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PostHeaderIcon Novitec Tesla Model S Features Subtle Improvements

The fact that it is extremely hard to improve an electric car has not stopped aftermarket specialists from trying. Here you see the Novitec Tesla Model S, a European take on the highly celebrated American EV, and it boasts a number of key upgrades that make the ownership experience of the car more satisfying. 

On the styling front Novitec Tesla Model S is given a light treatment in form of some carbon fiber components that do more for the aerodynamics of the car than its looks. The package include front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser, plus a neat boot spoiler. Because they are made of naked carbon, they look their best on a white car. The aero parts are complemented with a set of a bespoke Vossen wheels made exclusively for the Tesla, measuring 9,0J x 21J with 245/35 R21 tires on the front and 10,5J x 21J with 265/35 R21 tires out back. Customer has full control over the color of the rims.

Having taken care of the looks, the tuner then set about technical improvements. And this is the difficult part with an electric car, because there isn’t much that can be done to increase the power and range that the manufacturer hasn’t done already. So Novitec Tesla Model S program focuses on ride and handling, hooking the car up with electronic adjustable shock absorbers optionally with hydraulic height adjustment. This results in a nice drop of 25mm in eh ride height. Last but not least, the Model S gets a high performance brake system with ventilated Carbon-Ceramic brake discs optimized the deceleration value of the vehicle by weight-saving at the same time.












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PostHeaderIcon In the Works: Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6 Soft Top

We really did not think that something like the Maybach G650 Landaulet could possibly have a rival, but we were wrong. In our defense that is such a niche vehicle, no one would be inclined to invest in making such a thing… no one except the eccentric visionary Afzal Kahn, it turns out. He has just teased the Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6 Soft Top which is a direct attempt at the Landaulet’s life. 

On the face of it comparing a wonky Land Rover, which is what Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6 Soft Top is based on, to the unique Mercedes G-Class, which is what the Maybach G650 is based on, seems idiotic. Of course the Mercedes is a superior product. But you see, the Hunstman is no ordinary Land Rover. It is a completely bespoke car, every part of which is improved and when necessary redesigned from scratch by Kahn artisans. Granted, it still may not be as spacious or as comfortable as the big G, but calling it just as classy and luxurious is not stretching the truth.

There are obvious advantages with Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6 Soft Top as well. For starters, it’s a 6×6 whereas the G650 has only, I mean only, four wheels. The British car also seems to have a much neater folding soft top than the Benz, at least going by what we can see in the preview image. The Hunstman uses a 110 Double Cab Pick Up Defender as the base vehicle, but you’d be forgiven for not recognizing that at first glance owing to all the modifications it goes through to become a Huntsman. Prices and availability of this special vehicle will be announced over the coming days.

This teaser sketch is a statement of intent, announcing that the dream of owning an uncompromisingly designed Flying Huntsman soft top model, designed by the UK’s most avant-garde designer is now a reality.

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PostHeaderIcon BBR Mazda MX-5 ND Stage 1 Turbo Upgrade Offers 210 bhp

Lack of big power is one of the characteristics of the Mazda MX-5 sports car. It’s deliberate, so as to make you work the engine and gearbox and find the intrinsic joy there is in that. But some people prefer more get up and go and for them British tuner BBR has a new turbo upgrade package that breathes more life into the MX-5’s tiny little heart. 

BBR Mazda MX-5 ND Stage 1 turbocharger upgrade for the 1498cc SKYACTIV-G engine ups the power to 210 bhp which is a staggering 81 bhp more the standard. It also bumps the torque 197 lb.ft of torque (86lb.ft more than stock). The col thing about this upgrade is that the real torque still kicks in at fairly high rpm (above 3,000 rpm, peaking at 4,100 rpm). So you still get to rev the nuts of that motor and wring it out through the snappy gearbox.

The key aspect of BBR Mazda MX-5 ND turbo upgrade is the tuner’s exclusive TSX28-67R twin-scroll turbocharger. It comes with bespoke casing,  front-mounted air to air intercooler,  a high-flow K&N induction system and BBR’s renowned Starchip / EcuTek RaceRom ECU software package, which includes revised fuel, ignition and boost calibration. The turbo boot in stage 1 treatment is set at 7 psi.

