Top Marques Monaco

Top Marques Monaco

While we are all waiting for the new generation Porsche GT3 , French tuner Delavilla has unveiled a very cool upgrade package based on the current 997 GT3 at the 2012 Top Marques Monaco. While the standard GT3 delivers a total of 435 HP, the French tuner has found a wayn to increase the total output to an impressive 530 HP. The only problem is that we’ll have to pay 126,000 euro (about $166,000 at the current exchange rates) if you want to drive one.

The package includes four vertically superposed exhaust pipes, a reworked chassis with specific dampers, an active suspension, and, of course, a new set of wheels offered in any color desired by the customer. The Porsche 911/997 GT3 on display is painted in a very cool yellow color, but customers can choose between 21 color options. The interior can be dressed in the same color as the exterior with a combination of Alcantara and carbon fiber.

While everyone is waiting for this week-end’s Beijing Auto Show, on the other side of the world, Top Marques Monaco brings together some of the most impressive supercars in the world. And this special Koenigsegg Agera X is one of them. And no, we did not write this incorrectly! This special Agera has been unveiled at the Top Marques and according to GT Spirit it adds a few updates that further differentiate it from a standard Koenigsegg Agera .

One of the first features - and the most obvious one is of course its matte black exterior paint and the numerous carbon fiber elements. No other details have been offered, but we hope Koenigsegg will offer some official details pretty soon.

One thing is for sure though: under the hood the Agera X will keep the usual 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 910 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 245 mph.

Hit the jump for a video of the official debut in Beijing.

Source: GT Spirit

From the company that gave us the Lamborghini Aventador Molto Veloce comes another awesome tuning program, only this time, it’s for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV .

With their impressive line-up of tuning programs, it’s no surprise that DMC Tuning has established a reputation as one of the best tuners in the world, and their newest program for the Cayenne called the Terra 650 only builds a stronger case to their already stellar reputation.

Based on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the Terra 650 will make its debut at the 2012 Top Marques Monaco , where it’s prepared to wow the crowd with its new aerodynamic body kit to go with a massive engine upgrade that shoots up the SUV’s output from 500 horsepower to 650 horsepower.

To give the Cayenne Turbo an extra exterior edge, DMC fitted the SUV with a carbon fiber kit that includes a new hood, a rear spoiler, carbon mirrors, and fender flares. Under the hood of the Porsche SUV, the German tuner added a Bolt-O Turbo Charger with turbine wheels made of titanium-aluminum to the Cayenne’s 4.4-liter V8 engine, resulting in a 10% improvement in airflow and accounting for that 150-horsepower improvement from the standard model.

Dutch manufacturer, Savage, has been hard at work the past couple of years working on their 4-door "topless on demand" supercar, the Rivale Roadyacht GTS . The first prototype version was released back in 2008 with a production model envisioned for 2009. Now, two years after the planned debut, Savage has finished their unique supercar and will be debuting it at the Top Marques Monaco, starting April 14, 2011.

The Rivale Roadyacht GTS is the result of the wild imagination of three men who believe that every dream should come true. Their dream turned out to be a limited edition supercar with only 20 units and in only three exterior colors.

According to Savage this will be the only 4 door "topless on demand" supercar in the world. It combines a "bad-boy" exterior design aspect with an interior inspired by the yachting world. With a 670 HP V8 engine under the hood, the Rivale Roadyacht GTS will be capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, while top speed goes up to an impressive 205 mph.

UPDATE 12/19/11: The first official video of the Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS has officially been revealed, lending further credence to the growing sentiment that this is one of the most awesome niche super cars to come out of the market in recent history. Check out the video by clicking on the photo above!

UPDATE 03/28/12: A new video uploaded by Savage highlights how the retractable telescopic multi panel roof system on the Rivale Roadyacht GTS works. It’s a pretty neat future on the niche supercar and something that’s worth checking out. Hop on over after the jump and watch the vid!

Hit the jump to read more about the Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS.

Following in the introduction of the Dartz Mojo roadster, Russian automaker Dartz has released the first renderings of the Mojo’s "cooler" brother, the Jo-Mojo.

Built in collaboration with Gray Design, the Jo-Mojo is an electric roadster that comes with an aggressive design and highlighted by a chameleon paint finish, custom seats, and patented bullet wheels. In addition, the Jo-Mojo also has a unique retractable cover that features flexible solar cells created by former Soviet space manufacturers, Sidrabe. What the cover does is charge up the electric roadster while its sitting idly under the Cote d’Azur sun.

As far as performance numbers are concerned, the Dartz Jo-Mojo is powered by an electric motor that produces 80 horsepower and 90 lb/ft of torque. The numbers might look puny to some, but considering its purpose, the Jo-Mojo can still accelerate from 0-62 mph in 9.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 125 mph.

