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Mercedes-Benz CLS by Carlsson

Monday, February 28, 2011

German tuner Carlsson has introduced its own edition of the Mercedes-Benz CLS ahead of its Geneva debut tomorrow.

Carlsson's chief designer Rolf Schlepp has created a new aerodynamic kit that accentuates the CLS's coupe styling. That includes a front spoiler, an RS front spoiler lip (also available in carbon), stainless-steel grille inserts, rear spoiler and a rear apron with integrated diffuser.

For the performance tuning, Carlsson offers power boosting kits for several CLS engine variants, including a boost on the twin-turbo V8 of the CLS 63 AMG that dials output from the series' 557 PS ( 410 kW / 550 bhp) up to 600 PS (441 kW / 592 bhp).

On the diesel-powered CLS 350 CDI, the Carlsson C-Tronic control unit boosts the power rating by 20 percent to a total of 320 PS (235 kW / 316 bhp) and 780 Nm of torque (575 lb-ft) from the series' 265 PS (195 kW / 261 bhp) 650 Nm (479 lb-ft). The 0 to 100 km/h sprint time is improved by 0.3 seconds over the standard 350 CDI to 5.9 seconds.

For the exhaust, there's a stainless steel rear silencer and double-oval tailpipes, with Carlsson offering stainless-steel tailpipes as an extra option.

Alloy wheels in 1/10 design (five simple and five double spokes) can be had in sizes up to 20 inches.

The C-Tronic SUSPENSION kit is adaptable to the AIRMATIC suspension from Mercedes and can lower the car 30 mm.

Things remain as elaborate, and then some, on the inside. Carlsson uses top-notch materials for the cabin finish in leather and Alcantara with carbon and wood trims (wood inlays with a piano black varnish). The seats and door panels are upholstered in Carlsson Nappa leather with contrasting stitching. There's also an Alcantara sports steering wheel, brushed aluminum pedals and foot rests, and floor and boot mats with the Carlsson logo. Carlsson even informs us that drinking-quality water is used in the tanning of the leather. That's how refined this tuning package is.

HAMANN HAWK based on Mercedes SLS AMG

Based on the Mercedes SLS AMG the Hamann Hawk will be making its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The bird of prey with its open wing doors has an Everose Gold exterior finish and features a wind tunnel tested body kit. Starting at the front there is a new front bumper fascia with LED lights and enlarged air inlets. Carbon fiber hood allows hot air to escape while the fender flairs provide an extra 60mm on each front side and 70mm on each rear side. Side skirts, rear bumper fascia with diffuser and carbon fiber wing round out the body kit.

Performance of the already potent 6.2-liter V8 engine is enhanced with high-performance titanium exhaust manifolds and sports catalysts while a sports air filter is used on the intake side. In concert with a remapped engine control unit, power output is raised to 636 PS (628 bhp / 468 kW) from the standard 571 PS (420 kW / 563 hp) for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).

The coilover kit with four height-adjustable dampers and four progressively wound springs lower the center of gravity by up to 30 millimeters. Wheels are Hamann's own lightweight forged wheels in 9Jx21 with tires measuring 245/30 ZR 21 at the front and 12.5Jx21 with tires measuring 345/25 ZR 21 at the rear.

HPE700 Camaro Convertible by Hennessey

Hennessey Performance has unveiled the first details about the 2011 HPE700 Camaro Convertible.

Like the previous HPE700 coupe, the convertible features a 'CarbonAero' body kit (which includes a front splitter, a rear diffuser and revised side skirts), a painted hockey stick side strip, and 20-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires.

Power comes from a Corvette ZR1-sourced LS9 engine which has been outfitted with cold air induction system, upgraded pulleys, and high-flow fuel injectors. Thanks to these modifications, the 6.2-liter V8 produces 755 hp (563 kW / 765 PS) and 763 lb-ft (1,033 Nm) of torque - an increase of 117 hp (87 kW / 119 PS) and 159 lb-ft (215 Nm). This enables the coupe (convertible figures are still pending) to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds and run the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds at 130 mph.

