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Audi A5 by Project Kahn

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Drawing inspiration from the R8, the car features an aggressive front fascia, a modified rear bumper and a trunk-mounted spoiler. Elsewhere, there's a lowered suspension (which reduces ride height by 35mm), a four-tailpipe sport exhaust system, and 21-inch RSL alloy wheels.

To spruce up the cabin, designers added quilted Nappa leather seats, billet aluminum pedals, stainless steel kick plates, and a revised instrument cluster.

Currently available for order, the completed A5 Sport Coupe is priced from £31,875.

BMW 7-Series by Mansory

Monday, March 28, 2011

Swiss tuner Mansory has devised a new look for the BMW 7-Series that comes with a little extra zip for this flagship sedan.

The aerodynamic kit puts a new face on the 7-Series by means of a new front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights and a new carbon grille. Over the rear windscreen is a roof spoiler and the back end features a new apron, diffuser and integrated stainless-steel quad-pipes from the new sport exhaust system fitted by Mansory.

The tuning package is available for both the F01 and F02 7-Series models and the corresponding engine upgrade packages reflect that.

Mansory offers a performance upgrade kit for both the 750i and the 760Li (extended wheelbase edition). The upgrade on the 750i with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 consists of an ECU remap and sport air filter which is good for a new total output of 490 PS (360 kW / 483 bhp) and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft) torque over the serial 408 PS (300 kW / 402 hp) and 600 Nm (440 lb-ft).

On the 760Li with a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12, the tuner dials up the power quotient to 640 PS (470 kW / 631 bhp) and 920 Nm (678 lb-ft) torque compared to the standard 544 PS (400 kW / 537 hp) and 750 Nm (550 lb-ft) .

That makes for a pretty quick long-wheelbase 7-Series as the 0 to 100 km/h sprint time on the Mansory 760Li takes just 4.2 seconds, shaving 0.4 seconds off of the series' model.

To carry all that weight and power in style, Mansory fits the 7-Series with new 10 x 22-inch rims wrapped in 265/35R22 performance tires at the front and 295/30R22s for the rear axle.

For the cabin is a new, ergonomically-designed, sport steering wheel absent the BMW badge but which still provides all the functionality of the standard wheel. Mansory also offers finishes in leather or Alcantara with wood or carbon trims. Personalized options include even the floor mats and any leather touches desired as per the customer's tastes.


Wearing the same body kit (€6,990.00) as the Typhoon S X5 M, the X6 M has an aggressive front fascia, a ventilated hood, a carbon fiber rear diffuser, and sport springs which lower the ride height by 30mm (1.2 inches). Additionally, customers can order 23-inch Silverstone RS alloy wheels with Michelin performance tires (€8,865.55).

Under the hood, the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 has been equipped with a remapped ECU, a stainless steel sport exhaust system, exhaust manifords and new connection pipes between the turbochargers and the cylinder heads (€13,526.05). Thanks to these modifications, output raises to 725 PS (533 kW / 715 hp) and 890 Nm (656 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 170 PS (125 kW / 168 hp) and 210 Nm (155 lb-ft). This enables the crossover to run from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 300 km/h (186 mph).

Ford C-MAX by Loder1899

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Loder1899 has unveiled a new styling and performance package for the Ford C-MAX compact MPV.

Described as transforming an "unpopular geek" into "one of the most popular jocks," the tuner adds a new front spoiler (€249), a faux rear diffuser (€290), and a tailgate-mounted spoiler (€159). Other options include a 35mm reduced ride height (€169) and variety of wheels which range in sizes from 18- to 20-inches (€365 to €688 each).

Under the hood, the 2.0-liter TDCI engine can be outfitted with a revised ECU (€849) that increases output from 120 kW (163 PS / 161 hp) and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) to 140 kW (190 PS / 188 hp) and 390 Nm (288 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the C-MAX can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 263 km/h (163 mph).

Range Rover Evoque by Arden

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

German tuner has a new upgrade kit for the Range Rover Evoque.

The tuning package that turns the Evoque into this Arden AR8 City-Roader includes a body kit with front apron, side skirts which can also come illuminated if requested, and a rear apron.

The Evoque is also fitted with a handmade stainless-steel sport exhaust system which, working with the new high performance catalyst, allows the 2.0 liter turbocharged unit to produce 270 PS (199 kW / 266 bhp) - 30 more than the series version.

Arden then adds its in-house Dakar II rims with a highly-personalized touch - a stainless-steel plaque where the customer can add their own signature or whatever other lettering desired.

The tuner also offers its wide-ranging E-Solutions multi-media systems which include audio, video and security devices.

Kicherer GL 42 Sport Black based on Mercedes GL-Class

German tuner Kicherer has announced the GL 42 Sport Black - based on the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 420 CDI.

Kicherer takes the massive SUV, currently in the X164 generation, and try to add some finesse to the beast.

