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PICS + VIDEO: Mansory Vincero costs $1 million... on top of the price of a Bugatti Veyron

07/17/2009   [Original: WCF; Nick Hall via Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Tuner Tuesdays, Supercars, Bugatti, Special/Limited Editions

Mansory Vincero - Click above for high-res image gallery

Bugatti always finds ways of making their Veyron more exclusive, with a seemingly endless procession of special edition models. But for some, that still ain't enough. Inherently, Bug customers also tend to be the same people for whom cost is no object. And for them, tuning house Mansory created the Vincero.

With updated aero, LED lighting, new wheels and carbon fiber galore, Mansory also managed to coax out an extra 108 horsepower from the Veyron's thousand-horse, quad-turbo W16. And the cost of these otherwise rather modest modifications? A whopping $985k - nearly a million dollars - on top of the price of a stock Veyron to begin with. At those kinds of prices, it's no wonder Mansory decided to build just three of 'em. Although we gave you a first glimpse at the Geneva Motor Show this past March, you can check out our massive updated gallery of images below and a video after the jump.

Gallery: Mansory Bugatti Veyron Vincero

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Daily U-Turn: What you missed on 7.14.09

07/15/2009   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Tuner Tuesdays, Convertibles, Dodge

2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe: Great moments in cupholder history

If you've driven a Pontiac Solstice, you know it's attractive, yet flawed. In the interest of getting the the Coupe from concept to production, GM had to make a host of compromises, and one of those trade-offs is the cupholder. No, seriously.

GM beginning to backpedal on Lutz' G8-turning-Caprice comments?

Bob Lutz' recent comments about the G8 survival after Pontiac's demise as the Chevrolet Caprice might have been a bit premature. But then again, what else would you expect from Maximum Bob?

LEAKED: Is this the 2010 Acura RDX?

The first shots of the 2010 Acura RDX have hit the web, and unsurprisingly, the small performance crossover appears to have received the Japanese automaker's controversial shield-shaped grille.

Other news of import

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG gets driven, details revealed

  • Orders reportedly coming in for 2010 Jaguar XJ

  • Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG Roadster?

  • Does brake dust affect a car's quality? J.D. Power thinks so (w/POLL)
  • Peugeot releases first official teasers of 308 RC Z

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Abt gives a boost to the 2010 VW Golf, GTI

07/14/2009   [Original: Abt Sportline via Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Tuner Tuesdays, Economy, Hybrids/Alternative, Sports/GTs, Hatchbacks, Volkswagen

Abt Volkswagen GTI MkVI - Click above for high-res image gallery

The sixth-generation Golf and GTI will soon arrive for 2010, and already, Abt Sportline - the largest Volkswagen tuner in the world - has released a variety of aftermarket parts for each. Starting with the new exterior, Abt adds a new front fascia and grill, side skirts, and rear fascia and spoiler. Wheel options come in 18- or 19-inch sizes, with or without sport rubber. Brakes can be upgraded to 345mm or 380mm sizes, and lowering springs can be fitted to provide a sportier ride and eliminate the VW's unsightly wheel gap.

Volkswagen has always left plenty of room for increased potential with its turbocharged engines, and Abt maximizes that with performance packages for the entire range. The GTI's 207-horsepower (197 here in the States) 2.0-liter turbo-four gets boosted to 240 horsepower, while the 2.0-liter diesel engine in the Golf TDI is pushed from 140 to 170 horsepower. The European-only 1.4-liter motor also gets a significant increase in performance, going from 122 to 160 horsepower. Full details on all of the available upgrades from Abt after the jump.

Gallery: Abt GTI MkVI

Gallery: Abt Golf VI

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Twist and Shout: Techart among first to tweak Porsche Cayenne diesel

07/08/2009   [Original: Techart via Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Tuner Tuesdays, SUVs, Green, Porsche


Techart Porsche Cayenne Diesel - Click above for high-res image gallery

If you want a powerful, fast Porsche Cayenne, Stuttgart has no shortage of choices on offer, topping out with the mental 550 horsepower Turbo S. Of course, there are plenty of aftermarket tuners willing to take the unreasonable up to downright silly proportions, but if you were looking for power and speed without sacrificing too much fuel, for the most part you were advised to look elsewhere. After all, a big SUV isn't exactly the ideal platform for either. But then along comes Porsche tuner extraordinaire Techart to show you the way with its own custom Porsche Cayenne Diesel.

Boosting output from 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque to a hefty 290 hp and 465 lb-ft, the Techart Cayenne Diesel drops the stock 0-60 time of 8.3 seconds down to a handy 7.7 seconds, all without harming the vehicle's fuel economy or emissions numbers. Nice work, but the most impressive part is the modified torque curve that gives the big oil-burner accessible grunt from as low as 1,000 rpm.

Techart has also crafted a unique Aerokit 1 for the diesel sport-ute, giving it a more aggressive stance while improving airflow, capped with giant 21-inch alloys or optional 22s. The British tuning house offers a turnkey model at £55,500 (around $89k USD) with the body kit and engine mods, or can fit an existing diesel Cayenne with the Aerokit for £15,000 ($24k) and the engine kit for £2,500 ($4k). Details in the press release after the jump and high-res images are on offer in the gallery below.

Gallery: Techart Porsche Cayenne Diesel

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MTM turns up the wick on the 2010 Audi S4

07/06/2009   [Original: MTM via Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Tuner Tuesdays, Sedans/Saloons, Euro, Audi

2010 Audi S4 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

The tuners at MTM have begun tweaking the all-new 2010 Audi S4 (B8) in Europe, and as expected, Audi's new supercharged 333-hp 3.0-liter V6 is rife with potential. With only a revised ECU and an underdrive pulley - no intake or exhaust mods - MTM was able to coax 430 crank horsepower out of the blown six - 97 hp more than stock.

The kit, which retails for 2,491 euros (around $3,500 USD), brings torque output up to 380 lb-ft and, according to MTM, drops the 0-60 mph time from 5.2 to 4.6 seconds. Clearly, good things are on the way for the BMW M3 fighter, and we expect more to follow when the new darling of the Euro-tuning scene arrives in the States later this year.

Gallery: Paris 2008: 2010 Audi S4

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Steeda announces 2010 Sport Edition Mustang [*UPDATED]

07/02/2009   [Original: Muscular Mustangs via Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Tuner Tuesdays, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Ford

Ford tuning specialists Steeda Autosports have been teasing the 2010 version of their Q-Series Mustang for quite some time, and apparently for some of their customers, it can't come soon enough. To help deal with requests, the Florida-based company has introduced a Sport Edition model that utilizes an array of parts already in the Steeda catalog.

This particular steed is tweaked to handle, with upgraded billet lower control arms, sport springs, and 20-inch chrome wheels wrapped with Nitto NT05 high-performance tires. Other modifications include a sport shifter, underdrive performance pulleys, a performance air cleaner, and distinctive Steeda graphics. At $8995 $6,995, the pricing seems pretty steep, especially without any significant power upgrades, but we have to admit it's one good looking pony car.

*UPDATE: Steeda representatives have contacted Autoblog with correct information regarding the new Sport Edition, including a different, wallet-friendlier package price of $6,995 (the source article cited incorrect information). The full, official press release has been added after the jump.

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Steeda announces 2010 Sport Edition Mustang

07/02/2009   [Original: Muscular Mustangs via Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Tuner Tuesdays, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Ford

Ford tuning specialists Steeda Autosports have been teasing the 2010 version of their Q-Series Mustang for quite some time, and apparently for some of their customers, it can't come soon enough. To help deal with requests, the Florida-based company has introduced a Sport Edition model that utilizes an array of parts already in the Steeda catalog. This particular steed is tweaked to handle, with upgraded billet lower control arms, sport springs, and 20-inch chrome wheels wrapped with Nitto NT05 high-performance tires. Other modifications include a sport shifter, underdrive performance pulleys, a performance air cleaner, and distinctive Steeda graphics. At $8995, the pricing seems pretty steep, especially without any significant power upgrades, but we have to admit it's one good looking pony car.

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Exclusive: Hurst announces Competition/Plus Dodge Challenger

07/02/2009   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Tuner Tuesdays, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Dodge

Hurst Competition/Plus Dodge Challenger - Click above for high-res image gallery

When we last visited the Hurst facility in Irvine, CA, we noticed something unusual. While nearly all of the Challengers were painted in either white or black, a lone Challenger painted in B5 Blue sat tucked away in a corner. When we inquired about the car, we were told that we would find out soon enough. Well, we know now, as Hurst has just unveiled a Competition/Plus package for the Dodge Challenger at the NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, CA.

The Competition/Plus project was started in an effort to provide a more affordable package, as well as appeal to customers who might not necessarily want the classic gold paint schemes. Named after the legendary shifter that helped make Hurst famous, the package includes only the essentials: an Eibach suspension system, Magnaflow exhaust system, Hurst 20-inch alloy wheels, color-matched leather inserts and stitching for the interior, matte black exterior accents, and, of course, a Competition/Plus short throw shifter with the classic white ball. We're told the package is available on any color of Challenger, whether it's the B5 Blue pictured here, Hemi Orange, TorRed or any other.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but full details on the car should be released soon. Until then, take a look at our exclusive gallery of photographs that were given the chance to snap a couple of days before the car's release.

Gallery: Hurst Competition/Plus Challenger

Photos copyright (C)2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

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In Tune With the Past: Arden re-issues limited-edition AJ18 XK

07/02/2009   [Original: Carscoop via Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Time Warp, Tuner Tuesdays, Sports/GTs, Jaguar, UK

Arden AJ18 - Click above to view in high-res

The thing about limited editions is that there are bound to be at least a few customers disappointed that they couldn't get their hands on one. That's the whole point, keeping demand higher than supply and thus ensuring a high price. So it's a little unusual to see an automaker or aftermarket supplier going back and reopening the supply lines, especially if the model in question has already been replaced. But that's exactly what British tuning house Arden has done with the AJ18.

Based on the previous-generation XK, Arden debuted this limited-edition track-inspired Jag coupe nearly ten years ago at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show, pegging production at just 13 units. A decade gone by, Arden has announced the availability of an additional five examples, bringing the total run up to 18 pieces. What sets the AJ18 apart from the stock XK8 is the carbon-composite aero kit, custom grilles and bumpers, narrow wing mirrors, giant rear wing and 20-inch Sportline rims hiding 370mm brake discs with 6-piston calipers mounted to a lowered Bilstein suspension.

We'd just as soon go out and buy a new XK, dynamically superior as it is to its successor in just about every way, but if you've already got a previous-generation model in your driveway and still regret missing your chance to upgrade it to the Arden AJ18, this will probably be your last chance. Probably.

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eBay Find of the Day: 1989 Mustang Dominator, straight off the cover of Road & Track [w/VIDEO]

07/02/2009   [Original: eBay Motors via BAT via Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Time Warp, Tuner Tuesdays, Sports/GTs, Auctions, Ford

1989 JBA Dominator GTA Mustang - Click above for an image gallery

The Fox body was hardly a high point in the history of the Ford Mustang. But every kingdom must have a king, and in the late-'80s and early-'90s this was it: the JBA Dominator GTA. Commissioned from J Bittle American by Ford in 1989, the Dominator took the pony car to new heights, installing what was likely the first independent rear suspension on a Mustang along with a long list of features that differentiated this custom muscle car from stock. The Lightning 351 engine features the iron heads from the GT40 and the intake manifold from a Cobra. A custom exhaust and aircraft-derived fuel system kept it breathing, while 17-inch rims obscured race-spec disc brakes at all corners.

The list goes on and on, and during its reign, the Dominator received plenty of media attention. The Mustang was featured on the cover of Road & Track in November 1989 in a shoot-out against other factory-backed custom muscle cars and went on to star in various hot-rodding and Ford-specific magazines. The JBA even has its own website, which will transfer to the buyer willing to pony up the $34,500 asking price for this piece of Mustang tuning history. Check it out in the gallery below and the video after the jump, or follow the link to the eBay auction page to make an offer.

Gallery: 1989 JBA Dominator GTA Mustang

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