Archive for April, 2011

AC Schnitzer BMW Z4 and BMW 550i Diesel Powered

Saturday, April 30th, 2011:

Dominating the limelight at the AC Schnitzer booth were the BMW Z4-based 99d sports car, and the BMW 550i-based ACS5. The Geneva Motor Show was a hit this year, and both of these models offer superb performance without sacraficing the fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. The BMW Z4 99d received a 2.0-liter, 190 horsepower turbo diesel engine, while the BMW 550i ACS5 holds a 4.4-liter V8 producing 540 horses from the turbocharged powerplant. Hit the jump to watch the videos from AC Schnitzer.

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RUF Porsche 911 RT 12 R Test Drive Video

Saturday, April 30th, 2011:

Last month at the Geneva Motor Show, the tuning specialists at RUF revealed the Porsche 911 RT 12 R, and we now have this test drive video to show you. According to the test driver, Martin, this RUF RT12 R is one of the fastest cars he’s ever driven, and this comes from a guy who owned a Lamborghini Murcielago and Ferrari F430. This RT 12 R is the next generation RT12 S, and this sports car specifically designed to race. With its lightweight body, weighing in at only 1495 kg, the 3.8-liter twin turbo engine has more than enough output at 730 horsepower and 940 Nm of torque. With a top speed of over 370 km/h, the price for this Porsche 911 is reasonable at 279,000 Euro excluding taxes. Hit the jump to hear the beast tear through the streets.

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New Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Sold Out

Friday, April 29th, 2011:

News has it that the first year production run of the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 has been completely sold out. It has been confirmed that the waiting list for the new Aventador has increased to 18 months, and the sell out occurred immediately after the official debut at the Geneva Motor Show. This was also before the cars had even been displayed at dealerships around the world, so it goes to show you that you can’t afford to wait an extra day to reserve a supercar of this caliber. The Italian car makers expect to manufacture around 600-700 Aventadors in 2011, so this probably means that over 1,000 have already been reserved and sold. At a price of €312.970 in Germany, it proves that popularity can outweigh the price, and it was also announced that the Aventador Roadster should be ready for launch next year. Check out the video of one of the first Lamborghini Aventador at the track.

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Tintek Chevrolet Camaro SS Chrome Wrap

Thursday, April 28th, 2011:

If you really need attention, then turn to the guys at Tintek, a Czech tuning company that specializes in chrome wrap as seen here on the Chevrolet Camaro SS. They say this is the first chrome wrapped car of its kind in the Czech Republic, and that would mean it’s also the only car that could possibly blind you. The tuners were able to do this with a special 3D foil car wrap applied to the exterior over the original paint. It seems that this is becoming more popular with tuning firms these days, so the customers must be pleased. Tintek has several other colors available as well with the chrome look, including gold, black, green, blue, orange, red, and violet. Hit the jump to watch a video of the car in action.

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Fox Marketing Lexus CT200h

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011:

With the New York Auto Show coming to an end, Lexus decided to reveal their latest Fox Marketing CT200h hybrid project in the Big Apple for all Americans to see. It features a bespoke wide body kit with custom fascias, new side skirts, and a stunning rear diffuser to distribute the air. What really caught the car tuning enthusiasts attention is the Carizzma Cinnamon paint job, tinted headlights, and 20-inch alloy rims. Under the hood, Fox Marketing hooked it up with an Eaton supercharger to boost the 1.8-liter engine, a Climax Racing intake manifold allows more air to enter, and a larger intercooler keeps the temperature in check.

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Wald Lexus LX570 Black Bison Edition

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011:

Wald has released these pictures of the Lexus LX570 Sports Line Black Bison Edition which falls under the Black Bison line of the companies tuning kits. Previously, the tuners had created a styling kit for the Toyota 200 Land Cruiser, and it was a hit, so they tried to do the same for the Lexus LX570. A problem with this project is that Lexus doesn’t sell this model in Japan, so Wald shipped one over from the United States to begin the build. The Lexus luxury SUV now features a new complete body kit with LED daytime running lights, and a custom exhaust for the 5.7-liter powerplant. The wheels you see here are Wald’s very own MAHORA M13 measuring 24-inches and finished in a black polish with black alumite to round out the package.

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Hennessey Cadillac Escalade Races Nissan GTR

Monday, April 25th, 2011:

Here’s something you don’t see everyday, a Hennessey tuned Cadillac Escalade SUV racing the notorious Godzilla Nissan GTR. This new package from Hennessey Performance Engineering is called the HPE1000, and you probably already figured, produces 1,008 horsepower and 967 lb-ft of torque. The tuning company has twin-turbocharged the 7.0-liter V8 engine to allow the huge luxury truck to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. The factory Nissan GTR can only reach 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds. This Cadillac Escalade can also run the quarter mile in 11.3 seconds at 124 mph. Hit the jump to see the video and be prepared to be amazed.

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Kicherer Mercedes SLS AMG Supersport GT

Sunday, April 24th, 2011:

Kicherer has already unveiled a couple projects with the Mercedes SLS AMG supercar, but have now released their SLS 63 Supersport GT with some exceptional styling. This one looks to top all the previous jobs, and the tuning company called this take the “angry and aggressive” car. However, the car girl in the pictures seems to enjoy the Mercedes without hesitation. Becoming more popular these days are the matte black car wraps, seen here on the SLS 63 Supersport GT. A hand-made shark mouth style grill was installed, which actually looks like a common iron fence to surround your house for privacy. Completing the exterior styling is the aero kit consisting of a carbon fiber spoiler lip and carbon fin set.

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Project Kahn Maybach 57

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011:

The tuners at Project Kahn have put this Maybach 57 together for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th. Typically, royal weddings are celebrated with commemorative stamps, coins and other expensive memorablilia, but this one will be unique with a custom Maybach 57 limousine for the newlyweds. The high-end luxury car has been fitted with a 4HRH license plate to stand for “For His Royal Highness”, and features a pearl white paint job with 22-inch Kahn RS rims. The tuning firm smoked out the taillights and added some unique touches to the interior which is hidden by Pentagon privacy glass.

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Anderson Germany Aston Martin DBS

Friday, April 22nd, 2011:

Here is the latest car tuning project brought to us by Anderson Germany, based on the stunning Aston Martin DBS. Called the Superior Black Edition, it looks like the tuners did a great job all around, starting with the carbon mirrors, dark tinted windows, and matte black frames making it unique. The wheels you see here are 21-inch gloss black rims wrapped in 255 width tires at the front, and 295 width at the rear. Bright red brake calipers go well with the sinister looks of this Aston Martin DBS. Performance tuning came next.

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SpeedART Porsche Cayenne EVO XL 600

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011:

The second generation of the Porsche Cayenne has been impressive, however the tuners from SpeedART have made it even more appealing. It was announced earlier this year, and now the Porsche Cayenne Titan EVO-XL 600 package is on sale. The longtime Porsche tuning firm started off with a wide body kit consisting of a new front apron, fender flares, rear apron, diffuser, side skirts, and a roof spoiler. A two-tone paint scheme along with 22 or 23-inch lightweight alloy rims complete the exterior styling.

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Mopar Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Independence Kit

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011:

Check out this new Jeep kit from Mopar that can turn any Wrangler into a pickup truck, and making it similar to the old CJ-8 Scrambler. They are calling this the JK-8 Independence kit, however we have to question Jeep as to why they are not offering something similar from the factory. Die-hard jeep owners will have to convert their original Wrangler’s by throwing away all the original body parts found on the rear end of the SUV. Then they can take this JK-8 kit and install it to make a truck. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because it will be a damn expensive tuning project, yet the results look good.

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