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Return of the Chevy Pony Car
In 2009 Chevrolet resurrected the Camaro nameplate. Using a mix of retro inspired style and futuristic design elements, the reborn Camaro commanded road presence and has become a sales success.
Renault deserves all the credit in the world with its stunning 8:07.97 lap time on the Nurburgring, giving it the FWD record and besting some seriously impressive machines such as Audi’s RS4 and BMW’s E46 M3. So it’s without a doubt that we have to share a video of the record setting run from the cockpit.
Watching driver Laurent Hurgon meticulously pilot the sports car through Nurburgring’s rigorous track while pushing the limits on the Megane RS 265 Trophy’s tires is really a treat. It’s a shame North America will never be able to get behind the wheels of one of these machines anytime soon, much like Ford’s Focus RS.
Check out the video after the jump:
German tuner MR Car Design has transformed Ford‘s Focus RS into a viable contender to Audi‘s RS3 and BMW‘s 1-Series M. Taking one of Europe’s most popular hot hatches, MR Car Design pushes out 355-hp out of the turbocharged 5-cylinder engine, a 54-hp increase from the factory 301-hp. The enhanced performance comes courtesy of an ECU reflash, MR Car Design downpipe and exhaust, high-flow catalytic converter and a K&N air filter.
In addition, MR Car Design combines its horsepower increase with a slight diet for the Focus RS. No details on the weight loss were specified but MR Car Design claims its Focus RS will blitz to 62-mph in 5.9 seconds. Other upgrades include r a set of KW V1 coilovers.
No pricing was announced, but does it really matter… the closest we get to the RS on this side of the Atlantic is the new Focus ST.
GALLERY: MR Car Design Ford Focus RS
With a history of building the world’s fastest sedans, G-Power can now claim the title of the world’s fastest wagon. To do so, the German tuner has transplanted its 750-hp twin-supercharged V10 powerplant from the BMW M5 Hurricane RS into an M5 Touring (wagon).
The G-Power BMW M5 Hurricane RS Touring will come as a complete vehicle package which includes 20-inch G-Power Silverstone Diamond wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires, a coilover suspension and brake modifications, plus a reupholstered leather interior. The interior receives a luxury diamond-stitched treatment throughout with G-Power logos incorporated on various pieces.
But the heart of this spectacular wagon is its performance with G-Power taking the 5.0L V10 and pairing it up with a G-Power twin-supercharger version SK III RS system. Cooling the forced inducted air is a twin-scroll, water-cooled intercooler in a flashy orange finish.
A limited number of just 1,025 versions of this car will be made by G-Power, although we’d be surprised if they ever get to build 10 of them.
Make sure to check out the video of the G-Power Hurricane RS Touring hitting its record-setting 360 km/h (223.7 mph) after the break.
GALLERY: G-Power BMW M5 Hurricane RS Touring
Senner Tuning has released their vision of what Audi‘s TT RS Roadster should be, calling it the Power TT. The name clearly comes from the added power the TT RS puts out: an impressive 430-hp (from the factory 360-hp) thanks to a reprogrammed ECU, high flow cat, valve-controlled exhaust system and an upgraded intercooler and filter setup.
The modifications don’t stop under the hood either with Senner Tuning offering a set of Work Wheels Varianza T1S in a 20×9-inch sizing, wrapped with 255/30/20 rubber. Suspension modifications are also a must with the larger wheels.
Scattered throughout the exterior of the vehicle are carbon fiber accents including a trunk spoiler and housing. Inside, carbon fiber can also be seen on the steering wheel, tach, door handles and center console.
GALLERY: Senner Tuning Audi TT RS Roadster
Just last week we spied a DTM-inspired Audi TT RS Race Car, and now it’s hit the track and looking menacing as ever. Now that we see the TT RS Race Version in its natural environment, we think it’s safe to toss around the idea that Audi Motorsport might be bringing a TT back to DTM.
Raeder Motorsport did some thorough testing at the Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring in the SP 4T class on the TT RS. It will continue racing on October 30th at the same event.
The TT RS Race Version was driven by Marc Hennerici of Germany, five-time VLN winner, and Christopher Miles. It sports a modified 2.5L turbocharged five-cylinder engine, enhanced with components from the Audi R8 LMS.
We’re loving the direction that Audi is going with their newly revamped TT RS and we look forward to seeing more race entries from them in the near future.
GALLERY: Audi TT RS Race Version
Mmmm, a DTM-inspired Audi TT RS! What more could we ask for?
The new Audi TT RS is an impressive machine in street trim, so it’s no surprise that it’s becoming a platform of choice for various racers around the world.
Set to debut in the VLN Endurance Series over in Europe this TT-RS Endurance racer gets a seriously DTM-style widebody that’s aggressive from bumper to bumper. Audi has teamed up with Raeder Motorsports for badass racing machine, which will first take to the track during the last two rounds of the Endurance Championship held at none other than Nürburgring.
We’ll keep our eyes out for videos of this mean TT RS taking to the track.
[Source: Audi Sport Facebook Page]
GALLERY: VLN Endurance Series Audi TT RS
The Ford Focus RS craze over in Europe is picking up a lot of steam, and British tuner BBR is offering four different upgrade kits for any Focus RS enthusiast. The kits bump up horsepower to anywhere from 342-hp to 404-hp depending on how much you’re willing to spend.
The stage one kit is simply an ECU remap and air intake hose offered at $945, which is a great price considering the bump in horsepower to 342-hp and 369 ft-lbs of torque from the factory 300-hp and 325 ft-lbs of torque.
Stage two isn’t as drastic of an increase, but certainly optimizes air flow and reliability out of the turbocharged motor. An upgraded intercooler along with hoses and air filter brings the horsepower figure to 355-hp and torque to 378 ft-lbs. It comes at a price tag of $2,285 but includes installation.
Stage three adds a 3-inch exhaust system from BBR and larger fuel injectors to support the higher boost from the ECU remap. This is when things get fun with the Focus RS reaching 382-hp and 388 ft-lbs of torque. Cost on the parts is roughly $3,960 with install running around $550.
And for those that just have to have it all, the fourth package includes new turbochargers to bring horsepower to 404-hp and 408 ft-lbs of torque. We’ll be comfortable to say that sets the Focus RS up for even more potential if the owner wanted to go even further with the upgraded turbos. That kit will set you back close to $6,185 while install is a respectable $945.
If you want to back up the performance with some handling, BBR also offers BBR/Koni adjustable shocks mated to performance springs.
GALLERY: BBR Ford Focus RS
Official press release available after the break.
The Land Down Under just got some exciting news from Ford. Even though production is coming to an end, Australia will be gifted with 315 Ford Focus RS models in a limited edition production and available in three different colors.
“Customers, the motoring press, Ford enthusiasts and hot hatch fans have all been constantly asking us about Focus RS and when it might be coming to Australia, so we’re very pleased and incredibly excited to be able to confirm for everyone today that it’s on its way and will be here soon,” Ford Australia President & CEO Marin Burela said.
Available for close to $55,000 U.S., the Ford Focus RS is no cheap hatchback, but it’s definitely one hot hatch. Powered by a 2.5L inline-five turbocharged engine, the Focus RS pushes out 300-hp and 295 ft-lbs of torque. As mentioned before, the 315 buyers will be able to choose from Ultimate Green, Performance Blue and Frozen White as color choices.
And for those still looking for more info on the car, the interior sports Recaro seats and most of your standard run-of-the-mill amenities including six-disc CD player and eight-speaker Sony audio system.
GALLERY: Australian Ford Focus RS