New Neuspeed Stoppers
Neuspeed has been at the forefront of VW/Audi brake upgrades since owners of the cars have been doing brake upgrades. The newest kit allows the use of a 370mm Audi TT-RS rotor on the front of A3/S3s, Q3s, TTs, and MK5-MK7s. The six-piston caliper has been specifically designed to work with VAG master cylinders to provide better modulation than kits that use off-the-shelf calipers. The caliper itself is forged 6061-T6 aluminum and powdercoated either black or red. The pistons are also forged aluminum and hard anodized, to help prevent oxidation and wear. The kit includes brackets, lines, Hawk Pads, and hardware; you'll need to source the rotors separately.
Dinan for Mercedes?
You read that right; the engineers at Dinan have turned their attention from the Roundel to the three-pointed star. Owners of 2.0L turbo-powered Mercedes can now get a Dinantronics tuner for added power and torque. More advanced than some other intercept tuners, it features a Bluetooth module that allows users to switch between five different modes via a free smartphone app. Depending on application and other supporting modifications, you can expect to see 30- to 40-lb-ft gains by simply plugging this in under the hood.
Webcon for that Porsche
Remember the 924—the Porsche that Porsche never built and the Audi that Audi never sold? Well, they are pretty much the only Porsches left that a young, broke enthusiast would be able to buy for a project. Now, you can get rid of that pesky fuel injection and replace it with Weber carbs or even individual throttle bodies, thanks to this Webcon Manifold. If you want to run a crazy camshaft, forced induction, or just about anything that will add big power, this might be your best choice. Also, either carbs or ITBs will sound awesome!
APSX Peace of mind
There are two things you really want to worry about with a forced induction car that most car manufacturers ignore: air/fuel ratio and boost pressure. ASPX's new D2 Wideband Controller Gauge combines those two data channels in one convenient package. Circling the face is the traditional sweeping LED lights for the AFR and inside is numeric LED boost display. The gauge is available in a choice of five color LEDs and the face features anti-glare coating for better daylight viewing. Another cool feature is a 0-5V analog out on the back of the gauge for separate data logging. It includes a Bosch LSU 4.2 sensor and hardware.
Summer sports grip
Falken has launched a brand-new tire aimed at the sport-luxury market. The AZENIS FK510 is an ultra-high-performance summer tire available in 17- to 21-inch sizes for most European vehicles. The 4D Nano Design technology has allowed engineers to optimize the tire at a molecular level, not only enhancing performance in normal conditions but also improving both wet-weather grip and overall longevity. Falken says the FK510 will deliver new levels of confidence and stability. It should be hitting tire dealers as this issue hits stands.
Retail: varies by size
The ultimate peddling machine
BMW cares about the environment just as much as anyone else. Why else would we have the i3 and i8? But sometimes, hybrid power on two wheels is even greener, and by hybrid, we mean you and an electric motor. The recently introduced Cruise e-Bike features a Bosch Performance Line electric motor good for cruising speeds in pure electric mode of 15 mph. The battery pack can be charged on or off the bike and requires a little over three hours for a full charge. The frame is constructed of hydroformed aluminum and was designed in-house by BMW. It's a perfect complement to any M-car for saving miles or gas.
Anniversary accessory for Mac
Makers of fine leather iPhone cases and touchscreen-compatible gloves, Mujjo has been in business five long years now. To celebrate its half-decade or one-20-century anniversary, the company has teamed up with famed Athanassios Bablis, designer of several home decor products undoubtedly being copied by IKEA as we speak, to bring you a limited run of cases for your 13-inch MacBook Pro. The case is made by hand, in Greece, from American walnut veneer reclaimed from the furniture industry. I promise you, I'm not making this up. There will only be 50 of these made, 5 batches of 10, one batch celebrating each year of business. They do look absolutely beautiful, and we are sure the craftsmanship is amazing.
Retail: roughly $300
It's Range Rover time
If you're into cars, there's a very good chance you're also into watches—or time pieces as they say once they reach a certain price threshold. In conjunction with the release of the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic at the Paris Auto Show in 2016, the El Primero Range Rover Chronograph is manufactured by Zenith and features a 42mm case of ceramised aluminum for light weight and durability. Sapphire crystal is used not only on the front of the watch, but on the back case as well, to reveal the mechanical chronograph movement inside. The band is fittingly constructed of rubber with a titanium triple clasp.