Power to the Pedal

Jun 20, 2021,14:47 PM

As motorheads, we love to talk modifications and the power they produce as measured with our butt-dynos.  Following a "mild" tune to my AWD Mercedes sled, thought I'd try a real dyno to gauge any increase to wheel horsepower.  As it turned out, the boost was pretty good.  Performance mods are sooo different today from my younger days; more often done with a laptop than a wrench.  I recruited the help of an eastern European whiz to unlock certain performance features that Mother Benz had deemed not accessible, such as adaptive headlights (really cool and a true performance feature IMHO) plus additional features to the adaptive suspension and a performance menu for the digital dash.  Anyone else care to share their mod stories?

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I'm afraid the only aftermarket mod I've done to my cars is add an air freshener.

 By: John-E-Mac : June 20th, 2021-15:51
However, I have always been a a huge fan of MB wagons. What you've done looks very impressive!! Please give us a report after road testing. I am curious where you feel improvements (e.g., accel from stop, passing accel, etc.). Enjoy your "new" wagon!! -Jo...  

the wagons are sexy but very rare in North America

 By: Tick Talk : June 20th, 2021-17:11
seems preferences are for SUV here instead but I always admired the wagons in Europe. We often drive the mountain roads and with adaptive suspension set to sport it can carve with the best of them. Too funny to have some bike or "sports" car blast by at i... 

Aaah, my friend, I am working on that right now with my Alpine.

 By: amanico : June 20th, 2021-16:21
I have to say I am reluctant to chip tuning. For example, there are many guys here and there who are offering chip tuning programs for the Alpine. Most of them don't respect the maximum values a gear box can " eat ". So, my way of thinking is the followin... 

you are so right Nico

 By: Tick Talk : June 20th, 2021-17:18
there are many fake tunes or even worse, dangerous ones! Often they choose based on price, so what can they expect? Your shopping list looks comprehensive, should make that Alpine sing! Mine was by RennTech which was started by AMG by founding partner Har... 

There is an E63s wagon in my neighborhood…

 By: mdg : June 20th, 2021-18:40
…that is beautiful…I much prefer it to the sedan version. As far as tweaking the chips, I don’t think I could bring myself to do it until after the warranty was up, and even then it would be nice to have it reversible just in case. Of course, with an AMG ... 

agreed, save the money for dental and chiropractor

 By: Tick Talk : June 20th, 2021-18:52
'cause the ride is a bit stiff ;-) If only there was an S63 wagon :-0

Very cool! Love those AMG wagons and glad to see you're getting the most out of it! There's so much potential in those turbo AMG motors it's almost a shame not to tune it! :)

 By: Fastwong : June 20th, 2021-21:36
Modern cars are sooooo tunable. Today's heavy handed regulations and normalization of parts and assembly means the cars are all pretty similar with just a few things turned on or off to fit the product line. Realizing electrification is around the corner ...  

the sweet nectar of Porsche

 By: Tick Talk : June 21st, 2021-00:04
nice graph, like a Saturn launch! I've tasted that sweet nectar before ;-)

AMG 63 wagon

 By: cazalea : June 21st, 2021-04:00
https://i. Just sold for $95k Three years old, 4 owners … If I only had $100 grand burning a hole in my pocket! Cazalea ...  


 By: Tick Talk : June 21st, 2021-13:55
there often follows the debate of which engine is preferred, NA or one of the turbos. The weakness of that package IMHO are the tires being too narrow for our terrible roads. I’ve repaired 4 rims in five years due to potholes :-(

OMG what a car!

 By: amanico : June 21st, 2021-06:08

Nice! Is that a wrap or

 By: Tick Talk : June 21st, 2021-01:36
factory matte paint?

None of the answers. The S4 previously had a Plasti Dip. Than it had the more advance version from DipYourCar; AutoFlex. AutoFlex is applied like a paint and a clear.

 By: Yves007 : June 21st, 2021-13:01
This time around I searched Internet for more durable solutions and gave my Auto body contractor the recipe for a Satin Black paint with a Satin Black Clear. In fact this was unheard of in Canada and probably a "premiere" but in my opinion, the result is ... 

Sweetly Stealthy

 By: Tick Talk : June 21st, 2021-13:50

Merci Nicolas!

 By: Yves007 : June 21st, 2021-12:49

you can never have enough hp

 By: jerry6 : September 14th, 2021-19:24
no matter how much i increase the power after 2 weeks of driving the car it feels slow . it never ends . no butt dyno a real dyno rates mine at 550 hp 570 tq at the crank , plenty for a 2800 lb car

still not enough

 By: jerry6 : September 14th, 2021-22:23
might do something sacrilege and add a supercharger or some other power adder . I still prefer NA simple and fewer complications

What is your car?

 By: amanico : September 15th, 2021-06:23

it's an old car

 By: jerry6 : September 15th, 2021-13:51
with everything upgraded brakes suspension frame connectors everything in suspension upgraded , i like going to the track and back roads if they are in good shape , else I'd need to replace my kidneys and teeth . Car is not dialed in for a comfortable rid... 

Yes please!

 By: amanico : September 15th, 2021-16:40

found one pic pre suspension tire upgrades

 By: jerry6 : September 16th, 2021-19:47
this is going into a turn about 110+ mph have to look into some aero package gets light over 130 mph think I had just passed an old 911 in this pic , getting hard to remember that was taken in 2016 ...  

Wow, what a lovely monster!

 By: amanico : September 16th, 2021-20:22

thank you

 By: jerry6 : September 17th, 2021-17:53
had the car up to 160 mph with plenty left in reserve , but like I said gets light at speed . to old to be taking chances . really needs some kind of aero package if I want to take it higher . in theory car should be able to hit 180mph ++ in overdrive . I... 

I trust you!

 By: amanico : September 17th, 2021-20:52

Nice, my new next door neighbor

 By: Thomas_3 : September 15th, 2021-16:11
just got one. Only thing I don't like about it is the wheels.

No stories, but got inspirated

 By: Weems@8 : September 17th, 2021-19:04
My car still in factory specs. While the power is enough for me for daily drives, more power for the days to come is an option. Nicolas his project with his Alpine, your story. With my car i can copy some ideas here. Make my car lighter and let a tuner ad...