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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster by Brabus

At this year’s edition of the Essen Motor Show, the German tuner Brabus has introduced its own version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. The car packs an extra 60 hp under its hood and comes fitted with a titanium high performance exhaust system that has “wake-up-your-neighbors” valves.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster by Brabus

Under the hood of the SLS AMG is the same V8 6.3-liter engine found in the regular version but it has been updated in order to develop 611 hp (448 kW). To squeeze this additional power, Brabus remapped the ECU and installed a new exhaust system that has 3.3-inch tailpipes. This exhaust system weighs 26.5 lbs (12 kg) which makes it 40% lighter in comparison to the standard one. It features a set of butterfly valves that are automatically turned on when the driver selects the Sport mode.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster by Brabus

The new body kit developed by Brabus for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster comes with new front and rear spoilers, a rear diffuser, side skirts and a boot lid fin. The vast majority of the parts added by the German tuner are made from carbon fiber in order to keep the weight of the car as down as possible.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster by Brabus

Inside the cabin, the sexy roadster adopts a 250 mph (400 km/h) speedometer, stainless steel sill plates that have the Brabus logo, matte-anodized pedals and a sport steering wheel.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster by Brabus

The car rides on a new set of 21- or 22-inch alloy wheels that are wrapped around in Yokohama, Pirelli or Continental tires. The SLS AMG Roadster has been lowered by 40 mm (1.6 inches) thanks to the Bilstein suspension. The driver can control the damper settings with the help of a button located on the car’s dashboard. The tuner is able to fit the car with its own Front Lift System that is very handy whenever you want to get the car over speed humps.

Source: Brabus via ZerCustoms

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Mercedes-Benz CL500 4MATIC By Brabus

The engineers from Brabus have developed a new upgrade program for the sexy Mercedes CL500 4MATIC which consists of a power boost for the 8-cylinder 4.7-liter engine which in its standard configuration is able to develop 435 hp and a peak torque of 516 lb.-ft (700 Nm).

Mercedes-Benz CL500 4MATIC By Brabus

This newly developed kit is available in two stages: Brabus B50 – 490 PowerXtra which increases the output of the engine to 490 hp (360 kW) and 575 lb.-ft (780 Nm); Brabus B50 – 520 PowerXtra that lifts the power to 520 hp (382 kW) @ 5,250 rpm and 604 lb.-ft (820 Nm), available between 1,800 rpm and 3,500 rpm. This increase in output is available by remapping the ECU.

Mercedes-Benz CL500 4MATIC By Brabus

The CL500 4MATIC is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 300 km/h). The car also comes with a new aerodynamic body kit which includes a front + rear spoiler, side skirts with LEDs, as well as a new rear bumper.

This power kit is also available for the S500 4MATIC and both tuning kits will be unveiled at the upcoming 2011 Essen Motor Show.

Source: Brabus via ZerCustoms

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I’m sure the Essen Motor Show had plenty of interesting tuning projects on display, but this Mercedes-Benz Gullwing takes the cake in my mind. Now all you Merc fans shouldn’t get angry, as the guy who build it, Swiss drag racer Stefan Winter, didn’t sacrifice a classic Gullwing model, as he recreated the body in fiberglass and placed it on top of a tubular frame, which housed a small block Chevrolet engine.

The unit in question has been expanded to 422 cubic inches (around 6.9-liters), and saw new pistons, crankshaft, cylinder heads added, in order to achieve a massive power rating of 1,050 HP, which propels this drag rocket on the quarter mile strip in just 8.1 seconds, crossing the finish line at 166 mph (267 km/h).

I’m sure many of you won’t approve of such a thing, but it is quite impressive. A sacrilege, but still impressive.

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For its exhibition at the upcoming Essen Motor Show, the German tuning company Loma Performance decided to customize and upgrade the Corvette C6 model. Taking a heavy dose from a symbol of the Corvette’s native USA, the Air Force One plane, the company entitled it the C6.BlackforceOne, as it is available in shades like the Stealth matte black, Eurofighter matte gray and White Storm matte white.

