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Porsche Panamera Personalization Program revealed, includes power upgrades for Turbo


Just in case you something a bit more special out of your super sedan, the Porsche Panamera Personalization Program has just been revealed, including new accessories as well as power upgrades, you know, just because we’re talking about Porsche.

Let’s start with the simpler things shall we? Customers can now opt for the Sport Design Package on any new Panamera. This includes a revised front fascia, with wider air intakes, as well as a redesigned rear apron with new diffusers and fins. Side skirts and new 20-inch wheels are available, for that extra dose of personalization.

If you really want to spend some money though, then the Powerkit for the Porsche Panamera Turbo is right up your luxurious alley. In case the top-of-the-range Turbo didn’t have enough power, this kit, as its name suggests, adds even more. 40 HP and 37 lb-ft, more specifically, taking the output to a final 540 HP and 553 lb-ft. What’s more, the Powerkit includes the Sport Chrono Turbo Package, which, if the car is in Sport Plus mode, upgrades the torque output to an even more dizzying 590 lb-ft.

All this extra power means the Panamera Turbo can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, and up to 190 mph, all while keeping its EPA-rated fuel average of 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

While the Sport Design Package may no cost all that much, $4,590, the Powerkit is definitely going to blast away the upgrade budget, as it is priced at $21,730.

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2011 Audi A7 Sportback gets S Line sports package


Barely has the digital ink dried on our own article about the launch of the 2011 Audi A7 Sportback, and the Ingolstadt automaker has already revealed the S Line sports accessories and appearance package for its new five-door limousine.

As you can see above, the S Line kit adds a more aggressive body kit, with a reworked front bumper, improved side skirts and a rear diffuser with chromed tailpipes. Besides that, the exterior is rounded off by a set of 19-inch S Line alloy wheels.


The interior is decked out in Aluminum trim, while a mix of leather and Alcantara decorates the seats and the three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. As par for the course, S Line badges are plentiful, both on the inside and on the outside.

Until the S7 or RS7 performance versions appear, the new Audi A7 Sportback with the S Line appearance package will definitely satisfy those wanting a bit more personality with their five-door ‘coupe’.

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta gets customization treatment


Barely a few weeks have passed since the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta was revealed and the German company has already decided to showcase the customization potential its next generation sedan has.

As you can see above, the photo was taken by the guys from the VWvortex forum, and depicts a slightly customized 2011 Jetta at the Waterfest gathering.

A revised aerodynamic body kit was added, complete with a more aggressive front fascia, side skirts and a rear bumper. Tinted out windows, a dark decklid spoiler and a set of black wheels are in sharp contrast with the white paint job of the car.

No details were given, but you can expect almost all of these accessories to appear in the Volkswagen catalog as soon as the 2011 Jetta goes on sale this fall. For a price, you too will be able to get an extra bit of customization into the German sedan.

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2011 BMW X3 M Sport package already revealed


After yesterday’s official presentation of the 2011 BMW X3 (F25), the Bavarian company has already decided to showcase the M Sport accessories package.

As you can see above and below, the M Sport kit brings all of the usual upgrades to the X3. First off, you can see a slightly more aggressive body kit, with color-matching front and rear aprons. The exterior appearance is completed by the 19-inch M alloy wheels, which are bolted to a lowered suspension setup.


On the inside, customers will get the standard three-spoke M steering wheel, as well as an M-badged gear shifter. If you have opt for the xDrive35i version, with the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox, the M package throws in paddle shifters behind the wheel. Sports seats make sure to comfort the driver in those sharp corners, while new trim materials are available.

According to BMW, the X3 M Sport package will be hitting dealerships in the second quarter of 2011, so you’ll have a lot of waiting to do.

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2011 Ford Fiesta gets new graphics and fresh body kit


Ford is really hyping up the new 2011 Fiesta city car. After we’ve seen an interesting viral video, as well as a tie-in with US TV show American Idol, the Blue Oval is now offering a new array of options aimed at customers who want their Fiesta to be more unique.

As such, the 2011 Ford Fiesta can be ordered with a special body kit, consisting of a new air dam, side skirts and an optional rear spoiler which is exclusive to the hatchback version.

