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May 1, 2008
Eurp_0805_04_z+etuner_news+audi_intercooler Photo 1/15   |   Tuner News - May 2008

Audi Intercooler
AWE Tuning
MSRP: $1195
Info: www.awe-tuning.com
One of the most significant bottlenecks in the VW/Audi 2.0T motor is its intercooler. So AWE has unveiled a new front-mount system for the B7 Audi A4. Designed with cast aluminum end tanks, in-house testing found a 27F decrease in intake temperatures while also improving flow. On their chipped test vehicle, it showed a 14hp increase. The new FMIC will fit both S-Line or non S-Line bumpers without cutting or trimming.

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DVD Receivers
Kenwood
MSRP: $600-$800
Info: www.kenwoodusa.com
Kenwood has introduced three new DVD receivers featuring customizable graphic interfaces plus USB and iPod controls. There are two double-DIN options and a single-DIN with 7" flip-out screen. If you want the larger units, you can select from 6.1" or 6.95" versions. All three receivers have touchscreen ability and plenty of customization options. Each is also prepped for navigation and satellite radio.

2018 BMW 3-Series
$34,900 Base Model (MSRP) 24/35 MPG Fuel Economy
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Flatwedge Sub Box
JL Audio
MSRP: $279.95
Info: www.jlaudio.com
The thing most people hate about car stereos is the excessive space they occupy in the trunk. This is especially a deterrent for smaller cars. So JL Audio is offering a complete package using a low-profile ported box and it 8" W3v3 subwoofer. The sound output and quality is apparently surprising for such a little box and only requires moderate power.

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Mercedes Air Filters
Advanced Flow Engineering
Msrp: $75.29-$76.47
Info: www.afepower.com
If you're a new Mercedes owner wanting more power over the factory air filter without going to a cone system, aFe has a solution. Manufactured as a factory replacement, its new filter fits all '07-08 C-, CL-, CLS-, E-, ML-, R- and S-Class cars. Company testing apparently showed an impressive 21% increase in airflow over the factory filter. This is partly thanks to the filters' progressive seal, which maximizes fitment and function, as well as pleat spacing to improve filtration and airflow. All filters are washable and reusable.

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Audi TT Carbon Console
Osir Design
MSRP: Website
Info: www.zmaxautosport.com
Pioneering the way forward for the latest Audi TT, Osir Design has accessories and body parts for the second-generation 8J chassis. The company recently released a new carbon center console finished in a high gloss. If you're dying for more carbon, they also have door handles to match.

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BMW Performance
3-and 1-Series owners get ready, because BMW is launching its own Performance division and will be offering a range of performance accessories through its dealers. The parts were announced at the Geneva Auto Show and are expected to hit European markets soon. The US market will have to wait and see what makes its way across the Atlantic. There are some compliance issues and we've already learned the alcantara bucket seats won't be offered to US customers, but the remaining catalog of parts should make it.

The Performance parts will include a carbon intake, enormous 17" cross-drilled big brakes with six-piston calipers, sports exhaust, short shifter, uprated shocks and lowering springs plus a carbon front strut brace. Not just for speed and handling, BMW Performance will also offer lighter 18" and 19" wheels, aerodynamic parts plus carbon accents including a carbon rear spoiler and diffuser. Interior upgrades won't disappoint either, with a new multi-function steering wheel and more carbon components. We'll bring you the full US lineup once it's announced.

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E36 Radiator
Mishimoto
MSRP: Website
Info: www.mishimoto.com
A common problem encountered by '92-99 E36 BMW 3-Series owners is short-lived radiators. Whether one of the hoses breaks or it leaks during your drive home, it's a common maintenance issue. To solve this, Mishimoto released a performance radiator for the E36. Although the company is known to the import community, Mishimoto has been offering cooling solutions to performance cars for years. The BMW radiator is a direct OE replacement. It's constructed from aluminum and hand-welded. It's also lightweight and pressure-tested for reliability. If you're still worried, there's a one-year warranty.

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Sphere Shift Knob
Shutt Auto
MSRP: Website
Info: www.shuttauto.com
Shutt Auto now has more than ten shift knob designs to choose from. This particular knob is called Sphere and can be assembled using either a black or chrome ring. It's built from aluminum and has a Shuttuner logo laser printed on it. The knob works with most cars and includes a simple installation kit.





