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Back in May, we discovered Onyx Concept based out of Dublin, Ireland. They had done an interesting package for the Land Rover that we had mixed opinions about. But we noticed on their website that they also tinker with a plethora of other makes and manufacturers, but for the most part preferred to stick with SUVs. Whether SUVs are just too boring, or Onyx Concept realized there’s some money to be had with sporty coupes, the tuning house has decided to release a package for BMW‘s ever-popular E92 M3.
And much like the kit that they produced for the Land Rover, we’re a little unsure about the total package. We’re digging the modified front bumper with carbon fiber front lip that makes the M3 extra aggressive, but the rear of the car just looks way too bulky and busy, especially with the funky trunk lid going on. We have to credit them for using high quality carbon fiber and somewhat stepping outside the box in terms of design, but yet again we have a love/hate relationship with Onyx.
We don’t see any photos of the interior or engine bay, but Onyx has reupholstered the interior with buffalo hide and carbon fiber trim. The 4.0L V8 gets a big boost to 621-hp from the factory 414-hp, so we’re guessing that it’s a complete blast to drive. They didn’t specify how they got to that point, but we’re going to safely assume it involves forced induction (probably a supercharger) with your typical ECU reflash, intake and exhaust. The package will be available on October 31st, so we’ll keep our eyes out for pricing and performance specs.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: Onyx BMW E92 M3
ONYX Concept is an interesting tuning company based out of Dublin, Ireland. They market their brand as a Bespoke Automotive company, customizing cars for only the most distinguished of vehicle owners looking for a high degree of personalization and attention to detail during their build.
While they also work on Bentleys, Aston Martins, Porsches, and Lamborghinis, their most recent release is for the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Vogue. The release is actually a pair of tuning packages, the Platinum S and Platinum V, that includes better performance and a full body kit for each vehicle.
We honestly don’t care too much about the styling on the exterior of these cars. They really go above and beyond what a classy Range Rover should look like, and sadly the body kits remind us of a Scion xB. It somehow is just “too square,” and that’s saying a lot for a Range Rover. And surprisingly, for a company that is supposed to tune very high-end vehicles, the body kit is made of fiberglass rather than urethane. This includes the front and rear bumpers, arches and spoilers. They do however use carbon fiber for the side vents, front grills and rear diffusers.
What we actually care about more is the increase of performance to 635-hp thanks to a remapped ECU, supercharger pulley and other tweaks that they choose not to reveal. But hey, we guess that’s OK since their whole formula is bespoke automotive. Those that are willing to pay the price tag attached to this (we have no idea what it is, but we’ll assume it’s not one bit of cheap) need to feel that they’re getting something that the general public doesn’t know about.
Official press release is available after the break.
GALLERY: ONYX Concept 2010 Range Rovers