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2020 BMW 1 Series with M Performance Parts

2020 BMW 1 Series with M Performance Parts

M Performance parts available from launch on for the all-new 2020 BMW 1 Series

BMW has not wasted any time showing off the optional M Performance parts it plans to offer for the all-new 2020 1 Series hatchback. The all-new, front- or all-wheel-drive model has just debuted, but BMW has already showed off what it can look all decked out with official sporty bits and there’s certainly an air of boy racer about it. It actually looks like a traditional hot hatch with all of them fitted.

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2015 Mercedes C-Class With AMG Accessories

2015 Mercedes C-Class With AMG Accessories

Mercedes has released details on new body accessories for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and they look to add C63-style visual flair to the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport 4MATIC and AMG Line models with six new exterior parts. The visual garnish will be sold on the German market, and there are currently no details on availability outside Germany.

AMG is Mercedes’ racing tuning division, so the new pieces appropriately add a good deal of performance intent to the already sporty luxury four-door. The new kit was created specifically for those looking for a model that looks quicker than the regular C-Class, but is still a bit tamer to drive than the big-power 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63. A poser, basically.

Essentially, these accessories are AMG’s answer to BMW’s M Performance line and Audi’s S line.

The parts only affect the way the C-Class looks, leaving good enough alone in the cabin space and drivetrain. But the real question is – does it work?

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes C-Class With AMG Accessories.

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Product Review: Empire Covers Titan 5L Car Cover

Product Review: Empire Covers Titan 5L Car Cover

We put the Titan 5L car cover from Empire Covers to the test. Made with five layers of waterproof material and lined with fleece, this car cover is designed to protect against the elements.

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2015 Porsche Macan Sport Design by Porsche Exclusive

2015 Porsche Macan Sport Design by Porsche Exclusive

The Porsche Macan probably doesn’t need any more aesthetic upgrades; it already looks like a born and bred Porsche, right down to the subtle styling hints attributed to its big brother, the Cayenne. But who am I to tell Porsche what it can and can’t do, especially when it comes to offering new personalization options for its new crossover? The truth is, Porsche Exclusive’s new options for the Macan are added luxuries to the Macan. You don’t need it, but it’s nice to know that it’s being offered, you know, just in case you want to give your Macan a personalized touch.

Porsche Exclusive’s Sport Design package comes with a comprehensive list of upgrades, including lights and aero upgrades. New bi-xenon headlights are available, as are dark-colord LED rear lights, both of which are part of the Sport Design package. These lights come with the new Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and are matched with smoked LED rear taillights with their own dark red lenses.

A new front apron, side-sill panels, side blades, and a new lower rear bumper section are also being offered in case an owner wants a more dynamic-looking Macan. You can also opt to install a new set of 21-inch Sport Classic wheels that Porsche is offering in three color options and finish off your personalized Macan with a new sports exhaust system with modified silencers and a pair of stainless steel chrome-plated twin tailpipes.

Don’t worry. The Macan’s interior was also given its due attention. The Sport Design package features a new ’Limed Oak’ interior package that includes overlays to the decorative trim on the doors and instrument panel.

Click past the jump to read more about Porsche Macan.

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2015 BMW M4 Convertible Individual

2015 BMW M4 Convertible Individual

BMW’s Individual customization arm already has a large portfolio through which customers can enhance both the exterior and interior of their vehicles, but that didn’t stop the German automaker from expanding their offerings for the 2015 model year.

As of this summer, buyers will be able to choose from even more unique features like paint jobs and luxurious cabin trims for an array of vehicles sold in North America. The offer addresses not only the new M3 and M4 in both coupe and convertible body styles, but the 4 Series Gran Coupe as well.

For example, the Gran Coupe will get no less than four new exterior finishes, while the M3 and M4 will benefit from the same number of body wraps, but in different hues. Frozen Grey, Frozen Bronze, Pyrite Brown, and Tansanite Blue – all in metallic finishes – are the main attractions of BMW’s update.

These updates come just in time for hot summer fun in BMW’s latest offerings. These new options only make specing out new Bimmer more appealing, but be sure you have a fat bank account before checking any of the expensive options.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M4 Convertible Individual.

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2014 Mercedes A45 AMG 'Erika' by AMG Performance Studio

2014 Mercedes A45 AMG ’Erika’ by AMG Performance Studio

Mercedes’ AMG Performance Studio is up to its old tricks again and if we didn’t know any better, we’d say that it has a particular fondness for the Mercedes A45 AMG. Remember back in January when the Performance Studio launched the Petronas Green Edition? Well, its following it up with a new one-off creation called "Erika."

