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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by Eddee(m): 1:58pm On Dec 08, 2020
Kewtt:
Decent car but Old news. Blasphemous topic.

Heavenlybang fit tension you enter wahala officially now. It's even an E Class for that matter - with an updated version of the engine you so much love!

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 1:59pm On Dec 08, 2020
Eddee:
Congrats Heavenlybang - na this kind news dey gladden the heart. God bless you immediately bro! Bambamk I see you - maximum respect to Baba GAZZUZZ

You gallant, brother.

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by Eddee(m): 2:02pm On Dec 08, 2020
GAZZUZZ:
I remember chasing this whip for 400+ km and never catching up angry




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoTlxoK2RnE



You dey pursue Diportivo? grin grin - Senior man perish that idea I take God name beg you, guy drove a Corolla from Lagos to Calabar in just 9hrs. (Bad roads and checkpoints time-wasting follow for that promo)

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by Kewtt: 2:08pm On Dec 08, 2020
Eddee:


Heavenlybang fit tension you enter wahala officially now. It's even an E Class for that matter - with an updated version of the engine you so much love!
Not at all. Knew of the purchase. He's not an initiate. Bukataria Vs 5 course dinner.... He no reach. He should follow his 1999 friend

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by froshbuddy: 2:17pm On Dec 08, 2020
This is truly a BANG from HEAVEN. Congrats bro. I tap!

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by king406(m): 2:18pm On Dec 08, 2020
Congratulations and welcome to Mercedes Benz grin. I think you made the right choice, all your other options would have kept you up at night. I used to be against forced induction too, but after seeing how easily turbo engines can get tuned i had to give in. I’m sure the M278 will push 500hp easily with just a tune, but M273 will certainly be more reliable because at the end of the day, a turbocharger remains a maintenance part. I always enjoy how you document everything grin. Now come down to abuja lets race, i just installed test pipes grin

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by kingreign(m): 2:18pm On Dec 08, 2020
BamBamK:
interesting.... guess u always drive ur G like it was meant to be driven. Although, the VQ family is known to be notoriously thirsty anyway

Nah. On the contrary, my madam's VQ does 18mpg in City real life calculations.

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by kingreign(m): 2:20pm On Dec 08, 2020
Eddee:


You dey pursue Diportivo? grin grin - Senior man perish that idea I take God name beg you, guy drove a Corolla from Lagos to Calabar in just 9hrs. (Bad roads and checkpoints time-wasting follow for that promo)
Diportivo?
That one na mad man behind the wheels.

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 2:29pm On Dec 08, 2020
king406:
Congratulations and welcome to Mercedes Benz grin. I think you made the right choice, all your other options would have kept you up at night. I used to be against forced induction too, but after seeing how easily turbo engines can get tuned i had to give in. I’m sure the M278 will push 500hp easily with just a tune, but M273 will certainly be more reliable because at the end of the day, a turbocharger remains a maintenance part. I always enjoy how you document everything grin. Now come down to abuja lets race, i just installed test pipes grin

Thanks, boss.

And yeah, the M278 is ridiculous. Weistec's stage 1 tune gives ridiculous numbers. 540 HP and 715 lb-ft. Plus the M278 sounds ridiculous with a simple resonator delete.

But yeah, I was just trying to avoid turbos.

You no dey update us with these mods again. I'm still not sold on even a muffler replacement yet, since I need as much weight over the rear wheels as I can get, for traction purposes when I finally get tuned.

If anything carry me come Abuja, I'll be sure to alert you. wink

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by MASTAkiLLAh(m): 2:29pm On Dec 08, 2020
DelTel:


Always amazed how you guys drive these magnificently power-filled engines, I couldn't dare drive it far.

Please the bolded most important grin grin.

Thank you for the continued trust; patronage and referrals, always. I hope we will get to meet soon.
you have good recommendations, i hope to patronize you soon

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by king406(m): 2:35pm On Dec 08, 2020
HeavenlyBang:


Thanks, boss.

And yeah, the M278 is ridiculous. Weistec's stage 1 tune gives ridiculous numbers. 540 HP and 715 lb-ft. Plus the M278 sounds ridiculous with a simple resonator delete.

But yeah, I was just trying to avoid turbos.

You no dey update us with these mods again. I'm still not sold on even a muffler replacement yet, since I need as much weight over the rear wheels as I can get, for traction purposes when I finally get tuned.

