Cars are tuned to personalize their characteristics to the owner’s preference. Sometimes they may be altered to provide better fuel economy, produce more power, or provide better handling and driving. Each of these tuning houses does things a bit differently. However, all of them produce some of the world’s finest and most unique customized vehicles.
The company name was derived from the first three characters of the founders’ surnames (Brackman and Buschmann). Brabus is one of the foremost tuning houses. The company offers cosmetic modifications and upgrades like open exhaust systems, twelve-piston disc brakes and engine remapping. Customers can also have complete engine overhauls, or have new crate engines from AMG modified for them. Brabus engines range from small 200HP (150 kW) K4blocks for SLK roadsters and CLK-Class to the 900 horsepower (670 kW)twin-turbo blocks for the S-Class.
Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmBH & Co. KG is an automobile manufacturing company based in Bavaria, Germany. This tuning house develops and sells high-performance versions of BMW cars. Compared to cars from BMW’s in-house performance subsidiary BMW M, Alpina’s vehicles have more emphasis on luxury, higher torque, and have automatic transmissions instead of manual or semi-automatic transmissions.
This Germany-based company is capable of raising the horsepower and acceleration of even the most powerful supercars. The company is known for adding a degree of visual flash unlike anything else done by other tuning houses. Mansory is a favorite of oil sheiks in the Middle East. The company adds its signature pizzazz to the hottest cars, from Mercedes Benz to Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini and Ferrari.
This Germany-based tuning house is best known for its aftermarket Porsche 911 design and performance. However, the company has tried its hand in tuning Ferrari, McLaren and Benz cars as well. The company’s legendary reputation among tuning houses is quite well deserved.
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This Texas-based company specializes in tuning for American sports cars, from the Corvette to the Viper, Mustang, and even the Ford F-15o Raptor truck. The company’s flagship model, the Venom GT, set a Guinness world record for the fastest production car in 2013. The record, which has since been broken, stood at 0-186 miles per hour, with an average acceleration time of 13.63 seconds.