Posted on Sep 23rd, 2008 by Vlad Balan
If you’re a fan of wagon models and also like to make your car a little more special, you might like this, the Ford Mondeo wagon with a sporty package from the German tuner Rieger. Nothing extraordinary about this, but it makes the Mondeo stand out of the crowd, with new front lip spoiler, new side skirts with cutout shaft and restyled rear bumper fascia, all available in either ABS plastic or carbon fiber finish. Other changes include a KW coilover suspension, SKN Technology chip tuning upgrades and three options for the exhaust system (dual pipes, single sport pipe or single downward curved pipe). Like we said before, nothing fabulous, but a pretty elegant kit.
Photo Gallery: Ford Mondeo wagon tuning by Rieger
Posted on Sep 23rd, 2008 by Vlad Balan
The German tuner Lorinser announced their latest product, a tuning package for the facelifted Mercedes Benz SL Class. The body kit features a new spoiler bumper with three large openings and racing grill inserts, integrated end-to-end lip into the widely flared Lorinser fender, new, larger air inlets, new side skirts and large air openings on the rear. The whole car was lowered, while the sporty look is completed by light-alloy wheels and by the four-tips exhaust system. Lorinser said that customers can also order a more sporty and elegant interior, but, unfortunately, nothing was mention about the mechanical changes, except that engineers are currently working on it.
So, meanwhile, check out more photos, after the jump. Read More: “Facelifted Mercedes Benz SL tuning by Lorinser”
Posted on Sep 23rd, 2008 by Andrey
The guys at Abarth sure love the Fiat 500, but everyone else also does. After a long series of tuning concepts and experiements, this is the latest one, the Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse. Quite surely this is the most interesting to date, with the looks and the presumed muscle to prove its worth and take down the best of its competitors like the Mini Cooper S. The presumed muscle, because no official release from Abarth has came regarding the power output of the engine backing this little Italian pocket rocket, but some say that a 170 hp 1.4 litre turbocharged engine might be backing the little car up.
But what we can judge for now is the outside. And Abarth surely outdid themselves with this one, being the most agressive model to date. The front part is now dominated by the big air vent, which replaces the sweet face of the retro model with a distinctive one. On the back, the first thing that pops out is the big rear wing, giving it the sporty look it deserves. Further down, the rear bumper finishes off the whole look of the car in a true italian fashion, with the rear air exhausts and dual tail pipes. Race spec bucket seats are also reported on the inside, with a complete revamp on the dash and trim which equipped the former stock model. All we can say here at Auto Unleashed is that this is the best looking Fiat 500 version we’ve seen yet, and if you’ve been reading us for some time, you’ll surely agree with us. We can’t wait until Abarth comes up with the official details of this beautiful and very potent car.
Check out more photos after the jump. Read More: “Abarth Fiat 500 Esseesse: first photos”
Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 by Vlad Balan
Belgian tuner Expression Motorsport announced their latest product, the EX C Motorsport widebody kit for the new Mercedes Benz C Class. The package includes a redesigned front bumper that incorporates fog lamps and LED indicators, new carbon fiber front lower lip spoiler, the more aggressive C63 AMG hood with vents, 10 piece fender flair set, new side skirts and redesigned rear bumper with carbon fiber diffuser and LED F1 brake light integrated. The package is completed by a double twin-tip exhaust and 22-inch wheels.
No idea of the pricing, but the package looks great, too bad Expression didn’t mention anything about mechanical or engine upgrades. Check out more photos after the jump. Read More: “New bodykit for the Mercedes C Class from Expression Motorsport”
Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 by Vlad Balan
The folks from Hillbank Motorsport thought that some of us would like to show more of our cars and came up with this, a clear hood for the 2005-2009 Ford Mustang. Priced at 1,299.99 or 2,499.99 completely assembled, the ‘glass’ section is placed right in the center of the hood. To be honest, that’s pretty awesome. Except the fact that you’ll need to remember to also wash your engine next time you go to a car wash, because nobody wants to see an engine covered with all sorts of ‘oily’ stuff.
Posted on Sep 18th, 2008 by Vlad Balan
Well, the guys at Vorsteiner sure aren’t wasting time, after developing a CSL aero kit for BMW’s M3, they got back to work and developed this even more powerful version of the Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series. From an impressive stock power of 507hp (378kW) and torque of 630Nm (465lb-ft), the guys at Vorsteiner are still tinkering with the V8 and promise to release some really big modifications. For now, they realeased an aero kit made of only “bolt-on” pieces which attach to the regular version with no other modifications necessary.
