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 |  Feb 28 2013, 4:33 PM

 Typically known for its over-the-top modifications, Mansory just released its turning program for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and it’s surprisingly mild.

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 |  Jul 17 2012, 1:31 PM

Carbon fiber offers weight saving benefits and good looks, a combination that German tuner Mansory used when putting together the Mansory Carbonado, essentially a Lamborghini Aventador packed with as much carbon fiber as would fit.

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 |  Mar 29 2012, 5:31 PM

For some people, it isn’t enough to just have an exotic supercar like a Lamborghini, they want theirs to be different, a bit more unique.

Especially good at making the rich part with extra money is the German tuner Mansory, which has modified just about every exotic car in the market, including the Bugatti Veyron. However, some of their work has been a bit tasteless and gaudy.

Thankfully now it seems that Mansory is modifying cars with a bit more science behind their madness, and that seems to be the case with their take on the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

Their Aventador is more than just some thoughtless body kit, this one actually improves airflow to cool the brakes and engine on the car, but also improves downforce.

Their car is slightly wider too, 40 mm at the front and 50 mm at the rear, due to Mansory’s own design on the fenders, and hood.

It’s not all show without any more go power either. Mansory tweaked the Aventador’s ECU and now this car produces 744-hp and 553 lb/ft of torque. According to Mansory, this Aventador can sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 220 mph.

Plus, Mansory has taken some weight out of the Aventador by replacing some factory components with lighter carbon-fiber pieces.

To finish it off, you get new exhaust tips, new wheels and a large rear wing (calling that wing a spoiler just doesn’t seem right). The end result looks really quite good, so good job Mansory.

No prices have been published regarding this customization package, but if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.

GALLERY: Mansory Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

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 |  Mar 26 2012, 2:31 PM

In the realm of higher end automobiles, the term bespoke is often seen as a logical extension of the brand; the ability to make an already exclusive vehicle into a one-of-a-kind, made to order machine.

That’s the idea, at least in theory, about the latest venture between Lotus Cars and German luxury vehicle tuner Mansory, who will be officially collaborating on bespoke Lotus builds.

The two firms previously partnered on the Evora GTE, resulting in the chrome red Swizz Beatz example and also the Lotus F1 edition, finished in raw carbon fiber (displayed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show). The F1 Edition has proved highly sought after, so the logic goes, why not develop a bespoke program that can result in similar pent-up demand for future limited edition models?

According to Lotus, Mansory will become its “Official Customization Studio,”  and will be working closely with Hethel’s designers and engineers “to produce modifications that scream individuality and quality.”

That said, with Mansory noted for producing customized Bentleys, Lamborghinis and Range Rovers that are high on the bling factor, the partnership between the two firms is likely to make some purists cringe. Needless to say, for Lotus, which is under increasing pressure to turn a profit and is looking for potential buyers, the idea that people are often willing to pay for bespoke machinery, regardless of taste, can only serve to make the storied sports car concern more attractive to potential suitors willing to invest in the sports car maker’s future.

It also represents a good way of pursuing alternative income strategies, especially as development of core models is currently suspended due to a lock down instigated by current Lotus parent DRB-Hicom.

 |  Mar 07 2012, 9:06 AM

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then we’d probably run out the dictionary on the extensive galleries below, showcasing the latest models from German luxury tuner Mansory. And if that’s not entirely true, we’d at least run out of adjectives trying to describe them.

Somehow always able to one-up themselves, the team at Mansory has revealed a chrome orange McLaren MP4-12C and chrome red Lamborghini Aventador, both with wild aerodynamic tweaks and plenty of exposed carbon fiber.

Take a closer look below. Plus, we’ve tossed in an exposed carbon fiber Mercedes CLS just for fun!

GALLERY: Mansory Lamborghini Aventador

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GALLERY: Mansory McLaren MP4-12C

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GALLERY: Mansory Mercedes CLS

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 |  Mar 01 2012, 9:01 AM

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If Ron Dennis were dead, he’d probably be rolling over in his grave. But he’s not, so we imagine he just had a rough sleep last night.