If accessories aren’t your thing, Ford is offering a wide array of LED options, which can decorate anything from the gear shift knob to the foot well or the side sills. All of the LEDs can be chosen depending on the color they emit.

Last but not least, the 2011 Fiesta will also receive a new batch of custom graphics, or “body tattoos”, as Ford calls them. They range from quite refined to downright awkward, but there’s something for everyone in the company’s selection.

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BMW M3 owners can order carbon fiber components


The BMW M3 is one might impressive sportscar and easily one of the company’s best sellers.

Now, after offering the M3 Competition Package and the limited M3 Frozen Gray edition, BMW of North America has just announced a brad new offer for existing customers.

Current BMW M3 owners, no matter the body type, sedan, coupe or convertible, will be able to order specific carbon fiber accessories. All M3 versions can receive a special carbon fiber reinforced plastic front splitter and exterior mirror caps, while the sedan and coupe versions will enjoy a rear decklid spoiler.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but the parts, which can be installed at any authorized BMW dealership, are covered by a 2-year warranty.

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Audi offering Titanium Package for most 2011 models


Audi is set to offer a few more customization options for its 2011 model year cars, as Fourtitude reports that a new Titanium Package accessories kit will be showing up on options list for several key cars.

As such, the new A4, both in sedan and Avant body style, the S4, the A5 (pictured above) and the S5 will be suitable for the new Titanium package.

Why should you opt for the new kit? First off, it replaces all those shiny chrome inserts with more appropriate gloss black ones, including the grille. Add in the 19-inch RS wheels, the piano black interior trim, not to mention the sports suspension and sports seats, and you’ve got yourself one very attractive package.

The kit can’t be combined with the existing S-Line exterior package, but it will certainly attract a lot of long-time Audi fans. Pricing hasn’t been revealed, as 2011MY cars have yet to arrive in the USA. Expect more details in the following months.

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2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport package leaked


The 2011 BMW 5 Series is by far the Bavarian company’s biggest bet this year.

We’ve already seen the sedan in late 2009 and the new Touring (aka wagon) variant be revealed for Europe. Throw in the long wheelbase edition made exclusively for the Chinese market and things are already pretty clear.

Now, thanks to BimmerToday, we get to check out the M Sport accessories package, which will be available for the 2011 5 Series.

As you can see above, the package is showcased on the 5 Series Touring, but rest assured as most of its features will be making their way onto the sedan, that will be launched in the USA.


The M Sport accessories package includes a restyled front fascia, with a more aggressive look and enlarged air vents, new side skirts but also a rear diffuser. On the inside, you can find a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, as well as a special gear shifter and new options plus all the M badges you could want.

No word yet on whether or not mechanical or performance upgrades are included in the M Sport package, but more will be known once the kit is revealed by BMW.

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Mini Countryman aerodynamic kit leaked onto the web


Mini is all about being able to customize your favorite model from the range, and, as such, a plethora of options are made available, ranging from purely cosmetic vinyls (hello Union Jack!) to slightly more functional kits, like the aerodynamic package.

So far, the latest model in the Mini lineup, the not-so-Mini Countryman has just seen the Getaway package revealed. Now, thanks to the guys at Motoring File, we now get to check out the upcoming Aerodynamic kit for the compact crossover.


As you can see above, the changes aren’t that noticeable, as are those on the Aero kits for the regular Mini models. The front fascia sees the addition of a new air dam, in a gray or matte black finish, continued on the sides of the car through enlarged wheel arches and side skirts. The mirrors have also seen minor changes, while the rear side of the Countryman has a new apron.

Still, these leaked shots aren’t official, so perhaps the British brand might add a few other accessories to this aerodynamic kit for the Mini Countryman.

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Ford unveils new custom graphics program for 2011 Mustang and F-150


Ford has just decided to bet more on customization programs, seeing as how not a lot of people are content to have just a regular stock car blending in on the road.

As such, it has just revealed a new Custom Graphics program, which lets you customize the exterior of your Blue Oval model to your heart’s content. While it was already available for some vehicles, the company has just announced that it has added designs for bread and butter models like the new 2011 Mustang or the F-150 pick-up truck.

Customers will be able to deck out their future muscle cars or pick-ups with anything from the already ubiquitous flame vinyls to racing stripes or anything in between. What’s really interesting is that if the decals are installed in an authorized Ford dealership, then you get a three-year/36,000 mile warranty on them.

