26 May 2016

Ford Mustang tuned by Clive Sutton

Clive Sutton to offer an assortment of performance and styling tweaks.

Clive Sutton has introduced its new tuning program for the Ford Mustang.
Designed specifically for European customers, the tuning program includes an assortment of styling and performance tweaks. 
Speaking of the latter, the entry-level CS350 is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine which has a cold air intake and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system.  These changes enable the car to produce 330 horsepower. 
The mid-level CS500 is based on the Mustang GT and it features a 5.0-liter V8 engine with a cold air intake and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system. As a result, the engine's output climbs to 440 hp.
Moving up to the CS700 rewards buyers with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that has been equipped with a Whipple supercharger and an upgraded intercooler. Thanks to these modifications, the engine develops 645 hp.
Buyers looking for something even more powerful can add a larger throttle body, upgraded fuel injectors, and a high-performance pulley.  This enables the CS700 to produce more than 700 hp.
Customers can also order a high-performance braking system, a KW coilover suspension, and a premium audio system.  The company also offers an Appearance package which includes a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber side skirts, and a carbon fiber rear spoiler - among other things.
Source: Clive Sutton

18 May 2016

Porsche 911 GT3 RS by KAEGE


German tuner KAEGE is introducing an aftermarket program tailored to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997 generation).

German tuner KAEGE is introducing an aftermarket program tailored to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997 generation).
The 911 GT3 RS regardless of generation has massive appeal, but from time to time tuners try to prove there’s room for improvement. The latest example comes from KAEGE which is working on a 997 model that so far has received an M+M muffler system bumping output by 8 horsepower (6 kilowatts) and shaving off 15 pounds (7 kilograms). In addition, a custom air box made from carbon fiber adds a further 7 hp (5 kW) and there’s also a new electrical power steering pump.
Custom air filters and a Sachs sports clutch are part of the extensive package which among others also includes a short-shifter for the gearbox. The bespoke 19-inch BBS wheels reduce unsprung mass by 20 lbs (9 kg) and come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. KAEGE has also fitted a custom KW suspension kit made from aluminum while the lithium-ion battery pack eliminates 33 lbs (15 kg). Other miscellaneous weight-saving measures have further reduced the weight of the 997 GT3 RS by 44 lbs (20 kg).
On the inside we notice a retro-flavored checkered fabric upholstery and the tuner also painted the rollover bar along with some of the pieces in the same color as the body. The steering wheel comes from a GT3 RS 4.0 and there are also some changes in the trunk.
We saved the best for last as KAEGE is currently working on the car to squeeze in a 4.3-liter engine pushing out 520 hp (388 kW).
Source: KAEGE

13 May 2016

Nissan Navara NP300 by Severn Valley Motorsport


Severn Valley Motorsport has fitted the Navara with an 800-hp V6 engine. 

The Nissan Navara NP300 is not exactly what you would call tuning material, but that hasn’t stopped Shropshire-based SVM from turning it into a monster. Gone is the bi-turbodiesel 2.3-liter engine as the pickup truck in Double Cab guise has made the switch to the mighty biturbo 3.8-liter V6 taken from a GT-R R35.
Don’t think the work stopped there as the aftermarket specialists also bumped its output considerably. A regular 2017 GT-R puts out 565 horsepower, but in this modified Navara the six-cylinder churns a massive 800 hp. If that’s not impressive enough, Severn Valley Motorsport says it’s possible to squeeze a Bugatti Chiron-matching 1,500 hp.
Besides the engine transplant, the modified Navara has Godzilla’s dual-clutch six-speed transmission and all-wheel drive system. That being said, SVM mentions “anything is possible” and it can even install a manual gearbox sending all that power to the rear axle. It depends on how much customers are willing to spend, with pricing kicking off at approximately £175,000 ($251,840) before value added tax.
All in all, what SVM is doing is downright insane in the best possible way. The modified Navara is even more impressive than Nissan’s own bonkers Juke-R which also has the GT-R’s engine, but “only” with 600 hp. Luke Anthony from SVM says “we are open to the craziest of ideas”, so sky’s the limit when it comes to turning the Navara workhorse into a mind-blowingly fast machine.
Source: Severn Valley Motorsport

12 May 2016

2016 Audi A4 Avant by B&B Automobiltechnik

B&B Automobiltechnik is among the first tuners to take a stab at modifying the 2016 Audi A4 Avant.

