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    With the Focus RS500 sold out in UK, Ford creates official upgrade kit for RS
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    2009 Ford Focus RS – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ford committed an outright insult to humanity when it only produced 101 examples of the Focus RS500. Even at over $54,000 at current conversion rates, the cars sold out licked-split in the UK, leaving plenty of diehard Blue Oval ...

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    BMW to introduce more powerful and efficient version of twin-turbo 3.0-liter diesel
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    BMW has just announced an upgraded version of its 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine. The new version retains the same displacement, yet output for the European spec version is increased from 286 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque to 306 hp and 442 lb-ft. At the same time, fuel consumption ...

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    NISMO renting GT-R engine and transmission computers in Japan
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    Nissan GT-R SpecV - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Beginning June 1, NISMO will begin taking pre-orders on a new ECU and Transmission Control Module (TCM) for the standard GT-R and its SpecV sibling. According to Nissan's motorsports arm, the ECU increases maximum boost pressure by 0.1 ...

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    Ford Fiesta and Focus ST get more power
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    While Ford keeps on cranking out newer, faster versions of the Mustang for American customers, Ford of Europe is preparing new packages for the Fiesta ST and Focus ST hot-hatches to do the same thing. The £950 package for the diminutive Fiesta ST pushes power up to 185 hp from its 2-liter ...

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    JE Design intros Audi TT 8J body kit
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    JE Design has gone and messed with the Audi TT. The changes are subtle, which is good, because it's hard to improve upon the TT's form. The JE kit will surely draw mixed reviews, though we like that their kit still lets what's good about the car shine. There's new pieces for the chin spoiler in ...

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    Land Rover Defender holds the high ground with 2007 updates
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    I remember as a young child visiting the local British car dealership while my dad inked the deal on a new Jag (which I dearly miss to this day). I was busy checking out a big red Land Rover Defender 90. Sitting there next to the polished Bentleys, Rollers, Jags and Range Rovers, the Defender ...

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    Lorinser takes on the new Merc C-class
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    The C-class is the entry-level Benz in the North American market. As such, every nouveau riche new graduate seemingly goes out and treats themselves to a slice of flashy bourgeois pie. That can be alarming for the Euro-car fan, as you risk being lumped into that precocious category along with ...

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    Screw You, Top Gear! - Kenne Bell pumps up the GT500
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    click the image above for the galleryHere's Top Gear's cure for their idiot dyno test that proved nothing. As much as we love Top Gear, their derision of the GT500 for producing a "mere" 447 horespower on a chassis dyno is pure BS. A 10-percent loss through the drivetrain is stellar, yet the spin ...

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    Bravo! What's next? Fiat plans facelift, wagon and Abarth versions in 2010
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    Fiat just unveiled the new Bravo hatchback, but it's not about the sit back and watch its new global Focus/Golf/etc.-fighter sink or swim. Newly incorporated separately from its sister brands, Fiat has big plans for the Bravo line-up, which, following the immense success of the Grande Punto below ...

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    The Autoblog Project Garage: Big-brake install, Part III
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    After dedicating the last several years to the pursuit of power and handling, we're finally putting forth an effort to slow down our car. Consider this to be an indicaton of hard-earned maturity (as opposed to our receding hairlines, which are just signs of getting old). Our new parts showed up in ...

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    GM offers new boost for Cobalt SS S/C and Saturn Ion Redline
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    GM Performance Parts announced yesterday the availability of two performance upgrade kits for the supercharged 2.0L Ecotec engine found in the Chevy Cobalt SS Supercharged and Saturn Ion Redline. The Stage 1 kit retails for $500 and adds 31 hp to the engine’s base 205-hp through higher-flow ...

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