Tuning

  • Lightweight creates BMW M2 convertible

    BMW does not offer the wonderful M2 as a convertible, but that hasn't stopped a German company by the name of Lightweight from modding the standard convertible into something comparable. With some modifications and M2 parts, Lightweight will transform a standard 2-Series convertible into a drop-top track weapon. To start, the power figure actually outdoes the M2 and M2 Competition. After the German tuner works its magic, power surges to 422 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The standard M2 makes 365 hp, while the M2 Competition produces 405 hp. Lightweight didn't fully detail the...

  • Brabus founder and CEO Bodo Buschmann
    Founder of Brabus dies at 62

    Bodo Buschmann, founder and CEO of Brabus, has passed away after battling an illness, the company announced on Thursday. Buschmann was 62 years old. Brabus has long focused on building luxurious high-performance models based on Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The company did work with Smart and even Tesla...

  • Katech 416 ci LS3-based V-8 short block.
    Katech 416 is a short-block V-8, long on 600-plus-horsepower

    Most car enthusiasts are well aware that a project car comes with a whole lot of baggage, namely in picking and sourcing appropriate parts. The engine is especially important, and depending on the individual's goals, making a lot of horsepower can get really expensive, really quickly. Enter Katech...

  • Hennessey Chevrolet Camaro Exorcist Convertible
    Hennessey teases Exorcist Chevrolet Camaro convertible

    What sounds better than a 1,000-horsepower Chevrolet Camaro by Hennessey Performance Engineering? One without a roof to let all of the glorious noises inside the cabin with no restrictions. Now it exists. Hennessey has released a teaser video for the Exorcist Chevrolet Camaro convertible, which...

  • The Roush Yates Visa card, from UMB Financial Services
    Finally, A Credit Card For Car Guys

    Credit card reward programs are nothing new, and most reward cardholders with airline miles, hotel stays or even (modest amounts of) cash back. Now, UMB Financial Services is launching a Visa Platinum Rewards credit card that may prove interesting to anyone with 10w30 in his or her veins. Tied to...

  • Nissan's Juke Nismo concept.
    Nismo-Tuned Nissan Juke Leads Expansion Of Nismo Brand

    Nissan has big plans for Nismo, its in-house tuning division. Long a builder of race cars for Japan’s Super GT series, Nismo has also built class-winning engines for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and even dabbled at turning the electric Leaf into a prototype racer. Despite this, Nismo has only...

  • 2011 BMW 135i Coupe

    Mention the words “retuned ECU” to most manufacturers, and they’ll void your powertrain warranty faster than you can say the world “reflash.” BMW, on the other hand, wants to capitalize on the demand for additional horsepower among enthusiast customers, so the company is offering two “Power Kits” for owners of the BMW 135i and 335i. The Version 1 Power Kit is simply an ECU reflash that boosts horsepower from 300 to 320, while raising torque to 317 foot-pounds with a manual or DCT transmission, or 332 ft.-lb. with an automatic transmission. That...

  • RPM Mustang gets Griggs Racing Suspension
    RPM Mustang Gets Griggs Racing GR40 SS Suspension Package

    The Real Performance Mustangs (RPM) Mustang gets the Griggs Racing GR40 SS Suspension Package By Scott Jensen / Real Performance Mustangs Special RPM "Thank You" to the crew at Brad's Custom Autos for all their hard work getting the car done in a hurry for our 2010 Fireball Run, and their amazing...

  • Mariah Carey's DUB-tuned Porsche Cayenne
    The Conversation That Led To Mariah Carey's Hot Pink Porsche Cayenne

    You know what? We are not on top of everything. For example, we just found out that Selma Blair and Neve Campbell are different people. And apparently, the Olsen Twins can't feel one another's pain. And, pull tabs on sodas? WHERE DID THEY GO YOU GUYS? Also, according to our colleagues at Celebrity...

  • 2008 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast
    Used Car Market: The Nissan 350Z

    Before disappearing for a seven-year hiatus, The 300ZX was considered one of the best Z-cars that Nissan Ever Made. However, unlike the original Datsun 240Z, the cars were moving into premium-price territory and disappeared in 1996 from the U.S. market.When Carlos Ghosen moved to become the...

  • 2011 Koenigsegg Agera
    Koenigsegg Going After Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Record

    Competition is healthy for business, according to proponents of the free market. It forces companies to innovate and specialize, and ultimately the consumer should come out on top. Some might think that a supercar company might not have much competition, but this latest bit of news seems to prove...

  • dallara ktm 01
    Abarth Coupe Could Be Built On X-Bow Platform

    The return of Abarth is a success for Fiat. The hot little 500 Abarth has a waiting list, and for those wanting a bit more room could go for the more modern Grande Punto Abarth.  The tuning company has been working on an in-house sports car that won’t share a Fiat platform. Now, Auto Express is...

  • Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition

     Nissan’s GT-R is a world-class supercar for sure. Not only will it match or beat a Porsche 911 Turbo when comparing performance, but it will cost a great deal less as well. Nissan is going to prove itself even more now that it’s going to release the Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition. The car is unlike the hot version of the GT-R, the Spec-V, which is made more for the street. The Club Track Edition was developed by Nissan and NISMO along with two Japanese tuning companies Nova Engineering and Nordring to be used¬ a small grassroots racing-league. The interior has been stripped out to the...

  • Fiat 500 Abarth
    Abarth Coming Out With New 500 Model, New Engine

     With Chrysler stopping production of the ancient PT Cruiser, the Fiat 500 is one giant step closer to reaching showrooms as the Toluca plant in Mexico gets retooled for the fun-spirited sub-compact. Inside Line is speculating that the hot Abarth version will probably join the regular 500 at the...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
    TPC Racing To Turbocharge A Boxster Spyder

    The Porsche Spyder is a car enthusiasts dream.  Only the truest of car lovers would lust after a vehicle that considers door handles and a folding roof as luxuries. Instead it focuses on dropping weight and doing a bunch of engineering tweaks for the best all-around performance. Kilometer Magazine...

  • Mugen 2011 Honda CR-Z
    Honda Engineer Talks Of CR-Z, Type R, No Gas-Only Option

    Automotive News has interviewed the Honda CR-Z chief engineer Norio Tomobe about the latest hybrid. Apparently the CR-Z almost didn’t make it to production. Tomobe said during the interview that he had issues with coming up with a purpose for the concept car, which was holding back production. By...

  • edo competition Aston Martin DBS
    Aston Martin DBS Massaged By edo competition

    No matter how good a car is from the factory, there is always a tuning company trying to make it better. The Aston Martin DBS is a sexy and fast grand tourer before edo competition, a Germany-based tuning company, took the car and squeezed every bit of performance out it. The V-12  originally...

  • Bugatti Veyron F1
    Bugatti Veyron Complete With F1 Numberplate Makes Debut

    The worlds most expensive Bugatti Veyron, complete with F1 numberplate, is destined to be one of the highlights of next month's MPH prestige and performance auto show in the UK. The car belongs to Afzal Kahn, the figure behind bespoke tuning firm Project Kahn and the same man who bought the...

  • Switzer Nissan GT-R R850

    Tuning a twin-turbo, 480-horsepower V-6-powered AWD sports car might seem like an exercise in futility - after all, where are you going to open it up - but when you look beyond the street and to the race track, it becomes a bit more reasonable. And for those that like to spend their weekends pushing their skill and equipment to the limits, Switzer Performance's latest Nissan GT-R is an intriguing toy. Today's update brings confirmation of the 850 horsepower crank rating and more details on the car, including a dyno plot. The standard P800 Nissan GT-R manages its name-giving 800 horsepower at...

  • A.R.T. AS55K YAAS EDITION
    Royal Family of Abu Dhabi commissions one-off ‘AS55K’ Mercedes G55 AMG

    This ostentatious SUV is the latest work of German tuning outfit A.R.T. but it differs from most of the firm’s previous outlandish creations as it was developed specially at the request of the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. It is based on the Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG and output from the...

  • Senner Tuning Audi A5
    Power and style with latest Senner Tuning Audi A5 upgrade

    Unlike many of their competitors, the designers at Senner Tuning don't do the European version of tacky, flashy tuner cars. Instead, they focus on adding minor enhancements that give the owner a unique look without clamoring for attention. The design program for the Audi A5 offers a range of front...

  • 2010 Nissan GT-R SpecV
    Nismo to begin renting upgraded GT-R electronics to customers in Japan

    Earlier today we told you how Nissan is now offering to upgrade original-spec GT-Rs with a host of better parts including suspension upgrades and engine mounts. Now Nissan's racing and tuning arm, Nismo, has decided to release upgraded engine and transmission management software, but in a novel...

  • konigseder tuning porsche carrera gt 015
    Königseder Tuning takes on the Porsche Carrera GT

    Leipzig, 2004: the Porsche Carrera GT, born out of a racing program but built for the street, begins a production run that will total just 1,270 units and last only two years. Little did the world know new versions of the car would still be built by the aftermarket on a nearly monthly basis for the...

  • Exclusive World Tuning Golf GTI W12 650 replica
    Turn your Mark V Golf into the extreme GTI W12 650 concept

    Undoubtedly one of the most extreme concept cars to ever come out of Volkswagen’s design studios, 2007’s Golf GTI W12 650 dropped plenty of jaws - not only because of its twin-turbocharged W12 engine but also because of its overt styling. Unfortunately, VW never had any plans to build...

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