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Old 06-04-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Exclamation M3 supercharger advice!!!!

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Been doing lots of research on supercharging the m3. I was wondering what the differences are in the different stages 1, 2, and 3. i want the most power and torque I can get so a stage 3 or 2.5 maybe? Also which supercharger will give me the most horsepower and torque? Been looking mostly at the active autowerke the VFE and ESS systems with meth. As of now I'm interested in the ess vt2-550. Anyone have experience with this kit and how much power can I get from it? Thanks for any input.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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I have a couple customer running the VF570 kit (LINK). This kit on the S54 really awakens the beast inside, with 570hp and 380 ft-lbs of torque tires have a hard time of keeping up. One of the biggest benefits to the VF kit is it maintains stock drive-ability with smooth unrelenting power.
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Yes the 570 kit. I read about that too wasnt sure if it was for the e46 or not! How much does that kit run?
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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If it's torque your looking for you won't get it with a centrifugal SC just keep that in mind. Plenty of high end power though.
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^ is correct. A centrifugal charger will not produce the in your seat instant torque you may be looking for as it's so gradual. Sounds to me like you should more be looking into turbo. For the price of a VF570, might as well go a bit further and get MaxPSI turbo kit
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For the price of a VF570, might as well go a bit further and get MaxPSI turbo kit
+1, IF you don't mind the transient response of a turbo.
Some people like the car to actually provide its full power at the rpm you are right away, not a second or so later (once the turbo spools up).
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werd. why in the world would anybody want a supercharger now that the maxpsi kit is out?
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Hey guys and gals....
Been doing lots of research on supercharging the m3. I was wondering what the differences are in the different stages 1, 2, and 3. i want the most power and torque I can get so a stage 3 or 2.5 maybe? Also which supercharger will give me the most horsepower and torque? Been looking mostly at the active autowerke the VFE and ESS systems with meth. As of now I'm interested in the ess vt2-550. Anyone have experience with this kit and how much power can I get from it? Thanks for any input.
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For the price, power, and stock intake manifold look the VF570 is a great choice. If you want to go turbo that is a different story.

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:16 AM   #13
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Never heard of it!
Just FYI...

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=973640

But the ESS kit seems good as well, it's all about what you want.
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werd. why in the world would anybody want a supercharger now that the maxpsi kit is out?
Due to the lack of history on the kit. Not going to knock it by any means, but if I recall another turbo tuner that just went defunct had/has numerous issues. I personally don't feel comfortable being version 1.0. They tend to be buggy with lots of time and money spent fixing gremlins. That said, the kit has been showing very promising results. VF /ESS /AA have a pretty good track record now with many shops able to work on them.
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