THE MODIFIERS PART 2
Following on from Part 1 where we took a look at the Brabus and Kahn automotive personalisation operations, here are two more high-end specialists capable of transforming your car from showroom stock into a fully bespoke head-turner.
Headquartered in Brand, in Eastern Germany, Mansory was founded in 1989 by Persian-born Kourosh Mansory. During his formative years in the UK, he developed an affinity for the high-end British marques and it was his outlandishly modified Astons, Bentleys and Rolls-Royces which first put the company on the map.
Mansory soon started modifying cars made by other prestige makers, and by acquiring the Porsche tuning division from the Swiss Rinspeed concern in 2007, Mansory’s product portfolio was broadened further.
Today the business’s main focus is the development and sales of tuning and accessory parts for BMW, Porsche and Range Rover, although attention-grabbing Audis, Bugattis, Ferraris, McLarens, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghinis and Maseratis are also key to Mansory operations and are regular crowd pullers on the firm’s motorshow stands.
Some of Mansory’s more notable models have been the Ferrari 458-based Siracusa revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt show. With carbon body parts, a 70kg weight reduction and a tuned 590hp engine, a 3.2-second 0-62 time was claimed. The Aventador-based Carbonado was unveiled at Geneva in 2013 and it featured full carbon fibre bodywork and a heavily reworked interior along with a 1,250hp twin turbo V12. Other Mansory-branded models include the DB9/DBS-based Cyrus, the Bentley Continental-based Sanguis, the Veyron-based Vivere, D’oro and Vincero, the 599/F12-based Stallones, the G-Class based Gronos and Speranza, and the Cayenne-based Chopster.
Unlike Brabus and some other modifiers, Mansory is not in the business of marketing or selling complete cars. Instead, you take your car to Mansory or one of its 20 or so sales partners around the world, and they’ll equip it to your desired specification with wheels, carbon fibre bodywork, engine tuning, electronics and/or a fully personalised interior.
Building on the experience and success achieved running a prestige car dealership in Dublin, Irishman Trevor Musgrave founded Onyx Concept in 2009. The first full Onyx conversion was the Platinum S version of the 2005-2013 Range Rover Sport. This featured ‘wide-body’ parts, carbon elements, 22” alloys and a quilted leather interior, and in common with other Onyx conversions, it’s available in three stages with a variety of further bespoke options for those who want to go the whole hog.
The newer Range Rover (Aspen), Range Rover Sport (San Marino) and Evoke (Rogue) account for much of Onyx’s trade, but also very popular are the conversions for the Bentley Continental GT (GTX), Flying Spur (GTX-4) and Bentayga (GTX 4×4) models. There’s also an Onyx Power Pack available for the V8-powered Bentleys which, in conjunction with a sports exhaust system, boosts power from 507/528 horsepower to 700 (GTX700).
Also popular are the GLE and G-Wagon (or G-Class) Mercedes, while other models catered for are the Cayenne and Panamera Porsches, the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Dubbed the F2X Longtail, production of this Onyx Ferrari is limited to 30 cars worldwide. New ‘for-Ferrari’ products will be coming to market in 2018, as there will also be for the Bentley, Lamborghini, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce marques.
Onyx currently transports around four to six cars per week from the UK to its facility in Amares, northern Portugal, for the full conversion treatment. Every facet of the production process takes place here, from product design, tooling and manufacture, to assembly, upholstery and paint.
Onyx Concept has official dealerships in the UK (see link below), Cannes, Dubai, Kyalami (Johannesburg), Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
Onyx currently transports around four to six cars per week from the UK to its facility in Amares, northern Portugal, for the full conversion treatment. Every facet of the production process takes place here, from product design, tooling and manufacture, to assembly, upholstery and paint. Onyx Concept has official dealerships in the UK (see link below), Cannes, Dubai, Kyalami (Johannesburg), Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
Although ownership of cars like these may seem like an unattainable dream, we at JBR Capital may well be able to swiftly create a bespoke and affordable finance arrangement to suit your needs. So if you’d like to make that dream a reality then please speak with one of our experts today on 020 3355 0035 to discuss your finance options.