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Mercedes’ factory tuner, AMG celebrates 40 years of existence. The company was founded in an old mill in Burgstall (near Affalterbach) by Hans Werner Aufrecht (A) and his partner Erhard Melcher (M); the third letter in the company name (G) came from Aufrecht’s birthplace, Großaspach.

The company has grown into a supplier of exclusive high-performance cars with some 750 employees, an extensive model range comprising 18 different AMG cars, customers across the world and a brand name which has gained a high level of recognition. The turnkey in AMG’s history was 1990 when they signed the agreement with Daimler-Benz AG, with Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG being the first jointly developed vehicle to result from the cooperation agreement, in 1993. (more…)

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After the facelift Volkswagen gave to the Touareg in January, the German tuner ABT made some impressive modifications to the SUV. The mods include a full bodykit with front spoiler lip, side skirts, fender extensions, rear wing, rear skirts and a 4-pipe exhaust system. The Touareg also got new 19, 20 or 22-inch alloy wheels. The mechanical mods include a revised suspension and brake system and the engine(ABT offers three diesel and one petrol version, all of which come with a power increase: 2.5 TDI with 195hp (21hp more), 3.0 TDI with 270hp (45hp more), 5.0 V10 TDI with 360hp (47hp more) and finally the petrol 4.2 V8 with an output of 500hp (150hp more than the basic one). (more…)

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Alfa Romeo Brera is a beautiful car, no question about it. And the folks at Lester made sure it gets even better. The body kit by Lester personalizes its frontal with changes to the air intake, to the inferior grill, with an overturned trapezoid shape, besides new elements, like the sculpted profiles of the new bumper. The rear part becomes more aggressive, with the adoption of a rear apron and of an aerodynamic spoiler which intensifies the sporty inclination of the car. Click for more pics. (more…)

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Photos of this beautiful tuned Porsche Cayenne name Top Car Vantage GT were published on a Russian website and you have to admit, it look astonishing. Top Car is a Russian tuner and they created this beauty. (more…)

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The Japanese tuner Fabulous presented a modified of the Lexus LS460. No detailed info on the exact mods, but, judging after these photos it looks pretty good, especially with thos 22 inch alloy wheels. Click “read more” for more pictures. (more…)

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Announced last year, Startech presented a modified version of the Dodge Caliber, which now is more aggressive and more powerful. The 2.0 common-rail diesel engine got a 40hp upgrade, from 140 to 180hp and now the Caliber goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds (9.3 for the regular version). The body kit include custom-tailored Startech lift-gate attachment, stylized tailpipes left and right, Startech sport exhaust system and a rear spoiler plus 19 or 20 inches five-spoke wheels.

The Startech Lifestyle interior package which will be available soon is offered for all Dodge Caliber models and include extravagant accessories such as polished aluminum door-lock pins, shifter and foot pedals plus high-quality floor mats imprinted with the Startech logo. (more…)

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At this year’s New York Auto Show, Honda will present the S2000 CR, which is a racer-inspired version of the popular Honda S2000. The Honda S2000 CR will be powered by the same 237Hp 2.2 VTEC engine and it will have a close ratio 6-speed manual transmission.

Even more importantly the race spec CR feautures aggressive suspension settings, increased body and chassis rigidity and weight reduction through the replacement of the soft-top with an aluminium hardtop (-90 pounds or 41kg) as well as the removal of options like A/C and the stereo system. If the stereo is not so important, I don’t know about the A/C (though it seems it will be on the optional list). More photos after the jump. (more…)

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It’s been 40 years since the first Shelby “King of the Road” Mustang was released, and Ford and Shelby decided to celebrate this by presenting the new Shelby GT500KR. The Mustang will be powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 with a Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack that boosts engine output to an estimated 540 hp.

Produced in a limited edition of 1,000 units, the Shelby GT500KR coupe comes with a custom carbon composite hood with scoops and stainless steel twist-down hood pins, a lower front air dam with chrome-trimmed functional brake ducts and large 14-inch Brembo front brakes. The suspension has been modified with an emphasis on race-inspired handling.

Drawing inspiration from the classic 1968 KR model, the Shelby GT500KR also features 40th Anniversary exterior badging, unique striping and a distinctive interior with Carroll Shelby-signature embroidered seats and a 40th Anniversary numbered dash plaque. Click for more pics. (more…)

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The German tuner Carlsson prepared a tuning package for the new Mercedes C-Class. The engine was modified and now produces 295 hp and presses maximum torque of 385Nm, which takes the Carlsson CK35 from 0 to 100 in 6 seconds and to a top speed of 270 km/h.

Other mods include a front apron, a diffuser-look apron at the rear, side moldings and rear spoiler, an electro-polished front grille, double-headlight units with fog and driving lights. The sport sedan also has lowered sport springs and 19in lightweight alloys. (more…)

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A couple of weeks ago we told you about the Callaway C16 Convertible. Callaway released more photos of the cabrio, which will be officially presented this week in New York. View more photos after the jump. (more…)

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At the Geneva Motor Show 2007, the German tuner TechArt presented the TechArt GTstreet 2007, modified version of the latest Porsche 911 Turbo.

The standard Porsche engine a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat engine, which develops 480 hp was modified by TechArt and now develops 630 hp at 6,800 rpm. Peak torque increases from 620 Nm to 820 Nm at 4,500 rpm. This makes the TechArt GTstreet one of the world’s fastest sports cars: 0 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, 200 km/h after just 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 345 km/h. Sounds good.

The optic elements, which look astonishing, were modified for better aerodynamic downforce, minimized drag. So we have to say that the new TechArt GTstreet is a fantastic car, the only thing we don’t know yet is it’s pricing. More photos after the jump. (more…)

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Je Design came up with an interesting modified version of the new Audi TT. The modifications include a complete optical package with improved brakes, a 4-pipe stainless steel sports exhaust and 20″ wheels. The engine will also be modified, the improved one producing 244 HP, with a top speed of 247 km/h (240 km/h at the series model). The car will accelerate from 0 to 100 in 6 seconds, which is pretty good. What’s very interesting is that it seems that Je Design is also preparing a 3.2-liter V6 that will produce 350 HP.

The kit will also be available for the Audi TT Roadster, but we have no idea of the prices for these modifications. (more…)

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These days Currency Motor Cars introduced one of the world’s most powerful supercars. It is a modified 2006 BMW M5 that can reach a top speed of 240 mph, which makes it one of the fastest luxury 4-door sedan on the planet. The BMW’s compression V-10 engine was fitted with twin-turbo chargers and a custom inter-cooler system to kick out an astonishing 800+ horses.

The interior is also exquisit, with leather in the steering wheel, arm rests and dash is the same as the leather in the seats. Fully aniline dyed Florida alligator in black. The custom interior is all hand stitched, designed and installed by Judy Amic-Angelo.

The car accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.6 seconds and it will be priced at an eye-popping $350,000. More photos after the jump. (more…)

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Callaway will be showing its latest model, a drop-top version of its C16 Coupe, at the 2007 New York Auto Show this April. The convertible will feature the same engine options as the coupe, meaning either 560 or 616 horsepower will be available from the supercharged 6.0-liter V8, depending on which state of tune the buyer selects.

Transmission options also remain the same, namely a manual six-speed box or a six-speed paddle-shift semi-automatic. As expected, the Callaway C16 Convertible won’t come cheap, prices going up to $130,000. (more…)

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