Audi introduced the A4 (B9) in Sedan and Avant guises almost a year ago and now early adopters can give B&B a call for some power upgrades developed for several engines. The most popular of them all, the 2.0 TDI, can be bumped from the series 190 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 newton meters) to 230 hp (170 kW) and 340 lb-ft (460 Nm) in exchange for €1,198. Upgrade to the stage 2 kit and the turbodiesel unit is massaged to 250 hp (184 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) for €2,950.
The beefier 3.0 TDI is also the subject of an upgrade program, lifting output from the stock 272 hp (200 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) to 310 hp (228 kW) and 495 lb-ft (670 Nm) for €1,698. If that’s not enough, B&B will sell you a stage 2 conversion (€1,950) for the turbodiesel six-cylinder engine which will unlock 326 hp (240 kW) and a torquetastic 513 lb-ft (695 Nm).
If you want to go all out, stage three will set you back €3,950 and is going to unleash 350 hp (257 kW) and 535 lb-ft (725 Nm). With this kit implemented, the A4 Avant will run the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.5 seconds (down from 5.4s) before topping out at 171 mph / 275 kph (up from 155 mph / 250 kph).
There are similar upgrades for the gasoline engines, kicking off with the 2.0 TFSI with 252 hp (185 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) which can be tweaked to deliver 300 hp (220 kW) and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) for €1,298. Spend an extra €500 and the stage 2 program will bring 320 hp (235 kW) and 339 lb-ft (460 Nm). As for the stage 3 kit, it’s priced at €7,950 and will squeeze 365 hp (268 kW) and 391 lb-ft (530 Nm).
The S4 Avant with its newly developed V6 3.0 TFSI has 354 hp (260 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) as standard, but B&B can take the power level to 400 hp (294 kW) and 413 lb-ft (560 Nm) for €1,950. Up next is the stage 2 kit at €2,950 which is good enough for 430 hp (316 kW) and 432 lb-ft (585 Nm). The strongest of them all is the stage 3 program that costs €5,950 and raises the output to 450 hp (331 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm).
Regardless of the package you go for, the tuner will also make some software optimizations to the seven-speed S tronic and eight-speed Tiptronic gearboxes so that these will be able to cope with the extra punch. In addition, B&B will also disable the electronic top speed limiter and can sell you a sport spring set (€398) that will lower the ride height by 35 mm.
To let people know you’re not driving an ordinary Audi A4 Avant, there are some fat exhaust tips and a selection of custom alloy wheels in 19- and 20-inch sizes. Other goodies available include high-performance brakes, coilover suspension, and an extra oil cooling system.
Source: B&B Automobiltechnik

11 May 2016

BMW M3 Coupe by Fostla

A BMW M3 Coupe of the E92 generation has received an exterior makeover from German wrapping specialist Fostla.de.

Production of the last M3 Coupe came to an end almost three years ago, but tuners are still showing their love for the E92 generation of which more than 40,000 units were ever made. The latest example is from Fostla which has applied a black chrome body wrap and also tinted the headlights, taillights, and the windows for a more sinister look. The infamous kidney grille is adorned with the M colors and we also notice a black hood and some sporty side stripes to spice things up even further.
This particular car also wears an aftermarket body kit from Carbonfiber Dynamics which gives the high-performance coupe a meaner appearance. It has received a redesigned vented hood, along with a prominent front spoiler lip, beefier side skirts, and a large rear spoiler lip. Also at the back we notice a black finish for the quad tips part of the sporty exhaust system. Rounding off the changes are 20-inch Breyton alloys that have a powder-coated finish and are complemented by a minor suspension lowering kit.
All these upgrades amount to €14,000 (almost $16,000), but keep in mind there aren’t any changes in the engine compartment. That means the naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter V8 pushes out the same 420 horsepower (313 kW). That’s still good enough for a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) 4.4 seconds which is not too shabby compared to its successor, the M4 Coupe (4.3 manual / 4.1 DCT).

