2017 Geneva International Motor Show – Part 2
Personalisation reigns supreme with the tuners.
The Geneva Show always has a wonderful balance of OE manufacturers and tuners, with a vast array of bespoke solutions for individualists on display from the latter. From a BMW 2-Series to a Rolls-Royce, the tuners exhibiting here offer something for everyone.
Just as with the iconic original, Audi’s latest R8 V10 has proven to be a perfect base car for the tuners. Abt’s aggressively styled aerodynamic kit is matched by their 20-inch GR forged wheels and coil-over suspension. Meanwhile the 610hp V10 motor gains a further 20hp from freer breathing intake and exhaust systems.
At the other end of the Abt range, their SQ7 gives the flagship Audi SUV a more muscular look with bigger air intakes, wider wheel arches and massive 22-inch GR alloy wheels. Under bonnet, power is up from 435 to 520hp, with 970Nm of torque.
2017 marks the 30th of AC Schnitzer, and they celebrated at Geneva with these two special cars.
Resplendent in a silky red finish, AC Schnitzer’s take on the i8 involves carbon fibre aero components, 20-inch alloys and suspension lowered by 25mm and 20mm front and rear respectively. The car is mechanically standard.
Response to last year’s ACL2 was overwhelming and customer demand for a ‘civilian’ version resulted in this ACL2S based on the M240i. Boasting 440hp thanks to improved intake, downpipe, exhaust and ECU remap, this car sits on coil-overs and 19-inch wheels. The 80mm wider front and rear tracks and body styling kit give the car its meaner stance.
Gemballa is back! Importantly, the revived company is now sticking close to its original roots and is infused with the kind of 911-centric ideas that would make its founder, the late Uwe Gemballa, proud.
Thus, the latest car to wear the Avalanche name is based on the 991 Turbo, made wider and bespoilered in the best Avalanche tradition with its bi-turbo motor tuned for 820hp, with 950Nm of torque. The bespoke bodywork with adjustable rear wing covers tracks that are 62mm wider in front and 100mm wider at the rear, with 9.0J and 11.0J x 21-inch diameter forged alloys.
Gemballa originally started off in 1977 making bespoke interiors, and that core competence is clear from the special interior of the new Avalanche. Gemballa has also revived the G-Topline logo used some years ago, while a brand new feature is backlighting of the company logos in the seat headrests.
The smart-Brabus partnership with Daimler has seen some pretty amazing and amazingly expensive variants on the smart Fortwo over the years. The classy 90hp Fortwo cabrio Brabus Edition 2 on the Mercedes stand can be purchased through any Mercedes dealer.
Meanwhile the Brabus Ultimate 125 version really has 125hp. Limited to 125 examples, it will sprint away from the traffic lights to 100km/h in 9.2 sec and reach 175km/h. Costing 49,980 euro as a Coupe and 2,800 euro more as a Cabriolet, this is the ultimate expression of a wealthy person’s city car.
Brabus has now applied their 650hp version of the C63 AMG motor to the C63 Cabriolet. Meanwhile the S63 version of the S-Class Cabriolet sports 850hp and a stunning red and black leather interior. Two fabulous ways to ruin your expensive hairdo!
The new E-Class has been selling like hot cakes from day one. The Brabus D6 S takes the 3.0 V6 turbo-diesel to 313hp with 690Nm of torque. The 0-100km time drops to under 6.0 sec.
Propelled by the ultimate expression of the Brabus tuned bi-turbo V12 motor, this 900hp Mercedes-Maybach has a bespoke interior replete with quilted leather floormats.