Archive: Performance

27 August
Lexus LFA vs Nissan GTR: Who’s The Fastest?

Fancy what happens when you put the Lexus LFA and a Nissan GTR on a test track?  This is exactly what the guys at MotorTrend did. Pitting the Lexus LFA against almost compatriot Nissan GTR is sure to throw up interesting results. Amazing results ensue, indeed, we got to see.

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16 July
MTE’s New Offering: Volkswagen Golf IV R32 Highly Modified

A supremely modified Volkswagen Golf IV R32 has been unveiled by MTE. Modifications under the hood include the German tuner specializing in turbo conversions. There are installed turbo-plus intercooler along with larger injectors, modified cylinder head, forged pistons, high performance camshafts, and an optimized ECU.

MTE Volkswagen Golf IV R32

All of this fine tweaking means that the car, with its twin-turbo 3.2-liter V6 pushing 2.2 bar of boost with a compression ratio of 7.8:1 produces 790 hp (589 kW / 801 PS) and 1200 Nm (885 lb-ft) of torque is capable of navigating the quarter mile in 10.7 seconds at 216 km/h (134 mph).

To handle the extra power generated, MTE added a Sachs two-disc sintered clutch in addition to a KW Coilover ‘Club Sport’ suspension, semi-slick tires, and a high-performance braking system (with 360mm discs and six-piston Brembo calipers). Inspired by this beauty, car fans, speed fans, power rush addicts are all looking to see what MTE gives next.

07 May
Luxury SUV Tuning: ASI Lexus LX570 Invader

Luxury SUV Tuning- ASI Lexus LX570 Invader

Tuning in Japan is an art, and proof to back my sayings is the new Lexus LX570. But not just any LX570, but the one that the folks from ASI got their hands on. Saying that the luxury SUV can actually perform much more aggressively, ASI took the factory 5.7-litre V8 motor (381hp) and the 6-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission to new heights — dubbed it the ASI Lexus LX570 Invader and promised at least 600hp, and a 5 seconds time to reach 100km/h from standing still. That’s pretty impressive, but in honesty, it sounds like an expensive hack for your Lexus LX570. You game?

10 March
BF-performance Tuning Kit for the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

Swiss tuning house BF Performance has worked its magic on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 with its GT600 tuning package which can be used both for the Coupe and the Spyder. BF Performance was inspired by the fact that the Gallardo is a very innocent car which is neither dynamic nor individual enough and hence BFP set out to make it look more aggressive using aerodynamics also reducing weight in the bargain.

Lamborghini Gallardo by BF-performance 1

The kit comes with new side skirts, a rear diffuser and a rear wing all of which are made of carbon fiber. Though the engine mod details have not been made public, the tuning house claims that the GT600 helps the car with better acceleration while the use of Carbon-ceramic brakes take care of the speed. On the inside, the passengers get sports seats and a rollover cage. Available for order right away, the BF team can even redo the Gallardo with a rear-wheel drive-train.

08 March
AC Schnitzer BMW 5-Series GT showcased in Geneva

‘Wagden’ for most auto freaks remains an alien term and to avoid confusions, it is the combination of a wagon and a sedan. The best possible example is the BMW 5-Series GT tuned by AC Schnitzer which was taken off the veil at the ongoing Geneva Auto Show.

BMW 5-Series GT by AC Schnitzer 1

The AC Schnitzer tuning program gets an added front and rear spoilers along with more aggressive looking side skirts and a ventilated hood. Other noticeable changes include a redesigned rear end, an all new set of wheels and chrome exhaust tips. On the inside, the AC Schnitzer tuned BMW 5-Series GT gets aluminium pedals, an all new cover for the i-Drive controller and pleasing velour footmats. The tuning program also kicks up the performance with a 41HP power boost to the engine.

08 March
2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang gets the GeigerCars Treatment

2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang 2

GeigerCars can never see those ponies hitting the tarmac with limited amount of energy under the hood, and this time around it is the Mustang Shelby GT500 which gets blessed with some power to scorch the roads. GeigerCars did not find the 540PS satisfactory and hence is treat the Mustang to render a nerve racking 810PS which kicks the top speed up to 220mph also the 0 to 60mph dash timing remains a secret. As far as the torque is concerned, the 5.4-liter V8 engine now does 945 Nm and the extra energy produced is taken care of with more coolers and better air flow set-up. 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang also gets new racing chassis.

08 March
2010 Audi A8 gets a Hofele Design Trim

While the auto world is excited about the arrival of the latest edition of its four-door flagship A8, Hofele design has gone ahead and released details of its tuning package for the 2010 model. There is a trimming kit both for the diesel and petrol versions where the 4.2-liter FSI V8 offering kicks the power up to 400PS with 475Nm of torque.

2010 Audi A8 by Hofele Design 2

The diesel variant also gets a power hike where its TDi engine can now churn 395hp with up to 880Nm of torque. Extra power brings in better braking courtesy of larger ventilated steel disc brakes. The suspension has also been lowered (40 to 80mm) albeit, it returns to the standard levels when traveling at 80mph. Minor exterior modifications include a new front end that has larger air inlets along with front fender outlets and even the side sills have been redesigned. On the rear, the Hofele Design 2010 Audi A8 gets a remodeled bumper and a quad exhaust.

2010 Audi A8 by Hofele Design 1

17 February
Car Tuning or How to Make the Car Sound Right [Video]

Been doing a thing or two to your vehicle, but trying to find the perfect sound that comes from your tailpipes? Here’s some inspiration for you guys …

02 February
Ford Fiesta Tuning Shows Off a Beast

Ken Block Monster Ford Fiesta 1

Monster World Rally championship is all set to welcome a new beast for the coming season-Monster Ford Fiesta-and it sure is an able contender. Dubbed the Monster Ford Fiesta rally car, it is based on the race winning European Rallycross Fiesta which was prepared by Olsbergs Motorsports Evolution. The beast is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L Duratec engine which can render 490hp at the max but the rally specified turbo-inlet restrictor restricts the output to 330hp. The monster is slated to compete in seven Rally America events and it will be Ken Block who will get behind the wheel in the Monster Fiesta.

21 December
Ford Focus RS Gets Mcchip Treatment for 401HP

Ford Focus RS Mcchip 1

So you got your hands on a Focus RS but feel like your little beast is capable of more, how about getting some help from the crazy German tuners from Mcchip who have recently taken the RS to the highest levels? The stock version already churns in a good 224kW (305hp) and 440Nm of torque, but the Mcchip Focus RS brings two tuning levels to choose from. First one is a 254kW (345hp) version with 520Nm of torque and a top speed of 271km/h for €799, while Power Stage 2 goes even more extreme 295kW (401hp), maximum torque of 612Nm and a top speed of 278km/h if you can afford some €4,499.

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