giovedì 28 febbraio 2013

2013 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG by A.R.T.

The German tuner A.R.T. has unveiled his latest work based on Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG. The 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine now delivers a power of 749 hp and a torque electronically limited to 1000 Nm. To ensure proper cooling of the engine, the G65 AMG by A.R.T. has a custom bonnet with no less than nineteen air holes in it. In addition, the package includes a new front bumper with spoiler, bi-color hood, rear roof spoiler, a set of 22-inch alloy wheels, sport exhaust system in stainless steel with six tailpipes and interiors embellished with leather, Alcantara, wood, or carbon.

BMW 640d Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer

BMW tuner AC Schnitzer revealed its processing to the BMW 640d Gran Coupe that will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show. The BMW 640d Gran Coupe gets a sports exhaust system with chrome tailpipes, and a performance pack that brings the power from 313 to 360 hp. AC Schnitzer has given the Grand Coupe a more powerful braking system and new suspension spring kit. Outside, the 640d features a front spoiler, a chromed front grille, side skirts, rear diffuser and new 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels.

2013 KTM X-Bow GT

At the Geneva Motor Show the KTM will present the X-Bow GT, a bit more tourist version of the extreme roadster X-Bow. The new KTM X-Bow GT comes with a new windshield and two small doors of glass to protect the passenger compartment. The engine should remain the 2.0-liter TFSI with 240 hp, but details are still unknown.

mercoledì 27 febbraio 2013

2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen will present at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Golf GTI, which will be available in two variants: GTI and GTI Performance. The engine is the same for both, a four-cylinder 2.0-liter TSI that delivers 220 and 230 hp, while torque is 350 Nm for the two versions. Both are fitted as standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and a six-speed DSG as an option. The performances are almost identical: the GTI Performance accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 6.4 seconds and it reaches 250 km/h, while the GTI takes 6.5 seconds and it reaches 246 km/h of top speed. The Performance model also offers a front mechanical limited slip differential, absent on the base, and larger brakes. Outside, the typical GTI style remains: red brake calipers, chrome exhaust, 17-inch Brooklyn wheels, side skirts and rear diffuser. Interiors are characterized by red lighting and Scottish upholstery fabric for seats, over the steering wheel, shift lever and a instrumentation with a sporty look and steel pedal. The Golf GTI goes on sale in Germany in March.

2014 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Maserati will present the new GranTurismo MC Stradale. Up to now only available with cabin for two people, the MC will now be offered with an interior with four seats. The new Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale has a bonnet made of carbon fiber, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and a new rear diffuser. The engine is a 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 that delivers 460 hp and 530 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed sequential MC Race Shift gearbox. The Maserati MC Stradale is capable of reaching 300 km/h.

2013 Brabus 800 Roadster

Brabus will present at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the 800 Roadster, a package of upgrades based on the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG. The two-seater roadster is powered by the AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine uprated to Brabus T65 RS specification. Now the engine develops 800 hp and 1420 Nm of torque at 2100 rpm. The 800 Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 9.8 seconds and it reaches a top speed electronically limited to 350 km/h. The Brabus T65 RS kit includes high-performance turbochargers, four water-to-air intercooler and stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with ceramic-coated tailpipes. The transmission is assigned to the dual-clutch AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC PLUS gearbox, a Brabus limited-slip rear differential is also fitted. The Brabus suspension lowers the car by 25 mm. Outside, the 800 Roadster is equipped with an aerodynamic kit developed in the wind tunnel and made ​​entirely of carbon fiber. The look is completed by the new 20-inch Brabus Monoblock R Platinum Edition forged wheels. The interior is fully customizable by the customer.

martedì 26 febbraio 2013

2013 McLaren P1: new images and specs

A few days before its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, new photos and official data of McLaren P1 have been released. The examples provided are 375, at a price that will start from £866,000. The car is powered by a hybrid engine, consisting of a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 and a 176 hp electric motor for a total output of 916 hp and a maximum torque of 900 Nm. The P1 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 7 seconds and 0 to 300 km/h in 17 seconds, top speed is limited to 350 km/h. The engines are mated to seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and rear wheel drive. The P1 is equipped with active aerodynamic devices arising from Drs of Formula 1, tires are Pirelli PZero Corsa specially developed for the car, while the braking system, consisting of carbon-ceramic discs, is developed by the supplier of the F1 team Akebono.

