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One-off Citroen DS3 by Kenzo revealed

The Citroen DS3 is once again flaunting its stylish looks by another partnership with an influential fashion house. This time, after Yves Saint Laurent tried their hands with the French compact, Japanese house Kenzo has also revealed a one-off DS3.

Inspired by oriental designs, the fashion house took a pristine white DS3 and covered both its roof and the seats with unique patterns. It is also expected that the interior trim has been thoroughly upgraded, so that the show car will impress every fashion fan around the world.

The car is just a one-off, at the moment, but expect it to be flaunted by Citroen at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, as well as at upcoming fashion events where the Kenzo house will be present.


Video: Six-wheeled Nissan SUV proves Arab Sheiks (don’t) know tuning

Here we are with yet another example of one rich Arab sheik’s ingenuity. It seems that Sheik Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan decided that his Nissan SUV needed something more personalized, for when he’s riding around the desert and checking out his oil fields.

That’s why he mounted another axle in the front of the car, and, through a customized hydraulics system, he can switch up the front axles.

Why? Nobody really knows, but when you’ve got his money, things like customized six-wheeled Nissan SUVs don’t need a reason.

Check out the crazy contraption in the video below.

2011 Ford Mustang V6 gets DUB tuning package for $3,599

2011 Ford Mustang owners have definitely been on the receiving end of quite a lot of aftermarket tuning options, but most of them were targeted at the top V8 version.

Now, Ford dealerships will begin to offer the already announced DUB tuning package, for the Mustang V6.

For those who forgot, the DUB package includes a Roush Performance body kit, a Ford Racing hood, complete with dedicated scoop, lowered suspension, improved transmission, a new grille, special vinyls for the outside of the car and a set of 20-inch TIS wheels. On the inside, expect DUB badges to decorate the seats.

The DUB package for the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 will be available for $3,599, plus $100 shipping charges.

Source: Galpin Ford via Autoblog

Convertible Cadillac CTS finally pictured by Drop Top Customs

It seems that the rumors were true about a convertible Cadillac CTS Coupe. The experts at Drop Top Customs are in fact working on such a project, and will reveal the topless Caddy at the SEMA Show later this year.

We now have the first official sketches, above and below, showcasing the new Cadillac CTS Coupe with a folding cloth top instead of its angular roof.

For those not in the know, Cadillac has denied that a convertible will appear in the already impressive CTS range (sedan, wagon and coupe), so the guys at Drop Top Customs decided to try their hands on the popular Caddy.

Expect more details as we approach the start of the SEMA Show on November 2 in Las Vegas.


Gemballa is revived under new leadership

German tuning company Gemballa has been revived, after its founder, Uwe Gemballa, went missing at the beginning of the year, leaving the tuner in a lot of financial trouble.

The company is under a new ownership, led by CEO Andreas Schwarz and investor Steffen Korbach.

Things are already going back to normal, as the former showroom of Gemballa, in Leonberg, Germany, has been refurbished. 22 employees are already working on tuning kits for exotic models like the Porsche Cayenne or the Panamera. The company will also see the development of dedicated Gemballa products, along the lines of the Gemballa MIG-U1, which was based on the Ferrari Enzo.

So, if you had an exotic supercar in your garage just aching for a tuning treatment, you can rest assured that Gemballa will gladly take your money.


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.


Video: Jet-powered school bus reaches 367 mph (seriously!)

School buses don’t exactly have the best reputation, but at least in the eyes of Paul Stender and his crew at Indy Boys Inc., the large yellow vehicles make for perfect platforms.

A platform for what, you ask? For a jet engine taken from a Phantom fighter plane.

That’s right, the guys manufactured their own custom school bus, and fitted a jet engine allowing the vehicle, called The School Time Jet-Powered School Bus, to reach a speed of 367 mph.

Why would anyone combine such things? According to Stender, it’s because he wants to keep kids off drugs, and also just because it was extremely cool to see a school bus, with flame decals on the side, and real flames coming out of the jet engine in the rear.

If you want to check out this monstrosity, then hit the jump.


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Video: Dutch Volkswagen RollGolf proves creativity isn’t dead

If you’ve been looking for something to cheer up your day, then this video is definitely for you.

A group of Dutch guys decided to make something a bit more special out of their old Volkswagen Golf mk II. As such, they went to work on drastically reducing the wheelbase, and fitted two steel tubes on top of the customized machine.

Afterwards, they decided to put their creativity to the test, and started seeing if the new Golf can actually flip over, if the brakes are stomped on hard enough.

Needless to say, hilarious things ensued, so hit the jump and watch this somersaulting Volkswagen RollGolf prove its worth.

Chevrolet Spark Woody Wagon ‘art car’ revealed, will appear in Paris

Back in the golden ages of the American auto industry, having wood panels on a car guaranteed a certain type of credibility for the model in question. Sadly, as wood got expensive, automakers resorted to vinyls, and the popularity reached extremely low levels.

