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Hamann is bringing a trio of Germany’s finest to the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, unveiling the Porsche Panamera Paragon program, a new tuning program for BMW‘s 6-Series Cabriolet, and rounding off the big German three will be a new version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Hawk. While this isn’t the first time Hamann has brought the SLS AMG Hawk out to play, it is the first time we’ll be presented with this configuration, featuring a white exterior and black wheels.
While the 6 Series program is expected to be tame, Hamann has a history of some wild creations and with a short list of products already available for the Panamera, the Paragon could be something special, or especially strange.
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Widebody, big and bold, Hamann has transformed BMW‘s X6 M to a 670-hp and 700 ft-lbs of torque beast, an increase of 115-hp and 74 ft-lbs of torque. Combine that with the drastic styling changes and Hamann’s Typhon Evo M is clearly one of their most ambitious offerings yet.
And that says a lot, with Hamann’s huge collection of tuning packages available for various BMW models. The entire body is widened around 2.36-inches that works well with the entirely new front bumper, side skirts and rear diffuser kit. Enlarged air inlets along with a carbon fiber hood also offers performance enhancements while the aerodynamics are further tuned with the aid of rear and roof spoilers.
The additional power comes from the titanium exhaust system featuring high-flow cat replacements. Toss in an ECU retune and the X6 M’s power reaches new heights with minimal impact on daily reliability.
For wheels, Hamann has a collection of various models available; for their demo X6 M they chose a 23-inch set of Unique Forged Anodized wheels, staggered with a 11-inch setup in the front and 12-inch setup in the rear. The X6 M was also lowered 1.57-inches to complete the look.
Finishing off the entire package is a brake upgrade from Hamann featuring 6-piston calipers in the front and 4-piston calipers in the rear. Interior upgrades begins with nanai salmon leather and is accented with aluminum pedals and foot rest. The factory steering wheel is swapped out for a sportier variant and lastly a trunk floor mat is available with stitched logos.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: Hamann Typhoon Evo M
Hamann is well known for their tuning packages for European vehicles, so it’s no surprise that they’ll be following up their tamer body kits on the Cayenne and SLS AMG with more aggressive ones, widening both vehicles’ stance and outfitting them with wider and more aggressive wheels. We can’t wait to see the finished product.
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Hamann previously released its first Victory iteration with the original Lamborghini Gallardo and now they’ve followed it up with the Victory II on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. The tuning package’s main focal point is its widebody conversion along with plenty more additional carbon fiber parts and increased engine performance.
Hamann equips the Gallardo LP560-4 with new wing doors on the Victory II, in true traditional Lamborghini fashion. The front bumper is very much race-inspired and features a center carbon fiber diffuser. The fender blisters gives the Lp560-4 a wider stance with extended side skirts to match, while the rear receives a new diffuser and rear wing. The hood, spoiler and the air intake on the roof are available in carbon fiber..
For wheels, Hamann has matched the Victory II with a set of 20-inch Edition Race wheels with a unique finish to match the theme of the exotic. The wheels are sized with a 20×9.5-inch pair on the front, while the rear is equipped with 20×13-inchers.
Horsepower increases from 560-hp to 580-hp with 424 lb-ft of torque. This is done through an ECU retune while the note of the car is certainly changed with new mufflers to the exhaust.
The interior is overlaid with a 14-piece carbon fiber interior kit while Hamann also offers carbon fiber-backed sport seats. And of course, anything in the interior can be reupholstered or customized to the customer’s desires.
GALLERY: Hamann Victory II Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
With Porsche‘s new Cayenne already garnering plenty of attention from the consumer market, the aftermarket has now begun churning out tuning packages for Germany’s popular sport SUV. Hamann did a fantastic job with their packages for the previous generation Porsche Cayenne, so it’s no surprise that its new rendition is one of our favorites.
Starting with the exterior, Hamann gives the Cayenne plenty more to look at with a new front add-on that gives the Cayenne an even bolder appearance. The vented hood comes in a carbon fiber variety. Onto the side and rear, Hamann side skirts are pretty run-of-the-mill, while the rear add-on consists of three-pieces, leaving ample space for a quad-tipped exhaust system.
With plenty of different wheel options available, Hamann opted to outfit their demo Cayenne with a set of 23-inch ‘Design Unique Forged Anodized’ wheels. Matched with 315/25/23 tires, the one-piece wheels are powercoated a nice black finish and they are also available in brushed aluminum.
Helping the big SUV look even lower and handle much better is a suspension kit that drops the truck 1.4-inches. As for performance, a sport exhaust system is available for the Cayenne V6 and V8 while the Cayenne Diesel has an upgraded ECU option bringing horsepower from 240-hp to 275-hp while torque goes from 405 lb-ft to 457 lb-ft.
Lastly, interior options are also available in the variety of traditional aluminum pedals, a foot rest and floor mats.
