The Geneva Motor Show is one of the auto industry’s best-known rites of Spring. Every March, the motoring world converges on the lakeside Swiss metropolis to gawk at all the new models (vehicular and otherwise) on neutral ground. It’s absolutely one of the crown jewels of the international auto show calendar.
And because it’s such a prestigious show, the manufacturers tend to bring their best production and concept cars to the Geneva Palexpo. This means picking out the best of the best is a mighty daunting task, which is why we’ve decided to expand the field to 25. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s hop to it.
A new year is very nearly upon us (and in some parts of the world, it already is), and while it’s a good time to look forward to what 2012 will bring, it’s also a good time to take stock of 2011’s happenings. Modified and tuned vehicles are, if you haven’t noticed, near and dear to our heart, and the last 364 days have seen some downright dandies debut. But if we listed all the tuner cars, trucks and SUVs that scratched our itch, you’d be reading until at least half your friends and family broke their resolutions. Ergo, we’ve decided to cap this list of 2011’s top tuned rides at 10, meaning that only the cream of the last 52 weeks’ crop made the cut. Here they are…
The German auto industry has long been one of the most (if not the most) respected on the planet. Much of that has to do with its reputation for precision engineering and attention to detail. Still more has to do with knowing that most new models get tested to their limits on the Autobahn and/or the Nürburgring. Bottom line: Deutschland takes this car building stuff seriously.
However, when it comes to showing off those new cars, the city of Frankfurt likes to throw a party every other September, and it also invites manufacturers from other nations to join in the four-wheeled revelry. (Naturally, things never get too crazy, what with Oktoberfest being mere weeks away.) This year’s guest list is one for the ages, but we were still able to pick out the 20 automotive attendees (10 concept models and 10 production models) we’d most like to chat up by the punchbowl.
German tuning powerhouse Brabus has just unveiled the world’s fastest four-seat convertible. The Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet starts out as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible but undergoes a whole host of tuning mods to transform it into an entirely different beast. The most significant of which is the biturbo 6.3-liter V12 engine good for 788 hp with 811 lb-ft of torque that propels the car from 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 231 mph.
This aftermarket Mercedes convertible also benefits from an wide-body aero-kit made out of carbon fiber, a stainless steel exhaust system with 4 tailpipes, a dropped and stiffened sports suspension as well as 19-inch alloy wheels. The inside is significantly upgraded with a red leather motif that includes a new sport steering wheels, lots of carbon fiber trim and a new speedometer that maxes out at 250 mph (400 Km/h). Every car is built to order with pricing starting at a mere $681,200.