The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is gonna be good enough for most people, but not for Hennessey Performance. The gearheads at this tuning house have unveiled a series of upgrade kits for the C7, including a top-end package that will yield a breathtaking 1,000 horsepower. The HPE1000 package ($67,950 on top of the C7’s price) is at the top end, bringing twin superchargers, a stainless-steel exhaust system, air-to-air intercooler, forged aluminum pistons, and more under the hood. You can also pick up other Hennessey goodies like monoblock alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and Brembo brakes with carbon-ceramic rotors. You know; if 1,000 hp isn’t enough.
Rides By on May 23, 2013
To make a sports car more “spider-like” I imagine you’d probably need to create a silk-shooting cannon somewhere in the front bumper. Fortunately, Gemballa did no such thing when customizng the McLaren 12C Spyder ($62,000), though there are some cool additions. Carbon fiber is like the cowbell of cars, you always need more. So, Gemballa gives this McLaren plenty of it, but the 625 hp Twin-Turbo V8 engine stays intact. New bumpers, tailpipes, and a fresh leather interior all sound better than a silk cannon, quite frankly.
Rides By on May 9, 2012
Girls are notorious for being giant fart heads, and boys are well-known for being major barf bags. The Ferrari 458 Spider by Novitec Rosso is the car for anyone who totally like-likes either of those genders. If you’re a gross weirdo and you want to be exposed to dangerous amounts of cooties, show your crush the Spider’s many spoilers. You’ll be holding hands in no time after they check out the Spider’s Pirelli Pzero tires (you could totally put your rookie Ryne Sandberg baseball card in the tire’s spokes, if only your dad didn’t take it away like a total jerkwad). And the spacious backseat is a nice place for when you want to…you know…do the deed (kiss).
Rides By on Dec 29, 2011
Hennessey Performance (HPE) seems hellbent on creating a vehicle that can not only outrun an avalanche, but climb over the top of one too. The HPE800 Twin Turbo Jeep is based on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, with the factory 6.4 L Hemi getting bumped to 7.0 L (426 cubic inches) while adding a twin turbo forced induction system. What you’re left with is a road-ravaging beast of a vehicle, capable of 805 hp and 823 lb-ft of torque. Yes, it’s a Jeep that does 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. The state-of-the-artness continues with an upgraded transmission system and torque converter, 15.1 inch Brembo brakes front and rear, a lowered sport suspension system, lighter alloy wheels, carbon fiber front splitter and a custom leather interior with Alcantara steering wheel. HPE is only conjuring up 24 of these monsters, and they’re going for $235,000 a pop.
Rides By on Dec 15, 2011
Anderson Germany has just unveiled its latest head-turner, the Audi A8 Venom Edition, whose satin gunmetal gray finish and sleek body scream luxury and class. The A8 Venom features dark and sultry details right down to the smoked lights and tinted windows. Anderson Germany has added front and rear aprons, side skirts, and front fender extensions, along with LED daytime lights, and 22-inch alloy wheels. Expect performance modifications as well like a new exhaust system, sports air filter, and lowered sports suspension. On the inside, Anderson has revealed only that the seats and cabin are wrapped with a lavish blend of leather and Alcantara in light gray.
Rides By on Dec 1, 2011
Brabus has just revealed its customized Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster to entice those who crave more power and personalized options. Hold onto your hats and hair pieces because the Roadster features a performance kit that contains newly calibrated engine electronics with unique mapping for ignition and injection. Further customizations include high-performance, titanium exhaust system with four tail pipes, 21 inch wheels on the front axle, and 22 inch on the rear. How does all this measure up? About 40 percent lighter than the factory unit, to be exact, with the maximum output jolting from 571HP (563 bhp) to 611HP (600 bhp).
Now let’s talk customization. If you prefer a sportier ride, you can manipulate the damper settings, and you can lower the ride height by up to 40mm. Wanna go up? Brabus offers drivers a Front Lift System that raises the front end of the SLS AMG by 2 inches. And what about aesthetics? The Roadster features a front spoiler, upper air-duct covers, logoed side skirts, side air-vent trim, new rear bumper with side air vents and a diffuser, and a subtle boot lid spoiler. According to Brabus, drivers can choose from a high-gloss finish, a matte finish or any color their hearts desire. Brabus refinished the inside with backlit, logoed stainless steel scuff plates, matte-anodized pedals, and custom upholstery. If you tailor all of your shirts, dust your car vents off with that little paint-like brush or if you prefer your martini shaken, not stirred, then this is probably just the ride for you.