Brabus’ Mercedes line-up of vehicles continues to heat up with the recent announcement of two new performance packages for the CL500 4MATIC.
Not content with the car’s already robust 4.7-liter V8 twin-turbo engine that produces 435 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque? If so, Brabus has ttwo power upgrades for you to choose from.
The first one is called the ’Brabus B50 - 490’, which consists of a new plug-and-play PowerXtra module that tweaks the engine’s performance capabilities through improved electronics, ignition, injection, and electronic boost pressure control. The modifications result in a car that’s capable of hitting 490 horsepower and 575 lb/ft of torque. Mighty impressive on its own right, yes?
But if you’re still not satisfied with that, Brabus is also offering something a little more powerful in the form of the ’Brabus B50 - 520’, a program that carries all of the features of the 490 while also coming with an additional intercooler. The result is a might 520 horsepower and 604 lb/ft of torque on the CL500 4MATIC.
With all these changes in tow, the CL500 4MATIC will now be capable of hitting a 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds and an increased top speed of 186 mph.
Together with the other Brabus-tuned Mercedes, the S500 4MATIC, the CL500 4MATIC, will be gracing us with our presence at the Essen Motor Show this November.
The police are definitely making their presence felt at the 2010 Essen Motor Show, although it’s not for reasons you might think.
A while ago, we showed you an Essen-bound Fiat 500 that was dressed in Italian police livery by tuning house Blistein. Turns out, the 500 wasn’t the only law enforcement vehicle expected to show up at Europe’s largest aftermarket auto tuning event.
German tuning house, AC Schnitzer, was also in attendance at Essen and they’ve brought with them the German counterpart to the 500 Polizia by Bilstein.
The Aachen-based aftermarket specialists developed their own version of the Mini E Polizei car as part of their ’Tune It! Safe!’ campaign, which is a part of bigger safety campaign sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.
Among the notable modifications AC Schnitzer gave the Mini E includes a new racing suspension system that complements the car’s 204 electric 204 horsepower. There’s also a newly-designed bonnet, new front and rear skirts, and a set of 18" alloy wheels on Hankook tires. Keeping to the theme of a police vehicle, AC Schnitzer also gave it a blue paint finish with unique stickers courtesy of Foliatec. AC Schnitzer also added a Hella signaling system, as well as an interior that has been decorated with a pedal set, a foot rest, and handbrake handle made of aluminum.
This German Police MINI E has indeed been dressed up in full ’Polizei’ regalia to show that while MINI may be a brand that’s as eccentric as any automaker in the world, it’s still capable of tapping into it’s serious, law-enforcing side.
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There was an undeniable buzz heard at the floor of the Essen Motor Show when a familiar supercar that was supposed to have been discontinued a year ago was spotted with its sharp hood and smiling mug sticking out for the entire audience.
We are, of course, talking about the Mercedes SLR McLaren.
Apparently, the famous supercar is not ready to call it a day yet after word quickly spread that Mercedes may soon release 25 limited edition models of the very same car that was displayed at Essen.
Not much is known about what kind of package the limited run SLR McLaren is going to come in, but judging from the car that was being displayed, it looks like there will be a number of modifications, including a redesigned bumper with some pretty enormous air intakes. Over on the side we noticed the conspicuous absence of the two chromed rods on the side intakes. The limited edition SLR also looks to have a new set of rims with an upgraded braking system that consequently also has new ceramic brake discs. As for the powertrain, word has it that it will retain the same 5.4-liter V8 engine that produces 626 horsepower, similar to the one found in the previous model.
That’s as much as we were able to dig up on this surprising limited edition supercar. Heck, we couldn’t even get an estimated price tag on this one, but we’re nevertheless confident that more details will pop out as soon as the rest of the automotive world gets a hold of this surprising news.
Now that Hyundai has taken the reins from Toyota as the biggest Asian automaker in Europe, the Korean auto manufacturer is looking to build on that momentum by having the best auto tuners in the world take a stab at dressing up their vehicles.
The latest aftermarket tuner, and arguably one of the world’s biggest names in the industry, to dress up a Hyundai is Mansory, which gave the 2010 Genesis Coupe a new and pretty sleek styling kit.
Presented at the Essen Motor Show, the Mansory-dressed Genesis Coupe’s styling has been improved – and that’s saying something considering the sports coupe is already a looker in its own right.
Among the additions the tuning firm put on the Genesis Coupe include new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and even a carbon rear wing. The sportster also gets a new front spoiler lip and a rear diffuser that comes with a new hexagonal exhaust pipe that firmly entrenches the stunning new look of an already awesome-looking sports car.
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The Essen Motorshow is about to begin this weekend, so it’s no wonder that our pages are full of tuning projects. But when we get to talk about cars such as the Mercedes SLS-AMG, things get even more exciting! German tuner, Brabus, will be bringing an SLS AMG that will be fitted with a tuning kit they compare to a custom-tailored designer suit. This kit a complete makeover for the exterior and a custom Brabus interior, as well as some performance enhancements.
The aerodynamic package, all made of carbon fiber includes a front spoiler, a rear spoiler, and a rear diffuser. It goes on with more sculpted rocker panels, Brabus air outlets for the front fenders, and a set of forged wheels in sizes 9.5Jx20 in front and 11Jx21 on the rear axle. The car’s ride has also been lowered by 30 millimeters, and the suspension is height-adjustable. At the rear there is a new high-performance exhaust system with four slanted exhaust tips with diameters of 84 millimeters manufactured from extremely lightweight titanium. The new exhaust system increases the power output by 10 hp.