Why you ask? Well, it’s because the wacky tuners at Mansory have gotten a hold of his latest pride and joy, the McLaren MP4-12C.

Set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next week, the Mansory version doesn’t look as gaudy as one might expect, considering some of their past projects. Still, we’ll wait to see it in person to judge.

The transformation includes an exposed carbon fiber roof, as well as wider carbon fiber front and rear sections that widen the car by roughly 2-inches. Mansory says the new spoiler and rear diffuser adds rear downforce.

Inside the fenders are some new 20-inch wheels, measuring 20×9-inches on the front with 245/30ZR20 tires and 20×11-inches in the rear with 305/25ZR21 tires.

Also noted in a release are performance enhancements with a new exhaust system, engine management system and air filter, resulting in 670 hp and 498 lb-ft of torque, up from a factory 608 hp and 443 lb-ft.

GALLERY: Mansory McLAren MP4-12C

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 |  Nov 22 2011, 8:30 PM

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Mansory’s extravagant creations are becoming more hit-or-miss in terms of success, but thankfully their rendition of Audi’s R8 Spyder is tolerable if not elegant. Known to sometimes go over the top, we’re surprised by the subtle approach Mansory took with Audi’s exotic convertible supercar.

Of course carbon fiber is incorporated, featured on the new front grille, hood accents, and specific portions on the front, side and rear in order to provide additional aerodynamics. The front lip improves handling and agility while the side skirts lead air smoothly to the rear spoiler. The rear bumper and diffuser are also new from Mansory, transforming the R8 without actually ruining it.

Under the hood, the 5.2L V10 gets a sport air filter and exhaust system bringing peak horsepower to 552-hp and torque to 406 lb-ft. Mansory also outfitted the R8 Spyder with their own wheels, staggering a 20×8.5-inch pairing with a 20×11-inch pairing in the rear. New springs also gives the R8 Spyder a lowered stance.

As usual, Mansory offers custom interior modifications from personalized floormats to custom leather upholstery and carbon trim. Aluminum illuminated door sills, pedals and footrests are also available.

No pricing was announced for Mansory’s R8 Spyder tuning program.

GALLERY: Mansory Audi R8 Spyder

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 |  Nov 02 2011, 7:00 PM

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We’ve seen the Mansory Siracusa before, but this is the first time one of the wildly modified Ferraris has been on display in the U.S., garnering plenty of attention at the Pirelli tires booth at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Shown in a traditional red, it’s a perfect example of what the German exotic tuning firm is all about, mixing bold styling with some other features that are just excessive. In case you don’t agree from the photo above, take a stroll through our gallery below and pay particular attention to the Lamborghini Aventador-style carbon fiber rear window cover. Reminiscent of the sort of design you might see on an ’80s Camaro or Trans Am, it’s pretty much how you say mullet in Italian.

There’s no word of power-adders, but Mansor does claim its modifications cut the weight of the 458 by a solid 150 lbs.

GALLERY: Mansory Siracusa

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 |  Oct 02 2011, 12:00 PM

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Displayed for the first time at the Frankfurt Auto Show earlier last month Mansory’s SLS “Cormeum” is a wild take on the Mercedes-Benz flagship sports car.

With an entire body that has been refitted with Mansory’s now famous ultra-wide carbon fiber weave, the German exotic car tuner claims a total weight reduction of 200 lbs. Out back is a massive spoiler and aggressive diffuser, while up front the car sports a new bumper that apes the design of the McLaren SLR – the SLS’s predecessor. A widebody transformation is also included with front fenders that are roughly 2.5-inches wider than stock and rear fenders that are 3.5-inches wider than stock.

Along with a custom carbon fiber interior Mansory also upped the 6.2-liter AMG engine’s output from just over 500-hp to a total of 660-hp.

To maintain exclusivity Mansory says it will build just 15 “Cormeum” models, although as is often the case with these custom creations, we wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be a one-of-one.

