front page! Click here to enlarge
      1. Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
        Tony@VargasTurboTech -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by benzy89 Click here to enlarge

        Ummmmm..... No he wasn't Click here to enlarge The Title specifically says "693 WHP / 572 WTQ - 98 Octane, NO Meth".

        There's no way to 100% confirm what the octane was because 109 was mixed with whatever, unknown amount of 91 in the tank, but it was def over any standard pump gas & shy of true Race Gas (100+).


        I think it's great & all that we're not hitting 700 WHP on a completely stock motor with a GTX Twin Turbo upgrade, but what's really going to make this an appealing upgrade (besides the price & retaining the OEM DME turbo setup so you can use any tune) is reliability and after prolonged use, if the OEM N54 internals can keep up.

        Are any of the tuners/vendors going to be opening up the motor after xxxx Miles to see if the rods & pistons are handling the power well, or are we going to go the "we'll known when something breaks" route?
        Well if it makes you feel any better, we have almost 5K miles on the car and have done Hundreds I mean HIGH hundreds nearing a thousand WOT pulls in 3rd, 4th, and 5th. The worst I had seen is a boost hose slip a bit and need a clamp adjustment, and a shredded Serpentine belt. We threw at least 200 runs at it this weekend. the last 50 or so 28 psi and over. The car never even puffed blue smoke once, nor did anything weird. The tunes we are running are safe and we get there very slowly. The reliability will continue to be proven but so far its more then proven itself, as we are pushing past where anyone has on boost, and power levels.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by keikdasneak Click here to enlarge
        Sticky put this on the front page!
        Uh, duh?
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        And thats how you build a 335 STG turbo kit!



        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leo985i Click here to enlarge
        I bet LostMarine wished he still had his 335i now.
        hardly, that much power would be nice, but I believe im done going balls out and want what i consider the best all around package
      1. sranch335i's Avatar
        sranch335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by govr46 Click here to enlarge
        Still need to get LSD, Diff lock down kit and upgraded axles.
        After that its off to the track.

        Im on the same boat. I gotta get it done before it goes to Hayward!
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by VargasTurboTech Click here to enlarge
        Anyone know if this is the highest recorded dyno pull for an N54? I have never seen higher. If there is one please let me know.
        I believe it is

        @shiv@vishnu got anything to say now? like why you needed 4 meth nozzles?

        @Sticky

        Im sorry, but the N54 IS the new 2JZ it cant be denied now
      1. Animal29's Avatar
        Animal29 -
        Wow!!! VTT ftmfw!!
      1. NJrep335i's Avatar
        NJrep335i -
        Attachment 29662
      1. Terry@BMS's Avatar
        Terry@BMS -
        Sweet curves. Can't wait to play with these!!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        Im sorry, but the N54 IS the new 2JZ it cant be denied now
        $#@!ing idiotic. Just so stupid it's beyond belief.

        Every time the motor hits some higher number some retard has to say this. Oh yeah it's SUCH a SUPRA. No it isn't, it never will be, get over it. It's an N54 not a 2JZ and the S54 is closer to being a 2JZ than the N54 ever will be. For $#@!s sake...