Gone are the days where SUVs or crossovers used to be driven by uncles and aunties, hogging the tarmacs with their large and wide frame as well as hurting the scenery of all things sleek, fast and beautiful on the roads. These crossovers had a major change when Porsche decides to make a sporty version of their lineup into an utility vehicle with the Cayenne and became a favourite amongst the tuners and offroaders alike.
The Porsche Cayenne had created a stir in the world of German automotive scene whereby it is by some understanding that Porsche should have stick to producing supercars and supercars only. By introducing the Cayenne, it has somehow has tap into the German SUV market from Mercedes and Volkswagen to begin with. And from then, these manufacturers has been interfering their market segments like there is no tomorrow. Audi now has a supercar which is the R8, Porsche now has a four door supercar with the Panamera, Mercedes has added a few more SUV classes like in the B and R class to heat things up. But the good thing in all of this is for us, the drivers, is that it has just made the market a little bit more interesting for everyone now than ever.
Back to the Porsche Cayenne, these humongous overgrown tall 911s were made to give the BMW’s X5 a run for their money. Knowing BMW with their fast M badges, it is only Porsche’s Cayenne would give these super crossovers the competition that they needed. Then came the tuners. Here in the pictures you can see two Cayannes with both equally monstrous kit for them. One from Hamann and the other one from TechArt. Since you are reading this, you must be an incorporated modders like ourselves and should know which is which, ain’t it now?
Hamann has been the one of the tuners to be reckon with when you are into German cars. They have been pushing the limits to their work since their first mod on the BMW M3 E30 car pushing 348bhp and never stopped from then on. Started in the eighties, Hamann was originally founded to work with BMW specifically until they have branched out to other cars that have seen their potential. Other cars such as Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Ferrari had enjoyed the same treatment from Hamann ever since with a few more added to the list such as Mercedes, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mini, Bentley, Audi and even Fiat.
TechArt, on the other hand, is the one to go for if you are a Porsche purist as this particular tuner only specialised on Porsches. And like Hamann, it was founded also in the eighties and has been creating cars which would blend artistic perfection with their technologically advanced features. Of course, their tuning specialisation exceeds the rest when their TechArt GT Street RS (based on a Porsche 997 GT2), driven by Jörg Hardt, ran the fastest time at the annual Tuner Grand Prix, beating out Porsche tuner Cargraphic, which had won the past three consecutive years. While not official, it is widely accepted that the winner of the Tuner GP is Europe’s best tuner.
These two Cayennes when fitted with these two bespoke tuners, have change the ways we look at these behemoths as the rides you want when you mean the business in intimidating other road users. It is not only that they are Porsches to begin with, but tuned to run along better than others in their respective segments.
words: Jeo pix: Hazwan Najims