Superchips Remaps the BMW 135i

⌕ Superchips BMW 135i photoWhile BMW is still developing the ultimate version of the 1 Series, the 135i (the current range-topper) has been targeted by the UK modifier Superchips, who has released an ECU remap for the performance vehicle. The companys specialist have optimized the turbocharged 3.0 liter straight six engines ignition, fueling and turbo boost settings, using both chassis dyno and road testing. Superchips has upgraded the 135is power from a measured standard output of 315 hp to 360 hp, with a maximum power gain of 49 hp at 5,989 rpm. At the same time, the ECU remap brings the BMWs torque up from a tested 394 Nm to 456 Nm a 3,359 rpm. Compared to the standard BMW 135i, the Superchips upgradComputer Softwareed car produces peak torque over 1000 rpm lower down in the rev range, making it not only ultimately faster, but also significantly easier to drive. Although not yet tested against the clock, the Superchips remapped BMW 135i is expected to better the standard car

Wheelsandmore R231 Mercedes SL 500

We love it when tuners know better than to fit a stupid body kit that ruins the look of a car we liked. But theres nothing wrong with subtly enhancing a brand new model with big rims, because people who buy expensive cars tend to have a desire to stand out. The R231 generation of Mercedes Benz SL was only recently launched. In fact, its so new that we dont have a Brabus version yet, but we do have a Wheelsandmore model. The German tuning specialist has really slapped on a cool set of wheels… and more. Because the AMG models were not available, the SL 500 was chosen for the makeover (that would be the SL 550 for US customers). The body was wrapped in luminium-silver-gray high-tecRelationships & Familyh film, and the factory rims have been swapped for 20 inch 6Sportz multi-part forged numbers, wrapped in Continental Contact 5P tires sized 245/30/20 at the front and 295/25 at the rear. Through the magic of engine management, the 4.7-liter V8 has been boosted by 70 HP and 100 Nm

BMW 7 Series E65 Gets Carbon Wrap Video

The Bangle-era BMW 7-Series was one of the most controversial models in the Bavarian carmakers history, but the aftermarket world wasnt stopped by this. Oh no. Multiple tuners from around the world have tried their hand at upgrading the 7-Series looks and were hHobbies, Games & Toysere to show you an example of Dont tune like this! The E65 7-Series in the adjacent video has received a… are you ready? full carbon treatment. And if somebody had had the idea to replace the body panels with new ones made of carbon fiber, we wouldve find a way of understating the project, but this seems to be just a wrap. The final touch? a tow hook with a red protective cap, as well as a decal that tells us which company created the wrap. What can we say, it looks like bad advertising exists after all…

2013 Ford Focus ST Competition by MS Design Looks Hot

The new Focus ST and indeed any third-generation Focus are a sort of acquired taste. While Volkswagen made the Golf look as simple as possible, Ford created a veritable starship of a hatchback that takes some time to get used to. Thankfully, tuner MS Design has found a way to make the brand new Focus ST a pleasant car to look at. he Austrians have today sent us a preview of a full body kit that will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show in about a month's time. Cosmetically, the ST has been differentiated using a new front spoiler, revised side skirts and a rear diffuser, as well as a large tailgate spoiler. The car has also been equipped with cool new 20-inch alloy wheels that have a substantial look and feel to them, thanks to large black spokes and white windows. MS Design has not yet released any details regarding a powertrain upBusinessgrade for the 2-liter EcoBoost engine, which in this application makes 250 PS. The standard model gets from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds,

Schmidt Revolution Touches the Porsche Panamera 4S

⌕ Schmidt Revolution Porsche Panamera 4SIf youre looking for a spacious performance vehicle with a premium aura and would like your car to have a strong connection with the tuning world, so that you can truly make it yours, be sure to place the Porsche Panamera high on your list of priorities. The German four-door coupe is one of the favorite targets for aftermarket developers coming from multiple parts of the world, with the latest modification kit for the vehicle being offered by Schmidt Revolution. The tuner offers a rather gentle approach for the vehicles exterior, interior and powerplant. The tech goodies come from Rennsport Muller: the Panamera 4S naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 has been fitted with an optimized exhaust system and has receivVideo, Computer & Internet Gamesed an ECU remap, with the unit now delivering 425 hp (instead of 400 hp) and a peak torque of 535 Nm (up from 500 Nm). In addition to that, the cars air suspension has received a lowering pack that

