BMW Brake Kits
MSRP: call 1-800-535-2002
Bavarian Autosport introduces a performance brake kit which combines its Ultimate brake rotors with Rotora-forged, billet aluminum, four-piston calipers.
The latter offer greater braking power and modulation than stock, while the rotors come slotted and drilled to improve pad adhesion and contact. Also included are pads, braided lines and other necessary parts such as: brake sensor wires, squeal silencer, synthetic caliper grease and a liter of ATE brake fluid.
Front brake kits are available for most '92-05 3-Series, Z3, Z4 and Mini Cooper. Plus, a rear kit is also provided for '95-05 M3.
Royal Purple * MSRP: Website
Breaking with the belief that internal combustion engines can only be water-cooled, Royal Purple introduces their new Purple Ice radiator coolant. When the weather gets warmer, Purple Ice stays cooler; it claims to reduce temps up to 30 when combined with water, compared to antifreeze or standard water. Compatible with most other coolants, not only will it keep the heat at bay, but it cuts down erosion. So don't be a fool, stay cool with Purple Ice.
Falken Tire * MSRP: Website
Add some bling to your Euro with a set of Status rims from Falken Tires. Laced with a clean, multi-spoke design and sporting sweet lips, these hoops will complete your tire package. Four- and five-lug sizes vary from 17s all the way up to deuces, with an assortment of color and finish options such as chrome, black or a combination of the two. Check out the website to see the full range of Falken wheels.
ST Sway bars
KW Suspension * MSRP: Website
Stop swinging with a set of KW Suspension ST sway bars for your Mk5 Golf. While inherently easy to handle, the latest Golf can still use help staying steady while speeding around corners. Constructed from cold-formed steel, these solid units retain the stock diameter, but surpass OEM bars because they aren't hollow. So stiffen up with KW's latest suspension for your Mk5.
Bridgestone Driver's Edge
Without a doubt, drivers under 18 are more likely to be involved in car crashes. In the spirit of making the streets safer, Bridgestone has taken on a non-profit program called Driver's Edge. The free program educates teens and parents on driving instruction and accident prevention. Taught by professional racers and performance instructors, the program travels to 17 US cities on a nationwide tour this year. You won't learn track driving, but it's great experience for beginners. The Santa Anita event in Southern California drew over 100 teens and their parents, including Nikki SooHoo pictured here practicing in a '07 BMW 325i (www.driversedge.org).
Spal US * MSRP: Website
Pop it, don't drop it with the new series of Linear Actuators from Spal USA, which offer both versatility and adjustability. Whether you're trying to open a door, trunk or piece of equipment, the new Linear Actuators have you covered. No matter the need, their models can lift up to 110 lb, from a few inches to over 2ft.
Forged Three-Piece Wheels
DPE Wheels * MSRP: Website
DPE Wheels introduces its newest line: the forged three-piece Signature Series. These lightweight wheels feature an engraved DPE logo on the rivet line, combined with refined multi-spoke design. All wheels are produced in different sizes, fitments and finishes. Like all DPE products, the Signature Series is manufactured in the US and engineered to DOT safety standards. Shown here is the S-20 design with a Gold Leaf finish.
TurboXS * MSRP: Website
Mistake that odd noise coming from under your hood as a loose bolt, and you might be looking at an entire engine rebuild. Harmful engine knocking and detonation can occur without you even knowing it, until now. TurboXS warns drivers of these potential risks with the KnockLite, a device that can be connected to factory or aftermarket knock sensors. The slightest hint of a disruption activates the LED warning light, so you can ease off the throttle to save your motor. As if that isn't enough, it also comes with a programmable shift light.
Eos Body kit
Caractere * MSRP: Website
Drop your tops with the jaw-dropping Eos from VW. The new body kit from Caractere adds subtle muscle to the attractive lines of VW's latest convertible. Based on our experience with this kit on Project Dub, we already know the fit and finish is every bit as good as OEM. In fact, its durable plastic can take a couple of hits and still look good.
MK Monoblock Wheel
MK Motorsport * MSRP: Website
During the '90s, this was one of the most popular wheels for BMW. Now, the manufacturer is re-introducing the MK Motorsport MK1 Monoblock wheel, so that we can gape at it in all its glory. Redesigned for the new E90 3-Series and E60 5-Series, the MK1 comes in staggered fitments with a 20x9" front and 20x10.5" rear. Plus, it still features its trademark 110mm lip. MK Motorsport wheels can be purchased from authorized dealers. Check the website above for availiability.
Golf GTI Pirelli
One of the best-known, limited edition models from Europe has been resurrected in the Mk5 Golf GTI Pirelli Edition. But is it as good as the original? It was first introduced in '83 with specially-designed "P" wheels, that had Ps cut into the edges to represent Pirelli. Unfortunately, the new version comes up short with bland styling and 18x7.5" wheels. Featuring a "P" in the rim flange, the wheels are matched with 225/40-18 P-Zero tires. The only fancy feature on this car is the seat center panels. Instead of the GTI diamond pattern, they are suedette with an embedded tire tread design. This new GTI will be available in Europe, but we're not holding our breath for a US model. Except maybe for the Pirelli's unique Sunflower paint (www.vw.com).
Shallen FX Wheels
AME Wheels * MSRP: Website
No matter what fenders they fill or hubs they hug, a classic five-spoke wheel always looks elegant and sporty. The new two-piece AME Shallen FX from Enkei is no different. It bears a full five-spoke design and would be right at home on any Euro. Built to OE spec, these hellacious hoops come in ash metal and matte black finishes. They're offered in 19 and 20" sizes, with widths stretching to 10". If timeless quality and pure performance are what you're after, look no further than these rims.
Lightweight Carbon Batteries
Braille Auto Development
Just when you thought you'd seen everything, Braille releases its new line of featherweight carbon batteries. Weighing a scant 6 lb, these units come in a number of sizes with different cranking amps. If that isn't sweet enough, these suckers can be mounted in any position and won't spill corrosive acid. How's that for an electrifying deal?
OSIR Design Zero Square
Zmaxautosport * MSRP: $26.99
Searching for the perfect gift for the enthusiast who has everything, without breaking your wallet? Look no further than OSIR Design's newest line of replacement key covers, the Zero Square. Sold in sets of two, they are availiable in silver, chrome or dark chrome for your Audi or VW ignition key. The stock button cover simply slides off and can be replaced by the new alloy cover, along with a rubber strip for the buttons. The sleek design helps prevent hitting buttons accidentally when in your pocket.
(I picked up one of these covers because my remote was wearing and I couldn't see the icons any more. Although the OSIR unit doesn't show the icons, it did rejuvenate their appearance. Installation was a piece of cake.
My only gripe is using my nail to click the buttons, which is rather fiddly.-SD)
Audi A3 Styling
Zender * MSRP: Website
Still looking at styling options for your new Audi A3? Zender carries an assortment of styling parts, including a front bumper, front fenders, skirts, rear valance and carbon rear wing. The parts are based on Zender's Z440 R concept. The car debuted at the Essen Motor Show '06 (et 3/07), boasting a 440hp HGP turbo kit.