AWE ColdFront System
Developed to minimize heat soak in B8 and B8.5 models of the Audi S4 and S5, AWE’s ColdFront System includes a larger-than-stock heat exchanger and cooler reservoir (above), plus a drain plug and bleed screw in the heat exchanger. The company claims its direct replacement system lowers coolant temps by a maximum of 24˚F and lowers air intake temps by 15˚F, virtually eliminating power loss from heat soak. $1349.95
The lightweight 17x7.5" wheels (above)from Neuspeed’s Fiat products division weigh just 16.5 lb apiece. When shod with 215/40 BFGoodrich KDW tires, the RSe05 saves around 3 lb over the factory Fiat 500 Abarth 17x7" wheel and 205/40 tire combo. The RSe05 is compatible with the stock Abarth wheel cap, TPMS and lug bolts, as well as all aftermarket big brake kits currently available. Color choices are black, red or white. $269.95 per wheel.
NM Engineering billet catch can
Fashioned from billet 6061 aluminum alloy and sporting an anodized finish, NM’s oil catch can was designed for the N18 engine in the 2011 Mini Cooper S and Countryman S. The catch can is intended to collect sludge and moisture that would otherwise go back into your engine, and the kit can be disassembled completely for thorough cleaning. Silicone hoses are supplied and the kit uses factory hose connections. $399.95
As long as an iPhone 4 or 5 user already has the Hitcase Pro waterproof and shockproof case, it’s now possible to mount the phone to various places like handlebars or rollcages for video and/or still images. The MotoR unit latches onto tubes between 0.5-1.25" diameter; the RollR mount snaps onto bars from 1-2.1" in diameter. $39.99 (MotoR) and $44.99 (RollR)
Wilwood billet master cylinders
We’ve got not one but two new 4oz billet aluminum master cylinder fluid reservoir kits from Wilwood. One is for direct mount applications and uses an 11/16-20 threaded adapter that connects to any one of Wilwood’s compact remote master cylinders. The other is a remote-mount version that includes a billet mounting bracket and a 3/8-24 thread -3 AN fluid connector (braided stainless steel lines are available separately). From $91.74.
Meyle stabilizer links
The German Meyle brand makes HD stabilizer links for all major European marques. What makes these different from OE parts is an integrated wrench attachment at the ballpin, making it easier to install and remove. The ball surface is also 50% greater, improving load capacity. And they’re tough: the company claims zero joint play after one million test cycles. Prices vary from model to model, but if we look at a 2004 BMW 325i, the front link is $43.43, $27.87 for the rear.
Using technology and experience gained from its involvement in the British Touring Car Championship, Milltek has revised its T304 stainless steel exhaust system for the VW Golf R. Using 3”, mandrel-bent tubing, the system is lighter and provides the optimum balance of gas flow and back pressure. The company hasn’t given any numbers, but claims a hike in performance and drivability, especially in the mid-range. The silencer box has no internal valving, for a richer exhaust note. It’s available in polished, black or titanium finishes. From $1350.
Injen air intake
Injen’s new aluminum Short Ram SO Series air intake, horn and nano-web filter is intended for the 2012 Audi A7 3.0L TFSI Supercharged. The company claims the resulting airflow is greater and smoother than the stock arrangement, giving improved fuel consumption and gains in output of up to 5hp and 6.75 lb-ft of torque. Also available in a black wrinkle finish. $254.60
Amsoil Miracle Wash
There’s a new look and a revised formula for Amsoil’s Miracle Wash Waterless Wash & Wax spray. Just apply to a vehicle’s bodywork and let the surfactants lift and trap all the dust and grime. Then the shiny finish is protected against ultraviolet rays and dirt. The price stays the same: $9.40 for 13oz can.
Turner/Bosch MS4.0 ECU
Turner Motorsport and Bosch Motorsport have collaborated on a plug-n-play tunable ECU for the E46 BMW M3. Designed for track use (no limp mode), it’s pre-loaded with dyno-tuned base maps for many popular modifications and is also updatable. The setup offers several levels of power output. It comes with Lambda sensors and works with the factory wiring and CAN system. Installation can be as quick as one hour. From $6495.
