Welcome to the tuning world, EDS! Unheralded, small-time, and maybe even a little known to a lot of us, the German tuning firm recently caught our attention for the work they did on turning an otherwise mundane Opel Astra into some piece of work.

Combining a powerful performance upgrade with a few aerodynamic touches, EDS’ tuned-up Opel Astra Turbo has become the personification of a lion trapped in a deer’s body.

Make no mistake, the Astra’s stock 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 180 horsepower is no slouch by every definition of the word. But when you add a comprehensive engine tune-up that includes a new Garret GT28 turbo-charger, a new sports exhaust system, a new manifold, and an ECU optimization, then you get a car that bumps up its overall output to an incredible 360 horsepower and 354 lb/ft of torque.

Not to be outdone by the attention being given to the modified engine under its bonnet, EDS also gave the Astra a number of aerodynamic upgrades, including new black grilles on the front, side sill, a new rear apron with a diffuser and quad tail pipes, and a set of 20” wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero - 235/35ZR20 in the front and 275/30ZR20 at the back – high-performance tires.

All told, the changes done by EDS on the Astra Turbo aren’t something that should be taken lightly, lest you happen to see one on your mirror and it proceeds to leave your car eating its dust.

For an upstart tuning firm from Germany, EDS certainly did their homework on the Astra Turbo, and the result certainly speaks for itself.

You know that you live in a world that’s dominated by the internet and social media when you have an automaker that makes a special edition model because it’s social media fan page has reached 1 million fans.

Look no further than German automaker Porsche , who thought it would be a good idea to celebrate the milestone that is 1 million fans on their Facebook page by coming out with a special exhibition inside the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart solely dedicated to a unique custom-made 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid . So what exactly is so unique about this particular model? Take a look at its exterior and you’ll notice that it has been adorned with signatures of more than 27,000 Porsche fans on Facebook. While this particular model is expected to be just a special exhibit piece, we do know that the 911 GT3 R Hybrid embodies the very spirit of our fast-paced world with the company’s new Porsche Intelligent Performance program, and as such, makes it the ideal car to be chosen to honor the company’s ever-growing fan base on the popular social network site.

More details along with the press release after the jump.

Source: Porsche

We rarely hear from the Musketier tuning firm, but that doesn’t mean that mean these guys have fallen off the face of the earth. Recently, the German tuning company that specializes on aftermarket works done on Toyota , Citroen and Peugeot vehicles unveiled their latest work on the Citroen C3 .

Taking inspiration from the higher-spec DS3 , Musketier went out and added some new aesthetic touches on the C3, including the addition of LED daytime running lights on the car’s vertical front bumper with a matching contrasting color painted on the edges of the C3’s fenders and the lower edge of the bumper. On top of that, Musketier also reshaped the car’s rear lower lip to be able to install the twin exhaust system. The tuning firm also lowered the car’s overall ride height by 35 mm and while also installing a set of 18” wheels. Over at the interior, Musketier dressed up the C3 with leather upholstery while adding touches of carbon fiber and aluminum. Finally, the German tuning company also tweaked with the C3’s electronic system, resulting in a boost in output from 115 horsepower to 129 horsepower.

At face value, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of changes done on the C3, but nonetheless, Musketier’s work is still worth noting, especially if you’re as big fans of the C3 as we are.

You have to wonder how those drivers from security agencies are able to withstand the pressures of their jobs and go home for a nice, long sleep. The constant threat of danger is nerve-wracking, to say the least. Yet somehow, these people seem to know exactly what to do at those crucial times of peril.

Turns out, they’ve got a pretty extensive set of training to be able to keep their cool in dire situations. One automaker that specializes on this type of training is BMW and apparently, the German automaker even has a special test facility in East Germany – a former Soviet base, of all places – where they do their security training.

In addition to having a driver-training program that simulates dangerous real-world conditions, the site is also a place where BMW gets to play ‘nuke ‘em’ on some of their armored vehicles. If this isn’t the coolest place on the planet, we don’t know what is.

Check it out to see how all the mayhem unfolds.

In a year that has been full of uncertainty, recalls, and what-have-you, at least one brand is ending it on a really high note.

