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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.

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Now that BMW has announced that the M3 Coupe will go out of production in September, it looks like the world — tuners included — is preparing to say "good bye" to a great sports coupe. We had lots of tuning kits for the M3 Coupe unveiled over the past few days, and now the folks over Alpha-N Performance announced a new one.

Maybe not as impressive as all the other kits you have seen in the past, like the G-Power M3 GTR 2 kit announced earlier today, but the Alpha-N package is still well worth our attention. The tuner offers a pretty extravagant wide-body kit, plus an updated interior look and, of course, more power from the engine.

Under the hood, Alpha-N offers several upgrades, but the press car features the most primitive, yet effective, of engine tunes: increased displacement. By way of a stroker kit that includes a new crankshaft, new pistons and new connecting rods, Alpha-N bumped the M3’s engine from a 4.0-liter to a 4.6-liter V-8.

The tuner continued by remapping the ECU for more efficient spark and fuel, which helped bump the final output to a total of 490 horsepower and 346 pound-feet. This is a 76-horsepower and a 51 pound-feet gain, which is relatively tame for the amount of work that Alpha-N put into the engine, but it allows for more extreme tuning in the future.

This tune offers a huge increase in top speed, which jumps to 195 mph — a 40 mph increase.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 by Alpha-N Performance.

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Back in 2012G-Power unveiled the BMW M5 Hurricane RRS , which delivered an amazing output of 830 horsepower. Now, the tuner used the experience accumulated developing that car and created the M3 GT2 R, which is not only the baddest road-legal M3 around, but also a sort of tribute to the M3 GT2, which raced in numerous GT events between 2009 and 2013.

A base BMW M3 delivers a total of 420 horsepower, but with some intensive work, the guys over G-Power managed to add another 300 horsepower to the car’s V-8 engine, transforming the M3 Coupe into a real monster. Most likely, this will be one of the latest staggering upgrade kits offered for the M3 before it goes out of production in September.

Along with the amazing job done under the hood, G-Power also offers a modified aerodynamic package made entirely in carbon fiber to help increase downforce and save some weight.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 GT2 R by G-Power.

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At this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego Ford unveiled the F-150 "The Crimefighter" — a concept car that pays tribute to the original Batmobile . The first Batmobile was built by George Barris and unveiled back in 1965. It was based on a Ford Futura concept car and in January 2013 it was auctioned for a cool $4.2 million.

The new F-150 "The Crimefighter" was built in cooperation with Galpin Auto Sports and is based on a 2012 model year pickup truck. The Crimefighter is painted in tuxedo black with Ferrari red accents - similar to the original Batmobile. The bed of "The Crimefighter" has even been adorned with fins, just like the original Batmobile. Under the hood, this F-150 carries a 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Ford makes no mention of engine upgrades, so we assume this V-8 engine produces the stock 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.

What’s very interesting about the Crimefighter is that Galpin Auto Sports is accepting orders for it, so if you want, you can feel like Batman too — if only Batman drove an F-150 pickup...

Click past the jump to read more the Ford F-150.

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This isn’t the first time Senner Tuning has released a kit for the Nissan 370Z , but the last one was way back in 2010. This time around, it looks like Senner took its 370Z tune a little further.

As no surprise, Senner started its job under the Z’s hood where it installed an INJEN cold-air-intake system with hydro-shield wind deflector and remapped the ECU to squeeze a few more ponies from the 3.7-liter V-6. There is also a new stainless steel exhaust system connected to a fan-type exhaust pipe and 400-cell sports catalysts. All these updates have increased the 3.7-liter engine’s output from the standard 330 horsepower to a total of 368 horsepower. Peak torque also jumped from 269 pound-feet to 299 pound-feet.

Senner didn’t hang up its wrenched after tuning the engine, as is also slapped on a set of 20-inch Work Varianza T1S wheels wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 5P tires sized 245/30R20 up front and 295/25R20 out back.

Rims and tires aren’t quite enough to push the 370Z to another level, so Senner also added in a compression and rebound-adjustable KW variation 3-Inox coilover kit, and adjustable control levers on the rear axle to allow for fine alignment tweaks on the back end.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan 370Z by Senner Tuning.

The San Diego Comic-Con opened up today and what better way to celebrate it than with a comic book-inspired ride? Well, Kia was happy to deliver the goods by way of a Justice League-inspired 2013 Sorento that took a whopping 10 months to complete.

For those that don’t know, the Justice League first appeared in The Brave and Beautiful issue No. 28, which was put on shelves in 1960. The original seven members of the famed comic book team were Batman , Superman , Aquaman , Flash , Green Lantern , Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter, but many characters came and went through the years. This Sorento features all of the original characters with the exception of the lesser-known Martian Manhunter — in his place is more mainstream Cyborg — painted on each side of the vehicle by West Coast Customs. Each of the characters on this Sorento also had their own individual customized Kia and you can see each one by clicking on each name above.

Up front, the hood features a "Justice League" decal and nothing else, giving the crossover a clean, but still custom, look from the front end. The Kia also received blacked-out upper and lower grilles.

On the inside, the customization continues. West Coast Customs reupholstered all three rows of seats with one character’s colors and logo on each seat. Up front, the driver’s seat features the Superman logo and red piping, and the passenger’s seat features a batman logo on the headrest and gold piping. The three center-row seats features Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash logos with their respective colored piping. Finally, the third row of seats feature Aquaman and Cyborg logos with piping to match.