To ensure the chassis can handle the added power, engineers installed an adjustable coil-over suspension, upgraded sway bars and a Brembo braking system with 15-inch rotors.

Available as a coupe or convertible, HPE700 production will be limited to 24 units.

Corvette Z06 by Romeo Ferraris

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Italian tuner Romeo Ferraris is at it again. This time they're taking on the Corvette Z06.

Romeo Ferraris takes the American import and drops its own compressor onto the LS7 7.0 liter V8 engine. The Vortech kit used includes a centrifugal compressor, an air-to-air aluminum intercooler and high-flow injectors. Total output goes from the standard Z06's 512 PS (377 kW) and 637 Nm of torque to 677 PS (498 kW) and 823 Nm.

Those new power ratings also come as a benefit of a new sport exhaust system and the Z06-RF is held in check by larger performance disk-brakes featuring 380 mm, 6-piston calipers for the front and 345 mm, 4-piston calipers at the back.

Front and rear wheels also differ in dimensions, with Romeo Ferraris fitting this Z06-RF with 19-inch rims at the front and 20-inch at the back.

Performance numbers include a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 3.3 seconds and if you keep going you'll reach 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 10 seconds. Top speed is 340 km/h (211 mph).

Romeo Ferraris also provides a new interior finish to add a European touch to this American muscle car. That includes an in-house "Commando" sport steering wheel by Romeo Ferraris, Recaro Sportster seats and leather touches to replace outgoing plastic moldings.

Audi R8 V10 by Wheelsandmore

German tuner Wheelsandmore is offering a performance upgrade on the Audi R8 V10 model which is powered by the 5.2 liter TFSI engine.

Wheelsandmore handcrafted its own stainless-steel exhaust system with valve control and with the help of an ECU re-mapping gets the R8's 5.2 liter V10 TFSI engine up to 600 PS (441 kW) and 590 Nm (435 lb-ft) of torque. That's a boost of 75 PS and 60 Nm of torque over the standard configuration - which is 525 PS (386 kW) and 530 Nm (391 lb-ft).

For the suspension, there's KW race coilovers with adjustable rebound and compression rates. The new hydraulic suspension can move 4.5 cm (1.77 inches) up or down to adjust the ride height.

The tuner has also crafted its own 3-piece wheels for the R8, which come in 9 x 20 dimensions at the front and 11 x 20 for the rear and in various color combinations. The rims come wrapped in Continental Sport Contact III tires sized 235/30/20 and 295/25/20 front/back, respectively.

Opel Corsa OPC by Dbilas Dynamic

Saturday, February 26, 2011

German tuner Dbilas Dynamic has a tuning kit for the Opel Corsa OPC that adds more than few extra ponies to the hot little hatch.

The Opel Corsa OPC comes standard with 192 PS on its 1.6 liter turbo engine which Dbilas Dynamic offers to dial upward by more than 50 percent. After the tuning job is complete, the Opel OPC will have 320 PS (235 kW) and 400 Nm of torque at its disposal.

The Rödermark-based tuner achieves that figure with a very comprehensive engine overhaul which includes fitting the tuner's own steel connecting rods, forged pistons and turbocharger as well as adding a sport exhaust system. The tuning also involves ECU-mapping, new sport air filter and new air induction system.

320 PS on the 1,100 kg Corsa OPC makes for a pretty zippy 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 5.1 seconds and provides the car with a weight to power ratio of 3.44 kg per PS. Top speed is a German autobahn-appropriate 264 km/h (164 mph).

The Corsa OPC also gets an Eibach suspension kit that lowers the car by 20 mm. Als

o helping to improve traction are 19-inch rims wrapped in 215/35ZR19 85Y Hankook tires.

Ferrari 599 GTO by Novitec Rosso

The Ferrari aficionados at Novitec Rosso have unveiled a new tuning program for the 599 GTO.

