TUNED visits BBi Autosport in Huntington Beach, CA to drive their new Porsche 997 turbo S. This unbelievable machine balances big power with low weight and suspension and brake upgrades to match. TUNED runs a quarter mile on a runway before heading into the canyons to see if BBi has really built a no-compromises ultimate street car for the track.
TUNED Season 1 Finale - TUNED
As the first season of tuned comes to an end, we re-visit all the cars we've tested so far, provide some behind the scenes information, and answer viewers comments.
The 900 HP Heffner Twin Turbo Lamborghini LP-560 -- TUNED
/Tuned goes to Sarasota to visit Heffner Performance, the first company to ever build a twin-turbo kit for the Lamborghini Gallardo. In a barely marked, unassuming suburban shop, Jason Heffner turns out some of the tuning world's craziest creations. His twin-turbo Lamborghini LP-560 seems so right, however, that we feel it should be standard equipment from the factory.
The 700 HP RennTech CLS63 AMG - TUNED
Hartmut Feyhl left AMG after 15 years to start his own tuning company, RennTech, which is now one of the most respected AMG tuners in the world. His products range from simple software upgrades to full racing builds based on AMG street cars. We take his new, 700 horsepower CLS63 for a spin and establish a new benchmark for luxury sedans: must be able to do burnouts while moving at highway speeds.
The World's Fastest Lotus? - TUNED
Frank Profera has spent six years making his Lotus go faster, stop shorter, and corner harder. Though it only has to move around 2,150 lbs, Frank's Lotus makes 680 wheel horsepower with a twin-charged 1.8L engine; giving it a better power-to-weight ratio than Mario Andretti's Formula One Lotus. It's an ongoing project that may never be finished, because of Frank's never-ending obsession with speed. We had to take it for a ride.
The 1,100 HP Switzer "Ultimate Street Edition" GTR - TUNED
It wasn't long ago that driving a 1000+ horsepower car came with many sacrifices. These were race or show cars, not to be used daily. Enter the Switzer "Ultimate Street" GTR. On pump gas, it makes 1,000 horsepower with virtually no downside. On race gas, it makes 1,100 horsepower. And the owner of this particular GTR uses it as his daily driver to commute to work. Is 1,100 horsepower enough to get to the office? We'll find out.
**Update** 0-60: 2.5s, 1/4 Mile: 9.4 @ 150, Standing Mile 208 mph.
Airstrip Attack Runway Tuner Shootout - TUNED
TUNED attends the Shift S3ctor Airstrip Attack Runway Tuner Shootout at Trona Airport in the California desert. Here, 80 tuner cars from Europe, Japan, and America will battle it out in head-to-head half mile drag races to find out which tuner is truly the acceleration king. Featured tuners include BBi Autosport, AE Performance, Switzer, HG Motorsports, COBB Tuning, Cunningham Motorsports, ESS Tuning, VF Engineering, and more.
The 600 HP APR Stage 3 Audi TTRS - TUNED
Alabama is the last place you'd expect to find one of the world's largest tuner companies for German cars, but here, at this facility, APR provides hardware and software to thousands of Audi and VW customers every month. Matt helps them with some development testing by providing opinions on their new Stage 3 package for the Audi TTRS, producing 560 horsepower at the wheels in a car based on the VW Golf!
The 700 HP Hennessey Camaro ZL1 -- TUNED
Tuned goes to Sealy, TX to test Hennessey's take on the already potent Camaro ZL1, one of the loudest cars we've ever had the privilege of driving. We discuss what it's like to drive a paddle-shifted muscle car and race Hennessey's daily driver CTS-V "Hammer Wagon" down their private drag strip.
Hennessey Venom GT: The World's Fastest Tuned Car - TUNED
DRIVE EXCLUSIVE: With only six examples built to date, the Hennessey Venom GT could be considered the fastest street car in the world. Built off the Lotus Exige, this tuner car packs a 1200+ horsepower punch with a theoretical top speed of 272mph. Host Matt Farah takes a quick ride in the million dollar Texas built supercar for the Season 3 premiere of TUNED on DRIVE.
The 350 HP VCMC Turbo Scion FR-S - TUNED
Tuned heads to Chuckwalla Raceway to test out VCMC's turbo FR-S, built for Canada's Tuner Challenge. It's a fully built track car, and as an added challenge, Matt gets to share the track with the practice session for the 24 Hours of Lemons.
The 2012 Porsche Boxster S - CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
Porsche's new 981 Boxster is an all-new design. Bigger, but lighter than before. We went to the launch event in the South of France to see how good it was. And whether a man can now buy the girl's Porsche.
The STILLEN 500 HP Supercharged Nissan 370Z - TUNED
TUNED Visits racing legend Steve Millen's STILLEN in Costa Mesa, CA to see what happens when he gets his hands on the Nissan 370Z. Already a potent machine, what happens when STILLEN upgrades pretty much everything? Fortunately, it doesn't suck.
Group B Worship: Ford RS200 and Audi Sport Quattro - CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
To enter Group B in the 1980s, car makers had to build 200 road-going examples of the car they intended to rally. These rules created some of the most spectacular road cars of all time. I love rallying: the chance to drive an RS200 and a Sport Quattro nearly sent me to the nut-house. Fire up the Quattro!
Written and presented by Chris Harris
Shot and edited by David Litchfield