If anything carry me come Abuja, I'll be sure to alert you. wink
yes you picked the right powertrain for our country grin. I will try and document all the mods i’m set to do. I have coilovers, a catback exhaust, and cold air intake on the way. I’m contemplating on getting a tune because of bad fuel, my engine fit knock sad

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 2:44pm On Dec 08, 2020
king406:
yes you picked the right powertrain for our country grin. I will try and document all the mods i’m set to do. I have coilovers, a catback exhaust, and cold air intake on the way. I’m contemplating on getting a tune because of bad fuel, my engine fit knock sad

I dey get pinging some times for the VQ. I've simply learnt to live with it. cheesy

You should get a tune, though. If not, your exhaust and intake won't yield any noticeable gains.

What catback are you running?

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 2:46pm On Dec 08, 2020
froshbuddy:
This is truly a BANG from HEAVEN. Congrats bro. I tap!

Thank you. smiley
Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by king406(m): 3:21pm On Dec 08, 2020
HeavenlyBang:


I dey get pinging some times for the VQ. I've simply learnt to live with it. cheesy

You should get a tune, though. If not, your exhaust and intake won't yield any noticeable gains.

What catback are you running?
mine never start yet grin. I might risk a tune but i will have to be running octane booster. The main purpose of my mods is not really for power gains, its just to refresh my love for the car, because i’m already thinking about another car and all my options are still on the high side.

Invidia Gemini exhaust, BC racing coilovers, Invidia test pipes, aFe Takeda intakes

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 3:25pm On Dec 08, 2020
king406:
mine never start yet grin. I might risk a tune but i will have to be running octane booster. The main purpose of my mods is not really for power gains, its just to refresh my love for the car, because i’m already thinking about another car and all my options are still on the high side.

Invidia Gemini exhaust, BC racing coilovers, Invidia test pipes, aFe Takeda intakes

Sweet build.

Keep us updated.

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by mammanbawa: 4:42pm On Dec 08, 2020
Congrats baba mi
So this car wey I been dey see na our own sef
More wins

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 5:06pm On Dec 08, 2020
mammanbawa:
Congrats baba mi
So this car wey I been dey see na our own sef
More wins

Thanks, Oga mi.
Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 7:21pm On Dec 08, 2020
king406:
because i’m already thinking about another car and all my options are still on the high side.

BTW, allow me to make two recommendations.

2012 Jaguar XFR.
510 HP and 461 lb-ft. 4.4s to 60, 12.7 at 114mph quarter mile stock.
Same engine on cars on the Range Rovers and Jaguar F-Type, and you can get it to 550 HP+ easily.

2012 Audi S4 or S5 depending on whether you want a coupe or sedan.
333 HP, 325 lb-ft. 4.4s to 60 and 13.0 at 105mph quarter mile. You can get to 420 HP with just a tune, and keep up with C63s.
Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by olumzzz(m): 7:40pm On Dec 08, 2020
HeavenlyBang:
Oh, and BTW, I actually get better fuel economy on this 5.5L V8 than I do on the 3.5L V6 G35.

It's ridiculous.
Wawu
Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by 9icetoo(m): 7:42pm On Dec 08, 2020
HeavenlyBang:
One of my biggest fears was port security. Plenty of stories about Port rats, offloading damage, etc.

It's a bit hard to tell if the car was damaged while offloading. But only one thing was missing when it got to me that I'm sure was in the car when it left the US. The start/stop button. It's a simple $9 item that has been bought.

Headlight control module was also missing.
But I don't know where that happened.

So, on to the most important things.

It's a fine car. Far more refined than the Infiniti, perhaps at the expense of engagement.
Even with the V8, it's not a sports car. It's a grand tourer. Soaks up bumps and has plenty of power on tap.
While the G35 makes its power brutishly and at the top end, the E550 is silky smooth and simply pulls you to ludicrous speeds. Very smooth.

For example, if I have a gallon o fuel when accelerating in the G35, it usually falls over. It doesn't in the Merc. It's the torque that's simply amazing. 394 lb-ft at 2800 rpm. More than an E90 BMW M3, a Lexus LFA, or an Audi R8 V8. About the same as a Ferarri 458 Italia.

In comparison, the G35 doesn't make its peak torque of 268 until about 5300 rpm. That makes for a big difference in driving experience, it also means I can sit at 100km/h with the engine lazying about at 1500 rpm.

That said, the VQ35HR is a much more exciting engine. This 5.5L was designed for smoothness in the S Class, not for racing. It shows. The exhaust note is also very muted, and even when you step on it, it just growls softly.

Make person dash me Magnaflow mufflers, I'm pleading.
Cc: Radautoworks

The car is fully loaded, essentially. It's only missing the Distronic Package.

The 12-speaker Harman Kardon system bangs. It's almost overkill for a coupe.

I have heated seats, panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, paddle shifters, pretty much everything.

Handling isn't as good as the G35. You can feel the weight of the car. But it's definitely capable. Besides, my boy racer days are over.

Steering is too light. It's what I hate most about the car.

