Tuned sports cars, convertibles and off-road vehicles
T he IAA in Frankfurt in 2011 offers more than just new models from the manufacturers. The individual vehicles of the tuners are particularly worth seeing. The spectrum ranges from modified athletes such as the Audi R8 and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG to conversions of the top models from Porsche and Ferrari. Convertibles and off-road vehicles in sports clothing will also be presented at the fair.
Tuning cars at series level
Only the elite of the German tuning industry show their models at Europe's largest automobile fair. In the thick of it is of course the Association of German Automobile Tuners (VDAT), which has been committed to safe vehicle tuning for years. At the IAA 2011 the current show car of the' Tune it! Safe! 'campaign presents: a mini with electric drive. Next to it is the 'Darkster' based on the Dacia Duster, of which tuner Elia is offering 30 copies with 30 possible changes for the 30th anniversary.
A sought-after tuning object is the BMW 1 Series M-Coupé, of which three interpretations will be exhibited at the IAA: Kelleners Sport has given the two-door 410 hp in the KS1-S and upgraded it even further. In the tuning car from AC Schnitzer, the output is increased to 400 PS and the sports coupé on the Eisenmann stand only gets ten PS more powerful thanks to a stainless steel exhaust system.
Power in abundance from the IAA tuners
There's more power at Brabus. The tuner's exhibition cars at the IAA are said to have 10,536 hp and 1,200 amps. You can get an overview of the vehicles in the photo show. Mansory is exhibiting nine vehicles on two stands, but we do not know how much horsepower the cars have. The third largest tuners at the IAA are Hamann and Techart, who are presenting five vehicles in Frankfurt. The car manufacturer Carlsson is present with four refined models.
Even the most powerful Porsche model of all time is still being modified by the tuners. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS has 620 hp ex works, tuner Techart is showing the sports car with 720 hp at the IAA. In the conversion to the GTstreet-RS, aerodynamics and design underline the increase in performance. More subtle is the new customization line from Leonberger for the Porsche Cayenne, which of course also has a sporty look.
All tuning cars at the IAA in Frankfurt 2011see the slideshow.