The F82 BMW M4 tuned by EAS is a beast of car that hauls four people stupid-fast.
Obviously, we expected this car to be fast. Who wouldn't? What we didn't expect, however, was all that low end torque! And how much, you ask? Let’s see those dyno graphs now, please!
Thanks to the turbos, the torque is where this engine really shines. The torque went from a peak 411 LB-FT to 495 LB-FT, with a net gain of 85 LB-FT at 4000 RPM. This gain is especially nice because, like it seems to happen with most factory turbochargers tunes, you usually gain the majority of your torque at too low of an RPM range to really use because factory turbos are frequently small. In the EAS BMW M4's case, however, the gains between 3000-5500 RPM are massive (that's nearly 100 LB-FT difference at 5000 RPM!), and at a very usable powerband for anything this side of flat-out drag racing.
Earlier, we showed you the difference between the S55 3.0-liter turbocharged engine and the outgoing S65 4.0-liter V8. What we didn't show you is the difference between the two cars after a few simple bolt-ons. Check this out:
Turbos are just plain “no fair”. Well, what if we supercharged the E92 V8? Do recall that in the first page we mentioned EAS sold and installed a boatload of superchargers for the E9X M3. So, why not? Let's compare those two in dyno form below.
So, which one would I take? On the one hand, I've got gobs torque with the turbo, while the supercharged car gives me the top-end rush. For the shorter road course, it seems the new M3 would have the advantage (with enough tire grip), while anything dealing with redline-slamming acceleration through the gears would nudge the supercharged V8 significantly ahead.
But then I'd also have an older car with the V8, and the new, wider F8X M3/M4s just look so good. Plus, the newer cars are going to net me the better gas mileage.
But what about the sound? Am I going to prefer the song coming from the new turbocharged-six–which does sound pretty good, mind you–over the melodious roar coming from one of the best sounding V8s ever produced?
I'm usually a “top end” kind of guy and I've always loved the sound of the S65 V8, let alone the rush from the performance of a supercharged one (and I've been fortunate enough to experience a few different setups). But after today's experience, I'm in love with the EAS M4 and its mildly tuned S55 turbo engine. It's uber impressive!