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  The latest in car tuning, also known as modified cars, is presented on this page along with high resolution pictures and videos . Car tuners try their best at improving vehicle style and performances. You are not a true car enthusiast if you don't think this is cool.

A lot of Ford’s SEMA -bound vehicles come with their share of aesthetic and performance upgrades. But you can argue that none come with the kind of visual appeal as the Ford Focus ST that was worked on by Universal Technical Institute.

Thanks to some help from the folks over at Axalta, UTI’s decision to dress up this Focus ST with a vintage Gulf Racing livery speaks to our inner racing enthusiast. There’s something about that recognizable blue and orange livery that just tugs at our strings and its no different then than it is now.

Moving past the Gulf Racing colors, the UTI team also sought the help of Neil Tjin of Tjin Edition to create and design the Focus ST’s exterior look. Once that was taken cared of, the car’s body kit was built by DTM Autobody while the 19-inch deep-concave Forgestar wheels were also added into the car, creating a more track-oriented look that adds more appeal to the sports hatchback’s already impressive looks.

Under the hood of this UTI-tuned Focus ST, an intercooler kit was installed by Vortech Superchargers with Motiv Concepts taking care of the high-flow catalytic converter. Taken together, this Focus ST sees a significant power boost, although the official numbers have yet to be announced.

Either way, this Focus ST is really one for the books. That’s how much love we have for that Gulf Racing livery.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Focus ST

Posted on by Simona  

The G63 AMG is the coolest of the of the entire G-Class bunch, but even a great car can be improved now and again. The folks over at German Special Customs did just that when they came up with an amazing upgrade kit for the G63 AMG that transforms the off-road machine into something truly bad-ass.

The base G63 AMG pulls power from a 5.5-liter, V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. That’s well and good, but GSC decided to bump this up by way of reworked software and a modified exhaust system. As a result, the GSC-tuned G63 AMG now delivers a total of 620 horsepower, 1,000 Nm (738 pound-feet) of torque.

In addition to the engine upgrade, the tuner is also offering lots of exterior new parts made in carbon fiber, a new set of wheels and an updated interior with a 320 km/h speedometer.

The G63 AMG also received some upgrades on the outside, but we could definitely live without those. That body kit a bit odd looking, and those low-profile tires on fancy rims all but negate its off-road capabilities.It’s not our cup of tea, but it may strike your fancy...

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG by GSC.

Posted on by Simona  

As Ford used us by now, with a few weeks before the 2013 SEMA opens its doors in Las Vegas, the company started to revealed the first details on the models it prepared for the show. One of these vehicles is a pretty cool Fiesta ST tuned by the guys over MRT.

The concept was designed as a stylish street performer updated with aftermarket parts and a pretty aggressive body kit that enhance its sporty reputation. The car is powered by an EcoBoost engine mated to a six-speed transmission and combined with a high-performance exhaust system. However, up to this point we can not tell you for sure the amount of power delivered by this Fiesta ST .

The car sits on 18-inch wheels from Rotiform and features a cool custom paint that combines green, black and some orange stripes.

At the SEMA show Ford also prepared a special Xbox One demo station that will allow visitors to play the Xbox One’s “Forza Motorsport 5,” which goes on November 22nd, but also to virtually test the Fiesta ST.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ford Fiesta ST.

Just like any other automaker that looks to make a splash at the SEMA Auto Show , Ford knows that the way to go is to build a car that can stir up some buzz and turn some heads.

Recently, the American automaker teased a pair of Ford Mustang GT models that hopes to accomplish that. The first one, called the Mustang GT Nitto Tire, is the little more subdued of the two Mustangs.

But make no mistake, this Mustang GT still looks the part of a car you’d normally see in the biggest aftermarket show in the world. It’s got an aggressive new look, highlighted by a Brilliant Red finish from BASF to go with black racing stripes, as well as a new aero kit and if you didn’t notice by its name, a fancy set of what we think are 20-inch wheels wrapped in Nitto tires.