Porsche Carrera GT Zagato

This Porsche Carrera GT Zagato is a one-off ordered by former rally driver Ernst Berg to the Milanese body shop Zagato. The changes are not many, as it wants to be an evolution of the original model: the bonnet has been redesigned, exhaust system has been updated, the roof is changed, as well as the bumpers and the rear diffuser. The engine has not changed and it remains the 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V10 capable of delivering a maximum power of 612 hp at 8,000 rpm and a torque of 590 Nm at 5,750 rpm. The Carrera GT Zagato is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is 330 km/h.

2013 GTA Spano

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show the Spanish supercar GTA Spano will be unveiled. No word yet on what engine push it, but only that it delivers more than 900 hp and torque limited to 1,000 Nm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is in just 2.9 seconds and the top speed is 350 km/h. The GTA Spano will be built in 99 examples.

McLaren MP4-12C Chimera by FAB Design

The Swiss tuner FAB Design will present at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 its tuning for the McLaren MP4-12C, called Chimera, but the first official images and specifications have already been released. The body kit is produced in ultra-light carbon composites and it includes the redesigned front bumper, a front splitter, air intakes and overhauled rear end. The car has a new exhaust system which adds 15 hp to 600 already available.

lunedì 25 febbraio 2013

Bertone Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake

Aston Martin has recently revealed Aston Martin Rapide S which will show at the Geneva Motor Show 2013, beside which also exhibit the Shooting Brake. The design is Italian, signed Bertone, hence the name Bertone Jet 2+2, and celebrates the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin and 60 years of collaboration between Aston Martin and Bertone. The car uses the base of the Rapide, a 5.9 liter V12 with 470 hp, opposed to the more powerful 550 hp in the Rapide S. The interior is finished in special wood, aluminum and two-tone leather trims. The 2+2 cabin has four individual seats, the two rear seats can be folded down to expand the luggage space.

Cinquone Stradale by Romeo Ferraris (photos)

What you see in the picture is an elaboration of Romeo Ferraris based on the 500 Abarth: this is the Cinquone Stradale. This model comes from the racing Cinquone, but is approved for street use. The engine is the 1.4-liter T-Jet, heavily processed, capable of delivering 300 hp. The car is characterized by strengthened and increased axle shaft, Brembo calipers, new blow-off valve, turbo increased, cylinder head machined, forged pistons, intercooler increased, new cylinder head gaskets, special camshafts, new exhaust manifolds , down-pipe with 200 cells catalyst and mapping of the ECU. The adjustable structure boasts Eibach springs and Bilstein shocks, while the car rests on 18-inch Romeo Ferraris alloy wheels. The Cinquone Stradale is approved for only two passengers, it is equipped with a roll bar, a fire extinguisher, Recaro bucket seats with four-point seatbelts and Alcantara and carbon finishes. The weight of Cinquone is about one thousand kilograms, so performance of a sport car is assured.

Audi A8 by MC Customs & Vellano

The Canadian company Vellano in association with the tuner MC Customs from Florida have created a modified Audi A8. They have choosen VCK 22-inch gloss black alloy wheels. The Audi A8 of the photoshoot is equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo TFSI engine, that develops 420 hp and 600 Nm. The A8 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and it reaches a top speed of 250 km/h.

domenica 24 febbraio 2013

2013 Audi R8 GTR by ABT

ABT Sportsline will present at the Geneva Motor Show the 2013 ABT R8 GTR. The car was born from the experience of ABT in the world of motorsport, but it will be suitable for both the track and the street. The engineers have focused on weight reduction (now it weighs 100 kg less than the standard R8) and its optimal distribution. The body kit is made entirely of carbon fiber, ranging from adjustable front splitter, the bonnet, the rear spoiler, the mirrors, passing through the doors. ABT lifted the power of the V10 from 525 to 620 hp. The top speed of the ABT R8 GTR is 325 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is in 3.2 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 9.9 seconds. The R8 GTR is equipped with ceramic braking system, adjustable sports suspension and ER-F forged wheels. The interior of the R8 GTR ABT is covered in black and red Alcantara, with racing stripes on the bucket seats. The package includes a rollbar, 4 point safety belts and a sport steering wheel made of Alcantara and carbon that features LED-shift indicator lights

Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG by Ultimate Auto

Florida tuner Ultimate Auto has completed a project based on the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG, which now features cosmetic changes, such as air vents, smoked lights, lowered suspension and color matched diffuser. The standard rims have been replaced with 20-inch ADV.1 alloy wheels. As an option, you can mount a RENNtech ECU and a new exhaust. The CLS 63 AMG is equipped with a 5.5-liter V8 engine with 518 hp at 5250 rpm and 700 Nm of torque between 1750 and 5250 rpm, mated to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed transmission.

