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  • DMC Lamborghini Aventador

    In its standard form, the Lamborghini Aventador is a powerful super machine that snaps necks as fast as onlookers snap pics with their phones. Any car can be turned up a bit more over its factory form, however, and German tuning firm DMC has found a way to inject some aggression and cut a bit of weight from the Lambo. How does it do that? It swaps in carbon fiber anywhere it can and then charges a bundle of money for what it calls the Aventador Las Americas. The wing and engine cover stand out immediately. After that, your eyes will find their way to the deep front fascia and ground-scraping...

  • TechArt GrandGT Supreme
    TechArt GrandGT Supreme is a faster, fancier Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

    TechArt is a German tuner that does more than just make Porsches even faster than they already are. The company also makes these luxury cars more luxurious. At the Geneva motor show, TechArt will show a range of new products, highlighted by the GrandGT Supreme, which is a gussied up version of the...

  • 1,309-RWHP 2009 Cadillact CTS-V dyno test.
    Tuner Says 1,309-RWHP Cadillac CTS-V Is The World's Most Powerful: Video

    How much horsepower is too much? For carmakers, there's always a point where the impact on drivability, reliability, and fuel economy erases the benefits of extra power, but that never seems to be a problem for tuners. Calibrated by Karger and built by SNL Performance, this 2009 Cadillac CTS-V...

  • 9ff Porsche GT9-R
    Porsche Tuners 9ff And speedART File For Bankruptcy

    The European car market continues to decline as the economies of most of its nations spiral downward, and the toll on the upper end of the custom and tuner segment continues to rise. Porsche-specific tuner companies 9ff and speedART have both filed for insolvency protection in Germany this month...

  • Patrick O'Gorman at 267 mph
    Hennessey Ford GT Breaks Texas Mile Record With 267.6 MPH Run: Video

    The Texas Mile may need to be renamed to the “Hennessey Mile,” or even the “Mark Heidaker Mile,” since one thing is becoming clear: the tuner and car owner apparently own the top speed record at the semiannual event, held in Beeville, Texas. In March of 2012, driver Sean...

  • Severn Valley Motorsports prepares for the transplant - image: Severn Valley Motorsports
    Has The Nissan Juke-R Started A Super-Crossover Trend?

    The original Nissan Juke-R seemed to answer a question that few people were asking: what if you took an ordinary crossover and grafted the mechanicals of a world-class supercar to it? The end result was an unexpected hit the world over, and enough buyers stepped to the plate with a cost-be-damned...

  • 2014 Roush Stage 3 Mustang - image: Roush Performance

    Looking for a 2014 Ford Mustang that stands out in a crowd? Want to buy one that offers superior performance, without spending the kind of money expected from other tuners? A Roush Mustang may be just what you’ve been shopping for. For 2014 (the last year of the Mustang’s current design), Roush is offering everything from its appearance-package Roush RS V6 Mustang through its Roush Stage 3 Mustang with the optional Phase 3 package, which boasts an output of 675 horsepower. There are plenty of options in-between, too, including the 5.0-liter V-8-engined Roush Stage 1 Mustang, which...

  • The 311RS Mitsubishi Evo X - image: Nate Hassler for 311RS
    Special Edition Mitsubishi Evo Announced - But Not By Mitsubishi

    When it comes to compact, affordable all-wheel drive performance sedans, buyers in the United States are stuck with a choice between Subaru and Mitsubishi. Both offer AWD performance cars in varying levels of output, but the real choice comes between the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and the Subaru...

  • John Hennessey's daily driver, a 300 hp Ford Focus HPE 300 - image: HPE
    Hennessey’s Hot Hatch: The Ford Focus ST HPE 300 - Video

    As head of Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), tuning legend John Hennessey has some impressive cars to choose from as his daily driver. While the world-record-setting Venom GT may be a bit extreme for commuting, we can certainly see the attraction of a 1,000 horsepower Cadillac CTS-V as a...

  • The Brabus 800 Roadster - image: Brabus
    SL65 AMG-Based Brabus 800 Roadster To Debut In Geneva

    The Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, in stock form, pumps out some 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V-12 engine. Before you add a single option, the car prices at nearly $214,500, including destination fee and gas-guzzler tax. If those numbers aren’t...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    Hennessey Performance To Build A 1,000 Horsepower Corvette Stingray

    The 2014 Corvette Stingray won’t begin shipping to dealerships until the third quarter of 2013, but those planning a purchase can already put together a holiday wish list, thanks to Hennessey Performance Engineering. While the C7 Corvette Stingray will come to market with 450 horsepower and...

  • The Autodelta 50th anniversary logo
    Alfa Romeo Celebrates 50 Years Of Its Autodelta Motorsport Division

    In March of 1963, Alfa Romeo brought a company called Auto-Delta, founded by former company engineer Carlo Chiti and Alfa dealer Ludovico Chizzola in 1961, under its corporate wing. The name was eventually changed to Autodelta SpA, but its mission remained: as the official competition department of...

