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In terms of all-terrain driving adventures, the Land Rover Defender is an expert. While it is drivable on paved roads, it shows its iconic versatility and 4x4 capability especially off the road. But if someone is looking for the ultimate Defender, perhaps Italian coachbuilder Ares Design has something to offer – the new Ares Design Land Rover Defender.
Based in Modena, Italy, Ares Design is a relatively new company in the field of bespoke automotive design and modifications. Nonetheless, Ares Design has proven itself to be highly capable of creating high-quality coach-built cars, converting almost any type vehicles into a bespoke creation. One of its latest works, the Ares Design Land Rover Defender, is no exception.
Ares Design founder and chief executive Dany Bahar called the Ares Design Land Rover Defender as the ultimate Defender. He noted that while the Defender is a motoring icon, icons can be re-imagined. As re-imagined, the Ares Design Land Rover Defender doesn’t just offer incredible performance, but also boasts of captivating appearance and opulent touches similar to that of a luxury SUV.Read the entire article Ares Design Land Rover Defender is a blend of 4x4 performance and flashy luxury
With a starting price of around $163,000, the new BMW i8 Roadster (I15) is one of the most expensive offerings on the market from the premium German carmaker carmaker. It is around $20,000 more expensive from its hard-roofed twin, the i8 Coupe. Yet, such a high price doesn’t mean more elements can be added. In fact, renowned German tuner AC Schnitzer have a number of things to offer for the new i8 Roadster.
To sum up the overall effect of these add-ons and to provide clients a good picture of how their BMW i8 Roadster (I15) would like when the extra components have been installed, AC Schnitzer built a sample car. This i8 (I15) by AC Schnitzer looks meaner and more aggressive than a typical i8 Roadster, thanks to the number of added aerodynamic elements, new wheels, lower ride height and a sportier interior.
Finished in white with some black accents, the i8 Roadster (I15) by AC Schnitzer is marked up front with the AC Schnitzer front grille for BMW kidney, which is also known as the hot climate version. The face of this i8 Roadster is also defined by AC Schnitzer carbon front spoiler elements and AC Schnitzer carbon middle front spoiler. Likewise, the AC Schnitzer has crafted carbon front side wings, carbon mirror cover and carbon door handle panels for the new i8 Roadster.Read the entire article AC Schnitzer program for new BMW i8 Roadster I15 results to meaner open-seater
When Mil-Spec Automotive unveiled the Launch Edition of its own makeover version of the Hummer H1 in May this year, the restoration/modification shop managed to attract not just the attention of the few. From its exterior to its interior, the Mil-Spec H1 Launch Edition definitely takes the Hummer H1 military-based civilian four-wheel drive utility into a new level. Now, the company is upping the tempo by releasing Truck #002 of the Mil-Spec H1.
The Mil-Spec H1 Truck #002 is essentially a follow-up to the H1 Launch Edition. The H1 Launch Edition was very impressive to the point that a customer eventually called Mil-Spec and asked the ute restoration/modification shop to build an iteration that suits his tastes and preferences. For this customer, ordering a Mil-Spec H1 truck seemed to be the next logical thing to do. So, here comes the H1 Truck #002, which exemplifies the company’s design, engineering, and execution capabilities
Being Mil-Spec Automotive’s first customer vehicle, the H1 Truck #002 features a number of distinct elements not found on the production Launch Edition series. These elements were basically fitted or installed into the H1 Truck #002 as specially requested by its discerning customer.Read the entire article This black H1 Truck #002 is Mil-Spec Automotive’s first customer truck
A classic Porsche evolved and optimized by modern engineering techniques and technologies – this is the Singer DLS Porsche 911. Taking part at the highly prestigious 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new Singer DLS Porsche 911 is a bespoke creation by Singer Vehicle Design and Williams Advanced Engineering that boasts of more power yet lower weight that the model it was based on.
