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  • F16HTON's Avatar
    Today, 07:20 PM
    I saw a thread about this on Rennlist. The guy who posted it was not very kind to those who replied.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 07:12 PM
    MotorWeek test videos have little fluff to them. They tell you what they think succinctly and give you the test numbers. That is exactly what we like to see here and in this video they got their hands on the new Toyota Supra. Overall, they like the car but wish it offered a manual transmission option. That will be a common complaint. The performance is decent with 0-60 coming in 4.4 seconds but they definitely get a bit of tirespin in testing. The 1/4 mile goes by in 12.8 seconds at 111 miles per hour. This is slower than some of the other test numbers posted but probably more realistic. Most of the Toyota influence seems to be felt in the exterior. Inside, you can instantly recognize a BMW interior design. MotorWeek thinks the BMW and Toyota blend makes for a uniquely awesome car. BoostAddict feels it is a letdown for Supra enthusiasts.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 06:44 PM
    I like my set of HRE C90's and I bought them because they emphasized performance and lightweight construction along with great looks for a good price. A hard combo to beat. That was almost 10 years ago though. They seem to be more about looks than performance now. I just think they may be too bloated and not really the choice for the little guy. I'm sure they have some great rims still.
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  • ///M3THOD's Avatar
    Today, 06:39 PM
    Might be a little early to say that money is spent better else where, IMO. Do we have the full story here? Lots of factors could have played a part here. Ive owned 6 sets of HRE's and they were far an beyond the best built and finished wheels I ever bought. You definitely pay a premium, but considering how long they've been around and the number of issues that you hear about that go unresolved, I still think they are the benchmark.
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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    Today, 06:31 PM
    Welcome to a real enthusiast forum Frznbluee90.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 06:22 PM
    HRE is one of the biggest names in the aftermarket wheel game. Over the past few years though we have seen the prices increase yet quality and customer service issues have popped up. For the premium HRE charges you expect the best of the best. You do not expect your wheel finish on your brand new wheels to start chipping off: Notice black flakes just falling off onto the ground from the wheel: This is what the owner had to say: We will see how HRE addresses this but it seems these days your money is spent better elsewhere considering the wheel quality you get per dollar.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 06:11 PM
    HRE is one of the biggest names in the aftermarket wheel game. Over the past few years though we have seen the prices increase yet quality and customer service issues have popped up. For the premium HRE charges you expect the best of the best. You do not expect your wheel finish on your brand new wheels to start chipping off: Notice black flakes just falling off onto the ground from the wheel: This is what the owner had to say: We will see how HRE addresses this but it seems these days your money is spent better elsewhere considering the wheel quality you get per dollar.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 05:52 PM
    Ouch. This Audi 2.5 TFSI EVO/DAZA aluminum block was posted by Bar-tek Motorsport. The owner sent it to them after 'something' happened. It looks like a piston and rod decided to get up and leave a big hole on their way out of the block. As for the power level or tune on the car this information was not included. We have a general idea as to what the engine internals can take but apparently even stock examples fail due to wrist pin failures. Some tuners say it is hit or miss as many 750+ horsepower stock internal examples are holding up well. Either way this block is toast and a good argument for upgraded rods and pistons.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 05:33 PM
    Porsche updated their RSR race car for 2019 to defend their FIA World Endurance Championship title. The brakes, clutch, and suspension remain the same. What is the main change? The new 4.2 liter naturally aspirated flat-6 motor. Porsche went to bigger displacement: This is interesting. Why? Because the GT3 street car follows the race car. Displacement in the GT3 has yet to go above 4.0 liters. Actually, back with the 997 generation the GT3 saw 4.0 liters so a displacement increase is due just as the RSR shows us. Porsche really has no other option to get power other than to increase displacement and increase revs. We are about at the limit of the motor. Does this mean the 992 GT3 will get 4.2 liters? Maybe. The 992 generation at some point will likely see 4.2 liters. Porsche may be holding the 4.2 in reserve for the 992 GT3 RS because Porsche is Porsche and that is what they do. Is this the end of the line for the naturally aspirated flat-6? Just about. There is another option nobody is talking about though for the naturally aspirated motor to continue in the GT3. The vehicle from Weissach has undergone improvements in all areas and will replace the successful 911 RSR with which Porsche won the manufacturers’ and drivers’ world championship in the FIA WEC