GALLERY: Hamann Porsche Cayenne 958
With the Fiat 500 having just launched at the LA Auto Show, the aftermarket has already started releasing plenty of toys for the Italian economy car. Set to debut at the Essen Motorshow in Germany later this month, Hamann and H&R have teamed up to release their Fiat 500 rendition and there’s quite the surprise under the hood.
Hamann has taken the little Fiat 500 and turned it into a potent street machine, taking the stock 135-hp to an impressive 275-hp. Move over MINI Cooper! The horsepower bump is attributed to an ECU retune and a new exhaust. Worth noting however is that the horsepower jump comes from the 1.4L turbocharged powerplant – so the ECU retune obviously shoves in a ton more boost and fuel.
Along with the performance upgrades, Hamann has come up with an entire kit with new front and rear bumpers, side skirts and wheels. Braking has also been enhanced through Hamann. All of this means nothing if the car is still rocking a stock ride height. Thankfully H&R has already developed a lowering kit for the Fiat 500 and a set of their billet wheel spacers gave the wheels a more aggressive fitment.
GALLERY: Hamann and H&R Fiat 500
We don’t have our hands on the official press release from Hamann yet, but it looks like they’ve released a fine collection of goods for the BMW 7-Series. And as with all Hamann tuning packages, we see no big surprises other than a variation of front ends available to complement the rest of their standard body upgrades.
Given that BMW 7-Series owners are normally of an older demographic, having a variety of options from Hamann comes as no surprise. For those looking to customize but keep it simple, there’s a front spoiler option to go with the side skirts and rear diffuser insert. In the rear are traditional Hamann-styled trunk and roof spoilers. It looks like they also offer a set of vented fenders that seem out of place (to us) on the luxury sedan.
Now those looking for a sportier look can opt for a front bumper which is surprisingly mild and fits the style of the 7-Series body quite well. In fact it lends a little bit of the 3-Series look to the front end which is subtle and clean.
And those looking for the ultimate in customization is the Evo front bumper which is definitely more aggressive than the standard front bumper with the addition of a lower profile design. It reminds us of the difference between a standard E90 front and the M-Tech E90 front bumper. The front bumpers look to come with optional LEDs.
As always, Hamann has a collection of wheels to choose from to outfit the car and a quad-tipped exhaust system. We’ll be sure to update this post when we get the official press release.
GALLERY: Hamann BMW 7-Series
The old saying “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” rings true with Hamann. Over the last decade and change, we’ve been able to almost predict how Hamann’s styling packages would look on new BMW chassis. While it may not be a bad thing, it’s worth noting that there isn’t anything groundbreaking or original (in the Hamann sense) with their newest product addition.
BMW’s newest 5-Series is a really nice revamp in our eyes, with sportier styling and a front end that doesn’t look as big and bulky as the previous generations. Taking a quick look at Hamann’s rendition however, you’d be quick to wonder if someone just retrofitted existing E90/E92/E93 parts to the new 5-Series.
Much like what we’ve seen previously, this styling package includes a front spoiler, side skirts, rear valence, rear trunk spoiler and rear roof spoiler. The style is much of the same, conservative and subtle, but just enough to add a little more design to the car.
Hamann is also offering a lowering kit which drops the car about 1.4-inches, a variety of 20-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights inserts and a stainless steel quad-tipped exhaust system (for the 550i only). Interior upgrades are also Hamann run-of-the-mill with new pedals, carbon fiber trim, and floor mats.
We certainly don’t hate what Hamann has produced yet again, but sometime we wonder if it’s time that they change it up just a bit. Hopefully their full bumper replacements will be something a little different. We’ll stay tuned.
GALLERY: Hamann BMW 5-Series F10
Instead of adorning Mercedes-Benz‘s lovely SLS AMG with a traditional body kit full of lip spoilers, Hamann decided not to mess with the SLS AMG’s natural good looks, but rather bolt-on some larger components to make it stand out.
On all four corners are larger 21-inch Design Edition Race “Anodized” wheels with 9-inch width in the front and and 11-inch width in the rear. Hamann claims these wheels are “ultra light” sporting titanium wheel bolts and a matte black anodized finish to the face. They come mounted with 245/30/21 tires in the front and 295/25/21 tires in the rear for a measly $13,550. Yikes.
And if that wasn’t luxurious enough for you, you can lower your SLS AMG by 1.2-inches with Hamann’s suspension. And lastly is a stainless steel quad-tipped exhaust system for the awesome 6.2-liter V8.
We have to admit, that we’re torn. One one side we’re glad that Hamann didn’t come out with a styling package for the SLS AMG and ruin the design of the car. On the other hand, we’d like to see what a true Hamann SLS AMG would look like.
GALLERY: Hamann Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Check out the official press release after the break.
Founded in 1986 by Richard Hamann, Hamann Motorsport has been personalizing and customizing a plethora of European makes including Audi, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Mini, Ferrari, Fiat, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Porsche and Lamborghini ever since. Even though they have a collection of goods for all these various makes, Hamann is best-known for its BMW tuning programs. Much like Brabus is for Mercedes-Benz, Hamann is for BMW. So it’s no surprise that the German tuner has just released a new list of modifications for the newly face lifted BMW Z4 Roadster.