It all started when a customer named Scott Blattner approached Singer Vehicle Design and asked the company to not just restore but also re-imagine his 1990 Porsche 911 (964 Generation) as a more powerful yet lighter sports car. Sensing it needs help for this one-of-a-kind project, Singer approached Williams Advanced Engineering. The collaboration between Singer and Williams to come up with a bespoke creation started around two years ago. Eventually, Singer and Williams, along with former Porsche engineers Norbert Singer and Hans Mezger as well as other technical partners, worked hard to re-imagine the 1990 Porsche 911.
In the process, the partners decided into inject into the project car a number of alluring features. Thus, from a standard two-wheel drive 1990 Porsche 911, born was Singer DLS Porsche 911. The DLS stands for Dynamics and Lightweighting Study, which appropriately conveys the fact that the DLS Porsche 911 is more powerful and weighs lighter than the original model. As it is, the 1990 Porsche 911 is powered by an engine that delivers 247 hp, and weighs around 3,031 lbs. The DLS Porsche 911 has become more than twice as powerful as the original model and around 850 lbs lighter – with output and weight pegged at 500 hp and 2,180 lbs, respectively.Read the entire article Singer DLS 1990 Porsche 911 is classic sports car re-imagined for the modern times
The 993 generation of the Porsche 911 (Porsche 993) is already considered as an icon. Gunther Werks, a company from Southern California, has dedicated itself into re-mastering this icon by embedding modern technologies and features. Its Gunther Werks 400R is seen as a modern yet classic masterpiece, and the company has already commenced the limited production run of this bespoke 993 conversion.
The Gunther Werks 400R is essentially a high-performance, bespoke vehicle that pays tribute to the naturally aspirated Porsche 993. Featuring both the silhouette and soul of the classic 993, the 400R is lighter yet stronger and more rigid than the original model. This is thanks to the use of carbon-fiber composite for the body panels, roof, deck lid and spoiler.
Gunther Werks ultimately decided to limit the production run of the 400R to 25 examples. However, each example is completely bespoke. Providing their own 993 as a base, customers could choose from a limitless palette of exterior finishes and even personalize the interior according to whims, choosing their choice of colors, patterns and materials. Even the suspension setup could be configured to the preferences of each Gunther Werks client. As Gunther Werks founder Peter Nam puts it, each 400R is tailored to its owner like a handmade suit.Read the entire article Production of Porsche 993-based Gunther Werks 400R modern classic starts
This car is certainly a Nissan GT-R, judging from a number of design cues typical of the legendary Godzilla of the automotive world. However, it looks distinctly different; it is as if this GT-R was released from its limits. A product of the collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all set to be unveiled in metal in Europe in July 2018.
For now, GT-R fans and enthusiasts could feast on the video and images released by Nissan and Italdesign. This ultra-limited GT-R prototype commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the Nissan GT-R and Italdesign.
Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, remarked that the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign celebrates two big moments that intersect at the same window of time -- 50 years of Italdesign shaping the auto world as well as 50 years of Nissan delivering excitement with the GT-R. He called Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign as a GT-R without limits.Read the entire article Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is a half-Japanese, half-Italian Godzilla prototype
About a year ago, Swedish professional skier, Jon Olsson shared his bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraith, which he named “George”. The monster has an insane 810 horsepower under its hood, and now, he is selling it for a not so budget-friendly price.
The very first time we learnt about this was at The Netherland’s Auto Leitner, with its selling price of around $324,000 (275,000 euros). When looking at the car, it seems that nothing has changed as it remains to have the exterior upgrades and its heavily tuned engine.
Some of the Wraith’s exterior upgrades include Olsson’s signature camouflage wrap, lowered suspension, and the plethora of LED lights. It sits on a set of 24 inch Forgiato matte black wheels fitted with Pirelli Pzero Nero 285/30 ZR24 tires. It also has a jet powered, carbon fiber surfboard that weighs 18 kilograms (40 pounds). We doubt that the surfboard is included in the package though.Read the entire article Jon Olsson is selling his custom Rolls Royce Wraith
Pagani Zonda will not allow the spotlight to be away from it, even years after the Huayra has been introduced. Now, there is a very special one on the road that is specially hand painted by the well-known artist Shalemar Sharbatly. The design is so vibrantly beautiful that it is going to be difficult to keep your eyes out of the supercar.