Also customized are the door panels, which feature comic strips on the upper inserts and color-coordinated piping, and the center console with its comic-strip covering.

What’s more, is that you can buy this custom rig on Ebay and bidding runs from today through July 27th here. The profits from the auction will go to help the We Can Be Heros campaign, which helps feed starving families in the Horn of Africa. So, not only can you own an awesome ride, but you also help a great cause, it’s a win-win situation.

The customization is based on a Sorento EX with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that puts down 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the Justice League Sorento.

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In the past few months, DMC has focused its attention on the Lamborghini Aventador , but sometimes enough is enough! Now the tuner changed its point of view and decided to update another Italian supercar: the Ferrari 458 Spider .

The new package is called 458 Spider "Elegante" and it includes both performance and aerodynamic updates. The base 458 Spider packs a 4.5-liter V-8 powerplant that delivers a total of 570 horsepower, but that wasn’t enough for DMC. The 458 Italia Elegante package includes a remapped ECU and a new stainless-steel exhaust system. these updates are enough to increase the prancing horse’s output to a healthy 608 horsepower.

Once the tuner finished its work under the hood, DMC focused its attention on the car’s aerodynamic features. For this, it installed a new front lip spoiler, a new hood, new side skirts and a blade wing on the backside. DMC also installed a series of new elements made in carbon fiber, including: side-view mirrors, front wings, rear diffuser and fog light covers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Spider Elegante by DMC.

A little more than two months after gifting us with a sick program for the McLaren MP4-12C , the folks over at Autodynamica are back at it again. This time it’s delivering a new treat for a fellow exotic: the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder .

Featuring a comprehensive program that includes a new aero kit from Vorsteiner to go with performance and suspension updates, Autodynamica really went to the well with its aftermarket work on the 458 Italia Spyder.

Obviously, the most distinctive part of the project is theVorsteiner kit , which we’ll get into later. What really got our juices flowing, though, are the performance and suspension upgrades the aftermarket company did to the 458 Italia Spyder. First, it installed new Akrapovic high flow cats, a titanium valved exhaust, carbon-fiber exhaust tips and KW suspension springs. Also added in were 20- and 21-inch HRE S101 wheels on the on the front and rear, respectively, wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires.

That’s not all, though. Autodynamica also gave the Ferrari supercar a new Evomsit Performance software upgrade, resulting in improved power figures to the tune of 609 horsepower, an improvement of almost 40 ponies from the standard model.

Torque numbers weren’t announced, but we expect it to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 460 pound-feet to go with an estimate 0-to-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the Vorsteiner kit Autodynamica installed into the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder.

When a new performance ride hits the market, like the 2014 Corvette Stingray , it is only a matter of time before Hennessey engineers get to cracking the code to drawing more horsepower from it. About a month after GM unveiled the all-new Corvette Stingray earlier this year, Hennessey let us in on the secret that it planned to tune the new sports car to upwards of 1,000 horsepower in several stages.

Today, just five months after making that bold announcement, Hennessey has outlined the details of its new HPE tuning programs for the Stingray . We are just a tad bit impressed, as Hennessey created four equally amazing kits for the Corvette that pushes it to between 600 and 1,000 ponies. So, if the stock 455-horsepower output just isn’t enough for you, you can rest assured that Hennessey has the right kit for you.

What’s great about Hennessey programs is that its engineers and designers never focus solely on muscle. They also turn their attention to updating the suspension, braking and aesthetics to help push the envelope of performance a little further.

UPDATE 07/16/2013: Hennessey has officially unveiled the HPE tuning kits for the 2014 Corvette Stingray. See the details after the jump

Click past the jump to read all the juicy details on the HPE kits for the new Corvette Stingray

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Back in February, Hennessey Performance announced that it was preparing to update the 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider . Now, it looks like the upgrade is complete, as the tuner took the 458 Spider HPE700 out for testing.

While the tuner has not released the details on its new HPE700 package, we do know from the previous upgrade kits that the update will include a new twin-turbocharger system, plus a remapped ECU. With all these changes the final output has been taken up to more than 700 horsepower - quite an increase over the car’s standard 570 horsepower.

There is also a new set of wheels, new high-performance brakes and a new suspension system.

As an option, buyers can add in t a set of F458 sport racing catalytic converters for $4,194 for an extra 24 horsepower and 20 pound-feet of torque and a set of F458 sport headers for $4,794 that bump power by another 34 horsepower and 38 pound-feet or torque, plus they weigh 13 pounds less than the stock manifolds.

All we can say is that we cannot wait to see what the HPE850 and the HPE1000 packages can do!

Click past the jump to see the Ferrari 458 Spider by Hennessey Performance going from 0 to 150 mph.

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In the latest episode of Drive, Matt Farah got behind the wheel of a Mercedes E63 AMG . This is not your run-of-the-mill E63 AMG , but rather it is tuned by Weistec Engineering and boast an output of 850 horsepower.

Weistec Engineering updated the E63 AMG with the addition of a new turbo system and a new exhaust system with freer-flowing down pipes. The tuner continued with remapping the ECU, adding new air filters and revising cooling system. There are also new, stronger CV axles that are responsible for transferring torque and power from the differential to the wheels in a vehicle with independent suspension.

What’s really cool is that the tuner considers it can easily upgrade the E63 AMG to deliver an astonishing 1,000 horsepower! We’re sure Matt will get a crack at that tune too, at some point.

Check out the video to see how the extra 300 ponies improved the E63 AMG’s performance figures.


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