Interested in customizing your own Ford model? The check out the Ford Custom Graphics website.

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Subaru offers free hobby badges to owners


Subaru really wants to capitalize on its devoted fan base and has released a fresh new program for current owners.

The Japanese company will offer, for free, an array of badges designed to showcase the loyalties or hobbies of Subaru owners. From performance enthusiasts to outdoor activity lovers, these badges cover just about anything a regular Subaru owner might enjoy.

Fans need to visit Subaru’s Badge of Ownership website where they can order what types of badges they want. Bear in mind that a Subaru VIN is required, so that you can stick these adhesive memorabilia only on the back of such Japanese models.

We’re all for tasteful vehicle customization, and this special program designed by Subaru sounds great. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

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Ferrari racing game cockpit takes you one step closer to owning a supercar


While most of us are quite satisfied with playing racing games with a console controller or even a keyboard, it seems that there are quite a few people bent on having a much more realistic experience.

If the $191,000 Cruden Hexatech assembly didn’t really blow your mind, then Thrustmaster has revealed a new product, much cheaper but with a true Ferrari feel.

The Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition will take you one step closer to actually driving an Italian supercar, but all in the comfort of your home. The rig is compatible with the PC and PlayStation 3 systems, and is completely wireless, so no worries about fussing around with cables through the living room.


It also has a few special features, including the 11-inch wheel or the special brake pedal with ‘magnetic resistance’ in order to offer a more real-life experience. The whole assembly weighs 23 pounds, so you won’t be toppling over while approaching those virtual corners.

The cost for this Ferrari-themed racing fun? Just $249.99.

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Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) arrives this year, targets BMW’s M and Mercedes’ AMG


It seems that the ‘hip’ new thing to do when you’re a carmaker is to open up your own line of performance accessories and parts, thus satisfying people who want that extra bit of power from a car.

BMW has its M division, Mercedes-Benz has AMG, heck, even Volkswagen has its new R subsidiary. As such, Infiniti doesn’t want to miss out on this opportunity, and has just filed a trademark for IPL.

What does that mean? Infiniti Performance Line. This name will cover various performance upgrades developed by the Japanese luxury brand and offered for their various models. Such accessories include air filters, cat-back exhaust systems and, most importantly, turbochargers and superchargers.

The new line of performance parts is expected to debut in Pebble Beach in August, so until then you can just dream about the upgrades that will arrive for your Infiniti model.

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Lexus cutting prices on F-Sport accessories for IS and GS models


With summer rapidly approaching, people are once again aiming to showcase their rides to the public. Seeing as how you can’t even go outside with a stock car, accessories and various packages are the way to go in order to add that extra bit of flavor to your ride.

Lexus knows this and has just announced that it has cut prices on its F-Sport accessories packages, currently available for the IS and GS lineups.

You will now be able to order a suspension lowering kit for $1,450, for $4,495 you will also receive a set of new wheels wrapped in performance tires and if you want to go all out, you’ll get all that plus a new performance braking system for $8,995.

The sales on the F-Sport packages will start on June 1 and continue until the July 31.

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Porsche offers Sport Classic accessories, Turbo steering wheels to current 911 models


Porsche, besides thinking of new models to release that aren’t sportscars, has listened to a few customer suggestions concerning its bread-and-butter model, the 911.

As such, it has released new accessories and options packages for current 997-generation sportscars. They consist of both retro-inspired things but also eagerly awaited upgrades.

First off, the company will offer special Fuchs wheels, inspired by a five-spoke design used by Porsche from 1966 to the 1980s. While those wheels aren’t featured in the above image, a new aerodynamic front fascia as well as a fresh rear wing appear. These will make your 911 models look just like the race cars from the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

In case you just want to feel more special inside your regular 911, you’ll be happy to hear that non-Turbo models, equipped with the PDK dual-clutch gearbox, can finally opt for a Turbo steering wheel. What does that bring? It replaces the wheel-mounted toggle switch shifters for the gearbox with regular paddles behind the actual wheel, for an easier and sportier drive.

All of these new Porsche accessories and options are already available in Europe and will soon hit North America.

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