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    09-13-2019, 10:31 PM
    If there were those of you wondering how the larger TTE777 Audi 2.5 TFSI hybrid turbo upgrade would perform, well, now you have your answer. TTE's newest hybrid offering (and largest) on the platform is nearly trapping 150 miles per hour. Now, it takes a whole lot beyond the turbo to get there: •TTE777 turbo •E85 fuel system •TVS clutches (not tvs tuned dsg) •Wagner intercooler •Hoosier slick tyres all round •Seats removed •Full exhaust with rear non oe rear mufflers •Cortex boost controller •Built engine You can't argue with the 1/4 mile and 100-200 kph results: Tuning done by Evotech. Sure, the run was not done on an NHRA accredited strip but not everyone has one available locally but the 100-200 kph time does back up the run. These are just incredible numbers on a hybrid turbocharger and a 2.5 liter motor.
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    09-13-2019, 09:16 PM
    You have already seen test figures for the 992 Carrera S and 992 Carrera 4S from European sources with Euro spec cars. It is nice to compare those numbers to MotorWeek who takes a no-nonsense approach to testing. Their figures usually are not the quickest. So when MotorWeek puts up numbers like this for the US spec 992 Carrera S you know it's fast and the real deal: 0-60: 3.0 1/4 mile - 11.3 @ 124 American 992's do not have the Gasoline Particulate Filter and it will be interesting to see how much this affects performance. The 3.0 flat 0-60 figure is the quickest recorded and interestingly matches what Car and Driver got from a European test car. With numbers like this for the Carrera S we can't wait to see what the 992 Turbo brings to the table.
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    09-13-2019, 08:26 PM
    Yes, Aston Martin is joining the SUV sector because why not? Everyone has one. We had prototype photos two years ago and not too much has changed. Obviously the newer test mule smooths out the styling a bit namely when it comes to the lights. What can we expect? A Mercedes-AMG M177 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 under the hood with the Aston Martin 5.2 liter twin turbo V12 to come later. Both will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and both motors will offer all wheel drive. Beyond that, not much is known. What will it tow for example? Surely, someone will be towing with this torque monster SUV won't they? Expect the official debut at the end of the year. Potential premium SUV buyers will have an incredible array of choices in 2020.
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    09-13-2019, 07:42 PM
    You can not possibly have your brand new quarter million dollar Lamborghini SUV look like all the others, right? Novitec has just what you need to stand out from the crowd with their Lamborghini Urus Esteso widebody platform. Novitec is well known for overpriced parts for Italian cars. Their product line seems to appeal to those with more money than sense. Novitec worked with Vossen to create 23-inch wheels for this application. 10.5x23 inch wheels up front and 12x23 inch wheels in back. The big wheels help fill up the widebody arches quite nicely. Overall, the body kit does look good but for whatever it costs you could easily pick up another car. Then again, a Lamborghini SUV is not exactly about being practical to begin with. There are various carbon fiber, forged carbon, and interior options. Novitec will also tune the motor which of course you will need more power to move those big 23's. The black one sure does look good.
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    09-13-2019, 07:18 PM
    Now, an 11.5 @ 121.6 in the 1/4 mile is not slow. It is closer to what you would want the brand new RS5 to do out of the box though. Considering BMW has SUV's that can run 10's tune only now Audi is dropping the performance ball somewhat with the RS4 and RS5. It is odd considering what a beast the RS3 and TT-RS 2.5 TFSI's are. The EA839 V6 in both 3.0 single and 2.9 twin turbo form seems to be a letdown. This RS5 is tuned by Etuners Australia and on the conservative Dyno Dynamics picks up around 50 awhp: Now that is an extremely conservative dynamometer but this thing is not making big power stock. Even modified the numbers are somewhat disappointing. The RS5 and RS4 are going to need upgraded turbos it looks like to even play with what the next generation or current generation from BMW and Mercedes are doing on factory turbos:
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    09-13-2019, 07:02 PM
    The E30 is revered in BMW circles as to this day it is a blast to drive. Light, balanced, and fairly affordable with a ton of parts in the market. LS swaps are increasingly being done and certainly nothing new but some of the newer swap kits make things look pretty darn clean under the hood. This E30 looks absolutely stunning. The M3 fenders are necessary for wider rubber and the LS motor looks right at home. You certainly get a nice sleeper here with more than enough power for the chassis. It also is hard to beat the sound and response of the 6.2 liter V8 especially for the money. A cool swap? Sure. A sleeper? Definitely. A BMW? Well, one with a heart transplant.
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    09-13-2019, 06:32 PM
    It is interesting to note we are going to see B58 direct injection fuel system upgrades relatively quickly in the B58 lifespan. Not too long ago Mission Performance showed their HPFP upgrade in action topping 500+ whp on ethanol only. Well, the biggest name in the direct injection fuel system aftermarket is getting into the mix with their B58 development already under way. The OEM B58 pump is said to lose pressure at 14-15 psi which is relatively early especially when messing with ethanol. So, those B58's you see pushing the factory pump to hit some peak dyno numbers likely will not have the factory pump last too long. XDI (Xtreme-DI) has their upgraded pump running on their B58 test car and you can expect fairly quick development considering their success on the N55, N55B30T0, and S55 motors with upgraded HPFP's. More details to come.
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    09-13-2019, 06:11 PM
    A 1:36.55 laptime at Laguna Seca would technically be a new four-door production car lap record. What we have here though is a prototype with a new drivetrain in a Model S. The 'Plaid' setup apparently consists of three motors and more battery capacity. Who knows what Tesla really did to it but it does handle and move quite well. It is interesting to see Tesla vie for lap records instead of acceleration short times for once. Now, this is a far cry to what Porsche accomplished with the Taycan on the Nurburgring. For one, the Taycan is production ready and what Tesla is posting is from a prototype. It is also much easier to do a lap of Laguna Seca which is much shorter than the Nurburgring. This may be how Tesla responds to the Taycan and maybe the Model S will be taken seriously on the track. That is, if it can do more than a couple laps:
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    09-13-2019, 06:02 PM
    With all wheel drive and an automatic transmission the prospect for an M3 wagon is greater than ever. The utility and year round usability would be there but BMW likely will not do it. That is where Alpina comes in to fill the niche. How long will Alpina be able to keep doing this? The need for their B7 is long gone with BMW selling the M760Li. If BMW sells an M3 wagon what exactly will Alpina do? Their relationship with BMW helps as they get a detuned S58 motor. Most would tune that engine up but the deal likely was that BMW would allow Alpina to build this model to fill a void as long as it did not crush the M3 in performance. So, a detuned S58 here we are. Power is down to 462 horsepower with 516 lb-ft of torque sent to all four wheels through a ZF 8-speed automatic. Alpina changed the turbos likely to smaller and more responsive units. No pricing information provided or if this would be one of the rare Alpinas that makes it over to the USA. It certainly does point to what a modern M3 wagon could be though.
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