BBR Mazda MX-5 ND Stage 1 turbo package is priced at £4995.00 including installation.

“BBR’s early development work proved Mazda has done a great job with the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G engine, so power gains beyond remapping without forced induction and considerable effort are likely to be negligible,” explains BBR GTi Ltd Managing Director, Neil McKay.

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PostHeaderIcon Manhart MHX6 Dirt² Is BMW X6M’s Offroad Cousin

BMW might be losing the extreme offroad game to Mercedes-Benz, but their tuners are not going down without fight. In an effort to give the G-Wagen 4×4² some serious competition Manhart Performance has come up with a hard-core SUV based on the X6M. It’s called Manhart MHX6 Dirt² and it’s a 900-hp monster capable of conquering any and all terrain. 

Now, Manhart MHX6 Dirt² is still very much a concept in development, as you can tell by the fact that we have computer renderings of it rather than real images. But it’s a completely doable project for Manhart, even though their background is in super fast Bimmers for road and track. There are traces of that expertise here, chiefly under the bonnet where the big Dirt benefits from a 900 horsepower and 1,200 Nm of torque version of the famous 4.4 liter bi-turbo V8 engine.

That power, combined with all the offroad gear they have fitted – or will fit – to Manhart MHX6 Dirt² makes the thing pretty much unstoppable. In fact, one may not be blamed for suggesting they have gone a bit overboard. This car looks more like a Dakar Rally contender than an adventure-mobile which is what its main rival is. The SUV has a full set of aero parts, including front and rear spoilers, but they are rather pointless since the height of the car renders the question of downforce moot. But they do lend a certain je ne sais quoi to the design.








The rest is all offroad business, with massive wheels and chunky tires, flared fenders with protective covers, portal axles, jacked-up suspension, front and rear guards, double snorkels, a winch, and an exterior-mounted roll bar with place to secure your spare tire on. The price of this bad boy will be in the neighborhood of half a million dollars.

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PostHeaderIcon Prior Design Mercedes X-Class Is Extra Wide

The first tuner to treat the new Mercedes X-Class pickup truck like a proper Benz is Prior Design. They have come have come up with a wide body package for the workhorse which kind of nullifies the whole point of the vehicle, but makes it look a helluva lot cooler. 

The PD500 package as they call the Prior Design Mercedes X-Class wide body consists of a few simple parts that replace the original components. They are designed for the sole purpose of increasing the X-Class’ sex appeal. So you get massive new bumpers and skirts and fenders. And while these are not very practical for, say, farm work, they look absolutely sensational when you cruise around town in your tricked-out truck.

The ingredients of the Prior Design Mercedes X-Class include an aggressive front bumper featuring large air intakes with dark accents and extra louvers, equally impressive rear bumper with cutouts for diffuser and tailpipes, and front and rear widening complemented with sport side skirts. These bits are designed as part of a package and you need to order them together as they do not work individually. You can’t have the fenders without the bumpers and vice versa.









But you can order the PD400 package which is like a basic version of the package. It still gets you the extra wide fenders but with revised custom bumpers. It looks good, the PD400, but the full-fat version is what you really want.

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PostHeaderIcon Forgiato’s Mercedes G500 4×4 Is Dopeness Overload

We have seen many different takes on the already bonkers Mercedes G500 4×4 Squared since the car’s launch. But we have to admit we liked none of them as much as this new one, which is curious, because all the mods it features is a set of wheels. But what a set of wheels it is!

This unique and utterly handsome Mercedes G500 4×4 rocks a set of Forgiato Origini-T wheels shod with extra-chunky off-road tires. The G500 has never been much of an on-road performer anyway – unlike its G63 cousin – so we reckon the tuner has made a fair trade here, gaining extra off-road capabilities with those tires while losing some of the car’s tarmac performance. Another advantage of that massive set of wheels and tires is the dope look they result in. It’s as if the 4×4 was always meant to look like this. That is how brilliant the fitment is. Mind you, we should also mention the amazing color on this particular G500 – is it Copenhagen Silver? – which play a big part in giving the SUV that overall excessive dopeness.

