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From 1963 to 1969, Ford embarked on a marketing initiative called “Total Performance.” This campaign was built around not only Ford’s involvement in pretty much every major racing series on this dihydrogen monoxide-rich orb (NASCAR, Formula 1, Indy car, drag racing, sports cars, touring cars and rallying), but also the tire tormenting capabilities of the cars Dearborn sold to Joe Consumer. Here in the U.S. of A., that meant things like mountain-motored Galaxies, booming Boss 302 and Boss 429 Mustangs, and wind-cheating fastback Torinos. Suffice it to say, high-test-gulping good times were had by all.
Skip ahead a half century or so to today, however, and the world is vastly different. The act of burning Texas Tea like it’s going out of style has, in fact, gone out of style. These days, the average new car or truck buyer is more interested in things like low operating cost and, in quite a few cases, ecological responsibility than out-and-out speed. Ford is well aware of this, but a funny thing happened when we accepted its invitation to try out some of its latest wares last week: We found that performance is alive and well under the Blue Oval. It just looks and sounds different.
As crossovers (aka demi-SUVs) go, the Range Rover Evoque isn’t the roomiest, or the most affordable, or even the most economical. But damn if it isn’t the coolest looking. Whether you pick the 3-door or the 5-door, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself looking back at it over your shoulder every time you walk away. The sinewy proportions, “chop top” greenhouse and bold surface detailing all work in concert to create one big, four-wheeled eye magnet.
But whether you buy an Evoque to see, be seen in or a combination of the two, you’ll still have to compete with other Evoque owners. Unless, of course, you invest in making your British soft roader stand out from the crowd of standouts. If you’ve been a semi-regular visitor to this site for the last year or so, you’ll know there’s already a bumper crop of body kits out there for the Evoque, and now an established modifier of the larger (and, as many purists will eagerly proclaim, real) Range Rovers is entering the market.
The HAMANN Tycoon Evo M debuted last year at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show as a super duper hyped-up version of the BMW X6 M. The shocker was the fact that HAMANN managed to boost the engine output to 670hp allowing the 4WD vehicle to hit 62mph from a standstill in just 4.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. The heavily tuned Sports Activity Vehicle has retained much of its original form along with some new carbon bits, a fresh paint job and some far out guts for 2011.
For this year’s Geneva Motor Show, HAMANN outfitted the X6 M with a new carbon fiber hood, roof rack, lower front spoiler, rear window spoiler, rear wing, rear diffuser and rear tail lights covers. In addition, the exterior gets shellacked in matte black paint.
WALD International is a Japanese tuner that focuses on modifying several German marques along with their domestic automobiles. The latest styling package from the company adds the Mercedes-Benz R-Class to their Black Bison family of cars which also includes the Mercedes S-Class and C-Class Wagon along with the Nissan GT-R, Lexus IS-F and Toyota Land Cruiser among others. Like all of the vehicles in this group, the car is completely “murdered out” (blacked out). Aerodymanic tweaks include a new front apron with integrated fog lights, vented front fenders, side skirts and a revised rear apron. The multispoke wheels are produced by WALD and finished in black. A sports exhaust system rounds out the package.