While the car certainly wasn't lacking in performance, the tuner outfitted the 6.0-liter V12 with twin superchargers, a new intake manifold, enlarged fuel injectors, high-flow air filters, a massive intercooler, and stainless-steel sport exhaust system with 90mm tailpipes. Thanks to these tweaks, output climbs to 888 PS (653 kW / 876 hp) and 862 Nm (636 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 218 PS (160 kW / 215 hp) and 242 Nm (178 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, 0- 200 km/h in 9.1 seconds, and onto a top speed in excess of 340 km/h (211 mph).

On the styling front, the car features a silver and yellow paint scheme which is reminiscent of the Ferrari 250 GTO that won the 1964 Tour de France. Additionally, Novitec Rosso installed lowering springs, a front-axle lift up system, and lightweight wheels (which measure 21-inches front and 22-inches rear) with Pirelli PZero tires.

The Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG by Wheelsandmore

Friday, February 25, 2011

German tuner Wheelsandmore has a performance package for the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG that is modest enough to sound like a reasonable option against the SL 65 AMG Black Series.

For the power ugrade, Wheelsandmore does some ECU-remapping and adds a handmade exhaust system to bump the 6.0 liter twin-turbo V12 engine up to 697 PS (513 kW) and 1,150 Nm of torque from the production model's 612 PS (450 kW) and 1,000 Nm. The SL 65 AMG Black Series comes with 670 PS (493 kW) but with an electronically-limited torque of 1,000 Nm (a feature Wheelsandmore removes for its tuning of the standard SL 65 AMG).

Also on hand are, of course, Wheelsandmore's 3-piece forged rims (6Sportz) in 10 x 20-inch and 12 x 20-inch dimensions for the front and rear, respectively, wrapped in 255/30/20 (front) and 305/25/20 (back) Dunlop tires.

A suspension kit is also part of the package - Wheelsandmore´s "LowMaXX" electronic lowering module that maintains serial settings and raises the car at around the 72 km/h (45 mph) mark to provide a more comfortable ride.

Hyundai Equus by Rhys Millen Racing

Hyundai and Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) have teamed up once again to create a specially-modified Equus for the SEMA Motor Show early next month.

While details are limited, the car will feature a two-tone appearance (Red Bull Racing blue and a carbon fiber wrap), carbon fiber mirrors, a front lip spoiler, and 21-inch HRE wheels.

Inside, the cabin boasts ostrich hide leather seats, suede accents, and embroidered headrests.

Power is provided by a 4.6-liter V8 which has been outfitted with a RMR air intake and a stainless steel sport exhaust system. Thanks to these modifications, the engine produces 415 hp (309 kW / 421 PS) instead of 385 hp (287 kW / 390 PS).

Mercedes SLS AMG by FAB Design

FAB Design has unveiled their new tuning program for the Mercedes SLS AMG.

On the outside, the Swiss firm installs an aggressive body kit that consists of a revised front fascia, a front spoiler lip, and a new rear apron with an integrated diffuser. Other goodies include carbon fiber side skirts, LED daytime driving lights and 20-inch Evoline wheels.

In the performance department, the 6.3-liter V8 engine has been equipped with a stainless steel sport exhaust system which helps to increase output from 571 PS (420 kW / 563 hp) to 611 PS (449 kW / 603 hp). Additionally, a sport suspension has been fitted to ensure the SLS handles like a proper supercar.

MR 600 GT based on BMW 6-Series by CLP Automotive

CLP Automotive tunes the BMW 6-Series into a new creation its calls the MR 600 GT.

The main feature of the tuning job is the aerodynamic kit by CLP which reduces lift and helps develop air flow for cooling the high-performance brakes. The kit consists of two front wings, a wide front bumper, a couple of fender flares for the back, side skirts and a rear apron. The aerodynamic kits costs €5,990.

For an extra €399 CLP offers a tailgate spoiler too.

For the ride, CLP fits a KW Variant 3 coil-over suspension kit. CLP also offers a set of 3-part alloy wheels with stainless-steel rings - 9.5 x 22-inches and 11.5 x 22-inches front and back fitted with 255/30/22 and 285/25/22 performance tires, respectively. Cost is €8,960.

