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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2020, 08:54 AM
    The E9X market is somewhat polarizing. You can pick up an E92 335i today for a pair of used socks and some floppy discs. It has led to a decline in quality in aftermarket parts as well as enthusiasts. There is natural turnover every new 3-Series generation but the E9X M3 value is holding much better than its turbo counterparts. Why? Let's break down the reasons. 1. V8 M3, 8400 rpm, enough said. It's BMW's GT3 or GT350. You will never have a V8 in an M3 again and V8's are set to disappear from the entire BMW lineup in the next decade. 2. It can lap after lap after lap after lap. Yes, bearings need to be changed but compared to how a 335 throws codes if you sneeze on it, the M3 is a much more reliable track car which is what it was designed to be. This is the last car BMW actually won championships in motorsports with. 3. Last M3 with perfect 50/50 weight balance. 4. That exhaust note. 5. DCT or Manual paired to RWD 6. For some, the last real M3. 7. Speculators who think it will appreciate. A guy compiled KBB data on his E92 M3 over a three year period. Of course the value dropped over time as he accrued mileage but notice despite miles we seem to be in a bottoming out period: You will not make tons of money off an M3 investment but what is interesting to note is you will not lose tons of money either. Take good care of it and essentially you will get what you paid for if buying today. Source
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    01-18-2020, 10:42 AM
    Carwow has little to no credibility here. We call out their bullshit time and time again. It is all about getting likes and views from the masses though so Carwow creates misleading videos in order to get more views so Carwow can get get car commission sales and that is what this is all about. It boils down to money, not credibility. The new Carrera S is not slower than a Tesla Model 3 Performance and will not lose a drag or roll race to it unless circumstances are manipulated. The test numbers thus far from a variety of sources all show the 992 Carrera S running low 11's at ~125 miles per hour. How is Carwow roughly a full second off? Well, you can visibly see the Carrera S kicking up dirt as it launches: Wow, well done Carwow! You proved all wheel drive can beat a faster car when you specifically make sure the surface is not prepped, dirty, or will not offer traction. Why not race them while it is raining too? Maybe put them both on ice? Have the Carrera start in a puddle of water? This is misleading and frankly downright awful. They do a second drag race where the Carrera S warms its tires (by doing donuts?) but the damage has been done. An 11.5 still is on the slow side for the Carrera S but still quick enough to beat the Model S. Yet, they say the video has a *shock* result despite the Carrera S winning 2 out of 3. They market the manufactured loss for views and that is why Carwow is garbage. You would think the roll race would fix all of this but the Carrera is not in the right gear (waiting for kickdown) so that they can exaggerate the performance of the Tesla... again for clicks. They even claim the Tesla won despite the Porsche pulling past. WTF? They do a second drag race and put the 992 Carrera S in second gear at 30 mph. The car is geared so that it will do over 40 miles per hour in 1st gear. It should be in first, not second. Again, misleading garbage. Someone has to call this crap out:
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    Yesterday, 12:51 PM
    The strongest turbochargers on the S55 platform? That would be the offering from KRATOS. The KRAS55Bi turbos are enough to go well over 1000 horsepower at the wheels providing the motor is built to handle it. This motor is not built. You still can hit some major peak figures on a properly tuned stock internal S55 motor with these turbos. So just how quick is a stock internal example tuned to roughly 750 horsepower? Quick enough to pull this ~900 horsepower Nissan GT-R. The M3 has two major advantages that play in here. One that it is lighter and also that rear wheel drive is more efficient from a roll. M3's are becoming very fast cars. (click refresh if video does not show)
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    01-19-2020, 02:31 PM
    The Audi C7 S6 continues to show what a performance tuning value it is. This C7 S6 EA824 4.0 TFSI V8 is running the Dyno Spectrum DS1 Stage 1 pump E85 tune. That is it. No additional custom tuning or fueling upgrades here. The result? A very nice 11.3 @ 120.02 software only: Now, the car is not far off breaking into the 10's but it will likely take some fuel system upgrades to get there. It certainly will be interesting to see if a C7 S6 or S7 do break into the 10's on the factory turbochargers. The platform certainly is on the doorstep.
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    Yesterday, 01:11 PM
    Remember the numbers posted on the 991.2 GT3 RS that Gintani developed a twin turbo kit for? Well, those were not final numbers. Also, yes, you will be able to buy this kit and twin turbo your GT3. The owner created this promo video apparently to sell some T-shirts? Well, whatever he is selling the car look awesome and the video is well made. The livery is by someone called Rocketbyz: PorscheBoost is more interested in the performance than looks here but this is a hell of a ride. More details on the twin turbo kit to come.
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    01-22-2020, 12:06 PM
    So how quick is 100-200 kilometers per hour in 7.07 seconds in context? A Ferrari 458 Spider takes 7.4 seconds. A Porsche 991.1 Turbo S takes roughly 7.2 seconds. A Lamborghini Aventador LP-700-4 will do it in 6.3 seconds. A 2012 Nissan GT-R needs 7.8 seconds. This is an SUV running C6 Corvette ZR1 times: And we are talking about a 3.5 seconds improvement over stock (which is huge namely for an SUV). This thing is fast for a Stage 1 tune only and GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter) delete.
