Next to the 2 Series Coupe we brought you earlier today, BMW also equipped the X5 SUV with a series of updates offered by its M Performance subsidiary. Just like with the coupe, the updated SUV will be available starting March 2014 and includes a series of updates to both the exterior and the interior, plus a more powerful engine.
The X5 xDrive35i received a modified engine control system that increases the final output by 20 horsepower - up to a total of 326 horsepower and 36 pound-feet of torque. The extra power was combined with an optimized accelerator pedal set-up that will improve the spontaneous response of the engine and will optimize performance.
For the X5 xDrive35i BMW is also offering a M Performance silencer system plus a M Performance tailpipe trim elements available either in chrome or carbon.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X5 with M Performance parts.
A few days ago xXx Performance was unveiling a very cool tuning kit based on the Lamborghini Gallardo . Now is time for another awesome update, this time based on the Audi R8 , the 4.2 V-8 version. As with the previous kit, the new R8 Biturbo received a series of upgrades to both the exterior and the interior, but most of the job was made under the hood.
For the engine upgrades the tuner offers three different stages, with power increased to 590 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque in stage 1; 640 horsepower and 497 pound-feet in stage 2 and an astonishing 707 horsepower and 596 pound-feet of torque in stage 3. In all three stages xXx Performance is offering a biturbo system, ECU remap and a new exhaust system. The sequential R-tronic 6-gear manual transmission was also upgraded with a special transmission software that is adapted to the new situations.
The most powerful version goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 10.6 seconds and from 0 to 186 mph in 15.8 seconds. Top speed goes up to 194 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 Biturbo by xXx Performance.
While waiting for the BMW M2 , the company decided to update the recently launched 2 Series Coupe with a meaner appearance thanks to pretty impressive list of M Performance parts. They can be applied to all the models in the lineup and offer both an athletic appearance and sporty interior ambiance to the new 2 Series . All the updates will be available starting March 2014.
Thanks to the new BMW M Performance parts the 2 Series Coupe will also deliver a little bit more power. For example the 220d gets an additional 16 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque. For the M235i BMW is offering a new silencer system, tailpipes in chrome or carbon and a limited-slip differential.
All the models will also get a new sports suspension that brings the model closer to the ground by about 20 mm (0.78 inches) plus a new brake system brake system with brake calipers painted in a choice of red, yellow or orange. There is also a new set of 19-inch wheels offered in two design versions.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Coupe with M Performance parts.
It began life as a humble Skoda Octavia , but destiny had different plans for it. The Romanian owner of this car had a wild, almost crazy idea of building what could be the fastest Octavia on the planet.
no need to mention that it is fast, as that is pretty obvious, but we do have to mention that it is fast enough to beat a Nissan GT-R . Mind you, the GT-R is one of the fastest-accelerating, all-wheel drive road cars on sale today. The Skoda in question also happens to have an interesting all-wheel-drive system under its skin.
Ghita Silviu is the Romanian man behind this creation, and he started off with an off-the-shelf Skoda Octavia with front-mounted, transverse engine. This 2.0-liter TFSI engine from a Golf GTI puts out a healthy 200 horsepower in the standard car, but in this example, it churns out a whopping 460 horsepower.
That’s not all, folks. Where the rear seats once lived, there is yet another engine powering the rear wheels. This is the same 2.0-liter TFSI, but with a slightly less intense 330 horsepower. This second engine has a standalone intake, cooling and exhaust systems. The combined output of the two engines is — wait for it — 790 horsepower!
The videos attached with this article prove the fact that this tricked-out Skoda is quicker off the line than a Nissan GT-R. How embarrassing would it feel to be beaten by a Skoda if you happen to be at the wheel of Godzilla, which hits 60 mph in just 2.9 ticks. This monster of an Octavia completes the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. That’s Bugatti Veyron -like performance. Additionally, the Skoda blitzes past 120 mph in nine seconds. Unfortunately, once off the line, we can’t make out who crosses the quarter-mile marker first, so that needs to be investigated as the videos fail to prove the GT-R fell to the mighty Skoda.
Click past the jump to read a little about the production Skoda Octavia and to see more videos of the twin-engine Skoda
If there’s an automaker that has done a remarkable job in changing its image and uplifting its own brand, it’s Jaguar .
Gone are the days when the British brand was described as bland and unreliable. In recent years, it’s been far from that, displaying an edge and aggressiveness to its design that has endeared itself to a lot of people.
The dramatic change in business approach by Jaguar also gave way for a lot of aftermarket companies to begin looking at the company’s cars for potential programs.
One such tuning firm, 2M-DESIGNS, did just that. With the help of Loder1899 and MB-Individual Cars, 2M-DESIGNS was able to build a rather spunky program for current generation Jaguar XF . Sure, it’s a 2011 model, but it still looks spry and agile, two qualities you can attribute to the cat that shares the company’s name.
A host of aerodynamic changes were done to the XF , highlighted by a new front spoiler borrowed that was actually borrowed from the XFR-S . A minor tint was also applied on both the headlights and taillights while a PWF Diamond White and Black Brushed wrap was used on the body of the sports sedan . From there, Loder1899 was tasked to install a new quad exhaust system, as well as a new set of 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Continental tires.
Under its hood, the XF also received an impressive performance boost from 2M-DESIGNS, one that made use of a number of new components, all of which contributed in giving the XF an improved output of 340 horsepower, a significant increase from the 275-horsepower output of the standard model. The resulting uptick in power also allowed the XF to improve its 0-to-60 mph time to just 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 175 mph.