Mercedes G500 4×4, in case you have forgotten, is one of the most fun versions of the G-Wagen. It features jacked-up suspension and portal axles from the G63 6×6 and has a 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine developing 420 horsepower. The SUV is also very luxurious. The G500 4×4² offers an exclusive ambience with the designo Exclusive package. The seat bolsters and head restraints as well as the dashboard, centre console and armrests in the doors are styled in black designo leather with white contrasting topstitching. The seat surfaces and door panels are covered in DINAMICA microfibre and impress with their attractive diamond-design quilting. In addition to this there is DINAMICA trim for the roof liner and the body pillars.

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PostHeaderIcon ABT Audi S5 Tuning Program for 2018 MY Range

The S5 series have always been among the classiest Audis one can buy due to the discreet way in which they deliver their power. They are not cars for posers. The S5 models are pretty accomplished cars as standard, but upgrade treatments like this ABT Audi S5 tweak that perfection and make the whole even more enjoyable. 

The 2018 ABT Audi S5 covers all variants of the car including Sportback, Coupe and Convertible. The latter is our favorite because it is all the car you ever need. It has four seats, an open top, four-wheel-drive, a great interior, comfy ride, and stellar performance. The ABT treatment improves some of those aspects with an eye towards sportiness. So the body is garnished with aero parts, the suspension lowered, and the wheels increased in size.

But they have done all this in a level-headed way so as not to ruin that discreetness we were just talking about. ABT Audi S5 styling tweaks include aggressive looking front spoiler and a distinctive rear skirt set with a muffler system and four black chromed end pipes. They do have a profound effect on the way the car looks, but they are not show-offy. The same goes for the wheels. You have a large selection of  19 and 20 inches wheels from  DR, ER-C, GR, and FR models to choose from, in colors like “glossy black” or “matt black”.

In terms of performance, while no power kit has been announced yet for the 2018 engines, ABT Audi S5 is a better performer than the standard model thanks to tweak suspension. The ABT coilover suspension springs available for this model can be adjusted to lower the ride height by 0.6 to 1.5 inches, thus improving the car’s road holding and cornering capabilities.









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PostHeaderIcon Latest Singer 911 Is a Beautifully Restored 964

Anyone who argues cars cannot be art has certainly never seen a Singer 911. All these cars are amazing works of arts, but this latest one, a 1990 Porsche 964 restored and modernized to the buyer’s detailed specifications, is just friggin’ mesmerizing!

This Singer 911 is the result of a joint Dynamics and Lightweighting Study “DLS” with Williams Advanced Engineering. The owner wanted his to car to be the embodiment of dynamism through lightness philosophy, and Singer obliged him by conducting one of the most thorough engineering works they have ever done. For this project they brought together some of the best names in automotive business, including Michelin, Brembo, and BBS Motorsport, as well as automotive authority Chris Harris and former racing driver Marino Franchitti.

It’s no wonder, then, the end result is so brilliant. It’s not just that this Singer 911 looks amazing as a complete object. You can stripe it apart to its building blocks, and each one of those is also a work of art. That includes the mechanical parts. Look at the whole engine assembly in the photo below and tell me it doesn’t belong in a museum of modern art?

The Williams connection means this Singer 911 benefits from a 500 horsepower four-valve, four-camshaft, naturally aspirated, air-cooled flat-six engine. They have also designed the aerodynamics and suspension geometry, and brought the know-how in using lightweight material such as magnesium, titanium, carbon fibre and other advanced materials. The car also gets carbon composite Brembo Brakes, BBS magnesium wheels, Hewland magnesium, lightweight 6-speed transmission, and bespoke Michelin Cup2 tires.

Visually, the completely overhauled 964 is finished Absinthe, a bespoke color inspired by Porsche’s vintage green, and it’s complemented with interior leather in Blood Orange. We dare say this 911 is on the par, in terms of beauty and art and general exquisiteness, with something like the Pagani Huayra.















