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Prior-Design body kit for Mercedes E-Class

Friday, March 16, 2012

 If you've wanted a Mercedes E63 AMG but couldn't afford the hefty price tag, you might want to check out the latest styling package from Prior-Design. Created to fit all E-Class (W212) sedans, the PD500 body kit has all the AMG styling without the AMG costs. As such, it includes a new front bumper, revised side skirts and a sporty rear fascia with an integrated diffuser.

Audi Q7 S-Line by JE Design

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

 JE Design has announced yet again their widebody kit for the Audi Q7 S-Line but this time we have better pictures. Looking pleasantly plump, the crossover is outfitted with a front spoiler, revised side skirts, rear bumper fascia and wheel arch extensions that widen the vehicle 30mm front and 40mm rear. There's also a tailgate-mounted spoiler, C-pillar "side covers" and diamond-shaped exhaust tips. For a more aggressive appearance, customers can order a suspension lowering module (which reduces the ride height by 35mm) and 20- or 22-inch alloy wheels. Under the hood, the 4.2-liter TDI V8 engine can be tuned to produce 340 PS (250 kW / 335 hp) and 895 Nm (660 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 6.1 seconds.

Schmidt Revolution Volkswagen Golf GTI

Schmidt Revolution has introduced a new tuning program for the Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk5). Low and menacing, the model has been outfitted with a sport-tuned suspension, a dual exhaust system and an original R32 rear bumper. There's also a Kenwood navigation system and 19-inch wheels with Marangoni tires. For added performance, the 2.0-liter TFSI engine has been equipped with a modified air intake and an optimized ECU. Thanks to these tweaks, the four-cylinder develops 275 PS (202 kW / 271 hp) - an increase of 75 PS (55 kW / 74 hp).

Manhart MH3 V8 RS Clubsport

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The BMW performance specialists from Geilenkirchen have taken the stock 4.0-liter V8 mill out and replaced it with the 4.4-liter V8 motor from the BMW X5/X6 M SAVs. Add in a couple of modified turbos plus a larger intercooler, titanium full exhaust with two racing catalytic converters, reinforced pistons and rods plus an X6M oil cooler and power output swells from an already potent 555 PS (408 kW / 547 hp) to 750 PS (551 kW / 740 bhp) and 910 Nm (671 lb-ft) of torque. To handle all of that torque the 6-speed M Sport automatic transmission is also adopted from the X6M in addition to an E60 M5 locking differential. With a dry weight of 1,590 kg (3505 lbs) the power to weight ratio is 2.12kg per horsepower. For comparison the Lamborghini Aventador with 700 PS (515 kW / 690 bhp) and weighing 1,575 kg achieves 2.25kg per horsepower. As a result, the 0-100 km/h arrives in 3.2 seconds and keeps on pulling beyond 350 km/h (217 mph). Naturally, with that kind of momentum generated in a 2.5 ton vehicle, upgraded braking is mandatory. Manhart has added a MOVIT brake system which includes 6 piston fixed calipers on the front with 396x34 millimeter discs and 4-piston calipers with 380x32 millimeter discs on the rear. For enhanced aerodynamics the exterior receives a complete carbon fiber kit which includes the front lower spoiler, hood, side skirts, wheel arch extensions, side skirts, luggage lid, adjustable rear wing and rear diffuser. Other parts made in carbon fiber include the engine cover and side mirrors. Made in-house, the wheels are the ultra-light Concave One "Black Edition" monoblock forged wheels in 9x20 with 255/30ZR20 Continental Sport Contact 5 high performance tires up front while 12x20-inch wheels with 325/25 tires are in the back. Suspension is capped off with threaded coilovers. Lastly, Manhart Racing also followed through with the interior by giving the MH3 V8 RS Clubsport in-house developed carbon fiber full-shell seats, but also a Wiechers roll cage was built in. A Manhart Racing display is also integrated into the middle console. It provides driving data like pending charge pressure, G-forces or measured acceleration and best Vmax values.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo by ASMA

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Automotive tuning house ASMA have made a claim of perfection with the creation of "The Giant" Porsche Cayenne Turbo, even going as far to say this is SUV supercar tuning. But have they managed to achieve this optimistic feat? The artistic and somewhat sexy images do add a little substance to this claim, so lets see if the vehicle dynamics match up to it. Under the hood, ASMA has failed to match up to their promise as the factory fitted power unit has been considered strong enough. Therefore we are left contemplating if the widebody aerodynamic kit is enough to satisfy. It features a set of 22-inch wheels with wide arches wrapped around them that extend the overall width to more than 2 meters. Custom carbon fiber bodywork wrapped around the model features a new front end with huge grille and air intakes giving it a more aggressive and powerful look. The low riding front and rear spoilers and side skirts complete the aerodynamic package.

Mercedes-Benz R230 SL-Class by PP Exclusive

PP Exclusive has put together a mild tuning package for Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R230 facelift. Without any performance upgrades, the modifications consist mainly of stylistic enhancements. Starting from the ground up, the SL-Class has been fitted with PP Exclusive's Majestic wheel with the front wheels sized 11x20 inch (with 3.5 inch outer rims) and the back wheels are 13x20 inch (5 inch outer rim) fitted with Dunlop tires of sizes 255/30R20 and 305/25R20. The Majestic wheels are available up to 23-inches in size. The wheel set combined with an electronic module which lowers the suspension by up to 100mm provides a scraping look that's literally down to earth. As a result, the wheel arches had to be extended with additional sheet metal grafted onto the existing arches to widen them 25 mm up front and 55 mm at the back. For the exterior the final touch includes a stainless steel exhaust system with catalytic converter and four oval-shaped tailpipes. Inside, the driver and passenger seats have been finished in white Nappa leather with black stitching. The wood trim of the dashboard have been replaced with matching white pieces while the sun visors and the roof interior have been finished in black Alcantara. The SL steering wheel has been replaced with a smaller unit which has a flat bottom and is finished with Alcantara.

Mercedes C63 AMG White Edition by Kicherer

Kicherer has announced plans to offer a C63 AMG White Edition. Based on the pre-facelift model, the limited edition has a carbon fiber grille, a rear diffuser and piano black accents. There's also a stainless steel exhaust system and 20-inch wheels.The interior is distinguished by two-tone Nappa leather seats, contrast stitching and aluminum trim. For added performance, the 6.3-liter V8 engine has been equipped with an optimized ECU which enables it to produce approximately 520 PS (382 kW / 513 hp) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque. Other goodies include an adjustable coilover suspension, high-performance brakes and a limited slip differential. Production will be limited to ten units, but there's no word on pricing.