Ferrari F430 Scuderia spotted (photos)

Here you are some pictures of a Ferrari F430 Scuderia I spotted in Maranello. The car is equipped with gold rims, yellow brake calipers and grey Scuderia stripes. 

sabato 23 febbraio 2013

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 HPE700 by Hennessey

Hennessey has developed a processing package called HPE700, for the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Thanks to new cylinder heads, an intake system, a new camshaft, intercooler and a fuel system upgrade, the power of the supercharged V8 LSA 6.2-liter engine rises from standard 580 hp to 700 hp at 6300 rpm, with a maximum speed of 203 mph (325 km/h). The package also includes the electronic calibration of the engine, dyno and road testing by Hennessey and 3 years or 30,000 miles warranty. Hennessey signatures are featured on the floor mats, on the nameplates and outside the car.

Mercedes-Benz SL 500 by Famous Parts

German tuner Famous Parts has released a package of aesthetic elaboration for the Mercedes SL 500 Roadster. The tuner has installed a Prior Design body kit, wrapped in white pearl matte metallic film with black details. The kit includes front bumper, rear bumper, fender extensions, rear spoiler and revised side mirrors. The exhaust system gets a new rear section from the SL63 AMG. Finally, the Mercedes-Benz SL500 has been fitted with an electronic lowering module and 20-inch Type III FPX wheels with Continental Sport Contact tires.

venerdì 22 febbraio 2013

Corvette C6 Z06 spotted (photos + video)

In the pictures below, you can see a Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06 I spotted at the Modena racetrack. Watch the video of the start up below where I ask for some revs! The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is an American coupe produced by Chevrolet since 2006. Compared to the normal model C6, it is recognizable from the front hood raised and equipped with air intakes. The engine is a 90° V8 7.0-liter, placed in the front position, which develops 513 hp at 6300 rpm and a torque of 637 Nm at 4800 rpm. With a 2 valve per cylinder pushrod and rocker arm with hydraulic tappets, this petrol engine goes up to 7000 rpm, and only in first gear, the car manages to reach 105 km/h. The manual six-speed transmission is coupled to the limited slip differential and rear-wheel drive. The frame is made of aluminum and some supports are in magnesium. The fenders are made of carbon. According to Chevrolet, the Corvette Z06 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and it reaches a top speed of 320 km/h.

Pagani Zonda F spotted (photos)

In the pictures you can see a Pagani Zonda F exhibited during the event Modena Terra di Motori. The Zonda is equipped with the Mercedes-Benz engine V12 7.3-liter, 48-valve, 650 hp at 6200 rpm and 780 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive with limited slip differential. With a weight of 1230 kg, distributed 54% to the rear and 46% in the front, the Zonda F accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in 9.8 seconds and it reaches a top speed of over 345 km/h. The structure consists of a central cell of carbon, an aluminium tubes frame and the carbon fiber body. The aluminum and magnesium alloy forged wheels are 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear. The Zonda features Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, which allow it to slow down from 200 km/h to 0 in 4.4 seconds.

giovedì 21 febbraio 2013

2013 Audi RS Q3

Audi will present at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show the new Audi RS Q3, the high-performance version of the compact SUV. The RS Q3 comes with aluminum inserts, aerodynamic details and 19-inch alloy wheels, or 20-inch option. The cockpit features Alcantara and leather with contrasting stitching, the three-spoke sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals and specific equipment with RS logos. Under the hood there is a 2.5-liter five-cylinder TFSI, which delivers 310 hp and 420 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm. The engine is mated to the S tronic dual-clutch transmission with Launch Control function and Quattro four-wheel drive, which ensures the RS Q3 acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. The braking system has been upgraded, while the structure has been lowered by 25 mm.

Porsche Cayenne S Diesel by TechArt

TechArt will present at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show its processing dedicated to the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel. The Cayenne S Diesel is powered by a new 4.2-liter twin-turbo diesel V8 engine with 382 hp and 850 Nm, TechArt engineers are working on the electronic management to increase performance. The standard Cayenne S Diesel accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and it reaches a top speed of 252 km/h. Outside, the car is fitted with a bodykit that includes a new front spoiler with air intakes, carbon fiber bonnet, LED headlamps and side skirts. All these items are available in body color or in visible carbon fiber. The new look is completed by a new TechArt sport exhaust system and a set of TechArt Formula 23-inch wheels. The interior is finished with exclusive leather with contrasting stitching and burr or carbon fiber elements on the dashboard, the center console and the door panels.

