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Mugen Unveils RC20GT Civic Type R Concept In Tokyo 12
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Concepts, Mugen, Tokyo Motor Show, tuning on 01 12th, 2018


Japanese tuner Mugen got to work on a Honda Civic Type R concept recently, showcasing their accomplishment during this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

While the regular Civic Type R doesn’t really need any extra work in order to stand out visually, Mugen saw fit to improve not only its aerodynamic performance, but its engine and cooling performance as well.

The prototype is said to be the “ultimate” Type R, taking everything we know and love about the hot hatchback and dialing up a bit.

So if you thought the Type R couldn’t possibly look more aggressive than it already does, the RC20GT concept is here to prove otherwise. The body kit is most evident when viewing the car from the front, where the entire fascia has been reworked (bumper, spoiler lip, hood). There’s also a set of custom side skirts and a new and quite massive rear bumper.

At the rear, we can’t help but notice that the triple exhaust setup was ditched in favor of a simple-looking solitary exhaust tip. However, such a car doesn’t really need to worry about any droning or buzzing on the highway, as the production Type R would – it’s how the automaker justified the three pipe layout, which quiets the car down at highway speeds.

As for the interior, it has a sort of Knight Rider feel to it, with loads of perforated surfaces and carbon fiber galore. There’s even a pair of bucket seats for the rear passengers, which is an interesting touch.

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Widebody Range Rover Velar By Lumma Is All Show With No Extra Go 12
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Land Rover, Lumma-Design, Range Rover Velar, tuning on 01 12th, 2018


Lumma Design have presented their latest customization program, which revolves around the Range Rover Velar.

The British SUV, which slots between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport, comes with wider wheel arches that add a total of 100mm (4in) to its width.

The tuner says that the widebody look of the vehicle is complemented by a new front bumper, with an integrated spoiler and Cup air splitter, meant to improve its aero features. It all comes together with a tweaked front grille and large hood air intake scoops as previewed by these drawings released last year.

Lumma’s Range Rover Velar also features horizontal blades in the side skirts, as well as a roof-mounted spoiler that’s said to reduce drag, plus a rear apron with an incorporated diffuser, flanked by the quad exhaust pipes.

A selection of wheels can be specified to the SUV as well, complete with tire sets, 22- or 23-inch in size. The 12×22-inch ones come together with 305/35 Michelin rubber, while the larger 11×23-inch are wrapped in 305/30 Continental tires.

Meanwhile, changes to the interior include the addition of a sports steering wheel, an aluminum pedal set and floor and boot carpet mats, with the embroidered ‘Lumma‘ logo.

A Carbon conversion is on the tuner’s list as well, introducing front and rear door design panels, grille, spoiler lip, front wings, hood panels, side mirror caps, rear spoiler lip and diffuser, all made from the popular lightweight material.

We’ll most definitely hear more from Lumma and their Range Rover Velar in the near future, as they’re currently prepping a sport exhaust system with sound flap control, alongside power upgrades for the petrol and diesel engines.

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Steeda Debuts Performance And Visual Updates For Euro Mustang GT 11
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Mustang, Steeda, tuning on 01 11th, 2018


Renowned Ford specialist Steeda has added the Mustang GT on its tuning list in the European market.

Upgrades include revised engine mapping, increased stabilized flow of cool air, and the addition of a custom exhaust system, which helps the 5.0-liter V8 unit make 480PS (473hp) and 752Nm(555lb-ft) of torque.

Significant changes have been made to the car’s chassis and suspension setup as well, as the range-topping V8 model, baptized Q500 by Steeda, now has thicker adjustable anti-roll bars on both ends, with solid billet ends and mounts. It also gets progressive rate springs, strut tower brace, and upgraded bushes for the independent rear suspension.

The result of all of this is a lowered stance, and improved cornering abilities, without sacrificing the comfort level.

Elsewhere, the pony car features subtle exterior styling that’s said to “tighten” its “iconic lines”, and it includes a discrete front splitter and ducktail spoiler, both of them playing a major role in the Mustang’s improved aerodynamics. These can be complemented by 20-inch rims, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, or Cup derivative for the track-focused variants.

The entire bundle of upgrades costs £8,998 ($12,167) in Britain, is available to order at Ford dealer Haynes of Maindstone, in Kent, and can be specified during build or retrofitted at a later stage.

Steeda offers a range of options as well, such as the coilover kit, heavy-duty Tremec Magnum XL six-speed manual gearbox, upgraded twin-plate clutch, heavy-duty aluminum driveshafts, ventilated discs, and custom paint finishes for the calipers and engine compartment.

