Tag: performance

Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, First Dragy 100-200km/u Measurement, 9.72s!

Met up with Chris van Driveaholic.nl. Chris brought his Dragy with him so it’s rude not to put it to use. Very nice 100-200km/u run on the autobahn in Germany, with an excellent result; 9,72 seconds for a stock car!

Considering it was measured with 2 people in the car, around 75% fuel in the tank and EURO RON95 petrol (instead of RON98 or Aral RON102).

Safe to say that my CLS55 is quite healthy πŸ˜‰ And very happy with this baseline. On to the next dragy runs!




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Damina Performance DM04 19 Inch Black Wheels

Was able to score another set of wheels just across the border (in Germany). The design from the Damina Performance DM04 wheels looked like something that I thought would look great on the CLS.

But after fitting them it left me with an underwhelming feeling. Sometimes, things can look good on paper, but in reality it doesn’t work out. For me, it was with these wheels. They look absolutely great, but I dont like the way they look on the CLS.

So they are up for sale again: https://link.marktplaats.nl/m1864897698

Whenever I buy new wheels, I make these selfies (sort of a tradition) πŸ˜€




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing K&N Air Filters With OEM Paper Air Filters

Replaced the K&N drop-in filters with OEM paper filters (Febi Bilstein), as I prefer better filtration over a little more throughput. I don’t think I will notice the difference with my standard CLS55 AMG.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, How To Replace The TCU

When I searched for a step-by-step video for replacing the Transmission Control Unit (TCU), I could not find one for the CLS. Therefore I created one myself, to help out others who want/need to swap out this unit.

My tuned unit was stamped with:

Siemens A0355457532
KEIN Seriensteuergerat
Speedshift+ Race
Ubersetzung i=2.65

Visit my YouTube channel here:Β https://www.youtube.com/ndphotonl




Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Some video footage of the Gravity Performance eBay exhaust I bought for my 2006 Mini Cooper S R53 Works edition (210BHP).

The JCW catback exhaust was a little too quiet for my liking, so took a gamble and went with the Gravity Performance exhaust with the carbon tips. Very happy with this exhaust, good quality welds, the carbon tips blend in very will with the other pieces of carbon trim I already have (GP bumper inserts, R56 JCW Roof Spoiler & carbon Latch).

Unfortunately, my video focus should’ve been better. Maybe do it all over again soon πŸ™‚

Pictures of the exhaust and installation available here: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/andyramdin/albums/72157714537601506




Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Bought myself a stainless catback exhaust for my Mini Cooper S R53 Works, as I found the original John Cooper Works catback a little timid for my liking. The JCW catback sounds good, but I know the Mini can sound better πŸ™‚

I took a gamble with the Gravity Performance, a shop which I found on eBay. I noticed the real carbon tips, which looked awesome on pictures and should tie in good with the black/carbon theme I already have.

I’m glad I chose the Gravity Performance exhaust, quality welds, good clamps and awesome carbon tips. Check my video review on Youtube, which also has a small comparison with the JCW catback > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJC8XYb1rPw

For now, enjoy the pictures!

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust Unpacking

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Gravity Performance eBay Exhaust


Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Scored a uprated exhaust manifold, which is stock on newer turbo models. It has better runners and collector.

It should give some extra performance and also has a lower thermal load, which should reduce the strain on the turbo and exhaust.

Made in Japan

Volvo Partnr: 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921

Volvo S80 Uprated Exhaust Manifold 30637921


Volvo S80 2.4T CAI Intake Modification

Decided to mod the intake flap to a more direct version, which should aid in forcing air into the airbox. Performance could be better, although right now I dont have the means to measure this.

Volvo S80 2.4T Default Air Intake

Volvo S80 2.4T Air Intake Mod




BMW 140i M-Performance 370BHP / 590Nm Showcase

Teamed up with Driveaholic.nl to shoot some videos of his awesome daily driver, a BMW 140i M-Performance edition with a whopping 370BHP 590Nm (JD Engineering Dynaflow dyno proven, bone stock ECU and no modifications).

Car feels very planted with the wide Michelin Super Sport tyres wrapped around the black BMW 18″ wheels. Suspension and geometry feels good, the power delivery feels very smooth and it never feels dangerous or out of place.

The video shows:

  • small showcase (inc dyno figures)
  • Idle / tickover sound -Revving (pop & bangs)
  • Launch Control (0-60mph / 0-100kmh in 4.6s!)
  • Fast driveby -U-Turn fast cornering (light shake)
  • Driveby – Fast roundabout
  • German Autobahn – Encounter with a Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2D AWD Veloce

Thanks to Driveaholic.nl for a wonderfull day πŸ™‚

Equipment used:

  • Nikon D5100
  • Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S DX
  • Rode VideoMic Pro



Toyota Aygo K&N 57i (57-0669) kit

Via Marktplaats een mooie K&N 57i kit (57-0669) kunnen scoren, die ook gebruikt kan worden op de CitroΓ«n C1 of Peugeot 107. Geeft een mooie roffel bij volgas en zou de Aygo weer een stukje zuiniger moeten maken. Dit gaan we uiteraard goed testen!

De kit is lichtjes gemod met een doorzichtige slang voor de carterventilatie (PCV).

Actueel verbruik: Spritmonitor.de
Toyota Aygo K&N 57i Kit

Toyota Aygo K&N 57i Kit closeup

Toyota Aygo K&N 57i Kit PCV hose

De CAI (Cold Air Intake) buis zit in de linker “nier” van de bumper.

Toyota Aygo K&N 57i Kit

Toyota Aygo K&N 57i Kit