Engine tuning is not to be left out, though, and CLP offers an ECU-remapping on the 645i up to 379 PS (279 kW) and 490 Nm of torque for €1,290.

For €1,599 a CLP stainless-steel quad exhaust is available too.

Maserati Quattroporte Black Bison by Wald International

Wald International has unveiled their new Black Bison styling package for the Maserati Quattroporte.

Up front, the tuner installs a new bumper, a carbon fiber splitter, and LED daytime running lights. Out back, there's a revised rear bumper, a roof-mounted spoiler, a trunk-mounted spoiler, and a chrome-plated sport exhaust system. Elsewhere, the car is outfitted with aerodynamic side skirts and massive wheels.

The Black Bison package, minus the wheels, is priced from ¥870,000 (€7,735 / $10,650) but the components are also available individually.

Opel Astra by EDS Motorsport

EDS Motorsport has unveiled a new tuning package for the redesigned Opel Astra (J).

Designed to blow away the competition, the 1.6-liter turbo has been outfitted with a high-performance needle valve (€980), higher-quality connecting rods (€550), larger fuel injectors (€500), and an HG Motorsport turbo manifold (€1,200). Furthermore, the company installs a Garret GT28 turbocharger (€1,000), a custom intercooler (€600), a 100mm air-flow meter (€300), a 7mm downpipe (€800), and a stainless steel sport exhaust system (€800).

Thanks to all these tweaks, the engine produces 360 PS (265 kW / 355 hp) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 180 PS (132 kW / 178 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft).

To help keep things in check, the car has also been equipped with a sport clutch (€1,100), a Quaife locking differential (€900) and a high-performance braking system with 356mm discs being clamped by eight-piston calipers (€2,000).

Last but not least, the Astra rides on 20-inch Schmidt Revolution wheels with Pirelli P.Zero tires (€3,200).

Mercedes C74 Konzept by RENNtech

Thursday, February 24, 2011

RENNtech has unveiled the C74 Konzept.

Based on the Mercedes C63 AMG, the C74 features various carbon fiber accessories (a widebody kit, rear spoiler, front splitter, and rear diffuser) and three-piece forged aluminum wheels with Nitto INVO performance tires.

Under the hood, the 6.2-liter V8 engine has been outfitted with a revised ECU, a modified air intake (with high-flow air filters), an upgraded camshaft, and new cylinder heads. Thanks to these changes, the V8 produces 605 hp (451 kW / 613 PS) and 555 lb-ft (752 Nm) of torque. This enables the car to run the quarter mile in 11.4 seconds, at 126 mph (203 km/h), and hit a top speed of 204 mph (328 km/h).

To ensure the car remains planted, the tuner installed an adjustable sports suspension, a limited slip rear differential, high performance brakes, and carbon fiber stabilizer bars.

Priced from $11,950 (€8,580), the package is currently available for order.

Range Rover Sport by Mansory

To celebrate Range Rover's 40th anniversary, Swiss tuner Mansory has a new program for the Range Rover Sport.

Mansory begins things with a modest boost in power for all engine variants, both diesels and petrols, on the Sport - up to 30 PS (22 kW) and 40 Nm of torque. Power is uprated by means of a new sport air filter, ECU-optimization and a new sport exhaust system.

Then Mansory adds the more impressive aerodynamic kit made of PU-RIM plastic components. The front face of the Range Rover Sport includes a new front spoiler with vertical LED daytimers and large air intakes. There's a new bonnet using the carbon prepreg method with a large power dome on it to channel more cool air to the engine too.

The new wings and side skirts also widen the SUV by 60 mm at the front and 80 mm at the back. For the rear is a new apron and diffuser with a carbon insert and a carbon fiber rear roof spoiler. The D-pillars can also be fitted with carbon applications.

