Continental Tire has introduced its new all-season performance tire called TrueContact. It features EcoPlus Technology that is claimed to provide better wear and best-in-class wet braking, by up to 30ft better than a leading competitor. The company also states this can save up to $550 over the life of the tire, presumably in a reduction of fuel consumption and replacement costs. Designed for everything from passenger cars to minivans, TrueContact has Conti's Comfort Ride Technology to absorb road irregularities, Tuned Performance Indicators that advise you when to change the tires depending on conditions, as well as a new Alignment Verification System. The latter will let you know if your alignment is off, allowing you to correct a potentially expensive problem, providing you check the tire tread regularly. What's more, TrueContact comes with a 60-day trial period and up to 90,000-mile treadlife limited warranty plus a 72-month manufacturer's limited warranty program. The tires range from 15-19" diameters with a UTQG rating of 800.
Neuspeed wheel options
Neuspeed announced new finish options for the popular 18" RSe52 wheels. Now owners of the Mk5/6/7 VW models can choose either red or machined silver wheels that otherwise offer the same concepts as Neuspeed's other wheels. The RSe52 displays smooth styling and simple lines, creating a clean design for late-model Audi or Volkswagen vehicles. The RSe52 is available in 18x8" and 18x9" and features a concave hub that provides weight savings as well as depth to the wheel. Weighing a meager 19.5 lb, the RSe52 will enhance your driving experience by reducing the rotational mass and unsprung weight.
BMW 335i intercooler
Mishimoto has developed a bar-n-plate intercooler specifically for BMW 335i, 335xi, and 135i. The all-aluminum core is 5" thick and is a direct-fit. It provides a 22% increase in core volume without needing to modify the vehicle. It's constructed with cast-end tanks and CNC-machined aluminum quick-connects for use with factory piping. The intercooler is available in either a silver or black finish and the company claims installation will take less than one hour, reducing temps and increasing power. It also includes a lifetime warranty.
AEM coil drivers
AEM has released simple-to-install one- and three-channel versions of its popular ignition coil drivers for distributed and six-cylinder racing engine applications, respectively. The three-channel is designed for racers who want to convert the ignition system to a coil-on-plug setup without using a CDI. They are also ideal for racing vehicles, ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles with space limitations. The coil drivers power two-wire coils in COP applications and can also replace stock coil drivers.
Dinan sway bars
Dinan Engineering has introduced new sway bar kits for the F10 BMW M5, F12/F13 M6 and F06 M6 Gran Coupe. Using lightweight tubular steel, the bars measure 28mm front and 22mm rear, reducing body roll, improving grip and stability, while saving weight. The Dinan bars have several mounting holes that work in conjunction with the company's adjustable end-links to allow the driver to tailor the handling, varying from 35-53% stiffer than the stock front bar, and 39-72% stiffer than the rear.
Forge tool tray
Forge Motorsport has introduced its classic mechanic's tool tray, built to last a lifetime. Measuring 12x19x10", the tray was previously only available to sponsored race teams, but now professionals and enthusiasts can enjoy the simple lines and functionality of this tray. Hand-fabricated from aerospace-grade aluminum, it features drilled holes to store smaller tools, as well as a comfortable, large-radius handle. It's available in two finishes; Stealth crackle black or brushed aluminum.
VW Scirocco suspension
A new Bilstein B12 suspension kit has been engineered for owners of the Mk2 VW Scirocco, balancing handling and comfort with appearance. The kit consists of four Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs and matched Bilstein dampers. It offers a drop of 25-30mm and everything was thoroughly tested before release. The springs have been pre-stressed, shot-peened and tempered, before receiving a two-stage zinc-phosphate and electrostatic epoxy coating for durability. The kit comes with a two-year warranty.
Billet dogbone mount
034 Motorsport has a new dogbone engine mount for the Mk4 VW and 8L/8N Audi platforms. It was manufactured from billet aluminum and designed with performance in mind. It features a genuine Aurora spherical bearing and track-density rubber bushing to maintain proper articulation, contribute to vibration damping and eliminate the slop associated with the factory mount. The result is a locked-down drivetrain, solid shifting and virtually no wheel hop thanks to a major reduction in engine movement under load that generates a more direct power transfer for the improved shifting feel.
M3 Torque Booster Tube
Designed by aFe for the 2001-07 E46 BMW M3, its Magnum Force Torque Booster Tube is designed for the company's stage 1 intake system, allowing existing customers to convert the stage 1 into its stage 2 intake. Alternatively, the tube can replace the factory intake elbow on the OE air intake system, if you choose. Constructed from reinforced silicone, it offers improved airflow by reducing turbulence. Supplied with two stainless steel clamps, installation is simple, requiring no cutting or drilling.
Eagle One Wheel & Tire Cleaner
Eagle One has brought its top-selling A2Z Wheel & Tire Cleaner to our attention. Its powerful 2-in-1 foam is said to easily remove brake dust, dirt, grime and grease, while the acid-free formula is "manufacturer recommended" for use on any wheel, hubcap or tire. It's claimed to be "Safe for all wheels," but check the label before using if you have wheels that are unfinished, anodized, etc. An added advantage of A2Z is that it has a "back to black" restoration for tires in its formulation, giving your rubber a deep shine while the wheels get a deep clean. A2Z can also be used as a pre-wash on the lower panels of the car, as well as the wheel wells to remove tough deposits some car soaps leave behind. It also works well as an engine degreaser, if you're so inclined. Obviously, we'd recommend you rinse your sponge between surfaces to avoid scratches.