2013 Bentley Flying Spur

The Bentley has released the first images of the Bentley Flying Spur, which will be presented at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The Bentley style, which combines luxury with sportiness, remains outside. The interior, available in four or five places, offers all the latest infotainment technologies, such as touch screen systems, Naim audio system 1100 Watt, and on request you can have internet and a hard-disk. The Flying Spur is the fastest and most powerful sedan ever built by Bentley, it is powered by a W12 6.0-liter 48-valve twin turbo with 625 hp at 6,000 rpm and 800 Nm at 2,000 rpm, mated to all-wheel drive with distribution 40/60 and the ZF Quickshift eight-speed gearbox. The Flying Spur accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, 0 to 160 km/h in 9.5 seconds and it reaches a top speed of 322 km/h. The new Flying Spur weighs 50 kg less than the previous, ie 2475 kg, thanks to the wide use of aluminum and processes from the aerospace industry. To improve the comfort, special 19-inch wheels (also available from 20 and 21 inches) were studied, while the electronically controlled pneumatic suspensions allow a softer response and lower the car at high speed.

mercoledì 20 febbraio 2013

2013 Aston Martin Vanquish by Wheelsandmore

The German tuner Wheelsandmore has completed work on the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish. Wheelsandmore has left the original exterior bodywork alone, except for the addition of black details and the selection of carbon fiber or three-piece forged wheels. The Vanquish has been slightly lowered thanks to a sport suspension kit. Under the hood, a new sport exhaust system has been fitted, adding 40 hp and 90 Nm of torque. The V12 6.0-liter of the Vanquish now delivers 605 hp and 710 Nm of torque.

2013 McLaren P1: new technical data

McLaren has confirmed today that its hybrid hypercar, the P1, will be equipped with a twin-turbo V8 engine combined with an electric motor. The V8 3.8-liter engine, derived from the V8 of the 12C, delivers 737 hp at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 720 Nm already available at 4,000 rpm. The electric motor produces 179 hp and 260 Nm of torque. The two engines deliver 916 hp and 900 Nm of torque, mated to the dual-clutch transmission. The electric motor can also ensure the functioning of zero emission (E-Mode) for about 10 km, charging the batteries during braking and releasing the accelerator. The battery pack weighs 96 kg and is fitted behind the carbon fiber MonoCage monoque. Through the steering wheel controls you can activate the DRS (Drag Reduction System) and IPAS (Instant Power Assist System). The first, similar to that of Formula 1, change the incidence of the ailerons, while the second allows to use the full power of the electric motor to have a quicker response on the accelerator. See all the pictures and a video below and other details here

Tramontana XTR

The XTR officially came into production. An advertisement appeared in recent days on the site JamesList reveals it, and it specifies the sale of a new example, equipped with a two-tone paint and available for the sum of 510,000 euro. The XTR is a two-seater hypercar built by hand by Tramontana, it features a 5.5-liter biturbo V12 Mercedes AMG source, capable of 888 hp and 980 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a sequential gearbox. According to the House, the XTR accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just over 3 seconds and it reaches a top speed exceeding 340 km/h.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X by SchwabenFolia

German company SchwabenFolia got their hands on a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, providing it with modifications according to the power and the exterior. Outside, the Lancer comes in a Steel Grey color with decals inspired by a stealth fighter and orange 19-inch alloy wheels. The car has been equipped with a remapped ECU and a bespoke exhaust system: the power increases to 390 hp, while the torque lifts to 520 Nm, wich is an increase of 95 hp and 160 Nm.

2013 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC

After the presentation a few months ago, the Renault Clio RS 2013 is ready for its prime time on the road. The new Clio RS, for the first time provided with five doors, is characterized by a more aggressive front, a 17-inch black alloy wheels (18-inch optional) and by an extractor and a rear spoiler. But the news doesn't end here. The engine is completely new, developed by Renault Sport department; it is a four-cylinder 1.6-liter turbo with 200 hp at 6000 rpm and 240 Nm already available at 1750 rpm. The engine is mated to a new EDC dual-clutch six-speed gearbox and to a RS Diff electronic limited slip differential. The Clio RS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and it reaches a top speed of 230 km/h. A kilometer from zero, according to data reported by the House, is covered in 27.1 s. The suspension is stiffer, a stiffer anti-roll bar has been introduced  and the brake system has been increased. The frame can be chosen in the Sport and Cup versions, the Clio RS differs in the second case for the ride height lowered by 3 mm, the 15% stiffer body and more direct steering. RS Drive button allows you to select three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Race. Finally, the Clio RS offers the option of telemetry on board, thanks to its interaction with the R-Link infotainment system; if the sound of the engine does not satisfy you, there is the R-Sound Effect, which recreates the sound of famous racing cars.

