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2011

2011


The 2011 SEMA Auto Show is fixing to become an automotive giveaway bonanza after numerous aftermarket tuners have made it known that they were giving away a number of the cars that will be in attendance at the world’s largest auto aftermarket event.

The latest to throw their name into the raffle-hat is Bosch Auto Parts, which will be raffling of a one-of-a-kind 2011 Ford Mustang RTR that was custom-built by no less than drifting champion Vaughn Gittin, Jr and Ice Nine Group, noted builders of limited edition production vehicles.

The Mustang Bosch Iridium Edition RTR is based on the Mustang RTR package and comes with plenty of aerodynamic and performance modifications that makes it a true one-of-a-kind muscle car. The car will carry some carbon fiber body panels, a custom BASF paint finish, and custom one-off badging, among other things. The muscle car will also have a new front splitter, rocker splitters, an RTR rear diffuser, a stamped aluminum rear spoiler, Ford Racing shocks, Ford Racing calibration, Ford Racing mufflers, cross-drilled and slotted rotors, and Bosch Iridium spark plugs.

The winner of the sweepstakes will be announced on November 2, 2011 at the SEMA Auto Show. Some lucky man - or woman - will walk home with a true one-of-a-kind Mustang, the kind of muscle car that truly has no peer.

Usually when you say "Roush Performance" you automatically think about a customized Mustang. But the tuner has decided is time to do things a little bit different. So, at this year’s SEMA Show the tuner came with a customized Focus just as a proof that than can customize any car in the world.

The most impressive job has been made under the hood. n here Roush has used a 2.0 liter supercharged engine equipped with a ROUSH TVS 900 ROUSHcharger. This helped the engine to deliver an impressive 230 HP and 210ft.lbs of torque.

Next to the engine updates Roush is also offering a pretty impressive package for the exterior including: a Roush front fascia grille inserts, chin splitter and custom graphics. Sherwin-Williams custom matte paint and Ford Genuine Accessories roof spoiler also help it stand apart from the crowd.

Updated 11/01/2011: This review has been updated with full specifications, images and details.

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Just like skirts getting blown up by the wind, teaser images like these just leaves a whole lot to the imagination. Can’t you guys raise the covers up a little bit more?

In any case, what you see is the second Ford model that Tjin Edition is set to bring at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in two weeks time. We already showed you the Ford Mustang, so this time around, you can get your speculations on as to what the aftermarket company did to the Ford Explorer.

The image doesn’t shed a whole lot apart from that custom 24" iForged Concave wheel that appears to be part of Tjin Edition’s package for the Explorer.

In any case, the company did reveal a slew of other options added on to the Ford Explorer, including a custom Dupont paint finish, a lowered Einbach suspension set-up, large Baer brakes, a Thule bike rack, a black leather interior by LR Auto Body, and a pair of Recaro child seats, among other things.

No word yet on whether the Explorer will carry a similar performance upgrade as the Mustang, but hey, that’s what teasing is all about. The good news is that we won’t have to wait long before the unveiling as SEMA is only two weeks away from opening.

It seems that this year’s SEMA Auto Show has kept Tjin Edition pretty busy the past couple of months. Next to a special Ford Mustang GT 5.0 and a Ford Explorer, the tuner has also displayed in Las Vegas a Honda Civic SI developed in cooperation with Honda North America.

According to the tuner, this particular Civic SI was developed with form, function and family in mind. The first thing you will notice about the car is a special Wraptivo wrap done by the guys at Daley Visual. Apparently, this wrap was the last roll in existence making the Civic SI even more impressive. Next to it there will also be a set of 19″ Rotiform Concave BLQ wheels. The Civic’s center of gravity is brought down via Function and Form fully adjustable coilovers, and tucked away behind the concave wheels are a set of Baer brakes.

After its debut in SEMA, the car will tour the country via the 2012 Tjin Edition RoadShow.

UPDATE: 11/01/11: This review has been updated with official photos

UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the SEMA Show. Find them in the picture gallery.

The SEMA Show is not just for American tuners and their tuning packages. Wald International, the famous Japanese tuner, has also confirmed their presence in Las Vegas with a tuning package based on the Mercedes-Benz R230 SL-Class . The model will be displayed courtesy of U.S. distributor Jonari Corporation.

The tuner has said nothing about an engine upgrade, but the exterior has been heavily modified, although its not something that we’re particularly impressed about. The aerodynamic package includes: a front bumper fascia, front sports fenders, side skirts, rear bumper fascia, quarter panel wheel arch extensions and a trunk spoiler.

