Aftermarket/Tuning

Link Love From The Car Connection: Panamera Speeds Down The Info Superhighway, Bugatti Unveils Centenaire Edition Veyrons, And Grand Touring Morgan Motor Company
Link Love From The Car Connection: Panamera Speeds Down The Info Superhighway, Bugatti Unveils Centenaire Edition Veyrons, And Grand Touring Morgan Motor Company

La dolce vita -- Thanks to These Economic Times, TCC's Italian travel budget has been zeroed out for 2009, which means we totally missed the Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza in Cernobbio. It's just as well, though, 'cause the sight of those four one-off Bugattis--the Centenaire Edition Veyrons...Read More»

Stephanie French, woman with a wrench
Stephanie French: Woman With A Wrench

The language of cars--the lingo of powertrains and drivetrains and transmissions and such--is one that all gearheads appreciate. However, it's a language mostly spoken by guys. On those (increasingly less rare) occasions that we hear women talk about their passion for manifolds and braking systems...Read More»

2009 Scion tC Series 5.0
2009 Chicago Show: Scion tC RS 5.0 Is VIP

Scion yesterday announced a special edition of its sports coupe, the tC, which will be on display at the Chicago Auto Show from February 11-22. This 2009 tC RS 5.0 features unique styling elements draped on a lowered suspension with 18-inch alloys. Numerous mechanical enhancements also give the...Read More»

2009 Suzuki Equator
2009 Chicago Auto Show: Suzuki Equator Goes Three Ways At Once

A year after introducing the Suzuki Equator (a lightly disguised Nissan Frontier) pickup at the '08 Chicago Auto Show, Suzuki rolls out three customized Equators designed and built by enthusiast publications. All three magazines were given a blank slate Equator to start with, both stylistically and...Read More»

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Transmission
Cherokee SRT8 Trashes Its Tranny

Trashing a tranny ain't pretty. It'll either land a few nasty Lee Press-On gashes in your forehead or, in the case of the hapless owner of a Grand Cherokee SRT8 who decided to rat out his motor to a staggering 921 rear-wheel horsepower, metal shrapnel and ATF spewing from the transmission tunnel at...Read More»

Carlsson CD32
Carlsson CD32: Semi-Responsible SUV Bling?

Wait, a blinged-out diesel SUV? And introduced in flashy Miami Beach, no less. GGI European Tuning, the exclusive North American importer of the Carlsson brand, announced its latest offering yesterday, based on the Mercedes ML 320 BlueTEC diesel SUV. Apparently even the bruisers, rap stars, and...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Racer
VW Races Jetta TDI Diesels to Prove Efficiency, Cleanliness

So bent on proving the efficiency and cleanliness of their new 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel four-cylinder making its appearance in the 2009 Jetta TDI clean diesel, Volkswagen has employed them in race duty. In fact, they set up the Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI Cup, a multirace series wherein basically...Read More»

Colin Veg Conversion #4
Benz Veggie Conversion: The Nuts and Bolts

With the domestic auto industry collapsing around us (and keeping bloggers typing away madly), I've had little time to report on the host of mechanical changes I've been making to the 1982 Mercedes 300TD Wagon I'll be driving to L.A. in December. I've been underneath the oily old diesel every...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG
Mercedes Launches New AMG ML- and SL- Models

Forget gas prices, economic woes, and the new era of fuel conservation--if only for one blissful Sunday drive a week. Today Mercedes-Benz presents its latest AMG high-cube monsters, the 2009 ML63 AMG 10th Anniversary, the 2009 ML 63 AMG Performance Studio, and the 2009 SL 65 Black Series at...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
SEMA 2008: 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Hyundai swept into Sin City with seven customized vehicles on its brand-new 2009 Genesis platform. Both coupes and sedans are modded to the max, and it's a look more believable on the sporty coupe than on the sedate Genesis sedan. Nonetheless, the vehicles highlight just how far the Korean...Read More»

photo credit: Z Sasaki: "Entertainment Center"
AT&T CruiseCastSM Debuts Even More Satellite ICE at SEMA

Delivering exactly what distracted American drivers need more of, AT&T CruiseCastSM and RaySat Broadcasting Corp. will unveil AT&T CruiseCastSM, "the Total In-Car Entertainment service that will enable families, commuters, and mobile professionals to watch a lineup of 22 satellite video...Read More»

Subaru 2.5 XT
"Practically Wicked" - Forester XTI Concept To Bow At SEMA

On the heels of its 2009 Motor Trend SUV Of The Year win with its 2009 Forester, Subaru teases with the Forester XTI Concept (2.5 XT shown), which they claim combines the versatility of the Forester 2.5 XT with the street performance of the Impreza WRX STI. While the standard-issue Forester has...Read More»

Coach Builders Ltd. Challenger Convertible
Challenger Convertible to Bow at SEMA

GOTCHA. Or at least Florida-based Coach Builders Ltd., an aftermarket cabriolet converter firm, according to Carscoop, got us, prompting a feverish double-take at the evil green, uber-'70s bad boy with a dropped top and the HEMI 6.1-liter from the Challenger SRT8. Make that a Vortech-supercharged...Read More»

Project Lexus GS concept
Lexus Brings Big V-8, Chassis Dyno, and More Mojo to SEMA

Everyone's getting in on the SEMA action, it would seem, and even Lexus, long the maker of unobtrusive and smooth luxury conveyances, is going to wear a muscle tee and flex a bicep or two this November in Vegas. It seems they have carmakers like BMW and Audi in their sights, and it sounds like...Read More»

2008 Hyundai Genesis RKSport Concept
Hyundai Genesis Sedan Gets Bling for SEMA

As Buick and Toyota will tell you, purveyors of vanilla soft-serv cars love partnering with design shops to give their posh rides some visual edge. And indeed, just like Toyota's Venza and Buick's Lucerne, Hyundai's new Genesis sedan does little to offend, with smooth, clean lines and a pleasant...Read More»

2009 Toyota Venza
Toyota to Display Tricked-Out Venzas at SEMA

Remember when Buick hired DUB magazine to pimp out a Lucerne, pushing that blue-hair-mobile about 40 ounces away from true street cred? It was like "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" remixed with some extra bass and the Buick tri-shield. Don't laugh, Lil Scrappy was sportin' one a few years back...Read More»

Is MirraChrome The Next Big Bling?

We tend to be a fairly conservative lot, us British drivers. We don’t like to stick out from the crowd too much in case we’re thought of as crass or vulgar. The most popular color to buy a car in has long been silver, but one U.K. company is now offering a variation on that them. Chrome...Read More»

NISMO Gets Its Hands on the 350Z

After being denied the love from Nissan’s tuner NISMO division, a NISMO 350Z will go on sale this July as a 2007 model. Fewer than 2000 units are expected to be sold during the 2007 and 2008 model year run. Pricing, while not set, will retain Nissan’s value proposition of performance...Read More»

Will the U.S. Get Just One Smart?

Smart is bringing its two-seat city cars to the U.S. via UnitedAutoGroup. And in Europe, all sorts of special-edition smarts are offered - like the BRABUS twins coming to the Geneva show in a couple of weeks. But what will the U.S. smart fortwo look like? We can't imagine a pricetag of less than...Read More»

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