MTM has been modifying VW Group products for a quarter of a century (and has taken a minor interest in McLaren 12C and 650S mods of late, too). The German company unveiled three new Audi-based models in Geneva. Commemorating the 641bhp Audi 200 that hit 217mph at Talladega Speedway in 1986, the MTM S8 Talladega S achieves the same maximum. It costs around twice as much as a standard 513bhp Audi S8 at just over £160,000, around £35,000 of which goes towards a turbo and exhaust system that help boost output to 791bhp. A mere £132,400 buys MTM’s fully loaded RS6 Clubsport that adds 197bhp to the ‘standard’ superwagon and cuts the 0-62mph sprint by 0.7sec to just 3.2sec. Finally, a new turbo, exhaust and ECU help eke a full 420bhp from MTM’s S3 Cabrio and its venerable 2.0-litre turbo four. Buying the power upgrade alone is a relative snip at £12,200.
Yet another German entrant, Hamann sells in the UK via Scuderia Systems in Surrey. Its Porsche Macan S was one of the most overtly modified cars at the show, with a striking body kit, paint job and interior and lowered suspension. The car’s power hike is relatively modest at 41bhp, achieved via a tweaked ECU and a sports exhaust claimed to produce V8-aping sounds via actuators and the interior speaker system. Similar tweaks boost power in Hamann’s BMW M4 by 85bhp. Recalling the E92 M3 GTS, it has lots of aero kit including a composite rear wing, while the Swabian tuner has attempted its own ‘art car’ finish with the help of Hamburg cartoonist Timo Wuerz. Only slightly less dramatic is Hamann’s take on the latest BMW X6 – seen here in M50d form – which sports swollen arches and a bulging carbonfibre bonnet, while the company’s new Aventador Roadster ‘Limited’ reprises the 750bhp coupé it revealed last year and pips Lamborghini’s new Aventador SV by 10bhp and 35lb ft.
It’s a home show for FAB, which is based not far from Zurich. Its two debutantes pack slight power upgrades but trade more heavily on cosmetic mods, answering demand from the Middle East, Far East and Russia. FAB’s take on the McLaren 650S Spider is the Vayu RPR Spider, whose embellishments include skirts, wings, front splitter, rear diffuser and three-piece 20in wheels. Choose all of its exterior options and, on top of your £215,250 650S, you’ll spend around the same as the £64,500 premium charged for the 675LT, revealed by McLaren a couple of halls away. Meanwhile, FAB Design’s ‘Esquire’ widebody package for the Mercedes S-Class Coupé overlays Stuttgart’s silky lines with a more aggressive aesthetic and wheel arches that are 30mm and 50mm deeper at the front and rear respectively. Excluding the show car’s forged 22in alloys and interior changes, the pack costs just over £30,000.
The CK10 is Mercedes specialist Carlsson’s version of the new Smart Fortwo. Aerodynamic accents, 17in alloys, lowered springs and a sports exhaust with four tailpipes mark the CK10 apart from the standard car. A wide range of leather and Alcantara options allow interior customisation, while the pedals, gearknob and handbrake lever are finished in aluminium. Prices are yet to be announced.
Part of the Brabus Group, Startech produces aftermarket kit for Land Rovers, Range Rovers and Jaguars. Its new range for the Jaguar F-type includes carbonfibre aero mods, 25mm-lowered springs and custom wheels and upholstery. Items can be bought on a modular basis, but the changes made to the show car would cost around £52,700 in total.