That’s not the case with the people from Chevrolet UK though, as the division has just revealed a very special Chevrolet Spark Woody Wagon art car.

The unique model is part of a series of customized Spark compact city cars, and, as you can see above and below, is decorated with wood vinyls and even boasts a roof rack for a surf board, proving that it is just right for any cool teenager. The picture is complete by a set of whitewall tires, harking back to the America of the 1950s.

The one-off model will be showcased at the Boardmasters festival in the UK, and will also be present at the Paris Motor Show at the beginning of October.


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FireBreather muscle car now available from Classic Design Concepts

At the beginning of the year, we revealed to you the awesome FireBreather customization concept, based on the already impressive Chevrolet Camaro SS.

Now, the guys at Classic Design Concepts have finally revealed the production version, which will be available to anyone with a a deep passion for the old Firebird model, back when Pontiac was still alive and kicking.

Besides the unique exterior, with a fresh body kit reminiscent of the Trans-Am, the interior has also been decked out in Firebird elements, as well as new technologies, already present in the Camaro.

Under the hood, you will find a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, capable of sending 599 HP to the back wheels.

The price for this customized model starts at $60,000 and is already up for sale from Classic Design Concepts.


Chrome Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 shown off by Laureus Design

In case you already recovered from the matte purple Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG we revealed to you last week, we now have something a bit more different, coming from German customization company Laureus Design.

As you can see, the brand decided to promote itself by revealing a chromed Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 race car.

A few subtle red highlights survived the chrome treatment, as well as a few orange ones on the massive rear wing of this track-only race car.

While it most certainly is out of this world, the polished look doesn’t look all that bad, at least in comparison to the matte purple from last week. What do you think? Share your thoughts about this interesting race car in the comment section below.


Unique Ford Mustang SR-71 Blackbird sells for $375,000 at the EAA AirVenture charity auction

A few weeks ago, we revealed to you the first sketches of a mighty impressive one-off customization project: the 2011 Ford Mustang SR-71 Blackbird.

As its name suggested, the tuned Mustang borrowed styling cues from the iconic SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, and was set to be auctioned off at the EAA AirVenture event, to benefit the Young Eagles program.

The car was thoroughly customized by two of the biggest players in the business, Shelby and Roush Performance, together with Ford Racing. The result was a badder and more powerful Mustang, thanks to a new Whipple supercharger and other performance parts.

The whole package definitely struck a chord with AirVenture visitors, as the car sold for an impressive $375,000. In case you’re not the lucky guy or gal who got their hands on this unique Mustang, you can at least admire it in the photos above.


Video: Matte purple Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG may cause blindness

With every new supercar, no matter how powerful or obscene, you can bet that there will be people with questionable taste getting their hands on some of them.

Such is the case with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, owned by an Arabian and parked on the streets of London. We’ve seen some pretty interesting Arabian nightmares customizations up until now, but this one takes it up a notch.

As you can see, the powerful German supercar is wrapped in a matte purple (or mauve, for the artistically-inclined) body vinyl, hiding the original red paint job. For an added contrast, the wing mirrors are also wrapped in fake carbon fiber.

In case the picture above wasn’t enough punishment for you, hit the jump to see a video of the purple Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in action on the streets of London.

Chevrolet Camaro reaches 1,400 HP and 900 lb-ft for ‘just’ $320,000

The Chevrolet Camaro is definitely one impressive muscle car, even though it doesn’t have such a pristine reputation like the Ford Mustang, for example.

But the Camaro does have a very loyal fan base, as highlighted by a unique tuning project led by Canadian Serge Leger. He decided that his Chevy Camaro needed a bit of a performance bump, and set off tuning the hell out of the American muscle car.

After 3,800 man hours, a huge array of performance parts, a new 6.0-liter LSX V8 with a big old turbocharger and around $320,000 spent, his Chevrolet Camaro is now capable of developing more than 1,400 HP with an estimated 900 lb-ft of torque.

Yup, this road-legal model is capable of putting almost any hypercar you can throw at it to shame, at least in terms of pure power.


Design Q’s Q-VR Range Rover takes luxury to a new level

The Range Rover luxury SUV definitely has a lot of high end features and options, more than suitable of satisfying people with deep pockets.

But what if the British model isn’t enough and your wallet craves something even more fancy? Well, Design Q has got you covered, thanks to the Q-VR customization project for the Range Rover.

As you can see above, the new model sits on a lengthened platform and boasts vertical-hinged doors, something along the lines of gullwings. Inside, the Q-VR takes luxury to a new level by adding features more fitting of a private jet than a plane. You’ve got fully-reclining seats, a mini-spa, a drink chiller as well as a cigar humidor.

No pricing details were revealed, but you can clearly guess that not a lot of people will afford to take their Range Rover to Design Q for this customization project.


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