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 |  Jun 13 2012, 1:02 PM

Scheduled to sell in Europe at the beginning of next year, but without a Japanese or North American release date, the Nissan Juke NISMO will make its debut this weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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 |  Feb 14 2012, 9:01 PM

Tuning company Vorsteiner released an image of their latest project, a Rolls-Royce Ghost gussied up in gaudy glory.

We have to wonder if the British ultra-luxury automaker feels the same about people modifying their cars as champagne maker Cristal did when Jay-Z idolized their champagne in what they see as a distasteful light.

Nonetheless, the Vorsteiner Ghost comes with 24-inch three-piece rims that barely fit into the wheel wells and look like they’re riding on black rubber bands. The body kit includes a  front spoiler with a chin splitter and a carbon fiber rear decklid spoiler as well as side skirt blade attachments.

The tuning package will be released this summer to those special few who can afford a Ghost and have the dubious moral fortitude it might take to modify such a creature.

 |  Apr 20 2010, 3:22 PM

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Just when we thought the matte black fad (or style) was starting to fade, TechArt introduces the Porsche Panamera Black Edition to the world. Porsche’s entry to the luxury sedan market has been well received so far, combining Porsche performance with traditional comforts that drivers and passengers are used to seeing in say, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7-Series. TechArt, a Porsche-exclusive tuner, has been merging design with functional technology since 1987.

TechArt’s newest tuning program for the Panamera gives a full car option – the Panamera Black Edition – available for just shy of $300,000 U.S. The base Panamera Turbo gets a complete overhaul inside and out, starting with traditional TechArt-styling with their aerodynamic kit. Accenting the new aesthetics is a set of 22-inch wheels in black and trendy LED daytime running lights. Engine modifications are light, with the Panamera sporting a new exhaust.

The Black Edition-theme continues onto the interior, with black leather and Alcantara seats and TechArt repainting everything possible in the interior to matte black: dash, door panel trim, center console, air vents, cup holders, etc.

For close to $115,000 U.S. over retail pricing (in Germany), the Techart Black Edition carries a real premium price tag. Chances are all the modifications could be had for less, including the paint job, but for those distinguished enough to even consider it, chances are they’ll pay for the convenience to just have it delivered complete and ready to be driven in.

The official press release is available after the jump.

GALLERY: Techart Porsche Panamera Black Edition

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 |  Apr 13 2010, 2:46 PM

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For close to three decades, Lorinser has been fine-tuning, refining and perfecting nearly every Mercedes-Benz model that has rolled off the factory assembly line. With the recently facelifted Mercedes S-Class (from 2010-on) Lorinser naturally had to produce their own variant of the luxury sedan. Being conveniently located in Germany clearly defines Lorinser’s heavily European-influenced styling which is more subtle than flamboyant (at least by North American standards).

This tuning kit begins with the aesthetics, an aerodynamic kit offering that complements the front and rear bumpers while the rear trunk and roof spoiler flows with the natural curves of the S-Class. The side skirts are subtle, just aiding in the flow from front to rear. Overall the design of the Lorinser aerodynamic kit for the facelifted Mercedes S-Class is simply giving the sedan a slightly more aggressive profile.

For engine performance, Lorinser has packages for every model of the S-Class with the V-12 biturbo receiving modified turbos, fuel management, upgraded ECU and a new exhaust system. This bumps up the already potent 6.0L V-12 powerplant by 110-hp breaking the 700-hp mark. The S65 AMG will also be able to achieve a top speed of 205 mph with the speed limiter removed.

While not the most popular option for Mercedes-Benz aftermarket wheels in North America, Lorinser continues to offer new models including the 22-inch RS9. This mono-block design is accented with five-slotted spokes with 22×10-inch applications for all four corners. Lastly, optional interior upgrades include chrome-plated pedals and door locking knobs, leather-edged floor mat set (with embroidered Lorinser logo) and illuminated doorsills. For the extra ambitious with customization, Lorinser does offer a completely hand-made leather interior package.

GALLERY: 2010 Lorinser Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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