They begin with a power boost on the 4.2 liter CDI diesel which dials output on the V8 to 380 PS (280 kW / 375 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) from the series' 306 PS (225 kW / 302 bhp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft).

The Kicherer PowerConverter also refines the response curve of the electronic gas pedal for a more springing acceleration.

The tuning kit also features a sport exhaust system with twin pipes at each corner of the rear and a sharpening of the Airmatic suspension.

Wheel set is the Vogue 10 x 22-inch rims wrapped in 295/35R22 tires.

On the outside is also a matte black foil finish and the grille and Mercedes-Benz badges all re-done in black.

A new sport steering wheel is also added.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class by Inden Design

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

German tuner Inden Design has a package that aims to bring the (W221) Mercedes-Benz S500 closer to an S65 AMG, at least in terms of looks.

The tuning package begins on the outside with a new front spoiler, side sills and a rear diffuser with integrated quad exhaust pipes. Daytime running lights are also added while taillights and side mirrors get their own touches too. The S500 gets coated in a charcoal-gray matte film for that unique flush look.

For the engine tuning, there's a power upgrade to 420 PS (309 kW / 414 bhp) up from the series' 388 PS (285 kW / 383 bhp) on the 5.5 liter V8. That comes in part due to the new stainless-steel exhaust system with AMG pipes.

Brakes are upgraded to those found on the S600 V12 BiTurbo with 6-piston calipers for the front wheels and 4-piston brake calipers to keep the rear axle in check.

Suspension lowering of 50 mm also takes place and helps highlight the new 20-inch wheels with 265/30-20 tires at the front and 275/30-20 tires for the rear rims.

For the cabin Inden Design has a two-tone leather and Alcantara finish for the headliner, door panels and all three pillars along with carbon inserts replacing the former wood trims. A new speedometer now reads up to 360 km/h.

Audi R8 Hyper Black Edition by Anderson Germany

Monday, March 14, 2011

Anderson Germany has unveiled the new Audi R8 Hyper Black Edition.

Described as a road-going UFO, the HBE features a carbon fiber body kit with a front lip spoiler, an aggressive rear diffuser, and a massive rear wing. Elsewhere, there's tinted windows, smoked tail lights, orange brake calipers, and 19-inch alloy wheels with carbon fiber accents. Last but not least, the car is painted an exclusive color which has unsurprisingly been called Hyper Black.

Inside, the carbon fiber theme continues as the lightweight material is applied to virtually everything including the handbrake, door panels, center console, and steering wheel. Additionally, there are leather seats, Alcantara accents, and numerous orange highlights.

To give the car a little extra oomph, the tuner installed a high-flow air filter, a revised ECU, and a sport exhaust system with remote-controlled sound control valves. Thanks to these modifications, the 5.2-liter V10 engine produces 589 PS (433 kW / 581 hp) - an increase of 64 PS (47 kW / 63 hp).

Sportec SP 800 R based on Porsche 911 GT2 RS

This is the Sportec SP 800 R, based on the Porsche GT2 RS.

Aerodynamic touches are light, as Sportec only fits the range-topping (and fastest production 911 ever) with their own front lip spoiler and rear spoiler - all in carbon fiber, of course.

Under the hood, the 3.6 liter flat-six now delivers 800 PS (588 kW / 789 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque over the series' 620 PS (462 kW) thanks to a new hybrid turbocharger, sport camshaft, sport intercoolers, new connecting rods, sport air filter, and an ECU-remap. Also helping with output is the new titanium sport exhaust.

All told the extra power is good for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 3.1 seconds while top speed is a more-than-breezy 373 km/h (232 mph) - substantial bumps over the production model's 3.5 second run and 330 km/h (205 mph) top speed.

Replacing the series model's 19-inchers are the Sportec Mono/7 alloy 20-inch (ET40) wheels with central locking and Cup tires - in dimensions 9 x 20-inch and 12 x 20-inch, with 245/30/R20 und 315/25/R20 tires, front and back, respectively.

The SP 800 R gets a suspension lowering of 25 mm for increased downforce too.

TechArt Magnum based on Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

At the Geneva Motor Show one the most popular tuner cars this year is the new 2012 Porsche Cayenne. TechArt is one of the more prominent Porsche tuners presenting in the Swiss city, so coverage wouldn't be complete without their version of the Cayenne II dubbed, Magnum.

Based on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the Magnum features an aggressive front bumper, extended wheel arches, and a ventilated hood. Additionally, the crossover is equipped with modified side sills, a prominent rear spoiler, and massive alloy wheels.

Under the hood, the twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8 engine has been outfitted with a TA 058/T1 power kit which enables it to produce 560 PS (412 kW / 553 hp) and 780 Nm (575 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 60 PS (44 kW / 59 hp) and 80 Nm (59 lb-ft). Thanks to the extra oomph, the Magnum can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 15.8 seconds, and hit a top speed of 287 km/h (178 mph).

