Tuning | Rpmgo.com – Part 11

Posted on Feb 11th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: Audi, Tuning

The new Audi A5/S5 is definitely up there among our favorite cars and any tuning programs only make us want it more. The Belgian tuner Caractere came up with this body kit for the A5/S5 which includes new front bumper with larger air dam openings, rear spoiler with or without exhaust pipes and boot spoiler. The kit will be available in June.

See more photos after the jump.

Read More: “Audi A5/S5 tuning by Caractere”

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2008 by Vlad Balan

2 Comments Category: Porsche, Tuning

The legend says that at the beginning there was a Porsche Cayenne, who, by definition, is not the prettiest car around. And then there were Russians. Crazy Russians. Who also created the Hippie Porsche Cayenne and who decided to create this thing. Don’t know what they were thinking, but here’s the…uhm… Russian Yellow Weird Looking Porsche Cayenne.

Check out more photos after the jump.
Read More: “Weirdest Porsche Cayenne you’ve ever seen”

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: Aston Martin, Tuning

We couldn’t let this go by without writing about it because these are two of our favorites companies, Aston Martin and Mansory. The German tuner (responsable for some really cool programs 1 2 3 4) created a tuning program for the Aston Martin DB9, both the Coupe and Cabrio versions. The body kit features new front spoiler with daytime running lights, integrated fog lights and a matching lower grille insert, side skirts with carbon-lined rear intakes, new carbon fiber rear diffuser, plus chrome exhaust tips, aluminum trim, and matching carbon taillight covers.

Handling and performance were improved by using new Brembo brake package (405mm discs and six-piston callipers up front and four-piston callipers in the rear), new lightweight forged 20 inch aluminum wheels, new anodized aluminum air intakes and a suspension lowering kit with sport performance springs.

For the interior, the best materials were used, like maple wood, carbon-fiber and Alcantara. Check out more photos after the jump.
Read More: “Aston Martin DB9 tuning by Mansory”

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2008 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Honda, Tuning

Unfortunately, this year, the Tokyo show took place in the same time as the Detroit Auto Show, and of course it didn’t get the press coverage it deserved, which is a shame, because there were a lot of cool cars presented there too. And of these cars is this, the Honda Civic Mugen Type-RR Experiment Spec. Yeah, I know, long name. The car is powered by a 260hp (194kW) 2.2L K20A engine, which basically is a modified i-VTEC 2.0L unit, with reduced friction on the internals and redesigned camshafts.

The gearbox has been changed, the standard model’s manual box being replaced with a six-speed sequential unit, which shifts gears in 80 milliseconds. The car still retains a clutch but this is only used when launching from a standstill. Other modifications include uprated brakes, shocks and springs and Mugen’s new ‘I-TCMS’ tire monitoring system.

View more photos after the jump.
Read More: “Honda Civic Type-RR Experiment Spec by Mugen, presented at the Tokyo show”

Posted on Jan 8th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Porsche, Tuning

Swiss tuner Rinspeed presented this tuning program for the Porsche Cayenne. Called the Rinspeed X-treme, the program features a more aggressive and aerodynamics body kit, with new frontskirt/bumper, bigger air-intakes with fins, front splitter with its own brake aeration, wider wheel arches, new side skirts, new rear skirt and difusor, plus two rear chrome exhaust tips.

Also, an exclusive leather interior is available as well as customizing options as individual bucket seating, home entertainment systems and many other items round up the diversified program. The X-treme also got some mechanical modifications and the power output has been increased to 600 hp. See more photos of the Rinspeed X-treme after the jump.

Read More: “Rinspeed X-treme based on the Porsche Cayenne”

Posted on Dec 19th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Fiat, Tuning

We haven’t seen a Fiat 500 on the streets, yet, but what we’ve seen are a lot of tuning programs already made by various tuners. And here’s another one, the M Sports Kit by Monaco Elite Design. This Fiat 500 has a cool black matt paint finish (12 more matt exterior colors will be available next year), aluminum front and rear grills, widened arches and 16″ alloy wheels. The interior cabin features the warm feeling of a ‘Dark Tobacco’ leather trim upholstery.

The pricing for the package is 6,600 Euro (for the exterior) and 2,000 Euro (for the interior). View more photos after the jump.