The project began with Foglizzo, an Italian luxury leather company, who has the desire to show off their huge range of dyes for customizing the colour of their hides. The first thing they did was to wrap the supercar in white, and for four days, Sharbatly took her time to unleash her work of art.
When looking at the finished product, you can see that the artist has used different colours on different sections on the Zonda. To point that out, the front part is a combination of blue and green with purple touches, the driver’s side then has shades of sapphire and cerulean, and the passenger side looks better with some red, orange, and maroon. The rear end of the car, where the tail is, then indicates a mix of these colour motifs. It is a beautiful look for the already stunning supercar. We think that this Zonda is definitely ready to hit the road.Read the entire article Check out this colourful, hand-painted Pagani Zonda
If The Hulk were to be a car, what would it be? Well, you might want to check out this Mercedes-AMG GT R that is just as green and powerful as the angry monster. But before we get to that, let us first talk about the standard Mercedes-AMG GT which is available in a handful of variations. The standard version is the GT Coupe, pumping out a respectable 469 horsepower (349 kilowatts).
There is also the GT C, which focuses more on performance and has as much as 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts). Meanwhile, the range-topping model would be the track-ready GT R, with the ability to deliver 577 horsepower (430 kilowatts). And last but not the least is the four-door GT. But even with those options, one German tuning shop thinks that the AMG GT could use more power.
So going back to the mean, green AMG GT R that Renntech offers as an upgrade. They enabled it to deliver between 612 and 825 horsepower (456 and 615 kilowatts), depending on the trim. The latter of the two is dubbed as the AMG GT R825. This does not only have more power, but also has a torque of 626 pound feet (850 Newton metres). The extra power is attributed to the larger turbo, paired with a software upgrade, blow off valves, and high flow air filter, among others. Of course, expect the transmission as well as the clutch to cope with the change.Read the entire article German tuner Renntech boosts output of Mercedes-AMG GT R to 825 hp
H1 is the first-ever model Hummer developed for the civilian market. The four wheel drive utility vehicle was originally made for the military, to conquer all types of terrains and obstacles. This is why it has got a tough and rugged exterior.
Back in 1992, the H1 suffered backlashes during its production, mainly because it had an uncomfortable cabin and a shortage of power from its engine. Despite its negative traits, the Hummer continued to sell for years, until the automaker called it quits in 2010.
Some people cannot let go of the past though, for instance, Mil-Spec Automotive, a Ute-restoration/modification shop decided to just work on the H1 by looking at its strengths and weaknesses, so it could create the ultimate superstar SUV. And what we could say about the outcome is that it looks impressive!Read the entire article Mil-Spec’s in-depth makeover of the Hummer H1 is impressive
With the latest Star Wars franchise movie, Solo, coming soon, Japanese automaker Nissan decided to develop an exclusive car that would remind anyone of Han Solo’s iconic ship, the Millennium Falcon.
This all started when Nissan entered a partnership with the Star Wars Franchise some time ago. Since then, Nissan has been fiddling with the Rogue. Remember when the Rogue One movie came out in 2016? What’s cool was the Japanese automaker was quick enough to release a Star Wars inspired version of their Rogue model just as its namesake movie was released. This was how Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition was born. Following that model was the quirky Rogue X Wing Concept, which honestly not everyone was fond of.
This year, Nissan’s latest creation would be the Millennium Falcon-inspired Rogue, which they made just in time for the Solo: A Star Wars Story movie that will make its debut on May 25. The model will even head to the red carpet to join the Hollywood stars. Without a surprise, the same company, Vehicle Effects (which fabricated the other Star Wars inspired Rogues) helped create this one as well.Read the entire article Nissan builds Millennium Falcon-inspired Rogue for world premiere of Han Solo movie
Ferrari decided to boost the 488 GTB and made its mid-engined V8 machine beefier for a more hardcore 488 Pista, which we saw around 2 months ago. Now, the engineers from Pogea Racing learnt from this and did the exact same thing, while managing to squeeze out even more power from the biturbo 3.9 liter V8.
