Volkswagen Golf GTI Dark and Polo R WRC Street by ABT Sportsline

ABT Sportsline has announced details of its new Golf GTI Dark and Polo R WRC Street programs.

Painted in black with red details, the Golf wears dark taillights, mirror casings and headlight covers along with side skirts, a front apron with lip spoiler, an embossed tailgate strip and rear skirt shrouding four chromed black tailpipes. Chassis tweaks include sport stabilisers and a height adjustable coilover suspension kit, while the factory alloys make way for ABT’s 20-inch CR wheels finished in gloss black and wrapped in 235/30 high-performance tyres.

Under the hood, the company’s Power Kit allows output from the 2.0 TSI to develop 221 kW (300 hp) rather than 169 kW (230 hp) meaning the 0-100 km/h time drops from 5.5 seconds to 5.8s, while top speed is increased to 258 km/h (160 mph).

Packing a near-identical 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, the Polo R WRC Street responds to ABT’s upgrade in a similar manner, making 213 kW (290 hp) and 420 Nm instead of 162 kW (217 hp) and 349 Nm. Customers can also opt for the 8 x 18-inch DR or Z5 alloy wheel upgrade.


Turbocharged Audi R8 by xXx Performance

Bochum tuning specialist xXx Performance has joined forces with Chiptrick Technologies to create a potent package for the V8-engined Audi R8.

The program, which comprises remapped ECU software, a pair of custom Garrett turbocharger units, high-pressure fuel pumps, uprated injectors and a custom intercooler, is available in three levels of tune.

Stage One sees output from the 4.2 FSI climb from 309 kW (420 hp) and 430 Nm of torque to 434 kW (590 hp) and 660 Nm, while Stage Two yields 471 kW (640 hp) and 675 Nm. The final option releases 520 kW (707 hp) and 809 Nm, allowing the R8 to crack 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, with 200 km/h appearing in 10.6s and 300 km/h in 15.8 before reaching an electronically limited 313 km/h (194 mph) top speed.

Visually, the front spoiler, flaps and fins are constructed from carbon fibre with the sideblades wrapped to match, while the factory wheels have been replaced by Oxigin’s 14 Oxrock alloys measuring 8.5 and 11 x 20-inches and covered in 235/30 and 295/25 tyres.


BMW 4 Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer

Tuning specialist AC Schnitzer has today revealed its BMW 4 Series Coupe range ahead of the Essen Motor Show.

Visually, there’s a roof spoiler and boot lid spoiler, and rear skirt foil, while cars fitted with the M Technik body package can receive front grille inserts, a front lip spoiler and rear diffuser section. There’s also a wide range of alloys in sizes from 18 to 21-inches, including the Type IV rims in silver, two-tone Type IV BiColor and Type VIII BiColor in black or silver, while the sport spring kit lowers the suspension by 25 mm.

On the inside, AC Schnitzer can supply owners with AC an ‘EVO’ sports steering wheel, velour floor mats, ‘Black Line’ handbrake cover, an aluminium pedal set and interesting gearknob complete with illuminated digital gear readout.

Performance upgrades for the diesel-engined cars see output from the 420d rise from 137 kW (184 hp) to 163 kW (218 hp), the 430d from 190 kW (258 hp) to 227 kW (309 hp) and the 435d 230 kW (313 hp) to 264 kW (360 hp). Petrol cars are also covered with the 420i producing 180 kW (245 hp) rather than 135 kW (184 hp), the 428i model jumping from 183 kW (245 hp) to 219 kW (294 hp), and the flagship 435i going from 228 kW (306 hp) to 268 kW (360 hp). Customers can also specify a sportier rear muffler with chrome ‘Racing’ tailpipes.


Porsche 911 Turbo S vs McLaren 12C

This latest episode of DRIVE sees Chris Harris pointing out that the €200,000 price tag on the Porsche 911 Turbo S puts it in the same bracket as McLaren’s 12C.

Propelled by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-six engine developing 560 hp (412 kW) and 710 Nm of torque, the S takes just 3.1 seconds to crack 100 km/h before reaching a 318 mph (197 mph) top speed, while its British rival uses a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 459 kW (616 hp) and 600 Nm allowing an identical 0-100 km/h time to the Porsche’s but a higher maximum of 333 km/h (207 mph).

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Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street previewed by MTM

Wettstetten-based tuning specialist MTM has released a few details and images of its Polo R WRC Street as it sets off for the Essen Motor Show (November 30 to December 8).

Already developing 162 kW (217 hp) from its 2.0 TSI in series guise, MTM’s upgrade sees that figure jump to 235 kW (315 hp), enough to reduce the 0-100 km/h time from 6.4 to just over 4.0 seconds, with top speed now 260 km/h instead of 243 km/h. The company also confirmed that a 283 kW (380 hp) package will be available very soon.

Other hardware on offer includes a Clubsport suspension kit with KW shock absorbers, a big brake conversion using four-piston fixed calipers, and MTM’s Nardo alloy wheels, which measure 8 x 18-inches and wear 215/35 Continental ContiSportContact 5P tyres.


BMW M5 Ring-Taxis in action

Here’s a piece of film from SWS showing a pair of BMW M5 Ring-Taxis drifting around the fabled Nurburgring.

Since 1986, the BMW Ring-Taxi has carried more than 90,000 passengers and clocked in excess of 650,000 kilometres over the course of more than 30,000 laps.

In its current incarnation, the M5 is propelled by a 4.4-litre biturbo V8 powerplant developing 418 kW (560 hp) and 680 Nm of torque or 423 kW (575 hp) with the Competition Package specified.



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