as well as the Le Mans endurance classic (France) and the IMSA races at Sebring and Road Atlanta (Petit Le Mans) amongst other events in 2019. In developing the new Porsche 911 RSR, substantial insights were garnered and adopted from the extremely successful race outings of its predecessor. “Since 2017 the 911 RSR has yielded us more than 20 class wins in the world championship as well as at long-distance series in North America and Europe. Our job in the development was to make a very good car even better. The engineers at Weissach have perfectly implemented this in every aspect,” says Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport. “We never rest on our laurels,” explains Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsport. “We’ve extensively analysed all factory and customer campaigns with the Porsche 911 RSR. Our engineers noticed room for improvement in a number of areas. We have made significant progress in the development of our car for the next three-year homologation period, especially in the complex areas of driveability, efficiency, durability and serviceability. Ninety-five percent of the car is new. The only components that we’ve kept unchanged from the predecessor are the headlights, brake system, clutch, driver’s seat and parts of the suspension. Tests so far have run excellently. We’re already looking forward to the first races of the 2019/2020 FIA WEC season.” With the repositioning of the tailpipes, space has been made for an optimised diffuser. The distinctive component at the rear of the Porsche 911 RSR now generates even more downforce. Thanks to the optimisation of airflow at the front and the sides of the Weissach racer, aerodynamic efficiency and stability have increased significantly, thereby further improving the use and durability of the tyres during racing. Focus on the work of drivers and mechanics Driveability and serviceability are critical factors in long-distance racing. For this reason, Porsche placed particular emphasis on these aspects when developing the new 911 RSR. The cockpit has been reworked with the focus on better usability. In this regard, extensive feedback from the Porsche drivers proved invaluable. Like with the predecessor, the body made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic can be swapped out quickly and thus ensures efficient pit processes in long-distance racing. To give drivers added protection, the active and passive safety elements in the Porsche 911 RSR have been overhauled. The proven collision warning system allows drivers an even better overview to detect approaching prototype vehicles early enough. The optimised roll cage, the FIA side impact panel in the door and cage as well as additional impact protection for the legs improve the passive safety in the event of an accident. Other features include the removable roof hatch and the rigidly-mounted racing seat featuring a six-point safety harness for the driver. First race outing in September 2019 “We’ve been working on the concept of the new Porsche 911 RSR since 2017. The first designs were created using CAD software. In August 2018, the best racing nine-eleven to date completed its first kilometres on the factory’s own test track in Weissach,” says Pascal Zurlinden, describing the important milestones in the car’s development. Over the following months, the factory team conducted numerous tests. Seasoned Porsche works drivers took turns at the wheel of the new 911 RSR. Parallel to this, the aerodynamics were fine-tuned in the Porsche wind tunnel. “Another milestone was our long-run in March 2019 at Le Castellet, where we included the works teams from both the WEC and IMSA. We covered more than 6,000 kilometres over 30 hours without any technical hiccups. The drivers and engineers were very satisfied. The car received its racing homologation on 1st July,” added Zurlinden. World premiere at Goodwood The most spectacular 911 of all time makes its world premiere on 6 July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (Great Britain). The Porsche 911 RSR will also celebrate its race debut on the British Isles – at the season-opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone on 1 September. Prior to this, the vehicle of the current manufacturers’ world champions will face rival manufacturers contesting the FIA WEC GTE-Pro class for the first time at a two-day prologue in Barcelona (Spain) on 23/24 July. The Porsche GT Team will field two works cars at eight rounds of the 2019/2020 season with drivers Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Kévin Estre (France) as well as Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) and Richard Lietz (Austria). In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the switch to the latest model will take place in the 2020 season. In North America, an additional two factory-run Porsche 911 RSR will fight for the GTLM category title against competing manufacturers. For customer teams, the vehicle will be available from the 2020/2021 FIA WEC season. For the first time, the factory race cars from Weissach will be decked out in two different designs: The typical Porsche white will continue to be the dominating colour on the No. 91 car. Added accents include a centrally-placed red stripe extending from the front hood over the roof to the rear apron, as well as red side sills. Grey highlights on the side complement the clear and dynamic design. On the No. 92 car, the white and grey colours are reversed. The rear wing and the wing mirrors are black instead of white so that fans can differentiate between the two.
