The AMG versions of the new Mercedes G-Class — both the G65 AMG and G63 AMG — are quite perfect from factory, but there is always room for improvement. German tuner, Hamann, is proving this by unveiling a new tuning kit called Spyridon that can be combined with both the AMG models.
In order to deliver more power, the only modifications the tuner is offering are the addition of a new exhaust system and some minor ECU upgrades. The results are quite incredible, as the G65 AMG’s output goes from 612 to 702 horsepower and the peak torque goes from 737 to 818 pound-feet of torque, and the G63 version’s output is increased from 544 to 610 horsepower and the peak torque up from 516 to 645 pound-feet.
The exterior upgrades include the addition of tailor-made LED fluorescent strips added to the front spoiler, new mirror housings and engine bonnet made in carbon fiber. At the back, a new roof spoiler and rear apron offer increased aerodynamics. Down the sides, new side skirts are offered with LEDs that illuminate the floor. The latest addition to the exterior is a set of 24-inch light-alloy wheels made from aluminum.
For the interior, the tuner offers decorative stitching on the instrument panel and the seats, gold-colored leather door panels and a total of 24 carbon trims.
UPDATE 04/04/13: Hamann has released the official studio photos of the G65 AMG Spyridon a month after the Geneva Motor Show. You know what they say: better late than never. Check out the photos in the gallery below!
Hamann says that its new program for the BMW M5, called Mi5Sion, is the most ferocious M5 of all time.
While that may ring of hyperbole to some people, we actually think that the German tuner has a point. Sure, the program has no performance upgrades, but in terms of looks, that’s one vicious looking M5.
In order to achieve the completely redefined dynamic of the M5, Hamann dug deep in their bag of tricks to fit the sports saloon with a bevy of new components. The front spoiler is where a lot of the modifications took place. There are still some of the standard M5 features like the deep front splitter, the LEDs, and the large air intakes. But Hamann took it a step further by adding a new dual kidney-shaped grille that covers the headlights completely, making for a menacing and angry-looking M5.
In addition, Hamann also extended the width of the M5 by 30 mm (1.18 inches) on each side while also dressing it up with carbon-fiber side skirts, door fixtures, sporty wings and broad rear wheel housings. On therear, a new integrated diffuser accommodates the pair of stainless-steel tailpipes while a rear spoiler was installed to provide better downforce for the M5. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a set of 21-inch forged wheels wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R tires.
Moving to the interior, the Mi5Sion M5 was treated to plenty of leather in the same Alpine White finish of the exterior with touches of carbon embossing, giving the interior a distinctive look that fits right in with the aggressive overall appearance of the program.
Swiss tuner, Mansory, may be the king of the over-the-top aftermarket programs, but Hamann’s new "Mirr6r"program for the BMW M6 may just give Mansory a run for its money.
To say that the Mirr6r program is shiny can be a little bit of understatement. The chrome finish on the body is definitely eye catching, if not glaring when parked under the sun. But that’s not the only thing special about the Mirr6r program because Hamann went to great lengths to ratchet up the aggressive look of the luxury sports car. Notice the new bonnet on the M6 that was installed by Hamann. That one, like the rest of the new components the German tuner added to the M6, is made of carbon fiber.
The program also gives the M6 a wider look, extending the width of the car by 40 mm (1.57 inches) to go with a more pronounced stance. Hamann also did a great job in re-sculpting the M6 in such a way that its lines flow across the side skirts with its air intakes all the way to the rear spoiler, including the integrated carbon Venturi diffuser. And for added downforce, a new carbon rear spoiler was introduced. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a new set of 21-inch ultra-light forged wheels with a choice of either “Edition Race” or “Unique Forged Formula” and wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R tires to ensure top-caliber grip, steering precision and cornering ability.
Inside, Hamann used numerous leather Alcantara applications to refine the cabin space of the M6 while also adding aluminum pedals and foot rests. As an added option, the German tuner can also install a host of optional accessories, including illuminated trims in chrome.
No engine upgrades have been announced yet but Hamann said that it’s still tweaking the engine’s performance. So stay tuned for that one.
When BMW unveiled the 6-Series Gran Coupè it also announced an M aerodynamic packet that would further update the look of the four-door coupè. Hamann has just announced an individualization program that adds exclusive parts for models with the M aerodynamic packet, making the 6-Series Gran Coupè even more stylish.
The package includes a competition front spoiler which increases the down-force and an insert for the rear bumper that offers space for four tailpipes. Along with these updates, the tuner is also offering a front bumper, rear spoiler, tailgate cover and side skirts. The tuner is also offering a wide range of new wheels, plus a series of updates for the interior.
Up to this point, Hamann announced no engine upgrades for the model, but for sure things are going to change in the next few weeks. By that time we are hoping to also learn the price for the new updates offered by the tuner.
We’ve already seen this song and dance twice before - one that made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and the other was an art car take late last year - and to be honest, we wouldn’t mind if they made an entire album out of it.
The latest one isn’t all too different from the package we saw from the two earlier versions, except for the distinctive blue body finish with matching black accents. The body kit is still there, which includes a large front splitter, wheel arch-forced ventilations, new side skirts, a roof duct, and a larger rear wing. A new rear fender was also installed, along with a new diffuser, side pods, a triple exhaust system, and a set of 21-inch wheels.
The interior is fancily dressed up, too, unless you count the prevalent use of carbon, leather, and Alcantara to go with all the other niceties the cabin as run-of-the-mill.
All in all, the MemoR 12C program will set you back €95,000 ($130,000), plus tax. We know that the program costs more than just a pretty penny, but if you can make your MP4-12C to look like this, it’s a cost definitely worth incurring.
