BMW M135i by AC Schnitzer

AC Schnitzer is débuting its new program for BMW’s M135i model at this year’s Essen Motor Show.

The company’s performance upgrade, which involves remapped ECU software, sees output from the bi-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six rise from 235 kW (320 hp) to 268 kW (360 hp). Visually, there are chromed exhaust tailpipes, a two-piece front spoiler exclusively for cars equipped with BMW’s M-Technik package and a raised roof spoiler which fits all models in the range, while a -25 mm spring kit provides the drop in ride height. AC Schnitzer carries a wide range of replacement wheels, including the Type IV rims and Type VIII forged alloys in 18, 19 and 20-inch diameters.

Moving inside the cabin, options include a Black Line aluminium gear knob, handbrake sleeve, pedal and footrest kit, and iDrive controller cover. There’s also a leather trimmed gear knob with a digital gear display on the top and embossed velour floor mats.


Manhart MH5 S Biturbo BMW M5

Geilenkirchen tuning specialist Manhart Racing has updated its MH5 S-Biturbo program for the current BMW M5.

Power upgrades are available in three stages with the first consisting of an ECU software remap, which sees output from the 4.4-litre biturbo V8 rise from 418 kW (560 hp) and 680 Nm to 472 kW (633 hp) and 780 Nm. The next two levels, which release 500 kW (670 hp) and 529 kW (710 hp) respectively, include a carbon fibre air intake, uprated turbochargers, downpipes and a new exhaust system with sports catalytic converters. Sensibly, there’s also a KW coilover suspension kit and choice of Mov’it brake systems right up to a 380 x 32 mm carbon ceramic option.

Other components in the package include a ventilated carbon fibre hood, front spoiler, boot lid spoiler and diffuser, and a range of alloy wheels in a 21-inch diameter.


Mercedes SLS AMG GT tested at Hockenheim

This brand new episode of DRIVE sees Chris Harris travel to Germany to test the new €204,680 Mercedes SLS AMG GT at Hockenheim circuit.

Power comes from a tweaked version of the regular car’s 6.2-litre V8, producing 435 kW (591 hp) and 650 Nm of torque, allowing a 3.7 second sprint to 100 km/h and limited top speed of 320 km/h.


2013 Porsche Cayman

Here are the first official images of Porsche’s Cayman model ahead of its world début in Los Angeles later today.

Apart from the obvious metal roof, the Cayman is virtually identical to its Boxster sibling, including those sculpted flanks and the double tailpipes helping to mark out the S version. The main difference is the Cayman’s front fascia, which features more aggressive air intakes and round daytime running lights, rather than LED strips.

As with the Boxster, the Cayman will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or the seven-speed PDK as an option. The base model uses a 2.7-litre flat-six which develops 202 kW (275 hp) and 290 Nm of torque – enough for a 5.7 second 0-100 km/h time (PDK 5.6s) and top speed of 266 km/h, with PDK 264 km/h. Moving up the scale, the Cayman S is powered by a 3.4-litre engine producing 239 kW (325 hp) and 370 Nm; good for a 5.0 s sprint to 100 km/h (PDK 4.9 s) and 283 km/h or 281 km/h. The optional Sport Chrono package shaves 0.2s from both car’s times.

Thanks to its lightweight construction, the 981 is up to 30 percent lighter than its predecessor, meaning the entry-level model can consume and average of 8.2 litres every 100 kilometres (PDK 7.7 l/100 km) with the S returning figures of 8.8 l/100 km and 8.0 l/100 km.

An auto start/stop function comes as standard, as do 18 and 19-inch alloys, a Sport button providing a sharper engine response, air-conditioning and auto headlights, while optional extras include a Burmester sound system, Adaptive Cruise Control, keyless entry, 20-inch 911 wheels and Porsche’s high-performance ceramic composite brake system with 350 mm discs all round.

The order book is open now, with deliveries starting next March. Pricing begins at €67,000 for the manual Cayman (PDK €68,200) and €81,800 for the manual Cayman S (PDK €82,100).


2013 Porsche Cayman leaked

According to several sources, this is an official image of the brand new Porsche Cayman, which is due to début in Los Angeles tomorrow.

The picture, which appears on the front cover of December’s Flat 6 magazine, shows what appears to be the base model, which will be powered by a version of 2.7-litre engine seen in the Boxster, but with a slightly higher output of 275 hp.

Not long to wait now…


SR Auto Project Mastermind Gallardo Spyder

The guys over at SR Auto Group have had their hands on Lamborghini’s Gallardo Spyder, and Project Mastermind is the result.

The Gallardo wears a Hamann Motorsport aero package, which consists of a front spoiler with carbon fibre splitter, side skirts and a rear diffuser, while the factory wheels have made way for a set of PUR 2WO Monoblock items, measuring 8.5 and 11 x 20-inches and finished matte black paintwork.



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