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Tuning company Vorsteiner released an image of their latest project, a Rolls-Royce Ghost gussied up in gaudy glory.
We have to wonder if the British ultra-luxury automaker feels the same about people modifying their cars as champagne maker Cristal did when Jay-Z idolized their champagne in what they see as a distasteful light.
Nonetheless, the Vorsteiner Ghost comes with 24-inch three-piece rims that barely fit into the wheel wells and look like they’re riding on black rubber bands. The body kit includes a front spoiler with a chin splitter and a carbon fiber rear decklid spoiler as well as side skirt blade attachments.
The tuning package will be released this summer to those special few who can afford a Ghost and have the dubious moral fortitude it might take to modify such a creature.
Vorsteiner has done an amazing job executing tuning packages on some of Germany’s finest automobiles, and it may have been a long time coming, but they’ve finally gotten their hands dirty on one of Italy’s offerings. The subject of Vorsteiner’s first Italian project is Ferrari‘s 599 GTB Fiorano, the front-engine V12-powered exotic. Drawing inspiration from other 599 variants, Vorsteiner has named their exotic 599 VX, blending the best of both worlds, from the 599 GTO and 599XX.
The 599 VX will come with an eight-piece styling package, replacing the factory front bumper, hood, side skirts, rear deck lid, rear intake panel, and rear bumper (with diffuser). And as always with Vorsteiner’s products, the styling package is constructed out of high quality, lightweight carbon fiber and will be paired with a set of Vorsteiner’s T-6160 aluminum wheels. Finishing off the project is a sporty new stainless steel exhaust, guaranteed to give the 599 a whole new tone.
A countdown on their website shows that the official unveil is slightly five days away, but we have these photos to keep us interested until then.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner Ferrari 599 VX
Sporty or luxurious? BMW or Porsche? Two of Germany’s finest production automobiles have been tuned by Vorsteiner to near perfection, contrasting the M3′s urge to be sporty with the Panamera’s desire to be luxurious. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Vorsteiner’s Candy Cane GTRS3 M3 or their Porsche Panamera V-PT, but enjoying them both in one photo shoot is a real treat.
It’s interesting how seeing both cars in the same frame makes you wonder which you’d rather have as a daily driver. The enticing and menacing widebody M3 or the more refined yet aggressive Panamera? Either way you look at it, Vorsteiner has two winners here and we could only imagine what it was like to spot the two of them prowling the streets of Los Angeles on their way to the photo shoot. Kudos to the tuning company out of California for finding a great way to add style, sophistication and performance without ruining the vehicle itself.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner BMW M3 Candy Cane GTRS3 and Panamera V-PT
[Source: GT Spirit]
Vorsteiner has made quite a splash with its GTRS3 carbon fiber wide body conversion for the current generation BMW E92 M3. And for Bimmerfest 2011 (which just passed), Vorsteiner decided to debut another widebody M3 project; this time sporting a red and white theme that won itself the nickname of Candy Cane.
The car started its life as your typical M3, sporting 414-hp and 295 ft-lbs of torque from its 4.0L V8 powerplant. Vorsteiner opted to take the vehicle over to Auto Talent to have an AA M3 supercharger fitted on bringing its performance level to a daunting 620-hp. Every bit of that power is put to good use, spinning the 20×10.5-inch wheels up front and the 20×12-inch wheels in the rear. There’s plenty of rubber protecting the Vorsteiner V-309 Forged Concave wheels with 285/25/20 Michelin PS2 rubber in the front and a massively wide 325/25/20 in the rear.
While the exterior is majority white, the widebody converted M3 sports red accents giving it the appearance of a candy cane… sort of. It’s a cute nickname at best with red accents seen on the wheel faces, mirror covers, hood vents, BMW roundels, and side vents. In addition to the carbon fiber wide body, Vorsteiner also outfitted the body with a vented carbon fiber race hood and VRS carbon fiber boot lid.
Additional performance for the BMW comes from a Vorsteiner lightweight titanium exhaust system and a set of Brembo GTR big brakes in the front and the rear. Giving the widebody M3 the stance that it needs on those 20-inch wheels is a set of KW V3 coilovers. For the inside, the red and white theme continues with embroidered floor mats featuring red accents.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner Widebody Candy Cane BMW E92 M3
Renderings were released back in May for Vorsteiner’s vision of a Panamera Turbo tuning package, and now the vision has become a reality. Vorsteiner gave the Teamspeed forums a first look at their complete Panamera Turbo, which sports Vorsteiner’s new body kit and forged wheels.
With the Panamera’s exterior styling being its biggest criticism, it’s nice to see the aftermarket tweaking the Panamera into a much less controversially-styled vehicle. It’s easy to see how big of an improvement Vorsteiner’s styling package is on the Panamera’s aesthetics, with a new front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper and trunk spoiler. Their new 22-inch wheels look killer on the Panamera too.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner Porsche Panamera
One of the most impressive vehicles at the SEMA Show is a widebody BMW M3. Built by the carbon fiber experts at Vorsteiner, the kit is actually called the GTRS3 M3 and adds significant width to the body of the Bimmer.
Located in the Wraptivo booth, it’s been given a full wrap job since the last time we spotted it, now being coated in a soft matte-bronze that looks so real people just can’t help but touch it (see above).
There’s little to say about the ultra aggressive kit that can do it justice, but we are compelled to mention the massive concave forged wheels.. yum, yum.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner GTRS3 M3
Bentley‘s Continental GT is arguably the ultimate luxury daily driver. You get plenty of performance with all the amenities expected in a pure luxury automobile. In the looks department it is, however, a bit conservative. Enter Vorsteiner, a company that specializes in high quality carbon fiber parts for a variety of Porsche, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. And now we feast our eyes on their Continental GT.