The company got to work by upgrading the engine to a bi-turbo layout, which can produce around 794 PS at the crank shaft, and around 675 PS at the wheel, translating, thanks to other performance components like a carbon fiber sports clutch and drive shafts, to a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 3.4 seconds, and with the Loma Cup Sport Superlight exhaust system, the car can go to a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).

While the styling of the C6.BlackforceOne wasn’t changed all that much, connoisseurs will notice the wider stance, which was increased by 10 cm in each side with the help of the carbon fiber wheel arch extensions and the side skirts made from the same material. The lightweight fiber was also used in the front lip spoiler and rear diffuser, which can boast integrate LED reverse lights. As an option, you can also add a carbon fiber-finished spoiler to the rear.

Other enhancements made to the standard C6 include a set of coilover suspensions, adjustable stabilizer bars and a set of 20-inch OZ Racing Ultraleggera HLT wheels wrapped in Michelin Sport Cup tires. Braking will be done with the help of a set of Mov’it carbon fiber/ceramic brakes.

Only 25 vehicles will be made, each with a starting price of €190,000. You’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of this model at the upcoming Essen Motor Show, starting on November 28.

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After North American tuners had their “little” get together at the SEMA show in Las Vegas last week, it’s time for the European companies to prepare for their own convention, at the Essen Motor Show in Germany, which will start on November 28 and end on December 6.

This means that already quite a lot of companies are revealing to the press the creations which they will debut in Essen. The latest to do so is JE Design, which has revealed some very special packaged for the Seat Leon FR models, both the diesel and the gasoline variants.

Although the team preferred not to mess with the inner workings of the engine, by adjusting the ECUs, JE Design managed to squeeze 270 HP from the TFSI unit and 204 from the TDI one (as opposed to the standard 211 and 170 HP, respectively. Torque has also been increased to 355 Nm for the petrol and 380 for the diesel one. The engine modifications result in a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds for the TFSI and 7.6 for the TDI.

Other impressive modifications include a double-lipped front spoiler, side skirts and center diffuser, as well as new headlights and a set of very popular LED daytime running lights. In the back, you’ll observe a quad-pipe exhaust system, which joins the new springs, which lowered the car by 35 mm, the adjustable coilover suspension and the set of polished, multispoke 19-inch wheels.



As you can see from the pics, the major enhancement, at least in the eyes of JE is the Lamborghini-style vertical doors. They let you enter a leather interior, with the material coating everything from the heated, massage seats, doors, armrest or steering wheel.

In case this tuning package sparks your interest, you’ll need to fork out €12,652 for the gasoline TFSI version and €12,552 for the TDI one.

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Where plenty of people saw a sacrilege to the brand, many customization companies saw a blank canvas perfect to squeeze money out of. In case you didn’t realize, I’m talking about the Porsche Panamera, which has seen quite a lot of tuning attempts since it was released.

The latest company to make its intentions public is SpeedART, which has detailed its two performance and styling packages for the Porsche Panamera Turbo ahead of their release at the Essen Motor Show, which is going on at the beginning of December.

The Panamera PS9, as it is codenamed, will see its power increased to a whopping 650 HP and 890 Nm, thanks to an enlarged turbocharger, a sports exhaust system, a new performance catalyst and, the old favorite, a revised ECU. THis means that the German super sedan will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds, and stopping at a speed of over 200 mph. In case this is a bit too much power for you, there are two other performance kits which will give the Panamera Turbo 550 and 600 HP>



On the outside, the PS9 Panamera Turbo received a new body kit which consists of a front chin spoiler, new hood vents, a rear diffuser, a roof spoiler, side skirts and a modified rear bumper, complete with air outlets. Rounding off the styling package will be a set of 22-inch three-piece “LSC FORGED” wheels. On the inside, customers will see a sport steering wheel with shift paddles, available in many finishes like aluminum, wood or carbon fiber, revised instrument dials, new floor mats and a carbon fiber trim.