Mansory provides an air suspension module that can lower the Range Rover Sport up to 30 mm and fits it with 23-inch light-metal wheels wrapped in 315/25/R23 high-performance tires.

For the cabin is a new sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals and a leather finish that can be mated to a choice of either wood touches or carbon fittings. To top things off, carbon-embroidered MANSORY Switzerland badges adorn the seats and floor mats.

Lamborghini LP640 by JB Car Design

JB Car Design has unveiled their new tuning program for the Lamborghini LP 640.

Dubbed the Bat, the car features a Carbon Aero Kit (€28,500) which consists of new bumpers, a front lip spoiler, revised side skirts, and an aggressive rear diffuser. Additional options include a carbon fiber rear spoiler (€2,800) and three-piece 20-inch wheels (€8,700).

Inside, customers can order leather or Alcantara upholstery (€9,700), a sport steering wheel (€1,970), and a premium audio system.

For an additional €28,500, the 6.5-liter V12 engine can be tuned to produce 750 PS (552 kW / 740 hp). If that sounds a little steep, there's also a 710 PS (522 kW / 700 hp) package which costs €19,500.

2011 Ford Mustang Kompressor by GeigerCars

German tuner Geiger Cars has created its own compressor-laden edition of the 2011 Ford Mustang.

By adding a twin-screw supercharger of 2.3 liters in volume to the standard 5.0 liter V8, Geiger Cars dials the Mustang's power ratings up to 497 PS (366 kW) and 634 Nm (468 lb-ft) from the series 412 (303 kW) and 529 Nm (390 lb-ft) of torque.

The German tuner also courteously removes the electronic speed limiter and lets the Mustang rage to a maximum speed of 274 km/h (170 mph).

Before any work is done, base price for the 2011 Mustang is €42,900. The price tag on the performance tuning is €12,990.

For an improved ride, a sports chassis (€1,899) is also offered as well as lightweight OZ Ultraleggera metal rims sized 8.5 x 20-inch (front) and 10 x 20-inch (rear) wrapped in high performance tires in 245/35R20 and 285/30R20 dimensions, front and back, respectively. The wheel set can be had for €5,190.

Mercedes SLS AMG widebody by FAB Design

Fab Design first showed us their Mercedes SLS AMG body styling kit back in October. Now some fans have tipped us off to an example sitting in the Al-ain Class Motors showroom in Dubai. But this SLS kit isn't the same as the first design. This one is a wide body version.

The fenders have been completely resculpted and the sides skirts and quarter panels are one seemless panel that fit over the existing panels. At the rear, the redesigned bumper fascia meets up precisely with the widened quarter panels giving the tailamps a sunken look.

We've received no details on any performance modifications under the hood, but we do know that Fab offers a sport exhaust system which helps increase output from 571 PS (420 kW / 563 hp) to 611 PS (449 kW / 603 hp). Additionally, a sport suspension can be fitted.

There's no denying that Fab designs aren't for everyone, but one thing for certain is that they provoke a strong response, and just for that reason alone they get our nod of approval.

Mercedes CLS Coupe by BRABUS

Top dog tuner of all things Daimler, BRABUS has revealed its exclusive tuning program for the second generation Mercedes CLS-Class.

Making its world debut in Geneva next week, the four-door coupe is outfitted modestly for a sporty-elegant flavor. The wind tunnel tested kit features a front spoiler mounted to the OE front bumper, restyled air vent inserts with fitted LED daytime running, sport fenders with side gills, side skirts, rear spoiler and a custom fitted lower rear bumper apron to accommodate the four tailpipes of the BRABUS sport exhaust system. The rear appearance is rounded out with a centrally mounted reflector.

Suspension tuning is available is seveal levels from a simple ride-height lowering by some 30 millimeters via sport springs or a complete suspension upgrade with adjustable dampers all around. CLS models equipped with the semi-active AIRMATIC air suspension system can be lowered by some 35 millimeters (1.4 in.) with the BRABUS suspension module. BRABUS Monoblock wheels in sizes ranging from 8.5Jx17 to 10.5Jx20 are available as one-piece and three piece wheels in six different designs.