Moving forward, the tuner will be focusing its attention on the 2018 Ford Mustang, which arrives in Europe later this year.

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Guntherwerks 400R Is A Wide-Body Porsche 993 With GT3 RS Levels Of Performance 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, tuning, video on 01 11th, 2018


Remember the Guntherwerks 400R? Well, even if you don’t, it’s time to find out if this Porsche 993 restomod drives as good as it looks.

Matt Farah had a go in the 993-based Guntherwerks 400R, giving us the opportunity to learn more about this wide-bodied beauty that wants to make an impression in the Porsche world, in much the same way Singer Vehicle Design does with their 964-based works of art.

Guntherwerks trimmed all of the 993’s fat, opting for a full carbon-fiber bodywork, minus the door skins, while the cabin was stripped and redone in Alcantara, lightweight fabrics and leather. Not a single surface was left untouched, with the seats now being carbon fiber buckets and the driver’s gauges featuring machined bezels.

The naturally aspirated 4.0-liter engine in the 400R is based on the 3.6-liter unit originally found in the 993 Carrera and is tuned by Rothsport Racing to produce up to 430hp. With the car now weighing just 2,660lbs (1,206kg) wet, the power-to-weight ratio beats that of the current 991 GT3 RS.

Combine this with a properly sorted chassis that brings the best out of the 993, and what you have is probably one of the best 911 restomods out there.

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BMW 1M Coupe With Custom Exhaust Sounds Like A Machine Gun Firing 11
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW M, BMW Videos, Film, tuning, video on 01 11th, 2018


Monaco’s scenery is usually dominated by exotic rides, but one BMW 1M Coupe managed to stand out a few days ago.

This is a limited edition of the car that preceded the M2 and was produced in just 6,309 units, including the 740 sold in the United States and 220 shipped to Canada.

Compared, by some, to the original M3 E30, it’s powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six that sends 335hp and 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque to the rear wheels. This allows it to hit 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph).

Its performance and limited availability would be enough to make it a head turner, but the owner of this particular car, which has Swiss license plates, wanted a bit more, so he fitted it with a custom body kit, a special wrap and black wheels.

However, what made it a real head turner is the special exhaust system that basically makes it sound like an Group B rally car – and that’s high praise indeed. The backfires bring it extra points too, although we can imagine his neighbors might not be too thrilled…

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Mutant RAM Wrangler From Abu Dhabi Is Very Happy To See You 10
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Middle East, Offbeat News, RAM, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


While calling this the “RAM Wrangler” would be the simplest way to describe it, in actuality, it looks more like something that a giant version of Cruella de Vil might drive.

This image was uploaded to Reddit by user craigchandler0398, and according to MiceTimes, the car is part of the exclusive collection of Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.

As you can see, while the front end belongs to a RAM truck, the entire cab is from a Jeep Wrangler. Meanwhile, there’s no telling what type of chassis work was performed underneath that body kit, or what type of engine lies buried underneath the gigantic bonnet.

Believe it or not, this is hardly the weirdest thing you might find in the Sheikh’s collection, as he also owns a gigantic Jeep and Dodge Power Wagon, an old S-Class monster truck, a 6-wheel Nissan Patrol and even a house on wheels.

For the rest of us however, seeing a part Jeep, part RAM, part “I can’t even…”, makes for a rare and unusual sighting, to say the least.



Rocket Bunny Ford F-150 Raptor Is Wrong In All The Right Ways 10
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Ford, Ford F-150, Tokyo Auto Salon, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


The Ford F-150 Raptor is the Blue Oval’s most capable and rugged off-roader. Thanks to a bunch of high-performance parts there’s not much that can slow it down. Pandem rocketbunny tra-kyoto has another idea for the Raptor – a slammed, JDM-inspired take on the rugged pickup.

The company, which is known for taking both the mundane and already-incredible machines, like the Nissan GT-R, and turning them into unforgettable cars, has worked its magic on the F-150 Raptor.

The pickup, or the illustrations of it, features a prominent front spoiler, wider fenders, a lowering kit, and a chunkier set of Toyo Tires. The rear end of the vehicle looks like it goes untouched besides a larger set of exhaust outlets.

The styling won’t be for everyone, as the wide body kit and the slammed stance mean that the F-150 Raptor won’t be able to go trekking through the snow. Still, this is so far out there that we can’t help but love it.

The real pickup will be on display at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, which begins on January 12. The modified F-150 Raptor will be on hand at the Toyo Tires stand at the auto show alongside some other rad vehicles – BJ Baldwin’s trophy truck and Ken Block’s Hoonicorn V2.

