It seems like nary a week goes by when there isn’t a new reinterpretation of the Porsche Panamera being announced by a tuner. Porsche’s first production four-door has, much to the dismay of purists, become a hugely popular jumping off point for tuners on this and other continents. So it’s not terribly surprising that Hamann is already revising its take on the Sir Mix-a-Lot satisfying sedan.
Less than a year ago (November, to be specific), Hamann pulled the wraps off the Cyrano, a beefy, widebody revision of the Panamera Turbo that was treated to extra power. Fast forward nine months to today and we see Hamann squeezing even more muscle out of the 4.8L twin-turbo V8. But before we get to that, a primer on what makes a Cyrano a Cyrano is in order.
Psssst, hey! Can you keep a secret? Come a little closer. A bit closer…there! Woof, have you ever considered investing in a box of Tic Tacs? Anyway, here it is: We like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster more than we do the Coupe. We know, we know, the enclosed version’s gullwing doors are boss, and it’s stiffer, meaning it’s a little better in the turns. But the stubby roofline with no quarter windows (the opposite of the timeless original 300SL Gullwing of the mid-1950s) sullies what is an otherwise sexy design, and reaching up to close those doors might take its toll on your left shoulder after a while. The SLS AMG Roadster resolves both of those issues, as well as making fresh air and sunshine a flip of the fabric top away.
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.