Just like the Mojo, the Dartz Jo-Mojo is expected to make its world debut at the 2012 Top Marques Monaco in April. Details of this little bullet-proof bug are set to be revealed then. For now, you can check out the first renderings of the Jo-Mojo, as well as a new presentation video of the electric roadster.

Even in their press releases, you can tell that the people over at Dartz have a way of catching your attention. According to these guys, recent trends have shown that more and more ladies have paid closer attention to driving big cars. Armed with this nugget of wisdom, the tuning company that specializes in armored vehicles has built the perfect SUV for the ladies: the Prombron Iron Diamond.

A three-door, bulletproof monstorosity of an SUV, the Prombron Iron Diamond was built to cater to women that have a penchant for driving the biggest, baddest, and meanest set of wheels they can get their hands on. And if you’re to believe Dartz, it doesn’t get any bigger and meaner than the Prombron Iron Diamond.

In addition to it being bulletproof, the Prombron Iron Diamond also comes with ten interior treatments, including a choice of snake, crocodile, whale, skat, chameleon, or elephant skins. If animals aren’t your fancy, Dartz can also outfit the interior in the more ‘standard’ carbon fiber or matte trims. It also has eight cameras to help the ladies in their parking difficulties, as well as the noticeable absence of a door behind the driver to keep hardened crooks from getting inside the SUV.

While it’s hard to keep a straight face from all these descriptions, Dartz is quick to mention that the model that appeared at the Top Marques Monaco has been spoken for by a daughter of the Kazakh royal family, Princess Regina Abdurazakova from Kazakhstan.

Single ladies looking to ride to town in style should definitely hook themselves up with a Prombron Iron Diamond. At the very least, that chameleon-skin interior is a great conversation-starter.

Source: Dartz

Aznom’s work on the Abarth 500 isn’t so much about the added output the little Italian hatch gets – 230 ponies for good measure – but more so on how they did it. You don’t get to wake up everyday and see an engine placed inside a clear, transparent box, do you? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

Traditionally a front-engine car, the folks over at Aznom decided to turn the Abarth hatch into a mid-engine, rear-drive vehicle, one that harkens back to the days of the original 500. Even better than rearranging the car’s overall set-up was the fact that the tuning company also tuned the car’s 1.4-liter turbo four engine all the way up to 230 horsepower and 243 lb/ft of torque. Figures may not mean much in a world littered with 300+ horsepower sports cars, but for a tiny hatch that weighs less than a ton, that’s a mighty impressive number.

Throw in other goodies like a new suspension with Bilstein dampers, upgraded brakes, and a set of Kumho tires, and you’ll have a car that’s going to make heads turn for all the right reasons. Let’s just all hope that the people over at Aznom won’t charge as hefty a price tag for the privilege of owning one in the future.

The Top Marques Monaco isn’t just for luxury and super car automakers to display their newest creations; no, this event gets its fair share of tuning projects too. One project blindingly taking center stage in Monaco is this Audi R8 V10 by MTM. The German tuner took special care to prepare this sports car, S.W.A.T. style.

The Audi R8 V10 S.W.A.T Edition by MTM is based on the firm’s latest Biturbo version of the R8 that features a 5.0L V10 engine delivering an impressive 777 hp. This is just enough power to sprint the MTM R8 from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, from 0 to 124 in 9.37 seconds, and allow it to hit a top speed of 217 mph. This special Audi R8 V10 S.W.A.T Edition features a 100% chrome wrap combined with a S.W.A.T theme. Considering S.W.A.T stands for Special Weapons and Tactics, we’re thinking the Audi could be the team’s special weapon.

Of course, it would be impractical to drive this thing to any emergency situation, but maybe it can be a gift for agent of the year or something along those lines. Either way, it is a shining example of what a tuner can accomplish when wanting a vehicle to stand out amongst the more grandoise vehicles at the Top Marques Monaco.


We like the idea of niche automakers releasing limited-run models in the automotive market; it gives the whole entrée of choices some diversity. And it seems that in the past few months, more and more of these small-scale manufacturers have started to step forward to offer consumers an alternative to what we’re most often used to.

Melkus Sportwagen GmbH may not be the most popular carmaker in the world today, but nevertheless, the German brand still knows a thing or two about building a lightweight sports car. At the Top Marques in Monaco, Melkus will be introducing two new versions of the RS2000 sports car: the GT and GTS.

The two models are the latest iterations of the R2000 line, giving its customer base more powerful options to choose from. Both the RS2000 GT and RS2000 GTS will each come with state-of-the-art materials to go with more powerful engines.

Like we said, it’s hard to gauge the interest level on a car like this given its ‘niche’ status in the industry, but considering the way these cars are being presented, both the RS2000 GT and the RS2000 GTS could make strong impressions when they break cover in Monaco in a few days.

Details on the Melkus RS2000 GT and GTS after the jump.

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