Tuned Ford Mondeo, by Rieger

Published by on Sep 23rd, 2008, 1 Comment

For all those that have a Ford Mondeo and are looking for ways to tune it up, the German tuning house Rieger, announced a subtle styling package. Too bad it’s just for the wagon version of the car, but let’s see what’s new with their tuning package because I can’t see many modifications.

So it includes a front lip spoiler, side skirts with cutout shaft and rear bumper fascia, all in either ABS plastic or carbon fiber. There’s also a new rear bumper fascia (three versions depending on the exhaust type), an upgrade to the suspension (coilover suspension by KW) and a chip tuning upgrade from SKN Technology.

Again, I don’t think there’s anything special with this one, except for the tailpipes: dual pipes on He left or right, single sport pipe or single downward curved pipe. I don’t know the price, but I’ll be honest, I don’t think it’s worth it. – via

The Toyota Prius I'd Drive

Published by on Aug 26th, 2008, 1 Comment

We all know what’s the most successful hybrid of all times: Toyota Prius. But what we don’t enjoy very much is that it has a boring design. Things changed when Claes Gustafson and the crew at Classe’s Garage got their hands on one and created what you can see below for a Swedish TV show. And yes, that’s a Toyota Prius.

Even though the outcome is spectacular, it involved HARD work because there’s no body kit available for the Prius and they had to start with a modified Volvo XC90. They also removed the back doors and installed custom made knife doors for the front, installed a carbon fiber venturi, air suspension, 20-inch wheels and over-sized front brakes.

They didn’t work just on the tech part and the interior got improved, too. It has a central console with a custom dashboard and a 4,400-watt stereo system. However that’s not all because this hardcore Prius also features 15 LCD panels and a tablet PC for Wireless Internet.

“The goal … was to give the viewer a great show and, second, to show that a Toyota isn’t a boring and anonymous car,” Claes Gustafson told Wired. According to him, the whole idea was “to show that every car can be styled.”

It looks stunning and has a price that competes with that: $184,275. Is it worth it?

My biggest concern if all these things can be supported by those 4 batteries.

Via Jalopnik

Audi A4 Tuned by Rieger

Published by on May 8th, 2008, 4 Comments

Audi A4 Tuning Rieger

Now that you know how the new Audi A4 is going to look, what would you say if there is already a tuning company to come up with a solution for it? I’m talking about Rieger, a German tuner and one of the first companies to try and make a new Audi A4 3.0 TDI “better”.

Audi A4 Tuning Rieger back

Rieger managed to do both mechanical upgrades and a body kit that includes a redesigned rear bumper with integrated air diffuser, a front lip spoiler and side skirts. Along with the looks comes some 20-inch alloy wheels. Under the hood, thanks to some ECU tweaks the Audi A4 3.0 TDI is able to output 300 hp (up from 241 hp), so if you need both power, beauty and you love Audi see what Rieger has to offer.

via AutoUnleashed

Mercedes SL500 turned into Carlsson CK50

Published by on May 6th, 2008, 1 Comment

Mercedes SL500 by Carlsson

The Germans know how to make cars but they also know hot to tune cars. The guys at Carlsson would like to take a chance and modify your Mercedes SL500 into a Carlsson CK50 (also known as a beast) with improved performances.

First thing they did is adding a new electronic control unit (ECU) that will improve the output of the 5.5 liter V8 to produce 435hp (instead of the factory 388 hp) and a 600 Nm of torque. With these modifications and a new exhaust system that include four polished tailpipes, the car is capable to top at 293 km/h and should do 100km/h in 5.1 seconds.

Other than the performance modifiers, Carlsson has come up with a lengthier front spoiler and electro-polished grille inserts, a rear diffuser with air conduction system and rear spoiler for the SL with AMG package. Also a nice addition are the 30mm lowered C-Tronic suspension and the 19/20-inch light-weight multi-stoke wheels.

via WCF

888-hp Audi R8 (or R888) from MTM

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2007, 2 Comments

Audi R8 by MTM

Audi R8 is not only appealing to drivers, but also to tuners and since the Germans like to modify cars – and they are pretty good at it, you should know this one is coming from MTM, those crazy guys that built the Audi TT Bimoto twin-engine with 780hp. They built it for a European customer and presented their tuned Audi R8 at the Dubai Motor Show. Here is what we found out on it:

  • a 4.2 liter engine with a turbocharger system that sports 888-hp
  • 610lb-ft-torque
  • R-tronic transmission
  • does 0 – 60mph in 3 seconds
  • is electronically limited at 223mph (360 km/h)

If you can afford it, I don’t think MTM will decline your offer to change your R8 into an R888 for €280,000. By the way, great wheels, don’t you think?

Audi R888 by MTM

Source: AutoBlogNL