04 May 2016

Jaguar F-Type R AWD Coupe by VIP Design

London-based tuner VIP Design has performed a series of upgrades on a Jaguar F-Type R AWD Coupe that now packs a mighty 650 horsepower.

With the exception of the flashy gold wheels and the beefier quad exhaust tips, this Jaguar F-Type R in all-wheel-drive flavor looks pretty much the same as the regular version. That’s because most of the magic happened in the engine compartment where the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine went through some serious tweaks.
While the standard configuration of the V8 in the F-Type R has 550 horsepower (404 kilowatts), VIP Design boosted the engine to a meaty 650 hp (478 kW), so it now has more power even than the 575-hp F-Type SVR. To extract an additional 100 hp (73 kW) over the R, the aftermarket specialists installed high-flow air filters and made some revisions to the supercharger pulley. A software optimization was also on the agenda and they increased the supercharger’s boost pressure as well.
The tuner isn’t saying how fast the upgraded F-Type R is now in the 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) sprint, but it should be a lot quicker than the stock model which completes the task in only 3.9 seconds. At least we do know the top speed has increased from the R’s 186 mph (300 kph) to a SVR-matching 200+ mph (322+ kph).
Compared to a regular F-Type R AWD Coupe, VIP Design's version sits 30-mm lower and benefits from uprated suspension parts, joints, and rubbers. In addition, the new high-performance exhaust has two selectable sound levels, while those alloy wheels can be swapped with one of the other 23 designs available in 28 shades. Those willing to go all out can pay more to get a polished carbon fiber look for the rear diffuser, side skirts, and mirror caps which can be matched with hood air vents also dipped in carbon fiber.
VIP Design has a starting price of £12,600 ($18,260) for the package which can be installed at its facility in Warwickshire or can be shipped within the U.K. and internationally.
Source: VIP Design

Audi RS3 Sportback by Oettinger

Oettinger has infused a substantial amount of power in an Audi RS3 Sportback which now offers performances very similar to the R8 supercar.

There are numerous aftermarket packages out there for the RS3 from various tuners and now we are ready to add another one to the list. Meet Oettinger’s four-stage boost for Audi’s reputable turbocharged 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine. While the stock version of the unit churns an already impressive 367 horsepower (270 kilowatts) and 343 pound-feet (465 newton meters) of torque, the stage 1 kit takes it to 430 hp & 461 lb-ft.
What we are seeing in the attached images is the stage 2 program which takes the five-banger to 520 hp (382 kW) and 501 lb-ft (680 Nm). The added punch cuts the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint time from the series 4.3 seconds to 3.3 - 3.5 seconds, depending on wheels and tires. For the sake of comparison, a second-gen R8 V10 completes the task in 3.5 seconds whereas the Audi R8 V10 Plus does it in 3.2 seconds.
As for top speed, Oettinger says the 155-mph electronic top speed limiter has been removed to unlock a maximum velocity of 193 mph (310 kph) which makes it almost as fast as the 200-mph R8 V10. The extra muscle was obtained by modifying the turbocharger, installing a sport filter, and optimizing the intake. In addition, the engineers also fiddled with the engine’s ECU and mounted a bespoke exhaust system with valve control to deliver a more powerful soundtrack.
Depending on the selected down pipe, the tuner is asking between $9,377 (€8,295) and $11,745 (€10,390) for the stage 2 kit. If you want even more power, a more expensive stage 3 program will take the 2.5-liter unit to 650 hp (478 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm). The cream of the crop is an insane stage 4 tuning package which is downright spectacular as it upgrades the engine to a Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce-matching 750 hp (551 kW) while torque jumps to 664 lb-ft (900 Nm).
This is without any shadow of a doubt one of the most impressive tuning kits tailored to the RS3 and hopefully someday we’ll get to find out performance details for the stage 4 kit.
Source: Oettinger

01 May 2016

Jaguar F-Pace aero kit by Arden announced

Arden has prepared an aerodynamic body kit for the Jaguar F-Pace SUV which can also be fitted with some custom wheels.

Jaguar’s first foray into the SUV segment is still relatively recent, with the F-Pace being introduced last September in Frankfurt. However, numerous European tuners are already thinking of ways to improve the car’s exterior design and now Arden is taking a stab at spicing up the high-riding Jag.
Dubbed “AJ25”, the aftermarket package starts off with a redesigned front apron that makes the F-Pace look a tad more aggressive. The beefier look is enhanced by the larger air vents which comprise of hand-made stainless steel gills that are also noticeable on the grille. As for the side skirts, these have been extended to enable the Jag on stilts appear more butch.
The rear end has also gone through a series of changes, kicking off with a reworked bumper that houses a diffuser which will soon be available in carbon fiber at an additional cost. Those exhaust tips were developed by Arden specifically for the F-Pace and complete the meaner appearance.
If you are not too fond of the stock Jaguar wheels, the “Sportline” rim offered by the tuner can be had in 22- and 23-inch sizes. As an alternative, you can contact the tuners at Lumma Design to sell you one of their 24-inch sets tailored to the F-Pace.
Source: Arden

29 April 2016

Smart lineup for Beijing

Brabus is infusing more power in the Smart ForTwo, ForTwo Cabriolet, and ForFour models just in time for the Beijing Auto Show.

