StudioTorino, an Italian design studio who have a slightly haphazard history of designing eye-catching vehicles, have just put the finishing touches to their latest creation. I say haphazard because sometimes they do great things, other times they do stuff like this.
The new Porsche Cayman based Moncenisio sits somewhere in the middle of StudioTorino’s abilities. It’s certainly not ugly, but it’s also not really an improvement on the already handsome Cayman. But even if you’re a big fan of the design, its asking price is hard to swallow. Priced at $200,000 (£121,000 / 145,000 EUR) the Moncenisio is roughly four times more expensive than a standard Cayman. Or to put it another way, for the same amount you could have a Cayman and a brand new 911 Turbo.
The StudioTorino Moncenisio is based on the Porsche Cayman S and the drivetrain has been left untouched, meaning that it’s still powered by the same 325 horsepower 3.4 litre six-cylinder engine it left the Porsche factory with. So where’s the money been spent?
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Hamann has just finished developing a wide body aerodynamic kit for the BMW M6. Called the MIRROR GC package, the kit includes a new front bumper spoiler with larger air intakes, new hood, new side skirts, wider front and rear wheel arches, a new rear bumper and the rear wing. Overall the Hamann MIRROR GC package adds 1.6 inches (40 mm) in width to the M6.
Lightweight 21-inch forged alloy wheels and a set of lowering springs complete the exterior modifications.
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TopCar, a tuning company based in Russia, has just invaded, sorry, modified the Porsche 991 with a new aerodynamic package and performance add-ons.
The TopCar Porsche 991 Carrera Stinger features extensive body modifications, including new front and rear bumpers, wider wheel arches, a new hood, new sideskirts and a larger rear spoiler. All the new components are made from carbon fiber. The kit is designed to fit on all Porsche 991 Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S models.
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The central African country of Uganda might not be the first place which springs to mind when you think of custom cars. In fact it’s better known for serious human rights violations, horrific abuse by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a president (although I think at this point we can safely call him a dictator) who has been in power since 1986, and widespread poverty – Uganda being one of the poorest nations on the planet.
But now the country’s very first car customization shop has opened up in the capital, Kampala. Godfrey Namunye is the owner, and he and his workers will do just about anything you want. As long as it’s made from thick layers of fiberglass.
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The specially designed Ford Mustang which features in the upcoming movie “Need for Speed” is headed for to the Barrett-Jackson auction block.
The car will be auctioned off for charity on april 12, just under a month after the movie premieres on March 14. According to Ford “Need for Speed” is the latest of more than 3,200 film and television appearances for the Mustang over the past 50 years.
The movie car, designed and built by Ford themselves, boasts a custom-designed wide body and unique Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include an enlarged lower grille with new air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. Custom silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes and angel-eye fog lamps mounted in the grille complete the exterior modifications.
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When you buy a Lamborghini Aventador you obviously have a long list of options to choose from. But if the standard list of color and trim options isn’t extensive enough, then you can always take advantage of Lamborghini’s Ad Personam personalization program. This opens up a whole new world of custom colored paintwork, trim options and interior upholstery. In short, it should keep everyone from the 20-something Silicon Valley millionaire, to car-obsessive Middle Eastern despot happy.
Lamborghini have just announced some updates to their Ad Personam program. Firstly it will soon be extended to include the all-new Huracan. And secondly, it now includes a wider range of options, including an expanded range of leather and Alcantara colors, new dual-color paint jobs, carbon fiber components and monogrammed hand-stitched emblems.
Lamborghini’s Ad Personam customers can spec their car at their local dealer, or if they prefer, they can visit the factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, and meet up with a dedicated Ad Personam specialist who will help them build a car exactly to their specifications.
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NISMO USA are currently asking fans to help them mashup their cars. Not in a sledgehammer and baseball bat kind of way. More a photoshop, digital sort of way.
On their official Facebook page, NISMO USA wants users to comment on which 2014 Nissan model they’d like to see crossed with a current NISMO model. NISMO will then get their design team to render a selection of the most popular vehicles and post them up for all to see.
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If you’re just not satisfied with owning one of the very latest Italian supercars (in the form of the brand-new Lamborghini Huracan) and running around in it just as it came from the factory, then A. You’re probably one of those people who is never going to be happy. And B, you need to get in touch with Duke Dynamics.
Duke Dynamics, based in Vancouver, Canada, have just announced that come this summer they will be offering a styling package for the Huracan called the Minotauro – no doubt named after the infamous bull-headed man who supposedly lived on the Greek island of Crete a couple thousand years ago. Thankfully however the Minotauro is a lot better looking.
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The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is a very capable off-road machine right out of the box. But if it just seems a bit weedy for you, then perhaps after arm-wresting Sly Stallone and Arnie simultaneously, you should give the guys at Geigercars a call. They’ve upped the Raptor’s power, raised the suspension even further, and added additional off-road kit in the form of auxiliary lighting, bumper bars and a roll cage.
Geigercars most important, yet also least visible, modification for the F-150 SVT Raptor is found under the hood. Thanks to a 2.9 litre supercharger, the engine output has been significantly raised from 411 horsepower to 572 horsepower. The torque increase is similar, jumping from 434 lb-ft to 525 lb-ft.
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The Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) division is expanding its 2014 vehicle lineup by offering new Satin Vapor Editions of its Chrysler 300 SRT, Dodge Challenger SRT and Dodge Charger SRT models. All three of the new models made their debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.
Ralph Gilles, SRT boss, said of the new offerings; “We’re responding to the diversifying tastes of our performance enthusiast customers by expanding our product lineup to offer more custom models straight from the factory. Building on our core vehicle strategy, the Satin Vapor Edition models add some swagger with new, brand-exclusive finishes and content that augment the value proposition of our popular ‘Core’ price classes.”
All three Satin Vapor models are purely cosmetic upgrades. Offering bigger wheels, unique paintwork, different exterior trim finishes, graphics, and interior upgrades.
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