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 |  May 25 2012, 5:15 PM

Maintaining tact and candor simultaneously while describing Topcar’s Porsche Cayenne Vantage 2 “Lemon,” is about as easy as keeping a straight face and drinking prohibition-era moonshine.

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 |  Jun 17 2011, 2:14 PM

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Russian tuner TopCar has really made a name for themselves with some fantastic Porsche styling packages, and this Cayenne might be the best one we’ve seen yet. Even better is the fact that there are some stunning photos and scenery to go along with the Cayenne, that is featured in a unique shade of Amethyst Metallic, a color Porsche offers on some of their models.

For their Porsche Cayenne Vantage 2, TopCar offers a complete widebody conversion which includes matching front and rear bumpers and side skirts. The aggressive styling of the kit really transforms the Cayenne from bumper to bumper, and the subtle Amethyst Metallic finish gives it a sleek, exotic look. The elegant design of the concave split-five spoke wheels were a perfect match to the Cayenne’s body. Really, we’re having a hard time whether to appreciate the beauty of the car or the location of the photoshoot.

Even more luxurious is the custom interior, featuring a double-diamond stitched pattern on the seats in a milk chocolate brown finish. The unique pairing of colors are contrasting, with the darker brown highlighted by a nice clean beige. Of course the wooden accents are a perfect fit while TopCar adorned the headrests with some custom embroidery. Finishing off the entire car are vantage logos on the exterior and in the interior’s door sills.

GALLERY: TopCar Porsche Cayenne Vantage 2

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[Source: Jon Sibal]

 |  May 25 2011, 4:40 PM

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Russian tuner TOPCAR has added their name to the list of available Porsche Panamera tuning packages with their Stingray GTR program. With it comes some very aggressive styling to the luxury sedan, with TOPCAR’s priority clearly to add more sport than luxury to the Panamera.

This isn’t TOPCAR’s first attempt at a styling package for the Panamera; their first one was well-received but demand emerged for something more aggressive and “charismatic”, and the Stingray GTR is the result of those demands.

The styling package comes complete with all new front and rear bumpers, hood, front and rear fender extenders, front and rear doors and side skirts. That’s right, you’ll be removing and replacing many panels with this kit completely transforming your Panamera to something more fitting of Porsche’s brand name. The overall stance of the Panamera will make you look twice – it’s wider, meaner and sharper. Even more trick is the addition of a small-button push that triggers the opening of the rear doors. All body components and panels are constructed from carbon fiber and Kevlar.

TOPCAR will only be offering 25 Stingray GTR packages, and notes that each vehicle will receive its own special features making them all unique in their own way. The package starts at an impressive $63,500. TOPCAR found it worth mentioning that four of those 25 are already spoken for.

And for those looking for more performance out of their Panamera while TOPCAR is replacing every panel imaginable, they do offer engine tuning programs to bring performance up to 700-hp and Brembo big brake packages can also be incorporated to your build.

GALLERY: TOPCAR Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR

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 |  Sep 05 2010, 9:16 AM

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Lumma Design is slowly becoming one of our favorite new tuners, having checked out their 760Li project and Top Car built X6 M. Once again, Lumma has teamed up with their Russian tuner Top Car to show off what the new BMW 5-Series is fully capable of.

With a tongue twister of a name, the CLR 500 RS2 is Lumma Design’s new styling package for the BMW F10 5-Series. And by anyone’s standards, this is one aggressive kit for a luxury sedan. The front bumper is ultra-sporty while the wider front and rear fenders (in the form of an add-on) clearly hint that Lumma wasn’t looking towards making the 5-Series conservative.

In the rear, the aggressive rear bumper sports a wildly-styled diffuser that houses a quad-tipped exhaust system. Best of all, the body components are constructed out of high quality vacuum-formed Kevlar and carbon fiber. One thing we weren’t a huge fan of though were the M-style R20 and R19 Lumma Design wheels that are on the car. While the style is OK, the wheels look way too small on the widened body.

It’s also worth mentioning that Top Car redid the interior with Nappa leather and carbon fiber trim inserts. At the end of the day though, we feel that this kit might be a little over-the-top for 5-Series owners. But those looking to convert their luxury sedan to something sporty and aggressive, you have an option!

GALLERY: Top Car Lumma Design BMW CLR 500 RS2

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[Source: WorldCarFans]

 |  Apr 13 2010, 4:16 PM
Denis Simachëv x TopCar MINI Cooper S
We love customized MINIs like we love air, so seeing a street art-inspired one from Russia made our hearts go all aflutter. Prepared in a strict limited run of 25 unique cars, the Russian artist Denis Simachëv and Russian tuner TopCar will create each car as a wholly unique vehicle.
The white one, called “Bully,” was a desire to “break the stereotype that MINI is mostly a girl’s car.” Simachëv says:
“This car is created for a real ‘bully’ that is fond of easy money. He likes socializing and is desperate to attend fashionable gatherings and parties. A real ‘party animal’, he is just fooling around and looking for an adventure.”
We love the car, and don’t get what they mean. Maybe Ed Hardy shirts haven’t made it to Russia.
To check out more photos of the “Bully,” plus #2 in the series, “Moscow” (adorned with traditional Russian ‘Khokhloma’ paintings) hop past the jump.

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We love customized MINIs like we love air, so seeing a street art-inspired one from Russia made our hearts go all aflutter. Prepared in a strict limited run of 25 unique cars, the Russian artist Denis Simachëv and Russian tuner TopCar will create each car as a wholly unique vehicle.

The white one, called “Bully,” was a desire to “break the stereotype that MINI is mostly a girl’s car.” Simachëv says:

“This car is created for a real ‘bully’ that is fond of easy money. He likes socializing and is desperate to attend fashionable gatherings and parties. A real ‘party animal’, he is just fooling around and looking for an adventure.”

We love the car, and don’t get what they mean. Maybe Ed Hardy shirts haven’t made it to Russia.

To check out more photos of the “Bully,” plus #2 in the series, “Moscow” (adorned with traditional Russian ‘Khokhloma’ paintings) hop past the jump.