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PostHeaderIcon SPOFEC Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose Unveiled by Novitec

Novitec’s division in charge of upgrading Rolls-Royce automobiles, as you may know, is called SPOFEC. They have just come up with a new model which has the most apt name ever given to a tuner car. SPOFEC Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose is exactly that, an overdose on style, performance, and meanness!

The Overdose series has already given us a pretty cool Wraith. And although SPOFEC Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose features the same sort of upgrades, the very convertible-ness of this one makes it a much nicer proposition than that coupe. The sense of drama is a lot greater with this Dawn. What’s more it gets to show off its bright interior which is a nice complement for that unashamedly sporty body. While Rolls-Royce purists may find this treatment rage-inducing, the current RR clientele – you know, the rappers, reality TV stars, and like – will absolutely love it.

SPOFEC Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose features a massive body kit consisting of completely bespoke front and rear bumpers with large intakes, new front wings, flared rear arches, side skirts, and rear wing. The carbon fiber kit is penned by German designer Vittorio Strosek and he is going to license only 8 Dawns to use this kit so as to maintain exclusivity. The styling package is nicely complemented with SPOFEC SP1 22 inch wheels and recalibrated suspension which drops the car down and then further down at speeds above 140 km/h. That’s a good thing, because the ricked-out V12 engine in this car now makes 686 horsepower and provides a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 4.6 seconds.





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PostHeaderIcon Brabus Maybach S650 Packs 888 bhp

They are not calling it Rocket because that perhaps has negative connotations for a super-deluxe car like the Maybach. But it does come with a 900 badge just like the Rocket. We are, of course, talking about the new Brabus Maybach S650. The road-going yacht is upgraded by the German powerhouse to become one of the world’s most extravagant things on wheels. 

The release of Brabus Maybach S650 is part of a double feature in which the tuner has come up with two “extreme” S-Class models. In fact, they have something for most versions of the new Mercedes S-Class. The S560, S600, S63, S65 and Maybach S650, they all get a treatment of extra power and torque. The top of the line package is the 900 given to this Maybach, the official output of which is 888 brake horsepower and 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) of torque. They begin with the standard Mercedes V12 and machine it up to 6.3 liter before installing their own turbos and exhausts and other high performance parts. The net result of this insane power is a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph) for the Maybach.

If you are buying the Brabus Maybach S650 with the 900 package for yourself, you may want to consider the Brabus S63 for your wife or girlfriend. This one has a four-liter engine which is equipped with the BRABUS B40-700 PowerXtra performance, good for 700 horsepower (691 bhp) and peak torque of 950 Nm (701 lb-ft). Shoudl she complain that it’s still a little too hot to handle, even though it comes with 4MATIC all-wheel-drive, you can go for the S560 upgrade program with 650 horsepower. All of these models also get a cool aero kit, hi-tech forged wheels and exclusive BRABUS fine leather interior design.










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PostHeaderIcon TopCar Mercedes V-Class Inferno is a Palace on Wheels

It’s a rite of passage for all big-time tuners to come up with some sort of over the top, ultra-deluxe upgrade package for one of Mercedes-Benz vans. This time we take a look at TopCar Mercedes V-Class Inferno, a new product from Russia which, as befits the origins of the company, is a head and shoulders above everything else you have seen so far. 

With the TopCar Mercedes V-Class Inferno the tuner has paid equal attention to both exterior and interior. It’s a complete package you get, and although the body kit and paint scheme on the outside is a high-end job worthy of the most luxurious supercars, it is really the interior which blows you away.

The styling package consists of custom bumpers featuring carbon aero parts including spoiler up front and diffuser out back, extra fins and ducts, a new front grille, side skirts, tailgate and roof spoiler, and new tailpipes. The two-tone paint job with the naked carbon fiber parts is as impressive as the wheels from Brabus. There are other brands to choose from wheel-wise, but these monoblocks do tie things together rather nicely.