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Roll Like Sonny & Cher In These Custom Classic Mustangs 10
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, celebrities, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


Imagine yourself in 1965. You and your significant other are topping the charts and jet-setting around the world to play in front of crowds of fans. You’re so popular that Ford pulls two new Mustang convertibles off the line and has them customized just for you.

That fantasy was the reality for Sonny & Cher, and half a century later, their custom pony cars are coming up for auction.

Created at the dawn of the Mustang’s long run, these drop-tops were fitted with 4.7-liter V8s and three-speed automatic transmissions before being modified by the legendary George Barris – the “King of Kustomizers” and Hollywood’s favorite car guy.

Both received custom paint jobs – Sonny’s in gold, Cher’s in pink – each with 40 layers of lacquer… but that was just the start. The grilles were new, the taillights fitted from the Thunderbird, the door handles mounted flush, and the wheel arches flared like their new owner’s bell-bottom jeans. Those side panels? Yeah, that’s suede – brown on Sonny’s, red on Cher’s. And that’s before we even climb inside.

Barris fitted each individually with antique leather and suede with 3-inch fur carpeting. The seats on Sonny’s were upholstered in bobcat fur, Cher’s in ermine, with gold and hot pink trim to match their respective exteriors.

For the feint of heart these are not, but they’re splendid examples of the pop culture of the time. They’ll be sold as a pair, bundled with “an extensive collection of Sonny & Cher memorabilia,” by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale this month, where they’re sure to make some collector very nostalgic for a bygone era.

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Roll Like Sonny & Cher In These Custom Classic Mustangs 10
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, celebrities, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


Imagine yourself in 1965. You and your significant other are topping the charts and jet-setting around the world to play in front of crowds of fans. You’re so popular that Ford pulls two new Mustang convertibles off the line and has them customized just for you.

That fantasy was the reality for Sonny & Cher, and half a century later, their custom pony cars are coming up for auction.

Created at the dawn of the Mustang’s long run, these drop-tops were fitted with 4.7-liter V8s and three-speed automatic transmissions before being modified by the legendary George Barris – the “King of Kustomizers” and Hollywood’s favorite car guy.

Both received custom paint jobs – Sonny’s in gold, Cher’s in pink – each with 40 layers of lacquer… but that was just the start. The grilles were new, the taillights fitted from the Thunderbird, the door handles mounted flush, and the wheel arches flared like their new owner’s bell-bottom jeans. Those side panels? Yeah, that’s suede – brown on Sonny’s, red on Cher’s. And that’s before we even climb inside.

Barris fitted each individually with antique leather and suede with 3-inch fur carpeting. The seats on Sonny’s were upholstered in bobcat fur, Cher’s in ermine, with gold and hot pink trim to match their respective exteriors.

For the feint of heart these are not, but they’re splendid examples of the pop culture of the time. They’ll be sold as a pair, bundled with “an extensive collection of Sonny & Cher memorabilia,” by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale this month, where they’re sure to make some collector very nostalgic for a bygone era.

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BMW 3-Series Touring E91 Turns Heads Without Breaking The Bank 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 3-series, tuning, Wheels on 01 10th, 2018


Most cars tend to look better with a sports suspension and large wheels, and the BMW 3-Series Touring, from the E91 generation, is no exception.

Signed by Z-Performance and carrying a TUV certification, the rims have a multi-spoke pattern that appears to suit the Bimmer just fine.

Unlike other sets that tend to cost a small fortune, this one is offered at a reasonable €1,080 ($1,302) for all four wheels, which can be had in various finishes, including the gunmetal applied to the 8.5×20-inch front and 10×20-inch rear wheels seen in this 3-Series.

Moreover, this 3-Series Touring comes with a lowered suspension, some special decals on the lower part of the doors and contrasting black details applied to the front and rear ends.

We’re not sure if it sports any modifications in the engine compartment, but if more power is what you’re interested in, you could always turn to other tuners.

Manhart Racing, for example, are known to swap the stock four-/six-cylinder engine with the 5.0-liter V10 from the E60 M5, which is massaged to deliver 550hp. That’s over 100hp more than you’d get in the new Audi RS4 Avant, and enables the tuned 3-Series to do the 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint in just 4.3sec.

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Modded Hellcat And Twin Turbo Viper Show Us The True Meaning Of “Photo Finish” 10
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Videos, Dodge Viper, Drag-Racing, Film, Hellcat, SRT, SRT Viper, tuning, video on 01 10th, 2018


As if a straight line battle between a stock Challenger Hellcat and a Viper wouldn’t be delightful to watch in its own right, these two cars did a great job to amplify, and then meet, our expectations.

