Essen Motor Show

Essen Motor Show

We’ve all seen and heard from Tune It! Safe! over the years for their rather ambitious projects in turning just about every car - exotic or otherwise - they get their hands on into something dressed in police livery. Or in their case, "Polizia".

So it really wasn’t all that surprising to see these guys at the Essen Motor Show proudly displaying their latest work, one that involves an ABT Sportsline-tuned Audi R8 GTR that has been dressed with - what else? - police regalia.

Taking the police livery - which, by the way, was done by Foliatec - out of the equation, this R8 GTR does come with plenty of enhancements on its own, including an extensive carbon fiber body kit, an "RTK-7" police lights from Hella, a sports-tuned suspension system, a new set of 19" wheels wrapped in Hankook tires with carbon ceramic brakes, Recaro seats, and a fully-prepped rollbar.

Since Tune It! Safe! went and used an ABT R8 GTR - one of the 25 available units, we suppose - it goes without saying that the police-dressed supercar comes packed with plenty of performance upgrades, one that ended up bumping the 5.2-liter V10 engine’s output all the way up to a mouth-watering 620 horsepower and 406 lb/ft of torque. These numbers translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph.

Quirkiness aside, we actually dig what these guys did with the ABT R8 GTR. And if we were running away from the cops, this is one police car that we wouldn’t want too see in our rear-view mirrors.

If it was an actual one, that is.

Normally a show dominated by auto tuning companies, the 2011 Essen Motor Show will have something different to offer on the table this year. One automaker, a major one at that, is expected to make its debut to Europe’s answer to SEMA , and it’s bringing a host of performance vehicles with it.

BMW , say hello to the Essen Motor Show.

A few days ago, we caught word that the German automaker will be showcasing their BMW Performance and M Performance divisions on the show. The first car that you should look forward to seeing is the just revealed the 2012 BMW M3 Performance.

As far what the package has in store for us, you can expect it to be a little different from the 2011 model in that it will carry a new stripe package that harkens back to the classic look of the 70’s. Other aesthetic additions on the M3 Performance include plenty of exterior and interior carbon fiber trim, as well as a BMW Performance Alcantara sport steering wheel and pedal set.

Under its hood, the M3 Performance Package will still carry the same 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch Drivelogic transmission.

German tuning company Brabus has been quite the busy bees the past couple of months, haven’t they?

It was only a few months ago at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show that they introduced two new models to their line-up: the 2012 Brabus Rocket 800 and the 2011 Brabus High Performance 4WD Full Electric Concept Car . Then, they followed that up at the recently concluded Dubai Motor Show with the release of the 2012 Mercedes CL 800 Coupe by Brabus.

And now that the 2011 Essen Motor Show is knocking at the door, it appears that we’re going to get a couple more new programs courtesy of the noted Merceedes tuning company, including one for the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster.
Official details behind the car have not yet been announced but the word out on the street is that it will be similar to the program given to the SLS AMG, particularly the prevalent use of carbon fiber, lightweight forged wheels, a new electronically adjustable suspension system, and of course, a performance boost that should take the output of the SLS AMG Roadster straight into the neighborhood of 700 horsepower.

The only indication we have of this new program comes courtesy of a pair of official images that have been revealed leading up to its debut at the 2011 Essen Motor Show. Check back with us soon because as soon as the car is revealed, we’ll be on top of it with all the official details.

For sure you have seen lots of crazy tuning packages out there, but its not everyday you have the chance to see one offered in an incredible Blue-Green paint job. But Wimmer RS, a German tuner that might be familiar to you for its incredible tuning packages has decided that the Mercedes C63 AMG will look better in two colors.

Their project - BlueGreen Eliminator - starts with a very impressive engine update. The tuner has added new sport camshafts, a new sport air filter by K & N that helps optimize the incoming air. Next to this the car has also received manifold, down pipe and special sport catalysts and of course a hand-made stainless steel exhaust system from the Wimmer House. And as a final touch to the engine the engine electronics have been adjusted. As a result the car is delivering a total of 601 HP and a peak torque of 531 lbs-ft. Top speed has been increased to 209 mph.

Next to the engine job Wimmer has also opted for a complete foiling of the body with blue and green /matte and of course a new set of 19" wheels combined with a MOV’IT ceramic brake system.

This amazing project will be displayed at the Essen Motor Show, so if it happens to be in the area this is something you have to see.

What would the 2011 Essen Motor Show be without the participation of some of Germany’s homegrown tuning companies?

Fortunately, we won’t have to answer that question because at least one of those tuning companies will on-hand to present their new tuning programs. BMW tuner extraordinaire, AC Schnitzer, has prepared a couple of cars for Essen, with one being a modified 1-Series F20 hatchback. Coming to the party packed with styling and performance upgrades, AC Schnitzer’s "ACS1" program certainly belongs on the big stages of Essen.

The exterior and interior of the car were both given some fancy dress-ups. For the former, the changes include the addition of a new front apron and a new roof spoiler to go along with some special graphics on the sides of the car and a choice of either 18" or 19" alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the interior of the 1-Series F20 received a bespoke gear knob that comes with or without a digital gear display, aluminum pedals, a new handbrake handle, custom floor mats, and an aluminum cover for the i-Drive system, among other things.