For those that are fans of Hamann’s styling, there’s simply no way to mistake it for something else. There is a sense of consistency in all their products from their subtle lip kits to full bumper replacements. The newest edition to their catalog is for the E89, with a collection of goods to not only look good, but to go fast. Your typical front bumper, side skirts, rear valence and rear spoiler is available in addition to (yet again) LED day lights in the front bumper.
Under the hood, performance enhancements boost horsepower from 306 to 360 and torque jumps from approximately 295 ft-lbs to close to 400 ft-lbs. The stylish matte black wheels are available in a 20-inch variety – staggered of course. (We really love the way these rollers look, but Hamann seems to stick them on every model.) The package also gets the car stiffer and closer to the ground by 30mm.
The hard top roadster from BMW is looking more and more appealing with each generation, and Hamann’s enhancements only make it more beautiful.
Check out the official press release after the break.
GALLERY: Hamann-tuned BMW Z4 Roadster
Showing off Toyo Tires’ Proxes C1S rubber was a Lexus IS-F sporting a very innovative vinyl wrap. From far the car looked to be a matte silver, but up close the wrap has a brushed aluminum theme. Another interesting piece to this IS-F was the Hamann styling. Famous for tuning European automobiles, it seems as if Hamann has taken a liking to the Japanese market. It only makes sense, as many more European tuners are turning towards the Japanese vehicles and Japanese tuners are turning towards European vehicles.
GALLERY: Toyo Tires IS-F
German tuning house Hamann Motorsport has just released details of its new Imperator tuning package for the Bentley Continental GT and Speed models.
The package includes a complex widebody kit made up of 16 pieces, including a front bumper with two LED daytime running lights, side skirts, a new rear bumper and diffuser, a rear spoiler and an eight-piece fender flare kit.
Hamann engineers also set about to match the looks of the Imperator with some serious performance, which isn’t hard when you’re working with a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine. Thanks to an ECU tune as well as a new exhaust system (including high-flow catalytic converters, an x-pipe and new mufflers) the GT model gets a boost from 560hp to 630hp at 6100 rpm and torque rises from 479 ft-lbs to 553 ft-lbs at 1600 rpm.
The power increase for the GT Speed raises it’s already impressive numbers into supercar territory with 650hp (up from 610hp) and 612 ft-lbs of torque ( up from 553 ft-lbs) at just 1600 rpm.
The Imperator kit also includes a new control unit for the Bentley air ride suspension that lowers the front of the car by 30mm and the rear by 20mm, helping it handle better and look meaner on a nice set of Hamann wheels.
Hamann offers its motorsports-inspired Edition Race wheels in a 21×10.5-inch fitment front and rear with 295/30/21 tires. This setup does, however, require 5mm wheel spacers (included).
For an even more extreme look (and why not?), Hamman also offers a new wheel, the Anniversary Race, in a 22-inch setup. This setup comes in a 22×10.5-inch front and 22×11-inch rear fitment with 265/35/22 front tires and 305/30/22 rear tires.
As always, Hamann will craft whatever interior the customer wants. The company also offers a standard silver clear-coated carbon fiber accessory kit with 10 pieces including the center console, center stack, gauge surrounds, passenger dash insert, door inserts, ashtray covers, shift knob and paddle shifters.
An aluminum pedal set and sport steering wheel are also available for the Continental GT and GT Speed.
Hamann has already produced one of the limited edition Imperator models and it is currently on sale at the company’s Dubai offices.
For more details on the Imperator kit visit:
GALLERY: Hamann Imperator for Bentley Continental GT and Speed
Widebody conversion and 23-inch wheels
You just had to see this one coming. The X6 is arguably the real successor in the German luxury segment to the Porsche Cayenne and so it’s not at all surprising that big German tuning houses like Hamann have been dreaming up outrageous tuning programs for the SUV.
The most obvious trait of Hamann’s modified X6, called the Tycoon, is that it is a widebody. Thanks to new fenders the vehicle is now 2.4-inches (60mm) wider than a standard X6. The aero kit is a complete package, however, and also includes side skirts, a new front bumper, a roof spoiler and a a three-pieece rear diffuser.
To fill those massive fenders, Hamann has produced a 23-inch version of its Edition Race wheels, that come coated in 315/25/23 tires. Those incredibly wide tires, when combined with a new set of Hamann springs that lower the vehicle by 1.6-inches (40mm), make it handle more like a sports sedan than a bulky SUV.
Engine tuning is always a part of the Hamann philosophy and so this twin-turbo inline six has been tuned to produce 360hp at 5230 rpm and 398 ft-lbs of torque at just 1300 rpm. The vehicle new top speed, says Hamann, is now 171 mph.
Official release and additional photos after the jump: