Published on 01-14-2011 12:00 AM
AWE Tuning has released their intake for the new Audi S4. The intake retains the factory heat shielding. Gains are claimed to be 15 horsepower at the crank. AWE was nice enough to include a dyno at the wheels which we appreciate. Gain is 9 whp at all 4 wheels on 93 octane. The intake is priced at $287.95. Specs: ...Published on 01-13-2011 02:28 PM
Let's be realistic, the majority of aftermarket companies do not last. Many come and go likely before we even get a chance to hear about them. It is even more difficult for those that specialize in forced induction on BMW's. Boosting M motors and BMW NA motors in general has never been easy and few have been around as long as Active Autowerke. AA has been around since 1981 and is older than many of the people on this site including myself. Active has done some top builds that captivate the community such as TazaM3's custom E46 M3 turbo which is one of the most powerful BMW's in the world. We would like to congratulate Active Autowerke on 30 great years and state the BMW performance world is better thanks to their involvement. Here is to 30 more! ...Published on 01-13-2011 01:15 PM
Autoweek is reporting the SLK55 will not get a twin turbo V8 as rumored but instead Mercedes will reveal a tweaked 5.5 liter naturally aspirated V8 putting out over 400 horsepower. It is rumored this motor will find its way into the C63 AMG coupe which does not make much sense to us. We can can understand holding the SLK back from being a fire-breathing monster annihilating everything in the Mercedes lineup (come on Benz, do it) but holding the C AMG coupe back does not make sense to us. Why should the sedan an coupe have different motors? ...Published on 01-13-2011 12:25 PM
The new SLK is officially on sale. Mercedes is taking order this month for the hot new roadster. The SLK will be offered with a direct injection version of the 3.5 liter V6 putting out 306 horsepower. This SLK350 will be the range topping version until the AMG version hits sometimes later. SLK200 and SLK250 versions will fill out the rest of the range.
Published on 01-12-2011 03:05 PM
This project caught our eye. The C-class and the SLK both got the M112 Supercharged 3.2 liter V6. The CLK did not get this motor as it received a V8. Dynomite05 purchased a used SLK32 motor with 31k on it for around $3k and decided to push ahead with the swap. The motor will be modified with a eurocharged heat exhanger, johnson CM30 IC pump, aftermarket intake, and an aftermarket supercharger pulley. We will keep you updated on the progress, here are the pictures so far: ...Published on 01-12-2011 12:45 PM
OE Tuning recently tuned a GL550 in Northern California at 034 Motorsport. The GL550 is all wheel drive so keep in mind these gains are at all 4 wheels. Also, this tuning was done on 91 octane pump gas. Peak gains of 18 wheel horsepower and 20 wheel torque were seen. The dyno used is a dynomite. ...Published on 01-12-2011 12:07 PM
Steve (M5junky) sent us these pictures with permission to post them. These pictures reveal the state his E60 M5 was in after having spent about 2 years at ASR Engineering. The car was sent there for a twin turbo built motor setup as most of you know and nothing was done. Well, nothing other than stripping the car the car down and leaving it a huge mess. The transmission was pulled and looks to be left stock. The motor was pulled and not built as agreed. The engine bay, well, you can see for yourself. ...Published on 01-12-2011 11:37 AM
As a lot of you know I live in Johannesburg South Africa which is 5500ft above sea level. Tuning of the car is a work in progress but I got a opportunity today to give the car a run on a dyno just to see where I am at with my "street" map. Runs where done with 93 and meth (CM10) and the temp was 30 degrees celsius with no cooling of the car. We have not touched the tuning much above 6000rpm as we had to make sure we had the fueling waxed at lower high torque rpms. Boost pressure was set at 19psi and tapered to 15psi at the higher rpm. The timing is also very conservative and I am confident to say that we can push 475whp in race trim comfortably. So far Chip Logic does not seem to have hit any barriers in the tuning of larger turbos using flash software. ...Published on 01-12-2011 11:11 AM
Anderson Germany tunes the V12 TDI to be exact. The stock motors already puts out insane torque and horsepower but the Anderson tune bumps it up to 550 horsepower from 500. On the exterior, carbon fiber accents are added as well as a new grille, mirror housing, rear diffuser, and roof rails. A set of 22 inch rims are added with 295 width tires to put down all that torque. The interior is very well done with custom stitching and accents. Check out the pictures: ...Published on 01-12-2011 12:55 AM
Car and Driver is reporting that their source in Germany has learned that Audi has registered the SQ5 and RSQ5 names with the copyright authorities in Germany. This does not necessarily mean that these models are coming but definitely is a good sign. In the entry level SUV segment there is no German performance model. The M and AMG models are for the larger ML and X5/X6 models, not the X3 which is slotted against the Q5. We like that Audi is considering a performance variant of their smallest and lightest SUV. We will keep you updated on what happens but we say, bring the SQ5 and RSQ5 on! ...Published on 01-11-2011 06:21 PM
