Racechip Can Tune the Mercedes-AMG A45 to Near-500 Horsepower On the Cheap
The world of hot hatches is brimming with sharp-looking, go-fast pocket rockets but as of 2019, there’s one that rules them all. Enter the Mercedes-AMG A45.
Unveiled in the summer of 2019, the Mercedes-AMG A45 introduced the world’s most powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Under the hood of the top-spec S model, the M139 mill cranks out 310 kW (415 horsepower, 412 PS) and 500 Newton-meters of twist or around 369 pound-feet of torque. These guys, though, can consideraby improve on those numbers by just tweaking the car’s software.
You Can Now Have a Porsche Boxster Shooting Brake, But Is It Blasphemy?
Look. We’d take a wagon over a high-riding SUV any day of the week. Perhaps that’s why the undersigned loved the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo so much that he pledged to buy one someday.
The thing is, however, Porsche and station wagons don’t exactly go hand in hand. People went out of their minds when the carmaker introduced the Cayenne, so we doubt that an out-and-out family hauler built by Porsche would get the fans jumping for joy. That said, what about a Boxster-based shooting brake? Is that something you’d take out for a spin to the hypermarket and back?
There Is Life for the Blackwing V-8, But Outside Cadillac (Updated)
We’re back with extra info on the topic of Cadillac’s Blackwing V-8 engine. The 4.2-liter double-overhead cam mill had a short life inside the now-dead CT6-V and by the looks of it, Cadillac won’t drop it inside the new Escalade or the souped-up CT5.
Therefore, one must ask: is it ever going to be used inside another car? Believe it or not, the V-8 might live on but not inside a Caddy, according to a recent report.
This Mini Cooper Shares a Mind-Blowing Detail With the Bugatti Veyron
As you all know, the first Mini Coopers weren’t built with performance in mind. These cars had to be compact, offer decent storage options, and first and foremost, refrain from blowing a hole in the buyer’s budget.
At some point in time, BMW took over and the Mini got fatter, even more fun to drive, and nicer on the inside. Heck, some Minis even received feistier versions badged John Cooper Works. But not even those can compare to the sheer madness that hides inside this little rocket tuned by California-based Gildred Racing.
You Won’t Believe What Lurks Under the Hood of This Toyota Hilux
Well, here’s a Mercedes X-Class pickup truck with an older 6.2-liter Mercedes-AMG mill plonked under the hood. Oh, wait, I’m sorry. It’s a Toyota Hilux with an AMG engine. I wonder why I thought the X-Class pickup truck with an AMG engine would’ve been a good idea. Duh! The X-Class was better off as a rich man’s Nissan Navara with the same interior and drivetrain, right? Anyway, here’s one genius who plonked the previous-gen 6.2-liter AMG mill under the hood of his Toyota Hilux. The result? A sleeper truck that will scare the living daylight out of you with one press of the throttle.
2020 Audi RS Q8 by ABT Sportsline
The Audi RS Q8, without any doubt whatsoever, is a downright technological marvel. What Audi managed to extract from this hunchback SUV in terms of performance and practicality is worthy of all praise.
The RS Q8 packs a 4.0-liter V-8, two-axle steering, 10-piston brake calipers that bite into ceramic rotors, optional 23-inch wheels, and a mean electromechanical active roll stabilization system that makes the 5,103-pound mammoth drive like it’s on rails. Most of us couldn’t simply ask more from the souped-up SUV. Most of us, however, aren’t ABT Sportsline.
ABT Sportsline Offers a Peek Into Its New Program for the Audi RS6 Avant
There once was a time when station wagons were thought of as bland and boxy people movers. They were the furthest things from what you’d consider raunchy performance monsters. Times have changed, though, and while there are still wagons that fall under old stereotypes, models like the Audi RS6 Avant make up a segment of the wagon population that have debunked old labels.
The Audi RS6 Avant is a monster, and when you figure in a tuner like ABT Sportsline, the sporty wagon turns into something far more sinister. This isn’t your grandparent’s station wagon, folks. The Audi RS6 Avant by ABT Sportsline is fast, ferocious, and ready to take your heads off the moment you underestimate its fury.
2020 Audi RS6 Avant by ABT
Audi’s RS-badged models, especially of the Avant ilk (read wagon), have mesmerized petrolheads ever since the RS2 came in 1992, which was in equal measures an Audi and a Porsche. The engine was Porsche, just like the tweaked gearbox, brakes, and wheels.
