Monday, December 10, 2012
Brabus has prepared an upgrade kit for the latest Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. In typical Brabus tradition, the power of the V8 5.5-liter bi-turbo engine has been increased to 620 HP (456 kW), up from the standard 544 HP (400 kW). In addition, the torque figure is also up by 40 Nm (29 lb-ft) to 800 Nm (590 lb-ft). Aside from the healthy power boost, Brabus installed a new set of huge 23-inch, twin-spoke alloy wheels and painted the brake calipers in yellow. Other highlights include the ride control comfort suspension and valve-controlled exhaust system.
Senner Tuning has unveiled a new styling package for the facelifted Audi S5. Designed to make the car look like an RS5, the kit includes an RS5-style front bumper fascia and black grille. There's also a rear window spoiler, a trunk-mounted spoiler and a sports exhaust system. Rounding out the changes are carbon fiber side skirts and mirror casings, an adjustable KW coilover suspension and 20-inch Work VS-XX wheels with Vredestein Ultra Sessanta tires. The cabin has been equipped with two-tone Nappa leather seats, carbon trim and a steering wheel from an Audi R8. For added performance, the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine was tuned to produce 429 bhp (320 kW) and 501 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 100 bhp (75 kW) and 61 Nm (45 lb-ft). If you like what you see, this particular model is currently available for €69,990.
German tuner GAD has released an upgrade program for the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG. The most powerful CLS 63 AMG is the one fitted with the optional AMG Performance Package that lifts output to 558 HP (410 kW) and 799 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. If this isn’t enough, GAD can increase the engine output to an impressive 803 HP (590 kW) and 1149 Nm (847 lb-ft). To provide the additional horsepower they had to enlarge the turbochargers by 30 percent, install a new custom exhaust manifold with downpipe and sport catalyst. In addition, an optimized intercooler and updated fuel and ignition systems are also part of the package. GAD also mentions a higher top speed without mentioning a figure, but at least we know that it’s more than the 186 mph (299 km/h) achieved by the AMG Performance Package-fitted model.
Friday, November 2, 2012
A custom Ford GT has managed to hit 283.232 mph (455.82 km/h) in a standing mile at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway. Created by Performance Power Racing, this heavily modified street-legal Ford GT features two turbos and various components made from “pandalloy”. This is an aerospace aluminum alloy developed in collaboration with Pratt & Whitney which is perfect for racing applications thanks to characteristics like reduced weight, high strength and temperature resistance. Pumping out 1,700 hp (1267 kW), this Ford GT has set the Guinness World Record for top speed in a street-legal car by reaching a Tag Heuer-measured 283.232 mph in 5,280 feet (1,609 meters).
ABT Sportsline is now offering an upgrade kit for the facelifted 2013 Audi Q5, including power boost for two diesel engines. In its standard configuration, the 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine produces 177 HP (130 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm), while after ABT’s intervention it develops 205 HP (151 kW) and 309 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. They also worked on the 3.0-liter TDI which can pump out 282 HP (207 kW) and 464 lb-ft (630 Nm), up from the standard 245 HP (176 kW) and 428 lb-ft (580 Nm). Aside from the power hike, ABT is also offering a new exhaust system with two double pipes, as well as various wheel designs ranging from 20 to 22 inches. The tuner has updated the SUV’s front grille and installed fender extensions. Other modifications were performed on the door strip attachments, rear skirt set and rear wing. As a final touch, the Audi Q5 has been lowered by approximately 30mm after installing ABT’s suspension springs.
Hamann's McLaren MP4-12C based memoR has been given the art car treatment to make "grass-green Porsches, neon yellow Lamborghinis and even luminous red Ferraris" fade into the background. Described as "magnificent haute couture," the multi-colored model has an aerodynamic body kit that draws inspiration from the McLaren F1. It features a new front bumper with LED daytime running lights, a front splitter and a roof-mounted air intake. There's also revised side skirts, an extended diffuser, a prominent rear wing and 21-inch aluminum wheels. The styling kit is priced from €95,000 ($123,225) which sounds pretty expensive since it doesn't appear to include any performance upgrades. However, customers can order a bespoke interior with everything from Alcantara upholstery to wood trim.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Erftstadt-based tuner MR Car Design has developed a tuning program for the Mazda3 MPS. The standard version comes with a 2.3-liter turbo engine developing 260 hp (191 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque at 3,000 rpm, but after the tuner worked its software magic it now outputs 310 hp (231 kW). The 50 hp (37 kW) power increase is available for 699 euros. MR Car Design is also offering a downpipe with or without catalytic convertor, along with a cat-back exhaust system. A KW coilover suspension and Qxigin 14-inch alloys are part of the package, plus a Forge Intercooler including all turbo hoses.
Italian tuner Novitec has prepared an upgrade program for the latest Fiat Panda. A front spoiler attached to the production fascia is available for 184 euros, while the rear spoiler costs 150 euros. Stock wheels can be replaced by custom 7.5Jx17 N10 alloys available in matt-black or silver polished finish with 215/35 R17 tires. The entire set with tires costs 1,106 euros or you can get just the wheels for 159 euros each. The tuner provides a coilover suspension that lowers the Panda’s ride height between 30 and 80 millimeters. Also available are sport springs that lower the vehicle by 35 mm. A Novitec PowerJet 2 auxiliary control unit for the 2-cylinder TwinAir gasoline engine lifts output to 99 hp (73 kW), enabling the car to perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 10.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 117 mph (188 km/h). This upgrade kit will set you back 419 euros. The tuner also offers a Powerrail 5 module for the 1.3 16V MultiJet turbodiesel engine, increasing power to 91 hp (67 kW), up from 75 hp (55 kW). As a result, 0-62 mph is done in 11.9 seconds (12.8s standard) and top speed of 110 mph (178 km/h). It’s available for 335 euros. For an additional 251 euros Novitec can fit the Panda with a sport rear muffler that has a one-round 90mm tailpipe on both sides.
JMS has released the first details about their upcoming styling program for the Volkswagen Golf VII. Starting with the exterior, the Walddorfhäslach-based tuner offers a front lip spoiler (€259) which gives the model an aggressive appearance. It mounts onto the standard front bumper and is held in place by screws and glue. For an even sportier appearance, the tuner offers a KW V1 inox coil over kit (€1,099) which reduces the ride height by 55mm at the front and 45mm at the rear. Last but not least, customers can order 19-inch Schmidt FS Racing wheels that are equipped with 225/35-19 tires (€4999). All the components are TÜV approved and will become available in January.
ATT-TEC has unveiled their new tuning program for the BMW 1-Series M Coupe. Looking tastefully restrained, the model is equipped with 20-inch ADV1 5.0 TF wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The car also has a KW Dynamic Damping Control coilover kit which reduces the ride height and offers three different damper settings (Comfort, Sport & Sport+). In the future, the company plans to offer a variety of carbon fiber components including a front spoiler, rear diffuser and boot lid. For added performance, the tuner can optimize the ECU to enable the engine to produce 395 bhp (295 kW). For even more power, the addition of a larger intercooler allows the mill to develop 454 bhp (339 kW). Customers can also order an Akrapovic exhaust system and a V-Max removal.