At the onset, Erika will instantly draws attention because of its matte black exterior and the unique pink accents on the grille, mirrors, and rear spoiler. The side graphics also do their part in bringing out the splashiness of this one-off wonder.

Erika’s pink theme continues inside with the pink contrast stitching on the two-tone sports seats and the matching floor mats. As if those aren’t enough, AMG Performance Studio also applied more pink touches on the door sill plates and the air vents.

Under the hood of this custom A45 AMG lies a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a stout 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque while mated to a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the car’s all-wheel-drive system.

Despite all that cosmetic work, it’s still capable of hitting 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. That’s a pretty good combination, especially considering Mother’s day is just around the corner.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mercedes A45 AMG.

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2014 Mini Cooper Original Accessories

2014 Mini Cooper Original Accessories

Always leave it to Mini to offer some pretty zany add-ons as part of its new Original Accessorites line. In line with the arrival of the third-generation Cooper, Mini is taking its personalization to a whole new level with new design concepts for the exterior and the interior of the vehicle. Sure, the usual roof graphics, mirror caps, and floor mats are still there, but those now fall under the new Mini Design Lines, called Vivid Green, Speedwell Blue, John Cooper Works Pro and Essential Black.

If emphasizing the distinctive character of the new Mini is the objective of these new Original Accessories, then by goodness, the company succeed in doing that. If its not enough that these accessories reflect the youthful spirit of Mini, the add-ons are precisely matched in design and color.

Whether its Vivid Green (youthful and fresh look), Speedwell Blue (sporty flair and tradition), John Cooper Works Pro (passion for racing), or Essential Black (understated and elegant design), each of the four new Design Lines are about as unique to each other as they can get.

So when you want to dress up your new Mini, pay careful attention to what these new accessories, as they all will surely spice up your Mini with new door sill cover strips, exterior and interior mirror caps, roof and side graphics, side indicator surrounds, key lanyards, protective covers, among other things.

You can check out all of the insane options that the Mini Cooper has to offer in the Mini Configurator. It’s also a great way to waste a few hours of time!

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2013 Audi RS5 by McChip-DKR

2013 Audi RS5 by McChip-DKR

The Audi RS V-8 engine is a dreamboat. But is that stock Audi RS5’s 4.2-liter V-8 engine with 450 enough to keep pace with twin-turbo BMW’s and Mercedes-Benz super-coupes?

Many auto-bahn drivers would agree that a car like this can do much better than what Audi is offering from factory.

The German tuner McChip-DKR decided the RS5 can be further improved and is offering a tuning kit for pretty much every taste out there. In fact the new kit is offered in three different stages, so you can get the RS5 to the power level you will like - or your wallet will allow.

In stage 1 the V-8’s output was increased up to 550 horsepower, but if you need more you can also opt for a stage 3 of upgrades that will take the final output to an even cooler 600 horsepower. The only problem is that the kit is a little bit expensive and you can pay up to $36,500 for it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS5 by McChip-DKR.

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2014 BMW M5 With M Performance Accessories

2014 BMW M5 With M Performance Accessories

BMW’s taste for performance really knows no bounds. The German automaker has time and again taken some of their high-powered performance cars and given them that race car feel normally accustomed for cars that really are made for racing.

But such is the case when you have a company with the drive and passion of BMW. Nothing’s left to chance, and when there’s an opportunity for improvement, it’s the first one out the door and working on the garage.

The company’s latest line of M Performance Accessories for the BMW M5 is proof of that.

Just like the similar M Performance package for the M6, the M5 received a steady dose of exterior upgrades, beginning with the unmistakable red and blue body stripes, which goes really well with the gloss black grille and the Akrapovic titanium exhaust system that neatly weighs just 10kg (22 lbs), lighter even than the standard model’s exhaust. Carbon fiber components are also part of the package and you can see them neatly distributed throughout the sedan with the prominent ones, including the rear spoiler, mirror caps, and the rear diffuser.

Moving inside, customers can choose from a wide range of dress-up options, highlighted, at least in our eyes, by a carbon fiber trim. There are also leather and Alcantara treatments, particularly the steering wheel, as well as stainless steel pedals and BMW M Performance floor mats.

Notwithstanding all the things we love about the BMW M5, this Performace Accessories package really does give BMW’s sports sedan that added shine, doesn’t it?

