When Audi introduced its first ever production mid-engine supercar – the R8 – six years ago, most of the automotive world figured the company would always keep its performance potential a couple notches below that of its angular and higher-priced Latin sister, the Lamborghini Gallardo. That expectation diminished somewhat with the introduction of the R8 5.2 FSI quattro, which features a slightly detuned version of the junior Lambo’s 5.2L V10 under the hood. And it took an even bigger hit when the R8 GT, a lighter, higher-powered version of the V10 model, was revealed in 2010.
Of course, not even a stock R8 GT will blow the average Gallardo into the weeds. But if you prefer the looks of the German speed demon and want to be able to smoke a Gallardo, there are plenty of tuners willing to lend you a hand. And if you happen to have the drop-top R8 GT Spyder (of which only 333 are being built), then you might want to drop the gang at Wheelsandmore a line.
After a few decades off the radar, brown appears to be making a comeback as an automotive color. Cars ranging from the Volkswagen Jetta to the Lexus LFA are available in a shade of the muddy hue, and there’s even a Facebook group (of which we are a member, in the interest of full disclosure) dedicated to the rich history and current renaissance of gravy-tinged transportation devices. Yes, brown is back.
However, if you’re still in need of convincing, one of the regular exterior color options for Lamborghini’s latest flagship, the Aventador, is matte brown. And rather than just ignoring this color and model combination, German tuner Wheelsandmore is embracing it by offering a tuned Aventador dubbed the Chocolate LP777-4. And the name isn’t the only thing that makes us salivate.
When Mercedes-Benz and in-house tuner AMG decided to reincarnate the spirit of the iconic 300SL “Gullwing” in the form of the SLS AMG, we doubt that either group realized just how popular it would become within the tuning community. But the fact of the matter is the aftermarket has gone apecrap for this front-engined firebrand from the Fatherland. And with a snarling V8, a slick dual-clutch tranny, meticulously refined chassis and, oh yeah, those conversation-starter doors, can you really blame it?
Anyway, the latest tuning outfit to enhance the SLS is Wheelsandmore. As the name of this German-based, spacebar-averse company suggests, there’s a lot more to this suite of upgrades than those snazzy new rims. What else does it take to transform a showroom standard SLS AMG into a Silver Wing? Find out after the jump.