Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec Ready for a SEMA Preview

Published by on Oct 28th, 2009, No Comments


The Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec is the latest version of the Genesis Coupe 2.0T Track that shuns non essential equipment like the Bluetooth, trip computer, chrome accents, cruise control, and the multifunction steering wheel — hence reducing the weight and the cost, making for a tuner-ready vehicle that allows owners to choose their own aftermarket additions.

Meant for a SEMA debut next week in Las Vegas, the Coupe 2.0T R-Spec gets a track-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, a Torsen limited-slip differential and Summer performance tires on 19-inch alloys (gunmetal-finished). Under the hood is an intercooled 2.0L turbocharged four-banger capable of rendering 210hp and a top speed of 137mph. All these start at $23,750. [via Jalopnik]

Honda Accord Tuning to Blow You Away

Published by on Oct 27th, 2009, 1 Comment

That new Renault Twingo Tropy by Lazareth and its 3.5 liter has managed to get us impressed, hence why we had to look for something cool in the tuning world. So here it is, the most wicked Honda Accord you’ll ever get your eyes on. Making for a little robot in the parking lot there are rotating doors in the back, gull-wing doors in the front, a freaking trunk that opens vertically to the left and the piece de la resistance — the hood that looks like a fan for the engine. Maybe that’s the way to go on a date if you’re a sheik in Saudi Arabia, isn’t it?

Amazing, eh?

Lazareth mid-mounts the Renault Twingo with a V8 Engine

Published by on Oct 27th, 2009, 1 Comment

Renault Twingo Trophy

What do you call a Renault Twingo that shuns its customary engine for a 3.5L V8 borrowed from the Range Rover? We don’t know, but French custom car and motorcycle builder Lazareth has the answer — it’s a Renault Twingo Trophy. Inspired by the track version of the Renault Megane Trophy and the Clio V6 Renault Sport, the car outputs nothing less than 180 horses in its bosom. But with that amount of power and such a small ride, everything had to be accommodated by widening both the front and rear tracks, which makes it look a bit chunky. Too bad, the rare Renault Twingo Trophy will set you back $100,000.

Golf GTI ECUTuning to 250hp by APS

Published by on Oct 5th, 2009, 6 Comments

The Volkswagen GTI has also been an adorable hatch but that is not enough at times to draw admiration. Certain power-upgrades can do the trick and that is what UK Tuning House APS has done with the Golf. It has made the iconic hatch touch 250 horses courtesy of a turbocharged engine. The upgrade has also picked up the torque to 395 Nm which gives this commuter a breath of fresh air as far as the engine is concerned.

Volkswagen Golf GTI MkVI

The tuning house calls this power upgrade-Stage One, which is reflective of the higher power upgrades to come. APS outfitted the Golf with a turbocharged engine that helps achieve 250bhp with 395 Nm and 5800 rpm. Courtesy of this engine, this car clocks 0 to 60mph in 6.2 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 155mph. The price of this ECU is £599.

Arden Shows XJ351 Tuning

Published by on Sep 21st, 2009, No Comments


German tuners Arden have given a preview on what their package for the Jaguar XJ has in store. As they released renderings show, the Arden XJ 351 is likely to get a new front spoiler and more angled side sills. But the tuning program cannot of course end with just the front spoiler; you can expect Arden to increase the car’s performance with a retuned engine, powertrain, and a new exhaust. Other changes may include a new suspension, brakes, rear spoiler and 21-inch tires to the package. Also included may be certain cosmetic changes like a new gear lever, aluminum pedals, and floor mats.

BMW M3 E46 gets Performance upgrades from Kneißler Autotechnik

Published by on Sep 4th, 2009, No Comments


Kneißler Autotechnik did not seemingly like the engine output of the BMW M3 E46 and therefore thought it deserves a supercharger. Therefore their wicked mechanics equipped the supercharger with a charge air cooler and revised the engine electronics to help the 3.2-liter inline-six to produce 459 hp and 498 Nm of torque. You might want to be critical to the €13,000 price tag but then there is a lot more power to play with, it might sound interesting. The hike in power is well embraced with the use of a Stoptech braking system with six piston calipers clamping a divided discs (price: €3852), while at the back there are four piston calipers doing the same job (€3103). Wisely enough, the exterior has been left untouched. What a beautiful monster …

The Oakley Design Porsche Panamera is a Toned Beast

Published by on Sep 1st, 2009, No Comments


Oakley Design is a British tuning house that know their way with Porsche cars and to prove that, their latest work is a heavily toned down model of the Porsche Panamera. With a carbon fiber construction, the tuning house had managed to reduce the overall weight of the car by 75kg. Integrations like a tweaked rear spoiler, front splitter and 20-inch wheels, all in carbon, are responsible for this weight reduction. Performance wise the little beast has been tweaked with Turbo assistance and now outpus 680 horses. But in case you do not prefer a Turbo upgrade, even a slight adjustment to the exhaust and ECU will get you 580hp which is not meager by any figment of imagination. We’d like to get behind the wheel to push the pedal … [via]

Fiat 500 Abarth hits 200hp courtesy of Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge Tuning

Published by on Aug 26th, 2009, No Comments

Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge Fiat 500 Abarth

Tuning House Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge didn’t think the Fiat 500 Abarth was good enough with its power numbers or the exterior. Therefore their wicked designers made plans to help the engine cross the 200 hp mark and to add to the attractiveness of the outside. There are two power levels available. Power Level 1 helps the 1.4L engine achieve 163 hp at 206Nm of torque, while Power Level II is what kicks in bigger numbers helping the Fiat 500 Abarth to achieve 200hp thanks to a bigger turbocharger, a sports exhaust and a recalibrated ECU. The Power Level 1 costs €950 and the Power Level II is expensive at €5,050. The exterior changes include 7×17-inch red aluminum rims and lowered suspension for better road handling. Looks great! [via WCF]