We saw the coupe and four-door version exactly two months ago while the cars were conducting a photo shoot, and now all three versions are being presented in official pics. You can tell this is a Brabus-tuned version by the beefier front bumper and a matte grey rear diffuser insert with a chrome trim for the dual exhaust tips.
All three of them ride on matte Monoblock lightweight alloy wheels provided by Brabus in different sizes. The ForTwo Coupe and Cabrio get 16-inch front & 17-inch rear with 185/50 R 16 H and 205/40 R 17 H tires, respectively. The more practical ForFour has 17-inch rims on both axles teamed up with 185/45 R 17 H front and 205/40 R 17 rear rubbers.
Brabus worked its magic and managed to squeeze an extra 7 horsepower (5 kilowatts) and 17 pound-feet (23 newton meters) from the turbocharged 0.9-liter, three-cylinder engine. It now churns 109 hp (80 kW) at 5,750 rpm and 125 lb-ft (170 Nm) at 2,000 rpm which is enough to enable the ForTwo Coupe and Cabrio hit 62 mph (100 kph) from a standstill in 9.5 seconds before maxing out at 102.5 mph (165 kph). The slightly heavier ForFour is slower in the sprint (10.5 seconds), but comes with a higher top speed (at 111.8 mph / 180 kph).
Aside from adding more power and making the body look more butch, Brabus has installed a firmer performance sports suspension and tweaked the ESP. In addition, the Smart trio has a quicker six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox featuring a Race Start function to enable the best possible acceleration performance.
Brabus is asking €19,710 for the ForTwo Coupe in Germany, €22,970 if you want the ForTwo Cabrio, and €20,520 for the ForFour.
Those willing to spend more can get the cars in the new Xclusive trim which brings perforated Nappa leather/black leather upholstery with grey topstitching as well as special floor mats and badges. In addition, the cars receive a leather/fabric-wrapped instrument panel, a Brabus rev counter and cockpit clock, along with heated front seats, LED & Sensor package, and a ForFour-only removable cargo box.
The added goodies brought by the Xclusive trim increase the starting price to €22,710 (ForTwo Coupe), €25,970 (ForTwo Cabrio), and €23,520 (ForFour).
The three pocket rockets are celebrating their public debuts today at the Beijing Auto Show and will arrive in European dealerships this July.
Source: Smart

Hennessey Performance announced tuned 2017 Acura NSX.

Tuning firm promises an assortment of performance tweaks.

Hennessey Performance has quietly announced plans to offer a new tuning program for the 2017 Acura NSX.
The company is keeping details under wraps but hinted it will offer a wide range of performance options including an upgraded twin-turbo system.  Customers will also be able to purchase a stainless steel sports exhaust system, upgraded interior coolers, and lightweight alloy wheels.
There's no word on when the accessories will become available but the standard NSX has a 3.5-liter biturbo V6 engine and three electric motors which enable the model to produce a combined maximum output of 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque.  The engine is connected to a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system which enables the supercar to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in approximately three seconds before hitting a top speed of 191 mph.  Despite this impressive performance, the model is relatively eco-friendly as it returns 20 miles per gallon city / 22 mpg highway / 21 mpg combined.
The 2017 Acura NSX starts at $156,000 and can be equipped with an assortment of pricey accessories including a carbon fiber body kit that adds a carbon fiber front spoiler, carbon fiber side skirts, and a carbon fiber rear diffuser.

Source: Hennessey

28 April 2016

BMW M4 Convertible gets 600 hp from G-Power

Car runs from 0-62 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds.

The BMW M4 Convertible is one of the most engaging four-seaters on the market but that hasn't stopped G-Power from trying to improve things.
Starting under the hood, the tuning firm installed a Bi-Tronik 2 V1-ECU remap to increase the output of the 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine to 520 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.  That's a pretty impressive increase of 89 hp and 110 lb-ft of torque but G-Power didn't stop there as employees also installed a larger turbocharger, new downpipes, and a titanium exhaust system with carbon fiber finishers. 
Thanks to all the aforementioned modifications, the convertible produces 600 horsepower and 545 lb-ft of torque - an overall increase of 169 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque.  Thanks to the extra power and the removal of the speed limiter, the car can accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds before hitting a top speed in excess of 198 mph.
To keep things under control, the model has been equipped with a coilover suspension and 21-inch G-Power Hurricane RR forged alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires.
The components can be bought individually but the modifications to this particular car cost over $25,295 (€22,332).
Source: G-Power

27 April 2016

Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe by G-Power

G-Power has prepared a new tuning program tailored to the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe.