BMW R nineT El Impostor Looks Intriguingly Awesome Photo Gallery

Last week we told you that David Borras of El Solitario got his hands on a nifty BMW R nineT and he was working on an intriguing build for the equally intriguing and sizzling hot One Motorcycle Show in Portland, Oregon. Well, he barely made it to the show, and not because the bike was not ready, but because of heavy snow fall in the Portland area. All in all, l Impostor made it in the exhibit room just before the grand opening, and we can bring you photos from the One Motorcycle Show. If you're expecting a shiny, glamorous bike, then you don't know what El Solitario stands for. El Impostor is an uncanny build, balanced between pure industrial art and the experimental side of bike-building. Still, El Impostor is a fully-rideable machine which delivers the same exhilarating experience just like the stock R nineT. In fact, the whole build is completely reversible, as David literally worked around tVideo, Computer & Internet Gameshe BMW, no hacking, sawing and welding involve

Hamman and H amp R Fiat 500 Is an Insane Machine

⌕ Fiat 500 by Hamann and H&RThe upcoming Essen Motor Show will offer us a multitude of extreme creations, vehicles that have traveled such a long way from their factory stock incarnations. One of these cars will be an aftermarket version of the Fiat 500. The project uses the Abarth version as a starting point and has been gifted with multiple tech and aesthetic goodies coming from Hamann and suspension specialist H&R. By the way, autoevolution tested the stock Abarth 500. You can read the review by following this link. Returning to the little bomb, we must start by telling you that the vehicles turbocharged 1.4 liter four-cylinder unit has been heavily modified and now delivers no less than 275 hp. The tuners have not mentioned any performance figures, but this is a level of power that allows the 500 to outperform a long list of vehicles aimed at offering a high level of driving thrills. To cope with the extra power, the car was fitted with a new set of brakes, as well

VW Golf VI based Sportec Golf SC200

⌕ Sportec today released its latest creation, the SC200, a model entirely based on Volkswagen's Golf VI 1.4-liter TSI, that comes with several enhancements in both performance and exterior/interior styling. As you can see in the adjacent photos, the car shares the same look as the sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf, with the only improvement visible from the outside being the Sportec sports exhaust. Beside the performance boost, the exhaust system also generates a sportier sound compared to the one of the stock Golf, the tuner explained. "Although visually very similar to the original, with its heartier tone and above all lesser back pressure ensures increased capacity and optimum use of the combustion chamber," Sportec explains in a release. But the performance generated by the 1.4-liter engine is really impressive, compared to the figures achieved by the stock unit. For example, the tweaked powerplant now brings out 200 PS and a torque of 300 Nm between 1,800 and

Wald International Releases First Pictures of the SLK Black Bison Kit

The famous Japanese tuner Wald International decided to offer Mercedes fans the chance to get a sneak peak at their new styling package for the Mercedes SLK R172, entitled Black Bison. So, the company released the first images of the gorgeous vehicle with their new kit and we must say that the SLK R172 looks dangerously attractive. Concerning what the styling package brought new to the car, were talking about a new front bumper with some very Black Bison-stylized air intakes, spoiler lip and black grille inserts. Besides all of this, the Mercedes also got signature vertical LED lights, side skirts plus a rear diffuser that comes with four tailpipes. As an overall look, the Mercedes SLK R172 looks luxurious, defiant and surely catches your eye. In case you might not have known, the guys from Wald International dont do interior or any performance uFashion, Style & Personal Carepgrades, therefore you wont be getting anything else except an exterior design change. Still, dont think th

2010 Steeda Q Series Mustang Preview

⌕ Aftermarket performance company for Ford vehicles Steeda has recently unveiled the 2010 Q Series Mustang, ahead of its official debut scheduled to take place at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, next month. This latest development of the limited production Q Mustang series is a result of hundreds of hours of Computer Aided Design work, extensive computer and wind tunnel analysis, as well as intensive road testing conducted in secret. The development of this vehicle series is yet another example how the entire Team at Steeda Autosports takes great pride in designing, engineering, and manufacturing our products with the single goal of providing our discerning customers with the highest quality, race proven and track tested vehicles/components available anywhere, a company statement says. ⌕ Steeda, however, provided only a couple of images, with no details on the performance upgrades for the moment, but further information is set to emerge closer to the SEMA event.