Forget about Brabus, ABT Sportsline, AC Schnitzer or any other reputable aftermarket specialist, this is the best tuning program ever seen. Although we don’t know the make and model of this automotive masterpiece, we can appreciate the amount of work necessary for this unique tuning. This incredible footage was recorded in Iraq where most likely they haven’t heard about any car safety inspections.
Fiat has decided to expand its 500 Abarth range in the UK by introducing two new models that are better-equipped and with more power in comparison to the standard Abarth 500 that from now on will be considered as the entry-level model in this lineup. Speaking of the standard model, Fiat has decided to offer a a healthy 500 pounds price cut for the United Kingdom market. These two new hotter versions are known as the Fiat Abarth 595 Turismo and the 595 Competizione, and are as you would expect more expensive than the regular model. Under the hood of these two new vehicles is the same 1.4-liter T-Jet engine that provides the same power output as seen in the 500 Esseesse which is no longer available.
The Italian carmaker believes that those who up until now decided to buy the Essesse will now opt for one of the two new models in the lineup taking into consideration that the price tag is just about the same while the level of equipment offered has increased.
All three versions of the car are offered with a choice of a manual gearbox or a robotized-manual transmission. In addition, both the 500 and the hotter 595 versions can be ordered in a hatchback or a convertible (500C) body style.
As far as pricing is concerned, the Fiat 595 Abarth Turismo starts from 17,775 pounds and is offered as standard with goodies such as climate control, uprated dampers and a leather trim. For more money you could order the Fiat 595 Abarth Competizione that is priced at 18,795 pounds, featuring a sports exhaust system and Sabelt seats. These price tags are for the versions fitted with the manual gearbox, while the ones with the aforementioned manual-robotized gearbox cost an extra 1,300 pounds.
The German automaker Volkswagen has introduced an optional 5-speed automated manual gearbox for the tiny Up! city car that came out a few months ago in Europe, along with its two sister cars, the Seat Mii and the Skoda Citigo. For now, this new gearbox is available exclusively for the Up! and adds an extra 595 pounds to the price tag in comparison the standard version of the car that comes with the regular five-speed manual transmission.
This new optional feature is already available on order in the United Kingdom, and most likely it will arrive in other European markets as well where Volkswagen is selling its city car, which is available with two power outputs: 59 hp and 74 hp.
Known as the Automatic Shift Gearbox (ASG), it manages to lower CO2 emissions and it also improves the car’s fuel efficiency. It can be ordered for the three- and five-door Move Up! and High Up! versions, not taking into consideration the BlueMotion Technology versions. The starting price for the Volkswagen Up! with the optional ASG begins at 9675 pounds.
When it is equipped to the 1.0-liter 59 hp Move Up!, this new Automatic Shift Gearbox improves the fuel efficiency of the car allowing it to return 64.2 mpg UK in the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions standing at 103 g/km. This is a little bit better in comparison to its manual gearbox sibling that returns 62.8 mpg UK and emits 105 g/km of CO2.
However, it is important to mention that the Up! with this optional gearbox is a bit slower than the one with the manual transmission. While the latter sprints to 62 mph in 14.4 seconds, the former needs 15.3 seconds to perform the 0-62 mph sprint for the 59 hp Move Up! As for the 74 hp High Up!, it will do it in 13.9 seconds with the ASG, as opposed to the manual model that does it in 13.2 seconds.
For those that want the most economical Volkswagen Up! as possible, there’s the Move Up! BlueMotion Technology which is capable of returning an impressive 68.9 mpg UK with CO2 emissions standing at 95 g/km. This recently introduced ASG transmission is 3 kg heavier than the manual gearbox, with a curb weight of 30 kg. It’s being controlled by two electromechanical actuators that are engaging the gears, while the clutch is being controlled by an additional electric motor.
The driver of this Mercedes-Benz CL was most likely in a hurry as he put the pedal to the medal on a rather tight city road, trying to overtake as many cars as possible. Unfortunately it did not end very well as he hit an oncoming Lexus RX, while after the collision the CL was pushed into an Audi A8, a black sedan (most likely a Skoda), ending by hitting an SUV. Judging by the license plates, the accident happened in Russia.
By implementing a new software in the engine control unit (ECU) of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the UK-based engineers from Superchips have managed to increase the output of the 3-cylinder, 1.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine that powers several Ford models sold in Europe, such as the Focus and the upcoming B-MAX.
The standard version of the engine is capable of developing 123 hp (125 PS) and has a peak torque of 125 lb.-ft. (169 Nm) or 149 lb.-ft. (200 Nm) if the overboost function is turned on.
While testing the engine on the dyno, the people at Superchips have discovered that the engine outputs 127 hp.
After the update of the engine’s ECU, this 1.0-liter EcoBoost unit was dyno-tested again where it unleashed 145 hp (147 PS) at 6,169 rpm, with a peak torque of 167 lb.-ft. (227 Nm) that was reached at 2,656 rpm. Superchips said that despite the increase in output, this hasn’t had a negative effect on the fuel consumption figures of the engine. This means that the power unit is still capable of returning 56 mpg UK (5.0 liters / 100 km or 46.6 mpg US) in the Focus, with the condition that the car is being driven normally.