GALLERY: Mansory Cormeum Mercedes SLS

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 |  Sep 15 2011, 10:00 AM

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Unlike American auto shows where where tuners are segregated off into some basement hall, at the Frankfurt Auto Show they’re invited to join in on the action. Sharing hall space with the likes of Land Rover, Lotus and Jaguar, tuners such as Brabus, Mansory and TechArt. Highlights include the new Brabus 800 ‘Rocket’, the TechArt GTStreet RS based on the new GT2RS and of course there’s always the selection of ridiculously modified Mansory machines. Check out all the modified luxury and exotic models in the gallery below.

GALLERY: Tuner Cars of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

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 |  Aug 20 2011, 5:30 PM

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Sure there are plenty of Ferraris and Lamborghinis at Concorso Italiano, but there’s lots more to be seen at this exotic car show, especially if your interests veer towards the ironic or obscure.

On the more modern side there was everything from a Mansory-tuned Mercedes McLaren SLR, to the stunning Ferrari 599-VX – a car modified by the carbon fiber experts at Vorsteiner.

Some truly rare birds included an Alfa Romeo GTV6 that has been modified by famed Corvette tuner Callaway. Or if you’re looking for American cars with some Italian flare we counted five Cadillac Alantes, with bodies that were not only designed by Pininfarina (the well-known Ferrari, Maserati designer), but even manufactured in Italy and shipped to Detroit for assembly.

Other obscurities included a bright yellow Vector (complete with 3-spoke wheels) and two Alfa Romeo JR Zagatos that will have you feeling like your looking at a retro Italian CRX.

Check out all these cars and more in the gallery below.

GALLERY: Concorso Italiano

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 |  Jul 25 2011, 12:00 PM

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Ferrari Red is an unmistakable, timeless shade that even the youngest car enthusiasts can recognize from a mile away. But who would have ever thought this many decades later that a matte red Ferrari would look so stunning? An enthusiast on the Teamspeed forum fell in love with Mansory’s Ferrari 599 Stallone package and took it upon himself to drop his black 599 off to Mansory to get the same treatment, but with a twist.

The twist obviously being that the Ferrari received a full matte red wrap along with the Stallone conversion. Even though Mansory styling and products aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, we love the way this finished product looks. It also sports a set of 20×9-inch wheels up front while the rear gets a nice 21×11.5-inch fitment. For performance, the owner opted to have a new exhaust with high-flow cats installed, ECU retuning and of course, new suspension to give the 599 a fitting stance with the wheels.

Lastly, the interior got some Alcantara goodies along with leather, carbon fiber and Mansory branding to show off to the world.

GALLERY: Mansory Matte Red Ferrari 599 Stallone

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 |  Jul 05 2011, 10:11 PM

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Luxurious timepieces are one of those essential accessories for any man that appreciates the finer things in life. Whether it’s to match their outfit or their car, wristwatches are often themed to complement the man’s other symbols of status. Mansory has been known to build some of the most extravagant luxury cars in the world, from custom luxury Rolls-Royces to sporty Ferraris. What they haven’t had, until now, is a timepiece to match their vehicles for their customers to really enjoy a Mansory way-of-life.

The 47-mm steel cased timepiece is a product from the collaboration of Graham-London and Mansory. The theme for the watch naturally was influenced by Mansory products and it’s no surprise the dial is made of carbon fiber while the steel bezel, decorated by the “Clous de Paris” resembles the artistic performance of Mansory vehicles. On the inside is a Calibre G1734 with 48 hours power reserve, which is visible through a smoked, see-through sapphire crystal in the back featuring a Mansory logo. The strap is made of black rubber, which is a nice and subtle touch, and also sports the Graham and Mansory logos. The Chronofighter Oversize will be limited to just 50 pieces and can be purchase from Mansory or any of its partners worldwide.

GALLERY: Graham Chronofighter Oversize Mansory

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 |  May 13 2011, 5:09 PM

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Southern California tuner, RTW Motoring, is proud to announce their North American distributorship of Mansory products by presenting the wide body tuning package for the Range Rover Sport and BMW X6.