The interior gets carbon-fiber inlays in any desired color, matte anodized aluminum pedals, and an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel. The speedometer is actually a source of some interesting news as well; it comes with a 250 mph scale. Apparently, Brabus is giving us a hint at this sports car’s future performance.
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Not all police cars can be a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Polizia Stradale or even a Stealth Ford Police Interceptor concept, so Bilstein has come up with a less dramatic police car and will be bringing it to the 2010 Essen Motorshow starting this weekend.
Bilstein’s interpretation of a police car doesn’t necessarily have tons of horsepower under its hood, nor is it big enough to scare even the puniest of criminals. No, their choice for a police car is the cutesy Fiat 500 Abarth, proving that even the smallest cars on the market can be police cars.
The Fiat 500 Abarth in Polizia livery may not scare the living daylights out of Ms. Daisy, but any tuning fan will enjoy the Bilstein B14 threaded kit added to the hatchback. This kit comes with variable height-adjustment and adds a cool look to the otherwise mundane vehicle.
We are going to venture a guess that this will not be the most exciting model to appear on the Essen Motorshow’s floor. Actually, we are desperately hoping this is not one of the highlights, but the Porsche Panamera Racing Car by H&R and the Porsche 911 BT1000 by 9ff will be there, so we can rest easy.
Stay with us from Sunday November 27th to Saturday December 5th to see what other cool tuned cars will see in Essen.
N.Technology have been working hard on their latest version of the Panamera S Racecar, but it seems as if H&R are grabbing the reigns and providing the racer with their own set of modifications due to be unveiled at the Essen Motorshow in a few days time. This racing version of the Porsche Panamera is the only Panamera racing car in the world and it is also the only model able to secure the pole position three times, but H&R are apparently up for the challenge of making it even better.
The extra work on the Panamera racer can’t exactly be called "extensive" by any stretch of the word, but H&R did fit it with their superior suspension technology to better equip it to deal with the 4.8L V8 that is tucked nicely under the hood. Shooting out 500 ponies, this Panamera can now ride smooth and hug tight corners with the best of them.
Since this is a race car, the vehicle is covered in carbon components and racing livery. It is driven by well–known race driver Fabrizio Giovanardi as part of racing team "N. Technology." Some may have seen it make its way around the track, but the first and only racing Panamera can be seen for the first time up close and personal during the 2010 Essen Motorshow.
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German tuners, 9ff, can simply rock your world when it comes to tuning up some of the fastest and most spectacular Porsche models known to man, and they’ve been doing so since 2001 when they first opened their doors to Porsche lovers everywhere. This year, this sensational team of tuning experts will be headed to the upcoming Essen Motor Show with the fastest 911 they have ever built. The new tuning kit will be called the BT1000 and, while the tuner has yet to offer any details on it, we presume that the "1000" in the nomenclature has something to do with the number of ponies tucked up inside the hood.
It doesn’t really matter if we have that type of confirmation anyway as 9ff have let out that the BT1000 creation can get from 0-186mph in an impressive 15.9 seconds, about 2.8 seconds faster than their record-breaking Porsche GT3 GTurbo..
The first images of the souped-up Porsche were also revealed, and with them came evidence that the exterior was looked after juts about as much as the power was. 9ff saw it fit to add new front bumpers, side skirts, a new rear spoiler and a rear wing, all to increase the aerodynamic efficiency of their latest kit. Look closely and you will also be able to notice a new sport exhaust system and a new set of wheels.
That’s about it for all of the details that were laid out for us, but stay tuned as the Essen Motorshow draws near. We’ll keep you posted with any other details leaked before the doors are opened.
Europe’s answer to SEMA – the Essen Motor Show – is coming up later this week and we’re already gearing up for what looks to be an eventful week in Germany as some of the world’s finest automakers troop to the event to show off their latest aftermarket creations.
One such brand that we already know is attending is Renault as they’ve announced one vehicle that will be displayed at the Essen show room floor: a tuning proposal for the Twingo-based Renault Wind courtesy of tuning company Elia.
We don’t have the full details on the vehicle, but we’ve scraped up enough information to know a few things about it.
For one, the car will either come with a 1.2-liter turbo engine or a 1.6-liter variant that will produce an output of 100 and 133 horsepower, respectively. The folks over at Elia are at work producing a performance package that will likely come in the form of an upgraded sport suspension and ECU unit that will see an increased output of 16 horsepower and 28Nm of torque.
Aesthetically speaking, Elia will also be adding LED daytime running lights and 18” allow wheels with two sets of tires being included in the front and rear – 205/35 up front and 235/30 at the back.
For now, that’s all the information we have, but as soon as more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to update you not just on this tuned-up cutie, but on all the vehicles that will be at Essen for Europe’s largest aftermarket tuning event.
The Fiat 500 is adored because of its cute and retro styling, and now German tuners, Hamann, and suspension specialists, H&R, have given us even more reason to like the little runabout. This tuned version is due to debut at the Essen Motorshow in Germany going on from November 27th through December 5th.
To add a little funk to the hatchback, Hamann upped the power from 135HP to a GTi-worrying 275HP thanks to some clever ECU tuning and a new exhaust. They also kitted the 500 out with new bumpers, sideskirts, and two-tone Hamann wheels that reveal the beefed up braking system. We’re not sure on the body vinyl yet, but do love the performance potential from the sorted 1.4 liter turbo mill under the bonnet.
Power without control means nothing – especially in a small FWD car. So, to help make full use of the new-found ponies, H&R have developed a lowering kit for the Hamann 500 that gets it lower to the ground, promoting nippy handling and good driver feedback. They also fitted a set of their billet wheel spacers to beef up the appearance of the cute car that will surely get it noticed more often while helping out the dynamics as well.