Performance tuning also remains somewhat sedated in these early stages. The CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY model equipped with BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D4 performance kit delivers an additional 31 PS (31 bhp / 22.8 kW) and peak torque of 560 Nm (413 lb-ft). For the CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY BRABUS offers the ECO PowerXtra D6S plug-and-play auxiliary control unit which can be installed in less than 45 minutes. In 'Eco' mode only peak torque is increased from 620 Nm to 690 Nm (457 to 509 lb-ft) between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. Maximum power output remains unchanged. In 'Sport' mode both peak torque and power output are increased. Maximum power output jumps from 265 PS (261 bhp / 195 kW) to 313 PS (309 bhp / 230 kW) at a low 3,600 rpm. Using this setting, the tuned turbodiesel model sprints from 0 – 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h (155 mph).

Ferrari 458 Italia by Novitec Rosso

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It was just last week Novitec Rosso showed us their Race 606 tuning package for the Ferrari California. Now in preparation for the Geneva Motor Show next week the German tuner of the prancing horse has revealed early their program for latest model from Maranello, the Ferrari 458 Italia.

Novitec Rosso has kept engine modifications basic for the brand new model. They've added a new carbon-fiber airbox, a high-performance exhaust system made from nickel-chromium-based superalloy Inconel, which weighs 21 kg (46 lbs) less, as well as sport exhaust manifolds, sport catalysts and a rear muffler with a sound control flap that can be activated by a button on the steering wheel. Lastly, a remapped engine management system for optimized ignition and injection was added resulting in an additional 39 PS (28.7 kW / 39 bhp) from the 4.5-liter V8 for a total of 609 PS (448 kW / 600 bhp) at 9,100 rpm. Simultaneously peak torque has grown from 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) to 569 Nm (420 lb-ft) at 5,400 rpm.

For a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205 mph) Novitec Rosso fine-tuned the body components using the wind tunnel at the University of Stuttgart. Made of carbon fiber the aerodynamic-enhanced kit consists of a lower spoiler, right/left wing flaps and ventilation louvers attached to the original bumper fascia. Also in carbon fiber are the fenders, side skirts, carbon-fiber mirror housings, rear spoiler and diffuser. And last but not least the roof panel and engine hood are also made from carbon fiber.

Custom-tailored versions of the three-piece Novitec Rosso NF3 wheels were developed for the 458 Italia. Novitec Rosso chose a staggered combination of size 9Jx21 wheels in front and size 12Jx22 on the rear. Custom-manufactured Pirelli PZero tires are mounted in size 255/30 ZR 21 and 335/25 ZR 22 front to rear, respectively.

NOVITEC ROSSO sport springs lower the ride height of the Ferrari by 35 millimeters while the hydraulic front lift system can raise the front lip of the car by 40 millimeters to help clear speed bumps or parking garage ramps.

BMW M5 G-Power Hurricane RS Touring

German tuner G-Power doesn't like to come in second. At least, not with regard to horsepower figures.

So here is the full set of specs and photos of the G-Power M5 Hurricane RS Touring based on the E61 BMW M5 Touring following the recent high speed jaunt on a German autobahn.

The 5.0 liter V10 twin-supercharged power plant churns out a remarkable 750 PS (551 kW / 740 bhp) and 750 Nm of torque (553 lb-ft). 0 to 100 km/h clocks in at 4.5 seconds while top speed is electronically limited to a record-setting 360 km/h for a wagon/estate model.

With that much power on tap G-Power sees fit to provide acceleration figures for the 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) sprint (9.7 seconds) as well as the 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) one, which comes in at 26 seconds flat.

Most of that power comes courtesy of the G-Power SK IIII RS twin-supercharger system with a twin-scroll, water-cooled intercooler. G-Power also replaces the pistons with forged Mahle units and does an ECU remap.