Fast-forward to 2020 and the RS-badged lineup has extended to include the RS 4, RS 7, and even the RS Q8 SUV.
Video: Would You Drive This Six-Wheeled Jeep Wrangler in the U.S.?
When you talk about a beast on six wheels, the sight of Richard Hammond driving a G63 on the sand dunes around Dubai comes to mind. But here’s one other example, and perhaps, a poor man’s Mercedes-AMG G63 6X6.
A 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has been converted from an SUV to a pickup truck, and from a four-wheel config to a six-wheel one. YouTuber Doug DeMuro got his hands on it and here’s what it is all about.
This Supercharged 2JZ-Swapped Toyota 86 Is Your Personal Burnout Jesus
Before the new Supra arrived, Toyota’s solely purpose-built sports car was the 86 (or GT86 or FT86 or Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S, if you wish). In the U.S., the 2020 86 makes 200 or 205 horsepower and 151 or 156 pound-feet of torque depending on which gearbox you pick, so while it’s not oozing power, the 86 has other aces up its sleeves.
For example, the 86 is agile and overall a hoot to drive but, for some, a nimble RWD car that doesn’t need to be driven fast to generate quite the thrills simply doesn’t do the trick. Take this nice chap from Australia, for example.
Genuine Toyota Parts Are Coming Back for the A70 and A80 Toyota Supra!
The 1986-1993 A70-gen Toyota Supra might not be as famous as the 1993-2002 A80 Toyota Supra – you can probably thank the Fast and Furious franchise for that – but both were awesome cars and sporty in their own right. So much so, in fact, that they both have their own cult following. Parts, however, are becoming harder and harder to come by, but Toyota finally has an answer: The GR Heritage Parts Project. So, what genuine Toyota Parts can you get for your old-school Supra?
Renntech Can Push the Mercedes-AMG A45 Up to Nearly 600 Horsepower
Dealing with the car industry for so long, we learned the only valuable lesson one needs to know when it comes to tuning: some people will never be satisfied with a stock car’s oomph, be it a fully-fledged performance vehicle created by one of the world’s most revered divisions around the most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine currently in series production… in the world.
German tuner Renntech, who’s been tweaking AMGs since 1989, had a stab at the new Mercedes-AMG A45 which, by everyone’s standards, was doing just fine in stock form. The result sees the lava-hot hatch churn out up to around 600 horsepower, but lighter tuning kits are also available if you don’t need that kind of ego boost.
The Interior of This Porsche 993 "Greenwich" By Gunther Werks is the Epitome of Perfection
Gunther Werks is back at it again. The crew that brought us the limited-edition $525,000 400R is working on another 993 model dubbed the Greenwich Commission. It’s not fully revealed yet, but Gunther Werks isn’t shying away from bumping our heart rates with a set of interior pictures.
Yes, we’re drooling. But as awesome as it might be, we expect the Greenwich Commission’s interior to be backed up by an exterior and an engine that are least on par when it comes to divine attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship. Could that be just enough to give Singer a run for its money?
Mercedes-Benz Doesn’t Want EQC Customers to Be Couch Potatoes
Thanks to an 80-kWh battery pack that sends power down to a pair of asynchronous electric motors, the Mercedes-Benz EQC can travel for 445 to 471 kilometers ( 276 to 292 miles) on a single full charge. We’re telling you this because Mercedes-Benz’s latest bundle of lifestyle accessories for the EQC was coined with this particular feature in mind.
The Germans are sure that those who have decided to own an EQC won’t stick to the daily work-home-supermarket urban routine and will want to drive way from the city on weekends or holidays. So, in a way, the accessories Mercedes-Benz has just dropped are aimed at road-trippers first and foremost. Let’s check it out.
Bet You Never Thought You’d See a Porsche 911 GT3 That’s Powered By a Motorcycle Engine
The Porsche 911 has been the subject of many engine swaps over the years. In fact, the Neunelfer has seen its fair share of LS engines being dropped under its tail, but nobody ever thought of fitting a motorcycle engine inside the 911. Or, if they thought about it, they didn’t get to do it. Mind you, the 911 you’re about to see is not a real 911. We mean, it’s real, but it started out life as a toy. Yet somehow, someone crammed a KTM dirt bike motor under its hood and we can’t stop drooling.