No matter, how perfect the cars manufactured are, the aftermarket tuning specialists do find their own unique ways to customize them, so that the performance could be increased further. Big names like Mercedes and BMW do make incredible cars, but it is these tuning companies that take these incredible cars further to a even higher level. Here is the list of the top 10 customized cars of the year, in no particular order.
1. 800 E V12 Cabriolet
Brabus never stops to amaze people with its amazing customizing abilities. The latest addition to the list of the aftermarket tuning specialist Brabus is a Mercedes E-Class with an open top. Brabus has managed to retrofit the vehicle with V12 bi-turbo 12 cylinder engine, that is capable of delivering an output of 800 HP at 5300 rpm. The resulting engine is so powerful that it would take just 3.6 seconds to reach 60 mph from 0. Apart from the engine, few changes in the interior and exterior body have been done. The total cost of this remodeling is estimated to be around $670,000.
2. Kicherer Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Kicherer has come up with a simple solution to the door closing problem in Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Instead of hydraulics, Kicherer has managed to electrically tune the lift up system of the car's door using specially made motors that can easily lift up, the doors to a height of 30 mm, and close it, just through the push of a button. With no kind of manual intervention required, the passenger could just sit and use the remote to close or open the door.
3. Brabus CL500
Brabus has brought two upgrades to the Mercedes CL500 which basically deals more with the power tuning. The Brabus CL500 is fitted with a 4.7 L 8 cylinder engine that produces an output of 320 kWh and has a rating of 435 HP at a torque of 516 lb/ft. A performance kit, called the Brabus B50-490, has been specially designed for optimizing the engine performance by calibrating the electronics of the engine. This results in an increased output by a figure of 55 HP, thereby making a total of 490 HP at a torque of 780 Nm. Another upgrade namely, Brabus B50-520 power Xtra, has also been tested that increases the output further to 520 HP at a torque of 820 Nm. Once the setup is done for both the upgrades, CL500 can move from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and can reach top speeds of 186 mph.
4. 6-Series Convertible By Hamann
Next in our list is Hamann's 6-series convertible where they have been able to increase the output of the 4.4-Liter V8 engine from 400 to 518 HP by adding a sport-exhaust system and an ECU upgrade. Apart from the engine customization, a slight makeover has been done on the exterior body and the interiors. New sporty spoilers have been added with beautiful LED lights. A set of new Hamann's Anniversary wheels have been added to the overall setup too. Overall, the result just seems to be fantastic, with the engine delivering an additional power of around 100 HP.
5. Piecha Design Mercedes-Benz M-Class/GL-Class
This is one is just a simple redesign of Mercedes-Benz M-Class and GL-class by Peicha. The vehicle now gets light metal wheel rims and a set of high performance tyres in the form of 275/35ZR22 and 315/30ZR22 sizes. RS tail diffuser is also installed for the four-tube exhaust conversion. The vehicle now also gets new LED day headlights that compliment the main headlights well by dimming to 20 percent of its total capacity. High-gloss chrome aero-wings for the Evorian RS-model have also been provided.
6. Hamann 2011 Porsche Panamera Cyrano
Hamann's Cyrano package gives the Porsche Panamera a good amount of exterior make over. A set of 22 inch wheels would be complemented by a specially designed suspension. Bonnet has been redesigned and the new front bumper does give the vehicle a neat look. Apart from this, an improvement in the output capacity of the vehicle from 500 Hp to 580 Hp is expected that, for now is still under development.
7. Brabus 800 Mercedes-Benz Coupe
Brabus 800 Mercedes-Benz coupe is a customized version of Mercedes CL 600 and now very well known as the fastest coupe on the earth. The retro-fitted vehicle, with a 6.3 litre twin-turbo V12 engine can peak output of 800 Hp at 5300 rpm and can reach speeds of 0 -100 kph in just 3.9 seconds. Apart from the engine remapping, the exhaust system has been improvised and the vehicle has got new 295/25 ZR 21 rear tires that can handle high torques.
8. Bentley Continental Flying Spur limited edition
This one has been exclusively designed and released for the Chinese buyers who are looking forward to buy a high-end car with some exciting and exclusive features. Most of the customization has been into the interior decor part. Rare wooden trimmings have been carefully done and crafted in. All the wood work has been done from the rare and exotic chestnut and rosewood. Further, each car has been given special manual attention and is a result of pure craftsmanship.
9. Customized Golden Brabus CLS Rocket
Brabus CLS Rocket is actually a tuned Mercedes CLS that is powered by a V12 twin-turbo engine capable of generating an output of 720 HP at 5,100 rpm. A zero to sixty kph sprint takes just 4 seconds. Apart from the powerful engine, the Brabus CLS Rocket is best known for its unique appearance, i.e the golden body.
10. Mercedes SLS AMG Hawk By Hamann
Mercedes SLS AMG, that originally has a rating of 571 HP, has been re-modified yet again by Hamann. Apart from the replacement of Golden exterior with a, much elegant, white metal body, interiors have also seen a considerable design improvement to provide the extra comfort factor. The car's ECU has been revamped by Hamann to increase the output to 636 HP. Although, its acceleration just gets a small improvement by taking 3.6 seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph from an earlier mark of 3.7 seconds, the top speed has been increased to 195 mph.