martedì 19 febbraio 2013

Lancia Beta Montecarlo spotted (photos)

In the pictures you can see a Lancia Beta Montecarlo I spotted at the Modena racetrack. This is an example of the first series, produced from 1975 to 1979, with a Lester body kit of that epoque. The car is a mid-engined coupe, designed by Pininfarina, it was born on the chassis of the Fiat X/19 which have prompted even the Stratos, the Beta Montecarlo Turbo and the Lancia 037. The Beta Montecarlo features a Fiat 2.0-liter 8v Lampredi double-shaft engine with 120 hp, mated to the rear-wheel drive and a manual five-speed transmission. Thanks to the low weight, the Beta Montecarlo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 9 seconds and it reaches a top speed of 200 km/h. The Beta Montecarlo is equipped with disc brakes on the four wheels and wheels independent suspension. The collaboration between Fiat and Pininfarina was born to create a sports car from which to easily derive racing cars, through the Abarth sports department. The handling can be traced back to the standard of everything behind, this car is definitely fun if you solve the problem of long braking.

Mercedes CLS 63 AMG CK63 RSR by Carlsson

Tuner Carlsson has revealed the CK63 RSR, which will be officially presented at the Geneva Motor Show. The Carlsson CK63 RSR is based on the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG, that features the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 with 518 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Ot course, Carlsson got his hands on the engine: the power increases to 700 hp at 5700 rpm, while torque is limited to 1000 Nm between 2000 and 4500 rpm. Carlsson has installed a stainless steel exhaust, new intercooler, new water and oil cooler and the seven-speed gearbox has been mated to a new oil cooler. The Carlsson CK63 RS accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds, it reaches 200 km/h in 11.6 seconds on the way to reach a top speed of 340 km/h. The suspensions are adjustable in 10 positions, in normal conditions the car is 30 mm lower than the CLS 63 AMG and 25 mm spacers were added to improve stability. The exterior of the Carlsson CK63 RSR is graced by the Carlsson alloys wheels that come in sizes of 20 or 19 inches but most notable is the carbon- fiber front spoiler lip, black stainless steel mesh inserts in the intake grilles, brake cooling intakes, and rear carbon valance insert. At the rear is an electrically retractable rear spoiler, which extends automatically at 100km/h, with manual activation possible at any speed. The interior features handcrafted Carlsson details and is characterized by a combination of Brown Alcantara and Mocha Brown Carlsson Nappa leather.

Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet by GMP Performance

American tuner GMP Performance has released images of the tuning on a Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet. This car has a Speedart bodykit, which includes a new front splitter, side skirts, a new rear bumper, a rear wing and additional fiberglass wingblade. The car features 20-inch 590R forged rims by HRE Wheels. GMP Performance completes the package, mounting a new set of Brembo Gran Turismo brakes and a short-thrown shifter from B&M. The tuner has also improved the drivetrain and he fitted Bilstein suspension, that lower the car by 30 mm.

domenica 17 febbraio 2013

2013 Mercedes Classe A 45 AMG Edition 1

The new Mercedes A 45 AMG will be offered in a special configuration called Edition 1. The preparation will be available only for the first year on the market. Outside, the Edition 1 package includes Cirrus White color for the body with sport stripes, red details, aerodynamic appendages such as the rear wing and front splitter and 19-inch alloy wheels. The matching red and black dominates in the cockpit, the AMG Performance seats are characterized by Arctic handmade leather and Dynamics microfiber, steering wheel is covered in leather. Under the hood the 2.0-liter turbo with 360 hp doesn't change. It will be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Alfa Romeo Alfasud on the track (video + photos)

In the pictures you can see a modified Alfa Romeo Alfasud at the Modena racetrack. In the video, instead you will see some details of the car, the starting up of the engine, some revs and some laps on the track. Listen to the pure sound, the backfires and the downshifts! Watch the video below.

Audi A3 Sportback AS3 by ABT

German tuner ABT has already prepared a tuning kit for the new Audi A3 Sportback. As usually, the kit includes both aesthetics and mechanics. Outside you can see the burnished front grille, the new front spoiler, side skirts and side air intakes, rear spoiler, diffuser and exhaust pipes. The new ABT alloy wheels can be choosen in sizes from 18 to 19 inches. The structure has been lowered by 35 mm and the brakes have been upgraded. As for the engines, the 1.4 TFSI increased power from 122 hp to 160 hp, and the 2-liter TDI with 150 hp lifted the power to 180 hp, in future upgrades will come for the 1.6 TDI and 1.8 TFSI.

sabato 16 febbraio 2013

Ferrari 458 Italia spotted (photos)

In the pictures you can see a Ferrari 458 Italia spotted at the Modena racetrack. It has a special bicolor livery pearl white and black, 20-inch forged sport rims diamond finished and red brake calipers. 

venerdì 15 febbraio 2013

2013 McLaren P1

McLaren will present the McLaren P1 at Geneva Motor Show, but the first official photos of the car are already available. The difinitive P1 is like the concept, but for the first time the interior has been revealed. Interior is designed to reduce the weight of the car. The carbon fiber is used for the dashboard, the center console, the floor and the doors, while the central cell has been realized in a single piece so as to ensure maximum safety and torsional rigidity. The seats are made in carbon, upholstered in Alcantara with contrasting stitching. To reduce weight, there aren't soundproofing panels and floor mats, but there are technological accessories such as navigator, air conditioning and the audio system. From the first rumors, it seem that the McLaren P1 will have an engine of about 900 hp and it will reach a top speed of over 400 km/h. Although the price of about $ 1.1 million, 500 orders have already been exceeded.

GWA 300 SLC one-off

A customer in Eastern Europe has ordered to the Gullwing Motors, American workshop specialized in replicas of sport classic cars, a one-off that is retro on the outside but modern under the skin. So, the GWA 300 SLC takes shape, based on the mechanical of the SLS AMG Roadster and with aluminum body inspired by the 1955 Mercedes 300 SC. The modern interpretation of the 300 SC has forced some changes: the grille has been redesigned and the position of the rear spoiler is also changed, LED headlights have been added, as a new exhaust system, adjustable suspension and removable hardtop. The wheels are 21-inch at the front and 22-inch at the rear.

700 bhp Chevrolet Camaro

This Camaro was present at the Chicago Auto Show this year. This is a Chevrolet Camaro with 700 hp, which will be used in the upcoming Dreamworks movie called Turbo. The Camaro was equipped with a modified intake group which houses a supercharger and a new exhaust. As for the exterior paint work, the Camaro has a dark wrap that makes it appear black chrome. Outside, the Camaro also features Vellano VSH wheels of 24 inches and a body kit.

Porsche 911 991 Carrera 4S by TechArt

TechArt will present at the Geneva Motor Show a processing based on the Porsche 911 991 Carrera 4S. The Carrera 4S comes with an emerald green body and a body kit that includes front bumper with air intakes and front splitter, side skirts, diffuser and rear spoiler TechArt Rear Spoiler II. The kit is completed by TechArt Formula alloy wheels with 5 spokes in sizes from 20 to 21 inches. The interior features front seats in black leather with stitching and shell in emerald green color, we find the same colors on the door panels, on the 3-spoke TechArt steering wheel, on the dashboard, on the center console and Sport Chrono instrumentation. Under the hood the 3.8-liter six-cylinder boxer engine with 400 hp of the Carrera 4S remains unchanged. The engine is mated to the all-wheel drive and PDK dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox. This allows the standard 911 Carrera 4S to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and to reach a top speed of 300 km/h. The performance of the 911 4S by TechArt will certainly improve thanks to the TechArt Racing Exhaust System. Finally, TechArt has equipped the trim of the Carrera with the Noselift system, which permits to lift by 60 mm the car body through a button, at speeds less than 60 km/h.

giovedì 14 febbraio 2013

Jaguar XKR-S Convertible by Arden

German tuner Arden, specialized in processing of British cars, has presented his latest creation made ​​on the basis of the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible. Outside, the Jaguar was fitted with an aerodynamic kit that includes a new front bumper with a honeycomb grille in polished steel and red splitter, side skirts, a large rear wing and a new air extractor that incorporates four stainless steel exhaust. The aesthetic kit also includes new black 20-inch alloy wheels, with a red finish. The interior maintains the Jaguar elegance, the instrumentation has been customized, the steering wheel has a flat bottom and Alcantara crown, while the dashboard, door panels and the sports seats are upholstered in leather. The tuning kit also includes mechanics: the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that standard develops 550 hp and 680 Nm of torque, thanks to some changes to the electronic control unit, to the overboost system, to the intake and exhaust system, now it reaches a power of 650 hp and 800 Nm of torque.

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG MC660 by mcchip-dkr

Tuner mcchip-dkr has finished processing based on the Mercedes C 63 AMG. The car is equipped standard with the 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 that produces 487 hp and 600 Nm of torque. The tuner has released a supercharger kit called MC660 that lift the power to 660 hp and torque to 750 Nm. In addition, mcchip-dkr has modified the ecu, he removed the maximum speed limiter and he has equipped the C63 AMG with sports exhaust system. As regards the structure, mcchip-DKR has mounted KW-Clubsport suspension and KV1 MB 20-inch alloy wheels, each wrapped with sports tires. The exterior features white paint equipped with a MC660 wrap.

mercoledì 13 febbraio 2013

2013 Mercedes A 45 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz will present at the Geneva Motor Show the new Mercedes A 45 AMG. The strength of the A 45 AMG is definitely the engine, a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo capable of delivering 360 hp at 6000 rpm and 450 Nm of torque between 2250 and 5000 rpm. With a specific power output of 181 hp/l, the A 45 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and it reaches an electrically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The engine, which reaches a maximum rotation speed of 6,700 rpm, is mated to 4matic all-wheel drive and seven-speed dual-clutch AMG Speedshift DCT gearbox, which offers three driving modes (Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Manual) and the function of launch control called Race Start. The Esp can be set on the levels On, Sport Handling and Off, suspensions are stiffer, stabilizer bar has been increased, also steering and brakes are suitable for sporty driving. The A 45 AMG is equipped with the sports exhaust system and on request you can also have the AMG Performance exhaust.

2013 Audi S3 Sportback

Audi has officially unveiled the new S3 Sportback, the five-door version of the S3, that will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show. Under the hood, we will find a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine, capable of delivering 300 hp at 5,500 rpm and a torque of 380 Nm available between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm. According to the data declared by the manufacturer, the S3 Sportback with S tronic dual clutch six-speed gearbox accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds (with Launch Control function), while with the manual gearbox the time increases to 5.5 s. The maximum speed is 250 km/h. The engine is mated to the Quattro all-wheel drive. The S3 Sportback will be equipped with S Sport suspension, which will help to lower the frame of 25 mm, sport brakes and 18-inch wheels.

Lamborghini Gallardo STS-700 by RENM Performance

German company RENM Performance offers an elaboration of the Gallardo Super Trofeo: the STS-700. The processing package includes a carbon fiber bodykit inspired by the racing Super Trofeo, with new front splitter, new rear diffuser and a bigger rear wing. Under the hood, the 5.2-liter V10 with 570 hp of the Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale, now delivers 700 hp at 8500 rpm, with new connecting rods, new camshafts, a new crankshaft and titanium exhaust system. The Gallardo STS-700 by RENM Performance is able to reach 330 km/h and it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds (while the Super Trofeo Stradale reaches 320 km/h and it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds). RENM Performance has also equipped the Gallardo with Ohlins adjustable suspension, adjustable anti-roll bar and new wishbone suspension attacks. On request, it is possible to have a customization for the interior, with the installation of bucket seats in Alcantara, a new selector lever for gearbox, the rollbar, fire extinguisher and components required for use in the race (switch, extinguishing system and 6 points belts).

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé by Hartge

Hartge has presented in these days its processing based on the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. The aftermarket program is dedicated to the 640i with 6-cylinder 3.0-liter petrol engine that delivers 320 hp and 450 Nm of torque, and 640d equipped with the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel engine, which delivers 313 hp and 630 Nm. The processing by Hartge regards the engine and the suspension: the control unit has been remapped and the original exhaust system was replaced with a stainless steel one. The power increases up to 367 hp and 520 Nm of torque for the 640i, 367 hp and 730 Nm for the 640d. On request, the 6 Series Gran Coupe may adopt a set of adjustable sport suspension, which lowers the 640i of 25 mm and 20 mm (front and rear respectively) and 640d of 30 and 25 mm. Outside the car undergoes only minor aesthetic changes.