RTW Motoring is offering these conversions at their one-stop shop location and is providing delivery of vehicles anywhere in North America. Of course if you don’t have a Range Rover Sport or BMW X6 but want some Mansory goods for your luxury ride, RTW Motoring can also take care of you.

The complete tuning package for both vehicles include a wide body conversion and aero kit. RTW Motoring professionally installs and paints all aero kits in-house and will outfit your ride with a set of Mansory wheels, more specifically 23-inchers for the Range Rover Sport and 22-inch packages for BMW’s X6.

Those wondering just how wide the conversion is, the Range Rover Sport features a 2.36-inch wider front and 3.15-inch rider rear, while the BMW X6 is more aggressive in the front becoming 2.75-inch wider while the rear addition is similar to the Range Rover Sport at 3.15-inch.

No pricing was announced from RTW Motoring.

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 |  Apr 27 2011, 1:59 PM

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If you want a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano but think it suffers from being too elegant, then the Mansory Stallone might just be up your alley.

Mansory has made quite a name for itself by customizing exotic machinery to its clients individual needs, and it is clear, money doesn’t necessarily buy you good taste. Hence over the years, we have seen many wild and extravagant modifications on many different exotic automobiles, and Ferrari’s are no exception.

Mansory had made just five copies of the modified 599. Along with changing the cars name to Stallone, Mansory has added a unique body-kit, special wheels and an interior of truly questionable taste.

Now you can have a Stallone of your own since one has propped up for sale in Dubai. The seller, Prestige Cars has not listed much information on this 720-hp supercar, so your guess on its price and mileage is as good as ours. Their website just states it is a 2008 model.

So if you’re interested in parking one of these in your garage, now you know where to find one.

GALLERY: Mansory Stallone

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 |  Mar 10 2011, 4:44 PM

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Oh Mansory, you’re like our favorite recovering celebrity. Some days we absolutely adore you, and other days we can’t help but to shake our head in disgust. Mansory’s latest creation, their rendition of BMW‘s new flagship 7-Series sedan, shows exactly why automotive manufacturers don’t mix and mingle SUV styling with luxury sedans.

For whatever reason, Mansory didn’t really go digging into the creative department when it came to styling BMW’s redesigned 7-Series. Instead, they reached right up on their shelves, pulled the same front bumper off their X5 M and X6 M packages, and got it to fit nice and snug on the 7-Series. The result isn’t so fantastic, given that we’re so used to seeing that front styling on an SUV and not a luxury sedan. Regardless, the bold and open front end design looks absolutely out of place on a luxury sedan that really sports conservative bodylines.

The front kidney grilles are also swapped out for horizontally-slitted carbon fiber variants, which is strange considering BMW’s are known to have vertically-slitted kidney grilles and the change again, looks odd and out of place. The rear features a new bumper with diffuser fitted for a quad-tipped exhaust system, presumably Mansory’s own. Roof and trunk spoilers seems to also be part of the package.

As for what’s left on the outside, Mansory paired up the 7-Series with a fittingly bad set of chrome wheels, really rounding out the lack of thought put into the package.

GALLERY: Mansory BMW 7-Series F01

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 |  Mar 02 2011, 9:22 AM

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Never one to disappoint, Mansory has revealed a host of new models at the Geneva Auto Show, including this rendition of the Mercedes-Benz SLS.

With an all-new carbon fiber shell, Mansory claims the car is almost 200 lbs lighter than the stock vehicle. Rather than just replace parts, Mansory got creative with the body, adding some wild additions up front, flared fenders (by 2-inches up front and 3-inches in the rear) and a massive rear spoiler.

Also helping cut weight are the ultra-thin spoke center-lug wheels, which sit deeper in the wheel wells thanks to a suspension that has been lowered almost an inch.

Mansory says power has been upped to 651-hp, while a 789-hp package is in the works.

As for that name Cormeum, it comes from a “operatic aria” called Vide Cor meum, that’s based on Dante’s “La Vita Nuova.” (Hey, at least we avoided any references to Dante’s “Inferno”).