Inside the cabin of TopCar Mercedes V-Class Inferno, or rather in the rear compartment, is where the real money is spent. You can have two or four individual seats in any color that takes your fancy. You can have cabinets and bars, TVs and tablets and computers, fridge, coffee machine, stereo system moonroof, reclining chairs, and… They say the cabin of this car is as good as that of a private jet. But that’s not true. It’s much better because you can choose every last details and put anything you want in there.







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PostHeaderIcon Tramontana Supercar Gets Gold Interior from Vilner

The Tramontana is a Spanish supercar designed to the closest thing to an F1 car for the roads. Obviously, that makes very little sense, which is why the thing didn’t catch on. But it did catch fire though, on more than one occasions, sometimes while on TV. Anyway, Bulgarian tuner Vilner has got hold of one recently and they went gold mad on it for the SEMA show. 

Vilner’s Tramontana differs from other models – which also boast interior designs from this tuner – in that it has a much stronger luxury feel to it. Following the exterior theme of black surfaces complemented with gold accents, the cabin is wrapped in fine black leather and Alcantara, contrasting with the golden leather of the seats which, apparently, is modeled on ancient thrones. Same style and materials can be found on both sides of the cockpit and even the floor mats are made from leather, Alcantara and that “golden leather” elements.

The attention to details in this Tramontana is pretty amazing. But then you wouldn’t expect anything else from Vilner. They have wrapped teh sun visor in Alcnatara and garnished it with gold edging. The dials and knobs have gold surrounds. There’s gold stitching and a steering wheel that appears to have been taken from a captured spaceship belonging to third army of the planet Zaa. As a reminder, AD Tramontana is powered by a Mercedes-Benz bi-turbo V12 with 888 hp. It weighs just under 1,300 kg, and it has a reputation for being extremely wild and, well, fiery.


















 “You are nobody in the automotive custom scene if you’re not at SEMA,” says Atanas Vilner, founder of the namesake art studio Vilner. “We were there as an exclusive partner to the Spanish supercar brand AD Tramontana”

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PostHeaderIcon 3D Design BMW M2 Is About Subtle Improvements

At first sight what you are looking at here might appear to be a standard BMW M2. But upon closer inspection one notices a number of carbon additions giving the little sports car a unique and serious look. This is the 3D Design BMW M2 equipped with a custom aero kit designed more to function than show off. 

This is excellent because body kits in general, and specifically those designed for BMW models, tend to be all big and showy. They accentuate the already in-your-face parts of these cars and the end result, more often than not, is a classless creature that makes it owner look like a ginormous knob. That is not the case with the 3D Design BMW M2 though. Granted, it does have a big rear wing, but the whole thing has such a discreet design that, as mentioned, you may not even notice it as an aftermarket package.

With 3D Design BMW M2 you get a neat and well-placed front splitter with extended tips on either side. It sits snugly under the stock bumper and not only gives the front-end a more racy look, it also helps with aerodynamics by making it easier for the car to cut through air at high speed. On the sides you get a pair of carbon sills, and at the back a diffuser insert complemented with 3D Design exhaust pipes and of course, the big rear wing. You ca order subtler wings if you want, but this GT-inspired one provides copious amounts of downforce.



















This M2 offered by BMW Abu Dhabi features no performance upgrades for its twin-turbo straight-six engine, but that’s OK. The standard motor is pretty potent at 370 horsepower.  This propels the new BMW M2 Coupe with optional sevenspeed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) and Launch Control from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds, with top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

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PostHeaderIcon SEMA 2017: Rutledge Wood Toyota Camry

Thanks to its connection with NASCAR, 2018 Toyota Camry had no shortage of custom model at this year’s SEMA. they got a bunch of drivers to come up with their own designs for the family sedan. But just to introduce a bit of variety they also commissioned the Rutledge Wood Toyota Camry, and it could be the best of the lot. 

Designed by Rutledge Wood of Top Gear USA fame, this unique Camry benefits from nay innovative feature such as 3D printed body parts. Wood teamed up Rick Leos, a seasoned hot-rodder and car builder, and together they created a car that is really hard to fault as far its show car qualities are concerned.

