Mig Dizon’s Mercedes 190E 2.3 16V DTM Race Car

Photos via Philip Aragones and THE aSTIG

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Even though 3 out of 4 times, some people, including me, would probably choose an E30 BMW M3 over a Mercedes 190E, there’s something about Mig Dizon’s car that makes me wanna change my mind completely. Maybe it’s the color-matching, or the Cosworth kit, or the race car fitment, or all of the above, it just all goes together to make a gorgeous 190E.

There’s a saying that goes something like “It’s not a matter of how many modifications you’ve done to a car. Rather, it’s all about not doing anything wrong. It’s about making things work and blend together in harmony.” And I think it’s been perfectly executed here. Would you agree?

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A rather different kind of Orthia

Photos by Philip Aragones

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With the trend nowadays going like “widebody this” and “widebody that,” it seems like the approach is to make cars look more and more aggressive. So it’s always refreshing to see some tuners veer away from that school of thought and go a different route altogether – being different.

Check out the Honda Civic EK Sedan Orthia conversion you see here. It’s definitely something different, and to the uninitiated, will make you do a “what the!?” double take.

Apart from the Orthia conversion, rather than bulking up with a widebody, the approach was to take what’s normally there and then make it different. So these mods aren’t really “add-ons,” but rather, it’s a complete revamp, from exterior to interior.

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Bagged and Murdered-Out Chevrolet C6 Corvette by Car Porn Racing

Photos by Philip Aragones and THE aSTIG

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When you see a Chevrolet Corvette on the road, it’s already unmistakable as it is. With its long swooping hood and sleek knife-like impression, it looks as if it was a tool that was created with the specific purpose of achieving high speeds on land.

Add a ground-hugging appearance thanks to adjustable air suspension, then it becomes more purposeful-looking. But when it’s murdered-out with all-black everything, you’ve got yourself a car with a menacing appeal, as villanous as an American Ninja warrior.

That’s what Ian King of Car Porn Racing has achieved with his C6 Corvette. And or course, as with all project cars, this is still a “work in progress,” with more mods to come. In the meantime, check out the rest of the gallery, along with a bonus video at the very end…

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Suzuki Cappuccino by Concept One and Atoy Customs

Photos by Philip Aragones and THE aSTIG

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In this day and age where some people believe that looking good gains you more respect, while being cost-effective is synonymous to wealth, how would you like to have what is probably the most economical hardcore petrol (read: non-hybrid) sports car in the world? Add modifications from Concept One and Atoy Customs, and you have yourself a winner in the Suzuki Cappuccino, would you agree?

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Rieger Audi TT by Jworks Unlimited

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I should say, Rieger Tuning makes some of the best looking body kits for Euro cars. And as you can see here, they can make the Audi TT look fantastic. In fact, this Audi TT by Jworks Unlimited won the much coveted Best of Show contemporary award during the recently concluded 2014 Trans Sport Show. Being one of the biggest car shows in the country, that is a feat in itself. Of course, the body kit played a huge role in bagging that award.

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Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG: The Ultimate 4×4?

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The Unimog is probably my favorite 4×4 of all time. Well, maybe Land Rovers and Unimogs. But isn’t it every car guy’s childhood dream to be driving that awesome big red truck, especially for those who grew up in the days of Transformers? Then when you finally grow up, you learn that the Unimog is actually a “go-anywhere” kind of ride, capable of tackling almost anything that mother nature can throw at you in this day and age where natural disasters are occurring more and more often, who wouldn’t dream of having one?

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Red Toyota bB stanced on Black BBS RS Mesh Wheels

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Previously, we’ve shown you a white Toyota bB on silver BBS RS mesh wheels. We’ve received a lot of positive response about how it enhances the appearance, and makes the squareish Toyota bB look more elegant.

Though white and silver are colors that are really more attuned to elegance, today’s featured car showcases just about the same style of mods – a Toyota bB, stanced-out, rolling on BBS RS mesh wheels, but this time on a more “sporty” color combination of red and black.

Now I don’t know about you guys but I personally think that the final package looks stunning.

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Down-to-Earth Toyota Vios

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The Toyota Vios is one of those cars you’ll see just about everywhere. It’s no wonder, because it’s economical, looks sleek, is reliable, and is quick enough to get you from point A to point B zipping through traffic. But with so many of them out there, one of the challenges owners face is finding their car in the parking lot. In fact, one of my nephews put a toy lobster on top of the rear speaker deck, visible from the back glass, just so they can identify their car.

Well, the Toyota Vios you see here was made so different from everyone else’s that it’s not only easily identifiable, it’s actually a neck-breaking headturner. You wouldn’t care what other people think. They’ll say you’ve sacrificed purpose and driveability by stancing-out the car? Well what if your purpose was to get from point A to point B in style? Who cares if you have to slow down on bad roads? And doesn’t the roof rack give it more purpose? Just check out the picnic kit! LOL! Gives you an idea how nature-loving and down-to-earth the owner is, especially with how “down to earth” the stance is, right?

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Atoy Customs Hyundai Genesis Coupe M&S Hyper G Rocket Bunny

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Atoy Customs is at it again! Just when I thought they’ve already changed the game with the Amuse Vestito Rocket Bunny kit, they’ve upped the ante once more with the M&S Hyper G Rocket Bunny kit you see here installed on Mr. Atoy Llave’s own Turbocharged Hyundai Genesis Coupe, as featured in the 2014 Trans Sport Show.

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LTO (insider) clarifies “Permit Needed for Modified Vehicles”

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We’ve posted this photo on our Facebook Page asking for public opinion, and it has gone VIRAL, with a slew of negative comments and protests.

With all the commotion going on, a member of the AE92.ph group says he has a friend from the Legal Section of LTO, who has clarified the issue. It seems it was an issue of semantics:
– Car enthusiasts’ definition of “modification:” body kits, spoilers, lowered/lifted suspension, mag wheels, high performance engines, etc.
– LTO’s definition of “modification:” complete change of body style e.g. closed van into passenger type, 2 door sedan into 4 door sedan, dropside truck into passenger bus, etc. hence the need for an engineer’s approval.

According to the post, if you set up your ride, in LTO’s eyes, you simply did a “parts upgrade.”

Of course, we shouldn’t take this as an official announcement, so take it with a grain of salt. Read through it, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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