martedì 12 febbraio 2013

Aston Martin Vantage SP10

At the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin will unveil the Vantage SP10, a version inspired by the racing variant that compete in the FIA ​​GT4. This special edition is available both coupé and convertible, called Volante. The SP10 can be recognized for the special Ceramic Grey Metallic livery, combined with the Titan Grey roof in the convertible version. It also features new 19-inch black and diamon-finished alloy wheels, black brake calipers and new aerodynamic details made ​​of carbon fiber as the front splitter and rear air diffuser. Inside the car, the Piano Black tint is taken up for center console, while leather and Alcantara coatings have contrast stitching. Under the hood of SP10 there is the 4.7-liter V8 of the V8 Vantage S, capable of 436 hp and 490 Nm of torque. The British supercar accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds, while the maximum speed reaches 305 km/h. The engine can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or the new sequential  Sportshift II gearbox. The Aston Martin Vantage SP10 can be already ordered.

lunedì 11 febbraio 2013

TechArt GrandGT Porsche Panamera by F355 Automotive Technic

Turkish company F355 Automotive Technic recently completed a project based on the Porsche Panamera. The car is now fitted with the TechArt GrandGT body kit, built with composites such as carbon fiber, glass fiber reinforced plastic and polyurethane RIM components which are primarily used in motor sports. The front bumper with integrated splitter and large air intakes ensure the supply of fresh air to the intercooler and the optimum cooling of the brake system. The Panamera also comes with side skirts and wheel flared fenders. The customer in this case opted for the classic five-spoke TechArt Formula alloy wheels.

Renault 5 Maxi Turbo on the track (video + pictures)

In the pictures you can see a Renault 5 Maxi Turbo at the Modena racetrack. It is a Group B rally car, produced from 1984 to 1985. The Maxi Turbo is powered by a mid-rear position 4-cylinder inline engine with displacement increased to 1527 cc, equivalent with the turbo to 2200 cc effective. Francoise Bernard was responsible for the development of the frame, thanks to a new design of the roll cage and the use of aluminum, Kevlar and carbon fiber it proved to be 35% more rigid and 25 kg lighter than the previous Renault 5 Tour de Corse, the Maxi Turbo weighs only 950 kg. Engine development was entrusted to the F1 team: many components and technical solutions, such as the Bosch mechanical injection system, the turbocharger, pistons and water injection derived from the Formula 1 V6 Turbo engine. The engine power of the Maxi Turbo GroupB is over 350 hp at 6500 rpm, while torque is 422 Nm. The engine is mated to the rear-wheel drive with limited slip differential and a manual five-speed transmission. The Maxi Turbo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds, it reaches a top speed of 209 km/h and it takes 15 seconds to reach 400 m from standstill. Watch the video below, you can see the start up, some revs and some laps on the track.

domenica 10 febbraio 2013

Porsche 997 GT3 spotted (photos)

In the pictures you can see a Porsche 997 GT3, which I caught at the Modena racetrack. This is one of the many versions of the 911 range, but it certainly is one of the most striking: it shows off the bigger rear wing, the GT3 stripes on the sides, the central exhausts and special alloy wheels. The most interesting features, however, are under the skin. The engine is the 6-cylinder boxer with displacement increased to 3.8 liters, located right at the rear to lower the center of gravity and increase traction. In this configuration, the engine produces 435 hp at 7,600 rpm and 430 Nm at 6,250 rpm and supports a maximum speed of 8,500 rpm. The six-speed manual gearbox is mated to the limited slip differential. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is in 4.1 seconds, the 0-200 km/h in 12.3 seconds and the top speed is 312 km/h. To reduce weight, doors and bonnet are made of aluminum, while the rear engine cover is made of plastic: the GT3 weights 1395 kg with a weight/power ratio of 3.2 kg/hp. This car driven by Walter Rohrl sets 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the Nurburgring.

sabato 9 febbraio 2013

Mercedes G 65 AMG 800 Widestar by Brabus

A special version of the Mercedes G-Class 65 AMG, modified by Brabus, is now available in Qatar and it is  called 800 Widestar. The G 800 Widestar is equipped with the 6.0-liter AMG V12 biturbo that now delivers a power of 800 hp at 5500 rpm and a torque of 1420 Nm at 2200 rpm. Compared to the original engine, Brabus has increased the power of 200 hp, thhanks to the modification of the turbines, he has also added four water-to-air intercooler and a new stainless steel exhaust system. The transmission provides four-wheel drive combined with seven-speed automatic transmission. The G 65 AMG by Brabus accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and it reaches a top speed of 250 km/h. The tuning is completed by Brabus 23-inch alloy wheels, Bilstein electrically adjustable suspension, and an exterior bodykit.