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We’ve gotten accustomed to some pretty intense tuning work done on the Porsche Panamera so it was a little surprising that the latest aftermarket company to make a program for the sports sedan erred on the side of subtlety.

German tuner, Schmidt Revolution, used a Panamera 4S for its latest work, using a software optimization to bump up the output of the sport saloon’s 4.8-liter V8 engine from 400 horsepower and 368 lb/ft of torque up to 425 horsepower and 394 lb/ft of torque. Schmidt Revolution also lowered the car’s ride height by 40mm while also putting in a set of 22” alloy wheels wrapped in 265/30 R22 tires at the front and 305/25 R22 tires at the back. According to the German tuning company, an elaborate interior program, complete with bespoke leathers and trim, is also in the woodwork, although details are being withheld for a later date.

From what we know, pricing for the disclosed options are as follows: €990 ($1,443) for the engine upgrade, €390 ($568) for the suspension module, and €4,900 ($7,141) for the wheel-and-tire set-up.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details of Schmidt Revolution’s program for the Porsche Panamera become available.

German tuner, Kicherer, loves tuning Mercedes vehicles and apparently, they love sticking hot models on their projects for a photo shoot too.

Fresh off their take on another SLS AMG Supersport a few months ago, Kicherer – and their hot models – is proud to introduce their new crowning glory, the SLS 63 Supersport GT.

Decked in that unmistakable matte black foliation finish, the SLS 63 Supersport GT also comes with a rather curious shark-mouth, hand-made grille. We say curious because, well, we don’t like it, although Kicherer seemed to think that it added a sharper bite to the car’s looks so they decided to go with it. In any case, the modified SLS AMG was also given a new carbon front spoiler lip with a carbon fin set to go along with a set of the tuning company’s own three-piece RS-1 rims: 10J x 20” at the front and 11.5Jx21”. Save for the grille, the aerodynamic kit looks mighty impressive and it’s made even better by the fact that Kicherer also gave the car a performance upgrade, bumping up the car’s output to 621 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque. This allows the Mercedes to clock a 0-62 mph time of just 3.5 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 199 mph.

Can’t say that we don’t find the SLS 63 Supersport GT beautiful with the exception of that shark grille. But hey, if the car comes with those knockout vixens, then we’re going to let that grille pass.

Opel has unveiled a new special edition Insignia OPC on the European market. It is called "Unlimited" and the best part about it is that it comes with the removal of the 155 mph limiter. In Germany, prices start from 48,605 euro, or about $70,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new Insignia OPC Unlimited will be distinguished from the standard OPC version by a blue Brembo logo and a newly-designed tachometer and speedometer. A special edition of the vehicle is also planned with a matte black wrapping.

Under the hood, everything will remain the same with the only exception being that it comes equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and can hit a top speed of 167 mph.

"We are responding to frequently expressed customer wishes," says Alain Visser, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Adam Opel AG. "Insignia OPC buyers are generally experienced and responsible drivers who want to enjoy the full technical possibilities of their car."

The new Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 will be seen more on U.S. streets than anywhere else, but now German customers can revel in muscle car glory as Geiger Cars is offering a few units of the 1492 copies available for the Inaugural Edition on their side of the pond. With transport, however, comes a massive price increase. On the US market, the limited edition Challenger is priced from $42,555, but in Germany, prices will start from 55,000 €, or $77,000 at the current exchange rates.

We’d be okay with the crazy price jump if Geiger Cars took the opportunity to pump up the muscle in the Dodge, but this is not the case. The tuner went through the trouble of bringing the car to the German market and left it entirely unchanged - not that there was anything that needed to be changed anyway. Under the hood there is the same powerful 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers a total of 470 HP and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. The muscle car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in the high 4-second range and runs the quarter-mile in the high 12 second range. Top speed has been increased to more than 180 mph with the manual transmission (173 mph in the automatic).

We assume Geiger Cars will offer the Challenger in both colors - Deep Water Blue with standard Stone White stripes and Bright White Clear Coat with standard Viper Blue stripes. The car sits on 20-inch wheels with polished chrome rims combined with high-performance Brembo brakes red brake calipers. The interior gets sporty leather seats painted in a combination of white and blue.

Over the past few months, James Glickenhaus’ Ferrari P4/5 Competizione has been gearing up for its 24 Hours of Nurburgring participation by testing its chops in a number of racetracks all over Europe. But we all know that nothing beats out taking a swing at the site itself.

So the whole team trooped to the world’s most famous race circuit and brought the whole traveling circus of curious bees – us included – with it. From the looks of things, the car looks to be in in-race form months leading up to the official race.

Of all the test drivers that were given some burn, former Formula One driver Mika Salo got the most time with the P4/5 Competizione. Fellow test driver Luca Cappellari wasn’t as lucky though as his time was limited to just one lap after his session was red flagged.

Either way, the months-long anticipation for this one-off super Ferrari is slowly coming to a head as the days to the 24 Hours of Nurburgring approach. No official lap times were given, but by the way it was being tested, the car looks to be in strong contention for the championship.

Videos of the car’s test runs at the Nurburgring after the jump.

Yet even more proof that anniversary-edition models have become a big thing in the industry. We’re not sure that a lot of people know this so we’re going to announce it for everyone’s information: the Volkswagen Golf GTI is turning 35 years old. While we’re more than happy to throw some jade the Golf GTI’s way, we’re going to err on the prudent side and let the folks over at GT135.com give the VW sports hatch an anniversary present it deserves.

