The Los Angeles Motor Show was the platform for the debut of Porsche’s new Panamera GTS. Based on the Panamera 4S, the latest model is tougher, faster and sportier.
The engine has been upgraded t0 the 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8, making a total of 424bhp and 384lb ft with an additional 30 horsepower. Torque has been increased from 360 lb-ft to 384 lb-ft and the motor is coupled with a 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission in the Sport Chrono package.
The Porsche GTS weighs in at 1920kg which explains the 25.9mpg combined fuel economy and 256g/km of CO2 released. Porsche has also dropped the body by 10mm, tightened the damping system and tuned the chassis with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). Handling is improved by the body drop, 19 inch Turbo wheels, Porsche Ceramic Composite Breaks (PCCB) and bigger brake discs.
We all know what’s the most successful hybrid of all times: Toyota Prius. But what we don’t enjoy very much is that it has a boring design. Things changed when Claes Gustafson and the crew at Classe’s Garage got their hands on one and created what you can see below for a Swedish TV show. And yes, that’s a Toyota Prius.
Even though the outcome is spectacular, it involved HARD work because there’s no body kit available for the Prius and they had to start with a modified Volvo XC90. They also removed the back doors and installed custom made knife doors for the front, installed a carbon fiber venturi, air suspension, 20-inch wheels and over-sized front brakes.
They didn’t work just on the tech part and the interior got improved, too. It has a central console with a custom dashboard and a 4,400-watt stereo system. However that’s not all because this hardcore Prius also features 15 LCD panels and a tablet PC for Wireless Internet.
“The goal … was to give the viewer a great show and, second, to show that a Toyota isn’t a boring and anonymous car,” Claes Gustafson told Wired. According to him, the whole idea was “to show that every car can be styled.”
It looks stunning and has a price that competes with that: $184,275. Is it worth it?
My biggest concern if all these things can be supported by those 4 batteries.
UPDATE: Castrol Xtreme Makeover wallpaper just releashed.
Take one pretty hot standard Subaru, add some spices in the form of a widebody kit, an engine tune up as well as an abundance of audio/visual products and the result is a mind blowing Japanese sports sedan..
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When it comes to modifying cars, it can be said that the Peugeot is not the easiest but it sure is one of the sexiest. Shane became a Pug fan having loved the 206 from the World Rally Championships.
With his new found passion for Peugeot Shane did what any Zoopedup man does, modify. First he slapped on 17″ Racing Hart Concepts mags to give the car more street cred. Exterior extras also included a mesh grill up front and a Power Flow Tailpipe. Since red was the in thing for his PUG he also installed under car neons (in red) and had the whole interior done in red suede to complement his new sound installation. Which consisted of one 12 Kenwood 1500w DVC sub connected to a 1100W Monoblock also from the Kenwood stable. To head up the install he selected a JVC front loader connected with 200W Kenwood splits to sort out the high ranges.
U.S. Car audio manufacturing giant Rockford Fosgate is celebrating its 25th birthday, and to mark the occasion, they have created a special line of amplifiers.
Branded as the â€™25 to Lifeâ€™ range, the amplifiers incorporate a distinct design that clearly separates them from Rockfordâ€™s normal range. The main three amplifiers in the anniversary range incorporate a â€˜heatsink-typeâ€™ design for their external case, which is covered in a gunmetal grey paint finish.
All the input and output sockets for each amplifierâ€™s wiring is incorporated along one side of the amp, which not only makes the amplifiers look really clean, but it will surely help car audio installers create some seriously neat installations.
As we all expect of Rockfordâ€™s products, the amplifiers are built using only the finest materials and have insane but very reliable power output ratings. This of course also adds up to a rather steep price tag: The cheapest in the range is the â€˜Punch 45â€™ (70w RMS 2 channel) with a RRP: of $500. Next is the â€˜Punch 75â€™ (120w RMS 2 channel) for $600, followed by the â€˜Punch 150â€™ (180w 2 channel) for $800.
The real grand daddy of the lot, though, is the â€˜Power 1000â€™. Just the name sounds expensive, and it is: If you want an amplifier that is seriously going to impress your friends, be the envy of every car audio addict you ever meet, and power your car audio install with 1400w RMS over 5 channels, youâ€™ll have to cough up a staggering $1 600! (almost R10 000!). Yikes!
If record-shattering SPL is what you’re shootin’ for, then Audiobahn’s Flame Compression subwoofer is your new weapon of choice. Audiobahnâ€™s stamped, balanced, flame design aluminum cone can belt out incredible levels of bass with virtually no distortion-causing cone break-up. The unique flame designed basket is cast out of 6mm thick aluminum for super-strength – your car will fall apart before this woofer does! Designed for the ultimate in SPL, Flame Compression AW1508T subwoofer features Audiobahnâ€™s PHAT 2″ multi-layer foam surround for massive amounts of excursion, huge 360 oz. double stacked Strontium magnets, a vented and extended pole piece, flame designed back plate, Audiobahnâ€™s exclusive multi-connect Lug Lock terminals, and a 3″ ASV former with dual high-temp 2 ohm voice coils. If you have around 2 kilo-watts of power to play with, step up to this beast!