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Auto-Labo streamlines the Prius, aesthetics be damned

When we find modded cars such as the Smart or the Tesla, we always raise an eyebrow about the impact this might have on fuel economy. However, this is not the case with the Aero

Cobb Tuning gives the GT-R a serious bump in power

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.

Hyundai Genesis gets introduced to DUB

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Paramount tuners get more for their diesel, 16% more they say

Want to go farther on each tank of diesel? Who doesn't, these days? One way to eke out a bit more distance between fill-ups is to driver more economically. Another, according to Paramount Performance of Slough in the UK, is to get "one of the simple 'plug and play' diesel economy units" sold by Paramount. By remapping the engine control unit (or ECU), Paramount claims fuel economy im

GT-R tuning update: Amuse breaks 600 hp, tranny woes at MCR

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

Hennessey performance expanding tuning to include ZR1, GT-R and IS F

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.

Avert your eyes: Lexus LS600h L by Job Design

Tuning firms don't generally find their way onto AutoblogGreen very often. Here's an exception. Japan's Job Design has come out with its new "Hybrid" suite of visual and suspension mods for the Lexus LS600h L and Toyota Crown Hybrid. (The latter employs the powertrain from the Lexus GS hybrid.) While the LS kit is rather hideous, the attention-starved driver should be pleased with the results.After all, the Lexus wears very subtle hybrid markings. Augmenting them with the Job Design kit ought to

BlueTuning: Bluetooth removes the clutter for engine tuners

Our minds are cluttered enough, so we try to keep the inside of our cars debris free. Unfortunately, that hasn't been possible during the tuning process of our new project car. Between the handheld control module, our cheap, serial-equipped laptop, the yet-to-be-mounted standalone ECU and the wire connected to our wide-band 02 sensor, the interior of our project is beginning to look like the rats nest behind our desk.

Audi's SUV gets a makeover by PPI

The Audi Q7 is the embodiment of being fashionably late, having arrived on the scene at the tail end of the SUV bubble looking like a million bucks. No doubt it will still win customers with its combination of expensive looks and performance above and beyond what traditional utes offer. Still, the aftermarket loves to tinker and the Q7 is a willing canvas. The newest body kit to be offered for Audi's SUV is the PS Q7 by PPI, a German tuning company you migh

Stare at your own risk: Maaco's Medusa Mustang

It appears that the theme of this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas will be "Gratuitous Tuning," the time honored art of adding plastic body kits, big wheels, lethal sound systems and origami doors to our favorite cars just for the hell of it. The latest car we've found is the Maaco Medusa Mustang, a pimped out pony car that left the fine line between good taste and garishness in the dust as fast as its 550-horsepower, supercharged engine could take it. If you look closely you'll notice that most of

The Mugen CR-V roadstar adds edge to Honda's SUV

Some of us have bemoaned the new styling of the Honda CR-V, which is why it's no surprise that the aftermarket has already stepped up to address our concerns. When you think of Honda tuning, you should think of Mugen (if you play Gran Turismo at all), and it's no surprise this Japanese tuning house is the first one to try and beat the ugly out of the new CR-V. Mugen today announced a whole catalogue of aftermarket appearance parts for the new CR-V that includes a front spoiler with integrated da

More sick power for the street - a twin turbo Ford GT

Even with Ford's GT making 550 HP (somewhat underrated) courtesy of a supercharger, of course we all know that there will still be owners out there who seek more power. Once the route of pulley swaps has been explored, where to go next? Stage 6 Motorsports thinks that it has the answer in the form of a twin-turbo kit.

575-HP HPA R32 - the hottest hatch of them all

HPA Motorsports has applied its turbo prowess to the latest and greatest of VW hot hatches, the Euro-only (for now!) R32. In stock form the R32 produces 250 bhp from its 3.2-liter V6, but after HPA gets done adding its FT575 package, the car produces an astounding 575 horsepower. With that kind of power the all-wheel drive HPA R32 can hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds while smoking a

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