The outside of this silver bullet sports Vorsteiner’s BR9 kit which consists of a dry carbon front bumper cover with chin spoiler, rear bumper cover with diffuser, side skirts and rear deck lid spoiler. They opted for a simple yet elegant 22-inch V-101 monoblock design to adorn each corner of the car.
It’s always nice to see a U.S.-based company pushing out some of the highest quality products for European luxury rides.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner BR9 Bentley Continental GT
[Source: Vivid Racing]
Vivid Racing is the first to reveal Vorsteiner’s newest creation for the Porsche 997 Turbo, the VRT front bumper. With great success manufacturing some of the highest quality body components for Porsche, BMW, Lexus and more, it’s no surprise Vorsteiner has taken the liberty to take the 997 Turbo to even newer heights.
Now Vorsteiner already has a front bumper available for the Turbo, but it looks like they decided to draw up something slightly more aggressive for the 2007-2011 body. The new design is available in their DVWP or all carbon fiber. What we’re really digging about this front end is the lower front chin spoiler (in carbon fiber of course) that really just adds a sleeker look to the already low-profile Porsche design. The bumper also includes carbon fiber radiator ducts and an OEM GT3 hood grill. You also have a choice of an alternative aftermarket carbon fiber one from Vivid Racing.
We really liked Vorsteiner’s last 997 Turbo aero bits, but this new front end is incredible. From a company that was always best known for its BMW goodies, it seems like Porsche models are becoming the norm.
Hit the link below to see the old Vorsteiner design compared to the new one on Vivid’s site.
[Source: Vivid Racing]
Vorsteiner has slowly been building themselves up as a premier North American-based European tuner. Their recent releases have generated a lot of buzz and have made great splashes in the aftermarket ranging from various BMW models to Porsche, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz.
Their newest entry to the world is the V6E Aero Package for the newly redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but more specifically the E63 AMG. While the E-Class is Mercedes-Benz’s offering for sportiness and luxury, the E63 AMG is clearly made as a performance-minded heavy hitter.
Vorsteiner has taken the standard E63 AMG, which already has aggressive styling from the factory, and made beefed it up some more. Lightweight, stylish carbon fiber accents the factory body lines in the form of a front add-on spoiler and rear diffuser. A very subtle, yet clean deck lid add-on spoiler is also in carbon fiber. Lastly, the package is outfitted with Vorsteiner’s V-308 Sport Concave 3-piece forged wheels in a “Fine Textured Black” finish.
The E63 AMG from Vorsteiner really takes on a whole new form and we’re huge fans. And in proper ways of showing off what it’s all about, Vorsteiner has released a nice video highlighting the machine rather than flooding our inbox with photos. Check out the video after the break!
The carbon fiber experts at Vorsteiner are at it again, this time unveiling renderings for their latest concept car – a modified Porsche Panamera. Here at AutoGuide we absolutely love the Panamera, be it the standard Panamera S, or the monstrously powerful Turbo. But…. and it’s a big but… we just really can’t fall in love with its bodywork.
Thankfully there’s an aftermarket, and the aftermarket loves Porsches. In addition to the pics, Vorsteiner has released, well, nothing. We can gather from the photos there’s a full aero kit, complete with carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts and an aggressive racing-style rear diffuser. Plus, there’s a unique ducktail rear spoiler that really helps improve the car’s sloping rear end.
Vorsteiner is likely just testing the waters with this concept, but we have to think there will be plenty of demand from owners who want their Panamera to look this good.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner VPT Panamera Turbo Concept
The carbon fiber experts at Vorsteiner have out-done themselves, with their latest creation the widebody GTRS3 M3. Designed for the E92 M3, the kit includes a new carbon fiber bumper with a removable splitter, as well as carbon fiber front and rear fenders, side skirts and a new carbon rear bumper with a racing-style diffuser. A carbon fiber hood is also available, as is a carbon trunk and a stainless steel exhaust system.
And to fill those big fenders you’re going to need big wheels, so Vorsteiner has designed its own twin-spoke 7-spoke V-308 concave forged wheels, which are available in 18 or 20-inch fitments – although there’s no word on just how wide those rear wheels will be.
For more on the GTRS3 package click here
GALLERY: Vorsteiner GTRS3 M3
For a brief video highlighting the details of the kit, see after the jump:
The first ever “Sports Activity Coupe”, the X6 is quite the interesting vehicle from BMW. It’s been a controversial crossover since its release, especially with the addition of the M-moniker to the car. The X6 M features more aggressive styling than the standard-issue model while being powered with BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8. With 555-hp and 501 ft-lbs of torque, the X6 M is a perfect competitor to Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S at a more affordable MSRP of $89,000. So it’s not surprise that the aftermarket has jumped on this hot new crossover with the carbon-fiber experts at Vorsteiner leading the way.
In recent years, Vorsteiner has made a huge name for itself with fantastic tuning packages for multiple BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley models. From performance to wheels to aesthetics, Vorsteiner’s trademark has been a nice blend of carbon fiber to its mild aggressiveness. The BMW X6 M aerodynamic package from Vorsteiner comes complete with a front spoiler, vented hood, roof and deck lid spoilers and a rear diffuser. Vorsteiner claims the vented hood is 40-percent lighter than factory and adds some big vents for cooling. Vorsteiner is also pushing its 23-inch V-102 wheels on their demo car. The VRS X6 M aero kit will be available in the summer of 2010.
[Source: Vorsteiner News]