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    Today, 12:55 PM
    Welcome Bwalter30, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.
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  • maxnix's Avatar
    Today, 12:07 PM
    Well, I did see something in Chinese that referenced the B58B30TU mentioning the (presumably new) X6. I am just mystified why BMW would refer to an engine that has not been produced as a predecessor. On the other hand, the plumbing in this engine with 3 pumps is daunting, I cannot fathom replacing the plastic parts as they fail.
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  • Payam@BMS's Avatar
    Today, 11:55 AM
    Full forged internals eh? Pistons, rods, and crank. This is going to be some interesting stuff when people start going larger turbos.
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    Today, 09:28 AM
    Hey slamminn54: :text-welcomewave:
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  • CobraMarty's Avatar
    Today, 09:25 AM
    As it says, "The design of the valve lift control system has not changed in comparison with the B58TU engine". They call the part #4 a 'Gate'.
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    Today, 06:58 AM
    JiZhaKu_San, we appreciate you taking the time to join.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 AM
    We all knew this was coming. Greedy dealers deciding to make a big profit on top of what the GT500 Mustang costs. Yes, the new Mustang GT500 is an incredible performance car but part of what makes it incredible is the performance it offers for the money. That money being a starting MSRP of $74,000. At $150k? Not so great of a value. At $195k? You might as well head to McLaren at that point. This is utterly absurd and Ted Russell Ford should be ashamed of themselves. Nobody needs to pay markup on this car. Just resist the temptation to give in to these dealers. Frankly, take your business elsewhere.
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    Today, 04:56 AM
    Mercedes-AMG really confuses BenzBoost with their claims of larger turbochargers on the M276 DELA30 V6 motor. The experts on the engine platform at AMR Performance physically disassembled W205 C43 AMG turbochargers and confirmed they did not differ from previous turbos despite AMG claims. Mercedes-AMG repeated this larger turbo claim with the W213 E43 AMG. Yet, tuners who work with BenzBoost state the turbochargers are the same size across the board. Again Mercedes-AMG is making the claim of a hardware turbocharger change: Some have stated Mercedes-AMG implied greater boost pressure rather than larger turbo units but you can see above in their own statement they are specifying these are larger turbocharger units. Why would AMG lie? Who knows, but again we will have to go through this M276 turbocharger rodeo. Beyond the new tuning and assuming the new turbo units the GLC43 models get revised front fascia and lights. Full press release below. July 17, 2019 – AffalterbachMercedes-AMG introduces a range of measures in a fundamental update of its successful GLC 43 SUV and Coupe models. The AMG-specific grille, new exterior lights, expressive front bumper and round twin-tailpipes combine to further enhance the appeal of these GLC 43 models from Mercedes-AMG. The 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine now develops 385 hp, which is 23 hp more than before. The driving experience and agility are further improved thanks to the rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, the AMG DYNAMICS agility control system, and the responsive AMG SPEEDSHIFT® TCT 9G transmission. The latest version of the MBUX infotainment system, with AMG-specific functions and displays, introduces an innovative interface that enhances the vehicle's everyday use. Inside, the GLC 43 provides an exceptional amount of space for passengers, luggage, and includes a comprehensive range of safety features. "The new GLC 43 SUV and Coupe in their latest guises also feature the AMG- specific radiator grille, identifying them straight away as fully-fledged members of our diverse and highly successful SUV family. This mid-size performance SUV combines new, expressive design features with enhanced performance, the innovative MBUX infotainment system and absolute viability in everyday use. And, of course, its exceptional agility and sporty driving dynamics mean that we are able to meet our brand promise of "Driving Performance" in this segment, too", says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes- AMG GmbH. Enhanced performance meets efficiency: the AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine Both the SUV and the Coupe benefit from the 3.0-liter V6 engine’s 23 hp output increase, taking it to 385 hp. The peak torque of 384 lb-ft is available from 2500 to 4500 rpm. The higher output can be attributed to larger turbochargers and new software adjustments. The larger, stand-alone turbocharger units are mounted close to the engine and respond swiftly, thereby guaranteeing exceptional performance: it takes a mere 4.7 seconds for the SUV and the Coupe