The process of installing the remapped ECU costs 455 pounds (580 Euros / $713), including VAT. Superchips mentioned that the ECU upgrade is compatible with all the engines that were manufactured starting with 2012. It is important to mention that the software update is applicable only for the 123 hp version of the engine, not for the 100 hp 1.0-liter EcoBoost unit.
The Spanish carmaker Seat has introduced the most economical version of the Exeo. The last-gen Audi A4-based sedan is now offered in the Ecomotive version including for the ST body style. Under the hood there’s a 2.0-liter TDI common rail diesel engine that is available in two different power outputs: 118 hp and 141 hp. Both versions of the engine are capable of returning 62.8 mpg UK and have CO2 emissions of 117 g/km. To reach these figures, Seat’s engineers have also installed the stop/start system. The power unit is mated to a six-speed manual transmission for both versions of the engine, and it represents the only gearbox available for this economical version of the Exeo.
The Seat Exeo Ecomotive comes with low-rolling resistance tires, the Energy Recovery system developed by Seat, along with a lowered suspension compared to the standard model for an improved aerodynamics. Customers can get this new version of the Exeo in one of the following five trim levels, as follows: S, SE, SE Tech, Sport and Sport Tech.
Regardless of the trim level selected, all models come as standard with goodies such as cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, multi-function steering wheel and voice-activated Bluetooth. The SE trim level offers parking sensors, automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers. Sport adds LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon, sports seats, tinted glass, along with gloss black flourishes inside the cabin. As for the Tech-equipped Seat Exeo Ecomotive versions, these come with a better sound system, black leather seats and a satellite navigation system.
Available exclusively in the United Kingdom, the Seat Exeo Ecomotive has a starting price of 20,040 pounds for the entry-level S model. This version is now in the VED band C, which is a premiere for this model. It costs 30 pounds in road tax, and it also belongs in the 17% BIK bracket.
If you thought that you’ve seen all types of road rage, you might want to check out the following video. As you can imagine, this video comes from Russia where basically anything can happen on public roads.
The tuners from JE Design have developed an upgrade program for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo II which they’ve called Progressor. This new kit costs 28,038 Euros and brings a new look for the German SUV courtesy of a wide body kit, along with a healthy power increase, a suspension lowering module, 22-inch alloy wheels complete with spacers, paint work, vehicle inspection, as well as installation of all the parts included in the tuning program provided by JE Design. The Turbo version of the Cayenne that has a V8 4.8-liter engine also gets a 60 hp power increase, from the standard 550 hp to 610 hp. There’s also a new gaping front fascia available in two different styles, as well as a roof spoiler.
Design-wise, the vehicle gets a restyled front bumper that has bigger air vents, along with LED daytime running lights. Also new are the additional fog lamps and the high beam lights, while the hood gets three air vents for cooling the engine. The back of the car shows a new apron with a built-in diffuser, four 100mm-diameter tailpipes. Throttle control is available for those that are willing to pay 2,856 Euros.
The engine can also be tweaked as well as JE Design’s engineers can increase its output to 610 hp. The Cayenne can also be fitted with an air suspension module that costs 1,428 Euros. It is important to mention that Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (ASM) will be retained. That air suspension module can be controlled with the help of an application designed for the iPhone.
The tuner also offers several wheel options to choose from, with prices ranging from 392 Euros to 690 Euros per wheel. For example, clients can order the 22-inch SUV-Select wheels that have a five-spoke design or the 22-inch Scorpio alloys that have a split five-spoke layout. JE Design also offers spaces that cost 409 Euros.
All these upgrades are available for the entire Porsche Cayenne lineup, including the Turbo and the GTS models.
The Japanese luxury automaker Lexus has revealed the other day the facelift for the flagship LS model. For the 2013 model year, the LS is offered in four variants: LS 460, LS 460L, LS 600hL and LS 460 F SPORT. The first two will be available in both rear-wheel drive and AWD configurations, while the hybrid is offered exclusively with an AWD setup. This facelift is based on the fourth generation of the LS that came out back in 2006. The unveiling of the car took place in San Francisco during a special event organized by Toyota’s luxury division. Lexus said that the price list for the 2013 LS lineup along with details concerning availability will be revealed later on this year closer to the car’s launch.
The exterior changes follow the trend introduced by Lexus with the updated RX and GS, providing a crispier front fascia by installing a spindle grille and redesigning the bumper, headlights and the hood. The back of the car now features darkened tail lamps that have a chrome strip divider, a new look for the bumper and also a modified boot.
As for the F SPORT model, this adopts a more muscular appearance by using a body kit that has a different bumper in the front which can accommodate bigger side air vents. Also new is the front grille that has a zig-zag mesh pattern, while the side skirts are also more masculine. The suspension has been lowered, while a diffuser sits between the tailpipes.
Customers can choose from one of the two engines available, just as before. There’s a V8 4.6-liter engine mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that pumps out 386 hp and 367 lb.-ft. in the RWD model, while in the AWD version this engine produces 360 hp and 347 lb.-ft. The rear-wheel drive model needs 5.4 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, while the all-wheel drive will do it in 5.9 seconds. Lexus says that the RWD can return an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the combined cycle, compared to the 16 / 23 / 18 mpg of its AWD sibling.
As for the hybrid version, this comes with a V8 5.0-liter engine which is paired to two electric motors for a total power output of 438 hp. The 0-62 mph sprint is done in 5.5 seconds, en route to an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. The LS600hL can return 19 / 23 / 30 mpg.