For better or for worse, Porsche has had a really good year and their fortunes haven’t gone unrecognized by a lot of their peers. The automaker from Stuttgart, Germany is being recognized by a variety of media outlets for a year where it has released a steady diet of high-performance and ultra-popular cars. While some people might think that the company was lucky to have the year it has had, the folks at Porsche would prefer to describe it as “business as usual”.

Over in their homeland of Germany, the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand (DAT) listed three of Porsche’s sports as having the best value retention with the Porsche 911 leading the pack, followed by both the Boxster and the Cayman . Thee cars in the top-three. Pretty impressive.

On the other side of the world in the Land Down Under, a jury comprising of eleven motor journalists from the “Sydney Morning Herald”, “The Age” and “" chose the Porsche Boxster as the best convertible of 2010 and more importantly, giving it the “Drive Car of the Year Award” for the second year in a row.

Continued after the jump.

Source: Porsche

Christmas is less than a month away, and the holiday shopping season is officially in full swing. Now that everybody’s busy trying to figure out what gift to give whom, we’re going to provide a suggestion for anybody who’s into high-powered supercars.

If you happen to have a pretty generous loved one when it comes time for holiday gift-giving, might we suggest that you drop this person a line or two and ask for, you know, a Zenvo ST1 supercar. No, we’re not talking about die-cast toys here; we’re talking about the real deal. This is a car that’s powered by a 7.0-liter V8 engine that produces 1,104 horsepower and 1,055 lb/ft of torque. That very same car can go north to 60 in just three seconds with a top speed of 233 mph.

The only caveat – and it is a pretty significant one – is that the car has a price tag of…$1.17 million. If you don’t recall that is just a tad bit more expensive than the original price of $1.125 million , but that is the downside to trying to scoop up a car that only had 15 examples built.

Too bad, really, especially when you take into account that this particular ST1, which is being sold in Germany, only has around 90 kilometers on its odometer.

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.

Even if you have a dilapidated Porsche that you think is way beyond repair, getting rid of it for absolutely nothing is the worst thing you can possibly do.

For one, the Stuttgart-based company is not one to waste a classic. Incidentally, Porsche Classic, a specialized division within Porsche, specializes in the repair, maintenance, and restoration of old classics that would otherwise have been left to the scraps.

In this video, Alexander Fabig, Porsche Classic’s general manager, describes the type of work their division does, complete with all the details on how the restoration process works. The boys are even working on taking a broken down 1973 911 T Coupe and restoring it back its former glory as part of a program initiated by the Porsche Club of America called “Revive the Passion”. When the 1973 911 T Coupe is brought back to life, the car will raffled off to PCA members where it will be presented at the annual Porsche Parade next year.

Source: You Tube

German auto tuner MTM’s new tuned up Audi R8 , the V10 Bi-Turbo Prototype, made a cameo appearance in front of the company’s headquarters in Germany recently, giving us a look at the car that’s rumored to pack 888 horsepower underneath its hood. Yes, folks. 888 horsepower.

According to a spokesperson for the tuning house, the monstrous R8 has finally reached the conclusion of its developmental stage and is already in the first stages of being unleashed out on track. From what we’ve gathered, this car has performed extraordinarily well for MTM’s obscenely high standards. Should this car be as good as advertised, then you might be looking at one of the fastest, if not the fastest, Audi R8 on the planet.

The car is expected to make its debut to coincide with the tuning firm’s 20th birthday in November so we’ll be sure to keep you updated when MTM finally decides to pull the covers off of the Audi R8 V10 Bi-Turbo Prototype.

Source: You Tube

You don’t even have to say it because we already know; the wait for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 has been long enough.

And now, finally, after the immeasurable wait, we have finally feasted our sights on the new Camaro taking a few laps around the Nurburgring. Sure, it’s probably just a prototype and it’s decked from front to rear with camouflage, but who cares? The car is finally here!

Thanks to the resourcefulness of our buddies over at Camaro5, this video gives us a look at the high-powered Camaro rampaging around the Nurburgring with a sound that can only be described as mouth-watering. As expected, the styling changes are evident on the Camaro Z28, including the lower fascia, larger intakes, and a quad-exhaust system.

If you haven’t heard the sound of a roaring 6.2-liter V8 powerhouse doing runs around the ‘Ring, consider this spy video of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 as your introduction to the world of pure and unadulterated awesomeness.

Source: Camaro 5

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