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.
In times as tumultuous as these, we’d be shocked, to say the very least, if the majority of statisticians didn’t report a noticable uptick in bank heist attempts over the past couple years. And while we obviously don’t endorse criminal activity of any variety, we can’t help wondering if there is such a thing as the perfect getaway car for such a task. Thankfully, it turns out we aren’t the only ones suffering from this perverse curiousity. In fact, the German hoons at GRIP were very, very interested in answering this question.
How do we know this? Well, for starters it appears they commendeered a disused military base complete with town-like sections of buildings and streets to test a vehicle’s agility, plus some long, wide runways for high speed running. Secondly, they’ve assembled a superstar collection of getaway vehicles (tuned models from Audi, Dodge and Porsche), plus one very special police car with which to play the game of cops & robbers about which young gearheads can only dream. So grab some poppin’ corn and make the jump for the video and an explanation of what’s going on, since all the dialogue is auf Deutsch. (Our friends who took Spanish instead in high school are totally jealous right now…maybe.)
Readers of the popular automobile review magazine, Sport Auto Magazine, placed TECHART Automobildesign GmbH onto the podium five times in their annual vote for The Most Sportive Cars. TECHART is a German tuning company focused primarily on Porsches. It is hard enough to win the hearts of 10,000 readers once, but five times is truly impressive.
Since 1980, Sport Auto Magazine has asked readers to vote for The Most Sportive Cars every year. This year, readers chose TECHART as one of the top contenders in five categories: Cabriolets over 80,000 Euro, Coupes under 80,000 Euro, Limousines over 80,000 Euro, Coupes over 80,000 Euro, and finally, Super Sportcars.
Matte black wraps have been all the rage for the last couple of years. It was only a matter of time before the high-end German aftermarket mod shops started embracing this movement. The latest to hop on board is Porsche tuning master TechArt who has put together a solid offering for the Panamera built around this theme.
The TechArt Aerodynamic Kit I, daytime running light system and exhaust system are all in full effect. The combination of matte black vinyl adhesive applied to the body, 22-inch matte black alloy wheels and matte black calipers give Stuttgart’s new super sedan and ominous and foreboding look. The only hint of color is found in the TechArt logo emblazoned in red on the calipers.