to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. The top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph, unless equipped with the optionally available 21” wheels with Summer Performance Tires, which raise the top speed to 155 mph. The powerful AMG engine is visually identifiable by a red aluminum insert and AMG lettering on its engine cover. The exterior: AMG-specific radiator grille and new distinctive headlamps The AMG-specific grille with its vertical chrome fins combined with the restyled LED high-performance headlamps emphasize the expressive character of the front design. The matte black fins over the air intakes feature trim elements in silver, further enhancing the car's visual presence. Viewed from the side, the accentuated side sill panels are a particularly striking feature of both the SUV and the Coupe. These side sills were designed to visually lower and elongate the vehicle’s profile. A similarly eye-catching feature are the aerodynamically optimized AMG light-alloy wheels, with 20- inch wheels with AMG lettering fitted as standard. A selection of three additional wheel variants, ranging from 20 to 21 inches in size, are optionally available. The distinctive rear end, with its broad bumper, diffuser and round twin- tailpipes, also contributes to the sporty look. As with the front view, the redesigned LED taillights provide an unmistakable light signature. Interior: sporty spaciousness with red highlights The interior design reinforces the sporty appearance of the exterior and emphasizes the dynamic ambitions of the new GLC 43. This mid-size performance SUV features sport seats as standard, which offer improved lateral support to both the driver and front passenger. The upholstery, in standard black MB-Tex / DINAMICA, has a distinctive design with red topstitching. Trim elements in aluminum with a longitudinal grain further highlight the car's sporty character. The SUV and Coupe models of the GLC 43 offer plenty of space for passengers and luggage, an extensive range of safety features and a high level of long- distance comfort. Additional possibilities for individualization come courtesy of the new interior appointment options of cranberry/black leather and magma grey/black leather. Dynamic design, exceptional ergonomics, and intuitive controls are hallmarks of the new, standard AMG steering wheel in Nappa leather. The new wheel has a flattened bottom and a perforated grip area. The galvanized steering wheel gearshift paddles allow for an even sportier driving style with manual gear shifting. The optionally available AMG DRIVE UNIT steering wheel buttons enable faster and more precise control of specific dynamic handling functions. These consist of a round controller with an integrated display beneath the right-hand steering-wheel spoke, plus two vertically positioned color display buttons beneath the left-hand steering-wheel spoke. Thanks to the ergonomic positioning of the additional steering wheel buttons within the immediate grip area, the driver's hands remain on the wheel at all times. Control at your fingertips The latest version of the MBUX infotainment system further underlines the car's suitability for everyday use and establishes an even closer connection between vehicle, driver and passengers. Whether it’s operated via the touchpad, touch control buttons on the steering wheel, or by voice control: the operating system of the GLC 43 is as versatile as it is flexible. The trailblazing voice control activated with the words "Hey Mercedes" is also on board the new GLC 43. Thanks to artificial intelligence, MBUX recognizes and understands nearly all sentences from the fields of infotainment and vehicle operation, even if they are expressed indirectly. The driver receives visual information via the 12.3-inch instrument cluster on the left and the 10.25-inch touchscreen display on the right. With the three AMG-specific display styles of "Classic", "Sport" or "Supersport", the vehicle functions are vividly brought to life. From comfortable to sporty, and steady to agile: five drive programs and AMG Dynamics The GLC 43 SUV and Coupe come with a choice of five drive programs: "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+" and "Individual". Using these allows the characteristics of the vehicle to be individualized even further with the touch of a finger. