Cars

  • Missed the Cayman GT4? Here's TechArt's version

    Can’t wait for Porsche to launch GT4 and Spyder versions of its new Cayman and Boxster? Fear not, as TechArt’s got your back.

    Now, TechArt is not a tuning company known for subtle, smooth modifications of Porsche products. We point you to this Cayenne.

    But its first take on the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster is actually quite tasteful, at least to our eyes. And we’d argue this pair doesn’t look far off how GT4 and Spyder versions of Porsche’s latest mid-engined cars might appear, if and when they arrive.

    Betwixt seats and spoiler is not a howling six-cylinder like GT4s and Spyders of old, though, but the new four-cylinder turbo engine that’s been attracting so much flak in the standard 718 models.

    TechArt has had its spanners out, mind. So the 2.5-litre flat-four gains a powerkit, which takes its peak outputs to 395bhp and 354lb ft, respective climbs of 50bhp and 44lb ft over a standard Porsche 718 S. That means a generous 0.7sec slicing from the 0-62mph time, to a claimed 3.9sec, and a higher 184mph top speed.

    Ensuring the bark matches the bite is a new titanium exhaust system, with carbon tips. Alongside an assertive aerokit, 30mm ride height drop and new 21in alloy wheels, it all adds up to a pair of cars that are significantly punchier to look at than standard.

    Inside, the garish, Stabilo highlighter flourishes of these show cars might be a tad extreme for some. But the beauty of tuners like this is that you can hone the car’s design to your own tastes. Get some smaller wheels and keep the colour scheme one-dimensional and we’re on board with these tuned 718s.

    What are your thoughts?

     

  • This Rolls-Royce Dawn looks like a Stormtrooper

    Classy. Distinguished. If it wasn’t for the big grille, perhaps even understated. These are words you might employ to describe the Rolls-Royce Dawn. But probably not Wald International’s Rolls-Royce Dawn.

    The Japanese tuner that thought slamming a Prius was a good idea has got hold of perhaps the most luxurious car on sale, and given it a makeover. And we’re almost certain you won’t be sitting on the fence on this one.

    Now, one of the Dawn’s defining features is how cossetting it is, how well it swallows up any road imperfections. Dropping it by several inches and sticking it on 22-inch ‘Duchatlet D41C’ wheels might dent those abilities, however. Tuning fans the world over will delight in seeing this show car demonstrate two colour schemes for the wheels simultaneously, meanwhile, via a different pair on each side.

    Exaggerating the attitude of the Dawn’s ride drop further are numerous stylistic additions, most notable being those rippled side skirts, the no-doubt-unnecessary rear diffuser, and a rather Stormtrooper-ish face.

    We’ve not even got to the name yet. This is the Dawn Black Bison, which is a metaphorically much larger and more intimidating name than Rolls’s own Black Badge range. And given the gleamingly white colour scheme, arguably an odd moniker.

    Get clicking to see the Wald Dawn Black Bison in detail, and let us know which side of the fence you sit on, using the box below…

  • Are these the weirdest drift cars ever?

    Most cars with rear-wheel drive will drift. It’s how easy it is to make them drift that separates them. Well, current All Stars Drift Champion James Deane has been in contact, ahead of the Long Beach round of Formula Drift at the end of this month. And he’s presented us with a list of rear-drivers you might not expect to see on the competitive drifting circuit. Unlikely bases for proper, smokey drift cars. Flick through the gallery for the pics, and do let us know via the comments section if you’ve seen any odd ones out and about. This Lambo immediately springs to mind…

    Ford Sierra Estate

    The car that started Deane’s career. Completely stock, save for the welded diff and hydraulic handbrake.

    Jaguar E-Type “Project Purist”

    Has a Toyota 1JZ engine and BMW E39 5 Series rear-end. Waste of a good E-Type? Not quite. This thing was in such a bad state, there’s no way a serious restoration could even have been attempted.

    Isuzu Piazza

    Pretty cars these (work of Giorgetto Giugiaro), and rare too. This one spends its time going sideways.

    Mercedes C-Class Estate

    We’re told diesel is a bit of a thing in drift-land. If maximum smoke is the aim, we can see why.

    Morris Marina

    This Marina is its owner’s daily driver. Welded diff and all. If you must drive a Marina, this is surely the way to do it.

    Volvo 240

    The roll cage looks as though it has seriously compromised the 240’s Ikea sofa-carrying abilities.

     

     

    Leave your comments below! Modified Rides.

  • Nissan: loads more NISMO cars are coming

    Nismo isn’t new. You’ve read the Internet once, so you know of its existence. The fabled motorsport outfit has been sprinkling fan-friendly dust across Nissan’s models since the 1960s.

    You may remember various Nismo-fettled Skylines, for instance, if a) you’ve ever played Gran Turismo, or b) are old enough to have seen them first-hand.

    Nismo as a sort of mainstream offering though? That is quite new – it arrived in 2013 as a proper sub-brand. The first car in the ‘official’ Nismo line-up was the, um, Juke Nismo, followed up quickly by the 370Z Nismo, and later by the one we really wanted to see, the GT-R Nismo.

    Now, there is confirmation from HQ that many more Nismo-branded, complete cars are to follow, in a bid to make a shedload more money. And of course, reach out to different customers across the planet.

    They’ve already started on this don’t forget – in the US, you can pick up a Sentra Nismo, while in the Middle East, there is the magnificence of the Patrol Nismo. There’s even a little Nismo-tuned Note and Micra elsewhere.

    Currently, Nissan shifts around 15,000 Nismo cars globally a year. To help aid this new quest, a bunch of talent from across Nissan plans to develop aforementioned new, “appealing products” in a shorter time-frame.

    There’s no word on these “appealing products”, but Nissan hopes to share the brand’s motorsport nous across as many models as possible. “With the combined expertise of Nissan group companies,” explains Nismo CEO Takao Katagiri, “Nismo road cars will make customers enjoy Nissan cars more than ever.”

    A cursory glance around the performance car market would also suggest it’s not such a bad thing to expand – just look at the proliferation of AMG, M and RS-badged cars. And if it means Nismo gets more money to make the really hot stuff even hotter, then we’re all in.

    So, a Qashqai Nismo? Micra Nismo? X-Trail Nismo? The possibilities are endless. And we’re sure at least one Nismo engineer has imagined sticking a GT-R engine into at least one of those cars…

    Tell us your suggestions below then. Room to make the GT-R even hotter to properly take on the tuners, perhaps?