Engine is rated at 382 HP, but I'll eventually get a tune to push it to 415 HP. Other planned mods include exhaust work, an Android headunit, and UR strut bars for tighter handling.

Car has just 88k miles on it with complete service history.

Shout out to

- Deltel for handling everything
- OPUSDEI1 because na my oga at the top
- Gazzuzz for his hospitality
- Nakoks for his help
- Diportivo for being a world class pilot
- Eddee and 9icetoo for their advice
- CarguideNG for an impeccable carfax
- PattyBF for registration and tint permit

Obviously, this was only done with the help of the Cartalk family. wink
Congrats chairman.
Will surely call you when I get to awka for the xmas.
Nice ride. The 99 guy go leave you alone now. cheesy cheesy

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 7:46pm On Dec 08, 2020
9icetoo:

Congrats chairman.
Will surely call you when I get to awka for the xmas.
Nice ride. The 99 guy go leave you alone now. cheesy cheesy

I dey, boss. wink

Maybe he'll finally leave me alone and stop swearing for my father. grin

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by laivwire(m): 7:54pm On Dec 08, 2020
HeavenlyBang:


Thanks, boss.

And yeah, the M278 is ridiculous. Weistec's stage 1 tune gives ridiculous numbers. 540 HP and 715 lb-ft. Plus the M278 sounds ridiculous with a simple resonator delete.

But yeah, I was just trying to avoid turbos.

You no dey update us with these mods again. I'm still not sold on even a muffler replacement yet, since I need as much weight over the rear wheels as I can get, for traction purposes when I finally get tuned.

If anything carry me come Abuja, I'll be sure to alert you. wink
Congratulations. Did you ever tinker with the G35? You talked about disabling the AWD and stuff back then.

I hear cold air intake and muffler delete all the time. Why don't cartalkers talk of cosmetic modifications? Spacers, fender rolls, slamming grin.
Perfomance wise lets hear about remapping the ECU or throwing in a supercharger.

Personally, I'll have preferred the Acura TL. The Merc looks tame and trust me your boy racing days are far from over.

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by OPUSDEI1(m): 8:12pm On Dec 08, 2020
A veeeery sweeeeeeeet car to drive. Just purring as you quietly drive along, silently waiting for your throttle command to unleash the dragon, especially in the sport mode.

Diportivo, we await your testimony.

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by CarGuideNG: 8:24pm On Dec 08, 2020
HeavenlyBang:
One of my biggest fears was port security. Plenty of stories about Port rats, offloading damage, etc.

It's a bit hard to tell if the car was damaged while offloading. But only one thing was missing when it got to me that I'm sure was in the car when it left the US. The start/stop button. It's a simple $9 item that has been bought.

Headlight control module was also missing.
But I don't know where that happened.

So, on to the most important things.

It's a fine car. Far more refined than the Infiniti, perhaps at the expense of engagement.
Even with the V8, it's not a sports car. It's a grand tourer. Soaks up bumps and has plenty of power on tap.
While the G35 makes its power brutishly and at the top end, the E550 is silky smooth and simply pulls you to ludicrous speeds. Very smooth.

For example, if I have a gallon o fuel when accelerating in the G35, it usually falls over. It doesn't in the Merc. It's the torque that's simply amazing. 394 lb-ft at 2800 rpm. More than an E90 BMW M3, a Lexus LFA, or an Audi R8 V8. About the same as a Ferarri 458 Italia.

In comparison, the G35 doesn't make its peak torque of 268 until about 5300 rpm. That makes for a big difference in driving experience, it also means I can sit at 100km/h with the engine lazying about at 1500 rpm.

That said, the VQ35HR is a much more exciting engine. This 5.5L was designed for smoothness in the S Class, not for racing. It shows. The exhaust note is also very muted, and even when you step on it, it just growls softly.

Make person dash me Magnaflow mufflers, I'm pleading.
Cc: Radautoworks

The car is fully loaded, essentially. It's only missing the Distronic Package.

The 12-speaker Harman Kardon system bangs. It's almost overkill for a coupe.

I have heated seats, panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, paddle shifters, pretty much everything.

Handling isn't as good as the G35. You can feel the weight of the car. But it's definitely capable. Besides, my boy racer days are over.

Steering is too light. It's what I hate most about the car.

Engine is rated at 382 HP, but I'll eventually get a tune to push it to 415 HP. Other planned mods include exhaust work, an Android headunit, and UR strut bars for tighter handling.

Car has just 88k miles on it with complete service history.

Shout out to

- Deltel for handling everything
- OPUSDEI1 because na my oga at the top
- Gazzuzz for his hospitality
- Nakoks for his help
- Diportivo for being a world class pilot
- Eddee and 9icetoo for their advice
- CarguideNG for an impeccable carfax
- PattyBF for registration and tint permit

Obviously, this was only done with the help of the Cartalk family. wink

grin

Congratulations Sir!

