Honda unveils a custom prototype based on the Civic Type R (EK9)

At the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, Honda Access presented a custom-built prototype based on the Civic Type R (EK9) with modernized exterior and interior designed to connect  Japan's new and old generation of petrolheads.The Honda Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser 2020 as they call it, is distinguished by the completely redesigned bodykit.At the front, there is a new bumper with larger air-intakes and brand new headlights with LED graphics and body-coloured covers. ...

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Hyundai i30 N tuned by Turbozentrum

German tuner Turbozentrum launched a new tuning pack for the Hyundai i30 N, offering higher power output for the Korean hot hatchback.Thanks to the turbocharger's optimization, total engine output is increased up to 350 hp / 257 kW in Stage 2 with a cost of 1,920 €  (excl. tax) and can exceed 400 hp / 294 kW in Stage 3 which costs 2,176.47 € (excl. tax) - or 1,666 € (excl. tax) ...

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BMW M140i tuned by Manhart

For those who want more power from their BMW M140i, which was the last RWD hot hatch on sale, German tuner Manhart offers the MH1 400 package.Thanks to recalibrated ECU software and a new downpipe, the 3.0-litre straight-six engine produces 320 kW / 435 hp of power and 644 Nm of torque. For comparison, the stock BMW M140i produced 250 kW/340 hp and 500 Nm of torque which was a record for the hot hatches on sale at the time, ...

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Ford Focus RS with 510 kW made possible by Mountune

British tuner Mountune announced that the managed to increase the power of Ford's  2.3 liter EcoBoost engine to an astonishing 510 kW / 684 hp / 692 PS!Under the bonnet of the Ford Focus RS MK3, the four-cylinder 2.3-liter engine produced 257kw / 345 hp / 350 PS and  470Nm of torque in stock form, which at the time made it the most powerful hot hatch on sale. Today, this title belongs to the Mercedes-AMG A 45 ...

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Mercedes-AMG A35 tuned by BRABUS

German tuner BRABUS announced their B 35 tuning package for the Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC (W177) which will premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). With the most powerful PowerXtra + tuning kit (high-performance mapping for controlling the injection and ignition, increased boost pressure, high-performance rear muffler, stainless steel exhaust), the turbocharged four cylinder 2,0 liter engine produces 268 kW (365 hp) of power at 6,300 rpm and 460 Nm of torque. This ...

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More power for the Ford Focus RS by Mountune

British tuner Mountune announced two new tuning kits for the Ford Focus RS MK3 that make the fastest previous generation Focus more powerful than any factory-spec hot hatch on sale.The m520 MRX power upgrade kit offers 382 kW (520 hp) of power and 700 Nm of torque, from the 2.3 liter Ecoboost engine.  This happens thanks to a larger Borg Wagner EFR-7163 turbocharger (Dual Row Ceramic Ball Bearings,Water Cooled Center Section, Integrated ...

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Volkswagen Polo GTI tuned by Siemoneit Racing

German tuner Siemoneit Racing presented their package for the Volkswagen Polo VI GTI which offers vastly increased power output, a more aggressive suspension setup and interior modifications.Starting with the four-cylinder 2.0 TSI engine, it now delivers 235 kW / 320 hp and 430 Nm of torque, thanks to a bigger turbocharger, a new intercooler and an upgraded exhaust system. For comparison, the stock car produces  147 kw / 200 hp and 320 Nm ...

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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR tuned by ABT Sportsline

ABT Sportsline presented a tuning package for the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, including performance upgrades and a range of ABT alloy wheel designs. Thanks to the ABT Engine Control (AEC) unit, 2.0 liter TSI engine produces 250 kw (340 hp) and 430 Nm of torque. This means the tuned hot hatch comes with an additional 37 kW (50 hp) and 50 Nm of torque over the stock version. Thanks to the power ...

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VW Golf GTI Aurora and Golf Estate FighteR showcased at 2019 Wörthersee

Volkswagen launched two prototypes of tuned Golfs built by their apprentices at the 38th GTI gathering in Wörthersee, the Golf GTI Aurora from Wolfsburg and the Golf Estate FighteR from Zwickau.Starting with the VW Golf GTI Aurora, it is fitted with a 2.0 TSI engine producing 279 kW / 380 hp, which is trasferred to the front wheels through a 7-speed DSG gearbox.Visually, the GTI Aurora is distinguished by the graphics combining Nardo ...

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Tuned Honda Civic Type R prototypes for rallying and for the track

Honda UK commissioned two engineering teams to build their tuned versions of the Honda Civic Type R (FK8) for the 2019 SMMT Test Day held at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, UK. The prototypes are not destined for production  however both teams said they would "create one-off versions for discerning customers".  We start with the Droitwich-based Team Dynamics Motorsport which is involved in BTCC racing. For this event they built a road-legal tuned version of ...

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