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As we’d expect, European tuning companies will also want to take a look at the Dodge Challenger, the German tuner Eibach is one of the first to present a tuning program for the American muscle car, program which debuted at the Essen Motor Show. The Challenger was imported from the US and modified according to the latest German lighting and licensing regulations. They didn’t focus so much on increasing the power, which comes from the 425 hp 6.1 liter V8, but worked a lot on improving the car’s handling, which is more important to European customers than sheer power.

So, the Challenger recieved a Multi-Pro-R2 coil-over suspension system, integrated independently adjustable rebound and compression damping with remote reservoir, new 22 inch OZ Botticelli III wheels fitted with Toyo Proxes T1R wide tyres for extra grip. But, of course, no tuning program is complete without some exterior changes, so Eibach gave the Challenger a special look, with the three-piece multi-spoke wheels painted to suit the Hemi-orange color of the Dodge, dark powder-coating of the forged star and carbon hub cap. And, to complete the picture, they’ve also installed a top of the line multimedia unit from Alpine Electronics, with DVD, several monitors, a lot of speakers and subwoofers.

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EA Games’ “Need for Speed” is probably one of the most popular car video games ever, and its latest installment, Need for Speed Undercover features a bunch of extra cool cars. We’ve already written about the new Nissan 370Z showing up in the game, and this time we’re gonna talk about a special version of the Volkswagen Scirocco, created for the game. But what’s really cool about this car is that there’s also a real version, built by VW Individual, under the supervision of Vau-Max.de founder, Thomas Ebeling.

Starting from a 200 hp 2.0 TSI model, the team created a new body kit, with new front apron, rear bumper, side skirts, Folienbeklebung (side, below the character line, tailgate and rear bumper and rear lights and front bumper) disc tint from B-pillar, EA logo on the bonnet, fuel and left C-pillar. They’ve also made some mechanical upgrades, like new KW-Thread suspension Variant 1 kit, added 345mm front brake discs from the Golf R32, and also added new 19 inch wheels.

The interior features leather all over the place, headrests EA logo laser etched on leather, aluminum steering wheel with “Need for Speed Undercover” logo and a new impressive entertainment system.

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The Essen Motor Show has always been the host of some really cars, and this is one of them, the LUMMA Design CLR 550 R tuning program for the Porsche Cayenne facelift. And the first thing that pops into our eyes is the widebody kit, which features fenders extensions (makes the car 5 cm wider on each side), a special new front bumper, new turn signal unit, individual rear bumper, a more aggressive Carbon Kevlar front hood with air inducts and new side skirts. The car’s ulta aggressive look is completed by 40 mm lowering sport suspension, LUMMA’s ‘evil eye’ headlights and newly designed 23 inch LUMMA Racing 3 wheels.

Under the hood, LUMMA engineers have reprogrammed the electronics in the ECU, added LUMMA GPM (gas pedal power module) for better response of the gas pedal, red coated engine cover with Carbon inlets and a sport exhaust system. After the mods, LUMMA says the Cayenne’s GTS V8 engine delivers 20 percent more power, which means somewhere close to 500 hp.

Of course, the interior has also been modified, in cooperation with Interior Designer LMT Benrath. We’ve got bicolor leather covered interior (Carbonleather and Alcantara), highlighted by colored ornamental seams, new sport steering wheel, new multimedia system with integrated 7,5″ monitors in head rests and floor mats with LUMMA emblem embroidered.

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German tuner Königseder presented the Opel GT’aime at the Essen Motor Show, which is taking place these days in Germany. With its name coming from the French “je t’aime” (I love you), the company also released a weird press release, which look more like a personal than a press release for an otherwise interesting tuning program. In the press release we are informed that the car will be powered by a 300 hp engine and the body kit features new front spoiler and rear wing, 20 inch Giovanna Dalar wheels.