G-Power has prepared a new tuning program tailored to the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe. Known for its numerous packages engineered for BMWs, G-Power has decided to do things a bit differently and work on a Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe which has gained the tuner’s Bi-Tronik 5 V1 power upgrade. Once the kit is implemented, the biturbo 5.5-liter V8 is upgraded from the series 585 horsepower (430 kilowatts) to a massive 705 hp (518 kW.) In addition, the torque is also significantly bumped from 664 pound-feet (900 newton meters) to a monstrous 738 lb-ft (1,000 Nm.)
The added power has slashed 0.1 seconds from the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint time which now takes only 3.8 seconds. As for the top speed, it now stands at a respectable 205 mph (330 kph) once the electronic 155 mph Vmax limiter is removed.
All these figures are attainable by simply installing a plug & play unit which also brings better throttle response while all of the engine’s protections and diagnostic functions remain intact. In addition, G-Power mentions factory software updates will not have an impact on the power kit which can be easily removed without any consequences.
G-Power is asking €5,589 for the Bi-Tronik 5 V1 and customers can also opt for a new 21-inch forged alloy wheel set for an additional €7,373. Each wheel weighs as little as 25.1 pounds (11.4 kilograms) and comes paired with a 265/30 R21 tire in the front and 295/30 R21 for the rear axle. If you want to go all out, the tuner also has on offer a 23-inch wheel and you can select from various colors and optional diamond cut or high polished finish.
Source: G-Power

24-inch wheels for Jaguar F-PACE by LUMMA Design

LUMMA Design has developed a new tuning program tailored to the Jaguar F-PACE which can be fitted with a variety of aftermarket goodies.

LUMMA Design has developed a new tuning program tailored to the Jaguar F-PACE which can be fitted with a variety of aftermarket goodies.
It’s called the “CLR F” package and comes with numerous PU-RIM body bits and pieces including a custom front bumper and a new rear apron. The sculpted side skirts are also part of the kit and you can opt for wheel arch extensions to make the SUV wider and more imposing. Carbon fiber was the material of choice for the custom hood and underbody diffuser as a method to shave off weight.
The highlight of LUMMA Design’s kit is without any doubt the massive 24-inch set of forged alloy wheels. These come wrapped in chunky 285/35 ZR24 front and 355/25 ZR24 rear tires which fill out those prominent wheel arches.
The tuner is also working on a power upgrade for the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine which in standard configuration puts out 380 horsepower (280 kilowatts) in the F-PACE S, but the tuners will soon bump it to 480 hp (353 kW.) The upgraded engine can be matched with a sports exhaust system featuring quad tips flanked by a carbon fiber diffuser.
Set to go on sale in the third quarter of the year, LUMMA Design’s kit for the Jaguar F-PACE will also include several customizations for the interior cabin. Buyers will be able to pick from a variety of leather and Alcantara upholsteries, along with wood veneers, carbon fiber trims, and aluminum accents. Also on offer will be a set of custom floor mats with the tuner’s logo and an aluminum pedal set.
Source: LUMMA Design

25 April 2016

Ferrari 458 Italia gets wide body conversion from Atarius Concept

Spanish tuner Atarius Concept has prepared an extensive customization program for the Ferrari 458 Italia.
The tuner’s main idea was to make the 458 even more aggressive than the Speciale by developing a wide body kit with pronounced wheel arches and beefier bumpers.
We will leave it up to you to decide whether the new look suits this 458 which also has a new front lip, extended side skirts, and a Speciale-inspired hood. There’s also a “super aggressive” rear diffuser and additional vents to provide better cooling.
Dubbed “Atarius Raptor 2”, the new styling package is perhaps in many ways exaggerated, but the tuner says it respects the original Ferrari design language. The 458 Italia’s beefier appearance can be matched with a suspension lowering kit and 20-inch alloy wheels featuring a multi-spoke design. Photos of the interior are not available at this point, so we don’t know if Atarius Concept has also fiddled with the cabin to match the body changes.
The tuner’s latest project comes after working on a Porsche 911 from the 997 generation that we presented a little over a month ago. Looking at some of its previous aftermarket packages, it seems Atarius Concept has a thing for extremely wide body kits which are abundant in today’s tuning world.
Source: Atarius Concept

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