  • An Andial-prepped Porsche 935 - image: Andial

    If you’ve followed Porsche’s racing efforts in North America over the years, chances are good you’ve run across the Andial name. Porsche models prepared by Andial won the 24 Hours of Daytona from 1983-87, and again in 1989. If that’s not impressive enough, the first five finishers in 1987 all drove Andial-prepped Porsches. Andial also developed a fearsome reputation in the IMSA-GT series, the IMSA Supercar Series and the North American Endurance Championship. Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, Andial-prepared Porsches were the cars to beat. Today, the Andial name...

  • Ruf CTR 3 supercar
    Lotus F1 Owner Buys Into RUF Automobile

    Genii Capital, owner of the Lotus F1 Team, is branching out its holdings to include a stake in specialist constructor RUF, long known for building over-the-top Porsche-based supercars. Though some would call RUF a tuner, the German government actually considers the firm a manufacturer, with a...

  • The Saleen 351 Mustang - image: Saleen
    New Saleen 351 Mustang Announced In Los Angeles

    Now that Steve Saleen is back to leading the company that bears his name, it makes perfect sense to reintroduce iconic products from the builder’s past. The current Saleen Mustang, which gets its power from a 302 cubic-inch (5.0-liter) engine, is well established, so the company has chosen...

  • Volvo S60 Polestar Concept, 2012 L.A. Auto Show
    Volvo S60 Polestar Live Photos: 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

    We’ll admit to being fans of the Volvo S60 T6 R-Design sedan, as it’s a near-ideal blend of performance and comfort. As much as we like the car, however, it’s Volvo’s uber-sexy S60 Polestar concept that we’d rather have parked on our garage. Rumor had it that Volvo was...

  • Daniel Song's FR-S GT
    Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge Cars Revealed: Video

    Last week we told you about Scion’s FR-S Tuner Car Challenge, which would pit three customizers from around the country in a head-to-head-to-head build of Scion’s FR-S coupe. Each was given a Scion FR-S, $15,000 and ninety days to build a car that will impresses an independent judging...

  • 2013 Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge submission for SEMA 2012
    Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge Cars Headed To SEMA

    Three tuners from three different cities are going head to head to see which is the best, with their canvas the 2013 Scion FR-S. The results, previewed here in render form, will be on display for the first time at the 2012 SEMA show. Each contestant was given a stock Scion FR-S, a $15,000 budget...

  • Truckin' Magazine's F-150 SEMA concept

    The best-selling vehicle in Ford’s lineup is the F-Series pickup, and that’s been the case for many years. If Ford is using SEMA to highlight other hot sellers, like the Escape and Fusion, it stands to reason that tuned F-Series pickups would command booth space, too. Truckin’ Magazine started with an F-150 FX2 Sport Super Cab, equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. To give the pickup “track-like handling,” Truckin’ dropped the ride height, added larger wheels with low-profile tires and bolted on a big brake kit. To maximize passenger comfort, the...

  • ARK Veloster "Alpine" Concept for SEMA 2012
    Hyundai's Latest SEMA Addition: ARK Veloster "Alpine" Concept

    Hungry for another slammed, two-tone, big-wheeled Veloster? Then buy your tickets for SEMA now, as there will be a bunch of those present. Among, the ARK Veloster "Alpine" Concept. Wearing a host of aerodynamics bits from ARK, including a carbon fiber "Rally Wing," custom fenders, bumpers, side...

  • Hyundai Veloster 'Velocity' Concept, SEMA 2012
    Hyundai Veloster "Velocity" Concept: SEMA 2012

    The SEMA show is the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association's yearly bash celebrating all that's new and ostensibly cool in tuner and aftermarket culture. Hyundai has embraced the show with a bearhug again this year, adding a new Veloster "Velocity" concept to the mix in addition to its...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion, built by Tjin Edition for SEMA 2012
    Ford Showing Off Four Tuned Fusion Sedans At SEMA

    When Ford showed us its Evos concept in the summer of 2011, we immediately said “build it.” J Mays, Ford’s head of design said, “sorry, not going to happen - but don’t be surprised when a new model comes to market with many of the Evos’ design cues.” That...

  • The Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ
    Forbidden Fruit: Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ

    Ever since Honda launched its CR-Z “Sports Hybrid,” fans of the car and of the brand have wished for one thing: more power. Even in early 2011, less than a year after the car’s launch, there was talk about a new, more powerful version in the works. That car made its debut at this...

  • John Hennessey and a Camaro ZL1 with the HPE700 package
    John Hennessey Tests A 700 Horsepower Camaro ZL1: Video

    If you’re looking for a seriously fast muscle car, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is one of two outstanding options you have these days (the other, of course, is the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500). From the showroom floor, the ZL1 makes some 580 horsepower at the crank, which is good enough to get...

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