Read More: “Fiat 500 M tuning by Monaco Elite Design”

Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

2 Comments Category: Mercedes-Benz, Tuning

Now this is some serious tuning from Wald International. The Japanese tuner has taken the otherwise elegant and stylish Mercedes Benz CL Class and turn it into this monster, the W216. The program consists of an aggressive body kit, featuring a new front spoiler, side steps, rear skirt, roof and trunk spoiler and sports fender ducts, all finished in black paint. Wald also made some mechanical modifications, like a new brake system with 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston in the rear and new exhaust system. We don’t have the official performance numbers, but I guess we’ll have time to get them, because the first deliveries are expected in January 2009.

Check out a complete photo gallery of this impressive tuning program, after the jump.

Read More: “Mercedes Benz CL tuning by Wald International”

Posted on Dec 12th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

3 Comments Category: BMW, Tuning

The German tuner G-Power created an outstanding tuning program for the BMW M5. Dubbed “Hurricane”, the G-Power M5 is powered by an impressive 730hp, that’s 224 hp more than the standard M5’s 507 hp output. And, as you’d expect with those numbers, the car is also pretty fast. Recently tested on the Nardo track, it reached 322 km/h (200 mph) but it seems an electronic problem prevented it from reaching G-Power claimed top speed, of over 350 km/h (217 mph).

That’s about all the details we have for now, but stay tuned, because G-Power said it would reveal more on the “Hurricane” program sometime soon and rumors say they’ll even announce an 800 hp version.

Meanwhile, you can check out more photos of the BMW M5 Hurricane after the jump.

Read More: “730 hp BMW M5 Hurricane tuning by G-Power”

Posted on Dec 5th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Opel, Tuning

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.

Read More: “Königseder Opel GT’aime presented at Essen”

Posted on Dec 4th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: Opel, Tuning

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.

See more photos after the jump.

Read More: “Opel Antara Irmscher tuning presented at Essen”

Posted on Dec 4th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Jeep, Tuning

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.

See more photos after the jump.

Read More: “The Delta DUNE Project based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee”

Posted on Dec 4th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: Opel, Tuning

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.

Read More: “Opel Astra OP Nurburgring Edition”

Posted on Nov 30th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Audi, Tuning

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.

Read More: “Abt AS4 tuning program for the new Audi A4”

Posted on Nov 30th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Jeep, Tuning

The four door Jeep Wrangler, which imho is not as great as it predecessors, got a new tuning package from Startech and will be on display at the Essen Motor Show. No spectacular mechanical modifications, Startech offers a range of exclusive accessories for the Jeep Wrangler, with “shiny” being the defining word for this program. We’ve got chrome-plated stainless steel pedestrian protection, stainless-steel rocker panel guards, highly polished stainless-steel rear protection, Startech exhaust tip, highly polished stainless-steel spare-wheel cover and chrome-plated mirror housings and door handles as well as by a chrome-plated front grille.

The Startech Jeep Wrangler rides on five-spoke Startech Monostar IV light-alloy wheels, available in three different sizes, from 19 to 22 inches. The interior is also shiny, with highly polished stainless-steel scuff plates, newly designed trim components for dashboard and center console and a wide range of Startech exclusive uphostery is available.

See more photos after the jump.
Read More: “Jeep Wranger tuning program by Startech”

Posted on Nov 30th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Audi, Tuning

Abt has prepared very well for the Essen Motor Show, which will open its gates for public tomorrow and one of the cars on display will be this, the Abt Audi AS5 tuning program. The car is powered by Audi’s 3.0 liter TDi turbodiesel which features and Abt Power S turbo kit and now develops 300 hp (that’s 60 hp more than the production version) and 600Nm (442 lb-ft) at just 2,400rpm. Abt has also fitted the car with a new suspension and a 380mm brake kit, especially with the AS5 reaching a top speed of 164 mph (264km/h) and going from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds.

As you’d expect, the AS5 also got a new, sportier appearance, with a new body kit, new rear spoiler and a new two-tone paint job, not to mention the BR 20 inch alloy wheels. On the inside, the AS5 features a custom Abt steering wheel with nappa leather rim and carbon-look leather accents and aluminum pedals and gear shift.

See one more photo after the jump.
Read More: “Abt Audi AS5 tuning program”