Here are the wildest modified cars from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Here are the highlights (or lowlights) from Geneva’s mad modded cars
After a few years of relative subtlety, Mansory is back freebasing carbon. But the infamous atelier of questionable tuning has gone all in this year. Mainly because there’s some prime, fresh meat to get their hands on and lather in the lightweight black stuff, notably the new Urus, Conti GT and G Class.
First off, the Lamborghini Urus. Given it loves Lamborghinis, and loves SUVs, Mansory is positively priapic about the fact Lamborghini is now making SUVs. This is known as ‘The Ventatus’ – Lambo’s recloaked Audi SQ7 recloaked again but now wearing full carbon bodywork and invasive bodykit. Oh, and 24-inch wheels.Advertisement - Page continues below
Ladies and gents, we give you the world’s first tuned Chiron, the Mansory Centuria. And we’re not just talking an ECU flash and air filter. Nope, this is a full going over with gauche carbon work and completely new aero package. You have to be brave (or stupid) to look at Bugatti’s 261mph, 1,479bhp successor to the Veyron and think that you can engineer it better. But which side of the brave/stupid coin do you think Mansory sits on?
A carbonara: an Italian pasta dish from Rome made with egg, hard cheese, guanciale, and pepper. A Carbonardo: a Mansory Lamborghini Aventador with Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk inspired carbon bodywork, and up to 1,600bhp thanks to twin turbochargers.Advertisement - Page continues below
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the company’s belated and controversial response to the boom in SUVs. Even if you struggle with the concept of the big, fast, heavy SUV, you can’t argue with the execution here – it’s a Phantom that can off-road. But now it’s been modified and it’s a classic checklist; widebody kit, rear spoiler, even bigger wheels and a roof spoiler. But the engine has also been turned up and the inside is slathered in Billionaire logos and crocodile leather for the inserts, armrests and front seats.
Mansory Bentley Continental GT
The Bentley Continental GT is a footballist's car of choice to modify. And now, with the new one and advances in carbon fibre production where it can be mashed together rather than weaved, they can now make the outside of their car look like the inside of their house, specifically, the kitchen as perfectly demonstrated by – you guessed it – Mansory.
Mansory Star Trooper
A new G-Class is music to the ears of Mansory. As soon as the new generation was announced, we're sure they were dancing around their carbon fibre offices and popping the carbon fibre corks out of carbon fibre champagne in celebration. And this is their new take on the all-new G. Called the Star Trooper, it's a bodykitted G63 with what Mansory describes as “50 shades of Grey Camouflage” paint and 850bhp.
OK, we’ve stepped away from the Mansorys. Feeling less queasy now? Who’d have thought that an acid green RS4 that’s been to famed Audi tuner ABT could be a palate cleanser? Called the RS4+, this mighty wagon has been pumped up to 523bhp (from the stock 444bhp) and stanced thanks to some new wheels and springs. Only 50 will be made. So if you want one, be quick.Advertisement - Page continues below
TechArt GTstreet RS
As the ‘991’ family of Porsche 911s draws its last breath, the tuners are pulling out all the stops. Every last one of them. The ‘old’ 911 is not going to die quietly. Porsche specialists TechArt have applied their very own blend of well, tech and art to the soon-to-die 911 Turbo S, and the result is the GTstreet RS. The specs are enough to make even the mighty GT2 RS cower in fear. New turbos for the 3.8-litre flat-six pump power from 572bhp to an astonishing 759bhp. When it left the Porsche factory, the engine made 553lb ft of torque. After it leaves TechArt’s workshop, you’re looking at 679lb ft.