If you’re interested in this program, 2M DESIGNS is making it available for just €15,017, which is about $20,400 based on current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read more about 2M DESIGNS’ program for the Jaguar XJ
Ever since 2011, rumors have been swirling that once the new-generation Impreza hits the market, Subaru will separate the Impreza and WRX models. Of course, both will share the same platform, but the WRX and the WRX STI versions will be radically modified and each part on it will be unique.
As no surprise, shortly after the WRX Concept was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, our spy photographers caught the production version testing around the Nürburgring race track. Now, after many testing sessions, teasers and speculations, the 2015 WRX made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The model offers a new design language, a powerful four-cylinder engine — not as powerful as hoped though, as it was rumored it will deliver more than 300 horsepower — and, for the first time, the choice of two gearboxes: a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.
Updated 11/20/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
Updated 11/27/2013: Subaru unveiled a new promo video (above) that gives you a little more info on the totally redesigned, completely reimagined WRX. The video offers an in-depth explanation of everything that makes the 2015 WRX the sharpest-handling, best-performing WRX ever. Enjoy!
Hit the jump for more details on the new Subaru WRX.
TheFord Fiesta ST is a pretty snazzy ride, notwithstanding the fact that it doesn’t do much in the way of inspiring anybody to start pursuing a life in auto racing.
But there’s a lot of things about the Fiesta ST that we like even if we’re not about to disagree if an aftermarket company decides to give it the ’ol circle around the tuning block.
Loder1899 doesn’t have the cache of the more esteemed tuners out there, but it still can pull off an impressive piece of work. No more is that evident than in what it did to the Fiesta ST.
With a few tweaks here (upgrading the exhaust and intercooler) and a few tweaks there (remapping the car’s ECU unit), Loder1899 was able to take the Fiesta ST’s 1.6-liter, Ecoboost engine and increase the output from 182 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, all the way up to 235 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque, resulting in a performance improvement that includes a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds — 0.4 quicker than the standard figure — and a new top speed of about 145 mph.
Those are some pretty serious numbers, especially for a hot hatch like the Ford Fiesta ST. Then again, you expect things like this from Loder1899, which has crafted a reputation as a fine Ford tuner.
Click past the jump to read more about Loder1899’s program for the Ford Fiesta ST
Limited-run vehicles always grab the attention of customers and even more so when one of these models are given a comprehensive aftermarket upgrade.
That’s the case with the Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street , a car that VW built to celebrate its return to WRC. But even with that, B&B decided that the car wasn’t special enough. So what does it do?
Well, it made it even more special, that’s what!
This the German pocket rocket already has enough stylish and mechanical digs to make consumers weep, but B&B opted to make it extra special, adding a host of upgrades to improve the car’s handling requirements. As such, the Polo R WRC Street now has a coilover kit, sports springs, stabilizers a high-performance braking system with four- or six-piston calipers and a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/35R18 tires.
But the real treat of this program is the comprehensive performance upgrade, highlighted by a Stage 3 kit that includes the installation of a bespoke high-pressure fuel pump and a sports exhaust system to go with a modified air suction system, a new high-performance intercooler and a different oil-cooling system. All told, B&B was able to bump up the output of the Polo R WRC Street from the standard 217 horsepower and 258 pound-feet torque output all the way up to a tidy 362 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque.
With those changes, this German spitfire is now capable of hitting 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds, a full 1.2 seconds faster than the ’standard’ model, to go with a top speed of 168 mph, up from 151 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about B&B’s program for the Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street
In December, one of the best tuning shows kicks off in Essen, Germany, and AC Schnitzer has already started unwrapping kits it will display on the show floor. The first of them will be based on the BMW 5 Series Touring and as expected, it includes upgrades to the exterior, interior and the drivetrain.
AC Schnitzer is offering power upgrades to pretty much all the models in the 5er Touring lineup, starting with the 520d and up to the 550i with output ranging from 34 to 93 horsepower. As you probably expected, the biggest upgrade is for the 550i, which AC tuned to deliver a total of 525 horsepower — a healthy boost from the standard 449 horsepower.
To help milk this extra power from the various 5 Series models, AC remapped the ECU and added a new exhaust system with sports rear silencer and tailpipes.
Also included is a sharp body kit that gives the 5 Series a new look, while maintaining its overall classy appearance. On the inside, the 5er gets an aluminum gear shifter knob and pedals, as well as high-end velour floor mats.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 5 Series Touring by AC Schnitzer.
Do you have your wallet ready for the Black Friday? If you don’t, maybe it’s time to start saving, as Chevrolet has a very wide list of gifts to choose from, including a new special-edition model based on the seventh-generation Corvette Convertible 3LT.
Chevrolet has dubbed this models the Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition, and it will be limited to only 550 units. The new model will be priced to $77,450 and will arrive at dealerships in early 2014.
All the 550 units come draped in Lime Rock Green paint combined with a Brownstone suede interior and plenty of carbon-fiber accents to go around. The model will come fitted with the Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Selective Ride Control and the variable tuned performance exhaust system. It rides on unique wheels with Stingray-logo center caps and special "Stingray" sill plates.
On top of the stunning additions to the car itself, Chevy is also including a five-piece set of Corvette-branded luggage from Thule.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible and this new special edition.