The main highlights of Rutledge Wood Toyota Camry include custom, 3D printed  hood, front and rear bumpers, rear diffuser, rocker panels and headlight buckets, wide body stance and a Megan Racing custom suspension and staggered 20-inch forged Rotiform wheels. The car features a V6 engine tuned with MagnaFlow exhaust, and the whole thing is bathed in a one-off metallic mix of pearlescent blue and purple which the builders call “Blurple.” As for the interior, you got “baseball glove” leather on the seats, door panels and steering wheel.







“Since Rutledge has been such an integral part of the Toyota SEMA machine over the last few years, we decided to let him build his own custom Camry alongside our top NASCAR drivers,” said Steve Curtis, vice president of media and engagement marketing for Toyota Motor North America.

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PostHeaderIcon SEMA 2017: Toyota C-HR R-Tuned

So far at the SEMA show 2017 we haven’t really seen too many custom C-HRs, which is curious, given how ripe a car like this is for special treatments. But this is one of the good few, the Toyota C-HR R-Tuned, turned by the famous firm into a 600-hp track monster. 

This is interesting because when people think of modifying crossovers they think of offroading and such. But R-Tuned decided to go the exact opposite route, enabling the C-HR to best some of the most serious supercars on the race track. And this is not just hot air, either. Toyota C-HR R-Tuned has already been around Willow Springs International Raceway’s (California) 2.5-mile “Big Track,” where it set a time of 1:25.22. According to Toyota that is faster than McLaren 650 S Spyder, Porsche 911 GT3, and Nissan GT-R NISMO.

The key to the amazing performance of Toyota C-HR R-Tuned is a heavily tricked-out 2.4-liter Toyota 2AZ-FE upgraded with Dezod-supplied forged internals, a titanium and Inconel valve-train, and a custom DG-Spec Garrett turbo system.Making the best of the 600 horses this setup makes is a OS Giken limited-slip differential so even though it’s still front-wheel-drive it doesn’t handle like a clown car. Brembo racing brakes with 14-inch rotors, triple-adjustable DG-Spec Motion Control Suspension (MCS) motorsports dampers, high-performance Toyo tires and a massive aero kit are among the other highlights.





“The C-HR R-Tuned has been to the track every month since we started the project late last year,” said DG-Spec owner Dan Gardner. “It’s probably been subjected to more real-world tests than just about any car built for SEMA. It’s not just a show concept but a track-worthy performance vehicle, and I can’t wait to see what people at SEMA and beyond think!”

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PostHeaderIcon Kia Stinger at 2017 SEMA Show – WCC & Federation

One of the biggest highlights of this year’s SEMA show will, without a doubt, be the new Kia Stinger. This affordable performance car is the ideal choice for tuners willing to show off their tuning prowess. Here’s two of the coolest, backed by the company itself and made by some big names. 

The first tricked-out, SEMA-bound Kia Stinger is an extra-wide model created by the world famous West Coat Customs. Finished in a special pearl blue metallic paint, the WCC Kia Stinger wide body features an ultra-wide body kit with substantial fenders accommodating 21 inch Keen Forged wheels. Furthermore, the suspension has been lowered 1.4-inches up front and 1.2-inches in the rear to make the whole look right. Other highlights include lightweight carbon fiber aero kit and rear diffuser custom blue leather seat piping, a distinct hand-stitched gray leather dash panel, alcantara-wrapped steering wheel as well as gloss black center console trim.













The second Kia Stinger for SEMA is called the Federation after its creator. The aftermarket supplier has hooked-up the Stinger with some of the best tuning parts out there. The creamy orange paint job is complemented with exterior body accent kits by Air Design USA including a rear spoiler, rear diffuser and redesigned hood vents. There is a K&N cold-air intake and a low-restriction quad-tipped Borla to add 15 horsepower to the power of the V6 engine. Eibach springs, thicker antiroll bars and a reduced ride height as well as 20-inch TSW wheels shod with Falken tires are among the other highlights.