Diesel System Cleaner
Penray has announced its Total Diesel Fuel System Cleaner, aimed at dissolving and preventing the formation of asphaltenes in diesel fuel, while cleaning other deposits and contaminants from your fuel system. The formulation is claimed to attack asphaltenes, dissolving and removing them them from fuel tank, filter, injectors and lines. It should also prevent any recurrence. The benefits include extended life of the fuel filter, injectors and other precision components. This should reduce maintenance costs and improve fuel economy.
Champion Sprint Wax
While Champion's Sprint Wax is formulated to clean, shine and protect, its low-drag coefficient is claimed to lend itself to racing and performance applications, whether they have gloss- or matte-painted surfaces. Sprint Wax will clean and shines glass, chrome, paint, plastic, tires and vinyl, while leaving a high-gloss, low-drag shine. The makers claim it can be used in direct sunlight without pre-washing, and will create a barrier that sheds dirt, rubber and other debris, thereby making your next clean-up even easier.
Mothers Synthetic Paste Wax
Mothers has released its new California Gold Synthetic Paste Wax to protect your vehicle from damaging UV rays, environmental contaminates like acid rain, and pesky bird droppings. Designed to protect painted surfaces with a clear, hard, shiny coating, the synthetic paste comes in a can or spray bottle and is both easy to apply, and effortless to remove. They even say it will work under the hot sun (although that's never the best time to clean a car...) Its synthetic formula features ultra-fine polishes to bring out the gloss and luster of your paint, while the specially formulated micro-encapsulation polymers form a chemical bond to both preserve and protect.
Meguiar's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner
The advanced formula is said to be easy to use and will quickly remove common stains like coffee, grease, ketchup and lipstick from cloth upholstery. Its fast-acting foam penetration ensures stain-fighting qualities that can treat the affected area before the stain sets in. Whether it's a ketchup stain or giant soda spill, Meguiar's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner can erase traces of a messy drive-thru experience with its dual-mode trigger. The trigger allows both spot cleaning with a narrow stream or general cleaning with a wider mist spray. Featuring a fast-drying solution, it's a great multi-tasking tool for interior maintenance.
Developed by Fortune Auto in conjunction with Muller Suspension Components, the Dreadnought PRO dampers have been the foundation of race-winning suspension. The dampers absorb low-speed force to control driver inputs, dive, pitch and roll. Yet the dampers use an internal "blow off" effect to ensure the force tapers off to keep the vehicle stable after hitting curbs or road imperfections at high speed. Offering top-tier race technology and durable, race proven parts, the Dreadnought PRO damper systems are claimed to be the ultimate in performance and adjustability. They can be bought as two- or three-way adjustable units and feature stronger shafts, new mounts, bright-dip anodizing and Swift springs. All systems are built and dyno-tested in-house by the engineering staff in Richmond, VA. They can also be fully rebuilt to any spec and supplied with a number of accessories.
Featuring robust built-in navigation, NEX is Pioneer's newest line of in-dash receivers. The AVIC NEX models boast the latest mapping, with turn-by-turn directions to 7.9 million points of interest. With a subscription required, AVIC models allow users to access services that include traffic, local search, weather, gas prices and more, showing key information icons overlaid on the map screen. Most NEX models are SiriusXM-ready and the first in-dash receivers to display album art delivered via satellite. The NEX line is also Aha Radio integrated, allowing organization of web content such as music, news, entertainment, weather and audiobooks. Use of Aha can even provide audio updates from Facebook and Twitter when the receiver is connected to a compatible smartphone, allowing easy access and audio playback.
DeatschWerks fuel pump
The DW65v is an in-tank pump available from DeatschWerks for VW/Audi 1.8T models. It's the company's first application-specific pump for the European market and was designed to fit like stock but with increased fuel flow to support the power a modified 1.8T is capable of producing. Like other DeatschWerks DW65-series pumps, this "v" version flows 265 lph, which should support up to 500hp. It has the same pickup points as the factory pump, and maintains the bucket's fuel level to avoid fuel starvation at low fuel levels or during high-speed cornering.
Braven BRV-X outdoor speaker
We've sampled some Braven products in the past but were interested to try the new BRV-X from its Ultra Rugged Series. Designed for sports and outdoor enthusiasts, it combines the latest audio technology with the ability to withstand drops, bumps and moisture. The BRV-X has custom HD drivers, an omni-directional passive bass radiator as well as an indoor/outdoor switch to adjust the audio output to its surroundings, maximizing sound quality and volume. There's also a screw-on plastic cover on the rear for the electrical connections, to keep everything dry if the unit should get wet. You can connect to your device using either Bluetooth streaming, NFC or an aux cable. With a battery charge indicator, it can play for up to 12 hours and will even charge a USB device from the port on the back. If that's not enough, you can pair two of these speakers for a stereo effect or use it for handsfree phone calls.
With its grippy feet and hardcore exterior, the Braven BRV-X feels substantial and operation is very straightforward, with bluetooth pairing taking seconds. The sound is good, particularly on hiphop tracks where it gives good bass and treble reproduction. The volume level is high, allowing it to entertain at a BBQ or gathering without any problems. We didn't detect any distortion either, reproducing the sound with clarity. It's another recommended purchase if you're in the market for a Bluetooth speaker.