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to dynamic and sporty. The programs modify key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. The programs are now linked to the AMG DYNAMICS agility control system, which means that the handling characteristics can be set to meet various requirements and driving conditions with even more differentiation. In the case of the Performance SUV models, the umbrella term AMG DYNAMICS encompasses the agility functions "Basic" and "Advanced", which are automatically selected by their respective drive program. Parameters relevant to driving, such as the control threshold of the completely redesigned ESP® (Electronic Stability Program), are adjusted according to the selected drive program. This means that while the full scope of ESP activity is retained, the available spectrum of lateral dynamics is considerable. The driver can select here between "Stable" and "Agile". "Basic" is assigned to the "Slippery" and "Comfort" drive programs. In this case, the GLC 43 demonstrates very stable handling with a high level of yaw damping. "Advanced" is activated in the "Sport" and "Sport+" programs. The GLC 43 is then neutrally balanced. The lower yaw damping, lower steering angle requirement and enhanced agility support dynamic maneuvers such as driving on winding country roads. Speedy shifting: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission The GLC 43 features the tried and tested AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed automatic transmission (TCT = Torque-Converter Transmission), which is specifically configured to deliver a dynamic driving experience. It is optimally tuned to the engine and promises the agile acceleration that is typical of AMG, along with speedy gearshift changes – either automatic, or manual via the steering wheel shift paddles. The model-specific software application means that very short shift times are easily achieved. The multiple downshift function allows for quick bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in the "Sport" and "Sport+" drive programs makes for an even more dynamic driving experience. Defined ignition adjustments also provide faster gear shifts in the other modes. In all modes, setting off from a stop occurs in first gear, in order to guarantee a responsive driving experience. Optimal grip: AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive The standard-specification AMG Performance 4MATIC four-wheel drive features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear axle split of 31 to 69 percent. This configuration delivers enhanced driving dynamics and higher lateral acceleration on the road, as well as improved traction during acceleration. The single-stage transfer case of the four-wheel drive system is flange-mounted to the transmission as a separate system. Self-adjusting: the AMG Sport Suspension based on AIR BODY CONTROL The AMG Sport Suspension combines the advantages of various types of suspension in one. It is based on the AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension with AMG-specific Adaptive Damping System (ADS PLUS), thereby ensuring both sporty driving dynamics and comfort on long journeys. The multi-chamber air suspension offers a broad spread between the most comfortable and the most sporty set-up and adapts to the current load. Thanks to the pneumatic all-round level control system, the vehicle level remains constant, independently of the load it is carrying. At high speeds the vehicle is lowered, to reduce wind resistance and further increase stability. The adaptive damping adjustment of the AMG Sport Suspension based on AIR BODY CONTROL comes as standard. This fully automatic, electronically controlled system adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current conditions. This improves driving safety and ride comfort. The damping is adjusted individually for each wheel, and depends on the driving style, the road surface and the selected suspension setting. The ideal operating point can be selected at all times on the basis of a broad scope of information relating to acceleration or vehicle speed, for example. Via a switch on the center console, the driver can select between three different sets of damper characteristics, namely "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport+", and thus individually influence the driving experience — from highly comfortable to very sporty. Precise feedback: the AMG speed-sensitive steering The electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering has a variable ratio and impresses with its precise, authentic feedback. The steering assistance is reduced at high speeds, and continuously increases at lower speeds. This means that comparatively little steering force is required at low speeds, while the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained at high speeds. Steering assistance is assigned to various stages of the AMG DYNAMICS system. In 'Advanced’, the driver receives more feedback about the driving conditions. Data at a glance: 2020 AMG GLC 43 SUV 2020 AMG GLC 43 Coupe Engine biturbo 3.0-liter V6 with direct injection biturbo 3.0-liter V6 with direct injection Displacement 2996 cc 2996 cc Output 385 hp at 5500-6000 rpm 385 hp at 5500-6000 rpm Peak torque 384 lb-ft at 2500-4500 rpm 384 lb-ft at 2500-4500 rpm Drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with AMG- specific power distribution AMG Performance 4MATIC all- wheel drive with AMG-specific power distribution Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9- speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9- speed Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.7 s 4.7 s Top speed 130mph* 130mph* Availability Late 2019 Late 2019 *Electronically limited; increased to 155mph when selecting 21” wheels with summer performance tires
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