According to Ford, the Mustang GT Nitto Tire also has a performance upgrade under its hood, thanks to a new Ford Racing Cobra Jet intake manifold breathing through a twin-bore 65-millimeter throttle body. No mention of how much of an increase in output it carries, but anytime you hear the name "Cobra Jet", the thought immediately goes to a muscle car that has in excess of 500 horsepower at its disposal.

Whatever that number is, the Mustang GT Nitto Tire will undoubtedly fit right in at SEMA.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Mustang GT

German tuner Geiger Cars is the rare European aftermarket company that specializes on American vehicles. It’s a distinction the company has proudly worn on its sleeves and with a history of impressive programs, it’s a badge of honor that’s certainly well-deserved.

Recently, Geiger Cars added another feather on its cap with the introduction of its new program for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 . Re-christened as the Camaro LS9, the tuning program covers an expansive set of modifications done on the Camaro ZL1’s body and engine. No surprises there, considering it is, after all, Geiger Cars we’re talking about.

One look at the new Camaro LS9 and you’re immediately drawn to the sharp-looking exterior that mixes a white body finish with a neon green touch on the front fender flares, the side sills, and the rear underbody. The Camaro also has a revised grille, a new spoiler, race-inspired tow hooks, and a new set of 19- and 20-incch Goysar wheels wrapped in Michelin Cup tires. A bar code design graphic on the doors round out the exterior modifications, adding a distinctive style to what already looks like a sportier and more aggressive looking Camaro.

Pop open the hood and you’ll notice that the engine configuration has been dramatically improved with the additions of a new pistons, upgraded camshafts, a new crankshaft, a larger intercooler, and optimized cylinder heads. With all those new components added into the Camaro ZL1’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the muscle car’s output rockets up to an incredible 780 horsepower and 725 pound-feet of torque, good enough to blast the coupe off the block and reach 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds. A quarter-mile time of 11.9 seconds is similarly impressive, as is the 210 mph top speed that the Camaro LS9 is now capable of hitting.

The program is impressive all the way around, which largely explains why it’s also expensive. For all the bells and whistles of this tuning kit, Geiger Cars is charging €138,090, which is just under $190,000 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about Geiger Cars’ Chevrolet Camaro LS9 program

Ford must be feeling left out considering that a bunch of other automakers, Hyundai and Chrysler , specifically, are in the middle of previewing their SEMA -bound vehicles.

So, the Blue Oval did what’s only right under these circumstances: join the party!

It already introduced the Mustang Yellow Jacket a week ago; now, a pair of new heavily-modded Mustangs have been introduced, or should we say teased, leading up to the big show this coming November.

Of the just-teased Mustang GTs , the one that was built in collaboration by Hollywood Hot Rods is the more eye-catching of the two, and for good reason. The bronze-ish color looks absolutely intense! Add that to the aerodynamic enhancements that appear to include a hand-made hardtop, new fenders, a redesigned tail secition, new wheels, and what really looks like side exhausts, and you have a completely remade Ford Mustang GT that definitely lives up to its name as straight out of Hollywood.

Like the Mustang GT Nitto Tire, the Hollywood Hot Rods’ Mustang GT also comes with massive performance modifications. And like the Mustang GT Tire, Ford hasn’t revealed any details on how much of an engine upgrade it has.

Fortunately, it won’t take us too long to find out because SEMA is just around the corner. When that time comes, we’ll know everything we need to know about a Mustang GT that already has our hearts on its strings.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Mustang GT

For all the love we give to the Subaru BRZ , there’s one unmistakable fact about the sports coupe that cannot be denied: it lacks power above 100 mph.

If the standard 200-horsepower output of the BRZ is short of some serious firepower, the options are wide open for how to address and improve the BRZ from stock.

Good to go with a tuner that is regularly hitting the max possible speeds in testing near autobahns and the ’Ring.

European tuner Litchfield understands this, and it has a program that will answer all our needs for the BRZ.