Body-kit-bearing vehicles are usually a little too tacky for our liking, but German tuner extraordinaire Hamann Motorsports was able to create a program for the Fiat 500 that is centered around a body kit that actually looks pretty good.
Actually, the program is much more extensive than just slapping on those new body panels. You’ll notice that there’s also a new front bumper unit that comes with a pair of LED daytime running lights, a welcome addition to the 500, if you ask us. There are also new side skirts, new fender extensions, a new rear bumper unit, a set of 18-inch Design "Largo Forged" Anodized wheels wrapped in FA 215/35R18 and RA 225/35R18 tires.
Our inquisitive minds also found out that the program also comes with a new Sportivo suspension-lowering kit, a sport rear muffler with quad tail pipes, and an engine upgrade that involves ECU remaps for both the 1.3 Multijet 16V Diesel model and the 1.4i 16V that increase the output from 75 horsepower and 107 pounds-per-feet of torque, and 101 horsepower and 97 pounds-per-feet of torque to 90 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 136 pounds-per-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm and 112 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 108 pounds-per-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm, respectively. To rein in this power, Hamann added in a set of 11-inch rotors squeezed by a set of four-piston calipers.
For the more powerful 500 Abarth, Hamann is offering a Power Kit HS I engine upgrade that bumps up the output to 160 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 210 pounds-per-feet of torque at 3,700 rpm.
Hamann is already offering upgrade packages for the 6-Series, both coupe and convertible model, but today the German tuner turned its attention to the models equipped with the M aerodynamic package. And while this new package offers no upgrades for the engine, it surely makes the 6-Series looking better than ever.
The package starts with a new competition front spoiler which
increases the down-force, while at the rear a new bumper offers space for
four exhaust tail pipes. The package also includes a new front bumper, rear spoiler, tailgate cover and side skirts.
And if you add to this updates the one already offered by the M package: black chrome exhaust tips, black-painted brake calipers, LED foglamps and a sports exhaust system then you will obtain a very sporty-looking 6-Series.
Hamann announced no updates under the hood, so customers will get the standard engines offered by BMW: a 400 HP V8 engine and a 320 HP six-cylinder inline.
German tuner Hamann has been known for some pretty eclectic and outlandish projects. But no matter what kind of expectations we have for those guys, we were still caught off guard when photos of a McLaren MP4-12C Art Car popped up on their Facebook page.
We’ve since found out details regarding this MP4-12C Art Car and as it turns out, it’s actually based on the MP4-12C program they first introduced last March. Remember the MemoR that was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year?
That one carried a pretty ill aesthetic and aerodynamic program despite not having any performance improvements to it. This one, though, takes the aesthetics to a whole new level. It’s described as a "magnificent haute couture," a description that pays ode to its flashy, multi-color body that has been combined with an aerodynamic body kit that draws inspiration from the McLaren F1. There’s a new front bumper with LED daytime running lights, a front splitter, a roof-mounted air intake, revised side skirts, an extended diffuser, a prominent rear wing and new set of 21" aluminum wheels.
Unlike other Art Cars that were mostly built for display, this MP4-12C MemoR Art Car’s styling kit is actually for sale. Hold on to your seats, though, because the kit has a sticker tag of €95,000, which is over $123,000 based on current exchange rates. And that doesn’t even come with any performance improvements!
Then again, if your MP4-12C looks like this, you won’t have trouble catching a ton of attention.
In April 2012, German tuner Hamann released their program for the new BMW 6-Series, a car that has been a fixation of ours for quite some time now. But as it turns out, Hamann’s got more up its sleeve with a teaser photo of their latest offering, this time for the 6-Series Gran Coupe.
Nothing much in the way of details have been revealed, but look for some significant modifications from the people who know what it takes to build some serious programs for their cars. Judging from the picture, there appears to be a slew of new components added into the car, including revised bumpers, new side skirts, a boot lid wing, an unmistakable Hamann bonnet, and a new set of Hamann wheels.
Performance modifications - if there are any - are still being kept under wraps so we’ll have to wait for more details on whether Hamann has improvements for the 6-Series Gran Coupe’s 445-horsepower 4.4-liter V8 engine. Looking at what Hamann showed us, though, we have to say that the components look mighty impressive, to say the least.
UPDATE 12/10/12: Hamann has released a new batch of photos of their 6er Gran Coupe F06 program. Check ’em out in the gallery below!
German tuner, Hamann, has seen its fair share of luxury vehicles in their headquarters, but every once in awhile, they have to pay a second visit to a previous model. This is the case with the Porsche Panamera Turbo. Their first "Cyrano" package was unveiled at the 2011 Essen Motor Show, but it only came with an output of 580 HP and 604 lb-ft of torque. Now, the German tuner has upgraded the package even further so that the Cyrano delivers a total of 603 HP and 641 lb-ft of torque.
With this impressive upgrade, the new Cyrano will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and up to 124 mph in 12.6 seconds. If equipped with the Sport Chrono Package, the Cyrano will go from 0 to 60 mph in jut 3.7 seconds and to 124 mph in 12.4 seconds, on its way up to an impressive top speed of 195 mph.
Aside from the power boost, the Panamera has also been completely redesigned to offer better aerodynamics. The front has been completely revamped thanks to the addition of larger air intakes, a redesigned bonnet made of carbon fiber, and perfectly integrated daytime running lights. For the side of the sports sedan, the tuner added new side skirts, while the rear of the vehicle received a special diffuser rear apron and a new sports exhaust system with dual tailpipes. A new set of 22" wheels combined with special suspensions or a lowering module for the air suspension completes the package.
The interior combines the finest leathers, with an aluminum pedal system, Alcantara, and an array of carbon fiber elements.