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Ford Promises a Stampede of 2015 Mustangs for SEMA Show


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Even before we laid eyes on the new Mustang, we knew that the first SEMA Show after its presentation would be dominated by Ford's pony car. No surprise here, as it goes with the territory.

Big Daddy Custom's Muscle Coupe Used to be a 2008 Skoda Octavia


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India's automotive scene is bursting with ideas these days, with many independent shops getting creative with all sorts of cars.

400PS Brabus Mercedes GLA 45 AMG is Our Kind of Small SUV


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Compact SUVs and crossovers have come a long way in only a few years and this is most evident by the high-performance Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG. Add Brabus to the mix and what you get is purely explosive…

Vossen's New VLE-1 Wheels on a Stillen G37 and Porsche 997


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Vossen has come out with a fresh alloy wheel design dubbed VLE-1 that will be a limited edition series made of 400 sets produced in two different finishes.

Restomod '66 Chevy Chevelle Modernizes a Classic with 980hp LS7


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A 1966 Chevelle concept tune that takes advantage of all the cool advancements in automobile technology over the past five decades? Color us interested.

Holy Cash Cow! The Carbon Fiber Spoilers Alone on This Mercedes S65 AMG Will Cost You €24,900!


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We had to read Voltage Design's press release a few times to be sure, but the carbon fiber spoilers seen on this S65 AMG tune cost about as much as a base A-Class in Germany!

Hyundai's Toca Edition Genesis Twin-Turbo V8 for SEMA has 600HP


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As one of Hyundai's latest arrivals, the new Genesis will be prominently represented at the SEMA Show, with the Koreans announcing their second tune today after the 550hp Ark Performance study.

290HP Mini Sets 'Ring Record for FWD Street-Legal Cars Matching Pagani Zonda's Time!


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Just because the Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R holds the Nürburgring lap record for front-wheel drive production cars, it doesn’t mean it’s actually the fastest FWD car round the Green Hell.

Lumma Design Suits Up Long-Wheelbase Range Rover


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Germany's Lumma Design is laying claims to being the first tuner to offer a styling kit for the new Range Rover LWB that comes with a 200mm extended wheelbase over the regular model.

Ford Gives 2015 F-150 Two Different Personas for SEMA


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Ford has previewed two radically different concept cars for the SEMA Show based on the all-new 2015 F-150 pickup truck.

COBB Tuning Details Available Ford Fiesta Mods


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While modding your Ford Fiesta ST yourself by ordering parts online and then either doing a DIY job or going to a regular mechanic is fine, giving it a specialized pack is not a bad way to go either. One tuner that provides such a service is COBB, and its pack is said to improve the Fiesta in every way.

Hennessey's New 2015 Mustang GT Supercharged HPE600 and HPE700 Kits from $15k


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Let the 2015 Mustang horsepower wars begin; Hennessey has dropped its new HPE600 and HPE700 Ford pony car packages with 620hp and 717hp respectively.

Kia Previews SEMA Lineup with Smitten Ice Cream Soul EV


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Although Kia promises that its 2014 SEMA Show lineup will “highlight the imprint motorsports has left on the brand’s DNA,” we struggle to see anything motorsports-related at the Smitten Ice Cream Soul EV.

ABT's New 675PS Audi S8 will Transport You to 100km/h in 3.9 Sec


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As if their previous Audi S8 tune with 640PS (632hp) wasn't fast enough, ABT has found a way to fork a few more dozen ponies out of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8.

Unplugged Performance Works with BBS for Unique Tesla Model S Rims


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Unplugged Performance is a company specializing in Tesla Model S mods. It offers individual exterior styling enhancements or a full body kit that’s now being complimented by a newly released set of rims, developed in collaboration with BBS.

Chevy's Next Batch of 2014 SEMA Show Concepts


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With only a few weeks left before the 2014 SEMA Show kicks off in Las Vegas, Chevrolet is rolling out another group of tuned cars that include the SS Sport, Sonic, Impala and Cruze.
Corvette and Camaro fans need not worry, as this third release from Chevrolet after the Colorado Sport and Silverado Toughnology Concept focuses exclusively on sedans and hatchbacks. The firm's coupe and convertible studies will follow later on.