GALLERY: Mansory Cormeum

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 |  Feb 10 2011, 6:24 PM

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Finally, here’s the Mansory that we all know and love. Aggressive styling, loads of carbon fiber and a statement-making piece of machinery. Porsche’s 2011 redesigned Cayenne is Mansory’s newest subject and we are more than happy to grant it our seal of approval. Every aspect of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne has been overhauled by Mansory, converting the Cayenne Turbo to a real street machine, pumping out 690-hp (compared to 500-hp stock).

The additional horsepower is provided thanks to larger turbos, a reprogrammed ECU, large air intakes and a stainless steel exhaust system. In addition to the performance modifications, Mansory’s Porsche Cayenne has been outfitted with an extremely aggressive styling package sporting new front and rear bumper add-ons, side skirts and widebody fender extensions. The front end is widened about 2.36-inches while the rear sports a 3.15-inch wider stance.

Carbon fiber goods come in the form of a new hood while the exterior also sports new LED daytime running lights. In addition, Mansory offers an air suspension module to lower the vehicle 1.77-inches. Mansory can outfit the Cayenne with 21-, 22- and 23-inch rims. No pricing was announced.

Official press release available after the break.

GALLERY: Mansory 2011 Porsche Cayenne

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 |  Feb 10 2011, 1:36 PM

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Lotus has just announced it will debut a Mansory-tuned version of its Evora sports car at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show. In a brief statement, the British sports car company makes it very clear that this is in now way a new version of the car, not is it a facelift, but simply a look at what level of personalization Lotus owners can achieve with the Evora as a canvas.

No details about the project have been released, but from two photos provided by Lotus, it’s easy to see the extensive carbon fiber bodywork. No doubt commissioned by Lotus, the project appears (at first, at least) to be much more subtle than some of Mansory’s past creations, which have included a widebody Aston Martin DB9, a Barbie Pink Bentley and an eye-searing Panamera.

Geneva Auto Show coverage starts March 1st. Until then, get more news on the show with AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Geneva Auto Show Preview here.

GALLERY: Mansory-Tuned Lotus Evora

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 |  Feb 03 2011, 2:33 PM

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At first glance we assumed this would be another extravagant build by Mansory, this time targeting Mercedes‘ G-Class SUV. But much to our surprise, Mansory is simply announcing a new suspension option for the G-Class. Enhancing the ride comfort of Mercedes’ unique SUV, Mansory has developed an electronically controlled suspension package featuring two different shock absorber curves.

Once installed, Mansory’s suspension upgrade will allow the driver to adjust the shock absorbers from inside the vehicle depending on road conditions. The shocks feature extra large gas reservoirs, built to maintain constant pressure even at extremely high temperatures.

The Mansory suspension for the Mercedes G-Class is available for around $10,700.

GALLERY: Mansory Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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 |  Nov 10 2010, 9:19 PM

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There’s no better way to build success than to take a winning formula and applying it on a larger scale. That’s what BMW did with their X5 and X6, and exotic car tuner Mansory has followed suit, taking the foundation from their BMW X5 M tuning program and applying it to the X6 M. But this time Mansory wanted to match the performance prowess and sportiness of the X6 M by mixing in more carbon fiber components.

Similar to the X5 M, Mansory’s X6 M sports widened front and rear fenders. The front has been widened around 2.75-inches while the rear gets around 3.15-inches of widening. Side skirts were designed to match the widened fenders, while the front bumper is much more aggressive than the factory unit, but very much similar to what’s seen on Mansory’s X5 M.

Back in the rear is a diffuser styled for Mansory’s quad-tipped exhaust system while the trunk and roof receive a carbon fiber spoiler.

Performance is also a focus for any Mansory package, and the X6 M receives plenty of it. Horsepower jumps from the factory 555-hp to 670-hp while torque goes from 501 ft-lbs to to an astonishing 700 ft-lbs. Along with the Mansory exhaust system, new headers and an ECU tune is all it takes for the added power.

To match the widebody, Mansory outfits the X6 M with a set of 23-inch wheels while a larger brake upgrade enhances stopping performance. And of course, Mansory will custom tailor the interior to suit the owner’s wants and needs.