Dubbed the “Black Widow“, this version of the car features a new lightweight carbon fiber front spoiler and an agressive deck lid spoiler, both of which show an improvement in the stability of the car, especially at high speeds, being capable of reaching 320 km/h with no sweat. Vorsteiner has assured us that their work doesn’t stop here, improvements are sure to come to this fabulous model, including performance ones like a remapped ECU and the additions of a high flow exhaust manyfolds and sport catalysts. One thing’s for sure, this car will take power to new heights, until then, enjoy these pictures of this really beautiful model, after the jump. Read More: “Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG ‘Black Widow’ by Vorsteiner”
Posted on Sep 17th, 2008 by Vlad Balan
Every year, the Las Vegas SEMA Show is a great opportunity for carmakers to show that their cars are premium material for tuning programs. This year, to market its GLK SUV that will go on sale in the United States in January, Mercedes has announced that it will bring four modified versions of the mid-sized SUV. The four companies that are ‘responsible’ for this creation are Brabus, RennTech, Boulevard Customs and Legendary Motor Cars. What’s interesting is that we’ll be able to vote our favorite one, and the winner will be announced on December 2, after the LA Auto Show.
The Brabus Widestar is based on the GLK300 Bluetec and it features wide front and rear wheel arches and bumpers, Brabus wheels and a completely customized interior. The RennTech Rally Racer GLK concept is built on a hybrid powertrain and was inspired by the unlimited-class rally cars at the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. Despite the long name, this is the most stylish one, if you ask us.
The Boulevard Customs ‘Urban Whip’ seems to be especially built for P.Diddy or Pharrell, because it features a wide-body styling kit, 26-inch wheels and a new interior with a customized…guess what…stereo system. By far the most extreme model is the Legendary Motor Cars’ ‘Four Corners Rock Crawler’, which, besides the obvious mods (huge wheels and tires, two-tone color, four lights on the hood, front rollbar) also includes a winching system for extreme sports enthusiasts.
Check out all the models after the jump. Read More: “Mercedes preparing modified GLK fleet for SEMA”
Posted on Sep 17th, 2008 by Andrey
Bentley is becoming more and more a tuner favourite brand, after projects based on their cars by Mansory or MTM the Japanese tuning firm ASI decided to tackle the Bentley Continental GTC. After their previous kit made for the Bentley GT Speed, they decided to take their expertise on the luxury convertible and the result is quite amazing.
ASI stand for Accuracy Spirit Imagination, and they really tried to implement those principles in the kit they developed. Carbon fiber is the name of the game in the composition of this kit, being implemented in the lip fitted to the front bumper spoiler, on the lip for the rear bumper and in a discreet boot spoiler. Other modifications made were the LED daytime running lights, side skirts and the 22-inch wheels. But enough talk, check out more photos after the jump. Read More: “Bentley Continental GTC aero kit by ASI”
Posted on Sep 16th, 2008 by Andrey
Although BMW has announced that a track-prepped CSL version of the M3 will not be manufactured, thus breaking the hearts of a lot of fans, the guys at Vorsteiner thought that a kit that will make the standard E92 M3 look like a CSL is a great way to satisfy the need of those fans. They made the aero kit with what previous CSL (Coupe, Sport, Lightweight) version of the M3 had in common, like carbon fiber parts or really powerful exhaust systems.
This kit is actually composed of a carbon fiber lip for the front bumper, a rear diffuser complete with 3 air fins and a lip spoiler for the boot lid. The californian tuner also added a custom made titanium exhaust system, thus shaving quite a few kilos in the bodyweight section, and adding a really nice sound to the car. Other exterior elements that were added are the wheels, custom made for this car, dubbed the V-302 series, 5 spoke design of cold molded alluminium with 20×8.5J size in the front and in the rear 20×10J. On the inside, Vorsteiner has offered quite a selection of carbon fiber elements which the customer can choose to his own likeing, and come to blend in with the carbon fiber elements on the outside of the car.
Posted on Sep 15th, 2008 by Vlad Balan
The Fiat 500 is a really cute car, we got to drive it some time ago, and we were expecting a lot of these programs, like this one, the Diabolika, developed by StudioTorino. The project is an artistic version of the Fiat 500 with full interior and exterior exclusive personalisation. Created by StudioTorino in cooperation with Mycrom and Astorina publisher, the Fiat 500 Diabolika has its body covered with a particular mat black supplied by PROIN.T and sprayed by ADM Painting. For the interior, materials smartly painted on digital printing automotive leather (DPAL) were used. As you can see, the main attraction of this car is its looks, because the mechanics practically remained untouched.
StudioTorino’s target is to create 50 units, each one numbered and signed STUDIOTORINO – DIABOLIK Collection. So, what do you think about it, you like it? Check out more photos after the jump. Read More: “Fiat 500 Diabolika by StudioTorino”
Posted on Sep 15th, 2008 by Andrey
Honda’s attempt at the small city car market the Fit, in America, or Jazz in Europe and other countries, is a pretty nifty car, quite suitable for a modern city with its design. But tuners saw quite a bit of potential in the little car, the guys at Mugen already made quite an interesting project with the city car, so did the guys at INGS+1, who thought it needed some more agressiveness, and created this tuning kit for the owners that want their Honda to stand out from all the other cars. And stand out it does, the design of the kit being really clean and impresses through the way it just comes as a natural evolution of the standard design.
