With less and less new models announced this time of the year, it’s the tuning houses around the globe that have kept the auto freaks entertained. Adding to the excitement is the Abt treatment for the latest Audi A5 Sportback.
Dubbed the AS5 kit for the A5 Sportback, the tuning includes a new front grille, rear wing insets, a rear skirt set and diamond cut edition wheels finished in high gloss (18, 19 and 20-inch sizes). Performance being a key for Abt, the engine has been modified to justify a thorough upgrade be it for the 2.0 TFSI variant or the range topping 3.0 TDI ABT Power S. That means that the 2.0 TFSI renders between 180 and 275hp, and 320Nm of torque, while the 3.0L puts out nothing less than 310hp and 610Nm of torque. Neat!
Swiss tuning house FAB is a name normally associated with Mercedes but changing the convention. this time around, the crazy tuners have decided to work on the Porsche Panamera. On the outside, the FAB edition Panamera gets a new front end with larger air inlets, a circumferential front spoiler, new side skirting, a reworked rear spoiler, and not to miss the carbon fibre bonnet and the flared fenders. Special attention has been paid to aero dynamism and that is why a carbon fiber wing finds a place on the rear.
Handling of the car has been further enhanced by lowering the suspension. Under the hood is a 4.8-L turbo variant which subject to modifications can render up to 700 horses however the standard maximum sits at 500hp. FAB has hinted that it has more Porsche related products in the scheme of things for the future, the Panamera being just a beginning.
GeigerCars have been working on a high-end performance package for the Ford GT which they released to the public. Dubbed Geiger HP 790 it includes a variety of goodies such as a 4.0-liter compressor (which, compared to the 2.3-liter original one should give you quite a boost) a high-grade air filter for sports cars or fine tune-ups to the engine electronic systems. All these changes help the Ford GT Geiger HP 790 output an astounding 790 horsepower, helping it pelt from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds. On top of these all, the car also got a lowered (6cm) suspension, a new exhaust system, and custom rims with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires.
The Bentley Continental GT’s new styling package has finally been revealed by Vorsteiner. Customers are going to be delighted to find that the package has been designed with “vacuum bagged dry carbon fiber technology”, and it includes everything you need to turn your car into a completely new vision with style. You’ll get a new front bumper, as well as a rear one, both of which have been drastically lowered as opposed to their original counterparts; aerodynamic side skirts; and a new spoiler. Additionally, you may opt for a customized paint job, pick between glosse or matte finishing for the interior, and also custom 22-inch wheels complete with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires.
Underground Racing have been quite busy lately, this time modifying a Lamborghini Gallardo. Ordered by a person named Jonah, the modified Gallardo can produce the impressive 1500 horsepower running on VP C16 racing fuel. It’s worth mentioning that the model loses a lot of the engine’s original power by the time it’s reached the tires – an estimated 25% for this vehicle, which means that the original produced power may go up to 1900 HP! When testing the car, Jonah took the quarter mile on the track in under 10 seconds, coming in at a little over 160 mph. Even though, from his words, it’s been a while since he’s took her to the track, he still managed to bring out the beast in this already respectable car.
The German tuners from MTM have developed a performance package for the new Audi TT RS. Although the stock version doesn’t need much more from the 2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbo that outputs 340hp (250kW) 450Nm of torque, allowing it to go naught to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds, the improved engine control unit (ECU) and the new exhaust system with innovative middle and end pipes with throttle valves fixed, have managed to squeeze up to 84 more horsies taking it to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds on its way to a max speed of 297 km/h. Add the new set of MTM sport wheels (19″ and 20″) and it’s not a bad deal, eh?
The German tuners from Mcchip-dkr GmbH have developed a performance kit for the new Porsche Panamera providing an upgrade from 500 hp and 700 Nm of torque to 550 hp and 775 Nm. The chip tuning increases the Panamera’s top speed up to 311 km/h from the earlier 303 km/h, and costs some €1,499. Other than the chip tuning the folks from Mcchip also offer a new set of wheels from Cargraphic fitted with Continental performance tires. That new wheels and the tires costs €7,969 whereas a set of rims with Dunlop Sport tires has a price tag of €8,089. And if you were wondering, the semi-matte rim finish is priced as €179 per wheel.
Crazy German tuners from Wheelsandmore have decided to make the Aston Martin DB9 convertible even more badass than it is and got it tuned up, here and there. Performance wise the new custom made Aston Martin DB9 convertible gets an ECU upgrade, special 200 cells sportcatalysts and a valve controlled, stainless steel exhaust system that boosts power the stock 6.0 liter V12 engine by 60hp, to a total of 536hp. On top of being fast, the supercar also looks aggressive thanks to a special polyurethane bodykit with contending stylish sideskirts, aprons in the front as well as rear, a rear lid spoiler and a set of stylish Kahn RS-V 20-inch wheels. Looks amazing but when we think that Wheelsandmore will charge €5,999 for the wheel set, €9,000 for the body kit, €8,800 for the exhaust system, €3,400 for the ECU upgrade and €1,150, we’ll have to pass on this one.