GALLERY: Mansory BMW X6 M

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 |  Oct 19 2010, 8:22 PM

Mansory has just debuts its latest creation, which might be one of their cleanest: the Range Rover Sport. In true Mansory fashion, this Land Rover is much more aggressive in design and definitely boasts the power to back it up. And of course, Mansory has outfitted the Range Rover Sport with a widebody conversion, allowing them to fit massive 23-inch wheels on their demo car.

Starting with the performance upgrades, Mansory has increased horsepower output by around 30-hp regardless of the Range Rover model. Torque is increased up to 30 ft-lbs as well. This is done through a revised ECU tune, sport exhaust system and sport air filters.

On the exterior, the front is widened around 2.35-inches while the rear gets about 3.15-inch allowing Mansory to outfit the Range Rover Sport with 315/25/23 rubber. The car is also lowered about 1.2-inch closer to the ground.

Along with the widebody, Mansory has a collection of aerodynamic components constructed from PU-RIM plastic. The new front spoiler features LEDs and a more aggressive carbon fiber hood. The hood features a large dome flowing more air into the engine bay. In the rear is a carbon fiber diffuser and roof spoiler.

And needless to say, Mansory decorated up the interior with a new steering wheel and aluminum pedals. Everything has been reupholstered in fine leather and can be contrasted with wood or carbon accents.

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 |  Sep 22 2010, 11:34 AM

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This is most certainly a surprise from Mansory. After making huge splashes with their customized Aston Martin DB9, Bugatti and Maserati Gran Turismo, the last thing we expected to see from the wild German exotic car tuner was a BMW X5 M. Even more shocking is that it’s not a 9-inch widebody with 24-inch gold wheels, matte-orange paint and more carbon fiber than an Airbus A350.

Instead it’s quite tame, perhaps an acknowledgment that folks will actually use their X5 M as a daily driver.

Possibly even more remarkable is how toned-down the interior is. We’ve spotted an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a refreshed two-tone interior. But of course, Mansory would be more than happy to indulge any owner with any sort of interior modifications they want, no matter how gaudy or tasteless they are.

The X5 M wouldn’t be considered customized if it didn’t include a heavy horsepower gain. Mansory does that too, offering several levels of performance with the top gains sitting at a hefty 670-hp and 700 ft-lbs of torque. That’s quite the increase from the factory 555-hp and 500 ft-lbs of torque.

In the press release, Mansory notes that they are working on a big brake upgrade though it didn’t find its way on the demo car. The SUV is lowered 1.6-inches and sports massive 23-inch wheels all around with Michelin tires.

Interestingly enough, Mansory stated that this is just one of a few BMW endeavors with the X6 and 7-Series on their radar. We’re guessing they’ve realized more people own BMWs than Bugattis. We’re more curious to see if these tuning packages’ price range is more in line with BMW owner’s budget than Bugatti and Rolls-Royce owners’ budget.

GALLERY: Mansory BMW X5 M

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 |  Sep 08 2010, 7:23 AM

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Always thinking outside the box (for better or worse) the team at Mansory has just released its first ever tuning package for a Maserati. Designed for the GranTurismo and GranTurismo S models, there are actually some nice carbon fiber parts buried beneath all the more-red-than-Ferrari paint.

Along with a new suspension setup the lowers the car by 30-mm, the Gran Turismo also looks lower thanks to a complete carbon fiber aero kit that includes side skirts, a carbon fiber lip spoiler, carbon inlay for the exhaust pipe surround, plus a carbon diffuser. A custom-for-Maserati set of wheels has also been designed with 20-inch rollers up front and 21s in the rear.

As for power, Mansory offers a performance pack with a modified ECU, air filter and sports exhaust that bumps power by 30-hp and 30 ft-lbs of torque for both the Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo S.

And on the inside, there’s an extremely custom interior job that would no doubt look far better were it not shockingly red.

AutoGuide will bring you more pics of the Mansory Maserati GranTurismo when it makes its official debut at the Paris Auto Show in just a few week.

GALLERY: Mansory Maserati GranTurismo

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Official release after the jump:

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