Source: Fostla

09 May 2016

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S by McChip


The current Porsche 911 received its first official facelift in 2015 when the 991.2 was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 991.2 received a handful of updates, the most notable of which was Porsche’ s decision to drop the naturally aspirated engines in favor of a turbocharged version that came with modified compressor wheels, a specific exhaust system, and a revised engine management system. Needless to say, the updated 911 immediately became the apple of the eye of aftermarket companies.
One tuner that has taken a particular interest in the updated 911 Carrera S is McChip, the same tuning company that has developed programs for BMW, Audi, and Porsche sports cars. The obvious popularity of the new 911 made it a no-brainer for McChip to develop this kit, which puts on enough power to compete against similarly tuned versions of the BMW M4.
Granted, it’s not the most powerful upgrade in the market for the 911 Carrera S, but it still packs enough punch to be taken seriously. Plus, it’s cheap as heck, and ultimately, that’s the kind of thing that can trump whatever perceived misgivings customers may have for the program.
It’s still the standard Porsche 911 Carrera S and you’ll notice that immediately by the absence of any aerodynamic components. That said, there are a few exterior upgrades on the body of the 911, most notably the black and white vinyl wraps that were used throughout the car. Not one to waste an opportunity to toot its horn, McChip also dressed up the 911 Carrera S with similar wraps bearing the company’s official website. Other than these wraps, there’s little to nothing in the way of exterior modifications. Even the wheels are standard-issue.
The interior modifications on the 911 Carrera S are, oh wait, there aren’t any. Yep. McChip’s tuning program for the Porsche sports car revolves around the engine upgrades it gave to the Carrera’s 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six engine. But don’t fret, even if the tuner pretty much ignored the interior, there are other ways to get that cabin upgrade. The easiest would be to let Porsche itself do it since it already offers a number of extra options like the Sport Chrono Package. Owners can take that route or they can take the next step and let Porsche Exclusive do all the customization. The latter comes with all sorts of special trims and colors that’ll definitely make any 911 Carrera S cabin stand out.
This is where it gets really interesting because McChip’s tuning program completely revolves around what the tuner is able to accomplish with the Carrera S’s turbocharged flat-six engine. In truth, McChip prepared two different upgrades for the 911 Carrera S. The first one, appropriately called the Stage 1 kit, only has a software upgrade on the sports car’s engine control unit. It doesn’t really do much in the way of significant improvements, but it’s still good enough to add 55 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque. That brings the total output up to 475 horsepower and 579 pound-feet of torque.
If a customer wants the full McChip tuning experience, the Stage 2 kit is a better choice. This upgrade takes what the Stage 1 kit has already done and adds a valve exhaust system with a sport catalytic converter, bringing the output up to 485 horsepower and 585 pound-feet of torque. It’s admittedly not much – 10 ponies and 15 pound-feet of twist – but for those who are meticulous about the tuning program they’d want on their 911 Carrera S, that extra power is a big difference. In the event that’s the case, McChip is also offering a a PDK transmission software upgrade that helps provide quicker shifting between gears.
No mention was made on the kind of performance improvements these upgrades will give the Carrera S, but seeing as the extra output isn’t that much, I don’t see it posting a 0 to 60 mph sprint time that’s quicker than 3.7 seconds to go with a top speed of around 191 mph.
There are only three pricing figures that interested customers need to worry about. The first is €2,499 ($2,900). That’s the cost of getting the Stage 1 kit. It’s actually cheap compared to what other tuners are offering. The other is €8,349 ($9,600), which is the price of the Stage 2 kit. The last one is €1,490 ($1,710), the price of the optional PDK transmission software upgrade.
As for the price of the vinyl wraps, McChip didn’t disclose that so, as always, the best way to find out is to contact the tuner directly.
Source: Topspeed.com

06 May 2016

Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe by SPOFEC

SPOFEC has developed a wide body conversion kit for the sublimely elegant Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe.