Known for its work on the Nissan GT-R , Litchfield set its sights on the BRZ and fitted it with a sick supercharger to drive up the output from the sports coupe’s 2.0-liter boxer engine to an impressive 280 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. That may not sound like a whole lot relative to other tuning packages we’ve seen, but considering the makeup of the BRZ, it definitely has our attention.

With the supercharger now in the equation, the BRZ is now capable of hitting 0-62 mph in just 4.9 seconds with a top speed that we imagine to be in the 155 mph range.

Well done, Litchfield Imports. That’s how you breath performance life into the BRZ.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru BRZ Spec-S program by Litchfield Imports

The Mercedes C63 AMG is power and luxury all rolled into one. But even with its billing as one of Mercedes’ more popular AMG-powered models, the C63 still has enough room in it to be treated to a nice little upgrade.

That’s where British aftermarket company Mulgari comes into the picture.

Technically, Mulgari’s program for the C63 AMG doesn’t qualify as just a nice "little upgrade". The company worked on this baby for a long time and recently, it was time to give the re-christened Mulgari C63 510 its official debut.

The program itself constitutes a steady diet of aesthetic, aerodynamic, and performance upgrades. The first part involves giving the C63 AMG new aerodynamic components to give the sports sedan better performance to complement the improvements added to the engine. Carbon front and rear aerodynamic additions are part of the package, all of which helps in channel airflow throughout the car. A full stainless steel exhaust system with active valves was also installed while badgind and serial plaques were placed throughout the car to ensure that nobody mistakes the C63 510 with any other C63 AMG.

Under its hood, the Mercedes sports sedan received quite the upgrade, bumping up the output from the car’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine from the standard 450 horsepower and 422 pound-feet of torque numbers to a pretty impressive 510 horsepower and 521 pound-feet of torque, good enough to improve the output from the electronically-limited 155 mph to a not-anymore-electronically-limited 174 mph.

Taken all together, the Mulgari C63 510 is an impressive aftermarket build coming from a company that knows what its doing when it gets its hands on a C63 AMG.

Click past the jump to learn more about the Mulgari C63 510

Posted on by TB +  

All this talk of gorgeous HD Point-of-View driving videos reminds me of a knockout drive to share here as part of a travel article.

The four videos show the high-def ascent of the Pikes Peak Toll Road outside Colorado Springs, Colorado. Taken earlier this summer by none other than this grinning goon.

The car of choice for this adventure is the only car for the job, in my opinion. My cherished but battered 2005 http://www.topspeed.com/cars/subaru... Subaru Legacy GT manual Wagon.

This is the car that I mention in my bio as currently non-functional in garage ion the updated TopSpeed Team page...

It is still needing a big electronics overhaul to come back to life as spunky as it was when new.

But watching the clouds roll by while the upgraded turbo spins furiously and boost spikes as high as 19 PSI.

Climbing Pikes Peak takes about 45 minutes and costs about $12.00 per car. It is mostly tourists driving very slowly, with double yellow no-passing zones all the way to the top.

But on that rare sunny day, the only things slowing you down are fear of heights and the thin atmosphere at the 14,000-foot crest of the peak.

Click past the jump for the next four videos in this series, in order, going up and coming down the legendary Pikes Peak in all its high-definition glory.

Posted on by Simona  

The new CLA-Class is by far the coolest model launched by Mercedes in the past few years, so is no wonder that it is already enjoying a great success from tuners.

We have seen quite a few tuning kits ever since the model was dropped on the market, and the latest one comes today from the German tuner Vath Automobiltechnik.

As usual the kit offered by Vath includes updates to both the exterior and the interior of the car, but the most important one is being made under the hood. By remapping the engine electronics, adding a new sports exhaust system and installing a new air filter system the tuner managed to increase the four-cylinder’s output from 208 to 265 horsepower.

As a result the CLA 250 will now sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

An increased output requires a more aggressive stance on the road, so the tuner is also offering a club sports coilovers that allows lowering the car’s ride by 20 (0.78 inches) to 65 millimeters (2.55 inches).

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLA by Vath.


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