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New Rt 12 R by RUF

German tuner RUF has unveiled the Rt 12 R at the Geneva motor show - based on the Porsche 911.

Here the 3.8 liter Boxer engine gets a twin-turbo for a serious increase in power to 730 PS (537 kW / 720 bhp) and 940 Nm of torque (693 lb-ft). Gearbox is a six-speed manual for the transmission of power to the all-wheel drive system, with an optional rear-drive only setting. There's also an adjustable suspension.

Top speed is 370 km/h (230 mph).

On the outside RUF details this racer with carbon components including a rear spoiler, bonnet and front mudguards. Also part of the outfitting are lightweight doors made of aluminum and side and rear windows out of plastic. Optional is the carbon roof.

Total curb weight on the model is 1495 kg (3295 lbs).

The Rt 12 R comes with forged aluminum wheels with central locking in dimensions 9J x 19-inch at the front and 12J x 19-inch at the rear. Tires are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 245/35 ZR 19 and 325/30 ZR 19, front and back, respectively. Brakes are ceramic with 380 mm discs at the front and 350 mm ones at the back.

On the inside are carbon bucket seats and a headliner integrated roll cage with cross brace (IRC).

Audi A1 by Pogea Racing

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The German tuner starts with a power upgrade on the Audi A1 that involves a special kind of ECU tinkering to get around the VW Group's password-protected software system on the control unit. They disabled it.

So what does this Stage I tuning get us? Well, a decent amount of extra horses on the 1.4 liter TSI engine with total output now at 156 PS (115 kW / 154 bhp) and 266 Nm (196 lb-ft) of torque up from the series'122 PS (90 kW / 120 bhp) and 200 Nm (147 lb-ft). That includes a sport air filer from BMC. The electronically-limited top speed is also lifted so that this A1 can now make it to 245 km/h (152 mph) as opposed to the standard 202 km/h (125 mph).

Pogea Racing additionally provides a Variant 1 Inox-Line KW coil-over kit and lightweight 18-inch OZ Racing Alleggerita HLT rims with ET35 Sport Contact 3 tires from Continental. Brembo brakes with perforated discs are part of the package too.

The house-made sport exhaust system features a front and rear silencer and two stainless-steel 76 mm tailpipes with laser engraving.

For more serious customers, Pogea Racing also offers a Stage II on the Audi A1 with charged air cooling and more electronics work. Stage II also gets a Variant 2 KW suspension with special characteristics.

Ferrari 458 Italia tuned into Mansory Siracusa

Tuner Mansory has brought the Siracusa to the Geneva auto show halls - based on the Ferrari 458 Italia.

Named after a town in Sicily and its historic race track, the Mansory Siracusa makes even more use of carbon than does original manufacturer Ferrari as all body components are now made out of that lightweight material.

Those include a front apron with air inlets for the front coolers, a new bonnet, and side skirts with integrated ducts to feed even more cooling air to the engine. At the back is a rear skirt with integrated diffuser and a rear wing. Carbon blades replace the rear window and the total tally on the weight-saving carbon is 70 kg (154 lbs) less curb weight for the 458 Italia.

Power upgrade takes the form of an ECU remap, sport air filer and sport exhaust - all good for 590 PS (434 kW / 582 bhp) and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. 0 to 100 km/h takes place in 3.2 seconds and top speed is 330 km/h (205 mph).

For the suspension, Mansory fits four sport shock absorbers and progressively-wound lowering springs which lower the 458 by 20 mm. Wheels consist of 9 x 20-inch and 11 x 21-inch forged rims wrapped in Michelin PS2 tires, 245/35ZR20 and 305/30ZR21, front and rear, respectively.

Inside the cabin, the tuner applies top materials including leather, ultra-suede and carbon for the interior finish. That includes handiwork such as the decorative stitching, a newly designed center console, aluminum pedals, and a sport steering wheel with full-sized airbag.

BMW B5 Bi-Turbo by Alpina Touring at Geneva

Friday, March 4, 2011

BMW tuner Alpina has brought the B5 Bi-Turbo Touring to the Geneva auto salon.

The B5 Bi-Turbo Touring is based on the BMW F10 5-Series 550i and has beaten the upcoming M5 to the punch in more ways than one.

Last summer, Alpina released the B5 Bi-Turbo sedan variant. Almost a year later, though still ahead of the M5, comes this touring/wagon bodystyle B5 featuring nearly identical specs as the sedan. The 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 gets its output dialed up a few notches to 507 PS (373 kW / 500 bhp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque - exactly 100 PS (74 kW / 99 bhp) and 100 Nm (74 lb-ft) more than the series'. Gearbox is the ZF eight-speed SWITCH-TRONIC automatic.

In terms of performance the B5 Bi-Turbo Touring does the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 4.8 seconds (4.7 for the sedan) and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).

The extra power takes a small toll on fuel-economy which comes in at 10.9 liters/100 km (10.8 on the sedan).