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Track Edition Wheels
Iforged Performance Alloys
MSRP: Website
Info: www.iforged.com
Finally offering wheels for motorsport buffs, iForged Performance Alloys introduces its Track Edition series.A one-piece forged design constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum, they're engineered to minimize unsprung mass and rotational inertia. With eight styles to choose from and sizes ranging from 18-19", they are perfect for the weekend road-racer. iForged custom-builds each set for perfect fitment, big brake compatibility and a flawless finish. Pictured here are the TE7 wheels in hyper gunmetal with yellow pinstripe.

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Carbon Engine Cover
Neuspeed
MSRP: $329.95
Info: www.neuspeed.com
To complement its P-Flo intake system, Neuspeed has finally released this carbon engine cover for the 2.0T after we saw the prototype almost two years ago at the SoCal Euro event. The idea is to offer an alternative to 2.0T owners who opt for Neuspeed's P-Flo intake and can no longer use the stock engine cover as a result. For those drivers, this cover is a solid choice. Made from real carbon for a great finish, it also features cooling ducts for the coil packs. Installation is a snap fit, thanks to OE mounting provision and CNC-machined billet mounting posts.

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VW Scirocco
Start writing hate mail to VW because it's looking unlikely the new Scirocco will hit North American shores in the near future. Meanwhile, Europeans will be driving the long-awaited Scirocco after the model's 20-year hiatus.

The original concept for this Mk3 Scirocco was presented in 8/06, finished in a stunning lime green. Since then, it's undergone some changes at the hands of VW's chief of design, Walter de Silva, and the production model was finally unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

It's similar in proportion to the Golf, and will feature three turbo engines from 120- to 197hp. A 138hp TDI is also planned for production. Other highlights include a seven-speed DSG transmission and panoramic sunroof with adjustable sunshade. So why does VWoA feel we don't want this car? Are we the only ones who think it resembles a Peugeot 308?

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Desktop Speakers
JBL
MSRP: $129.95
Info: www.jbl.com
If you're still looking for that perfect set of desktop speakers, check out the new JBL Spot. It's a powerful and compact 2.1-channel system with interchangeable black and white covers to match your computer. Included are two satellite speakers designed for clear sound reproduction. A self-powered sub is also included. It's mini-jack and operating controls allow you to use virtually any electronic device with the speakers such as iPod, game consoles, satellite radio and more.

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Mk3 VW Led Lights
In.Pro
MSRP: Website
Info: www.inpro.de
If you thought the supply of aftermarket exterior parts for your Mk3 Golf or GTI had dried up, you're wrong. German manufacturer in.pro announced its latest LED designs for tail lights and front indicators. The tails are available in red/clear, clear/smoked and red/smoked designs. Tail light LEDs reduce the reaction time of the brake lights, improving safety. The front indicators with LEDs are a simple bolt-on and are offered with or without foglights.

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Sam's 25th Birthday
All work and no play equals a dull et staff! So last February, eurotuner hosted a party at Club Area in Los Angeles. The club is typically known for celebrity parties and MTV's The Hills, but this night it was reserved for the 25th birthday party of feature editor Sam Du. Close to 1000 people attended with many attendees from among the Euro scene, such as iForged Performance Alloys, 3T Motorsport and DTM Autohas. A selection of Euros were VIP parked out front including Project Silverstone, an Audi R8 and Oettinger A3. Pure-Euro's project Audi A4 and model Sophi Berglund's BMW 3-Series were also present. More photos from the event can be found in the event coverage section at www.eurotuner.com

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Giant Carbon Sheets
Sly Machines
MSRP: Website
Info: www.slymachines.com
We first showed you self-adhesive carbon from Sly Machines in et 1/08. Since then, the company has released a "giant" sheet measuring 37.8x70.87". It's intended to cover hoods or other large areas. Many people are surprised to learn Sly Machines use real carbon for its sheets to give the best look. The carbon works easily around curved surfaces and has been tested against extreme temperatures and UV. The Giant sheet is available in black carbon and requires 4-5 weeks for delivery.

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