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PostHeaderIcon SEMA 2017: Luke Bryan Chevrolet Suburban Concept

Chevy has taken a different approach with their special Suburban SUV for this year’s SEMA show. Instead of relying on the prowess of big time tuners, they enlisted the services of a country music singer. Luke Bryan Chevrolet Suburban is all about “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day.”

That is Bryan’s vision of a perfect SUV. And so Chevy has upgraded and equipped this Suburban to realize that vision. The first thing was to make the big SUV a go-anywhere off-roader. That’s why it gets lifted suspension and modified 22-inch Chevrolet Accessories wheels mounted on 35-inch-tall off-road tires. Luke Bryan Chevrolet Suburban is also outfitted with a custom Hunter Bronze exterior color with Dark Carbon accents and camo graphics, a roof-mounted light rack and a custom lower fascia.

We’re not entirely sure where the “lovin’” lies in Luke Bryan Chevrolet Suburban, but hey, it’s a spacious vehicle. Just fold the back seats and you’re good to go. The vehicle is powered by a 5.3L V-8, rated at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque mated to six-speed auto box.








Luke Bryan Chevrolet Suburban Concept Specs:

Exterior

  • Chevrolet Accessories mesh grille (custom finish)
  • Chevrolet Accessories black tubular assist steps
  • Chevrolet Accessories Thule®* Canyon roof basket with optional extensions
  • Chevrolet Accessories roof rack cross rails
  • Chevrolet Accessories black Chevrolet bowtie emblems
  • Hunter Bronze exterior color with Dark Carbon accents and camo graphics
  • Unique lower fascia
  • “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” exterior badges
  • Roof-mounted light rack by Baja Designs
  • Roof-mounted fishing rod holder
  • Swing-out tailgate with spare tire mount

Interior

  • Chevrolet Accessories Bluetooth headphones by KICKER®^
  • Chevrolet Accessories Bluetooth Bullfrog® music system by KICKER®^
  • Black and Two-Tone Olive interior color with Anodized Orange and Dark Carbon accents
  • Fully trimmed seats with Argon piping and Platinum camo-pattern perforated inserts
  • Custom-trimmed steering wheel, door pads, instrument panel and center console with Argon piping and Platinum camo-pattern perforated inserts
  • Concept rear-facing third-row seats with custom footwell
  • Reverse-mounted rear-seat DVD player
  • “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” concept rear floormat
  • Re-trimmed headliner in Light Platinum Taffeta material

Chassis and suspension

  • Chevrolet Accessories 22-inch concept wheels with 35-inch-tall tires
  • Suspension lift
  • Lower skidplate extension
  • Tow hooks in Anodized Orange

Performance

  • Chevrolet Performance 5.3L cold-air intake system
  • Chevrolet Performance front six-piston Brembo® brake upgrade system

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PostHeaderIcon ScienceofSpeed Acura NSX Is Ready for SEMA 2017

Yes, it is possible for one of SEMA cars not to be all flamboyant and chintzy. This discreetly beautiful ScienceofSpeed Acura NSX is built by an Arizona-based tuner who in this car have realized their “dream Project.” Inspired by GT3 racing cars, the SoS NSX benefits from a thorough upgrade. 

It is possible that SoS found the hybrid system that powers the NSX a bit too complicated – or too perfect – to be messed with. So they have been content with a few basic mods here concerning exhaust and cooling system. The handling meanwhile has been improved via a lowering treatment for the suspension complete with lift system, Brembo ceramic brakes and a set of high-performance wheels and tires. Visually, the main highlight is Nouvelle Blue Pearl paint work, complemented with a host of carbon fiber aero parts. As for the interior, black leather Recaro Pole Position racing seats with blue stitching and accents on the doors, dash and seats count as the coolest features.