If you are a frequent visitor of our “aftermarket / tuning” category, over there you’ll find some pretty sweet kits along with others which aren’t that great. We have mixed feelings about this one and we don’t know whether the new look suits the Wraith or not. Some will say it kind of defeats the purpose of a tuning job since it takes away some of the coupe’s refinement instead of boosting it even further.
At least the aftermarket package has an appropriate name: “Overdose.” All of the custom bits and pieces added are made from carbon fiber to keep the weight down and now the body is five inches (13 centimeters) wider at the back. Those prominent wheel arches are hosting a set of 22-inch alloys while at the back there’s a carbon spoiler lip and a sportier exhaust system.
While the exterior design won’t be to everyone’s liking, the changes underneath the hood should meet the approval of most. SPOFEC fiddled with the biturbo 6.6-liter V12 engine and managed to extract an additional 85 horsepower (62.5 kilowatts) for a grand total of 717 hp (527 kW). The torque figure was also bumped from the series 590 pound-feet (800 newton meters) to a respectable 728 pound-feet (986 newton meters).
The extra punch has slashed 0.2 seconds from the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) which now takes just 4.2 seconds before the tuned Wraith tops out at the same electronically-restricted 155 mph (250 kph). SPOFEC says it did not remove the limiter in order to preserve the integrity of the tires.
This particular Rolls-Royce Wraith was also the subject of other changes, including a sportier suspension setup bringing the high-end coupe closer to the road by 40 mm. But that only happens at speeds of up to 87 mph (140 kph) as once you get passed that, the suspension will revert to the original settings.
In order to match the added oomph, SPOFEC installed carbon ceramic brakes which not only provide superior braking power, but also bring weight savings of 84 pounds (38 kilograms) compared to the standard brakes.
To top it all off, the tuner says it has numerous customization options for the interior cabin, as if Rolls-Royce doesn’t already have an extensive personalization catalog.
Source: SPOFEC

05 May 2016

Ferrari 488 GTB by VOS

German tuner VOS GmbH is ready to work on the Ferrari 488 GTB and extract significantly more power.

With Ferrari embracing turbochargers once again, tuners now have more wiggle room when it comes down to upgrading engines. Case in point, the biturbo 3.9-liter V8 engine of the 488 GTB has been upgraded by VOS from 670 horsepower (493 kilowatts) and 560 pound-feet (760 newton meters) of torque to a massive 900 hp (662 kW) and 671 lb-ft (910 Nm).
To extract so much power, the aftermarket specialists had to optimize the engine management and also work on the air induction system. A custom exhaust system was also fitted to this tuned 488 GTB which can optionally be equipped with a titanium exhaust or an Akrapovic setup.
Looking devilishly red, the upgraded 488 GTB wears a rather subtle body kit and overall it doesn’t actually give the impression it’s a 900-hp beast. That’s because the changes made by VOS are not so in-your-face and if you take out the rear wing, to the untrained eye this could very well pass as a standard car. But with 230 hp more power than the regular prancing horse, it’s anything but stock.
If you don’t want to go all out, VOS has some intermediate power packages which will take the V8 to 750 hp / 810 Nm and 830 hp / 860 Nm. This particular car has also received a custom set of 21-inch LOMA wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires matched with H&R sports springs to make it look lean and mean.
There’s no word about performance, but you can imagine the 900-hp version is a lot quicker than the standard 488 GTB which runs to 62 mph (100 kph) in three seconds and tops out at 205 mph (330 kph).
If you want to see this exact car in all of its metal, Vision of Speed will have it on display between May 5 and 8 at TuningWorld Bodensee in Germany.
Source: VOS



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


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