If the 488 from Maranello can bring out 720 horsepower and 770 Newton metres (568 pound feet) of torque, the FPlus Corsa project pushes its output even more by another 100 horsepower and 130 Newton metres (96 lb ft), giving it a total output of 820 horsepower (603 kilowatts) and 900 Newton metres (664 lb ft).
The engine isn’t all that was tweaked here, as Pogea Racing decided to play with its exhaust system and decided that it would install stainless steel flaps to make the most out of the V8’s beautiful soundtrack. After all the upgrades that had been done to the powertrain, there is a palpable impact on the Ferrari 488 GTB’s performances as it has become quicker than the Pista.Read the entire article Pogea Racing upgrade package for Ferrari 488 GTB is even better than the Pista
Audi R8 is definitely a much loved car by the market, and we really are dreading the day it will retire. To be honest, we think that the second generation model might not have the same impact as the older 2006 model, but this model is actually even more desirable with all the right boxes ticked, and its remarkable list of extra trinkets.
The said model is currently on display at Audi Forum Neckarsulm, and is dressed in an Ara Blue shade, while fitted with an assortment of optional goodies added from the Performance Parts catalog that was launched by Audi Sport in summer 2017, particularly for the R8 as well as its baby, the TT RS. In fact, after all the added features of this model, you might think that it has already lost its road legal statues. That’s because physically, it looks similar to the track-ready R8 LMS GT4 launched towards the end of last year.
Aside from its aerodynamic body kit and the front bumper canards, customers can opt to add two or three way coilover suspension. As seen in the photos, the 20 inch black milled wheels pictures here cut down some of its weight by 17.6 pounds (8 kilos). There wheels are then wrapped in 245/30 R20 front and 305/30 R20 rear tires.Read the entire article Audi R8 V10 Plus with performance parts is built to impress
We’re seeing the last days of the Volkswagen Beetle. Sales of its third-generation model have not exactly been positive. But even as the Beetle’s end is impending, it won’t go out without a bang. Memminger, a small German manufacturer, has decided to give the world its version of the iconic car, and the product is absolutely beautiful.
In case you’re not familiar with Memminger, let us give you a few details. It was established in the late 1970s as a steel construction company. The very first time it restored a Beetle was just before the millennium but it eventually turned into their core business. Since then, Memminger has been building, as well as restoring Beetles with the use of the original recipe.
Today, the latest model the manufacturer has built is the Roadster 2.7, a true modern-day Beetle.Read the entire article Memminger’s latest take on the classic VW Beetle is a modern masterpiece
Equus Automotive, an aftermarket specialist in the United States, is somewhat in the same field as the Brabus or Alpina. Today, their latest creation would be the Throwback. When you look at it, it gets most of its design cues from older versions, but injected with a modern twist. Now, for those of you who are interested, you’ll have to be pretty quick because the company will only be making 25 examples of these, each one with a price tag of $130,000.
Firstly, the Throwback’s exterior carbon fiber bodywork makes reference to several generations of Corvette. Some of these cues include side scallops that evoke the original. Theres is also the spear, stretching along the rear, that plays on the split window 1963 ‘Vette coupe. Up front, the Throwback features a set of large spotlights in the front bumper for cruising in the evening. In the hood, there is a big power bulge that have heat extractors. In the rear, the circular taillights remind us of the classic model, while the exhaust outlets look like trombones.
As we move into the interior, you would notice that it has been reupholstered by Equus Automotive. It now has a generous amount of Alcantara upholstery like diamond quilting on the seats. Turned metal trim then finishes the center console and door pulls.Read the entire article Equus Throwback is like a tribute to former Corvettes
To get your hands on a Ferrari 812 Superfast is pretty cool so to think that its performance isn’t good enough is quite unimaginable. Nevertheless, German tuner Wheelsandmore is offering to give your Superfast new upgrades and will transform the vehicle into the 812 Superforte.
No matter how good the Ferrari 812 Superfast is already, that does not stop the crew of Wheelsandmore to tune the vehicle. In fact, this is probably Maranello’s most powerful 12 cylinder engine with 800 horsepower and 718 Newton metres, making it really quick but still easy to handle.
