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 |  Nov 26 2011, 12:10 PM


Startech, a sub-division of famous Mercedes tuning house Brabus, is showing off a custom Range Rover Evoque at this year’s Essen Motor Show. The project originally debuted at the Dubai International Motor Show earlier this month, and has now made its way over to Europe to Essen for its home crowd.

The tuning package from Startech is available for all three- and five-door models of the Evoque and was developed to make the crossover more capable on the road, rather than focusing on the Evoque’s somewhat non-existent off-road capabilities.

For aesthetics, Startech outfits the Evoque with a new front apron, roof wing and rear apron that sports a new rear diffuser and wickedly cool quad exhaust tips. Ride height is lowered by 1.2-inch thanks to a suspension kit while Startech offers a variety of 20- to 22-inch wheels with custom color combos for the client.

On the inside, Startech offers a plethora of custom interior modifications including a sport steering wheel, aluminum pedals, foot rest and shifter, leather upholstery and Alcantara headliner. Startech also announced that they’re working on more horsepower for the 2.0L SI4 powerplant first, and will develop a power kit for the diesel engine shortly thereafter.

For more information and to discuss the Range Rover Evoque, please visit our Range Rover Evoque Forum.

GALLERY: Startech Range Rover Evoque


 |  Feb 16 2011, 12:10 PM

StarTech, a division of Brabus, is bringing performance and design options for Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles this side of the Atlantic. And if parent company Brabus is any indication, the results will be wild.

Or, maybe not as much. So far StarTech’s available packages are larger wheels, suspension lowering and interior trim. The company has just established itself in Irvine, CA, and already has appearance packages for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, including the company’s signature Monostar IV alloy wheels, full leather interiors, and custom luggage.

There are no twin-turbo 700-horsepower V12 Rockets just yet for the British marques. But StarTech plans to unveil a customized Jaguar XJ at the Geneva show next month which may have some surprises.

[Source: Autoweek]

 |  Dec 01 2010, 8:23 PM


Land Rover’s Defender 90 is a serious off-road machine and also tends to appeal to enthusiasts that love to give their vehicle a little personality. Startech, a Brabus affiliate, is showing off this Yachting Edition Defender 90 at this year’s Essen Motor Show. The car features a nautical theme inside and out, attempting its best to imitate a luxury yacht.

The lusciously bright white exterior is accented with 16-inch wheels wrapped with 265/75/16 rubber. To give the car an even sportier appearance, the front grille has been swapped out for an SVX custom model while the headlight covers were match-painted white. Even though that wraps it up for the exterior, the interior is where the nautical theme really shines.

Instead of the typical carpet one would find at the floor of their vehicle, Startech has outfitted the Land Rover with yacht-like wood flooring. The front Recaro seats have been reupholstered with navy-blue leather accented with white stitching. The doors, dash and center console has also been reupholstered to match the theme. The back of the Recaro seats have been painted a bright white, matching the exterior while the headliner has been redone in navy-blue Alcantara fabric.

GALLERY: Startech Land Rover Defender 90 Yachting Edition

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 |  Apr 20 2010, 3:43 PM


Startech has developed their brand around German-styling for American vehicles. A division of Brabus, (arguably the most prestigious Mercedes-Benz tuner in the world), Startech offers several tuning programs for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Land Rover. Most recently however, the new Jaguar XJ attracted Startech’s attention, prompting the company to develop a tuning program for Jaguar’s newest model.

The Jaguar XJ is getting a lot of praise as being a sporty luxury sedan. Sleek bodylines and elegant styling have been further enhanced with Startech’s body kit with an add-on front fascia equipped with LED daytime running lights. The front end modifications doesn’t end there, however, with Startech designing new fenders fully equipped with vents. In the rear things get a little more subtle with a new rear apron and diffuser plus add-on tips to the stock exhaust system. Possibly the best accent to the entire kit is the conservative lip spoiler on the trunk.

A staggered set of 21-inch wheels are seen with 21×9.5-inch in the front and 21×11-inch in the rear. These 21-inch rollers fit the wheel wells nicely and sit perfectly on the fenders with Startech’s 30-mm lowering kit, which works with the XJ’s adaptive suspension. Interior amenities are mostly personal preference with several options available to the consumer from custom leather and Alcantara seats to custom wood trim to color-matched floor mats.

GALLERY: Startech Jaguar XJ


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