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 BMW M5

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander H360 Winter Edition

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander H360 Winter Edition

This fall’s second Mitsubishi lifestyle concept car looks good enough to cause a double take. The 2014 Outlander H360 Winter Edition adds rich white paint and 20-inch wheels outside, plus a gorgeous quilted leather and suede cabin, to create a very cozy and fashionable way to hit the slopes.

In partnership with lifestyle brand H360 and professional snowboarder Bryan "Guch" Iguchi, Mitsubishi has transformed their popular seven-seat crossover into the ultimate winter shuttle. The styling outside is refined and classy, with those giant wheels really transforming the regular Outlander’s lines into something much sleeker and sportier than the standard model.

The beauty of these H360 makeovers is that they can inspire other Mitsubishi owners to personalize their own cars, and draw people into the brands by reinforcing their outdoor credentials.

Looking like a mix between a Range Rover Evoque and an Audi RS4 Avant, the Outlander H360 Winter Edition is powered by a smooth V-6 engine with S-AWC traction and a very quick sprint pace versus some four-cylinder crossover competitors.

More importantly, the H360 Winter Edition will look at home in Beaver Creek Ski Resort’s valet parking line. A host of interior and exterior additions make up this concept car, which will do the rounds at major auto shows this year.

These H360 concepts are just design exercises, and are not for sale themselves. Even so, they show the scope of accessories and versatility of one of the only value-priced crossovers to offer a third row of seats.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander H360 Winter Edition, with high-res images of this beauty’s quilted leather interior and trunk-mounted coffee maker.

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2006 - 2011 BMW E91 330d Touring by BBM Motorsport

2006 - 2011 BMW E91 330d Touring by BBM Motorsport

A dyno, a laptop and a dream: the BBM Motorsport upgrade for the E91 generation of BMW 3 Series brings an extra 251 pound-feet of torque with a simple induction, exhaust and ECU re-flash. Yep, this 330d has 635 pound-feet of torque to go with its appealing red foil wrap and 19-inch BBS alloys.

BBM Motorsport’s impressive project really shows the scope of tasteful performance modifications to this generation of BMW 3 Series wagons. From looking like it probably has melted candy in the leather seats, to now looking at home making sparks on the Nordschleife and racing RS6 Avants on the autobahn until the tires or nerves call it quits.

This revamp is pretty cost effective as well, with BBM offering component sales for guys who might only be able to afford one upgrade at a time. The LED lights and matte wrap might be eye-catching, but the real gold comes from 30 minutes of ‘hotsynching’ to the BMW’s OBDII port.

A more effective ECU re-flash is hard to recall, but as we all know, tuners are not quite OEM in their durability and long-term reliability testing. Does the BBM kit push the limits of this excellent BMW turbo-diesel engine too high?

Despite sounding like a tractor or school bus to American ears, there is actually much more soulful inline-six bellow from the BBM upgrades. Bellows are the last thing you hear before your head meets the seat when the torque comes in a knockout punch.

Click past the jump for the full image gallery and details on the BMW E91 330d Touring by BBM Motorsport’s performance and style upgrades.

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2013 Rolls Royce Ghost

2013 Rolls Royce Ghost

The 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost will embrace very subtle revisions to the interior upholstery and the infotainment system of the car. What possibly can they upgrade or facelift? It’s already the perfect car, but it will be seeing similar revisions already found in the Phantom Series 2, apart from the day-time LEDs.

Revisions in the 2013 Ghost were mostly concentrated on the infotainment system of the car. It features an all new, advanced amplifier with the addition of ‘exciter’ speakers. Sounds exciting? The upholstery now comes with natural grain leather and cross-banded wood veneers. If this is an option they are introducing now, what was the type of leather they were using? Printed leather? Certainly that wouldn’t go along with Rolls Royce’s reputation of building hand-made cars out of exclusive materials.

On the outside, a new alloy wheel option will be available for customers who aren’t satisfied with the current options along with an all new, cool feature called the Comfort Access Boot. This feature lets you open the boot using your feet with the help of a sensor under the rear bumper, should both hands be full. It’s a neat feature that doesn’t require the hassle of taking the key out of the pocket while juggling shopping bags, but in a Rolls Royce?

Though it cannot be considered an incremental upgrade at all, except the cool boot feature, the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost is, nevertheless, a car that sticks true to the Rolls Royce tradition of absolute perfection, immaculate ride, and supreme refinement. What is your take on the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost? Let us know in the comments section.

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