For the ride are 20-inch G-Power Silverstone Diamond wheels wrapped with MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires in 255/35 ZR 20 and 285/30 ZR 20 dimensions, front and back, respectively. The suspension tuning fits the in-house G5-RS coil-over kit with adjustable compression and rebound rates plus height adjustment too. There's also G-Power's own heavy-duty brake system.

Inside is a complete finish in premium leather and Alcantara, including the roof pillars and headliner, all done in a diamond stitching by hand.

Price in Germany with full leather outfitting is €288.000, including VAT, € 242,016.80 for those buying from outside the country.

SV12 R Biturbo 800 by Brabus

Monday, February 21, 2011

Brabus has unveiled the fastest and most powerful sedan in the world - the SV12 R Biturbo 800.

Essentially a revised SV12 R, the Biturbo features a 5.5-liter V12 engine which has been bored to 6.3-liters. Besides the extra displacement, engineers added a new crankshaft, larger pistons, high-performance camshafts and optimized cylinder heads. Furthermore, the company installed a carbon fiber air intake, new turbochargers, four intercoolers, a sport exhaust, and a recalibrated ECU.

Thanks to all these changes, the V12 produces a staggering 800 PS (788 bhp / 588 kW) and 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft) of torque. Sadly, the latter figure is electronically limited to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft) for "technical reasons." Despite this, the über sedan accelerates from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 10.3 seconds. If that isn't fast enough, keep your foot planted and the Biturbo will eventually top out at an electronically limited 350 km/h (217 mph).

To ensure the car remains stable at speed, Brabus equipped it with an aerodynamic body kit, high-performance tires (from Pirelli or YOKOHAMA), a revised suspension module (which lowers the ride height by 15mm), beefier brakes, and a limited-slip differential.

Audi R8 by Eisenmann

Performance exhaust specialist Eisenmann has unveiled their new tuning program for the Audi R8.

Dubbed the Spark Eight, the car features an aerodynamic carbon fiber body kit with a revised grille (€7800), a front splitter (€1800), a rear spoiler (€4800), and a rear diffuser (€3800). If those accessories haven't drained your bank account, you can add 19-inch alloy wheels for €7300.

Out back, customers can order a center-mounted single exhaust (€4600), a four tailpipe exhaust (€3800) or an R8 V10-inspired dual exhaust (€1000).

While the standard car isn't a slouch in the handling department, Eisenmann also offers new shock absorbers and performance springs (€3850).

500C Abarth by Romeo Ferraris

Romeo Ferraris has tuned this 500C Abarth to commemorate its own 52nd anniversary.

The Abarth 500C Anniversario features a performance upgrade that dials power up to 203 PS (149 kW / 200 bhp) from the series' 140 PS (103 kW / 138 bhp). The power boosts comes courtesy of an ECU-remap, a new turbine, a sport air filter and a sport exhaust.

Also added are performance (Brembo) brakes, a suspension kit and a mechanical limited-slip differential.

But what stands out here is the two-tone chrome finish to the outside of the 500C Abarth in a silver and red scheme.

On the inside too is red chrome trim complimented by a black leather finish with diamond stitching.

The whole package rides on 8 x 17-inch rims by Romeo Ferraris.

Porsche Carrera GT Stage II by Kubatech

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

German tuner Kubatech has a Stage II tuning package for the currently discontinued Porsche Carrera GT.

Kubatech refers to itself as an engine software specialist and it is mainly through an ECU optimization that it dials up the power on the Carrera GT's 5.7 liter V10 engine from a standard 612 PS (450 kW) to 660 PS (485 kW). Torque also gets a bump to 642 Nm from the series' 590 Nm.

Also added is a Cargraphic sport exhaust system made of high-grade steel that makes for upgraded numbers on the Carrera GT. The Stage II's top speed is now 343 km/h (213 mph), compared to the previous 330 km/h (205 mph), and the 0 to 100 km/h sprint time is improved but Kubatech does not specify by how much.

Stage II tuning of the Porsche Carrera GT by Kubatech comes at an all-included cost of €10,699.