The Lamborghini Aventador is already, quite likely, the most extroverted new car you can buy. The jetfighter-esque styling, the bellowing 6.5L V12 and the scissor doors that have been a hallmark of Lambo flagships since the Countach are all sure to make you immensely popular with your fellow gas station patrons. Wealthy recluses should definitely look elsewhere for their transportation needs.
On the other hand, if you’re a wealthy people person and don’t think the Aventador is outgoing enough to meet your needs, you can always buy one and send it to a tuner to make it an even more of an attention grabber (if not faster, too). And Mansory’s latest Aventador-based creation is certainly great at getting noticed.
To us, it seems like every tuned vehicle Mansory releases is more subdued and tasteful than the last one. The company seems to have outgrown its cornea-melting-colors and scoops-for-the-sake-of-scoops phase, while still churning out cars and SUVs that won’t be mistaken for their factory standard brethren. Mansory has gotten, dare we say it, respectable.
And sure to make the company even more respectable is its treatment for the Ferrari 458 Spider, dubbed the 458 Spider Monaco Edition. Of course, since the newest al fresco Ferrari is so amazing right out of the wrapper, tuners can’t get away with bolting on a new set of wheels, sticking a K&N filter in the airbox and call it a day. No, they have to go the extra mile, and Mansory has certainly done that.
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.
It’s hard to believe that just 20 short years ago, Audi was little more than a bit player in the premium car market. Its American sales were almost nonexistent following the mainstream-media-led “unintended acceleration” witch hunt of the late-‘80s (which, like the Toyota one that occurred a couple years ago, was largely a cavalcade of half-truths and outright BS born out of a desire for higher ratings), and the most opulent model the company offered was the V8 Quattro, a car that had a body and engine about half a size smaller than the flagship sedans from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and others. Lean times, those were, for the folks in Ingolstadt.
Now, though, the four-ring brand is riding high. And no product proves Audi is for real better than the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI, which is one of the baddest convertibles on the planet. It is worth noting, however, that it is less expensive and less rare than many other droptop exotics, meaning you’re more likely to find another one at your monthly One-Percenters Association meeting. If the possibility of that upsets you, you’ll be pleased to know that the folks at Mansory are ready to help.
Although the Ferrari 458 Italia has only been on sale for about a year, there’s already a bumper crop of companies offering upgrades ranging from cat-back exhaust systems to full-on upgrade packages. Some might question the wisdom of modifying a car as stylish and as fast as the 458 Italia, but the fact of the matter is people want their cars to stand out. And one of the companies that now wants to help 458 Italia owners realize that dream is Mansory.
Now we know what you’re thinking: “Oh gawd, Mansory? The same guys who think a blue-and-yellow widebody Panamera and an inverted-skunk-hued SLR McLaren is the height of vehicular fashion? Noooooo!” Yeah, we won’t argue that most of Mansory’s work is, uh, “polarizing.” Their redecorating of the Italia, however, is actually quite tolerable, if not tasteful.