The kit consists of a standard bodykit, formed of a front bumper, side skirts and rear bumper, priced at $1640, and as additions, a rear wing, at $470 and for that little something different, an aero carbon fiber hood, for a hefty $960. As a finishing touch, they also offer 17-inch wheels wrapped with Bridgestone Potenza tires.
Check out more photos after the jump. Read More: “2009 Honda Jazz/Fit tuning by INGS+1”
Posted on Sep 15th, 2008 by Andrey
More and more producers and customizers are announcing their creations which will be exhibitioned at the SEMA show, set to take place this November in Las Vegas, Nevada. The latest announcement was made by Dodge, in the embodiment of their special concept Dodge Ram pick-up truck. Their top of the range R/T version, standing for Road/Track, will be customized by Mopar, their special performance division. The biggest modification will be the new engine, a massive 5.7 litre HEMI V8 which can develop about 390 hp, taking the big pick-up truck from 0 to 100 km/h or 62 mph in a very impressive 5.6 seconds.
Other changes to the iconic pick-up truck will be the additions of a full bodykit, with a special alluminium hood taken from the Challenger muscle car, with carbon fiber accents, and a hard tonneau finished with an integrated spoiler. On the outside, the agressive look is completed with the addition of 22-inch wheels and a lowered suspension. On the inside, Dodge promises a special, more sportier trim line and custom leather seats.
Posted on Sep 11th, 2008 by Vlad Balan
The Mitsubishi Evo X you see in these pics is one of the first ones ordered in Arizona, back in February, and it was modified by the tuning company Vivid Racing, who claims this is the first fully built Evo X in the United States. One thing’s for sure, it looks really good.
The tuning program includes a full Test & Service body kit by Valdi Sport of Japan with a carbon fiber APR GTC rear wing and black IForged 3pc wheels. Mechanical upgrades include JIC Magic FL-TAR coilover suspension with Agency Power rear adjustable control arms, while under the hood Vivid fitted the engine with an Agency Power twin scroll GT35R turbo kit, Agency Power carbon fiber engine cover cold air intake kit, upgraded injectors and fuel pump, all that taking the engine’s power output up to 650 hp.
For those of you that like this car, you’ll get a chance to see it live at this year’s SEMA Show in Vegas, starting November 4. Meanwhile, check out more photos after the jump. Read More: “Mitsubishi Evo X tuning by Vivid Racing”
Posted on Sep 11th, 2008 by Andrey
We’ve already gotten used to the big german tuners concetrating on all the major limousines and sport models from their country’s manufacturers, but sometimes, they decide to look at other models to prove their skill. Such was the case when Mercedes launch the Smart, 10 years ago, since then, reputed tuners have tinkered with the city model, like Brabus or others. Now we see an aerodynamics kit for the Smart ForTwo from Carlsson, and it really looks good, bringing a dose of agressiveness to the model.
The kit is consisted of a spoiler extending the stock front bumper, a grill insert of polished stainless steel, specially designed chrome cased fog lights, a rear diffuser and chromed muffler. Also, for the gasoline versions, Carlsson offers four stainless steel end pipes as a feature. And as the conclusion, special lowered suspension is available, with a choice of 16-inch or 17-inch wheels. More photos after the jump. Read More: “Smart ForTwo tuning package from Carlsson”
Posted on Sep 10th, 2008 by Andrey
The german tuning firm Kleeman sure has taken a liking to the Mercedes Brand, we saw a Mercedes-Maserati concept last year from them, and they sure haven’t lost much time, deciding to tinker around with one of the most powerful coupes around, the fabulous CLK 63 AMG Black Series. It already comes in stock with one of the most powerful engines from Mercedes’ performance division, AMG, and has been further modified to get the Black Series badge, which designates the monster under the hood and the performance it is capable of, the 6.2 litre V8 which delivers 507 hp with 630 Nm of torque wasn’t something that couldn’t be improved further by the guys at Kleeman.
On the outside, the old 19-inch wheels have been replaced with 20-inch ones, and modifications have been made to the arches in order for them to receive enough air for the braking system.Also carbon fiber took the place of the regular metal or plastic trim on the bodykit. By tweaking the ECU and also adding high flow exhaust manifolds and a sport catalyst they managed to get the power output to an impressive 545 hp and 675 Nm (or 498 lb-ft) of torque. But with this great a power under the acceleration pedal, Kleeman also adjusted the power output across the rev range to maintain a decent ride, without feeling the lags and bumps from the power of the engine.
More photos after the jump. Read More: “Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series by Kleeman”