A run down of the horrors the aftermarket brings you this week
3 August 2007

The aftermarket holds many shamelessly mutilated examples of automobilia, as this AC Schnitzer-tuned Z4 M coupe illustrates.But the Schnitzer Profile concept does at least offer performance – a whole 7bhp more than the standard car. This allows you to accelerate away from those people aiming eggs at what the press release describes as a "fascinatingly styled roof wing". There are plenty of other monstrosities lurking in the depths of the aftermarket.Irmscher, Vauxhall's tuning firm, has been hard at work producing a range of new styling products for the Vauxhall Vectra and Insignia. Among the offerings are the stainless steel, chrome effect upper and lower grilles (pictured in the gallery), which will set you back £143.50 and £131.00 respectively when bought off www.vauxhall.co.uk.You'd think something with as much visual impact as the Chrysler 300C would escape modfication, but apparently E & G Classics thought a Rolls Royce Phantom grille would suit it better. Yours for £395.ABT, a specialist German tuning firm, have produced a modified VW Caravelle. The 'T5 DTM Teambus' packs 174bhp from its diesel engine and will cost you £30,000.Finally, our modified car clangers wouldn't be complete without one for the ladies.The effeminate 'Maisty Hearts Mini' is a product of the famous American tuning firm, Veilside. After you've bought your previous generation BMW Mini Cooper S, this kit will set you back £1500.At least nobody would accuse them of chauvinism…

Our Verdict

The BMW Z4 has more comfort and added practicality, but has it gone soft?

The BMW Z4 is a fine-looking two-seat roadster with indifferent driving dynamics

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