An improved, sportier driving is possible with a new coilover suspension and custom made Brembo brake system, with 332mm brake discs with red 4 pistons calipers. On the interior, we have hand made wooden car floor in black and red with GT`aime writing.

View more photos after the jump and also read the weird press release.

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Honestly, the production version of the Opel Antara was a big disappointment after the mega cool Antara concept. Still, with time, I got used to the crossover from Opel and I can actually say that it’s quite an interesting car. And the German tuner Irmscher made it even more interesting, with this tuning program.

The main attraction of this car is it’s appearance and for that, Irmscher gave it a more aggressive look, plus a lot of sporting accessories. Powered by a 2.0 liter CDTi engine, which now develops 175 hp, the Opel Antara Irmscher is lowered by 30 mm and has got a restyled bumper, new Irmscher grille, new front skirt, modified tailgate spoiler, redesigned bumpers, body-colored side panels and new steel entry sills, plus the impressive light-weight ‘Evo-Star-Design’ 20-inch alloy wheels.

On the inside, the customers have a lot of options to choose from, like the exclusive hand-crafted leather or Alcantara contoured seats, leather multi-function steering wheel, plus a metal plaque that celebrates Irmscher’s 40th anniversary.

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German tuner Delta, specialized in creating some cool 4×4 tuning programs, created this, the Delta DUNE Project for the 40th Essen Motor Show. The car, based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee has got a power boost of 74 hp, so it now has 499 hp and goes from 0 to 62 mph (100km/h) in less then 5 seconds, which is quite amazing. The power output was increased by a specially developed motor-management system, new sport exhaust with performance manifold and modified air feed.

The whole car was lifted by 100 mm but the new front spoiler lowers the clearance by 50 mm. All that, plus the custom 23 inch Elements IV wheels wrapped in Continental Cross Contact tires and the special maroon matt paint with scratch protection add up to make the Delta DUNE Project one really interesting 4×4 tuning program.

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At the Essen Motor Show, which is taking place these days in Germany, Opel presented the Opel Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition. The 835 units limited edition is powered by a 240 hp turbocharged 2.0 liter petrol engine and sprints from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 151 mph (244 km/h).

The Astra OPC Nurburgring is painted in white and features rack track decals and lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels. The interior features leather-furnished cabin and carbon fiber decor, plus a special nameplate designating the car’s limited serial number sits atop the car’s ashtray. It’s mechanics is also improved; the OPC is based on the second-generation IDPlus2 chassis and features variouos systems, like ESP-Plus, TC-Plus traction control, various brake-assisting functions and electronic dampers CDC.

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Among a whole bunch of other cool modified cars, here’s something really strange that made its way to the Essen Motor Show. Presented before the show, this is the ‘Phantoms’ car, created by William Burge, an artist from Houston. I could leave you a whole week and you’d still probably not guess what car’s underneath that strange metal bodywork and gargoyle heads. Well, it’s a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. Crazy huh?

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My guess would be that the new Audi A4 will become a really important player in the premium mid-size sedan class, even though the competition from the new Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3-Series is pretty tough. So Abt got to work and created this, the AS4 tuning program for the A4. And they sure did a pretty good job, ’cause it looks great. Exterior mods include new front skirts, new side wings, new rear spoiler and new rear skirt with quad exhausts integrated.

And that’s not all, because Abt also worked on the performances and offers two performance kits, the Abt Power and the Abt Power S. First, there’s the 1.8-litre turbocharged TFSI engine, which develops 160 hp in the production version, but power output is increased to 200 hp and 310 Nm of torque with the Abt Power S kit and 240 hp with the Abt Power S kit. Then, there’s the 143 hp 2.0 TDI unit, which develops 170 hp (Abt Power) and 200 hp (Abt Power S). The 2.7 TDI develops 190 hp (Abt Power) and 230 hp (Abt Power S), while the 3.0 TDI now produces 300 hp with the Abt Power S performance kit.

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