The people behind GT135.com recently commissioned German tuning firm Wunschel Sport to build a special edition anniversary model for the sixth generation Golf GTI that features a steady amount of aerodynamic and performance upgrades.

Wunschel Sport first lowered the Golf GTI’s suspension by 25mm before painting it with an exclusive titanium finish. The car’s flashy exterior is accentuated by a ‘starting number’ sticker design with the number 35 prominently shown and the words ‘Years of Thunder’ on top of it and ‘GTI 1976-2011’ on the bottom. This sticker design can be found on the hood, doors, and liftgate of the car, celebrating the number of years the model has been in existence. Rounding out the aesthetic upgrades is a set of 19” OZ Racing Quaranta alloy wheels wrapped in high performance tires.

Under its hood, Wunschel Sport gave a few tweaks of the sports hatch’s ECU, remapping it to improve the Golf GTI’s performance numbers. As a result of the ECU remapping, the car’s output jumps from 210 horsepower and 206 lb/ft of torque to 260 horsepower and 265 lb/ft of torque. These numbers translate to 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 158 mph.

Not a bad 35th anniversary model for the Volkswagen Golf GTI, if we do say so ourselves!

Barely a week has passed since BMW first pulled the covers off of the 2012 6-Series Coupe and we already have the first tuning company that’s prepared a new aerodynamic package for the car. Say what you want about German tuning firm Prior Design, but they certainly are capable of burning the midnight oil to prepare a program for the 6er faster than you can say ’BMW’.

Judging by the images lined up in a collage fashion, Prior Design looks to have given the 6-Series Coupe a number of new changes, including a redesigned front bumper fascia that’s adorned with LED driving lights inside the air intakes. There’s also a lower lip spoiler that looks to have been made out of carbon fiber and a new bonnet that boasts of air vents on both sides. The fenders on the sides also appear to have been redesigned with new side grilles and side skirts while the rear bumper fascia has also been modified to go with new carbon fiber exhaust tips and a small diffuser. Rounding out the aerodynamic modifications on the 6-Series Coupe is a set of matte black-finished wheels that we’re estimating to be about 18" to 20".

Unfortunately, the German tuning firm has yet to release their performance upgrade on the car, but rest assured, we’re expecting nothing less of a barn burner. Hopefully, Prior Design comes out with all the juicy details sooner than later.

It might sound a little insensitive to be talking about a tuning package that makes reference to a natural disaster given the things going on in Japan these days, but then again, G-Power ’s work on the new X6 M dubbed the ’Typhoon S’ certainly has no connection to the tragedies in Japan.

The German tuning firm has made a handsome living with their works on BMWs in the past, and with their latest offering, these guys are still a long way from slowing down.

The ’Typhoon S’ features a comprehensive tuning package for the X6, one that includes both aerodynamic and performance improvements. Despite having little to no interior upgrades, G-Power still dressed up the SUV’s exterior with new body parts that improve not just the car’s overall look, but also its effect on performance figures. And speaking of power updates, the Typhoon S was given quite the performance spike, reaching an output north of 726 horsepower - compare that to the Typhoon’s ’pedestrian’ 600-horsepower output - making this particular X6 one of the most powerful of its kind in the world.

Details on the G-Power X6 M Typhoon S after the jump.

On March 17th, the auto tuning world lost a very special individual when Richard Hamann, the man behind Hamann Motorsport , passed away due to lung cancer. He was 53.

Still recovering in the wake of Uwe Gemballa’s gruesome murder less than a year ago, the auto tuning industry was given another jolting shock with Hamann’s untimely death. While words won’t begin to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Hamann family, we nevertheless send our love and prayers in this time of sorrow.

Richard Hamann was a man of many things. He was a celebrated race car driver in his early years and later on, he traded away the cockpit for the tuning shops when he founded Hamann Motorsports in 1986. In the 20-plus years of its existence, Hamann became one of the world’s premier tuning companies.

We’re going to remember Richard Hamann as somebody who never compromised in his work and his last works before his untimely passing, the "Hamann Hawk " and the "Hamann Guardian " epitomizes the kind of impeccable tuning quality he was always known for.

With his death, the team of Hamann Motorsport will honor his memory and, as per his wishes, will continue on with the business.

Rest in Peace, Richard Hamann.

Here we are again. Another German tuning company, DMC, has taken its own stab at a Porsche Panamera , giving the popular flagship sedan a performance and aerodynamic package that keeps in line with the company’s vision of designing ‘simple yet dynamic’ tuning programs.

Among the additions given to the body of the Panamera are a new carbon fiber front lip spoiler, carbon fiber side grills, and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. All three parts not only give the Panamera aerodynamic improvements, but also showcases a more aggressive Porsche sports sedan.

In terms of performance, DMC took the sports car’s 4.8-liter twin-turbo engine and bumped up the output from its standard 500 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 580 horsepower and 605 lb/ft of torque, courtesy of an OEM integrated sports button.

The changes aren’t as drastic or overwhelming as what we’ve seen from other tuners, but where DMC lacks in flair and pizzazz, it certainly makes up with a no-nonsense approach that gives the Panamera the aerodynamic and performance improvements it needs to become more powerful and look more aggressive than a standard Panamera.


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