The common denominator here is that all featured accessories were designed to personalize the cars while maintaining their refinement and ride characteristics, with some of these parts already available through dealers and others currently being evaluated for production.

In the official release below, you'll find full details on the components used by GM on the Chevy project cars.


[From GM]

SS Sport concept

Inspired by Chevrolet’s motorsports heritage and its Australian lineage, the SS Sport concept gives the V-8-powered sports sedan a makeover that reflects its performance capability.

Unique features include:

  • Enhanced Some Like It Red Hot exterior with body-color door handles and mirrors
  • Chevrolet Accessories grille kit, fog lamp bezels, side fender vents and rear spoiler
  • Chevrolet Accessories stripes for the hood and deck lid
  • Chevrolet Accessories high-gloss black 20-inch wheels – 20 x 8.5-inch in front and 20 x 9-inch in the rear
  • Chevrolet Accessories wheel caps with the Holden logo       
  • Chevrolet Accessories sport pedal kit and cargo net
  • Chevrolet Accessories floor mats and cargo tray with the Holden logo.

Power for the Chevrolet SS comes from the LS3 V-8, delivering an SAE-certified 415 horsepower (310 kW) and 415 lb-ft of torque (563 Nm). For 2015, it is available with a new six-speed manual transmission, along with a six-speed, paddle-shift automatic.

Additionally, the 2015 SS receives standard Magnetic Ride Control – the world’s fastest-reacting damping system – which provides more precise body motion control that correlates with a more responsive, more refined ride. Also new are Brembo rear brakes that complement the Brembo front brakes that have always been part of the SS’s equipment.   

Sonic Performance concept

This performance-oriented Sonic hatchback concept draws on the legacy of Chevrolet’s high-performance vehicles reimagined for a new generation of enthusiasts. The Sonic Performance concept features engine performance, suspension/brakes and appearance upgrades designed to be installed by Chevrolet dealers for quicker and easier personalization.

The Performance concept package includes:

  • A Chevrolet Performance Stage Kit, cold-air induction and a high-flow exhaust system allowing the 1.4L turbo engine to produce more power for a more exciting driving experience
  • A track-tuned suspension system developed by Chevrolet Performance. The suspension kit lowers the ride height for a sportier stance
  • Synergy Green exterior color accented with white, offset stripe package
  • Chevrolet Accessories white headlamp rings, tail lamp rings, grille surround, mirror covers and rear spoiler
  • Concept ground effects package
  • Chevrolet Accessories 17-inch aluminum wheels in white
  • Chevrolet Accessories carpeted floor mats, door sills and sport pedals.

The Sonic Performance concept features an advanced safety package including forward collision alert and lane departure warning – crash-avoidance technologies typically found on cars costing more – as well as a rear vision camera. It also features 10 standard air bags and Bluetooth phone connectivity – just like every production Sonic in the 2015 lineup.

Sonic Accessories concept

Built to highlight the personalization possibilities, Sonic Accessories concept allows mixing and matching of the latest accessories for unique treatments.

Sonic Accessories concept highlights include:

  • Summit White exterior color with an offset matte black stripe
  • Chevrolet Accessories white headlamp rings and tail lamp rings
  • Chevrolet Accessories black grille surround, mirror covers and rear spoiler
  • Chevrolet Accessories black 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Chevrolet Performance suspension kit with lowered ride height
  • Chevrolet Accessories carpeted floor mats, door sills and sport pedals.

The Sonic Accessories concepts also packs a Kicker subwoofer and amplifier to complement its street-smart style with the appropriate decibels.

Under the hood is the Ecotec 1.4L turbo rated at 138 horsepower (103kW) and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 Nm) of torque between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm. The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged engines – helps the engine deliver a better driving experience and performance.

Impala Blackout concept

Redesigned a year ago, the 2015 Chevrolet Impala builds on the attributes that made it one of the most acclaimed new cars of 2014 – including being named the Cars.com Best Car of 2014 and one of Kelley Blue Book’s 12 Best Family Cars for 2014.

