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888-hp Audi R8 (or R888) from MTM

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2007, 2 Comments

Audi R8 by MTM

Audi R8 is not only appealing to drivers, but also to tuners and since the Germans like to modify cars – and they are pretty good at it, you should know this one is coming from MTM, those crazy guys that built the Audi TT Bimoto twin-engine with 780hp. They built it for a European customer and presented their tuned Audi R8 at the Dubai Motor Show. Here is what we found out on it:

  • a 4.2 liter engine with a turbocharger system that sports 888-hp
  • 610lb-ft-torque
  • R-tronic transmission
  • does 0 – 60mph in 3 seconds
  • is electronically limited at 223mph (360 km/h)

If you can afford it, I don’t think MTM will decline your offer to change your R8 into an R888 for €280,000. By the way, great wheels, don’t you think?

Audi R888 by MTM

Source: AutoBlogNL

2009 Mercedes CLC Sport Coupe, spotted in the wild

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2007, No Comments

Mercedes CLC Sport Coupe spyshot

We’ve just been tipped with some spy shots that spotted the 2009 Mercedes CLC Sport Coupe on the streets. Looks a lot like the 2-doors C-Class design, with no big improvements to both the exterior or the interior but rumors say it will get a better V6 engine. Interesting photos, but nothing fancy, because it should stay under the radar with the price if they want to sell.

It’s obvious that Mercedes-Benz didn’t invest too much with their CLC Sport Coupe so my honest opinion is they won’t be able to take on the new BMW 1-series or Audi’s A3. Here is how a rendering of the new CLC Sport Coupe would look, see below.

Mercedes CLC Sport Coupe rendering

Source: WorldCarFans

Tuned Porsche 997 Turbo Cabriolet, The Germans Know Better

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2007, 1 Comment

Porsche 997 Turbo Cabrio tuning by TechArt

Not only that German cars rule but it looks like German tuning companies, do too. I’ve just laid my eyes on the newest Porsche 997 Turbo Cabrio, tuned by the guys at TechArt and all I can say is aside performances I’m in love with the looks. With 630 hp from a modified Boxer 3.6 liter engine this beauty only takes 3.5 seconds to reach 100km/h while the top speed is 345 km/h.

TechArt offers two kit versions, Aero Kit I and Aero Kit II, with both to include a front spoiler, a new bumper, a redesigned wing on the extendable rear spoiler, lateral air outlets and aerodynamic side sills. Other improvements include a 25mm lowered suspension for better handling and an adjusted PSAM shock absorption system that includes the VarioPlus threaded chassis.

I’d be interested to know the price for this beauty, but I guess if I wait for next month’s Essen Motor Show in Germany we’ll even get a video of it, not just the price.

Honda Fit : Japanese Car of the Year

Published by on Nov 21st, 2007, 2 Comments

Japanese Car of the Year

The Honda Fit was chosen by a 60 member panel, that was comprised mostly of automotive journalists, as Japan’s Car of the Year. Unavailable in the U.S at this point, the Fit is a hot item in Japan with expectations of 12,000 units per month in initial sales and in the first 2-weeks of availability sales of over 20,000 cars.

Boasting a new larger size and sleeker look, the second generation subcompact Fit is expected to garner more U.S. interest when it becomes available in the U.S next year. Honda Fit has a well-matched five-speed transmission with strong first and second gears. It has a 1.5 liter engine with 109 horsepower, 1-5 pound-feet of torque and does 0 – 60 mph in 9.8 seconds. It is available in FWD as a 5-passenger 4-door hatchback.

The EPA city/highway fuel economy for this little jewel is 31/37 mpg and while it might not be the coolest car you will ever drive, for the price its a good value automobile.

Base Price: $14,445 – $15,765

[Via: AutoBlog]

Swarovski Crystal Covered Mercedes Benz SL600

Published by on Nov 21st, 2007, 8 Comments

Swarovski Crystal Covered Mercedes Benz SL600

AutoUnleashed had me blinded with an article on a blinged out Mercedes Benz SL600. Unveiled at the SEMA Show this year by DUB Magazine, the Benz was decked out with over 200,000 Swarkovski crystals and Bavarian White Mammoth seat covers. The aftermarket modification was done by the custom car accessory company Garson/D.A.D to highlight the company’s Mercedes accessories. Not only did the crystals cover every inch of the car’s exterior, but were also prominent inside covering parts of the center console, door trim and even the rearview mirror.

Since the SEMA show was held in Las Vegas from November 4-7, 2007 I guess this much sparkle and shine fits in just perfect. The one must have accessory for anyone even just looking at this car: Sunglasses!

[Via: AutoUnleashed]

Zoopedup GP Dyno day

Published by on Nov 21st, 2007, No Comments

Well it is about time we have another zoopedup dyno day in jhb!

The dyno day will take place on the Sunday the 9th of December 2007

The dyno day will be held at Snail Conversions!!!!!

For more info go here

Unit 8
5 Star Business Park
Beyers Naude Drive

R60 for zoopedup members(front or rear wheel drive)
R80 for none members(front or rear wheel)

R120 for members (4 wheel drive )
R140 for none members(4 wheel drive)

Day will start off round 7:30.

There will be wors roles and drinks on sale as per usual.

Prizes will be sponsored by AUTOSPA, Autostyle and DF octane boost


Po Po rolling on dubz

Published by on Nov 20th, 2007, 3 Comments

.. and you thought your tax money was going to waste?



Pic credit – Vic Pardal

2008 Honda Civic Type-R Tuned by INGS

Published by on Nov 20th, 2007, 2 Comments

Japanese tuning specialist INGS has released a new line of aftermarket accessories for the 2008 Honda Civic Type-R sedan. INGS avoided offering any sort of mods for the 221 PS naturally aspirated K20A 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine, preferring to concentrate on aerodynamic and chassis improvements.

The Type-R’s grip is upgraded with the adoption of 18-inch Sports TS06 alloy rims wrapped in Bridgestone POTENZA tyres (255/35 R18 Front – 225/40 R18 Rear) along with a new suspension from Endless ZEAL / Function X. Braking power is enhanced Endless 6-pot calipers on the front axle.

Other mods include the 5Zigen muffler, the Takata / MPH-340R seat belts and INGS’ impressive bodykit that consists of new front and rear bumpers, side-skirts and a Jumbo-Jet size rear wing.