The Problem With EV And Hybrid Tuning

Steve Dinan really wants to tune the BMW i8. He and his team sat down to hatch a plan, but it was scrapped in short order. By turning up the electric wick on BMW's hybrid super coupe, the life of the battery would be decimated. And that's a problem when the 7.1 kWh pack costs upwards of $10,000. » 6/13/14 3:25pm 6/13/14 3:25pm

"Budget Turbodiesel Daily Driver" Is The Build Show For You

We joke about the official car of Jalopnik being a brown rear-wheel-drive manual turbodiesel wagon Miata, but if you have one of those things (a turbodiesel), these Finns plan on showing you how to make it faster. » 1/21/14 3:20pm 1/21/14 3:20pm

The Mansory Carbonado Is An Evil Carbon Fiber Lamborghini Aventador

Mansory, the tuning house with a penchant for ruining nearly everything it touches, may have finally made something cool that doesn't burn out people's retinas. The car, called the Carbonado, is a carbon fiber Lamborghini Aventador that will be limited to a production run of just six units. » 7/18/12 12:40pm 7/18/12 12:40pm

Amuse Squeezes 600 HP From Nissan GT-R

If you thought the HKS GT570 » 9/23/08 3:20pm 9/23/08 3:20pm was a bit underpowered, this Amuse-tuned should satisfy. It's cranking out 602 HP at 6500 RPM and 571 lb-ft of torque at 5300 RPM. That's enough grunt to warrant the addition of boy-racer bits like a huge rear wing, fat lip spoiler, stiffer height-adjustable springs and carbon-kevlar…

Unmoddable GT-R ECU Cracked, Bye-Bye Speed Limiter

Remember the ECU in the Godzilla-like 2009 Nissan GT-R? Yeah, it was supposedly uncrackable and unmoddable and we'd been told would even brick the car if tampered with. That's apparently not the case for at least one set of Japanese tuners who've cracked the JDM version of the new Nissan GT-R's already infamous ECU… » 4/08/08 2:45pm 4/08/08 2:45pm

Mugen Makes Fit Fitter

The new Fit's just been revealed, but Mugen have already had time to tweak it. Featuring the usual assortment of GRP body addenda, annoying exhausts and big wheels, the official Honda tuning partner has also added useful features like upgraded suspension and brakes and a short throw shifter. The Fit's possibly our… » 10/22/07 12:30pm 10/22/07 12:30pm

Some Motorcycle With That Starlet?

My Starlet was recently selected at random by the punch card driven vacuum tube powered California DMV computer for a yearly smog chek. The usual routine is every two years. The 1300cc engine passed after three trips to the rollers and countless hours of rebuilding and tuning the inherently evil downdraft Aisin… » 8/07/07 12:30pm 8/07/07 12:30pm

Brabus to Celebrate 30 Tuning Years in Frankfurt

The candles on its cake will likely be shaped like cams, but the present will be unwrapped at the Frankfurt show. Mercedes tuner Brabus says it'll celebrate 30 years of messing with Mercedes models, rolling out what it's calling an automotive "wolf in sheep's clothing" at the Frankfurt auto show this September. A… » 8/06/07 5:17am 8/06/07 5:17am

R Gang: Volvo Announces New Upgrade Package

Looks like if you want serious Swedish muscle, you'll have to contract with powerlifter Magnus Önerud. Volvo released details on its new R Design package and there's not a single performance upgrade in sight. Not that we'd expected anything, considering the company's abandoned its S60 R and V70 R models. It's all… » 6/29/07 12:25pm 6/29/07 12:25pm