In stock form, the Hellcat lays waste to its rivals using 707 HP and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm), while the Viper stands strong with 645 HP and 600 lb-ft (813 Nm) of torque.

In order to make it even more of a beast, the owner of this Hellcat bumped the power output to roughly 825 horses, while the Viper was fitted with a twin turbo kit, resulting in approximately 950 WHP.

With both cars wearing drag radials, they set out to post low 10-second 1/4 mile times, separated by just five hundredths of a second, although as they crossed the finish line, they were already traveling at different speeds.

On paper, the Viper is the favorite as it packs considerably more horsepower than the Hellcat. So, did it beat the Hellcat? Scroll down and find out…

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Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS By McChip Looks Like A GT3 RS, Has It Licked On Power 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mcchip, porsche, Porsche-911, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


One could say that, with the 991.2 Targa 4 GTS, the Weissach-based automaker combines elements from all the versions, as it offers (partial) open-air driving plus the performance and handling you expect from a driver-focused, but non-Porsche Motorsport developed, 911. Even so, there will always be people who want more, and this is McChip DKR’s offering.

By replacing the aprons on both ends, front bumper and rear side panels with original Porsche parts, the tuner claims that this sports car now has “a 991.1 GT3 RS-look” that’s enhanced by the 20-inch rims wrapped in 265/35 and 325/30 front and rear tires respectively.

The interior features a few upgrades of its own, and even though the list is rather short compared to the exterior modifications, Porsche fans will probably appreciate the classical check pattern on the seats and door panels.

It’s not all show and no go either – not by a long mile, as the engine has been modified to produce 575PS (567hp) and 675Nm (498lb-ft) of torque. That’s 125PS (123hp) 125Nm (92lb-ft) more than the stock GTS, achieved thanks to a software optimization, upgraded turbochargers and a Capristo valve exhaust system with GT3 RS-like tailpipes.

Why, it even beats the real RS, which boasts 500 hp and 338 lb-ft. Good thing it has been fitted with height-adjustable KW tread springs and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, then, to keep all that power under control.

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Frankencar Alert: Chevy Camaro Puts On A Silverado Grille 10
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Silverado, Offbeat News, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


By now, we’re used to see all kinds of mods, but this one really caught us by surprise, as it concerns a third-gen Camaro that’s been fitted with the grille of a Silverado.

Apparently, someone thought that he should ditch that pointy front end in favor of a chrome grille borrowed from Chevy’s pickup truck, and so this weird… well, thing was born.

It’s no surprise that we found this image on Reddit’s popular Shi**y Car Mods thread, because that’s where most controversial or downright horrible automotive modifications go to get mocked.

With this one, while we have definitely seen worse, it had us lost for words. Are we to assume the headlights are hidden behind the grille or that it doesn’t have any at all?

Anyhow, as Frankecars go, this Camaro/Silverado conjunction just doesn’t make any sense.



Frankencar Alert: Chevy Camaro Puts On A Silverado Grille 10
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Silverado, Offbeat News, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


By now, we’re used to see all kinds of mods, but this one really caught us by surprise, as it concerns a third-gen Camaro that’s been fitted with the grille of a Silverado.

Apparently, someone thought that he should ditch that pointy front end in favor of a chrome grille borrowed from Chevy’s pickup truck, and so this weird… well, thing was born.

It’s no surprise that we found this image on Reddit’s popular Shi**y Car Mods thread, because that’s where most controversial or downright horrible automotive modifications go to get mocked.

With this one, while we have definitely seen worse, it had us lost for words. Are we to assume the headlights are hidden behind the grille or that it doesn’t have any at all?

Anyhow, as Frankecars go, this Camaro/Silverado conjunction just doesn’t make any sense.



Callaway’s Sexy Z06 Aerowagen Taken To Its Limits At A Circuit 9
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Callaway, Chevrolet Videos, Corvette, Film, tuning, video on 01 9th, 2018


The Chevrolet Corvette SC757 Z06 Aerowagen from Callaway defines the phrase ‘weird and wonderful.’

For the most part, the heavily-modified Corvette is quite similar to a ‘regular’ Z06, the key difference being that its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine has been equipped with a Power Kit that bumps grunt up to 757 hp and 775 lb-ft (1050 Nm) of torque.

However, it isn’t just the powertrain that makes the Aerowagen unique. What distinguishes it from all other Corvettes is the hatch conversion which transforms the American supercar into an exceptionally sleek Shooting Brake that isn’t about practicality and instead solely about looking good.

The car was revealed in early 2017 and Motor Week recently had the opportunity to test out the supercar on a circuit.

If you thought the Aerowagen looked good standing still, just wait and till you see it on the move!

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