The ACS1’s performance package didn’t disappoint either. Before we dive into the power kits for the 118d and 120d models, it’s important to share that AC Schnitzer added a lowered sports suspension kit and a new exhaust system with chromed tail pipes to the performance program. As for the aforementioned power kits, which included an ECU remap, the German tuner managed to bump the output of the 118d from 143 horsepower to 171 horsepower while the 120d gets an equally impressive spike, from 184 horsepower all the way up to 210 horsepower.

When it comes to updating BMW models, German tuner AC Schnitzer always does an amazing job. So when BMW unveiled the new generation 6-Series Coupe , we knew it would just be a matter of time before AC Schnitzer found something to improve upon. The complete BMW 6-Series project will be displayed at the Essen Motor Show.

They can do almost anything they want on the exterior, but the real deal is under the hood. AC Schnitzer did exactly what we would have expected from them by raising the output up to 540 HP, from the standard 407 HP. They have also added an exterior package to improve upon the BMW’s aerodynamics for better performance. These changes help the 6-Series Coupe sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, an improvement over the standard 4.8 seconds.

Hit the jump to read more about the BMW 6-Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer.

German tuning company, Velocity, has always been a fan of American muscle cars and they’ve made quite a reputation as one of the up-and-coming tuners on the other side of the pond. At the 2011 Essen Motor Show , Velocity will be on hand to live up to these expectations with their latest tuning project, one that involves Ford’s very own Mustang GT .

Dubbed the Velocity Edition, this returned Mustang has been given a pretty unique and distinctive individualization program that features a plethora of customizations. The first thing you’ll notice is the new vented hood, as well as a new trunk lid that appears to have been made using high-quality carbon. Other prominent additions on the Mustang GT include new KW coilovers that allow for precise setting of the ride height and adjustable for rebound and compression, a new set of 22" Giovanni ’Martuni’ wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires, and finally, a new and bigger set of brake discs to ensure shorter braking distances for the American muscle car.

At the heart of Velocity’s program for the Mustang is the engine modification, significantly bumping up the output of the muscle car. By installing a new Roush compressor unit, Velocity was able to drive up the output of the car’s 5.0-liter V8 engine from 412 horsepower all the way up to 519 horsepower. On top of that, the tuning company also installed a new muffler unit, a new shifter lever, and an improved digital gear display.

Taking everything into consideration, the Mustang GT Velocity Edition comes at a price tag of €74,999, which is around $100,900 based on current exchange rates.

Our calendar has been so full of auto shows that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of all the vehicles that are scheduled to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Not that we’re complaining because this is what we live for.

Over at the Essen Motor Show , some of the best auto tuners in the world will be on hand to present their latest creations, including Porsche tuner extraordinaire, TechArt.

The German tuning firm will be on hand to show three of their latest projects, including the new Porsche 911 Turbo GT Street R.

The full details behind this project have yet to be revealed, although we’ve been informed that it’s going to come with a doozy of upgrades, including Techart’s new TA 097/T3 power kit that improves the output of the 911 Turbo’s 3.8 liter six-cylinder bi-turbo engine from the standard 500 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque figures all the way up to a massive 700 horsepower and 650 lb/ft of torque.

As far as additional details surrounding Techart’s all-new 911 Turbo GT Street R, we’ll share all the new information as soon as it become available.

German tuner, Hofele, has announced it will unveil a tuning kit based on the new Porsche Cayenne SUV. The package is called the Cayster GT 670 and includes a new 12-piece body kit, as well as a significant power increase for every model in the line-up, including the Hybrid version.

For a price of €4690 ($6,300), customers will receive a new front fascia, wheel arch extensions, a rear diffuser, and 4-tube stainless steel tailpipes that are available as "interlaced double oval" or "double round" versions. For an additional €2990 ($4,000), customers can also get a ventilated hood with carbon fiber accents.

For the interior, the Cayster GT 670 will add bi-colour "StarLight" leather with nested stripes, an inserted leather crest, quilted elements, and offset decorative stitching. An even sportier look will be provided by the addition of a set of carbon panels for the middle console, dashboard, and doors. The tuner will also be offering a new set of wheels, in sizes between 20" and 22."

The models in the line-up can also be updated to deliver even more power. The 3.0 TDI V6 has received an extra 69 HP, while the hybrid version has received an extra 100 HP.

The Porsche Cayenne Cayster GT 670 will be displayed at the 2011 Essen Motor Show.

The Essen Motor Show , Europe’s answer to SEMA , is ready to open its doors on November 26. With less than two weeks away, we’re now getting a good idea on some of the cars that will be in attendance at Essen.

German suspension specialists Bilstein will be in attendance at Essen with a booth that will feature a theme we’re all too familiar with: "The Fast and the Furious".

One car that will be displayed at the Bilstein booth is a specially built Ford Mustang GT that has been tuned to carry Bilstein’s B12 suspension unit and a customized Performance2 program that was built by Bilstein in collaboration with its partner, Eibach Springs.

As part of the B12 suspension program, the Ford Mustang - the car was actually featured in "Fast & Furious", the fourth installment of the hit movie franchise - received plenty of improvements along the lines of sporty dynamics, an improved appearance and modified performance. Among the programs that were added to the Ford Mustang include a Professional Cornering System (PCS), new performance springs with progressive characteristics courtesy of Eibach’s Pro-Kit, road-tested and fine-tuned springs and shock absorbers, a lowered suspension of up to 40 mm, and a state-of-the-art gas pressure technology system from Bilstein.

All these programs have been added to turn the Ford Mustang into what it looks and performs like today. Be sure to look for this German-tuned, American muscle car at the Essen Motor Show! There’s a good chance that it won’t be too hard to find.

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