Plastikote caliper paint
This aerosol will spray brake calipers with paint that can withstand temps of 500˚F. It comes in a variety of colors including yellow, red, blue, silver and black. The company also claims that an innovative pressure pad requires 33% less finger effort while applying the high-gloss finish, if you were concerned about fatigue during the painting process. $8.49
P3Cars vent-mounted display
Here’s another of those clever digital readouts that fit in the dashboard vent. This time it’s for the Audi R8 supercar. It has an OEM look and can display information on a variety of functions such as sprint and braking times, battery voltage plus a fault code read and clear facility. $489
Hotchkis sway bars
Made for the 2012/13 VW Golf R, the front and rear adjustable anti-roll bars combat understeer and body lean, making the Golf R a sharper drive. They’re both 1” diameter, with the front bar offering an increase in stiffness from 65% to 100% over the factory setup, depending on which setting you choose. The rear unit’s goes from 55% up to 145%. Made in the US, the bars are finished in an “anthracite” powdercoat. They also feature welded center rings, “greaseable” polyurethane bushings and heavy-duty brackets with built-in Zerk fittings for ease of maintenance. $565.80
Ballistic phone case
Waterproof, dustproof and guaranteed against damage caused by drops of up to 8ft, the new iPhone 5 case from Ballistic uses polycarbonate and thermoplastic elastomer materials to protect your device. It comes in a variety of colors and the company claims these cases are toddler-proof. $79.99
Meguiar’s Water Spot Remover
Water spots, those dried mineral deposits that detract from a clean car’s appearance, can be eliminated quickly and easily with Meguiar’s newest product. It works on any vehicle’s hard surfaces (such as paintwork, chrome or glass) and provides the defect correction of a compound, but the gloss enhancement of a polish. $12.99
More muscle throughout the powerband, better throttle response and no turbo lag are some of the claims Alpha Performance makes for its stainless steel downpipes designed to fit the 2012 F10 BMW M5 and F12/F13 M6. Instead of a short transition from 3.5" down to 3" that can create turbulence and disrupt flow, Alpha has opted for a smooth transition, while using factory O2 sensors, heat shielding and brackets for an OE fit. Included are all parts and hardware needed for the installation. A 300-cell race catalytic converter is also available. From $1799.95 for catless downpipes.
Using a piston-actuated mechanism rather than the more common, but less durable, diaphragm setup means the new Forge Motorsport wastegate can cope with more horsepower and high temperatures with no loss of function. The piston body has a 44mm actuator and is made from aero-grade alloy. Other parts are stainless steel. The unit comes with inlet and outlet mating flanges, plus V-band clamps with a 360˚ boost connector. It’s suitable for all high-performance cars with forced induction. $480
Gulf Oil t-shirts
They won’t make your car any faster, but these Gulf Oil T-shirts give off a retro racing vibe. There are several designs to choose from, each featuring vintage Gulf iconography. M&P Speed Shop also has plans for Gulf Oil caps and jackets to follow. Sizes are S to XXL. From $35.
Dinan 1M Exhaust
The limited edition BMW 1 Series M Coupe was one of the hottest BMWs to hit the road in many years. The main difference was exclusivity. While you can find an M3 around nearly every corner, the 1M was something special. So Dinan wanted to enhance the experience with its new axle-back exhaust system. Constructed from 20-gauge 304 stainless steel, installation should be straightforward, and the exhaust note enhanced considerably. $TBD
Bilstein Porsche suspension
New Bilstein coilover kits offer drivers of any 997-model Porsche 911 more suspension control and lower ride heights. The B16 Damptronic setup is fully compatible with Porsche Active Stability Management, allowing changes to be made on the fly. The PSS-10 coilovers, with ten-way adjustment, are intended for cars without PASM fitted. Both options come in either Club Sport or Comfort specification, depending on your application. Ride height can be dropped 40mm lower than stock. From $4300.
Braven 855s Bluetooth speaker
Something handy to have in the workshop, at home or when traveling, the rugged Braven 855s speaker unit is 10" long and 4" tall. Made from aero-grade aluminum, the housing is wrapped in a tough, rubberized shell to make it more resilient to everyday bumps and knocks. What’s more, the 855s is water-resistant, meaning it won’t mind being left in light rain or splashed poolside, provided you’ve removed the charging cable and shut the connector door seal. Charging takes 4-6 hours from empty but, in turn, it can charge your USB devices like a phone or iPod. You can even answer phone calls using the phone button on top. To sync your Bluetooth device, simply press the play key and wait for the beep. Then pair it to your phone and play music or take calls for up to 20 hours thanks to its rechargeable lithium-ion battery. And there’s an auto shutdown function if you leave it unused for more than 90min. Get two of these Braven speakers and you can pair them for stereo sound from two different locations. The compact speaker kicks out 20 watts of high-quality audio and we’re happy to report this isn’t one of those nasty sounding speakers you regret buying. The tone is rich, with lots of bass and will give you plenty of volume without distorting. It also has good spatial reproduction, making the audio fill the space rather than being focused in one spot. The soft-touch controls are very simple to use. The power button does what you expect, and turning it on will automatically reconnect the Bluetooth. There’s a play button that will also pause your music, plus volume buttons that can be controlled from your iPod. With the phone button completing the lineup, Braven seems to have thought of everything, and made it man-friendly by ensuring it doesn’t matter if it gets knocked over, splashed or left on. If it could cook the perfect steak we might consider marriage. This gets our thumbs up for a great design and good value. $299.99