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    Yesterday, 12:27 PM
    A CTS-V successor? It seems that way but this makes you scratch your head considering the LT4 V8 already was utilized and Cadillac has a 4.2 liter twin turbo Blackwing V8 waiting on deck. Why the LT4? Because it apparently fits. Why the new V8 will not fit has not been stated. Why not go LT5? Apparently because people at GM do not think. The new model is already shaping up to be outgunned and outdated. Source
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    01-19-2020, 10:01 AM
    The LT5 from GM and the Predator V8 from Ford are the two powerplants at the top of the domestic game. The LT5 has an advantage in time on the market but considering both of these motors have TVS2650's from the factory we are going to see massive power from both in the aftermarket. The ZR1 does have an advantage in that it is lower weight. The GT500 has an advantage in that it has a dual clutch transmission and revs higher which means it can get aggressive with the gearing. LMR tuned this C7 ZR1 with their LMR1000 package which includes a cam upgrade. Let's just say it is roughly at 1000 crank but who knows the truth. With the GT500 we have a fairly good idea of its output. It's in the low 8XX wheel horsepower range tuned on E85 with more to come. Skip all the nonsense to the 13:00 minute mark to see the runs. The ZR1 is definitely quicker and pulls hard up top but the GT500 hangs in there in the lower gears initially and you can probably thank shift speed for that. It is going to be fun to watch these platforms go head to head as they evolve. Who will win? The person who spends the most money of course...
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    01-22-2020, 02:01 PM
    The new RS6 is not yet on the streets in the US but European enthusiasts get to sample it first. Early acceleration tests showed the new RS6 is quick but it is not dropping any jaws in stock form. HGP tuned the EA825 V8 ECU and these are their Stage 1 results. Now, they did not post their 100-200 kph baseline but we will go with 8.77 stock which another source posted. HGP shows a 6.7 second sprint which is roughly a full two seconds quicker than stock: That's certainly an impressive improvement and it starts to put the RS6 in some elite company. HGP claims 786 metric horsepower and 786 lb-ft of torque. Keep in mind this is very early tuning on the platform but so far so good.
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    AC Schnitzer is German for overpriced BMW parts or something along those lines. Still, AC Schnitzer body pieces are usually pretty nice and their wheels are well known. The BMW tuning house certainly is well established. So what do you they have for your F97 X3M? As for body pieces, a front lip, rear spoiler, and some rear skirt protection. Somewhat of a subdued aero offering for AC Schnitzer. Their springs will drop the car .8 inches up front and 1.0 inch in back. The drop certainly helps the 20-inch wheels fill out the fenders and 22-inch wheels are also available although those are for the crowd that is all about looks. You also get a tune good for 592 horsepower but there are much stronger tuning options for far less money on the market. Is it worth it? Only if you value the AC Schnitzer brand name.
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    01-19-2020, 11:37 AM
    If you are driving around in a bright yellow Lamborghini Urus do you really need more attention? Well, if you do Vorsteiner is where you can go to in order to make your $250k+ Lamborghini SUV stand out even more. It would embarrassing pulling in to pick the kids up after a soccer game next to another stock Urus, wouldn't it? Here are the pieces: UX-07 EDIZIONE AERO BONNET CARBON FIBER PP 2X2 GLOSSY Carbon MSRP: $9,495 UX-07 EDIZIONE AERO DECKLID SPOILER CARBON FIBER PP 2X2 GLOSSY Carbon MSRP: $2,095 UX-07 EDIZIONE AERO FENDER FLARES CARBON FIBER PP 2X2 GLOSSY Carbon MSRP: $5,295 UX-07 EDIZIONE AERO FRONT AIRDUCTS CARBON FIBER PP 2X2 GLOSSY Carbon MSRP: $1,595 UX-07 EDIZIONE AERO FRONT SPOILER CARBON FIBER PP 2X2 GLOSSY Carbon MSRP: $5,295 UX-07 EDIZIONE AERO REAR AIR DUCTS CARBON FIBER PP 2X2 GLOSSY Carbon MSRP: $1,395 UX-07 EDIZIONE AERO REAR DIFFUSER CARBON FIBER PP 2X2 GLOSSY Carbon MSRP: $6,295 UX-07 EDIZIONE AERO ROOF SPOILER CARBON FIBER PP 2X2 GLOSSY Carbon MSRP: $3,195 UX-07 EDIZIONE AERO SIDE BLADES CARBON FIBER PP 2X2 GLOSSY Carbon MSRP: $6,295 That sure adds up in a hurry. Is it worth it? You be the judge.
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    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    It is no accident to see a Porsche 991.2 GT2 RS next to a Chevrolet C8 Corvette test mule. Is this an indicator the C8 Z06 is boosted? Possibly. The two cars were spotted in California testing in the basin as well as the California mountain ranges. Whether it tells us the C8 Z06 is boosted or not the testing does tell us the GT2 RS is the performance benchmark. That makes a lot of sense as the Z06 has some big shoes to fill and the performance game is moving at a rapid pace. The C7 Z06 seems like a distant memory at this point. No doubt more info will trickle out with GM testing the new Z06 around the country.
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    01-18-2020, 08:28 AM
    We covered the impact going catless (straight pipe) compared to high-flow catalytic converters on modern Porsches previously. With emissions rules tightening you can still remain emissions compliant while opening the car up both in sound and performance. Look at the Fabspeed dyno results with just a change to their sport cats on this Porsche 991.2 Carrera 4S equipped with PSE: Most of the gain comes up top exactly where the 9A2B6 3.0 needs it and considering the results are on the factory ECU it shows what a restriction in breathing the factory catalytic converters were. Not only do you gain power but just listen to the flat-6 open up. The guys still pounding their chest about their 991.1 exhaust note have little to brag about any longer:
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