It wasn’t always like this, Don Santora told me. And it wasn’t supposed to be like this.
It’s 2017 and you, yes you, can buy a professionally-built current-generation Chevy Corvette hatchback. Or “shooting brake” or little bitty station wagon, if you like, for the price of one C7 Corvette plus $15,000. We’ve got our hands on one until lunchtime, so what do you want to know?
Porsche 911 specialist Willi Thom is one of the most elusive men in the world. It took the car-crazed filmmakers of Studio Kippenberger four years just to find Thom, as he has no phone, email or website. This teaser for Kippenberger’s latest film offers a rare look in Thom’s shops.
Apparently a factory-endorsed BMW M2 convertible is not happening. I can’t imagine why, seeing as how the idea of “M-brand performance purity” went up in a cloud of tire smoke from an X6 M. Of course, some tuners agree with me, and now you can take the top off an M2—thanks to a Swiss company called Dähler.
Montreal-based Scaldarsi Motors took a Mercedes Maybach S600 and gaudified the crap out of it with gold, wood, leather, and other bits of supreme ostentatiousness. Hide your children, because this thing looks frightening.
The EPA says Harley-Davidson’s been selling upgrade parts at dealerships that push the motorcycles’ emissions over the legal limit. H-D maintains the mods were designed for “competition use only,” but has decided to settle with a $12 million fine and a $3 million forced investment in “pollution mitigation” rather than…
Hennessey Performance Engineering is currently the only tuner in North America who owns their own test track—but that could change for the right buyer. Lonestar Motorsports Park, the IHRA-sanctioned quarter-mile drag strip next to Hennessey’s headquarters in Sealy, Texas, is up for sale.
The Japanese aftermarket has given us the Black Bison AMG-GT. But is this something Vin Diesel should know about?
The 2015 Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV takes the current Ford F-250 and turns it into an eight-seat ass-hauler with a front bumper like Quagmire’s chin and a supercharger on the 6.2 gasoline V8. It’s the 2015 Ford Excursion we won’t get, plus tons of horsepower.
Nissan invited some big names from the pickup truck aftermarket to climb all over the Cummins diesel-powered 2016 Titan XD and measure it for their various accessories. Looks like Nissan’s going to support of you modifying your new truck if you buy it from them. Interesting.
When it comes to used vehicles, I’ve always said “mileage doesn’t matter” as long as the car’s got good service history and a reputable seller. Here’s a chance to test that theory: GM tuner Callaway is selling development cars, including this near-perfect supercharged Corvette for less than the price of its upgrades.
Luxo-tuner Startech has sliced the back off a long wheelbase Range Rover and turned it into a little monster like something between a cereal box toy and Megazord. It's wider and faster than a regular Range Rover, and since it has a "bed" you can reportedly skirt luxury taxes importing it as a commercial vehicle.
The 2011 to 2014 Ford Raptor is highly off-road capable with 411 horsepower. The Shelby Baja 700 adds a 2.9 liter supercharger, big ol' exhaust, jump-worthy suspension, and takes the output up to (you guessed it) 700 horsepower.
Kahn Design is a part supplier on the insanity scale between outfitters Mansory and Icon, leaning hard toward this side of "batshit." This Land Rover Defender 2.4 TDCI 90 "Chelsea Wide Track" Pickup is what happens when they slap a big dose of body cladding on a tiny little truck. And it totally works.
AC Schnitzer's goal of making bad decisions into a viable business model consistently delivers. The latest bit of evidence is this BMW Z4 with the M50d's diesel shoved into the nose and tuned to put out 620 lb-ft of torque. That should do.
It's gotten to the point where we scoff that the Ferrari LaFerrari can "only" reach 217 mph, but with all of the Texas highway and Ehra-Lessien videos out there, it's hard to remember that there are only a few places where the brave can try for 200 mph.
If one photo could sum up the entirety of 80s German tuning, you're looking at it. It's the interior of a Mercedes 280TE by Zender, and amazingly not a single Smurf was harmed in the process.
We've been titillated by some photos of a 2014 Ford Raptor with "manufacturer" license plates and a lot of badges from Mustang tuner Steeda. The companies could be working on a special truck together, or somebody at Ford has just juiced up their personal vehicle.