The Impala Blackout concept builds on the car’s aggressive, acclaimed styling with blacked-out cues that lend it a sinister attitude – all accomplished with paint and accessories available from Chevrolet. The simple-yet-effective formula includes:  Chevrolet Accessories black grille surround, rear spoiler, painted mirror caps and 19-inch aluminum wheels.

The all-black, leather-trimmed interior features custom trim plates with a wire mesh pattern, along with Chevrolet Accessories stainless steel sills – with the Impala logo – and a sport pedal kit. The Impala Blackout also rocks with the production model’s available 11-speaker Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System, which connects to the Chevrolet MyLink system via an eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen.

The Impala’s available 3.6L V-6 engine, rated at 305 horsepower (227 kW) and 264 lb-ft of torque (358 Nm), powers the Blackout concept. It is the segment’s most powerful naturally aspirated V-6 engine.

Cruze RS Plus concept

Cruze is the cornerstone of Chevrolet’s North American small-car lineup, which is attracting a greater share of the market and more young, first-time customers visiting Chevy showrooms. It is also Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with more than 3 million units sold globally since its launch in mid-2010.

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze in North America receives revised exterior styling, enhanced interior convenience and greater connectivity – including new Text Message Alerts, Apple Siri integration and OnStar 4G LTE with available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

An available RS package includes unique fascias, rocker moldings, rear spoiler and fog lamps, while an uplevel instrument cluster includes chrome accent rings in place of the standard silver finish, and opaque cluster bezels that allow the cluster’s ice blue backlighting to shine through for a sporty nighttime appearance.

The Cruze RS Plus concept accentuates the distinctive, upscale styling cues of the 2015 Cruze RS with a custom Wildfire Metallic exterior, along with unique lower body moldings and a custom rear spoiler. A twin-stripe package in matte black is available from Chevrolet Accessories.

Inside, the Jet Black interior shines brighter with a Chevrolet Accessories ambient lighting kit and illuminated door sills. It also features a sport pedal kit and a Kicker  subwoofer and amplifier kit.

Under the hood, the concept’s aggressive styling is matched with a performance-enhancing stage kit from Chevrolet Performance, as well as a concept fresh-air intake system for the 1.4L turbo engine.

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ABT's R Cure for Your RS5 Light Upgrade Itch


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No matter how powerful, fast and special automakers make their vehicles, there will always be demand for more oomph and styling pizazz, and tuners like ABT are more than happy to facilitate.
The Germans haven't gone nuts with their new "R" package for the Audi RS5 Coupe choosing instead a path of moderate upgrades.

For example, the new complete sports exhaust system that's optionally available with side pipes, and some minor fiddling with the engine, generate an extra 20hp and 10Nm bumping the 4.2-liter V8's output to 464hp (470PS) and 440Nm (324 lb-ft) respectively.

ABT quotes a 0-100km/h (62mph) run in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 290km/h (180mph) for the RS5-R coupe.

With the R package, you also get a carbon fiber aero kit comprising a front skirt and flics, rocker panels, rear apron and a fix rear wing to notify drivers coming from behind.

Finally, the RS5-R rides on new 20-inch alloys that weigh 9.5kg (21 pounds) wrapped in 275/30 ZR20 performance tires.

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Steeda Prepares a Flurry of 2015 Ford Mustang S550 Tuning Parts


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One of America's most well-known Ford tuning brands, Steeda Autosports, is gearing up for the 2015 Mustang launch with plenty of performance enhancements, some of which are readily available, while others are on a pre-order.

Porsche 911, Macan, Panamera and Cayenne Wear Their Martini Racing Colors


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If we had to pick one motorsports livery for any Porsche model, that would have to be Martini Racing with its legendary blue and red stripes that hark back to the carmaker's Le Mans entries in the 1970s.

Hamann Rolls Out its First BMW M4 Styling Parts


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In what is likely the first of several batches of tuning parts for the BMW M4 to come from Hamann, the German firm released images of its styling parts for the coupe.