Proud to have been part of this process and journey cheesy

A real head turner, this certainly is.

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 8:31pm On Dec 08, 2020
laivwire:

Congratulations. Did you ever tinker with the G35? You talked about disabling the AWD and stuff back then.

I hear cold air intake and muffler delete all the time. Why don't cartalkers talk of cosmetic modifications? Spacers, fender rolls, slamming grin.
Perfomance wise lets hear about remapping the ECU or throwing in a supercharger.

Personally, I'll have preferred the Acura TL. The Merc looks tame and trust me your boy racing days are far from over.
Thanks.

Most cosmetic mods look immature, are expensive, and only get you more attention. Most car enthusiasts don't appreciate that. Also, Nigerian roads are bad enough without slamming the car, unless you're running bags, which is very expensive.

Better to do things like intakes and ECU, exhaust, etc. Everything may not even cost up to 1m.

I never disabled the AWD. The G35's AWD system only kicks in when slip is detected, otherwise it's RWD. There was little to no benefit to disabling AWD, especially since the car doesn't have a limited slip differential anyway.

My boy racer days aren't quite over, truth be told. I still enjoy bullying people on the highway. But I do it a lot more sensibly now, and only on roads I know very well. At this point in my life, I just want to have the power available for when I need it, while just cruising about in comfort. The G35 is a car that demands to be driven hard. This one doesn't at all.

I'm not a fan of the styling of the pre-facelift TL. And still, it just lacked the power I needed.

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 8:32pm On Dec 08, 2020
OPUSDEI1:
A veeeery sweeeeeeeet car to drive. Just purring as you quietly drive along, silently waiting for your throttle command to unleash the dragon, especially in the sport mode.

Diportivo, we await your testimony.

Testimony time!
Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 8:32pm On Dec 08, 2020
CarGuideNG:


grin

Congratulations Sir!

Proud to have been part of this process and journey cheesy

A real head turner, this certainly is.

Thanks, chief. Always a pleasure doing business with you.

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by Eddee(m): 8:46pm On Dec 08, 2020
king406:
mine never start yet grin. I might risk a tune but i will have to be running octane booster. The main purpose of my mods is not really for power gains, its just to refresh my love for the car, because i’m already thinking about another car and all my options are still on the high side.

Invidia Gemini exhaust, BC racing coilovers, Invidia test pipes, aFe Takeda intakes

All those plenty grammer na only ‘NVIDIA’ Graphics the enter my head. Ah, video games of old

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by diportivo: 8:46pm On Dec 08, 2020
mejai:
Diportivo... We are waiting for your memory concerning that video.


OPUSDEI1:
A veeeery sweeeeeeeet car to drive. Just purring as you quietly drive along, silently waiting for your throttle command to unleash the dragon, especially in the sport mode.

Diportivo, we await your testimony.



HeavenlyBang:


Testimony time!




Eddee:


You dey pursue Diportivo? grin grin - Senior man perish that idea I take God name beg you, guy drove a Corolla from Lagos to Calabar in just 9hrs. (Bad roads and checkpoints time-wasting follow for that promo)


kingreign:

Diportivo?
That one na mad man behind the wheels.


I guess ur reputation precedes you cheesy


I must confess tho......just 3 cars have given me the kicks since I started doing this

gazzuzz's E class

an acura TL

and heavenlybangs E550

even a GL550 2013 didn't give me the kicks I got from the E550

OPSUDEI1....sure guy..thanks for ur help even after the delivery was done

heavenlybang,u did much more than u were to do eventually wink

eddee grin......weldone oh grin....u didnt add that customs took 3hrs off the tab angry....idiot ppl


kingreign.....I'm learning from u.....be nice undecided

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by Eddee(m): 8:49pm On Dec 08, 2020
OPUSDEI1:
A veeeery sweeeeeeeet car to drive. Just purring as you quietly drive along, silently waiting for your throttle command to unleash the dragon, especially in the sport mode.

Diportivo, we await your testimony.

Senior man you go wait enter wahala grin - Dipo na that kind man, him no dey share war stories!

Edit: baba don change - this is a sign 2021 will be great, all of us go buy benz

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Re: On The Eight Day, God Made The V8: My Journey To 400 HP by HeavenlyBang(m): 8:51pm On Dec 08, 2020
diportivo:




















an acura TL

and heavenlybangs E550



OPSUDEI1....sure guy..thanks for ur help even after the delivery was done

heavenlybang,u did much more than u were to do eventually wink


Now you don make my eye dey chook for TL again. cheesy

Na man you be jare. I appreciate.

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