The very first thing the tuner will work on would be the exhaust system, as this will be upgraded to either a stainless steel or a lightweight nickel chromium-based super alloy called Inconel. This includes sport catalytic converters and a valve inside to tweak the sound.Read the entire article Wheelsandmore Ferrari 812 Superforte contains upgraded wheel design, exhaust, suspension
The Acura NSX, even though it has been produced in the United States, is rightfully claimed as one of its own by the legions of fans in Japan, where it is known as a Honda. For this particular example we are going to talk about, the owner definitely took it even further.
When looking at the images, it seems like the said car has been shot at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji fish market, or some other similar market there. But it isn’t the place that matters, but the subject. As you can see here, this hybrid supercar looks like it is part of the country’s Super GT championship. But Honda is known for having several NSX-GTs in the series’ top GT500 class.
Though this Acura NSX looks a lot like a track focused car, it actually is a road going car. The supercar was modified by Liberty Walk and has been given a full body kit, making it look wider with a meaner demeanor. It had also been given enough aerodynamic enhancements that it will remind you of an air force fighter - blacked out like the one in the photo.Read the entire article Spotted in Japan: Honda NSX by Liberty Walk almost looks like it belongs on the track
British automaker McLaren developed their MSO (McLaren Special Operations) division to make their already exclusive vehicles a little more bespoke. And today, we are going to discuss some of their newest and coolest products that indicate the company’s expertise in style and performance to the Sports Series range.
For instance, if you own a 570S Coupe, 570GT and 570S Spider, and you want to achieve a meaner sound, you can always order the new titanium exhaust. It is actually lighter than the stock unit by 11 pounds (5 kilograms). Best of all, it makes the sound it produces five decibels louder. MSO claims that the car’s new tone sounds cleaner and crisper, and that this comes from the rear end of the vehicle.
Today, the titanium exhaust runs 4,750 pounds ($6,570 at current exchange rates), and this part can be had in a Nano Black finish, instead of the standard Nano Clear colour. The good news here is that these add-ons will not only be available as an option for new cars, as later this year, MSO will be offering these as an upgrade to already existing Sports Series owners.Read the entire article Give your McLaren 570S Coupé, 570GT, or 570S Spider a meaner sound by installing MSO titanium exhaust
This BMW 7 Series in the 730Li spec features a 2.0 liter four cylinder power unit. It also gets a longer wheelbase and that means that it is heavier and will tax its engine even more. This particular model we are talking about today can be found in the BMW Abu Dhabi Motors dealership and is finished in a beautiful Ruby Black Metallic finish.
Exterior upgrades that come with it include a 3D Design front spoiler, an M Performance trunk lid spoiler, and an M Performance kidney grille. And we are quite sure you noticed the new set of wheels it sits on as they measure 21 inches in diameter, and have been finished in an orbit grey shade.
As you move into the car’s interior, there are clear signs that this had been made by the automaker’s BMW Individual division. Red leather covers the seats, the door panels and part of the center console and the bottom part of the dashboard.Read the entire article Ruby Black Metallic BMW 730Li is presented in Abu Dhabi
The latest teaser Nissan showed us had an image of the snowy mountains with an audio of what we thought was the 370Z’s engine sound. To cap off the teaser, it was introduced as the 370Zki. Well, if you want to see this Nissan snowmobile for yourself, check out this two-door snowmobile at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. And before you get too excited, we will already tell you that this is not for sale.
Having said that, it does not mean that it is impossible for you to customize one, it’s just that it may be quite difficult and impractical. To do this, you will have to order tracks and skis from American Track Truck. And then a highly capable person should be able to attach it to a tiny sports car. That’s where it becomes tricky. For this unit, the entire driveline had to be scrapped.
This process involves lifting the car by three inches all around, which needed a custom lift kit. But even that was not enough space for the tracks that measure four feet on the ground. Of course, other necessary things like custom mounts for the rear springs, and three-inch wheel spacers were added to get the tracks away from the car. Both the exhaust and the brake lines were rerouted, while the rear wheel wells were modified so the tracks won’t chew up the body. All that change was just for the back.Read the entire article This insane Nissan 370Zki snowmobile will be presented at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show
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