Well, it would seem BMW is phasing out yet another naturally aspirated powerplant in one of their models. Not much of a surprise to us, we know bimmer boost is the future. There are very few details on the new poweplant other than it will be the new base motor and should likely be the replacement for the N52 across the board in the future. Rumors are around 200 horsepower but we will know more when the engine is officially unveiled. It would also not surprise us if this motor was in Mini models as well. ...Published on 01-11-2011 04:50 PM
Superspring has released their Audi TT-RS exhaust system. This is a full exhaust system with downpipe options with cats or no cats. The center section is available with a resonator or straight pipe. The second set of cats can be replaced with a straight pipe as well to feed into the SuperSprint muffler. Pictures below: ...Published on 01-11-2011 03:56 PM
2010 was a great year, namely because it was our first. A lot of changes took place and during this first year we had some great moments as well as some that made you shake your head. We feel this compilation reflects the best and worst that 2010 had to offer in our respective areas of coverage. Enjoy the list: ...Published on 01-11-2011 03:53 PM
2010 was a great year, namely because it was our first. A lot of changes took place and during this first year we had some great moments as well as some that made you shake your head. We feel this compilation reflects the best and worst that 2010 had to offer in our respective areas of coverage. Enjoy the list: ...Published on 01-11-2011 02:57 PM
AMG Boss Ola Kallenius stated in an interview he plans to expand the AMG model lineup. With added pressure from BMW with the 1M Coupe and with the Audi RS3 he stated that AMG models of the A and B class will not be ruled out. Additionally, the success of the SLS AMG means that Mercedes does not necessarily need to focus the larger production volume models to create AMG variants. There have been some rumors of a baby SLS to compete with the 911. Either way, we can expect AMG to roll out more models and turn up the heat which is exactly what we like to hear. ...Published on 01-10-2011 11:56 PM
The Mercedes SLS E-cell has been officially approved for production as revealed at the North American International Auto Show. Mercedes announced the production to coincide with what they are touting as 125 years of technological innovation. The E-cell is expected to be able to do over 100 miles on a single charge. Yes, it is much heavier than he standard SLS and not as fast but electrics are new to the performance auto world. No word on the price yet but you can bet it won't be cheap. ...Published on 01-09-2011 11:38 AM
Let me start off by saying that the Turbo S is one hell of a fast car. The 911 Turbo S runs 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and completes the 1/4 mile in 10.7 @ 129mph right off the showroom floor!
On our first run I was able keep the lead and on the second run he held the lead. It was a matter of who hit the throttle first, so on just supercharger we are a pretty even match from a roll. The video below is our last run and I used a small 50hp shot of nitrous to make sure the BMW got the win. : ...Published on 01-08-2011 07:42 AM
As BMW continues to take focus away from performance and power shifting it to MPG and efficiency, it should surprise no one that BMW is looking into even more frugal/smaller diesels. Auto Express is reporting that the next gen 3 series may feature a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder turbo diesel pushing 150 hp. This would undercut the smallest diesel now offered, the 2.0 liter 320d, by a half liter while offering similar performance and cleaner emissions. At this rate, soon BMW's will be running on single cylinder motors powered by our tears. ...Published on 01-08-2011 03:02 AM
Gintani is offering an introductory special for their naturally aspirated stroker motor for the S65. This offer is open only to the first person and the intro pricing reflects this. Included in the price are the new pistons, rods, custom crank, installation, custom dyno tune, as well as custom headers built specifically for the stroker application. No additional costs, everything included for the intro price. Compare this to $25,999 for the Dinan stroker motor or $32,800 for the RDsport stroker motor and one can see just how great this offer is. ...Published on 01-08-2011 02:11 AM
Here we have an initial dyno of the Cobb Accessport on the N54. The car used is a 135i 6-speed. The dyno is on 93 octane pushing around 15 psi of boost. No boost graph or AFR is included which we would like but we will take what they give us. The result for 93 octane pump gas only certainly is not bad but some, including BMS, are expressing concerns about the boost being pushed. This tune compares favorably with the Giac Stage 1. More details below: ...