As far as we’re concerned, the element that totally ruins the look of the car is a DTM sports muffler with twin exhaust pipes placed in the middle of the rear diffuser. The final element includes a new set of Renovatio R12 wheels in sizes 9J x 20-inch at the front and 11J x 20-inch at the back.


The wait is finally over! After long and drawn out wait, it has been officially confirmed: both the Toyota FT-86 and the Subaru BRZ will make their highly-anticipated world debuts at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show. Both models will be displayed in final production form, although its best to point out that according to Toyota officials, the production version of the FT-86 won’t have anything in common with the concepts seen before.

Both models will be powered by a Subaru -derived flat-four engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. For the FT-86, Toyota has confirmed a total output of 200 HP, while output for the BRZ will be kept "under 300 HP." The two models will be almost identical, with subtle and individual changes being made to the wheel designs and to the front grille.

As for the Subaru version, a few things have also been confirmed: it won’t get a turbocharged or an all-wheel-drive version. Convertible versions has also been denied.

Both models will go on sale in mid-2012, with priced for Toyota model to start from about $20,000 and for Subaru from $25,000.

Source: AutoCar

SEMA Show will start in about two weeks and as expected we can offer you more and more details about the models to be displayed in the show. And, as no surprise models like Ford Mustang will once again steal the show.

The new project has been developed by UTI and Tjin Edition in cooperation with Ford and is based on the2012 Mustang GT 5.0 . This one of a kind Mustang sports a custom Dupont paint job, 20" Forgestar wheels, Baer big brakes, custom interior and of course a Paxton Supercharger.

There are no details about the final output just yet, but taking a look at Tjin’s previous works we expect to see big things in Las Vegas.

The UTI / Tjin Edition Ford Mustang will be one of the display vehicles on the 2012 Tjin Edition RoadShow, and will be the 2012 give-away UTI sweepstakes car, so stay tuned for more info!


Hennessey was the first tuner to offer an update package for the Ford Mustang Boss 302 . However, at the upcoming SEMA show we will see lots of packages based on it for sure. And the first to announce its presence was Katzkin Leather. As the company’s name suggest their package will mostly focus on improving the car’s interior but we expect a few changes on the exterior also.

Katzkin offers three very different approaches to individual interior design ranging from premium and custom levels on up to a limited package which provides the definitive statement in automotive interior design, offering not only the best materials, but adding more detail and bolder, more expressive elements. Limited Edition designs can include different materials and colors, embossing and textures, grains and effects through state of the art digital technologies that are then applied to the Katzkin handcrafted process.

While we have no other details on the final product, we have to admit that the teaser image makes us dream!

Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio

The 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show will begin in about a month and we already have the first details on the models scheduled to be displayed. The first details come from Volkswagen who confirmed they will be coming with two new production vehicles — not concepts. Both will be global debuts, meaning they have not appeared at any other motor show.

Volkswagen hasn’t offered any other details on these two new models, but we are pretty sure that one of them will be the Convertible version of the new generation Beetle. The second production car can be one of two possibilities: the next generation Golf - very unlikely - or the facelift version of the Passat CC . Our bets on the Passat CC.

Whichever direction Volkswagen has chosen to go, we should have more details at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show during the media preview on November 16th and 17th.

Source: KickingTires

Hyundai has unveiled today at the SEMA Show the Veloster by ARK Performance and what a surprise we had! We have never expected to see a Veloster looking that good. But it happened! And the Veloster revealed today in Las Vegas is really a head turner!

"The Hyundai Veloster is an ideal car for enthusiasts with its distinctive design and dynamic architecture," said Ted Lee, owner, ARK Performance Inc. "At SEMA, our ARK Performance Veloster will bridge the realm between an affordable sports car and an extreme motor sports vehicle. From the first Tiburon, to the Genesis Coupe, and now with the Veloster, ARK Performance continues to uphold the torch as the pioneer of aftermarket performance manufacturing for Hyundai."

ARK Performance is offering several modifications for the the exterior and interior of the Veloster, but have also added many engine upgrades that will surely boost performance.

Updated 11/01/2011: This review has been updated with the official images and specifications. A video has also been added, enjoy!

UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the SEMA Show. Find them in the picture gallery.

Hit the jump to read more about the Hyundai Veloster by ARK Performance.


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