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 |  Feb 10 2012, 8:00 AM

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German based tuner Abt Sportsline will be revealing four new tuned vehicles for the upcoming Geneva Auto Show.

For Audi, Abt will add some spice to the Audi Q3 crossover. Dubbed the QS3, the compact crossover will receive a power boost from its 2.0 liter engine to produce a total output of 266-hp. Abt has also provided an aggressive body kit to compliment the QS3′s performance.

Abt’s Audi AS6 Avant will also be presented at Geneva, decked out with front and rear spoilers, revised side skirts and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. Sporting a tuned 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, Abt has massaged the powerplant to put out 355-hp, an extra 46-hp over stock.

For Volkswagen, Abt will feature a crowd stopping Beetle with a reduced ride height, headlight masks and 20-inch alloy wheels. In the power department, this mean Bug will deliver 237-hp.

Finally, Abt gets its hands on the new Volkswagen Up! Offering only aesthetic changes for now, the Up! receives mirror caps, headlight masks and revised side skirts.

GALLERY: Abt Sportsline Geneva Teaser

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 |  Jan 03 2011, 9:11 PM

The Porsche Cayenne is a very accomplished vehicle. Not only can it handle the rough stuff better than most SUVs, but it can also handle tarmac in ways that seems impossible for a vehicle of its girth.

So a perfect all rounder you could say. However, if you’re looking for something that performed like the Cayenne but looked sportier, you’d have previously been out of luck. Not anymore.

Merdad Design, a British tuning firm has created a 3-door version of the Cayenne and are calling it the 902 Coupe, and this model made its first public appearance at the recent MPH The Prestige & Performance Motor Show in London.

The 902 Coupe is based on a shortened version of the latest Cayenne platform, and from what we can see Merdad has done a very impressive job of phasing out the rear doors and making sure all the lines are properly aligned. It looks like something Porsche themselves had built, and that is no easy feat.

Merdad has also created an attractive body-kit for the 902 Coupe and to complete its new sportier looks, it is also available with a choice of two, 22-inch alloy wheels.

The performance specs look impressive too, with tuning on the Turbo model ranging from 550-hp to 750-hp, which is good for a 0-60 mph run in just 4.4 seconds.

As you would expect from such a tuned vehicle, the interior can be trimmed to your liking. So if you’ve been looking for something truly unique, this 902 Coupe might just be the thing for you.

[Source: Carscoop]

 |  Dec 15 2010, 2:01 PM

2010 has been the sort of year Gemballa would never want a repeat of. It was in February when Uwe Gemballa, the founder of this high-end tuning company, was reported missing.

Sadly, his body was found a few months later, ending speculation of where he was and what had happened. With news of the company filing for bankruptcy and all operation coming to an immediate halt, it looked as if the days of ever seeing a new creation from Gemballa had gone.

Thankfully the company lives under the management of its new CEO Andreas Schwarz, and they have just released a new model, called the Tornado.

Named after the British fighter jet by the same name, the Tornado keeps with their tradition of naming their cars after fighter jets – like the Porsche Carrera GT variant called the Mirage and the Ferrari Enzo variant called the MiG.

Their newest model is based on Porsche‘s latest generation Cayenne model. Obviously it has a new body kit, which gives this SUV a very angry stance.  With its gaping mouth, vertical LED lights and huge nostrils, if you see this coming in your rearview mirror, just do the sensible thing and get out of its way.

But there is more to its looks than its looks suggests. Gemballa has used its knowledge in producing bits out of carbon-fiber, so as a result, not only does the Tornado look different, it weighs less too, and that is without compromising its safety features. In total, the Tornado is 154 lbs lighter than its Cayenne sibling.

Oh, and it has more power too. Gemballa says they are working on a stage two engine modification for this motor and will see a power output of around 700 hp and 738 ft-lbs of torque. Thankfully, upgraded Brembo brakes will also be available to stop all this fury.

Prices for the Tornado has not been announced yet, but if you want one you’ll need to hurry, only 30 are planned for production.

Gold SLR in Dubai Trumps Gold C63

Gold Veyron anyone?

 |  Mar 30 2009, 12:08 PM

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No doubt you remember the gold C63 AMG from a few months back, well, those crazy guys in Dubai are back at it again. Thanks to our friends over at Luxury4Play.com we have these images of a tremendously hideous gold SLR. Even the wheels weren’t spared in this ocular abortion. Thankfully our source tells us this is a wrap.

If you look closely in the pictures you can also spy a an SLR that appears to have Mansory’s Renovatio package. And what’s that even further back? Yup… that’s a black and gold Bugatti Veyron. Some guys have all the fun… and none of the taste.

GALLERY: Gold SLR

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GALLERY: Gold C63

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[Source: Luxury4Play]