Tecmo Ninja Gaiden II
Rated M for mature due to copious amounts of spilt blood, Ninja Gaiden II for Xbox 360 is a sequel to the popular original but features a new and improved game engine to show the Xbox 360 at its best. You play Ryu Hayabusa on a predictable mission to avenge his clan and save the human race, but the manner in which he's been animated takes video games to the next dimension. From a distance, gameplay appears like a movie. The rendering offers incredible detail both in the main character and background.
The backgrounds and villains don't have the same sharp colors and detail as the main character. This gives them an anime feel and allows Ryu to be more prominent on the screen, helping you maintain contact with him when multiple enemies surround you in the frantic action.
The gameplay can be slightly repetitive, with continuous stabbing and slashing, but the variety of weapons and acrobatic attack maneuvers create its own challenges as the story takes you from Tokyo to New York.
Unfortunately, there's no online experience, but you can upload your best moves using the Ninja Cinema feature, which can be saved to your console like movie clips.
BBS CH Black Wheel
MSRP: Starting At $510 per Wheel
One of your favorite BBS wheels just got a little better. Putting a spin on the classic CH wheel is this black satin example. The one-piece counter-pressure cast wheel features a special flow-formed inner rim to decrease weight and increase strength. The wheel has a stainless steel rim protector to guard against curbs or scuffing. Following the original CH wheel, the black satin version will apply to most Euros with sizes ranging from 18x8" to 19x10", ideal for the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 or VW GTI.
Spec VW 1.8T Clutch And Flywheel
Since the late '90s, the 1.8T has been the engine of choice for most VW enthusiasts. Now retired from the current lineup, many 1.8T owners need to do more maintenance upgrades to keep the car reliable, especially the clutch. So Spec has introduced new clutch and flywheel assemblies for both five- and six-speed equipped 1.8Ts. Configured for street, road racing or drag racing, expect these new applications to give your 1.8T new life. All hardware is included and you can even switch out parts later if you desire different applications.
Koni STR.T Shocks
MSRP: Starting at $60 per shock
Shock absorbers are inevitably prone to wear. When this happens, you can buy an OE replacement or a performance upgrade. Koni's new STR.T shocks improve handling but cost similar to OE replacements. Pronounced street, these replacement parts start at $60 a corner and offer less suspension travel, useful if your car is lower. Available for BMW and VW, the shocks come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Racing Code Motorsports Apparel
Racing Code has been around since '04 and its latest line of shirts, jackets, hats and accessories appeals to most motorsport enthusiasts and racecar drivers around the world. All its clothes are made of comfortable ring-spun cotton and the company has numerous designs to choose. For the thinner person, they even sell slim-fit tees, plus clothes geared toward women and kids. Its line of keychains and hats are also a perfect universal gift for the car crowd.
Level 10 Animal Transmissions
If you're building a high horsepower Audi equipped with an automatic transmission, you'll need to contact Level 10. They've introduced a complete overhaul kit for Audi automatic transmissions commonly found in the A4, S4, A6 and RS6. The trannies use high-energy clutches and steels to withstand up to 1000hp and 950 lb-ft of torque, perfect for drag racers going big turbo on their motors!
NOS Energy Powershot
Need energy but don't have the time to drink a 16oz or 22oz can or bottle? NOS introduces its newest drink in a 2oz shot! The Powershot packs a highly concentrated formula of caffeine, vitamins and amino acids to get your juices flowing. It also has Taurine, L-Carnitine and other additives, which should have you bouncing off the walls.
Hotchkis BMW 335i Sway Bars
An E92 BMW 335i Coupe or E90 Sedan is already a handling machine out of the box, but those striving for track-like performance should consider stiffer Hotchkis sway bars. The front uses a 32mm bar while the rear is 16mm, and both include adjustable end links to increase stability, improve turn-in and overall balance. Both bars have been tested on the track and CAD-engineered to exact specifications to maximize steering response and reduce body roll.
Philips Automotive Crystalvision Hid Bulbs
Don't mess with cheaply made parts for your headlight bulbs - you'll never know if you're getting the performance and reliability for safe nighttime driving. However, Philips has a new line of 5000K bulbs called CrystalVision that's said to be 25% whiter than standard HID bulbs, giving you vision almost like daylight! Designed for factory replacement, the bulbs are available in D2S and DR2 applications. They're also street legal and DOT compliant, so you shouldn't have to worry about local law enforcement.
Meguiar's QUIK WAX
If you're too lazy to apply wax the old fashion way, Meguiar's offers a new Quik Wax product that simply sprays on to your paint. There's one setting so you can't mess up and the sprayer mists evenly every time. Available in a 16oz bottle, this product will make your car gleam without having to spend the time and money required of other waxing methods.
Fanatec Porsche Steering Wheel
Fanatec, makers of "Advanced German Gameware," sent us this Porsche-licensed wireless Force Feedback video game steering wheel. It works on PS3 or PC (we have Xbox 360 and Mac...) and we loved the 300mm design that's based on the original 911 Turbo's steering wheel. It even has a genuine metal Porsche emblem and hand-stitched leather manufactured to Porsche standards.
The makers are hoping to bring the feel of a genuine 911 Turbo into your living room and have included three Force Feedback motors to make it drive as realistically as possible.
There are paddle shifters but the package also includes a leather-wrapped sequential gear shifter, which can be mounted on the left or right. It looks just like a Porsche shifter, as do the pedals, which feature increasing resistance on the clutch and a pressure-sensitive brake pedal. You also get two wireless USB dongles that resemble Porsche ignition keys.
The wheel allows you to adjust the feedback strength, sensitivity and number of turns. It comes with supports that allow the wheel to sit comfortably on your lap, but you can also clamp or screw it to a table.
Hartmann Wheels S8 Replica Wheel
MSRP: Starting at $260 per wheel
We all know the new Audi S8 is a phenomenal luxury sedan both for its comfort, and ball-busting 5.2 liter V10 powerplant. The wheels are also a timeless work of art. Standard on the S8 are 20x9" split seven-spokes but Hartmann Wheels offers replicas in 18x8" and 19x8.5" to fit more popular sedan and coupe applications in 5x112 bolt patterns. Finished in hyper silver, these wheels will give your Audi or VW a classy OEM+ look.
Another level of racing is here for your Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC or Nintendo DS. Although not as realistic and customizable as games like Forza or Gran Turismo, Grid was developed in the UK to deliver incredible graphics and worldwide motorsports to your home. You can race domestic, Japanese or European circuits in arcade mode or build your own career racing them all. It's not like other games where you start from the bottom with a 150hp car - you can start in high-powered racecars like the Aston Martin DBR9, Audi R10 or Pagani Zonda. Presented by Fidanza, a leading manufacturer of performance drivetrain parts, this game is fun in multiplayer mode and for those who enjoy arcade-style gaming.
Eagle One Tire Shine Gel
Love tire shine gels but don't always have a sponge to spread it with? Now Eagle One has the first tire shine gel in a trigger spray container. It's a thick gel that doesn't drip or sling like conventional sprays, but gives a brilliant gloss. Before applying the shine, Eagle One recommends cleaning the wheels and tires with its All Wheel & Tire Cleaner. This simply sprays on and hoses off. Both products should be available at your local auto parts store.
Hazardous Fluids Isotonic Sportsdrink
How about an energy drink geared towards performance drivers? Hazardous Fluids has created a formula called Isotonic Sportsdrink+ which is a melding of vitamins and supplements to improve driver reaction time and endurance. Amazingly, the product doesn't contain any caffeine.