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.
A few weeks ago, Vorsteiner — our favorite tuner of high-performance sports cars and supercars — launched the "Vorsteiner Nero," which is a subsidiary specializing in updating cars from Ferrari , Lamborghini , McLaren , Bentley and Rolls Royce .
One of the first packages launched by Vorsteiner Nero is this new Aventador -V LP740. The development of this product took almost a year and in the end, it is basically all about making the Lambo look even more stunning, but it also includes a few changes under the hood.
In order to upgrade the engine’s output, the tuner upgraded the engine ECU to help milk out an additional 40 horsepower, which is evident by its "LP740" name.
The exterior kit is adds new elements made from carbon fiber, like the front splitter, front-lower intake surrounds, side air scoops, rear vent surrounds, and the rear difuser. All of these new elements help improve the aerodynamic efficiency and the aggressive look of the Aventador.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Aventador-V LP-740 by Vorsteiner.
With the launch of the new Renault Clio , it was only right for Renault to also give an update to its existing rally car , the Clio Renaultsport R3. After all, it’s been seven years since the R3 first hit the rally scene so it’s high time that a new one shows its face, right?
Well, Renault Sport Technologies is acquiescing and has released new information about the R3’s successor, the Clio Renaultsport R3T rally car. Set to launch in 2014, the R3T was built to comply with current FIA R3 regulations, which will now come with at least a turbocharged version of the car’s existing 1.6-liter engine that Renault Sport engineers have continuously adapted to racing specifications.
In addition to the revised engine, the R3T will also come with a host of modifications, specifically built and developed for rally purposes. Among these include a new six-speed sequential transmission with optional steering-wheel paddle shifters in the asphalt version, as well as specialized equipment, including Sadev gearboxes, Sachs shock absorbers, PFC brakes, and Cosworth electronics.
All these updates should give the Clio Renaultsport R3T an impressive package that will create interest from rally teams all over the world. The model isn’t expected to gain approval until the latter part of 2014, but Renault wants to make sure that the returns end up becoming worth the wait.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Renault Clio
With the GT270, BBR focused most of its attention on upgrading the engine. For this, the tuner added a turbocharger, an upgraded exhaust manifold, an intercooler, and an ECU calibration. As a result the engine now delivers a mighty 268 horsepower at 7,350 rpm — a 110-horsepower bump over the standard 2.0-liter Sport Tech model. Torque also jumped to 200 pound-feet available — an 88 pound-feet boost — from 3,000 rpm to 7,000 rpm. As a result of the added power, the MX-5 now sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and hits a top speed of 150 mph.
The ECU tune also includes three driving modes. In Mode One offers up fast response from the throttle in road driving; Mode Two adds a launch-control system set at 3,800 rpm, automatic throttle lip and full-throttle gearshifts; Mode Three is an economy mode; and Mode Four is a valet mode that limits the engine speed to 3,500 rpm, so valets can’t go all Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on your MX-5.
This 268 horsepower makes the GT270 is the most powerful MX-5 built to date by this well-known tuner. With this comes the need for an updated driveline, so BBR added in an Exedy clutch for extra bite.
In order to handle the extra power, buyers can also equip the MX-5 GT270 with an optional performance suspension upgrade offered by Koni. This new suspension system includes adjustable dampers and new lowering springs that will bring the tiny roadster closer to the ground and increase its ability to handle the twisty stuff.
Also available for an extra fee is an optional performance brake system that features EBC Yellow Stuff pads, stainless-steel brake lines and Castrol SRF brake fluid.
A third optional upgrade is a 2.5-inch-diameter stainless-steel exhaust system with sports catalyst. This exhaust system allows the engine to exhale more effectively, which bumps its out put to 302 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to get the Miata to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and up to 165 mph by our estimations.
The BBR MX-5 GT270 is limited to only 100 units, and will be priced from £29,995 - or about $48,500 at the current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 GT270 by BBR.
With 570 horses under its hood, the Ferrari 458 Italia is ready to tackle just about any racetrack in the world. But, why not make it even more racetrack-ready with some updates specially developed for the track, just like the ones announced today by Racing One.
Racing One started off by tinkering around under the hood, where it tricked out the 4.5 liter, V-8 engine to deliver a total of 620 horsepower — a nice bump over the stock 562 ponies. The updated engine combines with variable traction control and a seven-speed racing gearbox with Getrag rocker switch that ensures the a stunning driving experience. The best part is that the new 458 Competition has a total weight of just 2,689 pounds, which is an unbelievable 1,246-pound drop from the stock model.
The new Ferrari 458 Competition is ready to take on any race in VLN or DMV competitions, or on a track day just for fun.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Competition by Racing One.
British automotive designer, Gordon Murray, has teamed up with the Yamaha Motor Co. of Japan to create a unique electric drive city car. Murray is known for his revolutionary designs, right from Formula 1 cars to high-performance road cars like the Mclaren F1. Murray has also had a vision to build eco-friendly, fuel-efficient city cars. His latest creation comes in the form of the Yamaha MOTIV.e electric car.
Built by Yamaha, the MOTIV.e was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show . It was one of the crown jewels of the Yamaha stands this year. The increased urban traffic and the need for compact, fuel-efficient cars has resulted into the creation of the MOTIV.e city car.
Click past the jump to read more on the Yamaha MOTIV.e City Car
The first thing that crossed our minds when we saw Kode9 by Ken Okuyama Design was the [Speed Racer] movie. Ken Okuyama is a well known car designer from Japan who has, in the past, headed the design team at Pininfarina. His famous works include the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte . Well, he also loves building special one-offs, and the Kode9 was one such concept that was showcased at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show .
The influence of Italian automotive design is evident in Ken’s work, and the Kode9 is an example of that inspiration. The exterior design of the Kode9 can be related to some classic sports car as well as modern concepts . Despite the similarities, the Kode9 sits as a uniquely different design form and a rather attractive one, to say the least. Most of the parts used have been made using modern technologies like 3D printing and carbon fiber.
Click past the jump to read more about Kode9 by Ken Okuyama
When the Cadillac CTS dropped onto the market, it was available in a variety of versions, including a sedan , a coupe , and a station wagon . Now, the same recipe for success will be applied to the new ATS . Cadillac will first put out a sedan and a coupe version, but a station wagon version and a convertible are also said to be in the mix. Why? Well, Americans need cheaper alternatives to German coupes and Cadillac is ready to deliver just about anything we’re looking for in order to pick up sales. They have the platform to build on and will more than likely make sure they get their money’s worth on it.
The upcoming ATS Coupe will be revealed for the 2014 model year and will borrow just about everything from the sedan version, except for the sedan’s two rear doors. It will get the same active shutter grille, LED-infused headlights, chrome trim, vertical taillights, and integrated trunk spoiler. Other minor changes will make the Coupe a sportier rendition of the sedan.
The ATS Coupe will be built on the same rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform and will be offered with the same engine line-up as the sedan: a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder with 200 horsepower, a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 270 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter, V-6 with 318 horsepower. The engines will be combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. There will also be an option for an all-wheel-drive system.
BMW and Audi better start prepping themselves for some competition.
Updated 11/25/2013: According to a report coming from Edmunds, the ATS Coupe will be officially unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale later in the summer of 2014.