Wacky tuner cars are a hallmark of both the Genevea Motor Show and Swiss tuning firm Mansory, so we’re not too surprised to learn the company has several wild, retina-melting vehicles ready for this week’s auto show. Here’s a quick run-through of what’s new.
Remember Mansory’s wild twist on the Ferrari 599, which it decided to name after a different Italian Stallion? The 599 may no longer be in production, but the Stallone appears to live on. Mansory’s package is now based on the 599’s successor: the F12 Berlinetta.
Black hood accents remain a hallmark, but instead of one stripe that runs the length of the hood, the new F12 Stallone’s ___ -- those nifty wings that allow air to cascade through the fenders – are now fabricated in bare carbon fiber. The F12’s eggcrate grille is no more, as Mansory’s new front bumper attempts to emulate the nose of the Enzo supercar. The odd gills on the rear fenders may not be to everyone’s liking, but the new rear fascia – which no longer droops into the diffuser – is arguably an improvement over the stock car. In typical Mansory fashion, the interior is dressed to the nines – by which we mean every inch is covered in carbon fiber and radically-dyed leather hides.
If all that matters to you is power, you’ll be happy to know Mansory has scrounged up a little extra oomph. A new “power kit,” which consists of a new intake, sports exhaust system, and engine computer means output from the 6.2-liter V-12 rises from 740 hp to 775.
MANSORY GRONOS AND SPERANZA
We worried Mansory’s range of G-Class accessories may have been a little too tame, especially in light of the factory-built G63 AMG 6x6 that debuted the following day. Perhaps we shouldn’t have worried: behold the new Mansory Gronos and Speranza.
Let’s start with the five-door Gronos. Unlike the last Mansory G we featured, this model does, in fact, gain some additional power underhood. When based on a G63 AMG, the G63’s 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 is gifted with new pistons, connecting rods, bearings, heads, and a new crank. Along with some clever tuning and intake/exhaust work, the engine’s output jumps from 544 hp to an insane 840. If that’s not enough, Mansory says a similar performance upgrade for the twelve-cylinder G65 is “in the experimental stage,” which may be code for “we’re still trying to find a way not to shatter Daimler’s seven-speed transmission from all this torque.”
The Speranza, built upon the G-Class cabriolet sold in Europe, receives many of the same tweaks, but a little less power. As there is no AMG-prepped variant of the G cabrio, Mansory has to work from the G500’s 5.5-liter V-8. The same internal modifications applied to the G63 are applied to the G500, and boost power from 385 hp to 700.
Cosmetically, both utes receive wild carbon fiber bodywork, including a new hood (with blacked-out center section), new front and rear bumpers, spats for the A-pillars, mirror caps, headlamp surrounds, side moldings, and so on. The headlamps are LEDs, and sport integrated LED turn signals that replace the old-school clunkers that usually rest atop the fenders. The massive fender flares are functional in that they allow Mansory to fit ridiculously large wheels – 23-inch, ten-spoke rims on the Gronos, and 24-inch rims on the Speranza.
Interior accoutrements include a boatload of carbon fiber and honeycomb-quilted leather, the latter applied to seating, door panels, floorboards, center consoles, and so on. Each car has an interior themed to match its exterior décor, but should you pony up the cash for a Mansory-tuned G you’ll likely have a say in what wild colors will appear in your Gronos or Speranza.
Mansory is no stranger to tricking out the Bentley Continental GT, but it’s latest – the Sangius – is perhaps its most…uh, rouge. The Sangius boasts a wealth of carbon fiber add-ons, including a new hood, new lower front fascia and chin spoiler, rocker sills, front fender vents, window trim, mirror caps, and so on. The already formidable 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 has also been massaged so it now cranks out 662 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque. Mansory says that power is enough to rocket you from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds, all while seated in an opulently-trimmed cabin that’s –uh, apparently the same hue as the exterior.
No, it’s not a used Chrysler mid-size sedan, but a golf cart. If you need to play eighteen holes or tend your yacht in style, the Currus is may be your ideal Mansory. Built in partnership with Garia, a Danish firm that apparently specializes in opulent golf carts, the Currus boasts carbon fiber bodywork, leather-trimmed seating and dash panel, and other niceties – although a top appears to be out of the question. Lithium-ion batteries provide a range of 37 miles and a top speed of 37 mph. Only seven examples will be built.