ScienceofSpeed Acura NSX Specs:

Power:

  • 610 (+37) Horsepower   
  • 507 (+31) lb.-ft. of Torque 

Engine:

  • ScienceofSpeed Sport Downpipes
  • ScienceofSpeed Sport+ Exhaust
  • ScienceofSpeed Liquid Injection Intercooling System

Exterior:

  • ScienceofSpeed Sport Aero Kit Front Strakes
  • ScienceofSpeed Sport Ducted Carbon Fiber Rocker Panels
  • ScienceofSpeed Carbon Fiber Diffuser
  • ScienceofSpeed Carbon Fiber Mid-height GT Spoiler
  • Andaro Nouvelle Blue Paint with Gloss Black roof
  • Gold Powdercoated Carbon Ceramic Brembo Brakes

Interior:

  • Recaro Pole Position ABE Racing Seats
  • ScienceofSpeed Sliding Seat Rails
  • gaugeART Multi-function OLED Gauge
  • Custom Upholstery with Black Leather, Blue Stitching and Fabric Accents

Suspension:

  • ScienceofSpeed Lowering Kit
  • iLIFT Pneumatic Suspension Lift System

Wheels & Tires:

  • Advan GT Premium Forged Wheels (F: 20×9, R: 21×12)
  • Pirelli Trofeo R tires

The post ScienceofSpeed Acura NSX Is Ready for SEMA 2017 appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon 2017 Honda Civic Type R Crate Engine Announced

A little earlier we told you about Mopar’s Hellcrate engine to be revealed at SEMA show. Now for something a little more accessible for the masses. Honda Performance Development (HPD) announced they will reveal at the SEMA show the 2017 Honda Civic Type R crate engine, which they are going to sell to whoever’s interested for $6,519.87.

That is a far cry from Hellcrate’s 19 grand price tag, but these motors do have some similarities. They are both at the top of their game, the most powerful in their classes. 2017 Honda Civic Type R crate engine packs a massive-for-its-size 306-horsepower and a peak 295 lb-ft of torque from 2,500rpm. In the Type-R this engine drives front-wheels only, but a skilled mechanic could fit it to an all-wheel-drive drivetrain and make the most of that power. Personally, we would put this engine in a Toyota 86 and make the car it should have been from the beginning.

2017 Honda Civic Type R is not the only good news about the company’s 2017 SEMA offensive. Their lineup also includes the Global Rallycross (GRC) Civic; Team Honda Research West (THR-W) Endurance Civic Type R; new Honda-powered F3 race car; Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Civic Si; 50th Anniversary Baja Ridgeline; Honda’s Powersports product line-up; Honda Factory Performance™ (HFP™) Accessories and the new Honda Genuine Accessories Civic Type R Red Carbon Kit.







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PostHeaderIcon Mopar Hellcrate HEMI Engine Kit to Debut at SEMA

Those of you who have halted your kit car or restomod project on account of not having a good engine, listen. Chrysler’s parts and tuning arm Mopar is bringing to 2017 SEMA show the Hellcrate, a crate version of the 707 horsepower Hellcat engine everybody loves. Now let’s guess what will be the strangest car to feature it.

Mopar Hellcrate is the first and only supercharged, 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque factory-backed crate engine kit. The 6.2 liter V8 is basically plug & play, meaning you can drop it into any car that has room for it under the bonnet, connect up the bits, and viola. Just make sure you get the proper gearbox for this monstrous engine. By default it is set to work with manual boxes. The clutch also, and the whole chassis, it has to be rigid enough for that kind of torque. Well, let’s just say it’s probably not a good idea to put the Hellcrate in a family hatchback.

It really is that simple though for a mechanic to use the Mopar Hellcrate. The kit comes with all you need to install the motor, including powertrain control module (PCM), power distribution center, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, accelerator pedal, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors and fuel pump control module. Mopar also supplies Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit, which includes an alternator, power steering pump, belts, pulleys and…

But before you get too excited we should point out Mopar Hellcrate HEMI costs $19,530. So it’s not really for your average backyard project. This kit is ideal for first-time supercar makers who need something potent and relatively hassle-free. The kit comes with a Mopar three-year/unlimited mileage warranty.




The post Mopar Hellcrate HEMI Engine Kit to Debut at SEMA appeared first on Motorward.

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