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    Official: ABT Sportsline coming to US, premiering AS6 at SEMA
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    ABT Sportsline, known as ABT Tuning from its founding in 1967 until 1991, is a German aftermarket parts and tuning company that has focused on enhancing Volkswagens and Audis since the VW GTI bowed in 1978 (in Europe, at least) and races competitively in DTM (Germany's touring car racing series). ...

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    Official: Brabus' 730-hp 2014 Mercedes S-Class is for those who can't wait for AMG
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    You can't even buy the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class yet, but Brabus is ready to help you prepare for it. The German tuning house has engineered a suite of upgrades for the sedan that does just about everything but provide a button for its own aftermarket tune. The heart of any Brabus is the engine, ...

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    Official: Saleen 351 announced with 700 HP
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    With Steve Saleen back at the helm of his namesake automaker, another recognizable name is reappearing in the Saleen sports car lineup. As previewed by the above rendering at the LA Auto Show, the Saleen 351 returns after a 13-year absence with 700 horsepower under the hood – take that ...

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    SEMA: Hyundai and Bisimoto ready 600-hp Elantra GT for SEMA
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    The twisted minds at Bisimoto Engineering took one look at the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT and said, "Nice looking car, but , really? Only 148 horses out of 1.8 liters?" And, with help from the folks from Hyundai, they began constructing the most outrageous Elantra ever built. Active ingredients ...

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    Väth V58 turns up the wick on Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG to the tune of 565 HP
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    Väth V58 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is already a fierce little roadster, what with its 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 cranking out 355 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. But for those who want something a bit more bonkers, the folks at ...

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    Autotechnik + Tuning brings the rain with its Thunderstorm BMW M3
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    Autotechnik + Tuning Thunderstorm BMW M3 -- Click above for image gallery
    Autotechnik + Tuning has done a job on the BMW M3, but if you don't look closely, you might miss it. Echoing a sentiment we love, they declare "At first glance you cannot estimate the scope of retrofitting." However, while ...

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    VIDEO: V10-powered E30 M3 vs. V8-powered E92 M3
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    E30 M3 V10 vs. V8-powered E92 M3 -- Click above to view the video after the jump
    Ah, the Swedes, with their eye for tuning and their wide open spaces to run in. A gent named Johan stuck an M-Division S85 V10 in an E30 M3, and the results look nothing short of devastating. No surprise when you add ...

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    VIDEO: Stealth 1,000 HP Nissan Patrol
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    Click above for image gallery and follow the jump for the video
    We just told you about Nissan's next-gen Patrol SUV and the fact that it might be coming to North America. While rumors have the engine options including a first-ever V8 for the model, the big news is the diesel engine co-developed ...

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    Cobb Tuning gives the GT-R a serious bump in power
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    Cobb Tuning has re-engineered its AccessPort control unit for the new R35 Nissan GT-R. For those of you lucky enough to own a GT-R and not content with its performance out of the box, the $995 AccessPort will reflash the ECU to any one of six different tuning levels.There are three levels each for ...

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    Hyundai Genesis gets introduced to DUB
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    Click above for more high-res pics of the Genesis DUB-ifiedWho says you need to wait for Hyundai's Genesis Coupe to get your tuning freak on? Not the rims and system folks over at DUB, who took two Genesis (Geneses?) and kitted one out like, well, KITT, and the other kind of like a Stormtrooper ...

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    Alex Roy reviews his dream car: the Audi R8 Blackbird
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    Click above to view video after the jumpAlex Roy, currently locked in an M5 with our own Damon Lavric, recently got a video tour of a rather nifty Audi R8 owned by someone who insists he remain nameless. Codenamed Blackbird, the coupe is stuffed with enough gadgets to be a testbed for NASA's ...

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    GT-R tuning update: Amuse breaks 600 hp, tranny woes at MCR
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    With all the news surrounding the Nissan GT-R V-Spec, the progress on the Godzilla tuning front has been largely overlooked. According to a recent article in Japan's BestCar magazine, the Amuse team has broken the 600 hp mark (at the crank) with a combination of a high-flow exhaust and a tweaked ...

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    Hennessey performance expanding tuning to include ZR1, GT-R and IS F
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    From the Mustang to the Viper and Veyron, Hennessey Performance has spread its abilities across the performance car spectrum. And with hi-po vehicles like the IS F, ZR1, and GT-R on their way to buyers' garages, John Hennessey says he is working on packages to make all of those cars even higher-po. ...

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    Arden Jaguar XF AJ 21 one custom kitty
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    Arden, the German tuning firm that's been tweaking Jaguars for decades, is teasing us with this concept shot of its new Jaguar XF AJ 21. We just drove the 2009 Jaguar XF and felt the sheetmetal was lacking some excitement. In a good manner, it appears that Adren has addressed some of our concerns ...

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    Unlikely tunage: Italians take on Ssangyong
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    Proof that Italians can design some that aren't sexy is at hadn: the Intercar RX 400 pickup. Intercar, a recently self-anointed car design firm near Modena, took a Ssangyong Rexton and added a pickup truck bed. Why you would start your tuning enterprise with a Ssangyong, and why you would make it ...

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    Alfa Romewoo
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    click above image for gallery There was a Seinfeld episode once that explained the problem with bathroom sprays. Jerry's issue was that the spray didn't get rid of the offending odor, it just tried to cover it up with an even more offensive odor, and it didn't even really do that, so now you had ...

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    First review of the R56 MINI Cooper S JCW package
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    The first assessment of the John Cooper Works tuning package is in, and the verdict is a qualified "Buy." According to the JCW site, the kit has an air filter ,a remapped ECU, and a central twin exhaust. The test car was kitted out with a host of other JCW fittings, including an aero kit, 18" ...

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    Reinventing the wheel: Momo develops a steering wheel just for drifting
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    Momo, that Italian house of motoring delights, has created a set of steering wheels and harness pads especially for drifting. The steering wheels come in two versions: a 330-mm diameter, suede-covered wheel with anthracite spokes and yellow trim for drifting, and a 350-mm diameter, leather-covered ...

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    All that ZAZ! Russian tuners go all out on the USSR's people's car
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    ZAZ, or Zaporozhsky Avtomobilny Zavod, was the people's car for the USSR, built in the Ukraine, sturdy enough and just ugly enough to tackle anything the Soviet climate could throw at it. It's still got a bit of a following, conjuring for some the same nostalgia over there as the Beetle does over ...

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    Porsche 911 Turbo SP580 by Sportec
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    Tuners just can't get enough of the 997 Turbo, with a list so far including SpeedART, TechArt, Edo, Rinspeed, and 9ff. That latter tuner even rings three bells by winning the HP competition, the top speed run, and being a convertible. The Swiss modifier fiddles with the ECU, swaps out the stock ...

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