November 3, 2011
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Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a Mercedes man which in turn makes me a fan of Mercedes after market tuning companies. One such company is Kleeman. Kleeman is head quartered in Farum, Denmark and their slogan is “Comfort Power,” characterized by the tremendous performance and everyday drive-ability of its low-boost, high-output engines that create substantially more power than standard Mercedes models. Kleemann vehicles also include structural and mechanical integrity improvements often lacking in tuned sports cars. Any vehicle on the Mercedes lineup can be tuned in a number of ways. Customers can specify custom seats, floormats, and interior fabrics as well ascarbon fiber body kits, carbon front and rear splitters, and carbon interior paneling. They offer simple ECU upgrades that change transmission shift times and valve timing, or they can more aggressively have the engine bored and supercharged, install performance camshafts and high-flow headers. Kleemann also manufactures its own racing wheels, racing LSD’s , racing suspension components, and multi-piston performance brakes.

One of their latest offerings is a tuning package for the already powerful Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series.

At the exterior, the Kleeman Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series features wide fenders which could accommodate 20-inch 3 piece Kleeman TS-6 wheels, 10-inch wide wrapped in 255/30 tires on the front axle and 11-inch wide in 305/25 tires on the rear. The standard 507 hp 6.2-liter AMG engine is fitted with Kleeman 63-K2 kit which consists of a set of high flow exhaust manifolds with matching downpipes and 200-cell steel sport catalysts and a remapped ECU to increase the peak power to 545 hp and 500 ft lb of maximum torque.

The MB letters on the boot lid has been replaced with Kleeman logo kit for exclusivity and to differentiate the Kleeman CLK 63 from the other standard Black Series.



November 1, 2011
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The Fiat 500 is a model produced from 1957 to 1975. It’s model number is also used for several small cars manufactured by Fiat, the Fiat 500 Topolino 1936-1955, the Fiat Cinquecento 1991-1998 and the Fiat 500 2007-present. It is produced in Tychy, Poland by Fiat Poland S.A. and in Toluca, Mexico by Chrysler Group LLC. All are known as the Fiat Cinquecento in their home market regardless of whether they are numerically badged or not. The Fiat 500 is extremely popular in Europe, when launched officially on July 4, 2007,  250,000 people in cities across Europe were in attendance, a testament to the Fiat 500’s huge popularity. The car was displayed in the squares of 30 cities in Italy for the launch and in the first month 70 000 cars were sold in italy alone with Fiat 500 awarded ‘Car of the Year 2008. So the next logical step became it’s introduction into north America.

When Fiat finally brought the 500 to North America, I wondered if and when the venerable Italian carmaker would also deliver there sporty version the Abarth 500. Well, it looks like they will. Fiat will be debuting an America-ready Abarth 500. The 500 Abarth is a performance model. The 1.4L engine with IHI RHF3-P turbocharger is rated at 135 hp at 5500 rpm and130 lb·ft. It includes a five-speed C510 transmission, low ride suspension, dualdrive electric power steering with SPORT setting, 6.5 x 16” aluminium alloy rim with 195/45 R16 tyres, four-wheel disc brakes (front ventilated). Interior includes turbo pressure gauge, gear shift Indicator, aluminum foot pedals, Blue&Me MAP with Telemetry monitoring and GPS system.